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Hess Jr. Earns 100th Career Win At Stateline

Dave Hess Jr. won the 30-lap UMP Modified Special for his 100th career victory at the New Stateline Speedway in Busti on Saturday. Submitted photo

BUSTI — The New Stateline Speedway was once again blessed by beautiful Western New York late spring weather, as well as consecutive weeks of action-packed racing in all six hosted divisions.

Bud Watson, the previous week’s winner, would lead the first 12 laps of the 30-lap $2,300-to-win UMP Modified Special, until “The Wizard” Dave Hess Jr. would find the ample room needed to take the lead from Watson on lap 13, and go on to his 58th career Stateline UMP Modified feature win, as well as his 100th career overall feature triumph at The New Stateline Speedway. Following the Waterford, Pennsylvania standout across the line would be Kingsville, Ohio’s Bud Watson, Dennis Lunger, Rich Michael Jr. and Wyatt Scott.

Opening-night winner Greg Oakes would motor his way to his second Stateline Speedway Super Late Model feature win of the season. Oakes would take advantage of his outside pole starting position, leading wire to wire in the 25-lap event. Fifth-place starter Darrell Bossard would bring home the bridesmaid spot, Kyle Bedell would nail down his first podium finish of the season, finishing third, as Ryan Scott, and 2023 feature winner Bob Dorman would round out the top five.

Spring Creek, Pennsylvania’s Jason Black would hold off a fierce late race challenge from opening-night winner Tanner Ramsey to pick up his first Stateline Pro Stock feature win of 2024. Black would keep his composure throughout running the bottom of the race track, as Ramsey would use the extreme high side tracking Black down throughout the 15-lap event. Ramsey would have to settle for second, as senior flagman Spanky Hall would waft the checkered flags. John Cline, Matt Sampson and Chris Withers would complete the top five.

David Parker was so close in last week’s action to picking up his first Stateline Speedway RUSH Crate Late Model feature win of the season, but would come up short late in the race. The Sinclairville native would show he was not to be denied on this night, holding off the regional hot shoe Dave Hess Jr., to seal the deal for his first RUSH Crate Late Model win of the season at the Chautauqua County-based speed plant. This would also be Parker’s fourth career feature win at Stateline in the RUSH Crate Late Model class. Hess Jr. would secure second, Jake Wilber in his GRT mount would have another impressive run finishing third, previous-week winner and 12th-place starter Jason Genco was fourth, as multi-class champ Scott Gurdak rounded out the top five.

Zain Harvey has shown he’s the man to beat in the RUSH Pro Mods in 2024. Harvey would outclass the field leading all 20 laps to pick up his second Stateline Speedway RUSH Pro Mod feature victory of the season. Following the Bradford, Pennsylvania wheelman across the stripe would be hall of famer Al Brewer, last week’s winner Josh Wilcox, Vaughn Nystrom and Nick Arnold.

Dan Bittinger would grab the lead on lap 6 in the event that had three lead changes amongst three different drivers to go on to pick up his first Stateline Challenger feature win of 2024. Casey Burch would come home second, 2023 points champ John Mease was third, Domingo Echevarria, after an early race setback was fourth, and heat race winner Holden Heineman was fifth.

UMP MODIFIED SPECIAL (29 Entrants)

Top Qualifier Group 1: Michael McGee 18:273

Top Qualifier Group 2: Rich Michael Jr. 18.265 (overall fastest)

Heat Race Winners: Michael McGee, Dennis Lunger, Bud Watson, Dave Hess Jr.

Consi Winner: Tom Kosinski

30 Lap Feature: 1) Dave Hess Jr. 2) Bud Watson 3) Dennis Lunger 4) Rich Michael Jr. 5) Wyatt Scott 6) Troy Johnson 7) Tim Peterson 8. Butch Southwell 9) CJ Ramsey 10) Andrew Beatman 11) Tim Rockwell 12) Mike Eschrich 13) Tom Kosinski 14) Zach Johnson 15) Mason Lobb 16) Steve Rex 17) Ryan Scott 18. Jay Irwin 19) Michael McGee 20) Jimmy Diabo 21) Greg Johnson 22) Matt Kosinski 23) Chris Deponceau 24) Dave Lanphere

Lap Leaders: B. Watson (1-12), Hess Jr. (13-30)

SUPER LATE MODELS (17 Entrants)

Heat Race Winners: Michael Smith, Kyle Bedell

Feature: 1) Greg Oakes 2) Darrell Bossard 3) Kyle Bedell 4) Ryan Scott 5) Bob Dorman 6) Andy Boozel 7) Kevin Smith 8. Brandon Debrakeleer 9) Garrett Mott 10) Douglas Eck 11) Michael Smith 12) Jason Genco 13) Bump Headman 14) Wes McCray 15) Scott Dellahoy Jr. 16) Anthony Marotto 17) Jason Dobson

Lap Leaders: Oakes (1-25)

PRO STOCKS (18 Entrants)

Heat Race Winners: Jason Black, Chris Withers

Feature: 1) Jason Black 2) Tanner Ramsey 3) John Cline 4) Matt Sampson 5) Chris Withers 6) John Boardman 7) Lane Reinwald 8. Donald Blood 9) Brent Marroto 10) Justin Pratt 11) David Baker Jr. 12) John H Cline 13) Ed Merwick 14) Gary Fisher 15) Andrew Hammond 16) Dustin Gibson 17) Joe Stajnrajh 18. Grant Richard

Lap Leaders: Black (1-15)

RUSH CRATE LATE MODELS (22 Entrants)

Heat Race Winners: Jake Wilber, Khole Wanzer, Dave Hess Jr.,

Feature: 1) David Parker 2) Dave Hess Jr. 3) Jake Wilber 4) Jason Genco 5) Scott Gurdak 6) Randy Hall 7) Robert Rohrer 8. Andy Michael 9) Ward Schell 10) Jacob Tubbs 11) Khole Wanzer 12) Chad Clement 13) DJ Krug 14) Gary Youngs 15) Shawn Little 16) John Haggerty 17) Ray Houser 18. Kassy Norman 19) Steve Houser 20) Rick Karash 21) Tylar Fedorka 22) Drake McCray

Lap Leaders: Parker (1-20)

RUSH PRO MODS (14 Entrants)

Heat Race Winners: Zain Harvey, Vaughn Nystrom

Feature: 1) Zain Harvey 2) Al Brewer 3) Josh Wilcox 4) Vaugn Nystrom 5) Nick Arnold 6) Josh Canfield 7) Bill Silvis 8. Bryson Hill 9) Ryan Sanders 10) Greg Marsh 11) Devin Bliley 12) Tyler Oakes 13) Robert Cettell 14) Tommy Kemp

Lap Leaders: Harvey (1-20)

CHALLENGERS (21 Entrants)

Heat Race Winners: Holden Heineman, Dan Bittinger, Jessica Eck

Feature: 1) Dan Bittinger 2) Casey Burch 3) John Mease 4) Domingo Echevarria 5) Holden Heineman 6) Pete Volpe 7) Billi Jo Huffman 8. Dan Martell 9) Tommy Labarbera 10) Cam Vanhooser 11) Shane Olmstead 12) James Wilburn 13) David Moller 14) Jessica Eck 15) Bryant Gauggel 16) Noah Zimmerman 17) Chelsea Haskins 18. Kayla York 19) Marc Luce 20) Anna Diabo 21) Sean Murphy

Lap Leaders: Echevarria (1-3), Eck (4, 5), Bittinger (6-12)

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