posted September 02, 2001 03:43 AM
DURBORAW RUNS AWAY WITH MCBEE/HAYS 44-LAP MEMORIAL AT HAGERSTOWN
HAGERSTOWN, MD - Starting in the eighth spot, Nathan Durboraw of Hagerstown
tracked down Mark Elksnis to take the lead on the 19th lap and led the rest
of the way to win the 44-lap Ronnie McBee/Speedy Hays Memorial for the ITSI
late models at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. Durboraw's fourth win
of the year was worth $2,000 and was his second McBee/Hays Memorial.
"I normally get pretty pumped up for this race, man I tell you I ran the
wheels of this race car," said Durboraw after winning his 64th career late
model win at Hagerstown. "He (Elksnis) was running real good on the outside
and I wanted to make a clean pass. He ran a real good race and when I got by
him he kept coming back beside me on the outside. It was a great race to win."
In other action, Marvin Winters of Mercersburg, PA shook off the
challenges of Richard Walls to record his tenth win of the year in the 20-lap
Hoosier Tires/Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman feature, Kenny Dillon of
Hanover, Pa exchanged the lead several times with Eugene Conlee before
finishing on top for his first win in the 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure
stock feature and Josh Angle of Stateline, PA won his fifth 10-lap pure stock
Mark Elksnis jumped out in front from the pole in the ITSI McBee/Hays
Memorial late model feature with Brent Smith right behind. The two drivers
pulled away from the field as Durboraw moved into the top five on the third
lap after starting eighth. As Elksnis started putting the slower cars a lap
down on the 11th lap, Durboraw moved past Jeff Friese for third. On the 14th
lap, the first caution was waved wiping out the large lead of Elksnis. On the
restart, Durboraw quickly grabbed second from Smith and after racing
side-by-side with Elksnis for four laps, grabbed the lead when Elksnis went
over the cushion on lap 19. As Durboraw began pulling away from the field,
the third and final caution was waved on lap 29 wiping out the large lead.
Durboraw had no problems on the restart and easily pulled away to win by 14
car lengths. D.J. Myers, who started 11th, came on strong using the low
groove to finish second for the Ernie's Salvage Yard/Timber Wolf Hard Charger
award. Roy Deese Jr got untracked on lap 30 and started making his move to
the front to place third. Charlie Schaffer was next and Marvin Winters
rounded out the top five. Brent Smith and Frankie Plessinger were next with
Elksnis settling for eighth after a strong first half. Tom Myers and Devin
Friese finished out the top ten. J&K Heat winners for the 30 cars were
Elksnis, Gary Stuhler and Winters. Doug Burkholder won the consolation.
In the late model sportsman, Scott Palmer took the lead from the pole
before giving way to Richard Clipp on the second time around. Winters, who
started 10th, picked off cars one-by-one moving into fourth on the seventh
lap. Winters then picked off Richard Walls on lap eight, then Palmer on the
ninth lap and the leader Clipp at the half-way mark. Richard Walls came back
strong to take second on lap 13 and pulled even with the leader several times
before Winters pulled away to a four car length win at the end. Following
Winters and Walls were Dave Rice Jr., Palmer, Mike Walls, Pete Weaver, Barry
Miller, Scott Sipe and Fred Harden. Richard Walls, Clipp and Rice won the
preliminaries for the 24 cars. Winters was the St. Thomas Towing Hard Charger
Jesse Coleman led the first lap from the pole in the pure stock main
event before giving way to fourth starting Kenny Dillon. Eugene Conlee, who
started 11th, blasted his way to the front to take the lead on lap four, but
Dillon was back on top on lap five using the high groove while Conlee stayed
low. Conlee came back to lead laps seven and eight. Dillon edged back in
front on lap nine and was able to stay on top the rest of the way to take the
win by two car lengths over Conlee. Kim Ramer was third with Hans Stamburg
and Ronnie Dennis finishing out the top five. Heat winners for the 21 cars
were Keith Reed and Dennis. Conlee received the Hard Charger Award from
Turner's Bowling Centers.
In the 4-cyl pure stock feature, Josh Angle started on the pole and held
off the late race charge of Marcus Van Meter for the win. Eric Mellott
trailed in third as Mike Kershner and Troy Horner rounded out the top five.
Next Saturday, September 8th, it will be the Tommy Thompson Memorial
Demolition Derby and the 100-lap Championship Enduro Classic. The demo will
pay $500 to the last car running with $800 going to the first driver to
complete 100-laps in the enduro. Race time is 7 P.M.
RESULTS: 44-lap RONNIE MCBEE/SPEEDY HAYS MEMORIAL: (30 Cars) Race Leaders
(Elksnis 1-18, Durboraw 19-44) 1. Nathan Durboraw; 2. DJ Myers; 3. Roy Deese
Jr.; 4. Charlie Schaffer; 5. Marvin Winters; 6. Brent Smith; 7. Frankie
Plessinger; 8. Mark Elksnis; 9. Tom Myers; 10. Devin Friese; 11. Wesley
Bonebrake; 12. Andy Friese; 13. Jeff Friese; 14. Sean Cosgrove; 15. Doug
Burkholder; 16. Buck Tomblin; 17. Scott Cross; 18. Tim Wilson; 19. Donnie
Farlling; 20. Rick Workman; 21. Mike Lupfer; 22. Billy VanMeter; 23. Brian
Hack; 24. Gary Stuhler. DNQ: Tim Gray; Ron Ellis; Duane Woolford; Mike
Zechman; Ray Kable Jr.; Jack Pencil.
(Heat 1) 1. Elksnis; 2. Deese; 3. Myers; 4. Workman; 5. Cosgrove; 6. Tomblin.
(Heat 2) 1. Stuhler; 2. J. Friese; 3. Smith; 4. Schaffer; 5. Cross; 6.
VanMeter. (Heat 3) 1. Winters; 2. Plessinger; 3. Durboraw; 4. T. Myers; 5. D.
Friese; 6. A. Fries. (Consi) 1. Burkholder; 2. Bonebrake; 3. Lupfer; 4.
Wilson; 5. Hack; 6. Farlling.
20-LAPS HOOSIER TIRES/MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN FEATURE (24 Cars)
Race Leaders ( Palmer, 1; Clipp, 2-9; Winters 10-20) 1. Marvin Winters; 2.
Richard Walls; 3. Richard Clipp; 4. Dave Rice Jr.; 5. Scott Palmer; 6. Mike
Walls; 7. Pete Weaver; 8. Barry Miller; 9. Scott Sipe; 10. Fred Harden; 11.
Daryl Kendall; 12. Laudan Seigfried; 13. Matt Sponaugle; 14. Paul Ward; 15.
Scott Daniels; 16. Ken Taylor; 17. Kevin Weyandt; 18. James Mongan; 19. Curt
Shriner; 20. Charles Hagerge; 21. Glenn Ninninger; 22. Kenny Day; 23. Will
Fair DQ: Chris Weaver.
15-LAPS ERNIE'S SALVAGE YARD PURE STOCK FEATURE: (21 Cars) Race Leaders
(Coleman, 1; Conlee, 4, 7-8; Dillon, 2-3, 5-6, 9-15) 1. Kenny Dillon; 2.
Eugene Conlee; 3. Kim Ramer; 4. Hans Stamberg; 5. Ronnie Dennis; 6. Keith
Reed; 7. Denny Saunders; 8. Steve Kent Jr.; 9. Jeff Bennett; 10. Pete Gems;
11. Frank Dibella; 12. Jesse Coleman; 13. Steve Marsh; 14. Sam Kaiser; 15.
Kevin Shade; 16. Brian Miller; 17. Harold Prince; 18. John Williams; 19.
Corey Oberholzer; 20. Bruce Leibowitz. DNS: Jim Snyder.
10 LAPS 4-CYL PURE STOCKS: (8 Cars) Race Leaders (Angle, 1-10) 1. Josh Angle;
2. Marcus Van Meter; 3. Eric Mellott; 4. Mike Kershner; 5. Troy Horner; 6.
Ray Ridenour; 7. Ronnie Garlock; 8. Randy Kline.