Saturday night at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, NH Devin O’Connell of Madison, CT set the pace after a caution on lap 4 and led the remaining 96 green flag laps of the JBH 100 and took his second victory of the 2018 season. O’Connell had intense pressure from the #1x of Todd Stone from Middlebury, VT. O’Connell and Stone battled fiercely through lapped traffic, allowing one of the local favorites Mike O’Sullivan of Sixteen Acres, MA to catch up to the top two.
“This victory means so much to our small team” O’Connell said. “Finishing 9th in the past two races, we went through the entire car to make sure we wouldn’t have a similar result, and the hard work paid off as tonight the car was an absolute rocket ship.” “It feels so good to get back in victory lane especially after such a tough but clean race with Todd Stone, I’m just so glad we were able to take home the checkered flag today.”
At the top of the charts all day during practice and time trials, Todd Stone used some of his dirt track experience as he was sideways, three wide early on the bottom of a battle between Barry Gray and Ray Christian III. “It’s been a challenging year on the dirt side, we’ve lost 3 motors this season, so we were really looking for a solid result tonight” Stone said. “I think we had a good car, and if the top two positions were reversed I don’t think we could have passed each other. I could have dumped O’Connell but I don’t race like that, it was nice to come home second.”
One of the local favorites Mike O’Sullivan started deep in the field in 10th position, with 25 laps to go, O’Sullivan was touching bumper covers with second place Todd Stone, an impressive run for sure. “A restart would have been good in the later stages but, it would have been tough either way” O’Sullivan said. “It was an awesome race to be part of, thats the way it’s supposed to look and we should all be proud of the show we put on.”
Second in points Joey Doiron of Berwick, ME had a solid race finishing fourth and last seasons JBH 100 winner Josh King of Vernon, VT rounded out the top 5.
The next event is on Sunday of Oktoberfest Weekend, at Lee USA Speedway October 7th.
#43 Devin O’Connell
#1x Todd Stone
#08 Mike O’Sullivan
#73 Joey Doiron
#21 Josh King
#24 Scott MacMichael
#29 Barry Gray
#72c Guy Caron
#93ct Ray Christian III
#4 Tommy O’Sullivan
#16 Brandon Barker
#03m Joel Monahan
#18 Mike Scorzelli
#00 Jimmy Renfrew Jr
#11 Bryon Baker
#5 Phil Meany
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(LEHIGHTON 9-15-18) Brian DeFebo picked up his fifth win of the season and in doing so essentially put himself in line for a second straight track championship.
DeFebo came from 12th on the grid and during a two lap period worked his way past Earl Paules and Ron Haring Jr., to advance into the lead. With 10 laps remaining thereafter he would wrangle off his top point opponents Kyle Strohl and Bobby Jones in securing his 14th Modified victory at Mahoning Valley.
“The best way to win this championship is to just do what we’ve been doing all year and that’s come out here and win,” said DeFebo.
The race didn’t exactly come to DeFebo until the first caution had waved 19 laps into the 35-lap event. During those nonstop laps Haring Jr., was setting a great pace while fending back Paules. Gene Bowers was running third with Nick Baer fourth. DeFebo had advanced to fifth by lap 11 but with the torrid pace progressing on by Haring it was a demanding order to make headway.
When the action was halted for a Kristy Arthofer spin on lap 19, Haring would be on his toes during the restart to not allow Paules the chance to work by him. DeFebo, however, used that opportunity to move by Bowers.
With Paules now in his sights DeFebo would swoop underneath him on lap 24 in turn 4 and the next time around would replicate that same tactic on Haring for the lead.
“The car was good both high and low and I saw the opportunities tonight to go to the bottom and it worked in our favor,” explained DeFebo.
“I was trying to be protectively cautious and keep a little gap in case something happened during that long green flag run. Then when the opportunity arose I knew I had to go. I want to win races and we do this to win races and we’re having fun doing it.”
Strohl and Jones combatted in a fierce dogfight over the final laps while both pursing DeFebo. Haring Jr., capped off his great run at the front with a very respectable fourth while Paules rounded out the top five.
Matt Wentz gave his Hall of Fame dad Gary Wentz a great birthday gift by scoring his second Late Model win of the season. Wentz whizzed by Dylan Osborn on lap 11 and then withstood a very insistent Paul Koehler Jr. for the win.
With just one regular season race to go Frankie Althouse has moved to the top of the standings after the night’s point leader when the evening began, Mike Sweeney, suffered his first DNF due to a whack on the front straight wall and would finish last. Althouse takes a 10 point difference heading into next week finale.
The Street Stock feature was nothing short of amazing and despite Cody Geist being shown as leading all 30 laps it was hard-fought from start to finish.
Geist was blitzed by Mark Dysher and Jared Ahner who ran side-by-side behind him. Several times Dysher tried to pull next to the leader but each time his efforts were spoiled by the much focused Geist.
Not only where the top trio blazing their way intensely around but Todd Ahner and Reichenbach where just as much in the mix.
The race would come right down to the wire too as Geist came off the final corner and nearly got loose. With his car almost sideways he held on to beat Dysher by a .142-second margin. As a tribute to his close friend who had just passed away, Geist dedicated the victory to Marc Carazo.
Ricky Yetter may concede that Mike Stofflet is in the driver’s seat for a second straight Dirt Mod title and with that said he had his focus on going out and doing the only other thing possible – win.
That he did and it was a battle for the ages as he would have Stofflet breathing all over him during the caution free run. Stofflet leaned heavily on Yetter but “The Law” would never waver as held on for his third verdict of the season.
Bobby Kibler Sr., raced to a second straight Pro 4 win, this one in a special $400-to-win feature. The race was originally slated for 40 laps but under the time rule it was checkered at 27 laps.
Kibler Sr., made his way to the lead just three laps from the calling of the race and would be able to hold off Tyler Stangle who would earn his best run to date.
When Peyton Arthofer, with certainty, raced to her career first stock car win in the Hobby Stock main, she unsuspectingly became part of some unique track history.
By winning she joins Avery Arthofer as the only sisters to ever win a features at Mahoning. And, she, Avery and mom Kristy Arthofer are the only mother/daughters to every win features as well. She is also the eighth different member of her infamous family to win a main event at the track.
Arthofer drove seamlessly throughout the 20 lapper and beat Shawn Kistler by nearly 4-seconds for the always to be treasured victory.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Brian DeFebo, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. Bobby Jones, 4. Ron Haring Jr., 5. Earl Paules, 6. Gene Bowers, 7. Lou Strohl, 8. Zane Zeiner, 9. Nick Baer, 10. Terry Markovic, 11. Don Wagner, 12. Kristy Arthofer, 13. Kevin rex Jr., 14. John Markovic, 15. Austin Beers, 16. JJ Pacovich, 17. Jesse Strohl, 18. BJ Wambold, 19. Joey Jarowicz, 20. Josh Scherer, 21. Austin Kochenash, 22. TJ Kemmerer
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Matt Wentz, 2. Paul Koehler Jr., 3. Kenny Hein, 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Dylan Osborn, 7. Jacob Kerstetter, 8. Samantha Osborn, 9. Chris Anderson, 10. Geno Steigerwalt, 11. Avery Arthofer, 12. Mike Senica, 13. Mike Sweeney
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps) 1. Cody Geist, 2. Mark Deysher, 3. Jared Ahner, 4. Todd Ahner, 5. Rick Reichenbach, 6. Jon Moser, 7. Stacey Brown, 8. Shayne Geist, 9. Jillian Long, 10. Corey Edelman, 11. Jamie Smith, 12. Jason Beers, 13. Ken Erney III, 14. Joe Stangle, 15. BJ Wambold, 16. Kevin Weierbach, 17. Beau Drobot, 18. Jeremy Scheckler, 19, Chad Miller
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Ricky Yetter, 2. Mike Stofflet, 3. Billy Lowden Jr., 4. Corey Edelman, 5. Aleia Geisler, 6. Colton Perry, 7. Bill Sittler Jr., 8. Vince Fegley Jr., 9. Joe Corrigan
Pro 4 Feature Finish (27 Laps): 1. Bobby Kibler Sr., 2. Tyler Stangle, 3. Ticker Muffley, 4. Josh Kuronya, 5. Jeremy Guerra, 6. Randy Schaffer, 7. Bill Rooney. 8. Jake Kibler, 9. Matt Clark, 10. Steven McDonough, 11. Bobby Kibler Jr. DNS: Cody Kohler
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Peyton Arthofer, 2. Shawn Kistler, 3. Travis Solomon, 4. Lyndsay Buss, 5. Michael Wambold, 6. Devin Schmidt, 7. Al Arthofer, 8. Rich Mutarelli, 9. Cody Boehm, 10. Trisha Connolly, 11. Kassidy Altemose, 12. Tad Snyder, 13. Ryan Berger, 14. Justin Merkel, 15. BJ Wambold, 16. Jacob Boehm, 17. Hunter Iatalese, 18. Peter Maier
(LEHIGHTON 9-11-18) Mahoning Valley Speedway presented by Lehighton Ford heads into this coming Saturday, September 15 with six track classes of stock cars plus the thrilling TQ Midgets of the ATQMRA. Race time is 6:00 pm.
No sooner was last Saturday beginning to shape up with a full pit, Mother Nature rained down – literally – and forced the cancellation for the night. It was the 10th such time that rain kept things quite at the paved ¼-mile Lehighton oval.
But, just as they have all season long, the always optimistic management team of Mahoning Valley looked ahead and concentrated on the next event and beyond.
That said it’s all systems go for a night of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mod, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. The Pro 4’s will be running a 40-lap/$400-to-win feature.
Additionally the open cockpit speed demons of the ATQMRA will contest in a 25-lap main event. After veteran Joey Payne’s win two weeks ago at Wall Stadium, he became the seventh different driver in nine 2018 events with the popular touring club and making this one of the most competitive seasons in the 62 year history of the club.
Pit gates will open at 11:30. Early paid practice begins at 12:30 and goes to 3:30. Regular warmups start at 4:30. Adult grandstand 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 September 22 will be the final night of points for all classes.
On September 29 at 2:00 pm the track will play host to Dirt Mods, Small Car Enduro, Jr. Enduro Vintage TQ Midgets and a Small Car Demo Derby.
There is a discount to Enduro drivers who pre-enter before September 22. The cost for pre-entry will be $40 per car which includes the transponder. Pre-entries must be received or post marked no later than Sept. 22. Afterwards the cost is $50 per car and $6 for transponder. Entry forms are posted on the website and also be available at the track. Enduro rules can be found on the website.
The Small Car Demo is for “Stock” demo cars. The event will pay a guaranteed minimum of $500, to win, $300 for second and $100 for third. Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver.
Also, if the track receives 10 or more Big Car Demo Derby entries by September 22 then they too will be added. It will be $500 to win and $200 for second plus top three to receive trophies.
For additional news and updates log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or Facebook. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located just a few miles west of Lehighton on PA 443 and is adjacent to the Mahoning Valley Farmers Market.