Koehler Jr Survives Mod Thriller For Pocono Mountain Speedway Win ST JOHNS, PA. Taking advantage of starting towards the front of the field, Paul Koehler Jr avoided the early mishaps, then held off the challenge of Eric Beers to grab is first...
Koehler Jr Survives Mod Thriller For Pocono Mountain Speedway Win
ST JOHNS, PA. Taking advantage of starting towards the front of the field, Paul Koehler Jr avoided the early mishaps, then held off the challenge of Eric Beers to grab is first ever Pocono Mountain Speedway Modified win.
A total of 24 Modifieds took to the track for the Modified feature. Russ Frantz was the leader early on, while Koehler Jr moved up to 2nd from the outside of the second row. Pole sitter, Doug Yanders slipped back to 3rd, with Shaun Carrig and C.J. Jones rounding out the early top 5.
Another caution on lap 5 and a pair on lap 12 kept the pace slow. The 2nd yellow proved costly for the leader Frantz, when something broke down the back straight away, causing a number of cars to pile up behind him. Once the track was cleared from the caution, the entire field was sent to the pits. Officials decided to run the remaining 2 features before bringing out the modifieds to finish their race. During the wait in the pits, no modified cars were worked on.
Once the race resumed, Frantz was not able to continue, handing the lead over to Koehler Jr, with Yanders in 2nd. Carrig was 3rd, followed by Jim Hauser Jr, and Eric Beers who moved up through the field for the 5th spot.
On the restart, Beers grabbed two spots, and by the halfway point, was up to 2nd and challenging for the lead. Three more yellows flew over the remaining laps, with Koehler Jr leading the way to the checkered. Beers was close enough to make a move, but just couldn't get it done, having to settle for 2nd. Don Wagner battled back after being towed off the track on the opening lap, to finish 3rd. Carrig had a solid run in 4th, while Matt Hirshman also fought his way back up from an early pit stop to round out the top 5.
Doug Yanders was the leader for the first half of the Late Model feature. On a restart just beyond halfway, Dan Ballentine Jr grabbed the lead. Ballentine Jr led Yanders to the checkered flag, followed by Dave Christman and Paul Koehler Jr. Thanks to the hard work this past week from sponsors and the crew, Rick Collins was just happy to be racing, and ended up finishing 5th.
Richie Spaide won the Pro Stock feature, while Tom Spencer Jr won the held over event. John Swerdon Jr made his first ever trip to victory lap in the Street Stock feature. Josh Labatch grabbed his 2nd Factory Stock feature win of the season.