Fredericktown Raceway report 2002-08-30

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- (August 30, 2002) Mike Hammerle snapped Chad Zobrist's winning streak at the Fredericktown Raceway Friday night as he sailed to his second feature win of the season at "The Rock." Zobrist finished the regularly scheduled ...

FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- (August 30, 2002) Mike Hammerle snapped Chad Zobrist's winning streak at the Fredericktown Raceway Friday night as he sailed to his second feature win of the season at "The Rock." Zobrist finished the regularly scheduled feature in second place with Dewayne Kieffer taking third, John Bohn fourth and Ronnie Jarrells fifth. They were followed by Mike Abney, Tony Boyle, Brad Long, Henry Nash and Brent Kreke.

However the feature may have taken a backseat to what happened in the dash. Abney was coming hard toward the front and was taking an outside line. As he exited turn two and headed down the back straight he slid into, then on top of the guardrail, taking out three billboards in the process. What could have been a nasty situation turned into a crowd pleasing, dazzling event as Abney brought his #11A not only back to the track without any problems he also continued right along in second place. But Abney would have one final memorable moment in that same dash. On the white flag lap, Abney was leading the race coming out of the final turn and headed towards the finish line when Hammerle made his move to the inside. In a sprint to the finish it was almost impossible to tell who won the race. It was first announced Hammerle won, but then they awarded the checkered flag on the back straight to Abney. A check of the video tape was inconclusive, but following a meeting track officials the majority felt Abney was the winner.

Bohn was the winner of the first heat race with Kieffer second and Kenny Rumble third. Zobrist won the second heat with Hammerle second and Abney third.

In the make-up feature from the previous Friday night, Zobrist blasted his way to another feature win with Hammerle taking second, Bohn third, Kieffer fourth and Abney fifth. They were followed by Rumble, Kreke, Boyle, Nash and Charlie Savage.

In the Pro Street class, Jeremy Greenwalt picked up only his second career feature win (first one was at the St. Francois County Raceway in 2000) and his first at the Fredericktown Raceway. Points leader Kasey Nations finished in second place with Rocky Stevens third, Nathan Gibson fourth and Brad Mashek fifth. They were followed by Brad McKinnon, Doug Savage, Chris Boyd, Randy Kueker and Rob Fortner. Savage won the first heat with Greenwalt second and Mark Howell third. Nations won the second heat with Gibson second and Stevens third. Savage won the dash with Gibson second and Greenwalt third.

In the make-up feature, Savage picked up the checkered flag with Greenwalt second, Nations third, Howell fourth and Mashek fifth. They were followed by Kueker, Kyle Stevens, Gibson, Fortner and McKinnon. In the Pure Street feature, Theran Pearl of Bismarck survived a caution flag plagued event to come away the winner. Lenny Terrell captured second place with Shawnda Bader third, Russell Mathews fourth and Brad Sutton fifth. They were followed by Pete Koenig, Charlie McDowell, Bryan King and J.J. Johnson. Koenig won the first heat with Pearl second and Bader third. Billy Kelley won the second heat with Terrell second and Sutton third. Koenig won the dash with Pearl second and Terrell third.

In the Pure Street make-up feature, Koenig was the winner with Kelley second, Pearl third, Leonard Betch fourth and Terrell fifth. They were followed by Brad Thurston, Bader, Bill Kenney, Kevin Dunn and Mathews. In the RAMS Mini Stock feature, Jathon Cruse of Farmington (who just the week before was crowned the 2002 RAMS Points Series champion) picked up the feature win with Marty Boyer second, Rick Ruch third, Rusty Voyles fourth and Shannon Burch fifth. They were followed by Jeff Gibson, Jimmy Hutchison, Dave Wofford and Kevin Buckley. Nick Payne finished sixth, but was disqualified for his #27 car being 20 pounds light. Burch won the first heat race with Ruch second and Wofford third. Boyer won the second heat with Cruse second and Buckley third. Boyer won the dash with Cruse second and Burch third.

In the make-up feature, Ruch was the winner with Cruse second, Keith Buckley third, Boyer fourth and Boyer fifth. They were followed by Gibson, Voyles, Burch, Wofford and Payne.

Racing action at the Fredericktown Raceway will continue this Friday night Sept. 6th with all four classes taking part (UMP Late Models, RAMS Mini Stocks, Pro Streets and Pure Streets). Then on Wednesday, Sept. 11th there will be a special show featuring the UMP Late Models and the UMP Modifieds with $1,500 to win for the late models and $600 to win for the modifieds. For more information phone (573) 760-1319 or (573) 78DRIVE.

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