posted August 26, 2001 01:07 PM
FULTZ HEADED TO HAGERSTOWN AFTER WIN AT HVS
For immediate release August 25, 2001
CLEARFIELD, PA - George Fultz of Beech Creek went wire-to-wire to win the
Sids Subs Late Model Hub-City Qualifier on Clearfield True Value Night at
Hidden Valley Speedway. Chetter Johnson of Penn Run won his first Kneppy's
Fireworks Small Block Modified feature.
Repeat winners included: Dan Smeal of Ramey in the 84 Lumber Street Stocks,
Derek Rodkey of Osceola Mills in the four cylinders and Gary Little of
Woodland in the Northwest Bae Kennel Pure Stocks.
George Fultz and Robbie Blair led the late model field to the green flag
with Fultz taking the lead. While he may have led the event front start to
finish, Blair hounded him the entire distance, trying several times to get
by on the low side when the high side was the place to be. The front two ran
from the field, while at a distance Luke Hoffner and Bobby Stokes were
running side for third and fourth.
The field was closing in on lapped traffic which gave Blair the extra
chance to reel in Fultz and surge by, but Fultz held on and took the win by
a car length over Blair. Hoffner, Stokes and Mike Wonderling completed the
top five. Fultz and Blair won the preliminaries.
The small block modifieds were led to the start with Scott Smith and
Chetter Johnson on the front row. The pair ran wheel-to-wheel into the first
turn with Johnson taking the lead and running away with the lead. The leader
ran from the field, while second and third changed hands every lap. Smith
held on to second for several laps, while Bob Garvey, George Sankey and then
Spencer Husted worked on him for the position. Husted finally took second
and set his sites on Johnson, but the time limit expired and Johnson took
his first win at the speedway in a few years. Husted, Smith, Sankey and
Darrell Rhine completed the top five. Smith, Johnson and Garvey won the
Dan Smeal won the drag race with Rich Howell into the first turn at the
start of the street stock feature to take the lead and drag Doug Tibbens
along into second. The front two ran nose-to-tail and wheel-to-wheel the
entire 20-lap distance, with Smeal holding Tibbens off. Tibbens tried every
trick in the book but could not muster up the power to get the lead. The top
five at the checkered flag were: Smeal, Tibbens, Pat Carfley, Craig Lobb and
Kip Charles. Preliminary wins went to Tom Williams, Howell and Smeal.
Derek Rodkey led Chris Farrell into the first turn to start the four
cylinder feature, with Chris and Dave Farrell following in second and third,
and chasing the leader. Rodkey was starting to pull away, but all eyes were
on Joe Leigey, who was coming from the rear of the field, and closing fast.
The late stages of the race saw Leigey move into second and set his sights
on Rodkey, but Leigey ran out of time, with Rodkey taking his third win of
the season. Leigey was second, with Chris Farrell, Dave Farrell and Dave
Unch completing the top five. Rodkey and Leigey won the heats.
Sheddy Graham III and Gary Little led the pure stocks to the start, with
Little taking the lead. Graham sat in second, chasing the leader early on,
but dropped out with mechanical woes. As the race continued, Frank Little
moved into second and began chasing his son, but the younger Little was not
to be denied his this win of the season, as he held off his dad. Lester
Hudson Jr., Daniel Clark and Jason Bainey competed the top five. Graham and
Bernie Whetstone won the heats.
HVS PIT NOTES: 88 teams filled the pits, including: 15 late models, 22 small
block modifieds, 21 street stocks, 11 four cylinders and 19 pure
stocks.Robbie Blair won the Westside Distributing Kind of the Hill over Luke
Hoffner.Becky Dysard won the ATV King of the Hill.This week is the
rescheduled pure stock special. The top five finishers will receive a trophy
in the pure stock feature from sponsor Northwest Bae Kennels.There will be a
regular show for the late models, small block modifieds, street stocks and
four cylinders.Hidden Valley Speedway and its employees extend our
sympathies to the family of Fred Solka Jr., 20, an employee killed at
Central PA Speedway Saturday night.This weeks racing gets the green at 7
p.m. gates will open at p.m. Admission is $7 and more info is on the web at www.key-net.net/users/hvs.
HIDDEN VALLEY SPEEDWAY SUMMARY AUGUST 25, 2001
SIDS SUBS LATE MODELS: 1. George Fultz, Beech Creek; 2. Robbie Blair,
Hydetown; 3. Luke Hoffner, Turbotville; 4. Bobby Stokes, Milton; 5. Mike
Wonderling, Wellsville, NY; 6. Cody Schultz, Hyde; 7. Jake Shady, Beech
Creek; 8. Eric Moore, Frenchville; 9. John Ritter, Stroudsburg; 10. Dean
Colbert, Port Matilda; 11. Jesse Smith, Titusville; 12. Greg Kunes,
Blanchard; 13. Kevin Zimmerman, Reynoldsville; 14. Kris Wellar, Julian; 15.
Rod Chappel, Danville.
Time of Race: 16 minutes; Two Cautions L-10 & L-19; Leader: George Fultz
KNEPPYS FIREWORKS SMALL BLOCK MODIFIEDS: 1. Chetter Johnson, Penn Run; 2.
Spencer Husted, West Decatur; 3. Scott Smith, Woodland; 4. George Sankey,
Osceola Mills; 5. Darrell Rhine, Annville; 6. Lyle Sherwood, Ulyses; 7. Bob
Garvey, Morrisdale; 8. Mike Stine, Smithmill; 9. Faye Lumadue, Spring
Valley; 10. Red Fordyce, Strongstown.
84 LUMBER STREET STOCKS: 1. Dan Smeal, Ramey; 2. Doug Tibbens, Curwensville;
3. Pat Carfley, Curwensville; 4. Craig Lobb, Houtzdale; 5. Kip Charles,
Clearfield; 6. Bob Conner, DuBoie; 7. Sam Swauger, DuBois; 8. Aaron Casher,
Mineral Springs; 9. Rich Howell, Clearfield; 10. Jim Dean, Big Run.
FOUR CYLINDERS: 1. Derek Rodkey, Osceola Mills; 2. Joe Leigey, Mt. Zion; 3.
Chris Farrell, Clearfield; 4. Dave Farrell, Clearfield; 5. Dave Unch,
Curwensville; 6. Chris Peterson, Clearfield; 7. Mark Hummell, West Decatur;
8. Shawn Luzier, Clearfield; 9. Randy Luzier, Hyde; 10. Zach Ferrea, State
NORTHWEST BAE KENNEL PURE STOCKS: 1. Gary Little, Woodland; 2. Frank Little,
Woodland; 3. Lester Hudson Jr., Clearfield; 4. Daniel Clark, DuBois; 5.
Jason Bainey, Philipsburg; 6. Craig Bainey, Philipsburg; 7. Bernie
Whetstone, Irvona; 8. J.R. Emigh, Wallaceton; 9. Rick Casher, Mineral
Springs; 10. Gary McElheny, Blandburg