Date: 5/21/2011 9:55:54 PM

By Jim Dutko
May 20, 2011

FRANKLIN PA. A night of firsts as Tri-City Speedway, and many drivers went topless racing tonight. Cancer Awareness night winners were John Lobb (4 Your Car Connection Super Late Models), Josh Holtgraver (Weld Tech/Shaw Industries FASTRAK Late Models), Jonathan Taylor (M&D Paving E-Mods), Jackson Humanic (Northwestern Heating Open Pro-Stocks), and Jace Ferringer (R.K. Virgile Thunder Cars).
On one of his first ever trips to the fast half mile, John Lobb took off like a rocket ship and won the first ever topless super late model feature at Tri-City Speedway. "With the next couple of weeks off with the World of Outlaw Late Model Tour, we decided to come and check out Tri-City. This was a great win for us, our team need to get the monkey off our back and get back to victory lane. This win is going to hopefully be a springboard for the rest of our season with the outlaws" Lobb said in victory lane.
As the field came out of turn four for the parade lap, fans looked out as hands were waving at them not over the roof but through the roof! For many fans this was the first time they have ever seen topless racing and many fans commented how much the liked the event. With the green flags from Mark Matthews waving it was front row starter Dick Barton breaking out on top to lead lap 1. The first caution came out on lap 4 as Billy Henry came to a stop in turn 4. When racing resumed Wally Fox of Cooperstown was on the move as he showed some muscle moving into third. After the caution the fastest car on the track was the 33 of Chris Hackett moving into second. Things would go sour for Hackett on lap 13 as he would go up in smoke in turn 1 ending his night. On the restart the man on the move was World of Outlaw Rookie Contender, Ron Davies coming from fourteenth to second and reeling in Barton quickly. The third yellow of the race came out on lap 19 as Andy Boozel came to a stop
in turn 2, but the big event was Davies clobbering the front stretch wall and ending his run. The restart saw Lobb basting past Barton and taking the lead but not to be missed was David Scott moving into second. That was how the race would wind up with Barton third followed by Bump Headman, and Wally Fox rounding out the top five. Heat Race winners included Denton Boyer and Bump Headman.
Then came out for the first ever in the region the E-Mods, in a very wild 15 lap topless feature. On the start it was 49 time feature winner Brent Rhebergen taking the lead but it was short lived as Mike Potosky took over the lead back on lap 2. The first caution and red came out with 10 laps in the books as Gary Sullivan went up in smoke and then burst into flames. Then on the restart David Atkinson and John Boardman came together and slowed the field for the last time. On the green flag it looked like it was going to be a Tri-City shoot-out between Potosky and Shawn Shingledecker. The two would race together the rest of the race until the last lap when Shingledecker would get into the back of Potosky, spinning him out. As Shingledecker came to the line he was looking at a flag, but it was not the one he wanted, as the black flag way waving to disqualify him and declaring Jonathan Taylor the winner.
This was Taylor's first career feature win and he was excited and emotional in victory lane. When asked what happened out there Taylor said "I really don't know but I am the one standing in victory lane!" When asked about the topless race he said "It was neat out there but I want to put the roof back on these things look ugly!" Following Taylor at the line were Rhebergen, Carl McKinney, David Atkinson , and Jason Engles rounding out the top five. Heat race winners were Rhebergen and Shingledecker.
Then the best race of the night saw the FASTRAK Late Models racing side by side the entire race with young Josh Holtgraver coming out on top. Holtgraver picked up his first career win at Tri-City Speedway on this night of firsts. "The track started to get a little choppy in turn one and, I thought I was going to flip it over on the last lap. Although I have to say racing side by side with Rob Blair was really neat" Holtgraver said from victory lane.
The race would start off with a crash in turn 1 between Bobby Whitling, Kyle Lukon, Steve Dixon, and Joe Martin all would be able to drive away and restart the race. On the restart Jason Reagle would lead his first lap in a late model but not to be shown up by David Scott showed his power in the Bob Craig 62. Then on lap 3 the red flag would be displayed as Rod Laskey and Kyle Lukon made hard contact in turn one sending them both off on the hook and ending their evening. On the restart Rob Blair would power off the bottom of 4 to take the lead away, followed closely by Holtgraver. These two would battle side by side and door to door for the next 13 laps trading the lead every lap! The final caution would come out on lap 18 for a spinning George Kowatic setting up a 2 lap shoot-out between youth the experience. But on this day youth would triumph as Josh Holtgraver would win his first career race at Tri-City Speedway. Blair would be second followed by David Scott, Brian
Booher, and Tommy Snyder rounded out the top 5. Heat race winners included Kowatic and Blair.
The Open Pro-Stocks would see the 11T of Randy Wyant picking up his sixth career win. "This win was not as easy as it looked the car was getting hotter and hotter and I was a little worried, especially when steam started pouring out the hood on the final lap" Wyant said in victory lane.
On the initial start Wyant took off with the lead but was closely followed by Jackson Humanic and the two raced side by side for the first 6 laps. The first caution came out as Dave Ferringer came to a halt with engine troubles on the front straight away. Then on lap 13 while reeling in the leaders Tom Fox comes up lame with engine troubles. It had no effect on Wyant as he would go on to victory followed by Humanic, Bob Sloss, Curtis J Bish (running topless in honor of cancer awareness), and Dave Baker. Randy Wyant picked top the heat race win.
Jace Ferringer goes two for two in the 02 car in the thunder car features tonight. Jace Ferringer would start off the evening right by winning the make-up feature from May 6 and then turning around and dominating the 12 lap event at the end of the night. The field was slowed twice for debris and Bobby Siegel coming to rest in turn 4 after running in second spot most of the race. Following Ferringer was Patrick Fielding, Alan Perry, Bobby Siegel. Ferringer also won the lone heat race.
Next weekend May 27-29 H&H Motorsports Tri-City Speedway will host the first of two Double Down Weekends. It features a regular Friday Night Lightning show with double points awarded and a party with live band after the races presented by Ultra Graph-X. Then on Sunday Tri-City will host the richest non sanctioned race for the sprints with $3,000 to win and $1,000 for 5th and the BRP Modified Tour Kodiak Memorial $2,000 to win presented by Atkinson Fire Safety. Camping will be available that weekend starting Thursday May 26th at noon.
Tri-City Speedway is owned and operated by H&H Motorsports, which has promoted racing at the popular facility since in 2009. In 2011, Tri-City will host Friday night competition featuring the Super Late Models, FASTRAK Late Models, E- Mods, Open Pro Stocks and Thunder Cars at the Venango County half-mile dirt oval. Tri-City is located seven miles north of Franklin, Pa., off State Route 417.

TOPLESS SUPER LATE MODELS (25 Laps): 1. JOHN LOBB, 2. David Scott, 3. Dick Barton, 4. Bump Headman, 5. Wally Fox, 6. Chad Valone, 7. Alex Feree, 7. Brent Rhebergen, 9. Dennis Lunger, 10. Denton Boyer, 11. Ron Davies, 12. Rob Blair, 13. Matt Lux, 14. Dutch Davies, 15. Andy Boozel, 16. Darrell Bossard, 17. Chris Hackett, 18. Derek Frank, 19. Billy Henry

TOPLESS FASTRAK LATE MODELS (20 Laps):1. JOSH HOLTGRAVER, 2. Rob Blair, 3. David Scott, 4. Brian Booher, 5. Tommy Snyder, 6. Damian Bidwell, 7. Steve Dixon, 8. Bobby Whitling, 9. Alan McQuarrie, 10. Bradley Streczywlk, 11. George Kowatic, 12. Joe Martin, 13. Jason Reagle, 14. Rod Laskey, 15. Kyle Lukon

TOPLESS E-MODS (15 Laps): 1. Jonathan Taylor, 2. Brent Rhebergen, 3. Carl McKinney, 4. David Atkinson, 5. Jason Engles, 6. Mike Potosky, 7. Jonathan Boardman, 8. Ror Roncaglione, 9. Gary Sullivan, 10. Bobby Chrispen, 11. Tim Peterson, 12. Shawn Shingledecker

OPEN PRO-STOCKS (15 Laps): 1. RANDY WYANT, 2. Jackson Humanic, 3. Bob Sloss, 4. Curtis J Bish, 5. Dave Baker, 6. Tom Fox, 7. Dave Ferringer, DNS: Dan Lewis

THUNDER CARS (5/6 MAKE-UP) (12 Laps): 1. JACE FERRINGER, 2. Bobby Siegel, 3. Patrick Fielding, 4. Rick Henry, DNS: Charlie McMillen

THUNDER CAR (12 Laps): 1. JACE FERRINGER, 2. Patrick Fielding, 3. Alan Perry, 4. Bobby Siegel DNS: Charlie McMillen, Rick Henry

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