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posted August 12, 2001 10:10 AM
Neureiter Memorial winner at Challenger is Dandy
Indiana, PA (August 11) - Jim Dandy, Jr. from Niles, Ohio drove to the biggest victory of his career in the Tom Neuteiter Memorial Race on Saturday night at the Challenger Raceway. His first-ever Challenger Late Model victory came in the 35-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft sponsored event and was worth $3500, plus lap money.
Other winners on Pittsburgh Crankshaft night included Bob Skwara from Loyalhanna, PA in the Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature. Skwara's first victory of the season made him the division's eighth different winner this season. Jeff Walters from Evans City, PA was the winner of the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature for the third time this season. Bill Sigafoes from Blairsville, PA took the North East Locators Strictly Stock feature for his second win of the season. The Zoresco Senior Series also visited, with Terry Wheeler from Stoneboro, PA scoring his second Challenger victory in the Series three stops.
The 35-lap Tom Neureiter Memorial race for the Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Models started with David Scott and Tony Burke on the front row. Scott grabbed the lead at the start of the event run in the honor of his late friend. Lap 3 was not a very good one, as a pair of multi-car tangles left several with damaged machines. Scott continued to lead Burke as the race resumed, as seventh starting Jim Dandy, Jr. grabbed second on lap 6 and closed on Scott. Making the outside groove work to perfection, Dandy passed Scott in turn one working lap 8, and was the new race leader on lap 9. With an extended period of green flag racing coming after a lap 10 restart, Dandy immediately pulled to a full-straight advantage, but it would be sliced as he had trouble negotiating race traffic. This allowed Scott and Sammy Stile to pull right to the leader's back bumper. After a lap 20 restart, the same situation would develop near lap 30, as a caution waved on lap 31. Scott made a strong challenge to Dandy, but another yellow would set up a two-lap dash to the finish. Dandy would control this run to the flag, as his first Challenger Late Model victory would be the richest victory of his career. When Scott tried too hard in a bid to regain the lead on the last lap, it allowed Stile to steal second place. John Flinner came from the rear on lap 10 to finish fourth, with fifth going to Bob Wearing, Jr. Completing the top ten were Gary Lyle, Burke, Tom Decker, Dave Norton, and Wally Fox. Norton took over the point lead from Dave Satterlee, as one of Satterlee's children was badly injured in an incident out of state during the week. We hope for the best for his recovery. Heat race winners were Wearing, Burke, and Flinner.
A big thank you goes out to all of the sponsors who helped make the Tom Neureiter Memorial Race a big success.
The 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature had Bob Skwara and Jim Baker atop the starting grid, with Skwara moving to the early lead. Skwara pulled to a comfortable advantage before the first yellow flag waved on lap 6, putting the field on his bumper for the restart. Jim Dandy, Jr. had started in position 12, and took second on the restart. Dandy made a strong challenge for the lead at the halfway mark, as he was looking for his second feature win of the evening. After a lap 13 restart, point leader Jeff Taylor took second for a lap, before Dandy regained the spot and set his sights on Skwara again. A pair of late restarts gave the competition their chances, but Skwara would be up to all of the challenges, as he raced to his first feature win of the season. Dandy was second, with Jim Bertges taking third. Chuck Kennedy advanced from starting position 14 to finish fourth, with Taylor fifth. Bob Rougeaux and Dandy were the heat race winners.
Scott Bochek and Jeff Walters led the 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature to the green flag, with point leader Walters taking the lead at the start. After a lap 1 caution period, Bochek took the lead on the double restart. Chris Schneider joined the battle for the lead as Walters kept up his bid at Bochek on the inside. Walters regained the lead on lap 5, as Schneider had taken over second. After the final restart of the race on lap 7, the top three continued their battle to the checkered flag with Walters holding on to score his third victory of the season. Schneider and Bochek finished directly behind. From 24th starting position, Chuck Cook turned in a superb drive to advance to fourth, with Mike Hilla, Jr. finishing fifth. North East Locators Auto Sales offered their BONUS BUCKS to a random finisher in the top ten of the feature race, and it was the eighth place finisher Dave Spangler who happily collected the $1,000 bonus. Heat winners were Harold Reges, Spangler, and Nick Reges.
Bill Sigafoes was the winner in the 15-lap feature for the North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks. After a pair of first lap incidents, the entire distance would be run off without further incident as Sigafoes took the lead on the first lap after starting fifth. Clinging to the low groove of the speedway, Sigafoes allowed Joe Rubcic to challenge on the outside groove on several occasions. Sigafoes held off all of the challenges, as he posted his second victory of the season. Rubcic turned in a strong performance for second, as it was his best finish of the season. Don Rodgers was third, ahead of heat race winner Bill Hebenthal, and John Mazey. Mark Marian finished sixth and took over the division point lead.
Terry Wheeler was the winner of the Zoresco Senior Series event for the second time in the Series three stops at Challenger. Gene Pennington had won the first visit, and he led the first half of the 15-lap event, before ninth starting Wheeler moved up to challenge. Wheeler took the lead on lap 8, then held off a Pennington charge for the next few circuits before he moved ahead for good. Don Gamble passed Bill Wheeling on the last lap to take second place, as Pennington was fourth. Pat Wilcox was fifth. The heat race winner was William Reges.
Challenger Raceway will return to racing with a doubleheader of racing programs. Saturday, August 18 will feature a four-division program of racing. The following Sunday, August 19, will see the Renegade STARS Racing Series Late Models on hand along with regular racing for the Townsend Gas and Oil Modifieds. North East Locators Auto Sales will again be offering their BONUS BUCKS, in the form of $1,000 to a lucky random Modified driver. The gates for all racing programs open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on PA 286, then one mile north on McIntyre Road. For more information, please call 724-726-5494 for the office, or 724-726-9808 for the track. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, visit the track's web site at www.challengerraceway.com.
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Saturday, August 18 - four-division racing.
Sunday, August 19 - Renegade STARS Late Models plus Townsend Gas and Oil Modifieds.
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Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, August 11, 2001.
Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 25.
Heat winners - Bob Wearing, Jr., Tony Burke, John Flinner.
Feature - 1)Jim Dandy, Jr. 2)Sammy Stile. 3)David Scott. 4)John Flinner. 5)Bob Wearing, Jr. 6)Gary Lyle. 7)Tony Burke. 8)Tom Decker. 9)Dave Norton. 10)Wally Fox. 11)Al Zuccolotto. 12)Dave Day. 13)Dutch Davies. 14)Bob Cessna. 15)Chuck Kennedy. 16)Kevin Lindemuth. 17)Doug Ishler. 18)Nick Jones. 19)Matt Gaston. 20)Rodney Phillips. 21)D.J. Troutman. 22)Nolan Dalton. 23)Dave Peterman. Did not start, Jeff Chronosky, Jr., Bob Puz.
Current Point Standings - 1)1190, 24X, Dave Norton. 2)1157, 1P, Rodney Phillips. 3)1155, 10, Gary Lyle. 4)1141, 15J, Nick Jones. 5)1139, 90, Wally Fox. 6)1129, 79, Dave Satterlee. 7)1098, 43, Tom Decker. 8)1041, 6A, Chuck Kennedy. 9)937, 21, Matt Lux. 10)880, 55, D.J. Troutman.
Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 20.
Heat winners - Bob Rougeaux, Jim Dandy, Jr.
Feature - 1)Bob Skwara. 2)Jim Dandy, Jr. 3)Jim Bertges. 4)Chuck Kennedy. 5)Jeff Taylor. 6)Bob Rougeaux. 7)Jim Baker. 8)Brian Jakosh. 9)Jeff Jones. 10)Carl McKinney. 11)Bob Sheesley. 12)Bruce Dreistadt. 13)Will Cochran. 14)Brad Stiles. 15)Kevin Perigo. 16)Jim Struble. 17)Rich Logan. Did not start, Kris Pisarcik, Butch Lambert, Mark Rector.
Current Point Standings - 1)1336, 3, Jeff Taylor. 2)1318, A1, Chuck Kennedy. 3)1252, 35, Bob Skwara. 4)1218, 6M, Carl McKinney. 5)1194, 50, Jim Bertges. 6)1189, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt. 7)1117, 15, Jeff Jones. 8)1090, 33, Rich Logan. 9)1073, 64, Bob Rougeaux. 10)1014, 9, Jim Struble.
Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 25.
Heat winners - Harold Reges, Dave Spangler, Nick Reges.
Feature - 1)Jeff Walters. 2)Chris Schneider. 3)Scott Bochek. 4)Chuck Cook. 5)Mike Hilla, Jr. 6)Tommy Dembowski. 7)Terry Faas. 8)Dave Spangler. 9)Joe Kelley. 10)Wayne Carbo. 11)Joe Large. 12)Chuck Gebauer. 13)Pat Hanley. 14)Jeff Stepp. 15)Herm Bertolini. 16)Nick Reges. 17)Butch Lambert. 18)Randy Caldwell. 19)Harold Reges. 20)John Hartman. 21)Rob Kosecki. 22)Charles Stewart. 23)Don Rodgers. 24)Herb Loper. Did not start, Don Gamble.
Current Point Standings - 1)1549, 18, Jeff Walters. 2)1497, 36D, Rob Kosecki. 3)1397, 12, Randy Caldwell. 4)1395, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr. 5)1388, 79, Tommy Dembowski. 6)1342, 27, Butch Lambert. 7)1311, 55, Chris Schneider. 8)1137, J19, Jason Fosnaught. 9)1111, 38R, Nick Reges. 10)1051, 03H, John Hartman.
North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 8
Heat winner - Bill Hebenthal.
Feature - 1)Bill Sigafoes. 2)Joe Rubcic. 3)Don Rodgers. 4)Bill Hebenthal. 5)John Mazey. 6)Mark Marian. 7)Joe Starcher. 8)Tom Taylor.
Current Point Standings - 1)1328, 3M, Mark Marian. 2)1325, 55, John Mazey. 3)1312, 19H, Bill Hebenthal. 4)1298, 68, Joe Starcher. 5)1257, 91D, Don Rodgers. 6)883, 15, Tom Taylor. 7)536, 67, Bill Sigafoes. 8)534, 77, Joe Rubcic. 9)531, 51, Dan Mazzaferro. 10)462, 35, Larry McBryar.
PCTC Zoresco Senior Series - Car Count - 10.
Heat winner - William Reges.
Feature - 1)Terry Wheeler. 2)Don Gamble. 3)Bill Wheeling. 4)Gene Pennington. 5)Pat Wilcox. 6)Jim Edwards. 7)Bud Holben. 8)Sid Haas. 9)**** Curry. Did not start, William Reges.