Scott Gurdak Wins Valvoline Limited Late Championship Event
and Chris Hackett is Super Late Winner
at Eriez Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Hammet, Pa.: Valvoline Oil sponsored Sunday’s events at Eriez Speedway including the Limited Late Model Championship event. Scott Gurdak driving Andy Sweetlands car won the Championship event as he led for green to checkers with rookie John Pencille in the second spot. Chris Hackett raced through heavy traffic to win the Super Late Event while Al Crocker survived and incident in an early restart to finish second. Greg Johnson won the Outlaw Cadet gaining his first Eriez win of the season. Pete Volpe held off a challenge by Randy Parmenter to win his first Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Dave Hess Jr. passed Dale Applebee with three lap remaining in the E-Mod feature to get his third E-Mod win of the season.  Rush Firestone nursed a smoking car to win the first Spectator feature. Tommy Fox continued to dominate with his third feature win of the season in the second Spectator event. Dan Osborne won his second feature of the season in the Four Cylinder class.


            Scott Gurdak in Andy Sweetlands number five and Mike Coyle were on the front row of the 25-lap Limited Late Model Championship event. Coyle slid to fourth at the start with Gurdak and John Pencille out front. Ed Simmer spun and the yellow came out before the second lap could be completed. Gurdak controlled the restart followed by Pencille, Tom Schnars and Les Lyon. Bobby Rohrer took fourth from Lyon on lap five as Gurdak moved out to a ten car length advantage over Pencille. Ed Simmer stopped up against the fence to bring out the caution with nine laps complete. Gurdak led after the restart and Rohrer advanced to third followed by Mike Moore as Schnars slipped to fifth. Bob Vogt passed Schnars on lap thirteen. Mike Moore was third on lap fifteen putting Rohrer in fourth. Dan Shellhouse spun on lap sixteen allowing the field to catch Gurdak. McGuire passed Schnars and Vogt to gain the fifth spot on the restart. McGuire gained another spot on lap twenty relegating Rohrer to fifth. McGuire challenged Moore for third on the last lap but could not make the pass as Gurdak led from green to checkers to win the event.


            Twenty-seven Super Late Models reported to the speedway for their main event with Chris Hackett and Al Crocker on the front row. Hackett was out front by three car lengths at the end of the second lap when Dave Hess Jr stopped sitting sideways between turns one and two for the first caution. Hackett was first followed by Crocker, Wally Fox, Rich Gardner, George LaBarbera and Rod Maloy. Crocker got sideways on the restart collecting John Lobb, Rod Maloy and Chad Valone. Maloy ended up under Crocker both sideways on the track. Crocker was able to continue but Maloy, Valone and Lobb all went to the pits. Rich Gardner went into the pits during the caution reporting to the end of the field for the restart. A incident on the restart send Moose Dunnewold to the pits with a flat. The next restart failed when Bump Hedman stalled on the backstretch. Hackett led after the restart followed by Crocker, Fox and Jay Watson. Gardner retired on lap nine as the field was now strung out completely around the speedway and the leaders were in heavy lap traffic. Hackett and Crocker had a straightaway advantage over Watson in third and Fox in fourth. The leaders remained the same with five to go as Hackett managed to keep several lap cars between himself and Crocker. Hackett won in a brilliant run though heavy traffic, Crocker was second with Jay Watson in the third spot. 


            Shawn McArdle led through turn tow on lap one of the E-Mod feature but Dale Applebee was the first across the line. Tom Anderson stopped in turn four as lap two started bringing out the yellow. Applebee was first then McArdle, Kevin Decker, Bill Thomas, Mike Hess and last weeks winner Justin Carlson. The restart was marred by Stu Rickard who spun on the back stretch. Applebee maintained the lead as Decker was second and Mike Hess had moved to third on the restart.  Dave Hess Jr. was fifth one lap latter as Rickard had trouble again on lap five. Both Mike and Dave Hess gained spots on the restart as they moved into second and third behind Applebee. Decker was fourth with Thomas fifth. Decker spun on lap eight bringing out the yellow just past the half way point, Thomas took over fourth with Carlson fifth. Dave Hess passed Mike Hess on the restart then moved under the leader. Dave Hess and Applebee raced side by side for one lap before Dave Hess took the lead on lap eleven. Carlson faded in the late laps as Mike Boyd moved into the fifth spot. Dave Hess was not challenged after getting by Applebee to win his third event in the E-Mod class. Mike Hess was third.


            Pete Volpe and Dave Cummings Jr. were on the front row of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event but Cummings quickly faded and Volpe took the point followed by Bob Van Arsdale. Randy Parmenter became a facto by lap seven catching then challenging Volpe. Don and Pat McGuire were shown third and fourth as the two lap signal was given. Volpe held on for the win as Parmenter struggled just enough in turn two to allow Volpe to maintain his lead. Don and Pat McGuire were third and fourth.


            Merle Burlingham led the first lap of the first Spectator feature event with a smoking Rush Firestone second. Jeremy English spun on lap three bringing out the first yellow. Firestone beat Burlingham to turn one on the restart and began to pull away from the field. Ron Watson was third with Justin Krieder fourth. Brian Graham lost a right rear wheel on lap four for the second caution. Firestone led the remaining laps winning his first feature of the season with Burlingham second followed by Krieder and Brian Crandall.


            Josh Lucas followed by Barrett Brown and Tommy Fox were the leaders after one lap of the second Spectator event. Lucas had troubles on lap two and left the event on lap four as Brown took control with Fox second and Mark Ramsey third. Mark Thompson stopped in turn four on lap six for the first yellow. Jason Heslop spun on the restart for caution number two Fox passed for the lead at the drop of the green and quickly had a ten car length lead. Jason Stetson spun in two for caution number four. Steve Keith had trouble on the restart and the fifth yellow was shown. Brown got loose on the restart losing several positions and Fox led with Ramsey second followed by Dennis Lunger.


            Dan Osborne led the Four Cylinder event from green to checkers. Larry Boumans trailed Osborne the entire event and could not make the pass. Osborne notched his second win and J.R. Cross finished third.


            Brian Zimmerly and Matt Lamphere were on the front row of the Outlaw Cadet feature. The first start failed as did start number two as the Spanky Hall did not like the first one and the stalled car of Alex Feisler stopped the second one. Zimmerly went high on the third start allowing Lamphere into first followed by Nathan Short into second. The yellow came out on lap two for Rich Becker leaking fluid on the speedway. Greg Johnson was the big winner on the restart moving to the second spot but the race was quickly slowed again for Cliff Lamphere spun in turn four. Terry Daniels was in the top four on lap four then the leader spun on lap five losing several positions and leaving the top spot to Johnson followed by Daniels and Zimmerly. Ron Seeley and Louie DeDionisio had moved into the top five as the laps wore down but no one could catch Johnson. DeDionisio spun on the final lap losing his fifth place spot. Daniels finished second with Seeley third.




      Heat 1: Fred McClanahan, Brian Graham, Wayne Watson

      Heat 2: Joe Heslop, Barrett Brown, J.R. Brown

      Heat 3: Tommy Fox, Dennis Lunger, Steve Keith

      Feature 1: Rush Firestone, Merle Burlingham, Jason Krieder, Dale MacDonald, Wayne Watson, Walt Johnson, Ron Fish, Ron Watson, Rodney Thoms, Brian Crandall

      Feature 2:  Tommy Fox, Mark Ramsey, Dennis Lunger, J.R. Brown, Mike Harmon, Steve Keith, Tony Lyngarkos, Jason Stetson


   4-Cylinder Sportsmen

      Heat 1: Larry Boumans, Dan Osborne, J.R. Cross

      Feature: Dan Osborne, Larry Boumans, J.R. Cross, Tom Bean, Dale Wise, Rich Hamblin, Wendell Pinckney, Ken Wanzer, Bob Harrison, Boyd Hess, Betty Pease, Tom Liberatore, Brian Duryee


  Outlaw Cadets

      Heat 1: Dustin Eckman, Greg Johnson, Brian Zimmerly

      Heat 2: Ron Seeley, Dave Tolon, Phil Knight

      Feature 1: Greg Johnson, Terry Daniels, Ron Seeley, Brian Zimmerly, Dewey Kinnear, Pete Alspaugh, George Cole, Dave Tolon, Bill Dunn, John Boardman



     Heat 1: Chris Peterson, Tom Anderson, Tim Rater

      Heat 2: Dale Applebee, Dave Hess, Bill Thomas

      Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Dale Applebee, Mike Hess, Matt Thomas, Mike Boyd, Tim Rater, Chad Ruhlman, Justin Carlson, Boyd Hess, James Irwin


   Budweiser Super Sportsmen:

      Heat 1: Randy Parmenter, Don McGuire, Pat McGuire

      Heat 2: Pete Volpe, Gary Foster, Brent Crandall

      Feature: Pete Volpe, Randy Parmenter, Don McGuire, Pat McGuire Bob Van Arsdale, Bobby Rohrer, Aaron Robinson, Hank Francis, Mike Murray, Brent Crandall


   Limited Late Models:

      Heat 1: Mike Coyle, Scott Gurdak, Tom Schnars

      Heat 2: Andy Knight, Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire

      Feature: Scott Gurdak, John Pencille, Mike Moore, Pat McGuire, Bobby Rohrer, Bob Vogt, Tom Schnars, Mike Coyle, Tom Hagberg, Brian Fardink, Steve Moynihan, Dan Shellhouse, Les Lyons, Andy Knight, Joe Weber, Ed Simmer 


   American Racer Dash: Chris Hackett, Al Crocker, George LaBarbera


   Super Late Models:

      Heat 1: Chris Hackett, Wally Fox, John Lobb, Jason Morell, Ward Schell

      Heat 2: Al Crocker, Rod Maloy, Chad Valone, David Scott, John Lacki

      Heat 3: George LaBarbera, Rich Gardner, Jay Watson, Steve Halpainy, Scott Gurdak

      Feature: Chris Hackett, Al Crocker, Jay Watson, Scott Gurdak, Wally Fox, George LaBarbera, Dave Hess Jr., Doug Eck, Dave Scott, Steve Halpainy, John Lacki, Randy Lobb, Luke Hoffner, Bump Hedman, Ward Schell, Merle Terry, Dan Maxim, Dusty Franklin, Chris Blose, Andy Boozel, Dave Shagla, Jason Morell, Moose Dunnewold, Rich Gardner, Wendell Pinckney, Rod Maloy, John Lobb, Chad Valone