LEHIGHTON, Pa. – When Eric Beers announced that he was not going to run the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour this season and instead race more regularly at his home track of Mahoning Valley Speedway, it brought an already high quality field up a notch.
But despite all the talent, Beers proved no match as he was virtually flawless on his way to winning the 35-lap feature.
Starting from the pole, Beers blasted to the lead at the drop of the initial green and quickly made it a race for second as he was never seriously challenged until a few late cautions afforded runner-up Earl Paules a chance to make a run at him.
“You have 19-20 guys that could win here every week. Earl (Paules) is tough and when he pulled up next to me (under caution) I thought, ‘Oh boy here we go.’ But he’s a clean racer and I’m sure I’ll be running second to him a few times this year,” said Beers, who pilots the Dave and Laura Delange owned No. 45.
“I want to dedicate this win to all the people in Boston who were affected by the bombing.”
Rookie Kris Graver was on the outside front row for the outset and fell in behind Beers at the start. Rick Kirkendall was next in line then Nevin George and impressive first time Modified starter Brandon Oltra.
Beers led the brigade on a non-stop run through lap 19. A spinning car in turn one put a halt to the hot paced action but once back underway it remained all Beers. Within the final handful of laps there were several cautions for minor incidents and each time the race would resume Beers timed his restarts perfectly.