posted June 03, 2001 10:13 AM
BARRY AWTEY CLAIMS LATE MODEL WIN AT JENNERSTOWN
For Immediate Release
by Mike Milliron
Jennerstown, PA - June 2, 2001 - Barry Awtey claimed the Wheeler Bros./AC Delco Late Model division feature race Saturday night at Jennerstown Speedway with a wire-to-wire win during NASCAR Weekly Racing Series action. Other feature winners on Hoosier Mid-Atlantic Tire race night at the Laurel Highlands Oval were Tracy "Dink" Colarusso in Brown Timber and Land Street Stock, Jason Fritz in Jennerstown Charger, and Mother Nature in the remaining race program.
It was a heavyweight title fight between the defending champ Mother Nature, and the number one contender, Jennerstown Speedway last Saturday night. The opening rounds went to Jennerstown, but Mother Nature came back in the middle rounds with a couple of haymakers. Jennerstown used it's youth and experience to try and mount a comeback, but in the end it was the champ who rained down with the knockout blow, which signaled the end of night's racing activities during the Late model victory lane celebrations.
The Wheeler Bros./AC Delco Late Models got off to a slow start, as their feature race was delayed by a passing rain shower, which forced the rescheduling of the night's racing action. Once the other feature races had finished, the Late Model race was brought out onto the track, with Awtey on the pole position. After the earlier race rubber had been washed away, the normal two groove racing surface took a while to come in. That allowed the front pair of Awtey and Mark Smith to pull away from the rest of the pack, before a couple of early cautions bunched the field. On the ensuing restarts, Awtey cleared the field, forcing a number of two-car battles to develop between Smith, Bobby Henry, Jeff Dunmyer, and Mark Cottone. This allowed Awtey to extend his race lead, as the battles continued among the remaining top five competitors. At the finish line it was Awtey running away with the race win, with Henry, Cottone, Smith, and Dunmyer crossing the line in close order for second through fifth place. Barry Awtey and Bobby Henry won the heat races.
In the Brown Timber and Land Street Stock feature race, it was Tracy "Dink" Colarusso also claiming the green-to-checker flag victory, marking his third trip to the winners' circle in the 2001-racing season. The win was once again primarily challenged by eventual race runner-up Adam Kostelnik, who shadowed Colarusso throughout the entire twenty-five lap event. The best battle on the track was for the third through fifth positions, as Gregory Kelly had a great run for most of the race in third, before fading in the final laps to finish in fifth. Chris Deyarmin claimed third, after hounding Kelly for much of the first half of the event. Both he and Billy Mostoller got by Kelly to finish in third and fourth respectively. Tracy "Dink" Colarusso and Gregory Kelly won the heat races.
Jason Fritz showed the rest of the Jennerstown Charger division what he was made of, as he got the chance to start up front on the pole position, and never looked back en route to his feature race win. His challenges came mainly from Joe Geary, who started on the outside front row, and applied constant pressure on the leader throughout the fifteen-lap race. Behind the front two it was a plethora of three wide racing among the other contenders, with Greg Praysner and Pete Walrath providing separate spins as the track proved to narrow for the side-by-side-by-side action. In the end, it was Travis Smith who finished in third, with Jason Holder and Walrath completing the top five. Greg Praysner and Travis Smith took the heat race wins.
With three of five feature races complete, the skies opened up once again with rain, which forced the postponement of the remaining two division feature races. The Cover Insurance Agency/PA Legacy Car and Jennerstown Pro Truck features will be made up during next Saturday night's racing program, when the Jennerstown Speedway will present it's NASCAR Weekly Racing Series program during Black's Specialty race night.
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