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Modifieds running 50 lap/$2000-to-win feature this Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway.final point night

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(LEHIGHTON, PA. 9-17-19) This coming Saturday evening, September 21, Mahoning Valley Speedway will present the final points night of the season. Race time is 6:00 pm.

At the top of the docket will be a 50-lap/$2000-to-win Modified feature. The winner will be awarded a guaranteed starting spot for the Sunday, October 6 Modified 150 King of the Green at Evergreen Raceway.

Late Models. Street Stocks, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks are also in action.

For many of the Mahoning regulars this will also be the final tune-up for the 8th Annual Octoberfast which takes place on October 12.

Heading into Saturday’s race meet Bobby Jones holds a 32 point advantage over Kyle Strohl for top honors in the Modified division. Jones will be looking to capture his first track title in 25 years, the last coming in the Pro 4s in 1994.

In the Late Models it will be decided between Frankie Althouse and Mike Sweeney. Althouse is 28 points ahead and will be eyeing his second straight crown while Sweeney is hoping to garner his third title in the past four seasons.

Jon Moser is on the verge of capturing his third Street Stock championship. He stands comfortably above Mark Martini and Randy Schlenker in his quest but can’t rest on his laurel either.

The Pro 4s show veteran Bobby Kibler Sr., leading the standings with one final race to go. Kibler has been racing at Mahoning since 1990 and if he is successful this will mark his career first title.

The closest point battle is being contested with the Hobby Stocks as the top five in points, Devin Schmidt, Al Arthofer, Travis Solomon, Jacob Boehm and Peyton Arthofer are all mathematically qualified to win the crown. And it’s very tight between 1-2 Schmidt and A. Arthofer as they are separated by a mere three points.

Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $18, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Pit admission is $30 for members and $40 non-members. Driver sign-ins will take place from 2:30 – 3:45. Early paid practice will run from noon to 3:00. Warmups will start at 3:45.

The speedway will then take the next two weeks off in preparation of Octoberfast 2019 slated for Saturday, October 12 at 4:00 pm. Rain date is October 19.

Modifieds will be running in a 150-lap/$5000-to win feature. Also in action will be Late Models, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks plus the All Start Slingshots and Jr. Slingshots.

Drivers who compete at Octoberfast will be given 100 bonus points towards their regular season championship standings.

The 2019 season will conclude on Sunday, October 20 with the Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals.

Bobby Jones’ 5th win adds insurance to his Modified title hopes

By DINO OBERTO

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(LEHIGHTON, PA. 9-7-19) When Bobby Jones took the lead on lap four from Terry Markovic it would not only turn out to be the race winning move but also win number five and additional insurance towards his quest for the Modified championship as only two weeks of racing remain in the regular season.

And, even though he had to fend off Kyle Strohl who charged hard at the end and is chasing Jones from second spot in the standings, the victory became a tribute of sorts for the veteran chauffer who afterwards paid homage to a host of mentors.

When it was noted that he now has 27 Modified wins at Mahoning Valley and tied the great George Wambold with the tally, he turned his thoughts to those whom he admired and helped him nurture into the respected racer he is today.

“That’s an honor. Every week I come out here and I want to win and I want to say, ‘This win here is for guys like George Wambold.’ He’s one of the guys who made what we are today,” admitted Jones, who now owns 44 overall victories at Mahoning.

“There’s so many people that I’ve raced with over the years and I’ve taken a little bit of each one of them and combined that into my style of driving and that’s the way I am today,” he continued.

“There’s nights I say I have George Wambold with me, I’ve got Bill Teel with me, Keith Kocher Billy Dorshimer. Those people come out in me and I see them. This is for them, all those guys who taught me to race and race hard and never give up. This win is dedicated to them.”

Jones started fourth and quickly tucked in behind Markovic once the action began. On lap four Markovic was running just high enough for Jones to pull underneath him and complete the pass for the lead.

He then set sail and was comfortably ahead of the pack until the first of only two cautions waved 22 laps in for spin by Jake Kibler.

On the restart Strohl got the jump on Markovic and then hounded Jones closely the rest of the way. Jones stayed defensive all the while in taking a narrow margin of victory.

“Getting the lead early was the key,” noted Jones.

“We got a little tight after that restart and it was hard to get a rhythm after the first few laps and when you got someone alongside of you like Kyle (Strohl) you have to be on your game. He’s good and it shows every week,”

Brian DeFebo held of Anthony Sesely for third while Josh Scherer returned to action after a few weeks off and notched a solid fifth.

16-year Samantha Osborn outshined the veterans in a thrilling last lap dash to the finish and in doing so captured her career first Late Model win, becoming only the second female racer to win a feature with the class.

Osborn’s victory came at the hands of Mike Sweeney and Frankie Althouse who had been running 1-2 but with three laps to go the entire race took a fateful twist. Sweeney spun after being nudged by Althouse and both relegated to the rear for the restart.

When the action resumed Jeremy Miller was the leader over Osborn. As the white flag was waved Miller checked up enough for Osborn to squeeze low while Sweeney shot to his outside. They then went three wide into turn 3 and that’s when things really got wild.

Sweeney wound up sliding into the wall while Osborn worked the low line on Miller. As they came out of the final corner the young star was first to the line for the spine-tingling victory. Point leader Althouse was able to sneak by Miller for second.

“I was just hoping I could keep the inside and get by and hang on. This is such a competitive class and I love racing with these guys. It’s so hard to beat them and I can’t believe we just did that,” said an elated Osborn.

“It’s so amazing and I’m very grateful to everyone who helps us especially my family for all the help and support. I just can’t believe we did this to beat.”

This year Jared Ahner has had flashes of good runs but when all was said and done the always smooth and fast No. 18 closed out his nights with what seemed like more lows then highs.

On this night things finally came his way. He was engaged in a torrid duel with Josh Mooney for the lead and when he finally secured, it not only marked his first time leading a feature this season but he made certain he wasn’t about to relinquish it either. Ahner afterwards powered on to a decisive first win of the year. Mooney and Todd Ahner where second and third respectively but not near enough to make a run at the victor.

There was no stopping Cody Kohler in winning for the second straight week and sixth time this season with the Pro 4s.

Kohler snagged the lead on lap three and then absolutely dominated the rest of the way, winning by half a lap ahead of top point contender Bobby Kibler Sr.

In the Hobby Stocks Jacob Boehm accomplished something this year that no one else had been able to do, win back-to-back races.

Boehm made an outside pass on Cody Kohler to begin lap 19 and then remained solid and steady the rest of the way. Kohler settled for second. Al Arthofer was third and has pulled within three markers of Devin Schmidt for the division title with two races to go.

Modified Feature Finish (35-laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. Brian DeFebo, 4. Anthony Sesely, 5. Josh Scherer, 6. Nick Baer, 7. Earl Paules, 8. BJ Wambold, 9. Don Wagner, 10. Heath Metzger, 11. Terry Markovic, 12. Jake Kibler, 13. DJ Wagner, 14. Wes Gilbert, 15. Jared Ahner, 16. Matt Wentz

Late Model Feature Finish (25-laps): 1Samantha Osborn, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Avery Arthofer DNS: Matt Wentz

Street Stock Feature Finish (30-laps): 1. Jared Ahner, 2. Josh Mooney, 3. Todd Ahner, 4. Randy Ahner Jr., 5. Mark Martini, 6. Jon Moser, 7. Randy Schlenker, 8. Mark Deysher, 9. Jillian Long, 10. Shayne Geist, 11. Jamie Smith, 12. Jeremy Scheckler, 13. Dennis Buss, 14. Brennen Coulter

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20-laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Bobby Kibler Sr., 3. Bobby Kibler Jr., 4. Jeremy Guerra, 5. Randy Schaffer, 6. Jake Kibler, 7. Tucker Muffley, 8. Josh Kuronya, 9. Matt Clark, 10. Kadie Pursell, 11. Tyler Stangle

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Jacob Boehm, 2. Cody Koehler, 3. Al Arthofer, 4. Jesse Bollinger, 5. John Petro, 6. Travis Solomon, 7. Kassidy Altemose, 8. Rich Mutarelli, 9. Devin Schmidt, 10. Cody Boehm, 11. Trisha Connolly, 12. Peyton Arthofer, 13. Eddie Jones, 14. Mackenzie Adams, 15. Austin Ahner, 16. Tad Snyder, 17. Todd Geist DNS: Taylor Schmidt

Five stock car divisions plus Small Car Enduro this Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 9-4-19) This coming Saturday evening, September 7, Mahoning Valley Speedway will present a five division stock car program plus a Small Car Enduro.

            With the regular season fast coming to an end the battle for points across all classes is vital for those aiming towards respective division titles.

            Veteran Bobby Jones has been riding number one in the Modifieds with his sights set on his first division crown with the headline class at Mahoning. However, 20-year old Kyle Strohl is closely behind, sitting just 27 points back and coming off his fifth win of the season.

            The Late Models are gearing up to another down-to-the-wire finish between Frankie Althouse and Mike Sweeney. Althouse is the point leader and defending champ. Sweeney was the 2016-17 champion. This year they have seven wins each and are separated by only 17 markers and with only three point races remaining the battle is at fever pitch. Not to be uncounted is Jeremy Miller who also has a shot to unseat both of them.

            In the Street Stocks Jon Moser takes a 42 point advantage into this weekend’s action. But despite that Randy Schlenker, Mark Martini, Todd Ahner and Eric Kocher stand to make a run at him.

            In the Pro 4s Bobby Kibler Sr., has pretty much held the top spot in points all season long. He’s won a class leading six times in 2019. But despite the good numbers, the one he’s most interested in is 1. That’s because in 30 years of racing he’s on the cusp of his very first championship.

            And, while there remains good point fights in the aforementioned groups, none can boast the thrilling contest for the top ranking then that of the Hobby Stocks.

            In what has seemed like an every week swap at the top of the standings, Devin Schmidt has moved back on top a mere 15 points over Al Arthofer. Matter of fact the top-5 are only divided by 49 points which indicates that this championship will go right down the finale.  

            Adding to the excitement will be race #6 in the 2019 Mahoning Valley Speedway/Evergreen Raceway Small Car Enduro Series.

            Not surprising that too is a close one as Steven Brooks has a slim lead over Don Rogers by only three points with Harry O’Neill and Jacob Oswald within striking distance.

The Enduro will run after all regular features. Enduro registration is $40 per car. Transponders are $6.

Race time is at 6:00 pm.

Front gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $14, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military. Children under 10 are free. Pit admission is $25 for members and $35 non-members. Driver sign-ins will take place from 2:30 – 3:45. Early paid practice will run from noon to 3:00. Warmups will start at 3:45.

Please log onto the official Mahoning Valley Speedway website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway for updated info. Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443 just a few miles west of Lehighton.