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That will conclude tonight’s Mahoning Valley Speedway Opening Night. Special thanks to presenting sponsor Maxima Racing Oils for tonight’s Trackside Now coverage. Mahoning will be back next week with all six divisions running regular shows as well as the ATQMRA season opener. May 3rd will feature the next 100 lap Modified feature for $3,500 to win.
11:28
Officials have thrown the caution and checkered flags after 18 of 20 laps as Jake Kibler wins the Pro 4 feature.
11:26
Street Stock Unofficial Results
11:23
The Pro 4s are still on the track in what has been a caution-filled feature.
11:23
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11:22
Kochenash’s team has a new Modified built, but will not debut it until the second RoC race at Shangri-La II Motor Speedway in mid-May.
11:21
Kochenash will be running the Evergreen Raceway Park opener in two weeks before focusing on the Race of Champions tour with their opener at Chemung Speedrome the following week.
11:20
We caught up with second place finisher Austin Kochenash. Kochenash said that the car tightened up and the left and right rear tires lost grip. Tried to hold off Beers for as long as he could, but that was all the car had tonight.
11:19
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11:10
Opening Night trophy on Earl Paules’ winning Late Model’s hood. (Speed51.com photo).
11:10
Pro 4s are the last feature of the night.
11:06
11:06
The Third Annual ARCA Fest at the Milwaukee Mile moves to the weekend of June 6-8 this year. See the best in the ARCA Midwest Tour, JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour, Mid-American Series, Vintage, and Midwest Trucks compete on the historic mile oval. Tickets go on sale on March 15.Click here for more information.
11:05
This is Todd Ahner’s 29th Street Stock win and extends his lead as all-time leader in wins in the division at Mahoning.
11:02
CHECKERED FLAG: Todd Ahner wins over Josh Mooney, T.J. Gursky, Jillian Long, and Steve Steigerwalt.
11:01
WHITE FLAG: Ahner, Mooney, and Gursky have checked out.
11:01
Lap 46: Ahner continues to fight off challenges from Mooney.
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Lap 40: Ahner, Mooney, Gursky, Long, and Steigerwalt all nose to tail.
10:59
Lap 37: Wentz checks up and Wanamaker makes contact. Wentz in the turn two wall, but no caution.
10:59
Lap 35: Josh Mooney advances into second and is on Ahner’s tail.
10:58
GREEN FLAG: Ahner clears Long out of turn two.
10:56
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It’s the same great event but with a new date in 2014. The Battle at Berlin 251 will take place on July 18-19 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI. See the best Super Late Model drivers battle it out on the tricky famous oval. Click here for more information.
10:56
YELLOW FLAG: Tracey and Randy Ahner Jr. get together on the frontstretch. Significant damage to the front of both of their cars.
10:55
Lap 32: Freight train of Ahner, Long, Mooney, Gursky, Steigerwalt, and Graver up front.
10:55
Lap 29: Front six run nose to tail before a gap to Wentz in seventh.
10:54
Lap 25: Halfway as Ahner lengthens his lead by a car length.
10:53
Lap 23: Justin Mooney works below Gursky for third.
10:53
Lap 20: Long and Gursky still side by side for second.
10:52
GREEN FLAG: Ahner keeps the lead and Long now looks under Gursky for second.
10:50
Late Model Unofficial Results
10:50
YELLOW FLAG: One of the cars up front checks up and further back Gene Bowers spins around going into two.
10:49
GREEN FLAG: Ahner has the advantage, but Gursky tries to take away second from Long.
10:47
10:47
The NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour makes their third visit to Caraway Speedway in Sophia, SC on Saturday, April 19 with the Bunny Hop 150. It will be part of a full racing program with the ground pounders capping off the night with a 150-lap event. Click here for more information.
10:47
YELLOW FLAG: B.J. Wambold is facing backwards down the frontstretch.
10:46
Lap 9: Ahner, Long, and Gursky continue nose to tail.
10:45
Lap 5: With the exception of the front few, the remainder of the field continues in side by side fashion.
10:45
Lap 3: Long on Ahner’s bumper for the lead with Gursky in third.
10:44
GREEN FLAG: Todd Ahner takes sole possession of the lead. Jillian Long jumps to second.
10:43
Street Stock Starting Lineup – 50 Laps
10:42
One bigger paying main event still to go, 50 laps for the Street Stocks.
10:40
Dirt Modified Unofficial Results
10:40
10:40
The ARCA CRA Super Series first solo points event of 2014 will take place on Saturday, April 26th at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana. The high-banked quarter-mile oval will provide great side-by-side, fender rubbing action as the best in the ARCA CRA Series will battle for 150 laps. The Four-Wheel Drives and Thunder Roadsters will also be in action. Click here for more information.
10:39
Earl Paules climbs out of his winning Late Model (Speed51.com photo).
10:35
Top three in the Late Model division must go through tech to check ride heights before post-race interviews.
10:32
This is Paules’ 22nd feature win in a Late Model at Mahoning.
10:30
CHECKERED FLAG: Paules wins over Koehler, Althouse, Sweeney, and Steigerwalt.
10:30
WHITE FLAG: Paules with a one-car length lead.
10:30
Lap 48: Sweeney on Althouse’s bumper looking for third.
10:29
GREEN FLAG: Paules back into the lead with Koehler in tow.
10:29
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10:28
Six laps will remain. Lead lap cars are Earl Paules, Koehler, Althouse, Sweeney, Steigerwalt, Hein, and Danielle Paules.
10:27
YELLOW FLAG: Jacob Nemeth around in turn four.
10:26
Lap 42: Front four continue to run within a straightaway.
10:25
Lap 39: Paules has lapped up to seventh place Kenny Hein,
10:24
Lap 30: Paules continues to work his way through the field and puts a little more of a distance on Koehler.
10:23
Lap 26: Leaders work lapped traffic, catching Ramos and Nemeth.
10:23
Lap 25: Halfway. Koehler is reeling in Paules for the lead.
10:22
Lap 20: Field has strung out. Paules leads Koehler, Althouse, Sweeney, and Steigerwalt.
10:21
Lap 17: The M00 car of Dave Imler has pulled to the infield.
10:21
Lap 13: Sweeney has moved from the tail of the field up to fourth.
10:20
Lap 11: Frankie Althouse is up to third and looks to catch Koehler for second.
10:20
GREEN FLAG: Paules gets a good start and jumps into the lead.
10:18
That time a lap was completed so Paules will get credit for the lead.
10:18
YELLOW FLAG: Tyson spins in turn two. Effrig also collected.
10:18
GREEN FLAG: Koehler and Paules remain side by side for an entire lap.
10:16
A full lap was not completed which gives Koehler the lead back.
10:16
YELLOW FLAG: George Ramos goes around.
10:15
GREEN FLAG: This time Paules uses the high side and takes the lead.
10:14
YELLOW FLAG: Effrig and Sweeney get together out of two.
10:14
GREEN FLAG: Koehler gets the advantage this time and gets credit for leading the first lap under green.
10:12
YELLOW FLAG: Kenny Hein spins in turn four.
10:12

GREEN FLAG: Koehler stays with Paules on this restart.
10:10
Modified Unofficial Results
10:09
YELLOW FLAG: Jacob Nemeth spins in turn one.
10:08
Lap 6: Effrig is up to third as Sweeney has fallen to fourth as the leaders weave through slow traffic.
10:08
GREEN FLAG: It’s all Earl Paules on the restart. Koehler to second.
10:05
Green flag next time by.
10:04
Earl Paules will be the race leader when back to green.
10:04
YELLOW FLAG: Hein slides in turn one and his car nearly goes around.
10:02
GREEN FLAG: Hein takes the advantage on the first circuit.
10:01
Late Models are ready for their 50 lap feature.
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9:57
Late Model Starting Lineup – 50 Laps
1 77 Kenny Hein
2 11 Mike Sweeney
3 8 Earl Paules
4 22 Frankie Althouse
5 00 Paul Koehler Jr.
6 2 George Ramos III
7 97 Paul Effrig
8 78 Jacob Nemeth
9 8 Danielle Paules
10 98 Jeremy Miller
11 22 Mark Tyson
12 M00 Dave Imler
13 99K Jacob Kerstetter
14 99 Scott Kotran
15 21 Geno Steigerwalt
9:54
Kris Graver with car owner and third place finisher Ricky Yetter (Speed51.com photo).
9:50
This is the 18th career Dirt Modified win for the 21 year old.
9:48
CHECKERED FLAG: Kris Graver, Kevin Graver Jr., Ricky Yetter, Mike Stofflet, and Jeff Parker are the top five.
9:47
WHITE FLAG: It’s Kris Graver’s race to lose as he continues to pull away.
9:47
Lap 36: Kris Graver continues to pull away and is running laps comparable to the Dirt Modified track record at Mahoning.
9:46
Lap 29: Aleia Geisler is falling back as Jeff Parker now enters the top five.
9:45
GREEN FLAG: Kris Graver jumps ahead of Kevin Graver with 15 to go.
9:44
Original front row starters Ray Deemer and Ricky Yetter before entering the track for the feature.
9:42
9:42
The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Stocks will be in action at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 26th for a 100-lap feature event. The Limiteds, Street Stocks and Renegades will also be in action. Click here for more information.
9:42
YELLOW FLAG: Billy Lasko spins low between turns one and two.
9:42
Lap 20: Halfway and caution free. Kris Graver leads Kevin Graver Jr., Yetter, Stofflet, and Geisler.
9:41
Lap 16: Kris Graver dives low on his uncle Kevin’s car and takes the lead.
9:40
Lap 12: Kris Graver, fresh after 100 laps of Modified racing moves into second.
9:40
Lap 10: Kevin Graver Jr. leads Ricky Yetter, Kris Graver, Aleia Geisler, and Mike Stofflet. Deemer has fallen to sixth.
9:39
Lap 5: Deemer gets hung up behind the slow car of Fucili and loses the lead to Graver.
9:38
Lap 4: Graver up to second.
9:38
GREEN FLAG: Ray Deemer literally slides into the lead.
9:38
Dirt Modified Starting Lineup – 40 Laps
1 25 Ray Deemer
2 5 Ricky Yetter
3 454 Kevin Graver Jr.
4 44 Aleia Geisler
5 28 Kris Graver
6 58 Jeff Parker
7 38 Mike Stofflet
8 1L Billy Lauden Jr.
9 31 J.P. Curry
10 93 Brian Fucili
11 80 Jack Ely
12 3 Billy Lasko
9:37
Third place Nevin George (Speed51.com photo).
9:36
Second place finisher Austin Kochenash talks to track announcer Dino Oberto (Speed51.com photo).
9:33
Eric Beers takes the first checkered flag of the season (Speed51.com photo).
9:31
Comment From BRUCE

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9:29
This is the 37th career Modified victory for Beers at Mahoning.
9:27
CHECKERED FLAG: Beers wins over Kochenash, George, Hirschman, and Coss.
9:26
WHITE FLAG: Beers stretches out the lead another car length.
9:26
Lap 97: Kochenash is able to stay within a car length of Beers.
9:26
Lap 95: Hirschman in danger of losing fourth to Coss.
9:25
GREEN FLAG: Beers gets a good restart. Clears Kochenash coming out of turn two.
9:25
Santee has pulled off the track. 12 of the 20 starters remain.
9:25
Cars on the lead lap: Beers, Kochenash, George, Hirschman, Coss, Defebo, Wagner, and Graver.
9:23
YELLOW FLAG: Ingraham spins setting up an eight lap dash to the finish.
9:22
Lap 90: George under Hirschman for third.
9:21
Lap 88: Hirschman under pressure from George for third.
9:21
Lap 83: Beers enjoys a straightaway lead over Kochenash.
9:20
Lap 77: Beers now working lapped traffic. Puts Santee and Ingraham a lap down.
9:20
Lap 73: three car battle for ninth place on the track between Santee, Paules, and Ingraham with leader approaching them.
9:19
Lap 70: Beers continues to lengthen his lead. Hirschman looks to track down Kochenash for second.
9:18
Lap 65: Beers now holds a three car-length lead. Hirschman has taken sole possession of third, while Coss works back by Defebo for fifth.
9:17
Lap 60: Hirschman trying to work under George for third.
9:17
Lap 58: Hirschman up to fourth. Defebo in the top five for the first time tonight.
9:16
Lap 55: Beers completely clears Kochenash, but Kochenash remains on his tail.
9:16
GREEN FLAG: Kochenash pinches Beers toward the inside, but Beers keeps the lead.
9:15
Paules and Santee pit during that caution.
9:14
9:14
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9:14
YELLOW FLAG: Paules goes for a spin coming out of turn two.
9:14
Lap 53: Sophomore Modified driver Kris Graver working on sixth place.
9:13
Lap 50: Halfway home. Beers leads, Kochenash, George, Coss, and Hirschman.
9:13
Lap 49: Hirschman under Wagner for fifth.
9:12
Lap 46: George around Coss for third.
9:12
Lap 44: Hirschman has picked up the pace and takes sixth from Paules.
9:12
Lap 41: Nevin George is up to fourth and is looking for third from Roger Coss.
9:11
Lap 37: Beers gets credit for the lead on that lap as he makes his way around Kochenash around the outside.
9:10
Lap 35: Hirschman works on Santee for eighth place.
9:10
Lap 31: Side by side for the lead once again. Kochenash forces Beers higher on the track.
9:09
Lap 28: Coss under Wagner for third.
9:09
Lap 25: Kochenash holds less than a car length lead as Beers backs off a little.
9:08
Lap 23: Beers looks to the high side for the lead.
9:08
Lap 21: Wagner clear for third. Paules outside Coss for fourth.
9:08
Lap 19: Coss on the inside, Wagner on the outside for third.
9:07
Lap 16: Kochenash takes sole possession of the lead.
9:07
GREEN FLAG: Kochenash and Beers side by side for the lead.
9:07
Field is doubling up. When the race goes back to green the top five will be Kochenash, Beers, Coss, Wagner, and George.
9:00
9:00
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8:58
Still working caution due to the liquid that was put down by the Scott Meckes car.
8:55
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8:55
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8:53
Todd Baer is being towed to the pits as well.
8:52
Race leader Rick Kirkendall has now pulled off the track citing overheating problems. This will hand the lead to Austin Kochenash on the restart.
8:51
Matt Hirschman has come into the pits during this caution with a flat right front tire. He will have to restart at the tail end of the field.
8:47
YELLOW FLAG: Scott Meckes has a mechanical problem and Romig, Slocum, and Santee have to check up to avoid the liquid that is down on the track.
8:46
Lap 14: Beers has cleared Coss for fourth. Hirschman and Kochenash still side by side for second.
8:46
Lap 12: Kochenash and Hirschman battle for second, while Beers and Coss battle for fourth.
8:45
GREEN FLAG: Kirkendall continues to lead while Kochenash tries to get by Hirschman for second once again.
8:44
Chip Santee heads pit side.
8:44
YELLOW FLAG: Kirkendall gets loose and leaders make slight contact but continue; however, Brian Romig spins in turn two.
8:43
Lap 8: Kirkendall clears Hirschman.
8:43
GREEN FLAG: Hirschman sticks with Kirkendall this time and they run side by side for the lead.
8:42
Troy Bollinger and Kyle Strohl are off the track from earlier. Terry Markovic’s Modified is getting worked on in the staging area.
8:41
YELLOW FLAG: Brian Defebo and Todd Baer around in turn four. Both continue.
8:40
GREEN FLAG: Kirkendall gets a good restart again, as does Kochenash.
8:39
Current top five is Kirkendall, Hirschman, Kochenash, Coss, and Beers.
8:37
YELLOW FLAG: Todd Baer spins in turn three.
8:37
Lap 4: Hirschman comes back on the outside.
8:37
GREEN FLAG: Kirkendall stays ahead of Hirschman. Kochenash working under Hirschman for second.
8:36
Field is doubling up once again. Austin Kochenash was one of the big movers on that first lap coming from sixth to third.
8:34
YELLOW FLAG: A number of cars get collected coming off turn four. Brian Romig, Kyle Strohl, Scott Meckes and Jason Zastko are involved. One lap is complete.
8:32
GREEN FLAG: Hirschman stays with Kirkendall on the first lap, but Kirkendall gets credit for leading the lap.
8:32
Field is lining up double file.
8:32
8:32
One of the biggest early-season Outlaw Super Late Model events in the country takes place on May 24…it’s the Joy Fair Memorial presented by Diamond Pistons at Flat Rock Speedway. Be there when some of the baddest and fastest racecars on the planet battle in a historic event at the Flat Rock bullring. Click here for more information.
8:31
John Markovic has scratched from the feature, giving Glenn Slocum the last spot in the field in the 20 car field.
8:31
Modified Starting Lineup – 100 Laps
8:30
Officials have reported that Cody Geist has failed post-race inspection for being too low. Jeff Biegley is now the Hobby Stock winner.
8:30
8:30
It is the number one Outlaw Super Late Model event in the nation! The Kalamazoo Klash XXII will take place on Wednesday, August 13 at the Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, MI. Last year, Terry Senneker won the Klash and picked up the $10,000 check. It was the second year in a row, and third Klash win overall in his career. Tyler Roahrig, Phil Bozell and many more will try to take over Senneker’s place on top of the podium in 2014. Click here to make your plans now for this year’s event!
8:29
Modifieds in the staging area (Speed51.com photo).
8:29
Outside front row starter Matt Hirschman getting ready to climb in earlier (Speed51.com photo).
8:27
Comment From BRUCE

GOOD LUCK TO MATT AND THE 59 TEAM …………….

8:20
Eric Beers straps into his Modified (Speed51.com photo).
8:19
Cody Geist wins his first career Hobby Stock feature.
8:19
8:19
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8:19
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8:16
Hobby Stocks are actually on track for their feature first. Pro 4s will be last.
8:14
Kailyn Beers, daughter of Modified champ Eric Beers, was scheduled to make her Pro 4 debut, but ended up making contact with the wall in practice and will not start the feature.
8:08
Impressive crowd has filed in the stands for tonight’s races (Speed51.com photo).
8:07
8:06
Wisconsin’s Fastest Half-Mile Oval returns to Friday nights in 2014. Three of their nights will include their Super Late Model Triple Crown Series. Round one will take place on Friday, May 30. Round two on Friday, July 11 and round three on Friday, August 8. Click here for more information.
8:06
First feature of the night will be the Pro 4 division, then the Modifieds will run 100 green flag laps for $4,000 to win.
8:05
Jon Tracey got the lead on the final restart and won the consolation race. Aaron Kromer, Jason Kuhn, Cody Roth, and B.J. Wambold will transfer into the feature.
8:03
Stacey Brown has spun with two laps remaining, but has a provisional starting spot to fall back on for tonight’s feature.
8:01
Aaron Kromer leads in the early laps.
8:00
Street Stocks are rolling on the track for their consolation race. Distance will be 12 laps.
7:53
7:53
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7:52
Officials have been called to their posts. Street Stock consi is schedule to kick off the remainder of the night’s festivities at 8:00PM.
7:33
7:33
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7:33
Anderson Speedway will host the Redbud 300 with a new date in 2014. This year’s Super Late Model ARCA/CRA Super Series event will take place on Saturday, June 14 at the famed quarter-mile high-banked oval in Anderson, Indiana. Last year, Johnny Van Doorn picked up a big win in a star-studded field. Click here for more information.
7:29
We have now reached a brief intermission. Street Stock consolation race will follow.
7:27
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7:26
CHECKERED FLAG: Jason Zastko makes the pass over Kyle Strohl, Terry Markovic, Shawna Ingraham, and Troy Bollinger. Glenn Slocum will not transfer into the field.
7:26
GREEN FLAG: Kyle Strohl has some competition from Jason Zastko.
7:25
Tony Zastko is going on the hook. Eric Mauriello also was towed back to the pit area earlier in the consi. There are 10 of 12 laps complete.
7:24
We are having some connection issues during the consi. Kyle Strohl leads Jason Zastko and Terry Markovic as we come to a caution.
7:01
Pro 4s will be the last division to run their heat race. Following that will be the Modified consolation race before a brief intermission.
7:00
Jillian Long wins the third Street Stock heat race.
6:57
6:57
The World Crown 300 is one of the prestigious Super Late Model events on the Southern Super Series schedule. Last year, Preston Peltier added his name to a winner’s list of who’s won in stock car racing. Past winners include Dick Trickle, Gary Balough, Darrell Waltrip, Rich Bickle, Ronnie Sanders, Chase Elliott and more. Make your plans now to be a part of the 31st Annual event on Saturday, August 9th. Click here for more information.
6:56
Steven Steigerwalt wins Street Stock heat race two. There was a photo finish for the fifth and final transfer spot.
6:51
Todd Ahner has won the first heat race. He is the all-time Street Stock division winner at Mahoning.
6:50
In 2013, there were 20 different winners in 25 feature races in the Street Stock division.
6:49
28 Street Stocks are split into their three heat races.
6:46
CHECKERED FLAG: Sweeney, Althouse, Ramos, Nemeth, and Miller.
6:46
WHITE FLAG: Sweeney clears Althouse for the lead.
6:45
Lap 7: Sweeney moves into second and toward the back bumper of Althouse.
6:45
GREEN FLAG: Althouse now leads Ramos.
6:44
YELLOW FLAG: First one of the night comes on lap 6 of Late Model heat one. Sweeney cleared Althouse for second, but dove low in the turn for the lead. The result was Miller’s car cutting down a tire and spinning after slight contact.
6:42
Lap 5: Miller continues to lead while Mike Sweeney and Frankie Althouse run side by side for second.
6:41
GREEN FLAG: Miller holds the lead with Althouse moving into second.
6:40
Late Model heat two is about to get underway. Front row will be Jeremy Miller and George Ramos III.
6:38
CHECKERED FLAG: Hein, Earl Paules, Koehler, Effrig, and Danielle Paules are the top five.
6:38
Lap 5: Hein continues to lead Earl Paules and Koehler halfway through heat one.
6:37
Lap 3: Earl Paules currently using the high line to catch Hein for the lead.
6:37
GREEN FLAG: Hein gets the advantage coming to complete lap one.
6:33
Late Models currently running pace laps for the first heat race. Danielle Paules and Kenny Hein will start from the front row.
6:28
Ricky Yetter wins Dirt Modified heat race two. Late Models are next.
6:24
Deemer wins Dirt Modified heat race one.
6:24
Ray Deemer is sliding it through the corners in order to hold off Kevin Graver Jr. halfway through this heat race, which is normal for this division.
6:20
Dirt Modified heats will be next. All features will line up straight up meaning that Rick Kirkendall and Matt Hirschman will start on the front row later on.
6:19
CHECKERED FLAG: Kochenash holds off Beers and Graver, but it’s three wide for fourth coming out of the last turn with Meckes beating Defebo and Ingraham to the line.
6:18
WHITE FLAG: Beers looking to the outside of Kochenash for the lead.
6:18
Lap 9: Meckes tries to fight off Ingraham for the fifth and final transfer spot.
6:18
Lap 8: Mauriello pulls to the infield and will have to qualify through the consolation race.
6:17
Lap 6: At halfway, Beers continues to stay with Kochenash for the lead.
6:17
Lap 4: Defebo passes Meckes for fourth.
6:17
Lap 2: Beers has moved into second while Graver moves into third.
6:17
GREEN FLAG: Kochenash beats Meckes to turn one.
6:16
Pole starter Kochenash won the Modified feature on opening night in 2013.
6:15
Modified Heat Race 3 Starting Lineup
6:15
CHECKERED FLAG: Hirschman wins over Santee, Romig, George, John Markovic.
6:15
Lap 9: Bollinger goes up the track and John Markovic takes fifth. Zastko chases him down for the final transfer spot.
6:14
Lap 8: George now looks to the high side for fourth and takes it.
6:14
Lap 5: Field strings out with Hirschman leading Santee, Romig, Bollinger, and George.
6:13
Lap 2: Romig moves into third as Terry Markovic slips back.
6:13
GREEN FLAG: Hirschman takes the lead and Santee follows him into second.
6:12
Modified Heat Race 2 Starting Lineup
1 59 Matt Hirschman
2 44 Terry Markovic
3 5 Chip Santee
4 16 Jason Zastko
5 71 Brian Romig
6 95 John Markovic
7 31 Troy Bollinger
8 3 Nevin George
6:12
CHECKERED FLAG: The “Fightin Lehighton” Rick Kirkendall wins heat one. Coss, Paules, Wagner, and Baer round out the top five transferring into the feature. Remainder will have to go through the consi.
6:11
Lap 10: rookie Kyle Strohl gets loose trying to make it into the top five.
6:10
Lap 8: Paules now up to third followed by Wagner. Baer slips back to fifth.
6:10
Lap 6: Coss now clears and pulls away from Baer and Paules works on third.
6:10
Lap 4: Coss looks outside of Baer for second, but can’t seem to make it around him as easily as Kirkendall.
6:09
Lap 2: Kirkendall goes around on the outside for the lead.
6:09
GREEN FLAG: Baer gets the jump going into turn one.
6:08
Field being told to double up.
6:06
Modified Heat Race 1 Starting Lineup
6:05
Hobby Stock heat races have concluded and Modifieds are next up for the first of their three 12-lap heat races.
6:03
The defending Hobby Stock champion Corey Edelman has been suffering engine issues and will not start his heat race.
5:59
It is 6:00PM and that means the Hobby Stocks are on track and their first heat race is about to get underway.
5:59
5:58
Features will be in the same order as the heat races: Hobby Stocks, Modifieds (100 laps), Dirt Modifieds (40 laps), Late Models (50 laps), Street Stocks (50 laps), and Pro 4s.
5:57
Also announced in the drivers meeting, there are two white lines going into and coming out of turn four. At the first line the leader may go and by the second line if the leader has not gone yet then second place can go.
5:55
5:55
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5:27
Tonight’s Modified race is four tires only. They have to be the tires they ran the heat races on. Only exception would be a cut tire.
5:18
Last year’s third place points finisher Roger Coss waits for the drivers meeting to begin (Speed51.com photo).
5:13
These bicycles will be raffled off to a few lucky kids later on tonight (Speed51.com photo).
5:09
Practice has now concluded. The track will remain silent until 6:00PM when the first Hobby Stock heat race gets underway.
5:08
5:08
Berlin Raceway in Marne, MI will open up their 2014 season on Saturday, April 26th with the third annual Icebreaker. The Outlaw Late Models will highlight the full racing program. Adult admission is only $ for ages 8 and up. Kids 7 and under are free.Click here for more information.
5:07
Modified practice has concluded. We do not currently have times available. Dirt Modifieds will be the last division to go out for practice.
5:06
Modified practice action (Speed51.com photo).
5:05
On the track now are Eric Beers, Matt Hirschman, Todd Baer, Shawna Ingraham, Kyle Strohl, and Terry Markovic.
5:02
Next up will be Austin Kochenash, Brian Defebo, Jason Zastko, Eric Mauriello, Glenn Slocum, and Roger Coss.
5:01
Modifieds are back out. Included are Kris Graver, Brian Romig, Don Wagner, Chip Santee, Troy Bollinger, TonyZastko, and John Markovic.
4:56
Street Stocks are now on the track.
4:54
Don’t let your eyes deceive you. That is a paint scheme with a shag carpeting texture on the X numbered Street Stock (Speed51.com photo).
4:50
Second group includes two-time defending Late Model track champion Earl Paules, Scott Kotran, and Earl’s wife Danielle Paules.
4:47
Late Model group one enters the track including Mike Sweeney, Paul Effrig, George Ramos, Frankie Althouse, Mark Tyson, and Jacob Nemeth.
4:44
Pro 4s are out for another session. Late Models are beginning to stage.
4:43
4:43
The first Southern Super Series Gulf Coast weekend will take place on Friday, April 25 at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida and Saturday, April 26 at Mobile International Speedway in Mobile, Alabama. Here is a great opportunity to see the stars of the Southern Super Series compete at two competitive tracks within a 24-hour period, and only an hour away from each other. Click here for more information.
4:37
By a rough count through the pit area there are 12 Dirt Modifieds, 14 Late Models, 25 Street Stocks, and 23 Modifieds on hand.
4:35
Modified practice has concluded. Dirt Modifieds are next and then they will rotate through the divisions for one more session.
4:34
4:33
Pro Late Models will make their first appearance of the 2014 season at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, GA with a 100-lap feature event. The Outlaw Late Models and Trucks will also be in action. Click here for more information.
4:33
Comment From Calvin

Looks like it will be a great night of racing!!

4:33
Comment From BRUCE

GOOD LUCK TO MATT AND THE 59 TEAM ………………. WISH I COULD BE THERE … BUT BACK IS OUT …….

4:32
Third and final group for this session will be defending track champion Eric Beers, Troy Bollinger, Tony Zastko, Glenn Slocum, Todd Baer, and Matt Hirschman.
4:29
Next group will be John Markovic, Scott Meckes, Brian Romig, Rick Kirkendall, Brian Defebo, and Kyle Strohl.
4:26
Entering the track first will be Earl Paules, Nevin George, Terry Markovic, Shawna Ingraham, Eric Mauriello, and Austin Kochenash.
4:25
Modifieds are in the staging area and will be out next (Speed51.com photo).
4:23
Divisions are split up into multiple groups during practice sessions and each get approximately five minutes on the track per session.
4:22
Street Stocks have entered the track for practice (Speed51.com photo).
4:15
Late Models have made their way onto the track for practice.
4:15
4:15
Today’s coverage of the season opener at Mahoning Valley Speedway is presented by Maxima Oil. MAXIMA RACING OILS was created for world-class racers, men and women who challenge the limits of possibility. Their demands on equipment drive us to look beyond conventional ideas and to exceed industry standards. It’s in our DNA to identify problems, formulate solutions and execute at the highest levels of competition. A simple goal to make things better than ever thought possible. Click here for more information.
4:14
Wall Speedway regulars Shawna Ingraham and Eric Mauriello have made the trip in their Barney family prepared Modifieds (Speed51.com photo).
4:11
Hobby Stocks and Pro 4s have already made there way onto the track for their warm-up practice sessions.
4:11
3:57
Some trailers are in the parking lot outside the pit area. Pit spots for the season were sold out prior to last weekend’s test & tune (Speed51.com photo).
3:53
Tonight will feature four races with extra distances and bigger payouts: Dirt Modifieds will run 40 laps for $1,000 to win, Street Stocks 50 laps for $1,000 to win, Late Models 50 laps for $1,200 to win, and Modifieds 100 laps for $4,000 to win.
3:50
Fans are lining up to get into the stands for tonight’s races (Speed51.com photo).
3:45
3:45
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will make their second trip to Lebanon, Missouri’s I-44 Speedway on Saturday, May 17th for the Master of the Pro’s 144. This is quickly coming one of the premiere Pro Late Model events in the heartland as the best of the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will compete in a 144-lap event that will pay $8,000 to win along with the winner receiving the prestigious green jacket. Click here for more information.
3:45
Order in which the features will run will be published once they are available.
3:43
Mahoning Opening Night Schedule of Events

1:00PM – 3:00PM Early Optional Practice
4:00PM Grandstands Open
4:00PM – 5:00PM Warm-Ups
Following Warm-Ups Drivers Meeting
6:00PM Heat Races
Hobby Stocks
Modifieds
Dirt Modifieds
Late Models
Street Stocks
Pro 4s
Following Heat Races Consolation Races (if necessary)
Feature Races
3:34
3:34
The Flip Merwin Memorial is the first of three memorial events on the 2014 State Park Speedway schedule. The Wimmer family owned track, located west of Wausau, WI, will remember a close friend, pit crew member, and celebrated snowmobile racer with this annual event. Click here for more information.
3:33
As trailers continue to roll in, we will get an accurate list of drivers on hand for most of the divisions.
3:30
Currently the track is quiet, but many took advantage of an early optional practice session from 1-3pm. Among the drivers to go out were Eric Beers, Earl Paules, Austin Kochenash, and Chip Santee.
3:21
All six divisions in competition tonight have been rolling in since early afternoon (Speed51.com photo).
3:17
3:17
Today’s coverage of the season opener at Mahoning Valley Speedway is presented by Maxima Oil. MAXIMA RACING OILS was created for world-class racers, men and women who challenge the limits of possibility. Their demands on equipment drive us to look beyond conventional ideas and to exceed industry standards. It’s in our DNA to identify problems, formulate solutions and execute at the highest levels of competition. A simple goal to make things better than ever thought possible. Click here for more information.
3:15
The temperature will near 70 degrees with sunny skies, a definite breath of fresh air for racing fans in the Northeast that have been waiting out one of the harshest winters in recent history..
3:13
Good afternoon and welcome to Mahoning Valley Speedway Opening Night, coming to you from Lehighton, Pennsylvania.
3:11
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Trackside Now – Opening Day – Modified 100 – Mahoning Valley Speedway (PA) – 4/12/14