at MRP Sat.
McClenon-Hawes in classic title battle.
Marysville CA -
June 12, 2013 ---
The MRP Wingless Sprint Cars will once again perform
their patented 100 MPH sideways-slide at Marysville
Raceway Park Saturday night. With no wings or airfoils
of any type allowed, the Wingless Warriors showcase a
high speed balancing act unmatched in dirt track
racing. For the most part it is left to the driver’s
bravery and skill to get to the checkered flag. Point
leader “Rowdy” McClenon from Anderson has made the
long tow each week and has jumped to the top of the
standings with top 2 finishes in every event including
3 victories in a row.
Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes
has motored into 2nd spot in the standings though he
hasn’t won yet. Hawes who is starting to pick up the
nickname “The Hammer” has been close, but, thus far,
no cigar. Hawes is dramatic in his style of driving,
drives with only one hand and is a real crowd favorite
with his hammer down, never quit attitude. When Hawes
is on the track, you know it.
Sherman Jr. is 3rd in the title hunt with a victory on
opening night. Another rocket fast chauffeur is
Marysville’s Josh Vieira. Vieira was involved in a
vicious crash 3 races ago but word has it he’ll make
Saturday’s show. Tony Godwin, who took a big tumble in
turn 3 a couple of weeks ago has thrown away that car
and bought another one for this week’s event.
All eyes are on the outstanding rookies in this year’s
Wingless Warrior class. Cameron Bartlett was 3rd on
opening night and has led the rookie points ever
since. 4-time MRP Mini Stock champion and perennial
crowd favorite Misty Castleberry will be back looking
to improve her season in the sprinters. Johnny Burns
is the other rookie racer wanting the trophy. Burns
has improved with every showing after graduating from
the Pro 4 class this season.
dice for the title has been a thrilling one to watch
as both drivers are keeping an eye on the prize.
Hawes’ outrageous style simply has not been enough as
McClenon’s well maintained hot rod, seemingly hasn’t
missed a beat all season.
The fender bending
MRP Super Stocks will also compete and Cort Dozier is
looking more and more like the driver to beat. Early
season point leader James Castleberry can’t buy a
break and Dozier has finished on top each time
Castleberry couldn’t make the call for the feature.
That has happened twice in a row!
has won and has been very quick all year. His black 37
has been menacing all the front runners this season
and if Trimble can keep that car under him, he could
be the champ. Trimble remains just a dozen points out
of 1st place in the standings. Sean Hulsey, the
Magenheimer brothers, Mike Walko and veteran Willie
Horn will all be in the mix.
Watch out for
Phillip Shelby if he figures out how to last 20 laps.
He has won nearly every race he has finished. Therein
lies the problem. Shelby has had mechanical issues in
practice, heat races and twice has been sidelined
while leading feature events. With Shelby out of the
championship hunt, he’ll be out to win every week
The BCRA Midget Lites will make their 2nd
appearance of the year as the traveling group
continues their 2013 campaign. The Pro 4 Sprints are
also on tap in this program. It will be interesting to
see if anyone has anything for Misty Castleberry in
this class. She’s pretty much had them covered this
year as she once again will race in 2 classes.
It will be a rip-roarin’ good time at MRP on
Saturday night. If you haven’t experienced the
Wingless Warriors riding the right rear on MRP’s
hooked up surface, it is time to do so. It is a breath
taking ride on the wild side.
The pit gate
opens at 3pm. The grandstands open at 5. Hot laps for
all classes begin at 6pm with racing.
IMPORTANT: 2013 minor releases must be signed by
parents for all minors entering the pits.
Note: Please make this observer aware of any names
that are misspelled or incorrect. The text is based on
information we have at the time of its release.