6/18 - George Suprick Wins North Auto Crushers Patriot Sprint A-Main and Miles Stitzinger was the Super Late Model Winner at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: North Auto Crushers sponsored the events at Stateline Speedway featuring the Patriots Sprint Group. Twenty-seven sprint cars were on hand along with thirty Super Late Models. Rich Gardner successfully defended his Budweiser Super Late Model King of the Hill title against veteran Bob Craig. John Kelsey made it win number two in the Spectator division. George Suprick held off a hard charging Bryan Howland to win the Patriot Sprint Group main event. Miles Stitzinger took control of the Super Late Model feature on lap six and held off Matt Urban and Dave Scott in a closely contested event. John Cline battled Mike Moore through the entire Outlaw Cadet feature for his first win of the season. Dave Hess Jr. won his sixth feature of the season in the E-Mod division. Leslie Armstrong passed Mary Hammond on lap three winning her fifth Lady Challenger race. Paul Nelson and Jay Seekings were the Super Challenger winners.

Gary Troutman led every lap of the Patriot Sprint Group B-Main. Jared Zimbardi was second with Billy Coffey third and in the last transfer spot was Ken Swan.

George Suprick and Kyle Drum brought the Patriot Sprint Group out for their twenty lap A-Main. Point leader Brian Howland was in the second row with Bobby Breen alongside. Drum led the first one but caution flew on lap two for Dave Schulz sitting sideways in turn three. Suprick was second with Rich Swarthout third for the restart. Suprick stole the lead from Drum in turn four at the end of the restart lap. A two car tangle brought out the third yellow. Drum pulled into the pits during the yellow putting Swarthout second with Breen third for the restart. Mike Lauterborn left the speedway on the hook and Drum returned during the yellow. Suprick remained the leader after the single file restart. Two laps latter Gary Troutman and Ken Swan made contact on the back stretch bringing out the fourth yellow. Don Adamczyk flipped on the front straight during the restart stopping the race. Adamczyk was okay but was unable to continue. Geoff Quackenbush pulled into the pits with a right rear flat during the yellow. Chris Shuttleworth did a hard flip on the back stretch one lap after the restart and the red reappeared. Like Adamczyk Shuttleworth was okay but his car left the speedway on the hook. Seventeen cars remained for the lap seven restart with Suprick still the leader followed by Howland, Swarthout and Rick Wilson. Howland challenged Suprick on the restart but could not make the pass. They continued to battle for the next several laps as Howland remained on the bottom with Suprick on the high side. Shortly after the halfway mark the two leaders entered lap traffic and Howland nearly made the pass but a slip in turn three ruined the attempt. Suprick was able to build a little cushion over Howland as Howland had trouble recovering from the slip. Suprick won the event with a ten car length lead over Howland and Wilson finished third.

Twenty-five of the thirty Super Late Models in the pits reported for their feature event. Chad Valone and Matt Urban led them to the green. Valone lost a couple of spots on the first lap as Urban led followed by Mile Stitzinger and Andy Kania. Andy Boozel spun on lap four for the first caution. Urban, Stitzinger, Kania, Dave Scott and Valone were the top five for the restart. Stitzinger took control on the restart with Urban second and Scott third. Kania and Hackett were contesting the number four spot. The race stayed green as Stitzinger held a slim lead over Urban. Valone spun into the infield slowing the event with thirteen laps complete. Rich Gardner gained a couple of spots on the restart moving into the sixth position. Scott made it a three way battle for the lead over the next six laps then Stitzinger was able to move ahead by three car lengths over Urban and Scott. Urban pulled alongside Stitzinger as the white flew but Scott kept Urban busy allowing Stitzinger to once more move away. Stitzinger held on for the win and Urban beat Scott by a fender for second.

Mark Luce and Mort John were on the front row for the Spectator feature with Rodney Thoms and Dave McClenahan. Debris on the speedway brought out the caution before the completion of the first lap. -Thoms led on the restart then a multi-car incident brought out the yellow again on lap two. Thoms, John Kelsey, Josh Lucas and Mort John were the top four for the restart. Kelsey was first across the line after the restart with Lucas second and Nate Lester third. Luce slowed on the race track bringing out the third caution with seven laps complete. Kelsey, Lucas, Lester, Couchenour and John were the top five. Lester lost his spot to Couchenour then Rick Thompson as Kelsey led. Lucas spun putting Couchenour second on lap ten and the green stayed out. Lester passed Thompson for the third spot with two to go. No one could catch Kelsey who notched his second win of the season.

Scott Kuschel led the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. John Volpe was second followed by Bobby Rohrer. Volpe and Rohrer and fought for the runner up spot the entire first half of the event. Rohrer fought clear of Volpe and passed Kuschel on lap nine. Rohrer built a solid lead though the remainder of the event then in the final corner lost a left front tire but he never missed a beat winning the event on three wheels.

Mark Hall used his pole starting spot to lead the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature. A lap four incident involving Dave Tackett and Paul Norman brought out the yellow. John Cline was second with Rick Loomis third, Mike Moore fourth and Nathan Short fifth. Cline led after the restart as Hall fell to third with Moore second. Moore began applying the pressure to Cline as the race stayed green. Several times Moore was able to move along side of Cline but always fell a fender short of the pass. Cline went on to his first win of the season just clipping Moore at the line.

Dale Applebee led Dave Hess Jr. at the end of the first E-Mod feature lap. A four car incident on lap three involving Justin Carlson, Dana Wellington, Jim Hilyer and Joe Smith brought out the yellow. Dave Hess used the outside to gain the number one spot on the restart as Applebee was second followed by Mike Munsee, Tom Hagberg and Carlson. Carlson lost two spots to Quincy Turner and Mike Hess. Munsee slowed on lap ten bringing out the yellow with ten laps complete. Dave Hess, Applebee, Hagberg, Turner and Mike Hess were the top five for the restart. Ryan Scott and Dave Surrena brought the caution out just after the green. Dave Hess continued to lead after the restart and just as the two to go signal was given Hagberg pulled into the pits. Dave Hess ran the remaining laps unchallenged with Applebee second and Turner third.

Paul Nelson won the drag race to turn one to lead the first lap of the first Super Challenger feature. Monty Seekings Jr. was second with Ben Burgess third. Aron Dascomb passed Burgess for the third spot on lap five. Anthony Green and John Fardink tangled for the only yellow of the event. Nelson was able to hang on for his second win.

Ronald Barr slowed to a stop on the initial start of the second Super Challenger feature bringing out the yellow before the first lap was completed. Jay Seekings led after the restart followed by Brian Swift and Tim Dulmus. John Mease moved into the top three two laps later Dulmus fell back two spots just behind Sam Courson. Mease stopped in turn four with six laps completed for the second yellow. Courson was sent to the pits by head starter Mark Matthews because of the incident. Seekings led the final laps with Swift second and Dan Nocero Sr. third.


Heat 1:Lester Shoff, Lonnie Waldron, Bill Reeves

Heat 2: Joe McMurdy, Rodney Thoms, Ken Jackson

Feature: John Kelsey, Chris Couchenour, Nate Lester, Rick Thompson, Lester Shoff, Mort John, Dave Johnson, Clarence Dickerson, Josh Lucas, Rick Karash

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: Chris Kuschel, Jim Leonard, Scott Kuschel

Heat 2: Bobby Rohrer, Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire

Feature: Bobby Rohrer, Scott Kuschel, Pat McGuire, John Volpe, Jim Leonard, John Boardman, Chad Carlson, Mike Kosinski, Don McGuire, Chris Kuschel

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: Mike Moore, Andy Knight, Ron Seeley

Heat 2: Brian Crandall, John Cline, Paul Norman Jr.

Feature: John Cline, Mike Moore, Mark Hall, Phil Knight, Nathan Short, Andy Knight, Ron Seeley, Dave Tackett, Paul Norman Jr., Rick Loomis


Heat 1: Dave Hess Jr., Mike Munsee, Dan Nocero

Heat 2: Dale Applebee, Quincy Turner, Tom Hagberg

Heat 3: Joe Smith, Justin Carlson, Chris Sutton

Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Dale Applebee, Quincy Turner, Mike Hess, Justin Carlson, Dustin Eckman, Stu Rickard, Chris Sutton, Scott Pangrazio, Dan Nocero Jr.

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: Chad Valone, Miles Stitzinger, Chris Hackett, Paul Briggs, Wally Fox

Heat 2: Matt Urban, Dave Scott, Dave Lyon, Chad Ruhlman, Darrell Bossard

Heat 3: Andy Kania, Scott Johnson, Scott Gurdak, Dave Hess Jr., Rich Gardner

Consolation: Jeff Hoffman, Andy Boozel, Chevy Scott, Ward Schell,

Feature: Miles Stitzinger, Matt Urban, Dave Scott, Andy Kania, Chad Ruhlman, Rich Gardner, Dave Lyon, Scott Gurdak, Paul Briggs, Ron Maloy, Dave Hess Jr., Scott Johnson, Bump Hedman, Wally Fox, Doug Eck, Andy Boozel, Keith Zimmerman, Darrell Bossard, Bob Craig, George LaBarbera, Chad Valone, Dick Barton, John Lobb, Jeff Hoffman, Ted Kosinski

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: Butch Camarata, Anthony Green, Tim Dulmus, Dereck Frank, Paul Nelson, Dan Nocero, Ben Burgess, Aron Dascomb, John Mease, Jeff Lamb

Heat 2: Brad Strickland, Ronald Barr, Jay Seekings, Jeff Strickland, Jeff Boardman, Joe Caldwell, Monty Seekings Jr., Kyle Weilacher, Mike Swanson, Sam Courson

Feature 1: Paul Nelson II, Aron Dascomb, Ben Burgess Jr., Dereck Frank, Mike Kolwaski, Calvin Thomson, Kyle Weilacher, Travis Darling, Bryon Johnson Jr., Tim Watson

Feature 2: Jay Seekings, Brian Swift, Dan Nocero Sr., Jesse Dash, Tim Dulmus, Adam Price, Mike Genco, Robert Hollowell, Joe Caldwell, John Sample

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: Leslie Armstrong, Mary Hammond, Stephanie Nocero

Feature: Leslie Armstrong, Mary Hammond, Stephanie Nocero, Tara Jordan, Kayla Riefstahl

Patriot Sprint Group:

Heat 1: Rick Swarthout, Dave Schulz, Bobby Breen

Heat 2: Rick Wilson, Chris Shuttleworth, Sean O’Dea

Heat 3: George Suprick, Chuck Hebing, Kyle Drum

B-Main: Gary Troutman, Jared Zimbardi, Billy Coffey, Ken Swan, Tim Zimbardi, Dave Wickham, Sean O’Dea, Billey Bailey

A-Main: George Suprick, Bryan Howland, Rick Wilson, Chuck Hebing, Bobby Breen, Rich Swarthout, Jared Zimbardi, Kyle Drum, Mike Stelter, Ray Preston, Dave Schulz, Billy Coffey, Tim Zimbardi, Blake Breen, Geoff Quackenbush, Nick Bashford, Ken Swan, Tommy Kraus, Chris Shuttleworth, Chuck Hebing, Gary Troutman, Kyle Wilson, Mike Lauterborn