|Date: 6/7/2015 11:52:04 PM|
Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway was designed to honor the memory of J.C. Flach, a former Modified competitor who passed away from injuries suffered in an incident at his home in 2012. Messages were read and blue and white balloons were released in Flach’s memory. Flach’s No. 77J even turned some laps around the high banks as well.
Scott Hamlin Motorsprt debuted a new Teo chassis Saturday for Chad Jeseo. With a Bobby Gile setup underneath, Jeseo finished second in his heat race and earned the pole for the feature. Once the green came out, Jeseo stepped out to a pretty decent lead over the pack.
Brett Hearn, who had shock issues in warm-ups, seemed to
have the best car and didn’t need much help to get to the front. By lap
10, when Mike King spun in turn 4 to bring out the second yellow, Hearn was up
to fifth from 14th. He proceeded to get a heck of a restart. Within
a lap, Hearn was already past Kolby Schroder for second and putting the
pressure on Jeseo for the lead.
As the power steering issue continued to affect Jeseo, Schroder was able to regain second on lap 18. However, he could not do much with the defending track champion. Despite the yellow coming out due to Matt Pupello stopping on the frontstretch, Schroder could do nothing to prevent Hearn from taking his second win of the year.
Afterwards, Hearn had nothing to complain about.
Schroder finished a season-best second, followed by Wayne Jelley in third. Kyle Sheldon was fourth, while Kyle Hoffman was fifth.
In Small Block Modified, Kim LaVoy started from the pole after winning her heat race and scooted out to a decent lead. Behind LaVoy, JR Heffner was charging once again from the tenth starting spot. By lap 6, Heffner was fifth. Within a couple of laps, he had taken third from David Schilling and by lap 10, Heffner was second.
A few more fast laps put Heffner on LaVoy’s rear bumper bar. The two racers fought over the lead for a couple of laps, but Heffner was able to take the lead on lap 17. Any chance LaVoy could have had for a good finish ended after a mechanical problem cropped up a couple of laps later, ending her night and bringing out another yellow.
In Sportsman, Jim Boardman started from pole and led early in what turned out to be a rough and tumble race. Boardman’s main competitors early on were Michael Sabia and Whitey Slavin, who were racing hard for second. Slavin admitted that Sabia was faster, so he charged it into turn 1. Unfortunately, he entered the turn too high, jumped the cushion and hit the wall, ending his night.
In Pro Stock, there were a couple of drivers absent Saturday night. Paul LaRochelle wasn’t racing, but he was still on site helping son Steven. However, Robbie Speed was admitted to the hospital on Friday morning for undisclosed health reasons. At last check, Speed was resting comfortably at St. Peter’s Hospital in Albany.
Tom Harkins, racing a brand-new car after crashing heavily on May 30th, started from the pole and led fairly easily early on. However, after a couple of early yellows, Jay Corbin made his presence known. By lap 6, he had already moved up from ninth starting spot to third and was putting the pressure on Nick Hilt for second.
After a couple of more laps, Corbin had dispatched of Hilt and starting putting pressure on Harkins. While the veteran Harkins was quite fast, Corbin didn’t take long to get past and take the lead. Harkins didn’t get a chance to strike back due to a caution coming out due to Daniel Sanchez stopping on the frontstretch.
Once the green came back out, Corbin pulled away while Harkins fell into a four-way fight for second that ended with Nick Hilt taking it over. After a late yellow, Corbin scooted away to take his third win of the year. Hilt held on second, with Frank Twing hot on his tail. Chad Arsenault was fourth, followed by Rick Dempsey.
In Pure Stock, Jeff Kreutziger, Scott Morris and Ed Hatch each won features. Gary O’Brien won the Street Stock feature.
All-Star Tractor Trailer Training J.C. Flach Memorial
Modified Results: 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Kolby Schroder, 3) Wayne Jelley, 4) Kyle
Sheldon, 5) Kyle Hoffman, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 8) Brian
Berger, 9) Eddie Marshall, 10) Andy Bachetti, 11) Paul Gilardi, 12) Steve
Hough, 13) Mike King, 14) Kyle Armstrong, 15) Jeff Watson, 16) Tyler Chartrand,
17) Chad Jeseo, 18) Matt Pupello, 19) Denny Soltis, 20) Ken McGuire, 21) Elmo
Reckner, 22) JR Heffner, 23) Olden Dwyer. DNS: Rob Pitcher
358 Small Block Modified Results: 1) JR Heffner, 2) Wayne Jelley, 3) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 4) Ryan Charland, 5) Alan Houghtaling, 6) David Schilling, 7) Shane Jablonka, 8) Ryan Darcy, 9) Frank Hoard, III, 10) Olden Dwyer, 11) Brett Haas, 12) Peter Carlotto, 13) Demetrios Drellos, 14) Brian Sandstedt, 15) Timothy Davis, 16) Brian Peterson, 17) Sean Mandel, 18) Jason Herrington, 19) Chad Pierce, 20) Kim LaVoy, 21) Mark Pullen. DNS: Dave Hinsch, Bryan McGuire
Sportsman Results: 1) Michael Sabia, 2) Chris Curtis, 3) John Virgilio, 4) Matt Pappa, 5) Chris Lynch, 6) Kevin Ward, 7) Cody Hunt, 8) Rob Maxon, 9) Robby Knipe, 10) Alissa Cody, 11) Matt Burke, 12) Ricky Davis, 13) Phil Wood, 14) Ryan Heath, 15) Mike Gramolini, 16) Diana Huyck, 17) Jeff Lutes, 18) Christopher Delfino, 19) John Miller, 20) Nikki Ouelette, 21) Jim Boardman, 22) Todd Lane, 23) Frank Hoard, Jr., 24) Whitey Slavin, 25) Cody Ochs. DNS: Jim Cronk
Pro Stock Results: 1) Jay Corbin, 2) Nick Hilt, 3) Frank Twing, 4) Chad Arsenault, 5) Rick Dempsey, 6) Jon Routhier, 7) Daniel Sanchez, 8) Hugh Page, 9) Joe LaFlamme, 10) Steven LaRochelle, 11) Rob Yetman, 12) Dave Peck, 13) Tom Harkins, 14) Sparky Reilly, 15) Chuck Towslee, 16) Rick Spencer, 17) Mark Dupuis, 18) Rick Duzlak
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results: 1) Jeff Kreutziger, 2) Shawn Perez, 3) Matt Cross, 4) Zach Sorrentino, 5) Harold Robitaille, 6) Joe Wolcott, 7) Dan Olds, 8) Raymond Royals, 9) Jennifer Cross, 10) Brian Walsh, 11) Keri Vandenburg, 12) Travis Hengen, 13) David Olds, Jr., 14) Kevin Paul, 15) Dennis O’Connor
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results: 1) Scott Morris, 2) Jim Gronki, 3) Phil Sherman, 4) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 5) Dylan Fachini, 6) Bill Deak, 7) Bill Deak, Jr., 8) Aaron Fachini, 9) Tim Thompson, 10) Joe Cheneil, 11) Martina Martin, 12) Wuggie Burdick, 13) Brian Vandenburg. DNS: Scott Kilmer
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results: 1) Ed Hatch, 2) Jason Meltz, 3) Ray Hall, Sr., 4) Gary O’Brien, 5) Jesse Murphy, 6) Doug Olds, 7) Larry Perez, 8) Jeff Meltz, Sr., 9) Al Relyea, 10) Lou Gancarz, 11) Dan Cote, 12) Dave Stickles
Street Stock Results: 1) Gary
O’Brien, 2) John Filarecki
For more information, the 2015 schedule, and links to what's on tap for 2015, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com, and click on “Speedway”, or call the LVAR Offices during regular business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.
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