MAY 25, 2013
Marysville Raceway Park
MAY 26, 2013
Silver Dollar Speedway
Allard muscles to first Civil War Series win of then year in Quincy
By Bill Sullivan/ Civil War Sprint Car Series
QUINCY, CA (6-16-12) - At the beginning of then year when it was announced that Cameron Park's Stephen Allard would be the hired gun behind the wheel of Scott Russell's popular #14r sprint car there was great anticipation of what the combination may bring. After a few weeks of coming together, this El Dorado County based team is now a force to contend with. After scoring his first home track win last week in Placerville, Allard carried his momentum to the north end of then state this past weekend and drove to victory in the fifth round of the Hoosier Racing Tires Civil War Sprint Car Series in Quincy.
The venue was the 3/8 mile scenic American Valley Speedway, a track that is home to the Civil War Sprint Car Series just once per year. The event was the second leg of a double header that opened the night before at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. For Allard, the recent win plus a top run on his championship Silver Dollar Speedway maintained his stellar charge to the front Saturday night.
At the start of Saturday's 30-lap feature event, defending six time champion and recent point leader Andy Forsberg of Auburn jumped into the initial lead. When a spin in the second turn brought out the yellow flag as Allard was driving around Forsberg. The officials ruled the flag a split yellow which awarded Allard the lead. On the restart, Allard charged to the front of the field and maintained the top spot for then next 23 laps until heavy lapped traffic allowed Forsberg to close in on the leader and overtake the top spot, momentarily.
Just one lap after resuming the lead, Forsberg climbed up the bumper of Jimmy Steward going through the third and fourth turns. The error was just the opportunity Allard was awaiting as he muscled his way to the high side of the track and took the lead in the fourth turn. For the final five laps of the race, Allard went without series challenge all the way to the finish line.
Forsberg maintained his recently earned point lead by rolling home in the second position over Kyle Hirst of Elk Grove. Herman Klein of Sacramento was fourth over Cody Lamar of Rio Linda and Placerville's Jimmy Trulli, Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley was seventh while Mason Moore of Princeton charged his way to the eighth position after starting 20th in the field Saturday night. Bradley Terrell was ninth followed by Robert Stice.
Heat races on Saturday night were claimed by Mark Tabor Jr. as well as Koen Shaw and Brett Rollag. Klein was the fastest qualifier of the night with a 15:415 second lap.Following Saturday's event, Forsberg maintains the series point lead with a 16-point advantage over Hirst. Allard advanced a position into third place while Colby Wiesz of Colfax holds the fourth place position. Greg DeCaires of Elk Grove rounds out the top five. The next Civil War Series event will be a high caliber event at Placerville Speedway on July 4th which will pay tribute to the legendary Tiner family and will feature bonus monies and added incentives. The event will also include fireworks and the end of the racing program. Full information on the Civil War Sprint Car Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tires can be found at www.civilwarsprints.com.