Motor Sports Report: Burt blazes to first at MRP |

Motor Sports Report: Burt blazes to first at MRP

Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt put Marysville Raceway Park’s new sticky surface to good use and put together a wire-to-wire win in the monster fast, dust free Winged Sprint Car feature at Marysville Raceway Park on Saturday night.

Two time champion and quick time qualifier Mike Wasina had the pole for the Winged Sprint Car feature. Burt lined up outside Wasina. When the green flew Burt was gone. Outside row two starter Brandon Dozier made a bold move into second as Wasina fell into the clutches of point leader Brent Dothage. Dothage roared into second a lap or two later. With the track so racy, the race almost went caution free.

As the event closed in on half way, Dozier pulled even with Burt with an inside look. Dozier cranked it a little too sideways and the effort didn’t work; Dothage was on Dozier in a heartbeat.

Yuba City’s Korey Lovell had easily worked his way into fourth. Burt was being harassed by lapped traffic and the trio behind him went to work. The two-way battle between Dozier and Dothage became a four-way battle with Lovell closing quickly. Dozier nosed right up to Burt. Burt sliced through the traffic better than the rest and carried his lead into the last lap.

– Bob Burbach

Special to The Union

360 Wingless Sprints

Grass Valley’s Jay Youngman won his qualifying heat race in the 360 wingless sprints division Saturday at Marysville, but finished 15th in the main event, won by Phillip Shelby.

Brett Youngman, also from Grass Valley, took 17th in the main event.

Drag racing

Matson racing wins again

Dave Matson and Monti Fitzgerald competed in two categories – West Coast Top Sportsman and West Coast Pro Gas – at the 31st annual Fox Hunt at Sacramento Raceway Park Friday and Saturday.

In Top Sportsman, Matson was able to eliminate the No. 1 leader in points, Jeff Gillette, in the first round. However, the air improved a little too much during the second round causing Matson to breakout against Mike Henry running a 7.49 on a 7.54 dial.

In Pro Gas, both Matson Racing Camaros where in the final again. Fitzgerald took the win this time with a .013 reaction time to Matson’s .024 light and ran a 7.61 to Matson’s 7.62.

Matson Racing has won seven races this season, making it the most successful season yet for the team.

Matson Racing will compete July 20 at Infineon Raceway, then to Medford, Ore. on Aug. 1-2. For more information, visit the Web site

Placerville Speedway

Brown Jr. back out front

Dan Brown Jr. of Nevada City had another perfect night in the pro stock division this past Saturday. He drew a number which put him on the pole of heat 1.

Ray Tremble of Auburn was right on Brown’s tail and with no yellows they came up on heavy lapped traffic, most of the cars running side by side.

Brown Jr. was able to pick the right spots to weave his way through it unscathed all the while Tremble was trying to use the traffic to get the edge. In the end, Brown Jr. took the checkered and Jeff Arbogast was able to pass Tremble in traffic to finish second.

The win was Brown’s 10th victory out of 11 races and his eighth in a row.

Pure Stocks

McClure wins another one

Nevada City’s Mike McClure has raced just five times in the Pure Stocks division at Placerville Speedway this season, but his quality of finishes surpassed the quantity of races others have run, putting him 10th in the drivers standings.

McClure won his second A feature Saturday after winning his heat qualifier. McClure owns 10th place in the season series by finishing in the top five in all of his starts.

Michele McClure, also of Nevada City, took fourth place in the A feature, after winning her heat qualifying race.

360 Sprints

Two locals among leaders

Colfax’s Colby Wiesz finished fourth in the 360 Sprints A feature, after winning his heat race Saturday at Placerville. Grass Valley’s Billy Wallace, who also won his own heat qualifier, took seventh place in the main event, which was won by Sacramento’s Sean Becker.

Wingless Sprints

Myers brothers among leaders

Mason Myers took second place and his brother Cody Myers finished third Saturday in the Wingless Sprints A feature.

Mason and Cody Myers, who reside in Browns Valley, currently sit third and fourth, respectively, in drivers points. Anderson’s Keith Bloom, who leads series, also won the A feature race.

Silver Dollar Speedway

Grass Valley drivers race in Chico

Grass Valley’s Mark Hall and Pat Harvey Jr. made a run at Silver Dollar Speedway Saturday in Chico, where Campbell’s Tim Kaeding took the checkered flag in the 410 Sprints division.

Hall, who finished 13th in the A feature, finished fourth in his heat race but also won the 410 Sprints Dash. Harvey Jr. took ninth in B feature, and seventh in heat race.

On Friday, Hall finished 11th in the A feature at Silver Dollar, after finishing fourth in his heat. Auburn’s Andy Forsberg finished ninth in the main event, which was won by Chico’s Jonathan Allard.

Wingless Sprints

Also on Friday in Chico, Mason Myers took fifth place in the A feature of the Wingless Sprints, after finishing third in his qualifying race. Cody Myers was fifth in his heat race and finished ninth in the A feature, which was won by Kyle Hirst of Loomis.

American Valley Speedway

Terry Lawrence of Lake of the Pines was in action at the American Valley Speedway in Quincy last weekend in the Pro Stock division.

After taking fifth in his heat race, Lawrence took 11th place in the A feature.

Have we missed anyone? If you know of a driver with local ties, please contact Brian Hamilton via e-mail at or by phone at 477-4240.

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