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posted June 23, 2002 09:10 AM UIN: 16262997

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

IMPERIAL, PA….John Flinner of Zelienople and Carnegie's Al Atallah split the QPI Tools Late Model Twin 20's Saturday night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Jim Stephans of Baldwin collected the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model Special; while Austintown, OH's Wayne Tessean registered his first win of the season in the E-Modifieds. Ron O'Patchin of Scott Township ended his retirement earlier this season and showed he hasn't lost his touch by taking his 60th career feature in the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks, and Pittsburgh's Joel Johns drove to his first Amateur Stock victory.

Not wasting any time, Flinner blasted from tenth into the lead on lap five of the first QPI Tools Late Model feature. Lou Bradich, who held the lead before Flinner, settled for second. Ben Miley was third, Ed Ferree fourth and initial leader, Jim Zarin, fifth. Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Steve Baker, came from sixteenth to sixth. Atallah was seventh, Mike Cecere eighth, George Kowatic ninth and Alex Ferree tenth.

The second portion of the QPI Tools Late Model doubleheader saw Atallah weather several late race cautions for a wire-to-wire win. Baker was second, Cecere third, Bradich fourth, and Doug Crawford fifth. Ed Ferree, Miley, Bill Adler, Alex Ferree and Mark Moats were sixth through tenth respectively. Flinner's bid to double-up ended when he pitted with a flat tire on lap fourteen. He returned to the field to finish twelfth. Adler was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger in the second race. Alex Ferree, Atallah and Flinner won the heat races.

Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model rookie Charlie DiLoreto had upset on his mind as he led the first eleven laps of the feature. Veteran Jim Stephans used the low line to pass DiLoreto on lap twelve and drove off for his second win of the season. Robert Freshour ended up second with DiLoreto third, Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Gary Cellone fourth, and Rich Apolito fifth. Bobby Castelveter was sixth, Tom Schirnhofer seventh, Neal Isiminger eighth, Pete Loria ninth and Tony Musolino tenth. Cellone and Apolito were the heat race winners.

Former track champion Wayne Tessean ended Larry Kugel's two race win streak by leading wire to wire in the E-Modifieds. Russ Matejka finished second, Ralph Hysong Jr. third, Scott Gunn fourth and Kugel fifth. Sixth through tenth were: Vince Laboon, John Myrgo, J.J. Bametzrider, Bruce Dreistadt and Bob Williamson. Kugel and Monarch Oil Hard Charger - Matejka won the preliminaries.

All-time Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock winner Ron O'Patchin scored his first win since 1998. Dave Beck held off Craig Kamicker for second, with Brian Scheller fourth and A.J. Poljak fifth. Kenny Isiminger, Doug Foster, Frankie Schneider, Darryl Robison and Stacie White completed the top ten. Shawn Bryan was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger. White and Foster collected the heat race wins.

Joel Johns took the lead from Bill Robertson halfway through the Amateur Stock feature and pulled away for the victory. Robertson was second, Davy Lee third, Bob Schwartzmiller fourth and Tony Capo fifth. Rounding out the top ten were: Kenny Bratt Jr., Joshua Langer, Ian Tomei, Randy Sprouse and Bobby Seimon. Capo was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger. Lee and Seimon captured the heats.

This Saturday, June 29th, the QPI Tools Late Models, Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models, E-Modifieds, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks, and Amateur Stocks all return to action on Pittsburgh Circle Track Club and QPI Tools Night at the track. There will also be a Demolition Derby after the races. Gates open at 5:30pm with racing at 7:30pm. For more information call the speedway business office at (724) 853-RACE or visit our web site at


QPI Tools Late Models: Heat Race Winners - Alex Ferree, Al Atallah, John Flinner

1st Twin 20 Lap Feature: 1) John Flinner, 2) Lou Bradich, 3) Ben Miley, 4) Ed Ferree, 5) Jim Zarin, 6) Steve Baker, 7) Al Atallah, 8) Mike Cecere, 9) George Kowatic, 10) Doug Crawford, 11) Alex Ferree, 12) Mark Moats, 13) DJ Miller, 14) Bill Adler, 15) Bobby Bertges, 16) Joe Johnson, 17) Dave Wade, 18) Brian Laraway, 19) Ricky Heim, 20) Chuck Moury, 21) Jim Kutas, 22) Dave Johnson, 23) Keith Barbara, 24) Gary Swiger

2nd Twin 20 Lap Feature: 1) Al Atallah, 2) Steve Baker, 3) Mike Cecere, 4) Lou Bradich, 5) Doug Crawford, 6) Ed Ferree, 7) Ben Miley, 8) Bill Adler, 9) Alex Ferree, 10) Mark Moats, 11) DJ Miller, 12) John Flinner, 13) Brian Laraway, 14) Chuck Moury, 15) Dave Wade, 16) Jim Zarin, 17) Ricky Heim, 18) George Kowatic, 19) Jim Kutas, 20) Dave Johnson, 21) Bobby Bertges (DNS), 22) Joe Johnson (DNS), 23) Keith Barbara (DNS), 24) Gary Swiger (DNS)

Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models: Heat Race Winners - Gary Cellone, Rich Apolito

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

E-Modifieds: Heat Race Winners - Larry Kugel, Russ Matejka

Feature (15 Laps): 1) Wayne Tessean, 2) Russ Matejka, 3) Ralph Hysong Jr., 4) Scott Gunn, 5) Larry Kugel, 6) Vince Laboon, 7) John Myrgo, 8) J.J. Bametzrieder, 9) Bruce Dreistadt, 10) Bob Williamson, 11) Joe Pemberton, 12) Dennis Niederriter (DNS)

Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks: Heat Race Winners - Stacie White, Doug Foster

Feature (15 Laps): 1) Ron O'Patchen, 2) Dave Beck, 3) Craig Kamicker, 4) Brian Scheller, 5) AJ Poljak, 6) Kenny Isiminger, 7) Doug Foster, 8) Frankie Schneider, 9) Darryl Robison, 10) Stacie White, 11) Shawn Bryan, 12) Robert Betz, 13) Wayne Johnson, 14) Rocky Kugel, 15) Jake Simmons, 16) Eric Betz, 17) Joe Hackimer, 18) Larry Marks, 19) Mike McKee, 20) John Cain, 21) Joe Anthony

Amateur Strictly Stocks - Heat Race Winners - Davy Lee, Bob Siemon

Feature (12 Laps): 1) Joel Johns, 2) Bill Robertson, 3) Davy Lee, 4) Bob Schwartzmiller, 5) Tony Capo, 6) Kenny Bratt, 7) Josh Langer, 8) Ian Tomei, 9) Randy Sprouse, 10) Bob Siemon, 11) Eric Molyneaux, 12) Ken Puglisi, 13) Robby Torrens, 14) Ted Beaver, 15) Butch Levandosky, 16) Kenny Puglisi Jr., 17) Steve Mills

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