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Title hunt resumes Sat.
Winged Sprinters, Super Stocks and Pro 4s on tap. 
BCRA Lites and Dwarf Cars also on program. 

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - July 6, 2011 --- The cars and stars of the Performance Auto Supply Winged Sprint Car Series will return to MRP Saturday night with the MRP Super Stocks, The Pro 4 Sprinters, BCRA Midget Lites and Nor Cal Dwarf cars filling out the card. MRP will host Bully Dog Night, a spectacular 5 division program. 

With 8 races to go in the Performance Auto Supply Winged Sprint Car Series it’s time for championship contenders Korey Lovell and Brent Dothage to get with the program and start eating into point leader Billy Wallace’s 32-point lead. Wallace, who is the latest winner in the series, seems to be trying to run away with this title in his first ever full season of Performance Auto Supply Winged Sprint Car Series action at MRP. Dothage is a 3-time champion and Lovell is the track’s only 5-time champion.

The increased size of the Performance Auto Supply Winged Sprint Car Series fields makes this an easier task, should Wallace fall on a couple of hard luck nights. But, as we head into the grind of mid-season championship racing, this is the time that Lovell tends to focus, win and grab points. While Wallace strives to be only the 2nd sprint car driver in history to secure championships at both MRP and Placerville Speedway, Lovell is expected to start his mid-season climb. The fly in the ointment appears to be 2nd seeded Dothage who has gotten quicker with every appearance this season. Dothage has won this season and is capable of hitting a 1st class hot streak. Whenever he has, he’s wound up on top of the heap…3 times.

With MRP hosting full fields of winged sprinters in the fan-friendly dual heat race format, all of the aforementioned stars have a shot at the title.

It wouldn’t be fair to leave an analysis of the Performance Auto Supply Winged Sprint Car Series without a word about rookie star William “Chilly Willie” Fielding. This graduate of karting has a maturity about him that one does not often see in a rookie. He’s 4th in points behind 3 superstars of the division. He makes few mistakes and has been wicked-fast on occasion. Watch him, he’s unusually focused, cleaver and calm for someone so young.

Also the Contingency Connection bonuses continue only at MRP. With $1200 to win in the as a cash award, over $1100 in Contingency Connection Bonus Awards are added to that.

In the MRP Super Stock class, somebody better get with the program or 2010 champion Corey Hall is going to make this title chase a laugher. James Castleberry, Sean Hulsey and Brent Hall are all cropped together within 13 points of each other, but they are 46 markers behind the champ. Where Castleberry is concerned, a couple of luckless nights have troubled his championship hopes, while Hulsey and Brent Hall have turned up the wick in recent races. Castleberry has passed a lot of cars this season only to have some issue that causes him to drop off the pace. On the other hand Hulsey has had his best season and is a factor in every event. But, Brent Hall has been the quickest of the 3 as his season has begun to turn around. But, nobody appears to have anything for the champ.

The return of Ray Trimble and the impressive runs of Mike Walko have made this a very competitive season in the supers, but both have missed a couple of events and are not in the championship hunt. Mark Kapscandi has been consistent and lies 5th in the standings.

What can you say about Joel Giusti’s domination of the Pro 4 features this year? Impressive. He’s won 6 and 5 in a row. Is it time yet to start talking about the record 10 in a row yet? Unless P. J Petersen or Tim Maclaughlin step up we may be headed that way. Looking back to last season when the 2-time MRP Mini Stock Champ gravitated to open wheelers he’s been fast right out of the box. For a while he won if he didn’t break. Now, he’s not breaking. He’s now the odds-on favorite for the title! Giusti, Petersen, Maclaughlin and the Pro 4s will return Saturday.

Be there!! It’ll be a great show.

The pit gate opens at 3pm and the front gate opens at 5. 1st race will go off around 6:30 after hot laps.

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. 

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.