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Sarver, PA August 27, 1999
After three days of continuous rain at Don
Martin’s Lernerville Speedway, the supersaturated track could not handle the
additional precipitation Friday afternoon. The cancellation of the races
completed the regular “Fab Four” events at the track and ended the Point’s
The 1999 Champions and their respective divisions are
as follows: Agip Motor Oil Sprints- Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex; Friedman’s
Bi-Lo Foods Late Models- Dave Norton, Shinglehouse; Ferrante Oldsmobile
Modifieds- Jim Weller, Hubbard, Ohio, and Dingbat’s Restaurant’s Pure
Stocks- Joe Kelley of Mt. Pleasant.
Jimmy Hawley wrapped up his second consecutive
Lernerville Point Title in Doc and Deb Crawford’s #CIII. He may earn a
tri-fecta this year, leading the division at Mercer and Tri-City also.
Hawley had eight victories this season. “The most satisfying thing for
me is that it’s especially nice for the guys who work on the car,” he said.
“It’s a reflection of the work they do. We learned a lot this year.
A lot of times we didn’t look good in the heats because Matt Draskovic was
trying something new.” Hawley started his career with 1989 & 1994
champ Mark Cassella, Ed Lynch Jr-1990, Dale Blaney-1991, and Tim Shaffer-1993
and plans to run more sprint car specials next season. “Its long
overdue,”Hawley said. “Most of the guys I started with have won before
and moved on.” Last year, Hawley had the Earl and Dave Bauman Memorial
Race almost pocketed when mechanical problems plagued him the last five laps.
After ten year of racing Dave Norton has secured a
career first Late Model Championship. Operating on a low budget, Norton
had not run for points. Norton said, “Lernerville is a track that does
not require me to buy tires every night and is easy on my equipment.”
Rebounding “back” from back surgery, Norton put his Lias Tire/Bellotti
Trucking 1994 Larry Shaw Chassis in victory lane three times. He gives
special thanks to his wife Barb for all the hours spent working on the car, her
friends who also put in time during the week, and to the fans who pull for the
guy on a budget.
Claiming his second Modified Point Title is Jim Weller;
the first was in 1997. 1999 was a banner year for Weller as he finished in the
Top Six, 13 of 16 nights, and won two main events. Weller switched
his race car chassis this season. He has been running a Bicknell Chassis
compared to an Olsen last year. “Basically when they (Bicknell) sold me
the car, they said it would push,” Weller said. “It pushes. It
hurts me more at Lernerville because I can’t run the cushion with it and
we’ve tried everything. Weller said, “The reason I changed was I was
tired of being beaten by Bicknell Cars.”
Smiling Joe Kelly has won his second consecutive
Dingbat’s Restaurant Pure Stock Championship. At the beginning of the
season, Kelley took about 250 pounds out of his car. “We had a lot of
extra metal inside. So we just cut a lot of that out,” he said.
The result was 14 of 16 top six finishes in 1999 and four victories.
Joe’s main crewmember is his lovely wife Marci. “We have a lot of fun
at Lernerville, I’m always parked in the back row with Robert Kosecki and
Butch Lambert.” They are the three “amigos.” Next season
Kelley is going to concentrate on the E-Mod Division only.
Tonight Kevin Bolland announced his new sponsor for the
rest of this season and 2000. He has teamed up with Cintas the Uniform
People, which is super match.
9/3 (Fri.) EARL and DAVE
BAUMAN MEMORIAL CLASSIC *ALL STAR*
SHOW (Orren Zook's Commercial Truck & Trailer Nite)
Plus Pure Stocks - Racing at 8 PM - Gates open 4:30 PM
9/4 (Sat.) "BACK TO
SCHOOL" BUS RACES Plus Plus Powder Puff
Races and Ferraccio Family Supermarkets Kid's
Nite (Bike Races - 12 & under) - HELMET REQUIRED
9/29 (Wed.) "World of Outlaws"
Sprint Show $10,000 to win - plus Pure
Stocks - Raindate: Thursday, Sept. 30 - Racing 7 PM -
Gates open 4 PM (Preston Auto Group/MOPAR Night)
10/2 (Sat.) Automotive Fest '99
plus Bluebird Bus Races, Powder Puff
Races Auto Demo Derby, and "York Triathalon Series"
UMP Modifieds (NAPA Night) - 5:30 PM