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Mini-stock races at Twin Cities Raceway see parity

Posted: June 24, 2012 - 11:15pm

The 2012 Twin Cities Raceway stock car dirt track season continued Saturday evening, under cloudless sunny skies.

Six divisions competed, as a number of Legends cars made the trip down from Wasilla to compete, along with the Mini-stock, A-stock, B-stock, Late Models and Sprint Cars.

The Mini-stock races saw some parity, as three different drivers won each event.

Todd Charlesworth won the first heat, and Jamie Chilton managed to score his first win in the second heat, beating the 007 car of Andy Kircher.

Kircher pulled out the win in the feature race, but Kircher said he’s impressed by Chilton, who is new this year.

“Chilton has a fast car, I think he’s put a lot of work into it this past winter, rebuilt everything, and it’s pretty fast,” Kircher said. “During the warm-ups I tried to find the line with the best traction, and when I found it, I stuck with it. It was the middle of the track.”

Carl Liebes, points leader in the Mini-stock division, did not find the kind of success he is accustomed to seeing, saying the track conditions were a little too wet for his liking.

“I’m the only one driving a front-wheel drive car, so when the track gets slick, it’s like driving on an ice rink for me,” Liebes said. “Jamie (Chilton) got his car dialed in, it’s running strong, and Todd (Charlesworth) had a little incident in Turn 2, and I sideswiped him, but other than that, it was a fairly good evening.”

Liebes still leads the points race by 11 over Charlesworth.

In the A-stock division, Dean DeVaney smoked the field in all three races in his black 34 car, beating his brother Daren by .897 seconds in the feature race, the closest anyone got to him all night long.

In fact, Dean managed to pull a “spin-and-win” in the first heat race. Both DeVaney and Dustin Bass collided in Turn 1 early in the race, and DeVaney showed off his skills by immediately putting the car in reverse and racing down the backstretch going backward, “Ricky Bobby” style.

Daren still holds his points lead over Dean, now 24 points ahead. Dean and Dustin Bass are tied for second with 720 points each.

Bill Williams served notice that he would not be beaten easily in the B-stock events, sweeping all three races quite handily in the 38 car. The closest anyone finished behind him was 4.14 seconds in the second heat, done by Ken Carlock.

Williams opened up a bigger points lead over Richard McGahan in the B-stock standings, and now holds a 31-point lead.

The Late Models put on quite a show Saturday, especially in the second heat race.

Frank Soares, driving the No. 29 car, won the first heat and the feature race, but came up less than a car length short of winning the second heat. Soares was running down the leader, Joey Essex, in the waning laps, and managed to get a strong run off the final turn on the final lap, but came up .172 seconds short of winning.

Essex leads the Late Models points standings by 41 over Soares.

Mike Thomas made it look easy in the Legends class, sweeping all three races in his No. 5 car. He won the feature by 3.12 seconds over Ty Torkelson in the 44 car.

Thomas leads the Legends points race over Bryan Barber by 20 points.

In the Sprint Car division, it was the McGahans pulling out all the stops as they swept the races in their Tesoro-sponsored sprint machines.

Cameron McGahan took the victory in the first heat and the feature, while brother Cody won the second heat.

“I started on the pole, and was having a good run, but I hit a cone, and that’s a penalty,” Cameron said. “So I got sent to the back of the pack, but I got a good run on that restart, and got past Randy (Barnes), and a lap later got past Pete (Ischi) when he got a little high, and I don’t know what happened with Cody, but he just missed the cushion, and I capitalized on it right there.”

While leading late in the feature race, Cody slid up the track in Turn 3 and just managed to save his car, but lost the lead to Cameron.

“I just got a little too high and got into the loose stuff at the top and took all my speed away, and Cameron got me there,” Cody said. “Same thing happened at the end of the race in Turn 2, and Pete got me, too. Just driver error, pushing too hard trying to make up time, and it didn’t work out.”

The results for Cody were good, considering he never made it to the start line for the first heat race. His No. 18 car suffered an internal problem that was eventually fixed in time for the second race, but Cody lost valuable points in the championship standings, and is now sitting third, just six points behind Cameron.

“Any day is a good day when you don’t break anything,” Cody said.

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