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DIXON WINS PRO MOD SPECIAL WHILE HESS JR., MCGEE, VOLPE, STAJNRAJH, GENCO, WHYTE, AND ECKENROD MAKE THEIR WAY TO VICTORY LANE ON FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT AT STATELINE!

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August 21, 2022

Busti, NY (August 20, 2022) by Marc Hoegerl: I once heard that it never rains at Stateline. Well, that held true to the fact, as The New Stateline Speedway held their annual Fan Appreciation Night. With threatening weather surrounding the area, Stateline had no problems getting in night #10 of the 2022 campaign. The packed crowd was entertained once again, with the beautiful singing of the National Anthem, by Josephine Bailey, along with the evenings popular Autograph Session.

The packed crowd finally got to see someone other than the dominant Dennis Lunger pick up a win in the RUSH Pro Mods, as Smethport, PA’s, Steve Dixon broke Lunger’s streak of 8 consecutive wins, by scoring the win in the 25 lap $1,200 to win RUSH Pro Mod Special. Dave Hess Jr. proved that he could start anywhere and win, by picking up his 5th Super Late Model win of 2022. Michael McGee breezed to victory in the UMP Modified class, by scoring win #3 of 2022. Pete Volpe picked up win #2 of the season in the Challengers. Veteran Joe Stajnrajh scored win #2 of the season in the Pro Stocks. Jason Genco was the class of the field in the RUSH Crate Late Models. Treyton Whyte showed his liking to Stateline by bagging the Sharp Mini Late Models A-Main. And newcomer John Eckenrod picked up the win in the RUSH Stock Cars.

First up, due to the schedule change, because of approaching weather, was the RUSH Pro Mods Special. At the drop of the green, Veteran Al Brewer would show the way. The first 5 laps would see a great battle between the top 4 of Brewer, Chad Carlson, Dennis Lunger, and Steve Dixon. Brewer would get a little breathing room before halfway, with all eyes on the battle for 2nd, which changed hands many times, between Carlson, Dixon, and Lunger. Lap 12 would see Dixon finally overhaul Carlson for 2nd, then take the top spot away from Brewer on lap 13. Lap 16 would see Lunger’s streak finally come to an end, while running 2nd, as Lunger would go pit side with mechanical woes. It was smooth sailing the rest of the way for Dixon, as he picked up his 1st Stateline victory of the season, earning a cool $1,200 for his triumph. Brewer, Carlson, Adam Ashcroft, and Zain Harvey rounded out the top 5.

Next to hit the beautifully groomed Chautauqua County speed plant, would be the “Earth Shaking” Super Late Models. Jake Finnerty, who has been fast all season, but can’t seem to get the monkey off his back, would lead the 18 car field down to Spanky Hall’s green. Finnerty would take off at the outset, with 2 time winner Greg Oakes, and youngster, Wyatt Scott in tow. After starting 12th, Dave Hess Jr. would crack the top 5 on lap 2, and then move into 2nd on lap 3, using his signature move on the topside. Hess would dog Finnerty for the next 15 laps, until Hess would use a slider on Finnerty in turns 1 & 2, to take the top spot away on lap 19. Hess would cruise the remaining 6 laps to pick up his 5th win of the season, and his 37 career Super Late Model victory at Stateline. Now putting him only 43 wins behind All Time Winner Dick Barton. Oakes would make a late race run to finish 2nd, Mike Knight would bring home 3rd, as Finnerty, and Wyatt Scott would round out your top 5.

Next on the docket would be the heavily competitive UMP Modifieds. With an extremely tight points battle going into the evening. Two-time winner in 2022, Michael McGee, would jump out to the lead at the drop of the green. McGee would have no serious challenges throughout the event to go on to post his 3rd Stateline win of the season. Greg Johnson, Troy Johnson, Dennis Lunger, and Zach Johnson would round out the top 5. Points leader Cale Crocker would be upended , and turned around by Tim Peterson on lap 11, ending any hopes of picking up the season championship.

It was Pete Volpe all the way in the Challengers. Volpe would lead all 12 laps to score win #2 of 2022. The race of the evening was for 2nd, as Nicholas Robie, and Dan Bittinger would put on a clinic for the bridesmaid position. The two would swap positions numerous times before the halfway mark. Following Volpe across the line would be, Bittinger, Chris Horton, Robie, and Rick Feely.

The RUSH Crate Late Models would be up next to hit the surface for their 20 lap main event. Jason Genco would show why he’s the RUSH Crate Late Models National Points Leader, by dominating all 20 laps in the event from his pole position. Genco coming off a win the night before at Raceway 7, extended his national points lead with his back to back wins over the weekend. David Parker, and Steve Dixon put on a great race long battle for 2nd, with Dixon finally securing the spot on lap 15, as Parker would settle for 3rd, Veteran Scott Gurdak was 4th, and Randy Hall rounded out the top 5.

The Sharp Mini Late Models would be up next for their A-Main. Treyton Whyte would lead the entire distance to pick up the victory. The Whyte family has shown their liking to Stateline this season, as the two have been two of the most dominant cars in their events. Chris Whyte came home a distant 2nd, Ryan Card made a late race charge to finish 3rd, Kyle Coons was 4th, and Ken Owens rounded out the top 5.

The final event of the night would be the newly formed RUSH Stock Car division. The division would see two newcomers compete in the event. In his first night out in the class, Ebensburg, PA’s John Eckenrod made the 3 hour tow worthwhile, picking up his first ever Stateline Speedway victory. Tim Laughard would come home 2nd, and Stateline regular’s, Cody Rickard, and Mikael Beaver would round out the field.

RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS (21 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Randy Hall 2) Ward Schell 3) Matt Sipes 4) Rodney Houser 5) Steve Houser 6) Hunter Proctor 7) Jarrod Lyon

Heat 2: 1) Steve Dixon 2) David Parker 3) Stephen Blodgett 4) Draven Kuzminski 5) Gary Youngs 6) Darrin Waldron 7) Lonnie Waldron

Heat 3: 1) Jason Genco 2) Scott Gurdak 3) Khole Wanzer 4) Chad Clement 5) Brian Larson 6) John Haggerty 7) Kassandra Norman

Feature: 1) Genco 2) Dixon 3) Parker 4) Gurdak 5) Hall 6) Schell 7) Sipes 8- Wanzer 9) Haggerty 10) Kuzminski 11) Procter 12) S. Houser 13) D. Waldron 14) Norman 15) Larson 16) Lyon 17) Blodgett 18- R. Houser 19) Youngs 20) Clement 21) L. Waldron

Lap Leaders: Genco (1-20)

RUSH PRO MODS (26 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Victor Earle Jr. 2) Al Brewer 3) Adam Ashcroft 4) Tyler Sutton 5) Ian Degolier 6) Nick Arnold 7) Derek Peterson

Heat 2: 1) Brodie Hill 2) Steve Dixon 3) Zain Harvey 4) Vaughn Nystrom 5) Stu Rickard 6) Ryan Sanders 7) Kirk Mohawk

Heat 3: 1) Brendan Warner 2) Chad Carlson 3) Brian Mohawk 4) Dalton Bradley 5) John Cline 6) Donald May Jr.

Heat 4: 1) Tyler Oakes 2) Dennis Lunger 3) Chad Ramsey 4) Chad Schauers 5) Thomas Root 6) Robert Cettell

Feature: 1) Dixon 2) Brewer 3) Carlson 4) Ashcroft 5) Harvey 6) Sutton 7) Hill 8- B. Mohawk 9) Oakes 10) Cline 11) Ramsey Jr. 12) May Jr. 13) Root 14) Cettell 15) Peterson 16) Lunger 17) Warner 18- Nystrom 19) Rickard 20) Schauers 21) Arnold 22) Bradley 23) Degolier 24) K. Mohawk 25) Earle Jr. 26) Sanders

Lap Leaders: Brewer(1-13), Dixon(14-25)

SUPER LATE MODELS (18 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Wyatt Scott 2) Jake Finnerty 3) Bump Headman 4) Jason Genco 5) Scott Dellahoy Jr. 6) Al Haskins

Heat 2: 1) Darrell Bossard 2) Greg Oakes 3) Khole Wanzer 4) Ryan Scott 5) Wendell Pickney 6) Garrett Mott

Heat 3: 1) Mike Knight 2) Dave Hess Jr. 3) Bob Dorman 4) Paul Schreckengost 5) Anthony Marotto 6) Dutch Davies

Feature: 1) Hess Jr. 2) Oakes 3) Knight 4) Finnerty 5) W. Scott 6) Bossard 7) R. Scott 8- Genco 9) Davies 10) Dorman 11) Wanzer 12) Headman 13) Mott 14) Pinckney 15) Marotto 16) Schrekengost 17) Haskins 18- Dellahoy Jr.

Lap Leaders: Finnerty (1-18), Hess Jr. (19-25)

UMP MODIFIEDS (24 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Bud Watson 2) Dan Sasso 3) Andrew Beatman 4) Tim Rockwell 5) Matt Kosinski 6) Butch Southwell 7) Bryon Johnson 8- Dennis Asel

Heat 2: 1) Michael McGee 2) Dennis Lunger 3) Al Brewer 4) Cale Crocker 5) Steve Rex 6) Matt Haskins 7) Christopher Deponceau 8- Rick Sperry

Heat 3: 1) Zach Johnson 2) Troy Johnson 3) Greg Johnson 4) Tim Peterson 5) Dave Lanphere 6) Jason Brightman 7) Joel Lanphere 8- Kirk Bradley

Feature: 1) McGee 2) G. Johnson 3) T. Johnson 4) Lunger 5) Z. Johnson 6) Sasso 7) Brewer 8- B. Watson 9) Southwell 10) Peterson 11) Rockwell 12) D. Lanphere 13) Brightman 14) Kosinski 15) Beatman 16) Asel 17) B. Johnson 18- J. Lanphere 19) Crocker 20) Deponceau 21) Rex 22) Haskins 23) Sperry 24) Bradley

Lap Leaders: McGee (1-20)

PRO STOCKS (21 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Joe Stajnrajh 2) Kyle Couchenour 3) William Reeves 4) Shane Applebee 5) Wesley McCray 6) Tyler Dynys 7) Walter Johnson

Heat 2: 1) Jason Covey 2) Jason Black 3) David Baker Jr. 4) Matt Sampson 5) Gary Fisher Jr. 6) Dana Maybee 7) Grant D. Richard

Heat 3: 1) David Tower 2) John Boardman 3) Bill Applebee 4) Tanner Ramsey 5) Justin Pratt 6) Dale Sheets 7) Gary Fisher III

Feature: 1) Stajnrajh 2) Covey 3) Reeves 4) Black 5) Boardman 6) B. Applebee 7) Fisher Jr. 8- S. Applebee 9) Sampson 10) Tower 11) Dynys 12) Pratt 13) Maybee 14) G. Richard 15) Baker Jr. 16) Fisher III 17) McCray 18- Ramsey 19) Johnson 20) Couchenour 21) Sheets

Lap Leaders : Stajnrajh (1-15)

CHALLENGERS (25 Entrants)

Heat 1: 1) Dan Bittinger 2) Nicholas Robie 3) Jon Seekings 4) Bryce Anderson 5) Tyler Pearson 6) Joe Foiti 7) Nicholas Reed

Heat 2: 1) Andrew Proper 2) Domingo Echevarria 3) Charles Houser 4) Jessica Harvey 5) Dave Moller 6) Ricky Houser

Heat 3: 1) Chris Horton 2) Pete Volpe 3) Rick Feely 4) Tammy Watson 5) Kasey Markham DNS) John Mease

Heat 4: 1) Holden Heineman 2) Bryson Hill 3) Dylan Greene 4) Brandon Huffman 5) Mark Lawrence 6) Rachel Moller

Feature: 1) Volpe 2) Bittinger 3) Horton 4) Robie 5) Feely 6) Greene 7) Heineman 8- Huffman 9) Seekings 10) Harvey 11) Watson 12) Pearson 13) Houser 14) Proper 15) D. Moller 16) Foiti 17) Anderson 18- Markham 19) Echevarria 20) R. Moller 21) Reed 22) Hill 23) Lawrence 24) R. Houser 25) Mease

Lap Leaders: Volpe (1-12)

SHARP MINI LATE MODELS (8 Entrants)

Heat: 1) Treyton Whyte 2) Ryan Card 3) Chris Whyte 4) Kyle Coons 5) Dale Haines 6) Ken Owens 7) Holdyn Whitmire 8- Jack Black

Feature: 1) T. Whyte 2) C. Whyte 3) Card 4) Coons 5) Owens 6) Haines 7) Whitmire 8- Black

Lap Leaders: T. Whyte(1-15)

RUSH STOCK CARS (4 Entrants)

Feature: 1) John Eckenrod 2) Tim Laughard 3) Cody Rickard 4) Mikael Beaver

Lap Leaders: Eckenrod (1-12)