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posted September 02, 2001 03:45 AM UIN: 16262997
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IMPERIAL, PA… A year after winning Rookie of The Year honors, South Park's
Keith Barbara clinched his first QPI Tools Late Model championship at
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. The 24-year old "Throttle Jockey"
didn't let a mid week bout with strep throat and a side trip to the hospital
slow his progress in collecting his sixth win of the season, and the second
track title for car owner Phil Lukon.

Bobby Castelveter of Moon Township scored a convincing career first
victory in the Limited Late Models. Former E-Modified champion Wayne Tessean
of Austintown, OH dusted off his old machine and rolled it into victory lane
for the first time in two years. Rich Apolito of Carnegie collected his
eleventh Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock win of the season, setting a new
single season record, and after flipping last week, Ian Tomei of Stowe
Township returned, and won for the fourth time in the Amateur Stocks.

Butler's Bill Adler had upset on his mind in the QPI Tools Late Model
feature. Adler, who is searching for this first career win, led through lap
eighteen before Barbara, who started eighth ran him down. Taking the lead on
lap nineteen, as the leaders worked slower traffic, Babara was never
challenged in taking the checkered flag. Adler settled for second with Rick
Briggs a strong third, Lou Bradich fourth and Mike Cecere fifth. Last week's
winner, Alex Ferree, claimed sixth with Dave Wade, Ben Miley, Jim Lepro and
Jim Zarin completing the top ten. Barbara was also the Monarch Oil Hard
Charger. Bradich and Ferree picked up heat race wins.

Bobby Castelveter was strong from start to finish in claiming the Limited
Late Model twenty lap feature. Gary Cellone was second, Danny Rich third,
Brian Laraway fourth, and George Kowatic fifth. Finishing sixth was Al
Atallah, and he was followed by Tony Musolino, Kirk Young, Jim Stephans and
Louie Bradich. Musolino was the hard charger and Pete Loria and Cellone won
the heat races.

1998 and 1999 E-Modifed champion Wayne Tessean parked his car a couple of
years back to run in the Limited Late Models. Choosing to bring the E-Mod
back out again turned out to be an excellent decision, as Tessean powered
into the lead on the eighth lap. Once in front, Tessean never looked back
as he rolled to the popular win on Fan Appreciation Night at PPMS. Early
leader, Kurt Halbedl, settled for second, Scott Gunn was third, Brent
Rhebergen finished fourth and seventeenth starting Larry Kugel was fifth.
Six through ten were Russ Matejka, Jeff Broniszewski, Jeff Johnson, Dale
Charlier and Matt Smith. Matejka and Kugel won the heat races with Kugel
also picking up the hard charger honors. The Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks
suffered a five car pile-up before a lap of the feature event was completed.
When green replaced the yellow, only one more caution would slow the pace
before Rich Apolito took control of the event. As the race neared its
conclusion, Charlie DiLoreto mounted a couple of strong challenges, but he
came up short, and settled for second. Craig Kamicker was third with Dave
Beck and Doug Foster right behind. The next group of five consisted of
Darryl Robison, Brian Scheller, AJ Poljak, Frankie Schneider, and Joe
Anthony. Robison and Schneider won the heat races. DiLoreto was the Monarch
Oil Hard Charger.

Ian Tomei led flag to flag for his fourth win of the season over runner-up
Bob Schwartzmiller. Last week's winner, John Cain was third, and current
points leader, Joshua Langer, finished fourth. Glen Knopp completed the top
five with six through ten going to Bob Siemon, Skeets Levandosky, Gabe Hahka,
Jerry Nation and Ken Puglisi.

Saturday, September 8, ends the regular racing season for the QPI Tools
Late Models, Limited Late Models, E-Mods, Isiminger's Pure Stocks and the
Amateur Stocks. The following weekend, September 14, 15 and 16 features the
Renegade STARS Racing Series as they present the $22,000 to win 13th Annual
Pittsburgher 100 along with special events for the E-mods, Pure Stocks and
Amateur Stocks. For more information regarding the Pittsburgher weekend,
you can call the business office at 724-853-RACE, or visit us on the web at

QPI Tools Late Models: Heat Race Winners - Lou Bradich, Alex Ferree
Feature (25 Laps) - 1) Keith Barbara, 2) Bill Adler, 3) Rick Briggs, 4)
Lou Bradich, 5) Mike Cecere, 6) Alex Ferree, 7) Dave Wade, 8) Ben Miley,
9) Jim Lepro, 10) Jim Zarin, 11) Mark Moats, 12) Brent Rhebergen 13)
Jason Cisson 14) Ralph Hysong 15) DJ Miller 16) Chuck Moury 17) Butch
D'Antonio 18) Bryan Durig

Limited Late Models: Heat Race Winners - Pete Loria, Gary Cellone
Feature (20 Laps) - 1) Bobby Castelveter, 2) Gary Cellone 3) Danny Rich,
4) Brian Laraway 5) George Kowatic 6) Al Atallah 7) Tony Musolino 8) Kirk
Young 9) Jim Stephens 10) Louie Bradich 11) George Bland 12) Jesse
Burroughs 13) Bob Damron 14) Pete Loria 15) Jon Hodgkiss 16) Mike Morgan
17) Vince Teatino 18) Ron Williams (DNS)

E-Mods: Heat Race Winners - Russ Matejka, Larry Kugel
Feature (15 Laps) - 1) Wayne Tessean 2) Kurt Halbedl 3) Scott Gunn 4)
Brent Rhebergen 5) Larry Kugel 6) Russ Matejka 7) Jeff Broniszewski 8)
Jeff Johnson 9) Dale Charlier 10) Matt Smith 11) Mike Anderson 12) Fuzzy
Stiffler 13) Jeff Bametzrider 14) Kari Petrosky 15) Fred Varney 16)
Gordon Schrader 17) Gene Crouch 18) Joe Brown 19) Dale Fuller

Isiminger's Pure Stocks: Heat Race Winners - Darryl Robison, Frankie
Feature (15 Laps) - 1) Rich Apolito, 2) Charlie DiLoreto 3) Craig Kamicker
4) Dave Beck 5) Doug Foster 6) Darryl Robison 7) Brian Scheller 8) AJ
Poljak 9) Frankie Schneider 10) Joe Anthony 11) Shawn Bryan 12) Stacie
White 13) Wayne Johnson 14) Ryan Marks 15) Ernie Johnson 16) Neal
Isiminger, 17) Bob Betz

Amateur Stocks Feature (12 Laps) - 1) Ian tomei, 2) Bob Schwartzmiller, 3)
John Cain, 4) Josh Langer 5) Glen Knopp 6) Bobby Siemon 7) Skeets
Levandosky 8) Gabe Hahka 9) Jerry Nation 10) Ken Puglisi 11) Aaron Fraser
12) Adam Chytil

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