(PETERSEN MEDIA- Marysville, CA)- Taking advantage of a rare Sean Becker mistake, and then racing his way past Geoff Ensign at the halfway point, Andy Forsberg completed the season sweep at Marysville Raceway with the Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster as he won for the third time in 2017 and for the 31st time in his storied career with the series.
Leading the field to green by way of his Dash win, Sebastopol, CA driver, Geoff Ensign, would get the early lead Saturday night in Marysville, CA as he paced Sean Becker for the first two circuits before a red flag was needed.
Following the brief stoppage, Ensign continued to lead the way but felt immense pressure from three-time series champion, Becker, as Andy Forsberg quickly moved into the third position after taking the green flag from the fifth row.
The battle up front got exciting as Ensign and Becker raced side by side and wheel-to-wheel with Becker taking the top spot on the seventh circuit before the caution flag flew on lap eight.
With Becker leading the field back to green over Ensign and Forsberg, action would pick up behind the lead trio as Lucas Ashe and Chase Majdic would put together some swift moves to surge their way inside the Top-Five from their eighth and 14th starting positions.
On a very racy Marysville Raceway, the race would take a dramatic turn on the 13th lap as Becker would catch a rut in turns three and four and bring the Menne Motorsports machine to a stop.
As he was able to re-fire and join the back of the pack, the lead would go back to Ensign as he would now have nine-time series champion, Andy Forsberg breathing down his neck.
Back under green Ensign and Forsberg would bring the capacity crowd to their feet as they jockeyed for the lead spot with Forsberg getting the better end of the deal on lap 15, as he became the new leader.
Able to gap Ensign, Forsberg would set a strong pace out front as he led over Ensign with Chase Majdic in the third spot, and Lucas Ashe running fourth.
While the leaders chased after one another, Sean Becker did what he could from the back of the pack as he carefully navigated his way back through traffic and into the top five.
Up front however, it was all Andy Forsberg as he went on to claim his third win of the 2017 season with the series, the 31st Civil War triumph in his career, as Ensign finished second, Majdic third, Ashe fourth from 14th, and Becker would rebound to round out the Top-Five.
“We were not very good most of the night, but fortunately my guys stayed at it, and we were good when it counted,” Andy Forsberg said. “I was able to get into third quickly and pace Geoff Ensign and Sean Becker. All of the sudden Sean hooked a rut in three and four, and we were able to make a couple of moves and get by Geoff Ensign and end up in victory lane.”
Kurt Nelson would finish in the sixth spot, Michael Ing would rebound from his involvement on the lap two caution to finish seventh while Mike Monahan, Korey Lovell, and Jimmy Steward would round out the Top-10.
Sean Becker kicked the night off on Saturday night by earning fast time honors with a lap of 12.243 seconds.
Heat wins would go to Geoff Ensign, Michael Ing, and Tyler Seavey, as Ensign would also earn the win during the Dash.
2017 Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster Schedule
7/14 Ocean Speedway- HK Classic
7/22 Thunderbowl Raceway
8/19 Ocean Speedway- Johnny Key Classic $5000 to win!
9/6 Silver Dollar Speedway- Gold Cup
ON TAP: The Civil War Series presented by Flowmaster will be idle this weekend, but pick back up on Friday July 14th in Watsonville, CA as the series will take part in the Howard Kaeding Classic at Ocean Speedway.
2017 WINNERS: Shane Golobic (March 11th Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (March 31st Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (May 27th Marysville Raceway), Kyle Hirst (May 28th Silver Dollar Speedway), Andy Forsberg (July 1st Marysville Raceway).
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CIVIL WAR SERIES PRESENTED BY FLOWMASTER- Founded in 1991 as the North-South Series, the Civil War Sprint Car Series was born in 1993 giving 360ci Sprint Cars in California a sanctioning body. What started as just a handful of races at three different tracks has evolved into quite the series. In 2017, the Civil War Sprint Car Series will host 9 events at 4 different tracks around California.