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3 time champ Wallace enters Battle of Marysville
Civil War Sprint Cars open $40,000 Series at MRP

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - March 10, 2014 --- It took a while, but this observer received confirmation that 3-time and defending MRP Winged Sprint Car champion Billy Wallace of Grass Valley has entered round #1 of the Flowmaster, Hoosier Tire California Sprint Car Civil War Series being staged this Saturday night at Marysville Raceway Park. “Bad Fast” Billy Wallace will be in the hunt. That’s a good thing. Wallace is the defending 3-time champion at MRP in the MRP Winged Sprint Car series. Wallace has been on an amazing tear at MRP over the last three years. Wallace is also a 2-time winner of California Sprint Car Civil War Series events at MRP in year’s past. Wallace is 4th on the list of all-time feature event winner with an impressive 34 feature event victories in winged sprint car racing at MRP. Wallace has another dozen wins in wingless sprint car competition as well.

Only Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage (35), Yuba City’s Korey Lovell (37) and Colby Wiesz “The Colfax Comet” (52) have more victories at MRP.

Wallace will be aboard his traditional yellow 6w for this event in advance of an effort to get his 4th MRP sprint car title in a row. In doing so, Wallace can break a tie with Wiesz for consecutive title defenses.

A who’s who of western region Winged 360 Sprint Car stars and cars is headed for the rocket–fast clay of Marysville Raceway Park. As we know more, you’ll know more. See earlier release (below) for more information on this prestigious event. The event will also be the first round of California sprint car racing’s “Triple Crown”. Read on.

From an earlier release: California’s premiere winged 360 sprint car tour will open the 2014 season at Marysville Raceway Park Saturday night. Paul and Kathy Hawes will offer their sparkling, fan friendly facility for Round 1 of the Flowmaster, Hoosier Tire California Sprint Car Civil War Series. This is the first top notch, season long, clay track racing series that will be offered during the early part of the season this year in California. The California Sprint Car Civil War Series will be decided in special events that touch the length and breadth of California.

This event will kick off the run for the title in the California Sprint Car Civil War Series and will feature a superb field of professional sprint car stars and cars as no winged 360 sprint car races are scheduled within 500 miles and it will be round 1 of the prestigious series and the start of California sprint car racing's inaugural run for the Triple Crown. With the Triple Crown format in place for this event look for some nationally ranked superstars from the 410 ranks to throw their hats into the ring for race #1 at MRP.

The expanded series will offer a 30-lap feature event that will pay $2000 to win plus contingency bonuses. A full program of qualifying, heat races and last chance races will seed the crowded, tightly packed 22-car starting field. Some 18,000 horsepower will take the green flag in 100 mph feature event action

Among the championship caliber drivers that will be reaching for the lion’s share of some $20,000 in prize money include Auburn's Andy Forsberg (7-time Civil War Champion), and the “Colfax Comet” Colby Wiesz. Forsberg and Wiesz finished one-two in the 2012 California Sprint Car Civil War Series title chase. Wiesz may have an advantage at MRP as he has a record 52 MRP sprint car feature event wins to his credit; the all-time record. MRP is decidedly Wiesz’s home track with three track titles to his credit as well.

Former King of California sprint car champion, World of Outlaws feature event winner and the defending California Sprint Car Civil War Series champion Sean Becker is scheduled to saddle up in his familiar black, Dan Monhoff #35. Becker flew to victory in both of MRP’s open events last season. He dominated last year’s Toller Memorial, and then he pulled off a spectacular last lap, last-turn victory in the Gold Fever Open that closed the 2013 MRP sprint car season. He scooped up some $5000 in cash plus contingencies for his efforts here last season.

Promoter Paul Hawes told this observer that 66 loads of new clay were installed at Marysville Raceway Park over the winter. With the weather forecast for calling for partly cloudy skies and 74 degrees, conditions will be perfect. Marysville’s famous and varied food fare and midway offerings make this event the most fan-friendly of all the stops on the circuit.

Becker, Forsberg and traveling racer Greg Decaires have accounted for the last nine California Sprint Car Civil War Series championships. Decaires came from 18th in the Sherm Toller Race in 2013 to an amazing 3rd place finish, riding the rim all the way in a breathtaking charge to the front. All three will have their work cut out for them as, not only do they face tough competition from other travelers, but regional and local stars as well.

Grass Valley's Billy Wallace will also be in the hunt again. Wallace is the defending 3-time champion at MRP. Wallace has been on an amazing tear at MRP over the last three years. Wallace is also a 2-time winner of California Sprint Car Civil War Series events at MRP in year’s past. Wallace has an impressive 34 feature event victories in winged sprint car racing at MRP.

Jeremy Burt, the 2007 MRP winged sprint car champ and runner-up last year, said he will be at this year’s California Sprint Car Civil War Series opener. Burt too was coming back from severe back injuries that had him in a brace for five months after a vicious crash at MRP in 2012’s season finale. Burt’s brave come back garnered him another runner-up finish in the point standings last season.

Speaking of recoveries, Sparks Nevada's Mike Monahan (2004 MRP Champ and 3-time Montana State Champion) will be at the controls of his Superior Hydraulics #49. Monahan’s gallant fight back to victory lane in 2012 after losing four fingers of his right hand is a story that makes legends. Monahan is outrageous, outspoken and an incredibly popular driver with fans at MRP. He is a significant factor at his home track and visited victory lane again last year, finishing 3rd in the standings.

Others to watch for include two Marysville based teams from Performance Auto Supply. MRP champion sprint car driver Cort Dozier and nephew Brandon Dozier are ready to roll again. Oregon star Vern Wheeler of Eagle Point Oregon is headed toward MRP again. Wheeler, a 2-time winner at MRP, had a tough go of it last time he was here. He looks to change that. Several of his toughest pacific northwest competitors on the rough and tumble ASCS circuit will join him. Woodland’s Peter Paulson continues to impress and this truly could be his year. Paulson was a factor all year in 3013. 9-time Hawaiian sprint car champion Dean Freitas will be back. Additional championship caliber entries from California, Washington, Oregon and Nevada will be at MRP for this one as well.

A mountain of talent is expected. Thirty-eight of the western region’s finest 360 winged sprint car superstars tested the Marysville clay the last time the California Sprint Car Civil War Series came to town. The traveling Civil War Series will return to MRP for the annual Mel Hall Memorial Race on May 24th. Justyn Cox in Harley Van Dyke’s red hot-rod grabbed the Hall trophy last year. That team will also be expected Saturday.

Gates open at 5. Hot laps at 6.00. Qualifying follows hot laps at 6.30. Racing is scheduled immediately after qualifying at about 7:30.

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. Go to Marysville Raceway Park’s facebook for all the latest updates or our website at marysvilleracewaypark.com.

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