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Lovell grabs #1, Bernal takes Hunt Shootout. 
Trimble, Hawes and Kinney also win.
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - April 25, 2010 --- 4-time MRP Winged Sprint Car Champion Korey Lovell led wire to wire to pick up his 1st victory of the 2010 campaign. Ryan Bernal took his wingless sprinter to a fine victory in the Joe Hunt Magneto Wingless Shootout. Ray Trimble got the checkers in the Super Stock closer while Jeremy Hawes trounced the Pro 4 Sprint Car field. Scott Kinney cruised to victory in the BCRA Midget Lite feature.

Lovell was flawless as he turned 20 perfect laps and led wire to wire from the pole position in the MRP Winged Sprint Car main event. Traveling racer Andy Gregg was the show for the most part as he tried consistently to ride the high side and claw his way forward. Gregg flipped in heat race #2 after banging the wall in turn 3 and started deep in the field. His efforts were rewarded with a 5th place finish at the end.

Jim Richardson and Mike Monahan had an entertaining dice for a while as they got to 2nd and 3rd respectively. But no one had anything for Lovell. Lovell’s victory combined with Greg Paulson’s 7th place finish bolstered Lovell’s lead in the standings. His Korey Lovell Racing #71 is starting to see a potential 5th championship as a realistic possibility. 4th finishing Cody Lamar chased Richardson and Monahan to the finish. Monahan and Richardson won the heat races.

In the Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car Shootout a whopping 32 quality wingless sprint cars signed in. This was round 2 of a 12 race series that will seed cars and drivers into the final race that will be staged at the 2010 Gold Cup. The event lived up to its promise as the field fought hard for position for the entire distance. 

At the green flag veteran campaigner Terry Schank parlayed his pole position start into an early race lead. Ryan Bernal slipped into 2nd and that’s the way it stayed up front for the first part of the event. A couple of early race yellows kept everybody bunched up. When some clean green laps were finally turned, 19th starting Billy Wallace was the show. Wallace went up to the top and started passing cars rapidly…sometimes 2 at a time. 

While Wallace was working his way to the front, Cody Myers got to 3rd and pressed the leaders relentlessly. He finally eclipsed Bernal for 2nd, and then 1 lap later got on by race leader Schank. Myers was flying and started to pull away from the field. Almost as fast as he got to the front Myer’s race came to an end as the white #9m came to a stop in 2. Myers popped out the top of his stricken racer exclaiming his frustration with some pretty animated gestures. 

The final 9 laps were a real treat as Bernal was now pressing Schank and Wallace was still rushing to the front. With 8 to go Bernal got a great run off of 2 and flashed by Schank to grab the lead. One lap later 3rd running Tim Sherman Jr. blew by Schank for 2nd as the pair dueled in turn 3.

Wallace had found his way to 4th as this one roared to its conclusion. 4th running Taylor Simas also got by Schank for 3rd. Then as the white banner was in sight, Wallace also got by Schank. That’s the way it ended with Bernal in control. Jr. ran out of laps and settled for 2nd with Simas, Wallace and Schank rounding out the top 5. Wallace’s march to 4th from 19th was one of the best drives demonstrated at MRP in recent memory. Justin Funkhouser won the B main event.

Jeremy Hawes continued his domination of the Pro 4 Sprint Car Series. Once again Hawes jumped from his 2nd row start to lead every lap of the event. Nobody came close to challenging the latest incarnation of the “Flyin’ Ford”. 3 time champion and 2nd place finisher Tim Maclaughlin was disqualified, as he didn’t report to tech directly after the race. Rising star, Misty Castleberry took the flag 3rd but was moved up to 2nd with Maclaughlin’s disqualification. It looks like someone’s going to have to come up with an answer for Hawes’ domination of the class.

Ray Trimble’s luck at MRP may have turned the corner. Trimble flew to victory in a thrilling MRP Super Stock main event. Front row starter Phil Marino jumped in front and led into turn 1. His slick #28 pushed wildly in 2 and Cory Hall shadowed by Ryan McDaniel were 1 and 2 at the conclusion of lap 1. Hall seemed to lead easily as Jeff Olschowka charged into 2nd past McDaniel. That’s when this one got good. Olschowka reeled in Hall ever so slowly until a yellow flag slowed the field at ½ way. The final 10 laps included a vicious duel between the two leaders as Trimble got to 3rd past McDaniel. Olschowka and Hall traded paint and just about everything else as the fought for the lead. Olschowka was going for 3 straight and Hall had no intention of allowing that streak to continue. It was simply a great stock car race! Olschowka muscled his way past Hall in turn 3 on lap 12 but Hall came right back and collided with Olschowka in the same turn on the next lap. The white 56 of Hall went up over Olschowka’s wheel and peeled the body away on Hall’s right side. The incident jerked Olschowka sideways. He saved it, but he cut a tire. The yellow light flashed on. Olschowka returned after a quick tire change and Hall was penalized 4 positions for rough driving. 

The big winner in all of the thrilling action was 3rd running Trimble who was the leader at the new green. Trimble stayed on top for the duration of the event and brought his winged machine home 1st…a direct reversal in the Trimble fortunes of late.

Dudley Burrows brought out a yellow flag with 1 lap remaining. The single lap shootout did not change the top spot, but the rush for the checkers found Marino grabbing 2nd after his early race miscue. Olschowka got back to 3rd in another brilliant drive. Hall was 4th with Mark Kapscandi getting his best ever finish in 5th. The point chase will tighten with Trimble collecting the 1st place points.

The BCRA Midget Lite was a runaway for Scott Kinney after early leader and defending champion Doug Nunez spun out of contention. Please see bcraracing.com for complete information on this event.

Next week the Mighty Modifieds and the Super Stocks will return to MRP. The MRP Mini Stocks will also appear honoring track sponsor Arne’s Paints in Marysville. In a program that features 3 stock car classes, the Pro 4 Sprinters and BCRA Midget Lites will also be on the card.

The pit gate opens at 3PM. The spectator gates will open at 5 PM with practice at 6 PM. IMPORTANT: The first race will start after hot laps at about 6:30.

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 and points become official and available at the close of business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web site.