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MRP Mini & Super finals Fri & Sat
as 18th Dwarf Car Nationals comes to town
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - September 24, 2013, --- This Saturday night Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park will host the 18th annual West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals. The 2-day extravaganza will be joined on Friday night by the MRP Mini Stocks in their final run for points in 2013. Then, on Saturday night the MRP Super Stocks will take the spotlight and run their last race of the season.

The 18th West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals is expected to feature top drivers from 11 western states competing in this division’s premier event. It is the longest running National event in the class. Nor Cal Dwarf Car representatives told this observer that the pre-entries for this event have reached 42. This annual gathering is likely to attract another 20-30 entrants or more for the two day shootout on the hooked up MRP clay. The west’s best Dwarf Car chauffeurs will have to be pitching it in hard and riding the cushion to go to the front in this one.

Favorites in the dwarf car field would include the rocket fast 2013 Nor Cal champion Ryan Winter from Galt, ultra brave bay area high rider Shawn Jones, Mike “Spanky” Grenert, and Rocklin’s “Hollywood” Kevin Bender. “Flyin’” Brian Quilty has won this event and, at MRP, he has been a force to be reckoned with. Adding a little local flavor to the event is Jeremy Blackshere. Blackshere (the 2003 MRP Mini Stock champ) is also one of the guys who can get up on the wheel go forward.

Northern California stars against nationally recognized challengers. It doesn’t get any better than this in the Dwarf Car world.

Auburn’s Ray Trimble will try to keep local stock car stars 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 bad-fast while taking bites out of Trimble’s point lead.

Hulsey is on the verge of a breakthrough soon. This young charger has done just about everything well. Now he needs to win. He’s fast and capable and his big night could be Saturday.

Speaking of fast and capable; add Brad Magenheimer to that list. The Tudor racer has been smooth and is just on the cusp of doing something spectacular.

Early season point leader James Castleberry will be out to win this fial event of the MRP Championship season. James has weathered through some disappointing races this season here at MRP, despite being one of the top drawer drivers; lady luck has turned her back on the likable hard charger. A fine field of Supers is expected as virtually every northern California stock car track is dark.

On Friday night during opening night of the Dwarf Car Nationals, the MRP Mini Stocks will return for their final point show of the year. While Shaun Merritt seems to have a lock on the title hard charging racer Howard Law still has a shot at it. Law sits 30 points off the pace. But he’s fast and he’s a proven winner. A 50 point switch is possible on any night. A number of other positions in the points will be decided in the Mini Stock closer.

This will be the last shot at Merritt this season. Merritt has toughed out a painful season after a leg injury nearly sidelined Merritt for the season. But, Merritt has won when he had to win and cruised to pick up points when he had to cruise. This will be a good show. All the top stars in the class will be looking for a victory. It should be a gas!

Gates open at 5pm both days with the 1st race going off after hot laps. The 1st Dwarf Car events will start at 6PM each night. The Stock Car and Mini Stock preliminary events will likely be presented at about 7.30. The pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM.

IMPORTANT: 2013 minor releases must be signed by parents for all minors entering the pits.

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.