Stateline Speedway crowned itís points champions with Scott Johnson
gaining his first Championship, Coming into the final points race of the
season Scott Johnson had a 46-point lead over Rich Gardner.
The lead widened when Johnson won his heat while Gardner was third in
his. From his outside front-row
starting position, Johnson took off to the early lead in the feature while
Gardner was mired in traffic. A
four-car pile-up slowed the pace on lap three but not the leaderís
determination to win his first-ever points title.
When the race resumed, Johnson again was strong but Chris Hackett was
pulling alongside in every turn, but Johnson was incredibly strong off the
corners. Randy Lobb stopped on
the track surface at lap fourteen to interrupt the action with another
caution. After the green again
flew, Miles Stitzinger began challenging Hackett, allowing Johnson to get away
and proceed to his fourth Victory of the season at Stateline and his
first-ever points Championship by 130 points over Gardner, who ended the event
in fifth position. But the final
laps were not a romp for Johnson as a caution at lap 23 allowed Hackett to
move back on his back bumper, even leading by less that a foot at the white
flag. At the finish it was
Johnson, Hackett, Dan Armbruster, Mile Stitzinger, and Rich Gardner.
Brian Fardink led to turn three of the first lap of the E-Mod feature
when Quincy Turner attempted to pass, jumping over Fardinkís front tire,
causing it to go flat. On the
restart, Turner led till lap three when he spun in turn three, handing the
lead to Matt Swanson. At
the start K C Decker assumed the lead with Swanson running second.
Swanson succumbed to mechanical problems at lap 6.
Decker led the remaining distance to pick up his first Stateline
Victory of the season. Finishing
second was Justin Carlson, third was Troy Carr.
Tom Hagberg and Bill Thomas filled out the top five.
Dale Applebee emerged as the point champion over Bill Thomas.
Only two points separated leaders Bobby Rohrer and Pat McGuire heading into
the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Ironically,
the two are teammates. Points
leader McGuire trailed Rohrer, the pursuer, throughout the event while chasing
race leader Bob Hazzard. Hazzard
never faltered, picking up his second consecutive win, his second of the
season. By virtue of finishing
second, Rohrer won the points championship by 18 points over McGuire, who
wound up third. Fourth in the
event was Pete Volpe and fifth was Aaron Robinson.
Dana Wellington led the Outlaw Cadets until getting high on the racing
surface in turn two of lap three, handing the lead to hard-charging Ron
Seeley. A four-car pileup in turn
one slowed the action at lap four. Second
place point car Michael Knight was involved in the incident, hurting his
chances of making up the 171-point deficit from leader Nathan Short.
Although Knight was able to continue, he was never again a challenge in
the event. Short, who ended the
race in third, won the title by 216 points over Seeley, who replaced Knight
for second in the points. After
gaining the lead, Seeley, the 2003 champ, survived three more cautions at the
front before gaining his third win of the season over Mark Hall, Short, Louie DeDionisio,
and Mike Moore.
Mark Luce led the first four laps from the pole position before losing the
lead to David McClanahan, who went on to pick up the win in the first
Spectator feature over Clarence Dickerson, Rodney Thoms, Skip Joslin, and Mike
Rush Firestone led the first four laps of the second Spectator feature before
losing the lead to Kevin Brumett on a restart.
Brumett went on to lead the next four laps before spinning in turn two,
turning the lead over to Brian Crandall.
Crandall led the rest of the way to win over John Swabik, Matt
Lozowski, Lester Shoff, and Rush Firestone.
In the points race, Nate Lester led by thirty over Jamestownís Chris
Couchenour going into the feature. Both
drivers had problems but Lester failed to finish the event while Couchenour
finished seventh to win the title by 110 markers.
Kirk Foust won the first Challenger feature and Rick Sperry won the second.
Ryan Scott captured the points championship by 25 points over Glenn
Mark Luce, David McClanahan, Shiloh Swabik, Clarence Dickerson, Lonnie
2: Brian Crandall, John Swabik, Lester Shoff, Chris Couchenour, Nate Lester
1: David McClanahan, Clarence Dickerson, Rodney Thoms, Skip Joslin, Mike Coast
2: Brian Crandall, John Swabik, Matt Lozowski, Lester Shoff, Mike Coast
1: Paul Norman, Troy Dorman, Rick Loomis, John Cline, Scott Lewis
2: Mark Hall, Andy Knight, Phil Knight, Michael Knight, Mike Moore
Ron Seeley, Mark Hall, Nathan Short, Louis DeDionisio, Mike Moore, Philip
Knight, Bill Dunn, Jamie Erhard, Michael Knight, Dennis Lunger
1: John Boardman, Mike Murray, Bryan Ester, Will Wanstreet, Scott Kuschel
2: Bob Hazzard, Pat McGuire, Don McGuire, Bobby Rohrer, Bob Van Arsdale
Bob Hazzard, Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Pete Volpe, Aaron Robinson, Chris
Kuschel, Don McGuire, Scott Kuschel, Mike Murray, Jim Leonard
1: Matt Swanson, Tommy Fox, Justin Carlson, Jason Illig, Jim Hilyer
2: Brian Fardink, Quincy Turner, K C Decker, Troy Carr, Tom Hagberg
K C Decker, Justin Carlson, Troy Carr, Tom Hagberg, Bill Thomas,
1: Moose Dunnewold, Miles Stitzinger, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs, Andy Boozel
2: Scott Johnson, Chris Hackett, Doug Eck, Wendell Pinckney, Merle Terry
3: Dan Armbruster, Ward Schell, Scott Gurdak, Bumpy Hedman, Kevin Weise
Scott Johnson, Chris Hackett, Dan Armbruster, Miles Stitzinger, Rich Gardner,
Merle Terry, Scott Gurdak, Paul Briggs, Randy Lobb, Jason Morell, Steve
Halpainy, Moose Dunnewold, Wendell Pinckney, Doug Eck, Ward Schell, Kevin
Weise, Bump Hedman, Mike Coyle, Andy Boozel
1: Kevin Golden, Dominic DePancean, James Paul, Bob Swanson, Luke Rutsky
2: Mike Gibbons, Ben Burgess, Randy Carlson, Rod Brit, Gary Fisher
3: Aron Bascomb, Ryan Scott, Jay Seekings, Glenn Slaney, Kirk Foust
1: Kirk Foust, Ryan Scott, Brett Van Guilder, Sam Courson, Jay Seekings
2: Rick Sperry, Kevin Golden, Luke Rutsky, Mike Kelwaski, Randy Carlson