FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- (Sept 13, 2002) Going into the final night of racing action at the Fredericktown Raceway, Mike Hammerle had already wrapped up the UMP Late Model track championship, but three other titles were still up for grabs. In the...
FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. -- (Sept 13, 2002) Going into the final night of racing action at the Fredericktown Raceway, Mike Hammerle had already wrapped up the UMP Late Model track championship, but three other titles were still up for grabs.
In the most hottly contested class, Brad Mashek led Kasey Nations by only 24 points going into the final night of competition. Nations did everything he could to spoil Mashek's night (by winning the first heat race, the trophy dash and the feature), but it wasn't enough to overtake Mashek. In the feature, Mashek captured second place with Rocky Stevens third, Nathan Gibson fourth and Mark Howell fifth. They were followed by Zack Parks, James Miller and Greg Stumbaugh.
Mashek's track championship occurred just a few weeks after picking up his first career feature win at Fredericktown. But when he stepped from his car into the limelight on the front straight Friday night it was obvious this was an evening he will never forget.
Nations won the first heat with Stumbaugh second and Mashek third. The second heat went to Mashek with Nations second and Gibson third. Nations was awarded the "trophy dash" victory for the best overall finish of the two heats.
In the Pure Street class, Theran Pearl of Bismarck captured his second consecutive track championship at "The Rock." On this night, Theran did it in style as he started on the back of the pack in the feature race and made his way through traffic to take the checkered flag.
Billy Kelley finished second in the feature with Ray Dodd third, Leonard Betch fourth and Russell Matthews fifth. They were followed by Bryan King, Bill Kinney, Brad Sutton, Brad Thurston and Ron London. Darrell Jarrett won the first heat with Kinney second and Thurston third. Kelley won the second heat with Betch second and King third. Kelley won the trophy dash with Betch second and Thurston third. Jarrett was involved in a spectacular accident during the dash, but escaped uninjured.
In the RAMS Mini Stock class, Jathon Cruse of Farmington capped off a spectacular season by winning the feature race and sealing the 2002 track championship. Cruse powered his way past Rick Ruch of Perryville in the feature with Marty Boyer third, Dave Wofford fourth and Keith Buckley fifth. They were followed by Jeff Gibson, Jon Reando (a 13-year-old making his first-race appearance in his car), Rusty Voyles and Phil Hannah.
Cruse recently was crowned as the inaugural RAMS Points Series champion for the 2002 season.
Ruch won the first heat with Boyer second and Cruse third. Cruse won the second heat with Ruch second and Boyer third. Ruch was the "trophy dash" winner for the best overall finish of the two heat races.
In the final race of the 2002 season, Chad Zobrist once again drove his black #78 UMP Late Model to victory lane in the feature with Kenny Rumble second, Ronnie Jarrells third, Henry Nash fourth and Brad Long fifth. They were followed by Mike Abney, Mike Hammerle, Rodney Pense and Michael Kloos.
Rumble won the first heat with Jarrells second and Kloos third. Abney won the second heat with Zobrist second and Long third. Rumble won the trophy dash with Zobrist second and Jarrells third.
The season comes to a close at the Fredericktown Raceway with only the post-season banquet remaining on the track's agenda. The exact date of the event has not been set, but it will occur in November.