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Netto and Cooper Back in Victory Lane
(Marysville, CA 5/25/2020)…Hanford’s DJ Netto continued his hot streak at Marysville Raceway by winning his second 25-lap winged sprint car main event in the past three weeks. Netto won on May 9th, a race titled the Covid-19 Challenge, and backed that up with an exciting triumph at the Yuba River Gold Rush on Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day. The race was presented by Speed Shift Tv and with their financial support, the race paid a normal purse for the competitors who attended. In all, 45 teams signed into the pit area.
The IMCA Sport Mods were also on hand. Seventeen drivers suited up for the special Monday night race. Todd Copper led all 20-laps to capture the win. While Cooper was the class of the field, the race still featured a tight battle for second on back. Jimmy Ford once again did a fantastic job in holding a smooth fast line around the quarter-mile raceway and earned a second-place finish. Scott Savell at points throughout the race had to hold off a hard charging Michael Johnson, Timothy Allerdings and Phillip Shelby. Unfortunately for Shelby, on lap 10, he spun in turn one. At the point of his spin he had raced his way into the top three. Johnson started deep in the field and charged up to the front. His car seemed to fade just bit in the later stages of the race and he fell back to a fifth-place finish. Savell held off Allerdings by just a mere 0.323 seconds for third.
Netto started 11th and quickly charged to the front. Alec Justeson and Andy Forsberg lined up together on the front row. Justeson got the advantage over Forsberg and led the first seven laps. As the two raced towards slower cars, Justeson seemed to ease up a bit entering turn three. This was all Forsberg needed as he pounced at the opening like a hungry cat. Forsberg took the lead. On lap nine, fourth place running Colby Copeland stopped in turn one. On the restart, Justeson spun in turn one and relinquished his second-place spot. This moved up Justyn Cox, Mitchell Faccinto and Netto.
Forsberg continued to lead and with an open track ahead of him, it looked like he could be on his way to a stop in victory lane. However, on lap 17, Forsberg closed in on a slower car too quickly and made contact. This spun him around but not stopping. As he did a 360 and darted back down the track, he had fallen to fourth. As the race stayed green, the battle between these top drivers was intense. Ultimately, Netto passed Faccinto for the lead. Netto went on to lead the final few laps and pick up the popular win. Faccinto ran second. Forsberg passed Cox late in the race to secure third. Cox came home fourth and Chase Majdic rounded out the top five. Majdic started 10th. Other overs and shakers were Geoff Ensign who started 20th and finished 10th. Willie Croft drove the No. 56 from 17th to 9th. Netto, got the win and extra bonus money to winning the hard charger award. Contributors included All Works Auto Body, Doug Lockwood of Merced Speedway and Cam Smith offered up money courtesy of Quick Time Espresso from Washington.
Croft won the 12-lap B main event. Young Caden Sarale finished second. Korey Lovell and Geoff Ensign also transferred to the main event. Jesse Love won the 10-lap C main. Finishing second and securing the final transfer was Jacob Tuttle.
Colby Copeland looked great in winning heat one. Super young Max Mittry shocked the field when he won the second heat. Jodie Robinson dominated the third heat race. Justyn Cox picked up the easy win heat four.
Due to the high car count, the field was split in two for qualifying. Andy Forsberg turned the fastest lap in group one at 13.756. Was great to see Alec Justeson qualify fastest in group two. His lap time was 13.943. He was the only driver in group two who turned a 13-second lap. Forsberg’s lap was the fastest overall and earned him a $100 bonus from Paul Olmsted Plastering of Oroville.
Full results available at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1768773.