Mel Hall Memorial Saturday
For many years, the name Hall has been synonymous with racing in this area.
Mel Hall raced for years at Ernie Purssell Speedway at the Nevada County Fairgrounds and spent many a night at Twin Cities Speedway in Marysville.
Twin Cities, now known as Marysville Raceway Park, has held a Mel Hall Memorial Race every year since his death in 1999. This year Mel’s wife, Marilyn Hall, will receive a plaque commemorating Hall’s efforts in local racing promotions.
Mel’s son, Mark Hall, will race once again in his father’s memorial. Mark is a two-time champion in the Pacific sprint car series at the Marysville raceway and won the title three times at Purssell Speedway before the track was closed.
However, Mark has yet to garner an elusive victory at the Mel Hall Memorial.
“I didn’t run in it the first couple of years just trying to take care of everything,” said Mark, who still runs Mel’s Transmission in Grass Valley. “Then, I was in a great position to win it a couple of years ago but missed out.
“I just haven’t quite got it done.”
Mark will be back for another try this year. How does he plan to reverse his fortunes?
“I wish I had the answer to that,” he said. “But I’ve got a good feeling about this year.”
Mark Hall doesn’t race as much as he used to, but he’s still involved and gets out on the track for special events. Over Memorial Day weekend, he finished sixth in Sunday’s Civil War Series A feature at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico. He took fourth in the second heat race.
The day before, also in Chico, Hall was fifth in the A feature of the 360 sprints after winning the second heat. Hall also competed in the Civil War Series race in Chico on Friday in Marysville, taking 13th in the A feature after winning the fourth heat.
“I’m pretty much racing in special events,” Mark Hall said. “I got off to a bad start in the Civil War Series, but it’s starting to come around.”
Hall moved up five places into 10th this weekend. He currently has 217 points, 79 behind the leader.
Colfax’s Colby Wiesz won Sunday’s A feature in Chico after placing fourth in the third heat. He finished fourth in Friday’s A feature in Marysville. He also took fourth in the first heat. Wiesz is in third in the Civil War standings, 14 points out of first.
Wiesz also raced on Saturday, taking eighth in the A feature and fourth in the third heat.
Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt also had a busy weekend. Burt was 10th in the C feature and in heat three during Sunday’s Civil War race and took 21st in Friday’s Civil War A feature in Marysville. He was also sixth in the B feature on Friday and seventh in the fourth heat.
Burt also finished seventh in the B feature Saturday at Chico after taking eighth in the first heat.
Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace was 18th in Sunday’s Civil War A feature, fifth in the B feature and sixth in the second heat in Chico. Wallace also took ninth in Saturday’s A feature in Chico’s wingless sprints race. He was third in the B feature and fifth in the second heat.
Pat Harvey Jr. took seventh in the fourth heat of Saturday’s 360 sprints action in Chico after placing 14th in Friday’s Civil War action in Marysville B feature. Harvey was fifth in the fourth heat Friday.
Also racing in wingless sprint action Saturday in Chico were Grass Valley’s Jay Youngman and Brett Youngman, as well as Browns Valley’s Mason Myers.
Jay Youngman was fourth in the A feature and second heat while Brett Youngman was 12th in the B feature and seventh in the fourth heat.
Myers took eighth in the B feature and seventh in the second heat.
Coming up this week
Marysville Raceway Park
Mel Hall Memorial Race with winged Pacific sprint cars headlining the show. Wingless sprints, mini stocks and stock cars will also race. Pits open at 3 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m. with racing set to begin at 7 p.m.
Golden State Challenge King of California Series action continues with 410 sprints and dwarf cars. Pits open at 3:30 p.m., gates open at 5 p.m. and qualifying begins at 6:30 p.m.
SRS, JM Environmental Late Model 75, street stocks, bombers, WSRA.
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