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The Challenger Raceway, Indiana Pa.
By: Chris Schaeffer
It was Twin State Fan Club Night at the Challenger Raceway, as
well as Scout and Little League Night. We also held our first
Bike Races of the season. Amidst all of the excitement, we did
manage to get in some superb racing. The evenings big winners
included: Ron Davies in the Texaco Late Models, Apollos' Ed
Lynch Jr. in the Super Winged Sprints, Coca-Cola Mid-Eastern
Modified pilot Chuck Kennedy, Joe Kelley in the Stewart Bus
Line Pure Stocks, and Chuck Cook besting the Strictly Stocks.
Roger Martz captured the win in the Pure Stock Mechanics Race.
The Texaco Late Models were brought
trackside for their
25 lap feature by Rob King and Mike Blose. Blose vaulted to the
point and lead the first two laps, before a pass by Dave Satterlee
put him in charge. Satterlee and Blose ran door to door for 15 laps
with Ron Davies watching the action running third. Davies took
an opening to overtake Blose and remained poised to strike for
the lead. With the laps winding down, it was now or never for
Davies. Coming down the back shoot on the final lap, Davies made
the pass. Satterlee tried to regain his position coming out of turn
four, but Davies shut the door to score his first win of the season
at Challenger. He was followed to the checkers by: Satterlee,
Dave Norton(up from 11th), Mike Blose, and Rob King. The
bottom tier of five included: Gene Kain, Wally Fox, Jason
Carnahan, Bob Wearing Jr., and Shane Beegle. The Prelims
were captured by Satterlee and Fox.
Ed Lynch Jr. grabbed the point on the
and never looked back. The real battle was for the second
spot, with Charlie Holben; in his best run to date, and
points leader Daryl Stimeling racing to the checkers. Stimeling
was able to overtake Holben with 6 laps remaining and tried
to reel in Lynch. But in a caution free race, Stimeling ran out
of laps. At the checkers it was Lynch, Stimeling, Holben,
Ralph Engel Jr., and Mark Whitebread. The rest of the top
ten included: Scott Priester, Gary Rankin, Kevin Schaeffer,
Matt Wingard, and Steve Kenawell. The Heats went to:
Stimeling and Lynch.
It was an A-1 night for Chuck
Kennedy, as he led
flag to flag of the Coca-Cola Mid-Eastern Modified
20 lap feature. Pittsburghs' Jim Bertges came home second
in a valiant run with 4 broken ribs. The third through fifth
slots were filled by: Jeff Taylor, Paul Dominick, and Joe
Kelley. Rounding out the top ten: Jim Fry, Will Cochran,
Carl McKinney, Jim Baker, and Jeff Metsger. The heat race
winners were: Chad McClelland, Bertges and Taylor. Jim
Baker captured the win in the "B"Main.
Joe Kelley led all the way to capture
the win in the
Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks. Brian Jakosh had a solid run
to come home second, with John Ponikvar, Randy Caldwell
and Bill Finley rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth
were filled by: Rob Kosecki, Fred Bratchie, Greg Hauger,
Rusty Martz and Rob Shook. The heat race wins went to:
Kosecki and Jakosh. Roger Martz captured the trophy in the
Pure Stock Mechanics race in his brothers #16m.
Chuck Cook captured the win in the
Strictly Stocks. He
was followed to the checkers by: John Mazey, Joe Starcher,
Ray Mazzafero and John Novak.
Late Model Feature:Ron Davies, Dave Satterlee, Dave Norton, Mike
Blose, Rob King, Gene Kain, Wally Fox, Jason Carnahan, Bob
Wearing Jr., Shane Beegle, Tom Decker Jr., Dale Zimmerman,
Mike Hawkins, Spanky Daugherty, Chris Stewart.
Sprint Feature: Ed Lynch Jr., Daryl Stimeling, Charlie Holben,
Ralph Engel Jr., Mark Whitebread, Scott Priester, Gary Rankin,
Kevin Schaeffer. Matt Wingard, Steve Kenawell, Chris Strait,
Bill Rusonis, Sheila Rankin, Denny Mellott, Andy Rankin,
Jim Kennedy, Mike Sub, Chuck Kirk, Mark Simpson D.N.S.
July 17 is a full five division Regular Show, plus the D.W.A.R.F.S.,
A mechanics race for the Sprints, bike races, and we welcome the
P.C.T.C. Fan Club night. It will also be United Way Night.
Thank you for your cooperation and support.