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Lehighton, Pa, September 10, 2016. — Matt Janisch of Nazareth, Pa won the American Three Quarter Midget Racing Association’s race at Mahoning Valley Speedway when he overtook race-long leader Buddy Sload following a restart with five laps remaining. This is Janisch’ sixth win of the season and second at Mahoning Valley making him the only TQ racer to win on Lehighton’s circular oval. Sload finished second with Jeff Kot rounding out the podium. Heat Races were won by Buddy Sload and Mike Tidaback. Unofficially Janisch’s win wraps up the championship heading into the ATQMRA’s last race of the season at Wall Stadium Next Saturday, September 17th. The ATQMRA has a pair of non-point open competition wingless indoor rules package races at Stafford Springs Speedway and the annual Turkey Derby at Wall.
The front Row of pole sitter Mike Glaser and Buddy Sload took the Green flag from starter Bobby Stull. Glaser won the drag race into turn 1 but Sload was able to carry the momentum around the outside to shoot into the lead exiting the second turn. Sload looked to be on a mission to be the first ATQMRA Racer not named Janisch or Sutton to earn a win in 2016 opening a significant gap on the field.
The first caution of the race would fall when Joey Payne III’s engine expired ending his night. Payne has been seemingly snakebitten all season long. He has put in a significant effort all season long to have his car prepared and at the track only to have most of his days end in frustration. This night at Mahoning was no different. Better days are ahead.
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