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July 23, 2006


Davis, Rider, Charlier, Kamicker, Schrum take wins; Amateur Stocks postponed at PPMS.


PITTSBURGH, PA (July 22, 2006) -     Mike Davis Rayland, OH continued his breakout season by taking his third win of the year in the Late Models. Ben Miley and Rich Apolito brought the field down for the start. Apolito grabbed the lead on lap one, but a yellow quickly appeared for a tangle on the back straight between Jim Stephans and Bob Williams. Stephans continued, but Williams was finished for the night. On the restart Ben Miley took the lead, but was replaced by Lynn Geisler on lap 3. Davis moved into second on lap four, and the battle was on. Meanwhile, last week’s winner, Steve Baker was putting on a charge from 12th that moved him into third by lap 6. Geisler and Davis put on a side-by-side battle for the lead, until Davis finally moved out front on lap 11. The trio ran away from the field for the next 10 laps, when a caution for Danny Rich (who tagged the turn three wall) came out on lap 21. On the restart, Davis resumed the lead, while Baker made several attempts at Geisler, but to no avail. At the finish it was Davis, Geisler, Baker, Dave Wade, Scott Gunn, Ben Miley, Lou Bradich, Apolito, Stephens, and Keith Rodriguez. Lou Bradich and Steve Baker grabbed the heat wins.


     In the Advance Auto Parts Crate Late Models, top rookie Jason Rider Clinton, PA took his fourth win of the 2006 campaign. For Rider it was a great climax of a tough week, as last Saturday he crashed hard, and had major repair work to do all week. On the other side of the coin, it was heart breaking time for another rookie Kyle Lukon, who led a good portion of the event and appeared at times to be headed to a career first win. On the first lap of the race, Neil Isiminger, Mike Cecere and Bruce Takach went three wide coming off turn two and going down the back straight tangled and all ended up in the wall. Isiminger (in the Lukon #04) and Cecere were able to continue, but Takach was done for the night. On the restart Ray Brown assumed the lead. Brown led until lap 7 when Lukon made his move. On lap 10 Rider moved into second and picked up the chase on Lukon. For the next 7 laps the pair battled for the top spot. Rider had a good run on Lukon on the inside on lap 18 in turns one and two and got by. Lukon got a bit high trying to get Rider back and nailed the wall on the back straight and rode it all the way to turn four. Rider resumed the lead on the restart and went on to the victory. Pete Rech drove a heads up race for second followed by Brown, Larry Marks, Isiminger, Jim Zarin (in the Castlevetter #27), Jimmy Arnold, Wes Wheeler, Lukon, and newcomer Scott Wilhelm. The heats fell to Kyle Lukon and Ray Brown.


     The Lincoln Welder E-Mods saw PPMS veteran driver Dale Charlier Midway, PA take his first win since 1996. Pole sitter Kevin Miller grabbed the lead on lap one. J.E. Stalder took the point on lap two and led the next 10 laps, looking like a sure winner. But on lap 12 Stalder spun coming off turn four and Charlier took the lead. Mike Basich challenged in the late stages but settled for second. Daryl Charlier finished third, with Wayne Tessean in for fourth, followed by Chris Basich, Kari Gasser, Tom Martineck, Miller, Russ Matejka, and Bruce Dreistadt. The two heats saw J.E. Stalder and Mike Basich grab the victories.


     In the WBGN Pure Stocks, Hopewell, PA’s Craig Kamicker dominated the field to pick up his sixth win of the season and second in a row. Kamicker took the lead on lap 7 from Joe Anthony and never looked back. Anthony was second at the finish over Bill Robertson, Ron O’Patchen, Charlie DiLoretto, Jake Simmons, Bob Schwartzmiller, Frankie Schneider (in the Broniszewski #08), Vince Kamicker, and Josh Langer (in the Kocuba #10). Craig Kamicker and Charlie DiLoretto grabbed the heats.


     The Young Guns had 13-year-old Sarah Schrum Canfield, OH win her career first feature. Schrum held off the class’s biggest winners, Dusty Curry and Rich Mason for the victory.


    The Amateur Stock main saw a wild double flip on the first lap between J.J. O’Patchen and Terry Kerr, that saw O’Patchen vault over the wall between turns one and two, the first ever to do so in the 28-year history of the track. There were no injuries. Due to the nature of the crash, it was decided by track officials to postpone the feature until next Saturday.




Late Models

Heats – Lou Bradich and Steve Baker

Feature (25 Laps) – 1. Michael Davis, 2, Lynn Geisler, 3. Steve Baker, 4. Dave Wade, 5. Scott Gunn, 6. Ben Miley, 7. Lou Bradich, 8. Rich Apolito, 9. Jim Stephans, 10. Keith Rodriguez, 11. Jared Miley, 12. Mike Johnson, 13. Danny Rich, 14. Herman Bertolini, 15. Tony Musolino, 16. Matt Dobnak, 17. Bob Williams, 18. A. J. Campbell, 19. Brandon Burgoon (DNS)


Advance Auto Parts Crate Late Models

Heats – Kyle Lukon and Ray Brown

Feature (20 Laps) – 1. Jason Rider, 2. Pete Rech, 3. Ray Brown, 4. Larry Marks, 5. Neal Isiminger, 6. Jim Zarin, 7. Jimmy Arnold. 8. Wes Wheeler, 9. Kyle Lukon, 10. Scott Wilhelm, 11. Corey Behanna, 12. Mike Cecere, 13. Leo Stadelman, 14. Bruce Takach, 15. Tommy Schirnhofer


Lincoln Welder E-Modifieds

Heats – J. E. Stalder and Mike Basich

Feature (15 Laps) – 1. Dale Charlier, 2. Mike Basich, 3. Daryl Charlier, 4. Wayne Tessean, 5. Chris Basich, 6. Kari Gasser, 7. Tom Martineck, 8. Kevin Miller, 9. Russ Matejka, 10. Bruce Dreistadt, 11. Vince Laboon, 12. Chuck Kennedy, 13. Stush Sadowski, 14. J. E. Stalder, 15. Joe Betz, 16. Bob Simmons, 17. Joel Johns, 18, Mike McKee (DNS)


WBGN-TV Pure Stocks

Heats – Craig Kamicker and Charlie DiLoreto

Feature (15 Laps) – 1. Craig Kamicker, 2. Joe Anthony, 3. Bill Robertson, 4. Ron O’Patchen, 5. Charlie DiLoreto, 6. Jake Simmons, 7. Bob Schwartzmiller, 8. Frankie Schneider, 9. Vince Kamicker, 10. Josh Langer, 11. James Wagner, 12. Mitch Wattelet, 13. Aaron Jones (DNS), 14. Darryl Robison (DNS), 15. A. J. Poljak (DNS), 16. Shawn Bryan (DNS)


Amateur Stocks

Heat – Davy Lee

Feature – Postponed due to first lap accident that required major work to outside fence between 1 and 2, which sent J. J. O’Patchen out of the racetrack.  Race will resume on lap 2 on Saturday.


Young Guns

Feature (5 Laps) – 1. Sarah Schrum, 2. Dusty Curry, 3. Rich Mason