Hesston Speedway race notes 2002-08-31

Over the last few weeks Jake Griffith has been in the hunt for his first career feature win in the Grubb Lumber Street Stock Division at Hesston Speedway. Usually, Griffith was the proverbial "bridesmaid" finishing behind one of the Bookwalters,...

Over the last few weeks Jake Griffith has been in the hunt for his first career feature win in the Grubb Lumber Street Stock Division at Hesston Speedway. Usually, Griffith was the proverbial "bridesmaid" finishing behind one of the Bookwalters, whether it was John or Jerry. But, eventually, even bridesmaids become brides and Griffith's hunt for his first career win is finally over

Despite leading the first lap, Griffith found himself looking at Jerry's rear bumper, that was until about half way through lap five, when Bookwalter began leaking antifreeze. Bookwalter brought out the caution as he headed into turn one, allowing the young driver to take the lead for good.

"This is great," a very happy Griffith said. "I hated to take advantage of Huck's (Jerry Bookwalter) misfortune tonight. I smelled antifreeze and I wasn't sure if it was me or Huck."

"This is a great division to race in with the Bookwalters and Bill Heffner, just to name a few. This was really a dream come true."

Wayne Bunn was second, Darin Hoover, who continues to be in contention week after week was third, fourth was Jim Bookwalter and fifth was Tim Brindle.

There was another dream that came true Saturday night as Raymond Fisher in the #42 car in the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock captured his first A-Main Feature win.

"This has been a long time coming," Fisher said. "This was my first ever A-Main win in three years of racing. It's about time. This was long overdue."

Fisher wass able to get past #73 Terry Norris who led the first three laps, as they headed down the back stretch, Fisher was able to get past Norris to take the lead and hold his position for the win.

Norris finished second with Bill Replogle third, Mike Barto was fourth and JR Guyer was fifth.

In the B-Main Feature, Robbie Goss won for the second consecutive week despite starting in 13th.

"I wish this was an A-Main Feature win," Goss said. "I want to thank a lot of the other guys in the division who either offered their help, tools, or parts to help me get the car fixed after the heat race. These are a great group of guys."

Gary Morder, who despite was involved in a caution on lap three was able to get through the field for second place. Mike Bubb continues to make a good showing was third. Rick Donelson was fourth and Ken Snyder Jr was fifth.

In the Shellbrooke Stable Limited Late Model Division, Brad Houck, who decided to take some time from racing this year, won his first feature of the season in a down-to-the-wire race with Tim Smith in the #39 car.

Despite a low number of cars in the field, Houck and Smith showed fans at the speedway one of the best races this season in the division.

While Smith led most of the way through the 20-lap event, Houck was right there waiting to make his move. Smith, who has been experiencing mechanical problems over the last couple of weeks, looked as if he was going to end his streak of bad luck. However, on lap 18, Smith hit the large tire inside of turn four that eventually broke a spindle.

"I could feel it getting loose," Smith said of the spindle. As Smith was fighting mechanical problems, Houck was able to get to the upper side of Smith to take the lead on lap #19.

"He wanted just as much as I did," Houck said of his race with Smith. "He got a little wide there at the end but that's racing."

Houck was referring to Smith's spindle snapping as the checkered flag dropped giving Houck the win. Smith got loose and collided with the side of Houck's car. Smith hit the inside wall on the front stretch as the race ended."

Division points leader Waylon Wagner was third, with Bill Booher fourth and last week's feature winner Bill Henney fifth.

In the Goshorn's Racing Supply 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division, Larry Duvall was able to earn his third win of the season. Duvall in the #11 car started in third and was able to get into contention from the green flag. Brian Lessley, who started on the pole was able to lead the field for about three laps before Duvall took over for good, despite some heavy pressure from Kirk Knable.

Knable finished second, while Duvall's teammate Raymond Moore was third. Lessley was fourth and Shawn Moore was fifth.

There are just two weeks left in the regualar season points race and anything can happen at this point in time of the season.

The PA 305 Sprints make their return to Hesston Speedway next for the Shellbrooke Stables Trophy Night.

After the late start of last week's race, young racing fans were able to get autographs of their favorite drivers during Saturday's intermission. The drivers from the Sprint Division will be signing autographs next week.

Racing starts at 7 p.m. and the gates open at 5 p.m.

Hesston Speedway will be racing into the final two weeks of September. Saturday, September 21, the speedway will be sponsoring a "Run What You Brung" Race in all four divisions with regular payouts. Then on September 28, there will be a Late Model-Limited Late Model 25-Lap Feature with a $1,200 purse to win. Also, that night there will be $500 to win purse for the PA 305 Sprints also a 25-lap feature event. A 15-Lap $300 to win V-8 Hobby Stock Feature Race and a 10-Lap $100 to win B-Main. If time permits, there will be a 6-lap Powderpuff Hobby Stock Race and an 8-Lap Hobby Stock Mechanics Race. For more information on this event please contact speedway publicist Jeff Gill at jpgill206@hotmail.com for more details.


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