P7243386.jpg (593438 bytes)P7243421.jpg (749332 bytes)July 24th, 2004 - Dale Applebee Wins E-Mod Championship Race and Paul Briggs Wins Super Late Model Feature Sponsored by Ed Shults of Warren at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: A beautiful summer evening brought out the fans and racers for the Ed Shults of Warren sponsored events at Stateline Speedway. The E-Mods were featured with a Championship Race and twenty-five cars were on hand to contend for the extra money. Bill Thomas, Dale Applebee and Dave Hess Jr. won the qualifying events. Dale Applebee celebrated his birthday by winning the E-Mod Championship race after following early leader Bill Thomas for all but the final two laps. Paul Briggs started seventh but finished first in the Super Late Model feature and made his first visit to victory lane at Stateline Speedway. Nate Lester won his first Spectator feature of the season from his twenty-fifth starting spot as only ten of the original thirty-two starters finished the event. Mark Hall made it win number three in the Outlaw Cadets. Bob Hazzard won his first Budweiser Super Sportsman feature leading from the initial green. Kirk Foust and Jermin Strickland were the Super Challenger winners.

Bill Thomas and Dale Applebee were on the front row for the E-Mod Championship race. Thomas jumped out to the early lead with Applebee falling in behind and Dave Hess Jr. third. Chad Ruhlman was fourth by lap four with Chris Sutton fifth and Mike Boyd sixth. Chad Silleman brought out the caution with five laps complete. The top four began to move away from the rest of the field after the restart. Ruhlman used the inside to pass Dave Hess for the third spot on lap eight and the yellow flew for Dan Nocero with nine complete. Ruhlman was throwing every thing at Applebee for the second spot. Jim Irwin spun to stop going into turn three with fourteen laps compete. Dave Hess spun around on the restart collecting Sutton, Mike Hess and Tom Hagberg. Thomas remained the leader followed by Applebee, Ruhlman, Russell Dunn and Tommy Fox. The top three broke away form the pack and Fox challenged Dunn for fourth. Fox made the pass on lap seventeen. Thomas moved into lap traffic on lap nineteen with Applebee a car length behind. Applebee saw the two to go signal and made his move passing Thomas and leading the last two laps for the win his fourth of the season.

Dave Hess Jr. and Scott Gurdak were first and second after the first lap of the Super Late Model event. Jason Morrell spun while running third with two laps complete. Chris Hackett was third for the restart with Bump Hedman fourth and Paul Briggs fifth. Gurdak passed Hess on the outside coming out of turn four on lap three for the lead. John Lobb, Jason Morrell, Mike Coyle, Wally Fox and Ted Kosinski were all involved in an accident going into turn four before the fourth lap was complete. Gurdak, Hess, Briggs, Hedman and Hackett were the top five for the restart. Scott Johnson was sixth followed by Dick Barton and Dan Armbruster. Briggs was the big winner on the restart moving into the second spot as Hess slid high in turn four. The yellow flew for Coyle who had stopped in turn four. Hess was third for the restart with Hackett fourth followed by Hedman, Johnson and Barton. Briggs took the lead from Gurdak when the green fell. Barton got out of shape in turn two collecting Armbruster, Coyle, Wendell Pinckney and Kevin Weise. Briggs was placed back into the second spot for the restart leaving Gurdak on the pole. Hess remained in third with Hackett fourth and Hedman fifth. Briggs repeated his earlier feat passing Gurdak on the restart. Briggs pulled away form the field and Hackett and Hess battled for the third spot. Rich Gardner was sixth by lap ten and Briggs entered lap traffic. Chad Valone spun between turns three and four allowing the field to close with Briggs. The top five were Briggs, Gurdak, Hackett, Hess and Johnson. Gardner was sixth followed by Hedman, Barton, Eck and Bruce Hordusky. Gardner, Hess and Johnson made it three wide on the restart with Hess holding on to the spot. Hedman struck the wall on the front stretch with fourteen complete. Gardner used the restart to move into the fourth spot as Johnson was fifth and Hess slipped to sixth. Two laps later Ted Kosinski spun bringing out the yellow once more. Briggs had no problem building a ten car length lead. The field became strung out completely around the speedway and no one had any thing for Briggs. Briggs caught the rear of the field again on the white flag lap but was not slowed winning his first feature at Stateline.

P7243377.jpg (584324 bytes)Kevin Brumett and Rodney Thoms brought out the Spectator feature event. Pat Landy and Bob Kinne were in row two. Brumett did not fire at the drop of the green causing a mad scramble as the rest of the pack tried to evade and the yellow flew necessitating a complete restart. The second restart failed as Mike Coast lost a wheel sending Chris Couchenour into the fence on the backstretch and bringing out the second yellow before a lap was counted. Thoms led the first lap then Skip Joslin lost a wheel in turn two collecting Couchenour and Brian Crandall for caution number three. Brumett led lap two with Rick Thompson from his eleventh starting spot in second. The yellow flew again during lap four as Jeremiah Arnold and Wade Watson spun in turn two. Steve Keith moved by Thompson for the runner up spot on lap three then incidents at both ends of the speedway brought out the caution with four laps complete. Thompson regained second on the restart with Lester Shoff on his rear bumper. Jason Schoonmaker brought out the caution again with six laps complete. Shoff retired during the caution placing Keith third. Keith and Couchenour tangled forcing Couchenour to stop in the infield bringing out the yellow. Thompson made it to the front on the restart as Brumett slipped to second then one lap later to third with Keith in the second spot. Brumett spun one lap later but the race stayed green. David McClanahan spun into the infield with two laps remaining. The leaders tangled on the restart collecting several cars and forcing Mark Luce to exit from the speedway behind a wrecker. Thompson made a quick stop in the pits with a flat and Keith took control followed by Nate Lester and Brian Crandall. Lester passed Keith on the white flag lap and held on for the win.

P7243381.jpg (526482 bytes)Mark Hall and Scott Lewis were on the front row for the Outlaw Cadet feature. Hall took control leading lap one then an incident involving Phil Knight, Alex Fiesler and Dana Wellington brought out the caution before lap two was complete. Hall had a ten-car length advantage when a lap four spin by Kevin Cline brought out the second yellow. Jamie Erhard was in the second spot for the restart with Louis DeDionisio third and Scott Lewis fourth. Erhard used the low groove to pass Hall on the restart lap but one lap later Nathan Short was spun into the infield for the third caution. Hall fought his way back to the front and Erhard went to second on the restart. Lewis spun with ten complete collecting Mike Knight. Mike Moore made it into the top three as Spanky Hall signaled two to go then Fiesler spun in turn four setting up a two lap dash for the win. Hall stayed in front for his third win and Erhard barely held off Moore for second.

P7243383.jpg (570327 bytes)Bob Hazzard led the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature then a spin by Bryan Ester brought out the yellow. Mike Murray was second and Pete Volpe third. Volpe took second from Murray on lap four and started to run down Hazzard. Bob Van Arsdale brought out the caution with six complete allowing Volpe to close with Hazzard. Murray was third with John Boardman fourth. Bobby Rohrer took third from Murray on the restart as Volpe chased Hazzard. Jake Eller brought out the caution with twelve laps complete. Boardman got sideways on the restart collecting Chad Carlson. Debris made the yellow immediately follow the green on the restart. Hazzard ran the last two laps unchallenged with Volpe second and Rohrer third.

P7243425.jpg (702428 bytes)P7243427.jpg (711899 bytes)Monty Seekings Jr. rolled over several times on the second lap of the first Super Challenger feature as Gary Fisher led. Kirk Foust passed Fisher for the lead on lap two and led the remainder of the event for his second win. Jermin Strickland led most of the laps in the second Challenger feature also for his second win.

Spectators:

Heat 1:P7243151.jpg (783285 bytes) Kevin Brumett, Lester Shoff, John Kelsey

Heat 2: P7243178.jpg (761239 bytes)Skip Joslin, Clarence Dickerson, Mike Coast

Feature: Nate Lester, Steve Keith, Jason Schoonmaker, Clarence Dickerson, Brian Crandall, Charlie Silleman, James Britt, Pat Landy, Matt Lozowski, Rick Thompson

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: P7243194.jpg (839889 bytes)Mike Knight, Mark Hall, Phil Knight

Heat 2: P7243209.jpg (821628 bytes)Paul Norman, Dennis Lunger, Dana Wellington

Feature: Mark Hall, Jamie Erhard, Mike Moore, Louis DeDionisio, Nathan Short, Ron Seeley, John Cline, Mike Knight, Phil Knight, Cliff Lanphere

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: P7243229.jpg (793477 bytes)Bob Hazard, Bryan Ester, Jim Leonard
Heat 2: P7243239.jpg (803576 bytes)Chad Carlson, Aaron Robinson, Don McGuire

Feature: Bob Hazzard, Pete Volpe, Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Dan Nocero, Don McGuire, John Boardman, Bob Van Arsdale, Chris Kuschel, Jim Leonard

E-Mod:

Heat 1: P7243258.jpg (795170 bytes)Bill Thomas, Chris Sutton, Russell Dunn

Heat 2: P7243272.jpg (876938 bytes)Dale Applebee, Chad Ruhlman, Quincy Turner

Heat 3: Dave Hess Jr., Tim Rater, Dustin Eckman

Feature: Dale Applebee, Bill Thomas, Chad Ruhlman, Tommy Fox, Russell Dunn, Justin Carlson, Tim Rater, Scott Pangrazio, Dustin Eckman, Dave Hess Jr.

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: P7243297.jpg (753776 bytes)Dave Hess Jr., Chris Hackett, Paul Briggs, Chad Valone, Rich Gardner

Heat 2: P7243317.jpg (739232 bytes)Scott Gurdak, Bump Hedman, Dan Armbruster, Wendell Pinckney, Moose Dunnewold

Heat 3: P7243333.jpg (771415 bytes)Jason Morell, Scott Johnson, Dick Barton, Kevin Weise, Doug Eck

Feature: Paul Briggs, Scott Gurdak, Chris Hackett, Rich Gardner, Scott Johnson, Bruce Hordusky, Dave Hess Jr., Doug Eck, Dick Barton, Dan Armbruster, Andy Boozel, Chad Valone, Mike Coyle, Ted Kosinski, Kevin Weise, Ward Schell, Jason Morell, Bump Hedman, Wendell Pinckney, Moose Dunnewold, John Lobb, Wally Fox

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: P7243351.jpg (767265 bytes)Henry Seekings, Jay Seekings, Adam Hilyer

Heat 2: P7243371.jpg (716647 bytes)Ryan Scott, Kirk Foust, Glenn Slaney

Feature 1: Kirk Foust, Henry Seekings, Dominic DePancean, Sam Courson, Adam Hilyer, Mike Gibbons, Gary Fischer, John Robinson, Doug Kirih, Mike Kelwaski

Feature 2: Jermin Strickland, Bryon Johnson, Mike Genco, Glenn Slaney, Terry Lester, Dereck Frank, Rod Birt, Brett Van Guilder, Bob Belson, Shawn Seekings