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Smithton, PA (7-1-05) - Bobby Henry started seventh and passed defending champion Rick Miller with only three laps to go, to win his fourth Napa NASCAR Super Late Model feature of the year on Friday July 1, at Motordrome Speedway. Baum Blvd. Dodge presented the racing action and a Holiday Fireworks Extravaganza to kick-off Independence Day weekend. Gary Scott (Smail Pontiac-GMC Modifieds), Frank Turek (Subway Street Stocks), and Ed Dinneen (Advance Auto Parts American Flyers) were also repeat winners, while Duane Noel won his first career Motordrome feature in the Yellow Book Charger division.
The Napa NASCAR Super Late Model feature starting grid placed five-time winner Rick Miller on the front row with Jon Messenger. At the drop of the green flag, Miller established a blistering pace and began to run away from all competitors. Messenger maintained the runner-up spot over John Komarinski until lap eight, when Bobby Henry took third position after starting in the fourth row. By lap twelve, Henry worked his way under Messenger for second, but Miller had a straightaway of distance between himself the advancing Henry. On lap 26, Komarinski spun from fifth place delivering the caution flag that Henry needed to pull up to the rear bumper of Miller. Before another lap was completed, a frightening crash involving Garry Wiltrout, Ben Miley and Komarinski forced a red-flag halt to the racing. Miley and Komarinski made violent impacts with the outside wall on the backstraight, and Miley’s car erupted in flames. Both drivers walked away, but Miley later climbed into the ambulance and was transported to a local hospital where he was admitted for further examination and treatment for an injury to his leg. Racing resumed with a lead battle between the two drivers highest in the championship standings, Miller and Henry. With only three laps to go, Henry made a winning pass on the points-leader and drove to his fourth win of 2005. Miller, two-time winner Richard Mitchell, "Mr. Consistency" Jon Messenger, and Brandon Manns completed the top five. Henry also won the heat race and Valvoline Hard Charger honors aboard the Stone and Company/Lint Flooring/Meegan Ford.
Also starting seventh, Gary Scott gained four positions on the first lap, before winning his third Smail Pontiac-GMC Modified feature of 2005. Ohio’s Brad Calvert led the first two laps, but by the third circuit John Pribanich was leading and Scott was close behind. On lap six, Scott made the winning move, taking the lead from Pribanich, and the duo held the top two spots to the finish. Four time winner Adam Kostelnik started twelfth, but advanced to third by lap eleven, and maintained the position, earning another podium finish to maintain his points lead in the division. Jim Nicola recovered from a spin at the start to place fourth after going to the tail of the field, and Mike Bakalon placed fifth as the Valvoline Hard Charger after starting fifteenth.
For the second time in 2005, the "Subway Street Stock Challenge" was met, as defending champion Frank Turek won a free six-inch meatball sub every fan in attendance by winning the Subway Street Stock feature. Turek, who’s name was drawn at random for the second week in a row to be the "Subway Challenge Driver," led every lap after starting on the pole. However late in the event, hungry fans watched second-place Dave Tavormina make contact with the leader’s rear bumper in the battle for the win, as both drivers had to back off their pace to maintain control of the cars. In victory lane Turek admitted fault, as he was forced to check-up, with broken power steering and malfunctioning brakes. Despite the mechanical problems, points leader Turek wrestled the machine to his sixth win of the year. Heat race winners Tavormina, and Robin Rimel finished second and third, with Valvoline Hard Charger Jason Holder fourth, and Rich Burbidge earning his first top-five finish of 2005.
Two weeks in a row, a first-time Motordrome winner took the checkered flag in the Yellow Book Charger division feature. Duane Noel, dusted off a "for sale" race car, and took the lead at the halfway point of the event, to earn his first win at the Smithton, PA oval. Points leader Jeff Giles started on the pole and took the lead while Tracy Keller advanced three positions into second on lap one. On lap four, the leaders tangled resulting in flat right-front tires for both Giles and Keller. Scott Aiello inherited the lead for the restart, but succumbed to Noel’s pressure on lap eight. Noel drove to victory while Aiello finished in second position, after heat race winner Jimmy Stokes made contact with him, resulting in a flat tire for Stokes. Previous week’s winner Rick Broadwater advanced to third after starting fourteenth, with Cliff Abbott and heat winner Giles placing fourth and fifth.
Points leader Ed Dinneen won his sixth feature of the year in the Advance Auto Parts American Flyer division, but this one was special. Dinneen is not only a driver, but a crew member for Gary Scott’s Modified team. Never before had both Dinmeen and Scott won features on the same night. Dinneen passed Larry Vance for the lead on lap three after starting ninth, earning the Valvoline Hard Charger award in addition to the victory. Vance placed second, ahead of heat race winner Richie Miller, with Chuck Hall and Aaron Minjock completing the top five.
Five divisions of NASCAR Dodge Weekly Racing will be presented on Friday, July 8, Cerini Harley-Davidson Night at the Speedway. In addition to the Napa Late Models, Smail Pontiac GMC Modifieds, Subway Street Stocks, Yellow Book Chargers and the Advance Auto Parts American Flyers offering a regular racing program, the night's action will be preceeded by Spectator Drag Racing on the front straightaway. For additional information about upcoming events at Motordrome Speedway, you can visit the web site at http://www.motordrome.com/ or call the Pittsburgh Business Office at 412-279-7223.
MOTORDROME SPEEDWAY RACE RESULTS – JULY 1, 2005
Napa Late Models – Valvoline Hard Charger: Bobby Henry
Top Dog Challenge Winner: Garry Wiltrout
Heat Race Winner: Bobby Henry Feature (35 Laps): 1. Bobby Henry, 2. Rick Miller, 3. Richard Mitchell, 4. Jon Messenger, 5. Brandon Manns, 6. Garry Wiltrout, 7. Paul Urso, 8. Steve Black, 9. John Komarinski, 10. Ben Miley
Smail Pontiac Gmc Modifieds –
Valvoline Hard Charger: Mike Bakalon
Heat Race Winners: Matt Smith, Adam Kostelnik
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Gary T. Scott, 2. John Pribanich, 3. Adam Kostelnik, 4. Jim Nicola, 5. Mike Bakalon, 6. Robert Shipp, 7. Brad Calvert, 8. Tom Frank, 9. Chris Dodds, 10. Beau Glemba, 11. Georger T. Nicola, 12. Rick Huffman, 13. Al Sivik, 14. Ben Easler, 15. Matt Smith, 16. Matt Panaia
Subway Street Stocks –
Valvoline Hard Charger: Jason Holder
Heat Race Winners: Robin Rimel, Dave Tavormina
Feature (20 Laps): 1. Frank Turek, 2. Dave Tavormina, 3. Robin Rimel, 4. Jason Holder, 5. Richard Burbidge, 6. Joe Holp, 7. Andrew Kostelnik, 8. Bill Henry, 9. Jonathan Hileman, 10. Bill Ashton, 11. Mike Holp, 12. Lonnie Hoffman, 13. Al Minjock, 14. Max Schlessinger DNS : Dave McManus, Jeff Petrini
Yellow Book Chargers –
Valvoline Hard Charger: Rick Broadwater
Heat Race Winners: Jeff Giles Jr., Jim Stokes
Feature (15 Laps): 1. Duane Noel, 2. Scott Aiello, 3. Rick Broadwater, 4. Cliff Abbott, 5. Jeff Giles, Jr., 6. Denny Keller, 7. Bryan Shipp, 8. Victor Keller, 9. Dan Jordan, 10. Scott Margie, 11. Andy Hogan, 12. Jim Stokes, 13. Tracy Keller, 14. Garry Ankrom
Advance Auto Parts American Flyers –
Valvoline Hard Charger: Ed Dinneen
Heat Race Winner: Richie Miller
Feature (8 Laps): 1. Ed Dinneen, 2. Larry Vance, 3. Richie Miller, 4. Chuck Hall, 5. Aaron Minjock, 6. William Oldham, 7. Roger Bryan, 8. Gene Greco, 9. Kevin J. Ludwick, 10. Andrew Giles, 11. Joey Richards