By DJ Johnson
LATROBE, PA- Fan Appreciation Night was a huge success, as it was a beautiful night for racing at the Big-Half-Mile at Latrobe Speedway.
The 3rd Annual Bill Koerber Memorial for the Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks was worth $1,375 to the winner of the 12-lap feature.
Anthony Monteparte took the lead from the pole beside Dakota Hixen. Monteparte pulled away at the start, and EJ Rozak got around Dakota Hixen for the second spot. Hixen held off Matt Weltz for the third position after Weltz battled Corey Faris for several laps. Faris and Blystone went toe-to-toe for many laps as Faris landed the fifth spot at the finish.
Monteparte won his second Bill Koerber Memorial in three races, with Corey Faris picking up the other win.
By far, some of the best racing this season has come from the Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks.
In the K2 Engineering Crate Late Models, Marino Angelicchio won on August 19. He was looking for another victory until Clinton Hersh passed him halfway through the 20-lap feature.
Hersh would continue holding on to the lead to win over Angelicchio, John Over in the K2, Troy Shields, and Joe Zulisky.
Hersh also won the season opener and dedicated the win to his Mom, who passed away of Cancer.
In Wisneski’s Waste Removal Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, future Hall of Fame driver Joe Kelley took win number 178 of his career over Brett Hutira, who has won the past three Pro Stock features. Kelley put on a clinic getting around the big half mile. Sharing the limelight in Victory Lane was Terry Banks, Kelley’s first sponsor. Kelley also recognized his friend since the first grade, Chris Sears.
Behind Kelley were Hutira, Barry Faris, Bill Pluta Jr., and Mike Francesca.
Another hotly contested feature was in the Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders as the No. 51 of Colton McNaney dominated the field for his fifth win of the season. Paul Koffler III and Tifani McElhose stayed close to McNaney but couldn’t catch the ‘Cobalt Cowboy. Bryan Spangler was fourth, and Brandon Myers finished fifth.
Latrobe Speedways’ newest division, the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks, put on a great show as 17-year-old Bryce Hensell passed Jason Deiter for the win. Third was Scott Castro, and fourth went to Adam Jones.
Next Saturday, September 9, the Stock Cars are off for the second Full Pull Productions Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m. For additional information, go to www.fullpullproductions.com.
The next race for the big half mile is on September 16, the final night for points for the Bowers Farms Racesaver Sprints and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks. Also on the card will be the ground-pounding Big Block Modifieds, the K2 Engineering Crate Late Models, the Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, and the 2nd Annual Jeffrey Vasos Memorial, a $1,200 to-win feature for the Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders.
The Latrobe Speedway Kidz Klub is always accepting new members. Go to www.latrobemotorsports.com and click the Kidz Klub tab for the registration form if your child still needs to be signed up.
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Latrobe Speedway is located at 5114 Pleasant Unity Road, Latrobe, PA.
BOB SEARS MEMORIAL Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stock Feature (12 Laps): 1. 66-Anthony Monteparte 2. 77-EJ Rozak 3. 96-Dakota Hixon 4. 717-Matt Weltz 5. 22F-Corey Faris 6. 6*29-Greg Blystone 7. 81-John Hollis 8. 89-Jeremy Fama 9. 25-Cody Behanna 10. 84-Chuck Renner 11. 88K-Kevin Kolishinsky 12. 21-David Heining 13. 95-Pete Miller
K2 Engineering Crate Late Model Feature (20 Laps):
1. 16-Clinton Hersh 2. 55-Marino Angelicchio 3. K2-John Over 4. 11S-Troy Shields 5. 58-Joe Zulisky 6. 17F-Ryan Frazee 7. 15-Zach Herring 8. 11L-Jeff Ferguson 9. 61-Vince Masi 10. 711-Jay McCracken
Wisneski Waste Removal Penn Ohio Pro Stock Feature (15 Laps): 1. 66-Joe Kelley 2. 4-Brett Hutira 3. 3C-Barry Faris 4. 73C-Bill Pluta Jr. 5. 9-Mike DiFrancesca 6. 49- Steve Mitchell
Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinder Feature
(12-Laps): 1. 51-Colton McNaney 2. 48-Paul Koffler III
3.24-Tifani McElhose 4. 79-Bryan Sprangler 5. 307-Brandon Myers 6. 89-Shawn Ghrist 7. 39-Brian Noel
8. 2-Cory Jones
DNF- 418-Tyler Laugherd, 711 Dayton Hazlett, 830-Chris Myers
DNS- 10-Brad Dickey, 075- Joe Neiderhiser, 707- Katlyn Spangler, 3-Kenny Swink, 51H- Ron Mitchell
Dean Pollock Hobby Stock Feature (12-Laps)
1.5-Bryce Hensell 2. 28-Jason Deiter 3. 84-Scott Castro
4. 38- Adam Jones
DNS- 713-Joey Huffman