York Haven, PA (July 30, 2017) – Tony Mrakovich returned to his roots when he entered the Central PA Legend Series race at Susquehanna Speedway. Mrakovich spent many weekends at the four-tenths of a mile dirt oval in south central Pennsylvania before competing in the ARCA series this year. He was excited to take part in the tight competition while catching up with old friends.
Mrakovich started his qualifying race in the third starting position. His No. 43 blue and silver machine took to the track like old times as Tony swapped the lead several times throughout the eight-lap sprint. During the final lap, he saw an opportunity to take the win but lost control as the car snapped out from under him while trying to avoid contact with the leader. While the car was undamaged, he was relegated to the last position and forced to race in the “B-Main” event in order to make it the main feature.
Since 31 drivers were entered for only 24 spots in the race, Mrakovich knew that the margin for error was slim, and he delivered. After starting from the fourth position, he advanced to second during the caution free “B-Main” race. He would remain there when the checkered flag waived, earning the 20th starting spot for the main feature.
When the green flag dropped on the evening’s “Feature Event”, Mrakovich sliced through the field, breaking into the top-10. Unfortunately, contact with another driver halted his progress and the accident sent him to the back of the field with just six laps remaining. The 18-year old made the most of the situation, advancing to a 14th place finishing position. Mason Chaney won the event.
Mrakovich was still able to put a positive spin on his night. “The way I saw it, any night where you spin twice and nothing gets torn up, is still a good one” he explained. “I had a fun time racing with everyone and there were no hurt feelings after the accident, which is always good. Even though the finishing results don’t show it, we definitely had a top-10 car, even with no practice and limited preparation. It was fun and I’ll be back.”
After starting out his ARCA career with three top-15 finishes earlier this season, Mrakovich hopes to continue his success at Chicagoland, Kentucky and Kansas Speedways if sponsorship is secured.