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Paulson holds ‘em off!
$1500 to win “Dozier Classic” next Sat

By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - July 14, 2013 --- There is nothing like the celebration of a driver after winning his first winged sprint car event. Woodland’s Peter Paulson put his bright yellow #9 in victory lane after holding off two of the toughest sprint car veterans in northern California. It was the 2nd eye popping slugfest in a row at the butter smooth, bad fast Marysville Raceway Park oval. Local star Jeremy Hawes won his 2nd consecutive MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature as Misty Castleberry and Jeremy Hammons added on to their 2013 win totals.

The MRP Winged Sprint Car feature went wire to wire without a yellow flag, but once again, it was a war up front. Front row starters Paulson and 5 time winged sprint car champion Korey Lovell, of Yuba City drag raced to turn 1 and Paulson just beat Lovell off of turn 2 for the early lead. 5th starting Wallace had some work to do and picked his way patiently into 3rd position by lap 7. By half way the lead trio was in lapped traffic and Lovell’s relentless pressure on Paulson was only matched by Grass Valley’s Wallace who, in turn exacted relentless pressure on Lovell. All 3 cars were under a blanket as fast lapped traffic turned out to be a real chore for the leaders.

Paulson had to check up a couple of times for traffic and that allowed Lovell an opportunity with 5 laps to go. Paulson thwarted the challenge from Lovell and Wallace almost slipped into 2nd past Lovell. But Lovell dug into the turn 1 cushion and kept Wallace from completing the move. The trio came across the line nose to tail with the fans on their feet.

Paulson’s first trip to victory lane in a winged car came after a wingless feature event victory a couple of seasons ago. A winded Paulson popped out of his winning hot rod and said, “I didn’t think I could hold my breath that long.” When asked about his struggle with Lovell he said simply, “I saw him, I knew he was there.” There is an amazing component that accompanies a celebration by a first time winner that is hard to describe. Paulson and his family were exuberant in victory lane.

Oroville’s Heath Hall was 4th behind Wallace and Brandon Dozier completed the top 5. A resurgent Lovell was the Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout winner. Local racer Dozier and Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage grabbed the heat race honors. The entire sprint car show went into the books without any yellow flags. Only 1 car failed to complete the distance during the incredible swirl of action in the feature. Paulson also got the Contingency Connection winner’s bonuses on Red Horse Night along with his $1000 in cash.

Hawes parlayed a remarkable 1st turn move into a 2nd consecutive trip to victory lane in the companion MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature event. At the green, 4th starting Hawes dug into the cushion, got a terrific run and split the front row through the middle of turn 2 in a daring move. He was the leader as the field entered the back chute. He was never headed in the non stop 20 lapper, but as the white flag flew, Anderson’s Rowdy McClenon running 2nd, made up a lot of time as Hawes ‘ yellow #7 belched a considerable amount of smoke. But, Hawes held on for the victory.

“It started blowing up with about 6 laps to go,” Hawes noted. “But, I have to thank my crew for making changes that got me here.” Hawes indicated that his car was almost undrivable until the changes were made. The victory allowed Hawes to take another small bite out of McClenon’s point lead in their season long title fight.

Marysville’s Josh Vieira picked up a fine 3rd place finish in a brand-new, untried car after destroying his car in a crash earlier this season. Gary Deemer made another great showing while bringing his car to 4th ahead of opening night winner Tim Sherman Jr. Vieira and McClenon won the heat races.

In the MRP Hobby stock closer it was all Jeremy Hammons. A late race challenge by Eddie Hammett kept this one interesting. Hammons will maintain his point lead in the division. Hammett won the heat race.

Castleberry bided her time for the 1st few laps of the Pro 4 feature then picked her way to the front. Then the talented chauffeur pulled to a straightaway lead at the checkers. 2nd running Matt Beardslee took a wild ride into a backstretch barrier after an errant lapped car forced Beardslee through the infield. He was OK. Castleberry swept the show by claiming the victory in the Pro 4 heat race.

Next week, the MRP Sprint Cars return with their wild 100mph sideways slides in the Performance Auto Supply “Rich Dozier Classic” This fantastic event honors Rich Dozier and his contribution to local racing. The MRP Winged Sprint Car feature will pay $1500 to win. Additional cash awards will be added to other MRP divisions for this event. The Richmond Gear bonus will be offered to the 2nd place finishers in both sprint car divisions. The Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout will off an additional $100 to the fast qualifier as well. The winged and wingless cars will be featured on the spectacular MRP surface. The MRP Mini, Hobby Stocks and BCRA Midget Lites will also be on the schedule. We’ll see you there!

Pit Gates open at 3. Grandstands open at 5. Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout is at 6PM with races starting at 7.00PM.

Life’s short. Live it. Race hard.

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. 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 site.