Star studded Gold Fever Sprint Open Sat!
Marysville CA -
September 30, 2013 ---
This is a classic sprint car event. Twenty-two years
ago national driving star Jimmy Sills grabbed the
first checkered flag in this storied event. It has
been the final curtain for the winged sprint cars in
the northern valley 21 times. Marysville Raceway
Park’s annual salute to California’s Gold Country will
be staged Saturday night. It’s time to put it all on
the line as the 22nd Gold Fever Open returns this to
Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park. This
event will have one of the richest single day payouts
of the year for winged 360 sprint cars. An impressive
array of the west’s brightest sprint car stars will be
headed toward MRP on Saturday. MRP is in its 45th
consecutive year of operation.
Nine track champions are expected to converge on the
Marysville facility. Among them will be 3-time MRP
champion Billy Wallace. Wallace has just secured his
3rd consecutive title in Mark Moore’s bad-fast
sprinter, #1m. Wallace just did grab the title from
fellow Grass Valley standout Jeremy Burt in his GEICO
2b. Wallace has won 27 times in winged sprint car
competition at MRP. He also has victories in sprint
car Civil War series competition. Burt is the 2007
champion and has been runner up in consecutive seasons
to Wallace. Burt’s season was a winner in many
respects. Most notably he was back in the saddle after
breaking his back in a violent crash at last year’s
Gold Fever event. Both will be in the field Saturday.
With no other winged 360
sprint car events scheduled, the field is will be
packed with stars. Champion drivers expected include
the most successful sprint car Civil War driver in the
series history. Andy Forsberg of Auburn will be making
a rare appearance at MRP. Forsberg grabbed the victory
last year in the Gold Fever Open after an intense
battle with Wallace and fellow Civil War campaigner
Sean Becker. Becker is this year’s Civil War titlist.
3-time MRP Winged Sprint Car champion Colby Wiesz, the
“Colfax Comet” will try for his 54th sprint car
victory at MRP in the Wiesz Motorsports #21n. He is
far and away the most successful sprint car driver
ever to appear at MRP. Wiesz will join some 30 other
drivers to try and earn a starting position in the
season’s final 30-lap sprint car assault on the MRP
clay. Wiesz is also a 6-time winner of the prestigious
Mel Hall Memorial race and 3-time winner of the Gold
Fever Open. Wiesz also has Civil War victories and has
been runner up in that prestigious series.
MRP’s own “5-time”, Korey Lovell of Yuba City in his
nationally famous Yuba City Scrap & Steel #71, will
also be in the field. The 5-time MRP champion and
winner of 37 MRP feature events has been a fierce
competitor all season long. Lovell returned this year
from serious injuries suffered in a late season race
last year. Lovell’s twin brother Kevin is also
expected in a sister car. Kevin is a former feature
event winner at MRP as well. Sprint Car Civil War
veterans Justin Sanders, Andy Gregg and Greg Decaires
have all found success at MRP.
Lady racers Reyna Krueger and Rookie of the Year
sensation Raquel Hall are headed to MRP. Krueger has 4
winged sprint car victories to her credit. Hall has
been outstanding as her rookie year has progressed.
She is more than worthy of the Rookie of the Year
Marysville sprint car stars Cort “The Iron Man”
Dozier, Brandon Dozier and cousin Derek Dozier will be
entered. Brandon won earlier this season and Cort is a
terror in anything he drives. Cort is the 2009
wingless sprint car champion at MRP. Derek simply
hangs it out every lap. If you can, keep an eye on all
Other MRP regulars will be
vying for top spots in this one. Woodland’s Peter
Paulson, Oroville’s Heath Hall and Auburn’s Jimmy
Steward, just to name a few. 3-time MRP champion Brent
Dothage out of Kelseyville can be a top threat as will
former title holder Mike Monahan out of Sparks, Nevada
in his Superior Hydraulics #49..
With no championship points on the line in this winged
sprint car free-for-all; all the gloves are off. The
22nd Gold Fever Open will be one to remember.
Speaking of Monahan, the courageous competitor had a
storybook season regardless of how Saturday’s race
turns out. On April 3rd of last year Monahan cut off
the 4 fingers of his right hand at the palm in an
industrial accident. The fingers were reattached. Six
weeks later Monahan showed up for one of MRP’s
signature annual events. He didn’t come to watch, but
The determined former MRP
sprint car champion and 4-time Montana State champion
had devised a way to glove the injured hand; then
Velcro the glove to the steering wheel. On June 9th
2012 Monahan sailed into victory lane at MRP once
again. The emotional triumph was one of MRP’s most
memorable moments. This year Monahan raced to two more
feature event wins and a solid 3rd in the standings.
This is the “don’t miss” show of the year as the best
in the west slug it out in 1500 lb cars with some 800
horsepower under the hood. Volatile, side by side
action at over 100 mph; this is the 22nd Gold Fever
The Wingless Warrior Spec Sprint Cars will also be on
the program. It will be the final open wheel race of
the 2013 season at MRP for this division as well.
MRP’s track champion Rowdy McClenon from Anderson will
head the field.
Scary-fast chauffeur Jeremy Hawes of Marysville will
also be in the field. Hawes won this event two years
ago. Hawes has recently switched back to a familiar
seat. Hawes will slip into the #95 Ford powered
sprinter for this event. After Hawes vacated the seat
in the Dolner 7, it looks like Sacramento’s Tim
Sherman Jr. is likely to plant himself in it.
The Hawes/McClenon rivalry this season has been
electric. Watch for sparks to fly. If you have never
been to a wingless sprint car race at MRP, you are in
for an treat. Without the aerodynamic advantages
provided by wings, the wingless warriors whip their
100mph mounts into super-slides on each and every
Pit gates open at
3pm.Grandstand gates open at 5pm. Hot laps and
qualifying is set for 6pm, racing starts after
qualifying at about 7pm.
IMPORTANT: MRP management reserves the right to make
final decisions regarding admission to the grounds at
any time for any reason. 2013 minor releases must be
signed by parents for all minors entering the pits.
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information we have at the time of its release.