WATSONVILLE, California — July 30, 2012) – Tommy Tarlton in the Tarlton & Son #21 continued his dominance over the Ocean Sprints Sprints presented by Taco Bravo by winning his third straight Johnny Key Classic qualifier at Ocean Speedway Watsonville on Friday night. Tarlton's win also meant that second place finisher Andy Forsberg of Auburn, CA is locked into the Johnny Key as well.
Tarlton carries a huge head of steam into the 52nd Johnny Key Classic on Saturday August 25, which will pay $10,000 to win courtesy of DDNi. Joining Tarlton and Forsberg so far is San Jose's Nick Green. The top-two in Ocean Sprints points not locked in, and the highest finishing non-qualified car on August 17, will also join the list of qualifiers as we count down to the Key.
"Paul always gives me a good car," Tarlton said. "It's a big couple of weeks coming up here for us and our team. Watsonville is a blast and definitely a lot of fun. To get three in a row here is unbelievable!"
Friday's feature was led to green by Forsberg, a multi-time Silver Dollar Speedway and Placerville Speedway champion. Forsberg led the way through a series of red flags and caution flags in the first five laps. Australia's Josh Ruhs and Salinas' Carter Train flipped on lap three and collected young Carson Macedo to end all three of their nights. On the following restart, fast-time qualifier Justin Sanders, now living in Watsonville, had a big flip in Orval Burke's OB1 entry.
Tim Decarlo, Jr. was also victim of a flip on the next attempt for a restart. After things settled down, the race went green on lap five with Forsberg in the lead while Tarlton found himself mired in seventh.
Stockton's Brad Furr briefly took second from Green on the restart but Tarlton was the car with the biggest head of steam. Tarlton made his way into the top-five past Jason Statler on lap 10 and took over second on lap 16. Furr followed Tarlton past Green as well.
Furr passed Tarlton for second on lap 19, but Tarlton came back at him on lap 22 to go after race leader Forsberg in lapped traffic. Tarlton made a big statement by reeling in Forsberg and sweeping past him on lap 27 to take the lead.
Tarlton led the final three laps for his fourth win at Ocean Speedway in 2012 ahead of Forsberg, second place in points Brad Furr, points leader Shane Golobic of Fremont, and Statler. Only seven of the 21 starters finished on the lead lap in a torrid 25 lap green flag run.
"I might have gone into a little bit of cruise control in the last few laps but I guess I should have done a better job of looking at the scoreboard," Forsberg said. "I'm out of my element here and inexperience bit us. Tommy's pretty tough down here and we're satisfied!"
Heat race wins went to Forsberg, Lance Norick of Arizona, and Green. The DDNi Hard Charger for the evening was Salinas' Jeremy Chisum who drove from 19th to finish 11th. Sanders won his second straight the Ray Scheidt's Electric fast-time award with an 11.453 second lap.
The Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo will break until the final Johnny Key Classic qualifier on Friday August 17th.
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Ocean Speedway would like to thank Taco Bravo, Digital Delivery Networks, Get Som Sports, Ray Scheidt's Electric, Hoosier Tires West, and Kaeding Performance for their support of the 2012 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo.
July 27, 2012 Ocean Sprints presented by Taco Bravo - Watsonville, California
RAY SCHEIDT'S ELECTRIC QUALIFYING: OB1 Justin Sanders 11.453
HEAT RACE ONE: 92 Andy Forsberg
HEAT RACE TWO: 90 Lance Norick
HEAT RACE THREE: 14 Nick Green
30 LAP FEATURE: 1) 21 Tommy Tarlton 2) 92 Andy Forsberg 3) 2 Brad Furr 4) 9J Shane Golobic 5) 00 Jason Statler 6) 98 Ryan Rusconi 7) 14 Nick Green 8) 58 Jerry Bonnema 9) 21m Mike Henry 10) 99 Wayne Katen 11) 8 Jeremy Chisum 12) 4x Burt Foland, Jr. 13) 37 Michael Twitchell 14) 90 Lance Norick 15) 72W Kurt Nelson 16) OB1 Justin Sanders 17) 4 Tim Decarlo, Jr. 18) 41W Joshua Williams 19) 2x Carter Train 20) 21x Carson Macedo 21) 99AU Josh Ruhs