COMING EVENTS: Opening Night, April 11, 2015
By DINO OBERTO
(NORTHAMPTON, PA 11-22-14) Divisional champions as well as title
contenders gathered to celebrate the 2014 race season at Mahoning
Valley Speedway during the track’s annual Awards Banquet held on
Saturday evening at the Northampton Community Center in Northampton.
spacious hall was filled with guests who came out to honor the
perspective champs while also enjoying a great and entertaining
evening of reflection on another banner year under the direction of
promoter Floyd Santee.
in all six track classes, which included Kris Graver in the
Modifieds, Earl Paules Jr., in Late Models, TG Gursky in Street
Stocks, Kevin Graver Jr, Dirt Mods, Nick Baer in Pro 4 and Corey
Edelman in Hobby Stocks were presented champions jackets, trophies
and point fund money.
the top point getters in each class also walked off with their
portion of the point fund as well as trophies.
old Graver become the youngest driver to win a Mahoning Modified
title. It was a hard fought year for Graver who had a season long
battle with the likes of Earl Paules, who gave a valiant effort
right to the very last race and finished a close second in points.
Also Nevin George and 2013 titlist Eric Beers each shared time atop
however, showed his maturity. In just his second year of running
with the headline class, he notched three feature wins and had a
division high 13 top 5s, which ultimately made the difference in
edging out Paules.
enjoyed wins in the Dirt Mods and made a successful debut in a
SpeedSTR, winning twice. The young talent has now amassed 37 career
feature wins in a seven year span and this marked his fourth overall
Mahoning championship. He has two in the Dirt Mods and one with the
of racing a Late Model and three years as the champion for Paules
who picked up his third consecutive Late Model crown and, just as he
did in the previous two, he was the mark of consistency, especially
when it came to winning. For the third time in as many seasons
Paules was the top feature winner, this year visiting Victory Lane
on seven occasions which upped his track total to 28.
the closest point battle in years too as Frankie Althouse, Mike
Sweeney and Paul Koehler Jr., all kept the standings very tight. The
foursome combined for 18 out of 20 wins this year.
his third Street Stock title, TJ Gursky became the winningest
championship driver with the class. He also won back-to-back crowns
another amazing year of parity within the ranks of the Street Stocks
as 12 different drivers tasted victory yet of the top three point
finishes, Gursky, Jillian Long and Jason Kuhn, came up shy of
garnering a feature win.
was consistency that got them to the top of the standings and for
Gursky he showed his proficiency as a driver who is very well versed
when it comes to championships. Not only did he win for a third time
in the last four years but last season he lost to Chip Wanamaker by
a mere two points. Gursky and Long tied for top 5s at eight each but
it was his class leading top 10s, 18 out of 22 starts that helped
seal his title. This was his sixth career championship with three
coming from the Factory Stocks.
the Dirt Modified title there is no question Kevin Graver Jr., will
go down in history as one of the all-time greats at Mahoning Valley
Speedway as this was his fifth overall track championship in a span
of 11 years. His 45 career wins ranks him third on the track’s
all-time win list.
march to the top was nothing short of dominance as he led the way in
feature wins at 5 and was the only driver at the of end each week
with a top-5 finish, 20 in a row to be exact.
Nick Baer was in a fight-to-the-finish duel with Kyle Strohl for the
Pro 4 title. This year he returned and took the glory.
focused on the big picture all season long and his numbers reflected
that. Most laps led (77), most top 5s (16), most heat wins (10) and
tied for most feature wins (7).
not take the point led until the third week of the season but once
at the helm there was no looking back. The 16-year old was smooth,
fast and steady each week and most importantly steered clear of any
trouble which was a key to his well earned title.
the introduction of the Hobby Stock class and former Micro Sprint
racer Corey Edelman emerged as the champ. Edelman returned to prove
himself yet again.
In a year
that saw car counts double and triple, Edelman never wavered and did
a remarkable job of retaining his title. After a slow start due to
engine woes, Edelman got rolling with a win on week two and added
six more before it was all said and done. 10 heat wins and leader in
top 5s at 16 helped him cinch the title with a week to go.
Improved Driver Awards went to Graver in the Modifieds, Long and
Kuhn in Street Stocks, Jack Ely with the Dirt Mods, Cody Kohler in
Pro 4s and in the Hobby Stocks Cody Geist.
– Modified, Jeremy Miller – Late Model, Jared Ahner – Street Stock,
Billy Lasko – Dirt Mod, Jesse Snyder – Pro 4 and Rich Mutarelli –
Hobby Stock were named Rookies of the Year respectively.
Appearing Car Award, which was presented by Don Biegley of S & D
Bodyline, went to John Markovic’s No. 95M Modified, the D11 Late
Model of Mike Sweeney, Jason Kuhn and the No. 51 Street Stock, Ray
Deemer’s No. 25W Dirt Mod, the Pro 4 No. 9 driven by Kailyn Beers
and in the Hobby Stocks it was the No. 99 of Edelman.
Yetter set a new track record in the Dirt Mods and picked up the
Fast Time Awards, the only driver to do so this year. Dirt Modified
racer Jeff Parker received the Hard Luck Award.
Checkered Flag Fan Club Service Appreciation Award was given to
scorer Kim Eberwine. Making the presentation was CFFC Vice President
and Mahoning Valley chief start Bob Stull.
The focus now turns to the start of the 2015
season with Opening Night slated for Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 pm.
Headlining the evening will be a 125 lap, $5000 to win feature for