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KIDZ NITE at MRP Saturday
Sprint Cars headline 5 division show
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - July 16, 2014... It’s one of the best times of the year at MRP this Saturday. It’s the annual KIDZ NITE celebration at Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park Saturday. The mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars will return in a 5 division show that features primary MRP classes. The 2 fendered divisions will compliment the open wheel madness of the MRP Winged Sprint Car Series and the MRP Wingless Sprint Cars. The spectacular action of the MRP Mini Stocks and Hobby stocks will also be showcased. A return visit of the 1960s Vintage Hard Tops is also on the card.

All children 12 and under are admitted FREE when accompanied by adult supervision. It’s a great family night at the races. There will be a huge number of toy giveaways during the course of the evening. There will be bicycle giveaways and lots of goodies for the youngsters. In addition Mini Soap Box Derby Races will be held for the youngsters.

Six lucky kids will be called down to the front stretch to do the all-important pill draw for starting positions in the MRP Winged Sprint Car feature. They will be able to come down on the track and meet the star driver’s who’ve earned the top six starting positions. Each child will make the draw on behalf of the qualified driver.

The MRP Winged Sprint Cars will be back in mid-season form with a more tightly bunched group of drivers at the top than one might have anticipated at this time of the season. Paradise driver John Michael Bunch remains the point leader with Woodland’s Peter Paulson now in second. Rookie star Jeremy Hawes of Marysville is in third with Oroville’s Heath Hall dropping to fourth after a big crash last Saturday night.

A fine field of the winged cars is expected. In addition to those mentioned above, three time champion Brent Dothage of Kelseyville will be back after his big crash (with Hall) last Saturday night. Five-time champ Korey Lovell of Yuba City will return Saturday as well as twin brother Kevin Lovell. Kevin Lovell, who is starting to climb the championship point ladder, is a major threat when he’s not bending wings. In fact, if you add points for an average finish in place of his two flip over crashes this season, Kevin Lovell would be just a couple of points out of the championship point lead.

Last week’s winner, Marysville’s Brandon Dozier, will be a formidable opponent as his stock has gone up by leaps and bounds. Dozier is becoming sprint car eye-candy to the fans. His win it or wear it performances have been a fine addition to one of MRP’s most exciting sprint car seasons in years.

Three time champ Billy Wallace and fellow Grass Valley resident Jeremy Burt have been factors in each of the last three seasons and will be there to challenge for the win.

Another driver who id due in victory lane is 2004 MRP champion and four-time Montana State champion Mike Monahan. Monahan pulls to MRP from Sparks Nevada every week these days. It is a Contingency Connection event offering significant bonuses to feature event winners.

The MRP Wingless Warriors will return after a three week hiatus with championship point leader Tim Sherman of Sacramento leading the way.

Only five points separate the top three drivers with Grass Valley’s Brett Youngman only two markers out of the lead and Marysville’s Josh Vieira three point behind Youngman. The wingless sprint cars rely on car control without the benefit of aerodynamic wings. They can be a little out of control, but it is a thrilling class to watch.

The MRP Mini Stocks and the always controversial MRP Hobby Stocks will also be offered as slam bang additions to the program.

In the MRP Mini Stock class there is a tie at the top of the championship point standings. Linda’s James Foster and last week’s feature event winner, Yuba City’s Kyle Davey, are deadlocked at the top. Yuba City’s Jimmy Ford is only two points out of the top spot as well! All three have visited victory lane.

After last week’s controversial fender-banging, wall-slamming finish in the MRP Hobby Stock feature it may be hard to find a seat when the big-bad “Hobbys” close out the show. The Jeremy Hammons-Eddie Hammett rivalry is at its zenith after last Saturday night. It’s anybody’s guess how this one will turn out. No one could have guessed that last week’s feature event winner, Eddie Hammett of Olivehurst would slide across the finish line backwards to win! Be sure and stick around for this one.

In addition, the California Hard Tops will be back for a second run at MRP. Theses 60s style modified stock cars made a big hit last time out when bay area sprint car driver Jim Perry jumped into one roared to a fine win. They are big and clumsy by today’s standards, but they are an absolute kick to watch and put on a great show.

So, make your plans to be at MRP this Saturday night for a wild show and celebrate the drivers and fans of the future on KIDZ NITE at the Yuba Sutter area’s only professional sporting event! Bad fast speeds and fender-crunching action...and maybe a free bike! What could be better?

The pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM. Hot Laps are at 5:30 with qualifying scheduled for 6:15. Racing begins after qualifying.

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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