AROMAS, Calif. — Justin Sanders has often flown under the radar so to speak in California, despite picking up more than 50 victories so far in his young career.
Often competing in his family owned No. 17 machine, Sanders has made cameos in the past for various car owners, but has been officially tabbed for his biggest opportunity to-date and will drive the Mike Phulps Motorsports No. 56 sprint car next season.
“I was a little surprised when I got a phone call from the team,” Sanders admitted. “This is a great opportunity, and I am really thankful that Mike Phulps, Kerry Fasig, and Ryan Riley thought enough of me to give me this opportunity.”
With 2018 right around the corner, Sanders and MPM have laid out a 30-race schedule that will see them compete for the Sprint Car Challenge Tour Championship, as well as hit some of the marquee races on the West Coast, including the Bradway Memorial, Trophy Cup, the Peter Murphy Classic, Silver Cup, Fall Nationals, the Mark Forni Classic and Copper Classic in Arizona.
Aside from those aforementioned races, Sanders and Phulps will also compete at select King of the West Series races.
Another new opportunity Sanders has in 2018 is a limited schedule with Dale Miller Motorsports, aboard the potent No. 4sa on a handful of occasions at Placerville (Calif.) Speedway.
Sanders will stay busy during his open weeks with Mike Phulps Motorsports, as he will take on the World of Outlaws when they are in the region aboard the Jon Von Schroltz No. 121, a car that he has had immense success over the past couple of seasons.
Sanders and F&W Racing will also reunite. Sanders will climb back aboard the potent No. 18 machine for a trip to the Pacific Northwest for Speedweek, with an array of various races also penciled in.
“2018 is shaping up to be a great season and I am very excited and thankful to be able to pilot some great cars for some great owners,” Sanders added. “I am looking forward to working with Mike, Dale, Joe, Rudy and their teams and am hoping to pick up some great results.”
CREDIT: Petersen Media