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Hackett Wins SLM Feature At Eriez

Chris Hackett poses with his car in Victory Lane on Sunday night after winning the Super Late Model feature at Eriez Speedway. Photo by Holly Hackett

By Jay Pees

sports@post-journal.com

HAMMETT, Pa. — Blue skies greeted fans arriving at Eriez Speedway for their third night of racing.

The card of 18 heats and six features provided a solid evening of entertainment for area race fans with Chris Hackett, a former class champion, picking up his first Mill Run Collision Center Super Late Model win of the year; Darrell Bossard getting his first win of the season after an exciting RUSH Late Model duel with Kyle Murray; Joel Watson, a many-time class champion, prevailed in the 20-lap E-Mod finale; and Jimmy Kennerknecht, also a former class champion, winning his first of the year. Nate Young won his first of the season at Eriez, taking the lead a lap past the halfway mark. Dylan Greene won the L & D Tree Service Challenger feature.

Feature racing was opened with the RUSH Late Models running a 20-lap main event. Kyle Murray, grandson of Bill Law, who introduced this area to the concept of “crate” racing, and Matt Sipes led the way. Murray took off to the early lead, but caution slowed the pace when Khole Wanzer spun in turn two of lap two. When the race resumed Breyton Santee was challenging Murray for the top spot with 10th-starting Bossard, Sipes, and Paul Norman right behind.

Santee was challenging for the lead at lap seven when Josh Beckstrom and Brad Stoeger spun in turn one. On the restart Joe Long and Wanzer made contact in turn two, both needing to be towed from the track. At lap nine Billy Henry spun on the back straight while Bossard was challenging for the lead. At the end of the lap Murray was still holding the spot. At the halfway mark it was Murray leading Bossard, Santee, Norman, and Brian Larson. Jacob Peterson came to fifth at lap 11. Yellow again flew for Stoeger when he spun in turn two. He exited the event to the pit. At lap 14 yellow was shown when a fire was reported in the pit area. When racing resumed Murray started increasing his lead, but at lap 17 Bossard was closing again and took the lead by the end of the lap. On the final lap Murray mounted a challenge for the win but came up short. Santee was third, Norman fourth, and Sipes fifth.

Next were the L and D Tree Service Challengers with Chris Horton and Dylan Greene leading the charge to the green. Greene led lap one followed by Horton, Nick Robie, Mitchell Rex, and Lane Reinwald. At three laps, Zack Eller came to third with John Mease coming into fifth at lap five then to fourth at lap seven. Robie was challenging Horton for second at lap 10, but Horton held on. The final order for the top five was Greene, Horton, Mease, Eller, and Wes Stull.

Jimmy Kennerknecht and Bill Applebee brought the Street Stock field to green with Kennerknecht assuming the immediate lead. The former track champion led Curt Bish Jr., Applebee, Joshua Seippel, and Jason Covey after one lap. On lap two, in turn two, Andrew Van Every spun, then in turn four Cameron Nastasi spun. The green flag was withdrawn for debris on the back straight.

Caution again was shown when Kyle Couchenour came to a halt on the back straight. Tom Teed stopped at the pit entrance at lap six, then Bill Applebee exited to the pit, trailing smoke. Reigning champion John Boardman was fourth at the green with Jason Black fifth. Boardman came to second at the green, but yellow was immediately thrown when Luke Rutsky and Gary Fisher spun in turn two. Fisher retired from the event while Rutsky was able to continue. It was now Kennerknecht leading Seippel, Boardman, Black, and Steve Yokum. Black got by Yokum for fourth by halfway. Former champion Chris McGuire came to fifth at lap 11, but at 14 laps had a flat right rear tire. He fell back to ninth at the checkers. Kennerknecht scored the win over Seippel, Boardman, Black, and Yokum.

E-Mods were led to green for their feature by Randy Hall and John Boyd. Third starting Brent Rhebergen took the lead at lap two, over Boyd, Hall, Zach Johnson, and Nate Hartzell. Johnson headed to the infield with apparent mechanical woes at lap three with Mike McGee moving to fourth and Joel Watson to fifth. Brandon Grossman banged the turn one wall on lap eight hard enough that two tow trucks were required to take him to the pit. At nine laps Hall was the leader over Rhebergen, Boyd, Watson, and Brian Ruhlman, visiting from Michigan.

At nine laps Steve Simon slowed and pitted. The halfway order was Hall, Watson, Rhebergen, Ruhlman, and Boyd. At 11, Watson was challenging for the lead, taking it at turn two, but Hall roared back to the front at the end of the lap. His lead was short lived with Watson leading lap 13, then Hall at 14, and Watson again at 15. With five to go it was Watson by a length over Hall, Ruhlman (an Eldora Speedway champion), Rhebergen, and Boyd. At 17 laps McGee spun 360 degrees and tried to keep going, but the car stalled and yellow was shown. He then exited pitside. At the checkers it was Watson over Hall, Ruhlman, Rhebergen, and Kyle Moore.

The headliner Mill Run Collision Center Super Late Models started their 25-lap main event with Brandon Groters and Bump Hedman showing the way to green. Groters led Hedman, Ryan Scott, Wyatt Scott, and Chris Hackett through lap one. Ryan Scott replaced Wyatt Scott for third at lap five when Bob Dorman spun in turn two, then on the green Doug Eck spun in turns one and two. Dave Hess Jr. came to a stop against the turn one wall at lap seven, then two laps later Steve Kania and Eck spun in what was becoming ‘calamity corner,” turn two. Hedman abandoned second and headed to the pit under caution. At halfway it was Groters, Hackett, Wyatt Scott, Mike Knight, and Greg Oakes.

At lap 16, Dorman spun in turn four, then, under yellow, Oakes stopped at turn two. With eight to go Hackett was challenging for the lead, having the spot by a small margin then solidly leading a lap later when Groters, Steve Scaife, and Dorman spun together. Being Dorman’s third caution, he was sent pitside. Under caution, reigning champion Max Blair pitted with body damage to the right rear and a flat right rear tire. At this point it was Hackett leading Wyatt Scott, Knight, Andy Boozel, and Matt Lux. Kyle Scott took over fifth at lap 20. Lux took it back, but Kyle Scott was firmly in the spot at lap 22. At the checkers it was Hackett, Wyatt Scott, Knight, Boozel, and Kyle Scott.

The nightcap was for the Economods with Kyle Adkins and Garrett Calvert bringing the field to green. Calvert led lap one over Adkins, Gary Olson, Matt Alexander, and Tim Stronghart. Yellow flew at the end of the opening lap when Donald May spun in turn one. At the end of two laps Calvert lead a side by side race for second with Olson holding a slight edge over Alexander, Nate Young, and Kyle Layton. At three laps, Olson held second, then Alexander spun in turn two. At the green the field only made it to turn one when Brad Boyd spun. At four laps it was Calvert over fifth-starting Young, Kyle Layton, and Bob Vogt. At five laps the Gary Sullivan and Zack Lenart spun on the front straight. At six laps it was Calvert, Young, Layton, Vogt, and Jason Brightman. Yellow again at lap seven when Brad Boyd spun in three and four. At halfway it was Calvert, Young, Layton, Vogt, and Adkins. With six to go Young got by for the lead, going on to lead by half a straight with three to go. Vogt got to second at 13 laps. At the finish it was Young, Vogt, Calvert, Steve Simon, and Layton as the top five.

Mill Run Collision Center Super Late Models:

Heat 1: Ryan Scott, Wyatt Scott, Doug Eck, Kyle Scott, Matt Lux, Anthony Marotto, Mike Wonderling (DNS), Greg Oakes (Did Not Scale)

Heat 2: Dave Hess Jr, Andy Boozel, Brandon Groters, Jake Finnerty, Steve Scaife Jr, Khole Wanzer, Darrell Bossard, Howard Fraley

Heat 3: Chris Hackett, Bump Hedman, Max Blair, Mike Knight, Steve Kania, Bob Dorman, Dave Lyon

Feature: Chris Hackett, Wyatt Scott, Mike Knight, Andy Boozel, Kyle Scott, Doug Eck, Khole Wanzer, Steve Scaife Jr, Mike Wonderling, Matt Lux, Brandon Groters, Max Blair, Bob Dorman, Greg Oakes, Bump Hedman, Jake Finnerty, Steve Kania, Dave Hess Jr, Anthony Marotto, Ryan Scott, Darrell Bossard, Dave Lyon (DNS), Howard Fraley (DNS)

RUSH Late Models:

Heat 1: Breyton Santee, Brian Larson, Bud Watson, Darrell Bossard, Joe Long, T J Downes

Heat 2: Khole Wanzer, Jacob Peterson, Chad Clement, Scott Dellahoy, Brad Stoeger, Billy Henry

Heat 3: Paul Norman, Matt Sipes, Kyle Murray, David Parker, Brandon Porter, Josh Beckstrom

Feature: Darrell Bossard, Kyle Murray, Breyton Santee, Paul Norman, Matt Sipes, Jacob Peterson, Scott Delahoy, Brian Larson, Brandon Porter, T J Downes, Josh Beckstrom, David Parker, Brad Stoeger, Billy Henry, Bud Watson, Joe Long, Khole Wanzer, Chad Clement

E-Mods:

Heat 1: Zach Johnson, Casey Bowers, Troy Johnson, Brandon Grossman, Joel Watson, Mike McGee, Eric Reinwald (DNS)

Heat 2: Brian Ruhlman, Kyle Moore, John Boyd, Jimmy Diabo, Steve Simon, Gary Eicher, Hunter Hulley (DNS)

Heat 3: Brent Rhebergen, Nate Hartzell, Randy Hall, C J Ramsey, Steve Rex, Dave Lamphere

Feature: Joel Watson, Randy Hall, Brian Ruhlman, Brent Rhebergen, Kyle Moore, John Boyd, Nate Hartzell, Troy Johnson, C J Ramsey, Jimmy Diabo, David Lamphere, Michael McGee, Steve Simon, Gary Eicher, Brandon Grossman, Eric Reinwald, Casey Bowers, Steve Rex, Zach Johnson, Hunter Hulley

Street Stocks:

Heat 1: Douglas Eck, Curt Bish Jr, Jason Covey, Luke Rutsky, Gary Fisher, Cameron Nastasi, Darr Diegelman, Chris Fenno

Heat 2: Josh Seipple, Jason Black, Bill Applebee, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Michael Reed, Tom Reed, Chris McGuire

Heat 3: John Boardman, Steve Yokum, Wesley McCray, Kyle Couchenour, Steve Keith, Andrew Van Everly, Justin Pratt

Feature: Jimmy Kennerknecht, Joshua Seippel, John Boardman, Jason Black, Steve Yokum, Douglas Eck, Wesley McCray, Andrew Van Every, Chris McGuire, Michael Reed, Steve Keith, Justin Pratt, Luke Rutsky, Darr Diegelman, Bill Applebee, Gary Fisher, Tom Teed, Cameron Nastasi, Curt Bish Jr, Jason Covey, Kyle Couchenour, Chris Fenno (DNS)

Economods:

Heat 1: Gary Olson, Kyle Adkins, Cody Stronghart, Tyler Davis, Donald May, Todd Miller, Kevin Vanderhoof

Heat 2: Zack Lenart, Kyle Layton, Garrett Calvert, Bob Vogt, Chris Runyon, Bryon Johnson

Heat 3: Steve Simon, Matt Alexander, Nate Young, Gary Sullivan, Brad Boyd, Jason Brightman (DQ)

Feature: Nate Young, Bob Vogt, Garrett Calvert, Steve Simon, Kyle Layton, Kyle Adkins, Jason Brightman, Cody Stronghart, Tyler Davis, Gary Olson, Todd Miller, Bryon Johnson, Kevin Vanderhoof, Brad Boyd, Zack Lenart, Matt Alexander, Gary Sullivan, Donald May, Chris Runyon

Challengers:

Heat 1: Chris Horton, Lane Reinwald, Jessica Harvey, Zack Eller, Gary Youngs, James Weigle, Corey Mason (DNS)

Heat 2: John Mease, Dylan Greene, Stan Davis, Kevin Covell, Montana Kesserling, Jordan Melice, Dalton Eggleston

Heat 3: Nick Robie, Joe Mason, Mitchell Rex, Wes Stull, Jonathon Seekings, Joe Syzmanski, Aaron Marcy

Feature: Dylan Greene, Chris Horton, John Mease, Zack Eller, Wes Stull, Jessica Harvey, Jonathon Seekings, Jordan Melice, Kevin Covell, Nick Robie, Stan Davies, Joe Syzmanski, Lane Reinwald, Mitchell Rex, Gary Youngs, Montana Kesserling, Dalton Eggleston, Corey Mason (DNS), Aaron Marcy (DNS)

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