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Andrews, Eckert win (July 28)

DirtNews Digest Your Online News Source for Late Model Dirt Track Racing "Get Some Dirt On Your Computer!" Todd Turner, editor

Email address: DirtNews@aol.com Web site: http://members.aol.com/dirtnews/digest =================================== CONTENTS: July 25-26 results (published July 28) STARS: Andrews wins at Ace High Speedway STARS: Eckert gets first series win since 1994 CAPSULES: Weekend NASCAR, ALMS results =================================== SHORT TRACK AUTO RACING STARS (STARS) The Pinnacle 50

CONNEAUT, Ohio (Friday) Todd Andrews of Eldred, Pa., held off series points leader Steve Francis to win $10,000 and The Pinnacle 50 title at Ace High Speedway, his first STARS victory of 1997. Andrews, whose last series win came Sept. 1, 1996 at the Hillbilly 100 in Pennsboro, W.Va., led the final 48 laps and kept Francis at bay while working through traffic and during a final four-lap sprint after a caution on lap 46.

Davey Johnson, who drove brother Mike's backup car and started 10th, passed Mike Balzano on the final lap to grab the third spot, while Rick Eckert rounded out the top five. Chub Frank started last and finished sixth ahead of Tim Hitt, Dick Barton, Mike Benedum and Rod Conley.

CAR COUNT: 36 late models.

FAST QUALIFIER: Todd Andrews, 18.236 seconds (half-mile oval).

FAST DASH: Rob Blair, Dutch Davies, Todd Andrews, Rick Eckert, Tim Hitt, Mike Benedum.

HEAT WINNERS: Steve Francis, Mike Balzano, Steve Shaver.

CONSOLATION WINNER: Bob Close

FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., laps, winnings, reason out) 1. Todd Andrews (42), 50 laps, $10,000 2. Steve Francis (15), 50 laps, $5,000 3. Davey Johnson (2jx), 50 laps, $3,000 4. Mike Balzano (E1), 50 laps, $2,000 5. Rick Eckert (24), 50 laps, $1,500 6. Chub Frank (1*), 50 laps, $1,450 7. Tim Hitt (68), 50 laps, $1,300 8. Dick Barton (28B), 50 laps, $1,200 9. Mike Benedum (25), 50 laps, $1,100 10. Rod Conley (71r), 49 laps, $1,050 11. Bob Craig (25c), 49 laps, $950 12. Frank Poniatowski (21), 49 laps, $800 13. Ryan Markham (5m), 49 laps, $700 14. Dan Armbruster (61), 46 laps, $650 15. Barry Bragdon (77), 45 laps, $600, oil leak 16. Chevy Scott (03s), 43 laps, $550, steering 17. Delmas Conley (71), 42 laps, $500, suspension 18. Mike Johnson (2j), 37 laps, $500, fuel pressure 19. Steve Shaver (30), 34 laps, $500, axle 20. Ron Davies (V2), 22 laps, $550, suspension 21. Jim Mazur (13), 21 laps, $550, handling 22. Dutch Davies (40), 13 laps, $500, driveshaft 23. Rob Blair (Won11), 12 laps, $500, engine 24. Bob Close (04), 8 laps, $550, handling

NOTES: Rob Blair started on the pole and led the first two laps .... Blair left on the 12th lap with a blown engine while running sixth .... there were six cautions during the feature, which lasted about 40 minutes .... Rod Conley accepted a STARS provisional starting spot .... Chub Frank showed he was worthy of the track provisional starting spot, moving from 24th to sixth .... Chevy Scott ran as high as fourth midway through the race.

CREDIT: Bret Emrick of STARS. ------------------------------------------------------------- SHORT TRACK AUTO RACING STARS (STARS) Buckeye Classic 50

ORRVILLE, Ohio (Saturday) Outside polesitter Rick Eckert of York, Pa., ended a three-year winless string on the STARS circuit, repelling challenges from Bart Hartman to collect $6,000 for a victory in the Buckeye Classic 50 at Buckeye Speedway. Eckert led every lap but had to fight off Hartman, who started eighth, the race's final 20 laps.

Polesitter Tim Hitt finished third, while Mike Balzano and Chub Frank rounded out the top five on the 3/8-mile oval. Steve Shaver outdueled Steve Francis over the final 10 laps to finish sixth, and Keith Berner, Wayne Maffett Jr. and Ryan Markham finished eighth through 10th.

CAR COUNT: 42 late models.

FAST QUALIFIER: Todd Andrews, 17.986 seconds (track record on 3/8-mile oval).

FAST DASH: Tim Hitt, Rick Eckert, Chub Frank, Brent Rhebergen, Paul Davis, Todd Andrews.

HEAT WINNERS: Mike Balzano, Bart Hartman, Dan Armbruster, Steve Francis.

CONSOLATION WINNER: Scott Hartley.

FEATURE (Pos., driver, car no., laps, winnings, reason out) 1. Rick Eckert (24), 50 laps, $6,000 2. Bart Hartman (75), 50 laps, $3,500 3. Tim Hitt (68), 50 laps, $2,000 4. Mike Balzano (E1), 50 laps, $1,500 5. Chub Frank (1*), 50 laps, $1,200 6. Steve Shaver (30), 50 laps, $1,050 7. Steve Francis (15), 50 laps, $900 8. Keith Berner (96F), 50 laps, $950 9. Wayne Maffett Jr. (40), 50 laps, $850 10. Ryan Markham (5m), 50 laps, $800 11. Brent Rhebergen (07r), 50 laps, $750 12. Delmas Conley (71), 50 laps, $650 13. Rod Conley (71r), 50 laps, $600 14. Mike Benedum (25), 49 laps, $550 15. Rob House (24), 49 laps, $500 16. Ted Johnson (25), 48 laps, $450 17. Todd Andrews (42), 43 laps, $400, handling 18. Paul Davis (16), 35 laps, $350, handling 19. Larry Bond (10), 33 laps, $350, accident 20. Dan Armbruster (61), 32 laps, $350, accident 21. Darrell Lanigan (29), 19 laps, $350, handling 22. Allen Baker (19), 9 laps, $400, brakes 23. Barry Bragdon (77), 1 lap, $350, piston 24. Scott Hartley (32), 0 laps, $400

NOTES: Rick Eckert's last STARS victory was Sept. 3, 1994 .... Steve Shaver and Barry Bragdon had STARS provisional starting spots, with Shaver moved up from 23rd to sixth .... Chub Frank ran second the first several laps, but eventually dropped back to fifth .... Dale Blaney defeated Steve Francis in a match race between a sprint car and a late model, completing eight laps before Francis completed seven .... there were three cautions in the 30-minute feature.

STARS POINT STANDINGS (through July 26): Steve Francis 6,670; Tim Hitt 5,290; Rick Eckert 5,260; Mike Balzano 5,250; Steve Shaver 4,410; Rod Conley 4,340; Bart Hartman 3,360; Barry Bragdon 3,180; Delmas Conley 3,060; Todd Andrews 2,740.

NEXT STARS WEEKEND: Aug. 1, Brownstown (Ind.) Speedway, $6,000 to win; Aug. 2, Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, $10,000 to win.

CREDIT: Bret Emrick of STARS. ------------------------------------------------------------- FRIDAY'S RACE CAPSULE

STEVE KOSISKI LEADS FLAG-TO-FLAG AT TRI-CITY SPEEDWAY: Outside polesitter Steve Kosiski led all 50 laps at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill., to become the seventh winner in seven races on the NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour. Joe Kosiski and Steve Boley, last year's NASCAR winner at Tri-City, ended up second and third. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Steve Kosiski, (2) Joe Kosiski, (3) Steve Boley, (4) Terry Gallaher, (5) Brian Birkhofer, (6) Sonny Findling, (7) Jay Johnson, (8) Denny Osborn, (9) Gary Webb, (10) Terry Schlipman, (11) Bob Dominacki, (12) Scott Koskovich, (13) Kevin Gundaker, (14) Kurt Stewart, (15) Tom Cannon, (16) Steve Oerley, (17) Ed Dixon, (18) John Hampel, (19) Bill Martin, (20) Tom Hearst, (21) Skip Frey, (22) Rick Wendling, (23) Jim Swank, (24) Richard Foster, (25) Steve Hennies, (26) Johnny Johnson.

PATTERSON GETS ALMS VICTORY AT ATTICA: Kris Patterson of St. Johns, Mich., outdueled John Lawhorn and Jerry Bowersock in the middle stages of the race, then held off a last-ditch rally by Bill Hahn for a UMP-sanctioned American Late Model Series victory at Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park. Patterson's fourth $2,000 ALMS win of the season was his first away from Oakshade Raceway. Hahn started third but dropped to sixth before his final charge fell short by half a car length. Rick DeLong managed only a 12th-place finish in the late models, but won the dwarf car feature race in his first attempt at the small-car division. FEATURE: (1) Kris Patterson, (2) Bill Hahn, (3) John Lawhorn, (4) Jerry Bowersock, (5) Jeff Houser, (6) Shane Yoder, (7) Jesse Lay, (8) Matt Miller, (9) Wayne Maffett Jr., (10) Glenn Bradley, (11) Jim Fleming, (12) Rick DeLong, (13) Jim Cushing, (14) Tim Sabo, (15) Steve Rowe, (16) Duane Chamberlain, (17) Ron Miller, (18) Bentley Shaw, (19) Mike Bechelli, (20) Justin Paxton. ------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY'S RACE CAPSULE

BOLEY FIRST REPEAT WINNER ON BUSCH ALL-STAR TOUR: Steve Boley of Oxford, Iowa, became the first repeat winner on the NASCAR Busch All-Star Tour in 1997, taking the lead from polesitter Steve Kosiski on the 21st lap and winning a 50-lapper at Memphis Motorsports Park in Millington, Tenn. Boley, who moved up to fourth in the points chase with the victory, also won the first of eight series race on April 25 in Davenport, Iowa. Boley (15.406 seconds) was the fast qualifier among 14 cars in a rare journey south for the NASCAR series. In two separate rollover crashes, Tom Cannon and Gary Webb escaped injuries in wrecks that caused red flags in the feature. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Steve Boley, (2) Steve Kosiski, (3) Joe Kosiski, (4) Jay Johnson, (5) Sonny Findling, (6) Kurt Stewart, (7) Bob Dominacki, (8) Denny Osborn, (9) Bill Martin, (10) Scott Koskovich, (11) Brian Birkhofer, (12) Gary Webb, (13) Tom Cannon, (14) Terry Schlipman. ------------------------------------------------------------- CAPSULE CREDITS: Todd Tappel of Attica (Ohio) Raceway Park and Phil Roberts of NASCAR. -------------------------------------------------------------

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Series Stock car
Drivers Rick Eckert , Brian Birkhofer , Mike Johnson , Bill Martin , Steve Francis