Auto Racing for Kids has successful night at Eriez Speedway! Both Blairs, Watson, McGuire,Schreckengost, and Burch pick up feature wins.
By Jay Pees
Hammett, PA, July 21, 2013: Auto Racers for Kids is an Erie charity benefitting area youth. Every year the group holds a charity racing extravaganza including a Chinese Auction, wood carving demonstration, and other activities plus extra purse money in every class. The evening started with WJET-TV personality Craig Smiley singing our National Anthem and serving as the honorary starter, waving the green to get the evening moving. During the second heat in the Street Stocks Matt Tuzynski got into the front straight wall and flipped several times along the fence, damaging it to the extent repairs were necessary, resulting in an approximate red flag delay of 25 minutes. Tuzynski was uninjured. Robbie Blair got his fifth Eriez Speedway win of the season with his son, the defending champion Max Blair, winning his third feature of the season in the FASTRAK Late Models. E-Mod defending champion Joel Watson went to the winner’s circle for the second time, taking the UEMS A&MP E-Mod feature, Chris McGuire got his first Limited Late Model feature win of the season, Paul Schreckengost got his first Street Stock feature of the year, and Casey Burch collected his fourth feature win of the season. Area kids were also winners as Auto Racing for Kids raised approximately $9000 to be divided among four children’s charities in Erie, including CASA of Erie, Kaleidoscope, Bethesda Trinity Center, and the Safe Haven Child Care Center.
$3000 was the winner’s purse for the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Model feature and seventeen cars started heat races ton et the starting field for the feature with Robbie Blair and Jared Miley starting on the front row. Dave Hess experienced mechanical failure during his heat and was unable to start the main event. Blair, already a four-time winner his season led Miley with John Volpe third through the early laps. At eight laps compete Andy Boozel got next to Volpe for third but Was unable to complete the pass before Chris Peterson experienced mechanical ails and came to a halt on the front straight. The ensuing caution erased Blair’s lead but the “Titusville Terror” quickly established himself as the driver to beat. At the stripe it was Blair by five car-lengths over Pittsburgh’s Jared Miley, defending champion Mike Knight, Andy Boozel, and John Volpe.
The United E-Mod Series made a visit to Eriez Speedway with a full twenty-four car field. Plyler Overhead Door E-Mod champion Joel Watson was on the pole with UEMS A&MP regular Dan Davies outside. Current series points leader Steve Dixon started from the third position, looking for his sixth series win of the season and his second at Eriez. After many caution periods as cars were having trouble negotiating traffic on the hard, slick surface, the second half of the 25-lap affair went smoothly with only one caution, for a spin in turn two with three laps remaining. Joel Watson led the entire distance from the pole with Michael finishing second after starting eighth, Dave Hess third, after starting fourth, Ron Davies fourth, up from eighth, and Mike Smith coming to the line fifth after starting twelfth.
With $1000 up for the winner defending champion Max Blair and Scott Gurdak led the twenty Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Models to the green with third starting Bruce Hordusky diving low in turn two to make it three-wide down the back straight on lap one. Blair was the leader at the end of the first lap and opened a lead sufficient to start lapping cars by lap nine. At eleven complete Breyton Santee looped his mount in turn two for the race’s first caution. After the restart Hordusky came to second but Gurdak was back by him at the end of thirteen laps. At this point two time winner and points’ leader Chad Wright was up to fourth, from seventh at the green. Al Brewer spun coming out of turn two at lap eighteen, bringing caution number two over the field. Restarts within five laps of checkers are single file so it was Blair, Gurdak, Hordusky, Wright, and one-time winner Damien Bidwell bringing the field down for the two-lap dash for the win. In the final run Billy Henry got by Bidwell for fifth but the top four remained the same. It was the third win for Blair, the defending champion.
The Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Models were also racing for $1000 to win with the extra cash being sponsored by B & M Well Drilling and Scott’s Auto Wrecking. Ryan Scott, already a four-time winner brought the field to the green with Chris McGuire, looking for his first of the season, starting outside. At the end of two laps McGuire was leading Scott with reigning champion Steve Kania third. McGuire led the remainder of the all green flag event with second through fifth going to Scott, Kania, Dan Maxim, and Jake Finnerty.
The Eric Walter Tree and Stump Removal Stree Stocks had Paul Schreckengost and Eric Reinwald on the front row for the sixteen car, $500 to win event. Schreckengost led from the green with Reinwald right behind. The race went smooth until lap seven when Ron Johnson spun in turn two. After the restart eighth starting Chris Withers came to third and to second by the end of lap nine. On lap eleven Withers tried for the lead on the outside but slipped way up turn one and lost several car-lengths. Schreckengost then went on to the win over Withers, Reinwald, Mark Ramsey, and Brandon Groters.
Point’s leader Kasey Hammond started the $500 to win Kandy’s Gentleman’s Club Challenger feature from the pole with Stephen Enlow outside. Yellow was shown before the lap was completed. At the end of the first lap of green flag racing it was Casey Burch and Kasey Hammond side by side with Burch gaining the upper hand a lap later. At lap seven four cars were side by side on the front straight with Steve Keith getting sideways on the track. Joe Beach was shown the black flag for his part in the incident. Burch went on to his fourth win of the year over Hammond, Tim Fisher, Travis Darling, and Jason Brightman.
Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models: $3000 to Win
Feature: Robbie Blair, Jared Miley, Mike Knight, Andy Boozel, John Volpe, Scott Gurdak, Boom Briggs, Scott Johnson, Doug Eck, Darrell Bossard, Ron Davies, Chris Hackett, Greg Oakes, Chevy Scott, Chris Peterson, Michael Oakes, Dave Hess (DNS)
Bonnell Collision FASTRAK Crate Late Models: $1000 to Win
Feature: Max Blair, Scott Gurdak, Bruce Hordusky, Chad Wright, Billy Henry, Damien Bidwell, Kyle Zimmerman, Jason Genco, Jamie Brown, Mike Knight, Bob Dorman, Bobby Rohrer, Joey Buccola, Eric Andrus, Breyton Santee, Al Brewer, Kevin Hill, Mark Tatalovic, Skip Jackson, Khole Wanzer
Plyler Overhead Door E-Mods: $1000 to Win UEMS A&MP Electric E-Mods
Feature: Joel Watson, Rich Michael, Dave Hess, Ron Davies, Mike Smith, Steve Dixon, Gary Eicher, Vic Vena, Dan Davies, Randy Hall, Shane Crotty, T J Downes, Steve Simon, Ken Zimmer, Chad Carlson, Al Crocker, Steve Sornberger, Kevin Decker, Jake Eller, Carl McKinney, John Boyd, Kirk Bradley, Mike McGee, Kyle Scott
Conway and O’Malley Limited Late Models: $1000 to Win sponsored by B & M Well Drilling and Chevy Scott of Scott’s Auto Wrecking
Feature: Chris McGuire, Ryan Scott, Steve Kania, Dan Maxim, Jake Finnerty, Tyler Green, Chris Ottaway, Mike Lozowski, John Cline, Wade Watson, Dustin Eckman
Eric Walter’s Tree And Stump Removal Street Stocks: $500 to Win
Feature: Paul Schreckengost, Chris Withers, Eric Reinwald, Mark Ramsey, Brandon Groters, John Phelps, Pat McGuire, Eric Ester, Mark Frontera, Mark Thompson, Gary Fisher, Kenny Lamp, Joe Rohrer, Ron Johnson, Rodney Thoms, Don McGuire, Matt Tuzynski (DNS)
Kandy’s Gentlemen’ Challengers: $500 to Win
Feature: Casey Burch, Tim Fisher, Kasey Hammond, Corry Moore, Jason Brightman, Mike Pohl, Gary Olson, Matt Marcy, Ryan White, Holden Heinemann, Jessee Phelps, Andrew Phelps, Steve Keith, Kevin Covell, Roger Hall, Joe Beach, Kelsey Parker, Drew Panko, Stephen Enlow, Mike Rotunda, Garrett Zimmer, Tom Cupp, Jeff Nunemaker