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LOCAL COMPETITOR SMOKER VOTED TOP ROOKIE AT FAY'S 300 IN SYRACUSE

Doug Hoffman of Allentown, Pa., won the DIRT Modified Fay's 300 Sunday, the headline event of Super DIRT Week XXV at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse.

In other highlight races of Super DIRT Week, Kenny Tremont of West Sand Lake was best in the Champion Spark Plug 358 Modified Championship 200 Saturday. Also Saturday, Donnie Moran of Dresden, Ohio, claimed victory in the STARS Late Model Turning Stone Casino 100.

Hoffman scored his first career win in the Fay's 300 despite starting deep in the pack in 42nd position. Ransomville Speedway 358 Modified co-champions Danny Johnson and Joe Plazek placed second and fifth, respectively. Tremont was third with Jack Johnson fifth.

Other area drivers who ran in the Fay's 300 were Ron Smoker of Boston, who finished 12th and was voted the Fay's 300 "Rookie of the Race". Lancaster Speedway promoter Alex Friesen of Buffalo placed 34th. Ransomville regular Alan Johnson placed 44th.

Earlier Sunday, Friesen, driving a car owned by Hoffman, won the Fay's 300 non-qualifiers race to make the Fay's 300 starting grid.

Friesen often will take time from his promotional/management duties to drive race cars.

In Friday's Triple 25-lap DIRT Modified races, Brett Hearn won two of the three events. Hearn won the first race over Jeff Heotzler and Danny Johnson. Plazek was fifth.

Steve Paine claimed the second event, ahead of Kenny Brightbill and Jack Johnson. Friesen placed 14th, setting up his appearance in Sunday's non-qualifiers race.

Hearn won the final 25-lapper over Billy Decker and Heotzler. Plazek placed fifth and Danny Johnson sixth. Smoker was 13th and Alan Johnson 14th.

Saturday, Tremont survived a torrid battle with Hearn to win the Champion Spark Plug event. Hearn was second with Plazek and Brightbill completing the top four.

Todd Burley was 21st, Danny Johnson 22nd and Alan Johnson, 34th.

Moran seems to own the Turning Stone Casino race. This year marked just the second appearance by the STARS Late Models at Syracuse and Moran repeated as champ.

The STARS Late Models replaced the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars on the Super DIRT Week schedule in 1995.

Following Moran were Steve Francis, Rick Eckert, C.S. Fitzgerald and Tim Hitt.

At Oswego Speedway Saturday night, Jan Leaty overcame an intense race with Lancaster Speedway Modified champion Sege Fidanza to win the prestigious 46th Annual Sunoco Race of Champions for asphalt Modifieds.

The ROC was originally scheduled to run Sept. 15, but was postponed by rain. The ROC is co-promoted by Lancaster's Friesen and Tioga Speedway manager Andy Harpell.

This was the first ROC ever at Oswego..

Saturday's second-place run by Fidanza was his career-best at Oswego.

Rick Thurnherr Jr. won his second straight week of eliminations Friday during the Fall Classic at Lancaster Dragway. Thurnherr defeated Joe Morock in the Bike final. He is the son of drag racing veteran Rick Thurnherr.

Dick Montgomery won in Super Pro, Shawn Geary in Pro, Shawn Beatty in Heavy, Bill Parsons in Street and Pete Marston in Snowmobiles.

Lancaster concludes its drag racing season at 7:30 p.m. Friday

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