Sprint Cars return to MRP Sat!
Wingless sprints ready to go.
Marysville CA -
July 9, 2013 ---
After a dangerous heat wave forced a postponement of
the races on June 29th a sprint car program featuring
360 sprint cars will be offered at Paul and Kathy
Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park this Saturday. The
return of the mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars and the
wild antics of the MRP Wingless Sprint Cars will
headline the show. The Pro 4 Sprinters will also be at
MRP and stock car fans will get to see another MRP
Hobby Stock battle as well.
Jeremy Burt stayed in the top spot after Billy
Wallace’s (also of Grass Valley) spectacular victory
last Saturday night. After a stirring battle with
5-time champion Korey Lovell of Yuba City, Wallace cut
a big chunk out of Burt’s championship point lead.
Wallace is now 2nd just 3 points off the pace. Spark’s
Nevada’s Mike Monahan is now 3rd just 11 points out of
the top spot. Auburn’s Jimmy Steward is 4th and Lovell
made a big jump back into 5th after his noteworthy
performance last week.
3-time champion Brent
Dothage from Kelseyville, Woodland’s Peter Paulson,
and Oroville’s Heath Hall will all be vying for a spot
in victory lane. Rookie of the Year challengers in the
MRP Winged Sprint Car division, lady racer Raquel
Jennings and Branden Mansfield, will be back to
continue their season long battle for that trophy. 800
horsepower, 1525 pound winged rockets are ready to
scream this Saturday night at MRP!
Shield’s Rod Engberson will once again post an
additional $100 for the fastest qualifier in the
“Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout”. The “Shootout”
will open the program. MRP is northern California’s
only Contingency Connection dirt track posting some
$1100 in additional contingency awards for the winner
in the MRP Winged Sprint Car division. This, in
addition to the $1000 in cash from the purse awarded
the feature event winner.
The up front title
battle for the MRP Wingless Sprint Car crown is an
exciting one. Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon has a 16 point
edge on local sprint car star Jeremy Hawes. Hawes won
the last time the Wingless Warriors hooked up at MRP,
but McClenon was hot on his heels. But, when McClenon
has won this season, it has been Hawes that has kept
the heat on McClenon. So, the mid-season clash
continues for the two able warriors. Opening night
feature event winner Tim Sherman Jr. of Sacramento
remains in 3rd place in the standings.
Perhaps some of the most thrilling racing moments
presented at MRP is performed by the wingless
sprinters. With no aerodynamic aids, the driver is a
more pivotal part of the equation. It’s a tail
wagging, 100 mph, thrill a minute ride!
Castleberry has taken the lead in the Rookie of the
Year battle in the Wing less Warriors. Yuba City’s
Cameron Bartlett had major motor problems that
prevented the young charger from competing in the main
event last time out. Castleberry actually flipped her
hot rod the same night and the 3rd Rookie of the Year
contender Johnny Burns made up some ground on
Castleberry. So that situation is far from settled and
as all of the competitors in the in the Rookie of the
Year challenge are local products, there is an added
element of interest.
Speaking of Misty
Castleberry, she has simply owned victory lane this
season in the companion Pro 4 Sprint Car class that
will also run at MRP on Saturday. Defending champion
Tim Maclaughlin of Colusa tipped his hat to her
efforts last time the Pro 4s were in town, “She’s
doing the job and right now we’re all running for
2nd.” Maclaughlin will be in the field Saturday to try
to turn the tables on Castleberry.
MRP Hobby Stocks will give the fendered fans something
to cheer about. Defending champ Jeremy Hammons of Yuba
City has got to find a way to beat Eddie Hammett as
the two racers continue their battle to get to victory
lane. Hammett has owned it since his return, though
Hammons remains solidly in control in the MRP Hobby
stock points. Richard Sinnott is still in 2nd place in
the points, but Hammett is closing fast with his
string of victories.
The pit gate opens at 3PM.
Grandstands open at 5PM. Hot Laps are at 5:30 with
qualifying scheduled for 6:15. Racing begins after
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