Pettyjohn claims $8,000 at Raye Vest Memorial
By Doug WatsonWinchester Speedway
WINCHESTER, Va. (Oct. 20) — Mark Pettyjohn of Milton, Del., raced to the biggest victory of his career in Saturday night’s third annual Raye Vest Memorial at Winchester Speedway, topping Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., and Jason Covert of York, Haven, Pa., for an upset victory worth $8,000. | Video | Slideshow
Pettyjohn and defending World of Outlaws Late Model Series champion Rick Eckert of York, Pa., paced the field to the initial start of the 50-lap unsanctioned event wth Eckert roaring into the race lead as the field exited turn-two on the opening lap.
Eckert’s lead would only last five laps as Pettyjohn snared the top spot at the completion of lap six. Pettyjohn then led the final 44 caution-free laps and held of a late-race charge by Satterlee to score a popular victory at the 3/8-mile oval.
“I’m speechless right now,” said Pettyjohn, who also won one of two preliminary features to earn an $1,000 and his front-row starting spot in the main event. “Just to race with guy’s like Rick Eckert, Jason Covert and all the good cars that are always here, and to beat them, I couldn’t be more proud.”
Satterlee settled for second with Covert, who earned $3,500 for winning Friday night’s Raye Vest Memorial tuneup event, was third. Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., finished fourth while Eckert slid back to fifth in the event that honored his longtime car owner.
Notes: Pettyjohn drives a Swartz Chassis with sponsorship from Hitchens Bros. Trucking and Crosswinds Motel. … The victory is Pettyjohn’s second of the season at Winchester. … Eckert won the second of the two $1,000 preliminary features. … The event wrapped up Winchester’s 2012 season.
Raye Vest Memorial: (1) Mark Pettyjohn, (2) Gregg Satterlee, (3) Jason Covert, (4) Dan Stone, (5) Rick Eckert, (6) Kenny Moreland, (7) Gary Stuhler, (8) Scott LeBarron, (9) Keith Jackson, (10) Brian Tavenner, (11) Kenny Pettyjohn, (12) Andy Fries, (13) David Watt, (14) Nick Dickson, (15) Brad Omps, (16) Trever Feathers, (17) Coleby Frye, (18) Tommy Armel, (19) Tony Crim, (20) Rusty Schlenk, (21) Bo Feathers, (22) Ronnie DeHaven Jr., (23) Tim Senic, (24) Dale Hollidge, (25) Joey. Fast qualifier (among 34 cars): Covert 14.898 seconds. Semifeature winners: Eckert, M. Pettyjohn.