Fans: Despite Last Week’s Tragedy, Racing Must Continue At Marysville Track

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MARYSVILLE (CBS13) – The families of two people killed at a Marysville raceway a week ago say they want the racing season to go on as normal.

Race fans are back at Marysville Raceway Park tonight where flags are flying at half staff and there was a moment of silence before the race started to honor the memory of 14-year-old Marcus Johnson and 68-year-old Dale Wondergem. Both were killed when Chase Johnson’s car careened off the track during a warm-up lap and flew into the pit crew area.

The younger victim, Marcus, was the 17-year-old driver’s cousin.

Fans say while they are sad about what happened, it’s important to continue with the race season.

“The people that passed unfortunately, they would want you to continue. They were diehard race fans,” said race fan Dawn McCutcheon.

The promoter tells CBS13 there are only minor safety modifications that were made for tonight’s race, because the cause of last week’s crash was most likely caused by mechanical failure on the car.

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