The 2000 Twin City Raceway season drew to a close Sunday with the Alaska Circle Track Association's final day of racing.
Both the A-Stock and Late Model divisions participated in two heats, a trophy dash, a NAPA-sponsored race and one feature race.
No registered B-Stock drivers participated. Kellie Baker, normally an A-Stock car driver, served as a race official Sunday and said that most of the B-Stock car drivers were away hunting.
Roger Hutto entered his B-Stock car in the Late Model division events. Hutto is not registered with the Twin City Raceway and was not eligible to place or receive points or prizes.
The action began with the five-lap A-Stock trophy dash. Bert Nelson won and received the trophy from driver Mike Young's son Stephen. Young placed second and Justin Yancy placed third.
The Late Model trophy dash also lasted five laps. Frank Soares beat out Chris Crawford and Hutto to win. Hutto managed to stay ahead of Crawford for a couple of laps and put in a respectable showing, as he did in each race until the final event, when his car stayed in the pit for repairs.
Soares won every Late Model event except for the last, when engine trouble forced him off of the track. Nelson drove his car in the event, the day's final race, since Hutto could not participate. Crawford won the event.
NAPA Auto Care Centers and NAPA Auto Parts contributed $200 toward the 10-lap NAPA races. Officials divided the money so that all participants in each race would receive some of it.
Drivers in the A-Stock NAPA race each contributed $10 for the winner. Young won that race and received a total of $92. Nelson placed second and Justin Yancy placed third.
Justin Yancy won the first heat of the A-Stock races, with Young finishing second and Debbie Yancy, Justin's mother, placing third. Justin also won the second heat. Young again placed second and Nelson finished third.
In the 20-lap A-Stock feature race, Nelson took the lead right away, followed by Young and Justin Yancy. Bill Baker was behind Yancy and in front of Jerry Mitchell when he had to pull off of the track with smoke rising from the engine. Nelson kept his lead and won the race. Young placed second and Justin Yancy placed third.
After the races officials doubled the points they awarded to drivers for each of the day's events. They then added the points drivers had accumulated over the season.
Bert Nelson was the season's strongest performer. His 1,357 points placed him well above the competition in the A-Stock division. Mike Young finished behind him with 883 points.
Nelson was pleased with his record.
"It's a good win," he said, "and everybody loves a winner."
"(It) feels good to win a championship," he added. This is his first championship victory.
Of his car, which has a 351 Winsor engine and its fair share of dents and other racing scars, Nelson said, "She's a good one, tough. She's lasted all year."
Debbie Yancy accumulated 699 points this season. Her son Justin nearly tied her, with 695 points.
The B-Stock drivers with the most points for the 2000 racing season are Terry and Richard McGahan, who have 443 points. Tom Lackey has 390 points and Brent Hibbert has 344.
The Late Model winner is Soares, who racked up 109 points.
Soares had no comment on his victory. He merely expressed satisfaction with his achievement and his vehicle, and said that he hopes to see greater participation in next year's races, especially among young people.
Bill Baker finished second for points in the Late Model Division, with 53 points. Chris Crawford has 42 points.
"I made 44 laps, finally," she said.
ACTA-TWIN CITIES RACEWAY
2000 Season Points Leaders
End of Season
Pos. Driver (Car No.) Points
1. Bert Nelson 1357
2. Mike Young 883
3. Debbie Yancy 699
4. Justin Yancy 695
5. Butch Savely 704
6. Dan Huntley 521
7. Rex Savely 439
8. Kellie Baker 386
9. Jeff Bettis 149
10. Jerry Mitchell 107
11. Art Anderson 92
12. Monte Betz 80
13. Roy Morris 51
14. Steve Scheeler 25
1. Terry/Richard McGahan 443
2. Tom Lackey 390
3. Brent Hibbert 344
4. Bill Baker 90
5. Warren Vincent 71
6. Damon Capurro 8
Late Model Division
1. Frank Soares 109
2. Bill Baker 53
3. Chris Crawford 42
4. Chet Soares 19
5. Chris Thompson 0
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