LEHIGHTON, Pa. – Nevin George was undeniably above the rest of his modified counterparts in winning his first feature of the year Saturday night at Mahoning Valley Speedway.
With heavy hitters John Markovic, Eric Beers and Earl Paules trying all they could to unseat him from the lead, George was above and beyond no matter what they threw at him.
“I was never worried at all about them. On a lengthy green flag run our car only got better and we never ran more than a 10 lap run. The longer we ran the better we progressed,” said George.
Starting seventh, he raced to the front after an intense duel with Paules over laps 9-15. They would actually swap the lead over that span until George landed at the helm for good on lap 15.
“We had a good car all night right from the heat (race). The tires we have on where for the 100 lapper that got rained out multiple times and we decided to put them on tonight. I knew we would have a decent starting spot so we put the stickers on and took advantage of all that and here we are,” said George.
George indeed had the strongest car but with a number of cautions that dotted the race it kept him from showing just how much he had. Plus there was a water issue in turn four from the heavy rain that hit the track on Friday, making matters interesting to say the least.
“The track was a little uncertain tonight because of the water that was laying in turn four and you didn’t know what to expect from one lap to the next and then there was a little mist coming down,” said George. “But our car stuck and when I get to the front it’s hard to get around me.”
Nevertheless despite all the obstacles, George was close to perfect. His restarts where spot on as he soundly held off his attackers and drove on to victory.
“You plan for this all winter and you come into the season with high expectations. It took us four weeks but I’m glad it’s done and now we’ll get ready for the next one.”
Markovic edged Beers for second while Paules nipped Chip Santee in rounding out the top five.
Other Mahoning Valley winners Saturday were Paul Effrig (late models), Randy Ahner Jr. (street stocks), Kevin Graver Jr. (dirt modifieds), Nick Baer (pro four) and Steve McDonough (hobby stocks).