ARCA Truck LaSalle Results

LaSalle, IL - Pettisville, Ohio’s Tully Esterline gave the drivers of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series a lesson in dirt track racing. The former sprint car driver hadn’t forgotten a thing from his days of driving the winged warriors on...

LaSalle, IL - Pettisville, Ohio’s Tully Esterline gave the drivers of the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series a lesson in dirt track racing. The former sprint car driver hadn’t forgotten a thing from his days of driving the winged warriors on dirt as the mechanical engineering senior from the University of Toledo raced his Spangler Candy Chevy S-10 underneath ARCA Pro-4 veteran Johnny Witham on the 17th lap of the 50 lap main event and never looked back to capture his career-first ARCA Truck victory becoming the fifth different winner after eight events in the new versatile touring series. Witham held on for second ahead of Robbin Slaughter and Chad Guinn, who finished fourth in his first-ever start on dirt, and John Kasmierski to complete the top five. "This is just great," said Esterline after the race. "We really needed this to get some momentum going. We’ve definitely struggled all year, especially on pavement. The asphalt set-ups are all new to us, and with most of the races on pavement, it’s been quite a learning curve, but we’re slowly but surely starting to catch on. We knew this new ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series was going to be tough, we just had no idea how tough. It jumped out of gear on us on that last restart, and I thought we were going to lose it all, but I just shoved back into gear and it took off. I want to thank Spangler Candy for sticking by us, and ARCA for a great series, and LaSalle Speedway for having us. This is a great little race track. I hope we get to come back." Witham led at the onset in his Appco-Fab Shop Ford from his second starting position but it wasn’t long before Esterline, who started fourth, maneuvered his way into second. Esterline gave chase for several laps with Robbin Slaughter’s Carmen’s Vacuum Sales-Ed & Company Ford in tow until Witham jumped the cushion in turns one and two allowing the eventual winner to take charge to the low side for the winning pass. Gregg Vasko finished sixth in front of Bill Withers, Dave Reeb, point leader Aaron Hulings and Bob Strait to complete the top ten. Strait, a 14-time ARCA Bondo/Mar-Hyde Series winner, was on his way to the front until a spin relegated the veteran to the tail-end of the pack. Heat race winners were Bob Stoner and Strait. Esterline also won the Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader award and Vasko picked up the Ed & Company Hard Charger honors for advancing the most positions, from 16th to sixth.

1999 ARCA LINCOLN WELDERS TRUCK SERIES EVENT #8 LaSalle Speedway, LaSalle IL, 8-14-99 Official Results

FIN     STR     CAR                             
POS     POS     NO      DRIVER/RESIDENCE        TEAM & CAR      LAPS    STATUS
 1      4       10      Tully Esterline/Pettisville OH  
                        Spangler Candy Chevrolet                50      Running
 2      2       5       Johnny Witham/Hamilton OH       
                        Appco-Fab Shop Ford                     50      Running
 3      11      6       Robbin Slaughter/Columbus OH 
                        Carmen's Vacuum Sales-Ed & Co Ford      50      Running
 4      9       4       Chad Guinn/Erie MI      
                        Guinn Motorsports Ford                  50      Running
 5      1       21      John Kasmierski/Toledo OH       
                Mississippi BBQ-M&M Heating-Schorling Chevrolet 50      Running
 6      16      14      Gregg Vasko/McKeesport PA       
                Slack Overhead Doors-Esslinger-Gold Star Ford   50      Running
 7      7       57      Bill Withers/Columbus OH        
        Withers Foreign Auto-Mannings USA-Driveline 1 Ford      50      Running
 8      10      98      Dave Reeb/Pataskala OH  
                Accurate Express-Accurate Logistics Ford        50      Running
 9      3       51      Aaron Hulings/Rockford MI
                        HRP Motorsports Ford                    50      Running
 10     5       3       Bob Strait/Mokena IL
                        Target Expediting-Fleet Truck Ford      50      Running
 11     15      17      Bob Stoner/Portage MI   
                Woodham's Equip-Bogart Racing Wheels Ford       50      Running
 12     13      33      David Clay/Carlisle OH  
                        HVAC Systems-M&M Precision Chevrolet    49      Running
 13     17      9       Stan Maitlen/Greenville OH
                        Maitlen Motorsports Ford                48      Running
 14     12      76      Bobby Marvin/Columbus OH
                        Ed & Co-Prestige Delivery Ford          24      Ball Joint
 15     18      96      John Toth/Northfield OH 
                        Perma Tech Spray On Bedliners Ford      8       Accident
 16     8       55      Jack Weethee/Grove City OH      
                        Weethee Builders Ford                   8       Oil Cooler
 17     6       8       Troy Marciniak/Muskegon MI      
                        Marciniak Motorsports Chevrolet         1       Engine
  18    14      1       Matt Rhyne/Crown Point IN       
                        Target Expediting Ford                  0       Accident
                                        
HOOSIER TIRE POLE AWARD:  Jack Weethee 17.095 seconds *NTR              
HEAT WINNERS:  Bob Stoner, Bob Strait           
LAP LEADERS:  Witham 1-16 (16); Esterline 17-50 (34)            
                                
SPECIAL AWARDS          
Revenge Racing Bodies Pole-Win Award:  None             
Cloyes Gears & Products Halfway Leader Award:  Tully Esterline          
Ed & Company Racing Supplies Hard Charger Award:  Gregg Vasko

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