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Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: April 26 results (published April 27) STARS: Moran wins at WVMS for second in a row HAV-A-TAMPA: Rain postpones Little Rock, Ark., event =================================== SHORT TRACK AUTO RACING STARS (STARS) Hartley Oil Companies 40
MINERAL WELLS, W.Va. (Saturday) Polesitter Donnie Moran, continuing to warm up after a slow start in 1997, held off Bart Hartman's late charge at West Virginia Motor Speedway for his second consecutive STARS victory.
Moran led all but the first two laps of the 40-lapper for this third series victory at the 5/8-mile oval and his 56th career STARS win. Moran dominated Friday's 40-lapper at Cumberland (Md.) Raceway, and led late in the Hav-A-Tampa Dirt Racing Series event last Saturday at Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway before settling for second behind Billy Moyer.
At WVMS, Hartman finished second on the track he's virtually dominated the past two seasons while Steve Francis, Davey Johnson and Rick Eckert rounded out the top five. Todd Andrews, Delmas Conley (who started 22nd), Mike Balzano, R.J. Conley and Steve Shaver finished sixth through 10th on a cool evening in northwestern West Virginia.
"I knew coming to this race even before we got here, (Hartman would) be the one you'd have to beat to win the race," Moran said. "He's the one man to beat down here."
And Hartman reminded Moran of that during a caution with nine laps remaining, pulling alongside Moran in Turn 2 to give the leader a glimpse of Hartman's bright yellow No. 75, which was in second place.
"It's just like, 'Hey, look who's beside you buddy, it's me and you,' " Hartman said of his jaunt up alongside Moran under caution. "Me and Donnie like to have a lot of fun with each other .... it's good when two boys can go off from the same town and finish first and second, whether it's him winning or me winning, I'd rather it've been me, but it was him tonight."
On the final restart, Hartman and Francis made their strongest run at Moran, but the driver of the No. 99 gradually pulled away and won by about half a straightaway.
"I really thought I had my best shot that last restart with Donnie," said Hartman, who started inside the sixth row. "My stuff just didn't fire the way I thought it would and I couldn't get up underneath him. If I could've got up underneath him I think I could've got him, but he'd be tough to keep back there."
Moran knew he was fortunate to beat Hartman, who won a STARS and Hav-A-Tampa event at WVMS last year, as well as finishing second in another STARS event and leading 50 laps of the second Hav-A-Tampa race on the monster oval.
"He had to start (in) back, he might've used up a little bit, and we got to start up front and didn't have to," Moran said. "So that could've made a little difference. but the car worked good, real good."
CAR COUNT: 44 late models (feature results official; preliminary results unofficial).
FAST QUALIFIER: Davey Johnson.
FAST DASH (six laps; sets first three rows of feature): Donnie Moran, Mike Johnson, Charlie Swartz, Davey Johnson, Jason Minnite, Mike Benedum.
FIRST HEAT (10 laps; top four advance): Rick Eckert, Gary Stuhler, Mike Balzano, Henry Hornsby, Scott Hartley, Andy Bond, Kenny Johnson, Mike Faykus, Larry Bond, Jeff Yeager, Steve Burnside.
SECOND HEAT: Steve Francis, Bart Hartman, Todd Andrews, Rod Conley, Steve Shaver, Delmas Conley, Chuck Harper, Cortney Clewell, Kenny Compton Jr., J.R. Simmons, Jim Mazur.
THIRD HEAT: C.S. Fitzgerald, Steve Lucas, Tim Hitt, R.J. Conley, Ryan Markham, Barry Bragdon, Tye Long, Ernie Davis, Brian Eaton, Tim Harsh, Barry Thieman, Dave Hilton.
CONSOLATION (15 laps; top four advance): Steve Shaver, Scott Hartley, Andy Bond, Delmas Conley, Ryan Markham, Barry Bragdon, Ernie Davis, Kenny Johnson, Mike Faykus, Chuck Harper, Tye Long, Larry Bond, Tim Harsh, Cortney Clewell, Brian Eaton, Dave Hilton, Barry Thieman, Steve Burnside, Jim Mazur (J.R. Simmons scratched).
FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., hometown, chassis, laps) 1. Donnie Moran (99), Dresden, Ohio, MasterSbilt, 40, $6,000 2. Bart Hartman (75), Zanesville, Ohio, MasterSbilt, 40 3. Steve Francis (15), Ashland, Ky., Rocket, 40 4. Davey Johnson (1j), Greensburg, Pa., Bullitt, 40 5. Rick Eckert (24), York, Pa., Rayburn, 40 6. Todd Andrews (42), Duke Center, Pa., Bullitt, 40 7. Delmas Conley (71), Wheelersburg, Ohio, Rocket, 40 8. Mike Balzano (E1), Parkersburg, W.Va., Rocket, 40 9. R.J. Conley (71c), Wheelersburg, Ohio, Rocket, 40 10. Steve Shaver (30), Parkersburg, W.Va., Rayburn, 40 11. Mike Johnson (2j), Imperial, Pa., Bullitt, 40 12. Rod Conley (71r), Wheelersburg, Ohio, Rocket, 40 13. Steve Lucas (5L), Tyler Mountain, W.Va., Rocket, 40 14. Henry Hornsby (39), Beckley, W.Va., Rocket, 40 15. C.S. Fitzgerald (100), Lexington, Va., Barry Wright, 40 16. Andy Bond (A10), Coolville, Ohio, Rayburn, 39 17. Barry Bragdon (77), Wheelersburg, Ohio, Rocket, 39 18. Mike Benedum (25), Bristol, W.Va., Rocket, 39 19. Jeff Yeager (1jj), Clarksburg, W.Va., Rocket, 39 20. Charlie Swartz (1), Ashland, Ky., Rayburn, 39, oil leakage 21. Scott Hartley (32), Ravenswood, W.Va., Rocket, 37 22. Jason Minnite (21), Parkersburg, W.Va., Rocket, 36, tire 23. Larry Bond (10B), Coolville, Ohio, Rayburn, 34, wheel 24. Tim Hitt (68), Weston, W.Va., Rocket, 16, accident 25. Gary Stuhler (19), Greencastle, Pa., 9, engine
NOTES: Mike Johnson led the feature's first two laps but faded gradually throughout the race to finish 11th .... Scott Hartley was forced to the infield during the feature with dirt-filled eyes when a rock broke the hinge of his helmet's face shield, and he lost two laps before he could use duct tape to repair it .... Tim Hitt smacked the Turn 2 wall hard on the 16th lap and severely damaged the right side of his No. 68 .... Gary Stuhler lost a motor and ended a four-race streak of top-five STARS finishes .... Steve Shaver drove a yellow No. 30 .... Shaver had the fourth and final transfer spot locked up in the second heat, but he got too high between turns 3 and 4 and Rod Conley slipped past .... Mike Benedum spun in the dash between turns 1 and 2, but it didn't draw a yellow flag and he rejoined the race .... five late models carrying the No. 10 compete regularly at WVMS .... Jeff Wood of Athens, Ohio, blew an engine in hot laps .... Cortney Clewell was driving a car formerly owned by Bart Hartman .... Rick Eckert is showing the beginnings of a goatee .... the track's regular NASCAR Winston Racing Series late models also ran a feature, with Jeff Yeager winning .... most of those cars were also in STARS competition .... while Friday's feature at Cumberland Raceway was over before 10 p.m., STARS late models didn't begin their heat races until nearly 10 p.m. at WVMS .... Saturday's feature ended at about 12:30 a.m. .... check out the new WVMS web site at <www.wvmsrace.com>.
NEXT STARS RACE: May 2-3, Cherokee Speedway, Gaffney, S.C., "Spring Fling 80," $10,000 to win.
CREDIT: Todd Turner <DirtNews@aol.com> of DirtNews Digest. ------------------------------------------------------------- HAV-A-TAMPA DIRT RACING SERIES GRT 100
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Saturday) Rain on Friday and Saturday forced postponement of the GRT 100 at I-30 Speedway, and the race has been rescheduled as a one-day event that will kickoff of a six-race series swing over nine days at the beginning of August. The Hav-A-Tampa cars will make up the Little Rock race Aug. 1 in a race paying $10,000 to the winner.
The I-30 event will lead off a string of races that heads to Paducah, Ky., (Aug. 2), Haubstadt, Ind. (Aug. 3), LaSalle, Ill. (Aug. 5) and Beaver Dam, Wis. (Aug. 6) before culminating with the $30,000-to-win USA National 100 at Cedar Lake Speedway in Somerset, Wis., on Aug. 8-9.
Billy Moyer's possible attempt to become the first series driver in more than two years to win three series races in a row will be put off until next weekend in Meridian, Miss. Moyer collected more than $30,000 in his last two Hav-A-Tampa victories, winning at his hometown track at Batesville, Ark., on April 12, and at Brownstown, Ind., on April 19.
NEXT HAV-A-TAMPA RACE: May 2-3, Whynot Speedway, Meridian, Miss., $15,000 to win.
HAV-A-TAMPA POINT STANDINGS (through eight of 32 races): Billy Moyer 1,259; Freddy Smith 1,241; Wendell Wallace 1,174; Clint Smith 1,100; Dale McDowell 1,089, Donnie Moran 1,052, Johnny Virden 1,030, Steve Russell 993, Bill Frye 965, Marshall Green 960. -------------------------------------------------------------