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Chris Hackett Wins Conway O’Malley Goodyear Super Late Model Championship Race at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: After two consecutive Rain outs Eriez Speedway had perfect weather for racing. Sysco Foods Kids Night was celebrated with prize drawings, the Busch Beer Autograph session emptied the stands as fans mingled with race teams on the front stretch in the middle of the racing events. The Super Late Models ran the Conway O’Malley Goodyear Championship race. Chris Hackett used his second starting spot and held off a late race charge by Andy Boozel to win the caution free Championship race. Wade Slaney won his fourth Spectator feature. Three wide racing for the lead highlighted the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature with veteran Pat McGuire coming from his twelfth starting spot to win his second of the season. Phil Knight won his second Outlaw Cadet feature. Justin Carlson ran a strong race in the E-Mod feature surviving several restarts to get his second of the season. Amber Belson grabbed the lead from Kim Bell on the second lap of the Lady Challenger event then led the remaining laps to win her second feature. Lee Matczak won his third feature in the Super Challenger division.

IMG_2536.jpg (403646 bytes)The Conway O’Malley Goodyear Super Late Model thirty lap Championship race was brought to the speedway by Randy Lobb and Chris Hackett. Mike Knight and Kirk Bradley were in the second row with Chad Valone and Andy Boozel in row three. Hackett was the leader after one circuit with Lobb second, Scott Gurdak third and Knight fourth. Boozel was running fifth with Lyon sixth and Dunnewold seventh. Andy Kania moved to seventh on lap six as Hackett led Lobb by ten car lengths. With ten laps complete Hackett was in complete control. Dunnewold retired on lap fourteen as the race remained under green. With fifteen complete Hackett was nearing the end of the field and the top five remained unchanged. Lobb cut Hackett’s led to four car lengths by lap twenty with Gurdak ten car lengths behind Lobb. Boozel passed Gurdak then two laps latter passed Lobb for the second spot with five laps remaining. Boozel caught Hackett with three to go and was able to get a fender under Hackett in turn four but could not make the pass. Hackett won the event leading every lap for his first win of the season.

IMG_2562.jpg (469616 bytes)Justin Carlson was the leader on the start of the E-Mod feature when several cars spun in turn two. Chris Sutton, Chris Peterson and Jeff Fellows were involved. Carlson won the dash to turn one again but starter Mark Matthews did not like the start and brought back out the yellow. Carlson repeated the feat on the next attempt with Dennis Lunger settling into second and Mike Boyd third. Dave Hess Jr. move into third then second as Carlson led by several car lengths. Carlson was into lap traffic on lap six then narrowly avoided Brian Guzowski and Fellows spinning in turn three. Six laps were complete and Carlson had lost his lead. Carlson led into turn one but the yellow came right back out as Ed Simmer spun collecting Fellows and JR Cross. Carlson held onto the lead once again with Hess two car lengths back. Mike Boyd, Mike Hess and Lunger were the remainder of the top five. Hess remained glued to Carlson’s back bumper as the white flew but was unable to get alongside giving Carlson his second win.

IMG_2459.jpg (485262 bytes)Carl Macy and Walt Johnson led the Spectator division on the speedway for their feature race. Ken Lamp Jr. suffered mechanical problems before the race started and had to be pushed into the pits. Macy had troubles getting through turn two on the start collecting Tim Thompson and Wade Watson. Several cars failed to negotiate turn three on the restart as Jeff Harvey was scored as the leader after one and the yellow reappeared. The top five for the restart were Harvey, Johnson, Lester Shoff, Joe Heslop and Mike Rhines. Rick Thompson move to fourth then third on the restart as Shoff and Harvey fought for the lead. Wade Slaney joined the battle one lap later with Nate Lester in fifth. Thompson and Shoff made contact on lap four and the yellow appeared again, both were moved to the rear of the field for the lap five restart. Harvey and Slaney were in the front row for the restart with Harvey leading into one and Slaney leading coming out of four. Lester was third with Tom Norland fourth and Joe Heslop fifth. Chris McDonald spun on lap eight for the fourth caution. Debris on the front stretch ruined the restart. Slaney stayed on the point after the restart and Shoff found his way back into the top five from the rear of the field. Slaney was in lap traffic when the two to go signal was given. Rob Bates lost the handle for the sixth caution, allowing the field to close with Slaney. Slaney controlled the restart and ran the final two unchallenged for his fourth win.

IMG_2481.jpg (483998 bytes)Jim Leonard was early leader of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. A spin by Eric Ester slowed the race with three laps complete. Jake Eller used the restart to gain the number one spot. Pat McGuire fought his way to second by lap eight with Chad Carlson third and Chris Kuschel fourth. Carlson and McGuire were all over Eller’s back bumper until both tried to pass Eller coming out of turn two, Eller and Carlson made contact and McGuire took the lead with Eller second and Carlson third. The final circuits did not change the order giving McGuire his second win of the season.

IMG_2502.jpg (478439 bytes)John Cline grabbed the lead at the drop of green but an incident which ended with Andy Knight sitting sideways out of turn four brought out the yellow with one lap scored as complete. Cline led lap two with Phil Knight second and Brian Zimmerly third. Three cars spun on lap four including Paul Norman Jr., who pulled into the pits during the yellow. Chris Bowman and Dewey Kinnear had trouble on the restart for the third yellow in as many laps. Phil Knight became the new leader after the restart as Cline slipped to second, Seeley remained in third. Joe Weber dealt himself in on lap eight passing both Seeley and Zimmerly for the third spot. With five laps remaining Phil Knight had a ten car length lead over Cline who led Weber by nearly a half of a straight. Phil Knight ran the last few laps as if on a rail getting his second win of the season.

IMG_2579.jpg (491537 bytes)Rocky Owens brought out the yellow flag after one lap of the Super Challenger feature. Scott Dellahoy was the leader. Tom Cupp took the lead on the restart as Dellahoy slipped to second. Gary Fisher spun to a stop at the exit of turn four for the second yellow with four laps complete. Lee Matczak used the restart to gain the lead with Chris Withers second and Alex Froman third. Froman passed Withers for second one lap later and began to run down the leader. In his haste to catch Matczak Froman spun a lap car and the yellow flew with one lap remaining. A loose wheel lost by Larry Burns brought out the yellow just as the green fell. Matczak and Withers ran side by side for the dash to the checkers with Matczak winning by a nose for his third win.

Spectators:

Heat 1: IMG_2039.jpg (520044 bytes) Joe Heslop, Walter Johnson, John Naughton

Heat 2: IMG_2061.jpg (507017 bytes) Lester Shoff, Wade Slaney, Tom Norland

Feature: Wade Slaney, Jeff Harvey, Nate Lester, Tom Norland Jr., Lester Shoff, Jason Heslop, Rick Thompson, Lee Myers, Joe Heslop, John Naughton

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: IMG_2086.jpg (513289 bytes) Jim Leonard, Eric Ester, John Boardman
Heat 2: IMG_2113.jpg (567529 bytes) Pat McGuire, Scott Kuschel, Bobby Rohrer

Feature: Pat McGuire, Jake Eller, Chad Carlson, John Volpe, Chris Kuschel, Bob Van Arsdale, John Boardman, Bobby Rohrer, Brent Crandall, Scott Kuschel

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: IMG_2150.jpg (544895 bytes) Phil Knight, John Kline, Dave Tolon

Heat 2: IMG_2171.jpg (551264 bytes) Andy Knight, Brian Zimmerly, Ron Seeley

Feature: Phil Knight, John Cline, Joe Weber, Brian Zimmerly, Nathan Short, Dave Tackett, Andy Knight, Joe Harvey, Brian Crandall, Ron Seeley

E-Mod:

Heat 1: IMG_2191.jpg (547472 bytes) Dennis Lunger Jr., Bill Taylor, Chris Peterson

Heat 2: IMG_2210.jpg (534411 bytes) Justin Carlson, Dave Hess Jr., Dave Will

Heat 3: IMG_2225.jpg (332715 bytes) Mike Boyd, Mike Hess, Dustin Eckman

Feature: Justin Carlson, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Hess, Mike Boyd, Dennis Lunger, Dustin Eckman, Bill Taylor, Troy Carr, Mike Moon, Don Standley

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: IMG_2322.jpg (457306 bytes) Randy Lobb, Moose Dunnewold, Scott Gurdak, Paul Briggs, Doug Eck

Heat 2: IMG_2340.jpg (490952 bytes) Chris Hackett, Chad Valone, Dave Lyon, Rich Gardner, John Lacki

Heat 3: IMG_2363.jpg (508254 bytes) Mike Knight, Andy Boozel, Andy Kania, Dave Hess Jr., Merle Terry

Feature: Chris Hackett, Andy Boozel, Randy Lobb, Scott Gurdak, Dave Lyon, Mike Knight, Andy Kania, Paul Briggs, Dave Hess Jr., Rich Gardner, Bump Hedman, Doug Eck, Merle Terry, Chad Valone, John Lacki, Steve Halpainy, Bruce Hordusky, Moose Dunnewold, Wendell Pinckney

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_2406.jpg (498685 bytes) Chris Withers, Austin Fitzgerald, David Lindsey

Heat 2: IMG_2434.jpg (481987 bytes) Alex Froman, Bob Belson, Lee Matczak

Feature: Lee Matczak, Chris Withers, Bob Belson, Ben Burgess Jr., Leslie Armstrong, Glenn Slaney, Steve Soto, Travis Darling, Todd Brostrom, Greg Rockwell

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_2378.jpg (482303 bytes) Stephanie Hilyer, Kari Moore, Amber Belson

Feature: IMG_2570.jpg (468769 bytes) Amber Belson, Stephanie Hilyer, Amanda Swanson, Mary Lou Keith, Kim Bell, Katelyn Pinckney, Kari Moore, Tara Jordan