Donnie Corellis Electrified the Field for 1st Win of 2012
Hearn, Pierce and Jeseo Take Home Wins as Well
Saturday July 14, 2012
By: Rodney Rescott
The High Banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway amped the action this past Saturday night with hot, mid-summer racing action presented by Rifenburg Construction. A full schedule of racing events had plenty of action for every fan in the stands.
The marquee feature event of the night was the 30 Lap Big Block Modifieds as the field of 22 took to the high banks. At the front of the class at the start were the #34H of Steve Hough and the #42P of Matt Pupello.
The action was tight, and the battles were throughout the field as every driver was trying to jockey their cars to get to the front of the field. The caution flew by lap 5 for the #74 of J.R. Heffner, as mechanical issues ended his night early.
On the restart, it was an all #34 front row, as Hough was joined by teammate Andy Bachetti to try and vie the race win. Hough and Bachetti battled it out relentlessly up front, but Bachetti won out, and took control of the field by lap 8.
Deep in the field, the contenders were coming. Brett Hearn, Donnie Corellis, Brian Berger and Kenny Tremont Jr, were all battling it out to get to the front. Tremont’s night ending around the 12th lap for electrical issues that left Hearn, Corellis and Berger to try and get to Bachetti.
Then on lap 15, Hearn’s night came to a halt as the flame went out of the #20H in turn 2. That left Berger and Corellis to try and get to Bachetti up front. On the restart, it was Bachetti, Corellis, Hough, and Kyle Sheldon as the green flag flew.
Corellis finally dove low off of turn 4 for the lead over Bachetti and began to check out. A late race charge by Bachetti saw the two run side-by-side for the remaining 2 laps for a shootout that had everyone on their feet! But at the line, Donnie Corellis prevailed to take the win, his 1st of 2012!
Bachetti had to settle for 2nd, Kyle Sheldon powered his way to 3rd, Hough was 4th and Kolby Schroder snuck in to finish 5th over Berger.
The Steve Hough Motors 358 Modifieds had their 20 lap feature event earlier in the night as the #171 of Tom Faxon held the lead till Andy Bachetti and Brett Hearn powered by on lap 13. Then the #34B and #20H battled it out for the win, and Hearn snuck by on the lap in turn 3 to take the lead, and the win. Bachetti, Faxon, Steve Hough and Matt Quinn completed the top 5 finishers.
In the LV Sportsman 20 lap feature event, controversy developed late in the race as Chad Pierce had his #83 in control of the event until the #21 of Ryan Darcy blew past in the closing laps to take the checkered flag. But the #21 did not pass the standard post race scale, and was later DQ’d, as the win was awarded to the #83 of Pierce.
Frank Harper, Brett Haas, Kim LaVoy and Brian Sandstedt complete the top 5 finishers when the official order was revealed.
The Pro Stock Echo Series was on tap for another exciting full-fendered 20 lap feature. Milo Campbell took the early lead in the feature, but Robbie Speed passed the #81 by lap 3 and took control.
Campbell’s night then came to an abrupt end as his car made contact with the turn 2 wall on lap 7. That caution put the #25 of Chad Jeseo along side Speed to battle for the lead. By lap 13, lap traffic cause the front runners to scramble, giving Jeseo the room he needed to complete the pass, and power away for the win.
Speed had to settle for 2nd, Jon Routhier finished 3rd, followed by Jay Corbin and Jason Casey to round out the top 5.
In the Purestocks, Rob Palmer, Chad Arsenault, and Al Relyea all took home wins earlier in the evening.
Next on the schedule at Lebanon Valley Speedway is the return of the USHRA Monster Truck Summer Nations on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday July 16th, 17th, and 18th. Then it’s back to circle track racing for a special $5,000 to Win Modified Feature presented by NBT Bank and Rifenburg Construction.
If that wasn’t enough, on Sunday July 22nd, the winged warriors return to the Valley of Speed, as the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series takes over the high banks. The Steve Hough Motors 358 Modified Series will also be on tap for a special eastern States Weekend 358-Qualifier!
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RIFENBURG CONSTRUCTION MODIFIED RESULTS (30 LAPS): 1)Donnie Corellis, 2)Andy Bachetti, 3)Kyle Sheldon, 4)Steve Hough, 5)Kolby Schroder, 6)Brian Berger, 7)Eddie Marshall, 8)Kyle Armstrong, 9)Keith Flach, 10)Kyle Hoffman, 11)J. C. Flach, 12)John Ruchel, 13)Paul Gilardi, 14)Matt Pupello, 15)Mike King, 16)Jeff Sukup, 17)Hector Stratton, 18)Brett Hearn, 19)Kenny Tremont Jr, 20)J.R. Heffner, 21)Mark Flach Jr, 22)Jimmy Burns, DNS)Rob Pitcher, DNS)Rich Salisbury, DNS)Matt Quinn
STEVE HOUGH MOTORS 358 MODIFIED RESULTS (20 LAPS): 1)Brett Hearn, 2)Andy Bachetti, 3)Tom Faxon, 4)Steve Hough, 5)Matt Quinn, 6)JR Heffner, 7)Jeff Kelley, 8)Art Collins, 9)Neil Stratton, 10)Olden Dwyer, 11)Mark Pullen, 12)Jason Harrington, DNS)Bobby Hackel IV, DNS)Kim LaVoy, DNS)Rich Salsibury
SPORTSMAN RESULTS (20 LAPS): 1)Chad Pierce, 2)Frank Harper, 3)Brett Haas, 4)Kim LaVoy, 5)Brian Sandstedt, 6)Sean Mandel, 7)Olden Dwyer, 8)Mike Malloy, 9)Dylan Gibson, 10)Cody Hunt, 11)Paul Knox, 12)Brandon Page, 13)Don Bellen, 14)Cody Ochs, 15)John Virgilio, 16)Josh Gaylord, 17)Steve Meilleur, 18)Alan Houghtaling, DNS)Darek Schibi, DNS)Ian Pogue, DQ)Ryan Darcy
PRO STOCK ECHO SERIES RESULTS (25 LAPS): 1)Chad Jeseo, 2)Robbie Speed, 3)Jon Routhier, 4)Jay Corbin, 5)Jason Casey, 6)Victor Hopkins, 7)Paul LaRochelle, 8)Chuck Towslee, 9)Rick Duzlak, 10)Jay Casey, 11)Paul Engwar, 12)Frank Twing, 13)Tom Bertino, 14)Nick Hilt, 15)Milo Campbell, 16)John Santolin, DNS)Rich Colesanti, DNS)Mark Dupree
PURE #1 STOCK RESULTS (8 LAPS): 1)Bob Palmer, 2)Pete Wiegand, 3)Daniel Sanchez, 4)Lynn Wesley, 5)Richard Puff, 6)Scott Morris, 7)Dennis O'Connor, 8)John Acker, 9)Larry Perez, 10)Shawn Perez, 11)Chris Bierce, 12)Wuggie Burdick, DNS)Brian Walsh
PURE #2 STOCK RESULTS (8 LAPS): 1)Chad Arsenault, 2)Ed Bachand, 3)Llyod Tomlin, 4)David Olds JR, 5)Ed Hatch, 6)Gary O'Brien, 7)Jeremy Closson, 8)Gary Vandenburg, 9)Harold Robitalle, 10)Steven LaRochelle, 11)Jeff Meltz, DNS)Joe Chenail
PURE #3 STOCK RESULTS (8 LAPS): 1)Al Relyea, 2)Lou Ganczar, 3)John Devine, 4)Ray Hall Sr, 5)John Felarecki, 6)Chris Streeter, 7)Dave Stickles, 8)Doug Olds, 9)Jason Meltz, 10)Phil Wood, 11)Jeff Meltz Sr., 12)Ron Johnson, 13)James Hatch, 14)Dan Cote, 15)Jim Groncki
For more information, the 2012 schedule, tickets, and links to what's on tap for 2012, visit our website at www.LebanonValley.com, and click on “Speedway”, or call the Speedway Offices during regular business hours at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965.
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