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Toller Classic kicks off 45th season.
Season passes offered at big discount.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - February 8, 2013 --- Paul and Kathy Hawes have released the schedule for Marysville Raceway Park’s 45th consecutive season of operation. An outstanding lineup of events is scheduled with a heavy emphasis on winged 360 sprint car racing. It is only fitting as Paul Hawes’ pristine surface is now considered one of sprint car racing’s quickest and most exciting clay tracks. 

In addition and for the 1st time MRP is offering season passes to all events at a significant discount. The passes include all of the races staged at MRP. There are no blackout dates! The passes include all sprint car open shows and all Civil War events. The twin Taxi Cab Opens for stock cars are also included. Visit our website and get hooked up with this outstanding offer.

The Sherm Toller Memorial Race will kick off 2013 with an early March 2nd date and will be followed up just 2 weeks later with round #1 of the California Sprint Car Civil War series. The Toller event will feature not only the wildly popular Winged 360 Sprint Cars, but will also showcase the Wingless Spec Sprints in their first big payoff of the 2013 season.

The Sherm Toller Memorial Race will feature every big-named star in the winged sprint car galaxy as no other races are scheduled against the March 2nd date. The buzz has it that a number of California and Nevada based 410 teams will be dropping 360s in to compete at this race, one of MRP’s premiere events. The Toller race is getting to be in its own zone among classic events in the west coast open wheel world. Being 1st out of the box makes this event the one everyone shoots at to start their season off right. 

MRP saw increased crowds at live racing events in 2012 and fan interest spiked after the track put down new clay in August making MRP bad-fast and hooked up. The popularity of MRP from a fan perspective and its great late season crowds in 2012 allowed promoter Hawes to pay significantly more to the drivers than advertised in season closing open wheeled events. 

Promoter Hawes has also taken the reins at the MRP product concession booth for 2013. New t-shirts, sweatshirts and other souvenir items will be offered with state of the art graphics. The products will be track specific and as the season progresses, race and division specific.

Promoter Hawes once again has spent the winter working on comfort improvements for the fans. Work also continues on track improvements. Weather permitting; the venerable facility will get a new coat of paint as well. As a former driver, promoter Hawes always has an open ear to drivers and owners concerns. On the spectator side of the fence, everybody associated with fan comfort and improvements are always listening to fan’s concerns. The fan’s live racing experience at MRP is 2nd to none as the grandstand proximity to the track puts the fan safely up close to the cars as they whistle around the raceway. It is without a doubt the most intimate setting available in California. Many fans wander down to the 1st turn spectator area to watch a race or two each night. From there you can watch from track level as drivers throw their cars sideways into the 1st turn banking.

The MRP Winged Sprint Cars will be the premiere division in 2013 and present another full season of wicked-fast sprint car racing. Marysville Raceway Park’s car counts in 2012 season were the highest in that division. Promoter Hawes continues working feverishly on the MRP surface and configuration to maintain the spectacular high-speed, multi-groove racing showcased in late season action last year. The Wingless Warriors of the MRP Wingless 360 Sprint Cars are also penciled in. This class will be given the opportunity, once more, by promoter Hawes to show its strength. 

Promoter Hawes scheduled two California Sprint Car Civil War Series events for 2013. The Civil War is California’s premiere traveling winged 360 sprint car series. MRP will host round 1 of the series on March 16th. The mid-season Mel Hall Memorial Race will also be a Civil War event. 

This year the schedule again will show fewer divisions being presented weekly. Instituting this policy, promoter Hawes will save the track for hooked up high speed, dust free action. In addition MRP will conclude its program in a time frame that allows everyone to experience the featured attractions with plenty of evening to spare. With more and more families involved, MRP is a very fan-friendly place to be. Promoter Hawes has also listened to the drivers and car owners who have said that getting back home at a reasonable hour after a night of racing is a real benefit. A vast majority of 2012 MRP events concluded well before the 10PM hour! Also, with the racers in mind, MRP will be dark one week a month in June, July and August so racers and their families can schedule some time together and take a breather from the rigors of a full season of competition.

The ever popular Super Stocks will headline the 45th consecutive year of championship stock car action at MRP. THE MRP Hobby Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will again present full seasons of competition. The Pro 4 Sprinters will also be at MRP in 2013 with a limited schedule. Additional dates for other traveling classes will be offered and interspersed with the MRP weekly point races.

It cannot be said enough that a continued heavy emphasis on our primary classes will be foremost on the agenda of promoter Hawes in 2013. Promoter Hawes has a very healthy weekly winged 360 program in place. The rejuvenated Super Stock class is a local fan favorite and the MRP Minis continue to be the fastest 4 bangers presented anywhere. MRP offers both fendered classes the highest weekly purses for these classes anywhere. 

The text is based on information we have at the time of its release.

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.