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 Press Release

Lovell leads every lap 
Wallace sweeps Hunt Wingless show
Shelby back on top
by Bob Burbach

August 20, 2006...Kevin Lovell of Yuba City posted a wire-to-wire win in one of the most bizarre Pacific Sprint Car events of the year. Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace swept the Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car show and Phillip Shelby recaptured the point lead with a sweep of the stock car events.

The TCS Pacific Sprint Car feature got off to a rocky start. One Spin and two first turn pileups resulted in a single file original start that put Kevin Lovell at the front. Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt and point leader Brent Dothage started second and third respectively. Before the green was unfurled however, Dothage and Burt had issues. Dothage insisted he was to start second and would not line up in position. The pair ran side by side for a couple of laps before the starter threatened Dothage with a black flag. Dothage fell into position and the race was on.

Dothage tried a slick inside move on Burt off of four and the pair collided as they drag raced up the stretch. Dothage popped a tire and Burt did the same. Both showed for the restart, but Dothage pulled off and retired for good before the race returned to green. 

Lovell was not going to be denied on this night. The quick #81 stayed in the lead despite threats from first, Brandon Dozier and then Cort Dozier. Both Doziers were caught up in race ending mishaps that surprisingly brought Burt back into second place. The point race tightened as Lovell made up some ground on Dothage. Pat Harvey and Tim Barnes were third and fourth. Barnes’ night was a good one as he debuted a new racer in his first appearance of the year.

Next week’s Yuba City Scrap and Steel Ice Cream Night will see a renewal of the year long struggle between these two veteran warriors. While Burt and Brandon Dozier were not mathematically eliminated in this event, it is likely a two horse race now between Lovell and Dothage.

Speaking of point races, the TCS Stock Car point lead shifted as Yuba City’s Phillip Shelby swept the program. For the second consecutive week Shelby gathered all the available points. Shelby dodged a bullet as he ran over his own front bumper after a turn one, lap one melee that involved three other drivers. Shelby’s #86 roared on at the new green and beat Billy Knoop to the checkers again. Knoop carried a one point lead into the night’s events and finished it as the runner up in the new standings. Ray Benkowski and Brad Magenheimer were third and fourth when the checkers flew.

Billy Wallace made a nice move in turn one on early leader Rick Eversult and easily cruised to a victory in the Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car feature. It was Wallace’s first appearance of the year in TCS point racing competition. Starting sixth, Wallace charged through the field early and was never seriously challenged after getting by Eversult.

Point leader Charlie Marrs had a series of problems during the nights’ racing program that allowed second finisher Eversult to close in a bit in the point standings. Marrs and Eversult collided in turn three during heat race action and Marrs’ #7 was hurt for the duration of that event. Marrs was never really going forward in the feature when his car stalled in turn two. Marrs had just been lapped and his own yellow put him back on the lead lap.

Surprisingly, Marrs picked up the pace during the last few laps and finished a solid eighth. Brent Youngman finished third and rookie sensation Kevin Sprague finished a fine fourth.

Daniel Weger of Grass Valley won the Nor Cal Dwarf Car main event in a dominating fashion. In Weger’s last trip to TCS he flipped violently on the front stretch.

The TCS winged Pacific Sprint Cars will return this Saturday night for Yuba City Scrap and Steel’s 5th annual Ice Cream Night. The local business will provide Ice Cream for everyone in attendance, spectator or participant. Seconds and maybe thirds will be available while the ice cream lasts. The Hunt Wingless Sprint Cars, the TCS Stock Cars and the TCS MiniStocks 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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