Dozier does it!
$1500 to win “Rich Dozier
Classic” next Sat
Marysville CA -
July 28, 2013 ---
Marysville’s Brandon Dozier rocketed to victory lane
in the featured MRP Winged Sprint car feature at Paul
and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park Saturday. It
was the 2nd running of the Billy Knoop Memorial Race.
Auburn’s Ray Trimble won the companion MRP Super Stock
closer. Pro 4 standout Dan Morgan won his first ever
feature event in that class while Misty Castleberry
and Jeremy Hammons grabbed the honors in the MRP Mini
Stock and MRP Hobby stock classes respectively.
Pole sitter Dozier outgunned 5 time champ Korey
Lovell to turn 1 and he led every lap. But that really
doesn’t describe the intensity of this event. Dozier
ran away to a straightaway lead by half-way, but
Lovell gradually started to reel in the fleet, black
#95. Without any yellow flag help Lovell got within a
couple of car lengths of Dozier as they masterfully
darted through lapped traffic. But, Lovell simply ran
out of time as Dozier slipped past a couple of lapped
cars easier than Lovell toward the end. It was a
thrilling, intense, high speed sprint car race, flag
to flag and Dozier was absolutely on his game. Dozier
was 3rd quick time, rushed up to 3rd place in his heat
and grabbed the trophy in the feature.
again, point leader Billy Wallace clawed his way
forward and got a richly deserved 3rd place finish
ahead of Oroville’s Heath Hall and hard-charging
Jeremy Burt, of Grass Valley who came from 8th. Like
Wallace, Burt was a great show as he forged his way
toward the front all race long.
sprint car program was presented with but one caution
flag and that was for a mechanical issue for Derek
Dozier during his heat race. Auburn’s Jimmy Steward
and Burt won the heat races. Lovell scooped up the
Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout award for the 2nd
straight week. It was also Lovell’s 3rd consecutive
runner up finish.
It was quite a celebration as
Dozier finally parked his hot rod in victory lane
after a long stretch of disappointments.
MRP Super Stock closer a battle-royal was won by Ray
Trimble after a terrific battle with veteran stock car
star Sean Hulsey. After a 3-way fight with front row
starter Mike Walko, it looked as though Trimble was in
the cat bird’s seat. Walko retired with mechanical
woes, and then as the race wound down to its
conclusion Hulsey was all over Trimble. The side by
side action for the lead was superb. A yellow flag on
the final lap created a single lap shootout to the end
and Hulsey gave it everything he had as the pair raced
out of 4 nearly side by side for the line. It was
arguably the best MRP Super Stock dice of the season.
Trimble just nosed out Hulsey at the checkers.
Point leader Cort Dozier had mechanical issues in his
heat race and did not start the feature. That,
combined with Trimble’s victory, put Trimble into the
championship point lead. Brad Magenheimer, James
Castleberry and Brent Lawrence were 3rd through 5th at
the flag. Cory Hall and Castleberry won the heats.
Misty Castleberry won yet another MRP Mini Stock
feature, but it was hard fought as point leader Shaun
Merritt stayed glued to the quick #95 all race long.
Merritt stayed atop the point standings with his fine
2nd place finish.
Championship contender Howard
Law had his issues during the event as he and Merritt
got together early and Law entangled his entire front
nosepiece into Merritt’s rear bumper. Law soldiered on
with his battered racer to a 7th place finish but
Merritt distanced himself from Law in the standings.
Jason Clayton, James Foster and Kyle Cheney completed
the top 5 in the caution plagued event.
4 Sprint Car finale was all Dan Morgan. Morgan was
hooked up and quick all race long...and during the
middle of the feature was literally on top of a lapped
car in traffic.
Morgan bolted into a big lead
at the green flag. By half way was in control. Morgan
rapidly approached Blake Scroggins in turn 1 as he
held off Misty Castleberry and a fast closing Tim
Maclaughlin. Morgan launched onto Scroggins tail and
bounced off Scroggins’ cage before settling back down.
He maintained his lead.
Then, with 2 to go a
yellow flag appeared and Morgan had Maclaughlin and
Castleberry and right on his tail. Morgan distanced
himself from that pair at the new green and won his
first-ever feature event. Morgan talked for some time
in his winner’s interview and ultimately gave away his
first winner’s trophy to a youngster later on in the
pit area. Maclaughlin was 2nd and Castleberry was 3rd.
In the MRP Hobby stock closer it was all Jeremy
Hammons in a flag-to-flag victory. Another late race
challenge by Eddie Hammett kept this one interesting
as Hammett just got by Jerry Hammons at the end.
Jeremy Hammons will maintain his point lead in the
division. Eddie Hammett won the heat race.
week, the MRP Winged Sprint Cars return with their
wild 100 mph slides in the Performance Auto Supply
“Rich Dozier Classic”. The MRP Wingless Sprint Cars,
the MRP Super Stocks and the MRP Hobby Stocks will
also be offered. This MRP signature event honors Rich
Dozier, his Performance Auto Supply 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 offer an
additional $100 to the fast qualifier as well.
This one will be great. 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
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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