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Tom Liberatore Wins the North East Auto Four-Cylinder Championship at Eriez Stateline

By Glenn Slocum

Tom Liberatore lived up to the pre-race billing to win the Four Cylinder Championship event sponsored by North East Auto. Liberatore wrested control from Larry Bouman on a lap nine restart for the win. Doug Eck led every lap of the Super Late Model feature to post his second win of the season. Louie DeDionisio led every lap of the Outlaw Cadet event for his first win of the year. Brian Crandall and Fred McClanahan won the Spectator features. Scott Bayle led from green to checkers to win his fourth in the Budweiser Super Sportsman division. Mike Hess Jr. won his sixth E-Mod feature. Mike Moore meet challenge after challenge from Pat McGuire to win his first Limited Late Model feature of the year.

             Mark Thompson moved from his outside pole position to lead lap one of the first Spectator feature. Rush Firestone, Brian Crandall and Mike Boyd completed the top four. Firestone started smoking on lap seven and Crandall passed on the outside then made an inside move on Thompson to take the lead with two to go. Firestone fought back to pass Thompson at the checkers. Crandall was the winner for the second time this season with Firestone second and Thompson third.

             Fred McClanahan spun Kevin Hill to ruin the start of the second Spectator feature. The next start was successful and McClanahan led the lap with Wayne Watson and Joe Heslop in second and third. Heslop lost control on with two to go and Dennis Lunger and Josh Lucas were there to take advantage. Lunger beat Lucas to the finish for third with Wade Watson finishing second. McClanahan led every lap to win his second feature of the year.

             Jason Smith and Bruce Deimer were on row one the Four Cylinder Championship event. Smith took advantage of his front row starting spot and was the early leader with Ken Wanzer and Larry Bouman close behind. Smith lost the lead by spinning on lap four and Larry Bouman moved to the point. Tom Liberatore was in second by lap five with J.R. Cross in third as Wanzer faded. Andy Warzynak caused the only caution of the event when he stopped up against the turn four wall on lap nine. Tom Liberatore beat Bouman to turn one on the restart and led the final three laps. Steve Forstein moved by Cross with two to go for third. Liberatore made it his sixth win of the season and took home the Championship event trophy.

             The initial start of the Outlaw Cadet feature was marred by a spin involving Dave Tolan and Phil Knight. Tolan was placed back in the third starting spot and Knight was towed from the speedway. The second attempt was clean with Louie DeDionisio assuming the lead. Second running Wade Slaney went to the pints on lap two with a flat. Gary Eicher and Pete Alspaugh tangled on lap three in turn one for caution number two. DeDionisio was the leader at this point with Tolan second and points leader John Pencille third. DeDionisio stayed in low groove and led until Clarence Dickerson steaming racecar slowed for caution three on lap eleven. Tolan had passed DeDionisio on that lap while DeDionisio evaded the slowing Dickerson, but because of the yellow was given the lead back. Pencille moved under Tolan to challenge for second allowing DeDionisio to build a five-car length lead with two to go. Pencille moved to second around Tolan but was unable to catch DeDionisio who made it a perfect evening by winning his heat and leading every lap of the feature event. Pencille finished second and Dave Tolan third.

             Scott Bayle, Mike Murray and Don Stanley were the leaders on lap one of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Don McGuire, Pat McGuire and Randy Parameter all passed Stanley on lap three and moved up to press Murray while Bayle extended his lead. Bayle was in lap traffic on lap six and Pat McGuire had passed Murray and was attempting to run down Bayle. Parmenter moved into third with tow to go. The laps ran out for Pat McGuire as he could not catch Bayle. It was the fourth win for Bayle.

             Bill Thomas narrowly beat Al Cressley to turn one to lead the E-Mod feature event. Thomas then began to build a lead as Cressley, Randy Parmenter and Dave Hess Jr. fought for the second spot. Hess took the second spot from Cressley at the half way point then a spin by Justine Carlson brought out the yellow sending Dave Hess to second and Cressley back to second. Thomas resumed the lead on the lap nine restart and Hess immediately began pressing Cressley for second. Mike Hess moved to the number four spot as Parmenter slid to fifth. Thomas started slowing on lap eleven and the battle for second became the battle for first. Dave Hess Jr. won the battle as Thomas entered the pits on the white flag lap. Dave Hess Jr. won the event for his sixth E-Mod main event, Cressley was second and Mike Hess third.

             Mike Moore led Limited Late feature wit h Pat McGuire second and Paul Briggs third. John Lint brought out the yellow on lap four. Paul Briggs and Bob Vogt tangled on the restart lap collecting Brian Fardink, Al Cressley, Mike Coyle and John Lint and the yellow was out once more. Vogt and Cressley drove to the pits while Coyle and Lint were towed. Vogt and Cressley returned to the speedway before the lap four restart. Moore resumed the lead on the restart with McGuire and Briggs in tow. Ed Simmer bought out the yellow on lap ten. Moore held off McGuire for several laps and began to build a slight lead until Tom Hagberg dumped a stream of oil on the speedway for the third caution with two to go. Moore was up to the challenge and though allowing McGuire along side on the white flag lap held on for his first win of the season.

             Doug Eck jumped to the early lead in the Super Late Model main event. Randy Lobb and Scott Gurdak were second and third and Rich Gardner brought up the fourth spot. Eck and Lobb ran away from the field in the early laps as Gardner and Gurdak fought for third. Gardner finally bested Gurdak on lap seven and Dave Hess Jr. moved by Gurdak to press Gardner. Eck was into lap traffic on lap ten but Lob was unable to close. Eck maintained the lead through the remainder of the race with no one able to close and challenge. It was Eck’s second win of the season.




      Heat 1: Rich Becker, Josh Lucas, John McNaughton

      Heat 2: John Swabik, Mike Knight, Dennis Lunger

      Heat 3: Brian Crandall, Bill Baker Jr., Mike Boyd

      Feature 1: Brian Crandall, Rush Firestone, Mark Thompson, Mike Boyd, John Swabik, Matt Thomas, Mike Harmon, Brad Pease, Matt Lazowski, Art Churchill

      Feature 2: Fred McClanahan, Wade Watson, Dennis Lunger, Josh Lucas, Barrett Brown, Merle Burlingham, Rich Becker, Justin Kriener, Ray Houser, Danielle Wilbur


   4-Cylinder Sportsmen

      Heat 1: Dale Wise, Larry Bouman, Dan Maxim

      Feature: Tom Liberatore, Larry Bouman, Steve Forstein, J.R. Cross, Dale Wise, Chevy Sweet, Ken Wanzer, Larry Taylor, Bethany Pease, Bruce Deimer


  Outlaw Cadets

      Heat 1: Louie DeDionisio, Dave Tolon, John Pencille

      Heat 2: Wade Slaney, Brian Zimmerly, Chris Blose

      Feature 1: Louie DeDionisio, John Pencille, Dave Tolan, Joe Harvey, Jeff Campbell, Herm Hilyer, Terry Daniels, Jeff Campbell, George Cole, Pete Alspaugh



     Heat 1: Bill Thomas, Al Cressley, Randy Parmenter

      Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Al Cressley, Mike Hess, Randy Parmenter, Dale Applebee, Stu Rickart, Justin Carlson, Dan McDonald, Bill Thomas, Mark Grabowski


   Budweiser Super Sportsmen:

      Heat 1: Don McGuire, Randy Parmenter, Dave Cummings

      Heat 2: Hank Francis, Mike Murray, Brent Crandall

      Feature: Scott Bayle, Pat McGuire, Randy Parmenter, Mike Murray, Don McGuire, Dave Cummings, Don Stanley, Hank Francis, Gary Foster, Brent Crandall


   Limited Late Models:

      Heat 1: Mike Moore, Pat McGuire, Bob Vogt

      Heat 2: Paul Briggs, Al Cressley, Brian Fardink

      Feature: Mike Moore, Pat McGuire, Paul Briggs, Joe Webber, Bobby Rohrer, Bob Vogt, Al Cressley, Andy Knight, Brian Fardink, Ed Simmer


  American Racer Dash: Doug Eck, Randy Lobb


   Super Late Models:

      Heat 1: Doug Eck, Scott Gurdak, Al Crocker, Chris Hackett, Dave Hess Jr.

      Heat 2: Randy Lobb, Rich Gardner, John Lacki, Dusty Franklin, Andy Kania

      Feature: Doug Eck, Randy Lobb, Rich Gardner, Dave Hess, Chris Hackett, John Lacki, Andy Kania, Rod Maloy, John Lobb, Andy Boozel, Moose Dunnewold, Al Crocker, Steve Halpainy, Dusty Franklin, Chuck Steinle