Sneaking in another weekend of winged sprint car action in California before returning to the USAC grind, Tanner Carrick finished fifth on Friday night at Ocean Speedway before rebounding to finish 12th with the King of the West Series on Saturday night after being involved in a late incident.
“It was another fun weekend racing the sprint car,” Tanner Carrick said. “Huge thanks to Clark Riolo and everyone that works on this car for giving me great cars both nights.”
Carrick kicked his weekend off Friday night as he made a return trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA. Timing the CVC/Cemex/Interstate Oil backed No. 83T entry second fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Lincoln, CA wheelman would finish fourth which would be good enough to get him into the Dash. A sixth place finish in the Dash would put Carrick in the third row for the 30-lap feature event.
When the race came to life, hard contact from another competitor would leave Carrick’s entry a little beat up, but he would be able to race on. Spending much of his night racing inside the Top-Five, Carrick would battle drivers like Cole Macedo, Koen Shaw, and Ryan Bernal as he put forth an impressive effort.
Despite his car being beat up and damaged, Carrick would close his night with his third sprint car Top-Five finish of the season.
Bolting his 410ci power plant into his TCR entry for Saturday night, Carrick and company would take the trip to Placerville Speedway to take on the King of the West Series.
After timing in eighth quickest in time trials, Carrick would be forced into the semi after a tough go in his heat race. Cruising to a win in the ‘B’, Carrick would advance to the feature event where he would roll off the starting grid in the ninth position.
Falling out of the Top-10 when the race came to life, gaining spots back in the early goings would be tough with the bottom groove being the preferred line. Following a non-stop 20-lap green flag run, a lap 21 restart would see Carrick and Nathan Rolfe get together causing nose wing damage to Carrick’s entry.
Able to restart after a quick trip to the work area, Carrick would pick up a handful of positions in the race’s final nine laps and he was able to cap his weekend off with a 12th place finish.
“I am just thankful for the chance to run at home as much as we do when the schedule allows,” Carrick added. “It is a ton of fun, and I looking forward to getting back into the midget this week after running really well the last few weeks.”
Tanner Carrick would like to thank CVC, Cemex, Interstate Oil, Conti, Harris and Sloan, Emerald, Timberworks Construction, Arai, and Spike Chassis for their support.
2018 BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 19, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 3, Top 10’s: 10
ON TAP: Carrick is now set to reunite with Keith Kunz Motorsports and the USAC National Midget Series as they invade PA starting on Thursday night at Path Valley Speedway, Friday night at Linda’s Speedway, Saturday night at Lanco’s Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway, and Sunday at BAPS Motor Speedway.
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