posted March 21, 2001 06:17 PM
LEBANON VALLEY SPEEDWAY HONORS ITS CHAMPIONS
MARCH 21, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY - Lebanon Valley Speedway honored its 2000 season champions
at awards banquets held March 16 & 17 in the speedway clubhouse. A family
style roast beef dinner was enjoyed by all and a D.J. provided music for
Rich Ricci Jr. and the Gable Motorsports team were crowned the 2000
Modified champion in festivities held Saturday night. This is the first
Modified championship for Ricci and the Gable Motorsports team at Lebanon
Valley. The Modified championship team was awarded almost $5,000 from the
very lucrative Lebanon Valley point fund.
Also being honored for their second through tenth place finish in the
Modified points were Kenny Tremont Jr., Donnie Corellis, Chris Moore, John
Hewitt, J.R. Heffner, ****ie Larkin, Ronnie Johnson, Guy Sheldon and Dave
Leckonby. The eleventh through fifteenth place in Modified points were Chris
Kokosa, David Sanchez, Matt Quinn, Jason Goff and Tim Dwyer. Each received
$500 in point money.
George Marcus captured his forth Sportsman championship in 2000 and in
thanking his team, sponsors and fans announced his retirement. The Marcus
Brothers race team holds the record for sportsman wins at Lebanon Valley
Speedway with 38. For his efforts Marcus received over $2,700 in point money.
Finishing second through tenth in the 2000 Sportsman points were Art
Collins, Sparky Lowe, Bobby Knipe, Hawley Smith, Roy Bridge, Stan Jablonka,
K.C. Goewey, Lorne Browe and Mike Visconti.
Lebanon Valley Speedway inducted two new members to its prestigious Hall
of Fame. Modified driver ****ie Larkin and one of his long time car owners
David Rathbun became the newest Hall of Fame inductees in ceremonies Saturday
Larkin will celebrate his 30th year in auto racing in 2001 and Rathbun, owner
of Village Variety in West Stockbridge, MA was Larkin's car owner for 15
years until retiring after the end of the 1999 season. The Rathbun - Larkin
association garnered the team two Modified championships at Lebanon Valley.
To begin the ceremonies General manager Hertha Beberwyk read a very
respectful and touching tribute to ****ie Larkin written by ****ie's long
time friend and engine builder Denny Raspuzzi.
****ie took over the microphone to deliver one of the most memorable
acceptance speeches ever. He thanked the various car owners, sponsors and
crew members he has had over the past 29 years but the most emotional time
came when ****ie thanked his wife Beth and children.
John Lutes Jr. was awarded the 21st annual Walt Schutt award. This
award is presented to the individual who emulates the spirit of Walt Schutt.
Walt Schutt was a racer who although having the funds to allow him to drive
any car he wanted, chose to not race beyond his means. He was also a true
gentleman on and off the track and raced for the fun of the sport. John Lutes
Jr. is this type of individual.
The John Maxon Modified Rookie of the Year award was presented to
driver of the #23 Modified David Sanchez. David's efforts in 2000 found him
finishing in 12th place in points. While Sportsman Rookie of the Year honors
went to Jeff Watson.
Kim Hart was presented with the 2000 Press Award for her diligent work
in the media. Kim is the host of her own weekly live radio show as well as
working with Fox TV23 Fast Track. She has been instrumental in promoting auto
racing in the capital district and was recognized for her efforts.
In awards ceremonies held Friday night the top drivers and teams in
the Pro Stock, Rookie and Pure Stock divisions were honored. Todd Goldstein
was tops in the Pro Stock division and for his first championship he was
presented with over $1,800 in point money.
Finishing second through tenth in the Pro Stock points were Rob
Yetman, Jim Langenback, Danny Sanchez, Dan Burl, Al Blackburn, Ricky Duzlak,
Robbie Speed, Ed Bachand, Pete DeFiglio and Bob Duzlak.
Rob Yetman was recognized as the 2000 Pro Stock driver of the year and
Pete DeFiglio was honored as the Most Improved Rookie award.
In all almost $80,000 in point money was handed out to the drivers in
the Modified, Sportsman and Pro Stock divisions. Lebanon Valley Speedway
continues its quest to reach the $100,000 mark in point money awarded. Thank
you to everyone who participates in the raffles and events we put on to raise
this money. Without you it would not be possible.
The 2000 champion in the Rookie division was Brian Keough. Brian
thanked his sponsors, crew and fans for their support over the years and was
very emotional when thanking his Dad Jim for letting him get behind the wheel
after getting good grades in school.
Finishing second through tenth in Rookie points were George Stalker
Jr., Dan Humes, Dave Colwell, Lawrence Ball, Rick Fosby, Kevin Arnold, Rick
Spencer, Walt Clark and Phil DeFiglio.
Bob Palmer was presented the hardware for the 2000 championship in the
Pure Stock division on Friday Night. A very soft-spoken gentleman Bob had all
he could do to get up in front of his fellow competitors to thank his team,
sponsors and fans. After he had returned to his seat Bob quickly returned to
the microphone to thank his wife who had forgotten, the room erupted in
Second through fifteenth in Pure Stock points were Ryan Crellin, Joe
Mottoshiski, Ronnie Jacobsen, Pete Wiegand, Scott Kilmer, Wally Engel, Brian
Tator, Anthony Cotugno, Fran Marchand, Richard Harkins, Richard Schumann,
Bill Hughes, Philip Moffit and George Miles, Jr.
A great time was had by all over the two nights of awards ceremonies
and Lebanon Valley Speedway will continue to try to reach the $100,000 mark
in point money. The 2001-racing season at Lebanon Valley will begin on
Saturday, April 14 with a Special 50-lap Modified feature along with Pro
Stocks, Rookies and Pure Stocks. There is also one cannonball run. Gates open
at 5pm with racing at 6:15pm, Modified heats at 7pm. Adult general admission
to opening night is only $10 with kids under 12 "Just-A-Buck".
YOU GOT A PICK-UP TRUCK?
COME TAILGATE PARTY WITH THE OUTLAWS
MARCH 22, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY -- Lebanon Valley Speedway will once again offer its fans a
very unique way to catch the Pennzoil World of Outlaws sprint cars presented
by CARQUEST Auto Parts when they make their annual visit to the West Lebanon
speed plant on Monday May 28th.
The World of Outlaw haulers will park on the dragway allowing the fans in
the grandstands a more unrestricted view of the action on the speedway that
was obstructed by the large haulers in the infield. The modifieds are also on
the card for the night.
Here's where the tailgate party comes in. Fans with pick-up trucks will
be allowed to bring their trucks into the infield and park them on the
west-end side of the pits. Bring your lawn chairs and sit in the back of your
truck and enjoy "The Greatest Show on Dirt". The pit concession will have
their usual great food available, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs,
popcorn, french fries sausage grinders and baked beans. The London broil
booth will also be serving those delicious juicy beef sandwiches. Ice-cold
Pepsi-cola products will also be on sale in the infield area.
There are only a few rules that we ask be followed if you participate in
the pick-up truck tailgate party. No coolers may be brought in with the
pick-up trucks, the pit concession will be open and our prices are very
reasonable. Once your pick-up truck is in the infield area and parked we ask
that you leave it parked in that spot until all the night's racing events
have concluded. The pick-up truck tailgate party will be a lot of fun for
the fans. Load up the truck with your buddies or the family and come on down
to Lebanon Valley to see the "High Flying" Outlaws as they wing their way
around the Valley high banks.
The gates will open for the pick-up trucks to enter the infield at 5pm.
Warm-ups will start at 5:15pm with World of Outlaws time trials at 6:15pm.
The first heat race will hit the speedway at 7:00pm. Tickets for reserved
seating in the grandstands are available now and can be purchased by calling
the speedway office at (518) 794-9606 or (518) 794-9965. The office hours are
10am to 5pm Monday through Friday. All grandstand seating is reserved and
cost $22 each.
Admission to the pits for the World of Outlaws event is $20 for DIRT or
Lebanon Valley license holders and $25 for non-license holders. There is no
additional charge for your pick-up truck to park in the infield.
You can find more information about the 2001 Edition of the Pennzoil
World of Outlaws presented by CARQUEST Auto Parts as well as all the exciting
events at "The Super Dirt Speedway" by visiting www.lebanonvalley.com.