posted May 05, 2002 11:12 AM
HEARN STILL UNDEFEATED AT LEBANON VALLEY IN '02
COLLINS CAPTURES 1ST IN SPORTSMAN
May 4, 2002
WEST LEBANON, NY - Brett Hearn continued his domination in the DIRT modified
division by posting his third straight victory Saturday night. Hearn also
picked up an extra five hundred bucks by winning a special six-lap dash for
cash sponsored by MADSEN OVERHEAD DOOR. "The Alligator" Art Collins won the
20-lap sportsman feature and Rob Yetman was victorious in the 20-lap pro
stock main. Joining Madsen Overhead Doors, as our night's sponsors were
Bilinski's and Boomer's Performance.
Two of the top modified drivers had problems before the green flag
flew in the 30-lap modified feature. J.R. Heffner had ignition problems
during the parade laps and was parked before the race started. Andy Bachetti
also went pitside during the parade laps with transmission problems, but was
able to get back out before the green flag and finished 14th.
Problems for Kenny Tremont on lap one, as he was involved in an
incident with Sparky Lowe and Rob Pitcher. Tremont had to start the modified
feature way back after breaking a rear axle in his heat race. He suffered
left front suspension damage when he made contact with Lowe. Tremont did
return without losing any laps and finished eighth.
John Alberti was the early race leader with Ron Blake and Mike King in
tow. Brett Hearn worked his way up from his 15th starting spot to fifth by
lap ten. Matt Quinn and Donnie Corellis had a great battle going on for third
on lap 12. Hearn would join that battle on lap 13 as they went three wide
down the backstretch. Hearn was able to get by both drivers and up into
second just past the halfway point of the event.
Alberti would give up the lead to Hearn on lap 18, but continued to
run a strong second. Rich Ricci Jr. moved into fourth on lap 22. Eddie
Marshall was looking to repeat his runner-up performance of a week ago and
cracked the top five on lap 23. With five laps to go Hearn had opened up a
full straightaway advantage over Alberti. Ricci was able to make his way past
Quinn for third with only two laps remaining. Ricci was able to pass Alberti
for second in turn two on the final lap. Alberti tried to get back past Ricci
in turn three, but wound up spinning out and making contact with the outside
No one could touch Hearn as his Jody Gable owned, Budweiser sponsored
#3 was in victory lane for the third consecutive week. Ricci came on very
strong at the end of the event for second, Quinn was third, Marshall fourth
and John Hewitt rounded out the top five.
With only two cautions in the modified feature the sportsman division
must have thought they needed to make up for the lack of cautions. Eight
caution flags plagued the 20-lap sportsman event. Three consecutive lap six
yellows forced speedway officials to make the restarts single file. K.C.
Goewey in his Sprint PCS #45 looked very strong in the 20-lap affair as he
took the lead at the green flag. Art Collins was looking to run down the high
flying Goewey and had his St. Lawrence Cement #68 up to second by lap seven.
Collins and Goewey battled hard for lead on laps seven to ten. Collins would
make the pass for the lead in turn four after a lap ten restart.
Collins and Goewey were left to settle this one amongst themselves and
Collins held off every challenge by Goewey in the final stages to take home
his first victory of the 2002 season. John Scarborough had another strong
finish in third, with Lorne Browe fourth and Don Miller fifth.
Paul LaRochelle led the first twelve laps of the 20-lap pro stock
feature Saturday night. Rob Yetman was looking for his second victory of 2002
and moved into the second position on lap eight. He was able to snag the lead
form LaRochelle on lap 12 and never look back as his Beer Belly Bobs Beverage
Center #7 graced victory lane for the second time in 2002. Jim Lagenback had
a very strong run Saturday night. Lagenback was sent to the rear on lap four
for a bumping incident. He recovered very nicely with a second place finish.
LaRochelle hung on for third with last week's winner Danny Sanchez in fourth.
Bob Duzlak rounded out the top five.
The Rookie Pro Stock race was won by Jason DiBello for the third
straight week. Pete DeFiglio, Scott Kilmer, Pete Wiegand and Chris Stalker
were winners in the Pure Stock division.
Lebanon Valley Speedway will be back in action next Saturday night as
IGA SUPERMARKETS and RONNIES CYCLES bring us another full night of racing
excitement on the high banks. Race time is 6:15.
5-04 MADSEN OVERHEAD DOORS / BILINSKI / BOOMER'S PERFORMANCE MODIFIED RESULTS
(30 LAPS) - 1) Brett Hearn, 2) Rich Ricci Jr, 3) Matt Quinn, 4) Eddie
Marshall, 5) John Hewitt, 6) Donnie Corellis, 7) Mike King, 8) Kenny Tremont
Jr, 9) Hector Stratton, 10) Ron Blake, 11) Chris Moore, 12) Denny Soltis, 13)
Wayne Jelley, 14) Andy Bachetti, 15) Steve Devine, 16) John Alberti, 17)
David Sanchez, 18) Paul Gilardi, 19) Hawley Smith, 20) Ernie Palmer Jr, 21)
Stanley Wetmore, 22) Dave Mosher, 23) Wayne Fugler, 24) Charlie Humes, 25)
Lucas Baker, 26) Russ Reckner, 27) Dave Leckonby, 28) Guy Sheldon, 29) Mark
Hagadorn, 30) Rob Pitcher, 31) Sparky Lowe, 32) J.R. Heffner, 33) Maynard
MADSEN OVERHEAD DOOR'S MODIFIED DASH $500 TO WIN (6 LAPS) - 1) Brett Hearn,
2) Rich Ricci Jr, 3) Matt Quinn, 4) Chris Moore, 5) Andy Bachetti, 6) J. R.
SPORTSMAN RESULTS (20 LAPS) - 1) Art Collins, 2) K.C. Goewey, 3) John
Scarborough, 4) Lorne Browe, 5) Don Miller, 6) Bobby Knipe, 7) Mike Keeler,
8) Joe Bennett, 9) Carmon Carnibucci, 10) Pat O'Hanlon, 11) Jeff Watson, 12)
Walt McKay, 13) Rich Salisbury, 14) Roy Bridge, 15) Ed Harkin, 16) John
Hotchkiss, 17) Jeff Carr, 18) Ted Layton, 19) Will Galm, 20) Dave Dillworth,
21) Kory Gurney, 22) Mike Visconti, 23) Dan Humes, 24) Frank Harper, 25) Tony
PRO STOCK RESULTS (20 LAPS) - 1) Rob Yetman, 2) Jim Langenback, 3) Paul
LaRochelle, 4) Danny Sanchez, 5) Bob Duzlak Jr, 6) Chris Crews, 7) Buddy
Hencke, 8) Jim Dellea, 9) Al Blackburn, 10) Dan Blackburn, 11) Rich
Colesanti, 12) Dave Colwell, 13) Robbie Speed, 14) Brian Keough, 15) Rick
Spencer, 16) Dave Dowd, 17) Ed Bachand, 18) Adam Haas, 19) Rick Fosby
ROOKIE RESULTS (10 LAPS) - 1) Jason DiBello, 2) Mark Forrest, 3) Jery Helms,
4) Bill Lobdell, 5) Joe Mabb Jr, 6) Jim Hankle, 7) Chris Claus, 8) Kim LaVoy,
9) John Santolin, 10) Bill Hammell, 11) Jay Corbin, 12) Larry Megan, 13) Greg
PURE STOCK #1 RESULTS (8 LAPS) - 1) Pete DeFiglio, 2) Marcus Tifft, 3)
Michael Middleton, 4) John Betz, 5) Fay Fachini, 6) Bob Chenette, 7) Jeff
Kuhnow, 8) Bob Burl, 9) Todd Pelkey, 10) Jim Palmer, 11) Jim Fachini, 12)
George Miles III, 13) John Rivers Jr, 14) Bill Gordon, 15) Kevin Dolan, 16)
PURE STOCK #2 RESULTS (10 LAPS) -1) Scott Kilmer, 2) Ronald Johnson, 3) Kory
Sandstadt, 4) Ryan Coon, 5) John Connor Jr, 6) Kevin Hilt, 7) Larry Ball, 8)
Steve Hatch, 9) Tom Murphy, 10) Michael Davis, 11) Dave Houser, 12) Dan
Crosby, 13) Mike Eichstedt, 14) Shannon McDermott, 15) John Hubbard, 16) John
Chapman, 17) Michael Dianda, 18) Lee Gallant
PURE STOCK #3 RESULTS (8 LAPS) - 1) Peter Wiegand, 2) Jim Hankey, 3) Randy
Myers, 4) George Miles Jr, 5) Jay Martin, 6) D.T. Pickard, 7) Ron Tritschler,
8) Joe DiStefano, 9) Bob Palmer, 10) Brian Sandstedt, 11) Robert Gibson, 12)
Paul Handlowich, 13) Keith Barlow, 14) Earl Soulier Jr, 15) Chrissy Hilt, 16)
PURE STOCK #4 RESULTS (8 LAPS) - 1) Chris Stalker, 2) John Denue, 3) Nick
Hilt Jr, 4) Dave Atwater, 5) Phil Moffit, 6) Jeff Douglass, 7) Jim O'Neil, 8)
Dwayne Dauski, 9) David Stickles, 10) Jeremy Pease, 11) Don Coon, 12) Chris
Hutnik, 13) Rich Douglass, 14) Poncho Hankey, 15) Ray Pierre Jr, 16) Mark
Huston, 17) Jeff Wilbur