I-75 speedway report

Team Witwer does it again; Wormcastle dominates at I-75. Mt. Vernon, KY (6-8-02) by Wendy Wellman - Jostling for the lead with his father for most of the race, Pete Wormcastle finally pulled out in front of the lead pack at lap 83 to score his...

Team Witwer does it again; Wormcastle dominates at I-75.

Mt. Vernon, KY (6-8-02) by Wendy Wellman - Jostling for the lead with his father for most of the race, Pete Wormcastle finally pulled out in front of the lead pack at lap 83 to score his first ever ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series feature win at I-75 Speedway on Saturday.

The New Haven, Indiana driver started the race on the outside pole with his father, Joe, right behind him at fourth. At lap 16, Joe passed Pete for the lead. Both Wormcastles kept racing tight, with Pete stealing the lead back at lap 45, only to lose it again to Joe on lap 76. Much to his dismay, Joe's Witwer Construction Chevy broke several laps later.

"Dad was leading and something just happened to his motor all of a sudden," Pete said. "Chad Guinn was on the outside of me. I got in on the outside of my dad and pushed up a little bit and got inside of Guinn to grab the lead. I really have to thank Kyle Witwer for all of his support."

This is the second win in 2002 for the Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Team Witwer. Joe Wormcastle took home the checkered from the season-opener at Kentucky Speedway in May.

After leading for two laps after Joe's motor went sour, Chad Guinn fell to second place behind Pete, where he finished the race in the BFI-Northland Collision-Coastal Coating Services Ford.

"If we wouldn't have gotten into lapped traffic and the brakes would've stayed with us, I think we might have caught him," Guinn said confidently.

Guinn initially blew a head gasket during practice before the race, but his crew chief Chuck Carroll led the Erie, Michigan-based team and quickly replaced it prior to qualifying.

Columbus, Ohio Pro-4 veteran Bill Withers grabbed a third place finish in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines Ford. He was followed by the Tidewater Marketing-John Pierce Plumbing Ford of Fairfield, Ohio's Darren Jones at fourth. After qualifying at 10th, 2001 Rookie of the Year Brett Oakley brought home his second fifth-place finish in a row this year in the MARFLEX Products-Bales Motorsports Ford. Piloting the Pate Manufacturing Ford to sixth place, West Virginia's "Flyin'" Brian Rowe was the last truck to finish on the lead lap at I-75.

Old Milwaukee polesitter Brandon Knupp of Sidney, Ohio, took seventh in the Mark Knupp Muffler & Tire Ford, just enough to boost the young driver up to second place in the championship points chase. After breaking an engine last weekend at Ona and qualifying a disappointing 20th Saturday, Ed & Company Hard Charger Award Winner John Kasmierski managed an eighth place finish in the Pat & Dandy's Sports Pub-Mississippi Barbecue Sauce Ford.

Greenville, Ohio's Stan Maitlen scored his best finish of the season at ninth in the Maitlen Racing Ford, while Kevin Reeb finished at 10th in the Accurate Logistics Ford, the second top-10 finish this season for the North Baltimore, Ohio rookie.

The ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series heads next to its home track of Toledo Speedway on Friday, July 5, for a 50-lap event at the famous Northwest Ohio half mile.

Series Notes:

-With his victory on Saturday, Pete Wormcastle can now add his name to the All-Time Winners' List of the young Lincoln Welders Truck Series. (Wormcastle even had his favorite girls at I-75 Speedway the track with him to celebrate, his wife Jamie, and daughter Mary.) Other active drivers included on the list are Guinn (12), Slaughter (8), and with one each: Tully Esterline, Paul Hahn, John Kasmierski, Jeff Speakman, Jack Weethee, Joe Wormcastle, Bill Withers.

-The unofficial points standings in the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series championship points race are: 1. Chad Guinn (940); 2. ®Brandon Knupp (835); 3) Pete Wormcastle (795); 4. Darren Jones (785); 5. Brett Oakley, Jeff Speakman (780, tie); 7. Joe Wormcastle (760); 8. Bill Withers (740); 9. Eddy Adams, Kyle Witwer (725, tie); 11. Jack Weethee (720); 12. Paul Hahn (690); 13. ®Kevin Reeb (680); 14. Robbin Slaughter (675); 15. John Kasmierski, Mark Otting (660, tie); 17. Tully Esterline (630); 18. ®Steve Christman (515); 19. Stan Maitlen (485); 20. Brian Rowe (425); 21. Jeff Quiett (400); 22. Phil Bozell (220); 23. Jeff Wichmann (135).

-Sixteen-year-old Brandon Knupp isn't just running away with the rookie-of-the-year points chase. Just 105 points out of the lead, he's threatening the championship run of Chad Guinn, the top series rookie of 2000 . . . unofficial rookie points standings are as follows: 1. Brandon Knupp (835); 2. Kevin Reeb (680); 3. Steve Christman (515).

-A scenic venue is one thing! . . . Both of the past two tracks the traveling truck series has run -- Ona Speedway and I-75 Speedway -- were located in beautiful areas in the hills of West Virginia and Kentucky. However scenic they may be, neither entrance to either track was very conducive to hauler/motorhome traffic. As a matter of fact, several motorhomes pulling trailers got stuck leaving extremely foggy I-75 Saturday on the hilly roadway exit. Chad Guinn's crew actually had to get out and physically push their motorhome to get it unstuck, while Eddy Adams got help from Team Witwer, pulling his trailer to safety. The Bales Motorsports team was smart and left their tractor-trailer rig at home, opting for a much smaller mode of transportation to the elusive I-75 Speedway. Needless to say, the teams are all looking forward to the roomy Toledo Speedway event on July 5, with its concrete pit area and easy access to main roads!

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