Hesston Speedway race report 2002-07-27

For a 120 drivers Satruday at the Hesston Speedway may have seemed more like a freeway during rush hour. In one of the biggest nights at the speedway, as far as car numbers go, race fans were treated to good downhome racing during the Chet Grove's...

For a 120 drivers Satruday at the Hesston Speedway may have seemed more like a freeway during rush hour. In one of the biggest nights at the speedway, as far as car numbers go, race fans were treated to good downhome racing during the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited Trophy Night.

With all five divisions at the speedway, and the cancellation of racing at Thunder Valley, those drivers and fans who usually attend races there got their money's worth and more at Hesston.

While most of the feature events saw the pole sitters take the checkered flags there was plenty of racing action to be seen.

But first a little message. Earlier this week, a columnist, who shall remain nameless, placed bets on who would win feature events this weekend at Hesston. I should have taken those bets, because he missed all but one.

In one of the hottest division point standings, Tim Smith Jr., in the #39 car continues to keep his lead over long time rival Waylon Wagner. Last week, the two went down to the wire, with Wagner pulling out the Shellbrooke Stables Limited Late Model Division Feature win.

This week, Smith took advantage of getting the pole position in the feature event and went wire-to-wire for his sixth win of the season. "This one was Dad's call," Smith said. "He told me what tires to use tonight and that we need to run down low and to stay there. It work so Dad gets all the credit tonight."

There is only a matter of 13 points, which does not include this week's races that seperates Smith and Wagner. Smith headed into the week with 365 points while Wagner has 352.

Rance Garlock of Three Springs finished second, as Kevin Weyandt was third. Fourth and fifth place went to Wagner and Kirk Baker, respectively.

The Boogieman, John Bookwalter captured his eighth Hesston Speedway checkered flag of the season. Bookwalter, who has finished in the top five in almost every race in the last month or so continues to get some heat, whether it is from one of the other Bookwalter boys or Jake Griffith in the #50 car. He has also been feeling the pressure from Darin Hoover in the #17x car. Hoover is in second place in the point standings.

The Grubb Lumber Street Stock Division Point Standings leader, had as much as a five car lead on most of the field at one time. However, it was Jim Bookwalter who finished second. It was the third straight week that the Bookwalters have finished one-two in the main events.

Hoover was third, while Griffith was fourth and Bill Heffner, who battled for one of the top three spots most of the race was fifth.

In the Goshorn's Racing Supply 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Dvivision event, Raymond returned to Vicotry Lane for the fourth time this season. Moore, who finished behind teammate Larry Duvall, last week, went from start to finish. Strange enough, Duvall finished second behind Moore. Moore continues to lead the division point standings.

Rounding out the top five finishers were: Shawn Moore, "Hollywood" Rick Bookwalter and Max Hampton.

In the Sheehan Motors PA 305 Sprints Feature, Vince Snyder made his second trip to Victory Lane. Snyder, who had to fight off Scott Ellerman in the #115 car finished behind the feature winner.

"The car was running real hot during the feature," noted Snyder. "My crew did a real good job of getting the car ready for the feature. We just got lucky to get it finished right before the feature started." Ellerman was second as Shawn Howe was third with Joe Zapp finishing fourth and Jamie Estep was fifth.

However, there was a tense moment during the second heat for the Sprints. Just as the field was getting set, Brett Knable, came down the back stretch and lost control in turn three. Knable, who was uninjured, hit one of the large tire barriers and part of the concrete barriers. He flipped end-over-end and landed on all four wheels.

In a larger than normal Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock A-Main Feature.Terry Norris picked up his fourth win of the season with another pole to finish win. He had to hold off last week's winner Robbie Goss for the win.

At the beginning of the feature, it looked as if a battle for the checkered flag was going to be beterrn Gary Morder and Bioll Replogle. Unfortunately, the two somehow got tangeld up and went over the bank between truns one and two. Both returned to the track, but lost several places.

Mike Barto, who continues to be in the thick of things week after week was third, as Shane Morgan and Jessie Fessler was fifth.

In the B-Main Feature, Fred Noll, looked as if he was going to take the checkered, but division point standings leader Keith Russell in the #65k car had other ideas.

It had been announced during the fourth caution of the race, that time for the race had expired. The field would go green, then white and checkered. As the flagman dropped the white flag Russell made his move and got by Noll. The two dueled it out into turns three and four, with Russell holding a slim lead over Noll in the #48 car. Russell would hold on the rest of the way for the win.

Ray Sheets in the #199 car making his first apperance at Hesston finished third as Wayne Hershberger was fourth and Jesse Snyder was fifth. Next week, will be a chance for the younger fans of the speedway to get out on the track and show what they are made of during the Kids Bike Race. The race will be held at the intermission of next week's race.

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