Hesston Speedway report 2001-08-25

Tom Eriksen returned to the winners circle with a decisive Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model win Saturday at the Hesston Speedway, but Huntingdon's Harry Smith stole the Pepsi Race Night show with two flashy wins in the Shellbrook Stables Street...

Tom Eriksen returned to the winners circle with a decisive Stultz & Brown Limited Late Model win Saturday at the Hesston Speedway, but Huntingdon's Harry Smith stole the Pepsi Race Night show with two flashy wins in the Shellbrook Stables Street Stocks.

Collecting the balance of the Garlock's Used Cars and Storage Units trophies were Ray Moore of Groundhog Valley in the Metzler Bros. Transport Pure Stocks and Cris Edwards of Huntingdon in the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks.

The Old Fashioned Dirt Track Racing thrills continue next Saturday at Hesston with a 30-lap special for extra points and money for the Grubb Lumber 305 Sprints. The Humane society Night Sept. 1 is the final points race of the season and features all five divisions of stock cars and sprints.

The Hesston season concludes Sept. 8 with the Late Model Challenge when the Stultz & Brown Limited Late Models challenge the super late models and limited late models from all other tracks. In addition to home track rules, all cars must weigh at least 2300 pounds and limited late models may use a 12-inch spoiler. The late models will race for 30 laps, Promoters Butch and Linda Grubb announced, and the Street Stocks will run 20 laps while the Hobby Stocks race for 15 laps.

The night opened with a rain make-up from August 4 for the street stocks and past champion Harry Smith in his 8-Ball Camaro led all the way with Darin Hoover on his bumper. After a last lap crash into the backstretch wall, the final drag race to the finish went to Smith by about three feet. Smith and Hoover had won the heats and the front five feature finishers were Smith, Hoover, Dave Brown, John Bookwalter and Jerry Bookwalter.

The Stultz & Brown Late Models opened the night's regular show with heat winners "Tiger Tom" Eriksen and Allen Lemin on the front row and Eriksen demonstrated tire management by keeping his left front wheel off the ground most of the way around the track. After a series of lap five restarts defending champion Dwayne Taneyhill took the lead from Eriksen coming out of turn four and led the next full lap but Eriksen reclaimed the lead on lap seven. There were no more cautions and Eriksen built up a lead of almost a turn before lapped cars began slowing the leaders. The front five finishers were Eriksen, Waylon Wagner, Taneyhill, Shawn Bilger and Brad Houck.

Cris Edwards won the first heat to take the pole and then led every lap for the feature win in the Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks. Only four cautions slowed the often crash-filled feature. Joe DeArmitt put the pressure on Edwards early on and at the finish the top five were Edwards, Gary Morder, Mike Barto, Bill DeArmitt and Raymond Fisher. Darren Desch won the consi and the other heat winners were Joe DeArmitt and Rick Potter.

Only one caution when the new 94 of Dave Staley caught fire on the backstretch slowed the four-cylinder feature as Raymond Moore led from flag to flag for his fourth victory of the season. Moore and Ron Beam Jr. won the nine-car heats. Ron Beam Sr., Larry Duvall and Kirk Knable tagged behind Moore by only a length or two for the final nine laps and Kyle Wiser led the rest of the pack to finish fifth.

The night's second street stock feature shaped up as a battle between Harry Smith and defending champion John Bookwalter as they started on the front row. Smith got the early lead beating "Big John" into turn one on the first lap and on a lap six restart Jim Bookwalter took over the second spot.

As the leaders finished lap seven John Bookwalter flew out of turn four and hit the front wall to roll at least three times toward the flagstand. Under the red flag he emerged dazed but apparently undamaged and declined a hospital visit to care for his mangled red #1 Chevy. He was scored as completing lap 7 on his roof.

Several times in the second half of the feature the second place cars went three wide but Harry Smith coasted to the win followed by Hoover again in second and then Mike Swanger, Jerry Bookwalter and Tim Brindle.

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 or email Hesston@penn.com.

-HS/WC

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