|Race Results 7/27|
KIRKWOOD, NY…Mitch Gibbs raced to his eighth 358 Modified feature win of the season Saturday on Fast Vinyl Graphics Night at Five Mile Point Speedway. Ralph Shoemaker, Jr., Jeff Cleveland, Harry Marvin III and Fran Reed also garnered feature wins on the quarter mile oval.
Dave Locke darted into the lead at the start of the Modified feature with Chuck Kennison and Rich Keehle close behind. Keehle took over second on lap seven with Gibbs taking third at the same time. Keehle chased Locke, while being chased by Gibbs. Gibbs moved past Keehle for second on lap 10 and two laps later he blasted past Locke for the lead. Once in front he ran away from the pack and cruised to his eighth win of the season. Locke had his best run of the year, taking second ahead of Keehle, 17th starting Harry Marvin and Butch Klinger. Sixth through tenth went to Brian Malcomb, Kennison, Dan Vauter, Don Hart, Jr. and R.C. Faigle.
Ralph Shoemaker, Jr. went from fourth to first on the first lap of the Street Stock feature to take the lead. Tracy Gregory moved from 10th to third on lap four and went to work on runnerup Pat Nolan. Gregory overtook Nolan for second at the halfway point and set his sights on Shoemaker. Shoemaker was up to the challenge and went on to score his third win of the season. Gregory was second ahead of Nolan, Brett Spoor and Jerry Tonti. Positions six through ten went to Don Russell, Ken Sparks, Fred Christ, Mike Mills and Brian MacRabie.
Joel Batzel took the early lead in the Grand American Modified feature with Joe Cole close behind. Jeff Cleveland worked his way into the top five by lap four and continued forward. Cleveland moved past both Joe Cole and Bob Chapman on lap nine to take second. He needed just one lap to power past Batzel for the lead. He went on to his seventh feature win of the year. Charlie Gilbert made a late race charge to take second at the finish over Gil Sharpsteen, Cole and Batzel. Sixth through tenth went to Kevin Cole, Gordy Isham, Mike Stoddard, Tom Vasta and Bill Hawkins.
The Pure Stock feature was a battle between youth and experience. Sixty five year old Jerry Whitmarsh was challenged for more than half the race by 16 year old Harry Marvin III for the lead. Whitmarsh slipped up with five laps to go allowing Marvin to move into the lead. He then held off Darl Ellis to score his second win of the year. Whitmarsh was third over 16 year old Mike Lartz and Randy Percival. Positions six through ten went to Walt McClenon, Harry Cook, Dan Babcock, Roger Salai and Bryan Lindsey.
Fran Reed, after never having won before this year, won his second straight Figure 8 feature on Saturday. He was followed by Brian Garvey, Steve Dechow, Bubba Folk and Guido McGonigle.
This Saturday is Lowe’s Home Improvement Night. It’s also Youth Night with all kids age 15 and under being admitted free of charge. Gates open at 4:30 p.m. and race time is 6:30 p.m. For more information log onto www.fivemilepointspeedway.net. or call the speedway office at 607-775-5555.
COUNTER POINTS…Another big field of cars was topped by 31 Modifieds…Poster Contest winners were Makayla Klinger (Age 4), Gabriel (Age 7) and Jordan Mallory (Age 12) with Honorable Mention going to Samantha Darling (Age 12).
358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
MITCH GIBBS, Dave Locke, Rich Keehle, Harry Marvin, Jr., Butch Klinger, Brian Malcomb, Chuck Kennison, Dan Vauter, Don Hart, Jr., R.C. Faigle, Dan Hineline, Alan Rudalavage, Gary Gallerie, Glenn Knapp, Bob Hamm, Tom Rose, Tom Gervasi, Ed Harris, Dana Wagner, Dave Calaman, Bobby Puckett, Jim Allen, Ralph Mele, Joe Biasi.
358 MODIFIED B-MAIN FINISH:
BOB HAMM, R.C. Faigle, Tom Rose, Tom Gervasi, Art Bray, Dan Morden, Ray Menard, Brian Bray, Joe Weilgosz. DNS: Danny West, Jim Potts.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
Ralph Shoemaker, Jr., Tracy Gregory, Pat Nolan, Brett Spoor, Jerry Tonti, Don Russell, Ken Sparks, Jr., Fred Christ, Mike Mills, Brian MacRabie, Byron Pitcher, Fred Velez, Bob Teribury, Randy Rolison, Jason Bartsch, Pete Sobol, Dan Podwika, Bill Saxe, Scott Bennett, Jerry Liford, Darren Stout. DNS: Ron Latwinski.
GRAND AMERICAN MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
JEFF CLEVELAND, Charlie Gilbert, Gil Sharpsteen, Joe Cole, Joel Batzel, Kevin Cole, Gordy Isham, Mike Stoddard, Tom Vasta, Bill Hawkins, Jeff Warren, Bob Chapman. DNS: Rob Welch.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
HARRY MARVIN III, Darl Ellis, Jerry Whitmarsh, Mike Lartz, Randy Percival, Walt McClenon, Harry Cook, Jr., Dan Babcock, Roger Salai, Bryan Lindsey, Jim Ortiz, Bob Tyriw, Don Donnelly, Jr., Todd Sutliff, Jason Bond, Toby Sparks, Jeremy Shaw, Mahlon Shoemaker, Cory Bond, Ted Baker.
FIGURE 8 FEATURE FINISH:
FRAN REED, Brian Garvey, Steve Dechow, Bubba Folk, Guido McGonigle.