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Brian DeFebo wins feature and championship

By DINO OBERTO

 (LEHIGHTON, PA. 10-14-17) Veteran crew chief Gary Slusser is known for his setups that have put numerous drivers in Victory Lane over the years. Many of them have also gone on to win championships including this year’s Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified kingpin Brian DeFebo.

Prior to the night’s 35-lap season point finale Slusser indicated to DeFebo that every one of his driver’s ended their championship year with a win. DeFebo in return delivered, capping off his season with a second straight victory and fifth on the year.

After working the outside of Joey Jarowicz for several laps while also dueling alongside Gene Bowers, DeFebo, who started ninth, picked up the lead with 11 laps remaining and then cruised steadily the rest of the way.

“Getting to the front was the tough part. Joey (Jarowicz) was running a smart line. He was taking away the outside and the inside and it was what he had to do,” explained DeFebo.

“I had no opportunity to get to the inside so I had to stay persistent. Once I was able to get up alongside of him I was able to then take a little bit of the line away. After getting in the lead I just ran my own pace and I knew if I kept the car straight we wouldn’t get passed.”

Jarowicz, Bowers and DeFebo provided much of the action. Jarowicz led from the onset and had Bowers giving him a great run. DeFebo joined them by lap seven and the trio then began a blanketed battle.

Jarowicz stepped out to the middle lane and in doing so kept his opponents in check through a stretch of 19 nonstop laps. Bowers was on the low side and looked to make a squeeze play several times but Jarowicz remained very protective. It was much the same for DeFebo in his attempts until finally getting the opportunity to pull alongside and eventually pass for the lead and win.

Bobby Jones used a restart with 10 laps to go and took over second spot but could not keep up with DeFebo. Bowers notched third with Lou Strohl and Jarowicz completing the top 5.

This was the first time that DeFebo ran a complete season at Mahoning Valley. He is a six time Evergreen champion which includes four titles in the Modifieds.

“It’s exciting to come here and win this championship. We never concentrated on a (full) season here,” said DeFebo.

“You don’t want to be cocky, you want to be confident and I knew that if we concentrated on running the whole year we could do well. It always worked that way when we ran for points at Evergreen and we were successful with that mindset,” he continued.

“These guys who race here are tough as nails. We’ve run the RoC, we’ve run other tracks but here at Mahoning Valley it is as good as it gets. Lap for lap you have to be thinking and planning and always on your game.”

In a dramatic last lap pass Broc Brown snuck by race long leader Dylan Osborn for top honors in the Late Model feature.

Looking to win for the first time with a full-bodied stock car, 13-year old Osborn was turning perfect laps from the get-go. Brown was settled into second and gradually making headway as the race was coming to a close but Osborn showed enough poise that he could pull off a victory.

However, when Jacob Kerstetter spun with two laps to go it set up the exciting showdown. As the action got back underway Osborn was feeling the pressure by Brown, himself just 14-years old.

When the pair crossed under the white flag Brown stayed glued to Osborn’s rear until entering turn two which at that point he power moved his way underneath. Moments later Brown was leading and winning while Osborn had to settle for an unfortunate but well-run second place.

“It was all I could do to win. In the beginning of the year I had the same move done to me and that taught me something,” said Brown afterwards on his race winning move.

“I learned so much this year racing here, how to pass people clean and if you give them respect they’ll give it back.”

With his fifth place tally Mike Sweeney retained his title as Late Model champion.

Shayne Geist capped off his rookie season with the Street Stocks by winning for a second time. He started pole and although able to lead all 30 laps, it was hard-fought as Mark Deysher and Corey Edelman made him work hard on each passing lap. In the end Geist was not to be denied as he drove a solid and defensive race in garnering the verdict.

Stacey Brown was crowned the Street Stock champion, the first title ever for the respected veteran.

In the dirt Mods Billy Lowden Jr., made a quick dash to the lead at the drop of the green and then proceeded to lead the distance for his first win in three years. Jeff Parker was closing on Lowden but time ran out before any serious challenge could be mounted.

Jake Kibler won for the second straight week and sixth time this season but it wasn’t enough to land him the Pro 4 championship as Kevin Stein’s runner-up finish earned him the 2017 class title.

The Hobby Stock feature was gripping in several ways. In the race Trisha Connolly was able to win for a third time but it came after a tough battle with strong-willed Samantha Osborn whom she passed with eight laps to go.

Heading into the race the championship battle was just one point between first and second. With a third place finish Austin Beers bested Devin Schmidt for the crown.

 Feature Finishes

Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Brian DeFebo, 2. Bobby Jones, 3. Gene Bowers, 4. Lou Strohl, 5. Joey Jarowicz, 6. John Markovic, 7. Scott Miller, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Nick Baer, 10. James Haring Jr. 11. Ron Haring Jr., 12. Todd Baer

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

 Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Shayne Geist, 2. Corey Edelman, 3. Mark Deysher, 4. Jamie Smith, 5. Todd Ahner, 6. Stacey Brown, 7. Jillian Long, 8. Eric Kocher, 9. Alan Schlenker, 10. Jared Ahner, 11. Joe Stangle, 12. Rick Reichenbach, 13. Cody Geist, 14. BJ Wambold

 Dirt Mod Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Billy Lowden Jr., 2. Jeff Parker, 3. Ricky Ross, 4. Bill Sittler, 5. Mike Stofflet, 6. Vincent Fegley

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

 Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Trisha Connolly, 2. Paul Effrig, 3. Austin Beers, 4. Rich Mutarelli, 5. Devin Schmidt, 6. Samantha Osborn, 7. Shawn Kistler, 8. Al Arthofer, 9. Avery Arthofer, 10. Beau Drobot, 11. Cody Boehm, 12. Zach Weidner, 13. Mark Schwalm, 14. Travis Solomon, 15. Colton Breiner, 16. Lyndsay Buss, 17. Ryan Berger, 18. Michael Wambold, 19. Carl Altemose

Coby Adds To His Legacy With Fifth Title

Edges Thompson Winner Solomito For NASCAR Whelen Modified Crown

THOMPSON, Conn. — Back in April, Doug Coby walked away from a wrecked race car without even completing one lap in the Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. Six months later, Coby capped the season at Thompson by completing an unthinkable comeback to win his fifth NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour championship.

Sunday’s fifth-place finish in the Sunoco World Series 150 was enough to completely erase his disastrous start to the season and wrap up his fourth straight title.

The Milford, Conn. driver becomes the first driver since the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour began in 1984 to accomplish the feat and only the third in the history of NASCAR modifieds, joining NASCAR Hall of Famers Richie Evans and Jerry Cook.

“We just kind of tugged away this year,” Coby said. “We won one race in 2014 when we won the championship and we only won once this year. We were just so consistent.”

Timmy Solomito, who entered the race third in the championship standings and one of six drivers still in contention for the crown, used a pass with just two laps remaining to capture the victory the race that was pushed to 155 laps because of a late caution.

The victory was the fifth of the season for the Islip, New York, driver but it wasn’t enough to get him the title.

Coby finished with 604 points, six ahead of Solomito. Justin Bonsignore finished third, 10 points back of Solomito, while Rowan Pennink and Eric Goodale rounded out the top five in the championship standings.

Coby was determined to control his own destiny. The points leader entering the finale, he started on the front row with polesitter Chase Dowling and immediately jumped to the front to lead the first 82 laps to clinch the bonus points for most laps led.

After his first pit stop, he restarted outside the top 10 and wasn’t able to get all the way back to the front. But it didn’t matter. A late charge was enough to hand him the championship behind the wheel of his No. 2 Mayhew Tools Chevrolet.

“We were good all year and we were kind of under the radar. This was a different championship because we to crawl all summer because we had to get back in it,” Coby said. “We had to chip away this year. The common denominator in all of these titles was a team that never quit.”

Dowling finished second — crossing the finish line .043 seconds behind Solomito — while Ron Silk was third and Pennink fourth.

Andrew Krause finished sixth, followed by Woody Pitkat, Dave Sapienza, Jamie Tomaino and Bonsignore.

Ryan Preece finished 26th in the race and fell to sixth in points. However, he was able to wrap up the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour owner’s championship for Ed Partridge. Preece missed two races — one for his wedding and one to run the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Kentucky Speedway — and combined with George Brunnhoelzl III and Jon McKennedy to win the title for Partridge’s No. 6 TS Hauler Chevrolet team.

Coby and Partridge will be honored as champion of the unified Whelen Modified Tour as part of the champions celebration in Charlotte, North Carolina in December.

RACE RESULTS | FINAL POINT STANDINGS | RACE CENTRAL LIVE

NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour-Sunoco World Series 150 Results

Sunday

At Thompson International Speedway

Thompson, Conn.

Lap length: 0.625 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

1. (8) Timmy Solomito, Islip, N.Y., Ford, 155 laps, 65.309 mph.

2. (1) Chase Dowling, Roxbury, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

3. (10) Ron Silk, Norwalk, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

4. (6) Rowan Pennink, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., Chevrolet, 155.

5. (2) Doug Coby, Milford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

6. (19) Andrew Krause, Holmdel, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

7. (21) Woody Pitkat, Stafford, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

8. (18) Dave Sapienza, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

9. (33) Jamie Tomaino, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

10. (14) Justin Bonsignore, Holtsville, NY, Chevrolet, 155.

11. (17) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 155.

12. (4) Rob Summers, Manchester, CT, Chevrolet, 155.

13. (7) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Chevrolet, 155.

14. (23) Matt Swanson, Acton, Mass., Ford, 155.

15. (27) Calvin Carroll, Newton, N.J., Chevrolet, 155.

16. (16) Eric Goodale, Riverhead, N.Y., Chevrolet, 155.

17. (13) Spencer Davis, Dawsonville, Ga., Chevrolet, 155.

18. (29) Wade Cole, Hartland, Conn., Ford, 155.

19. (9) Jimmy Blewett, Howell, N.J., Chevrolet, 154.

20. (5) Craig Lutz, Miller Place, N.Y., Chevrolet, 154.

21. (25) Danny Cugini, Marshfield, Mass., Chevrolet, 147, accident.

22. (35) Cory Oslund, East Hampton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 143, accident.

23. (34) Manny Dias, Attleboro, Mass., Chevrolet, 138, handling.

24. (15) Kyle Soper, Manorville, N.Y., Chevrolet, 137, accident.

25. (12) Ronnie Williams, Ellington, Conn., Chevrolet, 131, accident.

26. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 117.

27. (32) Walter Sutcliffe Jr., East Haven, Conn., Chevrolet, 113, handling.

28. (24) Austin Pickens, Windermere, Fla., Chevrolet, 80, accident.

29. (11) Bobby Santos, Franklin, Mass., Chevrolet, 52, ignition.

30. (31) Melissa Fifield, Wakefield, N.H., Chevrolet, 19, clutch.

31. (30) Gary McDonald, Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, accident.

32. (20) Anthony Nocella, Woburn, Mass., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

33. (22) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

34. (26) Ken Heagy, Calverton, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

35. (28) John Baker, Selden, N.Y., Chevrolet, 0, accident.

Race Statistics

Time of Race: 1 hour 29 minutes 0 seconds

Margin of Victory: 0.043 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: C.Dowling (118.477 mph, 18.991 seconds)

Caution Flags: 12 for 57 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: D. Coby 1-82; C. Lutz 83-107; R. Silk 108-144; J. Bonsignore 145; R. Silk

146-153; T. Solomito 154-155.

Standings: 1. D. Coby, 604; 2. T. Solomito, 598; 3. J. Bonsignore, 588; 4. R. Pennink,

570; 5. E. Goodale, 566; 6. R. Preece, 562; 7. D. Sapienza, 511; 8. M. Swanson, 484; 9.

R. Summers, 474; 10. C. Lutz, 429.

SEUSS HEADING TO WORLD SERIES WITH BRADY BUNCH RACING

Brady Bunch Racing photo

MOORESVILLE, NC – Two- time NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Champion, Andy Seuss to partner with Brady Bunch Racing this weekend to compete in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour event during the World Series at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park.  This will be second start of the season for the duo having earned a sixth place finish in the SMRS race at Concord Speedway in Concord, NC in April.

“It was an honor to be asked to drive for Brady Bunch racing the first time at Concord, so it even more of an honor to be asked to come back.” Seuss said of the chance to race with Crew Chief Scott Anderson and the rest of the team again.  “The World Series is a race I always want to be a part of and I’m excited to see what we can do together. I feel we have some unfinished business from Concord.”

Their participation in this event is made possible in part by sponsorship from Bryan Dauzat from O.B. Builders, Concord, NC and Copeland Toyota and Chevrolet of Brockton, Mass.

“The opportunity to race with Andy at the World Series presented itself and we are happy everything came together,”  team owner Brian Brady confirmed.   “We raced with Andy earlier this year at a non tour race and he did a great job for us.  We are really looking forward to doing a tour race with him.”

Follow Seuss and Brady Bunch Racing at Thompson either in person or through updates on the NASCAR Home Tracks site.