Kochenash Grabs Second Mahoning Triumph
“The 22 car (Althouse) is always tough and I knew it was not going to be easy. He’s always good on the bottom. I just put it up on the topside like old times and made it stick.”
Althouse held on for second. Paul Koehler, Jr., was third at the finish but failed post-race inspection, elevating with Mike Sweeney one spot. Althouse and Kevin Graver, Jr., scored Late Model heat wins.
After failing to qualify for the first two Street Stock races, Brain Labar of Palmerton made up for lost time by leading every lap. It was also his first win in two years. And, for the second time in as many races the class ran a caution free feature.
Labar had the pole and wasted no time in controlling the lead. He then had to fend off Randy Ahner, Jr., and Chip Wanamaker in garnering the hard fought verdict as all race long the aforementioned pair gave Labar fits in trying to maintain the front spot. Labar also becomes the first driver to relish in the new higher pay of $600 to win that started this week.
Another rock-solid field of 31 cars attempted to fill the 22 starting spots. Winning heats were Labar, Wanamaker and Ahner with Gene Bowers annexing the consi.
Defending Dirt Mod champ Kris Graver of Lehighton, who is now racing in the track’s Modified division, got a chance to jump back into a car when incoming point leader Aleia Geisler was unable to attend the races. Her car was at the track and Graver got a call earlier in the week to drive as a replacement.
Graver made the best of the opportunity as he inherited the lead from Ricky Yetter under a lap five caution. Yetter had made pit stop for a flat tire. Graver then drove away to a dominating win. By the time he took the checkered flag second place finisher Mike Stofflet was almost four seconds back.
Jeff Parker and Yetter notched Dirt Mod heat wins.
In the 4-Cylinder Stock feature Bobby Kibler, Jr., of Lehighton made a last lap, last corner pass on race long leader Dave Chapman for the exciting outcome. Kibler, as just 13 years old, won by a bumper for his second career victory.
The Hobby Stock feature was also a down-to-the-wire affair as Naticoke’s Larry Spencer III won in his first ever Mahoning Valley appearance by a scant .036-seconds over his teammate Scott Adams. Spencer also won his heat.