Penn Can Speedway
Saturday, August 16, 2003
Penn Can Friday Night wins to Clapperton, Decker, Coy, Decker and Wolf
by Race Author
SUSQUEHANNA, Pa. -- For the second time this season, Mike Clapperton drove his DIRT legal Small Block to victory in the Modified feature on Haun Welding Supply night at the Penn Can Speedway. Fresh of his Tuesday "Hot Summer Night" win, Brian Decker once again drove to victory in the Sportsman division feature, his second consecutive win and third of the season. Defending Late Model track champion Allen Coy scored his first win of the season while Wade Decker was also a first time winner in the Super Stock ranks. Current pure Stock point leader Shane Wolf won his fourth Pure Stock feature of the season.
Mike Nagel and Bobby Trapper paced the field to the green flag to start the 30 lap Modified feature. Trapper quickly made his way past Nagel to establish himself as the race leader. The first two thirds of the race was totally dominated by Trapper as he opened up a comfortable lead over the rest of the pack. Unfortunately for Trapper, his great drive would be derailed by mechanical problems as his race ended when he pulled to the infield in a cloud of smoke with ten laps remaining in the feature event.
With Trapper's race over, Mike Nagel inherited the lead, but his tenure at the front would last only a lap as Clapperton made what would prove to be the winning pass with a nice outside move in the second turn to take the top spot from Nagel. Mike Decker also worked past Nagel in the closing stages, making it a sweep of the top two positions for the 358 powered cars. Nagel held on to finish third ahead of championship contenders Alan Rudalavage and Brian Weaver. George Kostelansky, Bill Huff, Chris Shupp, Brian Franko and Jamie Shea completed the top ten finishing order. Bobby Trapper, Rick Virkitis, and Mike Nagel won the three Modified heat races while Dave Jenkins picked up top honors in the consolation race.
Brian Decker came into Friday night on a roll having won Tuesday night's Hot Summer Nigh special only 72 hours earlier. On Friday night, Decker repeated his winning effort as he turned in a dominating performance to pick up his third win of 2003. Brian started fourth but wasted little time in making his way to the front of the field as he drove past early race leader Ken Titus with a nifty outside move on the fifth lap to take over the lead. Once out front, Decker was the class of the filed as he was able to open up a considerable advantage over the field. That advantage was wiped out on lap 13 when the only caution flag of the race flew for a minor incident. This closed the filed up on Decker, but Brian was able to immediately pull away once again. Over The closing laps current point leader Kevin Bates was able to work his way To the runner-up position. With no caution flags in the closing laps of The event, Bates was not able to run down Decker and Brian took the win by a healthy margin over Bates. Ken Titus, Shaun Walker, and Brett Tonkin completed the top five finishing order. Chad Cook, rookie Shawn Mills, Garth Tonkin Jr., Dwayne Robbins, and Mike Loney made up the second half of the top ten. Dwayne Robbins and Brian Decker won Sportsman qualifying events.
The 20 lap Late Model feature saw defending track champion Allen Coy of Montrose, Pa. pick up his first win of the 2003 racing season. Work commitments forced Coy to miss the early part of the racing season, so Allen is not racing for the championship this season but is running simply for feature wins. On Friday night, Coy survived a rugged race that saw numerous cautions and a red flag for a hard crash involving Joe Damiano and Adam MacGeorge in the closing stages. The final laps of the event featured an entertaining three-way race for the win involving Coy, Randall Paxton, and Dave Zona. Coy was able to hold off the two championship contenders to pick up the win as Paxton was able to slip past Zona for the runner-up spot to retake the point lead by four points with three races left in the season. Behind Coy, Paxton, and Zona were rookie Budd Phillips and Jim O'Hara. Keith Mudge, Larry DeLello, and Pete Sobol rounded out the finishers. Despite being eliminated in a crash four laps from the finish, the high attrition rate allowed Adam MacGeorge and Joe Damiano to place ninth and tenth.
In Super Stock action, wade Decker drove to his first victory of The 2003 season, holding off a determined challenge from newlywed Tracy Gregory to score the win. Gregory and point leader James Cornell gave Decker all the challenge he could handle, but Wade was up to the challenge. Though Gregory and Cornell threw everything they had at Decker, Wade never wavered and drove on to his first win of the season. Gregory finished a solid second while Cornell finished third despite a quickly worsening smoke condition aboard his #J3. David Luff and Matt Roberts were fourth and fifth. Kurt Decker returned to action after a couple of week layoff and finished sixth with Mike Decker seventh. Chris Strohl, Ken Sparks, and Paul Rooney made up the rest of the top ten.
Mike Decker, Tracy Gregory, and Chris Strohl won Super Stock qualifiers.
In Super Stock action, current point leader Shane Wolf drove to his fourth victory of the season n the 15 lap pure Stock feature. Charlie Gilbert earned the runner-up position trailed by Jerry Lobdell, Michael Lartz, and Randy Rollison. Keith Wilkins, Rob Welsh, newcomer Mark Shipman, Everett Cass and Auburn Lyons were sixth through tenth.
Prior to the start of the racing program, longtime Penn Can Speedway fans Catherine Miszewski and Gordon LaBarre were married in victory lane. The newly married couple sponsored a Dash For Cash for the Pure Stocks which was won by Harry Marvin III
Racing continues this Friday night at 7:15 PM with a full five division racing card. The Modifieds, Sportsman, Late Models, Super Stocks,, and Pro Stocks will all be in action in complete shows. With only three more events left in the point season, all five division championships are still very much up for grabs. All three weeks will be critical for those drivers and teams still in the hunt for the 2003 season championships. For further information, contact the speedway office at (570)-585-9928 or check out the website at www.penncan.com RACE SUMMARY:
MODIFIEDS: 1. MIKE CLAPPERTON 2. Mike Decker 3. Mike Nagel 4. Alan Rudalavage 5. Brian Weaver 6. George Kostelansky 7. Bill Huff 8. Chris Shupp 9. Brian Franko 10. Jamie Shea 11. Mike Frost 12. Tom McGurrin 13. Chris Weaver 14. Jim Sanderson 15. Dave Jenkins 16. Daryl Ellis 17. Mike Colsten 18. Bobby Trapper 19. Sean Collins 20. Rick Virkitis 21. Roger Lewis 22. John Gurnsey 23. Bob Thomas 24. Steve Babicek 25. Rick Holgate
SPORTSMAN: 1. BRIAN DECKER 2. Kevin Bates 3. Ken Titus 4. Shaun Walker 5. Brett Tonkin 6. Chad Cook 7. Shawn Mills 8. Garth Tonkin Jr. 9. Dwayne Robbins 10. Mike Loney 11. Brandon Buck 12. Dan Buchannon 13. Scott Allen 14. Matt Latwinski 15. Rick Brown 16. Paul Rooney 17. Greg Hunsinger
LATE MODELS: 1. ALLEN COY 2. Randall Paxton 3. Dave Zona 4. Bud Phillips 5. Jim O'Hara 6. Keith Mudge 7. Larry DeLello 8. Pete Sobol 9. Adam MacGeorge 10. Joe Damiano 11. Lou Sparks 12. Rich King 13. Jason Carman 14. Steve Tourje 15. Jamie Griffiths 15. Brent Dyer DNS: Carl Silvernail
SUPER STOCKS: 1. WADE DECKER 2. Tracy Gregory 3. James Cornell 4. David Luff 5. Matt Roberts 6. Kurt Decker 7. Mike Decker 8. Chris Strohl 9. Ken Sparks 10. Paul Rooney 11. Eric Bonham 12. Nick Petrilak 13. Carl Heater 14. Nate Evans 15. Jay Sienkevich 16. Chris Hunsinger 17. Dan Pompey 18. Jim Hughes 19. Dave Zona
PURE STOCKS: 1. SHANE WOLF 2. Charlie Gilbert 3. Jerry Lobdell 4. Michael Lartz 5. Randy Rollison 6. Keith Wilkins 7. Rob Welsh 8. Mark Shipman 9. Everett Cass 10. Auburn Lyons 11. Ken Wynn 12. Frank Penney 13. Kevin Davies 14. Tom Garren 15. Gregg Brunges 16. Billy House 17. Toby Sparks 18. Dan Donnelly Jr. 19. Josh Ellis 20. Harry Marvin III 21. Brian Mills 22. John Evans 23. Ivan Smith 24. Fred Velez 25. Serafino Raggi