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Tyler McDonald (79) and Randy Barnes (23) collide their sprint cars in the fifth lap of Friday’s first 8-lap race under artificial lights at Twin Cities Raceway. McDonald went on to win the race.

Night racing at Twin City Raceway cut short by rain

Racing will resume at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday

Posted: September 8, 2012 - 1:36am  |  Updated: September 8, 2012 - 9:25am
The sky clears and darkens above fans who sat out a passing rain storm at the beginning of the night.   Photo by M. Scott Moon
Photo by M. Scott Moon
The sky clears and darkens above fans who sat out a passing rain storm at the beginning of the night.

The final racing weekend of the year at the Twin City Raceway dirt track began on Friday night with a passing rain shower that delayed the action.

Because of an 11 p.m. curfew, the scheduled races were not completed, with only the first heats for the sprint cars, mini-stocks, A-stocks, B-stocks and legends being run. Racing will resume at 1 p.m. on Saturday, and the scheduled second night of racing under the lights will kick off at 7 p.m., weather permitting.

Because of the wet track, two dozen cars and trucks paraded around the track for approximately 30 minutes to quicken the drying process, followed by the Sprint cars.

16 Sprint machines took the track in three separate heat races to begin the evening’s first action, with Brad Bailey, Tyler McDonald and Joe Beck taking top honors in each eight-lap event.

Alex Schwochert took the heat win in the Mini-stock division, finishing .33 seconds ahead of a second-place battle between Carl Liebes and Andy Kircher.

In the A-stock category, Damian LaMountain held off a hard-charging Kyle Devaney to win the heat, and Joey Essex stepped away from the Late Models division to take the heat win in the B-stocks.

Mike Braddock beat seven other drivers in the Legends division to win, two of those being Ty Torkelson and David Kusmyder, who both said the track was still slick and hard to race on late in the night after the earlier rains.

“Oh yeah it’s hard to see when there’s mud hitting your front end,” Torkelson said. “I can’t wait to race again tomorrow.”

 

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