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Wallace whips the field. Grabs point lead.
Machado, Maclaughlin and Hawes also score.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - April 10, 2011 --- Marysville Raceway Park flipped on the lights for another entertaining evening of action as the Ace Hardware/Union Lumber night at the races was presented. Billy Wallace captured the MRP Winged Sprint Car feature in Mark Moore’s slick #1m. Mitch Machado claimed the hardware in the slam-bang MRP Super Stock finale as 3-time champ Tim Maclaughlin took the measure of the Pro 4 field. Jeremy Hawes swept the inaugural running of the MRP Hobby Stocks.

Wallace parlayed a front row start and two initial red flags into a wire-to-wire feature win as another full field of MRP Winged Sprint Cars did battle on MRP’s quick ribbon of clay. Red flags in the feature and in preliminary heat race competition kept the fans on the edge of their seats. Without having 40 MPH winds that the track endured last week, the MRP surface was hooked up and provided long green flag segments during most of the competition. The final checkered flag waved at about 9:45. 

Jeremy Phillips, Derek Dozier, Brent Dothage and Wallace all claimed heat race wins in early race action. Hard luck chauffer Robby Hight took a wild ride in his heat race when a rear axle failure sent Hight into a wild series of gyrations on the front chute. His white 14h wound up at the top of turn 1 after the catapulting racer came to rest. Ironically the accident occurred after he had received the checkers in the event and had qualified for a solid start in the feature.

After hard flips by Jim Marsh and the ever-quick Gary Paulson on successive tries to start the feature race, Wallace got the jump on fellow front row starter Brad Bumgarner and rushed toward the checkers. Bumgarner stayed close and reeled in Wallace on a couple of occasions but was not able to get beside the fleet #1m. 

A war was going on behind the lead duo as Corey Lovell, Colby Wiesz, Garry Burdick, Shawn Ternora and birthday girl Reyna Krueger slugged it out for 3rd through 7th. 3 time champ Brent Dothage was in this mix as well early on, but Dothage retired at ½ way in the exciting contest. Lovell beat Wiesz and Burdick to the checkers to claim 3rd position.

Wallace was all smiles in victory lane and swept into the point lead after last week’s 3rd place finish in the opener. Wallace is a 2-time champion at Placerville and could be on the way to a championship here. This combination of Wallace and car owner Moore seems to have “clicked” right out of the box.

Mitch Machado rolled into MRP Saturday and promptly bolted a sprint car wing onto the roof of his swift Super Stock Car. It was the only winged stock car on the grounds and he “winged” his way to a surprising and convincing victory in his 1st appearance at MRP in nearly 2 years.

Machado and fellow front row starter Jeff Olschowka slugged it out in the early laps for the top spot before Machado pulled away for a silky smooth drive to the checkers. But there was some carnage along the way. On the initial start 4 cars hammered into each other with a sound that resonated throughout the facility. Several serious contenders turned their sleek hot rods into junk with one collective blow. Brent Hall, Craig Neimans and Kyle Cheney got the worst of it and were done for the night.

The Machado-Olschowka battle was a good one until Olschowka once again suffered a mechanical ailment that sidelined his #45. Ryan McDaniel took up the chase in his beautiful new car and kept Machado honest, but never really was able to turn on the heat. Machado sliced through lapped traffic with ease and sailed under starter Robin Davies checkers. McDaniel was a last lap retiree and 2010 champion Corey Hall was there to take advantage and slip into the runner-up spot. Mike Walko continues to impress with another strong finish in 3rd position. Machado and Olschowka grabbed heat race honors.

The MRP Hobby Stocks debuted with their first ever race. This entry-level stock car class was dominated by Jeremy Hawes as he swept the show. MRP’s newest slam-bang division did not disappoint however as some of the entrants had their “moments”. As Josh Wilson swept into 2nd position, Mike Dehoogh took his blue #44 on an infield excursion that had the fans buzzing and cheering. Dehoogh who was 5th at the time scattered some infield personnel, but rejoined the fray after a somewhat creative interpretation of how to get from turn 3 to turn 1.

The class runs without yellow flags and the initial 20-lapper went into the books with Hawes an easy winner from mid pack. A surprise, late entrant in the event was Jerry Bartlett. Bartlett, dubbed Mr. Controversy in area stock car racing circles actually finished in 4th place after a somewhat dismal showing in his heat race.

The Pro 4 feature was won by the class’s 3-time champ Tim Maclaughlin, but he needed some help in this one. 2010 champ P.J. Petersen was the class of the field as he ran away at the drop of the green. Bad luck once again caught up to Petersen and mechanical gremlins KO’d his shot at a victory.

Misty Castleberry came home a convincing 2nd as Joel Giusti’s quest for a 3rd feature victory fell short.

Next week, the Mighty Midgets of the BCRA return to MRP with nationally recognized open wheel stars. The BCRA Midget Lites will also be on the card. The Wingless Warriors of the MRP Wingless Sprint Car Series will bring their patented brand of slip sliding sprint car racing to the MRP oval for race #2 of the 2011 season. It will be United Rentals night at the raceway. The MRP Mini Stocks and the Pro 4 sprinters will return as well. In addition, next week the all-new MRP Hobby Stocks will run their 2nd event of the new season. Be there.

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.