Knight wins Pepsi Outlaw Cadet Championship Race

by Glenn Slocum

ERIE, Pa. -- A cloudy and cool evening greeted fans and competitors at Eriez Speedway. Tom Norland won the Spectator feature over Lester Shoff and Rick Thompson. Andy Knight won the Pepsi Outlaw Cadet Championship Race from his eighth starting spot. It was Knight’s first win of the season. Chad Carlson came from ninth to win the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature over early leader Eric Ester and veteran Pat McGuire. Dave Hess Jr. kept his new win streak alive winning the E-Mod feature after wins at Stateline on Saturday night in the Emod and Super Late Model divisions. Bump Hedman led every lap of the Super Late Model feature for his first win at Eriez Speedway. Amber Belson narrowly defeated Leslie Armstrong to win her first feature event in the Lady Challenger division. Glenn Slaney continued to dominate the Super Challenger division with his third win in three tries.

Rex Dillen, Brian Zimmerly, Brian Crandall and Jim Crisman were the first two rows in the Pepsi Outlaw Cadet Championship race. Zimmerly was the first around with Dennis Lunger from his seventh starting spot in second. Andy Knight was third and Ron Seeley fourth. Louis DeDionisio slowed bringing out the caution with four laps complete. Lunger had problems in turn four then turn two but because of the caution did not lose any spots. Zimmerly was still the leader with Knight second, Lunger third and Seeley fourth for the restart. Andy Knight used the restart to take the lead from Zimmerly. Dave Tolon and Ron Seeley tangled on the restart which resulted in a flat for Tolon and a yellow with five laps complete. Seeley pulled into the pits during the yellow. Lunger remained third with Joe Weber fourth. The yellow flew for Dave Tackett after nine completed laps. Knight broke away from the field on the restart and took the crossed flags from Mark Mathews indicating half way. Lunger went up in smoke on lap thirteen putting Webber in third with Nathan Short fourth and Rom Bem fifth. Knight continued to build his lead through the remaining laps crossing the finish line with a twelve car length lead over Zimmerly. Weber was third with Short fourth.

Dave Lyon and Bump Hedman were on the front row of the Super Late Model feature. Wendell Pinckney grazed the wall on the start causing a complete restart of the event and sending Pinckney to the pits attached to the wrecker. Doug Eck and Andy Kania were in the second row with Scott Gurdak and Rich Gardner in row three. Hedman had the lead out of turn two with Lyon, Kania, Gurdak and Chris Hackett trailing. Andy Boozel spun collecting several cars including Mike Knight and Merle Terry. Terry was forced to retire from the event. Dave Hess Jr. pulled into the infield as the green fell ending his win streak at three for weekend. Hedman remained the leader with Lyon second, Kania third Gurdak fourth. Chris Hackett was fifth followed by Scott Johnson, Doug Eck and Rich Gardner. Hedman had a ten car length lead at the half way mark with the entire filed strung out in single file formation behind him. The race remained green for the remainder of the event. Hedman made a strong showing winning his first ever feature event at Eriez Speedway.

Tom Norland and Wade Watson were on the front row for the Spectator feature event. Norland led the first lap with fifth starting Rick Thompson second and seventh starting Lester Shoff third. Josh Lucas was fourth and Watson fifth. Norland’s car would smoke exiting the corners but continued to move away from Thompson and Shoff. Ken Lamp Jr. was shown fourth at the half way mark with Watson fifth. Shoff caught Thompson with three laps to go as Thompson slipped in turn four for the second spot. Norland took the checkers trailing smoke with a fifteen car length lead over Shoff.

Eric Ester had a five car length lead over Jake Eller and Pat McGuire on the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Brent Crandall was fourth with Chad Carlson fifth. Jake Eller slid to a stop in the pit entrance at the end of lap five for the only yellow of the event. Eller required the wrecker to leave the speedway. Ester survived a challenge by McGuire on the restart then slipped up and out of the groove one lap later falling back to third as Carlson moved up to challenge and then pass McGuire for the lead. Once Carlson got the lead he ran away from the field winning by the length of a straight over veteran Pat McGuire, Ester held on for third with Bobby Rohrer fourth.

Tom Hagberg and Troy Carr were first and second at the end of the first lap for the E-Mod Feature. Steve Simon spun in turn two bringing out the yellow. Brian Fardink and Justin Carlson were in row two for the restart. A multi-car incident collected Simon, Mike Hess, Brian Fardink, Chris Peterson and Holly Nelson on the restart between turns three and four. The top four for the second restart of lap two were Hagberg, Carr, Justin Carlson and Dave Hess Jr. Hagberg was first around once more but Hess was second followed by Carr and Carlson. One lap later Hess slid up into the loose dirt on the outside of turn two losing two spots and falling to fourth behind Carlson and Carr. Hess immediately fought back moving back into second on lap six. Simon slowed to stop on the next lap forcing the caution and allowing Hess to move up to the rear bumper of Hagberg for the restart. Hess used the outside to pass Hagberg in turn three of the restart lap. One lap later the yellow flew for two cars in turn one. Carlson and Hagberg became entangled on lap ten spinning Carlson in heavy traffic. Hagberg continued but lost spots to Dave Will and Tommy Fox. Once the green fell for the final time Hess built a considerable lead over Will and Fox. It was the second win at Eriez for Hess.

Kayla Reifstahl and Mary Hammond tangled on the first lap of the Lady Challenger feature leaving Mary Lou Keith first and Kari Moore second. Moore led the first lap with Amber Belson second and Leslie Armstrong third. Moore and Armstrong tangled with two to go sending Moore around. Armstrong moved up on the outside of Belson but lost at the checkers by a bumper giving Belson her first feature win.

Bob Belson was out in front on the first lap of the Super Challenger feature when the yellow flew Dan MacGarvie and several other cars stopped in turn three. Belson tagged the wall in turn won turning the lead over to Glenn Slaney and Travis Darling. Lee Matczak took second from Darling on the last lap as Slaney made it three for three in the Challenger division.



Heat 1: Josh Lucas, Lester Shoff, Rick Thompson

Feature: Tom Norland, Lester Shoff, Rick Thompson, Nate Lester, Wade Watson, Chris Couchenour, Brian Graham, Jason Heslop, Mike Kosar, Ken Lamp Jr.


Heat 1: Paul Norman, Dave Tolon, Brian Crandall

Heat 2: Dave Tackett, Andy Knight, Louis DeDionisio

Feature: Andy Knight, Brian Zimmerly, Joe Weber, Nathan Short, Ron Bem, Brian Crandall, Paul Norman Jr., Dave Tackett, John Cline, Dave Tolon


Heat 1: Brent Crandall, Mike Murray, Eric Ester
Heat 2: Pat McGuire, Chad Carlson, Don McGuire

Feature: Chad Carlson, Pat McGuire, Eric Ester, Bobby Rohrer, Brent Crandall, Don McGuire, Mike Murray, John Volpe, Chris Kuschel, Aaron Robinson


Heat 1: Troy Carr, Justin Carlson, Holly Nelson

Heat 2: Tom Hagberg, Mike Hess, Tommy Fox
Heat 3: Brian Fardink, Dave Hess Jr., Mike Moon

Feature: Dave Hess, Dave Will, Tommy Fox, Tom Hagberg, Troy Carr, Mike Hess, Eugene Stetson, Mike Boyd, Mike Moon, Brian Fardink


Heat 1: Dave Lyon, Doug Eck, Scott Gurdak, Chris Hackett, Mike Knight

Heat 2: Bump Hedman, Andy Kania, Rich Gardner, Scott Johnson, Dave Hess Jr.

Feature: Bump Hedman, Dave Lyon, Andy Kania, Scott Gurdak, Chris Hackett, Scott Johnson, John Lobb, Doug Eck, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs, Andy Boozel, Mike Knight, Mike Coyle, Dave Hess Jr., Merle Terry, Randy Lobb, Wendell Pinckney


Heat 1: Chris Withers, Dan MacGarvie,

Heat 2: Glenn Slaney, Ben Burgess Jr., Monty Seekings Jr.



Heat 1: Leslie Armstrong, Mary Lou Keith, Kari Moore

Feature: Amber Belson, Leslie Armstrong, Kari Moore, Mary Lou Keith, Kayla Riefstahl, Mary Hammond