August 5th, 2006 - Rich Gardner Wins 50th on Tobber Racing Night at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

 

Busti, NY: The Reunion kicked off the Tobber Racing sponsored events at Stateline Speedway. Many of the retired drivers were on hand for the event including Sammy LaMancuso, Emory Mahan, Jim Scott, Dizzy Eades, Skip Furlow, John Whitehead, Floyd Finale, Boyd Whitehead, Ken Shearer and Charlie Robinson. Ed Nelson long time flagman and original owners Leonard Briggs, Don and Jerry Frank were also in attendance. Rich Gardner finally broke into the win column leading every lap of the Super Late Model feature. Gardnerís fifteenth career win moved him into a tie for eight on the all time Stateline Super Late winners list with Chub Frank, Rod Maloy and Jim Scott and was his fiftieth Super Late win.

Bobby Rohrer won the Outlaw Cadet King of the Hill event defeating Paul Norman Jr. in the last round. Dave Hess Jr. successfully defended his Budweiser Super Late Model King of the Hill title defeating Mike Knight.

\ John Galati won a caution strewn Spectator feature for his third of the year and Justin Carlson won his eighth in a heavily contested E-Mod feature. John Boardman led every lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature for his first of the season. Phil Knight also reached the winners circle for the first time in 2006 in the Outlaw Cadet feature. Stephanie Hilyer won her third Lady Challenger feature. Greg Rockwell won the first Super Challenger feature and Rick Karash won the second.

Rich Gardner, Dick Barton, Andy Boozel and Merle Terry were the top four for the Super Late Model feature. Bump Hedman and Dave Hess Jr. were in row three. Gardner led by three car lengths at the end of the first circuit with Barton and Boozel fighting for second and Hess fourth. Ward Schell and Ted Kosinski brought out the yellow with three laps complete. Hess went from fourth to second on the restart then the yellow flew as several cars nearly spun on lap six. Gardner, Hess, Boozel, Barton and Eck were the restart leaders. Chad Valone moved up to challenge Eck for fifth after the restart. Hedman stopped low in turn four forcing caution three. Gardner continued to lead Hess as the field approached the half way mark. Boozel remained third followed by Barton, Eck and Randy Lobb. Before Gardner caught the rear of the field the yellow flew for Ryan Scott in turn four with six laps remaining. Randy Lobb passed Barton on the restart lap and Gardner had a five car length lead over Hess and Boozel. Gardner extended his advantage over the final circuits leading by several car lengths at the checkers for his first win of the season.

Doug Moore and John Kersey were on the front row of the Spectator feature with Stan Davis and Berton Chapel in row two. Moore led the first lap with Kelsey second and Dave Johnson third. Johnson grabbed second on lap two ten fell back to third one lap later as John Galati took second. Galati nearly spun on lap five allowing Gary Fisher and Rick Thompson by. On the next lap Fisher was in first with Thompson second and Galati third. With nine laps complete Shayne Erhard spun for the first caution. Starter Mark Matthews did not like the start and several cars spun in turn one when the caution light came on, Glenn Slaney lost a wheel in the incident and Fisher required a wrecker to get to the pits and Thompson was sent to the back. On the next restart Moore, John Britt and Wade Watson tangled for another yellow. Galati and Genco were the leader after the restart and the race stayed green until Kelsey and Erhard came together coming out of turn two with twelve laps complete. Galati, Genco and Aron Dascomb led after the restart finishing the final three laps in the same order. It was Galatiís third win of the season.

Nathan Short, Justin Carlson and Scooter Pangrazio battled for the number one spot from the start of the E-Mod feature event. The race stayed green for just two when the yellow appeared for a spinner in turn four. Short led briefly after the restart then gave way to Carlson and Pangrazio. Bret Van Guilder spun on the front stretch for the second caution with four laps complete. Carlson led the next two with Pangrazio less than an half a car length behind. The two leaders continued the side by side racing through the half way mark with Short several car lengths behind. Scooter led by a whisker on lap twelve when Brian Guzowski brought out the third yellow. Pangrazio, Carlson, Short, Troy Carr and Ron Seeley were the restart leaders. The yellow reappeared with twelve laps complete for Jake Halpainy just after Carlson took back the lead. Short tested Pangrazio on the restart but could not make the pass. Pangrazio slipped up the track on lap fifteen losing several spots giving second to Short. With two to go the yellow reappeared for Bill Van Volkenburg. Carlson led the final two laps getting his eighth win in fifteen starts.

The green fell and the wreck started on the first lap of the Super Sportsman feature. Rusty Briggs, Chad Carlson and Jake Eller were some of the drivers involved. John Boardman emerged as the leader on lap one. Kelly Frederes was second with Mike Kosinski third. At the half way point Boardman led by several car lengths as Frederes and Kosinski fought for second. Carlson slowed to a stop for the second yellow with eleven laps complete. Kosinski was second after the restart and pressed Boardman over the final laps but could not pass giving Boardman his first of the season.

Phil Knight led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature with Lester Shoff second and Nathan Short third. The race stayed green and Knight remained the leader at the half way point. The first yellow appeared for a slowing Troy Dorman on lap twelve. Knight, Short, Mike Moore, Shoff and Andy Knight were the leaders. Bobby Rohrer grabbed fifth on the restart lap then the yellow reappeared for Matt Lanphere, Paul Norman and Andy Knight. Knight ran the final three laps unchallenged for his first 2006 win.

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Merle Terry Erie PA, Mike Knight Ripley NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Ron Davies Warren PA

Heat 2: Dick Barton Ashville NY, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Rod Maloy Panama NY

Heat 3: Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Dave Hess Waterford PA, Chad Valone Warren PA, Randy Shearer Ashville NY, John Lobb Frewsburg NY

Feature: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Dave Hess Waterford PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Doug Eck Corry PA, Chad Valone Warren PA, Paul Briggs Ashville NY, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Ron Davies Warren PA, Randy Shearer Ashville NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Steve Halpainy Ashville NY, Ted Kosinski, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Merle Terry Erie PA, Mike Knight Ripley NY, George LaBarbera Sugar Grove , Chevy Scott Garland PA, Ward Schell Warren PA, John Volpe Lakewood NY

E-Mod

Heat 1: Nathan Short Niobe NY, Scott Pangrazio Batavia NY, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Chad Ramsey Jamestown NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY

Heat 2: Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Matt Swanson, Dustin Eckman North East PA, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, J R Nocero

Heat 3: Troy Carr Kennedy NY, Jamie Earhart Mayville NY, Dennis Lunger Corry PA, Quincy Turner Jamestown NY, Bill Van Volkenburg North East PA

Feature: Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Nathan Short Niobe NY, Matt Swanson, Troy Carr Kennedy NY, Scott Pangrazio Batavia NY, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Chad Ramsey Jamestown NY, Quincy Turner Jamestown NY, J R Nocero, Dustin Eckman North East PA

Outlaw Cadet

King of the Hill: Bobby Rohrer, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Mike Moore Russell PA, Nathan Short Niobe NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Lester Shoff North East PA, Andy Knight Ripley NY, Phil Knight Ripley NY, Eugene Bevil Jr. Russell PA, Troy Dorman Fredonia NY

Feature: Phil Knight Ripley NY, Nathan Short Niobe NY, Mike Moore Russell PA, Lester Shoff North East PA, Bobby Rohrer Waterford PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Andy Knight Ripley NY, Leonard Enos Warren PA, Cliff Lanphere Sinclairville NY

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Bob Hazzard Frewsburg NY, Mike Kosinski Ashville NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY, Don Mcguire Erie PA

Heat 2: Aaron Robinson Stockton NY, Chris Kuschel Brocton NY, Bob Van Arsdale Portland NY, Bobby Rohrer Jr. Waterford PA, Tim Nocero Jamestown NY

Feature: John Boardman Jamestown NY, Mike Kosinski Ashville NY, Aaron Robinson Stockton NY, Don McGuire Erie PA, Kelly Frederes, Tim Nocero Jamestown NY, Ben Burgess Sherman NY, Bobby Rohrer Jr. Waterford PA, Hank Francis Edinboro PA, Chris Kuschel Brocton NY

Spectator

Heat 1: Dave Surrena Frewsburg NY, Aron Dascomb Clymer NY, David McClenahan Corry PA, Gary Fisher North East PA, Dave Johnson Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Buzz Phearsdorf Salamanca NY, Doug Moore Sugar Grove PA, Stanley Davis Jamestown NY, Shayne Erhard Mayville NY, Berton Chapel Irvine PA

Heat 3: Glenn Slaney Union City PA, Rick Thompson North East PA, Wade Watson Ashville NY, John Kelsey Jamestown NY, Jason Genco Jamestown NY

Feature: John Galati Jamestown NY, Jason Genco Jamestown N., Aron Dascomb Clymer NY, Rick Thompson North East PA, Dave Johnson Jamestown NY, Clarence Dickerson Kennedy NY, Ryan Seekings Russell PA, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Buzz Phearsdorf Salamanca NY, Stanley Davis Jamestown NY

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Brian Wilson Jamestown NY, Robert Nocero Ashville NY, Kyle Jackson Forestville NY, Mark Crandall Cassadaga NY, Bryan Johnson

Heat 2: Donald Weilacher Lakewood NY, Paul Nelson II Ashville NY, Jeremy Haney Jamestown NY, Timothy Britt Dunkirk NY, Keith Lamb Ashville NY

Heat 3: Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Rick Karash, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Rod Birt Warren PA

First Feature: Greg Rockwell Youngsville PA , Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Rod Birt Warren PA, Paul Nelson Ii Ashville NY, Kevin Golden Jamestown NY, Mark Crandall Cassadaga NY, Robert Nocero Ashville NY, Todd Brostrom Ashville NY, Mark Van Dresar, Jamie Hebner Stockton NY

Second Feature: Rick Karash, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, George Steadman Wellington NY, Kyle Jackson Forestville NY, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Timothy Britt Dunkirk NY, Robert Hallowell Jamestown NY, Donald Weilacher Lakewood NY, Jimmy Drabo Sinclairville NY, Pat Patterson Jamestown NY

Lady Challenger

Heat 1: Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Michelle Swabik Sherman NY, Amanda Swanson North East PA, Brenda Reid Sherman NY, Paula Mason

Feature: Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Michelle Swabik Sherman NY, Paula Mason, Amanda Swanson North East PA, Jessica Hallowell Jamestown NY, Brenda Reid Sherman NY, Stephanie Devereaux Lakewood, Jodee Jordan Bear Lake PA, Tara Jordan Warren PA