Win for Santee
Chip Santee earned a hard fought victory in Saturday's action filled Modified feature as the former two-time champ fended off no less than five different opponents during side-by-side restarts as well as putting up with a blanketed convergence of top guns who hounded him to the finish.
Starting second, Santee darted by pole sitter Terry Markovic at the drop of Bobby Stull's race commencing green. He then went against John Markovic until lap nine when Nevin George stepped in to challenge as well as Lou Strohl.
Earl Paules was the next to give Santee a go and finally Zane Zeiner who would race him fiercely to the finish. They all tried but Santee never flinched.
"It was one tough race out there and my hat is off to Zane Zeiner, Earl Paules, Nevin George and everyone else. They all gave me a great run, they ran me hard and clean we were on the edge the entire time," said Santee.
"I was a little tight and I started leaning on my right rear and began getting loose near the end so I protected my line a little bit and here we are in Victory Lane."
With his fifth place tally Eric Beers claimed the Modified track championship and second in his career, his first since 1992.
Frankie Althouse took his fifth win of the season in the Late Models. Althouse came from fifth on the grid and by lap four was making what became the winning pass over George Ramos.
He was on his way from there. Kevin Graver Jr., kept him honest until he bowed out under a lap 21 caution. Earl Paules, who by taking the green was able to repeat as champ, and Mike Sweeney, battled side-by-side while attempting to catch Althouse but "Flyin' Frankie' was just too strong and notched the resounding verdict.
Chip Wanamaker continued his late season surge with the Street Stocks as he won for the second time in the last three events and heads into the final point race aiming to claim the division championship.
When the green flag dropped for the Dirt Mod feature, outside front row starter Dave Thomas wasted little time in outgunning Ray Deemer for the lead.
He began to cruise steadily the rest of the way, however, with a few laps to go Ricky Yetter was coming on in a hurry. He caught Thomas with three laps to go and made every attempt to get around him but to no avail. Thomas eked out the win by .170-second over Yetter.
Kyle Strohl picked up his second straight Pro 4 win and 10th of the season and in doing so set up an exciting showdown heading into the finale over point leader Nick Baer. Just six points separate the teen sensations.
In a tightly run race, Bill Verwys held off Tim Oswald for his second Hobby Stock win while Corey Edelman became the very first champion of the class.
Modified Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Chip Santee, 2. Zane Zeiner, 3. Earl Paules, 4. Nevin George, 5. Eric Beers, 6. Kris Graver, 7. Lou Strohl, 8. Roger Coss, 9. John Markovic, 10. Roger Heffelfinger Jr., 11. Eric Kocher, 12. Rob Shultz, 13. Mike Quinn, 14. Terry Markovic, 15. Matt Wentz, 16. Bobby Jones, 17. Tom Flanagan, 18. Rick Kirkendall, 19. Francis Gross III, 20. Scott Meckes.
Late Model (25 Laps): 1. Frankie Althouse, 2. Earl Paules, 3. Mike Sweeney, 4. Glenn Slocum, 5. Kenny Hein, 6. Jillian Long, 7. Jeremy Miller, 8. George Ramos, 9. Paul Effrig, 10. Jacob Nemeth, 11. Jennifer Kutz, 12. Kevin Graver Jr., 13. Josh Oswald, 14. Kristy Arthofer
Street Stock Feature Finish (30 Laps): 1. Chip Wanamaker, 2. Lonnie Behler, 4. Justin Mooney, 5. TJ Gursky, 6. Matt Wentz, 7. Todd Ahner, 8. Jason Frey, 9. Jason Kuhn, 10. Kristy Arthofer, 11. Stacey Brown, 12. Josh Mooney, 13. Gene Bowers, 14. Willie Knappenberger, 15. Tiff Wambold, 16. Jamie Smith, 17. Kyle Strohl, 18. Jillian Long, 19. Shawn Sitarchyk DNQ: Jared Ahner, BJ Wambold, Aaron Kromer, Guy Ackerman DQ: Jonathan Tracey, Zach Graver
Dirt Modified Feature Finish (25 Laps): 1. Dave Thomas, 2. Ricky Yetter, 3. JP Curry, 5. Dave Gorbatuk, 6. Jeff Parker, 7. Aleia Geisler, 8. Jack Ely, 9. Frank Parastino
Pro 4 Feature Finish (35 Laps): 1. Kyle Strohl, 2. Danielle Paules, 3. Dave Chapman, 4. Jake Kibler, 5. Nick Baer, 6. Bill Rooney, 7. Cody Kohler, 8. Ward Crozier Jr., 9. Tiffany Wambold, 10. Bobby Kibler Jr., 11. Robert Miller DQ: Barry Christman Jr.
Hobby Stock Feature Finish (15 Laps): 1. Bill Verwys, 2. Tim Oswald, 3. Jeff Biegley, 4. Gunner Yost, 5. Tony Hilliard, 6. Elyse Bollinger, 7. Corey Edelman, 8. Cody Geist DNS: Scott Gergar