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Bunch looks for comeback after crash
Sprints and Supers head show Sat.
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - June 24, 2014... Marysville Raceway Park will host Dairy Queen of Yuba City’s “Dilly Bar Nite” for the sixth consecutive year. Mike Hall’s local restaurant is an ardent supporter of racing activities at MRP and everyone in attendance, fan or participant, will be offered a free Dairy Queen of Yuba City Dilly Bar.

The MRP Winged Sprint Cars will headline the program. For stock car fans the MRP Super Stocks and MRP Hobby Stocks will compete in some fender slamming championship point racing competition as well. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will also be on the card. In addition, an exhibition of 1960s Hard Top racing cars is also on the schedule.

In the MRP Winged Sprint Car division, Paradise driver John Michael Bunch remains the point leader despite his grinding flip over crash in last week’s event. After the crash his car looked like a twisted wash rag, but the Paradise driver was quick to say, “I’m OK, nothing to worry about; we’ll see you next week.”

Local sprint car racer, Marysville’s Brandon Dozier has been raising some eyebrows. Brandon has been spectacular while rim-riding the MRP clay every Saturday. Brandon’s daring hammer-down style has been almost frightening to watch, but it’s also the style that has gotten him to victory lane in the past.

Woodland’s Peter Paulson and rookie contender, Marysville’s own Jeremy Hawes, will be back. Hawes continues to impress in his first year in the rocket-fast winged sprint cars. Hawes could be the first rookie ever to have a shot at the title. 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 forward on Saturday.

Heath Hall of Oroville will be trying again for a top five finish or perhaps, a well deserved trip to victory lane. It's no wonder as Hall’s dramatic driving in the last few events proves that this fine driver will be a factor in the championship hunt. He is a close second in points to Bunch. 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 few difficult nights in the early season. Monahan is among the most aggressive of the participants and will look to improve his position Saturday night. Five time champ Korey Lovell of Yuba City and twin brother Kevin Lovell also from Yuba City will be in the field. An early season DNF cut Korey’s chances for title number six, but, Kevin is right there in the top five.

It was great to see three time champion Brent Dothage, from Kelseyville, wrestle his way back to victory lane last week. The intense battle with Bunch has shown that this well traveled veteran is still as quick as ever.

The MRP Super Stocks are brimming over with local talent including Yuba City championship contenders Corey Hall, Phillip Shelby and point leader Jerry Bartlett. Winged and wild, the Super Stocks have put on some fan friendly fender crunching events this season. Bartlett has won two in a row in his final season as a driver.

Marysville’s Cort and Rick Dozier and a very quick James Castleberry, among others, will be looking for trips to victory lane as well.

The MRP Hobby Stocks will also be on the card with Olivehurst’s Eddie Hammett leading the way in points and defending Champion Misty Castleberry will lead the Pro 4 contingent into Saturday’s program. The local lady star has won every feature event staged by the Pro 4s this season.

Bad-fast action and a free Dilly Bar; what could be better. More later.

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.

The text is based on information we have at the time of its release.

Note: Please make this observer aware of any names that are misspelled or incorrect. Go to Marysville Raceway Park’s facebook for all the latest updates or our website at marysvilleracewaypark.com.

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