By Glenn Slocum
Busti, NY: The celebration stated early on Budweiser Night at Stateline Speedway. Rich Gardner driving the Budweiser car won the "King of the Hill" in the Super Late Model division pocketing $1,000.00 and earning the pole starting position in the feature event. Gardner continued his streak leading every lap of the feature and winning despite a right front flat at the finish. Assistant Flagman Mark Matthews won the "I Challenge You" event beating Head Starter Spanky Hall to the checkers by five car lengths. Rusty Briggs started twenty-third in the Spectator feature then passed Bill Van Volkenburg for the lead and the win with two laps to go. Jamie Erhard won his first Outlaw Cadet feature of the season. Don McGuire drove his smoking Budweiser Super Sportsman to his first win of the season. Dale Applebee won his second E-Mod feature. Luke Rutsky and Henry Seekings won the Super Challenger features.
Rich Gardner winner of the "King of the Hill" was on the pole with Scott Johnson second. Paul Briggs and Chad Valone were in row two with Moose Dunnewold and Wally Fox in row three. Gardner led the first lap with Johnson second and Valone third. Valone slipped by Johnson on lap four then Kevin Weise and Jason Morell tangled in turn four bringing out the yellow for the first time. Dave Hess used the high side to move into the sixth spot just before the yellow appeared for Ward Schell and Matt Lanphere. Seven laps were complete with Gardner leading followed by Valone, Johnson, Fox, Merle Terry and Hess. Weise spun stopping Rod Maloy ruining the restart. Terry left the speedway during the yellow sending Hess into the top five with Bump Hedman sixth. Johnson narrowly beat Valone to the line on lap nine then finished the pass on lap ten to regain the second spot. Hess used those laps to get by Fox for fourth. Gardner caught the end of the field on lap nineteen and Hedman got by Fox for fifth. Gardner ran the rest of the race in a groove then suffered a right front flat just as the checkers flew. Johnson finished two car lengths behind Gardner with Valone third and Dave Hess fourth coming from his sixteenth starting spot.
Bubba Cettell led the first lap on the Spectator feature then lost the lead to Wade Watson on lap tow as Bill Van Volkenburg charged into the lead from his twentieth starting spot on lap three. Debris on the speedway brought the caution out on lap four and the leaders were Van Volkenburg, Watson, Brian Crandall and Rusty Briggs. Crandall and Briggs were second and third going into turn one on the restart with Van Volkenburg four car lengths ahead. Briggs pressed Crandall finally winning the spot with five to go and the leader was in lap traffic. Van Volkenburg got trapped behind a lap car giving Briggs the opening he was waiting for. Briggs held the lead for a partial lap then the yellow flew for Mike Coast in turn three. Briggs beat Van Volkenburg to turn one on the restart and Chris Couchenour moved into third. Briggs won going away with Van Volkenburg second and Couchenour third.
Bill Dunn and Jamie Erhard brought the Outlaw Cadets around for Spanky Halls green flag and Erhard jumped right to the front leaving Dunn to second. Harry Carpenter brought out the yellow on lap three. Ron Seeley was third on the restart. Tom Hagberg and Phil Knight tangled on the restart for the yellow one lap later. Seeley took second on the restart and a seven-car incident in turn two brought out the third yellow. Scott Lewis was the only car that could not drive away. Dunn was nudged by Louis DeDionisio on the restart lap losing several spots giving Mike Moore third and DeDionisio fourth. Mark Hall spun to a stop on lap five for the forth caution. Seeley got wide on lap eight sending Moore into the second spot. Andy Knight was fifth and Tom Hagberg sixth. Erhard lost ground to Moore in traffic than nearly lost the lead to Moore as Spanky Hill signaled two to go. Erhard held on for his first win of the year.
Bob Van Arsdale and Chad Carlson were one and two after the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event. Pete Volpe and Jim Leonard brought out the first caution on lap two. Bryan Ester lost an axel then spun on the front stretch for caution number two. Carlson used the restart to gain the top spot with Don McGuire third, John Boardman fourth and Pat McGuire fifth. Don McGuire’s car began smoking but he did not slow taking second from Van Arsdale on lap eight. Chris Kuschel stopped up against the wall coming out of turn two for the third yellow. McGuire continued to smoke and still took the lead from Carlson on the restart. McGuire won the event with Carlson second and Pat McGuire third.
Shane Applebee spun collecting Mike Hess and Mike Kosinski on the first lap of the E-Mod feature. Bill Thomas was in first with Dale Applebee second and K.C. Decker third. Thomas and Applebee charged into turn one on the restart and Thomas led coming out of turn two. John Lacki slipped by Decker one lap later for the third spot and Dave Hess Jr. sat in fifth. Decker would move up beside Lacki in the corners then fall back down the straights. Thomas was still the leader at the halfway point then he got loose in turn four on lap nine spinning the car, collecting Decker and bringing out the yellow giving Dale Applebee the lead. Lacki was second with Dave Hess third and Shane Applebee fourth. Dale Applebee continued to build his lead through the remainder of the event winning by several car lengths over Lacki and Dave Hess Jr.
Luke Rutsky passed Jermin Strickland with two laps to go winning the first Super Challenger feature. Henry Seekings grabbed the lead on lap five of the second Challenger event narrowly beating Lee Matczak to the line.
Feature: Rusty Briggs, Bill Van Volkenburg, Chris Couchenour, John Kelsey, Brian Crandall, Dave Tackett, Rush Firestone, Lester Shoff, Skip Joslin, Pat Passanise
Feature: Jamie Erhard, Mike Moore, Ron Seeley, Louis DeDionisio, Tom Hagberg, Andy Knight, Mike Knight, Nathan Short, Philip Knight, John Cline
Budweiser Super Sportsman:
Feature: Don McGuire, Chad Carlson, Pat McGuire, Bob Van Arsdale, Dan Nocero, Bobby Rohrer, Pete Volpe, Aaron Robinson, John Boardman, Scott Kuschel
E-Mod: Dale Applebee, John Lacki, Dave Hess Jr., Shane Applebee
Feature: Dale Applebee, John Lacki, Dave Hess Jr., Shane Applebee, Tommy Fox, Brian Fardink, Tim Rater, Wade Mohawk, Mike Hess, Justin Carlson
Super Late Model:
King of the Hill:
Round 1: Andy Boozel, Bruce Hordusky
Round 2: Paul Briggs, Kevin Weise
Round 3: John Lobb, Doug Eck
Round 4: Rod Maloy, Jason Morel
Round 5: Moose Dunnewold, Mike Coyle
Round 6: Bump Hedman, Mark Ramsey
Round 7: Rich Gardner, Scott Gurdak
Round 8: Chad Valone, Dave Hess Jr.
Round 9: Matt Lanphere, Ward Schell
Round 10: Scott Johnson, Wendell Pinckney
Round 11: Merle Terry, Steve Halpainy
Round 12: Wally Fox, Andy Boozel
Round 13: Paul Briggs, John Lobb
Round 14: Moose Dunnewold, Rod Maloy
Round 15: Rich Gardner, Bump Hedman
Round 16: Chad Valone, Matt Lanphere
Round 17: Scott Johnson, Merle Terry
Round 18: Paul Briggs, Wally Fox
Round 19: Rich Gardner, Moose Dunnewold
Round 20: Scott Johnson, Chad Valone
Round 21: Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs
Round 22: Rich Gardner, Scott Johnson
Feature: Rich Gardner, Scott Johnson, Chad Valone, Dave Hess Jr., Bump
Hedman, Wally Fox, Andy Boozel, Scott Gurdak, John Lobb, Paul Briggs, Doug
Eck, Mark Ramsey, Bruce Hordusky, Moose Dunnewold, Steve Halpainy, Wendell
Pinckney, Kevin Weise, Jason Morell, Matt Lanphere, Ward Schell, Merle
Terry, Rod Maloy, Mike Coyle
Feature 1: Luke Rutsky, Jermin Strickland, Mike Hamernik, Chuck Dickinson, Wade Slaney, Mike Genco, John Angeletti, James Paul, Keith Robert, Jason Lynn
Feature 2: Henry Seekings, Lee Matczak, Casey Swabik, Brett Van Guilder, Ryan Scott, Dereck Frank, Sam Courson, Jay Seekings, Glenn Slaney, Gary Fisher