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Allard takes Hall Memorial on last lap.
Wallace wins wingless war
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - June 6, 2010 --- The 2010 Mel Hall Memorial Race once again provided an amazing finish that nobody in the house could have predicted. The 11th edition of this classic event had everything. Chico’s Stephan Allard continued his winning ways in 360 winged racing by taking the checkers in the high intensity 30 lapper. But he only led ¾ of a lap…and as they say it was the right ¾ of a lap. Allard aboard the AA Johnson & Sons Concrete 14s was in the hunt all night but ran 2nd to a variety of drivers prior to lap 30. A fine crowd witnessed a spectacular event.

Pole sitter Herman Klein looked unbeatable in his gleaming #91 and immediately jumped into a sizable advantage over Allard. The first 10 laps were a Klein benefit as 11th starting Colby Wiesz went to work carving a swath through the field as he headed forward. Wiesz parlayed a couple of quick yellows and a couple of uncharacteristic mistakes by champion racers to help on his march to the front. 

After a lap 18 yellow, Wiesz, Steven Tiner and a cushion riding Jeremy Burt were slugging it out for 3rd. Up the back chute, the trio went 3-wide heading into 3. Wiesz came out the loser after his brilliant charge to the front. Wiesz’ blue 21 received fatal front end damage in the ensuing collision and slid into the turn 3 concrete. The final run to the checkers just dripped with drama as Tiner found something no one else had and ripped his way into the lead past Allard and Klein. Allard jumped by Klein as the battle raged and secured 2nd. But, Tiner was gone and he was turning some of the fastest laps of the race at the end.

Starter Jerry Witzke threw the white banner over the screaming 94 as Tiner was 1 lap away from his biggest MRP victory. Then, as Tiner entered turn 1 he was more sideway than he was last time by. Unbelievably, his car started a lazy slide that Tiner could not control. As the leader chugged to a stop, Allard shot by and collected the checkers and the $2500 first place prize. Klein stayed 2nd as Andy Gregg scooped up 3rd place in the final tally.

Gregg, Allard and 4 time MRP champion Korey Lovell grabbed heat race wins and Burt went wire to were in the B main.

This event, an annual tradition at MRP, celebrated the life of Mel Hall, a racer, promoter and innovator in northern California sprint car racing. He took over the track in 1994 and ran it until his untimely death in1999. This observer’s most vivid recollection of the Hall legacy lies in a very interesting, technically brilliant V6 powered sprint car that won 5 sprint car titles in it’s lifetime. Hall’s son Mark turned quick time in this event and was a factor early on until a quick spin in turn 1 ended his try for a victory in the classic that bears his father’s name.

Billy Wallace has now won 2 Mel Hall Memorial Races; one with a board on top, this time without. In the companion MRP Wingless Warrior Sprint Car portion of the show, Wallace and ace wingless star Terry Schank dueled the entire distance before Wallace was able to use a little traffic to his advantage and pick up the victory.

Wallace outgunned fellow front row starter Cody Myers into turn 1 and Schank came from row 2 to park on Wallace’s tail right away. The two veteran combatants distanced themselves from the others. Schank slipped on by Wallace with a sweet move in 3 that Wallace countered 3 laps later. Wallace never gave up the lead again, but the struggle at the top was a great one. 

Behind the leaders, the fans were watching two drivers as they forged their way to the front. B main winner Tony Richards was coming from 16th starting position and point leader Taylor Simas was creeping forward from 13th. Simas got to 4th at the checkers and Richards got to 8th.

Brian Southers, a much improved Josh Vieira and one of the new top guns, Brett Youngman got heat race wins. Richards took the B main. 

Next week MRP will be dark in advance of the annual Kids Nite on June 19th. The Performance Auto Supply Wingless Sprint Cars will headline the 5 division show that will also feature the MRP Super Stocks, the MRP Mini Stocks, the Pro 4 Sprinters and the BCRA Midget Lites. All children 12 and under are free.

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