McKean County Raceway
Tangle of leaders lifts Knight to McKean County victory
EAST SMETHPORT, Pa. (Aug. 6) — Inheriting the lead after a last-lap tangle among two frontrunners, Mike Knight of Ripley, N.Y., won the fifth annual Stephanie Eckl Memorial at McKean County Raceway for his first career victory on the Northern Tier United Late Model Series. | Slideshow
Knight earned $2,000 for the 30-lap victory over Dave Hess Jr. of Waterford, Pa. Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., was third followed by Scott Johnson of Wattsburg, Pa., and 12th-starting Boom Briggs of Bear Lake.
Front-row starters Chad Valone of Warren, Pa., and Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills., Pa., ran up front virtually the entire race with Valone leading every lap except the 12th, when Satterlee briefly slipped ahead. Valone was in control at the white flag but when Satterlee tried to get under him, the leaders made contact in turn two with Valone spinning. Satterlee was charged with aggressive driving and sent to the tail along with Valone, but both drivers elected to park.
Knight restarted up front and raced to the checkered flag ahead of Hess.
Notes: Knight's Rocket Chassis has a Craiger engine and sponsorship from Arrowhead Wine Cellars, Corry Chrysler, Jay's Auto Wrecking and NYPenn Surveying. ... Knight's victory guarantees him a feature starting spot in the ULMS season finale at McKean County. ... In the second consolation race, Brady Wonderling wildly flipped down the backstretch after contact with two other cars. The Rocket Chassis recently purchased from Tim McCreadie's team was destroyed in the series of rolls but Wonderling wasn't injured. ... Jason Dupont earned hard charger honors in the feature with his 22nd-to-ninth run. ... Bob Close was knocked out of the fourth spot with a flat tire on the eighth lap. ... Jeremy Ohl drew a caution with a lap-18 spin. ... David Scott of Garland, Pa., won the Fastrak feature for Crate Late Models. ... The Aug. 14 ULMS event at Arcade International Raceway in Delevan, N.Y., has been cancelled. ... Next up for the series is a $3,000-to-win event on Sunday at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, Pa.
Stephanie Eckl Memorial: (1) Mike Knight, (2) Dave Hess Jr., (3) Chub Frank, (4) Scott Johnson, (5) Boom Briggs, (6) Matt Lux, (7) Greg Oakes, (8) Rob Blair, (9) Jason Dupont, (10) Ron Davies, (11) Brent Rhebergen, (12) Dick Barton, (13) Jeff Hoffman, (14) Darrell Bossard, (15) Bump Hedman, (16) Bob Close, (17) John Volpe, (18) Peter Mantha, (19) Dave Norton, (20) Jason Witherite, (21) Chad Valone, (22) Gregg Satterlee, (23) Doug Ricotta, (24) Al Brewer, (25) Jeremy Ohl. Heat race winners: Close, Knight, Blair, Briggs. Consolation winners: Barton, Lux.