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Happy Holidays from MRP. 
New Year’s Day Playday ready to roll. 
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - December 23, 2010 --- Marysville Raceway Park’s annual mid-winter gathering on New Year’s Day is ready to roll. The event is always in the weatherman’s hands, but at this writing the 2 days preceding the event look to be dry and in the 50s with New Years Day clear until well after the event. It can always change, but once again it looks as if promoter Paul Hawes and his entourage will slip in this annual meeting of motor heads just under the wire before Mother Nature rains down.

The past New Years Day events have been great fun and will allow all of us to catch up on what’s going on. Car and driver are $25.00. A pit pass (alone) is $10.00. All minors admitted to the pits must have a 2011 minor's release signed that day by a parent. Touchy stuff with the insurance companies these days…so do it right or you can’t get a minor into the pits. Grandstands are free.

It’s a casual day and the pit gate will open at 11AM. The track will be open at noon for hot laps in every division (maybe a bit earlier depending on how the track comes in).

Promoter Hawes is putting the finishing touches on the 2011 schedule with an emphasis on the MRP local classes. Of course the wildly popular MRP Winged Sprint Cars will present a full season, as will the Performance Auto Supply Wingless Warrior Sprint Car series. The roaring Super Stocks and MRP Mini Stocks will again present full seasons of competition as well. The Pro 4 Sprinters will also be at MRP in 2011.

Special shows featuring the Golden State King of the West 410 sprint cars, the Joe Hunt Magneto Wingless Sprint Car Shootout, BCRA Midgets, BCRA Midget Lites and a return of the West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals to it’s home track will be offered.

The biggest buzz right now is coming from the fendered end of the spectrum with the resumption of low cost stock car racing that in previous years were called the Extreme Bombers. The class will get a new name but continue to allow inexpensive American passenger cars to compete. The class will now be called the MRP Hobby Stocks. Promoter Hawes has twisted the “Bomber” rules in such a way that strictly stock passenger vehicles only will be allowed in the class. Pick ups, SUVs and other similar vehicles will not be permitted.

The class is now open to any AMERICAN MADE passenger car with a wheelbase of 104” to 115”. The car may be front wheel drive or rear wheel drive. Generally speaking this must be a stock car in the purest sense of the word with no performance modifications. Promoter Hawes said earlier this winter, “I want it so somebody can bring in a Taurus or a Camaro, put a cage in it and race.” Well, there are a few other rules that must be adhered to. It is a very low budget, strictly stock racing car and a logical move forward from the Bombers. They will be added as a class at the raceway. 

The engine must be stock to the car. If it’s a ’88 Camaro, it must have the motor that came in that car, fuel injection and all. Intake, ignition, engine and exhaust manifolds must be stock to the car. If it’s a ’88 Taurus, or a ’98 Stratus, same thing goes. NO aftermarket performance parts are allowed. No modification of the stock suspension is allowed. As previously mentioned in other releases, approved roll cages, helmets and racing harness seat belts will be required for all drivers…AND passengers. Like the “Bombers” before it, with current economic conditions considered, frankly, it’s the right class at the right time.

Promoter Hawes also discussed special, post-season events that could be included in next year’s schedule and may include an “Enduro” for MRP style Hobby Stocks. All of this commentary is designed to give a general overview of the class. All of the rules are on the website.

We’ll see you on New Year’s Day at MRP!

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