Mel Hall Memorial hits track Saturday
Special to The Union
MARYSVILLE – Paul and Kathy Hawes will host the 2008 Mel Hall Memorial Race this Saturday night at Marysville Raceway Park.
The entry list will include drivers representing more than 20 sprint car championships at MRP and elsewhere. Prizes of $2,000 plus over $1,100 in contingency awards will be available to this year’s Winged Sprint Car race champion.
The richest ever Mel Hall Memorial will be contested over 20 laps making this the best paying 20 lap feature event presented in the west.
The list of champion drivers is vast and will include two-time MRP Winged Sprint Car Champion Mark Hall of Grass Valley.
Hall will be trying for his first win in the great race named after his well-respected father. Hall also won three titles at Grass Valley’s Ernie Purssell Memorial Speedway. Three-time MRP Champion Korey Lovell of Yuba City will also appear, along with Colfax’s Colby Wiesz. This duo represents six championships between them. Wiesz won 3 titles in a row (1999-2002).
Elverta’s Mike Wasina Jr. comes into the big race representing two MRP championships. Hawaii’s own Dean Freitas brings 9 Hawaiian sprint car championships into the Mel Hall race. If Mike Wasina Sr. saddles up for this one he will represent MRP’s first two years of winged sprint car racing, as he was the champion in those first two campaigns (1991-92).
Also entered in this Saturday night’s open wheel extravaganza is the “Madman” Mike Monahan from Sparks, Nev.. Monahan took the MRP title in 2004 after garnering three titles early in his career in the Midwest.
Defending track champion Jeremy Burt of Grass Valley should be on hand as well, although Burt has not yet confirmed his entry. Double titleholder (2005-2006) Brent Dothage of Kelseyville will also be in the field.
When you look at the star studded entries in this year’s Mel Hall Memorial Race one cannot but be reminded that the man we honor was a Grass Valley-based racing champion in his own right.
Then, as a promoter, Hall’s influence and tenacity helped bring big time sprint car racing to this area.
The Mel Hall Memorial Race will also feature the incredibly competitive MRP Wingless Sprint Cars. The MRP Street Stocks will continue their rough and tumble season on the well manicured clay along with the second appearance of the $1,000 to win Open 4s. This is a “run what you brung” 4-cylinder open stock car race.
Pit gates always open at 3 p.m. with the grandstands opening at 5 p.m. Practice and hot laps start at 6 with qualifying and racing to follow. For more information on the Mel Hall Memorial, or future events, visit the Web site http://www.marysvilleracewaypark.com.
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