posted August 19, 2001 08:40 AM
PEARSON WINS HAGERSTOWN FORD CONOCOCHEAGUE 100 AND $10,000
Earl Pearson Jr. of Jacksonville, FL captured the Renegade STARS Racing
Series sanctioned $10,000 to win "20th Annual Conococheague 100" presented by
Hagerstown Ford at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Starting third
aboard the Dunn-Benson Ford/Lucas Oil Products/Bailey Inc./Rocket
Chassis/Eatmon Racing Engines No. 1 Dunn-Benson Motorsports Ford Mustang,
Pearson inherited the lead on lap 28 when race leader Jim Bernheisel broke a
rear-end. Rick Eckert raced side by side with Pearson for the lead from lap
70 to 80 then fell back but closed to within a half second of the leader with
ten laps to go. Eckert gave one last stab at Pearson with five to go but
couldn't find his way past finishing nearly 1.5 seconds behind Pearson. Ninth
starting D.J. Myers rode home third with outside pole sitter Chub Frank
fourth and pole sitter Jeremy Miller fifth. Completing the top ten were
Rodney Franklin in sixth with 23rd starting Mike Balzano seventh then 25th
starting Nathan Durboraw eighth followed by Roy Deese Jr. and Steve Shaver.
"We have been struggling so far this season and it sure feels good to get
the win here tonight," said Pearson. "We stayed up on the top where we could
keep our momentum going, we tried low earlier but the top was best for us."
Summer championships and double points were on the line for the other
three divisions as Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA returned to Victory Lane
for his eighth win in the 20-lap Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late model
sportsman feature, Mike Warrenfeltz of Hagerstown nailed down his fifth win
in the 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock feature and Marcus VanMeter of
Cresaptown notched his fourth win in the 4-cyl pure stock main event Ford
drivers Pearson and VanMeter received bonus money from Hagerstown Ford for
In the Hagerstown Ford Renegade STARS late model feature, Jeremy Miller
grabbed the early lead from the pole with Chub Frank and Jim Bernheisel in
pursuit. Bernheisel made the first move passing Frank for second on the fifth
lap as Miller began to put the slower cars a lap down on the 11th circuit. On
lap 18, Miller cruised up over the cushion coming off the second turn
allowing Bernheisel to slip underneath to take the lead. Pearson, who started
third, passed Miller for second on lap 22 as Bernheisel was beginning to open
a large lead. As Bernheisel continued to pull away from the field, his car
rolled to a stop on lap 28 with a broken rear turning the lead over to
Pearson for the restart. Once the race resumed, Miller kept the pressure on
Pearson as Rick Eckert followed in third. On lap 36, D.J. Myers, who started
ninth, worked the low groove to move into fourth. At the halfway mark, the
red was waved for a fuel stop with Pearson in control over Miller, Eckert,
Myers, Frank, Roy Deese Jr., Nathan Durboraw, Booper Bare, Steve Shaver and
Pearson continued to set the pace at the start of the second half with
Miller trying to stay with the leader. On lap 53, Myers and Durboraw made
contact as the two dropped out of the top five. After racing Miller
side-by-side for several laps, Eckert moved into second on lap 60 as Pearson
was now two seconds in front. Eckert slowly started cutting into Pearson's
lead lap-by-lap and hauled in the leader on lap 70. Eckert pulled even with
Pearson on lap 71 and for the next ten laps the two put on a side-by-side
show for the fans, but was unable to take over the top spot. Pearson was able
to pull back out in front by 10 car lengths by lap 84 and led the rest of the
way for the win. Eckert settled for second with Myers coming back for third.
Frank finished fourth with Miller holding on for fifth. Rodney Franklin was
next with Mike Balzano coming back from making a pit stop on lap 45 to finish
seventh. Durboraw, who started 25th was next with Deese and Shaver rounding
out the top ten. The J&K Toys heat winners for the 30 cars were Eckert,
Shaver and Miller. James Adkins won the B-Main and Miller won the Dash. Chub
Frank set fast time of 18.998 seconds.
In the late model sportsman feature, a multi-car crash on the back
stretch on the first lap involving Bob Friese brought out the red flag.
Friese, who was conscious, was taken to the Washington County Hospital for
observation. On the restart, Scott Palmer led the field from the pole with
Winters starting back in 11th. Dave Rice Jr. took command on lap four as
Winters moved into third. Two laps later Winters took second from Palmer and
passed Rice for the lead at the half-way mark. Once in front, Winters led the
rest of the way unchallenged for the win and the St. Thomas Towing Hard
Charger Award. Rice was second with Will Fair, Pete Weaver and Palmer
rounding out the top five. Finishing out the top ten were Fred Harden, Wayne
Walls Jr., Mike Walls, Richard Walls and Scott Sipe. Heat winners for the 19
cars were Winters and Richard Walls.
Ronnie Dennis led the first lap in the pure stock feature before giving
way to Keith Reed on lap two. Mike Warrenfeltz, who started 11th, grabbed the
lead from Reed on the fifth lap, then held off Bruce Leibowitz and Kenny
Dillon the final five laps for the win. Brian Miller was fourth with Kim
Ramer finishing out the top five. Miller, Jeff Johnson and Leibowitz won
preliminary heats for the 26 pure stocks. Warrenfeltz won the Turners Bowling
Centers Hard Charger Award.
Marcus Van Meter started fifth in the 4-cyl pure stock feature as Eric
Mellott grabbed the early lead. Van Meter quickly tracked down the leader to
take the lead on lap four. Van Meter held off the late race charge of Josh
Angle to pick up the win. Following VanMeter and Angle were Tommy Jerin,
Mellott and Ronnie Garlock.
Next Saturday, August 25th , it will be Small Fry Night and the Jimmy
Cornett Memorial for the pure stocks. All kids under 12 will receive a free
ride in a race car during intermission. Joining the pure stocks will be the
ITSI late models, late model sportsman and 4-cyl pure stocks. Race time is 7
RESULTS: $41,000 Purse-$10,000 To Win-100 Lap Feature
Showing Finish Pos.,Start Pos.,Car #,Driver,Laps Completed,Reason Out (if
any) and Purse Money Won
1. (3) # 1 Earl Pearson Jr. 100 Running $10,060
2. (6) #24 Rick Eckert 100 Running $5,035
3. (9) #70J D.J. Myers 100 Running $3,000
4. (2) #1* Chub Frank 100 Running $2,080
5. (1) #19 Jeremy Miller 100 Running $1,800
6. (5) #01 Rodney Franklin 100 Running $1,540
7. (23) #E1 Mike Balzano 100 Running $1,400
8. (25) #24D Nathan Durboraw 100 Running $1,300
9. (8) #05 Roy Deese Jr. 100 Running $1,200
10. (7) #30 Steve Shaver 100 Running $1,100
11. (11) #71R Rod Conley 100 Running $1,000
12. (15) #100 C.S. Fitzgerald II 100 Running $900
13. (19) #24A James Adkins 99 Running $850
14. (18) # 7 Matt Miller 99 Running $700
15. (24) #71C R.J. Conley 99 Running $650
16. (20) #67 Doug Burkholder 99 Running $650
17. (14) #4B Jackie Boggs 95 Running $550
18. (10) #25 Booper Bare 63 Cooling $500
19. (13) #42 Todd Andrews 57 Handling $500
20. (12) #4* Richard Irwin 47 Fuel Pressure $500
21. (22) #3S David Scott 35 Handling $550
22. (4) #119 Jim Bernheisel 27 Rear-End $550
23. (17) #7S Charlie Schaffer 26 Cooling $500
24. (21) #41 Buck Tomblin 17 Handling $550
25. (16) #90 Gary Stuhler 11 Oil Pump Belt $500
Time Of Race: 51 Mins. Yellow Flags: Three-Laps 27,45,53 Red Flags: None
Lap Leaders: Three-J. Miller 1-18,Bernheisel 19-27,Pearson Jr. 28-100
SUMMARY-CARRERA SHOCKS "Challenge the Clock" Time Trials":
1. #1* Chub Frank Sugar Grove,PA 18.998; 2. # 1 Earl Pearson Jr.
Jacksonville,FL 19.027; 3. #01 Rodney Franklin White Post,VA 19.070; 4. #24
Rick Eckert York,PA 19.086; 5. #E1 Mike Balzano Parkersburg,WV 19.105; 6. #19
Jeremy Miller Littlestown,PA 19.163; 7. #119 Jim Bernheisel Jonestown,PA
19.175; 8. #30 Steve Shaver Parkersburg,WV 19.183; 9. #42 Todd Andrews
Eldred,PA 19.228; 10. #05 Roy Deese Jr. Odenton,MD 19.229; 11. #4B Jackie
Boggs Grayson,KY 19.262; 12. #100 C.S. Fitzgerald II Lexington,VA 19.279; 13.
#90 Gary Stuhler Greencastle,PA 19.334; 14. #24D Nathan Durboraw
Hagerstown,MD 19.383; 15. #71R Rod Conley Wheelersburg,OH 19.470; 16. #46
Brent Smith Mercersburg,PA 19.591; 17. #7S Charlie Schaffer Hampstead,MD
19.636; 18. # 7 Matt Miller Waterville,OH 19.644; 19. #25 Booper Bare
Rockbridge Baths,VA 19.781; 20. #70J D.J. Myers Greencastle,PA 19.813; 21.
#24A James Adkins Waldorf,MD 20.104; 22. # 9 Frankie Plessinger Big Cove
Tannery,PA 20.260; 23. #4* Richard Irwin Winchester,VA 20.354; 24. #41 Buck
Tomblin Berryville,VA 20.363; 25. #40A Andy Anderson Winchester,VA 20.363;
26. #67 Doug Burkholder Chambersburg,PA 20.405; 27. #12 Devin Friese
Chambersburg,PA 20.457; 28. #3S David Scott Garland,PA 20.620; 29. #71C R.J.
Conley Wheelersburg,OH 21.161; 30. #33 Duane Woolford Reiserstown,MD 21.797
(Heat 1) 1. Eckert; 2. Deese; 3. Bare; 4. Frank; 5. Bernheisel; 6. Stuhler.
(Heat 2) 1. Shaver; 2. Myers; 3. Pearson; 4. Irwin; 5. Boggs; 6. Schaffer.
(Heat 3) 1. Miller; 2. Franklin; 3. Rod Conley; 4. Andrews; 5. Fitzgerald; 6.
M. Miller. (B-Main) 1. Adkins; 2. Burkholder; 3. Tomblin; 4. Scott. ISKY
RACING CAMS Dash: 1. J. Miller; 2. Frank; 3. Pearson Jr.; 4. Bernheisel; 5.
Franklin; 6. Eckert.
HOOSIER TIRES MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN 20-LAP FEATURE: (Leaders:
Palmer 1-3; Rice 4-9; Winters 10-20) 1. Marvin Winters; 2. Dave Rice jr.; 3.
Will Fair; 4. Pete Weaver; 5. Scott Palmer; 6. Fred Harden; 7. Wayne Walls
Jr.; 8. Mike Walls; 9. Richard Walls; 10. Scott Sipe; 11. Daryl Kendall; 12.
Todd Bowers; 13. Laudan Seigfrise; 14. Kenny Day; 15. Barry Miller; 16. Scott
Daniels; 17. Richard Clipp; 18. Bob Friese. DNS: James Mongan.
ERNIE'S SALVAGE YARD PURE STOCKS 15-LAP FEATURE: (Leaders: Reed 1-5;
Warrenfeltz 6-15) 1. Mike Warrenfeltz; 2. Bruce Leibowitz; Kenny Dillon; 4.
Brian Miller; 5. Kim Ramer; 6. Steve Marsh; 7. Bill Funk; 8. Steve Kent; 9.
Jeff Bennett; 10. Dave Mikolajski; 11. Frank Dibella; 12. Harold Prince; 13.
John Williams; 14. Jesse Coleman; 15. Jeff Johnson; 16. Keith Reed; 17.
Eugene Conlee; 18. Hans Stamberg; 19. Sam Kaiser; 20. Billy Cole; 21. Ronnie
Dennis. DNS: Jim Snyder; Gregory Moats; Kevin Shade; Phil Madagan; Don
4-CYL PURE STOCKS 10-LAP FEATURE: (Leaders: Mellott1-3; VanMeter 4-10) 1.
Marcus VanMeter; 2. Josh Angle; 3. Tommy Jerin; 4. Eric Mellott; 5. Ronnie
Garlock; 6. Ray Ripenour; 7. Troy Horner; 8. Randy Kline; 9. Glen Gipe.