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Connor Bobik Memorial
Marion Center Raceway | Marion Center, Pennsylvania
Friday, May 19, 2023
Race Recap  

HILLTOP REAPER: Ryan Gustin Wins at Marion Center in 100th World of Outlaws Start

An early caution was all Ryan Gustin needed to make his 100th World of Outlaws CASE Construction Equipment Late Models Series start a memorable one.

The Marshalltown, IA driver stormed under Ryan Montgomery on Lap 7 to take the lead and never looked back to win the Connor Bobik Memorial Friday night at Marion Center Raceway.

Montgomery led the field to the green in the 40-lap affair, holding off challenges from Mike Norris and Gustin, who slowly worked his way to the front from his fourth starting spot in the first few laps.

But as “The Reaper” snuck by Norris on the inside for second, a caution came out on Lap 4 for Colton Flinner, who spun.

After the restart, Gustin needed three laps to wrestle the spot away from Montgomery, sliding underneath him in Turn 2 on Lap 7.

From there, he aced three more restarts to earn his third career World of Outlaws win and his first of the 2023 season.

Ryan Gustin at Marion Center Raceway
Ryan Gustin navigates Turn 3 at Marion Center Raceway/Jacy Norgaard photo

“The Reaper” said his fourth starting position allowed him to ease through the race and not use his equipment up too early.

“We took off, and I felt really, really, good,” Gustin said. “Probably the best I’ve ever felt in a Late Model. It went right around there, and I just kind of tried to ride and not kill the edges on my tires a whole lot once we got to the lead.

“It’s nice starting up there. If you start eighth or tenth or whatever, you know you just got to go. When you start up there, you can definitely take a lot better care of your tires and make sure you got something left at the end.”

Gustin’s $10,000 victory vaults him to second in the points standings—eight points behind Series points leader Chris Madden, who finished ninth.

While Gustin went unchallenged once he took the lead, two former champions waged war for the runner-up spot.

Shane Clanton and Brandon Sheppard traded the position before the “Georgia Bulldog” gained the advantage on the outside on Lap 35.

Shane Clanton and Brandon Sheppard
Shane Clanton outruns Brandon Sheppard in battle for 2nd at Marion Center/Jacy Norgaard photo

It’s a finish the Zebulon, GA driver said he needed for his Skyline Motorsports team after they didn’t start the season as he’d hoped.

“We’ve struggled this year with just the balance of the car,” Clanton said. “We struggled at Volusia, just turning and getting traction. So, we worked, and we worked hard to get where we’re at.

“Overall, our car was real good, though. We just needed a little more tweaking, and I think we know which way to go, and we’re doing the right things.”

Sheppard crossed the line third after falling back to eighth in the first few laps.

The four-time Series champion stated that his team continues building confidence as they improve each race.

“We’re just plugging away,” Sheppard said. “We’re just trying to string together some good runs and just show everybody what we got.

“We were able to pass a few cars. We fell back to seventh or eighth at the beginning, and then I was able to pick my way up through there, and I was really good in the long run. I don’t know if it was tires, but it was a tricky track. But we were able to get up there a few spots and get a podium run, so we’re happy.”

Nick Hoffman, the Rookie of the Race, finished fourth after starting 12th.

The Mooresville, NC driver said he was happy with the outcome, especially at a place he’s never raced before.

“That was a really good run,” Hoffman said. “That’s about all you could expect to start 12th there and run fourth. But Gustin was really good. Obviously, he beat me in that Heat Race there, and that was the winning move for the night.

“Our stuff was really good. I was happy with that to run fourth and come up through there.”

Bobby Pierce rounded out the top five after starting 16th.

While Ryan Gustin bested the field at Marion Center to create a milestone moment with his 100th Series start, his eyes are on a milestone no one has reached—100 wins.

“I wish it was the 100th win, but that’s not going to happen right now,” Gustin said. “You’re not going to win out here every night. Hopefully, we’ll get to 100 someday.”

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models travel to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA, on Saturday, May 20. Then, the Series makes its lone trip to New York on Tuesday, May 23, stopping at Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY.

If you can’t make it to the track, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.

CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 19R-Ryan Gustin[4]; 2. 25-Shane Clanton[8]; 3. B5-Brandon Sheppard[5]; 4. 9-Nick Hoffman[12]; 5. 32-Bobby Pierce[16]; 6. 96V-Tanner English[24]; 7. 22-Gregg Satterlee[18]; 8. 11-Gordy Gundaker[3]; 9. 44-Chris Madden[11]; 10. 00-Kyle Hardy[22]; 11. 1ST-Johnny Scott[20]; 12. 1*-Chub Frank[19]; 13. 40B-Kyle Bronson[9]; 14. 28-Dennis Erb Jr[25]; 15. 5L-Jon Lee[13]; 16. 36-Logan Martin[28]; 17. 12-Doug Drown[6]; 18. B1-Brent Larson[21]; 19. 3S-Brian Shirley[10]; 20. 97-Cade Dillard[23]; 21. 1C-Alex Ferree[7]; 22. 1Z-Logan Zarin[15]; 23. 30-Todd Cooney[26]; 24. W3-John Weaver[27]; 25. 9Y-Levi Yetter[17]; 26. 14W-Dustin Walker[29]; 27. 10-Mike Norris[2]; 28. 4S-Ryan Montgomery[1]; 29. 48-Colton Flinner[14] FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Tanner English [+18].

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Feature Results
14+319RRyan Gustin 400.00034Running150$10,000
28+625Shane Clanton 40-2.917Running146$6,000
35+2B5Brandon Sheppard 40-3.264Running144$3,500
412+89Nick Hoffman 40-4.203Running142$2,800
516+1132Bobby Pierce 40-4.937Running140$2,500
624+1896VTanner English 40-6.020Running138$2,300
718+1122Gregg Satterlee 40-7.016Running136$2,200
83-511Gordy Gundaker 40-8.099Running134$2,100
911+244Chris Madden 0-40 LapsRunning132$2,050
1022+1200Kyle Hardy 40-8.654Running130$2,000
1120+91STJohnny Scott 40-8.938Running128$1,600
1219+71*Chub Frank 40-9.589Running126$1,400
139-440BKyle Bronson 40-11.136Running124$1,200
1425+1128Dennis Erb Jr40-11.295Running122$1,100
1513-25LJon Lee 40-11.966Running120$1,050
1628+1236Logan Martin 40-12.060Running118$110
176-1112Doug Drown 40-13.106Running116$1,000
1821+3B1Brent Larson 40-13.264Running114$1,000
1910-93SBrian Shirley 40-13.872Running112$1,000
2023+397Cade Dillard 40-14.006Running110$1,000
217-141CAlex Ferree 40-14.497Running108$1,000
2215-71ZLogan Zarin 40-14.878Running106$1,000
2326+330Todd Cooney 40-16.660Running104$1,000
2427+3W3John Weaver 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,000
2517-89YLevi Yetter 39-1 LapsRunning104$1,000
2629+314WDustin Walker 39-1 LapsRunning104$110
272-2510Mike Norris 33-7 LapsDNF104$1,000
281-274SRyan Montgomery 33-7 Laps6DNF104$1,000
2914-1548Colton Flinner 25-15 LapsDNF104$1,000
FOX Factory Hard Charger: Tanner English
Last Chance Showdown Results
1101*Chub Frank 100.00010Running0$0
22000Kyle Hardy 10-1.370Running0$0
34+130Todd Cooney 10-3.152Running0$0
410+613XKenny Schaffer 10-3.921Running100$110
58+310LGary Lyle 10-4.968Running100$110
65-157Bo Lockwood 10-5.088Running100$110
77014WDustin Walker 10-6.179Running0$0
811+31LChuckie Lepsch 10-6.966Running100$110
912+375Dennis Curry 10-9.682Running100$110
106-4111Matt Lux 3-7 LapsDNF100$110
113-8B22Bump Hedman 0-10 LapsDNS100$110
129-322GGreg Oakes 0-10 LapsDNS100$110
Last Chance Showdown 2 Results
12+11STJohnny Scott 100.00010Running0$0
24+297Cade Dillard 10-1.680Running0$0
36+336Logan Martin 10-3.650Running0$0
43-17TDrake Troutman 10-4.132Running100$110
58+372Tyler Emory 10-5.162Running100$110
65-112RRyan Payne 10-6.499Running100$110
770W3John Weaver 10-7.539Running0$0
89+118BDavid Blazavich 10-8.093Running100$110
910+11PRob Phelps 10-8.717Running100$110
101-920Doug Eck 3-7 LapsDNF100$110
111106JRParker Martin 0-10 LapsDNS100$110
Last Chance Showdown 3 Results
12+1B1Brent Larson 100.000Running0$0
23+196VTanner English 10-1.247Running0$0
36+328Dennis Erb Jr10-4.716Running0$0
41-30Rick Eckert 10-6.475Running100$110
55036KPaul Kot 10-7.394Running100$110
68+244PJoe Petyak 10-9.580Running100$110
79+224Tyler Wyant 10-11.019Running100$110
810+228DDel Rougeux 10-14.723Running100$110
97-227Michael Lake 8-2 LapsDNF100$110
104-666Justin Kann 6-4 LapsDNF100$110
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11010Mike Norris 80.0008Running
23+11CAlex Ferree 8-1.560Running
34+15LJon Lee 8-3.618Running
46+21*Chub Frank 8-3.763Running
52-3B22Bump Hedman 8-4.658Running
65-157Bo Lockwood 8-5.630Running
77014WDustin Walker 8-7.048Running
88022GGreg Oakes 8-7.687Running
9901LChuckie Lepsch 8-9.209Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110B5Brandon Sheppard 80.0006Running
22040BKyle Bronson 8-2.1802Running
36+31ZLogan Zarin 8-5.031Running
45+100Kyle Hardy 8-5.383Running
53-230Todd Cooney 8-7.936Running
68+2111Matt Lux 8-8.291Running
77010LGary Lyle 8-9.921Running
84-413XKenny Schaffer 8-10.487Running
99075Dennis Curry 8-11.990Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11011Gordy Gundaker 80.0008Running
25+344Chris Madden 8-3.342Running
3309YLevi Yetter 8-6.952Running
42-220Doug Eck 8-8.742Running
54-17TDrake Troutman 8-8.932Running
66012RRyan Payne 8-9.751Running
78+1W3John Weaver 8-10.139Running
87-118BDavid Blazavich 8-11.093Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11012Doug Drown 80.0008Running
22025Shane Clanton 80.000Running
33048Colton Flinner 80.000Running
45+11STJohnny Scott 80.000Running
56+197Cade Dillard 80.000Running
68+236Logan Martin 80.000Running
74-372Tyler Emory 80.000Running
87-11PRob Phelps 80.000Running
9906JRParker Martin 0-8 LapsDNS
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+14SRyan Montgomery 80.0008Running
21-13SBrian Shirley 8-0.618Running
33032Bobby Pierce 8-1.548Running
4400Rick Eckert 8-3.675Running
55096VTanner English 8-4.222Running
68+236KPaul Kot 8-5.693Running
77027Michael Lake 8-7.071Running
86-224Tyler Wyant 8-8.814Running
Heat 6 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+119RRyan Gustin 80.0008Running
21-19Nick Hoffman 8-2.629Running
34+122Gregg Satterlee 8-5.141Running
46+2B1Brent Larson 8-7.229Running
55066Justin Kann 8-8.037Running
63-328Dennis Erb Jr8-8.264Running
78+144PJoe Petyak 8-10.407Running
87-128DDel Rougeux 8-13.491Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1410Mike Norris Sarver, PA15.0180.000
27B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.052-0.034
3811Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO15.107-0.089
46B22Bump Hedman Sugar Grove, PA15.179-0.161
52240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL15.230-0.212
61420Doug Eck Corry, PA15.353-0.335
7241CAlex Ferree Saxonburg, PA15.426-0.408
81030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.450-0.432
939YLevi Yetter Cabot, PA15.483-0.465
10205LJon Lee Summerville, PA15.505-0.487
111613XKenny Schaffer DaBois, PA15.537-0.519
12117TDrake Troutman Hyndman, PA15.555-0.537
131957Bo Lockwood Brookville, PA15.557-0.539
141800Kyle Hardy Stephens City, VA15.563-0.545
152144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.575-0.557
16171*Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA15.681-0.663
17251ZLogan Zarin Moon Twp., PA15.764-0.746
182612RRyan Payne Pennsboro, WV15.793-0.775
191514WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.839-0.821
20210LGary Lyle Leechburg, PA15.874-0.856
212318BDavid Blazavich Marion Center, PA15.884-0.866
22122GGreg Oakes Franklinville, NY15.885-0.867
2313111Matt Lux Franklin, PA15.912-0.894
249W3John Weaver Commodore, PA16.049-1.031
2551LChuckie Lepsch Johnstown, PA16.094-1.076
261275Dennis Curry Curwensville, PA17.120-2.102
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
1312Doug Drown Wooster, OH15.4060.000
243SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL15.467-0.061
369Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.477-0.071
41125Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA15.509-0.103
5154SRyan Montgomery Fairmont, WV15.553-0.147
6719RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA15.628-0.222
71248Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA15.685-0.279
81332Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.689-0.283
92028Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.695-0.289
102172Tyler Emory King George, VA15.706-0.300
1150Rick Eckert York, PA15.708-0.302
12122Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA15.719-0.313
13221STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM15.872-0.466
14996VTanner English Benton, KY15.925-0.519
151666Justin Kann Huntingdon, PA15.939-0.533
161497Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.974-0.568
171924Tyler Wyant Oil City, PA15.976-0.570
182B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.994-0.588
19181PRob Phelps , 16.025-0.619
201727Michael Lake Uniontown, PA16.085-0.679
21828DDel Rougeux Frenchville, PA16.156-0.750
222336Logan Martin West Plains, MO16.207-0.801
232436KPaul Kot Brockway, PA16.357-0.951
242544PJoe Petyak Gallitzin, PA16.592-1.186
25106JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA0.00015.406
Hot Laps Results
12240BKyle Bronson Brandon, FL14.7990.000
23625Shane Clanton Zebulon, GA14.810-0.011
3404SRyan Montgomery Fairmont, WV14.831-0.032
43219RRyan Gustin Marshalltown, IA14.861-0.062
5293SBrian Shirley Chatham, IL14.865-0.066
6410Mike Norris Sarver, PA14.944-0.145
7811Gordy Gundaker St. Charles, MO14.961-0.162
82144Chris Madden Gray Court, SC15.007-0.208
93832Bobby Pierce Oakwood, IL15.014-0.215
102812Doug Drown Wooster, OH15.020-0.221
11471STJohnny Scott Las Cruces, NM15.027-0.228
126B22Bump Hedman Sugar Grove, PA15.045-0.246
131030Todd Cooney Des Moines, IA15.054-0.255
1439YLevi Yetter Cabot, PA15.091-0.292
152622Gregg Satterlee Indiana, PA15.123-0.324
16300Rick Eckert York, PA15.123-0.324
173748Colton Flinner Allison Park, PA15.126-0.327
18241CAlex Ferree Saxonburg, PA15.137-0.338
194836Logan Martin West Plains, MO15.140-0.341
20319Nick Hoffman Mooresville, NC15.150-0.351
214528Dennis Erb JrCarpentersville, IL15.156-0.357
22356JRParker Martin Miledgeville, GA15.161-0.362
231420Doug Eck Corry, PA15.164-0.365
241957Bo Lockwood Brookville, PA15.193-0.394
251800Kyle Hardy Stephens City, VA15.218-0.419
2627B1Brent Larson Lake Elmo, MN15.258-0.459
277B5Brandon Sheppard New Berlin, IL15.273-0.474
28205LJon Lee Summerville, PA15.275-0.476
29171*Chub Frank Bear Lake, PA15.332-0.533
304227Michael Lake Uniontown, PA15.337-0.538
31117TDrake Troutman Hyndman, PA15.359-0.560
323997Cade Dillard Robeline, LA15.363-0.564
334424Tyler Wyant Oil City, PA15.382-0.583
344936KPaul Kot Brockway, PA15.384-0.585
351613XKenny Schaffer DaBois, PA15.386-0.587
364672Tyler Emory King George, VA15.417-0.618
372318BDavid Blazavich Marion Center, PA15.439-0.640
383496VTanner English Benton, KY15.474-0.675
391514WDustin Walker Polk, MO15.615-0.816
404166Justin Kann Huntingdon, PA15.661-0.862
41210LGary Lyle Leechburg, PA15.712-0.913
42251ZLogan Zarin Moon Twp., PA15.716-0.917
439W3John Weaver Commodore, PA15.764-0.965
44122GGreg Oakes Franklinville, NY15.871-1.072
455044PJoe Petyak Gallitzin, PA16.055-1.256
461275Dennis Curry Curwensville, PA16.061-1.262
473328DDel Rougeux Frenchville, PA16.178-1.379
4851LChuckie Lepsch Johnstown, PA16.558-1.759
4913111Matt Lux Franklin, PA16.558-1.759
505112RRyan Payne Pennsboro, WV16.558-1.759
51431PRob Phelps , 16.558-1.759
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Event Info  

Connor Bobik Memorial
Friday, May 19, 2023
Marion Center Raceway
484 Potts Rd
Marion Center, Pennsylvania 15759 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to "The Thrill on the Hill" for the 2nd straight season as part of a 2-night Pennsylvania weekend.

In addition to the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models, Semi Lates and FWD's will also be in competition.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Late Model Series

To Win Amount

Feature Laps Length

Event Schedule
4PM Pit Gates Open
4PM Registration Opens (closes at 6PM)
5PM Grandstands Open
6PM Driver's Meeting
6:30PM World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Hot Laps
Semi Lates Hot Laps
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Low-E Insulation Qualifying - 2 Laps
FWD Hot Laps
Opening Ceremonies
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Heat Races - 8 Laps
Semi Lates Heat Races - 10 Laps
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Redraw
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Last Chance Showdown - 10 Laps
FWD Heat Races - 8 Laps
World of Outlaws CASE Late Models Feature - 40 Laps
Semi Lates Feature - 20 Laps
FWD Feature - 15 Laps

*Schedule subject to change*
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Grandstand Adults (Ages 15+): $30
Grandstand Students (Ages 6-14): $20
Pits: $45
Pits (5 & Under): FREE

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount

Track Info  

Marion Center Raceway
484 Potts Rd
Marion Center, Pennsylvania 15759 

Track Phone
(814) 952-0295

Track Size

Track Type
High-banked oval

Late Model Track Record
14.282 seconds by Max Blair on 5/20/22

Closest Airport
Pittsburgh International Airport

Other Airport
Erie Tom Ridge International Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  
Competitor Downloads

Tire Rules
Left Front Tire: Hoosier (Open)

Left Rear & Right Front Tire:
Hoosier (90) NLMT2, (90) LM20.

Right Rear Tire:
Hoosier (92) NLMT2 (92) LM20 (92) NLMT3, (92) LM30.

**Grooving & Siping will be allowed**

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