PETALUMA, Calif. – Andy Forsberg led a California sweep of the podium with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network on Sunday night at Petaluma Speedway.
“It’s a freaking miracle we got a race in at Petaluma the first weekend of March, so heck yeah. We appreciate this win, we appreciate all the fans for coming out,” stated Andy.
The 151st different winner with the Lucas Oil American Sprint Car Series presented by the MAVTV Motorsports Network, Forsberg is the eighth from California to top the series.
Taking the point from Sam Hafertepe Jr. in slower traffic on lap 16 after falling to third on the start, Forsberg kept pace over the field until a lap 25 restart. Biking the Autism Awareness No. X1 into the first two turns on the restart, Sean Becker shot to the lead only to have the caution negate the pass as the field reverted to the last fully completed lap.
“I’m old enough to admit, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good so we definitely got saved by the yellow for someone running over Willie [Croft] so whoever ran over Croft and caused the caution thank you because you saved my ass,” Forsberg said.
Keeping tied to the bottom line of the three-eighths-mile oval, Forsberg opened his advantage to .901 seconds when the checkered flag waved. Cutting a massive diamond through the first and second turns in the closing laps, Shane Golobic raced to his second runner-up finish of the weekend in the NOS Energy Drink/Matt Wood Racing No. 17x.
Becker ended up third with Hafertepe holding on to finish fourth despite the car getting tighter as the race progressed. Rolling from 10th, Justyn Cox completed the top five.
Scott Bogucki crossed sixth with Carson Macedo coming from 11th to finish seventh. Blake Carrick came from 14th and made it to eighth with his brother, Tanner Carrick, in tow. Hard Charging from 19th, Chase Johnson completed the top-10.
1. X1-Andy Forsberg; 2. 17X-Shane Golobic; 3. 5V-Sean Becker; 4. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr; 5. 7C-Justyn Cox; 6. 28-Scott Bogucki; 7. 21-Carson Macedo; 8. 38B-Blake Carrick; 9. 83T-Tanner Carrick; 10. 24C-Chase Johnson; 11. 44-Chris Martin; 12. 1-Tony Gualda Jr; 13. 47X-Dylan Westbrook; 14. 8-Devon Borden; 15. 21P-Robbie Price; 16. HR44-Geoff Ensign; 17. 52-Blake Hahn; 18. 17W-Harli White; 19. 14-Jordon Mallett; 20. 63-JJ Hickle; 21. 21S-Shane Hopkins; 22. 77X-Alex Hill; 23. 1B-Chelsea Blevins; 24. 56-Willie Croft; 25. 11-Roger Crockett