By Troy Hennig
Marysville, CA (July 19, 2016)…After a much needed weekend off the stars and cars at Marysville Raceway will return to action this Saturday night, July 23rd. When the winged 360 sprint cars hit the track this Saturday night a historic point battle is shaping up between Cody Lamar and Jeremy Burt. Only one championship point separates Lamar from Burt. Both drivers have encountered the spoils of victory lane this season. Each driver has experienced the heart break of crashing in the main event and not finishing. Including this Saturday night, only five championship nights remain for the winged 360 sprint cars.
General admission is $13.00 for adults, $10.00 for seniors and juniors and military with I.D. Children ages 6 – 11 are $6.00 while kids five and under are free. Pit gate opens at 3 PM with the front gate opening at 5 PM. Family pass is available for $40.00 and includes two adult tickets and three kids 11 and under.
The Wingless Sprints are also in the midst of a great chase to the finale. Josh Vieira leads two-time track champion Timmy Sherman Jr. by a mere six points. Peter Paulson is only seven points back of Vieira and just one behind Sherman Jr. If any of the top three falter down the stretch don’t count out Johnny Burns and Brett Youngman. In fact, Youngman enjoyed the spoils of victory lane the last time the division raced at Marysville.
We’ve come to the conclusion that the IMCA Sport Mods are as competitive as any other form of dirt track oval racing. This division also features the most unique driving personalities that fans love to root for or against. Brian Cooper leads this cast of characters into Saturday night’s racing action. His brother Todd is 17-points to the negative. Jerry Bartlett is in the third spot but don’t count out the “General” because his on track racing is as big as his off track personality. The Merritt family should be commended for fielding two competitive cars all season long and they sit fourth and fifth in the points. Mike holds a six point edge over Damian who is in fifth place.
The Hobby Stock division and Street Stocks have had recent disappointing car counts of late. Jim Speck leads Anthony Doubledee by a mere eight points. Street stock competitors were a no show last Saturday night. If you own a street stock and want to race then this Saturday night would be a great place for you and your team.