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September 22, 2002

Nobles and Soltis Do Double Duty and Pick Up Two Wins Each

Finally a break in the rain and it was another great night of racing at Putnam County Speedway.

Modifieds looked like it was going green all the way until on lap 17 Kevin Byers and Chris Hammond got together while being lapped by J.O. Nobles. Byers right rear went over Hammonds left front and sent the 59 of Byers in the air and rolling over down the back straight. Both came out uninjured but neither could continue. After the restart Nobles pulled away to a commanding lead and took the win lapping everyone except the top four. Jason Lowe came in second with Marion Sizemore third, Robby Barris fourth and Bob McQuaig Fifth.

Ronnie Soltis was on the pole for the Hobby Stock feature but it was Dave Dowling who got the jump from the outside and lead the first lap. Soltis got around him on lap two and never looked back leading the rest of the way. Dowling had mechanical troubles on lap five and would retire for the night. Soltis was challenged late in the race by points leader Jeff Terrrell and then by Brad Pilinko but held on for the win. Pilinko was second with Terrell third, Mitch Wise forth and Dave Dowling Jr fifth.

John Hopke took the lead from the outside pole of the Mini Stock feature and held on for his first feature win of the season. He was challenged several times first by Richard Tipton then Mike Gibbs and then for fifteen laps by Chris Hammond. The Dodge of Hopke was just to tough for them to get around. Hammond the crowed favorite with his fist waving antics finished second, Tipton was third, Mike Gibbs fourth and Adam McQuaig fifth.

J.O. Nobles put on a great show in the Late Models as he started fifth but took the lead on lap two and it was smooth sailing from there. For the first time ever I actually saw a little bit of a cushion build up around the top of the track and J.O. rode it in his Buckles and Associates, Snow Brothers ride the whole race. Barley lifting off the throttle except to get in turns one and three he lapped everyone except Travis Rhoden. After Nobles and Rhoden it was Tony Lewis in third, Floyd Martin in fourth and Steve Pratt in fifth.

Pure Stocks was all Mike Tripp for the forth race in a row. Tripp was on the pole and stayed out front all night. Current points leader Ken Durham had trouble and hit the wall on lap 7 allowing Tripp to gain a lot of ground on him for the Championship. With only five weeks remaining it looks like this one will come down to the final night to decide. Dean Woodward came in second in his new car followed by Kevin Byers, Ronnie Crutcher and Peggy Cone rounding out the top five.

Ronnie Soltis fought for ten laps to gain the lead in Street Stocks only to slip and lose it on the next lap to Richard Adams. Adams lead the next five and then Soltis managed to work his way back around him. Soltis held on for the last five laps to pick up his second win of the night. John Reiter wound up second followed by Billy Costello in third. Richard Adams slipped to fourth and Richard Applebee was fifth.

Next week PCS is having a 50 lap $500 to win Mini Stock feature along with the other regular classes. Gates open at 4 and racing starts at 7.



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