August 30th, 2008

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August 30th, 2008 - Rich Gardner Wins Inaugural Lloyd Moore Memorial
at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

Busti, NY: Thirty-four Super Late Models were on hand for the first Roberts Trucking Parmenter Excavating Lias Tire Lloyd Moore Memorial race. Mother Nature came through with perfect racing weather for the 30 lap event. Rich Gardner powered by early leader Dave Scott on lap eleven as Scott was fending off Doug Eck in the low groove. Gardner mastered the heavy lap traffic for his first win of the season.

Matt Urban ended the Scott Gurdak reign as Super Late Model King of the Hill Challenge Champion in a closely contested race which ended with Urban a car length ahead of Gurdak.

The five lap Buccola Battle between Joe Jr. and Joe Sr. was won by Joe Jr.

Tim Rockwell won his first Spectator feature surviving several restart in the caution filled event.

Bob Hazzard led from the initial green to win his second Super Sportsman feature of the season.

Scott Gurdak passed Nathan Short in the late stages of the E-Mod feature for his fifth of the season.

Paul Norman Jr. was in position to take advantage when leader Kelly Frederes slipped in the Outlaw Cadet feature for his first win of the season.

Stephanie Hilyer came from sixth to win her fourth Lady Challenger feature.

Jamie Hebner won the first Super Challenger feature and Steve Keith Jr. the second.

Andy Kania started on the pole of the Super Late Model Consolation race. Eleven of the fourteen scheduled to start took the green. A spin by Dave Lyon with two of the ten laps complete slowed the event. Kania and George LaBarbera were the leaders. Chris Hackett charged into second on the restart then Steve Halpainy and John Volpe tangled in the exit of turn two for the second yellow with three laps complete. At the half way mark Hackett led by a nose and Bump Hedman was fourth the last qualifying spot. Hackett just nipped Kania at the line for the win with Hedman third and LaBarbera fourth.

Dave McClenahan led the first circuit of the Spectator feature. A lap two spin by Kevin Hill caused the first caution. Tim Rockwell used the restart to jump into the second spot then one lap later took the lead as the yellow flew for a tangle in turn two. McClenahan was placed back in front with Rockwell second and Alex Froman third. McClenahan pulled into the pits during the caution giving Rockwell the top spot. McClenahan returned to the speedway before the restart but had to start at the tail. Rockwell and Froman began to quickly out distance the field after the restart with Brandon Pierce a several car lengths back in third. The third yellow appeared with five laps complete for Jermin Strickland stalled on the front stretch. Rockwell once more controlled the restart and led Froman by several car lengths at the crossed flags. Skip Jackson and Matt Harvey tangled for caution four on lap eight. Two laps later a spin by Mike Moon brought out the fifth caution. Bob Vogt Jr. was hit from behind then spun to stop for the final caution with one lap remaining. Rockwell easily won the race for his first win of the season.

Wade Watson spun on the initial start of the Super Sportsman feature necessitating a complete restart. Bob Hazzard took the early lead with Ben Reed second. Debris on the speedway bought out the caution with five laps complete. Hazzard, Reed, John Boardman, Ben Burgess and Joe Buccola Jr. were the restart leaders. Reed lost two spot on the restart giving Boardman second and Buccola third. With five laps remaining Hazzard led Boardman and Buccola by several car lengths. Hazzard finished in front for his second checkers of the season.

Dave Scott and Doug Eck made up the Lloyd Moore Super Late Model Memorial front row with Jason Dupont and Rich Gardner in row two. Greg Oakes and Andy Boozel were in row three. Scott led after the first circuit with Eck way up on the cushion in second. John Lobb stopped with three laps complete for the first caution. Scott, Eck, Dupont, Gardner and Scott Johnson were the top five for the lap four restart. Starter Mark Matthews waived of the first attempted restart and took the second. Dupont got crossed up on the restart for caution two which also saw Mike Bihler and Bruce Hordusky collected in the incident. Merle Terry looped in turn two with four complete for the third caution. Scott remained on the inside of the speedway as Eck rode the cushion after the restart. Scott was able to slowly pull away from Eck. Bump Headman was the next to have problems with a turn one spin with eight of the thirty laps complete for caution four. Eck moved to the bottom after the restart opening the top for Gardner who quickly took advantage to become the new leader on lap eleven. Scott stayed with Gardner as Eck fell to a distant third. Eck continued his slide turning third over to Oakes just past the half way mark. A smoking Adam Ferri pulled into the pits on lap twenty and the race remained green. Gardner entered lap traffic on lap twenty-two several car lengths ahead of the second place Scott. Oakes passed Scott in traffic to briefly hold the second spot but Scott regained it one lap later. Gardner cruised through heavy lap traffic to win the inaugural memorial event reinforcing his point lead and getting his first win of the season and his eighteenth career win at Stateline.

A spin by Stu Burton marred the start of the E-Mod feature. Nathan Short and Greg Johnson were on the front row with Jason Genco and Scott Gurdak in row two. A three car incident on the next attempted start brought out yellow number two. The third start worked but two laps later the caution flew for Justin Carlson stopped in the pit entrance. A four car incident before the green fell on the next restart caused caution four with just two laps complete. Short led lap three then the fifth yellow flew for Chuck Hart who had made hard contact with the front stretch wall. Short, Gurdak, Johnson, Genco and Mike Munsee were the leaders. Three laps later a caution flew for a stalled car the sixth yellow, followed quickly by caution number seven. One lap later caution number eight. A slow moving Chuck Frye caused caution nine after four laps of green flag racing. Short maintained the lead with Gurdak and Johnson right on his bumper. Munsee was fourth with Cale Crocker fifth and point leader Carlson sixth. Short remained in the middle of the speedway and lost the lead to Gurdak on the top on lap fourteen. Gurdak stretched his lead as both Short and Johnson faded. Gurdak kept his advantage through the final laps for his second win in a row and his fifth of the season.

Chet Sheets went from third to first on the initial lap of the Outlaw Cadet feature. A three call tangle stopped the race after lap two involving Troy Dorman, Chad Carlson and Brian Crandall. Brian Emory brought the second caution right after the restart. Paul Himes was the next with a spin with three laps complete. Emory and Himes tangled on the restart for caution four. Kelly Frederes led lap four as Sheets began to fade. Paul Norman was second with Glen Slaney third and Mike Moore fourth. Steve Moynihan stopped on the back stretch with nine laps complete for the caution five. Frederes, Norman, Slaney, Sheets and John Cline were the restart leaders. Frederes nearly spun coming to the two to go signal losing two spots turning the lead over to Norman. Norman held on through the final two laps for his first win of the season.

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Merle Terry Erie PA, Matt Urban North East PA, Dan Maxim Erie PA

Heat 2: Jason Dupont Cyclone PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Adam Ferri Pt Colborne Ontario, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, Mike Bihler Albion PA

Heat 3: Doug Eck Corry PA, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, Scott Gurdak, John Lobb Frewsburg NY, Chad Valone Warren PA

Heat 4: David Scott Garland PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Bruce Hordusky

Feature: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, David Scott Garland PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Doug Eck Corry PA, Scott Gurdak, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, Merle Terry Erie PA, Matt Urban North East PA, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Andy Kania Waterford PA, Jason Dupont Cyclone PA, Chris Hackett Erie PA, George LaBarbera Sugar Grove PA, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, Dan Maxim Erie PA, Adam Ferri Pt Colborne Ontario, Chad Valone Warren PA, Mike Bihler Albion PA, Bruce Hordusky, John Lobb Frewsburg NY

E-Mod

Heat 1: Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Jamie Erhard Mayville NY, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Chuck Frye Ashville NY

Heat 2: Greg Johnson Busti NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Nathan Hall East Otto NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY

Heat 3: Nate Short Niobe NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Mike Munsee Corry PA, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Wayne Mohawk Irving NY

Feature: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Nate Short Niobe NY, Greg Johnson Busti NY, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Mike Munsee Corry PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Nathan Hall East Otto NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Bill Silvis Corry PA, Stu Burton Franklinville NY

Outlaw Cadet

Heat 1: Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, John Cline Falconer NY, Troy Dorman Fredonia NY, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Chet Sheets Warren PA

Heat 2: Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, John Cline Kennedy NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Glen Slaney Union City PA

Feature: Paul Norman Jr. Gerry NY, Glen Slaney Union City PA, Mike Moore Russell PA, Kelly Frederes Jamestown NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Chet Sheets Warren PA, Troy Dorman Fredonia NY, John Cline Falconer NY, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Paul Himes Lakewood NY

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Tim Nocero Jamestown NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY, Dan Nocero Jamestown NY, James Leonard Jamestown NY, Joe Buccola Jr. Falconer NY

Feature: Bob Hazzard Frewsburg NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY, Joe Buccola Jr. Falconer NY, Dan Nocero Jamestown NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Ben Reed Brocton NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, James Leonard Jamestown NY, Bob VanArsdale Portland NY

Spectator

Heat 1: Pat Landy Orchard Pk NY, Bryon Johnson Jr. Ashville NY, Skip Joslyn Jamestown NY, Jerry Fish Jamestown NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY

Heat 2: Eric Paulus Mayville NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Stanley Davis Jr. Jamestown NY

Heat 3: Bob Vogt Jr. Erie PA, John Kelsey Jamestown NY, David McClenahan Corry PA, Lester Shoff, Mike Moon Brocton NY

Feature: Tim Rockwell Salamanca NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Brandon Pierce Sinclairville NY, Carl Marcy Wattsburg PA, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Lester Shoff, Kyle Bradigan South Dayton NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, John Kelsey Jamestown NY, Eric Paulus Mayville NY

Super Challenger

Heat 1: Joe Karash Jamestown NY, Spencer Shirley Jamestown NY, Joshua Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Brandon Troutman Jamestown NY, Justin Devereaux Lakewood NY

Heat 2: Jeff Lamb Panama NY, Sam Courson Cassadaga NY, Jamie Hebner Stockton NY, Larry Campbell Frewsburg NY, Steven Keith Jr. Clymer NY

First Feature: Jamie Hebner Stockton NY, Spencer Shirley Jamestown NY, Joshua Beckstrom Frewsburg NY, Aaron Liberati Jamestown NY, Steven Patterson Jamestown NY, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Justin Devereaux Lakewood NY, Jody Earle Garland PA, John Hilyer Erie PA, Mike Patterson Jr. Jamestown NY

Second Feature: Steven Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Kyle Jackson Ii Cherry Creek NY, Joe Karash Jamestown NY, Chris Byrne Jamestown NY, Dave Tackett Jr Ripley NY, Jeff Lamb Panama NY, Jesse Dash Leon NY, Ralph Patterson Jamestown NY, Nate Earle Garland PA, Sam Courson Cassadaga NY

Lady Challenger

Heat 1: Tawny Crocker Pittsfield PA, Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Mary Lou Keith Clymer NY, Amanda Swanson North East PA

Feature: Stephanie Hilyer Jamestown NY, Mary Lou Keith Clymer NY, Stephanie Devereaux Lakewood NY, Amanda Swanson North East PA, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Tawny Crocker Pittsfield PA, Jessica Hallowell Celeron NY