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Last lap charge to victory for Hawes

“Double Nationals” closest sprint car finish ever

by Bob Burbach

September 17, 2006... Jeremy Hawes took his “Flyin’ Ford to victory Saturday night in the closest finish ever seen in sprint car racing at Twin Cities Speedway. The first Annual Hunt Wingless Sprint Car “Double Nationals” was a thriller from start to finish.
The race started with a multi-car skirmish on the back chute of the first lap. Front row starters Charlie Marrs of Marysville, and Rio Linda’s Rick Eversult were slugging it out as they approached mid-way on the back chute. The pair touched and the sparks flew as both cars started to spin wildly out of control in front of the entire pack. Second row starter Mark Hill clipped Eversult as he slid across the track. Hill’s car shot up into the black night air and flipped end for end. He landed in the infield on the entrance to turn three.  Hill sat for a moment, composed himself and climbed from his battered #8. Yuba City’s Hill and Marrs were eliminated from the race and Eversult went to the rear of the field for the restart.
The new line up had Charles Williams and five-time feature event winner Tony Richards on the front row. Richards jumped to an early, healthy lead in the twenty-five lapper. He would lead for 24 9/10 laps. Behind Richards a war was raging between Williams, Jay Youngman, Randy Lathrop, Ryan Mc Daniels and Jeremy Hawes. A long green flag segment allowed Richards to pull a straightaway lead as the five warriors just behind pounded on each other for position.
The track was in such good shape that both the cushion and the bottom could be used with equal success. As the race neared ¾ distance Mc Daniel parked on Williams’ tail for second. As the pair exited turn two Mc Daniel bumped Williams. Williams twirled to a stop and was pounding the steering wheel in frustration. It had been Williams’ best run to date. Mc Daniel was penalized two spots for getting into Williams’ #19w. Mc Daniel lost his steering shortly after a restart and crashed into the third turn barrier ending his run to the front.
The race restarted with a handful of laps remaining. Youngman shadowed Richards with Hawes an aggressive third. With three to go Hawes slammed the “Flyin’ Ford” into the first turn cushion and rocketed by Youngman on the high side out of two. He stayed there and went after Richards. Hawes closed the gap in a hurry and challenged Richards on the low side as the pair tossed their racers into turn one on the final circuit. Richards held Hawes at bay and Hawes looked high in three on the last lap. His car lurched forward as he got the bite up high. Hawes transitioned off of turn four on the inside with an enormous run as the pair dueled side-by-side heading for the checkers. Hawes nipped Richards at the line as the crowd screamed its approval. It was the closest finish in the history of sprint car racing at Twin Cities Speedway. Starter Tim Dillon called it Hawes and the video replays found him to be correct. The victory was by less than one-tenth of a second and was likely closer than that (ed. Note. That is the closest figure available using the video stop action.). Youngman was third and Jimmy Steward finished in fourth after a fine run from the back.
The jubilant Hawes took three “cool off” laps at about 100 MPH each. He pounded the side of his car’s hood and had his fist in the air after his great charge to the victory. It was Hawes’ second victory in as many starts at the lightning fast quarter mile.
Sutter’s Joel Giusti scored a wire-to-wire win in the companion TCS MiniStock feature event. 2006 TCS champion Giusti was pressed the entire distance by first, Phillip Shelby and then on the last lap by Marysville’s James Foster.
Shelby’s pursuit of Giusti during the middle stages of the event was great. Giusti was up to the task however and Shelby created his own yellow flag by sheering his car’s nosepiece off on Giusti’s spinning left rear. Shelby was put in the rear.
Foster tried a clean inside move coming off of four for the checkers, but fell a car length short at the finish. Shelby charged back to a nice third in the final standings.
Tony Gaioran of Livermore secured his third SORA Sprint 100 championship with a sweep of the program. It was Tony G’s 15th main event victory at TCS in SORA competition.
Jeff Scott scored a sweep of the events in the BCRA Midget Lites. Scott was unchallenged as he scored straightaway victories in both his heat race and the feature.
Don’t miss the 11th annual West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals September 28th, 29th and 30th at TCS. Thursday September 30th is an open practice beginning at 5 PM. All drivers in all dirt track divisions are invited to participate. The evening will be capped by the third annual “King of the Hill” challenge for Dwarf Cars. On Friday the Dwarf cars will hold preliminary events and the SORA Sprint 100’s will join the festivities. The TCS Stock Cars will also have a post-season event on that night.
On Saturday the Dwarf Cars will run 6 Main Events, the Fast Dash and the 30 lap National Final. The TCS MiniStocks will also put on a full program as an extra-added attraction. There will be nearly 100 cars in the pits on all three nights. Gates Open at 5PM  with racing getting underway at 6PM.
You can reach the business office at 530-675-2050 or on raceday call the track at 530-742-9222. All the latest points data is available at






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