BUSTI - The Fritz Seamens Super Late Model Memorial sponsored by Roberts Trucking, Arthur R. Gren, Tobber Racing and Lias Tire started with a four-wide salute with retiring veteran Super Late Model driver Rod Maloy leading and ended with David Scott in victory lane.
Maloy was Super Late Champ in 2001 and then in 2007 and is seventh on the all-time win list with 23 wins. Scott battled with Dick Barton and lap traffic over the final laps of the Memorial event for his $5,000 win.
Steve Keith made it eight in a row in the Street Stock Division after Steve Keith and Jason Covey tangled in the early laps and Ben Burgess Jr. lost the handle while leading the Super Sportsman feature and point-leader Dan Nocero Jr. was there to pick up the win. Young Damian Bidwell won his second Crate Late Model feature leading from start to finish and Cale Crocker started second and finished first for his career first win at Stateline in and E-Mod. Crocker was never challenged throughout the event and fifth starting Justin Carlson was the runner-up.
From left, Jordan Eck, Greg Johnson and Scott Gurdak battle it out in Saturday night’s Fritz Seamens Super Late Model Memorial at Stateline Speedway. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Also, Dustin Eckman bested Steve Kania for his second Limited Late feature win of the season and Todd Bacon won the second Street Stock feature after early-leader Elaine Best suffered mechanical problems. Chad Bender won the Super Challenger feature his fourth. Steve Keith, Chris Withers and Jason Covey were the early leaders in the first Street Stock feature as Keith and Covey tangled with four laps complete and Withers was right there to take the advantage and the lead. Withers, Brian Crandall and Paul Nelson were the restart leaders. Withers held on for the win his eighth consecutive win.
Veteran racer Rod Maloy led the four-wide salute lap for the Fritz Seamens Super Late Model Memorial and Doug Eck led the first green flag lap. Maloy had announced his retirement making the memorial his last race.
A lap-two incident collected several cars including Andy Kania, Chuck Parker, Greg Oakes, Ryan Scott and Rich Gardner. Eck led to the restart green with David Scott and second and Rod Maloy third.
Scott took the lead from Eck on the next lap as the yellow flew for Greg Johnson. Scott, Eck and Maloy were the leaders with Dutch Davis fourth and T.J. Downs fifth.
Head starter Mark Matthews waived off the restart sending around for another try. Eck spun low collecting Chris Hackett, Dutch Davies and Darrel Bossard on the restart for yellow No. 3 with three laps complete. Scott was followed by Maloy, T.J. Downs, Andy Boozel and Dick Barton. Bossard, Jordan Eck and Davies got caught in another incident on the restart. Lap four was finally completed as Scott took to the high side with Maloy giving chase down low.
Barton used lap six to pass both Maloy and Boozel as Scott led by several car lengths. Kania spun at the exit of turn four for yellow five with 10 laps complete. Scott remained in the high groove and Barton stayed low managing to stay with the high flying Scott. Barton pulled alongside in the corners ,but Scott pulled away coming out of the turns. Boozel ran third with Oakes in fourth and Gardner fifth.
The leader hit lap traffic on lap 23 with Barton three car lengths behind. Barton had to go high to pass the lap traffic and lost ground to Scott. Once they cleared lap traffic, Barton moved down to the low groove. Scott took the white with a five-car length lead and Barton was unable to challenge. It was Scott's second win of the season and his 19th career win at Stateline.
Wade Watson and Tim Card caused the first caution in the Super Sportsman feature on lap two. Ben Burgess Jr. was the race leader with Jake Eller second and point-leader Dan Nocero Jr. third. Nocero was second after the restart and caught the leader two laps later. Nocero ran high while Burgess stayed in the center groove.
The second yellow flew for Jim Kibbie with a spin in the exit of turn two. Burgess lost the lead with a spin in turn one with eight laps down giving the lead to Nocero. Nocero pulled away from the field after the restart for his fifth checkers in 2012.
The first lap of the Crate Late Model feature ended with a yellow for Mark Thrasher as Damien Bidwell led with Ed Carley second and Bob Kish third. Bidwell was the first one around for lap two as he and Carley began to move away from the field. Ward Schell was third with Justin Tatlow fourth and Jason Genco fifth.
Five laps remained when Bidwell caught the tail end of the field with a 10-car length lead over Carley. As the white flew Carley had closed to within five car lengths, but could not catch the youngster as he won his second of the season.
Cale Croker grabbed the lead on the first lap of the E-Mod feature which ran green for three laps until Alex Froman, John Boardman, Mike McGee and Brian Fardink tangled for the first caution. Chuck Frye and Butch Southwell were second and third for the restart.
Justin Carlson caught Southwell and then Frye for the runner-up spot as Crocker led by 15 car lengths. Frye lost another spot as Southwell took third. With five laps remaining, Crocker led Carlson by a half a straight and Southwell was 10-car lengths behind Carlson. Croker make it perfect leading every lap for his first career E-Mod feature at Stateline.
John Cline Jr. and Dustin Eckman were on the front row for the Limited Late feature. Lap one ended with a yellow for Chad Schauers as Eckman led. Chris Ottaway also had problems at the start and retired to the pits.
Lap two ended with Mike Moore and Schauers tangled up in the inside of turn four. Moore joined the field while Schauers went to the pits. Eckman was once again the first across, but Cline had stopped for caution three. Eckman could not shake Kania as the race stayed green. Steve Moynihan was third a few car lengths behind Kania. Eckman seemed to be running in Kania groove so they raced in lockstep.
On the white flag lap the final caution occurred as Cline had more troubles. The dash for the win gave Eckman his second checkers of the season.
Elaine Best was on the front row for the second Street Stock feature and lost the lead on lap five as her car slowed to stop on the front stretch. Todd Bacon passed then new leader Kyle Weilacher for the lead on lap six. Bacon led the final laps with Gary Fisher second.
Super Late Model
Heat 1: Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, David Scott Garland PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY
Heat 2: Andy Boozel Clymer NY, T J Downs Albion NY, Greg Johnson Sugar Grove PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY
Heat 3: Rod Maloy Panama NY, Doug Eck Corry PA, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA
Feature: David Scott Garland PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Greg Johnson Sugar Grove PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Rod Maloy Panama NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, T J Downs Albion NY, Andy Kania Waterford PA, Jordan Eck Corry PA, Scott Johnson Wattsburg PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Chuck Parker Ashville NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY
Heat 1: Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA
Heat 2: Chuck Frye Ashville NY, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Mike McGee Mayville NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY
Feature: Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Butch Southwell Warren PA, Chuck Frye Ashville NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY, Leonard Enos Russell PA, Mike Eschrich Mt. Jewett PA, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Mike McGee Mayville NY, Nathan Hill East Otto NY
Limited Late Models
Heat 1: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Dennis Asel Kane PA
Heat 2: John Cline Jr. Kennedy NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Bill Reeves Celoron NY, Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Mike Moon Brocton NY
Feature: Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Dennis Asel Kane PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Mike Moore Russell PA
Heat 1: Ben Burgess Jr. Sherman NY, Tim Card Ashville NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Jim Kibbie Clymer NY, Allen Haskins Sinclairville NY
Heat 2: Jake Eller Erie PA, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Hank Francis Edinboro PA, Chris Market Erie PA
Feature: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Jake Eller Erie PA, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Tim Card Ashville NY, Allen Haskins Sinclairville NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Doug Francis Edinboro PA, Mike Genco Jamestown NY, Jim Kibbie Clymer NY?
Heat 1: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Lance Palmer Duke Center PA, Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Gary Fisher North East PA
Heat 2: Jason Covey Clymer NY, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Kevin Hill Gowanda NY, Sam Courson Cassadaga NY
Heat 3: Steve Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, James Britt Forestville NY, Guy Adams Ashville NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY
First Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Lance Palmer Duke Center PA, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Steve Keith Jr. Clymer NY, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, James Britt Forestville NY, Kevin Hill Gowanda NY
Second Feature: Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Gary Fisher North East PA, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Cody Bliss Celeron NY, Breton Chapel Irvine PA, Jerry Fish Falconer NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY
Heat 1: Bryan Buscho Warren PA, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA, Bill Baker Jr. Grand Valley PA, Nick Reale, Nathan Lamb Jamestown NY
Heat 2: Chad Bender Stockton NY, Preston Matve Celeron NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY, Douglas Melter, John Angeletti Falconer NY
Heat 3: Dustin Lamb Jamestown NY, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Colin Eyler Sugar Grove PA, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Jake Kowalski Pittsfield PA
Feature: Chad Bender Stockton NY, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Bryan Buscho Warren PA, Dustin Lamb Jamestown NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Greg Marsh Jamestown NY, Colin Eyler Sugar Grove PA, Preston Matve Celeron NY, Jake Kowalski Pittsfield PA, Kenneth Hultin Panama NY
Crate Late Model
Heat 1: Bob Kish Belfast NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Jason Stetson North East PA, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Wade Mohawk Gowanda NY
Heat 2: Ed Carley Freedom NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY
Heat 3: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, John Haggerty Olean NY, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY
Feature: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Ed Carley Freedom NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, John Haggerty Olean NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Matthew Harvey Jamestown NY, Jason Stetson North East PA, Mark Thrasher Jamestown NY, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Wade Mohawk Gowanda NY