posted July 29, 2002 12:29 PM
Hawley ups win mark to three in Sprints; Dorman repeats in Mercer Modifieds
By Mike Leone
July 27, 2002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mercer, PA.Despite scattered thunderstorms throughout the area, Mercer
Raceway Park remained dry as the month of July wrapped up on Saturday night.
The following drivers celebrated in the Moore's Auto Body victory lane:
Jimmy Hawley-Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars, Bob Dorman-Big-Block
Modifieds, Les Myers-New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds, and
Bobby Whitling-Butterfield's Pub Stock Cars.
Two hundred Waldameer Park tickets were given away to the Erie, Pa. theme
park. The Bible School Closing Ceremonies were held at intermission as all
children that participated in the week-long program during July 15-19
received a family pass to attend the races. A tribute was done to the Snyder
and Young families as the 20-lap Stock Car feature was run in the memory of
the late Eric Young with $600 being added into the purse by track sponsor
Snyder Pontiac. Moore's Auto Body once again gave cash bonuses to drivers
that finished in the 11th and 17th positions in all four features.
Jimmy Hawley drove his way from the 11th starting spot to his third win of
the year in the 20-lap Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Car feature to
become the division's top winner of 2002. "Todd (Palmer) and Billy (Shearer)
did a great job (crew members)," said the West Middlesex, Pa. driver. "We
really missed it (setup) in the heat race. The Hoosier Tires got really got
warm and we went really good. This win is for Chevron East (sponsor). I told
them last week that we were going to win one for them."
Pup Nystrom grabbed the lead at the start with Mark Murphy and Dave Wagner
following. Wagner and Todd Bauer passed Murphy for second and third on laps
two and three respectively. Bauer took over second from Wagner on lap four
with Murphy trailing in third.
Hawley would restart sixth following a caution for Jeff Banyas with four
laps completed. Hawley began to make his move to front on lap seven driving
by both Andy Priest and Wagner for fourth. Lap eight saw Murphy and Hawley
drop Bauer back to fourth.
A great three-car race began to ensue between Nystrom, Murphy, and Hawley on
lap nine. Hawley was just about to go around Murphy for second in turn two
on lap 10 when Murphy looped his mount bringing out the caution. When racing
resumed, Hawley powered by Nystrom in turn two for the lead.
Rob Eyler quietly worked his way to the front from the eighth starting spot.
He got around Priest for fourth then took over third from Bauer on lap 10.
One lap later, Eyler slipped under Nystrom for second. Nystrom's fine run
ended when he spun with 15 laps completed setting up a five-lap dash to the
finish. Eyler was unable to challenge Hawley in the closing laps as Hawley
piloted the Shearer family-owned, Maximum Tool & Die/Chevron East/Yoder's
Amish Shop/Young's 24-Hour Towing/Applewood Refinishing-sponsored #25 to his
33rd career Mercer win.
Eyler turned in his best finish in second since a win on July 21, 2001.
Priest backed up his third place finish on opening night. Point leader Troy
Preston came from the rear after getting involved in an accident on the 13th
lap to finish fourth. Bauer was a season best fifth. Sixth through tenth
were Banyas, Kapuchuck, Jamie Martin, Wagner, and Brian Hartzell as all
drivers recorded their best finishes of the year with the exception of
Wagner. Heat winners over the 21-car field were Eyler and Preston.
Bauer's fifth place run was once again tops amongst the 360s earning the
$150 bonus to maintain his Gardner Competition Racing Engines point lead.
Finishing two through four and also receiving 360 bonus monies were Banyas,
Kapuchuck, and Martin.
Bob Dorman proved his opening night career first win was no fluke by winning
his second 20-lap Big-Block Modified feature. "I didn't think this race was
ever going to end," relayed the Stockton, New York driver. "We've been out
in left field for the past four or five weeks. We're finally back to where
we should be."
The first six laps of the event went without a caution as Jerry Bickel,
Chanda Reitz, and Carl Murdick ran one, two, and three. On lap seven, Reitz'
s fine run came to an end when she spun after battling for second. This
moved Murdick to second with Guy Griffin and Dorman now in third and fourth
respectively. When racing resumed, Griffin and Dorman both powered by
Murdick for second and third on lap seven. Dorman and Griffin raced hard the
next three laps with Dorman finally getting by for second at the halfway
mark just before the caution flag waved.
When green replaced yellow, Dorman took the lead away from Bickel on the
11th circuit. Rodney Beltz, who started eighth, was racing to the front. He
passed both Les Myers and Griffin for third on lap 12 then went under Bickel
for second in turns three and four on lap 14. But on the 15th lap, Bickel
and Beltz made contact with Beltz looping his mount.
The last six laps went green-to-checkered with Dorman taking his father Bill
's owned car to victory lane. It was the 10th career Mercer big-block win
for the Dorman Racing #19. Griffin made a nice move to take second from
Bickel in turn four on the last lap for his best finish since July 10, 1999.
Bickel crossed the line in third with a solid finish in the Scott Kay #55,
but came up light at the scales. Rick Hall, who started 11th, was credited
with third and took over the point lead from Tim Doran, who failed to finish
the feature for the second week in a row. Myers was fourth ahead of Frank
Guidace. Rounding out the top 10 were Murdick, Jeff Schaffer, Chris
Schiffer, Beltz, and Chetter Johnson. Heat victors over the 29-car field
were Guidace, Hall, and Schaffer. Randy Chronister won the B main.
Bobby Whitling wishes every Butterfield's Pub Stock Car feature was a $500
to-win event. Both of the Franklin, Pa. resident's 2002 wins and three of
his four career wins have came on 20-lap $500 to-win nights- this time in
the 20-lap Eric Young Memorial. From the pole position, Ron Iorio took the
early leader. Brother Doug raced by Kevin Thompson on the opening lap for
second, but Thompson got back by on lap three. Whitling, who started fifth,
passed Doug Iorio for third on lap four then went ahead of Thompson for
second on lap five. For the next 10 laps, Whitling hounded Ron Iorio before
finally making the winning move on the backstretch of lap 15. Whitling led
the rest of the way for his fourth win of 2002 on the circuit in his Ted
Karns Specialty Construction/Jim's Doors & Windows/McFate Electric/Anderson
Ron Iorio settled for second. The battled raged for third between Doug
Iorio, Shaun Hooks, and Andy Buckley. Hooks had passed Doug Iorio for third,
but Doug got back by with contact on the 16th lap. Then Andy Buckley, who
started ninth, went flying by Hooks for fourth then took third from Doug on
lap 17. Doug Iorio was fourth ahead of point leader Hooks. Winning the heat
races over the 33-car field were Doug Iorio, Gary Miller, Jr., and Buckley.
Terry Kroner won the B main.
Les Myers of Reno, Pa. racked up his second 20-lap New Castle School of
Trades Sportsman Modified feature win to go along with a big-block win for
his third Mercer win of the year. From the pole position, Curt Matthews
paced the field over Myers for 17 laps. It appeared Myers had nothing for
Matthews even with three restarts in the first 13 laps. But on the fourth
restart, Myers was able to get by on lap 18 to steal a first career win away
from the young driver. Myers' fifth career sportsman win came in the Bob
Fink-owned, Les Frickshun Products/McCarty Vinyl Decals-sponsored #97.
Gary Smoker was also able to get by Matthews on the 18th circuit for his
best finish of 2002. Matthews dropped to third for the third time in the
past five weeks. Jeff Schaffer came home fourth subbing for Jim, but came up
light at the scales. This moved Chad Reitz up to fourth after starting 14th
and Rick Hall to fifth for his second top five of the night. Heat winners
were Lou Gentile, Steve Young, and Jim Rombold, Jr. over the 27-car field.
Luxaire Heating & Cooling Sprint Cars: 1. JIMMY HAWLEY 2. Rob Eyler 3. Andy
Priest 4. Troy Preston 5. Todd Bauer 6. Jeff Banyas 7. Paul Kapuchuck 8.
Jamie Martin 9. Dave Wagner 10. Brian Hartzell 11. Chris Matthews 12. Mary
Anne Williams 13. Pup Nystrom 14. Gale Ruth 15. Mel Straley 16. Charlie
Cornelius 17. Dan Shetler 18. Kevin Andrusky 19. Mark Murphy 20. Butch
Beasley 21. Paul Kish-DNS.
Big-Block Modifieds: 1. BOB DORMAN 2. Guy Griffin 3. Rick Hall 4. Les Myers
5. Frank Guidace 6. Carl Murdick 7. Jeff Schaffer 8. Chris Schiffer 9.
Rodney Beltz 10. Chetter Johnson 11. Dean Pearson 12. Nick Ritchey 13. Jim
Bickel 14. Steve Barr 15. Mark Frankhouser 16. Randy Chronister 17. Howard
Duff 18. Dave Schrader 19. Rick Kress 20. Greg Unrue 21. Lou Gentile 22.
Chanda Reitz 23. Tim Doran 24. Jerry Bickel-DSQ DNQ-Randy Ferguson, Lee
Miller, Jeff Baker, Tom Mattocks, Mark Sevin.
Butterfield's Pub Eric Young Memorial for Stock Cars (20 laps): 1. BOBBY
WHITLING ($500) 2. Ron Iorio 3. Andy Buckley 4. Doug Iorio 5. Shaun Hooks 6.
Tim Deutsch 7. Terry Kroner 8. Brian Miller 9. Mike Aley 10. Kevin Thompson
11. Rick Norco 12. Rick Lanigan 13. Rick Anthony 14. Scott Hooks 15. Mike
Harmon 16. Ed Hays 17. Rich Chess, Sr. 18. Willie Aley 19. Rod Laskey 20.
Bill Lanigan 21. Gary Miller, Jr. 22. Rusty Moore 23. Phil Kaufman 24. Jim
Miller 25. Gary Norman-DNS DNQ-Tim Zuschlag, Joe Lockhart, Joe Yakich, Bill
Schall, Jr., Lester Bates, Duane Grinnell, Clyde Roberts, Scott Peterson.
New Castle School of Trades Sportsman Modifieds: 1. LES MYERS 2. Gary Smoker
3. Curt Matthews 4. Chad Reitz 5. Rick Hall 7. Lou Gentile 8. Dave Cogswell
9. Mike Gibson 10. Randy Rodemoyer 11. Bill Adams 12. John Confer 13. John
Jones 14. Steve Young 15. Fred Maxwell 16. Jerry Schaffer 17. Matt Reeher
18. Andy Paden 19. Bill Baptiste 20. Mike Mathieson 21. Ron Eperthener, Jr.
22. Jeff Schaffer-DSQ 23. Rick Ryder-DNS 24. Bill Thompson 25. Kevin
Latshaw-DNS 26. Jerry O'Rock-DNS 27. Al Priester-DNS.
Aug. 3 Sprints, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, & Stocks. Scooby & Shaggy
Live presented by The Cartoon Network & Ray's Racing Collectibles. Kids Bike
Races. Grove City Auto Mall "Meet Your Heroes" Night in the Sprint Cars.
Aug. 10 Sprints, Big-Block Mods, Sportsman Mods, & Stocks. E.M.S. Community
Sireeeen Rally- A Regional Safety Awareness Night presented by Life Force
Aug 17 Fourth Annual Sprint Slug-Out presented by AXA Advisors, LLC. Sprints
($3,000), Big-Block Mods ($1,300), Sportsman Mods ($500), Stocks ($500), &
Gates open at 4:30 p.m. Racing at 7 p.m.
Contact: Mike Leone, 53 East Glenora Drive, Grove City, PA 16127. Office
phone 724-964-9300 and fax to 724-964-0604. Home phone/fax: 724-748-3358.
Mercer Raceway Park is located 3 miles north of I-80, exit 15. The track is
0.5 miles north of SR 258 on US 19, then 0.2 miles east on Fairgrounds Road
in Findley Township. The office number is 724-964-9300. Fax to 724-964-0604.
The race track phone number is 724-662-1310. Our web site is www.mercerracewaypark.com E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org