Beers is 'King of the Ring' once again
There just doesn't seem to be any stopping Eric Beers as he cruised to his third consecutive Modified win in Saturday night's action at Mahoning Valley Speedway and fourth on the year.
In this week's winning edition Beers, who hails from Northampton, began ninth on the grid and blasted into the lead on lap 16. He then turned on the afterburners and pulled away to a dominating victory.
"Just like last week we got lucky again tonight. This is a quality field of guys here and we've just been in the right place on all these nights that has gotten to this spot (Victory Lane)," said Beers.
Matt Wentz jumped into the early lead and firmly kept the No. 72 at the front. Early challenges came from Don Wagner and Kevin Rex, Jr., who ran in two-wide formation. Rex eclipsed Wagner for second on lap seven and then stepped up to confront Wentz. Nevin George was also merging with them.
Fate stepped in on the 13th circuit and removed Rex from contention. As he was crossing the line to complete the lap his car got swirly and he took a nudge from George who was backing off. George went on but Rex spun and collected several cars in the process.
When the action got back underway Wentz still held the point with George, Beers and Roger Coss in line. Beers than got very bold as he made it a three car battle for the lead. He took the low side off turn three and while he was forcing the issue from that route Wentz and George leaned on each other and opened up the lane for Beers.
"Once again the bottom of the track worked for us. The car just sticks so well there and after we grabbed the lead it was hooked up" said Beers who is the first driver to win three in a row since 1998.
With no interruptions from there to the finish Beers used every passing lap to extend his lead and went on to a nearly five second margin of victory. He is now tied with Lou Strohl for most career wins with the Modifieds at 32.
Racing for second spot was closely contested as George and Coss dueled right down to the wire. George eked out the spot which allowed him to stay second in points to Beers. Bobby Jones and John Markovic completed the top five. Wentz and George collected heat wins.
Five laps from the end Mike Sweeney made it three-wide and used the low side of the track to attack and seize the lead in the Late Model Feature. At the same time Ramos got loose and spun, giving up second to Effrig. Over the final laps Sweeney was perfect and took his 14th career class win. Earl Paules was second with Effrig third. Sweeney and Paules won heats.
The Gene Bowers, Sr. Memorial 100 for Street Stocks has become one of the premier events at Mahoning Valley. With $1200 to win plus nearly $2000 in lap money that is spread out throughout the field it makes for a great race and indeed that was the case.
Zach Graver of Lehighton scored the popular victory and as expected it was quite competitive from start to finish. Steve Hoffman and Jason Frey went head-to-head for second and third but after post-race inspection they were disqualified for rules infractions. Mooney, Jillian Long and Steven Steigerwalt where then elevated into the front five.
Twenty-nine cars were on hand with Wanamaker, Justin Mooney and Jason Frey scored heat wins. Jason Beers annexed the consi.
In the Pro 4 event, Nick Baer of New Tripoli took the lead on a lap two restart and then stood strong the rest of the way for his first win of the season. Tyler Stangle had a career high second while point leader Kyle Strohl notched third.
Jeff Biegley of Breinigsville, raced to his third Hobby Stock win of the year.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Eric Beers, 2. Nevin George, 3. Roger Coss, 4. Bobby Jones, 5. John Markovic, 6. Don Wagner, 7. Chip Santee, 8. DJ Wagner, 9. Terry Markovic, 10. Matt Wentz, 11. Rick Reichenbach, 12. Earl Paules, 13. Kevin Rex, Jr., 14. Troy Bollinger, 15. Gary Rinehimer, 16. Kris Graver
Late Model Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Mike Sweeney, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Paul Effrig, 4. Kevin Graver, Jr., 5. Rick Wallace, 6. Pat Hargan, 7. Frankie Althouse, 8. Dave Wallace, 9. George Ramos, 10. Kenny Hein, 11. Scott Kotran, 12. Jennifer Kutz
Street Stock Feature Finish (100 Laps): 1. Zach Graver, 2. Justin Mooney, 3. Jillian Long, 4. Steven Steigerwalt, 5. Stacey Brown, 6. Jamie Smith, 7. Gene Bowers, 8. Kyle Strohl, 9. Jonathan Tracey, 10. TJ Gursky, 11. Randy Ahner, Jr., 12. Lonnie Behler, 13. Chip Wanamaker, 14. Jason Beers, 15. Kristy Arthofer, 16. Jason Kuhn, 17. Jim Rost, 18. Aaron Kromer, 19. Josh Mooney, 20. Todd Ahner, 21. Joe Mooney, 22. Joe Mooney
Did not qualify: Todd Geist, Guy Ackerman, Tiffany Wambold, Eric Danyluk, BJ Wambold DQ: Steve Hoffman, Jason Frey
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Jeff Parker, 2. Ricky Yetter, 3. Mike Stofflet, 4. Aleia Geisler, 5. Dave Thomas, 6. Dave Gorbatuk, 7. Don Wagner, 8. Ray Deemer
Pro4 Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Nick Baer, 2. Tyler Stangle, 3. Kyle Strohl, 4. Danielle Paules, 5. Jake Kibler, 6. Bobby Kibler, Jr., 7. Tanner Laybourn, 8. Robert Miller, 9. Dave Chapman, 10. Cody Kohler
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Jeff Biegley, 2. Corey Edelman