(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania-October, 6, 2013)-Simply put, there was a duel at the Knob.
Tim Senic and Scott Rhodes, the only two drivers with a shot at the 2013 Super Late Model championship entering Saturday’s final points race, battled throughout the 25-lap event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex, Saturday. Rhodes, who entered the event 33 points behind Senic, led the majority of the event, but Senic made a daring outside move on the final lap to grab the lead and his sixth victory at the Knob, this season. The victory also garnered Senic his second track championship at the Markleysburg, Pennsylvania oval on Schaeffer’s Oil night.
D.J. Troutman shot out to an early led, and he led the first two circuits. A turn one incident, involving Troutman and Mel Minnick, Jr., allowed Rhodes to inherit the lead. Rhodes then took command of the race at lap three, but he was being challenged by Senic, who had moved to second from his seventh-starting position. For the next 19 circuits, Rhodes led as he piloted his No. 83 machine in the low groove. Senic was on Rhodes’s heels and attempted, multiple times, to move by Rhodes on the inside line. Finally, at lap 23, Senic moved to the outside line in an effort to move around Rhodes. On the final lap, Senic moved to the outside of Rhodes as the two motored down the back stretch. It appeared as if Senic brushed the wall as he made his bid for the lead. A drag race between the two ensued off turn four, and Senic beat Rhodes to the finish line to claim the win and championship.
“If I didn’t kiss the back stretch wall, I said hello to it,” said a smiling Senic while standing beside his No. S2 Rocket in Victory Lane. “Scott (Rhodes) is a good driver, and I knew he was going to be tough to beat. I knew it was going to be hard to move by him on the inside, so I decided to give the outside line a shot,” Senic added. “It feels really good to win this championship,” the Elkins, West Virginia driver added.
Rhodes, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, was forced to settle for second. Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Ron Delano, Jr., piloted the No. 26 car of his son, Brandon’s, to place third. Keyser, West Virginia’s Bob Gordon finished fourth, and Minnick, of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, recovered from the early-race mishap to finish fifth. Senic and Uniontown’s Michael Lake won the two heat races.
The RUSH Late Model event proved dramatic as Ken Herman and Troy Shields entered the event 16 points apart in a bid for the championship. Shields, who entered as the point leader, began the race in eighth, while Herman started third. George Kowatic, making an infrequent appearance at the Knob, led the first 10 laps with Herman in second. At the halfway mark, Herman was second and Shields was eighth. At that moment, both drivers were tied for the points lead.
On a lap 11 restart, Michael Lake moved by Herman to take second. This, for the moment, gave Shields the points lead. The next lap, however, Shields succumbed to mechanical woes and stopped on the track in turn one. Shields was pushed to the pit area, and his bid for a championship was finished. Kowatic led the next four laps, but Lake moved by for the lead on lap 17. Lake held the lead for the final three laps to take the win, followed by Kowatic, of Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in second. Herman, of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, finished third, which was good enough to secure him the track championship. Mount Morris, Pennsylvania’s Greg Lemley finished fourth and Elkins’ Garret Paugh rounded out the top five. Mount Claire, West Virginia’s Troy Frazier and Lake were the heat race winners.
Graysville, Pennsylvania’s Denny Nakutis entered the E-Mod event with a healthy points advantage that guaranteed him the championship. With the championship already decided, this event was all about who would win the race. Gassaway, West Virginia’s Carl Payne led the first four laps, but Ellenboro, West Virginia’s Del Cunningham overtook Payne for the lead on lap five. Cunningham held the top spot until lap seven when he was passed by Morgantown, West Virginia’s Brent Trimble. For the remaining eight circuits, Trimble pulled away from the field to grab the checkers and the 108th win of his career. Cunningham finished second, and Nakutis took third. This was the second-consecutive championship for Nakutis at the Knob. Payne finished fourth and Newburg, West Virginia’s Jim Pyles claimed fifth. Trimble and Morgantown’s Deana Groves won the heat races.
Like Nakutis, McClellandtown, Pennsylvania’s Jim Byers entered the Street Stock event with a large points lead that made him the shoe-in for the championship. The 15-lap feature began with Bill Pluta out front for the first lap. Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Marty Spade took the lead on lap two, and he never looked back as he stormed to his third win of the season. Fort Hill, Pennsylvania’s Jason Gibbs claimed second, and Tarentum, Pennsylvania’s Jason Fosnaught took third. Byers, who was involved in an early-race, multiple-car spin in turn one, recovered to finish fourth. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania’s Joe Kelley rounded out the top five. Pluta, of Cairnbrook, Pennsylvania, and Byers won the heat races.
A dramatic points battle and a first-time winner were the topics of conversation for many following the Chargers event. Mill Run, Pennsylvania’s Kyle Burkholder entered the event 26 points ahead of Uniontown’s J.T. Baird. Burkholder led the first three laps, but Baird moved by to take the top spot on lap four. Baird held the top spot until lap seven, when apparent contact between Baird and Burkholder in turn four sent Baird’s car in a spin bringing out the caution. Both, Baird and Burkholder, were ordered to the rear of the field. Confluence, Pennsylvania’s Eric Miller inherited the lead on lap eight restart. Miller, who was looking for his first-ever win, was forced to contend with a hard-charging Justin Howell, who was just behind him. Baird and Burkholder advanced their way through the field, and a four-car tussle for the lead ensued for the top spot. Sometimes two and three wide, the foursome battled in close proximity. Off turn four on the final lap, a four-car drag race ensued. At the line, Miller eclipsed Howell by mere feet to claim his first victory. Howell finished second. Baird took third, and Burkholder’s fourth-place effort was good enough to claim the track championship. Windber, Pennsylvania’s David Beahr finished fifth. Howell and Baird won the heat races.
Paul Koffler, Jr.’s 68-point lead entering the final Roadrunner points race was enough to secure him the championship. Koffler finished second in the event, but this race was all about Steve Settle of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania. Settle led the entire distance to claim his third win of the season; however, he was forced to contend with Uniontown’s Cody Quarrick. The two drivers ran nose-to-tail for the event. With two laps remaining, the two made contact coming off turn four. The contact cut Quarrick’s tire, and he was forced to retire from the event. Settle led the final two circuits to claim the win. Koffler, also of West Leisenring, finished second and claimed the track championship. Connellsville’s David Friend finished third, and Somerset’s Cindy Rhodes took fourth. Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Ed Leonard finished fifth. Heat winners were Quarrick and Settle.
Racing will return to Roaring Knob, Oct. 17 and 18, for the season finale. The RUSH Late Model Series will highlight the card in its Northern States Classic, RUSH National Championship two-day show. The Street Stocks, E-Mods, Mod-Lites and Roadrunners will also be in action as those divisions will run features on Friday and Saturday. Please monitor www.roaringknob.com for more details and starting times in the coming days.
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic Super Late Models: 1. Tim Senic, 2. Scott Rhodes, 3. Ron Delano, Jr., 4. Bob Gordon, 5. Mel Minnick, Jr., 6. Jason Miller, 7. Greg Gellner, 8. Michael Lake, 9. Jim Fosnaught, 10. Quintin Wyandt, 11. D.J. Troutman DNS: Mike Steck and Ron Wiles
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models: 1. Michael Lake, 2. George Kowatic, 3. Ken Herman, 4. Greg Lemley, 5. Garrett Paugh, 6. Russell Baird, Jr., 7. Jeremy Zufall, 8. Dylan Lewis, 9. Troy Frazier, 10. Ron Smithley, 11. Cody Rogers, 12. Jonathan Sines, 13. Eddie Starkey, 14. Troy Shields, 15. Corey Metheny, 16. Scott Bittinger, 17. Brian Rankin
Krause Electric E-Mods: 1. Brent Trimble, 2. Del Cunningham, 3. Denny Nakutis, 4. Carl Payne, 5. Jim Pyles, 6. Justin Milburn, 7. Adam Fulton, 8. Josh Friend, 9. Robin Maxson, 10. Deana Groves DNS: Nick Wilson
Penn Summitt Insurance Agency Street Stocks: 1. Marty Spade, 2. Jason Gibbs, 3. Jason Fosnaught, 4. Jim Byers, 5. Joe Kelley, 6. Joey Zambotti, 7. Scott Spade, 8. Bob Nelson, 9. Bill Pluta, 10. Barry Farris, 11. Rick Nicely, 12. Buddy Fickes, 13. Herb Karlinsey, 14. Dustin Isner, 15. Brian Blake, 16. Mark Peck
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1. Eric Miller, 2. Justin Howell, 3. J.T. Baird, 4. Kyle Burkholder, 5. David Beahr, 6. Brandon Fickes, 7. Brad Jenkins, 8. Ken Burkholder, 9. C.J. Nicola DNS: Cody Colflesh
Newt’s York Bar 4-Cylinder Roadrunners: 1. Steve Settle, 2. Paul Koffler, Jr., 3. David Friend, 4. Cindy Rhodes, 5. Ed Leonard, 6. Paul Koffler, Sr., 7. Steve Riggleman, 8. Dustin Detrick, 9. Cody Quarrick, 10. Dustin Detrick