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Taves proves he's top Cheater

James Taves has always done things by the book.

James Taves has always done things by the book.

Still, the Glyndon, Minn., driver couldn't pass up an opportunity to take a few shortcuts last weekend at Huset's Speedway in Brandon, S.D.

Taves drove a Wissota modified with a super stock body to victory in the 15-lap late model feature Sunday at the 39th Annual National Cheaters Day.

Taves, who won $800 and a nearly 6-foot trophy for the win, also took the checkered flag Satuday in his heat and qualifying feature races.

"I had a hunch that if we were going to win, it would be this year," said Nick Skalicky, a member of Taves' pit crew.

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Huset's Cheaters Day race is unique because there are no rules prohibiting the modification of cars. Drivers can race any type of car modified in any way.

The only race rules are designed to maintain track safety.

Taves crossed the finish line ahead of two-time defending champion Gary Brown, Jr. Brown, from Sioux Falls, S.D., races regularly at Huset's Speedway.

"It's a top-of-the-line class down there," Skalicky said. "The guys we beat are no slouches at all."

Taves' victory was due to a change in cars, Skalicky said.

Last year, Taves drove a Camaro and finished fourth in the A feature.

The car was nearly 600 pounds heavier than most of the other cars competing in the race.

"We lightened it up about 500 pounds from the Camaro last year," Skalicky said.

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The Taves crew is already talking about returning to Huset's next year to defend the title.

"Now we've kind of raised the bar and we have to start thinking of how stay on top," Skalicky said. "I think I've got him convinced to go back, though."

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