Wednesday, February 24, 2016


The 2nd annual Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial Race opens Marysville Raceway's 2016 season on February 27

The 2nd annual Sherm and Loree Toller Memorial Race on Saturday, February 27th at Marysville Raceway will feature winged 360 cubic inch sprint cars, wingless sprint car and 'sport mods' on the uniquely shaped 1/4-mile banked dirt oval.
 
The winged 360 cubic inch sprint car feature race winner will win $2,000, while the wingless sprint car main event winner will receive $750, and the 'sport mod' main event winner will bank $250. In addition to the race purse, the winged and wingless sprint car winner will become eligible for a bonus, as Marysville Raceway promoter Dennis Gage has extended and expanded his six race challenge that began last season.
If one driver can win the first six winged sprint car races between Silver Dollar Speedway and Marysville Raceway, that driver will win a $10,000 bonus. While winning five of the first six will win a $5,000 bonus, four victories will mean the driver will receive a $2,500 check. Finally, if a driver can win at least half of the first six races they will get $1,500.  
The wingless sprint car drivers will have the same opportunity this year, as Gage will offer wingless drivers a $5,000 bonus if they can win the first six races of the year between Silver Dollar Speedway and Marysville Raceway. Similar to the winged challenge, it they win five of the six races they will get a bonus of $2,500, while four victories will net that driver $1,500 and winning least half of the first six wingless races would earn that driver an extra $750.
Marysville Speedway traces its roots back to 1957 when a 1/8-mile modified midget track known as Triple-M Speedway opened at the approximate location of the current track's pit area. The current venue, known as Twin Cities Speedway opened in 1968 and raced stock cars. Promoter Mel Hall took over in 1994 and revitalized the track as Marysville Raceway Park. Gage took over promoting duties last year after Paul and Kathy Hawes' 11-year reign.      
Sherm and Loree Toller’s love of dirt track racing led Sherm to take over the infield announcing duties at Ernie Purcell Speedway in Grass Valley with Loree as the scorekeeper. When Ernie Purcell Speedway closed in 1994, Sherm and Loree followed promoter Mel Hall to Marysville. The Toller’s two daughters, Sheree and Kaylee, will both be on hand at Marysville Raceway Saturday night.

The pit gate will open Saturday at 3 P.M. while the front grandstand gate opens at 5 P.M, with sprint car time trials for winged sprint cars set to begin at 6 P.M. with racing to follow. General grandstand admission to this event is $16.00 for adults, $13.00 for juniors (12-15), seniors (over 62) and military with ID. Children, ages 6 to 11, are $6.00, with children five and under admitted free.

For more information about the track please visit www.marysvilleraceway.com

Information and graphics for this article provided by Troy Hennig and Marysville Raceway

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