July 19th,2003 - Scott Johnson Wins House of Television “Hero’s Reunion”
Mark Ramsey and Derrick Dickerson Win Spectator Championship Races
 at Stateline Speedway

By Glenn Slocum

             The “Hero’s Reunion” was a wonderful gathering retired drivers headlined by Bobby Schnars, Squirt John, Tom Dill, Ron Blackmer, Jim Scott, Lars Huling and Skip Furlow. Blinky Litzinger brought an old jalopy and ran a few laps for the crowd. Mark Ramsey won his fourth Spectator feature and Derrick Dickerson won his first in the second Spectator feature. Jamie Erhard won the Outlaw Cadet feature narrowly defeating point leader Ron Seeley at the line for his first win. Chad Carlson held off Pat McGuire to win his first Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Al Cressley won his fourth E-Mod event beating Dave Hess Jr. to the finish by a car length. Scott Johnson passed Dave Hess Jr. on lap nine then fought heavy lap traffic to win his second Super Late Model feature. Scott Gurdak made a lane to beat Andy Knight by a nose in the Limited Late Model feature.

             Merle Burlingham crossed the line to lead the first lap of the first spectator feature as the yellow appeared for Chris Couchenour who had spun in turn four. Nate Lester was in the second spot followed by Justin Tatlow and Bob Vogt Jr. Lester was the fastest on the restart and led lap two with Burlingham second and Mark Ramsey moving into the third spot. Dana Wellington, Paul Norman and Bill Van Volkenburg tangled on the backstretch with four down causing the second yellow.  An errant wheel and axel from the Mike Coast car brought out the caution on lap six. Lester led the next two laps then Kevin Brumett lost the handle collecting Brian Crandall in turn two for the fourth yellow. The restart failed when Tatlow and Wellington spun in four as the green fell. Ramsey grabbed the lead on the restart relegating Lester to second. John Kelsey spun with eight complete. A fierce battle for third on the restart sent Joe McMurdy through the infield leaving Vogt in third. Couchenour got by Vogt with two to go then spun coming down for the checkers as Tommy Fox snuck by Vogt for third, Lester finished second and Ramsey won his fourth feature of the year.         

            Brian Wagner was the leader after one in the second Spectator event but Derrick Dickerson led lap two followed by Brian Johnson and J. R. Brown. Wade Watson and Wagner became hooked together on lap four stopping in turn two causing the first caution of the event. Brown spun to avoid a slow car on lap seven losing several spots. Jamie Schnars moved to second with Johnson third. Schnars and Johnson tangled with one to go sending Schnars into got the fence and causing Johnson to lose a wheel. Brown was back in the second spot with Raymond Finch third as Dickerson led. Dickerson went on to win the event with Brown second and Finch third.

            Jeff Campbell was the first Outlaw Cadet to cross the line in their feature event. Pete Alspaugh and Scott Lewis got into trouble on lap two bringing out the yellow. Vern Sheldon was in the second spot with Louie DeDionisio third. Campbell remained the leader after the restart with Sheldon second and Jamie Erhard taking third from DeDionisio. Phil Knight and Pete Alspaugh got together on lap seven for the second yellow. Campbell was still the leader at the half way mark. Nathan Short was fourth pressing Sheldon for third with five to go when the yellow flew for Chuck Parker who had spun coming out of turn four. Short made a strong move to the front on the restart but tangled with Campbell on the back stretch bringing out the caution and giving the lead to Jamie Erhard with point leader Ron Seeley in the second spot followed by Dustin Eckman in third. Sheldon lost several spots on the restart then one lap later the yellow flew for Matt Lamphere who spun with two other cars setting up a one-lap dash for the win. Seeley made a move under Erhard for the win but came up just short giving Erhard his first win.

             Chad Carlson, Mike Murray and Aaron Robinson were the leaders after one in the Budweiser Super Sportsman feature. Murray faded to fourth with Randy Parmenter taking the spot. Brian Crandall spun in two with four complete for the first caution. Parmenter was second one lap after the restart and Don and Pat McGuire were fourth and fifth. Aaron Robinson spun but kept going losing several spots. Parmenter tapped Carlson with three remaining spinning into the infield. Pat McGuire came up one car length short of the win at the checkers as Carlson notched his first Budweiser Super Sportsman win.

             Dave Surrena was out in front after one lap in the E-Mod feature followed by Justin Carlson and Boyd Whitehead. Tim Churchill spun on lap three bringing out the yellow. Mike Hess, Bill Thomas, Boyd Whitehead and Stu Rickard were involved in an incident on the front stretch. Whitehead went to the pits short one tire and the rest were placed in the rear of the field for the restart. Surrena lost the lead to Carlson on the next circuit and Quincy Turner moved into the third spot followed by Al Cressley in fourth. Turner took second on lap seven and was challenging for the lead when the yellow flew for Churchill who had spun in turn four. Carlson was placed back on the point followed by Turner, Cressley and Surrena. Turner stumbled a little on the restart letting Cressley by in turn two and one lap later Thomas stopped in turn two after a spin bringing out the caution with eight laps completed. Dave Hess Jr. made an appearance in the top five on the restart then one lap later passed Turner for the third spot. Cressley had the lead at the line on lap twelve as Carlson fell into the clutches of Dave Hess Jr. Hess took the spot from Carlson as the white flag flew but did not have enough laps left to catch Cressley. It was Cressleys fourth win of the season.

             A ragged start saw Dave Hess Jr. jump to the front in the Super Late Model event with Scott Johnson second and Rod Maloy third. Scott Gurdak and Doug Eck were fourth and fifth and Dan Armbruster sixth. Randy Lobb passed Armbruster on lap five then Bump Hedman took a wild ride doing a side for side roll on lap six. Hedman was quickly out of the car and the safety crew called the tower to report the driver was okay. Eck was pushed into the pits as they cleared the Hedman car. Hess, Johnson, Maloy, Gurdak, Armbruster and Lobb were the top six cars. Chris Hackett and Ward Schell were seventh and eight. Armbruster faded after the restart as Lobb and Hackett moved up to battle Maloy and Gurdak for the third spot. Lobb was turned and backed in to the fence after contact with Maloy on lap nine. Johnson beat Hess to the line to lead just as the yellow flew for Lobb. Johnson, Hess, Maloy, Gurdak, Hackett and Rich Gardner were the top six for the restart. Al Crocker passed teammate Gardner for the sixth spot after the restart and Johnson stretched his lead. Maloy passed Hess and Hackett took fourth from Gurdak as the yellow flew for Dick Litz who had spun in turn one. Johnson led at by ten car lengths at the half way mark with Maloy, Hess and Hackett fighting for the runner up spot. Maloy seemed to slow coming out of turn four on lap seventeen letting Hackett and Hess by. Johnson at checked out leading by a straight away and just getting into lap traffic. Johnson fought heavy lap traffic finally breaking into the clear with one to go. Hackett and Litz made contact coming out of four as Johnson won allowing Hess the second spot and relegating Hackett to third.

Steve Moynihan and Bobby Rohrer were out in front of the Limited Late Model feature when the yellow flew for Les Lyon in turn one. Andy Knight took the lead from Moynihan after the restart then Rohrer moved by for second on lap five. Dan Shellhouse spun on lap seven bringing out the first caution. Scott Gurdak was fourth for the restart and Pat McGuire was eight. Rohrer was up beside Knight at the halfway point and Gurdak was third. Tom Schnars was fifth followed by McGuire. McGuire was fifth with five laps remaining as Knight lead Rohrer and Gurdak by a car length. Gurdak passed Rohrer for the second spot as the white flew then tried a high side move in turn four moving up beside Knight at the line. Sparks flew as Gurdak scrapped the wall defeating Knight by a nose at the line.



      Heat 1: Ken Jackson, Bill Van Volkenburg, Walt Johnson

      Heat 2:  Derrick Dickerson, Joe McMurdy, Dave McClanahan

      Heat 3: Dave Auge, Mark Ramsey, Dana Wellington

      Feature 1: Mark Ramsey, Nate Lester, Bob Vogt Jr., Merle Burlingham, Dave Auge, Pat Passanise, Paul Norman, Jose Lucas, Joe McMurdy, Chris Couchenour, John Kelsey

      Feature 2: Derrick Dickerson, J.R. Brown, Raymond Finch, Dave McClanahan, Justin Krieder, Bob Kinne, Walt Johnson, Rod Thom, Jamie Schnars, Scott Peggan


  Outlaw Cadets

      Heat 1: Mark Hall, Rich Becker, Jeff Campbell

      Heat 2: Louie DeDionisio, Greg Johnson, Terry Daniels

      Feature: Jamie Erhard, Ron Seeley, Dustin Eckman, Mark Hall, Greg Johnson, Louie DeDionisio, Jeff Campbell, Vern Sheldon, Bill Dunn, Cliff Lamphere



     Heat 1: Justin Carlson Dave Hess Jr., Dale Applebee

      Feature: Al Cressley, Dave Hess Jr., Justin Carlson, Quincy Turner, Dale Applebee, Mike Hess, Shane Applebee, Dave Surrena, Dan Nocero, Boyd Whitehead


   Budweiser Super Sportsmen:

      Heat 1: Mike Murray, Tom Kosinski, Scott Kuschel

      Heat 2: Chad Carlson, Don McGuire, Pat McGuire

      Feature: Chad Carlson, Pat McGuire, Don McGuire, Pete Volpe, Randy Parmenter, Aaron Robinson, Hank Francis, Bob Van Arsdale, Tom Kosinski, Robert Nocero


   Limited Late Models:

      Heat 1: Bobby Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Brian Fardink

      Heat 2: Les Lyon, Mike Coyle, Andy Knight

      Feature: Scott Gurdak, Andy Knight, Bob Rohrer, Pat McGuire, Steve Moynihan, Tom Schnars, John Pencile, Chad Ramsey, Les Lyon, Tom Hagberg


   American Racer Dash: Chris Hackett, Scott Gurdak, Dick Litz


   Super Late Models:

      Heat 1: Randy Lobb, Doug Eck, Dick Litz

      Heat 2: Scott Johnson, Dan Armbruster, Scott Gurdak

      Heat 3: Dave Hess Jr., Rod Maloy, Chris Hackett

      Feature: Scott Johnson, Dave Hess Jr., Chris Hackett, Rod Maloy, Scott Gurdak, Al Crocker, Ward Schell, Rich Gardner, Keith Zimmerman, Randy Lobb, Dan Armbruster, John Lacki, Moose Dunnewold, Chad Valone, Dave Shagla, Randy Shearer, Ted Kosinski, Kevin Santee, George LaBarbera, Dick Litz, Chris Blose, Wally Fox, Doug Eck, Andy Boozel, Bump Hedman