posted July 29, 2001 12:41 PM
LOBB WINS FIRST OF 2001; YODER AMONG REPEAT WINNERS AT HVS
For immediate Release July 28, 2001
CLEARFIELD, PA - Craig Lobb of Houtzdale topped the 84 Lumber Street Stock
special Saturday night at Hidden Valley Speedway to take his first win of
Repeat winners included Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove in the Sids Subs Late
Models, Bob Garvey of Morrisdale in the Kneppy's Fireworks Small Block
Modifieds, Dave Farrell of Clearfield in the four cylinders and Gary
McElheny of Blandburg in the Northwest Bae Kennel Pure Stocks.
Bobby Stokes and Jim Yoder led the late models to the green flag, with
Yoder shooting into the lead and dragging his teammate, Glenn Ray, along.
Once he had the lead, Yoder was pretty much in cruise control, weaving his
way through traffic. Luke Hoffner was on the move though, and was headed to
the front from his 13th starting spot. He made it to third, and was working
on Ray when the checkered flag waved over the field. The top five were:
Yoder, Ray, Hoffner, Stokes and John Ritter. Prelims went to Stokes and
Darrell Rhine beat Red Fordyce into the first turn at the start of the
small block modified feature. Rhine was setting the pace with a sizable lead
when the caution flew for a spinning Sheddy Graham Jr. On the restart Rhine
continued to lead, with Bob Garvey coming from fourth to run him down. They
ran wheel-to-wheel for some three laps, with Mike Butterworth sticking his
nose into the fight. Garvey was using the low side and Rhine the high side
before Garvey finally found the power to surge into the lead. Once out front
Garvey pulled Butterworth into second and the duo led the field to the
finish. The final top five were Garvey, Butterworth, Rhine, Spencer Husted
and Mike Stine. Heat wins went to Butterworth, Stine and Garvey.
The street stock special was the race of the night, with extra money and
extra laps on the line. Heat winners Dan Smeal and Craig Lobb led the field
to the green flag, with Lobb taking the lead, he only led for two laps, as
Smeal darted to the low side and took the lead on lap three, but not to be
denied, Lobb battled back and took the lead again on lap five, but Smeal was
still right there, and he re-assumed the lead again on lap six. The lead was
Smeals' for the next ten laps, when Lobb again moved along side the #44 of
Smeal and the pair went door-to-door again, with Lobb coming out on top and
taking the lead. Lobb was able to hold off Smeal to get his first win of the
season. Smeal held on to second, Kip Charles was third, with Doug Tibbens
and Todd Mathews completing the top five.
Dave Farrell led Cecilia Olson into the first turn when the four cylinder
feature went green. Farrell led Olson, and Chris Peterson before Peterson
took second from Olson. As Peterson began to reel in Farrell, Joe Leigey was
making his way to the front from his 10th place starting spot. The front
pair were pulling into lapped traffic and Leigey was still closing in, now
sitting in the third spot. The leaders were now door-to-door with Farrell
still leading and Peterson looking to the inside, as the field exited turn
four Peterson gave it his all and nearly pulled off the win, but it was
Farrell by a half a car length. The top five were, Farrell, Peterson,
Leigey, Olson and Derek Rodkey. Steve Flanagan and Leigey won the heats.
Craig Bainey and Bernie Whetstone led the pure stock feature to the green
flag with Bainey leading three quarters of the first lap, before bobbling in
the fourth turn, and Whetstone darted under him to take the lead. Whetstone
was setting the pace, and holding Bainey at bay, when he drifted to a halt
on lap three on the back stretch. Bainey inherited the lead and tried to
hold off the persistence of Gary McElheny, but McElheny was not to be
denied, as he moved under Bainey on lap seven and never relinquished the
lead. Frank Little, Gary Little, Harvey Wallace and Garrett Reams completed
the top five. Heat wins went to Bainey, Whetstone and Rick Hemphill.
HVS PIT NOTES: 77 teams filled the pits, including: 14 late models, 19 small
block modifieds, 16 street stocks, 11 four cylinders and 17 pure stocks.The
West Side Distributing King of the Hill was won by Luke Hoffner over Keith
Crossley.The West Side Distributing ATV King of the Hill was won by Billy
Quickly over Rich Horan.There is an ATV King of the hill at intermission
each week, the competitors are chosen by the previous winner by randomly
drawing a name from a box. The possible challenger is a fan who has signed
up.Cody Schultz received his Western Pennsylvania Rookie of the Year Award
for the 2000 season. Schultz won the award through voting done by the local
media.THERE IS NO RACING THIS WEEK due to the Clearfield County Fair.Racing
will resume on August 11 with fan appreciation night. There will also be a
Demo Derby and regular racing for the late models, small block modifieds,
street stocks, four cylinders and pure stocks.Coming on August 25 is the
10th Annual Hub-City 150 Qualifier for Late Models.More information is
available on the web site at www.key-net.net/users/hvs.
SUMMARY FOR HIDDEN VALLEY SPEEDWAY JULY 28, 2001
SIDS SUBS LATE MODELS: 1. Jim Yoder, Selinsgrove; 2. Glenn Ray, Tyrone; 3.
Luke Hoffner, Turbotville; 4. Bobby Stokes, Milton; 5. John Ritter, Delaware
Water Gap; 6. Greg Kunes, Blanchard; 7. Dean Colbert, Port Matilda; 8. Keith
Crossley, Bloomsburg; 9. Rod Chappel, Danville; 10. Cody Schultz, Hyde.
KNEPPY'S FIREWORKS SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS: 1. Bob Garvey, Morrisdale; 2.Mike
Butterworth, Osceola Mills; 3. Darrell Rhine, Annville; 4. Spencer Husted,
West Decatur; 5. Mike Stine, Smithmill; 6. Ron Butterworth, Philipsburg; 7.
Tom Holden, Sheffield; 8. Marvin Williams, Tyrone; 9. Rich Luzier,
Clearfield; 10. Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg.
84 LUMBER STREET STOCKS: 1. Craig Lobb, Houtzdale; 2. Dan Smeal, Ramey; 3.
Kip Charles, Clearfield; 4. Doug Tibbens, Curwensville; 5. Todd Mathews,
Sanborn; 6. Pat Carfley, Curwensville; 7. Stan Mayhew, Clearfield; 8. Denny
Schmoke, Morrisdale; 9. Frank McVay, Boalsburg; 10. Ray Billotte, Mineral
FOUR CYLINDERS: 1. Dave Farrell, Clearfield; 2. Chris Peterson, Clearfield;
3. Joe Leigey, Mt. Zion; 4. Cecilia Olson, Clearfield; 5. Derek Rodkey,
Osceola Mills; 6. Steve Flanagan, Clearfield; 7. Chris Farrell, Clearfield;
8. Adam Nixon, Grampian; 9. Zach Ferrea, State College; 10. Mark Hummel,
NORTHWEST BAE KENNEL PURE STOCKS: 1. Gary McElheny, Blandburg; 2. Frank
Lilttle, Woodland; 3. Gary Little, Woodland; 4. Harvey Wallace, Clearfield;
5. Garrett Reams, Osceola Mills; 6. Don Geer, Clearfield; 7. J.R.Emigh,
Wallaceton; 8. Todd Bainey, Philipsburg; 9. Bernie Whetstone, Punkin Ridge;
10. Richie Anderson, Coalport.