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Jim Frank Wins Seamens Auto Wrecking Iron Man 200 Lap Enduro at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

             Busti, NY: An exceptionally warm Sunday afternoon was the venue for the fourth Iron Man Enduro at Stateline Speedway. Seamens Auto Wrecking sponsored the event originally scheduled for April 10th. Jim Frank ran away from the field finishing several laps ahead of Joe Buccola Jr. who finished second. Frank had competed in all of the previous Enduros and his experience showed, as he was in class by himself. Joe Buccola Jr. moved into the top three around lap one hundred and ten and finished the race in the number two spot. 

 

            John Pencile was the early leader with Wade Slaney running in the third spot, but Pencile ran into trouble in the next few laps allowing Quincy Turner into the lead and Wade Slaney into the second spot. The red flag, for a heavily smoking car stopped in turn three slowed the race on lap eighteen. Cars began to litter the speedway at the end of the first twenty laps with Jim Frank in the number one spot Wade Slaney second and Turner third. Frank and Slaney were still in front at the end of thirty with Adam Burlet moving into the third spot and Turner falling to fourth. The red flag appeared once more on lap thirty-five. Wade Slaney attained the number one spot by lap forty with Frank second and Turner still third. Slaney pulled into the pits after completing fifty laps and just losing the lead to Frank. The red flag appeared once more just after the completion of sixty laps for a car losing gasoline. Frank was the leader with Turner still in the second spot and Chris Sutton in the third spot. During the red flag delay Turner retired after a hard hit into the turn three wall then rear ending a stopped car trying to slow for the red flag. Frank was out in front by several laps at the end of eighty with Guy Pierce in the second spot and Bob Studley third. At the half way point Frank was still the leader with John Lobb second and Studley third. Lobb tangled with the turn three fence during that ten-lap session placing Studley in second and Joe Buccola Jr. moved into the top three for the first time. Frank remained the leader after one hundred and forty laps and Buccola was second and Studley third. With twenty laps remaining Studley retired into the infield as Frank continued to decimate the field. Frank won continuing to build his lead as only eight cars were running as he crossed the finish line for the Two-hundredth time. Joe Buccola Jr. was second and Kervin Dils finished third.

 

Top Ten :

            Jim Frank, Joe Buccola Jr., Kervin Dils, Scott Hollabaugh, Bryan Gunsolvs, Bryan Clark, Bob Studley, Jim Hahn, Chet Cobb, Bill Best.