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Shagla Wins Doug & Wayne Black Memorial Race!!!

August 4, 2019

Busti, NY (August 3, 2019): Dave Shagla was the winner of the Doug and Wayne Black Memorial for the Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks at Stateline Speedway that featured two and three wide racing up to lap 23 when Shagla finally cleared Jason Covey for the lead. In other action Max Blair cruised to his fourth Dave Warren Auto Group Super Late Model win of the season, Scott Gurdak celebrated his 61st birthday with his first Close Racing Supply RUSH Late Model win of 2019, Steve Rex won his second Outlaw E-Mod feature of the season in a dominating performance, Dennis Lunger went to the winner’s circle after the Chris Whyte’s Spray Foam Options RUSH ProMod feature, and Chris Horton won his first Challenger feature of the year. 

The first feature on the track was the Chris Whyte’s Spray Foam Options RUSH ProMods with Scott Gurdak and Adam Ashcroft leading the way. By turn two Gurdak was leading but Ashcroft came back strong and held the spot at the end of the lap over Gurdak, C J Irons, Chad Carlson, and defending champion Dennis Lunger. Lunger was fourth at lap two and third at lap six while Matt Harvey and Johnstone were side by side for fifth. The battle for fifth ended at that point when Harvey spun at turn two. For green it was Ashcroft, Gurdak, Lunger, Irons, and Carlson. Irons’ night then ended with a flat left front. At the restart it was Ashcroft, Gurdak, Lunger, Vaughn Nystrom, and Carlson with Lunger gaining the second spot when the green was redisplayed. At the halfway point Lunger and Ashcroft were engaged in a hotly contested battle for the lead with Lunger running the extreme low line and Ashcroft in the second groove. A lap past halfway Ashcroft appeared to falter in turn four and Lunger seized the opportunity to grab the lead and take over Ashcroft’s groove. With five to go it was Lunger leading Ashcroft, Gurdak, Carlson, and Nystrom. Yellow flew at lap sixteen when Jarrod Silvis pulled to the infield, the victim of a broken tie-rod. With two to go Johnstone and Stu Rickard got together and spun in turn three. Then, under caution, Rickard ran into Harvey in an apparent retaliation. Rickard was placed last with no pay and no points for the feature. At the checkers it was Lunger for the fifth time in 2019, Ashcroft, Carlson, Gurdak, and Harvey. 

Austin Hauser and Scott Gurdak, celebrating his 61st birthday, brought the Close Racing Supply RUSH Late Models to green Gurdak leading Hauser, Matthew Sipes, former champion Jason Genco, and Gary Troyer at the end of the lap. Genco moved up to third on lap three then Alex Haight slowed dramatically on the back straight, with cars swerving wildly to miss him. The field showed its driving prowess as not a single car made contact. Haight was stopped on the front straight under the caution for admonishment by chief starter Spanky Hall. Genco came to second after the race resumed with Max Blair advancing to third from eighth on the starting grid. Genco and Blair were even at the stripe at lap five for second with Blair holding it at lap six.  At seven laps Steve Houser spun in turn four. At eight laps Austin Hauser spun, with Chad Clement, defending champion Darrell Bossard, Kyle Zimmerman, Brian Larson, Gary Troyer, and David Parker getting involved. Gurdak led Blair, Genco, Sipes, and Ward Schell back to green but Chad Schauers spun with Larson, Houser, and Josh John piling in. At halfway Gurdak led Blair, Genco, Sipes, and now Andy Boozel in fifth. Blair was gaining on Gurdak, running low with Gurdak a lane higher. Gurdak was up to the challenge and for the second year in a row celebrated his birthday in Victory Lane. Blair was second, Genco third, Sipes fourth, and Boozel fifth.  

The Doug and Wayne Black Memorial was next on the track, memorializing the brothers who were both winners in Stateline’s early years in the Hooligan class that was the fore-runner of today’s Penn-Ohio Pro Stocks. Wesley McCray and Kyle Couchenour brought the 24-car starting field to green with Couchenour leading McCray, Joe Stajnragh, Shane Applebee, and defending points champion and current leader John Boardman. Applebee took over third at lap five then the first yellow occurred when Stajnragh, Anthony Marotto, Steve Yokum, and Douglas Eck all came together in turn one. Eck managed to keep going but with severe body damage. He pitted for repairs and rejoined the race. The front five for the restart were Couchenour, McCray, Applebee, Boardman, and Jason Covey. Applebee took over second with Covey up to third by lap nine when Donald Blood and Stajnragh spun in turn two. Behind Covey for the restart were Dave Shagla fourth and McCray fifth. Couchenour faltered on the restart and Covey came by both him and Applebee for the lead. Heading into turn three contact was made from Shane Applebee to Couchenour resulting in Couchenour spinning and eventually involving Applebee, Chris McDonald, Dylan Green, Jason Black, Douglas Eck, and Kevin Hill. Applebee was given the black flag and sent to the pits. After the pileup ended Couchenour exited his car and was disqualified for that. When green again flew it was Covey, Shagla, Boardman, McCray, and Al Cressley in the top five. At the halfway point the order was the same. Cressley came to fourth at lap sixteen. Through laps 22 and 23 Covey and Shagla ran side by side all the way around the track with Shagla prevailing for the lead at the white flag and Boardman also getting by for second. The order at the checkers was Shagla, Boardman, Covey, Cressley, and Marotto. The trophy was presented in an emotional Victory Lane by the Black Family members present. 

The Dave Warren Auto Group Super Late Model feature started with Rick Tripodi and Doug Eck on the front row. The two ran side by side through lap one with Eck holding a slight advantage at the line then securing the lead at lap two. At five laps Eck was the leader with Tripodi now locked in a battle for the runner-up spot with Ryan Scott through lap six. Dave Scott and Max Blair filled out the top five. At seven laps Ryan Scott was in second with David Scott coming to third. Blair got by Tripodi for fourth and David Scott got by Ryan Scott for second at lap nine. Blair was third at eleven complete. The halfway point saw the top five as Eck, David Scott, Blair, Ryan Scott, and Matt Urban. Through laps fifteen and sixteen Eck ran the upper groove while David Scott was hugging the infield. At lap eighteen it was Eck, David Scott, and Blair with the three going side by side by side out of turn two on lap twenty with Eck maintaining a slight lead over Blair and Scott.  At lap 21 Blair was the leader, going on to win his fourth of the season. Eck held on for second with David Scott third, Ryan Scott fourth, and Urban fifth. The race ran green to checkers with no caution flags. 

Steve Rex, who won his career-first E-Mod feature on July 13, started the Outlaw E-mod finale from the pole with Al Brewer to his right. Rex led from the drop of the green with Brewer, three-time winner Cale Crocker, and Butch Southwell following. Michael Eschrich and three-time winner Dennis Lunger were side by side for fifth at the end of lap one. Southwell was third at two laps then second a lap later with Eschrich up to fourth. At laps six and seven Brewer was battling for second with Southwell having the spot at eight laps. The halfway order was Rex, Southwell, Brewer, Lunger, and Crocker. With five to go Rex enjoyed a half-straight lead. Lunger took third at lap seventeen while Rex was lengthening his lead to a full straight-a-way at the white flag. Rex went on to his second win in the all green race over Southwell, Lunger, Brewer, and Crocker. The event was the second of the evening to go green to checkers. 

The night-capper for the Challengers had Andrew Schumaker and Jessica Harvey on the front row with Schumaker leading to turn three but Mitchell Rex got into him, eventually involving Holden Heineman and another car. When lap one was in the books, it was Chris Horton leading Charles Sullivan, Willie Van Guilder, Harvey, and Pat Oyler. Points leader Rick Feely and Oyler were side by side for fifth at lap four. When halfway was reached it was Horton, Sullivan, then Harvey and Feely side by side, and Heineman fifth. Feely eventually got by Harvey for third. The finishing order was Horton, Sullivan, Feely, Harvey, and Heineman. 

Dave Warren Auto Group Victory Lane:

Dave Warren Auto Group Super Late Models:

Heat 1: Jake Finnerty, Doug Eck, Nate Hill, Bump Hedman, Dutch Davies, John Lobb, Darrell Bossard

Heat 2: Max Blair, Rick Tripodi, Ryan Scott, Rich Gardner, John Volpe, Chad Valone, Wendell Pinckney

Heat 3: David Scott, Wyatt Scott, Matt Urban, Kyle Bedell, Easton Hedman, Al Brewer

Feature: Max Blair, Doug Eck, David Scott, Ryan Scott, Matt Urban, Jake Finnerty, Rick Tripodi, Chad Valone, Bump Hedman, Nate Hill, Wyatt Scott, Darrell Bossard, Rich Gardner, John Volpe, John Lobb, Kyle Bedell, Wendell Pinckney, Dutch Davies, Al Brewer, Easton Hedman

Close Racing Supply RUSH Late Models: 

Heat 1: Darrell Bossard, Jason Genco, Andy Boozel, Kyle Zimmerman, John Woodward Jr, Steve Houser, J C Lechner (DNS)

Heat 2: Max Blair, Matthew Sipes, Gary Troyer, Chad Schauers, Paul Norman, Scott Delahoy Jr, Chad Clement

Heat 3: Scott Gurdak, Austin Hauser, Ward Schell, Brian Larson, David Parker, Josh Beckstrom, Josh John

Feature: Scott Gurdak, Max Blair, Jason Genco, Matthew Sipes, Andy Boozel, Ward Schell, Paul Norman, Darrell Bossard, John Woodward Jr, J C Lechner, Scott Dellahoy Jr, Chad Clement. Austin Hauser, Gary Troyer, Brian Larson, Josh Beckstrom, Josh John, Steve Houser, Harry Mason, Kyle Zimmerman, David Parker, Alex Haight, Chad Schauers


Heat 1: Dennis Lunger, Michael Eschrich, Vale Crocker, Tim Peterson, Bryon Johnson, Dan Sasso, Hunter Hulley

Heat 2: Greg Johnson, Al Brewer, Butch Southwell, Justin Carlson, Dave Lamphere, Mark Thrasher, Calvin Thompson (DNS)

Heat 3: Steve Rex, Randy Hall. Zach Johnson, Tim Rockwell, Ron Seeley, Troy Johnson, Dominic DePonceau

Feature: Steve Rex, Butch Southwell, Dennis Lunger, Al Brewer, Cale Crocker, Mike Eschrich, Randy Hall, Greg Johnson, Zach Johnson, Dan Sasso, Justin Carlson, Tim Peterson, Troy Johnson, Tim Rockwell, Ron Seeley, Dave Lamphere, Mark Thrasher, Dominic DePonceau, Calvin Thomson, Bryon Johnson

Penn-Ohio ProStocks:

Heat 1:  Bill Reeves, John Boardman, Jason Black, Joe Stajnragh, Anthony Marotto Donald Blood. Christopher McDonald, Gary Fisher

Heat 2: Dave Shagla, Douglas Eck, Shane Applebee, Al Cressley, Bill Applebee, Dylan Greene, David Baker, Chris Couchenour (DNS)

Heat 3: Jason Black, Kyle Couchenour, Wesley McCray, Steve Yokum, Dennis Asel, Kevin Hill, Dale McDonald, Justin Pratt

Doug and Wayne Black Memorial: Dave Shagla, John Boardman, Jason Covey, Al Cressley, Bill Reeves, Steve Yokum, Wesley McCray, Bill Applebee, Gary Fisher, Dennis Asel, Jason Black, Donald Blood, David Baker, Anthony Marotto, Justin Pratt, Douglas Eck, Dylan Green, Shane Applebee, Kevin Hill, Joe Stajnragh, Chris McDonald, Dale McDonald, Kyle Couchenour 

Chris Whyte’s Spray Foam Options RUSH ProMods:

Heat 1: Dennis Lunger, Scott gUrdak, Matt Harvey, Vaughn Nystrom, Stu Rickard, Jarrod Silvis

Heat 2: Chad Carlson, Adam Ashcroft, C J Irons, Nicholas Mohawk, Brian Mohawk, Michael Johnstone

Feature: Dennis Lunger, Adam Ashcroft, Scott Gurdak, Chad Carlson, Matt Harvey, Vaughn Nystrom, Brian Mohawk, Nicholas Mohawk, Michael Johnstone, Jarrod Silvis, C J Irons, Stu Rickard


Heat 1: Patrick Oyler, Jessica Harvey, Andrew Schumaker, Tyler Walters, John Mease, Tommy LaBarbera, Casey Burch, Jacob Neamon

Heat 2: Rick Feely, Mitchell Rex, Chris Horton, Brandon Hall, Jordan Melice, Bart Sherman, Donald May Jr

Heat 3: William Van Guilder, Charles Sullivan, Holden Heineman, Jon Seekings, Charles Silvis, Jasmine Markham, Brady McIntyre 

Feature: Chris Horton, Charles Sullivan, Rick Feely, Jessica Harvey, Holden Heineman, Patrick Oyler, Tyler Walters, Tommy LaBarbera, John Mease, Jordan Melice, Jasmine Markham, Donald May Jr, Charles Silvis, Bart Sherman, Jason Neamon, William Van Guilder, Brandon Hall, Jon Seekings, Brady McIntyre, Casey Burch, Andrew Schumaker, Mitchell Rex