|Date: 7/13/2008 6:09:15 PM|
P.O. Box 77
Hesston, Pa 16647
By Terry Whetstone
WATKINS AND FREET SPLIT SPRINT MAINS AT HESSTON
For immediate release July 12, 2008
HESSTON, PA - Two sprint features produced two different winners at Hesston Speedway Saturday night with Mike Freet winning the make up feature from June 21 and Mark Watkins winning the regular nights event.
Mike Shoemaker won the limited late model feature while Khi Swanger won the street stock main and Carl Snare won his first in the hobby stocks.
The late models hit the oval with Brad Kling and Rick Singleton on the front row with Kling taking the lead and Singleton second and Mike Shoemaker in third. Singleton spun on lap three and had to tail the field. On the restart Shoemaker started to hound Kling for the lead and the pair ran side by side with Kling on the bottom and Shoemaker on the outside. Shoemaker tried the outside for several laps before it finally worked to his advantage and he took the lead on lap 14, but Kling didn’t let him run off as he battled back and finished second by only a half a car length at the line. The top five were: Shoemaker, Kling, Rance Garlock, Derek Byler and Mike Duck. Heat wins went to Mike Shoemaker, Rance Garlock and Rick Singleton.
Ma rk Watkins beat fellow front row starter Cliff Conner into the first turn of the sprint feature with Mike Heckman in second and Conner falling to third. As the race continued it was all Watkins, as he weaved his way through lapped traffic and took the win over Heckman, Conner, Jim Kennedy and Andy Haus. The heat wins went to Cliff Conner, Mark Watkins and Mike Heckman.
Jarrett Walker and Jesse Snyder led the street stocks to the start with Snyder taking the lead and setting the pace. Spencer was able to hold off Tom Williams for several laps before Khi Swanger moved into second and brought Bill Henney into third. As the race neared its conclusion Snyder lost the lead to Swanger and then fell to third behind Henney. At the finish it was Khi Swanger taking another win over Henney, Snyder, Walker and Williams. Jesse Snyder, Jarrett Walker and Bill Henney split the heat wins.
Carl Snare earned his first career Hesston Speedway feature win in the hobby stocks on Saturday night after beating Josh Berrier into the first turn. Berrier tried several grooves but couldn’t get around him, then he spun and had to tail the field. As the race resumed it was still Snare in the lead with Joe Dearmitt now in second and Chris Chaney in third. The race came down to the final few inches as Dearmitt tried the low side with Snare still holding his line and getting his first win of the season. Dearmitt, Chaney, Joe Hammers and Curtis Guyer completed the top five. Heat wins went to Josh Berrier, Carl Snare and Gary Morder.
The make-up sprint feature from June 21 saw Mike Freet and Roger Irvine on the front row, with Freet taking he lead and never looking back. Irvine got close at times, but there was no catching Freet as he picked up his first victory of the season at Hesston Speedway. Irvine, Erin Stoatler, Andy Haus and Mark Watkins completed the top five. The heat wins went to Mike Freet, Roger Irvine and Erin Stoatler.
PIT NOTES: 86 teams filled the pits, including 20 limited late models, 25 PA 305 Sprints, 17 Street stocks and 24 hobby stocks…coming up this weekend is the first ever visit by the American Outlaws. There will be a regular show for the limited late models, street stocks and hobby stocks with race time set for 7 p.m…Coming up on July 27 is the annual Thunder by the Lake Super Late Model special paying $5,000 to win. The hobby stocks will also be in action.
Limited Late Models: 1. #8" Mike Shoemaker, 2. #11 Brad Kling, 3. #19 Rance Garlock, 4. #5* Dereck Byler, 5. #73 Mike Duck, 6. #39 Tim Smith Jr., 7. #15 Matt Parks, 8. #99 Tim Snare Jr., 9. #99* Rick Singleton, 10. #2 Mike Altobelli Jr., 11. #6 Allen Lemin, 12. #55 Tom Barron, 13. #12 Maurice Thompson, 14. #25s Steve Bailor, 15. #32 Travis Stickley, 16. #77 George Dixon Jr., 17. #38 Chad Walters, 18. #71 Curtis Heath, 19. #RE3 Ron Evans.
#50 Jake Griffith DNS
PA 305 Sprints: 1. #17W Mark Watkins, 2. #8H Mike Heckman, 3. #84 Cliff Conner, 4. #7 Jim Kennedy, 5. #76 Andy Hauss, 6. #23 Nathan Gramley, 7. #1/2 Vaughn McGee, 8. #2 Erin Stoatler, 9. #12 Roger Irvine, 10. #11 Mike Freet, 11. #36 Rod Ort, 12. #79 Mel Light, 13. #71 Nicole Bitner, 14. #33Z Joe Zap, 15. #R6 Reed Thompson, 16. #4 Rodney Peters, 17. #84 Cliff Conner, 18. #24/7 Ben Naugle, 19. #52 Ron Farrar, 20. #D9 Don Sotosky, 21. #86 Ron Aurand, 22. #22 Jim Marquette, #25 Tyler Bear DNS and #47 Tom Worrick
Make-up Sprints feature from June 21: 1. #11 Mike Freet, 2. #12 Roger Irvine, 3. #2 Erin Stoatler, 4. #76 Andy Hauss, 5. #17W Mark Watkins, 6. #23 Nathan Gramley, 7. #33z Joe Zap, 8. #84 Cliff Conner, 9. #R6 Reed Thompson, 10. #24/7 Ben Naugle, 11. #71 Nicole Bittner, 12. #7 Jim Kennedy, 13. #86 Ron Aurand, 14. #22 Jim Marquette, 15. #8H Mike Heckman, 16. #47 Tom Worrick, 17. #89 DJ Holland
Street Stocks: 1. #88 Khi Swanger, 2. #50 Bill Henney, 3. #22 Jesse Snyder, 4. #65 Jarrett Walker, 5. #8 Tom Wiliams, 6. #45 Tim Brindle, 7. #59 Mike Desch, 8. #66 Cris Edwards, 9. #3 Chad Parks, 10. #110 Dave Brown, 11. #9 Randy Wible, 12. #15W Rob Wilkins, 13. #34 Kris Leonard, 14. #5 Kenny Taylor, 15. #32 Dale Claycomb, 16. # W8 Wayne Irvin
Hobby Stocks: 1. #66 Carl Snare, 2. #21 Joe Dearmitt, 3. #17C Chris Chaney, 4. #29 Joe Hammers, 5. #8C Curtis Gu yer, 6. #8" Jeff Shoemaker, 7. #10 Jake Gongloff, 8. #14 Bobby Witters, 9. #84 Damion Miller, 10. #88JR Mike Grubb, 11. #30 Russell Lightner, 12. #D16 Daren Desch, 13. #01 Derek Grabill, 14. #4S Shawn Waite, 15. #1 Gary Morder, 16. #35 Dallas Runk, 17. #15 Josh Berrier, 18. #77 Lou Wyannan, 19. #69 Ethan Goss, 20. #18B Tom Dearmitt, 21. #88 Kyle Grove, 22. #13 Chad Gambol, 23. #73 Terry Norris
#61 Adrian McMullen DNS
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