CA - May 10, 2004. The FEATHERLITE
Pacific Sprint Cars couldn’t have put on a more thrilling show than the
one presented last night. Jeff Halleib of Lake of the Pines won an outstanding
main event. Halleib outdistanced Reno Nevada’s Mike Monahan and Sacramento’s
Herman Klein at Twin Cities Speedway.
Outside pole sitter Halleib outgunned pole sitter Dave Sprigg into turn one
and led the 1st lap of the main event when Sprigg wheelied on the
back stretch. The proceedings ground to a halt on lap 3 when Geoff Duppman of
Sacramento got together with Citrus Height’s Rick Krausher. Duppman flipped
hard on the front chute and nearly destroyed his car. He was unhurt.
The race restarted and a remarkable struggle ensued when point leader Klein,
Monahan, Kevin Lovell, Korey Lovell, impressive newcomer Heath Hall and Halleib
started a long green flag run to the delight of the crowd. The cars raced high
and low on the sticky surface. Hall, of Oroville, started to pick off cars and
ran up to second with Klein in tow. Monahan held 4th with Kevin
Lovell just behind.
With 5 to go second place runner Hall collided with a lap car and allowed
Klein and Monahan by. The green stayed on and Hall dropped to 6th.
Klein used the opportunity to his advantage. He started to reel in Halleib using
the high side around lapped traffic.
With one to go Klein was within striking distance as the pair approached
lapped traffic once again. Klein made up 40 yards in ½ of a lap. Racing off of
turn 4 to the checkers Klein lost it, slid sideways, and Monohan flashed by for
second. Klein recovered for 3rd with fast qualifier Brent Dothage
concluding a nice late race effort grabbing 4th. Kevin Lovell came
across in 5th.
“This was a racy place tonight,” noted Halleib in victory lane. “Clyde
really did a great job. The high side was back”.
3rd place Klein and 2nd place Monohan also chimed in with
their assessment that a sticky high side made this an easy place to pass.
Racing legend Gary Koster from Woodland, California dodged two flipping cars
and trounced the Wingless Warriors of the Speedway Sprint Car Series into
submission as he won the featured event. Koster was running 3rd when
early race leader Mark Orth and 2nd running Steve Fletcher Jr.
crashed together and both started flipping entering turn 1. Koster rolled to a
stop near the crash as the red flag was displayed. Orth and Fletcher were not
seriously injured in the spectacular looking melee, but both were out for the
The new green appeared and Koster was never headed. A great 4-car battle was
waged in the race that went green all the way after the red waved for the crash.
Point leader Chris Magoon made two slick passes in the late going to finish 3rd.
He ran out of time as he approached runner up Rick Eversult. Eversult had a
great ride after two consecutive feature event flips in the last two events at
Sophomore racer Chris Paquette of Yuba City headed a great field of Twin
Cities Speedway Stock Cars and won his first ever-main event. Paquette entered
the event 3rd in points and was due for a visit to victory lane. The
victory was hard fought and well deserved.
When the green flag waved on the main event Charlie Duffey cruised to an
early and commanding lead. Paquette, last week’s main event winner Jerry
Bartlett, Jake Cavasos and Donnie Fortney started to play their respective
hands. Paquette showed up in second place, but Duffey was gone. Bartlett,
Cavasos and Fortney were having a renewed battle reminiscent of last week’s
great struggle for the lead. A mid-race yellow for a minor incident closed the
pack, but Duffey was doomed. He had a flat tire and had to go to the pits to
have it changed.
Paquette was the beneficiary of Duffey’s misfortune and was the new leader
at the new green. Fortney, Cavasos and Bartlett had come from the back and were
camped on Paquette’s tail. Bartlett braved his way by the stout Cavasos on the
outside and set sail for Fortney and Paquette. The next five circuits were
spectacular as Bartlett got by Fortney as Paquette motored on.
It took Bartlett 3 more circuits to get to Paquette, but he got there.
Paquette and Bartlett slugged it out for several laps. Bartlett tried inside and
outside and couldn’t get the job done. Then, in a moment it was over. Bartlett
came to grief in turn 2 with a suspension failure. The final laps were run and
Paquette won the race in convincing fashion. Cavasos got the measure of Fortney
in the later laps and was getting closer to Paquette when time ran out.
Tudor’s Brad Magenheimer was impressive in his first TCS Stock Car appearance
finishing in 4th place. Duffey recovered for 5th.
The SORA Sprint 100’s rounded out the card and Sacramento’s Kerry
McColloch dominated the night by sweeping the show. It took McColloch just two
laps to get to the front and, simply, was never challenged in his runaway win.
Perennial favorite Tony Gaoiran challenged McColloch in the early stages, but
fell victim to mechanical gremlins. This was McColloch’s second consecutive
win at Twin Cities Speedway and 3rd of the new season.
Saturday May 15th the winged FEATHERLITE
Pacific Sprint Cars will return to Twin Cities for round 5 of the 2004
point season. The Speedway Sprint Cars, the TCS Mini stocks Series and the Nor
Cal Dwarf Cars will also be on the card.
Pit gates open at 3, the grandstand gates open at 5 with racing at 7.
Visit us on the web at www.twincitiesspeedway.net
or call (916) 985-2089 to reach the business office. All the latest updates are
always posted to the website first.
FEATHERLITE PACIFIC SPRINT CARS, SPEEDWAY SPRINT
CARS, STOCK CARS
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
MAY 8, 2004 - POINTS RACE #5
FEATHERLITE PACIFIC SPRINT CARS
1. 2B- Brent Dothage, 2. 71- Korey Lovell, 3. 81- Kevin Lovell, 4. 5H- Herman
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Mark Hall, Rick Krausher, Jack Lowder
1. Jeff Haleib, 2. Mike Monahan, 3. Herman Klein, 4. Brent Dothage, 5. Kevin
Lovell, 6. Heath Hall, 7. Korey Lovell, 8. Troy DeGaton, 9. Jim Richardson, 10.
Jack Lowder, 11. David Sprigg, 12. Dennis Wood, 13. Steve Watts, 14. Mark Hall,
15. Rick Krausher, 16. Christine Zaveson, 17. Mike Johnson, 18. Geoff Duppman
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Gary Koster, Kevin Orth
1. Gary Koster, 2. Rick Eversult, 3. Chris Magoon, 4. Scott Pagh, 5. Kenny
Bair, 6. Tim Sherman, 7. Jacob Serven. 8. Kevin Orth, 9. Steve Fletcher Jr., 10.
TCS STOCK CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Jerry Bartlett, Chris Paquette
1. Chris Paquette, 2. Jacob Cavasos, 3. Donnie Fortney, 4. George
Magenheimer, 5. Charlie Duffy, 6. Tony Licari, 7. Cindy Sherman, 8. Wayne Turk,
9. Dan Kaundart, 10. Jerry Bartlett, 11. Lonnie Taylor Jr., 12. Kenny Robinson,
13. Archie Flynn, 14. Aaron Taylor