Tuesday Sep 30 2008
Forsberg a force on the track again
By: Special to the Journal
Auburn racer wraps up points title in Chico with some help from friends, family
Auburn’s Andy Forsberg clinched his second sprint car 410 Championship at the Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico late last month. Entering the final night of racing, Forsberg lead Sacramento’s Sean Becker by a slim 10 points, meaning Becker would need to finish 11 cars ahead of Forsberg, but when Becker was caught up in a lap 19 crash, Forsberg sealed the deal. “Heading into the last race I knew I couldn’t really race that hard, it was pretty frustrating” Forsberg said. “All I had to do was not crash, and stay within 10 spots of Becker. that isn’t really how I like to race but when you are racing for a championship it’s more about the big picture and not just that one certain night.” The 1995 Placer High graduate and his A&A Motorsports team owned by Auburn residents and A&A Stepping Stone Mfg, Inc. owners Keith & Diane Arellano started off the season by teaming up with a Washington-based chassis manufacturer — Triple X Race Co. “It was very exciting to have a chassis builder come to me and want to help out, but at the same time it’s scary because you basically start from scratch on the car set ups you use,” Forsberg said. “All cars need different adjustment and we had figured out our old chassis pretty well. You basically throw all your old notes out the window and start all over, but it was worth the gamble.” To say Forsberg and his team had the old car chassis’s figured out was an understatement. In the past two seasons Forsberg has won 17 races and three championships. He was the 2006 Silver Dollar Speedway 410 track champion, the 2006 California 360 Civil War champion and repeated the 360 Civil War championship in 2007, making him the only driver to ever win four championships in the elite division for California 360 sprint car drivers. Forsberg was also honored by the Associated Press in 2007 by being named Northern California’s Oval Track Driver of the Year. The 2008 season got off to a disastrous start. Forsberg crashed four times in three nights of racing. But he recovered to pick up seven wins in eight weeks between Placerville and Chico, much to the delight of Richard Forsberg, Andy’s father. Richard, a former sprint car driver, takes care of his son’s cars during the week. “I was about to start looking for another job just to have a vacation from fixing his cars,” Richard said. “I basically work full time on my kid’s race cars so he can go out and crash them.” “He is a full-time employee with no pay, no benefits, and no glory,” Andy added. After wrapping up the points title in Chico, Forsberg fell short in his quest to defend his Civil War title. He finished third in the series after a disappointing finale in Placerville last week. Forsberg will be back in Chico on Thursday for the start of the 360 Fall Nationals. For more information and complete season results, visit www.aamotorsports.net.