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posted April 22, 2001 02:53 PM UIN: 16262997

Indiana, PA (April 21) - Wally Fox from Cooperstown, PA nailed down his first Late Model feature win in ten years of trying at Challenger Raceway on Saturday night. Since the 25-year veteran entered the class in 1992, victory had eluded him until tonight's Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature. In the Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds, veteran Jim Bertges from Pittsburgh, PA picked up his first victory of the season. Jeff Walters from Evans City, PA scored a career first feature win in the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks. Mark Marian from Smock, PA not only picked up a career first feature win in the North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks, but did so in his second career start.

Qualifying action narrowed a field of 36 Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models down to 24 for the 25-lap feature, which started with Sam Stile and Wally Fox on the front row. Stile moved into the early lead, before a yellow flag waved on lap 2. Stile experienced mechanical problems under the yellow flag period, which ended his race. Fox inherited the lead, as the race progressed slowly until a restart on lap 6. Back to green, Fox continued to lead Dave Norton, before ninth starting Nick Jones moved to second on lap 10. Jones quickly closed on Fox, and the battle for the lead was on. A lap 14 yellow bunched the leaders once again, with the lead battle resuming. When Fox bobbled momentarily off of turn four on lap 16, Jones was right behind and made contact with the leader. The contact caused damage to the right front suspension of Jones' car, which ended his event. Leading the remaining distance, Fox scored his first feature win in the division since he entered it in 1992. Norton came home second but advanced to the division point lead. Nolan Dalton challenged for second in the closing laps, but raced home third. Dave Satterlee was fourth, with Tom Decker fifth. Chuck Kennedy, Rob Blair, Bobby Stokes, Dave Lyon, and Mike Blose completed the top ten. Lynn Geisler, Fox, and Decker were Heat race winners, with Ron Davies winning the Last Chance Race.

Fred Bratchie and Rich Womeldorf led the 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature to the green flag, with Bratchie taking command at the start. Jim Bertges was quickly on the move from fourth starting spot, and took command on lap 3 with a pass on the homestretch. Bertges pulled to a healthy advantage before the only yellow flag of the event waved on lap 13. Back to green, the story was the same as Bertges easily controlled the remaining laps to score the victory. Joe Kelley raced home second, ahead of point leader Bob Skwara. Jeff Taylor was fourth, with 20th starting Chuck Kennedy racing home fifth. Heat race winners were Bertges and Skwara.

The 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature started with Jeff Walters and Randy Caldwell on the front row, with Walters taking command at the start. Walters enjoyed a comfortable lead until a lap 12 restart bunched up the field, putting a host of advancers on his bumper. Though Ron Kosecki posed a strong challenge, Walters held on to notch his first career feature win. With the top five cars all under a blanket at the finish, it was Kosecki, 11th starting Butch Lambert, 12th starting Scott Bochek, and 16th starting Joe Kelley racing past the finish line. New point leader Walters and Bochek were Heat race winners.

After finishing last in his first career start one week ago, Mark Marian quickly turned things around by promptly winning in his second career start. Taking the lead on lap 3, after starting third in his number 3M, Marian controlled the 15-lap feature for the North East Locators Strictly Stocks. Jesse Fessler made a late charge from 11th starting position but settled for second over point leader Bill Hebenthal, Joe Starcher, and Henry Wilfong. The Heat winners were Marian and Wilfong.

Strictly Stock driver David Sialer was transported by Life-Flight Helicopter to the Hospital after a wreck on the backstretch in the feature. An update on his condition was not available at press time.

Challenger Raceway will be a busy place with the coming weekend. The weekly four-division racing program will take place on Saturday, April 28, followed by the first special event of the season on Sunday, April 29. The Renegade STARS Racing Series will visit for the running of the "Spring Fling" with the winner earning $5,000, with the Townsend Gas and Oil Modifieds also on the card. The gates for all racing programs open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on SR 286, then one mile north on McIntyre Road. For more information, please call 724-726-5494 for the office, or 724-726-9808 for the track. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, visit the track's web site at

Upcoming events:
April 28 - Four division racing.
Sunday, April 29 - STARS Late Models, Spring Fling, $5,000 to-win plus Mideastern Modifieds.
May 5 - Four division racing plus Pure Stock Mechanics Race. Indiana County Technology Center Night.

Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, April 21, 2001.

Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 36.
Heat winners, Lynn Geisler, Wally Fox, Tom Decker.
Last Chance Race winner, Ron Davies.
Feature, Wally Fox, Dave Norton, Nolan Dalton, Dave Satterlee, Tom Decker, Chuck Kennedy, Rob Blair, Bobby Stokes, Dave Lyon, Mike Blose, Matt Lux, Tom Kitchen, Ron Davies, Dwayne Steiner, Nick Jones, David Scott, Rodney Sweitzer, Brian Weyandt, Lynn Geisler, Dutch Davies, Rodney Phillips, John Flinner, Sammy Stile, Gene Kain.
Did not qualify, Rob King, Matt Urban, Jeff Chronosky, Jr., Spanky Dougherty, Gary Lyle, Rusty Whitmore, Bob Wearing, Jr., Tony Burke, Rick Davis, Tony Raneri, Dwayne Taneyhill, Rick Lias.
Current Point Standings, 191, 24X, Dave Norton; 186, D2, Nolan Dalton; 181, 3, David Scott; 181, 90, Wally Fox; 177, 15J, Nick Jones; 174, 79, Dave Satterlee; 173, 43, Tom Decker;
171, 14L, Dave Lyon; 166, 1P, Rodney Phillips; 164, 21, Matt Lux.

The Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 23.
Heat winners, Jim Bertges, Bob Skwara.
Feature, Jim Bertges, Joe Kelley, Bob Skwara, Jeff Taylor, Chuck Kennedy, Rich Womeldorf, Kris Pisarcik, Carl McKinney, Bruce Dreistadt, Tink Mealy, Jim Struble, Rick Meglaye, Rich Logan, Will Cochran, Fred Bratchie, Chad McClellan, Jeff Jones, Butch Lambert,
Russ Dunn, Brad Stiles. Did not start, Bob Rougeaux, Bobby Watt, Kenny Hall.
Current Point Standings, 197, 35, Bob Skwara; 192, 3, Jeff Taylor; 192, 66*, Joe Kelley; 186, 50, Jim Bertges; 179, 6M, Carl McKinney; 176, 2R, Rich Womeldorf; 171, V2, Fred Bratchie; 168, 22, Kris Pisarcik; 167, 33, Rich Logan; 166, 47, Russ Dunn.

Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 25.
Heat winners, Jeff Walters, Scott Bochek.
Feature, Jeff Walters, Rob Kosecki, Butch Lambert, Scott Bochek, Joe Kelley, Fred Pfeifer, Randy Caldwell, Jason Fosnaught, Mike Hilla, Jr., Tommy Dembowski, Chris Schneider, Joe Large, Roland Hall, Tom Williams, Frank Novak, John Novak, Jim Laughard, John Hartman, Jeff Enos, Jim Swezey, Randy Campbell, Chick Stewart. Did not start, Neil Tristani, Rusty Martz, Rob Shook.
Current Point Standings, 194, 18, Jeff Walters; 193, 27, Butch Lambert; 193, 36D, Rob Kosecki; 186, 66, Joe Kelley; 181, 12, Randy Caldwell; 176, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr.; 176, J19, Jason Fosnaught; 174, 55, Chris Schneider; 172, 79, Tommy Dembowski; 171, V2, Fred Pfeifer.

North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 14.
Heat winners, Mark Marian, Henry Wilfong.
Feature, Mark Marian, Jesse Fessler, Bill Hebenthal, Joe Starcher, Henry Wilfong, Dan Mazzaferro, Joe Rubcic, Don Rodgers, Tim Laughard, Matt Hugill, John Mazey, Mike Mathews,
David Sialer. Did not start, Shawn Lamoreau.
Current Point Standings, 194, 19H, Bill Hebenthal; 193, 7, Henry Wilfong; 190, 68, Joe Starcher; 187, 51, Dan Mazzaferro; 187, 55, John Mazey; 186, 3M, Mark Marian; 181, 91D, Don Rodgers; 172, 77, Joe Rubcic; 171, 9, Mike Mathews; 95, 25, Dennis Ackerman; 95, 33, Jesse Fessler.

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