Press Release written by Mike Donald
“I can’t believe it, I just can’t believe it,” said an exuberant Jim Byers as he exited his Monte Carlo in Victory Lane at Roaring Knob, Saturday. Byers, of McClellandtown, PA, led the final three circuits to make it two wins in a row in Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stock competition at the facility in Markleysburg, PA.
Byers began the race in seventh position and quickly advanced his way to third by lap three. It appeared, however, he would do no better than that as Uniontown, PA’s Greg Hauger dominated the early portions of the race in his No. 17 Ford. Despite suffering damage in an early practice session, Hauger won his heat and led the first 10 laps of the 15-lap event. On lap 10, Hauger’s car slowed and he pulled off the track. This handed the lead to Mount Lake, MD’s Scott Bittinger in his No. 29 Impala. Bittinger appeared to be on his way to his first-ever Street Stock win, but he spun in turn four on lap 11. Byers inherited the lead, and the veteran driver held off Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson at the line to claim the win.
Nelson was second followed by Berlin, PA’s Greg Cornell in third. Jason Gibbs, of Fort Hill, PA, crossed the line in fourth and Monongahela, PA’s Pat Weldon rounded out the top five.
Heat winners were Hauger and Nelson.
Uniontown, PA’s J.T. Baird and Mill Run, PA’s Kenny Burkholder dazzled the crowd in a hard-fought battle during the Fort Necessity Garage Chargers feature event. Burkholder, the defending track champion, led the first four circuits, but he was being challenged, feverishly, by Baird, who was working the inside groove.
On lap five, Baird made the move by Burkholder off turn two to claim the top spot. Burkholder kept Baird in his sights, but he was unable to mount a comeback as Baird grabbed the checkers in his No. 95 Monte Carlo for his sixth-career victory. “Kenny and his brother Kyle are good, clean drivers, and I knew it was going to be a good race,” Baird said in Victory Lane. “I wasn’t sure how much I was pulling away from him, but I was glad I could hold him off.”
Burkholder finished second while his younger brother, Kyle, of Mill Run, PA, took third. Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola crossed the stripe in fourth, and Confluence, PA’s Eric Miller finished fifth.
Heat race winners were Kenny Burkholder and Baird.
West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr, led flag-to-flag in the Newt’s York Bar Roardunners event to score his 76th-career victory. The former Farmington Speedway champion held off the challenges of Frieden PA’s Casey Fleegle and West Leisenring’s Steve Settle to park his Pontiac Sunfire in Victory Lane.
Fleegle took second and Settle, the defending track champion, claimed third. Settle came to Victory Lane to congratulate Koffler. The race winner thanked Settle for his valuable assistance in preparing his car before the day’s event. Hopwood, PA’s Mark Seiler and Fair Hope, PA’s Keith Deeter finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Fleegle and Connelsville, PA’s David Friend were the division’s heat race winners.
It may have been a small field of E-Mods, but Graysville, PA’s Denny Nakutis and Mt. Morris, PA’s Ron Howard put on a great show for the fans. Howard looked high and low, but he was unable to get by the defending track champion as Nakutis edged Morris by a car-length to claim victory. “I knew he (Howard) was going to race me hard,” said Nakutis as he stood beside his No. 3 Hassey Chassis in Victory Lane. Nakutis won the division’s heat race, also.
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex will return to action, Saturday, April 27. The night of racing will feature the second Roaring Knob-Rock Shootout race of the 2013 season. This special challenge race for drivers at Roaring Knob and Allegany County Speedways will feature competition in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models, High Gear Speed Shop RUSH-sanctioned Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, Chargers and Roadrunners. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and grandstand gates will open at 5 p.m.
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks- 1. Jim Byers, 2. Bob Nelson, 3. Greg Cornell, 4. Jason Gibbs, 5. Pat Weldon, 6. Martin Spade, Jr., 7. Michael Duritsky, 8. Dan Chesney, 9. Scott Bittinger, 10. Greg Hauger DNS: Scott Spade
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers-1. J.T. Baird, 2. Ken Burkholder, 3. Kyle Burkholder, 4. C.J. Nicola, 5. Eric Miller, 6. Tanner Hauger, 7. Cody Colflesh, 8. Justin Howell, 9. Allen Fortney, DNS: Terry Mitchell
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners-1. Paul Koffler, Jr., 2. Casey Fleegle, 3. Steve Settle, 4. Mark Seiler, 5. Keith Deeter, 6. Cindy Rhodes, 7. Ian Will, 8. Todd Detrick, 9. Jason Frazier, 10. David Friend, 11. Ed Detrick, 12. Clarke Lingenfield
E-Mods-1. Denny Nakutis, 2. Ron Howard