New York Driver Harvey wins Mini Sprint gold
By Bob Burbach
Marysville CA - October 6, 2007 --- 2005 Wingless Sprint Car champion Steve Stein of Davis held off a hard charging Jeremy Hawes in the final circuits to win the 1st annual Wingless Sprint Car Nationals at Marysville Raceway Park Saturday night. Milford New York’s Don Harvey led wire to wire in a star studded Mini Sprint National that was also presented by Paul and Kathy Hawes over the same weekend.
The 2-day show featured many of California’s brightest stars in the wingless sprint division. Friday night showcased frantic heat races and a B main event that qualified the drivers into Saturday’s final events. Some of the combatants didn’t fare so well in Friday’s preliminary action. Shaun Tenora of Ewa Beach Hawaii was moving forward in his Wingless Sprinter as a 3rd or better finishing position in the heat races automatically transferred the driver into Saturday’s final. Ternora took a look at the high side in turn 3 while trying to pass the black #2 of Mike Martins. Ternora hit Martin’s right rear with his left front and the flyin’ Hawaiian did just that. Ternora’s car twirled into a dizzying series of flips that silenced the crowd. His crushed racer came to rest over the banking in turn 4. To everyone’s satisfaction, Ternora wobbled away from his battered racer. Shaken, but not hurt.
The companion Mini Sprint National was a runaway for pole sitter Harvey. He led every lap and was never challenged. Harvey’s trip to California from New York for the National Series surely paid off.
The race behind Harvey was a barn-burner as British Columbia’s Arron Fell, and Washington’s Brock Lemley sliced and diced their way to the front. Early on in the race Lemley flipped on a restart. He was relegated to the back for the restart and began a titanic drive to the front in his twisted and battered machine. Lemley got as high as 4th before a couple of late race passes dropped him to 6th. Still it was a ride worth watching. Fell got to 2nd in the late laps after his notable run to the front. His dice with Holmwood was a thriller and the end wasn’t decided until late in the race.
Next week Paul and Kathy Hawes will bring down the curtain on the 2007 racing season with a spectacular crash ‘em’ up finale. The 1st annual “Extreme Bomber Regatta and Demolition” will be presented. It’s pretty simple and should be an absolute gas!!! Trailers and RV’s will be towed by the Extreme Bomber Stock Cars for 100 laps around the MRP ¼ mile. This observer learned that Winged Sprint Car standout Korey Lovell and arch nemesis Brandon Dozier will pilot cars with RV trailers attached. That alone will be worth the price of admission. This Spectacular event will head onto the track at 7PM.
As a special added attraction, the MRP Street Stocks will host a program featruring heat races and a 20 lap feature event. This open, non-point paying event, is open to all competitors in this class from tracks all over California.
Next year Paul and Kathy Hawes will be back to MRP celebrating the 40th year of continual operation. Look for many special events to be posted here in the near future. Don’t miss next Saturday night’s wild and wooly crash fest. Pit gates always open at 3PM. Spectator Gates Open at 5PM with racing getting underway at 7PM. Contact the promoters at 1.530.743.1327 or email as indicated on the home page. Put www.marysvilleracewaypark on your “favorites” button on you computer. Watch this site for press releases, updates and complete results.
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