Marysville, CA - May 7, 2005...Phillip Shelby, Ken Reische and visiting
driver Darrell Hanestad took home the hardware in racing action at Twin Cities
Speedway Saturday. Two of the three divisions may see lead changes at the top of
the point standings in the Riebes Racing Series Stock Cars and the Hunt Magneto
Speedway Sprint Cars respectively.
Phillip Shelby smoked the field
in an impressive performance in the Riebes Racing Series Stock Cars. Shelby
pounded the point home that he is a serious contender for the point championship
this year. The event had a rocky start however as a “Talladega” style pile
up involved most of the starting field in a noisy grinding crash. Inside second
row starter Donnie Fortney of Yuba City lost it off of turn four as the field
thundered toward the green flag. Fortney’s car headed for the infield then
snapped back to the right and slid in front of the pack. Fortney’s car was hit
hard as most of the field piled in. The big crash came to rest under the
starter’s stand. Remarkably, only three of the cars involved were eliminated
in the melee, though many returned looking badly beaten. In fact, Fortney and
his banged up car wound up coming back to a seventh place finish from the back.
A second remarkable incident
showed up as the race was winding down into its final few circuits. Shelby had
been simply untouchable and was running away. Point leader Andy Aust of
Marysville was carving his way toward the front and engaged in a wheel-to-wheel
duel with Kenny Robinson. Robinson and Aust battled feverishly and Aust had a
slight advantage as the pair headed on to the front stretch. Robinson and Aust
got together and Aust was turned around and pounded the wall driver’s side
first in almost the same spot, and same way that Robinson hit it last week. Like
Robinson’s car last week, Aust’s car was pretty badly hurt and the point
leader limped toward the pits. Robinson was penalized for the incident and was
set back accordingly. Aust’s car rolled to a stop against the wall as the
field rumbled up the straightaway under yellow. Then Aust’s car accelerated
and slammed into the right side of the Robinson 9r. Aust was disqualified from
the event and all points for the night were removed. Robinson recovered and
finished fourth in the final standings.
Shelby took his first checkered
flag of the year in convincing style. Impressive rookie, Brad Magenheimer of
Tudor roared to a career best second place finish as two time champion George
Magenheimer (Brad’s dad) was third. Robinson was fourth with three time champ
Jerry Bartlett in fifth.
Aust’s penalty may drop him
to as low as eighth in the point standings while Shelby will find himself on the
top of the heap when the points are officially awarded later this week. An
excited, but restrained Shelby thanked almost everyone on the planet for getting
him here to victory lane. It was great to see the young star get his first win
here in Riebes Racing Series Stock Car competition.
Clayton’s Darrell “The
Hammer” Hanestad is batting 1,000 at TCS in the Hunt Magneto Wingless Warriors
Speedway Sprint Cars. Hanestad has four visits and four wins to his
credit…perfect. The track was smooth and slick when the feature rolled out.
High winds had battered the clay all day. The race was a thriller, however as
Hanestad came from row four to first in a sterling effort. While Hanestad’s
effort was expected, it was the unexpected that was most pleasing on this
Saturday night. Auburn’s Jimmy Steward came through into second position after
battling Hanestad tooth and nail for a few circuits. Steward even re-passed
Hanestad once before the Hammer took control. David didn’t get Goliath this
time, but Steward had ‘em up in their seats as he battled the star speedway
sprinter. Steward had battled point leader Steve Stein and Marysville’s Ryan
McDaniel to secure second. Steward is a graduate of Sprint 100 racing and has
really shown remarkable progress since coming to the volatile Hunt Speedway
Quick qualifier, Antioch’s
Bob Newberry, reached third in the final tally as he followed Hanestad and
Steward to the front. McDaniel followed Newberry across the line with Stein a
close fifth. McDaniel should be the new point leader with his fourth place
finish over Stein. Stein was doing everything he could to wrest fourth away from
McDaniel. It was not to be. The slick surface took the horsepower advantage away
and it was a clean race with dicing all the way through the field. The wingless
warriors put on a fine show.
A couple of notes: James
Castleberry pieced his worn out racer together after a grinding flip at Chico on
Friday. Castleberry made the show after some hard work after Friday’s wreck.
Jeremy Hawes finally had his Ford powered ride going forward arriving in a nice
sixth place finish.
In victory lane, Hanestad said
he’d be here every week if Antioch Speedway weren’t fifteen minutes from his
shop. Maybe it’s a good thing for the other Hunt Speedway Sprinters that he
stays close to home.
Yuba City’s Ken Reische was
victorious again in TCS Mini Stock action. Reische just ran away with the lead.
All the action took place behind the point leader. Mike Merritt, currently fifth
in the point standings hushed the crowd as he was extricated from his car in a
bizarre incident in turn three. Merritt was running in fifth position when he
hooked up with a lapped car and rocketed off the turn three banking. The car
hammered the concrete and came to a dead stop. At this writing Merritt was
reported as shaken but unhurt.
The only racer who was going to
make a difference in the outcome of this one was Yuba City’s Kevin Sprague.
Kevin limped to the pits with a flat tire while running second. He spent the
rest of the race carving his way to the front for a fine fifth place finish.
A late race yellow closed up
the pack and parked second place runner Robert Luster on Reische’s rear
bumper. The run to the checkers saw no change and Reische won. It was good to
see Luster back in the hunt after a tough run last week. Reische’s teammate
Joel Guisti ran a credible third and Yuba City’s Heather Bartlett made up some
ground in the point hunt with a solid fourth.
The BCRA Midget Lites were the
traveling show this week. A solid field of twenty-two racers made the show.
Roseville’s Tyler Franklin came from row eight to claim the trophy.
Thrilling, IN YOUR FACE~HIGH
SPEED ACTION returns this Saturday night. The fire-breathing Riebes Racing
Series Pacific Sprint Cars will appear again. The wingless warriors of the Hunt
Magneto Speedway Sprint Car Series, the TCS Mini Stocks and the Nor Cal Dwarf
Cars will round out the impressive card.
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 are $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.
SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS, STOCK CARS. MINI STOCKS
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
MAY 7, 2005 - POINTS RACE #6
HUNT MAGENTOS SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
1. 36- Bob Newberry, 2. 40- Darrell Hanestad, 3. 10- Ryan McDaniel, 4. 7O-
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Darrell Hanestad, Ryan McDaniel, Bob Newberry
1. Darrell Hanestad, 2. Jimmy Steward, 3. Bob Newberry, 4. Ryan McDaniel, 5.
Steve Stein, 6. Jeremy Hawes, 7. David Goodwill, 8. Rick Eversult, 9. #22, 10.
Charlie Marrs, 11. James Castleberry, 12. Mark Hill, 13. Charles Williams, 14.
Chris Magoon, 15. Jay Youngman, 16. Nathan Johnson, 17. Tim Sherman, 18. Blain
RIEBES RACING STOCK CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
George Magenheimer, Jake Cavasos, Donnie Fortney
1. Phillip Shelby, 2. Brad Magenheimer, 3. George Magenheimer, 4. Kenny
Robinson, 5. Jerry Bartlett, 6. Robert Mull, 7. Donnie Fortney, 8. Jake Cavasos,
9. #75, 10. Chris Paquette, 11. Jeremy Blackshere, 12. Jeff Olschowka, 13. Ed
Harris, 14. Archie Flynn, 15. Charlie Duffy, 16. #98, 17. Ray Benkowski, 18.
Andy Aust (DQ)
TCS MINI STOCKS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
James Gillaspie, Ken Reische, Kevin Sprague
1. Ken Reische, 2. Robert Luster, 3. Joel Guisti, 4. Heather Bartlett, 5.
Kevin Sprague, 6. Shane Stoker, 7. Blane Baker, 8. Damian Merritt, 9. Ryan
Francis, 10. James Foster, 11. Lisa Shelby, 12. Shaun Merritt, 13. Mike Merritt,
14. Chris Cruz, 15. James Gillaspie, 16. Shane Williams, 17. Jamey Ollar, 18.
Annette Oswald, 19. Greg Prather