August 4th, 2003
KIRKWOOD, NY…Jim Crawn won his third 358 Modified feature on an emotional night Saturday at Five Mile Point Speedway. The speedway was mourning Track President Sandie Heath Phelps, who passed away earlier in the day after a courageous battle with cancer.
The night started off with a stirring tribute to Sandie along with long time employee Grant Buck, Sr., Town Supervisor Joe Griffen and Brett Hawley, son of former driver Ed Hawley, who all passed away during the week. As Sandie would have wanted, the show went on.
The Modified feature looked like Dana Wagner would dominate as he jumped in front at the outset and opened a huge lead over the field. Former Track Champion Jim Crawn has really gotten things dialed in over the past several weeks. Crawn, who started 13th on the field, began his steady march to the front, cracking the top five by lap 10.
At the halfway point it was Wagner way out front ahead of Dan Vauter, Rich Keehle, Butch Klinger and Crawn. Crawn would move from fourth to second on lap 23 and try to close in on the high flying Wagner. Don Hart, Jr. was also mounting a late race charge to the front from his 10th starting spot. Hart moved into fourth on lap 23 as well.
Crawn was closing in on Wagner but would need a caution to have any chance at the win. He got his wish with four laps to go when Jim Corcoran and Duane Hiller got together in turn three. That would set up a four lap dash between Wagner and Crawn.
Crawn wasted no time making his move as he darted to the outside of Wagner in turn one. They ran side by side out of turn two before Crawn went ahead to stay. Crawn would tally his third win of the season with Wagner second, Hart third and Vauter and Keehle rounding out the top five. Sixth through tenth went to Klinger, Bob Hamm, J.R. Crouse, Billy Thornton and Bobby Puckett.
Jason Bartsch took the lead from Brian MacRabie on lap four of the 20 lap Street Stock feature and looked as though he might capture his first feature win. Rob Harder had other ideas. Nine time winner James Cornell slowed to bring out the first of only two cautions on lap three.
Bartsch had a great run going as he held off the challenges of Harder for several laps. Harder made his move on lap 17 to take the lead and he would go onto his first win of the season. Brett Spoor charged into second at the finish ahead of Jerry Tonti, Bartsch and Dan Pompey. Positions six through ten went to Ken Sparks, MacRabie, Ken Taugher, Scott Chapman and Jason Schlafer.
Joe Price, Jr. took the lead from Joel Batzel on lap four and never looked back as he cruised to the UMP Modified feature win. Batzel raced home second ahead of Gary Dence, Jeff Cleveland and Joe Cole. Sixth through tenth went to Ralph Shoemaker, Kevin Cole, Mike Stolarcyk III, Joe Novak and Mike Stoddard.
Shane Wolfe took the lead from Jim Ortiz with five laps to go and claimed his fourth Pure Stock win of the season. Defending champ Mahlon Shoemaker came in second ahead of Charlie Gilbert, Harry Marvin III and Mark Aldrich. Rounding out the top ten were Jeremy Shaw, Ortiz, Kevin Davies, Ray Marbaker and Toby Sparks.
The Keystone Legends made their only appearance of the season with a 28 car field. With a majority of the field comprised of drivers from New Jersey and Pennsylvania, it was local favorite Jason Urso from Binghamton taking the win. Urso, a former Legends National Champion, started 11th and worked his way to the front.
Urso took the lead with five laps to go and never looked back to claim the popular win. Tim Tomson was second ahead of John Morrow, Brian Levan and Rodney Kistler. Sixth through tenth went to Tim Henry, Rich Landis, Craig Rochelle, Jim Baker and Bill Carver.
This Saturday is Open Wheel Excitement Night featuring the Patriot Sprint Cars and the KARS Sprints. They will join the full show of 358 Modifieds, Street Stocks, UMP Modifieds and Pure Stocks. Race time is 6:00 p.m. For further information please call the speedway office at 607-775-5555 or log onto our website at www.fivemilepointspeedway.net.
COUNTER POINTS…Modified driver Dave Locke is home following several surgeries after the leg injury he suffered last week…A collection raised $974.57 for Locke to assist with his mounting medical bills…Pace Car Driver Bob Whitman was back in action following a trip to the hospital the previous week with chest pains…102 cars were in competition on the night…The Hawley family posted bonuses for the Pure Stock in memory of their son Brett…The B&D Exhaust Pure Stock Bonus is back up to $150 to any Pure Stock driver that can win both the heat and feature on the same night.
358 MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
JIM CRAWN, Dana Wagner, Don Hart, Jr., Dan Vauter, Rich Keehle, Butch Klinger, Bob Hamm, J.R. Crouse, Billy Thornton, Bobby Puckett, Darl Ellis, Brian Corcoran, Glenn Knapp, Duane Hiller, Russell Hendrickson, Dave Doig, Matt Smith, Dave Calaman, Dan Morden, Dick Sundgren, Jim Corcoran, Dave Rumsey. DNS: Dan Hineline.
STREET STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
ROB HARDER, Brett Spoor, Jerry Tonti, Jason Bartsch, Dan Pompey, Ken Sparks, Brian MacRabie, Ken Taugher, Scott Chapman, Jason Schlafer, Bob Teribury, Byron Pitcher, Fred Christ, James Cornell, Randy Tyler. DNS: Frank Mower.
UMP MODIFIED FEATURE FINISH:
JOE PRICE, JR., Joel Batzel, Gary Dence, Jeff Cleveland, Joe Cole, Ralph Shoemaker, Kevin Cole, Mike Stolarcyk III, Joe Novak, Mike Stoddard, Brad Shaffer.
PURE STOCK FEATURE FINISH:
SHANE WOLFE, Mahlon Shoemaker, Charlie Gilbert, Harry Marvin III, Mark Aldrich, Freddy Valez, Jim Ortiz, Kevin Davies, Ray Marbaker, Toby Sparks, Ted Baker, Corey Bond, Bryan Lindsey, Shephard Blodgett, Jerry Whitmarsh, Mike Lartz, Brian Mills, John Terrell, Randy Rolison, Jason Bond, Roger Salai, Dee Ramey, Tom Garren. DNS: Mark Andrus, Toby Lehr.
KEYSTONE LEGENDS FEATURE FINISH:
JASON URSO, Tim Tomson, John Morrow, Brian Levan, Rodney Kistler, Tim Henry, Rich Landis, Craig Rochelle, Jim Baker, Bill Carver, Dave Bauer, Clink Penkauskas, Ryan Stoeckel, Paul Rochelle, Lamar Shaffer, Dave DeGarcia, George Abt, Ronnie Dunston, Jim Black, John Schrik, Ricky Harring, Zach Dummberger. 6 cars were DNQ's.