EAST NASSAU, N.Y. -- Donnie Corellis claimed the marquee feature, the 30-Lap Big Block Modifieds, Saturday night at Lebanon Valley Speedway, topping a field of 22 for his first win of the season.
At the front of the class at the start were the No. 34H of Steve Hough and the No. 42P of Matt Pupello. Amid tight action, the caution flew by lap 5 for the No. 74 of J.R. Heffner, as mechanical issues ended his night early.
On the restart, it was an all No. 34 front row, as Hough was joined by teammate Andy Bachetti to try and vie the race win. Hough and Bachetti battled it out relentlessly up front, but Bachetti won out, and took control of the field by lap 8.
But, deep in the pack, the contenders were coming. Brett Hearn, Corellis, Brian Berger and Kenny Tremont Jr, were all battling it out to get to the front. Tremont’s night ended around the 12th lap with electrical issues that left Hearn, Corellis and Berger to try and get to Bachetti.
Then on lap 15, Hearn’s night came to a halt as the flame went out of the No. 20H in turn 2. That left Berger and Corellis to try and get to Bachetti up front. On the restart, it was Bachetti, Corellis, Hough, and Kyle Sheldon as the green flag flew.
Corellis finally dove low off of turn 4 for the lead over Bachetti and began to check out. A late race charge by Bachetti saw the two run side-by-side for the remaining 2 laps for a but Corellis prevailed at the line.
The Steve Hough Motors 358 Modifieds had their 20 lap feature event earlier in the night as the No. 171 of Tom Faxon held the lead till Andy Bachetti and Brett Hearn powered by on lap 13. Hearn snuck by on the lap in turn 3 to take the lead, and the win.
In the LV Sportsman 20 lap feature event, controversy developed late in the race as Chad Pierce had his No. 83 in control of the event until the No. 21 of Ryan Darcy blew past in the closing laps to take the checkered flag. But the No. 21 did not pass the standard post race scale, and was later DQ’d, as the win was awarded to the No. 83 of Pierce.
Chad Jeseo won in the pro stock echo series, while, in the Purestocks, Rob Palmer, Chad Arsenault, and Al Relyea all took home wins earlier in the evening.