Roaring Knob News

Mother Nature Win’s Friday Night’s Appalachian Mountain Speedweek – First Time Feature Winners on Saturday

June 7th, 2015


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

Saturday Racing Pit Gates open at 4:30 – Grandstand Gates Open at 5:00 Hot Laps 6:00 – Racing 6:30 pm.  Race day Phone:  724-329-0306

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, check out or roaringknob

Loco-Motives Appalachian Mountain Speedweek set for 3 days of Super Late Model racing as the series visits Path Valley Speedway, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex and Hagerstown Speedway this coming Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

June 3rd, 2015

Knob Flyer Appl Speed Week

The Loco-Motives Appalachian Mountain Speedweek heads for three great days of racing to close out the 2015 campaign. $60,000 plus point money will be on the line as the tour heads west to compete in 3 consecutive shows June 4th, 5th & 6th.

First up on Thursday evening the series will make it’s inaugural stop at Path Valley Speedway in Spring Run Pennsylvania. The Super Late Models will battle for the first time on the high banked 1/4 mile bull ring. $4,000 of the $20,000 purse will go to the winner. The 40 lap feature will pay $400 to start. Also on tap will be the Mini Stocks battling for $600 to win.
All Gates open at 5:00 with Warn-ups at 7:30. For more information check out

Then on Friday the tour will head to Markleysburg, Pennsylvania, the home of Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to do battle for another $20,000 purse that will see the winner take home $4,000 for 40 laps worth of work. A part of the tour since its start in 2009 Roaring Knob will also open the gates at 5:00 with warm-ups at 7:30. The Street Stocks & Chargers are also on the card. ATTENTION TEAMS: PIT GATES WILL BE OPEN LATE THURSDAY NIGHT IF YOU WANT TO TRAVEL RIGHT FROM PATH VALLEY AND SPEND THE NIGHT For more information check out

The Loco-Motives Appalachian Mountain Speedweek will wrap up its 7th campaign on Saturday at Hagerstown Speedway. Like Roaring Knob, Hagerstown has been a part of Speedweek since its inception in 2009. A 3rd $20,000 purse is up for grabs as the Super Late Models are joined by the Late Model Sportsman, Pure Stocks & Hobby Stocks. Racing is set to begin at 7:00. For additional information check out

Cash awards for Fast Time (Ernie D’s Enterprises), Hard Charger (Dirt on & Hard Luck awards (MBH Race Cars) will be given away at all 3 events as well as product from Booze Brothers Performance, Penske Racing Shocks, Keyser Manufacturing & Berheisel Race Cars.

Following the completion of the racing action Saturday, stick around as Loco-Motives presents its top 5 point drivers with Championship hardware and cash awards. The Paul “Huey” Wilcoxon Memorial Championship trophy will be presented to the champion in memory of the founder of MBH Race Cars.

Saturday, May 16th

May 20th, 2015

Roaring Knob Motorsport Complex & Promoter Rick Jones “We are a race track and we’re racing!”


MARKLEYSBURG, PA (May 9, 2015) With all the local and regional tracks pulling the plug Saturday night due to weather, Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex and promoter Rick Jones stayed the course and were able to complete their five race division schedule. Jones is known for taking the risk when it comes to weather forecasting. Jones stated “these drivers work all week getting ready for the weekend and they want to race.” “We’ll get the show in for our drivers and fans.” “We know the weather impacts our car count and fan base, but that’s part of doing business.” Saturday night Jones held to his word and the Knob was able to get all the racing in with rain in the area, no precipitation hit the track despite a 60% chance of rain.

Last week in the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model division “RUSH Futures Cup” Clearwater Construction, Fred Spangler Water Conditioning #16 Clinton Hersh won his first heat but finished a disappointing tenth place in the feature. This week he once again won his heat and was able to back up his performance dominate the High Gear Rush Late Model feature picking up his very first feature.

Other winners on the night were Bob Nelson in the Street Stock Division, Alan Knepper in the Mod Lites, Mel Minnick in the Hosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models, Andrew Pluta in the Newt’s York Bar Roadrunner fwd Four-Cylinder.
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Saturday, May 9th

May 15th, 2015

RJ1 Jerry Haseleu Race Team Wins Back to Back High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Models – Hauger, Senic, Pluta, Baird also Prevail



(Markleysburg, PA May 9, 2015) Last week Gary Dalton won the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model Feature driving for the Blands Towing, Richard Construction, Jerry Haseleu owned #RJ1 crate late model. This week Jared Hawkins repeated the performance by winning this week’s High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model Feature giving Jerry Haseleu a pleasant birthday surprise. The Street Stock Division did not disappoint the fans in attendance with a fears battle among Hauger and Nelson. Tim Senic earned his second victory of the season driving his Roy’s RV, Rocket Chassis #S2 to victory lane. A full field of Newt’s Bar and Grill Roadrunners had three wide racing action with the victory going to Andrew Pluta and Charger Division feature win going to the #95 of JT Baird.


In the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model division “RUSH Futures Cup” Clearwater Construction, Fred Spangler Water Conditioning #16 Clinton Hersh won his first heat race and sat on the pole for the twenty lap feature. At the green flag Hersh set the pass and was able to maintain the lead for the first five laps when caution flew for the spinning of #66 of Mike Opalinski in turn two. On the restart Hersh hit his marks and maintained the lead; the #11 of Shields and the #RJ1 of Hawkins were in side-by-side battle for second. On lap six Hawkins was able to get the advantage out of turn two moving the Jerry Haseleu owned #RJ1 to second setting sites for Hersh who had a two car length lead on the field. On lap six Hawkins carried speed through turns one and two getting under the #16 of Hersh at the exit of turn two. At the halfway mark caution flew for the third time for the spinning #33 of Bradley Ramsey in turn two. Hawkins followed by Hersh, Shields, Paugh, and Dillinger rounded out your top five on the restart.

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SATURDAY, MAY 2 Al Cramer Memorial for Emods

May 5th, 2015

Dalton Win’s both Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models and High Gear Speed Shop Late Models at Roaring Knob with Al Cramer Memorial going to Trimble


(Markleysburg, PA May 2, 2015) With Mother Nature winning last Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motor Sports Complex drivers were anxious to get back on the track Saturday night for the annual Al Cramer Memorial. Brent Trimble in his H&R Block, BB&T Auto Crusher #1B won last year’s Al Cramer Memorial and was able to repeat his performance winning this prestige’s event for a second time. Gary Dalton driving the Blands Towing, Richard Construction, Jerry Haseleu owned #RJ1 RUSH Late Model won the High Gear Speed Shop RUSH Late Model feature then returned to victory circle capturing the Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic Super Late Models feature driving the Denzel Turner Excavating #14. With Chargers feature win going to CJ Nicola, and the Newts York Bar & Grill Road Runner winner going to Robert Pluta.


First up feature saw the return of the Roaring Knob Chargers division taking to the track for their twelve lap feature. The driver of the Pretty Paws, Jacks-Auto Service #25 CJ Nicola showed the race fans at the Knob why he was the 2014 points champion when he took his #25 to the outside of turns 1 battling pull sitter Justin Howell for the number one position. Nicola was able to complete the pace on the exit of turn two and never looked back. With one lap in the books the #95 of JT Baird spun in turn one making heavy contact with the outside wall. On the restart, Nicole continued his domination as the #30 of Justin Howell and the #27 of Kyle Burkholder battled for the number two position. Burkholder was able to move into the second spot on lap three by passing Howell in turn four. With laps winding down Burkholder made a late charge, but Nicola continued his perfect line and winning his first feature of the 2015 season. Read more »


April 27th, 2015

O’Neal wins Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series Win of the Year at Roaring Knob
MARKLEYSBURG, PA (April 24, 2015) With spring officially here, mother nature still would not release the warmer temperatures and the fans at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex had to endure a cool spring night in the Pennsylvania Laurel mountain region.
Don O’Neal wins Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series 50 lap feature taking home $10,000, Street Stock Feature winner went to Uniontown, PA James Hauger, the driver of the Garry’s Auto Sales, Pro 1 Chassis, Elite Motors #T2 won his first feature win of the 2015 season fighting off the hard charging #18 of Martin Spade. Also in winner circle Somerset, PA driver of the Knepper Repair ATV #20 Bilstein Mod Lite STARS winner Alan Knepper.

(Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series) – Don O’Neal found victory lane for the first time this season on Friday Night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex. The defending Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion landed in Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 41st time in his career.

Trailing O’Neal to the finish line was current LOLMDS point’s leader, Jonathan Davenport; followed by Earl Pearson Jr., Kyle Hardy, and Chris Ferguson. Read more »


April 20th, 2015

Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

April 18, 2015

For Immediate Release

(Markleysburg, PA) Mother Nature was in favor providing a beautiful night of racing for the return of the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series who kicked off its 2015 campaign for its new Bazell/Sunoco Race Fuels Southern Touring Series on Saturday night at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.

Centerville, PA driver of the familiar 111 Max Blair was able to claim his first victory of the 2015 season for the RUSH regional series. Also in winner circle for the Mid Atlantic Hoosier Tire Super Dirt Models was the driver of the #17B Keith Barbara, Street Stock feature winner #29 Scott Bittinger, Newt’s Bar & Grill Road Runner winner went to #48K Paul Koffler Sr, and Mod Lite winner #862 Mitch Ward.

(Roaring Knob Street Stock Division) First out for their feature race were the Roaring Knob street stock division. Last week’s feature winner #12 Ryan Newman was handy caped and started in the seventh position. With the green flag in the air, hard charger #15 Joe Wrona was able to hold off the pressure of the #89 Gibbs for the first three laps. Caution flew on lap 3 for the slowing of the #3c of Barry Faris. As the green flag waved on the restart, Gibbs had the run off of turn 2 passing Wrona on the back stretch. Gibbs was able to lead the field for the next seven laps before a mechanical failure side lined the #89 machine ending Gibbs night and bringing out the second caution of the night and placing then second place runner Ryan Newman in the lead. A third caution flew on lap fourteen for the spinning of #T2 Hauger. Tightening the field with a green-white-checker, Newman with the lead on the final lap exited turn two high battling the #15 Wrona and giving enough room for third place runner #29 of Bittinger to pass both Worna and Newman on the inside and was able to take the lead earning his first feature win of the 2015 season.

(Street Stocks 15 Laps): Scott Bittinger (29), Joe Wrona (15), Ryan Newman (12), Bob Nelson (99), Jim Byers (32), Mark Peck (17), Eric Miller (XLR8), Greg Hauger (T2), Jason Gibbs (89), Barry Faris (3C)

(Heats): Jason Gibbs (89), Joe Wrona (15)

(Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series) After drawing the next-to-worst pill for his heat race starting spot, Max Blair raced his way from ninth to fourth with a last lap pass to qualify for the feature redraw.  That proved key as Blair lined up fourth in the 25-lap feature.  After young Garett Paugh of West Virginia and New York’s Brian Knowles traded the lead early on, Blair found moisture on the top and rode it to the lead on lap 17.  Once in front and without a caution to slow action, Blair pulled away from the field to capture the $1,200 win.  Blair takes the early point lead as he has his sights set on the $10,000 Sweeney Touring Series sweep.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015 “OPENING NIGHT”

April 13th, 2015

Senic Dominates Western PA Opener at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex

By Lou Long

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (April 11, 2015) Nobody would have expected that the Western PA lid lifter would take place at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex on April 11. Although Mother Nature has not been so kind to the promoters throughout the region, she did smile long enough on Rick Jones to allow him to get the first one in the books for the new season. Picking up where he left off, defending track champion Tim Senic of Elkins, WV dominated the Mid Atlantic Hoosier Tire Super Late Model feature event, while Troy Shields kicked things off with an equally strong performance in the High Gear Speed shop RUSH Late Model division. Ryan Newman and David Friend scored in the Street Stock and Newt’s York Bar & Grill Mini Stock events.

Although he was tops in the class in 2014, Senic struggled on and off the track. “Last year was last year,” he said with a sigh of relief. “I guess I had a lot of stuff going on and off the track.” He explained that some of his problems related to the race car. “We had some issues with the car, and I knew that we found things that were wrong and I knew that we were going to be pretty good out of the box.” While Senic’s comment was quite the understatement, he still had to hold off Lernerville Speedway regular John Garvin in the final circuits to get the win. “I could see on the scoreboard that John was back there, and he’s a good racer. He’s always fast here right across the bottom, so I just had to try to run my line.” Read more »

2014 Awards Banquet

March 31st, 2015

Top 5 Points Champions for the  2014 Race Season

Congratulations to the following:

Super Late Models: Tim Senic, Scott Rhodes, Quintin Wyandt, LC Powers, Gary Dalton

RUSH Late Models: Michael Lake, Troy Shields, Clinton Hersh, Dylan Lewis, Mark Wells

EMods: Nick Cramer, Brent Trimble, Derek Deusenberry, Ron Howard, Larry Atha

Mod Lites: Braeden Dillinger, Jarred Barclay, Alan Knepper, Lynn Knepper, Logan Hitt

Street Stocks: Bob Nelson, Joe Kelley, Marty Spade, Michael Duritsky, Jim Byers

Chargers: CJ Nicola, Justin Howell, JT Baird, Eric Miller, Cody Colflesh

4 Cyl Roadrunners: David Friend, Dustin Detrick, Dustin Nutter, Steve Frazier, Robert Fox



September 30th, 2013


September 27-28, 2013

(Markleysburg, PA)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series returned to Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex for the fourth time this season on Friday and Saturday. The “Bill Hendren Memorial” was part of the scenic Markleysburg, Pa. facility’s annual “Big Kahuna” event. Bobby Lake Motorsports “Shock the Clock” Qualifying and Heats were contested on Friday night with the K&N Dash and feature on Saturday night. Some $8,000 in contingency product prizes were given away to the racers as part of the Memorial event. A complete list of the prize winners will be posted soon.

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