Corellis Is LVS ‘King Of The Track’


WEST LEBANON, N.Y. – Another beautiful summer night of racing action took to the high banks of Lebanon Valley Speedway on Saturday.

The fans packed the mighty Valley of Speed to witness Donnie Corellis dominate to take the Big Block Modified King of The Track. Ryan Darcy led wire to wire for the win in the Small Blocks, while Ray Hall Jr won the Sportsman feature and Paul LaRochelle won in Pro Stocks.

Clear skies and beautiful weather brought the fans out in droves to the mighty high banks at Lebanon Valley Speedway. As they all nestled into their seat, the Big Block Modifies took to the speedway for their 30 feature event with a special $5,000 and a title of King of the Track presented by Rifenburg Construction.

At the drop of the green, the 10x driven by Guy Sheldon drove off to the early lead over the 42P of Matt Pupello. As the laps were ticking away, back in the field, the usual suspects began making their charge to the front.

Brett Hearn, J.R. Heffner and Donnie Corellis were working through the traffic trying to get to the front of the class. With nearly a dozen laps on the board, Corellis gets to the front first by taking over the top spot by lap 11.

Once the 57 got out front, he checked out on the field, back in the field, Heffner made his way to 2 nd by lap 25 and began to run down Corellis. Lap 26 saw the only caution of the event, as Hearn slowed with a right rear flat.

When racing resumed, Heffner made a last ditch effort to make the pass for the lead, but Corellis was too strong, and pulled away to the win. Heffner settled for 2 nd, Pupello held strong for 3 rd, followed by Sheldon and Andy Bachetti to complete the top 5 finishers.

In the Small Block Modified feature, Ryan Darcy led from the pole from green to checkers for the win in their 20 lap feature. Chad Jeseo charged from nearly the tail of the field to finish 2 nd while Jason Herrington, Frank Hoard III and Frank Harper completed the top 5 finishers.

The Budget Sportsman feature was plagued by multi-car incidents that thinned out the field. The worse of which involved the 95 of Carmon Carnibucci while leading blew a radiator hose at the top end of the backstretch sending him and several others into the turn 3 wall with heavy damage.

That handed over the lead to the 72 of Ray Hall Jr. Once out front, Hall checked out on the field to score the win over Timothy Davis II, Jeff Watson, Matt Pappa and Michael Sabia.

In the Pro Stock full-fendered feature, the early leader Ricky Duzlak suffered mechanical issues early handing over the lead to the 315 of Jon Routhier.

Routhier held strong out front until the hard charging Paul LaRochelle powered his 78 around Routhier by lap 11, and checked out on the field. A few cautions slowed the field, but wasn’t gonna be enough for anyone to catch the 78 out front.

The finish:

Donnie Corellis; J.R. Heffner; Matt Pupello; Guy Sheldon; Andy Bachetti; Kyle Sheldon; Eddie Marshall; Keith Flach; Brian Berger; Kolby Schroder; Rob Pitcher; Kenny Tremont Jr; Brett Hearn; Paul Gilardi; Kyle Armstrong; Kyle Hoffman; Mike King; Bobby Hackel; Chris Kokosa; Olden Dwyer; Frank Hoard