6/19 - Paul Briggs Wins Craiger Race Engines Super Late Model Feature
at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum


Erie, Pa: A cloudy day gave way to sunshine as Craiger Race Engines and Eriez Speedway celebrated Fatherís Day. Wade Slaney led every lap to win the Spectator feature. Joe Buccola Sr. won his first Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Phil Knight won the Outlaw Cadet feature. Mike Hess held Dave Hess Jr. at bay to win his third E-Mod feature. Paul Briggs survived several yellows to get his first sophomore win in the Super Late Model Craiger Race Engines feature. Mary Hammond won her first Lady Challenger feature. Aron Dascomb won his first Super Challenger feature narrowly defeating Lee Matczak.

The Craiger Race Engines Super Late Model feature event was brought to the speedway by Paul Briggs and Andy Kania. Bruce Hordusky and Chris Hackett were in row two with Bump Hedman and Andy Boozel in row three. Starter Matthews waived off two starts and accepted the third as Briggs stayed out in front followed by Kania, Hackett, Hedman and Hordusky. Jason Morell had problems exiting turn two for the first caution with five laps in the books. Briggs resumed control after the restart building a ten car length advantage over Kania at end of the first ten laps. The yellow was shown on lap thirteen for Wendell Pinckney allowing the field to close with Briggs. Thirteen laps remained with Briggs, Kania, Hackett, Hedman and Dave Lyon the top five. George LaBarbera collected Mike Wonderling on the restart for the third yellow. Boozel tagged the wall on the front stretch for caution four and eleven laps remained. Boozel was unable to continue leaving twenty one cars on the speedway. Briggs survived the restart and Hordusky went back into the fifth spot moving Lyon to sixth. Briggs was just catching the rear of the field as Matthews showed two to go and Mike Knight spun for the fifth yellow. Briggs was up to the challenged leading Kania and Hackett through the final two circuits notching his first win of his sophomore season.

Wade Slaney, Jeff Harvey, Rodney Thoms, and Wade Watson were the first four in the Spectator feature. Slaney grabbed the lead at the start with Harvey second and Ken Jackson third. Nate Lester and Lester Shoff and Rick Thompson completed the top six. Watson spun into the infield on lap two but the green stayed out as Slaney led Harvey by several car lengths. Shoff and Thompson passed Lester for fourth and fifth then Thompson nearly spun collecting Shoff letting Lester back around on lap seven and the green stayed out. Slaney was in heavy lap traffic with nearly a straightaway lead over Harvey. The yellow appeared when Tom Norland spun with eleven laps complete. Norland pulled into the pits during the yellow but returned before the race was restarted. Slaney, Harvey, Jackson, Thompson and Shoff were the top five for the restart. Thompson moved into third on the restart and began pressuring Harvey for the runner up spot. A spin by Shoff with thirteen laps complete set up a two lap dash for the win. Harvey broke on the final lap as Slaney won his first feature of the season with Thompson second.

Jake Eller and Eric Ester were on the front row for the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Joe Buccola Sr. and Rich Digirolamo Jr. were in row two followed by Mike Murray and Aaron Robinson. Ester led the first lap with Eller second. Ester went high in turn three with a broken axel on lap three putting Buccola into the top spot with Eller second and Chad Carlson third. Buccola was first to the flag on the restart followed by Carlson, Don McGuire and Bobby Rohrer. Carlson got out of shape on lap seven letting Don McGuire into second. Carlson challenged Don McGuire on lap nine but could not make the pass as Buccola led by a car length. Eller nosed into the fence in turn two with eleven laps complete for the second yellow. Pat McGuire was fourth for the restart. Bob Van Arsdale slowed for the third yellow and twelve laps were complete. Rohrer did not fire on the restart and the yellow reappeared. Don McGuire had trouble with what looked like mechanical problems on the back stretch collecting Pat McGuire, Aaron Robinson and Mike Murray. Pat McGuire, Don McGuire, Murray and Robinson could not continue. Buccola held on to win his first Super Sportsman feature at Eriez.

Phil Knight and Paul Norman Jr. brought out the Outlaw Cadets for their feature event. Phil Knight led the first lap followed by Norman, Andy Knight, Brian Zimmerly and Louis DeDionisio. Zimmerly slipped up the speedway in turn two letting DeDionisio by then one lap later Zimmerly lost the handle in turn two bringing out the caution flag. Phil Knight, Norman, Andy Knight, DeDionisio and Nathan Short were the top five for the lap five restart. Norman was the first to turn one and led lap five. Two laps later Phil Knight took the lead back. Phil Knight nearly collided with a lap car on lap eleven but quickly recovered a continued to build his lead. Short slowed and left the speedway as the yellow appeared for Jim Crisman sitting sideways in turn one. DeDionisio captured second on the restart putting Norman to third. Phil Knight led the final two getting his first win of the season.

Don Standley, Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Bill Taylor and Brian Fardink were the first five for the E-Mod feature. Twenty-seven E-Mods started the event. Mike Hess led into one but Pete Pantano Jeff Fellows and Ryan Scott tangled the yellow appeared. Tommy Fox suffered damage in the incident and had to be towed from the speedway and Jamie Schnars needed to be pushed into the pits. Mike Hess jumped to the early lead with nephew Dave Hess in second. One lap was completed and Brian Guzowski spun in turn one. The race stayed green for one lap when Justin Carlson lost a drive shaft on the speedway. Carlson coasted into the pits. Mike Hess held off Dave Hess on the restart with Fardink third and Standley fourth. Troy Carr was fifth with Dustin Eckman sixth. The leaders moved into lap traffic on lap nine then Chris Peterson spun collecting Fellows right in front of the leaders for the fourth yellow. An incident on the restart saw Mike Moon sitting facing the wrong way in turn one collecting Fellows. Moon was able to continue joining the rear of the field. Mike and Dave Hess continued to lead after the restart with Fardink third followed by Carr and Standley. Herm Hilyer stopped in turn four for the sixth yellow with twelve laps complete. Only one lap was complete under green when the yellow flew for Guzowski in turn one. Starter Mark Matthews did not like the next restart making the field take two more circuits before the green flew. Mike Hess finished the last two laps holding Dave Hess at bay for his third feature win.

Mary Hammond led the first lap of the Lady Challenger event and Mary Lou Keith made hard contact with back stretch guard rail. Kari Moore pulled into the infield with a broken axel on the white flag lap. Hammond held on for her first win.

Jessie Phelps, Aron Dascomb and Justin Kaliszewski were the early leaders in the Super Challenger feature. Lee Matczak took the lead on lap three and the yellow flew for Monty Seekings Jr. with five laps complete. Matczak, Dascomb, Chris Withers and Glenn Slaney were the top four for the restart. Dascomb grabbed the lead on the restart with Matczak second and Withers third. A lap car slowed Dascomb and Matczak was able to get alongside for the white flag lap but Dascomb was able to regain control for his first win of the season.


Heat 1: Lester Shoff, Rodney Thoms, Brad Pease

Heat 2: Wade Slaney, Nate Lester, Jason Heslop

Feature: Wade Slaney, Rick Thompson, Ken Jackson, Jason Heslop, Nate Lester, Jeff Harvey, Wade Watson, Tim Thompson, Ken Lamp Jr., Lester Shoff

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: John Boardman, Eric Ester, Brent Crandall
Heat 2: Joe Buccola Sr., Chad Carlson, Don McGuire

Feature: Joe Buccola Sr., Chad Carlson, Brent Crandall, Chris Kuschel, Scott Kuschel, Jake Eller, John Daugherty, Richard Digirolamo, Don McGuire, Mike Murray


Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: Dave Tackett, Andy Knight, Nathan Short

Heat 2: Phil Knight, John Cline, Paul Norman Jr.

Feature: Phil Knight, Louis DeDionisio, Paul Norman Jr., John Cline, Andy Knight, Dave Tackett, Ron Seeley, Brian Crandall, Joe Weber, Nathan Short



Heat 1: Don Standley, Bill Taylor, Justin Carlson

Heat 2: Mike Hess, Brian Fardink, Dustin Eckman

Heat 3: Dave Hess Jr., Mike Boyd, Shawn McArdle

Feature: Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Brian Fardink, Troy Carr, Don Standley, Chris Sutton, Dustin Eckman, Ed Simmer, Mike Boyd, Bill Taylor

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: Paul Briggs, Chris Hackett, Dave Lyon, Rich Gardner, Mike Knight

Heat 2: Andy Kania, Bump Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Mike Wonderling, George LaBarbera

Heat 3: Bruce Hordusky, Andy Boozel, Merle Terry, John Lacki, Wendell Pinckney

Feature: Paul Briggs, Andy Kania, Chris Hackett, Bump Hedman, Bruce Hordusky, Dave Lyon, Merle Terry, Doug Eck, Scott Gurdak, John Lacki, Dave Hess Jr., Scott Johnson, Brady Wonderling, Jason Morell, Ward Schell, Rich Gardner, George LaBarbera, Wendell Pinckney, Mike Wonderling, Mike Knight, Mike Coyle, Andy Boozel

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: Mary Hammond, Amber Belson, Mary Lou Keith

Feature: Mary Hammond, Amber Belson, Rachel Wright, Amanda Swanson, Kari Moore, Mary Lou Keith, Kayla Riefstahl

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: Chris Withers, Monty Seekings Jr., Jessie Phelps

Heat 2: Lee Matczak, Aron Dascomb, Len Strange

Feature: Aron Dascomb, Lee Matczak, Chris Withers, Glenn Slaney, Justin Kaliszewski, Tim Dulmus, Bob Fisher, Leslie Armstrong, Shawn Seekings, Len Strange