ST. JOHNS, PA. A rain delay in the middle of the heats, stopped the racing action for over an hour, but didn't dampen the celebration for a number of drivers making their first trip to victory lane. Northampton, PA, Modified Driver Matt ...
ST. JOHNS, PA. A rain delay in the middle of the heats, stopped the racing action for over an hour, but didn't dampen the celebration for a number of drivers making their first trip to victory lane. Northampton, PA, Modified Driver Matt Hirschman, son of NASCAR Featherlite Modified tour Champion Tony Hirschman, showed his racing lineage by winning his first ever modified feature at Pocono Mountain Speedway.
Pole sitter Mike McManus jumped out to the lead when the green dropped. Shaun Carrig moved up to take 2nd, while Hirshman started on the outside of the front row, falling back to 3rd during the early laps. John Markovic and Jim Hauser Jr filled out the rest of the top 5.
The cautions were fast and furious, with four falling in the first five laps. Hirshman was able to take advantage of great restarts, moving up to take the lead by lap 5. McManus slipped back to 2nd, with Hauser Jr using the restarts to take 3rd. Carrig fell back to 4th, followed by Andy Szapacs. The field went on a nine lap green flag run, with little change in the top 5. Hirshman, McManus, Hauser Jr, and Carrig held their spots in the first four. On lap 10, Szapcas spun to the infield on the back straight, and remained there until the next caution. That allowed Markovic to move back into the top 5. The final five laps of the race, were run exactly like the first five. A caution came out with five to go. During the caution laps, McManus who began smoking in the prior laps, was sent back to the pits for putting oil on the speedway. Hirshman continued to lead the field, with Hauser Jr moving up to the spot vacated by McManus. Carrig, Markovic, and Chris Ammon rounded out the top 5. Carrig was involved in an incident in turn 2 on the next lap, ending his run at a top 5 finish. Markovic, Ammon, and Russ Frantz each moved up a spot behind Hirshman and Hauser Jr. A couple more cautions marred the final laps, forcing officials to end the event a lap early in an attempt to complete the entire racing program before the curfew. Hirshman lead the way to the checkered, followed by Hauser Jr and Markovic. Eric Beers battled back from an early incident to finish 4th and earn the hard charger award, while Ammon settled for 5th.
Mike Radocha Jr went flag to flag, leading Dave Christman, Dan Balenentine Jr, and points leader Paul Koehler Jr to the checkered in the Late Model feature. Radocha Jr continued the night of first time winners, with a wild celebration in victory lane.
In the Pro Stock feature, Tom Spencer Jr lead the final two thirds to visit victory lane. In a Street Stock double dip, Jim Buzinski won the make-up feature from earlier in the season, while Bob Ankner made it two in a row, taking the regularly scheduled event. Josh Labatch, made his first trip to victory lane in the Factory Stock event.
MODIFIED: MATT HIRSHMAN, Jim Hauser Jr, John Markovic, Eric Beers, Chris Ammon, Cal Snyder, Russ Frantz, Jerry Woody, Billy Swartz, Mike Adams, Andy Szapacs, Shaun Carrig, Mike McManus, Tim Henry, Don Wagner, Dave Anderson, Adam Horwith.
LATE MODEL (25 LAPS): MIKE RADOCHA JR, Dave Christman, Dan Balentine Jr, Paul Koehler Jr, Scott Haller, Kevin Kromer, Steve Pilman, Steve Cromer, Dean Kline Jr, Lou Mitchalk, Rick Collins, Tom Scales, Phil DeFranco.
PRO STOCK (25 LAPS): TOM SPENCER JR, Chris Hamilton, Richie Spaide, Joe Hoffman, Joe Barbush, Chris Burge, Paul Monkowski, Frank Hughes, Alan Decker, Mike Higgins.
STREET STOCK MAKE-UP (25 LAPS): JIM BUZINSKI, Robert Fink, J.R. Roth, Mike Kowalczuk, Scott Meckes, Ron Babula, John Swerdon Jr, Jennifer Kutz, Frank Katona, Brian Fletcher, Richard Smith III, Dave McCloud.
STREET STOCK (25 LAPS): BOB ANKNER, J.R. Roth, Jim Businzki, John Swerdon Jr, Ron Babula, Scott Meckes, Brian Fletcher, Frank Katona, Mike Kowalczuk, Jennifer Kutz, Robert Fink, Richard Smith, Moo Imler, Dave McCloud.
FACTORY STOCK(15 LAPS): JOSH LABATCH, Mike Odwazny, Danny Cascioli, Paul Frantz, Brad Kline, Mike Sweeney, Todd Barbush, Steve McCracken, Mark Corbisiero, Val Lichtenstein, Sue Collins, Lou Cervino, Shaun Burd. DNS - Brian Cassidy