P7112642.jpg (359452 bytes)July 11th, 2004 - Paul Briggs Wins Craiger Race Engines Super Late Model Championship Race at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: Craiger Race Engines sponsored the events at Eriez Speedway featuring a 35 Lap $3000 to win Super Late Model Championship race. P7112523.jpg (338163 bytes)Dave Hess Sr. won the "I Challenge You" event over his son Dave Jr. They exchanged the lead several times with Dave Hess Sr. in front by a bumper at the finish. Twenty-one Super Late Models were on hand for the Championship race with rookie Paul Briggs getting the top starting spot by winning the first qualification event. Briggs was up to the challenge leading every lap and surviving several mid race restarts to win his first Super Late Model Feature event. Rick Thompson used his off the pole starting spot to win his first feature of the season in the Spectator division. Mike Knight won his second of the season in a caution strewn Outlaw Cadet feature. Dan Osborne continued to dominate the Four Cylinders notching his eighth win of the season. Chad Carlson passed early leader John Volpe to win his second Budweiser Super Sportsman event. Mike Hess lost the lead to Mike Boyd early in the E-Mod feature then regained the spot on lap ten for his second win of the season. Chris Withers won the Super Challenger feature.

            The young guns, rookie Paul Briggs and Bump Hedman were on the front row for the Craiger Race Engines Super Late Model Championship 35 lap event. Briggs led first lap with Hedman second followed by Kevin Santee, Scott Gurdak and Merle Terry. Chris Hackett was sixth with Rich Gardner seventh and Andy Kania eighth. Kania tangled with Gardner on lap seven losing several spots and Gurdak moved by Santee for third. Hackett followed Gurdak one lap later chasing Gurdak. Briggs started encountering lap traffic on lap twelve with a half a straight lead over Hedman. Gardner was in the fifth spot sending Santee to sixth. Briggs continued to put cars down a lap as the race stayed green through the first twenty laps. Merle Terry lost the handle in turn three with twenty-one of the thirty-five laps complete for the first yellow. The field closed with Briggs for the restart with one lap car between the leader and the second place car of Hedman. Gurdak was on Hedmanís bumper followed closely by Hackett and Gardner and Dave Hess Jr. Briggs managed to move away from the field on the restart as the rest of the leaders struggled to get by the lap cars. Ward Schell and Wendell Pinckney became hooked together spinning to a stop on the front straight for the second yellow with twenty-three complete. The top six remained the same with Doug Eck seventh and Dick Barton eighth. Barton moved by Eck on the restart but the caution flew for Andy Boozel who had spun into the infield coming out of turn four. Hess beat Gardner to turn one on the restart for the fifth spot. Wendell Pinckney and Boozel brought out the yellow with nine laps remaining. Gardner regained his spot on the restart ant the yellow flew for Bruce Hordusky and Don Jackson in turn three. Hess made a bold move on the restart tagging the wall on the front stretch by getting by both Gardner and Hackett. Kevin Santee stopped on the speedway for the next yellow on lap thirty. Hess was now in fourth while Briggs, Hedman and Gurdak remained the first three. Briggs controlled the restart once more and had built ten-car length advantage at the finish. Gardner used the last lap to wrest the fourth spot from Hess as Gurdak was third and Hedman second.

            P7112516.jpg (334538 bytes)Bob Kinne, Fred McClanahan were on the front row for the Spectator feature with Rick Thompson and Walt Johnson in row two. McClanahan led the first lap with Rick Thompson second and Kinne third. Mark Thompson and Bill Van Volkenburg both got by Kinne for third and McClanahan slowed placing Thompson in the number one spot on lap three. Jeff Harvey spun to a stop in between turns one and two bringing out the caution for the first time on lap four. Rick Thompson remained in the lead after the restart with Van Volkenburg second and Mark Thompson third. One lap later Jason Stetson and Harvey had problems in turn four for the second yellow. Tom Norland moved into third after Mark Thompson slowed leaving the speedway. Harvey could not make the turn into the pits stopping on the speedway for the third caution with seven laps completed. Rick Thompson led two more laps before the yellow flew for a spun Rush Firestone in turn three. Norland was second with Van Volkenburg third, Mark Thompson fourth and Brian Crandall fifth. The yellow followed the green as Ken Lamp had spun turn one. Thompson managed to pull out in front by several car lengths as the battle waged for second between Norland, Van Volkenburg and Wade Slaney. Slaney managed to grab second on the last laps as Rick Thompson took his first checkers of the season.

P7112560.jpg (383260 bytes)            Scott Lewis led the first lap of Outlaw Cadet feature with Dennis Lunger second and Dana Wellington third. Phil Knight last nightís winner at Stateline Speedway was fourth. Lewis had problems getting through turn one on lap three collecting Nathan Short and Wellington for the first yellow. Lunger became the new leader with Phil Knight second followed by Mike Knight and Joe Weber. Mike Knight was second by the time the field reached turn two then moved up and around Lunger one lap later to take over the lead. Andy Knight was fourth by lap five then got by his father two laps later for third. Brian Zimmerly spun collecting Cliff Lanphere and Lewis for the second yellow. Wellington stopped as the green fell for the restart forcing the third yellow. Andy Knight and Phil Knight brought out the fourth yellow on the restart collecting half the field. Wellington slowed once more on the restart for another caution. Alex Fiesler and Brian Zimmerly tangled on the backstretch with three laps remaining. Andy Knight nearly spun and Short pushed him around causing the next caution. Mike Knight ran the last two laps under the green and unchallenged to win his second of the season with Lunger second and Louis DeDionisio third.

P7112574.jpg (380240 bytes)            J.R. Cross led the early laps of the Four Cylinder feature with Doug Kirik second. Cross slipped a little bit in turn two on lap nine letting Kirik and Dan Osborne by. Osborne quickly got by Kirik and led the final lap to win his eighth feature of the season.

P7112594.jpg (375969 bytes)John Volpe passed Eric Ester on the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman class to lead the event. Chad Carlson and Mike Murray were second and third as Ester fell to fourth. Don McGuire and Bobby Rohrer passed Ester on lap six for fourth and fifth. Brian Collins and Ester brought out the yellow with eight laps complete. Carlson was first for the restart with Volpe second and Don McGuire third. No one could mount a challenge as Carlson cruised to the win. Volpe held on for second narrowly leading Don McGuire at the line.

                P7112617.jpg (410849 bytes)Mike Hess, Mike Boyd and Chris Sutton were the early leaders in the E-Mod feature. A lap three caution was thrown for K.C. Decker who was leaking fuel on the speedway. Dustin Eckman was fourth with Dale Applebee fifth and Justin Carlson sixth. Dave Will spun collecting Dave Surrena, Bill Taylor, Shawn McArdle, Brian Fardink and Troy Carr. Mike Boyd was scored as the leader of lap three by a nose. Mike Hess fell into second with Applebee, Carlson, Sutton, Bill Thomas and Dave Hess Jr. trailing. Mike Hess switched lanes and used the outside to regain the top spot on lap ten. With two laps remaining Mike Hess had a five car length advantage over Boyd and Applebee. Mike Hess won going away for his second visit to Eriez victory lane in 2004.

P7112646.jpg (315696 bytes)Chris Withers led every lap of the Super Challenger event for his second win of the season.


Heat 1: P7112341.jpg (402266 bytes)Fred McClanahan, Bob Kinne, Brian Johnson

Heat 2: P7112354.jpg (413903 bytes)Lester Shoff, Rick Thompson, Chris Couchenour

Feature: Rick Thompson, Wade Slaney, Bill Van Volkenburg, Mark Thompson, Brian Crandall, Matt Lozowski, Jeremy English, Jim Tolon, Wade Watson, Ken Lamp Jr.

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: P7112366.jpg (392866 bytes)Dennis Lunger, Mike Knight, Scott Lewis

Heat 2: P7112373.jpg (370350 bytes)Brian Zimmerly, Ron Seeley, Nathan Short

Feature: Mike Knight, Dennis Lunger, Louis DeDionisio, Nathan Short, Ron Seeley, Cliff Lanphere, Andy Knight, Phil Knight, Bill Dunn, Paul Norman

Four Cylinder:

Heat 1: Dan Osborne, J.R. Cross, Doug Kirik

Feature: Dan Osborne, J.R. Cross, Doug Kirik, Tom Bean, Brian Duryee, Larry Taylor, Dale Wise

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: P7112595.jpg (336960 bytes)Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire, Don McGuire

Feature: Chad Carlson, John Volpe, Don McGuire, Bobby Rohrer, Mike Murray, Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire, John Boardman, Mike Corrigan, Jake Eller


Heat 1: P7112420.jpg (349522 bytes)Mike Boyd, Chris Sutton, Dale Applebee

Heat 2: P7112433.jpg (290044 bytes)Mike Hess, Dustin Eckman, Bill Thomas

Feature: Mike Hess, Mike Boyd, Dale Applebee, Justin Carlson, Chris Sutton, Dave Hess Jr., Bill Thomas, Brad Pease, Mike Moon, Dave Surrena

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: P7112452.jpg (295495 bytes)Paul Briggs, Merle Terry, Rich Gardner, Moose Dunnewold, Dave Hess Jr.

Heat 2: P7112463.jpg (323900 bytes)Bump Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Andy Kania, Doug Eck, Rod Maloy

Heat 3: P7112473.jpg (344818 bytes)Kevin Santee, Chris Hackett, Wendell Pinckney, Ward Schell, Andy Boozel

Feature: Paul Briggs, Bump Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr., Chris Hackett, Dick Barton, Andy Kania, Doug Eck, Bruce Hordusky, Moose Dunnewold, Ward Schell, Wendell Pinckney, Andy Boozel, Kevin Santee, Chad Valone, Matt Lanphere, Rod Maloy, Don Jackson, Jason Morell, Merle Terry, Mark Gilbert


Super Challenger:

Heat 1: P7112479.jpg (318054 bytes)Let Matczak, Glenn Slaney, Jay Seekings

Heat 2: P7112486.jpg (315037 bytes)Ryan Scott, Chris Withers, Jason Dingle

Feature: Chris Withers, Casey Swabik, Jason Dingle, Glenn Slaney, Duane Hinkson, Jeff Kinnear, Jay Seekings, Steve Soto, Bob Belson, Jesse Phelps

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