Andy Forsberg Surges from Ninth to Win
(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
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.
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
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.