Castleberry, Sherman and Hammett also score
Marysville CA -
April 7, 2013 ---
Promoters Paul and Kathy Hawes turned
the lights on Saturday night and presented the 45th
consecutive opening day for championship point racing
at Marysville Raceway Park. Jeremy Burt, the 2007
winged sprint car champion raced his way into victory
lane in the MRP Winged Sprint Car feature. James
Castleberry survived a bizarre MRP Super Stock Car
main event and picked up the trophy in that one. Tim
Sherman Jr. ran to victory wire-to-wire in the MRP
Wingless Sprint Car feature. Eddie Hammett won the
wild, crowd pleasing Hobby Stock closer.
Burt's story is an amazing one. The Grass Valley
speedster pulled off a late race pass after a torrid
duel with early race leader Mike Monahan. Burt’s
victory signaled a successful comeback after suffering
a broken back during the last race of the 2012 season.
race was a close one all the way as former champion
Brent Dothage and Monahan had a nice joust in the
early laps before Monahan set sail. The race was
slowed on a couple of occasions and stopped when Peter
Paulson got his yellow sprinter upside down in turn 4.
Brandon Dozier also toppled over 4 later on.
last 11 laps were filled with drama as Burt made his
way to the front from his 5th starting position. He
found 2nd after a brief battle with Dothage. Then with
5 to go, Burt was visibly catching Monahan. As Burt
and Monahan battled off of turn 2 with 2 laps to go,
Burt flashed by; never to be headed.
the stripe, Monahan stayed 2nd with Dothage 3rd.
Oregon’s Vern Wheeler and Korey Lovell rounded out the
top 5 in this entertaining, highly competitive event.
Burt was enthusiastic as he jumped from his machine.
It was the end of a long journey of recovery and he
was back in victory lane once again.
Billy Wallace was the Legal Sheild/sprintcarfan.com
quick time qualifier as Dean Freitas and Brandon
Dozier grabbed heat race honors.
MRP Super Stock feature was a slam-bang
affair…literally. However, in between the crashing was
some terrific stock car racing. The feature event was
plagued by early race yellow flags, but once it got
rolling it was a thriller. Veterans Cortney Dozier and
Mitch Machado slugged it out for the lead early on.
Mechanical issues sidelined Dozier and 2011 champ
Corey Hall raced into the picture with Ray Trimble and
James Castleberry in tow.
Leaders Machado and Hall became tangled up in lapped
traffic near ½ way and a terrific, multi car collision
littered the front stretch. Machado and Hall had to
leave the track for repairs; both returned.
Trimble was the beneficiary of all this as he led
Castleberry to the final green flag segment. It was on
from there! Castleberry was all over Trimble for the
final handful of laps. In an astonishing move, on the
outside, in turn 3, Castleberry wrestled the lead from
Trimble as the pair raced to the white flag. Then,
Machado, who had charged from the back, slipped by
Trimble as well. Neither Trimble nor Machado could
answer Castleberry’s charge, and Castleberry took the
well-deserved victory amid a shower of cheers from the
Victory lane was packed with well wishers as the
popular driver enjoyed this trip to the front stretch
perhaps somewhat more than the others he has made. It
was a great knock-down/drag-out stock car race to the
finish. Trimble slowly coasted by Castleberry at the
end giving Castleberry a thumbs-up as he drove by.
Dozier and Cory Hall took heat race honors.
the MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature, Tim Sherman Jr.
flew into victory lane in an impressive wire to wire
victory. Sherman was the outside pole sitter and
simply parked his gleaming #1jr on the cushion and
walked away from the field. Rowdy McClenon found 2nd
right away and stayed there. The best passing job of
the night was turned in by young Cameron Bartlett.
Bartlett came from 8th and finished 3rd ahead of pole
sitter Jeremy Hawes and Peter Paulson. Hawes and
Sherman won the heat races.
Eddie Hammett won the fender crunching, door handle to
door handle battle to the checkers in the MRP Hobby
Stock main event. Early leader Brian Compton had
issues just a couple of laps away from his 1st
checkered flag of 2013. Hammett and last year’s champ
Jeremy Hammons jumped to the front and started banging
on each other all around the MRP oval. Hammett just
did beat the champ to the line with the crowd going
wild. Compton came across 3rd ahead of Kyle Cheney and
Garrett Agnew. Hammons ran away with the heat race
week, the mighty sprint cars return. Both divisions
will again present full programs. The MRP Mini Stocks
will make their first 2013 appearance as will the Pro
4 Sprint Cars. Stay tuned.
Life’s short. Live it. Race hard.
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