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Pahrump Valley Gazette, Thursday, ovember I3, 1967 21 VFW remembrance sparks tears and smiles by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, World War I ended. 116,000 American soldiers lost their lives. On the eleventh hour of the elev- enth day of the eleventh month in 1997, a room full of Pahrump veterans remem- bered them and others who fought for their county at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post on Homestead Road. During the hour long pre- sentation, several inspira- tional speeches, poems and songs were heard as a re- minder of those who dedi- cated their lives to protecting America's boundaries and interests. The ceremony was originally intended to be held outside by the flagpole, but was moved indoors due to weather conditions. The remembrance hit home with a lot of people as both tears and smiles were evident throughout the room. Town Manager Mike Cosgrove wept as he gave a speech telling veterans how much they meant to both Pahrump and America. "This is a special day for me because I have a family history that revolves around the military," he said. "I applaud you. I respect you." Cosgrove said that there are plans in the works to dedicate the cemetery to what he called another hero and soldier, Chief Tecopa on Memorial Day..The cemetery would be re-named the Pahrump-Tecopa Memorial Cemetery. "Our veterans didn't disappoint our nation in time of service," said Pahrump resident and veteran ArtJones."There- fore, we shouldn't disappoint them in their time of need." Jones said that while we recognize our veterans, there are many times when they are ignored or forgotten. He said that freedom was a God given right to every citizen of the world and that veter- ans of every war have done their job to protect that free- dom. Jones felt veterans de- served more credit. "The ones who fought for freedom for this country often times come back mis- used or abused," Jones said. "If the politicians in our capital took the time to re- flect, they would realize that if it weren't for them, they wouldn't have the freedom to sit where they are today." VFW Commander Chuck Isenhower led the ceremony and urged all in attendance to remember those who are deceased and pray for those who are still missing. After the presentation, the audience was invited to stay for a free luncheon. "To me, Veterans Day means a time to remember the friends I lost in Vietnam," said Town Board Member Gary Hollis. ''These are friends that I'll never see again. It's a day to say hi." PV Speedway says goodbye to great season in style by Geoff Kreis and Andy Holtmann PVG Staff The Pahrump Valley Speedway packed in the fans on Sunday, November 9 all watching with anticipation to see who would write the final chapter in the last race of this season. Originally scheduled to take place on October 25, the race was postponed and rescheduled for an afternoon start- ing time due to weather condi- tions. There was the usual action of the Street Stock and IMCA divi- sions as well as ..... mechanic's races in each class.The third annual Turtle Clash also added to the excitement. Engine.s revved and the racingbe- gan as the IMCA' s rumbled onto the track to compete in their final heat races. Number 25, Steve Giannini he- gan the race in the lead and held back strong competition from Michael Berger (number 77) to take the checkered flag. Berger, who came on strong after moving into second place, finished second and John Jewell (number 66) came in third. In the second heat, Dan Fitzgerald (number 87) made his presence known after a short break from the speedway by winning big. Behind him, number 17, Levi Kiefer finished in second and number 82, Bradley Hopper settled for third. The Street Stock cars tore onto the track next for their first heat of the day. The race started out with Harley Cook, number 72 in the lead and maintaining it for the win. Cook cleverly held offnumber 89x, Larry Hilbig by weaving in front of him on the turns. Hilbig came in second and Dale Daffern, number 49 finished in third. The second Street Stock heat was dominated by number 99, Robert Taylor. Taylor passed Steve Scholten (number 60) early in the race on a tricky number thim turn. Dannie Holding (number 78}also passed Scholtcn, but Holding's car began smoking heavily and the flagman disqualified him. Scbolten moved back into second but found that Taylor had gained ground. Car number 46, Homer Rush took advantage of an inside position and passed Scholten on the last lap. Taylor took the checkered flag, Rush placed second, and Scholten settled for a hard fought third. Keith Gott's ''Triple Nickel" (number 555) began the third heat in first place, but was bumped on the first lap by number 3, Wyatt Ehrp. Both Gott and Ehrp had to pull out. The cars were lined back up and the race restarted. Gott and Ehrp made their way back onto the track, but it was Alan Levinson (number 13) who found himself in the lead. Milos Petaros gave Levinson a run for his money, but Levinson held on for the win. Petaros fin- ished second and Ehrp moved up from dead last to finish third. Michael Hildebrand won the last Street Stock heat after passing both Evert Jones (number 9) and Clay Woods (number 27) to take the lead. Woods spun out allowing Bob Taylor (number 156) to move DOWN TO THE WIRE-- Drivers of these IMCA cars never let up as they round the f'mal turn heading toward the finish line. into second place. Jones fin- ished third. The trophy dashes were next in line. In the Street Stock dash, Levinson placed first, Hildebrand took second, and Cook grabbed third. In the IMCA dash, Fitzgerald grabbed the checkered flag with Giannini in second and Mike Berger in third. A seven lap ''Turtle Race" was held next as six Street Stock racers competed for money and prizes. The race started off Gott ahead of the pack but was passed by num- ber 52, Anthony De Biase who held his lead to take the checkered flag. Levinson held on to take second place and Kimball raced in at third. A semi-main Street Stock 10 lap race hit the track next with Danny Southwell (number 86) starting out in the lead. Southwell maintained that lead to win the heat with number 22, Sam Owens placing in second and Steve Gertson, (number 51) passing under the flag in third. The IMCA division hit the dirt for their main 25 lap heat. Number 23, Jason Pike started the race with a strong lead and took the 25 laps in stride to the finish line adding another winning trophy to his mantle. Donald Berger, (number 67) came in behind Pike at second, and Kiefer placed in third. In the main Street Stock heat, Woods jumped in the lead early in the race but was overtaken by car number 9, Evert Jones. Homer Rush, (number 46) sped through the racers to take the lead and kept it for the win, Kimball took second, and Levinson Grabbed third. The last two races of the night were the "Mechanics" races, one featuring IMCA cars and the other involving the Street Stock division. The first race was the IMCA heat which was won by Kiefer's number 17 car driven by Rich Henderson. The Street Stock heat was won by Jason l.e, who was driving Owens number 22 car. The final champions of the Pahrump Valley Speedway for the 1997 season was Michael Hildebrand for the Street Stock, and Jim Perkins for the IMCA division. And so the final chapter was written as the sun went down on this "afternoon delight." All eyes are on next year to see who can come out ahead and grab that much desired checkered flag. PIKE'S PEAK-- Jason Pike grabbed the checkered flag in the last IMCA main event of the season at the Pahrump Valley Speedway. Jim Perkins won the IMCA title this year while Michael Hildebrand took home the Street Stock title. I