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5th Great Taxi Cab Open Sat.
Arbogast looks for 3rd straight

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - March 17, 2012 --- Rain hammered the grounds at Paul and Kathy Hawes Marysville Raceway Park this past week forcing the postponement of the California Sprint Car Civil War Series Race on March 17th. Next Saturday night Marysville Raceway Park will host the spring edition of the Great Taxi Cab Open. Actually this will be the 5th event with this title attached. This year, as last, Marysville Raceway Park will feature a return of the Limited Late Models as the primary division. The MRP Super Stocks will also be showcased and just for good measure the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will be on hand for their first trip to MRP for 2012.

With $1000 to win on the line in the Limited Late Model feature, all-star dirt track stock cars and their all-star drivers from all over northern California are expected to test the hooked up Marysville clay. With $750 to win offered in the MRP Super Stock class a full field of cars in that class is also expected. As a matter of fact, it’s likely that a few of the stars in the Super Stock class will give the Late Models a challenge, perhaps doing “double duty”. If someone could pull off the “double” it could mean over $1750 in cash plus contingency awards. Northern California’s 2 premier fendered classes will have an opportunity for a shot at a nice fistful of cash. It’ll be fenders, fenders and more fenders as this quality field of cars and stars slug it out.

For the 44th year MRP will present big, pre-season and post-season stock car extravaganzas and this year’s version of the Great Taxi Cab Open will be no exception. It will be another salute to MRP’s roots and with the increase in participation and fan interest in the MRP Super Stock class this past season, MRP’s fendered roots seem to be taking hold once again. 

Over the last 2 seasons Auburn’s Tom Arbogast has owned victory lane in the Taxi Cab Opens. Last year’s was the first to feature Limited Late Models as the featured class and Arbogast made the switch with great results. Last year’s win was Arbogast’s 2nd consecutive “Taxi Cab Open” win having taken the 2010 version in March of that year in his winged pro stock. As a matter of fact, Arbogast virtually started the aerodynamic revolution in Super Stock racing at MRP in 2009 and, while he didn’t win, he soundly trounced the field in his winged stocker only to retire with mechanical woes while leading by a large margin. Veteran stock car stars Jeff Olschowka and Ryan McDaniel have grabbed other Taxi Cab trophies in the premiere class presented. As noted this year the Great Taxi Cab Open will have spring and fall dates.

As this annual event is beginning to create a history of its own, stock car stars will pack the pits with quality hot rods. Arbogast’s competition will come from a who’s who of fendered racing stars. 

Names that will be featured in one or both stock car classes will include Matt Michelli, Brian Cooper, Dave Larabee, Tom Sullivan, Dan Brown Jr, MRP Super Stock Champion Corey Hall, Michael Walko, Ken Michelli, Matt Davis, Ryan Mc Daniel, Mr. Controversy Jerry Bartlett, Bob Ortwein, Jay Norton, James Castleberry, Willie Horn, Ray Trimble and Jason England, just to name a few.

Bartlett, Matt Michelli and Arbogast had a great battle up front early on in last year’s slugfest. Bartlett retired and Michelli kept Arbogast honest nearly drafting the leader upon occasion, never to find a way by. Super Stock Car stars stayed in the mix as Ryan McDaniel and Cory Hall raced forward all night.

In addition promoter Hawes has painted nearly everything on the grounds and MRP has never sparkled more brightly. The track is newly cut and more clay graces the 1566 ft long-70 ft wide surface. MRP will continue to have its own fire truck, ambulance and professional personnel to man it. We have a complete fire department on staff each and every Saturday night.

Don’t forget our family section features the best seats in this house. I think I speak for everyone associated with MRP that we truly are a family dedicated to moving just a little bit forward every time we gather at northern California’s finest short clay raceway. At 44 years it is California’s oldest independently owned racing facility.

So head out to MRP for some slam-bang, fender crunching, wheel to wheel, side-by-side, door handle to door handle, bumper-to-bumper racing action this Saturday night. Northern California’s greatest dirt track stock car stars will rock the house with some good ol’ fashioned, dirt track stock car action. Be there.

IMPORTANT: 2012 minor releases must be signed by parents for all minors entering the pits. 

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.