Burt battles to sprint car victory!
Sherman, Hall, Hammett & Olschowka also win.
Marysville CA -
April 13, 2014... Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt
grabbed the winner’s trophy in the MRP Winged Sprint
Car class with a wire to wire win that was a lot more
intense than it sounds and Yuba City’s Cory Hall was
unstoppable in the MRP Super Stock closer. Sacramento
’s Tim Sherman won the featured event in the MRP
Wingless Sprint Car class and Olivehurst’s Eddie
Hammett pulled off another victory in the 2014 opener
for the MRP Hobby Stocks. Local driver Buddy Olschowka
won the added Nor Cal Dwarf Car main event. Promoters
Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville Raceway Park honored
the lives of two former drivers, Duke Griego and
Harold Hudgins with traditional memorial checkered
flag laps for both.
The MRP Winged Sprint Car
feature had a sterling field of competitors 21 strong
but got off to a rocky start; to say the least. Pole
sitter, former champion Mike Monahan was lined up next
to last week’s winner Colby Wiesz. When the green flag
flew Monahan’s car jumped sideways right in front of
the entire field. Wiesz tagged Monahan but accelerated
away. But the track was blocked and six additional
cars piled into the wreck. 5 other drivers glanced off
each other while avoiding the big crash and sustained
damage that hampered them for the remainder of the
event. There were no injuries in the melee.
When the new green flew Burt rocketed to a big lead
during the first five laps of the contest. Wiesz
stayed second as Chico ’s John Michael Bunch fought
his way into third. A couple of yellow flags worked to
Burt’s advantage, keeping him from encountering lapped
traffic. When Burt was in clean air he motored away
from the competition.
But with seven circuits
remaining Burt was trapped in heavy lapped traffic and
Wiesz pounced, with Bunch in his wake. The last few
laps were a tornado of 100 mph sprint car action.
Wiesz and Bunch were all over Burt with two to go.
Burt was lapping cars and holding off his challengers
all in one fluid motion. At the white flag Wiesz was
nearly along side and Bunch was on the high side
trying to pass them both.
At the flag Burt had
his victory as Wiesz and Bunch finished under a
blanket for second and third respectively.
Marysville’s Shain Matthews and Cort Dozier rounded
out the top five.
Wiesz, Bunch and Marysville’s
Jeremy Hawes won the heat races.
champion Cory Hall, of Yuba City controlled the MRP
Super Stock feature from start to finish. When Hall
was hampered by lapped traffic Cort Dozier (doing
double duty) closed in, but no one was going to pass
Hall on this night.
The race for second was a
race long slug fest between Cort Dozier, James
Castleberry, Phillip Shelby and Rick Dozier. While the
race was not caution free there were few incidents and
only four cars failed to finish. Cort Dozier was the
runner up with Shelby, Rick Dozier and Castleberry in
tow at the flag. Yuba City ’s Jerry Bartlett and Rick
Dozier won the heat races.
The MRP Wingless
Sprint Car feature was all Sherman ’s. After a brief
battle with Marysville’s Josh Vieira, Sherman took off
and was clearly the quickest in the field. Vieira and
Sherman were the heat race winners.
champion Brett Youngman of Grass Valley was third and
Misty Castleberry came across in fifth.
Hobby Stock opener was all Eddie Hammett. Hammett
easily outdistanced the field early in the event, and
then had a flat tire. His crew changed the tire and
Hammett sliced his way back into the lead as the
checkered flag flew. Hammett also won the heat race.
Marysville driver Buddy Olschowka who has driven
everything from sprint cars to hobby stocks fit
himself into a Dwarf Car Saturday and ran away with
the show. Olschowka kept Nor Cal Dwarf Car champions
Kevin Bender of Rocklin and Mike Grenert of Vacaville
behind him for the entire distance. It was Olschowka’s
first visit to victory lane in feature event
competition at MRP. Grenert and Nor Cal champion Ryan
Winter won the heat races. For more on the dwarf car
event go to www.dwarfworld.com.
night the mighty MRP Winged Sprint Cars will return
with the MRP Super Stocks and Mini Stocks. The Pro 4
Sprinters will return for their second attack on the
MRP clay. All of this will be offered on Saturday
night at Yuba Sutter’s only professional sporting
event stadium, Marysville Raceway Park .
open at 5 with racing at 7:00PM.
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
and facebook pages.