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.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Cody Hardesty, 2. Shane Hitt, 3. Mark Booth, 4. Billy Holbert, 5. Tim Senic, 6. Matt Cosner, 7. Scott Rhodes, 8. Greg Gellner, 9. Bob Hershman, 10. Danny Pugh DNS: Bob Gordon and Alicia Fox
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models: 1. Rick Singleton, 2. Louie Krushansky, 3. Troy Shields, 4. Michael Lake, 5. Ken Herman, 6. John Over, 7. Chad McClellan, 8. Rick Strickler, 9. Jeff Compton, 10. Russell Baird, Jr., 11. Mike Thorne, 12. Jennae Piper, 13. Dylan Lewis, 14. Vince Masi, Jr., 15. Bill Pluta, Jr.
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Ron Howard, 2. Dennis Perigo, 3. Denny Nakutis, 4. Bruce Dreistadt, 5. Larry Atha DNS: Jim Pyles
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Jim Bendishaw, 2. Scott Spade, 3. Jim Byers, 4. Bob Nelson, 5. Jason Gibbs, 6. Barry Farris, 7. Ryan Newman, 8. Greg Hauger, 9. Josh Bendishaw, 10. Scott Spade, 11. Herb Karlinsey
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. John Redshaw, 2. J.T. Baird, 3. Kyle Burkholder, 4. Brad Nesline, 5. Cody Colflesh, 6. Justin Howell, 7. Eric Miller, 8. Davey Lambert, 9. Todd Weldon, 10. Dan Jackson, 11. Ken Burkholder DNS: Allen Fortney
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners: 1. Cindy Rhodes, 2. Paul Koffler, Jr., 3. Steve Settle, 4. Brandon Conrad, 5. Dustin Detrick, 6. Ed Detrick, 7. Todd Detrick, 8. David Friend, 9. Andrew Pluta