Marysville, CA - March 21, 2005...The TCS Stock Car Series, the TCS Mini
Stocks and the warriors of the Speedway Sprint Car Series will
headline opening night festivities at Twin Cities Speedway this Saturday.
In the Speedway Sprint Car
series 2004 champion Chris Magoon of Antioch will lead a stellar field of
wingless warriors. Magoon has completely recovered from serious injuries
sustained in the final event in 2004. In that incident, Magoon was airlifted
from the speedway and spent several weeks in recuperation. With a true racer’s
spirit Magoon made it to the banquet accepted the trophies and prize money
associated with his championship year and declared he’d be back to defend his
title. He was at playday tuning up. The other competitors should be concerned.
Magoon’s car was a rocket…and a beautiful one at that.
The Speedway Sprint car field
will be spiced by a number of great racers. Among them, two talented newcomers
who are stars of other stock car series. Marysville’s Charlie Marrs has
decided to field a car in this hammer-down open wheel series. Marrs is a former
Cal Modified champion and a relentless charger in stock car and mini-stock
classes. Marrs and his hard charging driving style will be an attention getter
to say the least. It is rumored that Marrs will also dust off his potent #7 mini
stock for an occasional blistering of the TCS clay.
Yuba City’s Mark Hill will
also field a Speedway Sprinter this year. Mark is a talented stock car and
mini-stock builder and driver. I was as surprised as anyone to hear he was
looking at sprint cars for his next challenge. Mark has built successful main
event winning rides for Donnie Fortney and last year’s mini-stock champion
Kevin Sprague. Mark is a smooth, calculated performer who will set you up and
cruise on by before you knew he was there. Mark and Charlie will be welcome
additions to the series. Series runner-up, Rick Eversult will be back with a new
ride and 2-time feature winner Kenny Bair will be loaded for bear as he
will run the full series for the first time. Kenny missed several events last
year and still picked up a trophy at the banquet.
your eye on second year driver Jeremy Hawes. Hawes was headed toward the front
in late season events last year. The learning curve for Hawes was more of a
straight line. He crashed so hard once last year the rumor has it that they just
“threw away” the car. From that ugly wake-up call Jeremy got serious and
this year will wheel the only Ford powered sprinter we know of. Dad Paul will
field two cars. We’re not sure if it’s a backup for Jeremy or earmarked for
The TCS Stock Car Series is
brimming with quality cars. Several veterans will return, but a short list of
talented racers have made the switch to the TCS Stock Cars from the mini stock
class. Olivehurst’s Robert Mull and Marysville’s Jeremy Blackshere will test
their style against a dynamite field of rough and tumble stock car stars. Former
mini stock champion Blackshere will show his familiar 01 on the side of his
dad’s new project. While he didn’t have the best day at the recent playday
sessions (he tried to knock down the turn 2 wall), Blackshere will be a threat.
Mull on the other hand had a smooth and what appeared to be a fast playday. Mull
will have his familiar orange and blue colors decorating his cool looking
Then there’s Live Oak’s
Chris Paquette. Runner up in the championship the last two seasons, this guy is
hungry. Paquette reeled off two main event wins in point competition last year
and had the fans jumping up and down and screaming when he won the Labor Day
special. In arguably the finest stock car race in TCS history, Paquette showed
cars with much bigger engines what a little savvy, patience and, in the end, a
charge to the front will do. Chris has to be the odds on favorite to get the
championship, but…there are about ten other guys in this class that can do it
Returning to the wars at TCS
will be John “Pork Chop” Johnson. The Yuba City hustler has told me he’s
going for the championship. Kenny Robinson is truly one of the favorites as
well. Robinson blasted onto the scene a couple of years ago with a style that
keeps you watching. Robinson’s abominable luck last year kept him out of the
hunt for the title. I guess push truck driving is good practice for
becoming a racer. Ask Kenny how it’s done.
In a surprise move over the
winter TCS Mini Stock champion Kevin Sprague decided to defend his 2004
championship. The Yuba City star told me he was not going to go through the
grind again. Kevin planned on intermittent trips to TCS. He’s changed his mind
and we’re the better for it. Heather Bartlett also scrapped her plans to field
a Dwarf Car in the NCDCA California series. As dad Jerry tells it, she’s going
to try to take the trophy in the TCS Mini Stocks instead. Her electric pink car
sure is a striking sight. I’m sure she hopes her year is better than playday.
The quick Toyota had a series of mechanical ills that kept it in the pits most
of the day.
A strong contingent of minis
will contest the aforementioned duo. Yuba City’s Ken Reische is perhaps on the
top of that list. Reische was wickedly fast in playday practice before he
hammered the turn two wall. Ken could do it. There’s a couple of Merritts that
had some cool looking hot rods at playday. Watch for those boys this year.
It’s rumored that Gary Holsey will be back looking for points with his white
and blue #2. If that’s the case, a lot of folks may be running second this
Thrilling, IN YOUR FACE~HIGH
SPEED ACTION gets underway this Saturday night. As an extra added attraction the
SORA Sprint 100’s will be added to the show.
Gates open at 5 with racing at
7PM at the one and only Twin Cities Speedway. There is NO increase in
admission prices this year. Adult
tickets will be $10, juniors and seniors $7, children $5 and under six will be
admitted for free. In fact, season passes are available for the first
time this year at a reduced, per race price. Call (530) 675-2050 or drop by the
ticket office on Saturday. Twin
Cities Speedway is located at 1468 Simpson Lane in Marysville. For additional
information call (530) 742-9222 or go to www.twincitiesspeedway.net.