Third at Stockton Dirt Track Highlights Three-Race KWS Run for Tanner Carrick
PETERSEN MEDIA: Taking part in three of the four King of the West events during the series’ Speedweek, a third place run at Stockton on Saturday night would highlights Carrick’s week.
“It was nice to get back in the 410ci engine and run some familiar tracks after running it in Knoxville a few weeks ago,” Tanner Carrick said. “The first two nights we had speed but no luck, and on Saturday night things finally went our way and we landed on the podium.”
Thursday night the fun kicked off with the KWS’ first visit to Merced Speedway since back in 1992. Carrick would get the night kicked off by timing the CVC/Cemex/Interstate Oil backed No. 83T machine timed in 13th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Missing the heat race inversion, the Lincoln, CA driver would work his way to a fourth-place finish in his heat and find himself in the sixth row for the 30-lap feature event.
On a track that was difficult to pass on, Carrick work jump into the 12th spot where he would run much of the first third of the race. Running in the 12th spot, Carrick would slow on the 13th lap with issues under the hood of his car, and head back to this trailer and end his night.
Friday night, Carrick and the Carrick Motorsports team made the trip to Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA for the second night of KWS Speedweek action.
Timing in 10th fastest in time trials, the Lincoln, CA native would, find himself on the pole of his heat race needing a win to have a shot at qualifying for the Dash. Taking care of business, Carrick would hold off Ryan Robinson to take the win, and it would indeed give him enough points earn a spot in the Dash.
Lining up fourth in the six-lap shootout, Carrick would work his way to a second-place finish and find himself on the front row of the 30-lap feature event.
When the race went green, Carrick would lead the first lap of the feature event before, Mitchell Faccinto was able to get the top spot on a lap two restart. Running in second position, contact with another driver on the 10th circuit would cause severe rear-end damage to Carrick’s machine and he would again be forced to retire early.
Saturday night would mark Carrick’s third and final race of the week as the team would be unable to compete on Sunday.
Timing in 10th fastest in time trials, Carrick would race to a second place finish in his heat race, and find himself 11th on the starting grid for the 30-lap feature event.
On a tricky Stockton Dirt Track that saw the bottom turn into the preferred groove, Carrick would do a masterful job of working his way through the fray.
Having to overcome no issues on this night, Carrick would find himself inside the Top-Five late in the race, and would crack the final spot on the podium, where he would ultimately finish, in the closing laps.
“It felt good to end our week on a high note with a lot of 410ci events coming up,” Tanner Carrick said. “Thanks to my guys for all of their hard work, hopefully we can grab a 410ci win this weekend.”
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: 49, Wins: 6, Top 5’s: 23, Top 10’s: 30
ON TAP: Carrick return to action on Saturday and Sunday in Chico, CA with the KWS as the series competes in the famed Louie Vermeil Classic.
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