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posted May 06, 2001 02:17 PM UIN: 16262997
Tom Decker wins at Challenger

Indiana, PA (April 28) - Tom Decker was the big winner in the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature at Challenger Raceway on Saturday night. The Tyrone, PA driver claimed his first feature victory of the season. Posting a three in the win column was Jeff Taylor from Saltsburg, PA, who defeated the field of Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds. In the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks, it was Chris Schneider from Tarentum, PA winning, as he is now the fourth different winner in as many events. There have also been four different winners in the North East Locators Strictly Stocks, with Don Rodgers from Homer City, PA taking the win.

The 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature had Wally Fox and Rob King leading the field on the starting grid. Fox took the early lead using the outside groove of the speedway, and started to pull away from the field. The battle through the early part of the race was for second, as King and Tom Decker raced for the position. With the green flag laps continuing to click by, Decker passed King on lap 13 for second as they had closed in on the race leader. With an inside pass in turn two, it would be Decker taking the lead from Fox on lap 16. When the lone yellow flag of the event waved on lap 23, Decker would find a comfortable advantage erased with the field bunched up for the restart. Second running King made a strong challenge over the closing two laps, but Decker held on to score the win. King settled for a close second, with point leader Dave Norton third. Dave Satterlee was fourth, with Rodney Phillips making a late charge to get fifth. Tony Raneri, Brian Weyandt, Fox, Dave Peterman, and Nick Jones completed the top ten. Qualifying Heat race winners were Satterlee and Norton.

Jeff Jones and Denny Perigo led the 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature to the green flag of what would be a very exciting event. Perigo led the first round, before an opening lap yellow flag slowed the pace. Fourth starting Ken Herman would take over on the restart, as Bobby Watt challenged before a lap 5 caution period. Herman continued to lead using the high groove, as fifth starting Jeff Taylor advanced to second. By halfway, Herman and Taylor were battling hard for the lead, as 12th starting Chuck Kennedy was advancing forward to join the lead battle. Lap 15 was intense, as Taylor pulled inside of Herman, and Kennedy went inside of Taylor to make the lead battle three-wide. Kennedy would use the inside to take the lead, as Taylor moved to second. With Kennedy low and Taylor high, they would run the rest of the event door-to-door. A late yellow set up a two-lap dash to the finish, with point leader Taylor winning by a nose over Kennedy. Herman, Rich Logan, and Will Cochran turned in their best finishes of the season by rounding out the top five. Kennedy and Kris Pisarcik were the heat winners.

The 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature started with Bill Finley and Tommy Dembowski leading the field to the green flag. The event, which would run non-stop, started with Finley taking the early lead. With Finley leading using the inside groove, Butch Lambert pulled up to challenge on the outside. Finley was able to inch ahead of Lambert, as Jeff Enos made an inside bid for second. Chris Schneider was on the move from his tenth starting position, as he was making up ground using the middle groove. By lap 8, Schneider had moved to second, and would pass Finley for the lead a lap later. Once in front, Schneider would pull away from the competition in posting the victory. Enos posted his best finish of the season in second. Joe Kelley was third. Finley had missed two earlier mains due to car problems, but rebounded with a strong run for fourth. Butch Lambert nosed point leader Jeff Walters for fifth. Heat race winners were Dembowski and Walters.

Don Rodgers controlled the entire 15-lap feature for the North East Locators Strictly Stocks. Taking the lead from pole sitter Bill Hebenthal at the drop of the green flag, Rodgers would lead by a full straightaway at the end of the caution-free event. The battle for second place was a good one, involving five different drivers. Hebenthal got back to second at the finish, ahead of Joe Starcher, Larry McBryar, and Mark Marian. Heat winners were Hebenthal and Rodgers.

The Pure Stock division held their Mechanic's Race, with John Monteparte driving Joe Kelley's car to victory in the 8-lap event.

The next racing program at Challenger Raceway will take place on Saturday, May 12. Four-division racing will be on the card, and there will be bike races for the kids. 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

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Upcoming events:
May 12 - Four-division racing plus kids bike races.
May 19 - Four-division racing plus PCTC Senior Series.
May 26 - Four-division racing.
May 27 - MACS Late Models, $4,000 to win, plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.

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Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, May 5, 2001.

Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 16.
Heat winners, Dave Satterlee, Dave Norton.
Feature, Tom Decker, Rob King, Dave Norton, Dave Satterlee, Rodney Phillips, Tony Raneri, Brian Weyandt, Wally Fox, Dave Peterman, Nick Jones, Gary Lyle, Matt Lux, Chuck Kennedy, Tony Burke, Gene Kain, Jeff Chronosky, Jr.
Current Point Standings, 379, 24X, Dave Norton; 367, 79, Dave Satterlee; 366, 43, Tom Decker; 361, 15J, Nick Jones; 360, 90, Wally Fox; 345, 1P, Rodney Phillips; 338, 10, Gary Lyle; 330, K1, Rob King; 322, 21, Matt Lux; 317, 55, Brian Weyandt.

Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 23.
Heat winners, Chuck Kennedy, Kris Pisarcik.
Feature, Jeff Taylor, Chuck Kennedy, Ken Herman, Rich Logan, Will Cochran, Carl McKinney, Jim Struble, Jim Bertges, Bruce Dreistadt, Brian Jakosh, Jim Fry, Jeff Jones, Joe Kelley, Denny Perigo, Bob Skwara, Butch Lambert, Rick Meglaye, Kris Pisarcik, Bobby Watt, Bob Rougeaux, Rich Womeldorf, Brad Stiles, Kenny Hall.
Current Point Standings, 470, 3, Jeff Taylor; 462, 66*, Joe Kelley; 454, 50, Jim Bertges; 452, 35, Bob Skwara; 444, A1, Chuck Kennedy; 438, 6M, Carl McKinney; 438, 33, Rich Logan; 418, 2R, Rich Womeldorf; 406, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt; 392, 15, Jeff Jones.

Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 18.
Heat winners, Tommy Dembowski, Jeff Walters.
Feature, Chris Schneider, Jeff Enos, Joe Kelley, Bill Finley, Butch Lambert, Jeff Walters, Nick Reges, Randy Caldwell, Jeremy Zufall, Rob Kosecki, Jim Swezey, Tommy Dembowski, John Hartman, Phil Leddon, Jason Fosnaught, John Novak, Mike Hilla, Jr. Did not start, Charles Stewart.
Current Point Standings, 388, 18, Jeff Walters; 383, 27, Butch Lambert; 379, 36D, Rob Kosecki; 379, 66, Joe Kelley; 367, 55, Chris Schneider; 352, 79, Tommy Dembowski; 349, 12, Randy Caldwell; 345, J19, Jason Fosnaught; 338, 11, Jeff Enos; 332, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr.

North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 13.
Heat winners, Bill Hebenthal, Don Rodgers.
Feature, Don Rodgers, Bill Hebenthal, Joe Starcher, Larry McBryar, Mark Marian, John Mazey, Rick Irgang, Jr., Dan Mazzaferro, Mike Starcher, Tom Taylor, Dennis Aukerman, Ed Emerick, Ray Siebert.
Current Point Standings, 382, 19H, Bill Hebenthal; 380, 68, Joe Starcher; 377, 55, John Mazey; 373, 3M, Mark Marian; 361, 51, Dan Mazzaferro; 298, 91D, Don Rodgers; 281, 25, Dennis Aukerman; 279, 35, Larry McBryar; 193, 7, Henry Wilfong; 176, 39, Mike Connor.

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