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posted July 07, 2001 02:12 AM
Rick Eckert tops General Aluminum 100 at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH (July 6) - Rick Eckert from York, PA was the big winner in the Second Annual "General Aluminum 100" on Friday night at Raceway 7. The current United Dirt Track Racing Association Late Model point leader padded his lead in the season standings by scoring his fifth Series victory of the season. His first Raceway 7 victory was worth $20,000.
In other action on the card, Todd Roncaglione from Linesville, PA captured his first victory of the season in the MHC Inc. E-Mods. Darrell Bossard from Centerville, PA scored his second Fame Manufacturing Street Stock victory this year.
The 100-lap main event started with Steve Francis and Rick Eckert leading the field on the starting grid. Eckert would grab the lead at the start with Francis, Jimmy Mars, Scott Bloomquist, and Wendell Wallace giving chase. The first yellow flag of the race waved on lap 9, as Rob Blair would move to fifth before another slowdown on lap 10. Back to green, the battle was now for third with Bloomquist taking the spot on lap 13. Defending race winner Chub Frank would soon join the top five, moving to fourth on lap 22. Green flag racing would end on lap 28, with the third caution of the race.
Another period of green flag racing would stretch to lap 40, as Bloomquist had closed to pressure Francis for second. Back to green, Bloomquist would take second by lap 42, and closed in to give Eckert his first serious challenge for the lead. Frank passed Francis on lap 45 for third, as Blair would still be fifth at the halfway mark.
Following a lap 53 caution period, **** Barton would enter the top five on lap 54 with a pass of Blair. Barton had started 25th on the starting grid, but his charge to the front was impressive. Frank had closed in on Bloomquist in the race for second, and trouble struck on lap 70. The two cars touched with Bloomquist spinning in turn four, to bring out the final yellow flag of the event.
With a 30-lap run to the finish, Eckert would pull away over the closing laps to cap a dominant performance, leading every lap of the Second Annual "General Aluminum 100." Frank would race home a solid second. Francis had a steady drive to show in third. Mars made a late pass of Barton to finish fourth in a battle between cars numbered 28. Bob Close finished sixth, as Blair, Jim Dandy, Jr., Wallace, and 23rd starting Dale McDowell rounded out the top ten.
With a field of 55 cars on hand, Thursday's fastest qualifier was Randle Chupp with a lap of 18.631. Thursday's Heat race winners were Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, Scott Bloomquist, and Jimmy Mars. B-Main winners were Dan Schlieper and Ron Davies.
Jim Long and Hugo Litwiler led the 20-lap MHC Inc. E-Mod feature to the green flag with Litwiler taking command. Other than a brief challenge in the early laps from Chuck List, Litwiler would dominate the first half of the event. Past halfway, Litwiler would begin to feel pressure from ninth starting Kari Petrosky and 12th starting Todd Roncaglione. Roncaglione took second on lap 13, and had a pair of strong bids wiped out by yellow flag periods. On lap 16, Roncaglione would finally make the pass to take over the lead. Once in front, Roncaglione would hold off all challenges to score the win as the time limit ended the event one lap short of its conclusion. With his first victory of the season, he would advance to take the division point lead. Petrosky had a great run with a strong second, earning her best finish of the season. In his first ever visit to the track, Bob Rougeaux advanced from 14th starting position to finish third. Litwiler would finish fourth, with Ron Roncaglione fifth. Heat winners were List, Dale Applebee, and Petrosky. Bootie Petsko took the Last Chance Race.
The 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature had Bruce Burlingame and Rich Howell leading the field to the green flag. Howell took command at the start, leading the way for the first five laps. On a lap 5 restart, 12th starting Brian Douglas made the pass to take over the lead. Douglas would soon have his hands full with Jim McFadden and Darrell Bossard as the battle for the lead was a good one. McFadden would pass for the lead on lap 8, but the lap was not scored due to a yellow flag. On the restart, Bossard got a good run on the outside to move from third to the lead. Once in front, eighth starting Bossard would control the remaining distance to score his second victory of the season. McFadden would back up last week's win with a second place finish. From 13th starting spot, Chuck Sullivan passed Douglas on the last lap for third. Darren Buell was fifth, with point leader Mike Hochschild sixth. Mike Horton, John Hobbs, Sr., and Howell were the Heat race winners, and the Last Chance Race winner was Ted Westover.
Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, July 13, as Rigby Ford will present the Mid-Season Championship races for all four divisions. On Friday, July 20, it will be Coca Cola Christmas in July night, featuring the Fourth Annual Topless Challenge for the Late Models. Another 100-lap Late Model race will come on July 27, as the Renegade STARS Series will be visiting.
The gates open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90 on Ohio Route 7. For more information, please call 814-967-4230 for the office, or 440-594-2222. For the most complete source of Raceway 7 information, please visit the track's web site at www.raceway7.com.
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Friday, July 13 - Rigby Ford Mid-Season Championships for all four divisions. Special rules apply.
Friday, July 20 - Coca Cola Christmas in July Night. Annual Topless Challenge for Super Late Models, $2500 to win. Four division racing.
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Raceway 7 results for Friday, July 6, 2001.
UDTRA Late Models - Car Count - 55.
Thursday's Fastest Qualifier, Randle Chupp, 18.631.
Thursday's Heat winners - Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, Scott Bloomquist, Jimmy Mars. B-Main winners - Dan Schlieper, Ron Davies.
Second Annual General Aluminum 100 - 1)Rick Eckert. 2)Chub Frank. 3)Steve Francis. 4)Jimmy Mars. 5)**** Barton. 6)Bob Close. 7)Rob Blair. 8)Jim Dandy, Jr. 9)Wendell Wallace. 10)Dale McDowell. 11)Davey Johnson. 12)Randle Chupp. 13)Freddy Smith. 14)Rick Aukland. 15)Todd Andrews. 16)Dan Schlieper. 17)Brent Rhebergen. 18)Scott Bloomquist. 19)Ryan Markham. 20)Ray Cook. 21)Dan Armbruster. 22)Donnie Moran. 23)Bruce Hordusky. 24)Joe Izzo. 25)Ron Davies. 26)Mike Johnson.
Did not qualify, Randy Korte, Rich Gardner, Mike Balzano, Mickey Wright, Matt Urban, Tony Lombardi, Brad Fiesler, Paul Davis, Chevy Scott, Mark Osburn, Kirk Bradley, Matt Miller, Mark Banal, Kevin Santee, Rusty Whitmore, Wren Turner, Frank Poniatowski, Steve Boley, Jerry Johnson, Bill Reed, Steve Shaver, Greg Lucas, Chris Hackett, Brian Ruhlman, Bill Cunningham, Greg Fenno, Bryan Durig, Scott James, Jay Watson.
Maloney Tool and Mold Late Model Updated Point Standings - 1)1585, 28B, **** Barton. 2)1405, W11, Rob Blair. 3)1335, 61, Dan Armbruster. 4)1145, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 5)1065, 1, Rich Gardner. 6)990, 07R, Brent Rhebergen. 7)970, 33, Chris Hackett. 8)955, 11R, Rusty Whitmore. 9)910, 14L, Dave Lyon. 10)905, 71D, Ron Davies.
MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 27.
Heat winners - Chuck List, Dale Applebee, Kari Petrosky.
Last Chance Race winner - Bootie Petsko.
Feature - 1)Todd Roncaglione. 2)Kari Petrosky. 3)Bob Rougeaux. 4)Hugo Litwiler. 5)Ron Roncaglione. 6)Bill Watson. 7)Kevin Decker. 8)Dean Ruth. 9)Bill Taylor. 10)Jim Abbott. 11)Chuck List. 12)Jeff Shank. 13)Robert Bland. 14)Rick Robinson. 15)J.B. Dandy. 16)Jim Frontz. 17)Jim Long. 18)Jim Fry. 19)Brent Rhebergen. 20)Mike Hess. 21)Dale Applebee. 22)Bootie Petsko.
Did not qualify, Mike Potosky, Steve Artrip, John Kellogg, John Andrew, Don Herman.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1285, 00, Todd Roncaglione. 2)1265, 2*, Bill Watson. 3)1215, 0, Ron Roncaglione. 4)1165, 69, Brent Rhebergen. 5)1140, 44, Mike Hess. 6)1065, 94.3, Jim Frontz. 7)950 tie, 4, Jeff Shank and 6, Hugo Litwiler. 9)920, 0K, Kari Petrosky. 10)890, 11A, Dale Applebee.
Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 29.
Heat winners - Mike Horton, John Hobbs, Sr., Rich Howell.
Last Chance Race winner - Ted Westover.
Feature - 1)Darrell Bossard. 2)Jim McFadden. 3)Chuck Sullivan. 4)Brian Douglas. 5)Darren Buell. 6)Mike Hochschild. 7)Bruce Burlingame. 8)Ted Westover. 9)Paul Pittsenbarger. 10)Barb Bellinger. 11)Jeremy Stafford. 12)Tim Mann. 13)Mike Horton. 14)Chip Davis. 15)Justin Kreider. 16)Lynn Preston. 17)John Hobbs, Sr. 18)Rich Howell. 19)Jim Van Cise. 20)Pat Gorton. 21)Mike Boyd.
Did not qualify, Mike Andrew, Kevin White, Jodi Woodworth, Brian Watson, Raymond Pack, Jake Fenton, Karen Shank.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1515, 88, Mike Hochschild. 2)1435, 2*, Brian Douglas. 3)1355, 22B, Darrell Bossard. 4)1315, 10, Chuck Sullivan. 5)1135, 96, Jim McFadden. 6)1095, 27, John Hobbs, Sr. 7)1070, 27B, Darren Buell. 8)1065, 12G, Pat Gorton. 9)1050, 63, Tim Mann. 10)1025, 1C, Chip Davis.