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McDaniel, Trimble & Friend grab Cab dough.
Racecar show and playday next week.

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - March 24, 2013 --- Marysville Raceway Park turned the lights on Saturday night and presented the 10th Great Taxi Cab Open. Marysville’s Ryan McDaniel picked up the checkers in the Limited Late Model feature that highlighted the event. Auburn’s Ray Trimble won the companion Super Stock main event and Les Friend won his 2nd Cab trophy in as many events, dominating the Pure Stock/Hobby Stock main. The entire program was run with only 3 yellow flags displayed all night long.

McDaniel started 5th beside his father, legendary stock car ace Randy McDaniel, in row 3. Last year’s winner of the 9th Great Taxi Cab Open, Live Oak’s Matt Michelli bolted to a 20 car length lead in the early going. This one would go non-stop. No yellows, no rest. The McDaniel duo started to pick off cars after about 5 laps as the field sorted itself out. Randy made the first quick moves towards the front, but then Ryan roared by Randy and started a systematic run to the front. By his own admission, they missed the set up a little bit and the black #1 simply couldn’t run the top. So Ryan McDaniel waited for mistakes and pounced each time a fellow competitor made the slightest error. With 10 to go in the rapid-fire 25 lapper Ryan McDaniel got to 2nd with Randy McDaniel in tow.

With no traffic between them McDaniel closed rapidly on Michelli. With a swift move in turn 1 McDaniel was all over the leader. But, McDaniel almost overdid it and popped the backstretch wall. After rearranging the rear body work, McDaniel set sail and easily roared by Michelli with a nifty 4th turn move. Michelli stayed 2nd holding off a charge by Randy McDaniel. Jeff Olschowka was 4th and an impressive Ray Trimble was 5th. 

The companion Super Stock feature also went wire to wire on the wicked-fast Marysville clay. Front Row Starter Ray Trimble simply motored away from a fine field of racers. By ½ way Trimble had a straightaway lead.

But, bay area superstar Mitch Machado got to 2nd and started to reel in Trimble, ever so slightly, lap after lap. It turned into a nail-biter as the pair started to click off the last 5 laps. Machado took a big bite out of Trimble’s lead. Trimble saw the nose of the gleaming winged 22m getting closer each time.

But, Trimble was up to the challenge and picked up the win. Trimble noted, in his victory lane interview, that he knew Machado was there and he was racing as hard as he could. It was just enough. Trimble’s great victory couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Trimble has been a factor in nearly every race he’s entered at MRP over the last 4 years. This victory was a shining moment in this young man’s career. Machado stayed 2nd and Sean Hulsey put in a superb performance by recovering from an early race miscue to finish a solid 3rd.

The Pure Stock/Hobby Stock Open was, for the 2nd year in a row, a Les Friend benefit. Friend led every lap he ran Saturday. He won his heat by leading every lap. He sat in the front row for the feature and motored away at the green flag.

It was an entertaining scrap for 2nd though as Eddie Hammett and Garrett Agnew sliced and diced their way into 2nd and 3rd respectively. This feature was slowed on 2 occasions by yellow flags for minor issues.

This was Friend’s 2nd consecutive sweep in this race. He led every lap of every event he was in last year at the 9th Great Taxi Cab Open. Friend personally walked away from his victory lane interview to shake promoter Paul Hawes’ hand. First he congratulated Hawes for keeping this race on the schedule and, second he wanted to thank Hawes for the great racing surface of late. “I can’t believe what a great racetrack this is now,” Friend said. “I have a lot of fans in the stands this time and they all say this is a great place. This is a great place,” Friend concluded with a wave to the crowd.

Earlier in the evening Mitch Machado took a checkered flag lap to honor those lost during last week’s accident. The raceway’s flags were lowered as the entire northern California racing community slowly moves on. The community’s outpouring of support for the raceway was astounding during this last, difficult week. Promoter Hawes helped us all take a big step in the healing process by opening the gates Saturday night.

Next up; MRP will host a playday and open practice on Saturday from Noon to 4PM in advance of April 6th’s Ace Hardware Night at the Races. That race will be the inaugural 2013 championship point racing event. The MRP Winged 360 sprinters, the MRP Wingless 360 sprinters, the MRP Super Stocks and the MRP Hobby Stocks will be on the spectacular 4-division card.

On Saturday from 10AM to Noon, prior to heading out to the track, the fine folks at Dairy Queen of Yuba City will offer a free racecar show at the restaurant.

Prices for Saturday’s playday are $25 for car and driver. Pit Passes are $10 each. The grandstands are free and concessions will be available.

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.