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Mahoning Valley Speedway extends invite to area Late Models

   (LEHIGHTON, PA. 5-13-18) Late Models at Mahoning Valley Speedway have been a staple for decades. Some of the best asphalt Late Model aces have and still compete at the demanding paved ¼-mile oval in Lehighton.

            Mike Sweeney, who is the two-time and defending champion has been the leading Northeast asphalt Late Model winner the past three seasons.

            Four time champion Paul Koehler Jr., is the all-time wins leader in area pavement wins. Frankie Althouse has been carving his own niche right alongside those two. There are others as well like most recent winner and up and comer Broc Brown. The always steady Jeremy Miller, respected veteran Kenny Hein and hot shoe Jacob Kerstetter to name a few of the current stars who race Mahoning Valley.

            Track management is proud of their Late Model group but would also like to help bolster the field by inviting any and all area/regional/touring asphalt Late Model racers to be part of the Mahoning action.

With a simple weight adjustment, either left side or total, the track will allow Late Models built to different track/series rules to compete.

Race Director Steve Fox is ready to answer any and all questions that any competitor might have and can be reached at sfox@mahoningvalley-speedway.com

On Saturday, May 19 at 6:00 pm Mahoning Valley will host a six division show which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the Flashback Stocks will join the card. (Dirt Mods are off).

            At intermission a Little Tykes Bullring Enduro will be held for the kids.

            Grandstand adult admission is $12. $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Front gates open at 4 pm.

            Coming up on May 26 will be a 75-lap/$1000-to-win Street Stock feature and the following Saturday, June 2 will be the always anticipated Fan Appreciation Night with a special $8 grandstand admission. Please note that this night begins one hour early at 5:00 pm.

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

Bobby Jones makes it two in a row after wild outcome in Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial

By DINO OBERTO

              (LEHIGHTON, PA. 5-5-18) Mahoning Valley Speedway had an evening of racing that the late promoter Ward Crozier Sr., would have been proud of. On a night that paid homage to his legacy, the pits had nearly 100 race cars, the grandstands where buzzing with enthusiastic fans and the racing was action filled across all seven divisions.

            It fit perfectly into the style of Crozier and his concept of how racing should be held at his beloved Mahoning Valley Speedway, the paved ¼-mile oval that he brought back to life in 1987. 31 years later and the same formula changed very little.

            As part of the tribute all features where run as 26-lappers which was reflective of Crozier’s racing days and his signature car number.

            Bobby Jones of Palmerton got his start in racing thanks to the kind outreaching of Crozier nearly 30 years ago. Fittingly Jones was humbled when he scored a wild Modified victory, his second in a row. Jones’ first ride in a race car was aided when Crozier offered up a driver’s suit.

            “I said I had to win this tonight because of him (Crozier) I’m still doing this today,” offered Jones.

            And, the outcome was just as much a surprise to Jones as was everyone in attendance.

            DJ Wagner was leading and looking unstoppable en route to a career first Modified win. However, with six laps to go light droplets of rain moved in and prompted the caution. The field remained on the track in order to keep the surface in tack. While touring under the yellow, Wagner abruptly exited the track and yielded the lead over to John Markovic. 

            The driver’s where then asked to relay to officials if the pavement was good to go back green as the rain halted and the answer was all thumbs up. When the race resumed Markovic had Lou Strohl on his tail while Jones was third.

If the surprise of Wagner exiting wasn’t enough of a blow, no sooner did the first lap get underway the race took another wild turn. In corners three and four Markovic suddenly drifted high and made slight side contact with Strohl who was hustling for the lead. The lane opened up wide enough that Jones dove to the bottom and a thrilling three-wide pass for the lead ensued.

“It was a bit weird how everything just fell in place. Johnny (Markovic) went up and got into the 88 (Strohl) and the door opened up and I wasn’t even ready for it,” explained Jones.

For the remaining few laps point leader Brian DeFebo leaped into second and hounded Jones to the checkers. 

“When they asked us to give a thumbs up or down I had mine up, I felt we really never lost the track. I didn’t realize he (Wagner) got off at first. No one ever told us to get off and to just keep rolling,” recalled Jones about the wet condition situation.

“I didn’t realize he did it at first. Honestly I think he would have won the race. The track was fine after we restarted.”

Earl Paules, Todd Baer and Markovic completed the top five.

Jones has been on a roll winning his fourth feature in the last six races dating to the prior season.

“Four of the last six races going back to last season. I’ll take that. Right now we got it going on and I’ll ride it out as long as we can,” Jones said after picking up his 39th career win.

Broc Brown blasted by Jacob Kerstetter on lap seven and then cruised dominantly to his first Late Model win of the season in a caution free race that was over in just under five minutes.

Seeing the name Beers as the winner of a Modified race is nothing new as Eric Beers has won time and again. Saturday night the Beers Modified was again gracing Victory Lane only this time it was Eric’s son Austin who was collecting the accolades.

The 15-year old Beers drove to his career first Sportsman Modified win and did so over longtime rival of his dad, Earl Paules. The two would run toe-to-toe for the lead until Beers solidified the top spot for good with 10 laps to go and drove flawlessly to the decisive verdict.

            Defending Dirt Mod champ Mike Stofflet made it known from the get-go that he was going to be the man to beat. Taking the lead from the outset Stofflet was on a mission as he stayed well ahead of the pack over the distance and notched a solid victory, his first of the year.

            The Street Stock main was the 600th such feature and Corey Edelman was able to hold off a very determined Jon Moser in claiming the thrilling win.

            Edelman took control of the race on lap 13 but was in heavy company the rest of the way, having to withstand Mark Deysher and eventually Moser. The finish was a squeaker as he nipped Moser by a mere .038-second margin of victory.

            Cody Kohler showed plenty of swiftness on his way to a second straight Pro 4 triumph. After going around Bobby Kibler Sr., on lap eight for the lead Kohler was not about to let up and held back Barry Christman Jr., and Jake Kibler for the resounding win.

            The Hobby Stock feature was cut short due to an over expected amount of cautions and track cleanup but that didn’t seem deter Al Arthofer who won for the first time. It would be hard pressed to think otherwise that it was not to be his night as Arthofer was very strong in leading every lap.

 Modified Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Brian DeFebo, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Todd Baer, 5. John Markovic, 6. Lou Strohl, 7. Jack Ely, 8. Joey Jarowicz, 9. DJ Wagner, 10. Don Wagner, 11. Ron Haring Jr., 12. Nick Baer, 13. Kristy Arthofer, 14. Kyle Strohl, 15. Gene Bowers, 16. Terry Markovic

 Late Model Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Broc Brown, 2. Jacob Kerstetter 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Mike Sweeney, 6. Geno Steigerwalt, 7. Paul Koehler Jr., 8. Matt Wentz, 9. Kenny Hein, 10. Samantha Osborn, 11. Robbie Kutz, 12. Taylor Schmidt

 Street Stock Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Jon Moser, 3. Cody Geist, 4. Jaren Ahner, 5. Shayne Geist, 6. Jamie Smith, 7. Eric Kocher, 8. Jillian Long, 9. Stacey Brown, 10. Lonnie Behler, 11. Mark Deysher, 12. Jeremy Scheckler, 13. BJ Wambold, 14. Ken Erney III, 15, Todd Ahner, 16. Ken Reeder, 17. Joe Stangle

 Dirt Modified Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Ricky Yetter, 3. Billy Lowden Jr., 4. Bill Sittler Jr., 5. Corey Edelman, 6. Mark Levy, 7. Colton Perry, 8. Vince Fegley Jr., 9. Brian Fuclli

 Sportsman Modified Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Austin Beers, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Kassidy Altemose, 4. Blair Culhane, 5. Devin Schmidt, 6. Avery Arthofer, 7. BJ Wambold

 Pro 4 Feature Finish (26 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Barry Christman Jr., 3. Jake Kibler, 4. Bobby Kibler Jr., 5. Jeremy Guerra, 6. Steven McDonough, 7. Bryan Muth, 8. Randy Schaffer, 9. Johnny Bennett, 10. Tucker Muffley, 11. Josh Kuronya, 12. Tyler Stangle

 Hobby Stock Feature Finish (16 Laps): 1. Al Arthofer, 2. Travis Solomon, 3. Trisha Connolly, 4. Devin Schmidt, 5. Ryan Berger, 6. Lyndsay Buss, 7. Peyton Arthofer, 8. Tad Snyder, 9. Adrian Dorwart, 10. Michael Wambold, 11. Arland Moyer Jr., 12. Justin Merkel, 13. Shawn Kistler, 14. Jacob Boehm, 15. Kassidy Altemose, 16. Kevin Behler, 17. Tiffany Wambold, 18. Hunter Iatalese, 19. Cody Boehm DNS: Taylor Schmidt, DNQ: Colton Breiner

Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial to take place May 5.all track classes to run 26-lap features

   (LEHIGHTON, PA. 4-29-18) Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford closed out the month of April the same way it started – with a rainout.

            Saturday’s racing was cancelled due to late afternoon heavy rain storms that swept across much of the region. Track management actually pulled the plug the day prior after working off of the predicted forecast of rain by the National Weather Service.

            The main event, a 75-lap/$2500-to-win Modified feature, will be held at a later date.

            Up next for the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval will be the Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial on May 5 at 6:00 pm.

            The night will be a celebration of the legendary promoter who revived the once dormant speedway back in 1987 and has since become one a track that has turn out to be a major player in short track asphalt racing.

            The race meet takes place one year to the day of Crozier’s passing.

            On the card will be all seven tracks classes which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsman Modifieds, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.

            Family members have done a great job of raising additional funds and contingencies for the night. The Dirt Mods, a personal favorite of Ward, will have an extra payoff for the winner. Each feature winner will be awarded a commemorative trophy.

            Each feature will run a distance of 26 laps which was the signature car number used by Ward during his driving days.

Grandstand admission is $12. $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Coolers are allowed in grandstand but must be no bigger than 12” X 12”.

There will be Kids Big Wheel Races during intermission sponsored by current Street Stock point leader Cody Geist.

Pits will open at 11:30 am. Early paid practice ($25 per car) will be from 12:30 to 3:30. Regular warm-ups begin at 4:30. Pit admission is $25 members, $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins take place between 3:00 and 4:15. Heats will begin at 6:00 pm.

            Coming up in two weeksSaturday May 12, will be a Ladies Night. All ladies entering the grandstands will receive a $2-off discount. It will also be Pocono Raceway Night with ticket giveaways for the upcoming NASCAR, ARCA and IndyCar events at the Tricky Triangle.

            For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located adjacent to the Mahoning Farmers Market on PA route 443 just a few miles wes