Lightning wasn’t all that was providing an impressive display at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex in Markleysburg, PA, Saturday night. Racing fans were also treated to some of the year’s best races that provided its own special story by the time the checkered flag fell.
Tim Senic out-dueled Jared Hawkins to win one of the year’s best Super Late Model features; Chad McClellan used the high groove to win his fourth RUSH Crate Late Model Race at the Knob and Brent Trimble claimed the E-Mod race for his 100th-career triumph. Marty Spade collected his first Street Stock victory in the special 20-lap Chuck Bloom Memorial; Cody Colflesh claimed the Charger event for his career-first victory and David Friend claimed his first victory of the season in the Roadrunner division.
Seventeen Super Late Model drivers stormed into turn one at the drop of the green, and pole-sitter Ron Delano, of Stoystown, PA, became the early leader. It appeared Delano had the car to beat as he piloted his No. 0 machine in front for the event’s first nine laps; however, Senic quickly moved from his ninth starting position to claim the lead by lap 10. Hawkins, who started fourth, moved to second behind Senic, and that’s when one of the year’s best battles began.
Lap after lap, the two veteran drivers ran side-by-side as Senic occupied the low grove and Hawkins drove on the top side. As the lead battle ensued, Delano, Jacob Hawkins and Devin Friese wrestled for the third spot. Jared Hawkins grabbed the lead on lap 14, and he held it for two laps. Senic then regained the top spot, but the battle was far from conclusion. Senic continued to be the event’s official leader at the start/finish line, but again, the two battled side-by-side. On lap 24, the two encountered lapped traffic that enabled Senic to move ahead by three cars lengths. As the checkered flag fell, Elkins, WV’s Senic claimed his second victory of the season at the Knob. Jared Hawkins, of Fairmont, WV, settled for second, and Chambersburg, PA’s Devin Friese finished fourth. Mercersburg, PA’s Tyler Hershey moved from sixth to finish fourth, and Fairmont’s Jacob Hawkins rounded out the top five. Delano made contact with the guardrail in turn two in the event’s latter stages and finished 15th. Hershey and Jacob Hawkins were victorious in the heat races.
Stoystown’s Chad McClellan made the high groove work for him, as well, in the RUSH Crate Late Model event. McClellan moved from his fifth starting spot to take second by lap four. He was attempting to chase down Uniontown, PA’s John Over, who was looking for his first win of the season. Over led the race until three laps remaining when he made contact with a lapped car in turn three. The contact sent Over to the pits, and McClellan assumed the lead. McClellan held off a hard-charging Michael Lake to claim the victory. Lake, of Uniontown, finished second. Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman turned in another solid run to finish third while Acme, PA’s Troy Shields claimed fourth. Morgantown’s Rick Strickler completed the top five. Over and Herman were heat race victors.
A strong field of fourteen E-Mod drivers began their 15-lap event, and Morgantown’s Brent Trimble grabbed the early lead. The caution was displayed on lap three when pole-sitter Richard Michael, Jr., of New York, made contact with the turn one guardrail. Trimble, on the ensuing green flag, held of the advances of Toronto, OH’s Kevin Miller II. Latrobe, PA’s Nick Cramer mounted a strong run as he overtook Miller for second on lap 11. Trimble, meanwhile, kept Cramer at bay and claimed the checkers for his 100th-career win. Cramer finished second followed by Miller in third. Mount Morris, PA’s Ron Howard took fourth, and Stoystown’s Denny Perigo finished fifth. Smith and Trimble claimed the heat races.
Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade has performed admirably most of the season, but he hasn’t been able to find his way to Victory Lane. That changed, Saturday, as he led flag-to-flag to claim the Chuck Bloom Memorial Street Stock event. Spade collected $478 for his efforts in a race that commemorated the life of Chuck Bloom, who piloted the No. 78 Street Stock and Crate Late Model for many years at Roaring Knob. McClellandtown’s Jim Byers finished second and Mount Pleasant, PA’s Joe Kelley finished third. Farmington’s Scott Spade took fourth and Dunbar, PA’s Bob Nelson finished fifth. Uniontown’s Barry Farris and Fort Hills, PA’s Jason Gibbs, who finished seventh and eighth, respectively, received an extra $100 donated by Bobby Lake for the Chuck Bloom event. Scott Spade and Uniontown’s Jim Bendishaw were victorious in the heat races.
Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh has been another driver at Roaring Knob who hasn’t enjoyed a victory despite having many good races throughout the season. Colflesh, like Spade, finally “sealed the deal” as he claimed victory in the Charger event. Colflesh led every lap of the event, and he held off a hard charging Justin Howell to claim the checkers. Howell, of Smithfield, PA, finished second while Uniontown’s J.T. Baird finished third. Mill Run, PA’s Ken Burkholder took fourth and Ursina, PA’s C.J. Nicola crossed the stripe in fifth. Farmington’s John Redshaw and Confluence’s Eric Miller won the divisions’ heat races.
In the final race of the evening, Connellsville’s David Friend led every lap to win the Roadrunner race for his first victory of the season. Like Marty Spade and Colflesh, Friend had turned in many strong performances throughout the season without a victory prior to Saturday. West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr., finished second, and Paul Koffler, Sr., finished third. Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes claimed fourth and Dan Lowery rounded out the top five. Stoystown’s Robert and Andrew Pluta won the two heat races.
This Saturday at Roaring Knob, the Charger division will be highlighted by a special 20-lap event. The Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, E-Mods, Street Stocks and Roadrunners will also be in action. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Tim Senic, 2. Jared Hawkins, 3. Devin Fries, 4. Tyler Hershey, 5. Jacob Hawkins, 6. Cody Hardesty, 7. Scott Rhodes, 8. Bob Gordon, 9. Dusty Hamrick, 10. Bob Hershman, 11. L.C. Powers, 12. Mark Booth, 13. Billy Brown, 14. Danny Pugh, 15. Ron Delano, 16. Butch McGill, 17. Randy Smithley DNS: Matt Cosner and Billy Holbert
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models: 1. Chad McClellan, 2. Michael Lake, 3. Ken Herman, 4. Troy Shields, 5. Rick Strickler, 6. Mike Lewis, 7. Rick Meglaye, 8. Jeff Compton, 9. Jennae Piper, 10. John Over, 11. Vince Masi, Jr., 12. Dylan Lewis, 13. Russell Baird, Jr. DNS: Louie Krushansky
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Brent Trimble, 2. Nick Cramer, 3. Kevin Miller II, 4. Ron Howard, 5. Denny Perigo, 6. Jim Pyles, 7. Denny Nakutis, 8. Bruce Dreistadt, 9. Larry Atha, 10. Justin Milburn, 11. Bryson Sanders, 12. Richard Michael, Jr., DNS: Deana Groves and Bill Yohe
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Marty Spade, 2. Jim Byers, 3. Joe Kelley, 4. Scott Spade, 5. Bob Nelson, 6. Michael Duritsky, Jr., 7. Barry Farris, 8. Jason Gibbs, 9. E.J. Rozak, 10. Steve Settle, 11. Herb Karlinsey, 12. Jim Bendishaw, 13. Mike Duritsky, 14. Scott Bittinger
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. Cody Colflesh, 2. Justin Howell, 3. J.T. Baird, 4. Ken Burkholder, 5. C.J. Nicola, 6. John Redshaw, 7. Brad Nesline, 8. Todd Weldon, 9. Dan Jackson, 10. Eric Miller, 11. Dan Chesney, 12. Kyle Burkholder, 13. Allen Fortney, 14. Brandon Fickes, 15. Matt Presock DNS: Shawn Smith
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners: 1. David Friend, 2. Paul Koffler, Jr., 3. Paul Koffler, Sr., 4. Cindy Rhodes, 5. Dan Lowery, 6. Todd Detrick, 7. Scott Critchfield, 8. Ed Detrick, 9. Dustin Detrick, 10. Steve Riggleman, 11. Robert Pluta, 12. Dustin Drake, 13. Andrew Pluta, 14. Jeremy Hill DNS: Brandon Conrad