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Former World of Outlaws Standout Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild Duel at Roaring Know with Blaney Emerging Victorious

May 23rd, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA) On a crisp and clear Sunday evening, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex played host to the second annual “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” as Sprint Cars convened at the scenic 3/8-mile oval for just the second time in the track’s history. Capturing wins were Dave Blaney-410 Sprint Cars, George Kowatic-RUSH Late Models, and Marty Spade-Street Stocks.

Ohio natives Dave Blaney and Jac Haudenschild have raced together and battled for victories literally all over the world in their illustrious Sprint Car careers. The two former World of Outlaws standouts took different paths later in the careers with Blaney moving south to compete in NASCAR; however, the two friends were back at in their first ever appearances at Roaring Knob on Sunday and put on a show fans won’t soon forget. The two traded the lead on several occasions running lines all over the racey track, but in the end it was Blaney garnering the 30-lap, $3,500 “410” Sprint Car feature win.

“It seemed like a really good race,” stated the Hartford, Ohio native turned High Point, North Carolina resident. “Jac is so good. I made way too many mistakes and I knew he’d be there. Traffic was hard. The top lane was better and if lapped cars were up there you had to make a choice of what to do without losing momentum. I’ve never been here before, and it’s not that far from where I grew up. It’s a very nice place, and is the perfect size and shape for really good Sprint Car racing. I hope to come back in two weeks. It was fun for me and I hope it was fun for you guys- I appreciated coming.”

An invert four put Trey Gustin and Blaney on the front row with Blaney using the highline to power into the early lead. Haudenschild started fifth and was up to fourth after lap one getting by Mike Wagner. Haudenschild went to the top and drove around Josh Davis and Gustin to take second on lap two, while Wagner moved back into fourth past Davis. On lap three, Wagner drove by Gustin on the outside down the backstretch for third. Tim Shaffer, who started in 12th, came out of nowhere into contention in a hurry as he passed Gustin for fourth on lap three already.

Blaney had a half-straightaway lead on Haudenschild as he caught traffic on lap five. A spin for Bill Jones, Jr. was just what Blaney needed giving him a clear track with five laps scored. When racing resumed, Danny Holtgraver cracked the top five moving ahead of Gustin. A caution for southern Ohio racers Mark Imler and Wes McGlumphy, who tangled in turn one, slowed action with seven laps scored. Four more laps were completed before the event’s final caution for a spin by Logan Wagner as the last 19 would go caution-free.

Back under green, contact was made between Haudenschild and Wagner. Wagner got sideways on the backstretch and gathered it up, but not before Shaffer was able to make the pass for third. While Blaney and Haudenschild were out in front, a great battle ensued for third with Shaffer, Wagner, and Holtgraver really going at it.

Blaney caught traffic on lap 18 for the third time in the race, but this time no caution slowed the event. Despite a broken front wing, Haudenschild closed in and the two raced side-by-side on lap 19 with Haudenschild making the bottom stick in turn four for the lead. Behind the duo, Wagner re-passed Shaffer for third on lap 20. Three laps later, Holtgraver passed the Grove #45 (his ride from last year) taking fourth from Shaffer.

The closing laps kept the fans on the edge of their seats. Blaney wasn’t about to give up and stayed within striking distance. On lap 26, Blaney made the nearly identical move as Haudenschild did to take the lead back in turn four. The pass turned out to be the winning one as Blaney led the final laps for the popular victory in his Mohawk Northeast/Global Oil & Gas Services/Lelands.com/Bill Davis Trucking-sponsored #98H! Blaney was coming off a sixth place finish on Saturday night with the World of Outlaws at Williams Grove Speedway and will resume action with them on Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway.

Wagner, who had a fast car from the time he unloaded, was able to get by Haudenschild on lap 29 for second, but ran out of time to mount a serious challenge on Blaney. “The car was working pretty good, but I needed to just drive a little harder, explained the Harrisonville, Pa. veteran, who earned $2,000 for runner-up in his Freedom Powersports/Bedford Valley Petroleum/Ott Brothers Furniture and Appliance-sponsored #55. “We don’t normally run these smaller tracks as we mostly run the half-mile stuff. The last small track I ran was Dodge City (Kansas) and that was five years ago! I would have liked to win, but I’d like to congratulate Dave for winning.”

“The Rick Rogers car was going real good tonight,” stated the Wooster, Ohio racer, who earned $1,200 for third in the Destiny Motorsports/Mondak Portables #9W. “We had a good starting spot and the race track ended up being real good. They watered the top before we went out. The track was real racey and a lot of fun to race on. Mike and Dave were going good there and had to have everything we did to get where we were at so we’ll take third tonight. We’re starting to get better so hopefully we’ll keep it going.”

Holtgraver beat out Shaffer for fourth. Former E-Mod racer Andre Layfield, who has more experience at Roaring Knob than any other racer in the field, was sixth in his first Sprint Car race at the track. Gustin dropped to seventh. Mike Lutz passed more cars than any driver in the field advancing to eighth from his 16th starting spot. Fifteenth starting Carl Bowser was ninth. Davis completed the top 10.

In preliminary action, Mike Wagner set fast time with a blistering lap of 14.197 to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products gift card then went on to win heat race one from the fourth starting spot. Other heat winners were Layfield and Holtgraver.

The “410” Sprint Cars will return to Roaring Knob in two weeks on Sunday, June 1 for $5,000 to-win, $400 to-start in the Kasey Kahne “Dirt Classic” qualifier for the $20,000 to-win event on Saturday, September 27 at Lincoln Speedway. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. with warm-ups at 5:45 followed by time trials at 6:15.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

2 Great Nights of Racing from Roaring Knob

May 21st, 2014

Markleysburg, PA (May 17)
With most other tracks in the area cancelling because of rain, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex had a stellar field of cars on Saturday night, which was the first night of a Double Header weekend of racing. Pulling into victory lane were Cody Hardesty (Napa Auto Super Late Models), Rick Singleton (High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models), Joe Kelley (Hoosier Tire Street Stocks), C J Nicola (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers), Joel Watson (Krause Electric Emods), and David Friend (Newt’s York Bar 4 Cyl. Roadrunners). Friend was the only repeat winner as all of the other drivers won for the first time this year.

Ron Delano jumped out to lead the super late model feature and it appeared he would get his first win of the season. An intense battle raged between Delano, Cody Hardesty, and Tim Senic. A late caution bunched the field and gave Hardesty the chance to make one more charge to the lead, which he did at just the right time, to lead the last lap. Delano had to settle for second followed by Tim Senic, Quintin Wyandt, and Justin Kann on his first visit to the track. Heat wins went to Hardesty, Senic and Delano.

After a move to Front Royal, VA over the winter, Rick Singleton returned for the first time this year and won the RUSH late model
feature event. The diverse field of 23 cars was filled with for er winners and several newcomers to Roaring Knob. Singleton had to hold off charges from John Over and Jared Hawkins who battled lap after lap for the second spot. George Kowatic and Dennis Lunger rounded out the top five. Heat winners were Singleton, Russell Baird and Hawkins.

In Street Stock action for the last three weeks, Scott Bittinger has been dominating. However, on Saturday night it was a fierce battle between Scott Spade (who led the first half of the race) and Joe Kelley who led the last half and went to victory lane. Spade came home second followed by Michael Duritsky, Marty Spade, and Greg Hauger. Kelley and Spade picked up the heat wins also.

Joel Watson made the long haul from Conneaut, OH, for the first time ever. He arrived at the track late and had to tag the tail of the heat race. He finished second in his heat and the invert 4 start gave him the pole starting spot in the Emod feature. He took advantage of the entire situation and led all 15 laps. Jared Hawkins chased Watson but to no avail and ended up second followed by Nick Cramer, Vic Vandergrift, and Ronnie Howard. Heats went to Hawkins and Brent Trimble.

The Charger division found its fifth different winner in five weeks this year at the Knob. C J Nicola started pole position and led the entire race ahead of J T Baird, Kyle Burkholder, Cody Colflesh, and E J Rozak who also won the lone heat.

Newt’s York Bar 4 Cylinder Roadrunners are down on numbers this season. With only four cars, (two sets of team cars) it was a battle
of teams in the race. Feature and heat winner, David Friend picked up his second win of the year over Todd Detrick, Dustin Nutter and Dustin Detrick.

Regular Saturday Night Racing at Roaring Knob takes the Memorial Day Holiday weekend off while the Full Pull Productions East Coast Truck and Tractor Pulling return this year to the track on Saturday night, May 24.

Then a big TRIPLE Bonus weekend at Roaring Knob on May 30 – 31 – June 1. On Friday night, the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek drivers hit the track for a $5000 to win feature event. RUSH late models and Street Stocks will join them on May 30. Then on Saturday, May 31, Regular Saturday Night Racing returns with the exception of Super Late Models who will be completing the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek races. The little MINI WEDGES will make their first appearance at the Knob that night. On Sunday, June 1, the 410 Sprints return for the The Dirt Classic Presented by Kasey Kahne QUALIFIER RACE at Roaring Knob. This race will pay $5,000-to-win and feature members of the PA Posse and Western Pennsylvania stars. The winner will be guaranteed a starting spot in the $20,000-to-win Dirt Classic to be held at Lincoln Speedway on Sept 27.

For more information about Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, visit our website at www.roaringknob.com The track phone is 724-329-0306.

SUNDAY NIGHT May 18

The 410 Sprint Press Release will be written by Mike Leone and sent separately. The finish is listed below. George Kowatic and Marty Spade visit the winner’s circle on Sunday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex as part of the 410 Sprint Car program.

The High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models were 21 cars strong on Sunday evening. George Kowatic won his heat race and drew the straight-up start pill which played in his favor. Kowatic battled for most of the race with his Bobby Lake Motorsports teammate Michael Lake for the top spot. The two drivers never touched as they raced lap after lap. Rick Singleton (Saturday night’s winner) was sitting in third spot waiting for the two teammates to tangle but it didn’t happen. Kowatic led all 20 laps holding off Lake at the checkered flag. Singleton was third followed by John Over and Nico Dabecco. The three heat wins went to Kowatic, Over, and Lake.

Marty Spade of Farmington, PA, picked up his first Hoosier Tire Street Stock win of 2014. Spade pulled away from the field for the final few circuits making the race for second place the one to watch. Second through fifth – Bob Nelson, Jim Byers, Michael Duritsky, and Joe Kelley all battled hard as the race came to a close. Heat winners were Greg Hauger and Byers.

1st of 2 Sprint Car Events in 2014 for Sunday at Roaring Knob

May 16th, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA) One year ago, Lance Dewease stormed past Tim Shaffer on the final lap to make history by winning the first ever Sprint Car event at Pennsylvania’s Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Back by popular demand, the “410” Sprint Cars are set to make their first of two appearances of the 2014 season this Sunday evening (May 18) at the scenic Markleysburg oval. The “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” will pay the winner $3,500 amongst a feature payoff of over $16,000!

Sunday’s winner will also secure a guaranteed starting spot for the next “410” Sprint Car event at the Knob on Sunday, June 1. That event will feature the richest Sprint Car event in the history of the Knob with a $23,550 purse as $5,000 will go to the winner with $400 just to take the green! This Sunday’s event will also be a shootout with Port Royal (PA) Speedway’s May 24 $5,000 to-win event. The top three in points from the two races will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively.

Many of the racers that compete at the weekly Pennsylvania and Ohio “410” tracks along with some traveling stars are expected to try their hand at the wide and racey 3/8-mile oval on Sunday evening. Several drivers that were unable to attend last year’s event are planning on competing Sunday like Danny Holtgraver, Logan and Mike Wagner, Carl Bowser, Andre Layfield, Josh Davis, and A.J. Flick. There’s also the possibility of one big name racer competing Sunday!

Holtgraver will catch Roaring Knob on the way home from competing with the World of Outlaws this weekend at Williams Grove Speedway. Holtgraver swept Lernerville Speedway and Mercer Raceway Park on April 18-19. The Pittsburgh racer has been fast just about every time out this season in his new ride- the Rob Hunter #10H including a fine seventh place finish with the WoO at Eldora Speedway on May 3.

“PA Posse” racers Logan and Mike Wagner are planning on racing both Knob shows. Logan, a former 305 Sprint standout, is a relative newcomer to the “410” ranks and has picked up the ride in the #RG3 owned by former Super Late Model racer, Bob Salathe. Logan finished third in the Lernerville opener on April 18 and has been a regular at Port Royal. His father Mike is a 1991 and 2011 champion at Port Royal and also has been several successful appearances over the years to western Pa. venues with his familiar black #55.

Bowser and Layfield are two racers fresh off wins this season. Bowser won his 10th career feature at Lernerville on May 2 in his #10, while Layfield charged from 16th to win without the wing in BOSS-sanctioned competition last Saturday at Ohio’s Wayne County Speedway. Layfield has experience at Roaring Knob in the E-Mod division and is one of the closer drivers to the Knob with his home in Grafton, West Virginia.

Davis has been a veteran of the Ohio Valley Sprint Car ranks for many years at tracks throughout southern Ohio and West Virginia. Flick meanwhile is a rookie in the Sprint Car ranks competing weekly at Lernerville and Mercer, but the youngster from Apollo, Pa. was a standout at Lernerville in the Stock Car division and his father Mark was a longtime competition in the Big-Block Modifieds.

Several racers that competed last year will return and many others have expressed interest in Sunday’s event. A growing list of competitors have pre-entered for the June 1 event, which will be released soon.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see 410 Sprint Cars back at the Knob,” stated track owner Rick Jones, who has already begun his fifth year of racing at one of the Keystone States most scenic speedways. “We couldn’t have had a better show last year. The quality of cars was great, the fan turnout was strong, and the racing was tremendous with a last lap pass for the win! We received so much positive feedback that I’m thrilled to be able to host two events in 2014.”

Announced back in March and finalized recently will be the first of two qualifiers for Kasey Kahne’s $20,000 to-win “Dirt Classic” to be held at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, September 27. The Sunday, June 1 event at the Knob will also award the winner a guaranteed starting spot in Lincoln’s $20,000 to-win feature! A second qualifier will be held at Bedford Speedway on Sunday, June 8. For more information, check out www.dirtclassic.com.

“We’re excited to be extending The Dirt Classic into Western Pennsylvania with this qualifier at Roaring Knob,” Jarrod Adams of The Dirt Classic team said. “The track made a splash in 2013 with their first Sprint Car event and we’d like to help them up the ante this year with a second. I think teams from both Central and Western Pennsylvania will be excited by the purse and race format.”

Precise Racing Products/HTMA (www.preciseracing.com) will award a $100 gift card to fast qualifier at both the May 18 and June 1 events!

*May 18 Payoff ($16,075)*: 1. $3,500 2. $2,000 3. $1,200 4. $1,000 5. $900 6. $800 7. $700 8. $600 9. $500 10. $450 11. $400 12. $350 13. $325 14. $320 15. $315 16. $310 17. $305 18-24. $300. $100 to non-qualifiers.

*June 1 Payoff ($23,550): *1. $5,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,400 5. $1,300 6. $1,250 7. $1,200 8. $1,100 9. $1,050 10. $1,000 11. $750 12. $650 13. $550 14. $525 15. $500 16. $475 17. $450 18. $425 19. $425 20. $400 21. $400 22. $400 23. $400 24. $400.

There will be no entry or registration fee for either event. The national “410” Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. There will be no muffler or weight rule. RACEceivers are required. The PA Sprint Speedweek format will be used for both events. Experienced push truck and tow vehicle drivers are welcome. You and a guest will be admitted at no charge.

The RUSH Late Models and Street Stocks will also be on the card this Sunday. Gates open at 3:30 p.m., a drivers meeting will be held at 5:30 with warm-ups at 5:45 followed by time trials and racing. For info contact Mike Leone at 724-967-2363, mikeleone@zoominternet.net, or on Twitter @mikevleone.

Roaring Knob is located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders. The unique location, strong payout, neutral grounds, and conducive dates are sure to draw teams from western and central Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the Ohio Valley region.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

410 Sprint Cars Return to Roaring Knob Nearing on May 18th with 2nd Visit June 1st

April 19th, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA) After a slow start from a cold winter, Mother Nature has finally loosened her grip and weather conditions are improving everywhere. With the month of April at the halfway point “410″ Sprint Car racing is getting up to full speed in most areas. With May and June not far away, the special events kick into high gear and two of those will be taking place at Pennsylvania’s Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The 3/8-mile dirt track will host two appearances in 2014 by the fire-breathing, mudslinging winged warriors on Sunday, May 18 followed up by a return visit two weeks later on Sunday, June 1!

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to see 410 Sprint Cars back at the Knob,” stated track owner Rick Jones, who has already begun his fifth year of racing at one of the Keystone States most scenic speedways. “We couldn’t have had a better show last year. The quality of cars was great, the fan turnout was strong, and the racing was tremendous with a last lap pass for the win! We received so much positive feedback that I’m thrilled to be able to host two events in 2014.”

While Roaring Knob has long been known as a hot spot for Super Late Models since the track opened in 1998 featuring the cars weekly along with visits by the Lucas Oil Series, NDRL “Kings of Dirt”, Three State Flyers, and Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Series, Sprint Cars were never on the southwestern Pennsylvania 3/8-mile oval’s radar.

That changed in 2013 when the inaugural “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” came to the Knob. The tremendous race saw central Pa. great Lance Dewease go down in the history books as the first ever Sprint Car winner at the facility with a last lap pass of four-time All Star Champion Tim Shaffer.

The second annual “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” will take place on Sunday, May 18 with a feature purse of over $16,000 with $3,500 going to the winner and $300 to-start. Any non-starters or non-qualifiers will receive $100. The complete payoff is posted below. The event will also be a shootout with Port Royal Speedway’s May 24 $5,000 to-win event. The top three in points from the two races will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively.

Announced back in March and finalized recently will be the first of two qualifiers for Kasey Kahne’s $20,000 to-win “Dirt Classic” to be held at Lincoln Speedway on Saturday, September 27. The $5,000 to-win event at the Knob on Sunday, June 8 will also award the winner a guaranteed starting spot in Lincoln’s $20,000 to-win feature! The richest Sprint Car event in the history of the Knob will boast a $23,550 feature payoff including a cool $1,000 for 10th with $400 just to start the feature!

Teams will receive two complimentary pit passes for the June 1 event if they are pre-registered by May 12! Teams may by pre-register be e-mailing their name, car number, and contact information to dirtclassic@hotmail.com. A second qualifier will be held at Bedford Speedway on Sunday, June 8. For more information, check out www.dirtclassic.com.

“We’re excited to be extending The Dirt Classic into Western Pennsylvania with this qualifier at Roaring Knob,” Jarrod Adams of The Dirt Classic team said. “The track made a splash in 2013 with their first Sprint Car event and we’d like to help them up the ante this year with a second. I think teams from both Central and Western Pennsylvania will be excited by the purse and race format.”

Precise Racing Products/HTMA (www.preciseracing.com) will award a $100 gift card to fast qualifier at both the May 18 and June 1 events!

*May 18 Payoff ($16,075)*: 1. $3,500 2. $2,000 3. $1,200 4. $1,000 5. $900 6. $800 7. $700 8. $600 9. $500 10. $450 11. $400 12. $350 13. $325 14. $320 15. $315 16. $310 17. $305 18-24. $300. $100 to non-qualifiers.

*June 1 Payoff ($23,550): *1. $5,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,500 4. $1,400 5. $1,300 6. $1,250 7. $1,200 8. $1,100 9. $1,050 10. $1,000 11. $750 12. $650 13. $550 14. $525 15. $500 16. $475 17. $450 18. $425 19. $425 20. $400 21. $400 22. $400 23. $400 24. $400.

There will be no entry or registration fee for either event. The national “410″ Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. There will be no muffler or weight rule. RACEceivers are required. The PA Sprint Speedweek format will be used for both events. Experienced push truck and tow vehicle drivers are welcome. You and a guest will be admitted at no charge.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 followed by time trials and racing. Stay tuned for more information as the events draws near. For info contact Mike Leone at 724-967-2363, mikeleone@zoominternet.net, or on Twitter @mikevleone.

Roaring Knob is located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders. The unique location, strong payout, neutral grounds, and conducive dates are sure to draw teams from western and central Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the Ohio Valley region.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

410 Sprint Cars coming to PA’s Roaring Knob twice in 2014

February 26th, 2014

(Markleysburg, PA) Last year, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex made headlines when the “410″ Sprint Cars made their first ever appearance at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval. For 2014, the fire-breathing, mudslinging winged warriors will make two stops; first on Sunday, May 18 followed up by a return visit two weeks later on Sunday, June 1.

While Roaring Knob has long been known as a hot spot for Super Late Models since the track opened in 1998 featuring the cars weekly along with visits by the Lucas Oil Series, NDRL “Kings of Dirt”, Three State Flyers, and Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Series, Sprint Cars were never on the southwestern Pennsylvania 3/8-mile oval’s radar.

That changed in 2013 when the inaugural “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” came to the Knob. The tremendous race saw central Pa. great Lance Dewease go down in the history books as the first ever Sprint Car winner at the facility with a last lap pass of All Star Champion Tim Shaffer.

The second annual “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” will take place on Sunday, May 18 with a feature purse of over $16,000 with $3,500 going to the winner and $300 to-start. Any non-starters or non-qualifiers will receive $100. The complete payoff is posted below. The event will also be a shootout with Port Royal Speedway’s May 24 $5,000 to-win event. The top three in points from the two races will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively.

The ante will be upped when the Sprint Cars return two weeks later on Sunday, June 1. The event will pay a minimum of $5,000 to-win with additional details to be announced in the near future! The winner of the May 18 event will have a guaranteed starting spot in the June 1 event.

“When Rick talked about wanting to do some type of Sprint Car show last year I felt the 410s would be the best avenue for Roaring Knob,” stated Race Director and Publicist Mike Leone. “We found a really good early date, got conducive weather, had a great quality field of racers, and couldn’t have asked for a better race. The feedback from the show from both the racers and fans was tremendous and we’re excited to present two shows in 2014!”

“I couldn’t have been more pleased with how our inaugural Sprint show turned out,” expressed Jones. “The event exposed Roaring Knob to an entire new base of fans, many of which had never come to the Knob before. Everyone seemed to enjoy the show. We talked about doing a second show last year, but couldn’t find another suitable date. We’re working on a lot of things for the June 1 show that are hoped to be released in the coming weeks.”

Roaring Knob is located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders. The unique location, strong payout, neutral grounds, and conducive dates are sure to draw teams from western and central Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, and the Ohio Valley region.

*May 18 feature payoff*: 1. $3,500 2. $2,000 3. $1,200 4. $1,000 5. $900 6. $800 7. $700 8. $600 9. $500 10. $450 11. $400 12. $350 13. $325 14. $320 15. $315 16. $310 17. $305 18-24. $300. $100 to non-qualifiers.

There will be no entry or registration fee. The national “410″ Hoosier Tire rule will be in effect. There will be no muffler or weight rule. RACEceivers are required. Experienced push truck drivers are welcome. You and a guest will be admitted at no charge.

Stay tuned for more information as the events draws near. For info contact Mike Leone at 724-967-2363, mikeleone@zoominternet.net, or on Twitter @mikevleone.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Rick Jones for more information at 410-259-6297.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Roaring Knob Champ Ken Herman fails to let adversity slow him

November 28th, 2013

(Connellsville, PA)…Ken Herman knows about adversity, but he continually overcomes it to enjoy success on and off the speedway. From overcoming a major illness several years ago, to forging ahead with a two-person race team, Herman is now tasting success- a track championship.

The Connellsville, Pennsylvania driver claimed his first-ever track championship at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, this season, in the RUSH Late Model division. Roaring Knob, in Markleysburg, Pa., is among nine Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways.

“I feel good about what we did,” exclaimed Herman. “We are a low-buck team that runs on used tires…I have only one crew member (his brother Don), but I feel blessed,” he added. Herman, 47, is blessed in many ways. The casual observer may see Herman as a front-running driver who has won a race each of the last two seasons. He may also be viewed as a driver with a supportive family. His parents, Robert and Fran, are often joined by family members in the bleachers at Roaring Knob to cheer for their driver every week. But Herman has been blessed with the gift of life.

Earlier in his career, in 2000, Herman was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Fortunately, the tumor was operable and successful surgery was conducted at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. “The surgery went well. I was out for a few months, but the doctor cleared me to go race,” explained Herman. “I still go for periodic MRIs, but everything is good and clear,” he added. Herman said he has no problems with his equilibrium, but he was left with the inability to hear out of one ear. “I used to have problems making out what a person was saying if they were standing on the wrong side of me, but now I do fine with it.”

Still, Herman has forged onward to a successful racing career. After spending several years racing Motocross events, Herman delved into dirt track racing. He began in the Limited Late Model division in 1989 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. In 1996, Herman moved to the 270 Micro Sprint division and claimed wins at Challenger (PA) and 250 (OH) Speedways. He began racing Modifieds in 1997, competing at tracks including Mercer Raceway Park (PA), Sharon Speedway (OH), and Marion Center (PA). He claimed six wins in that division. He competed in Modifieds until 2002 when he returned to Motocross racing.

In 2011, Herman received a call from his friend, Robert “Sprout” Cossell, who passed away in December 2012. “He called me at work one day and told me he wanted to see me back in racing. He said he had something at his shop he wanted me to look at,” explained Herman. After arriving at Cossell’s shop, Herman saw a No. 50C Rocket chassis. The car had been built for Cossell’s son, Bobby. “We worked out a deal with sponsorship, and I agreed to keep the original wrap on the car. My car number had always been 12, but we changed the zero to an eight, and I became number 58,” Herman said.

Herman was off and running in the Crate Late Model division. In 2011, he finished second in the point standings at Dog Hollow Speedway (PA). In 2012, Herman claimed his first Crate Late Model feature at Roaring Knob. This season, he claimed his second Crate Late Model victory under the Sweeney RUSH Weekly banner. Entering the season’s final race, Herman entered the event trailing Troy Shields by 16 points in a bid for the championship.

At the race’s halfway mark, Herman was running second and Shields was eighth. At that moment, both drivers were tied for the points lead. Herman was passed for second by Michael Lake, and this temporarily gave Shields the points lead. The next lap, however, Shields succumbed to mechanical issues and retired from the race. Herman finished third in the event, but he eclipsed Shields by eight points to claim the championship!

“Every time I came off turn two I looked at the scoreboard to see if the number 11 (Shields) was going to show up,” said Herman with a laugh. “I would have rather raced him for it, but I will admit I had a sigh of relief when I saw Troy stopped in the turn. I wasn’t positive that I had won the championship until they told me on the RACEceiver,” he added.

Herman says he enjoys being known as the Roaring Knob track champion, and he has a few things planned for next season. “We’re not sure if we are going to stay in the Rocket or if we might purchase a Warrior chassis,” Herman revealed. “I want to do some more of the RUSH Tour races, too. I’d really like to go to PPMS and race with them.” Herman said he will continue to compete weekly at Roaring Knob.

When asked about competing within the Sweeney RUSH-sanctioned division, Herman spoke highly of RUSH’s inaugural season. “RUSH gives a normal person like me the opportunity to compete and not just be a participant. I have an older car with used tires, but I can compete. I am living proof,” the track champion said. Herman finished fifth in the Pace Performance RUSH “Summer Chase” standings, which was worth $750, and his 18th place in the Sweeney Weekly Series earned him $350. “What Vicki (Emig) and Mike (Leone) do with all the different points programs is great,” he said.

Herman is sponsored by Ranker Motor Sales, Sprout’s Place Pic-A-Part Used Auto and Truck Parts, LSI Inc., and High Gear Speed Shop. His brother will return as Herman’s sole crew member in 2014. Herman, a maintenance manager in Masontown, Pa., offered a bit of insight from the cockpit of his Late Model. “My heart is involved in this. It means a great deal to me. I get butterflies, but I have fun. I don’t care if a person is a golfer, a hunter, or whatever, I just hope they get that feeling I do when I push that button to start my race car on Saturday nights,” Herman expressed.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Roaring Knob finale

October 24th, 2013

(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania)-Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex conducted its final race of the 2013 season, Friday, as it hosted the RUSH Late Model Series and four other divisions. The last race of the season was scheduled to be a two-day event, but with rain and cold temperatures in the forecast, Roaring Knob and RUSH officials decided to make the event a one-night show.

The RUSH Late Model Series made its fifth and final stop of the season at the Knob, and it was Wexford, Pennsylvania’s Mike Pegher, Jr., who was the class of the field. Pegher, who came into the night trialing Ryan Montgomery by 17 points, led every lap of the 30-lap feature to claim his fifth RUSH Tour victory of the season. The win, coupled with Montgomery’s sixth-place finish, moved Pegher within seven points of the lead going into the tour’s final race of 2013 at Lernerville Speedway, this weekend.

Pegher, driving the No. 1 Lynn Geisler-owned Rocket chassis, led every lap of the event, which was slowed just once by a caution for debris. Pegher held off Fairmont, West Virginia’s Jacob Hawkins to bank the $2,000 payday. Pegher jumped out to a healthy advantage over Hawkins in the early laps. As the top two encountered lapped traffic at lap 12, Hawkins moved within a car length of Pegher. A caution for debris briefly slowed the field. On a double-file restart, Pegher got the jump on Hawkins, and he moved back out to a comfortable margin. Hawkins, driving a new car for owners Rick Strickler and Jerry Hasler, held on to finish second. Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Michael Lake made a great effort as he moved from his eighth-starting position to finish third. Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Chad McClellan finished fourth. Uniontown’s John Over finished fifth in his first start at the Pennsylvania facility following a racing injury received at the Knob, several weeks earlier.

McClellan, Pegher and Westover, Maryland’s Cody Dawson were the heat race winners. Pegher won the dash, which placed him first on the starting grid for the feature. McClellan set fast time in qualifying with a 16.860 seconds lap.

The RUSH Series also held its final Futures Cup race of the season. Lake led every lap to claim the $200 top prize. Despite Lake’s dominating performance in the event, it was not enough to overcome Eric Wilson’s points lead as Wilson was crowned the Series’ inaugural Futures Cup champion. The championship was worth $1,000. Wilson, of Courtland, Ohio, finished third in the 12-lap event.

Morgantown, West Virginia’s Brent Trimble passed Del Cunningham on lap 10 then cruised to the E-Mod feature win. This was Trimble’s 109th-career win. Cunningham, of Ellenboro, West Virginia, held on to finish second. Morgantown’s Deana Groves, competing in her final race at the Knob in her family-owned team, finished third. Mars, Pennsylvania’s Carl McKinney, making his first start of the year at the Knob, finished fourth. Metz, West Virginia’s Nick Wilson rounded out the top five. Trimble won the heat race.

Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Scott Spade led the entire distance to win the 15-lap Street Stock event. Mount Lake Park, Maryland’s Scott Bittinger crossed the stripe second and two-time track champion Todd Dennis, of Newell, Pennsylvania, finished third. Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Bob Nelson finished fourth, and Uniontown’s Barry Farris finished fifth. Spade and Bittinger were the heat race winners.

Uniontown’s Cody Quarrick held off Steve Settle to claim his first Roadrunner victory of the season. Settle, of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania, took second while Cresaptown, Maryland’s Nick Iski finished third. Iski was substituting for Ryan Peer. West Leisenring’s Paul Koffler, Jr., the 2013 Roaring Knob Roadrunner champion, finished fourth followed by Hopwood, Pennsylvania’s Dustin Detrick in fifth. Artemas, Pennsylvania’s Brandon Conrad claimed the heat race win.

The Mod Lite competitors made their third appearance at the speedway, Friday, and Zanesville, Ohio’s Tracey Fritter held off Mikey Hay to claim the victory. Hay, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, settled for second. Alan Knepper, also of Somerset, finished third and Pennsboro, West Virginia’s Kyle Thomas took fourth. Dawson, Pennsylvania’s Braeden Dillinger finished fifth. Thomas and Hay won the two heat races.

The night’s action concluded the 2013 racing season at the Rick Jones-owned facility. Please monitor www.roaringknob.com in the coming weeks for information on the awards banquet, as well as pertinent information concerning the 2014 racing season.

Michael Lake Wins Futures Cut Trifecta Race, but Eric Wilson Takes Title

October 21st, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Friday night for the fifth and final time of the 2013 racing season. The “Northern States Classic” presented by Sunoco Race Fuels was originally scheduled to be a two-day event with the finale on Saturday night, but due to rain and cold temperatures in the forecast the decision was made by the track, Series, and racers to condense the program into a one-day event. When the checkered flag fell on Friday night, the temperature was down to 40 degrees.

After one of the worst weekends in recent memory for Mike Pegher, Jr. at his home track Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in which Pegher went from a +18 point lead to a -17 deficit, he quickly bounced back on Friday night leading all 30 laps of
the $2,000 to-win Sweeney Tour feature holding off Jacob Hawkins for his fifth win of the season. By virtue of his victory and Ryan Montgomery’s sixth place, Pegher will trail Montgomery by just seven points heading into the finale next weekend at Lernerville Speedway.

“We’re good friends with Montgomery,” acknowledged the 27-year-old Wexford, Pa. driver. “We had a bad weekend last week at Pittsburgh with a 10th and a 17th. He’s a good racer and hopefully we can get it done next weekend. We’ve run this the last few years and have never been this close so hopefully we can get it done. We haven’t had near as many DNFs this year so that’s always a good thing.”

Pegher earned the pole position for the feature event via his K&N Dash win and took the early lead. Third and fourth starting Chad McClellan and Hawkins got past Cody Dawson on the opening lap for second and third. After moving from the eighth starting spot to fifth after one lap, Michael Lake dropped out of the top five on lap two when John Over made the pass.

McClellan was running his usual highline around the cushion as he tried to track down Pegher in search of his third straight Sweeney Tour win. McClellan though got too high in turn four on lap four allowing Hawkins to make the pass for second. McClellan got too high again in the next two laps as Dawson and Over slipped by into third and fourth respectively. Lake then passed McClellan to get himself back into the top five. The battle then was on for third as Dawson had his hands full with heavy pressure from Over, Lake, and McClellan.

Back up front, Pegher continued to set the pace, but Hawkins shadowed him every lap. Pegher caught lapped traffic on lap 12 as Hawkins closed in even more and on lap 13 was all over the leader in heavy traffic trying to find a way by; however, Pegher got a big break as debris was littered in turn four necessitating the first and only caution of the affair with 12 laps scored.

Back under green, Pegher out-dragged Hawkins into turn one following the double file restart. Lake was on the move as he passed both Over and Dawson to take over third on lap 13 with an inside move. Over and McClellan raced their way past Dawson for fourth and fifth respectively on lap 14.

As the laps ticked off, Pegher maintained a steady advantage. Lapped traffic loomed ahead in the closing laps, but it wasn’t enough to allow Hawkins to mount any serious challenge. Pegher took the checkered flag in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Alternative Power Sources/Dale McClymonds Trucking/Pegher Painting/Triple-S Auto Outlet/Zero Wraps-sponsored Rocket Chassis #1c. by 0.795 of a second over Hawkins. It was Pegher’s first Sweeney Tour win since August 15 at McKean County Raceway 10 races ago.

“Sometimes lapped traffic is good, sometimes it’s bad,” stated Pegher. “I obviously saw that Jacob (Hawkins) was second. The lapped cars were spread out enough so hopefully it would have allowed me to stretch out the lead, but it’s always nice to have a caution. We’ve been struggling the last few weeks and put a little extra time in the garage this week and obviously it showed. My car owner Lynn Geisler is here tonight and if it wasn’t for my crew guy Mike Brunner, I wouldn’t be here.”

Ironically back on June 22 when Pegher won at Roaring Knob, he held off Jared Hawkins, who subbed for McClellan. This time it was his younger brother Jacob, who trailed Pegher home driving for Jerry Hasler and Rick Strickler in the #RJ1. It was Hawkins first start in the car and his debut in the Sweeney Tour.

“It felt real good to get a second after we just got the car put together the other night,” revealed the Fairmont, West Virginia racer. “It’s a new deal. These are great people. I’m thankful for the opportunity they gave me to come out here. We had a had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I think if we can get the fuel issues figured out this will be a real good piece. Anytime my schedule is open I’ll gladly jump in this, I know it can win these races. I had a smile on my face there for a little while. I knew lapped traffic was going to get thicker, but that caution fell at the right time. Mike (Pegher) is a heck of a racer and especially that Michael (Lake)- I saw him coming up in the third. He’s impressive for a 12 year-old. I look forward to racing with him in the future to see what he becomes.”

Lake’s third place was his second straight top five Tour finish. “I started eighth and at the beginning I was trying to run the top to see if it would work,” explained the Uniontown, Pa. resident. “Eventually I chose the bottom and got up to fifth. Then on the restart I got by Cody Dawson and John Over and just tried to stay in third and hoped for maybe one more.”

McClellan passed Over to take the fourth spot for his fourth straight Sweeney Tour top five finish. Over was fifth in his first race back in seven weeks after breaking his wrist in accident at Roaring Knob on August 29. It also was his best Tour finish of the season.

After electrical issues in both qualifying and his heat race, Ryan Montgomery had to start 21st in the feature, but made his way to sixth at the finish to maintain his point lead and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” gift card. Even though he started second and fell back to seventh, Dawson recorded his best finish of the season and jumped two spots to fourth in the points! Shane Weaver also nailed down his season’s best finish in eighth as did Mike Lewis in ninth.

What a night it was for Dennis Lunger, Jr! The 2013 Sharon Speedway champion towed over 200 miles with only one crew member to Roaring Knob in his first ever appearance. Lunger blew a motor in warm-ups and was lent a motor by Bobby Lake. Lunger and Lake’s team made the motor change just in time for the feature! Lunger then raced his way from the 22nd starting spot to a 10th with just one caution without ever being able to make any adjustments to the car from his brief warm-up session! Lunger was awarded The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night”.

The third and final “Futures Cup” Trifecta race was contested and a new winner would be guaranteed as Pittsburgh winner Jorden Peters and Sharon winner Clay Ruffo were unable to make the trip. At his home track, Michael Lake led all 12 laps for the $200 win in the Bobby Lake-owned, C. Harper Chevrolet/Youngblood Concrete/V Corners Auto Sales/D&M Truck Repair/High Gear Speed Shop-sponsored Warrior Race Car #27 over Dawson, Eric Wilson, and Weaver.

“I just went and did what I did in the feature and it worked,” expressed Lake. “I’d like to thank all of my sponsors. It was a good battle for the Futures Cup with Eric. It’s pretty nice knowing I’m not the only young driver battling against
all of the adults.”

The win though wasn’t enough to overcome Eric Wilson, who claimed the $1,000 title by just six points! Drivers’ Sweeney Weekly Series points were added to the three “Trifecta” races. “It was a good season,” acknowledged the 16-year-old Cortland, Ohio racer in his first Roaring Knob start of the season. “It was fun racing against Michael. I have to give props to him and his team. He’s definitely a force to be reckoned with and I’m sure in the future he’ll surpass a lot of great drivers. It came down to a close finish. I’m happy for him to win this final race- he definitely deserved it at his home track. I’m just happy to walk away with the championship. Without my parents and sponsors none of this would be possible.”

McClellan set a new track record in $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying with a lap of 16.860 besting the standard set by Andrew Wylie at the last Sweeney Tour race on September 27 by just 0.035 of a second! McClellan, Dawson, and Pegher also picked up Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races and earned an extra $25.

Pegher became just the fourth driver to repeat in K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dashes this season and received a $100 K&N certificate. Dawson won a $50 K&N certificate for second, while McClellan and Hawkins picked up an extra $25 cash for finishing third and fourth.

The next and final event on the 2013 Sweeney Tour will be race #24 next weekend at Lernerville for the “Steel City Stampede” with heats on Friday (October 25) and last chance B mains and the $2,000 to-win feature on Saturday. The rain date is Sunday.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Northern States Classic Presents Late Models at Roaring Knob

October 17th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…After a very successful two-day “Pittsburgher” in which 38 drivers participated last weekend at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returns to action this weekend (October 18-19) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The “Northern States Classic” presented by Sunoco Race Fuels will be the season’s biggest event with the possibility of one driver being able to win over $5,000!

The “Northern States Classic” will be highlighted by a $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour event (open to all). In addition, a $1,000 to-win RUSH members only feature along with the $200 to-win “Futures Cup” Trifecta finale will be run. Also, the top point man between the two features will earn an additional $1,000 meaning a sweep of both features would be worth $5,000!

“This will be a great event for our racers,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Not only is it one of our biggest Tour events, but we’ve added in a members only feature along with the top man bonus money, and the Futures Cup Trifecta race.
There’s truly something for everyone to participate in. We have to thank Rick Jones of Roaring Knob and Sunoco Race Fuels for making this event possible. We always enjoy going to Roaring Knob and Rick always gives the drivers a racey track to compete on.”

Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying and heat races will be run on Friday night for Saturday’s Sweeney Tour feature. The fast qualifier will receive $100 and each heat race winner will earn $25. At the end of the program, a separate round of qualifying will be held to determine the lineup for Saturday’s member’s only feature. Saturday’s program will include the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash to determine the first four starting spots of the Sweeney Tour feature followed by last chance B mains and the $3,000 to-win feature. Later in the program, the RUSH members only feature will be run. The points from the two features will be added up to award the top point getter a cool thousand dollars!

The $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour portion will be race #23 of the 24 season and the fifth and final race of the season at Roaring Knob. Prior Roaring Knob Tour winners include Mike Pegher, Jr., Ryan Montgomery, Michael Lake, and Chad McClellan. Will there be a fifth different winner in as many events this season?

After his sweep of last weekend’s “Pittsburgher”, Montgomery went from trailing Pegher by 18 points to leading him by 17! Roaring Knob is a track that both racers have had success at over the years. Montgomery is now the Series’ top winner of the season with five victories to Pegher and Max Blair’s four wins. A total of 11 different racers have won Sweeney Tour races in 2013.

Butch Lambert is third in points over Rick Singleton and Chad Ruhlman. Completing the top 15 points paying positions are Cody Dawson, Joe Martin, Matt Glanden, Blair, Lake, Andrew Wylie, W.L. Stile, Jorden Peters, Dennis Lunger, Jr., and Matt Latta.

All “Futures Cup” racers will be able to participate in their own race paying $200 to-win on Friday night. This race will finalize the 2013 chase. The race’s points will be added to each driver’s best 15 Sweeney Weekly score and their point totals from the other two “Trifecta” events. The first “Trifecta” race was won by Canadian Jorden Peters at Pittsburgh, while Clay Ruffo captured the win at his home track, Sharon Speedway. The top 10 drivers will share in a $3,000 point fund. Currently Eric Wilson leads Lake by 10 points to determine the $1,000 championship.

NOTE: The $3,000 to-win Sweeney Tour portion of the event is open to ALL competitors! RUSH Member racers that joined this season will be eligible to compete in BOTH features and will be eligible for the $1,000 top point man bonus! There will be no Tour points awarded for the second feature. Of course “Futures Cup” drivers can participate in all three events!

Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the Tour feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” as this driver will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

Tour Feature Payoff: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $600 5. $500 6. $475 7. $450 8. $425 9. $400 10. $350 11. $310 12. $300 13. $275 14. $260 15. $255 16. $250 17. $240 18-24. $230. Tow $100.

RUSH Members Only Feature: 1. $1,000 2. $500 3. $350 4. $250 5. $225 6. $200 7. $195 8. $185 9. $175 10. $170 11. $160 12. $150 13. $140 14. $130 15. $120 16. $110 17. $105 18-24. $100.

There is a $100 entry fee for the Tour event and a $50 entry fee for the members only race. Warm-ups begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday night and 6:45 on Saturday night.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

The 2013 Sweeney Tour season will conclude on October 25-26 at Lernerville Speedway for the “Steel City Stampede” paying $2,000 to-win.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The -Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Simply Put, There Was a Duel At The Knob

October 10th, 2013

(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania) Tim Senic and Scott Rhodes, the only two drivers with a shot at the 2013 Super Late Model championship entering Saturday’s final points race, battled throughout the 25-lap event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday. Rhodes, who entered the event 33 points behind Senic, led the majority of the event, but Senic made a daring outside move on the final lap to grab the lead and his sixth victory at the Knob, this season. The victory also garnered Senic his second track championship at the Markleysburg, Pennsylvania oval on Schaeffer’s Oil night.

D.J. Troutman shot out to an early led, and he led the first two circuits. A turn one incident, involving Troutman and Mel Minnick, Jr., allowed Rhodes to inherit the lead. Rhodes then took command of the race at lap three, but he was being challenged by Senic, who had moved to second from his seventh-starting position. For the next 19 circuits, Rhodes led as he piloted his No. 83 machine in the low groove. Senic was on Rhodes’s heels and attempted, multiple times, to move by Rhodes on the inside line. Finally, at lap 23, Senic moved to the outside line in an effort to move around Rhodes. On the final lap, Senic moved to the outside of Rhodes as the two motored down the back stretch. It appeared as if Senic brushed the wall as he made his bid for the lead. A drag race between the two ensued off turn four, and Senic beat Rhodes to the finish line to claim the win and championship.

“If I didn’t kiss the back stretch wall, I said hello to it,” said a smiling Senic while standing beside his No. S2 Rocket in Victory Lane. “Scott (Rhodes) is a good driver, and I knew he was going to be tough to beat. I knew it was going to be hard to move by him on the inside, so I decided to give the outside line a shot,” Senic added. “It feels really good to win this championship,” the Elkins, West Virginia driver added.

Rhodes, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, was forced to settle for second. Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Ron Delano, Jr., piloted the No. 26 car of his son, Brandon’s, to place third. Keyser, West Virginia’s Bob Gordon finished fourth, and Minnick, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, recovered from the early-race mishap to finish fifth. Senic and Uniontown’s Michael Lake won the two heat races.

The RUSH Late Model event proved dramatic as Ken Herman and Troy Shields entered the event 16 points apart in a bid for the championship. Shields, who entered as the point leader, began the race in eighth, while Herman started third. George Kowatic, making an infrequent appearance at the Knob, led the first 10 laps with Herman in second. At the halfway mark, Herman was second and Shields was eighth. At that moment, both drivers were tied for the points lead. On a lap 11 restart, Michael Lake moved by Herman to take second. This, for the moment, gave Shields the points lead. The next lap,
however, Shields succumbed to mechanical woes and stopped on the track in turn one. Shields was pushed to the pit area, and his bid for a championship was finished. Kowatic led the next four laps, but Lake moved by for the lead on lap 17. Lake held the lead for the final three laps to take the win, followed by Kowatic, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in second. Herman, of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, finished third, which was good enough to secure him the track championship. Mount Morris, Pennsylvania’s Greg Lemley finished fourth and Elkins’ Garret Paugh rounded out the top five. Mount Claire, West Virginia’s Troy Frazier and Lake were the heat race winners. Graysville, Pennsylvania’s Denny Nakutis entered the E-Mod event with a healthy points advantage that guaranteed him the championship. With the championship already decided, this event was all about who would win the race. Gassaway, West Virginia’s Carl Payne led the first four laps, but Ellenboro, West Virginia’s Del Cunningham overtook Payne for the lead on lap five. Cunningham held the top spot until lap seven when he was passed by Morgantown, West Virginia’s Brent Trimble. For the remaining eight circuits, Trimble pulled away from the field to grab the checkers and the 108th win of his career. Cunningham finished second, and Nakutis took third. This was the second-consecutive championship for Nakutis at the Knob. Payne finished fourth and Newburg, West Virginia’s Jim Pyles claimed fifth. Trimble and Morgantown’s Deana Groves won the heat races.

Like Nakutis, McClellandtown, Pennsylvania’s Jim Byers entered the Street Stock event with a large points lead that made him the shoe-in for the championship. The 15-lap feature began with Bill Pluta out front for the first lap. Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade took the lead on lap two, and he never looked back as he stormed to his third win of the season. Fort Hill, Pennsylvania’s Jason Gibbs claimed second, and Tarentum, Pennsylvania’s Jason Fosnaught took third.
Byers, who was involved in an early-race, multiple-car spin in turn one, recovered to finish fourth. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley rounded out the top five. Pluta, of Cairnbrook, Pennsylvania, and Byers won the heat races.

A dramatic points battle and a first-time winner were the topics of conversation for many following the Chargers event. Mill Run, Pennsylvania’s Kyle Burkholder entered the event 26 points ahead of Uniontown’s J.T. Baird. Burkholder led the first three laps, but Baird moved by to take the top spot on lap four. Baird held the top spot until lap seven, when apparent contact between Baird and Burkholder in turn four sent Baird’s car in a spin bringing out the caution. Both, Baird and Burkholder, were ordered to the rear of the field. Confluence, Pennsylvania’s Eric Miller inherited the lead on lap eight restart. Miller, who was looking for his first-ever win, was forced to contend with a hard-charging Justin Howell, who was just behind him. Baird and Burkholder advanced their way through the field, and a four-car tussle for the lead ensued for the top spot. Sometimes two and three wide, the foursome battled in close proximity. Off turn four on the final lap, a four-car drag race ensued. At the line, Miller eclipsed Howell by mere feet to claim his first victory. Howell finished second. Baird took third, and Burkholder’s fourth-place effort was good enough to claim the track championship. Windber, Pennsylvania’s David Beahr finished fifth. Howell and Baird won the heat races.

Paul Koffler, Jr.’s 68-point lead entering the final Roadrunner points race was enough to secure him the championship. Koffler finished second in the event, but this race was all about Steve Settle of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania. Settle led the entire distance to claim his third win of the season; however, he was forced to contend with Uniontown’s Cody Quarrick. The two drivers ran nose-to-tail for the event. With two laps remaining, the two made contact coming off turn four. The contact cut Quarrick’s tire, and he was forced to retire from the event. Settle led the final two circuits to claim the win. Koffler, also of West Leisenring, finished second and claimed the track championship. Connellsville’s David Friend finished third, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes took fourth. Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Ed Leonard finished fifth. Heat winners were Quarrick and Settle.

Racing will return to Roaring Knob, Oct. 17 and 18, for the season finale. The RUSH Late Model Series will highlight the card in its Northern States Classic, RUSH National Championship two-day show. The Street Stocks, E-Mods, Mod-Lites and Roadrunners will also be in action as those divisions will run features on Friday and Saturday. Please monitor www.roaringknob.com for more details and starting times in the coming days.

Big Kahuna at Roaring Knob

October 3rd, 2013

(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania)-Thirteen is a number believed to be unlucky, but York, Pennsylvania’s Rick Eckert disproved
that theory as he claimed the Big Kahuna XIII Three State Flyers victory, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

Eckert, in the Paul Crowl-owned No. 7 machine, grabbed the lead from Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania’s Gregg Satterlee on lap 41 of the 60-lap event. Satterlee and Eckert battled side-by-side and nose-to-tail for the majority of the event. Satterlee used the top side while Eckert ran on the bottom of the track. Satterlee, who started the race from the second spot, grabbed the lead from Jamie Lathroum on lap one. Thompson, Pennsylvania’s Dan Stone moved by Lathroum to grab second spot and he trailed Satterlee until lap 21. Eckert, who started seventh, advanced his way through the field and
overtook Stone on lap 22.

At that point, Eckert set his sights on Satterlee. The two engaged in a heated battle and virtually ran side-by-side for many laps. Eckert grabbed the lead from Satterlee on a lap-41 restart. He led the final 19 laps to claim the $5,000 payday and his career-first Three State Flyers victory. Eckert swept the weekend as he won the $2,000 Roaring Knob-sanctioned Super Late Model event, Friday. “My car could run high and low, just about anywhere I wanted it. It was fun to race like that,” said Eckert in Victory Lane.

Satterlee, the 2012 Three State Flyers champion, finished second. Greensburg, Pennsylvania’s Davey Johnson advanced his way from 13th to finish third. Stone slid back a spot to take fourth, and Winchester, Virginia’s Kyle Hardy had a strong run to round out the top five. Milton, Delaware’s Mark Pettyjohn won the 2013 Three State Flyers championship in the series’ season finale. Pettyjohn entered the race 46 points ahead of defending Flyers champion, Jason Covert. Pettyjohn finished a disappointing 16th in the race, but Covert finished 17th. Pettyjohn won four Flyers races this season. “This is my first championship, and it feels very good. I’m honored to be the champion of this series,” Pettyjohn said.

Bristol, West Virginia’s Mike Benedum set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 15.763 seconds among the 37 entries. The four heat races were claimed by Benedum, Stone, Satterlee and Eckert. South Park, Pennsylvania’s Keith Barbara won the B-Main.

Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Chad McClellan worked his way through the field in convincing fashion to claim the Bill Hendren Memorial RUSH Late Model Series event. This marked McClellan’s second tour victory of 2013. Greensburg’s Dan Angelicchio led the first 24 circuits. McClellan recovered from a spin earlier in the race to overtake Anglicchio on lap 25. McClellan led the final five circuits to grab the checkers. This also marked McClellan’s sixth victory of 2013 at Roaring Knob. Angelicchio finished second, and Acme, Pennsylvania’s Troy Shields finished third. Tracy’s Landing, Maryland’s John Imler was fourth, and Mars, Pennsylvania’s Lambert rounded out the top five.

Three heats among the 21 entries were held, Friday. Heat winners were Saltsburg, Pennsylvania’s Andrew Wylie, McClellan and Fairmont, West Virginia’s Ryan Montgomery. Wylie set fast time in qualifying with a lap of 16.895 seconds. Saturday’s dash was claimed by Angelicchio.

Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley led flag-to-flag to win the Street Stock race and his third of the season at the Knob. Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Bob Nelson finished second, and Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade took third. Points leader Jim Byers, of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, took fourth and Cairnbrook, Pennsylvania’s Bill Pluta claimed fifth. Friday’s heat races were claimed by Byers and Kelley. Byers was fastest in qualifying with an 18.555 seconds lap. Kelley also won the dash.

J.T. Baird, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, led every lap to win the Charger event for his fourth win of the season. Farmington’s John Redshaw took second, and Confluence, Pennsylvania’s Shawn Smith claimed third. Smithfield, Pennsylvania’s Justin Howell finished fourth and points leader, Kyle Burkholder, of Mill Run, Pennsylvania, claimed fifth. Friday’s heat race was claimed by Redshaw, who also timed fastest in qualifying with a lap of 20.065 seconds. Baird won the dash

West Leisenring, Pennsylvania’s Paul Koffler, Jr., took the lead from David Friend on lap six to win his eighth Roadrunner feature of 2013 at the Knob. Koffler enters the final points race of the season, Saturday, as the points leader. Uniontown’s Cody Quarrick finished second, and West Leisenring’s Steve Settle finished third. Friend, of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, took fourth and Hopwood, Pennsylvania’s Todd Detrick finished fifth. Friday’s heat winners were Settle and Friend.

Somerset, Pennsylvania’s Mikey Hay dominated the Mod-Lite 20-lap event en-route to victory. Zanesville, Ohio’s Tracy Fritter took second, and Salisbury, Maryland’s Tim White finished third. Apollo, Pennsylvania Brian Woodhall claimed fourth, and Dawson, Pennsylvania’s Braeden Dillinger finished fifth. Friday’s heat races were claimed by Fritter, Hay and Buckhannon, West Virginia’s Shane Hitt. Fritter was fasters in qualifying with an 18.431 second lap.

Roaring Knob Speedway will holds its final points races of the season, Saturday, as six divisional champions will be crowned. SCHAEFFER OIL will present the Super Late Models, Rush Late Models, E-Mods, Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners will be in action. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Chad McClellan Does it Again Charging from Tail to Win His 2nd Straight Sweeney Tour Event

October 1st, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the fourth time this season on Friday and Saturday. The “Bill Hendren Memorial” was part of the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. facility’s annual “Big Kahuna” event. Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying and Heats were contested on Friday night with the K&N Dash and feature on Saturday night. Some $8,000 in contingency product prizes were given away to the racers as part of the Memorial event. A complete list of the prize winners will be posted soon.

Eight days prior at McKean County Raceway, Chad McClellan got caught up in an accident, slowly worked his way forward then found himself the benefactor of several others’ misfortunates to claim an unexpected first career Sweeney Tour win. On Saturday night, McClellan clearly earned this one as he charged through the pack after an accident in just 14 laps to win his second straight Sweeney Tour victory. This time the win was even more prestigious as it came in the $2,000 to-win “Bill Hendren Memorial”. McClellan received a beautiful laser etched marble plaque commemorating the victory from the Hendren Family.

“This is an honor to win this event especially here at Roaring Knob,” acknowledged the 39-year-old Stoystown, Pa. resident. “We talk to Steve (Hendren) every week and he spent the last couple days with him. That was a great race. We definitely earned this one as last week was a gift from God handed to me. The cautions helped out, but the track was real racey.”

Dan Angelicchio earned the pole position after his K&N Dash win and took charge of the event over good friend Troy Shields. McClellan was able to pass Ryan Montgomery for third, while sixth starting Michael Lake moved into fourth after one lap. Lake was running the bottom while McClellan was on top. The two ran side-by-side from laps two through five before McClellan finally got past Lake.

Angelicchio opened up some ground, while McClellan closed in on Shields. McClellan was pounding the cushion, getting a great run off the top side of the racey speedway. After seven caution-free laps, Corey Metheney and Butch Lambert tangled and brought out the caution, which unfortunately started a yellow fever.

Back under green, Lake slipped high on the restart allowing Montgomery to take fourth, while Shields was able to stay side-by-side with Angelicchio. Angelicchio continued to lead, but it was now a five-car race for the lead with Angelicchio trying to fend off Shields, McClellan, Montgomery, and Lake. Montgomery tried to dive under McClellan for third on lap 10, but ran out of room as he made contact with the Jersey barrier and collected newcomer Troy Frazier.

When green replaced yellow, it was three-wide for second with Lake getting by both McClellan and Shields albeit with contact. McClellan finally got past Shields on lap 11, but only for third. McClellan came charging on the outside in turns one and two and made contact with Lake as both spun and collected Scott Tessman.

With Montgomery, Lake, and McClellan all on the tail, this moved Wylie to third with 13th starting Jeff Ferguson fourth, and Cody Dawson fifth. Wylie and Ferguson battled side-by-side for third on laps 12 and 13 with Ferguson picking up the spot on the 13th circuit. After a caution for a Frazier spin, Wylie made a move on the restart but contact was made with Shields. Wylie was shuffled sideways back through the field and eventually was hit by Tessman causing the caution.

Twelfth starting John Imler was making just his fourth Sweeney Tour start and first since June 22. Imler disposed of Ferguson for third on lap 17. With finally a stretch of green flag laps, the top four of Angelicchio, Shields, Imler, and Ferguson distanced themselves from the field. McClellan was working his way back through the field then got a much-needed caution with 21 laps scored. McClellan passed Ferguson, Imler and Shields for second on lap 22!

Once again another caution played right into McClellan’s hands as he’d line up on the outside of Angelicchio for the restart with seven laps to go. Once racing resumed for the final time, McClellan was all over Angelicchio. McClellan made the winning pass racing off the outside of turn four to sneak past Angelicchio at the start-finish line to lead lap 25.

Once in front, McClellan pulled away for his sixth victory of the season at his home track in his Onetime Body and Graphics/Fieg Coal/Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic/Hendren’s Racing Engines/Lazer Chassis #119. McClellan, who finished fourth in the Pace Performance “Summer Chase” standings, also solidified fourth in the Sweeney Weekly Series standings thanks to the victory.

Angelicchio’s second place effort was his third runner-up of the season at Roaring Knob and best Sweeney Tour finish of the season. Angelicchio now has four top six finishes in five Sweeney Tour starts. Angelicchio picked up $1,000 plus a laser etched marble plaque for his efforts. “The cautions killed us,” stated the 25-year-old Greensburg, Pa. native. “You just couldn’t get in a good rhythm then I think the right rear tire went away and I don’t think I was going to catch him (McClellan).”

Shields, who made just his fourth Sweeney Tour start all at his home track, turned in his best effort in third as did Imler, who held off Lambert for the fourth spot. “It was a good race, but the cautions were nerve-wrecking,” said the veteran Shields of Acme, Pa. “Had a good race going with Dan (Angelicchio)- he’s fun to race with.” Shields also received a laser etched plaque from the Hendren Family.

Lambert, who recorded his season’s best finish of sixth eight days prior at McKean, bettered that by one with his first top five of the season. Montgomery came back from the tail to finish sixth and now trails Mike Pegher, Jr. by just 18 points- the closest margin since after the opening event at Hagerstown Speedway.

Ferguson was seventh in another substituting role for John Over, who continues to recover from a broken wrist. Garrett Paugh made his first ever Sweeney Tour start a successful one finishing eighth after starting 21st and earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger Award. Pegher and Bob Gordon completed the top 10.

On Friday night, Wylie established a new track record in Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying with a lap of 16.895 and earned $100. The previous record was set by Max Blair with a 16.897 one year ago at the event. Wylie, McClellan and Montgomery earned an additional $25 for winning the Bobby Lake Motorsports Heats on Friday night.

After having such a fast car on Friday night then in position to take second in the feature on Saturday night before the contact with Shields, which led to a DNF, Wylie was awarded The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night”.

Dan Angelicchio became the amazing 17th different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner in 20 races this season and earned the $100 K&N certificate. Shields received a $50 K&N certificate for second, while Montgomery and McClellan picked up an extra $25 cash for finishing third and fourth.

The next events on the Sweeney Tour will be race #21 and 22 of 24 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway in Imperial, Pa. on October 11-12. Friday night will be $1,500 to-win and Saturday night will be $3,000 to-win. There will be practice on Thursday, October 10.

Hot Racing on a Cool Night at the Roaring Knob!

September 18th, 2013

ROARING KNOB SEPT 14
From: “Dixie Phillips”
(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania)-It may have been a cool night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, but Tim Senic turned up the wick by scoring his second straight Super Late Model victory at the facility with a flag-to-flag win. The Elkins, West Virginia racer held off Austin Hubbard, and a strong field 23 competitors, to score his fifth win at the Markleysburg facility, this season. The win increased his points lead to 33 markers over Scott Rhodes with the final points race coming up on Oct. 5.

Senic won his heat race, earlier in the evening, and the “heads up” pill inversion draw put him on the pole for the 25-lap event. He got the jump on Mel Minnick, Jr. on the onset, but contact from Minnick at the completion of lap one temporarily had Senic sideways on the front stretch. “After that contact, I knew I had to get up top where my car would run better,” Senic said in Victory Lane. Despite the contact, Senic was able to pull ahead of Minnick into turn one on the second lap. He pulled ahead of Minnick, but Hubbard began to make his presence known.

Hubbard, who was substituting for Brandon Delano in the No. 26 Mastersbilt, moved by Minnick for second on lap four. Senic held a decent lead on Hubbard until the two encountered lapped traffic on lap 14. Hubbard gained ground on Senic a bit as the two weaved through lapped cars, but things went horribly wrong for Hubbard on lap 21. As Hubbard attempted to lap Robby Marhefka on the back stretch, the two made contact, sending Hubbard into the wall. Marhefka and Hubbard retired from the event with damage.

Somerset’s Scott Rhodes had moved from his fourth-starting position to second on the restart; however, Rhodes had nothing for Senic as the prior week’s King of the Knob winner moved away from Rhodes on the restart. Senic held onto the lead for the final four circuits to claim victory. “My car could handle just about anywhere I wanted to go,” Senic said with a smile after the race. “”I’m really looking forward to the Big Kahuna race, here, in two weeks,” he added.

Rhodes finished second. Hyndman, Pennsylvania’s D.J. Troutman put forth a great effort to finish third. He started sixth and solidly worked his way toward the front throughout the event. Likewise, Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Ron Delano, Jr. put in a great effort. He started the race, 12th, and moved his way frontward to finish fourth. Minnick, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, held on to finish fifth. The three heat races were won by Senic, Minnick and Hubbard.

Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Michael Lake and Hesston, Pennsylvania’s Rick Singleton delighted the crowd with hard-fought battle in the RUSH Late Model event. The tandem recorded four official lead changes in the 20-lap race before Lake emerged to claim his fourth win at the facility. The two drivers won their respective head races and shared the front row for the feature event.

Lake led the first three laps, but Singleton moved by for the top spot on lap four. The multi-year veteran held onto the top spot for 11 circuits until the 12-year-old phenom re-took the top spot on lap 15. Lake held the lead for two laps until Singleton moved underneath to re-capture the lead. Lake was not finished, yet, as he used a cross-over maneuver on lap 18 to take the lead for good. Lake finished a car length in front of Singleton as the checkered flag fell. Singleton finished second, and Stoystown’s Chad McClellan finished third. Keyser, West Virginia’s Bob Gordon took fourth and Uniontown’s Russell Baird, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Morgantown, West Virginia’s Deana Groves led every lap of the E-Mod race to capture her seventh 2013 victory and fourth at the Knob. She held off Galeton, Pennsylvania’s Darren Tarabori, who finished second. Graysville, Pennsylvania’s Denny Nakutis finished third as he continues to hold the points lead. Newburg, West Virginia’s Jim Pyles claimed fourth and Schellsburg, Pennsylvania’s Justin Milburn completed the top five. Groves won the heat race. Groves made off-track news, this week, as she announced that 2013 could possibly be her last year of competition. In Victory Lane she indicated she wanted to spend more time concentrating on family and furthering her education.

Uniontown’s Greg Hauger led every lap of the Street Stock event to claim his apparent first win of the season. His car failed post-race inspection, and he was disqualified. This awarded the win to Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley, who had originally finished second. Points leader Jim Byers, of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, finished second. Mount Lake Park, Maryland’s Scott Bittinger finished third followed by Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Bob Nelson in fourth. Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade claimed fifth. Bittinger and Hauger won the heat races.

The Charger race proved exciting as four drivers took a turn leading the race before Farmington’s John Redshaw claimed his fifth victory of the season. Smithfield, Pennsylvania’s Justin Howell led the first two laps, but defending champion Ken Burkholder, of Mill Run, Pennsylvania, claimed the top spot on lap three. He held it for two laps until he spun in turn four. This handed the lead back to Howell, who held the top spot until he was passed by Uniontown’s J.T. Baird on lap nine. Redshaw had started the race in seventh and he caught Baird on lap 11. The two drove side-by-side into the first turn, and Baird slowed due to mechanical issues. Redshaw led the final lap to claim the win. Howell finished second, and Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder, the points leader, finished third. Ursina, Pennsylvania’s C.J. Nicola took fourth, and Ken Burkholder rebounded to finish fifth. Baird and Redshaw were the heat race winners.

Robert Pease, of Derry, Pennsylvania, made his first-ever visit to Roaring Knob a memorable one. He led every lap in his No. 1B machine to win the Roadrunner event. Ridgeley, West Virginia’s Ryan Peer finished second, and points leader Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania, claimed third. Stoystown’s Andrew Pluta took fourth, and West Leisenring’s Steve Settle rounded out the top five. Pluta and Pease won the heat races.

Powder Puff racing capped off the night. Stacy Tressler in Jason Gibbs’s car; Mindy Miller in Robert Miller’s car and Angel Hill in Jeremy Hill’s car were the divisional winners.

Racing returns to Roaring Knob in two weeks with a big two-day show on Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28. The Three State Flyers Late Model Series will return for the Big Kahuna. The Flyers will compete in two complete shows with the first paying $2,000 to win, Friday, and the second paying $5,000 to win, Saturday. The RUSH Late Model Series will be on hand for a $2,000 to-win event. Mod-Lites, Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners will join the RUSH Series for a two-day show. Jamie Lathroum is the defending champion of the Big Kahuna. Several of the area’s best Super Late Model drivers are expected to be in attendance for the event as the Flyers will also crown its champion, Saturday, in the Series’ final race of the season. Please log onto www.roaringknob.com in the coming days for more information.

Senic Crowed King of the Knob

September 10th, 2013

(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania)-Tim Senic has become a member of racing’s Royal Family. He has been crowned King of the Knob.

Senic, of Elkins, West Virginia, led every lap to win the 16th-annual King of the Knob sanctioned by the Three State Flyers, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Senic, the 2009 Roaring Knob track champion, battled with Kenny Pettyjohn, and later Jamie Lathroum, before claiming his first Three State Flyers victory and banking $5,000 for his efforts.

Senic won his heat race, earlier in the evening, and the pill invert placed him second on the starting grid alongside Fairmont, West Virginia’s Jared Hawkins for the 55-lap main event. Senic got the early jump on Hawkins as the green flag fell, and he quickly moved to the lead. Seaford, Delaware’s Austin Hubbard, who started fourth, quickly advanced through the field to grab second. On lap 6, Hawkins and Hubbard spun in turn four, bringing out the caution and forcing the two to restart at the rear of the field.

Millsboro, Delaware’s Kenny Pettyjohn, the 2013 Hagerstown Speedway champion, began to flex his muscle on the restart as he challenged Senic for the lead. For the next 34 circuits, Pettyjohn looked inside and outside of Senic as he made a bid for the lead. Senic kept Pettyjohn at bay until lap 40 when Pettyjohn moved underneath Senic to grab the apparent lead. Somerset, Pennsylvania’s Scott Rhodes slowed on the track forcing a caution period, and this allowed Senic to move back in front of Pettyjohn as the pass for the lead had not been made official at the start/finish line.

Jamie Lathroum, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, then began to make his presence known at the front of the field. Fresh off a fine second-place finish during the NDRL event, Monday, at the Knob, Lathroum worked the high line to advance from his sixth-place starting position. Lathroum worked the high line for the majority of the event, and he passed Pettyjohn for second on lap 46. He continued to drive the high line, but it was not enough as Senic roared to the stripe first to claim the victory.

“I want to thank Kenny and Jamie for running me clean,” said Senic in Victory Lane, as he stood beside his No. S2 Roys RV Rocket Chassis. “The caution coming out when it did was fortunate for me, especially with the run Kenny had. After breaking Monday (NDRL event), it is good to rebound and get a victory here. I can’t thank my crew enough,” he added. Senic is the current Roaring Knob points leader, and this marked his third victory of the season at the Markleysburg facility. He is also the 2013 Elkins Speedway champion.

Lathroum finished second, and Flyers points leader, Mark Pettyjohn, of Milton, Delaware, also proved to be a driver on a mission. After starting 13th, Mark Pettyjohn cracked the top 10 by lap six, and he ventured into the top five by lap 21. He moved by Greensburg, PA’s Davey Johnson for fourth on lap 48 and set his sights on his brother, Kenny Pettyjohn. On the final circuit, Mark Pettyjohn moved by his brother to finish third. Kenny Pettyjohn settled for fourth. Carlisle, Pennsylvania’s Jeremy Miller moved from his ninth-starting spot to finish a strong fifth. Southpark, Pennsylvania’s Keith Barbara claimed sixth, and Hubbard rebounded nicely after his early-race spin to finish a respectable seventh. Sarver, Pennsylvania’s Johnny Garvin finished eighth and three-time Flyers champion, Jason Covert, of York Haven, Pennsylvania, finished ninth. Bristol, West Virginia’s Mike Benedum rounded out the top 10.

Johnson, Hubbard, Senic and Hawkins won the four heat races among the 34 entrants. Beverly, West Virginia’s Chuck Harper won the B-Main. Miller set fast time in qualifying with a 15.709 seconds lap around the three-eighths mile clay oval.

Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Chad McClellan led the entire distance in the RUSH Late Model event to claim his fifth win of the season at the Knob. Oakland, Maryland’s Mike Lewis finished second followed by Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Michael Lake in third. Points leader Troy Shields, of Acme, Pennsylvania, claimed fourth, and Greensburg’s Jeremy Zufall rounded out the top five. Lewis and McClellan won the heat races.

Cousins Scott and Marty Spade, of Farmington, Pennsylvania, battled in the Street Stock event before Scott Spade claimed his fifth win of the season. Marty Spade led the first four circuits, but Scott Spade got by him on the fifth lap. Scott Spade led the final 10 laps to win the final feature of the evening. Points leader Jim Byers, of McClellandtown, Pennsylvania, finished second, and Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Bob Nelson finished third. Marty Spade fell back to finish fourth and Fort Hill, Pennsylvania’s Jason Gibbs claimed fifth. Scott and Marty Spade won the heat races.

Racing returns to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, with all six regular divisions in action. The Super Late Models, RUSH Late Models, E-Mods, Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners will be on hand, and the night will also feature Powder Puff racing. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. More information can be obtained at www.roaringknob.com

A Break-out Season for Cody Hardesty!

September 6th, 2013

Markleysburg, PA)- The 22-year-old Hardesty, from Oakland, Maryland, scored his fourth win of the season, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. And he did it in grand fashion-motoring by perennial hot shoes Jared and Jacob Hawkins en-route to Victory Lane in the Super Late Model feature.

After winning his heat race, earlier in the evening, Hardesty was forced to start third on the gird after the No. 4 inversion pill was drawn. This forced the up-and-coming driver to start third, behind the Hawkins brothers, who occupied the front row. Jared and Jacob, both of Fairmont, West Virginia, began battling each other at the drop of the green flag. Jared led the first four circuits, while Jacob passed his brother to claim the lead at lap five. One lap later, Jared moved passed Jacob to reassume the lead. The two battled side-by-side as Jacob re-captured the point at lap seven.

While Jacob stretched his lead, Hardesty began his quest for the front spot. On lap 10, Hardesty moved underneath Jared to claim the second spot. Hardesty began to reel in Jacob, and on lap 16 he moved by the former Eldora winner to claim the top spot. Hardesty remained in front for the event’s final nine laps to claim his fourth win of the season. Jacob crossed the stripe second while Jared finished third. Somerset, Pennsylvania’s Scott Rhodes claimed fourth and Chalk Hill,
Pennsylvania’s Mason Zeigler rounded out the top five. Points leader Tim Senic, of Elkins, West Virginia, finished sixth and held onto the points lead with the season’s final points event scheduled for Oct. 5. Hardesty and Rhodes won the heat races.

Connellsville, Pennsylvania’s Ken Herman has performed strongly throughout the season. Until last Saturday, however, he had been unable to notch a mark in this year’s win column. Herman cast away the proverbial “monkey on the back” by claiming the checkers in the RUSH Late Model race. Herman led every lap and held off Morgantown, West Virginia’s Nolan Dalton, who finished second.

The race’s main story occurred on lap one. Herman was leading Dalton through turns three and four when contact spun Herman in front of the entire field. Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s John Over and Michael Lake made ensuing contact, which straightened out Herman’s car allowing him to continue down the front stretch. The collision, however, forced Over from the event with possible wrist injuries.

On the restart, Herman maintained the lead for all 20 circuits. The victory moved Herman into second in the points standings just 12 markers behind Acme, Pennsylvania’s Troy Shields. Dalton finished second while Greensburg, Pennsylvania’s Jeremy Zufall finished third. Shields claimed fourth and Uniontown’s Vince Masi, Jr., took fifth.
Lake claimed the heat race.

Morgantown’s Brent Trimble was the class of the field as he scored his third win of the season at the Knob and 107th-career victory in the E-Mod event. Trimble led every lap. Trimble got the jump on pole-sitter Vic Vandergrift, of Fairmont. He led the entire distance for the win. Vandergrift took second while a hard-charging Nick Cramer, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, finished third. Cramer began the race in seventh. Points leader Denny Nakutis, of Graysville, Pennsylvania, finished fourth and maintained his points advantage. Dalton, pulling double-duty during the evening, finished fifth.
Vandergrift won the heat race.

McClellandtown, Pennsylvania’s Jim Byers claimed his seventh win of the season in Street Stock competition. The points leader began from the pole after the pill draw invert, and he led flag-to-flag in a strong run. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley had a strong race, as well, and finished second. Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade claimed third, and Fort Hill, Pennsylvania’s Jason Gibbs took fourth. Bob Nelson, of Dunbar, Pennsylvania, rounded out the top five. Gibbs and Kelley were victorious in the heat races.

After a layoff from racing of nearly a year, Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania’s Bob Miller made a triumphant return to claim the victory in the Charger division. Miller, racing a Dodge Intrepid, began the race from the pole and led every lap. He finished second in his heat racer, earlier in the evening, but the No. 4 pill was drawn for the inversion and this placed Miller on the front row. Mill Run, Pennsylvania’s Ken Burkholder attempted to keep pace with Miller, but the defending track champion was forced to settle for the runner-up spot. Confluence’s Cody Colflesh took third while Mill Run’s Kyle
Burkholder, the points leader, finished fourth. Confluence’s Eric Miller finished fifth. Ken Burkholder and Colflesh claimed the heat races.

Not to be outdone by Byers’s accomplishment in the Street Stock event, Roadrunner competitor Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania, scored his seventh victory of the season at the Knob, as well. This was Koffler’s 85th-career triumph. Connellsville’s David Friend paced the field for the first four circuits. Koffler then made his bid for the lead on lap 5, and he held the lead for the final seven laps to claim the victory to maintain his points lead. Friend took third, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes claimed third. Dunbar’s Ed Leonard took fourth, and Keyser’s Neil Bauer claimed fifth. Koffler was the heat race winner.

Powder Puff racing closed out the evening. Stacy Tressler won the Street Stock event in Gibbs’s car; Mindy Miller won the Charger event in Bob Miller’s machine and Angel Hill claimed the Roadrunner event in Jeremy Hill’s car.

Racing returns to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Saturday with the season’s first visit by the Three State Flyers Super Late Model Series in the 55-lap King of the Knob event, which pays $5,000 to win. The Three State Flyers event includes qualifying, heat races, B-Mains and the feature. Also on hand will be the RUSH weekly Late Models and Street Stocks. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and general admission gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 p.m.

12 yr old Michael Lake Stuns Roaring Knob Crown Sweeping Sweeney Rush LM Tour Heat, K&N Dash, $2k Event on Labor Day

September 4th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series participated with the NDRL “Kings of Dirt” Super Late Model Series on Monday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Race #16 of 24 on the 2013 slate wrapped up the “$50,000 End of Summer Blowout” Labor Day Weekend that also included that wildly successful “Manufacturers Night” at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway.

Since becoming the youngest driver ever to qualify for a NeSmith Racing Series feature event back in February at Bubba’s Raceway Park in Ocala, FL, 12-year-old Michael Lake has been steadily improving. Lake has picked up a pair of Sweeney Weekly Series victories at Roaring Knob as well as two wins at Elkins Raceway, while sitting second in the “Futures Cup” standings.

Lake entered Monday with a pair of 13th place finishes as his best on the Sweeney Tour along with a K&N Dash victory at Lernerville Speedway. On Monday evening, Lake stunned the large crowd on hand prior to the $20,000 to-win NDRL main event with a sweep of his heat race, K&N Dash, and more importantly the 30-lap $2,000 to-win feature! Lake becomes the youngest dirt Crate Late Model Touring Series winner ever on the East Coast and possibly the nation!

“The yellow helped me,” acknowledged the Uniontown, Pa. resident. “It’s hard with traffic and if they don’t move. I got high in turn four and he (Ryan Montgomery) got a run on me. I ran hard into turn one and got into him. Honestly if the yellow didn’t come he would have probably won. I want to dedicate this win to Sprout Cossell. I have to thank my pap, everyone that helps me, and all of my sponsors.”

With lightning flashing to the west and south, Lake out-dragged Sweeney Tour point leader Mike Pegher, Jr. down the frontstretch and beat him into turn one for the early lead with Ryan Montgomery and Andrew Wylie in tow. Chad McClellan was able to get past Rick Singleton for the fifth spot on the opening lap.

By lap five, the top three of Lake, Pegher, and Montgomery began distancing themselves from the field, but four laps later Wylie began to track down the top three. After 10 non-stop green flag laps, Lake caught the back of the pack on the 11th circuit. Two laps later, Lake found himself amidst heavy lapped traffic with two of the Sweeney Tour’s best in Pegher and Montgomery right on his tail.

Lake continued to lead at the halfway point of the race as non-stop green flag action continued. With the top three dancing their way through heavy traffic, Wylie caught the trio and it was a four-car race for the lead on lap 16. Pegher went to the top in turns one and two to try and find a way past Lake, but yielded runner-up to Montgomery, who snuck underneath to grab the spot.

The young Lake continued to hit his marks and he had had traffic cleared on lap 18 as he and Montgomery opened up some ground on Pegher and Wylie. Coming down for 10 laps to go, Montgomery found an opening off turn four and it was a drag race down the frontstretch. Both drivers raced to the preferred line in turn one and contact was made. Montgomery appeared to have the pass completed, but Jason Rider spun in turn four necessitating the event’s first and only caution negating Montgomery’s pass.

Light sprinkles were in the air for the restart as Lake returned to the lead and chose the bottom. Lake took off in the lead as his Hoosier Crate Racin D21 fired better than Montgomery’s D55. The last 10 green-to-checkered laps saw Montgomery stick right with Lake. The pre-teen would fail to make a mistake and held off the 16-year-old by a few car lengths for his biggest career win. Lake also becomes the season’s 10th different winner in 16 races in the Bobby Lake-owned, C. Harper Chevrolet/Youngblood Concrete/V Corners Auto Sales/D&M Truck Repair/High Gear Speed Shop-sponsored Warrior Race Car #27.

Montgomery beat out Pegher for the runner-up spot for the second straight event and has now finished better than him for the eighth time in the past 10 races, but still trails the Sweeney Tour point leader by 20. It was Montgomery’s 11th top five of the season, but Pegher’s 13th in 16 races.

Wylie’s fourth place was his best Tour finish of the season and moved him into 10th in points. Chad McClellan recorded his second top five of the season in just his fourth Tour start. Third place point man Singleton was sixth over Ken Herman. Nolan Dalton was eighth in his first Tour start of the season. Ralph Morgan, Jr., who got passed on the final lap in Saturday’s non-qualifier at Pittsburgh, looked good in his second Tour start in John Powell’s #100 and finished ninth over Ricky Meglaye.

After his career best tour finish of fifth on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, Ben Policz earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card for the first time this season. Mike Laughard was awarded The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” after his night ended when he wasn’t able to avoid the spinning Chris Angelicchio in heat race action. It was Laughard’s just second Tour start of the season with both nights now ending in the heat race.

Wylie earned his first $100 Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” qualifying award after turning a lap of 17.384. Winning the $25 Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races were Lake, Pegher, and Montgomery. Lake became the first repeat winner of a K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash this season after 16 events! Lake received a $100 K&N certificate, while Pegher received a $50 certificate for second with $25 cash going to Montgomery and Wylie.

The next event on the Sweeney Tour will be race #17 of 24 at Sharon Speedway for the “Apple Festival Nationals” on September 13-14 paying $2,000 to-win in a Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Program qualifying

NDRL Point Leader Jimmy Mars Optimistic Heading into ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob

September 1st, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA -The National Dirt Racing League’s (NDRL) ‘Let’s Get Dirty Tour’ will return to action this upcoming Monday, September 2 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA for a huge Labor Day extravaganza featuring
the $20,000 to-win ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ for the NDRL’s ‘Kings of Dirt’ and a $2,000 to-win event for the Sweeney Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Series.

NDRL championship point leader Jimmy Mars used finishes of third and second at the first two mini-series events at Paducah (KY) International Raceway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway in Pevely, Missouri in April to secure the points lead heading into the tour’s final three events.

‘It would definitely be awesome,’ the Menomonie, Wisconsin driver said about claiming the first ever NDRL Championship. ‘I’m excited to get out and maintain those points or if I win the race, obviously I’ll have a chance at it. It’s a matter of turning things around, I feel like there’s a weekend that we do and then next I kind of fall off. I’m not whining or complaining that’s just the way it’s been. But I’m very optimistic going into this weekend.’

Mars will have to hold off ‘Mr. Smooth’ Billy Moyer from Batesville, Arkansas who sits second in the NDRL Championship point standings a mere four points behind Mars while Mars’ MB Customs ‘teammate’ Brian Birkhofer of Muscatine, Iowa sits third just six point back. Shinnston, West Virginia’s Josh Richards is fourth in points 16 points behind the leader and just six points ahead of Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpenterville, Illinois who is fifth in championship points.

Mars has visited the unique Markleysburg, Pennsylvania oval one time, during the 2011 Appalachian Mountain Speedweek where he finished 25th in the main event, “Definitely a unique track in the way it’s built,’ said Mars, ‘but it’s a track that goes out on a limb, so it’s a place that you have to try to make yourself good at. We’ve been to more unique places but I think if we can get our stuff in sync, I have as good a chance as anybody to be a contender.’

An unprecedented list of stars are expected to be in attendance including NDRL point leader Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR, Muscatine, IA’s Brian Birkhofer, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL , Eddie Carrier Jr., of Salt Rock, WV, Ashland, KY’s Steve Francis, the Kennedy Motorsports drivers, Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA, Tim Fuller of Watertown, NY, Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS, and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, NY. Also expected to be in attendance are local and regional stars like Davey Johnson, Mason Zeigler, Jacob Hawkins, Jared Hawkins, Jeremy Miller, Gregg Satterlee, Cody Hardesty, Dan Stone, Keith Barbara, Chuck Harper, and Roaring Knob point leader Tim Scenic as well as many others.

Tickets are available online at the NDRL’s official website, www.theNDRL.com. Ticket prices for the $20,000 to-win, Let’s Get Dirty 75 featuring the NDRL Super Late Models and the Sweeney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex are $35 ($30 pre-order) for general admission and $40 for pit entry.

The NDRL will offer a free Fan Pit Pass at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to any general admission ticket holder that donates a toy ($5 minimum with receipt) to Racers for Tots.

Pit gates and driver registration will open at 11:00am while the grandstand gates will open at 1:00pm. Fans can enjoy a pre-race, holiday concert by Cody McCarver at 2:00pm before the driver autograph session will be held at 3:30pm. The night’s driver’s meeting will be held at approximately 5:30pm with hot laps scheduled for 6:00pm. The Open Throttle 360 Time Trials will take place immediately after hot laps with racing starting at approximately 6:30pm. Legendary Entertainment will provide a holiday pyrotechnics and fireworks display when racing has concluded.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

Details on rules and format can be obtained by calling the series office at (412)824-9126 or logging on to the official NDRL website at www.theNDRL.com.

For more information on these events and the National Dirt Racing League please visit www.roaringknob.com or www.theNDRL.com.

Like the National Dirt Racing League on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalDirtRacingLeague and follow the NDRL on Twitter at @The_NDRL

NDRL to Allow CT525 Engines at Roaring Knob and Pittsburgh

August 31st, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA – The National Dirt Racing League (NDRL) will allow the 525 Sealed Coil Package Engine with maximum of 10″ set back allowed for the $20,000 to-win ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob on Monday, September 2 as well as the ‘Let’s Get Dirty 50′ and ‘Pittsburgher 100′ at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on October 11 and 12. However, there will be no body rule or weight breaks allowed.

An unprecedented list of stars are expected to be in attendance including NDRL point leader Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR, Muscatine, IA’s Brian Birkhofer, Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV, Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL , Eddie Carrier Jr., of Salt Rock, WV, Ashland, KY’s Steve Francis, the Kennedy Motorsports drivers, Shane Clanton of Zebulon, GA, Tim Fuller of Watertown, NY, Bub McCool of Vicksburg, MS, and Vic Coffey of Caledonia, NY. Also expected to be in attendance are local and regional stars like Davey Johnson, Mason Zeigler, Jacob Hawkins, Jared Hawkins, Jeremy Miller, Gregg Satterlee, Cody Hardesty, Dan Stone, Keith Barbara, Chuck Harper, and Roaring Knob point leader Tim Scenic among others.

Tickets are available online at the NDRL’s official website, www.theNDRL.com. Ticket prices for the $20,000 to-win, Let’s Get Dirty 75 featuring the NDRL Super Late Models and the Sweeney Chevrolet-Buick-GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex are $35 ($30 pre-order) for general admission and $40 for pit entry.

The NDRL will offer a free Fan Pit Pass at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to any general admission ticket holder that donates a toy ($5 minimum with receipt) to Racers for Tots.

Pit gates and driver registration will open at 11:00am while the grandstand gates will open at 1:00pm. Fans can enjoy a pre-race, holiday concert by Cody McCarver at 2:00pm before the driver autograph session will be held at 3:30pm. The night’s driver’s meeting will be held at approximately 5:30pm with hot laps scheduled for 6:00pm. Time Trials will take place immediately after hot laps with racing starting at approximately 6:30pm. Legendary Entertainment will provide a holiday pyrotechnics and fireworks display when racing has concluded.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

Details on rules and format can be obtained by calling the series office at (412) 824-9126 or logging on to the official NDRL website at www.theNDRL.com.

For more information on these events and the National Dirt Racing League please visit www.roaringknob.com or www.theNDRL.com.

Like the National Dirt Racing League on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/NationalDirtRacingLeague and follow the NDRL on Twitter at @The_NDRL

Excitement Grows at the Roaring Knob

August 30th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)-Tim Senic, the 2013 Elkins Speedway (WV) Late Model champion, served notice at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, that he is poised for another championship. Entering the night as the Knob’s points leader, Senic checked out from the competition en-route to his third win at the Markleysburg facility as the racing season
enters the home stretch.

Senic, of Elkins, WV, grabbed the lead from Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon on lap seven and pulled away to victory. Oakland, MD’s Cody Hardesty moved up to second, but he was unable to track down Senic, who had a comfortable advantage. Both drivers encountered lapped traffic, but it did not alter things as Senic held a full straightaway advantage at times. Senic is the 2009 Roaring Knob track champion, and he now holds a 32 –point advantage on Scott Rhodes, who sits second in the standings.

Hardesty finishes second followed by Uniontown, PA’s Mel Minnick, Jr., in third. Chalk Hill, PA’s Mason Zeigler finished fourth and Gordon slipped backward to finish fifth. Heat race winners among the 19 entrants were Brandon Delano, of Stoystown, PA, and Senic.

Senic is expected to compete in the Kings of Dirt NDRL event, Labor Day, Sept. 2, at Roaring Knob. The event pays $20,000 and expects to attract some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country. “I think some of the local guys at the Knob will make a lot of noise in this event,” Senic said.

Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky has experienced his share of success in Modified competition in his career, including much success at the Knob, but he has been shut out of Victory Lane at the Knob in RUSH Crate Late Model competition. That changed, Saturday, as he led flag-to-flag to claim his first Crate Late Model event at the Knob, and his second of his career. Krushansky led every lap to capture the checkered flag.

Mt. Morris, PA’s Greg Lemley had a very strong run to finish second, and Stoystown’s Chad McClellan took third. Uniontown’s John Over finished fourth and Hesston, PA’s Rick Singleton returned to the Knob to take fifth. Over and Singleton were the heat winners among 18 teams.

The E-Mod race proved interesting as Nick Cramer, of Latrobe, PA, was forced to hold off a hard-charging Dennis Perigo in the waning laps to claim his second victory of the season. Perigo, of Stoystown, moved to the outside of Cramer coming off turn four in the final lap. It was a drag race to the checkers, but Cramer narrowly held of Perigo for the victory. Perigo finished second and Morgantown, WV’s Deana Groves finished third.

Groves, who was moving toward the front of the field, earlier in the event, crashed into Matt Chenoweth in turn one on lap nine. Chenoweth had slowed on the front stretch and appeared to be heading to pit road; however, he came to rest in turn one. As the leaders roared down the front stretch, Groves was unable to clear Chenoweth. She crashed into Chenoweth, causing damage to her car’s right rear quarter panel. She was able to restart the race at the rear of the field, and she quickly moved around several competitors. She moved to third by the 14th circuit but simply ran out of time to mount a challenge for the win. Morgantown’s Nolan Dalton, who was driving Kenny Harris’s car, finished fourth. Denora, PA’s Bill Yohe finished fifth. Groves was the
heat winner, earlier in the evening.

Veteran driver Bob Nelson has been shut out of Victory Lane, thus far this season, but he survived a crash-filled event to grab his first checkers of the season. The Dunbar, PA driver made contact with Jim Byers in turn two as Byers made a bid for the lead on lap seven. The damage Byers received forced the Street Stock points leader to the pit area. Dunbar was able to continue; however, he was forced to fend off Greg Hauger on multiple restarts. Dunbar kept Hauger at bay to claim his first win at the Knob, this season.

Hauger, of Uniontown, finished second followed by Farmington’s Marty Spade in third. Lemont Furnace, PA’s Ryan Newman took fourth and Uniontown’s Barry Farris claimed fifth. Hauger and Spade were the heat race winners.

Ken Burkholder led the first six laps of the Charger event, but Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh became the star of the show. Colflesh moved by Burkholder on lap seven, and he never relinquished it, despite many challenges by Burkholder and Shawn Smith. The win was Colflesh’s second of the season. Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA, took second and Confluence’s Smith finished a close third. Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline finished fourth and Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder crossed the stripe in fifth. Ken Burkholder won the sole heat race.

Things aren’t always as it seems, and proof was evident in the special 20-lap Roadrunner event. Somerset, PA’s Jarred Barclay moved by West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr., on lap five to take the lead. Barclay moved away from the competition to grab the checkered flag; however, his car failed post-race inspection and he was disqualified. This awarded the win to Connellsville, PA’s David Friend, who had originally finished second. Friend and Koffler battle for position side-by-side for several laps behind Barclay before Friend got position on Koffler in the waning laps. Koffler was awarded second, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes finished third. Dunbar’s Ed Leonard took fourth and Sutersville, PA’s Dale Kimberly finished fifth. Barclay and Leonard won the heat races.

This coming Labor Day weekend will be filled with excitement at Roaring Knob. Saturday, all six divisions will return to action, which will feature Powder Puff Round No. 2, which was rained-out earlier in the season. Pit gates open at 4:30, and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled at 6:45 p.m.

Sunday, a special practice session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. This will set the stage for Monday’s $20,000 to-win NDRL Super Late Model Show. The nation’s top Late Model talent is expected to mix it up with the region’s best drivers. Pit gates will open at 11 a.m., and spectator gates will open at 1 p.m. Country music artist Cody McCarver (formerly of Confederate Railroad) will be in concert at 2 p.m., and a driver’s autograph session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m.

Youth Movement at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

August 20th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)-The RUSH Late Model division honored the late-Robert “Sprout” Cossell with Twin 15-lap memorial races, and the two winners served notice that the future of the sport may be in good hands. Twelve-year- old Michael Lake, of Uniontown, PA, led flag-to-flag to claim his second victory of 2013 at the Knob and his third victory of the season within the region. Not to be outdone, 16-year-old Dylan Lewis, of Oakland, MD, led the entire distance in the second event to score his
career-first victory.

Earlier in the season, Lake claimed his career-first victory, and he dedicated the win to Cossell. Once again, he dedicated his win to Cossell, whose wife, Lori, presented him the winner’s trophy in Victory Lane. Cossell’s wife was present to award the hardware to Lewis, later in the evening. “I’m just speechless,” said Lewis. “I can’t believe it.”

Lake held off Stoystown, PA’s Chad McClellan to claim the first RUSH Late Model event in his No. 27 Warrior chassis. McClellan settled for second. Uniontown’s John Over finished third and Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman took fourth. Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky rounded out the top five. An invert of the top-15 finishers put Lewis out front to
begin the second race. Lewis, like Lake, moved out to a hefty advantage during the race. Late in the event, however, Youngwood, PA’s Rick Meglaye made a late charge at Lewis. It was not enough, however, as Lewis roared to the checkered flag first. Meglaye took second, and Keyser’s Bob Gordon finished third. Mt. Morris, PA’s Greg Lemley, who was making his first start of the year at the Knob, took fourth, and points leader, Troy Shields of Acme, PA, claimed fifth. McClellan and Herman won the event’s heat races, earlier in the evening.

Twenty-two Super Late Model competitors took the green and Fairmont, WV’s Billy Holbert was the class of the field. Holbert, the defending track champion, led the entire distance in his No. 7 Rocket chassis to win his fourth race of the season at Roaring Knob and his fifth, overall, of the racing season. “The car was really hooked up, tonight,” said Holbert. “I’m glad to be back on top of the win column,” he added. Holbert was tied with Cody Hardesty with three
wins, apiece, prior to Saturday’s event.

Keyser’s Bob Gordon drove a very strong race to finish second. Likewise, Shane Hitt, of Buckhannon, WV, had one of his best races of the season to finish third. Stoystown’s Ron Delano, Jr., crossed the line in fourth, and Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes rounded out the top five.

Gordon, Holbert, and Hardesty, of Oakland, were the heat race winners. Stoystown’s Denny Perigo grabbed the lead, early, in his GRS No. 114 E-Mod, and he led all 15 laps to score his third win of the season. This marked Perigo’s eighth win throughout the last two seasons at Roaring Knob. Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer made strong advances from his fifth starting position to claim the runner-up spot. Fairmont’s Vic Vandergrift stormed his way frontward from the seventh starting
position but could only advance as far as third. Fairmont’s Jacob Hawkins, who just recently won the UMP Late Model event at Eldora Speedway, finished fourth, and Graysville, PA’s Denny Nakutis finished fifth. Vandergrift won the heat race.

A strong field of 18 Street Stock drivers made three attempts to start the race, but multiple cautions on the first lap slowed things, drastically. Jason Gibbs, the pole sitter, was involved in an early skirmish. Likewise, Scott Bittinger, Jim Byers, Scott Spade, and a host of others, did not go unscathed in early-race dust-ups. This forced track officials to order a single-file initial start. Multiple spins and altercations, again, forced track officials to end the race at six laps due to time constraints.

When the dust settled, Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade parked his No. 18 Monte Carlo in Victory Lane for the second time this season. “This race ending early was a blessing for me,” Spade said. “My car developed a bad vibration, and I’m not sure it would have lasted the entire 15 laps,” he explained. Spade led all six laps. Dunbar, PA’s Nelson finished second, and McClellandtown, PA’s Byers recovered to finish third. Masontown, PA’s Michael Duritsky, Jr., took fourth and
Lemont Furnace, PA’s Ryan Newman claimed fifth. Newman and Byers were the heat race winners.

Shawn Smith led the first half of the Chargers event, but the story came in the form of John Redshaw of Farmington. Redshaw started seventh by virtue of being the prior week’s winner. On lap four, Redshaw made a daring move in turn two as he passed J.T. Baird and Ken Burkholder on the inside to take second place. Three laps later, Redshaw moved underneath Miller in turn four to claim the lead. Redshaw held the lead for the remainder of the way, despite a last-ditch effort by Miller on the final lap. Redshaw claimed his second win in a row in his Monte Carlo, while Miller, of Confluence, PA, came up just a bit short at the line to finish second. Uniontown’s Baird took third while Confluence’s Cody Colflesh took fourth. Kyle Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA, rounded out the top five. Redshaw and Smith won the heat races.

Somerset’s Jarred Barclay slipped underneath leader, David Friend, with a half-lap remaining to claim his third win of the season at the Knob in the Roadrunner division. He was driving a Chevy Cobalt. Friend, of Connellsville, finished second. Friend led the first 11 laps of the race, but it was nowhere near a runaway for him as he and drivers, including Nick Iski, Barclay, Ryan Peer, Paul Koffler, III and Paul Koffler, Jr., diced up things throughout the top six. Iski, of Cresaptown, MD, finished a close third followed by West Leisenring’s Koffler in fourth. Koffler’s son, Paul Koffler, III, of Connellsville, took fifth. Barclay and Peer, of Ridgley, WV, won the heat races.

Six mechanics races were conducted at the end of the evening. Winners were Revvin Ron, Super Late Models; Aaron Wells, Crate Late Models; Bill Noll, E-Mods; Ralph McClain, Street Stocks; Joe Pluta, Chargers and Brian Dillinger, Roadrunners.

Action resumes at Roaring Knob, Saturday. All six divisions will be in action, which features a 20-lap special event for the Roadrunner division. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., spectator gates open at 5 p.m., and hot laps are slated for 6:45 p.m.

Anticipation Building for $20,000 ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

August 15th, 2013

Pittsburgh, PA – The National Dirt Racing League’s inaugural season will continue when the ‘Kings of Dirt’ battle for $20,000 at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA on Monday, September 2. The Labor Day extravaganza will also include the rising stars of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series as they compete for $2,000.

A stout field of drivers is expected to be in competition at the scenic oval located just miles away from the famous Nemacolin Woodlands resort including NDRL point leader Jimmy Mars of Menomonie, WI. Mars kicked off the NDRL season with a pair of third place finishes at Paducah (KY) International Raceway and Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, MO during the tour’s inaugural weekend. ‘Mr. Smooth’, Billy Moyer of Batesville, AR is a mere four points behind Mars in second while Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 winner, Brian Birkhofer of Muscataine, IA sits third in points just six points behind the point leader. Shinnston, WV’s Josh Richards sits fourth in points ahead of Carpenterville, IL’s Dennis Erb Jr. who rounds out the top five. Shannon Babb from Moweaqua, IL is sixth, Bobby Pierce of Oakwood, IL sits seventh just ahead of Salt Rock, WV’s Eddie Carrier Jr., Ashland, KY’s Steve Francis, and Zebulon, GA’s Shane Clanton who completes the top ten. The ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob will have an open tire rule.

In addition to the on track action, Country Music Recording Artist Cody McCarver will be live in concert as well as fireworks and pyrotechnics shows by Legendary Entertainment Productions, known for their work at crown jewel events such as the ‘Dream’ and ‘World 100′, will be provided free with admission!

Ticket prices for the ‘Let’s Get Dirty 75′ at Roaring Knob are $35 for general admission and $45 for pit entry. Tickets are also available online at www.theNDRL.com for a discounted price of $30 for general admission and $40 for pits. The NDRL will offer a free Fan Pit Pass to any general admission ticket holder that donates a toy ($5 minimum with receipt) to Racers for Tots.

Pit gates and driver registration will open at 11:00am while the grandstand gates will open at 1:00pm. Fans can enjoy a pre-race, holiday concert by Cody McCarver at 2:00pm before the driver autograph session will be held at 3:30pm. The night’s driver’s meeting will be held at approximately 5:30pm with hot laps scheduled for 6:00pm. Time Trials will follow hot laps with racing starting at approximately 6:30pm.

For more information on this event and the National Dirt Racing League please visit www.theNDRL.com.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

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Hardesty is Domination at the Roaring Knob

August 15th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)-Domination-That’s the word to describe Cody Hardesty’s performance, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Hardesty, of Oakland, MD, led flag-to-flag in his No. 53 Mastersbilt to capture the 25-lap Super Late Model event for his third victory of the season.

Hardesty began the race from the pole and quickly jumped to an early lead. The driver, who has become one of the premier Super Late Model drivers at the Markleysburg facility, enjoyed as much as a full straightaway lead during portions of the race. Elkins, WV’s Tim Senic ran in second for the entire event, but he was unable to mount a challenge on Hardesty. A caution period late in the event allowed Senic one last opportunity to mount a challenge on Hardesty. On the restart, Hardesty again quickly moved to a comfortable advantage. Hardesty wired the field en-route to his victory. Senic finished second. Hyndman, PA’s D.J. Troutman crossed the line third, and Stoystown, PA’s Ron Delano, Jr., finished fourth. Scott Rhodes, of Somerset, PA, rounded out the top five. Senic and Delano won the heat races.

The RUSH Crate Late Model event produced a popular winner as Acme, PA’s Troy Shields scored his first victory in nearly two years. Shields led the entire way, while Uniontown, PA’s Michael Lake and John Over battled for the second spot. Over and Lake traded the runner-up spot throughout the event, but neither was able to mount a serious challenge to Shields. Lake finished second and Over took third. Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon finished fourth in Tom Sieger’s machine. Stoystown’s Chad McClellan finished fifth. Over and Gordon won the heat races.

Deana Groves, of Morgantown, WV, grabbed the lead from Mike Reynolds on lap two and never looked back as she scored her third victory at the Knob in E-Mod competition. This was Groves’s sixth victory of the season throughout the region. Reynolds, of Clements, MD, held on to finish second, and Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer took third. Weston, WV’s Robert Smith and West Mifflin, PA’s Bruce Dreistadt finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Cramer and Groves were the heat race winners.

Farmington, PA’s Scott Spade led the entire distance to claim his fourth Street Stock victory of the year. He held off Scott Bittinger, early, and then held off Jim Byers in the final laps to take the win. Byers, of McClellandtown, PA, moved by Bittinger with two laps remaining, but he could not mount a challenge on Spade. Byers settled for second and Bittinger, of Mount Lake Park, MD, took third. Farmington’s Marty Spade claimed fourth and Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson took the fifth spot. Scott Spade and Byers claimed the heat races.

J.T. Baird led the first eight laps of the Charger division, but Farmington’s John Redshaw was on the move. Redshaw started fifth and quickly moved his way through the field. He overtook Baird on lap nine and moved away to claim his third victory of the season. Baird crossed the line second but was disqualified after his car failed post-race inspection. This awarded second to Mill Run, PA’s Kyle Burkholder. Mill Run’s Ken Burkholder claimed third and Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh finished fourth. Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola rounded out the top five. Colflesh and Redshaw were the heat race winners.

The Roadrunner division proved to be one of the most exciting races of the evening. The race had three different leaders as Clarksburg, WV’s Steve Frazier, Ridgley, WV’s Ryan Peer and West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr. traded the top spot. In turn four on the final lap, Koffler dove underneath Peer in a bid for the lead. Peer lost a wheel, and Koffler was able to get to the line first to claim victory. Peer’s car came to a stop on the front stretch shy of the finish line. Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes finished second, and Connellsville, PA’s David Friend claimed third. Hopwood, PA’s Todd Detrick finished fourth, and Dunbar, PA’s Ed Leonard rounded out the top five. Peer and Koffler claimed the heat races.

The Mechanics races were postponed due to heavy fog that engulfed the track late in the evening. All six divisions, including the rescheduled Mechanics races, will be held, Saturday, at Roaring Knob. Twin 15s for the Crate Late Models paying $700 each will be held to honor the late Sprout Cossell. The Back to School Bike Races for the kids are also scheduled. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m. and main grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Rain Out on Saturday did not Curb for Sunday’s race at Roaring Knob

August 8th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)-A rain-out, Saturday, didn’t dampen the enthusiasm for Sunday’s second annual Ernie Jones Memorial as 28 Super Late Model teams signed in for action at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Greensburg, PA’s Davey Johnson led flag-to-flag and held off a late-race charge by Cody Hardesty to claim the 22-lap event, which paid homage to the late Ernie Jones, a former Late Model racer and brother to track owner, Rick Jones. “That’s a good one,” said Johnson when asked about his win. “We changed everything on the car tonight, and we were fortunate enough to come up with a win.”

Johnson pulled away from the field early, but he was challenged for the lead when he encountered heavy lapped traffic in the race’s final four laps. Hardesty weaved through the traffic, nicely, and was on Johnson’s heels for the final two circuits. As the checkered flag fell, it was Johnson by a car length over Hardesty. “It was pretty tough there,” Johnson said about the lapped traffic. “I went a little soft on tires, but it was a good test for us for the upcoming $20,000 to win (NDRL) show, here,” he added. Johnson, a former winner of the famed Hillbilly 100 and Pittsburgher, was elated to add the Ernie Jones Memorial triumph to his impressive resume. “I knew Ernie for years, from back at the Rock (Allegany County Speedway) and many other tracks. What Ernie did for this sport, and what Rick still does to help keep the sport going, I had to come here to support them,” Johnson said.

The Super Late race began with Johnson on the front row beside pole-sitter Tim Senic, who won the Dash earlier in the evening. Johnson quickly moved by Senic on the race’s initial start, and he never looked back. Hardesty, of Oakland, MD, started third and passed Senic for second on lap 13. Hardesty began his quest for the lead as he and Johnson encountered lapped traffic. Despite a valiant effort, Hardesty settled for second. Senic, of Elkins, WV, crossed the stripe in third. Chambersburg, PA’s Devin Friese, the 2011 UFO Super Late Model champion, enjoyed a strong run all evening to finish fourth. Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes, a former track champion at Roaring Knob, rounded out the top five.

Winners of the four Super Late Model heat races were Senic, Uniontown’s Mel Minnick, Jr., Hardesty and Friese. The B-Main winner was Buckhannon, WV’s Shane Hitt. Senic won the dash among the eight drivers, who transferred into the special six-lap race by virtue of finishing in the top two spots of their respective heat races. The RUSH Crate Late Model event proved to be as much of a chess match as it did an auto race for two experienced drivers. The participants: Nolan Dalton and Chad McClellan.

McClellan, of Stoystown, PA, led the race in the high line for the event’s first nine laps. On the 10th circuit, McClellan went very high in the fourth turn, and this allowed Dalton to move underneath to take the lead. Dalton, who had been running the low side, moved up to the high side in an effort to take the preferred line away from McClellan.

This forced McClellan to make a bid for the lead on the low side. Despite many efforts that put McClellan alongside Dalton, McClellan was unable to reclaim the top spot. Morgantown, WV’s Dalton, the defending track champion, moved away by a few car lengths to claim his second win of the season. McClellan took second while Oakland’s Mike Lewis finished third. Uniontown, PA’s Michael Lake took fourth, and Acme, PA’s Troy Shields took over the points lead with his fifth-place effort.

Dalton and McClellan were the heat race winners. Mount Pleasant, PA’s Joe Kelley won several races in Street Stock competition late last season at Roaring Knob, but he changed things early in 2013 with a win in May. Kelley added his second win of the season in the 15-lap Street Stock race, Sunday. Mount Lake, MD’s Scott Bittinger led the first two circuits, but Kelley moved by him a restart. Kelley never looked back for the final 13 laps. At the line, Kelley took top honors in the Charles Trice-owned No. 100 machine. Bittinger settled for second. Cousins Marty and Scott Spade displayed
a competitive battle for third for the majority of the race. In the end, it was Farmington, PA’s Scott Spade who claimed third. Marty Spade, also of Farmington, crossed the line fourth and Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson was fifth. Kelley and Bittinger won the heat races.

The Charger drivers did not disappoint the Roaring Knob fans as they competed in one of the most exiting races of the evening. At times, as many as seven different drivers, racing three-wide multiple rows back, battled for the lead. Confluence, PA’s Eric Miller led the first four laps, but race fans could’ve thrown the proverbial blanket over the top seven competitors. On lap six, defending track champion, Ken Burkholder, emerged as the leader, after fighting his way forward from his sixth-starting spot. Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA, led the final seven laps to claim his third win of the season. Uniontown’s J.T. Baird also worked his way smartly through the field from his fifth-starting position. Baird followed in Burkholder’s tire tracks to take second at the line. Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder finished third, and Smithfield, PA’s Justin Howell crossed fourth. Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline rounded out the top five. Baird and Ken Burkholder won the heat races.

The Roadrunner division served as the evening’s night cap as West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr., turned in a dominating performance on the field. Koffler, the points leader, moved to a comfortable advantage early, as he led every lap for his fifth win of the season. Connellsville, PA’s David Friend claimed the runner-up spot and Windber, PA’s Path Brehm finished third. New Windsor, MD’s Coty Marsh finished fourth in a retro paint scheme of Ernie Jones. Marsh was driving a car adorned with No. 22, and sporting the same color scheme that Jones used on his 1966 Chevelle in 1980. Hopwood, PA’s Todd Detrick finished fifth. Koffler and Friend were the heat race winners.

The E-Mods will return next week as all six divisions will be in action, Saturday, at Roaring Knob. Additionally, race fans will be treated to the Grease Gun Mechanics Race. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated to start at 6:45 p.m.

Montgomery Holds Off Pegher at Roaring Knob

July 28th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Friday night for the rescheduled April 19 “Battle Down the National Pike”. A packed house filled the grandstands, grassy lawn chair seating, and drive in parking as RUSH joined with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at the scenic Markleysburg oval.

Ryan Montgomery held off Sweeney Tour point leader and three-time winner Mike Pegher, Jr. in a thriller to win by the closest margin in history (0.132) to capture his season’s second Tour win. The 30-lap, $2,000 win was Montgomery’s biggest of the season and closed his deficit to Pegher in the Sweeney Tour Championship to 24 points.

“The lapped cars moving to the topside the last couple laps really helped me out a lot,” stated the 16-year-old Fairmont, WV driver. “I knew Mike was there and I just kept trying to hold my line, but the last couple laps I kept moving out more and more. The right rear tire was going away so I’m glad it wasn’t anymore laps. I could hear him behind me. I knew it was going to be close, but I didn’t see him until I crossed the finish line. I was like ‘oh wait did he just pass me and I stuck my hand out the window’? It’s awesome to win here and it means a lot; all of my family and friends are here.”

The race got off to an ugly start when contact was made and cars went scrambling everywhere with eight cars getting caught up in the melee. All drivers were okay as six of the eight would rejoin the field. When racing got underway, K&N Dash winner Troy Shields battled side-by-side on the opening lap with Joe Martin as Shields had the narrow advantage to lead the first lap. Montgomery started fifth and was up to third after one lap with Jorden Peters and seventh starting Pegher filling out the top five after one lap.

Roaring Knob Super Late Model star Bob Gordon was making his first start in the Tom Sieger-owned #99, but spun after contact bringing out the caution with three laps scored. On the restart, Montgomery slipped past Martin for second as ninth starting Rick Singleton was able to get by both Pegher and Peters for fourth. On lap five following a caution for a spin by newcomer C.J. Johnson, Montgomery raced side-by-side with Shields for nearly the entire lap before making the winning pass driving around Shields off the topside of turn four.

Montgomery and Shields continued to race side-by-side for the lead on lap six with Montgomery holding on until another fine run by Joe Martin ended when he slowed and eventually came to rest necessitating the final caution of the race with six laps scored. Martin was awarded his season’s second Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” award. Pegher was able to slip by Singleton and Peters for third as lap six counted. Back under green flag conditions, it was three-wide for the lead between Montgomery, Shields and Pegher.

Montgomery continued to hold down the lead, while Pegher and Shields went at it for second. The duo ran side-by-side lap after lap without contact. Finally on lap 10, Pegher slipped underneath Shields in turn four for runner-up. Pegher quickly cut down Montgomery’s lead as he closed in on lap 13 and one lap later was all over the leader. Singleton had already passed the #11P of Peters for fourth then passed the other #11 in Shields for third with an inside move on lap 15.

Twelfth starting Ricky Meglaye was on the move as he followed Singleton by Shields for fourth on lap 15 as well; however, two laps later, Meglaye slapped a Jersey barrier and lost a few positions. Singleton began chewing into the deficit behind the lead duo on lap 18. The remainder of the race saw Pegher and Singleton keep pace with Montgomery. Montgomery made some nice moves in traffic to maintain his lead.

Pegher would try everything over the second-half of the race. He really closed in again in the final laps. Pegher tried to get under Montgomery on the final lap, but it took until turn four when he finally had an opening. It was a drag race
down the frontstretch with Montgomery holding on by the narrowest of margin in the Jeff Montgomery-owned, T.J. Contracting/High Gear Speed Shop/Mountain State Plumbing/Central Supply/Bobby Lake Motorsports/Frankland Rearends/Genesis Racing Shocks-sponsored #12.

“Those guys (Montgomery) were on top of their game all night long,” acknowledged the Wexford, Pa. driver. “We struggled early on in qualifying and in the heat race. We made the right choices in the feature and were pretty good. I was hoping
for a restart with a couple laps to go to see if I had anything for him. I could tell he was starting to slide up in turns three and four every lap. I honestly thought I was getting better every lap- just wished it was maybe 35 laps.”

Singleton’s third was his eighth top five of the season. “I was just kind of riding there at the end,” revealed the Hesston, Pa. veteran. I knew I could catch them, but I couldn’t pass them so I was trying to save my right rear hoping for a caution, but then at the end I figured I better go. These young boys are good. We’ve been battling in the point race, but broke down last week on the way to the track- that was a bummer. I was really enjoying the point race with them, but we’ll try and catch back up.”

Meglaye would gain back the ground he lost getting back by Shields for fourth on lap 26 and crossed the finish there in just his second Tour start of the season. After leading the first four laps, Shields faded to fifth. John Over’s sixth was his best Tour finish of the season and propelled him three spots in the standings. Canadian Jorden Peters also recorded his best Tour finish of the season in seventh beating his prior best of a pair of 10th place finishes. Andrew Wylie came home eighth as he’ll also gain three positions in the standings to move into the important 15th place in points.

After finishing a season best 12th in his last Tour start at Expo on July 14, Cody Dawson also nailed down his season’s best effort in ninth. Completing the top 10 was Billy Beachler, who earned his season’s first $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger gift card as he improved 11 spots from his 21st starting position.

Montgomery also set fast time in Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying with a lap of 17.005 to earn an extra $100. Montgomery, Over, and Martin picked up $25 for topping the Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races. All told, Montgomery earned $2,125 for the night! Troy Shields became the amazing 12th different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner in 12 events this season! Shields received a $100 K&N certificate as second place finisher Joe Martin received a $50 certificate. The third and fourth place finishers of Over and Baird received $25 cash. Ten drivers (listed below) received an additional $100 in travel money from the April 20 event at Hagerstown Speedway that was part of the “Battle Down the National Pike” weekend.

Jimmy Owens Gets Win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

July 27th, 2013

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Jimmy Owens dominated the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Friday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Owens took the lead at the start of the 50-lap main event and went unchallenged for the $10,000 pay day. Owens’ sixth series win of the season vaulted him back on top of the Lucas Oil Championship Points Standings.

Jeremy Miller had his best career LOLMDS finish, taking home second place. Steve Francis was third followed Earl Pearson, Jr. and Eddie Carrier, Jr.

“The crew has been working their tails off lately. We gambled on tires and the car was good all night. We qualified a lot better, which allowed us to win our heat race. We got some timely cautions out there and lapped traffic was not a factor for us tonight,” said the 2-time and defending LOLMDS champion. “I have to thank my car owner Mike Reece; he just bought us a new truck and trailer. I’ve got to give a special thanks to Reece Monument Company, Gantte Appraisals, Hypercoil Springs, Sunoco, Red Line Oil, and Ohlins.”

From the start, Miller and Francis ran side-by side for several circuits. Miller held the second spot for the first nine circuits until Francis got by him. Those two drivers had a terrific race all night, with Miller coming back to pass Francis on lap 27. He never relinquished the spot the remainder of the race.

“To come here and have a finish like this against these Lucas Oil guys sure feels good! Steve and I had a great battle there, and we didn’t touch the entire race. The tire rule really helped us tonight, everything just fell into place. I have to thank Rocket Chassis and everybody associated with our team. We’ve only ran about 13 races this year, and tomorrow night we will head to Hagerstown,” said Miller.

Francis talked about the duel he had with Miller all race long and Owens’ dominance, “Jimmy was clearly the best of the field tonight. Jeremy raced me cleaned and gave me the bottom all race long. We were a little too free in the corners, but it was another good finish for our team. I don’t know what happened to John (Blankenship), but this point’s battle is going to be tight up until the end of the season.”

Completing the top ten were Gregg Satterlee, Dan Stone, Austin Hubbard, Vic Coffey, and Don O’Neal. In preliminary action, Davey Johnson set the overall time (Group A) amongst the 36 entrants, with a lap of 15.579 seconds. Gregg Satterlee set the fastest time in Group B with a time of 15.914 seconds. Jimmy Owens, Steve Francis, Jeremy Miller, and Vic Coffey won their respective heat races. Jared Hawkins and Keith Barbara won their respective B-Mains.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be back in action tomorrow night, Saturday, July 27th at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD for the annual “Conococheague 50″. The event will pay $10,000-to-win and will include RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and the 50-Lap main event. For more information, log onto www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com and follow the series on www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Sweeney Rush LM Tour Showcased with Lucas Oil LM Series Friday at Roaring Knob

July 26th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series heads to the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Park this Friday night, July 26 for what was supposed to be the Series’ inaugural event back on April 19. Night 1 of the two-night “Battle Down the National Pike” was rained out the night before the season got underway at Hagerstown Speedway. RUSH will join again with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series on Friday night. It’ll be a doubleheader weekend for Roaring Knob as they’ll also host Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series action on Saturday night.

Race #12 of the 25-event inaugural slate will be the second of five Tour events of 2013 at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval and will pay $2,000 to-win using the qualifying format. The competitive Sweeney Touring Series has featured eight different winners in 11 events with Mike Pegher, Jr. and Max Blair being the only multiple winners! The Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Programs will be in effect. The fast qualifier will receive $100, while the heat race winners will receive $25 cash.

With this now being leg number two of the “Battle Down the National Pike”, the $1,200 travel money that was put up for the Roaring Knob-Hagerstown weekend back in April will now be paid out. The 10 highest finishing drivers from April 20 at Hagerstown that participate Friday night will receive $100! There will also be two $100 random drawings from the remaining drivers that competed at both events. All told, an additional $1,200 will be paid out in travel money!

“We have to thank Rick Jones for allowing us to again be part of this great event with Lucas Oil as well as Lisa Plessinger from Hagerstown for making the original scheduled weekend possible,” stated RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “It’s always a big deal for the Series and for the racers to be able to race in front of large audiences on a national stage. Rick really went above and beyond scheduling major events for our Series this year. This will be a great show for the fans and it’s looking like the weather is going to be fantastic for Friday!”

Last Saturday’s Sharon runner-up, Mike Pegher, Jr., was able to extend his Sweeney Touring Series point lead to 26 points after Rick Singleton encountered several flat tires on his way to the speedway and never arrived. Ryan Montgomery entered last Saturday as the Speedweek point leader, but got caught up in an accident and came back to finish 12th. Montgomery heads to his home track on Friday night now runner-up in points.

Joe Martin, who is searching for his Series first win, is third in points despite getting caught up in another crash not of his doing. Singleton dropped to fourth over Maryland “Futures Cup” racer Matt Glanden. Canadian “Futures Cup” racer, Jorden Peters, is just eight points behind Glanden in sixth as Chad Ruhlman, Butch Lambert, Cody Dawson, Max Blair, Matt Latta, Glenn Elliott, Michael Lake, John Over, and John Holtgraver currently complete the top 15 points paying positions.

The second ARbodies “Nosed Out” nose kit giveaway will be held for the first driver not making the feature. This is nearly a $250 value as well! Russell Baird, Jr.won the prize earlier this year.

The K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash will be run awarding $100 K&N certificate for the win, $50 certificate for second with $25 cash to all other starters. Friday’s K&N Dash will determine the beginning of the feature lineup. There has yet to be a repeat winner in the 11 K&N Dashes run this season! Glenn Elliott is the K&N point leader.

Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” as this driver will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series will be held for drivers failing to qualify for the feature. And like the K&N Dash, there also hasn’t been a repeat non-qualifier winner this season! Jamie Wrightsman is the current point leader.

Roaring Knob feature payoff: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210.

Non-Qualifier: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. There will be a $100 entry fee. RACEceivers and transponders will be mandatory.

Warm-ups begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, K1 RaceGear, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Super Late Models Raced Hard at Roaring Knob

July 17th, 2013

A strong field of 22 Super Late Model competitors raced fast but couldn’t prevent Billy Holbert from scoring his third win of the season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, in Markleysburg, PA. The defending track champion led 24 of the event’s 25 laps before narrowly eclipsing Tim Senic at the line for the victory.

John Over finally “threw the monkey off his back” to score his first victory of the season in the RUSH Crate Late Model division. Likewise, Nick Cramer scored his first win of the season in the E-Mod division, and C.J. Nicola grabbed his first victory of the year in the Charger division’s 20-lap special. Repeat winners were Jim Byers, who scored his sixth victory in the Street Stock race; and Paul Koffler, Jr., who grabbed his fourth victory of the season at the Knob in the Roadrunner division.

Defending track champion Holbert, of Fairmont, WV, grabbed the lead from Bob Gordon on lap two of the Super Late Model event. Holbert resisted the hard challenge of Gordon for the top spot for the first 13 circuits. Senic, who won last week at the Knob, quickly moved from his seventh spot and was running third by lap 13. On the ensuing lap, Senic moved by Gordon, and he set his sights on Holbert. For the remaining 12 laps, Senic moved to the inside and made several bids at
Holbert for the top spot. Holbert maintained his line in the upper grove and kept Senic at bay. Off the fourth corner of the final lap, Senic made a move to the inside of Holbert, but he came up one car length short as Holbert won the drag race to the checkered flag. This was Holbert’s third win of the season at the Knob, and it broke a four-way tie with Senic, Mason Zeigler and Cody Hardesty, all of whom have two wins, apiece, at the Knob, this season. Additionally, the win
moved Holbert into the points lead.

Senic, of Elkins, WV, finished second; and Keyser, WV’s Gordon took third. Swanton, MD’s Bob Hershman and Wheeling, WV’s Gary Gellner had strong runs to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Winners of the Three heat races were Gordon, Senic and Holbert. ‘ “There goes that monkey,” exclaimed Over as he climbed from his car in victory lane. Over, of Uniontown, PA, has scored multiple track championships and victories at Roaring Knob in previous years, but he has been shut out of victory lane, this season. That changed, Saturday, as Over led flag-to-flag in dominating fashion to claim his first victory of the season in the RUSH Crate Late Model race. The victory gave Over the points lead at the Pennsylvania facility, and it will make him a strong contender to take over the National RUSH weekly points lead among the seven RUSH sanctioned tracks. Over entered Saturday’s event second in those standings.

Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman, who has had strong runs throughout the season, came up one spot short to finish second. Oakland, MD’s Mike Lewis finished third, and Youngwood, PA’s Rick Meglaye finished fourth in his third start of the season at the Knob. Pittsburg, PA’s Tom Sieger finished fifth in his first start of the 2013 season. Acme, PA’s Troy Shields and Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky won the heat races.

Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer led every lap to claim the E-Mod victory. Cramer had a strong run, last week, to finish second, and he carried that momentum to victory lane, Saturday. This was Cramer’s third-career victory. Defending track champion, Denny Nakutis, of Graysville, Pa, was sandwiched between Cramer and Cramer’s brother, Josh, throughout the affair. Nakutis finished second while Josh, of Greensburg, PA, claimed third. Morgantown’s Brent Trimble finished fourth, and Mount Morris, PA’s Ron Howard rounded out the top five. Nick Cramer and Trimble won the heat races.

The Street Stock event proved to be one of the most competitive events of the evening. Bob Nelson, Ryan Newman, Jim Byers and Marty Spade formed a four-car breakaway from the remainder of the field. The foursome battled furiously for the event’s 15 laps before Byers scored his sixth victory of the season. Nelson, of Dunbar, PA, led the first nine laps while Byers and Neman battled side-by-side. On the 10th circuit, Byers moved by Nelson for the top spot. Then, it became Newman’s and Dunn’s turn to battle side-by-side for the second spot. Byers maintained the advantage, and the McClellandtown, PA driver grabbed the checkers. Newman, of Lemont Furnace, PA, held on for second and Nelson finished third. Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade stayed in contact with the threesome the entire race and finished fourth. Cairnbrook, PA’s Bill Pluta, Jr., finished fifth. Newman and Nelson won the heat races, earlier in the evening.

In the special 20-lap Charger event, Justin Howell led the first 18 laps. For a while, it appeared Smithfield, PA driver was going to win his second feature of the season. C.J. Nicola, however, was hungry for his first win of the season, and he grabbed the lead from Howell with two laps remaining. The Ursina, PA pilot held onto the top spot for the final two circuits to grab the win. Howell claimed second, and Uniontown, PA’s J.T. Baird finished third. Confluence, PA’s Eric Miller, who was celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary, claimed fourth. Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline rounded out the top five. Nicola and Howell claimed the heat races.

West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr. maintained a hefty advantage throughout the Roadrunner event to claim his fourth win of the season and 80th win of his career. The victory moved Koffler into the points lead. West Leisenring’s Steve Settle finished second and Somerset’s Jarred Barclay claimed the third spot. Fourth went to Connellsville’s David Friend, and Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes nailed down the fifth spot. Settle and Friend won the heat races.

All six divisions will return to action, Saturday, at Roaring Knob as the Mid-season Championship event will award double points in all divisions. The Grease Gun Mechanic exhibition race will be held, as well. Pit gates will open at 4: 30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to commence at 6:45 p.m.

Senic Out Dueled Hawkins at Roaring Knob

July 10th, 2013

Lightning wasn’t all that was providing an impressive display at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA, Saturday night. Racing fans were also treated to some of the year’s best races that provided its own special story by the time the checkered flag fell.

Tim Senic out-dueled Jared Hawkins to win one of the year’s best Super Late Model features; Chad McClellan used the high groove to win his fourth RUSH Crate Late Model Race at the Knob and Brent Trimble claimed the E-Mod race for his 100th-career triumph. Marty Spade collected his first Street Stock victory in the special 20-lap Chuck Bloom Memorial; Cody Colflesh claimed the Charger event for his career-first victory and David Friend claimed his first victory of the season in the Roadrunner division.

Seventeen Super Late Model drivers stormed into turn one at the drop of the green, and pole-sitter Ron Delano, of Stoystown, PA, became the early leader. It appeared Delano had the car to beat as he piloted his No. 0 machine in front for the event’s first nine laps; however, Senic quickly moved from his ninth starting position to claim the lead by lap 10. Hawkins, who started fourth, moved to second behind Senic, and that’s when one of the year’s best battles began.

Lap after lap, the two veteran drivers ran side-by-side as Senic occupied the low grove and Hawkins drove on the top side. As the lead battle ensued, Delano, Jacob Hawkins and Devin Friese wrestled for the third spot. Jared Hawkins grabbed the lead on lap 14, and he held it for two laps. Senic then regained the top spot, but the battle was far from conclusion. Senic continued to be the event’s official leader at the start/finish line, but again, the two battled side-by-side. On lap 24, the two encountered lapped traffic that enabled Senic to move ahead by three cars lengths. As the checkered flag fell, Elkins, WV’s Senic claimed his second victory of the season at the Knob. Jared Hawkins, of Fairmont, WV, settled for second, and Chambersburg, PA’s Devin Friese finished fourth. Mercersburg, PA’s Tyler Hershey moved from sixth to finish fourth, and Fairmont’s Jacob Hawkins rounded out the top five. Delano made contact with the guardrail in turn two in the event’s latter stages and finished 15th. Hershey and Jacob Hawkins were victorious in the heat races.

Stoystown’s Chad McClellan made the high groove work for him, as well, in the RUSH Crate Late Model event. McClellan moved from his fifth starting spot to take second by lap four. He was attempting to chase down Uniontown, PA’s John Over, who was looking for his first win of the season. Over led the race until three laps remaining when he made contact with a lapped car in turn three. The contact sent Over to the pits, and McClellan assumed the lead. McClellan held off a hard-charging Michael Lake to claim the victory. Lake, of Uniontown, finished second. Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman turned in another solid run to finish third while Acme, PA’s Troy Shields claimed fourth. Morgantown’s Rick Strickler completed the top five. Over and Herman were heat race victors.

A strong field of fourteen E-Mod drivers began their 15-lap event, and Morgantown’s Brent Trimble grabbed the early lead. The caution was displayed on lap three when pole-sitter Richard Michael, Jr., of New York, made contact with the turn one guardrail. Trimble, on the ensuing green flag, held of the advances of Toronto, OH’s Kevin Miller II. Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer mounted a strong run as he overtook Miller for second on lap 11. Trimble, meanwhile, kept Cramer at bay and claimed the checkers for his 100th-career win. Cramer finished second followed by Miller in third. Mount Morris, PA’s Ron Howard took fourth, and Stoystown’s Denny Perigo finished fifth. Smith and Trimble claimed the heat races.

Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade has performed admirably most of the season, but he hasn’t been able to find his way to Victory Lane. That changed, Saturday, as he led flag-to-flag to claim the Chuck Bloom Memorial Street Stock event. Spade collected $478 for his efforts in a race that commemorated the life of Chuck Bloom, who piloted the No. 78 Street Stock and Crate Late Model for many years at Roaring Knob. McClellandtown’s Jim Byers finished second and Mount Pleasant, PA’s Joe Kelley finished third. Farmington’s Scott Spade took fourth and Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson finished fifth. Uniontown’s Barry Farris and Fort Hills, PA’s Jason Gibbs, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, received an extra $100 donated by Bobby Lake for the Chuck Bloom event. Scott Spade and Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw were victorious in the heat races.

Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh has been another driver at Roaring Knob who hasn’t enjoyed a victory despite having many good races throughout the season. Colflesh, like Spade, finally “sealed the deal” as he claimed victory in the Charger event. Colflesh led every lap of the event, and he held off a hard charging Justin Howell to claim the checkers. Howell, of Smithfield, PA, finished second while Uniontown’s J.T. Baird finished third. Mill Run, PA’s Ken Burkholder took fourth and Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola crossed the stripe in fifth. Farmington’s John Redshaw and Confluence’s Eric Miller won the divisions’ heat races.

In the final race of the evening, Connellsville’s David Friend led every lap to win the Roadrunner race for his first victory of the season. Like Marty Spade and Colflesh, Friend had turned in many strong performances throughout the season without a victory prior to Saturday. West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr., finished second, and Paul Koffler, Sr., finished third. Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes claimed fourth and Dan Lowery rounded out the top five. Stoystown’s Robert and Andrew Pluta won the two heat races.

This Saturday at Roaring Knob, the Charger division will be highlighted by a special 20-lap event. The Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, Street Stocks and Roadrunners will also be in action. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Fans and Drivers Enjoy Fireworks at Roaring Knob

July 2nd, 2013

A spectacular fireworks display filled the sky, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, and Oakland, MD’s Cody Hardesty provided the heat on the race track in dominating fashion. Hardesty wired the field to capture his second Super Late Model victory in his No. 53 Mastersbilt at the Markleysburg, PA facility.

Hardesty began the 25-lap event from the pole, and quickly assumed the lead on Buckhannon, WV’s Shane Hitt. Hardesty and Hitt conducted a two-car breakaway from the remainder of the field that saw Mark Booth, Tim Senic and Billy Holbert engaged in a fierce battle for third.

Hardesty increased his lead over Hitt by almost a straightaway by the race’s midpoint. Hitt maintained a healthy advantage of his own on Booth, Senic and Holbert, who swapped positions third through fifth for most of the affair. A caution on lap 18 bunched the field, but Hardesty, once again, checked out on the competition at the ensuing
green flag. Hardesty claimed the checkers by a full straightaway over Hitt, who finished second. Booth, of Irwin, PA, took third followed by Fairmont, WV’s Holbert in fourth. Senic, of Elkins, WV, rounded out the top five. Holbert and Senic were the heat race winners.

Hesston, PA’s Rick Singleton led flag-to-flag to win the RUSH Crate Late Model 20-lap race. Singleton grabbed the lead from Jeff Compton on the first lap and held it until a caution on lap 13. When the race resumed, Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky made a bid for the top spot when he dove underneath Singleton in turn two. Krushansky moved side-by-side with Singleton, but Singleton was able to move back in front. Singleton held onto the lead for the final seven circuits to grab his second victory of the season at the Knob, and his eighth overall victory this racing season. Krushanky crossed the stripe in second followed by Acme, PA’s Troy Shields in third. Uniontown, PA’s Michael Lake moved from his seventh starting position to finish fourth. Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman finished fifth. Shields and Lake claimed the heat races.

The E-Mod race produced a popular victory as 15-year-old Ron Howard scored his career-first win. The Mount Morris, PA driver led all 12 laps in his No. 33 machine. “This feels awesome,” exclaimed Howard in Victory Lane. Stoystown, PA’s Dennis Perigo finished second followed by Graysville, PA’s Denny Nakutis in third. West Mifflin, PA’s Bruce Dreistadt finished fourth in his first visit to the track, this season. Bridgeport, WV’s Larry Atha was fifth. Perigo won the sole heat race.

Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw made a triumphant return to Roaring Knob by leading every lap to win the 15-lap Street Stock event. Bendishaw moved from his third starting spot to claim the lead on lap one. He thwarted the early-race challenges of Marty Spade then he held off Scott Spade for the final five laps to grab the victory. Scott Spade, of Farmington, PA, claimed second, and the prior week’s winner, Jim Byers of McClellandtown, PA, finished third. Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson finished fourth and Fort Hill, PA’s Jason Gibbs rounded out the top five. Nelson and Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade won the heat races.

John Redshaw, of Farmington, led the entire 12 laps to claim the Charger event. He held off a hard-charging J.T. Baird en-route to victory. Baird, of Uniontown, finished second, followed by Mill Run, PA’s Kyle Burkholder in third. Pole-sitter Brad Nesline, of Bittinger, MD, fell back to finish fourth and Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh finished fifth. Colflesh and Confluence’s Eric Miller claimed the heat races.

West Leisenring’s Steve Settle and Paul Koffler, Jr. battled for the lead early, but it was Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes, who battled her way to the front to win the Roadrunner race for her third-career victory. Settle led the first two laps but was overtaken by Koffler on lap three. Koffler held the lead for one lap until Settle moved back to the front. Koffler then suffered a flat tire. Then, Rhodes moved by Settle, and she led the final six laps to score the victory. Koffler rebounded to finish second followed by Settle in third. Artemas, PA’s Brandon Conrad finished fourth and Hopwood, PA’s Dustin Detrick finished fifth. Connellsville’s David Friend claimed the heat race.

Racing returns to Roaring Knob, Saturday, featuring the Chuck Bloom Memorial race for the Street Stock division. The 20-lap event will pay $478 to win. The Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, Chargers and Roadrunner divisions will be in action, and the track will have bicycle races for the kids. A girl’s and boy’s bike will be given away courtesy of Bobby Lake Motorsports. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Roaring Knob thanks Arsenberger Trucking and Penn Summit Insurance Agency for sponsoring the track’s fireworks display.

Mike Pegher, Jr Wins his 2nd Straight $2000 Sweeney Rush Late Model Tour Event Holding Off Jared Hawkins at Roaring Knob

June 27th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first of five visits of the 2013 season to the beautiful Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on a hot Saturday night. A strong field of 29 competitors was on hand and a great gathering of fans spread all throughout the grounds at the scenic facility for night two of the three-night “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” presented by RainEater Wiper Blades. It was race #6 of the 27 event
Touring slate.

One night after a dominating performance at Hagerstown Speedway for his milestone 100th career win, Mike Pegher, Jr. added another $2,000 to his stellar weekend holding off the hard charging Super Late Model star Jared Hawkins for his third Sweeney Tour event win of the season. The 30-lap victory not only maintains Pegher’s Sweeney Tour point lead, but also the RainEater Wiper Blades “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” point lead heading into the final night at The Rock.

“I kept watching the scoreboard and seen Jared (Hawkins) was coming,” acknowledged the 27-year Wexford, Pa. victor. I knew the outside was probably getting faster around the cushion so I chanced it and took it the outside for the final restart. It was a good race and I’m glad to be back up here again. I have to thank Mike Brunner for all the time and work he put in at the shop this week, all my sponsors, Lynn Geisler, and the fans for coming out.”

Via his first K&N Dash win, Pegher earned the pole position and took off in the lead over fast qualifier Ryan Montgomery and John Over. Joe Martin started sixth, but was able to use the outside to power by Michael Lake and Glenn Elliott to advance to fourth after one lab .Elliott faded outside the top five when Lake and ninth starting Hawkins moved to fifth and sixth on laps three and four respectively.

Pegher pulled out to a straightaway lead by lap six and was set to enter lapped traffic when Louie Krushansky, who was making his first Tour start of the season, slowed to bring out the caution with eight laps scored. The caution erased Pegher’s 3.5 second lead. When racing resumed, Hawkins pressured Martin on laps 10-12 and made the pass for fourth racing off the inside of turn two down the backstretch on the 12th circuit.

Hawkins moved to the topside of the racey 3/8-mile track and quickly tracked down Over. Hawkins drove around Over in turn four to grab third at the start-finish line on lap 13. Hawkins stayed up top as he made up ground on Montgomery in a hurry. On lap 17, Hawkins drove by Montgomery off the outside of turn two for second.

Hawkins, who was running faster laps than Pegher, had a 3.4 second deficit to make up. Just after the completion of lap 17, Lake spun in turn two ending a solid run and earned him The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” award. With the field getting the one-lap to go signal, the lights went out on the speedway. Thankfully the race was under caution and no damage was done.

After nearly a 20-minute delay to restore the lights, racing was back underway. Pegher chose the outside line and after a false start took command of the race, while Martin was able to get by Montgomery for third. The top four of Pegher, Hawkins, Martin, and Montgomery distanced themselves from the field, while a tremendous race was on for fifth between Over, Ken Herman, Rick Singleton, Ricky Meglaye, and Butch Lambert.

The last 13 laps went green-to-checkered. After Pegher got out to a decent lead, Hawkins was again running faster laps and closed on the leader in the final laps. Lapped traffic loomed ahead, but the leaders didn’t quite get there as Pegher was able to hold on by just 0.625 of a second in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Alternative Power Sources/Pegher Painting/Triple-S Auto Outlet/Zero Wraps-sponsored Rocket Chassis #1c. Pegher has now finished in the top nine of all six Sweeney Tour events this season.

Hawkins put on a solid performance subbing for Chad McClellan and probably didn’t need the last caution and long power outage delay. “I had a lot of fun tonight,” expressed the 26-year-old Fairmont, WV resident, who also finished second in the Modified special. “I haven’t been in a Modified for a while, and never drove a crate car. I enjoyed both. We’re trying to cut back laps on our Super Late Model stuff to let geared up for a couple big races. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to race. I have to thank Chad and his brother (McClellan) for getting to do this and Kevin for letting us drive the Modified.”

“I was ready and trying to get the jump on that restart and get him so I could move up in turn one,” explained Hawkins. “Mike (Pegher) is an awesome guy and race car driver so I’m just happy to come home second. I have to thank everyone for coming out.”

Martin’s third was his fifth top nine finish in six races. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” acknowledged the Mayport, Pa. competitor. “This place is awesome especially once it starts drying out, and we had the cushion to play with. Jared (Hawkins) showed me what was up there. He’s a real good driver as everyone knows. We were decent at the end. We are going to keep after these top fives, but when Mike (Pegher) is on there isn’t too many people that can beat him. With what we have, we’re going to keep plugging away and stay in the points race and see what happens”

Montgomery was fourth for the second straight night for his fifth top eight finish in six races this season. Eleventh starting Herman had a great run to garner the fifth spot in his first Sweeney Tour start of the season.

After struggling through the preliminary events to get the Clint Enyeart #99* to run once again, Rick Singleton battled from the 16th starting spot to a sixth place finish to pick up the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate for the second straight night and maintain runner-up in points. Meglaye was seventh after starting 13th in his season debut. Lambert advanced to eighth after starting 14th. Chad Ruhlman and Over completed the top 10.

Montgomery set fast time with a lap of 17.201 to earn the $100 from Bobby Lake Motorsports in “Shock the Clock” qualifying. Montgomery, Elliott, and Pegher added $25 to their payday for winning the Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races. Paul McGinley won the B main.

Pegher became the sixth different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner in as many events this season and earned the $100 certificate. Montgomery received a $50 certificate for second, while Over and K&N Dash point leader Elliott received $25 cash.

Tanner Wilson Wins the As Cramer Memorial for Emods

June 27th, 2013

The first Saturday of summer not only brought warm weather, but it provided an action-packed night of racing at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysbug, PA. The RUSH Late Model Dirt Series highlighted the night that saw five other divisions in action, including the Super Late Models and the Al Cramer Memorial for E-Mods.

Mike Pegher, Jr., of Wexford, PA, led flag-to-flag to claim the RUSH Crate Late Model Touring Series’ first-ever visit to the speedway. Pegher won the night before at Hagerstown Speedway in Maryland, and his victory at the Knob made it two in a row, and three for the year, for the driver of the Geisler-owned No. 1 machine in the RUSH Series. (A complete and separate press release on this event can also be seen on this website, www.roaringknob.com).

Mason Zeigler used the high side to grab the lead from Ron Delano on lap four, and never looked back, as the Chalk Hill, PA driver claimed victory in the Super Late Model event. Zeigler, who qualified for the Dream at Eldora two weeks prior, led the final 21 laps to claim his second victory of the season at the Knob. Delano, of Stoystown, PA, fell into the clutches of Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes on lap nine. Rhodes began the race in fifth and moved his way toward the front with a good run to finish second. Delano started the race from the pole, but he settled for third. Defending track champion Billy Holbert, of Fairmont, WV, marched his way from his seventh starting position to finish fourth. Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon rounded out the top five. Zeigler and Delano won the heat races.

The special 18-lap Al Cramer Memorial for the E-Mods brought 19 entries, including drivers from Ohio. The event commemorated the life of the late Al Cramer, father of Nick and Josh Cramer, who compete regularly in the E-Mod division at Roaring Knob.

After winning the dash for cash, St. Clairsville, OH’s D.J. Cline began the feature from the pole. He shared the front row with Fairmont’s Jared Hawkins, who was driving for his brother, Jacob, who was injured at Eldora two weeks prior. Hawkins got the jump on Cline to lead the first lap. Cline worked the low groove several times on Hawkins, and at times pulled up alongside, but he was unsuccessful in his bid to recapture the lead.

Meanwhile, Zanesville, OH’s Tanner Wilson began his quick move to the front after starting in fifth. Wilson, who currently is the Rookie of the Year point leader in the Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour, moved by Cline on lap 10 and set his sights on Hawkins. Wilson, like Cline, worked the low side and moved by Hawkins for the lead on lap 14. He held onto the top spot for the final five circuits to collect his $1,838 payday. Hawkins finished second. Zanesville’s Jessie Wisecarver took third, and Fairmont’s Vic Vandergrift finished fifth. Morgantown, WV’s Deana Groves crossed the stripe to finish fifth. Cline saw his bid for a good finish evaporate when he spun on the front stretch on lap 13. Wilson and Vandergrift won the heat races.

One of the night’s best races came in the Street Stock division. McClellandtown, PA’s Jim Byers and Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade battled for the lead throughout the entire 15-lap event. Byers led the first six circuits, but he was being seriously challenged by Spade, each lap. Spade moved by Byers on lap seven to grab the top spot, and he held the lead for the next three laps.

The two battled nose-to-tail and side-by-side before Byers re-claimed the lead on lap 10. Byers held on to claim the win by a narrow margin at the line for his fifth of the season at the Knob. Spade, who is winless this season, finished second. Masontown, PA’s Mike Duritsky finished third and Fort Hill, PA’s Jason Gibbs claimed fourth. Greg Hauger, of Uniontown, PA, finished fifth in Bill Pluta’s car. Heat race winners were Masontown’s Michael Duritsky, Jr., and Byers.

Justin Howell claimed his career-first victory in the Charger event. The Smithfield, PA driver led in his No. 30 Nova flag-to-flag, and held off Charger division hot shoes J.T. Baird and Kyle Burkholder to win the 12-lap event. Baird and Burkholder swapped the second spot, three times, before Uniontown’s Baird came home second. Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA, finished third. Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh and Eric Miller finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Burkholder won the
heat race.

The Roadrunner division was the nightcap of a late, but exciting, night of action. Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, PA, led the entire distance for his third win of the season on the three-eighths mile clay oval. West Leisenring’s Steve Settle began the race in ninth, and he had moved to second by lap seven. He was unable to make a move by Koffler, however, and finished second. Connellsville, PA’s David Friend took third. Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes recovered from a
mid-race flat tire to finish fourth. Hopwood, PA’s Todd Detrick finished fifth.

Saturday’s action at Roaring Knob will feature double-points racing for all six divisions. Additionally, fans will be treated to a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Penn Summit Insurance Agency and Arsenberger Trucking. Pit Gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6:45.

Mike Pegher, JR Wins his 2nd Straight Late Model Tour Event at Roaring Knob

June 24th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made its first of five visits of the 2013 season to the beautiful Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on a hot Saturday night. A strong field of 29 competitors was on hand and a great gathering of fans spread all throughout the grounds at the scenic facility for night two of the three-night “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” presented by RainEater Wiper Blades. It was race #6 of the 27 event Touring slate.

One night after a dominating performance at Hagerstown Speedway for his milestone 100th career win, Mike Pegher, Jr. added another $2,000 to his stellar weekend holding off the hard charging Super Late Model star Jared Hawkins for his third Sweeney Tour event win of the season. The 30-lap victory not only maintains Pegher’s Sweeney Tour point lead, but also the RainEater Wiper Blades “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” point lead heading into the final night at The Rock.

“I kept watching the scoreboard and seen Jared (Hawkins) was coming,” acknowledged the 27-year Wexford, Pa. victor. I knew the outside was probably getting faster around the cushion so I chanced it and took it the outside for the final restart. It was a good race and I’m glad to be back up here again. I have to thank Mike Brunner for all the time and work he put in at the shop this week, all my sponsors, Lynn Geisler, and the fans for coming out.”

Via his first K&N Dash win, Pegher earned the pole position and took off in the lead over fast qualifier Ryan Montgomery and John Over. Joe Martin started sixth, but was able to use the outside to power by Michael Lake and Glenn Elliott to advance to fourth after one lap. Elliott faded outside the top five when Lake and ninth starting Hawkins moved to fifth and sixth on laps three and four respectively.

Pegher pulled out to a straightaway lead by lap six and was set to enter lapped traffic when Louie Krushansky, who was making his first Tour start of the season, slowed to bring out the caution with eight laps scored. The caution erased Pegher’s 3.5 second lead. When racing resumed, Hawkins pressured Martin on laps 10-12 and made the pass for fourth racing off the inside of turn two down the backstretch on the 12th circuit. Hawkins moved to the topside of the racey 3/8-mile track and quickly tracked down Over. Hawkins drove around Over in turn four to grab third at the start-finish line on lap 13. Hawkins stayed up top as he made up ground on Montgomery in a hurry. On lap 17, Hawkins drove by Montgomery off the outside of turn two for second.

Hawkins, who was running faster laps than Pegher, had a 3.4 second deficit to make up. Just after the completion of lap 17, Lake spun in turn two ending a solid run and earned him The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” award. With the field getting the one-lap to go signal, the lights went out on the speedway. Thankfully the race was under caution and no damage was done.

After nearly a 20-minute delay to restore the lights, racing was back underway. Pegher chose the outside line and after a false start took command of the race, while Martin was able to get by Montgomery for third. The top four of Pegher, Hawkins, Martin, and Montgomery distanced themselves from the field, while a tremendous race was on for fifth between Over, Ken Herman, Rick Singleton, Ricky Meglaye, and Butch Lambert.

The last 13 laps went green-to-checkered. After Pegher got out to a decent lead, Hawkins was again running faster laps and closed on the leader in the final laps. Lapped traffic loomed ahead, but the leaders didn’t quite get there as Pegher was able to hold on by just 0.625 of a second in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Alternative Power Sources/Pegher Painting/Triple-S Auto Outlet/Zero Wraps-sponsored Rocket Chassis #1c. Pegher has now finished in the top nine of all six Sweeney Tour events this season.

Hawkins put on a solid performance subbing for Chad McClellan and probably didn’t need the last caution and long power outage delay. “I had a lot of fun tonight,” expressed the 26-year-old Fairmont, WV resident, who also finished second in the Modified special. “I haven’t been in a Modified for a while, and never drove a crate car. I enjoyed both. We’re trying to cut back laps on our Super Late Model stuff to get geared up for a couple big races. I’m just glad I got the opportunity to race. I have to thank Chad and his brother (McClellan) for getting to do this and Kevin for letting us drive the Modified.”

“I was ready and trying to get the jump on that restart and get him so I could move up in turn one,” explained Hawkins. “Mike (Pegher) is an awesome guy and race car driver so I’m just happy to come home second. I have to thank everyone for coming out.”

Martin’s third was his fifth top nine finish in six races. “It was a lot of fun tonight,” acknowledged the Mayport, Pa. competitor. “This place is awesome especially once it starts drying out, and we had the cushion to play with. Jared (Hawkins) showed me what was up there. He’s a real good driver as everyone knows. We were decent at the end. We are going to keep after these top fives, but when Mike (Pegher) is on there isn’t too many people that can beat him. With what we have, we’re going to keep plugging away and stay in the points race and see what happens” Montgomery was fourth for the second straight night for his fifth top eight finish in six races this season. Eleventh starting Herman had a great run to garner the fifth spot in his first Sweeney Tour start of the season. After struggling through the preliminary events to get the Clint Enyeart #99* to run once again, Rick Singleton battled from the 16th starting spot to a sixth place finish to pick up the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger certificate for the second straight night and maintain runner-up in points. Meglaye was seventh after starting 13th in his season debut. Lambert advanced to eighth after starting 14th. Chad Ruhlman and Over completed the top 10. Montgomery set fast time with a lap of 17.201 to earn the $100 from Bobby Lake Motorsports in “Shock the Clock” qualifying. Montgomery, Elliott, and Pegher added $25 to their payday for winning the Bobby Lake Motorsports heat races. Paul McGinley won the B main.

Pegher became the sixth different K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash winner in as many events this season and earned the $100 certificate. Montgomery received a $50 certificate for second, while Over and K&N Dash point leader Elliott received $25 cash.

The next events for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series will Sunday (June 23) at The Rock – Allegany County Speedway (Cumberland, MD) for $2,000 to-win.

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, RainEater Wiper Blades, Hoosier Tire, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Industries, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions. E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

12 Year Old Lake wins at Roaring Knob

June 20th, 2013

“It’s really cool to be the youngest to win a late model race in the state of Pennsylvania,” said 12-year-old Michael Lake in victory lane at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, in Markleysburg, PA. Not only did the Uniontown, PA, driver make history in his home state by claiming his career-first victory, but he is arguably one of the youngest drivers ever to win a dirt Late Model feature in the United States.

Lake led flag-to-flag in his No. 27 Warrior Chassis to claim the 20-lap RUSH Crate Late Model race against a star-studded field of competitors. “It feels really good looking at the future; who knows what could come….who know what’s in the future in racing for me,” Lake said as he was surrounded by hundreds of people in victory lane.

The young driver, who turned 12 in early May, fended off the likes of former track champion Troy Shields, two-time track champion John Over and several other veteran drivers to accomplish this feat. Earlier in the season, Lake became the youngest driver ever to qualify for a Nesmith Crate Late Model race in Florida. “When we left Florida, I knew he was something special, “said his grandfather and car owner, Bobby Lake. “I’ve been dreaming about this for a long time…..I’m
ecstatic about it.”

Picking up the win one day prior to Father’s Day, Lake was also joined in victory lane by his dad, Kevin Lake. “I’m pretty much speechless, words can’t really describe this,” his father said. “He just turned 11 when we first put him in the car. To win a main event a year later is unbelievable. He doesn’t even know what he has accomplished; I’m sure it will sink in soon,” he added.

After winning his heat race, earlier in the evening, Lake started the race on the front row beside Shields of Acme, PA. Lake got the jump on Shields as the green flag fell, and he moved into the lead. Lake began to stretch out his lead as Shields became engaged in a hotly-contested battle with Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman for second. Shields and
Herman battled side-by side and traded the spot several times, before Shields was able to move into second very late in the race. Shields, however, was unable to chase down Lake and settled for the runner-up spot. Herman, who picked up a feature win last season, crossed the line in third. Over, of Uniontown, finished fourth, and the prior week’s winner, Mike Lewis of Oakland, MD, rounded out the top five. Lake and Shields were the heat race winners.

While Lake’s victory was the buzz of the evening, several other drivers returned to victory lane in their respective divisions. Billy Holbert won the Super Late Model event; Vic Vandergrift took top honors in E-Mod competition; Scott Spade was victorious in the Street Stock event; J.T. Baird claimed the checkers in the Chargers race and Andrew Pluta crossed the finish line first in the Roadrunner event. Holbert, of Fairmont, WV, led lag-to-flag to win the Super Late Model event. The defending track champion became the first repeat winner in Super Late Model competition at Roaring Knob, this season. He got the jump on Elkins, WV’s Tim Senic at the start of the event. “I just mashed the pedal when we started….I wasn’t going to let off. Even if I had to run through the guardrail, I was determined to have the lead going into the first corner,” Holbert said.

Holbert increased his lead as Oakland’s Cody Hardesty moved by Senic to grab the second spot. Hardesty continued a strong run, but he could not overtake Holbert and settled for the runner-up position. Senic finished third and Mount Morris, PA’s L.C. Powers took fourth. Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes rounded out the top five. Hardesty and Holbert won the heat races.

Fairmont’s Vandergrift won the E-Mod race one night earlier at Elkins Speedway in West Virginia, then answered it with flag-to-flag domination at Roaring Knob. He led every lap and held off Stoystown, PA’s Dennis Perigo by a car length at the line for his second win of the season at the facility. Graysville, PA’s Denny Nakutis finished third; Greensburg, PA’s Josh Cramer took fourth and Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer claimed fifth. Vandergrift also claimed the heat race.

Farmington, PA’s Scott Spade led every lap, and held off his cousin, Marty Spade, to win the Street Stock event for his third win of the season. Marty Spade, also of Farmington, claimed second. McClellandtown, PA’s Jim Byers took third; Masontown, PA’s Michael Duritsky, Jr., followed in fourth and Fort Hill, PA’s Jason Gibbs took fifth in the special 25-lap event. Scott Spade and Mike Duritsky won the heat events.

The Charger division also had another driver claim his third win of the season as Uniontown’s Baird took top honors. Mill Run’s Ken Burkholder finished second and Confluence, PA’s Shawn Smith finished third. Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola took fourth and Smithfield, PA’s Justin Howell claimed fifth. Smith and Confluence’s Cody Colflesh won the heat races.

Stoystown’s Pluta notched his second win of the season at Roaring Knob in the Roadrunner division. He began the race in seventh and had moved to second by lap six. With three laps remaining, he moved by Paul Koffler, Jr., for the lead and never looked back. Koffler, of West Leisenring, PA, finished second. David Friend, of Connellsville, PA, finished third and Stoystown’s Nick Zborovancik took fourth. Connellsville’s Matt Presock finished fifth. Koffler and Friend claimed the heat races.

Racing returns to Roaring Knob, Saturday, as the RUSH Crate Late Model Touring Series makes its first visit to the facility for a $2,000 to-win event. This will be part of the Mid-Atlantic Trifecta weekend with Hagerstown and Allegany County Speedways for the series. The E-Mods will compete in the Al Cramer Memorial event, which will pay $1,838 to the winner. Additionally, the Super Late Model, Street Stock, Charger and Roadrunner divisions will be in action. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates will open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.

Holbert and Barclay Pick up First Wins While Montgomery, Groves, Spade and Baird Get Number 2

May 21st, 2013

Markleysburg, PA–Mother Nature tried her best to ruin racing at Roaring Knob on Saturday night, but promoter, Rick Jones was determined to give drivers and fans a night of good racing. It sprinkled on and off throughout the afternoon and evening until racing began and it started to rain again during the last feature event. Winners on the wet night were Billy Holbert(Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models), Ryan Montgomery(High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models), Deana Groves (Emods), Scott Spade(Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks), J T Baird (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers), and Jarred Barclay(Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

First up were the Chargers which saw JT Baird start from pole and lead most of the race. His only competition was Kenny Burkholder who led 1 lap of the 12 lap event. Baird picked up his second win of the year with Burkholder, Cody Colflesh, Shawn Smith and Justin Howell rounding out the top five. Heat winners were Burkholder and Baird.

Deana Groves grabbed her second win of the year in the Emods. The last few laps were not easy with Brent Trimble chasing her and pulling alongside at one point running door to door for a couple of laps. Denny Nakutis, Bill Yohe, and Nick Wilson followed at the line. Groves also won the heat.

Billy Holbert was the class of the super late model field by winning the feature and one of the heat races. Mason Zeigler started seventh and ran Holbert down midway through the race. In the final few laps he made several tries to pass but couldn’t make them stick and had to settle for second Zeigler also won the second heat. At the finish it was Holbert, Zeigler, Jared Hawkins, Scott Rhodes, and Tim Senic.

Jarred Barclay grabbed his first win of the year in the Roadrunners by running away from the entire field. The best race was for second spot as they ran 3 wide for several laps. He was followed across the line by Steve Frazier. Mark Seiler. Dave Friend, and Paul Koffler, Jr. Heat wins went to Friend and Barclay.

The RUSH Crate Late Models were trying to beat the rains and put on a great show. Dan Angelicchio led the first half of the race but Ryan Montgomery who had started 7th was slowly making his way to the front. He finally got Angelicchio in his sights and worked his way past as they were lapping cars. Montgomery picked up his second win of the year followed by Angelicchio, John Over, Russell Baird, and Troy Shields. Montgomery and Michael Lake were heat winners.

As the rain began to move in, the street stocks came onto the track to run their feature. But, Mother Nature held off until the checkered flew with Scott Spade leading the entire race followed by Jason Gibbs, Michael Duritsky, Jim Sayler, and Scott Bowman. Spade and Bob Nelson took heat wins.

Next Saturday, May 25, is an “OFF NIGHT” for racing, but Roaring Knob will be presenting something new to the fans. FULL PULL PRODUCTIONS will feature a truck and tractor pull. Visit their website for all types of information about their event. www.fullpullproductions.com

Then on Saturday, June 1, regular racing will return with RUSH Late Models, Emods, Street Stocks, Chargers, and Roadrunners. The Super Late Models will be off that night as they will run on Monday, June 3 as part of the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek along with the RUSH late models. Visit our website for all the upcoming events at Roaring Knob – www.roaringknob.com.

5 New Feature Winners at the Knob!

May 14th, 2013

Markleysburg, PA -Five of the six feature winners on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex were new to victory lane in 2013. Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models Cody Hardesty , Emods –Brent Trimble, Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks -Joe Kelley , Fort Necessity Garage Chargers –Kyle Burkholder, and Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners –Andrew Pluta. Chad McClelland picked up his second win of the season in the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models.

The Rush Late Models were up first and the fans were excited as the top four cars battled for the lead. John Over appeared to be gaining on leader McClelland each lap but he just could not pull off the pass. The top five wereChad McClelland ,John Over , Rick Strickler, Troy Shields , and Ken Herman. Heat winners were McClelland and Over.

Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks never disappoint and
tonight was no different. Joe Kelley in the #66 was the class of the
field but Todd Dennis driving the Scott Bittinger machine was running him down late in the race after starting 4th. Dennis was out for the first time in 2013 after having shoulder surgery early this year. Following the front two were Bob Nelson, Jason Gibbs and Jimmy Iser. Heat wins went to Mike Duritsky and Nelson.

Cody Hardesty made winning the Super Late Model feature look easy but he didn’t realize how hard Billy Holbert tried to take the lead away each lap. After starting 4th and 6th respectively, the two drivers battled for the full 25 lap feature. At the line it was Hardesty, Holbert, John Garvin, Tim Senic, and Tyler Hershey. Garvin and Hardesty picked up heat wins.

Kyle Burkholder gave his mom, Robin, a “Night Before Mother’s Day Win” as he won the Charger feature. Following Burkholder were John Redshaw, Eric Miller, Tanner Hauger, and Allan Fortney. Burkholder also won the heat race.

Brent Trimble made his first visit to Roaring Knob this year and ran away with the heat and feature wins. Deana Groves was trying to run Trimble down but had mechanical problems mid-way through the race. Dennis Perigo, Rich Curry, Denny Nakutis, and Nick Cramer rounded out the top five.

The largest field of cars were the Roadrunners with 16 cars taking the green flag. Andrew Pluta made his first visit of the year count as he went on to victory over Paul Koffler Jr., Mark Seiler, Steve Settle and Steve Frazier. Heats went to Pluta and David Friend.

The first Powder Puff of 2013 was held in honor of Mother’s Day. Winners were Stacey Tressler in Street Stocks, Barb Naratka in Chargers and Rebecca Leonard in Roadrunners.

Visit our website to keep abreast of all the upcoming events at Roaring Knob – www.roaringknob.com. Next week Roaring Knob will again present racing in 6 divisions – Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models- Emods – Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks- Fort Necessity Garage Chargers- Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Saturday night, May 25 will be an off night for regular racing but Roaring Knob will present truck and tractor pulls by FULL PULL PRODUCTIONS. Visit their website for information at www.fullpullproductions.com.

Countdown On To Sunday’s Inaugural 410 Sprint Car Event at Roaring Knob

May 3rd, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…Back in January when it was discussed about Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex hosting a Sprint Car event, no one quite knew what the response might be. At little more than three months since the announcement of the “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands,” the show has quickly become one of the must-see events in the region! The anticipation level is now at an all-time high for this Sunday’s (May 5) event, which will get underway with time trials at 6 p.m. followed by racing at 6:30. The STAR’s Mod Lites will also be on the card racing for $500 to-win presented by Newt’s York Bar. A rain date of Sunday, May 19 has been set.

The event has brought back memories of days gone by when drivers from all over would show up for these true “outlaw” type high-paying events. While there’s no official entry list, over 40 different racers have expressed interest to compete since this history-making event was announced back in January. Drivers from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Indiana are expected to participate in this rich event boasting a feature purse of $18,000 with $4,000 going to the winner and $350 to-start. Non-qualifiers will receive $100. The complete payoff is posted below.

Now just days away from the fire-breathing, mudslinging, winged warrior Sprint Cars turning their first ever laps at the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. 3/8-mile facility, who will etch their name in the annals of western Pennsylvania Sprint Car history as the very first winner at Roaring Knob!?

Some of the best of the “PA Posse” are expected like Lance Dewease, Danny and brother Billy Dietrich, Logan Schuchart and several others. Western Pa. will have its best represented such as Ed Lynch, Jr., Brian Ellenberger, Danny Holtgraver, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Carl Bowser, Mike Lutz, Brandon Spithaler, and many more. All Star and Ohio drivers Danny Smith, Cole Duncan, Sheldon Haudenschild, and Cap Henry are planning on competing.

South Dakota’s Justin Henderson, who drives the famous Rick Ferkel #0 on the All Star trail, is a possibility as is another All Star racer in Caleb Helms. Also don’t count out western Pa. great Rod George, who won the first ever Sprint show at Dog Hollow Speedway two years ago!

Roaring Knob is located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders. While there is grandstand seating, fans may want to bring lawn chairs or blankets for the spacious grassy area or take in racing from one of the drive-in viewing spots from high above the speedway!

Roaring Knob is a relatively new speedway opening its gates in 1998, but over the past 15 years has never hosted a Sprint Car event let along the high-horsepower 410s. During that time, Roaring Knob has contested events for most every division in the region, while holding steadfast to its headlining Super Late Models with national events for the Lucas Oil Series.

“When Rick Jones talked about wanting to do some type of Sprint Car show I felt the 410s would be the best avenue for Roaring Knob,” stated Race Director Mike Leone. “The key was finding a conducive date, a purse that was attractive for all race teams, and of course good weather with really no cars within an hour of the speedway. I think we hit on that as once we announced it, the interest and excitement has been tremendous. I’m really looking forward to this event and so are a lot of race fans and teams! The weather for Sunday is looking great!”

“I’ve always enjoyed the Sprint Cars,” acknowledged Jones. “I haven’t been in 410 Sprint Car country with the tracks that I’ve promoted over the years, but always wanted to try a show. It’s great to see so much interest generated for this event. Even a lot of Late Model fans and racers are looking forward to seeing the Sprints at the Knob. We’ll give them a good track to race on and it should be an awesome show seeing the Sprints fly around the outside of the Knob.”

30-lap feature payoff ($18,000): 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,300 4. $1,100 5. $1,000 6. $900 7. $800 8. $700 9. $600 10. $500 11. $425 12. $400 13. $375 14. $370 15. $365 16. $360 17. $355 18-24. $350. $100 to non-qualifiers.

For Sprint Car teams, there will be no weight, muffler or tire rule nor will any entry/registration fee be charged. RACEceivers are required. The PA Speedweek format will be used, which includes time trials. Eddy Esposito Automotive Group Parts in Grove City, Pa. has put up $100 for the fastest qualifier.

Pits open at 3 p.m. and the grandstands at 4. A drivers meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Engine starts for Sprints will be at 5:45 p.m. followed by warm-ups and then time trials. Racing will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Push trucks and wreckers are welcome. You and a guest will be admitted at no charge. For event info contact Mike Leone at 724-967-2363, mikeleone@zoominternet.net, or on Twitter @mikevleone. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Rick Jones for more information at 410-259-6297.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

5 First Time Feature winners at Roaring Knob

April 29th, 2013

Markleysburg, PA–Five feature events at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex found five first time winners in 2013 on Saturday night — Mason Zeigler (Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models), Ryan Montgomery (High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models), Scott Spade (Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks), Kenny Burkholder (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers), and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks were up first with Jim Sayler leading the first 9 circuits. Scott Spade was waiting for Sayler to make a mistake in his first appearance at the Knob. On lap 10 Spade had waited long enough and passed Sayler to lead the final 5 laps. Spade was followed by Jim Byers, Joe Kelley, Sayler, and Michael Duritsky. Heat wins were taken by Byers and Sayler.

The Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Model race saw 24 cars take the green flag. Mason Zeigler started from the pole and led every lap but it wasn’t an easy win for the young man from Chalk Hill. Tim Senic was hounding Zeigler for the first half of the race until Senic got tangled with a lapped car and brought out a caution. Then it was Jared Hawkins who had started 7th putting pressure on Zeigler but Mason held off Hawkins for the win. The top ten were Zeigler, Hawkins, Devon Friese, Billy Holbert, Quintin Wyandt, Matt Cosner, Greg Gellner, Scott Rhodes, Brandon Delano, and Danny Pugh. Heat race winners were DJ Troutman, Senic, and Zeigler.

Fort Necessity Garage Chargers were up next with Kenny Burkholder leading from green to checkered. Behind him a battle was going on between the next 4 cars. JT Baird who started 6th came home second followed by Kyle Burkholder, Shawn Smith, and CJ Nicola. Heat wins went to Baird and Smith.

The best race of the evening found the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models putting on a show for the fans. Nolan Dalton led first with Ryan Montgomery and Rick Strickler close behind. Then Strickler spun and Chad McClelland and Dan Angellichio made it a four-way battle. Montgomery used a lapped car on lap 18 to make the pass around Dalton. At the checkered flag, it was Montgomery, Dalton, McClelland, Angellichio, and John Over. Heats went to Montgomery and DJ Troutman.

Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners closed out the evening with Steve Settle picking up the win over Dan Jackson, Jarred Barclay, Cindy Rhodes, and Casey Fleegle. Heat winners were Fleegle and Barclay.

Roaring Knob will hold a DOUBLE HEADER weekend on May 4 and 5. Saturday night will be regular racing for Super Lates, RUSH Lates, Street Stocks, Chargers, Roadrunners, and Emods. Then on Sunday evening, the 410 Sprints will make their ‘first-ever’ appearance at Roaring Knob. Nearly 40 cars have already pre-registered for this big event. The Mod Lites will also race that evening. For information on all upcoming events at the Knob, please visit our website at www.roarinigknob.com.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Events at Roaring Knob Postponed

April 21st, 2013

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Officials of Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex have decided to postpone the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event scheduled for Friday, April 19th due to forecasts predicting a 100% threat of rain and the potential for severe weather outbreaks in the area. The event has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 28th, and will become part of a three-race swing along with Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY on Friday, July 26th and Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown,
MD on Saturday, July 27th.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will continue this weekend’s remaining stops on the tour through the Appalachians as originally sheduled. On Saturday Night, April 20th, the series heads east to the “Capitol of Dirt Racing” Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD. The Frank Plessinger-promoted ½ mile race track will host the nation’s best dirt late model drivers for the eighth time in series history. An impressive streak of seven different winners in seven races at Hagerstown is on the line. John Blankenship won the last LOLMDS event at Hagerstown last year with an impressive drive to the front from his 17th starting position. Blankenship and the other stars of the LOLMDS will have their hands full with a stout field of drivers that compete at Hagerstown Speedway on a regular basis. The 32nd Annual Stanley Schetrompf Classic will include a complete show on Saturday night April 20th with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and $10,000 to win 50-lap feature event. Joining the LOLMDS will again be the RUSH Late Models, paying $2,500 to win.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will then return to the newly-shaped West Virginia Motor Speedway in Mineral Wells, WV for the first time since 2010. The Sunday night April 21st event on the renovated 4/10ths mile track will be the sixth time the series has been to WVMS. There will be a complete show on Sunday night April 21st with RED BUCK Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains, and $10,000 to win 50-lap feature event. Also on the race card will be a $2,000 to win Renegades of Dirt traveling modified series and a $350 to win main for the Edge Hot Rods.

West Virginia Motor Speedway has teamed up with Pivotal Racing to add convenience for race fans to kick off their 2013 season, offering online tickets for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event on Sunday April 21st. Race fans can pre-purchase General Admission Grandstand Tickets for $25 each, Pit Passes for $35 each, or save $20 by purchasing a four-pack General Admission ticket. Fans can purchase securely online with credit or debit cards and print out their tickets from the convenience of home and bring to the track. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking the following link:http://pivotalracing.com/events/lucas-oil-late-model-dirt-series.

For more information on either event, log onto www.hagerstownspeedway.com and www.wvspeedway.com. To get updated information on Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, check out www.roaringknob.com. For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, visit the series’ website atwww.lucasdirt.com.

Follow the series on the social media outlets atwww.facebook.com/lucasdirtandwww.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Historic Weekend Set to Kickoff Sweeny Rush LM Tour Friday at Roaring Knob followed by Hagerstown Saturday

April 20th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…After all of the hard work during the offseason and tremendous support by the racers, speedways, and sponsors it’s finally showtime for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series. The inaugural weekend will be a huge one with events Friday (April 19) and Saturday (April 20) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA and Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD respectively; all part of the “Battle Down the National Pike” with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series!

Aptly named “Battle Down the National Pike” due to both speedways’ proximity to National US Route 40, the weekend will mark history made both nights. Friday of course at Roaring Knob will be the first ever Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Touring Series event then Saturday will feature the Crate Late Models at the nationally-known and historic Hagerstown Speedway for the first time ever!

The weekend has drawn interest from racers literally all over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic as teams are expected from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Canada! All of the region’s top Crate Late Model racers have already joined RUSH including 38 signing up for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring Series Championship before an event has even been contested! Numerous others have additionally signed up for the regional weekly championship.

“The response for this weekend has been incredible,” stated RUSH Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We continue to get calls and e-mails from new racers that will be participating besides so many of the region’s top Crate Late Model racers. Since the news about Crate Late Models coming to Hagerstown in addition to weekly action at The Rock in Cumberland, a tremendous amount of interest has been drummed up from the east. This coupled with Roaring Knob and the strong crop of racers in that region, we expect a great turnout this weekend.”

Friday’s feature will pay $2,000 to-win, while $2,500 will be on the line on Saturday night. Both events will include group qualifying and the new Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock & Beat the Heat” Quick Cash Program will be in effect meaning $100 will be awarded to the fast qualifier and $25 to the heat race winners at each event! The first heat race winner will then draw an invert for the feature. Following the invert, the first four drivers (five if five heats are run) will run the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash. The dash will not only determine the beginning of the 30-lap feature line-ups, but will also award the winner a $100 K&N certificate with a $50 K&N certificate going to second place, and $25 cash for other starters. The remainder of the line-up will be based off heat and B main finishes.

Other programs taking place will be the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down Hard Charger” as the driver that passes the most cars in the feature will receive $100 Precise certificate. RUSH Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” as this driver will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any The Brake Man purchase.

Specific for this weekend will be $1,200 in travel money. The highest 10 finishers from Roaring Knob that travel to Hagerstown on Saturday will receive an extra $100 along with two other random draws of racers that competed at both Roaring Knob and Hagerstown.

Race teams should to keep in mind that “The Rock” – Allegany County Speedway in Cumberland, MD will be having their first Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Weekly Series event on Sunday (April 21) for $700 to-win. “The Rock” will host a Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring event on Sunday, June 23 as part of the “Mid-Atlantic Triple Crown” with Hagerstown and Roaring Knob. All year, racers that compete at Roaring Knob and then the same weekend at “The Rock” will receive free pit admission!

Roaring Knob Payoff: 1. $2,000 2. $1,000 3. $650 4. $550 5. $470 6. $435 7. $410 8. $370 9. $340 10. $310 11. $280 12. $270 13. $260 14. $250 15. $240 16. $230 17. $220 18-24. $210. NQ: 1. $175 2. $150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

Hagerstown Payoff: 1. $2,500 2. $1,200 3. $700 4. $600 5. $500 6. $450 7. $425 8.$400 9. $350 10. $325 11. $300 12. $280 13. $275 14. $270 15. $265 16. $260 17. $255 18-24. $250. NQ: 1. $200 2. 150 3. $140 4. $135 5. $130 6. $125 7. $120 8. $115 9. $110 10-24. $105. Tow $100.

You do not have to be a RUSH member to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event. Racers can join Weekly or Touring for $100 each. There will be a $100 entry fee for each event. RACEceivers are mandatory at every RUSH Tour event. The yellow Westhold Transponders will be used at each event this weekend. Rentals will be available for $20. Pits open at 3 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday with warm-ups at 7.

A reminder that the Hoosier FT 200 and 400 Tires will be able to be utilized and can be grooved and siped in addition of course to the Hoosier Crate Racin’ D21 and D55. For tech questions, contact Travis Harry at 814-676-9997 (work) or 814-758-5737 (cell).

The Microtel in Hazelton, WV is offering RUSH racers at Roaring Knob a discount with the following prices: 1 Queen Bed: $62.00+tax per room per night, 2 Queen Beds: $72.00+tax per room per night, Suite (1 Queen & Sofa): $82.00+ tax per room per night. These rates are at least $12 cheaper than the standard room rate and less than AAA rates.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

Hagerstown Speedway is located at 15112 National Pike, Hagerstown MD 21740. The trackhas a rich history and is nationally-known and one of the most popular speedways in the entire Northeast. Hagerstown touts itself as “a true ½-mile track with straightaways over 900 ft. long & 70 ft. wide. The track is 90 ft. wide in the turns. The racing surface is made of the finest red clay in the nation. The smooth, wide surface makes Hagerstown Speedway one of the fastest and safest dirt tracks in the U.S. on which to race.” For more information on Hagerstown, call 301-582-0640,check out their website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com or follow them on Twitter @hagerstownspdwy.

2013 RUSHmarketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, K1 RaceGear, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Wrisco Aluminum, High Gear Speed Shop, Utsinger’s Towing, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Racing Returns to Roaring Knob

April 16th, 2013

Markleysburg, PA-The 2013 racing season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (PA) saw the drivers Roar into action as six divisions took to the three-eighths mile clay oval, Saturday.

South Park, PA’s Keith Barbara took the green from the pole and led flag-to-flag to become the season’s first Hoosier Tire
Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model winner of the season. “We finally got a win at Rick Jones’s track,” a happy Barbara said in victory lane. Barbara, the 2012 United Force (UFO) Super Model Series champion, drove a consistent line in his No. 17 Mastersbilt. In the final laps, however, racing fans were focusing on a hard-charging Jared Hawkins, who was storming his way to the front. “I kept seeing him (Hawkins) pick up the cars on the lap counter….so, I knew I was in trouble. I just stayed patient and held my line,” Barbara explained.

Hawkins started 12th in the event and used the high line to advance his way through the field. The Fairmont, WV driver gained his momentum in the top groove in his No. 37 Rocket. At times, Hawkins appeared to have the fastest car on the track. The former World of Outlaws feature winner ran out of time and settled for second.

Former Roaring Knob track champion, Tim Senic of Elkins, WV, took the green from the outside pole. Senic ran a solid race to finish third. Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes, who is also a former track champion at the Knob, crossed the stripe in fourth. Lewistown, PA’s Nick Dickson, the 2012 Hagerstown Speedway track champion, rounded out the top five.

Super Late heat winners among the 21 entries were Dickson; Oakland, MD’s Cody Hardesty and Hyndman, PA’s D.J. Troutman.

History began at Roaring Knob, Saturday, as the Rush-sanctioned Crate Late Model drivers competed in their first-ever race at the facility. When the checkered flag fell, Stoystown, PA’s Chad McClellan was parking his No. 119 Lazer in victory lane. “It is very nice to be a part of history,” said the winning driver of the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models. McClellan started fifth, but overtook Acme, PA’s Troy Shields for the lead on lap two. McClellan, a successful Super Late Model driver, never looked back to claim RUSH’s first-sanctioned crate race at the Knob.

Defending track champion, Nolan Dalton of Morgantown, WV, and former track champion John Over, of Uniontown, PA, engaged in a spirited battled throughout the affair. Over claimed the runner-up spot while Dalton crossed the stripe in third. Shields, who started from the pole, settled for fourth and Oakland’s MD’s Mike Lewis claimed fifth.

Heat winners among the 18 RUSH Crate Late Model drivers were Dalton and Shields.

Morgantown, WV’s Deana Groves, a full-time competitor on the Renegades of Dirt Modified Series, dominated the night in E-Mod competition. After winner her heat race and starting from the pole, she led flag-to-flag to claim the win. Groves was a three-time winner at Roaring Knob, last season.

Veteran driver, Jim Byers, of McClellandtown, PA, led flag-to-flag to win the Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stock
event. The 40-year veteran was embraced in victory lane by fans and crew members in what proved to be a popular victory. Byers, who recently celebrated his 64th birthday, is a former track champion at Roaring Knob and I-79 Speedways. Second went to former track champion, Bob Nelson, of Dunbar, PA. Farmington, PA’s Martin Spade, Jr., crossed the line in third. Allegany County Speedway champion, Jimmy Iser, of Fort Ashby, WV, and Fort Hill, PA’s Jason Gibbs took fourth and fifth,
respectively.

Street Stock heat winners of the 13 entries were Nelson and Byers.

Confluence, PA’s Shawn Smith took the lead on lap three and led the remaining laps to claim victory in the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers event. Smith, who began the race in fourth, maneuvered his way around the Burkholder brothers, Ken and Kyle, before taking the lead. The Burkholders, both of Mill Run, PA, battled for several laps before Uniontown, PA’s J.T. Baird got in on the fray. Baird started the race in the rear and quickly battled his way through the field. At the checkers, Kyle Burkholder secured the second spot followed by Baird in third. Defending track champion, Ken Burkholder took fourth and John Redshaw took fifth.

Heat winners among the 10 entrants were Smith and Kyle Burkholder.

The Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners event proved to be exciting as the race had three different leaders and a heated battle for the top spot. Hopwood, PA’s Mark Seiler led the first three laps before being overtaken by David Friend, of Connellsville, PA. Friend then engaged in a battle for the lead with Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes, who began the race in 10th. Rhodes grabbed the lead on lap 10 and never looked back as she claimed her second-career win. Friend finished second
followed by Seiler in third. Keith Deeter crossed the line in fourth and Hopwood, PA’s Todd Detrick rounded out the top five.

The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will make its annual trek to Roaring Knob, Friday, April 19. Drivers like Scott Bloomquist, Don O’Neal and Dennis Erb, Jr., will be among many national Late Model stars to battle for $10,000. The Sweeney RUSH touring series will also be on hand to battle for a $2,000 payday. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Then, Saturday, the Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners will return for the second race of the season. Continue to monitor www.roaringknob.com for more information.

Roaring Knob’s 2013 Season Set to Go Green April 13

April 8th, 2013

(Pulaski, PA)…The 2013 racing season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is set to go green Saturday, April 13. Roaring Knob is one of the seven weekly-sanctioned Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model-sanctioned speedways. The Saturday night scenic facility will feature weekly racing through October 19. Roaring Knob is located in Markleysburg, Pa. just off historic Route 40 not far from where the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and West Virginia borders come together.

“We were proud to be one the first speedways to join the RUSH program at not only Roaring Knob, but my sister track, The Rock – Allegany County Speedway,” stated owner/promoter Rick Jones. “It was a no brainer for me as I know how hard Vicki (Emig) and Mike (Leone) work for the speedways and Crate Late Model racing in the region. The guys down here are really behind RUSH and looking forward to getting the season underway!”

Roaring Knob is one of the relative new tracks in Pennsylvania as it opened its gates for the first time in 1998. Over the years, Roaring Knob has contested events for most every division in the region, while holding steadfast to its headlining Super Late Models. The Crate Late Models were added in 2009 when Ron Brutt was at the helm of the speedway.

Current owner/promoter Rick Jones took over “The Knob” in 2010. Today, Roaring Knob continues to be one to the top Super Late Model tracks in Pennsylvania. This season, Roaring Knob will again host the nationally-known Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series as well as regional groups like the Three State Flyers and the Appalachian Speedweek. Roaring Knob has also become prominent in the Crate Late Model world with strong weekly car counts and big touring events under the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series banner.

Roaring Knob has five Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Touring events on tap for 2013 all paying a minimum of $2,000 to-win beginning with the Series opener on Friday, April 19. The “Battle Down the National Pike” will also include a $2,500 to-win event the next night at Hagerstown (MD) Speedway and there will be $1,200 in travel money on the line.

The second $2,000 to win Tour show will be part of the three-race “Mid-Atlantic Trifecta” on Saturday, June 22 sandwiched between Hagerstown on Friday and “The Rock” – Allegany County Speedway on Sunday. One of the region’s biggest events will come to Roaring Knob on Monday, September 2 for the NDRL “Kings of Dirt” $20,000 to-win Super Late Model event along with a $2,000 to-win Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Tour event!

The fall season continues with two more big Tour events as RUSH will be part of the “Big Kahuna” September 27-28 in a $2,000 to-win event, then wraps up the year with the “Northern States Classic” RUSH National Championship Event. Details are being finalized for this huge event that will also include a non-winners event.

Roaring Knob has a strong crop of talent that includes many veteran racers in addition to several young, up and coming standouts. Defending track champion Nolan Dalton along with John Over, Louie Krushansky, Troy Shields, Mike Lewis, and Rick Singleton are some of the older, more-experienced veterans that will face stiff challenges from youngsters like Ryan Montgomery, Russell Baird, Ben Policz, and “Futures Cup” racers Michael Lake and Dylan Lewis.

With the addition of “The Rock” – Allegany County Speedway coming on board for Sunday action, several Steel-Block Late Model racers have made the move like D.J. Troutman that also expects to be in action throughout the season at Roaring Knob. Also the additional events at Hagerstown have really stirred interest to the East and some of these racers may make periodic visits to Roaring Knob in 2013.

Roaring Knob’s weekly RUSH member racers will be able to take part in all of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Late Model programs. It’s quite possible that one Roaring Knob regular racer could win $8,000 in point money excluding any Touring or “Futures Cup” point funds!

Drivers will be able to accumulate their best 15 finishes (two per week) throughout the season as part of the $25,000+ Sweeney “Weekly Series Championship” that will pay $5,000 to-win down 30 positions.

Come July, the top 10 Sweeney RUSH Weekly members in Roaring Knob points under the RUSH system will move on to the $10,000+ Pace Performance “Summer Chase”. Drivers can race as many times as they want from July through Labor Day at not only Roaring Knob, but any RUSH-sanctioned event. Drivers’ average points (minimum eight events) will determine the $3,000 champion that will pay down 10 positions.

Any RUSH member under the age of 18 will also be eligible for the $3,000 “Futures Cup” program. Those 18 and 19 cannot have more than one full season of competition in Crate Late Models or any other higher division. These racers can compete at Roaring Knob and at any other RUSH-sanctioned event to accumulate points. Drivers’ Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC “Weekly Series” points will be added to three stand-alone “Futures Cup” events that will be announced.

“It was a great statement by Rick Jones when both of his speedways- Roaring Knob and The Rock aligned with us as part of our RUSH announcement press release,” expressed Vicki Emig. “We’ve become great friends over the years and really enjoy working with him on not only RUSH events, but other promotions and events. Roaring Knob is such a beautiful facility and we always look forward to our Touring events there. Rick has stepped up to host four big events in addition to John Kennedy’s NDRL “King of Dirt” event on Labor Day!”

Along with Roaring Knob’s High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models, the speedway will also campaign the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, E-Mods, the Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks, Fort Necessity Garage Chargers, Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners FWD 4-Cylinders on a weekly basis.

In addition to the Lucas Oil, Three State Flyers, and RUSH events, one event fans and racers are really looking forward to is the first ever “410″ Sprint Car race at “The Knob” on Sunday, May 5. The “Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” will pay $4,000 to-win! A quality field of Sprints is expected from central and western Pennsylvania as well as West Virginia, Ohio, and even New Jersey.

And finally, another new motorsports event coming to Roaring Knob will be on Saturday, May 25 when Full Pull Productions holds the first ever USA-East Truck & Tractor Pulling Event! For more information on that event, check out www.fullpullproductions.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day. As for their social media outlets, you can like their page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RoaringKnob or follow them on Twitter @roaringknob.

2013 RUSH weekly-sanctioned speedways include Allegheny Mountain Raceway (Kane, PA), Bradford (PA) Speedway, McKean County Raceway (East Smethport, PA), Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway (Imperial, PA), Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, PA), Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH), and The Rock – Allegany County Speedway (Cumberland, MD).

2013 RUSH marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Precise Racing Products, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, K1 RaceGear, Wrisco Aluminum, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Inaugural 410 Sprint Event at Roaring Knob Less Than 2 Months Away

March 18th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…About two months ago word spread like wildfire that the fire-breathing, mudslinging, winged warrior Sprint Cars would be making their first ever appearance at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in 2013. Since then, the excitement has been running rampant throughout the area Sprint Car world. In less than two months on Sunday, May 5, the “410” Sprint Cars will convene on the fast 3/8-mile oval competing for an $18,000 purse with $4,000 going to the winner!

Roaring Knob is a relatively new speedway opening its gates in 1998, but over the past 15 years has never hosted a Sprint Car event let along the high-horsepower 410s. During that time, Roaring Knob has contested events for most every division in the region, while holding steadfast to its headlining Super Late Models with national events for the Lucas Oil
Series.

The “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” will boast what is expected to be the richest non-sanctioned Sprint Car event of the season in western Pa. Not only will $4,000 go to the winner of the 30-lap feature, but $2,000 will be on the line for second, $1,000 for fifth, $500 for 10th, and $350 to take the green! Any non-starters or qualifiers will receive $100. The complete payoff is posted below.

“When Rick Jones talked about wanting to do some type of Sprint Car show I felt the 410s would be the best avenue for Roaring Knob,” stated Race Director Mike Leone. “The key was finding a conducive date and a purse that was attractive for all race teams. I think we hit on that as once we announced it, the interest and excitement has been tremendous. I’m really looking forward to this event and so are a lot of race fans and teams!”

Roaring Knob is located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders. With its location, strong payout, open date, and neutral grounds, the event has drawn interest from race teams all over Pennsylvania, northeast and
southern Ohio along with West Virginia and New Jersey.

In upwards of 30 drivers have already expressed their interest to compete in the event. Former Lernerville Speedway Champion, Danny Holtgraver, who is making a full-time assault on the All Star Circuit of Champions this season, is planning on racing his own #D4. The Pittsburgh racer captured the first three All Star wins of his career last season, and just last month won the $10,000 Ronald Laney Memorial “King of the 360s” at East Bay Raceway Park in Florida!

Brian Ellenberger has spent several seasons chasing the World of Outlaw and All Star Sprints up and down the highway in between competitive seasons locally. The Butler, Pa. resident won four features at Lernerville last year and owns 10 career victories at Mercer Raceway Park as well as three at Sharon Speedway. Though he’s planning on just running a limited schedule again, Ellenberger has two of the best motors that’s he’s ever had in his arsenal and will be a favorite to win this event.

Billy Dietrich certainly made a name for himself last season. The Biglerville, Pa. driver has switched back and forth between the “410” and “358” Sprints over his career in central Pa. Last year, he returned to the 410s full-time and made a splash capturing the first three victories of his “410” career. He won $3,200 on April 28 at Lincoln Speedway then swept the summer races at Dog Hollow Speedway for a $6,000 sweep! He’ll hope to add another big western Pa. win on May 5 in his red #8.

Billy is the older brother to Danny Dietrich, who has quickly risen to the top of the Sprint Car ranks and now is one of the top racers in the Keystone State. Danny is coming off his best year, which saw 10 feature wins including his first career World of Outlaws victory and first track championship- both coming at Lincoln. Danny drives the Gary Kauffman-owned #48 and has the event currently on his schedule.

Another central Pa. driver that has the “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” on his schedule is Logan Schuchart. The grandson of legendary “scruffy” Bobby Allen has come into his own winning the 2012 National Sprint Car 410 Rookie of the Year along with capturing his first All Star victory at Williams Grove Speedway last April. The well-spoken Schuchart
appears to have a promising Sprint Car future ahead of him in his “shark attack” #1s.

Andre Layfield may be the only competing Sprint Car driver that has previously raced at Roaring Knob, and will be one of the “local” racers in the field. The Grafton, WV driver is a graduate of the E-Mod division, which he stared in, and is really looking forward to returning to Roaring Knob- a track he calls one of his favorites. Layfield is a rising star in
Sprint Cars and isn’t afraid to race with or without wings. Last season, Layfield won the BOSS non-winged event at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on June 23.

Though the retirement talk comes up every year, don’t be surprised to see Sprint ace Rod George at the Knob as he’s planning on racing again in 2013. The Kittanning, Pa. veteran owns multiple track championships and 112 victories at Lernerville, Mercer, and Tri-City Speedways alone! George will go down in the history books as the first ever “410” Sprint Car winner at Dog Hollow in 2011.

Second generation racer Sheldon Haudenschild is planning on making the trip from Wooster, Ohio to compete in his #93. The 19-year-old has learned the trade from his father Jac- a Sprint Car icon who has been winning races steady since 1975. Sheldon has been racing Sprint Cars since 2009 and thrills fans with his exciting style wherever this young “outlaw” goes.

Eric Williams is fresh off his best career season in Sprint Car competition capturing his first track championship at Mercer and finishing third in points at Lernerville. The Greenville, Pa. driver’s first career “410” win came back on June 26, 2009 at Thunder Mountain Speedway in just the second appearance by the Sprints at Knoxdale, Pa. track. Williams also captured his first career Lernerville and Mercer victories last season.

Carl Bowser grew up right down the road from Lernerville. He honed his skills in the Micro Sprints before moving into the full-size Sprint Car division and has become one of the top racers in the region. Bowser was the 2011 Lernerville track champion. He owns four career victories at Mercer including the prestigious Western PA Sprint Championship in 2009.

Third generation racer Brandon Matus has improved each year. The Wampum, Pa. teen picked up his first career Sprint Car victory in 2011 at Lernerville then won a stunning $5,000 All Star victory at Sharon last year during Ohio Speedweek. Brandon will be joined by his father Brent, a longtime western Pa. Sprint Car competitor.

Two other western Pa. veteran front-runners expected to make the trip to Roaring Knob include Mike Lutz and Scott Priester. Both racers not only campaign their own cars, but also drive for car owners with Lutz aboard the Jim Chappel #8 and Priester in the Martha Dionise #15. Both own victories at numerous speedways throughout the region and will be contenders in this event.

While not competing on weekly basis, Dan Shetler is always competitive in his #7K. Shetler has spent many Saturday nights over the years at Challenger, Sharon, Lincoln, and Port Royal Speedways in addition to Friday nights at Lernerville. Shetler captured the 2008 Sharon track championship.

New Jersey’s Jeff Taylor may be making the longest tow of anyone to the Knob. The former Washington Redskin turned Sprint Car racer turned track owner will have his #17T in action. Taylor purchased the former Hidden Valley/Gambler’s Speedway and has made major improvements to what will now be known as America’s Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pa. Taylor has a “410” Sprint show scheduled for Wednesday, July 3 at his speedway.

Central Pa. racers Hunter and Jordan Mackison, Bob Howard, Mark Zimmerman, and Matt Boland are planning on competing as is Wes McGlumphy, who races all throughout the state of Ohio. Other western Pa. racers like Skip Dougherty, Dennis Wagner, Joe McEwen, Bob McMillin, and Brandon Cornelius have also expressed interest in competing. Several other western and central Pa. racers are expected to compete.

“I’ve always enjoyed the Sprint Cars,” acknowledged Jones. “I haven’t been in 410 Sprint Car country with the tracks that I’ve promoted over the years, but always wanted to try a show. It’s great to see so much interest generated for this event. Even a lot of Late Model fans and racers are looking forward to seeing the Sprints at the Knob. We’ll give them a good track to race on and it should be an awesome show seeing the Sprints fly around the outside of the Knob.”

30-lap feature payoff ($18,000): 1. $4,000 2. $2,000 3. $1,300 4. $1,100 5. $1,000 6. $900 7. $800 8. $400 9. $600 10. $500 11. $425 12. $400 13. $375 14. $370 15. $365 16. $360 17. $355 18-24. $350. $100 to non-qualifiers.

For Sprint Car teams, there will be no weight, muffler or tire rule nor will any entry/registration fee be charged. RACEceivers are required. Experienced push truck drivers are welcome. You and a guest will be admitted at no charge.

Gates open at 4 p.m. with racing at 6:30. The STARS Mod Lites will be in competition with one other division TBA.

Stay tuned for more information as the event draws near. For info contact Mike Leone at 724-967-2363, or on Twitter
@mikevleone.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact Rick Jones for more information at 410-259-6297.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day

410 Sprints Coming to Roaring Knob on Sunday, May 5th

January 15th, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…Sprint Car enthusiasts throughout the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Mid-Ohio Valley regions will want to mark Sunday, May 5 on their calendars. History will be made as the “410” Sprint Cars will make their first ever appearance at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex located off historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, Pa. The scenic area in Fayette County is about 70 miles southeast of Pittsburgh and just minutes from the West Virginia and Maryland borders.

The “410 Showdown in the Laurel Highlands” won’t be just any Sprint Car race, but will boast a healthy purse featuring $4,000 to the winner, a strong $350 to take the green flag of the feature, and $100 to any non-qualifier. The payout will be higher than any weekly event throughout the Commonwealth, and is expected to be the richest non-sanctioned event in
2013 in western Pennsylvania!

With its location, strong payout, and neutral grounds, the event is expected to draw cars from western and central Pennsylvania, northeastern Ohio, and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

“Going to Roaring Knob over the years, I always thought it would be a great place to see the Sprint Cars,” stated Mike Leone. “It’s kind of the best of both worlds as it’s still somewhat of small track at 3/8-mile, but it’s wide sweeping turns gives it that big track feel. It’s a great place to watch the races with no obstructions whether it’s from the grandstands, hillside grass seating or drive-in parking. Plus it’s always fun to see Sprints at a new place and The Knob’s location should draw an interesting field of cars!”

Roaring Knob is one of the relative new tracks in Pennsylvania as it opened its gates for the first time in 1998. Over the years, Roaring Knob has contested events for most every division in the region, while holding steadfast to its headlining Super Late Models.

Current owner/promoter Rick Jones took over “The Knob” in 2010. Today, Roaring Knob continues to be one to the top Super Late Model tracks in Pennsylvania. This season, Roaring Knob will again host the nationally-known Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series as well as regional groups like the Three State Flyers and the Appalachian Speedweek. Roaring Knob has also become prominent in the Crate Late Model world with strong weekly car counts and big touring events under the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series banner.

“I’ve always enjoyed the Sprint Cars,” acknowledged Jones. “I haven’t been in 410 Sprint Car country with the tracks that I’ve promoted over the years, but always wanted to try a show. I talked to Mike about it, and we came up with a good payoff that should give incentive to racers from all over the region to come. The other key was finding a date that didn’t
conflict with anyone else, which wasn’t as easy it sounds. We wanted to get this announced early so people can make plans to be part of this historic, can’t miss event!”

From its early days of growing out of the old Super Modifieds in the 1960s, the Sprint Cars quickly became one of the most popular divisions in the Keystone State. In years gone by, tracks like Motordrome 70, Morgantown, Jennerstown, and Bedford would have been the closest to Roaring Knob to hold weekly Sprint Car racing. Today, the Pennsylvania tracks of Williams Grove, Lincoln, Port Royal, Lernerville, and Mercer continue to run them on a weekly basis. Also, not too far is the Ohio Valley Sprint Car Association that hosts weekly action at Ohio’s Skyline Speedway and other speedways in southern Ohio and West Virginia.

Stay tuned for more information as the event draws near. Mike Leone can be contacted at 724-967-2363, mikeleone@zoominternet.net, or on Twitter @mikevleone.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is a 3/8-mile clay oval located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 at 380 Fearer Road (look for the road sign) just seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Check out the website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Rush to Join Lucas Oil Late Models in Roaring Knob Doubleheader April 19/20th

December 3rd, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…The new RUSH Dirt Late Model Series has been diligently preparing for the upcoming 2013 season. RUSH will be sanctioning weekly Crate Late Model racing in the Northeast as well as presenting a slate of Touring Series events in its inaugural season, which is only four months away. With this said, RUSH is thrilled to announce two high-profile early
season Touring Series dates as a doubleheader of weekend action with the nationally-known Lucas Oil Dirt Series for the Super Late Models.

The back-to-back nights of competition will feature a $2,000 to-win event on Friday, April 19 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex followed by a first ever Crate Late Model race at Hagerstown Speedway with $2,500 to-win, $250 to-start on Saturday night! The weekend will be dubbed the “Battle Down the National Pike” as both speedways are located right off of the historic US Route 40 in Markleysburg, PA and Hagerstown, MD.

Not only will two great purse structures be on the line, but the RUSH Series will post an additional $1,200 in travel money for teams competing at Hagerstown. The 10 highest finishing drivers and two other random competitors at Roaring Knob that compete at Hagerstown will receive an additional $100! Group qualifying will be used at both events.

Roaring Knob has become a big player in the Crate Late Model racing world in recent seasons hosting large events, while at the same time featuring a strong core of weekly competitors. Last year’s Crate Late Model event with Lucas Oil drew 42 cars and with more money on the line and the kickoff of this tremendous weekend, a stellar field is expected!

The Hagerstown race will be a historic landmark event for Crate Late Models at “The Capital of Dirt Track Racing”. Hagerstown has a rich history and is nationally-known and one of the most popular speedways in the entire Northeast. Hagerstown touts itself as “a true ½-mile track with straightaways over 900 ft. long & 70 ft. wide. The track is 90 ft. wide in the turns. The racing surface is made of the finest red clay in the nation. The smooth, wide surface makes Hagerstown Speedway one of the fastest and safest dirt tracks in the U.S. on which to race.”

“This is going to be an outstanding weekend for the RUSH Series,” acknowledged Co-Director Vicki Emig. “To be able to join with the Lucas Oil Series and compete in front of big crowds at the great facilities of Roaring Knob and Hagerstown is going to be huge for our Series and racers. Hagerstown will be an entire new market for Crate Late Model racing and I
can’t thank track general manager Lisa Plessinger enough for giving us this wonderful opportunity.”

Coupled with the recent announcement by Roaring Knob’s Rick Jones that his sister track The Rock Allegany County Speedway will be moving to Sundays and featuring Crate Late Model racing for the first time ever under the new RUSH Series banner, it continues to expand crate racing to the east. Stay tuned for more information on this area.

E-mail can be sent to info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300. A RUSH Racing Series website will soon be released at www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels or follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Chad Ruhlman Wins a Thriller at Roaring Knob!

October 24th, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the fourth and final time of the 2012 season. It was part two of the “Super Nationals” and race #23 of the 2012 slate, which attracted 34 teams from all over Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland.

Qualifying and heat races were completed on Friday night despite some light showers. Saturday was scheduled to be the conclusion of the program, but rain showers hit early in the evening and the remainder of the event had to be finished on Sunday.

When the topside of the speedway is there, you can just about bet Chad Ruhlman will be at or near the front. Despite daytime conditions, Chad Ruhlman didn’t give up and when the sun no longer was hitting the speedway, the topside really came in. Ruhlman was able to sneak past Mike Pegher, Jr. on lap 27 and held off a big charge by Troy Shields, who also found the outside to his liking, for the $3,000 “Super Nationals II” victory early Sunday evening.

Ruhlman also won a thriller during the Original Pizza Logs Speedweek event at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway on July 7 and Sunday’s win gave him his second Series win of the season in his first year in FASTRAK. It also solidified third place in the Northeast Touring Series points.

“Max (Blair) and Mike Pegher are the two cleanest guys you can run with,” acknowledged the 35-year-old Bemus Point, NY racer. “I don’t know what happened to Max, but Mike is clean as heck. When he saw me on the outside, he raced me hard and
clean. I was glad we came down here and ran as well as we did after being here for three days. It’s too bad we can’t catch Max in points, but at least there aren’t any other shake-ups.”

“The track was real good,” continued Ruhlman. “I was hoping the bottom wouldn’t take rubber. I knew the top was going to be good, but I just need the guys to crank some runs laps and slick the bottom off. Mike was certainly better on the bottom than I was. I’m glad there was traction on the top for this Rayburn. I know we’re the only Rayburn in four states. Hopefully this will keep C.J. happy. We shook them up when we won at Pittsburgh!”

Ruhlman earned the pole position for the 30-lap feature by virtue of his K&N Dash victory and led the opening lap over Pegher, Josh Holtgraver, Troy Shields, and Will Thomas III before the caution was displayed. Contact was made between outside pole-sitter John Flinner, Jr., Max Blair, and Shields with Flinner getting into the fence and ending his night.

When racing resumed, Pegher took the lead, while Shields passed Holtgraver for third. Holtgraver though battled back and regained third one lap later and brought Thomas with him. Three cautions slowed action with five laps completed. Blair brought out the first as the Series champion’s night ended, while Jeremy Zufall was the next with a spin. The next caution was when K.C. Burdette slammed the turn one fence ending his night. Burdette was awarded The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” in his first Series start of the season.

Back under green flag conditions, Holtgraver began to mount a challenge on Ruhlman on lap seven. Shields continued to fade as he dropped out of the top five on lap nine. Eighth starting Schirnhofer continued to move forward passing Thomas for fourth on lap 12 with Shields trailing in fifth.

Shields was now on the charge back to the front taking fourth from Schirnhofer on lap 13 then drove around Holtgraver on the outside for third two laps later. The top now appeared to be the preferred line as Ruhlman caught Pegher on lap 15 running the outside. Shields stayed around the outside and made it a three-car race for the lead on lap 18.

Behind the front trio, Holtgraver had his hands full with John Garvin, Jr. Garvin started 14th and steadily made his way forward. Despite the battle, Holtgraver and Garvin actually ran down the leaders and made it a five-car race for the lead with 10 laps to go. Garvin made the pass of Holtgraver on lap 25.

Up front, Ruhlman kept getting a great run off turn four, but Pegher kept shutting the door. On lap 27, Ruhlman pulled even with Pegher and this time was able to keep his momentum up off turn four and he snuck by down the frontstretch to lead the lap. Ruhlman began to pull away, but lapped traffic loomed ahead on lap 29. Traffic wouldn’t become a factor as Thomas spun to bring out the caution with 28 laps scored.

Ruhlman chose the outside for the restart. The duo were side-by-side down the fronstretch and through much of turns one and two, but Ruhlman powered by off turn two and went on to take the checkered first in the Terry Suppa-owned, Raineater
Wiper Blades/Cargo Auto Parts/Spartan Tool/Rand Machine-sponsored Rayburn Race Car #4s.

Shields was also able to use the outside to get by Pegher on the final lap to secure the $1,500 runner-up spot, which was his best career Tour finish topping his prior best of fifth back on June 30, 2010 at Expo Speedway.

“That was fun,” expressed the Acme, Pa. resident. “The track was good and racey. We didn’t have anything for anyone on the bottom so after that one caution I decided to try it on the outside. It stuck so I figured that’s where we were going to roll.”

Pegher barely edged out Garvin for third. “We enjoy coming down here to run,” stated Pegher. “It’s usually a fast and racey track. We started to slow down with about five to go and Ruhlman was picking it up. It was good racing and we came out third, but the car is in one piece for Lernerville next week. We look forward to coming back next year.”

It was just Garvin’s third career Tour start and first since Memorial Day Weekend at Sharon Speedway when he blew a motor. Holtgraver was fifth for the fourth time this season matching his best finish of the year. It propelled him into 15th in the Driver Points and 14th in the Owner Points.

Ken Herman made his first Tour start of the season a successful coming home a career best sixth after starting 11th. Herman also received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate for being the highest finishing driver on Genesis Shocks.

Butch Lambert was seventh after starting 13th. Lambert’s 11th top 10 of the season moved him into sixth in the standings. Nolan Dalton had a strong run in eighth after starting 17th. Schirnhofer was ninth. Ryan Montgomery earned the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger Award. After taking a provisional, Montgomery charged from the 25th starting spot to 10th at the finish for his 11th top 10 of the year as well. Thomas was the final car on the lead lap at the finish in 19th and received the Utsinger’s Towing free Hoosier Tire.

Mentored by Super Late Model standout Doug Horton and backing from his grandfather and well-known car owner Bobby Lake, 12-year-old Michael Lake went out and dominated the $500 to-win non-qualifier event to end the night. Lake ended the regular season at Roaring Knob with eight top 10 finishes including a career best fifth on August 25 in addition to a heat race win. Lake made his first career Tour start on September 29 at Roaring Knob and finished a respectable 13th prior to Sunday’s B feature victory in his second Tour start!

After losing the final A feature transfer spot in his B main on the final lap, Lake went on to lead all 12 non-stop laps in the Bobby Lake Motorsports/D&M Trucking/High Gear Speed Shop/C-Harper Chevrolet-sponsored #27. Lake continues the impressive youth movement and shows how much depth there is in the FASTRAK Series.

“This feels good,” said the Uniontown, Pa. sixth grade Albert Gallatin student. “I have to thank my grandpa Bobby, my crew Dave and Tim, Doug Horton of Warrior Race Cars and High Gear Speed Shop, and all of my sponsors.”

W.L. Stile passed Toby Massie on the opening lap for second, but wasn’t able to mount a challenge on Lake. It was Stile’s fourth top three non-qualifier finish of the season as he earned the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series Championship.

Massie was running third, but got high on lap three and rode the turn four fence. Somehow Massie didn’t roll over and was able to finish the event in fifth. Justin Lamb and Ron Smithley were able to get by Massie during his mishap to finish third and fourth respectively.

On Friday night, the third and final Pace Performance “Futures Cup” Trifecta race was run and it was Nico Dabecco becoming the first driver in two seasons to repeat. The 15-year-old Pittsburgh driver, who also won the Trifecta race at Pittsburgh, led all six laps for the $200 win in the Dan Karalagas-owned Treasure Hunt Jewelers/D&T Towing/Frankland Rearend-sponsored #1Freek. But more importantly for Dabecco he captured the $1,000 season-long championship! Shane Weaver passed Cody Dawson on lap two to finish second. Dawson was third.

Friday night got started with qualifying and four drivers were able to lower Max Blair’s previous track record of 16.897 set at the last Tour event on September 28 led by Will Thomas with a new standard of 16.631! Thomas also won the first heat race in addition to Pegher, Blair, and Flinner, who also all had laps faster than the previous standard. B main winners on Sunday were Brian Knowles and Jeremy Zufall.

Thomas pulled an invert six, which put Shields on the pole of the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash. Ruhlman, whose prior best dash finishes were second and a third, received a $100 K&N certificate for his first dash win of the season. Flinner received a $50 K&N certificate for finishing second, while Blair and Shields received $25 cash for third and fourth respectively.

Roaring Knob Set to Host Super Naionals II This weekend!

October 16th, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…After three weeks since the last event, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will resume action this weekend (October 19-20) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The “Super Nationals II” will mark the next to last event on the 2012 slate, which will conclude the following weekend (October 26-27) at Lernerville Speedway for the “Steel City Stampede”.

This weekend will mark race #23 with qualifying, heat races, and the Pace Performance “Futures Cup” Trifecta Race #3 on Friday night followed by the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash, last chance B mains, the $3,000 to-win A feature, $1,200 to-win B feature, and a $500 to-win C feature, if necessary on Saturday night. The B feature for the first 24 non-qualifiers features a regular $1,200 to-win Northeast Touring payoff with $150 to-start.

The two-part “Super Nationals,” a new idea brainstormed and developed between Northeast Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone and Roaring Knob owner/promoter Rick Jones, and was announced at the end of January. “Super Nationals I” became the earliest event ever contested by the Northeast Touring Series on March 31-April 1.

“Rick Jones has certainly become a great partner with FASTRAK Northeast,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. He really stepped up his involvement this season hosting Part I and II of this inaugural Super Nationals concept. It’s pretty awesome that 48 drivers get into a feature and get to race for strong Touring payouts.”

Despite the early date and less than desirable weather conditions, a Roaring Knob record 47 cars from five states plus Canada participated! Each racer got to compete in a feature event with the 24 going to the $3,000 to-win A feature, and the remainder of the field to the $1,200 to-win B feature. Max Blair began his title defense winning the A feature, while Jason Genco made his long tow from NY a profitable one winning the B feature for his biggest career win.

Fresh off winning over $23,000 at the FASTRAK “World Championship” two weeks ago at Beckley, WV, Blair enters the weekend already having clinched the 2012 Northeast Touring title. In addition to his fourth $5,000 Touring crown in five years, Blair also won the $1,000 Original Pizza Logs Speedweek title for the second straight year, and earned an additional $500 for capturing the Bill Emig Memorial “Wild Card Weekend” title.

Roaring Knob is the site of second place point man Mike Pegher, Jr’s just one of two victories on the 2012 Touring slate. It looks like Pegher has a pretty good shot at securing his Series’ third straight runner-up point placing as he currently leads Chad Ruhlman by 40 markers.

Ruhlman, who finished second in the $7,000 to-win “World Challenge” at Beckley, enters the weekend with a 40-point edge on Ryan Montgomery, who is competing in his first full season of Touring action. John Over is currently fifth and would love to pick up his first career Series win at his home track. Ruhlman and Montgomery each have one Series win this season.

Dan Angelicchio, Butch Lambert, Will Thomas III, Matt Latta, and Shane Weaver are sitting in spots six through tenth. The battle for the final points paying positions in 11th through 15th are pretty tight with Brad Kling, Joe Martin, Chad
Wright, Lauren Longbrake, and Bobby Rohrer currently holding down the positions. Another six drivers in Jamie Brown, Josh Holtgraver, Steve Dixon, Andrew Wylie, Justin Tatlow, and Nolan Dalton still have a shot at cracking the top 15!

Also part of the weekend will be the third and final Pace Performance “Futures Cup” Trifecta race, which will pit all eligible “Futures Cup” racers in their own event. So far this season, Nico Dabecco (Pittsburgh) and Eric Wilson (Sharon) have won the $200 to-win events as Dabecco leads the $1,000 to-win points.

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force. Besides the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash”, The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway will also take place. Eight Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob with Mike Pegher, Jr. winning four of them. Pegher began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher also won this year’s event with Lucas Oil back in April. Bobby Powell won the inaugural Roaring Knob race on June 26, 2009. Robbie Blair captured the victory in last year’s event. Max Blair won the “Super Nationals” and Martin just recently captured the $2,000 “Big Kahuna” event.

There have been 95 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 35 different winners all-time. Max Blair leads nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. 22 to 15 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, David Scott, and Joe Martin with four, Steve Dixon and Josh Holtgraver at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Robbie Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Will Thomas III, and Wayne Robertson with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Latta, & Sammy Stile, and Chad Wright with one victory.

A Feature Payoff: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $600 5. $500 6. $450 7. $425 8. $400 9. $350 10. $325 11. $300 12. $275 13. $250 14. $245 15. $240 16. $235 17. $230 18-24. $225.

B Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200 2. $650 3. $450 4. $350 5. $325 6. $300 7. $275 8. $260 9. $255 10. $250 11. $225 12. $210 13. $200 14. $175 15. $165 16. $160 17. $155 18-24. $150.

C Feature Payoff (must be 12 additional cars): 1. $500 2. $250 3. $200 4. $150 5. $145 6. $140 7. $135 8. $130 9. $125 10. $120 11. $115 12. $110 13-24. $105. $100 to any driver failing to start a feature.

“Futures Cup” Trifecta Race: 1. $200 2. $100 3. $75 4. $65 5. $60 6. $50 7. $45 8. $40 9. $35 All other starters $25.

Pits open at 5 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 on Saturday. There is a $100 entry fee.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Following Roaring Knob, the 2012 season finale will take place at Lernerville Speedway. FASTRAK has been invited to participate in the “Steel City Stampede” for the first time ever on October 26-27! Saturday’s feature will pay $2,000 to-win!

Super Nationals II Up Next for Roaring Knob

October 7th, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…While all of the top FASTRAK Late Model racers will convene this weekend at Beckley, West Virginia for the World Championship, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance Northeast Late Model Touring Series is amidst a
three-week layover before it resumes action at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the “Super Nationals II” October 19-20.

The two-part “Super Nationals,” a new idea brainstormed and developed between Northeast Directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone and Roaring Knob owner/promoter Rick Jones, was and announced at the end of January. “Super Nationals I” became the
earliest event ever contested by the Northeast Touring Series on March 31-April 1.

Despite the early date and less than desirable weather conditions, a Roaring Knob record 47 cars from five states plus Canada participated! Each racer got to compete in a feature event with the 24 going to the $3,000 to-win A feature, and the remainder of the field to the $1,200 to-win B feature. Max Blair began his title defense winning the A feature, while Jason Genco made his long tow from NY a profitable one winning the B feature for his biggest career win.

The same format will be back for Part II! Thursday night will feature an open practice. Then on Friday, group qualifying and heat races will be contested. Saturday will include the K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash to determine the beginning of the line-up, last chance B mains followed by the features. Note: If at least 12 additional cars are present, a $500 to-win C feature will be contested. The $1,200 to-win B feature is the complete typical payoff for a $1,200 to-win Touring event!

Also part of the weekend will be the third and final Pace Performance “Futures Cup” Trifecta race, which will pit all eligible “Futures Cup” racers in their own event. So far this season, Nico Dabecco (Pittsburgh) and Eric Wilson (Sharon) have won events as Dabecco leads the $1,000 to-win points.

“Rick Jones has certainly become a great partner with FASTRAK Northeast,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. He really stepped up his involvement this season hosting Part I and II of this inaugural Super Nationals concept. It’s pretty awesome that 48 drivers get into a feature and get to race for strong Touring payouts.”

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force. Besides the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash”, The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway will also take place.

Eight Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob with Mike Pegher, Jr. winning four of them. Pegher began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher also won this year’s event with Lucas Oil back in April. Bobby Powell won the inaugural Roaring Knob race on June 26, 2009. Robbie Blair captured the victory in last year’s event. Max Blair won the “Super Nationals” and Joe Martin just recently captured the $2,000 event last weekend during the “Big Kahuna”.

There have been 95 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 35 different winners all-time. Max Blair leads nemesis Mike Pegher, Jr. 22 to 15 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, David Scott, and Joe Martin with four, Steve Dixon and Josh Holtgraver at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Robbie Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Will Thomas III, and Wayne Robertson with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Latta, & Sammy Stile, and Chad Wright with one victory.

A Feature Payoff: 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $800 4. $600 5. $500 6. $450 7. $425 8. $400 9. $350 10. $325 11. $300 12. $275 13. $250 14. $245 15. $240 16. $235 17. $230 18-24. $225.

B Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200 2. $650 3. $450 4. $350 5. $325 6. $300 7. $275 8. $260 9. $255 10. $250 11. $225 12. $210 13. $200 14. $175 15. $165 16. $160 17. $155 18-24. $150.

C Feature Payoff (must be 12 additional cars): 1. $500 2. $250 3. $200 4. $150 5. $145 6. $140 7. $135 8. $130 9. $125 10. $120 11. $115 12. $110 13-24. $105. $100 to any driver failing to start a feature.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks! Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the
right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Following Roaring Knob, the 2012 season finale will take place at Lernerville Speedway. FASTRAK has been invited to participate in the “Steel City Stampede” for the first time ever on October 26-27! Saturday’s feature will pay $2,000 to-win!

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast

Joe Martin Dominates at Roaring Knob’s Big Kahuna For Season’s 2nd $2000 Win

October 2nd, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)… The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex this weekend for the third of four visits during the 2012 season. Race #22 was part of the “The Big Kahuna” for the Three State Flyer Super Late Models and featured group qualifying and heat races on Friday night followed by the remainder of the program on Saturday.

Joe Martin entered the 2012 season with two career Northeast Touring Series victories both coming in successive seasons (2010 & 2011) at his home track Dog Hollow Speedway. While 2012 has had its highs and lows for the fourth year racer,
Martin has now been able to lay claim to two of the season’s bigger events.

On June 23, Martin won the $2,000 “Gary Knollinger Memorial” at Sharon Speedway five months after winning the “Golden Award” in memory of the late racer at the 2011 awards banquet, and then on Saturday night Martin dominated all 30 laps for another $2,000 victory. Martin also received the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” certificate in addition to the $100 K&N certificate.

“It’s another big win,” acknowledged the 27-year-old Mayport, Pa. racer. “We found the handling problem after the dash in the pits and fixed it, but I think about lap five or six it broke again. I thought `oh man’, but I was lucky the track
transitioned a lot during that race. It slicked off and the problem was making me too tight, but it was slick enough that the car wasn’t as bad as it was in the dash. The momentum of this heading into the Nationals next weekend to race for big money is important, and to beat Max (Blair) and (Mike (Pegher) gives us a boost of confidence.”

After a pair of opening lap cautions, Martin took off in the lead with Kyle Thomas in tow. Josh Holtgraver was able to pass Andrew Wylie for third, and sixth starting Max Blair got by both Mike Pegher, Jr. and Wylie to take fourth after one lap. Following a caution for a spin by Jeff Compton with four laps scored, Blair slipped up in turns one and two allowing Pegher and Wylie back by for fourth and fifth respectively.

Martin had really begun to pull away as the event’s longest green flag stretch took place, while the battle was on for third with Holtgraver trying to hold off Pegher, Wylie, John Wyer, and Blair. On lap 12, Pegher made the pass of Holtgraver to take third. Wylie’s fine run ended when he spun with 12 laps completed.

When racing resumed, Pegher began to pressure Thomas for the second spot. The caution was displayed again when Ryan Montgomery slowed with 17 laps completed. It certainly wasn’t what Pegher wanted to see as he would slip high on the restart allowing Holtgraver back by then two laps later Troy Shields entered the mix getting by for fourth.

Martin and Thomas showed they were the class of the field as they distanced themselves from the pack with 10 laps to go. Nolan Dalton was the man on the move as he had the outside working. After starting 11th, Dalton cracked the top five on
lap 24 passing Pegher. The event’s final caution for Ricky Meglaye with 26 laps completed was just what Dalton needed.

When green replaced yellow, Dalton went to the outside of Shields to grab fourth. Dalton ran down Holtgraver and was able to drive around him on the final lap to nab third, but up front Martin’s Allegheny Crane Rental/Neese Trucking/Martin
Farms/Spartan Thru Tubing/Zero Wraps/JNJ Motorsports Media-sponsored, Wylie Race Car & Ingram Engines #55 was too much as captured his fourth career Tour win. The win moves Martin into a five-way tie for third place on the all-time win list.

Thomas made his first Tour since a fifth at Roaring Knob on April 20. His second place finish was worth $1,000 and matched his career best Tour finish from 2010 when he recorded a pair of runner-ups at his home track Tyler County Speedway. Dalton also matched his best career Tour finish of third as he had a pair of “show” position podium finishes earlier this season at Canada’s Humberstone Speedway and Ohio’s Raceway 7.

Pegher was also able to get around Holtgraver on the outside on the final lap to finish fourth. In what’s been a disappointing season for last year’s third place point man and two-time winner, Holtgraver dropped to fifth for the third time in the past five starts matching his best finish of 2012.

Shields finished sixth in just his fourth Tour start of 2012, which was his best finish since a fifth at Expo Speedway on June 30, 2010. Blair was a quiet seventh as he locked up his fourth Northeast Touring Series Championship in five years!
Butch Lambert had a solid eighth for his 10th top 10 of 2012. Wyer made his second ever Tour start and qualified for his first feature with a ninth place finish. Wylie, who built the winning car and is a Series Major Contingency Sponsor, worked his way back to 10th at the finish.

Darin Henderson, who made the long tow up from Pasadena, Maryland, came from 22nd to finish 11th and earned the Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger. Henderson has made one Tour start in 2010, 2011, and now 2012 with his 11th place being his best career finish.

John Over finished 14th and received his season’s second Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night” award. After qualifying fourth fastest on Friday night, Over got spun from behind running near the front of his heat and had to qualify for the feature through the B main on Saturday. Over also got caught up in an accident during the feature.

John Cain made his first ever Tour start and finished 16th as the last car on the lead lap and received the Utsinger’s Towing free Hoosier Tire.

On Friday night, Blair lowered the one-lap track record with a lap of 16.897 breaking Pegher’s standard of 17.058 set back on March 31. Blair received $100 from Gaary’s Auto Sales. High Gear Speed Shop $25 heat winners on Friday were Blair, Pegher, and Thomas. Over won Saturday’s B main.

On Saturday, Martin won his season leading third K&N “Cold Air Induction” Dash victory, which propelled him into the Dash Championship point lead by one over Pegher. Thomas received a $50 K&N certificate for finishing second. Wylie and Holtgraver received $25 cash for finishing third and fourth respectively.

Congratulations to Dave Mariani of Rural Ridge, Pa., who won the K&N Cold Air Induction fan giveaway valued at up to $500 on Saturday night. The sixth and final K&N Cold Air Induction fan giveaway will take place at the season ending event at Lernerville Speedway on October 27.

The next race for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will be back at Roaring Knob on October 19-20 for the “Super Nationals II” featuring a $3,000 to-win A feature, $1,200 to-win B feature, and $500 to-win C feature, if necessary.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom
Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Late Race Pass Earns $7000 Paycheck for Jamie Lathrom in Big Kahuna Victory at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

October 1st, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Mechanicsville, MD’s Jamie Lathrom has taken some big money out of Roaring Knob in the month of
September.Lathrom, who won the King of the Knob earlier this month, added the Big Kahuna $7000 victory to his list with a late race pass of Chuck Harper.Joe Martin wired the field to score his first Knob checker in the FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series race.Also picking up win for the weekend were Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers), Joe
Kelley (Krause Electric Street Stocks) and Randy Murphy (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

When the green dropped in the 60-lap Big Kahuna for the Three State Flyers Super Late Models, Chuck Harper shot into the lead from the outside front row.Harper rode the wave around Roaring Knob leading and was able to hold off Jamie Lathrom.Three yellows slowed the pass in the first 20 laps but Harper was sharp on each restart beating out Lathrom.The final 40 laps went non-stop with the leader meeting lapped traffic around lap 35.Harper worked his way through as he continued to hold the top spot with Lathrom and Greg Satterlee right behind him.Twentieth starting Jason Covert was on the move and took third on lap 31.Covert was able to close the gap and make it a four car dog fight for the lead.

Harper kept the lead as the laps began to wind down.Harper was running a high line with Lathrom right behind.As they came out of turn two on lap 57, Harper encountered a lapped car and had nowhere to go as Lathrom had pulled up along side of him. This was the chance Lathrom was waiting for taking the lead with just three laps to go and holding off Gregg Satterlee, who also got around Harper, to earn the big $7000 paycheck. Harper finished a disappointing third with Covert fourth and Kenny Pettyjohn fifth.Sixth through tenth were Devin Friese, Jared Hawkins, Scott Rhodes, Mason Zeigler and Ron Delano, Jr.Qualifying heats on Friday were won by Lathrom, who also set fast time, Satterlee, Mel Minnick, Jr. and Delano.B-Mains were went to Sammy Stile and Duane Harbaugh. Delano won the dash.

Joe Martin, from Ringgold, PA, won his first-ever Roaring Knob feature event leading all 30 laps of the FASTRAK Northeast Touring race for the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models. The race was slowed numerous times in the early going. Martin was challenged the whole race by Kyle Thomas but Martin never flinched in taking the checkered flag. Thomas was second over Nolan Dalton (from 11^th ), Mike Pegher, Jr., Josh Holtgraver, Troy Shields, Max Blair, Butch Lambert, John Wyler and Andrew Wylie.Fast timer Max Blair, Pegher and Thomas scored heat wins with John Over winning the B-Main.

Joe Kelley made it two wins in a row after scoring the checker in the 20-lap Krause Electric Street Stock feature.Kelley drove his own #66 to it’s first win of the 2012 season after driving Charlie Trice’s #100 last time out. Kelley passed early leader Mike Corbin on lap four to secure the win. Corbin held onto second until Todd Dennis, driving Bob Neratka’s car, passed him on lap fourteen.Dennis kept Kelley in his sight but could never muster a challenge in finishing second. Corbin, Bob Nelson, Bill Pluta, Jr., Marty Spade, Jamie Kohan, Bob Miller, Bill Slade and Joe Wrona completed the top ten. Ryan Newman and Dennis were heat winners.

Mill Run’s Kenny Burkholder had to hold off a strong challenge from his younger brother Kyle to earn his sixth feature win of the season in the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. Bradley Nesline, Cody Colflesh, Brad Jenkins, Corey Faris and Charlie Bittinger rounded out the slim field.

The Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners found a new face in victory lane. Randy Murphy, from Accident, MD, made it look easy as he cruised to his first-ever Roaring Knob feature win. He beat out Paul Koffler, Jr, Steve Frazier, Ed Leonard, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Ashley Britsky, Mark Seiler, Scott Critchfield and Donald Wilson. Wilson and Murphy won the heats.

Powder Puff Champions were also crowned. Cathy Colflesh won the Chargers, Stacey Tressler in the Street Stocks and Marissa Davis in the Roadrunners.

Roaring Knob up Next as FASTRAK NE Touring Series Part of the “Big Kahuna”

September 28th, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series busy fall stretch continues this weekend as action shits south to the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The third of four stops during the 2012 season will be race #22 of the year at the Markleysburg, Pa. facility, which is near the Maryland and West Virginia borders. There will be practice Thursday night, qualifying events on Friday night with last chance races, features, and the non-qualifier on Saturday night.

“It’s always fun to go to Roaring Knob,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “It’s a great facility, and Rick Jones is a big supporter of FASTRAK. He really stepped up his involvement this year with the big Super Nationals events at the beginning and end of the season in addition to allowing us to compete with the Lucas Oil Late Models and now part of his traditional “Big Kahuna”.

While FASTRAK has been part of the “Fall Fest” weekend at Roaring Knob the last two seasons, this year’s event has been coupled with the “Big Kauhna”- a traditional event held in the past at Jones’ Allegany County Speedway. This year marks the first year that the $7,000 to-win Three State Flyers Super Late Model event has been held at Roaring Knob and the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series is happy to be part of this big Late Model event.

Seven Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob with Mike Pegher, Jr. winning four of them! Pegher began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher also won this year’s event with Lucas Oil back in April. Bobby Powell won the inaugural Roaring Knob race on June 26, 2009. Robbie Blair captured the victory in last year’s event. Max Blair won his first Touring race at the opening Roaring Knob event as part of the “Super Nationals”.

Max Blair is fresh of his record-setting 10th win of the season last Sunday at McKean County Raceway. The 22-year-old Centerville, Pa. driver is within mere points of locking up his fourth Northeast Tour title in five years! Blair has a
commanding 101-point lead on Pegher.

Pegher has actually only been beaten twice in Tour events at Roaring Knob as he tries to fend off Chad Ruhlman for runner-up in points. Pegher currently is up eight points on Ruhlman and if he can maintain his advantage over the last three events, it would be his third straight runner-up in points!

Roaring Knob racers Ryan Montgomery and John Over will be anxious to compete at their home track this weekend. Both drivers are in their first full season on the Tour and are currently fourth and fifth in points respectively. Dan Angelicchio, Butch Lambert, Will Thomas III, Matt Latta, and Shane Weaver round out the top 10. The battle for positions 11-15 is tight as only 50 points separate current 11th point man Brad Kling from Jamie Brown, who currently is 16th.

Friday’s program will include qualifying events leading up to Saturday’s B main(s) and 30-lap feature paying $2,000 to-win. The intent is to use the qualifying format with group qualifying on Friday providing the transponder system is up and running.

The “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series for non-qualifiers will be held in addition on Saturday, if necessary. Jason Genco (two), Craig Dean (two), Louie Krushansky, Bob Dorman, Junior Peters, Kyle Wiser, Joel Prosser, Jamie Brown, Bobby
Pifer, Nico Dabecco, and Justin Tatlow have picked up the non-qualifier wins to date, while W.L. Stile leads the points. An amazing 25 different drivers have scored victories in the 33 races run all-time.

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force. Besides the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash”, The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway will also take place.

Saturday has been selected as one of six K&N Cold Air Induction Systems fan giveaways! The system is valued up to $500 and is for use on personal vehicles. The last Cold Air Induction System giveaway will be at Lernerville Speedway’s “Steel
City Stampede” on October 26-27.

There is a $100 entry fee. Teams will be permitted to practice on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. On Friday, pits open at 4 p.m. with hot laps at 7:15 and racing at 7:45 then on Saturday pits open at 4:30 p.m. with hot laps at 6:45 and racing at 7:15.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, Original Pizza Logs, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Precise Racing Products, Genesis Shocks, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Knob” In See Saw Battle; Pegher Tops FASTRAK & Joe Kelley Returns to Victory Lane in Street Stocks.

September 12th, 2012

*Jamie**Lathrom Wins Second Three State Flyers Sanctioned “King of the
MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex had to use it’s Sunday rain date for the 15^th running of the King of the Knob.After a 1 hour rain delay, Mechanicsville, MD’s Jamie Lathrom came out on top of a see saw battle with Jason Covert to win this race for second time. His other win came in 2010. Mike Pegher, Jr. went unchallenged in winning the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature while Mt. Pleasant’s Joe Kelley returned to the winner’s circle for the first time in six years in the Krause Electric Street Stocks.

Feature racing started off with the 20-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models. Pegher, of Cranberry Township, led from flag to flag to capture his second win of the year at the Knob. Nico Dabecco kept the high flying Pegher in his sights but could not muster a challenge in settling for his best track finish for second. Ken Herman was third followed by Russell Baird, Jr., John Over, Nolan Dalton, Mike Lewis, Louie Krushansky, WL Stile and Michael Lake. Dabecco and Pegher won the heats.

Jamie Lathrom performed the trifecta by setting fast time, winning his heat and then capturing the 15^th running of the “King of the Knob” over a steller 46 car field. At the drop of the green it was Charleston, WV’s Zach Dohm taking the lead. Dohm looked fast as he opened up a slight lead. Dohm held the lead for the first sixteen laps while eight starting Lathrom worked his way to the front taking the lead on lap 17. Five cautions would slow the event including one on lap 21 for a slowing Jared Miley.On the restart Dohm once again took the lead back with Lathrom on his tail closely followed by Gregg Satterlee and tenth starting Jared Hawkins. Scott Rhodes make it a five car blanket.Lathrom wasted little time and took the lead back on lap 23 and started to pull away.

Lapped traffic closed the field back up.Side by side racing allowed Jason Covert to reel the five in and become a factor. Covert moved into the top five on lap 30. For over ten laps Covert and Dohm went door to door before Covert grabbed second on lap 43. One lap later Covert took over the top spot for three laps. Then is Lathrom led laps 46 and 47. Lap 48 found Covert back out front and then the final caution of the day flew for third and fourth running Gregg Satterlee and Jared Hawkins.The pair got together entering turn three with both spinning and out of contention.

The green flew for the final time with seven laps remaining.Covert took off on the start and Lathrom chased him.Heading in to turn three Lathrom shot low and went for the slide job in turn four.As he came up in front of Covert the hit with Lathrom back out in front. Covert recovered an hauled the #6 back in staying glued to his back bumper. Lap 54 saw Covert looking to set up an outside pass coming out of turn four. The final lap saw the pair running nose to tail and Dohm right there in third ready to pounce.Covert appeared to be pushing Lathrom across the line with his steering braking as the checker flew. Lathrom pulled off his second win in the “King of the Knob” earning $5000 for his efforts. Covert was second over Dohm, Tim Senic, Corey Conley, Mason Zeigler (from 21^st ), Scott Rhodes, Ron Delano, Jr., Devin Friese and Jerry Bard.Scoring the heat wins were Lathrom, Satterlee, Covert and Senic.Shane Hitt and Tyler Hershey won the two B-Mains.

Joe Kelley won his last Krause Electric Street Stock feature at Roaring Knob in 2006. Sunday found Kelley, making just his second start of the year at the Markleysburg oval, a winning one.Kelley drove the Charlie Trice owned #100 to victory taking the lead from Shawn Davis on lap eleven.Kelley led the final four laps for just his second career win of the year. Once out front Kelley was unchallenged for the win over Jim Sayler, Brian Duffy, Davis, Bob Nelson, Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Marty Spade, Jr., Jeremy Swank, Bill Pluta, Jr. and Jason Gibbs. Winning the three heats were Kelley, Davis and Mike Duritsky.

Roaring Knob will take the next two weeks off before returning to racing action September 27-29 with the Big Kahuna for the Three State Flyers Series for Super Late Models.The Big Kahuna was started at the Rock Speedway in Cumberland, MD and has been moved to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for 2012.The event will pay the winner $7000. The High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers, Krause Electric Street Stocks and Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners will all be in action that weekend.

Friday night will see qualifying for the Super Lates and FASTRAK Late Models with a complete show for the Chargers.Saturday is the B-Mains for Super Lates and FASTRAK and full program for Street Stocks and Roadrunners.

Rain Wipes Out Roaring Knob

September 3rd, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – It was the first day of College Football and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex was giving that old college try when Mother Nature stepped in and put an end to the evening’s races. The skies were clear until just before race time and six heat races were completed before rain hit during the second Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model heat.After a light rain the track was almost back together and a second rain, a downpour, hit wiping out the show.

Heat winners before the rain were Nolan Dalton and Michael Lake (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Kenny Burkholder and Charlie Bittinger (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers), Denny Nakutis (Modifieds) and Scott Rhodes (Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models).

Coming up Saturday, September 8 is the “King of the Knob” sponsored by T C Race Car Parts for the Three State Flyer Super Late Models. This will be the 15^th running of the prestigious event. Former winners include Dave Groves, Tom Myers, Lynn Geisler, Mike Bendedum, Bobby Hill, Gary Dalton, Neil Brown, Jason Covert, Jeremy Miller, DJ Myers, Jamie Lathrom and Jared Miley.

The 55-lap event carries a winner’s share of $5000.Also on the card that night will be the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models and Krause Electric Street Stocks.

Brothers Jared and Jacob Hawkins Earn Victories at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

August 26th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Brothers Jared and Jacob Hawkins each picked a win Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.
Jared won the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature while Jacob won his first in the Modifieds. Mike Duritsky won his first Krause Electric Street Stock feature this season while Bobby Cossell (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models) and Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) were repeat winners. The 20-lap Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner main went to Steve Settle and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. won the make-up feature for the Krause Electric Street Stocks.

From the start of the make-up feature for the Krause Electric Street Stocks, Todd Dennis and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. waged a battle for the top spot. Dennis led the first four laps before Bendishaw muscled by and the Uniontown driver drove to his division leading seventh feature win. Completing the top ten were Todd Dennis, Marty Spade, Jr., Bob Nelson, Mike Durtisky, Bob Miller, Jason Gibbs, Charlie McClain, Michael Duritsky and Barry Faris.

Ft. Necessity Garage heat winners Kenny Burkholder and Bradley Nesline started in the second row of the 12-lap feature event.When the green dropped pole sitter JT Baird led the way. Baird’s lead was short lived as Burkholder, from Mill Run, grabbed the top spot on lap two and then kept JT Baird behind him to win his fifth checker. Cody Colfelsh came from eighth to get third over Bradley Nesline, Justin Howell, CJ Nicola, Brad Jenkins, Kyle Burkholder, Eric Miller and Allen Fortney.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models was all Fairmont, WV’s Jared Hawkins. Hawkins shot from his third starting hole and took the lead by the time they hit the back straight. From there Hawkins built up a straight-away lead in winning his fourth Roaring Knob A-Main and second win on the weekend after his win at Elkins the night before. Matt
Cosner continues to impress with a second place finish ahead of John Garvin, Scott Rhodes, Tim Senic, Billy Holbert, Cody Hardesty, Glenn Elliott, LC Powers and Bob Gordon. Cosner and Rhodes were heat winners.

On tap for the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners it was a 20-lap special. The race went non-stop and when the checker flew it was West Leisenring’s Steve Settle on the victory podium for the seventh time this season. Randy Murphy passed Paul Koffler, Jr. for second at the line. Donald Wilson, Cindy Rhodes, Jeremy Hill, Todd Detrick, Ed Detrick and Clark Ligenfield rounded out the field. Settle and Koffler won the two heats.

When Nolan Dalton starts on the front row in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK feature most considered the race over. Dalton took off at the drop of the green and was running away with the 20-lap event. Contact with a lapped car on lap 16 gave second place Bobby Cossell, of Connellsville, the break he needed.Cossell sped by and also won his second feature of the weekend and second at Roaring Knob. Louie Krushansky drove from eighth to earn second over Mike Lewis, Dalton, Michael Lake, Russell Baird, Jr., John Over, Jeff Compton, Chris Angelicchio and Troy Shields. Winning the heats were Baird and Dalton.

Heat winner Jacob Hawkins was looking to join his older brother in victory lane for the night.Hawkins started outside of the front row for the 15-lap Modified feature.Hawkins, driving the Throw’ N Dirt house car, had his hands full with last week’s winner Nick Cramer. Cramer never let Hawkins breath making several attempts to get by. At the finish Hawkins won his first Modified feature at the Knob over Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt, Vic Vandergrift, Denny Nakutis, Mike Errett, Larry
Athay, Bill Yohe and Nick Wilson.

Wrapping up the night’s racing was the Krause Electric Street Stocks for their second feature of the night. Scott Bittinger went from third on the opening lap to take the lead. Bittinger was out front for five laps before a very hungry Mike Duritsky passed him. Duritsky, winless at the Knob this season, toured the oval getting pressure from Jim Bendishaw,
Jr.Duritsky was flawless and never made a mistake in winning his first of 2012. Bendishaw settled for second over Bittinger, Todd Dennis, Bob Nelson, Jim Byers, Marty Spade, Jr., Jason Gibbs, Barry Faris and Charlie McClain. Heats went to Spade and Bendishaw.

Coming up Saturday, September 1 is a six division show featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.The Ladies will run their third and final Powder Puff event for the season.

Ken Herman Wins First-Ever Feature

August 20th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Jared Hawkins and Billy Holbert, both of Fairmont, WV, split the two Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model features at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday. Connellsville’s Ken Herman won his career first High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature while Latrobe’s Nick Cramer ended a six year dry-spell winning the Modified feature. Paul Koffler III won his first feature on the dirt in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners and CJ Nicola took his first of the year in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.Todd Dennis won his fifth Krause Electric Street Stock feature.

The make-up Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature started the night off. Matt Cosner led the first seven laps chased by Tim Senic.Senic took the top spot on lap eight and took off.What looked like a sure win changed on lap 20 when a lapped car spun and collected Senic also.This handed the lead over to Jared Hawkins and he drove to his third feature win. Billy Holbert, Matt Cosner, Greg Gellner, Danny Mitchell, Scott Rhodes, Mel Minnick, Jr., LC Powers, Cody Hardesty and Mark Booth completed the top ten.

Bob Nelson led the field of Krause Electric Street Stocks to the green.Nelson only led two laps before the “Newell Nightmare” Todd Dennis sped past into the lead.Dennis drove smooth and the slick track and went on to score his fifth feature win of 2012. Filling out the top ten behind him was Nelson, Ryan Newman, John Redshaw (Rozak #77), Jim Byers,
Bob Miller, Michael Duritsky, Jason Gibbs, Charlie McClain and Ron Howard.Heats were won by Nelson and Redshaw.

The Modified feature looked like it was going to be an easy win for Dennis Perigo.Perigo started on the pole and immediately took the lead. Coming out of turn four on lap ten the #114 of Perigo lost power handing the lead over to Nick Cramer.On the restart Cramer sped away to his first win in six years. Darren Tarabori, Denny Nakutis, Bruce Dreistadt,
Bryson Sanders, Larry Atha, Nick Wilson and Dennis Perigo completed the field. Perigo was the lone heat winner.

Not many have been able to beat Nolan Dalton in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models but you can add Ken Herman to that list.Herman out raced Dalton into turn one at the start. Dalton got under Herman on lap three and was going for the top spot when the caution flew.Herman took advantage of the break driving a flawless race to win his first-ever FASTRAK feature. Dalton had to settle for second over Mike Lewis, Troy Shields, Bobby Cossell, George Kowatic, Darin Henderson, Jeremy Shaffer, Michael Lake and Rich Logan.Herman and Cossell won the heats.

The Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers put on the best show of the night for the fans. Cody Colflesh, CJ Nicola and Kenny Burkholder were in a gun fight.Colflesh kept them behind his thunderbird for 10 laps.Nicola edged out front as they crossed the line on lap eleven. Nicola led the final lap to earn his first of the season. Colflesh was second over Kenny Burkholder, Justin Howell, Kyle Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, Bradley Nesline, Ben Dennis, Allen Fortney and Corey Faris. The heats were won by Colflesh and Nicola.

Billy Holbert was looking to improve on his second place finish from earlier in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature.Holbert lead all 25-laps with just a few challenges before earning his third feature win. Scott Rhodes was second over Tim Senic,
Matt Cosner, Cody Hardesty, LC Powers, Jared Hawkins, Danny Mitchell, Matt Sponaugle and Bob Gordon.The three heats were won by Cosner, Senic and Greg Gellner.

Connellsville’s Paul Koffler III won out in a three car battle for his first win on dirt in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Six-time winner Steve Settle was second over Paul Koffler, Jr., Donald Wilson, Steve Long, Todd Detrick, Ed Detrick, Clark Ligenfield, Jarred Barclay, Mark Seiler and Cindy Rhodes.Settle and Koffler III were heat winners.

Coming up Saturday, August 25 will be a 20-lap special for the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Also racing will be the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.The July 14 make-up feature will be for the Street Stocks.

George Kowatic Wins First-Ever Roaring Knob Feature in High Gear Speed Shop Late Models

August 13th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Winning his first-ever Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex feature was George Kowatic, of Aliquippa, PA,
who won the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature. Vic Vandergrift won two Modified features as he also claimed the make-up from July 14.Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Krause Electric Street Stocks) and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners) both won their sixth features of 2012. Mark Seiler won the make-up feature for the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners while Shawn Smith earned win number five in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. The Super Late Models had the night off.

Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift led flag-to-flag in the 15-lap Modified feature that was a make-up from July 4.Vandergrift kept Kevin Putman a half straight behind in earning his second win of the season. Following Putman was Denny Nakutis, Bruce Dreistadt and Larry Atha.

A see-saw battle in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner make-up found Mark Seiler coming out on top for his second checker of 2012. Seiler and Paul Koffler, Jr. exchanged the lead before Seiler took over on lap eight. Steve Settle was able to take second in the closing laps with Koffler third over Steve Frazier and Allen Fortney.

Shawn Smith took off from his pole starting spot in the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.The Confluence, PA driver checked out and won by a straightaway on his way to a division leading fifth win. Cody Colflesh, JT Baird, Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder, CJ Nicola, Bradley Nesline, Charlie Bittinger, Eric Collins (Jenkins #44) and Eric Miller completed the top ten. Smith and Kenny Burkholder won the heats.

The High Gear Speed Shop saw a first time winner in George Kowatic. Troy Shields looked to be on his way to the win leading the first 10 laps before Kowatic made the winning pass.Kowatic then built up a lead only to see a yellow fly on lap 16. With four to go this put six-time winner Nolan Dalton on his back bumper. Dalton gave it his all in attempting to pass, but Kowatic was too strong to over come and won for the first time at Roaring Knob.Behind Kowatic and Dalton at the finish were Shields, Mike Lewis, Russell Baird, Jr., Jeff Compton, Jeff Broniszewski, Andrew Wylie, Lou Jacoby and Stanley Spooner.Baird and Dalton claimed heat wins.

One of the best features of the night belonged to the Krause Electric Street Stocks. Ryan Newman was looking for his first win and led the first four laps battling with Jim Bendishaw, Jr.The pair raced cleanly side by side when Bendishaw got by. Newman never gave up tailing Bendishaw until Todd Dennis got by. A caution flew with three to go setting up a three lap war between the top two winners in the class.Bendishaw held off Dennis for his sixth checkered flag. Rounding out the top ten were Dennis, Newman, Marty Spade, Jr., Mike Durtisky (from 11^th ), Scott Bittinger, Ron Howard, Jim Zufall, Bob Miller and Charlie McClain.Heats were won by Jason Gibbs and Dennis.

Vic Vandergrift made it a clean sweep in winning the regular Modified feature. Vandergrift again led green to checker this time with some pressure from Denny Perigo.Perigo would have to settle for second over Bruce Dreistadt, Bill Yohe, Larry Atah, Deana Groves, Kevin Putman, Nick Wilson and Denny Nakutis.Perigo won the lone heat.

In the final feature of the evening West Leisenring’s Steve Settle led all 12-lap to score his sixth feature win in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Settle and Paul Koffler, Jr. went back and forth the first seven lap. Settle was able to pull away until Randy Murphy took over the runner-up spot.Murphy kept him in striking distance but came up short for second. Koffler, Mark Seiler, Steve Frazier, David Friend, Jr., Todd Detrick, Neal Bauer, Jr., Allen Fortney and Cindy Rhodes were the top ten.Winning the heats were Koffler and Seiler.

Round two of the Powder Puffs saw Rose Perigo (Modifieds), Mindy Miller (Street Stocks), Barb Neratka (Chargers) and Marissa Davis (Roadrunners) all taking home wins.

Coming up Saturday, August 18 will be the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.The July 14 make-up feature will be for the Super Late Models. There will also be Bike Races for the Kids at intermission.

Jeremy Miller Makes It a Clean Sweep in Ernie Jones Memorial at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

August 6th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Gettysburg’s Jeremy Miller made it a clean sweep in winning the 22-lap, $2200 to win, Ernie Jones
Memorial for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models.Miller set fast time, won his heat, the dash and then led all 22 laps to score his first feature win of the season.Miller earned $2644 for his winning effort.Also picking up wins were Bobby Cossell and Mike Lewis (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Denny Perigo (Modifieds), Todd Dennis
(Krause Electric Street Stocks), Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).The big event was sponsored by Bobby Lake Motorsports, High Gear Speed Shop Chuck Harper Racing, Touchdown City Motors, Stone House Restaurant, Newt’s York Bar, Three Mules Welding, Mort’s Graphics, Roy Anderson, Denise ollidge, Hoosier Tire, Lias Tire — American Racer, Arsenberger Trucking and Butch Hunt Ford.

Although he led all 22 laps, Jeremy Miller didn’t have any time to relax in the 22 lap Ernie Jones Memorial.Heat winner Miller won the dash and earned the pole starting spot.Miller out dragged Jared Hawkins into turn one at the drop of the green. Miller hugged the inside as Hawkins rode the rim lap after lap trying to make the pass before breaking on lap
eight and putting the #37 pit side.On the restart Miller took off but could not shake David Williams.Williams challenged Miller relentlessly and looked like he was setting him up for the winning pass.As they crossed the line on lap 17 Williams charged into turn one and jumped the cushion with a flat tire sending him into the wall and ending his great
run.When the green dropped Tim Senic was now on Miller’s tail.Senic, who came from ninth, pressured Miller to the checker.After the drivers took the white flag on lap 21 the whole field dropped to the bottom of the track and let Scott Rhodes pass them and take the honorary win for Ernie Jones. Rhodes’ car was painted up and renumbered 22 to resemble one of Ernie’s cars. Senic was credited with second followed by Mason Zeigler, Devin Friese, Bob Gordon, Mike Lupfer, Ron Delano, Jr., Scott Rhodes, Danny Mitchell and Billy Holbert (from 23^rd ).Heats paying $222 to win each for the 33 car field were won by Miller, Williams, Hawkins and Bob Gordon.Charlie Schaffer won the B-Main and received a free American
Racer Tire.

Bobby Cossell held off a stout field to win the 20-lap High Gear Speed Shop feature.Cossell ended a two year dry spell at Roaring Knob to pickup his first win of the season. Louie Krushansky, Mike Lewis and John Over all took a shot but came up short as the Connellsville driver was not to be denied.Over took second ahead of Lewis, Ryan Montgomery, Louie Krushansky, Robbie Scott, Troy Shields, Steve Beatty, Butch Lambert (from 17^th ) and Ron Parrish.Robbie Scott, Over and Krushansky won heats for the 21 cars on hand.

In a make up feature from July 14, Mike Lewis of Oakland, MD parked in victory lane for the first time this season in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models. Lewis led the first five laps when Nolan Dalton passed him. Lewis didn’t give up and chased Dalton until he went back out front on lap 12.At the checker Lewis was the winner over Russell Baird, Jr., Dalton, Troy Shields, Louie Krushansky, Darren Henderson, Jeff Compton, Michael Lake, Vince Masi, Jr., and John Cain.

Stoystown’s Denny Perigo made it win #5 in the 15-lap Modified feature.Vic Vandergrift took the lead from Jonathan Taylor on lap seven before he broke and went to the pits.Perigo chased down Vandergrift and shot into the lead on lap ten pulling away.Nick Cramer, Denny Nakutis, Matt Chenoweth, Bruce Dreistadt, Vandergrift, Jonathan Taylor, Nick Wilson, Larry Atha and Bryson Sanders filled out the field. Taylor and Cramer were heat winners.

Heat winners Todd Dennis and Bob Nelson battled all 15-laps of the Krause Electric Street Stock feature. When the checker flew it was Dennis ending a two month dry spell in victory lane for his fourth win of the season. Behind Dennis and Nelson were Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Joe Kelley, Marty Spade, Jr., EJ Rozak, Jason Gibbs, Jim Byers, Barry Faris and Michael Duritsky.Qualifying heats were won by Nelson and Dennis.

The 12-lap Ft. Necessity Chargers found Mill Run’s Kenny Burkholder winning his fourth checker of the year. Bradley Nesline was the early leader before giving up the number one spot to Burkholder. Cody Colflesh came home second over Kyle Burkholder, Justin Howell, JT Baird, Mark Peck (Jenkins 44), Shawn Smith, CJ Nicola, Eric Miller and Rob Varner.Kenny Burkholder and Baird claimed heat win.

West Leisenring’s Steve Settle passed Mark Seiler on lap two and raced off to his fifth Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature win. Paul Koffler, Jr., Seiler, Jarred Barclay, Cindy Rhodes, Michael McDonald, Todd Detrick, David Friend, Jr., Allen Fortney and Ed Detrick were the top ten. Heats went to Rhodes and Seiler.

Coming up Saturday, August 11 is the return of Stinger Monster Truck Show.Joining Stinger on the card is the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.The July 14 make-up features for the Roadrunners and Modifieds will start off the show. The Super Late Model have the night off.

Jared Hawkins Races to Victory at Roaring Knob

July 26th, 2012

Fairmont, West Virginia – Jared Hawkins powered his #37 Bobby Lake Motorsports/Rocket/Custom Race Engine Super Late Model to the feature win on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

After taking a week away from the track to freshen their equipment, Jared and Bobby Lake Motorsports returned to action over the weekend in a pair of events.

After being rained out at Elkins Raceway (Kerens, West Virginia on Friday night, the team traveled to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, Pennsylvania) on Saturday night. With twenty-three entries on hand Jared earned the fifth starting spot for the main event, and as the green flag waved he would waste little time working his way to the lead as he took over the top spot on the first lap. Once out front he would never look back on his way to his second win of the season, which came over Scott Rhodes, Mel Minnick Jr., Mason Zeigler, and Bob Gordon. Full results are available at www.RoaringKnob.com.

On Sunday evening the team entered the $4,000-to-win, Connor Bobik Memorial, which was sanctioned by the United Late Model Series (ULMS) event at Dog Hollow Speedway (Strongstown, Pennsylvania). Thirty-five competitors took part in the event, and after finishing fourth in his heat race he earned a starting spot in the main event. He would race around mid-pack early in the race before damage incurred on a restart resulted in damage to his entry, and he was forced to retire to a twentieth place finish. Full results are available at www.UnitedLateModelSeries.com .

“The past month or so has been a tough time for the team as we’ve really battled a lot of bad luck. However, after taking a week off to regroup, we have this race car back where it needs to be, and I’m really excited about the upcoming events,” commented Hawkins.

The upcoming weekend will see the team taking part in a pair of Weekly Racing Series Events in West Viriginia. On Friday night the action will open at Elkins Raceway (Kerens, West Virginia) before moving to Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, West Virginia) on Saturday evening. For more information on the events, please visit www.ElkinsRaceway.net and www.TylerCountySpeedwayOnline.com .

Bobby Lake Motorsports and Jared Hawkins would like to thank all of their sponsors including JC Distributing, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service, Inc., C. Harper Automotive Sales, Rocket Chassis, Jack’s Recycling, D&M Truck Repair, V Corners Auto Sales, Custom Race Engines, MSR Mafia, Hoosier Race Tires, Slavic Shirts & Decals, Integra Shocks & Springs, Simpson Race Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Driveshafts, Frankland Rear Ends, Peterson Fluid Systems, Braswell Carburetors, Beyea Custom Headers, CV Products, VP Racing Fuels, NAPA Auto Parts, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Jared Hawkins and Bobby Lake Motorsports, please visit www.JaredHawkins.net .

Kenny Burkholder Wins Charger Special; Robbie Scott Wins First-Ever Feature

July 23rd, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- Kenny Burkholder won the 20-lap special, that was a makeup feature from July 14,for the Ft. Necessity Chargers for his third win of the season. In the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models Robbie Scott parked in victory lane on his first night out.Other winners were Jared Hawkins (Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models), Denny Perigo (Modifieds), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Krause Electric Street Stocks), Shawn Smith (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Paul Koffler, Jr. (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

The first feature of the night was a make-up feature for the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers from July 14. It was a 20-lap special that saw Kyle Burkholder battling with his older brother Kenny. Kyle led the first three laps before Kenny made the winning pass.He led the final 17 laps in easy fashion to earn his third win of the year. JT Baird came home second over Kyle Burkholder, Shawn Smith, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Brad Jenkins, Bradley Nesline, Corey Faris and Cody Colflesh. The win moved Kenny into second on the all-time win list behind Marty Spade, Jr.

Jimmy Bendishaw, Jr. shot into the lead as the green dropped in the Krause Electric Street Stock feature.Bendishaw had no competition until a caution on lap 11 closed the field.On the restart Todd Dennis threw everything he had at the #41 but came up short at the checker.Jim Sayler, Bob Nelson, Jason Gibbs, Barry Faris, Bob Miller, Bill Pluta, Jr., Charlie McClain and Jim Zufall were the top ten.Sayler and EJ Rozak won the heats.

It took a few tries to get the 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature under way.Once they got the green Fairmont, WV’s Jared Hawkins shot around Mark Booth and Mel Minnick, Jr. to take the lead on the opening lap.Hawkins never relinquished the number one spot once out front.Mason Zeigler came from his tenth starting spot to challenger Hawkins.With six laps to go Scott Rhodes, who started 14^th , slipped by Zeigler for second.Rhodes kept Hawkins in sight but could not mount a serious challenge to settle for the runner up spot. Minnick, in the Danny Pugh #43, was third over Zeigler, Bob Gordon, Chad McClellan, Billy Holbert, Mark Booth, Shane Hitt and Ken Schaltenbrand.Hawkins, Ron Delano, Jr. and Matt Cosner won the three qualifiers.

Stoystown’s Denny Perigo led all 15 laps to win his fourth Modified feature of the year. Perigo held off Denny Nakutis, Mike Reynolds, Matt Chenoweth, Bruce Dreistadt, Larry Atha, Nick Wilson, Rob Smith, Evan Taylor and Josh Cramer. Heat wins went to Perigo and Reynolds.

Robbie Scott, of Shinnston, WV, won the 20-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature.Scott, debuting his new Rocket Chassis House car, passed leader Ron Parrish on lap eleven. And drove away to victory. Dan Karalagas came home second ahead of Bobby Cossell, Parrish, Nolan Dalton, Mike Lewis, Rick Singleton, Troy Shields, Corey Metheny and Colton Flinner. Heats were won by Parrish and Scott.

West Leisenring’s Paul Koffler Jr. stayed out front for the first ten laps in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature.Andrew Pluta, Jr. made what was thought to be the winning pass with just two laps to go.Pluta crossed under the finish line first but was later disqualified in a post race inspection.This handed the win back to Koffler, his fifth checker this year.Mike Lauffer was second over Paul Koffler III, Mark Seiler, Davey Lambert, Cindy Rhodes, Steve Frazier, Ed Detrick, and Allen Fortney.Pluta and Koffler, Jr. were the heat winners.

In the night cap for the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers Shawn Smith, of Confluence, took the lead from Cody Colflesh on lap two.Smith was able to hold off Colflesh the final 11 laps for his fourth checkered flag. Colflesh was second followed by Kenny Burkholder, JT Baird, Kyle Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, CJ Nicola, Bradley Nesline, Justin Howell and Terry Mitchell.Kyle and Kenny Burkholder won the two heats.

Mechanic Races ended the night of racing.Winners included Bill Noll (Modifieds), Dan Karalagas (FLM), Tyler Metts (Roadrunners), Shane Wheeler (Chargers) and Ralph McClain (Street Stocks).

The July 28 racing action will be highlighted by Powder Puff Races and the July 14 make-up feature for the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models.The Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners will all run a complete show.

Coming up on Saturday, August 4 is the Ernie Jones Memorial for Super Late Models.The 22-lap race will pay the winner $2200 and $222 just to start.The heat races and dash will also pay $222 to win. Sponsors for the event are Bobby Lake Motorsports, High Gear Speed Shop, Chuck Harper Racing, Touchdown City Motors, 3 Mules Welding, Mort’s Graphics, Stone House Restaurant and Newt’s York Bar.High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners are all in competition also.

Heat Races in Features In a Couple Weeks at Roaring Knob

July 16th, 2012

Heat races at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex were just completed on Centennial Chevrolet Night, as the skies opened and heavy rains fell. Management waited approximately 20 minutes but the heavy rain continued to fall so the remainder of the evening’s activities was postponed. Features will be run over the next few weeks.

Heat winners for the evening were Billy Holbert and Matt Cosner in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models; Mike Lewis and Nolan Dalton (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model); Marty Spade and Todd Dennis (Krause Electric Street Stocks); Cody Colflesh and J T Baird (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers); Evan Taylor (Emods); and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

Make-up features will be run on the following dates: Charger Special (July 21), FASTRAK Late Model (July 28), Roadrunner and Emod (August 11), Super Late Model (August 18), and Street Stock (August 25).

Next Saturday night is the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. The Chargers will run their make-up 20-lap special. The Grease Gun Mechanics race will also take place.

Coming on Saturday night, August 4 — the Ernie Jones Memorial race for Super Late Models. The 22 lap feature will pay $2200 to win. A lot of bonus money is being collected to add to this big race in memory of Promoter, Rick Jones’ brother who died earlier this year.

Chad McClellan Earns First Ever Win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

July 9th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — After 19 years of racing Chad McClellan won his first Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex feature in the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models. The win was the 50^th of his career.Nolan Dalton picked up his sixth High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model checker while Steve Settle won his fourth in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.Earning their third win of the season were Deana Groves (Modifieds), Bob Nelson (Krause Electric Street Stocks) and JT Baird (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers).

Mike Duritsky jumped into the lead at the start of the Krause Electric Street Stock feature. Duritsky looked to have things in control until he brought out the yellow on lap 10 after slowing with a flat tire.This handed the lead over to Dunbar’s Bob Nelson who led the final six laps for his third division feature. Todd Dennis, Marty Spade, Jr., Jason Gibbs and Jim Byers were the top five. Sixth through tenth went to Mike Duritsky, Ron Howard, Eric Smith, Michael Duritsky and Charlie McClain.Dennis and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. won the heats.

Scott Rhodes led the first two laps of the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Model feature.Coming out of turn four on lap three he pushed up and Stoystown’s Chad McClellan was waiting to pounce.McClellan blew by for the lead.A few laps later Bob Gordon also got by.Gordon stayed within striking distance until the waning laps.McClellan crossed under the checker for his first-ever Roaring Knob win.In victory lane he stated that it was his 50^th career win.Gordon settled for second ahead of Billy Holbert, Rhodes, Tim Senic, Matt Cosner, Butch McGill, LC Powers, John Garvin and Bob Hershman.Heats were won by Cosner and Rhodes.

West Leisenring’s Steve Settle passed Paul Koffler, Jr. on lap three and went uncontested for his fourth Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature win. The wins made him the all-time leading feature winner in the 4 Cylinder class with a total of 12. Cindy Rhodes rode home second in front of Paul Koffler, Jr., Ed Detrick, Todd Detrick, Jarred Barclay, Allen Fortney, Michael Jellick, David Friend, Jr. and Mark Seiler.Taking heat wins were Seiler and Koffler.

The drop of the green in the 15-lap Modified feature saw Bruce Dreistadt out front. Dennis Perigo pressured him until he was able to get by on lap seven.Perigo’s stay at the front on lasted three laps before Morgantown, WV’s Deana Groves took over the top spot.Perigo fought back but came up short with Groves taking her third win of the season.Perigo was second over Nick Cramer, Dreistadt, Denny Nakutis, James Sparks, Larry Atha, Bill Yohe and Matt Chenoweth.Groves won the lone heat.

Mike Lewis was looking for his first win of the year in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models.Lewis was out front for six laps and then Nolan Dalton used the cushion to drive by Lewis into the lead.Kyle Thomas took second on lap 17 but it was too late as Dalton was long gone on his way to his sixth feature of the year.Thomas, Lewis, Ben Policz, Troy Shields, Bobby Cossell, Tom Sieger, Michael Lake, Vince Masi, Jr. and Jeff Compton completed the top ten.Shields and Thomas shared heat wins.

Again, one of the best features of the night belonged to the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.The first six laps were led by Kyle Burkholder with steady pressure from Cody Colflesh. Colflesh lost the handle on lap six giving second to JT Baird.Baird wasted little time once the green was dropped going to the outside and passing Burkholder for the number one spot.Baird held off Shawn Smith to earn his third checker.Smith, Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder, CJ Nicola, Brad Jenkins, Cody Colflesh, Bradley Nesline, Eric Miller and Charlie Bittinger were the top ten.Kyle Burkholder and Colflesh won the heats.

Saturday, July 14 is highlighted by a 20-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Also on tap that night is the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.

Delano, Over & Reynolds Get First Wins at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

July 3rd, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Three first time winners graced victory lane Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Penn Summit Insurance night. In the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models it was Ron Delano, Jr. taking his first of the season with John Over (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models) and Mike Reynolds (Modifiieds) also getting number one of the year.Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Krause Electric Street Stocks) made it three in a row. Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Mark Seiler (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners) earned their second wins.

Mill Run’s Kenny Burkholder used his front row starting spot to help him earn his second feature win of the season in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.Burkholder jumped out to a big lead in the non-stop event and held off seventh starting Shawn Smith for the win. Cody Colflesh, Bradley Nesline and Brad Jenkins were the top five.Justin Howell, CJ Nicola, Kyle Burkholder, Ed Vogel and Eric Miller completed the top ten. JT Baird and Colflesh shared heat race wins.

John Over took advantage of a pole starting spot to grabbed the lead and eventual win in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model main.Over held a comfortable lead but Nolan Dalton worked his was from seventh to close in.Dalton made several attempt as the pair reached lapped traffic.That fired Over up and he pulled away to score his first win of 2012. Dalton, Troy Shields, Ricky Meglaye, Mike Lewis, Ken Herman, Michael Lake, Louie Krushansky and Vince Masi, Jr. filled out the slim field.Dalton and Over were heat winners.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models looked like it would be a Mason Zeigler route. Zeigler was on rails as he drove away at the start. Stoystown’s Ron Delano quickly worked his way from sixth to take over second on lap 17 when Scott Rhodes pulled out. A caution closed the field and the pair ran nose to tail until lap 21 when Zeilger pushed up in turn four and Delano saw the opening and shot by.Zeigler went back on the attack but came up short as Delano parked in victory lane for the first time at Roaring Knob.Zeigler had to settle for second ahead of Chuck Harper, Chad McClellan, Bob Gordon, Greg Gellner, Billy Holbert, LC Powers, Dusty Hamrick and Danny Pugh.Heats were won by Delano and Powers.

The Krause Electric Street Stock feature was electrifying. Todd Dennis led lap one before EJ Rozak over took him for the lead.Rozak led three laps and he was replaced by a fast Ryan Newman. Newman seemed unbeatable until seventh starting Jim Bendishaw, Jr. threw caution to wind.Bendishaw put the pedal to the metal and charged past Newman on lap 11.From there he drove away for his third straight feature win. Newman held on to second over Bob Nelson, Todd Dennis, Jim Byers, Charlie
McClain, Jason Gibbs, Ron Howard, Eric Smith and Mike Duritsky.Qualifying heats went to Duritsky and Newman.

Modified action was intense as first time visitor Rich Curry led the first four laps.Darren Tarabori led lap five but Curry was back on point the next lap.Curry’s led ended on lap eight when Clement, MD’s Mike Reynolds made the winning pass.Reynolds was able to hold on through a couple of cautions to earn his career first win in his first-ever visit to the speedway. Second went to Tarabori over Rod Lanham, Bruce Driestadt, Jim Plance, Rich Curry, Mike Errett, Bill Yohe, Todd Daughenbaugh and Tom Martineck.Curry and Daughenbaugh grabbed heat checkers.

Mark Seiler of Hopwood claimed his second Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature.Seiler led all 12 laps but had his hands full with Steve Settle and Casey Fleegle.Seiler kept them at bay for the win.Settle, David Friend, Jr., Casey Fleegle, Allen Fortney, Todd Detrick, Cindy Rhodes, Ray Wright, Bernie Blair, Jr. and Paul Koffler, Jr. completed the top ten.Heats went to Settle and Koffler.

The July 7 racing action will be highlighted by Kid’s Bike Races.On the card will be the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.

Senic, Dalton, Groves, Bendishaw, Burkholder and Settle All Repeat Winners at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

June 25th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Another great night of racing at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex found a host of repeat winners.Tim Senic won the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models while Nolan Dalton (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Deana Groves (Modifieds), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Krause Electric Street Stocks), Kyle Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners) were all repeat winners.

Deana Groves bested one of the largest field of Modifieds in a long time at Roaring Knob.The Morgantown, WV driver led all 15 laps with challenges from Clayton Kennedy ad Evan Taylor. Groves win was her second of the season. In a great run Evan Taylor came from his 17^th starting spot to get second on the white flag lap but time ran out.Taylor was followed by Kennedy, Tom Martineck, Denny Perigo, Matt Chenoweth, Jimmy Duncan, Bruce Dreistadt, Kevin Miller and Mike Errett.Groves and Perigo were the heat winners.

The 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model was another exciting finish.Tim Senic grabbed the lead at the drop of the green. Senic appeared to be on rails and he drove away from the competition. Billy Holbert, who started sixth, took the second spot on lap eight but by that time Senic was gone. Slowly Holbert was reeling in the S2 of Senic.As the pair approached lap traffic Holbert was on his bumper.Holbert made a run down the back straight and pulled along side
of Senic.As they came off turn four the pair touched with Holbert backing off and Senic taking his first win since opening night.Holbert was a disappointing second over LC Powers, Mason Zeigler, John Garvin, Bob Gordon, Ron Delano, Jr., Matt Cosner, Cody Hardesty and Bob Hershman.Powers and Senic won the heats.

Kyle Burkholder raced to his third Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Burkholder was running fifth when a three car pile up took out second through fourth.This lucky break put Burkholder in second behind leader Justin Howell. Burkholder passed him on the lap five restart and then held off a determined JT Baird for the win.Kenny Burkholder, Howell, CJ Nicola, Shawn Smith, Cody Colflesh, Ed Vogel, Eric Miller and Bradley Nesline completed the top ten.Heats were won by Baird and Colflesh.

Nolan Dalton started eighth in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature. By lap five he was fourth. After a lap six restart Dalton shot to the high side and blew past three cars to take the lead from Troy Shields.From there the Morgantown, WV driver checked out to win his fourth 20-lap feature of 2012.Filling out the top ten were Louie Krushansky, Ken Herman, Jeff Ferguson, Troy Shields, Bobby Cossell, Russell Baird, Jr., Vince Masi, Jr., Jeff Compton and Mike Lewis.Michael Lake won his career first checker in a stock car picking up the first heat with Ken Herman taking the other.

Mark Seiler looked to be on his way to victory in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.Seiler led nine laps before tenth starter Steve Settle came into the picture.Settle passed Seiler to the lead the final three laps for his third win of the season.Seiler was second ahead of Cindy Rhodes, Mark Koffler III, Michael Jellick, Allen Fortney, Mark Gower, Ed
Detrick, Todd Detrick and Mark Koffler, Jr.Koffler, Jr. and Jellick took heat wins.

Once again the Krause Electric Street Stocks put on a show for the fans. Last weeks winner Jim Bendishaw led the opening two laps before EJ Rozak came from third to pass him for the lead.Rozak, in his freshly painted car, kept Bendishaw at bay.Todd Dennis worked his way up from seventh to make it a three car battle. Lap after the lap the trio dueled for the
number one spot. With five laps to go Bendishaw was back out front leaving Rozak and Dennis to settle for second. Bendishaw held off a last lap charge from Rozak to earn his second straight feature win. Rozak was DQed in a post race inspection giving the second spot to Dennis. Bob Nelson, Ryan Newman, Jason Gibbs, Mike Duritsky, Jim Byers, Bob Miller,
Charlie McClain and Ron Howard were the top ten.Qualifying heats were won by Rozak and Nelson.

The June 30 racing action will be highlighted by a huge fireworks display sponsored by Penn Summit Insurance Agency of Farmington.On the card will be the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.

Bob Gordon Finds Victory Lane at Roaring Knob for First Win In A Year

June 18th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Close finishes was how you could describe the features at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday.The Krause Electric Street Stocks special paying $400 was won by Jim Bendishaw, Jr.Bob Gordon returned to victory lane in the Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models while Nolan Dalton (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Denny Perigo (Modifieds), JT Baird (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Paul Koffler, Jr. (Newt’s York Bar
Roadrunners) were all repeat winners.

Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton started on the pole in the 20-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature.Dalton took off at the drop of the green trailed by Troy Shields.Shields stayed in the shadows of Dalton until Kyle Thomas replaced him on lap 17.By then Dalton had a half straight lead.Thomas drove hard and was able to catch him on the final lap.Coming out of turn four Thomas shot underneath Dalton and fell short by less than at fender at the finish line.Dalton won his third main of the season.Thomas took second followed by Shields, Mike Lewis, Bobby Cossell, Ken Herman, Rick Singleton, Louie Krushansky, Jeff Ferguson and Andrew Wylie.Qualifying heats were won by Lewis and Thomas.

The 25-lap Krause Electric Street Stock Special was next up. Mike Duritsky shot from his fourth starting spot to take the lead on lap one.Duritsky was fast and began to drive away. Jim Bendishaw, Jr. had other ideas took then lead away on lap nine.Todd Dennis started sixth and took over second on lap 13. From there it was a classic battle between the two biggest winners in the class.Dennis made several attempts on the low side to pass Bendishaw but each time he held his ground. The final caution flew on lap 21.The final four laps saw the pair side by side with Dennis leading lap 24.Bendishaw drove hard into turn one and again they were even down the back straight.Bendishaw used the high groove with Dennis low.As they came out of turn four Dennis gave him just enough room and Bendishaw had the momentum and beat Dennis by a bumper at the line for his second win of the year. Dennis settled for second ahead of Mike Duritsky, Bob Nelson, Bob Miller, Jim Byers,
Charlie McClain, Jason Gibbs, Michael Duritsky and Ed Vogel.Mike Duritsky and Bendishaw claimed heat wins.

It had been a little over a year since Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon was in victory lane but that dry spell ended with Gordon leading all 25-laps in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature.Gordon as chased every lap by Scott Rhodes and John Garvin.Rhodes secured the second spot with Garvin third. Billy Holbert, Ron Delano, Jr., Matt Cosner, Bob Hershman, LC Powers, Derek Doll and Dusty Hamrick filled out the top ten.Garvin and Delano were heat winners.

The Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers again put on a show for the fans in their 12-lap feature.JT Baird picked up his second win of 2012 after passing Bradley Nesline on lap three and then holding off the challenges of Shawn Smith. Third through tenth were Kenny Burkholder, Ed Vogel, Kyle Burkholder, CJ Nicola, Bradley Nesline, Cody Colflesh, Eric Miller and Corey Faris.Baird and Smith won the two heats.

A slim field of Newt’s York Bar Roadunners saw Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, secure his fourth win so far.Cindy Rhodes was second over Todd Detrick, Ed Detrick, Steve Settle, Paul Koffler III and heat winner Mark Seiler.

Evan Taylor lead every lap but the last in the 15-lap Modified feature.Taylor made no mistakes leading lap after lap.On the final lap he gave Denny Perigo enough room to stick his nose underneath in turn one.The pair bumped and Perigo was the new leader.Taylor stormed back and the two bumped and banged off each other from turn three to the finish line with Perigo earning his third feature win. Taylor was a disappointed second with Brent Trimble, Jonathan Taylor, Tom Martineck, Deana Groves, Vic Vandergrift, Denny Nakutis, Matt Chenoweth and Josh Cramer the top ten. Vandergrift and Grove were heat winners for the 14 car field.

Montgomery, Trimble and Barclay First Time Winners at Roaring Knob; Holbert, Dennis, Smith and Settle Repeat Winners

June 11th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Ryan Montgomery (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Brent Trimble (Modifieds) and Jarred Barclay (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners) were all first time winners at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday.Drivers adding to their 2012 win totals were Billy Holbert (Hooiser Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models), Todd Dennis (Krause Electric Street Stocks), Shawn Smith (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Steve Settle (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners).

The final make-up feature from May 5 got the night of racing underway. Somerset’s Jarred Barclay passed leader Cindy Rhodes on lap two and sailed on for his first career win at Roaring Knob in he Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Steve Settle came home second over Mark Seiler, Paul Koffler, Jr., Cindy Rhodes, Paul Koffler III, David Friend, Jr. Dustin Wamsley, Jeremy Hill and Todd Detrick.

Ryan Newman sped off at the start of the Krause Electric Street Stock feature.Newman held division kingpin Todd Dennis for five laps before giving way. Once out front Dennis couldn’t shake Newman but came home with his third win this season. Dennis dedicated his win to Bob Neratka, who earlier in the day had a heart attack. Newman had his best finish of
the season for second. Completing the top ten were Jimmy Iser, EJ Rozak, Marty Spade, Jr., Mike Duritsky, Jason Gibbs, Randy Bohan, Jim Bendishaw, Jr. and Eric Smith.Bob Nelson, Newman and Dennis earned heat wins.

The start of the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature found Bob Gordon on mission. Gordon quickly jumped into the lead took off. Gordon appeared like he would get his first win of the season. Sixth starting Billy Holbert moved into second on lap eight. A caution on lap ten closed the gap. On the restart the pair battled for the top spot. Gordon was able to hold him off lap after lap until the final four.Fairmont, WV’s Holbert used an outside pass out of turn two to take the lead and score his second feature win of 2012. Gordon held on for second over Tim Senic, Scott Rhodes, Mason Zeigler, LC Powers, Bob Hershman, Matt Cosner, Danny Pugh and Doug Burkholder.Winning heats were Rhodes and Cosner.

Brent Trimble made his first visit of the season a memorable one leading all 15-laps of the Modified feature. Trimble, fresh off a win Friday at Elkins, never really had any pressure on his winning run.Evan Taylor stayed within eyesight but could not muster a challenge.Dennis Perigo came from seventh to pass Taylor on the final lap for second. Taylor was third followed by Kevin Miller, Tom Martineck, Nick Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt, Larry Atha, Todd Daughenbaugh and Denny Nakutis.Perigo and Trimble won the two heats.

One of the best features of the night belonged to the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models. Another Fairmont, WV driver, Ryan Montgomery, powered into the lead at the drop of the green. Montgomery lead Mike Lewis as seventh starting Nolan Dalton flew to the front.Dalton moved into second on lap seven and began to challenge the young driver.The two heat race winners raced cleanly door handle to door with Dalton taking the lead on lap 13.The pair continued their battle until they encountered lapped traffic. Dalton, running the high line, came up on a car and had to slow and Montgomery shot passed to retake the lead.Ryan led the final two laps for his first win of the season.Dalton settled for second ahead of Mike Lewis, John Over, Jeff Ferguson, Louie Krushansky, Troy Shields, Robby Black, Jeff Compton and Michael Lake.

Cody Colflesh was the early leader in the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. Colfelsh was out front for the first six laps. Shawn Smith soon caught up to Colflesh and made the winning pass on lap seven.Smith raced home for his third win this year. Colflesh finished second but was DQed. This moved Brad Jenkins up to second with Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder, Ed Vogel, Bradley Nesline, Eric Miller, Justin Howell, CJ Nicola and JT Baird the top ten.Heats were won by Kyle Burkholder and Smith.

Rounding out the night was the second feature for the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Steve Settle lead from green to checker for his second win of 2012. Rounding out the top ten were Paul Koffler III, Mark Seiler, Paul Koffler, Jr., Jarred Barclay, Jeremy Hill, Cindy Rhodes, David Friend, Jr., Dustin Wamsley and Todd Detrick.Koffler Jr. and Settle were heat winners.

Tim McCreadie Graces Victory Lane For The First Time At Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Show

June 7th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Watertown, NY’s Tim McCreadie passed early race leader Brady Smith of Solon Springs, WI to win his
first-ever checker at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.McCreadie’s win came on night four of the six race Appalachian Mountain Speedweek for Super Late Models and earned him $5000 for his effort.Greensburg, PA’s Dan Angelicchio ended a short dry spell to win the 30-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature worth $1000.

Tim McCreadie and Brady Smith led the 25 car field to the green in their 40-lap event.Smith shot from his outside pole starting spot and quickly developed a big lead until the first caution appeared on lap 4.On the restart Smith again was able to pull away from McCreadie. As the two pulled away Rick Eckert began to advance from his eighth starting spot.
Eckert moved into third on lap 18 and looked like he may be a player in the finish.

McCreadie began to reel in the high flying Smith and caught him in lapped traffic, Another caution left an open track for Brady on the restart. McCreadie tailed the #2 and led lap 24.Smith took it back the following lap as they raced side-by-side. Lap 26 saw McCreadie take the lead for good as he began to check out.

McCreadie, who has had a tough season so far, sped to victory earning him $5000 for the win.Eckert passed Smith on the final lap to gather up a second place finish. Smith hung on for second followed by Corey Conley (from 11^th ) and Dan Stone (from 12^th ). Sixth through tenth were Vic Coffey, Keith Jackson, Tim Senic, Ron Delano, Jr. (from 24^th ) and
Jason Covert.

Stoystown’s Chad McClellan set fast time for the evening at 16.023 second.The five qualifying heats for the 50 car field were won by Mike Johnson, McCreadie, Kenny Pettyjohn, Keith Jackson and Tim Senic.Earning B-Main wins were Jeremy Miller and Matt Cosner.

Dan Angelicchio out raced three-time winner Nolan Dalton into turn one of the 30-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature.At first Angelicchio was able to pull away until a caution on lap eight.On the restart Dalton stayed with Angelicchio and made several attempts on the low side.Lap after lap the pair battle for the number one spot but
Angelicchio never flinched and began to pull way in the late stages of the race.Mike Lewis took second from Dalton on lap 18 and kept the leader in his sights but could never muster a challenge.Angelicchio raced home to his first win of the season. Lewis held second over Dalton, John Over, Troy Shields, Louie Krushansky, Ben Policz, Ron Parrish, Nico Dabecco and Michael Lake. Dalton and Angelicchio won the qualifying heats.

Parrish, Bendishaw, Baird and Pluta New Winners at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

June 4th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Four new winners graced victory lane for the first time this season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Ron Parrish won the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature, Jim Bendishaw, Jr. took the Krause Electric Street Stocks, JT Baird claimed his first in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Andrew Pluta, Jr. was tops in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Nolan Dalton won the May 5 make-up feature for the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models. The Super Late Models and Modifieds had the night off.

Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton won his third feature of the season in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model make-up feature from May 5. Billy Stile III was the initial leader at the start. Stile’s lead ended on lap seven when Dalton took over the top spot.Mike Lewis was going for the lead when the caution came out on lap 15.On the restart Dalton was not challenged and came home with the checkered flag. Lewis, John Over, Troy Shields, Jeff Ferguson, Ryan Montgomery, Bobby Cossell, Louie Krushansky and Brad Kling were the top ten.

Shawn Smith grabbed the lead at the drop of the green in the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.On lap four Smith suddenly slowed handing the lead over to JT Baird.Baird was not to be denied and he sped home to his first win of the season. Ed Vogel, Kenny Burkholder, CJ Nicola and Brad Jenkins were the top five.Sixth through tenth went to Kyle Burkholder, Bradley Nesline, Justin Howell, Ross Higbee and Eric Miller.Baird and Smith won the prelims.

The Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner A-Main had the top four cars running under a blanket as they battle back and forth.Robert Pluta was out front for the first eight laps and then Paul Koffler, Jr. took his turn out front.Koffler, a three time winner this year, led only two laps before mechanical woes slowed the #48. Andrew Pluta, Jr. was in the right place, leading the final two laps to earn his first win. This was only the second night our for Pluta’s new car. Robert Pluta finished second ahead of Jarred Barclay, Mark Seiler, Cindy Rhodes, Steve Settle, Paul Koffler III, Paul Koffler, Jr., Ed Detrick and Steve Frazier.Heats were won by Andrew Pluta, Jr. and Paul Koffler, Jr.

Fifth starting Jim Bendishaw, Jr. shook the money off his back in the Krause Electric Street Stocks.Bendishaw passed Mike Duritsky on lap three with an outside pass and kept a comfortable led the remaining twelve laps for the win.EJ Rozak finished second over Jason Gibbs, Ryan Newman, Bob Nelson, Todd Dennis, Bob Neratka, Scott Spade and Kevin Collins. Bendishaw and Rozak were the heat winners.

Ricky Meglaye used a front row starting spot, in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature, to lead the first nine laps. Fairmont, WV’s Ron Parrish, a four time winner in the Modifieds, was the next leader and held of John Over to claim his first win since 2009 at the Knob. Behind Parrish and Over were Jeff Ferguson, Ricky Meglaye, Nolan Dalton, Ryan Montgomery, Bobby Cossell, Corey Metheny, Louie Krushansky and Troy Shields. The three heats were won by Meglaye, Jeremy Zufall and Parrish.

Racing resumes at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Monday, June 4 with the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek for Super Late Models.The 40-lap event will pay $5000 to the winner. Joining the Super Lates will be the FASTRAK Late Models going for $1000 to win.

Next Saturday, June 9 will be a six division show featuring the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. The May 5 make-up feature for the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners will also be held.

Scott Spade Returns to Victory LaneAfter 10 Years

May 29th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Chuck Harper (Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models), Rick Singleton (High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models), Denny Perigo (Modifieds) and Kyle Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) all won their second features of the 2012 season.Scott Spade won his first A-Main since 2002 in the Krause Electric Street Stocks while Steve Settle scored his first of the season in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Bob Nelson won the May 5 make-up feature for the Krause Electric Street Stocks.

The night got started with the 15-lap Krause Electric Street Stock make-up feature from May 5. Bob Nelson took the lead at the drop of the green and never relinquished it. Bob Neratka chased him the whole way and settled for second over Todd Dennis, Mike Duritsky and Scott Spade. Sixth through tenth were Jim Byers, Bob Miller, Marty Spade, Jr., Barry Faris and Ryan Newman.

Bobby Cossell took the lead at the start of the 20-lap High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature. Cossell held of Troy Shields until lap ten. Shields pitted under caution on lap 16 with a flat tire handing the lead over to Rick Singleton. Singleton, of Hesston, went on to win his second of the year. Louie Krushansky came from eighth to earn second followed by Ron Parrish, Dave Padula, Cossell, Darin Henderson, Billy Ttile III, Andy Spooner, Vince Masi, Jr. and Jeff Compton. Heats were won by Singleton and Stile.

Stoystown, PA’s Dennis Perigo made it two straight wins in the 15-lap Modified feature.Perigo Ford powered machine took the lead from Nick Cramer on lap ten and drove away for the win. Cramer, Tom Martineck, Denny Nakutis, Larry Atha, Bruce Dreistadt, Mike Errett and Matt Chenoweth.Cramer won the lone heat.

The start of the 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature saw Ron Delano, Jr. storming into the led. Delano held Alex Ferree, making his first start, at bay while seventh starting Chuck Harper worked his way forward. Harper passed Ferree for second on lap 10 and two laps later used a high side pass in turns three and four to take the lead from Delano.Once out front Harper sped away for his second win this season. Ferree took second over Delano, Scott Rhodes, Billy Holbert, Cody Hardesty, Bob Gordon, Matt Cosner, Mason Zeigler and LC Powers.Harper and Hardesty were the heat winners.

The best feature of the night belonged to the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. CJ Nicola led for ten of the 12 lap feature before Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder, who started eighth, passed him to earn his second straight feature win.Burkholder, Nicola, JT Baird and Kenny Burkholder drove under a blanket, never touching, as the battle for the lead. Following Kyle was Kenny Burkholder, Baird, Nicola, Ed Vogel, Justin Howell, Ben Dennis, Bradley Nesline, Brad Jenkins and Shawn Smith. Kenny Burkholder and Shawn Smith won the two heats.

Steve Settle, of West Leisenring, won his first of the year in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.Settle took the lead at the drop of the green and never let up in the 12-lap feature event.Paul Koffler, Jr. was second ahead of Jarred Barclay, Mark Seiler, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Ed Detrick and Jeremy Hill. Seiler was the heat winner.

Jimmy Bendishaw, Jr. was looking for his first of 2012 in the Krause Electric Street Stock feature. Bendishaw started on the pole and quickly grabbed the lead at the drop of the green. Bendishaw had a comfortable lead when he suddenly slowed on lap 11.This handed the led over to Scott Spade, who had started tenth in his Ford Thunderbird.Jim Byers took up the chase but Spade wasn’t going to be denied winning his 12^th career Street Stock feature, but first since 2002. Street Stock king pin Todd Dennis broke during the heats ending his night.Completing the top ten were Jim Byers, Marty Spade, Jr., Barry Faris, Charlie McClain, Bob Neratka, Kevin Collins, Jim Zufall, Eric Smith and Ron Howard.Winning he two qualifying heats were Jason Gibbs and Bendishaw.

Coming up Saturday, June 2 is the Stinger Monster Truck Show. Also racing that night will be the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.In addition the FASTRAK Late Models will run their make-up feature from May 5.The Super Late Models and Modifeds will have the night off.

Then on Monday, June 4 it will be the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek for the Super Late Models paying $5000 to win.High Gear Speed Shop FASTAK Late Models will also be on the card with a $1000 paycheck for the winner.

Holbert and Perigo End Long Dry Spell at Roaring Knob; Neratka and Kyle Burkholder Score First Wins of 2012; Dalton and Koffler Repeat Winners.

May 21st, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Billy Holbert, of Fairmont, WV ended a winless streak at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex that dated
back toJune of 2008 by winning the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature. Stoystown’s Denny Perigo also returned to victory lane in the Modifieds, his first since July of 2008. Nolan Dalton made it two in a row in the High Gear Speed Shop Fastrak Late Models while Paul Koffler, Jr. won his third straight in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.
Bob Neratka (Krause Electric Street Stocks) and Kyle Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) won their first wins of the season. The May 5 make-up feature for the modifieds was won by Vic Vandergrift.

First race on the track was the May 5 make-up feature for the Modifieds.Vic Vandergrift made it look easy as he led all 15-laps to score his first win of the season. Tom Martineck finished second beating Todd Daughenbaugh, Bruce Dreistadt, Larry Atha, Denny Nakutis, Denny Perigo and Matt Chenoweth.

Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder earned his first win of the season staying out front all 12 laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Burkholder was pressured by CJ Nicola and his brother Kenny Burkholder every lap.Kenny came home second while Nicola was third by came up light at the scales.This moved Bradley Nesline up to third followed by Ed Vogel, Cody Colflesh, Shawn Smith, Justin Howell, JT Baird, Corey Faris and Eric Miller. Kenny Burkholder and JT Baird were
the heat winners.

In the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature Cody Hardesty grabbed the lead at the start. Hardesty led for line laps before Scott Rhodes took over the top spot. Rhodes and Holbert battled before Holbert was able to complete the pass on lap 18. From there it was all Holbert taking his first win since 2008. Matt Cosner took second on the last lap with Rhodes third ahead of Hardesty, LC Powers, Bob Hershman, Danny Mitchell, Mark Booth, Jim Pyles and Greg Hauger.Heats were won by Mitchell and Holbert.

The first 12 laps of the Krause Electric Street Stock feature had EJ Rozak at the helm in a three car battle. Jim Bendishaw, Jr. and Bob Neratka were going three wide at times.A restart on lap 12 saw Neratka get a good start and he made the winning pass holding on for the final three laps for his first win this season. Rozak was second followed by Bendishaw, Todd Dennis and Jason Gibbs. Sixth through tenth were Tom Newman, Mike Duritsky, Bob Nelson, Marty Spade, Jr. and Barry Faris. Bendishaw and Dennis were the heat victors.

Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton came from his sixth starting spot to take the lead from John Over on lap six. Dalton led three laps before Over powered his way back out front. Over led four laps as Dalton warmed up his tires and shot by with a pass on the outside to retake the lead and score his second straight win in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature. Following Dalton across the stripe were Over, Rick Singleton, Troy Shields, Bobby Cossell, Jeff Ferguson, Billy Stile III, Matt Opalinski, Lou Krushansky and Joe Moyer.Prelim winners were Dalton, Shields and Over.

Paul Koffler, Jr. took the lead from Jarred Barclay on lap four and never looked back in taking his third straight win in the 12-lap Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner main. Steve Settle was second over, Barclay, Paul Roffler III, Cindy Rhodes, Jeremy Hill, Jim Kleitches, Allen Fortney, Mark Gower and Todd Detrick.The Koffler’s, Paul Jr and Paul III were the heat winners.

The Modifieds came trackside for their second feature of the night. Dennis Perigo led all 15-laps unchallenged to earn his first win in four years. Nick Cramer, filling in for his brother Josh, was second ahead of Tom Martineck, Denny Nakutis, Todd Daughenbaugh, Larry Atha, Bruce Dreistadt, Matt Chenoweth, Vic Vandergrift and Deana Groves.Winning heats were Vandergrift and Groves.

Jared Hawkins Claims First Win of 2012

May 17th, 2012

Fairmont, West Virginia – Jared Hawkins overcame early season adversities and near-misses to claim his first feature triumph behind the wheel of his #37 Bobby Lake Motorsports/Rocket/Custom Race Engine Super Late Model on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, Pennsylvania).

On Friday night Bobby Lake Motorsports and Jared traveled to Elkins Raceway (Elkins, West Virginia) for the facilities’ season opener. With a racey, new surface on the track Hawkins earned the eighth starting spot for the feature event before racing his way to a second place finish behind race winner, Mike Benedum. Overall it was a strong outing for the team. Full results are available at www.ElkinsRaceway.net .

The team traveled to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (Markleysburg, Pennsylvania) on Saturday night. The program began with a make-up feature from May 5th’s event that fell victim to rain prior to the main event. Jared rolled off the grid in the fourth position and quickly worked his way to the lead. Once out front he would never look back on his way to the win which came over Tim Senic, Bob Gordon, Matt Cosner, and Scott Rhodes. The victory was Jared’s first of the 2012 campaign!

Due to mechanical issues discovered after the completion of the make-up feature the team would elect to not enter the new program. Full results are available at www.RoaringKnob.com.

“It felt good to finally knock out the first win of the season. Bobby Lake and the team have given me a great car this year, and we’ve been so close to winning, but just haven’t been able to seal the deal. I hated that we couldn’t run the second feature at Roaring Knob because of mechanical issues because I think we can really have a strong year moving forward,” noted Hawkins.

This weekend, May 18th-19th, the team is slated to enter a pair of events in West Virginia. On Friday night another Weekly Racing Series Event at Elkins Raceway (Elkins, West Virginia). On Saturday night the action shifts to Tyler County Speedway (Middlebourne, West Virginia) for the 18th Annual Topless 50. The $4,000-to-win has been twice rescheduled this year due to rain. For more information on the events, please visit www.ElkinsRaceway.net and www.TylerCountySpeedwayOnline.com .

Bobby Lake Motorsports and Jared Hawkins would like to thank all of their sponsors including JC Distributing, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service, Inc., C. Harper Automotive Sales, Rocket Chassis, Jack’s Recycling, D&M Truck Repair, V Corners Auto Sales, Custom Race Engines, MSR Mafia, Hoosier Race Tires, Slavic Shirts & Decals, Integra Shocks & Springs, Simpson Race Products, Keyser Manufacturing, Wiles Driveshafts, Frankland Rear Ends, Peterson Fluid Systems, Braswell Carburetors, Beyea Custom Headers, CV Products, VP Racing Fuels, NAPA Auto Parts, and MSR Mafia Marketing Services.

For more information on Jared Hawkins and Bobby Lake Motorsports, please visit www.JaredHawkins.net .

Chuck Harper Returns To Roaring Knob Victory Lane For First Win Since 2009;

May 15th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex saw some exciting feature races on Saturday night.Jared Hawkins started the night of by winning the May 5 make-up feature for the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models.Beverly, WV’s Chuck Harper returned to victory lane for the first time since 2009 by beating out Tim Senic by a few feet in the regularly scheduled feature for the Super Lates.Nolan Dalton picked up his first win of the season in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK LM’s.Picking up their second wins of the year were Todd Dennis (Krause Electric Street Stocks), Shawn Smith (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Paul Koffler, Jr. (Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners). The Modifieds had the night off.

The Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model make-up feature from May 5 got the night’s racing started.Gary Dalton took the lead at the drop of the green and led the first eleven laps before a yellow slowed the 25 lap event.On the restart Fairmont, WV’s Jared Hawkins was able to get around the veteran and took off.Tim Senic moved into second at the same
time and stayed with Hawkins but could not muster a challenge.Hawkins took his first win of the season over Senic, Bob Gordon, Matt Cosner, Scott Rhodes, Chuck Harper, LC Powers, Billy Holbert, Quinton Wyandt and Joe Krcelich.

Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton returned to the winners circle at Roaring Knob for his first win this season in the High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Models.Dalton led lap one before Ryan Montgomery forged ahead and looked like he was on his way to the checker.Dalton took to the high side and motored by on lap 14 and led the final six laps for the win.Montgomery claimed second over John Over, Troy Shields and Mike Lewis.Sixth through tenth were Louie Krushansky, Ben Policz, Billy Stile III, Ricky Meglaye and Jeremy Zufall.Dalton and Over were the heat winners.

Todd Dennis, of Newell, started on the outside pole in the 15-lap Krause Electric Street Stock main.Dennis grabbed the top spot at the start.Dennis couldn’t rest as he had a freight train behind him.Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Mike Duritsky and Bob Neratka were under a virtual blanket battling for the lead.Numerous cautions unfortunately slowed the event and it was checkered with 11 of the 15 laps completed as the 20 minute time limit has expired.Dennis was awarded the win, his second of the season, over Bendishaw, Duritsky, Neratka, Bob Nelson, Tom Newman, Bob Miller, Marty Spade, Jr., Eric Smith and Jim Zufall.Winning heats were Neratka and Duritsky.

West Leisenring’s Paul Koffler, Jr. also made it two straight wins in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature.Koffler led all 12 laps to score the win followed by Steve Settle, Mark Seiler, Greg Staggers, David Friend, Jr., Jeremy Hill, Todd Detrick, Clark Ligenfield (filling in for Allen Fortney), Roy Povlik and Cindy Rhodes.Seiler and Settle won the
qualifying heats.

Chuck Harper, Tim Senic and Billy Holbert had the fans on their feet yelling in an exciting Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model feature. Bob Gordon was the first leader of the 25-lap event. Gordon led until lap eleven when Harper drove by. Harper only led three laps when Tim Senic passed him in lapped traffic.That seemed to charge up Harper as he came storming back taking the lead on lap 18. Although he tried Harper could not shake off Senic who tracked him into lapped cars again.On the final lap Senic looked like he would steal the win away taking the lead. Harper was possessed and came charging out of turn four, shot to the low side and beat Senic be a few feet. Holbert watched from his third place finish ahead of Scott Rhodes and Bob Gordon.Chad McClellan came from 14^th to finish sixth over Matt Sponaugle, Quinton Wyandt, Garrett Krummert and LC Powers.Heats for the 24 cars went to Gordon, Senic and Harper.

The 12 lap Ft. Necessity Charger feature was another good battle.Leading the first seven laps was Kenny Burkholder.It was a four car battle, but Confluence’s Shawn Smith came out on top after taking the lead on lap 8. Burkholder held on for second followed by JT Baird, CJ Nicola, Kyle Burkholder, Cody Colflesh, Brad Jenkins, Ed Vogel, Bradley Nesline and Justin Howell. Vogel and Colflesh scored the heat wins.

Powder Puff races were also run for the Roadrunners and Street Stocks. Candy Koffler won over Crystal Jones in the Roadrunners while Mindy Miller beat Stacey Tressler in the Stocks.

A collection was taken up at intermission for driver Bus Matthews, who is awaiting a liver transplant. Drivers went through the stand and collected $1133. Kenny and Kyle Burkholder also donated their winnings from night to make the total over 1200 dollars.

Ed Vogel Declared Charger Winner Before Rain Stops Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

May 7th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, Pa — Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex rained out after seven laps of the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. With the feature over the halfway mark the feature was called with Ed Vogel earning his first career win at the Knob.The five remaining features will all be made up in the next few weeks.

With rain fast approaching the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers hit the track first for their 12-lap event.Somerset’s Ed Vogel quickly took the lead at the drop of the green.Vogel battled with Shawn Smith and Kyle Burkholder. As the trio dueled for the lead four more cars joined in and it was a seven car draft. On the seventh lap Bradley Nesline came to a stop in turn four to bring out the yellow.While under caution a light sprinkle hit the track and then it came down harder forcing promoter Rick Jones to call the nights event.Vogel was declared the winner over Shawn Smith, Kyle Burkholder, Cody Colflesh and Kenny Burkholder. Completing the top ten were JT Baird, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Brad Jenkins and Eric Miller.Nicola and Smith were the two heat winners.

Taking heat wins for the 19 Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models was Billy Holbert and Bob Gordon.Nolan Dalton, Mike Lewis and Billy Stile III were heat winners for the 23 High Gear Speed Shop FASTAK Late Models. Vic Vandergrift and Bruce Dreistadt won the Mod heats with Mike Duritsky and Jim Bendishaw Jr. best of the 20 car Krause Electric Street Stocks. Paul Koffler, Jr. and Steve Settle won the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.

The five remaining features will be made up of the next five weeks.Coming up Saturday, May 12 will be double features for the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models along with High Gear Speed Shop FASTAK Late Models, Krause Electric Street Stocks, Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners, and the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.The Modifieds have the night off but the track will host it’s first Ladies Powder Puff race.

FT. Necessity Garage Chargers (12):Ed Vogel, Shawn Smith, Kyle Burkholder, Cody Colflesh, Kenny Burkholder, JT Baird, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Brad Jenkins, Eric Miller, Charlie Bittinger, Brad Nesline

Pegher Tops 42 Car Field for 2nd Straight Year at Roaring Knob

April 23rd, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to the scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Friday night for the second of four appearances of the season. For the
second straight year, FASTRAK was part of the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series event as a large crowd filled the grandstand and hillside viewing areas. A great field of 42 competitors from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Ontario, Canada were on hand.

Mike Pegher, Jr. has certainly taken a liking to Roaring Knob. For the fourth time in his past five Northeast Touring Series starts at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval, Pegher has come out victorious. Pegher passed Justin Tatlow on lap five and cruised over the final 21 non-stop laps to become the Touring Series’ all-time winner. Pegher broke the tie with April 1 Roaring Knob winner, Max Blair, for his 14th career Touring Series victory.

“The track was awesome,” expressed the 26-year-old Wexford, Pa. racer. “It was smooth and you could run on the outside and inside. We really like this track and hope to come back here soon. The car was just perfect. Justin (Tatlow) was really good on the bottom. I knew if I couldn’t get by him on a restart it was going to be tough to get him on the inside. Anytime you can come back from a crash and win it’s a huge deal. I have to thank everyone that helps me.”

Tatlow raced past pole-sitter Butch Lambert to take the early lead with Lambert and Pegher trailing. Kyle Thomas was making his first FASTRAK start of the season and moved from his sixth starting spot into fourth after one lap. Billy Stile III cracked the top five on lap two passing Nolan Dalton then got around Thomas for fourth on lap three.

The event’s first caution took place with three laps completed when Ricky Meglaye, Lauren Longbrake, and Brad Kline tangled in turn two and got hooked together. After a lengthy delay to separate the cars and then another accident for Doug Horton, Pegher got under Lambert for second when green replaced yellow. Stile’s great run ended when he ran out of racing room off turn four on lap four and brushed the wall to bring out the caution. On the ensuing restart, several cars got bunched up as Chad Ruhlman, John Over, and Rick Singleton stopped to bring out another caution with four laps completed.

Finally after four cautions in the first four laps, the last 21 would go green-to-checkered. The final caution may have proved crucial because on the ensuing restart, Pegher made his winning move from Tatlow to lead lap five. Lambert would lose two positions on the fifth circuit as Thomas grabbed third and Max Blair, who started ninth, was able to advance up to fourth. Blair then was able to get under Thomas for third one lap later.

By lap eight, Pegher began to pull away and by the halfway point had built a straightaway lead over Tatlow. Lambert was able to work his way back by Thomas for fourth on lap 15. Lambert and Thomas then ran down Blair and it a three-car race
for third on lap 18. Pegher struggled a couple times in lapped traffic, which allowed Tatlow to close within a half-straightaway; however, in the final laps Pegher stretched his lead to a straightaway margin at the finish. Pegher’s $1,200 win came in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran/Triple-S Auto Outlet/Alternative Power Sources/Zero Wraps-sponsored Rocket Chassis #1c. Pegher was joined in victory lane by the first driver of the #1 Cochran Late Model Donnie Allison.

What a great run for Tatlow. Making just his 11th career Touring Series start over the past three seasons and second ever race at Roaring Knob, Tatlow recorded a career best second in the Lewy Kratts #81! His prior best Touring Series finish was just a 13th last July 3 at the Eriez Speedweek event.

“This is real good,” stated the Franklinville, New York racer. “It’s an honor to finish second to Mike- last year’s Grand National champion. We had a carburetor stumble there early- maybe it was nerves knowing Mike (Pegher) was behind me. I felt bad for the cars behind me that got stacked up, but it just wouldn’t go. We learned a lot last time here in the heat race then got bent up in the feature, but the crew worked hard to get it back together.”

Blair edged out Lambert for third and continues to lead the points. Blair was also awarded the $100 Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night” Award certificate. Lambert’s fourth place was his best Touring Series finish since a runner-up on June 25 last year at Sharon Speedway, and will unofficially advance six spots to second in points. Thomas was fifth. After missing the April 1 opener due to recovering from two broken legs, Josh Holtgraver was a solid sixth over Dan Angelicchio. George Kowatic salvaged his night with an eighth place finish. Kowatic won the third heat race, but failed to scale and was disqualified. He then came from the tail of the second B main to win that and earned the 22nd starting spot. Kowatic then advanced 14 positions to earn the $100 Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger Award gift card. Former Pace Performance “Future’s Cup” racers Ryan Montgomery and Damian Bidwell both had good runs. Montgomery came from 19th to finish ninth, while Bidwell raced from 23rd to finish 10th for the second straight Touring race and third straight overall.

Stile was the last car on the lead lap at the finish and earned a free Hoosier Tire presented by Utsinger’s Towing. Ruhlman, who charged from 19th to fifth on the April 1 event, was again moving forward from his eighth starting spot. Ruhlman had worked his way up to fifth before getting stacked up on that lap five restart. Ruhlman was awarded the Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”.

After leading five laps of the non-qualifier race at the opening Roaring Knob event before finishing sixth, veteran Louie Krushansky didn’t let this one slip away as he led all 10 laps to capture his first “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series victory. The Morgantown, West Virginia driver earned $125 and became the 16th different winner in the 19 races run all-time.

Krushansky survived three cautions and late race pressure by Kyle Wiser for the victory in his #23. Krushansky also takes over the “Wheelman” point lead. Wiser, who was running his first career FASTRAK race, started fifth and passed both Jamie Brown and W.L. Stile on lap six for second. Wiser caught Krushansky on lap eight, but was unable to get by in the final laps. Stile was third. Jamie Brown finished fourth for the second straight time. Ben Policz, another newcomer to FASTRAK, rounded out the top five.

The five heat races were won by Thomas, Holtgraver, Shane Weaver, Dalton, and Lambert, while Andrew Wylie and Kowatic captured the B mains. The 42 car count was the second highest ever at Roaring Knob behind the 47 at the season opening “Super Nationals” earlier this month. Twelve new cars were part of the field Friday night bringing the total up to 59 different cars after two events this season.

New marketing partner, K&N Filters, awarded the first of six Cold Air Induction System giveaways on Friday night. Bob Bennett of Flushing, Ohio won the prize valued at up to $500. In the season’s second K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash”, Dan Angelicchio came from fourth to win the $100 K&N certificate and gained three starting spots for the feature. His win also tied him with the opening event dash winner, Damian Bidwell, for the Dash Championship Series point lead.

Bloomquist Bests Owens in Front of Record Roaring Knob Crowd

April 22nd, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – It was only a matter of time before 2-time Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion, Scott Bloomquist of Mooresburg, TN would begin piling up victories. After winning his first series race of 2012 a week ago in the Commonwealth 100, the 48-year-old Hall of Famer took the win on Friday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex before a record crowd. Bloomquist started fifth and charged to the front as he grabbed the lead from Jason Covert on lap two. Bloomquist then had to hold off repeated challenges from Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN. Owens came home in second. Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA, in his first LOLMDS start of the season, finished third, followed by Earl Pearson, Jr. of Jacksonville, FL and Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA.

Bloomquist was ninth in LOLMDS points just two weeks ago and is now fourth, but attributed his slow start to the season to helping other drivers with their Bloomquist Race Cars. “We had to take time to go over our stuff, we’ve been working on other people’s cars so much that we kind of neglected our own program,” said Bloomquist, who entered Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 44th time in his illustrious career. “We decided before Virginia that we needed to start running better, the car has been flawless the last two weeks and the Roush-Yates Engine has been spectacular as well. I have to thank all my sponsors for sticking with us! We are back and it sure feels good,” said the driver of the Base Racing Fuels, Lane Automotive, Lucas Oil Products, Sweet Manufacturing, Hawkeye Trucking, Ohlins, Weld Racing and Allstar Performance Ford-powered car. “I saw Jimmy (Owens) there a few times on the outside, so I went to the outside and I was surprised how well the car worked up there. The track was excellent tonight, we could run anywhere and there was passing all night long. Last year it had some rough spots, but this year it was real smooth,” said the winner.

Owens started behind Bloomquist in seventh and followed him to the front. Owens moved into second on lap four and stayed there the rest of the way. Owens pulled alongside Bloomquist a couple of times in heavy traffic, but untimely caution flags allowed Bloomquist to restart with clear real estate in front of him. Owens maintains the series points lead in the Mike Reece, Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford. McDowell came from his sixth starting spot and it looked as if he was going to be to contend with Bloomquist and Owens for the win, but he could never muster enough of a challenge in the final laps. He settled for third in the Big Dog Motorsports, Clements Racing Engines, Warrior Chevrolet.

Pearson continues to show marked improvement in the Bobby Labonte Racing Longhorn Chassis as he climbed to second in points with his fourth place run in the Lucas Oil Products, Mountain Khakis Dodge. Reddick, in the Broken Bow Records, Stoney Creek Records, Gaerte Racing Engines-powered Team Zero by Bloomquist entry came from 10th to finish fifth. Completing the top ten were Tim Senic of Elkins, WV; Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV; John Blankenship of Williamson, WV; Jeremy Miller of Littlestown, PA; and Dennis Erb Jr. of Carpentersville, IL.

In preliminary action Josh Richards was the Red Buck Cigars Fast Qualifier among the 44 entrants. Heat race winners were Jared Hawkins, Austin Dillon, Jason Covert and Eric Wells. Brian Birkhofer and Don O’Neal won their respective B-Mains. Coming up Saturday Night, April 21st, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series will be at Hagerstown Speedway in Hagerstown, MD for the Stanley Schetrompf Classic paying $10,000 to win. For more information, visit www.hagerstownspeedway.com.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, log onto www.lucasdirt.com or follow the series at www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and www.twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

Excitement Builds as Drivers Commit to Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Weekend

April 21st, 2012

WAYCROSS, GA – Officials of the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series are excited about this weekend’s upcoming events. The LOLMDS travels to the northeast this weekend visiting Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA and Hagerstown
Speedway in Hagerstown, MD for a pair of $10,000 to win events this Friday and Saturday.

This weekend Team Dillon Racing (TDR) drivers Austin Dillon and teammate Dale McDowell will make their first LOLMDS appearance in 2012. Austin Dillon, the 2011 NASCAR Truck Series Champion and current driver of the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) #3 NASCAR Nationwide Series car in 2012 will be behind the wheel of his dirt late model mixing it up with McDowell and the nation’s biggest stars of the LOLMDS.

This weekend is shaping up to be great for the fans with numerous dirt late model stars expected to compete in the upcoming events. The stars of the LOLMDS expected to enter include 2011 series champion Jimmy Owens, Don O’Neal, Steve Francis, Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr, Dennis Erb, Jared Landers, Scott Bloomquist, Tyler Reddick, John Blankenship, Austin Hubbard, and Eric Wells. Other drivers that have indicated that they will enter this weekend include; Rick Eckert, Brian Birkhofer, Josh Richards, Shane Clanton, John Lobb, Tim Fuller, Jason Covert, Dan Stone, Jared Hawkins along with other local and regional stars from the northeast.

“We’re really excited about how this weekend is shaping up with a great mixture of drivers from all over the country coming this weekend. The weather forecast looks solid and “arguably” the best fans in the country will see great racing action both nights. This will be an interesting weekend to watch many of the nations top drivers, mixing it up against some of the toughest local and regional talent the LOLMDS drivers will compete against all year”, stated Ritchie, Lewis, series director.

There will be a complete show both nights with Red Buck Cigar Time Trials, Heat Races, B-Mains and a $10,000 to win main event. Joining the LOLMDS at Roaring Knob will be the FASTRAK Pro Late Models paying $1,200 to win. Hagerstown Speedway will have a special Pure Stock feature event to go along with the LOLMDS main event on Saturday night.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located at 380 Fearer Road in Markleysburg, PA. For more information you can visit the track’s website at www.roaringknob.com or by calling the track phone on race day at (724) 329-0306.

Hagerstown Speedway is located at 15112 National Pike in Hagerstown, MD. For more information you can visit the track’s website at www.hagerstownspeedway.com or by calling the track phone at (301) 582-0640.

For the latest breaking news on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series check out www.lucasdirt.com. Be sure and visit the series on social media outlets as well at http://www.facebook.com/lucasdirt and http://twitter.com/#!/lucasdirt.

About Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series: Founded in 2005, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series is the nations’ premier dirt late model sanctioning organization. It currently sanctions 46 events in 19 states in 2012 and receives national exposure through taped-delayed series events that are shown on CBS, CBS Sports, SPEED, NBC Sports and MAVTV.

About Lucas Oil Products: Founded in 1989 by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas, Lucas Oil Products, Inc. has established itself as one of the fastest-growing lubrication product lines in the consumer automotive aftermarket, featuring a line of engine oils, greases, gear lubes and problem-solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the number one selling fuel treatment and additive products manufacturer in America and Canada. Lucas Oil Products has long been directly involved in the American racing industry at all levels through multiple vehicle sponsorships and racing events.

About Lucas Oil Production Studios: Owned by Lucas Oil Products, Inc., Lucas Oil Production Studios produces and edits over 300 hours of original, high quality HD television programming yearly. Located in Corona, CA, the studio employs a full-time staff of professional directors, producers, HD video editors, videographers, engineers and graphic artists. The studio creates original, state-of-the-art, HD television action sports and other unique programming for broadcast on 5 major national networks. For more information please visit www.LucasOil.com.

Roaring Knob having FASTRAK and Lucas Oil Late Models this Friday

April 19th, 2012

(Markleysburg, PA)…After a very successful 2012 season opener at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex earlier this month that attracted 47 race teams from all over the Northeast, the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast
Late Model Touring Series will resume its season this Friday night (April 20) right back at Roaring Knob. The scenic Markleysburg, Pa. oval will host race #2 of 25 on the 2012 slate.

Race fans will have a real treat as it’ll be a doubleheader of Late Model action as FASTRAK joins the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series for the second straight year. Last year’s event played in front of the largest crowd in the history of Roaring Knob and another great crowd should be on hand for Friday’s action as the early report calls for sunshine and temps in the mid 70s.

“We’re excited to get back to racing Friday,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We along with Roaring Knob promoter Rick Jones were very pleased with how the inaugural Super Nationals turned out despite battling with rain or the forecast of rain for three days. Rick has really increased his participation and support of the FASTRAK Series this season. Last year was a great event to be part of the inaugural Lucas Oil show at the Knob and we’re thrilled to again be part of this event. Anytime we can showcase our Series with national touring series it’s a positive for FASTRAK.”

Twenty-two year-old Max Blair of Centerville, Pa. began his campaign for his fourth Northeast Touring Series title in five seasons when he won the April 1 $3,000 event holding off Super Late Model standouts Sammy Stile and David Scott. Blair not only has put himself atop the driver and owner point standings for the new year, but also the “Super Nationals” points, which will resume October 19-20 for “Super Nationals II”.

Friday’s 25-lap feature will pay $1,200 to-win and will also include the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series for non-qualifiers. Jason Genco won his third career non-qualifier event at the “Super Nationals” and leads those point standings.

Of course all of the great contingency programs will be in full force include the K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” and fan giveaway, the Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, Genesis Shocks “Top Dog of the Night”, Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, and the Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway. Decal packages will be available on Friday for these programs.

“We feel like we have the best core of racers to ever follow our Touring Series,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “Most of our regulars from 2011 are returning full-time and we have several new racers that expect to follow the Series in 2012. Guys like Chad Ruhlman, Will Thomas, Billy Henry, Bobby Rohrer, Darren Peters, Jason Knowles, Tim Sears, Jr., and others are really going to add to the quality of our fields. Thirty-one of the 47 cars at the opening event were Touring members and we have another 14 that have joined that weren’t at the opener.”

Six Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob. Bobby Powell won the inaugural event on June 26, 2009. Mike Pegher, Jr. began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher didn’t compete in last year’s Touring Series finale to prep for the next night’s Grand Nationals, while Robbie Blair captured the victory. Max Blair won his first Touring race at Roaring Knob earlier this month. The elder Blair also won Night 2 of the Grand Nationals at Roaring Knob in 2010.

Roaring Knob A Feature Payoff: 1. $1,200 2. $650 3. $450 4. $350 5. $325 6. $300 7. $275 8. $260 9. $255 10. $250 11. $225 12. $210 13. $200 14. $175 15. $165 16. $160 17. $155 18-24. $150.

Non-Qualifier B Feature Payoff: 1. $125 2. $100 3. $90 4. $85 5. $80 6. $75 7. $70 8. $65 9. $60 10-24. $55. $50 to any driver failing to start either feature.

Pits open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 6:45 followed by qualifying for the Lucas Oil Series and the heat race action. There is a $50 entry fee; however, transponders will not be required for this event.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Original Pizza Logs, Precise Racing Products, VP Fuels, Beyea Custom Headers, Genesis Shocks, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Lincoln Electric, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast and follow us on Twitter @FASTRAKNE

Singleton, Dennis, Groves, Burkholder & Koffler Score Opening Night Feature Wins at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

April 8th, 2012

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex saw some familiar names, and one first timer, in victory lane on opening points night Saturday.Tim Senic was victorious in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, Deana Groves scored the Modified feature, Todd Dennis was number one in the Krause Electric Street Stocks, Kenny Burkholder topped the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger and Paul Koffler, Jr. won the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners.Rick Singleton made the three hour tow from Huntingdon worth while winning his first High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model Feature.

Newell’s Todd Dennis shot out from his second row starting spot to lead all 15 laps of the Krause Electric Street Stock feature.Dennis had stiff competition from EJ Rozak, who going for the lead on lap 9, only to see the caution fly.Two laps later Rozak pushed up the track with problems and eight starting Bob Nelson took up the chase but came up short. Dennis was followed across the stripe by Nelson, Mike Duritsky (from 14^th ), Jim Byers, Marty Spade, Jr., Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Scott Bittinger, Jason Gibbs, Lee Mansberry and Rozak.Bendishaw and Dennis won the heats.

The 25-lap Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Late Model feature saw Mason Zeigler the initial leader.Zeigler looked fast holding off Tim Senic and Jared Hawkins.The three drivers were in a fierce battle for the top spot.Hawkins used the high line trying to get the lead before Elkins, WV’s Senic quietly slipped by on the inside in turn two to take the lead on lap 18.Senic then opened up a little space to cruise to his first win of the season.Hawkins came home second over Devin Friese, Zeigler, LC Powers, Matt Cosner, Ken Schaltenbrand, Clate Copeman, Billy Holbert and Bob Gordon.Heats were won by Gordon and Zeigler.

Kenny Burkholder, out of Mill Run, led all 12 laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature for his first win this year.Cody Colflesh, Kyle Burkholder, Ed Vogel, Brad Jenkins, Justin Howell, CJ Nicola, Ross Higbee, Eric Miller and Corey Faris completed the top ten. Kyle Burkholder and Ed Vogel were the heat winners.

It looked like Mike Lewis was going to win his third career High Gear Speed Shop FASTRAK Late Model feature as he lead the first 19 laps. On the final lap something broke in the right front suspension coming out of turn two.Lewis went into the final two turns but couldn’t steer the car pushing up the track and allowing second place runner Rick Singleton to shoot by coming out of turn four to take the win. It was Singleton’s first win in a crate late model and this was only his second time at Roaring Knob.Lewis limped home a disappointed second followed by Nolan Dalton, John Over, Dan Angelicchio, Billy Stile III, Ricky Meglaye, Troy Shields, Ryan Montgomery and Brad Kling.Scoring heat wins were Bobby Cossell and John Over.

Andrew Pluta, Jr. shot into the lead at the drop of the green in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners. Pluta led two laps before Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, passed him and led the final ten laps for the win. Completing the top ten were Mark Seiler, Steve Settle, Ron Povlik, Todd Detrick, Mike Phillipson, Cindy Rhodes, Jeremy Hill, Allen Fortney and Joe Datko.Settle and Detrick were heat winners.

The final feature of the night was the 15-lap Modified feature. Kevin Miller led the opening lap until Morgantown, WV driver Deana Groves made the winning pass.Groves was never challenged to take the checkered flag over Josh Cramer, Miller, Tom Martineck, Vic Vandergrift, Larry Atha, Bill Yohe, Denny Nakutis and Bob Bennett.Groves won the lone heat.

Roaring Knob Set to Open with “Super Nationals 1″ This Weekend

March 30th, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…The 2012 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series opener is now upon us. The earliest scheduled opener in what will be the sixth season of competition will take place this Saturday
and Sunday (March 31-April) at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex as the “Super Nationals I” will open the 25-event 2012 slate! There will be an open practice on Friday night.

The “Super Nationals” will feature a $3,000 to-win main event plus a $1,200 to-win “Wheelman” bonus feature for the first 24 non-qualifiers. Another feature event paying $500 to-win will also be run for the next group of non-qualifiers, if at
least 12 cars remain. The $1,200 to-win race will utilize the standard Touring payoff. This means at least 48 drivers will get to run a feature utilizing Touring payoffs! The same format will be used when the “Super Nationals II” takes place at Roaring Knob on October 19-20.

Not only will drivers be battling for the season’s richest purses and important early and closing points toward the Northeast Touring Championship, but there will be a lot of bonuses up for grabs and several additional ones since the last press release. High Gear Speed Shop’s owner Doug Horton will award $500 to the fast qualifier, and has gathered approximately $800 in additional monies that will be awarded to random positions per lap throughout the 40-lap A main feature (see list below)!

Sprout’s Pick-A-Part has posted a total of $200 going to the heat race winners. This amount will be split up evenly depending on the number of heat races run, i.e. $50 each if four heats are run, $40 each if five heat races are run. Slavic Signs and Graphics has also posted heat race money that will be determined on Saturday.

The inaugural K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” will be run on Saturday featuring the first four drivers that fail to qualify for the feature through their heats. The four-lap event will pay the winner a $100 K&N certificate, $50 to the second place finisher, and $25 cash to the third and fourth place finishers. Points will be awarded toward the overall K&N “Cold Air Induction Championship”.

The inaugural 2011 “Futures Cup” Champion, “Flyin” Ryan Montgomery, will award $100 to the highest finishing 2012 Pace Performance “Futures Cup” driver on Sunday.

The Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway program is back for a second straight year. The last running car on the lead lap with Utsinger’s Towing decals on will receive a free FASTRAK Hoosier spec tire!

The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” program will debut. The hard luck racer selected by FASTRAK Northeast Officials will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any Brake Man purchase.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 Platinum Gift Card to the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, who advances the most positions from his or her starting position provided decals are on each side of the car. This will also be the debut of this program as well.

Since the last press release on the “Super Nationals”, Genesis Shocks have upped their support of the Series. At each event, the highest finishing driver with Genesis Shocks and decals on each side of the car will receive a $100 gift certificate.

Not only will the event award points toward the 2012 Touring Series Championship, but also separate “Super Nationals” points will be awarded. A top 10 point fund payout is the goal. High Gear Speed Shop will also give away a 2013 Warrior Chassis to one lucky driver that participates in both events. The value of this chassis is nearly $5,000! More of this will be announced in the future.

“We’re really getting anxious to kickoff 2012,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “This event is really coming together nicely, and there are additional bonuses we are still working on that will be announced in the near
future. I can’t thank Roaring Knob’s Rick Jones enough for stepping up to offer this Super Nationals concept and Doug Horton for being behind the event 100% and helping to obtain additional monies.”

Each event will also be run under the qualifying/time trial format as used in past Grand National events held in the Northeast. Qualifying will set the heat race lineups with a redraw based on the number of heat races run. The A main feature will be 40 laps, “Wheelman” B feature 25 laps, and the C feature 20 laps, if enough cars warrant.

“We know it’s early for a lot of racers, but we’ve gotten a great response to date,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “We have several northern racers from New York and Canada making the trip that have never been to Roaring Knob before and several additional racers from throughout the region that will be making their maiden voyage to the Knob. We’ve put together our biggest and richest schedule ever and the programs around the schedule should make for an exciting 2012!”

Five Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob. Bobby Powell won the inaugural event on June 26, 2009. Mike Pegher, Jr. began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher didn’t compete in last year’s Touring Series finale to prep for the next night’s Grand Nationals, while Robbie Blair captured the victory. The elder Blair also won Night 2 of the Grand Nationals at Roaring Knob in 2010.

In the five-year history of FASTRAK Northeast, there have been 73 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 30 different winners all-time. Mike Pegher, Jr. leads the way with 13 victories to Max Blair’s 12 followed by Dick Barton, Bobby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon and Josh Holtgraver at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Joe Martin, and Robbie Blair with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Ryan Montgomery, and Wayne Robertson with one victory.

Roaring Knob will actually host the second Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance Northeast Touring Series event on Friday, April 20 as part of the Lucas Oil Super Late Model event. The Series’ third stop at Roaring Knob will take place for the annual “Spectacular Fall Fest” on September 28-29 for a $2,000 to-win event before the “Super Nationals II” on October 19-20.

Season Opener at Roaring Knob March 31-April 1st

March 22nd, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…The 2012 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series opener is quickly approaching. The earliest scheduled opener in what will be the sixth season of competition has been scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, March 31 and April 1. It won’t just be any opener either as the “Super Nationals I” will open the 25-event 2012 slate!

The “Super Nationals” will feature a $3,000 to-win main event plus a $1,200 to-win “Wheelman” bonus feature for the first 24 non-qualifiers. Another feature event paying $500 to-win will also be run for the next group of non-qualifiers, if at
least 12 cars remain. The $1,200 to-win race will utilize the standard Touring payoff. This means at least 48 drivers will get to run a feature utilizing Touring payoffs! The same format will be used when the “Super Nationals II” takes place at Roaring Knob on October 19-20.

Not only will drivers be battling for the season’s richest purses and important early and closing points toward the Northeast Touring Championship, but there will be a lot of bonuses up for grabs. High Gear Speed Shop’s owner Doug Horton will award $200 to the fast qualifier, and has gathered additional monies that will be awarded to random finishers in 40-lap A main feature! Currently an additional $640 is available with the goal of at least $800 (see list below).

Sprout’s Pick-A-Part has posted a total of $200 going to the heat race winners. This amount will be split up evenly depending on the number of heat races run, i.e. $50 each if four heats are run, $40 each if five heat races are run.

The inaugural K&N “Cold Air Induction Dash” will be run. The four-lap event will pay the winner a $100 K&N certificate, $50 to the second place finisher, and $25 cash to the third and fourth place finishers. Points will be awarded toward the
overall K&N “Cold Air Induction Championship”.

The Utsinger’s Towing Hoosier Tire Giveaway program is back for a second straight year. The last running car on the lead lap will receive a free FASTRAK Hoosier spec tire!

The Brake Man’s “Tough Brake of the Night” program will debut. The hard luck racer selected by FASTRAK Northeast Officials will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any Brake Man purchase.

Precise Racing Products will award a $100 Platinum Gift Card to the “Pedal Down” Hard Charger, who advances the most positions from his or her starting position. This will also be the debut of this program as well.

Not only will the event award points toward the 2012 Touring Series Championship, but also separate “Super Nationals” points will be awarded. A top 10 point fund payout is the goal. High Gear Speed Shop will also give away a 2013 Warrior Chassis to one lucky driver that participates in both events. The value of this chassis is nearly $5,000! More of this will be announced in the future.

“We’re really getting anxious to kickoff 2012,” expressed sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “This event is really coming together nicely, and there are additional bonuses we are still working on that will be announced in the near
future. I can’t thank Roaring Knob’s Rick Jones enough for stepping up to offer this Super Nationals concept and Doug Horton for being behind the event 100% and helping to obtain additional monies.”

Each event will also be run under the qualifying/time trial format as used in past Grand National events held in the Northeast. Qualifying will set the heat race lineups with a redraw based on the number of heat races run. The A main feature will be 40 laps, “Wheelman” B feature 25 laps, and the C feature 20 laps, if enough cars warrant.

“We know it’s early for a lot of racers, but we’ve gotten a great response to date,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “We expect just about every one of our Touring regulars from 2011 to return full-time to the Series. Several new racers have made it known they are joining the Touring Series full-time in 2012 along with some whispers o a few Super Late Model racers that may make some appearances throughout the year. We’ve put together our biggest and richest schedule ever and the programs around the schedule should make for an exciting 2012!”

Five Northeast Touring Series events have been run all-time at Roaring Knob. Bobby Powell won the inaugural event on June 26, 2009. Mike Pegher, Jr. began a three race win streak on June 26, 2010 winning that event, the “Fall Fest” on October 8, 2010, and then the show with the Lucas Oil Late Models on April 30, 2011. Pegher didn’t compete in last year’s Touring Series finale to prep for the next night’s Grand Nationals, while Robbie Blair captured the victory. The elder Blair also won Night 2 of the Grand Nationals at Roaring Knob in 2010.

In the five-year history of FASTRAK Northeast, there have been 73 Northeast Touring Series races contested with 30 different winners all-time. Mike Pegher, Jr. leads the way with 13 victories to Max Blair’s 12 followed by Dick Barton, Robby Powell, John Lacki, and David Scott with four, Steve Dixon and Josh Holtgraver at three, Alan Dellinger, Dan Angelicchio, Joe Martin, and Robbie Blair with two, and Todd Andrews, Kyle Drum, Frank Guidace, Butch Lambert, Carl McKinney, Dennis Lunger, Jr., Tom Snyder, Jr., Chris Meadows, Jim Frank, Mike Blose, Jonathan Davenport, Gary Knollinger, Dusty Hamrick, Bud Watson, Russell King, George Kowatic, Ryan Montgomery, and Wayne Robertson with one victory.

Roaring Knob will actually host the second Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance Northeast Touring Series event on Friday, April 20 as part of the Lucas Oil Super Late Model event. The Series’ third stop at Roaring Knob will take place for the annual “Spectacular Fall Fest” on September 28-29 for a $2,000 to-win event before the “Super Nationals II” on October 19-20.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

The Brake Man Becomes FASTRAK NE 2012 Major Sponsor

March 9th, 2012

(Pulaski, PA)…As the 2012 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Pace Performance FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series season opener draws near on March 31 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, FASTRAK Northeast continues its forward momentum of attracting
sponsors and product contingencies for the new season.

The Brake Man Inc. is the newest addition to FASTRAK Northeast as they become the second major California company to get with the Series joining K&N Filters. Located in Camarillo, CA, The Brake Man has gotten involved in a substantial way not only on the August 18 “Manufacturers Night”, but also each and every night during the 25-event slate. The Brake Man will award approximately $5,000 in product and certificates throughout 2012.

At each of the 25 Touring Series events, FASTRAK Officials will choose The Brake Man “Tough Brake of the Night”, to a racer whose night just didn’t go as hoped. That racer will receive three bottles of Xtreme6 Racing Brake Fluid valued at
approximately $45 along with a certificate good for either $50 off of a purchase of $100 or more or 20% off any Brake Man purchase.

The Brake Man will also have a huge presence on the August 18 “Manufacturers Night” at Sharon Speedway as four F4 Tornado Brake Calipers will be given away at approximate value of $2,600. The Brake Man joins Beyea Custom Headers, Genesis Shocks, H&H Racing Equipment, Hyperco, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars as a Major Contingency Member.

“The Brake Man Inc. is proud to be a major sponsor for the 2012 FASTRAK Northeast Series,” stated The Brake Man’s Cory Lamarra. “The extremely competitive FASTRAK Late Models are an excellent showcase for our Innovative Brake Technology and it’ benefits. The “Tough Brake” package allows us to show our support for all of the race teams in the Series throughout the season. We look forward to being part of the FASTRAK Northeast Series in 2012.”

“We’re really excited to have The Brake Man as an integral part of our Touring Series,” stated sixth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “We’ve really worked hard this season to create more value around the events for both the tracks and promoters. No one wants to have a bad night at the races, but this will now at least give this racer a nice product that will alleviate some of his misfortunate. The four F4 Tornado Brake Calipers are going to be quite a prize for a lucky racer on Manufacturers Night. It says a lot about our Series to have these great companies getting involved in the Series, and we’re looking forward to even more announcements very soon!”

The Brake Man is an innovative designer and manufacturer of made-in-America brake systems and components for motorsport, street and fleet vehicles. The Brake Man engineering team has developed inspired and race-proven technology which has revolutionized the industry while setting the standard for high-performance and durability.

The Brake Man was founded in 1993 and originally focused on high-performance brake pads, brake fluid and the most accurate brake residual pressure valves on the market. The company expanded into rotors in 1995 with the introduction of the groundbreaking Revolution rotor, the industry’s first brake rotor to implement a convoluted design. The unique design put The Brake Man’s indelible stamp on the racing industry. The following years saw the company roll out a string of innovative products including patented Tornado calipers, Hurricane rotors Thunderstorm calipers, and full street kits.

Today, The Brake Man brake systems and components have helped countless drivers and motorsports teams make their way to the winners circle. Victories span across a wide range of regional and national race series and events from dirt to asphalt. This industry-leading technology and durability is also available for street performance and fleet vehicles as well.

The Brake Man was founded by President and Chief Engineer Warren Gilliland. Before launching the company, Gilliland held positions with Airheart Products, Hurst Performance, JFZ Products, Toyota and Pontiac. His career highlights include involvement in the first quick-change brake calipers for Indy cars, several industry-standard racing brake pad shapes, linear brake pad compounds, the first rear cambered spindles for NASCAR, the original zero-drag calipers, convoluted rotors, and industry-leading technology to improve brake fluid flow.

Headquartered in southern California, The Brake Man is the only company producing true made-in-America brake systems and components. For more information, check out their website at www.thebrakeman.com or call 805-987-7867.

2012 FASTRAK Northeast marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tires, K&N Filters, The Brake Man, Utsinger’s Towing, Original Pizza Logs, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic/Precise Racing Products, Beyea Custom Headers, Genesis Shocks, H&H Racing Equipment, High Gear Speed Shop, Hyperco, Jake’s Golf Carts, Wrisco Aluminum, and Wylie Race Cars.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Rhodes**Streaks to Topless Win at Roaring Knob; Thomas Scores In Late Models

October 23rd, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – The American Racer Tire Super Late Models and Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models went topless
Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.In the Super Late Models Scott Rhodes of Somerset streaked to his fourth win of the season while Kyle Thomas, from Pennsboro, WV, won the FASTRAK Late Models.Todd Dennis picked up his ninth TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature with Kyle Burkholder winning his second in the Ft. Necessity Garage
Chargers.Paul Koffler Sr. was the lone new winner in the 4-Cylinder Roadrunners.

Newell’s Todd Dennis took the lead from Scott Spade on lap two of the 25-lap event and never looked back.Dennis’ only challenge came early from EJ Rozak, who was making his first start of the year in a brand new car.Rozak was running second until something broke in the front suspension ending his night.Dennis cruised to an easy win over first-time visitor Jeremy Swank.Bob Neratka, Scott Spade, Ryan Newman, Bob Nelson, John Redshaw, Ron Howard, Barry Faris and Rozak were the top
ten.Dennis and Spade claimed the two heat wins.

Somerset’s Scott Rhodes was the only driver to use a sprint car win in the $1200 to win, 30-lap “Run What Ya Brung” Topless feature for the American Racer Tire Super Late Models.Rhodes was the class of the field.The only time anyone got close to him was under yellow.Rhodes lapped all but second place Brian Booze to score the feature win.Following Booze was Len Dobrosielski, Tracie Simpson, Mike Lewis, Robbie Marhefka, Steve Gibney, Rick Strickler, Bobby Watt and Doug Glessner.Heats were taken by Rhodes and Booze.

In the 20-lap 4 Cylinder Roadrunners Paul Koffler, Sr. added his name to the win list leading green to checker for his first-ever Knob win.Koffler had pressure from Robert Pluta in the first few laps of the feature.Pluta gave way to Ray Edwards who took the lead on lap six.Edwards led was short lived as his motor went up in smoke on lap nine. Koffler inherited the lead back and kept Steve Settle in his rear view mirror for his first win.Settle, Davey Lambert, Sarah Redmond and Doug Hostetler filled out the top five.Sixth through tenth were Ed Detrick, Todd Detrick, Wes McDaniels, Donnie Wamsley and Andrew Pluta.Koffler and McDaniels were the heat winners.

The Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models were also topless for $1000 to win in their 25-lap event. Rick Meglaye grabbed the lead from Kyle Thomas at the drop of the green.Thomas challenged Meglaye before John Over took up the pursuit.Meglaye drove a flawless race until lap 17.Meglaye spun and was hit by a couple of cars and this handed the lead to Kyle Thomas.On the restart Thomas took off and was a straighaway ahead when a caution flew on lap 17.Another caution came out on lap 23, but Thomas was up to the task and drove home to first Roaring Knob win since August of 2009.Nolan Dalton was second ahead of John Over, Ken Herman, Danny Thomas, Billy Stile III, Louie Krushansky, Maurice Thompson, Jr., Jeremy Zufall and Joe Moyer.Heats were won by Stile, Derek Doll and Herman.

The final feature of the evening was the 20-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Kyle Burkholder survived challenges from Cody Colflesh and Shawn Smith in his green to checker run.Behind Burkholder at the checker were Brad Jenkins, Bill Replogle, Ed Vogel, Justin Rodeheaver, James Nelson, Shawn Smith, Cody Colflesh, Corey Faris and Eric Miller.Colflesh and Smith shared heat win.

Jason Covert Scores Win In “Night Flight to Mars 36″ Lapper at Roaring Knob

October 12th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Opening night of the two-day UFo Roar and Fall Fest Spectacular found Jason Covert sitting in victory lane after coming from his tenth starting spot in the 36-lap Super Late Model feature.Covert’s win was worth $2000 at the pay window.Bobby Neratka (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) and Steve Settle (4 Cylinder Roadrunners) also picked up checkered flags Friday night.

Bobby Neratka led from green to checker to capture the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature.It was the second win of the season for Neratka, who was behind the wheel of Todd Dennis’ #1 machine.Bob Nelson came home with a second place finish over Matt Rishel, Ryan Newman, John Redshaw, Charlie McClain, Rick Wright, Barry Faris, Ron Howard and Bob Miller. Scott Spade and Rick Wright won the heat races.

Thirty-six American Racer Tire Super Late Models signed in for the $2000 to Win “Night Flight to Mars” 36 lap feature event.Chuck Clise grabbed the initial lead at the start.Clise looked fast as he led the first fourteen laps before giving was to Jared Miley.Miley, who won the King of the Knob a month before, led six laps until tenth starting Jason Covert shot into the lead.Covert was unable to shake Miley as he trailed the rear bumper of Covert’s 43A machine.Russ King, Gregg Satterlee and Jared Hawkins joined the pair to make it a five car battle up front.When the checker flew it was Covert taking his second win of the 2011 season at Roaring Knob. Miley, King, Satterlee and Hawkins filled in the top five.Sixth through tenth went to Ron Delano, Jr., Davey Johnson, Mason Zeigler, Chuck Clise and Dutch Davies. The four qualifying heats were won by Zeigler, King, Hawkins and Devin Friese.Chuck Harper and Zach Dohm won the two B-Mains.

The 4 Cylinder Roadrunners saw Steve Settle parked in victory lane for the seventh time this season.Settle led all 10-lap to take the win over Dave Friend, Jr., Paul Koffler, Sr., Jeff Dillinger, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Ed Detrick, Mark Ohler, Corey Faris and Dustin Detrick.Koffler and Settle won the heat races.

Jared Hawkins Roars From 18^th to Score $5000 Win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park; Robbie Blair Wins FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series

October 11th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, WV drove from his 18^th starting spot to pass leader Jason Covert with two laps to go to score a $5000 win in the UFo Championship Series Roar 55 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday night.Robbie Blair won the final FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series race of the 2011 season while JT Baird won the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature and Vince Laboon won his first in the AMRA Modifieds.

The 30-lap FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series race for the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models was the first feature event of the night.Derek Rogers and Bobby Rohrer led the field to the green.Rogers jumped out front and set the early pace.Rogers held off the challenges of Rohrer and then seventh staring Robbie Blair. Blair powered past Rogers to take the lead on lap twelve.Blair looked to have the race in hand until 15-year-old sensation, Ryan Montgomery worked his way to second. Montgomery battled the veteran Blair but had to settle for a well deserved second as Blair raced home to the win. Behind second place Montgomery was Kyle Thomas, Dan Angelicchio, Josh Holtgraver, Derek Rogers, Ken Herman, Bobby Rohrer, Mike Lewis and Kyle Lukon.Heat races on Friday were won by John Over, Blair, Holtgraver and Billy Stile III.B-Mains went to Bobby Cossell and Ricky Meglaye.Jamie Brown captured the Non-Qualifiers race and Ryan Montgomery won the Future Cup Race and
Championship.

Uniontown’s JT Baird grabbed the led at the drop of the green to lead all 12-laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature for his first win of the 2011 season.Baird first was pressured from 2011 track champion Kenny Burkholder and then Cody Colflesh before crossing under the checker.Colflesh had his career best finish for second over Kenny Burkholder, Shawn Smith, Bradley Nesline, Kyle Burkholder, Bus Matthews, Barry Faris, Eric Miller and Ed Vogel.Heats were won by Smith and Kyle
Burkholder.

The Main Event of the night was the Roar 55 for the UFo Championship Series for Super Late Models.Devin Friese took off at the drop of the green beating Scott Rhodes into turn one for the lead.Friese looked strong and kept Jeremy Miller at bay for twenty laps.On lap 25 Friese suddenly slowed down the back stretch and Miller took over as the leader. Miller’s time at the helm was short-lived as he broke on lap 16.

This handed the lead over to Jason Covert, who was looking to make it two wins in a row after his victory on Friday night.Covert assumed command on lap 37 and began to pull away.Covert was flawless as he picked off lapped traffic.Once he cleared them he was gone but the battler for second was amazing. Gregg Satterlee, Keith Jackson, Hawkins and Corey Conley were exchanging positions lap after lap as Covert pulled away. A caution appeared on lap 53 when Danny Mitchell spun and
collected Keith Jackson and Tim Senic.The leader chose the inside for the restart putting Jared Hawkins outside of him.They raced into turn one door to door. Covert tried to squeeze Hawkins down the back stretch. Hawkins dove hard into turn three using the cushion and drove passed Covert with the white flag waving and the crowd on it’s feet.Hawkins led the final two laps to earn a well deserved $5000 victory after starting in the 18^th slot.Corey Conley quietly worked his way back to the front, after being involved in a tangle on lap seven, to come home second over Jeremy Miller, Covert, John Garvin (from 19^th ), Gregg Satterlee, Dutch Davies, Ron Delano, Jr., Keth Barbara (from 22^nd ) and Scott Rhodes.The four qualifying heats were won by Friese, Delano, Satterlee and Covert while Danny Mitchell and Jared Hawkins won the two B-Mains.

Heat winner Vince Laboon, of Pittsburgh, PA, won the 15-lap AMRA Modified feature.Laboon led the first lap before Ron Tarabori was able to pass him and lead for two laps when a caution was thrown.On the restart Laboon powered past Tarabori’s six cylinder and led to the flying of the checkered flag.Tarabori was second over Denny Perigo, Tim Peterson, Shawn Davis, Bruce Dreistadt, Justin Sinnett, Josh Cramer and Larry Atha.

Veteran Blair Beats “Futures Cup” Camp at Roaring Knob

October 10th, 2011

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series completed their fifth season on Saturday night at the beautiful and scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The event was part of the second annual “Spectacular Fall Fest,” which saw heat races and the “Futures Cup” Trifecta Race #3 contested on Friday night with the last chance races, feature, and non-qualifier event held on Saturday night. Thirty-nine cars competed from Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, Maryland were on hand for race #19 of the 2011 season.

Making just his fourth Northeast Touring Series start of the season, Robbie Blair passed Derek Rogers on lap 12 and held off Friday night’s “Futures Cup” Trifecta winner and champion Ryan Montgomery for his first win of 2011. Blair’s 30-lap victory was worth $2,000 and was a perfect tune-up for the three-night $30,000 to-win Grand National Championship. Blair became the 11th different winner of the season!

“This class is so competitive,” acknowledged the 41-year-old Centerville, Pa. veteran. “It’s just so equal and built for everyone. The 12-car (Montgomery) was really good and if I would have screwed up he probably would have passed me. There
is so much money out there for FASTRAK; I mean we have a chance of winning $30,000 in just three races! I really wanted to be here with my Super Late Model too, but didn’t have a way of getting it here and this is more important right now.”

Rogers was making just his third start of the season, which have come in the last four races and took off in the lead with Bobby Rohrer, Jr., Dan Angelicchio, Kyle Thomas, and seventh starting Blair in tow.

Blair passed Thomas on lap two for fourth and it was a three-car race for second on lap four. The trio of Rohrer, Angelicchio, and Blair were three-wide off turn four for second with Blair getting under Angelicchio for third in turn one on lap five. Blair was right on Rohrer as the two ran side-by-side on laps seven and eight with Blair using a slider in turn two to make the pass stick for second on lap eight.

Rogers continued to lead the first Touring laps of his career, but Blair began to close the gap on lap 10, and was right on the leader on lap 11 before George Kowatic spun to bring out the caution. The caution wasn’t what Rogers wanted to see as Blair powered around the outside in turns one and two on the restart to take the lead on the 12th circuit.

Montgomery started sixth and wasn’t a factor until lap 13 when he passed Thomas for fourth. By the halfway point, Blair stretched his lead, while Montgomery edged ahead of Rohrer for third on lap 15. Following a caution for a four-car spin, Montgomery and Rogers went at it for second with Montgomery getting the spot coming out of turn two on lap 17.

Following another spin by Kowatic, Thomas regained third from Rogers nipping him at the line on lap 22. The final caution of the event was displayed with 22 laps completed when Bobby Cossell IV made contact with Butch Lambert. Montgomery was slow on the ensuing restart as Thomas and Angelicchio got by for second and third.

Montgomery wasn’t about to go away as he came right back driving by Angelicchio on the backstretch for third on lap 26 then got under Thomas coming out of turn four to regain second on lap 29. Blair though was too strong as he won by a straightaway for his second career Northeast Touring Series win, but first since June 17, 2010 at McKean County Raceway, in his Specialty Products/Bossard’s Auto/Moody & Son Welding-sponsored #W11.

Montgomery, who won his first career Touring race on September 17 at Sharon Speedway, ended the season strong in runner-up. Thomas made a successful debut in the John Groves #32 and finished third- his best Touring finish since September 3, 2010 at Tyler County Speedway. Angelicchio was fourth over ninth starting Josh Holtgraver; however, it was Holtgraver edging Angelicchio by one-point for third in the final Touring standings.

Rogers dropped to sixth- his best career finish in a Touring event. Ken Herman came back from two accidents to finish seventh in his first Touring start of the season barely edging out Rohrer. Mike Lewis was ninth for his best career Touring Series finish. Kyle Lukon completed the top 10.

Max Blair was the first car to drop out of the event for his third straight finish outside of the top 16, but the three-time National Weekly Series Champion was also able to clinch his third Northeast Touring Series Championship in the past four seasons.

Russell Baird, Jr. finished a Touring Series career best 15th and was the final car on the lead lap, which earned him the free FASTRAK Hoosier Tire from High Gear Speed Shop in the program presented by Utsinger’s Towing. Rogers and Shane Weaver received the $1,000 Contingency Connection packages presented by Original Pizza Logs.

Jamie Brown ended the night by winning the eight-lap non-qualifier event presented by T.J. Contracting as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. Brown passed Jeff Compton on lap two and held off Todd Dennis for his first ever victory, which was worth $175.

“This Series is a lot of fun,” stated the 21-year-old Jamestown, New York driver. “We get to travel to so many different tracks everywhere and that makes it that much more fun. I’m looking forward to the Grand Nationals and think we have a better shot at making the show at Dog Hollow with qualifying because we have a good, fast car.”

Brown earned the pole position for being the first non-qualifier, but it was Jeff Compton taking the early lead. Compton pushed high in turn two on lap two allowing Brown to take over. Laura Lukon then passed Compton for second in turn four later that lap. Compton would spin on lap three to bring out the first caution.

When racing resumed, Todd Dennis passed Lukon for second with Nolan Dalton trailing in third. Dalton would get under and past Dennis for second on lap four, but one lap later lost the handle to bring out the second and final caution with five laps
completed.

Brown then held off a valiant effort by Dennis in his Roger’s Auto/Applebee Motorsports/Hientzman Accounting-sponsored #135 to become the 15th different winner in 17 races held all-time! His win also moved him up to third in the season ending
“Wheelman” standings, which was won by Shane Weaver, and 13th in the Northeast Touring Series points. Dennis’ first ever FASTRAK start came in the John and Janet Powell #100. Compton, another Series first-timer, edged Dalton and Lukon for third.

Winning the heat races on Friday night were track champion John Over, Robbie Blair, Holtgraver, and Billy Stile III, while track regulars Bobby Cossell IV and Ricky Meglaye won the B mains on Saturday night.

Also on Friday night, Ryan Montgomery capped off his $1,000 “Futures Cup” championship by winning the “Trifecta” finale presented by T.J. Contracting. Montgomery passed Bobby Rohrer, Jr. on lap eight and went on for the 12-lap $200 victory. It was Montgomery’s first win in the “Trifecta” three-race series as he joined prior winners Newt Tackett (Sharon) and Lauren Longbrake (Pittsburgh).

“This is pretty nice,” acknowledged the 14-year-old Fairmont, West Virginia high school freshman. “It’s fun to go to different tracks and run against each other. My goal is to finish in the top five of Saturday’s feature.”

In his first ever appearance, Rohrer took the early lead past pole-sitter Shane Weaver. Montgomery started third when Longbrake scratched from the event and drove under Weaver for second down the backstretch on lap two. Fifth starting Nico Dabecco passed Russell Baird, Jr. then nipped Weaver at the line for third on lap four.

Montgomery ran down Rohrer and was on the leader on lap five. They raced side-by-side on laps six and seven before the race’s only caution of the event was displayed when Weaver spun with seven laps completed. On the ensuing restart, Montgomery took over from Rohrer and pulled away for the easy win in his father Jeff’s Mountain State Plumbing/Longneck Saloon/Central Heating & Cooling/T.J. Contracting-sponsored #12. Rohrer was second. Baird edged Dabecco for third at the finish. Weaver was fifth over Cody Rogers.

FASTRAK Northeast’s 2011 marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Original Pizza Logs, Bully Dog, Contingency Connection, Utsinger’s Towing, and Hoosier Tire.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

Roaring Knob to Bring Down Curtain on This Weekend

October 6th, 2011

(Markleysburg, PA)…The fifth season for the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series will wrap up this weekend right where the 2011 season kicked off at- the beautiful and scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for race #19.

Preliminary events will be contested on Friday night (October 7) along with the final “Futures Cup Trifecta Race” followed by last chance races, the $2,000 to-win feature, and the non-qualifier event on Saturday night. An open practice will take place on Thursday night. Special thanks to TJ Contracting for sponsoring both the “Futures Cup Trifecta Race” and the “Wheelman” Non-Qualifier event this weekend.

FASTRAK will then wrap up a busy weekend on Sunday (October 9) for Night 1 of the Grand Nationals at Dog Hollow Speedway. The $1,500 to-win event will give racers points towards the $30,000 to-win championship that will be determined after Nights 2 and 3 at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tennessee on October 21 and 22.

“This is going to be an exciting weekend for FASTRAK with a lot on the line,” stated fifth year Northeast Co-Director Vicki Emig. “Not only will $2,000 await Saturday’s winner at Roaring Knob, but the point chase will be decided then 90 miles up the
road on Sunday the intense Grand Nationals will get underway. And we can’t forget our Futures Cup battle as three drivers still have a shot at the championship! The weather is supposed to be beautiful all weekend long and we’re really looking forward to it.”

Max Blair, 21 of Centerville, Pa., enters the weekend as the three-time $10,000 National Weekly Series Champion and will set his sights on clinching his third Northeast Touring Series Championship in three years. Blair has a 24-point lead on last year’s runner-up Mike Pegher, Jr., who has won the last three Touring Series events at Roaring Knob! The only other driver to win a Tour event at Roaring Knob was Bobby Powell back on June 27, 2009.

A lot of positions are up for grabs as again the top 15 will receive point fund monies at the yearend award banquet. Josh Holtgraver currently sits a career high third in points, but has just a two-point advantage on Dan Angelicchio, who considers Roaring Knob his home track. Steve Dixon is fifth in points, but still has a shot to take over third as he trails Holtgraver by 20.

Third year FASTRAK racer, Joe Martin, is having a career best season. Martin is sixth in points and since taking a couple nights off after a rough Bully Dog Speedweek, has rebounded strong with six consecutive top 10 finishes including a win at his home track Dog Hollow along with a pair of runner-ups at Tyler County and McKean.

Butch Lambert is seventh in points and has an outside shot at overtaking Martin as he trails by 23. First year Touring racer Damian Bidwell has eighth place locked up. John Volpe is ninth.

Where things really get interesting is positions 10 through 17. Kyle Zimmerman has moved into 10th and needs to finish seventh or better to overtake Volpe, who is expected to be done for the season. Lauren Longbrake is just 11 points back and
will return to the Tour after missing the last two races due to school functions. George Kowatic, who won his first career Tour race at Sharon on August 13, is only four behind Longbrake.

It even gets tighter after that as a mad scramble will take place to get into the top 15. Josh Double leads Chad Wright by just one point for 12th, while Jamie Brown is only two more points back. Outside looking in are Wayne Robertson, who won the last Touring race at McKean, and Andrew Wylie. Robertson is only six points from
13th while Wylie is only another nine back.

This year’s Northeast Touring events have averaged a record 34+ cars per event along with a record 182 different racers participating in at least one of the 18 Northeast Touring events this season! Three of the last five events have featured career first Touring wins including Kowatic, Ryan Montgomery, and Robertson.

“It’s always fun to go to Roaring Knob,” expressed fifth year Northeast Co-Director Mike Leone. “It’s a great facility and owner Rick Jones is a big supporter of FASTRAK. In 2010, Roaring Knob led the nation for the highest weekly car count. While the numbers were down slightly in 2011, they still averaged 20 cars per night with nine nights topping the 20 mark including the last three races. They have some tough weekly competitors there like John Over, Ricky Meglaye, Troy Shields, Bobby Cossell, Rick Strickler, Billy Stile, Mike Lewis, Nolan Dalton, Montgomery, and others.”

Another point championship that will be decided this weekend is the inaugural “Futures Cup” crown. Fourteen-year-old Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, West Virginia has a 10-point lead on 18-year-old Damian Bidwell. Chad Wright is third in points, 19 out of the top spot, as Shane Weaver and Newt Tackett round out the top five. Wright could theoretically still win the title or finish as low as fourth.

One driver that has missed the first two “Trifecta” races is Bobby Rohrer, Jr. Rohrer, who had a strong rookie FASTRAK season at Raceway 7 and Eriez, is tied for seventh with Nico Dabecco, but could break into the top five of the points! Rohrer will be making his first ever Roaring Knob appearance before heading to Dog Hollow to compete in the Grand Nationals.

Eighteen drivers took part in the “Futures Cup” program in 2011 and are eligible to compete in Friday’s third and final “Trifecta” event, which will pay $200 to-win. Other “Trifecta” winners include Tackett at Sharon and Longbrake at Pittsburgh. Points from these three races are added on top of drivers’ National Weekly Series point total to determine the final points. The top 10 in the standings will receive cash with the champion earning $1,000, an embroidered jacket, and trophy cup.

On Saturday, the Utsinger’s Towing “Hoosier Tire Giveaway” program will resume awarding a new FASTRAK Hoosier tire to the driver running last on the lead lap at the finish, and the Original Pizza Logs Contingency Connection will again award two $1,000 contingency packages to lucky drivers that have yet to receive them in 2011.

Saturday will also include another “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series Non-Qualifier event. “Futures Cup” racer Shane Weaver leads northern racer Brian Haggerty by 41 point. Longbrake, who won a non-qualifier race earlier this season at Sharon, is third over Brian Lessley and Clay Ruffo. There have been an amazing 14 different winners in the 16 events held all-time dating back to the middle of last season.

Jared Miley Triumphant In 14^th Annual King of the Knob at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park

September 12th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Jared Miley, of South Park, PA, won his first-ever checkered flag Saturday night at Roaring Knob
Motorsports Complex.Miley’s win came in the fourteen running of the “King of the Knob” for Super Late Models.The 51-lap event was co-sanctioned by the UFo and Three State Flyers Series and paid the winner $5000. Rick Strickler (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks), Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Wes McDaniels (Roadrunners) all scored feature wins.Jared Hawkins won the August 27^th make-up feature for the American Racer Tire Super Late Models.

The 14^th running of the King of the Knob enters the record books as another exciting show. At the end of the 51 lapperJared Miley scored his first-ever win at Roaring Knob.DJ Cline took the initial lead at the drop of the green.Miley passed him on lap two for the lead.Devin Friese got around Cline for second on lap nine.Friese made his move on a lap 12 restart and took the lead from Miley.Friese’s lead was short lived when Miley retook the top spot on lap 16. While Miley lead the battle in his rearview mirror was fun to watch.Friese, Covert (from 11^th ) and Jared Hawkins were dicing it out for the runnerup spot. Covert masterfully
worked his way into contention and took the second spot on lap 25.He moved in and challenged Miley for the lead. As they battled Hawkins also joined in then Friese. Miley had his hands full but never skipped a beat out front.

The final caution appeared on lap 48. When the green dropped Hawkins took advantage of a rare Covert mistake to take second and immediately caught the high flying Miley.Hawkins, fresh of his big wins last week, threw all he had at Miley but came up a little short.Miley parked the #H1 in victory lane for the first time at Roaring Knob and added his name to the impressive list of drivers who have been crowned “King of the Knob”. Hawkins settled for second followed by Jason Covert, Devin Friese, Jeremy Miller, who came from the tail after a spin, Corey Conley (from 20^th ), Butch McGill, Mason Zeigler, Danny Mitchell (from 19^th ) and Jerry Bard.Preliminary winners were Miley, McGill, Jamie Lathrom and Tim Senic.Greg Fetters and Ron Delano shared B-Main checkers.

In the make-up 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature from August 27, it was all Jared Hawkins.Hawkins started on the pole and was never seen again.The Fairmont, WV driver earned his second feature win of 2011 at the Knob and lapped all but the top six.Billy Holbert was second over Mason Zeigler, Scott Rhoads, Bob Gordon, LC Powers, Ron Delano, Jr., Richard Frazier, Mark Booth and Chuck Clise. Heat winners from August 27 were Gordon, Hawkins and Ziegler.

The Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models were also on the night’s card.Billy Stile III took the lead at the drop of the green looking for his first win of the year.Stile led the first 13 laps until Morgantown, WV driver Rick Strickler made his winning pass.Strickler then proceeded to build up a good lead while Derek Doll stormed his was from 20^th to grab the runnerup spot on lap 16.Doll closed the gap but ran out of time as Strickler won his second feature of the year.Rounding out the top ten were Doll, Ryan Montgomery, John Over, Billy Stile III, Nico Dabecco, Troy Shields, Ricky Meglaye, Mike Opalinski and Andrew Wylie.Heat winners included Strickler, Montgomery and Stile.

Uniontown’s Jimmy Bendishaw, Jr. sat in victory lane for the fifth time this season in the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock main event.Bendishaw trailed leader Bob Neratka for eleven laps before making the winning move.Todd Dennis followed into second one lap later but could not muster the extra power to pass Bendishaw.Behind Bendishaw and Dennis were Bob Nelson, Ryan Newman, John Redshaw, Chris Lucy, Tom Newman, Charlie McClain, Barry Faris and Ben Policz.Dennis and Bendishaw were also the heat winners.

Marty Spade, Jr. gave the Ford fans some excitement in winning his sixth Ft. Necessity Garage 12-lap feature.Spade had to pass leader JT Baird on lap six before earning the win.Baird held on for second over Brad Jenkins, Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder, CJ Nicola, Cody Colflesh, Bus Matthews, Bob Matthews and Eric Miller.Heats were won by Spade and Baird.

The 10-lap Roadrunner feature saw a new winner as Wes McDaniel took the heat and feature.McDaniels, who came all the way from Littlestown, PA, is a top runner at the Trail-Way Speedway in Hanover, PA.The 19-year-old driver, won in a car owned by his girlfriend, beat out six time winner Steve Settle, Todd Detrick, Jason Myers and Allen Fortney.

The 2011 track champions were also crowned Saturday night.Congratulations to Scott Rhodes in earning his first Roaring Knob track championship in the American Racer Tire Super Late Models.Rhodes won three features on his way to securing the crown.John Over won his second straight Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model championship. Over won two A-Mains this year. Todd Dennis racked up eight feature wins on his way to earning another point title in the TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks.Kenny Burkholder won his second FT. Necessity Garage point championship while earning a season best six feature wins. Steve Settle earned also earned six checkers in taking the first-ever point championship crowned at Roaring Knob for the 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.Last week Bruce Dreistadt won a career first championship in the AMRA Modifieds.

Kenny Burkholder Wins Ft. Necessity Garage Charger Special

September 6th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Four make-up features started the night off at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday.Kenny
Burkholder of Mill Run won the 25-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature while Brad Jenkins won the regularly scheduled Charger feature.Scott Rhodes took the checker in the American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature with Troy Shields and Doug Horton sharing Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model wins.Todd Dennis (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) and Steve Settle (Roadrunners) picked up two win each.Louie Krushansky won the lone AMRA Modified main. The 4 Cylinder Trucks made
their second appearance with Jeremiah Johnson making it two for two.

The TC Race Car Parts Street Stock 15-lap makeup feature from August 27 started the night off.Todd Dennis led from green to checker scoring his seventh feature win of the season.Jim Bendishaw, Jr. was on his back bumper the final seven laps but had to settle for second over Bob Neratka, Bob Nelson and Tom Newman.Chris Lucy, John Redshaw, Jim Byers, Barry Faris and Bob Miller completed the top ten. Nelson and Dennis won the heats last week.

In the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models it was Troy Shields leading all 20-laps for his second win of the season.The battle for second went to Ricky Meglaye followed by Bobby Cossell, Ryan Montgomery, John Over, Mike Lewis, Rick Strickler, Billy Stile III, Jim Krieger and Shane Weaver. Cossell, Derek Doll and Shields won the heats.

The Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers ran their 25-lap Special with Kenny Burkholder scoring his sixth win of the season.Burkholder was chased the whole race by CJ Nicola and Shawn Smith as the top three pulled away from the pack.Behind the trio were Bradley Nesline, Marty Spade, Jr., JT Baird, Kyle Burkholder, Bus Matthews, Justin Howell and Ed Vogel. Taking heats last week were Nicola and Kenny Burkholder.

The final makeup feature of the evening belonged to the 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.Cindy Rhodes led the first three laps before Steve Settle overtook her and held off Davey Lambert for his fifth win. Lambert, Ed Detrick, Todd Detrick, Allen Fortney, Corey Faris, Cindy Rhodes and Daniel Watchford filled out the field.Settle and DacRon Powell were heat winners.

With the makeup features out of the way the September 3 show started.Out first was the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model A-Main. Billy Holbert was looking for his first win and led the first 13 laps before Scott Rhodes slipped by.Rhodes led the final 12 laps to score his third SLM win this season.Mason Zeigler was second over Holbert, Sam Stile, Matt Cosner, Bob Gordon, Mark Booth, Danny Pugh, Dusty Campbell and Nick Cramer.Gordon and Booth won the qualifying heats. Louie Krushansky worked his way from seventh to win his sixth AMRA Modified feature. Matt Chenoweth finished second ahead of Larry Atha, 2011 Track Champion Bruce Dreistadt, Randy Clark, Bradley Clark and Josh Cramer.

It was the same story in the 15-lap RC Car Parts Street Stock feature.This time Todd Dennis had to work a little harder for the win.Ryan Newman took the lead at the drop of the green and drove 12 flawless laps looking for his first win in the class.On lap 13 Newman and John Redshaw got together and Bobby Neratka was the new leader but that only last a few feet when Todd Dennis out powered him into the lead.From there Dennis picked up his second win of the night and eighth on the season.Neratka, Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Bob Miller, Chris Lucy, Charlie McClain and Jim Zufall filled out the top ten.Winning heats were Bendishaw and Dennis.

Ron Smithley led the first two laps of the Krause Electric FASTRAK feature.Seventh starting Doug Horton wasted little time in taking the lead on lap three and then held off his teammate Bobby Cossell to take his second win of 2011.Rick Strickler made it a top three sweep for Warrior Chassis.Smithley had his best finish at the Knob in fourth followed by Mike Lewis, John Over, Russell Baird, Jr., Jeremy Zufall, Mike Opalinski and Mike Cuthbert.Nolan Dalton, Eric Wilson and Horton were all heat winners.

In the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger main Lemont Furnace’s Brad Jenkins was going to be denied.Jenkins led all 12 laps to take his first win since opening day of 2010. Completing the top ten were Shawn Smith, Marty Spade, Jr., JT Baird, Kenny Burkholder, Kyle Burkholder, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel and Bus Matthews.Spade and Smith won the heats.

The 10-lap Roadrunner feature saw West Leisenring’s Steve Settle go on for his division leading sixth checker.Settle took the lead from Ed Detrick on lap four.Detrick held on for second over Todd Detrick, Daniel Watchford, Michael Jellick, Cindy Rhodes, Harold Propst, Allen Fortney, Davey Lambert and Corey Faris. Settle and Lambert were heat winners.

The 4 Cylinder Trucks made their second appearance of the year and it was the same story once the checker flew.Jeremiah Johnson won for the second time this year beating Jeremy Hill, David Rugg, James Ritenour, Tommy Grindle and Michael Rugg.Johnson won the lone heat also.

Rain Ends Roaring Knob Night

August 29th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Hurricane Irene sent some rain into Markleysburg after all the qualifying heats were completed on Saturday night.Promoter Rick Jones tried to get the track back into shape but just could not get the track safe enough and was forced to cancel the rest of the show.All five features will be made up Saturday, September 3.After all the features are run another complete show will be run.

Highlighting the make-up features will be the Ft. Necessity Chargers in a 25-lap feature event paying them a double purse.The American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners will also run their feature events. After the five features are completed Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will start a complete show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers, AMRA Modifieds and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners.

Mason Zeigler Scores His Career First Super Late Model Win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

August 23rd, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Mason Zeigler won his career first American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature by passing Scott Rhodes Saturday night.Rick Strickler took his first checker of the season by winning the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models while Dave Friend, Jr. won his first in the FWD 4 Cylinders.Vic Vandergrift earned his second AMRA Modified feature with Jim Bendishaw, Jr. taking his fourth in the TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks and Kenny Burkholder taking win number five in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.The 4 Cylinder Trucks made their first visit and Jeremiah Johnson took the feature win.

Rick Strickler has been fast all year and he finally pulled it all together to win the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature.The Morgantown, WV driver led all 20-laps enroute to his first Knob feature win of 2011.John Over trailed him the whole race but had to settle for second over Bobby Cossell, Ricky Meglaye, Troy Shields, Brian Lessley, Russell Baird, Jr., Mike Opalinsky, Shane Weaver and Mike Cutbert.Meglaye, who became a dad this past week, and Strickler were the heat winners.

Jim Bendishaw, Jr. was on a mission in the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks feature.When the green dropped so did Bendishaw’s gas pedal. He shot from his fifth starting spot into the lead before lap one was in the books. Last week’s winner Todd Dennis followed suit from his seventh starting spot.The pair raced side-by-side for most of the race before Bendishaw crossed under the checker for his fourth win of the season.Dennis, Bob Neratka, Bob Nelson and Ryan Newman were the top five.Sixth through tenth went to Bob Miller, Jim Byers, Charlie McClain, Barry Faris and Ron Howard.Taking the prelims were Bob Nelson and Barry Faris

Scott Rhodes appeared like his was going for his third win after starting on the pole in the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.Rhodes quickly took the lead at the drop of the green from his pole starting spot.Rhodes led the first 22 laps as Mason Zeigler stalked him in second.Zeigler went for a slide job on lap 20 but slide high in turn two and Rhodes went flying past him.Zeigler then made a second attempt on lap 23 and this time it worked. The Chalk Hill driver then pulled away the final few laps to win his career first Super Late Model feature.Rhodes was second ahead of Bob Gordon, Billy Holbert, Derek Byler, Tim Senic, Mel Minnick, Jr., Matt Cosner, Danny Pugh and Steve Booth.Heats were won by Senic and Gordon.

Bradley Nesline led the start of the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger main event.Nesline kept Kenny Burkholder at bay until Bukholder made the winning pass on lap six.Nesline then spun on lap eight to bring out the caution.When the went back to green the “Mill Run Missle”, Burkholder, led the final four laps for his fifth feature win in 2011.JT Baird finished second over Marty Spade, Jr., CJ Nicola, Brad Jenkins, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel, John Matthews, Nesline and Kyle Burkholder.Kenny Burkholder and Spade were the heat winners.

Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift returned after a week off and lead all 15-laps of the AMRA Modified feature. Deana Groves finished a close second with Bruce Dreistadt, Rob Smith, Bradley Clark, Larry Atha, James Cates and Josh Cramer rounding out the field.Vandergrift also won the lone heat.

Connellsville’s Dave Friend, Jr. parked in victory lane for the first time since 2004 in the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners at the Knob.Friend held off the advances of four-time winner Steve Settle in the 10-lap event.Settle, Jeff Dillinger, Jason Myers, Ed Detrick, John Dennis, Todd Detrick, Michael Jellick, Bobby Dennison and Corey Faris rounded out the top ten.Heat wins went to Dillinger and Settle.

The 4-Cylinder Trucks made their first-ever appearance at Roaring Knob for a 10-lap feature.When the checker fell it was Jeremiah Johnson of Normalville taking the feature win.Ron Bowers III, Joey Miller, James Ritenour and Jeremy Hill were the top five.

On Saturday, August 27, the Ft. Necessity Chargers will take center stage with a 25-lap feature event paying them a double purse.The American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners will also be in competition.The AMRA Modifieds have the night off but will be back on September 3.

Jason Covert Roars to Ninth Win of 2011 at Roaring Knob!

August 19th, 2011

York Haven, PA — Barry Klinedinst Motorsports and multi-time regional series champion Jason Covert of York Haven, PA have had a few solid seasons in the past couple years but the 2011 season is shaping up to be one of, if not the best season the pair have shared together since teaming up full time in 2006.

‘Barry and the whole BK Motorsports team has been like family to me the past few years,’ Covert said from his York Haven, PA home, ‘without them and all the hard work they put into the cars each week, we wouldn’t have the success we have. I have
the easy job in driving it, but they put me in a car that is fast and reliable each week and I can’t thank them enough.’

Covert’s win this past Saturday, August 13, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA, gives him a staggering nine total victories at four different facilities during the 2011 season. Jason blasted his way into the lead of the $4,000 to win Three State Flyers sanctioned event on lap 22 after starting the event in the 14th slot. Covert stretched his lead out right away and was unchallenged until a late caution flew with only three laps remaining. When racing resumed, Jason fended off a hard charging Jamie Lathroum for the win.

The BK Motorsports team’s upcoming schedule is still up in the air but Hagerstown Speedway and Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway have been discussed for this upcoming Saturday, August 20. The following weekend, Friday and Saturday, August 26 and 27 has Covert at Winchester Speedway for the $10,000 to win ‘Raye Vest Memorial’. ‘The Raye Vest Memorial is a race that we will not miss,’ Covert said, ‘that’s an important race for us and a lot of the racers in our area. We don’t show up to that race for us, we go for Raye.’

For more information on Jason Covert and Barry Klinedinst Motorsports visit their website at www.kmotorsports43a.com.

Jason Covert and Barry Klinedinst Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors for the 2011 season: Pre-Mach, Inc., Red Wing Shoes, Hershey Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Baker Carburetion, Bam’s Auto Center, Kuppy’s Diner, Dennis Eberly Building & Remodeling, American Racer Tires, Lias Tires, Kendall Oil, Dyers Rods, Stuhler Signs, KRS Graphics, VP Race Fuels, JNJ Motorsports Media, Beyea Headers, Trick, Keyser Manufacturing, Integra Shocks and Springs, Jakes Custom Carts, Quarter Master, and consulting from Robbie Allen Enterprises

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Montgomery, Dennis, Spade & Settle All Repeat Winners

August 15th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — York Haven, PA’s Jason Covert had the huge crowd on their feet driving from his 14^th starting spot to win his fourth Three State Flyers Series feature event this season on Saturday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Ryan Montgomery won his second of the season in the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models with Todd Dennis earning his sixth win in the TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks.Marty Spade, Jr. won the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger main and Steve Settle claimed another win in the 4 Cylinder Roadrunners while the AMRA Modifieds had the night off.

Out first for the feature events were the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers in their 12-lap feature.CJ Nicola was trying to get his second win this season as he led the first eight laps.Marty Spade, Jr. past Kenny Burkholder for second on lap eight then shot past leader Nicola to lead lap nine.A caution on lap 11 turned the race into a 13 lap event with a green, white, checker finish.Burkholder gave it his all but came up short as Spade sailed to his fifth win of the season.Burkholder took second over Kyle Burkholder, Nicola, JT Baird, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel, Brad Jenkins, Bradley Nesline and Cody Colflesh.Spade and Kenny
Burkholder were the two heat winners.

The Main Event of the night was up next in the 35-lap Three State Flyers Series for the American Racer Tire Super Late Models. Mason Zeigler grabbed the lead at the drop of the green and held veteran Butch McGill at bay lap after lap. Gregg Satterlee joined them and made it a three car battle royal for the lead. As the three of them were occupied with each other, 14^th starting Jason Covert wasted no time getting to the front moving into the top five on lap 12. Twice Gregg Satterlee took the lead only to have a caution come out before a lap was completed.Zeigler drove like a seasoned veteran as he continued to hold off Satterlee, McGill and Jamie Lathrom.Covert joined the party and the five driver went side by side keeping the fans holding their breath for over 12 laps before Covert made a breath taking outside pass to take the lead on lap 22. Covert then began to pull away when the action slowed on lap 32.The final three laps had Lathrom glued to Covert bumper.Covert withstood the challenge and drove to his fourth series win this season.Lathroum was second ahead of Butch McGill, Mel Minnick, Jr., Keith Jackson, Tim Senic, Billy Holbert (from 23^th ), Sam Stile, Matt Cosner and Bob Gordon.Heat winners were Minnick, Zeigler and Ron Delano, Jr.Zeigler also won the 6 lap dash to start on the pole.

Steve Settle of West Leisenring won his fourth FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunner feature of the 2011 season.Settle started third and shot into the lead at the drop of the green.Settle lead all ten laps beating out Dave Friend, Jr., Jeff Dillinger, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Mark Gower, Allen Fortney and Ed Detrick. Rhodes won the lone heat.

Bobby Cossell led the first eight laps of the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature.Cossell had his hand full with teenager Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV.Montgomery finally made the winning pass on lap nine and cruised to an easy win, his second of the year.Cossell was second over Derek Doll, Troy Shields, Kyle Thomas, Rick Strickler, Daniel Hill, John Over, Mike Lewis and Ron Smithley.Heat wins went to Doll and Shields

The TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks finished out the night with their 15-lap feature.Bob Nelson took the lead as the start and held off advances from Joe Wrona and Jim Bendishaw, Jr., before giving was to Todd Dennis.Dennis, back in his own car this week, took the lead on lap ten and drove away to his division leading sixth feature win.Nelson held onto second with Bendishaw, Ryan Newman, Bob Neratka, Jim Byers, Chris Lucy, Barry Faris, Joe Wrona and Charlie McClain rounding out the top ten.Dennis and Nelson claimed heat wins.

This coming Saturday, August 20, will feature a six division show featuring the American Race Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

World of Outlaws Late Models Coming to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Sunday, September 4

August 1st, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA -Promoter Rick Jones announced that the World of Outlaws Late Models would be making their first-ever appearance at Roaring Knob on Sunday, September 4. The show will pay $10,000 to win and will also feature the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models in a $1000 to win feature event.

Since taking over ownership of the track in 2010, Jones has promised to bring in more big events and has kept his word. Earlier this season the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models made their first visit and with the UFo Super Late Models and Three State Flyers Series also making stops at the Markleysburg oval, Jones continues to bring in quality shows for the fans.

More info will follow on starting times.

Horton, Nesline and Quarrick First Time Winners in 2011 Season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex; Senic, Krushansky & Dennis Repeat

August 1st, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Tim Senic of Elkins, WV secured his second American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Doug Horton drove the Sprout Cossell owned car to his first win in the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models while Bradley Nesline, out of Bittinger, MD, won his career first-ever feature in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Cody Quarrick won his first FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunner main.Louie Krushansky (AMRA Modifieds) and Todd Dennis (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) won their fifth features of the season.

Newell’s Todd Dennis wrecked his car in hot laps but last week’s winner Bob Neratka lent him his car.Dennis passed Bob Nelson on lap four to take the lead in the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature.Once out front Dennis wasn’t going to be denied and drove the barrowed car home to his fifth feature win of the year.Nelson claimed second followed by Charlie McClain, Barry Faris and Bob Miller. Sixth through tenth were Jason Gibbs, Grady Palmer, Ron Howard, Chris Lucy and Ryan Newman.Newman and Joe Wrona were the heat winners.

Tim Senic started on the pole in the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature and that was all she wrote. Senic was never really challenged as he led green to checker for his second checker of the year. A caution on lap 16 saw Scott Rhodes, Billy Holbert and Gary Dalton (who were third thru fifth) all involved in a spin sending them to the tail.Mel Minnick, Jr. came home second ahead of Bob Gordon, Matt Cosner, Danny Pugh, Gary Dalton, Billy Holbert, Paul Dominick, Danny Mitchell and Gary Gellner. Heats were won by Minnick and Holbert.

Bradley Nesline won his career first feature in fine fashion leading all 12-laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger main.Nesline had his hands full as the first seven cars were in a freight train.Four-time winner Kenny Burkholder moved into second on lap 9 and a caution appeared soon after. Nesline had his hand full the final three laps to secure the win. Burkholder held second followed by Kyle Burkholder, Ed Vogel, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Brad Jenkins, Marty Spade, Jr. and JT Baird.Kenny Burkholder and Spade secured heat wins.

In the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, Bruceton Mills, WV driver Doug Horton sat in victory lane after the checker flew.Horton, driving Sprout Cossell’s #15, started on the pole to lead all 20 laps for his first win of the year.Horton was sailing out front until Ryan Montgomery took over second on lap 13.Montgomery slowly reeled the veteran driver in but came up just short for a solid second place finish.Dan Angelicchio was third with John Over, Bobby Cossell, Troy Shields, Nolan Dalton, Shane Hitt, Tim Snare, Jr. and Mike Lewis rounding out the top ten.Heat checkers went to Angelicchio and Horton.

Morgantown. WV’s Louie Krushansky blew by leader Vic Vandergrift on lap three and pulled away to his fifth 15-lap AMRA Modified feature.Vandergrift, Josh Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt and Bobby Bennett rounded out the field.

Current Motordrome Speedway point leader and four-time winner there, Cody Quarrick made his second trip to Roaring Knob a good one.Quarrick led all 10-laps but had to fend off three Knob winner Steve Settle to earn his first feature win on the dirt.Behind Quarrick at the finish was Settle, Billy Bunnell, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Allen Fortney, Corey Faris, Dustin Detrick, Jason Frazier and Mylan Markovich, Jr.Bunnell and Settle were the heat winners.

Mechanics Races were held for all divisions.Winners were Josh Cramer (Super Lates), Randy Murphy (FASTRAK), Ralph McClain (Street Stocks), Eric Collins (Chargers) and Paul Koffler, Jr. (Roadrunners).

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will be off on August 6 for the Fayette County Fair but will return on August 13 with the Three State Flyers Series for Super Late Models paying $4000 to win.The Steel Block Bandit Series are also on the car with a $2000 to win show.Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Roadrunners will also participate.

Gary Dalton Wins Roaring Knob Thriller In 200^th Late Model Feature; Shields and Neratka Notch First Wins; Krushansky, Burkholder & Settle Repeat

July 26th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Morgantown, WV’s Gary Dalton held off Jared Hawkins to win his second American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature of the season while Bob Neratka won a career first in the TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks.Troy Shields picked up his first of the season at Roaring Knob in the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models.Repeat winners on Saturday were Louie Krushansky in the AMRA Modifieds, Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Steve Settle in the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

Troy Shields has been close all year and Saturday he put it all together to win his first 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature this season.The Acme, PA driver led from green to checker and never let anyone close to him on his way to victory.John Over was second followed by Rick Strickler, Nolan Dalton, Bobby Cossell, Ryan Montgomery, Ricky Meglaye, Andy Spooner, Russell Baird, Jr. and Harley Kerns. Taking heat wins were Over and Strickler.

A slim field of AMRA Modifieds saw Louie Krushansky out front all 15-laps in scoring his fourth feature.Deana Groves caught Krushansky with just two laps to go but had to settle for second over Josh Cramer and Bruce Dreistadt.No heats were run.

Bob Gordon started on the pole in the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.Gordon jumped into the lead at the drop of the green and looked like a sure bet to win his second A-Main.Gordon led the first 20-laps when a caution flew.Gary Dalton, who started along side Gordon, drove hard into turn three after the restart.The pair touched a couple of times and Dalton came out the new leader and brought ninth starting Jared Hawkins with him into second.Hawkins made several attempts including a last lap slide job in turn one.Hawkins couldn’t make it stick and Dalton was able to shoot by him down low out of turn two to retake the lead.Dalton’s win was his second of the year.Hawkins finished second ahead of Tim Senic, Gordon, Mel Minnick, Jr., Chuck Harper, Cody Hardesty, Wes Bonebrake, Scott Rhodes and Mark Booth.Rhodes and Billy
Holbert were the heat winners.

Ryan Newman took the lead at the drop of the green in the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature. Newman looked fast while leading the first seven laps.A restart on lap eight saw Markleysburg’s Bob “James Bond” Neratka get a better start to overtake Newman.Neratka got a break when a caution flew on lap 14. Todd Dennis had passed him for the lead but the lap was not completed. This extended the race an extra lap for a green, white checker finish.On the restart Neratka got a good start and Dennis had to fend off Newman for second.Neratka raced home to his career first feature win.Dennis held second over Newman, Bob Nelson, Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Bob Miller, John Redshaw, Ben Policz, Charlie McClain and Matt Rishel.Neratka and Newman claimed heat wins.

Dave Friend, Jr. led the first two laps of the 10-lap FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunner feature before heat winner Steve Settle passed him.One out front Settle led the final eight laps for his third win this season.Cindy Rhodes, Allen Fortney, Corey Faris, Dustin Detrick, Friend and Todd Detrick rounded out the field.

The front row of the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature featured heat winners Kenny and Kyle Burkholder.When the green flew so did Kenny as he out raced his brother in to turn one and never looked back to score his fourth win this season.Another four time winner, Marty Spade, Jr., was second with Kyle Burkholder, Bradley Nesline, Shawn Smith, JT Baird, CJ Nicola, Joey Tomasek, Bus Matthews and Ed Vogel rounding out the top ten.

Coming up Saturday, July 30, 2011 is another action packed six division card featuring the American Race Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and 4 Cylinder Roadrunners along with a mechanics race.

Senic, Vandergrift and Nicola Return to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Victory Lane; Brent Sholtis Makes First Visit a Winning One; Dalton & Bendishaw Repeat Winners

July 19th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- Elkins, WV’s Tim Senic scored his first American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature since September 2009 on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.After a late start to his season Vic Vandergrift returned to the winners circle in the AMRA Modifieds while CJ Nicola picked up his second career win in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Brent Sholtis made his first visit a winning one in the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.Nolan Dalton (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models) and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) won their fourth and third checkers respectively. The Classic Racing Serie feature was won by Jim Crocker.

CJ Nicola of Ursigna led flag-to-flag on his way to winning the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers feature.Nicola was first challenged by Justin Howell and then JT Baird.Baird trailed Nicola until the checker fell to finish second.Kenny Burkholder, Kyle Burkholder and Ed Vogel were the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Mark Sullivan, Brad Jenkins, Justin Rodeheaver, Bennie Dennis and Joey Hollowood.Kyle Burkholder and Brad Jenkins were heat winners.

Nolan Dalton wasted no time, taking the lead on the start of the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature.Dalton, of Morgantown, WV, looked like he was poised to runaway with it but Shane Hitt had other plans.Hitt passed John Over for second on lap 12 and closed in on Dalton.Hitt made several attempt, and appeared faster, but could not complete the pass.Hitt settled for second over Rick Strickler, Over, Ryan Montgomery, Bobby Cossell, Mike Lewis, Rob Marhefka, Mike Cuthbert and Russell Baird, Jr.Heat winners were Dalton and Over.

The Classic Racing Series made their first 2011 visit with Jim Crocker getting his the 20-lap feature win.Pete Neal led the first six laps before he slid high giving Crocker the opportunity he was looking for.Crocker blew by and then held off Neal for the win.Matt Wallace, Neal Reamer, Ron Grove, Charlie Weaver, Charlie Summers, Justin Cullum and Lance Grove rounded out the field.Neal and Ron Grove won the heats.

Tim Senic made good used of his pole starting spot to lead all 25-laps of the American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.Scott Rhodes moved into second on lap two but could not chase the high flying Senic down. Gary Dalton came from 9^th to second with three laps to go but ran out of time.Senic scored his first win since 2009.Dalton was second followed by Rhodes, Billy Holbert and Mason Zeigler.Sixth through tenth were Bob Gordon, Cody Hardesty, Greg Gellner, Danny Pugh and Mark Booth.Qualifying heats were won by Gordon and Rhodes.

In the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock three drivers took a shot at the lead before Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw, Jr. parked in victory lane for the third time this season.John Redshaw returned after a few months off and led lap one before being sidelined by a flat tire.Joe Wrona then took over the point.Bendishaw came from fifth to make the winning pass using the outside lane on lap six.Todd Dennis came from seventh to take over second on lap 12 but Bendishaw would not be denied his third win this season.Dennis, Wrona, Redshaw, Bob Nelson, Bob Miller, Barry Faris, Jim Byers, Ronald Howard and Ryan Newman were the top ten.Heats went to Redshaw and Dennis.

In the 15-lap AMRA Modified feature, Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift returned to victory lane for the first time this season.Vandergrift, who has only race three weeks, Took the lead from three time winner Louie Krushansky on lap eight.In a race that saw only two cars finish, Vandergrift won for the first time since August of 2010.Jeff Hess was second over heat winner Krushansky, Matt Chenoweth, Bobby Bennett, Josh Cramer and Bruce Dreistadt.

The night closed out with and exciting 10-lap feature for the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.Brent Sholtis made a 2 ½ hour tow from Beilsano, PA to score the win in his first-ever appearance at the Knob.Another first-time visitor, John Lee, led the first seven laps before giving it up to his friend, Brent Sholtis.Shotis took the checker followed by Lee, Steve Settle, Mark Wetzel, Cindy Rhodes, Steve Riggleman, Todd Detrick, Dustin Detrick, Allen Fortney and Dakota Stanbaugh.Lee and Sholtis won the two heats.

Coming up on July 23 is Autograph Night.Fans will be able to go on the front straightaway and meet and greet with their favorite driver.The Autograph Session will take place after hot laps.Racing will be a six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

Devin Friese Picks Up First UFo Championship Series Win, and $3000, In Supernational Road Event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

July 11th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– The UFo Championship Series for Super Late Models flew into Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for their first visit of the season.When the final checker flew it was Chambersburg, PA’s Devin Friese claiming his career first win in the series.16-year old Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV drove to his first win in the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models while Deana Groves (AMRA Modifieds), Todd Dennis (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks), Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Jeff Dillinger (Roadrunners) were all repeat winners.

The AMRA Modifieds started the night off with their 15-lap feature event.Brent Trimble, making his first start of the season, shot into the lead at the drop of the green.Trimble looked to be well on his way to victory when he spun in turn two on lap 11 handing the lead over Deana Groves.Groves led the final three laps without a problem to score her first win since opening day.Louie Krushansky, Vic Vandergrift, Shawn Davis, Bruce Dreistadt, Josh Cramer, Trimble and Matthew Chenoweth were the top ten.Krushansky and Davis scored the heat wins.

Up next was the main event of the nigh, the 41-lap Supernation Road for the UFo Super Late Models.Front row started Jacob Hawkins and Devin Friese led the field to the green.Hawkins led the first lap before Friese blew by with an inside pass and took off.Hawkins stayed within striking distance but Friese had the #12 on rails as he raced off from the field.With just two laps to go Ron Delano, Jr., who started 20^th , took over second from Hawkins.Delano ran out of time as Friese was able to win his career first UFo checkered flag.Delano took second over Jacob Hawkins, Jared Hawkins, Mel Minnick, Jr. (from 13^th ), Tim Senic, Jared Miley (from 19^th ), Chad McClellan, Gary Dalton and Danny Pugh.Qualifying heats were won by Tim Senic, Bob Gordon and Jacob Hawkins.

Newell’s Todd Dennis added to his win total by leading all 15-laps of the TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature.Dennis went uncontested to score his fourth feature win of the year.Matt Rishel had his best finish with a second over Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Jim Byers, Grady Palmer, Joe Wrona, Jason Gibbs, Bob Miller, Ryan Newman and Barry Faris.Wrona and Rishel were the heat race winners.

Nolan Dalton started on the outside pole of the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature with 16-year-old Ryan Montgomery on the point.Fans thought it would be another win for Dalton but Montgomery had other plans.Dalton jumped into the initial lead with Ryan in chase.Dalton led until half way before Montgomery made the winning pass coming out of turn four.The Fairmont, WV driver waved goodbye and led the last ten laps to pick up his first win in the FASTRAK Late Models in just his first year in the class.Dalton hung on to second over Shane Hitt, George Kowatic, Ricky Meglaye, Doug Horton, Danny Angelicchio, Transtan Stoner, Chad Green and Mike Lewis.Heat winners were Hitt, Dalton and Montgomery. Dawson’s Jeff Dillinger made it two wins in a row in the 10-lap FWD Roadrunner main event.Dillinger battled all race long with Dave Friend, Jr., who had to settle for second at the stripe. Steve Settle, Todd Detrick, Dustin Detrick, James Kleitches and Corey Faris.Friend won the lone heat.

Marty Spade, Jr. was on a mission Saturday and led all 12-laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Spade, who was DQed the week before, came back and proved he was still fast to earn his fourth feature win of the 2011 season.Kyle Burkholder chased Spade from green to checker but had to settle for second over Bradley Nesline, JT Baird and Kenny Burkholder, who came from the rear after being involved in a tangle. Sixth through tenth were Ed Vogel, CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, Justin Rodeheaver and Donny Walters. Baird and Kyle Burkholder claimed heat wins.

Coming up Saturday, July 16 will be a six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Roadrunners.

On Saturday, July 23 it will be Autograph Night.All fans will get to go on the frontstretch to meet and greet with their favorite drivers.American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, AMRA Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Roadrunners are on the card that night.

Gary Dalton Returns to Victory Lane at Roaring Knob; Dillinger & Davis Earn First Wins of 2011; Over, Bendishaw and Burkholder Repeat Winners.

July 4th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Gary Dalton sat in Victory Lane first night out in his new ride in the American Racer Tire Super Late Models at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Shawn Davis (Modifieds) and Jeff Dillinger (Roadrunners) were first time winners in 2011 while John Over (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models) and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (TC Race Parts Street Stocks) picked up their second wins this season.Kenny Burkholder was awarded the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature after a post race inspection saw Marty Spade, Jr. disqualified.

Troy Shields, fresh off his win the night before, led the first lap of the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature.Uniontown’s John Over powered his way past Shields on lap two to take the lead, a lead he would never give up.Shields pressured Over until the checker but had to settle for second. Nolan Dalton came from last, after coming out on the track late, to earn third over Bobby Cossell, Andrew Wylie, Darin Henderson, Mike Lewis, Russell Baird, Jr., Harley Kerns and Billy Stile III.Dalton and Shields were heat winners.

Kenny Burkholder jumped into the lead at the drop of the green in the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Burkholder ran at the front as Marty Spade, Jr. worked his way to the front. The final three laps saw the pair run side-by-side, never touching, until the final lap when Spade made what was thought to be the winning pass.A post race inspection found the #18 Thunderbird to be illegal and the win was given to Burkholder.This was the Mill Run driver’s third of the season.Kyle Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, JT Baird, Ed Vogel, CJ Nicola, Bus Matthews, Justin Howell and Justin Rodeheaver completed the top ten.Heat wins went to Baird and Kyle Burkholder.

West Virginia drivers Billy Holbert and Gary Dalton started on the front row of the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.At the drop of the green Holbert showed the way.Holbert’s lead only last two laps before Mason Zeigler dove to the bottom of the track and past Dalton and Holbert for the lead.Dalton then did the same to Zeigler to take the lead on lap four.Dalton then began to drive away from the field. As the laps wound down Tim Senic started to reel the #14 in and was glued to his rear bumper as they came across the line for the checker.Dalton scored his 43^rd career win at RKMC.Senic settled for second over Mel Minnick, Jr., Holbert, Scott Rhodes (from 15^th ), Cody Hardesty, Matt Cosner, Matt Howsare, Doug Glessner and Paul Dominick.Zeigler and Minnick shared the heat wins.

In the 4 Cylinder Roadrunners it was another #14 taking the win.This time Dawson’s Jeff Dillinger drove to his first win of the 2011 season after taking the lead from Rob Brinkley on lap two.Dillinger led the final nine laps to take the checker over Steve Settle, Brinkley, Dave Friend, Steve Riggleman, Cindy Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Allen Fortney, Dustin Detrick and Ed Detrick.Heat wins went to Riggleman and Brinkley.

It was all Shawn Davis in the 15-lap Modified feature.Davis, of Salem, WV, grabbed the lead at the start drove away unchallenged to score his first win since June 12, 2010 at the Knob.Heat winner Louie Krushansky came from seventh to take second over Bob Bennett, Josh Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt, Matthew Chenoweth and Larry Atha.

The final feature for the night belonged to the TC Race Parts Street Stocks.Grady Palmer led the first lap until Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw, Jr. drove his homemade chassis past Palmer to lead the final 14-laps for his second win this season.Bendishaw had his hands full as Todd Dennis, who started 7^th , worked his way to front and dove under Bendishaw several times.Joe Wrona was third ahead of Bob Nelson, Jim Byers, Bob Miller, Josh Bendishaw, Ben Policz, Barry Faris and Jason Gibbs.Heats winners were Dennis and Wrona.

Saturday, July 9, finds the UFo Super Late Models landing at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for their first visit of 2011.The SLM’s will go 41-laps paying $3000 to win.Also competing that night is the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers, Modifieds and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

Kyle Burkholder & Casey Fleegle New Winners at Roaring Knob; Rhodes, Dalton, Krushansky & Dennis All Repeat Winners

June 27th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex was able to beat Mother Nature and get in it’s eight show of the season.Kyle Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Casey Fleegle (FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners) grabbed their first feature wins of 2011 at RKMP.Scott Rhodes won the American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature for the second time this year.Three drivers scoring their third wins of 2011 were Nolan Dalton (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models), Louie Krushansky (Modifieds) and Todd Dennis (TC Race Parts Street Stocks).Mindy Miller and Jen Vogelsped to the Miss Penelope’s Powder
Puff win feature wins.

Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder was looking to shake off some bad luck in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.Burkholder started outside front row and shot into the lead at the drop of the green.Burkholder was challenged by Brad Jenkins and then his older brother Kenny all 12-laps before taking his first win of the 2011 season.Kenny Burkholder was second over Marty Spade, Jr., JT Baird (from 13^th ), CJ Nicola, Bennie Dennis, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel, Terry Mitchell and Jim Tush.Heat wins went to Kyle
Burkholder and Spade.

Scott Rhodes started on the pole and led all 25-laps to earn his second American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature. Somerset’s Rhodes went uncontested to beat Bob Gordon, Chuck Harper, Billy Holbert and Matt Kosner.Sixth through tenth were Dan Lee, Danny Pugh, Gary Gellner, Jim Pyles and Doug Glessner.Pugh and Rhodes won preliminaries.

Todd Dennis out raced Bob Nelson into turn one at the start of the 15-lap TC Race Parts Street Stock feature.Nelson stayed glued to Dennis’ bumper before Jim Bendishaw, Jr., relieved him of second on laps seven.Dennis, of Newell, drove off and claimed his 31^st win of his career.Behind Dennis and Bendishaw were Bob Nelson, Joe Wrona, Grady Palmer, Bob Neratka, Matt Rischel, Bob Miller, Barry Farris and Jason Gibbs.Heats were won by Nelson and Wrona.

The best feature of the night belonged to the 20-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models.Troy Shields powered into the lead at the start.Shields looked to be on his way to victory holding off Nolan Dalton lap after lap.The pair raced side by side for over half the race before Dalton was able to make the winning pass with just five laps to go.From there the Morgantown, WV driver drove off to his third A-Main feature win.Shields held on for second followed by Ricky Meglaye, John Over, Ryan Montgomery, Bobby Cossell, Russell Baird, Jr., LC Powers, Harley Kerns and Jim Kutas.Meglaye and Shields were heat winners.

Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky took over the top spot when leader Josh Cramer spun on laps two to win the 15-lap Modified feature event.First time visitor Jonathan Taylor passed Kevin Miller and closed in on the leader.Taylor drove hard into turn one and almost spun allowing Krushansky some breathing room out front.Taylor finished second over Miller, Bruce Dreistadt, Larry Atha and Josh Cramer. Krushansky won the lone heat.

Two time winner Steve Settle set the pace in the 10-lap FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunner feature.Settle, Andrew Pluta, Jr. and Casey Fleegle put on a show for the fans going back and forth, running three wide at times. Fleege eventually took over the top spot for good on lap seven and held on for his first win in his first visit to Roaring Knob.Andrew Pluta, Jr. was second ahead of Settle, Daniel Jackson, Todd Detrick, Cindy Rhodes, Bernie Blair, Jr., Dustin Detrick, Robert Pluta and Paul Koffler, Jr.The two heat winners were Koffler and Andrew Pluta, Jr.

A pair of big events start out the month of July at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Coming up next week, July 2 is Sky Boom.A huge Fireworks Extravaganza will take place along with racing in the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Parts Street Stocks, Modifieds, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

The following week, July 9, finds the first visit of 2011 for the UFo Super Late Models.The 41 lap feature event will pay $3000 to win.Joining them on the card that night will be the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, TC Race Parts Street Stocks, Modifieds, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.

Hawkins, Over, Bendishaw, Wrona and Rhodes New Winners at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

June 21st, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Five new winners highlighted racing Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Jared Hawkins picked up his first of the season in the American Racer Tire Super Late Models and defending champion John Over scored his first Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model win of 2011.Jim Bendishaw Jr. and Joe Wrona split the Twin 12′s for the TC Race Parts Street Stocks while Cindy Rhodes took her career first checker in the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners. Repeat winners were Louie Krushansky (Modifieds) and Marty Spade Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers).

The twin 12′s for the TC Race Parts Street Stocks were the main attraction for the evening.In the first race, Jim Bendishaw, Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green and never looked back to take his first feature of the year.Bendishaw left the field in his dust beating Todd Dennis, Bob Nelson, Bob Neratka, Joe Wrona, Jim Byers, Ben Policz, Charlie McClain, Grady Palmer and Marshall Coleman. Wrona and Bendishaw claimed heat victories.

Bruce Dreistadt led one lap of the 15-lap Modified feature before heat winner “Lucky” Louie Krushanky blew by and breezed home to his second feature win of the year.Driestadt, Josh Cramer and Larry Atha filed out the slim field.

Fairmont, WV’s Jared Hawkins started on the outside of the front row and made quick work of the field in the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.Hawkins was able to pull away as Mason Zeigler and Scott Rhodes battled lap after lap for the second spot.Zeigler, a recent high school graduate, never faltered in holding last week’s winner, Scott Rhodes, off for a strong second place run.Rhodes, Bob Gordon and Matt Cosner were the top five.Sixth through tenth went to Danny Mitchell, Cody Hardesty, Billy Holbert, Mel Minnick and Greg Tressler.The heat wins went to Rhodes and Billy Brown,

Defending Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model champion John Over led all 20 laps for his first 2011 victory.The win was a tough one with Troy Shields, then Derek Doll, pressuring him most of the way.Shields made several attempts to pass the Uniontown driver and at one point looked like he had the momentum when the caution flew.Over drove a perfect race to earn his first win over Shields, Nolan Dalton, Derek Doll, Shawn Jett, Dusty Hamrick, Bobby Cossell, Ryan Montgomery, Mike Lewis and Maurice Thompson, Jr.The three heats were won by Doll, Jett and Over.

JT Baird drove 11 flawless laps in the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Problem was the final lap, as Marty Spade Jr. was able to get a run out of turn three.The pair touched and Spade sped to his third win this season.Baird came home second over Kenny Burkholder, Kyle Burkholder, Donnie Walters, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel, Ross Higbee, Bob Matthews and CJ Nicola.A scary moment on lap four saw Bus Matthews roll twice in turn four.Matthews exited the heavily damaged car under his own power.Heat wins were shared by Bus Matthews and Kenny Burkholder.

Next up it was the second of Twin 12′s for the TC Race Parts Street Stocks.This time Smithfield’s Joe Wrona was not to be denied as he fended off Todd Dennis for his first win since 2009 at the speedplant.Wrona drove a smooth race and bested Dennis, Jim Bendishaw Jr., Bob Nelson, Jim Byers, Bob Neratka, Marshall Coleman, Ben Policz, Bob Miller and Jason Gibbs.

Steve Settle looked like he had this third 10-lap FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunner feature in the bag.Settle had a big lead when the Dale Earnhardt look-a-like machine suddenly slowed.Second place Cindy Rhodes blew by to take the lead with just three laps to go.After the caution to get Settle restarted Rhodes, of Somerset, raced home to her career first feature win. Newcomer Jason Frazier was second ahead of Todd Detrick, Settle, Jason Myers, Dustin Wamsley, Nathan Kaminsky, and heat winner Andrew Pluta, Jr.

Next Saturday, June 25, Roaring Knob will have the Miss Pennelope Powder Puff races for Street Stocks and Chargers.A six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, TC Race Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners will take place.Pit Gates Open at 4:30 with General Admission opening at 5PM.Hot laps begin at 6:45 with Racing starting at 7:15.

July 2 will be a Ggigantic Fireworks display and a salute to our Armed Forces.

Scott Rhodes Scores First Super Late Model Win at Roaring Knob Since 2000

June 13th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA — Scott Rhodes of Somerset pulled into victory lane for the first time in 11 years at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Rhodes’ win came in the American Tire Super Late Models. Drivers scoring their second wins of the season were Mike Lewis (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models), Josh Cramer (Modifieds), Bob Nelson (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks), Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Steve Settle (FWD 4 Cylinders).

Jim Bendishaw, Jr. grabbed the lead at the drop of the green in the 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature.Bendishaw led the first ten laps before a deflating tire gave the lead to fifth starting Bob Nelson of Dunbar. Nelson went on to lead the final five laps to score his second feature win of the season. Todd Dennis came from seventh to finish second over Charlie McClain, Ben Policz and Bob Neratka.Sixth through tenth were Jim Byers, Matt Rischel, Barry Faris, Andrew Koenig and Bob Miller.Nelson and Neratka won the heats.

The American Tire Super Late Model feature was all Scott Rhodes.Rhodes jumped into the lead right from the start and never looked back.Rhodes put in a dominating performance to score his first win of the 2011 season.Rhodes’ last win at the Knob came in 2000. Mel Minnick, Jr. took second followed by Bob Gordon, Ron Delano, Jr., Cody Hardesty, Danny Pugh, Dan Lee, Billy Holbert, Greg Tressler and Barry Miller.Gordon and Rhodes were the heat victors.

Defending Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model champion John Over was looking for his first win of the season.Over led the first three laps before a bad push gave Oakland, MD’s Mike Lewis the opening he was looking for.Lewis blew by and raced off to his second checker of the year. Billy Stile III came home second beating Over, Nolan Dalton, Bobby Cossell, Troy Shields, Rich Logan, Jeremy Zufall, Beau Glemba and Russell Baird, Jr.Heats were won by Lewis and Dalton.

CJ Nicola was the initial leader of the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. Nicola was being challenged by JT Baird.The pair made contact on lap six and third place runner Kenny Burkholder took advantage.Burkholder shot by and went on to claim his second feature win.Marty Spade, Jr. came from seventh to earn second over Baird, Nicola and Justin Howell.Kyle Burkholder, Donny Walters, Bus Matthews, Ed Vogel and Bradley Nesline filled out the top ten.Heat wins went to Spade and Nesline.

Josh Cramer earned his first win back on May 21 when the two leader broke in the Modified feature.This time Cramer charged into the lead and sped away from Bruce Dreistadt to earn his second 15-lap feature.Cramer led green to checker followed by Dreistadt, Randy Clark, Jeff Hess, Larry Atha, Louie Krushansky and James Cates.Krushansky won the lone heat.

In the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners it was Steve Settle leading all eight laps to win his second of the year.Cindy Rhodes and Paul Koffler, Sr. followed. Rhodes won the only heat.

On Saturday, June 18, the TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks will be featured in Twin 15-lap features.The six division show will also include the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners.

Josh Richards Wins Second Straight in Night #3 of the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek Show at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

June 10th, 2011

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Josh Richards of Shinnston, WV captured the 40-lap, $5000 to win Super Late Model feature Monday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Richards win was his second straight of the week long Appalachian Mountain Speedweek by Century Link.Roaring Knob was race number three of seven.Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton also made it two straight win in the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models.*

Jason Covert started on the pole of the 40-lap grind and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green.Covert battled with Vic Coffey before he began to break away from the pack.Richards slipped into second on lap six and the chase was on.A caution on lap eight closed the gap.Richards stayed glued to Covert’s bumper as the race went back to green.Lap after lap Covert held the advantage over, the 2010 World of Outlaws Champion, Josh Richards.

As the field was coming around for the half-way sign, Richards slid his Ernie Davis owned Rocket past Covert to take the lead.Once out front Richards had no real challenges.Two more cautions would slow the event but each time Richards was up to the task and came home with his second straight Appalachian Mountain Speedweek checker.He also won the night before at Winchester Speedway in Virginia.

Following Richards across the finish line was Jason Covert, Vic Coffey, Jamie Lathroum and WoO point leader Rick Eckert. Sixth through tenth were Jared Hawkins (from 20^th ), Jeremy Miller, Keith Jackson, Nick Dickson and Austin Hubbard, who also set fast time for the night.

Five heats and two B-mains were run to set the field.Taking the heat wins were Jeremy Miller, Jamie Lathroum and Josh Richards.DJ Myers and Chad McClellan scored the B-Mains wins.

In the companion 30-lap Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Model feature Nolan Dalton out raced fellow front row starter Chris Angelicchio into the first turn and never looked back.Angelicchio, making his first start of the season, hung onto second until he spun out on lap six.Mike Lewis then pursued Dalton until he spun on lap 20.Next it was Dan Angelicchio’s turn in the bridesmaid seat.Dan gave it all he could but it was not enough to challenge Dalton, who won his second straight feature at Roaring Knob.Behind Dalton and Dan Angelicchio were Shawn Jett (from 12^th ), George Kowatic (from 10^th ) and Troy Shields.Bobby Cossell came back from a lap two spin to earn sixth over Kyle Thomas, Rick Strickler, Stanley Spooner and John Watson.Josh Holtgraver, Dan Angelicchio and Kyle Thomas won the heats.

Roaring Knob returns to action this Saturday, June 11 with a six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners.Their will also be Kid’s Bike Races.

Bob Gordon, Nolan Dalton and Louie Krushansky Return to Victory Lane at Roaring Knob; Paul Koffler, Jr. Wins His First.

May 30th, 2011

(MARKLEYSBURG, PA) — Bob Gordon (American Racer Tire Super Late Models), Nolan Dalton (Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models) and Louie Krushansky (Modifieds) all returned to victory lane Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Paul Koffler, Jr. scored his first Knob win in the FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners while Marty Spade (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) and Todd Dennis (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) both picked up repeat wins.

Morgantown, WV veteran driver Nolan Dalton has won in Super Lates, Modifieds, and can now add Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models to that after leading all 20-laps of the feature event.Dalton felt pressure from Ricky Meglaye before Billy Stile III slipped into second on lap five.As those two battled for second, Dalton was able to pull away to secure the win.Stile, Meglaye, Troy Shields and Tim Snare, Jr. were the top five.Sixth thru tenth were Mike Lewis, John Over, Darin Henderson, Bobby Cossell and Transtan Stoner.Meglaye and Dalton won the heats.

The 15-lap TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature was all Newell’s Todd Dennis.A couple of caution before a lap could be completed found Dennis starting from third instead of seventh.Dennis made quick work of Matt Rishel to take the lead.Caution flew on lap 11 with Bob Nelson in second.Nelson was able to hang with Dennis but could not mount a pass.Nelson took second over Rishel, Charlie McClain, Jim Byers, Barry Faris, Grady Palmer, Ben Policz, Jason Gibbs and Bob Miller.Heats were won by Faris and Rishel.

Bob Gordon returned to victory lane after winning the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature.Gordon’s last win at the track was came back on June 20, 2010.Gordon took the lead at the start and felt pressure from Cody Hardesty. Hardesty, in just his second Super Late Model start, made several attempts to pass the Keyser, WV driver before settling for a strong second place run.Hardesty beat a fast closing Ron Delano, Jr., Scott Rhodes, Dan Lee, Brian Tavenner, Barry Miller, Randy Smithley, Gary Gellner and Mike Steck.Delano and Hardesty capture the two heats.

Heat winner “Lucky” Louie Krushansky has been anything but so far this season in the Modifieds.This week Krushansky, of Morgantown, WV, pulled into victory lane to his first Modified win this season at the Knob.Nick Cramer, Josh Cramer, Larry Atha, James Cates and Bruce Drestadt rounded out the field.

Marty Spade, Jr. is called the “Farmington Flyer” and he showed the fans why in winning the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature for the second time this season.Spade shot from his third starting spot to pass CJ Nicola on lap two and never look back.Nicola claimed second over Kenny Burkholder (who came from the tail after spinning), Kyle Burholder and Cody Colflesh.Bus Matthews, Jim Tush, Bennie Dennis, Ross Higbee and Justin Howell filled out the top ten.Heats went to Spade and Ed Vogel.

The FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners finished the night out with their 10-lap feature. The first lap saw the top two cars go pit side and turn the lead over to Paul Koffler, Jr of West Leisenring.Koffler, making his first visit of the season, held off a last lap attempt by Cindy Rhodes for the win.Rhodes, Todd Detrick, Mark Seiler, Jeff Dillinger, Steve Settle and Paul Koffler, Sr. rounded out the field.Seiler was the lone heat winner.

Next Saturday, June 4, Roaring Knob will be off.The track will come back on Monday, June 6 to host night three of the Appalachian Mountain Speedweek for Super Late Models.The race is a 40-lapper paying $5000 to win.Also on tap that night is a $1000 to win, 30-lap event, for the Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models.Pit Gates Open at 4:30 with General Admission opening at 5PM.

On Saturday, June 11, it will be a six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, Krause Electric FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4-Cylinder Roadrunners.Their will also be Kid’s Bike Races.

First Time Winners Highlight Roaring Knob Features

May 24th, 2011

(MARKLEYSBURG, PA) — Sautrday night’s racing was highlighted with three drivers scoring their career first feature wins at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.Josh Cramer (Modifieds), Mike Lewis (FASTRAK LM) and Mark Seiler all earned their first career wins while Ron Delano, Jr. celebrated his birthday with a win in the American Racer Tire Super Late Models.Todd Dennis (TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks) and Kenny Burkholder (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) also picked up their first wins of the season.

Mill Run’s Kenny Burkholder passed Bradley Nesline on lap two and led the final twelve laps to score his first win of the 2011 season in the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.The race went 13 laps instead of 12 when a caution flew on the last lap.A green, white, checker rule gave the race an extra lap but Burkholder was up to the challenge. Nesline held on for second over Marty Spade, Jr., JT Baird and Kyle Burkholder.Rounding out the top ten were Bennie Dennis, CJ Nicola, Joey Hollowood, Matthew Bales and Ed Vogel.Taking the heat wins were Nicola and Ross Higbee.

In the American Racer Tire Super Late Model 25-lap A-Main, Scott Rhodes jumped out to the early lead.Rhodes led four laps before third starting Ron Delano, Jr. slid past him for the lead.The Stoystown driver was debuting a new Victory Circle Chassis and led the final 21 laps. Billy Holbert closed in but suffered a flat tire on lap 22.The final three laps saw Rhodes give it his best but come up short.Delano, who was celebrating his birthday, came home the winner.Rhodes, Sammy Stile, Holbert, Greg Gellner, Greg Tressler, Mark Booth, Robbie Scott, Paul Dominick and Cody Hardesty filled out the top ten. Holbert and Scott were the heat winners.

A strange turn of events with just two laps to go gave Greensburg’s Josh Cramer his career first checkered flag in the 15-lap Modified event.Deana Groves shot into the lead at the drop of the green being chased by Louie Krushansky.Those two pulled away from the field when a caution came out on lap 13.Under caution Groves came to a stop with a flat tire and Krushansky went to the pits moments later.This hand the lead over to Cramer who held off his younger brother Nick for the win.Bruce Dreistadt, Groves, Krushansky, Larry Atha, Randy Clark and Shawn Davis completed the field.Krushansky won the lone heat.

The FASTRAK Late Models saw another first time winner when Oakland, MD’s Mike Lewis led all 20-laps of the feature.Lewis was pressured by Bobby Cossell for 19 laps. Cossell stayed glued to his bumper but could not get by.Troy Shields snuck by Cossell on the final lap for second.Cossell, who had something brake, held on for third over John Over, Ricky Meglaye, Mike Opalinski, Billy Stile III, Brian Lessley, Andrew Wylie and Ryan Montgomery.Cossell, Shields and Lewis were all heat winners for the 23 car field.

The TC Race Car Parts Street Stock feature looked like it was going to be a Jim Bendishaw, Jr. runaway.Bendishaw started outside pole and beat Todd Dennis through turns one and two.Bendishaw then began to pull away when a caution appeared on lap five.On the restart Dennis made his move and took the lead before Bendishaw would exit to the pits with a flat tire ending his night.Dennis then battle with Joe Wrona to score his 29^th career win.Bob Nelson grabbed second on the final lap.The rest of the top ten were Joe Wrona, Jim Byers, Matt Rishel, Barry Faris, Charlie McClain, Jason Gibbs, Andrew Koenig and Scott Spade.Nelson and Wrona were the heat winners.

Jeff Dillinger, a three time winner last season, was cruising in the lead in the 12-lap FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunner feature.Dillinger looked to be on his way to the win when fifth starting Mark Seiler, of Hopwood, blew past on the final lap to score his first win.Dillinger was second over Dustin Wamsley, Steve Settle, Cindy Rhodes, David Friend, Jr., Todd Detrick, Kevin Beers, Jr., Allen Fortney and Nick Iski.Beers and Isky gathered hit wins.

Next weeks May 28 show will again feature the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, TC Race Car Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners. Pit Gates open at4:30 with grandstands 5:00.Warmups begin at 6:45 and racing 7:15 PM.

Roaring Knob will be off on Saturday, June 4 but will be in action Monday, June 6 as part of the Appalachian Mountain Speedweeks featuring Super Late Models.The $5000 to win show is a 50-lap event.Also on the card that night will be the FASTRAK Pro-Late Models in a 30-lap feature paying $1000 to win.

American Racer Tire Super Late Models:Ron Delano, Jr., Scott Rhodes, Sammy Stile, Holbert, Greg Gellner, Greg Tressler, Mark Booth, Robbie Scott, Paul Dominick, Cody Hardesty, Bob Hershman.

Jacob Hawkins Scores First Roaring Knob Feature Win

May 9th, 2011

(MARKLEYSBURG, PA) — Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex beat out Mother Nature and got it’s first points race of the 2011 season after a brief sprinkle hit the track.Picking up his first Roaring Knob American Racer Tire Super Late Model feature was Jacob Hawkins. Bob Nelson (TC Parts Street Stocks), Ricky Meglaye (FASTRAK Late Models), Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers), Deana Groves (Modifieds) and Steve Settle (Roadrunners) all picked up feature wins Saturday night.

The TC Parts Street Stocks started the season off with their 15 lap feature.Scott Spade led lap one before Joe Wrona passed him.Wrona led until lap ten when sixth starting Bob Nelson, of Dunbar, made the winning pass. Nelson then pulled away to score the feature win.Todd Dennis claimed second over Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Wrona, Jim Byers, John Redshaw, Charlie McClain, Josh Bendishaw, Chris Lucy and Matt Rishel.Nelson and Ben Policz claimed heat wins.

Youngwood’s Ricky Meglaye started on the outside pole and quickly took the lead at the start of the FASTRAK Late Model Feature.Meglaye had defending champion John Over on his back bumper all 20 laps.Over pulled along side but was never able to pass the speeding Meglaye.The win was his 11^th career and ties him with Garry Sisson as the all-time leader in the class. Shawn Jett raced home third over Bobby Cossell and Dan Angelicchio.Sixth through tenth were Troy Shields, Rick Strickler, Mike Lewis, Billy Stile III and Mike Opalinsky.Over, Meglaye and Jett all were heat winners.

Clate Copeman took the initial lead in the 25-lap American Racer Tire Super Late Model A-Main.Copeman looked strong holding off Gary Dalton before he exited on lap eight.Copeman then battled with Fairmont, WV’s Jacob Hawkins.Hawkins drove hard into turn three and then slide up in front of Copeman to take the lead.Two laps later Jared Hawkins also past Copeman and took off after his younger brother in an anticipated showdown.Jared slowed on lap 18 and went pitside.This handed the runnerup spot to Chad McClellan.McClellan tried his best but the young Hawkins parked in victory lane at Roaring Knob for the first time in his career.McClellan, Scott Rhodes, Copeman, Sam Stile (from 11^th ), Billy Holbert, Gary Gellner, Quinton Wyandt, Mark Booth and Bob Hershman filled out the top ten.Shane Hitt and Jared Hawkins won the two heats.

Fifth starting Marty Spade, Jr. took the lead from Kenny Burkholder on lap six and went on to claim the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.Bus Matthews led the first two laps before Burkholder shot to the front for four laps.Once out front Spade held off Scott Smith for the win.Burkholder, JT Baird, Bennie Dennis, Ross Higbee, Justin Howell, CJ Nicola, Jim Tush and Bob Matthews were the top ten. Heat winners were Burkholder and Baird.

An extremely thin field of Modifieds saw Deana Groves taking the feature win. Nick Cramer lead the first three laps before his slipped up in turn four and opened the door the Morgantown, WV driver to take the lead.Groves went unchallenged for the win over Josh Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt and Louie Krushansky. Groves also won the heat.

The FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners have been added as a weekly class. Leading all ten laps for the win was Steve Settle of West Leisenring. Mark Seiler, Cindy Rhodes, Phillip Wiltrout, Todd Detrick and Ed Detrick rounded out the field.Settle also won the lone heat.

Next week, May 14, will be another action packed six division show featuring the American Racer Tire Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, TC Parts Street Stocks, Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinder Roadrunners.Also on tap will be Miss Penelope’s Powder Puff Race for Roadrunners.

Mike Pegher Jr. Wins at Roaring Knob, Geisler Battles All Stars

May 6th, 2011

(Cranberry Township, PA) The Geisler Racing Team, which includes National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame Member Lynn Geisler and Crate Late Model standout Mike Pegher Jr., have kicked off their 2011 season in fine fashion as Pegher has captured two victories in his #1 Cochran sponsored Fastrak Crate Late Model.

Pegher’s season opened up on Saturday, April 9 with a win at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Pegher led the entire distance and won by more than a straightaway over Justin Lamb and 2010′s Cavalcade Rookie of the Year Bill Stile III. On Friday, April 15, Mike made his debut in the #1 Cochran Super Late Model at Lernerville Speedway. After running in the top-ten most of the night, a late race slip dropped Pegher to a 14th place finish.

The following Saturday, April 23, Mike competed at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH for a weekly Fastrak event. Pegher finished fifth behind race winner Joe Martin, Max Blair, Josh Double, and John Volpe. Mike finished off the month of April at Lernerville Speedway on Firday, April 29 and Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday, April 30. Rough conditions caused by all of the wet weather the western Pennsylvania region has seen, helped make an early night for Pegher. A broken axle in his heat race kept Mike in the pits for the A-Main event. Fortunately, the team had much better luck the following night at Roaring Knob. It took Pegher 10 laps to move into the lead and never look back to win his ninth career Fastrak Northeast Series event. Mike’s win ties him with Max Blair on the Fastrak Northeast all-time list.

With the team celebrating their 30th Anniversary with sponsor #1 Cochran Automotive, Geisler opened his season on Saturday, April 9 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway with a ninth place finish. The wet weather has put a hamper on Lynn’s season so far as seven events have been rained out. Lynn was able to get into the action at Lernerville Speedway on Friday, April 29 with the O’Reilly All Star Late Model Series. Geisler times in fourth quick during time trials and finished third in his heat. However, Lynn pulled off early in the event to save his equipment and was credited with a 12th place finish. The next night, April 30, Geisler competed at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway and came home with a ninth place finish.

Mike will be in action this Friday, May 6 at Lernerville Speedway in the #1C Super Late Model and will then head to Sharon Speedway on Saturday, May 7 for a Fastrak Weekly Series event. The following Saturday, May 14, Pegher will venture to Tyler
Co. Speedway in Middlebourne, WV for a $1,000 to-win Fastrak NE event. Lynn will be back in action on Saturday, May 7 at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway and will follow that up the following Saturday, May 14, again at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway for a pair of $2,000 to-win events sanctioned by the UFO Series.

For more information on these events please visit www.lernerville.com , www.sharonspeedway.com, www.fastraknortheast.com , www.ppms.com , and www.uforacechampionship.com .

Geisler Racing would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters, Lynn’s sponsors include: #1 Cochran Automotive, Hotsy Cleaning Systems, Tri-State Hose & Supply, JNJ Motorsports Media, K.A.R. Fab Race Car Bodies, Hoosier Race Tire, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Edge Racing Engines, Intergra Shocks, Port City Racing, VP Race Fuels Rocket Chassis, Zero Wraps, Jones Racing Products, Speedbear Fasteners, Setrab Oil Coolers, Appleton Power Rack & Pinions, Ultra Sheild Race Products, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Bert Transmissions, and Turbo Start.

Mike’s sponsors include: #1 Cochran Automotive, Triple-S Auto Outlet, Schwartzmiller Ground Maintenance and Trucking, Tri-State Hose & Supply, JNJ Motorsports Media, National Brain Tumor Society, Pegher Custom Home Painting, Zero Wraps, K.A.R. Fab Race Car Bodies, Hoosier Race Tire, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Edge Racing Engines, Intergra Shocks, Port City Racing, VP Race Fuels Rocket Chassis, Jones Racing Products, Speedbear Fasteners, Setrab Oil Coolers, Appleton Power Rack & Pinions, Ultra Sheild Race Products, ButlerBuilt Motorsports Equipment, Bert Transmissions, and Turbo Start.

For more information on Lynn Geisler, Mike Pegher Jr., and Geisler Racing visit: www.lynngeisler.com or www.mikepegherjr.com .

Pegher Wins FASTRAK NE Late Model Tour Opener in Front of Huge Crowd at Roaring Knob’s

May 5th, 2011

(Markleysburg, PA)…After two failed attempts at Tyler County Speedway due all day thunderstorms, sunshine on Saturday finally allowed the 2011 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series to get underway. The fifth season kicked off at the beautiful, scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex as FASTRAK joined the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time ever in the Northeast. A packed house saw 37 FASTRAK racers from six states plus Canada, which
included Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ontario compete.

Roaring Knob isn’t Mike Pegher, Jr’s home track, but you’d never know it as he made it three-in-a-row in Northeast Touring Series competition winning the 25-lap feature. Pegher passed Rick Strickler on lap 10 and held off a furious charge by Dan Angelicchio to capture the $1,200 victory and tied Max Blair at nine as the Touring Series’ all-time winner. Last season, Pegher won both Touring events at Roaring Knob and was leading the Grand National event before tangling with a lapped car.

“I was following the 48 car (Strickler), but wasn’t going to get around him,” explained the 25-year-old Wexford, Pa. racer. “I knew I had to try a different line as we were both running the bottom. The outside seemed to work for me earlier so I tried it and it worked. Once I got by I knew I had to get back to the bottom as (Dan) Angelicchio was running good down there. I have to thank by crew- Mike, Andy, and Joe and all my sponsors.”

Roaring Knob regulars Rick Strickler and defending champion John Over brought the field to green, but Over got sideways in turn one and collected six other cars. The accident ended the night for Over, Canadian racer Darren Peters, and Ricky Reglaye. When racing action got underway, Strickler took the lead with Pegher passing Josh Holtgraver for second. A caution for Shane Hitt slowed action with seven laps completed. On the ensuing restart, Angelicchio passed Holtgraver for third, while
13th starter Bobby Cossell IV moved into the top five with a pass of defending Touring champion Max Blair.

After an impressive heat win, Angelicchio looked like he may have the fastest car as he ran down Pegher and was right on him on lap nine. The duo ran side-by-side on lap 10, but Pegher had enough momentum off the outside to hold on to second. A
caution for a spin by Stanley Spooner brought out the event’s final caution with nine laps completed.

The caution was a game changer for Pegher. On the ensuing restart, Pegher made the outside work getting a great run off turn two and took the lead down the backstretch entering turn three. Strickler tried one last ditch effort but got in hard in turn four clipping the jersey barrier and shooting across the track. This allowed Angelicchio to slip under for second.

Angelicchio stayed within striking distance over the final 16 laps and ran Pegher down a couple times in lapped traffic, but just couldn’t quite make the pass even though he seemed at times throughout the event to be faster. Pegher’s 35th career overall FASTRAK-sanctioned win came in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran Automotive/Triple-S Auto Sales/Zero Wraps-sponsored #1c. “We’ve struggled the last couple races with this new car, but it feels good to be back in victory lane,” added
Pegher.

It was a long road to second place for Angelicchio as the crew went home and changed motors after Lernerville on Friday night only to find an issue with their spare motor before even making it to the track. Angelicchio was the last to arrive and
all the crew’s hard work paid off with a fine second place run. Angelicchio, who turned in two runner-ups in 2010 and now has 11 career Touring Series top 5s, just can’t get over the hump for that elusive career first Touring Series win.

Strickler crossed the line in third, but was disqualified in post-race tech for a carburetor spacer infraction. Holtgraver, who ended the 2010 Touring Series with a third at Roaring Knob, once again was credited with third as he hopes to make a run at the 2011 championship. George Kowatic made an impressive FASTRAK debut. The former Super Late Model racer is back in racing in 2011 and after getting caught up in the lap one accident, the Aliquippa, Pa. driver worked his way through the field to a fourth place finish. Blair began his run at his third championship in four years with a fifth place effort.

Cossell was a fine sixth place for his career best Touring Series finish bettering his eighth at last year’s National event at Mercer Raceway Park on July 3. Butch Lambert was seventh after starting 14th. Shawn Jett worked his way through the B main to qualify for the feature. Jett then started 22nd and had a strong run to finish eighth. Troy Shields was ninth after starting 19th. Wayne Robertson was the last driver to qualify for the feature through the B main. The Corning, New York driver moved up from his 24th starting spot to finish 10th in his Touring Series debut.

New Jersey racer Steve Davis made the tow again to western Pa. where he finished 13th in his #13 as the last car on the lead lap and earned the Utsinger’s Towing FASTRAK Hoosier Tire giveaway. The Contingency Connection program presented by Original Pizza Logs began and winning the $1,000 packages were Pegher and Meglaye. These packages will be awarded at every Northeast Touring Series event to different racers.

A call goes to 14-year-old Shane Weaver, who finished 15th and was the highest finishing “Futures Cup” contender in the Cliff Ruffner-owned #325x. Weaver is entering his second season of FASTRAK competition and Saturday was just his third career Touring Series start; however, the Marion Center, Pa. teen has qualified for the feature in all three attempts with finishes now of 15th to go along with last year’s 16th at Central PA Speedway and 17th at his home track Dog Hollow Speedway.

It wasn’t what Kyle Zimmerman had in mind after finishing second in last year’s Touring Series finale and fresh off his first career win at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night; however, the Albion, Pa. racer ended the night on somewhat of a high note capturing the eight-lap non-qualifiers race as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. Zimmerman led from green-to-checkered in his Whitehill’s Garage/Simon Racing Supply-sponsored #z17 earning the $125 prize for his first ever win in the second-year program and took the early point lead. Fourth starting Russell Baird, Jr. passed Kevin Keene on lap seven to finish second. Keene dropped to third. Rookie Jimmy Kreger came from ninth to place fourth over Joe Moyer.

Heat winners included Angelicchio, Meglaye, Peters, and Over. The two B mains were won by two-time Sharon Speedway Weekly Series winner Joe Martin and Jett.

You can reach co-directors Vicki Emig and Mike Leone at the FASTRAK Northeast office at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. The office is open daily late mornings and after 1:30 p.m. For more information, check out the FASTRAK Northeast website at www.fastraknortheast.com. Become our fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fastraknortheast.

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Pegher Wins FASTRAK NE LM Tour Opener in Front of Huge Crowd

May 3rd, 2011

(Markleysburg, PA)…After two failed attempts at Tyler County Speedway due all day thunderstorms, sunshine on Saturday finally allowed the 2011 Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series to get underway. The fifth season kicked off at the beautiful, scenic Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex as FASTRAK joined the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series for the first time ever in the Northeast. A packed house saw 37 FASTRAK racers from six states plus Canada, which included Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Ontario compete.

Roaring Knob isn’t Mike Pegher, Jr’s home track, but you’d never know it as he made it three-in-a-row in Northeast Touring Series competition winning the 25-lap feature. Pegher passed Rick Strickler on lap 10 and held off a furious charge by Dan Angelicchio to capture the $1,200 victory and tied Max Blair at nine as the Touring Series’ all-time winner. Last season, Pegher won both Touring events at Roaring Knob and was leading the Grand National event before tangling with a lapped car.

“I was following the 48 car (Strickler), but wasn’t going to get around him,” explained the 25-year-old Wexford, Pa. racer. “I knew I had to try a different line as we were both running the bottom. The outside seemed to work for me earlier so I tried it and it worked. Once I got by I knew I had to get back to the bottom as (Dan) Angelicchio was running good down there. I have to thank by crew- Mike, Andy, and Joe and all my sponsors.”

Roaring Knob regulars Rick Strickler and defending champion John Over brought the field to green, but Over got sideways in turn one and collected six other cars. The accident ended the night for Over, Canadian racer Darren Peters, and Ricky Meglaye.

When racing action got underway, Strickler took the lead with Pegher passing Josh Holtgraver for second. A caution for Shane Hitt slowed action with seven laps completed. On the ensuing restart, Angelicchio passed Holtgraver for third, while 13^th starter Bobby Cossell IV moved into the top five with a pass of defending Touring champion Max Blair.

After an impressive heat win, Angelicchio looked like he may have the fastest car as he ran down Pegher and was right on him on lap nine. The duo ran side-by-side on lap 10, but Pegher had enough momentum off the outside to hold on to second. A caution for a spin by Stanley Spooner brought out the event’s final caution with nine laps completed.

The caution was a game changer for Pegher. On the ensuing restart, Pegher made the outside work getting a great run off turn two and took the lead down the backstretch entering turn three. Strickler tried one last ditch effort but got in hard in turn four clipping the jersey barrier and shooting across the track. This allowed Angelicchio to slip under for second.

Angelicchio stayed within striking distance over the final 16 laps and ran Pegher down a couple times in lapped traffic, but just couldn’t quite make the pass even though he seemed at times throughout the event to be faster. Pegher’s 35^th career overall FASTRAK-sanctioned win came in the Lynn Geisler-owned, #1 Cochran Automotive/Triple-S Auto Sales/Zero Wraps-sponsored #1c. “We’ve struggled the last couple races with this new car, but it feels good to be back in victory lane,” added Pegher.

It was a long road to second place for Angelicchio as the crew went home and changed motors after Lernerville on Friday night only to find an issue with their spare motor before even making it to the track. Angelicchio was the last to arrive and all the crew’s hard work paid off with a fine second place run. Angelicchio, who turned in two runner-ups in 2010 and now has 11 career Touring Series top 5s, just can’t get over the hump for that elusive career first Touring Series win.

Strickler crossed the line in third, but was disqualified in post-race tech for a carburetor spacer infraction. Holtgraver, who ended the 2010 Touring Series with a third at Roaring Knob, once again was credited with third as he hopes to make a run at the 2011 championship. George Kowatic made an impressive FASTRAK debut. The former Super Late Model racer is back in racing in 2011 and after getting caught up in the lap one accident, the Aliquippa, Pa. driver worked his way through the field to a fourth place finish. Blair began his run at his third championship in four years with a fifth place effort.

Cossell was a fine sixth place for his career best Touring Series finish bettering his eighth at last year’s National event at Mercer

Raceway Park on July 3. Butch Lambert was seventh after starting 14^th . Shawn Jett worked his way through the B main to qualify for the feature. Jett then started 22^nd and had a strong run to finish eighth. Troy Shields was ninth after starting 19^th . Wayne Robertson was the last driver to qualify for the feature through the B main. The Corning, New York driver moved up from his 24^th starting spot to finish 10^th in his Touring Series debut.

New Jerseyracer Steve Davis made the tow again to western Pa. where he finished 13^th in his #13 as the last car on the lead lap and earned the Utsinger’s Towing FASTRAK Hoosier Tire giveaway. The Contingency Connection program presented by Original Pizza Logs began and winning the $1,000 packages were Pegher and Meglaye. These packages will be awarded at every Northeast Touring Series event to different racers.

A call goes to 14-year-old Shane Weaver, who finished 15^th and was the highest finishing “Futures Cup” contender in the Cliff Ruffner-owned #325x. Weaver is entering his second season of FASTRAK competition and Saturday was just his third career Touring Series start; however, the Marion Center, Pa. teen has qualified for the feature in all three attempts with finishes now of 15^th to go along with last year’s 16^th at Central PA Speedway and 17^th at his home track Dog Hollow Speedway.

It wasn’t what Kyle Zimmerman had in mind after finishing second in last year’s Touring Series finale and fresh off his first career win at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night; however, the Albion, Pa. racer ended the night on somewhat of a high note capturing the eight-lap non-qualifiers race as part of the “Wheelman” Bonus Event Challenge Series. Zimmerman led from green-to-checkered in his Whitehill’s Garage/Simon Racing Supply-sponsored #z17 earning the $125 prize for his first ever win in the second-year program and took the early point lead. Fourth starting Russell Baird, Jr. passed Kevin Keene on lap seven to finish second. Keene dropped to third. Rookie Jimmy Kreger came from ninth to place fourth over Joe Moyer.

Heat winners included Angelicchio, Meglaye, Peters, and Over. The two B mains were won by two-time Sharon Speedway Weekly Series winner Joe Martin and Jett.

Bloomquist Remains Untouchable in Winning Fourth Straight Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Race

May 3rd, 2011

(MARKLEYSBURG, PA) Before the largest crowd in the history of Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Scott Bloomquist of
Mooresburg, TN continued to be the man to beat as he recorded his fourth consecutive Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Saturday Night. Bloomquist took the lead on lap four from Chris Wall and went unchallenged for his 31^st career series win. Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL finished second, followed by Don O’Neal of Martinsville, IN; Jimmy Owens of Newport, TN; and Jared Hawkins of Fairmont, WV.

Wall led the first three circuits after beating Bloomquist into turn number one at the start of the 50 lap event. Wall the drifted up the track on lap four, and that allowed Bloomquist to slip by him to take the lead. A string of cautions from lap nine through lap 13 kept the field bunched up, but Bloomquist would quickly extend his lead after each restart.

Steve Francis moved past Wall on lap ten to take over second, but Wall regained the spot two laps later. Francis was undeterred and the veteran driver raced around Wall for second on lap 14. The top five remained the same for the next ten circuits with Bloomquist out in front followed by Francis, Wall, Jared Landers, and Pearson.

Bloomquist held an eight car length lead by the halfway mark over Francis, when the next caution came out just past the halfway mark. The restart again had Bloomquist in command with Francis and Pearson doing battle for second place.

In the final five circuits, Bloomquist easily cruised on to the $10,000 victory in his Bloomquist Race Cars Ford, powered by a
Roush-Yates Engine. “The car was just right all night long, we are just on a roll here since Florida, and the I can’t thank enough all of sponsors and the product sponsors that support our race team Base Racing Fuels, Sweet Manufacturing, Hoosier Tires and everyone else. Usually we get on a late season win streak, but here early on, everything is just clicking, the
series is tougher than ever before, and to beat these guys it takes a lot of hard work. Tommy Hicks (his crew chief) and everybody on the team, thanks,” said the 47-year-old who continues to lead the championship point standings.

Pearson finished second after starting fifth in the Bobby Labonte Racing Lucas Oil Products, Longhorn Dodge. O’Neal grabbed third to remain second in the points in the Magnaflow Exhaust Products, MasterSbilt Race Cars Chevrolet. The rest of the top five were Owens in the Reece Monument Company, Bloomquist Race Cars Ford and Hawkins in the Bobby Lake Motorsports, Rocket Chassis.

The remainder of the top ten were Dale McDowell of Chickamauga, GA; Devin Friese of Chambersburg, PA; Tyler Reddick of Corning, CA; Jared Landers of Batesville, AR; and Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, PA.

In preliminary action Dan Stone was the red Buck Cigars fast qualifier with a new track record of 15.212 seconds. Heat races were won Chris Wall, Steve Francis, Scott Bloomquist, and Robbie Scott. The B-mains went to Dennis Erb Jr. and Kenny Pettyjohn.

Roaring Knob 2011 FASTRAK Late Model Champion to receive 2012 Warrior Chassis

April 25th, 2011

(Markleysburg, PA) Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex track owner Rick Jones is pleased to announce that the 2011 FASTRAK Late Model champion will receive a brand new 2012 Warrior Chassis from Doug Horton!

Roaring Knob is set to embark on season number three under the FASTRAK banner.Past divisional champions include Troy Shields in the inaugural 2009 season and John Over this past season.Roaring Knob had the highest weekly car count in the nation averaging a full field of 24 cars per night.

“With last year being my first year as owner at Roaring Knob, I was very impressed with the FASTRAK division,” explained Jones.”The quality of racing and car counts at the Knob were simply phenomenal.I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season as we again expect a new crop of racers to join FASTRAK.The chassis giveaway by Doug is only going to make things more exciting and I have to sincerely thank him for his generosity.”

Horton opened his 2011 racing season piloting a Warrior Chassis to victory at Florida’s East Bay Raceway in a special crate Late Model event.Horton will run a limited schedule of FASTRAK Late Model events throughout the region including some of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC Northeast Touring shows; however, Horton will focus more of his time and energy on the development of the Warrior Chassis and helping the career of some of the young talent at Roaring Knob like Bobby Cossell IV and Ryan Montgomery.

“This is a great way for me to give back to the racers and promote our Warrior Chassis, which I’m so proud of,” stated Horton.”I’m a big believer and backer of the FASTRAK Late Model program.It’s kept a lot of people in racing, allowed many to race Late Models that otherwise wouldn’t have, and is a great proving ground for so many youngsters that fill the FASTRAK ranks.”

Roaring Knob will host a pair of open practice sessions beginning this Saturday, April 9 and next Saturday, April 16 before turning things loose on Saturday, April 23.The Northeast Touring Series will make their first of two appearances of the season on Saturday, April 30 and will be racing with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series!

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, Pa. just off of scenic Route 40 on Fearer Road (look for the new red road sign) seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, one mile west of Yough Lake on the left.For more information check out their website at www.roaringknob.com or call 410-857-3821 (office) or 724-329-0306 on race day.

Ryan Montgomery Earns Career First in Modifieds

October 27th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Night two of the Tri-State Championships saw Jake Hawkins winning the Jack’s Recycling Super Late
Model feature while Walker Arthur won the 40-lap Steel Block Bandits feature to clinch the 2010 championship for the series. Doug Horton picked up his first Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK feature and Ryan Montgomery won a career first in the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds. This concluded the 2010 season for first year promoter Rick Jones.

The Steel Block Bandit Series season finale was the highlight of the night. The 40-lap feature event was filled with plenty of action. Kyle Lear jumped into the lead at the start with Arthur Walker close behind. Walker took advantage of a Lear miscue to take the lead on lap four. Lear regrouped and came back to challenge Walker as they entered lapped traffic. Walker cleared two cars while Lear struggled. Going into turn three on lap 13, Lear made contact with a lapped car and spun collecting third running Matt Howsare also. Lear pitted and went to rear on the restart. Walker took off on the restart but all eyes were on Lear. The final 27 laps saw Lear slice through the field. On the white flag Lear shot around Singleton for second and made a run at Walker. As they crossed the line Walker took the win with Lear glued to his rear bumper. Singleton held on for third over Frankie Plessinger, Andy Fries, Kyle Merkel, Matt Cosner, Bruce Kane, Trevor Feathers and Matt Gaston. Fast time was set by Kyle Lear of Severna Park, MD.

Lear, winner last week at The Rock – Allegheny County Speedway, toured the oval with a time of 16.03. Taking preliminary heat wins were Lear, Rick Singleton and Matt Gaston. Next up it was the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models for their
30-lap feature. 2010 track champion John Over led the field to the green. Over looked strong leading the first 19 laps before Super Late driver Doug Horton overtook him on lap 20. Horton then dominated the final 11 laps to score his first FASTRAK win at Roaring Knob. Horton announced in victory lane that this weekend would be his final race for the Bobby Lake Motorsports team. Over finished second followed by Rick Meglaye, Billy Stile III and Mike Lewis. Sixth through tenth were Bobby Cossell, Mike Hughes, Mylo Markovich, Eddie Starkey and Mike Opalinski. FASTRAK heat winners were KC Burdette and Rick Strickler.

The Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models hit the track in their 30-lap event. Keith Barbara was impressive in leading the start of the feature. Barbara was leading on lap ten when the #17 came to a halt ending his night. This handed the lead over to Robbie Scott. On the restart Chuck Harper used the high line and passed Scott for the lead. The pair battled side by side trying to gain an advantage. Scott retook the lead on lap 24. While all this excitement was happening at the front Fairmont, WV’s Jared Hawkins was working his way forward from his 11^th starting spot. Hawkins, in a backup car that his brother drives, closed in. The leaders approached lapped traffic and Scott and Harper both checked up and as they did Hawkins blew past both on lap 26. Hawkins then drove on to the $2000 win as the crowd stood in approval of his great run. Scott finished in the second spot with Harper, Jake Hawkins and Doug Horton (after making a pit stop) completing the top five. Chuck Clise, Dan Lee, Dutch Davies, Frankie Plessinger and Wes Bonebrake filled out the top ten. Harper and Barbara won the two heats.

The final feature of the night was the 15-lap Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds sponsored by TJ Construction of Fairmont, WV. The first lap belong to Kirt Stacy before 15-year old Ryan Montgomery of Fairmont, WV took over at the helm. Montgomery looked smooth and held off Louie Krushansky and Nolan Dalton. The former go-kart racer, who only started in the modifieds back in August, never faltered and took his career-first modified win. Krushansky, Dalton, Frank Billie, Stacy, Deana Groves and Shawn Donahue filled out the field. The lone heat went to Krushasky.

The night ended with a King of the Hill for the FASTRAK. Billy Stile III picked up $500 from Bobby Lake Motorsports as defeated John Over in the final.

Jamie Lathroum Wins 13th Annual King of the Knob at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

September 14th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – When the checkered flag flew Saturday night it was Jamie Lathroum sitting in victory lane for the first time ever at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Lathroum, of Mechanicville, MD, was crowned “King of the Knob”. The 51-lap event was a UFo Championship sanctioned race and earned the Maryland driver $5000. Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw, Jr. won the 15-lap Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature.

As the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds hit the track so did the rain canceling the rest of the event. The Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Model feature and TC Race Car Parts Charger feature will be made up on October 8 while the Modifieds will complete their feature on October 9.

The first feature event was for the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks. 2010 track champion Jim Bendishaw, Jr. took advantage of his outside front row starting spot to shoot into the lead. Bendishaw had Jim Byers glued to his bumper the first eight laps. Ninth start Todd Dennis slowly worked his way to the front and on lap nine took second from Byers. Dennis then pressured Bendishaw until lap 13 when he spun in turn two. At this point the race was checkered as rain was approaching. Byers finished second ahead of Bob Nelson, Mike Duritsky, Marshall Coleman, Charlie McClain, Bob Miller, Gary Furman, Jr., Todd Dennis and Barry Faris. Bendishaw and Nelson were heat winners.

Chuck Clise led the 25 car field to the green for the start of the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Model feature sanctioned by the UFo
Championship Series. Clise raced to the initial lead and stayed there for the first eight laps as he battled with Doug Horton. Horton was finally able to slip by on lap nine and began to pull away, but all eyes were on ninth starting Jamie Lathroum in his #6 Ford powered machine. Caution flew on lap fourteen for Chuck Clise and Matt Gaston, ending good runs for both drivers. On the restart Lathroum was able to out race Horton into turn one and forged ahead. Horton fell back four spots before contact in turn three saw Horton spin out.

Lathroum took off on the restart being chased now by Jared Miley and Jeremy Miller. Lathroum looked like a conductor as his car was on rails. He pulled away from the pack until he approached lap traffic on lap 26. Miley and Miller closed in slightly as Lathroum sliced through the lapped cars with ease and put some distance between him and Miley.

With six laps to go smoke appeared from the rear of Lathroum’s car and Miley and Miller smelled blood. Jamie’s car never faltered the final five laps and he was able to score his first Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex win. The victory was also his first in UFo competition as well. Miley finished second coming from eleventh. Miller (from 10^th ), Doug Doud (from 21^st ) and Jared Hawkins (from 13^th ) filled out the top five. Sixth through tenth at the finish were LC Powers, who started 25^th , Jack Pencil, Greg Fetters, Chad McClellan and Doug Horton. McClellan used a backup car and had to start at the tail. Qualifying heats for the 37 car field were won by Horton, Fetters, Miller and Lathroum. The two B-Mains went to Matt Gaston and Tim Senic.

Roaring Knob now takes a month off before returning to action October 7-9 for the Ultimate Fall Fest featuring the UFo Championship Series for Super Late Models. The 66 lap event will pay the winner $7000. The FASTRAK Late Models will vie for a winners share of $2000 with the E-Mods paying $750. Street Stocks and Chargers will also be on the card

Roaring Knob Set to Go For 13th Annual King of the Knob

September 8th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex completed its points battles on Saturday and is now ready for the season finales. Promoter Rick Jones, in his first year at Roaring Knob, is ending with three big shows

Saturday, September 11 finds the track back in action for the 13^th Annual King of the Knob. The race will be sanctioned by the UFo Championship Series and is a 51-lap event. A big field of drivers is expected to be on hand to compete for the $5000 first place prize.

In addition to the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models on the card that night will be the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and TC Race Car Parts Chargers.

Past winners of the King of the Knob are Dave Groves (1998, 2001), Tom Myers (1999), Lynn Geisler (2000), Mike Benedum (2002), Bobby Hill (2003), Gary Dalton (2004), Neil Brown (2005), Jason Covert (2006, 2007), Jeremy Miller (2008) and DJ Myers (2009). Who will be the 2010 King of the Knob? We will find out this Saturday.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 PM with Grandstands at 5 PM. Hot laps will start at 6:30 with racing to follow.

October 7-8-9 will see the Ultimate Fall Fest coming to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The Super Late Models will once again be sanctioned by the UFo Championship Series and will pay $7000 to the feature winner. The FASTRAK Late Models will go for $1000 to win as will the Modifieds. The Street Stocks and Charger will also run a regular show. The season will then wind up October 21-22-23 with the season finale for the Steel Block Bandit Series for Late Models. This traveling series will end their season at Roaring Knob with a $2000 to win show. Also paying $2000 to win that weekend will by the Super Late Models and
FASTRAK Crate Late Models. The Modifieds, Street Stocks, Chargers and FWD 4 Cylinders will also be racing and details on their purse will be announced soon.

Troy Shields Earns First FASTRAK Win; 15-Year-Old JT Baird Takes Career First In Chargers

September 7th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Troy Shields picked up his first-ever Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Model feature Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex while 15-year-old JT Baird picked up his career first feature in the TC Race Car Parts Chargers. Taking repeat wins were Keith Jackson (Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models), Nolan Dalton (Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds) and Todd Dennis (Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks).

Ken Herman and Troy Shields led the 23 car field of Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models to the green. Shields took the lead at the drop of the green being chased by Herman and three-time winner John Over. Over quickly got around Herman and applied heavy pressure to Shields. Lap after lap the Over made and attempt to power by but Shields held him off. A restart with two laps to go saw Over complete the pass only to have the yellow fly. This put Shields back out front. On the next restart Shields stayed low and Over clipped the inside turn one wall allowing Shields to pull away and take his first win since July 16,
2005. Over held on for second followed by Garry Sisson, Cody Hardesty and Robbie Marhefka. Sixth through tenth were Rick Strickler, Herman, Russell Baird, Jr., Ray Johnson and Ricky Meglaye. Over, Shields and Herman were all preliminary winners.

The 12-lap TC Race Car Parts Charger feature produce a career first win for Uniontown’s JT Baird. Baird used his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead after a brief battle with Shawn Smith. Smith pursued Baird all twelve laps but could not get by. The teenager looked smooth and poised taking the checkered flag for the first time in his career. Smith finished second ahead of Jason Gibbs, Brad Jenkins, Justin Howell, Ed Vogel, CJ Nicola, Donnie Walters, Eric Miller and Marty Spade, Jr. Smith and Baird were the heat winners.

The start of the 25-lap Jack’s Recycling Super Late Model feature found Odenton, MD’s Keith Jackson at the point. Jackson looked strong with his new Russell Baker Racing Engine under the hood. Billy Holbert ran second and at one point was closing in on Jackson when the left rear tire blew on the #7. Bob Gordon then took up the chase but Jackson proved too strong as he drove home to his fifth win of the season. Mason Zeigler just nipped Gordon at the line for second. Ron Delano, Jr. came from a
spin to take fourth over LC Powers. Mel Minnick, Jr. (the 2010 SLM Champion), Greg Gellner, Donnie Dotson, Matt Cosner and Jeff Ferguson completed the top ten. Heat wins went to Jackson and Holbert. In the best feature of the night, Newell’s Todd Dennis continued his fantastic year taking his tenth win of 2010 in the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks. Jim Bendishaw, Jr. was the initial leader until he pitted under caution handing the lead over to Ryan Newman. Newman led lap after lap looking for his first win in the class and held off Bob Nelson and Dennis for ten laps. With just two to go Dennis made a run out of turn four to take the lead. Newman had his best finish for second followed by Nelson, Joe Wrona, Jim Byers, Charlie McClain, Bob Miller, Matt Franks, Barry Faris and Lee Mansberry. Heat winners were Bendishaw and Dennis.

Nolan Dalton was the class of the field as he drove off and hid while winning his third Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modified feature event. Darren Tarabori made a five hour trip from Galeton, PA to finish second in his six-cylinder Modified. Nick Cramer, Nathan Baker, Bruce Dreistadt, Larry Atha and Dennis Perigo filled out the slim field of cars. Dalton also won the lone heat.

The FWD 4 Cylinders made their third appearance of the season. Taking his second win in the 15-lap event was Jeff Dillinger. Following Dillinger across the stripe were Rob Prinkey, Greg Staggers, Mark Ohler, Todd Detrick, Dennis Glessner, Dustin Detrick and Steve Settle. Dilllinger won the only heat.

Congratulations to the 2010 Point Champions. Mel Minnick, Jr. (Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models), John Over (Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models), Vic Vandergrift (Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks) and Marty Spade, Jr. (TC Race Car Parts Chargers).

*September 11, 2010 – UFo King of the Knob*

*$5000-to-win Area 51-lap UFo Super Late Model Championship plus FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers. *

*Hot laps 6:30. Pit gates open at 3:30pm, grandstands 5:00pm. $20 general admission, $35 pits.*

Roaring Knob Suffers Second Rain Out of the Season; Racing Saturday and Sunday Next Week

August 24th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – For just the second time this season Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex suffered it’s second rain out of the year with 103 cars signed in to the pits. Seven heat races were completed through a couple of rain showers before promoter Rick Jones made the decision to pull the plug.

The Three State Flyer Series for Super Late Models was on hand for their first-ever visit to the Markleysburg oval with 34 cars in the pits. Jones, along with Three State Flyer’s Doug Timmons, have decided to reschedule the event for Sunday, August 29, 2010. The Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models will be racing for $3000 to win. The TC Race Car Parts Chargers will be running Twin 10 that night. Also on the card will be the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds and the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks. Hot laps will begin at 5:45 with racing to follow.

Along with the special Sunday night show, Roaring Knob Hill also hold their Saturday racing card making for a two day show August 28 & 29. Saturday’s racing will include the *Roaring Knob vs. Bedford Shootout #2 sponsored by Krause Electric of Somerset, PA for the Super Late Models plus FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers. Hot laps at 6:15 with racing to follow.*

*So make your plans and join us for a double header weekend of racing August 28 & 29.

Delano & Cossell First Time Winners at Roaring Knob

July 28th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Stoystown’s Ron Delano, Jr. won his first Jack’s Recycling Center Super Late Model feature while Bobby
Cossell of Connellsville won his career first feature in the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models. Deana Groves (Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modifieds), Todd Dennis (Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks) and Marty Spade, Jr. (TC Race Car Parts Chargers) were all repeat winners. It was also race #2 in the Elkins/Roaring Knob Shootout Series for the Super Lates, FASTRAK and Mods.

Todd Dennis started on the front row of the 15-lap Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature. Dennis took the lead at the drop of the green and never let up on his way to his sixth feature win of the season. A restart on lap 13 saw Jim Bendishaw, Jr. give it one last shot before settling for the runnerup spot. Scott Spade came home third over Bob Nelson, Chris Lucy, Mike Duritsky, Scott Herring, Charlie McClain, Bob Miller and Ace Howdershelt. Bendishaw and Dennis scored the heat wins.

The “Farmington Flyer”, Marty Spade, Jr., shot from his third starting spot in the TC Race Car Parts Charger feature to take the lead on lap one. Spade led all 12 laps, but had pressure from Kyle Burkholder for the final nine. JT Baird was third ahead of Justin Howell, Kenny Burkholder, Shawn Smith, Bus Matthews, Brad Jenkins, CJ Nicola and Eric Miller. Smith and Kenny Burkholder were the heat winners.

It was another first time winner in the 20-lap Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Model A-Main. Second generation driver Bobby Cossell led from the start with three-time winner Rick Strickler on his back bumper. Dan Angelicchio and John Over soon joined them to make it a four car battle at the front. Cossell was able to pull away slightly as Strickler and Angelicchio fought for second. They closed in on Cossell in lapped traffic, but once he cleared it he drove on to win his career first feature win. He became the eighth different winner in FASTRAK competition at the Knob. Strickler, Angelicchio, Over and Ricky Meglaye were the top five. Sixth through tenth were Troy Shields, Mike Lewis, Kevin Keene, Paul Dominick (in Chris Angelicchio’s #4) and Billy Stile
III. Heat victories went to Over and Meglaye.

Heat winner Danny Pugh grabbed the lead at the drop of the green in the 25-lap Jack’s Recycling Center Super Late Model feature. Pugh, who had to have his #43 re-clipped, led on until lap four when Ron Delano, Jr. was able to get around for the lead. Delano then began to run away from the pack in his backup car. It appeared like Delano was going to run away with it. Sixth starting Mason Zeigler had other ideas as he took over second on lap eleven. In a race that went non-stop, Zeigler reeled
Delano in and gave it his best shot. Delano held on for his first of the season at the Knob while Zeigler finished a career best second. Billy Holbert, Bob Gordon, Mel Minnick, Jr., Jeff Ferguson, Danny Pugh, LC Powers, Mark Booth and Nick Corley completed the top ten. Holbert was the other heat winner.

Heat winner Deana Groves dominated the 15-lap Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Center Modified feature. Groves won here fourth of the season by a half lap over Bobby Bennett. Nick Cramer, Josh Cramer and Nathan Baker were the top five.

*July 31 – Street Stocks Twin 10′s plus Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds and Chargers.*
*August 7 – NO RACING!!!*
*August 14 – Ladies Powder Puff for Street Stocks & Chargers plus Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night, Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers.*

Bob Gordon, Cody Hardesty and John Redshaw Grab Their First wins of the Season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

June 25th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex held a special Sunday show in cooperation with two area tracks holding big events on Saturday. Taking their first wins of the season on Father’s Day were Cody Hardesty (Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models), Bob Gordon (Super Late Models) and John Redshaw (Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks). Deana Groves (Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds) and Kenny Burkholder (TC Race Car Parts Chargers) picked up their second wins of 2010.

The first six laps of the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models saw 3 yellows and a red flag. The last 14 laps went green to checker as Oakland, MD drivers Mike Lewis and Cody Hardesty battled side-by-side putting on a show for the fans. Hardesty dogged Lewis and made his move coming for the white flag to take the lead and steal the win from Lewis. Tyler Carpenter came home third ahead of Kyle Thomas (from the rear after pitting) and John Over. Six through tenth went to Bobby Cossell, Rick Strickler, Jim Bryce, Josh Gordon and KC Burdette. Heat wins went to Hardesty and Lewis.

A slim field of the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds were on hand for the Sunday show. Deana Groves gave her dad Dave a great present by picking up her second win this season. Vic Vandergrift took the initial lead being chased by Groves. Vandergrift broke on lap three and Groves cruised to the win. Bobby Bennett, Nick Cramer, Nathan Baker and Vandergrift completed the field. Vandergrift won the lone heat.

Bob Gordon started on the pole of the Super Late Model feature and that was all she wrote. Gordon took the lead after a couple of false starts and never let up as he drove away to a dominating win, his first since July 4, 2009. Billy Holbert was able to hold off Jeff Ferguson, Mel Minnick, Jr. and Devin Friese. Jeff Burdette, Matt Cosner, Doug Horton, Sam Stile and Paul Wilmoth, Jr. filled out the top ten. Gordon and Friese were heat winners.

September 3, 2005! That was the last time John Redshaw visited victory lane in the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks. Redshaw led from the start and even gave the lead up to Mike Duritsky on lap seven. A restart on the next lap saw Redshaw power back into the lead and race to his 21^st career win at the track. Duritsky took second over Bob Nelson, Matt Rishel, Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Charlie McClain, Chris Lucy, Jim Byers, Barry Faris and Chris Henry. Heats were won by Duritsky and Redshaw.

The final feature event of the night was for the TC Race Car Parts Chargers. Kenny Burkholder found himself on the pole after the pill draw. Kenny took off at the start and led all 13 laps for the win, his second of the season. A caution on lap 11 saw the race go to 13 laps as all features end green, white and checker. Brad Jenkins had his hands full to finish second over Marty Spade, Jr. (from 15^th ), Bus Matthews, Justin Howell, Bennie Dennis, Jerry Walters, Jr., Kyle Burkholder, Bob Matthews and CJ Nicola. Bus Matthews and Kyle Burkholder grabbed the heat wins.

Next Saturday, June 26 finds the FASTRAK Northeast Region Tour invading Roaring Knob for the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models. The Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and TC Race Car Parts Chargers will also be on the card. There will not be any Super Late Models that night.

The Following week will be our big Holiday Fireworks show. The Super Late Models, Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and TC Race Car Parts Chargers will be on hand as well as the Classic Cars, a Stock 4 Cylinder FWD race and a Demo Derby after the races.

Jackson & Walters First Time Winners At Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

May 20th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA– Two drivers produced their first-ever feature win at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Saturday night. Keith Jackson picked up a last lap win in the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models while Jerry Walters Jr. won his first-ever in TC Race Cars Parts Chargers. Repeat winners were Vic Vandergrift in the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds and Todd Dennis grabbed the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature. Rick Strickler won the Dog Hollow-Roaring Knob Shootout for the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models sponsored by Cresap Automotive Machine of Cumberland, MD.

Uniontown’s Jerry Walters Jr. led all 12 laps to secure his career first win in the TC Race Cars Parts Chargers feature. Walters was hounded by JT Baird for the first eight laps before pulling away to earn the win. Baird held off strong challenges from Marty Spade, Jr. and Kenny Burkholder to earn second. Brad Jenkins rounded out the top five. Justin Howell, Ross Higbee, Bus Matthews, Donnie Walters and David Wallace were sixth through tenth. Spade and Burkholder were the heat winners.

Vic Vandergrift, in his Hassey Chassis, took advantage of his outside front row starting spot to lead all 15-laps of the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modified feature. A late race caution put Deana Groves on his back bumper but the Fairmont, WV driver was able to hold Deana off to score his second win of the season. Groves, Nolan Dalton, Dennis Perigo, Bobby Bennett, Nick Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt, Josh Cramer, Louie Krushansky and Nathan Baker finished out the top ten. Groves and Vandergrift won the heats.

An invert three put John Over and Rick Strickler on the front row of the 20-lap Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Model feature. After three tries Over took the initial lead. Over looked fast and pulled away until he pushed up in turn two on a restart and Strickler made his move. Strickler took off and held on through two more restarts to earn his second win of the season. Garry Sisson came from sixth to take second over Dusty Hamrick (from 12th ), Cody Hardesty (from 11th ) and John Over. Kirby Tucker (from 19th ), Jayme Beck, Greg Tressler, Russell Baird, Jr. and Billy Stile III completed the top ten. Ray Johnson, Strickler and Over grabbed the heat wins.

The Jack’s Recycling Super Late Model feature was a dandy. Billy Holbert took the lead at the drop of the green. Holbert had a big lead when the car came to a sudden stop on lap seven. This handed the lead over to Tim Senic. Senic seemed to have things in control, pulling out to a quarter lap lead until a caution came out on lap 17. This put Odenton, MD’s Keith Jackson on his rear bumper. On the restart Jackson was able to stay with Senic. On the final lap Senic started to spin coming out of turn four on his own as Jackson was making his move on the outside. Senic spun up into Jackson’s path, who clipped his quarter panel. Jackson came across the line for his first-ever win at Roaring Knob. Bob Gordon was second over LC Powers, Jeff Ferguson, Mel Minnick, Jr., Larry Baker, Danny Pugh, Tim Senic, Bob Hershman and Mark Booth. Minnick and Jackson won the two heats.

In the final feature of the night Todd Dennis won his second 15-lap Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature of the season. Dennis led from lap one but not without some heavy pressure from last week’s winner Jim Bendishaw Jr. Third through tenth went to Bob Nelson, John Redshaw, Jim Byers, Josh Bendishaw, Chris Lucy, Randy Bohan, Russell Baird Sr. and Joe Wrona. Heat winners were Tom Newman and Charlie McClain.

Kid’s Bike Races highlight the racing action on May 22. Two bicycles are going to be given away courtesy of Bobby Lake Motorsports. Next week’s racing action includes the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models, Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and TC Race Car Parts Chargers. In addition to all that will be a make-up feature for the Modifieds from April 24. Grandstand gates open at 5PM with the Pits at 4:30PM. Racing starts promptly at 7PM. A Sunday, May 23, raindate will be in effect for next weeks races. If the raindate is not needed, a Test and Tune will be held for all classes.

Stile Wins Shootout at Roaring Knob; Bendishaw, Burkholder, Stalder Get First Wins of 2010; Meglaye Repeats In FASTRAK

May 13th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – If Promoter Rick Jones tells you he is going to try and get the show in, believe him. Just as hot laps ended Roaring Knob was hit by some light showers and after a 2 hour and 15 minute delay, the show went on. Sam Stile won the Bedford/Roaring Knob Shootout for the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models sponsored by Krause Electric & Refrigeration. Other winners were Rick Meglaye (Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models), JE Stalder (Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks) and Kyle Burkholder (TC Race Car Parts Chargers).

Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw Jr. drove to victory in the 15-lap Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature for his first win of the season. Bendishaw took command at the drop of the green. Lap two saw Todd Dennis take second and begin to apply pressure for the lead. Bendishaw was not to be denied as he held off all advances from Dennis to take his 16th career victory at the track. Dennis, Bob Nelson, Jim Byers and John Redshaw claimed the top five. Tom Newman, Charlie McClain, Russell Baird Sr., Josh Bendishaw and Barry Faris were the top ten. Bendishaw and Redshaw won the two heat races.

JE Stalder made his first visit a good one by passing Deana Groves on lap 11 to grab his first-ever win at Roaring Knob in the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds. Stalder, of Martins Ferry, OH beat out Groves, Louie Krushansky, Nolan Dalton, Nick Cramer, Bruce Dreistadt, Vic Vandergrift, Josh Cramer and Nathan Baker. Vandergrift won the lone heat.

The start of the 25-lap Jack’s Recycling Super Late Model feature had Keith Jackson taking the lead. Jackson led until lap eight when he and second place Jared Miley made contact and spun. Both drivers went to the rear handing the lead over to Charleroi’s Sam Stile. Stile then did all he could to hold off Steve Everhart and Doug Horton to earn the win in the Bedford/Knob Shootout. Miley raced back to finish fourth over Tyler Hershey, Chuck Clise, Butch McGill, Dane Laraway, Mel Minnick Jr. and John Garvin. Stile, Jackson and Miley grabbed the heat wins.

John Over out gunned Rick Meglaye at the drop of the green in the 20-lap Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Model feature. Over held Meglaye at bay until lap 6 when the Youngwood driver powered his way into the lead. Meglaye was unchallenged from there picking up his second win of the season. Shane Hitt came on in the final two laps to earn second ahead of Over, Shawn Jett, Mike Lewis, Dusty Hamrick, Butch Lambert, Rick Strickler, Troy Shields and Daniel Hill. Strickler, Hitt and Kyle Thomas won heats for the 29 car field. Hill was the winner of the B-Main.

Wrapping up the show was the 12-lap TC Race Car Parts Charger feature. Kyle Burkholder used his pole starting spot wisely jumping out to the lead at the start, and then holding off pressure from his older brother Kenny, to win just his second career feature. Behind the high flying Burkholder brothers were Bus Matthews, Marty Spade Jr., JT Baird, Jerry Walters Jr., CJ Nicola, Bennie Dennis, Andrew Vogel and Mark Sullivan. Heats were also won by Kenny and Kyle Burholder.

Next week is the first Shootout with Dog Hollow Speedway for the Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models. The Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and TC Race Car Parts Chargers will also be on the card. Grandstand gates open at 5PM with the Pits at 4:30PM. Racing starts promptly at 7PM.

In co-operation with Elkins Speedway, the June 19 show at Roaring Knob has been moved to Sunday, June 20. Elkins is running their annual Chuck Gear Memorial on that night.

Rick Strickler Earns First FASTRAK Win at Roaring Knob

May 6th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Roaring Knob hosted the first of three Shootout races (Super Lates/FASTRAK/Modifieds) in conjunction with Elkins Speedway on Saturday night. Tri-City Electric sponsored the Shootout. Taking his first career FASTRAK win was Rick Strickler while Gary Dalton (Super Lates) and Vic Vandergrift (Modifieds) won the three shootout mains. Brad Jenkins won the make-up Charger feature with Marty Spade, Jr. taking the nightcap event. Mike Duritsky came home with the Street Stock checker. Five feature events, plus one make-up feature, were all in the books by 10:20.

The night got started with a make-up feature for the TC Race Car Parts Chargers from last week. Lemont Furnace’s Brad Jenkins started outside the front row and grabbed the lead at the drop of the green. Jenkins kept Jerry Walters, Jr. at bay for all 12-laps to take his second career win. Walters finished ahead of Marty Spade, Jr., Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder, JT Baird, Bus Matthews, Justin Howell, CJ Nicola and Ryan Newman. Ryan Newman and Spade were the heat winners last week.

The first regular feature of the night was for the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models. Former Modified ace Rick Strickler, of Morgantown, WV, wasted no time taking the lead from his pole starting spot. Strickler was smooth throughout the 20-lap event while being drafted by Troy Shields from green to checker. Shields gave his best shot coming up one spot short at the checker. Mike Lewis was third over Rick Meglaye (from 24th ), John Over, Kirby Tucker (from 20th ), Cody Hardesty, Kevin Keene, Garry Sisson and Jim Bryce. Over, Shields and Strickler were the heat winners for the 26 cars on hand.

Bob Nelson led the first five laps of the Bobby Lake Motorsports 15-lap Street Stock A-Main. Nelson drifted up in turn two and that was Uniontown’s Mike Duritsky needed. Duritsky blew by and check out on the field for his first win this season in the non-stop event. Jim Bendishaw, Jr. drove home second ahead of Nelson, Todd Dennis and Tom Newman. Sixth through tenth were Josh Bendishaw, Scott Spade, Chris Lucy, Barry Faris and Charlie McClain. Duritsky and Dennis claimed qualifying heats.

Teenager Keith Jackson and veteran Gary Dalton (Morgantown, WV) started on the front row of the 25-lap Jack’s Recycling Super Late Model feature. Jackson took the lead at the start of the feature showing the Dalton the fast way around. Dalton ided his time for a couple of laps and then took the youngster to school with an outside pass to take the lead on laps four. From there Dalton was never challenged taking his 40th career win at the track. Jackson remained in second over ninth starting Mel Minnick, Jr., Ron Delano, Jr. and Tim Senic. Bob Gordon, Jeff Ferguson, Shaun Poling, Danny Pugh and Mark Booth completed the top ten. Heat wins went to Jim Kutas and Ron Delano, Jr.

Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift showed why he is the leading feature winner in the Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds at Roaring Knob. Luck of the draw put him on the pole and after a brief challenge from Louie Krushansky, Vandergrift was long gone in claiming his first win of the season. Krushansky was a distant second over Nolan Dalton, Nick Cramer, Mike Murphy, Dennis Perigo, Bobby Bennett, Bruce Dreistadt, Nathan Baker and Josh Cramer. Vandergrift and Murphy won the two heats.

The final event of the night was the second TC Race Car Parts Charger main. The “Farmington Flyer”, Marty Spade, Jr. was chased by the Burkholder brothers en route to his first win this season. First Kyle Burkholder drafted the back bumper of Spade’s Thunderbird until he looped it on lap nine. Then his older brother Kenny took up the chase the final three laps but came up short to finish second. Jerry Walter, Jr., Justin Howell and Kyle Burkholder (from the tail) were the top five. CJ Nicola, Dylan Higbee, JT Baird, Chas Coddington and Bus Matthews filled out the top ten. Spade and Kyle Burkholder were the heat winners.

Saturday, May 8 is another five division show feature the Bedford/Roaring Knob Shootout for the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models. Also on the card next week is Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds, Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks and the TC Race Car Parts Charger. Grandstand gates open at 5PM with the Pits at 4:30PM. Racing starts promptly at 7PM.

Rain Halts Action After Two Features at Roaring Knob

April 29th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – The Rick Jones era at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex started with a short rain shower and ended with another on opening night. Ricky Meglaye of Youngwood captured the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Model feature and Todd Dennis was declared the winner of the Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature. The rest of the show was called due to persistent rain showers that came through. Features for the Jack’s Recycling Super Late Models, Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds and TC Race Car Parts Chargers will be made up over the next several weeks.

The track crew did a great job getting the track run in after light showers came through. The heats were run off in less than an hour and the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Model 20-lap feature event was set to go. Ricky Meglaye used his outside front row starting spot to grab the lead over pole sitter Derek Doll. Meglaye set the pace but was hounded by 2009 point champ Troy Shields the whole distance. Shields would settle for second over Dan Angelicchio, Kyle Thomas and Butch Lambert (from 13th ). John Over, Greg Tressler, Jason Fosnaught, Mike Lewis and Rick Strickler completed the top ten. Doll, Meglaye and Shields were the three heat winners for the 27 cars on hand.

The 15-lap Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stock feature was next up. Charlie McClain led the first two laps before Bob Nelson took over on lap three. Nelson held on for three laps when seventh starting Todd Dennis powered his way into the lead with his patented outside charge. Dennis led until a caution on lap 11. Under yellow the sprinkle turned into a constant rain and the race was declared over giving Dennis his 20th career win in the division. The win tied him with John Redshaw as the all-time winner in the class. Taking heat wins were Joe Wrona and Dennis.

Next weeks show is a 5 division action show featuring the 1st Shoot-Out Roaring Knob vs Elkins for Jack’s Recycling Super Lates, Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK and Melvin’s Automatic Transmission Service Modifieds. The TC Race Car Parts Chargers and Bobby Lake Motorsports Street Stocks will also be on the card. Pit Gates Open at 4:30PM with grandstand gates opening at 5PM. Hot Laps start at 6:15 with the first green flag at 7 sharp.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Sold; Weekly Racing to Continue in 2010

January 26th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – An agreement has been reached with Oval Track Promotions, Inc. to purchase Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The transaction should be finalized and a closing held within the next thirty days.

 

Speaking for Oval Track Promotions, Corporation President Rick Jones said, “We can hardly wait to get to work and continue on with racing at this fine facility. There will be no change from the current divisions, rules or racing program from 2009. We will race on Saturday nights, same time, same place, same format. We are not looking to change things, just make them even better. A 2010 weekly schedule with special events will be announced soon.”

 

For Roaring Knob, Managing Partner Ron Brutt said, “We have worked hard to find the right buyer to purchase our facility so that racing could continue there and grow into the future. We are looking forward to working with Rick and his staff to make
the transaction as smooth and seamless as possible. We want to again thank all of our fans, racers, sponsors and staff for the support you have given us the past seven years and hope that you all will continue on with Rick.”

 

Please continue to check the Roaring Knob web site www.roaringknob.com for further information or announcements.

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Official News Release

January 9th, 2010

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – After trying unsuccessfully for over a year to sell the racetrack property, equipment and business, the ownership group felt it was imperative to make their plans for the facility in 2010 known. The current ownership group, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, LLC will cease to operate effective immediately.

Speaking for RKMC, Managing Partner Ron Brutt made this statement:

“We regret that we could not find a successful party to buy and operate the racetrack in 2010 and beyond. We realize that plans and schedules must be made, thus prolonging an announcement would not be in the best interest of anyone. We will continue to search for a buyer; until that happens, the racetrack will be shuttered. We want to thank our many loyal racers, fans, employees, sponsors and vendors for their support the past seven years. Our goal when we started this venture was to build a first-class race entertainment facility for fans and competitors alike, then eventually turn it over to another party to continue its growth into the future. We have accomplished what we set out to do, and more; now we must find that right party to continue on with it.”

Interested parties can contact Ron Brutt at his business office 412-771-0124, or any of the investor partners for details in purchasing. Any change in the status of the racetrack will be announced promptly on the website www.roaringknob.com which will
be kept active.

DJ Myers wins the 12th Annual “King of the Knob” at Roaring Knob for UFo Race Championship!

September 16th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA (September 12, 2009) –  DJ Myers from Greencastle, PA earned the crown and $6,000 first place prize by winning the 51-lap, 12th Annual King of the Knob event at the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on Saturday night for the UFo Race Championship Series.  Ricky Meglaye collected his second Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Model main while Bob Nelson picked up his fourth Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stock victory, and Shane Wheeler Sr. was declared the winner of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature as the 2009 season came to a conclusion. 46 UFo Super Late Models were divided into six heat races, all lined up by the luck of the draw. Rob Blair, Jared Miley, Gary Dalton, Bob Hershman,  DJ Myers and Jason Covert were the heat winners, while Chuck Harper and Corey Conley took the B-main checkers.

In the redraw for the top 12 starting positions, Jared Miley was the second driver to draw, and pulled the second starting spot. Jim Kutas was the seventh driver to draw, and drew the pole position. At the drop of the green flag, third starting DJ Myers shot into the lead. Miley settled into second but slowed on lap 6 to bring out the first caution.  Myers had lane choice for the double file restart, putting Covert to his outside. They raced side by side with Covert eventually clearing Myers to lead until the caution reappeared on lap 11.  Covert took the outside lane and Myers used the inside to regain the lead at 12 laps. Covert came right back on the outside, regaining the lead on lap 14. Covert led comfortably until Corey Conley slowed on lap 30 to bring out the event’s third caution period.

With Covert’s lead gone, the next side-by-side restart saw Myers regain the lead. This time Stile slipped past Covert, with Blair and Hess behind. Covert regained second on lap 34, but Myers had a half straight lead. The best battle on the track was for fourth, with Blair high and Hess low. Their battle lasted nearly ten laps, before Hess finally cleared Blair for fourth. Just when it appeared that Myers had smooth sailing to the finish, it became a brand new race when the yellow waved on lap 48 for a slowing Kutas.

When racing resumed, Myers pulled ahead, leading lap 49 over Covert, Hess, Stile, and Blair. A multi-car tangle in turn four brought out another caution, now setting up a two-lap run to the finish. Myers was again up to the task, leading the way to the checkered flag. Hess, at the white flag, com pleted his charge from 13th to finish a close second. Covert was third, Stile took fourth after starting eleventh, with Blair fifth from eighth. Sixth was Tyler Hershey, with Davey Johnson bringing his spec engine car from 18th to seventh. UFo Series point leader Alex Ferree was eighth, with Jared Miley finishing ninth after pitting on both early cautions. Mike Johnson was tenth, after starting 21st.

Jerry Walters, Jr. took the lead at the start of the 12-lap Charger feature. Walters kept Justin Howell on his tail until Smithfield’s Shane Wheeler, Sr. took over second on lap eight. Walters led from green to checker for what appeared to be his career first win. However, in post race inspection his engine was found to be illegal and he was disqualified. Wheeler passed tech and was declared the winner. Howell came home second followed by Russell Baird, Jr., Roscoe Higbee, Ben Policz, Ed Vogel, Ed Leonard, Eric Miller, Andy Vogel and Paul Koffler. No heats were run.

The Street Stocks ran a 15-lap feature with the “Chalk Hill Charger”, Chris Lucy, leading the first two laps. Dunbar’s Bob Nelson took over on lap three, and he went on to score his fourth victory of 2009. Marshall Coleman, in=2 0a great run, was second over John Redshaw, Josh Bendishaw (in his brothers #69), Lucy, Scott Herring, Bob Miller, Jim Zufall, Russell Baird, Sr. and Charlie McClain. It was a features only program.

The final event of the 2009 season was the 20-lap feature for the FASTRAK Late Models. Dan Karalagas used his pole starting spot to take the lead at the drop of the green. Karalagas looked fast leading twelve laps but developed a bad push. Youngwood’s Ricky Meglaye saw that and made his move to take over the point on lap 13. Meglaye was cruising along when Daniel Hill caught him on the final lap. Hill gave it his best shot only to fall short. Meglaye’s win was his second of the year. Hill, Cody Hardesty, Jason Fosnaught, Garry Sisson, Greg Tressler, Dave Groves, Jason Rider and Tyler Dietz wrapped up the top ten. Hill and Hardesty captured the heats.

Marty Spade Jr. & Bob Nelson Score Top Honors in Charger and Street Stock Specials; Everhart & Meglaye Collect Roaring Knob Season First Wins

August 26th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – An action packed night of racing saw four of the five main events go right down to the wire Saturday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers and Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks were the spotlighted features with Marty Spade Jr. and Bob Nelson taking the big wins. First time winners were Steve Everhart (Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models) and Ricky Meglaye (Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models) while Vic Vandergrift scored his third main in the So. Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds.

The first 20-lap special event of the night belonged to the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Sixth starting Marty Spade Jr. took the lead on lap three and sailed to his fourth feature win of the season. The “Farmington Flyer” led the final 17 laps to beat out eighth starting Ryan Newman who settled for second at the finish. Shane Wheeler was third over Kenny Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, Kyle Burkholder (from 15th), Justin Howell, Jerry Walters, Jr., Eric Miller and CJ Nicola. Ryan Newman and Kenny Burkholder won the heats.

Steve Wilmoth made his first visit to the Knob and assumed the lead at the start of the 25-lap Super Late Model feature. Wilmoth led the first 12 laps before fifth starting Steve Everhart charged to the front. Everhart, from Hollidaysburg was making his second visit of the season and had his hands full as Jim Kutas was all over the rear of the 15E. Then Doug Horton joined in and it was a three car battle royal. Horton passed Kutas on the last lap and made a bid for the win, but Everhart held on for his first-ever win at the Knob and second of the weekend. Horton was runner-up ahead of Kutas, Mel Minnick Jr. and Tim Senic.  Wilmoth, LC Powers, Bob Gordon, Billy Holbert and Gary Dalton rounded out the top ten.   Minnick and Dalton won the two heats.

The rescheduled 20-lap Dick Rugh’s Street Stock event was next to the track.  By luck of the fan’s draw, Dunbar’s Bob Nelson took the point from his pole starting position. Nelson led it from green to checker, but he had plenty of heat on his back bumper throughout the exciting event. First Tom Newman held second before Mike Duritsky passed him on lap five and began to apply pressure to Nelson. Joe Wrona then made his move coming from 11th to take second on lap 17. The final three laps had the fans on their feet as Nelson held off young Wrona for his second win of the season. Wrona settled for a close second with Duritsky third, Todd Dennis fourth and Newman fifth.  Completing the top ten were Josh Bendishaw, John Redshaw, Marshall Coleman, Jim Byers and Chris Lucy. Duritsky, Newman and Nelson won the heats.

An invert six placed Roger Laughlin on the pole for the 20-lap FASTRAK Late Model main.   Laughlin took off like a rocket and led the first eight laps before Youngwood’s Ricky Meglaye shot past for the lead. Meglaye was flying until a caution came out on lap 17. Second place Dave Groves suddenly came to life and challenged Meglaye for the win. Groves pulled along side, but a determined Meglaye held tough and went on to take his first FASTRAK win since moving into the division. Groves was second followed by Dan Karalagas, Laughlin, Troy Shields, Mike Howell, Greg Tressler, Tom Sieger, Garry Sisson and Jayme Beck. Taking the heat wins were Meglaye and Howell. 

The Modifieds rounded out the program with Vic Vandergrift jumping out to lead the first four laps of their feature event. On lap five Deana Groves shot by on the outside to take the point. Deana was out front cruising when she suddenly spun in turn four on lap eight giving the lead back to Vandergrift.  Vic led the final circuits for his fourth win this season. Bobby Bennett was second followed by Bruce Dreistadt in third. Groves recovered to finish fourth with newcomer Ken Harris fifth. Be Thorn, Frank Billie, Phil Jeffries, Nick Cramer and Rod Lanham completed the top ten. Heats were won by Jeffries and Bennett. 

Upcoming Events:

August 29:  Five Division Action Racing
September 5:  Five Division Action Racing / Points End / HOLIDAY FIREWORKS by Commonwealth Marketing20Group / CMG Night
September 12:  Season Finale – UFo Race Championship SLM  “King of the Knob” 51-Laps, $6000 to Win plus FASTRAK Late Models. Street Stocks & Chargers

Three Strikes, We’re Out, and Mother Nature Wins her Sixth at Roaring Knob

July 29th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Roaring Knob fought the battle Saturday but eventually lost the war as Mother Nature prevailed for the sixth time this season when three lengthy periods of rain brought what was shaping up to be an outstanding night of racing at the track to an early end.  The Dick Rugh’s Street Stock Special has been rescheduled for August 22 and will share the spotlight with the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers plus a regular program for the Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models, Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models, and So. Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds will complete the evening’s racing card.

Up next on Saturday, August 1 the UFo Touring Super Late Models will appear at Roaring Knob for the first time in 2009.  The rescheduled “Mega-Blitz 2009” presented by Commonwealth Marketing Group will pay $3000 to the winner of the Mach 41-lap feature.  This event will also be the 3rd of the 3-race “King of the Knob” qualifier races, which will determine the track provisional for the UFo “King of the Knob” on September 12.  Beverly WV’s Chuck Harper is currently leading the point standings following the first two qualifier events with 107.  In second is Do ug Horton with 106, followed by Tim Senic – 103, D.J. Troutman 96, Billy Holbert 92, Keith Barbara 78, LC Powers 76, Greg Gellner 64, Chad McClellan 62,  and Gary Dalton 60 to complete the top ten.  Twenty-three more racers have accumulated points in the first 2 events, and depending on the outcome of the Mach 41, anything could happen.  

Joining the UFo Super Late Models on August 1st (Glotfelty Tire Services Night) will be the FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks, and Chargers.   Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstands at 5:00, warm-ups at 6:15 and racing begins at 7:00 PM. Grandstand admission is only $15, with children 10 & under free. Pit admission is $25 and there is no Super Late Model Entry Fee for this special event.   Additional information regarding Roaring Knob is posted on our web site at www.roaringknob.com, or you can call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Payout for the UFo Super Late Models for the 41-lap “Mega-Blitz 2009″ is 1st – $3,000 2nd -$1,400 3rd -$1,000 4th -$750 5th -$600 6th -$550 7th -$500 8th -$450 9th -$425 10th -$400 11th -$375 12th -$350 13th -$325 14th -$300 15th -$290 16th -$275 17th -$250 18th -$250 19th -$250 20th -$250 21st -$250 22nd -$250 23rd -$250 24th -$250. $100 tow money for any car that races and does not qualify for the feature. 

Upcoming Events:

Aug. 1:   Commonwealth Marketing Super Late Model Special – Ufo Series Mega-B litz 2009 (King of the Knob Point Series Qualifier, Race #3) 41 Laps, $3000 to win plus other 4 Divisions / Glotfelty Tire Services Night

Aug. 8:  No Racing

Aug. 15:  AUTOGRAPH NIGHT / So. Fayette Nursing Center Modified Special (no increase in Gen. Adm) plus other 4 Divisions.

Troutman, Byers and Jenkins New Winners Saturday Night at Roaring Knob

July 23rd, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA –  As she has so many times this season, Mother Nature did not prevail Saturday night allowing three new winners to visit victory lane at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.   Brad Jenkins of Lemont Furnace collected a career first win in the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers, while DJ Troutman (Hyndman PA) won his first-ever Knob feature in the Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models. Jim Byers from McClellandtown scored his first Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stock feature of the season while Greensburg’s Danny Angelicchio (Brooks Automotive Group FASTRAK Late Models) and Fairmont WV’s Vic Vandergrift (So. Fayette NursingCenter Modifieds) were repeat winners. 

Making his first visit of the season, Scott Rhodes took the early command of the 25-lap Super Late Model Feature event while a torrid battle was ongoing behind as the front runners sorted themselves out in their pursuit of Rhodes.  The whole complexion of the race changed in an instant on the 15th circuit when a lapped car spun in front of the leaders collecting Rhodes and Doug Horton.  This handed the lead over to DJ Troutman with Chad McClellan now on his tail. Just as McClellan got by Troutman, the caution waved nullifying the pass, and on the restart McClellan again took up chase as the two battled it out. On the final lap
McClellan made a last ditch effort, but ran out of room and tagged the back stretch wall ending his bid, while Troutman went on to collect his first-ever win at Roaring Knob. Current points leader Tim Senic was second followed by Jim Kutas, Bob Gordon (from 10th) and Chuck Clise (from 19th) to fill the top five.  Billy Holbert, Robbie Scott, LC Powers, Horton and Greg Gellner completed the top ten. Senic, Kutas and Rhodes won the heats for the 25 cars on hand. 

Ricky Meglaye jumped into the lead at the start of the FASTRAK Late Model feature. Meglaye was untouchable until a spin occurred right in front of the leader, and Meglaye had nowhere to go.  The new realignment put second running Dan Angelicchio on the point for the restart with Roger Laughlin taking chase.  Angelicchio hung on for the win, his second, in a new car that hours earlier was a bare chassis just back from the frame shop.  Laughlin claimed second followed by Troy Shields and Garry Sisson. Meglaye, who charged back from the rear of the field, finished fifth.  Dave Gump, Mike Cuthbert, Mike Howell, Quinton Wyandt and Greg Tressler filled out the top ten. Angelicchio and Cuthbert were the heat winners. 

The Street Stocks had a rough time getting underway, but a patient Jimmy Bendishaw, Jr. held the point from his front row starting spot through the first six circuits.  With Bendishaw seeking his=2 0third win, Jim Byers, who was hungry for his first, pestered him relentlessly and finally got around Bendishaw on the outside the next lap to assume the point.   Byers held tough the remainder of the way and went on to claim his first win since May 2008. Bendishaw held on for second over Bob Nelson (from 10th), Josh Bendishaw (from 16th) and Charlie McClain to make up the top five. Six through ten were Joe Wrona, Sam King Chris Lucy, Matt Rishel and Fred Spiker. Charlie McClain, Barry Faris and Mike Duritsky were the heat winners.

The lead was sure not the place to be in the Charger feature. Kyle Burkholder took the point at the drop of the green and led the race until a tangle with a lapped car on lap seven. This handed the lead over to his big brother Kenny. Kenny only led one lap before he spun in turn four to give the lead to Brad Jenkins. On the start Ryan Newman passed Jenkins, but gave the lead back when he slid high in turn four. A determined Jenkins then raced on home to his career first feature win. Jerry Walters, Jr., Marty Spade, Jr., Newman, Justin Howell, Bob Matthews, Ed Vogel, Kyle Burkholder, Bus Matthews and Rosco Higbee rounded out the top ten. Heat wins went to Jenkins and Kenny Burkholder.

A small field of South Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds saw Vic Vandergrift take his third feature win after leader Deana Groves went up in smoke on lap eight of the 15 lap feature. Phil Jeffries led three laps before Vandergrift passed him to control the final three circuits. Jeffries, Be Thorn, Groves, Lou Krushansky and Frank Billie filled out the field. Vandergrift won the lone heat. 

Upcoming Events: 

July 25:  Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stock Special (no increase in Gen. Adm.) &
other 4 Divisions / Kenworth of PA Night

Aug. 1:   Commonwealth Marketing Super Late Model Special – Ufo Series Mega-Blitz
2009 (King of the Knob Point Series Qualifier, Race #3) 41 Laps, $3000 to win plus
other 4 Divisions / Glotfelty Tire Services Night

Aug. 8:  No Racing

Aug. 15:  AUTOGRAPH NIGHT / So. Fayette Nursing Center Modified Special (no increase
in Gen. Adm) plus other 4 Divisions.

Gordon, Hardesty, Jeffries, Wrona & Newman Light Up Roaring Knob’s Victory Lane

July 7th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA (July 4) – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex celebrated Independence Day with five first time winners. Cody Hardesty, of Oakland, MD, earned his career first win in the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models while Smithfield’s Joe Wrona
won his first Roaring Knob feature in the Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks. First time winners for 2009 included Bob Gordon (Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models), Phil Jeffries (South Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds) and Ryan Newman (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers). The big Fireworks display celebrating the Fourth of July was courtesy of Cossell’s Auto & Truck Sales in Uniontown.

Montrose, WV’s Phil Jeffries took advantage of a straight up start and wasted little time as he grabbed the lead from the pole.   Jeffiries was pulling away from the pack until Vic Vandergrift worked his way into second.  A caution then bunched up the field and Jeffries had Vandergrift on his back bumper the rest of the way, but he was up to the challenge and held off the two-time winner to get his first since July 26 of 2008. Vandergrift was second over Be Thorn, Ron Parrish, Bobby Bennett, Deana Groves, J. D. Johnston, Mike Errett and Frank Billie. Jeffries also won the heat.

Following the Modifieds, it was time for the Super Late Models to light it up. Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon shot past Jeff Ferguson to take the lead at the start while Billy Holbert followed Gordon into second. Holbert was all over the back bumper of the #31 and stuck his nose under Gordon many times. Soon, Tim Senic worked into third and made it a three car battle for the lead. Defending champion Gordon was not to be denied and held them both off for his first Knob win of 2009. Holbert settled for second over Senic, Keith Jackson and Mel Minnick, Jr.  Six through ten went to Doug Horton, LC Powers, Jim Kutas, Matt Cosner and Ferguson. Horton and Chuck Harper won the heats.

An invert six draw put Cody Hardesty on the pole for the FASTRAK Late Model feature. Hardesty, looking for his career first win since moving out of Go-Karts, was on rails pulling away to a near straightaway lead. A caution with two laps to go, gave veteran Dave Groves the chance he was looking for. However, Hardesty was hungry for a win and took off on the restart to earn his crowd pleasing career first win. Groves was second followed by Daniel Hill, Troy Shields, Garry Sisson, Mike Cuthbert, Stanley Spooner, Jayme Beck, Mike Howell and Tom Seiger. Groves and Sisson won the two heats.

Joe Wrona has been close a few times and Saturday he finally put it all together to lead all 16-laps of the Street Stock feature. Wrona, of Smithfield, was never seriously challenged even when the caution waved on the final circuit to set up a two-lap shootout. On the restart, Wrona took off and Todd Dennis blew past Tom Newman to take second but could not muster a challenge. Behind Wrona at the checker it was Dennis, Mike Duritsky, Newman and Jim Bendishaw, Jr. to make up the top five.  Bob Nelson, Josh Bendishaw, Jim Byers, Marshall Coleman and Chris Lucy completed the top ten. Nelson and Jim Bendishaw Jr.
were the heat winners.

Shane Wheeler, Sr. took off at the start of the 12-lap Charger feature. Wheeler held the point for five laps before he got hung up behind a lapped car and 17-year-old Ryan Newman blew by staying on the gas while Wheeler had to brake. Newman was on a
mission to get his second career win, and he definitely earned it as the Burkholder brothers, Kenny and Kyle, didn’t give Newman time to breathe. At the checkered it was Newman taking the win ahead of Kenny Burkholder, Kyle Burkholder, Jerry Walters, Jr. and Wheeler. The next tier of five included Justin Howell, Bob Matthews, Bus Matthews, Marty Spade, Jr. and David Wallace. The two heats went to Kenny and Kyle Burkholder.

Upcoming Events:

July 11:  Special Event – Super Late Model UFo Race Championship “Mach 41” Mega-Blitz 2009, 41 Laps, $3000 to Win,  plus regular show for FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers.

July 18:  Five Division Action Event plus Racing Bingo

July 25:  Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks Special plus regula r show for Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, Modifieds and Chargers. (no increase in General Adm.) Kenworth of PA Night. 

Bobby Powell wins Inaugural Fastrak Northeast Late Model Touring series event at Roaring Knob

July 1st, 2009

Markleysburg, PA…After a one-month layoff, the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series returned to action on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. Ron Brutt’s beautiful facility played host to event #4 of 17 on the 2009 circuit and he
first ever at the Markleysburg, Pa. oval. A field of 30 cars with drivers from four different states gathered on a gorgeous summer night.

Bobby Powell redeemed himself one night after his apparent FASTRAK Weekly Series Late Model win at Raceway 7 was taken away after coming light at the scales by winning his first Northeast Touring Series event of the season. The $1,200 victory came in the 25-lap feature and was Powell’s third of his career in Northeast Touring Series competition.

The Waterford, Pa. standout started fifth and raced his way into second on the opening lap. Powell hounded track regular Garry Sisson for the first 20 laps before finally making the winning move on the 21st circuit. Powell would lead the final five laps in the Scott Bidwell-owned, Fame RV Center/Jay’s Auto Wrecking/Maloney Tool & Mold-sponsored #B1D. Powell has now won at least one Northeast Touring Series event in the three-year history of the series and moved into a four-way tie for second on the all-time win list.

Ricky Meglaye made his first career Touring Series a successful one by recording an excellent second place finish after getting by Sisson on lap 21. Dan Angelicchio, who started 15th, took over the Northeast Touring Series point lead by finishing third after getting around Sisson on lap 23. Angelicchio has now finished in the top seven in all four events thus far this season. Sixteen-year-old Late Model rookie, Bud Watson, continues to impress everyone as he came home a Northeast Touring Series best fourth after starting 12th. Sisson dropped to a disappointing fifth after leading the first 20 circuits.

Completing the top 10 were Max Blair, Josh Holtgraver, Kyle Thomas, Carl McKinney, and Tommy Schirnhofer, Jr. It was a rough night for David Scott and Mike Pegher, Jr., who entered the night first and second in points, as they were credited with 19th and 15th respectively.

Scoring heat race wins were Derek Doll, Blair, and Powell, while track regular Roger Laughlin copped the B main.

Bobby Powell Makes Late Race Pass for 1st FASTRAK Northeast Tour Win at Roaring Knob Saturday Night

July 1st, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- The Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models were in the limelight as the Northeast Touring Series invaded Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the first time on Saturday night. Waterford, PA’s Bobby Powell came away the winner in his first visit also. Vic Vandergrift (South Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds), Jim Bendishaw, Jr. (Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks) and Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) were all victors in their respective divisions.

The 12-lap Chargers feature hit the track first. Farmington’s Marty Spade Jr. made good use of his pole starting spot to grab the lead at the drop of the green. Spade never relinquished it to win his first feature since opening day. Brad Jenkins was able to hang with Spade but could not mount a pass and had to settle for second. Kyle Burkholder, Kenny Burkholder and Ryan Newman were the top five. Six through ten were Jerry Walters Jr., Russell Baird Jr., Bus Matthews, Justin Howell and Terry Teets. Newman and Spade claimed the heat wins. 

A slim field of Modifieds were up next and lady racer Deana Groves jumped out front to start the 15-lap feature. Groves drove a steady race and led the first 13-laps before Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift, who hounded her the second half of the event, went high to the outside and passed Groves to lead the final two laps for his second win this season. Groves wound up second over Bobby Bennett, Be Thorn and Lou Ennis. Ennis won the lone heat. 

It was now time for the main event as the touring FASTRAK Late Models came trackside for their 25-lap feature. Local racer Garry Sisson powered into the lead at the start. Sisson was still the leader when the first caution came out on lap 15. The double file restart saw Waterford, PA’s Bobby Powell starting outside of Sisson, but Garry took off and continued to lead through two more restarts before the final yellow flew on lap 20. This time Powell was able to out drag Sisson into turn one to take the lead. Powell then led the final five laps to take his first tour win of the season. A strong run for Ricky Meglaye placed him second over Daniel Angelicchio (from 15th), Bud Watson, and Sisson to complete the top five. Max Blair, Josh Holtgraver, Kyle Thomas, Carl McKinney and Tommy Schirnhofer rounded out the top ten. Derek Doll, Blair and Powell grabbed heat wins for the 30 cars on hand, while Roger Laughlin won the B-Main.

Closing out the feature events for the night were the Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks, and what a show they put on. Tom Newman started on the pole thanks to an invert ten draw and looked like he was on his way to victory for the second time this season. Newman led f or seven laps before eighth starting Jim Bendishaw Jr., of Uniontown, pulled off a clean slide job coming out of turn four to take the point. Bendishaw went on to lead the final eight laps to claim his second feature of the year. Newman kept second over Chris Lucy, Todd Dennis and Bob Nelson. Completing the top ten were Mike Duritsky, Fred Spiker, Charlie McClain, Sam King and Matt Rishel. Dennis and Bendishaw were the heat winners. 

Coming Events:

July 4 – Holiday 5-Division Action Event plus Fireworks presented by Cossell’s Auto and Truck Sales.
July 11 – Special Event / UFo Race Championship Super Late Model Mega-Blitz 2009 / 41 Laps / $3000 to Win / plus FASTRAK Late Models, Street Stocks, Modifieds and Chargers

Tim Senic Collects $2000 SLM Victory at Roaring Knob

June 4th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – The Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models took center stage Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex and Elkins, WV’s Tim Senic stole the spotlight collecting $2000 for winning the 30-lap special event.  Picking up a career first win was Kyle Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA in the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers.  Other drivers chalking up their first wins were Dan Angelicchio (Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models), Louie Krushansky (So. Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds) and Jimmy Bendishaw Jr. (Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks).  107 cars signed in for the night’s event.

The Chargers started the features off and pole sitter, 16-year old Kyle Burkholder, took the lead as the green flag flew.  Jerry Walters Jr and then 17-year old Ryan Newman tried all they could to get around Burkholder as the laps ticked off.  Burkholder was determined to earn his career first, and he did just that, leading all 12 laps.  Newman finished a close second just ahead of Marty Spade Jr., Kenny Burkholder (from 22nd) and Brad Jenkins.  Walters, Jim Zufall, Bob Matthews, Clint Payton and Shane Wheeler Sr. filled out the top ten.  Spade, Walters and Kyle Burkholder won the heats for the 25 cars on hand.

Up next, the Super Late Models hit the track for their big event.  D.J. Troutman jumped out to the initial lead and looked to be on his way to victory.  Lap 17 saw Troutman brush the wall coming out of turn four handing the lead over to Tim Senic.  Senic held Jim Kutas at bay for two laps before Troutman took second back and Troutman then tried to regain the lead.  With four laps to go Doug Horton had worked his way from tenth to take second from Troutman and began to apply pressure to Senic.  Senic was not to be denied though, and he held off Horton to earn his second career win at Roaring Knob.  Horton, Troutman, Chuck Harper and Billy Holbert were the first five.  Six through ten went to Keith Barbara, Robbie Scott, Chad McClellan, Bob Gordon and LC Powers.  Taking heat wins for the 27 car field were Ron Delano Jr., Holbert and Gary Dalton.

Mike Errett led the first three laps of the 15-lap Modified feature event.  Be Thorn was next at the point and led until lap 11.  Then Morgantown WV’s Louis Krushansky took over and led the final four laps to take his first win of the season.  Thorn was second over Shawn Davis, Phil Jeffries, and Errett.  Jeff Hess, Frank Billie, Lou Ennis, Bobby Bennett and Deana Groves filled out the top ten.  Davis and Vic Vandergrift won the heats.

The FASTRAK Late Models found a full field of 24 cars on hand.  Greensburg PA’ s Daniel Angelicchio started on the pole of the caution-filled event after an invert six was drawn.  It took three starts to finally get the feature going and Angelicchio got the jump on Shane Hitt going into turn one.  Angelicchio then had to hold Hitt off as he stayed on his bumper until the race was checkered on lap 15.  Hitt settled for second with Dave Gorrell third, Dave Padula fourth and Kyle Thomas fifth.  Completing the top ten were Garry Sisson, Chad Green, Cody Hardesty, Dusty Hamrick and Dan Karalagas.  Daniel Hill, Gorrell and Padula took the heat wins.

The final feature of the night belonged to the Street Stocks.  Jimmy Bendishaw started fourth and was in the lead by the end of the first lap.  For 14 circuits Bendishaw and Joe Wrona battled each other for the lead until Wrona had problems on the last lap giving Bendishaw clear sailing in the final turn of the 15-lap main.  Jim Byers took second over Bob Nelson, Mike Duritsky and Wrona.  Todd Dennis, George Kelley, Marshall Coleman, Chris Lucy and Bob Miller were sixth through ten.  Duritsky and Byers claimed heat wins for the 20 car field.

Upcoming Events: 
June 6:   5-Division Action Racing Event / PCTC Night / $1 Pepsi
June 13:  Special Event / CMG Super Late Models, 35-laps, $2500 to Win & other 4 Divisions. (King of the Knob Point Series Qualifier, Race #2)

Mother Nature Storms into Roaring Knob Forcing Cancellation of May 23rd Racing Program

May 28th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – After what could only be described as a picture perfect Saturday in Markleysburg, an angry Mother Nature somehow found her way into Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex shortly after the evening’s racing program started
and literally deluged the entire facility while the lightning lit up the sky.   The radar indicated it should be short lived, and management hoped to wait it out, but when the severe thunderstorm remained stalled over the area for more than an hour
and showed no signs of letting up, the decision was dejectedly made to scrub the event altogether.  Mother Nature has now won three of the first four scheduled programs at Roaring Knob.  All rain checks from May 23 will be honored for any event
on the 2009 Race Schedule, including special events (if there is an increased admission, the difference can be paid), with the only exception being the season finale, the UFo sanctioned “King of the Knob” on September 12, (rain checks are not valid for the King of the Knob.)

Roaring Knob will try again on Saturday, May 30 when the Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models take center stage for a $2000 to win, 30-lap shootout, the first of three scheduled 9 CKing of the Knob” Point Series Qualifier special events.  Also on the card with the Super Late Model “Roaring 30”  is a regular action racing program for the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models, So. Fayette Nursing Center E-mods, Dick Rugh’s Auto Parts Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers.    Pit Gates open at 4:30, Grandstand Gates open at 5:00 pm and racing gets underway at 7:00 pm.  For
directions or additional information about Roaring Knob, visit the web site at roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Upcoming Events:
Saturday, May 30:  Special Event – Super Late Model “Roaring 30″ $2000 to Win, 30 Laps, King of the Knob SLM Point Series Qualifier, Race #1 plus other 4 Divisions Saturday, June 6:  5-Division Action Racing / $1 Pepsi Night / Pittsburgh Circle
Track Club Night Saturday, June 13:  Special Event – Super Late Model “Howling 35″ $2500 to Win, 35 Laps, King of the Knob SLM Point Series Qualifier, Race #2 plus other 4 Divisions

Thunderstorms Wipe Out Saturday Racing at Roaring Knob

May 20th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex cancelled their Saturday, May 16 racing program after being advised by the Air Science Consultants with the National Weather Service that heavy and quite likely severe thunderstorms would impact the Markleysburg area late in the afternoon.  By 4:30 pm the storms had indeed arrived with a vengeance, and the tough decision to cancel early in the day turned out to be the correct one.   Racing will resume on Saturday, May 23 with all five divisions of Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models, Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models, South Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds, Dick Rugh’s Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Charges back in competition.  Pit gates open at
4:30, grandstand gates at 5:00 pm with racing underway at 7:00 pm.  For additional information regarding the racing program at Roaring Knob, visit the web site at www.roaringknob.com,  or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Dalton & Layfield Take New Rides To Windy Victory Lane In Roaring Knob Opener

May 13th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – Relentless winds with gusts reaching 40 to 45 mph throughout the day and evening made for a challenging Saturday night of racing at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, but when the final checker waved shortly before 10:00 pm, five new winners had graced victory lane to officially kick off the 2009 season.  Taking the checkers on opening night were Gary Dalton (Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Models), Roger Laughlin (Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models), Andre Layfield (South Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds), Todd Dennis (Dick Rugh Auto Parts Street Stocks) and Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers).

In the Commonwealth Marketing Group Super Late Model feature it was new car, new team, same old result as Gary Dalton pulled his brand new #14 into victory lane. A straight up start found Dalton on the outside pole of the 25- car field, and when the green dropped Dalton took off. Doug Horton quickly took over second and chased Dalton all 25-laps. Horton was along side of Dalton many times and was making a move for the lead when a caution came out with three to go. Dalton hung on to take the win over Horton, seventh starting Sam Stile, Jim Kutas and Dane Laraway. Sixth through tenth were Ron Delano, Jr., Tim Senic, Robbie Scott, Bob Gordon and Jimmy McCloud. Kutas, Dalton and Horton were the heat winners. 

Roger Laughlin made the long tow down from McVeytown a profitable one taking home the win in the Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Model feature. The first year class saw Laughlin and Dan Angelicchio put on a show for the fans with Angelicchio getting
under Laughlin numerous times. Laughlin took the win over Angelicchio, Cody Hardesty, Troy Shields, Garry Sisson and Greg Tressler. Hardesty took the heat win.

Grafton, WV’s Andre Layfield took advantage of an invert three pill pull to start on the front row of the 15-lap South Fayette Nursing Center Modified feature. Layfield passed Phil Jeffries on lap two to take the lead. Jeffries, along with Vic Vandergrift both hounded Layfield early until Layfield put some distance between himself and the rest of the field to take his second feature win of the season and first of the year at Roaring Knob. Making this feat even more amazing was the fact he did it in a new car put together just this week. Jeffries, Vandergrift, Bobby Bennett, Frank Billie, Todd Daughenbaugh, Be Thorn and Mike Errett, rounded out the field. Vandergrift won the lone heat

The most competitive feature of the night belonged to the Dick Rugh Auto Parts Street Stocks. Newell, PA’s Todd Dennis used the outside groove to pass both Jim Byers and leader Josh Bendishaw to take the point on lap three. Once out front Dennis then had to hold off a s trong Bob Nelson. Dennis drove a smooth race to capture the win. Nelson, Byers, Bendishaw and Tom Newman were the top five. Filling out the top ten were Marshall Coleman, Jim Bendishaw, Jr., Chris Lucy, Charlie McClain and Joe Wrona. Nelson and Lucy earned the heat wins.

The final feature of the night saw Marty Spade, Jr. starting on the pole in the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. The Farmington Flyer took off at the start, but could never shake the Mill Run Missel, Kenny Burkholder. Burkholder clung to Spade’s back bumper but could not find a way past the Ford Thunderbird. Burkholder settled for second over Ryan Newman, Jason Humberson and newcomer Justin Howell. Sixth through tenth went to Bob Matthews, Kyle Burkholder, David Wallace, Clint
Payton and Jerry Walters, Jr. Spade and Kenny Burkholder were the heat winners.

Wet Weather Postpones Roaring Knob’s May 2nd Season Opener

May 7th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG PA  – Scattered showers in the Markleysburg area on Thursday developed into heavy storms Friday and throughout the night drenching the race track and saturating the facility.  Lingering drizzle Saturday morning coupled with a forecast of more precipitation to return early Saturday evening prompted Roaring Knob management to postpone the season opener for May 2nd.

The 2009 racing season will now get underway on Saturday May 9 with a five-division action event featuring the CMG Super Late models, Brooks Auto Group FASTRAK Late Models, So. Fayette Nursing Center Modifieds, Dick Rugh A/P Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. 

In honor of Mother’s Day there will be gifts for many lucky Moms, and the very popular weekly candy toss for the kids returns again in 09. General admission is just $10, and all children ten and under are always admitted free at Roaring Knob.  Pit gates will open at 4:30, grandstand gates open at 5:00 pm and racing takes the green  at 7:00 pm.  Roaring Knob is easy to find located just off of senic Route 40 on Fearer Road, 7 miles east of the Nemacolin Woodlands on the right or 1 mile west of Yough Lake on the left. 

For more information about Roaring Knob, visit our web site at roaringknob.com, or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Drivers Preparing to Take the Green at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

April 21st, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG  PA – Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is gearing up for the start of the 2009  racing season at the picturesque Markleysburg oval by hosting an open practice session for all racing divisions on Saturday, April 25.  The pit gates will swing open at 3:00 pm and the open practice will start at 4:00 concluding at 7:00 pm.  Pit admission is a racer friendly $15, and admission to the grandstands is free for those who wish to watch the test and tune session.  The concession stands will be open for business.

The word from area drivers preparing for the start of racing at Roaring Knob is “Let the new season begin!”  It’s been a long winter, but as long as Mother Nature cooperates, the 2009 season will take the green flag at 7:00 pm on Saturday, May 2nd.  Headlining the five-division race card for 2009 are the Commonwealth Marketing Group (Uniontown PA) Super Late Models.  Assuming the title role for the new FASTRAK Late Model Division will be the Brooks Auto Group, a prominent GM dealership conveniently located in Connellsville PA, and new on board this season as sponsor of the highly competitive Modified Division is the South Fayette Nursing Center situated in nearby Markleysburg.  Dick Rugh’s Au to Parts out of Uniontown PA is on board as the division sponsor of the popular Street Stocks, and Fort Necessity Garage out of Farmington sponsors the always exciting V-8 Chargers.

With a strong focus geared towards affordable family entertainment and family value at Roaring Knob, management has kept admission prices at just $10 for all regular five-division action racing events.  And keeping value for families in mind, all children ten and under will be admitted free for ALL racing events.  Spectator parking is free, and for those wishing to view from their cars, reserved drive-in parking is available while spots last each race night.  If car viewing or grandstand seating isn’t what you have in mind, Roaring Knob offers ample room to bring your blanket or lawn chair to view the racing action from the abundant grass areas around the sprawling facility.  (Shuttle service from the ticket window to the grandstand area is provided for those needing special assistance.)   

Holiday fireworks are scheduled for July 4 and September 5, and back by request is Driver Autograph Night which will take place on the race track on August 1st.   Extra distance races are planned for each of the five classes and a FASTRAK Tour Event for the Late Models will be on tap June 27.  The UFo Race Championship Super Late Model Tour Series will visit Roaring Knob on July 11 as part of the 3-race Super Late Model qualifiers leading up to the season ending UFo “King of the Knob” special event on September 12.  Check the Roaring Knob race schedule posted on the web site for the full calendar of events taking place throughout the season.     

Roaring Knob is easy to get to.  We are located near Markleysburg, just off of Route 40 on Fearer Road, seven miles east of Nemacolin Woodlands Resort on the right, or one mile west of Yough Lake on the left.  Grandstand gates open for weekly racing at 5:00 pm, warm-ups begin at 6:15 pm and the green flag drops promptly at 7:00 pm.  Plan on joining your friends Saturday nights at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for a night of five-division action dirt track racing excitement on the 3/8th mile Speedway.  For more information, visit the Roaring Knob web site at www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

5 New Champions Honored at Roaring Knob’s 2008 Season Awards Banquet

March 27th, 2009

MARKLEYSBURG, PA- Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex concluded the 2008 season at their annual Awards Banquet which took place recently in the Amvets Social Hall in Hopwood PA. The five new 2008 Track Champions along with the top ten drivers in
each division were honored during the award presentations. Receiving their special custom designed champion’s trophies were: Bob Gordon, Keyser WV (Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models), Jim Kutas, Elizabeth PA (Commonwealth Marketing Group Late
Models), Vic Vandergrift, Fairmont WV (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds), Bob Nelson, Dunbar PA (GNH Trucking Street Stocks), and Marty Spade Jr., Farmington PA (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers). Each recipient was?also presented with a monogrammed
Champion’s jacket compliments of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic.

Following the presentation of the top ten awards, special recognition was paid to three young drivers who collected their career first victories at Roaring Knob during the 2008 season. Charger driver Kenny Burkholder from Mill Run discovered victory lane for the very first time in July while Lemont Furnace’s Ryan Newman scored his career first Charger win in August. Chalk Hill teen driver, Mason Zeigler, achieved his career first Late Model victory on August 9 and went on to re-visit the winner’s circle again on August 23. A special Dedication Award was presented to track official Ronnie Miner for his continuous support and involvement
at the racetrack since its opening. After the awards presentations, it was announced that current sponsor Commonwealth Marketing Group, based in Uniontown, will transition to the role as Super Late Model Division sponsor in 2009, while Connellsville’s Brooks Auto Group, an area GM dealer, will fittingly sponsor the new FASTRAK Late Model Division.? A local Markleysburg business, the South Fayette Nursing Center, will come on board as the new sponsor of the Modifieds Division for 2009, and Fort Necessity Garage (Farmington) continues on as the long-standing sponsor of the exciting Chargers.

Plans for the upcoming season are well underway, and as long as Mother Nature cooperates, the 2009 racing season is slated to begin on Saturday, May 2nd at 7:00pm. Some of the highlights of the 2009 race schedule will be a three-race series of Super Late Model special events leading up to the UFo sanctioned “King of the Knob” Season Finale on September 12. The new FASTRAK Late Models will compete weekly, and a FASTRAK Northeast Region Touring Event is on tap for June 27.
Specials for the Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers are planned along with Holiday Fireworks for the 4th of July and Labor Day weekend, plus many “extras” are being thrown in to the mix for the benefit of our loyal race fans and their families throughout the racing season.

In an effort to give racers an opportunity to test and tune for the new season before opening night, two open practice sessions are being offered, weather permitting, for Saturday, April 18 and Saturday, April 25, from 4 to 7pm. Pit and grandstand gates will open at 3:00pm, concessions will be available with free admittance in the grandstands, and a very racer friendly $15 pit admission charge, (no car entry fees) for those wishing to participate..

Roaring Knob is located near Markleysburg PA at 380 Fearer Road, directly off of Scenic Route 40,?seven miles east of the Nemacolin Woodlands on the right, and one mile west of Yough Lake on the left.? To learn more about Roaring Knob Motorsports
Complex and its 2009 schedule of events, you may call the Speedway office during the week at (724) 853-7223, or visit the track’s web site at www.roaringknob.com.

ARCADE INTERNATIONAL & ROARING KNOB RACEWAYS ADDED TO FASTRAK LATE MODEL FOLD FOR 2009

November 20th, 2008

Pulaski, PA…The FASTRAK Late Model Racing Series is proud to announce the addition of Arcade International Raceway in Delevan, New York and Roaring Knob Raceway in Markleysburg, Pennsylvania to the Northeast Region for the upcoming 2009 season.

Arcade International Raceway is a 1/3-mile dirt oval and is the former Freedom Speedway and has been taken over by Carl Drum, father to current FASTRAK racer Kyle Drum. Freedom was under the FASTRAK banner during the inaugural 2007 season and contested eight events with John Lacki victorious three times, Greg Oakes twice, and Bump Hedman and Tim Schram with one win. The track did not operate in 2008. Arcade will again run Friday nights headlined by the FASTRAK Late Models. For the latest news on Arcade, check out their website at www.arcadeinternationalraceway.com.

“I really like the FASTRAK rules,” acknowledged Drum. “There are not many gray areas, which is neat. For racing to survive, you need affordable and durable engines. Right now guys are getting two to three seasons on one engine. FASTRAK offers a good balance between tires, engine, and chassis. I like the current FASTRAK point system, which seems to be working good and favors drivers from everywhere. The class continues to grow as we’ve already gotten word of new drivers that will be entering the division for the upcoming season.”

Roaring Knob Raceway on the other hand will make their maiden voyage into the FASTRAK Series. The Saturday night 3/8-mile facility will give racers from Dog Hollow Speedway a second night to race within a reasonable traveling distance and racers in that region extra incentive to enter the FASTRAK Late Models. Roaring Knob has already indicated they will host their first ever Northeast Touring Series event. For the latest news on Roaring Knob, check out their website at www.roaringknob.com.

“From the very first time I met Stan Lester down south at a meeting and heard about FASTRAK, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of some day,” explained Roaring Knob owner Ron Brutt. “It took us a couple years to get Roaring Knob to the point where we felt the time was right. I am completely sold on the crate motor for weekly short track racing, and FASTRAK brings a common sense set of rules to go along with it. The FASTRAK program also gives our racers the opportunity to compete for regional and national point money that otherwise could not be afforded them.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Arcade and Roaring Knob into the FASTRAK family,” expressed Northeast co-Directors Vicki Emig & Mike Leone. “Arcade will help stabilize the northern region and Roaring Knob’s presence should help translate into growth in southwestern Pennsylvania. Carl Drum has been a big supporter of FASTRAK as his son Kyle won at Dog Hollow and one of our Touring events at McKean. He’s working on transforming Arcade into a first-class facility. We’ve been trying to get Dog Hollow a partner on Saturday night the last two years and everything came together nicely with Roaring Knob for 2009. We’re looking forward to working with Ron Brutt and his marketing and PR person Judy Gower at their professionally operated facility.”

The 2008 season was the second year for the FASTRAK Late Models in the Northeast with Dog Hollow Speedway, Raceway 7, Mercer Raceway Park, McKean County Raceway, and Tri-City Speedway weekly-sanctioned speedways. The Northeast’s own Max Blair was the 2008 City Chevrolet $10,000 National Weekly Series Champion. The Northeast Touring Series contested 11 events with 10 different winners as Blair was also the $5,000 champion. Blair went on to win the $2,000 Night 1 of the Grand Nationals at Mercer en route to a tie for seventh place in the Grand National standings.

2008 FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series associate sponsors are Race 1, Fame RV Center, Yoder’s Performance Specialty & PRC, Bullitt Chassis, and Fred Beans Parts.

To join our mailing list, simply send an e-mail to fastrakpr-
subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Mike Leone and Vicki Emig can be reached at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail mail
to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. For more information, check out www.fastraknortheast.com.

By Mike Leone

Miller is “King of the Knob” in UFo Event

September 7th, 2008

MARKLEYSBURG, PA – The Unified Force Race Championship Super Late Model Tour presented by Comcast visited the Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA on Saturday night for running of the Ed & Scott Nicholson Memorial “King of the Knob” event, as Jeremy Miller from Gettysburg, PA led all 51 laps in earning the $5,500 victory. Other drivers picking up wins during the evening’s events were: Shane Hitt (Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models), Todd Dennis (GNH Trucking Street Stocks), Nolan Dalton (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds) and Mark Peck Jr., (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers).

With a field of 42 super late models on hand, six heat races were lined up by the luck of the draw. Doug Horton, Chuck Harper, Mel Minnick Jr., D.J. Myers, Jeremy Miller and Gary Lyle each took heat race wins. In the redraw for the top 12 starting positions, Jeremy Miller was the fifth driver to draw, and selected the coveted pole position. The tenth driver to draw, Gregg Satterlee, selected the outside pole. Two B-Mains completed the field, won by L.C. Powers and Gary Dalton, and the 51-lap Tenth Annual King of the Knob was set.

At the drop of the green flag, Jeremy Miller20nosed into the lead ahead of Gregg Satterlee, Chuck Harper, Mel Minnick, Jr., and Keith Barbara. Jason Covert was quickly on the move from eighth starting spot, advancing to fourth by lap 3. Covert passed Harper for third on lap 8. Covert passed Satterlee for second just before the first caution period of the event appeared on lap 9. Harper rolled to a stop, and he retired from the race at this point.

Miller continued to lead back to green, ahead of Covert, Satterlee, Barbara, and Doug Horton. D.J. Myers took fifth on lap 13, after starting 12th. After a lap 18 restart, Myers briefly moved to third on lap 19 ahead of Satterlee, but Satterlee regained the spot on lap 21. The top five stayed the same through a handful of caution periods.

Under yellow on lap 35, Doug Horton was forced from the event with left front suspension damage. This would be the final caution period of the event. Miller continued to lead Covert, as Myers passed Satterlee for third. Barbara passed Satterlee for fourth on lap 45.

Miller had a minor problem with race traffic in the closing laps, but went on to take the win over Covert, Myers, Barbara, and Satterlee. Ron Delano Jr. charged from 15th starting position to finish sixth. Jared Miley was seventh from 11th, with Alex Ferree eighth from 14th. As a result of this, the two drivers are tied for the UFo Championship Tour point lead with three Series races remaining.A
0 Earning the Hard Charger honors was Scott Cross, advancing 14 positions from 23rd to ninth. Bob Hershman was tenth.

The next event in the UFo Race Championship Tour presented by Comcast will be the 20th Annual Pittsburgher 100 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway in Imperial, PA on Friday and Saturday, September 19-20. The winner will earn $12,000.

Unified Force Championship Tour presented by Comcast Super Late Model results for Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Ed & Scott Nicholson Memorial/”King of the Knob” for Saturday, September 6, 2008.

UFo Soars into Roaring Knob for the “King of the Knob” on September 6

September 3rd, 2008

The UFo Super Late Models will compete in a full championship racing program
including extended-lap heat races, consolations and the “Area 51”-lap feature
event. The “King of the Knob” has continued to grow in both payoffs and car counts over the past seasons and is both the highest paying event at Roaring Knob, and the track’s season finale.

Jason Covert of Lock Haven, PA is the two-time defending champion of the race.
Other previous winners are: 1998 Dave Groves, 1999 Tom Myers, 2000 Lynn Geisler, 2001 Dave Groves, 2002 Mike Benedum, 2003 Bobby Hill, 2004 Gary Dalton, 2005 Neil Brown.

UFo Super Late Model car rules and race procedures will be in effect with single file restarts being utilized. All drivers competing at Roaring Knob are required to use RACEceiver 1-way radios. Rentals will be available for drivers who do not possess a RACEceiver. The starting grid will consist of 26 starters, including 1 UFo and 1 track provisional.

Rounding out the racing program will be the Roaring Knob Late Model, E-mod, Street Stock and Charger classes. divisions will participate in features only, with the top 12 starting positions being determined by a draw of the top 12 present drivers in the point standings. A second draw would determine the rest of the starting order for drivers present but out of the top 12.

Payout for the UFo Super Late Models for the Ed & Scott Nicholson “King of the Knob 1st-$5,500 2nd-$2,000 3rd-$1,400 4th-$1,200 5th-$1,000 6th-$800 7th-$700 8th-$650 9th-$600 10th-$550 11th-$500 12th-$475 13th-$450 14th-$425 15th-$400 16th-$400 17th-$400 18th-$400 19th-$400 20th-$375 21st-$375 22nd-$375 23rd-$375 24th-$375 25th to 26th-$200. $100 tow money for any car that races and does not qualify for the feature. Super Late Model entry fee is $50, with no membership fees or tour license fees required.

Event sponsors include Ed Nicholson & Sons Lumber and Joseph Contracting. Pit gates will open at 3:00 PM, with spectator gates opening at 4:00, warm-ups at 5:00 and racing set to begin at 6:00. Adult general admission is $20, with children 10 and under being admitted free to the grandstand area. Pit passes are $30 for anyone that enters the pits. The rain date for the event is Saturday, September 13.

In order to accommodate the UFo event at Roaring Knob, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor
Speedway has moved their regular Saturday night program to Sunday, September 7. They will be featuring a full racing program of Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, E-mods, Pure Stocks, Amateur Stocks & Young Guns.

Sponsors for the UFo Race Championship Tour include Townsend Gas & Oil, Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic, Lias Tire & American Racer, Simon Racing, Comcast, Bryan De-Signs & Decals and the Contingency Connection. Information on these sponsors may be found at www.townsendgasoil.com http://comcast.com www.hoosiermidatlantic.com www.liastire.com www.bryandecals.com and www.contingencyconnection.com .

The Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex is located near Markleysburg, PA off US 40 on Fearer Road. Track information may be found at www.roaringknob.com or by calling 412-771-0124. Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway is located at Imperial, PA, west of Pittsburgh off of US 22/30 at the Noblestown exit. PPMS information may be obtained at http://www.ppms.com or by calling 412-279-7223. The Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on PA 286, then one mil e north on McIntyre Road. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, please visit the track’s web site at http://www.challengerraceway.com . Information may also be obtained by calling 724-726-9808 on race days or 724-726-5494 during weekdays. Additional information on the UFo Race Championship may be obtained at http://www.uforacechampionship.com .

Delano Jr. and Sisson Score First Knob Wins of 2008 Season; Points Races Tighten For Final Week Showdown

September 2nd, 2008

Ron Delano, Jr. scored the feature win in the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models for his first of the year, while Garry Sisson also garnered his first win in the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models. Repeat winners were Vic Vandergrift (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds), Todd Dennis (GNH Trucking Street Stocks) and Mark Peck, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers).

The evening’s feature events started off with Nick Cramer taking the lead at the outset of the 15-lap Modified main. Cramer was passed by Be Thorn on lap three, who held the point and was the man to beat, until Fairmont WV’s Vic Vandergrift finally got by on lap 11. Once in front, Vandergrift led the final four laps to score his fifth feature win of the season, and the victory netted him enough points to be crowned the 2008 Modified Division Champion. Thorn held off a charging Nolan Dalton at the end to claim second, Dalton settled for third with Dennis Perigo fourth and Bobby Bennett rounded out the20top five. Completing the top ten were Nick Cramer, Todd Daughenbaugh, Kevin Putnam, Ray Johnson and Mike Murphy. Vandergrift and Perigo were the heat race winners.

Stoystown’s Ron Delano, Jr started up front for the 25-lap Super Late Model main, and from the outset made it clear he was there to win. Delano rocketed past Scott Spade and set sail for the checkers while the competition behind settled in for the chase. Ninth starting Gary Dalton had taken second by lap six but aside from a late race challenge from Dalton, the stellar Delano never faltered, and he went on to take the checkers for his first win at the track since 2005. Dalton rode home second with Bob Hershman, Billy Holbert and LC Powers completing the top five. Rounding out the top ten were Dan Swartzlander, Jeff Ferguson, Spade, Todd Lewis and newly crowned 2008 Point Champion, Bob Gordon. Swartzlander and Dalton were the heat winners.

Cody Hardesty took off with the lead in the 20-lap Late Model feature with
Uniontown’s Garry Sisson in hot pursuit. Sisson chipped away at Hardesty and
assumed the front spot by the completion of the second circuit. Once in front,
Sisson took control, but couldn’t shake Hardesty who pressured him throughout the event. Not to be denied, Sisson held firm to the finish, netting him his first feature win in 2008, and etching him in the record books as the All-Time leading feature winner in the division, with eleven. Hardesty hung on for second in front of Chuck Bloom, Greg Hauger and Mason Zeigler. Mike Lewis, Jim Kutas, Wayne Jordan, Freddie Zeigler and Derek Doll rounded out the top ten. Jordan and Freddie Zeigler were the heat victors. Going into the final points race, Kutas’ lead is just a mere two points over Hardesty.

After an invert eight was drawn for the Street Stocks, Jim Byers used his front row starting spot to grab the lead as the green dropped. Byers led the first six laps before Jim Bendishaw Jr. replaced him in the leader spot. Bendishaw led for the next five laps when Newell’s Todd Dennis wrestled it away on lap 12. Dennis held on the final four exciting laps to grab his third win this season over Byers, Mike Duritsky, Bendishaw and Bob Nelson. Willie Porter, Marshall Coleman, Chris Lucy, Bob Newman and Josh Bendishaw filled out the top ten. Heat wins went to Duritsky and Bendishaw Jr. Bob Nelson holds a slim 13 point lead over Byers going into the final show next week.

Marty Spade Jr. started on the pole for the Chargers 12-lap feature leading many to assume the race would be a runaway. The Farmington hot shoe shot into the lead immediately being challenged by Kyle Burkholder. Meanwhile fifth starting Mark Peck caught and then replaced Burkholder for second and began to track down Spade. While the field was mixing it up, a caution appeared, putting Peck on Spade’s back bumper for the restart. Peck stayed on him but couldn’t find enough power to pass until the last lap when a lapped car caused Marty to check up. That was all it took, as Peck blew by on the inside and led the only lap that counted, the final one. It was Peck’s fourth win of the year making him the All-Time feature winner in the class with 16. Spade was a disappointed second over Kenny Burkholder, Bob Miller and Ryan Newman. Completing the top ten were Kyle Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, Bob Matthews, Bus Matthews and Joey Hollowood. Kenny Burkholder and Peck were heat winners. Peck narrowed Spade’s point lead to just 10 with one week to go.

Saturday, September 6 is the season finale, the Ed & Scott Nicholson Memorial, “King of the Knob”. The Super Late Models will go 51-laps for $5500 to win in the UFo Championship sanctioned event. Also on the card will be features only for the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. The Pit Gates open at 3 PM with Grandstands at 4 PM. Hot laps will be at 5 PM, with racing at 6 PM sharp.

Persistence Rewards Tim Senic With First-Ever Roaring Knob Super Late Feature Win

August 27th, 2008

Mark Peck Jr claimed his third victory with a wire to wire win in the 15-lap special event for the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers, while Vic Vandergrift won his fourth feature in the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds. Bob Nelson collected his third GNH Trucking Street Stock feature, while Mike Duritsky got the evening started by winning the Street Stock make-up feature; and Mason Zeigler picked up his second Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model main on Ft. Necessity Garage Night.

The first race of the night belonged to the Street Stocks as they ran their make-up feature from a fogged out event on July 5. Uniontown’s Mike Duritsky transformed his pole starting spot into a victory leading all 15-laps en-route to his second win of the year. Duritsky battled with Jim Byers before finally opening a comfortable lead. Jim Bendishaw Jr. (in his brother’s #7) took second on the final lap over Jim Byers, Todd Dennis and Bob Nelson. Comple
ting the top ten were Pat Monaghan, Tom Newman, Matt Franks, Marshall Coleman and Matt Rishel. Heats on July 5 went to Duritsky and Byers.

After all the qualifying events, the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers took over the speed plant for their 15-lap special. Mark Peck wasted little time taking the lead from his outside pole starting spot, a position he would not relinquish throughout the event. Bob Miller was the first driver to take up chase of the Lemont Furnace hot shoe, but Miller had his hands full with Kenny Burkholder who finally got by on lap 12. Burkholder held on to claim second over Marty Spade Jr., Miller, Kyle Burkholder, Bus Matthews, Shane Wheeler Sr., Bob Matthews, Jason Humberson and Russell Baird Jr. Frank Spade and Miller were the heat winners. Peck’s win tied him with Don Miller as the all-time leading Charger feature winner with 15.

An invert eight put Mel Minnick Jr. on the front row for the 25-lapper, and he led the first 11 laps of the Super Late Model feature before Tim Senic, of Elkins, WV, grabbed the lead. Senic withstood some heavy pressure from Billy Holbert until a flat tire sidelined him on lap 15, and Doug Horton became Senic’s next challenger. A determined Senic maneuvered the track flawlessly and went on to take the win, his first-ever feature at Roaring Knob, and second of the weekend. Doug Horton settled for second over 12th starting Butch McGill, Bob Gordon (from 11th ) was fourth, and 17th starting Gary Dalton=2
0worked his way to fifth. Sixth through tenth belonged to Ron Delano, Jr., Richard Frazier, Rodney Sweitzer, LC Powers and Dusty Hamrick. Holbert and Delano were the heat winners.

A slim field of Modifieds found Fairmont, WV’s Vic Vandergrift in victory lane for the fourth time this season. Vandergrift passed Nick Cramer on lap six to lead the final nine laps and collect the checkers. Cramer took second followed by Ray Johnson, Rick Strickler (in Be Thorn’s car), Will Rowe, Todd Daughenbaugh, Bobby Bennett and Mike Errett. Vandergrift won the lone heat.

It only took two weeks for Chalk Hill’s Mason Zeigler to return to the winner’s
circle in the Late Models. Zeigler started on the outside pole for the 20-lap event and immediately powered into the lead at the start. Zeigler had to contend with Mike Lewis the first 15-laps before points leader Jim Kutas got by. Kutas tried to mount a challenge, but Zeigler was too strong and claimed his second win this season. Kutas was second ahead of Lewis, Cody Hardesty, Freddie Zeigler, Wayne Jordan, Garry Sisson, Chuck Bloom, Shane Hitt and Dave Gump. Kutas and Freddie Zeigler were the heat winners.

Once they had several early race cautions out of their system, the nite cap Street Stock feature played out like it always does with exciting side by side racing action. Bob Nelson led all 15 laps, but he no time to breathe, as Jim Bendishaw Jr. threw everything he had at him. Never once did they touch as
they battled for the lead, before Nelson prevailed, coming home with his hird win this season. Bendishaw slipped a little giving Todd Dennis second on the final lap. The final top ten rundown had Nelson over Dennis, Bendishaw, Jr., Tom Newman, Mike Duritsky, Jim Byers, Marshall Coleman, Matt Rishel, Chris Lucy and George Kelley. Jim Bendishaw Jr., Duritsky and Nelson were the three heat race winners.

Just two races are left on the 2008 Schedule. Saturday, August 30 is a five-division show featuring a gigantic Holiday Fireworks display courtesy of Commonwealth Marketing Group. The Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models along with the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers will all be on hand as racing takes the green at 7:00pm.

The final race of the season takes place on September 6 with the running of the
51-lap, $5500 to Win, Ed & Scott Nicholson Memorial “King of the Knob” for the UFo Championship sanctioned Super Late Models. Also on tap that night are the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers running feature only events with extra purse money. Start time for the season finale is one hour earlier with pit gates opening at 3:00pm, grandstand gates at 4:00pm and racing starts at 6:00pm. More information regarding the season finale event can be found on the web site at roaringknob.com or you can call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Career First Charger Win for 16-Year-Old Ryan Newman; Chuck Bloom Blossoms in Late Model Main Event, Gordon, N. Dalton, Kutas & Dennis Collect Repeat Wins.

August 20th, 2008

Chuck Bloom ended a long dry spell when he won the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model feature, while Jim Kutas started off the racing program with a victory in the Late Model make-up feature from the fogged out event on July 5th. Repeat winners included Bob Gordon (Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models), Todd Dennis (GNH Trucking Street Stocks) and Nolan Dalton (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds).

The Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models came trackside first for their 20-lap make-up feature. Jim Kutas, of Elizabeth, started sixth in the line-up and wasted no time in taking the lead on the third circuit from Andy Spooner. Once out front, Kutas went unchallenged to capture his third win of the season. Jeff Ferguson rode home second over Greg Hauger, Chuck Bloom, Garry Sisson, Beau Glemba, Mason Zeigler, Cody Hardesty, Spooner and Tom Sieger.

Louie Krushansky made a return visit to Roaring Kno b and jumped out front at the start of the 15-lap Brooks Auto Group Modified feature. Krushansky led until lap six when the second place car of Phil Jeffries made contact with Krushansky, spinning both drivers out. This put Be Thorn on the point and he led the next five laps before Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton, who came from the rear after a lap four spin, replaced Thorn as the leader. Dalton then went
uncontested the final four laps for his second feature win at the Knob. Krushansky came back through to finish second over Phil Jeffries, Bobby Bennett and Rod Lanham. Six through ten were Todd Daughenbaugh, Mike Errett, Josh Cramer, Josh Revels and Be Thorn. Vic Vandergrift and Jeffries were the heat winners.

Up next was the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models for their 25-lap feature.
Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon started on the pole after an invert 10 was drawn by one of the fans. Gordon made the most of his good luck to lead every lap and take home his second win of 2008. Gordon first received pressure from Mel Minnick, Jr. and then from Doug Horton the final 11 laps, but an unfaltering Gordon held off Horton and went on to claim the checkers. Horton came home second followed by Billy Holbert, Tim Senic, Minnick, Greg Gellner, Ron Delano, Jr., Bob Hershman, LC Powers and Danny Pugh. Hershman and Delano were the heat winners.

The 15-lap GNH Trucking Street Stock feature was the type of race that has you still talking about it a week later. Young Joey Wrona led the first three laps before Jim Bendishaw, Jr. took over. Bendishaw then had Todd Dennis all over his side bars and back bumper from lap six until lap 14, and the battle behind them was just as intense. Dennis pulled along side of Bendishaw many times during the event, but on the final lap he went to the outside of turns three & four and made the winning pass coming for the checker. The win was Dennis’ second of the season. Bendishaw finished a heartbreaking second. A wild
five-car battle right behind saw Mike Duritsky come home third over Jim Byers, Josh Bendishaw, Wrona, and Bob Nelson. Next in line were Matt Rishel, Chris Lucy and Barry Faris to complete the top ten. Josh Bendishaw and Jim Byers were heat winners, but Bendishaw forgot to go over the scales and was DQed handing the win to Duritsky.

When the green dropped in the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature, fourth starting Ryan Newman powered his way into the lead immediately and began to pull away. Newman had a comfortable lead until a caution on lap 10 bunched the field. When the green waved again, the teen driver from Lemont Furnace pulled away from Mark Peck, Jr. to earn his career first feature win. Behind Newman and Peck at the finish were Kyle Burkholder, Bob Miller, Kenny Burkholder, Marty Spade, Jr., Bob Matthews, Bus Matthews, Shane Wheeler, Jr., and Donnie Walters. Heat wins went to Peck and Kenny Burkholder.

The start of the 20-lap Commonwealth Late Model feature saw Mason Z
eigler taking the initial lead. Zegler, who was fighting the loss of power steering, led the first nine lap before Uniontown’s Chuck Bloom zoomed into the lead. Bloom drove a flawless race while being pressured by Jeff Ferguson throughout to take his first win since July of 2006. Ferguson settled for runner-up honors again with Greg Hauger third, Garry Sisson fourth, and Mason Zeigler rounding out the top five. Derek Doll, Jim Kutas, Beau Glemba, Tom Sieger and Cody Hardesty filled out the top ten. Heats went to Kutas and Sisson.

Coming up on August 23rd, the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers will be in the spotlight with a special event joined by the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds and GNH Trucking Street Stocks. Additionally, the always exciting GNH Trucking Street Stocks will run their makeup feature from the fogged out July 5 event.

Upcoming Events
August 23 – Fort Necessity Garage V8 Charger Extra Distance Special plus a
doubleheader for the GNH Trucking Street Stocks (includes a make-up feature from 7/5) and regular racing for the Victory Chevrolet Super Lates, CMG Late Models and the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds.

August 30 – Five Division Regular Racing Program plus HOLIDAY FIREWORKS presented by Commonwealth Marketing Group

September 6 – Season Finale – Ufo Touring Series Event “Ed & Scott Nicholson
Memorial” King of the Knob, SLM’s $5500 to Win, 51 Laps, plus features for Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks & Chargers.

Teenager Mason Zeigler Scores Career First Win In Late Model “Timothy Aaron Lucy Memorial”: McGill, Vandergrift, Nelson and Spade Jr. All Repeat Winners At Roaring Knob.

August 15th, 2008

Butch McGill found the winner’s circle in the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Model feature while Bob Nelson pulled off a thrilling win in the GNH Trucking Street Stock main event. Vic Vandergrift won the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds and Marty Spade, Jr. took the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. The night sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was run in honor of former Roaring Knob 4-cylinder competitor, Timothy Aaron Lucy, who at the age of 25 lost his battle with Leukemia in 2003.

The first feature to hit the surface was the 12-lap Ft. Necessity Garage Charger main. Starting outside pole, Marty Spade had the crowd thinking it was already over. However, young Ryan Newman had other ideas as the 16-year-old hounded the “Farmington Flyer” all twelve laps, pulling along side Spade on almost every lap. Spade was up to the challenge and at the finish came away with his division leading fifth feature win. Newman claimed a very close second with Mark Peck breathing down his back. Bob Miller, Shane Wheeler, Jr., Kenny Burkholder, Kyle Burkholder, Brad Jenkins, Joey Hollowood and Russell Baird, Jr. completed the top ten. Peck and Miller were the heat winners.

The special 25-lap Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model feature highlighted the evening’s card. Laurel Highlands high school student, Mason Zeigler from Chalk Hill, started on the pole and immediately took the lead at the drop of the green. Zeigler quickly built up a sizeable lead that was wiped out when the caution waved on lap six. When racing resumed, Mason held the lead, but his older brother Freddie was breathing down his tailpipe. The duo battled lap after furious lap with Mason holding off his brother when the yellow reappeared on the 20th circuit regrouping the troops for the final five laps. One more caution appeared on lap 23, but not before 15th starting Jeff Ferguson took over second from Freddie Zeigler, leaving a two lap shoot-out to settle the outcome. Ferguson pressured the youngster the final two laps but he was not to be denied taking his career first Late Model win. Ferguson took second over Freddie Zeigler, Garry Sisson and Robbie Black. Sixth through tenth went to Cody Hardesty, Wayne Jordan, Chuck Bloom, Daniel Hill and David Gump. Heats were won by Sisson and Bloom.

West Union, WV’s Butch McGill’s last visit to Roaring Knob was back on May 24 and he was the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Model winner that night. Per Roaring Knob procedures, McGill had to start 12th because he won the last time there, and he put on a show for the appreciative fans. When an invert four draw placed the always tough Gary Dalton on the pole for the feature, many of the fans had the race over before it started. Dalton blasted out into the lead, but was hounded by Tim Senic, fresh off an Elkins win the night before, for 24 laps. Going into turn one after taking the white flag, Senic got into the back of Dalton sending him for a spin to bring out the caution. Both he and Dalton were put to the tail, and McGill who had battled his way to third suddenly found himself the new leader. McGill’s Ford powered Rocket held off a persistent Bob Gordon who also had a super run from 11th, to take his second win this season. Behind McGill and Gordon were Mel Minnick, Jr., Joe Loudin, Billy Holbert (from 15th ) Greg Gellner, LC Powers, John Over, Danny Pugh and Josh Coffman. McGill and Gellner were the heat winners.

Fairmont WV’s Vic Vandergrift started third and had the lead by the completion of lap one. Throughout the event, Vandergrift never faltered on his way to winning his third Brooks Auto Group Modified feature. Twelfth starting Nolan Dalton raced home for a strong second place finish followed by Rod Lanham, Phil Jeffries and Nick Cramer. Filling out the top ten were Mike Errett, Todd Daughenbaugh, Jerry Haseleu (in Bobby Bennett’s #55), Ray Johnson and Dennis Perigo. Jeffries=20 and Dalton won the two heats.

The final feature of the evening, the15-lap GNH Trucking Street Stocks, turned out to be one of the best of the night. Justin Chipps led lap one before Jim Byers took over and led lap two. On lap three Todd Dennis came from his eighth starting spot to grab the lead. Joe Wrona latched on to Dennis’ back bumper and the two battled it out for the point position. Wrona made several attempts to get around Dennis, to no avail. As those two were going at it, twelfth starting Bob Nelson, of Uniontown, had zoomed into third by lap six and tracked the leaders down. Nelson used the outside line to simultaneously pass Wrona and Dennis both on lap 13 then went on to lead the final two laps to score his second win of the year. Dennis was second over Wrona, Marshall Coleman and Sam King. Charlie McClain, Chris Lucy, Mike Duritsky, Jim Byers and Pat Monaghan filled out the top ten. Josh Bendishaw and Dennis were the heat winners.

Only four events are left in the 2008 season. Saturday, August 16 will be a five division show for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, the Commonwealth Marketing Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Also on tap and included in the evening will be the July 5th 20-lap make-up feature for the Late Models

Don’t forget our biggest event of the season is coming up on Saturday, September 6th, The Ed & Scott Nicholson Memorial,”King of=2
0the Knob” paying the winner $5,500. The 51-lap Super Late Model race will be a UFo sanctioned event with the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers also on the special card running features only.

Upcoming Events

August 16: 5-Division Regular Racing Program including the 7/5 Make-up feature for the Commonwealth Marketing Late Models. Glotfelty Tire Service Night

August 23: Fort Necessity Garage Charger Extra Distance Special plus other four divisions including the 7/5 Make-up feature for the GNH Trucking Street Stocks. Fort Necessity Garage Night.

August 30: 5-Division Regular Racing Program “Commonwealth Marketing Group Night” plus HOLIDAY FIREWORKS presented by Commonwealth Marketing.

Gordon, Duritsky, Zeigler & Smith All 2008 First Time Winners at Roaring Knob

August 2nd, 2008

Phil Jeffries claimed the 20-lap Modified feature along with the $500 first prize while Mike Duritsky won the Street Stock 20-lap Special. Other 2008 first time winners included Bob Gordon (Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models) Freddie Zeigler (Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models) and Shawn Smith (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers). Dennis Perigo collected his second set of checkers this season in the regularly scheduled Brooks Auto Group Modified feature on GNH Trucking night at the track.

Immediately following the popular on-track Driver Autograph Session, the 20-lap
make-up feature for the Modifieds started off the jam packed night of racing. Todd Daughenbaugh led lap one before Vic Vandergrift took over. Vandergrift’s stay at the front lasted ten laps before Phil Jeffries of Montrose WV made his way by on lap 11. Jeffries led the final nine laps to take his second win of the season. Vandergrift held on for second over Ron Parrish, Dennis Perigo and Lou Ennis. Ray Johnson, Bobby Bennett, Nick Cramer, Be Thorn and Josh Cramer filled out the top ten. The race was red flagged on lap 11 when Jason Ammons, from Fairview WV, was involved in a grinding crash in turn two with the impact location mainly on the driver’s side. After a careful and lengthy process to extricate him from his car, Jason was transported to the hospital where further examination determined that he had indeed incurred a broken femur
(thigh bone).

Earlier in the evening, Uniontown’s Mike Duritsky told his wife he would do his best to win the GNH Trucking Street Stock feature for their 15th Wedding Anniversary, and that is exactly what he did. Duritsky started third in the 22-car field, but had the lead by the time they hit the back straight. That proved to be the winning move; however, he had his hands full throughout as he held off strong challenges from Jim Bendishaw, Jr. and Bob Nelson all 20-laps. Bendishaw, Nelson, Todd Dennis and Jim Byers were the top five. Six through ten went to John Redshaw, Tom Newman, Josh Bendishaw, Sam King and Joe Wrona. Dennis, Jim Bendishaw, Jr. and Nelson were the heat winners.

An invert four was drawn for the 25-lap Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, and that put Gary Dalton on the pole. Most fans felt the race was over, but Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon had other ideas. Gordon dogged Dalton from the start and made several attempts to take the lead. On lap 14 the upper A arm broke and two laps later he spun in turn two bringing out the caution. This handed the lead over to Gordon, and he commanded the remaining laps to score his first win at the Knob since 2004. LC Powers took second with Ron Delano, Jr. third, Gary Gellner fourth and Mel Minnick, Jr. fifth. Scott Spade, Bob Hershman, Billy Holbert, Danny Pugh and Todd Lewis filled the top ten. Hershman and Gordon grabbed the heat wins.

In only his second time out this season, Confluence’s Shawn Smith used his outside front row starting spot to lead all 12-laps of the Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature. An excited Smith took his sixth career win and first of 2008 after a four car battle with Marty Spade, Jr., Bob Miller and Mark Peck. Smith beat out 12th starting Marty Spade, Jr. by a fender as they crossed the finish line. Miller took home third over Peck and Jason Humberson. Completing the top ten were Bob Matthews, Brad Jenkins, Kenny Burkholder, Bus Matthews and Donnie Walters. Peck and Spade were the heat winners.

The sophomore jinx is gone for Chalk Hill’s Freddie Zeigler. Zeigler parlayed his front row starting spot into victory in the 20-lap Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model feature. The win was his first of the season and second career. Zeigler led all 20-laps for the win over seventh starting Garry Sisson, Mason Zeigler, who came from the back after getting collected in an earlier accident, Cody Hardesty and Chuck Bloom. Andy Spooner, Dan Angelicchio, Derek Doll, David Gump and Jim Kutas were the top ten. Kutas and Sisson took heat wins.

With lightning flickering in the distance, the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds came out for their second feature of the night and Stoystown’s Dennis Perigo blasted off into the lead from his front row start. Seventh starting Vic Vandergrift caught Perigo and made what appeared to be a winning pass on lap six. Vandergrift started to pull away and looked to have another win in the books when he suddenly exited the track under a lap eight caution. This handed the lead back to Perigo who never faltered to beat out the challenges of Be Thorn for his second win of the year. Thorn, Phil Jeffries, Ron Parrish, Bobby Bennett, Lou Ennis, Todd Daughenbaugh, Frank Billie, Ray Johnson and Vandergrift made up the top ten. Heat wins went to Parrish and Vandergrift.

Next week, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, will be dark for their annual
mid-season break. Racing will return on August 9 with the /Leukemia & Lymphoma
Society /Timothy Aaron Lucy Memorial. The Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models will have their special extra distance race that night joined by the Super Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers in a regular program.

Upcoming Events:
August 2: No racing
August 9: Special Event: Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model Special plus
Other 4 Divisions. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Timothy Aaron Lucy Memorial”.

August 16: Five Division Regular Show plus 20-lap make-up feature from 7/5 for Late Models, Glotfelty Tire Service Night.

Dalton Gang Ambushes Roaring Knob Competition Saturday Night

July 24th, 2008

Nolan Dalton (Gary’s cousin) hit the bull’s eye as well triggering his first win in the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, while Bob Nelson notched his first GNH Trucking Street Stock main of the season. Repeat winners were Jim Kutas (Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models) and Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers) on Kenworth Trucks of PA Night.

For the second week in a row the Super Late Models took center stage for their
second special event of the year. Last week Gary Dalton had the big win handed to him on the final lap of the special make-up event. This week he handed it to himself as he was simply untouchable in winning the 40-lap feature and the $3000 check that went along with it. Dalton shot from his third starting position to take the lead with Doug Horton in tow. A flawless Dalton never relinquished the top spot throughout, and the only time anyone got close to him was in lapped traffic or under caution. When the checker waved, Dalton found himself back in victory lane for the fourth time this season. Horton and Alex Ferree dueled it out for runner-up honors with Horton cashing in at the finish. Ferree settled for third with Bob Hershman fourth, and Bob Gordon completed the top five. Mel Minnick, Jr., Greg Fetters, Tim Senic, LC Powers and Gary Gellner rounded out the top ten. Heat wins for the 25-car field went
to Dalton, Hershman and Horton.

Andre Layfield jumped out to the early lead in the Brooks Auto Group Modified
feature. Layfield led the first four laps before Morgantown WV’s Nolan Dalton shot by and rode off to score his first-ever Modified feature win. Layfield finished in second over Vic Vandergrift, Phil Jeffries and Dennis Perigo. Rod Lanham, Nick Cramer, Lou Ennis, Todd Daughenbaugh and Mike Errett filled out the top ten. Jeffries and Dalton were the heat winners.

Mike Lewis took the lead at the drop of the green in the Commonwealth Marketing
Group Late Model Feature. Lewis was driving a great race until he spun in turn four and grazed the inside wall on lap 17, ending his night. This gave the top spot to Elizabeth’s Jim Kutas, who went on to lead the final three laps to take his second feature win of the season. Andy Spooner claimed the runner-up spot with Garry Sisson third, Daniel Hill fourth and David Gump completing the top five. They were followed by Greg Hauger, Cody Hardesty, Beau Glemba and Derek Doll. Chuck Bloom and Fred Zeigler were heat victors.

Josh Bendishaw looked to be heading to his career first win in the GNH Trucking
Street Stocks. Bendishaw led the first eleven laps, but Dunbar’s Bob Nelson was
hungry for his first win. Nelson got underneath Bendishaw in turn two and took over the lead on the next circuit. Nelson led the final four laps to get his first win of the 2008 season. Bendishaw’s fine run earned him second over Mike Duritsky, Jim Bendishaw, Jr. and Sam King. Rounding out the top ten were Jim Byers, Chris Lucy, Willie Porter, Matt Franks and Charlie McClain. Nelson and King were heat winners.

The ‘Farmington Flyer’, Marty Spade, Jr. wasted little time in getting to the front from his sixth starting spot in the Fort Necessity Garage 12-lap feature event. As they crossed the line completing lap one, Spade was already in control, and he never looked back in taking his fourth win of the season. Rookie driver Kyle Burkholder had his best finish for second over Brad Jenkins, Bob Miller, and last week’s feature winner, Kenny Burkholder. Sixth through tenth were Bus Matthews, Jason Humberson, Bryson Sanders, Mark Peck and Bob Matthews. Peck and Ryan Newman earned the heat wins for the 19 car field.

Next Saturday, July 26 is Autograph Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. After hot laps the drivers will all pull their cars out on the track and everyone is invited to come out and meet the drivers. Gates Open at 4:30 with hot laps at 6PM. The autograph session will take place from 6:45 until 7:15 with racing starting at 7:30. The Brooks Auto Group Modifieds will run their makeup feature from July 5 paying $500 to win. Then a complete show will take place for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers.

Gary Dalton and Alex Ferree Score Exciting Super Late Wins at Roaring Knob; Kenny Burkholder Gets Career First Win in Chargers.

July 17th, 2008

In the regularly
scheduled feature events, Alex Ferree added his name to the win list in the Super Late Models while Todd Dennis took his first win of the season in the GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Kenny Burkholder grabbed a career first win in the Chargers. Other winners were Vic Vandergrift (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds), and Wayne Jordan (Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models) on Mel’s Truck Service Night.

The night started off with the Charger make-up feature fogged out from July 5. Bob Miller led the first two laps before Lemont Furnace’s Mark Peck Jr. turned up the wick and passed Miller for the lead on lap three. Peck raced home to his first win since opening night. Miller hung on for second over Jason Humberson, Brad Jenkins and Marty Spade Jr. Filling out the top ten were Kenny Burkholder, Bus Matthews, Jerry Walters Jr. and Bob Matthews.

The Super Late Model make-up feature was next, and it quickly turned into a gunslinger’s duel with “Billy the Kid” Holbert and “Gary the Outlaw” Dalton firing bullets at each other throughout the exciting 35 lapper. Bobby Hill jumped into the lead at the drop of the green. Fifth starting Gary Dalton wasted no time in taking the lead on lap five from Hill and looked to be
on his way to another victory, however, Billy Holbert had been lurking in the top five and took over second a few laps later. Holbert quickly caught Dalton and the two put on an outstanding shootout for the appreciative fans. As they battled it out, Holbert swept past Dalton with five to go to assume the lead. The skirmish continued with Holbert now in command, but with the checker in sight, his tire went flat and Dalton took to the outside and raced to the stripe for his third win of the season. A dejected Holbert limped home second followed by Bob Hershman, Alex Ferree (from the tail), and Scott Spade. Gary Gellner, LC Powers, Bob Gordon, Richard Frazier and Todd Bachman rounded out the top ten.

With the makeup features out of the way, it was on to the regular show. Following the completion of the qualifying heat races, the first feature belonged to the Street Stocks, and Markleysburg’s own Todd Dennis took advantage of a front row starting spot to shake the monkey of his back. Dennis earned his first feature of the season at Roaring Knob and second of the weekend, winning at Elkins on Friday. Dancing through rain drops, Dennis beat out veteran Jim Byers followed by Sam King, Mike Duritsky and Josh Bendishaw. Sixth through tenth were Jim Bendishaw Jr., Chris Lucy, Joe Wrona, Marshall Coleman and Tom Newman. Bob Nelson, Dennis and Byers claimed heat wins.

Vic Vandergrift, of Fairmont, WV, became the first driver to repeat in the
Modifieds. Vandergrift took the lead from Nick Cramer on lap four and drove off into the thickening clouds as the sprinkles continued throughout the 15-lap event. Dennis Perigo worked his way from 12th to take second followed by Nolan Dalton, Cramer, Be Thorn, Todd Daughenbaugh, Mike Errett, Bobby Bennett, Jason Ammons and Rod Lanham. Heats went to Dalton and Vandergrift.

Mother Nature relented and spared the speedway from more of the wet stuff as the Super Lates returned to the track next for their 25-lap feature. It took three attempts to get the event underway, but Bobby Hill from third finally assumed the lead and held off a hard charging Bob Gordon and Billy Holbert for several circuits. Meanwhile, all eyes were on Saxonburg’s Alex Ferree. Ferree, involved in a first lap accident sending him clear to the tail, simply wowed the big crowd as he used the outside line lap after lap to work his way to second by lap 17. Still using the outside groove, Ferree swept past Hill on the next circuit to take over the lead. Ferree went unchallenged the remaining laps to sc ore his first win at Roaring Knob. Second went to20Hill over Gordon, Holbert and Chuck Clise. Richard Frazier, Greg Gellner, John Over, Stanley Spooner and Danny Mitchell filled out the top ten. Ferree, Over and Gordon were the heat winners.

Dilliner’s Wayne Jordan became the first driver to repeat in the Late Models. Jordan battled with leader Jim Kutas for twelve laps before Kutas looped it in turn four. This handed the lead over to Jordan who sped away to his second win of the season. Cody Hardesty had his best finish taking second over Chuck Bloom, Mike Lewis, Daniel Hill, Andy Spooner, David Gump, Garry Sisson, Derek Doll and Tom Sieger. Heat wins went to Fred Zeigler and Kutas.

The seventh, and final feature of the night belonged to the Chargers. Kenny
Burkholder started on the pole after an invert six pill was drawn. After coming close a few weeks ago, Burkholder got the job done leaving no doubt about it, and raced to his career first Charger feature win. Kenny held off a fast closing Marty Spade Jr. in the non-stop 12-lap feature. Peck took third with Ryan Newman, Kyle Burkholder, Bob Matthews, Brad Jenkins, Bob Miller, Bus Matthews and Donnie Walters making up the top ten. Newman and Peck grabbed20the heat wins.

All the feature winners received plaques courtesy of the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club.

Next week the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models take the spotlight again with a 40-lap feature paying $3000 to win. Also on tap will be the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Bro ok Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Additionally, the Street Stocks will make up their July 5th fogged out 15-lap feature.

MOTHER NATURE WINS ANOTHER AT ROARING KNOB AS RAIN, THEN FOG FINALLY HALTS ACTION AFTER COMPLETION OF HEAT RACES ON JULY 5

July 10th, 2008

The 35-lap, $2500 to win
Super Late Model feature, and the make-up 12-lap Charger feature have been added to the July 12th regularly scheduled 5-division racing program. There will be NO increase in admission for this bonus event; adult admission is just $10, kids 10 and under are free.

The Super Late Models return to the spotlight on July 19th for their already
scheduled 40-lap, $3000 to win Special Event, and the 15-lap Street Stock make-up feature will be added to the program. The 20-lap $500 to win Modified Special will be made up on July 26, and the Late Model make-up feature will be run on August 16. A complete revised 2008 Schedule of Events is posted on the Roaring Knob web site at www.roaringknob.com.

Winners of the heat races for the twenty-four Super Late Models were Bob Gordon, Gary Dalton and Billy Holbert. Late Model heat victors were Jeff Ferguson and Freddie Zeigler. Nolan Dalton and Bobby Bennett won the Modified heats while the three winners in the Street Stock prelims were Mike Duritsky, Jim Byers and Tom Newman. Brad Jenkins and Mark Peck Jr. picked up the heat race wins in the V8 Charger Division.

UPCOMING JULY EVENTS:
July 12: Make-up 35-lap $2500-to-win Super Late Model Feature and Make-up 12-lap Charger Feature plus complete 5-division regular show. Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night.

July 19: Special Event: 40-lap $3000-to-win Super Late Model Special plus regular show for other 4 divisions, and make-up 15-lap Street Stock feature.

July 26: Fan Appreciation/Driver Autograph Night (on track before the races).
20-lap, $500 to Win Make-up feature for Modifieds, plus regular show.

MOTHER NATURE CONTINUES TO BE BIG WINNER AT ROARING KNOB

July 4th, 2008

Although the radar showed that her unwelcome visit would be brief, it turned out not to be the case, and finally management awarded her win number six on the season, and the racing program was cancelled. As a result of the rainout, next week’s Saturday, July 5th special racing program will now also include Holiday Fireworks to accompany the 35-lap, $2500 to Win event for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, and the 20-lap, $500 to Win race for the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds. In addition, there will be a full
regular racing program for the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, GNH
Trucking Street Stocks, and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers.

Rainchecks from June 28 will be good at their face value for any remaining event on the Roaring Knob schedule with the exception of the season finale UFo Late Model Touring Event “King of the Knob” on September 6.

Adult Admission for the July 5th Special Event is just $15; children ten and under are admitted for FREE. Pit Gates open at 4:30, grandstand gates open at 5 with racing at 7:00pm.

For additional information, visit the web site at roaringknob.com, or you can call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223. Raceday phone: 724-329-0306.

Upcoming Events:
July 5 – Special event for Super Late Models, 35-laps, $2500 to win and Modifieds, 20-laps $500 to win, & regular show for Late Models, Street Stocks and Chargers plus HOLIDAY FIREWORKS by Appalachian Timber Products.

July 12 – Five Division Racing Program, Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night, Mel’s Truck Service Night.

July 19 – Special event for Super Late Models, 40-laps, $3000 to win plus regular show for other 4 divisions. Kenworth Trucks of PA Night.

Jim Bendishaw Jr. Takes $500 in Dick Rugh Appreciation Street Stock Feature; Wayne Jordan Ends Two-Year Draught With Late Model Win at Roaring Knob

June 26th, 2008

Fairmont WV’s Billy Holbert, (Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models) and Stoystown’s Dennis Perigo, (Brooks Automotive Group Modifieds), took home their first wins of the 2008 season while Farmington’s Marty Spade, Jr. grabbed his third straight Ft. Necessity Garage Charger feature.

The first feature to hit the dirt was for the Ft. Necessity Garage V8 Chargers, and rookie driver Kyle Burkholder took the initial lead at the start of the 12-lap feature. Bob Miller took over on lap three and raced side-by-side with 12th starting Marty Spade Jr. for the next several circuits. Spade was finally able to complete the winning pass on lap seven, and then held off Miller the remaining laps to take his third Charger feature in a row. Miller held on for second over Brad Jenkins, Mark Peck and Ryan Newman. Sixth through tenth were Kyle Burkholder, Bob Matthews, Bus Matthews, Joey Hollowood and Jason Humberson. Heat wins went to Spade and Peck.

The GNH Trucking Street Stocks took center stage for their special 20-lap Dick Rugh Appreciation feature event. Tom Newman grabbed the lead at the start and fought with Mike Duritsky, Jimmy and Josh Bendishaw for the first eight laps. Duritsky led laps nine and ten finally giving way to Jimmy Bendishaw Jr. The Uniontown driver held on through several late race cautions to claim the checker and $500 winner’s check netting him his first feature win since July 23, 2005. Jim Byers came home second with Bob Nelson third (from 20th), EJ Rozak fourth (from 10th), and Marshall Coleman (from 16th ) took fifth. Tom Newman, Josh Bendishaw, Matt Rishell, George Kelley and Barry Faris filled out the top ten. Jimmy Bendishaw and Joe Wrona were the heat winners.

Lucky Billy Holbert took full advantage of drawing the envelope for the Victory
Chevrolet Super Late Model’s first straight-up start of the season. At the drop of the green, Holbert charged into the lead and never relinquished it to score his first win at the Knob in 2008. Bob Gordon gave the Holbert all he could he handle throughout the 25-lap event to claim the second spot. Gary Dalton came from 12th to take third over Bob Hershman and Mel Minnick, Jr. Rounding out the top ten were Scott Spade, Mike Steck , John Over, LC Powers and Steve Booth. Heats were taken by Holbert and Gordon.

Dilliner’s Wayne Jordan Jr. had one of those seasons last year that he would like to forget and nearly called it quits. However, a determined Jordan came back out this season and promptly put his red #1 in victory lane for the first time since July 1, 2006 in the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models. Jordan held off seventh starting Mike Lewis the final eight laps of the 20-lap feature to secure the win. Lewis had his best finish of the season taking second over Cody Hardesty, Greg Hauger, Chuck Bloom, Jim Kutas, David Gump, Fred Zeigler, Tom Sieger and Gary Sisson. Heat wins went to Fred Zeigler and Jim Kutas.

Rod Lanham took off at the start of the final event of the night, the 15-lap Brooks Automotive Group Modified feature. With lightning flashing in the sky, Dennis Perigo bolted past Lanham for the lead on lap three and went on to take his first win of 2008 at Roaring Knob. By mid-point of the race the fast approaching lightning storm had fans heading for the exits, and in the interest of driver safety, the race was checkered at 12 laps, just as it started to rain. Vic Vandergrift was second with Lanham, Nick Cramer, Bobby Bennett, Mike Errett, Frank Billie, Ray Johnson, Be Thorn and Jason Ammons filling out the top ten. Vic Vandergrift and Ray Johnson took heat wins.

To get the Fourth of July holiday started early, on Saturday, June 28 Roaring Knob and Appalachian Timber Products will be presenting a gigantic fireworks display in addition to a full regular show for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Automotive Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Gates open at 5pm with racing at 7pm. For more information, visit the web site at roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

MOTHER NATURE SCORES 5TH WIN SATURDAY JUNE 14 AT ROARING KNOB

June 16th, 2008

After the intense storm finally let up, more rounds of heavy rain showers followed, forcing management to once again cancel the scheduled racing program. The Victory Chevrolet Super Late Model, $2500-to-win, 35-lap special event has been rescheduled for Saturday, July 5 to run in addition to the already scheduled Brooks Auto Group Modified Special, and the other three divisions of Commonwealth Marketing Late Models, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers, which will present a full regular racing program.

Saturday, June 21 will be a regular five-division racing program, and it is also Dick Rugh Appreciation Night at the track. Gates open at 5:00pm with racing starting promptly at 7:00pm. For more information about Roaring Knob, visit the track’s web site at roaringknob.com, or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

JEFFRIES & FERGUSON NEW ROARING KNOB WINNERS; G. DALTON, NEWMAN AND M. SPADE REPEAT

June 10th, 2008

Other winners, each for the second time, were Gary Dalton (Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models), Tom Newman (GNH Trucking Street Stocks) and Marty Spade, Jr. (Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers).

Montrose, WV’s Phil Jeffries was riding high after his win Friday night at Elkins and he carried the adrenaline rush over to Saturday as he captured the 15-lap Brooks Auto Group Modified feature for his second win of the weekend. Jeffries grabbed the lead from Ron Parrish Jr. on lap seven, and led the final eight laps to capture the win. Parrish held on to claim second followed closely by Nick Cramer, Bobby Bennett and Nolan Dalton. Todd Daughenbaugh, Be Thorn, Mike Errett, Vic Vandergrift and Rod Lanham finished out the top ten. Dalton and Jeffries took the heat wins.

One thing for sure, you can never count Morgantown, WV’s Gary Dalton out. Bob Gordon jumped out to the lead from his outside pole starting spot and looked to be well on his way to the win in the 25-lap Victory Chevrolet Super Late Model feature. Gordon led until lap 11 when sixth starting Dalton, who patiently picked his way to the front, made the winning pass. All Gordon could do was hang within a couple of car lengths as Dalton crossed under the checkered for the second time this season. Behind Dalton and Gordon at the stripe were Billy Holbert, Tim Senic and Bob Hershman. Sixth went to Ron Delano, Jr., over LC Powers, Scott Spade, Gary Gellner and Matt Cosner. Delano and Holbert grabbed the heat wins.

The best feature of the night belonged to the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. A
heavily smoking Bob Matthews led one lap before recent high school graduate, Kenny Burkholder took over. Mill Run’s Burkholder was pulling away from the field when a caution came out on lap six of the 12-lap race. On the restart Mark Peck was glued to Burkholder’s rear bumper, but that didn’t faze him. Burkholder continued to lead, but with mounting pressure from Peck and Farmington’s Marty Spade, Jr. The three drivers raced side-by-side, never touching. As the threesome came out of turn four for the checkered, the fans were on their feet as Spade used the outside to nip Burkholder by less than a nose piece at the line. Peck finished third ahead of Fred Spiker and Jason Humberson. Sixth through tenth were Kyle Burkholder, Ryan Newman, Brad Jenkins, Bob Miller and Dale Zufall. Spiker and Peck claimed heat wins.

Front row starters Bob Nelson and Tom Newman, duked it out for the win in the GNH Trucking Street Stocks. Nelson was looking for his first of the season and led the first eight laps of the 15-lap grind. A restart on lap nine saw Newman get a slight edge on Nelson at the start, and by the time they hit turn one, he was the new leader. The Lemont Furnace driver then held off Sam King the remaining distance to earn his second feature of the season. Jimmy Bendishaw rode home third, Jim Byers was fourth, and Todd Dennis, (who went back to their shop and changed an engine after warm-ups), rounded out the top five. Nelson, George Kelley, Mike Duritsky, Matt Rishell and Joe Wrona completed the top ten. Byers and King were the heat winners.

An invert six found Garry Sisson starting on the pole for the 20-lap Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Model feature. Sisson took immediate control at the start while the troops behind were sorting themselves out. Lap four saw Cody Hardesty taking the lead from Sisson only to have a caution fly. Back on the point after the yellow, Sisson continued to lead Hardesty, who applied pressure lap after lap, finally losing the handle on lap 10. This moved Uniontown’s Jeff Ferguson up to second, and he took up chase of Sisson. Ferguson put his nose under Sisson’s #88 many times but could not get by. Sisson crossed under the checker for the apparent win, however, the post race inspection found Sisson’s car missing the mandatory chip in the ignition box, handing the win over to Jeff Ferguson. Freddie Zeigler, Mike Lewis, Jim Kutas and Andy Spooner were the new top five followed by Hardesty, Mason Zeigler, Chuck Bloom, and Greg Hauger with Sisson relegated to the tail of the finish sheet. Kutas and Hauger were the heat winners.

Next week, June 14, the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models take center stage for a special 35-lap, $2500 to win race. Also in action will be the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. For more information about Roaring Knob visit the track website at roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

MOTHER NATURE TAKES ANOTHER WIN AT ROARING KNOB ON SATURDAY MAY 31

June 2nd, 2008

Racing will resume hopefully under better weather conditions, on Saturday, June 7 when the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers are back in action at 7:00pm.

On Saturday, June 14, the first special event for the Super Late Models will be
spotlighted as they compete for the $2500.00 winner’s share in the 35-lap race.
Our other four divisions will be in action as well. Please note our new gate
opening times that went into effect back on May 24. Pit gates open at 4:30, and our grandstand gates open at 5:00pm. Warm ups still begin at 6:15, with racing underway promptly at 7:00pm.

For more information about racing at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, visit our web site at roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

FIVE NEW WINNERS FIND VICTORY LANE SATURDAY NIGHT AT ROARING KNOB

May 27th, 2008

Adding their names to the winner’s list were Butch McGill in the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Jim Kutas, (Commonwealth Marketing Late Models), Vic Vandergrift, (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds), Jim Byers (GNH Trucking Street Stocks) and Marty Spade Jr. (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers).

The Fort Necessity Garage Chargers were in the feature spotlight first, and Marty Spade, Jr. from nearby Farmington, passed Bus Matthews on the third lap, then led the final nine circuits to earn his first trip to the winner’s circle in the young season. Once Spade took the lead, he never looked back in beating Brad Jenkins by nearly a half straightaway at the finish. Young guns Jason Humberson, Ryan Newman and Kyle Burkholder (from 18th) filled out the top five. Sixth through tenth were Joey Hollowood, Mark Peck, Adam McCormick, Bus Matthews and Dale Zufall. Taking heat wins for the 20 cars on hand were Marty Spade, Jr. and Bob Matthews.

After an invert twelve was drawn for the 25-lap Victory Chevrolet Super Late Model feature line-up, John Over took advantage of his front row starting spot to take the early lead. Over looked to be on his way to a career first Super Late Model win, leading the first 15 laps before Gary Gellner charged into the top spot on lap 16. Gellner’s time at the front lasted for six furious laps when West Union, WV’s Butch McGill dove hard under Gellner in turn one to take the lead on lap 22 and go on to win his first Roaring Knob Super Late feature since August 2006. Finishing second was ninth starting Doug Horton, Gellner hung on for third over tenth starting Chuck Harper, and Gary Dalton, who came from the rear of the 24-car field, after spinning early in the race, was fifth. Joe Loudin, Mel Minnick, Jr., John Over, Tim Senic and Billy Holbert completed the top ten. Taking heat wins were Bob Gordon, Chuck Harper and Gary Dalton.

In the GNH Trucking Street Stock feature, Todd Dennis, just like opening day, took the lead at the drop of the green flag. And just like opening day, Dennis’s lead was short-lived after coming up with a flat tire on lap four, sending him to the pits. His misfortune gave the lead to Bob Nelson, but one lap later McClellandtown’s Jim Byers took over the top spot. The veteran Byers and young Joey Wrona put on quite a show for the fans the final ten laps, often running side by side, but it was Byers who prevailed at the wave of the checkered flag. Wrona, who was at Byers door at the line, took second over 12th starting Tom Newman. Pat Monaghan had a solid run for fourth, and Bob Nelson rounded out the top five.

Dennis raced back through the field for sixth ahead of Mike Duritsky, Charlie
McClain, Chris Lucy and Marshall Coleman. Heat winners for the evening were Todd Dennis and Joe Wrona.

Jeff Ferguson, now behind the wheel of the Curt Hager #77, grabbed the lead from the pole in the Commonwealth Marketing Group 20-lap Late Model feature event. Ferguson was in command for the first 13 laps before Jim Kutas powered past on lap 14 to assume the point. The Elizabeth PA driver went on to take his first feature win at Roaring Knob in almost 10 years. Kutas holds the distinction of being the very first ever Late Model feature winner at the speedway back on August 2, 1998. A close finish for second saw Freddie Zeigler grab the runnerup spot over Ferguson, while newcomer Shane Hitt brought his crate late model home third, Cody Hardesty was fourth, and Stanley Spooner completed the top five. Six through ten were Mason Zeigler, Chuck Bloom, Greg Hauger and Garry Sisson. Heat wins went to Freddie Zeigler and Kutas.

The final event of the night was the 15-lap Brooks Automotive Group Modified
feature. After three attempts to start the race, a single file restart finally got the event underway. Seventh starting Vic Vandergrift took the lead from Bobby Bennett after the second lap was completed, and once in front never looked back on his way to victory lane. Vandergrift, from Fairmont WV, also won the same feature event one year ago on Memorial Day weekend for his son, just days before he shipped off to Iraq. In victory lane, Vandergrift informed the fans that his son was doing well, coming home soon, and everyone was very proud of him. He also stated that his 7-month old grandson was enjoying his very first victory lane. Behind Vandergrift at the finish was Phil Jeffries, Louie Krushansky, Nick Cramer, Dennis Perigo, Todd Daughenbaugh, Jason Ammons, Ray Johnson, Rod Lanham, and Bobby Bennett. Heat
winners for the 15-car field were Phil Jeffries and Louie Krushansky.

LATE ARRIVING RAINSTORM CLAIMS ANOTHER VICTORY SATURDAY NIGHT AT ROARING KNOB

May 20th, 2008

By mid-afternoon hopes were high that the improving forecast for the Markleysburg area would allow Saturday night’s event to take place. Unfortunately, the storm clouds rolled in after hot laps, and as the
fourth heat race was rolling on to the track, the skies let loose, ending the night for the third time in four weeks. Rain checks will be good at their value for the remainder of the 2008 season.

Racing resumes next Saturday, May 24 with a regular five-division program of Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Fort Necessity Garage Chargers. For more information about racing at Roaring Knob, visit the track’s web site at roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

Gary Dalton Takes Super Late Checkers; Greg Hauger Wins Career First Late Model Feature

May 12th, 2008

The first feature to hit the track for 2008 was the GNH Trucking Street Stocks. Mike Duritsky jumped out to the lead at the drop of the green. Duritsky looked like he was on his way to the win when eighth starting Todd Dennis stormed into the lead on lap nine. Dennis led four laps before he broke and slowed to a stop on lap 12. Lemont Furnace’s Tom Newman, who had taken second on lap 11, inherited the lead and led the final three laps to score the win. Bob Nelson (from seventh) took second over Marshall Coleman, Duritsky and Pat Monaghan. Sixth through tenth were Charlie McClain, EJ Rozak, Justin Chipps, Willie Porter and rookie Barry Faris. Heat races were won by Dennis and Nelson.

Defending 2007 Track Champion, Gary Dalton (Morgantown, WV) put on a charge from the tail to take the win in the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models. At the start, LC Powers grabbed the led from his outside pole starting spot. Powers looked strong and held off several challenges from a determined Billy Holbert. Dalton, who was involved in a caution on lap 6, took second on lap 22 and one lap later passed Powers in an impressive drive to lead the final three laps and claim the opening night win. Holbert passed Powers for second while Mel Minnick, Jr. and Bob Gordon completed the top five. Tim Senic claimed sixth over Jeff Thomas, while Greg Gellner rallied back to eighth, Danny Pugh took ninth, and Matt Cosner rounded out the top ten. Dalton and Holbert grabbed heat wins.

A slim field of Modifieds saw eighth starting Louie Krushansky (Morgantown, WV) take the lead on lap two and go on to win the 15-lap Brooks Auto Group Modified feature. Once out front Krushansky cruised to an easy win over Dennis Perigo, Ron Parrish, Jr., Nick Cramer, Shawn Davis, Vic Vandergrift, Rod Lanham and Bobby Bennett, who was unable to take the green. Krushansky won the lone heat.

Greg Hauger has successfully competed in Street Stocks and Modifieds at the Knob before making the move to the Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, and up until opening night, Late Model victory lane has eluded him. On a mission, Hauger started third, and by the end of the first lap, was the leader. Second year driver Cody Hardesty applied pressure the first six laps before Wayne Jordan moved into second. Jordan kept Hauger in sight, but had nothing for the Uniontown driver, as Hauger raced to his career first 20-lap Late Model win. Jordan hung on for second over Jim Kutas, Hardesty, Garry Sisson, Chuck Bloom, Mason Zeigler, Jeff Ferguson (in Curt Hager’s #77) and John Tallman. Hauger also won the heat.

The final feature of the night belonged to the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. 2007 Track Champion, Mark Peck, Jr. (Uniontown PA) took the lead from his pole starting spot and was never challenged. Peck led all 12-laps en route to the victory. Robert Matthews came home second, while young Ryan Newman held off Brad Jenkins for third and Shane Wheeler, Jr. rode home in fifth. Bob Miller came back from an earlier flat to claim sixth with Adam McCormick, Jason Humberson, Fred Spiker and rookie Joey Tomasek rounding out the top ten. Jenkins and Miller were the heat winners.

Next week, May 17, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will salute the Armed Forces with a five division show featuring the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brook Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Gates Open at 4:30 with Hot Laps at 6:15 and Racing at 7:00 sharp.

MOTHER NATURE TWO FOR TWO AT ROARING KNOB

May 6th, 2008

Hoping that the third time will be the charm, the new season will now begin on Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 pm. In honor of Mother’s Day, there will be gifts for many lucky Moms, and for all the kids in attendance, our popular candy toss makes its return and will take place immediately following the qualifying heat races. Adult general admission is a fan friendly $10, with all kids ten and under admitted free.

The pit gate swings?open at 4:00 pm?for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers. Grandstand gates open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 7:00 pm. We’re easy to get to off of Scenic Route 40 near Markleysburg PA. Look for the bright red Fearer Road marker and follow the sign for Roaring Knob.

For more information about Roaring Knob, visit the track’s web site at
www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH CLAIMS SEASON OPENER AT ROARING KNOB

April 29th, 2008

The timing and intensity of the vicious storm left track management with no alternative but to cancel the scheduled opening at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The rescheduled season opener will take place Saturday, May 2nd for the Victory Chevrolet Super Late Models, Commonwealth Marketing Group Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers. Gates open at 4:30, hot laps begin at 6:15 and racing starts at 7:00 pm. For more information about Roaring Knob, visit the track’s web site at www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

ENGINES READY TO ROAR AT ROARING KNOB ON APRIL 26 FOR SEASON OPENER.

April 25th, 2008

Focusing on family entertainment and family value at Roaring Knob, management has kept general admission prices at just $10 for all regular five-division racing events. Further keeping value for families in mind, all children ten and under will be admitted free for ALL racing events.

The brand new LJ Dennis Grandstand is completed and ready for occupancy providing additional bleacher seating for our race fans. Ample areas around the sprawling facility are still available for those choosing to bring their lawn chairs and blankets for viewing all the racing action. For those wishing to view the events from their cars, reserved drive-in parking is available for purchase while spots last each race night. Ample spectator parking is always free at Roaring Knob.

Appalachian Timber Products and Commonwealth Marketing Group will present Holiday fireworks on June 28 and August 30 respectively, and the popular Driver Autograph Night that takes place on the race track is scheduled for July 26. Extra distance races are planned for each of the five classes leading up to the?special season ending King of the Knob which will be a UFo Race Championship Super Late Model Tour Event on September 6. Check the Roaring Knob race schedule posted on the web site for the full calendar of events taking place throughout the season.

Roaring Knob is easy to get to. We are located near Markleysburg, just off of Route 40 on Fearer Road, seven miles east of Nemacolin on the right, or one mile west of Yough Lake on the left.

Plan on joining your friends Saturday nights at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for a night of five-division dirt track racing excitement on the three-eighths mile Speedway. For more information, visit the Roaring Knob web site at
www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

DRIVERS SET TO TAKE THE GREEN AT ROARING KNOB MOTORSPORTS COMPLEX

April 16th, 2008

The pit gates will open at noon to allow teams ample time to make last minute adjustments before practice gets underway at 2:00 pm. The practice session will conclude at 5:00 pm. Pit admission is a racer friendly $15, and admission to the grandstands is free
for those who wish to watch the test and tune session. The concession stands will be open for business.

“Let the new season begin!” That’s the word from area drivers preparing for the start of racing at Roaring Knob. If Mother Nature cooperates, the 2008 season will take the green flag at 7:00 pm on Saturday, April 26. Headlining the five-division race card will be the Victory Chevrolet (Connellsville) Super Late Models. Assuming the title role for the Late Model Division in 2008 will be the Commonwealth Marketing Group (Uniontown). Brooks Auto Group (Connellsville) returns as sponsor of the highly competitive Modified Division, and GNH Trucking (Farmington) is back as the division sponsor of the popular Street Stocks. Also returning is Fort Necessity Garage (Farmington) who sponsors the exciting V-8 Chargers.

With a strong focus geared towards family entertainment and family value at Roaring Knob, management has kept admission prices at $10 for all regular five-division racing events. And keeping value for families in mind, all children ten and under will be admitted free for ALL racing events. Spectator parking is free, and for those wishing to view from their cars, reserved drive-in parking is available while spots last each race night. If car viewing or grandstand seating isn’t your cup of tea, there is still ample room to bring your blanket or lawn chair to view the racing action from the grass areas around the sprawling facility.

When the 2007 season concluded, the weather cooperated long enough for a new section of grandstand seating to be installed and the finishing touches are taking place in that area as we prepare for the 2008 season to begin. A new specialty concession building has been added to the food court area, and it will be ready for business by opening day. Other behind the scenes improvements are ongoing as well, as management strives to make the complex as fan and racer friendly as possible.

Holiday fireworks are scheduled for June 28 and August 30, and back by request
is Driver Autograph Night which will take place on the race track on July 26. Extra distance races are planned for each of the five classes leading up to the special season ending King of the Knob which will be a UFo Race Championship Super Late Model Tour Event on September 6. Check the Roaring Knob race schedule posted on the web site for the full calendar of events taking place throughout the season.

Roaring Knob is easy to get to. We are located near Markleysburg, just off of Route 40 on Fearer Road, seven miles east of Nemacolin on the right, or one mile west of Yough Lake on the left. Grandstand gates open for weekly racing at 4:30 pm, warm-ups begin at 6:15 pm and the green flag drops promptly at 7:00 pm. Plan on joining your friends Saturday nights at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for a night of five-division dirt track racing excitement on the 3/8th mile Speedway. For more information, visit the Roaring Knob web site at www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 724-853-7223.

CHAMPIONS HONORED AT ROARING KNOB’S 2007 SEASON AWARDS BANQUET

March 20th, 2008

Receiving their special custom designed champion’s trophies were: Gary Dalton – Morgantown, WV (Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models), Robbie Black – Queen PA (Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models), Dennis Perigo – Stoystown PA (Brooks Auto Group Modifieds), Todd Dennis – Newell PA (GNH Trucking Street Stocks), and Mark Peck – Lemont Furnace PA (Fort Necessity Garage Chargers). Each recipient also was presented with a monogrammed Champion’s jacket compliments of Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic.

Gary Dalton is further etched in the Roaring Knob history books following his
unprecedented fourth consecutive Super Late Model Championship. Driving for the Doll Brothers Racing Team, Dalton claimed the title in 2004 and successfully defended his division championships in 2005, 2006 and again in 2007. Dennis Perigo and Todd Dennis showed patience and season long consistency including wins and top finishes which were more than enough to bring both to the podium as returning Modified and Street Stock champions. The dream season for Robbie Black culminated with his first ever track title in the Late Models, and the Queen PA racer was dubbed the official “King” of Queen(s) for his grand accomplishment. Mark Peck took the battle for the V8 Charger Championship right down to the final race event of the season before sealing the deal on his first ever division title.

Following the presentation of the top ten awards, special recognition was paid to five drivers who collected their career first victories at Roaring Knob during the 2007 season. Charger driver Fred Spiker from Gibbon Glade discovered victory lane for the very first time in early June and went on to re-visit the winner’s circle two more times in 2007. Three career firsts were scored by drivers in the fiercely competitive Street Stock Division that found eight different racers in victory lane during the 16-event season. Receiving trophies for their career first Street Stock wins were Mike Duritsky (Uniontown), Charlie McClain (Lemont Furnace) and E. J. Rozak (New Salem). Waiting nearly all season long to do it, Uniontown teen driver, Freddie Zeigler achieved his career first Late Model victory in exciting fashion on September 1.

A special honor was bestowed on Markleysburg native and long time late model racing legend, and driver of the famous “Rainbow 7”, L. J. Dennis. At the conclusion of the 2007 season, a new grandstand was completed at Roaring Knob, and it was announced that the new addition will be named “The L.J. Dennis Grandstand”. Dennis was presented with a keepsake replica of the actual bronze nameplate that will be placed on the new bleachers in his honor. A well-deserved standing ovation was given to the stunned and speechless recipient.

Following the awards, it was announced that Victory Chevrolet (Dunbar) will come on board as the new sponsor of the Super Late Model Division for 2008. In addition, the Commonwealth Marketing Group (Uniontown) will become the new division sponsor of the Late Models. Brooks Auto Group (Connellsville) returns as the sponsor of the Modifieds, GNH Trucking (Farmington) continues as the long-standing sponsor of the Street Stocks and Fort Necessity Garage (Farmington) returns as the division sponsor of the exciting Chargers.

Plans for the upcoming season are well-underway and as long as Mother Nature
cooperates, the 2008 racing season is slated to begin on Saturday, April 26 at
7:00pm. An open test and tune practice session will be held the week before on
April 19 from 2 to 5pm.

The 2008 race schedule is posted on the Speedway’s web site along with other
information including the car rules and procedures for competing at Roaring Knob at www.roaringknob.com, or you can call 724-853-7223 during the week for additional information.

Jason Covert Takes Home Another ‘King of the Knob’ Crown

September 20th, 2007

Jason’s second trip to Roaring Knob turned out to be just as productive as his
first trip there in 2006. Covert, the defending champion of the event started the 50-lap event in the fourth slot and quickly moved into the second position behind leader Robbie Scott. Jason didn’t wait long to pressure Scott for the lead and made the pass on the fourth circuit. Jason held off Gettysburg, PA’s Jeremy Miller and Virginia’s Bo Feathers for his second straight ‘King of the Knob 50’ crown. “Jeremy is probably one of the best racers in the North East, and you seen how he drove me, hard, but that’s about as clean as you can get,” said the excited winner. “Bo and Jeremy, it’s just great to race with them guys, and yeah, I’ll wear the crown, that five thousand dollar check goes real good with the crown!” laughed Covert in victory lane.

This past weekend wasn’t as sweet as the previous two. After winning almost
$20,000 the two previous weekends, Jason was unable to transfer to the final
50-lap portion of the ‘Hub-City 150’ at Hagerstown Speedway.

BK Motorsports and Jason Covert will be in action with their Pre-Mach, Inc. / Red Wing Shoes / Hershey’s Racing Engines / Baker Carburetion / Bam’s Auto Center / Kuppy’s Diner / Rocket Chassis Monte Carlo at Hilltop Speedway on Friday, September 21 for a $5,000 to win MACS sanctioned event. The next night Covert will continue his assault on the MACS tour as they visit Skyline Speedway for another $5,000 to win show.

JASON COVERT RE-CROWNED “KING OF THE KNOB”

September 11th, 2007

After making the starting field by virtue of a second place finish in his heat race, Covert drew the fourth starting spot for the 50 lap main event lining him up behind the front row of Robbie Scott and Chuck Harper. When the green dropped, Scott jumped into the lead and a quick dive placed Covert into second. Scott maintained the point until lap 4 when Covert made another dive and went to the front. Scott dogged Covert for several laps while eighth starting Jeremy Miller was on the move through the traffic. By lap twelve Miller got by third running Harper and then replaced Scott for second on the nineteenth go round. With racers dicing for spots within the pack, eyes were on 19th starting Bo Feathers who was methodically picking off positions, and by 17 laps, Feathers was into the top five.

At the halfway signal Covert was being hassled by Miller with Scott still third, 2007 Track Champion Gary Dalton had passed Clate Copeman for fourth, and Feathers was back to sixth. With fifteen to go, Covert and Miller were still battling for the top spots with Scott third, Dalton fourth and Feathers back in the top five. Five laps later, Feathers was up to third, and on the back bumper of Miller, who was trying every move to get by Covert. The trio then continued to excite the huge crowd, but Covert was not to be denied his second straight wearing of the crown, and as they came for the checker, it was Covert first with Miller second and Feathers third. Gary Dalton held on for fourth with Robbie Scott rounding out the top five. Scott Rhodes finished in sixth with Clate Copeman seventh, Butch McGill eighth, Harper ninth and Jared Miley came from 24th to finish tenth.

In victory lane Covert exclaimed “I am flat worn out!” He went on to say “
With Jeremy behind me, he’s probably one of the best racers in the North East,
and you seen how he drove me, hard, but that’s about as clean as you can get.”

“Bo and Jeremy, it’s just great to race with them guys, it’s just a leasure to be here. And I was whining about it just a little, but I’ll even wear the crown, and yeah that five grand check goes real good with the crown!” Covert’s Rocket Chassis is owned by Barry Klinedinst and sponsored in part by
Pre-Mach, Inc., Red Wing Shoes, Bam’s Auto Center, Hershey’s Racing Engines,
Rocket Chassis, Baker Carburetion, Kuppy’s Diner, Rick Kaylor Jr. Computer
Consulting, JNJ Media Motorsports and American Racers.

Winners of the six qualifying heat races for the forty-eight cars on hand
were Gary Dalton, Greg Gellner, Clate Copeman, Richard Frazier, Doug Horton and Jeremy Miller. Bo Feathers and Shawn Claar won the two B-Mains and Bob Gordon was the track provisional for the 50 lap “King of the Knob”.

The margin for the championship in the Fort Necessity Garage V8 Chargers was
just one point separating Bob Miller and Mark Peck Jr. before their final
feature was run Saturday night. At the conclusion of the race Don Miller had won the event, but later failed the post race inspection turning the win over to Marty Spade. When the points were re-tallied, newlywed Peck emerged as the
2007 V8 Charger Track Champion by five markers over Miller. The revised sundown of the 12-lap feature had Spade first for his second win of the season, with Fred Spiker the new runnerup, Peck was third, rookie Ryan Newman celebrated his 15th birthday with a strong fourth, and Bob Miller completed the top five. Six through ten were Mason Zeigler, DW Walters, Brad Jenkins, Russell Baird Jr., and Willie Porter. When the Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models took to the track, the focus was on points leader Robbie Black and Ricky Meglaye as the Division Championship was on the line. When the checker waved on the 20-lap feature event, Black was in the winner’s circle accepting the trophy and the 2007 Track Champion title. Meglaye finished a close second both on the track and for the title with Greg Hauger turning in a strong third. David Gump rode home fourth and Cody Hardesty completed the top five. Travis Calhoun finished sixth in his first ever visit, with Stanley Spooner, Wayne Jordan, Tom Sieger and Curt Hager rounding out the top ten.

The Brook’s Auto Group Modified feature got off on the wrong foot when
contact at the front sent pole sitter Todd Daughenbaugh on a ride with the pack scattering. After the race restarted more contact brought out the yellow again. When the race finally got going, Andre Layfield was the leader with
Krushansky second, but more problems on the track sent the two front runners to the pits. Vic Vandergrift took over with Shawn Davis now second and the duo put on a clinic for the remaining laps. As the white flag was displayed Davis somehow made a move work to get by Vandergrift and he held on to the checker for his second win of the season. Third went to Matt Cosner, Josh Cramer was fourth and Sonny Stutler finished fifth. Six through ten were David Monteleone, Michael Murphy, Mike Errett, Mark Baylor and 2007 Modified Track Champion, Dennis Perigo. Seventh starting Todd Dennis finished second to Bob Nelson in the 15-Lap GNH Trucking Street Stock feature giving Dennis the margin needed to clinch the 2007 Street Stock Division title. Nelson had his work cut out for him, but led every lap of the event picking up his fourth win of 2007. Behind Dennis at the finish was Jesse King for third, Josh Bendishaw rode home fourth and Marshall Coleman recorded a top five finish. Rounding out the top ten were Mike Duritsky, Jim Byers, Bo Karwatske, Sam King and Shawn Smith.

The 2007 season has concluded with the annual “King of the Knob” and congratulations go out to all the Division Champions with special thanks extended to all who provided special contingencies for the season ending event and to each of the weekly sponsors at Roaring Knob. The Roaring Knob web site will continue to provide information about the track and the upcoming season, check it out at roaringknob.com or you can call the business office during the off-season at 412-771-0124

LC “Powers” to First Super Late Model Win

September 4th, 2007

Other winners on Glotfelty Tire Service Night were Mark Peck of Lemont Furnace in the Ft. Necessity Garage V8 Chargers, and Uniontown’s Tom Newman in the GNH Trucking Street Stocks.

Tom Newman used his front row starting spot to grab the lead at the start of
the 15-lap GNH Trucking Street Stock feature. Newman led all but one lap to
score his third win of the year. Second place finisher John Redshaw passed
Newman on lap seven only to have Newman return the favor on the next restart.
Redshaw hounded Newman the distance and made a last lap charge, but fell just
short. Todd Dennis, Josh Bendishaw (in a borrowed car) and Sam King were third
through fifth while Mike Duritsky, Charlie McClain, Jim Byers, Jesse King and
Chris Lucy filled out the rest of the top ten spots. Dennis and Redshaw claimed heat wins.

For the past three weeks, LC Powers has been the leader of the pack, and was
within sight of the checker the previous week only to come up one spot shy at
the finish when Gary Dalton took the win. Saturday night it was almost déjà
vu as Powers led from the start of the 25-lap Curt’s Family Restaurant Super
Late Model feature. Meanwhile twelfth starting Gary Dalton had worked his way to into second by lap ten. As the laps ticked off, Dalton slowly closed in on
Powers, who was running a flawless race, then with two to go, the caution waved, erasing the small advantage Powers still had. With Dalton on his bumper for the restart, the duo battled it out to the finish, but Powers was not to be denied, and he emerged victorious for his first ever Super Late Model win. Dalton settled for second while Bob Gordon came from 19th to take third over Tim Senic (from 17th ) and Greg Gellner rounded out the top five. First time visitor, Dan Swartzlander finished sixth with Bob Hershman seventh, Ron Delano, Jr. eighth, Billy Holbert ninth, and Danny Pugh completed the top ten. Hershman and Gellner grabbed the preliminary heat race wins.

”Young Gun” Fred Zeigler IV drove like a seasoned veteran to capture his
career first feature win in the Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models. The teenager
started on the outside of the front row and zoomed into the lead at the start. A composed Zeigler drove 20 perfect laps to score the impressive win over
four-time winner Ricky Meglaye and seven-time winner Robbie Black. Wayne Jordan rode home fourth, and Garry Sisson completed the top five. Filling out the top ten were David Gump, Curt Hager, Tracey Cooper, Mike Howell and Tom Sieger. Greg Hauger and Black were the heat winners.

A lucky draw put Montrose, WV’s Phil Jeffries on the pole for the Brooks Auto
Group Modified feature. Jeffries took the lead at the start and never looked
back to collect his first win at the Knob. Vic Vandergrift claimed the
runner-up spot with Matt Cosner third, Jason Ammons fourth, and Andre Layfield (from 12th) rounded out the top five. Jason Defibaugh, Rich Logan, Ray Johnson, Nick Cramer and Todd Daughenbaugh completed the top ten. Heat wins went to Vandergrift and Jeffries.

After the Holiday Fireworks display the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers took to
the track for their 12-lap feature event to bring the great night of racing
to a close. Lemont Furnace’s Mark Peck took the lead from Brad Jenkins on lap
two and then held off a persistent Bob Miller to claim his division leading
sixth feature win. Miller tried every trick he knew, but settled for a strong
second over Don Miller, Fred Spiker, and Frank Spade. Six through ten were Marty Oros, Willie Porter, Ryan Newman, Brad Jenkins and DW Walters. Spiker and Spade took preliminary wins.

The 2007 season comes to a close on Saturday, September 8, with the
presentation of the “King of the Knob” by Nemacolin Woodlands Resort for the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models. The 50-lap event will pay $5000 to win. Also on the card that night will be features only for the Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Racing will start one hour earlier with gates opening at 3:00 PM, Hot Laps at 5:15 PM and Racing at 6:00 PM.

Dalton Does it Again in Super Lates, While Fred Spiker Claims Charger Special Saturday

August 28th, 2007

Jim Byers returned to the winner’s circle by taking the victory in the GNH Trucking Street Stocks, and Ricky Meglaye led from green to checker for his fourth feature win in the Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models. Shawn Davis made a visit to the Knob Saturday evening and went home as the winner for the second time in the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds on Garry’s Auto Sales Night.

The Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers came out first for their 20-lap special
race. Gibbon Glade’s Fred Spiker drew the outside pole and took the lead at the drop of the green. Spiker held off a pesky Don Miller until he slowed with
mechanical woes and went pitside on lap 10. Newlywed Mark Peck then took up the chase, but Spiker was up to the challenge holding the point to claim the winner’s trophy and scoring his third win of the year. Peck came home second over Mason Zeigler, Bob Miller and Jason Humberson. Willie Porter, Shane Wheeler, Jr., Ryan Newman, Kenny Burkholder and DW Walters completed the top ten. Peck and Don Miller took heat wins.

LC Powers, subbing for Chuck Howdershelt, beat Bob Hershman into turn one on
the start of the 25-lap Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Model feature. Bob
Gordon quickly moved into second with newcomer Richard Frazier third and
Hershman dropped to fourth. The trio pursued Powers with Gary Dalton back in
fifth. With leader Powers being chased by Gordon, Dalton got by Hershman for
third as they approached five to go, then worked on Gordon for the next two
circuits. Dalton finally got by Gordon on lap 22 but Gordon was still in hot
pursuit when the yellow came out. Dalton now second, made his patented outside pass to take over the lead from Powers and went on to claim the exciting win. Powers settled for second with Gordon right behind for third and Hershman fourth. Billy Holbert rounded out the top five. Butch McGill, Jeff Ferguson, Mel Minnick, Jr., Richard Frazier and Gary Gellner filled out the top ten. Heat wins went to Powers and Dalton.

New Stanton’s Ricky Meglaye jumped into the lead at the start of the Garry’s
Auto Sales Late Model feature and led all 20-laps on his way to win number
four in his rookie season in the dirt late models. Meglaye had his hands full
during the race as Greg Hauger was all over Meglaye, but could not find a way
around him. The final lap saw points leader Robbie Black, (who went to the rear after a spin early on), climb back through the pack to claim second over
Hauger at the stripe. Bobby Marietta having his best run of the year, finished a strong fourth with Stanley Spooner rounding out the top five. Cody Hardesty, Garry Sisson, Tom Sieger, Fred Zeigler and Wayne Jordon completed the top ten. Jordan and Black were heat race winners.

Shawn Davis returned to Roaring Knob in grand style winning his second Brooks
Auto Group Modified feature of the season. Davis, of Salem, WV, stole the
lead from Matt Cosner on lap eight and held off Jason Defibaugh the final seven laps to claim the checker. Defibaugh was second over Dennis Perigo, who got by Phil Jeffries on the final lap, to secure third. Following Jeffries was Cosner in fifth. Filling out the top ten were Lou Ennis, Rod Lanham, Josh Cramer, Vic Vandergrift and Jason Ammons. Heat checkers went to Defibaugh and Davis.

The final event of the night was for the GNH Trucking Street Stocks which was
marred by cautions and two red flags. The most serious was a multi car
pile-up at the start which included Josh Bendishaw, who was pretty shaken up in the wreck. Bendishaw was taken to a nearby hospital as a precautionary measure. The red was displayed a second time for another multi-car incident blocking the track. Once cleared, racing resumed again with Tom Newman in command. Newman, Sam King and Jim Byers battled it out around the 3/8th oval with Byers wrestling the lead from Newman at the halfway point, and the two dueled to the finish. When the checker fell, Byers had held off Newman for the exciting win, his first since September 3, 2005. King was right behind for third, with John Redshaw fourth and Todd Dennis fifth. Sixth thru tenth were Bob Nelson, Bo Karwatske, Pat Monaghan, Chad Smith and Tim Yaneko. Redshaw and Byers were heat winners.

Only two events are left on the 2007 Schedule. Saturday, September 1 will be
the final tune-up before the “King of the Knob” featuring the Curt’s Family
Restaurant Super Late Models, Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Auto
Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Ft. Necessity Garage
Chargers. Also on tap Saturday will be a special Holiday Fireworks display on
Glotfelty Tire Service Night. Gates open at 4:30 PM with Racing at 7 PM sharp.
The following Saturday, September 8 is the season finale, the Super Late
Model “King of the Knob 50” presented by Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, paying
$5000 to win. Along with a complete program for the Super Late Models, features only will be run for the Late Models, Modifieds, Street Stocks and Chargers.

Starting time will be one hour earlier with Gates Opening at 3PM, Hot Laps at
5:15 and Racing at 6PM. For more information about The King of the Knob visit
the Roaring Knob web site at www.roaringknob.com.

VIC VANDERGRIFT CLAIMS E-MOD SPECIAL, WHILE PAIR OF “ROBBIE’S” COLLECT LATE MODEL WINS SATURDAY AT ROARING KNOB

August 21st, 2007

Chuck Bloom and Robbie Black drew front row starting positions for the Garry’s
Auto Sales Late Model feature. When the green dropped, Bloom beat Black into
turn one for the point, and the chase to the checker was on. Black tailed
Bloom until lap 7 when he slipped by to take the lead. That was all she wrote as Black pulled away and won by a comfortable margin over runner-up Greg Hauger. Garry Sisson claimed third with Bloom fourth and Fred Zeigler fifth. David Gump, Stanley Spooner, Ricky Melgaye, Curt Hager and Bobby Marietta completed the top ten. Bloom and Meglaye took heat wins.

Robbie Scott has led the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Model feature a
few times only to be denied the feature win. This week Scott, who started
third in the field, took the lead on lap two and followed up his big Friday night win with another, his first ever at Roaring Knob. With Scott’s victory
secured, all eyes were on the race for second as the pack thundered to the stripe. Billy Holbert took runner-up honors at the finish line beating out 11th starting Gary Dalton. Jeff Ferguson was right behind for fourth with Doug Horton, (from 12th ) filling out the top five. Bob Gordon was sixth with Mel Minnick, Jr. returning in his own car, seventh. Nolan Dalton, who started last, claimed eighth with Greg Gellner ninth and Steve Booth completed the top ten. Heat wins went to Gary Dalton and Scott.

Up next, the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds took to the track for their 20-lap,
$500 to win special. Matt Cosner led at the start before Vic Vandergrift
grabbed the point on lap four and then stayed in command on the smooth surface to claim the top prize for his third victory of 07 at the Knob. Cosner held on to second until twelfth starting Louie Krushansky entered the hunt and the two battled it out. With two to go, Krushansky finally got by and held the position to the flag. Cosner settled for third with Dennis Perigo fourth and Rich Logan rounded out the top five. Jason Ammons, Ray Johnson, Josh Cramer, Rod Lanham and Todd Daughenbaugh completed the top ten. Krushansky and Perigo were the heat winners.

What was supposed to be a 15-lap GNH Street Stock feature looked more like a
demo derby as many cautions and one red flag incident marred the event. The
race was checkered when the time limit expired with ten laps complete. Surviving for his fourth win of the season was Todd Dennis. Dennis won for the first time in his own car after filling in behind the wheel for Dewey Wakefield and Grady Palmer for his other three wins. Jim Byers took second over Bob Nelson, 15th starting Chris Lucy, Josh Bendishaw, Marshall Coleman, Sam King, Mike Duritsky, Charlie McClain and Tom Newman. The red flag waved when George Kelley rolled after contact with the wall in turn four. The car was virtually destroyed, but Kelley walked away. Nelson and Newman were heat winners.

The final feature of the night was the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers. Fourth
starting Bob Miller overpowered the front row starters of teenagers Ryan
Newman and Jason Humberson to lead the first lap. Miller then held off Fred Spiker to notch his second win of the season. Frank Spade came home third over Mason Zeigler and first time visitor Dale Zufall. Rounding out the top ten were Marty Oros, John Matthews, Newman, D.W. Walters and Don Miller. Heat checkers went to Shawn Smith and Marty Spade, Jr.

Racing continues at Roaring Knob on Saturday, August 25 when the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers will run extra laps for their special. Also on tap will be the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models, Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Automotive Group Modifieds and GNH Trucking Street Stocks. Gates open at 4 PM with racing at 7 PM sharp.

MOTHER NATURE’S WRATH EXTENDS ROARING KNOB’S SUMMER BREAK UNTIL AUGUST 18.

August 12th, 2007

During the course of the week, the much needed rain that was helping other dirt tracks unfortunately came at all the wrong times at Roaring Knob. The final blow was the heavy continuous downpours that struck the facility on Thursday. Lingering rain on Friday prevented any attempts to get on the track at all, and with race time now just hours away a tough decision had to be made. The promising Saturday forecast simply does not provide enough time to get the surface tightened up enough to be able to safely race on it, thus the Saturday, August 11 racing program has been postponed.

The Brooks Auto Group E-Mod Special will be rescheduled along with Glotfelty
Tire Service Night at Roaring Knob. Racing will get back underway on
Saturday, August 18 at 7:00pm.

Charlie McClain Wins Street Stock Special and Collects Career First Saturday at Roaring Knob

July 31st, 2007

Twenty Street Stocks lined up for their longest race of the year, 25 laps, with Charlie McClain and Mitch Wattelet drawing the front row. McClain
immediately took command in his #05 Ford Thunderbird, but the eventual career first
victory was well earned as McClain withstood constant pressure from Sam King,
also driving a Thunderbird, the entire distance. The tension mounted as late
race cautions tightened the field and kept King on his bumper. As they raced
for the checker, McClain held him off to score the big win. King took runner up
honors with Bob Nelson third, Todd Dennis fourth and Chris Lucy nabbed fifth.
Sixth thru tenth were Bo Karwatske, Mitch Wattelet, Jim Byers, Matt Rishel
and Matt Franks. Mike Duritsky and Sam King were the heat race winners.

Tim Senic looked like he was on his way to his first win in the 25-lap Curt’s
Family Restaurant Super Late Models, but Morgantown’s Gary Dalton, who had
started tenth, had other ideas. After a lap 16 restart closed up the field, the
crafty Dalton made his move on the next circuit passing Senic, and he put it
on cruise control for the final 8 laps to secure his fifth feature win this
year at the Knob. Senic settled for second over Jeff Ferguson, Billy Holbert
(from 12th) and Bob Gordon. Nolan Dalton, Greg Gellner, Doug Stine, John Over and
Larry Baker completed the top ten. Senic and Dalton took heat wins for the
18-car field.

Young Mason Zeigler grabbed the lead at the start of the 12-lap Ft. Necessity
Garage Charger feature. Zeigler led the first two laps before Farmington’s
Don Miller made his move and took the lead on lap three. Zeigler stayed with
Miller and challenged him throughout, but Miller held firm and came home first at
the finish to collect his second win of the season. Zeigler earned a fine
second place finish with Willie Porter third, Mark Peck fourth and Bob Miller
(from 12th) rounded out the top five. Filling out the top ten were Shane
Wheeler, Jr., Jason Humberson, Brad Jenkins, John Matthews and Adam McCormick for the
16 cars on hand. Peck and Zeigler shared heat race wins.

The 15-lap Brooks Auto Group Modified feature had Louie Krushansky starting
on the pole of the 19-car field. Krushansky took the lead at the start and
battled with Phil Jeffries for the first six laps before Vic Vandergrift entered
the scene. Dennis Perigo was the next driver to step up and try to overtake
the determined Krushansky. However, Krushansky was not to be denied, and he
hung on for his first win since opening day. Perigo held second over Vandergrift
at the stripe with Rich Logan fourth and Matt Cosner fifth. Nick Cramer, Jason
Ammons, Todd Daughenbaugh, Andrew Wolfe and Frank Billie were the top ten
drivers. Krushasnky and Phil Jeffries each collected heat race wins.

Ricky Meglaye started fifth in the final event of the night and paced himself
the distance to collect and win his third Garry’s Auto Sales Late Model
feature. Meglaye passed Chuck Bloom on lap nine of the caution filled event, and it
was clear sailing from there. Garry Sisson crossed the line second over
Bloom, Stanley Spooner and Larry Yanero, Jr. to make up the top five. Completing
the top ten were Wayne Jordan, Tom Sieger, Curt Hager, Paul Dominick, and Fred
Zeigler. Zeigler and Robbie Black grabbed heat wins for the 15-car field.

On August 4, Roaring Knob will be closed for the Fayette County Fair. August
11 will be Glotfelty Tire Service Night, and the Brooks Auto Group Modifieds
will be competing in an extra distance event. Along with the Modifieds will be
a complete regular racing program for the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late
Models, Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, GNHTrucking Street Stocks and the Ft.
Necessity Garage Chargers. Gates Open at 4:30 PM with Racing at 7 PM sharp.

Bob Miller Collects First of 07 at Roaring Knob; Horton, Newman, Black & Layfield Repeat

July 23rd, 2007

It was Miller Time in the Ft. Necessity Garage 12-lap Charger feature as
fourth starting Bob Miller passed Don Miller on lap two to win his first feature since July 29, 2006. Bob Miller then held off Don, who chased him the entire distance, to take the long awaited win and visit victory lane. Behind the two Millers for third through ten were Shawn Smith, Willie Porter, Martin Oros,Jason Humberson, Adam McCormick, Shane Wheeler, Jr., John Matthews and Andrew Vogel. Mark Peck and Mason Zeigler scored heat wins.

Bruceton Mills, WV’s Doug Horton took advantage of his outside front row
starting spot to grab the lead and wire the field for his third win of the season in the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models. Horton held off a
persistent Greg Fetters to earn the win. Fetters dogged Horton all 25-laps, but Horton was wired for the win and Fetters had to settle for second. Robbie Scott took third, Billy Holbert (from 12th) was fourth, and Gary Dalton rounded out the top five. Tim Senic, Bob Gordon, LC Powers, John Over and Rick Smith completed the top ten. Fetters and Holbert took heat checkers.

Andre Layfield followed Dennis Perigo for five laps before making the winning
move to grab the point and score his second Brooks Auto Group Modified
feature. The Grafton, WV driver led the final ten laps en route to the win. Perigo was a close second over Louie Krushansky, Rich Logan and Jason Ammons. Todd Daughenbaugh took sixth followed by Frank Billie, Delmas Whiteman, Frank McGill and Mike Errett. Perigo and Phil Jeffries were the heat winners.

He may hail from Queen, but Robbie Black is “King” in the Garry’s Auto Sales
Late Models. Black passed Garry Sisson on lap two and blew away the slim but
aggressive field to win his sixth 20-lap feature of the season at the Knob.
Two-time winner Ricky Meglaye charged from last to second followed by Sisson,
Craig Perigo, David Gump, Fred Zeigler, Bobby Marietta, Jim Byers and Curt
Hager. Meglaye won the lone heat.

Josh Bendishaw looked fast all night in the GNH Trucking Street Stocks, but
lady luck was not on his side as far as finding victory lane. Bendishaw
commanded the first three laps before a flat tire ended his run giving the lead to Tom Newman. Newman, (back in his own car), led the final 12-laps to score his second feature win of the year holding off some strong competition. Todd Dennis raced home second over Bendishaw who came from the tail to collect third. Mike Duritsky edged out Charlie McClain for fourth. Sam King, Chris Lucy, Bob Nelson, EJ Rozak and first time visitor Matt Rischel rounded out the top ten. Bendishaw and Rozak claimed heat wins.

Saturday, July 28, is Fan Appreciation/Driver Autograph Night at Roaring
Knob. After hot laps the drivers will pull their cars on the front straight and fans will be allowed on the track to meet and get autographs of their favorite drivers. During the evening, fans will play Racing Bingo for special gifts and all kids under twelve will be eligible for many special prizes as well. GNH Trucking Night will feature our five divisions of Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models, Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks, and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers. In observance of the Fayette County Fair, there will be no racing at Roaring Knob on Saturday, August 4, and a schedule change for Saturday, September 1 will see instead of the originally planned Steel Block Special, a regular racing program for our five weekly divisions. September 1 will be our final points night, and the 2007 Division Champions will be honored the following week, September 8, at the season finale “King of the Knob”. For more information about Roaring Knob, visit the all new web site at www.roaringknob.com or call the business office during the week at 412-771-0124.

Gary Dalton Turns Back Invaders For $2000 Win at Roaring Knob; Rich Logan Gets First Mod Win of ‘07

July 16th, 2007

The Brooks Auto Group Modifieds provided the fans with close wheel to wheel
action during their 15-lap feature event. An intense battle between race long
leader Phil Jeffries, Dennis Perigo and eventual winner Rich Logan really
heated up on lap 12 when Logan went from third to first. Perigo slipped by
Jeffries on the same lap and then pressured the Latrobe PA driver right up to the checkered flag. Jeffries settled for third, Nick Cramer collected fourth and Matt Cosner rounded out the top five. Todd Daughenbaugh, Andrew Wolfe, Mike
Errett, Brent Trimble and Andre Layfield completed the final rundown. Layfield and Trimble picked up heat wins.

The spotlight belonged to the Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models as
drivers from PA, WV, VA and MD signed in for the $2000 to win show. Drawing the number two envelope, outside pole sitter Robbie Scott surged into the lead at the drop of the green. Scott was holding off a pesky Greg Fetters until sixth starting Chuck Harper took second on lap 15. Three laps later Harper put his machine into the lead, a position he held until a caution appeared on lap 20. On the restart, Scott wrestled the lead back from Harper, and ninth starting Gary Dalton also got by for second. Dalton stayed glued to Scott’s rear bumper as the cagy veteran from Morgantown, WV made his battle plan. Dalton followed the Shinnston, WV driver using the low groove until lap 37 when he suddenly swept to the outside of turns three and four and passed Scott for the lead. Once in front, Dalton pulled away for his fourth win of the season. Scott came home second followed closely by Harper, Doug Horton (from 16th ) and Greg Fetters. Sixth thru tenth were Keith Barbara, Butch McGill, Kris Eaton, Nolan Dalton and Nick Jones. Gary Dalton, Harper and Fetters claimed heat wins.

The Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models saw New Stanton’s Ricky Meglaye pass
Garry Sisson on lap six to take the lead in the 20-lap event. Meglaye then held off tenth starting Robbie Black in a drag race out of turn four on the final circuit to score his second win of the season. Black took second over Sisson, David Gump, Greg Hauger, Jim Byers, Fred Zeigler, Stanley Spooner, Bobby Marietta and Curt Hager. Meglaye and Black were the heat winners.

Uniontown’s Bob Nelson started on the pole of the 15-lap GNH Trucking Street
Stock feature. Nelson immediately jumped into the lead and eventually led all
15 laps, but not without some heavy duty pressure from Tom Newman. Newman,
along with Sam King, ran nose to tail looking for a chance to pass, but Nelson
held his line. In the end, Nelson collected his third win of the season with
Newman holding on for second. Sam King, Todd Dennis, Jesse King, Mike Duritsky, Charlie McClain, Marshall Coleman, Chris Lucy and newcomer Mitch Wattelet rounded out the top ten. McClain and Bo Karwatske claimed heat wins.

The final feature of the night saw the Ft. Necessity Garage Chargers come
trackside for their 12-lap event. Taking full advantage of his lucky draw, pole sitter Mark Peck sped off at the green leading every lap to score his fifth feature win this year. Runner up honors went to Shawn Smith with Robert
Matthews third, Don Miller from 12th to fourth and Fred Spiker took fifth. Mason Zeigler (from 14th ), Bob Miller, Shane Wheeler, Jr., Marty Oros and John Matthews completed the top ten. Peck and Frank Spade won the heats for the 17 car field.

July 21 is Kenworth of PA Night at the track featuring the Curt’s Family
Restaurant Super Late Models, Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Auto Group Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers. Gates Open at 4 PM with Racing at 7 PM sharp.

Sevens Are Lucky at Roaring Knob on 7-7-07

July 9th, 2007

The first feature event to hit the track were the Garry’s Auto Sales Late
Models for their 20 lapper. Last week’s feature winner, Robbie Black, of Queen, started in the back and patiently worked his way to the front. Black passed race long leader John Over on lap 13 then led the final seven laps to win his fifth of the season. Over came across the stripe second but was DQ’d in tech. This gave Garry Sisson second over Ricky Meglaye, David Gump, Larry Yanero, Jim Byers, Greg Hauger, Tracy Cooper and Bobby Marietta. Sisson and Meglaye took the heat wins.

Fairmont, WV’s Billy Holbert won his first Curt’s Family Restaurant Super
Late Model feature two weeks ago, and on a night that had “7” written all over
it, Holbert parked his #7 in victory lane for his second win of the season.
Lucky in the random draw, Holbert jumped out into the lead from his outside
front row starting spot. It appeared that he might romp to an easy win, but a
caution closed up the field on lap 13. Tim Senic hung with Holbert on the restart while 12th starting Gary Dalton was steadily working his way through the pack. By lap 14 the battle for the lead saw Holbert, Senic and Dalton dueling it out in sometimes three wide action. In a closing battle that had the fans standing on their feet, Holbert held off Dalton and Senic for the exciting win. Butch McGill and Chuck Clise fought their own battle for fourth with McGill ending up with the spot, and Clise settled for fifth. Six thru ten were Gary Gellner, Rick Smith, Doug Eaton (in his first start), Mike Steck, and Steve Booth. Dalton and Clise claimed the heat wins.

The beginning of the 15-lap GNH Trucking Street Stock feature saw Tom Newman
lead the first two laps before sixth starting Mike Duritsky grabbed the point.
The Uniontown driver then sped off to ultimately claim his career first
feature win. Newman and Sam King kept pace with Duritsky throughout the event, but had to settle for second and third respectively. Jesse King and Bo Karwatske rounded out the top five. Bob Nelson, Marshall Coleman, Charlie McClain, Chris Lucy and Todd Dennis completed the top ten. Duritsky and Jesse King took the heat wins.

Last season Farmington’s Don Miller won five Ft. Necessity Garage Charger
features. This season it took him nine races to capture his first of the season, and he did it in impressive fashion. Miller drove away from the pack after drawing the outside pole starting position. Mark Peck came from his 12th starting spot to register second at the finish just ahead of Martin Oros, Robert Matthews and Shawn Smith. Willie Porter, Shane Wheeler, Sr., John Matthews, Bill Jenkins and Adam McCormick rounded out the top ten. Peck and Smith grabbed heat victories.

The final race of the evening saw the “sevens” come up again in the Brooks
Auto Group Modified 15-lap feature. Mill Creek, WV’s Jason Defibaugh, in just
his second appearance of 2007, won his first ever Roaring Knob main event, and
second of the weekend as he won the night before at Elkins. A lucky draw put
Defibaugh on the pole for the main, and he never relinquished the top spot on
his way to the victory. Dennis Perigo was second followed closely by Louie
Krushansky. Rich Logan finished fourth with Jason Ammons completing the top
five. Matt Cosner, Dave Monteleone, Nick Cramer, Josh Cramer and Andrew Wolfe made up the second round of five. Heats went to Perigo and Vic Vandergrift.

The Curt’s Family Restaurant Super Late Models take center stage on July 14
when Hunter’s Truck Sales presents a 40-lap, $2000 to win feature event. Also
on the card are the Garry’s Auto Sales Late Models, Brooks Auto Group
Modifieds, GNH Trucking Street Stocks and the Ft. Necessity Garage V8 Chargers. Gates Open at 4PM with racing at 7PM sharp.

Gary Dalton Wins on Sponsor’s Night at Roaring Knob; Andre Layfield Scores First at Knob in the Modifieds

July 3rd, 2007