June 16th, 2012

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June 16th, 2012 - Dustin Eckman Wins Limited Late Special and Rich Gardner Wins Super Late Model Feature at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Saturday June 16th, 2012 Busti, NY: The Limited Late Special was run under warm cloudy skies. The Finns Auto Service and Magnum Graf-x sponsored event was the first feature of the evening. Dustin Eckman led every lap of the event fending off an early race challenge from Steve Kania then cruising through the remainder of the event.

Rich Gardner won his 19th Super Late Model feature starting fourth, getting second on lap one and took the lead from Chris Hackett after the first yellow.

Damian Bidwell broke into the winners circle for the first time in 2012 becoming the fourth different winner in the Crate Late Model division.

Scott Gurdak survived an E-Mod feature with horrendous attrition as only eight of the original eighteen starters finished.

Chris Withers won his sixth feature in a row when the Street Stock feature was ended by officials after their ninth caution.

The yellow fever continued in the Super Sportsman race which saw Dan Nocero get his fourth win of the year.

Josh Beckstrom won his second Super Challenger feature.

 

Chad Schauers and Dustin Eckman were on the front row for the Limited Late Special and failed to start at the cone on their initial attempt then did better the on the second attempt. Jake Finnerty running fourth on the start jumped the cushion in turn two and ended up in the turn two wall. Finnerty left the speedway on the hook. Eckman won the race to turn one on the restart and led by five car lengths at the line with Schauers second and Steve Kania alongside. John Cline had problems on lap three for the second caution of the event. Kania was second for the restart with Schauers third. Steve Moynihan grabbed third from Schauers on the restart as Kania started to run down Eckman. Kania could get a fender alongside Eckman but could not complete the pass. Moynihan caught the two leaders as they ran nose to tail with ten laps complete. Eckman, Kania and Moynihan had a straight way lead with Cline spun in turn two for caution three. Moynihan slid down in front of Kania for second on the restart and Chris Ottaway joined the fray along with Tyler Green. With five laps to go Eckman had an eight car length lead over Moynihan with three car lengths back to Kania. Eckman had the race in hand at the two to go signal. Ottaway made the last lap pass of Kania in a photo finish after Eckman cruised to the win.

Rod Maloy and Chris Hackett led the Super Late Models onto the speedway. Hackett led Gardner at the completion of lap one. Dick Barton and Greg Oakes ended up in the tires on the inside of turn four for caution number one with two laps complete. Hackett, Gardner, Maloy, Doug Eck and Dutch Davies were the top five for the restart. Hackett went wide in turn four after the restart and Gardner became the new leader with Davies second and Hackett and Maloy contesting third. Eck faded and David Scott took his place in fourth as Davies chased Gardner. Chuck Parker spun in front of the leaders for caution two with five laps complete. Gardner, Davies, Scott, Hackett and Bump Hedman were the leaders. Eck and Greg Johnson tangled and Scott slowed pulling into the pits for caution three. Eck would not listen to race control and was sent to the tail during the yellow. Hackett had more problems on the restart nearly hitting a wrecker in the infield for caution four. Eleven laps were complete. Hedman started second with Davies on the outside in third and Gardner alone out in front. Gardner and Hedman got the jump on the restart with Davies a distant third. As the race stayed green Gardner was able build a lead as the race stayed green through the final laps. Hedman was able to hold off Davies for the second.

Damien Bidwell started on the pole and was the first around in Crate Late Model feature with Bob Dorman second. A three car tangle collecting Mark Thrasher, Justin Tatlow and John Haggerty. Zack Carley slide across in front of the field and somehow did not make contact just losing one spot. On the next circuit Brian Haggerty lost the handle for yellow two. Bidwell and Dorman were the leaders. At the end of the restart lap Skip Jackson caused caution three. Bidwell, Dorman, Carley, Jason Genco and Bruce Hordusky Jr. were top five leaders for the lap seven restart. After the restart Bidwell was able to gain a sizeable lead over Dorman with seven laps to Dorman started to close then Bidwell moved away again. Lap traffic became a factor letting Dorman close within five car lengths but he could not close the distance and Bidwell became the fourth different winner of the season.

Dave Shagla led the first lap of the E-Mod feature with Ben Asel second. Asel tangled with another car spinning to a stop between turns three and four for the first caution. One lap was complete Shagla was followed by Scott Gurdak and Butch Southwell. Gurdak decided the high side was the way to go and bested Shagla on lap five to become the new leader. Greg Johnson was fourth with Alex Froman fifth. Asel and Steve Rex caused caution two. Johnson and Shagla were heavily contesting the third spot when the yellow came out for Justin Carlson. Carlson was nosed into the back stretch fence. Froman, Chuck Frye, Mike McGee, Ron Seeley and John Boardman wrecked on the front stretch one lap after the restart. Rex spun for caution four with fifteen laps down. Johnson was the next with problems sliding to a stop in turn four then pulling into the pits for caution five. Three laps remained. Just before the white flag flew Anthony Marotto spun for caution six. Only eight cars remained for the final two laps. Gurdak survived the final caution for his first win of the season.

Eric Harvey and Ken Lamp Jr. spun into the infield on the first lap of the Street Stock feature causing a yellow before the first lap was complete. Yellow two occurred on the restart sending Steve Keith Jr. into the pits. The next start saw another yellow this time for Kevin Hill. The leaders Jeffery Keith and Nicolas Mohawk hooked and nearly hit the wall coming out of turn two. Keith was given his spot back and Mohawk was sent to the rear. Keith led lap one and Todd Bacon led lap two then caution five. Caution six occurred when the flagman waived off the restart. Three wide on the restart saw Chris Withers take the top spot and Vic Earle Jr. spun collecting Elaine Best for caution seven with just three laps complete. Two more laps were completed when Earle spun for caution eight. Withers was in control at the half way point which was quickly followed by a spin by Don Hebner and the race was ended with Withers getting his sixth win in a row.

Dan Nocero Jr., the Super Sportsman point leader, started on the pole and quickly took command of the Sportsman feature event. Jason Schumaker spun on lap six for the first caution of the event. Nocero was followed by Wade Watson and Ben Burgess Jr. A car stalled on the speedway caused caution two with six laps complete. Burgess tested Nocero on the restart but could not complete the pass. Schumaker spun again on lap seven for caution three and on the restart for Rick Karash and Clint Haskins. Watson and Burgess make contact spinning Watson for caution three. Schumaker spun for caution four with nine laps complete. With two laps remaining Nocero won the event beating Burgess by five car lengths at the finish.

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Rod Maloy Panama NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Chad Valone Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, David Scott Garland PA

Feature: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Billy Dickson, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Greg Johnson Sugar Grove PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, David Scott Garland PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Chuck Parker Ashville NY, Jordan Eck Corry PA

E-Mod

Heat 1: Kyle Bedell Little Valley NY, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Ben Asel Kane PA, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY

Feature: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Alex Froman Ashville NY, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, Steve Rex Youngsville PA, Anthony Marotto Ashville NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY

Limited Late Models

Heat 1: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Tyler Green Corry PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA

Heat 2: Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY

Feature: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Tyler Green Corry PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, Mike Moore Russell PA

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Tim Card Ashville NY, Allen Haskins Sinclairville NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Wade Watson Ashville NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Rick Karash, Jim Kibbie Clymer NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY

Feature: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Jim Kibbie Clymer NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Allen Haskins Sinclairville NY, Al White Jamestown NY, Jason Schumaker Ripley NY

Street Stock

Heat 1: Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Steve Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Eric Harvey Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Patrick Fielding Titusville PA, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Ron Johnson Erie PA

Heat 3: Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Jeffery Keith Clymer NY, Victor Earle Jr Gifford PA, Sam Conti Jr. Kennedy NY

Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, John Coughlin, Jeremy Williams Pittsfield PA, Elaine Best Jamestown NY

Crate Late Model

Heat 1: Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Jason Stetson North East PA, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY

Feature: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Jorden Peters Fort Erie ON, Jason Stetson North East PA, Mark Thrasher Jamestown NY, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY, Brian Haggerty Allegany NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Ward Schell, John Haggerty Olean NY, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Darren Peters Fort Erie ON

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Josh Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Stephen Enlow Panama NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Douglas Melter, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Colin Eyler Sugar Grove PA, Nathan Lamb Jamestown NY

Heat 3: Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Tyler Little Pittsfield PA, Todd Dean Lakewood NY, Eric Winkels Youngsville PA, Greg Marsh

Feature: Josh Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Douglas Melter, Tyler Little Pittsfield PA, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA, Nathan Lamb Jamestown NY, Stephen Enlow Panama NY