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posted June 02, 2002 10:48 AM UIN: 16262997

Media Contact: Judy Gower (724) 853-RACE/

IMPERIAL, PA…. Two new faces smiled for the cameras Saturday night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Pittsburgh's Dave Wade collected his second career QPI Tools Late Model feature, and Jim Stephans of Baldwin recorded his first Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model main event in more than two years.

The "Calcutta Cruzer", Larry Kugel, won for the fourth time this season in the E-Modifieds. Craig Kamicker of Hopewell inherited his second Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock victory after apparent winner Bob Heim failed post race inspection. Bob Schwartzmiller of Robinson Township won his second straight Amateur Stock feature, while Reggie Vasko captured the Zoresco Senior Series laurels.

Dave Wade moved from third into the lead on the first lap of the QPI Tools Late Model feature. Doug Crawford followed Wade to second on the next circuit, but posed no serious threat as the race went without a caution for twenty laps. Last week's winner, John Flinner had charged from twelfth to third with Alex Ferree fourth and Ed Ferree fifth before the George Kowatic spin. When the race restarted with five laps to go, Crawford turned up the heat and pressured Wade over the final circuits before settling for second. Flinner was third, Mike Johnson fourth and Alex Ferree fifth. Keith Barbara, D.J. Miller, Al Atallah, Jim Zarin and Ed Ferree, who cut a tire on the final lap, completed the top ten. Johnson, Flinner and Ed Ferree won the heat races. Zarin was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Jim Stephans lost the lead to Tom Schirnhofer following an early race caution and then stormed back into the top spot on lap ten of the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model feature. Stephans then drove off for his third career win. Schirnhofer, Rich Apolito, Gary Cellone and Robert Freshour rounded out the top five. Six through ten were: Tom Duratz, Tony Musolino, Mike Morgan, Kirk Young and Tony Sinicrope. Jon Hodgkiss and Young won the preliminaries. Sinicrope was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Larry Kugel led wire to wire in the E-Modified feature. Wayne Tessean settled for second, Scott Gunn was third, Russ Matejka fourth, and Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Ralph Hysong Jr. fifth. Vince Laboon was sixth, Bruce Dreistadt seventh, Chuck Kennedy eighth, J.J. Bametzrieder ninth, and Ken Monseau tenth. Matejka and Tessean captured the heat races.

Bob Heim dominated the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock feature only to lose the race in post race inspection due to an illegal motor. Craig Kamicker inherited the win with Logan Dernoshek (subbing for Stacie White in #55) second, Ron O'Patchin third, Darryl Robison fourth and Doug Foster fifth. Joe Vacca (subbing for Frank Schneider in #5), Brian Scheller, Kenny Isiminger, Kurt Halbedl (subbing for Larry Marks #17), and A.J. Poljak completed the top ten. Kamicker and Foster were the heat race winners. Jason Simmons was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Coming from twelfth, Bob Schwartzmiller took the lead on the final lap to win the Amateur Stock feature. Bill Robertson was second, Joel Johns third, Ian Tomei fourth, and Josh Langer fifth. Aaron Fraser, Skeets Levandosky, Randy Sprouse, Kenny Bratt Jr., and Ken Puglisi were sixth through tenth respectively. Josh Langer and Adam Chytil picked up heat race wins, and race winner Schwartzmiller was also the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Reggie Vasko won the hotly contested Zoresco Senior Series feature over early race leader, Ed Bashaar, Tom Knight Sr, Terry Wheeler, and Bill Wheeling.

This Saturday, June 8th, is Twin State Auto Racing Club night with the QPI Tools Late Models, Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models, E-Modifieds, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks and Amateur Stocks all in action. Gates open at 5:30pm with racing at 7:30pm. For more information call (724) 853-RACE or visit our web site at


QPI TOOLS LATE MODELS: Heat Winners: Mike Johnson, John Flinner, Ed Ferree
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Dave Wade, 2) Doug Crawford, 3) John Flinner, 4) Mike Johnson, 5) Alex Ferree, 6) Keith Barbara, 7) D.J. Miller, 8) Al Atallah, 9) Jim Zarin, 10) Ed Ferree, 11) Mark Moats, 12) Bill Adler, 13) George Kowatic, 14) Bob Moskey, 15) Ben Miley, 16) Brian Laraway, 17) Gary Gellner, 18) Jim Lepro, 19) Rody Exposito, 20) Gary Swiger, 21) Dave Johnson, 22) Jim Arcuragi, 23) Mike Cecere, 24) Steve Baker, 25) Mike Martini, 26) Bob Damron

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS LIMITED LATE MODELS: Heat Winners: Jon Hodgkiss, Kirk Young
Feature (20 Laps): 1) Jim Stephans, 2) Tom Schirnhofer, 3) Rich Apolito, 4) Gary Cellone, 5) Bob Freshour, 6) Tom Duratz, 7) Tony Musolino, 8) Mike Morgan, 9) Kirk Young, 10) Tony Sinicrope, 11) Jessie Burroughs, 12) Charlie DiLoreto, 13) Bryan Jenks, 14) Ron Williams, 15) Tom Bateman, 16) Neal Isiminger, 17) Bobby Castelveter, 18) Jon Hodgkiss, 19) Pete Loria, 20) Scott Adamson (DNS), 21) Danny Rich (DNS)

E-MODIFIEDS: Heat Winners: Russ Matejka, Wayne Tessean
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Larry Kugel, 2) Wayne Tessean, 3) Scott Gunn, 4) Russ Matejka, 5) Ralph Hysong, 6) Vince Laboon, 7) Bruce Dreistadt, 8) Chuck Kennedy, 9) J.J. Bametzrieder, 10) Ken Monseau, 11) Denny Nakutis, 12) Jim Petrelle, 13) Jeff Broniszewski, 14) Joe Brown (DNS)

ISIMINGER'S PENNZOIL PURE STOCKS: Heat Winners: Craig Kamicker, Doug Foster
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Craig Kamicker, 2) Logan Dernoshek, 3) Ron O'Patchin, 4) Darryl Robison, 5) Doug Foster, 6) Joe Vacca, 7) Brian Scheller, 8) Kenny Isiminger, 9) Kurt Halbedl, 10) AJ Poljak, 11) Joe Anthony, 12) Robert Betz, 13) Jason Simmons, 14) Shawn Bryan, 15) Jimmy Martin, 16) John Cain, 17) Greg McManus, 18) Wayne Johnson, 19) Eric Betz, 20) Jason Cooper, 21) Rocky Kugel, 22) Bob Heim (DQ), 23) Joe Hackimer (DNS)

AMATEUR STRICTLY STOCKS: Heat Winners: Josh Langer, Adam Chytil
Feature (12 Laps) 1) Bob Schwartzmiller, 2) Bill Robertson, 3) Joel Johns, 4) Iam Tomei, 5) Josh Langer, 6) Aaron Fraser, 7) Steve Levandosky, 8) Randy Sprouse, 9) Kenny Bratt, 10) Ken Puglisi, 11) Gabe Hahka, 12) Butch Levandosky, 13) Davy Lee, 14) Mike Palmer, 15) Eric Molyneaux, 16) Ken Puglisi Jr. 17) Adam Chytil, 18) Glenn Knopp Jr (DNS)

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