Tanner Carrick Wins Sprint Car Challenge Tour Feature at Placerville

Tanner Carrick. (Image courtesy of Petersen Media)

By Gary Thomas

Placerville, CA – March 27, 2021…During the most recent Sprint Car Challenge Tour opener in 2019, Lincoln’s Tanner Carrick jumped out to a large lead in the feature, only to have things end after getting over the edge of the track in turn one.

Fast forward two years later and the talented 19-year-old found a little salvation on Saturday night, by claiming the $3,000 top prize at Placerville Speedway’s “Spring Fever Frenzy.” It marked Carrick’s second career victory at the quarter-mile, after earning his first just this past September.

“We always love coming to Placerville Speedway and to get a win with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour in front of these fans is pretty special,” Carrick commented. “It took a lot of patience to run that feature. It seemed like every time we would get in a groove there would be a yellow or red. I just focused on hitting my marks, especially in those closing laps and luckily we ended up here on the front stretch. I have to thank everybody that supports this race team.”

In the opening stages of the main event it was Carrick and Roseville’s Sean Becker running closely together up front, before the first red flag waved on lap eight for Michael Ing. The 35-lapper was plagued by slowdowns that didn’t allow drivers much time in lapped traffic. Early on two-time Forni Classic winner Justyn Cox was a show in himself running the ragged edge of the bullring as he made his way forward.

The Clarksburg driver jumped to second and then challenged Carrick for the lead, until things got a little too close for comfort in turn three between the pair. It resulted in Cox sitting idle in the turn to bring out the caution and suffer heartbreak after looking like one of the competitors to beat. After this the best action of the race occurred as Hollister’s Ryan Bernal carved his way up to second before going after the leader, until getting over the edge and then dropping spots on lap 24.

T. Carrick, Becker and Redding’s Chase Madjic then went at it in lapped traffic, much to the delight of the solid crowd on hand. That all came to a stop though when Bernal got off the corner again to bring out a yellow. A red flag on the restart for several drivers then created an open red and following that it was all Carrick, who drove off to take the Ron Stahl checkered flag over Becker and Madjic, who earned his best career Sprint Car Challenge Tour finish. Colfax racer Willie Croft had a strong run in fourth with Mather’s Kalib Henry rounding out the top-five.

Jodie Robinson had a fine run and was the Hard Charger in the main event after transferring out of the semi. The 18-year-old carved her way from 22nd all the way up to sixth at the finish. Completing the top-10 were Cox, who rebounded nicely, Bubba Decaires, 23rd starter Tristin Guardino and Colby Copeland. RC Smith earned the extra $100 from D&D Roofing for being the final finisher.

Sprint Car Challenge Tour
Placerville Speedway
Placerville, California
Saturday March 27, 2021

Qualifying Group #1:
1. 35-Sean Becker, 10.690
2. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr., 10.793
3. 17W-Ryan Bernal, 10.861
4. 14W-Ryan Robinson, 10.873
5. 5V-Colby Copeland, 10.923
6. 2XM-Max Mittry, 10.983
7. 15T-Tristan Guardino, 11.008
8. 21S-Shane Hopkins, 11.143
9. 75-Brian Boswell, 11.831

Qualifying Group #2:
1. 29-Willie Croft, 10.710
2. X1-Andy Forsberg, 10.805
3. 17-Kalib Henry, 10.808
4. 85-C.J. Humphreys, 10.857
5. 94X-Kyle Hirst, 10.864
6. 32-Caden Sarale, 10.998
7. 93-Stephen Ingraham, 11.000
8. 98-Chris Masters, 11.010
9. 83SA-Isaiah Vasquez, 11.325

Qualifying Group #3:
1. 38B-Blake Carrick, 10.641
2. 7C-Justyn Cox, 10.648
3. 01X-Andy Gregg, 10.676
4. 2SB-Jake Morgan, 10.767
5. 21-Michael Ing, 10.795
6. 1-Nick Larson, 10.816
7. 5C-Trent Canales, 10.917

Qualifying Group #4:
1. 83T-Tanner Carrick, 10.643
2. 4SA-Justin Sanders, 10.666
3. 2X-Chase Majdic, 10.727
4. 94-Greg Decaires V, 10.836
5. 4-R.C. Smith, 10.852
6. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez, 10.934
7. 9-D.J. Freitas, 10.954
8. 4D-Jodie Robinson, 10.977
9. 12J-John Clark, 11.177

Heat Race #1:
1. 17W-Ryan Bernal
2. 14W-Ryan Robinson
3. 35-Sean Becker
4. 5V-Colby Copeland
5. 2XM-Max Mittry
6. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr.
7. 15T-Tristan Guardino
8. 73C-Cody Fendley
9. 75-Brian Boswell
10. 21S-Shane Hopkins

Heat Race #2:
1. X1-Andy Forsberg
2. 17-Kalib Henry
3. 29-Willie Croft
4. 94X-Kyle Hirst
5. 98-Chris Masters
6. 93-Stephen Ingraham
7. 83SA-Isaiah Vasquez
8. 85-C.J. Humphreys
9. 32-Caden Sarale

Heat Race #3:
1. 7C-Justyn Cox
2. 38B-Blake Carrick
3. 01X-Andy Gregg
4. 21-Michael Ing
5. 1-Nick Larson
6. 5C-Trent Canales
7. 2SB-Jake Morgan
8. 34-Landon Brooks

Heat Race #4:
1. 4SA-Justin Sanders
2. 83T-Tanner Carrick
3. 2X-Chase Majdic
4. 94-Greg Decaires V
5. 4-R.C. Smith
6. 4D-Jodie Robinson
7. 9-D.J. Freitas
8. 12J-John Clark
9. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez

1. 35-Sean Becker
2. 83T-Tanner Carrick
3. 4SA-Justin Sanders
4. X1-Andy Forsberg
5. 7C-Justyn Cox
6. 29-Willie Croft
7. 17W-Ryan Bernal
8. 38B-Blake Carrick

1. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr.
2. 4D-Jodie Robinson
3. 15T-Tristan Guardino
4. 5C-Trent Canales
5. 93-Stephen Ingraham
6. 12J-John Clark
7. 32-Caden Sarale
8. 87-Ashlyn Rodriguez
9. 83SA-Isaiah Vasquez
10. 73C-Cody Fendley
11. 34-Landon Brooks
12. 75-Brian Boswell
13. 9-Dustin Freitas
14. 2SB-Jake Morgan

1. 83T-Tanner Carrick
2. 35-Sean Becker
3. 2X-Chase Majdic
4. 29-Willie Croft
5. 17-Kalib Henry
6. 4D-Jodie Robinson
7. 7C-Justyn Cox
8. 94-Greg Decaires V
9. 15T-Tristan Guardino
10. 5V-Colby Copeland
11. 21-Michael Ing
12. 17W-Ryan Bernal
13. X1-Andy Forsberg
14. 1-Nick Larson
15. 94X-Kyle Hirst
16. 01X-Andy Gregg
17. 2XM-Max Mittry
18. 14W-Ryan Robinson
19. 4SA-Justin Sanders
20. 98-Chris Masters
21. 38B-Blake Carrick
22. 46JR-Joel Myers Jr.
23. 5C-Trent Canales
24. 4-R.C. Smith