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  Mitchell Crashes then Wins 6th at Motordrome

Subway Restaurants presented the NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series at Motordrome Speedway on Friday, August 12, which included a special feature for the Subway Street Stocks, that was won by Dave Tavormina. In the Napa NASCAR Super Late Model division, Richard Mitchell won his sixth feature of 2005, after being involved in a multi-car crash at the start of the event. George Nicola (Smail Pontiac-GMC Modifieds), and Rick Broadwater (Yellow Book Chargers) returned to victory lane, while Aaron Minjock won his first career Advance Auto Parts American Flyers feature.

Making his first Motordrome Speedway start of 2005, Barry Awtey took the lead from the pole position and quickly out-distanced the field by a half-straightaway in the 35-lap Napa NASCAR Super Late Model feature. On lap two, a multi-car incident in turn three brought out the caution flag. The mishap collected sixth-starting Greg Kelley and twelfth-starting Richard Mitchell who both stopped against the outside wall. Points leader Rick Miller, who started eleventh, slid through the grass below turn three to avoid the accident, while tenth starting Bobby Henry received light front body damage. All cars returned to action, after Mitchell and Kelley made pit stops and restarted from the rear of the grid. Fourth-starting Shawn Pilla held off John Komarinski and Jon Messenger to remain second to Awtey for the first 19 laps. On lap 20, Miller became the runner-up, and on lap 21 Mitchell advanced to third, dropping Pilla to fourth. Miller cut Awtey’s lead down to only a few car-lengths, but gave up the second position to Mitchell on lap 24. The very next circuit, Mitchell grabbed the lead and kept his Howard Concrete Pumping/Martinelli’s/Tom Clark Chevrolet in front for the final ten laps. Mitchell’s come-from-behind-win tied him with second-place finisher Miller for most victories this year; each with six. Awtey experienced brake problems, which allowed Henry to move up to third position at the finish. Awtey held off Jon Messenger for fourth. Garry Wiltrout and points leader Miller won the heat races, while Mitchell won the "Top Dog Challenge" Dash.

The Subway Street Stocks’ biggest event of the year, "The Subway 25," was dominated by Dave Tavormina. Starting second, Tavormina led every lap, and won by a straightaway for his third victory of 2005. Tavormina, who also won his heat race, masterfully weaved lapped traffic and was never challenged. Adam Kostelnik, in his first Street Stock start of the year at Motordrome, passed Jason Holder for second on lap ten and maintained the runner-up position to the checkered flag. Tenth-starting Robin Rimel, who won a week prior, advanced to third at the finish ahead of Holder who hung on to fourth place. Valvoline Hard Charger Award and heat race winner Frank Turek started 17th and placed fifth, to maintain a comfortable lead in the point standings after an impressive drive. During Tavormina’s victory lane ceremony, Subway representatives informed the fans that all adult ticket stubs from the "Subway 25" would be honored at participating locations for a free six-inch meatball sub.

John Pribanich was on course to win his first-career Smail Pontiac-GMC Modified feature, after leading 18 of the 20 laps from the pole. But after defending his lead from the challenges of George Nicola, Bob Shipp, and Mike Bakalon, a caution with the white-flag waving would be his downfall. In the "green, white, checkered" two-lap dash to the finish, Pribanich was unable turn back the advances of Nicola, and fell to fourth in official finish order. Nicola earned his third win of the season, while rookie Bob Shipp placed a career-high second. Points leader Adam Kostelnik also squeezed by Pribanich for third on the last lap, while twelfth-starting Matt Smith placed fifth. Matt Panaia and Bakalon won the heats.

Proving that his career-first victory was no fluke, Rick Broadwater crossed the finish line only a few feet ahead of Jimmy Stokes for win number two of 2005. Broadwater’s first win was by inches, and another "near-photo-finish" excited the fans at the end of the 15-lap Yellow Book Charger feature event. Ironically, Broadwater was once an employee of the participating Subway locations that sponsored the evening’s races. Behind seventh-starting Stokes, heat race winner Victor Keller was third, Tracy Keller fourth, and Bryan Shipp completed the top five. Points leader Jeff Giles won the other heat race.

Aaron Minjock celebrated his first feature victory in the Advance Auto Parts American Flyer division. Steadily improving this year, Minjock led every lap and held off five-time winner Richie Miller for the checkered flag. Roger Bryan placed a season’s best third, with points leader Ed Dinneen fourth and Bill Oldham fifth. Miller won the heat.

Continuing with the Summer Kid’s Night attractions, this Friday’s August 19 five division NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing Series program will include Box Car Racing for kids and Ronald McDonald will be making an appearance at the track. Kids twelve and under will be admitted free, and for more information on racing at Motordrome, you can call the office during the week at 724-853-7223, or visit on the web at



Top Dog Challenge Winner: Richard Mitchell

Valvoline Hard Charger: Richard Mitchell

Heat Race Winners: Garry Wiltrout, Rick Miller

Feature (35 Laps): 1. Richard Mitchell, 2. Rick Miller, 3.Bobby Henry, 4. Barry Awtey, 5. Jon Messenger, 6. Shawn Pilla, 7. Garry Wiltrout, 8. Brandon Manns, 9. John Komarinski, 10. Dan Lewis, 11. Steve Black, 12. Greg Kelly, 13. Chad T Hemphill


Valvoline Hard Charger: Adam Kostelnik

Heat Race Winners: Mike Bakalon, Matt Panaia

Feature (20 Laps): 1. George P. Nicola, 2. Robert Shipp, 3. Adam Kostelnik, 4. John Pribanich, 5. Matt Smith, 6. Beau Glemba, 7. Matt Panaia, 8. Rich Nicola, 9. Thomas Knight, Jr., 10. Jim Nicola, 11. Mike Bakalon, 12. Tom Frank, 13. Harry Opfer, 14. Ben Easler, 15. Al Sivik, 16. Chris Dodds, 17. Rick Huffman, 18. George Thomas, Jr.


Valvoline Hard Charger: Frank Turek

Heat Race Winners: Dave Tavormina, Max Schlessinger

Feature (25 Laps): 1. Dave Tavormina, 2. Adam Kostelnik, 3. Robin Rimel, 4. Jason Holder, 5. Frank Turek, 6. Bill Henry, 7. Tom Knight, Sr. 8. Jonathan Hileman, 9. Vince Kaider, 10. Dave McManus, 11. Joe Holp, 12. Richard Burbidge, 13. Jeff Petrini, 14. Mike Holp, 15. Max Schlessinger, 16. Andrew Kostelnik, 17. Bill Ashton, 18. Al Minjock


Valvoline Hard Charger: Jim Stokes

Heat Race Winner: Jeff Giles Jr., Victor Keller

Feature (15 Laps): 1. Rick Broadwater, 2. Jim Stokes, 3. Victor Keller, 4. Tracy Keller, 5. Bryan Shipp, 6. Denny Keller, 7. Cliff Abbott, 8. Jim Nolker, 9. Jeff Giles, Jr., 10. Harold Hunt, 11. Garry Ankrom, 12. Robbie Haught, 13. Bob Garchak, Jr., 14. Scott Aiello


Valvoline Hard Charger: Ed Dinneen

Heat Race Winner: Richie Miller

Feature (8 Laps): 1. Aaron Minjock, 2. Richie Miller, 3. Roger Bryan, 4. Ed Dinneen, 5. William Oldham, 6. Matt Gardner, 7. Andrew Giles, 8. Kevin J. Ludwick