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Chad Ruhlman the Big Winner at Stateline
by RIch Berry
Busti, NY (June 8) - Chad Ruhlman was the big
winner in the 25-lap Super Late Model feature event on Saturday night at
Stateline Speedway. Other winners on the program were Pat McGuire in the
Limited Late Models, Jim Hilyer in the Cadets, Shane Applebee in the E-Mods,
Don McGuire in the Sportsman, and Rick Becker and Steve Hulings in the
25-lap Super Late Models feature started with Chad Ruhlman and Dan Armbruster
on top of the starting grid. Ruhlman nosed ahead as the lead battle was
side-by-side, before he slipped to allow Armbruster to gain the lead on lap 3.
With green flag laps clicking by, Ruhlman started to close in as race traffic
would soon be an issue. On lap 9, Ruhlman moved to the inside of
Armbruster down the backstretch, and made the inside pass in turn three to
gain the race lead on lap 10. Ruhlman started to pull away before the
first caution of the event would slow the pace on lap 14. With a clear
race track ahead, Ruhlman would dominate the race as the green flag
reappeared. Leaving Armbruster to battle with sixth starting Matt Urban,
Ruhlman would have a full-straight advantage before the final yellow flag
waved on lap 21. Ruhlman would have no problems the rest of the way, as
he went on to score his first feature win of the seasson. Urban made the
move at the white flag to gain second, dropping Armbruster to third.
Scott Johnson was fourth, with point leader Rod Maloy finishing fifth.
Doug Eck, Rich Gardner, Matt Lux, Brian Emory, and Randy Lobb completed the
top ten. Heat race winners for the 30-car field were Scott Gurdak,
Armbruster, and Ruhlman, as Al Crocker took the Last Chance Race. John
Lobb was the winner of the American Racer Dash.
20-lap feature race for the Limited Late Models had heat race winners Chad
Ramsey and Pat McGuire on top of the starting field. Ramsey took the
early lead as a yellow waved on lap 1 for a multi-car tangle in turn two.
This would be the only caution flag of the event, as McGuire would nose ahead
of Ramsey on the restart. Once in front, McGuire would pull away from
the field leaving all battles behind him. McGuire would continue his
dominance of the division by winning his fifth feature event in seven weeks of
racing. Ramsey would hold on for second, with Andy Sweetland third.
Fourth place went to Chris Sutton, with Bob Rohrer fifth.
Hilyer and Nathan Short led the 15-lap Cadet feature on the starting grid as
Hilyer took the early lead. Jeff Van Arsdale used a lap 2 restart to
take the lead, before Hilyer returned the favor on a lap 4 restart. With
an extended period under the green, Hilyer would continue to lead with Van
Arsdale looking for an opportunity to pass. The leaders would enter race
traffic on lap 10 as Van Arsdale made a move to nose ahead. The two
would make contact, allowing Hilyer to pull back ahead. Hilyer would go
on to score his second feature win of the season over Van Arsdale. Louis
Dedionisio, Bill Dunn, and Chris Swanson rounded out the top five. Heat
winners were Hilyer, Van Arsdale, and Short.
15-lap E-Mod feature had Jason Covey and Don Loney leading the field to the
green flag. Covey led the first round before Shane Applebee moved ahead
on a lap 2 restart. The event was a caution-filled one, as between the
yellows Applebee faced several strong challenges from Al Cressley. But
Applebee would be up to each challenge, as he went on to post his first
feature win of the season despite 12 caution periods. Cressley was a
close second, ahead of Dale Applebee, Mike Hess and Dave Hess, Jr. Bill
Thomas and Dale Applebee were the heat winners.
Murray and Robert Nocero led the 12-lap Sportsman feature to the green flag
with Nocero quickly taking command. As a non-stop event raced on, Nocero
held the lead until he encountered race traffic on lap 7. Having a
problem on the backstretch, it allowed Don McGuire to flash by for the lead on
lap 8. McGuire went on to score his first feature of the season, as he
held command for the remaining distance. Nocero recovered from his
problem to finish second, as Pete Volpe, Dave Cummings, and Scott Bayle filled
the top five. Murray and Volpe were the heat winners.
Spectator field was divided into two feature events. In feature 1, Mark
Luce and Carol Tavona led the field to the green flag, but Rick Becker blasted
from sixth starting position to take the lead on lap 1. Skip Joslin
moved up to challenge before a yellow flag waved on lap 4. Joslin would
take the lead on the restart, but the move was wiped out by another yellow
flag. With another chance, Becker resumed in the lead, as Matt Lazowski
joined the lead battle. Lazowski moved inside of Becker on the last lap,
and the cars made contact down the backstretch. Becker held on to win
his first feature of the season over Lazowski, Joslin, Rick Sperry, and Eric
Gurdak. The second feature started with Dan Shellhouse and Joe Houser on
the front row. Houser led a lap before Dana Wellington moved to the race
lead. A caution waved on lap 5 when Steve Keith lost a wheel.
Steve Hulings made the move on the restart to take over the race lead.
Despite a caution period with two laps remaining, Hulings went on to notch his
third victory of the season over Wellington, Victor Earle, Bill Baker, Jr.,
and Dennis Lunger. Heat race winners were Sperry, Lunger, and Paul
Stateline Speedway will be back in action on Saturday, June 15, as the
featured event will be the Tony White Super Late Model Championship, sponsored
by Tobber Race Cars, Schuyler's Service Station, and Upton Contracting.
The Limited Late Models, Cadets, E-Mods, Sportsman, and Spectator divisions
will also be a part of the racing program. The gates open at 5:30, with
racing starting at 7:00. Stateline Speedway is located on Kortwright
Road in Busti, NY. For more information, please call the track phone at
716-664-2326. For the complete source of track information, please visit
the track's web site at www.statelineeriezspeedway.com.
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Stateline Speedway results for Saturday, June 8, 2002.
Super Late Models - Car Count - 30.
Heat winners -
Last Chance Race winner - Al
Feature - 1)Chad Ruhlman. 2)Matt
Urban. 3)Dan Armbruster. 4)Scott Johnson. 5)Rod Maloy. 6)Doug Eck. 7)Rich
Gardner. 8)Matt Lux. 9)Brian Emory. 10)Randy Lobb. 11)Chris Hackett. 12)Al
Crocker. 13)Ron Olson. 14)Dave Hess, Jr. 15)Chad Valone. 16)Steve Halpainy.
17)Andy Boozel. 18)Wally Fox. 19)Ted Kosinski. 20)George LaBarbera. 21)Dave
Shagla. 22)Moose Dunnewold. 23)Bob Craig. 24)John Lacki. 25)John Lobb.
Did not qualify, Mark Gilbert,
Kelly Fredress, Chris Clement, Bump Hedman.
Limited Late Models - Car Count - 18.
Heat winners -
Feature - 1)Pat McGuire. 2)Chad
Ramsey. 3)Andy Sweetland. 4)Chris Sutton. 5)Bob Rohrer. 6)Al Cressley. 7)Bob
Vogt. 8)Paul Briggs. 9)Tom Hagberg. 10)Les Lyon. 11)Steve Moynihan. 12)Tom
Schnars. 13)Mike Moore. 14)John Cline. 15)Troy Dorman. 16)Andy Knight. 17)Mike
Coyle. 18)Ron Seeley.
Cadets - Car Count - 27.
Heat winners -
Feature - 1)Jim Hilyer. 2)Jeff Van
Arsdale. 3)Louis Dedionisio. 4)Bill Dunn. 5)Chris Swanson. 6)Mark Hall. 7)Matt
Lamphere. 8)Aaron Robinson. 9)Terry Daniels. 10)Shane Jones. 11)John Pencille.
12)Brian Fardink. 13)Dusty Franklin. 14)Tom Norland. 15)Jeff Campbell.
16)Phillip Knight. 17)Dustin Eckman. 18)Chris Blose. 19)Scott Kuschel. 20)Pete
Alspaugh. 21)John Boardman. 22)Nathan Short. 23)Todd Church. 24)Bob Cettell.
25)Dan Slye. 26)Brian Campbell. Did not start, Rick Loomis.
E-Mods - Car Count - 15.
Heat winners -
Feature - 1)Shane Applebee. 2)Al
Cressley. 3)Dale Applebee. 4)Mike Hess. 5)Dave Hess, Jr. 6)Jason Covey.
7)Justin Carlson. 8)Mark Gabrowski. 9)Bill Thomas. 10)Ken Drake. 11)Tim Rater.
12)James Irwin. 13)Tink Mealy. 14)Don Loney. Did not start, Kevin Decker.
Sportsman - Car Count - 18.
Heat winners -
Feature - 1)Don McGuire. 2)Robert
J. Nocero. 3)Pete Volpe. 4)Dave Cummings. 5)Scott Bayle. 6)Randy Parmenter.
7)Mike Kozinski. 8)Mike Murray. 9)Pat McGuire. 10)Joe Buccola, Jr. 11)Chris
Kuschel. 12)Bob Van Arsdale. 13)Brent Crandall. 14)J.R. Nocerro. 15)Dana
Cummings. 16)Al White. 17)Tom Kozinski. Did not start, John Robinson.
Spectators - Car Count - 39.
Heat winners -
Feature 1 - 1)Rick Becker. 2)Matt
Lazowski. 3)Skip Joslin. 4)Rick Sperry. 5)Eric Gurdak. 6)J.R. Surenna. 7)Mark
Luce. 8)Joe McMurty. 9)Brian Johnson. 10)Pat Passaniese. 11)Rush Firestone.
12)Ken Jackson. 13)Lee Fisher. 14)Ron Barr. 15)John Parmenter. 16)Carol Tavona.
Did not start, Walt Houser, Ray Houser, Merle Birmingham
Feature 2 - 1)Steve Hulings.
2)Dana Wellington. 3)Victor Earle. 4)Bill Baker, Jr. 5)Dennis Lunger.
6)Barrett Brown. 7)Brian Larson. 8)Randy Rockwell. 9)Joe Houser. 10)Brian
Crandall. 11)Scott Ottaway. 12)Kevin Brumett. 13)John Kelsey. 14)Terry Suppa.
15)Paul Norman. 16)David Surenna. 17)David Auge. 18)Steve Keith. 19)Dan
Shellhouse. 20)Ron Bush disqualified.