Tight at the top!
Sprints and Supers head show Sat.
Marysville CA -
April 16, 2014... Paul and Kathy Hawes’
Marysville Raceway Park will host a thrilling four
division show this Saturday night. The MRP Winged
Sprint Cars will headline the program in their third
appearance of the season. For stock car fans the MRP
Super Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will compete in some
fender rubbing championship point racing competition
as well. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will also be on the
In the MRP Winged Sprint Car division,
three-time and defending champion Billy Wallace from
Grass Valley has had a tough couple of races.
Three-time champion Colby Wiesz of Colfax won on
opening night and finished a close 2nd last week. The
2007 MRP Champ, Grass Valley ’s Jeremy Burt, won last
week with Wiesz breathing down his neck for the last
few circuits and was 3rd on opening night. Paradise
driver John Michael Bunch has really been on the gas
and has a 2nd and a 3rd in his first two starts.
Wallace however has uncharacteristically labored with
mid-field finishes and is 6th in points.
others, another former champion, Mike Monahan out of
Sparks Nevada, had a difficult night last week and was
involved in a spectacular crash on the opening lap
last Saturday. Monahan is among the most aggressive of
the participants and will look to improve his position
Saturday night. Five-time champ Korey Lovell of Yuba
City and twin brother Kevin Lovell also from Yuba City
have had rocky starts to the new season as well.
Other top-notch drivers who have not had the
starts they had hoped for include Woodland ’s Peter
Paulson and Marysville’s Cort and Brandon Dozier.
Husband and wife racers Raquel and Heath Hall of
Oroville will be trying for the up front finishes they
are capable of. Rookie contender Marysville’s own
Jeremy Hawes will be back after a 6th place finish on
opening night. But, he was caught up in the six car
opening lap crash last Saturday. Auburn’s Jimmy
Steward was also involved in that crash and endured
knee injuries that will sideline the speedster for at
least a couple of months.
The MRP Super Stocks
are loaded with local talent including Yuba City
championship contenders Phillip Shelby and Cory Hall.
Hall won convincingly last week while Shelby grabbed
the point lead with a pair of consistent finishes.
Marysville’s Cort and Rick Dozier and a very quick
James Castleberry, among others, will be looking for
their first trips to victory lane. Double duty star
Cort Dozier will saddle up in his Super Stock as will
brother Rick Dozier who has had a fast reunion with
speed since returning to racing. Cort is a champion in
sprint car and stock car classes at MRP.
MRP Mini Stocks will be led by championship point
leader James Foster of Linda. Foster was relentless in
his last outing and beat Yuba City ’s Jimmy Ford and
former champion Misty Castleberry to the flag in a
thriller. Defending champion Shaun Merritt of
Marysville did not start the feature last time out.
Look for Merritt to be ready for action this week.
Defending champion, local lady racing star, Misty
Castleberry will lead the Pro 4 Sprint contingent for
their second visit to MRP this season. Gates open at
5pm with racing getting underway at 6:30pm.
GPS: Marysville Raceway Park is located at 1468
Simpson Lane in Marysville California .
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