Lorain: Race report

Pete repeats! Wormcastle gets second win, points lead with victory at Lorain County. South Amherst, Ohio (7-27-02) by Wendy Wellman - New Haven, Indiana driver Pete Wormcastle grabbed the championship points lead and his second win of the season...

Pete repeats! Wormcastle gets second win, points lead with victory at Lorain County.

South Amherst, Ohio (7-27-02) by Wendy Wellman - New Haven, Indiana driver Pete Wormcastle grabbed the championship points lead and his second win of the season at Lorain County Speedway last Saturday night. Wormcastle now leads Chad Guinn by a mere 10 points heading into the final five races of the 2002 season.

"I'd like to win the championship this year," Wormcastle said. "We did a lot of work over the winter on the chassis and the motors, and we've had a lot of luck with our chassis set ups every week so far."

Pete's father, Joe Wormcastle, snatched the lead position from outside polesitter Jeff Speakman on lap eight of the 100-lap event. On lap 52, Joe cut a tire and slipped off the track into the pit area at turn one. Pete grabbed the lead in the Preferred Painting & Roofing-Witwer Construction Chevrolet, successfully holding off 1999 ARCA truck series champion Bill Withers. Withers ended the night a close second in the Mannings USA-Hall Electronics-Wachholz Engines Ford.

"Withers and I were battling hard all the way to the finish," Wormcastle said. "The track was real slick at the beginning and then it got better as the night went on. I'd like to thank Kyle Witwer and Jerry Brown of Preferred Painting & Roofing of Fort Wayne for helping me out this year."

Toledo, Ohio driver John Kasmierski grabbed third place and Ed & Company Hard Charger honors after a spin during qualifying sent him to 19th on the starting grid in the Pat & Dandy's Sports Bar-Top Notch Seamless Gutter Ford. Cloyes Gear Halfway Leader award winner Joe Wormcastle of Fort Wayne, Indiana took fourth in the Witwer Construction Chevrolet, while North Baltimore, Ohio rookie Kevin Reeb followed at fifth in his Accurate Logistics Ford, for his best finish of the season.

The Mark Knupp Muffler & Tire Ford of rookie points leader Brandon Knupp snagged sixth place, with two-time series champion Robbin Slaughter, of Columbus, Ohio close behind at seventh in the Carmen's Vacuum-NAPA Auto Parts Ford. Old Milwaukee Pole Award Winner Tully Esterline, of Pettisville, Ohio was eighth in the Rev Up-Rupp Seeds Chevy after two separate wrecks took him out of contention.

Greenville, Ohio's Stan Maitlen took ninth in the Maitlen Racing Ford, while Darren Jones of Fairfield, Ohio was 10th, two laps down, in the Pierce Plumbing Ford.

The versatile ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series tackles their first dirt track this year at the quarter-mile of LaSalle Speedway in LaSalle, Illinois. Check out pictures of the track on the official speedway website at www.lasallespeedway.com .

Series Notes:

-Pete Wormcastle adds another notch in his belt with this win at Lorain. He already took home the checkered this year at brand new I-75 Speedway in June. Other active drivers included on the all-time series winners listing are Chad Guinn, with 13 (Dixie, Ona, Illiana 2002; Flat Rock, Kentucky, Lorain, LaSalle, 2001; Toledo, Plymouth, Flat Rock, Winchester, 2000; Owosso, Crystal, 1999); Robbin Slaughter, 8 (Chicago, Crystal, Toledo, 2001; Salem, Berlin, Toledo, Illiana, 2000; Toledo, 1999); Paul Hahn, 2 (New Paris, 2001; Flat Rock, 2002); Jeff Speakman (Lake Erie, 2002; Shady Bowl 1999); and with one each: Phil Bozell (Toledo, 2002), Tully Esterline (LaSalle, 1999), John Kasmierski (Thunderbird, 1999), Jack Weethee (Illiana, 2001), Joe Wormcastle (Kentucky, 2002), Bill Withers (Shady Bowl, 2000).

- Unofficial rookie points standings: 1. Brandon Knupp (1835); 2. Kevin Reeb (1645).

- Several teams in the ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series keep their fans up-to-date with the latest racing news with Internet websites or newsletters. Keep track of your favorite driver by visiting these sites:

Bales Motorsports, driver Brett Oakley www.balesmotorsports.com

Jones Brothers Racing, driver Darren Jones www.jonesbrosracing.com

Slaughter Racing, driver Robbin Slaughter www.slaughterracing.com

- New Track Records set during qualifying this year by ARCA Lincoln Welders Truck Series drivers include Jeff Speakman, Lake Erie Speedway, 15.948 seconds, Ona Speedway, 17.995; Brett Oakley, Dixie Motor Speedway, 15.512; Brandon Knupp, I-75 Speedway, 15.313; Steve Christman, Kentucky Speedway, 14.996.

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Drivers Jerry Brown , Brandon Knupp