Beers Rules Mahoning Opener


LEHIGHTON, Pa. — When Eric Beers climbed from his race car after winning the opening night 100-lap modified feature at Mahoning Valley Speedway, the defending track champion explained how out of shape he felt from the grind of the century run. His performance, however, showed otherwise.

Without missing a beat from his record setting season of a year ago, Beers took the lead from Austin Kochenash on lap 36 then set sail in claiming his 10th win in a Mahoning extra distance event. The victory was worth a cool $4,000, the largest amount ever awarded for a 100-lapper.

“I am really spent after that one,” said Beers. “I realize now how out of shape I am but wow what a way to start off the season. My hat’s off to Floyd Santee (promoter) who did an awesome job putting this night together. We have a full house of fans and a super field of cars.”

Austin Kochenash finished second ahead of Nevin George, Matt Hirschman and Roger Coss.

Earl Paules won the late model feature and Todd Ahner topped the street stock race.

Kris Graver won the dirt modified event and Jake Kibler topped the Pro 4 field. Jeff Biegley took the checkered flag first in the hobby stock race.