posted July 08, 2001 10:50 AM
WINTERS WINS ARMEL MEMORIAL, MYERS WINS LATE MODELS WHEN IRWIN IS LIGHT
HAGERSTOWN, MD - Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA seventh win of the season
was the one he wanted as the Mercersburg, PA driver notched his second
straight Tony Armel Memorial for the Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late model
sportsman at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday on JLG Family Night. Winters
took the lead on the 14th lap and held off Devin Friese for his 19th win in
his last 25 races.
"I knew Devin was in a real good race car there and I had my hands full.
I figured if I run the middle of the track he would have to pinch me
underneath or take the long way around the outside to get by me. So I stayed
in the middle as my best shot, " said Winters in Victory lane with the Armel
Family. "In one way the cautions hurt us as the tires kept cooling off and on
the restarts the tires were a little bit slippery. On the other hand the
engine was overheating a little bit so the cautions helped us bring down the
heat a little bit."
In the 25-lap ITSI late model feature, DJ Myers of Greencastle, PA did
all he could on the track to win the race, but could not get around Richard
Irwin and thought he would have to settle for second. But Irwin was denied
his first career win at Hagerstown when he came across the scales 10 pounds
light turning the win over to Myers.
"I hate winning a race like this," said Myers who was back racing after a
shoulder injury. "But I know what its like. We came back a little early, but
wanted to get ready for next weekend. It's a brand new race car and it really
worked good tonight."
Brian Miller of Hagerstown held off Mike Warrenfeltz the final five laps
in the caution filled 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock feature and
Kenny Thomas of Hagerstown won the non-stop 30-lap enduro dash.
Marvin Winters lined up eighth for the start of the 50-lap Armel Memorial
as Richard Walls grabbed the lead as the green flag was waved by honorary
starter James Kelly, member of the Maryland House of Delegates. Paul Crowl
took over the top spot on the second circuit as Winters was waiting to make
his move riding back in seventh. On lap nine, Pete Weaver began to challenge
Walls for second as Crowl opened a large lead. A caution on lap 11 put Weaver
on Crowl's bumper with Winters now in third. Crowl temporarily got away on
the green, but two laps later Crowl, Weaver and Winters went into turn two
three wide with Weaver moving on top for lap 14. The lead was short lived as
Weaver slipped high on the next lap allowing Winters to move underneath to
take the lead. Devin Friese worked his way from 10th to take second on lap 22
as Winters cruised in front. Following a fuel stop on lap 40, Friese kept the
pressure on Winters the final ten laps, but was unable to pull off the win.
Following Winter and Friese were Weaver, Wayne Walls Jr and Barry Miller.
Fred Harden, Richard Walls, Scott Sipe and Laudan Seigfield were next with
Donnie Hedge coming from 22nd to round out the top ten for the St. Thomas
Towing/Checker Flag Lube Hard Charger Award. Heat winners for the 30 cars
were Winters, Crowl and Wayne Walls Jr. Daryl Kendall won the consolation.
In the 25-lap ITSI late model feature, Andy Friese jumped out to the lead
from the front row with Richard Irwin and DJ Myers right behind. Irwin pulled
even with Fries on the eight lap and edged in front on the next circuit as
Roy Deese Jr. moved into fourth. Deese passed Charlie Schaffer for fourth on
lap six as Myers kept the pressure on Irwin. On the final lap, Myers tried to
take the lead on the inside of Irwin coming off the fourth turn, the two cars
made contact but Irwin was able to stay on track and came across the finish
line for what looked like his first career win at Hagerstown. But the scales
showed Irwin's car 10 pounds light turning the long awaited win over to
Myers. Deese finished right behind in second with Nathan Durboraw coming on
strong for third. Fries settled for fourth with Schaffer rounding out the top
five. Jim Bernheisel was next as Gary Stuhler picked up the Timber Wolf Grass
Roots Racing/Ernie's Salvage Yard hard charger award for finishing seventh
after starting 19th in the Glenn Ninninger owned #90 car. Jeremy Miller,
Devin Friese and Brent Smith finished out the top ten. Preliminary J&K Toys
heat winners for the 28 cars were Durboraw, Irwin and Smith. The consi went
Kenny Dillon led the Ernie;'s Salvage Yard pure stock feature for two
laps until his motor let loose turning the lead over to seventh starting
Brian Miller for the restart. Mike Warrenfeltz moved into second on the fifth
lap and stayed on Miller's bumper the last ten laps, but was unable to unseat
the leader as Miller picked up the win. Warrenfeltz settled for second with
Bruce Leibowitz coming from 12th for third. Hans Stamberg was next with
Eugene Conlee rounding out the top five. Kim Ramer Was the Turners Bowling
Centers Hard Charger Award winner finishing eighth after starting 23rd. Heat
winners for the 31 cars were Lebowitz, Dave Mikolajski and Dillon.
Thirty-three cars started the 30-lap enduro dash as Tony Ford led the
field from the outside pole until lap 13 when 22nd starting Kenny Thomas
charged in front. Thomas had no trouble the rest of the way to pick up the
win over Jim Mullendore, Krazy Kenny Thomas, Darrin Williams, Steve Dillon,
Sam Shank, John Poole, Jimmy Parrill, Danny Holmes and Kevin Herrin.
The Hagerstown Speedway will be in action next weekend with two big shows
on Friday and Saturday, July 13th and 14th. The Renegade Stars late models
will invade the half-mile oval for the 54th Anniversary 50 with $8,000 going
to the winner. Two 4-cyl pure stock features are also on the program. Race
time is 8 P.M. On Saturday, it will be the UDTRA late models in the ITSI
Maryland Silver Cup Nationals in a 50-lap $10,000-to-win program. Joining the
late models will be the late model sportsman and pure stocks. Race time is 7
50-Lap TONY ARMEL MEMORIAL FOR HOOSIER TIRES MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL
SPORTSMAN (30 Cars) Race Leaders: R. Walls (1); Crowl (2-13); Weaver (14);
Winters (15-50). 1. Marvin Winters; 2. Devin Friese; 3. Pete Weaver; 4. Wayne
Walls Jr.; 5. Barry Miller; 6. Fred Harden; 7. Richard Walls; 8. Scott Sipe;
9. Laudan Seigfield; 10. Donnie Hedge; 11. Robert Friese; 12. Glenn Ninninger
Jr.; 13. Richard Clipp; 14. Daryl Kendall; 15. Mike Walls; 16. Todd Bowers;
17. Paul Crowl; 18. James Mangan; 19. Paul Ward; 20. Will Fair; 21. Dave
Rice; 22. Dave Neff; 23. Herk Armel; 24. Tyler Horton. DNQ: Charles Hagerge;
Scott Palmer; Kenny Day; Tim Shatzer; Travis Beaver; Nick Pappas.
25- Lap ITSI LATE MODEL FEATURE: (28 Cars) Race Leaders: Andy Friese (1-8)
Richard Irwin (9-24) (DQ) 1. DJ Myers; 2. Roy Deese Jr.; 3. Nathan Durboraw;
4. Andy Fries; 5. Charlie Schaffer; 6. Jim Bernheisel; 7. Gary Stuhler; 8.
Jeremy Miller; 9. Devin Friese; 10. Brent Smith; 11. Mark Elksnis; 12. Wayne
Walls, Jr.; 13. Doug Burkholder; 14. James Adkins; 15. Buck Tomblin; 16.
Wesley Bonebrake; 17. Timmy Booth; 18. Greg Fetter; 19. Donnie Farlling; 20.
Bill Palmer; 21. Alan Sagi. DNS: Andy Anderson; Frankie Plessinger. DQ:
Richard Irwin; DNQ: James Stine; Jeff Gassman; Ron Ellis; Don Zechman.
(J&K Toys Heat 1) 1. Durboraw; 2. Burkholder; 3. Miller; 4. Sagi; 5. Adkins;
6. Tomblin. (J&K Toys Heat 2) 1. Irwin; 2. Deese; 3. Fries; 4. Walla; 5.
Elksnis; 6. Plessinger. (J&K Toys Heat 3) 1. Smith; 2. Myers; 3. Schaffer; 4.
Bernheisel; 5. Anderson; 6. Palmer. (Consi) 1. Stuhler; 2. Bonebrake; 3. D.
Friese; 4. Booth; 5. Fetters; 6. Farling.
15-LAP ERNIE'S SALVAGE YARD PURE STOCKS: (31 Cars) Race Leaders: Dillon
(1-2); Miller (3-15). 1. Brian Miller; 2. Mike Warrenfeltz; 3. Bruce
Leibowitz; 4. Hans Stamberg; 5. Eugene Conlee; 6. Dave Mikolajski; 7. Mike
Sanders; 8. Kim Ramer; 9. Keith Reed; 10. Steve Kent; 11. Steve Marsh; 12.
Harold Prince; 13. Glenn Holder; 14. Frank Dibella; 15. Jesse Coleman; 16.
William Reitobe; 17. Mike Cunningham; 18. Kevin Shade; 19. Jeff Bennett; 20.
Denny Saunders; 21. Paul Rice; 22. Ronnie Dennis; 23. Steve Long; 24. Greg
Hockensmith; 25. Rick Stouffer; 26. Sam Kaiser; 27. Kenny Dillon; 28. Danny
Shirley; DNS: Jeff Johnson; Billy Ecton; Ben Lansberry.
30-lap ENDURO DASH: (33 Cars) Race Leaders: Ford(1-11); Thomas (12-30) 1.
Kenny Thomas; 2. Jim Mullendore; 3. Krazy Kenny Thomas; 4. Darrin Williams;
5. Steve Dillon; 6. Sam Shank; 7. John Poole; 8. Jimmy Parrill; 9. Danny
Holmes; 10. Kevin Herrin; 11. Leroy Hockenberry; 12. Larry Hurley; 13.
Wallace Mason; 14. William Crook; 15. Mark Straley; 16. John Graves; 17.
Bobby Moore; 18. Steve Thompson; 19. Barry Jones; 20. Patrick Murphy; 21.
Michael Kendrick; 22. Alfred Twigg; 23. Kevin Durst; 24. Roy Rowland; 25.
Nancy Ecton; 26. Tony Ford; 27. Eric Chesser; 28. Craig Crouse; 29. J.L.
Eichelberger; 30. William Silkworth; 32. Craig Kline; 33. Derek Riley.