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Hall and Castleberry celebrate titles.
Williams 10th to 1st in quick Nat’s run

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - September 30, 2012 --- Yuba City’s Brent Hall put the crowning touch on an outstanding season and became the 2012 MRP Super Stock champion. Brother Corey Hall grabbed feature event honors with Brent finishing in 2nd. Misty Castleberry put an exclamation mark on her final full season in the MRP Mini Stock division by outdistancing a fine field of cars. Las Vegas Nevada’s Ronnie “The Monster” Williams used daring high speed outside passes to capture the 2012 edition of the West Coast Dwarf Car Nationals from his 10th starting position. Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park hosted the 2 day show that had the pits packed with some 85 total entries.

Friday’s final MRP Super Stock feature was a slam bang affair that left a fender or two flopping around at the end. Brent Hall was the champion at the green flag; that was certain. Rocklin’s John Ohmacht claimed rookie of the year honors as well. Corey Hall bolted into an unchallenged lead early on and led easily, wire to wire. Outside pole sitter James Castleberry and nearly the entire field at one point or another was involved in some significant contact during the course of the event, including the newly crowned champ. Hall and Castleberry had to go to the rear and charged their way back through the field before Castleberry’s retirement. Only Willie Horn and Lance Delozier were on the track at the checkers behind the Hall brothers.

Saturday’s MRP Mini stock closer was all Castleberry, although there was a curious melee in lap 15 that could have affected that outcome. Castleberry was distancing herself from the field when she got into heavy lapped traffic. Howard Law and Kyle Davey, with James Foster close behind, closed rapidly as they diced for 2nd. A lapped car forced Castleberry high off of turn 4. Davey jumped at the chance with Law in tow. The lead trio was 3-wide off of turn 4. There was contact and all 3 contestants snapped sideways. Castleberry saved it and flashed across the line with James Foster just behind. Law and Davey rocketed across the infield and re-entered the raceway on the back chute behind the new leaders. They were now a lap down. With so much infield dust in the air, a caution flag was thrown.

Actually, by having the caution thrown, the race reverted to the last completed lap. It SAVED Law and Davey from going a lap down. Video replay shows Foster clearly in 2nd place across the line.

The race concluded with Castleberry and Foster 1st and 2nd with veteran Billy Carter in for a fine 3rd. Shaun Merritt came from last to 4th in a nice drive as Law and Davey came back for 5th and 6th places respectively.

For more on the dwarf car event please go to http://www.dwarfworld.com/ .

The evening was capped off by celebrations that went on well into the night.

Next week, the 16th GEICO Gold Fever Open will feature the finest winged 360 sprint car drivers in the west on MRP’s new lightning fast surface. The companion feature for wingless sprint cars will draw the finest chauffeurs in that division as well. More on this later.

Gates will open at 5pm with hot laps scheduled for 6. Qualifying is scheduled for 6:30 with racing action getting underway at 7.

Stay tuned.

Life’s short. Live it. Race hard. 

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, assessed penalties and points become official and available at the close of business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web site.