With an exciting late race pass, Roger Coss went by race long leader Tommy Flanagan and nabbed his first Modified win of the season Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
The 26-year old from Lafayette, New Jersey started fourth and was tagging behind Flanagan and John Markovic for most of the race.
Flanagan was having a breakout race after struggling during the past few weeks. He and Markovic both put on an excellent duel while Coss was directly in their tire tracks. At times Markovic would pull alongside Flanagan only to be put back after a burst by the leader. Then Coss would do the same to Markovic as they raced hard and clean for the second spot.
Coss finally outran Markovic with four laps to go and was then breathing all over Flanagan. As starter Bob Stull waved the two-to-go signal Coss knew it was now or never. He stepped in low in turn four and had the line over Flanagan.
Flanagan, however, was unable to keep his car planted and lost the handle which caused him to spin. Coss made it by without issue and had the lead and then kept Markovic in check to the finish.
"He (Flanagan) had a great run going. I'm not sure what happened there, just hard racing I guess and it happens," said Coss.
"I can't thank my family and my girlfriend enough for all their help and support and also to all my sponsors."
Coss is running his first full season at Mahoning Valley and the talented young gun has become a fan favorite and has also earned respect amongst his peers with his clean driving.
That was just the way he raced to the win too. Once getting in behind Flanagan he gave him pressure but made his winning move only after the opening arose.
"I saw him getting tight near the end. The lap before (the pass) he washed up a little bit going into (turn) one I knew that was going to be my opportunity and I tried making it as clean as possible," said Coss.
Markovic scored a season best second while Eric Beers re-took the point lead with his 13th top five in 14 starts.
The second Annual George Ramos Jr. Memorial for Late Models was run and the 50-lap feature was a hard fought win for class kingpin Earl Paules who had to fend off Mike Sweeney for the $1000 first place prize.
Starting third after a redraw, Paules passed early leader Sweeney on lap 10. It would then be a torrid battle between the pair as they ran bumper to bumper as the race wore on.
With a few laps remaining Sweeney was sticking his nose to the inside of Paules and did so right to the finish. Paules stayed on the defense and held off the push by Sweeney for his fifth win of the year.
In Street Stock action, Randy Ahner Jr. was the winner. Ahner has had a roller coaster type season good one night then just the opposite the next. This week, however, the two-time division champion got everything working perfectly and in doing so raced to his first win of 2013.
Ahner was tailing early leader Willy Knappenberger over the first half of the race and then with the aid of a lap 17 restart, he blasted by and took the lead. It was his first time out front this season and the seasoned veteran would remain flawless the rest of the way.
Ricky Yetter parlayed his outside front row starting spot into his second Dirt Mod win of the season. Leading every lap, Yetter had the field covered until the final two circuits when point leader Jeff Parker made a hard charging effort to go inside of him for the lead. Yetter stayed protective of his spot and held on for the year.
Fifteen-year old Nick Baer showed just how much he wanted to win as he fought off Jake Kibler in a tooth and nail battle for his second Pro 4 win of the year.
Baer grabbed the lead on lap five and by mid-race it was he and Kibler going at it. They bumped and banged until lap 18 when Kibler lost control after some contact. Baer was good to go from there and scored the win.
Corey Edelman was no match to all in picking up his fourth Hobby Stock win. He led from the pole and would not look back en route to victory.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Roger Coss, 2. John Markovic, 3. Eric Beers, 4. Kevin Rex, Jr., 5. Nevin George, 6. Earl Paules, 7. Eric Kocher, 8. Bobby Jones, 9. Chip Santee, 10. Paul Frantz, 11. Terry Markovic, 12. Lou Strohl, 13. Tom Flanagan, 14. Kris Graver, 15. Matt Wentz, 16. Mike Quinn, 17. Roger Heffelfinger, Jr.
Late Model Feature Finish (50 Laps): 1. Earl Paules, 2. Mike Sweeney, 3. Paul Effrig, 4. Kevin Graver, Jr., 5. Shawn Sitarchyk, 6. Paul Skodacek, 7. Jimmy Wismer, 8. Jason Zatsko, 9. Mark Simon, 10. Pat Hargan, 11. Jennifer Kutz, 12. George Ramos, 13. Kenny Hein, 14. Frankie Althouse Did not start: Dave Imler
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Randy Ahner, Jr., 2. Jason Kuhn, 3. Steven Steigerwalt, 4. Jason Frey, 5. Todd Ahner, 6. Justin Mooney, 7. TJ Gursky, 8. Gene Bowers, 9. Chip Wanamaker, 10. Jonathan Tracy, 11. BJ Wambold, 12. Zach Graver, 13. Stacey Brown, 14. Jillian Long, 15. Lonnie Behler, 16. Tiffany Wambold, 17. Kyle Strohl, 18. Willy Knappenberger, 19. Josh Mooney, 20. Kristy Arthofer DNQ: Mike Garris, Jr., Jason Beers, Jamie Smith, Aaron Kromer, Guy Ackerman, Cody Geist
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Ricky Yetter, 2. Jeff Parker, 3. JP Curry, 4. Aleia Geisler, 5. Mark Martini, 6. Dave Gorbatuk, 7. Ray Deemer, 8. Mike Stofflet, 9. Brad Roberts
Pro 4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Nick Baer, 2. Dave Chapman, 3. Jake Kibler, 4. Kyle Strohl, 5. Danielle Paules, 6. Tyler Stangle, 7. Robert Miller Did not start: Bobby Kibler, Jr., Cody Kohler
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Corey Edelman, 2. Jeff Biegley, 3. Bill Verwys, 4. Gunner Yost, 5. Chad Miller, 6. Steve McDonough