“Bob Bruneau gives us a great engine and we were lucky enough that we had enough grip to put the pedal down and we got a good jump each time after the cautions,” said Beers.
Paules was making an attempt to reel in Beers. After starting seventh, he weaved through traffic and into the top three by lap 21. He was locked in behind George until a restart with six to go. The only chance thereafter at getting the lead was on restarts but Beers would have none of that as he went on to notch his 29th career win and take over second spot on the all-time Mahoning Modified win list.
“The car was pretty hooked-up. I don’t know how far out we got on the long run but I was just hoping no one could keep up with us,” said Beers.
“I’m just glad we came out on top tonight and I want to thank all the fans who had to sit through some pretty cold weather tonight and the Santee’s (promoters) for having us, this is a great facility.”
John Bennett, who started 17th, moved into third with five laps to. George settled for fourth and with that took over the point lead. John Markovic completed the top five.
“When I got up to Eric (Beers) that was good enough for me especially after last week. That was the first time in two years that we went off on the hook so I’m happy with second. He was holding the bottom and clearly you weren’t going to drive around the outside of him. You just had to be smart enough and say this is where we’re going to end up tonight,” said Paules, who was coming off his worst finish, 18th, in over two years.
Other winners Saturday included Earl Paules (late models), T.J. Gursky (street stocks), Mike Stofflet (dirt modifieds), Kyle Strohl (four-cylinder stocks) and Jeff Biegley (hobby stocks).