Rain Results In Early End to Lebanon Valley Action
Race fans and race teams were hoping to take in a full night of racing Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway. Unfortunately, wet weather prevented this from taking place in full.
Cool weather and persistent showers resulted in the card being cancelled after three heat races and one feature were completed.
The Sportsman class was able to get all of their scheduled heat races completed. These races were won by Joey Coppola, Peter Carlotto and Rob Maxon. As a result, the Sportsman class should have double features at some point down the line. We'll keep you updated as to when that will happen.
One of the Pure Stock races was also able to run, and this one had some action in it.
Craig Coons started on the pole and ran well early in his Chevrolet Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, Chris Stalker, who won on opening night, was quickly moving up the order from seventh on the grid.
By halfway, Stalker was up to third and putting the pressure on Coons. It did not take long for Stalker to take his No. 177 to the lead.
Shortly afterwards, Don Kennedy spun exiting turn 2 after being hit from behind by Scott Kilmer to bring out a yellow. Kennedy was able to continue and the field bunched back up.
There had been a light shower for the entirety of the race up to this point. However, it began to rain a little harder.
On the restart, Dave Streibel Jr. had moved up to second and looked to pressure Stalker for the lead. However, Streibel spun his No. 73 in turn 2. Something appeared to break in the right rear of Streibel's car, allowing it to dig . Streibel ended up rolling over once, peeling the roof back on his car. Coons, Clifford Booth and John Devine were also wrapped up in the crash.
Streibel was ok afterwards, but his car needed help from the tow truck operator just to be loaded onto its trailer. The red flag was thrown to clean up the incident.
The conditions had deteriorated slightly more during the red flag, resulting in a slippery three-lap run to the finish. Stalker pulled away to take a dominant victory by 6.169 seconds over Booth. Devine was third, followed by Scott Kilmer and Kennedy.
The Modified heat races were scheduled to be next, but by that point, the surface was no longer raceable. Lebanon Valley Auto Racing (LVAR) officials chose to stop the program here to wait out the rain. About a half-hour later, the decision was made to cancel.
As per LVAR policy, any night of racing that is called off before the full complement of heat races is completed falls under the rain check policy. Keep your ticket stubs on hand if you were at the track Saturday night. If you show it at the gate on May 15, you will be allowed free entry.
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results (8 laps): 1) Chris Stalker, 2) Clifford Booth, 3) John Devine, 4) Scott Kilmer, 5) Don Kennedy, 6) Franklin Smith, 7) Jethro Rossman, 8) Craig Coons, 9) Keri Vandenburg, 10) Dave Streibel Jr., 11) Christopher Brown