Blue skies and warm weather greeted race fans on Pepsi Autograph Night at
Eriez Speedway and over one hundred and forty nine racecars were on hand.
Fourteen Bicycles were given away and most of the fans joined with the racers in
an autograph session after the Budweiser Super Sportsman heat events. Randy
Parmenter won the Corry Chrysler Super Sportsman Championship race. Chris
Hackett won the Super Late Model event after swapping the lead with Scott Gurdak
several times. Mike Knight won his first feature in the Outlaw Cadet class. Josh
Lucas lead every lap of the first Spectator feature for his first win of the
season. Mark Ramsey was also a first time winner in the second Spectator event.
Larry Boumans won the Four Cylinder feature. Dave Hess Jr. made it five wins in
seven attempts in the E-Mod division. Paul Briggs led every lap winning the
Limited Late feature.
Scott Gurdak and Chris Hackett led the Super Late Models to the green
flag. Hackett won the dash to turn one with Gurdak dropping into second. Dave
Hess Jr. was in the third spot followed by Rich Gardner and Ward Schell. Dan
Tercho spun on lap four causing the first yellow of the event. Hackett retained
the lead on the restart but a spin by Merle Terry collected Moose Dunnewold,
Chris Blose and John Lobb. Hackett got a little out of shape on the restart and
Gurdak moved into the lead. Gardner was third followed by Hess. Dusty Franklin
spun on lap eight for the third yellow of the event. Gurdak a s Hackett raced
side by side for the next two laps then the yellow flew for debris on the
speedway. Schell got into trouble on the restart coming to rest facing the wrong
way on the front stretch losing his fifth spot and the yellow appeared for the
fifth time. Doug Eck was fifth with Lyon sixth. Gurdak was the one in front on
this restart but not for long as Hackett came back to challenge and was
alongside when Tercho once again make contact with the front stretch concrete
for the sixth caution. Gurdak won the restart an led the next two laps with
Hackett trailing then Hackett slipped up the speedway in turn two giving Gardner
the opening he was waiting for and the second spot. Three laps latter Hackett
was on the outside rear quarter panel of Gardner going into turn one and the two
cars made contact sending Gardner spinning into the marbles of turn one. Gardner
was sent to the rear for causing the caution and the race was realigned with
Gurdak out front followed by Hackett, Hess, Lyon and John Lacki. Hackett passed
Gurdak on the outside after the restart and Dave Lyon spun into the infield but
the green stayed out. Hackett was not challenged again winning by five car
lengths over Gurdak. Hess was third followed by Merle Terry, John Lacki and John
Harvey was out front by ten car lengths on lap one of the E-Mod event. A lap two
spin by Mike Boyd collected Bill Taylor, and Shawn McArdle. Dave Will was second
with Justine Carlson third and Al Cressley fourth. Dave Will took the lead on
the restart passing Harvey going into turn three then lost the handle in turn
two for the second caution. Carlson had passed Harvey just before the yellow and
was shown as the leader on the restart. Harvey was aligned second followed by Al
Cressley and Bill Thomas. The restart was marred by an accident involving Tim
Churchill and Chad Silleman. It was Carlson and Al Cressley on the restart but
Kevin Deckerís motor went up in smoke in turn three bringing out the caution.
Carlson got away clean on the restart followed by Cressley, Thomas and Hess.
Hess beat Thomas into three on lap six for the third spot and started pressing
Cressley for second as Carlson ran off from the field. Brad Pease and Stu
Rickart spun on lap eight slowing the race once again. Hess got under then by
Cressley on the restart then Chad Ruhlman passed Cressley high. Dave Surrena and
early leader Harvey tangled with twelve completed. Hess was pressing Carlson on
the restart ant the two were door handle to door handle on the white flag lap
with Hess edging out Carlson for the win.
Briggs, Ed Simmer and Andy Knight were the first across the line on lap one of
the Limited Late feature. Simmer slowed on lap five then entered the pits giving
Knight second and Mike Coyle third. Gary Eicher was fourth and Tom Schnars
fifth. Dan Shellhouse and John Pencille brought out the yellow with eight laps
complete. Tom Hagberg moved into the top five on the restart moving Schnars back
to sixth. Briggs had a ten-car length advantage with five laps remaining.
Hagberg moved by Eicher for fourth with two to go then got a flat with one to go
losing several spots on the final lap. Briggs handily won the event followed by
Knight, Coyle and Eicher.
Wilbur and Ken Seymore brought out the first spectator feature but shortly after
the green fell a spin by Fred McClanahan brought out the yellow.
Josh Lucas was the leader at
the line on lap one with Wilbur second and Tony Lyngarkos third. Lyngarkos
nearly spun on lap three allowing Justin Krieder into the third spot. Ron Watson
grabbed third two laps latter. Krieder was involved in a spin with Jim Wyant for
the second caution with six laps complete. Watson made contact with Wilbur on
the restart sending Wilbur spinning into the infield and head flagman Spanky
Hall sent Watson to the pits. Lucas led after the restart and never looked back
while Fred McClanahan recovered from a first lap spin to take second and Lee
Ryder was third.
Heslop and Jason Stetson were on the front row of the second Spectator event
with Mark Thompson and Dan McGarvie in row two. Stetson jumped into the lead.
McGarvie was banged around on lap one then forced to retire. The yellow appeared
after three when a spin by J.R. Brown slowed the race. Dennis Lunger stopped
during the yellow and was towed into the pits. The green was short lived again
as Nate Lester spun in turn one. Mark Ramsey beat Stetson to turn one on the
restart followed closely by Tommy Fox relegating Stetson to third. Steve Keith
lost a wheel in turn two and rolled over several times, the car came to rest on
the passenger side. Keith was helped from the car and though shook up reported
that he was okay. Ramsey and Fox were now in control with Stetson third and Paul
Norman fourth. Ramsey remained the
leader after the restart as he and Fox pulled away from the rest of the field.
Fox could not muster a challenge as Ramsey won the event by three car lengths
with Paul Norman third.
Wanzer lead lap one but slowed on lap two and Tom Bean became the leader of the
Four Cylinder feature. Past Champ Larry Boumans grabbed the lead from Bean on
lap five then two laps latter Bean lost the spot to J. R. Cross. Cross went high
on lap eight allowing Bean by. The white was shown by Spanky Hall and Cross
regained the second spot. Boumans one with Cross second and Bean survived a last
lap challenge by Dan Osborne for third.
first attempt at starting the Outlaw Cadet feature was declared a no start by
Spanky Hall forcing Matt Lamphere and Alex Fiesler to bring the field around for
the second time. Lamphere was the leader after one complete with Mike Knight
second and Feisler third. Greg Johnson brought out the yellow on lap three.
Knight made the inside move around Lamphere in turn two on lap five leading for
the first time. Lamphere slowed tow laps later retiring from the event allowing
Feisler second followed by Dave Tolon. A spin by John Boardman and Pete Alspaugh
on lap seven brought out the yellow. Dewey Kinnear and Cliff Lamphere brought
out the yellow one later. Knight build a lead of several car lengths over the
next few laps then lost the advantage when Louis DeDionisio spun in turn three
on lap twelve. Tolon could not catch Knight who won the event and his first
feature win, Feisler held off Ron Seeley for third.
Feature 1: Josh Lucas, Fred McClanahan, Lee Rider, Brain Graham, Walt Johnson, Dale McDonald, Danielle Wilbur, Wayne Watson, Ray Houser, Jeremy English
Feature 2: Mark Ramsey, Tommy Fox, Paul Norman, Jason Stetson, Nate Lester, Wade Mohawk, Bob Krieger, Rick Sperry, Rush Firestone, Mark Thompson
Feature: Larry Boumans, J.R. Cross, Tom Bean, Dan Osborne, Ken Wanzer, Rich Hamblin, Stan Davis, Boyd Hess, Larry Taylor, 22
Feature: Mike Knight, Dave Tolon, Alex Feisler, Ron Seeley, Pete Alspaugh, Greg Johnson, George Cole, Nathan Short, John Boardman, Dustin Eckman
Heat 2: Dave Hess Jr., Kevin Decker, Mike Boyd
Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson, Chad Ruhlman, Bill Thomas, Al Cresley, Mike Hess, Bill Taylor, James Irwin, Mike Boyd, Shawn McArdle
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Feature: Randy Parmenter, Pete Volpe, Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire, Mike Murray, J.R. Nocero, Brian Collins, Boa Van Arsdale, Hank Francis, Mike Corrigan.
Limited Late Models:
Feature: Paul Briggs, Andy Knight, Mike Coyle, Gary Eicher, Tom Schnars, Scott Gurdak, Bob Vogt, Mike Moore, Tom Hagberg, Pat McGuire
Super Late Models:
Feature: Chris Hackett, Scott Gurdak, Dave Hess Jr., Merle Terry, John Lacki, John Lobb, Doug Eck, Al Crocker, Rod Maloy, Andy Boozel, Wendell Pinckney, Chris Blose, Ward Schell, George LaBarbera, Rich Gardner, Chevy Scott, Dave Shagla, Dusty Franklin, Dave Lyon, Andy Kania, Dan Tercho, Moose Dunnewold, Jason Morell