As a result of rain on Aug. 12, the Modified and Pro Stock classes both had double features Saturday night at Lebanon Valley. Both races ended with drivers in need of pay dirt picking up important wins.
Modified feature No. 1 saw John Ruchel lead early from the pole. Kolby Schroder moved up from the third starting spot and proceeded to give chase.
Following a caution due to a Mike Keeler spin, Kenny Tremont Jr. was the man on the move. Tremont quickly moved up from the ninth starting spot to fourth, then pressured the front runners.
Tremont made quick work of Schroder, who faded quickly due to handling woes. On lap 14, he took second from Wayne Jelley. Ruchel fell in less than a lap. Shortly afterwards, a yellow flew for Kyle Sheldon cutting a tire.
Tremont pulled away from the pack once the green came out. Only a late yellow for Rob Pitcher blowing an engine made the race interesting. Regardless, a good restart allowed Tremont to take his 130th career big block win. Jelley was second, followed by Brett Hearn, Matt Pupello and Keith Flach.
Feature No. 2 saw Paul Gilardi start on pole and put a small gap on Schroder. Further back, the main contenders had a heck of a time trying to move up the order.
Things changed significantly when Denny Soltis blew a tire and brought out the yellow on lap 14. Everyone bunched up and it was like a brand-new race.
On the restart, Schroder was able to get past Gilardi for the lead. Hearn entered the picture, making a number of passes. Tremont was further back, but still on the move.
Hearn had the fastest car most of the evening and put that speed to use. With a few laps to go, Hearn tracked down Schroder for the lead. A fierce battle erupted. However, Schroder was able to use the high line to hold off the multi-time champion to take his first win of the year.
Afterwards, Schroder was overjoyed.
“We just had to keep our momentum going,” Schroder said in the pits. “I knew that if I stayed up high and kept running my line, I could pull on him on the straightaway.
“Anytime you can beat Brett Hearn for a win feels good,” Schroder continued. “He’s the best in the business hands down.”
Behind Schroder and Hearn was Eddie Marshall in third. Gilardi finished fourth, followed by Tremont.
Kathy Marchionne Modified Feature Results (30 laps, held over from 8/12): 1) Kenny Tremont Jr., 2) Wayne Jelley, 3) Brett Hearn, 4) Matt Pupello, 5) Keith Flach, 6) Eddie Marshal, 7) Chad Jeseo, 8) Brian Berger, 9) L.J. Lombardo, 10) Andy Bachetti, 11) Kyle Sheldon, 12) Elmo Reckner, 13) Mike King, 14) Paul Gilardi, 15) Kyle Armstrong, 16) Rob Pitcher, 17) Ken McGuire, 18) John Ruchel, 19) Mike Keeler, 20) Kolby Schroder, 21) J.R. Heffner, 22) Olden Dwyer, 23) Dave McFeeters, 24) Denny Soltis
Heavy Hauler Modified Features Results (30 laps): 1) Kolby Schroder, 2) Brett Hearn, 3) Eddie Marshall, 4) Paul Gilardi, 5) Kenny Tremont Jr., 6) Andy Bachetti, 7) Chad Jeseo, 8) Wayne Jelley, 9) Keith Flach, 10) Kyle Sheldon, 11) Brian Berger, 12) L.J. Lombardo, 13) Matt Pupello, 14) Elmo Reckner, 15) Mike King, 16) Kyle Armstrong, 17) Cass Bennett, 18) Denny Soltis, 19) Mike Keeler, 20) Brett Haas, 21) John Ruchel, 22) Ken McGuire, 23) Olden Dwyer, 24) J.R. Heffner, 25) Rob Pitcher, 26) Dave McFeeters
-Lebanon Valley Speedway Press Release
-Photo Credit: Mike Petrucci