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posted July 28, 2002 09:24 AM UIN: 16262997

For Immediate Release
July 27, 2002
Media Contact: Judy Gower - 724-853-7223 /

IMPERIAL, PA...The old adage "It's not over till it's over" certainly turned out to be true Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Colussy Chevrolet Night. In a night full of strange twists and turns, Carnegie's Al Atallah inherited the QPI Tools Late Model feature win from Zelienople's John Flinner after he failed the post race inspection. The drama later continued when apparent race winner Wayne Tessean, of Austintown, OH found himself penalized two positions at the conclusion of the E-Modified feature, thus handing the victory over to a surprised Ralph Hysong Jr. of Aliquippa. Weirton WV's Robert Freshour kept the checker for his third Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Model feature, and career first wins were posted by AJ Poljak of Whitehall (Pure Stocks), and Pittsburgh's Bill Robertson in the Amateur Stocks . Robbie Haught of Washington was victorious in the demo derby.

Jimmy Zarin set a blistering pace in the late model event until the first caution waved for a turn two spin by Dave Wade on the ninth lap. After the restart, Zarin once again took command and built up a comfortable lead as George Kowatic, Lou Bradich, Al Atallah and Brian Laraway were dueling for position behind. Meanwhile twelfth starting John Flinner was methodically working his way through traffic, and by lap fourteen was running third behind Atallah. Flinner dove deep under Atallah for second on the next circuit, and then quickly closed the gap between him and leader Zarin. Two laps later the caution reappeared for a Drew Koteles spin on the front straight.. When the green replaced the yellow, Zarin and Flinner wowed the fans as they raced side by side for two more laps before a daring inside move coming out of turn three and into four finally gave the lead to Flinner. Atallah got by Zarin for second on the next circuit, while Bradich and Kowatic tried to follow suit. As Bradich tried to pass Zarin, the two made slight contact sending Bradich spinning. The resulting yellow bunched up the field for the final two laps, but Flinner held off the competition for what appeared to be his second in a row and fifth of the season at PPMS. At the stripe it was Flinner followed by Atallah, Zarin, Kowatic and Ben Miley. However, the tape measure came into play at the scales, and after inspection, the official finish saw Atallah inherit the win as Flinner was DQ'd for unacceptable deck height. Zarin was credited with second, Kowatic was also disqualified for deck height, thus Miley ended up third, with Brian Laraway fourth, and D.J. Miller fifth. Six through ten were Mike Cecere, Steve Baker, Chuck Kennedy (subbing for Alex Ferree), Bill Adler, and Keith Barbara (subbing for Ed Ferree). Heat Race winners were Flinner and Atallah, who coincidentally inherited that win also when Lance Elson was disqualified for deck height.. Bill Adler was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

Robert Freshour went wire to wire in the limited late model feature, but his win was far from easy. Jim Stephans pressured Freshour throughout the event with Neal Isiminger and Tony Musolino in tow. On the white flag lap, Stephans really put the pressure on Freshour coming through turn three, but Stephans got a little loose and Isiminger capitalized on the bobble to get by for second. A last ditch effort to pass Freshour coming for the checker came up just a little short, and Freshour hung on for the win over Isiminger, Stephans, Musolino and Monarch Oil Hard Charger, Gary Cellone. Jon Hodgkiss was sixth. Jesse Burroughs finished seventh, Tom Duratz eighth, Tom Schirnhofer ninth, and Pete Loria rounded out the top ten. The heats were taken by Cellone and Bobby Castelveter.

Unusual best describes the finish of the E-modified feature. Bruce Dreistadt, driving the race of his life, weathered three yellows and challenges from his West Mifflin neighbor, Scott Gunn, for three quarters of the event. The caution was displayed again on the eleventh lap when Daryl Charlier spun.. Wayne Tessean, who was running third, was caught jumping on the restart, and under Pittsburgh rules was subject to a two spot penalty on the next caution or two spots at the end of the race. Tessean got around Gunn for second on the next lap and overtook Dreistadt for the apparent lead with two to go. The race remained green to the checker, and at the flag it was Tessean, Ralph Hysong Jr, Dreistadt, Gunn and Kugel. In victory lane, however, it was Hysong for his third win of the season. Dreistadt was second and Tessean was placed third after his two spot penalty. Gunn and Kugel completed the top five with six through ten going to Jeff Broniszewski, Vince Laboon, Bill Westlake, John Myrgo, and Joel Johns. Russ Matejka and Tessean were heat winners, and Hysong Jr was also the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

AJ Poljak took the lead from Shawn Bryan on the third lap of the Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stock feature and never looked back in picking up his career first win after more than fifty feature race starts. Frankie Schneider, Brian Scheller, Craig Kamicker and Doug Foster rounded out the top five. Completing the next group of five were Bryan, Stacie White, Ron O'Patchin and Kenny Isiminger. Monarch Oil Hard Charger White also won a heat,. and Kamicker picked up the other heat race win.

Bill Robertson put his Chevy Impala in front and kept it there for the duration of the Amateur Stock feature to pick up his career first win over Joshua Langer, Butch Levandosky, Randy Sprouse and Glenn Knopp Jr. Ken Puglisi was sixth, Skeets Levandosky seventh, Robby Torens finished eighth, with Bob Schwartzmiller ninth, and Bob Siemon came home tenth. Robertson and Langer won the heats, and Butch Levandosky was the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.

In the demo derby that just wouldn't end, Washington's Robbie Haught outlasted Dan Lucas of Avella for the win. Eric Goldberg finished third.

A practice session, open to all competitors and race fans is scheduled for Wednesday, July 31 from 6pm till dark at the track. Information and guidelines for the open practice session are posted on the web site, at, or you can call the business office at 724-853-7223 for more information.

The month of August gets underway at Dirt's Monster Half Mile on Saturday, August 3, with the return of the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS) late models as they present the Nick Garin Memorial race paying $4000 to win. Pit gates open at 4:30 for this special event with the grandstands opening at 5:00pm. Time trials will get underway at 6:45 with racing to follow. Also on the racing card is a full program for the Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models, E-Mods, Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks and the Amateur Stocks.

QPI Tools Late Models
Heat Race Winners: John Flinner, Al Atallah
Feature (25 Laps): 1) Al Atallah, 2) Jim Zarin, 3) Ben Miley, 4) Brian Laraway, 5) DJ Miller, 6) Mike Cecere, 7) Steve Baker, 8) Chuck Kennedy (subbing for Alex Ferree), 9) Bill Adler, 10) Keith Barbara (subbing for Ed Ferree), 11) Dave Wade, 12) Drew Koteles, 13) Lou Bradich, 14) Dave Johnson, 15) Ken Herman, 16) Lance Elson, 17) Gary Swiger, 18) John Flinner (DQ), 19) George Kowatic (DQ)

Advance Auto Parts Limited Late Models
Heat Race Winners: Gary Cellone, Bobby Castelveter
Feature (20 Laps): 1) Rob Freshour, 2) Neal Isiminger, 3) Jim Stephans, 4) Tony Musolino, 5) Gary Cellone, 6) Jon Hodgkiss, 7) Jesse Burroughs, 8) Tom Duratz, 9) Tom Schirnhofer, 10) Pete Loria, 11) Rich Gasparovich, 12) Tony Sinicrope, 13) Ron Williams, 14) J. Collins, 15) Bobby Castelveter, 16) Danny Rich, 17) Rich Apolito, 18) Jimmy Arnold (DNS)

Heat Race Winners: Russ Matejka, Wayne Tessean
Feature (15 Laps): 1) Ralph Hysong, 2) Bruce Dreistadt, 3) Wayne Tessean, 4) Scott Gunn, 5) Larry Kugel, 6) Jeff Bronsizewski, 7) Vince Laboon, 8) Bill Westlake, 9) John Myrgo, 10) Joel Johns, 11) Mike Palmer, 12) Darryl Charlier, 13) Joe Pemberton, 14) JJ Bametzreider, 15) Russ Matejka, 16) Vance Brown, 17) Joe Brown, 18) Denny Nakutis (DNS)

Isiminger's Pennzoil Pure Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Stacie White, Craig Kamicker
Feature (15 Laps): 1) A.J. Poljak, 2) Frankie Schneider, 3) Brian Scheller, 4) Craig Kamicker, 5) Doug Foster, 6) Shawn Bryan, 7) Stacie White, 8) Ron O'Patchin, 9) Darryl Robison, 10) Kenny Isiminger, 11) Mike Chruszcz, 12) Joe Anthony, 13) John Cain, 14) Jake Simmons, 15) Greg McManus, 16) Mark Jaworski, 17) Larry Marks, 18) Nick Kocuba, 19) Wayne Johnson, 20) Eric Betz

Amateur Strictly Stocks
Heat Race Winners: Bill Robertson, Josh Langer
Feature: (12 Laps): 1) Bill Robertson, 2) Josh Langer, 3) Butch Levandosky, 4) Randy Sprouse, 5) Glenn Knopp, 6) Ken Puglisi, 7) Skeets Levandosky, 8) Robby Torens, 9) Bob Schwartzmiller, 10) Bob Siemon, 11) Ian Tomei, 12) Ken Puglisi Jr., 13) Jim Moore, 14) Tony Capo, 15) Aaron Fraser, 16) Davy Lee

Demo Derby: 1) Robbie Haught, 2) Dan Lucas, 3) Eric Goldberg

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