Michael Wins E-Mod Special: Barton Closes In On Schnars

BUSTI- Rain was reported all around Stateline Speedway on Saturday night, but just a light sprinkle occurred before the qualifying heats were run.

The Community Bank E-Mod Special was the featured event and there were 26 E-Mods on hand to collect. Rich Michael Sr. stated fourth and charged to the front passing early leader Alex Froman on lap five of the 25-lap event for the win, his third of the season.

Dick Barton led from the initial green to win his 78th Super Late Model feature at Stateline and is now just one behind all-time victory leader Bobby Schnars.

The win also helped Barton extend his Super Late Model point lead. Barton has been the Stateline Point Champion nine times,

Mark Ramsey visited the Street Stock victory lane winning the feature from his fourth starting spot. Ramsey took control with five laps remaining while Michael Kosinski took the Super Sportsman lead on lap two beating the previous feature winner, Jim Kibbe, to the line. Kosinski went on to win the event for his second win of the season.

Jasen Genco led every lap for his second Crate Late Model win, outrunning point leader Damian Bidwell.

A lap car ended the fight for the Limited Late Model win as early leader Nathan Short and runner-up point leader Ryan Scott tangled with the lap car ending their race for the win setting Steve Kania up for his third victory.

Travis Darling, Casey Burch and Coty Schauers were three wide at the line with two laps remaining in the Super Challenger feature and Darling came out on top for his second win.

Froman started on the Community Bank E-Mod Special pole and led the first circuit. Michael started fourth and was second on lap three followed by Butch Southwell. Michael continued his charge taking the lead on lap five. Darren Tarabori, Ron Seeley and Dan Sasso tangled on lap six for the first yellow.

Michael began to build a lead after the restart, but then a second yellow collected Brian Wilson, Leonard Enos and T.J. Downs. Seven laps were complete and Michael was the leader followed by Froman, Nathan Hill, Butch Southwell and Dan Davies.

David Scott joined the top five on lap nine as Davies slipped to sixth. The third yellow appeared after Wilson’s car erupted in steam. At the halfway mark, Michael’s had a 10 carlength advantage over Froman and Butch Southwell trailed Froman my eight carlengths.

Chad Carlson lost the handle with 19 laps down for yellow No. 4 and six laps remained for Michael. As the starter showed the two-laps-to-go sign, Justin Chaddock spun for yellow No. 5. No one could catch Michael over the final two laps giving him the win his third of the season.

Barton was the early Super Late Model leader taking full advantage of his front row starting spot. David Scott was second followed by Scott Gurdak, Andy Boozel and Chris Hackett. The first 10 laps were all green and Barton was in cruise mode extending his lead on every lap. Scott running second was also all alone with nearly a half-lap lead on the rest of the field. The battle was for third between Gurdak and Boozel.

The lap car of Doug Eck slowed the leader momentarily, but Scott was unable to take advantage. Barton caught the tail end of the field with two laps to go, but his commanding lead let him cruise to his 78th Super Late Model feature win.

On the initial lap of the Street Stock feature, Nick Reale found the turn-one wall causing a complete restart. Gary Fisher and Jason Covey were on the front row with point leader Brian Crandall third and Mark Ramsey fourth. Fisher led by a bumper on the first green circuit and then it was Covey by a nose as the yellow flew for Victor Earle, Earl Harvey and Dennis Asel.

Covey was out in front on the restart with Fisher second, Crandall third and Ramsey fourth. With five laps completed Ramsey was third with Crandall fourth and the leaders were entering lap traffic.

A third yellow appeared with seven laps complete for Paul Nelson and Todd Bacon. Covey controlled the restart and one lap was completed before the fourth yellow appeared for Elaine Best who was stopped sideways in turn three.

Covey led on the restart, but Ramsey moved along side and led lap 10 just before yellow No. 5 Covey lost second to Fisher and with two laps remaining yellow No. 6 occurred.

The leaders for the restart were Ramsey, Fisher, Covey, Mark Thompson and Richard Wojtowicz and Ramsey held on the win his first of the season.

Kibbe was on the pole for the Super Sportsman feature, but second-starting Michael Kosinski took the lead from Kibbe on lap two. At the end of five laps, Kosinski was out in front by 10 car lengths with Kibbe second and Ron Burgun a distant third. Lap traffic became an issue on lap eight allowing Kibbe to close with Kosinski.

With two to go the first yellow of the race occurred when Alan Yarbrough stopped facing the wrong way in turn four. Kosinski handled the Kibbe challenge on the restart winning the race by two car lengths for his second win of the season.

Jason Genco was on the pole for the Crate Late Feature and led the first two laps before yellow flew for Garret Stephen, who was stopped against the concrete in the exit of turn two. Scott Gurdak was second with Cody Mason third and point leader Damian Bidwell fourth.

By lap six, Bidwell was third and Joe Buccola fourth. Dave Shagla stopped up against the turn-two wall causing caution No. 2 with 15 laps complete. Genco was still the leader with Bidwell second and Gurdak alongside.

Gurdak lost two spots on the restart letting Buccola and Mason by and Genco won pulling away for his second win in 2013.

Nathan Short brought the Limited Late Model field around and became the race leader. Steve Kania was second with point leader Ryan Scott third. Scott grabbed the runner-up spot just before the yellow flew for Wade Watson stopped in turn four.

Hall waived off the first attempted restart and accepted the second. Jake Finnerty spun on the restart collecting Bill Reeves for yellow No. 2. Kania and Scott were side by side on lap eight for second with Scott coming out on top for the spot one lap later. Short was five carlengths ahead of Scott. Scott was able to slowly close with Short and was just a carlength behind with five laps remaining.

Lap traffic changed the race as the white flew, Short and Scott both tried to pass the lap car of Wade Watson causing all three to make contact taking out Scott and Short for caution No. 3. Kania was the benefactor assuming the lead with Steve Moynihan second. Kania led the final circuit for his fourth win of the season.

Schauers led the early laps of the Super Challenger feature and with two laps to go Casey Burch, the point leader, and Travis Darling were three wide with Schauers at the line. The yellow flew setting up a two lap dash for the win with Darling beating Burch to the finish by a car length.

Super Late Model

Heat 1: Dick Barton Ashville, Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Andy Boozel Clymer, Chris Hackett Jamestown, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove, Pa.

Heat 2: Dave Scott Garland, Pa., Ron Davies Warren, Pa., Dutch Davies Warren, Pa., John Volpe Lakewood, Randy Lobb Jamestown

Feature: Dick Barton Ashville, Dave Scott Garland, Pa., Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Andy Boozel Clymer, Bump Hedman Sugar Grove, Pa., Darrell Bossard Centerville, Pa., Dutch Davies Warren, Pa., Chris Hackett Jamestown, Randy Lobb Jamestown, John Volpe Lakewood, Doug Eck Corry, Pa., Ron Davies Warren PA

E-Mod

Heat 1: Alex Froman Panama, Rich Michael Sr. Ischua, Mike Smith Arkport, Michael McGee Mayville, TJ Downs Albion NY

Heat 2: Butch Southwell Warren, Pa., Nathan Hill East Otto, Leonard Enos Russell, Pa., Tom Hagberg Warren, Pa., Tony Marotto Ashville

Heat 3: Dan Davies Warren, Pa., Scooter Pangrazio Batavia, David Scott, Greg Johnson Busti, Chad Carlson Lakewood

Feature: Rich Michael Sr. Ischua, Alex Froman Panama, Butch Southwell Warren, Pa., Nathan Hill East Otto, Greg Johnson Busti, David Scott Garland, Pa.,, John Boyd Waterford, Pa., Michael McGee Mayville, Dan Davies Warren, Pa., Mike Smith Arkport

Limited Late Models

Heat 1: Nathan Short Panama, Steve Kania Waterford, Pa., Jake Finnerty Panama, Chad Schauers Frewsburg, Mike Moore Russell, Pa.

Heat 2: Steve Moynihan Jamestown, Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Bill Reeves Celoron, John Cline Jr. Kennedy, Tyler Green Corry, Pa.

Feature: Steve Kania Waterford, Pa., Steve Moynihan Jamestown, John Cline Jr. Kennedy, Jake Finnerty Panama, Tyler Green Corry, Pa., Mike Moore Russell, Pa., Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Bill Reeves Celoron, Wade Watson, Nathan Short Panama

Super Sportsman

Heat 1: Michael Kosinski Ashville, Don McGuire Harborcreek, Pa., Brent Crandall North East, Pa., Matt Kosinski Lakewood, Norm Kloszewski Erie, pa.

Heat 2: Jim Kibbe Clymer, Ron Burgun Brocton, Mike Murray Erie, Pa., Alan Yarbrough Jamestown, Tom Kosinski Lakewood

Feature: Michael Kosinski Ashville, Jim Kibbe Clymer, Dan Nocero Jr. Jamestown, Ron Burgun Brocton, Don McGuire Harborcreek PA , Brent Crandall North East, Pa., Mike Murray Erie, Pa., Matt Kosinski Lakewood, Alan Yarbrough Jamestown, Kendelle Kosinski Ashville

Street Stock

Heat 1: Jason Covey Clymer, Brian Crandall Stockton, Richard Wojtowicz Limestone, Mark Thompson North East, Pa., Dennis Asel Kane, Pa.

Heat 2: Gary Fisher North East, Pa., Mark Ramsey Sherman, Pat Fielding Titusville, Pa., Eric Harvey Jamestown, Victor Earle Jr. Gifford, Pa.

Feature: Mark Ramsey Sherman, Gary Fisher North East, Pa., Jason Covey Clymer, Mark Thompson North East, Pa., Richard Wojtowicz Limestone, Brian Crandall Stockton, Pat Fielding Titusville, Pa., Rodney Tomes Sherman, John Britt Dunkirk NY , Guy Adams Ashville

Super Challenger

Feature: Travis Darling Jamestown, Casey Burch Kennedy, Greg Marsh Jamestown, Coty Schauers Frewsburg, Aaron Liberati Jamestown, Kevin Covell Sugar Grove, Pa., Kenneth Hultin Panama, John Kent Ashville, Preston Matve Celoron, Will Glover Jamestown

Crate Late Model

Heat 1: Cody Mason Eldred, Pa., Bob Dorman Stockton, Doug Ricotta Warsaw, Scott Fitch Ridgeway, Pa., Mark Tatalovic Guysville, Pa.

Heat 2: Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Damian Bidwell Eldred, Pa., Zack Carley Freedom, Nicholas Mohawk Irving, Ed Coast

Heat 3: Jason Genco Frewsburg, Joe Buccola Falconer, Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Justin Smith Smethport, Pa., Dave Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove, Pa.

Feature: Jason Genco Frewsburg, Damian Bidwell Eldred, Pa., Joe Buccola Falconer, Cody Mason Eldred, Pa., Scott Gurdak Bear Lake, Pa., Zack Carley Freedom, Justin Smith Smethport, Pa., Ryan Scott Garland, Pa., Bob Dorman Stockton, Matt Harvey Jamestown, Nicholas Mohawk Irving, Mark Tatalovic Guysville, Pa., Kevin Hill Gowanda, Skip Jackson Jamestown, Ed Coast, Dave Shagla Jr. Sugar Grove, Pa., Scott Fitch Ridgeway, Pa., Tony Mariano Windsor ON, Doug Ricotta Warsaw, Garret Stephen Williamsville