posted September 17, 2002 03:49 PM
SEPTEMBER 14, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DURBORAW WINS FEATURE & 7TH TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP ON AUTO LOCATOR NIGHT
HAGERSTOWN, MD. All Nathan Durboraw had to do to win a record breaking 7th
ITSI Late Model Track Championship was to start the 25-lap feature at the
Hagerstown Speedway Saturday on Auto Locator Fan Appreciation night. But
Hagerstown veteran did more than that. He started 10th in the field, tracked
down Frankie Plessinger to take the lead on the 18th lap and led the rest
the way for his third win of the season and 67th career late model win to
break the tie with Denny Bonebrake for six track titles. Auto Locator
presented bonus money to the top three finishers in each division.
"You can ask for a better car owner than Bobby Ballantine," said
Durboraw. "He stuck with me through good times and bad times. The guys on
crew, Kelly and them, they work hard and put a good race car under me."
In the 20-lap Hoosier Tires/Mid Atlantic late model sportsman feature,
Richard Walls of St. Thomas, PA scored his fourth win of the year and Dave
Rice Jr. of St. Thomas notched his first sportsman track championship after
winning rookie honors last year.
Hans Stamberg of Barnsville was only 18 points in front of Mike
Warrenfeltz going into Saturday night's 15-lap Ernie's Salvage Yard pure
stock feature. He knew he had to finish within four spots of Warrenfeltz,
the championship looked like it was Warrenfeltz when the motor let loose
Stamberg's car in the heat. Thanks to former pure stock champion Kim Ramer
Funkstown, Stamberg hopped into Ramer's car and finished 10th while
Warrenfeltz finished sixth, good enough to win his first track championship
by two points. After scoring his first career win last week, Keith Reed of
Hagerstown came right back to notch his second win in the pure stock main
Mark Elksnis took the early lead from the outside pole in the late model
feature as Durboraw started working his way to the front from the 10th
starting spot. Kirk Ryan took over the lead on lap 10 as Durboraw broke into
the top five. Four laps later, Frankie Plessinger and Durboraw were on the
bumper of Ryan with Plessinger moving out in front on the next lap. Durboraw
passed Ryan on lap 16 and a lap later passed Plessinger for the lead. The
second and final caution on lap 21 put Plessinger on Durboraw's bumper for
the restart, but Durboraw had a mission to fulfill and pulled away to win
10 car lengths. Plessinger settled for second with Ryan in third for his
finish of the year. Marvin Winters was fourth with Gary Stuhler coming from
18th for fifth and the Timber Wolf/Ernie's Salvage Yard Hard Charger Award.
Mike Atherton, Doug Burkholder, Mark Elksnis, Jason Covert and Tom Myers
completed the top ten. J&K Toys heat winners for the 39 late models were
Atherton, Elksnis and Plessinger. D.J. Myers won the consolation.
Richard Walls started on the outside of the front row in the late model
sportsman feature and led all the way unchallenged to score an easy win.
Former Quarter-midget driver Tyler Armstrong had his best finish in second
and Jason Covert came from 12th to finish third for the St. Thomas
Towing/Checker Flag Lube Center Hard Charger Award. Finishing out the top
were Terry Lescalleet, Tim Fedder, Johnny Smith, Larry Baer, Scott Palmer,
Fred Harden and Travis Beaver. Jamie Lathroum, Baer and Walls were the heat
winners for the 33 sportsman and Dave Rice Jr. won the consolation. All Rice
had to do was to start the feature to win the championship, but it wasn't
that easy since the young driver had to qualify through the consolation.
Keith Reed started fifth in the pure stock feature as Greg Hockensmith
blasted out in front from the pole. Reed was on Hockensmith's bumper by the
third lap and made the winning pass three laps later on lap six. While Reed
was setting the pace towards his second win, Mike Warrenfeltz was trying
work his way through heavy traffic from his 12th starting spot as Hans
Stamberg started back in 19th. Warrenfeltz was unable to get through the
field and settled for sixth as Stamberg finished 11th for the A&C Machine
Shop Hard Charger Award and his first pure stock championship. Allen Stone
finished second with Hockensmith, Eugene Conlee and Bruce Leibowitz rounding
out the top five. Preliminary winners for the 22 cars were Conlee, Kent and
Hagerstown Speedway will be back in action with two nights of action
Friday and Saturday, September 20th & 21st with the 28th Annual Hub-City
National 150. The 150-lap feature for the ITSI late models will pay $10,000
to the winner. The late model sportsman and pure stocks will also be on the
program. Race time each night is 7 P.M.
25-LAP ITIS LATE MODEL FEATURE: (39 Cars) (Lap Leaders: Elksnis, 1-8; Ryan,
9-14; Plessinger, 15-17; Durboraw, 16-25) 1. Nathan Durboraw, 2002 Track
Champions; 2. Frankie Plessinger; 3. Kirk Ryan; 4. Marvin Winters; 5. Gary
Stuhler; 6. Mike Atherton; 7. Doug Burkholder; 8. Mark Elksnis; 9. Jason
Covert; 10. Tom Myers; 11. Devin Friese; 12. J.R. Isner; 13. Tim Wilson;
Scott Andrews; 15. Alan Sagi; 16. Darryl Hills; 17. Bud Witmer; 18. Paul
Crowl; 19. Mike Lupfer; 20. Travis Dillman; 21. Charlie Schaffer; 22. Robby
Smith; 23. Donnie Farlling; 24. Joe Leavell; 25. Brent Smith; 26. D.J. Myers.
DNQ: Tim Murphy; Lou Schultz; Mike Zechman; Dave Shulski; Nick Dickson; Dale
Kerstetter; Wesley Bonebrake; Jeremy Miller; Jeff Miller; Gary Potts. DNS:
Dave Reed; Robby Beall; Laudan Seigfried.
20-LAP HOOSIER TIRES/MID-ATLANTIC LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN FEATURE: (33 Cars)
(Lap Leaders: R. Walls, 1-20) 1. Richard Walls; 2. Tyler Armstrong; 3. Jason
Covert; 4. Terry Lescalleet; 5. Tim Fedder; 6. Johnny Smith; 7. Larry Baer;
8. Scott Palmer; 9. Fred Harden; 10. Travis Beaver; 11. Daryl Kendall; 12.
Gary Potts; 13. Dave Rice Jr.; (2002 Track Champion)15. Dallas Wenrick; 16.
Will Fair; 17. Mike Spangler; 18. Eric Ohler; 19. Glenn Nininger Jr.; 20.
Craig Guido; 21. :Lauden Seigfried; 22. Scott Daniels; 23. Paul Ward; 24.
Barry Lear. DNS: Jamie Lathroum. DNQ: Kenny Day; Robert Moore; Charlie
Hageage; Ray Fisher Jr.; Wesley Workman; Charles Whittinger; Ty Shatzer;
15-LAP ERNIE'S SALVAGE YARD PURE STOCKS FEATURE: (22 Cars) (Lap Leaders:
Hockensmith, 1-4; Reed, 5-15) 1. Keith Reed; 2. Allen Stone; 3. Greg
Hockensmith; 4. Eugene Conlee; 5. Bruce Leibowitz; 6. Mike Warrenfeltz; 7.
Ronnie Dennis; 8. Steve Kent; 9. Michael Sanders; 10. Hans Stamberg; 11.
Kenny Dillon; 12. Jim Snyder; 13. Frank Dibella; 14. Jeff Johnson; 15. Randy
Crunkilton; 16. Kevin Shade; 17. Rick Stouffer; 18. Corey Oberholtzer. DNS:
John Huber; Kim Ramer; Paul Rice. DSG: William Byrd.