Racers adapt to shifting conditions

Dry — then slippery — track leads to exciting night of racing at Twin Cities

Posted: Monday, June 13, 2005

Despite losing a tire in the first race, Frank Soares rallied to edge his late-model division competition by totaling 90 points through four races Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway in Kenai.

Robert Watkins came in a close second with 87 points, while Marty Oberg totaled 86 in his big-block chevy for a third place finish in the late-model division.

Soares, a local racer from Kenai, has been racing for nearly 20 years. On Saturday he was testing a new 355 horsepower engine in owner Chet Soares' car.

"It went pretty good today," Soares said, "We got some minor changes to do to the car, but it ran well."

Drivers had to adjust from driving on a low-traction dusty track to a very slippery muddy track as the races went on. The track hardened out in the final races, allowing for some close finishes.

Among several others, Soares was able to get a grasp of the track.

"We just need to work in the track and control the dust," Soares said of the track.

In the A-Stock division, Brian Vukasin of Anchorage swept the four races, piling up 100 points for an easy win. Adam Tracy came in second with 79 points.

The A-Stock division had several races and racers that were exciting and fun to watch. Out of six cars, only three finished in one race, as Don Akers had an engine catch fire on the backstretch, Shane Reid ran out of gas, and Brian Johnson lost a tire. Tom Shamrock had a tough night as well in the division as his number 69 car had trouble even staying on the track.

"Quite a few of the drivers seemed to be having trouble with the track," Vukasin said. "I thought it was fine ... for me," Vukasin added with a chuckle.

"It was pretty good," first-time racer Adam Tracy said, "(The track) wasn't that bad."

Whether it was the track or not, Richard McGahan took the B-Stock division with several convincing wins, compiling 90 points. Debbi nancy was a close second with 87.

In the Quarter-Midgets, where the drivers average 10 years in age, Kendall Soares swept the four races for 100 total points. Anita Braun was second with 85.

Saturday at Twin Cities Raceway

Overall Standings

A-STOCK 1. Brian Vukasin, 100 points; 2. Adam Tracy, 79; 3. T.J. Soares, 58; 4. Brian Johnson, 55; 5. Shane Reid, 36.

B-STOCK Richard McGahan, 90; 2. Debbie nancy, 87; 3. Ken Carlock, 74; 4. Roger Hutto, 72; 5. Raymond Hensley, 61.

LATE-MODEL 1. Frank Soares, 90; 2. Robert Watkins, 87; 3. Marty Oberg, 86; 4. Mike Young, 71.

QUARTER-MIDGETS 1. Kendall Soares, 100; 2. Anita Braun, 85; 3. Steven Young, 76; 4. Keith Porter, 73.

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