Coors Original/ Coors Light sponsored the 2003 Season opener at Eriez
Speedway. A special tribute was given to Bill Freiwald
the owner of Glenwood Beers a long time supporter of Eriez Speedway. Bill toured
the speedway with the checkered flag as drivers, pit crews and fans showed their
appreciation. Thirty Super Lates were on hand for the main event and all thirty
started. The “World War III” format was used in the Super Late Event where
Rich Gardner led all the laps and hard charging Dave Hess came from the back to
finish third while Chris Hackett finished second after a fierce battle with Hess
in the closing laps. Tommy Fox won the Spectator feature making it four wins
including the three at Stateline Speedway. Dave Cummings Jr. won the Super
Sportsman event after early leader Pat McGuire suffered mechanical difficulties.
Larry Boumans survived a last lap dash to win the Four Cylinder event and Dave
Tolon ran down Ron Seeley in the final laps to win the Outlaw Cadet event. Tom
Hagberg ran green to checkers to win the Limited Late event. Dave and Mike Hess
finished one and two in the E-Mod feature.
2002 Eriez Champion Rich Gardner was on the pole of the Super Late event with Series Champion Rod Maloy in the second spot. Gardner led lap one then Andy Boozel, Matt Urban and Jason Morrell brought out the yellow before lap two could be completed. Gardner once more beat Maloy to the line to lead lap two with Scott Johnson second and John Lacki third. One lap later Scott Gurdak had troubles slowing the race for caution two. George LaBarbera spun on the restart but before the lap could be completed. Rod Maloy went high in turn one on the restart collecting John Lobb ending up stopped high in turn one ruining the restart. Maloy and Lobb both went to the pits after the incident. Gardner resumed the lead but an incident involving ten cars brought out the yellow before another lap could be completed. The single file restart showed Gardner, Scott Johnson, Chris Hackett then John Lacki as the top five. Andy Kania moved by Lacki on lap nine to move into the top spot as Gardner began to deal with lap traffic. Dave Hess was up on the high side and challenging Kania for fifth on lap fifteen. Mark Ashcraft brought out the caution on lap sixteen with Gardner still the leader, Hackett now in the second spot over Johnson, Hess fourth and Kania fifth. Kelly Frederes brought out the next yellow on lap seventeen as twenty-five cars remained on the speedway. Hess continued to charge with a high side pass of Johnson on lap nineteen. The caution was thrown on lap twenty and all but the top three cars were sent to the pits so the race could be completed in the “World War III” format. Hackett and Hess swapped second twice in the final five as Gardner cruised to the win and Hackett held off Hess for second.
Ray Houser led the first lap of the Spectator feature but before lap two was completed an accident involving several cars stopped the race. Fred McClanahan and Rush Firestone both sustained damage in the wreck and were unable to continue. Tommy Fox quickly moved to the top spot on the restart with Dennis Lunger, Mick Harmon and Brian Crandall in two. A lap seven spin by Nate Lester allowed the field to close with Fox. Fox showed his strength on the restart to quickly build a five car length lead over Lunger. Fox won while Crandall passed Harmon for third and Lunger was second.
J R Cross and Dave Boumans were in the front row of the Four Cylinder feature. Boumans lead the first lap followed by Cross and Danielle Osbourne. Osbourne passed Cross for second on lap three while Boumans continued to build his lead. Osbourne had troubles on lap nine hitting a tire on the edge of the infield then slowing to a stop in turn two of the final lap bringing out the yellow for the first time. Boumans won the one lap dash to the finish with Dale Wise finishing third and J R Cross was second.
Matt Lamphere did not make it through turn one on the initial start as Ron
Seeley and Dewey Kinnear led the Outlaw Cadets to the line. Kinnear went wide in
turn one on the next start losing several positions with Seeley left alone out
front. Brian Zimmerly moved into the second spot with Dave Tolon third and Terry
Daniels fourth. Tolon passes Zimmerly on lap five a began to chase down Seeley
who had amassed a twenty car length lead. At the half way point Tolon had cut
Seeley’s lead in half with Zimmerly a distant third. Three laps later Tolon
had caught Seeley and began challenging on the inside as Zimmerly faded and
Terry Daniels moved to third. Seeley and Tolon raced side by side for two laps
with had charging Tolon gaining the top spot with two to go. Tolon won the event
with Seeley second and Daniels third.
Pat McGuire was the leader after one lap of the Super Sportsman class
followed by Dave Cummings Jr. and Randy Parmenter. The field quickly spread out
as McGuire maintained a five car length advantage over Cummings. Aaron Robinson
brought out the caution on lap six. Parmenter tried a high side move around
Cummings on the restart but could not make it happed and McGuire lead. One lap
later the leader had problems slowing to a stop on the front stretch
relinquishing the lead to Cummings. Parmenter was second and Gary Foster third.
On the restart Fosters car went into the pits smoking badly and Bobby Rohrer
moved into the third spot. Debris brought out the caution on lap nine as
Parmenter battled Cummings for the lead. Rohrer and Don McGuire passed Parmenter
on the restart allowing Cummings to gain a ten car length advantage. Cummings
maintained the advantage as Parmenter fought his way back to third and Rohrer
Andy Knight was on the pole of the Limited Late Event but lost the lead to second place Tom Hagberg at the drop of the green. Bobby Rohrer passed for second at the end of lap one as Knight slipped to third. Joe Weber and Pat McGuire were running fourth and fifth. John Pencile and Dave Lyon brought out the caution on lap six negating Hagbergs lead. The restart ended the night for Dan Shellhouse who struck the front stretch wall. Bob Vogt took the third spot on the restart with Knight fourth and Pat McGuire fifth. McGuire passed Knight on lap ten as Hagberg maintained his fifteen-car length advantage. Hagberg completed the event for his first win of the season leading every lap and beating the second place car of Bobby Rohrer by over a straight away, Bob Vogt finished third.
Feature 1: Tommy Fox, Dennis Lunger, Brian Crandall, Paul Norman, Barrett Brown, Mark Thompson, Justin Krieder, Mark Harmon, Nate Lester, Danielle Wilbur
Feature: Larry Boumans, J R Cross, Dale Wise, Tom Bean, Stan Davis Jr., Rachel Price, Rich Hamblin, Daniel Osbourne
Feature: Dave Tolon, Ron Seeley, Terry Daniels, Mike Knight, Jeff Campbell, Louie DeDionisio, Dewey Kinnear, Dustin Eckman, Nathan Short, Matt Lamphere
Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Mike Hess, Chad Ruhlman, Randy Parmenter, Stu Rickard, Tom Anderson, Shawn McArdle, Brad Pease, Bill Thomas, Chris Peterson
Feature: Dave Cummings Jr., Bobby Rohrer, Randy Parmenter, Don McGuire, Chad Carlson, Mike Murray, Jim Leonard, John Daugherty, Hank Francis, Brent Crandall
Limited Late Models:
Feature: Tom Hagberg, Bobby Rohrer, Bob Vogt, Pat McGuire, Andy Knight, Paul Briggs, Joe Webber, Mike Coyle, Dave Lyon, Mike Moore
Super Late Models:
Feature: Rich Gardner, Chris Hackett, Dave Hess Jr., Scott Johnson, Andy Kania, Dave Lyons, Scott Gurdak, Wally Fox, John Lacki, Doug Eck, Randy Lobb, George LaBarbera, mark Ashcraft, John Lobb, Dave Shagla, Al Crocker, Steve Halpainy, Kevin Santee, Ward Schell, Andy Boozel, Wendell Pinckney, Kelly Frederes, Chris Blose, Merle Terry, Rod Maloy, Jason Morell, Bryan Emory, Brad Fiesler, Matt Urban