posted May 07, 2001 08:59 AM
BONNELL BEATS BLANEY WITH 360 IN TRI-CITY SPRINTS; HOFFMAN WINS 17TH CAREER DIRT MOD MAIN; TAYLOR AND IORIO TOPS IN E MODS AND STOCKS
by Brian Spaid
May 6, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FRANKLIN, PA … The sunny and warm weather turned to cool moonlit skies at Tri-City Speedway on Sunday night while Scott Bonnell (Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprints), Jeff Hoffman (Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds), Jeff Taylor (RE/MAX E Mods) and Doug Iorio Sr. (E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars) won the feature events at the half-mile Venango County oval.
For Scott Bonnell of Fairview, Penn., his second career 20-lap Super Sprint feature win at Tri-City will be his most memorable after he defeated World of Outlaws star and surprise visitor Dale Blaney. Bonnell installed a 360-cubic inch engine under the hood of his Sherwin Williams Eagle No. 3, and the small block power helped him outdistance Blaney for the win, his first at the track since June 6, 1999.
“I saw that No. 10 on the scoreboard on that final restart, and it got me a little nervous,” said Bonnell. “I’ve got to hand it to my crew. This 360 engine wasn’t as good on the bottom on the restart, but it motored on this slick track tonight.”
David Scott led the first four laps from his pole position. Bonnell used the outside lane in turn four to cruise into the lead on the fifth circuit. Once in front, Bonnell was unstoppable. Blaney, who was in town on an off night for the World of Outlaws, moved into second on the sixth circuit. However, he could not get a bite on the hard clay as he tried in vain to catch Bonnell. At one point, Blaney even adjusted his wing backward to get more downforce on the rear tires, but it was to no avail.
In the end, Bonnell raced home the winner over Blaney, Mark Cassella, Mike Woodring and Scott. Blaney and Scott were the heat race winners.
During the feature, there were two red flag periods. On the second lap, Brian Hartzell and Sheila Rankin crashed in turn three with Rankin tipping on her side. Neither driver was injured, and Rankin returned to action after her car was righted.
On the restart, Kevin Andrusky took a tumble in turns three and four while dueling with Cassella. Andrusky was transported to Northwest Medical Center for observation after he complained of back pain at the scene of the accident.
Leading every lap of the 20-lap DIRT Modified main, Jeff Hoffman of Franklin, Penn., collected his 17th career feature win at Tri-City. Hoffman started fourth and used the outside cushion of turns three and four to rocket into the lead at the completion of the first lap.
“The track was just the way we like it, hard and slick,” said Hoffman in victory lane with his Hoffman Door Troyer No. 00. “I knew the other guys were back there trying to get past. You could use two grooves, but I decided to stay on the bottom when I got challenged for the lead.”
While Hoffman paced the field, polesitter Jim Rasey tried valiantly to pass Hoffman during the first half of the race. Meanwhile, Rex King moved into third on the fourth lap, and the top three racers pulled away from a stirring battle for fourth between several drivers with positions changing every lap.
King passed Rasey for second on the 14th lap and closed in on Hoffman. King made an attempt on the final circuit to take the lead from Hoffman off turn four, but his outside slingshot move fell short. Rasey finished a fine third followed by Dave Murdick and Jim Weller, who started 18th and climbed into the top five by the halfway point. Weller’s charge ended there as he could not maintain his early pace. Josh Skarzenski, Lou Blaney and Brian Swartzlander won the heat races. They were not factors in the race after a lucky fan pulled a pill to invert the top 12 heat race finishers for the third week in a row.
In a race that featured three different weekend winners battling for their second triumph on the circuit, Jeff Taylor of Saltsburg, Penn., emerged victorious in the 16-lap E Mod main event. Taylor started on the pole position in his Taylor Service No. 3 and led every lap to capture his second career win at Tri-City.
Joining Taylor in the battle for the win were Dale Applebee and Scott Stiffler. Taylor won Saturday night at Challenger Raceway while Applebee and Stiffler were the Friday night winners at Raceway 7 and Sharon Speedway respectively. Although Applebee ran second for most of the race, Stiffler seemed to be Taylor’s most formidable foe as he moved through the top five into second by the 13th lap. Shortly thereafter, Applebee dropped out with a broken water pump.
A late race caution caused the race to go an extra circuit, but Taylor was up to speed and scored the win. Stiffler finished second over Rich Stiffler, Mike Hess and Bob McCann. Hess and Rich Stiffler captured the E Mod heats.
In the 15-lap Stock Car feature, Doug Iorio Sr. of New Castle, Penn., battled his brother, Ron Iorio, throughout the event and came away with his third career win at Tri-City. D. Iorio’s last win was on July 28, 1996, during his Stock Car championship season at the track.
D. Iorio started on the pole and led the first two laps before R. Iorio took command with an outside pass off turn four. R. Iorio continued to lead the next five laps while D. Iorio fended off defending track champion Dave Ferringer. Finally, on the eighth lap, R. Iorio got loose in turn two, and D. Iorio used the outside groove to his advantage. By the completion of the lap, D. Iorio was back in front. A couple of cautions closed the field and allowed Ferringer to take second. By the 10th lap, however, R. Iorio was back in the runner-up slot and he tried to chase down D. Iorio for the win.
At the finish, D. Iorio was the victor over R. Iorio followed by Ferringer, Danny Exley and Bobby Whitling. D. Iorio’s triumph ended Whitling’s three-race win streak. Gary Norman and Whitling won the heats. Jay Feely flipped on the frontchute during the first heat. He was uninjured, but the car suffered severe damage.
This coming Sunday May 13th, Tri-City Speedway celebrates Mother’s Day with a four-star racing program of the Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprints, Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds, RE/MAX E Mods and E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars. In addition, the annual Powder Puff Stock Car races will be held. It is also Scout Night at the track, and all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will be admitted to the track free of charge. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $10.
SUPER SPRINTS (20 Laps): 1. SCOTT BONNELL, 2. Dale Blaney, 3. Mark Cassella, 4. Mike Woodring, 5. David Scott, 6. Jarod Larson, 7. Jason Jacoby, 8. Chad Hill, 9. Gary Rankin, 10. Brent Covell, 11. Sheila Rankin, 12. Ed Etzel, 13. John Toth III, 14. Buddy Cochran, 15. Ray Bullis, 16. Kevin Andrusky, 17. Brian Hartzell.
DIRT MODIFIEDS (20 Laps): 1. JEFF HOFFMAN, 2. Rex King, 3. Jim Rasey, 4. Dave Murdick, 5. Jim Weller, 6. Kevin Hoffman, 7. Brian Swartzlander, 8. Lou Blaney, 9. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 10. Kevin Bolland, 11. Scott Gurdak, 12. Joe Crawford, 13. Chris Schiffer, 14. Carl Murdick, 15. Jason Engles, 16. Josh Skarzenski, 17. George Hobaugh, 18. Del Rougeux Jr., 19. Dave Schrader, 20. John Braymer, 21. Tim Phillips, 22. Les Myers. DNQ: Rick Hoctor, Adam Siegel, Dean Pearson, Nick Ritchey, Harold Michaels.
E MODS (16 Laps): 1. JEFF TAYLOR, 2. Scott Stiffler, 3. Rich Stiffler, 4. Mike Hess, 5. Bob McCann, 6. Holly Nelson, 7. Mike Samuelson, 8. Todd Roncaglione, 9. Shawn Shingledecker, 10. Jim White, 11. Shawn Domhoff, 12. Jim Abbott, 13. Ron Jaeger, 14. Gary McCann, 15. Bill Taylor, 16. Mike Petosky, 17. Dale Applebee, 18. Dave Ferringer, 19. Bill Cunningham, 20. Kari Petrosky, 21. Kevin Decker. DNS: Tom Congdon, Ron Loney.
STOCK CARS (15 Laps): 1. DOUG IORIO SR., 2. Ron Iorio, 3. Dave Ferringer, 4. Danny Exley, 5. Bobby Whitling, 6. Andy Buckley, 7. Bob Sloss, 8. Jamie Shetler, 9. Gary Norman, 10. Scotty Carbaugh, 11. **** Pascorell, 12. Lonny Blair, 13. Rod Urey, 14. Brian Counselman, 15. John Iorio, 16. Scott Peterson, 17. John Shetler, 18. Doug Calvert, 19. Gary Robinson, 20. Jim Green. DNS: David Atkinson, Arthur Edwards, Jay Feely.
May 13 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars with Powder Puff Stock Car Races
May 20 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars with Lowry Auto Wrecking
May 27 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars (B.R.P. Modified Tour 2001)(Knox
Auto Supply Night)