Billy Knoop Memorial
Winged sprints and
Supers top card
Marysville CA -
July 22, 2013 ---
It will be a night of
stories, memories and some wild dirt track racing
action at Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway
Park Saturday. The MRP family will honor the memory of
stock car champion Billy Knoop during a spectacular 5
division show at the venerable speedway on Simpson
Lane in Marysville. The 800 HP MRP Winged Sprint Cars
will headline the open wheel portion of the show with
the MRP Super Stocks headlining the fendered classes.
The MRP Mini Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Pro 4 Sprinters
will round out the program.
Knoop’s heroic comeback to
victory lane after a sprint car crash in 2009 nearly
killed him is the stuff legends are made of. Billy’s
saga fits. While Billy has left us, we were all
blessed that we had him. His insatiable drive and
magnetic, cheerful personality transcended any
tribulations of the day. It was always better for
Billy to be in the room. We’ll reflect on his impact
in the sport as we offer the traditional checkered
flag salute Saturday night.
The attention grabbing,
3-way point race for the MRP Winged Sprint Car crown
will continue with just 21 points separating the top 3
championship contenders. Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt in
his and fellow Grass Valley resident Billy Wallace
will be separated by only 3 markers when the mighty
sprinters return. Wallace grabbed the 3 point edge
last time out with a 3rd place finish. Also in the
field will be fan favorite Mike Monahan out of Sparks,
Nevada. Monahan is the 3rd seed in the standings.
Wallace, Burt and Monahan have all visited victory
lane this season. MRP’s own “5-time” Korey Lovell will
also be in the field. Lovell has been quick and has a
pair of seconds and a Legal Shield Fast Time Shootout
win to his credit in his last 2 tries.
Veteran Marysville wheelmen
Cort and Brandon Dozier as well as 3 time champion
Brent Dothage from Kelseyville will be back in town
for this one. . Peter Paulson from Woodland, will have
an opportunity to repeat after his brilliant victory
last time out. Heath Hall out of Oroville is “due” as
is crowd favorite Jimmy Steward out of Auburn. 3 time
champion Colby Wiesz “The Colfax Comet” is also
expected but Wiesz indicated to this observer that he
is doing some serious thrashing on his motor to be
Legal Shield’s Rod Engberson will once again post an
additional $100 for the fastest qualifier in the
“Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout” that will open
Saturday’s program. MRP is a Contingency Connection
track posting some $1100 in additional contingency
awards for the winner in the MRP Winged Sprint Car
division. This, in addition to the $1000 in cash from
the purse awarded the feature event winner.
the MRP Super Stock class the aforementioned Cort
Dozier continues to dominate and will pull double duty
once again Saturday. Auburn’s Ray Trimble will
challenge the Marysville veteran. The Supers have had
a month off and a fine field is expected. Local stars
James Castleberry, Sean Hulsey, the Magenheimer
brothers (Brad and Matt), Willie Horn and the bay
area’s Mike Walko will keep Dozier honest. Expect a
surprise or two in the field for this one.
Shaun Merritt still leads the MRP Mini Stock
contingent into Saturday’s show. Merritt, last time
out, pulled off an outstanding effort by ignoring a
painful leg injury and winning. Merritt stays atop the
standings over Howard Law. If Merritt and Law stumble,
someone else may rush into the spotlight. But, for
now, the title is theirs to lose…or win. Local drivers
Travis Carter, Jason Clayton and James Foster will be
challengers. Watch for Misty Castleberry to dust off
the Mini Stock and try for a win in the Knoop
Speaking of Castleberry, her domination of the Pro 4
Sprint Car class continues unabaited. She will likely
be looking for another double on Saturday.
The MRP Hobby Stocks will be roaring again on Saturday
trying to keep the fenders on. Jeremy Hammons
continues to lead the point standings in that
division. Competition from Eddie Hammett continues,
though brother Steve Hammett made a notable impression
in his debut last time out. It will be a rip-roarin’
good time at MRP on Saturday night.
The pit gate opens at 3pm. The grandstands open at 5.
Hot laps for all classes begin at 6pm with qualifying
at 6:30. Racing will start after Qualifying at about
IMPORTANT: 2013 minor releases must be signed by
parents for all minors entering the pits.
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.