posted April 15, 2001 08:05 AM
TREMONT MOTORS TO 1ST WIN OF SEASON
APRIL 14, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY- L&M MOTORS, MANE ATTRACTION and Tire Warehouse helped kick
off the 49th season opener Saturday night. A near capacity crowd saw a great
50-lap modified feature, which was won by Kenny Tremont Jr. The 20-lap street
stock feature victory went to Jim Lagenback.
Matt Quinn and Dave Leckonby brought the modified filed to the start of
the 50-lap feature. Quinn was able to take the lead and quickly motor away.
Mike King moved pass Leckonby to take over the runner-up position. The first
of eight caution flags came on lap four when Rob Pitcher encountered
problems. Tremont used the ensuing restart to move from eighth to fifth.
Steve Devine made contact with the wall and brought out the second caution
flag on lap eight. Dickie Larkin made a strong move to take third on lap
eleven with Tremont hot on his heels in fourth. K.C. Goewey came to stop on
the front stretch on lap 12 slowing the field down once again. Tremont moved
into the runner-up place on the restart.
The fans were on their feet with the battle for fifth on lap 16. J.R.
Heffner, Jason Goff and Donnie Corellis went three wide through the first and
second turn with Heffner coming out on top. Tremont began to apply some
pressure on Quinn on lap 17. Heffner's strong run came to an abrupt end on
lap 17 when something in the rear end broke on lap 18. Heffner was able to
return to the race on lap 22. Tremont made the move for the lead on lap 18
just before the caution flag flew for trouble in turn four.
Billy Decker was on hand for the modified feature Saturday night. Decker
was making his way from deep in the field to seventh by lap 19. Defending
modified track champion, Rich Ricci Jr, also started in the middle of the
pack and had worked his way to eighth by lap 20. The caution flag came out
again on lap 22. While the field was under the yellow flag a light rain began
to fall, but stopped as quickly as it began.
Just past the halfway point Decker passed Larkin to take fourth. Decker
moved passed Corellis on lap 33 and set his sights on Quinn. Tremont had
to deal with lapped traffic with sixteen laps remaining in the race. Ricci
was able to take fifth from Larkin on a lap 34 restart. The two continued to
race side by side on lap 40. The biggest incident of the race came on lap 39
when Ricci, Johnson, Tim Dwyer and Mike King came together in turn one. All
were able to continue but from the back of the field. Decker made the pass on
Quinn on lap 42 and set after the front-running Tremont.
Decker was closing the gap between himself and Tremont in the final
stages of the race. Lapped traffic started to become a factor in the final
five laps allowing Decker to get right on the rear deck lid of Tremont.
Things got real interesting on the final lap as the leaders went into turn
three. Two lapped cars came together right in front of the leaders causing
Tremont and Decker to take evasive action. Decker almost spun and Tremont
bounced off one of the lapped cars but neither driver lost their position.
This set up a one-lap shootout for the victory. Decker could not make a
serious challenge and Tremont took home the victory. Quinn finished third
with Corellis fourth and Larkin fifth.
Modified heat winners were Corellis, Quinn, Hewitt and Heffner
The ageless veteran, Jim Langenback, took the lead on the green flag of
the 20-lap Pro Stock feature and never looked back. Several cars had trouble
on opening night with Ed Bachand, Ray Hall and Don Ely all going up in smoke
during the race. Hall had a real strong run going and was running down
Langenback before his mechanical problems sidelined him. Danny Sanchez took
over second just past the halfway point, followed by Jeff Kelmel, Butch Irwin
and Al Blackburn. The cars stayed single file as the race reached the
three-quarter point. Blackburn was the driver on the charge in the final
stages as he went from fifth to finish a strong third. Langenback was
untouchable as he took home the feature victory. Sanchez was second,
Blackburn third, Irwin fourth and Kelmel fifth.
The winner of the pure stock features were Bob Palmer (A), George Miles
(B) and Steve Hatch (C). Buddy Hencke won the rookie feature event and Gary
Virgilio won the first cannonball race of the season.
Lebanon Valley is back in action next Saturday night with Modifieds, Pro
Stocks, Rookies, Pure Stocks and a Cannonball Run. Race time is 6:15.
L & M MOTORS, MANE ATTRACTION, TIRE WAREHOUSE MODIFIED RESULTS (50 LAPS) 1.
Kenny Tremont Jr, 2. Billy Decker, 3. Matt Quinn, 4. Donnie Corellis, 5.
Dickie Larkin, 6. Guy Sheldon, 7. Eddie Marshall, 8. John Hewitt, 9. Jason
Goff, 10. Mike Benson, 11. Mike King, 12. Dave Leckonby, 13. John Alberti,
14. Ronnie Johnson, 15. Rich Ricci Jr, 16. Denny Soltis, 17. Hawley Smith,
18. John Tucker, 19. Tim Dwyer, 20. Steve Devine, 21. Dave Mosher, 22. Wes
Powell, 23. John Lutes Jr, 24. J.R. Heffner, 25. Maynard Forrette, 26. Rob
Pitcher, 27. Denny Young Sr, 28. Stan Jablonka, 29. Mike Keeler, 30. K. C.
Goewey, 31. Dave McFeeters, 32. Al McCoy, 33. Chris Moore
PRO STOCK RESULTS (20 LAPS) 1. Jim Langenback, 2. Danny Sanchez, 3. Al
Blackburn, 4. Butch Irwin, 5. Jeff Kelmel, 6. Rich Colesanti, 7. Steve
Brownell, 8. Geo. Stalker Jr, 9. Robbie Speed, 10 Ricky Duzlak, 11. Howard
Madsen, 12. Dan Burl, 13. Paul LaRochelle, 14. Don Ely, 15. Rob Yetman, 16.
Ray Hall, 17. Adam Haas, 18. Ed Bachand, 19. Mike McDowell
ROOKIE PRO STOCK RESULTS (8 LAPS) 1. Buddy Hencke, 2. Lawrence Ball, 3. Dave
Colwell, 4. Brian Keough, 5. Dan Blackburn, 6. Phil Moffit, 7. John Santolin,
8. Earl Farley, 9. John Ford
PURE STOCK "A" RESULTS (8 LAPS) 1. Bob Palmer, 2. Wally Engel, 3. Ronald
Johnson, 4. Ronny Jacobsen, 5. Mark Huston, 6. Jay Martin, 7. Randy Myers, 8.
Bruce Pecorella, 9. Gene Cushman, 10. Don Coon, 11. Ed Ashley, 12. Art
Lafferty, 13. Lloyd Tomlin III, 14. Jason Casey, 15. Charlie Rose, 16. David
Stickles, 17. Dwayne Dauski
PURE STOCK "B" RESULTS (8 LAPS) 1. George Miles Jr, 2. Brian Sandstadt, 3.
Keith Barlow, 4. John Denue, 5. Ray Hall Jr, 6. Robert Gibson, 7. Jeff
Douglass, 8. Phil Decker Jr, 9. Chris Streeter, 10. Ron Hapeman, 11. Marcus
Tifft, 12. D.T. Pickard, 13. Doug Moore, 14. Dave Atwater, 15. Peter Wiegand,
16. Fran Marchand Jr
PURE STOCK "C" RESULTS (8 LAPS) 1. Steve Hatch, 2. Mike Garcia, 3. Bruce
Moffit, 4. Jim Dellea, 5. Jim Hankey, 6. Joe DiStefano, 7. Rich Douglass, 8.
Ron Tritschler, 9. Earl Soulier Jr, 10. Mark Forrest, 11. Jamie Reutenauer,
12. Jim O'Neil, 13. Ryan Coon, 14. Robert Brown, 15. Jim Fachini.
CANNONBALL RESULTS (30 LAPS) 1. Gary Virgilio, 2. Ken Van Alphen, 3. Joel
Hunt, 4. Robert Burl, 5. Rick Dempsey, 6. Travis Sanford, 7. Grant Wescott,
8. John Hughes, 9. Daniel Day, 10. Dave Delamater, 11. Frank Boucher Jr. 12.
Boyd Hunt, 13. Dom Calabro, 14. Jim Morris, 15. Mark Van De Carr, 16. Ted
Layton, 17. Chuck Lampe, 18. Rich La Pierre Jr. 19. Bert Long, 20. Bob
Delarm, 21. Josh Brandt, 22. Bill Mc Cann.
LARKIN STARTS 30TH YEAR AT LEBANON SEASON OPENER
APRIL 14, 2001
WEST LEBANON, NY - On Saturday night April 14th, 2001 Dickie Larkin will set
another milestone in his career by beginning his 30th year of racing at
Lebanon Valley Speedway, a career that has spanned 4 decades and numerous
accomplishments. Accomplishments that include 3 track titles at Lebanon, 75
Dirt wins at 7 different tracks, 5 Race of Kings wins, Winner of the 1982
Labor day Race at Syracuse, The first driver in Lebanon valley speedway
history to win both the Modified and Sportsmen Main Event in the same night.
Larkin was recently inducted into the Lebanon Valley Speedway Hall of Fame,
in which he was recognized for his commitment to the sport of stockcar
racing, His racing achievements and his loyalty to his friends and fans.
Something that also lingers as impressively as **** 's career and longevity is
to stop and think, as he has been labeled as one of the greats That Lebanon
and DIRT has seen. Think of how many other great drivers Larkin has had the
opportunity to race against within that 30-year period. Names like Corellis,
Cagle, Ely, Hoard, Schneider, Delmolino, Hulbert, Slavin, Coons, Jelley,
Soltis, Treichler, Balough, Osmun, Weld, The Johnsons, Tremont, Decker,
Hearn, Paine, Bicknell and countless other greats that **** has raced against
on his home turf and at theirs! Impressive also is the fact that as the years
change along with the names, faces and many aspects of the sport, **** Larkin
remains as one of Lebanon's true constants.
The years have seen **** pilot many famous rides through the high banks of
Lebanon, The Jones-Peters-Deland Yellow #39 that propelled Larkins early
years the Sportsmen class during the seventies and was one of the most
successful cars in its class throughout the seventies. The Otto Kundert owned
# 32 "Ottomobile", Larkins first big block ride and one of his most popular.
The Rathbun-Village Variety #99 which was Larkins mainstay through the mid
eighties and nineties and helped propel him in the DIRT Big block ranks.
2000 brought about a transformation for Dickie Larkin. The formation of his
own race team saw Larkin wear the hat of owner and driver. A top ten points
finish at Lebanon for the season and a sixth place finish at the Super DIRT
week Finale ended an upscale first year for the 39 team.
As the 2001 racing season is about to begin, a new The 2001x Bicknell, Denny
Engine Design powered yellow #39 will be Larkin's weekly mount for Lebanon
Valley. Pittsfield Lawn & Tractor has teamed with Larkin Racing as the lead
sponsor for the 2001 Modified campaign. This is PLT's first endeavor in the
Modified ranks as a sponsor. PLT is the leader in Berkshire County for
service, sales and rental of equipment. Their product lines include John
Deere, Husquavarna, Woods, Cub Cadet, Kawasaki, Arctic Cat, Stihl, Bobcat,
Ski Doo and more. PLT is joined on the #39 once again by Moore Builders, M.T.
Cavanaugh, Crescent Creamery, Munson Satellite, RTR Motorsports, Nolan
Trucking, Great River Construction, Broderick Brothers, A-1 Security, H & N
Automotive, Cheyne Sign and Awning, Millerton Dairy Cream, Darcy
Construction, J. Donovan & Son, Balgen Machine, Barrister Bullet, J.D. ,
Chopper, Los, A & J and Air By Ken.
Larkin Racing plans on announcing its commitment to run the 358 series at
Lebanon Valley this season as well as at Syracuse within the next several
weeks. Steve's Auto repair in Great Barrington will be one of the primary
sponsors for the small block car. Also on board for the 358 campaign will be
Moore builders, Munson Satellite, M.T. Cavanaugh, Cheyne Sign and Awning and
The Canaan Car Wash. **** and Beth's son Ryan joins the race team this season
in the pure stock division . Ryan is a college freshmen and as the #39 pure
stock is ready to race, Ryan's season will not start until May after classes
Larkin racing kicked of its 2001 season with a 30th anniversary Racing party
in March at the Great Barrington VFW. Other plans for the season include the
annual Larkin Golf tournament on June 8th at the Egremont Country Club, a mid
season picnic and several sponsor appearances. As always The Larkin fan club
will be selling its wears weekly at Lebanon once again this season.