Lovell, Dozier, Merritt & Castleberry Score!
Marysville CA -
May 12, 2014... 5–time Marysville Raceway Park Winged
Sprint Car champion Korey Lovell of Yuba City stormed
under the checkers and won Saturday night’s featured
MRP Winged Sprint Car feature event. Marysville’s Rick
Dozier grabbed the trophy in the MRP Super Stock
feature as Shaun Merritt and Misty Castleberry won in
the MRP Mini Stock and Pro 4 Sprint Car features
respectively. It was “Mom’s Night Out” at the raceway.
The MRP Winged Sprint Car feature was rocket-fast
on the butter smooth MRP clay. Marysville’s Cort
Dozier bolted into the lead at the drop of the green
flag as former champion Mike Monahan and Korey Lovell
wrestled for 2nd. Lovell out-gunned Monahan for the
runner-up spot, but by lap 5 Dozier was nearly a
But, on lap 6 (keep that in
mind) leader Cort Dozier rolled to a stop with
electrical woes that KO’d the fleet veteran and Lovell
inherited the lead.
The new green saw Lovell,
Monahan and Oroville’s Heath Hall secure in positions
1-2-3. Behind them a monumental struggle among seven
drivers riveted the noisy, cheering crowd. Woodland ’s
Peter Paulson, Korey Lovell’s twin brother Kevin
Lovell. Point leader John-Michael Bunch of Paradise,
Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes, former champions Billy
Wallace and Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley , and a
surprisingly quick local product Adam Brenton were
wing to wing and wheel to wheel battling for position.
Nearing half-way Bunch and Hawes got together with
Bunch spinning to a stop. Then, moments later on the
other end of the raceway Kevin Lovell and Wallace got
together and Kevin Lovell headed for the sky. Kevin
Lovell flipped hard, over and over, in turn three,
bringing a hush over the crowd. Lovell was shaken but
not badly hurt in the grinding crash.
Bunch and Wallace restarted. Kevin Lovell’s car was
pretty used up after his crash. The last half of the
event featured some more stirring dices mid-field as
Korey Lovell and Monahan, once again, easily led the
Bunch, who restarted at the back of the
field regrouped and started passing right away. He
would eventually finish 7th. A late race tussle
between Hall and Paulson for 3rd would go to Paulson.
Korey Lovell had 10 car lengths on Monahan at the
finish with Monahan a similar distance ahead of
Paulson. But the tight knot in the center of the field
stayed that way to the end with Hall 4th followed by
Brenton and Hawes. The victory was Lovell’s 38th
career feature event victory.
Bunch and Wallace
scored heat race wins and Hall was the Top This Quick
Time qualifier in at 13.938.
Dozier broke into victory lane for the first time in
his career in the companion MRP Super Stock finale.
Brother Cort Dozier, who was driving in both the MRP
Winged Sprint Car and the Super Stock class, rushed
into the lead at the start and, as he had in the
sprint car feature, easily started to distance himself
from the field. Amazingly enough, while leading on lap
6, his car expired and he left the raceway with an
Rick Dozier took advantage
of his brother’s misfortune and motored on to his 1st
ever victory at MRP. A rejuvenated Jerry Bartlett of
Yuba City was 2nd followed by former champion Phillip
Championship contender Corey Hall of
Yuba City retired from the race with mechanical woes
and that may well shake up the point standings.
Sacramento ’s Tom Sullivan and James Castleberry
finished 4th and 5th respectively.
brothers, Rick and Cort won the two heat races.
Defending champion Shaun Merritt of Marysville
held off Yuba City ’s Kyle Davey in a great MRP Mini
Stock closer. Davey actually got by Merritt only to
have a quick yellow flag negate the pass.
City’s Kyle Cheney, Jimmy Ford and Linda’s James
Foster rounded out the top five. Davey won the heat
In the Pro 4 finale local lady racer
Misty Castleberry made it three in a row in the class.
A nice battle developed at half way between early race
leader Blake Scroggins of Sutter, and Castleberry.
Lapped traffic got in the mix and Scroggins hit
the wall and rode it the entire length of the back
straightaway eliminating him from the competition.
From then on it was all Castleberry. She also won the
Next Saturday night the mighty MRP
Winged Sprint Cars will return along with the Wingless
Warriors of the MRP Wingless Sprint Car class. The MRP
Hobby Stocks and Mini Stocks will also appear. The
gates will open at 5 with racing at 7:00PM. It will be
GEICO Insurance Night at the Races. More later.
Look for the latest updates at
www.marysvilleracewaypark.com or at the Marysville
Raceway Park Facebook page.
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this observer aware of any names that are 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 site and facebook pages.