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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

entire team.

“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

shape tonight.”

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

Eddie.”

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

Eddie Marshall.”

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

season.

“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

team.”

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.