LEHIGHTON, Pa. – After a slow start to the season, defending Mahoning Valley Speedway modified track champion Eric Beers got back to his winning ways on Saturday night.
With the change to American Racer as the track tire, Beers had issues in finding a good set-up. Last week, he came on late and recorded a solid runner-up finish to Bobby Jones, but after his performance on Saturday it was clear the team has got things figured out.
Saturday was classic Beers, motoring his way to his 53rd career Mahoning win.
Beers needed nearly 50 laps to secure the lead, as he had a thrilling duel with upstart Joey Jarowicz. But, once he landed the number one spot, he was able to maintain a safe distance over those battling for second and went on to a car length victory over Brian DeFebo.
Austin Kochenash, Kyle Strohl and Kris Graver completed the top five.
“We struggled through pre-season practice and on opening night. We came back last week with a vengeance and got a little bit better, and tonight we showed them what we had,” said Beers, who pocketed $2,500 for the victory.
At the outset, outside polesitter Jarowicz took the lead and was followed by Jack Ely and Don Wagner. Jarowicz was by far the show-stopper, as the sophomore driver put in his best run to date and never let Ely get close enough to make a serious challenge.
Beers was hanging back in fifth spot until a restart on lap 15. At that point, he stepped past Lou Strohl, Wagner and Ely within a six-lap run, focusing in on the leader.
However, Jarowicz proved himself well against the veteran. Over the next 25 laps, it was an awe-inspiring battle between the pair, with Beers doing everything possible to get by. Yet each time he was turned away, as Jarowicz would not allow him access.
It wasn’t until lap 46 that Beers finally slipped ahead for the lead. Unfortunately, that would also be the end to Jarowicz’s great run, as he suddenly lost control and had his back end get out from under him in turn one, bringing out a caution.
“Joey (Jarowicz) ran a heck of a race and he was tough,” said Beers. “He was running such a good line and I tried him on the top and I tried him on the bottom and I just couldn’t do it. The kid did a great job.”
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