Earns 3rd Valley Modified Win of Season
by Phil Allaway
Lebanon, NY: Saturday night was a rather physical night on the high banks. A
total of 29 cautions flew in the heat races and features. Add in unseasonably
cool weather and you have the fixings for some action.
Denny Soltis started from the pole following
a good performance in his heat and ran quite well early on. Outside pole-sitter
Kyle Hoffman attempted to put the moves on Soltis, but could not make the moves
Meanwhile, top points contenders Kenny Tremont, Jr. and Brett Hearn started
back in 14th and 15th, respectively. From there, they slowly made their way
towards the front. Tremont entered the top-5 around lap 9, while Hearn was up
to sixth by that time, tacked on the back of the lead pack.
Tremont then made his move, taking third from
Wayne Jelley on lap 12. A couple of laps later, Tremont took second from
Hoffman. Just after the pass was made, Soltis had a mechanical failure,
bringing out the caution. The failure gave Tremont the lead, but closed the
pack back up.
What followed were two more quick cautions.
First, Kyle Armstrong and Andy Bachetti got locked together in turn 2 on the
restart. Later, Chad Jeseo ran over the wheel of another car, spun and backed
hard into the wall in turn 1. Jeseo is ok, but the car is a complete write-off.
After the restart, Hearn was able to dispatch of Hoffman for second and set off
to run down Tremont. However, while Hearn was quite fast, he could not catch
Tremont, who ran off to claim his third win of the season.
Afterwards, Tremont was rather speechless.
"The car just ran really, really well," Tremont said in the pits.
"Can't ask for much more than that. It just went forward."
The Small Block Modifieds had a lot of
trouble getting started. On the initial start, Chad Pierce spun himself into
the wall. On the second start, Brett Haas suffered a partial brake failure and
collected Timothy Davis and Tom Faxon. All three drivers continued. On the
third try, Ryan Charland hit the wall trying to pass pole sitter Brian Peterson
and nearly stacked up the field.
Once the field got some clear running,
Demetrios Drellos came into his own. The rookie driver made short work of
Peterson to take the lead. From there, he immediately started to pull away,
despite the power steering failing in his car. Tremont was in second, but not
really making ground.
A yellow due to Ray Hall, Jr. stalling on the
frontstretch put Tremont on Drellos' tail. Once the green came out, the battle
began. Tremont really put the pressure on, but Drellos did not yield. The race
was decided partially due to Drellos' power steering issues. The steering darn
near broke with two laps to go, resulting in a lurid slide that took Tremont up
the hill. That allowed Jelley to pass for second and Drellos to pull away to
take his first career win.
In Sportsman, the points contenders had
serious problems. Michael Sabia's car stalled before the race even started,
earning himself a DNS. John Virgilio had issues with his own car and switched
to Jim Boardman's No. 70. That left the race wide open.
Nikki Ouellette started on pole, but quickly lost the advantage to Cody Ochs.
Ochs was pursued by Albany-Saratoga regular Chris Curtis, who will race
part-time at Lebanon Valley. Curtis proceeded to put the pressure on Ochs and
eventually took the lead from Ochs on lap 5.
Ouellette continued to run well in her No. 16 until she spun on lap 10 in turn
2. She was then collected by Greg Catlin, who rolled a couple of times on the
apron. Catlin complained of some pain at first, but was generally ok.
After another caution, Curtis opened up a
decent advantage and held on to take his first Sportsman win at Lebanon Valley.
Ochs was second, followed by Frank Hoard, Jr.
In Pro Stock, Rick Duzlak started from the
pole, but lost his advantage on lap 3 to Rob Yetman after a couple of early
yellows. From there, Yetman would pull out to a decent advantage only to have
the field due to minor spins.
Ultimately, the closest call that Yetman had was early on when he was crowded
on the frontstretch by the lapped car of Mark Dupree. Yetman was able to avoid
Dupree and held on to take his record-extending 44th career Pro Stock win at
Lebanon Valley. Frank Twing was second, while Jon Routhier was third.
Pure Stock, Doug Olds, Dan Olds and Ray Hall, Sr. each won features.
Madsen Overhead Doors and Bonded Concrete Modified Feature (30 laps): 1) 115-
Kenny Tremont, Jr., 2) 20- Brett Hearn, 3) 16- Kyle Hoffman, 4) 74- J.R.
Heffner, 5) 60- Brian Berger, 6) 98- Eddie Marshall, 7 ) 45- Wayne Jelley, 8)
87x- Paul Gilardi, 9) 43- Keith Flach, 10) 34- Steve Hough, 11) 42- Kyle
Sheldon, 12) 17- Rob Pitcher, 13) 98s- Kolby Schroder, 14) 47- Jeff Watson, 15)
34b- Andy Bachetti, 16) 55- Mike King, 17) 42p- Matt Pupello, 18) 11A- Kyle
Armstrong, 19) 24- Wayne Figler, 20) 25- Chad Jeseo, 21) 27D- Dave McFeeters,
22) 10- Lorne Browe, 23) 1X- Denny Soltis, 24) 17R- Elmo Reckner, 25) 6- Ken
McGuire, 26) 88JR- Olden Dwyer. DNS: 12- Tyler Chartrand (Crash)
Small Block Modified Feature Results (24
laps): 1) 111- Demetrios Drellos, 2) 45- Wayne Jelley, 3) 115- Kenny Tremont,
Jr., 4) 1- Jason Herrington, 5) 21- Ryan Darcy, 6) 88JR- Olden Dwyer, 7) 55-
Brett Haas, 8) 250- Alan Houghtaling, 9) 13- Frank Hoard, III, 10) 82- Brian
Peterson, 11) 66P- Sean Mandel, 12) 83- Chad Pierce, 13) 12C- Peter Carlotto,
14) 20- David Schilling, 15) 7T- Timothy Davis, 16) 12- Brian Sandstedt, 17)
74- J.R. Heffner, 18) 72- Ray Hall, Jr., 19) 171- Tom Faxon, 20) 44X- Shane
Jablonka, 21) 10C- Ryan Charland, 22) 3- Kim LaVoy. DNS: 34- Steve Hough, 6-
Sportsman Feature Results (20 laps): 1) 35-
Chris Curtis, 2) 33- Cody Ochs, 3) 78- Frank Hoard, Jr., 4) 20JR- Matt Pappa,
5) 74- Chris Lynch, 6) 43- Ricky Davis, 7) 70- John Virgilio, 8) 96- Rob Maxon,
9) 28- Cody Hunt, 10) 53- Whitey Slavin, 11) 21L- Alissa Cody, 12) 66- Mike
Gramolini, 13) 6R- Ryan Heath, 14) 83- Jim Cronk, 15) 12- Matt Burke, 16) 99-
Diana Huyck, 17) 88- John Miller, 18) 16- Nikki Ouellette, 19) 21G- Greg
Catlin, 20) 35W- Jeff Watson. DNS: Jim Boardman (Driver Change), 7- Michael Sabia
(Stalled on pace laps)
Pro Stock Feature Results (20 laps): 1) 7-
Rob Yetman, 2) 317- Frank Twing, 3) 315- Jon Routhier, 4) 24- Robbie Speed, 5)
463- Daniel Sanchez, 6) 8- Jay Corbin, 7) 78- Paul LaRochelle, 8) 29- Rick
Duzlak, 9) 17- Nick Hilt, 10) 23- Chuck Towslee, 11) 07- Tom Harkins, 12) 143-
Milo Campbell, 13) 60- Joe LaFlamme, 14) 52- Tom O'Connor, 15) 4- Chris Lunn,
16) 328- Lou Gancarz, 17) 6- John Santolin, 18) 04X- Chad Arsenault, 19) 311-
Brian Keough, 20) 441- Sparky Reilly, 21) 35- Rick Dempsey, 22) 178- Steven
LaRochelle, 23) 118- Jeff Kelmel, 24) 32- Rick Spencer, 25) 81D- Mark Dupree.
DNS: 243- Victor Hopkins
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results (8 laps): 1)
73- Doug Olds, 2) 57- Gary O'Brien, 3) 47- Scott Kilmer, 4) 08- Lou Gancarz, 5)
128- Aaron Fachini, 6) 86x- Bill Deak, Jr., 7) 8- David Olds, Jr., 8) 155-
Martina Martin, 9) 54S- Zach Sorrentino, 10) 30- Wuggie Burdick, 11) 22R-
Raymond Royals, 12) 52- Dennis O'Connor
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results (8 laps): 1)
85- Dan Olds, 2) 13- Dan Cote, 3) 17- Clifford Booth, 4) 31- Jeff Kreutziger,
5) 34- Jim Gronki, 6) 63- Joe Wolcott, 7) 71- Travis Hengen, 8) 03- Harold
Robitaille, 9) 35- Dylan Fachini, 10) 99- Phil Sherman, 11) 80G- Gary Vandenburg
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results (12 laps):
1) 27- Ray Hall, Sr., 2) 51- Jason Meltz, 3) 50- Ed Hatch, 4) 55- Dave
Stickles, 5) 5X- Jeff Meltz, Sr., 6) 74- Larry Perez, 7) 44- Terry McNamara, 8)
09- Shawn Perez, 9) 98- Bill Deak, Sr., 10) 43- Brian Walsh, 11) 013P- Jesse
Murphy, 12) 92- Mike Eichstedt, 13) 53- Joe Cheneil, 14) 14- Al Relyea. DNS:
84- Scott Morris.
Crate Street Stock Feature (run as part of
Pure Stock Feature No. 3): 1) 16- Don Denue, 2) 57- Gary O'Brien
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