It’s tied at the
top! Winged Sprints return to MRP.
Marysville CA -
May 1, 2013 ---
Winged Sprint Cars will return to Marysville Raceway
Park Saturday night. The premiere division at MRP is
back and the championship point standings are tied at
the top. Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt and Kelseyville’s
Brent Dothage are deadlocked. Dothage is a 3-time
champion of the division and Burt is the 2007 title
holder. Burt was also the runner up in last year’s
chase to the championship won by Grass Valley’s Billy
Wallace. Dothage and Burt are both feature event
winners this year Wallace has yet to find victory lane
in his bid to become a 3-time champion in the
Should Wallace be successful in his bid for number
three, it will be three-in-a-row for the fleet
veteran. Colby Wiesz, the “Colfax Comet” won three
consecutive titles starting with the 1999 season.
Wiesz has won 51 feature events at MRP and he picked
up #51 three weeks ago after a sizzling duel with
Wallace. Wiesz will be in the field Saturday night.
Spark’s Nevada’s Mike “The Madman” Monahan sits just 7
point behind the lead duo with 5-time titlist Korey
Lovell, of Yuba City camped in 4th. Lovell is 14
points behind. Monahan is the 2004 MRP champion.
Wallace, who has had a somewhat rocky season so far
flipped on the last lap two weeks ago while running
with the leaders and is in 5th place,18 points off the
pace. But with 50 points available at each event, no
one is out of the hunt for the 2013 crown. All of the
racers in the top 5 in points are former champions at
MRP. Monahan also has the distinction of being a
3-time Montana state champion. Monahan, Burt and
Lovell are rebounding successfully from serious
injuries suffered in 2012.
full program of qualifying, heat races and a Main
Event will be on tap. Legal Shield representative Rod
Engberson will offer an additional $100 to the fastest
qualifier in addition to the purse offered by the
MRP Super Stocks will also return Saturday night and,
on the face of it, it looks like Browns Valley’s James
Castleberry has things well in hand. But, there is a
trio of stars that are deadlocked 9 points behind
Castleberry. The trio includes Auburn’s Ray Trimble,
Yuba City’s Brad Magenheimer and the versatile sprint
car and stock car veteran Cortney Dozier from
but Magenheimer have tasted victory at MRP in the
past. But, Magenheimer has been the picture of
consistency thus far this year. The mighty Supers will
present their fender banging event #4 of the 2013
season Saturday. Dozier also is 7th in the point
standings in the MRP Winged Sprint Car Division this
Marysville’s Shaun Merritt still leads the title chase
in the MRP Mini Stock division despite his early
retirement last Saturday night. Marysville’s Howard
Law grabbed the victory and took a big chunk out of
Merritt’s lead. Law is now just 3 points behind
Merritt. Yuba City’s Jason Clayton is just 4 points
out of the lead. A competitive field of Minis will be
offered on Saturday.
traveling BCRA Midget Lites will also be on the
program as an extra added attraction. For more on that
class go to bcraracing.com.
pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM. Hot
Laps are at 5:30 with qualifying scheduled for 6.
Racing begins at 6:30.
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