Late into the race Zane Zeiner, who was making his first start of the season, came up to third and finished just a few feet behind the front two. George, who was fourth, now has three straight top fives to start off the year. Last week’s winner Eric Beers rounded out the front five. Heat wins went to Paules, George and Kochenash.
Overall Kochenash now has three wins in five 2013 starts as he also won the Late Model feature on Opening Night.
“It’s always fun to come here and race. This is a great place and the Santee’s have put so much into the track,” said Kochenash.
After struggling the first two weeks of the season with steering box problems, Lehighton’s Rick Wallace was able to show his hand and powered his way to victory in the Late Model feature.
Wallace took the lead after waging a torrid duel with Frankie Althouse who had led from the outset. He used a lap nine restart to get the front spot but one lap later Althouse would reassume the position. Wallace kept things very close and two laps later, while utilizing the outside route, he would retake the lead and hold it for good.
He slowly pulled safe enough away and went on to solid victory. A journeyman driver, Wallace is now in his 25th season of racing and is a true iconic figure of Mahoning Valley Speedway.
“The first two weeks we really struggled with the power steering issues but we put a lot of time in over the past week and the car was awesome tonight,” said Wallace, who is now in his 25th season of racing and recorded his 31st Late Model win.