Monahan smokes ‘em
Marysville CA -
June 9, 2013 ---
Almost one year to the day
after a dramatic personal comeback, veteran charger
Mike Monahan put on a clinic as he smoked the MRP
Winged Sprint Car field at Paul and Kathy Hawes
Marysville Raceway Park. The temperature was at 104
degrees at race time Saturday night, but the MRP
surface was hooked up and rocket fast to the final
checkered flag. It was Dairy Queen of Yuba City’s
Dilly Bar Night.
52 weeks ago (June 11, 2012)
Monahan won the MRP Winged Sprint Car feature after
suffering a terrible injury to his right hand. That
was his 1st victory after the injury. Saturday, the
Sparks Nevada driver simply ran away from the field in
a dominating performance. Monahan started outside the
pole and out-gunned fellow front row starter Reyna
Krueger to turn 1 and set sail. Midway through the
event Monahan was slowed by lapped traffic, but
maneuvered through it with relative ease and drew away
from any competitor as soon as he cleared the traffic.
Krueger and point leader Jeremy Burt had a great
dice for 2nd before Krueger suffered a mechanical
failure just after ½ way. She lost control and took
Burt with her. Burt restarted and with 7 laps to go,
had some work to do to get to his final 7th place
finish. A very quick Billy Wallace inherited 2nd after
the crash, but was no match for the high flying
Monahan who pulled away from the defending champ at
the new green.
Monahan, one of MRP’s most
popular sprint car stars, was greeted in victory lane
by shouts of congratulations from the appreciative
crowd that rose to their feet during the final lap.
Since Monahan’s heroic return to the sprint car wars
at MRP the crowd typically stands for his qualifying
laps and now maybe a new tradition of standing should
Monahan be headed for a feature event victory may have
Monahan took a big chunk out of
Burt’s championship point lead and after a review of
the points awarded, remains 2nd in the chase for the
title. Burt’s late race charge into 7th place reduced
the impact of his crash where the point standings were
concerned. Monahan was the 2004 MRP champion and has
several Montana State titles to his credit. Peter
Paulson placed 3rd as fast rising sprint car star
Raquel Jennings got 4th. Colby Wiesz rounded out the
top 5. Wiesz and Burt won the heats. Billy Wallace was
the winner of the Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout and
the additional $100 that went along with it. Monahan
also won the Contingency Connection bonuses associated
with his win.
The MRP Super Stock closer was
all Phillip Shelby, until, with 2 to go, his black 86
went up in a cloud of smoke. Runner up and current
point leader Cort Dozier took advantage and cruised to
victory ahead of Mark Hill and Mike Walko. The race
was a rip roaring, fast trip around the perfectly
Notably, championship point
contender James Castleberry suffered a catastrophic
engine failure in his heat race. It was the 2nd
consecutive event that Castleberry’s car has failed
him. Shelby and Ray Trimble won the heats.
MRP Mini Stock feature was captured by Misty
Castleberry after a torrid mid-race duel with Howard
Law. A rejuvenated Travis Carter picked up a well
deserved 3rd. The passing job of the night was turned
in by point leader Shaun Merritt. Merritt completed
his charge to 4th with 2 laps remaining. Castleberry
and Kyle Davey grabbed heat race honors, but Davey
suffered a disheartening, night ending mechanical
failure after he took the checkered flag.
Winter easily won a non stop Nor Cal Dwarf Car
feature. He led every lap. Mike Grenert and Kevin
Bender were a distant 2nd and 3rd respectfully.
Next week, the MRP Wingless Warriors return with
their 100mph sideways slides. The championship fight
between point leader Rowdy McClenon and local favorite
Jeremy Hawes will be renewed among a host of other
challengers. If you haven’t experienced the Wingless
Warriors riding the right rear on MRP’s hooked up
surface, it is time to do so. It is a breath taking
ride on the wild side. The MRP Super Stocks will
return with the Pro 4 Sprint Cars and BCRA Midget
Lites. We’ll see you there!
Pit Gates open at
3. Grandstands open at 5. Legal Shield Quick Time
Shootout is at 6PM with races starting at 6:30.
Life’s short. Live it. Race hard.
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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