posted July 29, 2001 09:47 AM
PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
Media Contact: Judy Gower (724) 853-RACE/www.ppms.com
IMPERIAL, PA -- After winning two of the last three Limited Late Model track
titles, Pittsburgh's Dave Wade finally made the big step up to the Late Model
division pay off by winning his first dirt late model feature on QPI Tools
night Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. It was also Twin
State Auto Racing Club Night, and each feature winner received a special
plaque, compliments of the group.
Danny "The Danimal" Rich won for the third time this season in the Limited
Late Models. Calcutta, OH's Larry Kugel won his fourth straight E-Modified
feature. Rich Apolito of Carnegie cashed in for the ninth time this season
in the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks, and Bob Schwartzmiller of Robinson
Township collected his third Amateur Stock feature. The action packed
Demolition Derby went to Kevin Hanes of Claysville over Robbie Haught and Tim
Paul, both of Washington.
Wade led wire to wire in the QPI Tools Late Model feature, but it was
anything but easy. First Mark Moats and then Ben Miley would put the
pressure on Wade, but he was not to be denied. Following a lap 19 restart,
Miley pulled along side of Wade several times during the next three laps, but
Wade held his ground and won the battle to the checkered flag. Miley was
second, Lou Bradich third, Jim Lepro fourth and Bill Adler fifth. Six
through ten were: Monarch Oil Hard Charger Keith Barbara, Mark Banal, Alex
Ferree, D.J. Myers and Jim Zarin. Banal and Barbara captured the heat races.
The Limited Late Models were almost a duplicate of the Late Models, and
Danny Rich held off the late race challenges of George Kowatic for the
victory. Kowatic, Tony Musolino, Al Atallah and Tom Schirnhofer rounded out
the top five. Pete Loria was sixth, Jon Hodgkiss seventh, Bobby Castelveter
eighth, Jim Stephans ninth, and Brian Laraway tenth. Castelveter was the
Monarch Oil Hard Charger. Atallah and Loria won the heat races.
After winning three straight, Larry Kugel started last in the E-Modified
feature, but it didn't matter. Kugel blasted his way to the lead on lap six
and pulled away to another convincing victory. D.J. Miller was second, Kurt
Halbedl third, Matt Smith fourth, and Stush Sadawski fifth. Scott Gunn, Mike
Anderson, Jeff Bametzrider, Jeff Broniszewski and Bill Westlake completed the
top ten. Monarch Oil Hard Charger Kugel and Gunn were the heat race winners.
Rich Apolito took the lead from Doug Foster on a lap five restart and was
never headed in gaining the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock feature. Foster
held on for second with Stacie White third, Darryl Robison fourth and Neal
Isiminger fifth. Completing the top ten were: Monarch Oil Hard Charger Jimmy
Arnold, Craig Kamicker, Brian Scheller, Mark Jaworski, and Joe Anthony.
Foster and Dave Beck won the heats.
Bob Schwartzmiller rolled to another Amateur Stock victory. Early race
leader, Ian Tomei, was second, Bobby Siemon third, John Cain fourth and Butch
Levandosky fifth. Steve Levandosky, Joshua Langer, David Lee, Harry Weiland
and Jerry Nation rounded out the top ten.
The "Christmas in July" Toys for Tots Toy Drive was a huge success Saturday
night. The generosity of the race fans and drivers netted Toys for Tots
nearly $1400 in cash contributions, and a pickup truck was filled to the top
with donated toys. In addition, QPI Tools presented Racers for Tots with a
check for $1500 to use towards the purchase of kids bicycles.
This Saturday, August 4th, the MACS Late Models return for the 40-lap Late
Model special paying $4,000 to win. This will be the MACS 100th event, and
provide plenty of exciting racing action. The Limited Late Models,
Pure Stocks will also be in action. Gates open at 5pm with racing at 7:30pm.
PITTSBURGH'S PA MOTOR SPEEDWAY RACE SUMMARY
QPI Tools Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Mark Banal, Keith Barbara
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Dave Wade, Pittsburgh 2) Ben Miley, Venetia 3) Lou
Bradich, Chester WV 4) Jim Lepro, Midway 5) Bill Adler, Butler 6) Keith 7)
Banal 8) Alex Ferree 9) DJ Myers 10) Jim Zarin 11) Jason Cisson 12)
Ralph Hysong 13) Rick Heim 14) Steve Fife 15) Mark Moats 16) Mike Johnson
17) Bob Williams
Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Al Atallah, Pete Loria
Feature (20 Laps): 1) Danny Rich, Imperial 2) George Kowatic, Moon Twp, 3)
Tony Musolino, Scott Twp. 4) Al Atallah, Carnegie 5) Tom Schirnhofer,
Emsworth 6) Pete Loria 7) Jon Hodgkiss 8) Bobby Castelveter 9) Jim
Stephans 10) Brian Laraway 11) Wayne Tessean 12) Louie Bradich 13) Bob
Damron 14) Mark Kelly Jr. 15) Mike Morgan 16) Tom Bateman
Heat Race Winners: Larry Kugel, Scott Gunn
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Larry Kugel, Calcutta OH 2) DJ Miller, Hookstown 3)
Kurt Halbedl, Imperial 4) Matt Smith, Charleroi 5) Stush Sadowski, Hill
Station 6) Scott Gunn 7) Mike Anderson 8) Jeff Bametzrider 9) Jeff
Broniszewski 10) Bill Westlake 11) Bobby Bongiorni 12) Vince Laboon (DNS)
Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Doug Foster, Dave Beck
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Rich Apolito, Carnegie 2) Doug Foster, Kennedy Twp.
3) Stacie White, Heidelberg 4) Darryl Robison, Beaver Falls 5) Neal
Isiminger, Washington 6) Jimmy Arnold 7) Craig Kamicker 8) Brian Scheller
9) Mark Jaworski 10) Joe Anthony 11) Wayne Johnson 12) Charlie DiLoreto
13) Dave Beck 14) Shawn Bryan 15) Ryan Marks 16) Bob Betz
Amateur Strictly Stocks
Feature: 1) Bob Schwartzmiller, Kennedy Twp. 2) Ian Tomei, Stowe Twp. 3)
Bob Siemon, Castle Shannon 4) John Cain, Pittsburgh 5) Butch Levandosky,
Finleyville 6) Steve Levandosky 7) Joshua Langer 8) Davy Lee 9) Harry
Wieland 10) Jerry Nation