Ron Bush and Dennis Lunger Win Yaples’ Vac & Sew and Hoover Company Spectator Championship Races at Eriez Speedway
Dave Hess Jr. posted win number five after losing the lead to Rich Gardner
then regaining the lead with a high side pass on lap thirteen of the twenty-five
lap Super Late Model feature event. Dave Hess then went on to win the E-Mod
feature with a similar pass of Al Cressley with two laps to go. The pit crew of
the Mike Hess E-mod won the Miller Lite Pit crew competition and the Brian
Fallon won the fan challenge. Ron Bush fought off a late race challenge by Rusty
Wheeler to win the first Yaples’ Vac and Sew and Hoover Company Spectator
Championship race and Dennis Lunger led every lap of the second Spectator
Championship race. Steve Forstein took the lead from an ailing Larry Bouman
racecar to win the Four-Cylinder feature. Gary Eicher led every lap of the
Outlaw Cadet event to post his fifth feature win of the season. Dave Cummings
was the Budweiser Super Sportsman winner. Pat McGuire won his fourth Limited
Late Model event.
Pat Passanise and Mike Harmon were on the front row of
the first Spectator Championship event of the evening. Ron Bush led lap one with
Passanise second and Rush Firestone third. Firestone made an inside move around
Passanise on lap three and set sail for the leader. Firestone caught and passed
Bush on lap five as Paul Norman Mike Harmon and John Swabik moved by Passanise.
Swabik took the third spot on lap eight. The first caution of the evening flew
after Mike Boyd, Matt Lazowski and Art Churchill spun in turn three on lap nine.
Swabik and Firestone came together on the front stretch at the drop of the green
sending Firestone to the infield and Swabik to the pits. Bush was placed back in
first with Harmon second and Passanise third for the second restart of lap nine.
Merle Burlingham came to a stop on in turn three for the third caution. Rusty
Wheeler moved to second on lap ten then tried passing the leader coming out of
four on the final lap. Wheeler almost spun and Bush retained the lead for his
first win this season.
Joe Heslop and Dennis Lunger brought the second Spectator
Championship event to the line. Lunger got the big jump at the start with Fred
McClanahan a distant second. Rich Becker spun on lap three collecting Dan
Shellhouse in a violent collision on the front stretch. Shellhouse was stunned
in the incident but climbed from the car under his own power. Lunger retained
the lead on the restart and one lap later Dave Johnson made hard contact with
the front stretch wall for the second and yellow. Lunger led the next two laps
when Ken Seymore stopped for bringing out the third caution. A lap seven spin by
Ron Watson caused the fourth caution. Josh Lucas was lined up in the second spot
on the restart but spun on the next lap moving Skip Joslin to second and Barrett
Brown to third. Justin Kreider passed Brown for third on the while flag lap.
Lunger won the event with a one half-lap lead over Kreider and Davis.
Ken Wanzer led the first two laps of the Four-Cylinder event. Larry
Bouman passed Wanzer and lead the next three then suffered engine problems
relinquishing the lead to Steve Forstein on lap seven. J.R. Cross quickly moved
up beside Forstein but lost control spinning out on the white flag lap and
losing second to Dale Wise.
Gary Eicher quickly moved into the lead in the Outlaw Cadet feature
with Dustin Eckman second and Wade Slaney third. Point leader John Pencille was
running fourth with Pete Alspaugh fifth. Jim Moon stopped in turn two causing
Spanky Hall to throw the caution for the first time in the event. Slaney and
Pencille took advantage of the restart to move by Eckman for second and third.
Brian Campbell spun ending up facing the wrong way on the front straight for the
second caution of the event on lap six. The restart saw Nathan Short, Alspaugh
and Eckman tangle for the third yellow. Dave Tolon was now fourth with Herm
Hilyer fifth and Terry Daniels sixth. Dave Tolon almost spun on lap eight and
every one scrambled to avoid leaving Jeff Campbell and Jim Moon the only victims
of the incident for yellow number four. Eicher retained the lead on the restart
and led until a white flag lap spin by Dewey Kinnear. Eicher led through the
green, white then checkers to win his fifth of the season.
Dave Hess Jr. and Rod Maloy led twenty-two Super Late Models to
Spanky Halls green flag. Hess quickly moved to the point but a spinning Jason
Morrell brought out the yellow necessitating a complete restart. Hess won the
battle to the front with Rich Gardner moving by Maloy for second. Gardner got
under Hess on lap tow and they races side by side for two laps before Hess got
the advantage again. Kelly Frederes and Mark Gilbert spun on lap six for the
second yellow. Hess was on the point with Gardner second, Maloy third and John
Lacki fourth. Hess moved away form Gardner on the restart and led convincing for
several laps then stumbled coming out of four on lap nine allowing Gardner to
pass for the lead. Lloyd Swan and Ron Philips tangled on lap ten for the third
caution and ending their race night. Gardner was now the leader with Hess
second, Maloy third then Lacki, Chris Hackett and Andy Kania. Gardner and Maloy
moved to the bottom on the restart with Hess trying the high groove. Hess was
able to move up beside Gardner and make the pass on lap thirteen as the two
leaders started to distance themselves form the field. Bump Hedman and Scott
Gurdak tangled on lap fifteen for caution number four. With ten laps remaining
Hess was once again the leader with Gardner second Maloy still third, Kania
fourth then Lacki and Hackett. Doug Eck lost a rear wheel on the restart tearing
the side from Andy Boozel. Eck was towed from the speedway and Boozel drove to
the pits. Sixteen cars remained the second restart of lap sixteen as Boozel
returned to the speedway. Hess won the charge into one on the restart and the
field quickly was strung out single file all around the speedway. Hess ha a
fifteen-car length advantage with five to go and was quickly approaching lap
traffic. Hess never slowed leading the final laps to win his fifth of the year.
Mike Murray led lap one of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event. Hank
Francis and Scott Bayle tangled on lap one putting Bayle on the hook for the
evening. Murray took the green but Pat McGuire moved up the outside to pass at
the line for lead on lap tow. Murray lost the handle spinning but continuing
after losing several positions. Pat McGuire was leading with Dave Cummings
second and Don McGuire third. Randy Parmenter passed Don McGuire for third on
lap five. The race was uneventful until Dave Cummings tapped Pat McGuire in the
left rear then passed for the lead with one to go. Cummings was given the win,
Pat McGuire second and Randy Parmenter third.
Bill Thomas was knocked out of the race on lap one of the E-Mod
feature but Brian Snow brought out the yellow by stopping on the front stretch.
Jim Irwin led the first lap with Justin Carlson second and Jason Covey third.
Super Late Model feature winner Dave Hess Jr. was running fourth and Mike Hess
fifth. Carlson and Dave Hess moved to the front on the restart with Mike Hess
third and Al Cressley fourth. Carlson ran the middle groove with Mike and Dave
Hess trying to pass from both sides. Russ Dempsey, Kevin Decker and Mike Potosky
spun on lap five for the second yellow. Cressley moved to second on the restart
as Carlson lead. Cressley passed Carlson one lap later as did Dave Hess them
Mike Hess as Carlson slipped to fourth. Wayne Mohawk and Potosky spun on lap
eight and one lap later Kevin Decker and Tom Anderson tangled for second yellow
flag on lap eight. Cressley stayed low on the restart and Dave Hess worked the
high side for two laps when Jason Covey brought out the next caution. One move
lap was completed then Brian Snow came to a stop in front of the flag stand
slowing the race once more. Cressley again went low and Dave Hess went to the
high side on this restart and Dave Hess was able to make the pass one lap later.
Cressley and Mike Hess made contact on lap fourteen causing Cressley to spin
bringing out the caution and sending Cressley to the rear of the field. Dave
Hess led the final two for his second feature win of the evening. Mike Hess
finished second and early leader Justin Carlson third.
Paul Briggs led by half a car length at the end of lap one of the
Limited Late Model feature. Chris Sutton was second and Pat McGuire third.
McGuire moved to second one lap later as Bobby Rohrer moved by Mike Moore for
fourth. Andy Knight spun on lap nine into the entrance of turn one bringing out
the yellow for the first time in the event. Briggs stayed low on the restart
forcing McGuire to use the high lane to pass which he did three laps later.
Briggs lost the handle right after being passed by McGuire bringing out the
second caution. Sutton was penalized and sent to the rear of the field. Briggs
lost his drive shaft during the yellow and had to be towed from the speedway.
Pat McGuire was still out front with Bobby Rohrer second then Bob Vogt, Tom
Hagberg and Mike Moore. Rohrer made several unsuccessful attempts to get under
McGuire for the lead. It was the fourth feature win for McGuire.
Feature 1: Ron Bush, Rusty Wheeler, Mike Harmon, Bill Baker Jr., Pat Passanise, Brian Crandall, Mike Boyd, Jason Stutzman, Steve Hulings, Jeremy Stafford
Feature 2: Dennis Lunger, Skip Joslin, Justin Kreider, Barrett Brown, Joe Heslop, John McNaughton, Ron Watson, Danielle Weber, Ron Barr, Wayne Watson
Feature: Steve Forstein, Dale Wise, J.R. Cross, Steve Keith, Andy Warzynak, Tom Liberatore, Bethany Pease, Ken Wanzer, Larry Taylor, Jason Smith
Feature 1: Gary Eicher, Wade Slaney, John Pencille, Dave Tolon, Herm Hilyer, Terry Daniels, Joe Harvey, Pete Alspaugh, George Cole, Louie DeDionisio
Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Mike Hess, Justin Carlson, Randy Parmenter, Al Cressley, James Irwin, Jeff Wick, Russ Dempsey, Wayne Mohawk, Tom Anderson
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Feature: Dave Cummings, Pat McGuire, Randy Parmenter, Don McGuire, Brent Crandall, Don Stanley, Hank Francis, Mike Murray, John Daugherty, Tabitha Cummings
Limited Late Models:
Feature: Pat McGuire, Bobby Rohrer, Bob Vogt, Tom Hagberg, Mike Moore, Chris Sutton, John Cline, Mike Coyle, Ed Simmer, Ron Seeley
Super Late Models:
Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Rich Gardner, Rod Maloy, Andy Kania, Chris Hackett, John Lacki, Kevin Santee, Steve Halpainy, Dave Shagla, Scott Gurdak