Hesston race report 2002-07-13

The Bookwalter Family gave strong performances during the feature races Saturday night in the Bumgardner&Flasher Oil Company Trophy Night. "Hollywood" Rick Bookwalter driving the ...

The Bookwalter Family gave strong performances during the feature races Saturday night in the Bumgardner&Flasher Oil Company Trophy Night.

"Hollywood" Rick Bookwalter driving the #001 car took advantage of the pole position during the Goshorn's Racing Supply 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Feature race to captured the checkered flag. However, Bookwalter felt the heat from Raymond Moore in the #48 car and last week's feature winner Larry Duvall in the #11 car. Moore and Duvall finished second in the feature.

Rounding out the top five were Kirk Knable and Gary Garner.

John Bookwalter, who over the last three weeks has finished no worst than second, fought past pole-sitter Jake Griffith in the Grubb Lumber Street Stock Feature to take his sixth feature event of the season.

Griffith held off Bookwalter throughout the first five laps of the feature, but as the two drivers headed into turn one of the sixth lap, Bookwalter dropped down and was able to get inside of Griffith to take the lead. Jerry, Dan and Jim Bookwalter rounded out the top five finishing third fourth and fifth. Griffith managed to hold off the Bookwalters for second place. John Bookwalter continues to lead the division in the current point standings with 368.

In the Sheehan Motors PA 305 Sprints Feature, Joe Davis of Lewistown returned to victory lane after a month layoff. Davis, was able to go from start to finish in the lead spot while holding off Todd Lynn in the #23 car. It was Davis' third feature win at Hesston this season.

"The track was the way I like it tonight, dry and smooth," noted Davis.

"I knew I had to keep low to keep Todd from taking the lead. This was a very good win for us."

Finishing third was Shawn Howe, fourth was Cris Meleason and fifth was Nathan Gramley, who was the feature winner two weeks ago.

In the Chet Grove's Car Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock Division Feature, Terry Norris won his third race of the season by holding off Fred Noll the entire race. Norris and Noll were one and two through the 20-lap event. "Fred raced me clean tonight," Norris said. "The track was in excellent condition and we had no problems with the car. The crew did very well in getting it ready for this week."

Noll finsihed second followed by Rick Hamer, Bill Replogle and Joe DeArmitt rounding out the top five.

During the 20-lap Shellbrooke Stables Pure Stock Division Feature event, Tim Smith and Waylon Wagner battled for what could be the outright lead in the division point standing. Smith won the battle for his seventh win of the year.

The two drivers stayed close to one another through most of the first 13 laps of the race. However, Wagner tried to head for the pit area off of turn four and hit Bill Billet in the #22 car. Wagner was not charged with the caution due to Corey Houck had spun out in turn two before the Wagner and Billet collision. Howver, he did have to go to the back of the field after going into the pits.

"I think getting the right tire combination was the big thing," Smith said of the victory. " I knew I had to take care of the bottom and he (Wagner) was not able to take me on the outside."

Herb Taneyhill was second, with Billet third, Dave Sokoioski was fourth and last week's feature winner Brad Kling was fifth.

Racing continues Saturday, July 20, with the Brenneman's Meat Market Trophy Night with four division's racing.

Gates open at 5 p,m. and heat races start at 7 p.m.

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Series Sprint , Stock car