Knight, Henry, Dixon, Kania, Phelps and Hammond are opening night winners at Eriez Speedway!

By Jay Pees

Hammett, PA, May 5, 2013: The 2013 racing season finally arrive but the results looked like a continuation of 2012 with three of the six reigning champions getting wins to start the year.Jay’s Auto Wrecking defending champion Mike Knight led every enroute to the win, the sixteenth Eiez triumph of his career. Billy Henry picked up his second career Eriez Speedway Bonnell Collision FASTRAK Late Model feature. Steve Dixon got his first-ever Plyler Overhead Door E-Mod feature win, defending champion Steve Kania started the defense of his Conway & O’Malley Limite Late Model with a win. John Phelps drove into the Winner’s Circle after a wild Eric Walters Tree and Stump Removal Street Stock feature, the second of his career. Kasey Hammond waithed till the last lap, but started her Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club Challenger championship defense with a notch in the win column.

The first feature race of the 2013 season was for the Eric Walters Tree and Stump Removal Street Stocks with Jimmy Kennerknecht and former track champion Greg Fenno sharing the front row. Fenno took off to the immediate lead. After two cautions in the first two laps, Ron Johnson began challenging for the lead at lap four, showing as the leader at lap five, when caution again flew, this time for Jimmy Kennerknecht and Pat McGuire who had spun in turn four. Randy Wyant was sent to the pits for rough driving on his part in the incident. After another yellow flag, Fenno regained the lead from Johnson, who was being challenged by Mark Tompson in his pristine ’57 Chevy. At lap nine the runner up position was in Thompson’s control. a lap later Shawn Fawcett took over third.  Fenno, spun out after a restart, collecting the cars of Shawn Fawcett, Johnson, and Ken Lamp. For the restart at lap ten, the running order was now John Phelps in the lead with Eric Ester, Andy Faulhaber, and Ron Boardman following. The run to the checkers was all Phelps for his second Eriez win over Shawn Fawcett, Greg Fenno, Ron Boardman, and Elaine Best,

The Plyler Overhead Door E-Mods were not able to get through the first two turns before a caution period was needed as Steve Rex spun at the exit of turn two. Then on the second try, Chad Carlson spun coming out of turn two. The third try succeeded in getting one lap into the book, but only one. Steve Dixon was the immediate leader with Ron Davies and Shane Crotty battling for second. By five laps in, Davies had the spot with Rich Michael Jr getting by Crotty a lap later. At the halfway point Michael, who had been using the high line, spun in turn two. With five to go, Dixon had a good-sized lead over Davies but saw it evaporate when Brian Fardink spun in turn three. Dixon drove on to his first E-Mod win at Eriez with Davies second, Michael third, John Boardman fourth, and Chad Carlson fifth.

Chris McGuire and Steve Kania, two second-generation drivers, brought the Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Model field to the green flag. At the end on one green flag lap, Kania, the reigning champion, had a substantial lead over second-running Mike Lozowski. Lozowski spun in turn four at the end of lap three. For the restart it was Kania leading Chris Ottaway and Dustin Eckman to the green. Eckman grabbed second at the restart but Ottaway stayed right with him until Ryan Scott came by at lap eleven. Coming to the stripe at lap 13 Kania suddenly lost power and headed to the infield, turning the lead over to Eckman. One lap later Scott was showing the way. Scott went on to the win over Eckman, Ottaway, Dan Maxim, and Chris McGuire.

Billy Henry led from the start on the Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Models but Rob Bates spun in turn four to halt the event after one lap. After yellow had been show, the cars of Max Blair, Adam Sixt, and Jamie Brown tangled in turn one. They were restored to their running order due to the caution already being out. Sixt had enough damage that he went out of the event. The race ran green until the halfway point with Henry leading Scott Gurdak and Matt Latta with Max Blair fourth.  At the Haley point Khole Wanzer spun in turn four right in front of the leader but they managed to avoid contact. At lap thirteen Kyle Zimmerman’s engine exploded coming down the front straight. Zimmerman spun in the oil and wound up in the infield, clipping Jamie Brown on the way.  After green, Matt Latta appropriated second from Gurdak. With two to go Blair was alongside Gurdak. Henry went on to the win with Latta second, Gurdak holding on for third, Blair fourth, and Jamie Brown fifth.

Mike Knight, the defending champion, wasted no time getting to the lead in the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Model feature with Ron Davies second and pole-sitter Chris Hackett third.  The front three remained the same through to the finish in the all-green 25 lap event. Following the top three were Dave Hess Jr and Rich Gardner, who completed the pass at the checkers.

The Kandy’s Dinner Theater Challengers had Jason Brightman leading the early stages with Tim Fisher and Kasey Hammond challenging every lap. Hammond came to second at lap 9 and took over at the front on the backstretch of the final lap. Brightman wound up second with Fisher settling for third.


Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models:

Heat 1: Ron Davies, Mike Knight, Chris Hackett, Dave Hess, Rich Gardner, Andy Boozel

Heat 2: Rob Blair, Darrell Bossard, Scott Gurdak, Greg Oakes, Chub Frank

Feature: Mike Knight, Ron Davies, Chris Hackett, Dave Hess Jr, Rich Gardner, Darrell Bossard, Rob Blair, Scott Gurdak, Greg Oakes, Chub Frank, Andy Boozel


Bonnell Collision FASTRAK Crate Late Models:

Heat 1: Billy Henry, Scott Gurdak, Adam Sixt, Kyle Zimmerman, Jamie Brown, Ryan Scott, Colton Flinner, Bruce Hordusky,

Heat 2: Max Blair, Matt Latta, Dennis Lunger, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, Joe Buccola, Al Brewer, Rob Bates, Khole Wanzer

Feature: Billy Henry, Matt Latta, Scott Gurdak, Max Blair, Jamie Brown, Chad Wright, Dustin Eckman, Colton Flinner, Bobby Rohrer, Joe Buccola, Ryan Scott, Khole Wanzer, Al Brewer, Kyle Zimmerman, Rob Bates, Adam Sixt


Plyler Overhead Door E-Mods:

Heat 1: Shane Crotty, Steve Dixon, Joel Watson, John Boardman, Steve Sornbger, Steve Simon, John Schenker, Jake Eller

Heat 2: Ron Davies, Rich Michael, Gary Eicher, John Boyd, Brian Fardink, Steve Rex, Steve Rex, Chad Carlson, Kevin Peru

Feature: Steve Dixon, Ron Davies, Rich Michael Jr, John Boardman, Chad Carlson, Steve Simon, Brian Fardink, John Boardman, Kevin Peru, Joel Watson, Shane Crotty, Gary Eicher, Steve Sornberger, Steve Rex, Jake Eller, John Boyd


Conway and O’Malley Limited Late Models:

Heat 1: Tyler Green, Chris McGuire, Mike Lozowski, John Cline, Stan Davis

Heat 2: Steve Kania, Dan Maxim, Ryan Scott, Chris Ottaway, Jake Finnerty

Feature: Ryan Scott, Dustin Eckman, Chria Ottaway, Dan Maxim, Chris McGuire, John Cline, Stan Davis, Mike Lozowski, Steve Kania, Jake Finnerty, Tyler Green


Walter’s Tree Tree and Stump Removal Street Stocks:

Heat 1:  Mark Thompson, Greg Fenno, Ron Johnson, Ken Lamp Jr, Andy Faulhaber, Eric Ester, Mark Frontera

Heat 2: Gary Fisher, Shawn Fawcett, Eric Reinwald, Pat McGuire, Joe Rohrer, Ron Boardman, Pail Schreckengost

Heat 3: Chris Withers, Randy Wyant, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Elaine Best, Chris Withers, Don McGuire, Matt Tuzynski

Feature: John Phelps Jr, Shawn Fawcett, Greg Fenno, Ron Boardman, Elaine Best, Eric Ester, Andy Faulhaber, Ken Lamp Jr, Mark Thompson, Ron Johnson, Gary Fisher, Matt Tuzynski, Eric Reinwald, Chris Withers, Don McGuire, Randy Wyant, Pat McGuire, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Joe Rohrer, Paul Schreckengost, Mark Frontera


Kandy’s Dinner Theater Challengers:

Heat 1: 18 Geoff Maloney, 16 Jason Brightman, 99 Eddie Orton, 11 Kasey Hammond, 10 Jeff Nunemaker, 64 Tim Fisher, 98 Tom Cupp, 5 Ryan White, 23 Gary Olsen, 88 Matt Wolf, 84 Drew Panko, 25 Mike Pohl

Heat 2: 55 Casey Burch, 48 Zach Downes, 1 Matt Marcy, 7 Todd Hanlon, 63 Wesley Stull, 72 Preston Matve, 5 Leo Hanlon, 04 Kelsey Parker, 61 Keith Hall, 31 Stephen Enlow, 27 Chad Fletcher, 14 Justin Boardman (DNS)

Feature: Kasey Hammond, Jason Brightman, Tim Fisher, Wesley Stull, Casey Burch, Jeff Nunemaker, Eddie Orton, Matt Marcy, Stephen Enlow, Tom Cupp, Gary Olsen, Kelsey Parker, Leo Hanlon, Mike Pohl, Preston Matve, Matt Tuzynski, Drew Panko, Geoff Maloney, Chad Fletcher, Todd Hanlon, Zach Downes (DNS), Matt Wolf (DNS), Justin Boardman (DNS)