Wiesz reigns at “Rich Dozier Classic”
Marysville CA -
August 4, 2013 ---
The “Colfax Comet” Colby Wiesz pulled off a daring
front stretch pass to pick up his 2nd Rich Dozier
Classic victory at Marysville Raceway Park Saturday.
It was the 3-time champion’s 52nd victory at MRP and
he picked up some $2500 in cash and contingency awards
for the effort. Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes grabbed his
3rd straight checkered flag in the companion MRP
Wingless Sprint Car feature. James Castleberry roared
to a sweep in the MRP Super Stock program as Eddie
Hammett won the MRP Hobby Stock main. Hammett also
swept the program in his division.
Winged Sprint Car feature was filled with surprises,
thrills and spills. Front row starter Derek Dozier of
Marysville outgunned fellow front row starter Billy
Wallace (the reigning MRP champion) and pulled to a
big early lead.
The first of 3 red flags for
flip over crashes waved shortly thereafter as
Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage popped into the air and
over after a 3 wide dice entering turn 3 with
Woodland’s Peter Paulson and Marysville’s Brandon
Dozier. Dothage was OK but through for the night.
When the new green waved and Wallace roared into
the lead as Wiesz followed into 2nd place with
Oroville’s Heath Hall garnering 3rd shortly
thereafter. Spark’s Nevada’s Mike Monahan started 17th
and was moving forward all race long as was fellow
championship contender Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley.
Burt was ripping past cars when he caught a wheel in
turn 2 and flipped nose to tail in an odd looking
spiral. The race was stopped as Burt was tended to.
Burt walked away, but he, too was through for the
The next green flag segment produced one
of the most intense struggles of the season as Wiesz
literally camped on Wallace’s tail, often pushing the
champ hard up the straight-aways. Wiesz looked high
and low for a way around as Wallace made his sleek #1m
wider and wider in an attempt to ward off the
hard-charging Wiesz. With 6 laps remaining Wiesz drove
off of 4 underneath Wallace. Wallace attempted to
thwart the challenge as both racers collided. Both got
wheels in the air, but both remained in control as the
crowd screamed its approval. They continued to bang on
each other the length of the front stretch, but Wiesz
Wiesz led the rest of the way, but had
to hold off Wallace and Hall through one more restart
as the red flag flew for Jeremy Phillips Jr. who
flipped his car in turn 1 with 3 to go. When the green
flag flew for the final 3 laps Hall rocketed past
Wallace and was running down Wiesz when the checkered
flag fell. Brandon Dozier had another fine night and
got a well-deserved 4th and Yuba City’s Korey Lovell
went from 8th to 5th. But former champion Monahan went
from 17th to 6th in the final result also overcoming a
2 position penalty earlier in the race for jumping the
start. It was hard to know where to look there was so
much happening on the very quick MRP clay.
Wiesz scooped up $1500 in cash for the victory with
some $1100 added in Contingency Connection bonuses.
Wallace was the Legal Shield Quick Time Shootout
winner as lady star Reyna Krueger and high flying
Peter Paulson grabbed heat race honors.
Hawes made another stunning early race move from his
4th place starting position, bolted into the lead and
was never seriously challenged after that as he won
the MRP Wingless Sprint Car feature. The victory was
sweeter as point leader Rowdy McClenon got to 3rd
place, but could do no better after a late race pass
of rookie star Johnny Burns. Hawes cut a 5 point chunk
out of McClenon’s championship point lead.
Dozier was a spectacular 2nd as the fleet veteran
tried every groove available to try to close on Hawes,
to no avail. Dozier also won the heat race.
James Castleberry easily outdistanced the MRP Super
Stock field after Cort Dozier (doing double duty)
again had mechanical issues that sidelined his winged
stock car. Point leader Ray Trimble of Auburn got 2nd
as Tudor’s Brad Magenheimer got 3rd in the final
tally. Castleberry swept the show with an impressive
heat race victory earlier.
In the MRP Hobby
stock closer it was all Eddie Hammett after an early
race altercation with arch rival Jeremy Hammons.
Hammett got to victory lane on his anniversary. He and
his wife were married on this exact date, so it was a
pretty festive celebration. Hammett also won the heat
race and with that, swept the program.
be dark on August 10th, but the MRP Winged Sprint Cars
return with their wild 100 mph slides at the 3rd Merle
Shepherd Memorial Race on August 17th. The MRP
Wingless Sprint Cars, the MRP Mini Stocks and the Pro
4 sprinters will also be on the card. Stay tuned.
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