Mahoning Valley Speedway
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Mahoning Modified Triple 25s Return to Action this Saturday
by Dino Oberto
LEHIGHTON, Pa. -- Mahoning Valley Speedway is set to present the second installment of the Modified Triple 25s this coming Saturday night, June 16, presented by Fastenal of Lehighton. Race time is 6:00 p.m.
When the first Triple 25s took place on April 28, Zane Zeiner from Bath, Don Wagner of Wharton NJ, and Matt Hirschman from Northampton picked up victories and $1000 each.
The well thought out concept, which is part of the Mahoning Modified Madness Series, proved to be a huge success as a great crowd was on hand to watch 30 quality asphalt Modifieds attempt to make the 22 car starting grid via time trials and a pair of B-mains.
With 25 laps making up the distance for each feature, the racing was exceptionally wild as the shorter number of laps meant drivers had to work much harder in getting to the front.
During that first race on April 28, Zeiner was the fastest in time trials and started on the pole. Hirschman would start second and once the race got underway it became a fast dash as the first 23 laps were reeled off nonstop.
The second and third features where inverted via a redraw. Late in the second feature Wagner passed then leader Bobby Jones. Earl Paules had tagged along with Wagner and made the race to the checkered a barnburner as he was zeroing in very quickly. Wagner just barely nipped him with a slim .051-second margin of victory.
In the nightcap Hirschman took the lead from Mike Carroll, Jr., with 11 laps to go. A master at 100-lap features, this was the first short distance Mahoning win for the popular Hirschman.
The MMMS are four separate nights of racing, three of them comprised with the Triple 25s plus the season finale which is a 100-lap, $3000 to win feature on October 6.
There will be a $6000 purse to be divided amongst the top overall point finishers in the series. The champ will earn $2000 with $1500 to the runner-up, $1000 for 3rd, $700 for 4th, $500 for 5th and $300 to 6th plus all regular monies being paid for each night of racing in those respective shows. Currently Hirschman leads the series points heading into Saturday’s action.
Also racing will be the Late Models, Street Stocks and 4-Cylinder Stocks. The Dirt Mods have the night off.
Fastenal of Lehighton is sponsoring the night. They will present product certificates to all winners plus have special giveaways for the fans.
Grandstands will open at 4:00 p.m. Practice will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Qualifying starts at 6:00 p.m. General adult admission is $20. $2.00 off admission price for students, seniors 65+ and active Military.
Coming up in two weeks on Saturday, June 23 will be the Gene Bowers, Sr., Memorial Street Stock 100 paying $1200 to win plus lap money. Please note that race time for that event will be at 5:30 p.m.
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.