Pa: A beautiful Sunday afternoon
greeted racers and fans at Eriez Speedway. Conway O’Malley Goodyear sponsored
the evenings events highlighted by the final race of the Tri-State Super Late
Model Series. Scott Gurdak led them all to win the ULMS Tri-State Championship
event with Renegade Champion Chub Frank moving from eleventh to push the leader
across the line. Dick Barton was sent to the rear of the field on lap one and
finished seventh to win the point Championship for the series and $3,000. Tim
Churchill won the first Spectator event and Rick Thompson the second. Jeff
Campbell led green to checkers winning his second Outlaw Cadet feature of the
season. Dan Osborne passed Dale Wise with two laps to go to win his fifth Four
Cylinder feature. Bill Thomas held off Dave Hess Jr. to win his first E-Mod
feature of the year. Don Standley won his first Budweiser Super Sportsman
feature of the season. Joe Weber notched his second win in the Limited Late
Twenty-seven Super Late Models reported to the Speedway for the final
Tri-State Championship event of the season. Ed Carley was a no-show for the
race. Scott Gurdak and Doug Eck were on the front row followed by Kirk Bradley
and Dave Hess Jr. The green flew but Brian Ruhlman had stopped in turn four and
as the yellow flew several cars tangled in turn two including Dick Barton, Andy
Boozel, Merle Terry, George LaBarbera and Steve Halpainy. The race was realigned
with all those involved in the yellow sent to the rear of the field. Halpainy
left on the hook. Hess move up two spots to fall in behind Gurdak on the
restart. One lap latter Eck got sideways coming out of four and the entire field
managed to get by with out and incident, only Bruce Hordusky was left sitting
having spun to avoid a collision. Two laps were now complete with Gurdak out
front followed by Hess, Rich Gardner, Doug Eck, Scott Johnson, Andy Kania, Rod
Maloy and Chris Hackett, Chub Frank was in the tenth spot. One more lap was
completed when Eck was again involved in a spin in four. Rookie Paul Briggs had
also spun to a stop. Eck needed a push to get restarted then fell in at the rear
of the field. Frank moved into the seventh spot on the restart then put Kania
behind him one lap latter. Rod Maloy spun on lap seven collecting Wally Fox.
Maloy checked into the pits then returned to the end of the pack with Fox.
Barton had managed to gain the eleventh spot for this restart after going to the
rear on the initial yellow of the event. The top ten were Gurdak, Hess, Johnson,
Gardner, Hackett, Frank, Kania, Bump Hedman, Dave Scott and Bill Cunningham.
Bruce Hordusky ruined the next restart pulling into the infield with a
flat. Johnson beat Hess into one for the second spot on the restart and Frank
moved to the outside to try and get around Gardner. Franks outside move did not
work so he moved to the inside taking the spot from Gardner on lap ten. Frank
then attacked Hackett and made the pass on lap twelve for the fourth spot. Hess
was now squarely in Franks sights as Spanky Hall showed half way. Gurdak was in
lap traffic as Frank moved arount Hess on lap sixteen. Maloy retired on lap
eighteen. Franks march to the front continued passing Johnson on lap twenty and
Hess retired to the infield. Gurdak had ah a ten car length lead owiht seven to
go. Frank caught Gurdak in traffic on lap twenty seven and trailed Gurdak for
the next three laps looking for an opening that never occurred. Gurdak finished
three quarters of a car length ahead of Frank for the win. Dick Barton finished
seventh to win the points race for the Tri-State series.
Burger and Ron Watson were the early leaders of the first Spectator Feature. Lee
Rider had trouble just before the halfway mark bringing out the caution flag.
Scott Perrin was in the third spot for the restart with Danielle Weber in
fourth. Weber lost the handle on the slippery track spinning up against a track
tire between turns one and two. The restart was marred with two incidents
collecting several cars including Ken Seymore, Wilbur, Perrin and Monty
Seekings. Ray Churchill had acquired the lead just prior to the yellow with Tony
Lyngarkos in the second spot. Churchill led the final five to win on his second
appearance of the season.
Dickerson brought the second Spectator feature to the speedway but an incident
in turn one involving Brian Swift, Merle Burlingham, Dana Wellington and J. R.
Brown brought out the yellow before a lap was completed. The second attempt to
start was successful with Dickerson on the point followed by Tommy Fox and
Dennis Lunger. Lunger had trouble in lap tow losing several spots as Fox passed
Dickerson for the lead. Fox stumbled allowing Dickerson back around. Bill Van
Volkenburg also got by Fox for the second spot. J. R. Brown brought out the
yellow on lap seven and point leader Fox retired from the event. Steve Keith and
Rick Thompson moved up behind Dickerson on the restart. The yellow flew again on
lap nine for Brown. Dickerson slid up the track in turn one allowing several
cars by led by Rick Thompson and Steve Keith. Thompson led the final lap for his
first win of the season. Keith was second with Dana Wellington third.
Campbell led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature with John Boardman and
Jim Moon in second and third. The yellow was thrown when an ambulance call
occurred in the pits. The restart saw Moon move into the second spot then the
yellow flew for Bill Dunn who had spun in turn four. Moon did not repeat the
move on the next restart but the yellow flew for Brian Zimmerly stopped in turn
three. George Cole got sideways coming out of turn four on the restart stacking
up several cars including Pete Alspaugh who made heavy contact with the turn
four wall. The restart was waived off by Spanky Hall but the next was okay but
after one more lap the caution flew for Boardman who had spun in turn three.
Campbell was still the leader with points leader Ron Seeley in the second spot,
Louis DeDionisio third and Cole fourth. Campbell hugged the bottom as Seeley
tried to find a way around. Mike Knight moved into the top five with four
remaining. Campbell held on to win with Seeley in the second spot and DeDionisio
Wanzer and Tom Liberatore make contact o the initial start of the Four Cylinder
feature sending Wanzer into the turn two fence in shower of sparks. Dale Wise
led the first green flag lap with Tom Bean second and Dan Osborne third. Wise
had a ten car length lead at the half way point and Osborne got by Bean for the
runners up spot. Wise lost his big lead on lap nine when a spin by Bob Harrison
brought out the yellow. Osborne won the drag race to turn one to lead the white
flag lap and Liberatore and Bean hooked allowing J. R. Cross into the third
spot. Osborne went on to win his fifth feature with early leader Wise in the
E-Mods reported to the speedway for their feature evnt with Joe Harvey on the
pole. Harvey pulled into the infield at the initial start and Tom Anderson spun
also but the green stayed out. James Irwin led the first four followed by Bill
Thomas and Dave Hess Jr. when a spin brought out the yellow. Both Thomas and
Hess got by Irwin on the restart and just one more lap was completed when Shawn
McArdle, Bill Taylor and Dave Surrena were involved in an accident on the front
stretch. Taylor was able to continue but McArdle and Surrena reported to the
pits. Thomas and Hess jumped away from the field on the restart with Thomas out
in front by a car length. Kevin Decker was third with Justin Carlson fourth.
Hess was on the bumper of Thomas with two to go. Thomas did not give Hess an
opportunity to get by on the last lap winning his first of the season.
Corrigan led the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event with Pete
Volpe second and Hank Francis third. Brian Crandall spun with four laps
complete. Corrigan faded on the restart and Don Standley moved up to the front.
Standley held off Volpe for the win with Don McGuire in the third spot.
Sweetland and Scott Cooney were on the front row of the Limited Late main event
and Cooney immediately got into trouble on the start getting sideways coming out
of turn two collecting several cars including Sweetland and leaving Andy Knight
stranded on the speedway. Joe Weber moved up to assume the point with John
Pencile in the second spot. The next start was successful and Weber retained the
lead followed by Pencile, Pat McGuire, Mike Coyle and Bobby Rohrer. The yellow
appeared again on lap five for Gary Eicher and Tom Schnars in turn two.
Sweetland pulled into the pits during the caution.
Ed Simmer and Mike Moore tangled on the restart sending them both into
the infield on turn one. Moore was able to restart but Simmer required a hook.
Weber mastered the restart with Pencile and McGuire in tow. Scott Gurdak moved
into the top five at the half way mark sending Rohrer back to the sixth spot.
The top five remained the same with five to go as Gurdak worked over the rear
bumper of Coyle for the fourth spot. Gurdak
took the spot with two to go were his run to the front stopped as Weber won the
event followed by Pencile and McGuire.
Feature 1: Ray Churchill, Tony Lyngarkos, Brian Graham, Ken Lamp, Walt Johnson, Scott Perrin, Ron Watson, Bob Kinne, George Thomas, Monty Seekings Jr.
Feature 2: Rick Thompson, Steve Keith, Dana Wellington, Mike Zemcik, Clarence Dickerson, Bill Van Volkenburg, Brian Crandall, Tommy Fox, Paul Norman, Justin Krieder
Feature: Dan Osborne, Dale Wise, J. R. Cross, Boyd Hess, Tom Liberatore, Scott Friend, Stan Davis Jr., Tom Bean, Bob Harrison, Ken Wanzer
Feature: Jeff Campbell, Ron Seeley, Louie DeDionisio, George Cole, Mike Knight, Rich Becker, Terry Daniels, Dustin Eckman, Tom Norland, Dewey Kinnear
Feature: Bill Thomas, Dave Hess Jr., Kevin Decker, Justin Carlson, Brad Pease, Tim Rater, Bill Taylor, Mike Boyd, Jason Illig, Chris Peterson
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Feature: Don Standley, Pete Volpe, Don McGuire, Pat McGuire, Chad Carlson, Hank Francis, Bob Rohrer, Gary Foster, Mike Corrigan, Brent Crandall
Limited Late Models:
Feature: Joe Weber, John Pencile, Pat McGuire, Scott Gurdak, Mike Coyle, Bob Rohrer, Gary Eicher, Tom Schnars, Andy Sweetland, Mike Moore
ULMS Super Late
Feature: Scott Gurdak, Chub Frank, Scott Johnson, Chris Hackett, Bump Hedman, Rich Gardner, Dick Barton, Andy Kania, Dave Scott, Brian Ruhlman, Bill Cunningham, Al Crocker, Merle Terry, Jason Morel, George LaBarbera, John Lacki, Dave Shagla, Doug Eck, Wally Fox, Andy Boozel, Paul Briggs, Dave Hess Jr., Rod Maloy, Wendell Pinckney, Bruce Hordusky, Steve Halpainy