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Mahoning Valley Speedway July 1 races are rained out

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 7-1-17) The scheduled race card at Mahoning Valley Speedway for Saturday, July 1 has been cancelled due to the forecast.

The National Weather Service is showing early afternoon rain with thunderstorms rolling in during the evening.

With a 50-lap Late Model feature as the headline show along with all regular track classes, promoter Floyd Santee felt it was in the best interest for all parties to call off the night as the weather situation would be a hindrance to the program.

As of now the track is looking at viable dates to reschedule the $1200-to-win, Late Model 50.

The track will be in action on Sunday, July 2 beginning at 2:00 pm with three classes of Enduro cars including Big, Small and Jr. along with two classes of Demo Derbies which will be Big and Small Car plus Micro Stocks and Champ Karts.

The Enduro events will pay a minimum of $400 to win but depending on car count as much as $2000 if as many as 80 cars are signed in. The Enduro entry fee is $40 per car which includes the transponder. 

If 20 or more cars are entered in each Demo Derby they will conduct heats with the payout being $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third.

The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations.

The Champ Kart race will pay $400 to win and be pro-rated from second spot back. Kart entry fee is $25 plus $6 for transponder.

Pit gates will open at 11:30 am. Registration will be held from noon to 1:00. Cost to enter the pits is $20 per person. There will be a set of warm-ups for the Micro Stocks and Champ Karts. A driver meeting will take place at 1:30.

Admission to the grandstands, which opens at 1:00 pm, is $10 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free.

Next Saturday evening, July 8 it will be a complete six division program of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. The Mods, Late Models and Street Stocks will compete in cone races.

The Speedway has also announced that July 22 and August 19 will be $10 admission nights.

For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

Enduro’s, Demo’s, Micro Stocks and Champ Karts take on Mahoning Valley Speedway for Sunday, July 2 show

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 6-25-17) Enduro’s, Demo’s, Micro Stocks and Champ Karts are returning for a Sunday afternoon show at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway on July 2.

Taking place at 2:00 pm, the speedway will present three classes of Enduro cars including Big, Small and Jr. along with two classes of Demo Derbies which will be Big and Small Car.

The Enduro events will pay a minimum of $400 to win but depending on car count as much as $2000 if as many as 80 cars are signed in. The Enduro entry fee is $40 per car which includes the transponder.

If 20 or more cars are entered in each Demo Derby they will conduct heats with the payout being $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third.

The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations.

The Champ Kart race will pay $400 to win and be pro-rated from second spot back. Kart entry fee is $25 plus $6 for transponder.

Pit gates will open at 11:00 am. Registration will be held from 11:30 to 1:00. Cost to enter the pits is $20 per person. There will be a set of warm-ups for the Micro Stocks and Champ Karts. A driver meeting will take place at 1:30.

Admission to the grandstands, which opens at 1:00 pm, is $10 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free.

The Saturday prior, July 1, the speedway will host a complete six division show of stock cars with the headline being a 50-lap, $1200-to-win feature for the Late Models.

The Speedway has also announced that July 22 and August 19 will be $10 admission nights.

For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.

 

Kris Graver scores Modified and TQ wins

By DINO OBERTO

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 6-24-17) Kris Graver has been riding a wave of good fortune of late and he reached the crest with yet another stirring performance. Fresh off his second Modified win of the season, the 24-year old star claimed two more wins on Saturday night which included his third Mod victory and for the first time in his career took the checkers in the accompanying ATQMRA feature.

“It’s always a great feeling to be able to win two (features) in one night plus this makes it two in a row with the Modified,” an exuberant Graver said.

“Eric Beers was in this same position last year, winning a lot of races but as you know your luck can change in an instant. We’ll continue to take it race by race. Eric (Beers), Brian DeFebo and so many others can be in the shoes we are right now so we have to keep working hard and make the car better.”

Graver’s Modified win began from the 10th starting spot. At the outset Jack Ely would be in command of the going but a strong running Nick Baer was making matters tough.

Thanks to a restart on lap six, Baer was able to blast past Ely while Graver had managed to work to third by then. It soon became a two-wide battle for the lead and with a clear outside lane to do his bidding from, Graver moved to the front as the 17th circuit got underway.

Baer, who has been noticeably improved in this his sophomore season, remained in line with Graver and made several attempts to regain the helm.

“He (Baer) ran a really great race, very clean and I thank him for that and that goes for everyone else,” said Graver. “I just was able to hit the lines again and get to the front. I like to go to the top because it seems more guys have been using the bottom lane so that’s what has been working for us.”

While Graver was able to pull ahead during the closing laps, Bear was facing fierce opposition from DeFebo, who came into the night as the point leader. He was alongside Baer with seven laps to go but they suddenly touched wheels. That forced DeFebo to back off and cost him the spot.

Baer went on to equal his career best finish in second while Bobby Jones, Beers and DeFebo completed the top five.

In the TQ main Graver was behind the wheel of the Matt Janisch owned No. 48. When the race got under way it would Janisch, who was driving the Alan Mollet’s No. 51, jumping out the early lead with Buddy Sload a close second.

Known for their lighting quick speed around the Mahoning bullring, Janisch and Sload began zipping in and out of traffic in short order. Sload took advantage of the traffic and would maneuver past Janisch after six laps. Still in their path remained Graver and two laps after Sload took the lead he had advanced to second.

On lap 10 a caution was out for a spinning Cole Mullen. Graver then put his years of home track advantage to good use as he outgunned Sload on the restart and set sail to his first every TQ victory.

“I cannot begin to explain how crazy it is to drive one of these cars as this track,” offered Graver. “We’re turning 9 (seconds) flat and going a second and a half faster than the Modified. There is virtually no time to react. I have an amazing amount of respect for the guys in the TQ’s.”

By winning with the TQ Graver has moved into a very exclusive club, becoming only the third driver to win in five different divisions at Mahoning Valley, which included his uncle, Kevin Graver Jr., and Mike Quinn.

“I can’t thank Matt Janisch and my crew enough for giving me a pair of great cars tonight. You’re only as good as the people you’re surrounded by. I also have to give a nod to American Racer Tire for continuing to give us a great tire. I feel that is has really equaled out the playing field here this season.”

In Late Model action Frankie Althouse was in the right place at the right time.

Sitting fourth, Althouse had been watching the lead battle between Jeremy Miller and Broc Brown while at the same time racing hard with Jacob Kerstetter.

The lead pair had been putting in torrid duel. Miller was showing the way but Brown had been coming on quickly from the outside line. Pulling even with Miller by lap 15, Brown then surged to the front at the start of the 18th tour.

However, Miller became a bit over-aggressive and made contact off turn two that caused Brown to spin. For his part officials parked Miller while Brown had to restart from the rear.

The lead was now in the hands of Kerstetter but as the event resumed Althouse wasted no time in thrusting ahead and over the remaining laps cruised to his second win of the season.

When your name is Wambold and you race at Mahoning Valley Speedway it’s only natural that you win races. From the patriarch George, his sons Brian and Michael and granddaughter Tiffany. There was, however, one missing from that list, that was until Saturday evening when BJ Wambold earned his first ever victory, coming in the 30-lap Street Stock main.

Wambold would jump to the early lead and was holding off Lonnie Behler Sr. Then after a lap 13 restart Behler was able to overpower his way into the front spot. Wambold far from giving up though as he kept a solid hold of the bottom lane and by lap 18 was back in front.

Then rest of the way he kept busy fending off Behler and then a very hot running Rick Reichenbach. But Wambold turned perfect laps on his way to the elusive win number one and add his name to the family winning heritage.

In the Dirt Mods Mike Stofflet celebrated his 30th birthday by notching an all-time track record eighth consecutive feature win.

Stofflet had the lead from the outset and never looked back, solidly taking an 8.3–second margin of victory.

The Pro 4 feature was quite the barnburner as Jake Kibler nipped Kevin Stein at the line for the verdict.

The pair were engaged in a scorching side-by-side battle as they swapped the lead back and forth. On the final lap Stein had the slightest edge but Kibler never backed down. Coming off the final turn on the final lap Kibler hustled inside of Stein, making contact that upset the leader’s car. It was just enough for Kibler to eke by for the checkers.

Kevin Behler raced to his career first feature win which came after hard fought run in the 25-lap Hobby Stock show.

Behler worked by Travis Solomon on lap 12 and then labored untiringly against Rich Mutarelli and Devon Schmidt en route to securing the win.

 

Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Chris Graver, 2. Nick Bear, 3. Bobby Jones, 4. Eric Beers, 5. Brian DeFebo, 6. Jack Ely, 7. Kyle Strohl, 8. Don Wagner, 9. Brian Romig, 10. Ron Haring Jr., 11. Brian Romig Jr., 12. Lou Strohl

 

Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Jacob Kerstetter, 3. Kenny Hein, 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Jacob Nemeth, 6. Broc Brown, 7. George Ramos, 8. Dylan Osborn, 9. Chris Anderson, 10. Lorin Arthofer, 11. Jeremy Miller

 

Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. BJ Wambold, 2. Rick Reichenbach, 3. Jared Ahner, 4. Corey Edelman, 5. Jon Moser, 6. Alan Schlenker, 7. Jamie Smith, 8. Lonnie Behler, 9. Steven Steigerwalt, 10. Todd Ahner, 11. Shayne Geist, 12. Stacey Brown, 13. Mark Deysher, 14. Jill Long, 15. Josh Huber, 16. Bobby Kibler Jr.

 

Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Bill Sittler, 3. Frankie Parastino, 4. Larry Beers, 5. Denise Devine

 

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Kevin Stein, 3. John Bennett, 4. Ken Reeder, 5. Tanner Laybourn, 6. Jason Finken, 7. Tucker Muffley, 8. Jeremy Guerra, 9. Kailyn Beers

 

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Kevin Behler 2. Rich Mutarelli, 3. Devon Schmidt, 4. Brayden Spencer, 5. Austin Beers, 6. Michael Wambold, 7. Tiffany Wambold, 8. Travis Solomon, 9. Todd Geist, 10. Colton Perry, 11. Al Arthofer, 12. Jeff Biegley, 13. Ryan Berger, 14. Cody Geist, 15. Avery Arthofer, 16. Trisha Connolly, 17. Paul Effrig, 18. Justin Merkel, 19. Joey Visnosky, 20. Seth VanFossen, 21. Alton Snyder Jr., 22. Lyndsay Buss DNQ: Nicholas Kerstetter, Colton Breiner, Taylor Schmidt

 

 

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