Randall Chupp Dodges the Rain and Wins at Stateline Speedway
By Glenn Slocum
The rain delayed but could not stop the racing at Stateline. With thirty-two Super Late Models on hand and rain looming Randall Chupp won his heat and the feature after losing and regaining the lead twice in the hotly contested event. Chupp dedicated the win to Dutch Smith, a race crewmember who died about one month ago. Pat McGuire edged Mike Moore for the Limited Late win while Dale Applebee won the E-Mod race and Todd Church won going away in the Outlaw Cadet feature. Dana Wellington and Steve Keith won the Spectator races.Dan Shellhouse was on the pole for Spectator feature number one. Dana Wellington passed Shellhouse on the first lap but race was quickly yellow flagged when a car came to rest against the front stretch wall. The 16n car lost a motor on lap two for the second yellow of the event while race leader Wellington spun in turn two relegating the lead to Merle Burlingham with Brian Johnson second and Shellhouse third. Wellington quickly recovered from his early spin and moved to second on lap six and passed for the lead on lap eight then spun again in lap nine. Burlingham was once again the leader on the restart. Wellington recovered to pass for the lead and the win on the final lap. Burlingham finished second and Joe McMurty was third.
The ten Super Late Model s reported to the speedway for the consolation race. The top three would move to the main event. Steve Halpainy and Kelly Frederes were on the front row as a light rain began to fall. Dave Shagla retired early with flat while Halpainy jumped to the early lead. Chad Valone moved by Frederes on lap three as Halpainy continued to lead. Halpainy won the event with Valone second and Kelly Frederes in the last qualifying spot.
John Lobb won the American Racer dash event with Rod Maloy second and Dave Hess Jr. third.
Steve Keith quickly took the lead in the second Spectator feature. Dave Auge and Bill Baker Jr. tangled on lap tow for the first caution. Kieth took the helm on the restart with Brian Crandall second and Vic Earle Jr. third. Steve Huling moved by Earle for third on five and began challenging Crandall for second. Huling passed Crandall with two to go but race leader Keith was too far ahead to catch. Keith won with Huling second and Crandall third.
Mother nature began to dampen the speedway again as the Outlaw Cadets reported for their feature event. After several laps the rain slowed and the field was set for the start. Lonnie Waldron gave way to Andy Knight on the start. Jim Hilyer and Mark Hall tangled on lap two, Hilyer was able to continue but Hall was pushed to the pits. Knight got a huge jump on the restart as Todd Church and Louie DeDionisio challenged Waldron. Church and DeDionisio passed Waldron two laps latter as Knight moved into lap traffic. Knight split two lap cars on lap eight and went high in turn four allowing Church the bottom lane and the lead. Jeff VanArsdale moved by Waldron for fourth as the laps wound down. Church won going away with Knight second and Jeff VanArsdale making a last lap, last corner pass for third.
Chupp Randall and Dan Armbruster were on the front row of the Super Late Models event. Eck made a quick move on the start as Chupp was first, Eck second and Armbruster third. Eck then immediately passed Chupp for first on lap two and the two leaders started to move away from the field. A lap three spin by Brian Emory bunched the field but Eck maintained control on the start as Dave Scott moved beside Armbruster to battle for third. It was Chupp and Eck side by side in laps six and seven with Eck on the inside and Chupp up high. Chupp got the advantage on lap eight and started to move away from Eck. The top four were now each separated by ten car lengths as Chupp approached lap traffic. Eck and Scott were able to close up behind Chupp in traffic but not pass. Scott passed Eck in traffic on lap fourteen and John Watson spun to the infield on lap fifteen and the second caution occurred. Eck and Scott caught Chupp sleeping on the restart but Bob Craig and John Lacki tangled for the third yellow and Chupp is given a second chance. Chupp wasn’t fooled on the next restart as Armbruster moved up to third but after only one more lap of racing Randy Lobb and Chad Valone come to stop in four for yellow number four. The top four were placed in single file for the restart. Chupp was first with Scott second, Eck third and Armbruster fourth. Scott moved under Chupp on restart but could not make it work as Chupp sailed away from the pack. Armbruster moved by Eck with five laps to go as Chupp was out front by half a straight away. The race was not for second as Eck, Armbruster and Scott battled as Chupp lead. The double checkers fell for Chupp as Eck finished fourth, Scott was third and Armbruster second.
Randy Parmenter and Scott Bayle were the early leaders of the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. At the half way mark Parmenter was twenty car lengths ahead of Bayle and Pat McGuire. Parmenter went on to win the event with Bayle second and McGuire third.
Shane Applebee and Mike Samuelson marred the start of the E-Mod feature as they tangled in the first turn. Shawn Uhler and Matt Swanson were on row one as the second attempted start was successful. Swanson led with Uhler second and Dale Applebee third. Tink Mealy spun in turn four while Brian Snow and Bill Thomas came to a stop in turn one and the yellow came out on lap two. Bill Peterson was unable to fire and was pushed to the pits as the race was realigned. It was three and four wide racing as the field struggled for position on the restart. Uhler dropped to fifth on restart and spun two laps latter as Applebee moved to the front with Swanson now second and Stu Rickard third. Al Cressley had moved up to fourth and was trying to get under Rickard for third. Thomas and Uhler brought out the yellow on lap eight. Justin Carlson spun on the restart before another lap could be completed. Swanson stumbled on the restart allowing Dave Hess Jr. around Rickard and all but Applebee and Cressley were involved in an incident in turn one. Applebee maintained the first position with Cressley now second and Matt Swanson third. With two laps to go Cressley was on Applebee’s bumper but could not manage the pass. With one to go Rickard spun in turn four setting the stage for a one lap dash for the win. In an uncharacteristic move Cressley went high on the restart and moved by Applebee on the back stretch but drove too hard into turn four allowing Applebee and Swanson by. At the checkers it was Applebee, Swanson then Cressley.
The rain held off as the Limited Late Model feature took the speedway with Chad Ramsey and Tom Hagberg on the front row. Ramsey led the first two circuits when second running Tom Hagberg lost the handle in four. The field was able to avoid the spinning Hagberg but starter Spanky Hall showed the yellow. John Cline was now second, Mike Moore third and current point leader Pat McGuire fourth. Al Cressley was penalized on the restart and was moved to the rear of the field. Ramsey got the jump but McGuire was now second and Moore third. McGuire made a number of attempts to pass Ramsey and spun on lap seven trying to make a high move around Ramsey. The race was yellow flagged for McGuire’s spin. Moore was second with Chris Sutton third and Andy Sweetland fourth. John Cline and Gwen Sayers collided in turn one on the restart. Cressley had recovered from his earlier penalty and was running fifth on the restart. McGuire also moved quickly up from the rear and passed Cressley for fifth on lap ten. Cressley retired to the infield on lap thirteen as Mike Moore passed Ramsey for the lead. Leader Ramsey spun on lap fourteen. Mike Moore was now the leader with Chris Sutton second and Pat McGuire third. McGuire moved by Sutton on the restart and a spinning Cline brought out the yellow once more. Moore stayed low on the restart forcing McGuire to take the long way around for the pass and with two laps to go McGuire did just that. McGuire won the race with Moore second and Sutton third.
Heat #1:Merle Burlingham, Jason Heslop, Brian Johnson
Heat #2: Dana Wellington, Victor Earle Sr., Ray Houser
Heat #3: Brian Crandall, Bill Baker Jr., Steve Huling
Feature #1: Dana Wellington, Merle Burlingham,#05s-Name Unavailable, Joe McMurty, Dan Shellhouse
Feature #2: Steve Keith, Steve Huling, Brian Crandall, Victor Earle Sr., Paul Norman
Budweiser Super Sportsman
Heat #1: Joe Buccola Jr., Dave Cummings, Mike Murray
Heat #2: Randy Parameter, Scott Bayle, Pat McGuire
Feature: Randy Parmenter, Scott Bayle, Pat McGuire, Mike Kosinski, Robert Nocero, J.R. Cross, Mike Murray, Pete Volpe, Dave Cummings, Bob VanArsdale
Heat #1: Bill Dunn, Ron Bem, Phillip Knight
Heat #2: Andy Knight, Mark Hall, Aaron Robinson
Heat #3: Jim Hilyer, Greg Johnson, John Pencille
Feature #1: Todd Church, Andy Knight, Jeff VanArsdale, Louie DeDionisio, John Pencille, Greg Johnson, Matt Lamphere, Jim Hiyler, Jeff Campbell, Bill Dunn
Heat #1: Russ Dempsey, Mike Samuelson, Bill Thomas
Heat #2: Dale Applebee, Al Cressley, Shane Applebee
Feature: : Dale Applebee, Matt Swanson, Al Cressley, Kevin Decker, Shane Applebee, Bill Thomas, Mike Samuelson, Stu Rickard, Russ Dempsey, Mark Grabowski
Limited Late Model
Heat #1: Chad Ramsey, John Cline, Mike Moore, Bobby Rohrer
Heat #2: Tom Hagberg, Chris Sutton, Pat McGuire, Paul Briggs
Feature: Pat McGuire, Mike Moore, Chris Sutton, Andy Sweetland, Bobby Rohrer, Paul Briggs, Tom Hagberg, Ron Seeley, Chad Ramsey, John Cline
Super Late Model
Heat #1: Randall Chupp, Dave Scott, John Lyons, Randy Lobb
Heat #2: Doug Eck, Matt Urban, Dave Hess Jr., Chris Hackett
Heat #3: Dan Armbruster, Scott Gurdak, Rod Maloy, Matt Urban
Consolation: Steve Halpainy, Chad Valone, Kelly Frederes
Feature: Randall Chupp, Dan Armbruster, Dave Scott, Doug Eck, Rod Maloy, Scott Gurdak, Matt Urban, Dave Hess Jr., Matt Lux, John Watson
American Racer Dash : John Lobb, Rod Maloy, Dave Hess Jr.