Mark Tyson Ends Rookie
Season with Third Place Points Finish at
(11/10/2012)- Hazleton, Pa- Under the thirteenth season of
operation with Hazleton’s Joe Callavini at the helm,
Mountain Speedway held its annual awards banquet Saturday
evening at Genetti’s Inn & Suites in Hazleton, PA.
The event was dedicated to Mountain Speedway family
members, Tyson Wanamaker, Bruce Miglino and Robert Sones,
who had passed away since the end of last season.
Hundreds filled the banquet hall, including crew and
friends and family members of racers that competed at the
1/3-mile asphalt oval in St. Johns, PA during the 2012
racing season. Along with the presentation of special
awards, the end of the year celebration was held to
recognize the top points finishers each of the track’s
Speedway Announcers Gene Ostrowski and Larry Spencer III
were the emcees for the ceremony and spoke about the
competitive 2012 season and announce that everything is a go
for what will hopefully be a successful 2013 run. They
continued by thanking the drivers, families and crewmembers
for not only supporting the speedway, but also for
supporting short track racing in general.
The evening was highlighted when Nick Pecko of Vandling,
PA was crowned as the Modified champion. In a fierce points
battle with Todd Baer and Dave Brigati Pecko drove to 14 top
ten finishes in an equal number of starts. With 12 top five
finishes and three feature wins, he headed into the final
event of the season with a small margin in the standings.
Pecko remained cool in the season ending King of the
Mountain event and a solid third place run helped him net
his first open wheel asphalt Modified championship.
The remaining divisional champions were honored as well,
including Dave Brigati of Calverton, NY, who notched his
second straight Sport Modified title. Brigati thanked
everyone that helped him through out the season and promised
that once again he would call Mountain Speedway his home
next season. In 14 starts this year, Brigati finished in the
top five every single time. He also netted six feature wins
along the way, which was almost half of the features that he
Kyle Harvell of New York, NY scored his first championship
in the Late Model division. Following his first career
feature win last year, Harvell came into this season as one
of the championship hopefuls. Although he made 13 starts in
14 attempts, Harvell’s 13 top tens and 12 top fives, mixed
with four wins steered him to the crown.
In a dominating season, Chip Wanamaker of Walnutport, PA
grabbed his first career Street Stock title. Wanamaker
thanked everyone that helped him throughout his career,
including his family. In 15 starts this season, Wanamaker
had just one finish outside the top five and his eight
victories would not deny him of the title.
Rich Paciotti of Kunkletown, PA clinched his first career
Factory Stock title over teammates Mark Martini and Dan
Pawlicki and Noah Fassman of Nescopeck, PA notched the Four
Cylinder championship as a true rookie. Scott Hubler of
Coplay, PA won his third career Legends championship and TJ
Kapish of Mountaintop, PA claimed his third straight
6/8-Cylinder enduro championship. Tony Rispin won his second
straight 4-Cylinder enduro title and Nick Harnage of
Calverton, NY took top honors in the Bandolero division.
Sponsored by Tyler Jett Motorsports Marketing, mantle clocks
were presented to the drivers present who ran the fastest
feature lap of the season. The winners were Bobby Jones
(Modified), Dave Brigati (Sport Modified), Austin Kochenash
(Late Model), Chris Burge (Street Stock), (tie) Matt
Schlenker and Matt Mattern, Jr. (Factory Stock) and Frank
Hughes (Four Cylinder).
Sponsored by the Green family, Rookie of the Year winners
were Brandon Oltra (Modified), Cam Ayers (Sport Modified),
Stone Phillips (Late Model), Charlie Castiglione (Street
Stock), Stephanie Moyer (Factory Stock) and Noah Fassman
The Himmer Graphics Hard Chargers of the season were Nick
Pecko (Modified), Jason Hearne (Sport Modified), Brad Brown
(Late Model), Chip Wanamaker (Street Stock), Mark Martini
(Factory Stock) and Eric Banashefski (Four Cylinder).
Sponsored by “The Gas Man”, Jerry Brighthaupt, the Most
Improved Driver awards were presented to Paul Frantz (Sport
Modified), Tony Hilliard (Street Stock), Dan Pawlicki
(Factory Stock) and Larry Spencer III (Four Cylinder).
Cassagrande/Matter Racing presented a special “Fan of the
Year” award to Michael Berta. Berta rarely missed an event
this season at the track and enjoys keeping himself up to
date with all of the racers in every single division.
Ostrowski closed out the awards presentation by thanking
the racers and the Callavini family for their continued
support of short track racing in Northeast Pennsylvania Then
YMI, a popular band from the Hazleton area took the stage to
entertain the crowd with a variety of music.
Modified- 1. NICK PECKO 2. Todd Baer 3. Dave Brigati 4.
Brandon Oltra 5. Ken Vogel, Jr. 6. Brian Sones 7. Brian
DeFebo 8. Barry Callavini 9. Austin Kochenash 10. Alan
Sport Modified- 1. DAVE BRIGATI 2. Jason Hearne 3. Tommy
Wanick III 4. Paul Frantz 5. Nick Pecko 6. Cam Ayers 7. Todd
Baer 8. Scott Adams 9. Anthony Sesely 10. Pat Verwys
Late Model- 1. KYLE HARVELL 2. Stone Phillips 3. Mark Tyson
4. Larry Fisher 5. Austin Kochenash 6. Travis Fisher 7. Brad
Brown 8. Mitch Hawk 9. Geno Steigerwalt 10. Lorin Arthofer
Street Stock- 1. CHIP WANAMAKER 2. Brian Wozniak 3. Kevin
Higgins 4. Alan Schlenker 5. Chris Burge 6. Bernie Uphold 7.
Tony Hilliard 8. Steve Shultz 9. Sam Danahar 10. Charlie
Factory Stock- 1. RICH PACIOTTI 2. Mark Martini 3. Dan
Pawlicki 4. Kendall Foulk 5. Keith Frankenfield 6. Stephanie
Moyer 7. Trevor Ahouse 8. Paul Morgan, Jr. 9. Kenny
Kleppinger 10. Matt Mattern, Jr.
Four Cylinder- 1. NOAH FASSMAN 2. Jay Skupski 3. Frank
Hughes 4. John Smith 5. Larry Spencer III 6. Chris Burge,
Jr. 7. Eric Banashefski 8. Cody Roth 9. Scott Adams 10.
INEX Legends- 1. SCOTT HUBLER 2. Brendon Bock 3. Raven
Schrantz 4. Brad Lowmaster 5. Todd McCollum
Four Cylinder Enduro- 1. TONY RISPIN 2. Ken Harper 3. Larry
Spencer III 4. Sam Ryan 5. Mike Harding
6/8-Cylinder Enduro- 1. TJ KAPISH 2. Steve Tito 3. Bill
Schwenck 4. Scott Riggleman 5. Scott Sipe
Tyson Earns Top 5
in “King of the Mountain”
(10/13/2012)- Travis Fisher time trialed quickest for the 50-lap Late
Model feature and Kevin Metzger drew the pole position. However, Kyle
Harvell took the race lead following the drop of the green flag. He led
the opening lap over Metzger, Earl Paules and Geno Steigerwalt.
Paules climbed to second on the second lap and Fisher took third on
circuit later and then moved by Paules for second on lap five. From out
of nowhere, Rob Ormsbee cracked the top five and Fisher took the race
lead on the eights circuit.
Ormsbee made his way by Harvell for second on lap 12 and then battled
with Fisher for the top spot, which he took on lap 17. With 25 laps
complete, Ormsbee led over Fisher, Paules, Harvell and Steigerwalt.
It appeared that Ormsbee had the win in the bag but that all went by
the wayside when the yellow flag waved with one lap remaining when
Harvell got into Fisher in turn four. Paules lined up in second for the
restart and when the green flag came back out, Ormsbee’s car began to
miss, due to an ignition issue.
Paules took command and cruised to the checkers over Ormsbee,
Steigerwalt, Harvell and Mark Tyson.
With his fourth place finish, Harvell sealed up his first career Late
Late Model (50-laps) 1. EARL PAULES 2. Rob Ormsbee 3. Geno Steigerwalt
4. Kyle Harvell 5. Mark Tyson 6. Kevin Metzger 7. Travis Fisher 8. Mitch
Hawk 9. Stone Phillips
Tyson Earns Top
Ten Street Stock Finish
(9/30/2012)- Chris Burge started on the pole for the 25 lap Street Stock
feature and led the opening circuit over Brian Wozniak, Charlie
Castliglione, Kevin Higgins and Steve Shultz. Early on it looked like
Burge was well on his way to winning his third race of the season.
On lap seventeen things got interesting as Steve Shultz got around
Wozniak and quickly reeled in Burge and the top three waged a war for
the top spot and Shultz eventually put his 25 machine to the outside and
made it stick taking the lead away from Burge.
The only caution of the event fell on lap 20 when Sam Danaher and Mark
Tyson got collected in turn four. Restart with only five to go gave new
second place driver Wozniak a shot at Shultz. Shultz was able to pull
away on the final restart and went on to win over Wozniak, Burge,
Castliglione and Wannamaker.
Street Stock (30 laps) 1. STEVE SHULTZ 2. Brian Wozniak 3. Chris Burge
4. Charlie Castiglione 5. Chip Wannamaker 6. Kevin Higgins 7. Alan
Schlenker 8. Bernie Uphold 9. Mark Tyson 10. Sam Danaher 11. Paul Morgan
Mark Tyson Earns
Eighth Place Late Model Finish at Mountain
(9/23/2012)- Mike Sweeney started from the pole position in the 30-lap
Late Model feature and was overtaken by Travis Fisher following the drop
of the green flag. Sweeney tucked into second, followed by Kyle Harvell,
but the caution waved with one lap complete when Harvell got into
Sweeney off of turn two. The pair was forced to the rear of the field
for the restart.
Fisher continued out front with Rob Ormsbee and Geno Steigerwalt in
pursuit. Meanwhile, Sweeney and Harvell began to climb back towards the
front, and with four laps complete, Sweeney had climbed to third.
Sweeney attempted to take second from Ormsbee on lap five, but that went
by the wayside when he spun in turn four.
With Five laps complete, Fisher continued to lead over Steigerwalt and
Fisher was unstoppable over the closing laps and went on to score his
second feature win of the season over Ormsbee, Harvell, Sweeney and
Heat race victories went to Travis Fisher and Mike Sweeney.
(30-laps) 1. TRAVIS FISHER 2. Rob Ormsbee 3. Kyle Harvell 4. Mike
Sweeney 5. Geno Steigerwalt 6. Frank Hughes 7. Jennifer Kutz 8. Mark
Tyson 9. Stone Phillips
Great Run Nets Eighth Place
Finish for Mark Tyson at Mountain Speedway
(9/16/2012)- After started from the pole position, Mark Tyson led the
opening lap of the 25-lap Street Stock feature. Alan Schlenker ran
second, followed by Chas Castiglione, Bernie Uphold and Sam Danaher.
Tony Hilliard Brought out the first yellow flag when he broke an axle
on the third lap. With Tyson still in command, Castiglione climbed to
second and Brian Wozniak cracked the top five and then quickly worked
his way to third.
The yellow flag flew on lap five when Chris Burge and Joe D’Angelo
crashed into each other hard in turn one and during the yellow flag,
Wozniak’s car stalled and he was pushed into the pit area after a strong
run early on.
Following the restart, Schlenker took command of the event and Tyson
fell to second. Chip Wanamaker began to advance and then moved to fifth
on the eight circuit. He climbed to fourth and then overtook Uphold for
second on lap 10.
Wanamaker made his way to third and challenged Tyson for second. He
got under Tyson in turn one on lap 19, but ran out of room. Tyson spun
and was forced pit side after a terrific run.
Wanamaker overtook Schlenker for the lead following the restart and
never looked back, as he cruised to his eighth win of the season over
Schlenker. From out of nowhere, Kevin Higgins finished the evening with
a solid third place run, followed by Castiglione, who had a career-best
fourth place effort. Uphold completed the top five.
Street Stock (25-laps) 1. CHIP WANAMAKER 2. Alan Schlenker 3. Kevin
Higgins 4. Charlie Castiglione 5. Bernie Uphold 6. Daryn Miller 7. Sam
Danaher 8. Mark Tyson 9. Brian Wozniak 10. Chris Burge 11. Joe D'Angelo
12. Tony Hilliard
Mark Tyson Earns
Career-Best at Mountain Speedway
(9/9/2012)- In history-making style, Larry Fisher of Fern Glen not only
took his third Late Model victory of the season, but also scored his 27th
career win in the division, which moved him past Richie Jensen on the
all-time win list in the class.
Larry Fisher turned the quickest lap in time trials and then redrew the
pole for the start of the 30-lap Late Model feature. With ease, Fisher
led the first circuit with Mike Sweeney, Kyle Harvell, Frank Hughes and
Mark Simon in tow.
Harvell took second from Sweeney as the pair worked lapped traffic on
lap 19 and at that point only Fisher, Harvell and Sweeney remained on
the lead lap. However, problems struck the second and third place
runners on the same lap when Hughes tangled with them in turns three and
With Fisher still out front, Sweeney made a great challenge to take his
Ford by the race leader in the closing laps, but Fisher stayed focused.
He took the checkers for his 27th career Late Model victory,
which moved him to the top of the all-time win list in the division.
Sweeney settled for second, followed by Harvell, Simon and Mark Tyson.
(30-laps) 1. LARRY FISHER 2. Mike Sweeney 3. Kyle Harvell 4. Mark
Simon 5. Mark Tyson 6. Stone Phillips 7. Frank Hughes
Tyson Has Great
Run in Heat and Ends Up Fifth in Mountain Feature
(September 1, 2012)- Time trials set the field and the drivers started
heads up for the 30-lap Late Model feature. After laying down a
blistering lap, Larry Fisher started from the pole.
Untouchable through the caution-free event, Fisher went on to score the
victory, which was his second of the season and also his 26th
career victory in the division. The feat tied Fisher with Richie Jensen
on the all-time Late Model win list.
Points leader, Kyle Harvell, settled for second, followed by Roger Oxee,
Stone Phillips and Mark Tyson.
Late Model (30-laps) 1. LARRY FISHER 2. Kyle Harvell 3. RJ Oxee 4. Stone Phillips
5. Mark Tyson
Mitch Hawk Takes
Drives Tyson's #22 to Second Place Finish at Mountain
(8/18/2012)- Mitch Hawk started from the pole and led the first circuit
of the 30-lap Late Model feature over Larry Fisher, Brad Brown, Jeff
McGrath and Frank Hughes Saturday night at Mountain Speedway.
It didn’t take long for Fisher to make a bid for the lead, and he
completed the pass on Hawk on the second lap. From that point forward,
Fisher stayed smooth and lapped all but one car en route to his first
win of the season. Gunning to pass Richie Jensen as the all time Late
Model winner at the track, Fisher needs only two more victories to reach
Hawk finished as the runner up, followed by Brown, McGrath and Hughes.
Stone Phillips tangled with Kyle Harvell in heat race action and both
drivers were unable to start the feature.
Late Model (30-laps) 1. LARRY FISHER 2. Mitch Hawk 3. Bradley Brown 4. Jeff
McGrath 5. Frank Hughes DNS: Stone Phillips DNS: Kyle Harvell
Solid Street Stock Run Ends with
Crash for Mark Tyson
(8/11/2012)- With 40-laps and double points on the line for the Street
Stock competitors, the show was expected to be a fight to the finish,
and indeed it was.
Chas Castiglione started from the pole and led the opening lap over
Alan Schlenker, Tony Hilliard, Chris Burge and Bernie Uphold. With one
lap in the books, Burge moved under Hilliard for third and Steve Shultz
climbed to fourth two laps later.
Shultz then moved to second behind Castiglione, but a flat tire forced
him to pit under a lap nine yellow flag. Castiglione held the point for
the restart with Burge, Schlenker, Hilliard and Howie Conk, Jr. in tow.
Following the restart, Castiglione tried to hold off his competition
through turns one and two, but some contact from Schlenker took him
around and collected Uphold and Burge. Green flag racing resumed and
Conk was scored as the leader, followed by Chip Wanamaker, Hilliard,
Paul Morgan, Jr. and Mark Tyson.
Wanamaker took control of the race after the restart and Brian Wozniak
made his way into the top five. Making the outside groove work, Wozniak
picked off cars one at a time and found himself in the second spot
following a quick yellow on lap 15.
With the green flag back out, Wozniak overtook Wanamaker. He continued
to lead at the halfway mark over Wanamaker, Kevin Higgins, Shultz and
With 11 laps remaining, Hilliard and Uphold made contact in turns
three and four. In an attempt to avoid the spinning cars, Tyson shot up
the track and made hard contact with the retaining wall. Tyson appeared
to be shaken, but he climbed from his mount under his own power.
Green flag racing resumed and Wozniak continued to hold off Wanamaker,
but that all changed when Wanamaker gave Wozniak a shot to push him up
the track in turn four with five laps remaining. Wozniak muscled his car
to keep it from not spinning, but the lack of momentum allowed Shultz to
scoot by for second.
Wanamaker went on to take the victory, which was his sixth of the
season. Shultz finished as the runner-up, followed by Conk, Wozniak and
(40-laps) 1. CHIP WANAMAKER 2. Steve Shultz 3. Howie Conk Jr. 4. Brian
Wozniak 5. Paul Morgan Jr 6. Kevin Higgins 7. Bernie Uphold 8. Sam
Danaher 9. Tony Hilliard 10. Chris Burge 11. Alan Schlenker 12. Charlie
Castiglione 13. Mark Tyson
Sideline Tyson in First Street Stock Start
(July 28, 2012)- Alan Schlenker started from the pole position and led
the opening circuit of the 25-lap Street Stock feature. Darryl Schwartz,
Jr. ran second with Bernie Uphold, Chas Castiglione and Mike Garris, Sr.
Chris Burge cracked the top five but lost fourth to Kevin Higgins on lap
two. K. Higgins then powered by Uphold for third on lap eight and tenth
place starter Chip Wanamaker followed through for fourth before getting
by K. Higgins for third on the same circuit. Wanamaker then overtook
Schwartz for second before taking the race lead from Schlenker on lap
K. Higgins battled Schlenker for second and following some racing
contact, the pair spun in turn one. Several others joined the mix,
including Steve Shultz, Castiglione, Schwartz, and Aaron Higgins.
With the green flag back out, Wanamaker continued to set the pace,
followed by Brian Wozniak, Justin Mooney, Tony Hilliard and Keith
With five laps remaining the worst incident of the event took place
when A. Higgins battled Burge for position. Burge’s car clipped the A.
Higgins machine, which shot him toward the front stretch wall. With
nowhere to go, K. Higgins happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong
time and got slammed into the turn one fence. Luckily, neither of the
drivers was injured after the incident.
Green flag racing resumed and Wozniak tried to get a look on the
outside and then underneath Wanamaker in the closing laps, but was
forced to settle for second as the checkers flew.
Wanamaker collected his fifth win of the year, followed by Wozniak,
Mooney, Shultz and Garris.
Street Stock (25-laps) 1. CHIP WANAMAKER 2. Brian Wozniak 3. Justin
Mooney 4. Steve Shultz 5. Mike Garris Sr 6. Charlie Castiglione 7. Alan
Schlenker 8. Chris Burge 9. Joe D'Angelo 10. Bernie Uphold 11. Sam
Danaher 12. Tony Hilliard 13. Darryl Schwarz Jr 14. Aaron Higgins 15.
Kevin Higgins 16. Keith Frankenfield 17.Mark Tyson
Tyson Drives to
Fifth Place Finish at Mountain Speedway
(July 21, 2012)- In his rookie season in the Late Model division this
season, Stone Phillips of Berwick, PA held off several charges by Kyle
Harvell and Geno Steigerwalt to notch his first career victory in the
With double points on the line, Thirteen-year-old Stone Phillips
started from the pole in the 25-lap Late Model feature and led the
opening lap over Kyle Harvell, Geno Steigerwalt, Mitch Hawk and Mark
Harvell got up alongside Phillips to challenge for the lead on several
occasions in the early going and Phillips threw the right blocks when
The first of several yellow flags waved on lap six when Tyson looped
his car in turn four. Green flag racing resumed and Phillips continued
to hold off Harvell and company.
Following a quick lap 11 caution flag, Harvell tried his hand at the
lead. He and Phillips battled side by side and Harvell led lap 11.
Phillips regained the top spot on the following circuit.
In only his eight career start in the division, Phillips wrote his
name in the speedway record book as the youngest PA driver to win a
feature in the division, as he crossed the stripe, taking the checkered
flag. Steigerwalt got by Harvell to finish in second, followed by
Harvell, Hawk and Tyson.
(25-laps) 1. STONE PHILLIPS 2. Geno Steigerwalt 3. Kyle Harvell 4.
Mitch Hawk 5. Mark Tyson
Mark Tyson Gaining Experience at Mountain Speedway
(July 7, 2012)- In his
rookie season as a Late Model driver at Mountain Speedway, Mark Tyson is
gaining valuable experience. July 7th was no different, as Tyson ran the
entire event, logged all of the laps and the end result netted a 4th
Stone Phillips started first in the 20-lap Late Model feature, but Jim
Lamoreaux led the first lap over Phillips, Kyle Harvell and Mark Tyson.
Following a quick yellow for a solo spin on the first lap, Harvell
grabbed second from Phillips and ran down Lamoreaux.
Harvell ducked under the leader entering turn one on the fourth
circuit and took the top spot. Uncontested, Harvell cruised away to his
third straight victory. Lamoreaux settled for second, followed by
Phillips and Tyson.
(20-laps) 1. KYLE HARVELL 2. Jim Lamoreaux 3. Stone Phillips 4. Mark
Mitch Hawk Pilots
the 22 Car to Top 5 at Mountain
(June 23, 2012)- Since he was away on vacation with his family, Mark
Tyson gave the controls of his Late Model to Mitch Hawk. Hawked steered
clear of trouble and ended up with a top five finish.
Mark Tyson Travis Fisher started from the pole position and led the
beginning of the 3-lap Late Model feature over Austin Kochenash, Rob
Ormsbee, Kyle Harvell and Jim Lamoreaux.
Ormsbee climbed to second on the second lap and tried to chase down the
leader. With no yellows to that point and with a used up right rear
tire, Ormsbee lost the second spot on lap 16 and then lost third to
Harvell on lap 18.
The yellow flag waved with seven laps remaining and the top two drivers
headed to the pits, which moved Harvell to the race lead. Without any
serious challenges, Harvell earned his second win of the season,
followed by Ormsbee, Lamoreaux, Mitch Hawk and Stone Phillips.
Late Model (30-laps) 1. KYLE HARVELL 2. Rob Ormsbee 3. Jim Lamoreaux 4. Mitch
Hawk 5. Stone Phillips 6. Travis Fisher 7. Austin Kochenash
Mark Tyson Tunes
in New Car in Late Model Action at Mountain Speedway
(June 9, 2012)- With a new ride for the remainder of the season, Mark
Tyson and his team headed out to Mountain Speedway on Saturday night.
While logging laps to get a feel for the new car, Tyson was involved in
a caution, which was none of his doing. With more seat time in his new
ride, Tyson hopes to net his first career top five feature finish!
Following Formula One type qualifying for the Late Models, Austin
Kochenash turned the quickest lap and started from the pole position in
the 30-lap feature. He led the first circuit over Kyle Harvell and
Travis Fisher. Randell Burnett, who is the car chief for Jamie McMurray
in the Sprint Cup Series held fourth, followed by Stone Phillips.
Burnett overtook Fisher for third following the first lap and then
tried to chase down Harvell. Meanwhile, Kochenash began to open up a gap
over the rest of the field.
As Kochenash tried to put a lap on Mark Tyson in turn one, Barnett’s
car slid up the track got into Harvell. Kochenash continued to extend
his lead. On Lap 22 the caution waived when Barnett spun in turn one. A
slew of caution laps ensued with Fisher spinning twice and Barnett
spinning on his own.
On the restart Kochenash and Fisher were on the front row. Fisher
turned Kochenash in turn one which caused a flat for a Kochenash.
Kochenash pitted and rejoined the field with 22 laps to go. . Despite
some pressure from Burnett in the early going, Harvell drove off to take
his first victory of the season over Burnett, Fisher, Kochenash and
Late Model (30-laps) 1. KYLE HARVELL 2. Randell Burnett 3. Travis Fisher 4.
Austin Kochenash 5. Stone Phillips 6. Mark Tyson
7th at Mountain Speedway
(May 27, 2012)- Stone Phillips started form the pole position and led
the opening circuit of the 30-lap Late Model feature over Kyle Harvell,
Austin Kochenash, Larry Fisher and Lorin Arthofer, but Phillips lead
ended early when he slowed in turn two and was spun from contention.
Green flag racing resumed with Kochenash (Danielsville, PA) as the
leader over Harvell. Fisher climbed to second following a lap four
restart and Harvell dropped to third.
The final yellow flag of the event flew when Arthofer and Rick Smith
raced hard before Smith spun in turns one and two.
With the green flag back out for the remaining 25 laps, Kochenash
distanced himself from the field to win his third feature in four
starts. Fisher was forced to settle for second, followed by Harvell,
Smith and Phillips.
Late Model (30-laps) 1. AUSTIN KOCHENASH 2. Larry Fisher 3. Kyle Harvell 4. Rick
Smith 5. Stone Phillips 6. Lorin Arthofer 7. Mark Tyson
Engine Troubles Sideline
Tyson for Event at Mountain
(May 13, 2012)- Following
practice sessions on
Saturday, Mark Tyson
experienced engine problems
on his #22 Late Model. The
team worked through the
night and replaced the
engine, but it wasn't quite
ready for the race on
"I just wanted to thank all
of the guys that helped us
out with this", noted Tyson.
"Sure, it's frustrating, but
now we have a great motor,
built by Rick Wallace. I also
have to thank Jerry Brightaupt for all of his
help over the weekend."
Brad Brown led the opening
circuit of the 30-lap Late
Model feature before Travis
Fisher overtook him. Over
the next few laps, Austin
Kochenash battled Joe Burns
for second and then the
yellow flag waved when Kyle
Harvell touched Lorin
Arthofer on lap six.
Fisher continued to lead
over Burns, Kochenash, Brown
and Arthofer for the
restart, but Kochenash moved
by Burns and solely into the
second position on lap nine.
Following a yellow on laps
23, Fisher did his best and
kept Kochenash in his
rearview mirror. However,
the caution waved once more,
this time on lap 26 when
Arthofer made contact with
Harvell, who spun in turns
one and two. Burns, who had
nowhere to go, piled into
the mix, as did Stone
Phillips. With significant
damage, Burns and Harvell
were unable to continue.
With a nearly flat right
rear tire, Kochenash was
forced to surrender the
second spot to pit under the
Green flag racing resumed
and Fisher went on to take
the victory over Arthofer
and Kochenash. With his best
career Late Model finish,
Phillips ended up fourth,
followed by Brown.
Austin Kochenash and Travis
Fisher were heat race
Late Model (30-laps) 1.
TRAVIS FISHER 2. Lorin
Arthofer 3. Austin Kochenash
4. Stone Phillips 5. Bradley
Brown 6. Kyle Harvell DNS:
Mark Tyson DQ: Joe Burns
Suffers DNF at Mountain
(April 29, 2012)- Lorin
Arthofer started from the
pole position and led the
first circuit of the 30-lap
Late Model feature over
Larry Fisher, Kyle Harvell,
Austin Kochenash and Brad
Harvell worked into the
race lead on the second lap
and on Fisher worked into
the third spot on the next
go-around. One lap later,
Kochenash grabbed third from
With five laps complete,
Harvell led over Fisher,
Kochenash, Arthofer and
Brown, but that began to
change when Kochenash took
second from Fisher on lap
Kochenash lined up second
following a lap nine yellow
when Mark Tyson pulled off
track. Kochenash powered by
the leader on the restart
and took the race lead.
Kochenash was uncatchable
over the remaining laps and
took his second victory in
as many starts this season.
Fisher settled for second,
followed by Harvell,
Arthofer and Brown.
Late Model (30-laps) 1.
AUSTIN KOCHENASH 2. Larry
Fisher 3. Kyle Harvell 4.
Lorin Arthofer 5. Bradley
Brown 6. Joe Burns 7. Stone
Phillips 8. Mark Tyson
Tyson Ends up Ninth at
(April 15, 2012)- Austin
Kochenash of Danielstown
time trialed as the quickest
Late Model, but following
the redraw, Joe Burns led
the field to the drop of the
green flag in the 30-lap
feature. Burns led the first
circuit over Kochenash, Kyle
Harvell, Larry Fisher and
Brad Brown. Fisher battled
with and then overtook
Harvell on the next circuit
the top spot from Burns on
the second lap and six laps
later, Fisher moved by Burns
and into second.
The yellow flag
waved on lap 13 when Harvell
and Burns ran side by side
for third. The pair began to
work under the lapped car of
Mark Tyson on the
backstretch, making it a
hairy three-wide situation.
Burns and Tyson touched and
the end result was a hard
hit into the wall by Burns.
Green flag racing
resumed and Fisher appeared
to have something for the
leader. As the duo ran side
by side off turn two,
Kochenash’s car pushed up
the track and rubbed Fisher,
who then slapped the
backstretch wall. The change
of events moved Harvell to
second, followed by Lorin
Arthofer, Brown and Stone
untouchable over the closing
laps and went on to score
the opening day victory and
also his second career Late
Model victory at the track
over Harvell, Brown,
Arthofer and Fisher.
Late Model (30-laps) 1.
AUSTIN KOCHENASH 2. Kyle
Harvell 3. Bradley Brown 4.
Lorin Arthofer 5. Larry
Fisher 6. Stone Phillips 7.
Rick Smith 8. Joe Burns 9.
Mark Tyson 10. Jennifer Kutz