3 time champ Wallace enters
Battle of Marysville
Civil War Sprint Cars open
$40,000 Series at MRP
Marysville CA -
March 10, 2014
--- It took a while, but
this observer received confirmation that 3-time and
defending MRP Winged Sprint Car champion Billy Wallace
of Grass Valley has entered round #1 of the
Flowmaster, Hoosier Tire California Sprint Car Civil
War Series being staged this Saturday night at
Marysville Raceway Park. “Bad Fast” Billy Wallace will
be in the hunt. That’s a good thing. Wallace is the
defending 3-time champion at MRP in the MRP Winged
Sprint Car series. Wallace has been on an amazing tear
at MRP over the last three years. Wallace is also a
2-time winner of California Sprint Car Civil War
Series events at MRP in year’s past. Wallace is 4th on
the list of all-time feature event winner with an
impressive 34 feature event victories in winged sprint
car racing at MRP. Wallace has another dozen wins in
wingless sprint car competition as well.
Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage (35), Yuba City’s Korey
Lovell (37) and Colby Wiesz “The Colfax Comet” (52)
have more victories at MRP.
Wallace will be
aboard his traditional yellow 6w for this event in
advance of an effort to get his 4th MRP sprint car
title in a row. In doing so, Wallace can break a tie
with Wiesz for consecutive title defenses.
who’s who of western region Winged 360 Sprint Car
stars and cars is headed for the rocket–fast clay of
Marysville Raceway Park. As we know more, you’ll know
more. See earlier release (below) for more information
on this prestigious event. The event will also be the
first round of California sprint car racing’s “Triple
Crown”. Read on.
From an earlier release:
California’s premiere winged 360 sprint car tour will
open the 2014 season at Marysville Raceway Park
Saturday night. Paul and Kathy Hawes will offer their
sparkling, fan friendly facility for Round 1 of the
Flowmaster, Hoosier Tire California Sprint Car Civil
War Series. This is the first top notch, season long,
clay track racing series that will be offered during
the early part of the season this year in California.
The California Sprint Car Civil War Series will be
decided in special events that touch the length and
breadth of California.
This event will kick
off the run for the title in the California Sprint Car
Civil War Series and will feature a superb field of
professional sprint car stars and cars as no winged
360 sprint car races are scheduled within 500 miles
and it will be round 1 of the prestigious series and
the start of California sprint car racing's inaugural
run for the Triple Crown. With the Triple Crown format
in place for this event look for some nationally
ranked superstars from the 410 ranks to throw their
hats into the ring for race #1 at MRP.
expanded series will offer a 30-lap feature event that
will pay $2000 to win plus contingency bonuses. A full
program of qualifying, heat races and last chance
races will seed the crowded, tightly packed 22-car
starting field. Some 18,000 horsepower will take the
green flag in 100 mph feature event action
Among the championship caliber drivers that will be
reaching for the lion’s share of some $20,000 in prize
money include Auburn's Andy Forsberg (7-time Civil War
Champion), and the “Colfax Comet” Colby Wiesz.
Forsberg and Wiesz finished one-two in the 2012
California Sprint Car Civil War Series title chase.
Wiesz may have an advantage at MRP as he has a record
52 MRP sprint car feature event wins to his credit;
the all-time record. MRP is decidedly Wiesz’s home
track with three track titles to his credit as well.
Former King of California sprint car champion,
World of Outlaws feature event winner and the
defending California Sprint Car Civil War Series
champion Sean Becker is scheduled to saddle up in his
familiar black, Dan Monhoff #35. Becker flew to
victory in both of MRP’s open events last season. He
dominated last year’s Toller Memorial, and then he
pulled off a spectacular last lap, last-turn victory
in the Gold Fever Open that closed the 2013 MRP sprint
car season. He scooped up some $5000 in cash plus
contingencies for his efforts here last season.
Promoter Paul Hawes told this observer that 66
loads of new clay were installed at Marysville Raceway
Park over the winter. With the weather forecast for
calling for partly cloudy skies and 74 degrees,
conditions will be perfect. Marysville’s famous and
varied food fare and midway offerings make this event
the most fan-friendly of all the stops on the circuit.
Becker, Forsberg and traveling racer Greg Decaires
have accounted for the last nine California Sprint Car
Civil War Series championships. Decaires came from
18th in the Sherm Toller Race in 2013 to an amazing
3rd place finish, riding the rim all the way in a
breathtaking charge to the front. All three will have
their work cut out for them as, not only do they face
tough competition from other travelers, but regional
and local stars as well.
Grass Valley's Billy
Wallace will also be in the hunt again. Wallace is the
defending 3-time champion at MRP. Wallace has been on
an amazing tear at MRP over the last three years.
Wallace is also a 2-time winner of California Sprint
Car Civil War Series events at MRP in year’s past.
Wallace has an impressive 34 feature event victories
in winged sprint car racing at MRP.
Burt, the 2007 MRP winged sprint car champ and
runner-up last year, said he will be at this year’s
California Sprint Car Civil War Series opener. Burt
too was coming back from severe back injuries that had
him in a brace for five months after a vicious crash
at MRP in 2012’s season finale. Burt’s brave come back
garnered him another runner-up finish in the point
standings last season.
Speaking of recoveries,
Sparks Nevada's Mike Monahan (2004 MRP Champ and
3-time Montana State Champion) will be at the controls
of his Superior Hydraulics #49. Monahan’s gallant
fight back to victory lane in 2012 after losing four
fingers of his right hand is a story that makes
legends. Monahan is outrageous, outspoken and an
incredibly popular driver with fans at MRP. He is a
significant factor at his home track and visited
victory lane again last year, finishing 3rd in the
Others to watch for include two
Marysville based teams from Performance Auto Supply.
MRP champion sprint car driver Cort Dozier and nephew
Brandon Dozier are ready to roll again. Oregon star
Vern Wheeler of Eagle Point Oregon is headed toward
MRP again. Wheeler, a 2-time winner at MRP, had a
tough go of it last time he was here. He looks to
change that. Several of his toughest pacific northwest
competitors on the rough and tumble ASCS circuit will
join him. Woodland’s Peter Paulson continues to
impress and this truly could be his year. Paulson was
a factor all year in 3013. 9-time Hawaiian sprint car
champion Dean Freitas will be back. Additional
championship caliber entries from California,
Washington, Oregon and Nevada will be at MRP for this
one as well.
A mountain of talent is expected.
Thirty-eight of the western region’s finest 360 winged
sprint car superstars tested the Marysville clay the
last time the California Sprint Car Civil War Series
came to town. The traveling Civil War Series will
return to MRP for the annual Mel Hall Memorial Race on
May 24th. Justyn Cox in Harley Van Dyke’s red hot-rod
grabbed the Hall trophy last year. That team will also
be expected Saturday.
Gates open at 5. Hot laps
at 6.00. Qualifying follows hot laps at 6.30. Racing
is scheduled immediately after qualifying at about
The text is based on information we have
at the time of its release.
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this observer aware of any names that are misspelled
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