BUSTI - "Specials X 3," sponsored by Leroy's Towing of Corry, started with bright sunshine then cooled to light jacket weather at Stateline Speedway on Saturday night. Thirty Street Stocks ran four heats and a consolation race where Cody Bliss, Elaine Best, Nate Lester and Kyle Reinwald all qualified along with the top five in each heat setting the 24 car starting field for the Jeff Gunnell Street Stock Special.
Chris Withers did what he has done all season winning the Street Stock Special for his 10th win of the season in a race strewn with cautions that was ended early by time constraints.
Dave Scott led from the second lap of the Super Late Model feature for his third win of the season holding off veteran Dick Barton and 2011 Champ Dutch Davies, and Damien Bidwell passed veteran John Haggerty early in the Crate Late feature then led the remainder of the race for his third victory of the season extending his point lead going into the final event of the season.
Chris Withers does a victory lap in his No. 21W after winning the Street Stock Feature at Stateline Speedway on Saturday night. Below, David Scott crosses the finish line for a win in the Super Late Model feature. See additional phtoos at cu.post-journal.com.
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David Scott was leading the E-Mod feature and with two laps to go suffered and right rear flat setting Mike McGee up for his career first E-Mod feature win while Dan Nocero Jr. continued his domination of the Super Sportsman division leading every lap of the Sportsman Special for his 10th win of the season.
Jake Finnerty won his first Stateline Limited Late Model feature after making a lap five pass from third. Finnerty survived several cautions and beat point leader Steve Kania to the line.
Also, Travis Darling held off point-leader Chad Bender to win the 15-lap Super Challenger Special.
James Britt and Mark Thompson were on the front row for the Street Stock Special with Todd Bacon and Brian Crandall in row two and Vic Earle Jr. and Nick Mohawk in row three. Thompson was the first into turn one and led the first circuit with Brian Crandall second. Earle suffered a flat tire ending lap two with the first yellow of the race.
Lap three was completed, but then a spin by Eric Harvey caused caution No. 2. Several cars nearly stopped during the restart causing caution three. Guy Adams climbed a track tire on the restart for caution four. Then Todd Bacon and Nate Lester tangled at the end of lap four for caution five.
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Thompson led the single-file restart, but a spin by Jeremy Williams brought out the sixth yellow. Bacon had another problem for yellow seven. With five laps complete Thompson, Crandall, Chris Withers and Nick Mohawk were the restart leaders.
Thompson slowed allowing Withers and Crandall by just before the seventh yellow caused by Thompson. Crandall led the field into turn one with point-leader Withers along side. Nick Mohawk was as distant third followed closely by Jason Covey.
Kyle Reinwald stopped against the turn two concrete for caution eight with 11 laps complete and on the restart Richard Wojtowicz spun for caution nine. Withers traded spots with Crandall becoming the new leader with eight laps left in the event. Withers easily led the next four laps, but then the yellow flew for Covey stopped atop a track tire in turn one. Withers, Crandall Weilacher Mohawk and David Baker were the leaders.
Mohawk got into Weilacher two laps later collecting two other cars and ending the event giving Withers his 10th and biggest win of the season.
Bump Hedman led the first lap of the Super Late Model feature. Dave Scott passed Hedman one lap to become the new leaders. Jason Morell stopped up against the turn four wall bringing out the yellow for the first time in the event. Scott, Hedman, Scott Gurdak, Dick Barton and Dutch Davies were the restart leaders.
Barton made in three wide with Hedman and Gurdak into turn one on lap seven moving to second with Davies in tow. Scott was a straight away ahead as lap 10 ended with Barton and Davies trying to close the gap. Scott entered lap traffic on lap 12 and Davies lost touch with Barton.
Doug Eck caused the second yellow with a right rear flat with 17 laps complete and Scott lost his lead as the rest of the field closed with him for the restart. Scott retained the lead and Barton used the high line for the runner up spot with Davies third. With five laps to go Eck spun for caution three. Chris Hackett was in the fourth spot for the restart with Hedman fifth and Greg Oakes sixth. Barton severely tested Scott on the restart but Scott held on.
With two to go, Scott led Barton by two car lengths and Davies by five and Scott won his third of the season.
John Haggerty led point-leader Damien Bidwell by half-a-car length on the first lap of the Crate Late Model feature losing the lead to Bidwell as the yellow flew for Wade Mohawk stalled in the pit entrance. Matt Cobb was third with Bob Dorman fourth and Steve Dixon fifth. Bidwell controlled the restart and began to slowly move away from the rest of the field catching the tail end of field on lap eight. Ryan Scott became a contender moving into the top five on lap nine.
The second yellow occurred with 11 complete for Justin Smith, who nosed into the turn three concrete. Haggerty lost a spot on the restart and one lap later Zack Carley caused caution three. Matt Cobb was second and began to press Bidwell for the lead with Haggerty a distant third, Scott fourth and Bruce Hordusky fifth.
Bidwell had a car length on Cobb at the two to go signal and was able to maintain that advantage for his fourth win and extending his point lead.
The initial start of the E-Mod feature was spoiled by a spin by Walt Johnson. The next restart saw Kyle Bedell nip Chad Carlson at the line and lap two ended with Chad Carlson leading. Bedell lost a spot as Mike McGee moved up to challenge Chad Carlson for the lead. David Scott passed Bedell on lap eight to take over third.
Justin Carlson and Dave Shagla jumped wheels ending with the second yellow and Shagla on the hook. A multi-car tangle on the restart ended with caution three. Scott led by a bumper after the restart then one lap later by a car length. The yellow flew again with 13 laps complete for as early-race leader Bedell had problems in turn three. One lap after the restart Walt Johnson spun for caution five. Fifteen of the original 24 starters remained.
Walt Johnson ended his night with a spin and with two laps remaining Scott went to the pits with a right rear flat setting up McGee as the new leader and he held on for the win the first of his career.
Point-leader Dan Nocero Jr. was on the pole of the Super Sportsman Special with Kelly Frederes was second. A spin marred the initial start, but on the second try Nocero was out in front by several car lengths on lap one. Frederes was second with Jake Eller third.
Mike Genco caused the second yellow with five laps complete. Four cars caused caution three on the restart. Clint Haskins spun with 11 laps down for caution four. Nocero ran the final laps unchallenged to win the Special his 10th win of the season.
Tyler Green spun on the first lap of the Limited Late Model feature causing a complete restart of the event. Chad Schauers was on the pole with Mike Moore alongside. Jake Finnerty was in row two with pointleader Steve Kania. Yellow two, caused by Byron Johnson and Ronald Wilkins, ended the second attempted start. The third start worked and Schauers led with Kania second and Finnerty third. A spin by Jermin Strickland with four laps complete caused caution three.
Finnerty passed both Schauers and Kania on the restart to become the new leader. Kania remained second and Schauers was fending off challenges from Dustin Eckman and Ryan Scott for the third spot. Strickland stopped up against the fence in turn one for caution four after losing a driveshaft.
One lap was completed after the restart then Tyler Green collected John Cline for caution five and seven laps remained. Another spin by Cline caused caution six with one lap later. Kania continued to shadow Finnerty as the laps wound down, but could not mount a challenge. Finnerty won the event his first of the season and his first at Stateline.
Super Late Model
Heat 1: Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, David Scott Garland PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA
Heat 2: Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, Jeff Hoffman, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY
Heat 3: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Jason Morell North East PA
Feature: David Scott Garland PA, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Jeff Hoffman Clarendon PA, , Doug Eck Corry PA, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, George LaBarberra Sugar Grove PA, , Chuck Parker Ashville NY, Loren Sallack Johnsonburg PA, , Jason Morell North East PA
Heat 1: David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Mike McGee Mayville NY, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA
Heat 2: David Scott Garland PA, , Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, Kyle Bedell Little Valley NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY
Heat 3: Kirk Bradley Great Valley NY, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY, John Boardman Jamestown NY
Feature: Mike McGee Mayville NY, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Dan Davies Warren PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY
Limited Late Models
Heat 1: Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Tyler Green Corry PA, Damon Lewis Great Valley NY
Heat 2: Mike Moore Russell PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA, John Cline Jr. Kennedy NY, Chevy Sweet, Ronald Wilkins Little Valley NY
Heat 3: Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY
Feature: Jake Finnerty Panama NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Mike Moore Russell PA, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, Mike Moon Brocton NY
Heat 1: Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Kelly Frederes Russell PA, Tim Card Ashville NY, Don McGuire Harborcreek PA, Brent Crandall North East PA
Heat 2: Jake Eller Erie PA, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Tom Kosinski Lakewood NY, Mike Murray Erie PA
Feature: Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Jake Eller Erie PA, Kelly Frederes Russell PA, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Tim Card Ashville NY, Jim Kibbe Clymer NY, Michael Kosinski Ashville NY, Ron Burgun Brocton NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY
Heat 1:Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Victor Earle Jr. Gifford PA, Guy Adams Ashville NY, Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY
Heat 2: Todd Bacon Lakewood NY, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Jason Covey Clymer NY
Heat 3: Mark Thompson North East PA, Chris Withers Waterford PA, Eric Harvey Jamestown NY, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Donald Hebner Stockton NY
Heat 4: James Britt Forestville NY, Patrick Fielding Titusville PA, Jeremy Williams Pittsfield PA, David Baker Titusville PA, Jerry Fish Falconer NY
Consolation: Cody Bliss Celeron NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Nate Lester Jamestown NY, Kyle Reinwald Girard PA, Josh Hebner Stockton NY, Jason Bagdley Jamestown NY, Berton Chapel Irvine PA, Brad Curran Jr. Austin PA, Rick Sperry Kennedy NY, Dale McDonald Jr Spartansburg PA
Feature: Chris Withers Waterford PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, David Baker Titusville PA, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, James Britt Forestville NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Mark Thompson North East PA, Elaine Best Jamestown NY
Heat 1: Bryan Busche Warren PA, Timothy Fisher Ripley NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Nick Reale
Heat 2: Joe Beach Erie PA, Michael Rizzo Jr. Portland NY, Kenneth Hultin Panama NY, Nathan Lamb Jamestown NY, Dustin Lamb Jamestown NY
Heat 3: Chad Bender Stockton NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Eric Winkels Youngsville PA, Bill Baker Jr. Grand Valley PA, Stephen Enlow Panama NY
Feature: Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Joe Beach Erie PA, Michael Rizzo Jr. Portland NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY, Nathan Lamb Jamestown NY, Timothy Fisher Ripley NY, Eric Winkels Youngsville PA, Bill Baker Jr. Grand Valley PA, Kasey Hammond Westfield NY
Crate Late Model
Heat 1: Matt Cobb Bradford PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Rod Maloy
Heat 2: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Steve Dixon Smethport PA, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY
Heat 3: John Haggerty Olean NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Bob Craig Spartansburg PA
Feature: Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Matt Cobb Bradford PA, John Haggerty Olean NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Steve Dixon Smethport PA, Ward Schell Warren PA, John Lacki Sinclairville NY, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Bob Kish Belfast NY, Mark Thrasher Jamestown NY, Cody Mason Eldred PA, Garret Stephen Williamsville NY, Bob Craig Spartansburg PA, Justin Smith Smethport PA, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Zack Carley Freedom NY, Brian Haggerty Allegany NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Wade Mohawk Gowanda NY