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posted April 29, 2001 10:13 AM UIN: 16262997


by mike milliron

Jennerstown, PA – April 28, 2001 – Jeff Dunmyer and Barry Awtey shared the Wheeler Bros./AC Delco Late Model division victory lane spotlight during Bazell Oil Company race night at Jennerstown Speedway. This unusual sounding event was the result of running the remainder of a rain delayed feature race from Opening Night action. Other feature race winners in the night’s racing action were Adam Kostelnik in the Brown Timber & Land Street Stocks, Jayme Bolkovac in the Cover Insurance Agency PA Legacy Cars, Todd Price in the Pro Trucks, and Jason Fritz in the Jennerstown Chargers.

The evening started out with the Wheeler Bros./AC Delco Late Models taking to the track in the same running order they were stopped at on lap eighteen, due to rain during opening night racing. In that race, Jeff Dunmyer had moved from his sixth place starting spot up into second place, closing in on race leader Mark Cottone. When the race was resumed Dunmyer wasted no time in establishing himself as the race leader, and cruised through the remaining laps to claim his first win of the young race season. Neil Brown finished in second, while Barry Awtey rose through the field to capture third. Cottone finished in fourth, with Bobby Henry closing out the top five.

In the regular forty-lap feature of the night it was Barry Awtey claiming his first win of the season, in a race that was marred by accidents and mechanical failures. Mark Cottone started from the pole position, and maintained the front position throughout the first fourteen laps of the race. Shawn Beam had his racecar on a virtual rail, as he carved his way around the high side of the racetrack to pass Jeff Dunmyer, Dan Campbell, and finally Cottone. The top two racers were side-by-side on a lap 29 race restart, when they made contact on the front stretch, sending both of them hard into the turn one outside retaining wall. Neither drivers were seriously hurt, but both of their racecars were severely damaged and unable to return. On the ensuing restart, Barry Awtey took charge of the race, and led Neil Brown and the rest of the field to the checkered flag. Following behind Brown in third was Jayme Bolkovac, with Mark Smith coming home in fourth, using a Shawn Beam back-up racecar, after his primary car’s engine experienced terminal troubles. Late Model Rookie contender Wade Champano made it through all of the mishaps to score a very respectable fifth place finish, in only his second outing in the premiere division. Heat race wins went to Sean Beam and Bobby Henry.

In the Brown Timber & Land feature race it was a gutsy performance by Adam Kostelnik, as he used patience to his advantage in winning his first race of the Jennerstown 2001 season. After starting third, Kostelnik had to first fight off a serious challenge from Roger Onstead and Chris Deyarmin, before mounting his own charge to pass Billy Mostoller for second. All of this maneuvering was among the top six racers, while they were running within mere inches of each other. Once in front of Mostoller, Kostelnik was poised at the rear bumper of race leader Dink Colarusso, when a flat tire forced the leader to spin, while a multi-car crash was happening just behind the lead pair of cars. This put Kostelnik in the top spot, and allowed a hard charging Todd Knight to move into second. On the ensuing restart, the two stayed glued to each other for the remaining laps, with Kostelnik pulling out the narrow win. Finishing behind Knight in third was Billy Mostoller, with Bill Stevens and John Stanko filling out the top five positions. Heat races went to Dink Colarusso and Billy Mostoller.

The Cover Insurance Agency/PA Legacy Car feature race was a tight affair, as Will Thomas and Jayme Bolkovac raced side-by-side for the first ten circuits, until Thomas spun from the front position. Bolkovac took over the race lead, and after fending off the early challenge from Ricky Anderson, cruised to her second win in as many races. Thomas rebounded from his spin and barnstormed his way back through the field to finish a distance second. Anderson came home in third, while Marshall Biddington claimed fourth, and Joey Dennewitz finished in fifth. Heat race wins went to Will Thomas and Jayme Bolkovac.

In the Pro Truck feature race it was Todd Price leading wire-to-wire, to claim his first win of the season. Bryan Thomas shadowed Price throughout the entire race distance, by faded by the race’s end. Dave Brunell seemed to be the man on the move, as he made his way from a sixth starting position, and steadily worked his way through the front runners, to finally finish in third. Josh Coughouner also improved his starting spot by four, with some close racing action with George Englert, to finish in fourth. Brandon Manns ran a consistent race to finish in fifth. Heats went to George Englert and Dave Brunell.

The Jennerstown Charger feature race also a wire-to-wire win for Jason Fritz, but he had to fend off the close challenge from a strong running Jason Holder, who dogged the race leader from start to finish. Greg Praysner came home with a fine third place finish, with Gary Churchfield and Travis Smith completing the top five. Heat race wins went to Greg Praysner and Jason Holder.

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