Pocono Mountain report 2001-08-25

ST JOHNS, PA. Eric Beers patiently moved up through the field and taking the lead by lap 11, then leading the rest of the way, for his 4th Modified victory at the Pocono Mountain Speedway in the Sunoco Race Fuels, Horwith Freightliner ...

ST JOHNS, PA. Eric Beers patiently moved up through the field and taking the lead by lap 11, then leading the rest of the way, for his 4th Modified victory at the Pocono Mountain Speedway in the Sunoco Race Fuels, Horwith Freightliner #19 Modified.

Over the first third of the race, the yellows flew for some multi-car pileups that ended the night early for some of the top drivers in the division. The biggest being on lap 2, sending #2 in points, John Markovic to the pits, as well as #4's Russ Frantz and Cal Snyder.

Shaun Carrig lead the opening lap from the pole, but by the time they reached the caution on lap 2, Mike McManus was in control. Another yellow on lap 4, forced officials to go to a single file restart. McManus was still out in front, followed by Don Wagner, Matt Hirshman, Beers, and Chris Ammon. On the restart, McManus held on to the lead, while Hirshman got the jump on Wagner to take over 2nd.

Two more cautions dropped by the time lap 10 was scored, with Beers steadily working his way to 2nd by then. On the next lap, Beers made a run to the inside of McManus, taking over the lead. The final caution fell on lap 15, with Beers, McManus, Hirshman, Wagner, and Ammon in the top 5.

Over the final 15 laps of green flag racing, Beers distanced himself from the rest of the pack, cruising to the checkered flag. Hirshman slipped past McManus with 10 to go, finishing 2nd. McManus had to settle for 3rd, with Wagner and Ammon rounding out the top 5.

In the Late Model feature, Phil DeFranco lead from the pole when the green dropped. The first 10 laps stayed green, with DeFranco putting a little distance on the field. Dean Kline Jr was 2nd, with Dave Christman close behind. The pair of Mike Radocha Jr and Kevin Kromer rounded out the early top 5.

Radocha Jr brought out the lap 10 yellow, when he spun in turn 3. DeFranco was still out in front, with Christman now in the challenging position. Paul Koehler Jr was 3rd, followed by Kline Jr and Kromer.

On restarts, Christman proved to be the class of the field. On the first restart, DeFranco was slow getting up to full speed, slipping back through the field. Christman out in front to take over the lead. Kline Jr got around Koehler Jr on the inside, with DeFranco and Kromer rounding out the top 5

A number cautions fell over the second half of the race, with Christman staying out in front. Kline Jr was the mid race challenger, but turned that over to Paul Koehler Jr with 6 to go. On the restarts, Christman was able to jump out to a couple car length lead, forcing Koehler Jr to play catch up.

The final yellow fell on lap 23. Christman again pulled away on the restart, but Koehler Jr pulled in on his rear bumper as the white flag dropped. Christman earned his 2nd victory, holding off 7-time winner and points leader, Koehler Jr. Radocha Jr battled back from the lap 10 spin, to finish 3rd. Kline Jr and DeFranco rounded out the top 5.

Chris Hamilton increased his points lead, taking his 3rd Pro Stock checkered flag of the year. Jim Buzinski was first to the line in the Street Stock feature, but a driver challenge that is yet to be decided, may reverse the win. The Street Stock winner also earns a guaranteed starting spot in the September 9th Street Stock Shootout. Danny Cascioli grabbed yet another Factory Stock win, also earning a spot in the Shootout.

Pocono Mountain Speedway is proud to announce it's running of the first annual "Street Stock Shootout" September 9th where cars from all over the Northeast states will compete against each other in classic street stock style. This will become a yearly event with purse, awards and contingencies becoming larger each race. This race is a way to give this class the recognition it deserves. It will assuredly become one of the most popular races in this part of the country. This week its twin 20's for the Modifieds as well as the Late Models, Pro Stocks, TQ's, Trucks, and Factory Stocks. All the action Starts at 6:00 PM.

MODIFIEDS (30 LAPS): ERIC BEERS, Matt Hirshman, Mike McManus, Don Wagner, Chris Ammon, Tim Santee, Dave Anderson, Mark Washko, Shaun Carrig, Tim Henry, Jim Hauser Jr, Doug Yanders, Andy Szapacs, Billy Swartz, Jason Beers, Butchy Smith, Adam Horwith, Russ Frantz, John Markovic, Paul Koehler Jr, C.J. Jones, Cal Snyder.

LATE MODEL (25): DAVE CHRISTMAN, Paul Koehler Jr, Mike Radocha Jr, Dean Kline Jr, Phil DeFranco, Steve Comer, Tom Scales, Kevin Kromer, Shane Courtright, Steve Pilman, Rick Collins, Doug Yanders.

PRO STOCK (25 LAPS): CHRIS HAMILTON, Joe Hoffman, Mike Higgins, Joe Barbush, Tom Spencer Jr, Jerry Brightaupt, Brian Davis, Ralph Kennedy, Richie Spaide, Frank Hughes, Paul Monkowski, Alan Decker, Chris Burge.

STREET STOCK (20 LAPS): JIM BUZINSKI, Bob Ankner, Mike Odwazny, Ron Babula, John Swerdon Jr, Scott Meckes, Robert Fink, Jennifer Kutz, Brian Fletcher, Dave Imler, J.R. Roth, John Tombasco, Frank Katona, Lou Mitchalk, Mike Kowalczuk.

FACTORY STOCK (15 LAPS): DANNY CASCIOLI, Josh Labatch, Mark Corbisiero, Lou Cervino, Paul Frantz, Shaun Burd, Brad Kline, Steve McCracken, Todd Barbush, Mike Sweeney, Robert Fink, Sue Collins, Andrew Monkowski, Brian Cassidy, Val Lichtenstein.


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Series Stock car
Drivers Michael Sweeney , Eric Beers , Brian Davis