Doug Eck Wins the Coors Original WW IV
by Glenn SlocumDoug Eck was definitely the class of the Super Late Models on Sunday night as he led all twenty-five laps of the Coors Original WW IV event, won his heat and the American Racer Dash. Fred Callahan and Mike Boyd won the Spectator features while Tom Liberatore took home the Four Cylinder trophy. John Pencille won a hotly contested Outlaw Cadet event and Bobby Rohrer was the winner of WW IV in the Limited Late Model race. Mike Hess won the inaugural E-Mod race and Scott Bayle made it three in a row winning the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature.
The first Spectator feature was won by Fred McClanahan with Ray Houser second and Dave Auge third. McClanahan led from the start and was never seriously challenged.
Brian Guzowski led the first tow laps of the second Spectator feature but was passed by Mike Boyd on lap two. Guzowski spun on the next lap for the first caution of the event. Boyd went on for the win with Matt Thomas second and Paul Norman third.
Doug Eck won The American Racer dash earning the pole position in the main event Scott Johnson was second and Andy Kania third.
J.R. Cross led at the start of the 4 Cylinder feature but a flat tire forced him to the wall in turn four giving the first lap to Jim Hamblin and bringing out a yellow. Tom Liberatore passed Hamblin on lap five and went on for the win. Hamblin was a distant second and Andy Warzynak third.
The Outlaw Cadets were lead to the line by Louie DeDionisio and John Pencille. This was the first event in the WW IV format where only the leaders run the last five laps for the win. Andy Knight Phil Knight, Mark Hall and Jeff Campbell tangled in turn two on the first lap necessitating a complete restart of the event. Bill Dunn lifted in turn three on the restart causing Aaron Robinson and Phil Knight to collide, they successfully avoided Dunn but caused the yellow. Knight was towed from the speedway and Robinson continued. Lap one was finally completed on the third attempt with John Pencille in the lead and Louie DeDionisio second. Dave Tolon was a distant third at this point with Bill Dunn running fourth. Brain Fardink spun on lap six allowing the field to close up behind Pencille and DeDionisio. Tolon got by DeDionisio on the restart to take over second and Gary Eicher moved into fourth. The yellow was shown on the fifth tenth lap and all but the leaders were sent to the pits. Pencille, Tolon and DiDenisio were left to battle for the win. Pencille led the last five though Tolon challenged but could not make the pass, DeDionisio finished third.
Dave Hess Jr. led the E-Mod Feature to the line but Mike Hess won the race to turn one. Dean Ruth and Hank Snow spun on lap four bringing out the first yellow flag. Stu Rickard missed the cushion in turn one on the sixth lap for the second caution of the event. Dave and Mike Hess remained the leaders at the half way mark. Stu Rickard missed again on lap eleven for caution number three. Mike Hess remained the leader for the rest of the event with Dave Hess Jr. second and Dean Ruth third.
Tom Kosinski lead the early laps of Budweiser Super Sportsman feature event with Scott Bayle and Randy Parmenter in hot pursuit. Bayle passed Kosinski on the outside of turn two on lap five and Parmenter moved up to challenge Kosinski for second. Kosinski spun and caused a caution. Parmenter was now firmly in second with Gary Foster third and Pat McGuire fourth. Pat McGuire lost the handle in lap eight and Don McGuire took over fourth. Two laps later Don McGuire passed Foster for third but could not catch the leaders and Bayle beat Parmenter to the line by a car length for the win.
Tom Hagberg and Al Cressley brought the Limited Late Models to the speedway for their WW IV event but Bobby Rohrer beat them both to turn one and the initial lead. Rohrer had a ten-car advantage at the half way point with Cressley over Hagberg by another ten car lengths. Pat McGuire was all over Hagberg’s bumper and Andy Sweetland was pressing McGuire. Sweetland was unable to pass McGuire so McGuire finished fourth and missed the WW IV shoot out by one position as Tom Hagberg, Al Cressley and race leader Bobby Rohrer remained on the speedway for the last five laps. Cressley ran side by side with Bobby Rohrer on the restart but Rohrer won the battle. Hagberg challenged Cressley but clipped a tire on the inside of corner three leaving Rohrer and Cressley to finish. Rohrer won the race with Cressley second.
Twenty-four Super Late Models were on hand for the Coors Original WW IV feature event. Doug Eck wheeled to the early lead with Brian Ruhlman second. Scott Gurdak spun on lap two in the middle of the field and all cars managed to avoid the spinning Gurdak. After the yellow Gurdak was able to continue and the field was realigned for the lap two restart. Eck, Ruhlman, Scott Johnson and Rich Gardner were the top four cars for the restart. Ruhlman slipped high on the restart allowing Rod Maloy into third. Brian Emory spun on the next lap but again the field was able to avoid a major incident. Ward Schell retired from the event at this point as the field was again realigned for a restart. Eck was still in control with Scott Johnson in second and Maloy now in third. The restart was marred by and incident involving John Lacki, Scott Gurdak and AL Crocker. The third restart of lap four was successful as Eck once again took control. Eck had straight away lead by lap ten as Maloy was all over Johnson for second while Gardner lurked in fifth waiting for a mistake by one of the leaders. Eck was into lap traffic on the fifteenth lap and Johnson remained in second but not in a position to challenge Eck. Maloy had faded a bit but remained solidly in third. The mandatory caution ended the event for all but the top three. Eck was not to be denied as he powered away from challengers Johnson and Maloy.
Heat 1: Mark Harmon, Ray Houser, Fred McClanahan
Heat 2: Brian Guzowski, Mike Boyd, Matt Thomas
Feature 1: Fred McClanahan, Ray Houser, Dave Auge, Joe Heslop, Ron Watson
Feature 2: Mike Boyd, Matt Thomas, Paul Norman, Brad Pease, Brian Guzowski
Heat 1: Jim Hamblin, J.R. Cross, Steve Forstein
Feature: Tom Liberatore, Jim Hamblin, Andy Warzynak, Dale Wise, Steve Forstein, Bethany Pease, J.R. Cross
Heat 1: Louie DeDionisio, Bill Dunn, John Coughlin
Heat 2: John Pencille, Jeff Campbell, Dave Tolon
Feature 1: John Pencille, Dave Tolon, Louie DeDionisio, Gary Eicher, John Coughlin, Andy Knight, Bill Dunn, Mark Hall, Terry Daniels, Aaron Robinson
Heat 1: Mike Hess, Dave Hess, Dean Ruth
Feature: Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Dean Ruth, Bill Thomas, Stu Rickard, Bill Brian Snow, Justin Carlson
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Heat 1: Mike Kosinski, Scott Bayle, Don McGuire
Heat 2: Dave Cummings, Gary Foster, Randy Parmenter
Feature: Scott Bayle, Randy Parmenter, Don McGuire, Gary Foster, Pat McGuire, Dave Cummings, Mike Murray, Brent Crandall, Dan Nocero, Don Stanley
Limited Late Models:
Heat 1: Al Cressley, Bobby Rohrer, Chris Sutton, Andy Sweetland
Heat 2: Tom Hagberg, Ron Seeley, John Cline, Mike Moore
Feature: Bobby Rohrer, Al Cressley, Tom Hagberg, Pat McGuire, Andy Sweetland, Bob Vogt, Mike Moore, John Cline, Chris Sutton, Ron Seeley
American Racer Dash: Doug Eck, Scott Johnson, Andy Kania
Heat 1: Doug Eck, Brian Ruhlman, Scott Gurdak
Heat 2: Scott Johnson, Rich Gardner, Chris Hackett
Heat 3: Andy Kania, Dave Scott, Brian Emory
Feature: Doug Eck, Scott Johnson, Rod Maloy, Rich Gardner, Brian Ruhlman, Dave Scott, John Lobb, Randy Lobb, Chris Hackett, Andy Kania