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: ...
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: Sept. 26-28 results (published Sept. 30) MACS: Bart Hartman outduels Gary Stuhler at Winchester CAPSULES: Gary Webb wins IMCA Deery Brothers title, other recaps =================================== MID-ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES Winchester 200
WINCHESTER, Va. (Friday and Saturday) Bart Hartman won a thrilling race-long battle with seven-time race winner Gary Stuhler to win his first Winchester 200, completing a near perfect weekend at Winchester Speedway. The Zanesville, Ohio, driver won his heat race on Friday, finished first in the dash to earn the pole position for the 100-lap main event, which was sanctioned for the first time by the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series (MACS).
Stuhler settled for second ahead of Chub Frank, Todd Andrews and Booper Bare. Roy Deese Jr. turned in a steady ride to take sixth, while Tom Myers came from 23rd on the grid for seventh. Nathan Durboraw and Richard Irwin were eighth and ninth and the final cars on the lead lap. Jeff Friese was a lap down in 10th.
When the field got the green flag, Hartman outgunned Stuhler to take the early advantage. His lead lasted 12 laps before Stuhler vaulted to the lead. Hartman settled into second with Bare, Frank and Friese in pursuit.
Two early cautions, the only stoppages before the 50-lap fuel stop, kept the field close as Stuhler held a five-car length margin after 14 laps. Todd Andrews was a man on the move as he came from the 16th starting spot to fifth by lap 16. Chub Frank reeled in Bare to grab third place on the 23rd circuit. Andrews also passed Bare on lap 34 to claim fourth.
For much of the race the leaders were in lapped traffic, which helped Hartman to charge past Stuhler to regain the top spot on lap 38. The running order at 50 laps: Hartman, Stuhler, Frank and Andrews.
When the green was waved to start the second half of the race, the duel between Hartman and Stuhler continued. For a brief period Stuhler lost the second spot to Frank but regained it when the frontrunners encountered lapped traffic.
Hartman saw his 20-length lead vanish as Stuhler took advantage of the slower cars to reel him in. Hartman never lost the top spot but Stuhler kept the pressure on. The race's third and final yellow was displayed on lap 74, once again enabling the field to close on the yellow No. 75
Hartman continued to hold off Stuhler, despite a furious charge over the final five laps that brought the crowd to their feet as the leaders weaved in and out of traffic. Hartman held on to win by a single car length. "I hope all the fans enjoyed the race because I was sure having a lot of fun from my vantage point," Hartman said.
CAR COUNT: 57 late models.
FAST QUALIFIER: Bart Hartman.
FIRST HEAT: Booper Bare, Charlie Schaffer, Roy Deese Jr.
SECOND HEAT: Les Hare, Jeff Friese, Miles Stitzinger.
THIRD HEAT: Bart Hartman, Bob Close, Lynn Geisler.
FOURTH HEAT: Wayne Johnson, Ernie Jones, Scott Haus.
FIFTH HEAT: Gary Stuhler, Chub Frank, Todd Andrews.
SIXTH HEAT: Bo Feathers, Brad Omps, Tim Booth.
FAST DASH: Bart Hartman, Gary Stuhler, Les Hare, Booper Bare, Wayne Johnson, Bo Feathers.
CONSOLATION WINNERS: Nolan Dalton and Nathan Durboraw.
FEATURE (100 laps): (1) Bart Hartman, (2) Gary Stuhler, (3) Chub Frank, (4) Todd Andrews, (5) Booper Bare, (6) Roy Deese Jr., (7) Tom Myers, (8) Nathan Durboraw, (9) Richard Irwin, (10) Jeff Friese, (11) Bob Close, (12) Lynn Geisler, (13) Charlie Schaffer, (14) Scott Haus, (15) Denny Chamberlain, (16) Brad Omps, (17) Miles Stitzinger, (18) Nolan Dalton, (19) Ernie Davis, (20) Les Hare, (21) Bo Feathers, (22) Tim Booth, (23) Ernie Jones, (24) Wayne Johnson.
NEXT MACS RACE: Oct. 10-12, Challenger Raceway, Indiana, Pa., total of $10,000 to win
CREDIT: Terri Payne <email@example.com> of Winchester Speedway. ------------------------------------------------------------- SATURDAY'S RACE CAPSULES
WEBB CAPS DEERY BROTHERS TITLE WITH VICTORY: Gary Webb of Blue Grass, Iowa, capped his championship season in the IMCA-sanctioned Deery Brother Summer Series with a 50-lap victory at Lee County Speedway in Donnellson, Iowa. Webb held off Lonnie Bailey's late charge, surviving a two-lap dash to the finish after a caution appeared on lap 48 with Bailey challenging for the lead. Harry Walker, two points behind Webb entering the final 1997 series event, finished fifth. Bailey set Friday's fast time among 32 qualifiers from four states. For more details, check out this web site <www.iowaracing.com>. FEATURE (50 laps): (1) Gary Webb, (2) Lonnie Bailey, (3) Tommy Elston, (4) Darrell DeFrance, (5) Harry Walker, (6) Mark Burgtorf, (7) Boone McLaughlin, (8) Greg Kastli, (9) Jim Swank, (10) Ted Pallister, (11) Chris Smyser, (12) Dean Wagner Jr., (13) Doak Allen Jr., (14) Brent Slocum, (15) Kurt Kile, (16) Thad Trump, (17) Jeff Guengerich, (18) Jody Wood, (19) Clint Hines, (20) Steve Ihm, (21) Nick Houseman, (22) Ben Schaefer, (23) Kevin Kirkpatrick, (24) Dennis LaVeine, (25) Kevin Cale, (26) Sam Halstead.
BERRY WINS NCRA FEATURE, McDANIELS WINS NCRA TITLE: Colorado driver Jeep Berry led all 25 laps for a season-ending National Championship Racing Association feature victory at State Fair Speedway in Oklahoma City, while third-place finisher Larry McDaniels wrapped up his sixth NCRA title and third in a row. Berry, winning his second series race of the year, held off Delbert Smith, who has hampered by lapped traffic in the closing laps. For more NCRA news, check out this web site: <www.ncraracing.org>. FEATURE (25 laps): (1) Jeep Berry, (2) Delbert Smith, (3) Larry McDaniels, (4) Tony Gregg, (5) Frank McGehee, (6) Ted Martin, (7) Lonnie Smith, (8) Earl Kinderknecht, (9) David Hughes, (10) Mike Conkwright, (11) Jack Simmons, (12) Rick Lebow, (13) Doug Warner, (14) Kelly King, (15) Rob Lewis, (16) Chris Kratzer, (17) Robert Hough, (18) Terry Muskrat, (19) Leslie Essary, (20) Joe Conway. ------------------------------------------------------------- SUNDAY'S RACE CAPSULES
BOLAND WINS $3,000 FEATURE AT TALLADEGA: Mike Boland of Cuba, Ala., taking command when fast qualifier Donnie Barnhart spun on the first lap and was sent to the rear of the field, led flag-to-flag to win $3,000 in a feature at Talladega (Ala.) Short Track. There were 45 late models from 11 states on hand for Sunday's race. Mike Head won $1,000 by taking Saturday's preliminary feature. SUNDAY'S FEATURE: (1) Mike Boland, (2) Kenny Merchant, (3) Ted Lackey.
HAGERSTOWN'S OCTOBERFEST POSTPONED: The 100-lap late model portion of Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway's Octoberfest 350 was rained out and rescheduled for Oct. 5. Two of the five Octoberfest features (small-block modifieds and super sportsman) were run, but the late models, sprints and big-block modifieds must run on the new date, when rain checks will be honored. Admission is $30 and racing begins at 1 p.m.
CLARKSVILLE TRIPLE FEATURES POSTPONED: Rain washed out the triple UMP-sanctioned features at Clarksville (Tenn.) Speedway. The triple features, with $3,000 going to the winner of the final race, have been rescheduled for Saturday, Oct. 4. In Saturday's preliminary racing, Shannon Babb, driving Randy Korte's backup car, won the feature over fellow Illinois drivers Roger Long and Billy Drake. ------------------------------------------------------------- CAPSULE CREDITS: Hagerstown (Md.) Speedway publicity, John Rittenoure <firstname.lastname@example.org> of NCRA, Tim O'Brien <email@example.com> and Brent Rosencrans of Lee County Speedway. -------------------------------------------------------------