|Date: 6/21/2015 9:33:54 PM|
Poirier Wins ESS Sprints Feature on Rain-Shortened Valley Night
Saturday dawned with sunny skies and low humidity. It looked like the perfect day to have a race. Then, the clouds moved in and the wind picked up. Unfortunately, the Modified feature and the 23-lap Bubba Tanner Prostock Classic were not run due to persistent rains. Since the heat races for both classes were completed, they will be made up as part of a double feature night at a later date. Stay tuned to lebanonvalley.com for more information. Luckily, some action was completed before the rainout.
A small field of 18 Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints gathered for the evening, and the field began whittling down before the feature even began. In warm-ups, Pete Richardson went hard into the wall in turn 3 and nearly rolled over before drifting down the banking and onto the berm, ending his night. Later, during the second heat race, Etienne Girard spun and backed into the wall. Neither would start the feature.
As a result, a depleted field of 16 took the green with Kory
Gurney on the pole. ESS points leader
Steve Poirier stated alongside and wasted no time in snagging the lead away
from Gurney and pulling away from the pack.
While the cleanup was ongoing, the rains returned to Lebanon Valley, forcing a one hour interruption in the card so that the track could be run back in. Once the track was run back in, the Modifieds did their Hot Laps session and the Pure Stock teams ran their extra distance third feature.
During the red flag for Hebing’s crash, the rains returned once again. After a short delay, during which officials noted that the rain was going to continue for at least 45 minutes, the race was called, giving Poirier his second straight ESS Sprints feature win at Lebanon Valley.
Afterwards, Poirier was happy to earn his victory, but wished that Hebing had not crashed.
“The car was pretty good; I had another good starting
position,” Poirier said in the pits. “I
was running the inside [line], but I heard Cobra [Hebing] was coming and making
the top work. We might have had a
‘visit’ later in the race had he not crashed.”
Paul Kinney inherited second-place as a result of Hebing’s crash. Paulie Colagiovanni was third. Matt Tanner was fourth, followed by Shawn Donath. Hebing was classified 11th.
In the Pure Stock class, feature No. 1 saw Tim Thompson start from the pole and outdrag the returning Travis Hengen to open up an advantage. Clifford Booth, who started fourth, moved up the order quickly and passed Thompson on lap 3 for the lead. From there, Booth held off Jeff Meltz, Jr. for the win.
Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints Feature Results (shortened to 12 laps due to rain): 1) Steve Poirier, 2) Paul Kinney, 3) Paulie Colagiovanni, 4) Matt Tanner, 5) Shawn Donath, 6) Jason Barney, 7) Jeff Cook, 8) Tommy Wickham, 9) Kory Gurney, 10) Zach Wiegand, 11) Chuck Hebing, 12) Mike Stelter, 13) Parker Evans, 14) Dave Axton, 15) Tim Axton, 16) Jimmy Peebles. DNS: Etienne Girard, Pete Richardson
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results: 1) Clifford Booth, 2) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 3) Tim Thompson, 4) Bill Deak, Sr., 5) Matt Cross, 6) Travis Hengen, 7) Zach Sorrentino, 8) Jim Groncki, 9) James Hatch, 10) David Olds, Jr., 11) Harold Robitaille, 12) Dennis O’Connor, 13) Wuggie Burdick
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results: 1) Larry Perez, 2) Bill Deak, Jr., 3) Scott Morris, 4) Dylan Fachini, 5) Jeff Kreutziger, 6) Brian Vandenburg, 7) Joe Wolcott, 8) Jason Caron, 9) Martina Martin, 10) Keri Vandenburg, 11) Aaron Fachini
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results: 1) Gary O’Brien, 2) Jason Meltz, 3) Dave Stickles, 4) Doug Olds, 5) Jeff Meltz, Sr., 6) Al Relyea, 7) Phil Wood, 8) Ed Hatch, 9) Ray Hall, Sr., 10) Phil Sherman, 11) Dan Cote, 12) Shawn Perez, 13) Brian Walsh, 14) Joe Cheneil, 15) Jesse Murphy
Street Stock Feature Results (run with Pure Stock Feature No. 2): 1) Gary O’Brien, 2) John Denue
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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