LEHIGHTON, Penn. – Youth was served in the Modified ranks at Mahoning Valley (Penn.) Speedway, as 14-year old Kyle Strohl became the youngest driver to win a feature race in the division by capturing the victory in Saturday’s 35-lap main.
He beat none other than the mentor who guided him through the first few weeks, current class champion Eric Beers.
Strohl showed his mettle the previous race when he went wheel-to-wheel with seasoned veteran John Markovic, only to fall short after his car lost power late in that event. Markovic went on to win the race.
He got a second chance to prove that run was no fluke.
“This really is so amazing. I have to thank Eric Beers for helping us these past few weeks getting started,” said Strohl, who was making just his third start in a modified car.
“I knew he was coming too, but I’m just trying my best to run my line and hope no one passes me. This feels great and it’s a dream come true.”
Graver settled for third, with Markovic and Roger Coss completing the top five.
Kyle Strohl, Eric Beers, Kris Graver, John Markovic, Roger Coss, Terry Markovic, Chip Santee, Bobby Jones, Nevin George, Brian Romig, Jarred Nace, Earl Paules