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MCKEAN COUNTY RACEWAY
FROM ROD BIEHLER
Smethport, Pai A large crowd was on hand at McKean County Raceway for the July 4 holiday weekend show sponsored by Close Racing and Close Lumber Company. The pits were filled with 121 cars including 33 Super Stocks who would battle it cut for the $1000 winners share of the 3rd Annual Lias Tire Shootout.
Eighteen Late Models took starter John Powell’s green flag with IkeFanton, and Dan Dunham making up the frontrow. Dunham quickly shot to the lead from the outside row and stayed there for three laps, when Jeff Hoffman made his move to the front. Hoffman of Clarendon, Pa. a past champion, survived three cautions and a race long challenge from Kenny Trevitz who started beside him in row three to post his first win of the 1999 season. Hoffman, who at one point had nearly a straight away lead was lapping the field by lap 9. He noted in victory lane that he knew Trevitz would be tough as the track was very fast, but somewhat slick and he was being very cautious. At the checkers Hoffman edged Trevits by a cars length. Mike Wonderling continued to impress with a third place finish just nipping Rick Isadore who started fifteenth and Marshall Shunk placed a solid fifth. The remainder of the top ten saw points leader Bob Close come from the back of the pack after a lap 10 caution to place sixth. He was followed by Dutch Davies, Dan Dunham, Tim Hoffman and John Haggerty. Both Tim and Jeff Hoffman and Kenny Trevitz were heat winners.
A 24 car field took the green flag in the 40 lap Lias Tire Super Stock Shootout. Points leader Dean Ingalls sat onthe pole, with Rob DeGolier riding shotgun. DeGolier from Bradford, Pa. motored to the point and never looked back as he led all the way in posting his second feature win in as many weeks. The race had six cautions1 with four of them being thrown in the first 11 laps. In spite of it all, DeGolier was lapping the field by lap IS. Todd Hanson challenged DeGolier for 25 laps, before pulling off the track giving the runner—up spot to Ingalls. At the wire DeGolier notched a five car length victory in the slam bang event. Tim Schram, Doug Peterson and Jeff Root all came from the middle of the pack to finish third, fourth and fifth. Ron Baker, Dave Miller, Bill Uhl, Kent Black and Andy Miller filled the sixth through tenth spots. Heat winners were Dave Miller, Dean Ingalls, Jason Dupont and Rob DeGolier. Tim Dunham and Andy Miller won their consolation events.
In the best race of the night, Kirk Bradley of Great Valley, Ny. had the 25 car Sportsman field covered. He started on the pole and led green to checkered to post his third win of the year and become the top feature winner at the track. Bradley survived just one caution in the four car battle which included Matt Swanson, Vaughn Nystrom and Eric Ensell all the way! They finished in that order. Ryan Bright charged from histwenty—second starting spot to finish fifth. Randy Bootes, Les Clark, Brett Smith, Tom Root and Charlie Winchell completed the top ten. Bob Stilson, Eric Ensell and Vaughn Nystrom were heat winners. Jim Myers won the consolation.
Randy Taylor of Allegany, Ny. started ninth in the 24 car, 15 lap Street Stock feature and took the lead from Josh White an a lap two re—start. Taylor then went on to hold offthe challenge of White, Mike Milford, Mike Phair and Danny Walker to post his first win of the scant. Phair blew his engine with just four laps left giving the runner—up spot to Milford who was unable to run Taylor down. White finished a season best third followed by Walker and defending champion Junior Peters. Points Leader Mike Numeracki and Mark Cline were sixth and seventh, with Dan Giboo, Jim Parmenter and Steve Burritt rounding out the top ten. Heat wins went to Randy Taylor, Mike Milford, Jim Cabado and Randy Barnett.
Craig Switzer won the 17 car, caution marred Street Stock B—Main by beating Roger Schweikart Jr. by some eight car lengths.
Next Saturday night will be Coors Light Night with the NAPA King of the Hill for the Sportsman. McKean County Raceway is Located at the Junction of Routes 6 and 46 in Smethport, Pa.
Gates open at 8, with racing at 7.