Sprints and Supers head show Sat.
and Castleberry: local stars from different
Marysville CA -
July 8, 2014... Marysville Raceway Park will
host H & H Trenching’s Night at the Races Saturday.
The mighty MRP Winged 360 Sprint Cars will headline
the program. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will also be on the
card. For stock car fans the MRP Super Stocks, Mini
Stocks and MRP Hobby Stocks will compete in more
outrageous, fender slamming championship point racing
competition as well.
In the MRP Winged Sprint
Car division, Paradise driver John Michael Bunch
remains the point leader with Oroville’s Heath Hall in
second. Rookie star Jeremy Hawes of Marysville is
right on the leader’s heels and just seven points
behind Hall in third.
MRP’s premiere division
has had impressive events of late and spectacular
finishes in three consecutive races. Last time out
Bunch just nipped Hall at the line. The week before,
Bunch flipped wildly while leading opening the door
for Hall and Hawes to close in the championship point
chase. The race prior to that featured an outstanding
run to the checkers by five time champion Korey Lovell
of Yuba City. This race will be a Contingency
Connection event offering bonus awards to the feature
The MRP Super Stock entries are
filled with local chauffeurs including Yuba City
championship contenders Corey Hall, Phillip Shelby and
point leader Jerry Bartlett. The Super Stocks have put
on some fan friendly fender crunching events this
season. Bartlett has won the last two out of three.
The MRP Hobby Stocks will also be on the card
with Olivehurst’s Eddie Hammett leading the way in
points and Linda’s James Foster holds a slim four
point edge in the MRP Mini Stock standings. Defending
champion Misty Castleberry will lead the Pro 4
contingent into Saturday’s program. The local lady
star has won every feature event offered by the Pro 4s
It seems it’s worth noting,
speaking of Castleberry, that her quest for a perfect
season in Pro 4 competition is unprecedented. Never in
the history of the facility has a driver won every
feature event, in any class. Castleberry, who spends
most of her week running the local Marysville Flea
Market, came close a couple of years ago when she
bettered the long-standing record of nine feature
events in a row. That record was set by Yuba City’s
Jerry Bartlett. Castleberry did it in her Mini Stock
getting her tenth in a row on July 26th, 2010.
Bartlett’s streak came in the opening season of Pure
Stock racing at MRP in 1996.
The 1996 Pure
Stocks morphed into the fire breathing Super Stocks
that will run on Saturday and Bartlett has rocketed to
the top of that class. In contrast, Castleberry’s win
streak this year has been in the open wheeled Pro 4
While there are seven races
remaining on the schedule in Pro 4 competition, no
other driver has shown an ability to run with
Castleberry. Her dominance of the class comes after
stellar Rookie of the Year performances and a
multitude of feature event victories. Her efforts
resulted in a championship in the division last
season. Castleberry also competes in MRP’s Wingless
Sprint Car class with an occasional return to her Mini
Stock as well.
For Bartlett, this is his last
hurrah. Earning the moniker, “Mr. Controversy”, he
intends to retire at the conclusion of this season. He
is traveled and he has won often and with regularity
in many of his seasons and at many different tracks.
Like it or not, he is a local legend and with his foot
on the throttle once again he intends to be a champion
in his final year. Bartlett told this observer late
last year that this would be his last season and he
wanted one more title and he wanted to grab it at his
After working out some mechanical
issues early in the season, Bartlett has been on a
tear in a division that features no fewer than four
former champions on any given Saturday night. Bartlett
has been patient and has been remarkably consistent in
making late race moves after the early race fender
crunching carnage has taken place. Bartlett has won
the last two of three at MRP, finishing second last
time out while challenging for the lead.
Castleberry’s take has been different. She has rushed
to the front early and stayed there in each of her
victories. Castleberry and Bartlett are generations
apart and while their strategies are different, the
ultimate quest for both is yet another championship.
Gates open at 5pm with racing starting at 7 pm.
GPS: Marysville Raceway Park is located at 1468
Simpson Lane in Marysville California.
www.marysvilleracewaypark.com is the website.
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