Roaring Knob Mtsprts Complex
Covert earns $3,000 with Roaring Knob victory
By Dave KitteyDirtonDirt.com correspondent
MARKLEYSBURG, Pa. (Aug. 29) — Polesitter Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., stayed in control all 35 laps Sunday at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex to capture his fifth race of the season on the Three State Flyers tour for Super Late Models. Covert held off steady pressure from Chad McClellan of Stoystown, Pa., most of the way en route to his $3,000 payday.
D.J. Myers of Greencastle, Pa., rallied from his 10th starting spot to finish second while Devin Friese of Chambersburg, Pa., was third. Scott LeBarron of Dover, Pa., and Mel Minnick Jr. of Uniontown, Pa., rounded out the top five finishers in the first-ever series event at the 3/8-mile oval.
Covert went to the front at the outset with McClellan giving chase. Ron Delano Jr. closed to make it a three-car battle as the frontrunners reached lapped traffic, but a lap-14 caution gave Covert clear racetrack.
McClellan stayed with Covert on the restart and into the race's late stages, but Delano lost the third spot when he hooked the cushion and hit the wall on lap 34, setting up a two-lap shootout.
McClellan's demise came on the restart when he jumped the cushion and spun after mechanical failure, dropping him to 14th in the final rundown.
Myers took up the chase the final two laps, but Covert held on for his third career victory at Roaring Knob.
Notes: Covert's Barry Klinedinst-owned Rocket Chassis has a Hershey Racing Engine and sponsorship from Pre-Mach Inc., Red Wing Shoes and Lias Tire. ... Among drivers missing the Three State Flyers feature: Tim Senic, Billy Holbert, Steve Wilmoth, Nick Dickson, Alan Sagi and Sammy Stile. ...Max Blair outran his father Robbie to win the night's Fastrak Crate feature. ... Roaring Knob hosts the $5,000-to-win King of the Knob on Sept. 11, a 51-lap event sanctioned by the UFO Race Championship Series. ... The Three State Flyers wrap up the season Sept. 10-11 with events at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway and Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway.
Three State Flyers @ Roaring Knob: (1) Jason Covert, (2) D.J. Myers, (3) Devin Friese, (4) Scott LeBarron, (5) Mel Minnick Jr., (6) Jared Hawkins, (7) Keith Jackson, (8) Doug Horton, (9) Ricky Elliott, (10) Scott Rhodes, (11) Mason Zeigler, (12) L.C. Powers, (13) Jack Pencil, (14) Chad McClellan, (15) Danny Pugh, (16) Kyle Merkel, (17) Ron Delano Jr., (18) Jake Hawkins, (19) Bob Gordon, (20) Chuck Harper, (21) Butch McGill, (22) Bob Hershman, (23) Quinton Wyandt, (24) Rodney Phillips, (25) Robbie Blair. Heat race winners: Covert, Elliott, Horton, McClellan. Dash winner: Covert. Consolation winner: Blair.