Bunch blasts into
Hall and Castleberry repeat as Ford
Marysville CA -
April 20, 2014... Paradise hot-shoe
John-Michael Bunch won the featured MRP Winged Sprint
Car class main event in an intense whirlwind of speed
Saturday night. Yuba City ’s Cory Hall got his second
victory in a row in the MRP Super Stock main event.
Yuba City ’s Jimmy Ford picked up the MRP Mini Stock
gold with a late race pass as local lady racing star
Misty Castleberry easily outdistanced the Pro 4 Sprint
Car field. Promoters Paul and Kathy Hawes’ Marysville
Raceway Park was rocket fast and butter smooth all
night long. Actually, until the feature events were
presented, the night went into the books without any
yellow flag slowdowns.
The MRP Winged Sprint
Car class main event was so fast that most drivers
were turning laps some 2 seconds faster than they
qualified. At the green flag, Bunch flew into an early
lead followed by Yuba City ’s Kevin Lovell. Both
drivers have championship aspirations and it was a
high speed treat to watch them duel early on.
But, on lap 3, Orland’s Doug Butterfield while
challenging for 8th position got his car onto two
wheels and began a terrifying series of flips that
took the car from the inside of turn 3 into the crash
wall high in turn 4. Butterfield was rocked by the
spectacular gyrations of his yellow and orange
sprinter, but otherwise unhurt. On the restart, the
Bunch-Lovell duel continued with Bunch holding off
Lovell each time Lovell made a move.
week’s winner Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley was buried
in 13th starting position, but started a race-long
drive that would eventually place him 6th in the final
The most entertaining race was contested
for 4th, 5th, and 6th places as point leader, Colfax’s
Colby Wiesz, Marysville’s rookie sensation Jeremy
Hawes and Placerville Speedway’s 2013 Rookie of the
Year Adam Walters slugged it out for position as Burt
approached the battling trio. Walters and Hawes pretty
much took it to Wiesz who has 53 feature event wins at
this facility. It was eye candy for sprint car fans as
this race for position was sensational, especially
when they got to traffic.
The checkers waved
for Bunch as he too was cruising through traffic.
Bunch worked traffic better than Lovell and stretched
his lead at the end to some10 car lengths. After
Lovell, Oroville’s Heath Hall grabbed 3rd with a fine
drive before Walters, Hawes, Burt, and Wiesz flashed
under the checkers in a knot, finishing their wicked,
fan friendly battle just that way.
Brandon Dozier and Nevada ’s Mike Monahan won the heat
races. Wiesz was the fastest qualifier. The winged
Sprint Cars will return on May 10th with Bunch atop
the point standings.
Former champion of the
class Cory Hall, of Yuba City , started 10th in the
MRP Super Stock class finale. He carved his way to the
front in a stellar drive that culminated in a late
race pass for the lead and ultimately, the victory.
The event was marred by a spectacular engine
explosion and fire that sidelined championship hopeful
Phillip Shelby. Like Hall, Yuba City ’s Shelby was
flying through the field until his motor gave up with
a huge vortex like rooster-tail of smoke and steam.
Shelby hopped out of the machine as the red flag flew
and hurriedly stomped toward the pits. He seemed very
When things got going again Hall
had made it to 2nd and was hurriedly moving in on race
leader Rick Dozier of Marysville. With 5 circuits
remaining Hall inched past the determined Dozier and
led the rest of the way. Yuba City ’s Jerry Bartlett
and James Castleberry were 3rd and 4th respectively as
the checkers flew.
Bartlett and Shelby won the
non-stop heat races.
The MRP Mini Stock feature
was a good one. Yuba City ’s Jimmy Ford stalked race
leader, fellow Yuba City racer Kyle Davey, for a good
portion of the event after Davey had wrestled the lead
from pole sitter Ford on lap 4.
flying and looked like an easy winner when tell-tale
puffs of smoke started to appear from under Davey’s
car. Ford turned up the wick and closed on Davey,
pressing Davey to go quicker. As the last few laps
wound down Davey slowed just enough while trying to
nurse his car home. Ford slipped by as the pair headed
for the white flag and won his first feature race ever
at MRP. Davey finished a disappointing 2nd and
Marysville’s Howard law was 3rd.
Castleberry and James Foster won the heat races.
Castleberry doing double duty in two different
classes simply ran away with the Pro 4 feature event.
Early leader and 4 time champion Tim Maclaughlin of
Colusa blew a hole in the side of his motor about 4
inches wide and limped off into the pits.
that it was all Castleberry in a non stop run to the
checkers. Sutter’s Blake Scroggins won the heat race.
Next Saturday night the mighty Wingless Warriors
of the MRP Wingless Sprint Car class and the MRP Super
Stocks will share top billing. The MRP Hobby Stocks
and Mini Stocks will also appear as will the Pro 4
Weather forecasts for late next week
and into the weekend are not favorable at this
writing. Look for the latest updates at
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If we race the
gates will open at 5 with racing at 7:00PM.
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points become official and available at the close of
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