HANOVER, PA, 7/4/03 - New Cumberland's Rusty Rupp hung on for dear life when he tapped wheels with race leader Brian Allman exiting turn four of lap three, then ran to his first career 358 sprint win in the 20-lap feature at Trail-Way Speedway ...
HANOVER, PA, 7/4/03 - New Cumberland's Rusty Rupp hung on for dear life when he tapped wheels with race leader Brian Allman exiting turn four of lap three, then ran to his first career 358 sprint win in the 20-lap feature at Trail-Way Speedway Friday night.
Rupp was nearly sideways down the front stretch when he was scored the leader of that third lap, and little did he know at the time that it would be the race-winning pass. The contact with Allman nearly resulted in disaster, as the entire field bunched up behind the leaders.
But former Trail-Way micro-sprint veteran Brad McClelland used the bottleneck to his advantage, moving around Allman just beyond the starter's stand to claim second place from his ninth starting spot. Allman also yielded to Billy Dietrich on turns one and two, dropping to fourth by the end of lap four. Neither driver, however, was able to catch the winner, who sorted masterfully through lapped traffic over the final 16 non-stop laps to claim his first career win.
"This is great!" exclaimed the happy winner upon exiting his Long's Mowing/Sgrignoli's Heating and Air Conditioning #73, "I had a good car, and this was a beautiful track tonight."
"I was concerned about lapped traffic," said Rupp, "but we squeezed through there and everything worked out."
The "lapped traffic" Rupp was referring came on laps 18 and 19, when McClelland closed to within two car lengths. But McClelland got caught up by the same cars that allowed him to close on the leader in the late going, giving Rupp the breathing room he needed to cruise to the win over the final lap.
The final margin of victory was .81 seconds over McClelland, with Billy Dietrich third, Scott Tate fourth, and Mike Bittinger fifth. Completing the top ten were Jon Keller, Brian Eichelberger, Scott Ausherman (who came back from a flat tire on lap four), two-time winner Jeff Young, and Tom Fraschetta.
Dave Gable, Jr. was uninjured when he flipped on turn four of lap two and collected Dan Dietrich, knocking both drivers out of the race. The only other caution of the race came out when Aaron Long spun off turn four into the infield after making contact with Young on lap four.
Heats for the 24 "358" sprints on hand were won by Rupp, Scott Tate, and Jeff Young. Danny Dietrich won the consolation event.
Bloomsburg's Ray Bull returned to his stomping grounds to claim his fifth win of the year in the 25-lap ARDC feature. But it wasn't easy.
The ARDC points leader started eleventh, and it wasn't until lap 19 that he caught race-long leader Steve Lenig with a low move in turns one and two.
Bull advanced to second with a front stretch pass of Bobby Watkins at the end of lap seven, but worked for the next dozen laps to reel in the leader. He got some help when the only caution of the race came out for Michelle Miller and Watkins, who made contact and spun while battling for fourth in turn two of lap 15. Even then, it took Bull more than three laps to take command.
Lenig ran strong the rest of the way to finish second, with Don Trent (who started tenth), Mike Miller (who started 12th), and Ed Stimely, Jr. completing the top five. Sixth through tenth were Fred Schell, Shawn Burke, Lew Blair, Michelle Miller, and Watkins.
Heats for the 19 ARDC midgets on hand were won by Lenig and Michelle Miller.
Littlestown's Marshal McMullen scored his first win in 15 years of racing in the 20-lap thundercar feature. McMullen came from the outside of row six to take the lead from Jerry Bingaman on lap 18. Bingaman had led since lap four when he took the lead from outside front row starter and early race leader Randy Zechman.
Bobby Bear came from 14th to finish second, with Bingaman holding on for third, Zechman finishing fourth and pole sitter Fred Lloyd crossing fifth.
Mark Shorb and Bryan Wagaman, who entered the race first and second in points, both failed to finish. Wagaman was credited with a 15 place finish, and Shorb was scored dead last.
Heats for the 24 thundercars in attendance were won by Mike Walls, Craig Wagaman (who set a new 8-lap thundercar track record of 2:40.80 in his heat), and Doug Devilbiss. Jeremy Brown won the consolation event.
Dickerson, Maryland's Chris Holston picked up his first win of the season in the 15-lap street stock feature. Holston started eighth and took the lead from Walt Mann on lap four. Three laps later, Mann spun out on turn four and dropped from the field.
Mike Walls, who started 12th, fought his way through the field to finish second, with Mike Herman, Doug King, and Robert Stough crossing third through fifth.
Heats for the 22 street stocks were won by Walls, Herman and Stough. Josh Wildasin established a new five-lap track record of 1:47.98 in winning the consolation event.
Trail-Way swings back into action on Saturday, July 5th with a junk car demolition race, championships for the 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder scramble cars, figure 8 racing, and the first appearance by a new division at Trail-Way - the 4-cylinder scramble oval cars. Race time is 7 PM.
On Friday, July 11th, the Coors Light 358 Sprints, thundercars, and street stocks will run in a regular show, with bike races for the kids at intermission. Gates for that show will open at 5:15 PM, with racing to begin at 7:30 PM.
Then on Saturday, July 12th, the 250 and 600-cc winged micro-sprints will return to Trail-Way. They will be joined by the 4-cylinder stocks, 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder scramble cars, and figure 8's. Race time is 7:00 PM, with gates opening at 4:45 PM.
Friday - July 4, 2003
Coors Light 358 Sprint Series:
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 73-Rusty Rupp; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 8D-Billy Dietrich; 4. 9-Scott Tate; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 20-Jon Keller; 7. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 8. 39-Scott Ausherman; 9. 22D-Jeff Young; 10. 9c-Tom Fraschetta; 11. 5A-Brian Allman; 12. 09-Brandon Grandstaff; 13. 29-Joe Ross; 14. 98-Troy Becker; 15. 96-Woody Linton; 16. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; 17. 10W-Chad Wolf; 18. 58-Aaron Long (DNF); 19. 8-Dan Dietrich (DNF); 20. 1-Dave Gable Jr. (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Brian Allman (1-2), Rusty Rupp (3-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 73-Rusty Rupp; 2. 58-Aaron Long; 3. 9C-Tom Fraschetta; 4. 8D-Bill Dietrich; 5. 29-Joe Ross; 6. 55-Brian Eichelberger; 7. 10W-Chad Wolf; 8. 13-Bo Gordon. Time - 2:13.32
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9-Scott Tate; 2. 6-Brad McClelland; 3. 5A-Brian Allman; 4. 1-David Gable, Jr.; 5. 09- Brandon Grandstaff; 6. 28H-Billy Heltzel Jr.; DNS - 98-Troy Becker, 2X-Tony Strine. No Time
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 22D-Jeff Young; 2. 8-Dan Dietrich; 3. 39-Scott Ausherman; 4. 20-Jon Keller; 5. 12-Mike Bittinger; 6. 96-Woody Linton; 7. 88-Danny Dietrich; 8. 88J-Rory Janney. No Time
Consolation (8 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 88-Danny Dietrich; 2. 10W-Chad Wolf; 3. 88J-Rory Janney; 4. 13-Bo Gordon (DNF); DNS - 98-Troy Becker, 2X-Tony Strine. No Time
Ray's Yamaha/Polaris/Victory ARDC Midget Series:
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 22-Ray Bull; 2. 9L-Steve Lenig; 3. 18-Don Trent; 4. 1-Mike Miller; 5. 6-Ed Stimely Jr.; 6. 75-Fred Schell; 7. 54-Shawn Burke; 8. 33-Lew Blair; 9. 4-Michelle Miller; 10. 55-Bobby Watkins; 11. 72-Kathy Kurtz; 12. 09-Scott Lawrence; 13. 88-Frank Fiore Jr.; 14. 29-Jim Knickerbocker; 15. 99-Scott Zipp; 16. 24-Ted Schmid; 17. 45-Tom Howe; 18. 94-Chris Rupp; 19. 3-Tracy Miller (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Steve Lenig (1-18), Ray Bull (19-25)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 9L-Steve Lenig; 2. 75-Fred Schell; 3. 18-Don Trent; 4. 72-Kathy Kurtz; 5. 6-Ed Stimely Jr.; 6. 55-Bobby Watkins; 7. 29-Jim Knickerbocker; 8. 88-Frank Fiore Jr.; 9. 45-Tom Howe; 10. 94-Chris Rupp. Time - 2:20.43
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 4-Michelle Miller; 2. 22-Ray Bull; 3. 09-Scott Lawrence; 4. 99-Scott Zipp; 5. 1-Mike Miller; 6. 54-Shawn Burke; 7. 33-Lew Blair ; 8. 24-Ted Schmid ; 9. 3-Tracy Miller (DNF). Time-2:21.32
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 34-Marshall McMullen; 2. 25-Bobby Beard; 3. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 4. 98-Randy Zechman; 5. 83-Fred Lloyd; 6. 70-Duane Hahn; 7. 2-Jeremy Brown; 8. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 9. 93G-Skip Messinger; 10. 8-Robert Bopst; 11. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 12. 39-Howard Williams; 13. 5-Mike Fletcher (DNF); 14. 1W-Mike Walls (DNF); 15. W-Bryan Wagaman (DNF); 16. 3-Mike Gladfelter (DNF); 17. 19-John McDonough (DNF); 18. 30-Craig Wagaman (DNF); 19. 88-Dwain Toot (DNF); 20. 22-Mark Shorb (DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Randy Zechman (1-3), Jerry Bingaman (4-17), Marshall McMullen (18-20)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 1W-Mike Walls; 2. 83-Fred Lloyd; 3. 22-Mark Shorb; 4. 19-John McDonough Jr.; 5. 3-Michael Gladfelter; 6. 88-Dewain Toot; 7. 2-Jeremy Brown (DNF); 8. 8J-Joey Flynn (DNF). No Time
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 30-Craig Wagaman; 2. 98X-Randy Zechman; 3. 5-Mike Fletcher; 4. 21-Jerry Bingaman; 5. 25-Bobby Beard; 6. 70-Duane Hahn; 7. 51-Chad Myers; 8. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. Time - 2:40.80 (New Track Record - old record was 2:41.30 set by Bobby Rudisill 5/2/03)
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 15-Doug Devilbiss; 2. W-Bryan Wagaman; 3. 34-Marshall McMullen; 4. 34M-Jim Martz Jr.; 5. 8-Robert Bopst; 6. 93G-Skip Messinger; 7. 39-Howard Williams; 8. 55W-Tom Walls, Sr. Time - 2:41.87
Consolation (8 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 2-Jeremy Brown; 2. 39-Howard Williams; 3. 1-Neil Smith (DNF); 4. 91-Tom Slusser Jr. (DNF); 5. 8J-Joey Flynn (DNF); 6. 51-Chad Myers (DNF); DNS - 55W-Tom Walls Sr.. No Time
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 20-Chris Holston; 2. 94X-Mike Walls; 3. 39-Mike Herman; 4. 23-Doug King; 5. 07-Robert Stough; 6. 77-Justin Mong; 7. 60-Danny Beard; 8. 3-Todd Miller; 9. 76-Robert Bare; 10. 56-Mike Kress; 11. 42-Jamie Bigelow Jr.; 12. 84-Josh Wildasin; 13. 65-Walt Mann; 14. 30-Richard Howes; 15. 55-Don Owens (Replaced Scott Fisher); 16. 70-Rick Weaver (DNF); 17. 12-Ted Forsythe (DNF); 18. 6-Randy May (DNF); 19. 1R-Barry Rinehart (DNF); 20. 18B-Bryan Stirn (Alt.)(DNF). No Time
Lap Leaders - Walt Mann (1-3), Chris Holston (4-15)
1st Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 94X-Mike Walls; 2. 12-Ted Forsythe; 3. 65-Walt Mann; 4. 76-Robert Bare; 5. 77-Justin Mong; 6. 56-Mike Kress; 7. 18B-Bryan Stirn; 8. 55-Scott Fisher (DNF). Time - 2:48.73
2nd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 39-Mike Herman; 2. 23-Doug King; 3. 20-Chris Holston; 4. 6-Randy May; 5. 70-Rick Weaver; 6. 42-Jamie Bigelow Jr.; 7. 84-Josh Wildasin (DNF). Time - 2:49.08
3rd Heat (8 Laps/6 to qualify) - 1. 07-Robert Stough; 2. 3-Todd Miller; 3. 30-Richard Howes; 4. 1R-Barry Rinehart; 5. 60-Danny Beard (DNF); 6. 48-Don Owens (DNF); DNS - 88-Chris Caprinolo. No Time
Consolation (5 Laps/2 to qualify) - 1. 84-Josh Wildasin; 2. 55-Scott Fisher; 3. 18B-Bryan Stirn; DNS - 88-Chris Caprinolo. Time - 1:47.98 (Establishes New Track Record)