Mahoning Valley Speedway
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Heavy Rainfall Puts a Halt to Mahoning Valley Speedway Features
by Dino Oberto
LEHIGHTON, Pa. -- With three laps completed in the Dirt Modified main, a torrential downpour hit the Mahoning Valley Speedway, flooded the track and put an abrupt end to the remaining events of the day.
It was the second time in as many days that the track tried and failed to get the weekend show in. On Saturday crews had work tirelessly to drain the water-logged speedway which was due from the previous day’s rainfall.
When it was realized that Saturday was not going to happen, officials opted to run the next afternoon.
All divisions were able to conclude qualifying with Earl Paules, Scott Meckes and Troy Bollinger taking Modified heats. Kenny Hein and Mike VanFossen scored in the Late Models and Jeremy Miller and Doug Knauss likewise in the 4-Cylinder Stocks.
The Street Stocks ran time trials as they were to run the Gene Bowers, Sr., Memorial 100. Defending race winner and 2011 Rookie of the Year Kevin Smith had the fastest lap at 11.831-seconds. Next quick was Josh Mooney with an 11.855. Zach Graver won the Street Stock consolation.
The top ten in time trials then had a redraw. Joe Steigerwalt and Todd Ahner will be on the front row for the $1200-to-win feature which also pays lap money.
All features will be run during the upcoming weeks with dates to be announced soon.
Coming up on Saturday night, June 9, will be Baltimore Life Insurance Fan Appreciation Night at the speedway. Adult general admission is $8. $2.00 off for students, active military and seniors 65 +. Children under 10 are free. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. Racing starts at 6:00 p.m.
During intermission all cars will be brought out on the front straight for a meet and greet with fans. There will also be plenty of giveaways throughout the night courtesy of Baltimore Life Insurance plus during intermission all drivers and their cars will be brought onto the front stretch for a meet and greet with the fans.
Modifieds, Late Models, Street Stocks, Dirt Mods and 4-Cylinder Stocks will be in action as well as the Micro Stocks of the Micro Stock Racing Series which will run a special double point 25-lap in the Richard A Weiss Memorial.
The Mahoning Modified Madness Series returns on June 16 with another edition of the Triple 25s.
Additional news can be found on the track’s website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com You can also follow track happenings on FACEBOOK.
Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443, two miles west of Lehighton. Race day call 570-386-4900 for latest info on events, starting times and weather.