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.
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
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
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 four.
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 on
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
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.
they 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.
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."
who 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
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.
the 29 Modifieds went to Eric Mauriello, Santee, Beers and
Zeiner with Jimmy Zacharis annexing the consi.
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.
who 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.
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.
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.
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 consi.
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 around.
never 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.
Lonnie Behler, Jillian Long, Graver and Wanamaker won their
respective heats with the consi going to Jamie Smith.