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Pa. driver captures Conococheague 100

August 22, 2003

Davey Johnson of Greensburg, Pa., made an inside move on race-long leader Bart Hartman on the 65th lap for the lead and never looked back as he won the 22nd Annual Conococheague 100 at the Hagerstown Speedway Saturday, Aug. 16. Johnson earned $10,000 for his third Renegade Dirtcar Racing Series win of the year and 50th of his career.

"We finally found the right combination," said the very happy driver. "We have struggled here this year at Hagerstown and it seemed like we threw everything at it before and it wouldn't work. But, tonight the set-up was just perfect. We had the harder 55's on and I knew the longer the race went and the blacker the track got the better off we would be. It worked out and I'm glad for everyone on this team. This was a total team win tonight. We feel pretty good now as we get into the big races at the end of the season."

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In the 20-lap Hoosier Tires Mid-Atlantic late model sportsman summer championship, point leader Richard Walls of St. Thomas, Pa., recorded his third win of the year

Johnson started on the pole and before a lap was complete a caution was waved for debris from outside pole-sitter Bart Hartman's car as he was pinched up against the outside guard rail on the backstretch. Minus a right front fender, Hartman rejoined the 26-car field alongside pole-sitter Johnson and took the lead at the drop of the green. Johnson, Chub Frank, Earl Pearson and Todd Andrews immediately set their sights on the leader as Frank moved into second on the 25th lap and by lap 35 Hartman was putting the slower cars a lap down. When the red flag was waved at halfway for the fuel stop, Hartman had a commanding lead over Frank, Johnson, Pearson, Steve Shaver, Jeremy Miller, Gary Stuhler, Andrews, Andy Anderson and Tom Myers.

Hartman set the pace on the restart as Johnson passed Frank for second. Having trouble keeping the car off the high cushion, Hartman was unable to open any lead like he maintained in the first half of the race as Johnson kept the pressure on the leader. On lap 65, Johnson moved underneath the leader for the lead when Hartman came off the fourth turn high on the cushion. Keeping the car up front the final 35 laps, Johnson pulled away to a convincing win in the Dale Beitler Reliable Painting Mastersbuilt chassis #19. RDRS points leader and three-time defending champion Frank settled for second with Hartman third. Shaver and Stuhler rounded out the top five. Jim Bernheisel came from 16th for sixth with Pearson, Miller, D.J. Myers and Tom Myers completing the top 10. Heat winners for the 37 cars were Andrews, Stuhler, Frank and Shaver. D.J. Myers and John Mason won the B-Mains. Hartman won the dash and Andrews set the fast time of 18.906 seconds.

In the late model sportsman feature, Richard Walls started 12th as Mike Walls took the lead from the outside pole. Before the second lap was completed, Rusty Sites and Paul Ward made some contact as they entered the third turn scattering cars everywhere to bring out the red flag. Eleven cars were in the pile-up with six cars unable to return for the restart. Brian Miller put the pressure on Mike Walls when the race resumed and grabbed the lead on the sixth lap as Richard Walls made his way into the top five. Walls worked his way into second on the ninth lap when the caution was waved for Marvin Winters after he slammed the third turn guardrail. On the restart, Walls went right after Miller to take the lead on lap 10 and on lap 18, 17th-starting Pete Weaver passed Miller for second. As Walls was heading for the win, Miller lost the handle trying to regain second to bring out the caution wiping out Walls' large lead. That set up a one-lap dash for the checkers. Walls had no trouble holding off Weaver the final lap for the win as Weaver settled for second and the St. Thomas Towing hard charger award. Barry Miller, Al Shawver Sr and Cory Houck rounded out the top five. Roy Miller was sixth with Larry Baer coming back from the second lap pile-up for seventh. Mike Walls, Daryl Kendall and Eric Ohler finished out the top 10. Heat winners for the 34 cars were Brian Miller, Bud Witmar and Baer. Tim Fedder won the consolation.

22nd ANNUAL CONOCOCHEAGUE 100: 1. Davey Johnson, $10,100; 2. Chub Frank, $5,570; 3. Bart Hartman, $3,580; 4. Steve Shaver, $2,500; 5. Gary Stuhler, $2,040; 6. Jim Bernheisel, $1,500; 7. Earl Pearson Jr., $1,250; 8. Jeremy Miller. $1,100; 9. D.J. Myers, $1,050; 10. Tom Myers, $900; 11. Alan Sagi, $900; 12. Rod Conley, $850; 13. Rob Blair, $750; 14. Frankie Plessinger, $750; 15. John Mason, $700; 16. Devin Friese, $650; 17. Jack Pencil, $600; 18. Matt Urban, $550; 19. Mike Balzano, $500; 20. Andy Anderson, $500; 21. Todd Andrews, $560; 22. Les Hare, $500; 23. Mike Johnson, $550; 24. Dave Troutman, $550; 25. Booper Bare, $500; 26. Alex Ferree, $550. (Lap Leaders: Hartman 1-64, D. Johnson 65-100.) 37 cars.

20-LAP MID-ATLANTIC HOOSIER TIRES LATE MODEL SPORTSMAN FEATURE: 1. Richard Walls; 2. Pete Weaver, (Hard Charger); 3. Barry Miller; 4. Al Shawver Sr.; 5. Cory Houck; 6. Roy Miller; 7. Larry Baer; 8. Mike Walls; 9. Daryl Kendall; 10. Eric Ohler; 11. Dave Rice Jr.; 12. Terry Lescalleet; 13. Tim Fedder; 14. Tyler Armstrong; 15. Bud Witmer; 16. Wesley Workman; 17. Brian Miller; 18. Marvin Winters; 19. Ty Shatzer; 20. Paul Ward; 21. Rusty Sites; 22. Will Fair; 23. Johnny Smith; 24. Mike Spangler. DNQ: Scott Palmer; Darryl Burkholder; Terry Flaherty; Kenny Day; Kevin Shade; Patrick Murphy; Travis Balthaser; Bobby Beard. DNS: Fred Harden; Randy Kline. (Lap Leaders: M. Walls, 1-5; Brian Miller, 6-9; R. Walls, 10-20.) 34 cars.

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