Pa: A beautiful Sunday afternoon greeted fans at Eriez Speedway for the
Budweiser $1,000 to win Spectator Special and a season ending Demolition Derby.
There were four qualifying heats for the forty-five Spectator cars from which
six cars transferred in to the feature event and the remainder ran a consolation
from which four transferred. Rick
Thompson passed Jeremy English on lap three to win the consolation event. Tom
Liberatore won the Four Cylinder race. Tommy Fox took the lead on lap nine from
Steve Keith who finished second in the event. Fox survived several cautions but
was not seriously challenged through out the remainder of the event.
Dennis Lunger and Chris Couchenour were on the front row but Lunger
pulled into the pits after the first pace lap allowing McMurdy to move up to the
front row. Steve Keith and Tommy Fox were in row two with Justin Krieder and
Merle Burlingham in row three. Nate Lester spun in turn one on the initial start
and after receiving a push rejoined the rear of the field for the complete
restart. Lunger rejoined the race during the yellow. McMurdy led lap one with
Couchenour second and Keith third. Brian Crandall was fourth followed by Tommy
Fox and Bill Van Volkenburg. Chris McDonald brought out the second caution with
four laps complete with a spin in turn two. Dennis Lunger was up to the
sixteenth spot on the restart. McMurdy was building a lead when simultaneous
spins by Mark Thompson and Burlingham brought out the third yellow.
was McMurdy, Keith, Fox, Couchenour and Rick Thompson in the top five spots for
the restart. Keith and Fox beat McMurdy around to the flag but the yellow
quickly appeared for McDonald who had lost a wheel in turn four collecting Mark
Thompson and Ray Finch. None of the three could continue.
Ron Watson spun in turn two and Skip Joslin could not avoid him for the
next caution and then as the yellow flew several cars spun in turn three
including Burlingham, Barrett Brown and Nate Lester. Eight laps were in the
books and twenty-two cars remained on the speedway. Lunger was now in the sixth
spot with Keith first and Fox second.
McMurdy, Ron Bush, Mike Zemcik and Barrett Brown brought out the yellow one lap
later nearly blocking the speedway coming out of turn four. Couchenour nearly
spun in turn one on the restart and suffered a left rear flat moving Van
Volkenburg to fourth and Lunger to fifth. Keith and Fox went high in turn two
allowing Rick Thompson to sneak underneath but Thompson went too hard into turn
three spinning and collecting Van Volkenburg and Lunger. Keith, Fox, Krieder,
McMurdy and Ron Fish were the top five with seventeen cars remaining. Fox used
the restart to get under Keith in turn two and lead into three. Burlingham and
Van Volkenburg tangled on the backstretch with twelve complete.
Baker stopped on the front stretch with fourteen complete. Fox and Keith were
nose to tail on the restart with just thirteen of the original thirty cars
remaining. With five laps remaining Fox had built a ten car length lead and Bob
Kinne stopped in turn two for the final caution of the event. Fox owned the
final five beating Keith to the checkers by five car lengths. Joe McMurdy
finished in the third spot.
Douglas led the first lap of the Four Cylinder Championship race then tangle
with Steve Forstein turning the lead over to Scott Friend on lap two. Douglas
had more trouble with a spin on lap five, which slowed the event. Dan Osborn
took control after Friend nearly spun. A
late race caution set up a two lap dash for the win and Tom Liberatore won the
race to the checkers with Tom Bean second and Stan Davis Third.
Feature: Tommy Fox, Steve Keith, Joe McMurdy, Justin Krieder, Mike Zemcik, Bill Baker, John Polsky, Jeremy English, Chris Couchenour, J. R. Brown, Paul Norman, Mike Harmon, Bob Kinne, Ron Fish, Bill Van Volkenburg, Ron Bush, Merle Burlingham, Dennis Lunger, John Swabik, Rick Thompson, Brian Crandall, Mark Thompson, Ray Finch, Skip Joslin, Barrett Brown, Ron Watson, Nate Lester, Chris McDonald, Tony Lyngarkos, Fred McClanahan
Heat 1: Tom Liberatore, Dale Wise, Dan Osborne
#1: Bob Gardner(12) and Ed Bowman(1C) tied for first, Bob Studly(10)
#2: Brett Comerford(6A), Ryan Travis(11A)Dennis Odebrulski(7A)