After Four Long Years, Eddie Marshall Is A Winner Again At Lebanon Valley
June 14, 2014. That was the last time veteran Eddie Marshall graced victory
lane. The was, until Saturday night, when the Marshall Oil #98 took
Rodney Rescott’s double checkered flags first and ended a nearly four
year winless streak.
Marshall, the second generation driver from Ridgefield, CT, started in
sixth spot and was on the move quickly, jumping to the third position
within a matter of circuits. He then got into a fierce battle with the
34 of Steve Hough for several laps before disposing of him and setting
his sights on leader Elmo Reckner.
Just before the halfway point of the 30-lap feature, Marshall put his
Teo Pro Car out in front and the rest, they say is history, as he
would never be seriously challenged again and went on to collect his
29th career Modified win. He now has sole possession of 10th on the
all-time wins list, breaking a tie with Dave Leckonby.
“Boy, it’s been a long wait and I can’t thank the fans for their
support in sticking with us,” Marshall said. “We’ve run good the last
couple years, at times, but victory lane has eluded us.”
Last week, Marshall was involved in a high-speed lap one accident on
the backstretch which left his machine in need of some TLC at the Teo
shop in New Jersey, so to come back this week and win was huge for the
“Tonight, the car was pretty good,” he said. “Bobby & Matt Hearn and
everyone at Teo worked hard for us during the week after we had to do
some minor repairs from last week’s accident. My crew worked really
hard this week as well and I now think we have a better combination
then what we’ve had so that’s a plus and the track was in really good
To get to victory lane on any given night, you need all the cards to
fall into place. Luck has to be on your side, and everything came
together for Marshall on this night.
“It was a really good race for us tonight,” he said. “Steve Hough was
really fast. I passed him and then he got back by me a couple times so
it was a little dicey there. Elmo was running well too, but on the
night’s you win, you need a few breaks to go your way and we were
lucky for that tonight.”
Even though Marshall has been one of the most consistent cars on the
high banks over the last few years, the marks in the win column
haven’t been added. That can wear on a driver and their team, but for
Marshall, he just kept his nose to the ground and continued to work.
“Tonight definitely feels good for all of us on the team,” he said.
“It’s almost like if you don’t get a win, no matter how consistent you
are, it doesn’t feel good but everyone on the team is striving for
that and at this track it’s very difficult to win. A lot of
competition here and it’s not easy that’s for sure.”
Second place finisher on the night was Brett Hearn, who had a long way
to go in the feature if he wanted a shot at the win. After failing to
qualify through his heat, Hearn had to start 16th on the field, but
was a man on a mission.
By lap six, the Madsen Motorsports #20 was in seventh, and after a few
caution flags, Hearn made his way to the top five. Once in third
though, it got a little tougher. A spirited battle with Hough for
second place let Marshall get out to a sizable lead, and left Hearn
virtually a couple of laps to run him down once he made his way to the
number two position.
“Steve (Hough) and I had a really great race for second,” Hearn said.
“After so many laps, he finally slipped up enough that I could get by
and get second place and I just ran out of laps trying to track down
Even though Hearn has over 900 victories to his credit, he has deep
respect for the driver who won Saturday night.
“I don’t like to finish second, but I’m okay with it tonight,” he
said. “If I can’t win, there’s no nicer guy to win the feature than
Hough was able to bring his #34 home with a solid third place finish
followed by JR Heffner and Brian Berger, who was third fastest in
middle of the night hot laps.
The start to the 2018 season in the 358-Modified division hasn’t been
one that’s up to Kenny Tremont’s standards, to say the least. After a
fourth on opening night and engine problems during last week’s
feature, the Tremont team went back to work and showed why they are
the four-time and defending track champions in the class.
Tremont started in 13th and drove through the field like a hot knife
through butter, taking the lead from Timothy Davis with about 10 laps
left in the feature and went on to grab his first victory of the 2018
“We’ve been struggling with our Small Block program so far this year
to say the least,” Tremont said. “But our guys really dug in and
worked hard tonight so I have to thank everybody that’s a part of this
The 358-Modified class is very competitive with several drivers who
can win on any given evening and Tremont is hoping his team can build
on the win Saturday.
“This car was really stout tonight,” he said. “Hopefully we can take a
little momentum from this and keep going through the season. I’m real
fortunate to have a good team and some amazing sponsors supporting
this operation. Everyone is really working hard.”
After leading most of the feature event, Timothy Davis brought his #7
home in the runner-up spot with Frank Hoard III coming in third. Ricky
Davis finished fourth and Brian Sandstedt brought this Darcy
Construction #12 home in fifth.
After being rained out last Saturday, the seventh annual Andrew
Sherman Memorial got the green flag at the Valley and for former track
champion John Viriglio, it was a great thing. Virgilio led the entire
way from start to finish and took home the $2,000 payday.
Even though the #14 started on the pole, the race wasn’t a cakewalk.