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.
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.
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