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Volpe Holds Off Blair To Capture Memorial Day Special!

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May 30, 2017

By: Allen Seybert

BUSTI, N.Y. -  John Volpe made his Memorial Day weekend that much more special, Saturday, winning an Overhead Door Super Late Model Series 32-lap, $2,200-to-win Memorial Day feature, at Stateline Speedway. The win was Volpe's first late model series victory at the Busti, N.Y. oval.

                In other action, Greg Johnson won the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod event, Dave Lyon reached the checkers first in the Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature and Dennis Lunger extended his winning streak in the Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mod series. Jim Kibbe won the Super Sportsman feature, Brandon Groters was victorious in the Wellington Log Homes Street Stock class and Andy Proper parked it in Victory Lane in the Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers class.

                Volpe started on the second row of Saturday's 32-lap Super Late Model feature behind pole sitter Matt Urban and Damian Bidwell. Urban and Bidwell made contact in the first set of turns of the race, bunching up the field and creating a melee that swallowed up Doug Eck, Matt Latta, Bob Dorman and Chad Valone among others. Moments later, the race was restarted and Urban was able to lead the early laps.

                After five laps, Volpe was able to work his way around Bidwell for second, but he wasn't the only driver moving up through the field. Max Blair advanced to third in the first half of the race and father Robbie Blair moved to fourth from his 20th-place starting spot before tangling with fifth-place David Scott and pulling off the track.

                Soon after the next restart, Volpe made his bid for the lead going by Urban for the top spot on lap 12. Two laps later, Max Blair also worked his way around Urban's #1, claiming the runner-up position. A few laps later, Blair had closed to Volpe's back bumper for the lead and the two would battle side-by-side for several laps, allowing Scott to close in and make it a three-car battle for the win.

                On this night, Volpe would not put a tire out of place, clearing Blair once more with five laps to go and using lapped traffic to give himself the distance he needed for his first Stateline late model feature win. Blair was second followed by Scott, Darrell Bossard, Urban, Rich Gardner, Bidwell, Bump Hedman, John Lacki and Andy Boozel. Max Blair, Steve Kania and Bossard won heat races.

                Dave Lyon led wire-to-wire to earn his first Crate Late Model victory of the young season. Lyon had plenty of competition along the way, including challenges from Scott Gurdak and Kyle Zimmerman. Weekly favorites Dennis Lunger and Max Blair were also among the fast cars early in the 20-lap race, but the fight for the win would ultimately come down to Lyon and Zimmerman.

                Lyon weaved his way through lapped traffic with ease as his closest competition found the task much more difficult along the way. The lapped traffic gave Lyon the cushion he needed to keep all other cars at bay and drive his #14L machine into Victory Lane. Zimmerman was second ahead of Lunger in third, Blair in fourth and Gurdak in fifth. Wyatt Scott and Lunger each picked up a heat race win.

                Chad Carlson and Gurdak were on the front row of the Pro-Mod feature, but it was Ryan Scott challenging Carlson for the top spot after the initial green flag. Meanwhile, much deeper in the field, the series' only feature winner this season was making his way toward the front from his last-place starting spot on the grid.

                After just three laps, Dennis Lunger had moved from 12th to fifth and the #71L was up to third before a lap 6 caution. On the ensuing restart, Lunger took Carlson and Ryan Scott three-wide for the lead, emerging with the top position with 13 laps still remaining in the event. Lunger overcame a bevy of mid-race cautions as well as a restart with just two laps to go to make it 3-for-3 on the 2017 campaign. Scott was second, Carlson was third, Jason Covey was fourth and Steve Dixon was fifth. Scott and Lunger won the heat races.

                In the Outlaw E-Mods feature, Joel Watson looked to gain the early lead from the pole position, but early contact with outside pole sitter Cale Crocker led to a flat tire and Watson retired from the race after just one lap. The ensuing chaos from the Watson and Crocker contact led to John Woodward Jr. storming into the lead ahead of Crocker, Troy Johnson, Michael McGee and David Scott.                

                This feature would soon prove to be the race a driver didn't want to be leading. While engaged in a three-way battle for first, Woodward Jr., Troy Johnson and McGee all were collected in a turn two accident, handing the lead to David Scott's #68 machine. Scott would lead the next dozen laps before he himself would find trouble while leading.

                With just two laps left, Scott spun to a stop in between turns one and two and Greg Johnson drove by and into the lead. Greg Johnson led the final two laps, holding off Crocker and Shawn Shingledecker for the victory - his second of the season. Justin Carlson and Tim Rockwell completed the top five. Watson, Troy Johnson and Greg Johnson all finished first in heat races.

                Bill Applebee started on pole for the Street Stocks feature, but defending series champion David Shagla Jr. had emerged at the front by the end of the very first lap. Behind Shagla, Brandon Groters closed on Applebee for second before the first caution flew for a spin by Jason Black.

                On the first restart of the event, Groters was shot out of a cannon, blasting by Shagla for a lead he would never relinquish. Groters had to survive several restarts, but each one ended with him pulling away from Shagla in second. It was Groters' #22 at the front when the final caution flew with six laps remaining as the race was called official after 14 laps due to the 25-minute time limit. Bill Reeves finished third with last week's winner John Boardman fourth and David Baker fifth. Heat races were won by Reeves, Anthony Marotto and Shagla.

                Jim Kibbe remained the only feature winner in 2017 for the Super Sportsmen series, leading the final 10 laps of the 15-lap event to earn a feature win. Steve Longo and Dan Nocero Jr. were on the front row for the event, but each left the race with mechanical trouble prior to the halfway mark of the race.

                That left Doug Oaks and Kibbe at the head of the field and Oaks would lead laps 2-5 before Kibbe went by on the high side at the completion of lap 6. Oaks continued to run strong, finishing second with Tommy Kosinski, Ted Kosinski and Shane Horner completing the top five. Kibbe and Matt Kosinski won the heat events.

                Pat Oyer and Jasmine Markham were on the front row for the final race of the night - the Super Challengers 12-lap feature race. However, niether driver would make it back around for the completion of lap one as Oyer pulled off and Markham lost a tire while leading. The trouble for the duo handed the lead of the race to Josh Crull in his #0 machine.

                Crull's run at the top was shortlived as Andy Proper bolted into the lead shortly after the next restart. Crull remained in the top five the remainder of the event, giving up only second-place to Chris Horton. Proper was in a league of his own this night ultimately winning for the second time this year ahead of Horton, Crull, Kevin Covell and Chris Knisley.

                Racing resumes next Saturday evening with the annual Paula Southwell Memorial, 40-lap Outlaw E-Mods Special. The Crate Late Models will not be in action next week due to the RUSH Touring Series race at Gennessee Speedway.

 

 

RESULTS

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Memorial Day 32 Super Late Model Special

at Stateline Speedway- Busti, N.Y.

 

OVERHEAD DOOR SUPER LATE MODELS (23 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. John Lacki, 3. John Lobb, 4. Rich Gardner, 5. Bump Hedman, 6. Rick Tripodi, 7. Matt Latta, 8. Chris Hackett

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Steve Kania, 2. Andy Boozel, 3. John Volpe, 4. Damian Bidwell, 5. Chad Valone, 6. Jake Finnerty, 7. Robbie Blair, 8. Ward Schell

  Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Darrell Bossard, 2. David Scott, 3. Greg Oakes, 4. Matt Urban, 5. Doug Eck, 6. Dutch Davies, 7. Bob Dorman

  Feature (32 laps, 23 cars): 1. John Volpe, 2. Max Blair, 3. David Scott, 4. Darrell Bossard, 5. Matt Urban, 6. Rich Gardner, 7. Damian Bidwell, 8. Bump Hedman, 9. John Lacki, 10. Andy Boozel, 11. Doug Eck, 12. Steve Kania, 13. John Lobb, 14. Jake Finnerty, 15. Matt Latta, 16. Greg Oakes, 17. Ward Schell, 18. Chad Valone, 19. Bob Dorman, 20. Chris Hackett, 21. Rick Tripodi, 22. Robbie Blair, 23. Dutch Davies

 

SUGAR GROVE BEVERAGE OUTLAW E-MODS (22 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Joel Watson, 2. John Woodward Jr., 3. Cale Crocker, 4. Tim Rockwell, 5. Chuck Frye, 6. John Schenker Jr., 7. Mike Kinney, 8. Ron Seeley

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Troy Johnson, 2. Michael McGee, 3. Brent Rhebergen, 4. Al Brewer, 5. Joel Lanphere, 6. Tony DePonceau, 7. David Lanphere

  Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Greg Johnson, 2. David Scott, 3. Butch Southwell, 4. Steve Rex, 5. Shawn Shingledecker, 6. Dominic DePonceau, 7. Justin Carlson

  Feature (20 laps, 22 cars): 1. Greg Johnson, 2. Cale Crocker, 3. Shawn Shingledecker, 4. Justin Carlson, 5. Tim Rockwell, 6. Mike Kinney, 7. John Woodward Jr., 8. Butch Southwell, 9. Chuck Frye, 10. Steve Rex, 11. David Scott, 12. Ron Seeley, 13. Dominic DePonceau, 14. Dave Lanphere, 15. Tony DePonceau, 16. Brent Rhebergen, 17. John Schenker Jr., 18. Art Brewer, 19. Michael McGee, 20. Joel Lanphere, 21. Troy Johnson, 22. Joel Watson

 

ED SHULTS AUTO GROUP RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS (18 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 9 cars): 1. Wyatt Scott, 2. Darrell Bossard, 3. Dave Lyon, 4. Ryan Scott, 5. Jason Genco, 6. Kyle Murray, 7. Chad Schauers, 8. Chad Clement, 9. C.J. Irons

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 9 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Max Blair, 3. Scott Gurdak, 4. Kyle Zimmerman, 5. Breyton Santee, 6. Nathan Earle, 7. Jason Tingue, 8. Paul Norman, 9. Steve Houser

  Feature (20 laps, 18 cars): 1. Dave Lyon, 2. Kyle Zimmerman, 3. Dennis Lunger, 4. Max Blair, 5. Scott Gurdak, 6. Wyatt Scott, 7. Breyton Santee, 8. Jason Genco, 9. Ryan Scott, 10. Nathan Earle, 11. Paul Norman, 12. Chad Schauers, 13. Kyle Murray, 14. C.J. Irons, 15. Jason Tingue, 16. Chad Clement, 17. Darrell Bossard, 18. Steve Houser DNS

 

RUSTED NUTZ RUSH PRO-MODS (12 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Ryan Scott, 2. Scott Gurdak, 3. Chad Carlson, 4. Matt Harvey, 5. Brian Mohawk, 6. Chad Silleman 

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Steve Dixon, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. Jason Covey, 5. Nate Hartzell, 6. Zach Johnson 

  Feature (20 laps, 12 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Ryan Scott, 3. Chad Carlson, 4. Jason Covey, 5. Steve Dixon, 6. Matt Harvey, 7. Brian Mohawk, 8. Nate Hartzell, 9. Zach Johnson, 10. Justin Carlson, 11. Chad Silleman, 12. Scott Gurdak

 

WELLINGTON LOG HOMES STREET STOCKS (27 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 9 cars): 1. Bill Reeves, 2. Scott Dellahoy, 3. Bill Best, 4. David Baker, 5. Joe Staj, 6. Victor Earle, 7. Paul Nelson, 8. Vic Reduie, 9. Devon Dudenhoeffer

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 9 cars): 1. Anthony Marotto, 2. Brad Church, 3. Tyler Dynys, 4. Wayne Mohawk, 5. Gary Fisher, 6. David Schauers, 7. Kevin Golden, 8. Eric Hastings, 9. Ed Coast

  Heat 3 (8 laps, 9 cars): 1. David Shagla, 2. Brandon Groters, 3. Jason Black, 4. Bill Applebee, 5. Luke Rutsky, 6. Brian Crandall, 7. John Boardman, 8. 38-Freer, 9. David Warrior

  Feature (14 laps, 26 cars): 1. Brandon Groters, 2. David Shagla Jr., 3. Bill Reeves, 4. John Boardman, 5. David Baker, 6. Joe Staj, 7. Scott Dellahoy, 8. Anthony Marotto, 9. Luke Rutsky, 10. Brian Crandall, 11. Paul Nelson, 12. Tyler Dynys, 13. 38-Freer, 14. Gary Fisher, 15. Kevin Golden, 16. Jason Black, 17. Victor Earle, 18. David Warrior, 19. Vic Reduie, 20. David Schauers, 21. Brad Church, 22. Bill Applebee, 23. Devon Dudenhoeffer, 24. Wayne Mohawk, 25. Bill Best, 26. Ed Coast, 27. Eric Hastings DNS

 

SUPER SPORTSMEN (13 cars)

  Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Jim Kibbe, 2. Tommy Kosinski, 3. Steve Longo, 4. Kendelle Kosinski, 5. Doug Biratti, 6. Tim Thorn, 7. Michael Kosinski

  Heat 2 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Matt Kosinski, 2. Dan Oaks, 3. Dan Nocero Jr., 4. Ted Kosinski, 5. Shane Horner, 6. Jeffrey Maynard

  Feature (15 laps, 13 cars): 1. Jim Kibbe, 2. Dan Oaks, 3. Tommy Kosinski, 4. Ted Kosinski, 5. Shane Horner, 6. Kendelle Kosinski, 7. Doug Biratti, 8. Tim Thorn, 9. Matt Kosinski, 10. Steve Longo, 11. Jeffrey Maynard, 12. Dan Nocero Jr., 13. Michael Kosinski

 

BAILEY'S TOWING AND RECOVERY SUPER CHALLENGERS (26 cars)

  Heat 1 (6 laps, 9 cars): 1. Pete Volpe, 2. Andy Proper, 3. Rory Houser, 4. Pat Oyer, 5. Aaron Marcy, 6. Joey Karash, 7. Dakota Curry, 8. Bob Leonard, 9. Charles Sullivan

  Heat 2 (6 laps, 9 cars): 1. Chris Horton, 2. Kevin Covell, 3. Nick Reed, 4. Dylan Greene, 5. Greg Marsh, 6. Jazz Jackson, 7. William VanGuilder, 8. Benjamin Stover, 9. Tommy LaBarbara

  Heat 3 (6 laps, 8 cars): 1. Chris Knisley, 2. Josh Crull, 3. Jasmine Markham, 4. Tom Mason, 5. Brandon Huffman, 6. John Zeleznick, 7. Jordan Melice, 8. Jason Genberg

  Feature (12 laps, 26 cars): 1. Andy Proper, 2. Chris Horton, 3. Josh Crull, 4. Kevin Covell, 5. Chris Knisley, 6. Greg Marsh, 7. William VanGuilder, 8. Nick Reed, 9. Charles Sullivan, 10. Aaron Marcy, 11. Joey Karash, 12. Tom Mason, 13. Jazz Jackson, 14. Rory Hauser, 15. Pete Volpe, 16. Dylan Greene, 17. Bob Leonard, 18. Dakota Curry, 19. Ben Stover, 20. Tommy LaBarbara, 21. Pat Oyer, 22. Jasmine Markham, 23. Brandon Huffman DNS, 24. John Zeleznick DNS, 25. Jordan Melice DNS, 26. Jason Genberg DNS