BUSTI - It was a perfect night for running the Magnum Graf-X and Finn's Auto Sales and Service Limited Late Model Special and the Leroy's Towing of Corry Super Sportsman Special at Stateline Speedway on Saturday.
Jake Finnerty scored his biggest win of the season in the Limited Late Special in a green-to-checkers run, outdistancing last year's champ Steve Kania at the end.
Like Finnerty Jim Kibbe led every lap of the Super Sportsman Special, his fourth win extending his point lead and after turning sub 16-second laps in the qualifying events, last year's Super Late Model champion Dutch Davies returned to championship form leading every lap of the feature event for his first win of the season.
Jake Finnerty, center, and his dad, Pat, accept a check from Tracy Magnuson, left, after winning the Magnum Graf-X Limited Late Model 25 at Stateline Speedway on Saturday night. See additional photos at cu.post-journal.com.
P-J photo by Scott Reagle
Also, Ryan Scott started on the pole for the Crate Late Model feature and never looked back. Matt Harvey ran a close second in Scott's third Crate Late win of the season while Rich Michael Jr. took the lead on lap four of the E-Mod feature from early-leader Nathan Hill.
Chad Bender was the Super Challenger winner, beating point-leader Casey Burch, who had charged from the back of the field to second at the checkers.?
Finnerty and Dustin Eckman were on the front row for the Magnum Graf-x and Finn's Auto Sales and Service Limited Late Model Special followed by Nathan Short and John Cline in row two. Point-leader Ryan Scott started eighth. Finnerty was the first back to the line on the start followed by Eckman and Short. Short nipped Eckman at the completion of lap four to claim the runner-up spot and Steve Kania moved into the top five and Scott was sixth.
Finnerty began lapping cars on lap 12 with a 15-carlength lead over Short, who was being challenged by Kania. Kania took the spot on lap 14 and began to run down Finnerty. The fight was then for third as Scott Eckman and Short were all trying for the spot. Scott won out for third as the two-to-go signal was given.
Kania was unable to catch Finnerty and iy was Finnerty's second win of the season.
Jim Kibbe started third in the Leroy's Towing of Corry Super Sportsman Special and led the first lap. Norm Kloszewski spun for the first caution of the event with five laps down. Kibbe, Don McGuire and Mike Kosinski were the restart leaders.
Kosinski passed McGuire one lap after the restart as Kibbe began rebuilding his lead. Brent Crandall spun on the front stretch with nine laps down for the second yellow. Kibbe controlled the restart and McGuire took over second, but three laps later Kosinski repeated his earlier pass and put McGuire back to third. Dan Nocero Jr. caught McGuire for third.
Kibbe finished the 20 laps with a sizeable lead his fourth win of the season.
Doug Eck and Dutch Davies were on the front row for the Super Late Model feature with Chris Hackett and Darrell Bossard in row two. Point-leader Dick Barton started 20th after a mechanical problem in his qualifying heat. Eck won the race to turn one on the start, but it was Davies by a car length at the end of the lap. Matt Urban spun on lap two for the first caution. Barton was 15th for the restart.
Hackett was second on the restart as Eck skipped to third. John Volpe was fourth followed by Bossard and Boom Briggs.
Hackett lost two spots on lap four as Eck regained second followed by Volpe. Volpe continued to move up taking second from Eck on lap 10 and Dave Scott was fourth with Hackett back another spot.
At the halfway mark, Davies had begun lapping cars with nearly a straight away lead over Volpe and Scott. Davies had checked out on the field and finished way out in front for his first win of the season.
Dave Shagla Jr. lost the handle on the first circuit of the Crate Late Model feature causing a complete restart. Pole sitter Ryan Scott became the early leader. Matt Harvey was second with Scott Gurdak third and Damian Bidwell eighth. With 10 laps remaining, Scott was still the leader with Harvey five carlengths back.
Doug Ricotta and second starting Scott Gurdak were contesting the third spot several carlengths behind Harvey. Harvey could catch Scott in the corners, but lose him on the straights giving Scott his third win of the season.
Nathan Hill and Rich Michael Jr. made up the front row of the E-Mod feature. Dave Lamphere spun as lap one ended for the first yellow. Hill was the leader followed by Michael, Shane Crotty, John Woodward Jr. and Justin Carlson. Michael took the lead as lap four ended and the yellow flew for Kirk Bradley.
Dale McDonald Jr. spun for yellow No. 3 with eight laps down. Michael, Hill, Justin Carlson, Froman, Crotty and David Scott were the restart leaders. A multi-car incident collected nine cars nearly blocking the speedway and Spanky Hall threw the red flag. Crotty was involved along with Ron Seeley, Butch Southwell, Chad Carlson, Bradley, Dan Davies and Greg Johnson.
Just past the halfway point, debris on the backstretch caused caution five. Lamphere and Josh John tangled on the restart. Justin Carlson was second for the restart, but Bradley and Brian Wilson tangled for caution seven.
With seven laps remaining, Chevy Sweet stopped high in turn four for caution No. 8. A smoking Wilson caused caution nine with three laps remaining and then one lap later Sweet spun for yellow 10. Hill came in to turn three too hot collecting Froman and point-leader Woodward. Froman bumped Hill during the caution and was sent to the pits.
Michael, Justin Carlson, Scott, Woodward and Greg Johnson were the restart leaders. Michael remained the leader winning his fifth feature in six attempts.
Gary Fisher spun on the initial start of the Street Stock feature causing a yellow before the first lap could be completed. John Coughlin was the first to finish lap one, but the second yellow of the race followed before lap two was complete as Mark Thompson and two other cars tangled in turn two. Coughlin remained the leader with Richard Wojtowicz second and Mark Ramsey third. Lap cars became a factor just before Guy Adams spun for yellow three.
Seven laps were complete with Coughlin, Wojtowicz, Ramsey and Jason Covey the leaders.
Ramsey charged to the front on the restart to become the leader with just six laps remaining. Ramsey was all alone out front as the two-to-go signal flew with Wojtowicz mired in lap traffic. Ramsey took the checkers his second of the season.
Early-leader Dustin Lamb lost the Super Challenger feature lead to Chad Bender on lap three. Point-leader Casey Burch was third at the halfway point from his 12th starting spot. Burch was able to get to second, but could not catch Bender. It was Bender's second win.
Super Late Model
Heat 1: Chris Hackett Jamestown, Darrell Bossard Centerville, Pa., Boom Briggs Bear Lake, Pa., Pete Alspaugh Russell, Pa., Wally Fox Cooperstown, Pa.
Heat 2: Dutch Davies Warren, Pa., Rich Gardner Waterford, Pa., Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Andy Boozel Clymer, Randy Lobb Jamestown.
Heat 3: Doug Eck Corry, Pa., John Volpe Lakewood, Dave Scott Garland, Pa., Greg Oakes Franklinville, Matt Urban North East, Pa.
Feature: Dutch Davies Warren, Pa., John Volpe Lakewood, Dave Scott Garland, Pa., Darrell Bossard Centerville, Pa., Andy Boozel Clymer, Doug Eck Corry, Pa., Boom Briggs Bear Lake, Pa., Rich Gardner Waterford, Pa., Chris Hackett Jamestown, Randy Lobb Jamestown, Chub Frank Bear Lake, Pa., Matt Urban North East, Pa., Dick Barton Ashville, Greg Oakes Franklinville, Pete Alspaugh Russell, Pa., Wally Fox Cooperstown, Pa., Bump Hedman Sugar Grove, Pa., Chuck Parker Ashville, Bob Dorman Stockton, Michael Oakes Franklinville.
Heat 1: Shane Crotty Corry, Pa., John Woodward Jr. Franklinville, Kirk Bradley, David Scott, Dan Sasso Forestville.
Heat 2: Rich Michael Jr. Ischua, Justin Carlson Sherman, Greg Johnson Busti, Dan Davies Warren, Pa., Butch Southwell Warren, Pa.
Heat 3: Nathan Hill East Otto, Steve Rex Youngsville, Pa., Alex Froman Panama, John Boardman Jamestown, Chevy Sweet Corry, Pa.
Feature: Rich Michael Jr. Ischua, Justin Carlson Sherman, David Scott, John Woodward Jr. Franklinville, Greg Johnson Busti, Chad Carlson Lakewood, Dan Sasso Forestville, Ron Seeley Youngsville, Pa., Josh John Falconer, Tony Marotto Ashville.
Limited Late Models
Heat 1: Jake Finnerty Panama, Nathan Short Panama, Tyler Green Corry, Pa., Steve Kania Waterford, Pa., Mike Lozowski North East, Pa.
Heat 2: Dustin Eckman Erie, Pa., John Cline Jr. Kennedy, Chris Ottaway Sherman, Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Troy Dorman Fredonia.
Feature: Jake Finnerty Panama, Steve Kania Waterford, Pa., Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Chris Ottaway Sherman, Tyler Green Corry, Pa., Dustin Eckman Erie, Pa., Bill Reeves Celoron, Nathan Short Panama, Mike Moore Russell, Pa., Mike Lozowski North East, Pa.
Heat 1: Don McGuire Harborcreek, Pa., Michael Kosinski Ashville, Tom Kosinski Lakewood, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown, Brent Crandall North East, pa.
Heat 2: Matt Kosinski Lakewood, Jim Kibbe Clymer, Mike Genco, Ron Burgun Brocton, Joe Karash Jamestown.
Feature: Jim Kibbe Clymer, Michael Kosinski Ashville, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown, Ron Burgun Brocton, Don McGuire Harborcreek, Pa., Alan Yarbrough Jamestown, Tom Kosinski Lakewood, Mike Murray Erie, Pa., Matt Kosinski Lakewood, Kendelle Kosinski Ashville.
Heat 1: Mark Ramsey Sherman, Richard Wojtowicz Limestone, Eric Harvey Jamestown, Ken Lamp Erie, Pa., Elaine Best Jamestown.
Heat 2: Jason Covey Clymer, Stan Davis, Guy Adams Ashville, Gary Fisher North East, Pa., Brian Mohawk
Heat 3: Mark Thompson North East, Pa., John Coughlin, John Britt Dunkirk, Rodney Tomes Sherman, Jerry Fish Falconer.
Feature: Mark Ramsey Sherman, Richard Wojtowicz Limestone, Mark Thompson North East, Pa., Jason Covey Clymer, Brian Crandall Stockton, Gary Fisher North East, Pa., Paul Nelson Ashville, Stan Davis, Ken Lamp Erie, Pa., John Britt Dunkirk.
Heat 1: Bill Baker Grand Valley, Pa., Coty Schauers Frewsburg, Mary Hammond, Kevin Covell Sugar Grove, Pa., Preston Matve Celoron.
Heat 2: Casey Burch Kennedy, Travis Darling Jamestown, Greg Marsh Jamestown, Chad Bender Stockton, Kenneth Hultin Panama.
Feature: Chad Bender Stockton, Casey Burch Kennedy, Dustin Lamb Jamestown, Travis Darling Jamestown, Greg Marsh Jamestown, Kenneth Hultin Panama, Kevin Covell Sugar Grove, Pa., Mary Hammond, John Angeletti Falconer, Tom Hammond
Crate Late Model
Heat 1: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Matt Harvey Jamestown, Doug Ricotta Warsaw, Justin Smith Smethport, Pa., Kevin Hill Gowanda.
Heat 2: Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Mark Tatalovic Guysville, Pa., Joe Buccola Falconer, Damian Bidwell Eldred, Pa., Miles Stitzinger Clarendon, Pa.
Feature: Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Matt Harvey Jamestown, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Joe Buccola Falconer, Doug Ricotta Warsaw, Justin Smith Smethport, Pa., Luke Carleton Port Colborne,Ontario, Damian Bidwell Eldred, Pa., Miles Stitzinger Clarendon, Pa., Mark Tatalovic Guysville, Pa., Kevin Hill Gowanda, Ed Coast, Nicholas Mohawk Irving, Dave Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove, Pa.