“Salute to Duke
Griego” Sat. at MRP
5 divisions ready to rumble.
Marysville CA -
April 9, 2014... Paul and Kathy Hawes’
Marysville Raceway Park will pay tribute to former
racer, community leader and business man Duke Griego
who passed away this week at his home. Griego was
among the first race drivers to test the clay at what
is now known as Marysville Raceway Park. Further,
Griego was in attendance nearly every Saturday night.
More than that Griego was a friend of racing and
particularly the racing that has been staged over the
last 7 seasons under the guidance of the Hawes family.
Griego’s remarkable good humor and passion for the
sport was an added bonus each time he attended. On
more than one occasion Duke cornered this observer,
MRP officials and promoter Hawes with ideas on how to
make the MRP facility more family, spectator and racer
friendly. Most of those suggestions, in time, were
implemented by promoter Paul Hawes. Promoter Hawes
will honor his friend with a traditional racer’s
Checkered Flag Lap during pre-race ceremonies. Griego
was a community leader on many levels and will be
sorely missed by eveyone in the racing world.
Championship Point Race #2 will be offered Saturday as
the mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars return with the MRP
Wingless Sprint Cars. The MRP Super Stocks and Hobby
Stocks will add some first class fender crunching
excitement to the evening. The Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will
also appear in their first 2014 outing.
MRP Winged Sprint Car division, 3-time and defending
champion Billy Wallace from Grass Valley will have
some pretty stout competition from 3 time champion and
last week’s feature event winner Colby Wiesz of
Colfax. The 2007 MRP Champ, Grass Valley’s Jeremy
Burt, will be at MRP as well. Last Saturday night,
while running second, Burt had throttle issues when a
piece of clay lodged between the gas pedal and the
floorboard. He nursed the car to a fine 3rd. Former
champion Mike Monahan out of Sparks, Nevada had a
difficult night last week and looks to improve his
position in the standings.
Once again MRP
presents a great “Race of Champions” in the winged
sprinters. Returning former champion, Marysville’s own
Cortney Dozier, will also be in the hunt. 5-time champ
Korey Lovell of Yuba City is trying for championship
#6 and twin brother Kevin Lovell also from Yuba City
will be his teammate.
Others to watch for
include Woodland’s Peter Paulson who continues to
impress. Paulson was a factor all year in 2013.
Husband and wife racers Raquel and Heath Hall of
Oroville will be returning for round 2. Auburn’s Jimmy
Steward has an all new car and new power for 2014.
Rookie contender in the MRP Winged Sprint Car
division, Marysville’s own Jeremy Hawes will be back
after a fine 6th place finish on opening night.
The MRP Super Stocks are loaded with local talent
including Bad-Fast James Castleberry, legendary and
controversial Jerry Bartlett in his final season and
Yuba City championship contenders Phillip Shelby and
Cory Hall. Marysville’s Cort and Rick Dozier and Wild
Willie Horn, among others, will represent talent from
east of the bridges.
Rookie sensation Evan
Scroggins from Sutter will try to make it 2 in a row
after last Saturday’s spectacular performance in the
MRP Wingless Warrior class. Oroville’s Erin Gustin,
along with local stars Misty Castleberry and Johnny
Burns will try to stop Sacramento’s Tim Sherman Jr.
who was the fastest driver in the class last week. A
flat tire kept Sherman out of victory lane.
Marysville’s Josh Vieira couldn’t buy a break and
he’ll return with a renewed purpose.
signed in on opening night with additional entries
expected this week. Gates open at 5pm with racing
getting underway at 6:30pm. More, later.
Marysville Raceway Park is located at 1468 Simpson
Lane in Marysville California.
www.marysvilleracewaypark.com is the website.
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of its release.
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