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Guisti breaks through to victory; Olshowka, Hanestad and McDaniel also score
by Bob Burbach

Marysville, CA - May 8, 2006... Joel Guisti has been knocking at the door for two seasons now. Last Saturday night he broke down the door and scored his first ever feature event win at Greg and Linda Kearns Twin Cities Speedway.
Guisti had to earn it in the abbreviated feature event. The main event featured some of the best racing we’ve seen in the class as Guisti and last week’s feature event winner Gary Holsey slugged it out with a quick Jamie Ollar for much of the distance. A myriad of yellow flags plagued the event. Included were a 5-car pileup and a red flag for a fire. But, all things considered the final green-white-checkered segment was worth the price of admission.
As the final green flag waved leader Guisti had a paper thin advantage over Holsey who shadowed the rapid #17. Holsey threw his white #2 into turn three in a last ditch effort to get by Guisti as the pair headed toward starter Tim Dillon’s white flag. Guisti was in the center of the track as Holsey started a run out of turn 4. Holsey’s trajectory off of the turn caused his car to clobber the 4th turn wall. Holsey’s car continued to pound the wall as the right front wheel rode the top of the concrete. Holsey’s hot rod then flipped and landed on its roof. Holsey’s own philosophy of “win it or wear it” went to the “wear it” side on Saturday.
As spectacular as Holsey’s exit was, Guisti’s run to the front was equally impressive. Perhaps the biggest story of the race was the duel between Guisti and a remarkably fast Ollar. In fact, Ollar was the class of the field until Guisti and Holsey showed up behind him. Ollar begrudgingly gave up the top spot to Guisti after Guisti had a terrific run through turn two with just a handful of laps to go.
Holsey was unhurt in the flip and Ollar got second when the race was called complete after Holsey’s flip. A high flyin’ Shane Stoker took 3rd followed by a rapidly closing Lisa Shelby. Mike Merritt had a consistent ride to round out the top five finishers.
The Hunt Magneto Wingless Warriors feature was a slam-bang affair with a scary moment thrown in for good measure. On the second attempt at a start (following front row starter Ed Butterfield’s original start spin) the field was roaring into the backstretch when it all broke loose. Pole sitter Gary Lewis was surprised by eventual winner Darrell Hanestad’s move to his inside. Lewis checked up and fast closing Billy Macedo reacted. Macedo came together with Jeremy Hawes and last week’s main event winner Rick Eversult. Hawes’ #01 was thrown high in the air and took a wild series of flips. Eversult also launched into the night air and flipped to a grinding halt. Eversult began to unbuckle right away but Hawes sat motionless in his car as safety personnel rushed to his aid.
It took some 20 minutes for Hawes to be stabilized and removed from his battered mount. According to car owner (and Dad) Paul Hawes, a revived and bruised Jeremy objected vehemently when he was told that a ride to the hospital was necessary. Hawes was released shortly after his arrival at the hospital.
Eversult and Hawes are two of the primary players in the championship point hunt and this crash didn’t help. Macedo kept going and made it to the work area as did Lewis and others involved in the melee.
When the race restarted it was a runaway for the veteran driver Hanestad. During the green flag segments, Hanestad could easily pull to a straightaway advantage at will. Behind Hanestad there was a storm brewing and the racing was fiercely competitive at times.
2005 Champion Steve Stein looked to have 3rd place in hand behind second running Macedo when, on the final circuit, he blew through the cushion on turn one. He saved the car, but drifted back to a 10th place finish. Macedo took a distant second to Hanestad with rising young star Kevin Sprague in tow. Jake Servin was 4th across the line and Charles Williams recovered from an early race spin to finish 5th.
Sprague’s great run was to meet with disappointment in the post race inspection. Sprague’s car was found to be too light and he was disqualified from the event moving everyone behind him up a notch.
Macedo will likely be the point leader heading into next weekend’s event. Macedo has been a pleasant surprise in the first two events taking a 2nd and a 4th place finish respectively.
In an amazing night of racing, not one yellow flag was thrown once the races were started in the Riebes Racing Series Stock Car events. A wickedly fast Jeff Olshowka won the feature event. Olshowka’s only worries were prompted by lapped traffic. Everyone else was in another race. Olshowka won going away.
Behind Olshowka the best race of the young season was being contested by Robert Mull and a rocket fast Ray Benkowski. Benkowski and Mull had the fans on their feet in the final laps. The struggle was finally decided when Benkowski slipped by for 2nd. Benkowski started 7th in the event and surged forward from the green needing every lap to get to 2nd. Point leader Phillip Shelby had an adventure to say the least. On more than one occasion last week’s feature winner lost the handle on his potent #86 finishing a distant 7th. Finishing in 4th was Bill Knoop ahead of consistent competitor Pat Couch.
The Mighty Modifieds returned for an event that drew but 6 cars. However, the races were among the best of the night. Ryan McDaniel looked to the high side for a late race pass on dad Randy to take the checkers in the non-stop feature. It was obvious to this observer that the Modifieds could be an OUTSTANDING show at TCS. The cars can carry their left fronts in the air the length of the straightaways. The crowd Ooo’d and Ahhhh’d as the racers flashed around the track. Hopefully the next scheduled event can draw a more representative field.
The BCRA Midget Lites rounded out the 5-division program. Chris DeRyder led from start to finish in a race that labored under a multitude of minor spins and mechanical breakdowns. The event was called complete when, with only seven cars running BCRA Champion Doug Hunting flipped in turn 1.
The Hunt Wingless Sprint Cars will return this Saturday night to headline another great show. The winged Pacific Sprint Cars, the MiniStocks and the Nor-Cal Dwarf Cars will complete the program.
Gates open at 5 this Saturday night with racing starting promptly at 7PM. Grab some of the best racetrack food on planet earth at Linda’s Restaurant, just behind the grandstand.
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