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Something for everyone at MRP holiday show Saturday. 
Winged & Wingless Sprints, BCRA full Midgets share card with Super Stocks & mighty Minis.
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - May 26, 2010 --- There will be something for every dirt track fan in northern California this weekend at Paul and Kathy Hawes Marysville Raceway Park. The mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars return with a complete program presented in the fan-friendly Dual Heat Race Format. 4 time champion and current point leader Korey Lovell along with Gary Paulson will take their scrap for the point lead back to the clay banks of MRP. Lovell has a 25-point advantage going into Saturday night’s event. But, with points paid only in the feature event, one slip by Lovell could put Paulson right on his tail. Paulson is the real surprise of the 2010 season thus far. Paulson has turned a lap or two at MRP in the past, but never with the consistency he’s shown this year. Paulson’s always been quick, but this year he’s put together a nice string of top finishes. Some surprise entries could be at MRP Saturday in the winged car division as other racing facilities have adjusted their schedules for this holiday weekend. Last year’s veteran “Rookie of the Year” Jimmy Steward is 3rd in the standings with Cody Lamar in the famous Clyde Lamar 3c in 4th.

A full program of MRP Wingless Warrior Sprint Cars will be on the program as well. Point leader Taylor Simas keeps stretching his point lead over solid veteran performers like Terry Schank. Shank is 2nd in the standings. Shank could not be beaten with any regularity last season as he won nearly every race he entered during the 2009 point season. This year he’s going for the championship at MRP and hasn’t won yet...go figure! Local hot shoe Brian Southers has been on the button this year and has been as fast as anyone in the place. Southers told this observer that he would contest the championship all year. 

The BCRA full Midgets will compliment the open wheel portion of the show. BCRA is the oldest nationally recognized sanctioning body west of the Mississippi. It was first formed in 1939. BCRA will bring a number of stars that have competed in such well-known national midget classics as the Chili Bowl, the Turkey Night Grand Prix and the Belleville Nationals. BCRA champions Nick Foster and Matt Streeter will be in the house as well. Two-time feature winner this year Greg Bragg wiil be back to try to double up this year at MRP. Expected entries also include a number of past champions and race winners including Greg Prickett, Scott Nail, Scott Pierovich, Rick Haugh and Bill Lindsey. 

The fendered portion of the show will feature the wild action of the MRP Super Stocks and a locked up points race at the top. Youngster Cory Hall is tied at the top with veteran stock car star Jeff Olschowka. Willie Horn mastered the MRP clay last time out with Olschowka just breathing down his neck. It is amazing that the MRP Super Stocks have the closest championship battle presented here Saturday. Feature winner Ray Trimble stays in the hunt just 15 markers off the pace.

The MRP Mighty Mini Stocks will round out the program with their eye-popping door handle to door handle antics…and this one should be a thriller. This division continues to impress with some remarkable two-fisted action being featured in every main event. Point leader Misty Castleberry has dominated victory lane so some might think this division has gone ho-hum. Not hardly! Some of the most competitive side-by-side racing at MRP is presented in this class. Watch for names like Ford, Giusti, Merritt, Clayton, Davey and Furuta. 

With a possible total inversion, anything is possible at MRP.

The pit gate opens at 3PM. The spectator gates will open at 5 PM with Hot Laps 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.