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2 sprint titles to be decided Sat!
Supers and Minis also on card.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - September 17, 2013 --- The mighty Wingless Warriors of the MRP Wingless Sprint Car Series will stage their final championship point race of 2013 Saturday night at Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will crown their new champion as well. The MRP Super Stocks and the MRP Mini Stocks will also offer championship point racing in advance of their season ending events next week. It will be a big 4 division showdown at MRP Saturday.

The MRP Wingless Sprint Car Series drivers, led by Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon will cap their season Saturday. Local sprint car star Jeremy Hawes has been in the hunt all year long and has endured some dismal circumstances over the last two weeks and remains 2nd in the title chase. 2009 champion Cort Dozier has been a factor since he chucked his wing and went racing with the wingless class.

McClenon appears to have a grip on the title, but, as always, the wingless warriors will rip and tear through the clay in wild 100 mph slides. A formidable group of drivers will be after the top prize. In addition to local hot-shoe Dozier, former feature event winner Josh Vieira, also of Marysville, is expected to try to add to his feature win total. Vieira is very quick on the Marysville surface.

The riveting, see-saw MRP Rookie of the Year title chase will be decided during Saturday’s program. Lady racer Misty Castleberry is a slim 4 points ahead of year long rival Johnny Burns. Both Castleberry and Burns have had their share of brilliant moments and tough rides this season. But, it’s all on the line Saturday. Burns and Castleberry have additional open wheel experience in the Pro 4 Sprint Car division.

Speaking of Pro 4 Sprinters, Castleberry will be crowned the champion in that division Saturday night. She has been relentless in the class this year. The “dominator” in Mini Stock racing at MRP over the last few years has turned her attention to the open wheelers. After a superb 2012, Castleberry just flew through 2013 in the Pro 4s. Was she challenged? Sure, but she was on her game this season and this title race was a walk-away for the fleet Castleberry. It should be a pretty good party in the Castleberry pits Saturday as she celebrates yet another MRP championship.

Marysville’s Shaun Merritt is closing in on his 1st ever title in the MRP Mini Stock Series. Only Howard Law has a real shot at Merritt, but Law has to hustle. This is one of only 2 races left for the MRP Mini stocks this year. Law sits 30 points off the pace. But he’s fast and he’s a proven winner. This will be a good show.

Auburn’s Ray Trimble will try to keep local racers Sean Hulsey and “Iron Man” Cort Dozier at bay. Trimble has been impressive in his finest season ever at MRP. Hulsey and Dozier are deadlocked in 2nd place behind Trimble with 2 races left in the season. The 23 point cushion is a nice one, but by no means is it a lock for Trimble. Dozier actually scored no points in an event earlier this season. That typically spells disaster for any title hopes. But Dozier has been perfect lately and the veteran hasn’t come close to giving up. As a matter of fact, he has been rocket-quick while taking chunks out of Trimble’s point lead. Dozier will once again pull double duty racing in the MRP Wingless Sprint Car show and the MRP Super Stock program. Trimble and Dozier have had memorable duels this year!

Hulsey is on the verge of a breakthrough soon. This young charger has done just about everything perfectly, except win. He’s fast and capable and his big night could be Saturday.

Early season point leader James Castleberry will be out to win. PERIOD. James has had to endure some disappointing times here at MRP, despite being one of the fastest drivers in the place this year. It’s also his birthday Saturday and while celebrating wife Misty’s first sprint car title, the Castleberry clan will be giving away some cool stuff to the fans to celebrate. Jim refuses to divulge his age. We are confident, however, that he is younger than father in law Richard Sinnott. A fine field of Supers is expected as virtually every northern California stock car track is dark.

Choose MRP Saturday for some hammer down sprint car racing along with some door handle to door handle stock car war. It will be a blast Saturday at MRP.

The pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM.

The text is based on information we have at the time of its release.

Note: Please make this observer aware of any names that are misspelled or incorrect.

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