HAMMETT, Pa. - Eriez Speedway remembered Bob Vogt Sr. with the annual memorial race in his honor.
Vogt was a standout Super Late Model, Limited Late Model and Cadet class racer, winning 176 features and several Limited Late Model Championships at Eriez and also Sharon Speedway, Raceway 7 and Tri-City Speedway. He became I'll and passed away in December 2003.
The Bob Vogt Memorial started with Alexis Vogt, Bob's granddaughter, and Jackie Vogt, Bob's wife, on the starter's stand with Lexie dropping the green to get the 25-lap event for the Conway & O'Malley Limited Late Models underway. Jake Finnerty and Dan Maxim completed lap one side by side with Finnerty in sole possession of the lead at the end of two, when point's leader and four-time winner Ryan Scott spun his machine in turn two.
Finnerty, still a teenager, maintained a slim lead until lap seven when Maxim was able to draw alongside, but unable to complete the pass. Finnerty pulled out to the lead again by lap 11 and had a three-carlength lead at the halfway point. The leaders had a near quarter-lap lead over third-running Steve Kania at that point.
With five to go, Maxim was again alongside but Finnerty again pulled away with two laps remaining. On the final lap heading into turn three, Maxim dove low as Finnerty bobbled enough to allow the veteran Maxim to compete the pass with one quarter lap remaining.
Greg Oakes and Andy Boozel led the 18 Jay's Auto Wrecking Super Late Models to Spanky Hall's green flags. After two first-lap cautions, Oakes led the first lap by half a car-length over Boozel while in turn four Doug Eck and Matt Lux got together with the end result that Lux spun and Eck was sent to the pits for his part in it. After discussion with Lux, it was agreed that the cars had been hooked together and Eck was deemed not at fault and therefore he was allowed to continue.
After a lap of green-flag racing, fifth-starting Robbie Blair came by the leaders, leading lap three. Boozel and Mike Knight were second and third by the end of five laps, but Blair was en route to his fifth-consecutive win and seventh overall at Eriez. Boozel and Knight raced side by side with Knight getting by for second at lap 12.
With 14 complete, Boom Briggs got by Boozel for third. Using the extreme high side, Knight was able to drive up next to Blair in turn three but was unable to gain the advantage. With five laps to go, Blair was again opening his lead while Briggs and Boozel were swapping third. Blair won with a margin of four carlengths over Knight, Briggs, and Boozel. Pole-sitter Oakes was fifth at the checkers.
Mike Mitchell and Bobby Rohrer brought the 20-car Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Model field to the green, which was replaced before the end of the lap with yellow after a four-car pileup in turn three triggered when Joey Buccola got sideways. Breyton Santee spun his mount in turn two of the next attempt to get the event started, collecting another four cars. On the third try a full lap was compete before Khole Wanzer and Al Brewer got together in turn two.
At lap five, caution again flew when Kevin Hill and Breyton Santee mixed it up in turn two. Max Blair and Chad Wright were marching to the front at that point with Wright up to fifth from 12th and Blair sixth after starting 10th. Mitchell was opening a lead at halfway with Kyle Zimmerman and Bobby Rohrer fighting for second while Wright and Blair were fighting for fourth. Blair assumed fourth a lap later with Zimmerman running second.
With five remaining, lapped traffic came into play allowing Blair to get by Rohrer. With three left, Al Brewer slapped the retaining wall out of turn four, again slowing the race. On lap nineteen, Blair came by Zimmerman for second but Mitchell, the rising star from Saegertown, Pa., held on for his first FASTRAK Late Model weekly win. Blair was second with Zimmerman third, Rohrer fourth and Wright fifth.
The Plyler Overhead Door EMods started 20 cars for 20 laps with a complete restart necessary as Dave Lamphere spun in turn one on the original start. On the next try, Butch Southwell spun into the infield collecting Kyle Scott in the process. Pole-sitter Steve Simon led Mike Smith on the first two aborted attempts, but Smith was ahead when lap one was finally completed.
At the end of three laps, Bud Watson was showing the way with points leader Rich Michael right behind, looking for his sixth of the season and his fourth in as many days.
Michael was in the lead at the end of five with John Boardman third. One lap past halfway, Gary Eicher and Darren Tarabori came together in turn four, slowing the field and putting Bud Watson and Boardman right on the leader's tail. Boardman immediately came to second with Joel Watson third at the end of 12.
Caution again was shown at 14 laps and Shane Crotty got to third a lap after green was again shown. With two to go, Joel Watson was again alongside Crotty and then got by Boardman at the white flag when yet another caution was thrown, this time for Cubby Haupt, who had spun in turn four. The final lap was Michael, Joel Watson, Boardman, Bud Watson, and Steve Simon. Crotty apparently lost power at the final restart and pull to the pit, not finishing.
The Eric Walter Tree and Stump Removal Street Stock feature started 17 cars with Paul Schreckengost and Mark Ramsey leading the way. After a first lap caution for the stalled car of Andy Faulhaber, a lap two caution when Mark Thompson spun, then another in lap three when Gary Fisher spun, Schreckengost led the way over points leader John Phelps and Mark Ramsey.
Brandon Groters looped his mount on lap seven directly in front of defending champion Pat McGuire and Eric Reinwald, both of whom managed to avoid contact. All three were able to continue.
By halfway, Don McGuire had moved to third. With five remaining, McGuire was second when caution again flew, again for Groters, who had spun in turn four.
Another spin by Reinwald slowed the field before another lap could complete. At lap 13 Shawn Fawcett, Ron Johnson, Eric Ester and Brandon Groters tangled in turn two. The final three laps ran smooth with Schreckengost getting his second win of the season over Phelps, Don McGuire, Ramsey, and Ken Lamp.
The Kandy's Gentleman's Club Challengers had Mike Pohl leading from the pole position. Pohl led despite strong challenges from Don Hebner and Joe Beach through the halfway point when Holden Heinemann spun in turn two, putting the field under caution.
On the double-file restart Hebner, a former champion, came to the lead with Pohl and Beach fighting for second. Beach won the battle, finishing second over Pohl with Stephen Enlow fourth and Tim Fisher fifth.
Super Late Models
Heat 1: Chris Hackett, Scott Gurdak, Robby Blair, Mike Knight, Boom Briggs, Darrell Bossard, Scott Johnson, Michael Oakes, Damon Haught
Heat 2: Greg Oakes, Andy Boozel, Rich Gardner, Doug Eck, John Volpe, Chuck Parker, Chris Peterson, Matt Lux, Chevy Scott
Burger King of the Hill: Boom Briggs, Robbie Blair
Feature: Rob Blair, Mike Knight, Boom Briggs, Andy Boozel, Greg Oakes, Chris Hackett, Matt Lux, Darrell Bossard, John Volpe, Doug Eck, Scott Gurdak, Chevy Scott, Rich Gardner, Chris Peterson, Scott Johnson, Michael Oakes, Damon Haught, Chuck Parker
Crate Late Models
Heat 1: Bruce Hordusky, Dennis Lunger, Zach Carley, Jamie Brown, Breyton Santee, Eric Andrus, Tony Mariano
Heat 2: Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Chad Wright, Mike Mitchell, Scott Gurdak, Mike Knight, Al Brewer
Heat 3: Billy Henry, Bob Dorman, Joey Buccola, Bobby Rohrer, Kevin Hill, Khole Wanzer
Feature: Mike Mitchell, Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, Scott Gurdak, Billy Henry, Bob Dorman, Jamie Brown, Dennis Lunger, Mike Knight, Zack Carley, Joey Buccola, Eric Andrus, Breyton Santee, Tony Mariano, Kevin Hill, Bruce Hordusky, Al Brewer, Khole Wanzer
Heat 1: Bud Watson, Butch Southwell, Steve Simon, Tony Maratto, Cubby Haupt, Dave Lamphere, Kyle Scott
Heat 2: Rich Michael, Mike Smith, Gary Eicher, John Boardman, Darren Tarabori, Brian Fardink, Jake Eller
Heat 3: Joel Watson, John Boyd, Shane Crotty, Steve Sornberger, Newt Tackett, John Schenker
Feature: Rich Michael, Joel Watson, John Boardman, Bud Watson, Steve Simon, Mike Smith, Butch Southwell, Brian Fardink, Kyle Scott, Steve Sornberger, John Boyd, Gary Eicher, John Schenker, Cubby Haupt, Shane Crotty, Darren Tarabori, Dave Lamphere, Jake Eller, Tony Maratto, Newt Tackett
Limited Late Models
Heat 1: Jake Finnerty, Tyler Green, Nate Short, Steve Kania, Mike Lozowski, Chris Ottaway
Heat 2: Ryan Scott, Dan Maxim, Dustin Eckman, Chris McGuire, Wade Watson, Bob Vogt Jr
Feature: Dan Maxim, Jake Finnerty, Steve Kania, Chris McGuire, Tyler Green, Ryan Scott, Chris Ottaway, Nate Short, Dustin Eckman, Wade Watson, Bobby Vogt Jr, Mike Lozowski
Heat 1: John Phelps, Brandon Groters, Gary Fisher, Don McGuire, Eric Ester, Joe Rohrer, Matt Tuzynski, Greg Fenno
Heat 2: Paul Schreckengost, Mark Ramsey, Kenny Lamp, Pat McGuire, Ron Johnson, Mark Thompson, Shawn Fawcett, Eric Reinwald
Feature: Paul Schreckengost, John Phelps, Don McGuire, Mark Ramsey, Kenny Lamp, Pat McGuire, Greg Fenno, Joe Rohrer, Mark Thompson, Eric Reinwald, Shawn Fawcett, Ron Johnson, Matt Tuzynski, Eric Ester, Brandon Groters, Gary Fisher, Andy Faulhaber
Heat 1: Mike Pohl, Stephen Enlow, Tim Fisher, Steve Morse, Kevin Covell, Wes Stull, Holden Heinemann, Matt Marcy
Heat 2: Joe Beach, Tom Cupp, Kasey Hammond, Don Hebner, Gary Olson, Jason Brightman, Chris Irwin, Kelsey Parker, Adam Rettger
Feature: Don Hebner, Joe Beach, Mike Pohl, Stephen Enlow, Tim Fisher, Jason Brightman, Kasey Hammond, Wes Stull, Tom Cupp, Kevin Covell, Gary Olson, Holden Heinemann, Kelsey Parker, Adam Rettger, Steve Morse, Chris Irwin (DNS), Matt Marcy (DNS)