(Markleysburg, Pennsylvania-October 20, 2013)-Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex conducted its final race of the 2013 season, Friday, as it hosted the RUSH Late Model Series and four other divisions. The last race of the season was scheduled to be a two-day event, but with rain and cold temperatures in the forecast, Roaring Knob and RUSH officials decided to make the event a one-night show.
The RUSH Late Model Series made its fifth and final stop of the season at the Knob, and it was Wexford, Pennsylvania’s Mike Pegher, Jr., who was the class of the field. Pegher, who came into the night trialing Ryan Montgomery by 17 points, led every lap of the 30-lap feature to claim his fifth RUSH Tour victory of the season. The win, coupled with Montgomery’s sixth-place finish, moved Pegher within seven points of the lead going into the tour’s final race of 2013 at Lernerville Speedway, this weekend.
Pegher, driving the No. 1 Lynn Geisler-owned Rocket chassis, led every lap of the event, which was slowed just once by a caution for debris. Pegher held off Fairmont, West Virginia’s Jacob Hawkins to bank the $2,000 payday. Pegher jumped out to a healthy advantage over Hawkins in the early laps. As the top two encountered lapped traffic at lap 12, Hawkins moved within a car length of Pegher. A caution for debris briefly slowed the field. On a double-file restart, Pegher got the jump on Hawkins, and he moved back out to a comfortable margin. Hawkins, driving a new car for owners Rick Strickler and Jerry Hasler, held on to finish second. Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Michael Lake made a great effort as he moved from his eighth-starting position to finish third. Stoystown, Pennsylvania’s Chad McClellan finished fourth. Uniontown’s John Over finished fifth in his first start at the Pennsylvania facility following a racing injury received at the Knob, several weeks earlier.
McClellan, Pegher and Westover, Maryland’s Cody Dawson were the heat race winners. Pegher won the dash, which placed him first on the starting grid for the feature. McClellan set fast time in qualifying with a 16.860 seconds lap.
The RUSH Series also held its final Futures Cup race of the season. Lake led every lap to claim the $200 top prize. Despite Lake’s dominating performance in the event, it was not enough to overcome Eric Wilson’s points lead as Wilson was crowned the Series’ inaugural Futures Cup champion. The championship was worth $1,000. Wilson, of Courtland, Ohio, finished third in the 12-lap event.
Morgantown, West Virginia’s Brent Trimble passed Del Cunningham on lap 10 then cruised to the E-Mod feature win. This was Trimble’s 109th-career win. Cunningham, of Ellenboro, West Virginia, held on to finish second. Morgantown’s Deana Groves, competing in her final race at the Knob in her family-owned team, finished third. Mars, Pennsylvania’s Carl McKinney, making his first start of the year at the Knob, finished fourth. Metz, West Virginia’s Nick Wilson rounded out the top five. Trimble won the heat race.
Farmington, Pennsylvania’s Scott Spade led the entire distance to win the 15-lap Street Stock event. Mount Lake Park, Maryland’s Scott Bittinger crossed the stripe second and two-time track champion Todd Dennis, of Newell, Pennsylvania, finished third. Dunbar, Pennsylvania’s Bob Nelson finished fourth, and Uniontown’s Barry Farris finished fifth. Spade and Bittinger were the heat race winners.
Uniontown’s Cody Quarrick held off Steve Settle to claim his first Roadrunner victory of the season. Settle, of West Leisenring, Pennsylvania, took second while Cresaptown, Maryland’s Nick Iski finished third. Iski was substituting for Ryan Peer. West Leisenring’s Paul Koffler, Jr., the 2013 Roaring Knob Roadrunner champion, finished fourth followed by Hopwood, Pennsylvania’s Dustin Detrick in fifth. Artemas, Pennsylvania’s Brandon Conrad claimed the heat race win.
The Mod Lite competitors made their third appearance at the speedway, Friday, and Zanesville, Ohio’s Tracey Fritter held off Mikey Hay to claim the victory. Hay, of Somerset, Pennsylvania, settled for second. Alan Knepper, also of Somerset, finished third and Pennsboro, West Virginia’s Kyle Thomas took fourth. Dawson, Pennsylvania’s Braeden Dillinger finished fifth. Thomas and Hay won the two heat races.
The night’s action concluded the 2013 racing season at the Rick Jones-owned facility. Please monitor www.roaringknob.com in the coming weeks for information on the awards banquet, as well as pertinent information concerning the 2014 racing season.
Sweeney RUSH Late Model Series Northern States Classic- 1. Mike Pegher, Jr., 2. Jacob Hawkins, 3. Michael Lake, 4. Chad McClellan, 5. John Over, 6. Ryan Montgomery, 7. Cody Dawson, 8. Shane Weaver, 9. Mike Lewis, 10. Dennis Lunger, 11. Greg Lemley, 12. John Waters, 13. Garrett Paugh, 14. Joey Moyer, 15. Butch Lambert, 16. Nico Dabecco, 17. John Imler, 18. Jeremy Zufall, 19. W.L. Stile, 20. Mike Thorne, 21. Brian Rankin, 22. Eric Wilson
Krause Electric E-Mods-1. Brent Trimble, 2. Del Cunningham, 3. Deana Groves, 4. Carl McKinney, 5. Nick Wilson, 6. Carl Payne, 7. Robin Maxson, 8. Jim Pyles, 9. Bob Moskey
Penn Summitt Insurance Agency Street Stocks-1. Scott Spade, 2. Scott Bittinger, 3. Todd Dennis, 4. Bob Nelson, 5. Barry Farris, 6. Stan Riggle, 7. Chad Stoopes, 8. Cody Colflesh, 9. Robert Isner, 10. Jamey Swank, 11. Bob Egley, 12. Joey Zambotti, 13. Greg Hauger, 14. Dustin Isner, 15. Mark Peck, 16. Tanner Hauger, 17. Brian Blake
Newt’s York Bar Roadrunners-1.Cody Quarrick, 2. Steve Settle, 3. Nick Iski, 4. Paul Koffler, Jr., 5. Dustin Detrick, 6. Brandon Conrad, 7. Randy Koffler
Mod Lites-1. Tracey Fritter, 2. Mikey Hay, 3. Alan Knepper, 4. Kyle Thomas, 5. Braeden Dillinger, 6. Jarred Barclay, 7. Ray Heskett, 8. Jeff Fornash, 9. Troy Gum, 10. Lynn Knepper