Last lap pass for Austin Kochenash nips Kevin Rex for Mahoning Modified Laurels

By DINO OBERTO

 (LEHIGHTON 9-22-18) Austin Kochenash unwaveringly kept the pressure on Kevin Rex Jr., over the second half of Saturday night’s 35-lap Modified contest at Mahoning Valley Speedway and in the end made a clutch last lap pass out of the final corner to claim the checkers for his first win of the season.

The victory was special for Kochenash too who had recently debuted a newly build homemade car. Nicknamed “Frankenstein,” it making just its second race in competition.

“This is the first real race with the car and I couldn’t be happier with the way it performed here tonight. To be able to build my own car and win in just the second time out and to get back to winning here is special,” said Kochenash.

Zane Zeiner was a close third while Bobby Jones and Josh Scherer completed the top five. With an 11th place tally Brian DeFebo earned his second straight track championship and eighth overall.

Pole sitter Rex took to the lead from the outset and immediately had to guard his spot as Zeiner was all over him. By lap 11 Kochenash ousted Gene Bowers for third and would then run alongside Zeiner, both then making continued stabs at the leader. But despite the ongoing battle from Kochenash and Zeiner, Rex remained fully focused in preserving the lead.

By lap 19 Kochenash would secure second and begin his offensive on Rex that led to a torrid battle during the final 10 laps. Time and again Rex would close the door then when the white flag waved Kochenash laid it all on the line as he swung to the inside lane and was able to squeeze alongside Rex as they went into turn four. With finish line just feet ahead Kochenash kept the throttle stomped and would nip Rex by the slimmest of margins.

“We raced hard and I wasn’t doing anything to move him out of the way. I knew I had a good car to go around the top but then on the last lap I could see that the bottom would be the line and we went for it and here we are,” said Kochenash.

“I can’t thank everyone enough, all my sponsors and crew who help me out and I want to dedicate this win to Greg Hodnett.”

Rex, who was making just his fourth start of the year, knew it was a tough loss but took it in stride none the less.

“The car started out pretty good but towards the end it began losing bite coming off the corners. Austin (Kochenash) ran us good and it was a great battle at the end,” said Rex.

For Mike Sweeney and Frankie Althouse, the final point race of the season with the Late Models was nerve wracking to say the least.

Althouse began the night with a 10 point edge over Sweeney who is the two-time and defending champ which made every finishing spot vital. For Sweeney he could not afford to leave anything on the table and set his sights on the big prize of winning.

And, it didn’t take him long to seize the lead which he did after a lap five restart. However, Althouse advanced his way to second soon after and would then follow Sweeney the rest of the way.

Sweeney would take the checkers for his second win of 2018 but the runner-up tally by Althouse would give the long-time supporter of Mahoning Valley his career first championship by a difference of just three points.

26 years ago Eric Beers battled Earl Paules for his first Modified championship. Fast-forward to Saturday night and Paules was again going for a title against a Beers only this time it would be with the Sportsman Modifieds and with Eric’s 15-year son Austin Beers.

As to be expected the night began with thrilling drama as A. Beers started out just two points better than Paules. When the heat was concluded Paules garnered enough markers to begin the feature two points to the good.

When the race got underway BJ Wambold was holding the lead while Beers and Paules race second and third. Beers knew what his best title option was and going for the win and during the first 14 laps he would make every effort to get past Wambold. Then with a restart on lap 15 Beers took that at his best time to strike, motoring to front from the outside. For the remaining 10 laps he then put enough of a gap on the rest of the pack to secure the victory and earn the inaugural class championship.

Jamie Smith raced out front for all 30 laps of the Street Stock feature, in the process picking up his first win of the season over Stacey Brown and Jason Beers.

In the tightly contested battle for the division crown Mark Deysher’s fifth place finish was enough needed to win his third division championship.

Mike Stofflet was the man to beat throughout the season with the Dirt Mods and proved yet again with his seventh victory. Stofflet passed a very determined Billy Sittler Jr., halfway through the race and went on to score not only the verdict but a second straight championship as well.

Jake Kibler bookended the Pro 4 season with victories and added two in-between, giving the veteran racer his first championship after 27 years of trying.

The race was a thriller as Kibler unremittingly chased behind Cody Kohler starting at lap seven. Then on the final go-around Kibler was glued to the back of Kohler and exiting turn four made a go-for-broke move to the inside and eked out the win that was measured just .002-second.

Cody Boehm and Devin Schmidt put on an amazing duel in the Hobby Stocks as they ran in two-wide formation over the second 10 laps. Going toe-to-toe Boehm, a rookie, was scored in second on the final tour but with girt and determination he squeezed out enough power to nip Schmidt for the popular win.

Michael Wambold’s fifth place gained him the class title and in doing son joins his infamous father, “The Legend” George Wambold and brother, Brian Wambold as a Mahoning champions.

 Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Austin Kochenash, 2. Kevin Rex, 3. Zane Zeiner, 4. Bobby Jones, 5. Josh Scherer, 6. Lou Strohl, 7. Joey Jarowicz, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Earl Paules, 10.Gene Bowers, 11. Brian DeFebo, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Nick Bear, 14.Ron Haring Jr., 15. Terry Markovic, 16. Kristy Arthofer, 17. JJ Pacovich, 18. CJ Wagner, 19.Rick Reichenbach, 20. John Markovic

 Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Jeremey Miller, 4. Paul Koehler Jr., 5. Dylan Osborn, 6. Kenny Hein, 7. Gary Wentz, 8. Chris Anderson, 9. Lorin Arthofer, 10. Jacob Kerstetter, 11. Geno Steigerwalt, 12. Samantha Osborn,   DNS: Nick Kerstetter

 Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps) 1. Jamie Smith, 2. Stacey Brown, 3. Jason Beers, 4. Jon Moser, 5. Mark Deysher, 6. Todd Ahner, 7. Rick Reichenbach, 8. Randy Schlenker, 9. Corey Edelman, 10.Cody Geist, 11. TJ Gursky, 12. Ken Erney III, 13. Jared Ahner, 14. Jill Long, 15. Matt Schlenker, 16. Jeremy Schlenker, 17. BJ Wambold

 Sportsman Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Austin Beers, 2. BJ Wambold, 3. Zane Zeiner, 4. Earl Paules, 5. Blair Culhane, 6. Kassidy Altemose, 7. Avery Arthofer, 8. Devin Schmidt

 Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Billy Lowden Jr., 4 Colton Perry, 5. Dave Chapman, 6. Ricky Yetter, 7. Corey Edelman, 8. Patrick Corrigan, 9. Vince Fegley

 Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1.Jake Kibler, 2. Cody Kohler, 3. Randy Schaffer, 4. Bobby Kibler Sr., 5.Tyler Stangle, 6. Kevin Hoffman, 7. Josh Kuronya, 8. Jeremy Guerra, 9. Tucker Muffley, 10. Steve McDonough, 11. Bobby Kibler Jr.

 Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Boehm, 2. Devin Schmidt, 3. Ryan Berger, 4. Al Arthofer, 5. Michael Wambold, 6. Jacob Boehm, 7. Travis Solomon, 8. Lyndsay Buss, 9. BJ Wambold, 10. Todd Geist, 11. Peyton Arthofer, 12. Shawn Kistler, 13. Trisha Connolly, 14. Tad Snyder, 15. Chris DeWalt, 16. Justin Merkel, 17. Philip Sabatine, 18. Lauren Gimbi

LAUREIGH WINS SPORTSMAN, MAJEK CASHES TO FACTORY WIN AT WALL SATURDAY

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J. ~ Jonathan Laureigh of Lanoka Harbor recovered from what has been a disappointing 2018 All American Auto Group Racing Series to win the 25-lap main event for the Center State Engineering Sportsman cars Saturday night at Wall Stadium Speedway. Tim Majek of Scott Plains also had a night to remember as he won his career first 25-lap race for the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks and crashed just past the finish line.

Laureigh was an early leader of the Sportsman race but Eddie McCarthy of Pt. Pleasant and Toms River’s Louie Keraitis soon slipped into the top two spots. This duo then battled for the lead until lap 20 when McCarthy spun from the top spot in turn two. McCarthy went to the rear of the field for causing the caution while Keraitis also went to the back since officials felt he contributed to the spin.

That put Laureigh on top with Kyle Scisco and Jarret DiGiantomasso, both of Jackson, close behind. The final five laps saw this trio fight for first before Laureigh took down the win. DiGiantomasso grabbed second in the closing laps with Scisco finishing third. Point leader Kevin Davison of Howell and Carsten DiGiantomasso of Jackson completed the top five.

“We took home a wrecked car last week and came back to win tonight so this feels real good,” Laureigh said after the race. “I have to thank my mom and dad for all their hard work and of course my sponsors for their support. I know it is late in the season but I think we may have a couple more wins in this car.”

Majek led the majority of the regularly scheduled Factory Stock 25-lapper and fought off early challenges from John Bowers of Pt. Pleasant and Howell’s Richie Byrne. Point leader Mike Montano of Freeport, N.Y. took up the chase late in the race and shadowed Majek to the finish line. Majek’s big problem came about 50 feet past the finish line as lapped cars suddenly spun and he had no way to avoid them, badly damaging his winning car.

Montano, Shanon Mongeau of Manchester, Bayville’s Elliott Wohl and Byrne wrapped up the top five.

In a make-up factory stock 25-lapper from earlier this season Howell’s Johnny Carpenter raced to his second win of the year, taking the lead with an outside lane pass on lap ten. Wall’s Bob Haberstick, Montano, Majek and Howell’s Steve West were second through fifth.

Jeffrey Loesch of Neptune City earned his second win of the campaign in the 25-lap race for the Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, taking the lead on lap seven. AJ Jadacki and Brian Osborn, both of Howell, were second and third while Brian DeSarno and TJ Graves, both of Wall, were fourth and fifth.

Kyle Taraska won his first ever 25-lap main event for the visiting open cockpit Three Quarter Midgets and Joey Helbent of Pemberton won the big car Demolition Derby.

The All American Auto Group Racing Series continues this Saturday evening (Sept. 29) on “Fanfest Night,” sponsored by area NAPA dealers. The Pete and Elda’s Bar/Carmen’s Pizzeria Modifieds will return for a 40-lap main event, while the O’Shea’s Auto Repair Factory Stocks, Surfside Collision 4 Cylinder Stocks, Mike’s Performance Center Limited Late Models, the Sportsman cars and the Green Flag Driving Experience Legend Cars will all compete in a 25-lappers. Grandstands will open on hour early at 4:00 p.m., with the “On Track Party” starting at 4:30 p.m. Qualifying is set for 5:45 p.m. and feature race action set for 7:00 p.m.

Saturday night racing action continues through the October 6 “Champion’s Night” with schedule details at wallspeedwayracing.com. The Halloween themed “Spooky Spectacular” racing event is set for October 20 and the annual Turkey Derby is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend. The post-season racing cards start during the afternoon.

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 isckmotorsports@aol.com.

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RACE RESULTS

SPORTSMAN

FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JONATHAN LAUREIGH, LANOKA HARBOR, 2. Jarret DiGiantomasso, 3. Kyle Scisco, 4. Kevin Davison, 5. Carsten DiGiantomasso, 6. Jake Nelke, 7. Eric Lane, 8. Larry Thompson, 9. Michael Rising, 10. Eddie McCarthy, 11. John Blewett IV, 12. Howie Conk, 13. Tom Martino, 14. Louie Keraitis, 15. Mike Brennan, 16. Joe Cooley, 17. Robert Sutphin

FACTORY STOCKS

1ST FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. JOHNNY CARPENTER, HOWELL, 2. Bob Haberstick, 3. Mike Montano, 4. Tim Majek, 5. Steve West, 6. Shanon Mongeau, 7. Bryan O’Shea, 8. Elliot Wohl, 9. Scott Riggleman, 10. Tony Bartone, 11. Theresa Collins, 12. Nancy Riggleman, 13. Whitey Miller, 14. Gerry Koenig, 15. John Bowers, 16. Robert Ptaszynski, 17. Matt Malachatka, 18. Robert DePonte, 19. Anthony Pancoast, 20. Gary Bronne, 21. Josh Merlino, 22. Eric Bodenschatz, 23. Tom Rajkowski, 24. Neil Rutt III, 25. Terry Cain, 26. Matt Badessa, 27. Waylon Speer, 28. Richie Byrne

2ND FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. TIM MAJEK, SCOTT PLAINS, 2. Montano, 3. Mongeau, 4. Wohl, 5. Byrne, 6. bowers, 7. Koenig, 8. West, 9. Carpenter, 10. Scott Riggleman, 11. O’Shea, 12. Rajkowski, 13. Ptaszynski, 14. Miller, 15. Speer, 16. Malachatka, 17. Collins, 18. Nancy Riggleman, 19. DePonte, 20. Danny Bruer, 21. Jon Bronne, 22. Bodenschatz, 23. Gary Bronne, 24. Bartone, 25. Haberstick, 26. Merlino, 27. Rutt

4 CYLINDER STOCKS

FEATURE- 25 Laps – 1. JEFFREY LOESCH, NEPTUNE CITY, 2. AJ Jadacki, 3. Brian Osborn, 4. TJ Graves, 5. Brian DeSarno, 6. Nicole Razzano, 7. Chris Silvestri, 8. Darianne McLaren, 9. Billy Both, 10. Ian Ashford, 11. Doug Ashford, 12. Max Montijo, 13. Neil Rutt III, 14. Charlie Lauble, 15. Jennifer Schultz

TQ MIDGET FEATURE – 25 Laps – 1. KYLE TARASKI

DEMOLITION DERBY WINNER – JOEY HELLBENT, PEMBERSTON

Owen holds off James in SK thriller At The New London Waterford Speedbowl

WATERFORD — Kyle James said he only had one chance to pull out an SK Modified victory at New London-Waterford Speedbowl Saturday — to hope leader Todd Owen made a mistake and then pounce on it..
There was one flaw, however, to James strategy.
“Todd didn’t make any mistakes,” James said.
Owen was able to hold off James over the final 25 laps to collect his third 40-lap SK Modified win of the season.
Owen’s victory was just one of the highlights during a dramatic night at the Speedbowl.
Andrew Krzeminski came from fourth to first during the final three laps to nail down the first win of his career in the 25-lap Mini Stock feature.
Keith Caruso captured his first-ever SK Lite Modified win at the Speedbowl in the second race of an SK Lite doubleheader. Brett Gonyaw roared past Bert Ouellette on a restart with two laps remaining to win the first SK Lite race.
Anthony Flannery pulled away from Jason Palmer on two late restarts for his fourth win in the last five races. Adrien Paradis took advantage of some mechanical difficulties by leader Jordan Hadley on his way to his first win of the season,
Rob Richardi led every lap to win his second consecutive Ct. Pro Four Modified win. P.J. Peters remained undefeated in the Pro Four Lite division.  Few had to work harder for a win than Owen, however, who had James, the point leader, surgically attached to his back bumper for most of the race. “Kyle was fast,” Owen said. “To hold him off for that long is really good for us. My hat is off to Kyle. He gave me a couple of taps, but he raced me clean. I would do the same to him.” James said he couldn’t get much bite from the top groove.
“Todd was using enough race track that I couldn’t get a great run off the top of the track early and I couldn’t get a run off the bottom late,” James said.” James made one move on the outside during the final lap but couldn’t find enough power to complete the move.
Krzeminski found himself in fourth place with three laps remaining in the 25-lap Mini-Stock feature, but then the breaks started to fall his way.
The first break occurred when the race’s two co-leaders, Jake Christian and Charles Canfield, got tangled up in Turn 3, knocking them both off the lead.
Break No. 1 came when Doug Curry, who was restarting in the front row, was slowed down by transmission trouble, giving the lead to Krzeminski, who had to hold off  one frantic charge by Canfield on the final lap before he could celebrate.
“This is unbelievable,” Krzeminski said. “I was in the right place at the right time in that last restart. I saw Canfield coming at the end. I think if there were another one or two laps, he would have had me.
“But this is such a great division. I had the time of my life out there.”
Gonyaw had one of the best restarts of his life against Ouellette with two laps remaining in the first SK Lite feature to pull out a breath-taking win.
Ouellette had dominated the first 23 laps, but a yellow flag with two laps left gave Gonyaw the opportunity he needed to stomp past Ouellette on the restart.
“I was beginning to think I had forgotten how to do this,” Gonyaw said. “Everything that went right for us last year has gone wrong for us this year. But tonight we turned it around.”
In the second SK Lite feature, Caruso rumbled into the early lead and survived a challenge from Jonathan Puleo on the final lap to secure the win. It was his first Speedbowl win of his career.
“I think the first win is the hardest one to get,” Caruso said. “I had Puleo behind me and I knew he was going to be tough. And Paul French was behind him and I knew he was going to be tough. I was lucky I held both of them off.”
Flannery led Palmer for most of the 30-lap Late Model race, but he could never build a big enough lead so he could relax.
“This definitely wasn’t easy,” Flannery said. “Palmer had a good car, but we were going to do everything we could to get the win.”
Palmer said his car was “just a tick off.”
“We needed just a little more,” Palmer said.
Paradis appeared headed for a second-place finish in the 30-lap Street Stock feature when he received a huge dose a good luck. Hadley, who was leading by a light year, dropped out because of car trouble, giving Paradis the emotional win on the first anniversary of. legend Ted Christopher’s death, Christopher died in a plane crash on Sept. 16, 2018.
Richardi prevailed in the Ct. Pro Four Modifieds, despite s spirited effort by Doug Meservey Jr.
“I guess Doug didn’t want me to have an easy one,” Richardi said. “He was under me and it wasn’t going to take that much to get to get by. But I got a win that I definitely needed.”
P.J. Peters went unchallenged as he won his fifth Pro Four Lite feature.
Racing resumes on Saturday. The Legends division will be the feature division with twin 20-lap features.
40-lap SK Modifieds: 1. Todd Owen, Somers; 2. Kyle James, Ashaway, RI; 3. Matt Galko, Meriden; 4. Rob Janovic Jr., Waterford; 5. Timmy Jordan, Plainfield; 6. Matt Vasser, Southington; 7. Andrew Molleur, Shelton; 8. Joey Ternullo, Middletown; 9. Geoff Nooney, Southwick, Mass.; 10. Wendell Daily, Gales Ferry.
25-lap SK Modified Lite No. 1:. 1. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 2. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 3. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 4. John O’Sullivan, Salem; 5. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury; 6. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 7. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck; 8. Keith Caruso, Millbury, Mass.; 9. Jake Taylor, Jewett City; 10. Paul French, Andover.
25-lap SK Lite Modifieds No. 2: 1. Keith Caruso, Milbury, Mass.; 2. Jonathan Puleo, Branford; 3. Paul French, Andover; 4. Brett Gonyaw, Vernon; 5. Anthony Marvin, Colchester; 6. Wayne Burroughs, Oakdale; 7. Ethan Durocher, Canterbury; 8. Matt McDougall, Manchester; 9. Bert Ouellette, Ellington; 9. Jake Taylor, Jewett City; 10. Nick Anglace, Naugatuck.
30-Lap Late Model feature: 1. Anthony Flannery, East Hampton; 2. Jason Palmer, Berlin; 3. Tony Macrino, Waterford; 4. Brian Norman, Clinton; 5. Michel Benevides, Westerly RI; 6. Keith Scalia, North Branford; 7. Jason Larivee, West Greenwich. RI; 8. Allan King Jr., Hamden; 9. Corey Coates, Griswold
30-lap Sportsman: 1. Adrien Paradis III, Plainville; 2. Joe Arena, Bristol; 3. Shawn Gaedeke, Groton; 4. Al Stone III, Durham; 5. Bo Norman, Clinton; 6. Rit Shawn, Westerly RI; 7. Ronnie Oldham, Waterford; 8. Jack Aquilina. Oakdale; 10. Jordan Hadley, Ouaker Hill.
25-lap Mini Stocks: 1. Andrew Krzeminski, Haddam; 2. Charles Canfield, East Hampton; 3. Ken Cassidy Jr., Lisbon; 4. Sean Caron, East Hampton; 5. JT Suprenant, Central Village; 6. Tommy Silva, Gales Ferry; 7. Nick Pappacoda, North Branford; 8. Jared Roy, Sterling; 9. Jake Christi an, Norwich; 10. Doug Curry, Groton.

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