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Wings return to MRP
Sprints and Supers head show Sat.
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - May 7, 2014... After a two week hiatus with interruptions from Mother Nature, Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park will flip the lights back on and host an action packed four division show this Saturday night for “Mom’s Night Out”. The MRP Winged Sprint Cars will headline the program in their 4th appearance of the season. For stock car fans the MRP Super Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will compete in some fender crunching championship point racing competition as well. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will also be on the card.

In the MRP Winged Sprint Car division, Paradise driver John-Michael Bunch has really been on the gas and has a 1st, 2nd and a 3rd in the season’s first three events. Bunch has been on the pedal hard in his 800 horsepower winged sprint car. Bunch is the championship point leader.

The 2007 MRP Champ, Grass Valley ’s Jeremy Burt, won on week two and was 3rd on opening night. Burt was 6th last time out, but roared to that position after starting 13th. Burt, too, has been on the pedal.

Local sprint car racers Brandon and Cort Dozier have been raising some eyebrows. Cort is a very close 4th in championship points with consistent runs. Brandon has been spectacular while rim-riding the MRP clay. Brandon ’s daring hammer-down style has been almost frightening to watch.

Husband and wife racers Raquel and Heath Hall of Oroville will be trying again for consistent finishes. Heath Hall’s dramatic drive last time out shows that this fine driver just may be a factor in the championship hunt. Heath Hall is a former winner of the Rich Dozier Classic.

Among others, another former champion, Mike Monahan out of Sparks , Nevada has had a couple of difficult nights in the early season. Monahan is among the most aggressive of the participants and will look to improve his position Saturday night. 5 time champ Korey Lovell of Yuba City had a rare mechanical failure and did not start the feature event last time out. But twin brother Kevin Lovell also from Yuba City jousted with Heath Hall all race long for a well-deserved 2nd behind winner Bunch.

3-time and defending champion Billy Wallace from Grass Valley has had a tough early season again this year with lackluster finishes and a retirement last time out. Wallace is mired in 7th place in the point standings. But, Wallace was in just about the same place last year at this time and roared back to take the title.

Woodland’s Peter Paulson and rookie contender, Marysville’s own Jeremy Hawes, will be back. Hawes has been impressive in his first three starts in the rocket-fast winged sprint cars. It almost appears that it hasn’t been all that big a learning curve for the wingless sprint car veteran. Last time out he was mixing it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars. An unfortunate retirement in a first lap accident on night two chopped off valuable points in the championship battle for Hawes, but it’s a long season. Hawes looks like he might be the first rookie ever to have a shot at the title in a sport that requires focus, experience and stamina to be crowned champion. Paulson continues to rip around the raceway with blinding-fast speeds, but has been bogged down in some racer’s bad luck of his own. Look for Paulson and Hawes to charge on Saturday.

The MRP Super Stocks are loaded with local talent including Yuba City championship contenders Phillip Shelby and point leader Corey Hall. Hall has won convincingly while Shelby ’s car lit up the night in smoke and flames last time the pair raced. It turns out that the damage was minor and Shelby will be back on Saturday. Hall has been nearly unbeatable in the rough and tumble series thus far. He has won two in a row. Winged and wild, the Super Stocks have put on some fan friendly fender crunching events this season.

Marysville’s Cort and Rick Dozier and a very quick James Castleberry, among others, will be looking for their first trips to victory lane. Journeyman veteran Cort Dozier will do double duty in his MRP Winged Sprint Car and his Super Stock.

The MRP Mini Stocks will be led by championship point leader, Yuba City ’s Jimmy Ford. Former champion Misty Castleberry and early season point leader James Foster of Linda will also be in the field. Defending champion Shaun Merritt of Marysville is anxious to get going again after a sluggish start in the title chase. Make no mistake; Merritt is one they will all have to beat.

Misty Castleberry will also be doing double duty. She will be in her MRP Mini Stock and will be looking to keep her win streak alive in the Pro 4 Sprint Car Series. It’s pretty simple; she has won every race this year. 4-time Champ Tim Maclaughlin of Colusa will try to knock her off the perch.

Grab mom and bring her out for an exciting, well designed, tightly run program that will get everybody home in time for a good night’s rest and a great Mother’s Day on Sunday.

Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 6:30pm

GPS: Marysville Raceway Park is located at 1468 Simpson Lane in Marysville California . www.marysvilleracewaypark.com is the website. Additional information is available at our Facebook page.