CA- August 6, 2005...Chargin’
Charlie Marrs repeated as the winner of the Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Car
Series on Saturday night at Twin Cities Speedway. Reno’s Mark Tabor picked up
his second win of the campaign in the Riebes Racing Series Pacific Sprint Cars
and Jeff Olshowka triumphed in the TCS Stock car feature. In the TCS Mini
Stocks, Yuba City’s Kevin Sprague was first under the flag and finally awarded
the main event win after some anxious moments in post race technical inspection.
the Riebes Racing Series Pacific Sprint Car main event Tabor started on the pole
and checked out. No one challenged the Reno rocket throughout the entire
distance. Track champion Mike Monahan found second early and followed Tabor to
the flag. The big story was a mid-race spin by three-time champion Korey Lovell.
Lovell was arguably the fastest car on the speedway and was one of the only cars
able to pass on the sun baked surface. At half distance, while in a battle for
fifth, Lovell lost the handle and did a quick spin in turn one. He kept the car
running but fell well back in the field. Lovell got back to 9th at
the end but gave up ground to point leader and fifth place finisher Brent
Dothage. Monahan’s 5th consecutive top two finish (with three
straight wins) edged him closer to Dothage and right on the heels of Lovell.
Behind Monahan at the flag was Kevin Lovell who had a fine night. Cortney Dozier
continued to impress with a 4th place finish and a 3rd
quick time, to boot.
the points are made official later on in the week look for the top three
contenders to be within 22 points of each other. Monahan’s late season charge
has been the highlight of the last five events. The defending champion has four
races remaining to challenge point leader Dothage and a determined Korey Lovell.
Olshowka held off a fast closing Phillip Shelby to win a wildly competitive
Riebes Racing Series Stock Car main event. Olshowka was fairly dominant
throughout the event after taking the early lead. Great dices were peppered
throughout the field. Shelby got to second late in the race but could not get to
the high flying Olshowka. Brad Magenheimer placed 3rd, but he was in
a series of duels throughout the event. Jake Cavasos was 4th ahead of
Kenny Robinson. Both racers turned in fine performances to round out the top
Andy Aust was a DNF for the second straight week. By half way he was a
significant factor but his car just stopped, never to return. Aust likely will
hold on to second in the standings but he lost ground to Shelby in the quest for
and Archie Flynn scored big in the Turk’s Smog and Auto Repair $100 heat race
shootout” securing a C-note each for their heat race victories.
Charlie Marrs simply had them covered and easily outdistanced the field in the
Hunt Magneto Wingless Warrior series. It was Marrs’ second straight win.
Herman Klein, the guest chauffer in the Eversult 7o rocketed to second from his
4th row start, but could go no further as Marrs pulled away from
everyone. Point leader Steve Stein had early race problems and roared back to a
solid third place. Stein has a lock on the championship and has been on
“cruise control” for the last few weeks. Well, not in this one. The
Vacaville star was a factor and had a nice battle with Klein in the later laps.
City’s Mark Hill parlayed a brilliant heat race win into a fourth place finish
in the feature. Hill has had his problems this year, but like Marrs has stepped
up to the plate big time lately. Jeremy Hawes finished in 5th.
TCS Mini Stock champion Kevin Sprague was the first car under the checkered flag
after a titanic struggle with a number of fellow competitors, including point
leader Ken Reische and a vastly improved Mike Merritt. This race was filled with
exciting dicing and drama. The TCS Mini Stocks continue to provide excellent
side-by-side racing and the best car count of any division.
half way Sprague and point leader Ken Reische hooked up in a crowd pleasing
duel. The pair rocketed off of turn four with Reische on the inside. Sprague had
a great run off the banking and inched up on the outside. They traded paint as
they headed toward one, then Reische came to an abrupt halt in two. His front
end was badly askew. Reische, from that point on, was in and out of the pits for
the rest of the event.
Reische out of the picture, Merritt showed up in second and he and the champ
went at for the win. Merritt has really been a factor recently and he pressed
the champ hard. A final shootout to the end went to Sprague with Merritt in
second followed by Robert Luster, Lisa Shelby and a career best fifth for Ryan
Francis. Shelby came from the last row to her 4th place finish in, by
far, the best passing job of the night. Like brother Phillip, Lisa’s star is
race technical inspection initially showed Sprague and Merritt to be illegal
and, for a time, third place Robert Luster was awarded the victory. Further
analysis prompted race officials to reverse the disqualifications. The finishing
order with regard to Sprague and Merritt was restored to the positions they were
in at the checkered flag.
August continues this Saturday night with Yuba City Scrap and Steel’s annual
Ice Cream night. Everyone in attendance will receive free ice cream, fans and
competitors alike. The Riebes Racing Series Stock Cars and Pacific Sprint Cars
will return to TCS, as will the TCS Mini Stocks. The Sprint 100’s will be the
hosted traveling group.
open at 5 with the first race scheduled for 7PM. Call 530.742.9222 or the
business office at 530.675.2050 for more information. Visit the website at
twincitiesspeedway.net for all of the latest updates and scheduling.