UARA-STARS Top Ten Countdown: Alex Yontz Brings Home Fifth
Hendersonville, N.C. (12/19/11) –
If ever a driver knows how tough the competition level in the UARA is, it is one young man named Alex Yontz. Yontz made his debut run with the UARA in 2002 at the ripe age of 15. He ran only the season opener at Hickory Motor Speedway that year but is probably the only driver to have competed in at least one event every year the UARA has been running. The Yontz family are well known and liked throughout the racing circuit and are firm members of the UARA family. His experience shows on the track as he is one of the top competitors for the series and always stands a chance to win.
Alex Yontz returned to the UARA on March 12, 2011 for his 10th year of racing with the STARS under the watchful eye of Ed Berrier and the Cardinal Motorsports team. He finished 2011 with a solid fifth place finish in the Championship Points.
Yontz competitive nature is evidenced not only with his current history but also in his past on the UARA circuit. In 2006 Yontz ran a strong second to Brandon Ward a mere 26 points behind in the finish. 2008 found Yontz once again in the runner up position with a tiny14 point deficit to winner Jake Crum and two laps shy of being the driver with the most laps lead in 2008.
While his time ran out chasing down Steve Wallace during the series’ second visit to Newport in 2011, his hard work still paid off. Unfortunately for Wallace he was disqualified due to post race inspection, but Yontz was glad to step in and take the win. His team celebrated a much deserved win during the pre-race ceremony at the following race, which was Concord the following weekend.
Along with Yontz’s win for 2011, he won the Five Star 1st place award at Newport. Kingsport and Lonesome Pine were two tracks that seemed to be good to Yontz, claiming many awards at both. Between the two visits to Kingsport Yontz won Swift’s 3rd place award, Circle Wheel 4th place award, and G-Force Shift of the race. At the Pine, he brought home Joe Gibb’s 7th place award and Tilton’s 10th place award. He also won Tilton’s fifth place award during a visit to Rockingham.
Not only is Yontz successful in the UARA-STARS series, he has also branched out to other late model races. This past year, he competed in the well-known Virginia is for Racing Lovers 300 late model race at Martinsville and at Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.
In a recent interview Yontz proclaimed he didn't know what his plans were for 2012 at that time but you can bet he will give it his all and be competitive in all of his endeavors.
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