In the modified feature at Pocono Mountain Speedway, John Markovic worked his way up from deep in the field, grabbing the lead with a handful of alps remaining in the event, for his 2nd trip to victory lane in as many weeks. A 5 car malay in...
In the modified feature at Pocono Mountain Speedway, John Markovic worked his way up from deep in the field, grabbing the lead with a handful of alps remaining in the event, for his 2nd trip to victory lane in as many weeks.
A 5 car malay in turns 3 and 4 on the opening lap, and another pair of yellows on lap 2, jumbled the field. Pole-sitter, Andy Szapacs held onto the lead through it all, with Mike McManus and Cal Snyder close behind. By lap 3, Eric Beers held 4th, with Markovic had moved up to 5th from his 10th starting spot on the grid.
Over the next 6 green flag laps, the field ran pretty much nose-to-tail. On lap 5, Markovic moved to the outside groove, and was able to get a run on Beers down the back straight, taking over 4th by the time they reached the line.
The next caution fell on lap 8, with Szapacs still leading the way, followed by McManus, Snyder, Markovic, and Beers. Once back under the green, they top 5 ran unchanged for the next 12 laps. On lap 20, Markovic again moved to the high side, in an attempt to grab positions. On lap 21, Markovic got by Snyder to grab 3rd. On the next lap he got the better of McManus to take over 2nd. Showing patience, it took another 2 laps to get around Szapacs to claim the lead.
On lap 25, Snyder began smoking and headed into the pits for the afternoon. The final caution of the race fell on lap 27, with Markovic out in front. During the yellow, from 2nd place, Szapacs made a visit to the pits, and rejoined the rear of the field. McManus moved up into the 2nd spot, with Beers now in 3rd. Russ Frantz moved up to 4th, with Adam Horwith in 5th.
Over the final laps, the field ran unchanged. Markovic took the checkered for the 2nd week in a row. McManus had his best run of the season so far, finishing 2nd, with Beers close behind in 3rd, followed by Frantz and Horwith rounding out the top .
Paul Koehler Jr powered his to the front, taking the Late Model win. Jerry Brightaupt goes wire-to-wire to take the checkered in the Pro Stock feature. Mick Serfass ran away from the field, taking Street Stock the honors. Steve Distler was the winner in the Factory Stock feature.
The same great action starts again, Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 PM. Plus the Race of Champions Qualifier Day is scheduled for Sunday May 13th. For more information visit www. poconomountainspeedway.com.
MODIFIED (30 LAPS): JOHN MARKOVIC, Mike McManus, Eric Beers, Russ Frantz, Adam Horwith, Mike Adams, Tim Henry, Andy Szapacs, Jim Hauser Jr, Cal Snyder, Billy Swartz, Chris Ammon, Chuck Schartzer, Doug Yanders.
LATE MODEL (25 LAPS): PAUL KOEHLER JR, Rick Collins, Mike Radocha Jr, Don Holland, Nate Correll, Rick Giannino, Jason Artholfer, David Christman, Dean Kline Jr, Troy Bollinger, Andy Shelmet, Tom Scales.
PRO STOCK (25 LAPS): JERRY BRIGHTAUPT, Skip Eckles, Frank Reakes, Joe Barbush, Alan Decker, Blaine Barry, Ralph Kennedy, Frank Hughes, Chris Hamilton, Frank Petrosky, Richie Spaide, Mike Higgins, Chris Burge.
STREET STOCK (20 LAPS): MICK SERFASS, Robert Fink, Jennifer Kutz, Mike Kowalczuk, David McCloud, John Swerdon Jr, Chris Varzal, Brian Fletcher, Frank Katona, Scott Meckes.
FACTORY STOCK (15 LAPS): STEVE DISTLER, Shawn Burd, Paul Frantz, Mike Sweeney, Todd Barbush, Lou Cervino, Jerry Yamelski, Sue Collins, Brad Kline, Steve McCracken, Josh Labatch, Joel Hilfiger, Danny Casciolli, Andrew Monkoski. DQ - Ron Heffelfinger.