Roaring Knob Results August 22
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MARKLEYSBURG, PA (August 22, 2015) Beautiful blue skies and cooler weather was on hand for the fans at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex Saturday night. With the 3/8th mile clay oval in tip top condition saw three wide racing during the preliminary heat races. Picking up heat wins were; the #100 of Joe Kelly Street Stock Division, Russell Baird #17 and Dylan Lewis #44 in the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models, Bob Gordon #31 and Billy Holbert in the Mid Atlantic Hoosier Tire Super Late Models, veteran driver Bob Miller #21 in the Charger Division and Robert Pluta in the Road Runner Division.
Three wide racing continued throughout the Street Stock 15-lap feature that saw the M & E Exuviating /Peaslees Service Center/NAPA #18 of Marty Spade returning to victory lance. “A lot of family and friends are here from out of town” “I couldn’t guarantee a win but could guarantee a good show” Spade stated in victory lane.
After a disappointing heat race, Spade started on the tail of the feature with the #98 of Mike Lewis and the #3C of Barry Faris on the front row. At the drop of flagman Billy Simons’s green flag Lewis immediately powered away from the pack, while Jim Byers #90, Jason Gibbs #89 and current points leader Greg Hauger #T2 went three wide for second.
Lewis powered off turn two on lap four going wide which permitted the group of cars including Byers, Gibbs, and Hauger to gain putting pressure on Lewis. Lewis was able to carry the speed into turn three and spun the #98 at the entrance to turn four bringing out the first caution of the night.
With Jim Byers #90 in the lead, the green flag once again flew that saw three wide racing for position on the front stretch. Byers were able to keep the lead exiting turn two holding off Joe Kelley #100 and Jason Gibbs #89.
By lap-6 Spade began to drop the hammer quickly closing the gap, and with an inside pass through turns three and four powered past Hauger and Gibbs for the third spot. Kelley surrendered the second spot to Spade on lap-7, and on the next orbit around the 3/8th mile-clay oval Spade began to pressure Byers for first.
With laps counting down, Spade was able to get under Byers exiting turn two for the lead and securing his second win in two weeks.
Second place came down to the final turn with Byers and Hauger side-by-side with Byers getting the advantage. Hauger earned the third spot followed by Jason Gibbs who made a last lap pass on Joe Kelley to complete the top five.
Stock Car Results) Marty Spade, Jim Byers, James Hauger, Jason Gibbs, Joe Kelley, Scott Bittinger, Barry Faris, Herb Karlinsey, Mike Lewis
(Heat Winner) Joe Kelley
Winner: Marty Spade
Lead Changes: 3
Lap Leaders: 1-3 Mike Lewis, 4-8 Jim Byers, 9-15 Marty Spade
# of Cautions: 1
High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models entered the track for their 20-lap feature which saw the #44 Dylan Lewis on the pole. At the green flag Russell Baird Jr. driving his Blout Veterinary/Ford Business Machine/Blout Paving #17 took the lead and never looked back.
The first caution of the night was displayed on lap-2 for the spinning of Michael Duritsky who lost the handle on the 90J entering turn three.
On the restart Baird once again was able to pull from the field only to see the second caution when Dylan Lewis spun the #44 in turn four collecting Troy Shields/Mike Opalinski/Clinton Hersh/ Mark Wells/Bradley Ramsey and Michael Durtisky. All drivers were able to continue with the exception of the Reno’s Trailer Sales/Lee Supply/Undercuts Hair Solone #66 of Mike Opalinski who sustained damaging ending his bid for a top five finish.
The restart had a repeat performance with Baird keeping the top spot followed by Bob Gorden #99, Braeden Dillenger #14 and Troy Shields #11. Second place was contested between #14 Dillinger and #99 Gordon that saw booth drivers fighting hard for second. Gordon had the advantage using the outside of turn one & two and advantage going Dillinger who used the inside of turns three & four.
After the caution on lap-2, the remaining 18-laps went green with Baird picking up his second feature of 2015, followed by #14 Braeden Dillinger, #99 Bob Gordon, #11 Troy Shields and fifth of #03 Garrett Paugh
“The track was perfect tonight” Russell Baird stated in victory lane. With a heat win and feature win Saturday night, Baird picked up his second victory of the 2015 season and scored fourth in the over-all points standings.
(High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models) Russell Baird, Braeden Dillinger, Bob Gordon, Troy Shields, Garrett Paugh, Clinton Hersh, Michael Duritsky, Mark Wells, Dylan Lewis, Bradley Ramsey, Mike Opalinski.
(Heat Winner) Russell Baird, Dylan Lewis
Winner: Russell Baird
Lead Changes: 0
Lap Leaders: 1-20 Russell Baird
# of Cautions: 2
The Charger Division continued putting on the event of the night with #21 Bob Miller sitting on the pole and leading the first 9 laps of the 12-lap feature. On Lap-7, #11 Brodey Milliken spun in turn four bringing out the caution. Bringing the field to a single file restart, Miller was able to maintain the lead despite the pressure of the #05 of Charlie McClain who had the handle on the outside.
On lap-10 Ron Ramsey #33 spun in turn four bringing out the second caution. On the restart Miller #21 in the lead, McClain continued the outside line and was able to complete the pass out of turn two for the lead. Miller made a move under McClain in turn three but lose the handle bringing out the third caution.
At the restart McClain was able to hold off the charging field and picking up his first feature win of 2015. Followed by McClain, second place went to #30 Justin Howell and third #21 Bob Miller.
(Chargers) Ralph McClain, Justin Howell, Bob Miller, Wayland King, Ron Ramsey, Brandyn Schaum, Brodey Milliken, Tanner Hauger,
(Heat Winner) Bob Miller
Winner: Ralph McClain
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-9 Bob Miller, 10-12 Ralph McClain
# of Cautions: 3
Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models feature saw the Ace Metal Works/Ace Signs Supply/Mountain Tech Heating #7 of Billy Holdbert use the wide side of Roaring Knob to pick up his first feature win of 2015.
On the pole was the Leggett Motorsports/Hitt Enterprises/High Point Construction #5 driven by top shoe Shane Hitt who had a good run leading the first 8-laps of the 25-lap feature. With Hitt in the lead, Roaring Knob fans were entertained with Billy Holbert using the outside speed to battle the #37 of Scotty Rhoads and the #14 of Gary Dalton for 2nd-3rd-4th. Holbert was able to move into second gaining on race leader Hitt.
On lap-9 with Holbert using the outside got around Hitt and pulled away with a commanding lead. At the halfway cross-flag mark, Holdbert remained in the lead followed by #5 Hitt, #27 Lake, and #14 Dalton.
Further back in the field was the #2S of Tim Senic who had started seventh and showed why he was the 2014 champion, started moving through the field at the half way mark and was able to move into the top five.
With laps counting down and Holbert a straight away lead saw Hitt, Lake and Senic three wide racing for the second spot with Senic moving around Lake and Hitt for second.
“I wanted to thank everyone for coming out tonight, we’ve been struggling all year falling over each other and we needed this win” Holbert stated in victory lane. “Last week we had a good car but broke an axle” “I want to thank Rick Jones and the Knob staff for letting me run some laps last week” We were able to figure some thinks out” Holbert stated.
Holdbert was able to hold off the charging Senic for the remaining 12-laps picking up his first feature win of 2015.
(Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models) Billy Holbert, Tim Senic, Gary Dalton, Michael Lake, Shane Hitt, Scotty Rhoads, John Over, Bob Gordon, Cody Hardesty,
Dusty Hamrick, Danny Pugh, Bob Nelson
(Heat Winner) Bob Gordon, Billy Holbert
Winner: Billy Holbert
Lead Changes: 2
Lap Leaders: 1-8 Shane Hitt, 9-25 Billy Holbert
# of Cautions: 0
In the Newt’s York Bar & Grill Road Runners, saw a repeat performance of Robert Pluta who picked up his sixth feature win of 2015. What made this night different was the young driver of the #95D Dustin Detrick who took the lead on lap-1 and led the first four laps. Pluta was able to get around Detrick on lap-5, but Detrick wouldn’t give up keeping his #95D on the outside taking the lead back on lap-7.
On lap-9 #67 Pluta made the cross over move under #95D Detrick taking the lead back followed by the 65D of Todd Detrick.
(Newt’s York Bar & Grill Roadrunner) Robert Pluta, Dustin Dietrick, Todd Detrick, Robert Fox, Kolby Crawley
(Heat Winner) Robert Pluta
Winner: Robert Pluta
Lead Changes: 4
Lap Leaders: 1-4 Dustin Dietrick, 5-7 Robert Pluta, 8-9 Dustin Dietrick, 10-12 Robert Pluta,
# of Cautions 0
Coming up on (Saturday, August 29, 2015)
“PACK THE HOUSE” $5.00 Grandstand Entrance
RUSH Late Models ~ Street Stocks ~ Chargers ~ Roadrunners – Powder Puffs #3
Come out early to get your favorite seats for these exciting events! Roaring Knob Motorsports has ample areas inside the facility for lawn chair viewing, or you can sit in our grandstands, or come early to reserve a drive-in parking spot and view from your car. Drive-in parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Regular Action Events: Pit gates open at 4:30 pm, grandstand gates open at 5:00 pm, hot laps begin at 6:45 pm and racing starts at 7:15pm. Check schedule for possible different starting times for special events.
Parking: Plenty of free parking in our main parking area. Designated handicapped parking area is located right at the main general admission gate.
About Roaring Knob Motorsport Complex is a 3/8-mile dirt track located 380 Fearer Rd. Markleysburg PA 15459 just west of the Yough Lake and only miles from the Nemacolin Woodland Resort and Casino. Our central location not only brings local fans but also many from West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, and Ohio, giving you a very broad audience. Dirt track racing and quality family entertainment are presented weekly from late April through late October. For more information, Raceday phone: 724-329-0306check out www.roaringknob.com or www.facebook.com/ roaringknob