CA - May 30, 2004. Steve Stein, Robert Mull, Kenny Robinson
and Kerry McColloch took home the winner’s gold at Clyde and Linda Tipton’s
Twin Cities Speedway Saturday night.
The TCS Stock Car show was a thriller. A series of early
race crashes had cars spinning and flying through the air. On the original main
event start Craig Eubanks caught a wheel and went up on two wheels. The
resultant melee caused three cars to crash and spin and prompted a restart. Exit
Eubanks. Point leader Jerry Bartlett and Cindy Sherman were in the mess and
headed to the pits for quick repairs.
The new restart ran a few smooth laps and produced another
high-flyer as Wayne Turk went over a wheel and landed on top of a spinning Jeff
Olshowka. Top 5 runner Kenny Robinson later spun to a stop in turn 4 during a
quick yellow for Sherman’s second problem of the event. When the field
restarted a frustrated Bartlett and Robinson dug their way toward the front. It
looked like it would be to no avail as Donnie Fortney took off and hid from the
rest of the field. Fortney looked destined for victory as he clicked off the
laps. Charlie Duffey wrestled with Fortney as Bartlett and Robinson closed in.
Fortney beat down the efforts of Duffey.
A mid-race yellow flew and Duffey, Archie Flynn, Robinson
and Bartlett camped on Fortney’s tail. Bartlett and Robinson were impressive
as they sawed their way back to the front during this stage of the race. Then it
was show time. Fortney drew away from the battling trio behind. Bartlett grabbed
2nd and Robinson Battled for 3rd with his teammate, Flynn. Then in
one of the most impressive moves seen this year Robinson tried a banzai pass in
turn 3 and eclipsed his teammate and Bartlett in one bold move. But Fortney was
The leader began to slow and had a driveline failure that
secured the race for Robinson. Robinson beat Bartlett a charging Charlie Duffey
and George Magenheimer to the flag. Flynn faded to 5th when lapped
traffic caused him some problems and positions. Flynn gave everyone a scare in
his heat race as he took a head-on shot into the 4th turn wall after
a tangle with rookie Lonnie Taylor. Flynn was dazed and complained of a shoulder
injury. He spent a short time in the ambulance, but, to everyone’s relief,
recovered in time for his competitive run in the feature.
The Wingless Warriors of the Speedway Sprint Car series
provided another first time winner in Vacaville’s Steve Stein. Stein Started
on the pole and had a worry free drive to victory lane. Some 4 car lengths back
was perennial favorite Gary Koster. Koster fought the entire distance with Chris
Magoon, last week’s winner Kenny Bair and the much-improved rookie, Jake
Servin. Former drag racer Servin, in only his 9th race where left
turns were a part of the mix, was impressive. A wall-banging incident sidelined
fast qualifier David Goodwill at ½ way after his charge to 3rd
Stein has left the world of winged sprinters and in only
two outings without the board on top has finished 1st and 2nd.
Koster, Magoon, Bair, and Servin eventually followed in that order behind Stein.
In TCS Mini Stock competition, a deserving Robert Mull
finally found his way into victory lane. As easy as Stein’s victory was,
Mull’s was victory was not. The complete field inversion had hot shoes like
Mull and point leader Kevin Sprague starting in the rear of the field.
After a series of early race cautions pole sitter James
Gillaspie, last week’s feature winner, James Castleberry, Mull, Sprague and
lady challenger Heather Bartlett gunned their way to the front. Two and three
wide racing was the norm as the minis finally settled down. By half way this
group of five was joined by a charging Jeremy Blackshere. All six drivers bumped
and rubbed for position. Mull got to the front, but couldn’t shake the players
Castleberry finally got to the front with a nifty 3rd
turn pass on Mull and set sail. Sprague and Bartlett were there and a blanket
could be thrown over positions 2 through 5. Castleberry was in a zone all his
own and inched away from the competition. Sprague experienced some bad luck
toward the end as the point leader first had a flat tire, then experienced
mechanical gremlins that relegated him to a 7th place finish.
With 5 to go it was Castleberry, Mull, Blackshere and
Gillaspie. Gillaspie got Blackshere. Then, Mull and Gillaspie started to reel in
Castleberry. Castleberry tried to fight off Mull, but to no avail. Mull roared
on by to take the lead. Mull checked out and Castleberry left the speedway a
couple of laps later with an unknown malady.
Mull continued on to a strong victory while Gillaspie,
Blackshere and Bartlett finished under a blanket with the crowd on its
collective feet. Shadowing that trio was Mike Merritt in 5th. Merritt
continues to impress with cool, clean top 10 finishes every week.
The Sprint 100’s of the SORA were also on the card. The
race was a close one in the early laps, but Kerry McColloch once again dominated
the proceedings with a program sweep. After McColloch took the lead from early
race leader Tim McLaughlin he was never headed. McLaughlin and Reno’s Tom
Goepner locked up in a tight scrap for the runner-up honors. Goepner got
McLaughlin in the late going and claimed the position. McLaughlin was impressive
in his first TCS outing since his victory here last August.
Archrival Tony Gaoiran challenged McColloch in the early
laps as the two speedsters cut and slashed their way toward the race leader
McLaughlin. Gaoiran’s effort was thwarted with another frustrating mechanical
problem. When Gaoiran left, McColloch went unchallenged to the end. This was
McColloch’s 4th consecutive TCS win. Only Doc Bogart in the early
90’s showed this kind of dominance at TCS in S-100 competition.
This Saturday night TCS will host the annual Mel Hall
Memorial Race. The Pacific Sprint Cars will headline a 4-division program. The
Wingless Warriors of the Speedway Sprint Car Series, the TCS Stock Cars and the
TCS Mini Stocks will complete the 4-division program.
More than 15,000 in prize money will be awarded throughout
all 4 divisions.
Pit gates open at 3; the grandstand gates open at 5 with
racing at 7.
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SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS, MINI STOCKS, STOCK CARS
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
MAY 29, 2004 - POINTS RACE #8
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Jacob Serven, Steve Stein
1. Steve Stein, 2. Gary Koster, 3. Chris Magoon, 4. Kenny Bair, 5. Jacob
Serven, 6. Tim Sherman. 7. Ty Hawkins, 8. Nathan Johnson, 9. Ed Zimmerman, 10.
Scott Pagh, 11. Bernie Carter, 12. Mark Wells, 13. Jimmy Steward, 14. Bobby
Nichols, 15. Gregg Hanson, 16. David Goodwill, 17. Rick Eversult (DNS), 18. Pat
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Heather Bartlett, Robert Mull
1. Robert Mull, 2. James Gillaspie, 3. Jeremy Blackshere, 4. Heather
Bartlett, 5. Mike Merritt, 6. Brad Magenheimer, 7. Kevin Sprague, 8. Charlie
Marrs, 9. Joren Tokash, 10. Shaun Merritt, 11. Robert Luster, 12. Ryan Francis,
13. Joel Guisti, 14. Jamey Ollar, 15. Melissa Bryant, 16. Greg Prather, 17.
Damian Merritt (DNS), 18. Shane Stoker (DNS)
TCS STOCK CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Chris Paquette, Kenny Robinson
1. Kenny Robinson, 2. Jerry Bartlett, 3. Charlie Duffy, 4. George
Magenheimer, 5. Archie Flynn, 6. Jeff Olschowka, 7. Dan Kaundart, 8. Chris
Paquette, 9. Donnie Fortney, 10. Wayne Turk, 11. Jacob Cavasos, 12. Cindy
Sherman, 13. Craig Eubanks, 14. Lonnie Taylor Jr., 15. Tony Licari (DNS), 16.
Aaron Taylor (DNS)