IMG_3124.jpg (263419 bytes)IMG_3046.jpg (260087 bytes)Kelsey wins National City Bank Spectator Championship race; Hess is Super Late Model winner at Stateline

by Glenn Slocum

BUSTI, N.Y. -- John Boardman won the King of the Hill Qualifying event for the Budweiser Super Sportsman holding off Chad Carlson in the final round. John Kelsey won he National City Bank Spectator Championship race after passing Rick Thompson for the lead late in the caution strewn event. Rich Gardner became the new Super Late Model Budweiser King of the Hill winning the special four lap challenge event over Scott Gurdak. Mike Moore started fifth and finished first in the Outlaw Cadet feature.

Stateline Speedway Spectator Championship race winner John Kelsey of Jamestown. (Photo credit: Glenn Slocum)

Dave Hess Jr. passed a high flying Matt Urban with one to go in the Super Late Model feature for his second win at Stateline in three attempts. Bob Hazzard led flag to flag in the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Dave Hess Jr. completed his night by winning his third straight E-Mod feature event. Kari Moore won the Lady Challenger feature. Aron Dascomb made it three straight winning the first Super Challenger feature and Tim Brit won his first in the second Challenger feature.

Josh Lucas led the first lap of the National City Bank Spectator Championship race. The yellow flew for a stalled car on the back stretch with four laps complete. Lucas remained the leader with Skip Joslin second and Jason Genco third. Joe McMurdy spun on lap seven and Genco went to the pits with a soft right front tire, putting Rich Thompson in the third spot. Genco returned before the green and was placed at the rear of the field. Lucas held on to the lead on the restart and Thompson moved to second. A multi-car incident brought out the yellow with eight laps complete.

Super Late Model feature winner Dave Hess Jr. (44) passes Matt Urban (1U) for win. (Photo credit: Glenn Slocum)

Bill Reeves pushed a track tire on to the speedway on the restart and the yellow came right back out. Lucas slipped on the restart falling back to the fourth spot as Thompson assumed the lead with Nate Lester second and John Kelsey third. The yellow flew once more with twelve laps complete for an incident in turn two. Kelsey passed Lester on the restart then the yellow flew for debris on the back straight. Kelsey tried Thompson on the inside on the restart but could not make the pass until one lap later as Thompson slipped to third behind Lester. Genco spun slowing the race with sixteen complete. Ken Jackson and Genco tangled once more as the white flag flew. Kelsey won the dash with Lester second and Thompson third.

Andy Kania and Darrell Bossard led the Super Late Model division out for their feature event. Twenty-six cars were scheduled to start with twenty-four making the call. Matt Urban and Rod Maloy were in row two with Rich Gardner and Randy Lobb in row three. Paul Briggs spun into the wall on the initial start and Matt Lanphere collected Miles Stitzinger necessitating a complete restart. Kania was the first back to the line with Bossard second. Urban used the high side to pass Bossard on lap four. Bump Hedman and Scott Johnson both had problems in turn three and the yellow flew as lap four was completed. Kania got a jump on the start but lost the race to turn three as Urban took the lead. Bossard, Gardner and Lobb were fighting for the third spot as Urban checked out on the field. Gardner won the fight for third but was nearly a full straightaway behind Urban and ten car lengths behind Kania. Johnson had troubles once more in turn three bringing out the third yellow and ruining Urbanís large lead over Kania and Gardner with thirteen of the twenty-five laps complete. Urban remained in control after the restart with Kania second and Lobb moving up to challenge Gardner for third. Ward Shell, Dave Lyon and Andy Boozel were three of the cars involved in a melee on the front stretch as Lyon spun completely around twice in heavy traffic. Sixteen laps were complete. Dave Hess Jr. became a contender moving by Gardner on the restart lap for the third spot. Urban took the five to go signal and Bossard had problems in turn two for yellow number five. Hess passed Kania for the runner up spot on the restart, then the yellow appeared for Bossard, Chad Valone and Hedman in turn one with three laps remaining in the event. Hess tried the high side then went low two turns later passing Urban for the lead and the white flew. Urban tried to get under Hess on the final lap but could not get it done. It was Hessís second win of the season.

There was one false start of the Outlaw Cadet event with Brian Crandall and Troy Dorman on the front row. It was four wide going into turn one on the restart behind Crandall. Dennis Lunger had trouble negotiating turn three bring out the caution on lap two. Crandall lost several spots on the ensuing restart as Paul Norman became the new leader with Mike Moore second and Louis DeDionisio third. Dorman and Dave Tackett tangled with four complete for the third yellow. Moore like Norman in the last restart became the new leader but it was short lived as he spun into the infield after leading just one lap. Andy Knight moved into the top three as was show second behind Moore with DeDionisio third. Moore held a sizeable lead as the two to go sign was given. Nathan Short moved into the top three then had troubles in turn four collecting the DeDionisio and John Cline. With one lap remaining Moore was the leader with Knight second and Ron Seeley third. The veteran Moore ran the last lap unchallenged notching his first win of the season.

Bob Hazzard led the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Jack Eller was second with Bobby Rohrer third. The yellow flew for Joe Buccola who had lost a left front wheel with four laps complete. Rohrer was second for the restart with Scott Kuschel third. Kuschel was passed by several cars on lap eight putting Mike Kosinski in the third spot. Kelly Frederes and John Volpe tangled one lap later for the second yellow. Rohrer chased Hazzard through the remaining laps but was unable to catch him giving Hazzard his first win of the season.

Mike Hess and Quincy Turner were the lead pair for the E-Mod feature race. Turner led through the first two corners then nearly spun in turn four allowing Justin Carlson to become the new leader. Two cars spun on lap three for the first caution of the event. Carlson and Applebee were side by side for the restart with Carlson coming out on top just as the yellow flew once more for Brian Fardink and early leader Turner. Eugene Stetson slowed to a stop on the restart and the yellow was shown for the third time. Dave Hess Jr. passed Applebee for the second spot with five laps complete. Carlson held off a hard charging Hess as the yellow flew for Stetson in turn one. Hess could pull alongside Carlson after the restart but could not get enough traction to complete the pass. The two ran side by side for three laps before Hess was able to get by Carlson with three laps remaining. Hess won the event to continue his perfect run in the E-Mods with his third win in three attempts.

Lady Challenger driver Kari Moore held off a hard charging Leslie Armstrong to win her first feature in the new Lady Challenger division.

Paul Nelson led the first six laps of the first Super Challenger feature. Several cars were involved in an incident in turn one. Aron Dascomb grabbed the lead from Nelson on the restart. Two laps were completed when Aaron Danko nearly rolled over on the back stretch bringing out the red flag. Nelson challenged Dascomb during the final two laps but Dascomb held on for his third win.

Timothy Loomis led the first two laps then lost the lead to Tim Britt in traffic on lap three. The yellow slowed the race with five completed laps as several cars had stopped on the speedway. Britt held off Jessie Phelps to win his first feature event.



Heat 1: Craig Swanson, Josh Lucas, Wade Watson

Heat 2: Jason Genco, Chris Couchenour, Ken Jackson

Feature: John Kelsey, Rick Thompson, Chris Couchenour, Josh Lucas, Bill Reeves, Travis Swabik, Crag Swanson, Lonnie Waldron, Ken Lamp Jr.

Outlaw Cadets

Heat 1: Nathan Short, John Cline, Andy Knight

Heat 2: Mike Moore, Dave Tackett, Brian Crandall

Feature: Mike Moore, Andy Knight, Ron Seeley, Phil Knight, Mark Hall, Brian Crandall, Jamie Erhard, Rick Loomis, Chuck Parker, Paul Norman Jr.

Budweiser Super Sportsmans

King of the Hill Qualifying:
Round 1 - Don McGuire, John Volpe
Round 2 - Pat McGuire, Chris Kuschel
Round 3 - Bob Hazzard, Richard Digirolamo
Round 4 - Mike Murray, Jim Leonard
Round 5 - Mike Kosinski, Hank Francis
Round 6 - Joe Buccola, Aaron Robinson
Round 7 - Jake Eller, Bobby Rohrer
Round 8 - Kelly Frederes, Al White
Round 9 - Scott Kuschel, Bob VanArsdale
Round 10 - John Boardman, Tim Nocero
Round 11 - Chad Carlson, Bryan Ester
Round 12 - Don McGuire, Pat McGuire
Round 13 - Don Hazzard, Mike Murray
Round 14 - Mike Kosinski, Joe Buccola Sr.
Round 15 - Kelly Frederes, Jake Eller
Round 16 - John Boardman, Scott Kuschel
Round 17 - Mike Kosinski, Bob Hazzard
Round 18 - John Boardman, Kelly Frederes
Round 19 - Chad Carlson, Mike Kosinski
Round 20 - John Boardman, Chad Carlson,

Feature: Bob Hazzard, Bobby Rohrer, Dan Nocero, Chris Kuschel, Scott Kuschel, Pat McGuire, Chad Carlson, Aaron Robinson, Don McGuire, John Boardman


Heat 1: Mike Hess, Justin Carlson, Troy Carr

Heat 2: Quincy Turner, Mike Munsee, Greg Johnson

Heat 3: Dale Applebee, Dave Hess Jr., Dan Nocero

Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson, Dale Applebee, Dan Nocero, Mike Hess, Mike Munsee, Brian Fardink, Dave Surrena, Tommy Fox, Jim Hilyer

Super Late Models

Heat 1: Andy Kania, Rod Maloy, Steve Halpainy, Paul Briggs, Merle Terry

Heat 2: Darrel Bossard, Rich Gardner, John Lobb, Andy Boozel, Scott Johnson

Heat 3: Matt Urban, Randy Lobb, Dave Hess Jr., Dave Lyon, Scott Gurdak

Feature: Dave Hess Jr., Matt Urban, Andy Kania, Randy Lobb, Rich Gardner, Rod Maloy, Steve Halpainy, Keith Zimmerman, Scott Johnson, Miles Stitzinger, Doug Eck, Andy Boozel, Scott Gurdak, David Lyon, Merle Terry, Darrell Bossard, Chad Valone, Matt Lanphere, Bump Hedman, Wally Fox, Ward Schell, Mike Coyle, Paul Briggs, Mike Knight, George LaBarbera

Super Challengers

Heat 1: Jay Seekings, Kevin Golden, James Paul

Heat 2: Brad Strickland, Andrew Bastian, Paul Nelson II,

Heat 3: Robert Hollowell, Dereck Frank, Rob Yahner

Feature1: Aron Dascomb, Paul Nelson, Dereck Frank, Dan Clark, Ben Burgess Jr., Dan Nocero, N/A, Earl Brightman, Charles Green, Bill Lindenberger

Feature 2: Tim Britt, Jessie Phelps, Eugene Hart, Andrew Bastian, Jermin Strickland, Jay Seekings, Rob Yahner, Eric McCray, Andrew Greenman, Jeff Strickland

Lady Challengers

Heat 1: Leslie Armstrong, Kari Moore, Mary Hammond

Feature: Kari Moore, Leslie Armstrong, Jessica Hallowell, Mary Hammond, Kayla Riefstahl, Tara Jordan, Jodee Jordan