Hesston Speedway report 2002-08-03

For Rance Garlock there was no better birthday present than the one he got Saturday night at Hesston Speedway for the Shellbrooke Stables Trophy Night. Garlock, of Three Springs celebrated his 27th birthday in grand fashion as he won for just the...

For Rance Garlock there was no better birthday present than the one he got Saturday night at Hesston Speedway for the Shellbrooke Stables Trophy Night. Garlock, of Three Springs celebrated his 27th birthday in grand fashion as he won for just the second time this season at Hesston with a fourth turn victory over Bill Henney in the Shellbrooke Stables Limited Late Model Division.

Before the start of the races, it was announced that an anonymous fan put a $100 bounty for any of the division drivers that would beat either Tim Smith or Waylon Wagner in the feature.

From the start of the race it looked as if Henney was going to make a return to vicotry lane, despite a lot of pressure from Garlock.

The feature saw probably one of the most specatular recoveries made at the speedway this year.

Coming down the front stretch on lap 10, Bill Booher connected with the concrete barrier next to the grandstand area. Sparks flew and it looked as if Booher was headed for serious problems. Fortunately for Booher, he was able to recover from near disaster and got his car back on the speedway. However, just before hand, Mike Ash in the #35 car, hit the other side of the barrier just before the flagstand bringing out the caution.

The last caution, however, proved to be benficial for Garlock.

"If that caution does not happen, Bill would have won the race," said Garlock. "The caution gave my tires a chance to cool off."

As the green flag dropped with two laps to go, Henney still led the field. However, one the final lap, Garlock began to pressure Henney. As the two cars came into the fourth turn, Henney went high thus allowing Garlock to drop down and sqeeze out the win. Herb Taneyhill finished third, as Waylon Wagner finished fourth and John Hedge was fifth.

In the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock Division, Gary Morder in the #151 car returned to victory lane with his third win of the season. Morder went from pole to finish for the win.

There was a scary moment during the race, when Mike Barto in the #08 car and Shane Morgan in the #24 car got together between turns one and two. Barto ended up over the bank while Morgan was able to stop his car before following Barto into the weeds. Although Barto walked away from the accident, he was checked over by Williamsburg Ambulance personnel. The accident did bring out the red flag, as emergency personnel responded to the accident.

"This win really goes to the pit crew of the #1car of John Bookwalter," Morder said. "They helped out check the car out earlier this week and made some adjustments."

Finishing behind Morder was Jessie Fessler, third was Terry Norris, fourth was Jacob Sager and fifth was Joe DeArmitt.

In the Goshorn Racing Supply 4-Cylinder Pure Stock Division, "Hollywood" Rick Bookwalter returned to victory lane for his fourth win of the season. Bookwalter fought past division points leader, Larry Duvall to take the checkered flag. After nearly a month off, Mike Grubb in the #31G car showed no signs of being rusty as he finished second behind Bookwalter. Grubb started in the fifth position. Finishing third was Raymond Moore, fourth was Kyle Wiser and fifth was Gary Garner. There was little surprise in the Grubb Lumber Street Stock Division Feature, as John Bookwalter won for the second straight week and captured his ninth win overall of the season.

Despite starting in the 10th poistion, "The Boogieman" was able to race through the field and eventually over took cousin Jerry for the lead.

"I've been told that when a car is running this good, it means it is close to blowing up," Bookwalter said. "I hope that is not true, but this car is running really well right now."

Jim Bookwalter was second and Dan Bookwalter was third. Dave Brown finished fourth and Tom Beals was fifth.

in the Chet Grove's Cars Unlimited V-8 Hobby Stock Division B-Main, Ryan Sager captured his first career feature win in the eight-lap event. "I'm not sure what to say," Sager stated. "This is my first win and it feels really great."

Bill DeArmitt finished second with Mark Snyder finishing third. Rookie Wayne Irvin made his second top five finish of the season as he finished fourth and Earl Hollenbaugh was fifth.

During the intermission, the annual Kid's Bike Race, sponsored by Pepsi of Altoona was held.

Two-year old Dylan Grubb won the 2 and 3 year olds race. Dylan's older brother, Dalton won the 4,5, and 6 year olds race. Ethan Goss won the 7,8, and 9 year olds and Chance Billet won the 10, 11, 12 year olds.

Over 70 boys and girls participated in the event and each received a tee shirt from Pepsi and a blue ribbon.

Next week marks the return of the PA 305 Sprints Division, sponsored by Sheehan Motors. The Sprints will be competing in a 30-lap Feature special event. Each sprint car that is in attendance next week will receive 100 show points. The trophies will be sponsored by Eichleberger's Heating and Air Conditioning.

Gates open at 5 p.m. and the heat races begin at 7 p.m.


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