Mother Nature Win’s Friday Night’s Appalachian Mountain Speedweek – First Time Feature Winners on Saturday
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MARKLEYSBURG, PA (June 6, 2015) Saturday nights racing provided the Roaring Knob fans with some of the best racing of the season, first up was the Street Stock make-up feature from May 30th that seen Roaring Knob Hall of Fame driver Jim Byers picking up his first feature win of the 2015 season. In the Charger division, Uniontown, PA CJ Nicola picked up his first victory of the year along with David Friend in the Newt’s York Bar & Grill Road Runners, Michael Lake in High Gear Speedshop RUSH Late Models and Cody Colflesh for the Knob’s Street Stock Division.
Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex promoter Rick Jones along with the Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Series made the decision to cancel Friday nights much anticipated Loco-Motives Appalachian Mountain Speedweek. “We worked hard all week getting the track ready for the Series” Jones stated. When talking with the Series officials, 2015 Appalachian Mountain Speedweek will be known as the dampest. Roaring Knob was scheduled to be stop number four of the five race series. This week both Bedford and Path Valley Speedways were canceled because of weather. “Currently we are working with the Appalachian officials to bring the program back to the Knob on July 5th, paying the advertised $4,000 to win” Jones stated. We’ll still working out the details.
Despite the hard rain Roaring Knob received Friday night, Jones and staff worked hard all day Saturday preparing the race surface for race number 12 of the season. The track received several inches of rain Friday night forcing the cancelation of Friday night’s race. Turns three and four were several feet underwater making the 3/8th speedway a Pennsylvania farmers pond.
First on the Saturday night schedule was the Street Stock makeup feature from May 30th. With all the cars returning, had the 32 of Jim Byers next to the #89 of Jason Gibbs bringing the field to the green flag for the 15-lap feature. Gibbs driving his “The U Company, Werry’s Provisions, Lytle Construction #89 used the outside line to get around the #32 of Byers to lead the first lap. With the track in ideal condition allowed Gibbs to keep the lead through lap-14 when caution flew for the slowing #99 of Bob Nelson. With a green-white-checker restart, Gibbs went high off of turn 4 on the restart allowing Byers to get the #32 under the #89. With a drag race to turn one with Byers on the inside and Gibbs on the outside, Byers was able to move into the one spot at the exit of turn 2 holding off the pressure of Gibbs and picking up his first feature win of the 2015. In second was Jason Gibbs, 3rd Marty Spade, 4th points lease Greg Hauger, 5th Mark Peck.
(Street Stocks) Jim Byers, Jason Gibbs, Martin Spade, James Hauger, Mark Peck, Barry Faris, Bob Nelson, Herb Karlinsey, Cody Colflesh
(Heat Winner) Jim Byers
Winner: Jim Byers
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-14 Jason Gibbs, 14-15 Jim Byers
# of Cautions: 1
In the very competitive Charger Division seen Uniontown, PA driver CJ Nicola pick up his first feature win of the 2015 season. Nicola 2014 Roaring Knob Champion drove his Pretty Paws, Jacks Auto Service, and Yough Valley Chiropractic #25 to victory lane Saturday night after a fierce battle with the #30 of Justin Howell and the #95 of JT Baird. Howell had the lead for the first 3-laps when he went high off of turn 2 giving room for the #25 of Nicola. Nicola maintained the lead with the top three running side-by-side, lap after lap. At one point all three front runners could be covered with a blanket. Late into the race with Baird and Haugor racing for second, provided Nicola the opportunity to pull away with a four car lead at the checker.
(Chargers) CJ Nicola, JT Baird, Tanner Haugor, Eric Miller, Justin Howell, Scotty Herring, Brandym Shaum, Wyland King
(Heat Winner) CJ Nicola
Winner: CJ Nicola
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-3 Justin Howell, 4-12 CJ Nicola
# of Cautions: 1
Red flag flies as the Newt’s York Bar & Grill Road Runners as the field enter turn one at the start of the feature race. When the Newt’s York Bar & Grill, Cossell Automotive, Coffman Racing #14 of Dustin Nutter made heavy contact with the inside barrier wall of turn one. The hit got the attention of chief official flagman Billy Simons. “Nutter hit the wall with a tone” Simons said over the tracks radio. Nutter exited the car uninjured but ended his night with a DNF.
On the complete restart Paul Koffler driving his #48 was able to hold off the field for the first 12-laps. Caution flew on lap-7 for the #24 Ed Derick who lost a wheel at the entrance of turn four. The late race caution tightened the field and allowed the #65 of David Friend to take advantage of Koffler who got loose off of turn four on lap-11. Friend was able to get under Koffler on the final lap picking up his first feature win of the 2015 season.
(Newt’s York Bar & Grill Roadrunner) David Friend, Paul Koffler, Todd Detrick, Robert Fox, Ed Detrick, Dustin Nuttier
(Heat Winner) Paul Koffler
Winner: David Friend
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-11 Paul Koffler, 12 David Friend
# of Cautions: 2
With a full field of High Gear Speedshop RUSH Late Models on hand, Uniontown, PA driver Michael Lake sat on the pole position. With the green flag displayed, saw many of the Knob top drivers competing for the front running position. Driving his High Gear Speedshop, Bobby Lake Motorsports #27, Michael Lake was able to hold off the S & S Communications, Davis Ford, Rodney’s Corner Café #11 of Troy Shields. With Shields in second, followed by third place runner #17 Russel Baird Jr, followed by #16 Clinton Hersh, and points leader Garrett Paugh went three wide at times. On lap-8 caution flew for the spinning of #15 of Jonathan Sines. With a single file restart Lake was able to pull away from Shields by a three car length lead. Caution flew for a second time for the stopping of the #61 Vince Masi. Lake was able to maintain his lead on the restart picking up his first feature win for the 2015 season. A flat tire ended the Reno’s Trailer Sales, Lee Supply Co. #66 of Mike Opalinski on lap-13, and mechanical issues ended the night of Roy’s RV Supercenter, Romans Trucking #03 of Garrett Paugh on lap-17. Shout out for the race team of the Iron Horse Logging, New England Trees #44 of Dylan Lewis. Lewis flipped his #44 during his heat race. The team was able to make repairs and have the #44 ready for the feature event.
(High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models) Michael Lake, Troy Shields, Russell Baird, Clinton Hersh, Noland Dalton, Michael Duritsky, Braeden Dillinger, Mark Wells, Mike Ott, Chris Angelicchio, Jennae Piper, Garrett Paugh, Vince Masi Jr., Mike Opalinski,
Jonathan Sines, Dylan Lewis, DNS: Ryan Montgomery, Jason Skipper, Jeffrey Haynes
(Heat Winner) Russell Baird Jr., Michael Lake
Winner: Michael Lake
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: 1-20 Michael Lake
# of Cautions: 2
You can describe the Roaring Knob Street Stock division as a very competitive division, with 2-3 wide racing and multiple winners continued Saturday night with the driver of the Thurby’s Riverside Ford, Sherman’s Old Ice Cream Parlor #28t driven by Cody Colflesh went to victory lane after a 15-lap feature event. Colflesh started on the outside of the T2 of points leader Greg Hauger who took the lead on lap-1. With Colflesh in second, and side beside action with Hauger. On lap-2 contact was made between the two drivers at the exit of turn four with Hauger sustain damage to the T2 and ending his night. “I need to apologies to Greg” Coflesh stated in winner lane. “I didn’t mean to hit him”. Colflesh lead up to lap-10 when 2014 champion Bob Nelson of the #99 was able to get around Coflesh for the lead only to have bad luck for the #99 when on lap-13 had a drive line issue ending Nelson night. Coldlesh inherent the lead and was able to hold of the charging #18 of Marty Spead and the #100 of Joe Kelly.
(Street Stocks) Cody Colflesh, Marty Spade, Joe Kelly, Mark Peck, Jim Byers, Barry Faris, Craig Koteles, Herb Karlinsey, Bob Nelson, Jason Gibbs, Greg Hauger, Scott Bittinger
(Heat Winner) Bob Nelson, Cody Colflesh
Winner: Cody Colflesh
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-10 Cody Colflesh, 11-13 Bob Nelson, 14-15 Cody Colflesh
# of Cautions: 4
Coming up on (Saturday, June 13, 2015) Super Late Models, Street Stocks, Roadrunners, Chargers. May 30 make-up double features for Road Runners and Charger.s
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