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7/10/08 - POWELL HOLDS OFF PEGHER'S CHALLENGES TO BECOME 6TH DIFFERENT FASTRAK NE TOURING SERIES WINNER IN 6 RACES AS LATE MODELS RETURN TO EXPO; DELLINGER DESTROYS STOCKS

 

 

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POWELL HOLDS OFF PEGHER'S CHALLENGES TO BECOME 6TH DIFFERENT FASTRAK NE TOURING SERIES WINNER IN 6 RACES AS LATE MODELS RETURN TO EXPO; DELLINGER DESTROYS STOCKS
By Mike Leone

Cortland, OH - July 10, 2008 - The FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series made its first ever
appearance at Expo Speedway on Thursday night as Late Models returned to
the Trumbull County Fairgrounds for the first time since 1995. Twenty-six
FASTRAK Late Models from all over western Pennsylvania , eastern Ohio ,
and western New York joined 24 Stock Cars that played in front of a huge
crowd as part of the 162nd annual Trumbull County Fair. A flyover by the
Warren Air Force took place following the national anthem at 6 p.m.

Fresh off a thrilling last lap FASTRAK weekly-sanctioned victory Sunday at
Tri-City Speedway, Bobby Powell did one better winning his first Northeast
Touring Series event of the season holding off a furious challenge by Mike
Pegher, Jr. to become the sixth different winner in as many Touring events
this season. The 25-lap win was worth a season-high $1,500.

“I don’t know what to say,” expressed the Waterford , Pa. winner in
victory lane following his first ever Expo race. “I’m exhausted and need
something to drink. I was running in the grass down there. I have to
thank Scott Bidwell and my crew, who work their tails off. I wouldn’t be
in a Late Model if it wasn’t for Fastrak. We can’t afford to do the big
stuff, but because of the motor we can race Late Models. We’re racing for
a lot of money now and later.”

Tom Snyder, Jr. drew the pole-position and raced into the early lead with
Jay Watson passing Rusty Moore for second. The battle heated up for
runner-up as Moore returned the favor taking second back one lap later.
Then on lap three, it was three-wide for the lead with Watson coming out
on top with an inside move in turn four and fourth starting Powell moving
to second with Snyder and Moore dropping to third and fourth.

Following a spin by Gary Miller, Jr., Powell overtook Watson on lap four
what would turn out to be the winning move. Dick Barton, who started
10th, quickly entered contention passing Snyder for third on lap four and
Watson one lap later for second with an inside move off turn four. Watson
though fought back against the Late Model great taking third back on lap
six, while 12th starting Pegher moved to fourth on lap six past Snyder.

Jon Law went up in smoke bringing out a caution with seven laps completed.
When racing resumed, Pegher took the third spot from Barton, then drove
under Watson in turn three for second on lap nine. Thirteenth starting
Dennis Lunger, Jr. made a great move diving under defending Touring Series
champion Alan Dellinger and Barton for fourth on lap 14. Dellinger didn’t
give up regaining fourth on lap 17.

Up front, Pegher began to reel in Powell on lap 17 and was all over the
leader on lap 18. Dellinger shot to the inside of Watson in turn two to
take third on lap 20 with Lunger following in fourth. Pegher got under
Powell in turn three on lap 21, but Powell shut the door holding the lead.
Powell opened up some ground on lap 22, but Pegher drove hard under
Powell in turns three and four on lap 23, but once again Powell remained
steadfast. Dellinger’s strong run ended when the steering broke in his
mount with 23 laps completed. On the ensuing restart, Moore got sideways
and an eight-car melee ensued.

The last two laps went green-to-checkered. Pegher made a strong bid on
lap 24 in turn four again. Pegher got under Powell, but Powell shut the
door as the two made heavy contact. It was a drag race off turn four as
Powell maintained the lead with the white flag waving. Powell was able to
get to the bottom entering turn one and was just too much on the final lap
as he held on for his second career Touring Series win in the Scott
Bidwell-owned, Fame RV Center/Maloney Tool & Mold/Rich Johnson
Electric-sponsored #B1D. The victory was Powell’s fourth of the season
overall in FASTRAK competition as he also has weekly-sanctioned wins at
Raceway 7, Mercer, and Tri-City in the last month.

Pegher’s second was his career best effort in Touring Series events.
After four straight did not finishes, Lunger finally put in a complete
night coming home a season-best third. Northeast Touring Series point
leader, Max Blair, maintained his point lead with a fourth place effort
after starting 11th as the Series completed the halfway point of the
sophomore season Barton dropped to fifth at the finish.

Late Model rookie Tyler Dietz turned in a career best finish in sixth
after the youngster started 24th over another Late Model rookie Roger
French, who started 16th. Mike Wonderling, Sr. was eighth with Jim Frank
and 19th starting Bob Diver completing the top 10. Winning the heat races
over the 26-car field were Pegher, Wonderling, and Moore.

After a disappointing end to a great run in the FASTRAK feature, Alan
Dellinger hopped into the Stock Car and destroyed the competition leading
from green-to-checkered in the 15-lap event. The victory was worth $500
for the Hermitage, Pa. driver, who started his standout racing career at
Expo in the very same division in the 70s.

Dellinger started fourth and had the lead on the backstretch of the first
lap from pole-sitter Bruce Redman. Dellinger pulled away every lap and
won the non-stop event by more than a straightaway in the Steve
Burns-owned, Penn-Ohio Contracting/Penn Construction/Legacy
Products-sponsored #70B.

Chris Haines, who was also doing double duty, passed Redman in turn four
on lap eighth to finish second. Last Friday’s Raceway 7 big winner, Dave
Ferringer, snuck past Redman on the final lap to finish third. Redman,
who won last year’s Expo event, dropped to fourth over Jason Reagle, who
got to the track just in time to run his heat race. Scoring heat race
victories over the 24-car field were Rusty Wheeler and Dellinger.

FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Touring Series Race #6 (25 laps $1,500
to-win): 1. BOBBY POWELL (Bidwell B1D) 2. Mike Pegher, Jr. (Geisler 1C)
3. Dennis Lunger, Jr. (17L) 4. Max Blair (111) 5. Dick Barton (Nielson
28B) 6. Tyler Dietz (10) 7. Roger French (-1) 8. Mike Wonderling, Sr.
(z1) 9. Jim Frank (14*) 10. Bob Diver (23) 11. Tom Snyder, Jr. (1F)
12. John Lacki (7) 13. Chad Myers (01) 14. Andy Buckley (Robinson 34R)
15. Alan Dellinger (Williams 8) 16. Rusty Moore (17M) 17. Kevin Meadows
(Welsch 49) 18. Chris Haines (35H) 19. Jay Watson (7x) 20. Scott Jones
(Stanke 44) 21. Tom Copeland (98) 22. Jon Law (14) 23. Ben Black (27B)
24. Gary Miller, Jr. (1m) 25. Mike Lesky (5L) 26. Justin Kann (Powell
100).

Lap leaders: Tom Snyder, Jr. (1-2), Jay Watson (3), Bobby Powell (4-25)
Heat winners: Mike Pegher, Jr., Mike Wonderling, Sr., Rusty Moore
Car count: 26


Stock Cars (15 laps, $500 to-win): 1. ALAN DELLINGER (Burns 70B) 2. Chris
Haines (35H) 3. Dave Ferringer (02) 4. Bruce Redman (27) 5. Jason
Reagle (888) 6. Rusty Wheeler (44) 7. Charlie Jasinski (11A) 8. Steve
D’Apolito (84) 9. Allan Hudzik (30H) 10. Jackson Humanic (17) 11. Rick
Robinson (Buckley 965) 12. Tom Miller (17) 13. Larry Root (22x) 14.
Terry Wheeler (2W) 15. Bill Simmons (33) 16. Bill Cramer (42) 17. Randy
Wyant (11T) 18. Sam Ritenour (77) 19. Jamie Duncan (67J) 20. Stan
Woomer (2) 21. Matt Thomas (54)-DNS 22. John Fox (14)-DNS 23. Ed
Snyder, Jr. (039)-DNS 24. Scott Jones (Stanke 44)-DNS.

Lap leaders: Alan Dellinger (1-15)
Heat winners: Rusty Wheeler, Alan Dellinger
Car count: 24

Next up for the FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series will be race #7 of 12 on
Friday, June 25 at Raceway 7 south of Conneaut , Ohio . The event will
pay $1,200 to-win, $150 to-start. Racing begins at 7:30 p.m.

2008 FASTRAK Northeast Touring Series associate sponsors thus far are Race
1, Fame RV Center, Yoder’s Performance Specialty & PRC, Bullitt Chassis,
and Fred Beans Parts.

To join our mailing list, simply send an e-mail to
fastrakpr-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. Mike Leone and Vicki Emig can be
reached at 724-964-9300. E-mail to info@fastraknortheast.com and snail
mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski , PA 16143 . For more information, check
out www.fastraknortheast.com.

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