Hesston, PA– The Hesston Speedway will honor the region’s top 50 racers at the Eighth Annual Hesston Speedway Awards Banquet January 19 at the Casino in Lakemont, Altoona. Hesston Speedway Promoters Butch and Linda Grubb have released the official points standings and some statistics from the 2001 season.
“ In spite of the weather, we had some tremendous racing this season and we congratulate all of our race teams. While the top ten in each class get the trophies and points money, each and every team and all of the sponsors deserve credit for a great season,” said Butch Grubb.
The 2001 Hesston Speedway Champions are Brad Houck of Waynesboro in the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model division, Vincent Snyder of Lewistown in the Grubb Lumber 305 Sprints, John Bookwalter of McConnellstown in the Shellbrook Stables Street Stocks, Ronald Beam Jr. of Blairs Mills in the Metzler Bros. Transport Four-Cylinder Pure Stocks, and Robert Goss of Mill Creek in the Chet Grove’s Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks.
The Hesston Speedway scheduled 21 races in 2001 and five were complete rainouts while two others were partial rainouts with incomplete races that were made up in following weeks. Sixteen races were completed in the regular divisions and the bi-weekly 305 PA Sprints completed nine races. The first and last races were not for points.
Brad Houck earned his fourth championship with three wins in the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models. Waylon Wagner also won three features but veteran Houck earned 447 points with more heat wins and consistent front five finishes. Tom Eriksen and Rick Singleton each won two features.
Six drivers won a single late model feature each and defending champion Dwayne Taneyhill took second overall with 380 points but didn’t win a feature. Winners of one late model feature were Tim Smith, Carl Billett, Rance Garlock, Shawn Bilger, Bob Briggs, and Mike Shoemaker.
Vince Snyder of Lewistown in his #15 Grubb Lumber 305 PA Sprint won two features and earned 267 points while Todd Lynn of Hollidaysburg also won two features and earned 253 points. Joe Davis of Lewistown, champion in 1999, had two wins and single win drivers were JR Fogelsonger, Shawn Howe, and Ryan Lynn.
John Bookwalter of McConnellstown took his second Shellbrook Stables Street Stock championship by three points in a season-long thriller series with past champion Harry Smith of Huntingdon. Bookwalter finished with 493 points to Smith’s 490. Bookwalter won four features, and Smith won six. Rookie Darin Hoover won three features while Jerry Bookwalter won two and veteran Bill Heffner won his first feature ever.
In a father and son season long battle for the Metzler Bros. Transport Four-Cylinder Pure Stock title Ron Beam Jr. of Blairs Mills beat his dad and defending champion Ron Beam Sr. of Alexandria with 519 points to his dad’s 486. Ron Beam Jr. won six features. Dad Ron Sr. won two, but often finished second behind his son. Ray Moore of Groundhog Valley won three features including two on the same night! John Kuhns, Larry Duvall and Dave Staley each won a feature.
Robert“ Robbie” Goss of Mill Creek claimed his second championship in the Chet Grove’s Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks with 439 points to 419 to Gary Morder in second for the season. Goss won two features in the highly competitive budget level racing division. Ten drivers won features in 16 events and the hobby stocks raced until July 28 without a repeat winner. Goss had two wins. Wayne Bunn won three including the final no-points feature. Gary Morder, Cris Edwards and Daren Desch also won two features. Jerry Bookwalter, Jr. Guyer, Joe DeArmitt, Bill DeArmitt and Jeff Morder each won one feature.
“ Without our division, race and trophy sponsors we would not be able to put on such a thrilling program, and we will recognize all of them at the banquet,” Linda Grubb said.“ And we hope that those teams that didn’t make the top ten this year will also enjoy the banquet and awards ceremony.”
‘ Marie as Reba McEntire’ will be the headline performer at the Banquet. She has been called the best Reba impersonator in the United States and appeared with the real Reba numerous times. The Second Edition band’s dance music plays following the driver awards.
The Hesston Speedway is located just north of Route 26 opposite to the Seven Points access to Lake Raystown. It's about five miles south of Route 22 in Huntingdon and 45 miles north on Routes 30W and 26 from the Breezewood Exit 12 of the PA Turnpike. For information call the track at 814-658-2823.