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Open wheels churn the clay Saturday.
Legal Shield qualifying offers $300 extra!
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - May 8, 2013 --- This week the MRP Winged Sprint Cars will return to Marysville Raceway Park Saturday night. The premiere division at MRP will be back with the MRP Wingless Warriors with the Pro 4 Sprints also being presented during an MRP open wheel extravaganza. The MRP Mini Stocks be back for their 5th point race to add some fendered action to the excitement. This will be one of two races left on the schedule for the winged cars in advance of the annual California Sprint Car Civil War Series Mel Hall Memorial Race. The next two events will award points in the MRP season championship before the break for the “Mel Hall” event.

Last week Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt jumped into a 9 point lead in the standings with his wire to wire victory in the MRP Winged Sprint Car class. That may not sound like much, but it’s the biggest lead in the point race thus far this season. With 50 points available at each race, Burt’s lead is tenuous at best and there is a gang of competitors still in the hunt. But, a lead is a lead.

While Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage remains Burt’s closest adversary, Spark’s Nevada’s Mike Monahan still figures closely in the mix and lies in 3rd position. Monahan is only 12 points off the pace. Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace grabbed 4th in the title chase last week with a 6th place finish, but still lies a distant 26 points behind leader Burt. A stellar field of cars and stars are expected to slug it out for the honors this Saturday. Look for the “Colfax Comet” Colby Wiesz to return as will 5 time champion of the division Korey Lovell of Yuba City.

Last week veteran driver Heath Hall of Oroville turned up the wick and finished an impressive 2nd in the MRP Winged Sprint Car main event. Hall has filled the seat vacated by injured driver Robbie Hight. Hall won’t be a factor in the title chase as he missed the opening race. But, everybody knows he’s a factor now for main event wins. Hall won the Rich Dozier classic last year at MRP.

Legal Shield Winged Sprint Car Qualifying will post the weekly $100 for quick time, courtesy of Legal Shield representative Rod Engberson. In addition, this week, sprintcarfan.com will post an additional $100 for 2nd quick time and MRP will offer a $100 bonus to 3rd quick time. These bonuses will be offered in addition to the generous MRP cash purse and Contingency Connection extras.

Biggs’ driver Rowdy McClenon is expected to return Saturday to try to hold off a determined Jeremy Hawes of Marysville and stellar rookie contender Cameron Bartlett of Yuba City in the MRP Wingless Sprint Car Series title chase. McClenon has a 13 point lead on Hawes and Bartlett is just 14 markers out of the lead. McClenon won last time out after a stirring duel with Hawes.

Shaun Merritt of Marysville is now 13 points ahead of nearest rival Howard Law in the MRP Mini Stock standings. Law and Merritt have each visited victory lane in their run for the title. But, once again, 4 time champion Misty Castleberry has dusted off her now semi-retired #95 and scooped up two of the four victories available thus far this season. When she has appeared, she has won. Castleberry, however, is not going to run for the title this season. Castleberry is set to run in the MRP Wingless Sprint Car class and the Pro 4 Sprint Car class Saturday. It’s anybody’s guess as to whether she’ll roll out the Mini.

Castleberry swept the Pro 4 program last time out and is 7th in the wingless sprint car standings. The Pro 4 field also includes 4 time champion Tim Maclaughlin of Colusa.

The 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.

The text is based on information we have at the time of its release.

Note: Please make this observer aware of any names that are misspelled or incorrect.