Wild crashes and finishes at MRP
Marysville CA -
July 13, 2014... It was a night of close
finishes and wild crashes. Saturday’s five division
show at Paul and Kathy HawesMarysville Raceway Park
once again produced a thrilling end to the MRP Winged
Sprint Car main event. Marysville’s Brandon Dozier
just beat a charging Kevin Lovell of Yuba City to the
line. Phillip Shelby returned and won the MRP Super
Stock feature as Kyle Davey scored in the MRP Mini
Stock division. Olivehurst’s Eddie Hammett won the MRP
Hobby Stock main event and Colusa’s Tim Maclaughlin
grabbed the honors in the Pro 4 Sprint Car feature.
This was a Contingency Connection event on H and H
Trenching's Night at the Races.
In the MRP
Winged Sprint Car feature front row starters Dozier
and Lovell rocketed away from the field. On lap two, a
knot of cars jousting for fourth place turned into a
Former MRP champion, Kelseyville’s
Brent Dothage, and championship contender Heath Hall
of Oroville collided at high speed at the end of the
front stretch. Dothage started a series of wicked
barrel rolls that ended when the car slammed into the
first turn wall. Hall fought for control, but he, too,
flipped over on his side during the grinding wreck.
Dothage was shaken but unhurt in the wild ride.
Hall was through for the evening as well. Later it was
discovered that Hall had a mechanical failure that
caused his car to suddenly slow with Dothage running
over Hall’s left rear tire. The track video clearly
shows the genesis of the accident.
had Dozier and Lovell renew their dice to the end. In
a brilliant try, Lovell almost got by Dozier on the
last lap, but the fleet Marysville chauffeur held off
the attack and saw the checkers, finishing just ahead
of Lovell. The crowd rose to its feet and roared their
Yuba City’s Korey Lovell got a fine
third ahead of Woodland’s Peter Paulson and point
leader John Michael Bunch. Jeremy Hawes of Marysville
and Fresno’s Mike Stallings took heat race honors.
Yuba City’s Phillip Shelby scored an impressive
victory in the MRP Super Stock main event. After
Shelby’s disastrous race last time out, the former
champion was brilliant in his return to victory lane.
A big story was the early race retirement of point
leader, Yuba City’s Jerry Bartlett. Bartlett was on a
big run to the front just prior to his mechanical
Former champion Corey Hall of Yuba
City took advantage of Bartlett’s retirement and
jumped into second and finished there ahead of
impressive Bay Area driver Mike Walko, Marysville’s
Rick Dozier and James Castleberry.
It will be
very interesting to see how the points shake out when
the race is declared official on Tuesday. Castleberry
and Hall won the heat races.
The MRP Mini Stock
event was won by Yuba City’s Kyle Davey. He survived a
great duel with fellow Yuba City resident Jimmy Ford
and went on to capture his second win of the season.
For nearly half the race these two jousted for the
lead in a very entertaining event.
of Linda came in third after a terrific battle with
brothers Shaun and Damian Merritt who finished fourth
and fifth respectively. Sacramento’s Mike Dehoogh took
the checkers sixth. Davey swept the program by winning
the heat race.
Local lady racer Misty
Castleberry’s run for the season sweep in Pro 4
competition ended Saturday night. A massive engine
failure, while leading, put the skids on the sweep.
Colusa’s Tim Maclaughlin, a five time champion of the
division, won the accident marred contest.
lap three Orangevale’s Dan Morgan collided with a
rapidly slowing car and flipped wildly coming to rest
on the back chute, where it promptly caught fire. The
track video shows immediate fire and rescue response
and the fire was doused instantly. Morgan jumped out
of the smoldering wreck unharmed.
wild moment, three laps later, Sutter’s Blake
Scroggins lost control in turn one and flipped several
times turning his car into a ball. He, too, was
unscathed, but it was a wild ride just the same.
Maclaughlin beat former winner Matt Beadslee to
the line for the victory. Maclaughlin also won the
In a fender and wall banging finish,
Olivehurst’s Eddie Hammett scored another victory in
the MRP Hobby Stocks. Hammett, in a race-long duel
with defending champion Jeremy Hammons, scored the
victory while traveling backwards on the track.
In a last ditch effort on the last turn of the
last lap, leader Hammett and second running Hammons
got together and Hammett spun, slammed into the front
stretch wall and came sliding across the finish line;
It was the first time that this
observer, after 25 years at the track, saw a feature
event win scored while traveling backwards. Hammett
was rocked by the impact with the wall, but was OK
after a moment or two.
Next Saturday night is
Kid’s Night at the Races. Anyone 12 and under, when
properly supervised, is free. The track will give away
bikes, have Mini Soap Box Racing for all the kids in
attendance and stacks of cool toys, gadgets and racing
decals to give away. This annual event is always a
kick and this year it features the return of the
mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars for the first time in
eight years to this event.
The MRP Wingless
Sprint Cars will also be back after a three week
hiatus. The MRP Mini and Hobby Stocks are also on the
card with a return visit of the Vintage Hardtops
Gates open at 5 with racing at 7,
the latest updates at www.marysvilleracewaypark.com or
at the Marysville Raceway Park Facebook page.
Note: Please make this observer aware of any names
that are misspelled or incorrect. The text is based on
information we have at the time of its release.
Complete finishes, stats, assessed penalties and
points become official and available at the close of
business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web site
and facebook pages.