Tremont Charges from 18th to Claim 5th Win
by Phil Allaway
With only three race nights remaining on the schedule, Saturday
night was crunch time for Lebanon Valley’s competitors. Brett Hearn
entered Saturday night with a 19-point lead in the Modified points, but eager
to charge after running out of fuel within sight of the finish Tuesday
night. The margin would not be quite so great after the night was over.
Denny Soltis started from the pole, but quickly lost his advantage to Paul
Gilardi. Jeff Watson followed Gilardi past into second and immediately
started putting the pressure on Gilardi. Watson made multiple attempts to
take the lead away, but could not get the nose of his No. 47 ahead of the veteran
racer. Eventually, Gilardi was able to pull back ahead.
Meanwhile, Hearn once again attempted to charge to the front from 15th.
Second-place driver in points Kenny Tremont, Jr., failed to finish in the top 5
in his heat and was relegated to the 18th starting spot as a result. When
the green feel, he immediately began to make moves wherever he could. An
early yellow due to a blown tire for Mike King kept the field bunched up, which
helped the cases of both drivers.
The turning point of the night was the second yellow on lap 13 when Kyle
Sheldon cut a tire. Tremont was tenth at the time, while Hearn was
fifth. The restart saw Tremont move up from tenth to fifth with some
aggressive moves. Then, he passed Hearn on the outside to take fourth.
Eventually, the race came down to Tremont and Hearn taking on Gilardi and
Watson, who had kept up their fierce battle for the lead after the restart,
managed to maintain their advantage. Tremont was able to get past Watson
for second on lap 23, then pressured Gilardi for the lead. Gilardi put up
a good fight, but Tremont was able to get by with five laps to go and pull away
for a much needed victory.
Afterwards, Tremont noted that the high side was the key to his victory.
“We ran on the bottom early on, but I just couldn’t find a hole to go [ahead],”
Tremont said in the pits. “Sometimes, you have to try something different
and it works. Thankfully, the top opened up and we were able to go
Hearn was able to get past Gilardi on the final lap to take second, limiting
his losses to just four points. Hearn can claim his fourth consecutive
Modified title if he finishes sixth or better next weekend. Watson was
fourth, while Olden Dwyer rounded out the top 5.
In the Small Block Modified class, Frank Harper took the lead from pole sitter
Kenny Aanonsen, Jr. on lap 3. Once out in front, Harper managed to
maintain his advantage fairly easily. Behind Harper, Demetrios Drellos
was not having a very good night. After contact in his heat, Drellos was involved
in an incident with Steve Hankle early on. Later, Drellos had contact
with Jason Tompkins, resulting in Tompkins spinning into the wall.
Drellos was parked for the night afterwards.
In between yellows for minor incidents, Wayne Jelley rose up to second and tried
to put the pressure on Harper for the lead. The two close friends ended
up settling the event by themselves, but the defending Small Block Modified
champion could not get past as Harper took an emotional first win of the year.
Afterwards, Harper spoke of what the win meant to him and his team.
“This has been a very tough year for me,” Harper said. “I lost my dad
back in late January really unexpectedly. He was huge in my racing
endeavors. We [originally] decided that we weren’t going to race this year,
but we pulled ourselves together. It’s been a rough year, but everything
happens for a reason.”
Behind Harper and Jelley was Brian Sandstedt in third. Points leader
Tremont was fourth and can clinch the Small Block Modified title next weekend
by finishing second or better. JR Heffner was fifth.
The King of Dirt Pro Stock Series held their season finale at Lebanon Valley
Saturday. As a result, appearance points only were handed out for the
Canaan, CT’s Jon Routhier is quite grateful of that fact because he entered the
night tied with Jay Corbin for the points lead, but ended up being collected in
a multi-car crash that involved a number of contenders. The damage was
severe enough that Routhier had to retire and accept a 21st-place finish.
Instead, next Saturday night will be heads-up between the two drivers for the
title. Rob Yetman is also still mathematically alive.
The 30-lap feature saw Steven LaRochelle and Corbin battling hard early
on. Contact was initiated early and often between the two leaders.
Ultimately, it took until lap 11, after the aforementioned multi-car crash for
Corbin to finally make the pass stick for good. LaRochelle tried to get
back at Corbin, but failed to do so. Even worse, his move made him vulnerable
to the drivers behind. As a result, Frank Twing was able to get past and
take second as the young LaRochelle dropped back.
Once Corbin was in front, he was able to pull away and take his fifth Pro Stock
win of the year at Lebanon Valley and his first King of Dirt win. Nick
Stone, who was the fastest of the Valley invaders before being eliminated in a
crash, won the King of Dirt Pro Stock Championship.
Twing was able to hold on to second, with Yetman, Speed and Jason Casey close
in tow, despite each carrying the battle scars of the rough-and-tumble
event. LaRochelle had to settle for sixth.
In Pure Stock, Larry Perez, Jeff Meltz, Jr. and Jason Meltz each won regular
features. The Boomer’s Performance Pure Stock Classic saw Ed Hatch
overcome a loss of power steering to retake the lead from Jason Meltz with five
laps to go and claim the victory. In the 4-Cylinder class, Todd Goldstein
won the Dual-Cam class and overall in his Nissan Sentra SE-R, while Brandon Ely
finished third and won in Single-Cam in his Honda Civic.
Modified Feature Results: 1) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Paul
Gilardi, 4) Jeff Watson, 5) Olden Dwyer, 6) Keith Flach, 7) Brian Berger, 8)
Eddie Marshall, 9) Andy Bachetti, 10) JR Heffner, 11) Matt Pupello, 12) Kyle
Hoffman, 13) Kyle Sheldon, 14) Kyle Armstrong, 15) Chad Jeseo, 16) Elmo
Reckner, 17) John Ruchel, 18) Mike King, 19) Darwin Greene, 20) Dave McFeeters,
21) Steve Hough, 22) Denny Soltis, 23) Kolby Schroder
Small Block Modified Feature Results: 1) Frank Harper, 2) Wayne Jelley, 3)
Brian Sandstedt, 4) Kenny Tremont, Jr., 5) JR Heffner, 6) Alan Houghtaling, 7)
Buddy Hencke, 8) Kim LaVoy, 9) Ryan Darcy, 10) Chad Pierce, 11) Olden Dwyer,
12) Ryan Charland, 13) Ray Hall, Jr., 14) Brian Peterson, 15) Peter Carlotto,
16) Brett Haas, 17) Mike Molloy, 18) Dave Manny, 19) Ryan Heath, 20) Art
Collins, 21) Steve Hankle, 22) Bryan McGuire, 23) Jason Herrington, 24) David
Schilling, 25) Shane Jablonka, 26) Mark Pullen, 27) Kenny Aanonsen, Jr., 28)
Timothy Davis, 29) Demetrios Drellos, 30) Jason Tompkins
King of Dirt Pro Stock Feature Results: 1) Jay Corbin, 2) Frank Twing, 3) Rob
Yetman, 4) Robbie Speed, 5) Jason Casey, 6) Steven LaRochelle, 7) Jay Casey, 8)
Chuck Towslee, 9) Dan Older, 10) Joe LaFlamme, 11) Sparky Reilly, 12) Devon
Camenga, 13) Tom O’Connor, 14) Chad Arsenault, 15) Rick Duzlak, 16) Nick Stone,
17) Glen Meisenhelder, 18) Hugh Page, 19) Tom Dean, 20) Gus Hollner, 21) Jon
Routhier, 22) Rick Dempsey, 23) Daniel Sanchez, 24) Luke Horning, 25) Victor
Hopkins, 26) Dean Charbonneau, 27) Chuck Dumblewski, 28) Rick Spencer.
DNS: Tom Harkins (Driver Change), Nick Hilt, Jr., Gary O’Brien, Dave Peck
12th Annual Boomer’s Performance Pure Stock Classic Results: 1) Ed Hatch, 2)
Jason Meltz, 3) Ray Hall, Sr., 4) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 5) Dave Stickles, 6) Jesse
Murphy, 7) Phil Sherman, 8) Larry Perez, 9) Bill Deak, Jr., 10) Mike Eichstedt,
11) Aaron Fachini, 12) Bill Deak, Sr., 13) Jay Martin, 14) Shawn Perez, 15) Jay
Casey, 16) Dylan Fachini, 17) Mike Arnold. DNS: Wuggie Burdick, Doug Olds
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results: 1) Larry Perez, 2) John Devine, 3) Jay Casey,
4) Bill Deak, Sr., 5) Jay Martin, 6) Mike Arnold, 7) Wuggie Burdick, 8) Harold
Robitaille, 9) Joe Cheneil, 10) Zach Sorrentino, 11) Dennis O’Connor, Jr., 12)
Keri Vandenburg. DNS: Gary Vandenburg
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results: 1) Jeff Meltz, Jr., 2) Phil Sherman, 3) Tom
Murphy, 4) Mike Eichstedt, 5) Bill Deak, Jr., 6) Dylan Fachini, 7) Aaron
Fachini, 8) Scott Morris, 9) Travis Hengen, 10) Joe Walcott, 11) Kevin Paul,
12) E.J. LeGeyt
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results: 1) Jason Meltz, 2) Jesse Murphy, 3) Ed Hatch,
4) Ray Hall, Sr., 5) Dave Stickles, 6) Shawn Perez, 7) Doug Olds, 8) Gary
O’Brien, 9) Clifford Booth, 10) Jim Groncki, 11) Dan Cote, 12) Brian Walsh, 13)
Jeff Meltz, Sr., 14) Lou Gancarz, 15) Tim Thompson
4-Cylinder Combined Results: 1) Todd Goldstein, 2) Kenny Stager, 3) Brandon
Ely, 4) Jethro Rossman, 5) Tim Meltz, 6) Jim Williams, 7) Stephen Cameron, Jr.,
8) Kelly Duncan, 9) Bob Gibson, 10) Robert Garney, 11) Nick McClendon, 12)
Charles Weatherwax, 13) Joseph Auclaire, 14) Jared Powell, 15) Gary Malloy, 16)
Steve Burbank, 17) James Street, 18) Rick Hodges, 19) Alyssia Sanchez
4-Cylinder Dual-Cam Results: 1) Todd Goldstein, 2) Kenny Stager, 3) Kelly Duncan,
4) Charles Weatherwax, 5) Joseph Auclaire, 6) Jared Powell, 7) Rick Hodges, 8)
4-Cylinder Single-Cam Results: 1) Brandon Ely, 2) Jethro Rossman, 3) Tim Meltz,
4) Jim Williams, 5) Stephen Cameron, Jr., 6) Bob Gibson, 7) Robert Garney, 8)
Nick McClendon, 9) Gary Malloy, 10) Steve Burbank, 11) James Street
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