Mahoning Valley Speedway adds Modified $800 to win B-Main to RoC Break-The-Ice-75

Mahoning(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 4-2-16) April 9 is fast becoming one of the most anticipated season opening days ever at Mahoning Valley Speedway as Modified teams from near and far will be converging on the paved quarter mile Lehighton oval for the Ferris Mowers Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Series Fueled by Sunoco “Break-the-Ice 75.”

Both the Mahoning Valley racers and those chasing the RoC Tour open up their respective 2016 season’s in just one week’s time and after concluding Saturday’s second of three Test and Tune days, promoter Floyd Santee was not only excited as another solid group of Modified teams came out to test, but he also foresees how the Break-The-Ice-75 has the makings of a very impressive gathering of racers to his track.Dsc_a 4551_edited-1

Knowing that qualifying will be intense, Santee has decided that to be as fair as possible to all teams he has added a Modified B-main.

In the likely event that 40 or more Modifieds are on hand, a 30-lap race will be held for the non-qualifiers and pay $800 to win and $100 to take the green.

“With the turnout we’ve had just in the past two Test and Tunes plus another day of pre-season testing lined up for tomorrow, (April 3), we can foresee this first race on April 9 as being a smash hit,” said Santee.

“There are more guys who will not be here until next week and we’ve been getting calls all the time about the track and the race. By adding the B-main I feel it’s a great way to say thanks to all those drivers especially for the ones who may not qualify. We appreciate the support. I really feel we’ll get 40 cars. It’s good for the drivers and it’s good for our fans.”

The winner of the Break-The-Ice-75 will earn $2800, $1500 for second and $200 to take the green. 26 cars will qualify for the feature. All others, provided there are 40 cars, will then compete in the $800 to win 30-lap B-main.

Also on the program will be the Mahoning Valley Late Models, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks.

On Opening Day 2016 pits open 10:00 a.m. followed by Modified inspection at 11:30 a.m. Sign-in takes place from 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. Heat racing will begin at 4:00 p.m.

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Tommy Meier Credited With ‘Hard Clay Open’ Victory After Brett Hearn Refuses Post-Race Technical Inspection

MIDDLETOWN, NY – Tommy Meier was credited with the victory in Saturday night’s ‘Hard Clay Open’ presented by United Pump & Tank at Orange County Fair Speedway following a disqualification post-race of apparent victor Brett Hearn.

The opener of the Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region saw Hearn, the all-time leading OCFS winner, start from the outside pole in the 50-lap event, survive a lead-swapping mid-race challenge from Stewart Friesen to take the checkered first and an apparent $5,000-plus payday.

However, Hearn’s team refused a standard check of cubic inch in post-race technical inspection and was disqualified. Hearn will lose winner’s points, purse money and all lap money accrued. Lap money and other bonuses will be reassigned by the running order during the event.

The win then went to Waldwick, N.J.’s Meier, who started ninth and crossed the line in second spot.

Meier is credited with his first-ever STSS victory aboard the Jeff Behrent-owned No. 3.

Danny Johnson of Rochester, N.Y., finished second, followed by Mike Ricci of Tillson, N.Y., Andy Bachetti of Sheffield, Mass., who recovered from a late-race flat tire with an outside charge, and Danbury, Conn., driver L.J. Lombardo.

A field of 53 STSS Modifieds signed into the pit area. The event soldiered on despite a threatening morning with rain in the area and intermittent early showers.

Hearn, meanwhile, did moonlight in Johnny Illanovsky’s No. 88 Crate 602 Sportsman for the open, non-points event and took a $1,000 payday which he immediately donated to charity.

A full release with contingency awards and lap money will be released later today.

The next STSS event takes place on Sunday, April 17 at N.J.’s Bridgeport Speedway with the ‘South Jersey Shootout’ Velocita South Region Event No. 2, a 40-lap event offering $5,000 to the winner, $1,000 for 10th and $400 to take the green flag.


Bob Hilbert Sportswear Short Track Super Series Fueled By VP Halmar International North Region Event No. 1 Modified Feature Finish (50 laps): TOMMY MEIER, Danny Johnson, Mike Ricci, Andy Bachetti, L.J. Lombardo, Erick Rudolph, Gary Edwards, Mike Mahaney, Rich Ricci Jr., Billy Van Inwegen, Matt Janiak, Stewart Friesen, David Van Horn Jr., Craig Hanson, Tyler Dippel, Corey Lowitt, Ryan Darcy, Matt DeLorenzo, Randy Chrysler, Jeff Heotzler, Danny Creeden, Josh Hohenforst, Jackie Brown Jr., Robbie Green, Anthony Perrego, Rob Rowe, Jerry Higbie Jr., John Ferrier, Nick Nye.

Disqualified: Brett Hearn (refused post-race technical inspection)

Crate 602 Sportsman Feature Finish (25 laps): BRETT HEARN, David Schilling, Michael Storms, R.J. Smith, Billy Eggers, Winter Mead, Steve Eubanks, Michael Sabia, Tim Hartman, Frank Venezia, Matt Stangle, Dillon Steuer, Chris Stevens, Leo Fotopoulos, Allison Ricci, Dave Marcuccilli, Jeff Hulseapple, Nick Horton, Rafael Carson, Austin Smith, Randy Sweetman, Tyler Boniface, Tyler Treacy, Eddie Burgess.

Late Race Pass Pays Off For Brunnhoelzl

Collects First So. Modified Tour Victory of 2016 At Concord

CONCORD, N.C. – Late race heroics paid off for George Brunnhoelzl III at North Carolina’s Concord Speedway.

The 33-year-old North Babylon, New York, native joined the battle for first place with 12 laps remaining and passed Ted Christopher with three laps to go to collect his first win of the 2016 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour season and his 26th career tour win.

Saturday at the half-mile oval saw more passing in in the first 37 laps than the tour’s last visit to the track combined.

Brunnhoelzl settled for mid-pack for most of the race until late in the race when he turned on the pressure and took the lead from Christopher off of Turn 3.

Christopher settled for second followed by Burt Myers, defending champion Andy Seuss and Jason Myers.

While Bobby Measmer Jr., JR Bertuccio, Kyle Bonsignore, Gary Putnam and Danny Bohn rounded out the top 10.

NASCAR XFINITY Series driver, Ryan Preece, led the first 63 laps before falling to eighth with 58 laps to go. The 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion ultimately finished 12th.

Burt Myers maintains his lead in the standings by six points over Brunnhoelzl (90-84) followed by Seuss in third with 81.

The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will be back in action on April 9 with the South Boston 150 at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway.

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour-Spring Explosion 150 Results


At Concord Speedway

Concord, NC

Lap length: 0.5 miles

(Start position in parentheses)

  1. (4) George Brunnhoelzl, III, West Babylon, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150 laps, 85.823 mph.
  2. (8) Ted Christopher, Plainville, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  3. (2) Burt Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
  4. (7) Andy Seuss, Hampstead, N.H., Chevrolet, 150.
  5. (1) Jason Myers, Walnut Cove, N.C., Ford, 150.
  6. (13) Bobby Measmer, Jr., Concord, N.C., Chevrolet, 150.
  7. (11) JR Bertuccio, Centereach, N.Y., Chevrolet, 150.
  8. (14) Kyle Bonsignore, Bay Shore, NY, Chevrolet, 150.
  9. (10) Gary Putnam, Vernon, Conn., Chevrolet, 150.
  10. (5) Danny Bohn, Freehold, NJ, Chevrolet, 149.
  11. (12) Trey Hutchens, III, Winston-Salem, N.C., Chevrolet, 149.
  12. (3) Ryan Preece, Berlin, Conn., Chevrolet, 149.
  13. (9) Jeremy Gerstner, Wesley Chapel, FL, Chevrolet, 148.
  14. (17) Richie Pallai Jr., Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Pontiac, 148.
  15. (15) Bryan Dauzat, Alexandria, La., Chevrolet, 140, accident.
  16. (6) Kyle Ebersole, Hummelstown, Pa., Ford, 93, engine.
  17. (16) Austin Pickens, Orlando, Fla., Chevrolet, 22, oil leak.


Race Statistics

Time of Race: 52 minutes 26 seconds

Margin of Victory: .474 seconds

Fastest Qualifier: J.Myers (115.875 mph, 15.534 seconds)

Caution Flags: 4 for 21 laps.

Lead Changes: 8 among 5 drivers.

Lap Leaders: B. Myers 1-18; R. Preece 19-62; B. Myers 63-83; R. Preece 84-89; A. Seuss 90-95; T. Christopher 96-132; B. Myers 133-137; T. Christopher 138-147; G. Brunnhoelzl,III 148-150.

Standings: 1. B. Myers, 90; 2. G. Brunnhoelzl,III, 84; 3. A. Seuss, 81; 4. B. Measmer,Jr., 80; 5. J. Myers


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