Wiesz & Monahan in classic duel!
Marysville CA -
August 31, 2013 ---
No one will forget this one. Colby Wiesz (the Colfax
Comet) and Sparks Nevada’s Mike (the Madman) Monahan
slugged it out side by side at 100 mph for the last 3
laps in a torrid battle for the lead in the MRP Winged
Pacific Sprint Car feature Saturday. It was Yuba City
Scrap and Steel’s Ice Cream Night at the Races.
Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon, Galt’s Ryan Winter and
local racers Cort Dozier and Phillip Shelby won their
respective features in a 5 division racing program.
Wiesz and Monahan wound up in the front row of the
Pacific Sprint Car field after a tremendous wheelie
triggered a bone jarring flip through turn 3 by point
leader Billy Wallace of Grass Valley. The pole sitter
at the original start, rookie sensation Raquel Hall,
pulled a 30 yard wheelie off of turn 2 on the opening
lap causing the rows behind her to scatter to avoid
the errant racer. Wallace got a wheel and cartwheeled
through turn 3, bending nearly every corner of his
racer. Wallace was unhurt in the wild tumble, but his
car was severely wounded. Though he restarted, he
eventually retired after a gallant effort.
new green found Monahan and Wiesz side by side for the
25 lapper. Long periods of green flag racing allowed
Monahan to gain an advantage, but perfectly placed
yellow flags on a couple of occasions allowed Wiesz to
close. Though it appeared Monahan had set sail for his
2nd victory of the campaign, Wiesz started to close
rapidly with 6 to go. With 3 to go it was a war.
Monahan and Wiesz were scant inches apart as the crowd
rose in unison during those last 3 circuits. Wiesz was
on the top and Monahan was just as quick right beside
him on the inside.
Wiesz and Monahan came
across the line side by side with Wiesz ahead by a
foot or less. Wiesz was .085 thousandths of a second
ahead of Monahan at the stripe. It was the 3rd closest
finish in the history of sprint car racing at MRP.
Wallace beat Brent Dothage to the line by .032 at the
Scrap and Steel event in August of 2011. Jeremy Hawes’
victory in a wingless sprint car over Tony Richards is
the record in the wingless class at .067 thousandths.
The event was a sprint car fan’s dream come true
with passing and thrills all race long. Oroville’s
Heath Hall was 3rd in a fine performance with local
drivers Derek Dozier and Korey Lovell rounding out the
top 5. Hall and Wiesz won the heat races. Monahan
scooped up the Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout
C-Note. Wiesz picked up $1000 in cash and became
eligible for some $1100 in Contingency Connection
Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt finished
7th, but with Wallace retiring early took another 9
point chunk out of Wallace’s point lead. Only 12
points separate the two contenders after Saturday’s
race. Monahan picked up 8 points on Burt and 16 on
Wallace and remains 3rd in the standings. With 1 race
to go, Monahan will need to have an up front finish in
that one. More than that, Wallace and Burt will both
have to have poor finishes or mechanical issues. As
always, there’s a 50 point swing possible at every
event. This is getting very good!
Wingless Sprint Car feature was all McClenon after
early race leader Josh Vieira miscued in turn 4 as
McClenon and Jeremy Hawes roared by. Just a few laps
later point contender Hawes slammed into an errant
lapped car in turn 2; ending his night. From that
point on no one had anything for McClenon.
Making his 1st start in a sprint car at MRP, dwarf car
sensation Shawn Jones grabbed 2nd with Vieira coming
across in 3rd. Rookie of the Year contender Johnny
Burns had his most competitive outing. He was quick
and smooth all race long and placed 4th. Hawes and
Chico’s Gary Deemer won the heat races. It was
Deemer’s 1st ever victory.
catapulted McClenon into an 18 point lead in the
series with 2 races left. The victory tied McClenon
with Hawes in feature event wins with 4 each.
The MRP Super Stock closer was all Cort Dozier. Once
again the savvy veteran completely outdistanced the
field. Auburn’s Ray Trimble was 2nd and maintained his
point lead heading into the final shows of the season.
James Castleberry was 3rd.
In mid-race action,
Sean Hulsey got everyone’s attention as his car
erupted in flames on the back stretch. Hulsey kept a
cool head and drove the blazing racer right to the
fire truck. Hulsey was unhurt. Hulsey and Castleberry
won the heat races.
The MRP Hobby Stock feature
was an easy ride for Yuba City’s Phillip Shelby.
Shelby started on the front row and smoked the field.
Shelby is a former Super Stock and Mini Stock champion
at MRP. The race for the runner up spot was a good one
until defending champion Jeremy Hammons dropped off
the pace and Eddie Hammett claimed the spot. Shelby
also won the heat race.
Galt’s Ryan winter
continued his drive to the Nor Cal Dwarf Car title
with his 11th win in the series this year. He was
challenged most of the way by Jeremy Blackshere for
most of the race, but was able to hold on for the win
after getting to the front on lap 4. For more on the
Nor Cal Dwarf Cars see dwarfworld.com.
be dark next week, but Saturday night September 14th
two division championships will be decided. The final
MRP Winged Sprint Car point race will be the headliner
and the MRP Hobby Stocks will present the crown to the
champion in that division. The MRP Wingless Sprint
Cars will also be featured. The colorful and
entertaining Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will be back with an
appearance of the BCRA Midget Lites as an extra added
Life’s short. Live it. Race hard.
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release. Complete finishes, stats, assessed penalties
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of business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web