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Williams Grove Speedway
April 23, 2004
410 Sprint Cars A main:
         *****CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN*****
358 Sprint Car A main:
         ******CANCELLED DUE TO RAIN*****

APRIL 23, 2004                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
ECKERT COMES HOME TO HAGERSTOWN FOR FIRST WORLD OF OUTLAW WIN
    
HAGERSTOWN, MD - Two-time national champion Rick Eckert of York, PA 
returned 
to his home track Saturday night to score his first World of Outlaws 
late 
model win in the 50-lap Stanley Schetrompf Memorial at the Hagerstown 
Speedway. 
Eckert, who earned $10,000 for his 15th career win at Hagerstown, was 
the ninth 
different late model winner in nine races this year at the half-mile 
oval.

    "I didn't know whether I was ever going to get a WOO win," said 
Eckert, 
"It is nice coming home and winning this before my hometown fans. They 
even 
brought my 93-year old grandfather, who isn't in good health, to watch 
tonight. 
It was a thrill to win with him here." 

    Eckert started on the outside pole and quickly pulled away to a 
10-car 
length lead by the third lap with pole-sitter Scott Bloomquist in 
pursuit. Steve 
Francis took over second when Bloomquist brought out the caution on lap 
seven 
and was able to stay within striking distance of the leader. Francis 
closed 
in on Eckert's bumper on the 15th lap, but Eckert was able to open a 
five-car 
length lead as the leaders began to put the slower cars a lap down on 
the 23rd 
circuit. Francis closed in on the leader on lap 27 as Eckert approached 
two 
lapped cars racing side-by-side. Francis pulled in front going down the 
backstretch, but Eckert was able to put his nose in front when the two 
cars notched 
lap 28 and was back in front when the second and final caution was 
waved on lap 
29. 

    Eckert set the pace on the restart and was able  to keep a 
comfortable 
10-car length lead over Francis the rest of the way to score his first 
win in 
the new World of Outlaw Late Model Series.

    "I wanted to win the dash too, but I am glad that Bloomquist won," 
added 
Eckert. "He made me go in and work on my car because I knew I 
definitely 
needed to get better. Robby (Allen, crew chief) and I came to 
conclusions the 
things we had to do to get better and made some changes that made us 
better than we 
were in the dash, that's for sure."

    Francis, who started third, settled for the runner-up spot for the 
second 
time in as many nights. "We are happy with it," said Francis. "We 
thought we 
had a run at him (Eckert) in lapped traffic, but Rick was a little bit 
better 
in the open and I think we were a little bit better in traffic. But it 
was 
still a good race and a good weekend. The track was excellent, probably 
the best 
we have ever seen this place. Randy (Grove) always has this place 
right, it 
was just racy." 

    Bart Hartman held off seventh starting Chub Frank for third after 
setting 
fast-time of 18.639 seconds in time trials. 

    "We changed the car quite a bit from the heat race," said Hartman. 
"The 
track was good as usual. You could race all over it, bottom, top or the 
middle. 
It was racy as usual. I can't say enough about Rocket Chassis, Cornett 
Motors, Imler Poultry, Hoosier Racing Tires. We just needed to get a 
little bit 
better. We had a third place car evidently."

    Brian Birkhofer rounded out the top five. Dale McDowell was next 
with 
Bloomquist coming from the rear of the field for seventh after changing 
tires on 
the seventh lap. Randall Chupp was next with 18th starting Donnie Moran 
ninth 
and 17th starting Mike Balzano finishing out the top ten. Heat winners 
for the 
49 cars were Birkhofer, Bloomquist, Eckert and Francis. Balzano and 
Moran won 
the B-Mains. Bloomquist won the dash.

    In other action, Marvin Winters led every lap from the pole to win 
the 
20-lap Hoosier Tires/Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman feature for his 
first win 
of the year. Winters led the field to the green from the pole with Doug 
Paxson following in second. With two laps remaining, ninth starting 
Tyler Armstrong 
made contact with Scott Sites, who was running fourth to bring out the 
caution. On the restart, Paxson brought out the caution before a lap 
was completed 
turning second over to Mike Walls. Walls did not have anything for the 
leader 
as Winters scored his first win by five cars lengths. David Williams 
came home 
third after starting 11th with Armstrong fourth. Bobby Beard rounded 
out the 
top five for the St. Thomas Towing Hard Charger award after starting 
14th. 
Richard Walls, Al Shawver Sr., Larry Baer, Johnny Smith and Glenn 
Ninninger Jr 
completed the top ten. Heat winners for the 33 cars were Baer, 
Armstrong and 
Winters. Eric Ohler won the consolation,

    Next week, May 1st, the Hagerstown Speedway will be back in action 
with 
the late models, late model sportsman, pure stocks and enduro dash. 
Race time 
is 7 P.M.

RESULTS: WORLD OF OUTLAWS LATE MODELS: 49 Cars: (Lap Leaders: Eckert, 
1-50) 
TIME TRIALS: 1. Bart Hartman, 18.639; 2. Scott Bloomquist, 18.803; 3. 
Rick 
Eckert, 18.968; 4. Steve Francis, 19/096; 5. Brian Birkhofer, 19.126; 
6. Mike 
Balzano, 19.135; 7. Donnie Moran, 19.196; 8. Alan Sagi, 19.202; 9. 
Clint Smith, 
19.217; 10. Dale McDowell, 19.239; 11. Roy Deese Jr., 19.239; 12. Billy 
Moyer, 
19.241; 13. Scott James, 19.246; 14. Steve Shaver, 19.273; 15. Chub 
Frank, 
19.277; 16. Jason Covert, 19.283; 17. Scott LeBaron, 19.290; 18. Tim 
McCreadie, 
19.341; 19. Matt Miller, 19.346; 20. Gary Stuhler, 19.348; 21. John 
Blankensmith, 19.351; 22. Randall Chupp, 19.369; 23. Darrel Lanigan, 
19.381; 24. Rob 
Blair, 19.385; 25. Mike Lupfer, 19.449; 26. Jeremy Miller, 19.501; 27. 
Davey 
Johnson, 19.548; 28. Frankie Plessinger, 19.609; 29. D.J. Myers, 
19.626; 30. Kirk 
Ryan Jr.; 19.629; 31. Jerry Foster, 19.639; 32. Dan Stone, 19.658; 33. 
Scott 
Cross, 19.661; 34. John Mason, 19.670; 35. Dan Schlieper, 19.680; 36. 
Paul 
Crowl, 19.708; 37. Rick Aukland, 19.727; 38. Jim Bernheisel, 19.732; 
39. Brent 
Smith, 19.733; 40. Tom Myers, 19.763; 41. Jerry Fifield, 20.318; 42. 
Brian Booze, 
20.420; 43. Rick Hulson, 20.445; 44. Dave Rice Jr.; 20.508; 45. Josh 
Richards, 20.662; 46. Tim Wilson, 20.684; 47. Donnie Farlling Jr.; 
20.726; 48. Jeremy 
Stone, 20.852; 49. Tim Murphy, 20.864.

50-LAP FEATURE: 1. Eckert; 2. Francis; 3. Hartman; 4. Frank; 5. 
Birkhofer; 6. 
McDowell; 7. Bloomquist; 8. Chupp; 9. Moran; 10. Balzano; 11. Stuhler; 
12. 
Miller; 13. Moyer; 14. Blankensmith; 15. Plessinger; 16. Lanigan; 17. 
James; 18. 
D.J. Myers; 19. Johnson; 20. McCreadie; 21. Smith; 22. Schleiper; 23. 
Deese; 
24. Blair. 

20-LAP HOOSIER TIRES LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN FEATURE: 33 Cars: (Lap 
Leaders: 
Winters, 1-20) 1. Marvin Winters; 2. Mike Walls; 3. David Williams; 4. 
Tyler 
Armstrong; 5. Bobby Beard, Hard Charger; 6. Richard Walls; 7. Al 
Shawver Sr., 8. 
Larry Baer; 9. Johnny Smith; 10. Glen Ninninger Jr.; 11. Eric Ohler; 
12. Terry 
Flaherty; 13. Tony Grim; 14. Barry Lear Sr.; 15. Doug Paxson; 16. Rusty 
Sites; 
17. Dale Smith Jr.; 18. Scott Palmer; 19. Russell Thornley; 20. Fred 
Harden; 
21. Roy Miller; 22. Terry Lescalleet; 23. Chuck Cox; 24. Brian Miller. 
DNQ: 
Kenny Day. DNS: Jared Miller; Donnie Harrington; Pete Weaver; Thomas 
Lainhart; 
Jim Salisbury; Arlin Brougher; Mike Spangler; James Barker.
 

Mother Nature Wins 3 out of 4 at SSP on Sunday

NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (April 25, 2004) - Other than Lance Dewease (410 Sprints), Michael Goodwin (Xtreme Enduro Stocks) and Butch Brough (Legends Cars), the only winner at the Susquehanna Speedway Park has been Mother Nature as she forced the cancellation of the Sunday night racing events (previously postponed from Thursday, April 22).┬  With a great forecast for this Thursday, April 29, SSP officials look forward to┬  an exciting event as the 410 Sprint Cars, the Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars and the Classic Cars are featured.

Handicapping also begins as well for the 410 Sprint Cars which means the top finishers from last week start near the back.┬  Also, the first event for the Xtreme Challenge begins for the Xtreme Enduro Stock Cars where the top five finishers from last week start at the rear of the feature and their purse monies will be doubled if they finish in the top five this week.┬  The Xtreme Challenge will be ongoing throughout the 2004 season.

Gates open┬ in the pit area at 4:00 p.m. with the grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m.┬  Warmups begin at 6:30 p.m. with racing action beginning at 7:30 p.m.┬  Race fans can expect a fast paced 2 ┬Ż hour program each and every night (and as coined by a local reporter "Done by 10.").┬  Grandstand ticket prices are Adults (18 & older) $10.00; Teens (13-17) $6.00; Children (6-12) $2.00; and Children (5 & under) are free.┬  Pit pass prices have been reduced to $20.00 with a reduced price of $18.00 for all track license holders.┬  A track license is $25.00 for the year.┬ ┬ 
┬ 
A new website┬ for the Susquehanna Speedway Park┬ can be found at
www.sspracing.net.┬  The Susquehanna Speedway Park is located off I-83 to exit 32, then 1.4 miles NW on SR382 to York Road, then 1.3 miles south.┬  For more information, contact the speedway offices at (717) 292-1696 or email toddafish@aol.com.
 

Lincoln Speedway
April 17, 2004
410 Sprints A main:
(25 Laps)-1. 77-Lance Dewease ($2,500); 2. 4-Eric Stambaugh; 3. 88H-Fred Rahmer; 4. 30-Doug Esh; 5. 21-Brian Montieth; 6. 17E-Cris Eash; 7. 59-Jim Siegel; 8. 97-Billy Dietrich; 9. 10N-Niki Young; 10.6K-Chris Knopp ; 11. 32-Brook Weibley; 12. 71-Brian Leppo; 13. 7K-Dan Shetler; 14. 22-Darren Eash; 15. A18-Becca Anderson; 16. 55-Philip Weinsteiger; 17. 31D-Kevin Drury (DNF); 18. X-Bobby Weaver (DNF); 19. 94-Glenndon Forsythe (DNF); 20. 70-Sam Schlosberg (DNF); 21. 6W-Josh Wells (DNF); 22. 38-Chappy Knaack; 23. 12-Greg Hodnett (DNF); 24. 47J-Jeff Busby (DNF). No Time
 
305 Sprint A main:
 (20 Laps) - 1. 88-Jim Wentz; 2. 31-Tommy Beavers; 3. 8M-Chris Meleason; 4. 0G-Kyle Ganoe; 5. 44-Joey Hershey; 6. 46-Mike Alleman; 7. 115-Scott Ellerman; 8. 60K-Rob Mellott; 9. 33T-Todd Spangler; 10. 75-Dusty Shatzer; 11. 23J-Jim Roush; 12. 65-Bob Gutshall; 13. 20-Larry Shoop; 14. 74S-Greg Hammaker; 15. 67-Bob Fink; 16. 0-Tom Freet; 17. 28K-Brandon Keller; 18. 68M-Jim Moffett; 19. 74S-Don Slack; 20. 23-Todd Lynn; 21. 8-Randy Kaylor (DNF); 22. 47-Tom Worrick (DNF); 23. 23G-Nathan Gramley (DNF); 24. 7-Jim Kennedy (DNF). No Time
 
Thundercars A main:
(20 Laps)-  1.Mike Walls ($250); 2. 61-Mike Ciezobka; 3. 30-Craig Wagaman; 4. 1-Neil Smith; 5. Mike Zeigler Jr.; 6. 76-Bob Bare; 7. 52-Nat Tuckey; 8. 2-Dan Zechman; 9. 31-Ron Shultz; 10. 3-Mike Gladfelter; 11. 81-Mike Zeigler Sr.; 12. 34-Marshall McMullen; 13. 5-Gary Potts; 14. 39-Wayne Dutterer; 15. 41-Howard Williams; 16. 61s-Mike Slaybaugh (DNF); 17. 54-Roy Warehime (DNF); 18. 9J-Mike Johnson (DNF); 19. 34M-Jim Martz Jr. (DNF); 20. 3R-Bobby Rudisill (DNF); 21.12-Jake Markey (DNF); 22. 91-Tom Slusser (DNF); 23. X-Bernie Beard (DNF); 24. 33-Jeff Allen (DNF). No Time

 

Port Royal Speedway Race Results-04/24/04

AUMILLER & ASSOCIATE SPRINT CAR FEATURE-25 LAPS

1.Mark Smith, 2. Jeff Shepard, 3. Todd Shaffer, 4. Todd Hestor, 5. 
Keith
Kauffman, 6. Chad Layton, 7. MIKE Erdley, 8. Rick Lafferty, 9. Randy
Baughman, 10. Mike Wagner, 11. Richie HBartman, 12. Dave Hahn, 13. 
Dustin
Hoffman, 14. Ron Kramer, 15. Mark Coldren, 16. Rod Stroup, 17. Lucas 
Wolfe,
18. Jimmy Segar, 19. Craig keel, 20. Jay Reichard, 21. Curt Stroup, 22.
Shawn Howe, 23. Bill Wolfe. DNS-Judi Bates, Justin Seigler, Vince 
Snyder. 26
cars.

Heat Winners-Smith, Keel, Wolfe.

Ramsey's Car Wash/AB Auto Glass Late Models Late Model Feature-20 Laps

1. Scotty Haus, 2. Steve Campbell, 3. Nick Dickson, 4. Travis Dillman, 
5.
Mike Atherton, 6. Dave Kepner, 7. Jere Wierman, 8. Tim Gray, 9. Scott
Flickinger, 10. Jim Yoder, 11. Eric Kauffman, 12. Billy Wampler, 13. 
Harold
Ranck, 14. Mitch Hack, 15. Scott Lupfer, 16. Mike Mort, 17. Bill 
Dimmig, 18.
Jeff Bryner. DNS-Chas Shellenberger, Tim Aurand.-20 cars.

Heat Winners-Wampler, Dillman.

Stong's Auto Parts Pro Stock Feature-15 Laps

1.Bill Powell, 2. Harold ranck Jr., 3. Todd Snook, 4. Jim Palm, 5. Dave
Bowsman, 6. Corey Kepner, 7. Dick Shoop, 8. Scott Bargo, 9. Ken Stitt 
Jr.,
10. Kevin Imes, 11. Alex Frey, 12. Steve Woodward, 13. Doug Albeck, 14. 
Gary
Beward, 15. Jason Davis, 16. Steve Stitt, 17. Scott Spahr, 18. Josh 
Brown,
19. Frank Eward, 20. Keith Rowles.DNS-Harry Peffer, Dustin Shehan, 
Jerry
Palm Jr., Neil Foust.-24 cars.

Heat Winners-Jason Davis, Steve Stitt.

Parson's Auto Salvage/Casner Service Center 4 Cyl. Stock Cars-12 Laps

1. Terry Goshorn, 2. Leroy Long, 3. Jerry Schott Jr., 4. Derrick 
Casner, 5.
Max Hampton, 6. Josh Detra, 7. Barry Hawbaker, 8. Sam Smith, 9. Chris
Casner, 10. Vance Kennedy, 11. Joe Jacubic, 12. Chuck McCarty, 13.Pete
Leister, 14. Randy Wible. DNS-Jason Bargo, Tony Linn.DQ-Julie Hampton, 
Lite
on scales after feature. 17 cars.

Heats-Goshorn, Long.

Path Valley Outraces Bad Weather for Fitz, Fisher and Good Wins

 


By Walt Cox

Spring Run, PA_ The 600 Sprint feature with two laps to go looked like a walk away win for Bullriders Jim Fitz of Crystal Springs Friday night at the Path Valley Speedway Park.

 

Then sailing into turn three Fitz shed a wheel in lap 19 and in a dramatic irony his brother Richie Fitz took over the lead and nailed down the second win of the season for their Bullrider Chassis team. Jim Fitz took the lead at the start and Richie Fitz moved into second after the first caution in lap 10. Both brothers had the challenge of past repeat champion Donnie Hendershot to contend with. The front five at the finish were Richie Fitz, Donnie Hendershot, Jim Brookens, Aaron Eichelberger, and Mark Hendershot, and the heat winners were Brookens, Hendershot and Hendershot.

 

Racing suffered from a one hour rain delay that held up the final feature finish until almost 11:30, but the benefit was an unusually soft and tacky track for some of the fastest racing of the season, according to senior race director John Winsett. Our track crew did a great job tonight, he said, and the drivers had the fewest caution flags weve seen this season.

 

The Central PA Legends provided equal thrills as Nathan Fisher of Beaver Springs took the lead and win from Lawrence Garrison and Rick Potts with two to go amid lapped car traffic.

 

Valvoline Cup National Micro Sprint Champion Sean Good of Middleburg outran Jim Callahan and Tony Jackson for the 270 Sprints win with a pass around Callahan to the outside of turn one on lap 17 amid lapped traffic. Jerry Bard in the Mini Stocks, Randy Patterson in the V-8 Street Stocks, and Lyle Barnes in the 4-Cylinder Thunder Cars all repeated stock car wins.

 

Next Friday night, April 30, the PA 305 Sprints and the Dwarf Cars take the place of the Legends and V-8 Street Stocks. Gates open at 5 p.m. with warm-ups about 6:30.

 

Elite Chassis dominated the 270 Sprints just as Bullrider Chassis had the 600 Sprints as teammates Jim Callahan and Sean Good held off first Colby Womer and then Chad Myers and Tony Jackson to take another Good win for East Coast Motorsports. The front five were Good, Callahan, Jackson, Myers and Jim Young. A.J. Bast, Jackson and Womer won the heats.

 

In the Legends, Fisher outmaneuvered Rick Potts around a lapped car and then stayed ahead of both Potts and Lawrence Garrison in a thriller all three had led at times. Fisher, Garrison, Potts, James Black and Bob Murray were the front five finishers and Potts, Fisher and Randy Kissinger were the heat winners.

 

All three stock car features built on the excitement of racing after rain when no other nearby tracks could with Lyle Barnes passing Tony Weller on the inside of turn two after 13 laps for the 4-Cylinder Thunder Car win, the second for Barnes. Into lapped car traffic shortly, Barnes used Rookie Jeff Christys 22 to hold off Wes Scofield, Weller, John Rasp and Melvin Bigler, the front five finishers. Terry Smith and Rick Rosenberry won the heats.

 

Randy Patterson took the lead on a lap six restart after early leader Wayne Hawbaker suffered a flat, and Patterson sailed to the V-8 Street Stock win followed by Kevin Keefer, Alex Boozie and Hawbaker.

 

Jerry Bard had to hold off both Ricky Harper and Kyle Wiser for the Mini Stock win, Bards second. Bard edged past Harper in close clean wheel to wheel action through laps five, six and into lap seven. Once I got past Harper I could really run on the smooth track, he said, but I was just lucky with that tire that went flat in the winners circle. The front five were Bard, Harper, Wiser, Kevin Thomas and Gary Dehart, and Thomas won the single heat race.

 

The Path Valley Speedway Park is located in Spring Run PA a mile north on PA Route 641 from the intersection with PA Route 75, halfway between Port Royal and Hagerstown. It is five miles east from the Willow Hill Exit 14 of the PA Turnpike. The new phone number at the track is 717-349-7111. For information on the 2004 schedule and rules, race teams and fans can consult our website at www.pathvalley.com or they can email Two Wheel Promotions at twp@pathvalley.com.

 

FINISH ORDER:

 600 Sprints Richie Fitz (started 3), Donnie Hendershot, Jim Brookens, Aaron Eichelberger, Mark Hendershot, Duane Harbaugh, Kerry Schanz, Dusty Heistand, Jake Murphy, Jim Young, Chad Criswell, Rod Schell, Justin Frontz, Dan Kanagy, Cody Parker, Tim Barrick, Jason Starr, Dusty Faust, Jordon Frontz, Jim Fitz, Colby Womer, D.J. Holland, Chris Crull. Heats to Brookens, Mark Hendershot, Donnie Hendershot.

 

Central PA Legends Cars Nathan Fisher (2), Lawrence Garrison, Rick Potts, James Black, Bob Murray, Harry Garber, Zach Deiter, Denny Rothermel, Jason Ewing, Randy Fetterolf, Butch Brough, Ray Swank, Roger Austin Sr., Edward Wentz, Darryl Bloom, Donnie Potts, Bill Harris, Andy Lupfer, Paul Fitzsimmons, Laura McGonnell, Bill Weifel, Josh Morrow, Randy Kissinger, Greg Burd, Allen Felix. Heats to Potts, Fisher, Kissinger.

 

270 Sprints Sean Good (3), Jim Callahan, Tony Jackson, Chad Myers, Jim Young, Amanda Schlegal, A.J. Best, Craig Myers, Tom Tice, Brian Walker, Aaron Spahr, Bobby Hyatt, Henry Sparks, Colby Womer, Aaron Lynch, Rodney Glass, Matt Cowan, Eric Spahr, DNS Matt Miller, Zack Zook, Jeff Hoover, Earl Hoon Jr. Heats to Bast, Jackson, Womer.

 

V-8 Street Stock Randy Patterson (3), Kevin Keefer, Alex Boozie, Wayne Hawbaker. Heat to Hawbaker.

 

Mini Stock Jerry Bard (5), Rickey Harper, Kyle Wiser, Kevin Thomas, Gary Dehart, Tim Burkholder, Mike Beidel, Steve McCartney. Heat to Thomas.

 

4-Cylinder Thunder Lyle Barnes (5), Wes Scofield, Tony Weller, John Rasp, Melvin Bigler, Ricky Rosenberry, Ken Lawrence Jr., Derrick Varner, Jeff Christy, Tim Varner, Keith Armolt, Chuck Ingram, Terry Smith. Heats to Smith, Rosenberry.

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