Bobby Rohrer Wins Budweiser Super Sportsman Championship Race and
Scott Johnson Wins Bear Lake Inn Super Late Model Feature
at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum
Busti, NY: A cool summer evening at the Bear Lake Inn sponsored races at
Stateline Speedway featured a match race between local racing legends Emory
Mahan and Jim Scott. Mahon is in the Warren County Sports Hall of Fame and was
the first Late Model feature winner at Stateline Speedway. Jim Scott won Late
Model events in a Ford, Plymouth and Chevrolet. The match race was started from
the speedway just like they used to do by Spanky Hall and after five laps of
swapping the lead they finished dead even. Bobby Rohrer passed Aaron Robinson
for lead with four laps remaining to win the Outlaw Cadet Championship Race.
Scott Johnson started fourth and finished first winning his third of the season
in the Super Late Model division.
Rusty Briggs won his first feature of the season in the Spectator and Mike
Knight won his second of the season in the Outlaw Cadets. Mike Hess made it
three in row by winning the E-Mod feature. Ryan Scott and Henry Seekings won the
Super Challenger features.
Kevin Weise brought out the yellow on the initial start of the Super Late
Model feature with Rod Maloy and Wally Fox on the front row. Maloy lost two
spots on the start as Fox took the early lead with Scott Johnson second. Rich
Gardner was fourth, Ward Schell fifth and Scott Gurdak sixth. Johnson moved to
the outside line and passed Fox on lap five for the lead and Gurdak moved by
Schell for fifth. Gurdak moved to fourth then third as the tenth lap was
completed. Johnson had started lapping cars then a stalled Wendell Pinckney
brought out the yellow on lap thirteen. Johnson remained the leader after the
restart and Gardner passed Gurdak to regain the third spot and Fox stayed
second. Merle Terry and Chad Valone brought out the yellow with nine remaining.
Terry had more troubles on the restart and the field was quickly realigned for
another restart. Johnson moved out to a eight car length advantage and Gardner
moved alongside then passed Fox for second. Gurdak followed Gardner by Fox then
with four remaining Matt Lanphere stopped in the exit of turn four for the fifth
caution. A incident during the restart involving Maloy and Schell stopped the
race while Spanky Hall discussed the slow start with leader Johnson. Johnson
prevailed once more on the restart and finished the final laps unchallenged.
Gardner was second with Gurdak third and Fox fourth.
Aaron Robinson was on the pole for the Budweiser Super Sportsman Championship
event. Don McGuire spun on the first lap but the race stayed under green. Al
White stopped on the speedway during lap two for the first caution. Robinson was
first with Murray second and Chris Kuschel third. Robinson gained a small
advantage over Murray on the restart. Mike Kosinski moved into third then two
laps later into the second spot and Robinson began to pull away. Bobby Rohrer
was third with Pete Volpe in tow on lap nine as the yellow flew for Bryan Ester
in turn two. Volpe slowed to a stop in turn two after one more green flag lap.
Rohrer moved to the outside and passed Kosinski for second on lap twelve. Bob
Van Arsdale spun on lap thirteen and required a wrecker to leave the speedway.
Kosinski, Rohrer and Chad Carlson battled for the second spot at Robinson led.
Robinson fell to Rohrer with four laps remaining in the event. Rohrer ran the
last four unchallenged and Robinson held on to second with Kosinski third.
Mike Coast and Mort John led the Spectator feature event to the speedway.
John Kelsey was the leader after the first lap with Coast second and Rusty
Briggs third. Bill Reeves spun in turn one bringing out the first yellow before
the second lap was completed. Kelsey was able to jump out to a ten car length
lead on the restart with Briggs and Lester Shoff in chasing. Briggs and Shoff
caught Kelsey in lap traffic on lap six then Kelsey load the handle in turn two
bringing out the caution and giving the lead to Briggs. Shoff was second with
Matt Lozowski third. Nate Lester took the third spot from Lozowski with three to
go. The yellow followed the white for Chris Couchenour. Just as the green fell
for the restart Bill Van Volkenburg, Kelsey and Bob Kinne tangled in turn four.
The next restart was successful with Briggs getting the win followed by Lester
Shoff and Nate Lester.
Dana Wellington lost the lead to Ron Seeley on the first lap of the Outlaw
Cadet event and then tangled with Mark Hall on lap two bringing out the first
caution. Phil Knight was also involved. Tom Hagberg, Wellington and Louis
DeDionisio were second through fourth as Seeley led. Bill Dunn stopped in the
pit entrance bringing out the caution with five complete. Seeley, Hagberg and
DeDionisio were the leaders after the restart with Andy and Mike Knight fourth
and fifth. John Cline spun in four on lap seven for the third yellow. Jamie
Erhard passed Andy Knight on the backstretch then Knight made contact sending
Erhard spinning into the infield but the green stayed out. Four cars, Mark Hall,
Brian Campbell, Alex Fiesler and Scott Lewis, brought out the next yellow after
a collision in turn four. Mike Knight moved by his brother Andy on the restart
then quickly passed DeDionisio for third two turns later. Phil Knight spun to
stop in turn two brining out the caution with two to go. Knight used the high
line to take the number one spot at the line as the white flew. Seeley broke two
turns later giving second to Hagberg and third to Nathan Short. Knight won his
second of the season.
Mike Hess and Justin Carlson ran the first six green flag laps side by side
with Mike Hess finally gaining the advantage. Dave Hess Jr. then moved up under
Carlson and they battled for three laps with Dave Hess finally taking the spot
on lap nine. Dale Applebee was fourth and Shane Applebee fifth. The race ran
with out a caution giving Hess his third win.
Dominic DePancean was the early leader of the first Super Challenger feature
the lost the lead to Ryan Scott who won his second of the year. Henry Seekings
lead every lap of the second Super Challenger with Derrick Frank second and
Glenn Slaney third.
Heat 1: Rusty Briggs, John Swabik, Matt Lozowski
Heat 2: Bill Reeves, Brian Crandall, Mike Coast
Feature: Rusty Briggs, Lester Shoff, Nate Lester, John Swabik, Matt Lozowski,
Chris Couchenour, Mark Luce, Brian Crandall, John Kelsey, Pat Landy
Heat 1: Tom Hagberg, Mike Moore, Mark Hall
Heat 2: Scott Lewis, Cliff Lanphere, Rick Loomis
Feature: Mike Knight, Tom Hagberg, Nathan Short, Louise
DeDionisio, John Cline, Ron Seeley, Dana Wellington, Scott Lewis, Brian
Campbell, Phil Knight
Heat 1: Brett Van Guilder, Casey Swabik, Blair Miller
Heat 2: Henry Seekings, Jason Ellis, Sam Courson
Feature 1: Ryan Scott, Brett Van Guilder, Dominic DePancean, Kirk Foust,
Jermin Strickland, Jason Lynn, Cedric Denson, Jeffery Birath, Mike Genco, John
Feature 2: Harry Seekings, Dereck Frank, Glenn Slaney, Casey Swabik, Sam
Courson, Kevin Covell, James Paul, Jon Brice, Keith Robert, Shawn Seekings
Budweiser Super Sportsman:
Heat 1: Aaron Robinson, Mike Murray, Jim Leonard
Heat 2: Chad Carlson, Bobby Rohrer, Mike Kosinski
Feature: Bobby Rohrer, Aaron Robinson, Dan Nocero, Don McGuire, Hank Francis,
Chris Kuschel, Mike Murray, John Boardman, Scott Kuschel, Tim Nocero
Heat 1: Justin Carlson, Shane Applebee, Tommy Fox
Heat 2: Mike Hess, Tim Rater, Dave Hess Jr.
Feature: Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson, Dale Applebee, Shane
Applebee, Tim Rater, Dan Nocero Jr., Bill Thomas, John Lacki, Tommy Fox
Super Late Model:
Heat 1: Rod Maloy, Scott Johnson, Andy Boozel Bump Hedman, Chad Valone
Heat 2: Wally Fox, Wendell Pinckney, Scott Gurdak
Heat 3: Rich Gardner, Ward Schell, Dan Armbruster, Doug Eck, Dave Hess Jr.
Feature: Scott Johnson, Rich Gardner, Scott Gurdak, Wally Fox, Dan
Armbruster, Andy Boozel, Doug Eck, Rod Maloy, Mark Ramsey, Bump Hedman, Dave
Hess Jr., Steve Halpainy, Ward Schell, Wendell Pinckney, Moose Dunnewold, Merle
Terry, Kevin Weise, Matt Lanphere, Bruce Hordusky, Chad Valone, Chris Hackett