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posted August 04, 2001 08:59 AM UIN: 16262997
Blair scores at Raceway 7

Conneaut, OH (August 3) - Rob Blair from Titusville, PA was the winner of the 25-lap Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Model feature event on Friday night at Raceway 7. Leading the entire distance, Blair notched his second feature victory of the season. Roberts' Trucking was the sponsor of the main event for the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models, with Jay Watson continuing his hot streak. The Conneaut, Ohio driver drove to his fifth consecutive feature win, and seventh of the season. Winning his second feature of the season and second straight in the MHC Inc. E-Mods was Ron Roncaglione from Linesville, PA. Jim McFadden from Painesville, OH was the winner in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks for the second time this season.

Greg Fenno and Rob Blair led the 25-lap feature for the Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models on the starting grid, with Blair moving to the lead at the start. After an early yellow on lap 1, Blair led the way with **** Barton moving to second spot. Barton closed on Blair as the leaders approached race traffic, as another yellow appeared on lap 10. Blair again pulled away on the restart, with Barton closing again before another yellow showed on lap 18. On this restart, Ryan Markham joined the battle as he moved to second. Additional restarts on laps 20 and 23 kept the battle tight between the top three. On the final two-lap dash to the flag, Blair would go on to score his second feature victory of the season. Barton would end up second, but still retains a comfortable lead in the point standings. Markham had a good run for third. From starting position 14, Dan Armbruster charged to finish fourth. Netting his best finish of the season was Bill Cunningham, as he raced home fifth. Tony Lombardi was sixth, as Chris Hackett, Mickey Wright, Rick Briggs, and Rich Gardner completing the top ten. Brent Rhebergen, Cunningham, and Fenno were the heat race winners.

The Roberts' Trucking sponsored 20-lap feature for the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models, with Mike Stoneman and Bryan Emory on the front row. Emory led at the start, before sixth starting Jay Watson grabbed the lead on lap 2. Through the mid stages of the race, point leader Watson continued to pull away from the field, leaving the battle for second between Emory, Dave Hess, Jr., and Rob Blair. Hess and Blair had moved past Emory on lap 16, and a lap 17 caution flag would set up a three-lap dash to the finish. Watson would continue to show the way for the remaining distance to continue his hot streak, winning his fifth straight feature and seventh of the season. Blair would come home second, as the heat race winners finished first and second. Hess was third, with Dwayne Pond and Doug Eck rounding out the top five.

J.B. Dandy and Bill Taylor led the 20-lap MHC Inc. E-Mod feature to the green flag, and Taylor grabbed the lead at the start. Advancing very quickly towards the front was eighth starting Ron Roncaglione, and he would move past Taylor to gain command on lap 3. Kari Petrosky had moved to second on lap 6, before a ten-car tangle required the red flag on lap 7. All but one car involved the tangle would be able to continue, but the car eliminated was the point leader entering the night, Todd Roncaglione. As this would be the final restart of the event, Ron Roncaglione would pull away from the field over the closing laps to win his second feature of the season, and second straight. It would also gain him enough points in the standings to end the night tied with his younger brother Todd for the division point lead. Kevin Decker started 18th on the grid, and charged through the pack to finish second. Bill Watson finished third and sits just 15 points behind the leaders in a very tight point race. Petrosky was fourth, and Ron Loney was fifth. Heat race winners were Taylor, Hugo Litwiler, and Chuck List, and Jim Frontz was the winner of the Last Chance Race.

Jim McFadden raced to victory in the 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature. Lynn Preston and Justin Kreider had led the field to green, and Kreider had led at the start. Kreider led the first two laps, before fourth starting McFadden made his way past on lap 3. Bruce Burlingame had moved to second, before Brian Douglas took the spot on lap 9. A late yellow on lap 12 tightened up the field one final time, giving the competition a last shot at leader McFadden. But the battle in the closing laps was for second between Douglas and Mike Hochschild. McFadden would race home the winner for the second time this season. Point leader Hochschild completed the late pass to take second. Douglas was third ahead of 21st starting Chuck Sullivan, and Rich Howell. Heat winners were Howell, John Hobbs, Sr., and Pat Gorton.

Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, August 10 for the running of the General Aluminum Extravaganza. The featured event will be the running of the Third Annual "Buckeye Challenge" for the Triathlon Racing Series York Modifieds or E-Mods. All four divisions will be in competition. On Friday, August 17, it will be Bossard-Crawford / General Motors Night. The Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models will headline the program, as the 100 lap main event will pay $10,000 to the winner, sponsored by Bossard Crawford GM. The E-Mods and Street Stocks will also be on that card, as there will be no Steel Block Late Models that night. The gates for all programs 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

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Upcoming events:

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

Friday, August 17 * - Bossard-Crawford / General Motors Night. Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models, 100 laps for $10,000 to win, sponsored by Bossard Crawford GM. Plus E-Mods and Street Stocks, No Steel Block Late Models.

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Raceway 7 results for Friday, August 3, 2001.

Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 24.
Heat winners - Brent Rhebergen, Bill Cunningham, Greg Fenno.
Feature - 1)Rob Blair. 2)**** Barton. 3)Ryan Markham. 4)Dan Armbruster. 5)Bill Cunningham. 6)Tony Lombardi. 7)Chris Hackett. 8)Mickey Wright. 9)Rick Briggs. 10)Rich Gardner. 11)Brent Rhebergen. 12)Bruce Hordusky. 13)Scott Brady. 14)Kevin Santee. 15)Greg Fenno. 16)Steve Halpainy. 17)Rusty Whitmore. 18)Frank Poniatowski. 19)Jim Dandy, Jr. 20)Wally Fox. 21)Dutch Davies. 22)Mark Osburn. 23)Paul Davis. 24)Lee Patrick.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2335, 28B, **** Barton. 2)2130, W11, Rob Blair. 3)1775, 61, Dan Armbruster. 4)1735, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 5)1580, 1, Rich Gardner. 6)1575, 07R, Brent Rhebergen. 7)1490, 33, Chris Hackett. 8)1415, 11R, Rusty Whitmore. 9)1320, 4, Mark Osburn. 10)1315, 3, Bruce Hordusky.

Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models - Car Count - 21.
Heat winners - Rob Blair, Jay Watson.
Feature - 1)Jay Watson. 2)Rob Blair. 3)Dave Hess, Jr. 4)Dwayne Pond. 5)Doug Eck. 6)Steve Hollabaugh. 7)Tom Bonanno. 8)Bryan Downes. 9)Brian Huffman. 10)Wendell Pinckney. 11)Mike Stoneman. 12)Mark Ashcraft. 13)Terry Porter. 14)Bryan Emory. 15)Greg Barnes. 16)Dan Tercho. 17)Chuck Steinle, Jr. 18)Bill Henry. 19)Jim Hyde. 20)Joe Gillespie. Did not start - Jim Dandy, Jr.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2035, 95, Jay Watson. 2)1785, 03, Doug Eck. 3)1690, 44H, Dave Hess, Jr. 4)1615, 14E, Bryan Emory. 5)1550, 21*, Bill Henry. 6)1360, 72, Mike Stoneman. 7)1340, 78, Tom Bonanno. 8)1325, Y9, Wendell Pinckney. 9)1285, 71, Chuck Steinle, Jr. 10)1260, 28, Brian Huffman.

MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 26.
Heat winners - Bill Taylor, Hugo Litwiler, Chuck List.
Last Chance Race winner - Jim Frontz.
Feature - 1)Ron Roncaglione. 2)Kevin Decker. 3)Bill Watson. 4)Kari Petrosky. 5)Ron Loney. 6)Mike Potosky. 7)Dean Ruth. 8)Junior Mechling. 9)Steve Artrip. 10)Jim Mechling. 11)Jeff Shank. 12)Mike Hess. 13)Bill Taylor. 14)Dale Applebee. 15)Brent Rhebergen. 16)Todd Roncaglione. 17)Shane Applebee. 18)Hugo Litwiler. 19)J.B. Dandy. 20)Chuck List. 21)Jim Frontz. 22)John Andrew.
Did not qualify - Jim Abbott, John Kellogg, Pat Otteni, Jim Long.
Updated Point Standings - 1)tie 1950, 0, Ron Roncaglione and 00, Todd Roncaglione. 3)1935, 2*, Bill Watson. 4)1805, 69, Brent Rhebergen. 5)1655, 44, Mike Hess. 6)1555, 66A, Dale Applebee. 7)1510, 94.3, Jim Frontz. 8)1500, 6, Hugo Litwiler. 9)1475, 4, Jeff Shank. 10)1455, 0K, Kari Petrosky.

Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 24.
Heat winners - Rich Howell, John Hobbs, Sr., Pat Gorton.
Feature - 1)Jim McFadden. 2)Mike Hochschild. 3)Brian Douglas. 4)Chuck Sullivan. 5)Rich Howell. 6)Darrell Bossard. 7)Darren Buell. 8)Ryan Blood. 9)Mike Horton. 10)Chip Davis. 11)Tim Mann. 12)Justin Kreider. 13)Jeremy Stafford. 14)Bruce Burlingame. 15)Karen Shank. 16)Barb Bellinger. 17)Brian Watson. 18)Kevin Vencill. 19)Mike Andrew. 20)John Hobbs, Sr. 21)Lynn Preston. 22)Pat Gorton. 23)Ted Westover. Did not start, Jodi Woodworth.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2315, 88, Mike Hochschild. 2)2100, 2*, Brian Douglas. 3)2085, 22B, Darrell Bossard. 4)2010, 10, Chuck Sullivan. 5)1725, 96, Jim McFadden. 6)1700, 27B, Darren Buell. 7)1620, 27, John Hobbs, Sr. 8)1580, 63, Tim Mann. 9)1575, 1C, Chip Davis. 10)1555, 12G, Pat Gorton.

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