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Ollar scores first ever; Dothage, Aust and Richards also grab trophies Marrs in spectacular cart wheeling crash
by Bob Burbach

Marysville, CA- April 10, 2005...Hard work and a racetrack crew that wouldn't say die got Twin Cities Speedway in order while other venues gave up and succumbed to the weather. Greg and Linda Kearns continued to show their dedication to the sport by being the only venue in the area presenting a program. A tip of the hat to promoter Clyde Tipton, Tim Dillon and all the others that worked so hard to get the show in. Real racers all!!


Yuba City's Jamey Ollar scored a convincing sweep of the Mini Stock races at Twin Cities Speedway Saturday night. Brent Dothage of Lower Lake trounced a strong Pacific Sprint Car field and Andy Aust of Marysville took home the hardware in the TCS Stock Car Series. Visiting driver, Chico’s Tony Richards, won the Hunt Magnetos Speedway Sprint Car Series main event in convincing fashion.


Richards took an early lead as the non-wing Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Cars got starter Robin Davies green banner. Richards was pressed hard by Napa’s David Goodwill for the entire distance. On two occasions Goodwill poked his nose into the lead, but Richards answered back and wrested the top spot back again. The race went into the record books quickly as Richards took the checkers. Goodwill stayed in second.


The man to watch in this one was Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes. Something lit a fire under the second year competitor and he was a rocket. Hawes showed up in sixth place by half way and started to go after the leaders. Hawes parked his beautiful yellow and red #01 on the high side and flew into fourth leaving fourth runner Rick Eversult seemingly surprised. Next victim was local hot shoe, Ryan Mc Daniel. Using the same high side pass that got Eversult, Hawes polished off Mc Daniel. Mc Daniel couldn’t respond. Strangely enough Mc Daniel was passed on the high side much the way he has been using the high side all year to pass others. Hawes was closing on the top two when the race ended. Hawes, in the only Ford powered sprint car we know of, was the show.


In preliminary non-wing Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Car action, Charlie Marrs took a scary ride. He flipped and cart wheeled several times landing outside the track in turn three. Marrs went over the wheel of Mark Orth’s car as they wrestled for position on the backstretch. Marrs became airborne and crashed down heavily starting the series of wild gyrations. Marrs was upside down when the rescuers reached him. He was bloodied and battered, but conscious. Marrs’ car was a mess with the chassis broken and the engine askew at the firewall.


In TCS Stock Car Series competition, Marysville’s Andy Aust brought his jet black #72 home to victory lane for the second time this season. Aust piled on the maximum availability in points while point leader Yuba City’s Billy Knoop had a night he’d rather forget.


Aust cruised to a convincing victory while a furious event was unfolding behind him. For the second consecutive week Jeff Olshowka and Phillip Shelby had a dogfight for position. Olshowka took the checkers in second with a daring fourth turn-last lap move that had the fans howling. Meanwhile, B Main event winner Charlie Duffey continued his bizarre season with a thrilling ride to the front. Duffey reached fifth from sixteenth before he ran out of laps. Duffey, in three weeks time has crashed hard, dominated an event and put on a brilliant passing display…all in three weeks time.


Point leader Knoop had it all go wrong early in the event when he had a suspension failure. With Knoop in the pits and a sixteenth place finish, Aust took the point lead. Aust was followed across the line by Olshowka, Shelby, George Magenheimer and Duffey. Post race inspection found Olshowka in violation of the weight rule and he was disqualified from the event and all the other competitors were moved up one position.


In the winged Pacific Sprint Car Main event the outcome was pure and simple. Lower Lake’s Brent Dothage was unbeatable…for the second event in a row. The hammer down star hid from the rest of the competitors in a brilliant driving performance. Last week Dothage was abruptly taken out of first place by a lapped car…not this time. Dothage handled traffic with finesse and left the others to fight for second.


California Sprint Car Civil War Champion David Robinson finished second and Korey Lovell of Yuba City nipped brother Kevin with a slick last lap pass. Korey and Kevin were pretty much the show as they slugged it out for third. Korey turned quick time and Kevin was second. The brothers started side by side in the feature and were never more than a few feet apart in their race long feud. Sacramento’s Steve Watts hung on for fifth in another strong showing. Dothage secured the point lead with his performance.


Preliminary heat race action provided the fans with a thrill in the opening event for the class. Oroville’s Heath Hall, hooked a rut in the third turn and took a wild ride; flipping several times. Hall worked feverishly all night, made the main event and clawed his way into a tenth place feature event finish.


Look out race fans. There’s a new kid on the block and he swept the TCS Mini Stock program. Jamey Ollar ran away from the field in his heat race, and then left everyone else in the dust in the feature. Ollar showed that there’s another realistic contender for the championship. Ollar climbed to fourth in the point standings after beating the top three in this event.


Ken Reische, point leader and two-time winner this season kept Ollar honest in the last few laps, but it was clear that Ollar was on his game. Ollar kept the rest of the field guessing as he used his position as leader to set the pace at the many restarts that permiated the event. Ollar would take brillant six or seven car length leads into the first turn. This was Ollar’s first ever feature event victory.


Behind Ollar, Reische, TCS Champion Kevin Sprague and rising star Robert Luster battled all night for the place and show money. Reische finished second with Sprague and Luster right there. Floyd Youngblood had a great night in his mini-pick up truck. Youngblood stayed around for a fifth place finish. Only ten of the twenty-two starters took the checkered flag as an extraordinary number of mechanical failures and crashes slowed the event.


Point series races go on a one week hiatus to make way for the visiting California Sprint Car Civil War Series this week.


Thrilling, IN YOUR FACE~HIGH SPEED ACTION returns this Saturday night. The fire-breathing Winged Pacific Sprint Cars of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series will appear on Saturday.


Gates open at 5 with qualifying at 6.30 and the races will start after qualifying. 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






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