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Chub Frank Wins the Renegade DirtCars
“Stars and Stripes 50” at Stateline
A warm summer evening greeted the fans for the Dave Tuner Enterprises,
Northwest Penn Auction and Seamen Autowrecking Renegade DirtCar “Stars and
Stripes 50” at Stateline Speedway. Fifty-three Super Late Models were on hand
for the event. Local racer Ron Davies was the fastest qualifier then finished
fourth in the Isky Racing Cams dash for a fourth place starting spot in the main
event. Jim Dandy Jr. won the dash and started on the pole with Chub Frank on the
outside and Todd Andrews in the third spot. Frank’s experience showed as he
passed Davies in traffic and led the remainder of the event. Dale Applebee won
his first feature of the year in the E-Mod while Al Cressley won his second in
the Limited Late Model division. Pat Passanise and Mark Ramsey were the winners
of the Spectator features and Louie DeDionisio won the Outlaw Cadet feature.
Mike Kosinski won his third feature in the Budweiser Super Sportsman class.
Twenty-six Super Late Models
reported to the speedway for the “Stars and Stripes 50”. Twenty-two cars
qualified through the qualifying events and four provisional starters were
added, Steve Shaver and Rod Conley for the Renegades and John Lobb and Dave Hess
Jr. for the Speedway. After a four wide parade lap with the American Flag waving
in every drivers hand Jim Dandy Jr. and Chub Frank brought them down for Spanky
Halls green flag. Jim Dandy Jr. dropped to the inside and led lap one with Frank
in second and Ron Davies in third. Davies moved up beside Frank on lap five and
passed for second on lap six but Steve Shaver was stopped in turn four for the
first caution of the event. Shaver left the speedway and the field was realigned
for the single file restart with Dandy in first, Davies second, Frank third and
Andrews fourth. Davies set up outside on lap six with Dandy running tight to the
inside. Mike Balzano was on the move and passed Andrews for fourth on lap nine.
Davies high side groove allowed him to lead down the backstretch but lose the
lead to Dandy at the start finish line. Finally on lap eleven Davies made it
stick and moved to the front. Andrews had slipped to sixth by lap fifteen with
Matt Miller in fifth. Frank and Balzano both passed Dandy by lap eighteen and
took up the chase for Davies. Davies entered lap traffic on lap twenty and Frank
caught him and passed for the lead but Davies fought back. Davies and Frank
exchanged the lead several times with Frank shown on top at the half way mark.
Greg Lucas tagged the back stretch wall on lap twenty-eight then collected Bruce
Hordusky who came to a stop facing the wrong way in the middle of the back
straight. With twenty-three laps remaining Frank was in the lead with Davies
second, Balzano third. On the restart Balzano beat Davies for second and Frank
moved out to a five-car lead. Davies high side was not working as well at this
point in the event and Balzano and Frank extended their lead. Rick Aukland was
now running fourth and beginning to challenge Davies for third. With ten to go
Frank had a ten-car length lead over Balzano and Balzano led Davies by half a
lap with Aukland right under Davies for fourth. Chris Hackett after running with
the leaders for several laps spun on lap forty-five allowing the field to bunch
up behind Frank. Balzano was second with Davies third Aukland fourth and Dave
Lyon fifth. Early leader Jim Dandy had slipped to sixth, Earl Pearson was
seventh and Andrews eighth. One lap later Davey Johnson spun in turn two and
there were just five to go. Seventeen cars remained for the restart of lap
forty-six. Jim Dandy and Jim Bernheisel tangled on lap forty-six and the caution
flag was displayed once more. Robbie Blair slowed on the restart and once more
the yellow came out with just three laps remaining.
Matt Miller has problems on this restart spinning in turn two. With two
to go Davies slipped to fifth with Dave Lyon in fourth. The last lap saw Davies
continue to fall back finally finishing seventh and Andrews got by for fifth.
Frank won the event with Balzano in second, Aukland third and Lyon fourth.
Dale Applebee and Al Cressley
crossed the line together on the first lap of the E-Mod feature with Applebee
getting the lead one lap later and Cressley stumbled in turn four. Mike Potosky
spun on lap four for the first yellow of the event. With five to go Applebee was
out front by half a straightaway while Cressley and Mike and Dave Hess were
fighting for the second spot. Cressley maintained the advantage for second with
Dave Hess third and Mike Hess fourth. Applebee went on for the win his first of
Al Cressley moved from his
E-Mod to his Limited Late and took the lead in the Limited Late Model feature
with Paul Briggs second and Mike Moore third. Eight time winner Pat McGuire was
mired in sixth until a lap eight pass of Bear Moynihan moved him to fifth. A
spin by Briggs, Aaron Robinson and Ed Simmer on lap twelve caused the first
caution of the event. Briggs was given his spot back because he spun after the
yellow was shown. Cressley led them all to win his second feature of the season,
Briggs finished second with Moore third.
After an exciting three wide battle for the lead Dave Johnson became the
leader of the first Spectator feature event. Johnson survived two yellows but
was passed by Pat Passanise on the third one with one lap to go. Passanise won
with Johnson second and Rich Becker third.
Mark Ramsey survived five cautions to win the second Spectator feature.
Steve Keith finished second with Merle Burlingame third.
Louie DeDionisio led the Outlaw Cadets into turn one of their feature
event when a accident collected ten cars and halted the race before one lap was
complete. Nathan Short tapped the leader DeDionisio on the restart and was
disqualified. The third attempt to start the race was successful. DeDionisio led
the next two laps until a spin by Mark Hall and Phil Knight slowed the field
once more. Jeff Campbell was second and Bill Dunn third on the restart.
Campbell got up beside DeDionisio during the remainder of the laps but
could not make the pass. DeDionisio won his first feature with Campbell second
and Bill Dunn third.
Don Stanley led lap one of the Budweiser Super Sportsman event with Don
McGuire second and Mike Kosinski third. Stanley fell to fourth on lap four as
Kosinski took over the lead with Don McGuire second and Robert Nocero third.
Dave Cummings passed Nocero for third on white flag lap but could not get by
McGuire. Kosinski won for the third time with McGuire second and Cummings third.
Heat 1: Mike Boyd, Brian Larson, Rick Sperry
Heat 2: Mark Ramsey, Jason Stetson, Pat Passanise
Heat 3: Vic Earle Sr., Bill Baker Jr., Steve Huling
Feature 1: Pat Passanise, Dave Johnson, Rich Becker
Feature 2: Mark Ramsey, Steve Keith, Merle Burlingame
Heat 1: Bill Thomas, Mike Samuelson, Tink Mealy
Heat 2: Dave Hess, Kevin Decker, Dale Applebee
Feature: Dale Applebee, Al Cressley, Dave Hess, Mike Hess, Kevin Decker,
Mike Samuelson, Bill Thomas, Holly Nelson, Shane Applebee, Tink Mealy
Heat 1: Louie DeDionisio Nathan Short, Mark Hall
Heat 2: Jeff VanArsdale, John Pencille, Bill Dunn
Feature 1: Louie DeDionisio, Jeff Campbell, Bill Dunn, Chris Blose, Jim
Hilyer, Jeff VanArsdale, Terry Daniels, Dan Slye, Shane Jones, Matt Lamphere
Limited Late Models:
Heat 1: Al Cressley, Les Lyon, Andy Knight
Heat 2: Paul Briggs, Bobby Rohrer, Aaron Robinson
Heat 3: Mike Moore, Bear Moynihan, Chad Ramsey, Tom Schnars
Feature: Al Cressley, Paul Briggs, Mike Moore, Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire,
Steve Moynihan, Chad Ramsey, Les Lyons, Tom Hagberg, Tom Schnars
Budweiser Super Sportsmen:
Heat 1: Dave Cummings, Mike Kosinski, Scott Bayle
Heat 2: Joe Buccola Jr., Pete Volpe, Don Stanley
Feature: Mike Kosinski, Don McGuire, Dave Cummings, Robert Nocero, Pat
McGuire, Scott Bayle, Joe Buccola Jr., Don Stanley, J.R. Nocero
Fast Time: Ron Davies
Heat 1: Dave Scott, Ron Davies, Chub Frank, Dan Armbruster
Heat 2: Earl Pearson, Bruce Hordusky, Mike Balzano, Rick Aukland
Heat 3: Matt Miller, Dave Lyon, Todd Andrews, Greg Lucas
Heat 4: Jim Dandy Jr., Chad Ruhlman, Matt Lux, Davey Johnson
Consolation 1: Bill Cunningham, Robbie Blair, Jim Bernheisel, Randy Lobb
Consolation 2: Dick Barton, Scott Gurdak, Chris Hackett, Rod Conley
Isky Racing Cams Dash: Jim Dandy Jr., Chub Frank, Todd Andrews, Ron
Davies, Mike Balzano, Earl Pearson Jr.
Feature: Chub Frank, Mike Balzano, Rick Aukland, Dave Lyon, Earl Pearson,
Todd Andrews, Ron Davies, Scott Gurdak, Chad Ruhlman, Davey Johnson