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BIG RIG TRUCKS, BOMBERS & WINGED SPRINTERS headline 6 division show Sat!! 
MRP’s own Super Stocks, Mini Stocks & Pro 4 Sprinters also set to go.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - August 10, 2010 --- Paul and Kathy Hawes will host Taco Bell Nite at Marysville Raceway Park Saturday. This is the 14th year of MRP’s association with the local Taco Bell franchises. The MRP Winged Sprint Cars, MRP’s own Super Stocks and Mini Stocks and the Pro 4 Sprint Cars will be presented. The wild and wicked EXTREME BOMBERS will also be showcased. Last time out the EXTREME BOMBERS were flipping, crashing and burning all race long. Promoter Paul Hawes announced also that the long awaited 1st ever IBRRA Big Rig Truck event will also be offered this Saturday.

3 of the Big Rig trucks put on a well-received exhibition of hot laps at the conclusion of last week’s program. This week the concern is that these few laps of practice will turn into racing and it just simply has not been tried on a clay oval like MRP EVER!!! At least as far as this observer has been able to find, nowhere is there a home for Big Rig Racing on clay. There are a few Big Rig Truck associations that race on road courses and pavement. But, This is truly a unique offering. 

One of the biggest problems was to find competent pilots to chauffer the giant vehicles around the MRP clay. While there is much interest and a number of inquiries, Promoter Hawes will move slowly in authorizing drivers to enter. “That’s a lot of power and weight, with a tin-can cab,” Hawes noted. Mistakes could cause serious, explosive crashes. Be that as it may, It could be a real thriller from a spectator’s perspective. 

Some of the laps turned last week were in the 19 second bracket. A 19.000 second lap at MRP is 54.249 MPH according to the computer formula and that equates to straightaway speeds of 61.383 MPH. So a good running Big Rig will be whistling past that grandstands at freeway speeds…and then have to turn sharp left. Interesting.

This observer talked with track videographer/photographer Mike Dehoogh after he had headed down to turn 4 to watch the practice. His up close observations at turn 4 and elsewhere prompted him to comment… “I was surprised! They were very stable, quick and did not bounce or seem out of control.” As the lap times improved and the drivers became more confident, the drivers began to get “slip-slidey”. Dehoogh’s comments about “stable” quickly went out the window as the drivers gained confidence. It was also obvious that, as the drivers became more familiar with how the trucks would adapt to the clay, the field compressed and some passing began. At that point the checkers flew on the session, saving the trucks for this coming Saturday.

4-time champion Korey Lovell will lead a talented field of MRP Winged Sprint Car drivers into Saturday’s Taco Bell Nite. Last week Colby Wiesz, 3 time champion at MRP, grabbed feature event win #45. In a spectacular exhibition of racing, he and fellow 3-time champ Brent Dothage had a monumental tussle up front for a while. Korey Lovell’s brother Kevin showed up after a long hiatus and came from deep in the field to nip Dothage at the line for 2nd. It was a wicked-fast, heart stopping event that kept the fans on their collective feet. It reminded this observer of the courage and commitment of sprint car drivers. It also showed that the drivers of this generation still have what it takes to read and conquer the ever changing conditions in dirt track racing.

Last week’s feature was not for the weak of heart. It was a real crowd pleaser watching these stars blast their mounts through the rapid fire feature. Korey Lovell, too started toward the rear and charged forward to a sparkling 4th place finish. A stout field provided the action in the dual heat race format with a 20 lap feature. It was interesting to note that the Civil War sprint car race staged elsewhere on this night scrapped qualifying and adopted the fan friendly dual heat race format introduced in California by promoter Hawes at MRP.

Will Wiesz cruise in off the hill Saturday and get another win on his way to that magical win #50? We’ll see. Korey Lovell is 2nd in this category at MRP with 39 feature event victories.

In the EXTREME BOMBER class, one has to ask whether anyone has anything for Armand Sarcomo. Sarcomo has won the last 4 BOMBER extravaganzas convincingly. In a class that allows “punt, pass and kick” shenanigans, Sarcomo has stayed relatively unscathed. This driver stays on the gas and is amazing in his ability to dodge drivers who are out to deliberately take out his quick #21. It took 3 years to do it, but it looks like a rising star may well be coming from the ranks of the EXTREME BOMBERS. MRP’s own class of AUTHORIZED MOTORIZED MAYHEM will again bring down the curtain on Saturday’s ambitious 6-division show.

Jason Clayton finally got to victory lane last week after a stirring battle with Jimmy Ford in MRP’s own Mini Stock division. A last lap pass got the job done. Jeff Olschowka will lead the MRP Super Stocks as he starts to distance himself from the field in the championship point series. Cory Hall still might have something to say about that.

For good measure the class that nobody wanted is becoming the class of tomorrow as the Pro 4 Sprint Cars return this Saturday. The last 2 feature events in this class have been real “nail biters”. With a cast of long time heroes and some quickly improving newcomers, the Pro 4’s have started to hit their stride. Local Mini Stock stars like Misty Castleberry and Joel Giusti have shown that they have what it takes to threaten 3-time champ Tim Maclaughlin and point leader P. J. Petersen. Local product “Scary” Gary Eckman is the latest driver to grace victory lane in the series.

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.