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Cumberland to Harr, Gordon, Humberson and Richard by Ray Welsh
CUMBERLAND, MD July 10,. The Cumberland Raceway 20 lap Price Budweiser Late Model feature winner was Chris Harr, of Imler, PA. This was his 1st Cumberland win this year. Bob Gordon, of Keyser, WV, won the 18 lap Hoosier Tire Semi-late feature for the 5th time this season, Tom Humberson, of Grantsville, MD, the current point leader, got his 1st feature win in the 12 lap Pro Stock feature, and the
KARS 20 lap sprint race was won by Mark Richard, of Landisburg, PA. The races were sponsored by the Western MD Building and Construction Trades Council, who added money to the purse and sponsored all the trophies.
In the Late Model feature, Chris Harr, who started 3rd, took the lead on lap one, led through 3 cautions, and went flag to flag for the win. Most of the race was a 3 car battle between Harr, Jack Pencil, and Jerry Foster. Andy Fries, making his 1st start this year, and starting 12th, put on a late race charge, passed Foster on the last lap and finished 3rd behind Jack Pencil. Behind Fries was Jerry Foster, Wayne Johnson, Jeff Miller and Dave Troutman.
Finishing behind his dad was 17 year old D.J. Troutman, making his 1st start in a Late Model,Dion LaSalle, Rodney Sweitzer, Bill VanMeter, Dave Bloss, Darras Deneen, Jim Frost, Bill Phares, Buddy VanMeter, Dave Hoover, Eric Zembower, Larry Wright, Brian Weyandt, Harold Dorsey, Jr and Mel Corley. Heat winners were Sweitzer and Foster.
In the Semi-late feature, Point Leader Bob Gordon, from the outside pole, led flag to flag for the win. There was only 1 caution early in the race for Gary Kimmell’s spin in turn 4. wade Peer and Kelly Bechtel pressured Cordon all the way, and Gary Kimmell, after his spin, came from the rear to finish 4th. Behind Kimmell was Walt Mowry, Andy Fertig, Allen Buckley, Jim Deneen, Bill Buchanan, Brian Lowery, Barry Willison, Dave Riley, Mark Fost, and John Crowfis, Jr. Heats went to Gordon and Bechtel.
In the Pro Stock feature Torn Humberson led flag to flag for the win. It took 3 tries to get the last lap in because of wrecks, but Humberson was able to hold off Ralph King each restart. Ring finished 2nd followed by George Beckett, Greg Smith, John Whitfield, Jason Black, Matt Sponaugle, Rick Wright, Sill Goss, Kevin Weyandt. Kevin Lint, Bob Lewis, Rodney loumans, Mike Harvey, Daniel Cornman, John Steward, Roy Whitfield, and..J.R. Bowers. Rob Armentrout did not start. Heats went to Weyandt and Coss..
The 24 car field of KARS Sprints feature saw Ray Miller lead for 6 laps before Mark Richard, who started 10th, took the lead on lap 7 and went on for the win. There was only 1 caution in the race for a spin in turn 2. In Victory Lane Richard said this was his 1st time here and the track had the most beautiful scenery he had ever seen. Behind Richard was Ray Miller, Scott Ausherman, Mark Uingu, Dale Hammaker, Bob Beidleman, Tony Smolenyak, Mark Moody, Kevin Drury, and Scott Kershner. Heat winners were Rick Horn, Kershner, and Bryan Eichleberger.
The Buckley’s Towing Jr. Fan Club winner was Natasha O’Brien, of Ridgeley, WV, and the Tn-State Racing Photo Hard Charger was Andy Fries.
Next week is A.R.C.H. Fan Club Night and D.A.R.E. Night with bike races for the kids. There is free admission for kids under 12, and a lot of giveaways for kids at the D.A.R.E. program.
There are time changes starting next week and for the rest of the season. Gates open at 5 p.m., Hot Laps at 7, and racing at 7:30
Also starting next week, all 3 features will have added laps. Late Models will run 25 laps, Semi-lates 20, and Pro Stocks 15
The biggest race of the year for the Pro Stocks/Pure Stocks, the 20 lap Coors Lite Jr. Saville Memorial Race will be run during Fair week on Sunday July 25.
The Late Models and a special Cumberland/Winchester race for the Semi-lates will also be on that Fair program.
The 2nd leg of the Coca-cola Classic set for July 31, has the laps increased to 30.