posted June 17, 2001 11:25 PM
McELHENY GETS FIRST WIN OF CAREER; FULTZ TAKES LATE MODEL MAIN AT HVS
For Immediate Release June 16, 2001
CLEARFIELD, PA - George Fultz of Beech Creek won his first Sids Subs Late
Model feature of 2001 Saturday night at Hidden Valley Speedway while Gary
McElheny of Blandburg won his career first Northwest Bae Kennel Pure Stock
feature. Bob Garvey of Allport won the Allen Butler Memorial for the
Kneppy's Fireworks Small Block Modifieds.
Repeat winners included: Doug Tibbens of Curwensville in the 84 Lumber
Street Stocks and Joe Leigey of Mt. Zion in the four cylinders.
Bobby Stokes and George Fultz led the late models to the start with Fultz
taking the lead. Stokes fell in line second and chased the Beech Creek
driver the entire distance. Late in the race Duane Stiner and Luke Hoffner
had worked their way from the rear of the field to the third and fourth
spots. The top four battled for position the rest of the way with the win
going to Fultz for his first win of the year. Stokes, Stiner, Hoffner and
John Brady completed the top five. Bobby Stokes and Luke Hoffner won the
The small block modifieds were in the spot light with the Allen Butler
Memorial being presented. Veteran drivers George Sankey and Ron Butterworth
led the field to the green flag with Sankey taking the lead. He led the
first lap when Bob Garvey moved into the lead from the third spot. Once in
the lead Garvey and Sankey set a torrid pace and sliced their way through
traffic. The duo took off and never looked back, going to settle the fight
among themselves. While they fought for a win, Faye Lumadue, Spencer Husted,
Mike Stine and Mike Butterworth were fighting for third. At times they were
three wide, both for the lead going in and out of lapped traffic and for
third. Randy Neepers double checkered flags waved on Garvey ahead of Sankey,
Lumadue, Butterworth and Stine. Preliminary wins went to George Sankey, Ron
Butterworth and Bob Garvey.
Craig Lobb and Ray Billotte led the street stocks to the start with Doug
Tibbens leading the first lap from third place. While Tibbens may have led
from start to finish, his win was anything but easy. Lobb sat second and
pressured Tibbens the entire distance, constantly trying the inside lane to
get by, but Tibbens was too tough, keeping the bottom covered. As the race
entered the late stages Tibbens and Lobb were joined at the front by Kip
Charles, Tom Williams, Todd Mathews and Dan Smeal. The front six were
running close when the white flag dropped. On the final lap Lobb gave it one
last chance, but this time he went to the out side of Tibbens, he powered
into the third turn, forced his way off the corner and cam up a bumper short
at the checkered flag. The top five were: Tibbens, Lobb, Smeal, Charles and
Williams. Heat wins went to first time winners Kip Charles and Tom Williams.
In the four cylinder main Derek Rodkey led the field to the start with Joe
Leigey on the outside. Leigey took the lead and held Rodkey off for 13 laps,
but Rodkey spun in turn two and tailed the field giving second to Cecilia
Olson. She then put the heat on the #28 of Leigey, and Rodkey had worked his
way back to third, pressuring Olson, but both ran out of time as Leigey went
on to get his third win of the year. Olson, Rodkey, Dave Farrell and Dave
Unch completed the top five. Heat wins went to Rodkey and Leigey.
Lester Hudson and Gary Little led the pure stocks to the green for the final
feature of the evening. Little took the lead, and appeared to be on his way
to his second win of the season. Hudson worked on Little first, but gave the
spot away to Gary McElheny who worked on Little until he moved into the lead
on lap six and never looked back, taking his first career win in three years
of trying. The top five were: McElheny, Shawn Lamoreau, Little, Frank Little
and Bob Bowery. Heat wins went to Lester Hudson and Gary Little.
HVS PIT NOTES: There were 63 cars in the pits, including: 12 late models, 18
modifieds, 9 street stocks, 9 four cylinders and 15 pure stocks..A moment of
silence was observed for Kevin Johnson, a medic with Moshannon Valley EMS
who provides the ambulance at the speedway each week. He died of an apparent
heart attack Friday at 29. Our prayers and sympathies are extended to the
family..The moment of silence was also observed for Amy Casher, killed one
year ago on June 17 enroute to the speedway. Her husband, Craig, drives a
modified and was missing from the action.and For Allen Butler, for whom the
memorial race is held for.This weekend there are two days of action.
Saturday is Dale Earnhardt night. Fans attending in Earnhardt memorabilia
will receive $1 off general admission and there are a number of Earnhardt
door prizes to be given away. Regular racing will be held for the late
models, small block modifieds, street stocks, four cylinders and pure
stocks. Sunday the 24th the return of Enduro racing will see a front wheel
drive enduro race held at 1 p.m. Saturday the gates open at 5 with racing at
7 and Sunday the gates open at 11.We hope to see you at the speedway that
really is hidden..Hidden Valley.
HVS SUMMARY 6-16-01
SID'S SUBS LATE MODELS: 1. George Fultz, Beech Creek; 2. Bobby Stokes,
Milton; 3. Duane Stiner, Houtzdale; 4. Luke Hoffner, Turbotville; 5. John
Brady, Clearfield; 6. Dean Colbert III, Port Matilda; 7. Cody Schultz, Hyde;
8. Jerry Timchak, Houtzdale; 9. Marc Whetstone, Irvona; 10. Ed Brady,
KNEPPY'S FIREWORKS SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS: 1.Bob Garvey, Allport; 2. George
Sankey, Osceola Mills; 3. Faye Lumadue, Spring Valley; 4. Mike Butterworth,
Osceola Mills; 5. Mike Stine, Smithmill; 6. Spencer Husted, West Decatur; 7.
Ron Butterwort, Osceola Mills; 8. Bobby Roos, Hyde; 9. Mark Frankhouser,
Philipsburg; 10. Red Fordyce, Strongstown
84 LUMBER STREET STOCKS: 1. Doug Tibbens, Curwensville; 2. Craig Lobb,
Houtzdale; 3. Dan Smeal, Ramey; 4. Kip Charles, Clearfield; 5. Tom Williams,
Tyrone; 6. Todd Mathews, Sanborn; 7. Ray Billott, Mineral Springs; 8. Pat
Carfley, Curwensville; 9. Aaron Casher, Mineral Springs
FOUR CYLINDERS: 1. Joe Leigey, Mt. Zion; 2. Cecilia Olsen, Clearfield; 3.
Derek Rodkey, Osceola Mills; 4. Dave Farrell, Clearfield; 5. Dave Unch,
Curwensville, 6. Shawn Luzier, Clearfield; 7. Chris Farrell, Clearfield; 8.
Chris Peterson, Clearfield; 9. Mark Hummel, West Decatur
NORTH WEST BAE KENNELS PURE STOCKS: 1. Gary McElheny, Blandburg; 2. Shawn
Lamoreau, Grampian; 3. Gary Little, Woodland; 4. Frank Little, Woodland; 5.
Bob Bowery, Clearfield; 6. Bernie Whetstone, Irvona; 7. Sheddy Graham III,
Clearfield; 8. Jason Bainey, Philipsburg; 9. Lester Hudson, Clearfield; 10.
Josh Jacoby, Fernwood