PETERSEN MEDIA- Overcoming a wild flip on lap 15, Shane Hopkins and his Moxie Motorsports team would fight back and come home with an 12th place finish after thrashing in the work area at Placerville Speedway.
“I really have to thank everyone who jumped in and helped make repairs after our flip,” Shane Hopkins said. “We got caught up in a big mess and fortunately we were able to rally and nearly come home with a Top-10.”
Checking into Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, Hopkins would open his night up by timing the Moxie Mechanical/Morrison Concrete/TNT Powdercoat backed No. 97 machine in 10th quickest in qualifying time trials.
Running third in his heat race, the Cameron Park, CA native would grid the field from the 11th starting position. When the race came to life, Hopkins would settle in as he worked inside the Top-10 until an early caution slowed the race on the fifth lap.
Continuing to work his way forward, a yellow on lap-15 would change the complexion of Hopkins’ night. When the race came back to life, cars around him would get a little erratic and it would result in contact getting his machine upside down in turns three and four.
Going to the work area, Hopkins’ crew and an onslaught of others would get to work and would get the Rookie of the Year hopeful back on to the racing surface before the green flag was shown to the field.
From the back, Hopkins was able to take a battered racecar and race his way forward. Working his was through the field, Hopkins would salvage his night with a 12th place finish.
“It was certainly not the way we wanted it to happen, but we came home with a good finish, considering,” Shane Hopkins added. “Luckily we were able to get a lot of the bolt on stuff fixed and made it back out. Again, thanks to everyone for working so hard.”
Hopkins and Moxie Motorsports would like to thank Moxie Mechanical, Morrison Concrete, TNT Powdercoat, LRB Ent., ADCO Driveline, C&H Veteran Enterprises, Soares Motorsports, Joe Hunt Magnetos, Capital Ace Hardware, Johnson Motorsports, American River Overhead, Americote Painting, Gary Morgan Graphics, and ART Enterprises for their support in 2018.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS- Starts-5, Wins-0, Top-5’s-1, Top 10’s-1
ON TAP- Shane and Moxie Motorsports return to action on Saturday night as they will travel to Fernley, NV with the Sprint Car Challenge Tour.
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