Scott Priester and Dionise Racing End 2012 Second at Mercer Raceway Park
Rimersburg, PA (11/8/2012) – Rimersburg, Pennsylvania native and Team Fully Injected ‘410’ sprint car veteran, Scott Priester, had another successful season in Western Pennsylvania; piloting two sprinters for two different ‘car owners’ on most weekends during the 2012 season. Priester, a former Challenger Raceway sprint car track champion, not only piloted his familiar, ‘family’ owned no. 11 ‘410’ sprinter during the summer months, but also the Martha Dionise owned no. 15 sprinter each and every weekend. The ‘veteran’ may not have found victory lane in 2012, but top five finishes were an often outcome. Priester and Dionise Racing competed each and every Saturday night at the Mercer Raceway Park in Mercer, Pennsylvania; ending the season second in the final track standings. The team proved to be more than consistent by ending the Mercer schedule with nearly five consecutive fourth (4th) place finishes during ‘regular’ season feature action. When not behind the wheel of the Dionise ’15’ machine at Mercer Raceway Park, Priester was in his own equipment; racing mainly at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver, Pennsylvania. The Rimersburg native ended his Lernerville Speedway campaign 10th in the final standings even after missing select point races.
“It was an up and down year for us in 2012” explained Priester, “We were a tick off most of the year at Lernerville, but still proved to be competitive in my own equipment…we don’t have quite the budget that a lot of these teams have…there are a lot of competitive teams in this area…but we still ended the Lernerville year 10th in the final point standings even after missing shows here and there.”
The 2012 season was Martha Dionise’s 41st year in sprint car competition. Priester has been the full-time pilot of the familiar pink and purple ’15’ for the past few years. The ‘veteran’ combination fell just short of a track championship at Mercer Raceway Park during the most recent season; finishing just 28 points behind track champion and Greenville, Pennsylvania native Eric ‘Turkey’ Williams. Priester and Dionise Racing plan to team back up again in 2013 and re-enter themselves in the hunt for the Mercer Raceway Park track championship.
“I can’t thank Martha Dionise enough for the opportunity she gives me to drive her car” explained Priester, “Everybody that’s involved with that team worked really hard this season…Steve Johns at AMS, Karl Hennig, and my entire family…I can’t thank everybody enough…we will be back in 2013 looking for that Mercer track championship…and hopefully find victory lane!”
Priester will also be back behind the wheel of his own no. 11 sprinter in 2013. The family-runned operation hopes to not only have equipment ready for select ‘410’ sprint car shows at various Western Pennsylvania ovals, but also have a separate car solely for non-wing competition in the area. Non-wing sprint car competition has become more and more popular in Western Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, thanks to the Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (B.O.S.S.). The series focuses on non-wing ‘410’ sprint car racing in Indiana, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Priester has always had an interest in ‘traditional’ sprint car racing, and plans to become a bigger part of the B.O.S.S. tour next season. The ‘veteran’ also plans to debut new colors next season for the no. 11; shying away from his notorious ‘red’ look of recent seasons. If all goes according to plan, the Rimersburg native will pilot the Dionise Racing no. 15, the Priester Racing no. 11, and the Priester Racing non-wing no. 11, in 2013.
“We have a lot lined up for next season so hopefully everything goes in the right direction for us” said Priester about 2013, “We will be back in Martha’s car, as well as my own car…but I would also like to put a non-wing program together, as well…hopefully we can acquire a few more sponsors for next season…every little bit helps…we are going to work hard this off-season and try our best to make everything happen!”
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