AUTO RACING: Mel Hall Memorial set for Saturday |

AUTO RACING: Mel Hall Memorial set for Saturday

For the 17th time, Marysville Raceway will host the annual tribute to Mel Hall scheduled for Saturday night. 

A surplus of top winged 360 sprint car drivers are scheduled to attend as the best of the best in the California Civil War Sprint Car Series will battle it out on the lightening quick quarter-mile oval dirt track.

Around 32 winged sprint cars are expected to vie for the $3,000 purse in the 30-lap main event. Added to the show are the economy winged sprints.

A bit about Mel

Mel Hall was a visionary. Born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on October 31, 1937, Hall was always fascinated with cars that went fast. By the late 1950s he began tinkering with hot rods that led him into drag racing his own powerful 1955 Chevrolet. In 1960 Hall moved to Grass Valley and later that year married the love of his life, Marlyn. 

Throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s Hall was involved in some form of racing at Auburn Speedway, Ernie Purssell Speedway in Grass Valley, Placerville Speedway and Twin Cities Speedway, which is now known as Marysville Raceway.

His driving career concluded in the early 80s, but his love and passion for the sport carried him into the promoting side of the business. In 1995, he became the promoter of Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville. Once on the job, Hall made numerous improvements including new restrooms, a revamped concession building and in 1999 he was so proud to remove the worn out grandstand bench style seats and replace it with aluminum seating with a back rest.

Hall died in 1999, and the Mel Hall Memorial race has been running ever since.

As with any special race, the Hall family will be in attendance during this event

Defending Mel Hall Memorial winner Andy Forsberg of Auburn will lead a long list of top drivers this Saturday night.  Chico’s Jonathan Allard, Roseville’s Sean Becker and Fremont’s Shane Golobic are all front runners who are hoping to cash in on the big pay day.  Six-time Mel Hall Memorial champion Colby Wiesz of Colfax is also a favorite.  The 2014 winner DJ Netto and 2013 winner Justyn Cox could also make some noise.  During the night, special cash awards will be divided up and given to the fast time qualifier and heat race winners.

Pit gate for the competitors will opens at 3 p.m. Saturday. The front grandstand gate is set to open at 5 p.m. Qualifying for the winged sprint cars is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. General grandstand admission is $18 for adults, and $13 for juniors, seniors and military with proper I.D. Kids, ages 6 – 11, are $6. Children ages five and under are free.

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