April 18th, 2008


April 19th, 2008 - Boom Briggs Wins House of Television Opener at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: The 2008 House of Television Double Points season opener at Stateline Speedway was conducted on a warm summer like night. Chris Withers lead every lap of the Spectator feature collecting the first feature win on the 2008 season. Chad Valone won the five lap Super Late Model King of the Hill race defeating Doug Eck. John Boardman passed Steve Kania on lap four then survived several cautions winning the Super Sportsman feature. Boom Briggs swapped the lead with Matt Urban on the first few laps of the Super Late Model feature then held off veterans Dick Barton and Rich Gardner for the final five laps for the win. Mike Moore continued his assault on the record books winning the Outlaw Cadet event. Randy Hall won his heat then led very lap of the feature event to sweep the E-Mod division. Joshua Crull led the last two laps of the Super Challenger feature for the win. Amanda Swanson won the Lady Challenger feature.



David McClenahan led the Spectators to their first feature green flag which was short lived due to a multi-car yellow in turn one of the first lap. Jermin Strickland inherited the pole for the restart with Chris Withers in the second spot. Withers led at the end of lap one with Strickland second. The yellow reappeared for Jim Britt in turn four with five laps in the book. Withers, Strickland and Mike Moon were the restart leaders with ten laps remaining. Moon and Buzz Phearsdorf trailed Withers at the half way mark with Strickland and distant fourth. A stalled car slowed the race with nine laps complete. Phearsdorf and Gary Fisher both passed Moon for second and third after the restart setting up a battle for fourth between Moon and Alex Froman. Ryan Seeking spun into the infield with twelve complete for the fourth restart of the race. Fisher beat Phearsdorf to the two to go signal as Withers continued to control the race. Withers made it look easy with Fisher second and Phearsdorf third.

Young Steve Kania led the Super Sportsman class onto the speedway for their first feature of the season. John Boardman was on the outside pole followed by Chris Kuschel and Joe Buccola Jr.. Kania led the first lap then the yellow flew for Bob Hazzard nosed into the wall in turn three. Kania lost the lead to Boardman on the restart then a spin by Jim Leonard caused the second yellow with five laps complete. Bumping and banging in turn two on lap sex collected Buccola and Kelly Frederes for yellow number three. The fourth yellow appeared two laps later then number five two laps latter when Tim Nocero spun collecting Jake Eller and Bryan Ester. Nocero. Ester and Leonard tangled up on the restart for yellow number six. Boardman won the race followed by Kania and Kuschel.

Matt Urban and Boom Briggs were on the Super Late Model feature front row with Rich Gardner and Dick Barton in row two followed by Doug Eck and Mike Knight then Scott Johnson and John Lobb. 2007 Champion Rod Maloy did not make the event due to mechanical problems. Gardner, Urban and Briggs ran three wide down the back stretch for the lead. Eck lost the handle in turn three bringing out the yellow before the first lap was complete. Several cars made contact during Eck’s spin but the only car unable to continue was Chad Ruhlman. Eck and John Lobb tagged the field for the complete restart. Briggs led by a nose over Urban on lap one then Urban fought back to lead lap two. It was a dead heart for lap three the Briggs by a nose on lap four. Briggs, Urban, Gardner, Barton and Scott Johnson were the top five with five complete. Gardner nosed under Urban on lap seven to capture the runner up spot then Urban lost another position as veteran Dick Barton grabbed third. Briggs led by ten car lengths with ten complete with Barton ten car lengths behind second place running Gardner. Briggs caught the tail end of the field on lap fifteen. One lap latter the caution flew for Scott Johnson coming out of turn two. Briggs, Gardner, Barton, Urban and Chad Valone were the leaders for the lap sixteen restart. Briggs kept control when the green reappeared and began to rebuild his lead over Gardner and Barton. The yellow flew at the end of the first twenty laps setting up a dash for cash between the top three at the end of twenty. Briggs, Gardner and Barton remained. Gardner tested the outside while Barton stayed low but Briggs refused to give way. The outside did not work for Gardner as Barton took second with one lap to go but neither veteran could beat Briggs.

Five cars tangled on the first lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature. Chad Carlson, John Cline and Chris Ottaway were all involved. Greg Fenno was the restart leader with 2007 Champ Mike Moore in second. Fenno lost the handle and the lead on lap three putting Moore in the top spot with Steve Moynihan second. Paul Norman passes Moynihan with seven laps complete. Ottaway spun to a stop in turn one with nine laps complete for the third yellow. Moore, Norman, Moynihan, Kelly Frederes and Fenno led for the restart. Carlson brought out the fourth yellow with eleven of the fifteen laps complete. Frederes lost the fourth spot to Fenno on the restart. Moore ran away and hid for the final laps beating Norman to the finish by half a straight away.

Twenty-four E-Mods were lead to the speedway by Randy Hall and Rich Michael Jr.. Hall led lap one. An accident collected Chuck Frye, Chad Silleman and Andy Sweetland on the second lap. The restart failed as Steve Dixon spun in turn one. Hall remained the leader with Short pressing Michaels for the number two position. The race did not stay green for long as Dana Wellington spun with five complete. Short grabbed the second spot as Michaels fell back to fourth and Jack Young moved up to third. Hall led by several car lengths at half way then Brain Fardink and Craig Bedell tangled for the fourth caution. The next six laps ran green then a spin by Shane Crotty brought out the fifth yellow followed quickly by yellow number six for a slowing car. Hall won going away with Young second and Short third.

The first yellow occurred on lap six of the Super Challenger event for Tim Dulmus stopped against the wall coming out of turn two. Casey Burch led with Larry Campbell second. Burch pulled into the infield with one lap remaining giving the win to Campbell.


Super Late Model

Heat 1: Mike Knight Ripley NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, Kirk Bradley Great Valley NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY

Heat 2: Doug Eck Corry PA, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Chad Ruhlman Bemus Point NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY

Heat 3: Dick Barton Ashville NY, Matt Urban North East PA, Chad Valone Warren PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, George LaBarbera Sugar Grove PA

Feature: Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Chad Valone Warren PA, Chris Hackett Erie PA, Matt Urban North East PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Dennis Lunger Jr. Corry PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Greg Johnson Busti NY, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Wally Fox Cooperstown PA, Kirk Bradley Great Valley NY, George LaBarbera Sugar Grove PA, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, Dan Maxim Erie PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA, John Volpe Lakewood NY, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Mike Knight Ripley NY, Chad Ruhlman Bemus Point NY

King of the Hill: Chad Valone Warren PA, Doug Eck Corry PA


Heat 1: Randy Hall Olean NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA

Heat 2: Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, Steve Dixon Smethport PA, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Cale Crocker, Craig Bedell Little Valley NY

Heat 3: Jack Young Thompson OH, Nate Short Panama NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, Nathan Hall East Otto NY, Quincy Turner Jamestown NY

Feature: Randy Hall Olean NY, Jack Young Thompson OH, Nate Short Panama NY, Richard Michael Jr. Ischua NY, Quincy Turner Jamestown NY, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Carl McKinney Cranberry Twp PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Cale Crocker, Andy Sweetland Spartansburg PA

Outlaw Cadet

Heat 1: Greg Fenno Corry PA, Mike Moore Russell PA, Christopher Ottaway Sherman NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, John Cline Kennedy NY

Heat 2: Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Leonard Enos Warren PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Everett Enos

Feature: Mike Moore Russell PA, Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Greg Fenno Corry PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Troy Dorman Fredonia NY, John Cline Kennedy NY, Leonard Enos Warren PA, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Everett Enos

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Steve Kania Waterford PA, Chris Kuschel Brocton NY, Tim Nocero Jamestown NY, Jake Eller, Bob Hazzard Frewsburg NY

Heat 2: John Boardman Jamestown NY, Joe Buccola Jr. Jamestown NY, Ben Burgess, Mike Kosinski Ashville NY, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY

Feature: John Boardman Jamestown NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Chris Kuschel Brocton NY, Mike Kosinski Ashville NY, Joe Buccola Jr. Jamestown NY, Don McGuire Harborcreek PA, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Tim Nocero Jamestown NY, Jake Eller, Wade Watson Ashville NY


Heat 1: David McClenahan Corry PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Jay Seekings Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Pat Landy Orchard Pk NY, Eric Paulus Mayville NY, James Britt Forestville NY, Stanley Davis Jr. Jamestown NY

Heat 3: Alex Froman Ashville NY, Buzz Phearsdorf Little Valley NY, Jermin Strickland Jamestown NY, Ryan Seekings Russell PA, Tim Thompson Erie PA

Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Gary Fisher North East PA, Buzz Phearsdorf Little Valley NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Anthony Marotto Ashville NY, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Jamie Brown Jamestown NY, Stanley Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, James Britt Forestville NY

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Larry Campbell Frewsburg NY, Curt Hansen Sugar Grove PA, Carl Coleson Jamestown NY, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Jesse Dash Leon NY

Heat 2: Casey Burch E. Randolph NY, Dillon Titus Jamestown NY, Jamie Hebner Stockton NY, Tiny Larson Lakewood NY, Chuck Rugg Sr. Ashville NY

Heat 3: Steven Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Sam Courson Cassadaga NY, David Campagna Wattsburg PA, Joshua Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY

Feature: Larry Campbell Frewsburg NY, Jamie Hebner Stockton NY, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Dillon Titus Jamestown NY, Aaron Liberati Jamestown NY, Carl Coleson Jamestown NY, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Tiny Larson Lakewood NY, Steven Keith Jr. Clymer NY

Lady Challenger

Feature: Amanda Swanson North East PA, Stephanie Devereaux Lakewood NY, Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Paula Mason Ashville NY, Rhonda Leonard Jamestown NY