Sept 2nd, 2011


September 2nd, 2011 - Andy Boozel Wins the Friday Edition of the Labor Day Special Super Late Model Race at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Friday September 2nd, 2011 Busti, NY: The first night of the Labor Day Special weekend at Stateline Speedway was hot and muggy. Several Super Late Models beat the track record in the qualifying heats with Doug Eck coming out as the fastest bettering the record by 0.583 seconds.

            The top two qualified E-Mod drivers ran a foot race down the front straight and the winner of qualifying heat number 3 Kyle Bedell won the race and the $500 prize.

            Greg Fenno passed early race leader Pat McGuire just before the half way mark for his first win of the season on his first visit.

            Robbie Blair survived nine cautions to win the $1,500 winner share of the first of two Crate Late Model Labor Day Specials. A late race caution saw three wide racing for the win as Blair bested Justin Tatlow and T.J. Downs.

            Andy Boozel used lap traffic to catch race leader Boom Briggs then took advantage of  a near spin by Briggs to win the Super Late Model Special.

            John Boardman held off veteran E-Mod driver Dave Hess Jr. to win the twenty lap E-Mod Special his second win in his E-Mod rookie season.

            Dan Nocero Jr. won the Super Sportsman feature, his sixth win of the season and Ben Burgess Jr. spun while third then raced up through the field for a third place finish.

Several cars had problems making to turn one on the first lap of the Spectator feature causing a complete restart. Brian Crandall and Pat McGuire were on the front row and Crandall was the first around with McGuire a close second. Then on lap two it was all McGuire as Crandall slipped to third and Greg Fenno was second. A three car tangle in the middle of the back stretch with three laps complete brought out the second caution. Nick Mohawk and Thoms left the speedway on the hook during the yellow. On the restart Bill Best and Doug Moore had problems in the exit of turn four for yellow number three. Three laps later Best and Cody Bliss caused caution four. The lap seven restart ended with Mike Moon facing the wrong direction on the front straight. McGuire, Fenno, Crandall and 2011 point Champ Paul Nelson were the leaders. This restart also failed when Mohawk spun in on back stretch. Fenno made the outside pass just before the half way mark sending McGuire back to second and Nelson took third from Crandall. Cody Bliss narrowly missed disaster after pulling out from the infield in front of the leaders. Fenno ran the final laps uncontested for his first win of the season on his first visit of the season.


The Crate Late Models were led to the line by John Lacki who also led the first circuit with Kevin Decker second and Matt Harvey third. Two spinners caused the first yellow with three down. It was three wide racing in the corners and down the back stretch on the restart with Lacki still on top, Harvey second and Decker third. Two laps later Kyle Scott brought out the second caution. Robbie Blair had joined the top three with Justin Tatlow fifth for the restart. Blair was third on the next lap then a four car incident caused caution three. Brian Haggerty, Bob Kish and Newt Tackett were part of the melee. Blair was second on the next circuit tracking right behind Lacki as the two started to move away from the rest of the field. Ed Carley, 2011 Crate Champ and Bob Dorman collected yellow four with twelve laps complete. Another multi-car incident ended lap fourteen as Blair and Lacki were running side by side for the lead. On the restart Les Lyon tagged Bob Dorman collecting Carley for yellow number six. Blair, Lacki, Tatlow, T. J. Downs and Harvey were the leaders. Tatlow used the restart to pass Lacki for second and Blair was attempting to runaway with the race amassing a straight away led in just three laps. With ten laps remaining it was all Blair. Hordusky tagged Dorman causing caution seven and ending the night for Dorman. Tatlow tried to stay with Blair on the restart but could not. Dorman stopped in the pit entrance causing caution eight with seven laps remaining. Lacki pulled into the infield right after the restart the went into the pits. Kyle Scott was fourth after the restart with Chad Valone fifth. Just as the two to go signal was given Brad Mesler spun for caution nine. Blair’s lead evaporated as the field bunched for the restart. It was three wide for the lead down the back stretch between Downs, Blair and Tatlow with Blair coming out on top and Tatlow nipping Downs at the line for second.


 Boom Briggs, Andy Boozel, Dutch Davies, Randy Lobb and  Doug Eck made up the first three rows of the Friday edition of the Super Late Model $3,000 to win Labor Day Special. Briggs led Davies and Boozel by a nose on the first circuit then managed and car length lead on lap two. Dave Hess Jr. charged by Boozel on lap four just as the yellow flew for Dennis Lunger who limped into the pits. Briggs, Dutch Davies, Hess, Boozel and Randy Lobb were the leaders. Eck was sixth with Rich Gardner alongside. Hess went high after the restart and lost third to Boozel running low. Yellow two saw Hess leave the speedway and David Scott was in fourth. A track tire on the speedway ended lap eight with Briggs, Davies, Boozel, Randy Lobb and Scott the top five. Randy Lobb lost three spots as Eck and Mike Knight were now fifth and sixth. Scott was up on top looking for a little help from the cushion and managed to nip Dutch Davies at the line for second on lap sixteen. Scott was now on Brigg’s bumper as the top four moved away from the rest of the field. Scotts high groove seemed to be failing him as Dutch Davies move on by. Lap traffic was an issues on lap twenty-two catching up Davies and Scott allowing Boozel to get beside Briggs. Briggs nearly spun on lap twenty six giving Boozel the chance he was waiting four. Boozel took the lead followed quickly by the white then the win as Briggs could not recover enough from the near spin to challenge.


Cale Crocker and John Boardman were on the front row for the 20 lap E-Mod special. The initial start ended with four cars stopped in turn one and the first yellow before a single lap was complete. The next restart was no better as Dave Shagla and Nathan Hill spun in the exit turn four. Shagla was towed to the pits during the caution. The twenty remaining cars finally finished a lap on the third attempt. John Boardman was out in front with Cale Crocker a distant second and Dave Hess Jr. third. Hess stayed on top to pass Crocker for second on lap six then began to run down Boardman. As Hess was closing with Boardman Jaben Hill passed Crocker for third and 2011 E-Mod Champ Greg Johnson was fifth. On lap twelve Hess had caught Boardman and after trying the high groove for the pass moved down looking for away around the E-Mod rookie. Hill remained a distant third. Boardman took the white with Hess on his bumper. Boardman maintained the line he had used the entire race and Hess could not make the pass.

  Dan Nocero Jr. started on the pole and took the early lead in the Super Sportsman feature. Bob Hazzard spun in the middle of the back stretch bringing out the caution. Nocero, 2011 Sportsman Champ Joe Buccola Jr., Ben Burgess, Wade Watson and Clint Brady were the leaders. Two laps after the restart Brady slowed to a stop on the back straight for caution number two ending his race night. Jake Eller move into Brady’s spot for the restart. Chris Yarbrough brought caution three with six laps complete. Burgess was now second and Buccola third. Caution four occurred on lap nine. Bucola slipped under Burgess on the restart and Burgess carried a little too much speed into turn one for solo spin and caution five. Eller was now third behind Nocero and Buccola. Yarbrough lost the handle and several cars spun to avoid for caution six. Eller stalled during the incident and had to be pushed into the pits placing Watson in third. Burgess had come from the back to fourth for the restart. As the white flew Burgess was third. Nocero finished the race as he started it winning his sixth feature event.         

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, David Scott Garland PA, Matt Urban North East PA


Heat 2: Doug Eck Corry PA, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Dennis Lunger, Rob Blair Titusville PA, Chris Hackett Corry PA


Heat 3: Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Mike Knight Ripley NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Rod Maloy Panama NY


Heat 4: Dutch Davies Warren PA, Ron Davies Warren PA, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Dick Barton, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA


Feature: Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, David Scott Garland PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Mike Knight Ripley NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Chris Hackett Corry PA, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Matt Urban North East PA, Andy Kania Waterford PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Rob Blair Titusville PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Nathan Short Panama NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Ron Davies Warren PA, Dennis Lunger


Heat 1: David Shagla Sugar Grove PA, Jaben Hill Cattaraugus NY, Ron Seeley, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY


Heat 2: Dan Davies Warren PA, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Mike McGee Mayville NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY


Heat 3: Kyle Bedell Little Valley NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY, John Boyd Waterford PA, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA


Heat 4: Al Brewer Belfast NY, Cale Crocker, Brian Douglas Painesville OH, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, Anthony Marotto Ashville NY


Heat 5: Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Randy Hall Olean NY, Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, Gary Sullivan Saegertown PA, Darren Tarabori Galeton PA


Feature: John Boardman Jamestown NY, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Jaben Hill Cattaraugus NY, Cale Crocker, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, Dan Davies Warren PA, Randy Hall Olean NY

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Joe Buccola Jr. Falconer NY, Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Don McGuire Harborcreek PA, Chris Yarbrough


Heat 2: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Clint Brady Frewsburg NY, Scott Lawson Jamestown NY, John Bailey Erie PA, Al White Jamestown NY



Heat 1: Greg Fenno, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Rodney Thoms, Lance Palmer Duke Center PA, Jeremy Williams Wrightsville PA


Heat 2: Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Pat McGuire, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Bill Best


Feature: Greg Fenno, Pat McGuire, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Lance Palmer Duke Center PA, Sam Conti Kennedy NY, Cody Bliss Ashville NY, Bill Best, Jason Covey Clymer NY, Brad Strickland Jamestown NY

Crate Late Model

Heat 1: Ed Carley Freedom NY, Kevin Decker Erie PA, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, T.J. Downs Albion NY, Kyle Scott Garland PA


Heat 2: Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Les Lyon Sugar Grove PA, John Haggerty Olean NY, Chad Valone Kiantone NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA


Heat 3: Rob Blair Centerville PA, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY


Feature: Rob Blair Centerville PA, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, T.J. Downs Albion NY, Chad Valone Kiantone NY, Kyle Scott Garland PA, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Brian Haggerty Olean NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Ed Carley Freedom NY, Brad Mesler Wellsville NY, Wendell Pinckney Albion PA, Patrick Willer, Bruce Hordusky Jr Erie PA, John Lacki, Newt Tackett North East PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Kevin Decker Erie PA, Les Lyon Sugar Grove PA, AJ MacQuarrie, John Haggerty Olean NY, Dennis Lunger, Todd Sweet Cuba NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY