Marysville CA - May 17, 2004. The FEATHERLITE
Pacific Sprint Cars produced a new winner Saturday as Lower Lakes’
Brent Dothage roared to a convincing victory at Clyde and Linda Tipton’s Twin
Cities Speedway. Dothage had a clear shot at the lead after front row starter,
and 3-time champion, Colby Wiesz crashed hard enough to fold his front end in
the second of two aborted main event starts. Wiesz’s trouble gave Dothage a
front row start.
At the original green, two drivers got together in row 3 and immediately had
their cars crossed-up at the exit of turn 4. Only six of the 20 starters got
through. A red flag was displayed as the entire 4th turn was blocked.
Nobody turned over and, amazingly, all the cars restarted. Attempt #2 was
thwarted when Colfax’s Wiesz had his problems in turn 2. The third time was
the charm and Dothage took full advantage of his good fortune when he assumed
the front row spot vacated by Wiesz. Dothage checked out. Behind Dothage there
was an impressive knot of racers doing battle for 2nd through 6th.
Nevada’s Mike Monohan, the Lovell brothers, Kevin and Korey, Sacramento’s
Jack Lowder and Steve Watts were the players. For the 1st quarter of
the race this group passed and re-passed each other a number of times.
Heading into turn 3 on lap 6, Lowder attempted an inside pass on Korey Lovell
for 3rd place. The pair ran side-by-side through turn 3 but bumped
wheels as they entered turn 4. Both cars jumped sideways and Sacramento’s
Watts had nowhere to go. Watts hit Lowder a ton and flew high in the air. Watts
did a masterful job saving his bucking bronco, but spun to a stop in the
infield. Lowder’s front end was crushed in the impact with Watts. The race
restarted and Dothage had every one else covered. Monahan, in 2nd on
the restart, was smooth and quick, but couldn’t catch Dothage. Kyle Scheild,
Kevin Lovell and Korey Lovell rounded out the top 5 finishers. Two noteworthy
drives spiced the racing in the main event. 16th starting Jeff
Halleib fought his way to a 7th finishing position and arrived in
second place in the point standings with his effort. The aforementioned Steve
Watts, after his crash with Lowder, come from scratch to 9th in only
9 laps. It was his second appearance of the season at TCS. Yuba City’s Korey
Lovell took over the point lead with his solid 5th place finish.
Kevin Sprague of Yuba City posted an impressive victory in the always
surprising TCS Mini Stock feature event. The featured race was stopped on the
opening lap by a spectacular flip in turn 3 by Olivehurst’s James Gillaspie.
Gillaspie got together with another car as the bunched up field rushed into 3.
Gillaspie’s car bounced high in the air and flipped twice. Gillaspie appeared
stunned and it was a while before he was extracted from the bent racer.
Gillaspie has been one of the pleasant surprises in this class this year running
fast and clean in the events he has competed in.
Gillespie’s teammate Robert Mull took control at the new green. Yuba
City’s Heather Bartlett and Greg Prather were also in the hunt. Sprague began
his run to the front from 15th starting position. Charlie Marrs,
Jeremy Blackshere and Brandon Dozier hooked up with Sprague and marched with him
toward the front. A series of quick yellow flags for minor spins kept the
quartet close to the front-runners. This one turned into a great race. Mull
slipped high in turn 4 to give up the lead at ½ distance. Sprague was there and
shortly thereafter captured the lead with a fine move in turn 2. Sprague’s car
seemed better off of 2 than anyone else. That is anyone else except the high
flying Dozier. When Dozier got by Bartlett for second he reeled in Sprague.
Marrs showed up in 4th.
Marrs and Bartlett got together on the front chute and Bartlett took a long
lazy slide out of 3rd place. Two more yellows a couple of laps later
took Bartlett and Tudor’s Brad Magenheimer out of the mix. With 5 laps to go
in the contest Sprague, Dozier, Marrs and Blackshere were at the front. Throw in
Mull and all five drivers had a shot at the victory. In the best duel for the
lead seen here this year in TCS Mini Stock competition, Dozier and Sprague
traded the lead back and forth. Marrs, Mull and Blackshere battled it out for
the show position. A quick yellow with 2 to go set up a wild dash to the finish.
Dozier got Sprague on the restart, but Sprague pulled even off 2 and reassumed
the lead. The crowd roared its approval of this thrilling race. Dozier made
another charge off of turn 4 coming to the white flag, and lost it. Dozier sawed
at the wheel and began to straighten the car out as he headed to turn 1. Third
place Marrs tapped Dozier as the pair entered turn 1 and Dozier started a long
slide that resulted in a spin in turn 1.
Sprague flew under the checkered flag with Marrs in second. Mull rebounded
for a well-deserved 3rd place finish. Blackshere and Prather
completed the top five. A frustrated Dozier recovered from the spin and placed 9th
in the final result. Point leader Sprague was a happy driver in victory lane and
said that his advantage in turn 2 was the difference. “I could really hook up
coming off of turn 2.” he reflected. “But this is why we come here…to race
Nice guys do finish first. Woodland’s Kenny Bair picked up his first ever
TCS Speedway Sprint Car main event victory with a wire-to-wire drive that was
described by one railbird as “smooth as silk”. Front row starter Bair just
ran away at the green flag. End of story for Bair. Behind Bair a spectacular
tussle was going on. Track record holder, Tim Sherman, point leader, Chris
Magoon, Jake Servin, Rick Eversult and 1st time racer in this class,
Steve Stein slugged it out for the entire distance. One red flag marred the
event as a three-car tangle, at ½ way, had Dave Kinnard resting on his roll
cage. There were no injuries. The new green, for Bair, was pretty much like the
old green. He drove away. Vacaville’s Stein was the passing master in this
one. He finished in second. Stein was the only one who could move in on Bair,
but he simply ran out of time. Sherman placed 3rd after a consistent
effort and some help from Magoon.
A three abreast finish for 4th had the fans screaming. The finish
required a slow motion video analysis to determine the outcome. 3rd
place runner Magoon lost control coming out of turn 4 on the final lap. Magoon
saved it, but the group of cars behind him went for whatever opening they could
find. Magoon, Jake Servin and Eversult came across the line under a blanket.
Magoon placed 4th and Servin was 5th. Eversult was placed
6th. Stein was a late entry into the show, but proved to be a
contender. Stein has converted his winged Pacific Sprinter into a non-wing
Speedway Sprint Car. Stein had to start last in his heat and passed seven cars
in eight laps. He then pressed through to second in the main event. Bair seemed
amazed in victory lane. “I didn’t think I’d win this soon.” mused Bair.
He’s only raced his crisp looking Speedway Sprinter four times. Bair’s
remarkable runs have landed him in 6th place in the point standings.
What makes this all the more notable is that he actually missed one show for a
family obligation he had committed to.
The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars were the traveling series hosted by TCS this week and
the outcome was perhaps predictable but hard fought nonetheless. For the 14th
time in his career, Howie Ross of Sabastopol won at TCS. Ross benefited by
starting on the pole. Ross attributed his victory to the pill draw, but it was
more than that. Ross was under constant pressure from Stockton’s Steve Albirdi
Jr. and Mike Grenert. The trio bumped banged and passed back and forth for the
duration of the event. Only two minor yellows slowed the furious pace. Once
again, the Nor Cal club put on a professional program with quality, sparkling
racecars throughout the field.
Saturday May 22nd the winged FEATHERLITE
Pacific Sprint Cars will return to Twin Cities for round 6 of the 2004
point season. The TCS Mini Stocks, the TCS Stock Cars Series and the Nor Cal
Dwarf Cars will also be on the card. It will be Scout Nite. TCS will salute
local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troupes. 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,
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
MAY 15, 2004 - POINTS RACE #6
FEATHERLITE PACIFIC SPRINT CARS
1. 49- Mike Monahan, 2. 2B- Brent Dothage, 3. 21W- Colby Weisz, 4. 72- Jeff
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Brent Dothage, Kevin Lovell, Korey Lovell
1. Brent Dothage, 2. Mike Monahan, 3. Kyle Schild, 4. Kevin Lovell, 5. Korey
Lovell, 6. Dennis Wood, 7. Jeff Haleib, 8. Steve Watts, 9. Jim Marsh, 10.
Christine Zaveson, 11. David Sprigg, 12. Rick Krausher, 13. Troy DeGaton, 14.
Rich Vant, 15. Jack Lowder, 16. Dennis Harvey, 17. Heath Hall, 18. Colby Weisz,
19. Brandon Dozier, 20. Tony Silvera (DNS)
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Chris Magoon, Kevin Orth
1. Kenny Bair, 2. Steve Stein, 3. Tim Sherman, 4. Chris Magoon, 5. Jacob
Serven, 6. Rick Eversult, 7. Robert Bankson, 8. Daryl Moore, 9. Kevin Orth, 10.
Gary Koster, 11. Jimmy Steward, 12. Ed Zimmerman, 13. Steve Fletcher Jr., 14.
David Kinnard, 15. Nathan Johnson, 16. Greg Hanson, 17. Scott Pagh (DNS), 18.
Guy Bean (DNS)
TCS MINI STOCKS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Charlie Marrs, Greg Prather, Brandon Dozier
1. Chris Paquette, 2. Charlie Marrs, 3. Robert Mull, 4. Jeremy Blackshere,
5. Greg Prather, 6. Robert Luster, 7. Mike Merritt, 8. Charlotte Reische, 9.
Brandon Dozier, 10. Brad Magenheimer, 11. Ryan Francis, 12. Shaun Merritt, 13.
Heather Bartlett, 14. Melissa Bryant, 15. Ken Reische, 16. Dee Harvey, 17.
Robert Thompson, 18. James Gillaspie, 19. Shane Stoker, 20. Derek Dozier, 21.