Dave Hess Jr. Wins on The
Boot Box Fan Appreciation Night at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum
Kevin Decker piloted Randy Parmenter’s E-Mod to a win in the Parmenter
Drilling King of Eriez Challenge. The first four cars of every class ran
three-lap heat against each other then the winner of the other divisions in a
timed handicapped event. Dave Hess Jr. battled veteran Rod Maloy for the first
two laps of the Super Late Model feature making the pass from the outside on lap
three and never looking back to win his sixth of the season. Gary Eicher won his
sixth of the year in the Outlaw Cadets. Steve Hulings and Rich Becker were the
Spectator winners. Larry Bouman won his fourth Four-Cylinder feature. Randy
Parmenter won his third Budweiser Super Sportsman event. Bill Thomas led all the
laps to win his first E-Mod feature. Dave Lyon switched from his Super Late
Model to drive Al Cressley’s Limited Late to the winners circle.
Rick Thompson stopped on lap one of the first Spectator feature. Thompson was on the pole and suffered mechanical difficulty and could not complete a lap. Dennis Lunger became the new leader with Steve Hulings in second and Jason Stetson third. Hulings got the jump on the start but a spin by John Kelsey and Matt Lazowski brought out the yellow. Mark Thompson and Brad Pease spun on the next attempt and the yellow flew once more. Hulings led one lap then Quincy Turner spun in turn one for the fourth caution. Stetson and Bill Baker Jr. hooked bumpers for caution five. The race finally got underway on lap three with Hulings in the lead followed by Lunger and Rush Firestone. Lunger spun on lap seven bringing out the caution and moving Firestone to second and John Swabik to third. Firestone led lap seven with Hulings alongside. Hulings nosed past Firestone on the final lap to win the event with Mike Boyd making a late race charge to third.
Mike Knight won the mad scramble to lead the second Spectator
feature. Ray Churchill was second and Rich Becker third. Knight was into lap
traffic at the halfway mark. Debris brought the yellow out on lap eight allowing
the field to regroup behind Knight for the final three laps of the event. Merle
Burlingham was third and Barrett Brown fourth. Knight spun in front of the field
on the restart recovering for fifth spot and allowing Becker the lead. One lap
later Wane Watson hit the front stretch retaining wall and Merle Burlingham spun
for the third caution. Becker was still leading with Brown second, early leader
Knight third and Matt Thomas in fourth. Ron Watson and Jim Conner tangled on the
restart for caution four and there were still two laps to complete. Becker led
the next lap with Knight on the outside trying to make the pass. Knight ran out
of racetrack as Becker won and Chip Davis slipped by Knight for second.
Jason Smith led the first two laps of the Four-Cylinder event slipping to fourth on lap three as Andy Warzynak took the led. Larry Bouman passed Warzynak on the next lap and began to pull away from the field. Warzynak spun on the final lap bringing out the only caution of the event. Bouman beat Steve Forstein to the checkers and Dale Wise finished third.
Gary Eicher quickly assumed the lead of the Outlaw Cadet feature with Dewey Kinnear in second and Jeff Campbell third. Vern Plymire, Rick Loomis and George Cole tangled on lap five for the first caution of the event allowing the field to catch up to the highflying Eicher. Kinnear and Campbell bumped on the restart and when the action stopped Brian Zimmerly was spun in turn one. Eicher was in lap traffic on lap ten with a straight away lead over Kinnear. Shane Jones brought out the caution on lap twelve by spinning to a stop in turn three. Dave Tolan moved into third on the restart. Zimmerly spun on the final lap for last caution of the race. Eicher won his sixth of the season with Kinnear second and Tolan third.
Rod Maloy and Dave Hess Jr. were on the front row of the Super Late
Model feature and the two raced side by side for the first two laps until Hess
got the advantage for the lead. Rich Gardner was third with Chris Hackett fourth
and Randy Lobb fifth. Mark Ashccraft had problems on lap six and the first
yellow flew. Hess had just reached the tail of the field when the yellow came
out. After the restart Hess clicked off the laps gaining more and more each lap
as Maloy and Gardner battled for second. Andy Kania passed Al Crocker for sixth
on lap nine and Randy Lobb drove under Hackett on lap twelve resulting in a spin
by Hackett for the second caution of the event. Kania was aligned in fourth on
the restart with Hess on the point followed by Maloy and Gardner, Hackett went
to the rear of the field. Bump Hedman took a wild ride through the infield but
did not draw a caution as he rejoined at the tail end of the field. Ashcraft,
Dave Shagla and Kelly Frederes tangled on lap thirteen for caution number three.
Jeff Bucella spun to avoid hitting another car on the restart for caution four.
Randy Lobb had problems on lap seventeen and was pushed from the speedway for
caution five. Hackett, Ashcraft, Mark Gilbert and Jason Morrell brought out
caution six just as Hess was getting the five to go signal from Spanky Hall.
Kania was now fourth with Doug Eck fifth and Steve Halpainy sixth. Kania moved
by Gardner on the final lap and challenged Maloy for second but ran out of race
and Hess won his sixth feature.
Jim Lafferty and Randy Parmenter tangled at the start of the
Budweiser Super Sportsman event. Gary Foster led the first three laps until a
spinning John Robinson caused the second caution. Foster took the point on the
restart with Parmenter second and Don McGuire third. Kelly Frederes spun on lap
seven for the third yellow. Robinson spun again on lap nine as Foster continued
to hold off Parmenter and McGuire. Parmenter squeezed by Foster on lap ten for
the lead and finally the win. Foster finished second and Don McGuire third.
Bill Thomas, Dan MacDonald and Stu Rickart were the top three in the
early laps of the E-Mod event. Parmenter lost the handle on lap nine forcing the
caution and giving Dave Hess Jr. the fourth spot. Mike Hess moved by Dave Hess
on the restart then got under Ruhlman to challenge for third as Thomas extended
his lead. Jeff Wick, Chuck Steinle and Chris Peterson spun on lap fourteen for
only the second caution of the event. Thomas completed the final two laps to
lead them all and win his first feature of the season. MacDonald finished second
and Stu Rickart third.
Dave Lyon moved from his second row starting spot to second on the
start of the Limited Late Model event as Tom Hagberg took the lead. Lyon did not
stay in second for long as he moved by Hagberg on lap four and began to build a
lead. Lyon led by ten car lengths at the halfway point. A lap twelve spin by Tom
Schnars and Ed Simmer brought out the yellow for the first time.
Lyon remained the leader on the restart with Hagberg second and Paul
Briggs third. Pat McGuire moved by Briggs for third on la thirteen as Hagberg
chased Lyon. Lyon retained control through the remaining laps to put the
Cressley racecar in the winners circle.
Feature 1: Steve Hulings, Rush Firestone, Mike Boyd, Rick Sperry, John Swabik, Bill Baker Jr., Quincy Turner, Brian Crandall, Matt Lazowski, Mark Thompson
Feature 2: Rich Becker, Chip Davis, Mike Knight, Barrett Brown, Matt Thomas, Brian Guzowski, Gary Davis, Eric Kimmy, Fred McClanahan, Merle Burlingham
Feature: Larry Bouman, Steve Forstein, Dale Wise, Jim Tolan, Larry Taylor, Ken Wanzer, Bethany Pease, Bruce Deimer, Tom Liberatore, Rachel Price
Feature: Gary Eicher, Dewey Kinnear, Dave Tolan, Joe Harvey, Jeff Campbell, Louis DeDionisio, Herm Hilyer, Nathan Short, Terry Daniels, Chris Blose
Feature: Bill Thomas, Dan MacDonald, Stu Rickart, Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson, Bill Taylor, Randy Parmenter, Brian Snow, Chris Peterson
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Feature: Randy Parmenter, Gary Foster, Don McGuire, Scott Bayle, Pat McGuire, Dave Cummings, Don Stanley, Bob VanArsdale, Robert Nocero, Hank Francis
Limited Late Models:
Feature: Dave Lyon, Tom Hagberg, Pat McGuire, Paul Briggs, Bob Rohrer, Bob Vogt, Chris Sutton, Steve Moynihan, Ton Schnars, Mike Moore
Super Late Models:
Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Rod Maloy, Andy Kania, Rich Gardner, Doug Eck, Steve Halpainy, Al Crocker, Bump Hedman, Jeff Bucella, John Lacki, Chris Hackett, Andy Boozel, Dave Shagla, Jason Morel, Jeff Tregler, Dusty Franklin, Mark Gilbert, Randy Lobb, Mark Ashcraft, Kelly Frederes
of Eriez Challenge:
Spectator: Mike Boyd, Rush Firestone
Barrett Brown, Matt Thomas
4-Cylinder: Tom Liberatore, J.R. Cross
Larry Bouman, Steve Forstein
Outlaw Cadet: Louie DeDionisio, John Pencille
Gary Eicher, Herm Hilyer
Budweiser Sportsman: Scott Bayle, Pat McGuire
Randy Parmenter, Dave Cummings
E-Mod: Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson
Kevin Decker, Mike Hess
Limited Late Model: Pat McGuire, Mike Moore
Bobby Rohrer, Bob Vogt
Super Late Model: Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr.
Randy Lobb, Rod Maloy
Spectator: Mike Boyd, Barrett Brown
4-Cylinder: Tom Liberatore, Larry Bouman
Outlaw Cadet: Gary Eicher, Louie DeDionisio
Budweiser Sportsman: Randy Parmenter, Scott Bayle
E-Mod: Kevin Decker, Dave Hess Jr.
Limited Late Model: Pat McGuire, Bobby Rohrer
Super Late Model: Rich Gardner, Randy Lobb
Mike Boyd (Spectator), Gary Eicher (Outlaw Cadet)
Randy Parmenter (Budweiser Sportsman), Tom Liberatore (4-Cylinder)
Rich Gardner (Super Late Model), Pat McGuire( Limited Late Model)
Kevin Decker (E-Mod), Randy Parmenter (Budweiser Sportsman)
Mike Boyd (Spectator), Rich Gardner (Super Late Model)
Final: Kevin Decker (E-Mod), Mike Boyd (Spectator)