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A Healthy John Markovic Scores
Mahoning Modified Win
By DINO OBERTO
4-19-14) A week ago during the season opener, John Markovic was
qualified but missed the feature. The reason Ė he was rushed to
Lehigh Valley Medical Center in Allentown because of an irregular
heartbeat. He spent the rest of the weekend in the hospital and
thankfully was released and back at work by Monday.
Returning to race
this past Saturday night, Markovicís clean bill of health was put to
the test. Despite having the luxury of starting from the pole, once
the race got underway he competed in 35 heart pounding laps and eked
out a win over Chip Santee and prior to that went head-to-head with
14-year old rookie Kyle Strohl.
"Last week at
this time I was in the hospital with a 250-beat per minute heartbeat
and my blood pressure was way high so this is a big turnaround from
then to know," said the well-respected veteran Markovic. With Strohl
flanked to his outside for the start, the pair quickly went into an
outstanding duel for the lead with Markovic maintaining the
advantage but just slightly.
Markovic is over
40 years older than the upstart but the young lion, driving a
Modified for just the second time, was wheeling alongside the master
craftsman with precision and accuracy that only comes from years of
experience. "Kyle Strohl is a fantastic driver and one day maybe he
can drive for me," remarked Markovic. And as they put on their crowd
pleasing race for the lead, Santee was closely trailing while
clashing with Kris Graver for third.
Under a lap 28 caution
any chance of winning suddenly vanished for Strohl when his car lost
power and he had to be pushed behind the wall. His demise allowed
Santee the runner-up spot for the restart and once the action
resumed he was fast enough to surge past Markovic and take the lead.
quick to return the favor on the ensuing lap and retook his
position. From there to the finish he held off Santee to claim the
hard earned victory. "I was just trying to take it easy. I didnít
want to use up the 44 (Strohl) and I know I did with Chip (Santee).
He had a little better start on that last restart," said Markovic,
who garnered his 33rd track win. Kris Graver, Nevin
George and Eric Beers completed the top five.
Earl Paules raced
to his second straight Late Model win but it was no easy task as he
and Frankie Althouse gave the crowd a stirring duel for the lead in
the waning laps of the race.
In a torrid
side-by-side battle for several laps near the end of the race they
fought feverously until a caution with four laps to go brought the
intense action to a halt. When the yellow had waved Paules was just
inches ahead and thanks to a single file restart he then held
Althouse at bay for the score.
Josh Money won
the Street Stock feature in a thrilling last lap pass for the lead.
Matter of fact is was just a few feet prior to the checkers that he
was able to take his only lead of the race.
On the final lap
Jamie Smith was going for the win but he unexpectedly lost power
going into the final two turns. Second place runner Steven
Steigerwalt was then forced to back off as he was trapped directly
behind. Running third at the time, Mooney was alert to the situation
and pulled outside of them both while within feet of the finish
What was even
more significant was Mooney got into the race as a provisional and
started from 21st. It was the first time a driver ever
won a feature in that way. The night was perfected when his brother,
Justin Mooney, was awarded second place after Steigerwalt failed
post-race inspection. The later Mooney also took over as the point
Mod champ Jeff Parker rocketed his way around Billy Lowden, Jr., for
the lead with seven laps to go and then cruised to victory. Point
leader Kevin Graver, Jr., also got by Lowden in the final laps but
was unable to do anything when it came to Parker who was too strong
for him and everyone else.
Jake Kibler has
gotten off to a great start in the Pro 4 division as he collected
his second straight win. Kibler took the lead on a lap 13 restart
from early pacesetter Dave Chapman. He then held off Nick Baer who
for the second time.
After a dismal
showing in the previous weekís opener, Hobby Stock champion Corey
Edelman bounced back with a flawless run, leading all laps en route
to getting his first win of 2014.
Modified Feature Finish (35
Laps): 1. John Markovic, 2. Chip
Santee, 3. Kris Graver, 4. Nevin George, 5. Eric Beers, 6. Roger
Coss, 7. Matt Hirschman, 8. Brandon Oltra, 9. Earl Paules, 10. Brain
DeFebo, 11. Glenn Slocum, 12. Bobby Jones, 13. Brian Romig, 14.
Terry Markovic, 15. Jim Bojonny, 16. Don Wagner, 17. Kyle Strohl,
18. Troy Bollinger DNS: Rick Kirkendall
Late Model (25 Laps):
1. Earl Paules, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Paul
Effrig, 4. Paul Koehler, Jr., 5. George Ramos, 6. Geno Steigerwalt,
7. Mike Sweeney, 8. Kenny Hein, 9. Jeremy Miller, 10. Danielle
Paules, 11. Jacob Nemeth, 12. Jacob Kerstetter, 13. Dave Imler
Street Stock Feature Finish
(30 Laps): 1. Josh Mooney, 2. Justin
Mooney, 3. Jillian Long, 4. Lonnie Behler, Sr., 5. Jamie Smith, 6.
Jason Kuhn, 7. Cody Roth, 8. Aaron Kromer, 9. Jared Ahner, 10. TJ
Gursky, 11. Dennis Buss, 12. Zach Graver, 13. Willie Knappenberger,
14. Todd Ahner, 15. Stacey Brown, 16. Lonnie Behler, Jr., 17. Chip
Wanamaker, 18. Gene Bowers, 19. Mark Rogers, 20. Randy Ahner, Jr.,
21. Jonathan Tracey DQ: Steven Steigerwalt DNQ: Dan Freundt, BJ
Wambold, Tiff Wambold, Logan Boyer, Matt Wentz
Dirt Modified Feature Finish
(25 Laps): 1. Jeff Parker, 2. Kevin
Graver, Jr., 3. Billy Lowden, Jr., 4. Ray Deemer, 5. Aleia Geisler,
6. Mike Stofflet, 7. JP Curry, 8. Ricky Yetter, 9. Billy Lasko, 10.
Jack Ely, 11. Brian Fucili
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20
Laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Nick Baer, 3.
Bobby Kibler, Jr., 4. Jason Muffley, 5. Dave Chapman, 6. Cody
Kohler, 7. Jesse Snyder, 8. Tyler Stangle, 9. Chad Miller, 10.
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15
Laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Jeff
Biegley, 3. Steve McDonough, 4. Colby Getz, 5. Shayne Getz, 6. Cody
Geist, 7. Tim Oswald, 8. Steve Sennott, 9. Shawn Hoffman
Matt Janisch Opens ATQMRA Season With Strong Run At Mahoning
By DINO OBERTO
4-19-14) Matt Janisch proved no contest for the competition as
he cruised to the opening win of the 2014 season for the ATQMRA. It
marked the second consecutive opening night win for the Nazareth
resident who piloted his home built No. 48 to his fourth career win
at Mahoning Valley.
started second and at the drop of Bob Stullís race commencing green
he outgunned Earl Paules for the opening lap lead. From there on he
was no match for the rest of the pack as he pulled further and
further ahead with each passing lap, taking the checkered flag by
was great and really fast right from the beginning. It actually
started getting loose on me near the end and I see I blistered the
right rear but all in all it was nice way to get the year rolling,"
said Janisch. "We always like coming here to Mahoning Valley. Itís
such a neat place to race, they always get a good crowd and the
racing is always close."
The TQís are famous for their blistering speeds at Mahoning and
Janisch evidenced that by turning the fastest lap of the race at
8.966-seconds and 100.379 mph. "Itís wild to say the least.
Iíve never gotten dizzy here but Iíve heard of other people that
have. You just have to stay focused and make sure youíre looking far
enough ahead of you because things can happen real fast here. Itís
definitely the most intense racing Iíve ever done in these cars.
Under 9-seconds is a fast lap," said Janisch.
Janisch was running away from the pack Frank Fischer and Joey Bailey
provided the best action as they battled closely for second. With
three laps to go Fischer was able to sneak past Bailey by utilizing
lapped traffic. Buddy Sload and Paules rounded out the top five.
Paules and Janisch copped heat wins.
time and defending ATQMRA champion Ryan Tidman got off to a very
uncharacteristic bad start. During his heat the rear end failed on
his always potent No. 1B. The car was unable to be fixed in time for
the feature but thanks to the Roselli team a car was loaned to
Tidman for the main event. Unfortunately he did not fare much better
as he had a rare DNF and was credited with last place.
race was the first of the "Triple Crown" events. All finishers are
now eligible to share in the special $1500 bonus money that will be
divided to those who run a the next two Triple Crown races which
take place at Bethel Motor Speedway in White Lake, NY on June
21 and conclude at Oswego Speedwayís inner oval as part of the Bud
Light Classic Weekend on August 30. The ATQMRA heads next to
New Jerseyís Wall Stadium Speedway on May 17 then Borgerís Speedway
on Saturday, June 7.
TQ Midget Feature Finish
(25 Laps): 1. Matt Janisch, 2. Frank
Fischer, 3. Joey Bailey, 4. Buddy Sload, 5. Earl Paules, 6. Geoffrey
Sutton, 7. Mark Rogers, 8. Blu Metz, 9. Matt Roselli, 10. Ryan
Defending Champ Eric Beers Doesnít Miss
Wins Mahoning Valley Speedway Modified
By DINO OBERTO
4-12-14) When Eric Beers climbed from his race car after winning the
Opening Night 100-lap feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway, the
defending track champion explained how out of shape he felt from the
grind of the century run. His performance, however, showed
Without missing a
beat from his record setting season of a year ago, Beers took the
lead from Austin Kochenash on lap 36 then set sail in claiming his
10th win in a Mahoning extra distance event. The victory
was worth a cool $4000, the largest amount ever awarded for a
"I am really spent
after that one," said Beers while in Victory Lane. "I realize now
how out of shape I am but wow what a way to start off the season. My
hatís off to Floyd Santee (promoter) who did an awesome job putting
this night together. We have a full house of fans and a super field
After a straight-up
start from the heat finishes Beers started sixth and needed just
three laps to make his way into the top five.
Pole sitter Rick
Kirkendall jumped into the early lead with Matt Hirschman and
Kochenash running a close second and third respectively. Next in
line came Roger Coss. Through the beginning laps Kirkendall was
holding off repeated attempts by Hirschman and Kochenash. But, a
game changer took place while under a lap 14 caution. Scott Meckes
brought out the yellow when he dumped liquid in turn three. During
the extended cleanup Hirschman had to pit for a right front flat. A
few moments later Kirkendall when off after overheating. That
allowed Kochenash to advance to first place with Beers second. When
the race resumed Kochenash was firm and looking to repeat his
Opening Night win from a year ago. Beers, though, had other thoughts
as by lap 20 he went to the high side and began a torrid
side-by-side battle for the lead.
holding his line and made Beers work hard on every lap they raced
together. Beers even backed off a time or two in order to refocus
his route of attack but it was soon evident that if he was going to
complete the pass it had to come from the outside lane. He again
took to the high road and this time used a surge of momentum to leap
by and take the lead as 36 laps went into the books. "Austin (Kochenash)
is always tough to pass especially at this place. We ran clean and
Iím sure the fans got a thrill from how close we were. It was just
good hard racing which is what you get here. This is why we donít
run the (NASCAR) Whelen Modified Tour anymore, we love being back
here at Mahoning," said Beers, who won for the 37th time
Once in the lead
there would be no stopping him. That included a late caution with
eight laps to go. Kochenash knew that would be perhaps his last
chance at Beers on the restart but it was to no avail as the champ
showed no signs off backing off and went on to score the win.
"Second was good tonight especially when you look at all the cars
here and the competition," said Kochenash. "We just didnít have the
car to run with Eric (Beers). He drove a great race. That last
restart was a chance to get him but I had used up a lot on the
previous restart." Third spot went to Nevin George who came on
strong near the end and dueled with Hirschman until the final laps
to secure the position. Coss completed the top five.
The 50-lap Late
Model race became a championís duel as two-time and defending champ
Earl Paules and three-time champion Paul Koehler, Jr., faced off.
Back and forth they ran over the early going but once past the
midway juncture Paules proved the better of the two and went on to
win the $1200 first place prize offering and his 22nd Late
Model win. Frankie Althouse, Mike Sweeney and Geno Steigerwalt all
ran within reach of the top two and gave notice to what looks to be
a highly competitive field this season.
The Street Stocks
had 28 cars signed in which made for some intense action in
attempting to gain a spot on the starting grid for the 50 lap
feature. When all was said in done it was Mahoningís all-time wins
leader, Todd Ahner who bested everyone as he started from the pole
and then led every lap en route to his 29th win. In
typical Mahoning Street Stock style there was side-by-side action
throughout the race. Justin Mooney was right on Ahnerís bumper when
they crossed the finish line while TJ Gursky and Jillian Long
provided plenty of dueling action in garnering third and fourth at
The 40-lap Dirt Mod
event went to Kris Graver who was driving a car prepared by class
regular Ricky Yetter. The 2013 Modified division Rookie of the Year
jumped into the Yetter mount and showed why he is a past Dirt Mod
champion. Running very smooth and fast laps, he zipped underneath
his uncle, Kevin Graver, Jr., on lap 17 and never looked back as he
cruised to a solid three car length margin of victory. Yetter
settled for third with Mike Stofflet and reigning champ Jeff Parker
rounding out the top five.
Jake Kibler scored
his second straight Opening Night win in the Pro 4ís while Jeff
Biegley was awarded the Hobby Stock verdict after Cody Geistís car
was disqualified due to a height infraction.
Modified Feature Finish
(100 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Austin
Kochenash, 3. Nevin George, 4. Matt Hirschman, 5. Roger Coss, 6. Don
Wagner, 7. Brian DeFebo, 8. Kris Graver, 9. Earl Paules, 10. Shawna
Ingram, 11. Brian Romig, 12. Chip Santee, 13. Glenn Slocum, 14. Rick
Kirkendall, 14. Todd Baer, 15. Jason Zatsko, 17. Scott Meckes, 18.
Terry Markovic, 19. Troy Bollinger, 20. Kyle Strohl
DNS: John Markovic DNQ:
Tony Zatsko, Eric Mauriello\
Late Model (50 Laps):
1.Earl Paules, 2. Paul Koehler, Jr., 3. Frankie Althouse, 4. Mike
Sweeney, 5. Geno Steigerwalt, 6. Kenny Hein, 7. Danielle Paules, 8.
Paul Effrig, 9. George Ramos, 10. Jacob Nemeth, 11. Mark Tyson, 12.
Dave Imler, 13. Jeremy Miller, 14. Jacob Kerstetter, 15. Scott
Street Stock Feature Finish
(50 Laps): 1. Todd Ahner, 2. Justin
Mooney, 3. TJ Gursky, 4. Jillian Long, 5. Steven Steigerwalt, 6.
Zach Graver, 7. Jason Kuhn, 8. Josh Mooney, 9. Chip Wanamaker, 10.
Stacey Brown, 11. Lonnie Behler, 12. Aaron Kromer, 13. Cody Roth,
14. Willie Knappenberger, 15. BJ Wambold, 16. Dan Freundt, 17. Gene
Bowers, 18. Tiff Wambold, 19. Matt Wentz, 20. Jonathan Tracey, 21.
Randy Ahner, Jr.
DNQ: Lonnie Behler, Jr.,
Jared Ahner, Mark Rogers, Paul Morgan, Jr., Jamie Smith, Dennis
Buss, Mike Garris, Jr.,
Dirt Modified Feature
Finish (40 Laps): 1. Kris Graver, 2.
Kevin Graver, Jr., 3. Ricky Yetter, 4. Mike Stofflet, 5. Jeff
Parker, 6. JP Curry, 7. Aleia Geisler, 8. Jack Ely, 9. Billy Lowden,
Jr., 10. Billy Lasko, 11. Ray Deemer, 12. Brian Fucili
Pro 4 Feature Finish (18
Laps): 1. Jake Kibler, 2. Nick Baer, 3.
Bobby Kibler, Jr., 4. Tyler Stangle, 5. Jesse Snyder, 6. JD Light,
7, Chad Miller, 8. Cody Kohler, 9. Dave Chapman, 10. Kailyn Beers
Hobby Stock Feature Finish
(15 Laps): 1. Jeff Biegley, 2. Steve
McDonough, 3. Tim Oswald, 4. Scott Roth, 5. Rich Mutarelli, 6. Shawn
Hoffman, 7. Shane Geist, 8. Corey Edelman DQ: Cody Geist
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