posted May 06, 2001 10:19 AM
Hawley and Blaney score popular first Mercer wins
By Mike Leone
May 5, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer (PA)...The third night of the 2001 campaign was completed on Saturday
night at Mercer Raceway Park. The following drivers celebrated in the Moore'
s Auto Body victory lane: Jimmy Hawley-Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint
Cars, Lou Blaney-Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds, Andy Priest-New Castle
School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, and Bill Hanna-Butterfield's Pub Stock
Jimmy Hawley made it two-for-two on the weekend by capturing his first
20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car Feature win of the season. "We'
re getting closer," stated the West Middlesex, Pa. driver. "We switched over
to Hoosier tires this weekend and they seem to really be working great. They
won last night and here tonight. Maybe this was our problem."
Sixteen-year-old Brian Woodhall jumped into the lead from the pole position
over Troy Preston and Rob Eyler. Eyler spun on lap two, which moved sixth
starter, Mike Kekich, into third. Woodhall continued to hold down the lead
running a smooth race until Preston put a slide job on the youngster in turn
two on the fifth circuit. Woodhall's fine run came to an end when he looped
his mount one lap later in turn four.
Just prior to the caution, Hawley, who started seventh, passed Kekich for
third. Woodhall's spin moved Hawley to runner-up for the restart. Hawley's
winning move came on lap eight, when he drove under his fellow West
Middlesex resident off turn four.
Twelfth starter, Ed Lynch, Jr., cracked the top five just prior to the
half-way point, then disposed of Andy Priest for fourth on lap 10. The final
caution was displayed when Kevin Andrusky stopped with 14 laps completed.
The last six laps went green to checker with Hawley going on for his 22nd
career Mercer win in the Dr. John and Deb Crawford-owned, Mihalchak
Motorsports #cIII. "I want to thank everyone for sticking with me,"
commented Hawley after his slow start to this season. "Hopefully we can keep
getting faster from here."
Lynch drove to the outside of Kekich for third on lap 17, then dove under
Preston in turn three on lap 19 to finish second. Preston was third for the
second straight week. Kekich and Priest were fourth and fifth. Completing
the top 10 were Tom Quarterson, Gary Kriess, Jr., Todd Bauer, Arnie Kent,
and Tommy Burns, Jr. Heat winners over the 25-car field were Lynch,
Woodhall, and Kriess.
Lou Blaney "survived" the 20-lap caution and accident-filed 20-lap Bolland
Machine Big-Block Modified feature for his first Mercer win of 2001. "We
needed some luck to miss those accidents," said the Hartford, Ohio winner.
"That's probably why I'm here."
Rob Curtis looked strong early on looking for his first career win as he led
the first six laps. However, following a restart for Tim Doran's spin,
Curtis got sideways on the restart and an eight-car pile-up ensued
collecting many of the top runners.
When racing resumed, the lead was handed to Bob Dorman with Joe Crawford now
second over Blaney. On lap nine, Blaney moved up to second passing Crawford
in turn four. Three more cautions occurred between laps nine and ten.
Following these restarts, Crawford overtook Blaney for second on lap 11. A
great three-car race developed between Dorman, Crawford, and Blaney.
Crawford momentarily took the lead on lap 12, but slipped too high allowing
Blaney to pass both Crawford and Dorman for the top spot.
Crawford and Dorman made contact on lap 14 with Crawford getting by for
second. After pitting early and restarting last, Tommy Kristyak was on the
move. Kristyak quickly entered the battle on lap 16 passing Gary Risch, Jr.
and Dorman for third. A six-car accident with 16 laps completed brought out
the seventh and final caution.
Blaney was able to hold on for the last four laps for his 32nd win since the
track reopened in 1994 in his Colonial Metal Products/Carpenter's
Towing-sponsored #10. "The car was pretty good," said Blaney from victory
lane. "Early on there was so much traffic, but once we got out going it was
Kristyak, who may have had the fastest car, got around Crawford on the final
restart for second. Crawford had a solid third over Carl Murdick and Risch,
who started 16th. Rounding out the top 10 were Dean Pearson, Don McKnight,
Rodney Beltz, Rob Kristyak, and Modified rookie Chad Reitz. Heat victors
over the 26-car field were Frank Guidace, Carl Weatherby, and Crawford.
Andy Priest made it two in a row by capturing the 20-lap New Castle School
of Trades Sportsman Modified main. This time, the New Castle, Pa. driver had
to work for the win. Bill Adams took charge on lap two when he passed Chanda
Reitz. Priest came from the 11th starting spot and grabbed runner-up from
Reitz on lap 12. Priest hounded and challenged Adams and finally got by in
turn one on the final lap. Priest rode home first in the Ted Hull-owned, MPR
Lumber/Griffin-Bossard Chevrolet-sponsored #41 for his 21st career Mercer
Sportsman Modified win. Adams was a career best second. John Buchanan got by
Curt Matthews on lap 19 to finish third. Matthews was a career best fourth
over Gary Bollinger. Taking heat wins over the 27-car field were Tom
Mattocks, Randy Rodemoyer, and Steve Young.
Bill Hanna of Jamestown, Pa. returned to the Butterfield's Pub Stock Car
division in 2001 and picked up the win in just his second night out. The
best race of the night featured a four-car race for the win and had only one
caution over the 15-lap duration. Mike Aley came from third to the lead on
the opening lap, while Brian Miller charged from seventh to second by lap
two. Hanna raced by Dave Ferringer and Miller for second on lap nine from
his 11th starting spot.
While, Aley continued to lead in search of his career first victory, the
next three were switching spots lap after lap. On lap 14, Hanna and Aley
made contact with Hanna taking the lead. Hanna went on for his 14th career
Mercer win in his Gordon's Auto Sales/Chevron East-sponsored #*21. By the
time Aley got straightened up on the final lap he dropped all the way back
to sixth as Ferringer, Miller, Gary Robinson, and brother Willie Aley all
got by for spots second through fifth. Winning heats over the 38-car field
were Rusty Moore, Robinson, Miller, and Gary Miller, Jr. The two B mains
fell to Bobby Whitling and Andy Buckley.
Terry Wheeler won the 15-lap Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Zoresco Equipment
Senior Series feature. The Stoneboro, Pa. driver started eighth and took the
lead from Ed Bashaar on lap two. Once in front, Wheeler was never challenged
as the event went non-stop in 5:13.78. Bill Wheeling, who started seventh,
passed Pat Wilcox for runner-up on lap 13. Wilcox and Bashaar dropped to
third and fourth ahead of Don Gamble. Wheeler also won the heat over the
Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars: 1. JIMMY HAWLEY 2. Ed Lynch, Jr. 3.
Troy Preston 4. Mike Kekich 5. Andy Priest 6. Tom Quarterson 7. Gary Kriess,
Jr. 8. Todd Bauer 9. Arnie Kent 10. Tommy Burns, Jr. 11. Jason Jacoby 12.
Gregg McCandless 13. Gary McCollum 14. Brian Woodhall 15. Kevin Andrusky 16.
John Toth III 17. Buddy Cochran 18. Mike Kaminski 19. Dave Wagner 20. Scott
Bonnell 21. Nathan Hines 22. Rob Eyler 23. Doug Kekich-DNS 24. Brian
Staph-DNS 25. Mike Shearer-DNS.
Bolland Machine Big-Block Modifieds: 1. LOU BLANEY 2. Tommy Kristyak 3. Joe
Crawford 4. Carl Murdick 5. Gary Risch, Jr. 6. Dean Pearson 7. Don McKnight
8. Rodney Beltz 9. Rob Kristyak 10. Chad Reitz 11. Rick Kress 12. George
Davis 13. Bob Dorman 14. Lou Gentile 15. Phil Evans 16. Rick Hall 17. Mark
Sevin 18. Tim Doran 19. Rob Curtis 20. Kevin Bolland 21. Carl Weatherby 22.
Frank Guidace 23. Les Myers 24. Steve Young-DSQ 25. J.R. McGinley-DNS 26.
John Boyer, Jr.-DNS.
New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds: 1. ANDY PRIEST 2. Bill
Adams 3. John Buchanan 4. Curt Matthews 5. Gary Bollinger 6. Chanda Reitz 7.
Rick Hall 8. Allen Ferry 9. Tom Mattocks 10. Al Priester 11. D.J. Schrader
12. Steve Young 13. Zack Moran 14. Fred Sasse 15. Dave Coggswell 16. Bill
Baptiste 17. Andy Paden 18. Brad Watson 19. John Jones 20. Mark Angerett,
Jr. 21. Tommy Marshall III 22. Morgan Sasse 23. Jerry Schaffer 24. Randy
Rodemoyer 25. Leroy Johnson-DNS 26. Mike Mathieson-DNS 27. Gary Smoker-DNS.
Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars: 1. BILL HANNA 2. Dave Ferringer 3. Brian
Miller 4. Gray Robinson 5. Willie Aley 6. Mike Aley 7. Greg Beach 8. Rusty
Moore 9. Rick Norco 10. Shaun Hooks 11. Andy Thompson 12. Bobby Whitling 13.
Kevin Thompson 14. Bob Sloss 15. Rick Anthony 16. Gary Norman 17. Bob Hays
18. Dan Fedorchak 19. Andy Buckley 20. Ron Iorio 21. Ed Hays 22. Tim
Zuschlag 23. Russ Kapalin 24. Gary Miller, Jr. DNQ-Ray Bailey, Jr., Matt
Rubright, William George, Sr., Don Greenlee, Earl Snyder, Erick Cwynar, Ray
Gregory, Paul Upshire, Lonnie O'Brien, Adam Aley, Mark Covert, Jeff Kravec,
Ed Lombardo, Mark Felicetty.
P.C.T.C. Senior Series: 1. TERRY WHEELER 2. Bill Wheeling 3. Pat Wilcox 4.
Ed Bashaar 5. Don Gamble 6. John Shetler 7. Sid Haas 8. Don Bauer 9. Dave
Nicholas 10. Don Luffy 11. John Cokor-DSQ 12. Bud Holben-DNS.
5/12 Sprints, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, & Stock Cars. Brad Doty &
5/19 Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Bill Emig Memorial-Triple 25s for Big-Block
Mods, Sportsman Mods ($500 to-win), & Stock Cars ($500 to-win) plus a Demo
5/26-27 Hunter's Truck Sales & Service "American Thunder Weekend"
Sat-Triathlon Series Sprint kickoff, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, & Stock
Cars. $500 Dave Blaney Outlaw Driving Experience giveaway.
Sun-ATPA Grand American Spring Nationals-Big Rig Semis, Unlimited Super
Stock Tractors sponsored by Greenhill Farms, Super Stock 4-WD Trucks, & Demo
Derby. (Rain date Monday Memorial Day)
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Racing at 6:30 p.m.
Contact: Mike Leone, 53 East Glenora Drive, Grove City, PA 16127. Office
phone 724-964-9300 and fax to 724-964-0604. Home phone/fax: 724-748-3358.
Mercer Raceway Park is located 3 miles north of I-80, exit 2. The track is
0.5 miles north of SR 258 on US 19, then 0.2 miles east on Fairgrounds Road
in Findley Township. The office number is 724-964-9300. Fax to 724-964-0604.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is www.mercerracewaypark.com E-mail to email@example.com