Major league baseball hall of famer, Yogi Berra, often says, “It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.” Well, he could have easily said that to Ron Delano and Tim Senic at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday. Delano, of Stoystown, PA, appeared to be on his way to his first Super Late Model feature win of the 2013 season at the Markleysburg, PA, facility, but a spin late in the race helped propel Elkins, WV’s Senic to victory lane.
Delano started from the pole and led the first 23 laps. Despite serious challenges by several drivers, it appeared Delano may have been on his way to victory. On the 23rd circuit, however, Delano spun in turn two and was collected by Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon, who had been running in the top-five for the entire affair. Delano and Gordon retired from the event. Senic inherited the lead, and he held off defending track champion, Billy Holbert, of Fairmont, WV, to grab the win in the Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Model event.
“The track was extremely racy, for the first 10 laps I couldn’t find a lane to run in,” said Senic in victory lane. Senic, who began the race in third, fell a couple spots in the early going. He then mounted a charge toward the front. “I could get up to them, I just couldn’t wash out like I wanted,” Senic said. ”We took a little harder tire, and it took a little while to come in. I just hung in there and held my line and here we are,” he added.
Following Holbert for third was Somerset, PA’s Scott Rhodes, who raced in the top five for the entire event. Oakland, MD’s Cody Hardesty and Wheeling, WV’s Gary Gellner finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
Super Late Model heat winners were Rhodes and Holbert.
Hesston, PA’s Rick Singleton continued his strong early season by dusting off the field to claim the RUSH-sanctioned Crate Late Model event sponsored by High Gear Speed Shop. Singleton, who won RUSH-sanctioned events this year at Hagerstown and Allegany County Speedways, grabbed the lead from Acme, PA’s Troy Shields on lap five. Singleton then stretched his lead to win, comfortably.
“That’s about as much fun as you can have at a race track,” Singleton said. “This place is fun,” he added. Shields finished second, followed Morgantown, WV’s Nolan Dalton in third. Michael Lake, of Uniontown, PA, claimed fourth and Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky rounded out the top five.
Singleton and Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman claimed the RUSH Crate heats.
Twelve E-Mod drivers took the green in a race that featured three different leaders before Stoystown’s Denny Perigo claimed victory. Greensburg, PA’s Josh Cramer led the first lap, but defending track champion, Denny Nakutis, of Graysville, PA, assumed the top spot on lap two. Nakutis held the lead until lap 10. Perigo, who began the race in fifth, stormed his way through the field and grabbed the top spot. He held on for the last five circuits to claim the victory.
Nakutis held on to finish second. Eleventh-place starter Nick Cramer, of Latrobe, PA, finished third, and Pittsburg, PA’s Rich Curry crossed the stripe in fourth. Weston, WV’s Robert Smith finished fifth.
Smith and Perigo won the E-Mod heats.
McClellandtown, PA’s Jim Byers led flag-to-flag to win the Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stock feature for his 64th-career win. Byers began the race in third, but he passed Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson and Mount Lake, MD’s Scott Bittinger while coming out of turn two on the first lap. Nelson stayed in Byers’s tire tracks for the remainder of the event, but he was unable to get around Byers and settled for second. Fort Ashby, WV’s Jimmy Iser finished third followed by Farmington, PA’s Scott Spade in fourth. Michael Duritsky, of Masontown, PA, claimed fifth.
Fort Hill, PA’s Jason Gibbs and Iser won the Street Stock heat races.
Farmington, PA’s John Redshaw had a perfect night in Fort Necessity Garage Chargers competition. Redshaw won his heat, started the feature from the pole and lead every lap to claim his first win of the season. Brothers Ken and Kyle Burkholder of Mill Run, PA, continued their good season with strong efforts. Kyle claimed the runner-up spot while Ken followed in third. Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh was fourth and Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline rounded out the top five.
Redshaw and Ken Burkholder won the Charger heat races.
Hopwood, PA’s Mark Seiler led the first nine laps of the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner feature, but he was unable to hold off a strong-running Steve Settle late in the race. Settle, of West Leisenring, PA, stormed his way from his seventh starting spot and claimed the lead with three laps remaining. He covered the field for his 63rd-career victory and second in a row at Roaring Knob.
Somerset, PA’s Jarred Barclay was second followed by Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes in third. Seiler faded to finish fourth, and pole sitter, Steve Frazier, of Clarksburg, WV, claimed fifth.
Heat wins went to Rhodes and Barclay.
The STARS Mod Lites competed Saturday in that divisions’ first of two races during the weekend. The Mod Lites shared the card with the 410 Sprints, Sunday, but Mikey Hay basked in the limelight, Saturday.
Hay, of Somerset, led the entire way to claim the win. Somerset’s Alan Knepper finished second followed by Somerset’s Lynn Knepper in third. Greenville, PA’s George Englert crossed the stripe in fourth and Salisbury, MD’s Tim White rounded out the top five.
Heat winners were Alan Knepper and Englert.
Racing resumes at the 3/8-mile oval, Saturday, May 11. All six divisions will be in action at the track’s Mother Day Special, which will include a Powder Puff event. Pit gates will open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Tim Senic, 2. Billy Holbert, 3. Scott Rhodes, 4. Cody Hardesty, 5. Gary Gellner, 6. Bob Hershman, 7. Matt Cosner, 8. Mark Booth, 9. Danny Pugh, 10. Bob Gordon, 11. Ron Delano, 12. Chad McClellan, 13. Jim Pyles DNS: Stanley Spooner
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Lates: 1. Rick Singleton, 2. Troy Shields, 3. Nolan Dalton, 4. Michael Lake, 5. Louie Krushansky, 6. John Over, 7. Ken Herman, 8. Michael Lewis, 9. Garrett Shepherd, 10. Jeff Compton, 11. Russell Baird, 12. Ben Policz, 13. Andy Spooner, 14. Paul McGinley, 15. Vince Masi, Jr., 16. Rick Strickler
E-Mods: 1. Dennis Perigo, 2. Denny Nakutis, 3. Nick Cramer, 4. Rich Curry, 5. Robert Smith, 6. Larry Atha, 7. Ron Howard, 8. Matt Chenoweth, 9. Frank Billie, 10. Bill Yohe, 11. Jim Pyles, 12. Josh Cramer
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Jim Byers, 2. Bob Nelson, 3. Jimmy Iser, 4. Scott Spade, 5. Michael Duritsky, 6. Jamie Kohan, 7. Kevin Collins, 8. Jason Gibbs, 9. Bill Pluta, Jr., 10. Herb Karlinsey 11. Greg Cornell, 12. Scott Bittinger, 13. Greg Hauger, 14. Buddy Fiskas, 15. Marty Spade
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. John Redshaw, 2. Kyle Burkholder, 3. Ken Burkholder, 4. Cody Colflesh, 5. Brad Nesline, 6. Eric Miller, 7. Tanner Hauger, 8. Allen Fortney, 9. Dan Chesney, 10. J.T. Baird
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners: 1. Steve Settle, 2. Jarred Barclay, 3. Cindy Rhodes, 4. Mark Seiler, 5. Steve Frazier, 6. Coty Marsh, 7. Todd Detrick, 8. Steve Riggleman, 9. Dustin Detrick, 10. Scott Critchfield, 11. Paul Koffler, Jr. 12. David Friend, 13. Jason Frazier
Stars Mod Lites: 1. Mikey Hay, 2. Alan Knepper, 3. Lynn Knepper, 4. George Englert, 5. Tim White, 6. Rick Ament, 7. Eric Hay, 8. Braeden Dillinger, 9. Chad Tasker, 10. Barry Lososky