Thursday, January 16, 2014

2014 Tentative Race Season Schedule at Marion Center Speedway - 48th Year

The 2014 racing season will mark the 48th Anniversary of the Marion Center Speedway, "The Thrill On The Hill".  The 1/4 mile dirt track oval is located on the top of a hill, just off PA route 119, 3 miles north of Marion Center and 10 miles south of  Punxsutawney.  The track was built in the fall of 1965 with the first races in the summer of 1966.  The business has been owned and operated by the Potts family (Dave, June, Rich, and Janet) ever since.  Friends, neighbors, and even former race car drivers make up the rest of the staff that keeps the facility family oriented.

The Marion Center Speedway operates on a schedule of racing Saturday night from early May through early September, with rain outs to be run on Sunday evenings when necessary.  Opening night for the 2014 race season is set for May 3rd.  The gates and concession stands open an hour and a half before the racing begins at 7:30pm.  One night's program consists of racing 5 divisions.  One night a month, the intermission is devoted to Little Racers, when kids bring their bicycles and helmets down onto the race track to compete against others in their age group.  Also, some special events are in the works.

Racing Divisions for the 2014 racing season are:  Super Late Models, Steel-Block Limited Late Models, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, and Strictly Stocks.  A practice day event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014.  All drivers, cars, and fans are welcome to come to MCS for practice day.  Practice time will begin at 1:00pm and ends at 5:00pm.  Pit fee is $25.00 and the grandstand is FREE.



The tentative racing schedule for 2014 is as follows:
(All dates & events are subject to change )  Keep watching the website http://www.marioncenterspeedway.net/Schedule.html  for updates and changes made to the schedule, rules, and for more information about the coming race season at MCS. 

Saturday, April 26: Test & Tune Practice Day..........
                             Open practice day for all (drivers, cars, & fans).  Time 1:00pm to 5:00pm.
                             Pit fee $25.00 and Grandstand is FREE.

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Saturday, May 3: 2014 Opening Night at MCS......(No Open Competition) (DOUBLE POINTS)

Saturday, May10: Regular Racing Program MOTHER'S DAY SPECIAL........
                            ($10.00 admission for the first 48 mothers through grandstand gate.)
                            (Double Points)

Saturday, May17: Regular Racing Program ARMED FORCES DAY.......
                           ($2.00 off grandstand tickets for Military (MUST show Military ID)).
                           Plus Kid's Bike Races (Helmet is required.)
                           (Double Points)

Saturday, May24: MEMORIAL DAY SPECIAL

Saturday, May31: Regular Racing Program

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Saturday, June 7: Regular Racing Program
Saturday, June14: Regular Racing Program FATHER'S DAY SPECIAL........
                            ($10.00 admission for the first 48 fathers through the grandstand gate.)
                            Plus Kid's Bike Races (Helmet is required.)
                            (Double Points)

Saturday, June21: Regular Racing Program
Saturday, June28: Mid-Season Championship

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Thursday, July  3: INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL PLUS FIREWORKS........
                            Super Late Model Special (No Points)

Saturday, July  5: Regular Racing Program
Saturday, July 12: Regular Racing Program & FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT......(Double Points)

Saturday, July 19: Regular Racing Program........Plus Kid's Bike Races (Helmet is required.)

Saturday, July 26: Regular Racing Program
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Saturday, August 2: Regular Racing Program

Saturday, August 9: Regular Racing Program

Saturday, August16:Regular Racing Program........Plus Kid's Bike Races (Helmet is required.)

Saturday, August23:CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT (ALL DIVISIONS)
Saturday, August30:RUN WHAT YA BRUNG
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Saturday, September 6: NO RACING

Saturday, September13: Rain Date........For Championship Night (All Divisions) or Run What Ya Brung


Hope to see you for our 48th racing season at Marion Center Speedway, "The Thrill On The Hill".

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Marion Center Speedway Championship Races Aug. 31, 2013 - Butler Auto Supplies

Marion Center Speedway closed out its 47TH season of racing under the continued direction of the Potts family Saturday night with the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championships.  Even though there was lightning in the distant sky, the thunder roared around the track as all six divisions competed for the trip to the Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle for the Butler Auto Supplies Trophy.  Here’s the recap of the racing:

The Lias Tire Latemodel division was a fantastic show of championship racing-going flag to flag, green to checkers without a single caution-all twenty-five laps and no yellow!  And who led all those laps to claim the championship, Matt Gaston of Rochester Mills.  Gaston waited to the last race of the season to visit the Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle but when he got there he was greeted by Bob Bacha of Butler Auto Supplies who presented Gaston with his championship trophy.  Gaston started on the outside pole and quickly took the lead of the feature over Matt Lux from Franklin who was on the pole.  Lux stayed in contention for the lead up to the very end when Mike Blose of New Bethlehem was able to pass Lux for second place.  Lux and Blose tried to catch Gaston but ran out of time as the checkered flag came out for Matt Gaston leaving Blose in second and Lux in third.  Fourth place went to Points Champ, Clate Copeman of Greensburg and Shawn Claar from Imler took fifth.  Sixth through tenth places were sewn up by Dave Blazavich, Sammy Stile, Dan Lee, Doug Glessner and Dane Laraway.  The rest of the field of the feature finished in the order of Bobby Watt, Ryan Christoff, Chad Helman, Joe Zulisky, Dan Swartzlander, Earl French, Denton Boyer, Billy Dickson and Tom Shaffer.  John Myers and Jim Struble did not start the feature but qualified.  In the Lias Tire Super Latemodel heat races the winners were Mike Blose, Sammy Stile and Clate Copeman.  In the season’s Point Race,  Clate Copeman was the Point Champion and followed by Mike Blose, Dave Blazavich, Matt Gaston and Billy Eash for the top five.  Doug Glessner, Denton Boyer, Bobby Watt, Tom Shaffer and Jim Boyer rounded out the top ten.
The front row was the hot spot starting point Saturday night as that was where Joe Petyak of Gallitzin also started his run for the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championships.  The Force Inc. Steel Block Limited Latemodel feature was dominated by Petyak who led every lap for the win and trip to the Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle.  First taking the lead from pole position starter, Tom Jobe, Petyak started on the outside pole and had to contend with Gabe Shaffer of Punxsutawney to keep his lead.  Shaffer was hot on the heels of Petyak throughout the feature until they got into traffic from the back of the field that Petyak was able to maneuver through to get a little room up front.  At the checkers it was Petyak claiming the Butler Auto Supplies Championship trophy with Gabe Shaffer finishing second, Cheyenne Reed of Punxsutawney came across next for third, Tom Jobe of Covode took fourth and Jeff Weakland from Hastings was fifth.  Rounding out the top ten Force Inc. Steel Block Limited Latemodels were Bernie Whiteford, Eric Baun, Gale Huey, Jason Fosnaught and Greg Beach.  The heats went to Cheyenne Reed and Bernie Whiteford.  The Force Inc. Points Race ended with Cheyenne Reed the Points Champion, then Joe Petyak, Gale Huey, Gabe Shaffer, Jeff Weakland, Scott Stein, Bernie Whiteford, Jason Fosnaught, Tom Jobe and Mike Williams.

It doesn’t seem to matter where Andrew Satterlee starts in a race, he ends up in the front of the pack of the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel division.  Satterlee from Rochester Mills dominated the field Saturday night for the final race of the season-the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championship.  Leading every lap from pole position start to checkered flag finish Satterlee took them all in a clean sweep showing why he was also the Points Champion for the year too.  Mike Laughard from Twin Rocks moved up from sixth place to take second in the feature and Joey Valenti from Clymer was third.  Joel Prosser from New Martinsville, WV was the fourth place finisher and Jeff Sweeney of Marion Center took fifth.  Sixth place went to Jeremy Shaffer and he was followed by Joe Moyer, Butch Moyer, Josh Valenti and Dennis Bothell for the top ten.  In the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel heat races the winners were Jeff Sweeney and Satterlee.  As mentioned earlier, Andrew Satterlee was also the season’s Point Champion and the top ten was almost a repeat of the finish of the Butler Auto Supplies Championship; second place went to Mike Laughard, followed by Josh Valenti, Jeremy Shaffer, Joe Moyer, Paul Dominick, Joey Valenti, Butch Moyer, Jeremy Adamik and Mike Hite.

Tim Bish of Ringgold took his first win of the season Saturday night in the W. G. Satterlee & Sons Street Stock Season Championships sponsored by Butler Auto Supplies.  Bish started on the pole and didn’t let anyone around him throughout the twenty-lap feature to take the Championship home with him.  Luke Barnett of Mahaffey had moved up from the Strictly Stock division for the final race of the season and took second for his Street Stock debut.  Jeff Sweeney switched to his W. G. Satterlee & Sons Street Stock after the Fastrak feature ended and raced to third place.  Fourth place went to Ray Hickok, Jr. of Commodore and Joey Zambotti from Kittanning was fifth.  Sixth through tenth places went to Bob Vogt, Jr., Tim White, Don Waltman, Andy Burns and Gary Furman, Jr..  The W. G. Satterlee & Sons Street Stock heats were won by Luke Barnett and Tim Bish.  Points Champion, Nate Smith of Glen Campbell was noticeably absent from the Championship feature.  Ray Hickok, Jr. took second in the points’ race and was followed by Jeff Sweeney, Chris Schneider, Jim Handyside, Rich Waltman, Gary Furman, Jr., Andy Burns, Tim White and Dennis Bothell for the top ten.


The Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock feature of the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championships was won by Bryant Small of Cherry Tree.  Small made his way to the Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle by leading the feature from start to finish.  Starting on the outside pole, Bryant Small took the lead from Rich Waltman, Jr. at the first green flag and kept Waltman behind him as Nick Fulmer of Marion Center made his way to the front from eighth at the start.  Fulmer was in second place by the fifth lap and on the bumper of Small when a caution stopped the progress of the race.  Bryant Small kept Fulmer behind him on that restart and a couple more after that to capture the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championship.  Nick Fulmer took second place and Nick Erskine of Mahaffey drove the old Luke Barnett car to third place.  Jim Hamilton of Coalport was fourth and David Beahr of Windber was fifth.  Chris Hickok finished sixth in the feature and rounding out the top ten were Bill Finlay, Brandon Lansberry, Dave Smail and Derek Buterbaugh who is “testing the waters” at the end of the season as a young driver who we hope will continue driving.  The Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock heat races were won by Ryan Claycomb and Bryant Small.  The 2013 Points Season ended with Chris Hickok of Commodore as the Points Champion of the Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stocks.  Finishing second in points was Nick Fulmer and then Jim Hamilton, Luke Barnett, Bill Finlay, David Beahr, Bryant Small, Scott Ward, Gary Stitt and Rich Waltman, Jr. complete the top ten. 

David Hawkins of Lower Burrell had a great Birthday present Saturday night in becoming both the Butler Auto Supplies Season Champion and the Points Champion of the Best Kawasaki Micro-Sprint Division.  Hawkins swept the titles Saturday night by taking the feature from start to finish in the lead and holding off the rest of the field to get the win.  Tim Smith of Lower Burrell also finished second in the feature and R J Robertson of Delmont took third.  Mike McIntyre of Timblin was fourth and Matt Woodle from Reynoldsville was fifth.  The Best Kawasaki Micro-Sprint heat race was also won by David Hawkins.  Following Hawkins in the Points Race was George Hobaugh for second place, then R J Robertson, Lee Lehnerd, Tim Smith, Jason Hamacek, Cody Lehnerd, Johnny Walker, Brian Forester and Steve Dunmire for the top ten.

Best Kawasaki
Special thanks goes out to sponsors who went the extra lap to provide our drivers with awards for the top point leaders - Force Inc., Willow Farm Campgrounds, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic and Best Kawasaki provided shirts to the drivers and Lias Tire for providing jackets to the top pointmen who raced with American Racer Tires this season.

On a side note relating to last week’s Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel Special- Marion Center Speedway officials were not involved with making the decisions on the track regarding who was charged with cautions or any other Fastrak rule infractions.  Marion Center Speedway was a venue for the sanctioned event which was run by the sanctioning body.  It was also revealed after the results were published that Matt Latta had mechanical problems that took him out of the race.  Incorrect information was obtained and published earlier and we apologize for that.

Marion Center Speedway would also like to thank our sponsors for this 47TH season of racing under the direction/ownership of the Potts family that include WGM Gas, Lias Tire/Cooper Tires, Marc Sallack Well Service/Trucking, Willow Farm Campground, Today’s Hot Country Q-102 FM Radio, Butler Auto Supplies, D B Laraway and Associates, Best Kawasaki, Force Inc., Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic and W. G. Satterlee & Sons.  Thanks to all of our loyal fans for your support.  Keep checking the website, www.marioncenterspeedway.net for final point standings and more information about next season.  You can also follow us on Facebook.  See you next season at Marion Center Speedway “The Thrill on the Hill” for more exciting racing action as we go into our 48TH season of racing under the direction and ownership of the Potts family.
Marc Sallack Well Services/Trucking

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Marion Center Speedway - Fastrak Special August 24, 2013

Marion Center Speedway was able to run the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel Special Saturday night that was rained out July 27.  The officially sanctioned race was a thirty-five lap spectacular event drawing racers from all over Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio and West Virginia.  What was originally to be the middle leg of a “Triple Crown of Racing Weekend” turned out to be the final phase of the “triple crown” spread out over a month.  Fastrak officials were on hand to make the calls and even had their own announcer at the event.  Marion Center  Speedway also held their regular racing program for the other divisions except for the Force Inc. Steel Block Limited Latemodels which were not scheduled for the evening.  Some of those drivers though elected to run with the Lias Tire Latemodels that night.  Here’s the recap of the racing:

 
The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel feature started with a bang – literally with fireworks but the real fireworks came later in the race.  Joe Moyer and Joel Prosser filled the front row with Max Blair and Andrew Satterlee in the second row.   These positions were established through the time trials that made up the heats that went ton to make the feature line-up.  At the first green, Prosser took the lead and held that for the first two laps.  Then Andrew Satterlee took over with Joe Moyer on his tail in second place.  Then Max Blair comes up and challenges Satterlee for the lead.  The two race hot and heavy side by side then boom-the fireworks just before the half-way point of the feature; the two leaders collide in turn four.  It is ruled a “racing incident” and no one is charged with the caution.  The racing continues with Blair and Satterlee back at racing first and second with Blair in the lead due to a good jump on the restart.  Satterlee is now not only trying to find a way to get the lead back from Blair with a damaged car, but trying to keep second place in the process.  Max Blair goes on to win the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Crate Latemodel Special Feature with Andrew Satterlee finishing second and Wayne Robertson taking third.  Now another sideline is that the “triple crown” is a points race that has Wayne Robertson and Matt Latta running neck and neck with only a two point separation.  During the race, Matt Latta was in a caution before the mid-point of the feature and due to mechanical failure was unable to finish the race and returned to the pits.“Triple Crown” points championship went toWayne Robertson.  At the conclusion of the race, Max Blair was rewarded with his victory in the night’s race, and Wayne Robertson was anointed King of the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel Triple Crown Weekend.  In the preliminary heat races the winners were Max Blair, Joe Martin, and Joel Prosser. 


A new comer to the track made his presence known in the Lias Tire Latemodel division’s feature-Mike Altobelli, Jr. from Saxton.  Altobelli started on the outside pole position beside John Britsky of Clymer and took the lead early at the drop of the first green flag.  He then proceeded to lead every lap of the twenty-five lap feature for the prized trip to the Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle.  Britsky bowed out of the race in the first third of the laps, but Doug Glessner of Johnstown kept on the tail of Altobelli throughout the feature and took home second place.  Billy Dickson was at one point running third but slipped back as Matt Gaston from Rochester Mills and Dave Blazavich of Marion Center made their way up to the front for third and fourth places leaving Dickson in fifth.  Sixth place went to Mike Blose of New Bethlehem and Clate Copeman of Greensburg was seventh.  Then came Denton Boyer, Dan Swartzlander and Chad Helman for the top ten.  The rest of those finishing were in the order of Bobby Watt, Tom Shaffer, Jim Boyer, John Myers, Herman Bertolini, Joe Zulisky and Ron Marsh.  Those that did not finish the feature were Terry Rayko, Dane Laraway, Joe Petyak, Billy Eash, Jim Struble and John Britsky.  Dan Lee tried to start the feature but left before the first lap was counted and Ryan Christoff and Ken Schaltenbrand did not start the feature.  The Lias Tire Latemodel heat races were won by John Britsky, Clate Copeman and Dan Swartzlander.

Nate Smith of Glen Campbell won the W. G. Satterlee & Sons Street Stock feature once again Saturday night but didn’t sweep all the laps in doing it.  Luke Barnett who is pulling double duty as a driver in the Strictly Stocks as well started on the Street Stock pole and led the first lap.  Then Smith came up from the second row to take the lead that he didn’t relinquish for the rest of the race.  Smith got the victory with Rich Waltman from Coolspring following for second place leaving Barnett from Mahaffey in third.  Fourth place went to Bob Vogt of Nanty-Glo and Jeff Sweeney from Marion center was fifth.  Rounding out the top ten were Ray Hickok, Jr., Joe Kelley, Gary Furman, Jr., Joey Zambotti and Dave Galore.  The W. G. Satterlee & Sons heats were won by Nate Smith and Joe Kelley.

After picking up his first victory in the Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock division last week, Nick Fulmer of Marion Center picked up his first back to back victory Saturday night in that division by once again nearly sweeping all the laps- just missing a clean sweep by one.  Jim Hamilton of Coalport too the first lap but after that, Nick Fulmer moved into the front spot from starting fourth to take the lead for good.  Jim Hamilton continued to hound Fulmer for the lead but never overtook Fulmer for second place.  David Beahr from Windber was third and Bill Finlay of Jeannette was fourth.  Chris Hickok of Commodore finished fifth and was followed by Bruce Large, Mark Wetzel, Jr., Luke Barnett, Dave Smail and Kylie Hamilton.  The Willow Farm Campground Strictly Stock heat races went to Rich Waltman, Jr., Luke Barnett and Jim Hamilton.

Another winner of the Best 
Kawasaki Micro-Sprints was added to the list of Integra Racing Shocks Winner’s Circle honorees- David Hawkins from Lower Burrell.  Hawkins made his way to victory Saturday night by first taking the lead away from Brandon Hawkins and keeping the lead away from Steve Dunmire and George Hobaugh who all wanted it.  David Hawkins started on the outside pole and after two laps took the lead that he kept to the end of the fifteen laps.  Steve Dunmire of Kittanning was second after starting sixth and George Hobaugh from Carn City went from fifth to third at the checkers.  Lee Lehnerd of Cabot was fourth and R J Robertson of Delmont was fifth.  Anthony Pasquerella took sixth place and the top ten finished out with Alex Shaffer, Johnny Walker, Brandon Hawkins and Brian Haney.  The Best Kawasaki heat races were won by David Hawkins and George Hobaugh.

Next Saturday the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championships will be held for all divisions to wrap up the 47TH Season of Racing under the direction of the Potts family.  If the races are cancelled due to inclement weather and not held the following Sunday, the next racing at the track will be Saturday September 14.  Marion Center Speedway will not be racing September 7.  Thanks to our Fastrak friends for putting together and monitoring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Fastrak Crate Latemodel Triple Crown Special - we appreciate being a part of it.

  
Marion Center Speedway would also like to thank our sponsors for this 47TH season of racing under the direction/ownership of the Potts family that include WGM Gas, Lias Tire/Cooper Tires, Marc Sallack Well Service/Trucking, Willow Farm Campground, Today’s Hot Country Q-102 FM Radio, Butler Auto Supplies, D B Laraway and Associates, Best Kawasaki, Force Inc., Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic and W. G. Satterlee & Sons.  Thanks to all of our loyal fans for your support.  Keep checking the website, www.marioncenterspeedway.net for more information on make-ups and any changes that might occur.  You can also follow us on Facebook.  Remember the race day hotline phone number to call for cancellations, delays or other race day info is 724-397-2108.  See you next Saturday at Marion Center Speedway “The Thrill on the Hill” for more exciting racing action as we host the Butler Auto Supplies Season Championships.