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posted May 13, 2001 11:57 PM UIN: 16262997
by Brian Spaid

May 13, 2001


FRANKLIN, PA ... On a sunny and cool Mother's Day evening, Tri-City Speedway was back in action for the fourth show of the 2001 season as Dale Blaney (Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprints), Rex King (Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds), Brent Rhebergen (RE/MAX E Mods) and Ron Iorio (E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars) won the feature events.
For Dale Blaney, his victory in the 20-lap Super Sprint feature was sweet redemption for last week's loss. The Hartford, Ohio, veteran passed early leader Jarod Larson on the ninth lap, then held off a stern challenge from Ed Lynch Jr. to win his third career feature at Tri-City.
"The car was good this week," said Blaney of his U.S.print/MBNA/Mopar Performance Blaney-chassis No. 10. "I knew someone was there at the end, but I just kept it straight and we won. I've won here before on Father's Day, and it seems right to win one on Mother's Day."
Larson jumped into the early lead at the drop of the green flag. Immediately, Lynch and Blaney were running second and third. On the fourth lap, Doug Kekich spun in turn four to bring out the only caution of the race. On the restart, David Scott passed both Lynch and Blaney to move into second. Yet, Blaney charged by Lynch and Scott by the seventh lap, and set his sights on Larson.
On the ninth lap, Blaney used a slide job in turn two to drift into the lead past Larson. Lynch worked by Larson on the same lap in turn three and the chase was on from there. As they raced through lapped traffic, Blaney still led, but Lynch waited for any error. Meanwhile, Larson and Scott had a sterling duel for third. On the 19th lap, Lynch made a bonzai charge in turns three and four to slip under Blaney, but he drifted too high in the corner and rapped the outside wall.
Blaney raced on to the win with Lynch in second followed by Larson, Scott and last week's winner Scott Bonnell. Scott and Lynch won the heats.
The non-stop 20-lap DIRT Modified feature was a thriller as Rex King of Bristolville, Ohio, charged through the pack in his King Bros. Feed & Supply Bicknell No. 65 to win his second career feature at Tri-City.
"This was fun tonight," said King in victory lane. "I saw the E Mods running high in the corners in their races, and I thought I should try it. It worked well."
George Hobaugh led the first 18 laps of the race with Josh Skarzenski right behind him. At first, it appeared the race would come down to their battle for the lead. However, King and Brian Swartzlander were charging forward. Those two drivers battled for fifth during the first half of the race while J.R. McGinley and Kevin Hoffman settled into third and fourth. By the halfway point, however, King and Swartzlander found the top groove and surged to the front.
After dispatching of Hoffman on the 12th lap, McGinley on the 16th lap, and Skarzenski one lap later, King set his sights on Hobaugh. With the outside cushion as his guide, King drove around Hobaugh with two laps left in the race. Skarzenski followed King, and tried to dash under him at the finish, but it was to no avail.
At the line, King won over Skarzenski, Swartzlander, Dave Murdick and Hobaugh. Joe Crawford, Murdick and Jeff Hoffman won the heats. Jim Weller captured the consolation.
Brent Rhebergen of Clymer, N.Y., captured his second E Mod feature of the season. By winning the 16-lap main, Rhebergen earned his third career win at Tri-City aboard the Sharp Tool & Die No. 69 owned by Bruce Steadman.
At the start of the race, Mike Hess took the lead from the outside pole, but Rich Stiffler and Bob McCann blasted past Hess before the completion of one lap. As Hess dropped out, McCann led Stiffler for four laps. On the fifth circuit, Stiffler dashed under McCann for the lead. It was shortlived, however, because Stiffler spun in turn two on the seventh lap. Luckily, all of the other drivers avoided his errant car.
Stiffler's mistake turned the lead over to Rhebergen. He continued to pace the field as Scott Stiffler and Jeff Taylor battled for second. Like King, Rhebergen, a former Late Model driver, used the outside groove to score the win. The race went an extra lap due to late cautions. S. Stiffler held off Taylor for second with Russ Dunn and Todd Roncaglione rounding out the top five. Kevin Decker, Taylor and Chad McClellan won the E Mod heat races.
Ron Iorio of Kennerdell, Penn., raced his Gabany Engine Rebuilding Chevrolet Camaro No. 55 to his second career win and first of this season at Tri-City in a competitive 15-lap Stock Car main. Iorio matched the feat of his brother, Doug Iorio Sr., who won last week's feature at the Venango County half-mile oval. It was also Iorio's second win of the weekend after his victory Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park.
Bobby Whitling led the first four laps of the race before R. Iorio used an outside move in turn two to pass him. For the rest of the race, R. Iorio had to fend off strong challenges from several drivers, D. Iorio, Whitling and defending track champion Dave Ferringer. Behind R. Iorio, it seemed that positions changed constantly as only one caution slowed the race.
In the end, R. Iorio defeated D. Iorio, Andy Buckley, Ferringer and Whitling for the victory. R. Iorio, Gary Norman and D. Iorio, who are all members of the track's "New Castle Connection", won the heats. Brian Booher won the consi.
Amber Addington of Stoneboro, Penn., won the 15-lap Powder Puff Stock Car race. She battled with two-time race winner Nancy Ferringer in the final lap before Ferringer spun in the backstretch. Mona Morrow finished second over Ferringer.
Sally Nelson of Conneaut, Ohio, won the Anderson Coach & Tour trip for two to the NASCAR Winston Cup Coca Cola 600 Weekend at Loew's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
This coming Sunday May 20th, Tri-City Speedway features another four-star racing program of 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 first Lowry Auto Wrecking Demolition Derby of 2001 will take place at the conclusion of the oval track action. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m. Adult grandstand admission is $10.

SUPER SPRINTS (20 Laps): 1. DALE BLANEY, 2. Ed Lynch Jr., 3. Jarod Larson, 4. David Scott, 5. Scott Bonnell, 6. Rod George, 7. Andy Priest, 8. Mark Cassella, 9. Chad Hill, 10. Brent Covell, 11. Buddy Cochran, 12. Ray Bullis, 13. Ben Moore, 14. Doug Kekich, 15. Brian Hartzell, 16. Sheila Rankin, 17. Ray Beasley, 18. Gary Rankin, 19. Jason Jacoby, 20. Gregg McCandless.
DIRT MODIFIEDS (20 Laps): 1. REX KING, 2. Josh Skarzenski, 3. Brian Swartzlander, 4. Dave Murdick, 5. George Hobaugh, 6. J.R. McGinley, 7. Kevin Hoffman, 8. Jeff Hoffman, 9. Jim Weller, 10. Joe Crawford, 11. Chris Schiffer, 12. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 13. Scott Gurdak, 14. Jim Rasey, 15. Dave Schrader, 16. Del Rougeux Jr., 17. Ralph Spithaler Jr., 18. Skip Moore, 19. Dean Pearson, 20. Lenny Leibold Jr., 21. Andy Priest, 22. Kevin Bolland. DNQ: Eddie Fuller, Nick Ritchey, Rob Kristyak, Randy Chronister, Tim Phillips, Adam Siegel, Lou Blaney, Harold Michaels, Dave Murdick, Jason Engles.
E MODS (16 Laps): 1. BRENT RHEBERGEN, 2. Scott Stiffler, 3. Jeff Taylor, 4. Russ Dunn, 5. Todd Roncaglione, 6. Chad McClellan, 7. Holly Nelson, 8. Bob McCann, 9. Kari Petrosky, 10. Ron Loney, 11. Mike Samuelson, 12. Mike Potosky, 13. Chuck List Sr., 14. Rich Stiffler, 15. Shawn Shingledecker, 16. Kevin Decker, 17. Ron Jaeger, 18. Bill Taylor, 19. Jim Abbott, 20. Scott Weaver, 21. Dave Ferringer, 22. Roger Frost, 23. Mike Hess. DNS: Shawn Domhoff, Bootie Petsko, Jim White.
STOCK CARS (15 Laps): 1. RON IORIO, 2. Doug Iorio Sr., 3. Andy Buckley, 4. Dave Ferringer, 5. Bobby Whitling, 6. Matt Cummings, 7. Jim Green, 8. Brian Booher, 9. Jamie Shetler, 10. Kevin Thompson, 11. Gary Norman, 12. Brian Counselman, 13. Tom Scott, 14. David Atkinson, 15. Scotty Carbaugh, 16. Scott Peterson, 17. Arthur Edwards, 18. Mike Work, 19. Ed Hays, 20. Rod Urey, 21. John Iorio, 22. Danny Exley. DNQ: Bob Hays, Doug Calvert, Lonny Blair, John Shetler, Glenn Pupino, Bob Sloss, **** Pascorell, Bud Shontz.
POWDER PUFF STOCK CARS (15 Laps): 1. AMBER ADDINGTON, 2. Mona Morrow, 3. Nancy Ferringer, 4. Rhonda Hays, 5. Charity Blair, 6. Erica Calvert, 7. Marsha Atkinson, 8. Deanna Booher, 9. Linda Urey, 10. Tricia Miller. DNS: Kandi Shontz.


May 20 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars with Lowry Auto Wrecking
Demolition Derby
May 27 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars (B.R.P. Modified Tour 2001)(Knox
Auto Supply Night)
June 3 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars (Twin State Auto Racing Club and
Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Night) (Student Appreciation Night)

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