2 sprint classes at MRP Sat!
Marysville CA – May 15, 2014
--- The MRP Winged Sprint Cars will headline the
program in their 5th appearance of the season at Paul
and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park Saturday.
This is the final sprint car event prior to the
California Sprint Car Civil War Series return next
Saturday for one of MRP’s signature events, the “Mel
Hall Memorial Race”. The MRP Wingless Warrior sprint
cars will also be on tap. For stock car fans the MRP
Hobby Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will also trade some
paint in championship point race competition.
In the MRP Winged Sprint Car division, Paradise driver
John Michael Bunch is still the point leader. The
talented youngster has joined the title chase and
while the first three events garnered him a 1st, 2nd
and 3rd place finishes, reality struck last week. But,
Bunch bounced back. A mid race spinout last week sent
Bunch to the back of the pack. It seemed as if his
championship lead was in jeopardy. But, Bunch went
from last to finish a fine 7th in the 8 remaining laps
of the event. The drive allowed Bunch to retain his
championship point lead.
It appears that
another driver making a solid championship run is
Oroville’s Heath Hall. Hall was quick time qualifier
last week but, more than that, Hall has put his car in
a position to win in each of the four previous races
this season. Hall’s turn around is not really
surprising. Last season he was very quick in the Hight
Family ride, but could not buy a break. This year some
of the pieces are beginning to fall in place. Hall is
a former winner of the Rich Dozier Classic.
knot of drivers are within 6 points of each other
behind Bunch and Hall. Marysville drivers Cort Dozier
and Jeremy Hawes, Kevin Lovell of Yuba City and
Woodland’s Peter Paulson are right at the leader’s
heals. Dozier went out last week while leading and
Lovell flipped wildly in turn 3. Paulson just nipped
Hall for 3rd at the stripe while Hawes continues to
show consistency in his transition to the mighty 800
horsepower winged cars. There is a 50 point turn
around possible at any MRP event.
winner and 5-time champion Korey Lovell of Yuba City
will return to try for two-in-a-row. Sparks Nevada’s
Mike Monahan has finally got his season on track with
a 2nd last week. Monahan is the 2004 winged sprint car
champion. 3-time and defending champion Billy Wallace
from Grass Valley is still looking for his first
feature event win of the year.
After a nearly
six month hiatus from the racing wars, 3-time champion
of the division Brent Dothage, of Kelseyville, is
expected back. After missing so much action the 34
time feature event winner will be more than ready for
The MRP Wingless Sprint Cars led by
point leader Tim Sherman Jr. of Fair Oaks will also be
on the card. Sherman will look for his 3rd victory in
a row. Only 2 points behind Sherman is a tie for 2nd
that includes the 2011 track champion Brett Youngman
of Grass Valley and local lady racer Misty
Youngman has been very impressive
and Castleberry might be on the cusp of doing
something remarkable. She is looking for a
championship in yet a 3rd division of racecar at MRP.
She is a former mini stock champion and is the
defending Pro 4 Sprint car champion.
Mini Stocks will be led again by championship point
leader, Yuba City’s Jimmy Ford. Defending champion
Shaun Merritt of Marysville won last week after a
titanic struggle with Yuba City’s Kyle Davey.
The MRP Hobby Stocks will also be on the card. It’s
anybody’s guess how this one will turn out. Local
racer Eddie Hammet is the point leader.
open at 5pm with racing starting at 7PM
Marysville Raceway Park is located at 1468 Simpson
Lane in Marysville California.
www.marysvilleracewaypark.com is the website.
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