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posted July 01, 2001 03:58 AM UIN: 16262997

Media Contact: Judy Gower (724) 853-RACE/

IMPERIAL, PA…Sophomore sensation Keith Barbara of South Park claimed his
third QPI Tools Late Model win of the season Saturday, on Colussy Chevrolet
night, at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Danny "The Danimal" Rich
of Imperial won for the second time in the Limited Late Models. Monaca's
Russ Matejka made it two in a row in the E-Modifieds, and Rich Apolito of
Carnegie rolled to his eighth Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock checkered flag.
Robinson Township's Bob Schwartzmiller collected his second Amateur Stock
victory, and heavy rains forced a four-way tie in the Demolition Derby
between Tim Paul, Eric Goldberg, Jeremy Wall and Robbie Haught.

Steve Baker, subbing again for Ben Miley in car #99, appeared to have the
QPI Tools Late Model feature in the bag before a late race caution. Baker,
"The West Virginia Rim Rider", had led from the start before a caution on lap
21, that saw the second place car of Mike Cecere and the third place car of
Lou Bradich crash hard between turns three and four. Bradich had charged
from twelfth after winning last week, and was able to return to the race, but
Cecere wasn't as fortunate. Barbara inherited second on the restart and
quickly darted by Baker for the lead. Once in front, Barbara set sail to the
checkered flag. Point's leader Mark Banal made a great last lap move to claim
third. Jason Cisson was fourth and Dave Wade, who was caught up in an
earlier accident, blazed his way to fifth. Jim Lepro, Doug Crawford, Ed
Ferree, Bradich and Jim Zarin completed the top ten. Banal and Cecere won
the heat races. Ferree was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

It was wire to wire for Danny Rich in the Limited Late Model feature. "The
Danimal" was never seriously threatened in stopping Al Atallah's two race
winning streak. Atallah was still a solid second with 16-year-old Tony
Musolino bringing home a career best third. Pete Loria and Mike Morgan
rounded out the top five. Bobby Castelveter was sixth, George Kowatic
seventh, Vince Teatino eighth, Kirk Young ninth and Jon Hodgkiss tenth.
Monarch Oil Hard Charger Kowatic and Loria won the preliminaries.

Mike Anderson and Stush Sadowski swapped the lead early in the E-Modified
main event. Russ Matejka methodically worked his way to the front and took
the lead from Sadowski on lap five. Once in front, Matejka pulled away for
his third win of the season. Kurt Halbedl, Sadowski, Anderson and Matt Smith
completed the top five. Six through ten were: Larry Kugel, Scott Gunn, Ralph
Hysong Jr, Jeff Broniszewski and Jeff Bametzrider. Matejka also won the
heat and was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Craig Kamicker, in search of his first career win, led the first eleven
laps of the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock feature. With four circuits
remaining, Rich Apolito showed his muscle to move ahead of Kamicker, who
settled for second. Darryl Robison was third, Stacie White fourth and Ron
O'Patchin (subbing for Charlie DiLoreto in car #11) fifth. Dave Beck was
sixth, A.J. Poljak seventh, Brian Scheller eighth, Neal Isiminger ninth, and
Joe Anthony tenth. Apolito was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger. Doug Foster
and Beck won the heat races.

Bob Schwartzmiller dominated the Amateur Stock feature. Gabe Hahka was
second, John Cain third, Ian Tomei fourth and Bobby Siemon fifth.

This Saturday, July 7th, is the 20 lap Danny Burns Memorial for the
E-Modifieds paying $690 to win, with regular racing for the QPI Tools Late
Models, Limited Late Models, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks, and Amateur
Stocks. It's also driver autograph night with all kids 12 and under admitted
free. Gates open at 5pm with racing at 7pm. For more information call (724)
853-RACE, or visit our web site at

QPI Tools Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Mark Banal, Mike Cecere
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Keith Barbara, S. Park 2) Steve Baker, Fairmont WV
3) Mark Banal, St. Clairsville OH 4) Jason Cisson, Houston 5) Dave Wade,
Pittsburgh 6) Jim Lepro 7) Doug Crawford 8) Ed Ferree 9) Lou Bradich 10)
Jim Zarin 11) DJ Miller 12) Chuck Moury 13) Mike Cecere 14) Ricky Heim
15) Matt Sherlock 16) Joe Campbell 17) Mark Moats

Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: George Kowatic, Pete Loria
Feature (20 Laps): 1) Danny Rich, Imperial 2) Al Atallah, Carnegie 3) Tony
Musolino,Scott Twp. 4) Pete Loria, Pittsburgh 5) Mike Morgan 6) Bobby
7) George Kowatic 8) Bob Damron 9) Kirk Young 10) Jon Hodgkiss 11) Jim
Stephens 12) Tom Schirnhofer 13) Louie Bradich 14) Mark Kelly 15) Mike
Clayton 16) Tom Duratz 17) Jim Rozum 18) Tom Bateman 19) Drew Koteles
20) Bob Damron 21) Wayne Tessean 22) Brian Laraway (DNS)

Heat Race Winner: Russ Matejka
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Russ Matejka, Monaca 2) Kurt Halbedl, Imperial 3)
Stush Sadowski, Hill Station 4) Mike Anderson, Harmony 5) Matt Smith,
Charleroi 6) Larry Kugel 7) Scott Gunn 8) Ralph Hysong 9) Jeff
Broniszewski 10) Jeff Bametzrider 11) Joe Brown

Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Doug Foster, Dave Beck
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Rich Apolito, Carnegie 2) Craig Kamicker, Hopewell,
3) Darryl Robison, Beaver Falls 4) Stacie White, Heidelberg 5) Ron
O'Patchin, Pittsburgh 6) Dave Beck 7) AJ Poljak 8) Brian Scheller 9) Neal
Isiminger 10) Joe Anthony 11) Mark Jaworski 12) Wayne Johnson 13) Doug
Foster 14) Gary Smith 15) Shawn Bryan

Upcoming Events:
July 7 - E-Mod Dan Burns Memorial - 20 Laps, $690 to Win & all other
divisions, plus Driver Autograph Night with all kids 12 and under admitted

July 14 - Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) "Penn National 50" for
Late Models - $5000 to Win, plus Limited Late Models, Pure Stocks and

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