Boardman Wins Street Stock Special, Davies and Woodward Grab First Checkers of 2017!

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August 21, 2017

BY ALLEN SEYBERT
BUSTI, N.Y. - John Boardman has won more Wellington Log Homes Street Stock features than any other driver in 2017.
With the big money on the line, Boardman made yet another trip to Victory Lane.
Boardman survived a bevy of late-race cautions, winning for the sixth time this season in the Wellington Log Homes Street Stocks Special, Saturday, at Busti, N.Y.'s Stateline Speedway.
In other action, Max Blair raced to his fifth win of the season in the Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model series, John Woodward Jr. grabbed his first Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod victory of the 2017 season and Dennis Lunger made it an even 10 wins in the Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mod division. Dutch Davies won his first Overhead Door Super Late Model feature of the campaign, Tommy Kosinski won a dramatic Super Sportsmen feature for his second straight win and Gary Troyer finished the night with a win in the Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers class.

Deven Dudenhoeffer narrowly led lap one of the Wellington Log Homes Street Stock 25-lap Special event, but Tyler Dynys and five-time 2017 winner John Boardman - one of only three winners in the division this season - were hot on his heels. Dudenhoeffer continued to hold the lead until a lap three spin by Steve Keith slowed the field for the first time. On the ensuing restart, Boardman used a high side move to dash into the lead, bringing Kyle Couchenour to second. Behind Couchenour, David Shagla Jr. entered the top three on lap four despite starting in the tenth row on the grid.
Shortly after the midway mark of the event, the cautions began to fly more frequently prompting restart after restart. Despite the swapping of positions going on through the rest of the field, the top spot remained fully in control of Boardman's #777 machine. Bill Reeves and Couchenour were able to move past Shagla Jr. on one of the restarts to become Boardman's closest competition, but the end result remained the same.
Boardman pulled away each time, winning for a season-high sixth time and taking home the season's biggest payday to date. Couchenour settled for second with Reeves third, Gary Fisher fourth and Anthony Marotto fifth. Dynys, Boardman and Brian Crandall won the heat races.

Chris Hackett and Dutch Davies were on the front row for the Overhead Door Super Late Model series feature with Davies grabbing the early advantage ahead of a charging John Lobb. Hackett settled into third while six-time 2017 winner Max Blair tried to pry the fourth spot away from Wyatt Scott. Scott was making his first career Overhead Door Super Late Model feature start, taking over the car vacated by his father, David Scott, who announced his sudden retirement a week ago. On lap three, Blair powered past Hackett for third while Lobb continued to try to find a way past Davies' #40 car at the front. Behind the top three, fourth-place Rich Gardner and fifth-place John Volpe closed in on the front putting the top five cars under a blanket with 10 laps to go. On lap 16, Blair dove inside of Lobb, but Lobb shut the door and held onto the runner-up spot. Two laps later, Blair again tried to pass Lobb - this time on the outside - getting the job done and setting his sights on Davies at the front.
Blair was able to run Davies down, but the Warren native held off all of Blair's advances to win his first Overhead Door Super Late Model feature at Stateline since June of 2016. Blair came home second with Gardner, Lobb and Volpe completing the top five. Blair and Gardner were the heat race winners.

Wyatt Scott and John Lacki raced side-by-side for the opening couple of laps in Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model series action, but it was Max Blair lurking in third that seemed to steal the early headlines. Lacki had other plans and built a comfortable lead by the seventh of the 20 laps scheduled. However, that lead vanished when D.J. Krug spun to bring out the first caution.
On the restart, Lacki was able to maintain the lead, but Blair got around Scott for second and Jason Genco and Darrell Bossard also were able to push their way past the young Garland driver. By lap nine, Blair had caught Lacki for the lead and the two drivers raced door to door for over two laps with the lead on the line. Ultimately, it was Blair's #111 completing the pass and stretching the lead while Bossard also passed Lacki to move into second.
Bossard went to work on trying to catch Blair, but it was Blair who would visit Victory Lane for the fifth time in 2017 Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model series competition. Bossard wound up second ahead of Genco, Lacki and Ryan Scott. Lacki and Blair each picked up a heat race victory.

John Woodward Jr. entered the night winless on the 2017 Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod season, but it wouldn't stay that way for long. Woodward Jr. held off early advances from both Justin Carlson and Steve Rex while Greg Johnson and Randy Hall lurked at the back end of the top five. Hall was driving the #68 points leading machine that was also vacated by David Scott last week.
Up front, no one was touching Woodward Jr. who built a nearly three-second lead by the midway point of the 20-lap race. Greg Johnson made a lap 14 pass of Justin Carlson to take away second, but appeared to be too far behind Woodward Jr. to mount a serious threat. All that distance vanished with five laps to go when David Lanphere spun to bring out a yellow and bunch up the field.
Despite the setback, Woodward Jr. wouldn't be denied his first Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod victory of the year as he held off Greg Johnson for the wire-to-wire victory. Justin Carlson's strong top three finish went away with a late spin, elevating Michael McGee, Troy Johnson and Ron Seeley a position in the top five. Troy Johnson, Seeley and Tim Rockwell won the heat races. Rockwell was awarded the heat win after initial heat winner Joel Watson was disqualified after post-race tech.

After suffering a rare loss a week ago, Albion's Dennis Lunger was eligible to start from the pole for this week's Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mod feature. Lunger made quick work of the track position, bolting to a large lead in the opening laps of the race. Behind him, Brent Rhebergen - driving the #67 typically piloted by Jason Covey - Scott Gurdak, Justin Carlson and Ryan Scott all jockied for spots in the top five. The only thing to slow Lunger early on was the lap five caution for Carlson who spun while battling Gurdak for third. After the caution, Lunger immediately went back to work on dominating the 20-lap race. Gurdak moved to second and Chad Carlson rose to third after passing both Rhebergen and Ryan Scott who made contact while fighting for track position. As it has been so many times this season, it was all academic at the front as Lunger cruised to his 10th victory of the year in Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro-Mod series competition. Gurdak ran second to Lunger followed in the top five by Chad Carlson, Rhebergen and Justin Carlson. Last week's winner Ryan Scott had a top three finish thwarted by a flat tire with less than two laps remaining. The top two finishers in the feature were also the winners of the two heat races.

The Super Sportsmen feature didn't start out all that dramatic with Ted Kosinski leading Jim Kibbe and Steve Longo early in the 15-lap affair. Ted Kosinski and Kibbe remained 1-2, but it was last week's Super Sportsmen Special winner Tommy Kosinski who moved into third just shy of halfway. Tommy continued his charge, moving past Kibbe for second with six laps to go and bringing Matt Kosinski into the mix as well in third.
With two laps to go, it was a three-way family battle for the lead between Ted Kosinski, Tommy Kosinski and Matt Kosinski. Entering turns three and four, the #716 machine of Shane Horner spun just in front of the leaders and chaos ensued. The three Kosinskis all either spun or slowed as Kibbe appeared to get by all three and move into the lead. However, under the yellow officials declared that only Horner, Ted Kosinski and Matt Kosinski were officially charged with being in the caution. The decision allowed Tommy Kosinski to move back ahead of Kibbe for the lead with two laps remaining.
Tommy Kosinski took advantage of the new found life, holding off Kibbe for his third win of the 2017 Super Sportsmen season and his second in as many weeks. Kibbe was second followed by Michael Kosinski, Dan Nocero Jr. and Longo. Ted Kosinski and Tommy Kosinski won the heat races.

Brandon Huffman and Gray Troyer battled neck and neck for the lead on the opening lap of the Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers feature. Andy Proper joined that battle by the end of that first lap and it was three-wide for the lead at the stripe. By the end of lap two, Proper and Troyer had seperated from Huffman but remained side-by-side at the line. In fact, it would be the end of the fifth lap - when Troyer finally broke clear of Proper - before the leaders were not side-by-side at the start-finish line. Troyer held the lead through several late-race yellows, including one for a Dylan Greene spin with three circuits left. On the restart following that caution, William VanGuilder cleared Proper for second and tried to rip the win away from Troyer and his #13 machine. Troyer would have none of that, holding off VanGuilder for his fourth Bailey's Towing and Recovery Super Challengers win of the year. Behind VanGuilder in third was Proper with Roger Hall and Huffman rounding out the top-five finishers. Hall, Pete Volpe and Tommy Labarbera picked up heat race victories. The heat win was the first of Labarbera's young racing career.

The 2017 racing season continues next Saturday, August 26, with a Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod vs. Ed Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model mystery team race on tap. All seven divisions of racing will be in action with just two points paying weeks remaining in the season. Points champions are scheduled to be crowned in all seven divisions on Saturday, September 2.

RESULTS
Saturday, August 19, 2017
WELLINGTON LOG HOMES STREET STOCKS SPECIAL
at Stateline Speedway- Busti, N.Y.

ED SHULTS AUTO GROUP RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS (16 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. John Lacki, 2. Wyatt Scott, 3. Darrell Bossard, 4. Jason Genco, 5. Matthew Sipes, 6. Paul Norman, 7. D.J. Krug, 8. Mitchell Hoffman
Heat 2 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. Dennis Lunger, 3. Ryan Scott, 4. Scott Gurdak, 5. Kyle Zimmerman, 6. Chad Schauers, 7. Greg Beach, 8. Chad Clement
Feature (20 laps, 16 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. Darrell Bossard, 3. Jason Genco, 4. John Lacki, 5. Ryan Scott, 6. Scott Gurdak, 7. Wyatt Scott, 8. Dennis Lunger, 9. Kyle Zimmerman, 10. Paul Norman, 11. Matthew Sipes, 12. Chad Schauers, 13. Chad Clement, 14. D.J. Krug, 15. Greg Beach DNS, 16. Mitchell Hoffman DNS

SUGAR GROVE BEVERAGE OUTLAW E-MODS (21 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Troy Johnson, 2. Michael McGee, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. John Woodward, 5. John Boyd, 6. Al Brewer, 7. Brian Stino, 8. Brody Hill
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Ron Seeley, 2. Greg Johnson, 3. Randy Hall, 4. Calvin Thomson, 5. David Lanphere, 6. Bryon Johnson, 7. Walt Johnson
Heat 3 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Tim Rockwell, 2. Tim Peterson, 3. Butch Southwell, 4. Steve Rex, 5. Joel Watson DQ, 6. Kirk Bradley DNS
Feature (20 laps, 21 cars): 1. John Woodward Jr., 2. Greg Johnson, 3. Michael McGee, 4. Troy Johnson, 5. Ron Seeley, 6. Joel Watson, 7. Randy Hall, 8. Steve Rex, 9. Butch Southwell, 10. Tim Peterson, 11. Tim Rockwell, 12. Kirk Bradley, 13. John Boyd, 14. David Lanphere, 15. Justin Carlson, 16. Brian Stino, 17. Al Brewer, 18. Brody Hill, 19. Calvin Thomson, 20. Bryon Johnson, 21. Walt Johnson

RUSTED NUTZ RUSH PRO-MODS (11 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Brent Rhebergen, 3. Justin Carlson, 4. Chad Carlson, 5. Brian Mohawk, 6. Dennis Hagg Jr.
Heat 2 (8 laps, 5 cars): 1. Scott Gurdak, 2. Ryan Scott, 3. Zach Johnson, 4. Kevin Decker, 5. Jarrod Silvis
Feature (20 laps, 11 cars): 1. Dennis Lunger, 2. Scott Gurdak, 3. Chad Carlson, 4. Brent Rhebergen, 5. Justin Carlson, 6. Zach Johnson, 7. Dennis Hagg Jr., 8. Jarrod Silvis, 9. Ryan Scott, 10. Brian Mohawk, 11. Kevin Decker

OVERHEAD DOOR SUPER LATE MODELS (14 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Max Blair, 2. John Lobb, 3. Chris Hackett, 4. John Volpe, 5. Bump Hedman, 6. Ward Schell, 7. Nathan Hill
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Rich Gardner, 2. Dutch Davies, 3. Greg Oakes, 4. Wyatt Scott, 5. Jake Finnerty, 6. Darrell Bossard, 7. Doug Eck
Feature (25 laps, 14 cars): 1. Dutch Davies, 2. Max Blair, 3. Rich Gardner, 4. John Lobb, 5. John Volpe, 6. Chris Hackett, 7. Darrell Bossard, 8. Greg Oakes, 9. Wyatt Scott, 10. Doug Eck, 11. Ward Schell, 12. Jake Finnerty, 13. Nathan Hill, 14. Bump Hedman

WELLINGTON LOG HOMES STREET STOCKS (21 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 8 cars): 1. Tyler Dynys, 2. Brandon Groters, 3. Paul Nelson, 4. Victor Earle, 5. Vic Redeye, 6. Anthony Marotto, 7. David Shagla Jr., 8. David Schauers
Heat 2 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. John Boardman, 2. Deven Dudenhoeffer, 3. Kyle Couchenour, 4. Steve Keith, 5. Douglas Eck, 6. Dana Maybee, 7. Bill Best
Heat 3 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Brian Crandall, 2. Bill Reeves, 3. Jordan Eck, 4. Mike Moore, 5. Gary Fisher, 6. Bob McMillen, 7. Jason Black
Feature (25 laps, 22 cars): 1. John Boardman, 2. Kyle Couchenour, 3. Bill Reeves, 4. Gary Fisher, 5. Anthony Marotto, 6. David Shagla Jr., 7. David Schauers, 8. Bob McMillen, 9. Deven Dudenhoeffer, 10. Victor Earle, 11. Jason Black, 12. Mike Moore, 13. Brian Crandall, 14. Dana Maybee, 15. Tyler Dynys, 16. Douglas Eck, 17. Vic Redeye, 18. Steve Keith, 19. Paul Nelson, 20. Brandon Groters, 21. Jordan Eck, 22. Bill Best

SUPER SPORTSMEN (13 cars)
Heat 1 (8 laps, 7 cars): 1. Ted Kosinski, 2. Jim Kibbe, 3. Michael Kosinski, 4. Brian Larson, 5. Shane Horner, 6. Matt Kosinski, 7. Tim Thorp
Heat 2 (8 laps, 6 cars): 1. Tommy Kosinski, 2. Steve Longo, 3. Kendelle Kosinski, 4. Tom Kosinski, 5. Mike Genco, 6. Dan Nocero Jr.
Feature (15 laps, 13 cars): 1. Tommy Kosinski, 2. Jim Kibbe, 3. Michael Kosinski, 4. Dan Nocero Jr., 5. Steve Longo, 6. Matt Kosinski, 7. Kendelle Kosinski, 8. Mike Genco, 9. Brian Larson, 10. Tom Kosinski, 11. Tim Thorp, 12. Ted Kosinski, 13. Shane Horner

BAILEY'S TOWING AND RECOVERY SUPER CHALLENGERS (25 cars)
Heat 1 (6 laps, 9 cars): 1. Pete Volpe, 2. Gary Troyer, 3. Bob Leonard, 4. Brandon Hall, 5. Chris Knisley, 6. Dakota Curry, 7. Phil Powell, 8. Chris Horton, 9. Nick Reed
Heat 2 (6 laps, 8 cars): 1. Tommy Labarbera, 2. Brandon Huffman, 3. William VanGuilder, 4. Kevin Covell, 5. Nicole Condron, 6. Jordan Melice, 7. Benjamin Stover, 8. Jazz Jackson
Heat 3 (6 laps, 8 cars): 1. Roger Hall, 2. Andy Proper, 3. Dylan Greene, 4. Rick Feely, 5. Rory Houser, 6. Tim Fisher, 7. Brandon Stover, 8. Jasmine Markham
Feature (12 laps, 25 cars): 1. Gary Troyer, 2. William VanGuilder, 3. Andy Proper, 4. Roger Hall, 5. Brandon Huffman, 6. Rick Feely, 7. Chris Horton, 8. Dylan Greene, 9. Brandon Hall, 10. Phil Powell, 11. Brandon Stover, 12. Nicole Condron, 13. Nick Reed, 14. Jasmine Markham, 15. Dakota Curry, 16. Benjamin Stover, 17. Skip Jackson, 18. Kevin Covell, 19. Bob Leonard, 20. Jordan Melice, 21. Rory Houser, 22. Chris Knisley, 23. Tommy Labarbera, 24. Pete Volpe, 25. Tim Fisher.