May 5th, 2007 - Chad Ruhlman Wins Stateline Auto Parts Super Late Model Feature
Jay Groves Interstate Micro Winner
At Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum
Busti, NY: The second race of the 2007 season came off with out a hitch on Saturday night. Stateline Auto Parts sponsored the event which included the Interstate Micro
Sprints. Doug Eck nipped Chad Valone at the finish line to win the Budweiser King of the Hill title. Ryan Seeking won his first Spectator feature. Kelly Frederes passed early
leader Don McGuire for the Super Sportsman win. Mike Moore held off a charging Nathan Short for his first of the season in the Outlaw Cadet division. Chad Ruhlman led every lap of
the caution free Super Late Model event with sixth starting Rod Maloy second. Jay Groves completed a perfect night of racing winning his qualifying event and feature in the
Interstate Micro Sprints. Justin Carlson held off a determined Dave Hess Jr. to win the E-Mod feature event. Austin Fitzgerald and Brandon Pierce were the Super Challenger winners.
Amanda Swanson made it two in a row in the Lady Challenger division.
Twenty-two Super Late Models were led onto the speedway by John Lobb and George LaBarbera. Chad Ruhlman led the first lap from his third starting spot with John Lobb second and
LaBarbera third. Rich Gardner was fourth with Rod Maloy in the fifth spot. Ruhlman stretched his lead to ten car lengths during the first five laps and Maloy passed LaBarbera for
the third spot. Maloy stayed glued to the inside catching and passing Lobb on lap nine as Ruhlman started to work lap traffic. Gardner was now fourth as LaBarbera slipped to fifth.
Doug Eck became a player passing first LaBarbera, Gardner and Lobb to move to third but was a half a lap behind Ruhlman and a straight away behind Maloy. With five laps remaining
Ruhlman led Maloy by a straight away with Eck a distant third. The race finished in the same order running green to checkers with out a caution.
Jay Grooves was the early Interstate Micro Sprint leader with Shelby Rowles second. Doug Karlene passed Rowles on lap seven to take over the second spot as Grooves worked lap
traffic. Dillon Crocker did a half spin with fourteen laps complete for the first yellow of the event. Groves remained in control as the laps wound down with Karlene giving chase.
Groves easily won the event with Karlene second.
Jamie Brown used his front row starting spot to lead the first lap of the Spectator feature. Jermin Strickland ran second from his fifth starting position. A lap car helped
unseat Brown on lap five as first Strickland led then Ryan Seekings. The yellow flew with nine laps complete for Marc Luce and Mark Simmons. Seekings, John Boyd, Dave McClenahan,
Bill Reeves and Strickland were the restart leaders. The restart was marred by a multi-car tangle in turn one involving John Mease, early leader Brown and several other cars.
Seekings, Boyd and Reeves broke away for the field on the restart. A lap fourteen caution for John Galati bunched the field for the final two laps. Boyd used the high groove to
challenge Seekings on the final lap but came up a half a car length short giving Seekings his first Spectator win.
Don McGuire, Rusty Briggs and Chad Carlson led the first ten laps of the Super Sportsman feature. Tim Nocero brought out the caution just after the half way point. One lap
after the restart Briggs spun for the second caution of the event. Steve Kania lost the handle on lap thirteen and collected his father Andy Kania who was subbing for Eric Ester.
Kelly Frederes ran down and passed McGuire right after the restart then a lap fourteen spin brought out the fourth caution. Frederes ran the final two laps unchallenged for his
first win of the season.
Leonard Enos did a slow spin on lap one of the Outlaw Cadet feature causing a complete restart. The second start worked for one lap then several cars tangled in turn one for the
second caution. Kelly Frederes, Rick Thompson, Enos and Paul Himes were all involved. Brian Crandall had led both of the previous restart but temporarily lost the led to John
Cline. Cline nearly spun letting Crandall regain the lead. One lap later a charging Mike Moore passed Crandall in turn three just before the yellow flew for Thompson in turn one.
Crandall pulled off the speedway on the restart putting Steve Moynihan in second and Frederes third. Nathan Short and Paul Norman completed the top five. Moore had a ten car length
lead at the half way point then the yellow flew for caution number four. Nathan Short made a late race run using the high lane to make it a four way battle for the lead. Short was
second on the final lap but could not catch Moore.
Dennis Lunger started on the pole of the E-Mod feature but Tom Hagberg led lap one. Hagberg was in charge for just one circuit when Justin Carlson took the lead. Five laps were
completed under the green before the caution flew for Steve Simon. Carlson was followed by Dave Hess Jr. on the restart. Hess had started ninth. A four car tangle brought out the
second caution one lap later. Carlson was able to gain a slight advantage over Hess on the restart. At the cross flags the leaders were nearly a full straight ahead of the third
place car or Dennis Lunger. Carlson was in lap traffic with thirteen in the books. Carlson slipped coming out of turn two allowing Hess to pass then the caution flew for a stalled
car putting Carlson back on top. Carlson, Hess, Lunger, Hagberg and Troy Carr were the top five. Two more laps were complete with Carlson leading when the yellow flew again. A
stalled car ruined the restart but the second attempt worked and Carlson continued to show Hess around. Carlson took the white with Hess on his bumper, the two touched in turn two
then once more coming out of turn four but Carlson was able to hold on for the win.
Interstate Micro Sprints
Heat 1: Jay Grooves Sugar Grove PA, Jessica McDivitt Kane, Pa, Frank Jarkiewicz Byron NY
Heat 2: Doug Karlene Kane PA, Dylan Proctor Lock Haven PA,. Shelby Rowles Curwensville PA
Feature: Jay Groves Sugar Grove PA, Doug Karlene Kane Pa, Shelby Rowles Curwensville Pa, Frank Jarkiewicz Byron NY, Dylan Proctor Lock Haven PA, Jessica McDivitt Kane PA,
Shawn Mott Olean NY, Chris Stanko Kane PA, Mark Norr
Super Late Model
Heat 1: John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Paul Briggs Ashville NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA
Heat 2: George Labarbera Sugar Grove PA, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Chris Hackett Erie PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Miles Stitzinger Warren PA
Heat 3: Chad Ruhlman Bemus Point NY, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Ted Kosinski Lakewood NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY
Feature: Chad Ruhlman Bemus Point NY, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Doug Eck Corry PA, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Paul Briggs Ashville NY, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Bump Hedman Sugar
Grove PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, George LaBarbera Sugar Grove PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Chris Hackett Erie PA, Jeff Hoffman Clarendon PA, Miles
Stitzinger Warren PA, Ted Kosinski Lakewood NY, Steve Halpainy Ashville NY, Chad Valone Warren PA, Mike Knight Ripley NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, John Volpe Lakewood NY, Ryan Scott
Garland PA, J.C. Lechner Sugar Grove PA
Heat 1: Dennis Lunger Corry PA, Troy Carr Kennedy NY, Jason Genco, Chris Couchenour Jamestown NY, Al Crocker
Heat 2: Tom Hagberg Warren PA, Dustin Eckman Harborcreek PA, Nate Short Panama NY, Matt Swanson Clymer NY, Dan Nocero Jr.
Heat 3: Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Bobby Powell Waterford, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Chad Ramsey Jamestown NY, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY
Feature: Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Dennis Lunger Corry PA, Tom Hagberg Warren PA, Quincy Turner Jamestown NY, Troy Carr Kennedy NY, Greg Johnson
Jamestown NY, Chad Ramsey Jamestown NY, Cale Crocker, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA
Heat 1: Leonard Enos Warren PA, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Nathan Short Niobe NY, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Mike Moore Russell PA
Feature: Mike Moore Russell PA, Nathan Short Niobe NY, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, John Cline Kennedy NY, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Glenn
Slaney, Leonard Enos Warren PA, Rick Thompson, George Milks
Heat 1: Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Tim Nocero Jamestown NY, Chris Kuschel Brocton NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Ben Burgess Sherman NY
Heat 2: Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Rusty Briggs, Don McGuire Erie PA, J.R. Nocero, Aaron Robinson Stockton NY
Feature: Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Don McGuire Erie PA, Rusty Briggs, Bob VanArsdale Portland NY, Mike Kosinski Ashville NY, Bryan Ester Erie PA, Ben Burgess Sherman NY,
Steve Kania Waterford PA, Andy Kania, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY
Heat 1: Ryan Seekings Russell PA, Wayne Mohawk, Stanley Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Pat Landy, Dale Kinney
Heat 2: John Boyd Waterford PA, Rush Firestone Wattsburg PA, Jermin Strickland Jamestown NY, John Britt Dunkirk NY, John Mease Jamestown NY
Heat 3: Aron Dascomb Clymer NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Travis Swabik Ripley NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, David McClenahan Corry PA
Feature: Ryan Seekings Russell PA, John Boyd Waterford PA, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, Lonnie Waldron Stockton NY, Rush Firestone Wattsburg PA, John Britt Dunkirk NY, Travis
Swabik Ripley NY, Stanley Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Jermin Strickland Jamestown NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY
Heat 1: Jay Seekings Jamestown NY, Kyle Jackson Forestville NY, Charles Rugg Ashville NY, Michael Little Ashville NY, Austin Fitzgerald Youngsville PA
Heat 2: Brandon Huffman Corry PA, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Benjamin Schupp Jamestown NY, Robert Hallowell Celeron NY, Casey Burch E. Randolph NY
Heat 3: Walter Kuzminski Pittsfield PA, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Jim Mescall Panama NY, Earl Brightman, Luke Rutsky Pittsfield PA
First Feature: Austin Fitzgerald Youngsville PA,
Jay Seekings Jamestown NY, Benjamin Schupp Jamestown NY, Michael Little Ashville NY, Jason Mcneely, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Nate
Earle Garland PA, Robert Hallowell Celeron NY, Jon Winters, Mike Ciffo Russell PA
Second Feature: Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Walter Kuzminski Pittsfield PA, Jon Winters, Monty Seekings Sr. Clymer NY, Kyle Jackson Forestville NY, Timothy Dulmus
Ripley NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Casey Burch E. Randolph NY, Curt Hansen Sugar Grove PA, Chuck Rugg Sr.
Heat 1: Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Amanda Swanson North East PA, Thi Genco Jamestown NY, Paula Mason Jamestown NY, Lauren Martin
Feature: Amanda Swanson North East PA, Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Thi Genco Jamestown NY, Paula Mason Jamestown NY, Julie Mcavoy, Lauren Martin