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Louis DeDionisio Wins Miller Beer Cadet Championship and Chris Hackett Wins Super Late Model Feature at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: The Outlaw Cadet division was highlighted on Miller Beer Night at Eriez Speedway with a King of the Hill contest and a Championship Race. Mike Knight won the King of the Hill defeating Ron Seeley in the final round. Mike Knight briefly led the Championship race then spun on a restart and was forced to retire for the event. Louis DeDionisio won the Championship race in a runaway for his fourth win of the season and his third consecutive win on the circuit. Chris Hackett made it into the Super Late Model winners circle after Scott Gurdak was forced to retire with mechanical problems. Wade Slaney won his second win of the year in the Spectator feature passing Brian Crandall with two laps remaining. Dan Osborne won the Four Cylinder feature for his thirteenth win. Don McGuire won the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature that saw his brother Pat flip on the initial start. Dale Applebee held off Dave Hess Jr. to win his third of the year. Ryan Scott took the lead on lap four of the Super Challenger feature and never looked back to win his fifth of the year.

P8225873.jpg (86084 bytes)Jamie Erhard and Scott Lewis were on the front row for the Outlaw Cadet Championship race. Louis DeDionisio and John Cline spun in turn two on the initial lap and Erhard pulled into the infield billowing blue smoke. Eugene Bevil moved up to the pole position for the restart and Lewis remained on the outside pole. Dave Tolon and Mike Knight were in row two. Mike Knight moved into second on the restart as Lewis led. Mike Knight passed Lewis on lap two for the lead then Alex Fiesler spun for the second yellow. Joe Weber was pushed from the speedway trailing steam during the caution. Brian Campbell hit the turn four fence during the restart ant DeDionisio and Bevil tangled in turn one for the third caution. Mike Knight led lap three followed by Lewis, Phil Knight, Andy Knight and Tolon. Lee Rider spun on lap four for the third caution. Mike Knight got sideways on the restart and almost the entire field was involved in the incident. Mike Knight left the speedway on the hook as Tolon was placed in the number one spot followed by DeDionisio, Brian Zimmerly, Paul Norman and Andy Knight. DeDionisio won the dash to turn one on the restart and Tolon settled into second followed by Zimmerly and Andy Knight. Feisler brought the caution with five laps complete and only eleven of the eighteen starters remained. DeDionisio built a sizeable lead of the next three laps then Tolon spun in turn two with nine complete but the green stayed out. Zimmerly was second followed by Andy Knight, Ron Seeley and Cline. Bevil slowed in turn one after losing his drive shaft with twelve complete. Andy Knight and Zimmerly fought for the runner up spot as DeDionisio rebuilt his lead. Debris on the speedway brought out the yellow with four laps to go. DeDionisio ran away from the field in the final laps to win the event for his fourth win of the season.

P8225887.jpg (66706 bytes)Paul Briggs lead Chris Hackett on the first lap of the Super Late Model feature then John Lobb spun nearly collecting Wendell Pinckney for the first caution on lap two. Scott Gurdak passed Hackett for second on the restart with Rich Gardner third. Jason Morell and Merle Terry tangled on the back straight for the second caution with three laps complete. Briggs was the leader followed by Gurdak, Hackett, Gardner, Dave Hess Jr. and Bruce Hordusky. Hordusky stole fifth from Hess on the restart then Gurdak passed Briggs for the lead on lap five. Mike Coyle spun with six complete to slow the field once more. Hackett was able to get under Briggs on the restart and the tow races side by side for the spot until Briggs lost the handle spinning in turn two and bringing out the caution. Briggs ran into Hackett during the yellow and was sent to the pits by starter Spanky Hall. Gurdak, Hackett, Gardner, Hess and Hordusky were the leaders for the restart. Gurdak pulled away from the field after the restart. The green stayed out until Morell slowed with a smoking racecar with eighteen laps complete. Hackett tried to move under Gurdak on the restart but could not get the job done. One lap later the Gurdak car started dumping fluid on the speedway and the caution flew. Gurdak was forced to retire relinquishing the lead to Hackett with Gardner second, Hess third and Hordusky fourth. An incident involving Merle Terry, Steve Halpainy, Andy Kania stopped the race with twenty-one complete. The single file restart was controlled by Hackett who drove the final four unchallenged for his first win of the season.

P8225853.jpg (92062 bytes)Brian Crandall started on the pole and led the first lap of the Spectator feature with Jeremy English second and Matt Lozowski third. Mark and Rick Thompson were fourth and fifth. The race went green for the first five laps then Bill Grover spun in turn two for the first caution. Wade Slaney charged into the top five on the restart. Rick Thompson and Lozowski tangled coming out of four and Thompson left the speedway with a left rear flat. The top five for the restart were Crandall, Mark Thompson, English, Slaney and Rush Firestone. Rick Thompson returned to the speedway during the yellow. Slaney gained two spots on the restart then passed Mark Thompson for the runner up spot on lap nine then took the lead from Crandall on lap ten. Mark Thompson spun then slowed to a stop on lap eleven for the second yellow of the event with two laps remaining in the event. Slaney controlled the restart building up a five-car length lead over Crandall at the checkers for his second win of the season.

P8225882.jpg (76802 bytes)Pat McGuire took a wild ride during the start of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature as he rolled just before reaching the flag stand. McGuire was okay but his racecar required two wreckers to leave the speedway. The next start was successful with Brent Crandall grabbing the lead followed by Bryan Ester and Will Wanstreet. Ester lost a spot Wanstreet on lap four and the yellow flew for a smoking Bobby Rohrer in turn four. One lap after the restart John Boardman and Aaron Robinson were involved in an accident in turn one for the third caution. It was Crandall, Wanstreet, Scott Kuschel and Don McGuire after the restart. Crandall and Wanstreet got together on lap eight spinning to a stop in turn one and Don McGuire took the lead with Scott Kuschel second and Chris Kuschel third. Don McGuire led the next three laps then the yellow flew for Jack Eller who had stopped on the back straight. Scott Kuschel moved high allowing the field to pass on the restart then pulled into the pits as Don McGuire led with Chris Kuschel second and Boardman third. Don McGuire won unchallenged for his fourth of the season.

P8225884.jpg (87411 bytes)Joel Watson brought twenty E-Mods onto the speedway for their feature event. Dale Applebee was on the outside pole with Bill Thomas and Chad Silleman in row two. Applebee led the first lap and Thomas slowed bringing out the caution before lap two was complete. Applebee was still the leader after the restart with Dave Hess Jr. second followed by Joel Watson and Mike Hess. Tim Churchill brought out the caution with four complete. Chad Silleman stopped on the front stretch for caution number three. K.C. Decker turned around on the restart collecting Chuck Steinle and Bob Vogt Jr. Applebee continued to lead after the restart with Dave Hess Jr. trying every thing in the book to make the pass. Applebee’s car stated showing smoke with ten laps complete buy remained in front. The two leaders had a five car length advantage over Mike Hess in third. The leaders were in lap traffic when the white flag flew. Dave Hess moved under Applebee coming out of turn four on the final lap but fell just short at the line giving Applebee his third win of the season.


Heat 1: P8225631.jpg (88429 bytes) Mark Thompson, Don Standley, Jim Tolon

Heat 2: P8225644.jpg (88976 bytes) Rush Firestone, John Kelsey, Lester Shoff

Feature: Wade Slaney, Brian Crandall, John Kelsey, Matt Lozowski, Tom Norland, Rush Firestone, Mark Thompson, Lester Shoff, Jeremy English, Rick Thompson

Outlaw Cadets:

King of the Hill

Round 1: Nathan Short, Jamie Erhard

Round 2: Paul Norman, Dave Tolon

Round 3: Andy Knight, Joe Weber

Round 4: Ron Seeley, Phil Knight

Round 5: Eugene Bevil, Dennis Lunger

Round 6: Alex Feisler, Lee Rider

Round 7: Brian Campbell, Bill Dunn

Round 8: Mike Knight, Louis DeDionisio

Round 9: Brian Zimmerly, John Cline

Round 10: Nathan Short, Scott Lewis

Round 11:Andy Knight, Paul Norman

Round 12: Ron Seeley, Eugene Bevil

Round 13: Alex Feisler, Brian Campbell

Round 14: Mike Knight, Brian Zimmerly

Round 15: Andy Knight, Nathan Short

Round 16: Ron Seeley, Alex Feisler

Round 17: Mike Knight, Andy Knight

Round 18: P8225695.jpg (86392 bytes) Mike Knight, Ron Seeley

Feature: Louis DeDionisio, Brian Zimmerly, Andy Knight, Paul Norman, Ron Seeley, Scott Lewis, Dave Tolon, John Cline, Lee Rider, Dennis Lunger

Four Cylinder:

Heat 1: P8225704.jpg (85491 bytes) Dan Osborne, Tom Bean, Brian Duryee

Feature: Dan Osborne, Tom Bean, Stanley Davis Jr., Mike Harmon, Brian Duryee, Doug Kirik

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: Chris Kuschel, John Volpe, Will Wanstreet
Heat 2: P8225721.jpg (92457 bytes) Pat McGuire, Chad Carlson, Don McGuire

Feature: Don McGuire, Chris Kuschel, John Boardman, John Volpe, Aaron Robinson, Bryan Ester, Jim Leonard, Richard Digirolamo, Scott Kuschel, Jake Eller


Heat 1: P8225737.jpg (88874 bytes) Joel Watson, Chad Silleman, K.C. Decker

Heat 2: P8225746.jpg (95533 bytes) Dale Applebee, Mike Hess, Mike Munsee

Heat 3: P8225761.jpg (92095 bytes) Bill Thomas, Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson

Feature: Dale Applebee, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Hess, Mike Boyd, Bill Thomas, Mike Munsee, Troy Carr, Brad Pease, Dave Will, Bill Taylor

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: P8225774.jpg (91054 bytes) Paul Briggs, Bruce Hordusky, Randy Lobb, Merle Terry, Andy Kania

Heat 2: P8225785.jpg (93607 bytes) Chris Hackett, Rich Gardner, Doug Eck, Steve Halpainy, Bump Hedman

Heat 3: P8225799.jpg (86950 bytes) Scott Gurdak, Dave Hess Jr., Wendell Pinckney, John Lobb, Moose Dunnewold

Feature: Chris Hackett, Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr., Bruce Hordusky, Randy Lobb, Steve Halpainy, Doug Eck, Bump Hedman, Ward Schell, Merle Terry, Moose Dunnewold, Mike Coyle, Pete Alspaugh, John Lobb, Scott Gurdak, Andy Kania, Wendell Pinckney, Jason Morell

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: P8225819.jpg (91885 bytes) Jay Seekings, Aaron Danko, Brett Van Guilder

Heat 2: P8225838.jpg (89110 bytes) Lee Matczak, Chris Withers, Ryan Scott

Feature: Ryan Scott, Bob Belson, Lee Matczak, Mike Beatman, Glenn Slaney, Steve Soto, Ben Burgess, Shayne Erhard, Aaron Danko, Brett VanGuilder

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