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Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series Del Hahn Tribute set for August 6 with 77-lap Modified main

(Lehighton, PA 7-29-22) Mahoning Valley Speedway’s popular Hall of Fame Series (MVSHoFS) will be the highlight on Saturday, August 6 with the Del Hahn Tribute.

An iconic driver and impressive winner, Hahn of Palmerton, passed away in November of 2015 and was inducted into the Dorney Park Speedway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame 2018. His career spanned across five decades.

At 20-years old Hahn began racing in the mid-1950s starting in the Sportsman class at the paved Dorney Park Speedway and then Mahoning Valley Speedway, when the track was a dirt surface. He is the 1957 &’58 Mahoning champion.

Hahn continued to race at Mahoning through the 1963 season which afterwards sat dormant until 1970 when it reopened as an asphalt speedway. He has the distinction of being among an elite group to have won there on both dirt and pavement.

Hahn is also one of only 17 drivers to have raced and won at all three eastern Pennsylvania asphalt tracks of Dorney, Mahoning and Evergreen Raceway. Between just those three tracks he has over 40 feature wins.

It was also common to see Hahn show up at many of the area’s dirt tracks such as Nazareth, Big Diamond, Grandview and others. He is most recognized by his signature 7/7 car number which carried him to all those victories.

            As an acknowledgement to his famous number the Modified feature will be contested in a distance of 77 laps and award $2500-to-win. Thanks to the Hahn family there is additional monies distributed to drivers as well as other perks.

The Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks will also be in action as part of the MVSHoFS. Futures and Micro Stocks are part of the night’s racing card.

            The MVSHoFS is a special five race series run amongst the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks and pays tribute to select individuals who have been inducted into the Dorney Park Speedway/Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame at the America on Wheels Museum in Allentown. The Hahn event is race #4 of the 2022 MVSHoFS.

            Kyle Strohl is the current MVSHoFS point leader over Brian DeFebo. TJ Gursky leads the way with the Street Stocks while Cody Boehm is just ahead of his brother, Jacob Boehm, with the Hobby Stocks.

There will be a draw for heat line-ups and redraw for the features. While there is a separate point tally for the MVSHoFS, all drivers signed in will additionally receive 50 show-up points towards the regular season championship with the exception of the Futures which who will collect regular points.

Pit gates open at 11:00 am. Early paid practice will take place from noon to 3:00 pm. Warm-ups begin at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $20. Pits are $45. Driver sign-ins are from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. Racing begins at 6:00 pm.

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

Six divisions to close out July this Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway

(Lehighton, PA 7-25-22) Mahoning Valley Speedway wraps up the month of July this Saturday evening, July 30, with a six division stock car show plus Kids Big Wheel races at intermission.

Sportsman Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Pro 4s, Hobby Stocks and Futures will all be in action running heats and features. Race time is 6:00 pm.

            The Sportsman Modifieds have a very close championship battle underway as Nick Baer sits just four points ahead of Jaden Brown. Brown has won the past three races while Baer has finished four times as runner-up but is still looking to grab his first win.

            As a note there will be no “Topless Night” as originally planned for the Sportsman Modifieds.

            In the Late Models reigning class champ Nick Ross has the top spot in the standings along with two wins to boot but Geno Steigerwalt and Mike VanFossen are tied for second and can change things in a heartbeat depending on the outcome.

            The Street Stocks have the closest contest going as Todd Ahner leads last week’s winner Mark Deysher by a lone point while Tommy Flanagan is five behind the leader and Jillian Snyder less than 20. Ahner, despite being the all-time wins leader with the division, is seeking his first every title along with his first win of the season.

            Corey Edelman is not only the point leader and hottest driver with the Hobby Stocks, but his seven wins this year is best overall among all classes.

            Pro 4 point leader Cody Kohler has won four races in seven starts thus far including last weekend’s Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial but current standings runner-up Tyler Stangle remains ultra-close with top-5s in each feature this season including four seconds.

            In the Futures it’s Parker Ahner showing the way over Makayla Kohler and Maggie Yeakel.

            Added to the night’s activities will be Kids Big Wheel Races sponsored by racers Makayla and Cody Kohler. The Big Wheel Races will be held at intermission. Sign-ins take place upon admission.

Pit gates open at 11:00 am. Early paid practice will take place from noon to 3:00 pm. Warm-ups begin at 4:00 pm. Adult grandstand admission is $14. Pits are $40. Driver sign-ins are from 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm. Racing begins at 6:00 pm.

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

Coming up in two weeks on Saturday, August 6 will be Race #4 of the Mahoning Valley Speedway Hall of Fame Series featuring the Del Hahn Tribute with the Modifieds running 77 laps.

Jaden Brown picks up third in a row with Sportsman Modifieds at Mahoning Valley Speedway

By DINO OBERTO

(Lehighton, PA 7-23-22) The Sportsman Modifieds took center stage at Mahoning Valley Speedway and so too did Jaden Brown who for a third consecutive time claimed the checkers and the end of the 25-lap feature.

The race got underway with rookies Zach Lenardo and Greyson Ahner on the front row and at the drop of the race commencing green Lenardo jumped into the early lead. Showing continued improvement each time out, Lenardo was now leading for the first time with the Sportsman car while Brown was quick to pick up second spot.

With Lenardo holding the inside line Brown then started to challenge from him from the top groove and as they began lap three the lead changed hands. Brown soon began to make it a race for second as he progressively began to put distance on the rest of the field.

While Brown was setting the pace second spot was a good battle between point leader Nick Baer and Brody George. Running most laps side-by-side and a few times rubbing they provided some thrilling action. It wasn’t until 10 laps to go that Bear finally cleared himself of George but by then Brown was too far gone.

As the checkers waved Brown had a commanding four car length advantage on Bear, earning his sixth division win.

            Mark Deysher has been one of the most consistent Street Stock drivers this season, finishing in the top 10 in 10 straight races. That kind of consistency also means good finishes and yes he’s had those but not the one he works the most for, that being a win.

            In Saturday night’s 30-lap contest he finally got it done, putting his Deysher Farms No. 11 into the Winner’s Circle for the first time in 2022.

            Deysher started 7th and after 10 laps moved to the runner-up spot over early leader Randy Green who was maintaining a great pace since the initial start.

            Deysher was keeping the pressure on Green and kept peeking to the inside and by the halfway mark he had enough of an opening to compete the pass. From then on he made perfect laps and scored career win number 24, which came on he and wife Nikki’s wedding anniversary.

            Cody Geist took second and put on a quite the drive to get there. Geist had been battling near the front but was relegated to the rear after a lap 10 incident. He then came through the pack with amazing speed and agility only to run out of time as he caught up with Deysher.

            The Hobby Stock class at Mahoning Valley Speedway is filled with parity yet Corey Edelman once again was the car parked in Victory Lane, a seventh time this season in besting the equally paired group.

            Edelman came from 9th to first in 15 laps. This week’s race winning move derived by way of an inside pass on Don Bauder – who had been leading since lap two – and afterwards was in a torrid fight to the finish with Lyndsay Buss as the pair went back and forth for the top spot.

            It wasn’t until the final lap that Edelman was able to shake free and secure the verdict. Buss had to settle for her best finish to date.

The Ward Crozier Sr., Memorial for Pro 4s was held and picking up a fourth victory in seven 2022 starts was current point leader Cody Kohler.

            Kohler worked around Tyler Stangle on lap 13 of 26 and then stayed perfect the rest of the way en route to his 40th overall Mahoning win. The win netted him $400, a huge trophy and one-of-a-kind scale model of the late Crozier.

            Stangle, who continues to be the top contender to Kohler, held on for his fourth runner-up and seventh straight top five.

            After reeling off four straight wins starting on week two, 11-year old Parker Ahner then had some “off-nights” the next three races but on Saturday Ahner was back to those winning ways as he took the lead from Lexus Kutz on lap two and then gradually pulled away.

            At the checkers he was able to hold off fast closing Maggie Yeakel and in doing so padded his point lead over Makayla Kohler.

Sportsman Modified feature (25 laps): 1. Jaden brown, 2. Nick Baer, 3. Brody George, 4. Zach Lenardo, 5. Greyson Ahner, 6. Terry Markovic

Street Stock feature (30 laps): 1. Mark Deysher, 2. Cody Geist, 3. Todd Ahner, 4. Logan Boyer, 5. Tommy Flanagan, 6. Randy Green, 7. Jillian Snyder, 8. Tucker Muffley, 9. Thomas Flanagan, 10. Jamie Smith

Pro 4 feature (26 laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Tyler Stangle, 3. Colton Breiner, 4. Terry Peters, 5. Ken Reeder, 6. Kadie Pursell, 7. Richie Pursell, 8. Alexis Jones, 9. Jake Kibler

Hobby Stock feature (25 laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Lyndsay Buss, 3. Travis Solomon, 4. Dave Kerr, 5. Cody Boehm, 6. BJ Wambold, 7. Jacob Boehm, 8. Don Bauder, 9. Shayne Geist, 10. James Tout, 11. Jared Frye, 12. Mallory Kutz DNS: Ralph Boger Jr., Paul French Jr.

Futures feature (15 laps): 1. Parker Ahner, 2. Maggie Yeakel, 3. Michael Klotz, 4. Gabrielle Steigerwalt, 5. Makayla Kohler, 6. Adam Steigerwalt, 7. John Heinrich, 8. Zoe Kuchera