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PITTSBURGH'S PENNSYLVANIA MOTOR SPEEDWAY
IMPERIAL, PA…. Doug Dodd of Cambridge, OH bested a star-studded field to win his third Late Model feature of the season Saturday at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Subbing for Steve Baker in car #84, Dodd's win ended an emotional week for car owner Phil Lukon, whose mother passed away on Monday. 1999 Late Model champion Lou Bradich had to watch from the pits after motor problems early in the night forced him to the sidelines.
Pittsburgh's Dave Wade won the Limited Late Model feature, forcing a three way tie for the track championship between himself, Len Dobrosielski and Ricky Heim. Dobrosielski had the most season feature wins between the trio and won the tie-breaker for the title.
Wayne Tessean of Austintown, OH capped off his second straight track title by notching his 11th victory this season. Carnegie's Al Atallah rolled to his tenth win and first points title. Tony Sinicrope of Kennedy Township streaked to his fifth consecutive Amateur Stock checkered flag.
Several cautions slowed the early pace, but the Late Model 25-lap feature then went non-stop after lap four. John Flinner held the lead through lap 14 with Doug Dodd presenting consistent pressure. Finally, Dodd took the point as the leaders started to lap cars with ten laps remaining. While those two battled out front, Chub Frank and Alex Ferree were quickly moving into contention. Frank passed Flinner for second on lap twenty, but could not threaten Dodd at the finish. Ferree, who started twenty-fifth, was third, Flinner fourth and Bill Knepper fifth. Doug Crawford claimed sixth, last week's winner Ed Ferree was seventh, twenty-sixth starting Mike Balzano eighth, Mike Johnson ninth, and Ben Miley tenth. Heats for the 36 Late Models went to Mike Cecere, Crawford, Ed Ferree and Frank. Alex Ferree won the B-Main, and he was also the Monarch Oil Hard Charger.
Dave Wade took the lead after a lap five caution, and pulled away to his third win. Rick Heim took second from Len Dobrosielski coming for the white flag, setting up the three-way tie in the points battle between himself, Dobrosielski and defending champ Wade. Don Dibert and Monarch Oil/Hard Charger Robert Freshour completed the top five. Pete Loria was sixth, Jim Stephans seventh, John Pavlick eighth, Brandon Wearing ninth, and Eric Roberts tenth. Freshour and Dobrosielski won the preliminaries.
Hot shoes Larry Kugel and Wayne Tessean started side-by-side in row six for the M. Stahl E-Modified feature. Tessean got the breaks in traffic early on and made it to the front first, passing D.J. Miller for the lead on lap five. Tessean proceeded to the winner's circle with Kugel second, Russ Matejka third, Miller fourth and Scott Gunn fifth. Rounding out the top ten were: Jeff Broniszewski, Jim Petrelle, Mike Ross, Joe Hopkinson and Logan Dernoshek (driving the John Myrgo #40). Kugel and Monarch Oil/Hard Charger Tessean won the heat races.
Bob Heim, who was driving the Doug Foster #3, had the checkered flag in his sights, but Al Atallah passed him for the lead exiting turn four on the final lap to take the win. Neal Isminger edged Pat Weldon and Daryl Robison in a three-wide finish for third. Rick Armstrong was sixth, Charlie DiLoreto seventh, Danny Rich eighth, Frankie Schneider ninth and Rich Apolito tenth. Atallah was the Monarch Oil/Hard Charger. Heat race wins went to Rich and Frankie Schneider
Tony Sinicrope dodged some early wrecks to win again in the Amateur Stocks. Mike McKee was second, Dwayne Willfong third, Bill Capo fourth and Bob Schwartzmiller fifth.
The 1999 season comes to a close at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway this weekend with the "11th Annual Pittsburgher 100" Friday through Sunday. Friday night the STARS Late Models and M. Stahl E-Modifeds will have practice plus a Pure Stock Invitational is scheduled preceded by the wedding of driver Danny Rich and his fiancee, Bobbi Jo, on the front stretch..
Saturday the STARS Late Model will practice, hold time trials and run their heat races. The M. Stahl E-Modifieds join the program to compete in the Mygro Enterprises "All-Star 50" Triathlon Event.
Sunday's schedule includes a fast dash and B-Mains for the STARS Late Models, plus the Pittsburgher 100. For more information call (724) 853-7223 or visit our homepage on the Internet at www.ppms.com.
HEAT WINNERS: Mike Cecere, Doug Crawford, Ed Ferree, Chub Frank.
B-MAIN: (Top six transfer) Alex Ferree, Mike Balzano, Dennis Curry, Doug Eaton, D.J. Cline, and Matt Urban.
FEATURE: Doug Dodd, Chub Frank, Alex Ferree, John Flinner, Bill Knepper,Doug Crawford, Ed Ferree, Mike Balzano, Mike Johnson, Ben Miley, Jim Kutas,Ricky Thomas, Mark Banal, Matt Sherlock, Dennis Curry, Lynn Geisler, Dan Armbruster, Mike Cecere, Andy Koteles, Denny Chamberlain, Bill Adler, Edd Dunn, Tom Schirnhofer, Jim Lepro, Ken Scheltenbrand, Doug Eaton, D.J. Cline, Matt Urban, Jim Zarin, Mark Moats.
LIMITED LATE MODELS
HEAT WINNERS: Robert Freshour and Len Dobrosielski
FEATURE (TOP TEN): Dave Wade, Rick Heim, Len Dobrosielski, Don Dibert, Robert Freshour, Pete Loria, Jim Stephans, John Pavlick, Brandon Wearing and Eric Roberts.
M. STAHL E-MODIFIEDS
HEAT WINNERS: Larry Kugel, Wayne Tessean.
FEATURE (TOP TEN) : Wayne Tessean, Larry Kugel, Russ Matejka, DJ. Miller, Scott Gunn, Jeff Broniszewski, Jim Petrelle, Mike Ross, Joe Hopkinson and Logan Dernoshek.
SCHNEIDER TRUCK SPECTATOR STOCKS
HEAT WINNERS: Frankie Schneider, Danny Rich.
FEATURE (TOP TEN): Al Atallah, Bob Heim, Neal Isminger, Pat Weldon, Daryl Robison, Rick Armstrong, Charlie DiLoreto, Danny Rich, Frankie Schneider, Rich Apolito.