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Rob Blair closes Raceway 7 with win and point title
Conneaut, Ohio, (September 3) Raceway 7 ran closed their 1999 racing season on Friday night with their Grand Finale program. Rob Blair entered the final night of racing trailing Ron Davies in the point chase, but used the feature win to take the title away. It was the second feature win of the season for the Titusville, PA driver, and the second time that he has captured the Maloney Tool and Mold Late Model Championship.
Other winners on the final program of the 1900's were Brian Huffman of Jefferson, OH in The Bolt Place Limited Late Models; Jay Watson of Conneaut, OH in the Corry Laser E-Mods; Bob Pifer of Andover, OH in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks; and Dan Osborne of Girard, PA in the Steve's Auto Body Four Cylinders.
The season-long point competition came to a close, and 1999 Track Champions were announced. Besides Blair, point titles for 1999 were won by Dan McDonald of Girard, PA in The Bolt Place Limited Late Models; Jay Watson in the Corry Laser E-Mods; Bill Hanna of Westford, PA in the Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks; and Jim Hyde of Springboro, PA in the Steve's Auto Body Four Cylinders.
The 20 lap main event for the Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models, with Rusty Whitmore and Dutch Davies on the front row, would decide the point championship. Ron Davies entered the final night with the point lead, but had the tough break of dropping out in his heat race. This gave him the unenviable task of starting last in the 25 car field, needing a second place to clinch the title. It was especially challenging with Rob Blair 30 points behind and starting fifth. Dutch Davies moved to the lead at the drop of the green flag, as the battle for position raged behind him. On a lap 3 restart, Blair made a power move to the front, muscling his way past Davies to take over the lead. Dan Armbruster moved to second and put pressure on the leader, as Dick Barton was also moving to the front. On a problem filled lap 8, which included a red flag period to clean up a turn two tangle involving six cars, Barton's car lost power forcing him to the pits. On a lap 9 restart, Matt Urban moved to second and closed on the leader. As Armbruster joined the lead battle, a lap 16 yellow slowed the pace. This gave Blair a break, as second spot was hotly contested before another yellow set up a two lap dash to the finish. Urban made one last shot at the leader, but Blair slammed the door off of the final corner to take both the feature win and the point title. Behind Urban in second, two cars came to the line inches apart, with Chub Frank nosing Armbruster at the line for third place. Dave Lyon came home fifth. Ron Davies valiant effort from the rear of the field fell short, as he came as far as sixth place at the finish. Whitmore, David Scott, Dutch Davies, and Wally Fox completed the top ten. Qualifying heat race winners were Lyon, Urban, and John Watson.
The 15 lap The Bolt Place Limited Late Model feature started with heat race winners Dave Kister and Brian Huffman on the front row. Kister took the early lead, as the battle for the top spot was on. When an errant slower car blocked the path of Kister on lap 3, it allowed Huffman to grab the top spot. Dan McDonald moved to second on a lap 4 restart, and quickly closed in on Huffman. The race for the lead was on, with Huffman keeping McDonald behind. A lap 13 yellow flag set up a two lap dash to the finish. McDonald made a strong challenge on the inside, but Huffman held on for the win. It was the third feature win of the season for Huffman, the second aboard the Bob Bealer 28, a car Huffman used to own. McDonald settled for a close second, but earned enough points to take the point title. Kister came home third, with Chuck Steinle coming from last starting spot in the 22 car field to get fourth. John Buzzard was involved in the lap 4 yellow flag, but came through the pack for fifth.
The 15 lap Corry Laser E-Mod feature went to Jay Watson, who drove to his seventh feature win of the season en route
to the point championship. Scott Jones led lap one, before fourth starting Chuck List took over. Watson started eighth, but made a bid for the lead after the first yellow flag on lap 5. Taking the lead on lap 6, Watson went on to score the win over List, Joel Watson, and eleventh starting Hugo Litwiler. Starting last in the 20 car field, Todd Roncaglione came through the pack to finish fifth. Heat race winners were Litwiler, Joel Watson, Jack Andrew, and Jay Watson. Tom Congdon won the Last Chance Race. The Biscotti's Restaurant and Winery dash for the top six in points was won by Bill Watson.
The 12 lap Fame Manufacturing Street Stock feature started with Mike Watson moving in to the early lead. Bill Hanna moved from sixth starting spot to challenge, but later fell off the pace allowing Watson to pull away. As the green flag laps clicked by, tenth starting Bob Pifer moved past Hanna for second on lap 6, but Watson still had a big lead. Watson's attempt at his first feature win of the season went up in smoke on lap 8, forcing him to drop out of the event. Pifer inherited the lead, as the non stop event stopped on lap 10 when the only yellow flag of the race waved. Pifer went on to score the win, his third straight and fifth of the season. Brian Douglas drove to his best finish of the season with a second place finish. Hanna was third to wrap up the point title. Russ Kapalin was fourth, with Tony Hyde fifth. Hanna, Pifer, and Watson were heat race winners, the Last Chance Race went to Brian Counselman.
The Steve's Auto Body Four Cylinder win went to Dan Osborne, as he collected his first career feature win. Osborne has struggled through a tough past few weeks, but put it together in collecting the final night win. Jay Rigg, Mark Kitinoja, Turk Kahler, and Ray Hogle filled the top five. Jim Hyde and Osborne were the heat winners.
The Powder Puff Derby for the ladies brought out a field of 16 cars, with Lynn Mailliard driving the Bob Pifer car to victory. Shelley Miller was second in the Jodi Woodworth car. Third went to Kim Hyde in the Tony Hyde car. The Demo Derby was won by Shane Raymond.
This program concluded the 1999 racing season at Raceway 7. On behalf of Owner/Promoter Ron Nielson and family, and the Raceway 7 staff, thanks goes out to all of the car owners, drivers, pit crew members and fans for making the season a very successful one.
The lone event remaining is the Raceway 7 Awards Banquet, which will be held on Saturday night, November 13, 1999. The ticket price is $20, for the event to be held at St. John's Social Hall on Main Street in Girard, PA. Obtain tickets by mail at Raceway 7, 26924 State Highway 77, Guys Mills, PA, 16327. No tickets will be sold at the door. Raceway 7 is located six miles south of I-90 on Ohio Route 7. For more information visit the Raceway 7 web site at www.raceway7.com.
Raceway 7 Results for Friday, September 3, 1999
Maloney Tool and Mold Late Models. Car Count, 25. Heat winners, Dave Lyon, Matt Urban, John Watson.
Feature, Rob Blair, Matt Urban, Chub Frank,
Dan Armbruster, Dave Lyon, Ron Davies, Rusty Whitmore, David Scott, Dutch
Davies, Wally Fox, Mark Osburn, John Watson, Dale Applebee, Tony Lombardi, Ted
Allman,Jr., Merle Terry, Bob Moravitz, Kevin Santee, Chris Brockway, Dick
Barton, Bill Cunningham, Frank Poniatowski, Andy Kania, Mickey Wright, Lee
The Bolt Place Limited Late Models. Car Count, 22. Heat winners, Dave Kister, Brian Huffman. Feature, Brian Huffman, Dan McDonald, Dave Kister, Chuck Steinle, Jr., John Buzzard, Tom Bonanno, Mike Stoneman, Terry Porter, Bill Henry, Charlie Robinson, Ryan Herb, Dave McLaughlin, Jeff Wick, Don Herman, Tim Cole, Wendell Pinckney, Randy Wente, George Kafantarias, Percy McDonald, Brad Fiesler, Tim Glass. Did not start, Jaime Runyan.
Corry Laser E-Mods. Car count, 32. Heat winners, Hugo Litwiler, Joel Watson, Jack Andrew, Jay Watson. Last Chance Race Winner, Tom Congdon. Feature, Jay Watson, Chuck List, Joel Watson, Hugo Litwiler, Todd Roncaglione, Joe Welch, Ron Roncaglione, Jack Andrew, Mike Hendrickson, Dale Applebee, Bill Watson, Tom Congdon, Bill Hanna, Holly Nelson, Bruce Steadman, Kari Petrosky, Jim Frontz, Scott Jones, John Sousa, Kris Allen. Did not qualify, Jim Abbott, Ron Jaeger, Mike Kinney, Bill Taylor, Pat Otteni, Gary McGregor, Lance Drew, Mike Hess, Fred Bratchie, Gene Crouch, Mike Potosky, Matt Swanson. Biscotti's Dash, Bill Watson, Jay Watson, Joel Watson, Ron Roncaglione, Todd Roncaglione, Chuck List.
Fame Manufacturing Street Stocks. Car Count, 34. Heat winners, Bill Hanna, Bob Pifer, Mike Watson. Last Chance Race winner, Brian Counselman. Feature, Bob Pifer, Brian Douglas, Bill Hanna, Russ Kapalin, Tony Hyde, Rich Howell, Jim Peska, Dave Willoughby, Ryan Blood, Tim Mailliard, Wayne Daniels, Brian Counselman, Glenn Pupino, Jodi Woodworth, Paul Pittsenbarger, Tom Lamson, Tim Rickman, John Hobbs, Sr., Rick Dragon, Tim Erickson, Mike Watson, Alan Stills, Fred Corey, Dave Cadmes. Did not qualify, Dan Brainard, Glen Myers, Tim Mann, Ron Barbato, Dick Smith, Jim Van Cise, Joe Walton, Doug Calvert, Russell Cipra, Fred Siders.
Steve's Auto Body Four Cylinders. Car Count, 18. Heat winners, Jim Hyde, Dan Osborne. Feature, Dan Osborne, Jay Rigg, Mark Kitinoja, Turk Kahler, Ray Hogle, Tom Hyde, Carol Frost, Howard Fraley, Rick Rice, J.R. Cross, Steve Forstein, Larry Taylor, Dennis Lenney, Darrell Moody, Jim Hyde, Darren Buell, Richard Riggleman, Ron Armstrong.
Rich Berry, Media Director, Raceway 7
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