Saturday, May 5, 2012
Bobby Jones Bests Healthy Modified Field at Mountain Speedway
by Gene Ostrowski
ST. JOHNS, Pa. -- Following a feature win elsewhere the night prior, Bobby Jones of Palmerton, PA started thirteenth in Sundayís Modified feature at Mountain Speedway. Jones wasted no time and worked into the lead on lap eight and was barely contested for the feature victory. Chip Wanamaker of Walnutport, PA made a last lap pass on Kevin Higgins stick and came away with the Street Stock main event and Cody Roth of Kunkletown, PA was untouchable and took top honors in the Four Cylinder division. Robin Johnston of Wayne, PA was victorious in the TQ feature and Todd McCollum notched his first victory of the season at the speedway and second of the weekend overall. Alex McCollum scored his second-straight Bandolero victory in the ten lap main.
Todd Baer ran the fastest Modified lap in time trials two weeks prior, but Barry Callavini drew the pole position during the redraw and led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 40-lap feature. Without a single lap scored, the yellow flew when Nick Pecko, Harry Buchman, Wayne Szerencsits and Allen Creveling collected in turns one and two.
Callavini led the opening lap over Dave Brigati, Baer, Jason Hearne and Zane Zeiner and then the yellow waved on lap sic when Zeiner made contact with Hearne, who shot up the track in turn one. Both drivers were forced to restart from the rear of the field.
Brigati edged Callavini for the race lead following the restart and Bobby Jones cracked the top five., then ran fourth behind Ken Vogel. Following a quick caution period on lap eight, Jones stayed to the outside of Brigati and took the lead.
Several yellows slowed the first quarter of the event, including a lap nine caution when Vogel and twentieth place starter, Brian DeFebo, battled for fourth. The pair tangled in turns three and four and had to join the rear for the restart.
With Jones still in command at halfway, Brigati retained second and Zeiner climbed to third, with Callavini and Jim Bojohnny in tow. Zeiner got by Brigati for the second spot and then Brigati took it back. Meanwhile, Jones set out for a typical Sunday drive at Mountain.
Zeiner got back by Brigati and into the runner up spot on lap 29 but couldnít run down Jones, who took his second victory of the weekend. Zeiner settled for second, followed by Brigati, Darren Scherer and DeFebo.
Bobby Jones was also the consi winner.
Chip Wanamaker turned the quickest Street Stock lap in time trials, but Kevin Higgins redrew the pole position and led the field to the drop of the green flag in the 25-lap feature. Higgins led the opening circuit over Harry Sager, Wanamaker, Dale Santee and Robert Fink.
With Higgins still in command, Fink took the fourth spot from Santee on lap three and Wanamaker pressured Sager. Wanamaker finally made the second place pass stick on lap nine.
With five laps remaining, Higgins continued to lead over Wanamaker, Sager and Fink, but Brian Wozniak joined the mix in the top five. Unfortunately for Wozniak, he was the reason for the only yellow flag of the race with one lap remaining when he and Alan Schlenker tangled in turn four.
With one lap remaining and with a double file restart, Wanamaker held his line on the outside and denied Higgins the victory by a bumper as the pair crossed the strip. Sager ended up third, followed by a hard charging Chris Burge and Santee.
Cody Roth time trialed quickest in the Four Cylinder division and picked the pole during the redraw. He led the opening circuit of the 20-lap feature over Jay Skupski, John Smith, Noah Fassman and Chris Burge, Jr.
Smith climbed to the second spot and Burge held fourth when the caution waved on lap 11 when Chris Meeker spun on the speedway. Green flag racing resumed and was slowed once again on lap 10 when Skupski and Burge tangled in turns one and two.
With the green flag back in the air, Roth was simply the class of the field and pulled away from Hughes, who ran in second. Meanwhile, Fassman began to make his presence known, and with five laps remaining, he over took Hughes for the second spot.
Roth drove away to take the checkers over Fassman, Hughes, Smith and Skupski.
Dylan Hoffman started from the pole in the 20-lap INEX Legends feature and was overtaken before a lap was complete, as fifth place starter, Raven Schrantz, bolted to the front. She led the first circuit over Todd McCollum, Brad Lowmaster, Andrew Stotler and Kevin Nowak.
McCollum took his turn at the lead following the opening lap and the drivers in his mirror hunted Schrantz for second. On the third lap Nowak overtook Lowmaster for third. With seven laps in the books Nowak continued to trail McCollum and Schrantz, but that changed when he got by Schrantz for second on lap 13.
Two quick yellows slowed the event on lap 17, but it didnít slow McCollum, as he continued to lead over Nowak. With a last ditch effort, Nowak challenged the leader, who shifted to defense. The block paid off and McCollum took his second win of the weekend in Northeaster, PA. Nowak was forced to settle for second, followed by Brandon Bock, Van Michael and Lowmaster.
Heat race wins went to Todd McCollum and Kevin Nowak.
Buddy Sload started from the pole position and led the opening circuit of the 25-lap ATQMRA feature over Robin Johnston, Matt Roselli, Ryan Tidman and Austin Fehr. Tidman climbed to third and then Alison Cumens cracked the top five and moved by Roselli for the fourth spot on the second circuit.
Sload continued to lead over Johnston and Tidman just before halfway and the leaders began to encounter lapped traffic.
Sload took a little more time to work through lapped cars and Johnston took advantage of it and also the race lead on lap 12. Without a single caution in the feature, Johnston reeled off his first victory of the season over Sload, Tidman, Cumens and Fehr.
Heat race victories went to Buddy Sload and Alison Cumens.
Alex McCollum started from the pole and led Nick Harnage in the 10-lap Bandolero feature. McCollum held his line and went on to claim his second-straight victory of the season. In his first Bandolero start, Harnage was forced to settle for second.
Mountain Speedway is just minutes from Hazleton, Pa, located on St. Johnís Road, between Routes 93 and 309. Grandstand admission for all regular events is just $12 for ages 11 and older. Children 10 years of age and younger are admitted for free.
Please visit www.mountainspeedway.com for the entire 2012 schedule, point standings and up to date news and information.
Modified (40-laps) 1. BOBBY JONES 2. Zane Zeiner 3. David Brigati 4. Daren Scherer 5. Brian DeFebo 6. Todd Baer 7. Jason Hearne 8. Nick Pecko 9. Austin Kochenash 10. Alan Creveling 11. Brandon Oltra 12. Jim Bojonny 13. Justin Gumley 14. Justin Mooney 15. Barry Callavini 16. Randall Richard 17.Ken Vogel Jr 18. Brian Sones 19. Harry Buchman 20. Lee Sharpsteen 21. Wayne Szerencsits
Street Stock (25-laps) 1. CHIP WANAMAKER 2. Kevin Higgins 3. Harry Sager 4. Chris Burge 5. Dale Santee 6. Robert Fink 7. Brian Wozniak 8. Aaron Higgins 9. Sam Danaher 10. Joe D'Angelo 11. Darryl Schwarz Jr 12. Tony Hilliard 13. Bernie Uphold 14. Alan Schlenker DNS: Keith Frankenfield
Four Cylinder (20-laps) 1. CODY ROTH 2. Noah Fassman 3. Frank Hughes 4. John Smith 5. Jay Skupski 6. Chris Burge Jr. 7. Larry Spencer III 8. Chris Meeker 9. Rob Wallace DNS: Bill Price Jr DNS: Frank Katona
ATQMRA (25-laps) 1. ROBIN JOHNSTON 2. Buddy Sload 3. Ryan Tidman 4. Alison Cumens 5. Austin Fehr 6. Matthew Roselli 7. AJ Fuge 8. Timex Morgan 9. Eddie Strada 10. Michael Oppinchinta 11. Tony Dimattia
INEX Legends (20-laps) 1. TODD MCCOLLUM 2. Kevin Nowak 3. Brandon Bock 4. Van Michael 5. Brad Lowmaster 6. Raven Schrantz 7. Brandon Michael 8. Andrew Stotler 9. Robert Silver 10. Jim Hoffman 11. Stephen Brewer 12. Dylan Hoffman 13. Stephen Gaul 14. Dusty Summers 15. Butch Boyle 16. Russell Sniffen Jr.
INEX Bandoleros (20-laps) 1. ALEX MCCOLLUM 2. Nick Harnage