A first time winner, a winner for a first time in several years and two drivers with multiple 1999 features graced victory lane Friday night at Toledo Speedway. Lonnie York won in the Street Stock division, Danny Leppen took home honors in the...
A first time winner, a winner for a first time in several years and two drivers with multiple 1999 features graced victory lane Friday night at Toledo Speedway. Lonnie York won in the Street Stock division, Danny Leppen took home honors in the Figure 8 class, Ron Allen in late models and Jeff Maran in Factory Stocks.
The races were delayed over an hour while medical personnel worked on Brian Pelletier who suffered an apparent heart attack. The veteran driver was leading the third heat when his car drifted off the track in turn one and came to rest against the inside wall. He was listed in critical condition after being taken by life-flight to St Vincent's hospital in Toledo. At press time (7-11-99) no further update was available.
Jay Rohrback led the first seven laps from his pole position. On lap eight both Joey Shuryan and Don St. Denis moved passed Rohrback. Shuryan and St. Denis battled for the top spot for five laps before they tangled in turn four and were sent to the rear. Dennis Strickland took over the lead with Ron Allen on his rear bumper. The duo built up a commanding lead over a half of a lap. Strickland looked like he may be able to hold on for his first career late model feature win but with nine laps to go, he was passed by Allen. At the checkered flag Allen had come home the victor for the second time this season. Strickland despite a sick sounding engine (from a broken spark plug wire) hung on for second over Steve Bunge.
Fast Time: Dennis Strickland, 15.91 Dash: Ron Allen Heats: Joey Shuryan, Paul Young, Howard Kelley Jr Feature: Allen, Strickland, Steve Bunge, Jay Rohrback, Joe Hawes, Rick Sheppard, Sean Monahan, Tim Hebert, Young, Troy Briggs, Don St. Denis, Len Fritz, Chris Benson, Doug Stump, Steve Cronenwett, Dan Trosen Jr, Gene Krise, Shuryan, Jimmy Thiel, Cliff Bailey Jr, Kelley Jr, Scott Smith, Mike Meloche DNS: Tom O'Leary acc heat, Brian and Paul Pelletier
Lonnie York trapped race leader Dave Rupp behind lapped traffic on lap 11 and went on to win his career first feature event. Fast qualifier Rich Franz made a daring move through traffic with five laps remaining to take over second place. A "history" making event happened in the Street Stock feature when Rich Abel and daughter, Jennifer, took the track. It may have been the first father/daughter team to take the track.
Fast Time: Rich Frantz, 11.440 Dash: Bryan Ausmus Heats: Lonnie York, Rich Abel Feature: York, Frantz, Randy Cornett, Dennis Randall, Ausmus, Steve Chartrand, Dave Rupp, Dave Gilber, R Abel, Steve Shadix, Scott Selmi, Jim Kourtakis, Ron Fisher, Chris Fitzpatrick, Chuck Okuley, Ed Hindall, Jennifer Abel
Jeremy Miller took the early lead in the Figure 8 20 lap feature event but lost the lead on lap 3 when he had to swerve to avoid a car in the intersection. Danny Leppen took advantage of the miscue and appropriated the lead. Ken Ahlgren pressured Leppen the remaining 16 laps but settled for second. It was Leppen's first win since June 1997.
Heats: Jeremy Miller, Ken Ahlgren Feature: Danny Leppen, Ahlgren, Miller, Greg Studt, Robbie Loving, Craig Pace, Randy Cronenwett, Dennis Whisman, Rich Lee, Rob Parker
Jeff Maran continued his winnings ways Friday night in the Factory Stock 20 lap feature event. Of the 10 Factory Stock events this year at Toledo Maran has won exactly half of them. Tonight Dan Johnson finished second.
Heats: Kevin Burnheimer, Jeff Maran Feature: Maran, Dan Johnson, Adam Purdy, Don Lane Jr, Eugene Worden, Garrick Gray, Jon Hawkins, Burnheimer