Season ends with history making moments at Stateline Speedway!

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September 1, 2018  |  by Jay Pees

At four laps into the third Penn-Ohio Pro Stock heat at 7:10 PM rain moved into the Stateline area. With radar showing just one blip of rain, the decision was made to attempt to wait it out. At 8:08 PM racing resumed. After racing as back underway history was made as Dennis Lunger won all three features he started, RUSH Crate Late Models, the Rusted Nutz Garage Outlaw E-Mods, and the RUSH ProMods. Dave Hess Jr prevailed in the Super Late Model season finale, Luke Rutsky won his first-ever Penn-Ohio Pro Stock feature, and William VanGuilder won his only Challenger feature of the season. Season championships were also decided with Ryan Scott getting his first-ever Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model title, Darrell Bossard collecting the RUSH Crate Late Model laurels, Lunger winning both the Rusted Nutz Garage Outlaw E-Mod and RUSH ProMod championships, John Boardman the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock championship, and Dylan Greene won the Challenger championship, his first-ever.

Wayne Mohawk and Bill Reeves brought the nineteen-car Penn-Ohio Pro Stock main event to green with Reeves leading but caution flew at the end of one lap when Brad Stoeger stalled in turn two. Reeves, Luke Rutsky, Mohawk, Brian Crandall, and Gary Fisher brought the field back to green. At two laps complete Paul Nelson slowed with a flat tire, again slowing the race. At five laps complete Reeves and Rutsky were side by side at the line with Rutsky leading by a nose, then a lap later Reeves had about the same margin. At halfway Rutsky was solidly on the lead with lapped traffic coming into play at nine laps. Last week’s winner Jason Covey was up to third at this point and second at lap thirteen when Jason Black spun in turn two. Covey challenged Rutsky getting alongside at the white flag but Rutsky pulled out the win by a length at the checkers. It was Rutsky’s first Penn-Ohio Pro Stock feature win. Reeves was third with Fisher fourth, and Anthony Marotto fifth. Points leader Johns Boardman experienced mechanical ails during his heat and was unable to start the feature. Second running Dave Shagla Jr, a former champion, had health issues and was unable to compete so Boardman’s lead was enough to give him the championship.

Scott Gurdak led from the pole of the RUSH Crate Late Model over outside front row starter Dennis Lunger and Rob Pietz third after one lap. Seventh starting Damian Bidwell came to fifth at five laps. The first caution fLes at seven laps when Andy Proper and Gary Troyer spun in turn two. On the restart Ward Schell took over third. At halfway it was Gurdak over Dennis Lunger, Ward Schell, Bidwell, and Khole Wanzer when Pietz spun in turn four. After green Wanzer came to fourth at eleven with Dave Lyon, Darrell Bossard, and Jason Genco three-wide for sixth. Another caution appeared on lap fourteen when Will Pinckney slowed on the front straight. With five to go it was Gurdak, Lunger, Genco, Bidwell, and Wanzer when Scott Dellahoy Jr spun in turn two. A lap after this green thirteenth-starting Genco was second and then leading heading into turn one after the white flag. Going into turn four Gurdak got into Genco with both cars then spinning and yellow flying immediately. Lunger inherited the lead and went on to the win, his first RUSH Crate Late Model win of the season. Bidwell wound up second over Wanzer, Lyon, and Bossard, who won the championship.

Randy Hall and Ryan Scott brought the 22-car Rusted Nutz Outlaw E-Mods to green with Hall leading Greg Johnson, Ryan Scott, Dennis Lunger, And Justin Carlson at the end of one lap. Joel Watson came to fifth at five laps as Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn two. Using the pitside line Lunger came around Hall to lead lap six. Lap eight saw two yellows, first for Calvin Thomson and another for Dudenhoeffer. At nine laps Johnson and Watson were side by side at the stripe for second. Lunger led Watson, Johnson, Hall, and Michael McGee at halfway with Watson starting to close the gap at halfway with the order now Lunger, Watson, Johnson, McGee, and Hall. Over the waning laps Lunger then pulled away from Watson, winning by 1.6 second. The win added to Lunger’s impressive points lead for the championship. With his third place finish Greg Johnson finished second in the title run by 31 markers over Justin Carlson.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model Super Late Models started their feature with Doug Eck and Chris Hackett on the front row. For the event Gary Lobb and Lobb’s Mobil of Frewsburg added $100 to the winner’s purse and $100 to the fifth place finisher in memory of Frewsburg’s Lloyd Moore. Moore, who passed away in 2008 at 95, was, in the last years of his life, the oldest NASCAR winner. Moore won a NASCAR event in Winchester, Indiana on October 15, 1950, driving a car owned by Clymer, NY’s Julian Buesink. Doug Eck led the field into turn one but it was Hackett leading at the end of one lap with Dave Hess Jr third. At. Lap three Hess was the leader over Eck, Hackett, Ryan Scott, and John Lobb. Hackett spun in turn two at six laps and was clipped hard by Scott. Scott was able to continue but Hackett was done for the night. For green it was Hess, Eck, Scott (didn’t stop in encounter with Hackett), Lobb, and Darrell Bossard. Bossard got to fourth at seven laps with seventh-starting Jake Finnerty fifth. At the halfway point Hess led Eck, Finnerty, , Scott , and Bossard. The order remained that, even with lapped traffic coming into play at twenty-three laps, through to the finish. With points leader Wyatt Scott choosing not to compete in the final event of the season, Ryan Scott took over the lead and won the championship for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models.

Zach Johnson led from the outside front row of the RUSH ProMod feature over pole sitter Scott Gurdak from the drop of the green with caution flying at lap four when Jordan Bryant spun in turn four. At the restart fourth-starting Dennis Lunger came to the front with Stu Rickard spinning just as lap five ended. Lunger, Gurdak, Chad Carlson, Adam Ashcroft, and Johnson brought the Race back to green but Johnson looped in turn two, collecting Justin Carlson and Nick Mohawk in the melee that followed. Jarrod Silvis spun in turn four at eight laps. Nate Hartzell was second at nine laps, all the way from eighth on the grid. At halfway the front five were Lunger, Hartzell, Chad Carlson, Ashcroft, and Gurdak. Chad Carlson took over second from Hartzell at twelve. At eleven laps Mohawk went into the spin cycle in turn two, collecting Silvis. With three to go Silvis and Bryant both spun out in turn two. At this point Silvis was sent pitside, having cautioned out. Fourth-running Ashcroft suddenly slowed with two to go and Bryant hit the turn two wall.at the finish it was Lunger winning for the third time in one night, a feat never before accomplished in Stateline history. Chad Carlson wound up second with Hartzell, Gurdak, and Zach Johnson filling out the top five. Lunger was also the points champion of the season for the class.

Pole-sitter Holden Heineman led from the start in the season-ending Challenger feature with outside front row starter William VanGuilder second. Caution appeared when Jasmine Jackson spun in turn four. Dillon Speer came into the top five at lap three behind leaders Heineman, Brandon Huffman, VanGuilder, and Dylan Green. Skip Jackson came to a stop sideways on the back straight on lap six for the next caution. The final caution of the 2018 season came with one lap left in the event when Jasmine Markham got into the turn two wall. At the checkers it was VanGuilder, Heineman, Speer, Huffman, and Dylan Greene. With his fifth place finish, Greene became the 2018 Challenger champion.

The annual awards banquet will be January 5th at the Warren Women’s Club. Tickets are limited so contact the track as soon as possible if you plan to attend.

Results:

Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models:
Heat 1: Dave Hess Jr, Darrell Bossard, Chris Hackett, Doug Eck, Chad Valone, Rich Gardner, Al Brewer, Wendell Pinckney
Heat 2: John Lobb, Jake Finnerty, Ryan Scott, Matt Urban, Bump Hedman, Andy Boozel, Chad Ruhlman, Brad Mesler
Feature: Dave Hess Jr, Doug Eck, Jake Finnerty, Ryan Scott, Darrell Bossard, Chad Ruhlman, Matt Urban, John Lobb, Bump Hedman, Andy Boozel, Brad Mesler, Rich Gardner, Chad Valone, Al Brewer, Wendell Pinckney, Chris Hackett

RUSH Crate Late Models:
Heat 1: Ward Schell, Rob Pietz, Dave Lyon, Paul Norman, Jason Genco, Gary Troyer, Will Pinckney
Heat 2: Kyle Zimmerman, Damian Bidwell, Dennis Lunger, Darrell Bossard, Chad Schauers, Andy Proper, Josh Beckstrom
Heat 3: Jeff Hoffman, Scott Gurdak, Khole Wanzer, Matthew Sipes, Scott Dellahoy Jr, Chad Clement
Feature: Dennis Lunger, Damian Bidwell, Khole Wanzer, David Lyon, Darrell Bossard, Jeff Hoffman, Ward Schell, Kyle Zimmerman, Chad Schauers, Paul Norman, Matt Sipes, Chad Clement, Andy Proper, Gary Troyer, Scott Dellahoy Jr, Jason Genco, Josh Beckstrom, Scott Gurdak, Will Pinckney, Rob Pietz

Rusted Nutz Garage E-Mods:
Heat 1: Tim Rockwell. Greg Johnson, Joel Watson, Dennis Lunger, Butch Southwell, Dan Sasso, Ron Seeley, Brodie Hill
Heat 2: Randy Hall, Cale Crocker, Ryan Scott, Mark Thrasher, Dave Lamphere, Tim Peterson, Brian Stino
Heat 3: Al Brewer, Justin Carlson, John Boyd, Michael McGee, Calvin Peterson, Bryon Johnson, Deven Dudenhoeffer
Feature: Dennis Lunger, Joel Watson, Greg Johnson, Justin Carlson, Randy Hall, Michael McGee,
Tim Rockwell, Al Brewer, Cale Crocker, Dan Sasso, John Boyd, Ryan Scott, Butch Southwell, Ron Seeley, Tim Peterson, Brian Stino, Mark Thrasher, Brodie Hill, Dave Lamphere, Calvin Thomson, Deven Dudenhoeffer

Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks:
Heat 1: Paul Nelson, Brian Crandall, Gary Fisher, Anthony Marotto, Jason Black, Dennis Asel, Wesley McCray
Heat 2: Jason Covey, Bill Reeves, Kyle Couchenour, Luke Rutsky, Steve Yokum, Joe Stajnrajh, Justin Pratt
Heat 3: Douglas Eck, Bill Applebee, Wayne Mohawk, Victor Redeye, John Boardman, Brad Stoeger, John Boardman, Brian Myers (DNS)
Feature: Luke Rutsky, Jason Covey, Bill Reeves, Gary Fisher, Anthony Marotto, Wayne Mohawk, Kyle Couchenour, Douglas Eck, Joe Stajnrajh, Wesley McCray, Dennis Asel, Bill Applebee, Steven Yokum, Jason Black, Justin Pratt, Victor Redeye, Brian Crandall. Paul Nelson, Brad Stoeger, Brian Myers (DNS), John Boardman (DNS)

RUSH Promods:
Heat 1: Justin Carlson, Scott Gurdak, Dennis Lunger, Adam Ashcroft, Vaughn Nystrom, Stu Rickard, Jordan Bryant
Heat 2: Chad Carlson, Zach Johnson, Jeremy Williams, Nate Hartzell, Nicholas Mohawk, Jarrod Silvis
Feature: Dennis Lunger, Chad Carlson. Nate Hartzell, Scott Gurdak, Zach Johnson, Jeramy Williams, Nick Mohawk, Vaughn Nystrom, Stu Rickard, Jordan Bryant, Adam Ashcroft, Justin Carlson, Jarrod Silvis

Challengers:
Heat 1: William VanGuilder, Greg Marsh, Dylan Greene, Charles Sullivan, Jordan Melice, Kevin Covell, Jasmine Markham, Benjamin Stover
Heat 2: Dillon Speer, Holden Heineman, John Zeleznick, Rachel Moller, Brandon Hall, Jarrod Lyon, Jasmine Jackson, Preston Matve
Heat 3: Skip Jackson, Brandon Huffman, Jessica Harvey, Rick Feely, Tommy LaBarbara, Bob Leonard, Hope Bailey, Brandon Stover
Feature: William VanGuilder, Holden Heineman, Dillon Speer, Brandon Huffman, Dylan Greene, Skip Jackson, Greg Marsh, Charles Sullivan, John Zeleznick, Bob Leonard, Jordan Melice, Jessica Harvey, Tommy LaBarbera, Preston Matve, Kevin Covell, Brandon Hall, Rachel Moller, Jasmine Jackson, Brandon Stover, Jasmine Markham, Jarrod Lyon, Benjamin Stover, Hope Bailey, Rick Feely