By Glenn Slocum
Saturday May 7th, 2011 Busti, NY: Mother Nature finally relented and after three rainouts Stateline Speedway’s 2011 racing season was underway. Dennis Asel was the first 2011 feature winner besting Mike Moon for the Spectator win. Ben Burgess Jr. easily won the Super Sportsman feature. Kelly Frederes was the Outlaw Cadet winner.Rich Michael Jr. started on the pole and led every lap for the E-Mod victory. Rod Maloy and Chris Hackett swapped the lead several times early in the Super Late Model race with Maloy coming out on top for the win. Dennis Lunger led every lap of the Crate Late Model feature for his first Crate win at Stateline.
Steve Keith and Damon Lewis were on the front row for the Spectator feature event. Keith led the first circuit but lap two ended quickly with a five car pileup in turn one. Twenty of the original twenty-two starters remained for the lap two restart. Dennis Asel move up to challenge Keith then a lap five caution slowed paced. Keith, Asel, Mike Moon, Lewis and Sam Courson were the restart leaders. Asel was the first across the line on the restart as Keith lost several spots. Moon was chasing the leader when the third caution fell with nine laps complete. Courson tangled with Gary Fisher causing caution four one lap later. Cody Bliss and Sam Cosanto caused caution five after 11 laps. Two more cautions kept the lap counter on thirteen with Asel holding Moon at bay. Moon moved along side Asel on the final lap. Asel and Moon made contact in the final corner but Asel came out on top.
The Super Sportsman ran the second feature event of the night and Ben Burgess Jr. started second and led lap one. Al White left the speedway on lap four trailing smoke. By lap seven Burgess led Jake Eller by nearly half a lap. Scott Lawson looped his racer coming out of turn four with nine laps completed. Burgess, Eller, Joe Buccola Jr. and Wade Watson were the leaders. Eller was the next to fall victim to a spin causing caution two with eleven complete. Buccola was now the runner up. Two laps later David Stein spun in turn two for caution three. Burgess easily led the final two laps for the win.
Byron Johnson had problems on the initial start of the Outlaw Cadet feature. Jake Finnerty and Paul Norman Jr. were the leaders. The next start worked and Norman won the race to turn one. Finnerty was second followed closely by Kelly Frederes. A spin by Brian Larson brought out the second caution. Frederes was second for the restart with Finnerty third. Larson had more problems on lap four for caution three. Turn one seemed to be a problem for a number of racers as Bob Rouche was the next to spin collecting John Cline. Chad Carlson moved into the fray then Chad Schauers brought out the caution. Frederes grabbed the lead on lap four. Debris on the front stretch caused caution number six with seven laps complete. Frederes was out in front by several car lengths as Carlson was pressing Norman for second. Carlson bested Norman just before the two to go signal. Carlson was closing with Frederes but ran out of laps.
Thirty E-Mods were lined up for the first E-Mod feature of the season and the first yellow flew on the initial circuit. Attempt number two also ended with a caution. The third attempt was a winner with Michael in control followed by John Woodward Jr.. John Boyd lost the handle on lap five for caution number three. Michael, Woodward and Dave Shagla were the top three. Jaben Hill spun after the restart then retired to the pits. Jordan John spun in turn four on lap eight for caution five. Shagla trailed Michael on the restart with Woodward third and nineteen cars remained. By lap ten Michael led Shagla by twenty car lengths and Butch Southwell was pressing Woodward for third. Ben Burgess, Boyd and Leonard Enos tangled in four for caution six. Michael, Shagla, Southwell, Woodward and Nathan Hill were the top five. Michael had the field covered for the win.
Chris Hackett led the first two laps then Rod Maloy led lap three and Hackett fought back to lead lap four or the Super Late Model feature. The leaders continued to swap the lead until Maloy was able to gain a couple of car lengths as they both raced around the bottom of the speedway. Veteran Dick Barton was third with David Scott fourth and Dutch Davies fourth. At the half way mark Maloy remained about 15 car lengths ahead of Hackett with the rest of the field running as low as possible on the speedway. The race finished with out a caution and Barton charged by Hackett for the runner up spot.
Super Late Model
Feature: Rod Maloy Panama NY, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Chris Hackett Corry PA, David Scott Garland PA, Dutch Davies Sugar Grove PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Doug Eck Corry PA, Nathan Short Panama NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Andy Kania Waterford PA, Chad Valone Warren PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY
Heat 1: Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, Nathan Hill East Otto NY, Dan Davies Warren PA, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA
Feature: Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, David Shagla Sugar Grove PA, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Greg Johnson Busti NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Kari Gasser Girard OH, Nathan Hill East Otto NY, Kyle Innman, Mike Eschrich Mt. Jewett PA, Tim Rockwell Salamanca NY
Feature: Kelly Frederes Russell PA, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Ryan Scott, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Bob Rouche Garland PA
Feature: Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Joe Buccola Jr. Falconer NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Jake Eller Erie PA, Ron Burgun, Ben Eckstrom, David Stein, Allen Yarbrough, Allen Haskins Jamestown NY, Mark Fox
Feature: Dennis Asel Kane PA, Brian Crandall Jamestown NY, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Damon Lewis, Ted Mascho Ischua NY, Nicholas Mohawk Irving NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Sam Courson Cassadaga NY, Douglass Harvey Jamestown NY, James Britt Dunkirk NY
Feature: Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Josh Hebner Dunkirk NY, Austin Karash Panama NY, Aaron Liberati Jamestown NY, Chris Knisley Jamestown NY, Jimmy Diabo Gerry NY, Bob Leonard Ashville NY, Ben Preston Youngsville PA, Jeremiah Blystone Youngsville PA, Tracy Paxton Jamestown NY
Crate Late Model
Feature: Dennis Lunger Jr., Ed Carley Freedom NY, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Chad Silleman, Steve Dixon Smethport PA, John Haggerty Olean NY, Robert Dorman Stockton NY, Kyle Scott, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Matthew Harvey, Darwin Peters Jr.