By Glenn Slocum
Saturday May 25th, 2013 Busti, NY: Clear, dry and cold described Saturday night at Stateline for the Valone Ford NDRL ULMS Super Late Model sanctioned event. Twenty-two Super Late Models were on hand for the 30 lap $3000 to win affair. Robbie Blair won his qualifying heat from the back winning the pole for race and never looked back. Two laps from the end Dave Hess Jr. the ULMS point leader and last week’s Stateline winner crashed hard into the turn one fence. Mike Knight mounted a late race challenge but ran out of laps.
Third generation driver Ryan Scott won his first Limited Late feature of the season and came back later in the evening to win his first Crate Late Model event.
Brent Rhebergen won a caution filled E-Mod feature passing early leader Chad Carlson on lap eleven.
2012 Super Sportsman Champ Dan Nocero Jr. won his first feature on the year after a heated battle with Mike Kosinski.
Chris Withers passed veteran Brian Crandall on lap 5 of the Street Stock feature for his first of the season.
Casey Burch returned to victory lane in the Super Challenger main.
Ryan Scott jumped to the lead on the start of the Limited Late feature with Chris Ottaway second and John Cline third. Ottaway was able to pull alongside Scott but unable to complete the pass. The Tyler Green veered suddenly into the infield on lap twelve but the race remained green. Lap sixteen put the leaders into lap traffic. With two laps remaining Scott was in complete control. At the checkers it was all Scott and Nathan Short nipped Ottaway at the line.
Robbie Blair and Russ King were on the front row for the Valone Ford NDRL ULMS 30 lap feature event. Chris Hackett and Dave Hess Jr. were in row two with Bump Hedman and Scott Gurdak in row three. Blair took the green and the lead but the yellow flew before the lap could be completed as John Lacki had spun in turn four. On the restart lap Andy Boozel spun in turn three the yellow flew but the lap was counted. Again the restart was marred as Lacki spun this time in turn two. Once the race went green Mike Knight was the big mover gaining the third spot by lap six. Matt Lux pulled into the infield on lap ten as Blair caught the tail end of the field. Defending Stateline Champ Dutch Davies retired on lap eleven. Knight caught King just before the half way point to race for second as Blair weaved through heavy lap traffic. Hess moved up to make it a three way race for second. With ten laps remaining Blair had fifteen car lengths. Knight made the pass stick on King and began to close with Blair. Hess set King back another spot with five laps to go. Knight was slowly closing with Blair. Hess made heavy contact with the turn one wall ending upside down between the wall and the catch fence bringing out the red flag, Hess had scrapped the front stretch wall two laps earlier which may have caused the accident. During the red flag Knight had to leave the speedway because of a right rear flat and rejoined the end of the field for the restart. The crowd was thrilled to hear then Hess had exited the car on his own. Once the red was lifted twelve cars remained for the final two circuits. Broom Briggs started third and beat King to turn one for the second spot. On the white flag lap Matt Urban struck the front stretch wall setting up a one lap dash for the win. Blair won the dash for $3,000 check and King came back taking second from Briggs at the line.
Doug Ricotta led the first lap of the Crate Late feature with Ryan Scott second and Justin Tatlow third. With 6 laps complete Dave Shagla spun to a stop in turn three. Ricotta still led the half way point when a spin by veteran Scott Gurdak brought out the second caution. Ricotta, Scott, Tatlow, Bob Dorman and Damian Bidwell were the leaders. Bidwell moved to fourth on the restart to challenge Tatlow for third. Bidwell continued his charge passing Tatlow on the next circuit. Gurdak suffered a flat causing caution three with five laps remaining. Scott was the new leader after the restart with Bidwell close behind. The checkers fell with Scott just half a car length ahead of Bidwell.
Leonard Enos was the early leader in the E-Mod race. As the first lap ended four cars tangled for the first caution. The leader retired to the pits during the yellow. Chad Carlson was the new leader with Cale Crocker second and Greg Johnson third. Jake Eller caused caution two with two laps complete and on the restart joined with Brian Wilson for caution three. Chad Carlson and Johnson make contact on the restart ending with Johnson stopped in turn one for caution four. Johnson refused to take his position on the restart and was disqualified from the event. Eller lost the handle once more for caution five. Chad Carlson, Brent Rhebergen and John Woodward were the leaders. Rhebergen and Chad Carlson were in a heated battle for the lead, making contact on lap five. Rhebergen moved alongside Chad Carlson several times but was unable to complete the pass. The sixth yellow appeared for Brian Fardink stopped alongside the track in the exit of turn two. Justin Carlson stopped for caution seven on the restart. A spin by John Boyd with ten laps complete caused caution eight. Chad Carlson nearly spun on lap eleven losing the lead to Rhebergen and falling back to the fourth spot. Woodward was second with Enos third. Wilson and Steve Rex tangled on the front stretch for caution nine with four laps remaining. Chevy Sweet and Tony Marotto caused caution ten with one lap remaining. Rhebergen held on for the win and Woodward made a last lap pass for second.
Dan Nocero Jr. passed Mike Kosinski for the Super Sportsman lead on lap three. Lap traffic allowed Kosinski back by on lap seven just before Norm Kloszewski nosed into the back stretch fence for caution number one. Lap traffic paid Kosinski back as a lap car forced him high on lap eleven allowing Nocero by for the lead. Clint Haskins broke on the front stretch with twelve laps down for the caution number two. Nocero had a clear track after the restart and cruised to his first win of the season.
Brian Crandall was on the pole for the Street Stock feature and was the early leader. The yellow appeared with two laps complete. Crandall, Chris Withers, Brandon Groters and Jason Covey were the leaders. A slow car allowed both Withers and Groters to pass Crandall on lap five then Groters went to the pits leaving Withers and Crandall as the leaders. A three car tangle with 8 laps down brought out the second yellow. Withers, Crandall, Paul Nelson and Eric Harvey were the leaders. Withers ran the remaining laps unchallenged for his first checkers of the season.
late race caution allowed the field to close with Travis Darling and Casey Burch
leaders of the Super Challenger feature. Darling went to the pits turning the
lead over to Burch. Burch finished out front for his second win of the season.
Heat 1: Robbie Blair Centerville PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, John Volpe Lakewood NY
Feature: Robbie Blair Centerville PA, Russ King Bristolville OH, Boom Briggs Bear Lake PA, Jason Dupont, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, John Volpe Lakewood NY, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Mike Knight, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Matt Urban North East PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Matt Lux, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA
Feature: Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Tom Hagberg Warren PA, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Tony Marotto Ashville NY, Chevy Sweet Corry PA, Steve Rex Youngsville PA
Limited Late Models
Feature: Ryan Scott Garland PA, Nathan Short Panama NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Jake Finnerty Panama NY, John Cline Jr. Kennedy NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY
Feature: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Michael Kosinski Ashville NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Don McGuire Harborcreek PA, Brent Crandall North East PA, Mike Murray Erie PA, Jim Kibbe Clymer NY, Brian Herring North East PA, Joe Karash Jamestown NY, Matt Kosinski Lakewood NY
Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Ken Lamp Erie PA, Richard Wojtowicz Limestone NY, Jason Covey Clymer NY, Victor Earle Jr. Gifford PA, Mark Thompson North East PA, John Britt Dunkirk NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY
Feature: Casey Burch Kennedy NY, Greg Marsh Jamestown NY, Adam Liberati Jamestown NY, Kenneth Hultin Panama NY, Stephen Enlow Panama NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Coty Schauers Frewsburg NY, Butch Fish Allentown NY, Katie Perry Clymer NY, Dustin Lamb Jamestown NY
Crate Late Model
Feature: Ryan Scott Garland PA, Damian Bidwell Eldred PA, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Dereck Frank Jamestown NY, Ed Carley Freedom NY, Joe Buccola Falconer NY, Matt Harvey Jamestown NY, Dustin Waters Portville NY, Nicholas Mohawk Irving NY, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY, Mark Tatalovic Guysville PA, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Dave Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Kevin Hill Gowanda NY, Doug Gavette Rushville NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Rob Bates Waterford PA