Riding the wave of his stellar sweep of Springfield, Daniels showed strength straight away at the Sacramento Mile I and topped the timesheets. When the racing got underway, it was an absolute dog fight with multiple riders in line on the grooved track fighting for victory. The defending champ was shuffled to fourth in his Semi, which gave him a less than ideal second-row spot on the grid, but he was able to get a good start and work his way to the front. On the last lap, he was second and tried to draft to victory, but came just short of a three-rider photo finish in third.
Daniels came out swinging on day two with a win in his Semi. The Sacramento Mile II Main Event was another multi-rider fight, and once again, the Illinois rider was right there for that drag race to the finish crossing the line .023 of a second behind the race winner. In the end, it was an important points haul for the 18-year-old, giving him a 20-point lead heading into the finale.
Rush was also in the hunt for victory at his home race in Northern California. The veteran finished second and third in his Semis and got a good start in both Mains. He was right there in the mix in that wild first Main Event. He worked to position himself in a spot for the run to the checkers but came up a little short of the podium finish. In the second Main Event, he was right there as well but ultimately crossed the line fourth.
In the Mission SuperTwins class, Beach’s prowess of getting good starts paid off. He had a good start in his Semi in second but unfortunately got bumped off the groove and was shuffled back to fifth, which put him on the back row of the grid. The dirt track/road racer got another great start in the Main Event in sixth. He was bumped off the groove again to seventh but put his head down and fought his way to a top-five finish for his best result with the team on a Mile. Beach got another great start into the top five in the second Main Event, but the day race made for challenging conditions at the Cal Expo, and he was unable to finish and was credited with 10th.
Carlile had a tough first day on the Sacramento Mile but did what he could to salvage 11th with some issues that had him unable to ride to his full potential. He and the team came back for Sunday’s second round and put together a good setup to have him fighting in the Main Event. He was having a good race and was working his way forward until, unfortunately, he had a technical issue. The race was red-flagged, and he was able to restart at the back on his backup bike and rebounded to end the day ninth.
The Estenson Racing team gets a month’s break before they return to battle at the Progressive American Flat Track season finale at the Charlotte Half-Mile on October 8 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.