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Don Wagner Holds Off Kris
Graver and Eric Beers
In Suspenseful Mahoning
By DINO OBERTO
(LEHIGHTON, PA 8-30-14) In what was nothing short of one very
thrilling race, Don Wagner eked out a grueling, hard fought win over
Kris Graver and Eric Beers and recorded his third win of the season
on Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
made it anyoneís race as they all wheeled under the tight quarterís
right down to the finish. Wagner and Graver went at it at in a
two-by-two battle while Beers was persistently peeking to their
inside. Wagner, who started from the pole, took the early lead while
third starting Graver and fifth starting Beers merged in line with
him by completion of lap one. Graver then went to the outside and
would have his bumper in front of the pack at the start of lap six.
there he was able to pull to a slightly comfortable lead until the
race went under a red flag situation on lap 19. Several cars had
tangled on the back straight with the worst of them being Eric
Kocher who had a grinding hit against the wall. He was unscathed but
his carís front end was badly mangled. When the race resumed Graver
had concerns. Running with an older set of Hoosier tires, he knew
the restart would be make or break for him. Unfortunately it would
be the latter. While he did hold off Wagner, it was a second restart
on lap 22 that would be his demise. It was at that instant Wagner
was able to recapture the top spot.
as soon as that red flag came out we were in trouble. We were on
used tires so that put an extra heat cycle in them and I knew he
(Wagner) was going to be better on the restart because of that and
Iím way underpowered compared to him," said Graver.
dozen laps to run, Graver, as well as Beers, stayed glued to Wagner.
Graver for the most part was right alongside. Beers also had a shot
at the lead when the front dual battled off the preferred line and
opened up the inside lane. Beers made a brief attempt to pass them
but used his better judgment to back off at the last second when
room had run out.
shows that starting on the pole with this group of racers at this
place is not easy. This is probably the worst place I can start on
the pole. Iím a bad leader and a better follower," said Wagner.
"Weíve been working on our car lately and we want to win races. You
win them on the last lap and not the first one lap. Weíre strong in
the end now." While settling for second, Graver has jumped
back into the pointís lead over Earl Paules with five races to go.
"Iíll take second, weíre in one piece and it was tough work out
there. I donít care about the points. I care about getting the good
finishes and bringing it home. I come here to race and thatís what I
do," added Graver.
Paules may have fell back in points in the Modifieds, he regained
the standings lead with the Late Models thanks to his solid
performance in winning for a seventh time this year. Paules
would start eighth and then methodically began picking cars off
until reaching leader Jeremy Miller but lap six. Choosing to take
his patented outside line, he then rushed by Miller two laps later
and cruised the rest of the way.
Althouse, who had started out the night as the point leader, was
second with Mike Sweeney coming in third. All three are now first,
second and third respectively heading into the final few races for
Annual Mike Krempasky Memorial Triple 19s for Street Stocks was a
homerun event as 30 cars attempted to make the grid for the three 19
lap feature races that paid extra cash and awards in each. And,
while a stellar field was on hand that included a host of track
heavy hitters, it was a recent newcomer that stole the headlines as
Rich Emel surprisingly won two of the three races. In between Randy
Ahner Jr., was also victorious.
earned the pole for the first race and never relinquished it as he
would go on to win his career first stock car feature race over
point leader TJ Gursky.
second main Randy Ahner Jr. passed early leader Jonathan
Tracey on a lap 11 restart and then went on to his division leading
third win of the season.
In the finale
Emil showed that his early win was no fluke. It was a David vs.
Goliath type setting as reining track champion Chip Wanamaker
started at the front but Emil was able to pull in behind him by lap
four. He didnít settle very long there either as on lap seven of 19
Emil hustled to the inside of Wanamaker and after an exciting few
laps of side-by-side action, he grabbed the lead with nine laps to
go and held on for a second and very exhilarating win.
Yetter proved unstoppable in winning for the second time this year
with the Dirt Mods. Yetter led from the drop of the green and was
nowhere to be found among the rest of the pack as he simply
dominated from start to finish.
4ís it was Cody Kohler notching a second win of í14. Kohler led
every lap but it was no easy task as he held back the top two class
contender Jake Kibler and Nick Baer enroute to the win.
won for a fourth straight time in the Hobby Stocks and in doing so
set a new division record for consecutive wins.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps):
1. Don Wagner, 2. Kris Graver, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Earl Paules, 5.
Rick Reichenbach, 6. John Bennett, 7. Kyle Strohl, 8. John Markovic,
9. Nevin George, 10. Chip Santee, 11. Brian Romig, 12. Lou Strohl,
13. Scott Meckes, 14. Mike Quinn, 15. Joe Mooney, 16. Paul Frantz,
17. Bob Snyder, 18. Roger Coss, 19. Eric Kocher, 20. Terry Markovic
DNQ: Alan Creveling, Francis Gross III, Joe Stamm
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps):
1. Earl Paules, 2. Frankie Althouse, 3. Mike Sweeney, 4. Jeremy
Miller, 5. Lou Strohl, 6. Paul Koehler Jr., 7. Jacob Nemeth, 8.
George Ramos, 9. Geno Steigerwalt, 10. Jacob Nemeth, 11. Danielle
1st Street Stock Feature Finish (19 Laps):
1. Rich Emil, 2. TJ
Gursky, 3. Jon Smith, 4. Jillian Long, 5. Jared Ahner, 6. Troy
Bollinger, 7. Jamie Smith, 8. Todd Ahner, 9. Randy Ahner Jr., 10.
Jason Kuhn, 11. Zach Graver, 12. Josh Mooney, 13. Dave Chapman, 14.
Jonathan Tracey, 15. Randy Schlenker, 16. Aaron Kromer, 17. Dan
Freundt, 18. Gene Bowers, 19. Stacey Brown, 20. Chip Wanamaker, 21.
Matt Wentz, 22. Brian Labar
2nd Street Stock Feature Finish (19 Laps):
1. Randy Ahner Jr.,
2. Tracey, 3. Kuhn, 4. Todd Ahner, 5. Gursky, 6. Long, 7. Josh
Mooney, 8. Kromer, 9. Bowers, 10. Jamie Smith, 11. Jon Smith, 12.
Schlenker, 13. Emil, 14. Brown, 15. Wanamaker, 16. Jared Ahner, 17.
Chapman, 18. Zach Graver, 19. Freundt, 20. Wentz, 21. Bollinger, 22.
3rd Street Stock Feature Finish (19 Laps):
1. Emil, 2. Schlenker,
3. Kromer, 4. Wanamaker, 5. Josh Mooney, 6. Gursky, 7. Randy Ahner
Jr., 8. Wentz, 9. Kuhn, 10. Zach Graver, 11. Jared Ahner, 12. Tracey
13. Todd Ahner, 14. Bowers, 15. Brown, 16. Long, 17. Jamie Smith,
18. Jon Smith, 19. Dan Freundt, 20. Dave Chapman, 21. Labar, 22.
DNQ: Joe Mooney, Lonnie
Behler Jr., Mike Garris Jr., Steven Steigerwalt, Cody Roth, Logan
Boyer, Tiffany Wambold, Dennis Buss
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps):
1. Ricky Yetter, 2.
Jeff Parker, 3. Mike Stofflet, 4. Kevin Graver, Jr., 5. Aleia
Geisler, 6. JP Curry, 7. Billy Lowden Jr., 8. Mark Martini, 9. Jack
Ely, 10. Billy Lasko, 11. Drew Reinbold, 12. Dave Thomas, 13. Ray
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps):
1. Cody Kohler 2.
Jake Kibler, 3. Nick Baer, 4. JD Light, 5. Bobby Kibler Jr., 6. Dave
Chapman, 7. Kevin Hoffman, 8. Chad Miller, 9. Jesse Snyder, 10.
Kailyn Beers, 11. Tyler Stangle
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (20 Laps):
1. Rich Mutarelli, 2. Jeff Biegley, 3. Corey Edelman, 4. Tim Oswald,
5. Ron Heeter, 6. Sam Ryan, 7. Cody Geist, 8. Bob Azarowitz, 9.
Justin Martison, 10. Lyndsay Buss, 11. Steve Gehman, 12. Alton
Snyder Jr., 13. Steve McDonough, 14. Jay Skupski
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