A strong field of 22 Super Late Model competitors raced fast but couldn’t prevent Billy Holbert from scoring his third win of the season at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, in Markleysburg, PA. The defending track champion led 24 of the event’s 25 laps before narrowly eclipsing Tim Senic at the line for the victory.
John Over finally “threw the monkey off his back” to score his first victory of the season in the RUSH Crate Late Model division. Likewise, Nick Cramer scored his first win of the season in the E-Mod division, and C.J. Nicola grabbed his first victory of the year in the Charger division’s 20-lap special. Repeat winners were Jim Byers, who scored his sixth victory in the Street Stock race; and Paul Koffler, Jr., who grabbed his fourth victory of the season at the Knob in the Roadrunner division.
Defending track champion Holbert, of Fairmont, WV, grabbed the lead from Bob Gordon on lap two of the Super Late Model event. Holbert resisted the hard challenge of Gordon for the top spot for the first 13 circuits. Senic, who won last week at the Knob, quickly moved from his seventh spot and was running third by lap 13. On the ensuing lap, Senic moved by Gordon, and he set his sights on Holbert. For the remaining 12 laps, Senic moved to the inside and made several bids at Holbert for the top spot. Holbert maintained his line in the upper grove and kept Senic at bay. Off the fourth corner of the final lap, Senic made a move to the inside of Holbert, but he came up one car length short as Holbert won the drag race to the checkered flag. This was Holbert’s third win of the season at the Knob, and it broke a four-way tie with Senic, Mason Zeigler and Cody Hardesty, all of whom have two wins, apiece, at the Knob, this season. Additionally, the win moved Holbert into the points lead.
Senic, of Elkins, WV, finished second; and Keyser, WV’s Gordon took third. Swanton, MD’s Bob Hershman and Wheeling, WV’s Gary Gellner had strong runs to finish fourth and fifth, respectively. Winners of the three heat races were Gordon, Senic and Holbert.
“There goes that monkey,” exclaimed Over as he climbed from his car in victory lane. Over, of Uniontown, PA, has scored multiple track championships and victories at Roaring Knob in previous years, but he has been shut out of victory lane, this season. That changed, Saturday, as Over led flag-to-flag in dominating fashion to claim his first victory of the season in the RUSH Crate Late Model race. The victory gave Over the points lead at the Pennsylvania facility, and it will make him a strong contender to take over the National RUSH weekly points lead among the seven RUSH sanctioned tracks. Over entered Saturday’s event second in those standings.
Connellsville, PA’s Ken Herman, who has had strong runs throughout the season, came up one spot short to finish second. Oakland, MD’s Mike Lewis finished third, and Youngwood, PA’s Rick Meglaye finished fourth in his third start of the season at the Knob. Pittsburg, PA’s Tom Sieger finished fifth in his first start of the 2013 season. Acme, PA’s Troy Shields and Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky won the heat races.
Latrobe, PA’s Cramer led every lap to claim the E-Mod victory. Cramer had a strong run, last week, to finish second, and he carried that momentum to victory lane, Saturday. This was Cramer’s third-career victory. Defending track champion, Denny Nakutis, of Graysville, Pa, was sandwiched between Cramer and Cramer’s brother, Josh, throughout the affair. Nakutis finished second while Josh, of Greensburg, PA, claimed third. Morgantown’s Brent Trimble finished fourth, and Mount Morris, PA’s Ron Howard rounded out the top five. Nick Cramer and Trimble won the heat races.
The Street Stock event proved to be one of the most competitive events of the evening. Bob Nelson, Ryan Newman, Jim Byers and Marty Spade formed a four-car breakaway from the remainder of the field. The foursome battled furiously for the event’s 15 laps before Byers scored his sixth victory of the season. Nelson, of Dunbar, PA, led the first nine laps while Byers and Neman battled side-by-side. On the 10th circuit, Byers moved by Nelson for the top spot. Then, it became Newman’s and Dunn’s turn to battle side-by-side for the second spot. Byers maintained the advantage, and the McClellandtown, PA driver grabbed the checkers. Newman, of Lemont Furnace, PA, held on for second and Nelson finished third. Farmington, PA’s Marty Spade stayed in contact with the threesome the entire race and finished fourth. Cairnbrook, PA’s Bill Pluta, Jr., finished fifth. Newman and Nelson won the heat races, earlier in the evening.
In the special 20-lap Charger event, Justin Howell led the first 18 laps. For a while, it appeared Smithfield, PA driver was going to win his second feature of the season. C.J. Nicola, however, was hungry for his first win of the season, and he grabbed the lead from Howell with two laps remaining. The Ursina, PA pilot held onto the top spot for the final two circuits to grab the win. Howell claimed second, and Uniontown, PA’s J.T. Baird finished third. Confluence, PA’s Eric Miller, who was celebrating his 12th wedding anniversary, claimed fourth. Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline rounded out the top five. Nicola and Howell claimed the heat races.
West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr. maintained a hefty advantage throughout the Roadrunner event to claim his fourth win of the season and 80th win of his career. The victory moved Koffler into the points lead. West Leisenring’s Steve Settle finished second and Somerset’s Jarred Barclay claimed the third spot. Fourth went to Connellsville’s David Friend, and Somerset, PA’s Cindy Rhodes nailed down the fifth spot. Settle and Friend won the heat races.
All six divisions will return to action, Saturday, at Roaring Knob as the Mid-season Championship event will award double points in all divisions. The Grease Gun Mechanic exhibition race will be held, as well. Pit gates will open at 4: 30 p.m., and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled to commence at 6:45 p.m.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Billy Holbert, 2. Tim Senic, 3. Bob Gordon, 4. Bob Hershman, 5. Gary Gellner, 6. Robbie Scott, 7. Matt Cosner, 8. John Garvin, 9. Clate Copeman, 10. L.C. Powers, 11. Dan Lee, 12. Mason Zeigler, 13. Quintin Wyandt, 14. Robby Marhefka, 15. Mark Booth, 16. Scott Rhodes, 17. Ron Delano, 18. Stanley Spooner, 19. Mike Steck, 20. Shane Hitt, 21. Alicia Fox DNS: Brandon Delano
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Crate Late Models: 1. John Over, 2. Ken Herman, 3. Mike Lewis, 4. Rick Meglaye, 5. Tom Sieger, 6. Troy Shields, 7. Troy Swindell, 8. Louie Krushansky, 9. Greg Hauger, 10. Ron Smithley, 11. Jeremy Zufall, 12. Jeff Compton, 13. Russell Baird, Jr., 14. Dylan Lewis
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Nick Cramer, 2. Denny Nakutis, 3. Josh Cramer, 4. Brent Trimble, 5. Ron Howard, 6. Bryson Sanders, 7. Larry Atha, 8. Matt Fulton, 9. Nick Wilson, 10. Randy Clark, 11. Jim Pyles DNS: Matt Chenoweth
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Jim Byers, 2. Ryan Newman, 3. Bob Nelson, 4. Marty Spade, 5. Bill Pluta, Jr., 6. Mike Duritsky, 7. Scott Bittinger, 8. Barry Farris, 9. Buddy Fickes, 10. Glenn Richea, 11. Jason Gibbs, 12. Michael Duritsky, Jr., 13. Herb Karlinsey, 14. Shane Sanders DNS: Scott Spade
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. C.J. Nicola, 2. Justin Howell, 3. J.T. Baird, 4. Eric Miller, 5. Brad Nesline, 6. Charlie Bittinger, 7. Ken Burkholder, 8. Scott Davis, 9. Kyle Burkholder DNS: Brandon Fickes
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners: 1. Paul Koffler, Jr., 2. Steve Settle, 3. Jarred Barclay, 4. David Friend, 5. Cindy Rhodes, 6. Paul Koffler, Sr., 7. Todd Detrick, 8. Jamey Swank, 9. Steve Riggleman, 10. Steve McMahon, 11. Dale Grubbs, Jr., 12. Dustin Detrick, 13. Ed Leonard