Autograph Night On Tap At Stateline

BUSTI — One of fans’ favorite promotions comes tonight as Stateline Speedway holds its annual “Autograph Night.”

At intermission the race cars will be parked on the front straight and the fans will be invited onto the racing surface to meet the drivers and crews, visit and get programs and memorabilia autographed. Many crews will be giving away candy, photos, and other gifts. This night is always a hit with fans, especially the younger set. It’s their chance to get close to the men and machines that thrill them each week during the summer.

Of course, the reason the fans are there is for the racing.

With the unusually wet spring this year only one points-paying event has been held. As a result, Jared Miley leads the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model standings by six points over Alex Feree. Another four points back is Wyatt Scott, a rookie to Super Late Model competition. Then it’s another four points back to the veteran, Dave Hess Jr., with another veteran, Boom Briggs, another seven points back, filling out the top five. Miley has the only win in the division this season.

The RUSH Crate Late Models are led by Max Blair, the opening night winner. Damian Bidwell currently holds second in the standings seven points out of the lead with Darrell Bossard another 13 points back. Matthew Sipes is fourth, three behind Bossard, with former champion Kyle Zimmerman and Sam Pinnacchio tied for fifth another two points behind Sipes.

Veteran Rusted Nutz Auto Repair Outlaw E-Mod campaigner Joel Watson won opening night and holds a 14-point advantage over Michael Altobelli, who has a four-point cushion over third-running Michael McGee. McGee has a five-point spread back to Greg Johnson in fourth with another six points back to Justin Carlson.

Defending RUSH Pro-Mod Champion Dennis Lunger won on opening night and leads the standings over Adam Ashcroft, Justin Carlson, Jason Covey, and Chad Carlson.

Dillon Speer leads the Challengers by 16 points over Holden Heineman, then nine more back to Chris Knisley, and another three points down is Brandon Huffman. Fifth is Dylan Greene, seven markers behind Huffman.

Rain checks from May 26 will be honored for this event. Regular admission pricing is in effect for the week. Gates open at 5 p.m. Grandstands are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and veterans, $8 for students (11-15). Youngsters 10 and under are free. Gates open at 4 p.m. Pit entry is $30 for all ages. Parking and dry camping are free.

Stateline Speedway on Kortwright Road has been in continuous operation since 1956 and is currently owned by Jim and Jean Scott and Dave Turner. Racing is presented every Saturday night during the racing season, this year from April 28 through Sept. 1 plus special events and practices. The 2018 season will conclude on Sept. 3 with an Enduro.