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posted August 18, 2001 02:13 PM UIN: 16262997
Ryan Markham smacks the MACS at Raceway 7

Conneaut, OH (August 17) - Ryan Markham from Ashland, Ohio was the winner of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series sanctioned event on Friday night at Raceway 7. Markham's win on Bossard-Crawford / General Motors Night was worth $5,000. It was his first feature victory of the season and second of his career at Raceway 7, both coming in MACS events. Jay Watson from Conneaut, Ohio continues to dominate the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Model division, winning his seventh straight feature race for his ninth victory of the season. After an absence from victory lane of over 15 years, it was veteran competitor Jack Andrew from Conneaut, Ohio winning in the MHC Inc. E-Mods. Keeping all of the feature wins in Ohio was Painesville's Jim McFadden, as he notched his third victory of the season in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks.

The Bossard-Crawford sponsored main event for the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series and Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models had **** Barton and Ryan Markham on the front row for the 40-lap main event. Getting the race underway was a chore, as three yellows would wave before a lap could be completed. From there, the race settled down as just two would wave over the 40 laps. Barton finally grabbed the lead as the race started, with Markham shadowing his every move. With a move to the high side off of turn four, Markham flashed by to gain the lead on lap 6. After the restart on lap 11, Markham and Barton would battle briefly for the lead before Markham started to move away from the field. Past the halfway mark, Dan Armbruster had advanced from 13th starting position to battle Barton for second. The final yellow on lap 27 would bunch the field a final time, as Markham again started to pull away from the field. Second would continue to be the battle, until Armbruster did a half spin to fall back on lap 35. Markham would go on to post his second career Raceway 7 victory, both of them coming in MACS sanctioned events. Raceway 7 point leader Barton would settle for second. Scott Haus turned in a good run to finish third. From starting position 21, Matt Urban turned in a strong run to finish fourth, but his charge would not be the best of the event. Jim Dandy, Jr. had started last in the 24-car field, and advanced 19 positions to finish fifth. Armbruster recovered to finish sixth, as Tom Myers, Rich Gardner, Dave Wirt, and Rusty Whitmore rounded out the top ten. With a field of 43 entries on hand, heat race winners were Dutch Davies, Haus, MACS point leader Lynn Geisler, Whitmore, and Barton. The Last Chance Race winners were Chris Hackett, and Gardner.

Jay Watson continued his dominance over the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models, scoring his seventh consecutive victory in the 20-lap feature race. Chuck Steinle, Jr. and Terry Porter had led the field to green, with Steinle leading the first round. Watson would take over on lap 2, as the only restart of the event would be on lap 5. Watson led the remaining distance in scoring his ninth feature win of the season. The battle for second was superb, as Bryan Emory and Brian Huffman exchanged the position several times in a thrilling, side-by-side battle. Emory finally took the position with two laps remaining, and would take the spot ahead of Huffman. Doug Eck was fourth, with Mike Stoneman fifth. Watson needs just to start one of the two remaining events to notch the point championship. Dave Hess, Jr. and Huffman took the heat race wins.

The most exciting race of the evening was the 20-lap MHC Inc. E-Mod feature, starting with Chuck List and J.B. Dandy leading the field to the green flag. List moved to the lead, as the first caution period waved on lap 2. The restart would see the battle for the lead turn hot, as List would soon feel a challenge from eighth starting Todd Roncaglione. Roncaglione would take the lead on lap 6, but List would regain the lead the next time by. Seventh starting Jack Andrew had joined the lead battle, and would pass to take the lead on lap 8. The second caution on lap 9 set up another green flag segment, as veteran driver Andrew would pull away from the field aboard son John's number 72, leaving the competition to race for second. Andrew's big lead would be wiped out the final yellow on lap 17. This would not affect the outcome, as Andrew raced away to score the feature victory. Thanks to noted area racing historian Walt Wimer, Andrew's last feature win came on June 21, 1986, when this track was named Speedway 7. Double features had been held that night for the Big Block Modifieds, and Andrew had won both of them. The battle for second went to Todd Roncaglione, who came away with the division point lead in a tight point race. Brent Rhebergen finished third. Right behind in the point battle is Ron Roncaglione and Bill Watson, who finished fourth and fifth. Kevin Decker, Watson, and Todd Roncaglione picked up heat race wins.

Notching his third feature victory of the season in the 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature was Jim McFadden. Front row starters Ryan Blood and Kevin Vencill battled from the start, with Blood leading the first lap. Vencill took over on lap 2, as fifth starting McFadden moved to second. Making the pass on lap 4, McFadden advanced to the race lead. Following a lap 6 restart, Darrell Bossard moved up and waged a fierce battle with McFadden for the race lead. After a lap 10 restart, Brian Douglas and Chuck Sullivan would both hold second before a final caution showed on lap 14. McFadden controlled the one lap run to the finish to pick up the victory. Bossard moved back to second over the final lap, and gained a lot of ground in the point race to point leader Mike Hochschild, who finished tenth. Sullivan raced home third, ahead of Rich Howell and Darren Buell. Heat winners were John Hobbs, Sr., McFadden, and Hochschild.

Raceway 7 will return to action on Friday, August 24, as it will be Greg Sweet Auto Dealership Night with a four-division program of racing. On Friday, August 31, it will be the final week for regular competition, as the point chases will come to a close. The Grand Finale program will also have a fireworks display. The season will conclude on Friday, September 7, with Fan Appreciation Night. The Triathlon Racing Series will take center stage, supplying the two divisions that night. The York Sprint cars will visit, in the first 410 Sprint car race at Raceway 7 since 1994. The York Modifieds will compete in "THE 100," as the 100-lap distance will make the longest Triathlon race in Series history. 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 24 - Greg Sweet Auto Dealership Night. Four-division racing.

Friday, August 31 - Grand Finale. Four-division racing, points end. Hub-City Qualifier for the Super Late Models. Plus fireworks.

Friday, September 7 * - FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT. York Triathlon Sprints, and "THE 100," 100 laps for York Triathlon Series E-Mods.

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Raceway 7 results for Friday, August 17, 2001.

Mid-Atlantic Championship Series and Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 43.
Heat winners - Dutch Davies, Scott Haus, Lynn Geisler, Rusty Whitmore, **** Barton.
Last Chance Race winners - Chris Hackett, Rich Gardner.
Feature - 1)Ryan Markham. 2)**** Barton. 3)Scott Haus. 4)Matt Urban. 5)Jim Dandy, Jr. 6)Dan Armbruster. 7)Tom Myers. 8)Rich Gardner. 9)Dave Wirt. 10)Rusty Whitmore. 11)Jay Watson. 12)Glenn Ray. 13)Bruce Hordusky. 14)Lynn Geisler. 15)Larry Wright. 16)Wren Turner. 17)Jerry Johnson. 18)Mike Blose. 19)Rob Blair. 20)Greg Fenno. 21)Chris Hackett. 22)Jim Mazur. 23)Dutch Davies. 24)Jim Yoder.
Did not qualify - Mickey Wright, Mike Wonderling, Tony Lombardi, Paul Davis, Doug Eck, Steve Hollabaugh, Bob Close, Mark Osburn, Lee Patrick, Brent Rhebergen, Kevin Santee, Billy Drake, Matt Lux, Brian Huffman, Bill Cunningham, Jesse Smith, Scott Brady, Andy Kania, Loyd Swain.
Updated Maloney Tool and Mold Point Standings - 1)2675, 28B, **** Barton. 2)2405, W11, Rob Blair. 3)2115, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 4)2035, 61, Dan Armbruster. 5)1895, 1, Rich Gardner. 6)1785, 07R, Brent Rhebergen. 7)1735, 33, Chris Hackett. 8)1715, 11R, Rusty Whitmore. 9)1625, 3, Bruce Hordusky. 10)1590, 5M, Ryan Markham.

Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models - Car Count - 12.
Heat winners - Dave Hess, Jr., Brian Huffman.
Feature - 1)Jay Watson. 2)Bryan Emory. 3)Brian Huffman. 4)Doug Eck. 5)Mike Stoneman. 6)Terry Porter. 7)Andy Boozel. 8)Bill Henry. 9)Wendell Pinckney. 10)Chuck Steinle, Jr. 11)Dave Hess, Jr. 12)Tom Bonanno.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2480, 95, Jay Watson. 2)2120, 03, Doug Eck. 3)2000, 44H, Dave Hess, Jr. 4)1985, 14E, Bryan Emory. 5)1880, 21*, Bill Henry. 6)1680, 72, Mike Stoneman. 7)1660, 78, Tom Bonanno. 8)1595, Y9, Wendell Pinckney. 9)1585, 28, Brian Huffman. 10)1560, 71, Chuck Steinle, Jr.

MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 22.
Heat winners - Kevin Decker, Bill Watson, Todd Roncaglione.
Feature - 1)Jack Andrew. 2)Todd Roncaglione. 3)Brent Rhebergen. 4)Ron Roncaglione. 5)Bill Watson. 6)Mike Hess. 7)Randy Hall. 8)Hugo Litwiler. 9)Kari Petrosky. 10)Kevin Decker. 11)Chuck List. 12)Jim Frontz. 13)Ron Loney. 14)Jeff Shank. 15)J.B. Dandy. 16)John Kellogg. 17)Dale Applebee. 18)Steve Artrip. 19)Bill Taylor. 20)Shane Applebee. 21)Jim Long. Did not start, Bob Bland.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2155, 00, Todd Roncaglione. 2)2130, 0, Ron Roncaglione. 3)2110, 2*, Bill Watson. 4)1985, 69, Brent Rhebergen. 5)1820, 44, Mike Hess. 6)1650, 66A, Dale Applebee. 7)tie 1640, 6, Hugo Litwiler and 94.3, Jim Frontz. 9)1595, 0K, Kari Petrosky. 10)1585, 4, Jeff Shank.

Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 24.
Heat winners - John Hobbs, Sr., Jim McFadden, Mike Hochschild.
Feature - 1)Jim McFadden. 2)Darrell Bossard. 3)Chuck Sullivan. 4)Rich Howell. 5)Darren Buell. 6)Chip Davis. 7)Mike Boyd. 8)Ryan Blood. 9)Mike Horton. 10)Mike Hochschild. 11)Tim Mann. 12)Brian Douglas. 13)Kevin White. 14)Jodi Woodworth. 15)Ted Westover. 16)John Hobbs, Sr. 17)Karen Shank. 18)Brian Watson 19)Jeremy Stafford. 20)Kevin Vencill. 21)Bruce Burlingame. 22)Justin Kreider. Did not start, Mike Andrew, Lynn Preston.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2575, 88, Mike Hochschild. 2)2465, 22B, Darrell Bossard. 3)2415, 10, Chuck Sullivan. 4)2350, 2*, Brian Douglas. 5)2050, 96, Jim McFadden. 6)2010, 27B, Darren Buell. 7)1905, 27, John Hobbs, Sr. 8)1895, 63, Tim Mann. 9)1865, 1C, Chip Davis. 10)1750, 5RT, Rich Howell.

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