Eric Beers takes another Mahoning Modified win

Eric Beers takes another Mahoning Modified win; Mike Sweeney finally lands Late Model laurels; Jon Moser dominates in Street Stock 75; Mike Stofflet, Cody Kohler and Ryan Berger also Victory Lane visitors

By DINO OBERTO

(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 5-28-16) For the fourth time in seven starts Eric Beers parked his No. 45 Horwith Trucking car in Victory Lane at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Beers had a great duel not just with runner-up Don Wagner, whom he battled tooth and nail and did not pass until three laps to go, but he was in thick traffic from start to finish en route to the hard fought victory. Third place Earl Paules, Kyle Strohl, Jack Ely, Kris Graver and several others all waged a strong fight with Beers.

Truth be told several cautions also helped Beers’ effort in his march to the front prior to him reaching third behind Wagner and Paules. Then the as the laps began to wind down he picked off Paules at circuit 27 and went after Wagner in a remarkable two-wide confrontation.

Hard driving, hands up on the wheel, both titans worked the track with perfection and precise accuracy. Beers showed he just wanted it more and the current point leader would go on the win number four of 2016 and the 49th of his career Mahoning Modified win.  

“Donny (Wagner) was running hard out there and I was just waiting for an opportunity to nose by him. My car was just a little bit better than his just through the center of the corners and we were about even down the straightaways,” said Beers.

“He wiggled his back end off (turn) two just a little bit and I got in underneath. We never touched and we ran two-three laps side-by-side. It was just great racing.”

Wagner may not have won but he can still be satisfied with the result. In his last race the car was bent up bad from and accident. He and his crew had to straighten and re-bend nearly every corner of the car. Back-to-back rainouts also helped with needed time to get the job done. 

Starting from the pole, Wagner had rookie Nick Baer keeping him in check. Likewise Glen Slocum showed some great strength before he spun from contention on lap nine. Strohl stepped in afterwards but he had to make way for the big guns as Paules, Beers and Graver stormed by to take on Wagner.

Baer would give up his spot to Paules on lap 15 with Beers in tow while Graver tracked closely as well. Once Beers was able to get by for the lead, Wagner knew it was over.

“He’s (Beers) the man to beat this year. We went out tonight to win the race and for all the damage we had from the last time here we’re pleased with a second place,” said Wagner. “The car is off just a little bit and that’s why he beat us. We’ll come back next week loaded for bear.”

While the veterans took the spotlight, there was clearly a look at what the future has to hold as Baer, Slocum, Ely and Gene Bowers all showed savvy against a group of distinguished talent.

“I love running with young guys. They’re the future of our sport and someday I’m going to be sitting up in the grandstands watching all then race,” added Wagner.

For Late Model winner Mike Sweeney, he is no longer the bridesmaid. After four straight runner-up finishes, Sweeney finally busted through for his first win of the ’16 season.

He started third and was lined up behind pole sitter Jeremy Miller after the first lap. Without the addition of cautions Sweeney had to get tough on Miller in his quest to for the lead.

He first tried the inside for a pass but Miller was quick to close up that lane. He then took his Ford powered No. D11 to the topside. Miller would do his best to hold off the charge, however, the top spot was securely in the hands of Sweeney by the conclusion of lap 16. From there on it was smooth sailing for Sweeney’s 29th Mahoning Late Model victory.

The Street Stocks contested the second leg of the 2016 American Rental Street Stock Gamblers Series with a 75-lap/$1000-to-win main and while a full and solid field of cars were on hand, none could match the stellar performance of Jon Moser who not only led every lap, but did so without any opposition as he stayed plenty of ahead of everyone. For Moser, it ended a nearly six year dry spell.

Stacey Brown notched second by a car length over Randy Ahner Jr.

In the Dirt Mods Mike Stofflet made a huge comeback in gaining his second win of the year. On week two Stofflet was involved in a grinding crash that left his mount badly damaged and himself quite sore.

He missed one race and then with no shows the past two weeks due to rain, that gave him the needed to time to get the car back to race trim.

Stofflet was placed into the lead after a lap seven caution when then leader Ricky Yetter was sent to the rear after race officials were displeased with his restarts that had previously been warned about.

Afterwards Stofflet was in a league of his own as he rocketed to a nearly two-second margin of victory. New Yorker Rich Coons, who raced here just one previous time, put on an impressive drive taking second over Frank Parastino.

Defending Pro 4 champ Cody Kohler cruised to his first feature win of the season while point leader Bobby Kibler Jr., continued his dominance of top two finishes.

Ryan Berger, a third generation racer, claimed his career first win in the 20-lap Hobby Stock main.

Berger started from the pole and was holding his line nicely over reigning champ Cody Geist. However, lapped traffic allowed Geist the opportunity to take the lead with four laps to go.

Berger, though, wasn’t ready to let this one slip away. On the white flag lap the upstart powered back to the front and eked out the memorable first win in thrilling fashion.

Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Don Wagner, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Kyle Strohl, 5. Jack Ely, 6. Kristopher Graver, 7. Glenn Slocum, 8. Gene Bowers, 9. Terry Markovic, 10. John Markovic, 11. Nick Baer, 12. Roger Heffelfinger

Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeny, 2. Jeremy  Miller, 3.  Frankie Althouse, 4. Paul Kohler Jr., 5. Kenny Hein, 6. Patrick Hargan, 7. Jacob Nemeth, 8. Paul Skodacek, 9. Chris Anderson, 10. Wayne Kerstetter, DNS, Lorin Arthofer

Street Stock Feature Finish (75 Laps): 1. Jon Moser, 2. Stacey Brown, 3. Randy Ahner Jr., 4. Jon Tracy, 5. Kristy Arthofer, 6. Corey Edelman, 7. Todd Ahner, 8. Jason Frey, 9. Justin Mooney, 10. Aaron Kromer, 11. Jason Kuhn, 12. Jared Ahner, 13. Mark Martini, 14. Greg Long, 15. Josh Mooney, 16. Chip Wanamaker, 17. Jamie Smith, 18. Rick Reichenbach, 19. Eric Danyluk, 20. Zach Graver DNQ: Logan Boyer, Kevin Weierbach, George Ramos, Dan Freundt, Dennis Buss, Jeremy Scheckler, Joe Stangle, Steve Hoffman

Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Rich Coons, 3.Frank Parastino, 4. Aleia Geisler, 5. Ray Deemer, 6. Billy Lasko, 7. Paul Effrig, 8. Scott Hyland, 9. Bill Sittler, 10. Ricky Yetter, 11. John Cook

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler,  2. Bobby Kibler Jr., 3. Kevin Graver Jr, 4. Josh Scherer,  5. Tyler Stangle, 6. Jake Kibler, 7. Kailyn Beers, 8. Josh Bennett, 9. Shawn Kistler, 10. Shawn Hoffman

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Ryan Berger, 2. Cody Geist, 3. Shayne Geist, 4. Devon Schmidt, 5. Colton Perry, 6. Avery Arthofer, 7. Travis Solomon, 8. Tiffany Wambold, 9. Rich Mutarelli, 10. Waylon Speer, 11. Austin Beers, 12. Daniel Hargan, 13. Nicholas Kerstetter, 14. Ken Reeder, 15. Dean Strohl Jr., 16. Taylor Schmidt, 17. Dean Strohl Sr., 18. Jesse Strohl, 19. Randy Sicher, 20. Michael Wambold DNQ: Elmer Kennedy, Dean Strohl Jr., Jason Gould

HEARNE AND INGRAHAM TOP MODIFIED TWINS AT WALL SATURDAY

 

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jason Hearne of New Egypt and Brick’s Shawna Ingraham were main event winners in the Memorial Day weekend Twin 35 lap feature races for the Downs Ford Modified stock cars at Wall Stadium Saturday night. Both enjoyed their first win of the 2016 season.

Jason Treat of Jackson was the leader at the outset of the first 35-lapper with Hearne and Jonathan Mandato of Toms River almost instant challengers. Hearne slipped into the lead on lap nine with Mandato and Derek Hopkinson of Toms River close behind. By the time 19 laps were complete Eric Mauriello and Jimmy Blewett, both of Howell, advanced to second and third and the battle for second was on!

This battle boiled over when the duo touched in the third turn on lap 20 with Mauriello spinning as a result. That left Blewett to chase down Hearne but his race ended with three laps to go when his car lost power. Hearne then raced on to the win with Brick’s Ron Frees crossing the finish line second. When it was learned during a post race inspection that Frees raced with a tire that was not in his tire bank. He lost the runner-up spot.

Andrew Krause of Holmdel was then recorded as second while Howell’s Justin Gumley, Ingraham and Chas Okerson of Freehold wrapped up the top five.

“I am so glad for (car-owner) Jim Wolf,” Hearne said after the race. “We’ve had a tough couple of years and really needed this win.”

The second 35-lapper saw Mandato the early leader as defending champ Steven Reed of Freehold soon advanced to second. Reed soon looked for a path to the lead but slowed on the backstretch with a broken flywheel moments later. Mandato then fought off Hopkinson and Ingraham as Blewett, who picked up a ride in the Kenny Matlach No. 34 for the second race, moved into contention.

At halfway Blewett had advanced to second and went after the leader when the duo touched in turn four. Mandato was somehow able to retain control of his sliding car while Blewett left the race with a cut tire. On the restart Ingraham chased the leaders before a lane opened on the inside and she made the winning pass. Mandato was the runner-up with Hopkinson, Matawan’s Anthony Sesely and Trevor Alspach of Willingboro wrapping up the top five.

“A lane opened up on the inside and I just took it,” Ingraham, the only woman to win in the Modifieds here said. “The car was awesome.”

Dom Fattaruso of Brick crossed the finish line first in the companion 30-lapper for the Snap On Sportsman cars but when his car’s rev limiter failed to function during post race inspection he was dropped to fourth place on the finishing order as required by the rules. That moved Brick’s Scott Brannick, who was in winning contention most of the way; to the top spot for his first ever win. Howell’s Kevin Davison and Ricky Collins of Willow Grove, Pa. were second and third. Blake Barney of Jackson was fifth.

Steve West of Howell led almost the entire 25-lap distance to win the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stock main event. Wall’s Rob Haberstick was second, with Ron Booth of Eatontown, Brick’s Joe Mongeau and Jerry Stanzione of Keansburg completing the top five.

Leslie Harrigan won the Demolition Derby.

Racing returns this Saturday evening (June 4) with grandstand seating opening at 5:00 p.m. and qualifying starting at 5:45 p.m. Main event action, which will start around 7:00 p.m., will see the Modifieds in a 40-lapper, Sportsman cars in a 30-lapper and the Elite Maintenance Limited Late Models in a 50-lap race. The Surf Side Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, ATQMRA TQ Midgets and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will also be in racing action. “Super Hero Night” festivities will have many costumed characters in the grandstands to meet fans young and old.

The complete regular season schedule, which runs on Saturday nights through the end of September, is available at wallspeedwayracing.com as are the rules and regulations for all divisions. Post-season events, the “Spooky Spectacular” in October and the Thanksgiving weekend “Turkey Derby,” are also being planned.

Wall Stadium is located on Route 34 in Wall Township, N.J., just one mile north of Garden State Parkway exit 98 and Interstate 195 exit 35B. The speedway hotline number is 732-681-6400 and email address is CKMotorsports@aol.com.

1ST MODIFIED FEATURE – 35 Laps – 1. JASON HEARNE, NEW EGYPT, 2. Andrew Krause, 3. Justin Gumley, 4. Shawna Ingraham, 5. Chas Okerson, 6. Ken Matlach, 7. Chris Lane, 8. Zack Alspach, 9. Shaun Carrig, 10. Trevor Alspach, 11. Robby Walton, 12. Jimmy Blewett, 13. Jonathan Mandato, 14. Ken Woolley, 15. Eric Mauriello, 16. Jason Treat, 17. Derek Hopkinson, 18. Steven Reed, 19. Anthony Sesely, DQ Ron Frees

2ND MODIFIED FEATURE 35 Laps – 1. SHAWNA INGRAHAM, BRICKI, 2. Mandato, 3. Hopkinson, 4. Sesely, 5. Trevor Alspach, 6. Zack Alspach, 7. Okerson, 8. Woolley, 9. Carrig, 10. Krause, 11. Treat, 12. Walton, 13. Blewett, 14. Lane, 15. Frees, 16. Reed, 17. Gumley, 18. Hearne, 19. Mauriello

SPORTSMAN FEATURE – 30 Laps – 1. SCOTT BRANNICK, BRICK, 2. Kevin Davison, 3. Ricky Collins, 4. Dom Fattaruso, 5. Blake Barney, 6. Jarret DeGiantomasso, 7. Shanon Mongeau, 8. Dave Bailey, 9. Brian Doyle, 10. Matt Langbein, 11. Jimmy Wolcott, 12. Joe Cocca, 13. Eric Lane, 14. Chris Laureigh, 15. Kenny Van Wickle, 16. Jason Caruso, 17. Robert Sutphin, 18. Tyler Truex

FACTORY STOCK FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. STEVE WEST, HOWELL, 2. Rob Haberstick, 3. Ron Booth, 4. Joe Mongeau, 5. Jerry Stanzione, 6. Scott Riggleman, 7. Marty Van Druten, 8. Richie Byrne, 9. John Bowers, 10. Ronnie Mullen, 11. Scott Maher, 12. Tim O’Shea, 13. Matt Badessa, 14. Tom Rajkowski, 15. Dave Green, 16. Tony Bartone, 17. Rick Siddons, 18. Gerry Koenig

Lichty, Danzer, Castiglia earn Memorial Day Weekend wins

Port City 160 ‘Super Spectacle’
Pres. by Corr/Pak Merchandising/Shea Concrete

BOX SCORE:

Novelis Supermodifieds

Novelis Supermodified Jim Shampine Memorial (75-laps): 1. 52 – Dave Danzer, 2. 05 – Jeff Abold, 3. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 4. 50

– Dave Gruel, 5. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 6. 6 – Dave Shullick Jr, 7. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 8. 15 – Michael Muldoon, 9. 0 – Tim

Snyder, 10. 21 – Kody Graham, 11. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 12. 68 – Michael Barnes, 13. 11 – Aric Iosue, 14. 12 – Pat lavery, 15.

24 – Dave Cliff, 16. 01 – Dan Connors, 17. 55 – Keith Shampine, 18. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr, 19. 14 – Kreig Heroth

Lighthouse Lanes Hard Charger: #21 – Kody Graham

Lighthouse Lanes Up and Comer: #05 – Jeff Abold

Radical Racegear Lap Leader: #52 – Dave Danzer

Xtreme Sim Racing Series Last Car on Lead Lap: #15 – Michael Muldoon

Heat #1 (12-laps): 1. 68 – Michael Barnes, 2. 0 – Tim Snyder, 3. 6 – Dave Shullick Jr, 4. 5 – Tim Devendorf, 5. 11 – Aric

Iosue, 6. 56 – Hal LaTulip, 7. 83 – Lou LeVea Jr

Heat #2 (12-laps): 1. 50 – Dave Gruel, 2. 12 – Pat Lavery, 3. 7 – Otto Sitterly, 4. 55 – keith Shampine, 5. 15 – Michael

Muldoon, 6. 21 – Kody Graham

Heat #3 (12-laps): 1. 02 – Brandon Bellinger, 2. 05 – Jeff Abold, 3. 52 – Dave Danzer, 4. 24 – Dave Cliff, 5. 01 – Dan

Connors, 6. 14 – Kreig Heroth

Pathfinder Bank SBS

Pathfinder Bank SBS Tony White Memorial (35-laps): 1. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 2. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 3. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 4.

50 – Dave Cliff, 5. 9 – Jack Patrick, 6. 54 – Camden Proud, 7. 22 – Mike Bruce, 8. 76 – Scott Shafer, 9. 74 – Mike Bond,

10. 67 – Tyler Shullick, 11. 88 – Brad Haynes, 12. 77 – Cameron Rowe, 13. 91 – Barry Kingsley, 14. 15 – James Babcock, 15.

7 – Alex Hoag, 16. 18 – Andrew Schartner, 17. 2 – Rob Pullen, 18. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 19. 13 – Russ Brown, 20. 8 – Josh

Kerr, 21. 90 – Greg O’Connor, 22. 37 – Jesse Bearup, 23. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 24. 23 – Cameron Black

D&S Landscaping Hard Charger: #67 – Tyler Shullick

Nice Price Auto Sales Up and Comer: #54 – Camden Proud

White’s Car Care 4th Place: #50 – Dave Cliff

Sherwood Racing Wheels Lap Leader: #69 – Mark Castiglia

Bacc-Off Hard Luck Award: #01 – Dalton Doyle

Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 1 – Anthony Losurdo, 2. 01 – Dalton Doyle, 3. 54 – Camden Proud, 4. 88 – Brad Haynes, 5. 77 – Cameron

Rowe, 6. 8 – Josh Kerr, 7. 99 – Dennis Rupert, 8. 7 – Alex Hoag

Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 74 – Mike Bond, 2. 22 – Mike Bruce, 3. 69 – Mark Castiglia, 4. 50 – Dave Cliff, 5. 91 – Barry

Kingsley, 6. 90 – .Barry Kingsley, 7. 15 – James Babcock, 8. 23 – Cameron Black

Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 04 – Kreig Heroth, 2. 13 – Russ Brown, 3. 9 – Jack Patrick, 4. 76 – Scott Shafer, 5. 18 – Andrew

Schartner, 6. 2 – Rob Pullen, 7. 67 – Tyler Shulluick, 8. 37 – Jesse Bearup

ISMA Supermodifieds

ISMA Supermodified Time Trials: 1. 84 – Mike Lichty; 14.730 (NTR), 2. 97 – Timmy jedrzejek; 15.171, 3. 22 – Mike McVetta;

15.302, 4. 25 – Dan Bowes; 15.359, 5. 11 – Chris Perley; 15.407, 6. 1 – Kyle Edwards; 15.435, 7. 61 – Michael ordway Jr;

15.452, 8. 17 – Ben Seitz; 15.456, 9. 78 – Mark Sammut; 15.472, 10. 65 – Tim Ice; 15.497, 11. 90 – Ray Graham Jr; 15.502,

12. 70 – Dave McKnight; 15.537, 13. 95 – Dave Shullick JR; 15.569, 14. 39 – Allison Cumens; 15.583, 15. 19 – Trent

Stephens; 15.635, 16. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr; 15.728, 17. 76 – Dave Gruel; 15.799, 18. 51 – dave Duggan; 16.002, 19. 49 – Danny

Shirey; 16.116, 20. 96 – Lou LeVea Sr; 16.502

ISMA Supermodified Jack Murphy Memorial (50-laps): 1. 84 – Mike Lichty, 2. 95 – Dave Shullick Jr, 3. 70 – Dave McKnight, 4.

65 – Tim Ice, 5. 11 – Chris Perley, 6. 78 – Mark Sammut, 7. 22 – Mike Mcvetta, 8. 1 – Kyle Edwards, 9. 49 – Danny Shirey,

10. 39 – Allison Cumens, 11. 17 – Ben Seitz, 12. 97 – Timmy Jedrzejek, 13. 19 – Trent Stephens, 14. 21 – Eddie Witkum jr,

15. 25 – Dan Bowes, 16. 90 – Ray Graham Jr, 17. 51 – Dave Duggan, 18. 76 – Dave Gruel, 19. 61 – Mike ordway Jr

ISMA Supermodified Heat #1 (10-laps): 1. 70 – Dave McKnight, 2. 78 – MArk Sammut, 3. 1 – Kyle Edwards, 4. 22 – Mike

McVetta, 5. 39 – Allison Cumens, 6. 76 – Dave Gruel, 7. 96 – Lou Levea Sr

ISMA Supermodified Heat #2 (10-laps): 1. 90 – Ray Graham, 2. 17 – Ben Seitz, 3. 11 – Chris Perley, 4. 19 – Trent Stephens,

5. 97 – Tim jedrzejek, 51 – Dave Duggan

ISMA Supermodified Heat #3 (10-laps): 1. 84 – Mike Lichty, 2. 65 – Tim Ice, 3. 95 – Dave Shullick jr, 4. 25 – Dan Bowes, 5.

49 – Danny Shirey, 6. 21 – Ed Witkum Jr, 7. 61 – Mike Ordway Jr

Next Race:
Saturday, June 11
6-Pack the Back Night
Novelis Supermodified Spring Championship 50
Pathfinder Bank SBS Spring Championship 30

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