6/26 - Paul Briggs Wins Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Model Feature
at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: Hot and humid described the weather on Sunday for the Jays Auto Wrecking Super Late Model King of the Hill event and Fireworks display by Zambelli Fireworks from New Castle Pa. The King of the Hill qualifying for the Super Late Models saw veteran Rich Gardner going up against sophomore driver Paul Briggs. Gardner beat Briggs to turn one and the race was over giving the pole position in the feature event to Gardner. Briggs took control of the Super Late Model feature at the drop of the green and survived three cautions to win his second of the season. The Spectator feature ran without a caution and several leaders, Lester Shoff won after leader Jeff Harvey had engine problems on the final lap. Pat McGuire was handed the lead late in the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature when Bobby Rohrer stalled during a late race caution for his first win of the season. Joe Weber one a twice delayed Outlaw Cadet feature. Mike Hess took advantage when a lap car nearly took out Dave Hess Jr. to win his fourth of the year in the E-Mod division. Amanda Swanson won the Lady Challenger feature. Glenn Slaney won a shortened Super Challenger feature.

Paul Briggs used his outside pole starting spot to lead the first lap of the Super Late Model event. Gardner was second followed by John Lacki, Andy Boozel and Andy Kania. The first four laps went quickly then Jason Morell and Mick Brocious tangled in turn three for the first yellow. Briggs remained the leader after the restart. Dave Lyon lost the handle collecting Morell for the second yellow with eight laps complete. Morell left the speedway during the yellow leaving nineteen cars for the restart. Briggs moved away from the field on the restart and had a six car length lead at the half way mark. On lap twenty Briggs entered lap traffic allowing Gardner to close. Chevy Scott blew an engine on lap twenty two and was unable to make it into the pits bringing out the third yellow. The top five remained the same for the restart with Bump Hedman sixth and Doug Eck seventh. Briggs remained cool for the restart never giving Gardner a chance to pass. It was the second win for Briggs.

Rodney Thoms, Ken Lamp Jr., Tim Thompson and Wade Watson were the in the first two rows of the Spectator feature. Thoms led lap one with Jeff Harvey second and Jason Heslop third. Tom Norland and Rick Thompson completed the top five. Thoms pulled into the pits on lap five turning the lead over to Heslop. Rick Thompson and Lester Shoff passed Norland for third and fourth on lap six. Rick Thompson challenged Harvey for the runner up spot on lap eight but could nor make the pass. With five laps remaining Norland retired losing water. Heslop slowed on lap eleven letting Harvey into the top spot as Rick Thompson also retired. With the white flag in the air Harvey’s engine started breaking up giving the win to Shoff with Wade Slaney second and Nate Lester third.

Bob Van Arsdale and Bobby Rohrer were in the front row for the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. It took two laps before Rohrer broke away from Van Arsdale to lead the event. Pat McGuire passed Van Arsdale on lap three for second spot, Mike Murray was fourth and John Boardman fifth. Boardman used the outside to pass Murray for the fourth spot then one lap later passed Van Arsdale for third. With five laps remaining Rohrer and Pat McGuire had a straight away lead over Boardman. Don McGuire slowed in turn three with twelve laps complete bringing out the caution. As the two to go signal was given an incident in turn two involving Chad Carlson, Bob Van Arsdale and Murray brought the second caution. The Rohrer stalled during the caution and could not get restarted turning the lead over to Pat McGuire. The hood of Murray’s car flew off on the restart for the third yellow. Pat McGuire held on for his first win of the season.

Joe Weber took control of the Outlaw Cadet feature on lap won with Brian Crandall second. Brian Zimmerly lost the third spot to Andy Knight on lap two. Ron Seeley was fifth followed by John Cline and Nathan Short. Weber was into lap traffic at the halfway point. One lap later John Cline slowed forcing the yellow with nine of the fifteen laps complete. The ambulance was called away during the yellow and the race was delayed waiting for another to arrive. Jim Crisman tangled with the front stretch wall on the restart bringing the yellow back out. Weber retained the lead after the restart as he and Crandall were several car lengths ahead of Knight at the two to go signal. A last lap incident collected Andy Knight, Short, Dave Tackett, Louis DeDionisio, Seeley and Zimmerly setting up a one lap dash for the win. Weber was up to the challenge winning his first of the season.

Twenty-four cars stated the E-mod feature with Brian Fardink on the pole. Fardink held off Dave Hess Jr. to led lap one. The yellow flew for JR Cross in turn two on the second lap. Fardink, Dave Hess, Justin Carlson, Mike Hess and Pat McGuire were the top five for the restart. The yellow appeared right after the green for Ryan Scott sitting crosswise to turn one. Fardink gave way to Dave Hess and Carlson on the restart then one lap later Mike Mood spun between turns one and two. The next restart was marred with a multi-car incident involving Jeff Fellows, Dustin Eckman and Dave Will. Ed Simmer came out of the pits during the yellow and made heavy contact with Carlson on the back stretch and both cars were towed to the pits. Dave Hess, Fardink, Mike Hess, McGuire and Larry Walters were the top five for the lap three restart. The eighteen remaining cars were single file by lap five with Dave Hess leading. Mike Hess passed Fardink for the second spot on lap seven and Tom Hagberg moved into the top five setting Walters back to sixth. By lap ten Dave Hess had caught the tail end of the field then the yellow flew for Steve Simon sitting at the end of the front straight with a right front flat. Simon returned to the speedway just as the green fell for the restart then pulled up in front of the leader forcing him to lift and allowing Mike Hess to take command. The leaders remained the same over the final three laps giving Mike Hess his fourth win of the season.

Debris slowed the Super Challenger feature on lap two as Larry Burns led. Burns, Monty Seekings, Ben Burgess and Glenn Slaney were the top four for the restart. Leslie Armstrong passed Aron Dascomb to move into the top five with five laps complete. She quickly passed Seeking one lap later then moved alongside Slaney to take the lead on lap seven. The yellow appeared with seven complete and Armstrong was disqualified for aggressive driving giving the lead to Slaney. The green appeared then disappeared as several cars failed to negotiate turn one. One more lap was completed then Monty Seekings made hard contact with the turn four fence for the fifth yellow. Officials called the race complete after the ambulance was called to attend to Seekings.

Spectators:

Heat 1: Wade Slaney, Ken Jackson, Rick Thompson

Feature: Lester Shoff, Wade Slaney, Jason Heslop, Nate Lester, Ken Jackson, Wade Watson, Jeff Harvey, Rick Thompson, Tom Norland Jr., John Naughton

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: Dave Tolon, Paul Norman Jr., John Cline

Heat 2: Louis DeDionisio, Ron Seeley, Nathan Short

Feature: Joe Weber, Brian Crandall, Paul Norman, Dave Tolon, John Cline, Phil Knight, Nathan Short, Louis DeDionisio, Brian Zimmerly, Dewey Kinnear

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: Bob VanArsdale, Jake Eller, John Boardman
Heat 2: Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Chad Carlson

Feature: Pat McGuire, John Boardman, Mike Murray, Brent Crandall, Jim Leonard, Chris Kuschel, Bobby Rohrer, Don McGuire, Jake Eller, Bob Van Arsdale

E-Mod:

Heat 1: Brian Fardink, Justin Carlson, Larry Walters

Heat 2: Dave Hess Jr., Ed Simmer, Chris Sutton

Heat 3: Mike Hess, Pat McGuire, Tom Hagberg

Feature: Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Brian Fardink, Tom Hagberg, Pat McGuire, Larry Walters, Troy Carr, Ryan Scott, Herm Hilyer, Mike Moon

Super Late Model:

King of the Hill:

Round 1: Dave Hess Jr., Scott Gurdak

Round 2: Rich Gardner, Bruce Hordusky

Round 3: Mike Knight, Ward Schell

Round 4: Doug Eck, Chevy Scott

Round 5: Bump Hedman, Wendell Pinckney

Round 6: Paul Briggs, Merle Terry

Round 7: Chris Hackett, Dave Lyon

Round 8: John Lacki, Jason Morell

Round 9: Andy Kania, Mike Coyle

Round 10: Andy Boozel, Mick Brocious

Round 11: Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr.

Round 12: Mike Knight, Doug Eck

Round 13: Paul Briggs, Bump Hedman

Round 14: John Lacki, Chris Hackett

Round 15: Andy Boozel, Andy Kania

Round 16: Rich Gardner, Mike Knight

Round 17: Paul Briggs, John Lacki

Round 18: Rich Gardner, Andy Boozel

Round 19: Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs

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

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: Steve Soto, Jeff Strickland, Glenn Slaney

Heat 2: Leslie Armstrong, Chris Withers, Bob Belson

Feature: Glenn Slaney, Ben Burgess Jr., Aron Dascomb, Lee Matczak, Alex Froman, Steve Soto, Gary Fisher, Chuck Green, Jeff Skellie, Travis Darling

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: Mary Hammond, Amanda Swanson, Kari Moore

Feature: Amada Swanson, Kari Moore, Mary Hammond, Kim Bell, Mary Lou Keith, Amber Belson