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posted June 11, 2001 04:48 AM
Carl McKinney gets first York Triathlon Series win at Tyler County
Middlebourne, WV (June 9) - Carl McKinney's first trip to Tyler County Speedway on Saturday night was a memorable one. The young racer from Cranberry, PA won his first career feature in the York Triathlon Series Modified segment of the Mountaineer Modified Challenge.
With his victory in the Coy Brothers Trucking Dash, Jeff Sharp led the 22-car field to the green flag of the first-ever Triathlon Series event held in West Virginia. From outside of row one, Kenny Hall took the lead at the drop of the green flag. Hall held the way as the red flag would wave on lap 10, as Fuzzy Stiffler was involved in an incident that saw his car ending up upside-down.
Back to green, Hall continued to lead as seventh starting Carl McKinney had worked his way into second. On lap 13, Hall slid high in turn two and McKinney drove into the lead. McKinney continued to show the way as the laps clicked by, with defending Triathlon Series Champion Jeff Taylor working his way to second, after starting 15th. But the protégé of Lynn Geisler would hold the lead for the remaining distance, to score the victory.
McKinney was jubilant in victory lane. His win was not only his first in a York Series event, but the first of his career. He thanked his parentsfor all of their support, especially his father, who was celebrating his birthday. Taylor would race home second, ahead of Todd Roncaglione, Chad McClellan, and Bob McCann. Completing the top ten were Bob Diver, New York driver Mike Samuelson, Scott Stiffler, Jim Frontz, and Kari Petrosky. Ron Roncaglione and Fred Bratchie took the last transfer spots to the challenge race against the top drivers from neighboring sanctioning body AMRA.
A competitive battle for victory in the "King of the Modifieds" challenge went to AMRA's J.R. Nolan. Greg Schilling gave AMRA a second place finish on their home turf. Triathlon drivers took the next four spots with Todd Roncaglione, McKinney, Taylor, and McClellan next across the line. AMRA did win the total point battle, and they will get posession of a traveling trophy, which will reside in West Virginia until next year's Second Annual event. Track Promoter Scott Farley was extremely happy with the program, and immediately began negotiations with Officials of both clubs for a return engagement in 2002.
Stahl Plumbing qualifying Heat Races for the York Modifieds went to Scott Stiffler, Kari Petrosky, and Kenny Hall. Todd Roncaglione was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 15.06.
The coming week will be a busy one for the York Triathlon Series Modifieds, as a pair of events will take place. On Friday night, June 15, Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio will host the running of the Fourth Annual "Coy Brothers Classic." On Sunday, June 17, the Series will move on to Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA. Sharon Speedway is located one mile east of Ohio Route 7, on Ohio Route 305, then south on Custer-Orangeville Road. The track phone is 330-772-5481. Tri-City is located six miles north of Franklin on PA Route 417, and the track phone is 814-676-1681. For more information on the York Triathlon Series, please contact Series President Ken Wilson at 412-257-1103 days, or 724-745-3142 evenings. For the most complete source of York Triathlon Series information, visit their web site at www.rbracing.com.
Media note: Thanks to Christina Ferrell from Tyler County Speedway and Triathlon Series Official Lou Long for their contributions to this release.
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York Triathlon Series Modified Results for Saturday, June 9, at Tyler County Speedway.
Fast Qualifier, Todd Roncaglione, 15.06.
Stahl Plumbing Heat 1 - Scott Stiffler, Chad McClellan, Carl McKinney, Bob McCann, Chuck List, Todd Roncaglione, Arlan Coy, Herm Myers.
Stahl Plumbing Heat 2 - Kari Petrosky, Mike Samuelson, Fuzzy Stiffler, Fred Bratchie, Steve Artrip, Bob Diver, Jeff Rudrick.
Stahl Plumbing Heat 3 - Kenny Hall, Jeff Sharp, Ron Roncaglione, Jim Bertges, Jeff Taylor, Jim Abbott, Jim Frontz.
Coy Brothers Trucking Dash - Jeff Sharp, Kenny Hall, Chad McClellan, Scott Stiffler, Kari Petrosky, Mike Samuelson.
First Annual Mountaineer Challenge Feature - 1)Carl McKinney. 2)Jeff Taylor. 3)Todd Roncaglione. 4)Chad McClellan. 5)Bob McCann. 6)Bob Diver. 7)Mike Samuelson. 8)Scott Stiffler. 9)Jim Frontz. 10)Kari Petrosky. 11)Ron Roncaglione. 12)Fred Bratchie. 13)Jim Abbott. 14)Arlan Coy. 15)Herm Myers. 16)Jeff Rudrick. 17)Chuck List. 18)Jim Bertges. 19)Kenny Hall. 20)Jeff Sharp. 21)Fuzzy Stiffler. 22)Steve Artrip.
Official Point Standings - 1) 188, 6M, Carl McKinney. 2) tie 183, 00, Todd Roncaglione, 14, Scott Stiffler, 80, Mike Samuelson, 94, Bob McCann. 6) 181, 0K, Kari Petrosky. 7) 180, 23, Bob Diver. 8) 178, 0, Ron Roncaglione. 9) 176, V2, Fred Bratchie. 10) 176, 94.3, Jim Frontz.
Coy Brothers Trucking Dash Point Standings - 1) tie 19, F7, Kenny Hall and 54, Jeff Sharp. 3) tie 17, 14, Scott Stiffler and 119, Chad McClellan. 5) 16, 0K, Kari Petrosky. 6) 14, 80, Mike Samuelson. 7) tie 8, 0, Ron Roncaglione, 6M, Carl McKinney, and 11, Fuzzy Stiffler.
* * * 2001 York Triathlon Series Schedule - Stahl Modifieds * * *
Friday, May 11 - Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH - Second Annual "Spring Fling 35" by Applebee Motorsports. Event was canceled by rain.
Saturday, June 9 - Tyler County Speedway, Middlebourne, WV - First Annual "Mountaineer Challenge." Event won by Carl McKinney.
Friday, June 15 - Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH - Fourth Annual "Coy Brothers Classic."
Sunday, June 17 - Tri-City Speedway, Franklin, PA.
Saturday, July 21 - Challenger Raceway, Indiana, PA - Sixth Annual "Evergreen Classic."
Sunday, August 5 - Tri-City Speedway, Franklin, PA.
Friday, August 10 - Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH - Third Annual "Buckeye Challenge," by General Aluminum.
Sunday, August 12 - Latrobe Speedway, Latrobe, PA.
Friday, August 24 - Sharon Speedway, Hartford, OH.
Friday, September 7 - Raceway 7, Conneaut, OH - "THE 100."
Sunday, September 9 - Latrobe Speedway, Latrobe, PA - Third Annual "Keystone Challenge."
Saturday, September 22 - Tri-City Speedway, Franklin, PA - Fourth Annual "Myrgo All Star 50" with Modified Madness.
Friday and Saturday, October 5 and 6 - Mercer Raceway Park, Mercer, PA - Second Annual Little Guys Nationals.
Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14 - Challenger Raceway, Indiana, PA - Fall Fest VII.