Hesston Speedway race report 2001-08-11

First Time Winners Take Hesston Feature Thrillers Hesston, PA - Darin Hoover of Huntingdon made his first ever visit to the Hesston Speedway victory lane Saturday night as winner of the biggest race of the season for the Shellbrook Stables V-8...

First Time Winners Take Hesston Feature Thrillers

Hesston, PA - Darin Hoover of Huntingdon made his first ever visit to the Hesston Speedway victory lane Saturday night as winner of the biggest race of the season for the Shellbrook Stables V-8 Street Stocks. The rookie driver was speechless until reminded to thank his sponsors and crew while collecting his Eichelberg's Heating and Air Conditioning trophy.

Past champion Bob Briggs of Huntingdon won his first of the year in a make up of the August 4 Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model feature that rained out and pointed out that division sponsor Stultz & Brown is also a major sponsor of his #12 Pontiac.

Dave Staley of Mapleton completed a comeback after his #94 was destroyed just a month before by winning his first feature of the year in the Metzler Bros. Transport Four-cylinder Pure Stocks with a new car.

The night's second limited late model feature win went to Waylon Wagner of McVeytown for his fourth feature win of the year, and Wayne Bunn of Mill Creek won his second feature and the third for his car in the Chet Groves Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks. The night's first pure stock feature, held over from August 4, went to points leader Ron Beam Jr. of Blairs Mills.

Next Saturday night the 305 PA Sprints return for their bi-weekly visit and Rodland's Crank Grinding Service & Automotive Machine Shop of Tyrone will sponsor trophies for all five divisions. The following Saturday, August 25, is Pepsi night with trophies sponsored by Garlock's Used Cars and Storage Units of Orbisonia and an autograph session scheduled. The final points race of the season scheduled is Humane Society Night on Sept. 1 and that night includes a 30 lap special for the Grubb Lumber Sprints.

Bob Briggs, who has been running strong for most of the season, took the lead from Tom Eriksen when Eriksen went to the rear for jumping a restart midway through the makeup late model feature. Only one caution slowed the action and Briggs outdistanced Waylon Wagner by several car lengths through the final ten non-stop laps.

Briggs and Eriksen had won the heats the week before and with the lineup already set the feature opened the show before the night's regular heat races. The front ten finishers were Briggs, Wagner, Brad Houck, Bob Dunn, Dave Swanger, Dwayne Taneyhill, Herb Taneyhill, Tom Eriksen, Mike Ash, and Bill Henney.

Tom Eriksen and Waylon Wagner won the ten-car heats for the night's second late model feature and Wagner passed Eriksen on lap five to lead the rest of the way for his fourth win. Amid lapped cars Jason Covert passed to leave Eriksen in third on lap 18 and the balance of the front ten finishers were Rusty Sites, Dwayne Taneyhill, Darrell Kendall, Bob Briggs, Allen Lemin, Brad Houck, and Dave Swanger.

The 20 lap Shellbrook Stables Street Stock special field lost three cars on the first two attempts to start the feature and Mike Swanger, who started his #20 on the pole, led the first eight laps while rookie Darin Hoover worked out a fast line past heat winner Tom Beals. Hoover clinched the lead spot on lap ten and won by half a length ahead of Jim Bookwalter. Swanger, Beals and Hoover won the heats. The front ten finishers were Hoover, Jim Bookwalter, Dave Brown, Harry Smith, Dan Bookwalter, Mike Swanger, Russ Hamer, Brian Helsley, Jerry Bookwalter, and Tim Brindle.

The first of the night's four-cylinder features was a given for Ron Beam Jr. after first half leader Rick Bookwalter's #001 broke down on the front stretch. Beam held off Dave Staley and Kirk Knable to the finish through two cautions and restarts. Beam and Staley had won the heats the week before and started on the front row but Bookwalter took the lead on lap one. The front ten finishers were Beam Jr., Staley, Knable, Ray Moore, Jeff Justice, Julie Hampton, Max Hampton, Sam Smith, Ron Beam Sr. and Brian Miller.

With the younger Beam relegated to start tenth as handicap for winning the preceding feature, Dave Staley got ahead of his father, Ron Beam Sr. on the first lap and outran the older Beam and then Larry Duvall to the finish. Debris on the track forced a one-lap final dash to the checkered flag and the first nine across the finish line on the lead lap were Staley, Duvall, Ron Beam Jr., Kirk Knable, Max Hampton, Julie Hampton, Shawn Moore, Melvin McCartney, Norm Beam. The Beam father and son won the heats.

Sixteen of the full field of Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks finished on the lead lap and past champion Wayne Bunn led all the way as cars behind him crashed, jumped over the banks and broke down. The heat winners were Bill DeArmitt, Bunn and Gary Morder and Bunn started on the pole because DeArmitt was handicapped to tenth for winning the week before. The front ten finishers were Bunn, Gary Morder, Jr. Guyer, Robbie Goss, Tim Snare, Joe DeArmitt, Terry Wagner, Cris Edwards, Bill DeArmitt, and Bill Replogle.

All six features were completed in spite of several lengthy cautions and two precautionary red flags as medical personnel checked drivers for injuries shortly after 11 p.m.

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.

FEATURE FINISH ORDER

Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model (Aug. 4) - Bob Briggs, Waylon Wagner, Brad Houck, Bob Dunn, Dave Swanger, Dwayne Taneyhill, Herb Taneyhill, Tom Eriksen, Mike Ash, Bill Henney, Jeff Kendall, Ryan Garlock, Shawn Bilger.

Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model (Aug. 11) - Waylon Wagner, Jason Covert, Tom Eriksen, Rusty Sites, Dwayne Taneyhill, Darrell Kendall, Bob Briggs, Allen Lemin, Brad Houck, and Dave Swanger, Herb Taneyhill, Kirk Ryan, Bill Henney, Rance Garlock, Brad Kling, Bob Dunn, Paul Ward, Jeff Kendall, Ryan Garlock, Shawn Bilger

Shellbrook Stables V-8 Street Stock Special - Darin Hoover, Jim Bookwalter, Dave Brown, Harry Smith, Dan Bookwalter, Mike Swanger, Russ Hamer, Brian Helsley, Jerry Bookwalter, Tim Brindle, Mike Kline, Jake Griffith, Bill Heffner, Harold Miller, Tom White, Tom Beals, Paul Wible, Mark Snyder, Levi Eller, DNS John Bookwalter, Darrell Edwards.

Metzler Brothers Transport Four-Cylinder Pure Stock (Aug. 4) - Ron Beam Jr., Dave Staley, Kirk Knable, Ray Moore, Jeff Justice, Julie Hampton, Max Hampton, Sam Smith, Ron Beam Sr., and Brian Miller, Norm Beam, Melvin McCartney, John Kuhn, Rick Bookwalter, Ron Garlock, DNS Denny Blair

Metzler Brothers Transport Four-Cylinder Pure Stock (Aug. 11) - Dave Staley, Larry Duvall, Ron Beam Jr., Kirk Knable, Max Hampton, Julie Hampton, Shawn Moore, Melvin McCartney, Norm Beam, Brian Miller, 44 ?, Ron Garlock, Jeff Justice, Sam Smith, Kyle Wiser, Rick Bookwalter.

Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock - Wayne Bunn, Gary Morder, Jr. Guyer, Robbie Goss, Tim Snare, Joe DeArmitt, Terry Wagner, Cris Edwards, Bill DeArmitt, and Bill Replogle, Mike Bubb, Matt Mellott, Mike Barto, Lucas Strait, Ken Snyder, Bill Fox, Bryan Ayers, Raymond Fisher, Steve Runk, Rick Potter, Fred Noll, Keith Russell, Ron Spade, Darren Desch

-HS-

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Series Stock car
Drivers Paul Ward , Jeff Kendall , Sam Smith