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Roger Coss cashes in with $6000 Octoberfast win at Mahoning Valley Speedway

unnamedEHIGHTON, Pa. 10-17-15) Roger Coss has always been known as one of those true good guys of racing. A driver who runs everyone clean, is always capable of motoring to the front and has the knack to bring the car home in one piece. That trademark style is exactly what landed the Lafayette, NJ racer the biggest win of his 20 year career, scoring a rousing victory at Mahoning Valley Speedway’s Octoberfast 2015 worth $6000.

With a dozen laps to go Coss went underneath leader Chip Santee for the top spot. He then held off Zane Zeiner over the remaining distance. Just prior to the winning pass Coss made a thrilling three-wide maneuver to the low side of Don Wagner and Bobby Jones that was nothing short of breathtaking.

Ironically, Coss lost this race the same way in 2012 when he was passed 12 laps from the finish by then winner Matt Hirschman.

“Without a doubt this is the biggest win of my career. We spent so much time this week working on everything and it’s really nice to have it pay off,” said Coss.

“The first year that they had this race I finished second to Matt (Hirschman). He’s always tough to beat and second that day kind of hurt and I really wanted it and now we got it.”

This was the longest distance race ever run for the Modifieds at Mahoning Valley and throughout the entire race there was amazing action taking place.

The majority was an ongoing two-wide duel between Chip Santee and Austin Kochenash. Santee drew the pole and had the early lead over third starting Coss. Kochenash, who has been outstanding on restarts, would use a lap 23 re-go to take over second. Coss would soon fade to the rear and would not be heard from again until it counted.

At the front Santee and Kochenash would go toe-to-toe. Santee was holding his line on the bottom groove as Kochenash stayed alongside. As that battle pursued on, Bobby Jones ran third but was never quite able to strike at the leaders.

The intense lead fight extended past lap 50, then 60 and was still going strong by halfway. And even though there would be a handful of cautions that would slow the action, the race for the lead always stayed fast and furious following the restarts.

Lap 90 and it was still two-by-two. At 100 circuits there no change as Santee and Kochenash kept everyone on the edge with their white-knuckle racing.

And, while they kept their fight going, the action behind them was heating up as well. Don Wagner was giving the Matt Higgins owned No. 88w one heck of a ride as he had taken third at lap 75. At the same time Brian DeFebo had thrust into fourth and was having quite the dogfight with Wagner. DeFebo was able to clear Wagner on lap 91 and kept close watch of the lead pair.

At lap 110 the caution was out. Under the yellow Kochenash made the decision to pit for new rubber. For Santee there was no relaxing despite that as DeFebo was now second and had Wagner and Jones on his rear bumper when the race resumed.

Jones would be the mover at this point, zipping by Wagner and DeFebo then gaining on Santee. It was right back to side-by-side racing for the lead only this time Jones would successfully get around, taking his No. 1J to the front on lap 120. Santee was by far having his best run of the season and not about to give up. He returned the favor on Jones the very next go-around.

As the race reached 25 laps to go, positions began to change rapidly. Wagner moved back ahead of Jones for second. Coss, who at one point was running in last spot after a pit stop on lap 74, was fourth while DeFebo slipped back to fifth.

As for Santee, he was barely clinging to his lead as everyone was coming on strong. Wagner was giving an out effort for the lead and at the same time fending off Jones. Zeiner had come out of virtually nowhere and into the top five at the same time.

Santee was under immense pressure as behind him there was incredible competition and one of the most dramatic portions of the race would occur when Coss pulled off his thrilling heroics.

On lap 136 as Wagner was running underneath Jones, Coss saw a bit of an opening and seized the opportunity. It was suddenly a hold-your-breath three wide run into turn two. Coss incredibly would leap into second. He would then keep the momentum going and went after Santee, who was losing traction from worn tires. At the start of lap139 Coss went to the front and would not relinquish it from there to the finish, despite a fast approaching Zeiner.

“In the beginning I was just riding behind Chip (Santee) and without radios it’s hard to know just how fast you’re going. I felt we were going to fast of a pace so on the one restart we just dropped to the back. I saw Matt (Hirschman) and Zane (Zeiner) back there and I figured that was a comfortable zone. I thought if they’re waiting then I’m going to wait to and it all paid off,” explained Coss.

“Everybody ran clean and I didn’t want to get passed once I got back behind those guys in the front so as soon as I saw a hole and the opening was there I knew I had to make my move.”

Zeiner, a winner of Octoberfast in 2013 and second last year, did not have the time to make a run at Coss.

“Congrats to Roger (Coss) he had a good car tonight. Believe or not we were fighting power steering issues all night and it was tough to just hold on,” said Zeiner, who had made several pit stops but then blasted through the pact in the waning laps.

“We made a lot of adjustments and just came up a little short. We’ll take second place after all that.”

For the fourth straight time Eric Beers finished third. 2015 track champion Earl Paules and Jones rounded out the top five.

15 of the 22 starters completed the 150 lap distance. Heat wins went to Earl Paules, Lou Strohl and Kochenash.


Modified Feature Finish (150 Laps): 1. Roger Coss, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Earl Paules, 5. Bobby Jones, 6. Don Wagner, 7. Glenn Slocum, 8. John Markovic, 9. Eric Kocher, 10. Todd Baer, 11. Brian DeFebo, 12. Ron Frees, 13. Chip Santee, 14. Terry Markovic, 15. Mike Quinn, 16. Calvin Carroll, 17. Austin Kochenash, 18. Matt Hirschman, 19. Lou Strohl, 20. Jimmy Zacharias, 21. Nick Baer, 22. Kevin Rex Jr. DNQ: Anthony Sesely

Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA to present $500 to one lucky fan and driver at Mahoning Valley Speedway October 24 season finale

unnamed(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 10-15-15) Mahoning Valley Speedway will conclude the 2015 season with its final event slated for Saturday, October 24, featuring Dirt Mods, Street Stocks, Hobby Stocks, All Star Slingshots, the ATQMRA and the Vintage Division of the ATQMRA.

The speedway is also proud to announce that Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA will sponsor the day of racing.

Located at 3600 William Penn Highway in Easton, Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA played a leading role in the 2015 season at Mahoning Valley as each week one lucky fan and driver were presented with $50 cash through the “Weekly Wheel Spin.”

Gary Lee’s Brown Daub KIA also was the primary sponsor on the No. 5 championship Dirt Modified of Ricky Yetter.

The popular dealership likewise played a major part in this year’s Fan Appreciation Night and during the year provided Mahoning Valley with the “Official Pace Car” a KIA Optima. Fans were also able to take advantage of a special $500 off coupon from the program book from their best negotiated deal.

Seeing how well the relationship has been, Gary Lee is going above and beyond for the season closer. One lucky fan and driver from either the Dirt Mods, Street Stocks or Hobby Stocks will receive $500.

The final “Weekly Wheel Spin” will be used to award the lucky recipient. For the fans all they need to do is purchase a copy of the Thunder in the Valley program book and check out the Gary Lee’s Brown Daub ad page. There is a stamped number on the page and if their number is called they will be given the chance to win the $500. There will be six lucky numbers called.

As for the racers they will have a wheel spin take place during the drivers meeting. If the wheel stops on the designated class then one lucky finisher from that feature will get a shot at the $500.

Gary Lee will also have additional giveaways including an I-pad. There will be a tent set-up near the main ticket window for fans to register to receive prizes and giveaways.

At intermission Gary Lee will make several laps with his 1991 custom Mustang Fox body while members of his team shoot t-shirts into the stands. He will also serve as official starter for the feature events.

Prior to the start of the races there will be a special releasing of purple and yellow balloons to honor the memory of Jennifer Flannigan Kutz.

The Dirt Mods will battle for 60 laps and $1500 to win. The Street Stocks will race in a 40-lap feature with $800 to win plus it will be the deciding race of the American Rental Street Stock Gamblers Series. Hobby Stocks will cover a distance of 25 laps and be awarded $300 for the victor.

The All-Star Slingshots will hit the pavement in a 25 lap main that is part of the 2015 National Tour with major title implications on the line.

A champion of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will be crowned at the end of their 25-lapper.

At intermission the Vintage Division of the ATQMRA will conduct an exhibition race.

Grandstands open at 1:00. Admission is $15. $2.00 off for students, seniors 65 + and active military. Must have ID. Kids 0 and under are free.

Pit sign-ins will take place from noon – 1:30. Pit admission is $30. There is a $20 entry fee for the All-Star Slingshots.

Any teams that wish to run an early practice can do so from noon to 1:00 pm. Early paid practice is $25 per car. Regular warm-ups will take place from 1:15 – 2:25.

More information will be out later this week. Additional news can be found on the track’s official site at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway and on Twitter at twitter.com/MahoningSpeed.

Select drivers have shot at $8000 with a win at Mahoning Valley Speedway Octoberfast 2015

unnamed(LEHIGHTON, Pa. 10-14-15) Saturday’s Octoberfast 2015 at Mahoning Valley Speedway is the richest purse payout in track history as promoter Floyd Santee will be disbursing nearly $50,000 that will be awarded across the three divisions of Modifieds, Late Models and Street Stocks.

Of those aforementioned the Modifieds will be vying for a never before payday of $6000 to win and $300 to take the green.

That’s impressive indeed, but wait there’s more…another $6000 to be exact that will be split among the top five drivers who garner the best poker hand with the conclusion of the Central States Modified Gamblers (CSMGS).

Sponsored by Central States Used Clothing, the CSMGS has been a series of select extra distance races run under a poker game format whereas cards are awarded to the top 13 finishers in each designated feature. At the end of the series the top five card holders will share in a $6000 purse with $2000 going to the top hand, $1500 for second, $1000 to third, then $700 and $500 respectively.

Heading into Octoberfast 2015, there are several drivers that are in line to collect that cash, however, for Eric Kocher, Todd Baer and Kevin Rex Jr., thanks to their current set of cards they have a golden opportunity to not only win the CSMGS but by also winning Saturday’s 150 lap race, their season would wrap up with an $8000 day of racing.

Austin Kochenash, fresh off his 100 lap victory in the Bob “Heavy” Scherer Memorial on October 4, can collect as much as $7000 if he takes the feature win and has the hand to beat several others. For Kochenash, that would add up to over $10,000 in back-to-back events.

2015 Modified champion Earl Paules, Eric Beers, Don Wagner, Kris Graver, Bobby Jones, Kyle Strohl, John and Terry Markovic and Lou Strohl are all eligible to stake a claim of the CSMGS money.

Of course it’s all dependent on how the finish plays out and with a star-studded field ready to race, it will be a tall order by all. If anything it adds to the excitement and thrill that fans will be treated to.

The Street Stocks will also be battling in the same poker tournament as the American Rental Street Stock Gamblers Series (ARSSGS) will take place with race number five of six.

13 different drivers are in the hunt for the ARSSGS that will see prize money of $800, $500, $400, $300 and $200 respectively go to the top five.

Jonathan Tracey is the lead hand followed closed by Jillian Long and Aaron Kromer.

The ARSSGS will be decided on October 24, the final race day of the season.

This Saturday’s racing action gets underway at 4:00 pm. Pit gates open at 11:00 a.m. An early practice session will take place from noon to 2:00 pm. Early paid practice is $25 per car. Regular warm-ups will run from 2:15 – 3:15. Heats begin at 4:00. All drivers will draw for heat starting spots. There will be a re-draw for feature starting positions.

Pit admission is $40. Modified registration fee is $75. Late Model and Street Stock registration fee is $40.

Modifieds will compete for 150 laps and $6000 to win with $300 to take the green. Late Models are 60 laps $1500 to win and $125 to take the green. Street Stocks go 75 laps for $1500 to win and $125 to take the green. 22 cars will start each feature.

Grandstands open at 2:00. Admission is $25. Kids 10 and under are free. There are no discounts.

More information will be out later this week. Additional news can be found on the track’s official site at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway and on Twitter at twitter.com/MahoningSpeed.