Story By: PHIL ALLAWAY / LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY – WEST LEBANON, NY – In the Sportsman class Monday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway, John Virgilio claimed the pole by winning the first heat race. That put him in front of a big mess on the first lap.
Robbie Colburn, who started second, got spun out in turn 2, creating a stack up situation. In all, eight cars were caught up in the crash. Only Bam Bam Pinkerous, a 12-year-old racer making his Lebanon Valley debut, was unable to continue.
Once the green came back out, Virgilio was able to pull out to a decent lead over Jeff Higham. Meanwhile, Whitey Slavin moved up to third after the big wreck and began to pressure Higham for second. It took a while, but Slavin finally made the pass stick on lap 12.
Shortly afterwards, a caution came out due to debris on the frontstretch, wiping out a three-second lead for Virgilio. That set up a seven-lap sprint. On the restart, Virgilio was able to pull away to take the victory. Slavin was second, then Higham. Kevin Ward drove up from the back after the opening lap crash to finish fourth, while Peter Lorenzo was fifth.
In Pro Stock, Chad Jeseo claimed the pole for the 20-lap feature after re-igniting his duel with Steven LaRochelle from May 21. After multiple laps, he was able to get past for the lead and win.
The feature itself was quite a bit easier. By winning his heat race, Jeseo claimed the pole for the feature alongside Zach Sorrentino, who is currently racing a rented car while his car is being repaired following a big crash on May 21.
Jeseo was able to get the jump on Sorrentino and pulled out to a decent lead. There was not a whole lot of stress in this race as Jeseo pulled out to a near three-second lead and was able to maintain that en route to his third win of the year.
Sorrentino, driving a car previously raced by Doug Olds, was second. Nick Hilt Jr. was third, then LaRochelle and Zach Seyerlein.
SPORTSMAN FEATURE RESULTS (20 LAPS) 1) John Virgilio** 14 2) Whitey Slavin** 5 3) Jeff Higham 77J 4) Kevin Ward 98 5) Pete Lorenzo 3G 6) Keith Johannessen 4NY 7) Matt Burke* 12 8) Shane Powell 33S 9) Robbie Knipe 57K 10) Mike Nagel JR. M7 11) Ryan Heath 6R 12) Fred Proctor 54 13) Robbie Colburn 18 14) Micheal Sabia 7S 15) Brock Pinkerous 5P 16) Tim Hartman* 22H
PRO STOCKS FEATURE RESULTS (20 LAPS) 1) Chad Jeseo*** 25 2) Zach Sorrentino 54S 3) Nick Hilt* 17 4) Steven LaRochelle* 178 5) Zach Seyerlein 33 6) Dave Stickles 55 7) Johnny Rivers 14J 8) Rick Duzlak 29 9) Tom Dean 413 10) Shawn Perez O9 11) Tom O’Connor 52 12) Brian Keough 311 13) Chris Stalker 177