IMG_3540.jpg (266650 bytes)IMG_3485.jpg (272918 bytes)June 3rd, 2006 - Justin Carlson Wins Erickson’s Family Restaurant Championship Race Dick Barton Wins Super Late Model Feature At Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: The rain subsided just in time to prep the track for Erickson’s Restaurant sponsored events at Stateline Speedway. Justin Carlson led from lap two and held off Dave Hess Jr. through the final laps to win the E-Mod Championship event and his third in a row. Wade Watson won his second Spectator feature. Bob Van Arsdale inherited the lead after Don McGuire broke to win his first Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Bump Hedman broke just before the start of the Budweiser Super Late Model King of the Hill giving the win to Chad Valone. Dick Barton won his sixty-seventh Super Late Model feature event from his fifth starting spot grabbing the lead from Randy Lobb on lap fifteen. Nathan Short won after a controversial finish in the Outlaw Cadet feature. Mary Hammond won the Lady Challenger feature, Paul Nelson and Jim Chase were the Super Challenger winners.

Randy Lobb, Steve Halpainy, Rich Gardner, Paul Briggs and Dick Barton were the top five in Super Late Model feature. At the end of the first lap Halpainy led followed by Lobb, Gardner, Barton and Briggs. Ted Kosinski and Merle Terry spun to avoid and out of shape Ron Davies for the first caution of the event with four laps complete. Halpainy, Lobb, Gardner and Barton brought the field around for the lap five restart. Lobb bolted to the lead on the restart and Barton nosed by Gardner for third. Barton continued to charge passing Halpainy for the runner up spot just before Randy Shear, Miles Stitzinger and Dave Tackett tangled on the front stretch for the second yellow with seven laps in the books. Halpainy lost several spot on the restart and Dave Lyon moved into fourth with Halpainy a distant fifth. Rod Maloy moved into fifth on lap thirteen and the yellow flew for Chris Hackett on lap fourteen. Dave Hess Jr. stole fifth from Maloy on the restart. One Lap later Lobb slipped coming out of turn two and Barton took control. Lobb load another spot again in turn two as Gardner took advantage. The battle for third heated up with Lobb, Hess and Lyon all trying for the spot. Andy Boozel lost the handle in turn four collecting Terry and John Volpe for the fourth caution with four laps remaining. Barton moved away from the field on the restart and one lap later the yellow flew for Stitzinger who has slowed with a right front flat. Lobb pulled into the pits on the white flag as Barton cruised to checkers for his sixty-seventh win at Stateline.

Ron Seeley started in front and led the first lap of the E-Mod Championship Race and the yellow flew for Bret Van Guilder on lap two. Seeley, Justin Carlson, Mike Hess, Dave Hess and Chad Silleman were the restart leaders. Carlson came out on top after the restart with Seeley second, Dave Hess third and Mike Hess fourth. Carlson had caught the tail end of the filed on lap eight. Carlson seemed to gain ground in lap traffic. Chevy Scott spun to a stop in turn four for the second caution with eleven of the twenty-five laps complete. Wayne Anderson was slow exiting the track forcing the yellow to appear right after the green. Jason Wile spun one lap later for the fourth yellow. Quincy Turner had suspension problems and slowed on the back stretch for yellow number five one lap later. Dave Hess tested Carlson on the restart but could not make the pass and the race was slowed once more when Robert Nocero collected Greg Johnson in turn four. The yellow came out for Ryan Bright with nineteen laps complete. With five laps remaining Carlson and Dave Hess were in front of Seeley by several car lengths and ran that way until the final lap when Tim Peterson brought out the final caution of the event setting up a one lap dash for the win. Carlson was up to the challenge holding off Dave Hess on the final lap for his third win in a row.

IMG_3411.jpg (259870 bytes)Jamie Brown and Dave Surrena were on the front row of the Spectator feature with Ryan Seekings and Rodney Thoms in row two. Surrena led the first lap then lost the lead to Thoms on lap two. Wade Watson was third. Rush Firestone slowed to a stop on the back stretch causing the first caution of the event with five laps complete. Just one more lap was completed before the second yellow appeared for Jeff Lamb. Rich Thompson joined the battle for the lead on lap seven then the third yellow appeared for Lonnie Waldron. Thoms, Watson and Thompson were the leaders for the restart with Buzz Phearsdorf fourth and Glenn Slaney fifth. Watson led lap eight with Thompson second, Slaney third and Thoms in fourth. Lap traffic became a factor on lap ten when Thompson struck Brown in turn four then collected Slaney for yellow number four. Watson, Dave McClenahan and Thoms were the leaders for the restart. Watson was several car lengths ahead of McClenahan with two to go and easily won the race and John Galati made a late race charge to finish third.

IMG_3438.jpg (267290 bytes)Rusty Briggs was turned around on the first lap of the Budweiser Super Sportsman before the lap could be complete causing a complete restart. Bob Van Arsdale was on the pole with Hank Francis second. Van Arsdale led the first lap then the yellow flew for Aaron Robinson in turn one. Van Arsdale, Francis and Chris Kuschel were the leader after the restart. Don McGuire moved by Kuschel for third on lap five as Van Arsdale started to run away from the rest of the field. It took McGuire just two laps to pass Francis and start to run down Van Arsdale and three circuits later he caught and passed Van Arsdale for the lead. Tim Nocero had problems exiting the track the yellow flew with two laps remaining. McGuire stopped during the caution and had to be pushed to the pits giving the lead back to Van Arsdale who led the final two for his first win of the season.

IMG_3549.jpg (262358 bytes)Steve Moynihan led the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature which ended with a yellow for John Cline in turn four. Brian Crandall was second with Paul Norman third and Nathan Short fourth. Crandall vaulted to the front on the restart followed by Short as Moynihan fell to third with Norman fourth and Mike Moore fifth. Enos spun bringing out yellow number two and Moynihan spun to stop after the yellow requiring a wrecker to return to the pits. Short beat Crandall to turn one becoming the third leader on lap five. Moore was third then Norman spun in turn four collecting Phil Knight for yellow number three. Nine laps were complete with Enos spun once more for caution four. A lap eleven spin by Lester Shoff brought out caution five. Moore passed Crandall for the second spot and caught Short as the white flag flew. Moore tried to move around Short in the final turn but Short moved up the speedway making contact with Moore forcing Moore to lift allowing Short to win.

Spectators:

Heat 1: IMG_3130.jpg (324665 bytes) Buzz Phearsdorf, Ryan Seekings, Clarence Dickerson
Heat 2: IMG_3147.jpg (338974 bytes) Dave McClenahan, Rush Firestone, Mike Zemcik

Feature: Wade Watson, Dave McClenahan, John Galati, Rodney Thoms, Jason Genco, Clarence Dickerson, Mike Zemcik, Rich Thompson, Bill Reeves, John Britt

Outlaw Cadets:

Heat 1: IMG_3198.jpg (296362 bytes)John Cline, Steve Moynihan, Phil Knight
Heat 2: IMG_3259.jpg (311855 bytes) Paul Norman, Mike Moore, Nathan Short

Feature: Nathan Short, Mike Moore, Brian Crandall, Phil Knight, Greg Fenno, Todd Church, Troy Dorman, Lester Shoff, Paul Norman, Leonard Enos

Budweiser Super Sportsman:

Heat 1: IMG_3158.jpg (337894 bytes) Hank Francis, Tim Nocero, Chris Kuschel
Heat 2: IMG_3167.jpg (315620 bytes) Mike Kosinski, Don McGuire, Bob Hazzard

Feature: Bob Van Arsdale, Hank Francis, Rusty Briggs, Chris Kuschel, Bob Hazzard, Mike Kosinski, Jake Eller, Jim Leonard, John Boardman, Don McGuire

E-Mod:

Heat 1: IMG_3275.jpg (324734 bytes) Ron Seeley, Dave Hess Jr., Robert Nocero
Heat 2: IMG_3287.jpg (317256 bytes) Justin Carlson, Troy Carr, Chevy Scott
Heat 3: IMG_3301.jpg (278497 bytes) Mike Hess, Chad Silleman, Jim Hilyer

Feature: Justin Carlson, Dave Hess Jr., Ron Seeley, Mike Hess, Dennis Lunger, Chevy Scott, Jim Hilyer, Chad Silleman, Tim Peterson, Brian Fardink

Super Late Model:

Heat 1: IMG_3314.jpg (254767 bytes) Rod Maloy, Rich Gardner, Dave Lyon, Chris Hackett, Ted Kosinski
Heat 2: IMG_3325.jpg (263323 bytes) Dick Barton, Steve Halpainy, Darrel Bossard, Ron Davies, George LaBarbera
Heat 3: IMG_3336.jpg (251967 bytes) Paul Briggs, Randy Lobb, Dave Hess Jr., Andy Boozel, Mike Knight

Consi: Matt Urban, Andy Kania, John Lobb, John Volpe, Kirk Bradley

Feature: Dick Barton, Rich Gardner, Dave Hess Jr., Dave Lyon, Ron Davies, Paul Briggs, Rod Maloy, Matt Urban, Scott Gurdak, Mike Knight Chris Hackett, Andy Kania, Steve Halpainy, Darrell Bossard, Randy Shearer, Chad Valone, John Lacki, Andy Boozel, John Volpe, Randy Lobb, Mile Stitzinger, Merle Terry, George LaBarbera, Dave Tackett, Ted Kosinski, Doug Eck

Lady Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_3344.jpg (252716 bytes) Amanda Swanson, Jennifer Weagraff, Brenda Reid

Feature: Mary Hammond, Michelle Swabik, Brenda Reid, Jodee Jordan, Stephanie Devereaux, Jennifer Weagraff, Rhonda Leonard, Amanda Swanson, Tara Jordan, Jessica Hallowell, Kayla Riefstahl

Super Challenger:

Heat 1: IMG_3356.jpg (281923 bytes) Kyle Jackson, Curt Hansen, Greg Rockwell
Heat 2: IMG_3372.jpg (276795 bytes) Kevin Golden, James Chase, Jamie Hebner
Heat 3: IMG_3386.jpg (265793 bytes) Mike Genco, Stub Johnson, Brandon Pierce

Feature 1: James Chase, Mike Genco, Kevin Golden, Ryan Scott, Greg Rockwell, Alex Froman, Kyle Jackson, Jeff Strickland, Eugene Hart, Mike Genco

Feature 2: Paul Nelson, Brian Wilson, Cale Crocker, Jamie Hebner, Brandon Pierce, Donald Weilacher, Jimmy Hahn, Casey Burch, Jesse Dash, Chris Anderson