May 26th, 2012

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May 26th, 2012 -Tommy Wickham Wins Valone Ford Patriot Sprint A-Main and Scott Gurdak Gets Super Late Win at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Saturday May 26th, 2012 Busti, NY: Valone Ford sponsored the only appearance of the season for the Patriot Sprint Group. Glenn Styres from Ohsweken Ontario won the Sprint Dash and a light rain started as the B-Main got underway. Dave Wickham was the B-Main winner.

Tommy Wickham won the A-Main leading from the initial green in a race slowed by one yellow flag and temporarily delayed by rain. Wickham mastered heavy lap traffic for his first win with the Patriot Group.

Dustin Eckman started on the pole and led every lap of the Limited Late feature for his first win of the season.

Scott Gurdak made the move of the race in the first turn of the event passing the Ryan Scott and Doug Eck front row for the lead which he never relinquished. Dutch Davies and Chad Valone put on a show in the closing laps trying to catch Gurdak.

Justin Tatlow won the Crate Late feature in a green to checkers run with Bob Dorman second throughout the race.

John Woodward Jr. used a early race caution to best the two leaders for the top spot in the E-Mod feature for his first ever win at Stateline.

Tim Card broke the Dan Nocero streak in the Super Sportsman to get his first of the season and his career.

It looked like Gary Fisher was going to end Chris Withers perfect season but a late race restart and a final lap pass by Withers gave him his fourth in a row allowing him to remain the only Street Stock winner of the season.

John Bender won the Super Challenger feature his second win of the season.



When it was time for the Sprint A-Main the rain picked up forcing a delay while the sprints ran the track surface into racing condition. Tommy Wickham and Jared Zimbardi were on the front row for the race and Wickham was the first around as the rain subsided. An incident caused by Clint Ide on the exit of turn two with three laps complete brought out the first and only yellow of the race. Wickham, Steve Collins and Zimbardi were the top three for the restart. Don Adamczyk joined the top three sending Zimbardi back a spot on the restart. Adamczyk pressed Collins for the runner up spot as Wickham slowly extended his lead. On lap eleven Adamczyk made the move to second as Wickham started negotiating lap traffic. Ten Car lengths separated the leaders with ten laps remaining in the event. With five to go Wickham was still in control with car strung completely around the speedway he was constantly in lap traffic. Wickham finished the race out in front for his first career Patriot Sprint win.

Dustin Eckman and Jake Finnerty were on the front row for the Limited Late feature with Mike Moon and Steve Moynihan in row two. Eckman was the first into turn one and led by two car lengths at the end of lap one. Finnerty was second with Ryan Scott third followed by Moon and Moynihan. Finnerty had problems with three laps complete with a spin in turn two. Scott moved up to second behind Eckman for the restart. Three cars tangled on the restart, Dennis Asel, Steve Kania and Bob Vogt Jr. Ryan Scott was the next leader to have problems with a turn one spin with five laps down. Leader Eckman was now being chased by Moynihan, Stan Davis Jr., Chris Ottaway and Tyler Green. Moynihan could only close within three or four car lengths of Eckman during the closing laps. Eckman won his first of the season.

Scott Gurdak made a high move on the start passing Ryan Scott and Doug Eck for the lead on lap one. Bump Hedman case from sixth for the runner up spot with Doug Eck third and Ron Maloy fourth. With eight laps complete Gurdak had nearly a straight away lead. Dutch Davies came from eighth to challenge Eck for the third taking the spot on lap twelve. Chad Valone was the next to come up and challenge Eck. Valone continues his charge closing with Davies and Hedman as they fought for second. Gurdak has caught the back markers with ten laps to go. Davies was now second with Valone in tow as they tried to run down Gurdak. Gurdak took the white then the checkers with a seven car length lead over Davies with Valone a close third.

Justin Tatlow used his front row starting spot to become the early Crate Late feature leader. Bob Dorman was second with veteran John Haggerty third. Kyle Scott retired to the infield just before the crossed flags indicating half way. Tatlow was into lap traffic as the race stayed green. A spin by Cody Mason brought out the yellow allowing the field to close with Tatlow and Dorman. Haggerty was still third with Zack Carley fourth and Brad Mesler fourth. As the racers stacked into turn three on the restart Bryce Davis was tagged causing caution two. Darren Peters moved into the fray at the front pressing Matt Harvey for third just before the white flew. Tatlow hung on for the win his first of the season.

It was twin 55ís on the end of lap one for the E-Mod feature with Chuck Frye and Butch Southwell in a heated contest the number one spot. A lap five spin by Karl Born caused the first yellow and Kyle Bedell pulled into the pit during the yellow. Frye led Southwell to the green and John Woodward Jr. used the outside to pass both Frye and Southwell to become the new leader. Born and Matt Sampson tangled on the restart and both retired to the pits with flats. Seven laps were complete with Woodward out front followed by Frye and Southwell. Woodward was able to out distance Frye and Southwell leading by nearly a straight away. A yellow with two to go allowed the field to close with Woodward but it did no good as Woodward easily moved away from the pack getting his career first win at Stateline.

Tim Card was the early Super Sportsman leader with point leader Dan Nocero Jr. second. A three car incident collected Mike Genco and Clint Haskins. Card, Nocero and Jake Eller were the restart leaders. At the half way point Nocero looked to be attached to Cardís rear bumper. Ben Burgess charged into third then lost the handle in turn one collecting Eller with five laps remaining. One more lap was completed before Burgess stopped high in turn four for yellow number three. Eller fought back from his earlier troubles to pass Nocero for second then took the lead from Card on the back stretch but raced too hard into turn three allowing Card back by for the win.

Gary Fisher and Paul Nelson led the Street Stock feature to their initial green. Four cars were part of a first lap incident including Guy Adams, Victor Earle, Elaine Best and Tony Fonzo. A complete restart saw Fisher out in front with Brian Crandall second and Todd Bacon third. Two laps were complete then Jerry Fish stopped exiting the track for the second caution of the event. Kevin Golden passed Bacon for third on the restart then Chris Withers pushed Bacon back to fifth. Withers continued to move up passing Golden two laps later then Crandall to challenge for the top spot. Sam Conti caused yellow three with eight laps down. Fisher, Withers and Crandall were the leaders. Crandall moved alongside Fisher during the restart lap but could not complete the pass then Withers tried the same move two laps latter but Fisher was still too strong on the bottom. As the white was coming out Jason Bagdley spun in front of the flagman for caution four. On the restart Conti spun on the restart for caution five. Right after the leaders took the white Kyle Weilacher and Richard Wojtowicz tangled on the front straight for caution six. Withers made good use of the final lap beating Fisher out of turn two for the race lead and remaining as the only Street Stock feature winner of the season.

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY

Heat 2: Rod Maloy Panama NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA

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

Patriot Sprints:

Heat 1: Steve Collins Belfast NY, Tim Kelly Rock Stream NY, Tommy Wickham Constantia NY, George Suprick Clarks Summit PA, Clint Ide Dallas PA

Heat 2: Scott Kreutter Alden NY, Don Adamczyk Williamsville NY, Glenn Styres Ohsweken ON, April Wilson Joyceville PA, Rick Wilson Joyceville ON

Heat 3: Jared Zimbardi Little Valley NY, Keith Dempster Aldon ON, Dain Naida Tecumseh MI, Todd Hoddock Cheektawaga NY, Mitch Brown Branford ON

B-Main: Blake Breen Savannah NY, Bryan Howland Auburn NY, Steve Hutchinson Jr. Oswego NY, Jay Groves Sugar Grove PA

A-Main: Tommy Wickham Constantia NY, Tim Kelly Rock Stream NY, Don Adamczyk Williamsville NY, Jared Zimbardi Little Valley NY, Glenn Styres Ohsweken ON, Steve Collins Belfast NY, Scott Kreutter Alden NY, Rick Wilson Joyceville ON, George Suprick Clarks Summit PA, Bryan Howland Auburn NY

Limited Late Models

Heat 1: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY

Heat 2: Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Mike Moore Russell PA, Steve Kania Waterford PA

 

Feature: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Bob Vogt Jr. W. Springfield PA, Mike Moore Russell PA

E-Mod

Heat 1: John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, Steve Rex Youngsville PA, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA

Heat 2: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Kyle Bedell Little Valley NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Alex Froman Ashville NY

Feature: John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, Ben Asel Kane PA, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Anthony Marotto Ashville NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Tim Card Ashville NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Mike Genco Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Wade Watson Ashville NY, Jake Eller Erie PA, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Jim Kibbie Clymer NY

Feature: Tim Card Ashville NY, Jake Eller Erie PA, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Al White Jamestown NY, Mark Fox West Valley NY, Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NYdd, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY

Street Stock

Heat 1: Patrick Fielding Titusville PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Tony Fonzo Titusville PA

Heat 2: Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Jeffery Keith Clymer NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Guy Adams Ashville NY, Berton Chapel Irvine PA

Heat 3: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Sam Conti Kennedy NY, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Steve Keith Jr. Clymer NY

Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Gary Fisher North East PA, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Lance Palmer Duke Center PA, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Cody Bliss Celeron NY, James Britt Forestville NY


Crate Late Model

Heat 1: John Haggerty Olean NY, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Jorden Peters, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY

Heat 2: Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Darren Peters Fort Erie ON, Kyle Scott Garland PA

Heat 3: Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Dereck Frank Jamestown NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Justin Kreider Linesville PA, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA

Feature: Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, John Haggerty Olean NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Jorden Peters, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Cody Mason Eldred PA, Dereck Frank Jamestown NY, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Daren Peters Fort Erie ON, Bryce Davis Hornell NY, Brian Haggerty Allegany NY, Kyle Scott Garland PA, Chris Austin

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Preston Matve Celeron NY, Todd Dean Lakewood NY, Josh Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Brandon Troutman Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA, Dustin Lamb Jamestown NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY

Feature: Chad Bender Stockton NY, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Josh Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA, Brandon Troutman Jamestown NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Michael Rizzo Jr Portland NY, Bill Baker Jr Grand Valley PA, Stephen Enlow Panama NY, Todd Dean Lakewood NY