Tanner Carrick Picks Up Fourth and Sixth Place Finishes
PETERSEN MEDIA: After a strong weekend that saw him finish first and second in two nights of action on week ago, Tanner Carrick continued stack strong finishes this past weekend as he would finish fourth on Friday night in Watsonville, CA and sixth on Saturday night in Placerville, CA.
“We were able to get in two more nights of racing over the weekend, and we had a really good car both nights and it is a huge testament to how hard Lucas and Clark work during the week,” Tanner Carrick said. “Friday night we got to fourth when the rubber started going down, and on Saturday night my redraw skills kind of hurt us and we took a big blow on the initial start when cars tangled in front of us.”
Carrick kicked the action off on Friday night as he and his team made the trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA. Timing his CVC/Cemex/Interstate Oil backed No. 83T mount in second fastest in time trials, Carrick would stumble in his heat as he finished sixth and was forced into the semi.
Running second in the ‘B’, Carrick would keep his night moving along as he transferred into the feature event and took the green flag from the ninth starting position.
On a very slick racing surface, Carrick would work his way forward as he soon found himself up inside the Top-5. Running fifth, rubber would start to go down on the speedway and passing would seemingly become nonexistent. Sneaking in one more position, Carrick would finish fourth on this night.
Winning the Sprint Car Challenge Tour opener one week ago at Placerville Speedway, Tanner Carrick returned the high-banked ¼ mile bullring on Saturday night looking for repeat that success.
Timing in fourth fastest to get the night kicked off, Carrick would power his way to a win in his heat race, before drawing the vaunted eight pill for his feature event starting position.
The initial start would see pole sitter, John Clark, lose the handle in turns one and two, and as cars bobbed and weaved to avoid, Carrick would make contact with the stalled car as he aimed to clear it, but was able to race on.
When the race came to life, Carrick was working his way forward as he worked into the fourth position by the fourth lap before getting knocked off the racing surface on the fifth lap.
Slipping all the way back to 10th as he gathered his car back up, Carrick would then work to get moving forward again in what was a fast-paced feature event.
Using a lap 12 restart to jump into seventh, Carrick would get into sixth one lap later. Jumping into fifth on a lap 17 restart, Carrick would battle hard with Andy Gregg and Shane Golobic in the race’s final stanza.
When the race came to a close, Carrick capped his night off with a sixth-place finish.
“We made pretty good contact on the opening lap with a stalled car, but we were fortunately able to keep going,” Carrick said. “Then we had some help off the track and fell all the way back to 10th. The car was good underneath me, and we were able to fight back up and finish sixth.”
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: 11, Wins: 1, Top 5’s: 6, Top 10’s: 8
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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