By Mike Leone


(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.

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