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Wiesz reigns at “Rich Dozier Classic”
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - August 4, 2013 --- The “Colfax Comet” Colby Wiesz pulled off a daring front stretch pass to pick up his 2nd Rich Dozier Classic victory at Marysville Raceway Park Saturday. It was the 3-time champion’s 52nd victory at MRP and he picked up some $2500 in cash and contingency awards for the effort. Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes grabbed his 3rd straight checkered flag in the companion MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature. James Castleberry roared to a sweep in the MRP Super Stock program as Eddie Hammett won the MRP Hobby Stock main. Hammett also swept the program in his division.

The MRP Winged Sprint Car feature was filled with surprises, thrills and spills. Front row starter Derek Dozier of Marysville outgunned fellow front row starter Billy Wallace (the reigning MRP champion) and pulled to a big early lead.

The first of 3 red flags for flip over crashes waved shortly thereafter as Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage popped into the air and over after a 3 wide dice entering turn 3 with Woodland’s Peter Paulson and Marysville’s Brandon Dozier. Dothage was OK but through for the night.

When the new green waved and Wallace roared into the lead as Wiesz followed into 2nd place with Oroville’s Heath Hall garnering 3rd shortly thereafter. Spark’s Nevada’s Mike Monahan started 17th and was moving forward all race long as was fellow championship contender Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley. Burt was ripping past cars when he caught a wheel in turn 2 and flipped nose to tail in an odd looking spiral. The race was stopped as Burt was tended to. Burt walked away, but he, too was through for the night.

The next green flag segment produced one of the most intense struggles of the season as Wiesz literally camped on Wallace’s tail, often pushing the champ hard up the straight-aways. Wiesz looked high and low for a way around as Wallace made his sleek #1m wider and wider in an attempt to ward off the hard-charging Wiesz. With 6 laps remaining Wiesz drove off of 4 underneath Wallace. Wallace attempted to thwart the challenge as both racers collided. Both got wheels in the air, but both remained in control as the crowd screamed its approval. They continued to bang on each other the length of the front stretch, but Wiesz was by.

Wiesz led the rest of the way, but had to hold off Wallace and Hall through one more restart as the red flag flew for Jeremy Phillips Jr. who flipped his car in turn 1 with 3 to go. When the green flag flew for the final 3 laps Hall rocketed past Wallace and was running down Wiesz when the checkered flag fell. Brandon Dozier had another fine night and got a well-deserved 4th and Yuba City’s Korey Lovell went from 8th to 5th. But former champion Monahan went from 17th to 6th in the final result also overcoming a 2 position penalty earlier in the race for jumping the start. It was hard to know where to look there was so much happening on the very quick MRP clay.

Wiesz scooped up $1500 in cash for the victory with some $1100 added in Contingency Connection bonuses. Wallace was the Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout winner as lady star Reyna Krueger and high flying Peter Paulson grabbed heat race honors.

Jeremy Hawes made another stunning early race move from his 4th place starting position, bolted into the lead and was never seriously challenged after that as he won the MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature. The victory was sweeter as point leader Rowdy McClenon got to 3rd place, but could do no better after a late race pass of rookie star Johnny Burns. Hawes cut a 5 point chunk out of McClenon’s championship point lead.

Cort Dozier was a spectacular 2nd as the fleet veteran tried every groove available to try to close on Hawes, to no avail. Dozier also won the heat race.

James Castleberry easily outdistanced the MRP Super Stock field after Cort Dozier (doing double duty) again had mechanical issues that sidelined his winged stock car. Point leader Ray Trimble of Auburn got 2nd as Tudor’s Brad Magenheimer got 3rd in the final tally. Castleberry swept the show with an impressive heat race victory earlier.

In the MRP Hobby stock closer it was all Eddie Hammett after an early race altercation with arch rival Jeremy Hammons. Hammett got to victory lane on his anniversary. He and his wife were married on this exact date, so it was a pretty festive celebration. Hammett also won the heat race and with that, swept the program.

MRP will be dark on August 10th, but the MRP Winged Sprint Cars return with their wild 100 mph slides at the 3rd Merle Shepherd Memorial Race on August 17th. The MRP Wingless Sprint Cars, the MRP Mini Stocks and the Pro 4 sprinters will also be on the card. Stay tuned.

This one will be great. 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 7.00PM.

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.