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Max Blair Goes 2 for 2! Enjoys $4000 Pay Day at Stateline Speedway!

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July 2, 2017

BY ALLEN SEYBERT
BUSTI, N.Y. - Fireworks on the track, fireworks off.
Mother Nature held out just long enough and Max Blair turned it into a big payday, winning a 43-lap, $4,000-to-win Overhead Door Super Late Model Special, Saturday, at Stateline Speedway.
In addition to his big Overhead Door Super Late Model win, Blair went to Victory Lane in the Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature event and David Scott held off a charging Josh Ferry by just 0.120 seconds for the win in the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods race. John Boardman won the Wellington Log Homes Street Stocks feature race and Gary Troyer finished the night with a win in the Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers series. The Super Sportsmen and Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mods were not in action this week. Both return to action on Saturday, July 8.
In addition to five classes of on-track activity, fans in attendance were also offered the chance to celebrate our nations' birthday with a Fourth of July fireworks display in the sky above the one-third mile Busti dirt oval.
Blair started in the third row of the Overhead Door Super Late Model main event behind pole sitter and early leader Jake Finnerty. Finnerty was able to lead the opening lap before Doug Eck made a strong outside move stick out of turn four, becoming the races' second leader in the opening two laps. Eck went to work on putting some distance on the field while Darrell Bossard put together a strong early run, holding fourth ahead of a side-by-side battle for fifth between Blair and David Scott.
Eck led until lap seven when the first yellow flew for a spinning Colton Flinner. On the restart, John Volpe was able to execute a power move to ease ahead of Eck and become the event's third leader. Behind him, Blair began to make his presence known. After passing Bossard for third, Blair quickly dispatched Eck leaving only Volpe out his front windshield. Despite showing speed, Blair had little success catching Volpe for awhile as the #53 built a nearly three-second lead.
That three-second lead dissappeared in an instant on lap 20 when the races' third yellow was thrown. On the restart, Blair muscled his way ahead of Volpe and led the race with 22 laps to go when another quick yellow flew. Volpe would steal the lead back on the ensuing restart only to watch Blair go back ahead on the race's final restart with 18 laps to go.
After the final restart, Blair went to work on showcasing his dominance, clocking the fastest laps of the night on his way to his fourth Overhead Door Super Late Model feature victory of 2017. Bossard came on strong late to take the runner-up spot followed by Volpe, Eck and John Lobb. Rich Gardner was credited with sixth and Chad Valone, Scott, Ward Schell and Steve Kania rounded out the top 10. Valone, Scott and Blair won the heat races.
The Super Late main event wasn't Blair's only win of the night as the Titusville native also drove to victory in the Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature event. He didn't have to start quite so far back in this victory, sharing the front row with Dennis Lunger. Lunger and Blair battled for the top spot during the opening lap before Lunger got loose in turn four, setting off an accordian effect that saw Jason Genco take the brunt of the damage.
On the ensuing restart, Blair jumped out to a large lead with Lunger clearing David Lyon for second. That battle was just ahead of a tight fight for fourth between Kurt Stebbins and Bossard. Up front, Blair was in another zip code, building a three-second lead by lap five and an eight-second lead by the halfway mark - lap 10. That huge lead went away in an instant when Chad Schauers was sent spinning off the leaders' front bumper with just four laps remaining.
Blair maintained the lead on the restart, but the current 2017 points leader - Lunger - soon found his night ending on a sour note when he, Travis Martineau and Paul Norman all made heavy contact just past the start-finish line. The late caution spoiled Lunger's night, but only delayed Blair's trip to victory in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model event. Like the SLM race, Bossard was again second to Blair followed by Lyon in third, Scott Gurdak in fourth and Stebbins in fifth. Blair and Lunger won heat races.
David Scott and Josh Ferry put on a show during the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature race. Scott started on the pole and led early, but the recent high school graduate Ferry was not far behind as Cale Crocker, Steve Rex and Greg Johnson rounded out the early top five. After a quick yellow, Johnson continued to make early advances, passing both Crocker and Rex and moving into the third spot.
After eight laps, Scott led comfortably and appeared to be cruising to his fourth Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod victory of the season. However, as the race began to approach halfway, that comfortable led all but vanished as Ferry once again moved in. Ferry made a power move to Scott's inside and led at the line with five to go. The pair raced side by side for another lap before Scott's #68 again cleared for the top spot with three to go.
Ferry tossed one last move at Scott on the final lap, diving to his inside out of turn four, but it was the Garland veteran winning at the stripe by a mere half car length. Justin Carlson and John Boyd both charged from deep in the field to finish third and fourth respectively and Johnson rounded out the top five. Scott, Johnson and Ferry each visited Sugar Grove Beverage victory lane in the heat events.
Marlon "Fuzzy" Fields led the field to green for the Wellington Log Homes Street Stocks feature race and grabbed an early edge before a four-way wreck on lap four between Luke Rutsky, Jordan Eck, Nick Mohawk and David Shagla Jr. slowed the pace. On the lap five restart, John Boardman made a strong move around Fields to take the lead. At that same moment, Anthony Marotto moved into the top three by dispatching off fourth-place Bill Best.
Boardman soon had company at the front as both Fields and Marotto joined in a three-wide battle for the lead. That battle brought fourth-place Brandon Groters to the discussion, but Fields and Groters soon found themselves at the back of the pack after a two-car incident on lap eight. The second yellow allowed Shagla to gain the track position he lost in the lap four spin and he soon was up to second and hounding Boardman for the top spot.
Shagla inched closer and closer to Boardman's #777, but saw his chances for the win quickly fade when he pulled to the infield grass with a lap to go. Groters' was able to rally from his spin to reach second-place, but it all behind Boardman who cruised to the Wellington Log Homes Street Stocks win. Marotto claimed third, Scott Dellahoy was fourth and Best was fifth. Marotto, Groters and Shagla won the heats.
William VanGuilder and Gary Troyer made up the front row for the final race of the night - the Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers battle. VanGuilder led early but it was heat winner Holden Heineman making the early waves charging from deep in the field to third in the first couple of laps. Right behind Heineman, season points leader Andy Proper was also on the move in fourth.
On the fourth lap of the 12-lap race, Troyer made his move around VanGuilder, but the latter was able to stay close as Proper eased around Heineman for third. Troyer continued to pace the field until the stalled machine of Tom Mason brought out the yellow with four to go.
Troyer had to be perfect on the ensuing restart and the two that came after that as Proper moved to second and to Troyer's back bumper with one to go. This week, Troyer was up for the challenge, holding off Proper, VanGuilder, Heineman and Rory Houser for his first Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers win of the season. Troyer, Chris Knisley and Heineman won the heat races.
The 2017 season continues next Saturday with an Overhead Door Super Late Model vs. Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model mystery team race highlighting the festivities. In addition, each of the remaining classes of competition will be on track that night. More details about the mystery team race will be made available prior to next week's event.
 

RESULTS
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Fourth of July Weekend- Super Late Model Special
at Stateline Speedway- Busti, N.Y.


ED SHULTS AUTO GROUP RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS (14 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. Darrell Bossard, 3. Jason Genco, 4. Travis Martineau, 5. Nathan Earle, 6. Paul Norman, 7. Wyatt Scott
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Scott Gurdak, 3. David Lyon, 4. Kurt Stebbins, 5. Kyle Zimmerman, 6. Chad Schauers, 7. Steve Houser

Feature (20 laps, 14 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. Darrell Bossard, 3. Dave Lyon, 4. Scott Gurdak, 5. Kurt Stebbins, 6. Nathan Earle, 7. Kyle Zimmerman, 8. Wyatt Scott, 9. Dennis Lunger, 10. Travis Martineau, 11. Chad Schauers, 12. Paul Norman, 13. Steve Houser, 14. Jason Genco


SUGAR GROVE BEVERAGE OUTLAW E-MODS (21 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. David Scott, 2. Brent Rhebergen, 3. Cale Crocker, 4. Al Brewer, 5. Dave Lanphere, 6. Brody Hill, 7. Ron Seeley DNS
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Greg Johnson, 2. Troy Johnson, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. Mike Kinney, 5. John Boyd, 6. Brian Stino, 7. Bryon Johnson
Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Josh Ferry, 2. Steve Rex, 3. Tim Rockwell, 4. Shawn Shingledecker, 5. John Schenker, 6. Denny Crawford, 7. Butch Southwell

Feature (20 laps, 21 cars): 1. David Scott, 2. Josh Ferry, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. John Boyd, 5. Greg Johnson, 6. Al Brewer, 7. Brent Rhebergen, 8. Troy Johnson, 9. Tim Rockwell, 10. Mike Kinney, 11. Butch Southwell, 12. Cale Crocker, 13. Shawn Shingledecker, 14. Steve Rex, 15. Denny Crawford, 16. David Lanphere, 17. Brian Stino, 18. John Schenker, 19. Nathan Hill, 20. Bryon Johnson, 21. Ron Seeley DNS

OVERHEAD DOOR SUPER LATE MODELS (22 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Chad Valone, 2. John Lobb, 3. Jake Finnerty, 4. Darrell Bossard, 5. John Lacki, 6. Ward Schell, 7. Joe Layfield, 8. Colton Flinner
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. David Scott, 2. Steve Kania, 3. Nathan Hill, 4. Chris Hackett, 5. Matt Latta, 6. Rick Tripodi, 7. Jason Dobson
Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. John Volpe, 3. Doug Eck, 4. Bump Hedman, 5. Dutch Davies, 6. Rich Gardner, 7. Andy Boozel

Feature (43 laps, 22 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. Darrell Bossard, 3. John Volpe, 4. Doug Eck, 5. Rich Gardner, 6. John Lobb, 7. Chad Valone, 8. David Scott, 9. Ward Schell, 10. Steve Kania, 11. Matt Latta, 12. Bump Hedman, 13. Nathan Hill, 14. John Lacki, 15. Rick Tripodi, 16. Jason Dobson, 17. Joe Layfield 18. Dutch Davies, 19. Colton Flinner, 20. Chris Hackett, 21. Jake Finnerty, 22. Andy Boozel DNS


WELLINGTON LOG HOMES STREET STOCKS (21 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Anthony Marotto, 2. Luke Rutsky, 3. David Schauers, 4. Bill Best, 5. Dustin Goss, 6. Deven Dudenhoeffer 7. Denny Diegelman
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Brandon Groters, 2. John Boardman, 3. Mike Moore, 4. Brian Crandall, 5. Scott Dellahoy, 6. Nick Mohawk, 7. Brad Curran
Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. David Shagla Jr., 2. Fuzzy Fields, 3. Paul Nelson, 4. Jordan Eck, 5. Scott Freer, 6. Vic Reduie, 7. Victor Earle

Feature (20 laps, 21 cars): 1. John Boardman, 2. Brandon Groters, 3. Anthony Marotto, 4. Scott Dellahoy, 5. Bill Best, 6. Paul Nelson, 7. Jordan Eck, 8. David Schauers, 9. Brian Crandall, 10. Luke Rutsky, 11. Nick Mohawk, 12. Scott Freer, 13. Deven Dudenhoeffer, 14. Dustin Goss, 15. David Shagla Jr., 16. Vic Reduie, 17. Brad Curran, 18. Marlon Fields, 19. David Warrior, 20. Mike Moore, 21. Victor Earle Jr., 22. Denny Diegelman

BAILEY'S TOWING AND RECOVERY SUPER CHALLENGERS (25 cars)
Heat 1 (6 laps, 9 cars): 1. Gary Troyer, 2. Andy Proper, 3. Kevin Covell, 4. Charles Sullivan, 5. Dakota Curry, 6. Jordan Melice, 7. John Angeletti, 8. Tommy LaBarbara DNS, 9. Alex Daniels DNS
Heat 2 (6 laps, 8 cars): 1. Chris Knisley, 2. Chris Horton, 3. Rory Houser, 4. Nick Reed, 5. Ben Stover, 6. Dylan Greene, 7. Jazz Jackson, 8. Brandon Hall
Heat 3 (6 laps, 8 cars): 1. Holden Heineman, 2. William VanGuilder, 3. John Seekings, 4. Joey Karash, 5. Brandon Stover, 6. Roger Hall, 7. Tom Mason, 8. Bob Leonard

Feature (12 laps, 25 cars): 1. Gary Troyer, 2. Andy Proper, 3. William VanGuilder, 4. Holden Heineman, 5. Rory Houser, 6. Chris Horton, 7. John Seekins, 8. Joey Karash, 9. Jordan Melice, 10. Chris Knisley, 11. Nick Reed, 12. Charles Sullivan, 13. Ben Stover, 14. John Angeletti, 15. Roger Hall, 16. Jazz Jackson, 17. Dakota Curry, 18. Tommy LaBarbara, 19. Tom Mason, 20. Kevin Covell, 21. Brandon Stover, 22. Dylan Greene, 23. Brandon Hall, 24. Bob Leonard, 25. Alex Daniels