THE BIG ONE! Hall
Memorial Sprint Car Civil War
Marysville CA - May 21, 2014 ---The
nation’s most competitive dirt track show is headed to
Marysville Raceway Park this Saturday night. The
Flowmaster Muffler California Sprint Car Civil War
Series heads back into action as the premiere western
traveling series for 360 winged sprint cars returns to
Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park. The
event is the 15th Annual Mel Hall Memorial Race. The
Hall Memorial is Marysville Raceway Park ’s
cornerstone annual event. By any measurement it is
"The Big One" in sprint car racing this weekend. Some
40 Winged sprint cars approaching 800 horsepower each
will test the west’s finest short track and it’s now
famous “hooked up” surface. With some $21,000 + in
purse and another $40,000 in contingencies and Sprint
Car Triple Crown bonuses it can lead to one of the
biggest payday offered in California sprint car racing
The giant race car haulers of the
Civil War participants will begin to arrive in the
Yuba Sutter area late in the week. Drivers, owners and
crews will fill up hotels and restaurants in the area.
The leader at the top of the Civil War standings
is veteran winged sprint car star Andy Gregg of
Eldorado Hills. Gregg won the initial Civil War outing
at MRP in March and the weatherman has interfered and
rained out each of the scheduled events ever since. As
fate would have it MRP will host round two of the
series as well; ten weeks later.
Colby Wiesz will be gunning for another victory. Wiesz
has won a record 6 Mel Hall Memorial races in his 20
year career in professional sprint car racing. Wiesz
is a 3 time champion and has 53 total feature event
wins at the quick MRP oval. Wiesz has 6 other Civil
War wins to his credit and was runner-up in the series
7-time Civil War Champion Andy
Forsberg of Auburn will be in the house as will World
of Outlaws feature event winner and Civil War champion
Sean Becker. MRP’s current point leader and one of the
fastest rising stars in California sprint car racing
ranks John Michael Bunch of Paradise is entered.
King of the West superstar Jonathan Allard will be
aboard the famous Tri-C 3 sprint car. Yuba City ’s own
Korey Lovell will be in his nationally famous Yuba
City Scrap and Steel special. Both teams have competed
at sprint car racing’s hallowed ground at the
Knoxville Nationals. Lovell is a 5-time MRP champion.
Former champions at MRP that will test the
travelers include Grass Valley ’s Jeremy Burt and 3
time champ Billy Wallace. “The Madman” Mike Monahan of
Sparks Nevada will also be in the field. A fan
favorite, Monahan is also a 3 time Montana State
Champion. Wallace and Monahan are former Civil War
Series feature event winners so they know the way to
victory lane against the top guns in the sport.
Civil War Series stars include former Hall winners
like Willie Croft and last year's winner Justyn Cox of
Sacramento . Southern California travelers include the
always exciting Tommy Tarlton, "The Man in Black".
Other notable traveling racers expected include lady
racer Alissa Geving of San Francisco . Geving has
received some notable national press over the last
couple of seasons. MRP’s own lady racers expected
include last year’s Rookie of the Year at MRP Raquel
Hall of Oroville and 4 time feature event winner Reyna
Krueger of Orland. Gridley’s Christine Zaveson is also
Along with Korey Lovell, other local
Yuba/Sutter entries expected will include twin brother
Kevin Lovell, also from Yuba City and the Marysville
team of Brandon Dozier and journeyman sprint car star
Cort Dozier. Also entered from Marysville is rookie
racer Jeremy Hawes who has been smooth as glass in his
first six outings in the class. Any one of the five
local entrants can pull into victory lane on Saturday.
Woodland's Peter Paulson and Oroville's Heath Hall are
other area drivers who will compete on Saturday.
Other notables representing some sixty track
championships and hundreds of feature event victories
will be on the grounds. This is but a sampling of the
sprint car stars that will be at MRP Saturday night.
It was Mel Hall who, in 1991, teamed with other
California racing promoters and brought several
California tracks together to form a traveling series
for the winged sprint car division. The tour was
originally called the North vs. South Civil War Series
and was designed to allow drivers to compete in a
traveling campaign while still being able to compete
at their local weekly tracks. The formula works to
this day. All other participating tracks will be dark
in this division so their cars can compete at MRP.
The event is expected to have a full grandstand as
fans and drivers alike gather to remember Hall, who
not only was involved with the birth of the Civil War
Sprint Car Series but was known best for his
successful promotion of Marysville Raceway Park . It
was Hall who took over the Marysville facility in late
1994. Hall is credited with bringing professional
sprint car racing to the Yuba-Sutter facility. Hall
passed away in 1999 and left behind a legacy we
celebrate Saturday night. Marysville Raceway Park is
in its 46th year of continuous operation now under the
watchful eye of promoter Paul Hawes. Hawes is a former
driver, car owner and local businessman. Hawes has
spent the last 7 years bringing MRP to the status of
being one of the finest short tracks in the nation.
Hawes' racetracks have been rocket fast and heavy
providing bullet-fast racing programs.
finest drivers will have some stiff competition as the
most competitive winged sprint car traveling show in
the country comes to MRP. A beautiful evening is
forecast; perfect for elbows up sprint car racing in
MRP’s fan friendly environment that includes the
"greatest racetrack food on the planet".
Bad-fast open wheel thrills makes “MRP…the place to
California Sprint Car Civil War
Series Rules will be in force for this event.
The grandstands open at 5PM. Hot Laps are at 5:30 with
qualifying scheduled for 6:30. Racing begins after
qualifying at about 7:30.