MARYSVILLE (8-15-98) - Defending Twin Cities Speedway champion and current track point leader Mark Hall of Grass Valley became the seventh winner of the 1998 California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series Saturday night at Twin Cities Speedway...
MARYSVILLE (8-15-98) - Defending Twin Cities Speedway champion and current track point leader Mark Hall of Grass Valley became the seventh winner of the 1998 California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series Saturday night at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville.
The California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series is a traveling race series dedicated to "360" cubic inch powered sprint cars. In 1998 the series travels to four different California tracks for a total of 13 events all boasting cash winnings as well as accumulative points for the coveted Civil War championship. Saturday's event was the eighth round of the 1998 campaign and the third of four season visits to Mel Hall's 1/4 mile clay oval nestled in the California farming community.
After winning his heat race earlier in the evening and a number "8" being drawn in the Taylor Wings Pill Draw by tenth-quick A-main qualifier Mark Tabor, Hall started Saturday's feature event on the outside of the second row. At the waving of the green flag the lead went to polesitter Rich Tiner of Rio Linda as he shot out in front of Jamie Cavagnaro and Hall on the initial lap.
With just three-laps complete, the first red flag of the event came out when Jeff Young and Roger Crockett collided in the second turn, sending both drivers into vicious roll-overs. The incident also collected Roseville driver Chad Riolo in the process. Riolo received no visible damage from the incident and was able to return as well as Crockett following some speedy sheet metal repairs. Young, however, wasn't as fortunate as he retired his severely damaged, nearly new J & J mount to the pit area.
Once green flag racing resumed, Tiner maintained his lead as Jonathan Allard of Chico moved into the to five. On the seventh lap the second red flag of the evening came out when David Robinson Jr. of Sacramento crossed up and barrell rolled coming out of the second turn. Robinson was uninjured in the incident and did manage to return after making repairs. Two laps later, Riolo brought out a yellow caution when left front suspension damage ended his evening. At this point Allard moved into fourth as Yuba City driver Kevin Lovell rounded out the top five while Tiner maintained the lead over Hall.
Following a restart at the eighth lap mark, Hall began to close in on Tiner's lead for the next ten laps. On the 19th circuit, Hall was finally able to use lapped traffic to his advantage as traffic slowed Tiner and allowed Hall to power around the leader coming out of the fourth turn. Just seconds later Allard and Cavagnaro moved in on Tiner as Colby Weisz of Colfax moved into the fifth position. As Hall maintained his lead, Weisz worked his way past Cavagnaro and began to challenge Allard for third. With just three laps to go a yellow flag delayed the event when Jim Richardson stalled on the front stretch. On the restart, Weisz locked bumpers with North Highlands driver Scooter Lambert and both driver spun off of the bottom of turn two to bring out the yellow flag again, Weisz managed to break free of the incident and keep going. With the final green flag, Hall maintained his lead to score his first feature event win of the season, Tiner finished second ahead of Allard, Lambert, and Kevin Lovell. "Tonight, we finally got a break," said Hall. " I Thought tonight's (feature event) would never get over. This is our first win of the year and this is our oldest and smallest (V6) motor. We burned a couple of pistons in our new motor at Placerville last week and decided to go with the smaller one tonight and it really got us around the top of the track." In preliminary action on Saturday, heat race victories went to Joey Magaruh of Vacaville, Jim VanLare of Windsor;Kyle Schild of Sacramento and Hall. In the B-main event, fast qualifier Roger Crockett of Rio Linda grabbed the early lead and maintained it until the white flag lap when he was slowed by lapped traffic, allowing David Robinson Jr. of Sacramento to power into the lead. Crockett finished second followed by Weisz; Shane Scott and Jeff Hallieb. This Friday night, the California Sprint Car Civil War Race Series will advance to John Padjen's Silver Dollar Speedway for the night round of competition. This event has been penciled in on the original Civil War Schedule due to early season rain outs and is the final Civil War race prior to the second annual "Pacific Sprint Cup" at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. Friday's event will determine the entry list for the September 16 event that opens the Gold Cup week as only the top 32-drivers in the Civil War point standings are permitted to compete. Action is scheduled to begin at 6:30 with qualifying on Friday. For any further information contact the office of John Padjen Motorsports at (916) 969-7484.
CALIFORNIA SPRINT CAR CIVIL WAR RACE SERIES RACE SUMMARY- TWIN CITIES SPEEDWAY, MARYSVILLE SATURDAY, AUGUST 15, 1998
FAST QUALIFIERS: 1.) ROGER CROCKETT-11:501 2.) COLBY WEISZ-11:693 3.) JONATHAN ALLARD-11:795
HEAT ONE: JOEY MAGARUH; MARK TABOR; BRYAN BULLARD;KEVIN LOVELL; DAVID ROBINSON JR.
HEAT TWO: JIM VANLARE; STEVE WATTS; JAMIE CAVAGNARO; SCOOTER LAMBERT; SHANE SCOTT.
HEAT THREE: KYLE SCHILD; JIM RICHARDSEN; RICH TINER; JONATHAN ALLARD; BILLY WALLACE.
HEAT FOUR: MARK HALL; JEFF YOUNG; ALAN BRADWAY; CHAD RIOLO; KOREY LOVELL.
B-MAIN: DAVID ROBINSON JR.; ROGER CROCKETT; COLBY WEISZ; SHANE SCOTT; JEFF HALLEIB.
A-MAIN: HALL;TINER; ALLARD: LAMBERT; KEVIN LOVELL; CAVAGNARO; BULLARD; SCOTT; MAGARUH; CROCKETT; SCHILD; VANLARE; TABOR; WATTS; ROBINSON; WEISZ; RICHARDSEN; BRADWAY; RIOLO; YOUNG.
CONTINGENCY AWARDS ART ENTERPRISES; SHANE SCOTT ¥CHRIS' CLUB; DAVID ROBINSON JR. & SHANE SCOTT ¥ HUNT MAGNETOS; JEFF HALLEIB ¥ JB ENTERPRISES; JEFF YOUNG ¥ RIOLO RACING ENGINES; NOT AWARDED ¥ TAYLOR WINGS; MARK TABOR ¥ WELD RACING WHEELS; NOT AWARDED
NOTE: CIVIL WAR POINT STANDINGS ARE NOT AVAILABLE AT TIME OF RESULTS POSTING.LOOK FOR CIVIL WAR POINT STANDINGS TO BE RELEASED LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON OR TUESDAY A.M.