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Castleberry wins race and Crown.
Diatte, Youngblood and Gutches grab Dwarf $. 
Toller Memorial sprints on Saturday!!

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - October 2, 2011 --- Champion racer Misty Castleberry put an exclamation mark on her 2011 season by roaring to another feature event victory at Paul and Kathy Hawes Marysville Raceway Park. Ryan Diatte, Alicia Youngblood and Kelly Gutches captured the Pro, Sportsman and Veteran classes in the 16th annual West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals.

Castleberry rushed to a brilliant victory after a short dice with Howard Law and early race leader Shaun Merritt. Merritt and Law were quick, but when Castleberry showed up at the front she systematically picked off the leaders and won going away. Behind Castleberry an entertaining race developed for the runner up spot that included a 7-car knot that had fenders banging and some tempers flaring. Derik Gallier had a great race as this youngsters stock starts to rise. He finished 4th.

A couple of crashes peppered the late laps of this one that eliminated point contender Alan Furuta, Robert Luster and wounded Jason Clayton. Clayton later retired his battered machine. Law and Merritt tried desperately to catch Castleberry but to no avail. Law and Furuta posted heat race wins in preliminary action.

Castleberry carried the signatures of her fans to victory lane as the Castleberry crew had her car on display before the events got underway. It was Castleberry’s 3rd title in the series. When asked what her plans would be for 2011, she didn’t commit to anything. But, in this observer’s opinion she’d be a spectacular addition to winged 360 sprint car racing at MRP. Her star is on the rise and maybe it’s time to start nipping at the heels of the big dogs in the winged 360s. Castleberry has quickly adapted to the Pro 4 open wheeler showing some remarkable diversity.

After 15 of the 24 starters crashed during the 1st 6 laps of the “Sweet 16” West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals, Ryan Diatte smoked the rest of the field as the balance of the race went non stop with Diatte in control all the way. Diatte blasted past front row starter and early leader Jeremy Blackshere on lap 3 as the carnage went on behind them and was never challenged. Mike Grenert made a mid race pass on Blackshere and scooped up runner up $.

The Sportsman main event was the best race of the weekend as Alicia Youngblood scared almost everyone in the house as she rode the rim to a spectacular win. Youngblood parked on the cushion flirting with disaster on every lap. The video review confirmed her heart-stopping ride included a couple of brushes with the turn 1 fence as she charged forward.

Kelly Gutches dominated the Veteran main with a wire-to-wire run to his trophy.

68 cars entered the 16th edition of this classic gathering.

This coming Saturday night the rain delayed running of the 2nd Sherm Toller Memorial will be presented. The mighty winged 360 sprint cars will have a 30-lap slugfest to cap one of MRP’s premiere events. A terrific field of cars and stars is expected. No entry fee is required for this prestigious event. Pit passes will be $45. The winged spec sprints have been added to the program and the Pro 4 Sprints will round out the all open wheel extravaganza. More on this race later. The Pit Gate opens at 3pm. The front gates open at 5pm with racing at 6pm.

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. Complete finishes, stats and points become official and available at the close of business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web site.