Mountain Dew Challenger Championships go to Swanson and Matczak
By Jay Pees
Erie, Pa: July 3, 2005
Ward Schell and Bruce Hordusky brought the twenty-two car Super Late Model field to Mark Matthews’ green flag. Hordusky was first to the first turn and began to power away from the pack until reigning champion Rich Gardner slammed the third turn wall on lap two. At five laps, both Scott Gurdak and Doug Eck got by Schell with Eck taking over the runner-up spot a lap later. At lap nine Chris Hackett attempted to get by Scott Gurdak in turn one, but the cars touched, getting Hackett sideways and Gurdak spinning. More caution periods slowed the event but nothing was going to get between Hordusky and his first win of the season. Eck was second at the finish followed by Chris Hackett, Ward Schell, Bumpy Hedman, Dave Lyon, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs, Chad Valone, and Michael Knight.
The E-Mod feature was paced by Mike Boyd and Joel Watson with Watson getting the lead at the start. Through several caution periods Watson held onto the lead, pulling away from the field. The Ashtabula, OH native got his first win of the season over fifth starting Dave Hess Jr, pole sitter Mike Boyd, seventh starting Brian Fardink, and eighth starting Mike Hess, a four-time winner this season.
Dewey Kinnear started the Outlaw Cadet feature from the pole position and led until a lap 2 restart when Ron Seeley took over. Kinnear retook the lead on a lap six restart. Kinnear then suffered overheating problems and retired from the event on a lap eleven caution. Seeley restarted the race from the lead and appeared to be on his way to the win, but faltered in the final turn and was defeated at the finish by Joe Weber. It was Weber’s second consecutive win. Seeley was second with Nathan Short third, Paul Norman fourth and Brian Zimmerly fifth.
John Volpe took over the lead from Bob Van Arsdale on lap two
of the Sportsman feature. The race was red flagged on lap four for a rollover on
the back straight by Jake Eller. Eller was OK and the race continued with Don
McGuire taking over the top spot on the restart. McGuire went on to his third
win of the 2005 season with Bobby Rohrer second with third, Chad Carlson third,
Bob Hazzard fourth, and John Boardman fifth.
The Mountain Dew Challenger Champion race for the Lady Challenger division was red-flagged for a violent flip by Becky Campbell on the first lap. She was OK but shaken in her first night of competition. Amanda Swanson won the event over Mary Lou Keith and Amber Belson.
Feature: Wade Slaney, Rick Thompson, Tom Norland, Lester Shoff, Nate Lester, Josh Lucas, Tim Thompson, Rob Bates, Wade Watson, Fred McClenahan
Feature: Joe Weber, Ron Seeley, Nathan Short, Paul Norman, Brian Zimmerly, George Milks, John Cline, Andy Knight, Brian Crandall, Dave Tackett
Budweiser Super Sportsman:
Feature: Don McGuire, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Carlson, Brent Crandall, John Boardman, Eric Ester, John Volpe, Scott Kuschel, Bob Van Arsdale, John Daugherty
Feature: Joel Watson, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Boyd, Brian Fardink, Mike Hess, Troy Carr, Herm Hilyer, Justin Carlson, Don Standley, Jeff Fellows
Super Late Model:
Feature: Bruce Hordusky, Doug Eck, Chris Hackett, Ward Schell, Bumpy Hedman, Dave Lyon, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs, Chad Valone, Michael Knight, George LaBarbera, Andy Boozel, Scott Gurdak, Jason Morell, Mike Coyle, Moose Dunnewold, Wendell Pinckney, Merle Terry, Dave Hess Jr., Andy Kania, Steve Halpainy, Chevy Scott
Feature: Lee Matczak, Bob Belson, Aaron Dascomb, Glenn Slaney, Ben Burgess Jr., Leslie Armstrong, Bob Fisher, Chris Withers, Rod Birt, Don Kennedy
Feature: Amanda Swanson, Mary Lou Keith, Amber Belson, Rachel Wright, Kayla Riefstahl, Tara Jordan, Mary Hammond, Becky Campbell