Friday's Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division event at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai could best be termed a warmup lap.
Only six total cars were ready to run at the first event of the season on the three-eighths-of-a-mile dirt track, and by the end of the evening that number had been cut down to three. Due to the dwindling number of cars, the Main Event was not even held.
"Our first race of the year is always like this," said Late Model racer Mike Young, who was one of the few drivers to have his car still running at the end of the evening. "A lot of racers still don't have their cars done."
Young said he is hoping to get down to some better racing at the next event, which will be held Friday. Chet Soares, the president of the Circle Track Division, said five B-Stock cars, five Late Models and five of the ever-popular Sprint cars should be at that event.
Time trials will start at 6 p.m. Friday, while racing will be at 7 p.m.
Friday featured some tight racing, but because there was so little of it, fans were given $2 off the $7 admission price for next Friday's event.
One of the better races was in the five-lap Late Model trophy dash. Frank Soares, the Late Model champion at Twin Cities Raceway last year, led for the first three laps.
Young, the runner-up in the Late Model Division last year, passed Soares on Turn 4 in the fourth lap and then held on for the victory. However, the Late Model racing ended after that race because Soares could not keep his car running.
Young said he thinks the Late Models will heat up once people apply the finishing touches to their cars and get them out to the track.
"It's no fun running when there's only three cars out there," Young said. "I'd prefer that there be about 30. That's not going to happen, but this year we're looking to put on a better show."
While the A-Stock, or entry class, will be low in numbers this year, there also are high hopes for the B-Stock Division this year.
Terry McGahan dominated the B-Stock racing Friday, taking all three races. McGahan was driving the car owned by his father, Richard. Richard, the B-Stock champion at the track last year, will be out of action for a few weeks due to a hernia.
Richard said the number of entries in the B-Stock Division could grow as high as 10 this year. Last year, there was usually only three or four B-Stocks in every race. If eight or nine B-Stocks materialize, Richard, who has been racing at Twin Cities Raceway for over 20 years, said that number would be the most in a long time.
"We're going to be advertising to get a lot more people out here, but you've got to have a lot of cars out to put on a good show," Richard said. "Right now, things are looking good if we can just keep all the cars running."
Kenai Peninsula Racing Lions-Circle Track Division
at Twin Cities Raceway
Trophy Dash (5 laps): 1. Josh Fell.
Heat I (10 laps): 1. Josh Fell.
Heat II (10 laps): 1. Josh Fell.
Trophy Dash (5 laps): 1. Terry McGahan; 2. William Broussard.
Heat I (10 laps): 1. Terry McGahan; 2. William Broussard.
Heat II (10 laps): 1. Terry McGahan.
LATE MODEL DIVISION
Trophy Dash (5 laps): 1. Mike Young; 2. Frank Soares.
Heat I (10 laps): 1. Mike Young.
Heat II (10 laps): 1. Mike Young.
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