Speedway Sets í14 Opening Date With $$$ Events
Opening Day April 12, 2014 ĖMods
100 laps $4K to win, LM 50 Laps $1200 to win, SS 50 Laps
$1K to win, Dirt Mods 40 Laps, $1Kto win
(LEHIGHTON, PA 10-31-13) The
dust has barely settled on the season ending Octoberfast 2013 at
Lehightonís Mahoning Valley Speedway and the popular paved quarter
mile oval is already looking ahead to next season. Not one to rest
on his laurels, track promoter Floyd Santee has inked Saturday April
12, 2014 as the official season kickoff date. Race time is 6:00 p.m.
And in typical Santee style,
the year will be ushered in with an impressive line-up of feature
races that will include a 100 lap race for the headline Modifieds
and pay $4000 to win, the most ever offered for a Mahoning 100
Also on the eveningís card
will be a pair of 50 lappers for the Late Models and Street Stocks
with $1200 and $1000 respectively going to the winners plus there
will be a 40 lap Dirt Mod show with $1000 awaiting the first to
cross the finish line.
Octoberfast 2013 brought down
the curtain with a stellar field of cars, amazing racing and an
outstanding crowd and although there will be no racing for the next
few months, Santee is looking to keep the energy going over the
offseason with the announcement of the impressive lid-lifter for
He also noted that this is
just the tip of the iceberg of what lies ahead for the upcoming
year. Additional news will be forthcoming and the complete schedule
is currently in the works and will be released soon.
The 2013 Awards Banquet will
take place on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Northampton
Community Center in Northampton. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and dinner
will be served at 6:00. Cost of tickets is $55 each. Tickets must be
ordered no later than December 28.
Mahoning Valley Speedway is
located on PA route 443, two miles west of Lehighton. Additional
info can be found on the trackís website atwww.mahoningvalley-speedway.com
Also on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway or call the track
office at 570-386-4900.
Zane Zeiner Cashes In With $5G
Mahoning Valley Octoberfast Victory
By DINO OBERTO
10-26-13) When it comes to the big paying extra distance Modified
races at Mahoning Valley Speedway everyone comes to expect the likes
of either Eric Beers or Matt Hirschman to be vying for the win and
most of those times Zane Zeiner has been in their shadow, always
close but no cigar.
For Zeiner, the
big one is finally his. Yes, Hirschman did lead and looked his usual
strong self and then Beers assumed command and was seemingly on his
way to yet another victory until Zeiner stepped it up a notch with
nine laps to go and made a race winning pass. He then drove the Gary
Creaty owned No. 23 Modified to a $5000 victory in the season ending
Octoberfast 2013 Presented by Tom Ringís Brown Daub KIA.
"This is great to
finally get one of these 100 lap wins here," said Zeiner from
Victory Lane. "We just bided our time and saw the right opportunity
to get by Eric (Beers) when it counted most."
Not only did
Zeiner score the win but his teammate, 2013 Mahoning Street Stock
champion Chip Wanamaker, zipped past Beers on the final lap to take
second. Austin Kochenash and Earl Paules, the only other cars
running on the lead lap, completed the top five.
The 130 lap
feature would take much longer than expected to run as numerous
cautions consumed much of the time. However, when the lights stayed
green the full house of fans was treated to some exceptional
competition. After a redraw from the four heats, Zeiner had the pole
with Roger Coss alongside. When the race began Zeiner headed out
front first and was quickly followed by third starting Chip Santee.
After some close two-wide dueling, Santee rose to the front by lap
At the same time
there was an immense amount of tight racing behind him. Zeiner was
battling with Paules and Don Wagner while Beers and Hirschman lurked
nearby. Paules was running very strong and utilized the outside lane
to pull past Zeiner and then go even with Santee for the lead which
he did after a lap 14 restart. Not so quick to give up, Santee came
right back on the ensuing lap and over the next dozen tours they
continued a torrid dogfight. As the leaders fought, Hirschman took
advantage of cautions and did some slick maneuvers to advance on
their rear bumpers by lap 26. Coming from 14th on the
grid, he took second from Santee on lap 30 and then set his sights
The race for the
lead was again extreme. Paules held Hirschman at bay but not by much
as they circled around the quarter mile in some very fan appealing
side-by-side action. With Hirschman running the high side he finally
unseated Paules at lap 51. Two laps later a caution was out and
Paules pitted for tires, handing second over to Zeiner with Beers
third. On the restart Beers made quick work of Zeiner and then went
after Hirschman, eventually gaining the lead on lap 64. On the next
lap the yellow was back out and Hirschman used that time to make a
On the restart
his day would come to an abrupt end as he was caught up in a jumble
in which he collided with Mike Quinn. His carís front end was
damaged to the point that his crew was unable to get him back out in
time for the restart and he would call it a night after 67 laps.
With Beers still leading, the question was would be able to go the
distance without a pit stop. Likewise with Zeiner as they both
elected to stay on track while everyone else made at least one stop.
Not only were their tires a concern but more so with fuel due to the
high number of caution laps.
carried on. Beers was showing no signs of slowing nor conserving
either as he was pulling away as the laps began clicking towards the
finish. Then a caution with 15 laps to go would not only erase his
comfortable lead but change the complexity of the race all together.
As Zeiner lined up alongside him for the restart, Beers was not
pulling ahead as he previously had. Zeiner saw this as his time to
strike. Taking the high groove, he eased alongside with ten laps
remaining and then vaulted into first on the next go around where he
would stay to the checkers.
"The longest race
I had ever won here was a 76 lapper. We have been chasing these 100
lap races for a long time and this marks a huge victory for us. I
canít thank my crew and car owner Gary Creaty for all the hard
work," offered Zeiner. "Eric (Beers) was tough out there especially
towards the end but like I said we just bided our time and the right
opportunity came along."
had moved into the top five with 25 laps left to run, found a burst
of power after the last restart and went head to head with Beers
after Zeiner had taken the lead. It wasnít until the final lap that
he secured the spot and made it a satisfying day for the team. "This
was a great run and I owe it all to Zane (Zeiner)," said Wanamaker.
"We got together this past week and worked real hard at getting
everything in the car right for tonight and it was like a rocket out
there. To be able to get around Eric Beers and then come home second
to Zane and have a one-two finish as teammates is a gratifying
Beers noted that
his demise came from a blistering tire that caused a serious shimmy
and he was just holding on near the end. His finish did however earn
him a second title on the year as he collected the overall
championship for the Mahoning Modified Madness Series that nicely
accompanies his track title.
Heats for the 29
Modifieds went to Eric Mauriello, Santee, Beers and Zeiner with
Jimmy Zacharis annexing the consi.
With $3000 to
win, the largest Dirt Modified field since 2005 came out to contend
for the cash and glory in the 60-lap affair and taking top honors
was Ricky Ross Jr., who made his first ever visit to the Leighton
oval his biggest career win.
started seventh in the 24 car field, passed Ricky Yetter for the
lead at the halfway mark and once in front never headed en route to
the popular verdict.
At the outset
Yetter was on a mission as the track fan favorite blasted into the
early lead from his outside row two starting spot. From there he was
cruising, even setting fast time during the feature. Earlier he sped
to a new track record with a Dirt Mod at 10.247-seconds so his
strong upfront run was being justified as the feature began.
Ross in the
meantime got the feel for the track in a hurry. He was second by lap
three but Yetter was maintaining a very comfortable distance.
However, by lap 25 the gap was shortening as Ross began to reel in
the leader. Yetter was having a tire issue as a leaking right
rear caused him to slowly back down which gave Ross the chance to
seize the lead just as the halfway signal was given.
There would be no
looking back from there on as he drove perfectly the rest of the
way. Newly crowned class champion Jeff Parker eked by upstate New
York ace Jessy Mueller on the final lap to get second while former
champion Kris Graver, running Corey Renningerís Big Diamond car, was
fourth and Yetter, who had pitted for a new tire, blasted back
through to take fifth.
Searock, Dave Gorbatuk and Yetter won heats with Mueller copping the
In the Street
Stock finale, Stacey Brown and Chip Wanamaker swapped the lead over
the first six laps. Afterwards Brown went to the helm for good and
would stay the course the rest of the way, covering the 75 lap
distance in a solid performance that saw him go most of the way
dealing with a relentless Justin Mooney who tried repeatedly to get
let up his fight and held his ground from the inside lane. In the
closing laps Zach Graver made a try but again it would be to no
avail as Brown triumphantly took the checkers for his biggest career
win which was worth $2000. Mooney settled for third with Todd Ahner
and Lorin Arthofer II rounding out the top five.
Behler, Jillian Long, Graver and Wanamaker won their respective
heats with the consi going to Jamie Smith.
Modified Feature Finish (130
Laps): 1. Zane Zeiner, 2. Chip
Wanamaker, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Austin Kochenash, 5. Earl Paules, 6.
Nevin George, 7. Tony Hirschman, 8. Brandon Oltra, 9. Jimmy
Zacharias, 10. Roger Coss, 11. Bobby Jones, 12. Matt Wentz, 13. Ron
Frees, 14. Matt Hirschman, 15. Don Wagner, 16. Mike Quinn, 17. Chip
Santee, 18. Todd Baer, 19. Andrew Krause, 20. John Markovic, 21.
Shawna Ingraham, 22. Eric Mauriello, 23. Lou Strohl, 24. Rick
Kirkendall, 25. Eric Kocher
DNQ: Brain DeFebo, Bobby
Drown, Wilton Nickerson, Bobby Wagner
Dirt Modified Feature Finish
(60 Laps): 1. Ricky Ross Jr., 2. Jeff
Parker, 3. Jessy Mueller, 4. Ricky Yetter, 5. Kris Graver, 6. Aleia
Geisler, 7. David Hunt, 8. Mike Stofflet, 9. Steve Searock, 10.
Bobby Butler, 11. Billy Lowden Jr., 12. Mark Martini, 13. Steve
Folk, 14. Bill Sittler Jr., 15. Dave Gorbatuk, 16. Brad Grim, 17.
Andrew Krause, 18. Matt Carman, 19. Jack Ely, 20. Dave Thomas, 21.
Guy Harby, 22. Tom Cremmer, 23. Louie Mitchalk, 24. Rich Coons, 25.
DNQ: Scott Adams, Frank
Parastino, Tom Soldrich, Dion Naples, Scot Hulmes
Street Stock Feature Finish
(75 Laps): 1. Stacey Brown, 2. Zach
Graver, 3. Justin Mooney, 4. Todd Ahner, 5. Lorin Arthofer II, 6.
Jillian Long, 7. Matt Wentz, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Lonnie Behler, 10.
Kevin Kromer, 11. TJ Gursky, 12. Jonathan Tracey, 13. Steven
Steigerwalt, 14. Chip Wanamaker, 15. Josh Mooney, 16. Jason Frey,
17. Mike Garris Jr., 18. Shawn Sitarchyk, 19. Howie Conk Jr., 20.
Gene Bowers, 21. George Ramos, 22. Jamie Smith, 23. Austin Santee,
24. Aaron Kromer
DNQ: Willie Knappenberger,
Cody Roth, Guy Ackerman, Jason Duke, Chris May, Paul Morgan Jr.,