THE BIG ONE!
Civil War at MRP Saturday
Marysville CA -
May 21, 2013 ---The
nation’s most competitive dirt track show is headed to
Marysville Raceway Park this Saturday night. The
Hoosier Racing Tires California Sprint Car Civil War
Series heads back into action this weekend. The
premiere western traveling series for 360 winged
sprint cars returns to Paul and Kathy Hawes’
Marysville Raceway Park for the prestigious Mel Hall
Memorial Race. The Hall Memorial is Marysville Raceway
Park ’s cornerstone annual event. Winged sprint cars
approaching 800 horsepower will test the west’s finest
short track and it’s now famous “hooked up” surface.
With some $17,000 + in purse and another $4,000 in
contingencies it is one of the biggest paydays offered
at MRP each year.
There is a surprise leader
at the top of the Civil War standings this season.
Young Justin Sanders leads the series after two
rounds. Sanders, aboard Clayton Snow’s sleek #7, is
currently nine points ahead of former series champions
Sean Becker of Roseville in Dan Manhoff’s #35 and Greg
Decaires of Elk Grove in Rudy Warrington’s white #18.
Becker is nine points out of the lead. Decaires is
11-points out of the point lead.
Rookie of the Year Mason Moore in the Coors Light #22
is fourth overall and tied for position with Benicia
’s Billy Aton and Sacramento 's Billy Butler in the
point standings. Brett Rollag of Rohnert Park is in
the seventh slot in the standings over local favorite,
Colfax driver, Colby Wiesz. Wiesz, piloting the Wiesz
Motorsports house car is a 3 time champion at
Marysville and has 51 total feature event wins at the
quick MRP oval. Wiesz has also won a record 6 Mel Hall
Memorial races in his 20 year career in professional
sprint car racing.
Defending Civil War
Champion Andy Forsberg of Auburn is ninth in points
over Sacramento 's Herman Klein who rounds out the top
ten, just one position ahead of Marysville’s 2007
Champion, and current point leader Jeremy Burt of
Grass Valley . Burt will be loaded for bear with his
GEICO/Econo Lube ‘n Tune team. He has been nearly
unstoppable at MRP this season. 2004 Marysville
Raceway Park champion “The Madman” Mike Monahan of
Sparks Nevada will also be in the field with his
potent Superior Hydraulics Special. A fan favorite,
Monahan is also a 3 time Montana State Champion. Burt
and Monahan are former Civil War Series feature event
winners so they know the way to victory lane against
the top guns in the sport.
Once again the
Marysville Performance Auto Supply team will enter two
cars for Cort and Brandon Dozier to add some
additional local color to the prestigious event. A
superb field of cars and stars from California ,
Nevada , Oregon , Washington and other western states
At this writing there are 16
companies offering Civil War contingency awards for
this race including Legal Shield representative Rod
Engberson and his weekly C-Note for the quick time
qualifier. Stay tuned as additional contingency and
cash awards are forthcoming.
It was Hall who,
in 1991 teamed with several California racing
promoters and brought several California tracks
together to form a traveling series for the winged 360
sprint car division. The tour was originally called
the North vs. South Civil War Series and was designed
to allow drivers to compete in a traveling campaign
while still being able to compete at their local
The event is expected to have a
full grandstand as fans and drivers alike gather to
remember Hall, who not only was involved with the
birth of the Civil War Sprint Car Series but was known
best for his successful promotion of Marysville
Raceway Park . It was Hall who took over the
Marysville facility in late 1994. Hall is credited
with bringing professional sprint car racing to the
Yuba-Sutter facility. Hall passed away in 1999 and
left behind a legacy we celebrate Saturday night.
MRP’s finest drivers will have some stiff
competition as the best winged 360 traveling show in
the country stops at MRP Saturday night. A beautiful
evening is forecast; perfect for elbows up sprint car
racing in MRP’s fan friendly environment that includes
the "greatest racetrack food on the planet".
Bad-fast open wheel thrills makes “MRP…the place to
California Sprint Car Civil War
Series Rules will be in force for this event.
The pit gate opens at 3PM. Grandstands open at 5PM.
Hot Laps are at 5:30 with qualifying scheduled for
6:30. Racing begins after qualifying.
is based on information we have at the time of its
Note: Please make this observer aware
of any names that are misspelled or incorrect.