Mahoning Valley season opener summary

Mahoning Valley speed records fall. Lehighton, Pa. Opening day Sunday April 13, 2003, at the Mahoning Valley Karting Speedway kart speed records were being broken in seven divisions. Setting the tone for the up coming WKA Pa. Asphalt Divisional...

Mahoning Valley speed records fall.

Lehighton, Pa. Opening day Sunday April 13, 2003, at the Mahoning Valley Karting Speedway kart speed records were being broken in seven divisions. Setting the tone for the up coming WKA Pa. Asphalt Divisional Series May 11, 2003. The track was in fabulous condition, and the weather was perfect. There were over 120 karts in attendance for the opener.

This also was the first week that the newly installed AMB transponder system was put to test. The system worked flawlessly and many karters loved the new system. We have a few human bugs to work out yet, and we can see a great year and many track records broken through out the year.

In the Controlled Stock class it was a battle between #88 of Robert Mogal and #24 Ryan Tidman for the last eight laps of the race. Both were going back and forth for the lead for the last eight laps. Both drivers were racing side by side every lap and not giving a inch. Keeping each other on their toes every second of the way.

On the last lap Ryan Tidman had the lead by a few feet when #88 Robert Mogal got a head of steam coming into turn three and a great run on Ryan Tidman to squeak the win out by inch's. Where #88 of Robert Mogal finished ahead of Ryan Tidman by .4700 of a second.

In the 2 Cycle division it was a battle between the #76 of Dave Cordier III and #18 of Wes of N.J. Both set new track records for the 2 cycle division. #76 Dave Cordier III at 10.723 with a speed of 84.1121 and the #18 of Wes of NJ with time and speed of 10.783 speed of 84.1185.

The fastest lap of the day goes to the #76 Dave Cordier III of 10.723. When asked how the track was. Dave Cordier said " I never felt anything like that in my life, it was incredible, absolutely breath taking and awesome". "There are really no words to describe the feeling".

In the Stock Lites, #24 Ryan Tidman holds the new track record of 11.536 and a speed of 78.26. With Firestone tires.

In the Super Heavy's Pottstowns Don Norris Jr #76 now holds the record of 12.211 with a speed of 77.77.

Harrisburg Sensation Ed Murphy set a new track record using the new Burris Asphalt 44 tires. Ed Murphy #4 in the Senior Stock 35 and over has the new track record of 12.168 and a speed of 74.38. Murphy stated the Burris Tires stuck like glue and was like driving on a rail.

In the new Jr. Sportsman Champ Division. #20 Scotty Heilman of Reading set a record of 14.421 and a speed of 62.49.

This is setting the tone for the first of six WKA Pa. Asphalt Divisional Races to be held at Mahoning Valley in Lehighton Pa. and Mountain Speedway in St. Johns, Pa. Three of the WKA Pa. Asphalt Divisional Races will be held at Mahoning Valley. The first on May 11, then June 15th, Fathers Day, and August 17th, 2003.

The track congratulates all Racers who set records with the tracks new AMB transponders.

The Following is the list of Racers with the Best times and speeds of the day.

Fastest Lap of the Day Set By #76 Dave Cordier III of Reading Pa.in a Yamaha 2 Cycle 10.723 Speed 84.1121

PEE WEE- 74 KAITLYN LUTZ, 22.070 Speed 31.78

STOCK LITE- 11.536 ,24 RYAN TIDMAN Speed 78.26

JR.SPORTSMAN I- 13.509,8 WILL MCMILLAN Spd66.66

SR. CHAMP- 12.755, 52 JESSE MAURER Spd 70.86

SUPER HEAVY-12.211,76 DON NORRIS JR. 77.77

JR. GOLD- 12.367, 22 ANTHONY JENKINS 73.32

SENIOR STOCK- 12.168, 4 ED MURPHY 74.38

STOCK MED.-11.557, 77 DEREK LOCKE 78.26

JR. CHAMP-14.421, 20 SCOTTY HEILMAN 62.49

SLING SHOTS- 12.032, 461 RICH DIMARCO 75.01

YAMAHA-10.723, 76 DAVE CORDIER 84.1121 10.783, 18 WES 84.1185

JR. SPORTSMAN ll- 18 BEN MOGEL

STOCK HEAVY- 12.054, 7 BRAIN MACQUEEN 74.9999

CONTROLLED STOCK- 11.184, 88 ROBERT MOGEL 81.08

-clarann-

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