Racing is a game of talent and luck and Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway Eric Beers displayed both aspects in winning for a seventh time.
With two laps to go Beers, who started 10th, was looking content to just finish fourth or fifth. But, when front runners Chip Santee and Kris Graver made contact, they also collected the third place car of Nevin George. Beers had just passed Roger Coss for fourth and was able to clear the mayhem and then drove to victory.
"We were destined to finish fourth. I was running the outside of Roger (Coss) and beat him to the line the lap (33) before. I thought then maybe I would have a chance to pass Nevin (George)," explained Beers.
"I saw Chip (Santee) get turned sideways and I then moved closer to the flagman and zipped on by. It's a shame they all got together but it was their misfortune and we were in the right place at the right time."
With two laps to go, time was of the essence and Graver would attempt a last chance move for the lead. Santee was holding his line while Graver looked inside. As he did contact was made and both went spinning. Innocent victim George had nowhere to go and was collected up in the melee.
Santee and Graver went to the rear while the race ended there for George due to a broke frontend suspension.
Beers avoided them all by shooting to the very outside of the track and it would be a move that earned him the win.
Coss, Kocher, Kevin Rex, Jr., and Earl Paules completed the top five. Graver, George and Wentz annexed heat wins.
Paules remained stout with the Late Models as he went on to a sixth win. Coming from seventh, Paules took the lead from Paul Effrig with nine laps to go and unstoppable from there on.
Effrig, who was in position to garner his career first win, had to instead settle for the runner-up place. Kevin Graver, Jr., was third.
Willie Knappenberger was close to winning the Street Stock feature a week ago as he led the first 17 laps before faltering. This week he was picture perfect as he went flag-to-flag from the front of the pack and won for the first time nine years. Stacey Brown had a season best second with Randy Ahner, Jr., rounding out the top three.
Kristy Arthofer, Knappenberger and Jason Beers scored heat wins with copping the consi.
Dirt Mod point leader Jeff Parker was awarded the feature win after Mike Stofflet was set back two spots for making an illegal pass for the lead on the final lap of the race.
Kyle Strohl had a fantastic battle with Nick Baer in taking the laurels with the Pro 4s. Both drivers had to fight their way from the back of the back on two occasions and in doing so put on a great show.
After a seesaw battle all race long in the Hobby Stocks, Corey Edelman edged Jeff Biegley by a mere .002-seconds margin of victory which was his second straight and fifth of the season.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Roger Coss, 3. Eric Kocher, 4. Kevin Rex, Jr., 5. Earl Paules, 6. Rick Reichenbach, 7. John Markovic, 8. DJ Wagner, 9. Tommy Flanagan, 10. Lou Strohl, 11. Paul Frantz, 12. Don Wagner, 13. Matt Wentz, 14. Kris Graver, 15. Chip Santee, 16. Terry Markovic, 17. Joe Mooney, 18. Nevin George, 19. Rick Kirkendall
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Earl Paules, 2. Paul Effrig, 3. Kevin Graver, Jr., 4. Mike Sweeney, 5. Frankie Althouse, 6. George Ramos, 7. Paul Skodacek, 8. Mark Simon, 9. Kenny Hein, 10. Geno Steigerwalt, 11. Jennifer Kutz
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Willie Knappenberger, 2. Stacey Brown, 3. Randy Ahner, Jr., 4. Jason Kuhn, 5. Kristy Arthofer, 6. Chip Wanamaker, 7. Todd Ahner, 8. Gene Bowers, 9. Kyle Strohl, 10. Steven Steigerwalt, 11. Josh Mooney, 12. BJ Wambold, 13. Jason Beers, 14. Zach Graver, 15. Jason Frey, 16. TJ Gursky, 17. Justin Mooney, 18. Lonnie Behler, 19. Tiffany Wambold, 20. Aaron Kromer, 21. Jonathan Tracy DNQ: Jamie Smith, Greg Long, Guy Ackerman
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Jeff Parker, 2. JP Curry, 3. Mike Stofflet, 4. Ricky Yetter, 5. Billy Lowden, Jr., 6. Mark Martini, 7. Dave Gorbatuk, 8. Joe Stangle, 9. Chuck Potts, 10. Ray Deemer
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Kyle Strohl, 2. Nick Baer, 3. Danielle Paules, 4. Dave Chapman, 5. Tyler Stangle, 6. Jake Kibler, 7. Bobby Kibler, Jr., 8. Robert Miller Did not start: Cody Kohler
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Jeff Biegley, 3. Gunner Yost, 4. Cody Geist, 5. Elyse Bollinger, 6. Chad Miller