Hesston Speedway report 2002-05-11

First-timer Barto wins cars unlimited special at Hesston. Hesston, PA -- Port Matilda's Mike Barto picked the biggest race of the year for his first hobby stock win Saturday at the Hesston Speedway. He led start to finish in the Chet Groves Cars...

First-timer Barto wins cars unlimited special at Hesston.

Hesston, PA -- Port Matilda's Mike Barto picked the biggest race of the year for his first hobby stock win Saturday at the Hesston Speedway. He led start to finish in the Chet Groves Cars Unlimited Special to win the extra-laps and extra money race by less than a car length after earlier winning his first heat race.

Through four early cautions Barto stayed in front on the restarts from the pole position and by lap 13 both Keith Russell and Joe DeArmitt were tight on his bumper, but Barto survived one more restart for his 16-lap win.

The special for the hobby stocks was scheduled for 20 laps or 30 minutes and shortened after time expired. The Cars Unlimited Hobby Stocks normally race 12 laps. Each of the Hobby Stocks earned 100 "Show" points.

The three regular feature wins went to Waylon Wagner in the Shellbrook Stables limited late models, Raymond Moore in the Goshorn Racing Supply pure stocks, and to defending champion John Bookwalter in the Grubb Lumber V-8 street stocks.

The next special at Hesston Speedway is the June 8 25-lap feature for the Goshorn Racing Supply Four-cylinder Pure Stocks.

Next Saturday night Hesston hosts the Sleeper Chassis Trophy Night and the PA 305 Sprints return for their bi-weekly visit. May 25 is the Rick Grubb and Donnie Wentz Memorial race with trophies by the Grubb family, and June 1 features an autograph night and pit tours for the kids!

Waylon Wagner led an exemplary feature in his #5W limited late model with only one caution in lap three as he won by a full straight-away ahead of Tim Smith who had won the week before and started tenth.

John Bookwalter started on the outside front row and passed Tom Beals on the first lap of the street stock feature and then led all the way with Beals and Jim Bookwalter close behind. In the winners circle the big, happy two-time champion thanked both his engine builders, Mike Altobelli and Hershey Automotive, for his dependable motor.

Kirk Knable ran away from the four-cylinder pack until he overtook the rear car in the field on the front stretch and tagged along around to turn three where he spun in lap eleven for the first caution of the 15-lap feature. That put Ray Moore on the point and he survived hard pressure from teammate Larry Duvall and previous race winner Gary Garner, up from tenth, for his first win.

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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