Hesston Speedway race report 2002-07-20

Two races came down to the wire during the Brenneman's Meat Market Trophy Night at Hesston Speedway Saturday night. As a bonus, Joe Brenneman, owner and operator of the market gave each division feature winner contributed extra bonus prize money...

Two races came down to the wire during the Brenneman's Meat Market Trophy Night at Hesston Speedway Saturday night. As a bonus, Joe Brenneman, owner and operator of the market gave each division feature winner contributed extra bonus prize money to all feature winners.

In one featue it was brother against brother for the checkered flag and in another it was for the top spot of the division points standings.

In the 20-lap Shellbrooke Stables Limited Late Model Division race, Waylon Wagner held off division points leader Tim Smith in the final 10 laps to earn his third win of the season at the speedway. Smith, who entered this week's races with 328 points is closely followed by Wagner with 312 points.

Wagner in the #5W car earned the pole position for the feature, while Smith, who won last week's feature had to start in 10th. But, it did not take long for the division leader to make his presence felt.

On the first lap, Smith moved up four spots to sixth, while Wagner led the field. Brad Kling in the #11 car and Bill Henney #50 battled for second place.

Through the first 10 laps of the race, Smith continued to move up in the field and eventually ended up in fourth and was battling Henney for the third position. After a caution on the seventh lap, Kling spun out at the start of lap eight and allowed Smith and Henney to battle for the number two position and Wagner.

Two laps later, Smith made his move and was able to overtake Henney. The final 10 laps would be exciting for the race fans as the two drivers continued to push each other as hard as they could.

"I didn't even know he was behind me until my crew yelled in my ear that he was there," Wagner said. "My car wass loose and I was having trouble with my carbureter, so I had to make some changes out there."

On lap 15, Henney found himself out of contention for a spot in the top five after he spun out.

The final five laps was a duel between Smith and Wagner, with Wagner clinging to a slim margin of the lead. He evidentally held off Smith for the win.

"I knew I had to get things done on the low side," Smith said. "Everyone had harder tires on and was going up high so I knew down low was where I needed to be. Waylon and I have been racing each other hard for the last five or six years and for the most part it has been really clean. When I;m out there racing it's not about the points it's about going out there and winningt races."

Brad Houck finished third while Mike and Ron Beam rounded out the top five.

In the Grubb Lumber V-8 Street Stock Division Feature, Jerry Bookwalter raced out to his second win of the season with a win over brother, Dan who led the entire race.

Dan, who started from the pole, had to fight off Jake Griffith in the #50 car, but Jerry, who started fourth worked his way through into contention. Bill Heffner in the #64 car also was in the thick of things throughout the race.

As the two brothers continued to battle, it looked as if Dan was heading back into vicotry lane. However, as the two cars came out of turn four on the final lap, Jerry pushed his car to the limit just enough to edge out Dan.

"There is a great family tradition with the Bookwalter Family," Jerry said. "I help Dan work on his car and I help him with his. We'll battle each other out there and after the race is over, that's it. There are a lot of people, including my sponsors who I want to thank for this win."

Heffner finished third, while Griffith fell back to finish fourth. Last week's feature winner John Bookwalter finished fifth.

In the Goshorn's Racing Supply 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division feature, Larry Duvall went from start to finish for the win. Raymond Moore fought through a spin out and a seventh starting position to finish second.

Third was Gary Garner, while Max Hampton and "Hollywood" Rick Bookwalter was fifth.

Robbie Goss earned his first win of the season in the A-Main Feature of the Chet Grove's Car Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock Division.

Wagner started from the pole and led the entire eight laps for the win. Mike Barto was second, with Keith Russell, Joe DeArmitt and Bill Reploge rounding out the top five.

In the B-Main Feature of the Hooby Stock Divison, Terry Wagner earned his first win of the year. Wagner, also went from green to checkered for the win. Rounding out the top five were: Junior Guyer, Darin Desch, Wayne Irvin and Matt Mellott.

Racing action continues Saturday, July 27 with the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited Trophy Night. Gates open at 5 p.m. and the heat races begin at 7 p.m.

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