By DTD STAFF
MINERSVILLE, PA – Brett Kressley bagged $17,000 in his first Coalcracker 72 triumph. Kressley came out on top of a back-and-forth battle for the win with Craig Von Dohren, securing the lead for good in the late stages of the race.
Von Dohren took control of the race at the drop of the green, with Dillon Steuer quickly working his way past a couple cars and into second. Steuer kept Von Dohren honest in the early stages, hanging a handful of car lengths off the back of Von Dohren throughout the first 20 laps. During this time, Kressley picked off a few competitors, sliding into third after starting 10th. While Steuer slowly caught Von Dohren, Kressley was quickly catching them both.
As the race neared halfway, Kressley worked top and bottom to get by Steuer, eventually sliding past Steuer on lap 35. Then, Kressley reeled in Von Dohren, using a lapped car as a pick to take the lead on lap 40. Despite catching and passing Von Dohren, Kressley could not pull away. Two laps later, Von Dohren drove under Kressley to regain the top spot.
Kressley kept Von Dohren within arm’s reach, and when Von Dohren bounced on the turn three cushion on lap 52, Kressley dove to the bottom and muscled back to the lead. This time, Kressley pulled away, qucikly putting a comfortable gap between himself and Von Dohren.
As the lap counter clicked closer to 72, Kressley only got quicker. Kressley pulled away and worked through traffic cleanly, allowing him to reach the checkered flag first for his first Coalcracker 72 win. Following Kressley across the line was Von Dohren, Duane Howard, Billy Pauch Jr., and Steuer.
“I knew this coil car would shine after lap 50,” Kressley said of his rear suspension choice. “Those bar cars, like Duane, he was better than us on a 30-lap run, but I knew this thing would be killer once we got a longevity race. We paced ourselves pretty good, I wasn’t giving it everything we had expecting some cautions, but we got over halfway and I figured we’d change the plans and went for it. It was a good battle between me and Craig, but at the end of the day I think the better car won.”
The 30-lap USS Achey Coalcracker Crate 602 Sportsman race saw Kevin Olenick take the lead at the drop of the green over polesitter Tajae Adams. The first half of the race saw multiple cautions slow the race. A lap five restart saw Nick DeSantis take the lead away from Olenick as Logan Watt was moving towards the front quickly from his sixth starting spot and into second. After one lap the yellow as out again and on this restart, the teenager Watt outpowered DeSantis into turn one on the outside to take the top spot. Two more restarts on lap nine and lap eleven didn’t deter Watt as used the inside line to hold off DeSantis. Lap eleven would prove to be the last caution of the race as Watt distanced himself from the field.
While Watt was leading the race, Jordan Henn worked his way under DeSantis to move into second. Henn had nothing for the leader as Watt who kept stretching his lead. With no yellows to slow his pace, Watt had a commanding lead as he streaked under starter Jeff Merkel’s double checkers to win the race and the $1,500 first place prize. Henn finished second with DeSantis, Brad Brightbill and Skylar Sheriff completing the top five.
“Oh my god, this is awesome. I can’t believe it,” said Watt in victory lane. “We had been having some trouble on restarts with the car stumbling, so we change a little something on the carburetor and it was really good. The car felt really nice, and I was fortunate to get the restart next to (Nick) DeSantis and he was fast, so I knew I had to try and go around the top and I was able to get him. You just to beat those to the front and they you get that clean air. Sometimes you get to the lapped traffic and that can be hard, but we are here. Winning this race is huge, I can’t believe it.”
The Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunner feature was run on Sunday September 4th was won by Andrew Fayash III over Alex Schoffstall, Chuck Fayash, TJ Fitzpatrick & Mike Reichert.
Full results from September 9th, 2022 – Coalcracker Night
Insigner Performance Modifieds (Coalcracker 72) – 1. Brett Kressley 2. Craig Von Dohren 3. Duane Howard 4. Billy Pauch Jr 5. Dillon Steuer 6. Sammy Martz Jr 7. Rick Laubach 8. Mike Gular 9. Matt Stangle 10. Frank Cozze 11. Nick Rochinski 12. Jordan Henn 13. Tim Fitzpatrick 14. Jeff Strunk 15. Kevin Beach Jr 16. Scott Albert 17. Timmy Buckwalter 18. Jared Umbenhauer 19. Jack Butler 20. Ryan Krachun 21. Bobby Trapper Jr 22. Ryan Watt 23. Louden Reimert 24. Craig Whitmoyer
Modified Heat Winners: Brett Kressley, Dillon Steuer, Craig Von Dohren & Sammy Martz Jr
Modified Consi Winners: Louden Reimert & Timmy Buckwalter
Did Not Return: Justin Grosso & Brandon Gross
Did Not Qualify: Mike Lisowski, Eddie Strada, Joel Smith, Frank Yankowski, Dave Hunt, Ken Eckert Jr. JR Fulper, Corey Renninger, Billy Lasko, Shawn Fitzpatrick, Dan Hineline, Heath Metzger, Aleia Geisler & Cliff Quinn
Modified Penske Shocks Gift Certificate Winners: Brett Kressley ($100), Craig Von Dohren ($75) & Duane Howard ($50)
DirtTrackDigest.TV Bonuses ($250 Each): Billy Pauch Jr. 4th, Mike Gular 9th, Kevin Beach Jr 15th, Jack Butler 19th & Craig Whitmoyer 24th.
Savage 61 Crate 602 Sportsman (Coalcracker 30) – 1. Logan Watt 2. Jordan Henn 3. Nick DeSantis 4. Brad Brightbill 5. Skylar Sheriff 6. Danny Buccafusca 7. Kevin Olenick 8. Paulie Hartwig III 9. Talan Carter 10. Jim Houseworth 11. Zane Roth 12. Ryan Graver 13. Tajae Adams 14. Eric Kocher 15. Chad Putalavage 16. Xavier Sprague 17. Marty Shappell 18. Kaitlyn Bailey 19. Matt Yoder 20. Tyler Vidal 21. Brandon Firestone 22. Daryl Dissinger 23. Brandon Oleski 24. Tyler James
Crate Sportsman 602 Heat Winners: Daryl Dissinger, Zane Roth & Brandon Edgar
Did Not Return: Brandon Edgar, McKenzi Smith, BJ Joly, Josh Mooney & Kevin Kaplafka
Crate 602 Penske Shocks Gift Certificate Winners: Logan Watt ($100), Jordan Henn ($75) & Nick DeSantis ($50)
Red White and Blue Autos Roadrunners (Feature run on Sept 4th) – 1. Andrew Fayash III 2. Alex Schoffstall 3. Chuck Fayash 4. TJ Fitzpatrick 5. Mike Reichert 6. Glenn Rowan 7. Jim Kost 8. Kyle Wingle 9. Damion Dusheck 10. Tonya Lance 11. Josh Harris 12. Terry Kramer 13. Tod Roth Jr 14. Ray Gara 15. Elijah Reed 16. Dave Schultz 17. Don Murphy 18. CJ Ferguson 19. Louis Gara
Roadrunner Heat Winners: Alex Schoffstall & Chuck Fayash