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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thurs+ ay, Jt [,' 24, Lissatti takes checkered fldg at Speedway by Geoff Kreis and Andy Holtmann It seemed like everyone got a chance to drive something at the Pahrump Valley Speedway Saturday night. Professionals, kids and yes, even the mechanics all demonstrated their skills before a lively audience. It was once again the IMCAs and the street stock cars that grabbed the center of attention. The premier race of the night was an eight -lap IMCA heat in which car number 24, driven by Leland Hibdon came back from a big deficit late in the race to take the checked flag. Phil Clendonnin Jr., in car number 88 came in second place with a strong finish. The second heat began with car number 82, driven by Brad Hopper, in the lead. He spun out and hit the wall in the fourth turn of the first lap, but somehow managed to stay in the lead. A couple of laps later, Hopper lost it for good and Wyatt Ehrp's number three car took the lead. Car number 87A, driven by Jim erkins ended up edging out Ehrp in the final laps to pull offa reat upset. The street stock heats were next in line. While a lot of the cars looked like they wouldn't even be able to make it around the track, announcer Bob Tomaro reminded the audience that although the cars looked beat up, they could still run with the best of them. Car number 28, driven by Jason Lee of Las Vegas, began the first heat in fourth place. It only took him one lap, to take the lead. Hard luck would strike as Lee experienced mechanical problems as soon as he gained the lead, forcing him to pull out of the race. Car number nine, driven by Paul "Animal" Stewart moved into the lead. Michael Hildebrand's number 17 car eventually overtook Stewart, and grabbed the checkered flag. Car number zero, driven by JimmyKimball Jr. of Pahrump won the second street stock heat after fighting off advances by another local favorite Levi Kiefer (no. 3). Keith Gott's number 555 car had to leave halfway through the race after smoke poured from the engine. The third heat was won by Milo Petaros (no. 40) of Pahr- ump. The battle for second place caught most of the audience's eye as cars 72, driven by Harley Cook, and two, driven by Tom Baird, both Pahrumpians, fought tooth and nail the entire time trying to pass each other. Cook eventually passed Baird in the final seconds to secure second place. The IMCA trophy dash was won by Jim Perkins (number 87A) while Michael Hildebrand (no. 17) took home the trophy for the street stocks. The go-kart races held during halftime featured youngsters ranging in age from seven to 12. An excited group of young- sters took to the speetway's inside track to compete for the checkered flag. Ten-year-old D.J. Salazar took control of the race early on, showing extreme skill around the curves and great control in the staightaway. Eight-year-old Shane Plessis also did well, narrowly avoiding a stalled kart and passing two racers on one turn. Salazar would end up grabbing the check- ered flag. The big boys returned to the track shortly therafier for the IMCA. main event. The race began with cars number 24 and (30 hitting each other, then the wall. Car number 87, driven by Danny Fitzgerald overtook Wyatt Ehrp (No. 3) for the lead early on. Car 87A (follow along now) took second. Jimmy Wulfenstein (No. 130) spun out two more times during the race (still with us?). Halfway through, a tire rolled onto the track, but from where? The last time everyone checked, they still had all four tires attached. The race was halted, the tire removed, and with only one lap to go, the drivers were lined up. Perkins ended up winning the race that took nearly 20 minutes to complete. In the street stock main event, 18 cars took part in a grueling battle that had many unfortunate victims. Cars 78 (Danny "the Weasle" Holding) and 72 (Harley Cook) both were passed early on by Timothy Flessatti' s number 11 car. Jimmy Kimball Jr. (No. 0) followed Flessati's lead and also passed 78 and 72. He eventually also passed Flessatti. A three car wreck that included Cook, Evert Jones (No. 9) and Michael Nesteby (No. 74) halted the race as drivers were sorted out. When racing ,. ,,'esumed, so did Flessatti's drive to regain first place. He passed I ' 11111111 II State Farm Sells Life Insurance. JEFF BANSER Off751-1515 1311 S. Hwy 160 Fax 751-1616 SFnUr=tin=eomp Rcs 751-2474 1997 21 Kimball, but Kimball pushed even harder passing Flessatti again. Flessatti fell back into third place. Michael Hildebrand (No. 17), sensing his time to strike, passed Lissatti. When Kimball spun out, Hildebrand wound up in second place. Flessatti crashed and lost his chance for a spectacular come back. Hildebrand nearly lost control on the number three turn, but regained his composure and raced his way into the lead. He pulled far ahead of the pack and grabbed the checkered flag. After the main events, race fans stuck around to see several of the mechanics take to the track to race their owners cars. There were two heats, one IMCA and one street stock. While mechanics may be the best at keeping the cars running, they had difficult time keeping them on the track while driving. Several spin outs occurred, mostly due to the drivers failure to slow down in the turns. At the end of the street stock race, one driver hit the front tire of another forcing him airborne. The IMCA winner was car (No.3) while car (No. 51) won the street stocks. Once again it was a wild night at the speedway. Next week, the monster truck series comes to Pahrump. The gates are set to open at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 8p.m. In the words of Bob Tomaro. Hope to see you there. 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