Kris Graver overcomes recent woes in notching Mahoning Modified win; Frankie Althouse’s Late Model wins puts and end Mike Sweeney’s streak
(5-20-17) In the first three races of 2017 at Mahoning Valley Speedway, Lehighton’s Kris Graver could have and maybe even should have won a feature. His No. 01 has been consistently fast but unfortunately luck, not the good kind, got the best of him and to say it has been frustrating is an understatement. On Saturday evening Graver was again fast only this time he was not to be denied his chance to shine. Making an outside pass on Jack Ely with four laps to go, Graver notched his first win of the young season and 44th overall. “Patience was definitely the key tonight. The car was great and my hats off to my grandfather (Kevin Graver Sr.,) my uncle (Kevin Graver Jr.,) and Jimmy Wismer for helping with the set-up,” said Graver When the race commenced Joey Jarowicz set out as the early leader and for the second time in as many races the 16-year old was impressively showing himself worthy of handling a Modified as he firmly controlled the field over the first 22 laps. Ely was running second by 12 and stayed close to the leader but was not able to make a serious enough stab at passing. Hovering behind the front pair were Graver and Bobby Jones. The race was motoring along smoothly for Jarowicz until lap 22 when a caution waved due to a scary crash involving Rick Kirkendall who hit hard into the third turn wall. Although his mount was severally damaged, Kirkendall walked away from the scene under his own power. When the race resumed Ely wasted no time in dashing past Jarowicz while Jones leaped to second. Ely and Jones then began a spirited battle as they fought closely for the front spot. Jones was looking very much like he could get by Ely but his efforts when for naught after a lap 28 caution thwarted his effort. On the ensuing start Jones lost second to Graver who would then go topside and began moving in on Ely. As they prepared to complete the 30th lap Graver had his nose out front and would then stay there the rest of the way for the liberating victory. “Jack (Ely) did a great job and he ran me very clean. He didn’t run me to the wall like it seemed I’ve been having to deal with of late,” said Graver. “Bobby (Jones) was also strong as usual and Joey (Jarowicz) has really been impressive. For someone who has limited laps here he’s been doing a hell of job and he’s bound to get a win very soon.”; Austin Kochenash, point leader Brian DeFebo and Eric Beers completed the top five. For Graver, the win was gratifying in more ways than one. His 2017 plans originally were to see him run on dirt but circumstances changed all that prior to the start of this year. “I’m just shocked to be standing in Victory Lane again. I went from selling the car last year to no one buying it, then buying a SpeedSTR and ended up selling that due to no sponsors. I wound up back with the Modified and this win really makes all that frustration go away. Hopefully we can get a few more of these” said Graver.
For Frankie Althouse, it was just a matter of time in parking his Late Model in Victory Lane and all the time he needed was a mere 4:31 to go the nonstop distance for his first win of the season and in the process putting a stop to the five race win streak of Mike Sweeney. Althouse took the lead at the outset and was in a torrid fight with Lorin Arthofer II as they went nose-to-tail and side-by-side lap after lap. Not to be undone, Sweeney joined in with nine laps to go and would unseat Arthofer by the 20th circuit. But despite turning quicker laps, Sweeney could not make his way around Althouse who scored the upbeat victory. “We actually started out pretty bad today. We came out for early practice and our lap times were off. We then put a new set of tires on the car and it helped out a bit but we still had to make some changes for the feature and we finally got it drivable,” explained Althouse. “It helped that we went caution free because you always know Mike (Sweeney) is coming and the car got a little snug towards the end. He’s on his game right now but I know if we can get a little more consistent we and everyone else can give him a run for his money.”;
It’s hard to imagine a driver as smooth and quick as Rick Reichenbach has been shut out of winning since 2010 but he put all that behind him after a thrilling win in the 30-lap Street Stock feature.
Throughout the entire run Reichenbach had to fend off one after another including that of Mark Deysher who gave him fits over the final laps. Although he was working the wheel of a loose car as well as the insistence of Deysher, Reichenbach never wavered en route to the long overdue verdict.
Mike Stofflet raced to his third Dirt Mod win. It was his toughest to date too as he had to work hard in taking the lead from Bill Sittler Jr. but once he cleared him he was able to ease on to his record tying 21st class win.
Jake Kibler notched his first Pro 4 win of the year and was quick to dedicate the victory to the late Ward Crozier Sr., who for years prepared his engine.
Trisha Connolly is the newest winner in the Hobby Stocks and it comes in just her third time in a feature race. Connolly inherited the lead from Mike Berger who bowed out under a lap three caution. Shecthen did a great job during several restarts and in the end held off fast closing Michael Wambold for the unforgettable win.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Kris Graver, 2. Jack Ely, 3. Austin Kochenash, 4. Brian DeFebo, 5. Eric Beers, 6. Bobby Jones, 7. Lou Strohl, 8. Terry Markovic, 9. Nick Baer, 10. Joey Jarowicz, 11. Don Wagner, 12. John Markovic, 13. Brian Romig Jr., 14. Ron Haring Jr., 15. Kyle Strohl, 16. Rick Kirkendall, 17. Josh Scherer
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Mike Sweeney, 3. Lorin Arthofer, 4. Kenny Hein, 5. Chris Anderson, 6. Jacob Kerstetter, 7. Paul Skodacek, 8. George Ramos, 9. Robbie Kutz, 10. Jeremy Miller
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Rick Reichenbach, 2. Mark Deysher, 3. Stacey Brown, 4. Jill Long, 5. Jon Moser, 6. Jamie Smith, 7. Steve Hoffman, 8. Corey Edelman, 9. Shayne Geist, 10. Todd Ahner, 11. BJ Wambold, 12. Eric Kocher, 13. Jared Ahner, 14. Randy Ahner Jr., 15. Joe Stangle
Dirt Mod Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Bill Sittler Jr., 3. Frank Parastino
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Kevin Stein, 3. Jason Finken, 4. John Bennett, 5. Jeremy Guerra, 6. Ken Reeder, 7. Kailyn Beers, 8. Tim Laybourn, 9. Tucker Muffley, 10. Tyler Stangle
The races scheduled for this evening, May 13 at Mahoning Valley Speedway have been cancelled due to rain. This is the second straight week and third time this season that rain has forced the cancelation of events. Looking ahead to Saturday, May 20 all six track classes will be running including Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus there will be a Small Car Demo Derby. The Pro 4s will race in a feature only. The Demo will be held at the conclusion of all feature events. It is limited to 20 cars. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver.
Also next Saturday there is a Banner Contest. The contest will be broken down into four age groups. All entries should be brought to the track that night. Prizes will be awarded to each winner from each age category. Rules are as follow: 1. Age groups: 4 and under, 5 -7, 8-11 and 12- Adults 2. Materials: Banners/Posters must be made of cardboard, poster board, crayons, color pencils, paint, beads, chenille stems assorted colors, foam letters and numbers only should be used. NO PICTURES & AIRBRUSHING ALLOWED! 3. Size: Banner/Posters cannot exceed 3 feet in height and 10 feet in length. 4. Only 1 (one) entry per child/adult will be allowed. (Parents/Guardians are limited to verbal assistance only). 5. All banners/posters must be an individual effort and be free-handed originals. 6. First and last name must be on the back of all posters along with age. 7. Judging will be based on creativity, color and originality. NO TRACED PICTURES PLEASE.
Brian DeFebo and Eric Beers head up Saturday Mahoning action as co-point leaders
What do you get when you put two drivers with a combined 9 Modified titles along with 200 career wins together, including one each for both this season?
Brian DeFebo and Eric Beers, the co-point leaders battling for supremacy at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
After three weeks of racing that’s how they stand and heading into the upcoming race meet on Saturday, May 13, either one of the other is hoping the ranking won’t be shared.
Those well-versed veterans have to keep in mind that right behind them is a number of young guns who also have the same status in mind as Austin Kochenash, Kyle Strohl and Kris Graver are right in tune to swoop in and grab the top spot.
They along with the entire Modified contingent will be back in action this coming Saturday, May 13 for a complete show of stock car racing at the paved ¼-mile oval.
Joining the with the Modifieds will be Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the touring Micro Stocks.
Late Model leader Mike Sweeney is riding a wave of three straight wins in 2017 and five in a row dating back to the final two events of last season. Jon Moser has leaped back to the top of the points with the Street Stocks. Mike Stofflet has a hold on the Dirt Mod lead while young Johnny Bennett has recently secured the Pro 4 points and despite record numbers in the Hobby Stocks, Devon Schmidt continues showing the way.
The grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Adult general admission is $14. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65 + and active Military. Children 10 and under are FREE.
Pits will open at 11:30 am for anyone who would like to partake in early paid practice which will run from noon to 3:00. Regular practice begins at 4:30. Sign-ins are from 3-4:15. Heats get underway at 6:00 pm.
Iconic Mahoning Valley Speedway promoter Ward Crozier Sr., passes
On Friday, May 5, the northeast racing community lost a legend when Ward Crozier Sr., passed away. Crozier was 79-years old and resided in Lehighton with his wife Dottie, whom he was married to for 56 years.
Crozier was race driver from the 1960’s and into the 2000’s on both dirt and asphalt and although he had limited success, he is best remembered for his exploits as a track promoter and Harmony, Nazareth and Mahoning Valley Speedway’s.
It was Mahoning Valley Speedway in his hometown of Lehighton that Crozier rose to his most noted prominence, which he and Dottie ran from 1987 to 1993.
At the end of the 1986 season Dorney Park Speedway in Allentown closed its doors leaving the many faithful pavement racers of the area without a track. The cars at Dorney, Sportsman and Late Models, were somewhat exclusive to that track. Thanks to the heads-up thinking of Crozier, he stepped in knowing that a track was available to keep alive the racing.
In early 1987, Ward and Dottie where able to make a deal with land owner Charlie Abrachinsky to reopen Mahoning Valley Speedway, a ¼-mile oval that had been sitting dormant the past 10 years.
With the help of family, friends and racers, the Crozier’s went to work installing grandstands (the old Nazareth National dirt track stands) for the first time and also built a concrete outside wall, replacing the old wooded guard rails. A number of other upgrades were made and when the track held its first race meet on May 9 of that year, the Crozier’s were rewarded with a packed house and full pit area.
The weekly races under Crozier’s reign where considered some of the best years at Mahoning. Crozier was able to build a solid and loyal base – fans that had a true passion for the sport and the drivers they deeply supported.
He introduced new classes starting in 1988 with the Pro 4 division which at first was known as the 4-Cylinder Stocks. The class grew so big that he split it into a 4-Cylinder Convertible division. 29 years and 636 races later and the class is still going strong.
In 1993 he initiated the D/A Mod class, D/A standing for dirt/asphalt. That class launched the stock car careers of such notables as Nevin George and Anthony and Amanda Sesely.
George Wambold and John Markovic, the 1987 Mahoning Modified and Late Model champions respectively, are still going strong today.
Crozier had a uniqueness all his own, doing many things in an unconventional style, from the cars he drove to the way he ran his track. He was the “MacGyver” of short track racing.
He once built a makeshift water pump out of half a car that was lying around the Nazareth Speedway property. The wreckage was towed to the pit area and placed next to the second turn water hole. From there, Ward made a pump using the car’s engine as the method of propulsion. As time marched on, parts and pieces fell off the car but the device itself was still pumping on Nazareth’s final night of racing.
When faced with a problem one week of a backup in the ladies’ bathroom in the Nazareth pit area, Ward ultimately solved the clog by blasting it with a fire hose. He later observed that the commode was filled with what he referred to as ‘woman’s unmentionables’. “There was also a spark plug in there,” Ward noted. “I have no idea what that was being used for.”;
When contemplating taking over Mahoning Valley Speedway and rebuilding it, he was looking for investors. One he asked about it was Steve Barrick from Program Dynamics Inc. (PDI). The two met for dinner at Nazareth Diner in mid-winter. They talked for the better part of four hours.
During that time the pair drank a dozen cups of black coffee. Ward said he drank coffee to that extent every day of the year. Steve was up for the next two days, coming off an acute caffeine high. Steve ultimately could not be involved with Ward’s venture, instead becoming a concessionaire as the track’s program publisher. According to Barrick Mahoning Valley was at one time PDI’s most successful track for program book sales.
It is safe to characterize his relationship with Nazareth promoter Jerry Fried as often contentious. Jerry was particularly disenchanted with Ward racing at Nazareth when he was on the track payroll.
One night, Ward was in the third Modified heat race of the night and as it happened, the third heat was the key race of the night in that its completion meant that more than half of the races were run, thus voiding the rainchecks. Ordinarily unimportant, this was a hot button issue this night because the skies overhead became leaden with rain. At the beginning of the fifth lap in the ten lap heat race, Ward slammed into the first turn fence, tearing the front end off his car. The red flag came out, then as if on cue the rain poured down. Race cancelled, race incomplete, rain checks were good, and Jerry blamed Ward for costing him a race.
Nazareth track photographer Bob Snyder recollected a harrowing incident on one particular night.
“Ward got the bright idea to hang me out over the backstretch on the old electrical ladder truck they used to photograph a modified heat race. Reluctantly I agreed and he hung me over the track. As the Modifieds took the green and came roaring down the backstretch the ladder started to drop. I screamed at Ward and he pulled out just as the cars passed underneath. Needless to say I never got the shot!” recalled Snyder.
In their first season as Mahoning Valley’s promoters, Ward and Dottie donated the proceeds of one of the mid-summer races to the family of a young child who was fighting a battle against cancer.
On a venture to New Smyrna Speedway during Speed Weeks, Crozier was sitting on the grid alongside the late Richie Evans. While the entire field was in the contemporary low-slung pavement Modifieds, Crozier brought one of his homebuilt upright cars as to which Evans yelled out to him, “Hey Crozier, how’s the weather up there, Is it looking like rain?”
Even though Crozier sold his share of the track in 1993, he remained a fixture every year since. His son Ward Jr., daughter, Betty Christman, son-in-law Barry Christman Sr., grandson, Barry Christman Jr., and son-in-law Rich Pursell are all winning race drivers there.
His viewing will take place on Tuesday, May 9 at the Reichel Funeral Home, 323 E. 21st Street in Northampton, Pa. from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and on Wednesday from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.
It seems fitting in a way that his Tuesday viewing comes 30 years to the day that he and Dottie re-opened Mahoning Valley Speedway.
The Crozier legacy has lasted these past three decades and it is with heavy hearts that we bid a sad farewell to Ward, perhaps the person most responsible for keeping pavement racing alive in eastern Pennsylvania throughout that time.
May 6 races are cancelled due to rain forecast
With a forecast that calls for all day rain, officials at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway had no other choice but to call off the scheduled evening of stock car racing which was to consist of all six regular track classes plus the touring Micro Stocks. The action now turns to Saturday, May 13 with a complete card of heats and features for the Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus Micro Stocks. Main gates open at 4:00 pm with racing beginning at 6:00 pm.
APRIL 30, 2017 Cody Geist wins Sunday Enduro at Mahoning valley Speedway
Mahoning Valley Speedway played host to a special Sunday afternoon show that consisted of Enduro’s and a Demo Derby.
Highlighting the day was a Small Car Enduro that featured nonstop action from start to finish as the 4-cylinder cars took up all parts of the circular ¼-mile paved oval and in a down-to-the-wire finish, Cody Geist annexed a very exciting victory. The win was significant in that it was on the anniversary of his popular dad, “Hollywood” Todd Geist winning his first career feature 29 years to the day. Jake Jones grabbed the lead first but after 14 laps Carl Altemose went to the front and was soon schooling the rest of the pack until having to make a pit stop for a tire change on lap 79. Altemose had been a lap ahead of everyone to that point. With that Kevin Kruczek was now the new leader and despite never turning a lap at the track, he showed great poise. Paul Mercante stepped up next before Jones retook the lead in the midst of a four-wide bid that included, Geist and Kruczek. Throughout the late half of the race that foursome would run in close tandem and over the final 30 laps Jones and Geist began swapping the lead. It wasn’t until the final nine laps that Geist would lead for good and although he was very shaky in the last few tours, the two-time and defending Hobby Stock champion held on for his first every win with and Enduro. Jones, Kruczek, Mercante and Ricky Kirkendall completed the top five.
The Big Car Enduro may have been light on cars but it was quite the opposite as far as the action. Jake Kibler took the lead on the 50th lap and would be the leader from there to the end but prior to that Devon Schmidt and TJ Kapish were front runners as well. Matter of fact Kapish was cruising with ease as the leader until Schmidt knocked him from contention, forcing him to pit for a left rear tire. From there on Kibler had gained five laps up and coasted to his first ever Enduro win and 25th overall.
In the Jr. Enduro feature Jacob Boehm went to front after the first lap and would hold it there until lap 43 when he made contact with Emily Dougherty and cut a tire. He was forced to pit and in the process handed the led over to Darian Cascioli. By the time Boehm returned to action Cascioli was one lap up and remained there until the conclusion, earning his career first win at Mahoning Valley.
Complementing the day was Big and Small Car Demo Derby. John Ritter survived over Devon Schmidt in the Small Car battle while Carson Gaston lasted to win in the Big Car showdown.
APRIL 29, 2017 Eric Beers masters his way to 75-lap Mahoning Modified win; Mike Sweeney stays undefeated in Late Models
After somewhat of a slow start to the 2017 season, defending Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified track champion Eric Beers got back to his winning ways and it couldn’t have come at a better time as the “Master of Faster” showed his trademark grace and style in notching the first place tally in the extra distance 75-lap event that. With the change to American Racer as the track tire, Beers had issues in finding a good set-up at first. The previous week he did come on late and recoded a solid runner-up to Bobby Jones. After watching his performance from last evening it is safe to say the team has go things figured out as it was classic Beers motoring his way to his 53rd career Mahoning win. Beers needed nearly 50 laps to secure the lead as he had a thrilling duel with upstart Joey Jarowicz. But, once he landed the number one spot he was able to maintain a safe distance over those battling for second and would go on to a car length margin of victory over Brian DeFebo. Austin Kochenash, Kyle Strohl and Kris Graver completed the top five. “We struggled through pre-season practice and on Opening Night. We came back last week with a vengeance and got a little bit better and tonight we showed them what we had,” said Beers, who pocketed $2500 for the victory. At the outset outside pole sitter Jarowicz took the lead and was followed by Jack Ely and Don Wagner. Jarowicz was by far the show stopper as the sophomore driver was putting in his best run to date and never let Ely get close enough to make a serious challenge. Beers was hanging back in fifth spot until a restart on lap 15. At that point he stepped past Lou Strohl, Wagner and Ely within a six lap run and was now focused on the leader. However, Jarowicz proved himself well against the veteran. Over the next 25 laps it was an awe-inspiring battle between the pair with Beers doing everything possible to get by. Yet each time he was turned away as Jarowicz would not allow him access. It wasn’t until lap 46 that Beers finally slipped ahead for the lead. Unfortunately that would also be the end to Jarowicz’s great run as he suddenly lost control and had his back end get out from under him in turn one and brought out a caution. “Joey (Jarowicz) ran a heck of a race and he was tough. He was running such a good line and I tried him on the top and I tried him on the bottom and I just couldn’t do it. The kid did a great job,” said Beers. When the race resumed Beers showed the way and while he would be in control the rest of the distance, second place was a different story as Kochenash, DeFebo, Graver and Kyle Strohl where in a tight pack. Ten laps from the finish a caution was out and it was a final chance for those aforementioned to make a run at Beers. Kochenash tried as he may but Beers once again had the upper hand. DeFebo was hooked up on the outside lane and ran down Kochenash for second. He was able to get in behind Beers but time was not on his side and he settled for second. DeFebo and Beers are now sharing the point lead after three races. “The car really didn’t change from the beginning of the race to the end. American Racer has given us a decent product and I think we still have a little bit more work to make them a little better but overall we had a good car tonight,” said Beers.
“Refuse to loose” has become all the buzz around the Mike Sweeney pits. Sweeney has stayed perfect thus far in 2017 and dating back to the final two races of last season, the defending Late Model champion has reeled off five wins in a row. This time it took a bit of time and the help of a caution to aid Sweeney in moving to the lead and eventual win. For the first 17 laps Lorin Arthofer II was making it his race, cruising nicely ahead with a sizeable lead. Jeremy Miller was second and fending off Sweeney. Ufortunately for Arthofer his spread was wiped away when a caution bunched the field. When the race was restarted Sweeney was alongside, but not for long. Within one lap he was zipping by and heading on to familiar territory, Victory Lane. “Luck was a big factor in tonight’s win and that caution was a big help. These guys have been running me hard as could be and we need to keep doing our homework during the week because they’re getting fast,” said Sweeney. “I don’t know how long we can ride this streak but we’ll keep it going as long as we can.”; Arthofer settled for second with Miller third.
Although Jamie Smith was able to lead every lap of the Street Stock feature, it was by no means an easy task as the entire 30-lap distance he was under close pursuit by one after another, but despite the onslaught he stayed the course. He may also be glad that the race didn’t last much longer too as Jon Moser was powering in a hurry in the closing laps and was pulling alongside Smith as they dashed under the checkers.
Mike Stofflet picked up his second Dirt Mod win and he did it in much the same way as his first by easily overpowering his counterparts. Stofflet went to the lead on lap two and from there on he was in cruise control.
For the second time in three Pro 4 races Cody Kohler made the trip from North Carolina and stopped off in Victory Lane. Kohler made a breathtaking three-wide advance into the lead over Jake Kibler and Johnny Bennett with five laps to go. He then held off Ken Reeder en route to making it two for two in 2017.
In the Hobby Stocks Tiffany Wambold had a very fast car as she thrust her way to the front of the pack with five laps remaining and scored her first win of the year.
Modified Feature Finish (75 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Brian DeFebo, 3. Austin Kochenash, 4. Kyle Strohl, 5. Kris Graver, 6. Jack Ely, 7. Nick Baer, 8. John Markovic, 9. Rick Kirkendall, 10. Bobby Jones, 11. Lou Strohl, 12. Josh Scherer, 13. James Prichard, 14. Joey Jarowicz, 15. Terry Markovic, 16. Don Wagner, 17. Ron Haring Jr.
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Lorin Arthofer, 3. Jeremy Miller, 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Jacob Kerstetter, 6. Geno Steigerwalt, 7. George Ramos, 8. Kenny Hein, 9. Robbie Kutz, 10. Broc Brown
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Jamie Smith, 2. Jon Moser, 3. Todd Ahner, 4. Shayne Geist, 5. Eric Kocher, 6. Alan Schlenker, 7. Corey Edelman, 8. Stacey brown, 9. Mark Deysher, 10. Jill Long, 11. Dan Freundt, 12, Jared Ahner, 13. Rick Reichenbach, 14. BJ Wambold
Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Frank Parastino, 3. Bill Sittler Jr., 4. Larry Beers
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Ken Reeder, 3. Johnny Bennett, 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Jason Finken, 6. Kevin Stein, 7.Kailyn Beers, 8. Jeremy Guerra, 9. Tucker Muffley, 10. Ryan Graver
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Tiffany Wambold, 2. Jeff Biegley, 3. Avery Arthofer, 4. Rich Mutarelli, 5. Austin Beers, 6. Travis Solomon, 7. Nicholas Kerstetter, 8. Colton Perry, 9. Devin Schmidt, 10. Lyndsay Buss, 11. Brayden Spencer, 12. Carl Altemose, 13. Michael Wambold, 14. Kevin Behler, 15. Shawn Kistler, 16. Taylor Schmidt, 17. Paul Effrig, 18. Aton Snyder Jr., 19. Ryan Berger, 20. Justin Merkel, 21. Cody Geist DNS: Trisha Connolly DNQ: Jesse Strohl, Thomas Hunsicker Jr., Al Arthofer, Trisha Connolly, Travis Nothstein, Jay Visnosky
$2500-to-win Modified 75-lapper Saturday.Enduro and Demo Sunday
This coming Saturday and Sunday, April 29-30, there will be plenty of pavement pounding going on Mahoning Valley Speedway. Saturday will be the first big show for the Modifieds as the headline class will be racing for a $2500 first place prize and going a distance of 75 laps.Joining the Modifieds will be all regular track classes which include Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. Grandstand gates open at 4:00 pm. Adult general admission is $20.The pits will open at 11:30 for those wishing to take in early paid practice which will run from Noon to 3:00 pm. Regular warm-ups begin shortly after 4:00. Heat races get underway at 6:00.
On Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00 the speedway will present an Enduro and Demo Derby which was postponed from April 1. Sunday admission to the grandstands is $10 for adults. Kids 10 and under are free. The Enduro will be Big Car, Small Car and Jr. classes and the Demo Derby will be contested in a pair of divisions, Big Car and Small Car. The Enduro race winners can earn as much as $2000 for their respective victories if 80 or more cars are signed-in on race day. The purse will be pro-rated depending on car counts. The Enduro entry is $50 per car which includes the transponder, vehicle and driver. The complete payoff is listed below which for all Enduros. If 20 or more cars are entered in each Demo division the payout is $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. Heats will pay $100 to the winner. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations. Rules can also be found on the Mahoning Valley Speedway website under the “Rules/Forms” link. All those who advance to the features via heats will receive 2-points. For the feature 5-points will go to the winner, 4-points for second and 3-points to third. A Demo Derby champion will be crowned at the end of the season following the upcoming demo dates on July 2 and again on October 15. The top three point finishers at the conclusion of those three events will collect $500, $300 and $200 correspondingly along with trophies.Pit gates will open at 11:00 am. Registration will be held from 11:30 to 1:00. Cost to entry the pits is $20 per person.
50 or more cars 1. $1000, 2. 500, 3. 300, 4. 200, 5. 150, 6. 100, 7. 75, 8-10. 50
40 or more cars 1. $600, 2. 300, 3. 200, 4. 150, 5. 100, 6. 50, 7. 50
30 or more cars 1. $500, 2. 250, 3. 150, 4. 100, 5. 50, 6. 50
29 or less cars 1. $400, 2. 200, 3. 100, 4. 75, 5. 50
April 22, 2017 Resilient Bobby Jones holds off Eric Beers in close Mahoning Modified action; Mike Sweeney races to record 4th straight Late Model win It takes a veteran driver to make the best of a bad situation and in the case of Bobby Jones that’s just what he did after winning Saturday night’s 35-lap Modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway. Jones was at wits end in trying to get his car to work right. A week ago on Opening Night he led a few laps after starting pole but the car soon faded. Leading up to that time he and the team continued to struggle during pre-season practice getting the handle as well as adapting to the new American Racer tires. Jones’ frustration was so bad that he was ready to throw in the towel and not even race this week. His determination, however, drove him to make one more try and the result was a much needed confidence booster in the form of victory.Admittedly he wasn’t the fastest car on track as defending champion Eric Beers was coming on like gangbusters but his experience and more importantly his never-give-up-attitude enabled him to overcome those woes. “After what I felt was an embarrassing showing I had last week I went home and just parked the car, it was just that bad,” said Jones after notching his 35th career win.“I really had no intention of racing today and as a matter of fact we didn’t leave the shop until five o’clock. Earlier in the week I got sick and had to go to the hospital and even missed work. But it bothered me that we were so bad on Opening Night and I had to know if we fixed it and here we are (Victory Lane).”; A noticeably improved Joey Jarowicz led the field to the green and would led the opening circuit. Third starting Jones jumped right into second spot and after a lap one restart slipped into the lead. The race then went into a nonstop rhythm and Jones was showing how his last ditch efforts with adjustments were paying off as he had a respectable lead going.Meanwhile Lou Strohl held second and was tailing a few car lengths back. By midrace Beers had suddenly come to life. He entered into the top five by lap 18 and was waging a terrific battle with Austin Kochenash and Don Wagner. Once he shook free he then reeled in Strohl and took that spot eight laps from the finish. At that point Jones had built a safe lead and it seemed as though he would have no worries heading into the final laps. Beers, though, was not done with his charge and was quickly chipping away as the laps clicked on. With four to go he had caught Jones and was making valid attempts from every angle to get by. Despite his heroic efforts, Jones shielded his ground and held on for a close decision. “We were really good in the beginning but then we lost stagger as the race went on. In the end it wasn’t so easy to drive. I think had it been another few laps we would have been in trouble,” said Jones.Kyle Strohl, Lou Strohl and Kochenash completed the top five. Jones was not the only one who was relieved from the pressure of frustration. Beers too was overcoming a number of issues and his showing proved that.“We made a lot of changes and we definitely got better tonight and we’re going in the right direction. I feel that with a few more adjustments and as the track comes in a little bit more we’ll be putting on some more exciting shows on like you saw tonight,” said Beers. “Bobby is a great racer and a great guy and I had fun racing with him. I could have done a few other maneuvers and maybe cut underneath him but there wasn’t a whole lot of grip out there tonight. It was like putting an egg under the throttle and just being easy.”; It was also a tough week for the Jones’ car owner Ivan Morgan. His mom Audrey passed away on Thursday.“This one is for her and for them. Hopefully it will make them heal a little bit during this time,” offered Jones. Mike Sweeney’s stock continues to rise as the reigning Late Model champion not only won for a second straight week, but dating back to the final two races of 2016, he set a class record for consecutive wins at four in a row. Sweeney also proved that the American Racer tire is a solid performer as he began the event from seventh spot and then weaved by car after car until reaching then leader Jeremy Miller in just eight laps. Biding his time, he then set-up his race winning pass with an inside move on lap 14 and from there on cruised to the record setting win. Miller remained second with Frankie Althouse third. In Street Stock action Zach Graver went from last to first in a week’s time as the 2015 champion parlayed his front row starting spot into victory. Graver took the lead on lap two and was cruising steadily along until a mid-race caution wiped out a then huge lead. When the race resumed Josh Mooney was making a serious stab at him but within five green flag laps Graver was back to building on his lead and would go on to take his first win of 2017. Johnny Bennett notched his career first win, taking the score in the Pro 4s. Bennett, who was within a scant few inches of doing the same on Opening Night, took the lead away from Jason Finken just past halfway and then held off Jake Kibler en route to the memory making night. In the Hobby Stocks it was Austin Beers laying claim to a stirring victory after he and runner-up Michael Wambold battled for the glory. Beers, who went from eighth to first in five laps, did a fine job of holding off Wambold and well-earning his second career win. Brett Bieber was uncontested in winning the All-Star Slingshot feature. Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Bobby Jones, 2. Eric Beers, 3. Kyle Strohl, 4. Lou Strohl, 5. Austin Kochenash, 6. Don Wagner, 7. Rick Kirkendall, 8. Brian DeFebo, 9. Kris Graver, 10. Joey Jarowicz, 11. Ron Haring Jr., 12. Drew Reinhold, 13. Nick Baer, 14. Tommy Rought DNS: Jack Ely Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Jeremy Miller, 3. Lorin Arthofer II, 4. Frankie Althouse, 5. Broc Brown, 6. Kenny Hein, 7. Jacob Kerstetter, 8. George Ramos, 9. Jacob Nemeth, 10. Robbie Kutz, 11. Paul Skodacek, 12. Dylan Osborn, 13. Chris Anderson Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Zach Graver, 2. Josh Mooney, 3. BJ Wambold, 4. Joe Mooney, 5. Corey Edelman, 6. Alan Schlenker, 7. Eric Kocher, 8. Jillian Long, 9. Jared Ahner, 10. Rick Reichenbach, 11. Mark Deysher, 12. Stacey Brown, 13. Todd Ahner, 14. Jon Moser, 15. Jamie Smith, 16. Shayne Geist, 17. Josh Scherer, 18. Dan Freundt, 19. Joe Stangle, 20 Jeremy Scheckler DNQ: Josh Huber, Steve Hoffman Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Johnny Bennett, 2. Jake Kibler, 3. Ken Reeder, 4. Kevin Stein, 5. Briggs Danner, 6. Jason Finken, 7. Kailyn Beers, 8. Tucker Muffley, 9. Jeremy Guerra, 10. Tyler Stangle Hobby Stock Feature Finish (17 Laps): 1. Austin Beers, 2. Michael Wambold, 3. Cody Geist, 4. Devin Schmidt, 5. Paul Effrig, 6. Frank Hughes, 7. Brayden Spencer, 8. Trisha Connolly, 9. Rich Mutarelli, 10. Travis Solomon, 11. Al Arthofer, 12. Kevin Behler, 13. Justin Merkel, 14. Jeff Biegley, 15. Jesse Strohl, 16. Taylor Schmidt, 17. Shawn Kistler, 18. Tiffany Wambold, 19. Avery Arthofer, 20. Colton Perry, 21. Nicholas Kerstetter, 22. George Wambold DNQ: Lyndsay Buss, Kristy Arthofer, Nate Henry, Alton Snyder Jr., Ryan Berger, Mike Snyder All-Star Slingshot Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Brett Bieber, 2. Joe Toth, 3. Dakota Kohler
Saturday, April 15: Opening Day: all regular track classes + ATQMRA
Brian DeFebo ends Mahoning Valley Speedway drought with Opening Night victory; Mike Sweeney, Jon Moser, Mike Stofflet, Cody Kohler and Devon Schmidt take class wins
(LEHIGHTON, PA. 4-15-17) When it comes to naming the elite of eastern Pennsylvania asphalt racers, Berwick’s Brian DeFebo stands tall among the many. His accomplishments have earned him the number one ranking in career wins and on Saturday evening at Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway he added to his legacy by scoring the Opening Night laurels with a hard fought victory against a stout field of Modified equals. The thing is, despite win after win and numerous championships, when it comes to Mahoning Valley DeFebo has been snake bitten, having not won here since 2006. Not for lack of trying and certainly there was times when a victory looked evident but unfortunately he always seemed to be on the wrong side of luck. Years of frustration at the paved ¼-mile oval where now wiped away as the venerable driver of the Sophie Welsh owned No. 53 drove to his second Opening Night win which was 11 years to the day. “It just finally feels good to get this saga over with here. After all the aggravation and the hard work we can breathe a sigh of relief,” said DeFebo, who now has 91 career feature wins. This was his sixth at Mahoning Valley. “This is a tough place to win at and it makes it exciting when you do. I still get goosebumps.”; DeFebo started on the outside of row one and would chase closely alongside leader Bobby Jones. With the outside lane as his line of attack, he was then able to slip past the leader on lap seven. His work was far from over, however, as a host of others gave him all he could handle as from there on he was in full defensive mode. Lou Strohl looked very quick and was locking horns with DeFebo and next came Austin Kochenash and Kyle Strohl who likewise showed plenty of speed. By the waning laps Kris Graver was showing his hand. At any given time the later trio was swapping second spot while also making valid attempts at the lead. But each time DeFebo was able to fend them off by shouldering a line good enough to keep anyone from overtaking him. “We were good in the heat race. We have a really fast, good set-up for during the day and we only have to tweak a bit for at night,” explained DeFebo. At the finish it was Kochenash just nipping Graver for runner-up while John Markovic got dialed in late and was fourth over Strohl. This also marked a new era for the track as the American Racer tires were used in full competition for the first time. “It’s a rolling science project for right now and everyone has it,” said DeFebo. “It is nice to say we are the first to win a Modified race at Mahoning on American Racer’s. This is a good tire and I feel it will hold up to many laps here. In the long haul it will be better for everyone.”;
In the past several years Late Model standout Mike Sweeney has been garnering win after win, well over 20 just during the three most recent seasons. But despite that run of success which included winning the 2016 Late Model title, the one thing missing from his bucket list was an Opening Night victory. Sweeney can now chalk that one off as he notched the verdict with a two car length score over top rival Frankie Althouse. Both drivers began the race from the front row with Althouse taking control at first. But by lap three Sweeney was easing his Ford ahead of the pack and from there on set sail for the checkers. Although Althouse kept him honest, Sweeney maneuvered nicely past traffic without giving up any distance. It was his 39th time winning at Mahoning.
Jon Moser closed out 2016 number one in points with the Street Stocks and that’s just how he started 2017. Confidently showing why he earned the title, Moser came into the night at the top of his game as he led every lap. He would have Jared Ahner give him a great run but there was no denying his flawlessness en route to victory. Mike Stofflet had no trouble in cruising to victory in the Dirt Moods as he took the lead from the get-go and never looked back from there to the finish.
Former Pro 4 champion Cody Kohler made his 8-hour ride up from North Carolina where he attends college well worth the trip as the rising star took first place honors in a squeaker over Johnny Bennett.|
The Hobby Stock class made Opening Night a rousing one as a record 29 cars signed in, the most ever for a single race day. Plenty of cars indeed but of them all Devon Schmidt was the fastest as he withstood a torrid battle with Avery Arthofer to claim the win.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Brian DeFebo, 2. Austin Kochenash, 3. Kris Graver, 4. John Markovic, 5. Kyle Strohl, 6. Eric Beers, 7. Nick Baer, 8. Don Wagner, 9. Rick Kirkendall, 10. Lou Strohl, 11. Blake Barney, 12. Ron Haring Jr., 13. Joey Jarowicz, 14. Bobby Jones, 15. Terry Markovic, 16. Drew Reinhold
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Lorin Arthofer II, 4. Broc Brown, 5. Jeremy Miller, 6. Chris Anderson, 7. Barry Kutz, 8. George Ramos, 9. Dylan Osborn, 10. Kenny Hein
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Jon Moser, 2. Jared Ahner, 3. Alan Schlenker, 4. Stacey Brown, 5. Todd Ahner, 6. Mark Deysher, 7. Dan Freundt, 8. Corey Edelman, 9. Eric Kocher, 10. Rick Reichenbach, 11. Jillian Long, 12. Shayne Geist, 13. Jamie Smith, 14. Joe Stangle, 15. Josh Scherer, 16. Josh Huber, 17. Joe Mooney, 18. Matt Wentz, 19. Josh Mooney, 20. Zach Graver DNQ: BJ Wambold
Dirt Mod Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Stofflet, 2. Ray Deemer, 3. Bill Sittler Jr.
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Cody Kohler, 2. Johnny Bennett, 3. Ken Reeder, 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Tyler Stangle, 6. Kevin Stein, 7. Ryan Graver, 8. Kailyn Beers, 9. Josh Kuronya, 10. Jeremy Guerra DNS: Jason Finken
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Deon Schmidt, 2. Aver Arthofer, 3. Rich Mutarelli, 4. Michael Wambold, 5. Paul Effrig, 6. Travis Solomon, 7. Tiffany Wambold, 8. Brayden Spencer, 9. Shane Kistler, 10. Kevin Behler, 11. Jeff Biegley, 12. Taylor Schmidt, 13. Cody Geist, 14. Justin Merkel, 15. Austin Beers, 16. Nicholas Kerstetter, 17. Ryan Berger, 18. Lyndsay Buss, 19. Frank Hughes, 20. George Wambold DNQ: Alton Snyder Jr., Trisha Connolly, Scott Kotran, Jesse Strohl, Brandon Auman, Thomas Hunsicker Jr., Al Arthofer, Colton Perry, Jim Neiman, Tyler Lucas
Mahoning Valley Speedway looks ahead to April 15 for '17 Season Opener
Mahoning Valley Speedway had its planned season opener postponed this past Saturday, April 8 due to excessive water that the track took on from late week rains. The popular Lehighton paved ¼-mile oval will now go with Saturday, April 15 at 6:00 pm for the commencement of 2017. The racing line-up will consist of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks will contest in a complete show of heats and features. Plus the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association will be making the organization's season opening meet as well. There will be a bicycle giveaway with approximately eight bikes being awarded to lucky young contestants 12 years of age and under. Entry is absolutely free and must be in between from 4 pm- 6 pm. No entries will be taken after 6 pm. Mahoning Valley would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the businesses, race teams and fans for making the bike giveaway a huge success and to track Kids Activities Coordinator Karen Bortz for organizing it all. The grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Adult general admission is $14. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65 + and active Military. Children 10 and under are FREE. Pits will open at 11:00 am for anyone who would like to partake in early paid practice which will run from noon to 3:00. Regular practice begins at 4:30. Sign-ins are from 3-4:15. The All Star Slingshots will be on the card at Mahoning Valley on Saturday, April 22 as a part of that night’s stock car program. The Dirt Mods will be off that evening
Mahoning Valley Speedway Cancels Opening Night due to flooding Issues; Sunday open practice added
Due to the past two days of heavy rain which in turn caused flooding and ongoing water seepage to the track surface and surrounding grounds, officials at Mahoning Valley Speedway had no choice but to cancel Saturday’s season opener. Even with the rains easing up the water problem remains and thus it was in everyone’s best interest to push back the opener to the following Saturday, April 15 at 6:00 pm. While no action will take place tomorrow evening, on Sunday, April 9, the track will be running an open practice from noon to 4:00 pm. Pit gates will open at 11:30. The cost to practice is $25 per car and $10 per person in the pits. Grandstands are free for Sunday’s session. Saturday, April 15 will now be the season opening night and feature all six regular tracks classes including Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks plus the ATQMRA will launch their 2017 season as well. Heat races begin at 6:00 pm
Great turnout for Mahoning Valley Speedway Test-and-Tune has everyone pumped for April 8 Opening Night
With approximately 70 cars on hand for the final day of Test and Tune, Mahoning Valley Speedway wrapped up the pre-season activities and it’s now all systems full steam ahead for the start of the 2017 season set for Saturday, April 8. Sunday’s Test and Tune showed that racers of the paved ¼-mile oval are indeed anxious to get rolling, evident by the impressive turnout of cars, one of the best in recent years.Throughout the day-long practice session drivers continually made laps to dial-in setups for the upcoming opener and judging by unofficial lap times it should be quite competitive across all six classes. There was also a great look into the pride of their race cars as many teams unveiled eye-catching paint schemes and there is more to come. The focus now switches to the first point paying race of the year with Opening Day 2017. The program will be made up of all six regular track classes including Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks. Heat races begin at 6:00 pm. The grandstands will open at 4:00 pm. Adult general admission is $14. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65 + and active Military. Children 10 and under are FREE. Pits will open at 11:00 am for anyone who would like to partake in early paid practice which will run from noon to 3:00. Regular practice begins at 4:30. Sign-ins are from 3-4:15. The following week, April 15, the ATQMRA joins the stock car regulars for their season opener.
UPDATE: Due to the inclement weather and the pending conditions Mahoning Valley Speedway has postpone the racing activity that was to take place on Saturday, April 1. Enduros, Demo Derby’s and Micro Stocks were on the docket. This event will be rescheduled at later date ASAP. Anyone who had preregistered for the Enduros or Demos will be refunded if they wish. The Sunday, April 2 Test and Tune will be held from noon to 4:pm. Pits open at 11:30. It will be $25 per car and $10 per person to enter the pits. Grandstands are free.
Enduros, Demos and Micro Stocks this Saturday at Mahoning Valley
Although the regular weekly point racing is still two weeks away, Mahoning Valley Speedway is excited nonetheless with the presentation of the first racing event of the new season that will be taking place this coming Saturday, April 1. Beginning at 2:00 pm a complete program of Enduros, Demo Derby and Micro Stocks will be held. Grandstand admission is $10. Kids 10-years old and under are free. There will be three classes of Enduros. Big Car, Small Car and Jr.’s. The Enduro race winners can earn as much as $2000 for their respective victories if 80 or more cars are signed-in on race day. The purse will be pro-rated depending on car counts. The Enduro entry is $50 per car which includes the transponder, vehicle and driver. The complete payoff is listed below which for all Enduros. For the Demo Derby’s there are two classes, Big Car and Small Car. If 20 or more cars are entered in each division the payout is $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. Heats will pay $100 to the winner. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations. Rules can also be found on the Mahoning Valley Speedway website under the “Rules/Forms” link. All those who advance to the features via heats will receive 2-points. For the feature 5-points will go to the winner, 4-points for second and 3-points to third. A Demo Derby champion will be crowned at the end of the season following the upcoming demo dates on July 2 and again on October 15. The top three point finishers at the conclusion of those three events will collect $500, $300 and $200 correspondingly along with trophies. This Saturday’s race card is also highlighted by the Micro Stocks. They will be featured a number of times throughout the season and for the first time since 1999 there will be a track champion crowned. Pit gates will open at 11:00 am. Registration will be held from 11:30 to 1:00. Cost to entry the pits is $20 per person.On Sunday, April 2 from noon to 4:00 pm, the final Test and Tune day will be held.
Opening Day 2017 will get the green flag on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 pm featuring all six regular track classes of Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
Mahoning Valley racers give good grades after first test of American Racer tires
Mahoning Valley Speedway completed its first weekend of Test and Tune that saw drivers across all six regular track classes as well as a number of touring groups make the best of the two day dust-off. And, while this was indeed the ideal opportunity to shake down their rides in preparation of Opening Night on April 8, more importantly it served as the first test for the American Racer tires which is now the new official track tire, replacing Hoosier. American Racer representatives Fred Woodward and Pat “Mick” McCombie were on hand throughout the day Saturday and made it a point to stop and talk with each team to help with questions and concerns It seemed in short order that much of the apprehension of running with the new brand quickly went by the wayside not long after a few laps by each driver were turned. The general consensus was all good. “From the reaction we’ve gotten from everyone it’s what we’d had hoped for,” said Woodward. “The guys seemed pretty pleased and I think the main thing that they we were really concerned about was stagger and I feel as though we got them what they were looking for. Most of what we heard is that our tires come in quicker than the previous brand. We wanted to make this an easy transition and so far so good.”; Austin Kochenash had his Gary Wentz owned No. 72 Modified on hand and despite running on a set of American Racer tires he ran with last season at Wyoming County International Speedway and had over 150 laps, he noted that there was still good grip. “It was good and we along with everyone else just has to get used to them. You’re going to have to make a couple changes with set-ups but from what I can tell it will be fine,” said Kochenash, a two-time winner at Mahoning last season. Frankie Althouse finished second to Late Model champion Mike Sweeney last year and put his tires to a hard test. “Overall I was very pleased. We went out on a new set and we clocked in just as fast as last year’s times if not a little bit faster. The car felt really good on them and even after 50 laps they held up really well,” said Althouse. “We actually limited the number of changes we did over the winter because of the new tires. They gripped well and we also got some good side bite.”; Dirt Modified standout Mike Stofflet only made one only one practice run but it was enough to satisfy him with the performance of the tires. “It was good enough to put the car on the trailer after one round so I guess you could say the car was pretty good,” said Stofflet. “I was concerned because the American Racer is a little softer with their compound on the sidewall so we just changed some pressures to compensate for that. What I really liked was how fast they came in and they seem to stick really well.”; 2016 Street Stock champion Jon Moser was getting around the paved ¼-mile oval in swift fashion and like most others gave his approval. “I was quite impressed and from what I saw from our laps the tire worked awesome. I think everyone will be real happy with them,” said Moser. Hobby Stocks were out in full force and for many of the entry level racers they all liked how the American Racer’s handled. “I really liked them. After about two-three laps they seemed to hook up right away. There was grip and bite each time off the corners,” said Ryan Berger, a two-time ’16 winner. “The car felt great and they (tires) where hooking up and I was making some fast laps. I was getting great grip off the corners and it was pulling me right out of the turns nice. I really think the American Racer will be excellent in the Hobby Stocks.”
As of now there will be another day of Test and Tune on Sunday, April 1 from noon to 4:00 pm. Opening Night follows six days later on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 pm feature all six regular track classes which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
Enduros, Demos, Micro Stocks and testing days will begin the action at Mahoning Valley Speedway
The first on track activity for Mahoning Valley Speedway is just two weeks away when on Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26, drivers will be able to shake down their rides during Test and Tune days. A third Test and Tune will be held on Sunday, April 2. The track will be open on those aforementioned dates from noon to 4:00 pm. It will be $25 per car and $10 per person to entry the pits. Grandstand admission for Test and Tune days is free.The first contested racing will take place on Saturday, April 1 with a Big/Small Car and Jr. Enduros along with Big/Small Car Demo Derby’s plus Micro Stocks.The Enduro race winners can earn as much as $2000 for their respective victories if 80 or more cars are signed-in on race day. The purse will be pro-rated depending on car counts. The Enduro entry is $50 per car which includes the transponder and vehicle. Pit fee is $20 per person and $10 grandstand admission. The complete payoff is listed below which for all Enduros. Racing begins at 1:00 p.m.There is a pre-entry cost of $40 if applicants have the proper paper work filed no later than Sunday, March 26. Starting line-ups will be determined by registration. A limit of 100 cars has been designated.You can send all pre-entries to: Chip Santee, 5406 Mountain Road, Germansville, PA 18053. Please include the class, either Small Car Enduro or Jr. Enduro, name, age, car # and phone #. Entries can also be dropped off at the track during the Test and Tune days of March 25-26. Please make checks payable to Mahoning Valley Speedway.For the Demo Derby’s there are two classes, Big Car and Small Car. If 20 or more cars are entered in each division the payout will is $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. Heats will pay $100 to the winner. If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third. The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations. Rules can be found on the Mahoning Valley Speedway website under the “Rules/Forms” link. Demo Derby’s being held on April 1, July 2 and October 15 will award points and a champion will be crowned. All those who advance to the features via heats will receive 2-points. For the feature 5-points will go to the winner, 4-points for second and 3-points to third. The top three point finishers at the conclusion of the three events will collect $500, $300 and $200 correspondingly along with six, three and two foot trophies. On April 1 the Micro Stocks will be featured also along with a number of times throughout the season and for the first time since 1999 there will be a track champion crowned. The regular season will get underway with Opening Day 2017 on Saturday evening, April 8 at 6:00 pm for all regular divisions which include Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks.
The Enduro payout is as follows: 80 or more cars 1. $2000, 2. 800, 3. 550, 4. 300, 5. 225, 6. 175, 7. 125, 8. 100, 9. 75, 10-15. 50
Mahoning Valley Speedway is anxously looking forward to its first competitive action of the 2017 season when on Saturday, April 1, there will be Big/Small Car and Jr. Enduros along with Big/Small Car Demo Derby’s plus Micro Stocks.
For the Enduro racers there can be as much as $2000 for winning their respective events. The purse will be pro-rated depending on car counts. If 80 or more cars are signed-in on race day in each of the classes then first place prize money stands at an impressive $2000.The complete payoff is listed below which for all Enduros.
The Enduro entry is $50 per car which includes the transponder and vehicle. Pit fee is $20 per person and $10 grandstand admission. The racing begins at 1:00 p.m.
There is a pre-entry cost of $40 if applicants have the proper paper work filed no later than Sunday, March 26. Starting line-ups will be determined by registration. There will be a limit of 100 cars.
You can send all pre-entries to: Chip Santee, 5406 Mountain Road, Germansville PA 18053. Please include the class, either Small Car Enduro or Jr. Enduro, name, age, car # and phone #.
Entries can also be dropped off at the track during the Test and Tune days of March 25-26.
Last season Mahoning Valley Speedway brought back the popular Demo Derby’s and it was well received, so much so that continued interest has prompted track management to not only bring back the Demos but award points at each showing this season that will go towards a Demo Derby champion.
If 20 or more cars are entered in each division the payout will be $800 to win, $400 for second and $200 for third. Heats will pay $100 to the winner.
If there are features only with no heats run the winner’s share will be $600 with $300 and $150 respectively for second and third.
The cost to enter the Demo Derby is $25 per car which includes the driver. The Big Car Demo rules will follow that of the West End Fair while the Small Car Demo rules will be the same as those applied at the Carbon County Fair. ALL Demo cars must have the fuel cell and battery mounted and secured behind the driver’s compartment and conform to proper safety regulations.
Rules can be found on the Mahoning Valley Speedway website under the “Rules/Forms” link.
The Micro Stocks, which have been a long standing supporter of the speedway, will be featured a number of times throughout the season and for the first time since 1999 there will be a track champion.
The regular season will get underway with Opening Day 2017 on Saturday evening, April 8 at 6:00 pm.
For additional information log onto www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com or on Facebook at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
Mahoning Valley Speedway releases 2017 schedule…Modifieds to run 200 laps at Octoberfast
The official 2017 race schedule for Lehighton’s Mahoning Valley Speedway has been released and a very aggressive slate of events will make up the upcoming season.
It all begins in late March with pre-season Test and Tune and continues through October with the annual Octoberfast.
All weekly track classes will be back in action which includes Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks along with a variety of others such as the TQ midgets of the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association, the All-Star Slingshots, Micro Stocks and Champ Karts. Also getting track time in 2017 will be Enduro racers which will consist of Big Car, Small Car and Jr. Enduros. Last year also saw the return of Demo Derby’s and they too will be on the docket at select dates.
The headline Modified division will partake in a handful of extra distance/money races and culminate during the seventh annual Octoberfast. This year will feature the longest race in track history as 200 laps will make up the $6000-to-win main. Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods, Pro 4s and Hobby Stocks will all get special shows during the course of the season. Track management has decided to include a championship for Enduro racers this year and likewise for the visiting Micro Stock competitors.
Also announced for 2017 will be a summer start time of 7:00 pm which will begin on June 10 and continue through August 26. Test and Tune days will open up the year with pre-season track time days on March 25-26 and April 1-2. The April 1 date will also be a day of racing for Enduros along with a Demo Derby.
Open Day 2017 will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 6:00 pm with all regular track classes. The action then rolls on from Spring and onto Fall with Octoberfast on October 28. Floyd Santee returns to the helm as track promoter for his seventh year of running the show at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
Recently it was revealed that American Racer will be the new track tire. On Saturday, January 7 representative Fred Woodring of American Racer will attend the special general meeting being held at the Slatedale Fire House in Slatedale to discuss the change and field questions and concerns about the American Racer tire. The meeting, which begins at noon, is open to driver and owner only.