Story By: PHIL ALLAWAY / LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY – WEST LEBANON, NY – Saturday night’s Heavy Hauler-sponsored Modified feature may have only been for appearance points due to the Super DIRTcar Series race in Fulton. However, that didn’t mean that there wasn’t any action.
Steve Hough led the field to green on a blustery night. He almost immediately fell into a battle with J.R. Heffner. The veteran campaigner gave Hough all he could give, but the East Greenbush owner/driver was able to hold off Heffner’s charge.
Hough had begun to pull away a bit before Kolby Schroder spun and hit the wall in turn 3 to bring out a yellow on lap 7. Schroder was ok, but he was done for the evening.
On the restart, Paul Gilardi and Dave McFeeters collided exiting turn 2 to bring out another caution. Gilardi’s car had significant damage to the rear, but was able to continue. McFeeters was forced to retire his new Bicknell chassis.
Opening night winner Andy Bachetti was fast once again on Saturday night, but he fell victim to the slick track like Schroder did. Just after the restart from the Gilardi-McFeeters incident, Bachetti spun out and hit the wall in turn 3. Bachetti had started ninth and thought that he had something for Hough, Heffner and the other contenders. However, he could not continue after his incident and had to settle for 17th.
As the race continued on, Heffner continued to lose pace as compared to Hough. Behind Heffner, Elmo Reckner was in close pursuit along with Tremont.
As the race continued on, Tremont took third away and ran down Heffner. After a brief battle, Tremont was able to move into second on lap 26. Shortly after the positions changed, Paul Gilardi slowed on the backstretch to draw a caution. After being hit hard in the rear early on, Gilardi’s night came to an end four laps short of the finish.
After the restart, Tremont put extensive pressure on Hough for the lead. Hough held tough on the high line, forcing Tremont to the inside. The inside line requires more bite to make it work and Tremont just could not get enough momentum as Hough held on to take the win.
Afterwards, Hough was very pleased with his evening.
“We had a real good car tonight,” Hough said in the pits. “Feels good to be back in Victory Lane. I had a lot of big dogs behind me in Tremont, J.R. [Heffner], Bachetti was there. Feels good to beat the big guys.”
Tremont ended up second, followed by Heffner. Reckner finished fourth, while Rob Pitcher overtook Wayne Jelley in the final laps to take fifth.
Heavy Haulers Modified Feature Results (30 laps): 1) Steve Hough, 2) Kenny Tremont Jr., 3) J.R. Heffner, 4) Elmo Reckner, 5) Rob Pitcher, 6) Wayne Jelley, 7) Kyle Armstrong, 8) Kyle Sheldon, 9) Brian Berger, 10) Matt Pupello, 11) L.J. Lombardo, 12) Mike King, 13) Mike Keeler, 14) Paul Gilardi, 15) Kyle Hoffman, 16) Chad Jeseo, 17) Andy Bachetti, 18) Dave McFeeters, 19) Kolby Schroder, 20) Denny Soltis, 21) Olden Dwyer, 22) Eddie Marshall, 23) Alan Houghtaling, 24) Ken McGuire