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Playday Feb 26 starts things rolling at MRP. 
Toller Memorial Sprint Car Spectacular March 5th.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - February 13, 2011 --- Marysville Raceway Park’s 1st event of the year will be a playday scheduled for February 26 from noon to 4pm. Car & Driver are $25.00. Pit passes are $10.00. Grandstands are free. IMPORTANT: 2011 minor releases must be signed by parents for all minors entering the pits. Concessions will be available. All classes of racecar are invited to participate. This, in advance of an ambitious racing schedule that will be initiated by the inaugural Sherm Toller Memorial Race one week later on March 5th. 

The Sherm Toller Memorial Race will be a sprint car only race (winged and wingless), the kind of show that our friend Sherm would be thrilled about. The $2500 to win extravaganza will pit the finest 360 winged sprint car drivers around in a single day shootout spectacular using the fan-friendly dual heat race format. No other events are scheduled in California, Nevada, Oregon or Washington that weekend so a big turnout of first class equipment is expected.

The companion Wingless Warrior Shootout should be just as compelling as this “brave beyond reason” class will clash for the $1000 first prize. The Pro 4 sprinters will round out the all open wheel show.

The 2011 schedule has an increased emphasis on the MRP local classes. A small change has been made. The car show that precedes opening day ceremonies has been cancelled. Long time associate Les Schwab Tires of Marysville has decided to use the funds earmarked for the car show for use more directly related to fans attending the raceway. Of course the wildly popular MRP Winged Sprint Cars will present a full season, as will the Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Car series. The roaring Super Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will again present full seasons of competition as well. The Pro 4 Sprinters will also be at MRP in 2011.

Special shows featuring the Golden State King of the West 410 sprint cars, the Joe Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, BCRA Midgets, BCRA Midget Lites and a return of the West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals to it’s home track will be offered.

Promoter Paul Hawes told this observer today that 2 of the hobby stocks were given the green light today for some laps around the sparkling clean MRP facility. Hawes said, “They handled real well, but the ran like ….…” (i.e. somewhat less quickly than expected). Together with the return of our 2 pre-season open races and the addition of the new Hobby Stocks, the season is shaping up to be the best in the facilities illustrious 43-year history. The equation is simple for 2011: provide a great show, high speeds, thrill-a-minute competition and locally based, affordable, racing classes. 

Here’s a quick overview of the new Hobby Stock class. The class will allow inexpensive American passenger cars to compete. Promoter Hawes has twisted the old “Bomber” rules in such a way that strictly stock passenger vehicles only will be allowed in the class. Pick ups, SUVs and other similar vehicles will not be permitted.

The class is now open to any AMERICAN MADE passenger car with a wheelbase of 104” to 115”. The car may be front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Generally speaking this must be a stock car in the purest sense of the word with no performance modifications. Promoter Hawes said earlier this winter, “I want it so somebody can bring in a Taurus or a Camaro, put a cage in it and race.” Well, there are a few other rules that must be adhered to. It is a very low budget, strictly stock racing car and a logical move forward from the Bombers. They will be added as a class at the raceway. 

The engine must be stock to the car. If it’s a ’88 Camaro, it must have the motor that came in that car, fuel injection and all. Intake, ignition, engine and exhaust manifolds must be stock to the car. If it’s a ’88 Taurus, or a ’98 Stratus, same thing goes. NO aftermarket performance parts are allowed. No modification of the stock suspension is allowed. As previously mentioned in other releases, approved roll cages, helmets and racing harness seat belts will be required for all drivers…AND passengers. Like the “Bombers” before it, with current economic conditions considered, frankly, it’s the right class at the right time.

Promoter Hawes also discussed special, post-season events that could be included in next year’s schedule and may include an “Enduro” for MRP style Hobby Stocks. All of this commentary is designed to give a general overview of the class. All of the rules are on the website.

Note: Please make this observer aware of any names that are misspelled or incorrect. The text is based on information we have at the time of its release.