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posted September 02, 2001 02:22 PM UIN: 16262997
Ron Davies wins at Challenger

Indiana, PA (September 1) - Ron Davies from Warren, PA raced to the victory in the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature on Saturday night at Challenger Raceway. It was his second victory of the season, in as many different cars. Other winners on the night of racing sponsored by North East Locators Auto Sales included Mike Hess from Waterford, PA in the Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature. His first victory of the season made him the 12th different winner in the division in 2001. Notching his fourth feature win of the season was Jeff Walters from Evans City, PA in the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature. Mark Marian from Smock, PA picked up his fourth feature win of the season in the North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stock feature, and also advanced to the division point lead.

The 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature had Gary Lyle and Rob King on top of the starting grid. Lyle took command at the drop of the green flag, as Dave Norton moved up to challenge. On a lap 4 restart, Norton made the charge to take over the lead. A later restart on lap 6 saw Lyle grab the lead back, but the move was nullified by a six-car tangle in turn one. Norton continued to show the way as the race resumed, as eleventh starting Ron Davies took over second right before a lap 10 restart. Back to green, the race for the lead would be on. Davies used the outside to take command of the event on lap 15. But Norton did not give up, and when Davies bobbled off of turn four, Norton took the lead back on lap 19. A final yellow flag on lap 21 set up a four lap run to the finish, as the race for the lead continued. Norton led lap 22, as Davies used the outside to lead lap 23. Pulling ahead, Davies went on to score the victory. Norton settled for a close second, and remains as the division point leader. Lyle was third, as **** Barton advanced from starting position 13 to finish fourth. King was fifth, as Jim Dandy, Jr., Tony Raneri, Jason Carnahan, Brad Fiesler, and Steve Everhart rounded out the top ten. Heat race winners were Lyle, Tony Burke, and Barton.

The 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature had Jim Baker and Shawn Domhoff leading the field at the start. Domhoff grabbed the lead at the start, as third starting Mike Hess challenged on a lap 1 restart. Hess would take the lead at lap 2, using the extreme inside groove of the speedway. Hess held off all challenges until the final restart came on lap 13. Rick Meglaye held second, before outside running Chuck Kennedy passed on lap 16. Kennedy quickly moved up to challenge Hess, and would be ahead at the line on lap 17. Hess came back to lead lap 18, and he would hold it to the finish in scoring his first win in just his second visit this season. Point leader Kennedy was second, with Meglaye third. Jeff Taylor was fourth, with Bob Rougeaux fifth. Heat winners were Rougeaux, Taylor, and Kennedy, and the Last Chance Race winner was Rob Kosecki.

Nick Reges and Chuck Cook led the 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature to the green flag. Reges took command from the start, and Cook would retire from the event during a lap 3 caution period. Joining the lead battle were Rob Kosecki and eighth starting Jeff Walters. On a lap 5 restart, Walters advanced from second to take over the race lead. The battle was for second in the closing laps, as point leader Walters would race home as the winner. Kosecki took the runner-up position, ahead of 12th starting Butch Lambert. Many would pass a lot of cars, as fourth went to 21st starting Joe Kelley, and 15th starting Craig Lobb took fifth. Walters and Kosecki were the heat winners.

Mark Marian hit the trifecta in the North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks, by winning the heat race, the 15 lap feature, and also taking over the division point lead. Bill Sigafoes led from the start, before Don Rodgers challenged. They ran lap 3 side-by-side, with Rodgers taking over on lap 4. Third starting Marian pulled up to challenge, and took command on lap 8. Once in front, the battle would be for second as Marian outdistanced the field to score the win. Tom Taylor took second spot with a last lap pass of Sigafoes. Joe Rubcic was fourth, with Bill Hebenthal fifth.

Challenger Raceway will return to racing on Saturday, September 8, with the running of the Christmas Tree Capital Challenge, a part of a four-division program of racing sponsored by Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service. The following Saturday, September 15, will see the final night of point racing held, sponsored by Stewart Bus Line. The Pure Stock Super Challenge will round out the regular season on September 22, before Fall Fest VII will complete the season on October 12-14. The gates for all regular racing programs open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on PA 286, then one mile north on McIntyre Road. For more information, please call 724-726-5494 for the office, or 724-726-9808 for the track. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, visit the track's web site at

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Upcoming events:

Saturday, September 8 - Christmas Tree Capital Challenge, Pittsburgh Crankshaft Night, four-division racing.

Saturday, September 15 - Stewart Bus Line Night, last night for points. Four-division racing.

Saturday, September 22 - 40-lap Pure Stock Super Challenge, plus Strictly Stocks, bike races, and bus races.

October 12-14 - Fall Fest VII.

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Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, September 1, 2001.

Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 29.
Heat winners - Gary Lyle, Tony Burke, **** Barton.
Last Chance Race was not needed, all starters transferred.
Feature - 1)Ron Davies. 2)Dave Norton. 3)Gary Lyle. 4)**** Barton. 5)Rob King. 6)Jim Dandy, Jr. 7)Tony Raneri. 8)Jason Carnahan. 9)Brad Fiesler. 10)Steve Everhart. 11)Matt Lux. 12)Dave Hess, Jr. 13)Tony Burke. 14)Chuck Kennedy. 15)Wally Fox. 16)Kirk Bradley. 17)Greg Kunes. 18)David Day. 19)Bob Wearing, Jr. 20)Rob DeGolier. 21)Bob Cessna. 22)Nick Jones. 23)David Scott. 24)Jack Thornton.
Did not qualify - Rodney Phillips, Tom Decker, Al Zuccolotto, Guy Kline, John Haggerty,
Current Point Standings - 1)1571, 24X, Dave Norton. 2)1539, 10, Gary Lyle. 3)1503, 15J, Nick Jones. 4)1486, 90, Wally Fox. 5)1460, 1P, Rodney Phillips. 6)1395, 6A, Chuck Kennedy. 7)1299, 21, Matt Lux. 8)1217, 23, Tony Burke. 9)1198, 43, Tom Decker. 10)1173, 64, Tony Raneri.

Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 27.
Heat winners - Bob Rougeaux, Jeff Taylor, Chuck Kennedy.
Last Chance Race winner - Rob Kosecki.
Feature - 1)Mike Hess. 2)Chuck Kennedy. 3)Rick Meglaye. 4)Jeff Taylor. 5)Bob Rougeaux. 6)Jim Bertges. 7)Rick Robinson. 8)Carl McKinney. 9)Kenny Hall. 10)Brian Jakosh. 11)Bryan Byers. 12)Shawn Domhoff. 13)Will Cochran. 14)Rob Kosecki. 15)Jeff Jones. 16)Brian Taft. 17)Joe Kelley. 18)Bobby Watt. 19)Jim Baker. 20)Kris Pisarcik. 21)Rich Logan. 22)Jim Struble. 23)Bruce Dreistadt. 24)Butch Lambert.
Did not qualify - Paul Craft, Adam Taylor, Brad Stiles.
Current Point Standings - 1)1783, A1, Chuck Kennedy. 2)1775, 3, Jeff Taylor. 3)1679, 6M, Carl McKinney. 4)1670, 50, Jim Bertges. 5)1611, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt. 6)1554, 64, Bob Rougeaux. 7)1541, 15, Jeff Jones. 8)1508, 33, Rich Logan. 9)1353, 9, Jim Struble. 10)1348, 54, Brad Stiles.

Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 24.
Heat winners - Jeff Walters, Rob Kosecki.
Feature - 1)Jeff Walters. 2)Rob Kosecki. 3)Butch Lambert. 4)Joe Kelley. 5)Craig Lobb. 6)Nick Reges. 7)Rick Burris. 8)Herm Bertolini. 9)Mike Hilla, Jr. 10)Chris Schneider. 11)Wayne Carbo. 12)Tommy Dembowski. 13)Dwight Boice. 14)Pat Hanley. 15)John Hartman. 16)Herb Loper. 17)Jeff Stepp. 18)Dave Novak. 19)Charles Stewart. 20)Dave Settie. 21)Chuck Cook. 22)Jim Boyer. Did not start, Mike Ventura, Harold Reges.
Current Point Standings - 1)1925, 18, Jeff Walters. 2)1877, 36D, Rob Kosecki. 3)1756, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr. 4)1745, 79, Tommy Dembowski. 5)1731, 27, Butch Lambert. 6)1647, 12, Randy Caldwell. 7)1474, 38R, Nick Reges. 8)1391, 55, Chris Schneider. 9)1387, 03H, John Hartman. 10)1215, 66, Joe Kelley.

North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 11.
Heat winner - Mark Marian.
Feature - 1)Mark Marian. 2)Tom Taylor. 3)Bill Sigafoes. 4)Joe Rubcic. 5)Bill Hebenthal. 6)John Mazey. 7)Cliff Abbott. 8)Jeff Bastin. 9)Don Rodgers. 10)Frank Cochran, Sr. 11)Steve Meckley.
Current Point Standings - 1)1705, 3M, Mark Marian. 2)tie 1700, 19H, Bill Hebenthal and 55, John Mazey. 4)1598, 91D, Don Rodgers. 5)1298, 68, Joe Starcher. 6)1265, 15, Tom Taylor. 7)814, 67, Bill Sigafoes. 8)809, 77, Joe Rubcic. 9)707, 51, Dan Mazzaferro. 10)592, 23J, Steve Meckley.

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