posted May 28, 2001 02:02 PM
Deschamps Takes First Career Checkered, Double Features on Deck at Merrittville
The rains came down heavily one hour before race-time Saturday night at Merrittville Speedway, delaying the start of the program and eventually forcing early cancellation. Track owners, management and officials would like to thank all fans and drivers for their patience and assistance in trying to prepare the track for race conditions.
Only three features were run on Saturday due to track conditions after the rainfall. Jerry Deschamps (f30) secured his first career feature win, after finishing in the top five for the last couple of weeks. Jeff Johnson (63) started the dwarf feature in 19th position, but managed to make it up through the pack to take home his second checkered of 2001 and Bill Bleich (108) survived the slippery track conditions to take the pro stock checkered.
Peter Reid (05) and Brian Jacobi (49j) lined up in the front row for the street stock feature. Reid jumped forward to take the early lead, but the yellow came out on the third lap as Tom Hill (45t) got stalled in turn four. The CAA tow trucks came out to tow him into the pits, however the truck slid himself into the deep mud on the outside of the track and had to be towed out himself. Kevin Kocarik (7k) powered into the lead on the restart, only to have Jerry Deschamps (f30) fly by him on the back straightaway on the fourth lap. Kocarik got himself in a precarious predicament when he slid into the mud along the front stretch, and although he powered himself all the way down the front straight, he just couldn’t get out of it without help. Just before the yellow came out on lap six to rescue Kocarik from the muck, Lloyd Cichocki (8c) went plowing through the hay bales on the inside of turn one. Mike Dooley (310c) moved up to challenge Deschamps on the restart, but didn’t quite have enough bite to get around him. Kirk Wilson (08) had an unfortunate meeting with the berm in turn four, causing him to lose position, after making his way up to sixth after starting 21st. The yellow came out again on lap 11. The top five with four to go were; Deschamps, Dooley, Darren Zumpe (11z), Darlene Gifford (34c) and Reid. Reid tried to get around Gifford on the restart, but got too high and fell back into the pack, and then spun out in three bringing out yet another yellow. Zumpe slid into second spot with one lap to go. On the final lap in turn four Gifford got high and slid into the berm, and Greg Ayres (17) slid right across the track and nearly took her nose off, but managed to avoid her. The race was completed under yellow. Deschamps was your winner followed by Zumpe, Dooley, Aaron Vasas (6) and Cichocki.
Nol King (55) and John Wrobel (6) started on the lead row in the dwarf feature. King took the early lead. Chris Rimmen (7x) came flying up through the pack to land in third after only one lap, he scooted into the runner up position on the second lap and grabbed the lead on the front straight on lap three. A caution came out on lap four as Scott Billing (31) went off of turn four. Rimmen maintained the lead on the restart, only to spin out on lap five. Ken Robins (22) brought out the caution on lap six as he went over the end of turn one. Wally Billing (37) got mired in the muck on lap seven bringing out the yellow. Ray Webber (77) managed to get up to second on lap eight. Rimmen was back up to fourth on lap nine. Billing brought out another caution on lap eleven, as he went off of turn four. Rimmen made it up to third on the restart. Johnson managed to come back to take the checkered, followed by Webber, Rimmen, Howard Manges (12) and King.
Bill Bleich (108) took the early lead in the prostocks feature. Steve Devos (13) spun out and went off the back straightaway, but managed to get going on his own. The yellow came out on lap two as Butch Zimmerman (6) cut a tire and came to rest in turn four. Gord McKey (14) worked his way up to challenge Bleich, but went off the track in turn two and powered his way back on in turn three, in the tail position. On lap six McKey went sailing off of turn one and into the trees, bringing out a caution. Danny Gilbert (400) sat in second behind the lead, but blew a tire on the caution and had to get a lift to the pits. Bleich held off the pack, leaving everyone to fight it out for second spot. Stan Zanchin (9) held that spot, and wouldn’t let anyone around him. Rick Baker (78) went high and came to rest against the berm between three and four, and Devos flew off the track in turn four on lap 11. Bleich held it to the checkered and was followed in by Zanchin, Ken Sargent (25), Brad Malloy (5m) and Jeff Dayman (5).
Join us at Merrittville Speedway next week when K & K Insurance presents TRW Employee Recognition Night. Four Cylinders make their first visit in 2001, double features for 358’s and sportsmen, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks & Small Car Demo Derby are also on the card. The 1st 500 fans receive TRW Team Merrittville 2001 Photo - race fans pick the TRW top 5 - win $2001!!! For more information please call The Speedway 905-892-8266 or visit www.merrittvillespeedway.com