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Winged Sprint Cars top the card Sat
Supers, Minis and Pro 4s also in 4 division clash

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - July 18, 2012 --- Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park will host a dynamite program that will showcase the amazingly popular MRP Winged Sprint Cars. The MRP Winged Sprint Cars have a great dice going on for the championship point lead. Defending champ Billy Wallace and 2007 champion Jeremy Burt are separated by just 10 points, with 50 points available at each event. Cort Dozier is 3rd in points, but Brent Dothage has been on a tear recently and sits just 3 points out of 3rd. 

50 time feature event winner and 3 time champ Colby Wiesz will be back home to try and spoil everyone’s night again. Then, for good measure throw in 2004 Champion Mike Monahan who is also on a tear lately during his remarkable comeback. Monahan scored a feature event triumph just 5 weeks ago and was a force to be reckoned with last Saturday night. He was quick time qualifier. Monahan’s peak in popularity is justified as one of the sport’s great comeback stories is played out the MRP clay this season. With Monahan and Wiesz in the house, 6 former sprint car champions will be slugging it out for a trip to victory lane.

MRP’s own “5-Time” Korey Lovell finds himself on the shelf for this one. The familiar #71 used up its last motor last Saturday. Lovell has a motor deal in the works. But according to Lovell it won’t happen this week. After Saturday there is a 2 week hiatus for the sprinters. In that time Lovell hopes to have his motor deal in place. Lovell’s try for a 6th championship has been thwarted by mechanical gremlins; a position that the reliable Lovell team has not experienced very often.

Watch for Peter Paulson this week. The chauffeur of the yellow #9 is due. He has been in the top 5 in qualifying consistently over the last few weeks and a factor in each feature event in which he competes. That includes a fast time qualifying effort a few weeks ago. 

The latest visitor to victory lane, Heath Hall will also be at MRP Saturday. Hall has won before, but it had been a while. Hall too is making a comeback of sorts after having endured a significant health issue over the preceding months. Hall showed last week that he hasn’t lost the touch. Hall beat Wallace in a stirring duel at the front in last week’s Rich Dozier Classic. 

The return of veteran campaigner Robby Hight was a sight for sore eyes last Saturday as well. He will also be in the field this Saturday night. Hight has some 300 open wheel victories to his credit in a career that spans 3 decades. Most of his victories came in the highly competitive Modified Midgets. Hight told this observer that he’s still feeling some of the effects of his terrifying sprint car flip on May 12th. But, in the same breath he said it was like “coming home” when he pulled his car into the pits last Saturday.

MRP’s own “5-Time” Korey Lovell finds himself on the shelf for this one. The familiar #71 used up his last motor last Saturday and has a deal in the works. But according to Lovell it won’t happen this week. After Saturday there is a 2 week hiatus for the sprinters. In that time Lovell hopes to have his motor deal in place.

Be sure and be there Saturday to see how all of this shakes out when they start throwin’ ‘em in sideways at 100mph. The alcohol guzzling MRP Sprint Cars will be teetering on the edge of disaster all evening long.

The Winged 360 Sprint Car show this Saturday will be a Contingency Connection event. Feature event bonus awards will be available to the winner with Contingency Connection sponsorship decals displayed by the winning driver. The bonuses will be awarded at the track. Winning racers in the Contingency Connection average some $1500 in Contingency Connection bonuses weekly this year. 

The MRP Super Stock competitors are having trouble coming up with an answer for point leader Brent Hall. Hall has dominated the series over some pretty stout rivals. But, if he wins it’s impossible to close the gap in the points. While others are having great nights (James Castleberry and Ray Trimble come to mind) Hall keeps on winning.

The Supers will run 4 events in a row now and it’s still possible to catch the fleet 22. But, it’s time to get with the program. You’ll have to beat him on the clay and nobody has really stepped up to that level yet.

The Mighty Mini Stocks will return Saturday with their own brand of rock ‘em-sock ‘em racing action. Misty Castleberry takes a big lead into the event, but rookie contenders Travis Carter and Miranda Hammons still have opportunities to close on Castleberry. Carter has shown remarkable ability in his 1st full season behind the wheel. Hammons just keeps on cruising to up front finishes. The ladies have headed to the top in this class. A 3rd rookie contender is 4th in points. That’s Austin Merritt. So, 3 rookies are lined up behind savvy veteran Castleberry for a run at the title.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the startling resurgence of Kyle Davey. Davey sits 5th in the title chase and has been the only driver who has consistently been fast enough to challenge Castleberry, week in and week out. A couple of tough luck DNFs have plagued the Davey effort. He’s fast. He’s due

The Pro 4 Sprint Cars will also return Saturday with last year’s champion, current point leader and winner of one of the closest Pro 4 feature races ever, Tim Maclaughlin leading the way. MRP Mini Stock champ Misty Castleberry will saddle up in her #95 Pro 4 to spice the field with some local color. Joel Giusti, in his fast #17, might think MRP owes him one after last Saturday night.

Pit gate for racers opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM. Qualifying at 6:30. Racing after qualifying.

Don’t forget to monitor our facebook page during the week; we’d love to hear from you. Updates are constantly being forwarded to the page on race night. Every Thursday night at 8PM MRP gives away 2 free tickets to the following week’s events. So, pop on to facebook (marysvilleracewaypark.com) and grab a couple of freebees on Thursday.

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.