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Dothage, Aust, Klein and Spanky get the trophies

Dwarf Car event added to Civil War on Sept 24th~KIDZ Nite this Saturday

by Bob Burbach

Marysville, CA - August 20, 2005...Brent Dothage took a big step toward his first championship at Twin Cities Speedway Saturday night by winning the Riebes Racing Series Pacific Sprint Car feature. Marysville’s Andy Aust compressed the already tight point battle in the Riebes Racing Series Stock Cars while Herman Klein took the checkers in the Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Car main event. Greg and Linda Kearn’s challenging speed plant hosted yet another outstanding show. Mike “Spanky” Grenert got his 10th feature win at TCS in the companion Nor Cal Dwarf Car feature.


Andy Aust squeezed the point chase even closer with his victory in the Riebes Racing Series Stock Car main event. Aust started fourth and systematically picked off the frontrunners to claim yet another victory at TCS. Aust had a great dice with Live Oak’s Chris Paquette and Rio Oso’s Jake Cavasos in the early going. Point leader Phillip Shelby was mired in the 4th row and had some work to do to get to the front. He was up to the task and started to carve his way forward at the drop of the green. Aust finally got into the lead with a slick move on Paquette and was never challenged again.


Behind Aust the racing was furious. Paquette, Cavasos, Archie Flynn, Kenny Robinson, Brad Magenheimer and the hard charging Shelby were at one time or another in a nail biting tussle with each of the others. It was an excellent stock car race, period. At the checkers Paquette secured second while some excellent late race moves garnered Shelby an excellent 3rd. Flynn, Cavasos and Magenheimer were 4th through 6th when Kenny Robinson was set back two positions in the final standings when officials penalized him for rough driving. Paquette’s 2nd place finish was disallowed and he was disqualified from the main event when his car failed a post race technical inspection. All the drivers who finished behind Paquette will be moved up one position.


Brent Dothage parlayed some bad luck for his nearest contenders in the point race into a feature event win. But not without a battle with last week’s feature event winner, Kevin Lovell. The race started on a strange note as 3rd starting Jeremy Burt had the lead as the field headed up the backstretch on lap two. Front row starters Steve Watts and Korey Lovell had less than perfect laps and that allowed Burt to shoot on by. Watts, Korey Lovell and Kevin Lovell were ahead of Dothage as the first circuit was concluded.

It could have been Burt’s night. He stretched his lead over the others on every lap. Dothage himself had a lap two adventure as he lost control in turn three costing him a number of positions. He motored on.


Korey Lovell and Watts locked up in a nice duel for the runner up spot. Dothage got up in the seat after his second lap problem and started to re-pass cars at a feverish clip. But Burt had it handled. He had nearly a straightaway on Watts as the race closed in on half way. Korey Lovell was catching Watts during this time and camped on Watts’ tail. As the pair entered turn three, they got together and slid to a stop in turn four. Both restarted, but at the rear. Korey Lovell entered the evening with real shot at Dothage for the championship. This incident could have far reaching effects on the championship outcome.


On the restart after the Lovell-Watts incident Burt was leading with Derek Dozier right behind. Dozier was lapped traffic separating Burt from, now, second running Kevin Lovell. As the race restarted Dozier and Burt got together sending Burt sliding to a stop in turn two. Kevin Lovell was the big winner in all of the aforementioned troubles and inherited the lead as the top three had been involved in the recent skirmishes.


Lovell had one problem though and that was Dothage. Dothage too had benefited from the problems occurring at the front and his relentless drive from the back had lodged him in second. The dash to the checkers was a good one as Kevin Lovell held off Dothage for a number of laps. Then, while exiting turn four with a handful of circuits remaining, Dothage found some room on the inside. Dothage slipped by Lovell and set sail for victory. Mark Tabor finished 3rd and Oroville’s Heath Hall finished 4th. Korey Lovell charged back through the field to take 5th. Watts climbed back to 6th and defending champion Mike Monahan got 7th.


It was a wonder that Monahan was in the race at all. During the break between his heat and the feature Monahan and his crew changed engines in the fleet #49. He started in the last row and charged to as high as 5th and finished a credible 7th.


Herman Klein got to the front early in the non-stop Hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Car event and was never seriously challenged. Napa dentist, Dr. David Goodwill, came from the third row to second after a series of stirring battles with other frontrunners. First, Goodwill battled with Marysville’s Ryan McDaniel and then with point leader Steve Stein on his way to the notable 2nd place finish. Stein has a lock on the championship and the Vacaville resident actually extended his margin over his nearest challenger Jeremy Hawes. Stein, McDaniel and Grass Valley’s Jay Youngman were 3rd through 5th in the final tally.


The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars were the hosted traveling group and Mike “Spanky” Grenert continued his stranglehold on victory lane here. This time Grenert came from the back to grab the dough in this one. In a hard fought feature that had few yellow flags Grenert, Scott Dahlgren, Kevin Bender and hard charging Zack Hurst were the stars. The quartet slugged it out the whole way. Hurst had to make two charges to the front after a mid race incident put him to the rear.


Dahlgren led early has continued to be one of the great stories of 2005. Pat Weger looked like the man to beat until a miscue in turn four caused him to lose a number of positions. No one was going to keep Grenert from victory lane on this warm August night, however. Hurst got back to 2nd and Bender finished 3rd.


Kearns Motorsports and Nor Cal announced the addition of an open Dwarf Car event in conjunction with the California Sprint Car Civil War Race on September 24th. The Dwarf Car race will be a few days in advance of the 10th Annual West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals scheduled for September 29th through October 1st. The September 24th event will be an outstanding opportunity for cars competing in the Nationals to get some competitive track time before the big show.


Amazing August continues this Saturday night with the 3rd Annual KIDZ Night. Kids under 12 are free when accompanied by a supervising adult. There will be free giveaways to lucky kids in attendance. The evening will be sponsored in part by Merritt Racing and Kearns Motorsports. The Riebes Racing Series Stock Cars and Pacific Sprint Cars will return to TCS, as will the hunt Magneto Speedway Sprint Cars and the TCS Mini Stocks.


Gates 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 for all of the latest updates and scheduling.






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