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Bobby Jones wins thrilling Octoberfast Mahoning Modified 200.3-wide last lap run to checkers worth $6000

By DINO OBERTO

 (LEHIGHTON, PA. 10-28-17) Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Octoberfast 2017 will be an event long talked about as the 200 lap feature went right down to the wire in an electrifying finish.

Bobby Jones won in a three-wide battle to the checkers and nipped Gene Bowers by just .007-seconds with Zane Zeiner right there as well.

There was much anticipation in the lead up to the race, being the longest distance in track history for the headline class and awarding the highest payout ever at $6000 to win.

With the never before run distance strategies were varied among on how to make a game plan. As expected, however, the first half of the race was a steady pace, most of it being headed by newly crowned track champion Brian DeFebo. It would not be until a lap 127 caution when DeFebo would take his No. 53 pit side for change of American Racer tires. Things from then on would get interesting.

That calculated move to pits by DeFebo was followed by those who were in chase including Earl Paules, Zeiner, Eric Beers, Jones and Bowers.

Todd Baer would assume the lead under the caution with Jack Ely and James Pritchard Jr., second and third. Ely, who had yet to pit, was leading within seven laps and looking strong in the process.

With 50 circuits to go Zeiner motored up to second and made use of the inside lane for a lead pass six laps later. At the same time a caution was out and Ely would duck to the pits for fresh rubber.

That put Beers to second but Jones was able to unseat him within a few tours. Beers then had to make an unscheduled pit stop while under a caution period at lap 165.

When the action would resume the stage was now set for the thrilling shootout to the finish. Zeiner was the leading over Jones, DeFebo and Bowers.

The lead battle was now in overdrive as Jones and Zener went side-by-side for several laps. Jones finally squeezed his way on the inside of turn three with 27 laps to go in gaining the top spot. Bowers and DeFebo where in their own double wide tussle as well keeping the excitement to a maximum.

With 15 laps remaining Ely was back in the fold making it anyone’s guess as who within the top five to would emerge the winner. The answer would soon come to light among either Jones, Zeiner or Bowers over the waning laps.

With the top two back in a neck-and-neck battle Bowers hovered closely in their tire tracks. When chief starter Bob Stull waved the white flag it was still anyone’s race. Jones was pushing Zeiner to the topside in order to protect his spot. Bowers quickly seized the opening from that as they entered turn three.

As the trio flatfooted out of the final corner Bowers was barely ahead but by the time they reached the checkers Jones had just enough momentum to eke forward for the spine-tingling victory.

“I really thought I was in trouble near the end because my right rear (tire) was shaking badly. I didn’t know if I was losing the tire or grip or what. But I stayed with it and figured if I’m going to go out it will be in a blaze of glory,” said Jones on the biggest win of his career.

“There was a lot of respect out there even in those final laps. It was for a win and $6000 and we did what we had to do. It was a great race and I was very happy with how my guys setup the car. This was for them,” he continued.

“My car just really turned so well on the bottom so that’s where I went all race long. I was very pleased with the tire wear. To run 200 laps there was really no issues.”

Ely and DeFebo rounded out the top five. Paules was making his first start of the season and never missed a beat. He was sixth at the end. John Markovic, Baer, Beers and Don Wagner completed the top 10. 13 cars completed the 200 lap distance.

For Bowers it was understandable to his dejection as he sat in his car trying to collect his thoughts afterwards.

“I’m good with it. I came second to Bobby (Jones) and he’s a good guy and to finish behind him, I’ll take it,” said Bowers, who collected $3000 for his hard fought effort.

“I knew that I could run the car as hard as anyone else. If I could have gotten out front I feel that we I could have pulled away but Bobby and Zane where just so hard to pass, they were very fast – what a race.”

Zeiner noted afterwards that trying to get around Jones was a tough deal as his car became tight.

“I just couldn’t get back ahead of him (Jones) in those final laps. We were both tight but I wasn’t able to keep him down in order to make a pass,” said Zeiner.

“It was just hard clean racing. We leaned on each other but we still gave each other room coming off the turns. That last lap was amazing.”

Heat races were won by Baer, DeFebo and Ely.

 

Modified Feature Finish (200 Laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Gene Bowers, 3. Zane Zeiner, 4. Jack Ely, 5. Brian DeFebo, 6. Earl Paules, 7. John Markovic, 8. Todd Baer, 9. Lou Strohl, 10. Eric Beers, 11. Don Wagner, 12. James Pritchard Jr., 13. Nick Baer, 14. Joey Jarowicz, 15. DJ Wagner, 16. Kevin Rex Jr., 17. Matt Wentz, 18. Josh Scherer, 19. Kyle Strohl

 

Lap leaders: Todd Baer 1-6, Brian DeFebo 7-127, Baer 128-133, Jack Ely 134-156, Zane Zeiner 157-172, Bobby Jones 173-200

Mahoning Valley Speedway’s 2017 Octoberfast weekend is this Saturday and Sunday

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 10-24-17) Mahoning Valley Speedway, the little ¼-mile oval is thinking big. Big as in Octoberfast 2017, which will be the biggest feature race day in track history.

It will be the biggest payday and the biggest race distance ever for the headline Modifieds as they will run in a 200-lap feature with the winner netting $6000. Second place will earn $3000 and third takes $2000. Just taking the green in the 22 car field will get you $300.

Modified teams will be allowed six tires and can pit anytime during the feature for a change.

Late Model and Street Stock racers will be shooting for $1200-to-win in 60 and 75-lap respective features. The Hobby Stocks will see $500 waiting at the payout window for the winner of the 50-lap main.

The complete purse payout is listed below.

Each race will award 100 championship bonus points towards the final 2017 standings. 22 cars will start each feature. Drivers will pick pills for heat starting spots. Feature line-ups will be heads up from the heat finishes.

Vintage Stock Cars, many of which formerly raced at Mahoning Valley and Dorney Park Speedways, will also be in action.

The Modified entry fee is $100. The Late Model and Street Stock entry fee is $60. Hobby Stock entry is $30.

Pit entrance is $50 per person. There will be early paid practice from noon to 2:00 pm at $25 per car. Regular warmups will take place starting at 2:30 pm with the first round of heats beginning at 4:00 pm.

Sign-ins take place from 1:00 – 2:15 pm.

The tentative running order will be Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks for heat and features.

Grandstands will open at 2:00 pm. Adult admission is $30. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65 + and active Military. Children 10 and under are free.

The Annual Kids Trick or Treat will be held during the program. It will be held in front of the tower and is open for children ages 12 and under during intermission. Drivers are asked to participate with treats for the children.

A costume contest will take place for kids 12 and under before intermission. Ages groups are: 4 and under, 5-8 and 9-12. There will be a “Best Appearing Costume” in each age group plus a “Best Appearing Costume OVERALL.”

On Sunday, October 29, Mahoning Valley Speedway will close out the season with the make-up show from October 15.

On tap will be a Big/Small/Jr. Car Enduro, Big/Small Car Demo Derby, Champ Karts and Micro Stocks.

Anyone who attends Saturday’s Octoberfast and returns for the Sunday show will be admitted to the grandstands for $5 provided you have your wristband from the previous day.

Schedule is subject to change. For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.

 

 

2017 Octoberfast purse payout, Saturday, October 28

All divisions we will start 22 cars

 

Modifieds:

1. 6000

2. 3000

3. 2000

4. 1600

5. 1200

6. 1100

7. 1000

8. 800

9. 650

10. 500

11. thru 15. 400

16. thru 18. 350

19. thru 22. 300

 

Late Models:

1. 1200

2. 800

3. 600

4. 500

5. 400

6. 350

7. 300

8. 275

9. 250

10. 225

11. 200

12. 200

13. thru 15. 175

16. thru 22. 150

 

Street Stocks:

1. 1200

2. 700

3. 500

4. 400

5. 350

6. 300

7. 275

8. 250

9. 225

10. 200

11. thru 14. 150

15. thru 18. 125

19. thru 22. 100

 

Hobby Stocks:

1. 500

2. 275

3. 200

4. 175

5. 150

6. 140

7. 130

8. 120

9. 110

10. 100

11. thru 13. 90

14. thru 16. 80

17. thru 22. 75

Mahoning Valley Speedway will close out 2017 Octoberfast weekend, October 28-29

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 10-17-17) Mahoning Valley Speedway’s regular point season came to a close this past Saturday evening but there still remains one more show to run, the annual Octoberfast.

Taking place on Saturday, October 28, this event will go down in track history as the Modifieds will race for 200 laps and $6000-to-win. The distance and payout are both record amounts for the paved ¼-mile oval.

For the 200 the Modified teams will be allotted six American Racer tires. They can change a tire anytime during the feature. The race will also run straight through with no breaks.

The Octoberfast 2017 will also have a 60-lap/$1200-to-win Late Model feature. 75-lap/$1200-to-win Street Stock feature and a 50-lap/$500-to-win Hobby Stock feature. Vintage Stock Cars, many of which formerly raced at Mahoning Valley and Dorney Park Speedways, are also on the docket.

The Modified entry fee is set at $100. The Late Model and Street Stock entry fee is $60. Hobby Stock entry is $30.

Pit entrance is $50 per person. There will be early paid practice from noon to 2:00 pm at $25 per car. Regular warmups will take place starting at 2:30 pm with the first round of heats beginning at 4:00 pm.

Each race will award 100 championship bonus points towards the final 2017 standings. 22 cars will start each feature. Drivers will pick pills for heat starting spots. Feature line-ups will be heads up from the heat finishes.

Times and schedule are subject to change.

The complete purse breakdown will be released later this week.

Adult grandstand admission is $30. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65 + and active Military. Children 10 and under are free.

On Sunday, October 29, Mahoning Valley Speedway will close out the season with the make-up show from October 15.

The track will be hosting a Big/Small/Jr. Car Enduro, Big/Small Car Demo Derby, All-Star Slinghots, Champ Karts and Micro Stocks.

Anyone who attends Octoberfast and returns for the Sunday show will be admitted to the grandstands for $5 provided you have your wristband from the pervious day.

On Saturday, October 21 from noon to 4:00 pm the track will hold an open practice. It will be $25 per car and $10 per person to entry the pits. Grandstand admission is free.

For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.