Bunch on a roll! Hall Memorial Saturday.
Marysville CA -
May 18, 2014... John-Michael bunch of
Paradise continued his run for the MRP Winged Sprint
Car title Saturday night by leading every lap of the
featured event at Marysville Raceway Park . Tim
Sherman Jr. of Citrus Heights won the companion MRP
Wingless Sprint Car feature. Yuba City’s Kyle Davey
got his first-ever feature event win in the MRP Mini
Stock class and defending MRP Hobby Stock champion
Jeremy Hammons won that feature by an eyelash.
The MRP Winged Sprint Car Series feature finally went
green after a pair of aborted starts. Front row
starters Bunch and Marysville’s Jeremy Hawes ran away
from the rest of the field at a frantic, high speed
pace. As Bunch was willing to admit later from victory
lane “…sometimes everything just falls your way.” It
did, indeed, fall his way on Saturday. Only lapped
traffic, very late in the event, hindered Bunch’s
performance. But even that, didn’t help the rest of
the field close on the championship point leader.
To find some tough wheel to wheel racing the fans
zeroed in on a cluster of cars, from 4th through 6th
positions that included Yuba City ’s Korey Lovell,
Oroville’s Heath Hall and a hard charging Peter
Paulson from Woodland . That trio put on a spectacular
show. Paulson, in particular was storming forward
after an opening lap spin dropped him to the rear of
When the checkers flew Bunch had a
straightaway on Hawes who, in turn, had a good margin
on 3rd place finishing Reyna Krueger. Lovell beat Hall
and Paulson to the line for 4th, 5th and 6th places
respectively. Hall and Kelseyville’s Brent Dothage won
the heat races. Bunch was the fastest qualifier in at
In the MRP Wingless Sprint Car class
main event Marysville’s Josh Vieira bolted into a big
lead at the start, but on lap 3, spun and chugged to a
stop. That opened the door for Sherman who marched to
almost a half-lap victory 20 circuits later.
Sherman beat Grass Valley ’s Brett Youngman and
Wheatland’s Johnny Burns to the flag. During this one
Vieira was the one to watch as he made his way from
the back to a worthy 4th place finish after his early
race miscue. Vieira and Sherman grabbed the heat race
Kyle Davey finally grabbed his first
MRP winner’s trophy in the MRP Mini Stock Series
feature event. Davey had a race-long battle with Yuba
City ’s Kyle Cheney before he was able to crowd by and
take the checkers.
Davey has been one of the
fastest and unluckiest drivers in the class over the
last couple of seasons. He has led often, but simply
could not close the deal for one reason or another.
There is nothing like a first time winner and the
jubilation in the Davey victory lane celebration put
an exclamation mark on how important this victory was
to the fleet youngster.
Cheney stayed 2nd and
championship point leader Jimmy Ford of Yuba City was
3rd. Cheney and Ford won the heat races.
lap pass decided the MRP Hobby Stock closer as
defending champion Jeremy Hammons went door handle to
door handle with race leader Eddie Hammett of
Second running Hammons found the
inside open off of turn four on the last lap and shot
under Hammett for the narrow victory. The cars were
side-by-side at the stripe and race officials relied
on electronic transponders to determine the outcome.
Hammett was the heat race winner.
night the mighty Winged Sprint Cars will return for
MRP’s signature event; the 15th Annual Mel Hall
Memorial Race. The event is round 2 of the prestigious
California Sprint Car Civil War Series. The series is
part of the California Triple Crown of Sprint Car
Racing and can carry up to $40,000 in additional bonus
money for a Triple Crown Champion. There will be more
on all of this later. This could be a sellout so come
early. The gates will open at 5 with racing at 7:00PM.
Look for the latest updates at
www.marysvilleracewaypark.com or at the Marysville
Raceway Park Facebook page.
Note: Please 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.