Netto wins classic duel in Hall Memorial
Marysville CA -
May 25, 2014... The 15th running of the Mel
Hall Memorial Race is history. A full house and 38
winged sprint cars were on the grounds. Making his
first start at the Marysville Raceway Park, Hanford,
CA driver, 19 year old DJ Netto found himself in
victory lane as he picked up his first career Civil
War Series feature event.
With MRP sprint car stars
John Michael Bunch of Paradise and Cody Lamar of
Sacramento on the original front row, a false start
put them in the second row, with Mason Moore and 7
time Civil War champion, Andy Forsberg taking over the
front row for a second attempt at a start. Moore got
the jump and took off on the hooked up Marysville
Raceway Park with Andy Forsberg and Bunch chasing
The complexion of the race
changed on the ninth lap when the leaders hit thick
lapped traffic, Moore hit a lapped car and flipped
over out of the lead. This gave the lead to Forsberg.
With Forsberg out front, he quickly stretched out his
lead, though behind him some moving and shaking was
going on, as Grass Valley’s Jason Statler, San
Francisco’s Shane Golobic, Netto, and Petaluma’s Geoff
Ensign were working their way forward.
Getting around Lamar and Bunch, Netto became a factor
as he took over the second spot and began chasing
after Forsberg. Mechanical gremlins caused Forsberg to
pit giving Netto the lead. The restart saw Netto lead
the field to green but he had his hands full as
Golobic was hot on his tail.
into lapped traffic with just a handful of laps to go,
Netto carefully picked his lines, as Golobic looked
for an opening. The white flag lap saw Golobic get the
opening he was looking for in the last pair of
corners, but Netto was able to hang on and beat him to
the checkered flag by a car length with Golobic
holding on to second, and Lamar capping off a very
strong night crossed the stripe in the third position.
“It has just been one of those years, and it is
awesome to get a win with the Civil War Series,” a
jubilant Netto said in victory lane. “I saw Golobic
show me his nose in the last corner, and I just stood
on the throttle and here we are.”
opting to skip his college graduation Saturday
morning, Golobic rebounded from a rough start to his
night to finish in the second spot. “We would have
liked to be one spot better, but after the way our
night started, we are pretty happy with a second place
finish,” Golobic said. “I had one shot at DJ Netto on
the last lap and went for it, but he was able to beat
us to the line, and I have to congratulate him.”
Capping off a stellar night, Cody Lamar took the final
spot on the podium, and was pleased with how his new
team performed. “We have been running at Marysville
Raceway Park for the 2014 season, and to run up front
with the Civil War Series is pretty cool,” Lamar said.
Following the top three across the line
was Dash winner, John Michael Bunch, 20th starting
Geoff Ensign, 19th starting Jason Statler, Jimmy
Trulli, Sean Becker, Colby Wiesz, and Steven Tiner
rounding out the Top-10.
championship point leader, John Michael Bunch started
the night off by timing in fastest in qualifications,
and heat race wins went to Becker, Andy Forsberg,
Lamar and Netto. Alissa Geving won the C main, and
Golobic won the night’s B Main event.
spectacular flip-over crashes marred the proceedings,
though none of the drivers was injured.
Next Saturday night the mighty MRP Wingless Sprint
Cars will return along with the MRP Super Stocks, Mini
Stocks, Hobby Stocks and Pro 4 Sprint Cars. The gates
will open at 5 with racing at 7:00PM.
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