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Midvale Season Officially Underway
April 14, 2001
Midvale Season Officially UnderwayA record number of cars were in the pits for the Tusco Net season opener this past Saturday night, April 14, at Midvale Speedway. A large crowd saw 134 cars compete in qualifying, heats, and feature events in the five-division race program. Late Models, Modifieds, Detroit Irons, Pure Stocks, and Compacts battled for double points, and for the top two classes, increased purses, that will be in effect for the whole season. The night of racing saw what could be called “wreck-fest 2001” as very competitive fields went for the checkered.

Twenty-one Smokers Paradise Late Models were clocked for qualifications, with Don Harvey, Jr. setting quick time with a 14.87. Heat races, which were won by 2000 track champion, Farmer Smith, 2000 runner-up Tom Garbrandt, and racing veteran, Kenny Stevens, claimed three cars in accidents, Darrel Dexter, Tim Allensworth, and Rob Julian, so 18 cars lined up for the night’s main event. Keith Thomas and Garbrandt brought the quick field down for the green in the 25-lap feature, with Garbrandt taking control. However, two cars that were on the move, Marcus Malcuit and Harvey were in the top four by lap 5. On lap 7, Malcuit moved around Thomas for second and four laps later, ran down Garbrandt in a battle for first. By the halfway point, Malcuit shot by Garbrandt on the outside for the race lead. With Malcuit pulling out to a lengthy lead, Harvey passed Garbrandt for second on lap 20. However, a caution flag would put the Barberton driver back in third. With five to go, Harvey ducked back underneath, moved back into second, but fell short at the end. Malcuit crossed the stripe first in his Miller Lite/Dairy Queen #75 followed by Harvey, Garbrandt, Bob Sibila, and Mike Miller. Farmer Smith, Gary Hoopingarner, Kenny Stevens, Kenny Carroll, and Bear Schwartz rounded out the top ten.

The Tolloti Pipe Modifieds were next to run their first feature of the season. Mario Kelly and Dusty Woodie started alongside each other for the 20-lapper. Woodie took the lead from the get-go and would have to fend of several challenges throughout the event. On lap 5, the second and third place cars, Kelly and Glen Jewell made contact and caused the caution. This put John Wilson in the runner-up spot. He tried high and low to take the lead to no avail, and eventually was passed by Jewell who worked his way back up to the front. Jewell tried for the final two laps to get around Woodie, but it was the driver of the Coshocton Trucking/Roma’s Gift Gallery #44 crossing the stripe for his first Modified win at Midvale. Finishing in positions three thru five were Wilson, Kelly and ex-Late Model racer, Jeff Smith. Mark Enos, George Bowers, Jim McCune, Mike Buchanan, and Mark Striker completed the top ten. Tim Allensworth was top qualifier for the night, but was unable to compete in the feature after hurting his hand in a Late Model heat race. Striker won the heat race.

The 20-lap Tusco Net Detroit Iron feature event had the pole-sitter, Don Rufener, Jr., enjoying the early lead. However, the 2000 track champion for the class, Kevin McClintock, wasted little time in coming from row six in the 23-car field, to take the lead and make the statement that he may be the man to beat again in 2001. The Dover, Ohio driver, sponsored by Square Deal Auto Parts and Glass Lumber Company, crossed the line ahead of a hard-charging car of Doug McMillen, Rufener, Jimmy Orr, and Tim Skinner. Rounding out the top ten were Roger Butler, Bill Aubihl, Gabe Pringle, Jim Paris, and Waylon Orr. Picking up the heat race wins were Aubihl, Rufener, and Ron Lute. Dover’s Joe Linard was top qualifier, but fell out the feature with mechanical problems.

The best field of Papa John’s Pure Stocks, since the classes inception at the beginning of 2000, lined up for their 15 lap feature. Starting on the pole of the 21-car field was the winner of heat #2 Gary Penland, but he wouldn’t lead for long as a lot of hungry drivers were on the charge. Among them was Dan Rummes who took the lead and started to run away with the event, but later slowed and pulled pitside. This eventually paid dividends for the Cheap Tobacco/Spanky’s Too Carpet Outlet #69 of Bryan Aubihl, who went on the win the top prize. Following him at the finish were Shawn Harper, Mike Martin, John Leasure, and Brian Wood. Also finishing in the top ten were Scott Ollis, Larry Smith, Jim Shaw, Paul Parson, and Scott McRobie. Teddy Oliver was the night’s fast qualifier, and won the first heat, but fell out the feature with mechanical problems.

As usual, a large field of Canton Auto Salvage Compacts were on hand. This year, a group of youngsters mixed in with seasoned veterans comprised the 53-cars that qualified. Three features were held with the large number of cars and it was Greg Grove taking home the win in the first feature in his Wood Electric/Dave’s Towing #94. Following him across the line were Willie Grove, Jason Nealey, top qualifier Jason Shaw, and Rick Everett, Jr.

In the middle feature, lined up with cars that qualified mediocre earlier in the day, Jack Grove crossed the stripe first. The Dennison, Ohio driver sponsored by Hoopy’s Paint and Trip’s Excavating was followed by Rich Fox, Keith Anthony, Chris Flickinger, and Lennie Orr.

In the third and final feature event for the 4-cylinder class, Brian Oliver was the victor in his Danny’s Auto Parts/Tappan R.V. #34. Oliver was able to fend off challenges from Adam Stewart, Bruce Gibson, Larry Bennington, and Gary Murray as they rounded out the top five. Terry Colletti, Greg Grove, Chad Squires, Stewart, and Oliver won the evening’s heat races.

Due to the great car count that Midvale Speedway will be seeing throughout the 2001 season, qualifying will now be moved from 4:30 to 4:00 for the remainder of the season, so that the evening’s races can be started at the posted time of 6:30. This Saturday’s racing will again feature all five regular divisions with a special visit from the Legend cars. Grandstand admission will not be raised.

Results For Midvale

Smokers Paradise Late Models
Top Qualifier – Don Harvey, Jr.
Heat #1 – Farmer Smith, Marcus Malcuit, Don Harvey, Jr., Kenny Carroll, Tom Newman, Jr.
Heat #2 – Tom Garbrandt, Gary Hoopingarner, Keith Thomas, Tim Allensworth, Bob Eichel
Heat #3 – Kenny Stevens, Tim Sibila, Paul Sibila, Duane Dunn, Greg Parson
Feature – Marcus Malcuit, Don Harvey, Jr., Tom Garbrandt, Bob Sibila, Mike Miller, Farmer Smith, Gary Hoopingarner, Kenny Stevens, Kenny Carroll, Bear Schwartz, Tom Newman, Jr., Paul Sibila, Duane Dunn, Tim Sibila, Keith Thomas, Ron Jaberg, Jr., Greg Parson, Bob Eichel

Tolloti Pipe Modifieds
Top Qualifier – Tim Allensworth
Heat – Mark Striker, Glen Jewell, Dusty Woodie, Mark Enos, Jim McCune
Feature – Dusty Woodie, Glen Jewell, John Wilson, Mario Kelly, Jeff Smith, Mark Enos, George Bowers, Jim McCune, Mike Buchanan, Mark Striker

Tusco Net Detroit Irons
Top Qualifier – Joe Linard
Heat #1 – Bill Aubihl, Todd Miller, Jim Paris, Doug McMillen, Roger Butler
Heat #2 – Don Rufener, Jr., Tammy Randolph, Gabe Pringle, Paul Murray, Tim Skinner
Heat #3 – Ron Lute, Doug Walker, Rich Stalnaker, Bernie Anderson, Tony Newman
Feature – Kevin McClintock, Doug McMillen, Don Rufener, Jr., Jimmy Orr, Tim Skinner, Roger Butler, Bill Aubihl, Gabe Pringle, Jim Paris, Waylon Orr, Shane Billiter, Doug Walker, Dave McMillen, Rich Stalnaker, Dan Gasser, Joe Linard, Ron Lute, Tony Newman, Dave Jordan, Paul Murray, Todd Miller, Tim Gowins, Tammy Randolph

Papa John’s Pizza Pure Stocks
Top Qualifier – Teddy Oliver
Heat #1 – Teddy Oliver, Mike Martin, John Leasure, Scott Ollis, Brian Wood
Heat #2 – Gary Penland, Bob Oliver, Paul Parson, Vince Martin, Chester McMasters
Feature – Bryan Aubihl, Shawn Harper, Mike Martin, John Leasure, Brian Wood, Scott Ollis, Larry Smith, Jim Shaw, Paul Parson, Scott McRobie, Bob Oliver, Barney Gerber, Chester McMasters, Joe Oliver, Vince Martin, Luther Paywalt, Dan Rummes, Tammy Rufener, Gary Penland, Jeff Anthony, Teddy Oliver

Canton Auto Salvage Compacts
Top Qualifier – Jason Shaw
Heat #1 – Terry Colletti, Jim Keller, Jr., Rick Elkins, Jr., Kelly McNutt, Jason Shaw
Heat #2 – Greg Grove, Terry McNutt, Willie Grove, Rick Everett, Jr., Robert Mizer
Heat #3 – Chad Squires, Buzz Bender, Jack Grove, Aaron Fonte, Rich Fox
Heat #4 – Adam Stewart, Blaine Partee, Shawn Royer, Ben Pearch, Jim Poole
Heat #5 – Brian Oliver, Phil Veno, Gary Murray, Jimbo Roup, Dan Gray
Feature #1 – Greg Grove, Willie Grove, Jason Nealey, Jason Shaw, Rick Everett, Jr., Rocky DeLuca, Billy Stutler, Bubba Smith, Rick Elkins, Jr., Terry Colletti, Kelly McNutt, Jason Morgan, Robert Mizer, Jim Keller, Jr., Nick Swaney, Terry McNutt, Garry Lute
Feature #2 – Jack Grove, Rich Fox, Keith Anthony, Chris Flickinger, Lennie Orr, John McNutt, Josh Grove, Jason Anthony, Al Street, Jim Poole, Vic Paul, Chad Squires, Aaron Fonte, Joe Sickels, Kevin Rennicker, Ben Pearch
Feature #3 – Brian Oliver, Adam Stewart, Bruce Gibson, Larry Bennington, Gary Murray, Shawn Royer, Ricky Beamer, Ben Gibson, Robert Nealey, Dale Beatty, Jimbo Roup, Dan Gray, Phil Veno, Lou Francis, Blaine Partee

Written by: Adam Mackey

Driver Results
Detroit Irons
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
140038Kevin McClintock
238054Doug McMillen
33607Don Rufener, Jr.
434028Jimmy Orr
532023Tim Skinner
6300OORoger Butler
728031Bill Aubihl
82608Gabe Pringle
924072John Burns
102206Waylon Orr
1120047Mike Royer
121804Doug Walker
1316024Dave McMillen
1414059Rich Stalnaker
1512029Dan Gasser
1610082Joe Linard
178022Ron Lute
186032Tony Newman
19403Dave Jordan
202020Paul Murray
212011Todd Miller
222065Tim Gowins
232099Tammy Randolph
DNS025Bernie Anderson
DNS09Joe Sanford, Jr.
DNS051Chris White
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18031Bill Aubihl
26011Todd Miller
34072John Burns
42054Doug McMillen
50OORoger Butler
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1807Don Rufener, Jr.
26099Tammy Randolph
3408Gabe Pringle
42020Paul Murray
5023Tim Skinner
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18022Ron Lute
2604Doug Walker
34059Rich Stalnaker
42025Bernie Anderson
5032Tony Newman
Late Models
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
140075Marcus Malcuit
238012Don Harvey, Jr.
336064Tom Garbrandt
434083Bob Sibila
532079Mike Miller
63007Farmer Smith
728068Gary Hoopingarner
826021Kenny Stevens
924050Kenny Carroll
1022077Bear Schwartz
1120010Tom Newman, Jr.
1218044Paul Sibila
1316032Duane Dunn
1414049Tim Sibila
1512048Keith Thomas
16100O4Ron Dague
178038Greg Parson
186069Bob Eichel
DNS011Tim Allensworth
DNS055Darrel Dexter
DNS029Rob Julian
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
1807Farmer Smith
26075Marcus Malcuit
34012Don Harvey, Jr.
42050Kenny Carroll
5010Tom Newman, Jr.
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18064Tom Garbrandt
26068Gary Hoopingarner
34048Keith Thomas
42011Tim Allensworth
5069Bob Eichel
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18021Kenny Stevens
26049Tim Sibila
34044Paul Sibila
42032Duane Dunn
5038Greg Parson
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
140044Dusty Woodie
238024Glen Jewell
336033John Wilson
434070Mario Kelly
532034Jeff Smith
6300OMark Enos
728099George Bowers
826022Jim McCune
924088Mike Buchanan
1022027Mark Striker
DNS011Tim Allensworth
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18027Mark Striker
26024Glen Jewell
34044Dusty Woodie
420OMark Enos
5022Jim McCune
Pure Stocks
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
140069Bryan Aubihl
238026Vic Paul
33606Mike Martin
434012John Leasure
532054Brian Wood
6300O1Scott Ollis
72803Larry Smith
826088Jim Shaw
924044Paul Parson
1022033Scott McRobie
1120019Bob Oliver
121802TBarney Gerber
1316081Chester McMasters
1414050Joe Oliver
1512010Joe Coram
1610071Luther Paywalt
178043Dan Rummes
18607Tammy Rufener
194017Gary Penland
2020O5Jeff Anthony
212049Teddy Oliver
DNS028Dan Mick
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18049Teddy Oliver
2606Mike Martin
34012John Leasure
420O1Scott Ollis
5054Brian Wood
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18017Gary Penland
26019Bob Oliver
34044Paul Parson
42010Joe Coram
5081Chester McMasters
Feature #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
140094Greg Grove
23804Willie Grove
336015Ron Myers
43401Jason Shaw
532087Rick Everett, Jr.
630016Rocky DeLuca
728084Billy Stutler
826012Bubba Smith
924053Rick Elkins, Jr.
1022027Terry Colletti
1120036Kelly McNutt
121802Jason Morgan
1316050Robert Mizer
1414019Jim Keller, Jr.
1512057Nick Swaney
1610037Terry McNutt
1780OGarry Lute
DNS043Otto Polilli
Feature #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
130093Jack Grove
228051Rich Fox
3260O8Keith Anthony
424068Bret Rininger
52208Lennie Orr
620035John McNutt
718021Josh Grove
81606Jason Anthony
914073Al Street
1012014Jim Poole
1110033Vic Paul
128026Chad Squires
136013Aaron Fonte
144056Joe Sickels
152075Kevin Rennicker
1620O5Ben Pearch
DNS0O7Shawn Musick
Feature #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
120034Brian Oliver
218042Allen Andrews
316032Bruce Gibson
414041Larry Bennington
512071Gary Murray
61007Shawn Royer
78049Ricky Beamer
86030Ben Gibson
94029Robert Nealey
102097Dale Beatty
11109Jimbo Roup
121031Dan Gray
131058Phil Veno
141022Lou Francis
151090Blaine Partee
DNS072Russell Grandison
DNS076Dodie Mardis
Heat #1
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18027Terry Colletti
26019Jim Keller, Jr.
34053Rick Elkins, Jr.
42036Kelly McNutt
501Jason Shaw
Heat #2
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18094Greg Grove
26037Terry McNutt
3404Willie Grove
42087Rick Everett, Jr.
5050Robert Mizer
Heat #3
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18026Chad Squires
260O9Buzz Bender
34093Jack Grove
42013Aaron Fonte
5051Rich Fox
Heat #4
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18042Allen Andrews
26090Blaine Partee
3407Shawn Royer
420O5Ben Pearch
5014Jim Poole
Heat #5
Finished PositionPoints EarnedCar No.Driver
18034Brian Oliver
26058Phil Veno
34071Gary Murray
4209Jimbo Roup
5031Dan Gray
04/14/2001 Race
Detroit Irons Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.McClintock, Kevin
2.McMillen, Doug
3.Rufener, Jr., Don
4.Orr, Jimmy
5.Skinner, Tim
6.Butler, Roger
7.Aubihl, Bill
8.Pringle, Gabe
9.Burns, John
10.Orr, Waylon
04/14/2001 Race
Late Models Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Malcuit, Marcus
2.Harvey, Jr., Don
3.Garbrandt, Tom
4.Sibila, Bob
5.Miller, Mike
6.Smith, Farmer
7.Hoopingarner, Gary
8.Stevens, Kenny
9.Carroll, Kenny
10.Schwartz, Bear
04/14/2001 Race
Modifieds Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Woodie, Dusty
2.Jewell, Glen
3.Wilson, John
4.Kelly, Mario
5.Smith, Jeff
6.Enos, Mark
7.Bowers, George
8.McCune, Jim
9.Buchanan, Mike
10.Striker, Mark
04/14/2001 Race
Pure Stocks Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Aubihl, Bryan
2.Paul, Vic
3.Martin, Mike
4.Leasure, John
5.Wood, Brian
6.Ollis, Scott
7.Smith, Larry
8.Shaw, Jim
9.Parson, Paul
10.McRobie, Scott
04/14/2001 Race
Compacts Listings
Finish Pos.Driver
1.Grove, Greg
2.Grove, Willie
3.Myers, Ron
4.Shaw, Jason
5.Everett, Jr., Rick
6.DeLuca, Rocky
7.Stutler, Billy
8.Smith, Bubba
9.Elkins, Jr., Rick
10.Colletti, Terry