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Billy Knoop Memorial Race Saturday
Ltd. Lates, Supers and Hobby/Pures on tap

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - October 10, 2012 --- The final 2012 race on the Marysville Raceway Park calendar will be presented this Saturday night. It's a big one! The 9th edition of The Great Taxi Cab Open will be offered as the Billy Knoop Memorial Race this season. Knoop and his free spirited legacy will be celebrated the way Billy would want it. The cars and stars in three divisions of fendered warriors will saddle up and race honoring the late stock car superstar. Knoop won 17 feature events in what is now the MRP Super Stock class and the title in 2001.

The Limited Late Models will share the spotlight with MRP Super Stocks in this full fendered extravaganza. The Hobby Stock/Pure Stock class has been added to make this a 3 division show. Every star in the fendered dirt track world in northern California is expected at Paul and Kathy Hawes’ remarkably hooked up track. 

Both of Knoop’s racecars will be entered. 2009 and 2011 (spring) winner of the Great Taxi Cab Open, Ryan McDaniel, will slip in behind the wheel of Knoop’s Late Model #73 and try to grab the $1000 first place prize in that division. McDaniel has had significant success in northern California and elsewhere in a star-studded career. McDaniel has recently won a $10,000 to win open and is one of the hottest drivers in the state right now. The “O-Man” Jeff Olschowka will get the nod in Knoop’s potent #73 Super Stock for that portion of the show. Olschowka, who has won nearly everything at MRP at one time or another is supremely talented and will be one to watch in the $750 to win Super Stock program. 

While talking with Billy’s widow Joy this week she offered that, “Ryan and Jeff were the kids Billy never had”, so they get the seats in the familiar 73. The Late Model and Super Stock features will each pay $100 to start.

Featured chauffeurs in this Saturday night’s event will include some of the brightest stars ever in northern California stock car divisions and a large number of travelers. Former champions Philip Shelby and Cory Hall will be in the field along with the current title holder Brent Hall in the Super Stock Class. In addition, a who’s who of dirt track stock car racing are expected including Randy McDaniel, Jerry Bartlett, James Castleberry, Mitch Machado, Jay Norton, Ray Trimble, “Fast Freddie” Ryland, Phil Moreno, Jason England and a host of others. Some of the drivers entered in the Super Stock class may elect to also enter the Late Model show.

The entire event will be eye-candy for anyone who likes big, shiny, Easter egg colored, 600 horse power-hot rods at 100 mph thrown sideways and exchanging paint on a wicked-fast hooked up track. 

Last year’s Taxi Cab Open winner Mike Dehoogh will try to repeat in the added Hobby Stock/Pure Stock open. Dehoogh, Jeremy Hammons, Eddie Hammett, Garrett Agnew and others will try to grab the $400 to win prize in this one.

Gates will open at 5pm with hot laps scheduled for 6. Racing will follow hot laps, so get there early for this fabulous, frantic, fendered extravaganza. 

Stay tuned.

Life’s short. Live it. Race hard. 

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