Damian Bidwell wins exciting Bill Law Memorial at Stateline Speedway! Chad Carlson wins ProMod Special!
Busti, PA: Fans we’re treated to two 30-lap RUSH touring events at Stateline Speedway Saturday with the “Bill Law Memorial Race” for the RUSH Crate Late Model Tour and a Touring event for the RUSH ProMods. The featured “Bill Law Memorial” featured a race-long battle between Scott Gurdak and Damian Bidwell with Bidwell squeezing out the win on the final lap taking over at the front for the final time coming out of turn four. The RUSH ProMods also featured a duel between last week’s winner, Chad Carlson and four-time winner and points leader Dennis Lunger with Carlson the winner. In other action John Lobb made his first visit to the Winner’s Circle this season in the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature, Lunger prevailed for his fourth Rusted Nutz Garage E-Mod win of the season, John Boardman won the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, his third win of ’18, and Dylan Greene collected his second Challenger feature win of the year.
Butch Southwell and Dennis Lunger brought the 21 Rusted Nutz Garage Outlaw E-Mods to green with Lunger grabbing the lead at the start but Brian Stino, Dave Lamphere, and Ray Houser got together in turn one, negating the start. On the second attempt to get the race started Mike Eschrich spun into the infield on the back straight with yellow falling at the end of the lap. The third attempt also failed as Clint Brady spun in turn one. Brady spun in the same place on the next attempt. Lunger was the leader when the race finally started in earnest with Randy Hall and Greg Johnson fighting over second, Johnson holding it at five laps. Lunger got to lapped traffic at eight circuits with Johnson, Hall, Southwell, and Ryan Scott filling out the top five. At the halfway point Shawn Shingledecker and Lamphere got together in turn three. Lunger, Johnson, Hall, Southwell, and Scott brought the field back to speed with Scott and Justin Carlson both getting by Southwell. With five laps left Hall was second but Johnson came back to the spot by a nose at four laps remaining. When caution flew at lap seventeen for David Lamphere, stalled in the infield at the track edge, Hall was solidly in second. Lamphere was shown to the pits due to being involved in three cautions. Hall charged back to second at the green but with the white flag flying Johnson was back to second behind Lunger, holding it to the checkers. Hall had to settle for third with Carlson fourth and Scott fifth.
The 30-lap Bill Law Memorial started with a pace lap led by Kyle Murray, Law’s grandson, pacing the field in honor of Law. Prior to racing action in an interview Murray, a two-time winner at another speedway, stated that his Grandfather always took him to races from the “time I was in diapers”, if Grandpa was at a race, I was with him.” Murray’s love for the sport came from Bill Law, honored tonight. After pacing the parade laps Murray started the Memorial eighth but was never a factor at the front, finishing ninth.
For the start of the race it was Damian Bidwell and Jeremy Wonderling. Bidwell took the immediate lead but Scott Gurdak came from row two to lead at the completion of the first go-round. Gurdak proceeded to open a lead over Bidwell, Darrell Bossard, Wonderling, and Adam Ferri. At twelve laps the leaders caught the tail of the field with Andy Boozel coming into the top five. At halfway the order was Gurdak, Bidwell, Bossard, Wonderling, and Boozel. Series points leader Jason Boozel came to fifth at lap sixteen then to fourth a lap later. With eleven laps left caution flew for debris in turn one. The double file restart had leader Gurdak choosing the outside lane. Gurdak led down the front straight but Bidwell was leading out of turn two. Gurdak came back to the lead by the end of the lap. Genco was up to third with ten to go. Gurdak and Bidwell ran side by side for the next four laps. Then, at lap 24, Jeremy Wonderling spun in turn three with William Pinckney sliding hard into the stopped 3J, and Jared Kane spinning up to the wall to avoid contact. Gurdak again chose the high line for the green. Bidwell again led most of the lap but it was Gurdak at the line. Bidwell again led at four laps to go with Genco challenging for second. Cory Lawler spun in turn four with only three to go, again setting up a double file restart. Bidwell chose the inside and led by a half length at the end of 28. With two laps left Chad Schauers slammed the wall coming out of turn two with Bidwell choosing the inside. At the white flag Matthew Sipes spun in turn three, setting up a one lap dash for the win. Bidwell, Gurdak, Genco, Ferri, and Bossard were the top five for the final one lap dash. Bidwell and Gurdak ran together for the final lap with Bidwell edging out Gurdak by 0.107 second at the line. Genco wound up third with Bossard fourth, and Ferri fifth. Law’s grandson, Kyle Murray, congratulated Bidwell in Victory Lane.
Chad Carlson and Scott Gurdak brought the RUSH ProMod field to green with last week’s winner Chad Carlson grabbing the lead at the start and third starting Jason Covey coming to second over Gurdak. Three time early season winner Dennis Lunger came to fourth early from sixth on the grid. Lunger was third at five laps in and got by Covey for second at six laps. In turn three, nine laps in, Greg Johnson made hard contact with Adam Ashcroft with both cars winding up pitside. At green Lunger came around Carlson but Vaughn Nystrom spun coming out of two. Carlson continued to lead after green with Lunger challenging all the way and gaining the lead briefly at lap twelve then falling back to second through fourteen when Damian Bidwell spun in turn two. Carlson started stretching his lead with ten to go but Lunger began again closing the gap with five laps remaining. With two to go Lunger was right behind the leader but Carlson held on for the win, his second in as many weeks. Steve Dixon wound up third with Covey fourth, and Gurdak fifth.
Bump Hedman and Darrell Bossard brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Hedman grabbing the lead at the start and third-starting Chris Hackett coming to second. At two laps complete Bob Dorman got sideways in turn two, with William Pinckney and Rick Tripodi sliding into him. When racing resumed Hackett and John Lobb swapped second for a lap with Hackett holding the spot at the line. Greg Oakes joined the battle for second at seven laps, challenging Lobb while Hackett got next to the leader at lap nine and was in the lead at ten. At halfway Hackett had a two length lead over Hedman with Lobb, Oakes, and Ryan Scott filling out the top five. At seventeen laps Lobb was second and challenging for the lead, which he had at eighteen laps. Scott got by Hedman and was challenging for third with five to go, taking it it at two to go, and was next to Hackett trying for second. At the checkers it was Lobb, Oakes, Scott, Hackett, and Hedman.
Anthony Marotto and Dave Shagla Jr were the front row for the Street Stock feature with Shagla, a former champion, leading most of lap one but joined at the front by Bill Reeves at the line. By three laps Shagla had the lead to himself. At halfway Shagla had a ten length lead over Reeves with Paul Nelson third, John Boardman fourth, and Marotto fifth when caution flew for Joe Stajnrajh, stopped in turn one. At nine laps Dennis Asel was into the top five. At ten laps Boardman was second with Nelson third a lap later. With three to go Boardman was trying to get by Shagla on the outside then switched to the inside a lap later and was leading at at the white flag when Casey Burch came to a stop on the front straight. A separate incident in turn one occurred after the caution. For the final one lap dash for the glory Boardman led Shagla, Reeves, Marotto, Nelson, and Dennis Asel to the green. On the final lap Marotto got to second behind the leader. At the checkers it was Boardman, Marotto, Nelson, Asel, and Shagla.
Joe Karash and Nichole Condron were at the front for the start of the Challenger feature with Condron taking off in the lead. In turn four at the end of the lap Chris Horton, last week’s winner, slammed the wall, ending his bid for a repeat. On the pace lap Rachel Moller slowed to a halt on the back straight. Condron led to turn four of lap two when Holden Heineman took over at the front. Debris in turn one slowed the race at six laps, then under caution Heineman began trailing smoke from the left front tire and headed pitside. John Zeleznick inherited the lead with Condron now second Dylan Greene third, Steve Markham fourth, and Joe Karash fifth. Condron drove back to the lead at seven laps with Zeleznick and Greene both getting by at eight laps and Green narrowly ahead at the line when Condron stopped on the track with a tire down. For the restart with three to go it was Greene, Zeleznick, Knisley, and Terry Feely as the top four. Green went on to the win over Zeleznick, Feely, Knisley, and Jordan Melice.