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Bobby Jones has week two figured out at Mahoning Valley.wins for third straight year in a thriller over Earl Paules

By DINO OBERTO

(LEHIGHTON, PA. 4-20-19) It seems that week two at Mahoning Valley Speedway has become a favorite for Bobby Jones as for the third straight season the classy veteran picked up a win in the Modified feature. The 35-lap main turned out to be a great showdown as well between him and Earl Paules as they battled down to the wire.

“For three years in a row we were terrible on opening night and I could never understand why. After this year’s opener we went back and did a lot of tweaking,” said Jones who won for the 23rd time at Mahoning in a Modified and recorded his 40thcareer overall victory.

Race winner Bobby Jones #1 battles with Earl Paules #8 in the Modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway April 20th 2019 Walt Smith Photo

Jones, who started second to pole sitter Ron Haring Jr., would place his No. 1J into the lead with a quick diving move off turn two on lap six. Two laps later after a restart Paules advanced to second and from there on it was a cat and mouse game between the two journeymen.

Paules tried numerous attempts to get by but as Jones would admit afterwards he was being very protective, especially on the inside lane where he choose to remain for most of the race.

“I slowed down to protect the bottom – I didn’t want to give that up because here once someone gets position on you on the bottom they got you,” said Jones.

For Jones, it wasn’t just about keeping his lane but restarts were a factor as well. Paules, who clocked faster times throughout the event, showed several times that if he could just get the run needed after restarting that the outcome would certainly have been in his favor.

“I told him (Paules) when he came alongside me on the restarts I had to be up on the wheel because he’s no slouch. He’s been at this game a long time and knows the tricks and the things to try and help yourself and I knew I had to be at my best in that situation against him,” bottom lined Jones.

Over the final laps the excitement was rousing, most notably on the last circuit. With the front pair locked tight they came upon a slower car in turns 3 and 4. Jones had to react quickly as to not get trapped as Paules had a clear line from the topside to make a pass. As fate would have it for Jones he wisely stepped out enough to safeguard his spot but just barely as he held off Paules by a mere half car length.

“I actually thought we were okay and we were just going to relax and stay there and I kind of relaxed too much and shouldn’t have,” explained Jones.

“At the last minute I was going to go out on the lapped car because Earl was coming. As soon as I started to step out I seen him and didn’t go out as high as I should to give him room. There was a lot of respect and it was fun and good racing for both of us.”

Josh Scherer and Anthony Sesely had great dogfight themselves and would finish third and fourth respectively. For Sesely, who is back racing at Mahoning for the first time in years, the placing elevated him into the point lead. Gene Bowers had a respectable run in rounding out the top five.

Matt Wentz would take the lead in the Late Model main on lap one and never look back en route to his first win of 2019.

It was however, no easy drive as Opening Night winner Frankie Althouse, Broc Brown and eventual runner-up Mike Sweeney all kept the leader on his toes.

In the end however, Wentz was not to be denied as he picked up where he had left off at the end of 2018 with a string of solid and winning runs to notch the verdict, his fourth win in his last five outings dating back to last season.

19-year old Kyle Strohl held off Roger Coss in a close finish, winning for the first time with a Sportsman Modified and the 35th time of his burgeoning career.

This was the first feature of the season for the second year class and it was with much anticipation too as a rule change to a slick tire, the same used as the Late Models, was now permitted and the difference was noticed immediately during the heat race when passing and two-wide action was established a then for the feature where much of the same occurred.

Newcomer Jonathan Laureigh led from the pole over Strohl for the first dozen laps. After that Roger Coss zeroed in on Strohl and the pair stayed close-knit to the end.

Defending Street Stock champion Mark Deysher moved to the lead after a lap one restart over Jeremy Scheckler and from there on was practically unapproachable in scoring his 22nd class win.

Although he showed all kinds of strength, Deysher did have a late race challenge from a car considered as equal to his as his teammate, Bill Hunara, was able to pull up to his rear bumper but trying to go any further was not in the cards. None the less it was a fitting triumph in a complete team effort.

Not to be undone a second pair of team cars would follow in third and fourth with Randy Ahner Jr., and Mark Martini.

Bobby Kibler Sr., first started winning in the Pro 4 class some 29 years ago and hasn’t stopped since. Kibler jumped into the lead at the outset and then handily cruised the rest of the way for his 21st feature win.

In the Hobby Stocks Cody Boehm gave early leader Daryl Rex a spirited run for his money and would see it pay off after grabbing the lead mid-way through he race and then go on to score his first win of the young season over Al Arthofer and Devin Schmidt who were right on his tail at the checkers.

Modified Feature Finish (35-laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Josh Scherer, 4. Anthony Sesely, 5. Gene Bowers, 6. Kyle Strohl, 7. Todd Baer, 8. Brian DeFebo, 9. Austin Beers, 10. Kevin Rex Jr., 11. John Markovic, 12. Terry Markovic, 13. Jacob Kerstetter, 14. Ron Haring Jr., 15. Heath Metzger DNS: Scott Adams

Late Model Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Mike Wentz, 2. Mike Sweeney, 3. Broc Brown. 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Samantha Osborn, 7. Kenny Hein, 8. Avery Arthofer, 9. Geno Steigerwalt

Street Stock Feature Finish (30-laps): 1.Mark Deysher, 2. Billy Hunara, 3. Randy Ahner Jr., 4. Mark Martini, 5. Jill Long, 6. Todd Ahner, 7. Randy Schlenker, 8. Stacey Brown, 9. Jared Ahner, 10. Jon Moser, 11. Jamie Smith, 12. Tucker Muffley, 13. Bobby Kibler Jr., 14. Brennen Coulter, 15. Jeremy Scheckler, 16. John Bennett, 17. Shayne Geist, 18. Corey Edelman, 19 Eric Kocher, 20. Aaron Kromer DNQ: Ronald Herman, Cody Geist

Sportsman Mod Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Kyle Strohl, 2. Roger Cross, 3. Johnathan Laureigh, 4. Joe King Jr., 5, Lorin Arthofer II, 6. BJ Wambold, 7. Mike Pollack, 8. Kassidy Altemose, 9. Danielle Paules

Pro 4 Feature Finish (20-laps): 1. Bobby Kibler Sr., 2. Randy Schaffer, 3. Tyler Stangle, 4. Tucker Muffley, 5. Jake Kibler, 6. Matt Clark, 7. Jeremy Guerra DNS: Colton Breiner

Hobby Stock Feature Finish (25-laps): 1. Cody Boehm, 2. Al Arthofer, 3. Devin Schmidt, 4. Travis Solomon, 5. Trisha Connolly, 6. Shawn Kistler, 7. Jacob Boehm, 8. Taylor Schmidt, 9. Philip Sabatine, 10. Daryl Rex, 11. Terry Peters, 12. John Petro, 13. Tyler Nemeth, 14. Austin Ahner, 15. Mallory Kutz, 16. Tad Snyder, 17. Peyton Arthofer, 18. Lyndsay Buss

Oswego Speedway and ISMA Announce 2019 Reciprocal Agreement


OSWEGO, NY (April 12, 2019) – Officials with the Oswego Speedway and the International Supermodified Association are proud to announce a reciprocal agreement for 2019 in an effort to increase competitor cross over between the two organizations.

The goal behind the agreement is for ISMA competitors to support Oswego Speedway with teams encouraged to participate in events using the new small wing configuration on select open dates. Likewise, Oswego competitors will reciprocate ISMA on their open dates.

Between the five reciprocal dates at Oswego and the five reciprocal dates on the ISMA tour, thanks to secured sponsorship dollars, teams who choose to participate in all ten events will now have the opportunity to earn nearly $10,000 in guaranteed start money.

“It is important that the Supermodified sanctions work together and we’re excited to partner with ISMA in hopes of increasing cross over,” said Oswego owner, John Torrese. “With ISMA and Oswego paying contract start money to any team that participates, we hope this agreement will encourage teams to support as many Supermodified events as they can this season.”

As part of the reciprocal agreement, an ISMA car that participates in an Oswego event on any of the select non-overlapping dates will be guaranteed a minimum of $750 to start the feature that evening.

Reciprocal dates at Oswego include the Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s on May 25, the Twin 35’s on June 8, the 75-lap Independence Weekend ‘Grand Prix’ on July 6, the 75-lap, $10,000 to win Mr. Novelis Supermodified event on July 20, and the ‘Retro Night’ 45 on August 3.

Meanwhile, the International Supermodified Association will now extend their minimum franchise start money of $1,000 to any Oswego Speedway team that chooses to strap a top wing on and travel to an ISMA show for their open dates.

ISMA reciprocal dates have been set for June 29 at Monadnock Speedway, both days of the Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Weekend on July 26 and July 27, the Bob Webber Memorial Star Classic on September 7, and Thompson Speedway’s World Series on October 13.

With this mutual agreement, Oswego Speedway and ISMA have agreed not to attempt to draw each other’s cars on overlapping dates. Therefore, neither party will guarantee any commitment or franchise money to teams who join the field on weekends with overlapping events.

The Shampine Memorial Twins at Oswego, which is the first event included in this agreement, will see all contract cars guaranteed $1,300 to start against total winnings. Oswego will pay $2,000 to the winner of each feature event as part of a total purse value of over $35,000.

Interest in the May 25 event has already poured in from several ISMA teams including Lane Racing and Tim Jedrzejek, Soule Racing and Ben Seitz, Ed Shea and Chris Perley, Dan Bowes, Jamie Timmons, and more.

Tickets for Oswego Speedway’s 69th Season Opener, which includes the Shampine Memorial Twins, the Tony White Memorial 35 for Pathfinder Bank SBS and a full program for the 350 Supers are now available. Call the box office at (315)-342-0646 or email oswegospeedway@gmail.com.

For more information on Oswego Speedway, be sure to visit online at OswegoSpeedway.com. You can also FOLLOW on Twitter @OswegoSpeedway or LIKE on Facebook at Facebook.com/OswegoSpeedway.

About Oswego Speedway: Oswego Speedway is a 5/8 mile semi-banked pavement racing oval located off the shores of Lake Ontario in scenic Oswego, NY. The speedway has been a continuously run weekly racing venue since August 1951. The premier open-wheel pavement short track cars in the world, Supermodifieds, run weekly at the Oswego Speedway making it the only weekly Supermodified racing venue in the world. The Small Block Supermodifieds and 350 Supermodifieds accompany the full blown Supers on a weekly Saturday night schedule which runs from May through September. Oswego Speedway is mentioned in racing circles as the “Indy of the East,” as no fewer than a dozen past and present competitors have competed at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway including Mario Andretti, two-time Indy 500 champion Gordon Johncock, and former International Classic Champions Bentley Warren, Joe Gosek, and Davey Hamilton.

Oswego Reciprocal Dates:

Saturday, May 25 – Jim Shampine Memorial Twin 50’s ($2,000 to win each)

Saturday, June 8 – Novelis Supermodified Twin 35’s ($1,200 to win each)

Saturday, July 6 – Independence Weekend Grand Prix 75 ($2,500 to win)

Saturday, July 20 – 33rd Annual Mr. Novelis Supermodified 75 ($10,000 to win)

Saturday, August 3 – Retro Night 45 ($2,000 to win)

ISMA Reciprocal Dates:

Saturday, June 29 – Monadnock Speedway (75-laps, $3,200 to win)

Friday, July 26 – Sandusky Speedway – Fast 40 ($2,400 to win)

Saturday, July 27 – Sandusky Speedway – Hy-Miler Nationals ($6,000 to win)

Saturday, September 7 – Star Speedway – Bob Webber Memorial Star Classic (150-laps, $5,000 to win)

Sunday, October 13 – Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park – World Series (50-laps $3,500 to win)

HISTORIC 1,821 LAPS OF NASCAR MODIFIED RACING SCHEDULED FOR 2019 AT RIVERHEAD RACEWAY, REGULAR FEATURE EVENT DISTANCE EXTENDED TO 50-LAPS

Riverhead, NY Apr. 10th. 

Fans who love the open wheel racing excitement of Tour Type NASCAR Modifieds can quench their thirst for their favorite form of racing at Riverhead Raceway in 2019 as track owners Eddie & Connie Partridge and Tom Gatz have scheduled a historic 1,821 laps of feature event racing.

The action will begin on Saturday evening May 4th when the 2019 NASCAR Whelen All American Series swings into action with a seven division program featuring a 50-lap main event for the NASCAR Modifieds. During the winter track management announced the distance for a regular Saturday feature would be stretched from 40 to 50-laps.

Kyle Soper of Manorville will defend both his Riverhead Raceway and New York State NASCAR Whelen All American Series title starting with the May 4th lid-lifter. Most of the drivers who finished behind Soper in the 2018 championship chase are expected back in an effort to dethrone the young driving talent. Tom Rogers Jr. of Riverhead, John Fortin Sr. of Holtsville, John Beatty Jr. of Merrick, Dave Brigati of Calverton, Chris Young of Calverton, Roger Turbush of Riverhead and Eddie Brunnhoelzl III of Levittown are all planning on a busy season of racing at the historic quarter mile oval. 2018 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Justin Bonsignore of Holtsville is expected to make as many as 10 starts in ’19 for car owners Denise & Ken Darch who finished 10th in points in 2018 with Brad Van Houten.


After the opening night 50-lapper the NASCAR “Mod Squad” will return for week two on May 11th for a 75-lap contest with time trial qualifying with 50-lap events slated for May 18th and Memorial Day weekend May 25th. Business certainly picks-up in June with five race meets planned starting with another 75-lap tilt on June 1st. After a 50-lapper on June 8th the stage will be set for the 3rd annual Islip 300, the signature event on the 2019 Riverhead Raceway schedule Saturday June 15th. Early indications are defending race winner and current Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series rookie Ryan Preece of Berlin, Ct. is planning on running the 300 as the MENCS enjoying an off weekend. The month of June will conclude with a 50-lap event on June 22nd while a 69-lap feature set for the 69th Year Celebration complete with Fireworks Saturday June 29th.


The first of the two traditional NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at Riverhead will kick off the month of July off in high gear Saturday night July 6th, a race defending WMT champion Justin Bonsignore is looking forward having swept both races at his home track on his way to the 2018 championship. The one and only scheduled Wednesday night race for the NASCAR Modifieds will unfold on July 10th and be followed by an off night Saturday July 13th. To close out July a 50-lapper on July 20th will proceed the popular Baldwin, Evans & Jarzombek 77 that will close out the month July 27th.


August, like June features five Saturdays in the month with 50-lap races planned for the first three weeks August 3rd, 10th & 17th. A 75-lapper will highlight the August 24th race program with a 50-lap feature closing out the month August 31st the Saturday of Labor Day weekend.


The NASCAR WMT returns to start the month of September with their second 200-lap contest that could turn out be a “wild card” race in determining the 2019 NASCAR WMT champion. The lone 100-lap NASCAR Modified race of 2019 will be presented September 14th while 50-lap races September 21st & 28th will close out the busy season of racing.


Joining the NASCAR Modifieds on Saturday nights starting with the May 4th opener are the Late Models, Crate Modifieds, Figure Eights, Blunderbusts, Super Pro Trucks and INEX Legend Race Cars. The 34th season of Enduro racing will be ushered in Sunday afternoon May 5th with a full card of Street Stock, Mini Stock, Truck, 8-Cylinder and 4/6-Cylinder Gut & Go racing planned.


A sneak preview of the 2019 season will be available to race fans Saturday April 20th and again April 27th when the track presents two pre-season practice days featuring free grandstand admission for spectators. 

The complete schedule of events can be viewed at www.riverheadraceway.com while e-mails reach us at riverheadraceway1@gmail.com. Our phone number remains 631-842-RACE.