Visit The Dirt Forum for More Information

Author Topic:   RACEWAY 7 NEWS
Dirt Administrator

Total posts: 3279
posted July 22, 2001 12:14 PM UIN: 16262997

Raceway 7, Mailing address, 26924 State Highway 77, Guys Mills, PA, 16327.
Home phone - 814-967-4230, track phone - 440-594-2222, or e-mail
Media Contact: Rich Berry, 330-629-9324, or e-mail

* * * * * * * * * * * * *
As Santa Claus watches, Blair tops the topless race at Raceway 7

Conneaut, OH (July 20) - A special guest was on hand for the races this evening, making the long trip from the North Pole. Santa Claus was on hand as a part of Coca Cola Christmas in July night on Friday night at Raceway 7. And with the reindeer at home because they don't like the noise, Santa even joined the competition as he raced a school bus at the end of the program.

The Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models ran the Fourth Annual "Topless Challenge," where all of the drivers take the roofs off of their cars. Winning the Fourth Annual event was Rob Blair from Titusville, PA. Blair also won last year's edition, but this was his first victory of the season. Santa also gave presents in the form of feature wins to Jay Watson from Conneaut, OH in the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models, Brent Rhebergen from Clymer, NY in the MHC Inc. E-Mods, and Mike Hochschild from Ashtabula, OH in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks.

The 25-lap "Topless Challenge" for the Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models started with Bruce Hordusky and Ryan Markham atop the starting grid, as Hordusky took the lead at the start. On a lap 2 restart, Markham used the outside groove to take the lead with an outside pass in turn two. **** Barton moved up to challenge Markham between caution periods, as the race turned exciting following a lap 11 restart. The lead battle would now be intense, as Rob Blair and Jim Dandy, Jr. would make it a four-car war for the top spot. Markham would hold off all challenges, but eleventh starting Blair would nose ahead at the line as lap 16 was scored. A yellow flag on that lap would set up Blair as the leader on the restart. Once in front, the defending track champion would not be denied, as he would race home to score his first victory of the season. As the race for second had continued, Markham would finally secure runner-up honors. By inches at the checkered flag, Dandy nosed Barton for the third spot. Brent Rhebergen would race home fifth. After starting at the very tail of the 27-car starting field, Scott Brady charged through the field to finish sixth, as Mark Osburn, Rich Gardner, Rick Isadore, and Ward Schell rounded out the top ten. The heat race winners were Kevin Santee, Matt Urban, and Bruce Hordusky.

Santa Claus gave a big present to Jay Watson in the 20-lap feature for the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models. Mark Ashcraft and Jim Dandy, Jr. had started from the front row, with Dandy gaining command at the start. Dave Hess Jr. had challenged through the early laps, but Dandy had extended his lead as the race neared the halfway mark. The final yellow flag of the event would be on lap 9, and it would be notable. The flag was thrown for former point leader Doug Eck, who stopped with problems that knocked him from the race. During the caution period, Dandy would suffer problems that forced him out of the event. Hess would inherit the lead at this point, as ninth starting Watson was up to challenge in the closing laps. Hess held off the challenges to take the apparent victory, but he would be disqualified for being light at the scales. Watson would inherit the victory for his fifth feature win of the season, and he also took the division point lead. Chris Brockway would advance to finish second, ahead of Tom Bonanno, Steve Hollabaugh, and Bryan Emory. Watson and Hollabaugh were heat race winners.

Mike Potosky and Steve Artrip led the 20-lap MHC Inc. E-Mod feature to the start with Potosky taking command. A lap 2 tangle involved Todd Roncaglione and Ron Roncaglione, and eliminated Hugo Litwiler and Kevin Decker. Potosky continued to show the way, as sixth starting Brent Rhebergen was up to challenge. Rhebergen made the pass on the inside of turn three to take the lead on lap 6. As Rhebergen inched away in the lead, the battle was for second as Potosky held off challenges from Mike Hess and Dale Applebee. Hess exited the race after a spin on lap 13, and Potosky's fine run would be foiled by a lap 15 spin. In the closing stages of the race, Todd Roncaglione had charged back through the field from the tail on lap 2 and tightened the battle for the lead. Holding off the stiff challenge, Rhebergen would hold on to notch his third victory of the season. Roncaglione would be forced to settle for a close second, but still remains as the division point leader. Applebee raced home third. After losing an engine in his car, Bill Watson borrowed the Andrew 72 and charged from starting position 23 to finish fourth. Also in the tangle on lap 2, Ron Roncaglione raced back through the field for fifth. Heat winners were Ron Roncaglione, Applebee, and Hess.

Jodi Woodworth and Rich Howell led the 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature to the green flag, and Howell would lead the first lap as three caution periods dotted lap 1. One of these was for a Howell spin, and as the race finally resumed it was Chuck Sullivan leading lap 2. At another restart, it was eighth starting Mike Hochschild moving to the lead on lap 3. Between caution periods, the battle for the lead was a good one as point leader Hochschild fended off charges from Darrell Bossard, Sullivan, and Bossard again in the closing laps. When the ninth caution period of the event waved on lap 13, the time limit had expired and the race would be called official. Hochschild would be awarded the victory, his sixth feature win of the season. Bossard had a good run for second, with Sullivan third. Back from the tail on lap 1, Howell would shake off a run of terrible luck with a fourth place finish, his best of the season. Bruce Burlingame posted his best finish of the season in fifth. Brian Douglas, Hochschild, and Howell were heat race winners, and the Last Chance Race winner was Russell Cressley.

Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, July 27, as the Renegade STARS Late Model Series will visit for the running of the North Coast 100, sponsored by The Bolt Place. The main event will run a distance of 100 laps, with the winner earning $10,000. All divisions will be a part of that card, as the Street Stocks will race for added purse sponsored by The Gas House. 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

* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Upcoming events:

Friday, July 27 - The rescheduled North Coast 100 for Renegade STARS Late Models, 100 laps for $10,000 to win, sponsored by The Bolt Place. Four division racing. $500 added Street Stock purse by The Gas House.

Friday, August 3 - Roberts Trucking $1000 to win for Steel Block Late Models. Autograph night for Steel Block Late Models and E-Mods. Four division racing.

Friday, August 10 - General Aluminum Extravaganza, featuring the Third Annual "Buckeye Challenge" for York Triathlon Series E-Mods. Four division racing. General Aluminum Night.

* * * * * * * * * * * * *
Raceway 7 results for Friday, July 20, 2001

Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 27.
Heat winners - Kevin Santee, Matt Urban, Bruce Hordusky.
Feature - 1)Rob Blair. 2)Ryan Markham. 3)Jim Dandy, Jr. 4)**** Barton. 5)Brent Rhebergen. 6)Scott Brady. 7)Mark Osburn. 8)Rich Gardner. 9)Rick Isadore. 10)Ward Schell. 11)Chris Hackett. 12)Jim Mazur. 13)Ron Davies. 14)Paul Davis. 15)Lee Patrick. 16)Dan Armbruster. 17)Bruce Hordusky. 18)Steve Halpainy. 19)Kevin Santee. 20)Mickey Wright. 21)Tony Lombardi. 22)Rusty Whitmore. 23)Dave Lyon. 24)Merle Terry. 25)Matt Urban. 26)Bill Cunningham. 27)Frank Poniatowski.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1970, 28B, **** Barton. 2)1820, W11, Rob Blair. 3)1540, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 4)1435, 61, Dan Armbruster. 5)1330 tie, 1, Rich Gardner and 07R, Brent Rhebergen. 7)1235, 33, Chris Hackett. 8)1200, 11R, Rusty Whitmore. 9)1130, 4, Mark Osburn. 10)1095, 3, Bruce Hordusky.

Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners - Jay Watson, Steve Hollabaugh.
Feature - 1)Jay Watson. 2)Chris Brockway. 3)Tom Bonanno. 4)Steve Hollabaugh. 5)Bryan Emory. 6)Bill Henry. 7)Brian Huffman. 8)Wendell Pinckney. 9)Chuck Steinle, Jr. 10)Jim Hyde. 11)Terry Porter. 12)Mark Ashcraft. 13)Jim Dandy, Jr. 14)Dwayne Pond. 15)Doug Eck. 16)Mike Stoneman. 17)Dan Tercho. 18)Greg Barnes. 19)Dave Hess, Jr.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1610, 95, Jay Watson. 2)1510, 03, Doug Eck. 3)1385, 14E, Bryan Emory. 4)1375, 44H, Dave Hess, Jr. 5)1280, 21*, Bill Henry. 6)1105, 4T, Merle Terry. 7)1100, 78, Tom Bonanno. 8)1085, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 9)1075, 72, Mike Stoneman. 10)1070, Y9, Wendell Pinckney.

MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 26.
Heat winners - Ron Roncaglione, Dale Applebee, Mike Hess.
Feature - 1)Brent Rhebergen. 2)Todd Roncaglione. 3)Dale Applebee. 4)Bill Watson. 5)Ron Roncaglione. 6)Mike Potosky. 7)Steve Artrip. 8)Jeff Shank. 9)Dean Ruth. 10)Jim Abbott. 11)John Kellogg. 12)Bill Taylor. 13)Jim Long. 14)Tony Hyde. 15)Bob Bland. 16)Bootie Petsko. 17)Mike Hess. 18)Kari Petrosky. 19)Jim Frontz. 20)Chuck List. 21)Ryan Goff. 22)Hugo Litwiler. 23)Kevin Decker. Did not start, Jack Andrew, Ron Loney, J.B. Dandy.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1695, 00, Todd Roncaglione. 2)1615, 2*, Bill Watson. 3)1535, 0, Ron Roncaglione. 4)1505, 69, Brent Rhebergen. 5)1335, 44, Mike Hess. 6)1260, 11A, Dale Applebee. 7)1250, 94.3, Jim Frontz. 8)1230, 6, Hugo Litwiler. 9)1210, 4, Jeff Shank. 10)1145, 0K, Kari Petrosky.

Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 30.
Heat winners - Brian Douglas, Mike Hochschild, Rich Howell.
Last Chance Race winner - Russell Cressley.
Feature - 1)Mike Hochschild. 2)Darrell Bossard. 3)Chuck Sullivan. 4)Rich Howell. 5)Bruce Burlingame. 6)Tim Mann. 7)Chip Davis. 8)Kevin White. 9)Mike Horton. 10)Barb Bellinger. 11)John Hobbs, Sr. 12)Darren Buell. 13)Pat Gorton. 14)Jodi Woodworth. 15)Roger Barger. 16)Kevin Vencill. 17)Russell Cressley. 18)Jim McFadden. 19)Ted Westover. 20)Brian Douglas. 21)Jim Van Cise. 22)Justin Kreider. Did not start, Rich Bates.
Did not qualify, Mike Andrew, Lynn Preston, Ryan Blood, Jeremy Stafford, Brian Watson, Robert Johnson, Karen Shank.
Updated Point Standings - 1)1965, 88, Mike Hochschild. 2)1740, 2*, Brian Douglas. 3)1725, 22B, Darrell Bossard. 4)1685, 10, Chuck Sullivan. 5)1380, 27, John Hobbs, Sr. 6)1375 tie, 27B, Darren Buell and 96, Jim McFadden. 8)1330, 12G, Pat Gorton. 9)1310, 63, Tim Mann. 10)1275, 1C, Chip Davis.

Back to the Archives