Hesston Speedway race report 2002-09-28

The curtain fell on a "fulfilling" 2002 racing season at Hesston Speedway this weekend with special races filling the line up. All five of the feature races had just about everything racing fans want to see when heading to the local speedway. In...

The curtain fell on a "fulfilling" 2002 racing season at Hesston Speedway this weekend with special races filling the line up. All five of the feature races had just about everything racing fans want to see when heading to the local speedway.

In the 25-Lap Late Model/Limited Late Model Special Race, Jeff Leiphart went from pole to finish to pick up the win. While there was a battled between Leiphart in the #8L car and Steve Everhart in the #15E car for the top spot raged on, a tougher battle was being fought for the four other top spots in the race between Jason Covert #M15, Carl Billett #10 and Tim Smith #39. Smith, Billett and Covert, all had a chance of taking over the third spot throughout much of the 25-lap event. However, when the checkered fell it was Covert that won the battle for third, with Billet fourth and Smith fifth.

Over the last couple of weeks, Keith Russell has found ways of getting ahead of the pack and staying the V-8 Hobby Stock Division Races.Russell, last week's feature winner, took another checkered flag home with him as he won the 15-Lap V-8 Hobby Stock Special.

Russell had a lot of pressure from division points champion Terry Norris for most of the race.

Robbie Goss, who started on the pole gave Russell a fight for the first part of the race, but Norris was able to get by Goss in the late going for the second spot. Norris led in the race for about a lap before Russell was able to recapture the lead and the win that went down to the wire.

Norris was second, Goss third, Joe DeArmitt was fourth and Darin Desch was fifth.

In the PA 305 Sprints 25-Lap Event, JR Fogelsonger edged out Vince Snyder for the win in a thrilling race.

At the beginning of the race, Jason Shultz looked as if he was going to be the one who would take the black and white checkered, but mechanic problems dropped him out the race on lap 20.

That was enough room for Snyder and Fogelsonger to give the fans at the speedway a great race to watch.

Just as the race was getting under way, Robert Varner lost control starting into turn one. Varner flipped his car forcing Nathan Gramley to go down over the embankment. Both drivers were uninjured in the race with Gramley continuing on and Varner out of the race.

Things looked as if they were going get back to normal and the race running in full swing, George Johnston came out of turn four unable to stay in the groove. Johnston's car hit the outside retaining wall on the front stretch before rolling over. He also walked away from the vehicle after the accident.

Snyder was able to get in front of Fogelsonger and stayed in the lead for about three-quarters of the race before Foglesonger made his move. With five laps to go, Fogelsonger moved to the inside of Snyder and passed him with just about two laps to go. Things started to get real interesting at this point, as both drivers tried to jockey for the top spot. When the checkered flag fell Fogelsonger had captured the win. The Lynn Brothers Ryan and Todd finished third and fourth, respectively and Scott Ellerman finished fifth.

There were two special races also on the agenda at the Hesston Speedway. A 5-lap Powder Puff Race and an 8-Lap Mechanics Race in the Hobby Stock Division.

At the beginning of the race, it look as if Tammy Smith in the #42 car and wife of Tim Smith was going to win the event, but a spin out by Smith and Nancy McMullen forced Smith to the end of the field. That allowed Tammy Morder, in the #8 JR Guyer's car to win the Powder Puff event. In the Mechanic's Race, Danny Eicher took advantage of a caution flag, to take the lead and the win. Eicher is part of #60 Bill Replogle's crew. "This has been a fulfilling year," Hesston Speedway owner Linda Grubb said of the season.It just seemed like the season started and now it has come to an end."

Before racing action commenced, "Marie" A Reba McEntire Impersonator entertained the crowd with some of McEntire's biggest hits. Also performing was nine-year-old Jourdan Irene, who sang hits by Loretta Lynn and her own single, "Watch Out Nashville Here I Come" Tickets are currently on sale for the 2002 Awards Banquet to be held Saturday, January 18, at the Casino at Lakemont Park. Cost of the tickets are $25 per ticket. For ticket information, contact the speedway at 658-2823 or send a self-addressed envelope to Hesston Speedway, Inc., RD #1, Box 54B, Hesston, PA 16647.


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Series Sprint , Stock car
Drivers John George