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Dothage, Schank, Castleberry, Hall and McQueen win on H & H Night.
$2500 to win Hall Memorial Saturday!!

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - May 30, 2010 --- Terry Schank pulled into line at the back of the feature for the Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Car main event at Paul and Kathy Hawes Marysville Raceway Park finale Saturday night. This final event of the evening provided fans with a daring, hammer down display of virtuoso driving. Schank, from the opening green flag parked on the deep, rich cushion and powered through the field to the lead and the victory. It’s not that there wasn’t great racing all around in the rapid fire 20 lapper, but Schank was in a zone of his own. Schank won going away as Misty Castleberry, Brent Dothage, Cory Hall and Shannon McQueen also grabbed the 1st place loot in their respective classes.

Brent Dothage roared to a solid victory in the MRP Winged Sprint Car main after a brief dice with pole sitter Korey Lovell. It was Dothage’s first appearance in 2010. Once he secured the lead, the 3-time champ checked out. An opening lap flip by Jim Richardson took everyone’s breath away, as he rolled his potent #8 into a ball in turn 4. The rugged campaigner popped out of his battered car without any apparent injury. After Dothage secured the lead, the event quickly roared to it’s conclusion with Lovell getting 2nd and the very quick Gary Paulson picking up the show money.

A word here about fighting the forces of mother Nature. Vicious thunderstorms on Thursday and a brisk north wind all day Saturday had everyone guessing on what to do with the track. Promoter Paul Hawes pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a superb racing surface. It took a little longer to come in, but when it did the feature events produced some of the finest racing we’ve seen this year. Schank in victory lane gave high praise when MRP provided multiple lanes for him to carve through the field. Other drivers, including crashed out veteran racer Jim Richardson, called the surface “beautiful”. The cushy wet top allowed drivers to scream into the 1st and 3rd turns. In advance of MRP’s biggest early season race, The Mel Hall Memorial, the track seems to be ready for some serious sprint car racing next week. Keep it up.

In the closest and most spectacular main event finish of the night, the MRP Super Stocks put on another super show. The early laps featured some superb high speed dicing as Wayne Trimble took over the seat vacated by son Ray and immediately took his winged machine to the front. Top point contender Cory Hall found 2nd position with veteran Bill Knoop making his 1st appearance of the campaign in 3rd. Jeff Olschowka got to 4th, but was curiously unable to reel in the top 3 runners all night. Olschowka and Hall came into the event tied for the lead.

With 2 circuits to go you could throw a blanket over the top 3. Knoop got into Hall in turn 1 and pitched his familiar #73 sideways but recovered. As the field flew into the white flag lap Hall was breathing down Trimble’s neck, but Trimble was being hampered by slow lapped traffic. Hall slammed his white 56 into the 1st turn banking. It stuck and he inched up on Trimble as the pair headed into the backstretch. Hall had Trimble at turn 3 and was headed for home as Trimble lost the handle allowing Knoop, Olschowka and a quick James Castleberry by at the flag. Fans jumped to their feet as Hall crossed the stripe. It was truly Hall’s finest performance to date and the young charger will take the point lead into the next MRP Super Stock event.

With significantly less controversy and a much bigger lead at the end, Misty Castleberry came from deep in the pack to capture yet another MRP Mini Stock feature event win. It was her 5th in 6 tries finishing 2nd to Howard Law on opening night. In a race that featured little of the fender banging that has been a large part of the Mini Stock features so far this year, Castleberry won by a straightaway over a quick Jason Clayton and a distant Jimmy Ford.

As mentioned earlier, the MRP Performance Auto Supply Wingless Sprint Car finale was a clinic by Schank. But a truly exciting series of battles peppered action throughout the field. The most notable dice was between point leader Taylor Simas and young charger Brian Southers. Schank picked up some valuable points on Simas who will bring his point lead into next week’s race.

Next week the annual Mel Hall Memorial Race will be staged at MRP. The $2500 to win Winged Sprint Car 30 lapper will bring every winged 360 star in California to the MRP clay. The Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Cars will also be on the card. The Mel Hall Memorial Race is an MRP championship point race and championship points will be awarded in both classes.

In addition to our cash purse prize money, our track gets $150,000 worth of Contingency Connection dollars for our winged and wingless sprint cars annually. The way it works is that Contingency Connection has signed up over 200 sponsors nationwide who contribute products or merchandise each race to the winner. The only catch is that drivers must be sporting the decal of that sponsor to earn the bonus. If a driver who wins the MRP Winged or Wingless feature race has every decal on his car, he could receive some $1250 in products or merchandise. The bonus is a healthy addition to the weekly winner’s purse promoter Hawes already pays to the winner of MRP sprint car main events. You must be a member of the association, but you can become a member at any event throughout the year.

Shannon McQueen dominated BCRA midget action Saturday and took the win. For more go to bcraracing.com.

The pit gate opens at 3PM for next week’s Hall Memorial. 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. Complete finishes, stats and points become official and available at the close of business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web site.