posted April 29, 2001 10:11 AM
PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Media Contact: Judy Gower (724) 853-RACE/www.ppms.com
IMPERIAL, PA…. Veterans Ed Ferree of Saxonburg and Ben Miley from Venetia
split the Twin 20's for the QPI Tools Late Models Saturday at Pittsburgh's
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Ferree's victory was the 25th of his career at
Dirt's Monster Half Mile, while Miley added a little extra icing to his 50th
birthday cake by taking his first feature win at PPMS since August 1995.
In the Limited Late Models, Bob Damron of Wintersville, OH made his first
trip to victory lane. Calcutta, OH's Larry Kugel snared his third E-Modified
win of the campaign, tying Lynn Geisler for the PPMS all-time win mark at 63.
Rich Apolito of Carnegie matched Kugel with his third Isiminger's Pennzoil
Pure Stock checkered flag, and Ian Tomei of Stowe Township claimed the top
spot in the Amateur Stocks.
The first half of the QPI Tools twin bill saw Jimmy Zarin charge to the lead
at the drop of the green with the third starting Ferree close behind. Lap
after lap Zarin withstood the constant pressure from Ferree, with eighth
starting Mark Banal to third by lap 13. As Zarin and Ferree dueled for the
lead, Banal was drawing within striking distance. Finally, with five laps to
go, Ferree shot under Zarin for the lead. Banal moved to second on the 17th
circuit, but could not reel in the fleet Ferree. John Flinner took third from
Zarin on the final lap with Jason Cisson fifth. Mike Cecere, Monarch Oil Hard
Charger - Keith Barbara, Ben Miley, Lou Bradich and Dave Wade completed the
The second QPI Tools Late Model feature saw the top eight finishers from the
first event inverted for the start. Miley used the pole position to dart into
the lead and was never headed in the wire-to-wire win. Barbara was second,
Cecere third, Flinner fourth and Bradich fifth. Completing the top ten were:
Banal, Ferree, Cisson, Zarin and Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Ken
Schaltenbrand. Heat race wins went to Miley and Cecere.
Bob Damron weathered several cautions for a green to checkered win in the
Limited Late Models. Tom Schirnhofer, Wayne Tessean, Danny Rich and Pete
Loria all took turns chasing Damron, but he was not to be denied. Loria,
Tessean, Laraway and George Kowatic were second through fifth respectively.
Bobby Castelvetter was sixth, George Bland seventh, Jon Hodgkiss eighth, Gary
Koteles ninth and Mike Clayton tenth. Loria was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.
Al Atallah and Laraway captured the heat races.
In the E-Modifieds, Larry Kugel overhauled Russ Matejka for the top spot on
lap eleven and set sail for the final five circuits in gaining his 52nd
career win in the division. Jeff Broniszewski, who led the first lap, passed
Matejka for second on the final circuit. Jeff Sharp was fourth and Bobby
Bongiorni fifth. Completing the top ten were: Mike Anderson, Arlan Coy, Fred
Varney, Matt Smith and Randy McElhaney. Bongiorni and Monarch Oil Hard
Charger - Kugel captured the preliminaries.
A mid-race caution in the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks feature gave Rich
Apolito the break he needed. On the restart Apolito, who started tenth, drove
by Jimmy Arnold for the lead and set sail to the checkered flag. Doug Foster
came home second, Neal Isiminger third, Stacie White fourth and Daryl Robison
fifth. Arnold, A.J. Puljak, Pat Weldon, Joe Anthony and Charlie DiLoreto
rounded out the top ten. Apolito and Foster took heat wins, and Isiminger was
the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.
Ian Tomei topped Bobby Seimon, Joshua Langer, Bob Schwartzmiller and Gabe
Hahka in the Amateur Stocks.
This Saturday, May 5th, Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway returns to
action with the QPI Tools Late Models, Limited Late Models, E-Modifieds,
Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks and Amateur Stocks all in action. Gates open
at 5pm with racing at 7pm. For more information call (724) 853-RACE or visit
our web site at www.ppms.com.
PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
QPI Tools Late Models - Twin 20 Lap Features
Heat Race Winners: Ben Miley, Mike Cecere
1st Feature: 1. Ed Ferree, Saxonburg 2. Mark Banal, St. Clairsville OH 3.
John Flinner, Zelienople 4. Jim Zarin, Coraopolis 5. Jason Cisson, Houston 6.
Mike Cecere 7. Keith Barbara 8. Ben Miley 9. Lou Bradich 10. Dave Wade 11.
Matt Sherlock 12. Jim Lepro 13. Mark Moats 14. Rick Heim 15. DJ Miller 16.
Ken Schaltenbrand 17. Chuck Moury 18. Joe Campbell 19. Doug Crawford (DNS)
2nd Feature: 1. Ben Miley, Venetia 2. Keith Barbara, South Park 3. Mike
Cecere, Baldwin 4. John Flinner, Zelienople 5. Lou Bradich, Chester WV 6.
Mark Banal 7. Ed Ferree 8. Jason Cisson 9. Jim Zarin 10. Ken Schaltenbrand
11. Dave Wade 12. Jim Lepro 13. Rick Heim 14. DJ Miller 15. Chuck Moury 16.
Matt Sherlock 17. Mark Moats 18. Joe Campbell 19. Doug Crawford (DNS)
Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Al Atallah, Brian Laraway
Feature (20 Laps) 1. Bob Damron, Wintersville OH 2. Pete Loria, Pittsburgh 3.
Wayne Tessean, Austintown OH 4. Brian Laraway, Irwin 5. George Kowatic, Moon
Twp. 6. Bobby Castelveter 7. George Bland 8. Jon Hodgkiss 9. Gary Koteles 10.
Mike Clayton 11. Chris Kussouf 12. Al Atallah 13. Louie Bradich 14. Tom
Schirnhofer 15. Danny Rich 16. Davy Hahn 17. Cory Theis 18. John Pavlick
(DNS) 19. Mark Kelly (DNS)
Heat Race Winners: Bobby Bongiorni, Larry Kugel
Feature (15 Laps) 1. Larry Kugel, Calcutta OH 2. Jeff Broniszewski,
Coraopolis 3. Russ Matejka, Monaca 4. Jeff Sharp, Salem OH 5. Bobby
Bongiorni, Burgettstown 6. Mike Anderson 7. Arlan Coy 8. Fred Varney 9. Matt
Smith 10. Randy McElhaney 11. Scott Gunn 12. Jeff Bametzrider
Isiminger's Pure Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Rich Apolito, Doug Foster
Feature (15 Laps) 1. Rich Apolito, Carnegie 2. Doug Foster, Kennedy Twp. 3.
Neal Isiminger, Washington 4. Stacie White, Heidelberg 5. Darryl Robison,
Beaver Falls 6. Jimmy Arnold 7. AJ Poljak 8. Pat Weldon 9. Joe Anthony 10.
Charlie DiLoreto 11. Dave Beck 12. Craig Kamicker 13. Tim Warman 14. Shawn
Bryan 15. Bob Betz 16. Frankie Schneider
Amateur Strictly Stocks
Feature: 1. Ian Tomei, Stowe Twp. 2. Bob Siemon, Castle Shannon 3. Josh
Langer, Oakdale 4. Bob Swartzmiller, Robinson Twp. 5. Gabe Hahka, Carnegie 6.
John Cain 7. Skeets Levandosky 8. Ted Beaver