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posted August 25, 2001 11:57 AM
Barton and Watson win the battle and the war at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH (August 24) - **** Barton topped the 25-lap Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Model feature event on Friday night at Raceway 7. The Ashville, NY driver raced to his sixth feature event of the 2001 season, and in doing so Barton earned enough points to clinch the 2001 Late Model Track Championship with one week of racing remaining. It was a similar story for Conneaut, OH driver Jay Watson, as his eighth straight victory gave him ten wins on the season, as he also clinched the 2001 point championship for the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models.
Other winners on Greg Sweet Auto Dealership Night included Kevin Decker from Erie, PA, who raced to his first feature victory of the season in the MHC Inc. E-Mods. The Fame Manufacturing Street Stock main event was won by Mike Hochschild from Ashtabula, OH, who inched closer to notching the track championship with his seventh feature win of the season.
The 25-lap feature for the Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models started with Brent Rhebergen and Mickey Wright leading the field to the green flag. After an incident that forced a complete restart, the race started on its second try with Wright taking the early lead. After another incident on lap 1, Wright would soon feel a challenge from fourth starting Rob Blair. The pair were tied at the line on lap 2, and Blair would nose ahead to lead lap 3. Blair had advanced to a bit of a lead before the yellow reappeared on lap 6. Back to green, Blair would immediately have his hands full with eighth starting Randle Chupp. Working lap 8, Chupp made the move to the outside of turn two, and would be the new leader on lap 9. **** Barton had started 13th on the grid, but he had passed Wright to take third at this point and was quickly closing on the leaders. By lap 12, Barton had moved around Blair and locked into a thrilling, side-by-side battle with Chupp for the lead. Barton led lap 16 at the line, with Chupp ahead on lap 17. When Chupp bobbled on lap 18 in turn four, Barton would complete the pass to take the lead for good on lap 19, as Blair exited the race with problems. A late yellow on lap 22 bunched the field a final time, but it would be Barton bringing home the victory, and he also earned enough points to clinch the 2001 track championship with one more point race remaining. Tennessee resident Chupp drives for a locally owned team, and his second place finish would be his best of the season in a limited number of appearances. Behind the leaders, a lot of passing had taken place. Dan Armbruster had started last in the 24-car field, but he would advance to finish third. Ryan Markham came from starting position 22 to finish fourth, with Matt Urban fifth. Wright secured his best finish of the season in sixth, as Scott Brady, Greg Fenno, Andy Kania, and Rich Gardner completed the top ten. Heat race winners were Blair, Jim Dandy, Jr., and Chupp.
Jay Watson did it again in winning the 20-lap feature for the Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models for the eighth consecutive time. Quickly taking the lead from Jim Hyde from outside row one by the luck of the draw, Watson showed the way as a lap 3 restart would bunch the field for an extended period of green flag racing. Bryan Emory made a brief challenge back to green, but Watson soon started to pull away from the field. Two late yellows bunched the field for restarts on laps 18 and 19, but nobody could stop Watson who clinched the point championship with his tenth victory of the season with one point night remaining. Emory was second ahead of Tom Bonanno, Dave Hess, Jr., and Chuck Steinle, Jr. Watson and Mike Stoneman took the heat wins.
J.B. Dandy and Bill Taylor led the 20-lap MHC Inc. E-Mod feature to the green flag of what would be a caution-free event. Dandy led the first lap, before third starting Kevin Decker moved by on lap 2. Fifth starting Hugo Litwiler moved up to challenge Decker, with ninth starting Randy Hall also joining the battle. With the green flag laps clicking by, Dave Hess, Jr. would also join the battle, as Hall took second from Litwiler on lap 12. Heavy race traffic would now be in front of the leaders, as Decker made all of the right moves to nose ahead. Hall closed in again as the laps clicked down, as Decker held on to score his first victory of the season. The 20-lap distance would be completed in six minutes, and 55 seconds. Hall finished a strong second in only his second career start at the track. Litwiler held on for third over Mike Hess and Dave Hess, Jr. As this was a non-point event in observance of a York Series race, the final point race next week sees a close point battle to be decided between Todd Roncaglione, Ron Roncaglione, and Bill Watson. Heat race winners were Shane Applebee and Mike Hess.
The 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature started with Dr. John Hobbs and Bruce Burlingame on top of the starting grid. The racing veterinarian took the lead at the drop of the green as early yellow flags slowed the pace. An extended period of green flag racing commenced on lap 4, as Hobbs had no problems showing the way until a lap 11 red flag for a fire on the car of Justin Kreider. The battle for the lead was tightening as the laps wound down, as Hobbs had still held off all challenges. The bid by Hobbs for his first win would be foiled with two laps remaining, as a broken axle found his car losing a wheel to end his great run. Point leader Mike Hochschild would inherit the lead, and he would score the win in inching closer to the track title. Darrell Bossard was a close second in the race, but is a distant second in the point standings. Jim McFadden's front bumper was a matter of inches behind Bossard's at the checkered flag, as he would settle for third ahead of 17th starting Mike Boyd, and Burlingame. Heat winners were Mike Horton, Burlingame, and Hochschild, with the Last Chance Race going to Jeremy Stafford.
Two programs remain in the 2001 racing season at Raceway 7. The track will be back in action on Friday, August 31, as 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 Raceway 7 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 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 www.raceway7.com.
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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 Sprint car Series, and "THE 100," 100 laps for York Triathlon Series E-Mods.
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Raceway 7 results for Friday, August 24, 2001.
Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 28.
Heat winners - Rob Blair, Jim Dandy, Jr., Randle Chupp.
Last Chance Race was not required.
Feature - 1)**** Barton. 2)Randle Chupp. 3)Dan Armbruster. 4)Ryan Markham. 5)Matt Urban. 6)Mickey Wright. 7)Scott Brady. 8)Greg Fenno. 9)Andy Kania. 10)Rich Gardner. 11)Matt Lux. 12)Brent Rhebergen. 13)Tony Lombardi. 14)Bill Cunningham. 15)Dutch Davies. 16)Ward Schell. 17)Rob Blair. 18)Jim Dandy, Jr. 19)Lee Patrick. 20)Chris Hackett. 21)Bryan Downes. 22)Frank Poniatowski. 23)Mark Osburn. 24)Paul Davis.
Did not qualify, Bruce Hordusky, Kevin Santee, Rusty Whitmore, Loyd Swain.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2880, 28B, **** Barton. 2)2520, W11, Rob Blair. 3)2225, 19, Jim Dandy, Jr. 4)2210, 61, Dan Armbruster. 5)2035, 1, Rich Gardner. 6)1920, 07R, Brent Rhebergen. 7)1815, 33, Chris Hackett. 8)1770, 11R, Rusty Whitmore. 9)1755, 5M, Ryan Markham. 10)1680, 3, Bruce Hordusky.
Jay's Auto Wrecking Steel Block Late Models - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners - Jay Watson, Mike Stoneman.
Feature - 1)Jay Watson. 2)Bryan Emory. 3)Tom Bonanno. 4)Dave Hess, Jr. 5)Chuck Steinle, Jr. 6)Doug Eck. 7)Terry Porter. 8)Chris Brockway. 9)Bill Henry. 10)Andy Boozel. 11)Mark Ashcraft. 12)Joe DeFazio. 13)Mike Stoneman. 14)Dan McDonald. 15)Wendell Pinckney. 16)Jim Hyde. 17)Brian Huffman. Did not start, Greg Barnes, Ryan Goff.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2705, 95, Jay Watson. 2)2285, 03, Doug Eck. 3)2180, 14E, Bryan Emory. 4)2165, 44H, Dave Hess, Jr. 5)2015, 21*, Bill Henry. 6)1845, 78, Tom Bonanno. 7)1815, 72, Mike Stoneman. 8)1715, 71, Chuck Steinle, Jr. 9)1700, Y9, Wendell Pinckney. 10)1695, 28, Brian Huffman.
MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners - Shane Applebee, Mike Hess.
Feature - 1)Kevin Decker. 2)Randy Hall. 3)Hugo Litwiler. 4)Mike Hess. 5)Dave Hess, Jr. 6)Jack Andrew. 7)Bill Watson. 8)J.B. Dandy. 9)Ron Loney. 10)Bill Taylor. 11)Bruce Powell. 12)Gary McGregor. 13)Bob Bland. 14)Junior Mechling. 15)John Kellogg. 16)Jim Mechling. 17)Jim Frontz. Did not start, Shane Applebee, Jim Long.
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. Note, this was a non-point event.
Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 28.
Heat winners - Mike Horton, Bruce Burlingame, Mike Hochschild.
Last Chance Race winner - Jeremy Stafford.
Feature - 1)Mike Hochschild. 2)Darrell Bossard. 3)Jim McFadden. 4)Mike Boyd. 5)Bruce Burlingame. 6)Darren Buell. 7)Pat Gorton. 8)Chip Davis. 9)Tim Mann. 10)Jodi Woodworth. 11)Karen Shank. 12)Ryan Blood. 13)Chuck Sullivan. 14)John Hobbs, Sr. 15)Mike Horton. 16)Rich Howell. 17)Brian Douglas. 18)Kevin White. 19)Justin Kreider. 20)Mike Andrew. 21)Lynn Preston. 22)Brian Watson. 23)Jeremy Stafford. Did not start, Kevin Vencill, Ted Westover, Rich Bates.
Did not qualify, Paul Pittsenbarger, George Strain.
Updated Point Standings - 1)2800, 88, Mike Hochschild. 2)2650, 22B, Darrell Bossard. 3)2540, 10, Chuck Sullivan. 4)2460, 2*, Brian Douglas. 5)2225, 96, Jim McFadden. 6)2170, 27B, Darren Buell. 7)2030, 63, Tim Mann. 8)2020, 27, John Hobbs, Sr. 9)2005, 1C, Chip Davis. 10)1860, 5RT, Rich Howell.