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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
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
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
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.