Hawes Earns First Career Winged Sprint Car Win
by Troy Hennig
Marysville, CA (5-13, 2017) – Four
years ago Jeremy Hawes made the jump from wingless
sprint cars to winged 360 sprints cars. After a lot of
disappointing finishes and struggles, his hard work
finally paid off. Hawes won the exciting 25-lap winged
sprint car main event and earned his first career win
in the competitive division. Hawes was challenged
throughout the event by slower traffic and three-time
track champion Colby Wiesz. In fact, Wiesz passed
Hawes at least twice during the race only to have
Hawes drive back into the lead a few moments later.
Needless to say, Hawes was ecstatic in victory lane as
he celebrated with dad, mom and Robert Petersen. Billy
Wallace came home in the third spot. Mike Monahan
drove up to the fourth spot. Youngster Dustin Freitas
rounded out the top five. Wiesz won the first heat
race. Tyler Seavey dominated heat two. Rowdy McClenon
returned to action and won the third heat. Wiesz was
the fastest car in qualifying. Twenty sprint cars
appeared for point race #5.
Promoter Dennis Gage had to be smiling as 87 race
cars entered his pit area for the normal Saturday
night point race. It was nice to see a full
grandstands as people took advantage of the discounted
Mother’s Day ticket special.
The IMCA Sport
Mod division was given another shot in the arm because
of the West Coast Sport Mod Tour was in the house. A
brilliant 34 cars attended the event. In the end it
was a local named Phillip Shelby who won. Joining
Shelby in victory lane in what seemed to be half of
the entire town of Marysville. Shelby is a popular
driver at the top of his game. Last night he was
leading the race at Chico until a mechanical issue
sidelined him late in the race. “I have to thank my
friends who put the car back together while I was at
work today,” said Shelby in victory lane. Shelby also
thanked third place finishing Fred Ryland. Nick
Spainhoward finished in the second spot. Spainhoward
should be credited with a great race in where he
doesn’t have a ton of laps at Marysville but looked
fast all night. Ryland thanked his wife who gave up
her car tonight so Fred could race. “My car was
wrecked and she was nice enough to step out of her car
so I could run tonight,” said Ryland. Michael Johnson
finished fourth and his now the current point leader
of the West Coast Sport Mod Tour as they leave
Marysville after point race # 3. Shane Devolder had
another solid showing and finished fifth.
Cooper brothers finished first and second in the
semi-main event. Todd Gomez, Les Friend, Jimmy Ford
and Igor Gandzjuk were the final four transfers to the
Shelby won the first heat race.
Johnson grabbed the honors in heat two. Jordan Hagar
did an excellent job in winning heat three. Local hot
shoe Damian Merritt won the fourth heat.
Spencer won an entertaining wingless sprint car main
event. Even though only four cars entered, Spencer and
Gary Paulson waged a good race amongst each other for
the win. In the end, it was Spencer holding off
Paulson. Paul Vandenberg and Bruce Morrow finished out
the order. Paulson won the lone heat race.
Dwarf Cars put on another great show. Buddy Olschowka
took home the honors during a competitive main event.
Yet, the real star of night was the fans and drivers
who donated money to help the family of family racer
Joe Bresnyan, who was tragically killed earlier that
week. The Dwarf Cars went four wide to salute the
Bresnyan family before their main event. Jeremy
Blackshere ran one of his best races and finished
second behind Olschowka. Danny Wagner finished third.
Wagner continues to be one of the top drivers. Mike
Reeder is another racer who is always up front and
finished fourth. Brian Quilty continues to get the job
done and finished fifth. Wagner, Reeder and Blackshere
all won their respective heat races. So, it wasn’t
surprising that they all finished within the top five
during the main event.
Rob Waldrop has the
right set up. He was the class of the field Saturday
night during the Vintage Hardtops. Waldrop won the
main event and heat race.
Full results at