posted June 16, 2002 08:40 AM
PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
June 15, 2001
Media Contact: Judy Gower - 724-853-7223 / www.ppms.com
IMPERIAL, PA - The third time wasn't the charm after all at Pittsburgh's
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night. The first two scheduled QPI
Tools Twin 20's were foiled by Mother Nature, and the third attempt ended in
yet another disappointment, as early in the day rain along with a deluge
shortly after the gates opened ultimately forced management to cancel the
racing program for the fourth time this year. In order to satisfy the wishes
of the race fans and our late model competitors, the Late Model Twin 20's are
being rescheduled for Saturday, June 22 when they will join the racing card
with the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model special event. Also in action
will be the E-Modifieds, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks, and the Amateur
Stocks. Gates open at 5:30 with racing at 7:30.
The point's battle after six nights of racing is a good one in the QPI Tools
Late Models with Ed Ferree holding a 22-point edge over John Flinner. Mike
Johnson is right behind, and currently sits third with Alex Ferree fourth and
Dave Wade fifth. Al Atallah, Jim Zarin, Ben Miley, Brian Laraway and DJ
Miller round out the top ten, and the upcoming Twin 20's should really make
the late model point standings even more interesting. Noting that
Pittsburgh's rules allow open or spec motors, the overall consensus so far
this season is that neither motor option is dominating on the monster half
mile, making for exciting and close racing on any given race night. Looking
at the current top ten in the points, half of the competitors are running the
spec motor with the 12 inch spoiler, and half are running open motors which
only permits the use of an 8 inch spoiler.
Leading the way in the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models is "Pittsburgh"
Pete Loria with a 20-point margin over Robert Freshour. Gary Cellone, Danny
Rich, and Bobby Castelveter are third through fifth in the standings as they
come into this weeks special event for their division. Rich Apolito is
currently sixth, with Mike Morgan seventh, Jim Stephans eighth, Tom Duratz
ninth, and Tommy Schirnhofer in tenth.
Larry Kugel is comfortably in first in the E-modified points race with Ralph
Hysong Jr second, Russ Matejka third, Wayne Tessean fourth, and Scott Gunn in
fifth. Sixth is Bruce Dreistadt, with Chuck Kennedy seventh, JJ Bametzrieder
eighth, followed by Rich Stiffler and Vince Laboon.
The closest battle for the top spot in the points is in the Isiminger's
Pennzoil Pure Stock division. Doug Foster holds a two-point edge over Darryl
Robison. Stacie White is just five points behind Robison with 165 points,
Frankie Schneider has 163, and Brian Scheller sits in fifth with 153. The
remainder of the top ten are Craig Kamicker, AJ Poljak, Shawn Bryan, Ron
O'patchen, and Kenny Isiminger. The highly competitive Amateur Stock class
sees Tony Capo leading the way with 198 points over Bill Robertson at 189.
Following right behind is Bob Schwartzmiller, Ian Tomei and Joshua Langer.
Six through ten are Davy Lee, Joel Johns, Aaron Fraser, Greg McManus and Eric
For more information on the racing program or upcoming events at Pittsburgh's
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, contact the business office during the week at
724-853-RACE, or visit us on the web at www.ppms.com
June 22: "Special Event" Rescheduled QPI Tools Twin 20's for Late Models,
Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model Special, plus E-Mods,
Stocks and Amateur Stocks
June 29: Action Event (all divisions) plus DEMO DERBY, Pittsburgh Circle
Club Night and QPI Tools Night
July 6: Action Event (all divisions) plus E-Mod "Dan Burns Memorial" &
July 13: "Special Event" MACS "Penn National 50" for Late Models, plus