again; on last corner!
Fall Taxi Cab Open October
Marysville CA -
October 6, 2013 ---
For the 2nd time this season, Roseville’s Sean “The
Shark” Becker took home the lion’s share of the purse
this season in open competition sprint car racing at
Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park. Becker
pulled of a startling, crowd pleasing, last lap, last
corner, high side move to win the 22nd Gold Fever Open
Saturday night. A near capacity crowd enjoyed the
rapid fire program presented on a superbly prepared
surface. Marysville’s Cort Dozier grabbed the laurels
in the companion wingless sprint car feature with some
late race heroics of his own.
After the 4 heat
races and B main events went into the books with few
slowdowns, the feature event was staged. Front row
starter Andy Gregg aboard the Russell #14r bolted into
the lead. He effortlessly seemed to have the rest of
the field covered through ½ way when a multitude of
quick yellow flag periods slowed the pace of the event
allowing the cars to bunch up repeatedly behind Gregg.
7th starting Becker hovered in 5th place as he and
Jonathan Allard had found the cushion and started to
press forward. 3rd starting, 3 time MRP champion,
Billy Wallace was a factor early up front, but had
issues that caused the Grass Valley star to fade
during the middle portion of the event.
lapper was 20 laps old when Becker and Allard in the
Tri-C 3 started to show their hands and started to
pick off cars; getting to 2nd and 3rd places
respectively. With 3 to go Gregg was under relentless
pressure as Becker looked low and high for a way
around Gregg. As the white banner flew Becker looked
low in turn 1 and Gregg protected the bottom. Then
with only 2 corners to go, Becker jumped back onto the
cushion that had so effectively brought him to the
front. With 50 yards to go Becker had the line coming
out of 4 and whistled past Gregg on the high side to
the line. Allard jumped to the bottom off of 4 and
nearly got Gregg as well. The capacity crowd was on
their feet and screaming as the spectacular event
roared to its nearly 3-wide conclusion.
simply a classic sprint car race and it was vigorously
contested all the way. It is the 4th consecutive
outstanding winged sprint car event that has been
presented at the venerable raceway in its 45th year of
continuous operation. It was a short 3 weeks ago that
Colby Wiesz of Colfax and Mike Monahan of Sparks,
Nevada were side by side at the stripe and only 2
weeks ago that Monahan edged Billy Wallace by a
whisker in another great finish.
to present quality sprint racing programs with few
major crashes and virtually no tire wear for the
competing car owners on the pristine MRP clay. The
winged sprint car events have also consistently been
completed before the 10:00 hour. Spectators were
cruising through the pits early on Saturday talking to
their favorite drivers.
The Legal Shield Quick
Time Shootout was won by Gregg and he picked up the
C-Note once again offered by Legal Shield
representative Rod Engberson. Wiesz, Monahan, Branden
Mansfield and New Zealand’s Jamie Duff grabbed heat
race honors. Kevin Lovell grabbed B main honors; then
climbed from 14th starting position in the feature to
an impressive 7th.
Behind Allard, pole sitter
Shawn Wright finished 4th in front of hard charging
Mason Moore, Wallace and Lovell.
wingless feature was a thriller in its own right. Like
Gregg in the winged car race, MRP Wingless Sprint Car
champion Rowdy McClenon of Anderson seemed to have the
field covered until a late race caution put Marysville
veteran Cort “Iron Man” Dozier on his tail for the
final restart. Dozier reached into his bag of tricks
and somehow came to life and stayed with McClenon
after the restart. Then with 2 to go, Dozier pulled
along side McClenon on the inside of turn 2 as the
crowd jumped to its feet. McClenon and Dozier touched
wheels and McClenon’s car jumped into the air,
pirouetting around and then back on all fours.
McClenon motored on, but from that point on, Dozier
was in control.
The 2009 MRP Wingless champ won
by a wide margin and was greeted by well wishers in
victory lane. The emotional win capped a successful
season in which Dozier competed in the MRP Winged
Sprint Car class, the MRP Super Stock class and the
MRP Wingless Sprint Car class, thus the title “Iron
The bay areas’ Shawn Jones finished 2nd with
Peter Paulson, Scott Hall, Jerry Cisco and Jeremy
Hawes following across the finish line.
mid-race dice between Hawes and Hall raised some
eyebrows as they battled relentlessly to get to the
front. Hall spun and Hawes had to make a pit stop
putting an end to any real challenges they could mount
for the victory. Veteran racer Tony Godwin tipped it
over in turn 2 bringing out the evening’s only red
flag. Godwin was not injured. Dozier and McClenon won
MRP will be dark next week before
bringing back a major 3-division stock car event on
Saturday night October 19th. The Fall Taxi Cab Open
will feature Limited Late Models, Super Stocks and a
Hobby Stock/Pure Stock class. The single night
extravaganza will showcase the best stock car drivers
in northern California. The event will bring down the
curtain on MRP’s 45th consecutive season of operation.
Stay tuned. Pit gates will open at 3 and the
grandstands open at 5. Drivers meeting will be at 5pm
and hot laps at 6pm with racing after hot laps.
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