Pocono Mountain Speedway 2000-08-19

Ron Heffelfinger in an ex-enduro car brought the Factory Stocks to the green. Taking the lead out of turn 2 was Paul Frantz followed by Wilson Reakes and Jim Buzinski. Frantz held the lead until lap 2 as the nicely prepared car of Reakes took...

Ron Heffelfinger in an ex-enduro car brought the Factory Stocks to the green. Taking the lead out of turn 2 was Paul Frantz followed by Wilson Reakes and Jim Buzinski. Frantz held the lead until lap 2 as the nicely prepared car of Reakes took the lead going into turn 3. As Reakes began to pull away from the field, Jim Ciampi driving {due to mechanical problems with his own car} Mark Dispirito's car began to work his way from last toward the front of the field. With current points leader Ciampi working his way thru traffic Reakes stretched out his lead even further on the field. Reakes went on to take the victory, but was later disqualified in post race inspection giving Paul Frantz his first victory at the speedway. Heat races were won by Mark Corbisiero and Wilson Reakes. Dave Babula of Hazleton Pa., driving his brother Ron's #37 Street Stock brought the field to the green. With little experience under his belt, Babula seemed determined to show his brother how to win with the car. As Babula began to pull away from the field, Mike Kowalczyk was showing a very impressive run in second place by holding off the likes of Chris Burge and Rich Spaide. Babula's impressive lead would soon tighten up though as caution flew on lap 10 due to the spinning car of Donny Hartzell. When green flag racing resumed Babula jumped out into the lead again followed closely by Rich Spaide, Chris Burge, and Bruce Long. Babula driving like an experienced racer gave it all he had but fell short as Spaide had taken the lead away from him on lap 14. As Spaide began to open up the lead, Bruce Long worked his way into 2nd place on lap 18 followed by Babula. Long did all he could to run down Spaide in the last 2 lap but fell short at the end as Spaide went on to take the victory followed by Long, Babula, Burg, and Kowalczyk. Heat races were won by Long and Steve Kolek. The Frank Greco memorial race was held this week for the Pro Stocks, Frank Greco was the father of current points leader Frank Greco. Mike Higgins brought the field around to the drop of the green followed by Brian Davis and Alan Decker. Higgins moved quickly into the lead, but this was short lived as Frank Greco moved into the lead coming off of turn 2. Greco who seemed to be very determined to win his fathers memorial race began to open up a very impressive lead. With Greco out in the lead Albert Kerns moved into second over Alan Decker and Bradley Brown. Kerns began to run down Greco but fell short on lap 27 after being black flagged due to his car smoking giving second place to Decker. With Kerns off the track Greco built a commanding and went on to take the victory over Decker, Joe Solt, and Bradley Brown. Heat races were won by Alan Decker and Frank Greco. In the Late Models it was Mike Radocha Jr. bringing the field to the green. Todd Cooper who started second quickly moved into the lead followed by Dean Kline and Doug Yanders. Yanders worked his way around Kline and Cooper taking control of the lead on lap 7 and looked to be well on his way to his second win of the season. Caution flew on lap 10 for the spinning car of Dean Kline tightening the field, on the restart it was Yanders followed by Larry Fisher, Barry Gommer, and Todd Cooper. Current points leader Barry Gommer began to challenge for the lead on lap 11 until the caution flew once again on lap 13 for the spinning car of Yanders, giving the lead to Gommer. Gommer as in the past began to take a commanding lead on the field followed by, Fisher, Barry Callavini and Cooper. Yanders who spun earlier in the event began to work his way threw traffic once again and soon was challenging Callavini for 3rd place. Fisher tried everything he could to run down the car of Gommer, but fell short at the end as Gommer went on to take the win followed by Fisher, Callavini, Yanders, and Radocha Jr. Heat races were won by Callavini and Gommer. The mini-cup cars will be finishing out their season at the speedway with a feature event following intermission. Coming up Sat. Sept. 16 the star champ karts {full sprint bodied 10 hp} will be on hand and will provide some of the best racing ever seen at the speedway, with speeds averaging over 70 mph and over 6 karts battling for the lead out of at least 15 karts each and every lap this will be one of the most exciting shows of the season. Join all the fun and excitement this Saturday evening as the Modifieds return to the fastest oval in North East PA, along with the Late Models, Pro Stocks, Street Stocks, Factory Stocks, and mini-cups.

Late Models: Gommer, Fisher, Callavini, Yanders, Radocha Jr., Cooper, Kline, Mory, Radocha Sr., McCarty Pro Stocks: Greco, Decker, Solt, Brown, Snyder, Nensteil, Kerns, Davis, Whitenight, Higgins Street Stocks: Spaide, Long, D. Babula, Burg, Kowalczyk, Dulina, Meckes, Kresge, Hartzell, Tombasco, Swerdon, Koleck Factory Stocks: Frantz, Buzinski, Distler, Corbisiero, Burd, Ciampi, Monkoski, Heffelfinger, Barbush, Eckert, Reakes {dq}

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Stock car
Drivers Brian Davis