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posted April 14, 2001 09:13 PM UIN: 16262997
By: Dustin Jarrett (

Crooksville, OH (4/13/01) - Midway Speedway continued to be the place to race Friday night as a near standing-room-only crowd was saw over 110 cars flood the pits for a regular racing program.
Butch McGill and Larry Bond led a stellar field of Late Models down to the green flag as the feature certainly began with a bang. Bond lost the handle in turns one and two as several cars were gathered up in an incident before the race even started. Bond, Charlie Duncan, Courtney Clewell, Doug Dodd, D.J. Cline, and other were all involved in the accident. Only Bond and Dodd would be unable to continue.
This moved third heat winner Greg Baumberger to the outside front row and, after several aborted starts, the Late Model feature got underway with a single-file start. McGill immediately raced ahead with Baumberger and Sam Stile battling for second. As McGill began working through the backmarkers on lap 6, Baumberger slowly closed the gap between he and the leader. A lap 10 caution for debris slowed the pace and tightened the field back up.
On the restart, Baumberger looked to the inside of McGill on several ocassions, only to have McGill shut the door. McGill used lapped traffic to slowly pull away from Baumberger and Stile. Stile would grab the second position with five laps remaining, but was unable to chase down the Butch's Body Shop sponsored #1mc as West Union, WV's Butch McGill brought home the win with Stile 2nd, Baumberger 3rd, Corey Conley 4th (from the tail), and Mitch Brunton 5th.
Second heat race winner Tim Roll grabbed the early lead at the start of the AMRA Modified feature. Roll held the point through two cautions until Ricky Hite nabbed the top spot on lap 6. Hite brought Greg Schilling, Skip Watterman, Jerry Farmer, and Norm Aronhalt with him as the top five cars were putting on a show. Hite led with Schilling in hot pursuit as Watterman, Farmer, and Aronhalt swapped positions nearly every lap. On lap 13, Roll lost the handle in turn four bringing out a caution and setting up a seven lap dash to the finish.
On the retstart, Schilling shot to the bottom of the race track and was side-by-side with Hite for the lead. The two battled down the front stretch and into one, but Hite had more momentum off two and held the edge. When the checkered flag waved, Zanesville, OH's Ricky Hite held on to grab his first win of the season in the #44. Schilling finished second with Aronhalt, Watterman, and Farmer rounded out the top five.
When the green flag dropped, polesitter Sam Lovejoy darted into the lead in the Coca-Cola Street Stock feature with Dana Hammers and Pat Garrett in tow. Garrett slipped by Hammers on lap 3 and began to give chase to race leader Lovejoy. Hammers slowed on the speedway bringing out a yellow on lap 5.
When racing resumed, Tim Frame looked for a pass on Mike Gibson for third but could not complete the task. Frame finally made his move on lap 8 and bolted into the third position. Cautions on laps 9 and 10 gave Frame the break he needed to catch the front duo of Laovejoy and Garrett.
On the restart, the fans were treated to a phenominal battle up front between Lovejoy, Garrett, and Frame. The trio and any time coiuld have been covered with a balnket as Garrett was constantly looking for a pass on Lovejoy and Frame was trying to find a way around Garrett. When all was said and done, South Zanesville's Sam Lovejoy nosed out the win in his DJ's Auto Body sponsored #45. Garrett, Frame, Gibson, and Rod White completed the top 5.
The Pure Stocks had the biggest class on hand Friday night and Dutro Used Cars Pure Stock feature would also be a great race. Ryan Miller and Rick Reed brought the field down to the green with Miller getting the early race advantage with Steve Harmon holding down second. A lap 3 caution for Rob Foraker helped keep the field tight and kept Miller within striking distance of Harmon. That would prove to be the race's only yellow flag.
The restart saw Miller pull ahead again as as seventh starting Jeff Tolliver was quietly moving through the field. In one bold move, Tolliver went from fifth to third on lap 5 and set his sights on Harmon. Meanwhile, Miller was busy driving off into the sunset up front as the Zanesville, OH native went on to put the Old Village Meats sponsored #11 in winner's circle. Harmon spun on the final circuit giving second to Tolliver with Harmon third, Ryan Mayle fourth, and Wayne Shaw fifth.
Lyle Swain grabbed the early lead at the start of the 4-Cylinder Mini-Stock feature with Terry Styer in tow. Swain led the first two circuits until mechanical woes forced him piside. Styer then inherited the lead, only to relinguish it to a hard charging Steve Cruse. Cruse grabbed the point on lap 4 and held on to pick up the win. Styer, Earl Reeves, Terry Dodson, and Mike Hutchinson made up the top five.
Next Saturday will be the Mini 30 for the 4-Cylinder Mini-Stocks paying $500 to win. There will be a regular racing program for all other classes. For more infomation contact track promoters Jesse and Tracey Wardell at (740)-342-1488 or (740)-982-2734 on race day.
Midway Speedway... your Friday night PLACE TO RACE!!!



Friday, April 20th -- Mini 30 for 4-Cylinder Mini-Stocks/$500 to win! Regular show for all other classes
Friday, April 27th -- Powder Puff race! Plus regular show
Friday, May 4th -- Kid's Night! Plus regular show

Friday, May 18th -- BOSS 360 Sprint Cars!!! Plus AMRA Modifieds, Street Stocks, Pure Stocks, and 4-Cylinder Mini-Stocks

COMING Sunday, May27th -- Jim Dunn Memorial for Late Models!!!


Results Summary -- April 13, 2001

Heat #1: Butch McGill, Sam Stile, Charlie Duncan, Ray Seifert, Doug Drown
Heat #2: Larry Bond, Mitch Brunton, Ralph Withem, Willie Bigham, Jason Hindle
Heat #3: Greg Baumberger, Doug Dodd, Corey Conley, D.J. Cline, Rob Campbell
B-Main: Courtney Clewell, Bob Moskey, John Williams, Charlie Lewis
Feature: McGill, Stile, Baumberger, Conley, Brunton, Clewell, Drown, Duncan, Seifert, Cline, Hindle, Williams, Bigham, Moskey, Withem, Campbell, Bond, Dodd

Heat #1: RIcky Hite, Greg Schilling, Skip Watterman, Jess Hartman, Robin Duston
Heat #2: Tim Roll, Jerry Farmer, John Wyer, Rob Stambaugh, Fred Hittle
Feature: Hite, Schilling, Norm Aronhalt, Watterman, Farmer, Stambaugh, Duston, Hartman, Hittle, **** Holbrook, Jay Helton, Roll, Vinny Payne, Bryan Filkins, Robert Settles, Wyer, Ron Dunkle, Larry Holbrook

Heat #1: Sam Lovejoy, Mike Gibson, Eric Lane, Jason Graham, John Wilson
Heat #2: Dana Hammers, Troy Wells, Teddy Bear Tucker, Larry Tabler, Jim Riley
Heat #3: Pat Garrett, Tim Frame, Bill Hammers, Rod White, Darrell Sanders
B-Main: Mike Ankrom, Dan Walker, Ed Holcomb, Tank Wilson
Feature: Lovejoy, Garrett, Frame, Bigson, White, B. Hammers, Ankrom, Wells, Sanders, Walker, Holcomb, Graham, Tucker, Riley, Tabler, Lane, D. Hammers, T. Wilson

Heat #1: Ryan Miller, Bubby Sollar, Ralph Gardner, Mark Alfman
Heat #2: Rick Reed, Wayne Shaw, Ryan Eveland, James Creech
Heat #3: Steve Harmon, Jeff Tolliver, Bill Summerville, Ronnie Mayle
Heat #4: Ryan Mayle, Chad Elkins, Don PIckenpaugh, Rob Foraker
B-Main: Robert Mayle, Wimpy Carnes, Paul Greiner, Jason Jarrett
Feature: Miller, Tolliver, Harmon, Ryan Mayle, Shaw, Sollar, Reed, Robert Mayle, Summerville, Pickenpaugh, Alfman, Carnes, Creech, Elkins, Gardner, Ronnie Mayle, Eveland, Foraker

Heat #1: Lyle Swain, Mike Hutchinson, Chuck Shipley, Ernie Talbot
Heat #2: Terry Styer, Cecil Stage, Earl Reeves, Terry Dodson
Feature: Steve Cruse, Styer, Reeves, Dodson, Hutchinson, Anthony Fondale, Talbot, Shipley, Stage, Swain

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