In a race season that has been humbling for him personally, Sunday it was Matt Cosner who ended being crowned King, of the Knob. After drawing pole position for the Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series 30-lap feature at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex (PA), the West Virginia driver went wire to wire, holding off a late attack from Mason Zeigler, and getting a long-awaited victory.
With Roaring Knob being one of the tracks that Cosner got his start at, the King of the Knob is a race that he has been chasing for a number of years now. It is a victory that he savored in victory lane.
“The year that I’ve had, this is pretty awesome. I’ve had a heck of a year in my life and racing, I’m just so excited,” said Cosner afterwards.
For the last third of the feature, Cosner felt that he might get snake bitten again, only for a well-timed pass on a lapped car to help put up a last line of defense against the charging Zeigler.
“I wasn’t sure, but I drove like crap the last 10 laps, I don’t know what was going on. I kept messing up down in three and four, I saw my sticks were getting closer and closer together. I knew I had to do something with that lapped car at the end right before I passed him, I hope I didn’t get into him, but I had to do what I had to do. Knew it was going to be close.”
For Zeigler, it was another second place on the weekend after finishing second to Ryan Montgomery on Saturday at The Greater Cumberland Raceway (MD). With 2 laps to go, Zeigler tried to put a decisive move on Cosner, only to be thwarted by the same lapped car Cosner had dispatched just before.
“We gambled a little bit on tires and went a little soft. I had a car whoa me up there at the beginning and set us back a little bit. I was able to get back by, then I went soft. I needed to get the lead quick, I tried to preserve as much as I could, but 30 laps is not a long race. I was just trying to get there and save my tires for the last 5 laps. We were there, Matt just never made a big enough mistake for us to capitalize,” explained Zeigler.
Jared Miley finished third, with Mike Pegher Jr. and Colten Burdette rounding the Top 5. Brent Trimble, Tim Senic, Drake Troutman, Greg Gellner, and Kirk Baker completing the Top 10.
Jared Miley and Drake Troutman were neck and neck for the ULTIMATE Northeast season title at the end of the night. But, with the fluidity of the COVID-19 affected 2020 schedule still possibly coming into play, officials decided to hold off on any decision regarding a champion to this week.
Stay with Speed51 as this story develops.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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