BUSTI - The last point racing of the season at Stateline Speedway was run on a warm summer evening on Saturday.
Dutch Davies used the final point race of the year to seal his second Super Late Model Championship. Davies trailed veteran Rich Gardner by 53 points, but soon after the green fell charged from his sixth-starting spot passing Gardner and race-leader Andy Boozel for the race lead and the win.
Even before the night's racing, Dan Nocero Jr. had locked up the Super Sportsman point title leaving the race for second and second in points. Jake Eller was up to the task winning the feature and securing his No. 2 spot.
Dutch Davies, right, battles it out with Bump Hedman coming out of turn four in Super Late Model feature on Saturday night at Stateline Speedway. See additional photos at cu,post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Justin Carlson lost the E-Mod feature to John Woodward Jr., but won the E-Mod championship title. It was Woodward's third win of the season.
Second-generation driver Steve Kania had to finish within five positions of runner-up Chris Ottaway to cement his first Limited Late Model title and left no question unanswered catching and then passing Ottaway to win the feature and title.
Second in E-Mod points, Butch Southwell was a no show on Saturday night allowing Justin Carlson to cruise into the E-Mod points title. Carlson did what he has done all season with a solid second-place finish behind race winner John Woodward Jr., who led the caution-strewn event for his third win of the season.
Early Crate Late Model feature leader Doug Ricotta ran afoul of Max Blair sending both to the back of the field to set up Jason Genco for his second win of the season while point-leader Damien Bidwell clinched his first Crate Late title with a seventh-place finish.
Chris Withers just needed a solid finish in the feature to become the Street Stock champion and that is what he accomplished with his fourth-place finish in a rough-and-tumble event won by Patrick Fielding, his second of the season.
Andy Boozel and Chad Valone were on the front row of the Super Late Model feature with Doug Eck and point leader Rich Gardner in row two. Boozel led the first circuit with Chad Valone second. Second in points, Davies grabbed the No. 2 spot putting Valone in third with Chris Hackett fourth and Gardner fifth.
Davies continued his charge passing Boozel for the race lead on lap eight. Dave Hess Jr. charged into the top five on lap 12 with Dick Barton on his bumper. Davies had a huge lead over Boozel and with 10 laps to go was in heavy lap traffic. Barton was up to third at two-to-go signal but no one was going to catch Davies. Davies beat Boozel to the finish by a third of a lap winning the race and the championship.
Jake Eller and Tom Kosinski were on the front row for the Super Sportsman feature and Eller led the first lap. Chris Market and Allen Yarbrough caused caution three on lap two. Eller held on to the lead while Wade Watson slowed and pulled into the pits. Kelly Frederes was second with Jim Kibbe third and point leader Dan Nocero Jr. fourth.
At the halfway mark, Nocero had passed Kibbe for fourth. Clint Haskin brought out the second caution with seven laps complete. Watson returned during the caution and then retired to the pits right after the green. Eller and Frederes continued to lead with Nocero a few car lengths back in third. Head starter Mark Matthews had indicated two to go when Market spun in turn one for caution three. Nocero used the late-race caution passing Frederes for second, but was unable to close with Eller. Eller won the double-points event for his first victory of the season. Nocero was the point champ even without the second-plase finish.
Second in points Chris Ottaway started on the pole of the Limited Late Model feature with point-leader Steve Kania sixth. Ottaway quickly jumped into the lead and Kania was second when a spin by Troy Dorman brought out the first yellow of the event. Four laps were complete and Kania was tracking Ottaway after the restart with Ryan Scott from ninth third and Steve Moynihan fourth. Rob Middleton was the cause of caution two with five laps complete. Then as lap six ended, John Cline Jr. spun in turn three for yellow three. Kania moved up alongside Kania on the restart and then the yellow flew for Dorman once more ad seven laps were complete.
After the restart, Kania proved why he was the point leader passing Ottaway for the lead. Scott was the next to press Ottaway as Kania entered lap traffic. Scott made the pass stick on lap 15 just before the yellow flew once more for Middleton. Five laps remained before Kania could claim the points title.
Kania pulled away and Scott and Ottaway continued to contest the runner-up spot. With two to go, Ottaway was two car lengths ahead of Scott and Kania was in cruise control. Kania did the job and won the event and the title his first at Stateline.
The first yellow of the E-Mod feature occurred on the first lap with Walter Johnson up against the turn-one concrete. Greg Johnson was on the pole with John Woodard Jr. alongside. Lap two ended with a three-car wreck in turn one. Woodard led lap two with point-leader Justin Carlson second and Alex Froman third. Greg Johnson was tapped by Chad Carlson and then collected David Scott for the second yellow with four laps complete. Scott brought out yellow three on the restart. Debris caused yellow four with five complete and Woodward, Carlson, Froman, Dave Shagla and Mike McGee were the restart leaders.
A seven-car tangle caused caution six on the restart. Two more laps were complete when Cale Crocker and Clint Brady caused caution seven. Steve Rex collected Walt Johnson on the front stretch on the restart for caution eight. A lap-nine spin by John Boardman caused caution nine.
The race finally went green for more than two laps and Woodward led Justin Carlson with Frohman third and Kyle Bedell fourth. Bedell set Froman back a spot then began to run down Woodward and Carlson. Woodward took the white with Carlson a car length back and that was how the race ended. Woodward won the battle but Carlson won the point title.
Doug Ricotta was the initial leader of the Crate Late Model feature with Ryan Scott second. Skip Jackson caused the first caution with four laps complete. Ward Schell was second. A three-car tangle ruined the restart. Ricotta led lap five with Ryan Scott second and Ward Schell third.
A three-car pileup collected Brian Haggerty, Justin Smith and Steve Dixon. The race went green for three laps and then Paul Himes, Cody Mason and Mark Thrasher had problems in turn three for caution four. Ricotta was tagged by Max Blair after the restart during the yellow Ricotta and Blair were sent to the rear for the restart. Jason Genco was the leader with Schell second and Scott third.
Justin Tatlow, Mason, Bruce Hordusky and Brad Mesler tangled on the restart for caution six. Two laps later, debris on the back stretch caused caution seven. Genco continued to lead with Scott second followed by Schell and Bob Dorman. Hordusky spun on the exit of turn two for caution eight.
Genco ran the final three laps unchallenged for his second win of the season. Point-leader Damien Bidwell with his seventh finishing spot claimed the Crate Late Model point title.
Kyle Weilacher and Jason Covey led the Street Stocks out for their feature event. Weilacher led the first lap and then a spin by Jim Britt brought out the first caution. Weilacher retained the lead with Brian Crandall one car length back. The second caution occurred at the end of lap three for Mike Harmon stopped in the exit of turn four. Patrick Fielding passed Crandall for second on the restart and point-leader Chris Wither was fourth followed by Ken Lamp Jr.
Weilacher lost several spots on lap nine setting up Fielding for the lead. A spin with 10 laps complete caused caution three. Fielding, Crandall, Lamp, Withers and Paul Nelson were the top five.
A caution occurred with two laps remaining for the slowing Guy Adams then another on the restart for David Baker in turn one. During the caution Lamp slowed to a stop on the front stretch and had to be pushed into the pits. Fielding held on for the win his second of the season and Chris Withers won the point title.
Point-leader Chad Bender came from fourth to lead pole sitter Ken Hultin by a bumper at the end of the first lap of the Super Challenger feature. Travis Darling was third at the end of three laps from his eighth starting spot. Bender led every lap for his seventh win in 2012 and the Super Challenger Championship.
Super Late Model
Heat 1: Doug Eck Corry PA, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, Jason Dupont Cyclone PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Dick Barton Ashville NY
Heat 2: Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, David Scott Garland PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, John Lacki
Heat 3: Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Dutch Davies Warren PA, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA
Feature: Dutch Davies Warren PA, Andy Boozel Clymer NY, Dick Barton Ashville NY, Chris Hackett Jamestown NY, Dave Hess Jr. Waterford PA, Chad Valone Jamestown NY, Rich Gardner Waterford PA, David Scott Garland PA, Jason Dupont Cyclone PA, Doug Eck Corry PA, Greg Oakes Franklinville NY, Darrell Bossard Centerville PA, John Volpe, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake PA, John Lacki, Pete Alspaugh Russell PA, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove PA, Randy Lobb Jamestown NY, Brent Rhebergen Clymer NY, George LaBarberra, Jason Morell North East PA, Chuck Parker Ashville NY
Heat 1: David Scott Garland, Mike Mcgee Mayville NY, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Ron Seeley Youngsville PA, Clint Brady Frewsburg NY
Heat 2: David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Leonard Enos Russell PA, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Anthony Marotto Ashville NY, Walter Johnson Corry PA
Heat 3: Dan Davies Warren PA, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Greg Johnson Jamestown NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Brian Fardink Sherman NY
Feature: John Woodward Jr. Franklinville NY, Justin Carlson Sherman NY, Kyle Bedell Little Valley NY, John Boyd Waterford PA, Dan Davies Warren PA, Alex Froman Ashville NY, Chad Carlson Lakewood NY, Ron Davies Warren PA, David Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove PA, Cale Crocker Pittsfield PA
Limited Late Models
Heat 1: Tyler Green Corry PA, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, John Cline Jr. Kennedy NY, Troy Dorman Fredonia NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA
Heat 2: Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Steve Kania Waterford PA, Mike Moon Brocton NY, Dustin Eckman Erie PA
Feature: Steve Kania Waterford PA, Chris Ottaway Sherman NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Tyler Green Corry PA, Dustin Eckman Erie PA, Stan Davis Jr. Jamestown NY, Steve Moynihan Jamestown NY, Chad Schauers Frewsburg NY, Bill Reeves Celeron NY, John Cline Jr. Kennedy NY
Heat 1: Jake Eller Erie PA, Tim Card Ashville NY, Kelly Frederes Russell PA, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Jim Kibbe Clymer NY
Heat 2: Tom Kosinski Lakewood NY, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Chris Market Erie PA, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Mark Fox West Valley NY
Feature: Jake Eller Erie PA, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown NY, Kelly Frederes Russell PA, Allen Haskins Sinclairville NY, Jim Kibbe Clymer NY, Clint Haskins Jamestown NY, Chris Market Erie PA, Allen Yarbrough Jamestown NY, Wade Watson Ashville NY, Al White Jamestown NY
Heat 1: Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Ken Lamp Jr. Erie PA, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, David Baker Titusville PA
Heat 2: Jason Covey Clymer NY, Patrick Fielding Titusville PA, James Britt Forestville NY, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Mike Harmon Albion PA
Heat 3: Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Chris Withers Waterford PA, Elaine Best Jamestown NY, Jeremy Williams Pittsfield PA, Jerry Fish Falconer NY
Consolation: Kevin Hill Gowanda NY, Eric Harvey Jamestown NY, Jason Bagdley Jamestown NY, Berton Chapel Irvine PA
Feature: Patrick Fielding Titusville PA, Brian Crandall Stockton NY, Paul Nelson Ashville NY, Chris Withers Waterford PA, Jeremy Williams Pittsfield PA, Kyle Weilacher Lakewood NY, Nicholas Mohawk Angola NY, Richard Wojtowicz Jr. Limestone NY, Kevin Golden Frewsburg NY, Elaine Best Jamestown NY
Heat 1: Kenneth Hultin Panama NY, Preston Matve Celeron NY, Joe Beach Erie PA, Bryan Busche Warren PA, Stephen Enlow Panama NY
Heat 2: Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Chad Bender Stockton NY, Bill Baker Jr. Grand Valley PA, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Nick Reale
Feature: Chad Bender Stockton NY, Kenneth Hultin Panama NY, Travis Darling Jamestown NY, Joe Beach Erie PA, Scott Dellahoy Jr. Sinclairville NY, Bill Baker Jr. Grand Valley PA, Kyle Jackson Cherry Creek NY, Timothy Fisher Ripley NY, Ronnie Fish Jamestown NY, Larry Oaks Sugar Grove PA
Crate Late Model
Heat 1: Max Blair Centerville PA, Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Mark Thrasher Jamestown NY, Matt Cobb Bradford PA, Steve Dixon Smethport PA
Heat 2: Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Justin Smith Smethport PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY
Heat 3: Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, John Haggerty Olean NY, Bob Craig Spartansburg PA, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY
Feature: Jason Genco Jamestown NY, Ryan Scott Garland PA, Bob Dorman Stockton NY, Ward Schell Warren PA, Matt Cobb Bradford PA, John Haggerty Olean NY, Damien Bidwell Eldred PA, Jason Stetson North East PA, Justin Tatlow Franklinville NY, Doug Ricotta Warsaw NY, Jordan Eck Corry PA, Paul Himes Lakewood NY, Skip Jackson Jamestown NY, Mark Thrasher Jamestown NY, Bruce Hordusky Jr. Erie PA, Max Blair Centerville PA, Bradley Mesler Wellsville NY, Chad Silleman South Dayton NY, Cody Mason Eldred PA, Justin Smith Smethport PA, Steve Dixon Smethport PA, Brian Haggerty Allegany NY, Bob Craig Spartansburg PA