From The Grandstand by
Mr. Excitement Still Has It
Lincoln, CA…Auburn sprint car driver, Andy Forsberg, has Mr. Excitement
emblazoned on the trailer when he runs his own equipment. Despite being a
older man for this sport at age 43, Forsberg still has championship skills and
an occasional dose of excitement to justify the trailer markings.
Saturday night Placerville Speedway closed their point season with a four
division show that drew a strong 34 car field of winged 360s. Forsberg started
the night 12 points ahead of 19 year old Kaleb Henry in the race for the track
title. When the night was over, Forsberg had his 6th Placerville win
this season, 65th career win at the foothill quarter, and his 7th
titles anywhere is impressive but Forsberg’s total is now 21 championships,
between tracks and the Civil War sprint series.
regularly has to compete with drivers less than half his age and Kaleb Henry’s
strong season put the driver with less than half the candles on his cake
compared to Forsberg in a position to take the title.
things started to not work for the younger championship hopeful when Forsberg
set quick time, adding 5 points to his lead, and tacked on one more in heat race
action. Heading into the point season ending 25 lap main, Henry winning would
mean Forsberg needed at least a 9th to win the title.
the F and F Racing Alan Bradway and Steve Tuccelli owned X1, Forsberg left no
doubt as to the point outcome, passing 16 year old Jodie Robinson on lap 19 for
the win and track title number 7.
that wasn’t enough, Forsberg strapped into a mini-truck for the first time ever
and won that main, racing clockwise for the first time in his career. The
mini-truck class at Placerville brought 11 trucks, probably the most ever, and
that class is always entertaining. Racing in the reverse direction adds to the
fun and the number of entrants seems just right to have a quickly run support
youth element in Northern California sprint car racing is more apparent than
ever. With micro sprints and outlaw karts producing teenagers with talent, the
list of young sprint car drivers grows yearly. While California watches some of
that youthful skill relocate to points east, it seems the departures are
replaced by new teenage talent.
Placerville had a good season and missed the early season rainouts, making it
possible to run every race. Last week’s World of Outlaw show was rescheduled
from March, keeping the track from losing any shows.
comes to an end for 2019 this coming Friday and Saturday when the two night
NorCal Posse Shootout takes place with winged 360s and BCRA midget lites. Last
year over 40 sprints and more than 30 midget lites raced for substantially
increased purses. The weather outlook is excellent and the Shootout will be a
wonderful way to close the season at the popular foothill quarter.
year sprint car wins at the Shootout went to Kyle Hirst and Sean Becker.
neither one is a teenager!
Win #11 & Championship #21
September 16, 2019 10:09am
From the Office of Forsberg
Wednesday September 11th Andy and the A&A Stepping Stone #92 headed to
Placerville, CA for a World of Outlaw race. Andy was 23rd quick, went from 8th
to 5th in his heat race and finished with a 12th place finish in the A main
event. A disappointing run with the outlaws in 3 nights with them.
On Saturday September
14th Andy and the F&F X1 were in Placerville, CA for the 2019 season points
finale. Andy and the F&F X1 went into the final night with a 12-point lead over
Kalib Henry. Andy set quick time out of 34 cars giving him another 5 points and
went from 4th to 2nd in his heat race giving him another 4 points, Kalib picked
up 2 points in his heat race so going into the A main event Andy had a 19 point
lead going into the A main event. Andy started 3rd in the A and went into the
final race knowing he just needed to finish in front of Kalib Henry to get his
21st championship. As the race progressed Andy knew he had a winning car and on
a lap 18 restart Andy made the winning pass to claim his 11th main event win in
2019 and clinched his 7th Placerville track championship and his 21st overall
drivers championship, Andy also made his debut in the Placerville mini truck
division starting 6th in his heat race and finishing 2nd and started on the pole
of the A main event. Andy was concerned as to how this may play out as the mini
truck A main was run going backwards on the track, but after a few laps Andy
looked like a veteran and would win his first mini truck race in just his first
upcoming weekend on Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st Andy and
the F&F X1 head back to Placerville CA for the 2 day Posse Challenge.
would like to thank all the crew members, sponsors, family and friends for a
great season. Andy is successful because he is lucky to have a spectacular
group of people that work hard to give him the best equipment and support each
and every week. All of the success Andy has achieved just would not be possible
with out each and every crew member working hard each and every night to get the
car on the race track. The sponsors that give all they can to give him the best
equipment to run and to our race family that support him each and every week.
Andy appreciates each and every individual for the time, hard work and support.
Andy Forsberg Wins Both the Battle and the
War; Claims 2019 Placerville Speedway Track Championship
PETERSEN MEDIA- Andy
Forsberg put an exclamation point on the 2019 point season at Placerville
Speedway on Saturday night. Heading into the night with a mere 12 point lead in
the season long championship hunt, Forsberg will be dominant all night long as
he earned quick time honors and won the 25-lap feature event to claim his 7th career
driving title at the speedway he as called home for so many years.
into the night chasing the title, you tell yourself to mind your manners and
focus on the big picture,” Forsberg said. “My guys gave me too good of a car and
I had to go for it. The year we had with some issues and torn up equipment, it
feels pretty cool to get this win and this title for the F&F Racing guys.”
robust 34 cars swarming the pit area on Saturday night, Forsberg would pick up 5
bonus points early as he earned quick time honors aboard the Econo Lube n Tune
and Brakes/Geico Local Office/PitStopUSA backed No. x1 machine.
far the wildest heat race of the night that saw a couple of incidents, Forsberg
would keep his nose clean, avoid some harm and pick up a second place finish
moving into the feature event.
of Jimmy Wall’s three pill, AF would grid the field from the third position in
the final feature event of the point season at Placerville Speedway. When things
came to life, it was Jodie Robinson getting the early jump as Forsberg moved
fast paced feature event, Forsberg would keep the youngster in his sights, and
on the 18th lap while battling in traffic, would pull in front to
take the lead but the yellow flew and negated his pass.
Forsberg would not be denied on this night however, as the ensuring restart saw
him ride the thick Placerville Speedway cushion to the point, and he never
looked back. Cruising to the win, Forsberg won both the battle and the war as
his F&F Racing team celebrated on the front stretch in grand style.
thanks to these guys for continuing to work so hard on this car week in and week
out,” Forsberg said. “Great to win the race and the title, and hopefully we can
come out this week and win the Nor*Cal Posse Shootout.”
Racing and Andy Forsberg would like to thank Econo Lube-n-Tune and Brakes, Geico
Local Office, PitStopUSA, Lucas Oil, Pacific Highway Rentals, Autism Awareness,
FVP, and CRV Carbon Solutions for their support in 2019.
TAP: F&F Racing
and Andy Forsberg will are set to return to Placerville Speedway on Friday and
Saturday night for the 3rd Annual Nor*Cal Posse Shootout.