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Shank Grabs Hunt dough as Castleberry gets #7. 
Wiesz and Maclaughlin dominate. Bombers crash & burn in finale.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - June 28, 2010 --- In the midst of a Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car Shootout and an eye-popping MRP Winged Sprint Car war, MRP Mini Stock star Misty Castleberry edged a little closer to history again here Saturday night. Terry Schank won a spectacular wingless sprint car feature and Colby Wiesz cruised into town to grab another trophy in the Winged Outlaw 360 Sprint Car feature. Tim Maclaughlin roared to a ½ lap lead in the non-stop Pro 4 Sprint Car feature. MRP’s own Extreme Bombers closed the evening’s festivities with another fender folding ride on the wild side. It was a blistering hot day and a real challenge for promoter Paul Hawes. The hardy crowd got its moneys worth with a quick, well engineered program.

After setting a consecutive feature event victory record in the MRP Mini Stock class last time out, Misty Castleberry returned to ad 1 more onto the record. Castleberry is now headed for the all-time consecutive feature event victory record set in 1996 by Jerry Bartlett in the inaugural year of the Pure Stocks at MRP. There’s no reason to think that she can’t do it. Saturday night she came from 13th on the starting grid and was in control and distancing herself from the competition by ½ way. Jason Clayton continues to keep MRP’s own “Blonde Bombshell” honest, but even his rapid hot rod doesn’t have anything for Castleberry. At least up to this point. The feature event had its thrilling moments as Castleberry, Clayton and a resurgent Howard law sliced through the field from the back. But, as the competition got more frantic and pushed harder, Castleberry got smoother. At the checkers Castleberry had a comfortable gap and will head into July 10th looking for number 8. Castleberry, Law and Jimmy Ford scooped up the heat race wins.

In the Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, a stirring battle developed up front between Terry Schank, Billy Wallace and Taylor Simas that kept the fans breathless. Schank got to the front right away after a spirited tussle with Simas for the top spot. High riding Wallace was rocketing off of turns 2 and 4 and was heading for the front after starting 7th in the main. When Wallace got to the front, it was on from there. Wallace, Simas and Schank were the show. It was amazing watching these talented chauffeurs slice and dice their way around the MRP clay. As the race was tearing to its conclusion, all three of the top runners got together off of 2. Shank looked as if he might be headed skyward as Wallace had a monster run off of the banking. They collided, saved it and 3rd running Simas got Wallace’s right rear. He too saved it after his car popped into the air for an instant. Wallace lost it a few laps later in turn 1 making a run at Simas who had flashed by Wallace the lap before. Schank carried it home from there with Simas in his wake. Tim Sherman Jr. got 3rd. 

The point lead switched at the top in the Hunt Wingless Sprint Car Shootout as Schank is now on top. However, the point standings at MRP in the Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Car Series tightened. Schank is now only 3 markers ahead of Simas heading into the July 10th event. Jay Youngman, Janna Spear and Schank grabbed heat race honors. It was Spears’ 1st ever trip to victory lane at MRP and her performance was superb as she kept some serious contenders at bay.

In the MRP Winged Sprint Car feature, Colby Wiesz had the pole. He outgunned everyone into turn 1 and he put on a clinic from there. Heath Hall got to 2nd right away and that’s how they would come across the line 20 laps later. But there was some great racing action going on behind the lead duo. 2004 series champion Mike Monahan parked his blue hot rod on the cushion after a so-so series of heat race finishes planted him in 8th for the start. Monahan challenged everyone hard and forged his way into 4th by the end. It’s been a while since we’ve seen Monahan up on the high side and flying. He was the show as far as passing goes. Devon Ostheimer was a quick and consistent 3rd behind Hall. Wiesz, Reyna Krueger, Korey Lovell and Brent Dothage snared heat race wins.

It was all over for the rest of the field on lap 4 in the Pro 4 Sprint Car feature. That’s when 3 time champion Tim Maclaughlin flew by early race leader Jim Pfifer and pulled to a ½ lap victory in the non-stop event. Pfifer had a nice run at the front until Maclaughlin showed up. Maclaughlin also won the heat. Point leader P.J. Petersen was having an easy run when, with 1 lap to go, had mechanical issues that sidelined the black 5. John Cardoni had another great race and wound up 2nd.

MRP’s own Extreme Bombers took to the track to conclude the evening. With 2/3 of the field either crashed or on fire, this observer was told that Armand Sarcomo was again behind the wheel of the winning vehicle. We were unable to verify that he was the driver as he left the track immediately after winning. The Extreme Bombers, once a figment of Paul Hawes’ imagination now bring full fields to each event. The loud and boisterous fan base chose “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns ‘n Roses as the theme song for the class. More than 40 suggestions for songs were brought up to this observer. Some 130 votes were cast and “Jungle” was ushered in. Seems appropriate. On July 10th we’ll see if the fans still approve. A great time was had by all.

MRP will be dark for the 4th of July weekend so our family of racers can take a holiday with their friends or family. Saturday night July 10th the MRP Winged Sprint Cars will share top billing with MRP’s Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Car Series. The fabulous EXTREME BOMBERS will be back for some more authorized motorized mayhem. The MRP Mighty Mini Stocks will also be presented as Misty Castleberry will try to extend her win streak. The Pro 4 Sprint Cars and BCRA Midget Lites will also be on the spectacular 6 division card.

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.