posted October 16, 2000 08:00 AM
PAST WINNERS STUHLER, HEARN, KREITZ, VONDOHREN, ROMANO LEAD EARLY
ENTRIES FOR OCTOBERFEST
HAGERSTOWN, MD. - Several past winners are among the early entries for
the Octoberfest 250 at the Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday and Sunday,
October 28th & 29th. The two day extravaganza features the bigand small
block modifieds, super sprints and late models, the top four divisions
in dirt track racing. A purse in excess of $100,000 will attract the top
drivers in all four divisions. Gates will open at 10 A.M. with racing at
1 P.M. Grandstand general admission is $30 for both days.
Past big and small block modified feature winners Brett Hearn of
Sussex, NJ, Mike Romano of Johnstown, NY, Craig VonDohren of Ivyland, PA
and Billy Pauch of Frenchtown, NJ lead the list of early entries. Hearn
has two big-block feature wins in 1993 and 1997 and Romano earned his
win in 1998. VonDohren has two small block wins in 1996 and 1998 afer a
big block win in 1991. Pauch has four big block wins in 1988-92-95-96
and a small block win in 1999. Many drivers are entered in both small
and big block divisions. Both divisions will have 100-lap features
paying $10,000 to the winner. Other modified drivers entered include
Ricky Elliott, Kenny Pettyjohn, Johnny Johnson, Al Shawver Jr., Tom
Hager, Mike Butterworth, Chad Marvel, Barry White, Meme DeSantis, Butch
Riddle, Shane Townsend, Scott Albert, Spencer Husted, Wade Hendrickson,
Richard Brown, Norman Short, Jr., Lou Blaney, Ryan Watt, Jamie Mills,
Jim Weller, Roger Laureno, James Bobblitt, J.R. Heffner, Derron Rust,
Duane Rust and more.
Three-time winner Gary Stuhler of Greencastle, PA leads the list of
late model drivers entered for the 100-lap $10,000 late model feature.
Stuhler leads all late model drivers with three wins including the
inaugural event in 1988 and is the defending race champion. His other
win came in 1996. Donnie Moran is the only other driver to have more
than one late model win. Other drivers entered include the winningest
late model driver in the northeast, Scott Haus, Larry Wright, Charlie
Schaffer, David Prettyjohn, Jeremy Miller, Frankie Plessinger
Donnie Kreitz Jr. of Sinking Spring, PA leads the list of early
sprint car entries. Kreitz is tied with Billy Pauch in wins with three
and is fresh off a win in the Gumout World of Outlaws show at Hagerstown
on October 7th. Other drivers looking to join Kreitz and cash in on the
$10,000-to-win 50-lap sprint feature include Cris Eash, Rod George,
Chris Knopp, Johnny Mackinson, Chris Strait, Troy Fraker, Mike Dillman
For additional information, contact the Speedway office at (301)
582-0640 or check out the Internet at www.hagerstownspeedway.com.
The Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, six miles west
of Hagerstown, MD off the Huyett exits of Interstates 70 & 81.
OCTOBER 15, 2000 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BILLY PAUCH LEADS LIST OF MODIFIED ENTRIES FOR OCTOBERFEST AT HAGERSTOWN
HAGERSTOWN, MD.-No driver is looking forward to the Octoberfest 250 on
Saturday and Sunday, October 28th & 29th, any more than Billy Pauch. The
annual fall extravaganza at the Hagerstown Speedway brings together the
top drivers in the super sprints, the big block modifieds, the late
models and the small block modifieds, the top four divisions in dirt
track racing. The Frenchtown, NJ driver has won eight feature events in
three of the four divisions. Since the Octoberfest began in 1988, Pauch
has won at least one feature event in seven of the eleven years since
the Octoberfest began in 1988.
Last year, Pauch became the first driver to win two of the four
Octoberfest events in the same day. Pauch almost totally dominated the
afternoon as he pocketed $21,200 with wins in the 50-lap super sprint
feature and the 100-lap small block modified main event as well as a
fourth place finish in the 100-lap big block feature. No other driver
has won in three divisions as Pauch has. Pauch is also the only driver
to have competed in all four classes driving a late model once in 1988.
Last year, Pauch joined Donnie Kreitz Jr. as the only driver to score
back-to-back wins in the super sprints and both drivers share the lead
with the most wins in the sprint division with three. Pauch's first
super sprint win came in 1993. Pauch also leads all drivers with four
wins in the big block modifieds and the only driver to have back-to-back
wins in 1995-96. Pauch won the inaugural big block event in 1988 and won
again in 1992. Pauch's win last year in the small-block modified feature
was his first in that division which was added to the Octoberfest
program in 1995. Pauch joined Doug Hoffman and Craig VonDohren as
winners in both modified divisions.
It is obvious that Pauch enjoys the half-mile surface of the Hagerstown
Speedway along the banks of the Conococheague River. Pauch has earned
$80,000 in first-place winnings alone since the Octoberfest was started
by Promoter Frank Plessinger. Pauch would like to continue his winning
ways and has entered both small block and big block cars sponsored by
724 Auto Sales. Some drivers looking forward to earning the $10,000 top
prize money in the big-block modified feature include Ricky Elliott,
Kenny Pettyjohn, Wade Hendrickson, Richard Brown, Norman Short, Jr., Lou
Blaney, Ryan Watt, Jamie Mills, Jim Weller, Roger Laureno, James
Bobblitt, J.R. Heffner, Derron Rust, Mike Romano, Craig VonDohren, Duane
Rust and more.
In addition to the 100-lap big block modified feature, the Octoberfest
will also have 100-lap $10,000-to-win feature events for the late models
and small block modifieds plus a 50-lap $10,000-to-win main event for
the super prints.
The Hagerstown Speedway is located on U.S. Route 40, six miles west of
Hagerstown, MD off the Huyett exits of Interstates 70 & 81.