Winged sprints featured at MRP!
divisions at Shepherd Memorial Sat
Marysville CA -
August 13, 2013 ---
The mighty Winged Pacific Sprint Cars will headline
the show this Saturday night at Paul and Kathy Hawes’
Marysville Raceway Park. It will be the 3rd Merle
Shepherd Memorial Race. The wingless warriors of the
MRP Wingless Sprint Car Series, the MRP Mini Stocks
and the Pro 4 Sprint Cars are also on the card. On the
heels of what could be described as the race of the
year, the Marysville Raceway Park championship point
season is hitting the home stretch. This week there’s
also a significant twist as, for the first time ever;
newlyweds will be honeymooning at 100 MPH Saturday
night. Read on.
The 3-way struggle at the top
of the Winged Pacific Sprint Car Series remains
unsettled as does the run for the title in the MRP
Wingless Sprint Car Series and the MRP Mini Stocks.
The only real runaway in this week’s offering is local
lady racing star Misty Castleberry’s grip in the Pro 4
Sprint Car division. She leads by an almost
leader Billy Wallace of Grass Valley will look to
extend his lead on fellow Grass Valley resident Jeremy
Burt in the MRP Winged Sprint Car Series. Burt lies
2nd in the standings 19 points off the pace. With 4
races left on the schedule and a 50 point swing
possible at each event, Burt will have an ample
opportunity to knock Wallace off of the perch. Wallace
is looking for his 3rd consecutive title. MRP, fan
favorite Mike Monahan out of Sparks, Nevada is 3rd in
the standings. It’s a 3-horse race now as the last 4
races in the series unfold. Wallace, Burt and Monahan
have been formidable foes all year. Each has visited
victory lane and each has been a champion at MRP. But,
now, as each of the talented drivers strap into their
800 horse power racers Saturday, a title could be on
the line. The intensity is becoming electric; at 100
mph. Requests from drivers and fans have prompted
promoter Paul Hawes and race director Craig Hall to
lengthen feature events in the MRP Winged Sprint Car
Series. They will run 25 laps now as the other classes
will remain at 20 laps.
3 time champion,
Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage, will be back this
Saturday as will be MRP’s own “5-time” champion Korey
Lovell of Yuba City. Lovell is due; he has not won yet
this season. Lovell would likely say he’s “over due”.
Lovell has 37 victories in his career at MRP. Dothage
posted a victory in April. He has 33 feature wins.
Marysville’s Performance Auto Supply team with
veteran drivers Derek and Brandon Dozier will have a
great shot at bringing home another trophy. Brandon
has won this year and has been very quick in his last
few outings. Derek Dozier roared into the lead last
time out. He led early but faded. Could he be ready
for his 1st winged sprint car victory? Auburn’s Jimmy
Steward will be in the hunt as well. Veteran Peter
Paulson from Woodland will have another opportunity to
get his second win of the season.
remarkable lady sprint car stars are expected.
Orland’s Reyna Krueger is a 4 time winner in the
winged sprint cars and has been a factor every time
Here’s where it gets interesting.
Oroville’s Heath Hall was 2nd in the Dozier Classic
two weeks ago after a great late race pass on point
leader Wallace. Hall won the Dozier Classic last
season and was all over the leader when the checkers
fell. He’ll be looking for a return trip to victory
lane after being wed to Rookie of the Year sensation
Raquel Jennings (now Hall) last week. She and fellow
racer Heath Hall tied the knot last weekend on an off
weekend at MRP
Raquel Hall (formerly Jennings)
leads the MRP Rookie of the Year standings in MRP
Winged Sprint Car class. They will both be entered in
the event Saturday night in a 100 MPH honeymoon
celebration. Hall and Hall don’t seem to mind slugging
it out side by side. It is a truly remarkable husband
and wife match. In almost 40 years of involvement in
the sport this observer has never known of a husband
and wife combination dueling wheel to wheel in
motorsport’s most volatile and dangerous division. It
happens this Saturday at MRP.
In addition to
the $1000 in cash for the feature event winner, the
Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout will pay $100 for
fast time at this event. The Contingency Connection
Bonus program will offer some $1100 in additional
bonuses to the winner.
The wild gyrations
of the MRP Wingless Sprint Cars will also be offered
as Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes tries to stretch his win
streak to 4 in a row in his quest for a championship
in that division. Point leader Rowdy McClenon of
Anderson will be there to try and keep Hawes’ out of
victory lane. Three times each, Hawes and McClenon
have tasted victory this season. Only 8 points
separate the two with a 50 point swing possible on any
night. It will also be interesting to see if 2009
champion Cort Dozier can slip in and spoil the two
point leader’s fun. Dozier was 2nd last time out in
this class. Dozier has been an entertaining addition
since taking over the duties in the #97 wingless hot
The Rookie of the Year point standings in
the MRP Wingless Sprint Car division is very close.
Only 1 point separates Misty Castleberry and
Wheatland’s Johnny Burns. Burns got by Castleberry
last time out with a 4th place finish.
Mini Stocks will return with point leader Shaun
Merritt, of Marysville, trying to stretch his lead
over arch-rival Howard Law. Law will have to start
digging into Merritt’s 27 point lead soon or this race
to the title will soon be over. Will Misty Castleberry
hop in the Mini and be back to try and scoop up
another victory? Will she race a triple? We’ll see.
Law, Merritt and Castleberry have all reached victory
lane this season.
Castleberry will also lead
the Pro 4 contingent when they resume competition
Saturday. Colusa’s Tim Maclaughlin and MRP’s newest
occupant of victory lane, Dan Morgan, will test
Castleberry all the way.
Checkered Flag Lap will be taken remembering Merle
Shepherd prior to Saturday’s first event.
pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM. Hot
Laps are at 5:45 with qualifying scheduled for 6:30.
Racing begins after qualifying.
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