For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com DiMario Becomes 'Mr. Flemington' With ARDC CARQUEST Midget Win Sat. FLEMINGTON, N.J., July 26 - Phil DiMario can add "Mr. Flemington" to his racing nickname "Flyin'...
For more information: Linda Mansfield, lindamansfield@CompuServe.com
DiMario Becomes 'Mr. Flemington' With ARDC CARQUEST Midget Win Sat.
FLEMINGTON, N.J., July 26 - Phil DiMario can add "Mr. Flemington" to his racing nickname "Flyin' Phil," as the Piermont, N.Y.-based driver posted his third victory of the year at Flemington Speedway Saturday night in ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series action.
DiMario also won ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series races at Flemington on May 24 and June 21. He and Lou Cicconi Jr. of Aston, Pa., are the only drivers to post more than two victories in ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series action so far this year. It was DiMario's tenth career ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series victory. He won the title last year without winning any feature events.
Robert Boetticher of Fanwood, N.J., finished second in his Lindblad Fontana. Bryan Kobylarz, originally of nearby Manville, N.J., but now of Birdsboro, Pa., was third in Claudette Starrett's Ellis Fontana. Boetticher's brother Rudy Jr. of Lake Hopatcong, N.J., was fourth in his dad's Lindblad Vogler. Rounding out the top five was Shannon Mausteller of Bloomsburg, Pa. in his own D&G Gaerte.
Monnie Wonder III of Lititz, Pa, led the first two laps before Mike Lapp of Slatington, Pa., took comman from laps three through five. Robert Boetticher led laps six through 11 and had built a straightaway lead, but DiMario chased him down, took the lead on lap 12 and was never again headed in the non-stop affair.
DiMario had started 13th and patiently worked his way through traffic, passing cars both high and low and using the same driving style that has proven successful for him here in the past. This time he looked a little more specatcular that usual, however, since a strut had broken on this top wing and the left side panel was bent down. Also, the car thew sparks in the turns on almost every lap due to the way it was set up. DiMario said neither condition really affected his performance, but he agreed it must have been something to watch.
The defending champion was behind the wheel of a Stealth Gaerte owned by Ray McCabe of New Britain, Pa. The team is sponsored by Low-Tor Storage, Valvoline, Autometer Products, Pro Shocks, VP Racing Fuels, ThreeBond of America, Hatboro Fasteners, Hoosier and Bowen Lettering. Larry Hentrich of Hatboro, Pa., is the crew chief, assisted by "Little" Ray Brown, Laurie DiMario, Jason Hentrich, Andrew Mehrer and Matthew Scanlon.
The 8-lap heats were won by both Boettichers.
The only real incident that occurred all evening came when P.J. Pavlick of Haskell, N.J., slid in his car's own liquids and into the foam in turn four during warm-ups. He wasn't hurt but his car was finished for the night.
Unless another date is added, the ARDC CARQUEST Midget Series will finish its points season on clay tracks with shows at Port Royal (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 9; Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg, N.Y., on Saturday, Aug. 16; and programs at Lincoln (Pa.) Speedway on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Saturday, Sept. 13.
The special non-point "First Feature," open only to drivers who have never won an ARDC main event, is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 31 at Flemington.
Representatives of the organization are also scheduled to appear at "Celebrity Night" at the Phoenix Quarter Midget Raceway in Phoenixville, Pa., on Wednesday, Aug. 6, and at the Eastern Museum of Motor Racing at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds in York Springs, Pa., on Sunday, Aug. 17.
First Heat (8 laps) - 1. Robert Boetticher, 2. Lew Blair, 3. Mike Lapp, 4. Mark Wakefoose, 5. Greg Klar, 6. Gary Halteman, 7. Mark Lawshe, 8. Bill Case, 9. Ed Stimely Jr., 10. Jim Jackson.
Second Heat (8 laps) - 1. Rudy Boetticher, 2. Phil DiMario, 3. Monnie Wonder III, 4. Gary Mondschein, 5. Shannon Mausteller, 6. J.R. Booth, 7. Bryan Kobylarz, 8. Fred Schell, 9. Don Trent II, 10. Art Lawshe Sr.
Feature (20 laps) - 1. Phil DiMario, 2. Robert Boetticher, 3. Bryan Kobylarz, 4. Rudy Boetticher, 5. Shannon Mausteller, 6. Gary Halteman, 7. Ed Stimely Jr., 8. Gary Mondschein, 9. J.R. Booth, 10. Lew Blair, 11. Monnie Wonder III, 12. Mark Wakefoose, 13. Greg Klar, 14. Mike Lapp, 15. Bill Case Jr., 16. Fred Schell, 17. Jim Jackson, 18. Art Lawshe Sr., 19. Mark Lawshe, 20. Don Trent II (DNS), 21. P.J. Pavlick (DNS). Lap Leaders - Laps 1-2, Monnie Wonder III, laps 3-5, Mike Lapp; laps 6-11, Robert Boetticher; laps 12-20, Phil DiMario.