Press Release written by Mike Donald.
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 3:00 p.m. and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m. Then, Saturday, the Street Stocks, Chargers, Emods, and Roadrunners will return for the second race of the season. Continue to monitor www.roaringknob.com for more information.
Hoosier Tired Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Keith Barbara, 2. Jared Hawkins, 3. Tim Senic, 4. Scott Rhodes, 5. Nick Dickson, 6. Bob Gordon 7. Glen Elliott, 8. Mark Booth, 9. Bob Hershman, 10. Matt Cosner, 11. Joe Krcelick, 12. L.C. Powers, 13. Shaun Poling, 14. Matt Sponaugle, 15. D.J. Troutman, 16. Shane Hitt, 17. Jamie Lathroum, 18. Cody Hardesty, 19. Billy Holbert, 20. Mason Zeigler, 21. Chuck Harper.
High Gear Speed Shop Rush Crate Late Models: 1. Chad McClellan, 2. John Over, 3. Nolan Dalton, 4. Troy Shields, 5. Mike Lewis, 6. Ken Herman, 7. D.J. Troutman, 8. Randy Wible, 9. Russell Baird, Jr., 10. Louie Krushansky, 11. Michael Lake, 12. Garrett Paugh, 13. Mike Thorne, 14. Derrick Shaw, 15. Andy Spooner, 16. Vince Masi, 17. Greg Beach, 18. Dylan Lewis DNS: Rick Strickler
E-Mods: 1. Deana Groves, 2. Kurt Burge, 3. Denny Nakutis, 4. Ron Howard DNS: Bill Yohe
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Jim Byers, 2. Bob Nelson, 3. Martin Spade, 4. Jimmy Iser, 5. Jason Gibbs, 6. Joe Kelley, 7. Michael Duritsky, 8. Bill Pluta, 9. Scott Bittinger, 10. Kevin Collins, 11. Scott Spade, 12. Greg Hauger, 13. Dan Chesney
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. Shawn Smith, 2. Kyle Burkholder, 3. J.T. Baird, 4. Ken Burkholder, 5. John Redshaw, 6. Cody Colflesh, 7. Eric Miller, 8. Justin Howell, 9. Tanner Hauger, 10. Allen Fortney
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners: 1. Cindy Rhodes, 2. David Friend, 3. Mark Seiler, 4. Keith Deeter, 5. Todd Detrick, 6. Casey Fleegle, 7. Ed Detrick, 8. Justin Hornic, 9. Ian Will, 10. Paul Koffler, III, 11. Roy Povlick, 12. Dwayne Rhodes, 13. Paul Koffler, Jr.