Hesston Speedway report 2001-08-04

Hesston, PA - Racing started in tears and ended in rain Saturday night at the Hesston Speedway as Bill DeArmitt of Hesston R.D. beat his uncle Joe DeArmitt by inches in the opening Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited feature and Todd Lynn of Hollidaysburg...

Hesston, PA - Racing started in tears and ended in rain Saturday night at the Hesston Speedway as Bill DeArmitt of Hesston R.D. beat his uncle Joe DeArmitt by inches in the opening Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited feature and Todd Lynn of Hollidaysburg took his first win of the year in the Grubb Lumber 305 PA Sprints after rain halted the action at ten laps complete.

The night's three remaining features for the Paul Busko Memorial trophies will be made up in the coming weeks. The Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models, Shellbrook Stables V-8 Street Stocks and Metzler Bros. Transport 4-Cylinder Pure Stocks all have fields qualified and lineups posted from the night's heat races.

Next Saturday is Eichelberger Heating and Air Conditioning Trophy Night with the annual Street Stock Special set for 20 laps, a money-added purse based on registrations, and 50 bonus points to each street stock entered.

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 or email hesston@penn.com.

Nearly 100 happy youngsters were winners in the annual Kid's Bike Race. All of them received ribbons and T-shirts from sponsor Donoughe Sports of Gallitzin, manufacturers of quality athletic clothing and promotional items. First across the finish line on the front stretch in their various age groups were Ridge Bookwalter, 4; Atalie Yingling, 7; Garrett Watkins, 8; Ethan Goss, 9; Landon Yingling, 11; and Waylon Corbin, 13.

The tearful first heat of the night started with Cars Unlimited points leader Gary Morder in the lead but he and another car bumped on the front stretch and Morder's #151 tripped over a loose bumper and flipped end over end.

Bill DeArmitt in his #68 took the lead on the third hobby stock restart and led all six miles to the checkers. Only one caution in the final eight laps regrouped the full field of full-size economy racecars. Joe DeArmitt, who won his first ever Hesston feature three weeks ago, started fifteenth and took over second on lap ten. In the final dash from turn four to the finish line he pulled alongside his nephew but finished second by about a foot.

The hobby stock heat winners were Keith Russell, Bill DeArmitt and Mike Barto and Terry Norris won the consi. The front ten finishers were Bill DeArmitt, Joe DeArmitt, Rick Potter, Robbie Goss, Keith Russell, Brian Ayers, Raymond Fisher, Terry Wagner, Bill Replogle, Gary Morder.

The Grubb Lumber Sprints started with a crash when Brian Switzer flipped onto his wing off the turn three wall. It ended with Todd Lynn firmly in control as Vince Snyder and Joe Zapp raced hard for second place. Zapp spun in turn four on lap ten and while under caution the thunderstorm forced promoters Butch and Linda Grubb to call the race complete at ten laps.

Lynn and Snyder won the heats and the front ten finishers were Lynn, Snyder, Scott Ellerman, Rod Peters, Rob Mellott, Shawn Howe, Nathan Gramley, Jim Rauch, George Johnston visiting from the Virginia Sprint Series, and Jeff Taylor.

Bob Briggs and Tom Eriksen won the Stultz & Brown Late Model heats and Briggs will start the feature on the pole. John Bookwalter, Harry Smith and Darin Hoover won the street stock heats and Smith will start that feature makeup on the pole while Bookwalter starts tenth as handicap for winning the previous feature. Dave Staley won the first pure stock heat to earn the pole position, and Ron Beam Jr. won the second heat.

FINISH ORDER:

Grubb Lumber 305 PA Sprints - Todd Lynn, Vince Snyder, Scott Ellerman, Rod Peters, Rob Mellott, Shawn Howe, Nathan Gramley, Jim Rauch, George Johnston, Jeff Taylor, Jamie Estep, Jim Lender, Tom Worrick, J.R. Fogelsonger, Joe Zapp, Jason Shultz, Ryan Lynn, Brian Switzer, Tim Bilger.

Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock - Bill DeArmitt, Joe DeArmitt, Rick Potter, Robbie Goss, Keith Russell, Brian Ayers, Raymond Fisher, Terry Wagner, Bill Replogle, Gary Morder, Jr. Guyer, Darin Desch, Rick Hamer, Joe Baker, Matt Mellott, Terry Norris, Mike Barto, Ben Gutshall, Brandon Clinger, Fred Noll, Ken Singer, Cris Edwards, Tim Snare, Jessie Snyder.

-HS

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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers John George