IMG_0600.jpg (455896 bytes)Merle Terry Wins Corry Lumber Super Late Model Feature
at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: Clear blue sky and soaring temperatures greeted fans and racers at Eriez Speedway. Corry Lumber sponsored the events highlighted by the Outlaw Cadet King of the Hill. The round robin qualification for the Cadets was won by Nathan Short defeating Phil Knight in the final round. Wade Slaney won a caution filled Spectator feature for his third win of the season. Chad Carlson notched his second win and Louis DeDionisio finally got into the win column in the Outlaw Cadet Division. Dave Hess Jr. broke while leading the E-Mod feature turning the lead over to Chris Sutton for his first win of the season. Merle Terry led from the start to win the Super Late Model feature getting his first win of the season. Mary Lou Keith won the Lady Challenger feature and Glenn Slaney won his fifth Super Challenger feature.

IMG_0592.jpg (489632 bytes)Merle Terry led the Super Late Model division out for their feature event. Terry led the first circuit with Paul Briggs second. Chad Valone and Scott Gurdak were side by side for third. Terry still led the parade with six laps complete when the yellow flew for Mike Coyle. Terry, Briggs, Valone, Boozel and Eck were the leaders for the restart with Gurdak falling back to the eighth spot. Randy Lobb collected Andy Kania and Wendell Pinckney on the restart for yellow number two. Briggs lost the handle on the restart and once the melee ended only Eck, Mike Knight and Briggs were left sitting. Terry was now followed by Rich Gardner, Bump Hedman, Gurdak and Dave Lyon. The next restart went smoothly with Terry leading Gardner and Gurdak. Hedman was fourth and Lyon fifth. George LaBarbera tangled with Mike Knight and Jason Morell with twelve laps complete. The top five remained the same with Dave Hess sixth, Chris Hackett seventh and Lobb eighth. Lobb pulled into the pits with a right rear flat during the yellow and Andy Kania moved up to seventh for the restart. Hess moved into the top five on the restart putting Lyon back to sixth. Gurdak went high one lap later losing spots to Hedman, Hess and Lyon. Boozel spun to a stop in turn one bringing out the yellow and Valone was sent to the rear by starter Mark Matthews. Valone elected to go into the pits before the restart. Gurdak beat Lyon to turn one for the fifth spot on the restart and Terry moved away from Gardner and Hedman. Terry completely controlled the final laps getting his first win of the season.

IMG_0524.jpg (536176 bytes)The first feature of the evening was run by the Spectators with Mike Rhines and Ken Lamp on the front row. A wild start saw Wade Watson hard into the guardrail in turn one and as the yellow flew Lamp set his car up atop the turn three rail. Watson returned to tag the field but Lamp required the wrecker to return to the pits. The field was realigned with Jeff Harvey taking Lampís spot off the pole. Harvey led the first lap with Nate Lester second and Rodney Thoms third but the yellow flew for Carl Marcy and Wade Slaney in turn three. Harvey led the second lap with Lester, Thoms, Rick Thompson and Lester Shoff in tow. Thompson moved up into third one lap later then the yellow flew for Rhines in turn four. The top five for the restart were Harvey, Lester, Thompson, Shoff and Thoms. Lester won the dash to turn one on the restart but the yellow appeared for John Naughton. Lester held on to the lead during the restart but slipped up the speedway on the next circuit letting Harvey and Thompson by. The yellow flew for Walt Johnson with six laps complete. Tom Norland moved into the top five on the restart. Shoff spun one lap later but the green stayed out. Thompson suffered a flat on the next lap then Harvey spun as the yellow flew for Joe Heslop in turn two. Ten laps were complete. Lester, Slaney, Norland, Thoms and Harvey were the restart leaders. Slaney used the outside to pass Lester at the flag to lead lap eleven then the yellow flew for Rhines and Mike Harmon. Slaney cruised to his third win with Lester a distant second and Norland third.

IMG_0537.jpg (549041 bytes)Jake Eller and Bob Van Arsdale were the first to take the green in the Budweiser Super Sportsman event with Van Arsdale leading lap one. One lap later Eller went high in turn four spinning to a stop bringing out the caution flag. Van Arsdale, John Volpe, Scott Kuschel and Chad Carlson were the top four for the lap three restart. Van Arsdale led the next lap then went up in smoke. Volpe spun to avoid a slowing Van Arsdale as Carlson took control and the yellow flew for the second time. John Boardman was second with Kuschel third and Mike Murray fourth. Carlson had a ten car length lead by lap five after the restart and Murray was one car length behind Boardman for second. Eric Ester pulled into the infield with a smoking car on lap nine then two laps later Eller slowed on the speedway for the third caution. Both Pat and Don McGuire passed Murray for the third and fourth spot after the restart but no one could catch Carlson who cruised to his second win of the season.

IMG_0553.jpg (513184 bytes)Dave Tackett led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature with Dewey Kinnear second and Louis DeDionisio third. Andy and Phil Knight were fourth and fifth. Ron Bem brought out the yellow with five laps complete. DeDionisio grabbed second from Kinnear on the restart lap. Ron Seeley retired from the event on lap ten. DeDionisio pulled alongside Tackett on lap eleven but could not make the pass then as The two to go signal was given DeDionisio pulled under Tackett and made the pass. Another spin by Bem brought out the yellow setting up a one lap dash for the win. DeDionisio won the dash for his first feature win of the season.

IMG_0579.jpg (499801 bytes)Dave Hess Jr. led the first lap of the E-Mod feature with Chris Sutton second and Mike Boyd third. Point leader Mike Hess was way back in thirteenth. Dave Hess had mechanical problems on lap four pulling to a stop in the infield and Sutton became the new leader with Boyd second and Chuck Steinle third. Alex Feisler and Brian Fardink brought out the first yellow with seven laps complete. The top five for the restart were Sutton, Boyd, Steinle, Justin Carlson and Pat McGuire. Mike Hess was seventh for the restart. McGuire moved into the third spot on lap ten. Sutton entered lap traffic at the two to go signal then with the white flag in the air Mike Hess brought out the second caution. Sutton held on getting his first win of the season.

Spectators:

Heat 1: IMG_0191.jpg (510823 bytes)Wade Watson, Ken Jackson, Joe Heslop

Heat 2: IMG_0210.jpg (524981 bytes)Josh Lucas, Wade Slaney, Jeff Harvey

Feature: Wade Slaney, Nate Lester, Tom Norland Jr., Lester Shoff, Josh Lucas, Tim Thompson, Jeff Harvey, Rodney Thoms, John Naughton, Joe Heslop

Outlaw Cadets:

Round 1: Nathan Short, Louis DeDionisio
Round 2: Andy Knight, Ron Seeley
Round 3: Dave Tackett, John Cline
Round 4: Dewey Kinnear, Paul Norman Jr.
Round 5: Brian Zimmerly, Joe Weber
Round 6: Phil Knight, Ron Bem
Round 7: Nathan Short, Ron Seeley
Round 8: Dewey Kinnear, Dave Tackett
Round 9: Phil Knight, Brian Zimmerly
Round 10: Nathan Short, Dewey Kinnear
Round 11: IMG_0317.jpg (509228 bytes)Nathan Short, Phil Knight

Feature: Louis DeDionisio, Dave Tackett, Dewey Kinnear, Andy Knight, Phil Knight, Paul Norman Jr., Joe Weber, Brian Zimmerly, Ron Seeley, John Cline

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: IMG_0243.jpg (522540 bytes)John Boardman, Brent Crandall, Bob Van Arsdale
Heat 2: IMG_0268.jpg (477920 bytes)Chad Carlson, Don McGuire, Pat McGuire

Feature: Chad Carlson, John Boardman, Pat McGuire, Don McGuire, Mike Murray, John Volpe, Bobby Rohrer, Scott Kuschel, Dan Francis, Brent Crandall

E-Mod:

Heat 1: IMG_0338.jpg (478327 bytes)Chris Sutton, Chuck Steinle, Justin Carlson

Heat 2: IMG_0348.jpg (456332 bytes)Dave Hess Jr., Alex Fiesler, Brian Fardink

Heat 3: IMG_0368.jpg (528482 bytes)Mike Boyd, Pat McGuire, Herm Hilyer

Feature: Chris Sutton, Mike Boyd, Pat McGuire, Chuck Steinle, Dustin Eckman, Troy Carr, Justin Carlson, Dave Will, Eugene Stetson, Chris Peterson

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: IMG_0382.jpg (450471 bytes)Merle Terry, Chad Valone, Andy Boozel, Dave Lyon, Andy Kania

Heat 2: IMG_0414.jpg (456372 bytes)Paul Briggs, Doug Eck, Bump Hedman, Randy Lobb, George LaBarbera

Heat 3: IMG_0428.jpg (466625 bytes)Scott Gurdak, Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Knight, Moose Dunnewold

Feature: Merle Terry, Rich Gardner, Bump Hedman, Dave Hess Jr., Dave Lyon, Scott Gurdak, Andy Kania, Chris Hackett, Paul Briggs, Mike Knight, Wendell Pinckney, Mike Coyle, Randy Lobb, Andy Boozel, Chad Valone, Moose Dunnewold, George LaBarbera, Jason Morell, Doug Eck, Ward Schell

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_0461.jpg (484334 bytes)Don Kennedy, Steve Soto, Gary Fisher

Heat 2: IMG_0488.jpg (516942 bytes)Aron Dascomb, Glenn Slaney, Alex Froman

Feature: IMG_0620.jpg (427872 bytes)Glenn Slaney, Chris Withers, Andrew Bastian, Leslie Armstrong, Alex Froman, Steve Soto, Ben Burgess Jr., Larry Burns, Ed Proper, Rod Birt

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_0442.jpg (464564 bytes)Mary Lou Keith, Amber Belson, Mary Hammond

Feature: IMG_0614.jpg (486283 bytes)Mary Lou Keith, Amanda Swanson, Kayla Riefstahl, Mary Hammond, Kim Bell, Amber Belson, Dani Webster