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posted June 24, 2001 01:23 AM UIN: 16262997

IMPERIAL, PA…Persistence pays off, and Lou Bradich of Chester, WV proved that
Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. After demolishing his
primary car less than a month ago, the popular driver raced to his first QPI
Tools Late Model feature win in more than a year. Not only was the win a
morale booster for Bradich and crew, who worked hard to get the car back
together, but it served as a great "Get Well" wish to his car owner, Bill
"Pappy" Kesslar. Nearly 81 years old, Pappy is recovering from a recent
fractured hip, and was unable to witness the great run in person.

Carnegie's Al Atallah continued his hot streak by winning the Limited Late
Model Special. Russ Matejka of Monaca had the crowd on its feet with his
superb run to the E-Modified checkered flag. Carnegie's Rich Apolito notched
his seventh Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock feature of the season, and Joshua
Langer of Oakdale won for the fifth time in the Amateur Stocks.

The QPI Tools Late Model feature saw Bradich gain control from the start.
Several early race cautions let many drivers show their muscle on the
double-file restarts, but Bradich was unfazed. Mike Cecere kept Keith
Barbara at bay for the second spot through the first half of the event, while
Mark Banal, Mike Johnson, Ed Ferree and others battled not far behind. On
lap seventeen, Barbara was able to swing by Cecere for second. At about the
same time, Johnson motored to fourth and began his assault on the top three.
With five laps to go, Johnson moved to third, dropping Cecere to fourth. A
late race caution bunched the field one more time, but Bradich was not to be
denied in taking the checkered flag. Barbara, Johnson, Cecere and Banal
completed the top five. Ed Ferree, Steve Baker (subbing for Ben Miley in
#99), Dave Wade, Jim Lepro and Jason Cisson were sixth through tenth
respectively. Cisson and Barbara rolled to the heat race wins. Baker, in
his first race since last September, was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

The Limited Late Model Special saw Atallah lead the first circuit before Mike
Morgan charged his way to the front. Morgan's setup started to go away, and
Atallah moved back in front on lap seven. Atallah left no doubt in rolling
to his third win of the season. George Kowatic finished second, Danny Rich
third, Morgan fourth and Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Tom Schirnhofer, fifth.
Pete Loria, Tony Musolino, Gary Cellone, Bobby Castelveter and Wayne Tessean
completed the top ten. Kowatic and Rich captured the heat races.

When Larry Kugel starts on the pole and doesn't win the E-Modified feature,
it is a surprise. While he led from the start, Kugel's lead started to
shrink as the race moved past the halfway mark. Ralph Hysong Jr. and twelfth
starting Russ Matejka were closing in a hurry. On the final lap, Kugel tried
to keep Hysong at bay on the outside, but Matejka swung to the low side in
three and four and won the drag race to the finish by inches. Hysong edged
Kugel for second, Stush Sadowski was fourth and Kurt Halbedl fifth. Rounding
out the top ten were: Jeff Broniszewski, Herm Myers, Mike Anderson, Matt
Smith and Vince Laboon. Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Matejka, and Kugel won
the heats.

In a reversal from last week, Rich Apolito held off the challenges of Doug
Foster to claim the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks feature. Darryl Robison
was third, Charlie DiLoreto fourth and Stacie White fifth. Six through ten
were: Brian Scheller, A.J. Puljak, Neal Isiminger, Craig Kamicker and Gary
Smith. Isiminger was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger. Foster and DiLoreto
captured the preliminaries.

After an early race caution, Joshua Langer led the rest of the way for the
Amateur Stock victory. A fast closing Ian Tomei was second, Bobby Siemon
third, Steve Levandosky fourth and John Cain fifth. Completing the top ten
were: Gabe Hahka, Bob Schwartzmiller, Butch Levandosky, Ted Beaver, and David

This Saturday, June 30th, is Little League/Scout Night with a complete show
for the QPI Tools Late Models, Limited Late Models, E-Modifieds, Isiminger's
Pennzoil Pure Stocks and Amateur Stocks, plus a Demolition Derby after the
races. Gates open at 5pm with racing at 7pm. For more information call
(724) 853-RACE or visit our web site at

Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Race Summary

QPI Tools Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Jason Cisson, Keith Barbara
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Lou Bradich, Chester WV 2) Keith Barbara, Library 3)
Mike Johnson, Imperial 4) Mike Cecere, Baldwin 5) Mark Banal, St. Clairsville
OH 6) Ed Ferree 7) Steve Baker 8) Dave Wade 9) Jim Lepro 10) Jason Cisson
11) Jack Pencil, 12) Ricky Heim 13) Bill Adler 14) Jim Zarin 15) Greg
Gellner 16) Chuck Moury 17) Joe Campbell 18) Gary Koteles 19) Matt
Sherlock 20) Steve Fife

Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: George Kowatic, Danny Rich
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Al Atallah, Carnegie 2) George Kowatic, Moon Twp. 3)
Danny Rich, Imperial 4) Mike Morgan, Bridgeville 5) Tom Schirnhofer,
Emsworth 6) Pete Loria 7) Tony Musolino 8) Gary Cellone 9) Bobby
Castelveter 10) Wayne Tessean 11) John Pavlick 12) Louie Bradich 13)
Brian Laraway 14) Vince Teatino 15) Kirk Young 16) Mark Kelly 17) Jay
Collins 18) Chris Kussouf 19) Bob Damron

Heat Race Winners: Larry Kugel, Russ Matejka
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Russ Matejka, Monaca 2) Ralph Hysong Jr, Shippenport
3) Larry Kugel, Calcutta OH 4) Stush Sadowski, Hill Station 5) Kurt
Halbedl, Imperial 6) Jeff Broniszewski 7) Herm Myers 8) Mike Anderson 9)
Matt Smith 10) Jeff Bametzrider 11) Randy McElhaney 12) Vince Laboon 13)
Scott Gunn 14) Joe Brown (DNS)

Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Doug Foster, Charlie DiLoreto
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Rich Apolito, Carnegie 2) Doug Foster, Kennedy Twp.
3) Darryl Robison, Beaver Falls 4) Charlie DiLoreto, S. Fayette 5) Stacie
White, Heidelberg 6) Brian Scheller 7) A.J. Poljak 8) Neal Isiminger 9)
Craig Kamicker 10) Gary Smith 11) Mark Jaworski 12) Shawn Bryan 13) Joe
Anthony 14) Bob Betz 15) Wayne Johnson 16) Dave Beck, DNS 17) Mike McKee,

Amateur Strictly Stock Feature
1) Joshua Langer, Oakdale 2) Ian Tomei, Stowe Twp. 3) Bob Siemon, Castle
Shannon 4) Skeets Levandosky, Finleyville 5) John Cain, Pittsburgh 6) Gabe
Hahka 7) Bob Schwartzmiller 8) Butch Levandosky 9) Ted Beaver 10) Davy
Lee, 11) Harry Wielant

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