P7183115.jpg (723911 bytes) July 18th, 2004 - Dick Barton Wins on J.D. Byrider Night at Eriez Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: Cloudy skies and threatening rain did not stop the events on J.D. Byrider Night at Eriez Speedway. All enjoyed the Autograph session held between the E-Mod and Super Late Model heats. Tom Norland passed early leader Jason Stetson to win a caution filled Spectator Championship race. Nathan Short made an outside pass to lead the last four laps of the Outlaw Cadet feature for his second win of the season. Don McGuire took control of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature on lap five and led the final ten to win his third of the season. Mike Hess led every lap of the E-Mod feature for his third win. Dan Osborne won the Four Cylinder Championship event. Dick Barton made an appearance at Eriez speedway and won the feature event for his 103rd Series win and his 41st win at Eriez. Kirk Foust won his first Super Challenger race in the Championship event.

P7183114.jpg (738913 bytes) Scott Gurdak and Doug Eck in Moose Dunnewoldís car were on the front row for the Super Late main event. Gurdak jumped into the early lead with Dick Barton second, Eck third, Chad Valone fourth and Chris Hackett fifth. Hackett passed Valone for the fourth spot on lap four just as Wendell Pinckney had problems in turn three for the first caution. Barton and Gurdak raced side by side for three laps before Barton finally gained the advantage. Hackett was third with Eck fourth and Valone fifth. Hackett closed with Barton and Gurdak just before the caution flew for Ron Maloy and Wendell Pinckney. A quick start by Spanky Hall caught several car unawares and Mike Coyle spun in turn four for the third caution. Merle Terry was fifth with Rich Gardner sixth for the restart. Andy Boozel brought out the caution with fifteen laps complete. Barton gained a two-car length advantage over Gurdak on the restart with Hackett a car length behind. John Lobb spun with seventeen laps complete. Bump Hedman, Dave Hess Jr. and Wendell Pinckney all spun up against the back stretch fence bringing out the yellow before another lap could be completed. Hackett moved under Gurdak for the second spot but could not hold the car on the inside losing several spots. Terry was third with Gardner fourth and Paul Briggs fifth. Hackett was seventh behind Eck. Terry tried an inside move around Gurdak with one to go but could not make the pass. Barton won the event for his one hundred and third Stateline/Eriez Series win and his forty-first win at Eriez.

P7183084.jpg (744338 bytes)Twenty-six Spectators were lead to the speedway by Rich Becker and Jason Stetson for their feature event. Stetson beat the pack into turn one with Tom Norland second and Becker third. Brian Bush passed Becker for the third spot on lap three just as caution flew for Jim Tolen who had spun into the fence on the front straight. The restart failed as Wade Watson ended up facing the wrong way at the edge of the speedway in turn one. Debris slowed the race with four laps complete and Norland was the new leader followed by Stetson and Bush. Bush lost several positions on the restart and Jeff Harvey and Bill Van Volkenburg were third and fourth. Van Volkenburg and Chris Couchenour moved by Harvey for the third and fourth spots. Rick Thompson brought out the yellow with ten complete. Matt Lozowski moved into the top four on the restart with Lester Shoff fifth. Couchenour slowed to a stop high in turn two bringing out the yellow once more with thirteen complete. Tolen slapped the wall on the restart for the sixth yellow. Norland survived the two-lap dash to the finish for his second win of the season.

P7183103.jpg (727194 bytes)Paul Norman led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature Scott Lewis was second followed by Joe Weber and Ron Seeley. Lewis got sideways coming out of turn two then was clipped by Weber to bring out the first caution of the event. Norman was first for the restart followed by Seeley, Weber, Nathan Short and Louis DeDionisio. Norman and Weber tangled on the restart letting Seeley and Short by. Two turns later Norman spun collecting Brian Zimmerly and Alex Feisler for the second caution. Seeley was in the lead with Short second and DeDionisio third. Dennis Lunger and Andy Knight completed the top five. Seeley had six-car length lead at the half way point. Mike Knight driving has fatherís car was sixth with Joe Weber seventh ant Lewis eighth. Short made his move on lap eleven catching then passing Seeley on the outside for the top spot. Short made it look easy from that point on finishing with a fifteen-car length lead over Seeley.

P7183108.jpg (693830 bytes)Tom Bean and J. R. Cross were the early leaders in the Four Cylinder event. A caution with six laps down was caused when Cross and Brian Duryee hooked bumpers and stopped in turn one. Dan Osborne was then second and used the restart to gain the lead and win his ninth in a row in the division.

P7183109.jpg (701176 bytes)Eric Ester used his pole starting positions to lead the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event. John Volpe spun into the infield just off turn four bringing out the caution with two laps complete. Ester lost three spots on the restart turning over the lead to Aaron Robinson. Don McGuire and Pat McGuire were second and third. Robinson slip up the speedway coming out of turn one on lap five allowing Don McGuire by for the lead. Ester fell back one more spot to fifth as Randy Parmenter took over the fourth spot. Pat McGuire moved under Robinson for the second spot on lap eleven. Bobby Rohrer took the fifth spot from John Boardman with two laps remaining. Don McGuire won with brother Pat second.

P7183110.jpg (720016 bytes)Eighteen E-Mods reported to the speedway for their feature event. Mike Hess and Bill Thomas were on the front row with Dale Applebee and K.C. Decker in row two. Mike Hess was the first across the stripe on lap one with Thomas second followed by Decker and Applebee. Applebee passed Decker on lap four for the third spot while Dave Hess Jr. ran in fifth looking for and opening. Applebee passed Thomas on lap six for second and Decker followed one lap later pushing Thomas back to the fourth spot. Mike Hess had a ten-car length lead with five laps remaining. Mike Hess made it perfect leading every lap for his third win. Dale Applebee was second and K.C. Decker third.

P7183117.jpg (693481 bytes)A.J. Moore, Kirk Foust and Scott Horvath were the early leaders in the Super Challenger feature. Horvath jumped from third to first on lap six and began to build a commanding lead. Moore slipped further back in the field as Chris Withers took over third followed by Steve Soto. Withers moved up beside Foust with two to go. Foust slipped on the last lap letting Withers by for second and Soto for third as Foust won the event.

Spectators:

Heat 1: P7182893.jpg (752050 bytes) Mark Thompson, Jeff Harvey, Brian Bush

Heat 2: P7182920.jpg (750176 bytes) Tom Norland, Wade Slaney, Jason Stetson

Feature: Tom Norland, Bill Van Volkenburg, Jason Stetson, Matt Lozowski, Mike Kinney, Jeff Burger, Lester Shoff, Jeff Harvey, Brian Crandall, Brian Bush

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: P7182931.jpg (741766 bytes) Nathan Short, Andy Knight, Louis DeDionisio

Feature: Nathan Short, Ron Seeley, Louis DeDionisio, Dennis Lunger, Andy Knight, Mike Knight, Joe Weber, Brian Zimmerly, Alex Fiesler, Scott Lewis

Four Cylinder:

Heat 1: Brian Duryee, Tom Bean, J.R. Cross

Feature: Dan Osborne, Tom Bean, Brian Duryee, Stanley Davis Jr., J.R. Cross, Dale Wise, Doug Kirik

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: P7182952.jpg (743983 bytes) Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, John Boardman

Feature: Don McGuire, Pat McGuire, Aaron Robinson, Randy Parmenter, Bobby Rohrer, John Boardman, Eric Ester, Jim Leonard, Mike Murray, John Volpe

E-Mod:

Heat 1: P7182967.jpg (756473 bytes) Mike Hess, Dale Applebee, Mike Boyd

Heat 2: P7182986.jpg (741337 bytes) Bill Thomas, K.C. Decker, Dave Hess Jr.

Feature: Mike Hess, Dale Applebee, Kevin Decker, Bill Thomas, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Boyd, Brian Fardink, Justin Carlson, Troy Carr, Shawn McArdle

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: P7183017.jpg (724623 bytes) Scott Gurdak, Merle Terry, Chris Hackett, Wendell Pinckney, Mike Coyle

Heat 2: P7183027.jpg (757338 bytes) Doug Eck, Chad Valone, John Lobb, Dave Hess Jr., Jason Morell
Heat 3: P7183039.jpg (720231 bytes) Dick Barton, Paul Briggs, Rich Gardner, Moose Dunnewold, Andy Boozel

Feature: Dick Barton, Scott Gurdak, Merle Terry, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs, Doug Eck, Chris Hackett, Jason Morell, John Lobb, Ward Schell, Chad Valone, Rod Maloy, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Coyle, Andy Boozel, Wendell Pinckney, Bump Hedman, Matt Lanphere

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: P7183116.jpg (699093 bytes) Chris Withers, Ryan Scott, Duane Hinkson

Feature: Kirk Foust, Chris Withers, Steve Soto, Glenn Slaney, Ryan Scott, AJ Moore, Duane Hinkson, Jesse Phelps, Jason Dingle