Wallace flies to 1st win of '13
Mel Hall Memorial
Marysville CA -
May 19, 2013 ---
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace
scored a wire to wire win in the featured MRP Winged
Sprint Car main event Saturday night at Paul and Kathy
Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park. Anderson’s Rowdy
McClenon won the MRP Wingless Sprint Car portion of
the show. Marysville’s Shaun Merritt won the MRP Mini
Stock feature and Brown’s Valley’s Misty Castleberry
repeated as the winner in the MRP Mini Stock main.
Mike Grenert won a great Nor Cal Dwarf Car main event
and Jeremy Hammons won the MRP Hobby Stock closer.
The 2-time champion, Wallace, out-gunned fellow front
row starter Heath Hall of Oroville into turn 1 and he
was gone. Hall settled into 2nd as Sparks Nevada’s
Mike Monahan rushed into 3rd. A race-long battle
erupted between former champions Jeremy Burt, of Grass
Valley and the 5 time champion of the division, Korey
Lovell of Yuba City, for 4th. It was an entertaining
dice that wasn’t settled until the pair hustled toward
the white flag. Burt used a daring, high side move to
get by Lovell and that’s where they finished behind
Wallace, Hall and Monahan.
Cort Dozier and rookie driver Branden Mansfield took
heat race honors. It is worth mentioning that
Mansfield had a terrific battle with Brandon Dozier to
get his first win in a sprint car at MRP. Lovell
picked up the $100 bonus from Legal Shield’s Rod
Engberson for his lap of 13.442 to top all qualifiers.
Point leader Rowdy McClenon wrapped up his 3rd
consecutive feature event win in the companion MRP
Wingless Sprint Car main event. McClenon grabbed the
lead with a slick move off of turn 2 and was never
2 lap dice for the runner-up spot early on was won by
Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes over opening night feature
event winner Tim Sherman Jr. Hawes went after McClenon
after getting to 2nd, but to no avail as McClenon
nursed a rough running car to another checkered flag.
Sherman stayed 3rd.
Derek Dozier flipped on lap 4 of the event, but he was
OK and walked back to the pits under his own power.
Scott Hall made a late race pass on a resurgent Ray
Benkowski with only a couple of circuits remaining
getting 4th. Benkowski was 5th. Hawes won his heat
after a close moment in turn 1 with rookie Cameron
Bartlett. Benkowski won his heat race in fine style.
In the MRP Mini Stock
feature, Misty Castleberry got to the front early and
continued her winning ways in the class. The battle
for 2nd was great as point leader Shaun Merritt, James
Foster, Howard Law and Erik Davey provided the fans
with something to shout about.
The race long battle for the runner up spot was won by
Foster followed by Merritt Law and Davey in that
order. Law and Castleberry won the heats.
For the 2nd time this season, the Nor Cal Dwarf Cars
put on a whale of a show as the top 3 drivers were
within inches of each other for pretty much the whole
race. Early leader Jeremy Blackshere was relentlessly
challenged by Mike Grenert all race long. Ryan Winter
joined the fight after 5 laps of the scheduled 20.
From that point on it was anybody’s race.
The scoring shows that Blackshere actually lead the
first 18 circuits, then on lap 19 Grenert slammed his
car against the cushion in turn 3 and got around
Blackshere. 100 yards later, Winter muscled by
Blackshere. Blackshere took exception and drilled
Winter as the pair raced through turn 4 on the final
lap. Blackshere wound up on his lid and Winter stopped
right side up. Scott Dahlgren actually slipped through
the melee and grabbed 2nd.
Dahlgren and Kevin Bender won the heats.
Defending champion Jeremy Hammons got by Eddie Hammett
and won the MRP Hobby Stock closer as Hammett slid
through the infield after leading most of the way.
Hammons continues to lead the standings.
Next week one of MRP’s annual cornerstone events takes
to the fast clay surface as the California Sprint Car
Civil War Series rolls into town for the Mel Hall
Memorial Race. The west’s finest winged sprint cars
will be on the grounds vying for some $16,000+ in
prize money. It will be a winged sprint car only show.
The race, carrying national significance, honors the
legacy of Mel Hall. Hall was a recognized sprint car
driver, promoter and innovator. Stay tuned.
Pit Gates open at 3. Grandstands open at 5. Legal
Shield qualifying is at 6.30 PM with races starting at
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Complete finishes, stats, assessed penalties and
points become official and available at the close of
business on Tuesday and will be posted to the web