Tremont Switches to Bicknell, Earns 131st Valley Modified Victory

7/3/2018 - 8:19:44 AM

Despite entering Saturday night third in Modified points, Kenny Tremont Jr. and his team felt that they were missing something.  For Saturday night, they acquired a new Bicknell chassis as an experiment.  So far, so good.

Paul Gilardi started from the pole and led early.  Tremont started in the fourth position and wasted no time getting himself to the front.  On lap 4, he passed Gilardi to take the lead and immediately began running away.

Further back, Brett Hearn started his charge from the 15th starting spot in a methodical fashion.  By lap 11, he was up to seventh.  At that point, the yellow flew due to debris from Keith Flach’s car.

Another man on the move was Ronnie Johnson.  Starting 12th, Johnson was right in front of Hearn at the first yellow.  He then left Hearn behind, taking advantage of a couple of restarts to move up to second on lap 13.

Following a spin on the backstretch for Mike King, the field was set for the run to the finish.  Tremont opened up a big gap over the rest of the field and pulled away to take his first win of the year and his 131st Modified win at Lebanon Valley.

“It was very good tonight,” Tremont said afterwards.  “We’d just gotten in a bit of a rut.  [The crew] got together a couple of weeks ago and said that we needed to try something different.  It was all them.  They did all the leg work to get the car together and it worked out good.”

Johnson held on to finish second, followed by Kolby Schroder.  Kyle Sheldon finished fourth, while Hearn’s charge stalled out at fifth.

In the Small Block Modifieds, Chad Pierce started from the pole and ran hard early on.  Behind him, the man that was on the move was Brett Haas.  Haas was fastest in warm-ups and knew that he had to go as soon as the green came out.

On the first lap, Haas moved up from his ninth starting spot to fifth.  A couple of laps later, he was third.  On lap 5, Haas took second away from Olden Dwyer, then immediately ran down Pierce.  Two laps later, Haas had the lead and was driving away.

Why did Haas have to get to the front so quick?  He had to get away from the cavalry, led by Tremont.  Starting 16th, Tremont quickly moved into the top 10, then started picking off drivers one-by-one.

There were no cautions in the feature, but two near misses.  On lap 2, Timothy Davis went for a partial spin in turn 2 and got hit by Frank Harper.  Later on, Jason Herrington and Olden Dwyer had contact on the frontstretch.

Tremont was able to get past Pierce for second on lap 18, but Haas had already built up the better part of a full straightaway on the field.  Haas was able to maintain that gap to take his first win since 2014.

"[The race] was pretty uneventful, which is a good thing" Haas said in the pits afterward.  "I took the lead around lap [7] and I knew from that point that I had to build the lead as quickly as we could.  I guess Kenny [Tremont Jr.] was in second, but we just had to stay consistent and here we are."

Tremont was second, followed by Pierce.  Herrington was fourth, while Dwyer was fifth.

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