Dan Maxim wins Bob Vogt Memorial at Eriez Speedway with thrilling last turn pass!
By Jay Pees
Hammett, PA, August 4, 2013: Eriez Speedway remembered Bob Vogt Sr with the annual Memorial Race in his honor. Vogt was a standout Super Late Model, Limited Late Model, and Cadet class racer, winning 176 features and several Limited Late Model Championships here at Eriez and also Sharon Speedway, Raceway 7, and Tri-City Speedway. Bob became I’ll and passed away in December 2003. The evening was cool but the action on the track was some of the hottest of the season.
The Bob Vogt Memorial started with Alexis Vogt, Bob’s Granddaughter, and Jackie Vogt, Bob’s wife, on the starter’s stand with Lexie dropping the green to get the twenty-five lap event for the Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Models underway. Jake Finnerty and Dan Maxim completed lap one side by side with Finnerty in sole possession of the lead at the end of two, when point’s leader and four-time winner Ryan Scott spun his machine in turn two. Finnerty, still a teenager, maintained a slim lead until lap seven when Maxim was able to draw alongside but unable to complete the pass. Finnerty pulled out to the lead again by lap eleven and had a three car-length lead at the halfway point. The leaders had a near quarter-lap lead over third-running Steve Kania at this point. With five to go Maxim was again alongside but Finnerty again pulled away with two laps remaining. On the final lap heading into turn three Maxim dived low as Finnerty bobbled enough to allow the veteran Maxim to compete the pass with one quarter lap remaining.
Greg Oakes and Andy Boozel led the eighteen Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models to Spanky Hall’s green flags. After two first lap cautions Oakes led the first lap by half a car-length over Boozel while in turn four Doug Eck and Matt Lux got together with the end result that Lux spun and Eck was sent to the pits for his part in it. After discussion with Lux, it was agreed that the cars had been hooked together and Eck was deemed not at fault and therefore allowed to continue. After a lap of green flag racing fifth starting Robbie Blair came by the leaders, leading lap three. Boozel and Mike Knight were second and third by the end of five laps but Blair was enroute to his fifth consecutive win and seventh overall at Eriez. Boozel and Knight raced side by side with Knight getting by for second at lap twelve. With fourteen complete Boom Briggs got by Boozel for third. Using the extreme high side Knight was able to drive up next to Blair in turn three but was unable to gain the advantage. With five laps to go Blair was again opening his lead while Briggs and Boozel were swapping third. Blair won with a margin of four car-lengths over Knight, Briggs, and Boozel. Pole-sitter Oakes was fifth at the checkers.
Mike Mitchell and Bobby Rohrer brought the 20-car Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Model field to the green, which was replaced before the end of the lap with yellow after a four-car pileup in turn three triggered when Joey Buccola got sideways. Breyton Santee spun his mount in turn two of the next attempt to get the event started, collecting another four cars. On the third try a full lap was compete before Khole Wanzer and Al Brewer got together in turn two. At lap five caution again flew when Kevin Hill and Breyton Santee mixed it up in turn two. Max Blair and Chad Wright were marching to the front at this point with Wright up to fifth from twelfth and Blair sixth after starting tenth. Mitchell was opening a lead at halfway with Kyle Zimmerman and Bobby Rohrer fighting for second while Wright and Blair were fighting for fourth. Blair assumed fourth a lap later with Zimmerman running second. With five remaining lapped traffic came into play allowing Blair to get by Rohrer. With three left Al Brewer slapped the retaining wall out of turn four, again slowing the race. On lap nineteen Blair came by Zimmerman for second but Mitchell, the rising star from Saegertown, PA, held on for his first FASTRAK Late Model weekly win. Blair was second with Zimmerman third, Rohrer fourth, and Wright fifth.
The Plyler Overhead Door EMods started twenty cars for twenty laps with a complete restart necessary as Dave Lamphere spun in turn one on the original start. On the next try Butch Southwell spun into the infield collecting Kyle Scott in the process. Pole-sitter Steve Simon led Mike Smith on the first two aborted attempts but Smith was ahead when lap one was finally completed. At the end of three laps Bud Watson was showing the way with point’s leader Rich Michael right behind, looking for his sixth of the season and his fourth in as many days. Michael was in the lead at the end of five with John Boardman third. One lap past halfway Gary Eicher and Darren Tarabori came together in turn four, slowing the field and putting Bud Watson and Boardman right on the leader’s tail. Boardman immediately came to second with Joel Watson third at the end of twelve. Caution again was shown at 14 laps. Shane Crotty got to third a lap after green was again shown. With two to go Joel Watson was again alongside Crotty and then got by Boardman at the white flag when yet another caution was thrown, this time for Cubby Haupt, who had spun in turn four. The final lap was Michael, Joel Watson, Boardman, Bud Watson, and Steve Simon. Crotty apparently lost power at the final restart and pull to the pit, not finishing.
The Eric Walter Tree and Stump Removal Street Stock feature started seventeen cars with Paul Schreckengost and Mark Ramsey leading the way. After a first lap caution for the stalled car of Andy Faulhaber, a lap two caution when Mark Thompson spun, then another in lap three when Gary Fisher spun, Schreckengost led the way over points leader John Phelps and Mark Ramsey. Brandon Groters looped his mount on lap seven directly in front of defending champion Pat McGuire and Eric Reinwald, both of whom managed to avoid contact. All three were able to continue. By halfway Don McGuire had moved to third. With five remaining McGuire was second when caution again flew, again for Groters, who had spun in turn four. Another spin, this time by Reinwald, slowed the field before another lap could complete. At lap thirteen Shawn Fawcett, Ron Johnson, Eric Ester, and Brandon Groters tangled in turn two. The final three laps ran smooth with Schreckengost getting his second win of the season over Phelps, Don McGuire, Ramsey, and Ken Lamp.
The Kandy’s Gentleman’s Club Challengers had Mike Pohl leading from the pole position. Pohl led despite strong challenges from Don Hebner and Joe Beach through the halfway point when Holden Heinemann spun in turn two, putting the field under caution. On the double-file restart Hebner, a former champion, came to the lead with Pohl and Beach fighting for second. Beach won the battle, finishing second over Pohl with Stephen Enlow fourth and Tim Fisher fifth.
Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models:
Feature: Rob Blair, Mike Knight, Boom Briggs, Andy Boozel, Greg Oakes, Chris Hackett, Matt Lux, Darrell Bossard, John Volpe, Doug Eck, Scott Gurdak, Chevy Scott, Rich Gardner, Chris Peterson, Scott Johnson, Michael Oakes, Damon Haught, Chuck Parker
Bonnell Collision FASTRAK Crate Late Models:
Feature: Mike Mitchell, Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, Scott Gurdak, Billy Henry, Bob Dorman, Jamie Brown, Dennis Lunger, Mike Knight, Zack Carley, Joey Buccola, Eric Andrus, Breyton Santee, Tony Mariano, Kevin Hill, Bruce Hordusky, Al Brewer, Khole Wanzer
Plyler Overhead Door E-Mods:
Feature: Rich Michael, Joel Watson, John Boardman, Bud Watson, Steve Simon, Mike Smith, Butch Southwell, Brian Fardink, Kyle Scott, Steve Sornberger, John Boyd, Gary Eicher, John Schenker, Cubby Haupt, Shane Crotty, Darren Tarabori, Dave Lamphere, Jake Eller, Tony Maratto, Newt Tackett
Conway and O’Malley Limited Late Models:
Feature: Dan Maxim, Jake Finnerty, Steve Kania, Chris McGuire, Tyler Green, Ryan Scott, Chris Ottaway, Nate Short, Dustin Eckman, Wade Watson, Bobby Vogt Jr, Mike Lozowski
Eric Walter Tree And Stump Removal Street Stocks:
Feature: Paul Schreckengost, John Phelps, Don McGuire, Mark Ramsey, Kenny Lamp, Pat McGuire, Greg Fenno, Joe Rohrer, Mark Thompson, Eric Reinwald, Shawn Fawcett, Ron Johnson, Matt Tuzynski, Eric Ester, Brandon Groters, Gary Fisher, Andy Faulhaber
Kandy’s Gentlemen’ Challengers:
Feature: Don Hebner, Joe Beach, Mike Pohl, Stephen Enlow, Tim Fisher, Jason Brightman, Kasey Hammond, Wes Stull, Tom Cupp, Kevin Covell, Gary Olson, Holden Heinemann, Kelsey Parker, Adam Rettger, Steve Morse, Chris Irwin (DNS), Matt Marcy (DNS)