Marion Center Speedway opened for its 47’Th season under the continued direction of the Potts family. Everyone was revved up and ready to go racing on the quarter-mile clay oval between Indiana and Punxsutawney, a.k.a. “The Thrill on The Hill”. The excitement grew as the night went on for the rookies and veterans, new divisions and old stand-bys.
|#W11 Max Blair|
|#33 Bernie Whiteford|
The Force Inc. Steel Block Limited Latedmodel feature was won by Bernie Whiteford of Hastings. Whiteford took over the lead just past the halfway point of the race from Cheyenne Reed of Punxsutawney. Reed started fourth and immediately jumped into the lead at the start of the race. He enjoyed the pleasure of running up front until lap eleven of twenty when Bernie Whiteford got past the leader to take over. Reed chased after Whiteford the rest of the race but couldn’t regain the lead and Rod Phillips of Punxsutawney made his way around Reed in the final laps to take second place. Whiteford had started seventh and used half the race to get to the front, while Phillips started in fourteenth and needed more time to get through the traffic to contend for the lead. At the finish it was Whiteford the winner, followed by Phillips and then Reed. Next were Sam Gindlesperger from Johnstown and Kelvin Kohan from Pittsburgh. Filling out the top ten were Eric Baun, Greg Beach, Gale Huey, Dave Buchanan, and an unknown suspect driving car 54. The Force Inc. Steel Block Limited Latemodel heat races were won by Joe Petyak and Scott Stein.
|Andrew Satterlee #2|
For the first time at Marion Center Speedway the Fastrack Crate Latemodels were a part of the regular program as their own division. Crate cars have raced at the track, but not as a separate division under the watchful eyes of the sanctioning body. The Fastrack Crate Latemodels are sponsored by Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic at Marion Center Speedway. In their inaugural running, Andrew Satterlee of Rochester Mills a veteran of the track was the winner. Satterlee started on the pole and led every lap to take home the first victory for the division at MCS. Mike Pegher from Cranberry took second place and Mike Laughard of Twin Rocks was third. Fourth place went Dan Angelicchio of Greensburg and Joe Martin of Ringgold was fifth. The rest of the inaugural field ended the race with Mike Hite in sixth and followed by Joe Moyer, Paul Dominick, rookie Chase Carnahan and Josh Valenti. The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrack Crate Latemodel heat race went to Dan Angelicchio.
|#28N Nate Smith|
|Chris Hickok #84|
The Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock feature timed out Saturday night cutting the race short of a few laps after many cautions caused delays. The time limit expired meaning the next flag would end the race, whether it was the checkers or yellow. The next caution happened to involve the leader of the race as he was tagged by another driver causing him to spin out. The leader was not charged with the caution and would have gotten his spot back if the race resumed. So track officials waited to see if the leader was able to run or not after the incident, and after he took his rightful place in front of the lineup, the checkered flag was displayed ending the race under caution with time expired. Chris Hickok of Commodore was the winner of the Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock feature. Hickok took the lead for lap three to the end away from Jim Eiselman of Ernest. Eiselman led the first two laps before Hickok took over. Hickok was pressured by Nick Fulmer but never passed by Fulmer or anybody else. At the finish it was Hickok, Jon Lee of Mahaffey, Bryant Small from Cherry Tree, Luke Barnett from Mahaffey and Dillon Smith of Glen Campbell. The top ten rounded out with Brandon Lansberry, Zach Huff, Steve Huey, Nick Fulmer and Jim Hamilton. The Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock heat races were won by Bryant Small, Adam Pletcher and Jim Hamilton.
Marion Center Speedway would like to thank our returning sponsors and new sponsors for this 2013 racing season that include Butler Auto Supplies, D B Laraway and Associates, Marc Sallack Well Service/Trucking, Best Kawasaki, Force, Inc., Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Lias Tire/Cooper Tires, Today’s Hot Country Q-102 radio, W. G. Satterlee & Sons, and Willow Farm Campgrounds. Also thanks to our fans for your continued support.
Next Saturday Marion Center Speedway will take $2 off the admission price of the first 47 Moms through the gate to the grandstands in honor of Mother’s Day for Q-102 night at the track. Be sure to keep checking the website, www.marioncenterspeedway.net for more information and any changes that might occur like the raceday hotline phone number to call for cancellations, delays or other race day info. The new hotline phone number for race day info only is 724-397-2108. Kid’s Bike races begin on May 18.
See you next Saturday night at Marion Center Speedway “The Thrill on the Hill.”