Richie Smith Wins Race For Down Syndrome, Again! Effort, Pa. , February 25 -- Richie Smith of Kunkletown, Pa. won the 2nd Annual Race For Down Syndrome for the second year in a row on Sunday afternoon, February 22 at the S&S Speedway in ...
Richie Smith Wins Race For Down Syndrome, Again!
Effort, Pa. , February 25 -- Richie Smith of Kunkletown, Pa. won the 2nd Annual Race For Down Syndrome for the second year in a row on Sunday afternoon, February 22 at the S&S Speedway in Saylorsburg, Pa. A preliminary Feature was run earlier in the day and Butch Tittle of Saylorsburg, Pa. won that race. Tittle is the 1997 Five Mile Point Modified Champion. Sprint and Modified driver, Tim Damiani of Quakertown, Pa. finished second in both races. Brett Hearn, Ronnie Dunstan and Chris Whitehead were also among the current and former drivers that participated in the benefit race. Ed Pados, owner of Slate Belt Big A Auto Parts in Bangor, Pa., was the official sponser of the event. Ed provided several items for an auction that was held after the event. The money from the auction was a large part of the Down Syndrome donation. Pados is also a Pennzoil dealer, so he presented Pennzoil products to the winners in Victory Lane and gave all of the drivers Pennzoil Racing hats.
Sunday's S&S Speedway main event was as exciting as any Saturday Night short track race. Butch Tittle appeared to be on his way to win both races, staging a battle with Evergreen Raceway Modified Champion, Mike Hosier, along with Tim Damiani and Richie Smith. As Tittle, Damiani and Smith went into turn two, three abreast with four laps to go, Richie Smith emerged as the leader and went on to win the 2nd Annual Monday Night MotorSports/S&S Speedway Race For Down Syndrome event. After the race, Smith talked to Area Auto Racing News columnist and veteran race caller, Earl Krause. Smith explained, "Boy, it's going to look like the fix is in with this race! I didn't expect everybody to self destruct. I started sixth and just followed Butch up through the pack and let him do the dirty work. Then, when we got into lapped traffic, I got a chance to get underneath Butch, so I took it. I have to congratulate Randy and Dave and the crew at S&S. They worked their tails off for this benefit."
S&S Speedway owners, Randy and Denise Smith and Dave and Gail Scerbo, and the entire staff worked a long day to raise money for the National Down Syndrome Society. Many other members of the racing community volunteered their time, too. Earl Krause, Flemington Speedway Starter, Warren Alston, as well as Ms. Motorsports 1998, Kimberly Whitehead, who spent the entire day signing autographed posters and donated the proceeds to the benefit, all gave their time to this great cause. A total of $1,650.00 was raised. The money will be sent to Lori Atkins of the National Down Syndrome Society at 666 Broadway, New York, New York. The donation will be made in the name of Tyler Hearn who is the son of Sue and Brett Hearn. Sue, Brett and Tyler were at the benefit on Sunday, too.
Preliminary Feature results: Butch Tittle, Tim Damiani, Keith Kocher, Richie Smith, Mike Hosier, Mike Roselli Jr., Brett Hearn, John Richetta, Ronnie Dunstan and George Kostelansky.
Feature event results: Richie Smith, Tim Damiani, Richard Frantz, Jim Bobbitt, Chris Whitehead, George Kostelansky, Mike Hosier and Mike Roselli Jr.