July 20th,2003 - Mike Knight Wins Sysco Food Outlaw Cadet Championship and
John Lacki Wins Super Late Model Feature
at Eriez Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

            Sysco Foods sponsored the Outlaw Cadet Championship event at Eriez Speedway. Mike Knight controlled the Outlaw Cadet race from green to checkers to notch the championship race win. John Lacki ran his strongest race of the season taking the lead from Dave Scott then putting half the field a lap down to win his first feature event in the Super Late Model division this season.  Bob Vogt Jr. won his first Eriez Speedway feature event in the Spectator division and his father Bob Vogt Sr. won his second feature of the year in Limited Late Model feature. Dan Osborne won his fourth in the Four Cylinder class. Aaron Robinson led from lap three to win his first Spectator feature of the season. Dale Applebee held off Bill Thomas to win his first feature of the season in the E-Mod division.  

            Mike Knight, Dave Tolon, Vern Sheldon and Dewey Kinnear led twenty-file Outlaw Cadets to track for their Championship event. Knight was the leader after one with Tolon following then Kinnear third. Kinnear nearly spun on lap three but recovered to remain in the third spot. Knight caught the rear of the field on lap six as the race-stayed green. Tolon remained a distant second with Kinnear third. Terry Daniels stopped on the front stretch with a steaming racecar and Chuck Parker spun in turn two for the first caution with nine complete. Kinnear pulled into the pits on lap twelve and Robert Cettell slowed on the front stretch for the second caution. Point leader Ron Seeley was now in the third spot and Pete Alspaugh fourth. The restart failed when Scot Lewis spun on the front stretch for the next yellow. Seeley took advantage of the restart to move into the second spot then the caution flew once more for Parker in turn four. Knight had a four-car length lead with five to go over Seeley and Tolon. Knight handily won the event with point leader Seeley in second and Tolon third.  

            Wally Fox was on the pole for the Sysco Food sponsored Super Late Model event. Andy Boozel was second with Dave Scott third and Chris Hackett fourth. Boozel crossed the line first as the yellow flew for Rich Gardner who had spun in turn one. Scott was second with Fox third and John Lacki fourth for the restart. Dave Lyon pulled into the pits on the restart. Scott jumped into the lead followed by Lacki then Fox. Chris Hackett was under Fox on lap four taking the third spot as fox slipped to fifth behind early leader Boozel. Scott Gurdak moved under Fox on lap seven as Lacki moved up under Scott and made the pass coming out of turn four on lap eight to command the race. After ten Lacki had a fifteen-car length lead over Scott with Hackett three car lengths behind. Lacki caught the rear of the field as Spanky Hall showed the halfway signal. Hackett tried using lap traffic to get by Scott then had troubles on lap seventeen pulling into the infield moving Gurdak into the third spot. Lacki continued putting cars a lap down as Gurdak tried Scott for the second spot. Gurdak finally caught Scott taking the second spot as Lacki remained the star of the event putting half the field a lap down to win going away.   

Bob Vogt Jr. took control of the Spectator feature from the drop of Spanky Halls green flag, leading by a straight away by lap four. Vogt had trouble getting by Russell Sheehan on lap four and the yellow flew with Sheehan stopped sitting sideways on the front stretch. Dan McGarvie was second on the restart with Mark Thompson fourth and Steve Keith fifth. Brian Graham and Ken Seymore spun on lap six bringing out the second caution. Steve Keith and Tommy Fox brought out the next caution with Fox ending up stopped on the front stretch with a flat tire. Fox retired to the pits as Vogt and McGarvie brought the field around for the restart. Monty Seekings stopped in the pit entrance for the next yellow before a lap could be completed. Wade Watson was third with Paul Norman fourth on the restart. Vogt once more set the pace with McGarvie and Norman trailing. Jason Stetson spun into the infield for caution number five. Mark Thompson was fourth and Keith was fifth. Keith took fourth from Thompson on the reset then third from Norman one lap later coming up a half a car length short of second at the line. Vogt won his first Spectator feature at Eriez and McGarvie finished in the second spot.

 Larry Boumans pulled in to the infield on lap two of the Four Cylinder event bringing out the yellow as Dan Osborne led followed by Tom Bean and J. R. Cross. Scott Douglas spun into the infield on turn two bringing out the caution with four laps complete. Rich Hamblin and Scott Friend brought out the final yellow of the event on lap seven. Osborne made it win number four with Tom Bean and J.R. Cross in tow.

 Hank Francis was out in front at the completion of lap one of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Aaron Robinson was number two with Randy Parmenter third and Gary Foster fourth. Don McGuire passed Foster for fourth on lap three as Robinson took the lead from Francis. Chad Carlson and Pat McGuire were fifth and sixth by lap seven. Bob Van Arsdale spun on lap eleven for the only caution of the event. Pat McGuire used the restart to pass Carlson for fourth. Hank Francis had trouble coming down for the checkers collecting Don McGuire who recovered for third but Pat McGuire did get by for the second spot. It was Robinsonís first win of the season.

 Justin Carlson was bounced around on lap one of the E-Mod Feature collecting Jim Irwin as Tim Churchill led followed by Tom Anderson and Dave Will. Jason Illig and Dave Hess Jr. had trouble on the restart as a few raindrops appeared on the speedway. Churchill lost the handle in turn four for the next yellow collecting several cars who had to stop to avoid a collision. Anderson was still in the first spot with Mike Hess second and Dale Applebee third. Mike Hess was the leader into one followed by Applebee and Anderson. Illig had troubles on lap four for the fourth yellow. Irwin did not fire on the restart and the yellow quickly followed the green. Applebee wrested the lead from Mike Hess on the restart then Bill Thomas followed putting Mike Hess in third with Mike Boyd fourth and Dave Hess Jr. fifth. Dave Hess took fourth from Boyd on lap eight as Thomas looked for a way under Applebee for the lead. Using the high groove Dave Hess took several laps but finally beat Mike Hess for the third spot. Applebee managed to hold off Thomas as the laps wound down to win his first of the season.

 Pat McGuire grabbed the early lead in the Limited Late Model feature with Ed Simmer second and Bob Vogt Sr. third. Vogt took the second spot from Simmer on lap three. Bobby Rohrer also got by Simmer one lap later as McGuire began to build a lead. Dan Shellhouse spun at the half way mark allowing the field to close with McGuire. Paul Briggs slowed on lap eleven and went into the pits giving his fifth spot to Mike Moore. Vogt moved under McGuire with four laps remaining taking the top spot. McGuire faded to third as the laps wound down. Rohrer could not catch Vogt. Vogt celebrated with his son Bob Vogt Jr. who had won the Spectator event earlier in the night.



      Heat 1:  Chris McDonald, Lee Ryder, Bob Kinne
      Heat 2: Steve Keith, Jason Stetson, Wade Watson

      Feature: Bob Vogt, Dan McGarvie, Steve Keith, Paul Norman, Bill Van Volkenburg, Mark Thompson, Chris McDonald, Tommy Fox, Jeremy English, Wade Watson


   4-Cylinder Sportsmen

      Heat 1: Dan Osborne, Tom Bean, Tom Liberatore

      Feature: Dan Osborne, Tom Bean, J.R. Cross, Bob Harrison, Stan Davis, Scott Douglas, Rich Hamblin, Scott Friend, Bob Craig, Boyd Hess


  Outlaw Cadets

      Heat 1: Mike Knight, Chuck Parker, Bill Dunn

      Heat 2: Louie DeDionisio, Terry Daniels, Rich Becker

      Feature: Mike Knight, Ron Seeley, Dave Tolon, Pete Alspaugh, Dustin Eckman, Louis DeDionisio, George Cole, John Boardman, Vern Sheldon Jr., Jeff Campbell



     Heat 1: Bill Thomas, Dave Hess Jr., Tom Anderson

      Heat 2: Bill Taylor, Dave Will, Dale Applebee

      Feature: Dale Applebee, Bill Thomas, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Hess, Mike Boyd, Brad Pease, Dave Will, Tom Anderson, Shawn McArdle, James Irwin


   Budweiser Super Sportsmen:

      Heat 1: Don Standley, Chad Carlson, Pat McGuire

      Feature: Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire, Don McGuire, Randy Parmenter, Chad Carlson, Pete Volpe, Gary Foster, Bob Rohrer, Don Standley, Brent Crandall


   Limited Late Models:

      Heat 1: Bobby Rohrer, Ed Simmer, Andy Knight

      Feature: Bob Vogt, Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Mike Moore, Scott Gurdak, Ed Simmer, John Pencile, Mike Coyle, Andy Knight, Brian Fardink


   American Racer Dash: Rod Maloy, Scott Gurdak, Wendell Pinckney


   Super Late Models:

      Heat 1: Wally Fox, Chris Hackett, Rod Maloy, Dave Hess Jr., Doug Eck

      Heat 2: Dave Scott, Andy Kania, Wendell Pinckney, Chris Blose, Ward Schell
      Heat 3: Andy Boozel, John Lacki, Scott Gurdak, Rich Gardner, Al Crocker

      Feature: John Lacki, Scott Gurdak, Dave Scott, Andy Boozel, Andy Kania, Doug Eck, Wally Fox, Rich Gardner, Rod Maloy, Al Crocker, Ward Schell, Wendell Pinckney, Jason Morel, Chris Blose, Dave Hess Jr., Chris Hackett, George LaBarbera, Dave Lyon