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Mike Knight is the Dick Litz Memorial Winner at Eriez Speedway!

Mike Knight and fans after winning the Dick Litz Memorial, Knight's second win of the season.

Mike Knight and fans after winning the Dick Litz Memorial, Knight’s second win of the season.

Wright, Watson, Scott, McGuire, and Stull also in Winner’s Circle

By Jay Pees

Hammett, PA, June 2, 2013: Dick Litz was one of the fan favorites at Eriez Speedway from the time the track opened in 1961. Dick competed in the very first event ever held at the track and raced until in his 60. dick holds the distinction of being the oldest man to ever win a Late Model feature at Eriez, in his 60s. Each year the speedway remembers Lotz with a 29 lap even paying $2900 to win. Dick’s number was 29 through most of his career. Mike Knight, Eriez Speedway’s reigning champion, emerged from the 29 lap Memorial for the Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models as the winner. The race ran non-stop from the drop of the green to the 4-checkered flag finish. In other action Chad Wright took over at the front of the pack on lap five of the Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Model feature and never looked back, opening a quarter lap lead at the finish. Defending champion Joel Watson came from third to first on a lap three restart and dominated the rest of the E-Mod feature for his first win of the season at Eriez. Ryan Scott dominated the Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Model finale. Scott led flag to flag in the caution free event. Wes Stull won the Kandy’s Gentleman’s Club finale for the Challengers.

Dave Hess Jr started the annual Dick Litz Memorial from the pole position with Rich Gardner alongside. Both drivers are former champions, as was Litz. At the end of one lap the order was Hess, Gardner, and Mike Knight, the defending track champion. Knight was second after four laps but Gardner was staying alongside in the bottom groove. The order at the front was the same at halfway with last week’s winner Greg Oakes fourth and Chub Frank fifth. Three laps past halfway, Frank moved to fourth. With seven to go Knight was right behind Hess and got by at the start of lap 24. At the checkers it was Knight for the $2900 purse, then Hess, Gardner, Frank, and Oakes. The race ran caution-free.

Chad Wright with his first Eriez feature win of teh season.

Chad Wright with his first Eriez FASTRAK feature win of the season.

Last week’s winner Scott Gurdak started the Bonnell Collision Center FASTRAK Late Model feature from the pole position but it was Bob Dorman leading the first lap. Before lap two could compete Skip Jackson slammed the back straight wall hard coming out of turn two, necessitating the first caution of the event. Jackson retired to the pit. At five laps into the race third-starting Chad Wright took over the lead from Dorman with Gurdak now back to third and Mike Knight fourth. With four laps remaining Wright had a quarter-lap lead over Dorman. On the final lap Gurdak got by Dorman for second. Third was a side by side finish with Mike Knight getting the spot by inches over Dorman. Points leader Billy Henry was fifth at the line.

Defending E-Mod Champion Joel Watson scores his first Eriez Speedway feature win of 2013.

Defending E-Mod Champion Joel Watson scores his first Eriez Speedway feature win of 2013.

Gary Eicher and Chad Carlson, the current points leader, started the Plyler Overhead Door E-Mod feature from the from row with Eicher leading the first lap but Carlson taking over at the end of two. Steve Simon, currently second in points, spun in lap three for caution. At the drop of the green defending champion Joel Watson came from third to the lead by the time the cars were in turn two. At halfway Watson, looking for his first Eriez win of the season, had a half straight lead over Carlson, who spun in turn two of lap eleven, but continued, allowing the race to remain under green. Mike Kinney was now second with week two winner Rich Michael third. At fifteen complete Michael was alongside Kinney and pulled ahead a lap later. When the checkers fell, it was Watson by nearly a quarter lap over Michael and Kinney. Opening night winner Steve Dixon was fourth with Eicher fifth.

Ryan Scott with his third Limited Late Model feature win of the season.

Ryan Scott with his third Limited Late Model feature win of the season.

Ryan Scott, winner the first two weeks and the current points leader, drove to his third win of the season in the Conway & O’Malley Limited Late Model feature, leading from green to checkers in a race that went green for the distance. Following Scott to the line was Chris McGuire, last week’s winner Dustin Eckman, Dan Maxim, and defending champion Steve Kania.

Defending Street Stock Champion Pat McGuire after his first win of the season.

Defending Street Stock Champion Pat McGuire after his first win of the season.

The Eric Walter Tree and Stump Removal Street Stock feature started with a six-car pile-up before the entire field got to the green flag. Guy Adams, Ron Johnson, Art Edwards, Gary Fisher, Shawn Fawcett, and Eric Reinwald were all involved. Fisher, Johnson, and Fawcett were towed from the track but Fisher was able to rejoin the field before the green again flew. Edwards and Adams were also unable to continue. Lamp led the first lap under green but the 2012 champion, Pat McGuire was at the front by the end of lap two. At the halfway point, last week’s winner Chris Withers had moved to second. At ten laps in week two winner Brandon Groters spun while challenging Withers for position. At the green Mark Thompson took over second and with two to go Eric Ester got by Withers for third. At the finish it was McGuire, Thompson, Ester, Greg Fenno, and Don McGuire. Withers, with a tire losing pressure, slipped all the way to sixth at the finish.

Wes Stull with his first Challenger feature win at Eriez.

Wes Stull with his first Challenger feature win at Eriez.

Joe Beach and Wes Stull swapped the lead several times in the opening laps of the Kandy’s Gentleman’s Club Challengers before Stull established himself as the car to beat at lap four. Mike Pohl was second at halfway with last week’s winner Stephen Enlow third. That was the order until the final straight when Beach got back by Enlow. Defending champion Kasey Hammond was fifth.

 

Jay’s Auto Wrecking Super Late Models:

06-02-13-0011640-GKHeat 1: Dave Hess, Greg Oakes, Scott Johnson, Darrell Bossard, Chris Hackett, Damon Haught

06-02-13-0011641-GKHeat 2: Rich Gardner, Mike Knight, Scott Gurdak, Chub Frank, Boom Briggs, Andy Boozel

Feature: Mike Knight, Dave Hess Jr, Rich Gardner, Chub Frank, Greg Oakes, Boom Briggs, Scott Johnson, Darrell Bossard, Andy Boozel, Chris Hackett, Dmon Haught, Scott Gurdak

 

Bonnell Collision FASTRAK Crate Late Models:

06-02-13-0011637-GKHeat 1: Chad Wright, Matt Latta, Mike Knight, Billy Henry, Kyle Zimmerman, Al Brewer

06-02-13-0011638-GKHeat 2: Joe Buccola, Scott Gurdak, Lauren Longbrake, Jamie Brown, Skip Jackson, Dustin Waters

06-02-13-0011639-GKHeat 3: Bobby Rohrer, Bob Dorman, Bruce Hordusky, Jason Reagle, Khole Wanzer

Feature: Chad Wright, Scott Gurdak, Mike Knight, Bob Dorman, Billy Henry, Lauren Longbrake, Bruce Hordusky, Kyle Zimmerman, Matt Latta, Jamie Brown, Jason Reagle, Dustin Waters, Khole Wanzer, Al Brewer, Joe Buccola, Bobby Rohrer, Skip Jackson

 

Plyler Overhead Door E-Mods:

06-02-13-0011642-GKHeat 1: Chad Carlson, Joel Watson, Gary Eicher, Russ Dunn, Steve Simon, Steve Sornberger

06-02-13-0011643-GKHeat 2: Steve Dixon, Rich Michael, John Boyd, Mike Kinney, Shane Crotty, John Schenker

Feature: Joel Watson, Rich Michael, Mike Kinney, Steve Dixon, Gary Eicher, Russ Dunn, Chad Carlson, John Boyd, Shane Crotty, Steve Simon, John Schenker, Steve Sornberger

 

Conway and O’Malley Limited Late Models:

06-02-13-0011644-GKHeat: Jake Finnerty, Ryan Scott, Chris McGuire, Dustin Eckman, Steve Kania, Dan Maxim, John Cline, Mike Lozowski

Feature: Ryan Scott, Chris McGuire, Dustin Eckman, Dan Maxim, Steve ‘Kid’ Kania, Jake Finnerty, Mike Lozowski, John Cline

 

Eric Walter’s Tree And Stump Removal Street Stocks:

06-02-13-0011634-GKHeat 1: Chris Withers, Joe Rohrer, Eric Ester, Mark Thompson, Art Edwards, Greg Fenno, Matt Tuzynski

06-02-13-0011635-GKHeat 2:  Shawn Fawcett, Brandon Groters, John Phelps, Ken Lamp, Elaine Best, Wade Watson,  Gary Fisher

06-02-13-0011636-GKHeat 3: Eric Reinwald, Pat McGuire, Andy Faulhaber, Don McGuire, Kyle Schreckengost, Ron Johnson, Guy Adams

Feature: Pat McGuire, Mark Thompson, Eric Ester, Greg Fenno, Don McGuire, Chris Withers, John Phelps, Brandon Groters, Andy Faulhaber, Eric Reinwald, Kyle Schreckengost, Elaine Best, Matt Tuzynski, Gary Fisher, Ken Lamp, Joe Rohrer, Shawn Fawcett, Art Edwards, Ron Johnson, Guy Adams

 

Kandy’s Gentlemen’ Challengers:

06-02-13-0011645-GKHeat 1: Zach Downes, Tim Fisher, Wes Stull, Kenny Luma, Joe Beach, Todd Hanlon, Eddie Orton, Leo Hanlon, Drew Panko, Gary Olson

06-02-13-0011646-GKHeat 2: Stephen Enlow, Mike Pohl, Kasey Hammond, Jessee Phelps, Jason Brightman, Kelsey Parker, Tom Cupp, Ryan White, Holden Heineman

Feature: Wes Stull, Mike Pohl, Joe Beach, Stephen Enlow, Kasey Hammond, Tim Fisher, Jessee Phelps, Gary Olson, Tom Cupp, Jason Brightman, Todd Hanlon, Kenny Luma, Kelsey Parker, Eddie Orton, Drew Panko, Leo Hanlon, Zach Downes (DNS), Ryan White (DNS), Holden Heinemann (DNS)

 

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