4 straight for Hawes!
Wallace, Castleberry and
Merritt extend point leads
Marysville CA -
August 18, 2013 ---
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace and local stars Jeremy
Hawes, Misty Castleberry and Shaun Merritt all won
feature events Saturday at the Merle Shepherd Memorial
Race. It was the 3rd Shepherd Memorial at Paul and
Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park.
battled back to victory after dropping through the
field to 4th after leading the field to the initial
green. Wallace started from the pole position in the
MRP Winged Sprint Car feature. Fellow front row
starter Heath Hall from Oroville was a rocket early on
as was Marysville’s Brandon Dozier. Both overhauled
Wallace in the early laps as did Marysville’s Jeremy
Phillips Jr. Phillips was in only his 3rd appearance
at MRP and is fast becoming a factor.
By lap 8
of the 25 lapper Wallace seemed as if he was in big
trouble and the lead trio was off in the distance
starting to experience lapped traffic. Then Wallace,
the point leader and Legal Shield Quick Time
Qualifier, dug deep and started to go forward. Wallace
sliced into the field and by lap 15 had roared back to
secure the lead in an outstanding exhibition of car
control through traffic. Once Wallace garnered the
lead he was gone.
A late race slowdown in the
action gave Brandon Dozier (now 2nd) one last shot at
a repeat 2013 victory, but his efforts fell short as
Wallace roared under the checkers. Brandon Dozier
stayed 2nd with another heroic, almost frightening
effort and Hall secured another fine finish for 3rd.
Hall has been impressive lately with 2 runner-up
finishes and Saturday’s 3rd place run in his last 3
Sparks Nevada’s Mike Monahan and
Chico’s Branden Mansfield got heat race victories.
Orland’s Reyna Krueger flipped hard in turn 3 during
her heat race. She was assisted from the car and got a
ride back to the pits. Her battered racer was a mess,
but her crew went into a whirlwind of activity and had
the 4 time feature winner back on the track for the
feature event’s green flag.
With the victory
Wallace extends his championship point lead in the
division. He scooped up some $2100 in cash and bonuses
for the victory.
Local wingless sprint car star
Jeremy Hawes took another bite out of Anderson’s Rowdy
McClenon’s point lead. Hawes won his 4th straight
feature event in the series. Early race leader Cort
Dozier and Marysville’s Josh Vieira both had issues
that allowed Hawes to move forward for the feature
event win. McClenon wound up 2nd in the rapid fire
event with Vieira getting to 3rd in the final result.
This division is offering a battle royal at the
top of the standings. Both Hawes and McClenon have
dominated victory lane all season and Hawes has now
closed the gap to 5 points with McClenon still on top.
There are 3 races left in the season. The tension is
electric between the two.
Misty Castleberry got
the point lead back in the MRP Rookie of the Year
standings in the division. Point leader Johnny Burns
had a mechanical failure that put him on the
sidelines. McClenon won the heat race.
Castleberry also dominated the Pro 4 Sprint Car
feature as the hard charging lady racer trounced the
field in a runaway effort. Castleberry extended her
lead in the division to almost insurmountable
proportions. Tim Maclaughlin of Colusa grabbed the
heat race win.
Marysville’s Shaun Merritt held
off a persistent Howard Law while securing another
trip to victory lane in the MRP Mini Stock Division.
Merritt, who has raced with a badly injured leg for
most of the season, was, this time, able to get out of
the car for his victory lane interview.
is looking for the family’s 1st championship title
after more than a decade of trying. The family has
endured heart-breaking losses in the last couple of
years and Merritt is more focused and smooth this
season. His eye is firmly on the prize. Law is the
only driver with a realistic chance of thwarting
Long time MRP official Jerry
Witzke took the checkered flag laps for Merle Shepherd
in his classic ‘60s vintage stock car. The entire
evening was dedicated to Shepherds memory.
Saturday night Richmond Gear will present the return
of the Mighty Winged Pacific Sprint Cars. The popular
MRP Super Stocks will offer fendered fans a real
treat. The Pro 4 Sprinters will be back as Castleberry
tries to lock up the title.
Pit Gates open at
3. Grandstands open at 5. Legal Shield Quick Time
Shootout is at 6:15 PM with races starting at 7.15 PM.
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