Big Diamond MACS race report 2002-08-04

Jack Pencil takes the field to school in MACS Big Diamond win. Whitmoyer tops Sportsman; Hendricks refuses RR claim, gives win (and maybe track title) to Ulsh. Minersville, PA - August 4 - Jack Pencil of Bedford, PA, claimed...

Jack Pencil takes the field to school in MACS Big Diamond win.
Whitmoyer tops Sportsman; Hendricks refuses RR claim, gives win (and maybe track title) to Ulsh.

Minersville, PA - August 4 - Jack Pencil of Bedford, PA, claimed Sunday's Mid-Atlantic Championship Series, Black Gold 50, at Fritz and Joanne Roehrig's Big Diamond Raceway. Jack, 38, had the field covered claiming his first win with the Series this season. The twelve-year veteran claimed the $5,000 winner's share from the $25,000 total purse. Jack drives a Rocket Grand Prix, powered by a 430-Semco Chevrolet, mounted with AFCO shocks, and clad with American Racer Tires. His supporters are R&L Insulation and Abatement; Thomas Dealerships; Baker Body Center; Keller Engineering; Ramada Inn; Stoystown Auto Wreckers and Nationwide Insurance.

In the Sportsman 20-lap Main it was Craig Whitmoyer of Hamburg, PA, taking his sixth win of the year in the Reppert Automotive 99. In the Roadrunners, Doug Hendricks of Auburn, PA, added what appeared to be his tenth win of the season, but he refused to accept the track's $600 claim of his engine and drive line, and the win went to Rodney Ulsh of Summit Station, PA.

Pencil and Chuck Harper (Beverly, WV) drew the front row for the 8-lap MACS Placement Dash, which was comprised of the fastest eight drivers transferring from the heats to the A Main. Eventual Dash winner, Scott Haus (Hamburg, PA), was mired in seventh. Harper led the first three circuits before Haus using every ounce of available track surface gained the lead on lap 4 in a thrilling driving effort. Once gaining the lead, Haus went on to claim the win over Pencil, Harper, fast timer Tom Myers (Greencastle, PA), Chris Shuey (Orefield, PA), David Scott (Garland, PA), Billy Wampler (York Haven, PA), and Sonny Conley (New Martinsville, WV).

The 24-car field came trackside for 50-lap A Main with Haus and Pencil pacing the field. Pencil quickly assumed the lead with Haus tucked neatly behind followed by Myers, Harper, and Scott. Pencil's pace was so stout that he was in lapped traffic by lap 7. The first of three cautions waved on lap eight as second place contender, Haus looped his mount amidst lapped cars. With the field regrouped Pencil was now challenged by Scott who was followed by Myers, Harper, and Doug Drown (Wooster, OH) from ninth.

Harper's run was extinguished just one circuit later as he limped off of turn two with a broken axle. With Harper's departure, the reorder top five now included Wampler in fifth. Pencil bolted away from the pack once again only to have the third and final caution fly on lap 12 for a multi-car incident including Eric Hons (Benton, PA), Denny Chamberlain (Lost Creek, WV), George Fultz Beech Creek, PA), and Chris Shuey. Hons and Shuey were forced to retire.

On the restart, Scott was pressed right against Pencil's rear bumper, determined not to let the leader slip away this time. Pencil fired at the cone with Scott, Myers, Drown and Dan Stone (Thompson, PA) all in tow. With halfway being shown, Pencil was still on point as he engaged heavy lapped traffic. Scott would no sooner gain ground on the leader, than Pencil would knock-off another lapped car.

With just ten laps remaining Pencil was swamped with lapped traffic dicing through them all the while maintaining his lead over the persistent Scott as he looked for the slightest glimmer of daylight to catch the leader. Undaunted, Jack just kept his pace and momentum the rest of the way to the checkers taking the win over Scott, Myers, Drown and Jim Bernheisel (Lebanon, PA), from twentieth.

Finishing in sixth through tenth were local modified standout Duane Howard (Oley, PA), from eleventh; Dan Stone, after being assessed a penalty for jumping the final restart; Haus; Mike Johnson (Imperial, PA), from nineteenth; and Chamberlain, from sixteenth. Hoosier Tire/Stan Hover Racing heat #1 went to Pencil; WRISCO Industries heat #2 was won by Haus; Lias Tire Racing Division/American Racer heat #3 was won by Billy Wampler. Mike Johnson won the Bazell Oil B Main.

Craig Whitmoyer is usually forced to battle from the rear of the field in the Sportsman features, but they drew for starting spots in their heats and started straight up in the 20-lap feature. Whitmoyer won his heat and started second in the main event. Craig jumped to the lead, past pole sitter Gary Wagner, Jr. (Womelsdorf, PA) on lap 1. Wagner held second but Donn Edgar (Lehighton, PA) was biding his time and finally moved to second on lap five. Edgar closed up on Whitmoyer but patiently sat back studying the leader's line. By mid-race Edgar began feeling pressure from Modified regular Kyle Weiss (Hamburg, PA0 and Billy Moyer, Jr. (Pine Grove, PA).

They stayed that way with Shawn Fitzpatrick (Pottsville, PA) and Ricky Rutt (Phillipsburg, NJ) dropping Moyer out of the top five on lap 15. Just when is looked like Edgar was ready to make his strong run, he lost the handle of his 30 and spun in turn two on lap 19 with Fitzpatrick also spinning as cars got together trying to avoid Edgar. That moved Kyle Weiss in the Daryl Dissinger 21K to second but Whitmoyer was not to be stopped. Weiss finished second followed by Rutt, Moyer and URC Sprint regular, Matt Gerber (Allentown, PA). Tom Brennan (Pottsville, PA) finished sixth trailed by Lance Hoch (Topton, PA), Gary Wagner, Tom Miller of Gilbertsville, PA and Tony Dinatale (Reading, PA). Heat winners were Wagner and Whitmoyer. Derek Bender (Tremont, PA) led the opening lap of the roadrunner feature but Doug Hendricks moved from his ninth starting spot to the lead on lap two. Rodney Ulsh, who ironically was disqualified on Friday in post race inspections, moved to second on lap 4 but he had nothing for Hendricks. Hendricks won over Ulsh but following the race Hendricks refused the $600 claim on his engine and drive train, disqualifying him, not only from the race, but for the season. Thus Ulsh took the win over Chris Eckert (Auburn, PA), Bender, Rick Bixler (Tower City, PA) and Corey Renninger (Llewellyn, PA). Eckert and Bixler were running Selinsgrove legal cars that were permitted to race in the open show.

The MACS Calico Coatings (Denver, NC) "Hard Charger" was Jim Bernheisel. He received a $75.00 gift certificate from Calico for his efforts. Pencil added to his bounty as he received a $125.00 gift certificate also from Calico. Additionally, Mike Lupfer received $50.00 gift certificate from Calico as the first driver not to transfer to the A Main.

Other special MACS contingencies, ATL Fuel Cells (NJ) is providing a $50.00 gift certificate to the winner, Pencil. ATL Fuel Cells awarded the winner of the B Main, Johnson, a $100.00 gift certificate. Design 500 (WA) awarded a $50.00 gift certificate to Bernheisel for finishing fifth in the A Main.

The MACS' JRC winner was 3 year old, John Heaton, Yardley , PA. He was escorted to victory lane to greet Jack and had his picture taken with the feature winner in addition to receiving a MACS JRC T-shirt and Decal, as well as, apparel from Hoosier Tire Ohio Valley/Stan Hover Racing and American Racer, Lias Tire Racing Division.

MACS FACTS:

Three Heats were held for 30 drivers from five states including: Maryland, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia It was Pencils' first win of the season and career second with the Series. There have been 48 different winners thus far in 115 events There have been seven winners in nine events. Booper Bare; Bart Hartman; Hitt (3); John Mason, Jack Pencil; David Scott; and Paul Wilmoth The feature field contained 7 previous MACS A Main winners The event took 28:12 minutes Pencil's last win with the Series was September 17, 1999 at Bedford Speedway, Bedford, PA Jack "The Flying School Teacher" Pencil (PA) currently leads the point battle by 46 points over Denny Chamberlain 235 different drivers from eleven states have participated with MACS thus far in eight events of the season.

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