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Dozier does it!
$1500 to win “Rich Dozier Classic” next Sat

By Bob Burbach
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.

Once 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.

The entire 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.

In the 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.

The Pro 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.

Next 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 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.