posted May 12, 2002 05:12 PM
Armbruster scores again at Raceway 7
Conneaut, OH (May 10) - For the second straight week, Dan Armbruster from Harborcreek, PA completed a late charge to the front to win the 25-lap Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Model feature event on Friday night at Raceway 7. The remaining feature winners all scored their initial victories of the 2002 campaign. In the Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery E-Mods, Hugo Litwiler from Linesville, PA was the winner. Brian Douglas from Euclid, OH took honors in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks, with Ron Armstrong from Conneaut, OH winning in the Hobby Stocks.
The 25-lap feature for the Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models started with Rich Gardner and Brian Durig on top of the starting grid. The race for the lead would be intense from the start, as Durig would take the early lead. Joining Gardner in the race for the lead would be Matt Urban, as Durig would continue to show the way. Gardner would nose ahead to lead lap 7, with Durig regaining it the next time by. The caution-free event continued with Urban now making his presence known. Urban would use a pass in turn four to take the lead on lap 10. Eighth starting **** Barton would join the lead battle, as he would be second by the halfway mark ahead of Gardner, with Dan Armbruster now passing Durig for fourth. Armbruster took third from Gardner on lap 15, as lap 16 would see the first caution period of the event. Armbruster and Barton would exchange second as the yellow would reappear a lap later. The race for the lead would be heated as the final yellow waved on lap 20. Armbruster would make his winning move on lap 22, earning a lead that he would not relinquish in winning for the second straight week. In addition to moving to the division point lead, Armbruster also earned a guaranteed starting position in the UDTRA-sanctioned "Ohio Nationals" at Raceway 7 on July 5. Barton made a last lap move to take second place away from Urban. Jim Dandy, Jr. advanced quietly to the front to finish fourth, after starting eleventh. Coming the farthest forward was Randle Chupp, finishing fifth after starting in position 23. Brent Rhebergen led the next group of five, ahead of Ryan Markham, Bob Close, David Scott, and Andy Kania. A packed field of 42 cars were in attendance, with heat wins going to Gardner, Armbruster, Ward Schell, and Barton. Last Chance Race wins went to Jay Watson and Close.
In the 20-lap Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery E-Mod feature, the redraw for starting positions found two-time winner Dale Applebee sharing the front row with Hugo Litwiler. Applebee's attempt to go three-for-three on the season would be thwarted early, as Litwiler would take the lead from the drop of the green flag with third starting Al Cressley quickly moving to second. Eighth starting Todd Roncaglione would advance to third by lap 5, and the three drivers would battle for the lead between caution periods. Litwiler would turn back all challenges, as the former division champion would drive to his first feature win of the season. The battle would mostly be for second place, as it was exchanged several times before Cressley nosed Roncaglione for the position. Bootie Petsko was fourth, as Mike Hess advanced from the tail on lap 3 to finish fifth. Jim Frontz and Kevin Decker were next, as Applebee finished eighth to retain the division point lead. Dean Ruth and Ron Roncaglione filled the top ten. With a field of 34 cars on hand, Tim Rhoades, Applebee, Litwiler, and Todd Roncaglione picked up heat wins, with Brian Taft and Jack Andrew winning the Last Chance Races.
Pat Gorton and Rich Bates led the 15-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature to the green flag with lady driver Gorton leading from the start. Mike Horton was quickly on the move, advancing from fifth to take the lead on lap 2. By lap 6, Horton would have his hands full with a challenge from ninth starting Brian Douglas as the race advanced between caution periods. Douglas would finally take the lead on lap 12, but would soon feel a challenge from Jim McFadden from starting position 18. A lap 13 caution period would set up a two-lap dash to the finish that would provide excitement. Douglas and McFadden would slip high on the restart, allowing Horton to lead at the white flag. But Douglas would come back to gain the lead on the final lap, and collect his first victory of the season along with the division point lead. McFadden would nose Horton for runner-up honors. Darrell Bossard was fourth, with Ken Zimmer fifth. A field of 29 cars were in the pits with heat wins achieved by Tim Mann, Horton, and Jeremy Stafford; as Jim McFadden took the Last Chance Race.
In the 6-lap Hobby Stock feature, heat race winner Mike Gonzales and Ron Armstrong led the five-car field to the green flag. Armstrong moved to the point early and would lead the entire distance to claim his first feature win and the division point lead. The battle was for second between Gonzales and Krystal Patrick, but Gonzales would spin on the final lap to give the position to Patrick. Dave Harding, Gonzales, and Matt Dodd trailed at the finish.
Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, May 17 as General Aluminum will present the "Spring Fling" for the York Triathlon Series E-Mods, plus $3000 to win for the Late Models. All four divisions will be in competition, and despite the increased payoff for both classes there will be no increase in admission charges. The gates open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Raceway 7 is located six miles south of Interstate 90 on Ohio Route 7. For more information, please call 814-967-4230 for the office, or 440-594-2222. For the most complete source of Raceway 7 information, please visit the track's web site at www.raceway7.com.
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May 17 - General Aluminum presents "Spring Fling" for the York Triathlon Series E-Mods, plus $3000 to win for the Late Models. Four-division racing.
May 24 - Corry Laser presents Tri-State Series Race 1 for Late Models, 33 laps for $3,333 to win. Four-division racing. (Tri-State Series Race 2 will be held on May 25 at McKean County Raceway, Race 3 will be held on May 26 at Little Valley Speedway.)
May 31 - Kim's Cut & Curl sponsored event for Street Stocks, Autograph Night for Late Models and Hobby Stocks. Four-division racing.
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Raceway 7 results for Friday, May 10, 2002.
Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 42.
Heat winners - Rich Gardner, Dan Armbruster, Ward Schell, **** Barton.
Last Chance Race winners - Jay Watson, Bob Close.
Feature - 1)Dan Armbruster. 2)**** Barton. 3)Matt Urban. 4)Jim Dandy, Jr. 5)Randle Chupp. 6)Brent Rhebergen. 7)Ryan Markham. 8)Bob Close. 9)David Scott. 10)Andy Kania. 11)Mike Wonderling. 12)Rich Gardner. 13)Paul Davis. 14)Dave Lyon. 15)Jay Watson. 16)Frank Poniatowski. 17)Dave Hess, Jr. 18)Bryan Durig. 19)Brad Fiesler. 20)Ward Schell. 21)Mark Osburn. 22)Keith Berner. 23)Dutch Davies. 24)Bob Craig.
Did not qualify, Dan Tercho, Doug Eck, Chevy Scott, Bruce Hordusky, Mike Clark, Dave Kister, Wendell Pinckney, Brady Wonderling, Matt Lux, Dan Dunham, John Watson, Terry Porter, Chris Hackett, **** Litz, Scott Brady, Greg Fenno, Wally Fox, Bill Watson.
Updated point standings - 1)600, Dan Armbruster. 2)570, Matt Urban. 3)495, David Scott. 4)460, **** Barton. 5)tie 445, Ryan Markham and Jim Dandy, Jr. 7)410, Jay Watson. 8)400, Greg Fenno. 9)365, Dave Lyon. 10)345, Frank Poniatowski.
Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 34.
Heat winners - Tim Rhoades, Dale Applebee, Hugo Litwiler, Todd Roncaglione.
Last Chance Race winners - Brian Taft, Jack Andrew.
Feature - 1)Hugo Litwiler. 2)Al Cressley. 3)Todd Roncaglione. 4)Bootie Petsko. 5)Mike Hess. 6)Jim Frontz. 7)Kevin Decker. 8)Dale Applebee. 9)Dean Ruth. 10)Ron Roncaglione. 11)Mike Kinney. 12)Tim Rhoades. 13)Jim Mechling. 14)Rick Robinson. 15)John Andrew. 16)Jim Abbott. 17)Kari Petrosky. 18)Justin Carlson. 19)J.B. Dandy. 20)Jack Andrew. 21)Chuck List. 22)Mike Potosky. 23)Brian Taft. 24)Bill Taylor.
Did not qualify, Jeff Shank, Joe Smith, Randy Hall, Mike Watson, Bill Thomas, Mark Zickefoose, Gerry Kielar, Dave Hess, Sr., Steve Haefke, Junior Mechling.
Updated point standings - 1)605, Dale Applebee. 2)585, Al Cressley. 3)545, Hugo Litwiler. 4)500, Tim Rhoades. 5)490, Jim Frontz. 6)470, Todd Roncaglione. 7)tie 375, Bootie Petsko and Chuck List. 9)370, Mike Hess. 10)tie 345, Ron Roncaglione and Rick Robinson.
Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 29.
Heat winners - Tim Mann, Mike Horton, Jeremy Stafford.
Last Chance Race winner - Jim McFadden.
Feature - 1)Brian Douglas. 2)Jim McFadden. 3)Mike Horton. 4)Darrell Bossard. 5)Ken Zimmer. 6)John Hobbs, Sr. 7)Wayne Daniels. 8)Justin Kreider. 9)Jeremy Stafford. 10)Barb Bellinger. 11)Ted Westover. 12)Rich Bates. 13)Karen Shank. 14)Joel Watson. 15)Mike Beck. 16)Tim Mann. 17)Jim Van Cise. 18)Ryan Blood. 19)Ed Simmer. 20)Darren Buell. 21)Pat Gorton. 22)Bruce Gabriel. 23)Kevin Vencill. Did not start, Jason Stetson.
Did not qualify, Chip Davis, Kevin White, Tom Bradler, Dennis Lunger, Bruce Burlingame.
Updated point standings - 1)610, Brian Douglas. 2)tie 535, Mike Horton and Jim McFadden. 4)530, Darrell Bossard. 5)515, Joel Watson. 6)455, Tim Mann. 7)425, Ken Zimmer. 8)tie 400, Wayne Daniels and John Hobbs, Sr. 10)375, Rich Bates.
Hobby Stocks - Car Count - 5.
Heat winner - Mike Gonzales.
Feature - Ron Armstrong, Krystal Patrick, Dave Harding, Mike Gonzales, Matt Dodd.
Updated point standings - 1)30, Ron Armstrong. 2)28, Dave Harding. 3)21, Krystal Patrick. 4)17, Mike Gonzales. 5)15, Matt Dodd.