Hirschman Bests Beers At Mahoning Valley
If he or any other driver who finished in the top 15 in points wins the Octoberfast there is a $1000 bonus to be awarded.
Kevin Graver Jr. stopped Earl Paules from gaining one more Late Model win this season when he out dueled the ’13 champ in a dogfight to the finish.
Paules had taken the front on a lap three restart and looked to be on his way but by lap eight Graver tagged along his rear bumper and not long after was going two-wide for the lead. Paules did all he could to protect his spot but surrendered with three laps remaining. It marked Graver’s third win of the season and 40th overall.
Three division titles were up for grabs and when all was set and done a total of five combined points are all that separated the respective champions in the Street Stocks, Dirt Mods and Pro 4s. The excitement and drama was off the charts.
In the Street Stocks the season long run of different winners rolled on to an amazing 20 as rookie Aaron Kromer posted his career first win coming on his 24th birthday.
Kromer passed early leader Jamie Smith nine laps from the finish and would need virtually every lap from there on to hold off TJ Gursky who needed to win in order to earn a third straight title.
Point leader Chip Wanamaker saw his season nearly implode when he had mechanical issues with seven laps to go and was forced to make several pit stops. He had been in fifth place at the time. Despite going a lap down Wanamaker’s crew thrashed to get him back out to finish the race and although he was a lap down, his 14th place tally was just enough to secure the crown by a scant two points over Gursky.
The Dirt Mod saw Aleia Geisler win a third time this year and she called it her toughest victory to date. Point contenders Jeff Parker and Ricky Yetter raced side-by-side while making repeated tries to unseat her.
At the end of the 25 lap contest they would cross the finish line under a blanket. For Parker, that would have been more than plenty to earn the championship, however, a protest was filed to check his car and he was found to be off with the weight and was disqualified.
That now put him and Yetter in a tie and by virtual of the tiebreaker of more feature wins, Parker was named the class champion.
The Pro 4 showdown came down between a pair of teenage sensations with Nick Baer and Kyle Strohl entering the finale separated by just two points. It was case of one needing to finish ahead of the other.
The race began with Bobby Kibler Jr., taking to the early lead. By lap 10 Strohl drove his way to the front and would have Baer on his tail the rest of the way.
When they reached the conclusion of the race Strohl eked out just enough markers to edge Baer by three. It was his 11th victory in 20 starts.
Jeff Biegley was able to lead all the way in the Hobby Stock feature and in doing so earned his ninth win of the year. It was a race-long dual with newly crowned champion Corey Edelman running alongside him essentially the entire distance.