6/5 - Don McGuire Wins Budweiser Super Sportsman Championship Race and Scott Johnson Wins Super Late Model Feature at Eriez Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Erie, Pa: Budweiser and Erie Beer sponsored the racing at Eriez Speedway featuring the Budweiser Super Sportsman Championship Race. Lester Shoff passed Rick Thompson with two to go to win his second Spectator feature event of the season. Don McGuire passed Aaron Robinson on lap twelve to win the Budweiser and Erie Beer Super Sportsman Championship Race. Nathan Short cruised to his third victory in the Outlaw Cadet division. Justin Carlson drove the perfect E-Mod race surviving several cautions for his first win of the season. Scott Johnson won the Super Late Model feature surviving two delays and several cautions for his fist win in a Super Late Model at Eriez Speedway. Leslie Armstrong continued to dominate the Lady Challenger division winning her fourth feature event. Bob Belson easily won the Super Challenger feature his first of the year.

Bruce Hordusky and Chris Hackett were the front row for the twenty-five lap Super Late Model feature. Hordusky was first around as Hackett slipped to fourth with Scott Johnson second and Bump Hedman third. Dave Hess Jr. slipped into fourth on lap three putting Hackett in fifth. Hedman slowed in middle of turn one giving the bottom to Hess then the yellow flew for Paul Briggs who had stopped against the fence in turn four. A blown fuse during the caution darkened turns one and two delaying the race for few minutes. Hordusky led Johnson by three car lengths with Hess two behind Johnson and Hedman on the bumper of Hess. Mike Coyle spun to stop in turn three with ten laps down. Hordusky led Johnson by three car lengths at the half way point and Scott Gurdak passed Doug Eck for the fifth spot. Hordusky spun going into turn one on lap sixteen collecting Gurdak, Eck and Hackett giving the lead to Johnson as the yellow flew. Hordusky pulled into the pits and Gurdak and Hackett needed help from the wreckers while Eck joined the rear of the field. Johnson, Hess, Hedman, Rich Gardner and Steve Halpainy were the top five for the restart. George LaBarbera, Briggs and Coyle brought out the yellow with seventeen complete. Briggs and Merle Terry hooked then spun on the front stretch during the restart bringing the yellow out right after the green. The race was delayed again for several minutes while the wrecker crews separated the two cars. Johnson was able to quickly gain a five car length advantage over Hess and Hedman. Johnson handily won the race for his first visit to Eriez victory lane in 2005.

Jake Eller and Dan Francis were on the front row for the Budweiser and Erie Beer Super Sportsman Championship Race, but Aaron Robinson was first to the line to lead lap one. John Volpe brought out the caution on lap six. Robinson, Dan Francis, Chris Kuschel and John Boardman were the leaders for the restart. Don McGuire passed Boardman on the restart lap for the fourth spot. Don McGuire moved into second two laps later just before Francis spun in front of the flagman for the second caution. The leaders were Robinson, Don McGuire and Chris Kuschel. Don McGuire powered by Robinson on lap twelve to take the lead for the first time. Robinson slowed with a flat one lap later then Scott Kuschel spun to a stop coming out of turn four and Bobby Rohrer had no where to go making hard contact with Kuschel. Both cars suffered heavy damage. Joe Buccola Sr. slowed with a flat on lap fifteen for caution four then two laps later Eller slowed to a stop on the back stretch for the fifth caution. Pat McGuire moved into fourth on the restart as Don McGuire led. Don McGuire completed the final laps unchallenged for his second win of the season.

Mike Kozar and Tim Thompson brought out the Spectator division for their feature event. Kozar lost the handle coming out of four on the first lap collecting Ken Lamp Jr. and bringing out the yellow. Lamp left the speedway on the hook and Wade Watson and Jason Heslop were on the first row for the lap two restart. Lester Shoff and Ken Jackson were in row two followed by Rick Thompson and Tom Norland. Watson tangled with Heslop in turn three on the restart and they both spun in front of the field for the second yellow. Heslop went to the pits and Watson started in the rear as Jackson and Rick Thompson were in the front row with Norland third and Nate Lester fourth. Rick Thompson won the dash to turn one on the restart with Jackson second and Norland third. Jackson nearly spun on lap four collecting Norland and Wade Slaney but the green stayed out. Carl Marcy stopped high in turn two and the caution flew with six laps completed. Rick Thompson, Lester Shoff, Lester and Brad Pease were the top four for the lap seven restart. Rodney Thoms tagged Shoff on lap nine, Shoff continued but Thoms nosed into the fence for the fourth yellow. Rick Thompson went high in turn four on the restart allowing Shoff to take the lead. Tim Thompson spun off the speedway on lap thirteen for yellow number five. Shoff managed to get a jump on Rick Thompson on the restart but Rick Thompson fought back taking the lead briefly on the white flag lap then went high returning the lead to Shoff. Lester also passed Rick Thompson for the second spot. It was the second win for Shoff.

Dave Tolon led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature with Nathan Short second and Paul Norman third. Short passed Tolon at the end of lap four and one lap later John Cline spun in turn three bringing out the yellow. Short led after the restart but the battle for third was fast and furious with Norman losing the spot to Louis DeDionisio after contact in turn two spun Norman. Bowman turned around in turn two on the restart for the third yellow. Short had a ten car length lead at the halfway point with Tolon second. DeDionisio passed Tolon one lap later then Tolon lost third to Tackett on lap eleven. Short cruised to his third win of the season with DeDionisio second and Tackett third.

Mike Hess and Justin Carlson were door handle to door handle for the first two laps of the E-Mod feature until Carlson managed a two car length lead over Hess on lap three. Eugene Stetson and Jeff Fellows brought out the caution with four laps completed. Carlson, Mike Hess, Dave Hess, Joel Watson and Mike Boyd were the top five for the restart. Watson got the jump on both Carlson and Mike Hess to lead into turn one then spun coming out of four collecting Dave Hess, Mike Boyd, Tommy Fox and Ed Simmer. Fox was the only one that could not continue. Carlson led after the restart until Fellow, Shawn McArdle and Tom Bean brought out the yellow with six laps complete. Dave Hess Jr. after starting in the rear was in tenth for the lap seven restart. Mike Hess still trailed Carlson after the restart with Bret Porter third. Bill Thomas, Ryan Scott and Simmer brought out the next caution with nine laps complete. Dave Hess Jr. moved into fourth after the restart. Scott stopped up by the pit gate for the fifth yellow. Mark Matthews did not like the first restart of lap thirteen but accepted the second. Jeff Walters spun for the sixth yellow on lap fourteen setting up a green-white-checkers dash for the win. Dave Hess Jr. passed Porter for third as the white flag was given to Carlson. Carlson finished the perfect run with car length lead over Mike Hess.

The yellow appeared on lap four of the Super Challenger feature with Bob Belson leading, Ben Burgess second and Chris Withers third. The yellow flew once more at the half way point. Belson, Withers and Burgess were the top three for the restart. Lee Matczak used the restart to pass Burgess for third. Belson easily won the race with Withers and Matczak a distant second and third.

 

Spectators:

Heat 1: Nate Lester, Rick Thompson, Wade Slaney

Feature: Lester Shoff, Nate Lester, Rick Thompson, Brad Pease, Brian Graham, Mort John, Tim Thompson, Wade Watson, Rodney Thoms, Mike Kozar

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: Phil Knight, Paul Norman Jr., Louis DeDionisio

Feature: Nathan Short, Louis DeDionisio, Dave Tackett, Dave Tolon, Andy Knight, John Cline, Paul Norman Jr., Brian Zimmerly, Ron Seeley, Chris Bowman

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: John Volpe, Brent Crandall, Mike Murray
Heat 2: Aaron Robinson, Pat McGuire, Chris Kuschel

Feature: Don McGuire, Chris Kuschel, John Boardman, Dan Francis, John Volpe, Brent Crandall, Aaron Robinson, Richard Digirolamo Jr., Pat McGuire, Joe Buccola Sr.

E-Mod:

Heat 1: Mike Hess, Mike Boyd, Ed Simmer

Heat 2: Justin Carlson, Dave Hess Jr., Tommy Fox

Heat 3: Joel Watson, Brian Fardink, Mike Moon

Feature: Justin Carlson, Mike Hess, Dave Hess Jr., Bret Porter, Joel Watson, Dave Will, Herm Hilyer, Mike Boyd, Dustin Eckman, Ed Simmer

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: Bruce Hordusky, Bump Hedman, Doug Eck, Andy Boozel, Andy Kania

Heat 2: Chris Hackett, Scott Johnson, Dave Hess Jr., George LaBarbera, Scott Gurdak

Feature: Scott Johnson, Dave Hess Jr., Bump Hedman, Rich Gardner, Andy Boozel, Steve Halpainy, Andy Kania, Dave Lyon, Doug Eck, George LaBarbera, Mike Knight, Matt Lanphere, Merle Terry, Mike Coyle, Paul Briggs, Bruce Hordusky, Scott Gurdak, Chris Hackett, Percy McDonald

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: Bob Belson, Aron Dascomb, Chris Withers

Heat 2: Lee Matczak, Ben Burgess, Gary Fisher

Feature: Bob Belson, Chris Withers, Lee Matczak, Aron Dascomb, Ben Burgess, Tim Dulmus, Gary Fisher, Dan MacGarvie, Monty Seekings, Shawn Seekings

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: Leslie Armstrong, Amber Belson, Kari Moore

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