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posted July 08, 2001 03:30 AM UIN: 16262997

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

IMPERIAL, PA… He's Back! Mark Banal of St. Clairsville, OH returned to
victory lane for the first time since opening night, when he captured the QPI
Tools Late Model feature Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.

For the second straight year the Danny Burns Memorial for the E-Modifieds
went down to the wire with Calcutta, OH's Larry Kugel edging Scott Gunn by
the slimmest of margins for his seventh win of the season. Al Atallah of
Carnegie scored his third Limited Late Model feature in four weeks. South
Fayette's Charlie DiLoreto notched his second Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock
victory, and Steve "Skeets" Levandosky did the same in the Amateur Stocks.

Alex Ferree and Banal brought the QPI Tools Late Models to the green flag.
Defending track champion, and current points leader, Banal, wasted no time in
jumping to the lead while Ferree, Bradich and Steve Baker wrestled for second
through fourth. Banal continued to set the pace while Ferree and Bradich
raced side-by-side for second. Baker headed pit side after tagging the wall
following a lap eight restart. Bradich finally took second from Ferree on
lap twelve and set his sights on Banal. In traffic, Bradich would close on
Banal, but once in the clear, Banal, maintained his advantage to the
checkered flag. Bradich was second, hard charging Dave Wade a late model
career best third, Ferree fourth and Mike Cecere fifth. Last week's winner,
Keith Barbara, Jim Zarin, D.J. Miller, Rick Heim and Ben Miley completed the
top ten. Zarin was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger. Ferree and Banal won the
heat races.

The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat certainly were felt in the
E-Modified Danny Burns Memorial. Scott Gunn took the lead from Vince Laboon
on lap three, and set a blistering pace. Larry Kugel jumped from fourth to
second following a lap three restart, while Russ Matejka, who was running
third, would retire shortly there after with mechanical woes. Gunn was in
command until a lap 16 caution. A light rain began to fall, and when the
race restarted, Kugel turned up the heat on the leader. Ralph Hysong Jr. and
Jeff Broniszewski joined the mix. When the white flag waved, it appeared any
of the first four cars could win. With Gunn protecting the high side, Kugel
dove low in three and four and won the race to the finish by inches. Hysong
was third, Broniszewski fourth and Stush Sadowski fifth. Rounding out the
top ten were: D.J. Miller, Matt Smith, Bruce Dreistadt, Jeff Johnson, and
Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Gene Crouch. Matejka and Hysong won the

The Limited Late Model feature saw "Pittsburgh Pete" Loria and Al Atallah
swap the lead on restarts and slide-jobs. At the finish, Atallah was the
winner with Loria second, Mike Morgan third, Brian Laraway fourth and Jim
Stephans fifth. Bobby Castelvetter, Gary Cellone, Jon Hodgkiss, Wayne
Tessean and Louie Bradich were sixth through tenth respectively. Loria and
George Kowatic won the heats, and Morgan was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Charlie DiLoreto left "No doubt about it" in the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure
Stocks. Taking the lead from Brain Scheller on lap three, Charlie "D" pulled
away for the
convincing win. Doug Foster was second, Rich Apolito third, A.J. Poljak
fourth and Dave Beck fifth. Completing the top ten were: Craig Kamicker,
Stacie White, Gary Smith, Mark Jaworski, and Shawn Bryan. Monarch Oil Hard
Charger - Apolito, and Foster won the heat races.

Skeets Levondosky held Joshua Langer and Bob Schwartzmiller at bay in the
Amateur Stock feature. Langer, Schwartzmiller, John Cain and Bobby Siemon
rounded out the top ten. Next were: Gabe Hahka, Ian Tomei, Glenn Knopp Jr.,
David Lee and Adam Chytil.

The second open practice session at PPMS is scheduled for Wednesday, July
11. All types of race cars are invited to participate, and race fans
desiring an opportunity to drive on the track can give the monster half mile
a try for a few circuits with their personal vehicles. Pit passes are just
$12, and there is no charge to view the activity from the grandstands. Gates
open at five on Wednesday with practice set to start at six. Check the web
site ( or contact the business office for additional information.

This Saturday, July 14th, the MACS Late Models return to PPMS for the "Penn
National 50", paying $5,000 to win. The Limited Late Models, E-Modifieds,
and Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks will also be in action. 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: Alex Ferree, Mark Banal
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Mark Banal, St. Clairsville OH 2) Lou Bradich,
Chester WV 3) Dave Wade Pittsburgh 4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg 5) Mike
Cecere, Baldwin 6) Keith Barbara 7) Jim Zarin 8) DJ Miller 9) Rick Heim
10) Ben Miley 11) Mark Moats 12) Brad Goff 13) Bill Adler 14) Jim Lepro
15) Bob Williams 16) Chuck Moury 17) Steve Fife 18) Steve Baker 19)
Jason Cisson 20) Joe Campbell (DNS)

Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Pete Loria, George Kowatic
Feature (20 Laps): 1) Al Atallah, Carnegie 2) Pete Loria, Pittsburgh 3)
Mike Morgan, Scott Twp. 4) Brian Laraway, N. Huntington 5) Jim Stephans,
Pittsburgh 6) Bobby Castelveter 7) Gary Cellone 8) Jon Hodgkiss 9) Wayne
Tessean 10) Louie Bradich 11) John Pavick 12) Bob Damron 13) Danny Rich
14) Gary Koteles 15) Vince Teatino 16) Mark Kelly 17) Tom Duratz 18)
Kirk Young 19) George Kowatic 20) Jim Rozum 21) Jay Collins 22) Tom
Schirnhofer 23) Tom Bateman 24) Tony Musolino (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Russ Matejka, Ralph Hysong
Feature (20 Laps) Dan Burns Memorial: 1) Larry Kugel, Calcutta OH 2) Scott
Gunn, West Mifflin 3) Ralph Hysong, Shippingport 4) Jeff Broniszewski,
Coraopolis 5) Stush Sadowski, Hill Station 6) DJ Miller 7) Matt Smith 8)
Bruce Dreistadt 9) Jeff Johnson 10) Gene Crouch 11) Vince Laboon 12) Joe
Hopkinson 13) Bruce Crouch 14) Kurt Halbedl 15) Mike Anderson 16) Scott
Stiffler 17) Jeff Bametzrider 18) Russ Matejka 19) Jim Petrelle 20) Ray
Brown DQ

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

Amateur Strictly Stocks
Feature: 1) Steve Levandosky, Finleyville 2) Joshua Langer,Oakdale 3) Bob
Schwartzmiller, Robinson Twp. 4) John Cain, Pittsburgh 5) Bob Siemon,
Castle Shannon 6) Gabe Hahka 7) Ian Tomei 8) Glenn Knopp 9) Davey Lee
10) Adam Chytil

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