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“GOOD TO GO!”-Paul Hawes
Monster Late Model, Wingless Sprint and Mini opener ready for Saturday
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - April 26, 2012 --- A big isolated thunderstorm dumped some water on the Marysville Raceway Park grounds earlier this afternoon prompting phone calls to this observer regarding the status of Saturday’s show. Promoter Paul Hawes was in the middle of it when it swooped on in while working on equipment at the track.

Hawes said, “We’re good to go.” With plenty of time available between now and Saturday night’s 5-division slugfest everything is looking good. This observer just came back for a look at the facility and there’s some standing water, but this will not postpone Saturday’s show. It’s on!!

That’s a good thing too, because all the rant over the last couple of days is the great battle that the Late Models are likely to have on Hawes’ remarkably hooked up raceway. Randy McDaniel has really thrown down the gauntlet with an incredible performance in the Late Model Series last time out. With the show making its first appearance since last year’s sensational Taxi Cab Open all the guns are expected. McDaniel wasn’t even in the race last year that featured some of the finest late model racing we’ve seen in a while. 

Twisted chassis and rocket like acceleration that has been the hallmark of Late Model racing, nationwide, will be featured at MRP Saturday. There is a very interesting component attached to this show and that’s local entry Jerry Bartlett, who thinks this place owes him one after last year’s unfortunate mid race incident that put him on the sidelines.

Bartlett was headed to the front after he had figured out the high side during last year’s Taxi Cab Open and was rushing forward. A wheel banging incident in turn 3 ended Bartlett’s run. But, there was no doubt that he was the quickest hot shoe in the place up until that time. He’s looking for redemption for “the one that got away” this Saturday night.

McDaniel has been wicked fast lately and he with some other well known Late Model notables will be on the hammer looking for Saturday night’s first place prize. Visiting Late Model stars expected at MRP Saturday include Jay Norton, “Wild Man” Dominic Stone, former champion at the Placerville Speedway, Jason Englund. 

Speaking of Englund, take a look at the attached photo of England’s spectacular wheelie at last year’s open. Yep…Late Model Stock Car wheelies! Oh, yeah!!

Crowd pleasing Matt Michelli (photo attached) is another Late Model expert entered in Saturday’s fender banging extravaganza! "Bad" Billy Knoop, Brian Cooper (photo attached) and Leroy Perry (all former stock car champions) will be at the house to try to stake their claim to the winner’s share of this generous purse. 

The “elbows-up, sling ‘em sideways”” Wingless Warrior Sprint Cars will also be featured. The long awaited return of this wingless 360 sprint car class offers explosive duels and drivers with attitude. The Sherm Toller Memorial winner Jeremy Hawes is expected along with 2011 MRP champion Brett Youngman, Josh Vieira and hard charger David Sprigg and other challengers.

The MRP Mini Stocks have been waiting on the weather and they, too, will burst out of the starting gate on Saturday. The MRP Hobby Stocks will be out for their 2nd point race of the year and the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars will appear for the first time at MRP in 2012.

This initial Late Model and Wingless Sprint Car show will also be Contingency Connection events. It is the 1st Contingency Connection offering for the 2012 season and Wingless Warrior Sprint Cars as well as Late Models are the participating classes. Feature event bonus awards will be available to the winner with Contingency Connection sponsorship decals displayed by the winning driver. Sponsorship decals are available at MRP. Winning racers in the Contingency Connection average $1500 in contingencies WEEKLY! 

The Contingency Connection is a contingency program run EXCLUSIVELY at 55 tracks nationwide. Marysville Raceway Park is a Contingency Connection track. It is our 3rd year. Contingency awards will be awarded to Fifty (50) racers throughout the season! Each Contingency Connection track will have nearly $100,000 in contingency awards up for grabs in 2012! Contingency Connection sponsors post awards in the form of product certificates. Product certificates are good towards your next purchase from the manufacturer. The manufacturers want to EARN your business and offer the BEST DEALS in the country to CC Racers! Redemption directions are on each certificate. Any questions can be directed to sponsor or to the Contingency Connection. Contingency Awards make a big difference when racing bills come due! Contingency Connection decals that must be carried by the winning car are available at Marysville Raceway Park at each event. 

Pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM. Hot Laps at 5.30. 1st race at 6.30PM

Don’t forget to monitor our facebook page during the races as updates are constantly being forwarded.

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.