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Mahoning Valley Speedway set to present Octoberfast 2019

LEHIGHTON, PA. 10-3-19) With the recently completed regular season, Mahoning Valley Speedway is now priming for the ¼-mile paved oval’s biggest event of the year, Octoberfast 2019.

This will mark the 8th annual Octoberfast which takes place on Saturday, October 12. Race time is 4:00 pm.

The Modifieds lead the list of classes with a big 150-lap, $5000-to-win feature. Since the event began in 2012 Matt Hirschman has become the ruler, winning the first two and again last year.

The Modified portion of Octoberfast always draws a great list of talent. Zane Zeiner, Roger Coss, Kyle Strohl and Bobby Jones have also taken the coveted top prize while fending off a bevy of top notch competition from start to finish, a now customary trademark with this extra distance feature.

Also in action will be the Late Models with a 60-lap/$1500-to-win main. Street Stocks are racing for $1200-to-win over a 75 lap distance. The Hobby Stocks will be going for a $500 first place payout contested in 50 laps and the All Star Slingshots and Junior Slingshots are competing in a nation tour event.

Each of the aforementioned divisions have provided amazing racing just as good as the Modifieds.

Pit gates will open at 10:00 am. There will be early paid practice ($25) from 11:30 – 2:00.

Regular warmups start at 2:30.

Pit entrance is $50 per person. Modified entry fee $100. Late Model entry fee $70. Street Stock entry fee $60. Hobby Stock entry fee is $30. All-Star Slingshot entry fee is $25. Jr. Slingshot entry fee is $15. Driver sign-ins take place from 1:00 – 2:15 pm. Heats get underway at 4:00 pm.

The running order (subject to change) will be Jr. Slingshots, All Star Slingshots, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Modifieds, and Late Models. There will be a draw for heat starting spots and redraw for features. Number of redraw TBD per class.

Grandstands will open at 2:00 pm. Adult admission is $25, $2 off for students, seniors 65+ and active military (must show positive I.D.) Children under 10 are free.

Octoberfast rain date is Saturday, October 19.

The 2019 season will close on Sunday afternoon, October 20 with the first ever Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals. All feature events will be challenged with 4-cylinder of less size power-plants.

The line-up will include an Open Comp Hobby Stock/Pro 4 feature, Small Car Enduro, East Coast TQ Midgets and for the first time at Mahoning Junk Car races.

Grandstand general admission for the Mahoning Valley Speedway Small Car Nationals is just $7 and $25 for the pits.

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.

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Brian DeFebo wins Mahoning Modified 50

By DINO OBERTO

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(LEHIGHTON, PA. 9-21-19) Saturday night’s 50-lap Modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway won by Brian DeFebo served as a prelude to the marquee Octoberfast 150 on October 12 and the indication for the $5000-to-win event will be an outstanding display of racing evidenced by the great exhibit of competition throughout the field.

DeFebo withstood a throng of pressure from runner-up Kyle Strohl, newly crowned champion Bobby Jones and Austin Beers before pulling away late for a two car length margin of victory worth $2000. It was his third win of 2019 and 105th overall.

DeFebo took the reins of the race on lap nine from a very impressive running BJ Wambold. Afterwards he began to check out on the pack. Wambold stayed strong holding onto second before Strohl unseated him 21 laps in. Still at that point DeFebo was the dominant car as Strohl was several lengths back.

It wouldn’t be until a restart on lap 32 that DeFebo was under the gun as Strohl and Jones stepped up their game and stayed hot on the leader’s tail and it shortly thereafter Beers hitched along and made it a close four car battle.

DeFebo had no choice but to guard both high and low lanes as the trio continued coming on strong against him. Strohl was able to secure second spot within the closing laps while Beers was ever-so-close to unseating Jones. By that point, however, DeFebo wasn’t having any parts of that as he pulled slightly ahead by the time the checkers waved.

“This is really exciting and I love racing here,” said DeFebo.

“I didn’t want to lead that early on and I knew the car was very good but you have to take advantage of it when can to get out front and set your own pace. This is definitely a warm-up for that 150 (lapper) and we are hoping for the same results.”

Runner-up Strohl, who locked the Sportsman Modified title the week prior when rain cancelled that show, was the only other driver that had a shot at Jones for the Modified crown.

Jones’ third place earned him his first track championship in 25 years and first here in a Modified.

Beers was advancing nicely before the race ended and is a pre-race favorite for Octoberfast where he was second to Matt Hirschman a year ago.

Wambold meanwhile turned plenty of heads with his fine drive as he recorded his first top five with a Modified.

In the Late Models it was Frankie Althouse not only winning the race but his second consecutive championship as well.

In what was nothing short of the thrilling battle between he and Jeremy Miller who ran in side-by-side formation for a many laps, Althouse didn’t have full control of the race until the final circuits.

In taking his class leading eighth win of the season it sealed a year long fight between him and point runner-up Mike Sweeney.

“Last year my son Cash had some real bad health issues and we were to the point this year where he was getting worse and at that point I about had the car sold,” explained an emotional Althouse.

“But my wife talked me out of it and said he’s not going to be sick forever. So going from selling the car to this is pretty damn sweet. We now have to come back and win Octoberfast.”

Todd Ahner is a classy, respected veteran racer so when he won the Street Stock feature it was understandable that so many well-wishers greeted him in Victory Lane.

After running up-front all season long but falling short on one to many occasions for victory, the all-time careers wins leader in Street Stocks took the top spot from Josh Mooney on lap seven and once there never looked back, winning for the first time since Octoberfast 2017.

Mooney, for the second time in as many races settled for a solid second. With his third place tally Jon Moser claimed the division championship, his third with the class.

In the Pro 4s Bobby Kibler Sr., not only won for an unparalleled seventh time but in doing so also finished atop the point standings and won his career first track championship after nearly 40 years of racing.

Kibler dashed his way by Kadie Pursell on lap seven and then powered to his class leading verdict. Jeremy Guerra runner-up with Cody Kohler third.

Perhaps the most anticipated race of the night was the Hobby Stocks as five drivers where mathematically eligible for the title and after all was said and done Al Arthofer was that driver, winning the battle by a mere one point over Devin Schmidt. Arthofer didn’t secure the crown until the final lap when he passed Schmidt for fifth spot.

The race was won by another of the contenders, Travis Solomon who won the caution free affair over Kassidy Altemose. Solomon ended a close third in the final standings rundown.

After further review of issues, the Dirt Modified feature on June 22, 2019 will be scored as the competitors finished on the track, a race that was won by Mike Stofflet over Ricky Yetter, who finished second. With the Dirt Modified division no longer racing, Ricky Yetter ends the season in the top spot of the division’s points standings for a record third time.

Modified Feature Finish (50-laps): 1. Brian DeFebo, 2. Kyle Strohl, 3. Bobby Jones, 4. Austin Beers, 5. BJ Wambold, 6. John Markovic, 7. Earl Paules, 8. Lorin Arthofer, 9. Josh Scherer, 10. Eric Kocher, 11. Stacey Brown, 12. Jarred Nace, 13. DJ Wagner, 14, Terry Markovic, 15. Corey Edelman, 16. Austin Kochenash, 17. Nick Bear, 18. Anthony Sesely, 19. Heath Metzger, 20. Don Wagner, 21. Todd Bear

Late Model Feature Finish (25-laps): 1.Frankie Althouse, 2. Jeremy Miller, 3. Dylan Osborn, 4. Samantha Osborn, 5. Avery Arthofer,  6. Mike Sweeney, 7. Kenny Hein

Street Stock Feature Finish (30-laps): 1. Todd Ahner, 2. Josh Mooney, 3. Jon Moser, 4. Eric Kocher, 5. Randy Schlenker, 6. Jared Ahner, 7. Jamie Smith, 8. Matt Deysher, 9. Mark Martini, 10. Aaron Kromer, 11. Randy Ahner, 12. Kevin Weierbach, 13. Brennen Coulter, 14. Jill Long, 15. Louie Horvath, 16, Dennis Buss, 17. Rick Reichenbach

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

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25-laps): 1.Travis Solomon, 2. Kassidy Altemose, 3. Cody Kohler, 4. Peyton Arthofer, 5. Al Arthofer, 6. Devin Schmidt, 7. Jacob Boehm, 8. Trisha Connolly, 9. Rich Mutarelli, 10. Cody Boehm, 11. John Petro, 12. Eddie Jones, 13. Tad Snyder, 14. Tyler Nemeth, 15. Ralph Borger Jr., 16. Sam Ryan, 17. Mallory Kutz DNS: Jesse Bollinger, Todd Geist

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.