Markleysburg, PA)-A break-out season; yes, Cody Hardesty is having just that!
The 22-year-old Hardesty, from Oakland, Maryland, scored his fourth win of the season, Saturday, at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. And he did it in grand fashion-motoring by perennial hot shoes Jared and Jacob Hawkins en-route to Victory Lane in the Super Late Model feature.
After winning his heat race, earlier in the evening, Hardesty was forced to start third on the gird after the No. 4 inversion pill was drawn. This forced the up-and-coming driver to start third, behind the Hawkins brothers, who occupied the front row. Jared and Jacob, both of Fairmont, West Virginia, began battling each other at the drop of the green flag. Jared led the first four circuits, while Jacob passed his brother to claim the lead at lap five. One lap later, Jared moved passed Jacob to reassume the lead. The two battled side-by-side as Jacob re-captured the point at lap seven.
While Jacob stretched his lead, Hardesty began his quest for the front spot. On lap 10, Hardesty moved underneath Jared to claim the second spot. Hardesty began to reel in Jacob, and on lap 16 he moved by the former Eldora winner to claim the top spot. Hardesty remained in front for the event’s final nine laps to claim his fourth win of the season. Jacob crossed the stripe second while Jared finished third. Somerset, Pennsylvania’s Scott Rhodes claimed fourth and Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania’s Mason Zeigler rounded out the top five. Points leader Tim Senic, of Elkins, West Virginia, finished sixth and held onto the points lead with the season’s final points event scheduled for Oct. 5. Hardesty and Rhodes won the heat races.
Connellsville, Pennsylvania’s Ken Herman has performed strongly throughout the season. Until last Saturday, however, he had been unable to notch a mark in this year’s win column. Herman cast away the proverbial “monkey on the back” by claiming the checkers in the RUSH Late Model race. Herman led every lap and held off Morgantown, West Virginia’s Nolan Dalton, who finished second.
The race’s main story occurred on lap one. Herman was leading Dalton through turns three and four when contact spun Herman in front of the entire field. Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s John Over and Michael Lake made ensuing contact, which straightened out Herman’s car allowing him to continue down the front stretch. The collision, however, forced Over from the event with possible wrist injuries.
On the restart, Herman maintained the lead for all 20 circuits. The victory moved Herman into second in the points standings just 12 markers behind Acme, Pennsylvania’s Troy Shields. Dalton finished second while Greensburg, Pennsylvania’s Jeremy Zufall finished third. Shields claimed fourth and Uniontown’s Vince Masi, Jr., took fifth. Lake claimed the heat race.
Morgantown’s Brent Trimble was the class of the field as he scored his third win of the season at the Knob and 107th-career victory in the E-Mod event. Trimble led every lap. Trimble got the jump on pole-sitter Vic Vandergrift, of Fairmont. He led the entire distance for the win. Vandergrift took second while a hard-charging Nick Cramer, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania, finished third. Cramer began the race in seventh. Points leader Denny Nakutis, of Graysville, Pennsylvania, finished fourth and maintained his points advantage. Dalton, pulling double-duty during the evening, finished fifth. Vandergrift won the heat race.
McClellandtown, Pennsylvania’s Jim Byers claimed his seventh win of the season in Street Stock competition. The points leader began from the pole after the pill draw invert, and he led flag-to-flag in a strong run. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley had a strong race, as well, and finished second. Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade claimed third, and Fort Hill, Pennsylvania’s Jason Gibbs took fourth. Bob Nelson, of Dunbar, Pennsylvania, rounded out the top five. Gibbs and Kelley were victorious in the heat races.
After a layoff from racing of nearly a year, Lemont Furnace, Pennsylvania’s Bob Miller made a triumphant return to claim the victory in the Charger division. Miller, racing a Dodge Intrepid, began the race from the pole and led every lap. He finished second in his heat racer, earlier in the evening, but the No. 4 pill was drawn for the inversion and this placed Miller on the front row. Mill Run, Pennsylvania’s Ken Burkholder attempted to keep pace with Miller, but the defending track champion was forced to settle for the runner-up spot. Confluence’s Cody Colflesh took third while Mill Run’s Kyle Burkholder, the points leader, finished fourth. Confluence’s Eric Miller finished fifth. Ken Burkholder and Colflesh claimed the heat races.
Not to be outdone by Byers’s accomplishment in the Street Stock event, Roadrunner competitor Paul Koffler, Jr., of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania, scored his seventh victory of the season at the Knob, as well. This was Koffler’s 85th-career triumph. Connellsville’s David Friend paced the field for the first four circuits. Koffler then made his bid for the lead on lap 5, and he held the lead for the final seven laps to claim the victory to maintain his points lead. Friend took third, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes claimed third. Dunbar’s Ed Leonard took fourth, and Keyser’s Neil Bauer claimed fifth. Koffler was the heat race winner.
Powder Puff racing closed out the evening. Stacy Tressler won the Street Stock event in Gibbs’s car; Mindy Miller won the Charger event in Bob Miller’s machine and Angel Hill claimed the Roadrunner event in Jeremy Hill’s car.
Racing returns to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Saturday with the season’s first visit by the Three State Flyers Super Late Model Series in the 55-lap King of the Knob event, which pays $5,000 to win. The Three State Flyers event includes qualifying, heat races, B-Mains and the feature. Also on hand will be the RUSH weekly Late Models and Street Stocks. Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., and general admission gates open at 5 p.m. Hot laps are slated for 6:45 p.m.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Cody Hardesty, 2. Jacob Hawkins, 3. Jared Hawkins, 4. Scott Rhodes, 5. Mason Zeigler, 6. Tim Senic, 7. Bob Gordon, 8. Brandon Delano, 9. Mel Minnick, Jr., 10. Matt Cosner, 11. Quintin Wyandt, 12. Ron Delano, Jr., 13. Tommy Beck, 14. Danny Pugh, 15. Bob Hershman, 16. Andy Spooner, 17. Gary Gellner, 18. Derek Doll DNS: Billy Holbert and Davey Johnson
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models: 1. Ken Herman, 2. Nolan Dalton, 3. Jeremy Zufall, 4. Troy Shields, 5. Vince Masi, Jr., 6. Russell Baird, Jr., 7. John Over, 8. Michael Lake, 9. Louie Krushansky
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Brent Trimble, 2. Vic Vandergrift, 3. Nick Cramer, 4. Denny Nakutis, 5. Nolan Dalton, 6. Ron Howard, 7. Justin Milburn DNS: Denny Perigo
Penn Summit Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Jim Byers, 2. Joe Kelley, 3. Marty Spade, 4. Jason Gibbs, 5. Bob Nelson, 6. Michael Duritsky, Jr., 7. Bill Pluta, 8. Todd Dennis, 9. Ryan Newman, 10. Mike Duritsky, 11. Greg Hauger, 12. Kevin Collins, 13. Steve Settle, 14. Herb Karlinsey DNS: Barry Farris and Shane Sanders
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. Bob Miller, 2. Ken Burkholder, 3. Cody Colflesh, 4. Kyle Burkholder, 5. Eric Miller, 6. J.T. Baird, 7. Justin Howell, 8. Michael Ott, 9. Brad Jenkins DNS: Charlie Bittinger and Jeremy Hill
Newt’s York Bar 4-Cylinder Roadrunners: 1. Paul Koffler, Jr., 2. David Friend, 3. Cindy Rhodes, 4. Ed Leonard, 5. Neil Bauer, 6. Jeremy Hill, 7. Ed Detrick, 8. Dustin Detrick
Powder Puff: Stacy Tressler, Mindy Miller and Angel Hill.