Marysville, CA - May 15, 2005...A
hooked up, seriously fast racetrack greeted the four-division show at Twin
Cities Speedway Saturday night. Some serious wheel-to-wheel confrontations
highlighted the spectacular show. Three monstrous flips kept everyone glued to
the action on the track.
champion Kevin Sprague of Yuba City took the checkers in the TCS Mini Stock
Series. A feature race, filled with great wheel-to-wheel action, was punctuated
by a crowd hushing flip in turn three. Early race leader Greg Prather barrel
rolled his black number 45 into a ball as he ran away from the field. Prather
simply rocketed away from the field at the start and put a straightaway on the
other contenders by lap five. Meanwhile, a vicious battle for second was
contested by no less than five other drivers. James Gillaspie, Heather Bartlett,
Shane Stoker and Jamie Ollar were trading paint nearly every lap and point
leader Ken Reische was carving his way through the field as well.
all came to an end for Prather when his car hooked a rut, tore off the right
rear wheel and started flipping. The former modified midget racer has had some
upside down time in the past, but this one was a tough one. Prather emerged
unscathed, but the car was in bad shape.
running Sprague inherited the lead and was never headed. Gillaspie ran a close
second with Stoker, Reische and Bartlett in tow. Ollar was scored in the top
five, but a post race inspection disqualified the red and yellow #8.
Lovell, also of Yuba City, went wire to wire in a hotly contested Riebes Racing
Series winged Pacific Sprint Car race. Lovell took the lead at the start as
point leader Brent Dothage, Reno’s Mike Monahan, brother Kevin Lovell and
Colby Wiesz started to duke it out on the lightning fast surface just behind. As
the field came off of turn four on lap three a grinding crash and flip brought
the proceedings to a halt.
wheelied as he negotiated turn four. The current track champion brought it down
and nearly had it saved when he swerved into the path of fast closing Wiesz.
Wiesz got into the back of Monahan and the blue 49 pounded the concrete and
flipped hard onto its wing. The car took a bizarre twist and landed in an
awkward position balancing on it’s wing and tail against the wall. A geyser of
hot oil erupted from the pierced oil reservoir. It shot fifteen feet in the air
in a most unusual looking display. Monahan limped from the wreckage looking more
disappointed than anything else. He is a serious contender for a repeat of last
year’s championship run.
race restarted and it was almost scary fast! Wheelies and rim riding displays
were the norm on this warm humid Saturday. Wiesz made the biggest move and
challenged Lovell in the final laps. Korey Lovell was up to the task and roared
into victory lane with Wiesz glued to his tail. Dothage hung on to third as Kyle
Schild made a nice late race move to finish fourth. Kevin Lovell was fifth.
Steve Stein got the victory in the Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Car Wingless
Warrior feature event. It was a war. Stein battled hard for this victory. The
early race action was highlighted by a spirited duel by frontrunners Jeremy
Hawes, point leader Ryan McDaniel and visiting hot shoe Ty Hawkins. Hawkins came
from sixth to second in the first two circuits and started hounding the fleet
Hawes. Hawes Ford powered mount seemed up to the challenge holding off Hawkins
in fine style. Then everything came to a screeching halt.
Steward and Rick Eversult were in a knock down, drag it out tussle for fourth
when they hooked wheels heading into turn one. Steward’s car jumped left and
dug in on the soft left rear. Steward’s car barrel rolled nearly seven times
as it headed toward the pit wall scattering personnel in every direction. The
car shed its tail tank and it rocketed toward the ambulance parked outside turn
two. The car landed on its cage and personnel were there instantly. This was the
most serious looking crash we’ve seen in a while. The car covered a lot of
ground fast. It seemed to flip forever. This one really hushed the crowd.
Jimmy was one groggy individual as he gingerly walked away from the smoking mess
that was once his car.
talked to Steward about two hours afterward and he said he was awake through the
whole experience. He said he pulled his arms in toward his chest and fought to
remain conscious. He said that the most eerie thing that happened is that when
rescue workers asked him if he was awake, he couldn’t respond. He knew what he
wanted to say, but couldn’t for a few moments. Steward was remarkably composed
as he told me what happened. Steward has been one of the great surprises this
year stepping up his program in a big way. He had finished second in the last
two non-wing Hunt Sprint Car feature events.
race was restarted and Hawes continued to lead with Hawkins breathing down his
neck. Stein and Ryan McDaniel watched from third and fourth respectively. At
half way the pair approached lapped traffic and went three wide up the back
chute toward three. Hawkins tried a banzai inside move for the lead. It didn’t
work. Hawkins and Hawes got together folding Hawkins front end and ruining the
left rear suspension on the Hawes #01.
and McDaniel raced for the lead for the balance of the exciting event with Stein
taking the eventual victory. Eversult hung on for third with fast closing
Charlie Marrs in for his best finish of the young season.
flipped on the opening lap of the first heat and had the car repaired and
rolling for action later on in the evening. Marrs came from last in a virtuoso
drive with his re-built ride. Tim Sherman was fifth.
Nor Cal Dwarf Cars were the hosted traveling show…and what a show it was.
Howie Ross came from deep in the field to a convincing win. Ross and fellow
Dwarf Car ace Zach Hurst carved through the field for a nice one-two finish.
Only one yellow flag slowed the action as brothers Pat and Daniel Weger took the
next two spots in the finishing order. Frank James “The Gunfighter”
Munroe struggled to free himself from a final row start, but made a series of
sweet late race passes to secure fifth position. Ross was the star though as he
really made some nifty moves in the early going to get to second by half way.
race leader Scott Dahlgren was simply running away from the field when Ross
showed up in second. Dahlgren beat fellow front row starter Heather Bartlett
into the first turn and disappeared from the others holding a straightaway lead
by lap five. It was Dahlgren’s finest performance to date. During the race’s
only yellow flag Dahlgren pulled off with an unknown malady. It was a
disappointing end to a brilliant performance by the veteran campaigner.
IN YOUR FACE~HIGH SPEED ACTION returns this Saturday night. The fire-breathing
Riebes Racing Series Pacific Sprint Cars will appear again. The Riebes Racing
Series Stock Cars, the TCS Mini Stocks and the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will round out
the impressive card.
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.
PACIFIC SPRINT CARS, SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS, MINI STOCKS
TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY - MARYSVILLE, CA
MAY 14, 2005 - POINTS RACE #7
RIEBES RACING SERIES PACIFIC SPRINT CARS
1. 71- Korey Lovell, 2. 2B- Brent Dothage, 3. 21- Colby Wiesz, 3. 81- Kevin
Lovell, 4. 49- Mike Monahan
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Brent Dothage, Kevin Lovell, Heath Hall
1. Korey Lovell, 2. Colby Wiesz, 3. Brent Dothage, 4. Kyle Schild, 5. Kevin
Lovell, 6. Mark Tabor Sr., 7. John Coughran, 8. Courtney Dozier, 9. Brandon
Dozier, 10. Kayla Amos, 11. #85, 12. Heath Hall, 13. Jeremy Phillips, 14. David
Derr, 15. Leigh Armstrong, 16. Christine Zaveson, 17. Mike Monahan, 18. Tim
HUNT MAGENTOS SPEEDWAY SPRINT CARS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
Steve Stein, Ty Hawkins
1. Steve Stein, 2. Ryan McDaniel, 3. Rick Eversult, 4. Charlie Marrs, 5. Tim
Sherman, 6. Charles Williams, 7. Jay Youngman, 8. Alan Clark, 9. Blain Varner,
10. Nathan Johnson, 11. Mark Hill, 12. Jeremy Hawes, 13. Ty Hawkins, 14. James
Castleberry, 15. Jimmy Steward
TCS MINI STOCKS
HEAT RACE WINNERS
James Gillaspie, Heather Bartlett, Greg Prather
1. Kevin Sprague, 2. James Gillaspie, 3. Shane Stoker, 4. Ken Reische, 5.
Heather Bartlett, 6. Robert Luster, 7. Blane Baker, 8. Joel Guisti, 9. Lisa
Shelby, 10. Zach Johnson, 11. Shaun Merritt, 12. Mike Merritt, 13. Ryan Francis,
14. Greg Prather, 15. James Foster, 16. Damian Merritt, 17. Chris Cruz, 18.
Robert Hunt, 19. Jamey Ollar (DQ)