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Historic Night for Andy Forsberg at Chico

CHICO, CA (8-10-12) - It was a night that Auburn's Andy
Forsberg will never forget. The 36-year-old has enjoyed a Hall of Fame sprint
car career. There have been the championships; 6 Civil Wars, 3 Placerville
Speedway and 2 at Chico. Forsberg has won main events at 11 different tracks.
Coming into this race he had 98 career main event wins. He was the 2007
Motorsports Press Association Open Wheel Driver of the Year. However, tonight,
he accomplished something he had never done in his 20 year sprint car career by
winning two winged sprint car main events in the same night. With the wins he
was able to reach an exclusive goal of 100 career sprint car main event wins.
"We had talked about the possibility of winning both races tonight to get me to
the 100th win," said Forsberg in victory lane. "Let me tell you that this was a
lot of work to get two cars on the track in one night. I have to thank my guys
for working their butts off in this 100 degree heat!" Forsberg led every lap of
both main events tonight. In total, he led all 50 feature event laps at Silver
Dollar Speedway.

The Silver Dollar Speedway hosted two winged sprint car division tonight. The
410 winged sprints ran a point show while the winged 360 cars competed in an
open show format. Forsberg dominated the 25-lap 360 winged main event. Mason
Moore finished in the second spot. To put some perspective on the win, Forsberg
beat Moore by 10.697 seconds. Mike Henry finished in the third spot.

The 410 feature had Forsberg starting on the front row of the 25-lap main
event. He quickly jumped out to the lead and ultimately went on to lead all the
main event laps. Yet, it wasn't as easy as the winged 360 main event. On a lap
18 restart, Forsberg went into turn one and missed the racing line. He drifted
up and over the cushion. Driving underneath him for the lead was Redding's Tyler
Wolf. Also passing Forsberg was Sean Becker. Forsberg drifted back into the
third. But when it is your night, it's your night. Behind them an accident
occurred when Kevin Sharrah flipped wildly into the air. This would bring out
the red flag and the race was halted. In sprint car racing, when a red flag is
displayed, the field is scored on the last completed lap. This put Forsberg back
into the lead. "I know, I know, I am lucky tonight," said Forsberg when asked
about the win. "Tyler Wolf passed me legitimately and so did Sean Becker. I
completely messed up on that restart but the red flag saved me."

On the ensuing restart the championship battle took a turn for the worse for
Sean Becker. Becker spun in turn two and was collected by Bud Walberg and BJ
Martin. Becker suffered front end damage that ended his night. Becker was
officially scored in the twelfth spot. With Forsberg winning and Becker in 12th,
Forsberg now will become the championship point leader. The race ended with
Forsberg winning by 2.120 seconds over Tyler Wolf. Mason Moore was third
followed by Brad Bumgarner and Kenny Allen.

With the special format tonight, a winged 360 driver could race in both the
360 race and also register for the 410 division. One of the drivers who excelled
tonight was Mike Henry. The Joe Mafara Racing/Borello Racing Engines #m21 turned
the fastest lap in 360 qualifying. He then qualified the 360 with the 410's and
was second quick in that result. Henry went on to finish third in the 360 main
event but what was really impressive was his 410 main event race. Henry ran with
Forsberg for the first 18 laps. He stayed in the second spot for over half of
the race. However, on the 18th lap, a part that connects the steering wheel and
the front axel broke. Henry had to pull of the track and put an end to a solid
night of racing.

Mason Moore continued his hot streak. Moore finished second in the 360 main
event and second in the 410 portion of the event. Moore continues to shine with
crew chief Brian Cannon. Brad Bumgarner had a night of ups and downs. In his
heat race the #88 bumped wheels with a fellow competitor and flipped upside
down. Bumgarner and team made the necessary changes to get his car back for the
main event. He went on to finish fourth. Kenny Allen should be commended for his
night. He earned his first fast time award of the year by turning a 12.038. He
went on to finish in the fifth spot of the main event.

Full results with
starting positions are available at
http://www.silverdollarspeedway.com/2012/results/

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