After leaving Borger's late Saturday afternoon, Pam and I made a quick stop for an ice cream cone, then headed to Mahoning Valley Speedway in Lehighton. This is a track that I have been coming to for 30 years. On tap was a 100 lap feature for the Modifieds, along with four other classes. Admission was $20.
We missed the Modified time trials, plus the heats for some of the other divisions. The last class to run heats, the Dirt Modifieds, had two heats for 12 cars, and were the only class we did not see run their feature.
With four support features and a 100 lapper for Modifieds, you would think they could see a good reason to shorten the normal 45 minute intermission, just in case anything went wrong. But they did not. And it did.
There was a very large crowd on hand, the best I've seen at the track in many, many years. Great job by promoter Floyd Santee in bringing the excitement and atmosphere back to Mahoning.
The first feature was for four cylinder stock cars. There were only three cars and one dropped out early. Waste of time.
The second feature was for the beautiful Late Models. There were 14 of them. Their feature turned into a debacle and was the worst attempt at racing that I've seen in person a long, long, tim. And it was the second worst attempt at racing seen anywhere all year behind the awful Modified race at the Daytona short track that I watched on TV. The Late Model feature lasted over 40 minutes, and when they threw the checkered flag they only had five laps complete. Five! Less than two miles of racing in over 40 minutes??? It doesn't get much worse than that, especially for only 14 cars. That's not racing. Bigger waste of time.
The Street Stocks had a full field of 29 cars. Even their consie had 14 starters. And they put on a whale of a race, one of the best support class races I've seen all year. Way to go.
Next was the 100 lap Modified race. It was a pretty good race, with lots of passing. I'm convinced that there is more passing on a consistent basis at Mahoning that at any other track that runs the pancakes. There were not a lot of yellows either, although they could use some improvement in getting the race restarted after yellows. Eric Beers took the win.
I usually enjoy my annual visit to Mahoning, and this year was no different with some bad racing, but a decent amount of really good racing. The show was over at 10:30, not too late for families. On the other hand, they started at 6:00 so this was a four and a half hour show. That's a long show. If I were promoter, I would say that the Modified feature was going to be the first feature after 8:30. Then, no matter where they were in the show, if they needed to, they could move up the top class feature to keep within a three hour window.
With four hours at Borger's and a four and a half hour show at Mahoning, it was a long day at the races. I was glad that we were only about 40 minutes from home. It was still a good day with two complete shows at two old favorites. I'm still a race fan.
And the next day I would demonstrate by being at my sixth track in less than a week.
Guy & Pam Smith 2013 Summary
2013 New Tracks--Guy 16 / Pam 9
2013 Events-- Guy 27 / Pam 13
2013 Total Tracks-- Guy 26 / Pam 13
2013 Additional new Non TC Tracks--Guy 1 / Pam NA
Lifetime Total Tracks--Guy 1,493 / Pam 846
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