Tanner Carrick Garners Two Top-5’s
PETERSEN MEDIA: A rare three-race weekend in Northern California saw Tanner Carrick pick up a fourth-place finish on Friday night at Ocean Speedway, a second-place finish at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, before getting upside down during feature event action at Petaluma Speedway on Sunday night.
“Overall, I felt like it was a pretty good weekend for our race team,” Tanner Carrick said. “We had speed every time we hit the track; I just need to do a better job of putting myself in better spots during racing action.”
Returning to Ocean Speedway for Friday night action, Carrick timed the CVC/Cemex/Harris and Sloan backed machine in fifth fastest in time trials before running second to Bud Kaeding in heat race competition.
Earning a berth in the Dash, Carrick would pick up the win and put his machine on the pole of the 30-lap feature event. When the race came to life, Carrick would settle into second on the extremely slick and abrasive Ocean Speedway surface.
Slipping back to third, Carrick would find himself searching for rubber that was going down on the speedway as he chased after Bud Kaeding and Tristan Guardino.
As the laps clicked off, Carrick would soon feel pressure from younger brother, Blake, as they battled on the quarter mile with Blake getting the better of the battle and putting Tanner back into fourth where he would finish.
Traveling to Placerville Speedway on Saturday night, Carrick continued to show speed at the high banked facility as he paced the field in time trials before picking up a second-place finish in his heat race.
With his spot in the redraw secure due to his qualifying efforts, Carrick would pull the two, and put himself on the front row of the 25-lap feature event.
The initial start saw the Lincoln, CA wheelman jump out to the early lead, however the red flag was needed and would negate Carrick’s efforts.
The ensuing restart was not as kind to Carrick as he would actually slip back to third with Colby Copeland getting the jump and Justin Sanders moving into second.
On the slick surface, Carrick would continue to hold down to third position as the race would end up going nearly nonstop with the lone caution waving on the 20th circuit.
Sitting in third on the restart, Carrick would begin to pressure Colby Copeland for the runner-up position. Able to get by Copeland with two laps left in the race, Carrick would pocket his eighth Top-5 finish of the young season.
Sunday night the scene shifted to Petaluma Speedway where Carrick would take part in the track’s season opening event. Timing in seventh fastest in time trials, Carrick would pick up the win in heat race competition.
Lining up on the pole for the feature event, trouble would strike Carrick on the start of the race as he would get upside down and bring his night to an early end.
“Saturday night I felt like we had a car that was good enough to win, I just made a couple mistakes that cost us. Still, super happy with our speed and am looking forward to Watsonville and Placerville again this weekend,” Carrick added.
Tanner Carrick would like to thank CVC, Cemex, Interstate Oil, Conti, Harris and Sloan, Emerald, Timberworks Construction, Kaeding Performance, and Arai for their continued support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts: 14, Wins: 1, Top 5’s: 8, Top 10’s: 10
ON TAP: Carrick returns to action on Friday night at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA and on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway in Placerville, CA.
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