WEST LEBANON, NY – Prior to the start of the evening, Lebanon Valley Speedway officials announced that the Aug. 22 races would be the final races of the 2020 season. The lack of revenue due to not being allowed to have fans in the grandstands has hurt the track significantly. As a result, the pressure was on with only two races left for all the classes.
Mike King led the field to green, but trouble broke out immediately when Kyle Armstrong and Brett Haas had contact in Turn 1. This broke the front end of Haas’ car and spun him out. He was then hit by Denny Soltis to bring out the yellow. Haas and Soltis were ok, but done for the night. On the restart, Eddie Marshall, Kolby Schroder and Wayne Jelley came together. All three continued, but Jelley ended up 12 laps down at the finish.
King was able to hold off the pack early on as a small train developed. Olden Dwyer was second, followed by J.R. Heffner, Keith Flach and Kenny Tremont Jr. This held on until Ken McGuire had a catastrophic failure on Lap 13 to bring out the yellow.
On the restart, Tremont’s No. 115 came to life. He was able to move all the way up to second on the restart and immediately put the pressure on King. Two laps later, Tremont dispatched of King and took the lead. From there, Tremont didn’t look back as he drove away to claim his 139th career Big Block victory at Lebanon Valley, extending his own record.
“When we started the feature, we ran fifth…and I thought this was all we could do,” Tremont said. “Then, we got the yellow flag and got to cool the tires down. On that restart, it took right off. That was the key.”
Keith Flach ended up second, followed by Marc Johnson, Andy Bachetti and Mark Flach Jr. Bachetti has a 28-point lead going into the final night of racing.
The Small Block Modified Feature saw Brandon Lane start from the pole and lead early. Ryan Charland moved up from the second row and managed to snatch the lead away on Lap 6.
Charland was able to hold off the pack until a caution came out on Lap 11 due to a crash involving Lane and Frank Harper. This brought out a red flag to make some wall repairs.
Following the restart, Charland had Bachetti right on his tail. To his credit, Charland held off Bachetti as long as he could before the Sheffield, Mass.-native took the lead on Lap 16. From there, Bachetti pulled away to take his second win of the year.
Haas finished second, followed by Charland, Timothy Davis and Jason Herrington.
Haas enters the final race with a one-point lead over Davis and eight over Bachetti.
In Sportsman, Bob Fachini Jr. started from the pole, but Nikki Ouellette was able to swoop into the lead from the second row. Shortly afterwards, Rob Maxon and Nathan Johnson hooked together and spun in Turn 2. At the same time, Bobby Chalmers hit the wall to bring out a yellow.
John Virgilio entered the night with a comfortable point lead, but spun in Turn 4 on Lap 13. He was able to come back to 10th, but lost ground in the standings.
Joey Coppola tried to run down Ouellette late, but could not prevent her from taking her first career Sportsman victory. Coppola was second, then John Stowell, Robbie Knipe and Ryan Larkin.
Pro Stock teams had a rough night. On the first lap of the feature, Rick Duzlak spun and hit the wall hard exiting Turn 2 while Daniel Sanchez (racing in place of Johnny Rivers), Doug Olds and Dave Demorest were also involved. Duzlak was ok, but needed a little time before exiting his No. 29. Another crash involving Sanchez, Shawn Perez, Tom Dean, Steve LaRochelle and others slowed the action.
Phil Arnold briefly ended up with the lead, then quickly lost that advantage to Tony Markou. Arnold would later get caught up in a crash with LaRochelle, Tom Dean and Chad Jeseo. This crash prevented Jeseo from locking up the Pro Stock title.
Once the dust settled, Markou was still in the lead with Jason Casey chasing. The younger of the Caseys tried many times to get to Markou’s inside, but he could not prevent Markou from taking his first career Pro Stock win. Jason Casey was second, then Nick Hilt, Jay Casey and Scott Towslee.
In Pure Stock, Dylan Fachini, Chris Stalker and Scott Kilmer each claimed victories, while Jeff Meltz Sr. won the Boomer’s Performance Purestock Classic. Brandon Ely won the 4-Cylinder feature overall and in Dual-Cam, while Gary Malloy Sr. won in Single-Cam.
Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Kenny Tremont Jr., 2) Keith Flach, 3) Marc Johnson, 4) Andy Bachetti, 5) Mark Flach Jr., 6) Mike King, 7) Olden Dwyer, 8) Peter Britten, 9) Ronnie Johnson, 10) Kolby Schroder, 11) Eddie Marshall, 12) Brian Berger, 13) Rob Pitcher, 14) Kyle Armstrong, 15) Paul Gilardi, 16) Josh Marcus, 17) J.R. Heffner, 18) Tyler Dippel, 19) Wayne Jelley, 20) Kyle Sheldon, 21) Ken McGuire, 22) Karl Barnes, 23) Kenny Aanonsen, III, 24) Brett Haas, 25) Denny Soltis, 26) Steve Hough
Small Block Modified Feature Results (24 laps): 1) Andy Bachetti, 2) Brett Haas, 3) Ryan Charland, 4) Timothy Davis, 5) Jason Herrington, 6) Olden Dwyer, 7) Guy Sheldon, 8) Steve Hough, 9) Ray Hall Jr., 10) Chris Curtis, 11) Brandon Lane, 12) Kevin Petrucci, 13) Chris Schulz, 14) Kim LaVoy, 15) Frank Harper, 16) Angelo DiCarlo, 17) Brian Sandstedt, 18) Mark Pullen
Sportsman Feature Results (20 laps): 1) Nikki Ouellette, 2) Joey Coppola, 3) John Stowell, 4) Robbie Knipe, 5) Ryan Larkin, 6) Pat Jones, 7) Matt Schulz, 8) Walter Hammond, 9) Peter Carlotto, 10) John Virgilio, 11) Robbie Colburn, 12) Jacob Perry, 13) Walter Hammond Jr., 14) Nathan Johnson, 15) Bob Fachini Jr., 16) Matt Burke, 17) Keith Johannessen, 18) Ted Teal, 19) Jordan Miller, 20) Del Ligouri, 21) Karl Barnes, 22) Pat Mann, 23) Rob Hallaback, 24) Rob Maxon, 25) Angelo DiCarlo, 26) Bobby Chalmers, 27) Gary O’Brien
Pro Stock Feature Results (20 laps): 1) Tony Markou, 2) Jason Casey, 3) Nick Hilt, 4) Jay Casey*, 5) Scott Towslee, 6) Zach Seyerlein, 7) Doug Olds, 8) Steven LaRochelle, 9) Tom Dean, 10) Dave Stickles, 11) Phil Arnold, 12) Brian Keough, 13) Nick Arnold, 14) Johnny Rivers**, 15) Chad Jeseo, 16) Ed Bishop, 17) Shawn Perez, 18) Rick Duzlak, 19) Tom O’Connor, 20) Dave Demorest, 21) Aidan Demorest
Eastwood Detailing Pro Stock Dash (6 laps): 1) Jason Casey, 2) Steve LaRochelle, 3) Chad Jeseo, 4) Johnny Rivers**, 5) Tony Markou, 6) Jay Casey*
Pure Stock Feature No. 1 Results (8 laps): 1) Dylan Fachini, 2) Jay Casey*, 3) Brian Walsh, 4) Jeff Meltz Sr., 5) Rocco Procopio, 6) Dave Streibel Jr., 7) Rob Partridge, 8) Franklin Smith, 9) Colby Kokosa
Pure Stock Feature No. 2 Results (8 laps): 1) Chris Stalker, 2) Don Kennedy, 3) John Devine, 4) Jim Dellea, 5) Dom Denue, 6) Dave Fachini, 7) Christopher Brown, 8) Shawn Perez, 9) Clem Toffolo
Pure Stock Feature No. 3 Results (8 laps): 1) Scott Kilmer, 2) Evan Denue, 3) Keri VanDenburg, 4) Janai St. Pierre, 5) Ryan Brown, 6) Scott Morris, 7) Chris Murphy, 8) Wayne Mahar, 9) Tomm Gomm
Boomer’s Performance Purestock Classic Results (20 laps): 1) Jeff Meltz Sr., 2) Chris Stalker, 3) Dylan Fachini, 4) Dom Denue, 5) Janai St. Pierre, 6) Jim Dellea, 7) Brian Walsh, 8) Ryan Brown, 9) Christopher Brown, 10) Dave Streibel Jr., 11) Evan Denue, 12) Scott Kilmer, 13) Clem Toffolo, 14) Dave Fachini
4-Cylinder Single-Cam Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Gary Malloy Sr. 2) Victor Duncan Jr., 3) Matt Narzynski, 4) Bradley Batho, 5) Joey Morey, 6) Allana Jordan, 7) Joe Wolfe, 8) Chris Bierce, 9) Austin MacDonald, 10) Rob Lanfear, 11) Joey Batho
4-Cylinder Dual-Cam Feature Results (15 laps): 1) Brandon Ely, 2) Lucas Ballard, 3) John Wright, 4) Steve Burbank, 5) Chris Hall, 6) Matt Tedrow, 7) James Street
*- Yes, there are two Jay Caseys noted in the results. The Jay Casey in Pro Stock is from Connecticut, while the Jay Casey in Pure Stock is from Massachusetts.
**- Johnny Rivers is listed in the results, but he did not compete Saturday night. Daniel Sanchez drove Rivers’ car as a substitute driver. As per track rules, Sanchez is able to earn points for Rivers.