(Markleysburg, PA)-Tim Senic, the 2013 Elkins Speedway (WV) Late Model champion, served notice at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday, that he is poised for another championship. Entering the night as the Knob’s points leader, Senic checked out from the competition en-route to his third win at the Markleysburg facility as the racing season enters the home stretch.
Senic, of Elkins, WV, grabbed the lead from Keyser, WV’s Bob Gordon on lap seven and pulled away to victory. Oakland, MD’s Cody Hardesty moved up to second, but he was unable to track down Senic, who had a comfortable advantage. Both drivers encountered lapped traffic, but it did not alter things as Senic held a full straightaway advantage at times. Senic is the 2009 Roaring Knob track champion, and he now holds a 32 –point advantage on Scott Rhodes, who sits second in the standings.
Hardesty finishes second followed by Uniontown, PA’s Mel Minnick, Jr., in third. Chalk Hill, PA’s Mason Zeigler finished fourth and Gordon slipped backward to finish fifth. Heat race winners among the 19 entrants were Brandon Delano, of Stoystown, PA, and Senic.
Senic is expected to compete in the Kings of Dirt NDRL event, Labor Day, Sept. 2, at Roaring Knob. The event pays $20,000 and expects to attract some of the best Super Late Model drivers in the country. “I think some of the local guys at the Knob will make a lot of noise in this event,” Senic said.
Morgantown, WV’s Louie Krushansky has experienced his share of success in Modified competition in his career, including much success at the Knob, but he has been shut out of Victory Lane at the Knob in RUSH Crate Late Model competition. That changed, Saturday, as he led flag-to-flag to claim his first Crate Late Model event at the Knob, and his second of his career. Krushansky led every lap to capture the checkered flag.
Mt. Morris, PA’s Greg Lemley had a very strong run to finish second, and Stoystown’s Chad McClellan took third. Uniontown’s John Over finished fourth and Hesston, PA’s Rick Singleton returned to the Knob to take fifth. Over and Singleton were the heat winners among 18 teams.
The E-Mod race proved interesting as Nick Cramer, of Latrobe, PA, was forced to hold off a hard-charging Dennis Perigo in the waning laps to claim his second victory of the season. Perigo, of Stoystown, moved to the outside of Cramer coming off turn four in the final lap. It was a drag race to the checkers, but Cramer narrowly held of Perigo for the victory. Perigo finished second and Morgantown, WV’s Deana Groves finished third.
Groves, who was moving toward the front of the field, earlier in the event, crashed into Matt Chenoweth in turn one on lap nine. Chenoweth had slowed on the front stretch and appeared to be heading to pit road; however, he came to rest in turn one. As the leaders roared down the front stretch, Groves was unable to clear Chenoweth. She crashed into Chenoweth, causing damage to her car’s right rear quarter panel. She was able to restart the race at the rear of the field, and she quickly moved around several competitors. She moved to third by the 14th circuit but simply ran out of time to mount a challenge for the win. Morgantown’s Nolan Dalton, who was driving Kenny Harris’s car, finished fourth. Denora, PA’s Bill Yohe finished fifth. Groves was the heat winner, earlier in the evening.
Veteran driver Bob Nelson has been shut out of Victory Lane, thus far this season, but he survived a crash-filled event to grab his first checkers of the season. The Dunbar, PA driver made contact with Jim Byers in turn two as Byers made a bid for the lead on lap seven. The damage Byers received forced the Street Stock points leader to the pit area. Dunbar was able to continue; however, he was forced to fend off Greg Hauger on multiple restarts. Dunbar kept Hauger at bay to claim his first win at the Knob, this season.
Hauger, of Uniontown, finished second followed by Farmington’s Marty Spade in third. Lemont Furnace, PA’s Ryan Newman took fourth and Uniontown’s Barry Farris claimed fifth. Hauger and Spade were the heat race winners.
Ken Burkholder led the first six laps of the Charger event, but Confluence, PA’s Cody Colflesh became the star of the show. Colflesh moved by Burkholder on lap seven, and he never relinquished it, despite many challenges by Burkholder and Shawn Smith. The win was Colflesh’s second of the season. Burkholder, of Mill Run, PA, took second and Confluence’s Smith finished a close third. Bittinger, MD’s Brad Nesline finished fourth and Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder crossed the stripe in fifth. Ken Burkholder won the sole heat race.
Things aren’t always as it seems, and proof was evident in the special 20-lap Roadrunner event. Somerset, PA’s Jarred Barclay moved by West Leisenring, PA’s Paul Koffler, Jr., on lap five to take the lead. Barclay moved away from the competition to grab the checkered flag; however, his car failed post-race inspection and he was disqualified. This awarded the win to Connellsville, PA’s David Friend, who had originally finished second. Friend and Koffler battle for position side-by-side for several laps behind Barclay before Friend got position on Koffler in the waning laps. Koffler was awarded second, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes finished third. Dunbar’s Ed Leonard took fourth and Sutersville, PA’s Dale Kimberly finished fifth. Barclay and Leonard won the heat races.
This coming Labor Day weekend will be filled with excitement at Roaring Knob. Saturday, all six divisions will return to action, which will feature Powder Puff Round No. 2, which was rained-out earlier in the season. Pit gates open at 4:30, and spectator gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled at 6:45 p.m.
Sunday, a special practice session will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. This will set the stage for Monday’s $20,000 to-win NDRL Super Late Model Show. The nation’s top Late Model talent is expected to mix it up with the region’s best drivers. Pit gates will open at 11 a.m., and spectator gates will open at 1 p.m. Country music artist Cody McCarver (formerly of Confederate Railroad) will be in concert at 2 p.m., and a driver’s autograph session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Hot laps are scheduled for 6 p.m.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Tim Senic, 2. Cody Hardesty, 3 Mel Minnick, Jr., 4. Mason Zeigler, 5. Bob Gordon, 6. Shawn Claar, 7. Scott Rhodes, 8. Ron Delano, Jr., 9. Matt Cosner, 10. Brandon Delano, 11. Tony Crim, 12. Bob Hershman, 13. Quintin Wyandt, 14. Steve Gibney, 15. Robby Marhefka, 16. Danny Pugh, 17. Paul Stubber, 18. Mike Steck, 19. Shane Hitt
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models: 1. Louie Krushansky, 2. Greg Lemley, 3. Chad McClellan, 4. John Over, 5. Rick Singleton, 6. Nolan Dalton, 7. Michael Lake, 8. Ken Herman, 9.W.L. Stile, 10. Jeff Compton, 11. Russell Baird, Jr., 12. Jeremy Zufall, 13. Vince Masi, Jr., 14. Joey Jenkins, 15. Dylan Lewis, 16. Troy Shields, 17. Scott Beitzel DNS: Mike Thorne
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Nick Cramer, 2. Dennis Perigo, 3. Deana Groves, 4. Nolan Dalton, 5. Bill Yohe, 6. Denny Nakutis, 7. Larry Atha, 8. Vic Vandergrift, 9. Matt Chenoweth, 10. Justin Milburn DNS: Bruce Dreistadt
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Bob Nelson, 2. Greg Hauger, 3. Marty Spade, 4. Ryan Newman, 5. Barry Farris, 6. Mike Duritsky, 7. John Fama, 8. Jason Gibbs, 9. Herb Karlinsey, 10. Steve Settle, 11. Ricky Vest, 12. Brian Blake, 13. Jim Byers, 14. Scott Bittinger, 15. Michael Duritsky, Jr.
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. Cody Colflesh, 2. Ken Burkholder, 3. Shawn Smith, 4. Brad Nesline, 5. Kyle Burkholder, 6. J.T. Baird, 7. Eric Miller, 8. Willie Ling DNS: Justin Howell
Newt’s York Bar 4-Cylinder Roadrunners: 1. David Friend, 2. Paul Koffler, Jr., 3. Cindy Rhodes, 4. Ed Leonard, 5. Dale Kimberly, 6. Neil Bauer, 7. Steve Riggleman, 8. Todd Detrick, 9. Dustin Detrick DQ: Jarred Barclay