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Bechtelsville Pa -‘ I’m speechless,’ said Ray Bull, Bloomsburg Pa, after picking up his tenth feature win of the 2001 season.‘ The track was incredibly fast, they had it in great shape,’ he continued.
Grandview Speedway closed out the season with their second Thunder on the Hill Series that featured five 25-lap features. The American Racing Drivers Club kicked off the evening. Duane Mausteller, Bloomsburg Pa, was on the pole for the big event.
At the wave of the green, Mausteller would slide back to third position. By lap five, Bull was charging and Mausteller was beginning to open up a lead on Marc Dailey, Brownsburg Ind. Dailey made a quick jump from fourth place to second.
The first caution flew on lap 6, when Pete Pavlick, Haskell NJ, needed assistance from fire crews. Pavlick would be able to refire. Following the restart, Scott Zipp, Bridgeport Pa, spun in turn two bringing out another caution.
Back under green flag action, Bull would find himself in second battling for the lead. Charging from tenth position was Randy Mausteller, Bloomsburg Pa. The shuffle in mid-pack was on. Dailey had begun to slide back. Mark Freeland, Ickesburg Pa and Fred Schell, Phoenixville Pa was fighting for fourth after Walt Stearly Trappe Pa, sneaked past.
The cars of Duane Mausteller and Bull broke away from the field and begun to lap slower cars.
Going in to turn one on lap 16, Duane Mausteller’s efforts would go up in flames. The No. 25 Bardo’s Collision midget erupted in flames when the oil filter blew off and sprayed oil on the cylinder head. The red flag was thrown. As the car came to a stop, the flames had extinguished there self.
Duane quickly crawled from the car. Smoke had billowed into his helmet making it hard to breathe. He suffered a slight singe near his left elbow. After such a strong run and horrifying incident, Duane commented,‘ I’m aggravated, but I’m fine.’
The restart found Bull in the front of the pack. Freeland and Stearly were tightly gathered behind him. On lap 22, Freeland would drop out of the race when his car broke a drive line. Stearly would be relegated to second as Bull’s advantage opened on the field. Randy Mausteller had worked himself up to third position, following him was Kathy Kurtz, Temple Pa.
Bull claimed his tenth win of the year just three laps later. Rounding out the top 5 were Stearly, Mausteller, Kurtz and Gary Halteman of Gilbertsville Pa.
‘ It isn’t as good as winning, but it’s all right,’ said Randy Mausteller. Randy was slowly catching Stearly’s car as the laps wound down.‘ I knew he was there,’ said Stearly. Momentum was his key to keeping Mausteller in third. Keeping second place was his primary focus.‘ The only way I was going to catch Bull is if he ran out of fuel,’ said Stearly whose car was missing slightly following the red flag caution.
Bull’s valiant effort was well rewarded by a large attendance for the event. He had won a similar event in July 2000 at Grandview and was eager to find victory lane once again.‘ Everything just worked perfect, the motor was great,’ said Bull.
Rounding out the top 10 was Steve Craig, Levittown Pa; Pavlick; Schell; Chris Mowray Glastonbury CT; and Zipp. Pavlick picked up his first top 10 of the year in ARDC’s final event.
Notes: Congratulations to Shawn Burke, Saylorsburg Pa, who picked up his first Iron Block championship in midget competition ...There will be an ARDC membership meeting at Lobitz Catering Hall in Hazleton Pa on November 11. All members are encouraged to attend. The meeting will begin promptly at 1p.m. ... The sixty-second ARDC banquet will be held November 17 at Lobitz Catering Hall.
Feature results: (1) Ray Bull, (2) Walt Stearly, (3) Randy Mausteller, (4) Kathy Kurtz, (5) Gary Halteman, (6) Steve Craig, (7) Pete Pavlick, (8) Fred Schell,(9) Chris Mowray,(10) Scott Zipp, (11) Mark Freeland, (12) Duane Mausteller, (13) Marc Dailey, (14) Ed Stimely Jr. (15) HankRogers Jr. (16) Lew Blair, (17) Jimmy Stitzel, (18) Brian Suchy, (19) Don Trent, (20) Bryan Kobylarz, (21) Shawn Burke