Hesston Speedway race report 2002-07-06

In a solemn opening ceremony that honored the late Ron Beam, Jr., last year's points champion at the Hesston Speedway, Saturday night. With almost the entire Beam Family and relatives on hand, drivers in the 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division walked...

In a solemn opening ceremony that honored the late Ron Beam, Jr., last year's points champion at the Hesston Speedway, Saturday night. With almost the entire Beam Family and relatives on hand, drivers in the 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division walked onto th speedway carrying an American Flag, which was donated by the Beam Family in Ron's honor.

With the drivers and pit crews from the other three divisions lining the barrier along the front stretch Ron was remembered as a friend, fellow driver, a loving son and a devoted husband and father.

In Ron's memory, the first annual Ron Beam Jr. Memorial Race sponsored by Custom Speed and Accessories saw a lot of good racing action in all four feature events.

In the Goshorn's Racing Supplies 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division, pole-sitter Larry Duvall went from start to finish with little trouble in taking the feature race. Duvall started the night off in grand fashion as he started 11th in the first division heat of the evening and battled through the other cars to take the checkered flag, which earned him his top starting position.

Ron Beam Sr., again broke out his son's #516 and finished fourth in the final division heat. The elder Beam did not fair well in the feature event finishing 13th in a field of 23.

Rounding out the top five were: Rick Bookwalter, Max Hampton, Dave Stahley and Shawn Moore. The top drivers received trophies sponsored by Custom Speed and Accessories and the top 10 finishers all recieved added purse money, sponsored by the Beam Family (laps 1and 2); Wright Construction (laps 3, 4, 5, 9 and 10) and Goshorn's Racing Supply (laps 6,7 and 8). In addition to the added purse, Thisltepatch Peddler added money for the fifth place and 10th place for the fifth and 10th lap. Lake's Septic and Portable Toilets sponsored the eighth place in the eighth lap.

After finishing second to cousin, John Bookwalter last week in the Grubb Lumber Street Stock Division Feature, Dan Bookwalter decided he was not going to be out done this week.

Jake Griffith started the 20-Lap 100 Show Points Feature event on the pole, but immediately felt heat from Dan Bookwalter. Heading into the third lap, Bookwalter took the lead. However, Dan again was getting pressure from John who broke from his 10th place starting position to really but pressure on Jim Bookwalter, who followed Dan throughout most of the race in second place. John was able to overtake Jim on approximately lap 18 and threaten to win his third straight feature. Dan was able to keep his lead heading into the turn four of the final lap for the win.

"I wasn't going to let what happened to me last week, happen again," Dan said. "It feels really good to win a race again."

John Bookwalter finished second, while Darin Hoover was third, Jim Bookwatler was fourth and Wayne Bunn finished fifth. Sleeper Chassis of Huntingdon, added extra winnings to the top five finishers in the feature event.

From the onset of the V-8 Chet Grove's Unlimited Hobby Stock Feature, it looked as if a repeat of three weeks ago was in the works. Points leader Keith Russell and Gary Morder, battled to the bitter end a couple of weeks ago, with Morder taking the checkered flag in the featured event. Unfortunately, for Morder, Russell would get the win.

Russell and Morder started in the one and two positions, respectively. Throughout the first few laps of the race, it was anyone's guess in who would win the race. However, last year's points champion Robbie Goss, past Morder to take over second place where it would be a showdown in the last three laps between Goss and Russell. Russell took the checkered flag, with Goss right behind him.

"This was a good race," Russell said. "Robbie put a lot of pressure on me and he ran a clean race and that was the fun of it."

Morder finished third, while Junior Guyer was fourth and Fred Noll finished fifth. Beam Racing and its sponsors added some purse money to the winner and Sager Racing Express gave added money to the fourth place and eighth place in the fourth and eighth laps.

In the Shellbrooke Stables Limited Late Model Division, Brad Kling took home his first Hesston win from start to finish. Kling felt a lot of pressure during the final race of the evening from Herb Tanneyhill and Brad Houck.

Tanneyhill and Houck finished second and third respectively, while Tim Smith, last week's feature winner was fourth. Duane Tanneyhill, racing for the injured Steve Bailor finished fifth. Beam Racing and its sponsors gave additional prize money to the top finisher, while Wilson;s Excavating added moeny for the second place finisher. Lake's Septic and Portable Toilets also sponsored the prize money for sixth place on the sixth lap.

The action continues next Saturday night with the Bumgardner and Flasher Oil Inc. Race Night. The PA 305 Sprints will make their return to the speedway as well next weekend.

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