The Weekly Wrap-Up of Racing Action...SE Style!

Date: 4/28/2015 12:24:23 AM



The Weekly Wrap-Up of Racing Action...SE Style!





**Kris Graver Is Three-For-Three In Mahoning SpeedSTRs; Bieber Nets 100th Career Slingshot Victory

   By Dino Oberto, Mahoning Valley Speedway P.R./ Announcer


Kris Graver (No. 01 on the inside) races with Earl Paules on his way to a third consecutive SpeedSTR

win at Mahoning Valley Speedway on Saturday. (Lenny Slemmer Jr. Photo)


The USAC All Pro SpeedSTRs raced for the first time this season and in a carbon copy performance of last when the popular open wheel racers invaded Mahoning, Kris Graver of Lehighton was again the winner, making it three for three on his home turf.


Driving the John Kovatch owned No. 01, Graver started second to his uncle, Kevin Graver Jr., and with the waving of Bobby Stull’s race commencing green, Kris blasted into the lead and over the next 40 laps was never headed.


The only time he was in jeopardy of giving up the lead was during a few restarts but each time the race got back underway there was no denying his incredible adaptation to the cars which he has limited seat time in.


Graver also lowered the SpeedSTR track record (which he already had) to 10.678 @ 84.285 MPH which was in heat race 1.


            “I don’t know how I got that good jump on Kevin (Graver) right there in the beginning but the car was very good all day," noted the victor, who is also the defending Modified Champion at MVS. "My pap, Kevin and everyone up at Kovatch Motorsports were busting our butts all week to get all three of these cars done for this race.


            “I love these cars," continued Graver, "they’re such a challenge and they’re such a handful. Just 40 laps of running this and I’m beat. I’m more exhausted running 40 laps in the SpeedSTR than I am running 125 laps with the Modified. There is so much of a difference between this car and my Modified. These tires are a lot harder and they take a lot more abuse and it also takes a lot longer to get heat n them. You can run them all out for all 40 laps. I have to thank John Kovatch for giving me the opportunity to drive for him this year and that’s $3000 that’s going to towards the Lehigh Valley Burn Prevention and the Sonny Kovatch Scholarship Foundation so I get to what I love to do and I also get to brighten someone’ future on top of that.”


Kevin Graver held off 2014 Bowman Gray Stadium Modified champion Danny Bohn for second. Steve Nederostek and Mike Bednar completed the top five.


It was the first time Bohn had ever seen, much less driven, on the Mahoning pavement. “It was pretty cool out there. I never saw the track before today except for watching some video on YouTube. I’ve raced at a lot of race tracks but never one like this. It was a blast and I have to thank Richie Tobias for letting me drive his car tonight and to the fans for coming out to watch us. Hopefully I’ll be back with one of these or even a Modified. It was definitely awesome racing with Kevin (Graver). He obviously has a lot of laps around here and so does Kris (Graver) and they know the right line. We got better towards the end of the run.”


Brett Bieber notched the win in the Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour event for the All Star Slingshots. The three-time National Slingshot Champion led all the way in the 20-lapper that proved to be a milestone victory for the Oley, PA resident. It was the 100th Slingshot triumph of Bieber's career - but his first on asphalt. He does have one indoor victory, inside the arena in Fort Wayne, Indiana, but Saturday's checkered flag was his first on an actual blacktop surface. 


Defending National Slingshot Champ Dylan Hoch drove from seventh starting position to finish as the runner-up to Bieber, with Jackson Ring authoring a strong third place effort. Dakota Kohler and Don Schmidt completed the top five.



SpeedSTR Feature Finish (40 Laps): 1. Kris Graver, 2. Kevin Graver Jr., 3. Danny Bohn, 4. Steve Nederostek, 5. Mike Bednar, 6. Kyle Lick, 7. Wayne Weaver, 8. Rick Kirkendall, 9. Matt Janisch, 10. Earl Paules, 11. Eric Beers, 12. Tim Iulg, 13. Jason Miller, 14. John Bockhorn, 15. Nick Baer


All-Star Slingshot Feature Finish (20 Laps): 1. Brett Beiber, 2. Dylan Hoch, 3. Jackson Ring, 4. Dakota Kohler, 5. Don Schmidt, 6. Louden Reimert, 7. Anthony Raisner.


Brett Bieber (No. 32) battles Anthony Raisner (No. 66) at Mahoning Valley Speedway during Saturday's 

Mid-Atlantic Silver Tour race. Bieber went on to win the 100th Slingshot main of his career. 

(Lenny Slemmer Jr. Photo)



**Krum Tastes Accord Speedway Slingshot Victory Laurels


Friday, April 24: Six days after he visited victory lane at Five Mile Point, Joe Krum was back in the winner's circle - this time at Gary & Donna Palmer's Accord Speedway. 


JUNIOR SLINGSHOT: Josh Marcus, Ryan McCartney, Samantha Muller, Peyton Speedling, Ryan Auchmoody, Ashton Dewitt, Hunter Lapp, Jayden Sleight (DNS).

ALL STAR SLINGSHOT: Joe Krum, Wyatt Clark, Tyler Pirone, Bobby Flood, Tommy Zwart, Ashley Rogosich, Jared Miller, Don Boonstra, Matt Shultz. 



**Small Cars, Big Payouts: Thunder Mountain Speedway ‘Small Car Showcase’ THIS SUNDAY, May 3 Features NPS Tour By NY6A Winged 600cc Micro-Sprints, Wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints, 270cc Micro-Sprints, XCel 600 Modifieds, Empire Lightning Sprints & Slingshots; Vahlco Wheels Offers Bonuses

By Brett Deyo, BD Motorsports Media LLC


CENTER LISLE, NY – Small cars will race for some big money when BD Motorsports Media LLC presents the inaugural ‘Small Car Showcase’ at Thunder Mountain Speedway.


  The first edition of the special event takes place THIS Sunday, May 3 (rain date: May 17) at the clay oval located just outside Whitney Point, N.Y., 25 miles north of Binghamton. A full slate of small car racing is planned to include Micro-Sprints, Mini-Sprints, XCel 600 Modifieds and Slingshots.


  Gates open this Sunday at noon. The drivers’ meeting is planned for 2:30 p.m., with hot laps at 3 p.m. and racing at 4 p.m. Grandstand admission is $10 for Adults, $8 for Seniors (ages 65 and over) and Students (ages 10-17) and Kids 9 and under are FREE. Pit admission is $30 (no license required).


  The popular Speedway Entertainment Slingshots make their only stop of the season at Thunder Mountain with a 20-lap, $500-to-win special. The event is part of the All-Star's National Slingshot tour. The race also offers Mid-Atlantic Gold and Empire Region points.


  All divisions will be eligible for bonuses from Vahlco Racing Wheels. The winged and wingless 600cc Micro-Sprints, 270cc Micro-Sprints and 1000cc Micro-Sprints, via a drawing of the top-10 finishers, will be eligible for FREE wheels. The XCel 600 Modifieds and Slingshots, via a similar top-10 drawing, are in the running for “bead busters” courtesy of Vahlco, as well.


  The complete general information sheet is at the following link:


  The entry form is posted on the web at:


  For Thunder Mountain Speedway general information and a complete schedule, visit The speedway office number is 607.657.8202. On race day, call 607.849.7899. The speedway e-mail is  “Like” Thunder Mountain Speedway on Facebook or follow @thundermtnspeed on Twitter.


  Thunder Mountain Speedway is located at 91 Hunts Corners Road Center Lisle, NY 13797, approximately 25 miles north of Binghamton. The three-eighths-mile clay oval features hillside concrete seating, free parking and camping, a variety of concession items and novelties, a family environment and more.



**Pirone Blasts To Hamlin All Star Slinger Triumph; Hearn & Mills Also Snag Saturday Victories

    By Steve Pados, GA Motorsports Media


  The All Star Slingshot main attraction found Tyler Pirone taking advantage of a front row start and he blasted out front to take command of the event. The race was far from over as "The Bossman" Taylor Eccles and Joe Krum had ideas of their own. Krum, who was fresh off a win the night prior at the Accord Speedway and another win a week ago at Five Mile Point, put some pressure on Eccles and the battle allowed Pirone to step away from them for a few laps. As the laps clicked off, the battle behind Pirone was raging as Wes Hearn found some incredible speed off of the baseline of the speedway and was able to slip past both Krum and Eccles and into the runner-up slot. Pirone would race to a well earned victory with Hearn in second, Eccles in third, Krum in fourth and "Magic Shoes" Mike McLaughlin completing the top five. The second five were Ryan Neiger, Jeff Cosgrove, Chris Kurtz, Corey Cormier and Dalton Maynard. Twenty one cars completed the hard pounding excursion.


  Wes Hearn claimed the Super Slingshot victory and New Yorker Justin Mills notched the Junior Slingshot win.


All Star Slingshots: Tyler Pirone, Wes Hearn, Taylor Eccles, Joe Krum, Mike McLaughlin, Ryan Neiger, Jeff Cosgrove, Chris Kurtz, Corey Cormier, Dalton Maynard, Donny Hockman, Mike Fogler, Daniel Morgiewicz, John Rooks Jr, Damon Paul, Russ Benke III, Kyle Herve, Austin Silfee, Eddie Reeder, Caitlin Krum, Hunter Metzger, Tess Horvath, Chloe Andreas, Alan Selemba, David Burns, Dale Kober, John Gilroy


Junior Slingshots: Justin Mills, Anthony Recchio, Nathen Marold, Tyler Peet, Tighe Sherlock, Ashley Kober, Alex Yankowski, Hunter Lapp, Shelby McLaughlin, Kyle Braun, Kyle Smith, Michael Samony, Reese Nowotarski, Tanner VanDoren, Taylor Mills, Wyatt Hager, Andrew Vreeland, Evan Van Valkenburg, Jared Silfee, Joshua Allen


Super Slingshots: Wes Hearn, John Bush, John Rooks Sr, Ryan Lacoe, John Mirabelli, Kenneth Reeder, Jannell Geary, Dale Kober, John Gilroy, Jim Conroy, Aaron Geary, Greg Zellman



**Gruber In For The Win At Linda's On Friday 

      By Michael Batz


  The West Wide Auto Body Slingshots had a tough start to their main event with a wreck before the field ever got to the green flag. After a warning about pushing on starts the field settled in to produce the great racing Linda’s Speedway fans have come accustom too this season. Dylan Hoch looked unbeatable for much of the event while the racers behind used the whole race track. Kyle Gruber was on the outside of a three wide move that gave him the runner up spot. The gate opened when Hoch slipped high and Gruber sliced by into the race lead for good. Opening night winner Cody Kline and Kenny Heffner both slide by Hoch as well and went on to finish second and third with Hoch fourth and rookie driver Andrew Kreis turning in a stout top five run. Four former feature winners were in the sixth through tenth positions with Brett Bieber, Alex Schoffstall, Justin Thompson, Travis Bieber, and BJ Antonio. Heat races went to Gruber, Hoch, and Heffner. All 26 cars took the green flag in the feature event. 

 1- 30 Kyle Gruber,  2- 59 Cody Kline, 3- 39 Kenny Heffner, 4- 35 Dylan Hoch, 5- 75 Andrew Kreis, 6- 32 Brett Bieber, 7- 77 Alex Schoffstall, 8- 22 Justin Thompson, 9- 114 Travis Bieber,
10- 46 BJ Antonio, 11- 3 Dave Carragahn, 12- 59k Dakota Kohler, 13- 18s Ronnie Spitler,
14- 17 Lindsey Garl, 15- 22p Richard Spitler, 16- F14 Scott Gray, 17- 2j Jack Lewis,
18- L43 Kevin Dries, 19- 43d Dawson Landis, 20- 18a Alex Schmidel, 21- 22e Ashley Ebersole,
22- 75m Madison Pancheco, 23-28s Sam Scicchitano, 24- 63 Tom Roeder, 25-43a Amber Britto. DNS-813 Louie Partite.


Kyle Gruber's Victory Lane pose after his Linda's Speedway triumph on Friday. (Photo courtesy of Linda's

Speedway Track Photographer)

**Kelly's The Sheriff At Dodge City; Massone Cashes In At Snydersville

  Marty Kelly III won the All Star Slingshot race at Dodge City, NY on Saturday. Kelly crossed the stripe ahead of David Crounse and opening day winner Brian Tobey Jr.


  After a runner-up effort in the Snydersville, PA opener on April 17, Matt Massone took last Friday's checkered flag for his first win of the young season. John Drake finished second.

  For the second consecutive Friday, Robert  Schlenker captured the Junior Slingshot main at the Snydersville oval. 

**The Week Ahead...

   Thanks to Mike Feltenberger of Speedway Entertainment 

  On the schedule for the upcoming weekend will be weekly Slingshot events at Accord, Hamlin, Shellhammers, Snydersville, Dodge City and the Bridgeport Speedway Poker Series opener for the Slingshots. The Bridgeport event is slated for Sunday, May 3rd. And of course there's the Small Car Showcase at Thunder Mountain on Sunday, May 3rd.

  The next tour date after May 3rd's Thunder Mountain will be a MA Gold at Hamlin Speedway on Saturday night May 9th.

And that's a Rap! 

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