Hesston Speedway race report 2002-05-25

Repeat Hesston winners earn Grubb Family trophies. Hesston, PA -- Three veterans and a first time winner earned Grubb Family trophies in memory of Rick Grubb and Donnie Wentz Saturday at the Hesston Speedway. The first timer was Terry Norris...

Repeat Hesston winners earn Grubb Family trophies.

Hesston, PA -- Three veterans and a first time winner earned Grubb Family trophies in memory of Rick Grubb and Donnie Wentz Saturday at the Hesston Speedway.

The first timer was Terry Norris of James Creek who said he has won many mechanic's races but his win in the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks was his first real feature win ever. Norris took the lead from Bill Replogle of East Freedom on lap three and then survived five restarts in the 12-lap feature for his win.

The veteran winners were defending Grubb Lumber Street Stock champion John Bookwalter, Gary Garner of Huntingdon in the Goshorn Racing Supply Four-cylinder Pure Stocks, and Tim Smith of McVeytown in the Shellbrook Stables Limited Late Models.

The Sheehan Motors 305 Sprints return next Saturday, June 1, for a makeup of the five-feature Sleeper Chassis Trophy Night that rained out May 18. Special events that night include the season's first Autograph Night and the popular Kid's Pit Tours.

The autograph session is held on the front stretch at intermission. The pit tours are for youngsters too young to purchase pit passes. The kids get to meet their favorite drivers up close in the closely guided and chaperoned small group visits. All of the young people must register with a signed parental release ahead of time to visit the pits.

Norris bested a field of 34 Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks, starting fourth. Heat winners were Joe DeArmitt, Replogle, Gary Morder, and Norris and Cris Edwards Sr. won the 12-car consi.

The last lap of the limited lates feature took two restarts to complete, but past four-cylinder star Tim Smith led start to finish for his second points win of the season. From lap five until the final lap cautions Smith gained a full straight-away lead. Smith and Brad Kling won the heat races.

Darin Hoover, Jim Bookwalter and John Bookwalter won the street stock heats and John Bookwalter started tenth as handicap for winning the previous race. Hoover and Jim Bookwalter went wheel to wheel through the first six laps and then Hoover went too high in turn one and spun.

By then John Bookwalter had passed Bill Heffner for second and John and Jim Bookwalter swapped the lead back and forth for the final eight laps. Jim in the #01 was faster in the outside groove and would pass John on the front and back stretch but then John would corner faster and re-pass coming out of turns two and four.

John Bookwalter won by almost three lengths and said after the awards ceremonies that Jim's car can't cut the corners quick enough to move inside. Big John added that his engine builders were reported incorrectly the win before and they are in truth Hershey Machine and Mike Galloway, not Altobelli.

The four-cylinder pure stocks opened the show with a thrilling three-way charge for the lead between Kirk Knable, Gary Garner, and Rick Bookwalter. On lap six Rick Bookwalter went to the top of turn two and Garner cut inside to take the lead. He won by half a turn.

The Hesston Speedway is located just north of Route 26 opposite to the Seven Points access to Lake Raystown. It's about five miles south of Route 22 in Huntingdon and 45 miles north on Routes 30W and 26 from the Breezewood Exit 12 of the PA Turnpike. For information call the track at 814-658-2823.

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