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Wild Hall Of Fame Night In The Books
August 2, 2008
<center>Wild Hall Of Fame Night In The Books</center>It was a rough but action filled night, this past Saturday, August 2, at Midvale Speedway. Drivers struggled to keep cars in the right direction, carnage resulted, and tempers flared. The night was highlighted by the intermission Old-Timers and Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. Four drivers and two officials were entered into the Midvale Speedway Hall Of Fame.

At intermission, Midvale Speedway officials held their third annual Old-Timers night with the second annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. A number of the racetrack’s greatest were in attendance for the pre-race meal and the halftime introductions. Announced as new Hall of Fame members were former officials Don Wagner (announcer) and Roy King (track crew member). The four drivers added were Bob Wooster, Delmar Clark, Dave Gilland, and Virgil Tinlin.

The first feature on the track was the 20-lap Tusco Net Sport Stock main. Jerry McNealy took the early lead from his pole starting position. As cars in the field battled, some contact resulted and top qualifier Ron Dague took advantage. Dague, who started seventh, picked up a handful of spots in one swoop and eventually took the lead on lap five. From this point on, Dague cruised to victory finishing off his clean sweep for the evening as he earlier set fast time and won the heat. Following the Barnhill Storage/Tolloti Pipe #75 to the stripe in the feature were Randy Smart, Kevin McClintock, Scott Archer, and Rich Dessecker.

In the McIntosh Oil Company Late Model 25-lapper, polesitter Bob Schneider, Jr. raced out front early, while John Ambrose took over the second spot from Greg Beule. Sixth place starter Ryan Tedesco, who had come close to wins the previous two weeks, was on the move in the outside groove. Tedesco moved into fifth on lap two, fourth on lap four, second one lap later, and by lap 7 was out front leading the way. Numerous cautions plagued the event and negated a lot of passes that were being made throughout the field. Tedesco withstood the frequent restarts and put his Marathon Manufacturing/C.C. Performance #70 in victory lane for the second time this season. The New Philadelphia, Ohio driver became the first repeat winner in the competitive class this season. Following him at the finish were Ambrose, Mike Miller, Tom Garbrandt, and Farmer Smith. Darrel Dexter, Rich Marcum, Joel McKnight, Bryant Smith, and Bubba Smith completed the top ten. Ron Jaberg, Jr., Rick Sibila, and Nick Grubbs won the three heat race events, while Bubba Smith set fast time in the extremely tight qualifying session.

Fans have been treated to some awesome Late Model fields this season. In fact, over the last three nights, the car count has been 22, 24, and 23 respectively. Unfortunately, cautions have been an issue on a number of occasions this season. Some drivers have been impatient at times, while others are inexperienced and just looking for track time to get the handle of the class. Officials are hoping that over the last five Late Model nights this season, the class stays strong in numbers but drivers elect to use a little more give-and-take to make the division as special as it really should be.

The Midvale Speedway Pure Stock division has put together some stronger fields and better racing over the last several nights. Luther Chambers, who earlier in the night won his first career heat race, led the first six laps. Veteran racer, Todd Miller made the first pass to take over the lead by lap seven. Miller, looking for win #2 this year, was running strong out front, but it turned out to be too strong as he was clocked under his qualifying time. That handed the lead to Tory Gibbs, who most thought would claim an easy victory. However, with six laps to go, the point leader’s ride started spewing fluid and had to make a pitstop to rectify the problem. The new leader was Lee McCreery. The part-time racer was fired up earlier in the night due to a problem in the heat race, but he put the issues behind him, started at the tail, and raced a great race to be in contention for the win. His only challenge came from last week’s feature winner Rich Schweitzer. Schweitzer went to the high lane and was just about to clear McCreery when a caution negated the pass. After the restart, Schweitzer couldn’t get the run he needed and McCreery claimed his first career feature victory. Following the Keith Anderson Racing #32 were Schweitzer, Tad Grove, Pat Moore, and Luther Chambers. Tory Gibbs, Bob Passwaters, Sr., Dick Aubihl, Brian Minard, and Phil Bunton, Jr. completed the top ten. Schweitzer and Chambers won the heats, while Grove was top qualifier.

On a night in which over-aggressiveness was prevalent, even the Parkway Suzuki Compact fast feature was rough. Derek Grewell took the lead from the pole and was in good shape with John McNutt, Felicia Myers, and Cliff Cox all in second at different times. That was until he and Cox got together in turn one, with the race leader spinning. Caution waved and Grewell was given his spot back with three to go. On the restart, A.J. Diano put his ride in the outside lane and on the final circuit was able to edge Grewell for the victory. After crossing the stripe, Grewell and Diano went spinning into turn one, then got out of their cars on the backstretch to further discuss the matter. Diano made his way to victory lane moments later to celebrate his impressive victory from the fourteenth starting spot. The A. Diano Concrete #09 was followed by Grewell, Kyle Rector, Kelly McNutt, and Don Rufener, Jr. Tim Westerfield, Jr., Johnny Campbell, Rich Hess, Tom Barrett, and Cliff Cox were top ten finishers.

Arguably one of the cleanest races of the night was the final Compact feature. Taylor Moore and Isaac Ferrebee brought the 19-car field to the green with Ferrebee bolting into the lead. Many time Compact feature winner over the last few years, Jesse Page, took over to pace the field on lap four before Brad Henry took his turn out front on lap six. The lead continued to involve a revolving door, as rookie Max McCartney became the pace setter with five to go. McCartney claimed the heat win earlier in the night with much of his family in the stands due to Old-Timers night. McCartney’s Grandpa Don Mowls and uncle Joe Mowls were two of Midvale’s early racers in the 50’s and were among the honorees at intermission. On the final lap, McCartney and Henry caught two slower cars. Not heeding the move-over flag, the cars raced in the preferred lane creating contact between the leader and Luke Sampson coming to the checkered. Sampson then slid up the banking in front of Henry as cars jumbled coming to the stripe. McCartney claimed the victory but in the haste of picking up his first career feature win skipped the tech line in the pits after the race. That gave the official victory to Jesse Page with Bob Passwaters, Jr., Tammy Rufener, Jason Anthony, and Henry completing the top five. Other top ten finishers were Larry Ennis, Justin Vanfossen, Pat Carnes, Isaac Ferrebee, and Taylor Moore.

Jason Morgan, Johnny Campbell, Jim Campbell, and Dan Konovsek claimed the heat race wins, while Don Rufener, Jr. won the pursuit. Rich Dunlap was the fast qualifier for the second week in-a-row.

Officials would like to thank all of the former and current drivers for coming out for Old-Timers Night 2008. It’s great to see all who have called Midvale Speedway home.

Racing will continue this coming Saturday, August 9 with the 2008 Faster Pastor race for area preachers. Late Models, Sport Stocks, Pure Stocks, Compacts, and Figure 8’s will all race.

The pits will open at 2:30, hotlaps and grandstands at 3:00, qualifying at 4:30, and racing will begin at 6:30. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 62+, $6 for kids 6-15, and children 5 and under are free. Pit admission is $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

More information may be found at www.midvalespeedway.com.

Results For Midvale Speedway

McIntosh Oil Company Late Models
Top Qualifier – Bubba Smith 14.58
Heat #1 – Ron Jaberg, Jr., Ryan Tedesco, Rich Marcum, John Ambrose, Bubba Smith
Heat #2 – Rick Sibila, Bob Eichel, Darrel Dexter, Joel McKnight, Greg Beule
Heat #3 – Nick Grubbs, Tom Stankiewicz, Farmer Smith, Dustin Hayes, William Robinson
Feature – Ryan Tedesco, John Ambrose, Mike Miller, Tom Garbrandt, Farmer Smith, Darrel Dexter, Rich Marcum, Joel McKnight, Bryant Smith, Bubba Smith, Nick Grubbs, Gene Molnar, Jr., Bob Schneider, Jr., Rick Sibila, Doug McMillen, Tom Stankiwicz, William Robinson, Greg Beule, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Bob Eichel, John Sluka, Dustin Hayes
Tusco Net Sport Stocks
Top Qualifier – Ron Dague 15.21
Heat – Ron Dague, Kevin McClintock, Jerry McNealy, Scott Archer, Randy Smart
Feature – Ron Dague, Randy Smart, Kevin McClintock, Scott Archer, Rich Dessecker, Blake Mackey, Jerry McNealy, Nick Grubbs
Midvale Speedway Pure Stocks
Top Qualifier – Tad Grove 16.63
Heat #1 – Rich Schweitzer, Teddy Oliver, Tad Grove, Phil Bunton, Jr., Todd Miller
Heat #2 – Luther Chambers, Bob Passwaters, Sr., Dick Aubihl, Brian Minard, Ronald Bunton
Feature – Lee McCreery, Rich Schweitzer, Tad Grove, Pat Moore, Luther Chambers, Tory Gibbs, Bob Passwaters, Sr., Dick Aubihl, Brian Minard, Phil Bunton, Jr., Brett Lalonde, Joe Oliver, Todd Miller, Teddy Oliver, Ronald Bunton
Parkway Suzuki Compacts
Top Qualifier – Rich Dunlap 18.06
Heat #1 – Jason Morgan, Tim Westerfield, Jr., A.J. Diano, Rich Dunlap, Don Rufener, Jr.
Heat #2 – Johnny Campbell, John McNutt, Earl Scranton, Felicia Myers, Rich Hess
Heat #3 – Jim Campbell, Bob Passwaters, Jr., Jason Anthony, Billy Nicholas, Larry Ennis
Heat #4 – Dan Konovsek, Paul Stull, Isaac Ferrebee, Robert Bunton, Tim Frederick
Pursuit – Don Rufener, Jr., Kelly McNutt, A.J. Diano, Rich Dunlap, Ron Myers
Feature #1 – A.J. Diano, Derek Grewell, Kyle Rector, Kelly McNutt, Don Rufener, Jr., Tim Westerfield, Jr., Johnny Campbell, Rich Hess, Tom Barrett, Cliff Cox, John McNutt, Jake Albright, Felicia Myers, Kyle Grove, Rich Dunlap, Ron Myers, Jason Morgan
Feature #2 – Jesse Page, Bob Passwaters, Jr., Tammy Rufener, Jason Anthony, Brad Henry, Larry Ennis, Justin Vanfossen, Pat Carnes, Isaac Ferrebee, Taylor Moore, Robert Bunton, Billy Nicholas, Tim Frederick, Dan Konovsek, Jim Campbell, Luke Sampson, Tyler Schupbach, Phil Veno
Hall Of Fame Inductees
Officials – Don Wagner, Roy King
Drivers – Bob Wooster, Delmar Clark, Dave Gilland, Virgil Tinlin

Written by: Adam Mackey

Driver Results
Sport Stocks
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15075Ron Dague
24817Randy Smart
34638Kevin McClintock
44428Scott Archer
54249Rich Dessecker
6407Blake Mackey
7381Jerry McNealy
83624Nick Grubbs
DNS070Chris Miller
 
Heat
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1875Ron Dague
2738Kevin McClintock
361Jerry McNealy
4528Scott Archer
5417Randy Smart
 
Late Models
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15070Ryan Tedesco
24824John Ambrose
34653Mike Miller
44430Tom Garbrandt
54255Farmer Smith
6407Darrel Dexter
73827Rich Marcum
8368Joel McKnight
9341Bryant Smith
103212Bubba Smith
113048Slentz Racing
1228148Gene Molnar, Jr.
132617Bob Schneider, Jr.
142463Rick Sibila
152254Doug McMillen
162042Tom Stankiewicz
171814William Robinson
181621Greg Beule
191422Ron Jaberg, Jr.
201269Bob Eichel
211076John Sluka
22843Dustin Hayes
DNS047Dave McAlicker
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1822Ron Jaberg, Jr.
2770Ryan Tedesco
3627Rich Marcum
4524John Ambrose
5412Bubba Smith
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1563Rick Sibila
2469Bob Eichel
337Darrel Dexter
428Joel McKnight
5121Greg Beule
 
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1548Slentz Racing
2442Tom Stankiewicz
3355Farmer Smith
4243Dustin Hayes
5114William Robinson
 
Pure Stocks
Feature
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15032Keith Anderson
24884Rich Schweitzer
3463Tad Grove
44480Pat Moore
54234Luther Chambers
64010Tory Gibbs
73875Bob Passwaters, Sr.
83655Dick Aubihl
93451Brian Minard
103279Phil Bunton, Jr.
113048Brian Oliver
122850Joe Oliver
132677Todd Miller
142449Teddy Oliver
152295Ronald Bunton
DNS013Doug Higgins
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1884Rich Schweitzer
2749Teddy Oliver
363Tad Grove
4579Phil Bunton, Jr.
5477Todd Miller
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1534Luther Chambers
2475Bob Passwaters, Sr.
3355Dick Aubihl
4251Brian Minard
5195Ronald Bunton
 
Compacts
Feature #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
150O9A.J. Diano
248149Derek Grewell
34622Kyle Rector
44436Kelly McNutt
54247Don Rufener, Jr.
640OOTim Westerfield, Jr.
73827Johnny Campbell
83619Rich Hess
934157Tom Barrett
103270Cliff Cox
113035John McNutt
122810Jake Albright
13264Ron Myers
14243Kyle Grove
152217Rich Dunlap
162033Jay Hunt
17182Jason Morgan
 
Feature #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
136O2Jesse Page
23474Bob Passwaters, Jr.
3327Tammy Rufener
43077Jason Anthony
52887Brad Henry
62620Larry Ennis
72461Justin Vanfossen
82279Pat Carnes
92091Isaac Ferrebee
101880Taylor Moore
111681Chasity Crawford
1214132Billy Nicholas
131241Tim Frederick
141039Dan Konovsek
158127Jim Campbell
16673Luke Sampson
17490Tyler Schupbach
18285Phil Veno
Disqualified05Max McCartney
 
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
182Jason Morgan
27OOTim Westerfield, Jr.
36O9A.J. Diano
4517Rich Dunlap
5447Don Rufener, Jr.
 
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1527Johnny Campbell
2435John McNutt
33O3Earl Scranton
424Ron Myers
5119Rich Hess
 
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
15127Jim Campbell
2474Bob Passwaters, Jr.
3377Jason Anthony
42132Billy Nicholas
5120Larry Ennis
 
Heat #4
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1539Dan Konovsek
24O5Paul Stull
3391Isaac Ferrebee
4281Chasity Crawford
5141Tim Frederick
 
Pursuit
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1547Don Rufener, Jr.
2436Kelly McNutt
33O9A.J. Diano
4217Rich Dunlap
5133Jay Hunt
 
Top
08/02/2008 Race
Sport Stocks Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Dague, Ron
2.Smart, Randy
3.McClintock, Kevin
4.Archer, Scott
5.Dessecker, Rich
6.Mackey, Blake
7.McNealy, Jerry
8.Grubbs, Nick
9.Miller, Chris
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08/02/2008 Race
Late Models Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Tedesco, Ryan
2.Ambrose, John
3.Miller, Mike
4.Garbrandt, Tom
5.Smith, Farmer
6.Dexter, Darrel
7.Marcum, Rich
8.McKnight, Joel
9.Smith, Bryant
10.Smith, Bubba
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08/02/2008 Race
Pure Stocks Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Anderson, Keith
2.Schweitzer, Rich
3.Grove, Tad
4.Moore, Pat
5.Chambers, Luther
6.Gibbs, Tory
7.Passwaters, Sr., Bob
8.Aubihl, Dick
9.Minard, Brian
10.Bunton, Jr., Phil
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08/02/2008 Race
Compacts Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Diano, A.J.
2.Grewell, Derek
3.Rector, Kyle
4.McNutt, Kelly
5.Rufener, Jr., Don
6.Westerfield, Jr., Tim
7.Campbell, Johnny
8.Hess, Rich
9.Barrett, Tom
10.Cox, Cliff
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