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Richards bags Hot August 25

Last lap pass gets Giusti MiniStock trophy

Shelby beats Knoop
by Bob Burbach

Marysville, CA - August 12, 2006... Tony Richards of Paradise won the Hot August Night 25 Saturday night at Twin Cities Speedway. Joel Giusti made a slick pass on the last lap to snare the TCS MiniStock feature and Yuba Cityís Phillip Shelby won in the TCS Stock Cars.
Richards parlayed his front row start with some heroic driving on TCSís deep, hook-up cushion to win a stirring feature event. Ryan McDaniel took a run at Richards from his third row starting position by lap ten and the race was on! Richards and McDaniel were spectacular as the high-flying pair negotiated the quick quarter mile.
Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car point leader Charlie Marrs found third quickly and was never able to close in on the lead duo. Richardsí yellow #76 got a big wake up call at halfway when McDaniel tried a high side pass in three. It didnít work and Richards got back up on the wheel. He pulled to a three car length lead in the next two circuits. Then, as Richards exited turn two with five to go he hooked the cushion and it straightened out the car. McDaniel pounced and flashed past Richards.
Richards would not be denied, however, and began to bury his car into the cushion and hustled after McDaniel. With two to go McDaniel was straightened up in exactly the same spot as was Richards a few laps before. Richards had a monster run going coming out of two at precisely the same instant. He powered on by and into a lead he would not give up. Marrs stayed third under Tim Dillonís checkered flag.
Richards was ecstatic with the victory worth $1000.00. Richardsí fourth victory of the season was perhaps his best.
Joel Giusti is still in the hunt. As evidenced by his remarkable last lap pass of point leader Mike Merritt, Giusti still has his eyes on the crown. The TCS MiniStock race was a thriller from start to finish.
The early laps provided young James Foster with his best chance yet of putting a win on the board. Foster was the class of the field as he led Merritt, Giusti and Shane Stoker with relative ease. Then the quartet approached lapped traffic. Fosterís lead evaporated and the three drivers behind him pressed hard.
Coming off of four a slow car changed lines, and caused Foster to react abruptly and he was hit from behind. The blue #3 snapped sideways and spun through the infield bringing out the caution flag. Merritt inherited the lead. Foster was relegated to the rear. He made a terrific charge through the field only to be involved in a front stretch altercation in the final laps.
After Foster was gone Merritt kept the other racers at bay. With three to go Giusti started to look high and low for a way around Merritt. Merritt held his line and a little more making his car as wide as possible. As the white banner flew Giusti inched his way up the inside of Merritt. These two talented racers were giving it their all. In turn one it was MiniStock racing at itís finest. Giusti squeezed out a lead off of two and held on to the finish. Merritt was second and Stoker was third with a fast closing Lisa Shelby in fourth.
Young Philip Shelby gave notice that the point race is far from over in the TCS Stock Cars. Shelby and Billy Knoop have been slugging out all season long and Saturday night was no exception. Not only did Shelby score a win over his closest rival, he also snared an additional $100 in his heat race courtesy of Turkís Smog and Auto repair in Yuba City.
Shelby got to the front early and stayed there repelling Knoopís charges one by one. Brad Magenheimer and Mike Meyer followed across the finish line in third and fourth.
Livermoreís Tony Gaoiran posted another easy victory in the SORA Sprint 100 feature.
The TCS winged Pacific Sprint Cars will return this Saturday night. The Hunt Wingless Sprint Cars, the TCS Stock Cars and the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will round out the four division program. Gates open at 5 with racing scheduled for 7 PM.
Call the business office at 530.675.2050 or, on raceday, call the track at 530.742.9222. You can visit us on the web at for all the latest updates.






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