For Immediate Release
By Bill Bauer
Markleysburg, PA (April 21, 2014): With spring officially here, summer-like conditions were present with a sunny and warm Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.
Celebrating in the victory lane were High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model winner Chad McClellan, Fort Necessity Garage Charger John Redshaw, NAPA Auto Parts Super Late Model Chuck Harper, Bilstein Mod Lite STARS Presented by Krause Electric Matt Hay, Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Street Stocks Scott Bittinger
In the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model division Noland Dalton was able to take the lead at the green flag and lead the first 5 laps before the caution flag flew for a three car spin in turn #2 for the 5 of Kowatic, 1J Jenkins, and 16 Hersh. At the restart Chad McClellan, Stoystown, PA veteran took the lead away from Dalton when Dalton jumped the cushion coming off of turn #2. K2 John Over starting in the 4th position and was able to work his way to the second position along with the driver of the 27 Michael Lake who started in the 7th position. Over was able to put pressure on McClellan on lap 10 with side by side action with McClellan. McClellan was able to pull away from Over with seven laps to go. Both Over and Lake battled for the runner up position with Over taking the runner up position and Lake 3rd. McClellan who led lap 6 thru lap 20 was happy in victory lane.
With a straight up line up for the 12-lap Fort Necessity Garage Chargers put #23 John Redshaw on the outside pole and he immediately pulled out to a comfortable lead. Heat winner 95 J T Baird had mechanical difficulty and was forced to the pits on lap 9. Christopher Nicola started fourth quickly went up to second trailing Redshaw. Nicola set his sights on leader Redshaw, but Redshaw was too strong and held off the challenge for his first win of the 2014 season.
Chuck Harper driving his 00H super late model became the third different winner of the season in the competitive NAPA Auto Parts Super Late Model division. The Beverly, WV racer took the early lead from his pole starting slot following an invert six start and was able to hold off the field for a none stop 25 lap feature. Harper led every lap while several drivers were racing for position. “The track was perfect tonight” Harper stated in winner circle, “you could take any line in the turns”.
Harper statement was evident when the fans were treated to side-by-side action with the 118 of Quintin Wyandt and the driver of the M1 Mel Minnick who battled for the third and forth position for the first four laps. The 53 of Cody Hardesty remained in second putting pressure on Harper when Wyandt who started on the 5th position gained on Hardesty with Wyandt taking second away from Hardesty on lap nine. Scott Rhoads needed more time starting in the 11th position was able to finish in the fifth position.
The Bilstein Modified Lites STARS Mid-Atlantic Region Presented by Krause Electric was on hand for their first visit of the 2014 season. Fairmont, WV Mitch Ward dominated the STARS feature event with a very impressive win but during post-race tech inspection Ward was disqualified for rule infraction that handed the win over to Matt Hay of Somerset, PA. Tracey Fritter was credited with second, Lynn Knepper was third, Ron Parrish was fourth and Jarred Barclay was fifth.
Ward jumped out to a comfortable lead after the first lap caution for the spinning Lynn Knepper. Ward appeared to be going on to an easy win when on lap 8 caution flew for the slowing of 99 Matt Cain. The third caution of the night tightened the field with 12 laps to go, Ward powered his way around the 3/8th mile clay oval, Fritter and Parish last week’s Pat Herrick Memorial feature winner fought for position. Matt Hay driving his Superior Race car #27 starting from the 7th position worked the inside line passing the 21R Parish and then powered off turn two under the Eliminator #59 of Tracey Fritter for the second spot.
Mt. Lake, MD driver Scott Bittinger was able to hold off Scott Spade and Bob Nelson for the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Street Stock 15 lap feature event. With a somewhat first half caution filled feature and after a maylay and multiple car pileup in turn four with the 3c Farris, 89 Gibbs, 15 Wrona, and 087 Collins. Bittinger was able to take control and finish the remaining six laps non-stop taking home the feature win.
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models: 1) 119 Chad Mcclellan, Stoystown , Pa 2) K2 John Over, Uniontown , Pa 3) 27 Michael Lake, Uniontown , Pa 4) D2 Noland Dalton, Morgantown , Wv 5) 99 Bob Gordon, Keyser , Wv 6) 75K Joe Krcelich, Carmichaels , Pa 7) 11 Troy Shields, Acme , Pa 8) 22 Derek Rogers, Spelter , Wv 9) 99FM Robbie Marhefka, Windber , Pa 10) 98JR Mike Lewis, Oakland , Md 11) 58 Ken Herman, Connellsville , Pa 12) 03 Garrett Paugh, Elkins , Wv 13) 42C Chad Shearer, Hyde Park, Pa 14) 1W William Stile, Muse , Pa 15) 16 Clinton Hersh, Somerset , Pa 16) 61 Vincent Masi Jr, Uniontown , Pa 17) 7X Bryan Rankin, Kingwood , Wv 18) 7J Jeremy Adamik, Leechburg , Pa 19) 7 Mark Wells, Terra Alta, Wv 20) 1J Joey Jenkins, Buckhannon , Wv 21) 5 George Kowatic, Moon Township, Pa 22) 73C Bill Pluta, Cairnbrook , Pa
Heat Winners: D2 Noland Dalton, 119 Chad MaClellan, 75K Joe Krcelich
Fort Necessity Garage Chargers: 1) 23 John Redshaw, Farmington , Pa 2) 25 Christopher Nicola, Uniontown , Pa 3) XLR8 Eric Miller , Confluence , Pa 4) 03 Justin Howell, Smithfield , Pa 5) 95 J T Baird, Uniontown , Pa 6) 13X Bill Walls, Pentress , Wv
Heat Winner: 95 J T Baird
NAPA Auto Parts Super Late Models: 1) 00 H Chuck Harper, Beverly , Wv 2) 118 Quintin Wyandt, Hooversville , Pa 3) 53 Cody Hardesty, Oakland , Md 4) S 2 Tim Senic, Elkins , Wv 5) 83 R Scott Rhodes, Somerset , Pa 6) 50 L C Powers, Mt Morris, Pa 7) 26 Brandon Delano, Stoystown , Pa 8) M1 Mel Minnick, Uniontown , Pa 9) 14 Gary Dalton, Morgantown , Wv 10) 31 Bob Gordon, Keyser , Wv 11) 25 B Mark Booth, Irwin , Pa 12) 74 Shawn Poling, Elkins , Wv 13) 2* Shane Hitt, Buckhannon , Wv DNS) 0 Ron Delano, Stoystown , Pa
Heat Winners: S2 Tim Senic, 53 Cody Hardesty
Bilstein Modified Lite STARS Presented by Krause Electric: 1) 27 Matt Hay Somerset, PA - 2) 59 Tracy Fritter, Zanesville , Oh - 3) 21 Lynn Knepper, Somerset , Pa - 4) 21R Ron Parrish, Fairmont , WV - 5) 92 Jarred Barclay, Somerset , Pa - 6) 14 Jeff Dillinger, Connellsville , Pa - 7) 49 Chris Frank, Leechburg , Pa - 8) 40 Glenn Teeter, Eighty Four, Pa - 9) 15 Gabe Phillips, Thornton , Wv - 10) 99C Matt Cain, Mcdonald , Oh - 11) 4 Zak Kimbrew, Grafton , Wv - 12) 20 Alan Knepper, Somerset , Pa - 13) 5A A J Spagnulo, Shinnston, Wv - 14) 79 John Harvey, Murrysvillle , Pa - 15) 38 Tyler Frankenberry, Painesville, Oh - DQ) 862 Mitch Ward, Fairmont , Wv
Heat Winners: 21 Lynn Knepper, 862 Mitch Ward
Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Street Stocks 1) 29 Scott Bittinger, Mt Lake, Md 2) 76S Scott Spade, Farmington , Pa 3) 99 Bob Nelson, Dunbar , Pa 4) 100 Joe Kelley, Mt Pleasant, Pa 5) 89 Jason Gibbs, Fort Hill, Pa 6) 3C Barry Faris, Uniontown , Pa 7) 15 Joe Wrona, Uniontown , Pa 8) 087 Kevin Collins, Dunbar, Pa 9) T2 Greg Hauger, Uniontown , Pa 10) 90J Michael Duritsky, Masontown , Pa 11) 00 Ricky Knicely, Jane Lew, Wv 12) 51 Allen Fortney, Morgantown , Wv 13) 28T Cody Colflesh, Confluence , Pa DQ) 36 Jim Byers Mcclellandtown , Pa
Heat Winners: 15 Joe Wrona, T2 James Hauger
Coming up on (Saturday , April 26th) LUCAS OIL LATE MODELS DIRT SERIES $10,000 TO WIN will be on the line along with the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models, and Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Street Stocks. Pit Gates will open at 3:00 with General Admission opening at 4:30. Hot laps at 6:45.
Weekly Racing Pit Gates open at 4:30 - Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00 Hot Laps 6:45 - Racing 7:15 pm Race day Phone: 724-329-0306
About Roaring Knob Motorsport Complex is a 3/8-mile dirt track located 380 Fearer Rd. Markleysburg PA 15459 just west of the Yough Lake and only miles from the Nemacolin Woodland Resort and Casino. Our central location not only brings local fans but also many from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio, giving you a very broad audience. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented weekly from late April through late October. For more information, check out www.roaringknob.com or www.facebook.com/ roaringknob