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TRACKS: Tornabene and Goewey get first career victories at Lebanon Valley

26 July 1999


WEST LEBANON, NY- Jody Tornabene took the win in the 30-lap modified feature. 
K.C. Goewey won the 20-lap sportsman main. Bob Duzlak was the winner in the 
20-lap sportsman feature and Jeff Carr was victorious in the 15-lap IMCA 
race. Vermeer Sales and JD Handling Associates brought us the night's racing 
action.

	Only one caution flag marred the 30-lap modified feature Saturday 
night. It happened at the start of the race when several of the cars starting 
towards the front of the pack made contact. The rest of the field was forced 
to check up to avoid the incident. Kenny Tremont and Donnie Corellis both 
sustained heavy damage to the racers. Corellis would return for one more lap 
and then retire from the event. Tremont brought out his backup racecar but 
did not return to the track before losing a lap. Tremont's finishing position 
was protested after the race and we await rule clarification from DIRT 
headquarters.

	Pownal, Vermont driver, Jody Tornabene took command of this race from 
his front row starting position. Early action saw J.R. Heffner sneak under 
Guy Sheldon for sixth on lap eight. Without any caution flags the top four 
cars were able to pull away from the pack and had quite an advantage by lap 
12. John Hewitt was making a charge in the middle portion of the race; he sat 
sixth by lap 12. Todd Wilkinson had a top five run ruined when he pulled 
pitside on lap 17. Meanwhile at the front of the field Mike Ricci was trying 
to get around the second place car on Jason Goff. Ricci would make the pass 
for second on lap 23 and started to reel in the front running Tornabene.

	Hewitt was quietly working his way towards another top five finish. 
He had taken over fourth position on lap 19 and he would take third by lap 
25. Tim Dwyer was another driver looking to add to his top five performances 
in 1999, he would wind up in the fifth spot by races end. Mike Ricci had 
caught Tornabene in the final stages of the race and looked to make the pass 
for the win several times. Tornabene held off every attempt that he made and 
was able to cross the finish line first for career win number one in the 
modified division. Mike Ricci was second, Hewitt third, Rich Ricci fourth and 
Dwyer was fifth.

	Thirty-six cars attempted to make the field for the modified feature 
Saturday night. One notable driver that did not make the modified feature was 
Chris Moore. He had a hard crash in turn four in his heat race and the car 
was too damaged to complete the evening's program.

	K.C. Goewey used his front row starting spot for all that it was 
worth by leading all 20 laps of the sportsman feature. Goewey had a 
commanding lead throughout the race and was never seriously challenged. Chris 
Kokosa was not a factor in the race after an early race spin put him a lap 
down. Stan Jablonka ran a very strong race in the second position, but could 
never run down the leader. Art Collins and George Marcus waged a classic 
battle for the third spot throughout the final ten laps on the feature. 
Collins would gain the advantage at the end of the event. Sparky Lowe would 
come home with the fifth position at the checkered flag.

	Scott Govertsen led the early portion of the 20-lap street stock 
main. He was followed closely by current point leader, Jim Lagenback. Robbie 
Speed and Butch Irwin were two drivers that were eliminated by early caution 
flags. The most serious accident occurred on lap eight when Dave Sanchez 
clipped the frontstretch wall right at the flag stand, fortunately everyone 
was okay. 

	Bob Duzlak took command of the race just before the halfway point. 
Govertsen and Lagenback waged a war for the second position. Lagenback would 
take control of second on lap 13 and set his sights on the leader. Lagenback 
began to challenge for the lead on lap 17. Several times Lagenback was able 
to put his racer under Duzlak's but could never make the pass stick and he 
had to settle for second. Govertsen came home third with Bobby Blackburn 
fourth and Tom Bortle fifth.

	Six caution flags slowed the pace of the 15-lap IMCA modified 
feature. Jeff Carr took command of the race after the second caution on lap 
one. Carr would remain in the lead for the rest of the event and take home 
the victory. Current point leader, Brian Wilbur tried to reel in the 
front-running Carr in the later stages of the races, but he would have to 
settle for second. Jim Rajczi was involved in several of the early incidents; 
he recovered to finish third. Rajczi and fourth place finisher, Anthony 
Markou had a good battle the last five laps with Rajczi coming out on top. 
Polesitter, Kevin Huff managed a fifth place finish at the checkered flag.

	Next week Lebanon Valley will celebrate their 47th anniversary. The 
modifieds will run Twin 20's on Saturday night. 

VERMEER / J.D. HANDLING NIGHT MODIFIED SUMMARY (30 Laps) -Jody Tornabene, 
Mike Ricci, John Hewitt, Rich Ricci Jr, Tim Dwyer, Jason Goff, Guy Sheldon, 
J.R. Heffner, Ronnie Johnson, Dickie Larkin, Dave Leckonby, Chip Mitchell, 
Rob Pitcher, Maynard Forrette, Eddie Marshall, Mike King, Russ Reckner, Russ 
Blair, Ron Blake, Al Narzynski, Chris Kokosa, Kenny Tremont (position under 
protest), Jeff Lutes, Kenny Martin, Chris Soltis, Todd Wilkinson, Brian 
Berger, Jeremy Matthies, Donnie Corellis

SPORTSMAN SUMMARY (20 Laps)-K.C. Goewey, Stan Jablonka, Art Collins, George 
Marcus, Sparky Lowe, Wayne Jelley, Hawley Smith, Mike Boomhower, Ed Riiska, 
Lee Gagliardi, Bobby Knipe, Jay Casey, Roy Bridge, Lorne Browe, Mike 
Visconti, Frank Harper, Ernie Palmer, John Hotchkiss, J.R. Delvechio, John 
Alberti, Mike Mason, Chris Kokosa, Jason Tompkins, Dave Sanchez

IMCA MODIFIED SUMMARY (15 Laps)-Jeff Carr, Brian Wilbur, Jim Rajczi, Anthony 
Markou, Kevin Buff, Dan Galullo, Tom Faxon, Bill Lander, Craig Simmons, Bob 
Banks, John Murray, Rich Colesanti, Lou Gancarz, Paul LaRochelle, Don Denue

STREET STOCK SUMMARY (20 Laps)-Bob Duzlak, Jim Langenback, Scott Govertsen, 
Bobby Blackburn, Tom Bortle, Dave Tiedman, Jay Resch, Chris Morris, Al 
Blackburn, Ray Hall, Bob Miller, Joe Duncan, Rob Yetman, Dave Kokindo, Danny 
Sanchez, Mike Halachick, Wayne Oliver, Robbie Speed, Butch Irwin, Rick Fosby

ROOKIE STREET STOCK SUMMARY (8 Laps)-Earl Mellan, Rob Reilly, Phil Moffitt, 
Henry Warner, E.J. LeGeyt, Steve Kastner, Brian Keough, John Denue, Don 
Collins, Walt Clark, Chris Claus, Joe Humet, Eric Wood, Don Shepard, Dan 
Burl, Wayne Hall	

PURE STOCK "A" SUMMARY (8 Laps)-Dave Gambacorta, Ron Tritchler, Brian Tator, 
Spencer Cushing, Fran Marchand, Brian Sandstedt, Rich Douglass, Ray Pierre 
Jr, Nathan Harvey, Lee Gallant, Rich. Schumann, Dave Fachini, Tom Currier, 
Elton Goodspeed

PURE STOCK "B" SUMMARY (8 Laps)-Bill Hughes, Phil Wood, Dave Colwell, Tom 
Meltz Jr, Guy Hughes, William Fuchs, Kevin Denue, Tony Lopresti, Bruce 
Moffitt, Joe Mottoshiski, Ramon Perry, William Hammell, Joe Hallenbeck, Sid 
Smith

PURE STOCK "C" SUMMARY (8 Laps)-Tony Gale, George Miles Jr, Bob Palmer, Mark 
Houston, Peter De Figlio, Wally Engel, Jacob Coons, Jim Hankey, Ryan Crellin, 
Steve Hatch, Charlie Woodard, Rich Kratt, Jonathan Coon

MODIFIED TOP 15 POINTS AS OF 7-24
(Unofficial awaiting decision on Tremont's finishing position)

1   Kenny Tremont Jr	       115		800
2   Tim Dwyer			1A		659
3   J.R. Heffner	        74		625
4   Donnie Corellis		57		601
5   John Hewitt			24		592
6   Mike Ricci			5		541
7   Rich Ricci Jr		55R	        538
8   Dave Leckonby		1		537
9   Ronnie Johnson		21		512
10 Jason Goff			73		508
11 Guy Sheldon			S		508
12 Dickie Larkin		99		499
13 Todd Wilkinson		47		485
14 Eddie Marshall		98		480
15 Jody Tornabene		2J		476

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