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