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posted May 18, 2002 10:52 AM UIN: 16262997
Chupp takes York Series before rain stops Raceway 7

Conneaut, OH (May 17) - It would not be a surprise if Randle Chupp was a winner on Friday night at Raceway 7 in the Late Models. But he was a surprise entrant in the York Triathlon Series E-Mod race aboard the 214 normally driven by Jack Andrew. The Knoxville, TN driver who drives locally did score the York Series win in the General Aluminum sponsored "Spring Fling 35" after avoiding an incident in lapped traffic while racing with leader Jeff Taylor. The Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Model feature event was next, and when rain started to fall on a lap 2 yellow flag it forced the remainder of the event to be pushed back to the May 31 program at Raceway 7. The Fame Manufacturing Street Stock and
Hobby Stock features were washed away, and they will be made up on the May 24 racing program.

The General Aluminum sponsored "Spring Fling 35" for the York Triathlon Series and Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery E-Mods started with Jeff Taylor and Al Cressley on the front row. After a complete restart, Cressley moved to the point as the race began. Working lap 2, Cressley slipped high in turn two allowing Taylor to pass for the lead, taking the lead on lap 3. Taylor would dominate the first half of the event as he pulled away from the field during intermittent caution periods. After a caution period on lap 20, it was still Taylor showing the way as the battle was now for second between seventh starting Randle Chupp, and 15th starting Jim Dandy, Jr. aboard the 83C normally driven by Brian Taft. By lap 30, Taylor's lead was starting to shrink as race traffic allowed Chupp to move in to challenge. On lap 31, Dean Ruth spun in turn two directly in front of the race leaders. Taylor was working the high groove, and made contact on the way past the stopped car as Chupp narrowly escaped on the inside. Taylor bounced free of the contact to continue, but the resulting damage forced him to exit the event. The event would now see four laps remaining, as Chupp led Dandy and 18th starting Brent Rhebergen who was on a tear to the front. The race for the lead was a good one, as the trio once went three-wide coming down for the white flag. Chupp would hold on to score the win over Dandy and Rhebergen, as the top three had all done double duty driving in the Late Models as well. Defending York Series and Raceway 7 champion Todd Roncaglione was fourth, with Jim Frontz fifth. Mike Hess started last in the 24-car starting field, and advanced to finish sixth ahead of Dale Applebee, Fuzzy Stiffler, Andy Teno, and Ron Roncaglione. Heat race winners for the 35-car field were Jeff Sharp, Jeff Rudrick, Frontz, Cressley, and dash winner Taylor. Applebee, Mike Potosky, and Rhebergen took Series B-Main wins.

The General Aluminum sponsored, 25-lap feature for the Maloney Tool and Mold Super Late Models came to the raceway as a light drizzle starting to fall. Keith Berner and Matt Urban were on top of the starting grid, as Urban took the early lead. An early caution flag waved on lap 2, and at that time the rain intensified, forcing the race to be called due to the weather. With a special event for the Late Models already on the May 24 schedule, this race will be resumed on May 31. A field of 49 Late Models were packed into the pit area, as preliminary action saw Berner, Chub Frank, Randle Chupp, Urban, and David Scott score heat race wins. Three Last Chance Races were held with Brent Rhebergen, **** Barton, and Ron Davies winning.

The 20-lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature was also a victim of the rain. It will be made up on the May 24 program. Heat race wins in the 28-car field went to Darrell Bossard, Brian Douglas, and Jim McFadden. Ryan Blood was the winner of the Last Chance Race.

The 6-lap Hobby Stock feature is rescheduled for May 24 as well. Mike Gonzales took the heat race win.

Raceway 7 will be back in action on Friday, May 24, as Corry Laser will present the inaugural race for the Tri-State Series for Late Models. The main event will be a distance of 33 laps, with $3,333 going to the winner. This event is the first of three in the weekend for the Tri-State Series, as it is in conjunction with a May 25 race at McKean County Raceway in Smethport, PA, and a May 26 race at Little Valley (NY) Speedway. The Street Stock and Hobby Stock features from May 17 will also be held on this program, as all four regular divisions will be on the Raceway 7 card. 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

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Upcoming events:

May 24 - Corry Laser presents Tri-State Series Race 1 for Late Models, 33 laps for $3,333 to win. Make-up features from May 17 will be held for the Street Stocks and Hobby Stocks. 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. Make-up feature race from May 17 for the Late Models, sponsored by General Aluminum. Four-division racing.

June 7 - Kightlinger Auto sponsored event for the E-Mods. Four division racing. Treasure Hunt for children 12 & under from 5:30 to 7:30.

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Raceway 7 results for Friday, May 17.

Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models - Car Count - 49.
Heat winners - Keith Berner, Chub Frank, Randle Chupp, Matt Urban, David Scott.
Last Chance Race winners - Brent Rhebergen, **** Barton, Ron Davies.
Feature - halted by rain on lap 2, will be completed on May 31.
Did not qualify, Dan Tercho, Mike Wonderling, Brad Fiesler, Chevy Scott, Bruce Hordusky, Steve Hollabaugh, Mark Osburn, Kirk Bradley, Mike Clark, Dave Kister, Wendell Pinckney, Dave Lyon, Bob Craig, John Watson, Terry Porter, Todd Andrews, Dave Hess, Jr., Bill Cunningham, Ward Schell, Andy Kania, Loyd Swain, Wally Fox, Rick Briggs, Bill Watson.

York Triathlon Series and Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery MHC Inc. E-Mods - Car Count - 37.
Heat winners - Jeff Sharp, Jeff Rudrick, Jim Frontz, Al Cressley, Jeff Taylor.
Dash winner - Jeff Taylor.
Last Chance Race winners - Dale Applebee, Mike Potosky, Brent Rhebergen.
Feature - 1)Randle Chupp. 2)Jim Dandy, Jr. 3)Brent Rhebergen. 4)Todd Roncaglione. 5)Jim Frontz. 6)Mike Hess. 7)Dale Applebee. 8)Fuzzy Stiffler. 9)Andy Teno. 10)Ron Roncaglione. 11)Bootie Petsko. 12)Tim Rhoades. 13)Chuck List. 14)Jeff Rudrick. 15)Kari Petrosky. 16)Arlan Coy. 17)Al Cressley. 18)Mike Potosky. 19)Jeff Taylor. 20)Dean Ruth. 21)Rick Robinson. 22)Mike Watson. 23)Hugo Litwiler. 24)Jeff Sharp.
Did not qualify - Ron Eward, Russ Dempsey, Jim Abbott, Carl McKinney, Kevin Decker, Jack Smith, Joe Smith, Bill Thomas, Mark Zickefoose, Mike Kinney, Bill Taylor, Jim White, E.J. Faulkner.

Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks - Car Count - 27.
Heat winners - Darrell Bossard, Brian Douglas, Jim McFadden.
Last Chance Race winner - Ryan Blood.
Feature - delayed by rain, will be run on May 24.

Hobby Stocks - Car Count - 4.
Heat winner - Mike Gonzales.
Feature - delayed by rain, will be run on May 24.

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