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16 l"lursciay, ,ugust 7, 1)7 Pahrump /alley G'azette Pahrump Valley Insurance Life Group. Medical 727-5700 Phone & Fax Roger W. Burnley C.L.U. Tim q00mmmoan -' "-'-- m-- - c.,,,., ..., - 1 J ""/ Pahrump's Only Complete One 5top Music Mart Instruments; Lessons Sales, Service, Rentals & Repair t cassette  + omm om A  Mn lm,m o Mu tt.dY, t tl, I I) Muts Surulcn mr,.,.,. (7oz) sTsaHs s. m...,., sin, PRINTING, Inc. QualipOrinu one in Monday ~ Friday 8am/Spm Saturday- lOam/apm Member Pahrump ber of Commerce iatty Chamber of CoB Death Valley Chamber of Commer by Geoff Kreis Once again the Pahrump Valley Speedway gathered up the thrills, chills, and spills, offering fans and wild dirt surfers another Saturday night of adventure that was hard to match. The first heat of the evening started off with the Dwarf Cars, a smaller version of larger scale race cars. This was a new and welcomed addition to the speedway races. The Dwarfes consisted of two different eight lap races with 7 cars in each race. With loud high pitched engines revving, the Dwarfs started off with the number 7 car, Don Miller in first and keeping his lead the entire time to take the checkered flag. Car number 25, Corey Lasiter, finished in second, and in third was number 30, Bobby Clark. In the second Dwarf heat, car number 9x, driven by Jim Bonetti, started off with a large lead which he easily hung on to. Other cars tried, but could not catch the speedy, little 9x, even after he spun out. Ronnie Williams (number 2) finished second and Bryan Schuette (number 0) finished third. The I.M.C.A. division took offwith the excitement of the Jim Justice's number 75 car grabbing an early lead. That was until the well known number 3 car, Wyatt Ehrp pulled up in front and maintained his fast speed to cross the finish line, with number 23, Jason Pike, and number 00. Jimmy Wulfenstein in second and third. The I.M.C.A.'s second race started off with the number 87a car, driven by Jim Perkins, who was back in the fourth slot quickly speeding his way up to first in just a couple of laps and holding his lead for the remainder of the race. Car number 24, driven by Leland Hibdon, came in behind him in second, and Danny Fitgerald's number 87 car closing in at third. The Street Stock heats opened with the exciting car number 555, "The Triple Nickel," driven by Keith Gott, taking an early lead. The number 40 car, Milos Petaros tailed close behind in second. With the battle heating up, Petaros tried to take the lead away from Gott but failed. He eventu- ally dropped into last, after a minor fender bender with Gott. Narrowly avoiding disaster, Gott went on to grab the check- ered flag. Jack Bickel (number 36) took second with Charles In the third heat of the Street Stocks, Car number 4. driven by Preston Sullivan started off in first, but was quickly passed by number 3, Levi Kiefer, leaving Sullivan hanging back with the rest of the pack. Kiefer easily kept his lead and took the checkered flag for the win, holding off....well nobody really. Sullivan finished second and Jimmy Kimball, Jr. (Number 0) took third. After seven strong races, the trophy races were run, featur- ing three different heats from the three different divisions. The fLrSt heat of the trophy races started off with the Dwarf Cars that consisted of four different cars starting off with the number 26 car, driven by Brandon Conrad in the lead. However, he was quickly passed by Bryan Schuette number 0 car. Schuette held off a strong push by other drivers to win the Dwarf trophy. Conrad finished second and Donald Miller (number 7) finished third. The second trophy race was the I.M.C.A. heat which also consisted of four cars fighting for the win. Perkins started out the race in first and kept a relaxed lead from beginning to the end to win himself yet another I.M.C.A. trophy. Second place went to Pike and third place went toWyatt Ehrp (number 3) The Street Stock race for the trophy was the final race before the main division races. It began with car number 34, driven by Day in the front of the pack, with number Kimball 0 in second. Day and Kimball collided with each other on the last lap of the race. This brought Gott "The Triple Nickel," (number 555) in front. He took the checkered flag for his second win of the night, adding a new trophy to his mantle. Steve Gertson (number 5) grabbed second and Kimball pulled in a third place finish. After the trophy races number 81, a brand new I.M.C.A. car, belonging to Robin Ruud, dida show off race around the speedway in a solo effort. The main events of the evening came next with the Dwarf Cars starting out. Racers however, were having problems with texture of a freshly wetted track so speedway officials pulled them off the track and delayed their race. Instead, the I.M.C.A. cars came out for their main event, which consisted of 20 laps. The race started off with the 0 Evans (number 18) grabbing third, number 72 car, driven by Frank Bridwell, in the lead but he The second Street Stock heat began with the number 28 spun offcourse and lost ground. This allowed Wulfenstein I car, Jason Lee in first and number 34, driven by David Day in car number 00 to take the lead and remain there for most insecondpassingLeetotaketheleadearlyon. When Alan oftherace,butJasonPike,(number23)slowlycrepthisway . Levinson s number 13 car (actually a truck) sped up to try up to the front and took the front slot to finish with the win. and pass Lee, he hooked onto Lye's front bumper causing Wulfenstein took second and Jim Perkins took third. him to swerve and crash hard against the side waU. Lee, with The speedway brought back the Dwarf Cars for an- n blown tire, stayed in the race, but dropped far behind. Day other try to complete their main 20 lap race. Bonetti (9x) maintained his firstplaceposition forthe win. SteveGertson started out in first and never looked back, advancing (number 5) took second and Levinson took third, almost a lap ahead of the second place number 0 car driven by Schuette. when m " ' "' m Bonetti stalled out and I  All mik I  I pulled, off the track, Bob m   / m m m Clark s number 30 car m i m-il  m m0ved into the lead and se- m mllrlmmM  m cured the victory. 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