Wagner Lands Second Mahoning Mods Win


LEHIGHTON, Pa. – Don Wagner won for the second time this year in the Modifieds, but never mind that he almost lost it control when he got into Lou Strohl while racing for the lead.

Never mind the fact that he and Kris Graver had one whale of a battle. And never mind that when he took the lead from Graver after a restart with six laps to go that there were some who felt he may have jumped.

No, the first thing he spoke about after exiting his car was his son, DJ Wagner, who raced to a second place tally in his very first Street Stock feature.

“Let’s talk about my kid,” Wagner said. “I’m so proud of him. I have so much respect for the Street Stock division here. It’s such a close-knit field of cars and they run very clean. Floyd (Santee, promoter) and I were watching them run three wide at times and the respect they show for each other is amazing.”

And what about that Modified race? Wagner and Graver simply amazed the crowd with their continuous two-wide racing that began on lap nine and lasted until lap 29 when the final caution waved.

“I don’t know how they (officials) let that last restart go but it is what it is,” Graver said. “We’ll take this and move on. I have to thank my crew and sponsors for keeping me coming here again and again. Sooner or later, I’m sure we’ll get another win.”

Roger Coss was a very close third with John Markovic and Bobby Jones rounding out the top five.

Taking sixth was Earl Paules and coupled with the 18th place tally of Eric Beers, he took over the point lead for the first time since his championship season of 2012.

Beers was involved in a lap 28 altercation that put him out to the event. When he got back to his pit it was discovered that he had badly sprained his left hand and went to the emergency room for further evaluation.

In what has become a familiarity with the Late Model division in which side-by-side and lead swapping is the norm, two wily champions, Earl Paules would go to the front for a final time on the white flag lap and held on for his fourth win by .085-seconds.

Zach Graver picked up the lead on lap nine of the 30 lap Street Stock feature and went on to win for the first time this season.

In the Dirt Mods, J.P. Curry won for the first time this season.

Pro 4 point leader Nick Baer took the lead on lap six and once there let everyone else sort out the spots behind him as he went on to his fourth victory of the season.

Corey Edelman took another Hobby Stock win after a feisty dual with Rich Mutarelli.

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