Mahoning Valley Speedway
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Gene Bowers, Sr., Memorial Street Stock 100 Set for Saturday at Mahoning Valley Speedway
by Dino Oberto
LEHIGHTON, Pa. -- This coming Saturday night, June 23, at Lehightonís Mahoning Valley Speedway, the Gene Bowers, Sr., Memorial 100 for Street Stocks will be the highlight feature on the eveningís card of stock car racing. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. with racing starting at 5:30 p.m.
The race was originally billed as a $1000-to-win, promoter Floyd Santee has decided to up the winnerís take by another $200. There is also lap money being collected to help boost the nightís take. 22 cars will start the feature with $100 to take the green.
In last yearís Bowers Memorial, Kevin Smith led all 100 laps and collected over $2200, making it the highest paid race for a winner of a Mahoning Street Stock feature.
The race was originally slated for June 3, however, rain washed out the program after qualifying heats and time trials had been completed. Smith set fast time at 11.751 at 76.589 mph around the paved quarter mile.
A redraw was held and when the race goes green Joe Steigerwalt and Todd Ahner will be on the front row.
Itís a wide open field heading into Saturdayís race. Through the first seven features there have been has been only one repeat winner, that being Josh Mooney this past Saturday.
Jason Kuhn, Jason Frey, Randy Ahner, Jr., 12-year old sensation Kyle Strohl and Todd Ahner have also won thus far.
While those aforementioned will be looking to repeat and score in this prestigious event, there is a strong contingent of others, led by reigning class champion TJ Gursky, Gene Bowers, Jr., Chris Parry, and BJ Wambold to name a few who will be seeking glory. Smith will also be looking to repeat his stellar run of a year ago.
Modifieds, Late Models, Dirt Mods, 4-Cylinder Stocks and the 4c Super Mods will also be on the docket plus the Street Stocks will run a complete regular program as well.
Adult grandstand admission is $12.
There will be early practice for anyone interested from 1:30 to 3:30
Additional news can be found on the trackís website at www.mahoningvalley-speedway.com You can also follow track happenings on FACEBOOK.
Mahoning Valley Speedway is located on PA route 443, two miles west of Lehighton. Race day call 570-386-4900 for latest info on events, starting times and weather.