Marysville CA - August 2. Chris
Magoon of Antioch picked up his third main event victory of the 2004 season
Saturday night. Magoon padded his point lead after a stirring duel with a
charging Ty Hawkins in the Speedway Sprint Car feature at Clyde and Linda
Tipton’s Twin Cities Speedway.
Magoon drew the
zero pill after his heat race win and planted himself on the pole. Magoon has
been unbeatable lately winning three of the last four main events at the quick
quarter mile. His front row starting position didn’t hurt. Magoon rocketed
away from the field and established an easy straightaway lead by lap four.
Woodland’s Kenny Bair sat in second through the first half of the contest with
Vacaville’s Steve Stein in third. While Magoon was setting a blistering pace
out front, sixth starter Hawkins decided to head for the cushion and try his
luck there. With the exception of Magoon and Hawkins, the rest of the field was
bottom feeding. A couple of yellow flags for minor spins slowed the action and
kept Magoon from running away. Petaluma’s Hawkins had been unable to move and
remained in sixth.
The new green had
Bair challenging Magoon for a couple of laps, but Hawkins was the man to watch.
With nine laps left, Hawkins stayed on the high side and started to pick off
cars. By lap fifteen he was third and reeling in Bair. One lap later he got Bair
with a daring high side pass against the front stretch wall. Fourth runner Stein
came to grief with a suspension failure and a final yellow with two to go set up
a thrilling finish.
green flew and Magoon went low into turn one. That’s just what Hawkins needed
to make it a race. Hawkins pulled up to the right rear of the silver 77 as the
pair headed to the white banner. Magoon carried Hawkins high into turn one of
the final circuit. Hawkins was still quicker off of two. Hawkins crept up on
Magoon as they raced into three. Hawkins and Magoon were nearly side by side in
turn four. Magoon held his ground in four as Hawkins planted himself on
Magoon’s right rear. Magoon sailed under the checkers with a yard or two to
spare. Hawkins was second with Bair, Sacramento’s Rick Eversult and Scott Pagh
mechanical woes sidelined Magoon’s nearest challenger in the race for the
championship. Sacramento’s Tim Sherman had an engine problem in warm ups and
didn’t make his heat race. Magoon won his. Sherman started the main event but
was uncompetitive and eventually retired from the race. This, with Magoon’s
sweep of the available points in the program will make Magoon’s point lead
The Bay Cities
Racing Association brought all three of their divisions to TCS for this night of
wingless open wheel racing.
In the Midget
Lites division, Roseville’s Tyler Franklin finally made it to victory lane.
After last week’s titanic struggle with Citrus Height’s Scott Kinney),
Franklin picked up the first place hardware.
Last week Franklin came from
sixteenth to second before experiencing engine trouble.
race, Franklin got by pole sitter Jeff Griffin and was in the lead by lap two.
Kinney camped on Franklin’s tail two laps later but never really offered a
serious challenge. The twenty lapper went caution free through lap thirteen,
then slowed for a stall on the backstretch.
The final seven
laps ran without a hitch and Franklin easily outdistanced the rest of the field.
Franklin’s string of tough luck performances has finally been broken at TCS.
The BCRA full
midgets presented a wild, frenzied feature event that featured some serious over
the top efforts by many of the top drivers. The cream of the midget crop were in
attendance and the result was a wheel banging, spin filled slugfest.
Sarale and Morgan Hill’s Jimmy Christian brought the field to the starter’s
green banner. The pair bolted for turn one and ran side by side as the field
remained bunched up behind them. The pace was furious.
Tenth starter and
current point leader Thomas Meseraull took to the high side and thundered toward
the front. As five of the thirty were complete Meseraull got into fifth.
Meseraull was the class of the field. By lap seven Meseraull slipped by fourth
running Matt Streeter and on lap eight picked off Christian. Streeter left the
race with mechanical trouble shortly thereafter. A quick series of spinouts on
successive laps in turn two slowed the pace considerably. But, when they were
racing, the side by side action was great.
Christian locked up in a terrific duel as the race approached half way.
Kelseyville’s Brian Gard joined the fight and grabbed second. Meseraull
finally got by Christian for third and on lap eighteen Christian got into
Meseraull and spun him to a stop in turn two. Christian joined Meseraull in the
rear for the next restart when he was penalized for his aggressive tactic.
to lead the field as Meseraull and Christian started to cut their way back
through traffic. Gard kept Sarale honest, but never really challenged the
leader. Another series of quick yellow flags for spins in turn two slowed the
As the field was
idling on lap twenty-two, the leader Sarale went to the pits. Sarale had
apparently run out of fuel. Gard took the lead. The race was restarted, and went
one more scored lap. Another pair of yellow flags prevented another lap from
being scored. Several cars the went to the pits with what appeared to be fuel
related problems due to the number of yellow flag laps. The race was called with
Gard in first place.
At this writing,
the official finish has not been finalized by BCRA.
The BCRA Vintage
Division brought twelve sparkling representations of racing from a bygone era.
The pit area was heavy with nostalgia where the cars were displayed. The
division took to the track for an exhibition heat race and main event.
The annual Yuba
City Scrap and Steel Ice Cream night will be staged this Saturday night August 7th.
Everyone in attendance will receive free ice cream. All four regular divisions
will be in competition headlined by the winged Featherlite Pacific Sprint Cars.
Gates open at 5
with racing set to get underway at 7. Visit us on the web at the Official Web
Site for Twin Cities Speedway www.twincitiesspeedway.net or
call (916) 985-2089 to reach the business office. All the latest updates are
always posted to the website first.
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
JULY 31, 2004 - POINTS RACE #15 - Wingless Open
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Kenny Bair, Chris Magoon
1. Chris Magoon, 2. Ty Hawkins, 3. Kenny Bair, 4. Rick Eversult, 5. Scott
Pagh, 6. Daryl Moore, 7. Nick Buhler, 8. Jimmy Steward, 9. Jeremy Hawes, 10.
Bobby Nichols, 11. Steve Stein, 12. Tim Sherman, 13. Gary Koster, 14. Ryan
McDaniel, 15. Nathan Johnson