October 7th, 2006 - John Boyd Wins Stateline Auto Parts Chautauqua Challenge at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: Warm weather and clear blue skies welcomed race fans for the Chautauqua Challenge at Stateline Speedway. 2006 Spectator Champion Rick Thompson won the King of the Hill qualifying event and pulled pill number nine inverting the top nine for the main event. John Boyd started on the pole and lead early losing the lead to John Galati then regained the lead with six laps remaining for his first Stateline win and the Chautauqua Challenge title. Brandon Pierce passed Luke Rutsky as Rutsky tangled with a lap car with two laps remaining in the Super Challenger feature event for the win. Jim Frank won the Iron Man Enduro finishing several laps ahead of the number two car.

John Boyd led the first circuit of the thirty lap Challenge event with Wade Watson second and Brian Bush third. Merle Burlingham and Gary Bedow brought out the first yellow with three laps complete and on the restart eight cars tangled completely blocking the track for the second yellow of the event. Boyd led lap four and the yellow flew for Watson who had stopped high in turn three. Watson was pushed into the pits during the caution. Boyd led lap five with Rick Thompson in second. Gary Bedow Jr. spun at the end of lap five for the fourth yellow. Another multi-car spin brought out the fifth yellow on the restart. Pete Volpe, Doug Moore, John Kelsey, Burlingham and Dave Johnson were all involved. Bill Reeves spun into the infield after contact with Aron Dascomb and John Galati for yellow number six with six laps compete. Boyd, Rick Thompson and Bush were the restart leaders. Two more laps went into the books and the yellow flew for a slowing Bedow on the front straight. Dascomb caused caution seven with ten laps complete. Mark Thompson and Brian Bush tangled with twelve laps complete for caution eight. Boyd, Rick Thompson and Ryan Seekings were the leaders for the restart. Rick Thompson slowed on the next circuit and pulled into the pits as the yellow flew again. Fourteen of the original cars remained for the restart with Boyd leading followed by Galati and Stan Davis Jr. Davis spun into the infield on the restart but the green stayed out and Dascomb move to third behind Boyd and Galati. Mark Thompson grabbed third from Dascomb on lap seventeen and two laps later Jamie Brown spun for caution number ten with ten laps remaining. Galati decided it was time to lead and moved under Boyd on the restart and led lap twenty one. John Mease spun in turn four for caution eleven with twenty-two laps complete. Galati, Dascomb and Boyd were the top three for the restart. Dascomb went into turn three a little too hard on the restart and spun to stop losing his number two spot to Boyd and Mark Thompson moved up to third. Another multi-car spin caused caution twelve and seven laps remained. Galati slipped up the speedway on the restart and Boyd used the opening to retake the lead with six laps remaining. Moore stalled trying to pull into the pits for caution thirteen with four laps remaining. Ten cars remained for the final four laps. Boyd was able to pull away from Galati on the restart and ran the final laps unchallenged for his first Stateline Speedway win.

Curt Hansen grabbed the early lead in the fifteen lap Super Challenger feature event. Anthony Marotto came to a stop on the front stretch with a broken right front ball joint and as the yellow flew Rick Reichardt could not avoid the stalled Marotto making heavy contact under the starters stand. Steve Keith led lap five as Hansen fell back to third and Luke Rutsky was second. Keith spun giving Rutsky the lead at the half way point. Rutsky tangled with a lap car and Brandon Pierce took the lead with two laps remaining. Pierce held on for the win.


King of the Hill: Rick Thompson North East PA, Rodney Thoms Dewittville NY, Aron Dascomb Clymer NY, Mark Thompson Jr. Erie PA, Brian Bush Erie PA, Merle Burlingham Wattsburg PA, Pete Volpe, Wade Watson Ashville NY, John Boyd Waterford PA, Casey Swabik

Feature: John Boyd Waterford PA, John Galati Jamestown NY, Mark Thompson Jr. Erie PA, Brian Bush Erie PA, Aron Dascomb Clymer NY, Jamie Brown Lakewood NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Stanley Davis Jamestown NY, John Mease Bemus Point NY, Doug Moore Sugar Grove PA

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Steven Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Paul Nelson Ii Ashville NY, Luke Rutsky Garland PA, Rick Karash, Kevin Golden Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Curt Hansen Sugar Grove PA, Robert Hallowell Jamestown NY, Michelle Swabik, Donald Weilacher Lakewood NY, Eugene Hart Little Valley NY

Heat 3: Stephanie Devereaux, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Kyle Jackson Forestville NY, Chris Knisley Jamestown NY

Feature: Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Paul Nelson Ii Ashville NY, Luke Rutsky Garland PA, Steve Keith Sr., Andy Seekings Sherman NY, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Rick Karash, Mark Raynor Mayville NY, Stephanie Hilyer, Curt Hansen Sugar Grove PA