For Nevin George, the consistent top five finishes have been prevalent from the start of the season with the exception of the one spot most sought, first place. That result is now in hand as George drove to a solid victory and picked up his first Modified win of the season Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
George, who started eighth, used a lap 18 restart that saw him jump from third to first and once in front was able to pull far enough ahead and race to the victory which snapped the three race win streak of Eric Beers.
"Sometimes you just have to be lucky. The majority of racing is luck and you have to have all your ducks in a row. We have but had just been coming up a little short every week. Eric (Beers) has been having a real good run but tonight we got it," said George, who hails from Kunkletown.
Kevin Rex, Jr., took a season best second and likewise with Kris Graver who notched his career first top five since becoming a Modified driver. Roger Coss held off Eric Beers to complete the top five.
In the Late Models, Frankie Althouse of Lehighton picked up his first win of the year. Fifth starting, Althouse had raced upfront with brothers Dave and Rick Wallace from laps eight to 17.
With eight laps to go a caution had waved and on that restart would be where Althouse's winning move occurred. Rick Wallace had dropped from contention and Althouse was lined up to the outside of Dave Wallace when the action resumed.
Using the high line as a momentum run Althouse powered past for the lead and over the remaining distance never looked back. Earl Paules did make an effort in the waning laps but at the finish it was about Althouse.
Dave Wallace with early leader George Ramos, Paules and Paul Effrig rounding up the top five.
In the Street Stocks, holding on for the victory was Joe Roberts of Danielsville who withstood a nonstop blitz by Jason Frey.
Roberts took the lead from Tiffany Wambold on lap two and then traded off the top spot with Frey until finally securing control for good with ten laps to go. Even then he still had a handful of Frey to deal with but stood his ground and raced to his second career win.
In the Dirt Mods, Jeff Parker of Havertown was the man to beat for the second week in a row. Parker passed Ray Deemer on lap six and would go the remaining distance unopposed.
In the Pro 4 race, Jake Kibler went to the front on lap six and was overpowering to the rest as he cruised to a dominating win.
In Hobby Stocks, Jeff Biegley of Breinigsville rolled to his third straight and fourth overall win.
Modified (35 Laps)
1. Nevin George, 2.Kevin Rex, Jr., 3. Kris Graver, 4. Roger Coss, 5. Eric Beers, 6. Earl Paules, 7. Chip Santee, 8. John Markovic, 9. Eric Kocher, 10. DJ Wagner, 11. Terry Markovic, 12. Rick Reichenbach, 13. Todd Geist, 14. Mike Quinn, 15. Don Wagner, 16. Matt Wentz
Late Model (25 Laps)
1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Dave Wallace, 3. George Ramos, 4. Earl Paules, 5. Paul Effrig, 6. Mark Simon, 7. Kenny Hein, 8. Jennifer Kutz, 9. Pat Hargan, 10. MikeSweeney, 11. Kevin Graver, Jr., 12. Rick Wallace
Street Stock (30 Laps)
1. Joe Roberts, 2. Jason Frey, 3. Stacey Brown, 4. Jamie Smith, 5. TJ Gursky, 6. Zach Graver, 7. Jonathan Tracey, 8. Matt Wentz, 9. Jillian Long, 10. Chip Wanamaker, 11. Justin Mooney, 12. Randy Ahner, Jr., 13. Gene Bowers, 14. Kristy Arthofer, 15. Steven Steigerwalt, 16. Kyle Strohl, 17. Todd Ahner, 18. Tiffany Wambold, 19. Lonnie Behler, 20. Jason Beers, 21. Jason Kuhn
Dirt Modified (20 Laps)
1. Jeff Parker, 2. Mike Stofflet, 3. Aleia Geisler, 4. Mark Martini, 5. Dave Thomas, 6. Dave Gorbatuk, 7. Ricky Yetter, 8. Ray Deemer, 9. JP Curry, 10. Frank Parastino, 11. Joe Stangle
Pro4 (20 Laps)
1. Jake Kibler, 2. Nick Baer, 3. Dave Chapman, 4. Danielle Paules, 5. Tyler Stangle, 6. Kyle Strohl, 7. Bobby Kibler, Jr., 8. Tanner Laybourn, 9. Robert Miller, 10. Joe Stangle
Hobby Stock (15 Laps)
1. Jeff Biegley, 2. Corey Edelman