|Rex King Wins BRP Tour Race At Eriez Speedway|
On the Delaware double-file restart, Cooter King blasted into second and he began to challenge Weaver for the lead. Their nip and tuck battle was interrupted by a massive pile-up in turn four on lap 13. While no cars were eliminated in the accident, it did substantially alter the running order from mid-pack on back. Somehow, King Sr. managed to avoid getting collected in the melee, and he moved up in the field for the restart.
On lap 14, Cooter made another bold run at Weaver, but this time he jumped the cushion, allowing his dad to slip by for second. Now, it was King Sr. chasing after Weaver. On lap 20, King Sr. went to the cushion coming through turn four and he won the drag race into turn one. Weaver fought back through turns one and two, but King again used the cushion to perfection coming off the second turn to maintain his advantage.
With King Sr. out front, Jr. went back to work on Weaver. They again raced side-by-side, but this time it was for second place. Cooter took the position away on lap 23, and it looked like Weaver was starting to fade.
Just when it looked like Murdick and Kevin Hoffman would mount their own attacks upon him, Weaver rallied. Although neither of them could pass Weaver, they would continue to swap positions as the laps wound down.
When the checkers flew at the end of the 30 lapper, it was King and King, followed by Weaver. Hoffman claimed fourth, from seventeenth on the starting grid. Hoffman reverted to a back-up car when his primary mount sustained a terminal oil leak in the heat race. Murdick rode home in fifth with his battered mount.
Jeremiah Shingledecker was sixth, after pitting fopr a flat rear tire in the middle stages of the race. Gabany finished seventh, just one notch ahead of another New York invader, Ron Cartwright. Brad Rapp was ninth. Mark Frankhouser finished tenth after running near the front for most of the event.
For their efforts, the Kings and Weaver each earned prize packages from Cintingency Connection. Hoffman, Murdick and Shingledecker also received prizes from Bully Dog. This pair of sponsors, new to the Modified Tour for 2012, will be back in a big way at Eriez when the Tour has its return engagement over the Labor Day weekend. That race will be the final leg of the Bully Dog Northern Challenge. The mini series will carry $1,500 in prizes, along with some bragging rights, or, should we say barking rights!
There were a pair of heat races for the 20 car field. The winners were Shingldecker and Peter Britten. The Aussie was making his first start with the Modifed Tour.
The next stop on the 2012 BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will be at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, on Saturday, May 26.
The roster of 2012 sponsors for The Modified Tour, Inc. includes: Bicknell Racing Products; Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.; World Racing Group - DIRTcar; Sunoco Race Fuels - Bazell Oil Co.; Approved Toilet Rentals, Inc.; Bert Transmission; ATL Fuel Cells; Big Daddy's Speed Center Inc.; Bilstein Shocks - Fastline Performance; Brisk Spark Plugs; Bulldog Rear Ends - Diversified Machine, Inc.; Bully Dog; Controlled Thermal Processing, Inc.; Engles Trucking Services, Inc.; ISC Racers Tape; Hall's Safety Equipment Corp.; JE Pistons; King Brothers; Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc.; Landrum Spring; Mallary Ignition Performance; McCool's Signs and Graphics; Motorsports World; Oyler Photos & More; PerformanceParts.com; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Preist Enterprises, Inc.; Pyrotect; R2C Performance Products; RaceQuip; Ray's Racing Collectibles; Redhorse Performance; Richmond Geer; Rod End Supply; Scorpion Racing Products; Turbo Start Batteries; Turn One Power Steering; Ultra-Shield Race Products; Winters Performance Products Inc.; and Wrisco Industries Inc. Watch for further additions to the list of 2012 sponsors.
Now in its fifteenth year of success, The Modified Tour, Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania area the opportunity to compete for higher purses and a substantial points fund. The Modified Tur has had great success at bringing together the top stars at the area speedways.
BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour Round 1, Eriez Speedway, Hammett, PA, May 20, 2012: 1. Rex King, Sr. ($2,000); 2. Rex King, Jr. ($1,500); 3. Brian Weaver ($1,000); 4. Kevin Hoffman ($800); 5. Dave Murdick ($600); 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker ($550); 7. Eric Gabany ($500); 8. Ron Cartwright ($450); 9. Brad Rapp ($400); 10. Mark Frankhouser ($360); 11. Mike Turner ($330); 12. Shawn Fleeger ($320); 13. Steve Feder ($310); 14. Peter Britten ($300); 15. Rob Curtis ($290); 16. Chris Haines ($280); 17. Joe Kubiniec ($270); 18. Carl Murdick ($260). DNS: Kevin Bolland and Jeremy Paup ($200).