posted September 01, 2002 09:01 AM
DJ MYERS COMES FROM 15TH TO WIN MCBEE/HAYS MEMORIAL AT HAGERSTOWN
Starting 15th in the field, D J Myers of Greencastle, PA gradually picked
his way through the field to take the lead from Rodney Franklin on the 36th
lap to win the 44-lap Ronnie McBee/Ron Hays Memorial for the ITSI late models
at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday night. It was Myers' second McBee
Memorial win in three years and second of the year at Hagerstown.
"This was pretty awesome from where we had to start from," said Myers
Victory Lane after pocketing $2,500 for his efforts. "I didn't think I was
going to get going starting so far back."
In other action, Richard Walls of St. Thomas PA is hot as he won both
Hoosier Tires Mid Atlantic late model sportsman features and Allen Stone
Hagerstown won the 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure stock feature when Eugene
Conley lost his drive shaft on the final lap. Kevin Durst of Hancock won
30-lap enduro dash.
Mike Atherton grabbed the early lead from the pole in the McBee/Hays
Memorial as D J Myers started deep in the field in the 15th starting spot.
Atherton quickly pulled away from the field leaving Paul Crowl and Doug
Burkholder to battle it out for second. On the 14th lap, Andy Anderson joined
the battle for second and a lap later ninth starting Rodney Franklin joined
in as the cars raced two, three and four wide. As the four drivers battled
out, they began to close in on the leader and at the half-way mark, Myers
Gary Stuhler were in the hunt as the top seven cars were bunched close
together. Franklin took over the lead on the 24th lap as Myers passed Stuhler
for fifth as the first caution was waved on lap 28. Myers dropped back to
sixth after the restart, but regained his composure and passed Anderson,
Stuhler and Atherton to move into third behind Franklin and Stuhler by the
32nd lap. Two laps later, Myers went to the outside to get around Stuhler
second and continued his forward momentum easily passing Franklin for the
lead on lap 36.
Once in front, Myers was able to pull away from the field, but a red
on lap 41 for Frankie Plessinger who hit the fourth turn guard rail hard
Franklin and Stuhler another chance at the leader. The red flag period lasted
longer than expected as one of the two trucks towing Plessinger's car back
the pits turned over on its side. The delay didn't affect Myers as he pulled
away to win by 12 car lengths when the race resumed in an awesome display
driving. Myers also picked up the Timber Wolf/Ernie's Salvage Yard Hard
Charger Awards. Franklin settled for second with Stuhler following in third.
Marvin Winters came from 14th for fourth and closed in on points leader
Nathan Durboraw who had mechanical problems mid-way through the race and
finished 13th. Anderson, Atherton, Jeremy Miller, Tom Myers, Charlie Schaffer
and Burkholder finished out the top ten. J&K Toys heat winners for the 32
cars were Atherton, Anderson and Durboraw. Les Hare won the consi.
In the regular 20-lap late model sportsman feature, Richard Walls pulled
out in front from the outside pole position as Terry Lescalleet followed
second. Lescalleet tried to stay with Walls, but had to settle for second
holding off the hard charging Dave Rice Jr. at the end. Rice, after starting
21st, received the St. Thomas Towing/Checker Flag Lube Center Hard charger
award for third and was followed by Scott Palmer and Rusty Sites. Finishing
out the top ten were Daryl Kendall, Fred Harden, Mike Spangler, Tim Fedder
and Will Fair. Heat winners were Sites, R. Walls, Palmer and Eric Ohler.
won the consolation.
In the rescheduled 20-lap late model sportsman feature, Richard Walls
took the lead from the outside pole with Daryl Kendall and Rusty Sites in
pursuit. Sites took over second on the sixth lap but was unable to keep pace
with the leader turning second over to 10th starting Tim Fedder on lap 15.
caution on the final lap for Mike Walls set-up a one lap shootout, but Walls
had no problems holding off Fedder for the win.
Rusty Sites, Johnny Smith, Scott Palmer, Will Fair, Dave Rice Jr., Eric
Ohler; Scott Daniels and Fred Harden completed the top ten. Heat winners
the 42 cars were Ohler; R. Walls; Smith and Sites. Kendall and Glenn
Ninninger won the consolations. Tyler Armstrong was the St. Thomas
Towing/Checker Flag Lube Center Hard charger award winner.
Rick Stouffer set the pace from the pole in the pure stock feature as
Allen Stone started back in 12th. Eugene Conlee quickly threaded his way
through the field from his sixth starting spot to take over the lead on the
fifth lap as Stone moved into the runner-up spot a lap later. Stone kept
pressure on Conlee, but it looked like Conlee would pick up his fourth win
the year when he lost his drive shaft on the final lap coming for the checker
flag turning the lead and the win over to Stone. Hans Stamberg finished
second after starting 11th for the A&E Machine Shop Hard Charger Award with
Mike Warrenfeltz third. Conlee managed to drift across the finish line for
fourth with Jim Snyder rounding out the top five. Stouffer, Conlee and Ramer
were the heat winners for the 22 cars.
Fourth starting Kevin Durst led the 34 car enduro dash field the first
laps before losing the lead to Richie Miller on a restart following a red
flag for the overturned car of Charlie Pennsinger. Miller's lead was
short-lived as Durst regained the lead on the 15th lap and led the rest of
the way for the win over Larry Harley, Kenny Thomas, Russ Moseley and Derrick
Next Saturday, the pure stocks will be in action with a 20-lap Ernie‘s
Salvage Yard Pure Stock Championship. Also on the program will be the Tommy
Thompson Demolition Derby and the 100-lap Championship Enduro. Race time
RONNIE MCBEE/RON HAYS 44-LAP ITSI LATE MODEL FEATURE: 32 Cars: (Lap Leaders:
Atherton, 1-23; Franklin, 24-35; Myers, 36-44) 1. D J Myers; 2. Rodney
Franklin; 3. Gary Stuhler; 4. Marvin Winters; 5. Andy Anderson; 6. Mike
Atherton; 7. Jeremy Miller; 8. Tom Myers; 9. Charlie Schaffer; 10. Doug
Burkholder; 11. Scott Andrews; 12. Mark Elksnis; 13. Nathan Durboraw; 14.
Paul Crowl; 15. Kirk Ryan; 16. Tim Wilson; 17. Mike Lupfer; 18. Brent Smith;
19. Frankie Plessinger; 20. Travis Dillman; 21. Donnie Farling; 22. Les Hare;
23. Timmy Booth; 24. Buck Johnson. DNQ: Scott Cross; Wesley Bonebrake; Matt
Sponaugle; J.R. Isner; Scott Sipe; Scott Lupfer; Faryl Hills; Brian Station.
20-LAP HOOSIER TIRES/MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN: 38 Cars: (Lap
Leaders: R. Walls, 1-20) 1. Richard Walls; 2. Terry Lescalleet; 3. Dave Rice
Jr.; 4. Scott Palmer; 5. Rusty Sites; 6. Daryl Kendall; 7. Fred Harden; 8.
Mike Spangler; 9. Tim Fedder; 10. Will Fair; 11. Johnny Smith; 12. Eric
Ohler; 13. Laudan Seigfried; 14. Kirk Baker; 15. Gary Potts; 16. Jeff Friese;
17. Jamie Lathroum; 18. Glenn Ninninger; 19. Steven Koup; 20. Scott Daniels;
21. Melvin Muir; 22. Travis Beaver; 23. Todd Bowers; 24. Sterling Kinard.
DNS: Tyler Armstrong; Pete Weaver: DNQ: James Mongan; Barry Lear; Mike Walls;
Charlie Hageage; Ray Fisher Jr.; Wesley Workman; Robert Moore; Danny
McSherry; Larry Baer; Coleby Frye; Ty Shatzer.
20-LAP HOOSIER TIRES/MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN (08/30): 42 Cars:
Leaders, R. Walls, 1-20) 1. Richard Walls; 2. Tim Fedder; 3. Rusty Sites;
Johnny Smith; 5. Scott Palmer; 6. Will Fair; 7. Dave Rice Jr.; 8. Eric Ohler;
9. Scott Daniels; 10. Fred Harden; 11. Daryl Kendall; 12. Tyler Armstrong;
13. Mike Spangler; 14. Gary Potts; 15. Travis Beaver; 16, Laudan Seigfried;
17. Glenn Ninninger Jr.; 18. Kirk Baker; 19. Sterling Kinard; 20. Jeff
Friese; 21. Larry Baer; 22. Terry lescalleet; 23. Mike Walls; 24. Darin
Younker; 25. Melvin Muir; 26. Jamie Lathroum. DNS: Ty Shatzer; Doug Hardy;
Danny McSherry; Alan Sagi; Roy Miller; Andy Holmes; Leo Nichols; Wesley
Workman; Steve Koup; Charles Potts; Bobby beard; Scott Woolford; Dallas
Wenrick DNQ: Pete Weaver; Craig Guidd; Kenny Day.
15-LAP ERNIE'S SALVAGE YARD PURE STOCK FEATURE: 22 Cars (Lap Leaders:
Stouffer, 1-4; Conlee, 5-14; Stone, 15 ) 1. Allen Stone; 2. Hans Stamberg;
Mike Warrenfeltz; 4. Eugene Conlee; 5. Jim Snyder; 6. Keith Reed; 7. Ronnie
Dennis; 8. Mike Sanders; 9. Kenny Dillon; 10. John Huber; 11. Paul Rice;
William Bryd; 13. Bill Reitober; 14. Corey Oberholtzer; 15. Rick Stouffer;
16. Bruce Leibowitz; 17. Kim Ramer; 18. Pete Gems. DNS: Greg Hockensmith;
Jesse Coleman; Ken O'Connor; Jeff Johnson.
30-LAP ENURO DASH 34 Cars: (Lap Leaders: Durst 1-10; 15-30: Miller, 11-14)
Kevin Durst; 2. Larry Harley; 3. Kenny Thomas; 4. Russ Moseley; 5. Derrick
Riley; 6. Darrin Williams; 7. Jim Smith; 8. John Poole; 9. Richie Miller;
Danny Holmes; 11. Bobby Moore; 12. Jimmy Parrill; 13. Rick Turner; 14. Mark
Gordon; 15. Alan Virts; 16. Russell Naugle; 17. Wayne Eckley; 18. Kevin
Herrin; 19. Jeff Allen; 20. Eric Myers; 21. Charlie Pensinger; 22. Patrick
Murphy; 23. William Crook; 24. Mark Straley; 25. Sherman Lynn Jr.; 26. John
Conrad; 27. Barry Jones; 28. Jim Mullendore; 29. Rick Diller; 30. William
Silkworth; 31. Steve Thompson; 32. John Graves; 33. Roy Rowland; 34. Krazy