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Stateline signs 3-yr contract for RUSH LM & Pro Mods; 1st ever LM Tour 5/20

March 19th, 2017

(Busti, NY)…The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance is proud to announce that not only will the RUSH Late Models and Pro Mods will be returning under the Weekly Series banner at Stateline Speedway on Saturday nights in 2017, but have also signed a three-year contract for both divisions! The Scott and Horner Families are set to begin their second full season of track ownership beginning on April 8, and have also scheduled a first ever Sweeney Tour event for the Late Models on Saturday, May 20.

The 2017 season will mark the third under the RUSH banner for Stateline. Bill Catania operated a partial season in 2015 featuring the RUSH Late Models for the first time ever before the Scott Family and partner Brian Horner took over later that season and ran two events. Last year’s first full season of RUSH Late Model competition at Stateline saw eight different drivers capture wins.

For the first time in the history of Stateline and since Crate Late Models were introduced to the Northeast in 2007, the Busti, New York oval will host a Touring Series events. On Saturday, May 20, Stateline will hold the “Bill Law Memorial”- a $2,000 to-win Sweeney Marquee Tour event. Law was the first person in the Northeast
to have a Crate Late Model even before the division was formed. Law was a big supporter of the concept and fielded cars for numerous drivers over the years including Jim and Jean Scott’s grandson Kyle Scott. Law was a great supporter of his grandson Kyle Murray’s go-kart efforts, who will now debut in the RUSH Late Model class
in 2017.

In 2016, the new Sweeney RUSH Pro Mod division was brought on featuring GM 604 or 602 crate engines in E-Mod type cars on the $135 sealed, spec Bilstein Shocks and the RUSH 91 pump gas. The Pro Mod division is expected to have substantial growth in 2017 with several new drivers participating including some well-known veterans.
The division also got a boost when nearby Bradford Speedway added the class weekly on Sunday nights along with special events at McKean County Raceway in 2017. The second annual “Manufacturers Night” presented by MSD Performance will be held at Stateline on Saturday, July 29.

“We cannot thank the Scott Family enough for their support of RUSH,” stated Director Vicki Emig. “They were good enough to sanction their last two Late Model events in 2015 with us, and we were appreciative they not only brought on the Late Models with us in 2016, but helped us form and develop the Pro Mods, which is really taking off now. We were thrilled last week when we got the call they were signing a three-year contract for both classes and also wanted to make their Bill Law Memorial a Sweeney Marquee Tour event. Bill was a pioneer in the development of Crate Late Model racing in the Northeast and continually promoted the concept from the very beginning.

I can’t imagine how proud Bill would be to know his grandson Kyle will be joining the division in 2017 and carry on his legacy. In the spring of 1956, five young Sugar Grove, Pa. natives (Leonard Briggs, Lloyd
Williams, Don Frank, Jerry Frank, and Marv Thorpe) drove through the night to New York City to complete a deal to purchase 77 acres of land. They told the seller they wanted to “cut some fence posts”. The selling price was reputed to be $1,200. The trees on the land were indeed felled and fence posts were indeed cut, albeit
in the form of guardrail posts and light poles!

By early July, the five had a 1/3-mile clay oval formed. The track featured 400′ straightaways with 125′ radius turns at each end. Bleachers were constructed on both sides of the speedway, only three rows high on the “New York” side and all but the center section on the Pennsylvania side. The center section was five rows
with a “judge’s stand”, a 10′ square platform built behind it. The “judge’s stand” was open to the elements, a very real problem with weather.

The track took its name from the proximity of the New York/Pennsylvania state line, located one-half mile south of the track. In the beginning a rumor had it that the track was bisected lengthwise by the state line, a rumor put to good use for crowd control by the speedway. Beer was sold only on the “New York” side of the
track and a fence was placed in the walkway to the New York grandstands. In order to gain entrance to the New York side, a fan had to prove he/she was 18, the age required to purchase beer at that time.

Late Models were the only class in the beginning and have been the featured class throughout the track’s history. A “Novice” class was tried in 1960 without success but a six-cylinder “Sportsmen” pre-war coupe class was added in 1962 as a result of a series of special 100-lap ‘jalopy’ races starting in 1957. “Hooligans” were added in 1968 with the “Spectator” class added in 1975. The Sportsman coupes were dropped in 1985 when Francis and Lynn Seamens took over from the original owners. Limited Late Models were added in ’85, then the unique rear engine V-6 Sportsmen in 1997. E-Mods were added by 2000. Front wheel drive compacts came along in the early 2000s. Crate Late Models, unsanctioned, were run in a special in 2010 then added to the weekly card in 2011. Of the original owners, only Jerry Frank and Thorpe are still living. Both Seamens have passed away, Lynn in 2006 and Franny in 2010. The track was them operated by Seamen’s second wife, Jenifer, who leased the track to Bill and Lynne Catania in 2014. They operated the speedway until current owners Jim and Jean Scott and Brian Horner purchased it in the summer of 2015.

In 2015, Catania added RUSH sanctioning to the class, giving added importance to the class at the now 61-year old facility. When the Scotts and Horner purchased the speedway, it was continued, offering extra incentives for local competitors, extra prestige in belonging to the largest regional sanctioning body for the class, and more fan appeal with some of the top drivers in the class towing great distances to compete. The opportunity to win thousands of dollars through the Series’ various point funds in addition to thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes on the annual Manufacturers Night is an added draw for competitors. The Scott and Horner Families then of course brought on the Pro Mods last season under RUSH. Of the RUSH sanctioning the track owners stated, “Racing needs rules and regulations. RUSH brings these rules and regulations. With Crates Late Models, they can have the latest up dated chassis and suspension, but they all have the same engines and tires. This puts the success in the driver’s hands. With the rules being standard, drivers can race at any track and know they are legal. With equal drivers and rules, this can make for great racing, and competition brings excitement! Right now small dirt tracks need competition, great racing, and excitement.”

The future of RUSH Late Model racing indeed looks bright at Stateline Speedway with usually 20-25 cars competing weekly. The purse is among the highest in the area. Competition is always fierce with a total of 39 different teams competing. Stateline has always been a leader in Late Model racing. With RUSH sanctioning, Stateline strengthens its stance in the top echelon of dirt track. The opener for the RUSH Late Models will be on Saturday, April 8.

Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.newstatelinespeedway.com. Like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/newstatelinespeedwaybustiny and follow them on Twitter @NewStateline

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, Bazell Race Fuels, Insinger Performance, MSD Performance, Maxima Racing Oil, Schoenfeld Headers, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, TBM Brakes, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, FK Rod Ends, Velocita-USA, Classic Ink USA, Rocket Chassis, Landrum Performance Spring, CrateInsider.com, RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.

Blair wins only feature finished as rain ends Stateline season!

September 13th, 2016

Busti, NY: Rain hitting the track ended Stateline’s 2016 season prematurely Saturday night when it soaked the track with two laps completed of the second feature of the evening. Before the rains came Max Blair prevailed in the Shults RUSH Crate Late Model 35-lap feature.

It was an all star front row as 2016 Shults Auto Group champion Darrell Bossard and 2015 champion Jason Genco brought their 35-lap feature to Spanky Hall’s green flags but yellow flew at the completion of lap one when Chad Valone stopped on the track with a flat tire. Bossard led with fourth starting Max Blair second after two laps. Blair was coming by Bossard at eight laps complete and was leading at nine when caution flew again for Kevin Hill, spun in turn three. At the halfway point Blair was solidly in front over Bossard, Schell, and Dave Lyon, with Genco back to fifth. With only three laps left Paul Norman came to a halt on the front straight, slowing the race under yellow and setting up a three lap dash for the win. Blair got the win with Schell getting by Bossard for second. After Bossard in third it was Genco and Lyon rounding out the top five.

Dave Hess Jr and David Scott brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model field to green for their season ending 55-lapper with Chris Hackett and Bump Hedman in row two. Hess led lap one with Scott second and the rain storm started moving into the area. At the end of two laps yellow was shown as the rain got stronger, ending the racing program.

The racing will be completed in the spring of 2017 at an as yet to be determined date.

Williamson, Eck, and Gurdak big winners on night one of Stateline Speedway’s September Shootout!

September 11th, 2016

Busti, NY- the BRP Big Block Modifieds made their visit to Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto with a full field of 24 of the ground-pounding racers with Matt Williamson prevailing in the 35-lap finale while Doug Eck was first to the Spanky Hall’s four-checkers finish in the Overhead Door of Jamestown UFo Super Late Model 38-lap feature. It was Eck’s second feature win of the season. In the season-ending 25-lap feature for the Rusted Nutz ProMods it was newly crowned points champion Scott Gurdak winning are battling eight time winner Justin Carlson. The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models and the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods ran qualifying heats for their season ending features Saturday, Day Two of the September Shootout. The Saturday portion will have the UFo Super Late Models competing in a 55-lap extravaganza to bring down the curtain on the 2016 season.

The final Rusted Nutz ProMod feature of the season started with Kelly Frederes and points champion Scott Gurdak on the front row but yellow flew as the cars got to turn two on lap one with five of the thirteen starters involved. When the race got underway Frederes led lap one but Jason Covey and Bill Silvis spun in turn four as Frederes completed lap one. Frederes led the field back to green but again cars spun, this time in turn two. At the end of two Gurdak was challenging for the lead and was ahead at the end of three laps. Debris on turn three brought the yellow out with six complete. Eight time winner Justin Carlson was narrowly ahead at the end of seven. Gurdak got back ahead at eight compete and began pulling away from Carlson and heading into lapped traffic with two to go, allowing Carlson to close a bit. Yellow flew again with fourteen complete when Kevin Ruhlman spun in turn two. Gurdak again led after green with Carlson getting next to him several times over the next laps but Gurdak again started opening his lead with three to go of the 25-lapper. At the checkers it was Gurdak , Carlson, Frederes, Covey, and Bill Silvis.

The BRP Modified feature event was for 35-laps and started 24 cars with Mike Bowman and Matt Williamson on the front row and J R McGinley and Rex King Sr on row two. Six cars failed to make it through turn two when Eric Gabany got into the retaining wall with five more cars piling into him, blocking the racing surface. Bowman took the lead at the green then he and Williamson started pulling away from the rest of the field, setting a pace that allowed them to catch the rear of the field with only five laps in the books. Yellow flew at seven complete when Tom Glenn spun in turn two. On the double file restart Williamson grabbed the lead at green with Rex King Jr coming by Rex King Sr for third behind Bowman. Yellow flew again at twelve complete when Tom Mattocks slowed on the back straight. Disaster struck on the restart when King Jr got into the turn two wall with nine more cars piling into the accident scene. Under the yellow the racer of Jimmy Holden caught fire, apparently battery issues, ending his run. After green Ricky Richner and Rex King Jr got together in turn two and then got into the wall. Williamson and Bowman completed lap thirteen side by side with Williamson in front a lap later. Dave Murdick came to third with Chad Brachman getting next to him at the line at seventeen complete. Brachman was solidly in third a lap later with eleventh starting Erick Rudolph up to fifth, then fourth at 22-laps. Murdick and Gabany got together in turn three, both spinning with ten laps left. For this green it was Williamson, Bowman, Brachman, and Rudolph. Brachman got to second with Rudolph third at 28 laps finished. Skip Moore spun in turn three with four laps remaining, again slowing the race. Early leader Bowman had the right front tire deflate under the yellow, sending him pitside. Brachman got next to the leader with three left but slid wide coming to the two lap signal. Williamson went on to the win with Brachman second, Rudolph third, Brad Rapp fourth, and Kevin Boland fifth.

The UFo Super Late Models started their 38-lap feature with Darrell Bossard and Matt Urban on the front row with newly crowned champion Rob Blair starting tenth. Bossard led to turn two when Urban came by on the outside, then Greg Oakes came to second a lap later. At five laps in it was Urban, Oakes, David Scott, eleventh starting Mike Pegher, and Bossard. Then Max Blair spun in turn two slowing the race under caution. With green again on the track Urban again led but Bump Hedman spun in turn four with Rob Blair, Chad Valone, and John Lobb getting involved. UFo points leader Dylan Yoder went wide to miss the wreck, but suffered body damage. Valone and Lobb both had to be towed from the track. With one more lap of green Urban, Oakes, and Pegher were three wide at the stripe for the lead with Oakes narrowly leading at nine complete. Pegher was second at ten then 2016 points champion Dutch Davies spun after suffering apparent mechanical ails on the front straight. Pegher got to the lead on the first lap under green with Oakes second, then Urban, Doug Eck, and Dave Scott. Eck was third at thirteen complete, then next to Oakes a lap later when Chris Hackett and Waylon Wagner got together resulting in Wagner spinning out at the end of the front straight. Both were sent to the rear for the restart. Using the extreme high line Pegher continued to lead with Eck coming to second at sixteen laps. Eck stayed on the bottom as the two fought for the lead every lap. Pegher began showing smoke at the halfway point but continued to lead and lengthen his lead, getting to the back of the pack at 25-laps when caution was thrown due to the smoke pouring from the rear of the leader, who headed pitside under the caution. For the restart it was Eck leading Oakes, Scott, Matt Lux, and Urban. Eck pulled ahead with the race back to green. With ten to go it was Eck, Oakes, Lux, Scott and Hackett up from the rear at lap fourteen. Hackett faltered in turn two at 29 laps, allowing Dave Hess Jr and Bossard to get by. Bump Hedman stopped on turn two with eight to go, slowing the race again. Eck opened up a substantial lead over the next laps as Hackett was having apparent front end problems, possibly tie rod failure. Eck then went on to his second win of the season over Oakes, Lux, Hess, and Bossard.

Southwell prevails in E-Mod Special at Stateline for win and championship laurels!

September 7th, 2016

Busti, NY -All seven champions were crowned at Stateline Speedway Saturday night with Dutch Davies collecting his third Overhead Door Of Jamestown Super Late Model title while Rob Blair collected his first feature win at Stateline this season. Darrell Bossard win his first Stateline championship in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models while Dennis Lunger won the final feature of the season, Butch Southwell won his first Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod championship and his first feature since 2013. Scott Gurdak prevailed for the first-ever Rusted Nutz ProMod title, but Justin Carlson the class to the checkers for the eighth time this season to cap off his season with the win. Dave Shagla came away the champion in the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks while Bill Reeves collected his third win of the season. The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen saw Dan Nocero Jr took over the points lead and the championship fight with his win in their season finale. John Zeleznick won his first-ever Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature but And y Proper collected his second championship in as many years. During the driver’s meeting prior to the night’s events, it was announced that the Himes Auction will compete again in 2017, ending speculation that the class would be dropped.

Matt Kosinski and Steve Longo brought the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen to green with Kosinski leading lap one then defending champion Dan Nocero Jr leading lap two when the first caution flew for Kosinski’s spin on the back stretch on lap three. Points leader Jim Kibbe spun with mechanical troubles on the first lap after green, a malfunction that cost him the points championship when Nocero went on to win his sixth feature of the season. At the halfway point Mike Kosinski’s engine erupted in smoke and flame, slowing the race under caution again. Tommy Kosinski spun in turn one after the green, negating the start. Nocero won over Ted Kosinski with Shane Horner third, Steve Longo fourth, and Tom Kosinski fifth. With the win Nocero won his his second consecutive points title by 61 markers over Kibbe.

Scott Gurdak and Jason Covey started the Rusted Nutz ProMods feature from the front row with Gurdak taking command at the drop of the green. Dennis Asel slowed on the front straight of lap two, bringing caution over the field. With three complete Dominic DePonceau spun in turn four, again slowing the event. Gurdak continued to lead after green with points leader Kelly Frederes second and seven time winner Justin Carlson pressing Frederes for the runner up spot. At halfway Carlson was second by a slim margin and two lengths in front of Frederes a lap later. With five to go Kevin Ruhlman spun in turn four. After green Carlson challenged Gurdak for the lead and the two staged a side by side battle until two laps left when Carlson surged ahead, going on to his eighth win of the season. Gurdak was second with Frederes third, Jeramy Williams fourth, and Jason Covey fifth. Gurdak won the championship by six points over Frederes.

The 25-lap, $1000 to win special for the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods started with a four-wide salute to the America flag. Butch Southwell brought the field to green with Mike Kinney outside but Ryan Scott spun in turn two, necessitating a compete restart. Southwell and Kinney ran the first three quarter lap side by side with Southwell pulling ahead at the end of the stripe. At four laps complete Troy Carr, Greg Johnson, and David Scott got together on the back straight, resulting in flat tires for Johnson, who came to a halt in turn three, and Scott, who went to the pit for new rubber. Brandon Blackshear and Steve Rex then got “locked” together in turn three. Southwell led the first lap back green but Ryan Scott again spun, this time in turn three. The top five at this point were Southwell, Kinney, John Boyd, Dennis Lunger, and Al Brewer. Southwell again led after green with Lunger to second at lap seven and Brewer to third. Kirk Bradley spun in turn two, also involving Mike McGee and Dan Davies. At ten complete Southwell led Brewer, Lunger, Boyd, and Kinney when Greg Johnson came to the infield, and was collected by Kurt Thorpe, slowing the race yet again. At halfway Kinney came to third as Southwell and Brewer fought for the lead. With five laps left Southwell had pulled out to a near half straight lead over Brewer with Kinney, Lunger and Boyd filling out the top five. At two laps left Brewer had closed to two lengths but Southwell went on to the win, his first win since 2013. Brewer was second with Kinney third, with Lunger, and Troy Johnson filling out the top five. With the win, Southwell collected the points championship for 2016, his first in a Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod.

Pete Alspaugh and Matt Urban brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Urban leading at the end of one over Doug Eck, Alspaugh, and Rob Blair. Eck took over at three complete with Blair coming to second a lap later. At five laps it was Eck, Blair, Urban, Chris Hackett, and Alspaugh. At nine laps in Eck had a half straight lead over Blair when Bob Dorman spun in turn two, slowing the race under yellow. After green Eck again led and again was slowly pulling out to a bigger lead every lap. At halfway Eck led Blair, Hackett, Dutch Davies, and David Scott. The top five at this point were all feature winners during 2016. At twenty laps Blair was reeling Eck in when the leaders got to lapped traffic. Then at 21-laps Jake Finnerty spun in turn two, putting Blair and Hackett right on Eck’s tail for the restart. Davies and Scott were still fourth and fifth. With three laps left Blair and Eck were side by side with Blair pulling ahead a lap later then going on to his first win of the year at Stateline. Eck wound up second with Hackett third, Davies fourth, and Scott fifth. With his fourth place finish, Dutch Davies scored his third points championship at Stateline, the first two coming in 2011 and 2012.

The Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challenger feature started with Pete Volpe and John Zeleznick on the front row. Points champion Andy Proper was unable to start in the feature after finishing fourth in his heat. Volpe, a two time winner this summer, took the immediate lead with Zeleznick s econd but caution was shown for the spun cars of John Angeletti and Travis Darling in turn three. Volpe again led after green but suddenly slowed coming out of turn four on lap three. Zeleznick led the field back to green with Gary Troyer now second and Brandon Huffman third, Mike Riche fourth, and Kevin Covell fifth. Huffman was second at the end of four but Zeleznick was pulling away when caution flew again, this time for Joey Karash, stopped in turn two. Garrett Yeager spun in turn two on the restart. Under caution Proper joined the event, five laps down. With three laps left Brandon Huffman spun in turn two, nearly rolling over. The order for the green was now Zeleznick. Gary Troyer, Mike Riche, Kevin Covell, and Skip Jackson. Zeleznick went on to the win, his first-ever, over Troyer, Jackson, Riche, and Darling.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models started their feature with Chad Valone and defending champion Jason Genco on the front row. Genco, the defending champion, led the way after one lap. Valone and Darrell Bossard exchanged second and third spots on lap three with Bossard then getting by Genco at lap five. Dennis Lunger came to third at seven complete and to second on turn one of lap eight. At halfway it was Bossard, Lunger Genco, Valone, and Matt Harvey. Bossard reached the back markers at lap twelve with Lunger right on his rear bumper, looking for a way by a lap later. Using the outside Lunger got a run on the leader at lap sixteen, and, going around a lapped car at the same time, was the leader at seventeen complete. With the white flag flying Robert Mitcham spun in turn two, slowing the race under caution for the first time. Lunger went on to his second win of the season over Bossard, a four-time winner, Genco, the defending champion, Valone, and Harvey. With his second place finish, Darrell Bossard overtook Ryan Scott to collect the points championship.

The final event of the evening was the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks feature with Bill Reeves and Tony Marotto on the front of the field for the green. Reeves led the way from the start with Marotto, trailing smoke, second, and Scott Delahoy third after two laps. Yellow flew at lap three when Bill Applebee spun in turn four. Reeves, twice a winner this season, led when green was again deployed with Marotto, still trailing smoke, in second, and Chris Couchenour third at six laps complete. At eight laps Bill Best was fourth with points leader Dave Shagla fifth after starting sixth. Deven Dudenhoeffer spun at the halfway point, slowing the race for the third time under yellow. Couchenour came to second after green with Shagla third at eleven complete. Debris in turn two was the reason for the next yellow, at sixteen laps complete. At green Shagla immediately assumed second but John Britt, Dana Maybe, and Bob Leonard had problems, spinning and coming to a halt in turn two, negating the start. At two laps to go Shagla was second with Couchenour third, Marotto fourth, and Mohawk fifth. Reeves went on to his third win of the season. Mohawk spun from fifth on the final lap, elevating Tyler Dynys to fifth at the finish. Shagla, on the strength of seven feature wins, earned the points title.

Blair, Bossard, Scott, Carlson, Shagla, Kibbe all repeat!

August 31st, 2016

Busti, NY: Autograph night at Stateline Speedway, a fan favorite over the track’s 60 year history, was held on Saturday with sponsorship by the Himes Auction Company with the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers being the featured class. Every class had winners who have scored multiple feature wins this season. In addition to Proper scoring his ninth win of the season, David Scott, Justin Carlson, and Dave Shagla Jr each scored their seventh feature wins of the season while Jim Kibbe got number six, Darrell Bossard got number four, and Max Blair got number three.

Three time winner Jason Covey started the Rusted Nutz ProMod feature from the pole with Jeramy Williams alongside, then led the way over Williams, six time winner Justin Carlson, single winner Scott Gurdak, and points leader Kelly Frederes, a two time winner. At the end of six laps Carlson was second and closing the gap on the leader, catching him at nine complete as the leaders came into lapped traffic. With twelve complete Kevin Ruhlman, third running Williams, and fourth place Frederes tangled in turn four, slowing the race under caution. At the end on one lap back green Carlson edged ahead of Covey at the stripe, then went on to his seventh win of the season. Covey settled for second over Gurdak with Bill Silvis fourth, and Dennis Hagg Jr fifth.

Andy Boozel and Wyatt Scott brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models to green with Boozel leading the way and Darrell Bossard coming to second at two laps compete. Rob Pietz had an apparent major mechanical
failure, laying parts on the front straight and turns one and two at three complete, ending his night and slowing the race for the first time. At five laps in the order at the front was Boozel, Bossard, Ryan Scott, Wyatt Scott, and defending champion Jason Genco. Bossard looked to the inside of the leader at eight complete but was unable to compete the pass until a lap later. Wyatt Scott nosed ahead of Genco at five laps left but Genco was back to fourth at seventeen laps. Bossard went on to his fourth win of the season by half a straight over Boozel with Ryan Scott third. Genco wound up winning the battle for fourth with Wyatt Scott settling for fifth.

Points leader and five time winner Jim Kibbe started the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature from the pole with Michael Kosinski alongside but Kibbe faltered on the start, necessitating a complete restart. This time
Kibbe shot to the immediate lead with Kosinski falling to second. Defending champion Dan Nocero Jr ran third over the opening laps with Steve Longo and Matt Kosinski filling out the top five. At halfway the front five remained the same with Kibbe holding a ten length lead. At eleven laps in Mike Genco and Tommy Kosinski tangled in turn four, slowing the race under caution. After green Kibbe held on for his sixth win of the season with Nocero coming to second with three to go. Michael Kosinski wound up third with Longo fourth, and Matt Kosinski fifth.

Max Blair and Dutch Davies brought the Plyler Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature to green with Blair grabbing the immediate lead, looking for his third win of the season. At four laps compete Doug Eck took over third from Brent Rhebergen with Dave Scott coming to fourth a lap later. At five laps Damian Bidwell slowed, with caution showing for him. He headed pitside but returned before green was again flying. On the restart Chris Hackett, a winner earlier in the season spun in turn two, negating the start. Blair again led on green with Eck coming to second Eck began trailing heavy smoke at the end of seven but continued to run in the runner-up spot. At halfway the order at the front was Blair, Eck, still smoking bad, Davies, Scott, and Rhebergen. At sixteen laps Blair caught lapped traffic just as yellow was again shown when Hackett spun again, this time in turn four. When the race resumed Jake Finnerty shot to fourth and then tried getting by Davies but was unsuccessful. Blair then began pulling away, going on to his third win of the season with Eck’s engine somehow staying together long enough to wind up second. Davies was third with Finnerty fourth, and Rhebergen filling out the top five.

Andy Proper took over the lead in the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery special 20-lap feature after early leader Matt Bryant started slowing with apparent mechanical ails. Pete Volpe ran second with Brandon Huffman third, John Zeleznick fourth, and Mike Riche fifth.

Al Brewer and Vic Vena brought the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods to green wi Vena leading at the end of one and Steve Rex coming to second. Rex was ahead by a nose at the end of two with .007 second lead. Then Vena went back to the lead on the next lap. Rex spun in turn four at four laps in, leaving Joel Watson now second and Dan Sasso third. Dave Scott was fourth at this point with points leader Butch Southwell fifth. Sasso spun from third in turn four at seven complete. For the green it was now Vena, Watson, Scott, Southwell, and Dan Davies. The restart was called back with debris on the front straight. Sasso again spun after green, this time in turn four with the top five still the same. On the restart Watson was penalized a row for “jumping” the start, putting Davies up to third. At halfway it was Vena over Scott, Southwell, Brewer, and Davies. Watson was back to fifth a lap later and at twelve Vena and Scott were even at the line. Scott had a four length lead at the end of thirteen as yellow was shown for Dan Davies, spun in turn two. With seven to go it was Scott, Vena, Southwell, Brewer, and Watson. With five to go Watson was back up to third behind Scott and Southwell. At the checkers it was Scott going to Victory Lane for the seventh time this season over Southwell, Watson, Brewer, and Vena.

Brad Church and points leader Dave Shagla Jr paced the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks with six time winner Shagla grabbing the lead but only two laps were complete when four cars, including Jason Black, Bill Best, Bill Reeves, and Deven Dudenhoeffer, piled up in turn four, slowing the race the first time.

Shagla brought the field back to green with Church second, Scott Delahoy third, and Tony Marotto fourth. Shagla continued to dominate. At five complete Deven Dudenhoeffer and Chad Clement got together in turn two with both coming to a halt on the back straight. Clement was unable to rejoin the race. On the first lap back to green Brandon Groters got out of shape, bouncing off the wall on the back chute, with several cars getting involved including Dudenhoeffer, Kevin Golden, Marotto, Delahoy, Brian Crandall, and Gary Fisher. Groters headed pitside but rejoined the event before green again flew. On the first lap after green several cars made contact with the back straight wall, none crashing but leaving parts on the racing surface. Dudenhoeffer again spun in turn four at five complete. Only one lap was scored under green before Kevin Golden spun in turn three and Brandon Groters in two, again slowing the race. With nine laps complete Scott Delahoy and Paul Nelson spun in turn two, yet again slowing the race. With the time limit reached the race was called complete with Shagla being awarded his seventh win.

Gardner wins Sweetheart Special at Stateline!

August 23rd, 2016

Busti, NY-The UFo Series came to Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto for the track’s Grand Opening, attended by top Chautauqua County and Town of Busti officials including State Senator Catherine M. Young, who welcomed the track to the area, noting this rich history of the facility and the impact on the local community. The race was, in part, a celebration not only of the tracks 60-year history but also recognizing the Golden Wedding Anniversary of Jim & Jean Scott, who, along with Brian Horner, purchased the storied facility during the summer of 2015.

Jim Scott and Brian Horner both have been involved at varying levels throughout the history of the track. Both drove racers, both have owned racecars driven by others, and both, along wth Jean Scott, now have realized every race fan’s dream, that of owning a first-class facility.to celebrate the occasion a fifty-lap feature for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the premier class throughout the last six decades. At the end of the night it was veteran driver Rich Gardner standing in Victory Lane for the third time this summer, second among active drivers. Gardner’s career started in 1976. Another vegan driver, Dave Hess Jr, prevailed in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature. Justin Carlson had mechanical failure coming to the checkers in the Rusted Nutz ProMod feature but coasted across the line for his sixth win of the season. Amidst the veterans seeming to dominate, young Matt Kosinski collected his very first feature win in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature while Andy Proper, the defending Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger Champion, led the field to the checkers for the eighth time this season.

The Rusted Nutz ProMods were the first feature on the track. Scott Gurdak immediately grabbed the lead from pole sitter Dennis Hagg Jr with seventh starting Justin Carlson up to second by the time of the first caution at lap four, when Jeramy Williams spun in turn two. After green, Gurdak again led with Carlson challenging at every turn until lap seven when Gurdak started opening a lead. At halfway it was Gurdak by five lengths over Carlson, who was another five ahead of Jason Covey, then points leader Kelly Frederes, and Bill Silvis filling out the top five. With only four laps left Jason Brightman looped it in turn two, again slowing the race. When the race resumed Covey came to second but Williams again spun, this time at the end of the back straight. On this restart Covey was penalized for “jumping” the start, then on the next start Gurdak again led but only to the back straight when Carlson took over, going on to his sixth win of the year after suddenly losing power coming out of turn four, but making it to the checkers before Gurdak could get by. Frederes wound up third with Hagg fourth, and Silvis fifth.

The Ufo series started their 50-lap “Sweetheart Special” for the Plyler Overhead Door Super Late Model drivers with 25-cars led by Rich Gardner and Doug Eck on the front row with Matt Lux and John Lacki in row two. Eck led to turn one but seven racers failed to make it through turn two, including Chris Hackett, Dutch Davies, Darrell Bossard, Kirk Bradley, Jake Finnerty, Dylan Yoder, and David Scott. Eck led Gardner by 0.095 at the end of one lap and pulled ahead at two but Gardner powered back to the lead at the end of three then began opening a lead. At five laps complete Matt Lux edged ahead of Eck at the line with Max Blair challenging him for third a lap later. At nine laps in Gardner had caught the rear of the field then at ten complete Greg Oakes slowed on the front straight, forcing caution over the field. Under the caution Eck also had mechanical issues and pulled pitside from third spot. At green Dave Hess Jr was up to fourth from eighteenth on the grid. At lap thirteen Brent Rhebergen looped his mount in turn three, again slowing the race. One lap after green Gardner led Lux with Hess coming to third. On lap sixteen Blair was back to third when Steve Kania spun coming out of turn two, slowing the race for the third time. Again Gardner was leading after one lap of green with Hess working the extreme outside, in his quest for second. With twenty laps complete, second was a three way race down the back straight among Lux, Hess, and Max Blair with Hess second when caution flew at lap 21. With Gardner now joined by Hess at the front for this restart and the two Blair’s on row two, green again was flying with Gardner again in control at the end of one lap. At 23 complete Blair was alongside Hess for second and a length ahead of him at 24. At halfway it was Gardner, Max Blair, Hess, Lux, and Rob Blair. At 29 laps Rob Blair was alongside Lux but Lux again had sole possession of the spot a lap later. At 32 complete Max Blair was challenging for the lead but Gardner was still the leader as they approached lapped traffic. Gardner opened a six length lead in lapped traffic. With five to go Gardner still had six lengths over Blair with Hess, Lux, and Rob Blair filling out the top five. On the final lap Blair closed to within five lengths at the checkers but for Gardner it was his third win of the season. Second through fifth were Max Blair, Hess, Lux, and Rob Blair.

Tommy Kosinski led the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen through lap one but Jim Jim Kibbe spun in turn three, bringing yellow over the race. At green, Kibbe and Kendelle Kosinski got together in turn two, putting the race back under caution. When the race resumed Kosinski again led with Matt Kosinski coming to second and Ted Kosinski third. At halfway Tommy Kosinski led Matt Kosinski, Mike Kosinski, Kibbe, and Dan Nocero Jr. One lap after halfway the leader spun in turn four, ending his run at the front. Matt Kosinski held on for the win with Kibbe winding up second, over Nocero, Ted Kosinski, and Michael Kosinski.

Mike Wonderling and Dave Hess Jr brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models to green with the leaders still side by side after one lap of green but Hess pulling to a three length lead at the end of two when caution flew as three-time 2016 feature winner Damian Bidwell came to a stop in turn four. By the end of three laps, points leader Ryan Scott was second with Wonderling third and defending champion Jason Genco up to fourth. At six laps in, three time winner Darrell Bossard was fifth. Hess had a half straight lead at the end of eight when caution again flew. At halfway Genco was up to second but Hess had a half straight lead with Dennis Lunger now third. Mike Wonderling spun in turn two at eleven complete, again slowing the race. After green Lunger came to second and was pulling alongside Hess when caution again slowed the race when Matt Harvey and Chad Schauers got tangled in turn two. With five to go Hess led Lunger with Dave Lyon coming to third. At four to go Hess and Lunger were side by side with Lunger showing 0.020 sec ahead. A lap later he had a car length lead and, with the white flag flying, Lyon was pulling alongside Hess, gaining the spot at the finish. Genco wound up fourth with Bossard fifth. It was Lunger’s first win at Stateline in 2016.

Brandon Huffman and John Zeleznick brought the Bailey’s Towing & Recover Super Challengers to green with Huffman leading Gary Troyer at the end of one lap but points leader Andy Proper was second at the end of three. Proper took over at the front at five complete with last week’s winner Pete Volpe third at halfway. With four left Volpe came to second but Proper was on his way to win number eight on the season. Volpe settled for second with Huffman third, Zeleznick fourth, and Troyer fifth.

Stateline rained out for fifth time in 2016!

August 15th, 2016

Busti, NY: For the fifth time this season Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto has been forced to cancel an evening of racing due to rain. The pits were filling up with racers when the rains started about fifteen minutes before starting time, first as a light sprinkle but then the skies opened up seven minutes before the first heat was schedule to get the green flag,, forcing management to cancel. Rain checks will be honored two week from now, August 27, PEPSI fan appreciation and Autograph night by Himes Auction Company plus the twenty-lamp Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challenger Special.

Fan Appreciation, autograph night this Saturday at Stateline!

August 13th, 2016

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway will hold its annual Pepsi Fan Appreciation Night combined with Autograph Night this Saturday night. This special night will be sponsored by Hines Auction Company and will feature $10 admission for all adults, students, and veterans with kids 6-16 only $5. Of course kid 5 and under are always free. Bailey’s Towing & Recovery will sponsor the autograph session on the racing surface at intermission for all classes, including kart teams from “The Little Track”.

The main action on the track will be for the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers, which will contest a special feature that will pay $250 to win, the biggest purse of the season for the front wheel drive racers. Defending Champion Andy Proper has dominated the class this season, winning seven features. Skip Jackson, a single winner, is second, a whopping 477 points behind! Kevin Covell is third, another 104-points back, but only two points ahead of fourth-running Ben Sudol.

With only four weeks of racing in the regular season before “lThe Stateline Shootout” the points races are really important. John Lobb has a very slim lead over two time champion Dutch Davies within other two time champion, David Scott, only another forty points back for the Overhead door of Jamestown Super Late Model Chase while Ryan Scott has a slim 16-point advantage over two-time champion Damian Bidwell with Darrell Bossard 53-points back of Bidwell in third.

Butch Southwell hasn’t yet won a feature but leads six time winner David Scott by 64-markers in the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod championship tilt. Kelly Frederes heads the standings of the Rusted Nutz ProMods, Stateline’s newest class, by 64-points over Scott Gurdak. Jason Covey is third, another 33-points back. All three have feature wins and all three are former champions in other classes.

With six wins Dave Shagla Jr, leads the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks by 166 points over two-time winner Bill Reeves, single winner Gary Fisher is another 231 points back in third. In the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen Championship standings, five time winner Jim Kibbe leads fiver time winner Dan Nocero by only two points, the slimmest margin of any class. Both leaders are former champions, Nocero the defending title holder. Michael Kosinski is third, 295 points down.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for this special event are $10 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over) and college students with current school ID, and veterans with ID, $5 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Stateline Speedway rains out, schedule re-arranged!

August 2nd, 2016

Busti, NY: With the rainout at Stateline Speedway July 30, Stateline Speedway has adjusted its schedule. The Rusted Nutz ProMod Special and RUSH Manufacturers Night scheduled for July 30 will be run next Saturday, August 6 as a companion event to the originally scheduled 25-lap special for the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models.

A further change to the schedule is that the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods and the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks will have an off night on August 20, the $5000 to win for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models “Sweetheart Special”.

Bidwell, Shagla, Frederes, Kibbe, and Proper all repeat!

July 29th, 2016

Busti, NY (July 23, 2016): With temperatures hovering above 90°, fans and racers filed into Stateline for seven-division racing at the oldest speedplant in the tri-state area with veterans going to Victory Lane after
ever every feature.

Rich Gardner, whose racing career dates back 40 years, took over at the front of the all-green Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model 25-lapper on the ninth circuit and went on to his second win of the season.
Two-time Shultz Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model champion Damian Bidwell drove to his third feature win in 2016. Troy Johnson, a veteran racer dating back four decades, drove into Victory Lane for the first time ever
in a Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mid (coming from fourteenth in the line-up!) while Kelly Frederes, also a veteran driver, collected his second win of the season in Rusted Nutz ProMod competition. Dave Shagla continued
to dominate the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks division with his seventh win of the season, including Thursday night’s special. Former champion Dan Nocero Jr continued to shine in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature
with his fourth win of the season. Andy Proper now has wins in seven of the ten Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger features.

Kelly Frederes and Scott Gurdak, both feature winners this season, started the Rusted Nutz ProMod feature from the front row with Gurdak leading lap one and Frederes ahead at two complete. Caution was shown for Brian Mohawk and Dennis Asel, both spun in turn two on lap three. Gurdak worked both inside and outside to get by Frederes but the 33K machine was just too wide to get by. On lap thirteen Gurdak got next to the leader but a lapped car was in the way of the pass. On the final lap Gurdak again got next to Frederes but came up short by half a length, 0.102 second.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models were led to green by Chris Hackett and Rich Gardner, a winner earlier in the season. The second row was David Scott and Dutch Davies, also winners earlier as was fifth
starting Doug Eck. Hackett led lap one with Scott coming to second over Gardner and Davies. With seven complete Gardner got back by Scott for the runner-up spot and was next to Hackett a lap later, then leading at nine complete. Dave Hess Jr got to fourth at lap ten then was by Scott for third at twelve laps. At halfway it was Gardner, Hackett, Hess, Scott, and Davies. Hess was second at fourteen laps and Eck was fifth. Eck got by
Scott for fourth at seventeen laps into the event. When the checkers flew it was Gardner for his second win of the season over Hess, then Hackett by half a length over Eck with Scott fifth. The race was run under the green
flag the entire 25-laps.

Matt and Ted Kosinski brought the Himes Auction Company Super Sportsmen feature to green with Kendelle Kosinski and Steve Longo getting together on the back straight, slowing the race for the first time. Matt Kosinski led the way from the restart with Nocero second. At six laps in Nocero was challenging but Kosinski was hanging on to the lead. When the halfway signal was shown Nocero had gotten by and was on his way to the win, his fourth of the season. Matt Kosinski was second with Ted Kosinski third, points leader Jim Kibbe fourth, and Shane Horner fifth.

Greg Johnson and Michael McGee brought the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods to green with Greg Johnson grabbing the immediate lead. Kirk Bradley, the winner Thursday during the Anniversary Special, spun in turn
three, gathering up Tom Hagberg, Troy Carr, and Rob Middleton in the melee. On green again, the field made it to turn three when Ron Seeley spun, this time involving the same three cars plus David Lamphere. Greg Johnson again brought the cars back to green, and again turn three proved to be a problem as several cars got sideways but nobody coming to a stop. Then Thursday’s winner Kirk Bradley came to a halt in turn one with a flat right rear tire. For the fourth time Johnson paced the field to green but this time caution flew for unknown reasons. On this green Rob Middleton spun in turn three, yet again slowing the event. On this green Johnson led to the back straight when Mike McGee and he came together with Johnson suffering an apparent broken tie rod. McGee led the race back to green with six laps complete with Troy Loomis, visiting his home track from North Carolina, second, and Shane Crotty third. At halfway McGee had a eight length lead over Loomis with Troy Johnson now third, up from fourteenth on the grid. Troy Johnson got to second with five to go with Southwell now fourth and Crotty fifth. Johnson closed on McGee over the next three laps and was even at the line with two to go. Johnson went on to his first win in a Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod over McGee, Loomis, Butch Southwell fourth, and Ryan Scott, who came to fifth at nineteen complete.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models were paced by two time former champion and two time 2016 winner Damian Bidwell. Dave Hess Jr spun from third coming out of turn two on the first lap, slowing the race for the first time. Bidwell led the opening lap with Boozel second and two time winner Darrell Bossard third. Bossard was second after two laps with point leader Ryan Scott fourth. Dave Lyon, last week’s winner, got by Scott at four complete and was third at five laps in. At halfway it was still Bidwell leading Bossard, Lyon, Boozel, and Scott. Hess came to fifth at the line with thirteen laps complete. Bidwell got to lapped traffic at lap sixteen but didn’t slow enough to allow Bossard to close, going on to his third victory of the season over Bossard, Lyon, Boozel, and Hess. As the second heat was being paced by Ryan Scott his family revealed to the world that they are expecting a girl by opening a large cardboard box on the front straight walkway, releasing pink balloons during Ryan’s Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model heat.

John Zeleznick and Greg Marsh brought the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers to green with Marsh leading the first three laps and points leader Andy Proper challenging the leader until taking over at the front with four complete after starting sixth. Skip Jackson was third at the halfway point. Pete Volpe came to econd with two laps remaining over Skip Jackson. The top three ran that way to the checkers with Marsh winding up fourth and Zeleznick fifth. Earlier in the evening, right after the second Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers heat, it was reported the car of Pat Oyer caught fire in the pit area, bringing out the red flag during the first Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock heat so the fire crew could respond. The fire was quickly extinguished and racing resumed.

Gary Fisher led the Fox Pizza Den Street Stocks from green with Jason Black spinning in turn three as the leaders crossed the line at the end of lap one. Fisher again led after green with Mike Moore and Guy Adams spinning at the end of lap two, again slowing the race. Fisher yet again led with Chris Couchenour coming for second and Bill Reeves third with points leader Dave Shagla Jr fourth at the end of five. Shagla, a six-time victor in 2016, was second at seven and leading at halfway when Bill Best spun in turn one, slowing the race again. The next caution of the race happened with seven laps remaining when Tom McFall spun in turn three. Guy Adams spun on the restart and retired pitside. Shagla went on to the win with Couchenour second, Fisher third, Tony Marotto fourth, and Reeves fifth.

Max Blair and the fans win as Stateline Speedway celebrates 60 years of racing!

July 23rd, 2016

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto celebrated 60 years of racing with a 60-lap, $10,060 to win feature for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models. A near-capacity crowd watched as time trials set heat race line-ups, then four heats and two “B” Mains determined the starting lineup for the 60-lap “A” main event. Max Blair set fast time with a lap at 16.931 seconds. Kids from the stands drew for the starting positions for the “Dash” with Dave Hess Jr winning the draw and starting on the pole for the dash, Max Blair staring outside front row, Robbie Blair drew the number three starting spot, and Chub Frank, son of original track owner Jerry Frank, started from the fourth spot on the grid. As a result of the “Dash” Dave Hess Jr and Rob Blair started from the front row, but it was third starting Max Blair taking the lead on lap six then going on to his biggest win ever at Stateline. Rob Blair followed his son to the checkers in a race that went green to checkers with no caution period, a rarity in racing.

In the two support divisions Kirk Bradley was victorious for the first time at Stateline in the Sugar Grover Beverage Outlaw E-Mods, leading at twenty laps after starting from the outside front row. Dave Shagla Jr went to Victory Lane for the fifth time this season in the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock finale, taking over at the front on the eighth of twenty circuits.

The first feature of the night was the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods with John Schenker and Kirk Bradley starting from the front row for the twenty lap event. Bradley grabbed the immediate lead with Schenker second and Matt Lux coming to third over Kyle Bedell and David Scott at the end of two. Scott was fourth at three complete. At the halfway point Bradley’s half straight lead evaporated when Troy Johnson and Ryan Scott collided on turn four coming to a stop, both sideways on the track, bringing yellow over the event. The top five for the green were Bradley, Lux, Schenker, Scott, and Troy Carr. Mike McGee spun in turn three as the field was completing lap eleven, collecting Kurt Thorpe, son of one of the original track owners, Marv Thorpe. At green, Bradley again led with Lux on the inside and Scott on the outside, fighting for the runner up spot. Lux had the position at the end of fourteen. The lapped car of Bryon Johnson lost power on the fourth turn as the cars came to the white flag, setting up a one lap dash to the cash, $700 in this case. Bradley went on to his first-ever Stateline feature win with Lux second with Scott coming up short of second by half a car length, 0.53 seconds. Schenker Jr was fourth with Butch Southwell completing the top five.

The Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks had Mark Ramsey and Guy Adams on the front row with Ramsey taking the immediate lead with Dave Shagla Jr coming to second, and Gary Fisher third at the end of one lap. Ramsey, a feature winner early in the season, led Shagla, a four-time winner, through five complete when Brad Church spun in turn two. One lap after green it was three wide for the lead among Ramsey, Shagla, and Brandon Groters. By eight complete Shagla was leading over Ramsey, Groters, Gary Fisher, and Fuzzy Fields. With fourteen complete Guy Adams and Scott Delahoy spun in turn three with Tyler Dynys spinning to avoid contact. Bill Reeves, a winner twice this season, spun in turn two with eleven complete. A lap after green the yellow was thrown and Fuzzy Fields was penalized for cutting though the infield on the previous start. Tony Marotto spun sideways in turn one, yet again slowing the event with seven laps still to race. With four to go Scott Delahoy and Guy Adams got together in turn three for the next yellow. Five cars piled up in turn three after this green. Two more cars spun with one lap to go for the eighth caution of the event. At this restart, single file for the final lap, Shagla pulled away, winning his fifth feature of the season, this one worth $500. Twelfth starting Fuzzy Fields took second away from Groters on the final lap. Chris Couchenour wound up fourth with Ramsey fifth.

Dave Hess Jr and Rob Blair, both second-generation drivers, and both many time feature winners, brought the twenty-five car field to green after the traditional four-wide salute to the fans. Hess led lap one, opening a five length lead with third starting Max Blair coming to second, Rob Blair third, and Doug Eck fourth. Young Blair closed to Hess’s rear bumper by five laps and alongside the leader on the back straight of lap six and holding the lead at the stripe. Blair then started opening a lead and catching the rear of the field at lap ten with Hess second, Rob Blair third, Eck fourth, and Frank fifth. Rob Blair tried getting by Hess on lap twelve but Hess held on with the two side by side at fourteen. At fifteen laps Chris Hackett was fifth. At twenty complete young Blair had a quarter lap lead over Hess in heavy traffic. At 22 complete Rob Blair and Hess were again side by side at the line and continued with Blair gaining the spot at 24 laps. At halfway Rob Blair was closing the gap to his son with Hess still third, and Eck and Hackett side by side for fourth. At 34 Eck was firmly in fourth again but Hackett wasn’t done yet, again getting alongside at 36 laps. Hackett tried inside and outside for several laps to no avail. With ten to go the senior Blair was closing in on his son, about six lengths at ten to go. At seven to go Rob was one length back. With five to go Max was again pulling away but again into traffic. On the final lap Max lengthened his lead, winning the all green 60 lap event to collect the $10,060 winner’s purse. Hess was third with Eck fourth and Hackett fifth.

Final Warmup for the “60th Anniversary Special”!

July 16th, 2016

Busti, NY -Points races may be heating up but the prime focus for drivers in in three classes at the New Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto will be a “warm-up” for the biggest night in Stateline history. The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models will be racing for $10,060 to win the 60-lapper on July 21st, the 60th anniversary of the first race at Stateline. On the card with the Super Late Models will be the Sugar Grove Outlaws E-Mods racing for 30 laps and $700 to win. Also, the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks will be racing 25 laps for a first-place purse of $500.

All seven classes will be racing for points Saturday, July 16th in regular-length features. With his first win of the season last Saturday John Lobb is leading Dutch Davies, also a feature winner this season. The veteran Rich Gardner, a feature winner this season, is third with Chris Hackett and Chad Valone, both still searching for their first win of the season, fourth and fifth.

Ryan Scott, while not yet a Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature winner, has parlayed consistent top finishes into the points lead over his cousin Wyatt Scott, winner the two first nights of the season. Another two-time winner, Damian Bidwell is third. Andy Boozel, not yet a Victory Lane visitor, and two-time winner Darrell Bossard fill out the top five.

Without a win at the halfway point of the season Butch Southwell leads the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods. Single winner Troy Carr is second with four-time winner David Scott third.

Four-time winner and former champion Jim Kibbe leads three-time winner and defending champion Dan Nocero Jr in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen championship standings.

Jason Covey has three wins and leads the Rusted Nutz ProMods points over Single winner Kelly Frederes.

Dave Shagla has four wins and the season lead in Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock competition while Any Proper has built a big lead in the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers standings with five wins, the most of any competitor in 2016.

All classes will be in action this Saturday in the final warm-up to the biggest event of the season, “The 60th Anniversary Special” coming up Thursday, July 21st.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and college students with current school ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Shagla wins Street Stock Special as 1968-82 Hooligan/Cadet drivers are remembered at Stateline!

July 11th, 2016

Busti, NY -On a hot night with racing delayed nearly an hour after rain struck just before starting time, Dave Shagla Jr dominated the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock 25-lap special. The race was run as a tribute to the original Hooligan/Cadet class that ran from 1968-1982 . The class started in 1968 as “Hooligans”, a class designed for novice drivers just starting in racing. The class eventually evolved into the now-defunct Limited Late Models and then the Street Stocks of today. In the other classes the veteran John Lobb, son of one of the original Hooligan drivers, Harold Lobb, collected his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature win of the season over two-time winner Max Blair. Darrell Bossard denied Damian Bidwell his third feature win in a row while going on to his second win of the season. Matt Lux got his first-ever Stateline
Speedway Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod win over Kirk Bradley and 2015 Street Stock champion Jason Covey won his second Rusted Nutz ProMod feature. Former champion Jim Kibbe continued his dominance of the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen with his fourth win of the season while Kurt Babcock got his first win in the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers night capper.

The first feature of the night had former champions Dan Nocero and Michael Kosinski bringing the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature to green with Nocero leading from green with caution appearing at lap four when Mike
Genco spun in turn four and Ted Kosinski spinning to avoid contact, suffering damage while spinning and needing towed from the scene. After green Nocero again took off with the lead. At halfway three-time winner
Nocero was still leading with Michael Kosinski and points leader Jim Kibbe fighting for second when Steve Longo spun, slowing the race again. With five laps left the leader suddenly slowed with apparent rear suspension problems, handing the lead to Kibbe, who drove on to his fourth triumph of the season over Michael Kosinski, Matt Kosinski, Tommy Kosinski, and Kendelle Kosinski.

Brad Blackshear, in his first appearance at Stateline this summer, led the Rusted Nutz Pro Mod feature after starting on the pole but Jason Covey got by at at four laps in with Scott Gurdak next to Blackshear at six laps and holding second at seven and Kelly Frederes getting by Blackshear too, coming to third at seven. At eight laps in Justin Carlson was fourth and Blackshear headed pitside with apparent problems. Frederes came to the runner-up spot at eleven laps in with Brandon Blackshear now fifth. Brian Mohawk spun in turn two, slowing the race for the first yellow. Mohawk again spun with three laps left, slowing the race the second time. When the checkers fell at the end of the twenty lapper it was Covey for his second win of the season over Frederes, Carlson, Gurdak, and Brandon Blackshear.

Troy Carr and Kirk Bradley brought the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods to green with third starting Matt Lux leading after one lap. Carr slipped wide in turn two on lap four, allowing Bradley into second while Lux was pulling away. Butch Southwell was next to Carr at eight laps complete but it was Greg Johnson getting by both at halfway with Southwell now fourth and Carr fifth. Johnson got alongside Bradley at lap fifteen but slipped back to third a lap later. Lux went on to his first Stateline E-Mod win over Bradley, Johnson, Southwell, and three-time winner Justin Carlson.

Defending champion Jason Genco started the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature from the pole with Jeff Hoffman alongside. Yellow slowed the event before a lap was in when Matt Harvey slowed to a halt in turn two. Genco and Hoffman ran side by side until Hoffman pulled ahead at the end of the back straight but then Genco pulled back to the front at the end of the lap. At the end of three laps sixth-starting Darrell Bossard, looking for his second of the season, was alongside Genco and leading at the end of five when caution for the spun car of Chad Schauers slowed the race. Damian Bidwell, winner of each of the last two weeks, was tied at the end of six, up from tenth on the grid. At halfway it was Bossard with Bidwell now second, Genco third, Ontario’s Sam Pennacchio fourth, and Dave Lyon fifth. Lyon got by Pennacchio with five laps left for fourth. With two to go Lyon got by Genco for third. Bossard went on to his second win of the season with Bidwell second, Lyon third, Genco fourth, and Andy Boozel, who got by Pennacchio on the final lap.

Doug Eck, trying for his second Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models win of the season, brought the field to green with John Lobb outside. Lobb was leading at the end of the first lap with third starting Max Blair, a two-time winner, coming to second. Yellow flew at the end of two when Dave Hess Jr slowed to a stop with a flat left rear tire. At the end of three Dutch Davies was third behind Blair with Chris Hackett fourth and David Scott filling out the top five. With eight complete yellow again flew when Ward Schell and Bob Dorman came together in turn four. Schell needed assistance to leave the speedway. With green again in the air, Lobb again was the leader with Blair second and Hackett and Davies fighting over third. At halfway it was Lobb over Blair, Hackett, Davies, and David Scott. The order remained the same through to the checkers with Lobb picking up his first win of the 2016 season.

Dave Shagla, the points leader and a three-time winner, led the special 25-lap event for the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks for the first three laps until Bob Leonard spun in turn two, slowing the race under caution. Shagla led again for one lap when Guy Adams spun in turn two, collecting the cars of Scott Dellahoy, Denny Diegelman, Paul Nelson, and Sam Courson. Shagla again led after green with two time winner Bill Reeves coming to second and Chris Cochenour now third. At halfway it was still Shagla, Reeves, with last week’s winner Mark Ramsey up to third, with Cochenour and Brad Church filling out the top five. When the race resumed Tyler Dynys spun in turn two and was hit head on by Sam Courson. After green Shagla again led with Cochenour coming back to third at lap sixteen but again falling to fourth a lap later. Dynys again spun in turn four with seven laps left, again bunching the field. Ramsey ran alongside Reeves until lap 21 when Reeves finally pulled back to the spot while Shagla was opening his lead, going on to his fourth win of the year after a lap 23 yellow for Deven Dudenhoeffer. The final order was Shagla, Reeves, Ramsey with Cochenour fourth, barely ahead of Church.

Greg Marsh and Brandon Huffman led the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challengers to the green for the final feature of the night. Marsh led the first lap with third-starting Kurt Babcock coming to the front at the end of two. At three laps Mike Riche was second with Huffman now third and last week’s winner Skip Jackson fourth Jackson came to third at five complete but was back to fourth at halfway. Huffman came to second at five laps left but Babcock was speeding away to his first win at Stateline. Huffman wound up second with Jackson third, Riche fourth, and Andy Proper fifth.

Gardner wins “Papa” Don Frank Memorial!!!

July 5th, 2016

Busti, NY: On a beautiful night at Stateline Speedway presented by LiteHouse Auto veteran driver Rich Gardner staved off a strong last lap challenge from Rob Blair to win the twentieth race of his Stateline Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model career. Blair actually nosed ahead heading into turn three on the final circuit but Gardner rocketed back to the lead coming out of turn four in heavy traffic for the win. Using the outside line Damian Bidwell, a two-time former Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model champion, cruised to his second win in as many weeks over Darrell Bossard, a feature winner earlier in the season. David Scott collected his fourth win of the season in the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod finale. The new Rusted Nutz ProMods were paced to the checkers by Justin Carlson, the first three time winner of the division. Mark Ramsey got his first Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock feature win of the season while former Himes Auction Super Sportsman champion Jim Kibbe got to Victory Lane for the third time this season. The night capper was the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature, won by Skip Jackson, his first Stateline win this season.

The Rusted Nutz ProMods were the first feature on tap with Justin Carlson and Scott Gurdak on the front row and staying side by side for lap one. Gurdak led lap two with the leaders again side by side at the end of three. Carlson was in front at four laps in when Brian Mohawk spun out on turn two. Carlson, Gurdak, and Kelly Frederes, all winners this summer, brought the field back to green with Jason Covey, also a feature winner, next to Frederes for third at five complete. At halfway it was Carlson, Gurdak, Frederes, Covey, and Jeramy Williams. At the finish it was still the same but for Dennis Asel who got by Williams for fifth.

Ryan Scott and John Schenker brought the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods to green with Scott leading through lap four when Greg Johnson stopped on the front straight. After green David Scott immediately pulled to the lead with Ryan second, Dan Davies third, last week’s winner Troy Carr fourth, and Ron Seeley fifth. At halfway Davies was second and Butch Southwell was fighting with Seeley over fifth. A spin in turn two with six to go slowed the field for the second time. With five to go David Pangrazio spun in turn three, again slowing the event. With four left Davies drew alongside Scott in turn two but was unable to make a run for the lead. One final yellow slowed the race at the white flag but at the checkers it was David Scott for his fourth win of the season over Davies, Ryan Scott, Carr, and Southwell.

The featured event of the evening was the 30-lap Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature in memory of Don Frank, one of the five men who built Stateline Speedway in the spring of 1956. All twenty-two starters
carried an American flag as they paraded in tribute to the racing “founding father”, “Papa” Don Frank. Rich Gardner, a former champion, and John Volpe brought the field to green with Gardner launching out to a several length lead but Robbie Blair coming to second at lap three. At four complete caution flew with Gardner, Blair, Volpe, Greg Oakes, and David Scott the top five. At six laps in Chad Valone and Ward Schell tangled and came to rest in turn four, again slowing the race. Gardner, Blair, Volpe, Oakes, and now Dave Hess Jr fifth, brought the field back to green but Hess got sideways in turn three with seven cars eventually involved. Oakes came to third after green but at eight laps in five cars piled up in turn three when Rick Tripodi spun. At green Gardner again led with Blair second, Oakes third, Max Blair fourth, and Bump Hedman fifth. At halfway the order was still the same. In heavy traffic Blair caught Gardner and got by heading down the back straight on the final lap and got by him but Gardner dove under Blair in turn four and won by 0.050 sec at the line.

The win was the twentieth Stateline triumph for Gardner, the 2008 track champion who began his career in the old Spectator class forty years ago in 1976. Rob Blair settled for second after the gallant last lap effort, Oakes was third with Max Blair, a two-time winner this season, fourth, and Hedman fifth.

Ted and Tommy Kosinski brought the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen to green with Ted Kosinski leading lap one after a restart with two-time winner Jim Kibbe second, then Doug Birath and Mike Genco tangled in turn three, again putting the race under caution. Ted Kosinski, Jim Kibbe, and Mike Kosinski brought the field back under power with Ted Kosinski leading Kibbe, and points leader Dan Nocero Jr following. Genco again spun in turn three with three compete. Genco again brought caution over the field at four complete as he came to a halt in turn two. Mike Kosinski came to second after this green with Nocero to third at six compete. At seven Kibbe was again in third and Nocero back to the spot a lap later. Coming around the outside Kibbe got all the way to second at lap nine. At twelve laps Kibbe was leading and on the way to his third win of the season. Ted Kosinski was second, Mike Kosinski third, Nocero fourth, and Matt Kosinski fifth.

Ryan Scott and Jason Tingue brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models to green with Scott leading lap one and Darrell Bossard coming to second. At five complete Scott led Bossard, Mike Wonderling, last week’s winner Damian Bidwell, and Andy Boozel. At six laps in, Bidwell came around Bossard on the high side and was leading at the end of seven. Bossard got by Scott using the low side at nine complete. At halfway Bidwell led Bossard, Scott, Wonderling, and Boozel. Tingue, who had slipped back to eighth at thirteen complete, spun coming out of turn four, slowing the race under caution. Tingue spun again in turn two after green. With five left Wyatt Scott was up to fifth but at the front Bidwell, a two time Stateline champion, was leading the way to his second win of the season over Bossard, Ryan Scott, Wyatt Scott, a two time winner, and Wonderling.

Tony Marotto and Gary Fisher brought the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks to green. Fisher took off to the early lead with Marotto second. Dave Shagla and Brian Crandall ran side by side until three laps complete when Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn two, slowing the race for the first time. For green it was Fisher, Marotto, Shagla, Crandall and Mark Ramsey. At four laps Shagla, looking for win number four, was second when Bill Applebee spun in turn one, again slowing the race. Ramsey was third for the green. Ramsey was second at the end of five and challenging at six complete. Halfway into the twenty lapper the running order was Fisher, Ramsey, Shagla, Mike Moore, and Marotto. Yellow then flew for Applebee and Wayne Mohawk, both spun in turn four. Shagla quickly came back to second after green but Ramsey fought back on the high side then a spin by Tyler Dynys slowed the race just as Ramsey was drawing even with the leader. Again Fisher led Shagla, Ramsey, Marotto now fourth with Moore fifth, back to green. Bill Reeves, the points leader who started twentieth, was up to sixth. At this green Shagla and Ramsey both came by Fisher on the back straight with Ramsey barely ahead of the three-wide scramble at the line. Fisher then spun in turn two with five to go and was collected by Kyle Cochenour, who had to be towed from the scene. Ramsey led the race back to green and opened up a lead on Shagla until two laps to go when Marotto spun in turn three. For the final two laps it was Ramsey, Shagla, Bill Reeves, Moore, and Chad Ramsey. Chad Ramsey and Mike Moore made contact on the back straight after green, with both sliding to the infield and yet again slowing the event. Now the order was Mark Ramsey, Shagla, Reeves, Kyle Weilacher, and Bill Best. Four cars spun in turn two at green, yet again slowing the field. With the 25 minute limit reached, Ramsey was declared the winner and the top five as they were running when the final caution was shown.

Kevin Covell and Skip Jackson brought the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature to the final green of the evening. Jackson led early with Covell second, Riche third, and Travis Darling fourth. At three laps in Riche was up to second with Pete Volpe, last week’s winner, now third. Volpe got to second at six complete but Jackson now had a quarter lap lead. With two to go Jackson was coming to heavy lapped traffic and Volpe was starting to close the gap. Jackson got to the checkers for his first Stateline win of the season with Volpe second, Riche third, five time winner Andy Proper fourth, and Travis Darling fifth.

“Papa” Don Frank Memorial this Saturday at Stateline Speedway!

July 2nd, 2016

Busti, NY-This coming Saturday Stateline Speedway will remember “Papa” Don Frank, one of the five men who built Stateline Speedway in the spring and early summer of 1956. Don, his brother Jerry, along with Leonard Briggs, Lloyd Williams, and Marv Thorpe, purchased the land on Kortwright Rd in Busti and began clearing it out, carving the the 1/3 mile oval and christening it as Stateline Speedway due to its proximity to the NY/PA border. Don Frank, known as “Papa Don” to family and friends alike, was a guiding force until the original owners sold the speedplant to Francis and Lynn Seamens in the fall of 1984. Over the 28-season ownership of the original group, Frank was a strong leader and is fondly remembered by all who knew him. Sally Frank, Don’s wife, will give the command to start engines and she and their children are expected to attend the event and will present the winner’s check. Long time Stateline supporter Neil’s Propane will be sponsoring the evening.

Veteran competitor John Lobb leads the points chase as the season reaches the halfway point and has to be among the favorites to win the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model 30-lap grind. Lobb was a feature winner last season but has not yet made it to the Winner’s Circle this season. David Scott, a two-time champion, currently is second in the standings, 34-points behind the leader. Scott won the feature on May 28th and is always a threat to win in any race he takes the green. Dutch Davies, also a winner this season and a two-time former champion, is third with former champions Chad Valone and Rich Gardner rounding out the top five. Seventh running Max Blair has two feature wins while Doug Eck also has a win. Darrell Bossard is the most recent winner.

Ryan Scott, winless, but leading right to the checkers last week in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature before losing the battle to Damian Bidwell, is the current points leader over Wyatt Scott, who won the first two weeks of the season. Andy Boozel, winless, is third with last week’s winner Damian “Half-Pint” Bidwell fourth. Scott Gurdak is fifth. Defending champion Jason Genco is seventh with one win and Matt Latta also has a win.

Butch Southwell, with consistent “up-front” finishes, is atop the standings in the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod chase over last week’s winner Troy Carr. Defending champion Greg Johnson is third. Three time winner David Scott is currently fourth with Ron Seeley fifth. Vic Vena and Rich Michael Jr each have a win.

With three wins, defending champion Dan Nocero leads the Himes Auction Super Sportsman chase over two time, and last week’s winner Jim Kibbe. Steve Longo is third. Ted Kosinski, currently fourth, also has a win. Michael Kosinski is fifth.

With two wins on the season, including last week, Jason Covey leads the Rusted Nutz ProMod Championship battle over Kelly Frederes, a single winner. Single winner Scott Gurdak is third with Jeramy Williams fourth and Dennis Asel fifth. Justin Carlson also has two wins and is sixth at this time.

Bill Reeves leads the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks on the basis of two wins over three time winner Dave Shagla Jr. Opening night winner Gary Fisher is third. Bill Best and Brian Crandall round out the top five.

Any Proper has dominated the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger standings with five wins! He has built a commanding 374 point lead in six weeks of racing! Kevin Covell is second with Ben Sudol third, Skip Jackson fourth, and Jasmine Markham fifth. Last week’s winner Pete Volpe is sixth.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and college students with current school ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Dain Naida wins first-ever Patriot Sprint feature of his career!

June 28th, 2016

Busti, NY: The Patriot Sprint Tour made its first visit to Stateline Speedway since 2013 with Michigan’s Dain Naida earning his first-ever PST win after taking over the top spot at lap seventeen in the caution-free event. Darrel Bossard win his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature leading every lap after starting from the pole position. The closest finish of the night was in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature where Damian Bidwell used the high side on the final lap to get next to race-long leader Ryan Scott on the final lap and snatch the win away by approximately eighteen inches at the stripe! Troy Carr notched his first win of the season, leading every lap of the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature and the Rusted Nutz ProMods were led to the checkers by Jason Covey after a see-saw early race battle with Kelly Frederes, swapping the lead several times in the early laps. It was the second win of the season for the 2015 Street Stock champion. Bill Reeves cruised to his second win of the season in the Fox’s Pizza Street Stock night-capper. Former champion Dan Nocero Jr led the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen to the his third win of the season and Andy Proper’s win streak ended at five as Pete Volpe won his first Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature.

Defending champion and two-time winner this season, Dan Nocero, started from the pole position in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen finale, then drove off with the lead from the start with two-time winner Jim Kibbe challenging for the lead at nine laps in. With two laps remaining Steve Longo spun on the back straight, slowing the race under yellow for the only time. On the restart Kibbe slid sideways in turn one, dropping several spots. At the checkers it was Nocero, Michael Kosinski, Longo, Kibbe, Matt Kosinski.

The Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers feature started with Pat Oyer and Pete Volpe on the front row with Volpe leading the way. At halfway undefeated Andy Proper was up to fourth from his twelfth place start. With six laps complete Mike Riche slapped the back straight wall and came to a halt, slowing the race under yellow. After green Volpe again led with Proper now second and trailing smoke with Skip Jackson third. At the checkers Volpe picked up his first win of 2016, ending Proper’s winning streak at five.

The Rusted Nutz ProMods started their 15-lap feature with previous winner Jason Covey and Kelly Frederes on the pole with Covey a nose ahead at the end of one lap then Frederes leading by a nose at the end of two. The two ran side-by-side throughout the first two and a half laps. Three laps in and Covey had sole possession of the front spot with Scott Gurdak third. At halfway Covey had a two length lead over Gurdak with Justin Carlson up to third. At ten complete Covey was in lapped traffic with Gurdak right on his tail. After the lapped cars were cleared Covey again opened his lead and Frederes came back to third with three laps left. As the white flag waved traffic was again looming and Gurdak caught Covey in that traffic on the back straight but fell back coming to the finish, falling short by 0.360 second. Frederes wound up third with Jeramy Williams fourth, and Carlson fifth.

Ryan Scott and Damian Bidwell brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature to green with Scott leading from the start. At halfway it was still Scott showing the way with Bidwell second, Dave Lyon third, Matt Latta fourth, and Mike Wonderling fifth. At twelve Robert Meacham III spun in turn two, slowing the event the first time. After green again flew Wyatt Scott spun in turn two and was collected by Chad Schauers and Nate Earle, again bringing out caution. Latta, running fourth, slid high in turn four at lap sixteen, falling back two spots and allowing Darrell Bossard to fifth. Bidwell, using the outside line drew even with Scott on the final lap and nipped him at the line by approximately a foot and a half. Dave Lyon wound up third with Mike Wonderling fourth, and Darrell Bossard fifth.

The A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour by Bonnell’s Collision Center started eighteen cars with Pauli Colagiovanni and Dain Naida on the front row. Naida led from green with Joe Trenca coming to second. Points leader Jared Zimbardi was fourth at the end of three behind Colagiovanni.

At five complete Trenca was challenging for the front spot and leading at the end of six. Zimbardi came to third at lap seven. The leaders caught lapped traffic at nine laps in with Trenca still in front. At halfway the order was Trenca, Naida, Zimbardi, Steve Collins and Colagiovanni. Naida regained lead on lap seventeen in heavy traffic. With five to go, Naida, Trenca, Zimbardi, Collins, and Colagiovanni were the top five. Zimbardi, the defending series champion grabbed second at lap 21. At the finish line it was Naida, Zimbardi, Colagiovanni, Collins, and Justin Barger, who came to fifth on the final lap. It was the Michigan native Dain Naida’s first ever win in the series.

The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods were brought to green by Greg Johnson and Troy Carr with Carr grabbing the lead at the drop of the green and third starting Ryan Scott coming to second by the end of lap one. At halfway it was Carr leading with Scott, Johnson, Butch Southwell, and three-time winner David Scott filling out the top five. John Schenker got by David Scott for fifth shortly after the halfway point. The top five at the finish were still Carr, for his first win this season, over Ryan Scott, Johnson, Southwell, and Schenker.

Darrel Bossard, driving the car usually piloted by Chuck Parker, and Chad Valone brought the overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Bossard leading by a nose after one lap and a car-length ahead after two. Bossard steadily pulled away with Valone second, Greg Oakes third, David Scott fourth, and Dutch Davies fifth at lap ten when Bossard began lapping the back-markers. Davies, a winner earlier in the season, got by Scott, also an early season winner, at lap twelve. With ten to go Bossard had a near quarter lap lead over Valone. At sixteen complete Davies got by Oakes for third and was making up ground on Valone, who had started cutting into Bossard’s lead. With five to go Bossard was again lengthening his lead with Davies getting by Valone at 22 complete. Bossard went on to the win, the fourth Super Late Model win of his career at Stateline, and his first of this season.

Bill Reeves and Sam Courson brought the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks to green with June 11th winner Reeves leading laps one and two, then caution was shown when Paul Nelson spun in turn four. At green Guy Adams came to second with Courson back to third. Courson got back to second at five complete with Bill Best coming to third. Three-time winner and points leader Dave Shagla Jr was fifth at the end of seven, but Scott Delahoy got by both Shagla and Adams a lap later. At nine complete Delahoy and Bill Applebee both spun in turn two, bringing caution over the field for the first time.

On the restart Mike Moore spun into the retaining wall on the back straight, again slowing the race. Reeves again opened up a big lead right at the restart with Best, Courson, Shagla, and Adams following. With three to go Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn three. Mike Moore spun again on the restart in turn two, again delaying the resumption of the race. At the finish it was Reeves with his second victory of the season over Best, Crandall, with a great last lap run, Sam Courson fourth, and Gary Fisher, the opening night winner, fifth.

Dain Naida wins first-ever Patriot Sprint feature of his career!

June 27th, 2016

Busti, NY –The Patriot Sprint Tour made its first visit to Stateline Speedway since 2013 with Michigan’s Dain Naida earning his first-ever PST win after taking over the top spot at lap seventeen in the caution-free event. Darrel Bossard win his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature leading every lap after starting from the pole position. The closest finish of the night was in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature where Damian Bidwell used the high side on the final lap to get next to race-long leader Ryan Scott on the final lap and snatch the win away by approximately eighteen inches at the stripe! Troy Carr notched his first win of the season, leading every lap of the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature and the Rusted Nutz ProMods were led to the checkers by Jason Covey after a see-saw early race battle with Kelly Frederes, swapping the lead several times in the early laps. It was the second win of the season for the 2015 Street Stock champion. Bill Reeves cruised to his second win of the season in the Fox’s Pizza Street Stock night-capper. Former champion Dan Nocero Jr led the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen to the his third win of the season and Andy Proper’s win streak ended at five as Pete Volpe won his first Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature.

Defending champion and two-time winner this season, Dan Nocero, started from the pole position in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen finale, then drove off with the lead from the start with two-time winner Jim Kibbe challenging for the lead at nine laps in. With two laps remaining Steve Longo spun on the back straight, slowing the race under yellow for the only time. On the restart Kibbe slid sideways in turn one, dropping several spots. At the checkers it was Nocero, Michael Kosinski, Longo, Kibbe, Matt Kosinski.

The Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers feature started with Pat Oyer and Pete Volpe on the front row with Volpe leading the way. At halfway undefeated Andy Proper was up to fourth from his twelfth place start. With six laps complete Mike Riche slapped the back straight wall and came to a halt, slowing the race under yellow. After green Volpe again led with Proper now second and trailing smoke with Skip Jackson third. At the checkers Volpe picked up his first win of 2016, ending Proper’s winning streak at five.

The Rusted Nutz ProMods started their 15-lap feature with previous winner Jason Covey and Kelly Frederes on the pole with Covey a nose ahead at the end of one lap then Frederes leading by a nose at the end of two. The two ran side-by-side throughout the first two and a half laps. Three laps in and Covey had sole possession of the front spot with Scott Gurdak third. At halfway Covey had a two length lead over Gurdak with Justin Carlson up to third. At ten complete Covey was in lapped traffic with Gurdak right on his tail. After the lapped cars were cleared Covey again opened his lead and Frederes came back to third with three laps left. As the white flag waved traffic was again looming and Gurdak caught Covey in that traffic on the back straight but fell back coming to the finish, falling short by 0.360 second. Frederes wound up third with Jeramy Williams fourth, and Carlson fifth.

Ryan Scott and Damian Bidwell brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature to green with Scott leading from the start. At halfway it was still Scott showing the way with Bidwell second, Dave Lyon third, Matt Latta fourth, and Mike Wonderling fifth. At twelve Robert Meacham III spun in turn two, slowing the event the first time. After green again flew Wyatt Scott spun in turn two and was collected by Chad Schauers and Nate Earle, again bringing out caution. Latta, running fourth, slid high in turn four at lap sixteen, falling back two spots and allowing Darrell Bossard to fifth. Bidwell, using the outside line drew even with Scott on the final lap and nipped him at the line by approximately a foot and a half. Dave Lyon wound up third with Mike Wonderling fourth, and Darrell Bossard fifth.

The A-Verdi Storage Containers Patriot Sprint Tour by Bonnell’s Collision Center started eighteen cars with Pauli Colagiovanni and Dain Naida on the front row. Naida led from green with Joe Trenca coming to second. Points leader Jared Zimbardi was fourth at the end of three behind Colagiovanni.

At five complete Trenca was challenging for the front spot and leading at the end of six. Zimbardi came to third at lap seven. The leaders caught lapped traffic at nine laps in with Trenca still in front. At halfway the order was Trenca, Naida, Zimbardi, Steve Collins and Colagiovanni. Naida regained lead on lap seventeen in heavy traffic. With five to go, Naida, Trenca, Zimbardi, Collins, and Colagiovanni were the top five. Zimbardi, the defending series champion grabbed second at lap 21. At the finish line it was Naida, Zimbardi, Colagiovanni, Collins, and Justin Barger, who came to fifth on the final lap. It was the Michigan native Dain Naida’s first ever win in the series.

The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods were brought to green by Greg Johnson and Troy Carr with Carr grabbing the lead at the drop of the green and third starting Ryan Scott coming to second by the end of lap one. At halfway it was Carr leading with Scott, Johnson, Butch Southwell, and three-time winner David Scott filling out the top five. John Schenker got by David Scott for fifth shortly after the halfway point. The top five at the finish were still Carr, for his first win this season, over Ryan Scott, Johnson, Southwell, and Schenker.

Darrel Bossard, driving the car usually piloted by Chuck Parker, and Chad Valone brought the overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Bossard leading by a nose after one lap and a car-length ahead after two. Bossard steadily pulled away with Valone second, Greg Oakes third, David Scott fourth, and Dutch Davies fifth at lap ten when Bossard began lapping the back-markers. Davies, a winner earlier in the season, got by Scott, also an early season winner, at lap twelve. With ten to go Bossard had a near quarter lap lead over Valone. At sixteen complete Davies got by Oakes for third and was making up ground on Valone, who had started cutting into Bossard’s lead. With five to go Bossard was again lengthening his lead with Davies getting by Valone at 22 complete. Bossard went on to the win, the fourth Super Late Model win of his career at Stateline, and his first of this season.

Bill Reeves and Sam Courson brought the Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks to green with June 11th winner Reeves leading laps one and two, then caution was shown when Paul Nelson spun in turn four. At green Guy Adams came to second with Courson back to third. Courson got back to second at five complete with Bill Best coming to third. Three-time winner and points leader Dave Shagla Jr was fifth at the end of seven, but Scott Delahoy got by both Shagla and Adams a lap later. At nine complete Delahoy and Bill Applebee both spun in turn two, bringing caution over the field for the first time.

On the restart Mike Moore spun into the retaining wall on the back
straight, again slowing the race. Reeves again opened up a big lead right at the restart with Best, Courson, Shagla, and Adams following. With three to go Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn three. Mike Moore spun again on the restart in turn two, again delaying the resumption of the race. At the finish it was Reeves with his second victory of the season over Best, Crandall, with a great last lap run, Sam Courson fourth, and Gary Fisher, the opening night winner, fifth.

Bossard, Vena, Ted Kosinski also get first of year; Proper continues to dominate Challengers

June 22nd, 2016

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*Eck breaks long dry spell at Stateline!*

Busti, NY: Doug Eck got to Victory Lane with a burst of power down the back straight at lap fifteen of the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model finale for his first feature win at Stateline since 2011. The early laps had featured a three-way fight for the lead between Chad Valone, Dutch Davies, and Jake Finnerty before Eck powered his way to the win. Darrell Bossard parlayed his front row starting spot to his first Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature win of the season, leading the entire distance. Vic Vena prevailed in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod main event, leading from lap four after a row two start and withstanding a strong challenge from Kyle Bedell near the mid-point of the event. It was Vena’s first-ever win at Stateline. 60-year Stateline fan Cathy Donaldson was remembered prior to the start of the E-Mod feature. Justin Carlson became the first repeat winner of the new Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod class. Dave Shagla collected his third win of the season in the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks and Ted Kosinski, a former Himes Auction Super Sportsmen champion, also collected his first victory of the season. Andy Proper continued to be undefeated in the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger night capper, after starting twelfth on the grid and only taking four laps to get to the lead. The Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds made a visit to the speedway with Les Myers winning the fifteen lap feature. Jim Scott and Lars Huling, two local legends, had a special match race with Scott narrowly eclipsing Huling at the finish to make his first visit to Victory Lane since 1976!

Dave Shagla, winner of two Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stock features this season, started from the pole but jumped the initial start so was penalized two spots. That put heat winner Brad Church on the pole but it was Shagla leading at the end of one lap, when caution was shown for an incident involving Eric Hastings and Scott Delahoy. Another yellow for Guy Adams at three laps again slowed the race. Before another lap could be completed Church spun for the next caution. With cars getting “out of shape” on the back straight another yellow was thrown, even though no one stopped. The next start was negated by the starter. At five laps complete Shagla was leading last week’s winner, Bill Reeves, who spun sideways at six complete. Kyle Weilacher then was second but he spun in turn four before the next lap was complete. For the lap six restart Shagla led Tony Marotto, Brian Crandall, Mike Moore, and Reeves back to green but Bill Best spun and was collected by Deven Dudenhoeffer. With the time limit reached, the race was checkered and Shagla went to Victory Lane for the third time this season.

Jeramy Williams and opening night winner Justin Carlson brought the Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature to green with Williams narrowly ahead of fourth starting Jason Covey, also a feature winner this season, after one lap. Zach Johnson spun in lap two, slowing the event for the first time. In turn four of lap three Covey used the inside lane to get by Williams for the lead then caution again flew for an incident between Kevin Ruhlman and Johnson in turn four. At the end of four Scott Gurdak, also an early season winner, was up to second. At lap six Brian Mohawk spun in the main straight slowing the race again. The top four at this point were all feature winners, Covey, Carlson, Gurdak, and Kelly Frederes. Williams was back to fifth. Frederes was third at halfway. With five to go Frederes spun into the infield but never lost a spot. Up front Carlson got next to Covey on lap twelve and was leading at the end of that lap. Frederes again spun into the infield, this time losing third to Gurdak. Carlson went on to become the first repeat winner over Covey, Gurdak, Frederes, and Williams.

After a tribute to Cathy Donaldson, a 60 year fan of Stateline Speedway and Mother of E-Mod driver Ron Seeley; Butch Southwell and Vic Vena brought the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods to green but Vena was deemed to have jumped the start so put back two spots. Troy Carr then led from the outside front row but the race only made one lap before Kurt Thorpe spun in turn two, slowing the race for the first time. Ryan Scott spun on the back straight and was collected by several cars, including Troy Johnson and Steve Rex. Scott needed towed from the scene. Southwell, Kyle Bedell, and Vena led the field back to green but only one more lap was in before John Schenker spun with Johnson getting caught up in the wreck. Vena led the race back to green this time with Bedell challenging after a lap of racing. At five laps the order was Vena, Bedell, Greg Johnson, Seeley, and Southwell. Bedell got the lead at seven complete. Kirk Bradley fourth at halfway just as Troy Carr spun in two. With half the race completed Bedell brought the field back to green with Bradley coming to second then spinning in turn four with eleven completed, also involving third place Johnson, and fifth running Seeley. Bedell and Vena continued to lead Southwell, Thorpe, and Bradley with five laps to go but Vena pulled by Bedell at sixteen complete. Vena then went on to his first-ever Stateline feature win with Bedell holding on for second, Southwell third, Bradley fourth, and Carr fifth.

Jim Kirkwood, known as “Dingo” due to his Australian heritage, led the Vintage Modified feature from green but the race was slowed at lap two for the stalled #20 in turn one. Kirkwood again led after green with Les Myers second until Kirkwood spun in turn three on lap twelve. Myers then went on to the win with Kirkwood coming back to second.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models had Darrell Bossard and Ryan Scott leading the way to green. Bossard led from the start with Scott second and Damian Bidwell third. By five laps in Bossard had a quarter-lap lead over Scott with Bidwell challenging on the high side when Robert Meacham III spun in turn four, erasing Bossard’s huge advantage. Bidwell was trying for the lead after green but Bossard again began pulling away at seven laps into the event. At halfway the top five were Bossard, Bidwell, Scott, Dave Lyon, and Chad Silleman. Last week’s winner Jason Genco got to fifth at five laps to go but fell back behind Silleman at four laps left then got the spot back at the white flag. On the final lap Bidwell caught Bossard in traffic and made a charge for the win but came up short. Dave Lyon succeeded in getting by Ryan Scott with two laps to go. The top five were Bossard, Bidwell, Lyon, Scott, and Genco.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models started eighteen cars with Ward Schell and last week’s winner Dutch Davies on the front row. Davies a two-time former champion, led the first two laps up to a caution for an incident in turn four with Joe Layfield, Chub Frank, and Rich Gardner. At the end of three laps Jake Finnerty was third. At five laps Matt Urban spun to the berm of the infield and stalled, bringing yellow again over the race. Back to green it was Davies leading Finnerty, Schell, David Scott, and Chad Valone. Valone shot up to second at green using the extreme high line. At lap nine Valone was leading but Steve Kania spun in turn two, again slowing the event with Davies back in front a lap later. Davies continued to lead after green until Valone got by on the back straight of lap twelve and Jake Finnerty coming to second a lap later at halfway. Finnerty and Valone ran the next lap side by side with Doug Eck shooting to the lead at lap fifteen. Bump Hedman then spun in turn four again slowing the race. Eck led at sixteen with Finnerty, Valone, Davies, and David Scott filling out the top five. With five laps left it was Eck, Finnerty, Scott, Davies, and Valone. John Lobb came to fifth at lap 22 then it was all Eck going to his first win since 2011 over Finnerty, Davies, Scott, and Lobb.

Jim Scott and Lars Huling had a special match race using the Vintage Modifieds with Scott driving Alan Byerly’s 47 car and Huling in the X3 of Les Myers. The two ran side by side throughout the event and finished in an apparent “Dead Heat”! After a review Scott was deemed to be the winner, sending the Stateline track owner to Victory Lane since July 24, 1976!

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature was brought to green by Ted Kosinski and Dan Nocero Jr, both former champions of the class. Yellow flew before the end of lap one when Tommy and Matt Kosinski tangled in turn four. Ted Kosinski led from green with Nocero second and Burgun third. At the end of three Burgun was second and a lap later last week’s winner Jim Kibbe was third after starting twelfth. At the halfway point Shane Horner came to a stop on the back straight, slowing the race. At lap twelve Kibbe got by for the lead and appeared to be on his way to the win but Ted Kosinski caught him in lapped traffic on the final circuit coming back by for the win, his first of the season. Burgun was later disqualified and moved to last place for illegal tires.

Kevin Covell led the challenger series to the line for the final feature of the night with skip Jackson to his outside. Andy Proper, looking to stay perfect on the year, rolled off 12th. Covell held Jackson off for the lead early while proper moved to third by the end of the second lap. John Dunn’s stalled machine on the front stretch brought out the first yellow but that only delayed Propers charge. By the end of lap four, proper had taken his usual position at the front, cruising to his fifth straight win ahead of Jackson, Lindsey Carlson, Mike Riche Jr, and Covell.

Proper remains undefeated, Scott gets third of season, Blair gets second win, Genco, Gurdak, and Reeves get first wins of year!

June 15th, 2016

Busti, NY: The Sportsmen class drivers from 1962-1984 were honored at Stateline Speedway Saturday night as the current group of Himes Auction Super Sportsmen competed for extra laps and extra winnings with former champion Jim Kibbe coming out the winner. In regular feature action Max Blair drove to his second Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model win of the season, Jason Genco got his first Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model win of the season, exactly one year after his first win last season. David Scott continued dominating the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods. The honors for the Rusted Nutz ProMod division went to Scott Gurdak, his first in this class. Bill Reeves bested the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks field while Andy Proper remained undefeated in the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers.

The original 1962 Sportsmen race cars were six-cylinder powered prewar coupes with V-8 engines allowed after the 1969 season. Drivers in attendance for this “Tribute Night” included the all-time leading winner Ron Blackmer with 61 wins, 24 race winner Lars Huling, 17 time winner Skip Furlow, and seven time winner Dick Barton.

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen were the featured class with Jim Kibbe leading the first four laps of the twenty lap special with Ron Burgun then picking up the lead but Kibbe, last week’s winner hounding him every turn. At halfway it was Burgun, Kibbe, Steve Longo, Ted Kosinski, and points leader Dan Nocero Jr. After a lap 11 caution, Burgun continued to lead with Kibbe staying in hot pursuit. On the 14th lap of the race, Kibbe shot to Burgun’s inside with the cars making contact coming out of turn 2. Kibbe was able to correct his car and challenge Burgun for the lead once again in turn 4. This time, the number 18 machine was able to wrestle the top spot away, leading with just six laps to go. The feature’s second yellow flag period occurred on lap 17, setting up a three lap sprint to the finish with Kibbe leading Burgun, Longo , Ted Kosinki and Nocero Jr. Kibbe made his final restart of the night count, sprinting to his second straight feature win. Burgun held off Longo for the runner up spot with Ted Kosinki fourth and Michael Kosinki fifth.

Jason Genco got the early jump in the crate late model feature, settling in ahead of second place Andy Boozel and a three wide battle for third between Wyatt Scott, Darrell Bossard and Scott Gurdak. That three wide battle eventually led to the first caution when the youngest Scott spun in turn two. After a second quick caution, Genco continued to lead with Boozel continuing to hound him for the top spot. Boozel pulled nearly even with Genco at the completion of lap three but Genco held the top spot by inches at the line. After the challenge from Boozel, Genco settled in, extending his lead over the next three laps. Boozel meanwhile found himself busy with Bossard who begin attempting to take away the second spot. Bossard cleared Boozel for second on lap 10 and set his sights on the leader Genco. Further back in the field, Ryan Scott found himself holding down the fifth spot with serious challenges from both Damien Bidwell and Max Blair. Scott and Bidwell were side by side at the line lap after lap with Scott continuing to keep the advantage. Bidwell finally changed his line on lap 17 using the high side to try to pass Scott. Bidwell ultimately made the pass with Blair following him through for sixth. All this was happening behind Genco led wire to wire for the feature win. The victory came nearly one year to the date after his first crate late feature win at the track. Bossard ended up second with Dave Lyon making a late pass of Boozel for third place. Bidwell rounded out the top five just car lengths behind fourth place Boozel.

Weeks one and two winners, Justin Carlson and Jason Covey led the Rusted Nutz RUSH Pro Mods to the green flag for their feature event. After several problems with false starts, they would get two laps in before Zach Johnson and Wayne Mohawk got together to bring out caution. Scott Gurdak took command of the race on lap five as Carlson and Covey would follow in the second and third spots. Sixth starting Kelly Frederes would settle in to fourth as the top three of Gurdak, Carlson, and Covey would remain in that order for the duration of the event. Last week’s winner Frederes would finish in fourth with Dennis Asel rounding out the top five.

Jason DuPont led the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model field to the green for their 25 lap feature, easily jumping out to a three car length lead over Chris Hackett in the event’s first three laps. Warren’s Dutch Davies, last week’s feature winner, spun in turn two to bring out the first caution. Prior to the caution, Waterford’s Dave Hess Jr was on the move, entering the top five after starting outside the fourth row. The second yellow came in short order after the restart as Michael Oakes spun in turn two, collecting Rick Tripodi in the incident. After the accident was cleaned up, Max Blair began to show his speed, rocketing past father Robbie Blair for third place and setting his sights on second place Hackett. After quickly passing Hackett, it didn’t take Blair long to reel in the leader DuPont, passing the NO7 for the lead to as he completed the ninth lap of the race. Blair began to extend his lead before seeing it evaporate when a turn three accident between Doug Eck and Bob Dorman slowed the pace. When racing continued, Blair again worked on building a lead, gaining five car lengths on the field over DuPont slipped and Hackett. The caution was the only thing that could bring Blair back to the field as a wreck between Eck, Kyle Scott, Matt Urban, and Chuck Parker brought out the third yellow. Meanwhile, David Scott – who left his heat race with a damaged rear end – was on the move, gaining 13 spots from 24th to 11th by lap 14. Blair led after the green with Hess using a great restart to get by Hackett for second. DuPont stayed strong in third with Hackett fourth and Robbie Blair fifth with 10 laps to go. Hess and DuPont’s battle for second intensified late in the race with DuPont first passing Hess for the spot and Hess going back by when DuPont spun to bring out another caution with seven laps to go. But this night belonged to Max Blair who pulled away restart after restart to earn his second feature Stateline victory of the season and 202nd feature win of his career. Hess Jr was second, winning a hard fought battle with third place Hackett. Greg Oakes rallied for fourth with Jake Finnerty executing a late pass of Robbie Blair for fifth.

The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods had Troy Carr and Troy Johnson on the front row but the field only made it to turn two before six of the ten starters piled up, negating the start. After restarting Carr led with Greg Johnson second and Dave Scott third. Using the extreme outside groove Scott took over at the end of six laps. Carr then spun from third in turn two but kept the car going, preventing a yellow. Johnson was the leader at the halfway point. Scott, still using the high line, was second with John Schenker third, Troy Johnson fourth, and Carr fifth. With five to go Scott drew even at the line with Johnson then was leading at sixteen. With two to go Scott had a two length lead and stretched it out over the remaining distance to about six lengths at the checkers. Schenker wound up third with Troy Johnson fourth and Carr fifth. It was Scott’s third win of the season.

The seventeen starters of the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks feature were brought to green by Bill Reeves and Brian Crandall with Reeves leading at the end of one lap. At five laps into the fifteen lap run, Reeves held a five length advantage over Crandall with Gary Fisher, the opening night winner, Bill Applebee, and Tony Marotto filling out the top five. Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn two on lap seven, slowing the event the first time. After green one more lap was in the books before Pat Fielding looped his mount in turn one, slowing the field the second time. Reeves continued to lead at the halfway point with Fisher now second and Dave Shagla Jr, two time winner up to third. Mike Moore and Fielding got together in turn two with five to go for caution number three. For this restart it was Reeves, Fisher, Shagla, Applebee, and Crandall. At green Reeves continued to lead but yet another caution flew when Applebee spun from fourth in turn two, collecting Chris Cochenour as three more cars spun in turn one. Under caution Cochenour’s car came to a halt on the front straight and had to be towed from the track. At green Shagla powered by Fisher for second but Fisher stayed alongside until the white flag when Shagla finally completed the pass but Reeves was on his way to his first win of the season. Shagla, winner of the last two nights was second, Fisher settled for third with Crandall fourth, and Bill Best fifth.

Kevin Covell and Ben Sudol brought the Challenger feature to green with Covell leading the way after one lap. Casey Burch came to second with undefeated winner Andy Proper third at three laps. At four complete Proper was second and challenging for his fourth consecutive win at the halfway point and leading at six complete. Proper went on dominating the season, winning over Covell, Burch, Sudol, and Jasmine Markham.

Sportsmen Tribute this week at Stateline Speedway

June 11th, 2016

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway ran a six-cylinder (later-V8) coupe class called “Sportsmen” from 1962 through 1984. The drivers in that class will be honored Saturday night with the first of Stateline’s three scheduled “Tribute Night” specials. The Sportsmen were added with a couple specials in 1962 and became part of the weekly show in 1963. Westfield, NY’s Bob Gilbert won the very first event for the class. The all-time winner’s list had Ronnie Blackmer on top with 61 wins over Bob Schnars with 25. Lars Huling is third on the list with 24, Jay Plyler fourth with 18, and Skip Furlow fifth with 17 wins. Fifty-four drivers registered wins over the life of the class with Blackmer collecting four championships in 1964, ’65, ’68, and ’77. Plyler collected three championship trophies, 1969, ’70, and ’71. Bobby Schnars, Buddy Erickson, and Dick Barton each have two championships. All champions are invited to the track Saturday and as many as possible will be interviewed over the course of the evening’s activities. Cargo Auto Parts is the sponsor making this tribute night possible.

The highlight of the evening will be a special appearance by the Pennsylvania Vintage Modifieds, a group that has restored several vintage racers from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. The group consists of about a dozen old racers that put on a heat and feature, actually racing, not just a demonstration. Drivers include Alan Byerly, Les Myers, Jim “Dingo” Kirkwood (from Australia!), and Gary Haupt. A heat and a feature will be contested.

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen are the featured class this week with extra laps and extra purse for their special event sponsored by Welder’s Supply. Defending champion Dan Nocero Jr has two wins and leads former champion Jim Kibbe in the season long chase. Kibbe has one win on the season, that coming last Saturday night. Steve Longo, former champion Ted Kosinski, and Tommy Kosinski fill out the top five.

All classes will be in action with last week’s winners looking to add to their win totals. Dave Scott, Dutch Davies, and Max Blair all have Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature wins this season but John Lobb leads in the points standing by forty over Chad Valone with Scott third. Rich Gardner is fourth and Davies fifth.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models are currently paced by Ryan Scott, not yet with a feature win this season. Wyatt Scott, winner in each of the first two weeks, is second with Andy Boozel, Scott Gurdak, and Chad Schauers round out the top five. Matt Latta scored the win last Saturday night.

Double winner David Scott leads the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod title chase over Butch Southwell, Troy Carr, Greg Johnson, and Ron Seeley. Rich Michael won the Paula Southwell Memorial last Saturday night.

In the first three weeks of racing for the all new Rusted Nutz ProMod division three drivers have visited Victory Lane, Justin Carlson, Jason Covey, and points leader Kelly Frederes. Covey is second with Scott Gurdak third. Jeremy Williams and Dennis Asel fill out the top five.

Two-time winner Dave Shagla, Jr leads the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocksover Bill Reeves and opening night winner Gary Fisher with Tony Marotto fourth and Bill Best fifth.

Andy Proper has dominated the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challengers, winning all three features contested to date and holding an over 100-point edge over Travis Darling. Pete Volpe is third with Greg Marsh fourth, and Ben Sudol fifth.

Future dates on the Stateline Speedway calendar to remember are the appearance by the Patriot Sprint Group on June 25, then July 2 fireworks will light the skies and a giant give-a-way by Neil’s Propane consisting of bicycles, scooters, teeshirts, and hats will light up the faces of Stateline’s younger fans. Then the biggest race of Stateline’s 60-year history, the Legacy Tribute to the Original Owners, Jerry and Don Frank, Leonard Briggs, Lloyd Williams, and Marv Thorpe. The highlight of that night, and the entire season, will be a 60-lap feature for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over), college students with current ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced.

The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Michael Jr wins third consecutive Paula Southwell Memorial at Stateline!

June 8th, 2016

Busti, NY- Under threatening skies Stateline Speedway got in their third event of 2016, the Paula Southwell Memorial for the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods. Ishua, NY’s Rich Michael Jr took over at the front on lap three after starting sixth. Michael was challenged n ear the end of the event by a strong running David Scott, who pulled ahead briefly on the backstretch on the final lap but Michael roared back to the lead in turns three and four. In other action Dutch Davies won the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature, taking over at the front on lap eleven after starting sixth. Matt Latta led the Shults Auto Group flag to flag for his first Stateline Speedway win. Points leader Kelly Frederes led every lap of the Rusted Nutz ProMod feature from his outside front row starting berth for his first win of the current campaign. Fox’s Pizza Den points leader Dave Shagla Jr collected his second win of this season after starting sixth and taking the lead at he end of six laps in the caution-strewn event that reached the time limit and checkered at only ten laps complete. Former Himes Auction Company Super Sportsmen champion Jim Kibbe collected his first win of the season after taking the lead from Matt Kosinski at lap six after starting third. Andy Proper started sixth and took over at the front of the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challenger feature from early leader Travis Darling at lap four. Proper then went on to continue his undefeated season.

The Rusted Nutz ProMods were the first up with feature action with Jeremy Williams and points leader Kelly Frederes on the front row. After a lap one spin and caution by Zack Johnson the race went green all the way to checkers with Frederes leading every lap. Scott Gurdak wound up second with Jeremy Williams third, last week’s winner Jason Covey fourth, and Dennis Asel fifth.

The Paula Southwell Memorial started the thirty lap feature for the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods with Troy Carr on the pole and Shane Crotty outside. On lap three Rich Michael Jr, the defending race winner, took over at the front after starting sixth with John Woodward, the fifth place starter, coming to second at lap five. By ten laps in David Scott was up to third after starting eighth. At fourteen laps complete the first caution flew when Mark DePouceau came to a stop at the pit entrance. The order for the restart was Michael over John Woodward, Scott, Dan Davies, and Carr.

Michael, the two time defending champion had a quarter lap lead evaporate with the yellow flag. Scott immediately came to second at the drop of the green with Davies to third and Woodward back to fourth. Yellow flew at lap sixteen when Cale Crocker came to a stop in turn four with a flat right front tire. Michael, Scott, Davies, Woodward, and now Greg Johnson were the leaders for this restart with Michael, the two time defending champion of the event again pulling away at green. Just two laps later Ron Seeley spun in turn three, slowing the race for the third time. At nineteen laps complete Butch Southwell came to fifth place. Southwell was fourth on lap 21. Yellow again flew at 22, this time for David Lamphere, who came to a halt in turn four after spewing a cloud of smoke. Scott used the extreme high line and drew even with Michael at the white flag, then pulling ahead on the back straight but Michael charged back in turn three to edge Scott at the checkers by 0.075 second. Davies wound up third with Southwell fourth, and Shane Crotty fifth.

The Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks started with Brad Church and Guy Adams on the front row with Church leading lap one. Chris Cochenhour took over at the front on lap two but spun in turn four before completing the lap and eventually involving thirteen cars with nine coming to a stop. Church, Bill Reeves, and Adams brought the race back to green but the start was called back. Church led to turn four of lap two when Reeves got by. Last week’s winner Dave Shagla was up to second at three complete when Tyler Dynys and Mike Moore tangled in turn four. At four laps in Shagla pulled even with Reeves at the line but Deven Dudenhoeffer spun in turn four. Only one more lap was in the books before caution again was flying, this time for Brian Crandall, spinning on the front straight. At this green Shagla led at the end of six but yet another caution flew at lap six for Wayne Mohawk, spinning in turn four. Scott Delahoy spun and sat on turn two with seven laps complete for yet another caution at lap seven as rain began to fall. Delahoy was sent to the pit for his second caution. With five to go Shagla had a ten car length lead that was erased when Church spun in turn four but then Rich Hemphill got onto the infield in turn three, hitting a “yuke” tire, sending it onto the track where it was hit hard my Tony Marotto. At this point the twenty-minute time limit was exceeded and the race was checkered. Shagla was declared the winner. Reeves wound up second with Cochenour third, Ramsey fourth, and Gary Fisher fifth.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models were next with Andy Boozel and Matt Latta on the front row. Latta took the immediate lead with third starting Damian Bidwell coming to second. Defending champion Jason Genco came to second at seven complete and started chasing down Latta. Points leader Wyatt Scott came to third at lap nine, looking for his third win of the season. Nathan Earle spun in turn four at the halfway point for the first caution of the race. Latta led Genco, Scott, Bidwell, and Boozel back to green. Genco pulled next to the leader at lap eleven but spun sideways in turn one after running next to the leader for the entire lap, slamming one of the infield tires. At the resumption of racing Latta led Scott and Bidwell to green but Scott spun into one of the infield tires, again slowing the race. This green had Latta leading Bidwell, Jamie Brown, Boozel, and Scott Gurdak back to green. Ryan Scott got to third at lap seventeen. Up front, Bidwell was cruising to his first win of the season over Bidwell, a former champion, Ryan Scott, Scott Gurdak, another former champion, and Boozel.

Bump Hedman and Chad Valone brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Valone, a former champion, leading the way. With two laps in Michael Oakes, Joe Layfield, and Chuck Parker all spun in turn four, slowing the race the first time. When racing resumed Valone shot back to the front with Dutch Davies, also a former champion, coming to second.

Rich Gardner, yet another champion, was third with John Lobb fourth and Hedman back to fifth by seven laps into the race. Valone, running right against the wall, continued with Davies drawing alongside in the turns and taking over at the front on lap eleven. At twelve laps Lobb got by Gardner for third. Davies starting lapping back markers at fourteen complete. Chris Hackett, victim of a violent roll-over last week, was fifth at the time of the next caution, for Rich Gardner, at lap fifteen. The top five was now Davies, Valone, Lobb, Hackett, and David Scott. Valone spun out of the runner up spot at lap seventeen. Under caution Scott came to a halt in turn one and was towed rom the racing surface with apparent rear end problems. At nineteen laps Hackett suddenly slowed with a flat left rear tire. Davies continued to lead with Lobb up to second and Greg Oakes third at 21 laps when Kyle Scott and Bob Dorman got together in turn three, setting up another restart. The top five with four to go was Davies, Lobb, Oakes, Valone, and Doug Eck. At the white flag Gardner was back to fifth and at the checkers it was Davies, Lobb, Oakes, Valone, and Gardner.

The Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers had Travis Darling leading from green with Greg Marsh coming to second. Andy Proper took over at the front on lap four with Mike Riche up to third. Proper went on to the win with Riche second and Marsh third at lap seven. Proper scored the win with Marsh second, Kevin Covell third, Jacob Dunn fourth, and Mike Riche fifth.

The Himes Auction Company Super Sportsmen feature had Steve Longo and Ted Kosinski bringing the field to green with Kosinski leading at one lap compete when Shane Horner spun in turn three. At the restart it was Matt Kosinski leading but two cars, Dan Nocero and Mike Little, piled up in turn three. Another yellow when Mike Kosinski stopped as the next green flew, negating that start. Matt Kosinski led at four complete with Jim Kibbe pulling even at the flag. Yellow again on lap five with Tommy Kosinski in the back straight wall. After green Matt Kosinski again led but Kibbe took over at lap six. With five to go it was Kibbe over Matt Kosinski, Ted Kosinski, points leader Dan Nocero, and Tommy Kosinski. Matt Kosinski and Ted Kosinski got together hard in turn two at eleven compete for yet another caution. With two laps to go another caution flew for Matt Kosinski in the front wall. With the white flag flying yet another spin by Horner slowed the race for the final time. Kibbe went on to the win with Nocero second, Tommy Kosinski third, Steve Longo fourth, and Ron Burgun fifth.

Paula Southwell Memorial this Saturday at Stateline!

June 4th, 2016

Busti, NY: Paula Southwell was the daughter of Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod standout Butch Southwell. On May 4, 2013 Paula tragically lost her life in a motorcycle accident on the night of her Father’s most recent win at Stateline. Since May 18, 2013 Paula has been remembered with a Memorial race for the E-Mods. The first Memorial was won by Waterford, PA’s Dave Hess Jr with the 2014 and 2015 events win by Rich Michael Jr each year. This year’s event will pay $2000 to the winner plus lap leader bonuses worth $25 for each of the thirty laps. After two weeks of racing David Scott holds a commanding 42-point lead in the season standings over Butch Southwell and Troy Carr. Ron Seeley and Greg Johnson, who had a rough end to his feature last Saturday, barrel rolling coming out of turn four, round out the top five. Michael Jr is expected to be in attendance to attempt to repeat win his third in a row. Scott has both feature wins this season.

Max Blair leads Scott in the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model standings by the slimmest of margins, one point! Both Blair and Scott have a feature win. Trailing in third, another 64-markers behind Scott, is John
Lobb. Chad Valone and Rich Gardner are fourth and fifth. Wyatt Scott has dominated the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model

Victory Lane thus far this season, winning both features run to date. As a result he enjoys a 32-point cushion in the season standings over his cousin Ryan Scott who, in turn, is ten markers ahead of third running Andy Boozel. Scott Gurdak and Chad Schauers fill out the top five.

Kelly Frederes leads the Rusted Nutz Pro Mods points despite being shut out of the Winner’s Circle this season over Jason Covey, feature winner last week. Scott Gurdak is third another 41-points back over Jeremy Williams and Dennis Asel. Opening night winner Justin Carlson is sixth. Dave Shagla, last week’s winner, leads the Fox’s Pizza Den Street Stocks by one point over Gary Fisher, opening night’s winner. Just two more points back in third is Bill Reeves. 2015 points runner-up Anthony Marotto is a distant fourth with Wayne Mohawk fifth.

Defending Himes Auction Super Sportsmen points champion Dan Nocero Jr has been undefeated in both heat and feature races this summer, leading Ted Kosinski by 36 markers. Mike Kosinski is third, 18-points behind his brother. Steve Longo and Jim Kibbe round out the top five. Andy Proper is leading the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers with wins in both features. His lead is 43-points over Travis Darling in second with Ben Sudol third, Pete Volpe fourth, and Dana Haner fifth.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY and races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over) and college students with ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

David Scott wins Memorial Day Special at Stateline! “Busti” Bobby Schnars remembered in moving tribute.

May 30th, 2016

Busti, NY -Rain threatened to wash out activities at Stateline Speedway presented by LiteHouse Auto all afternoon and evening, with some sprinkles felt right at the start of the first feature but all racing was completed even as lightning was observed in the distance and rain fell all around the track. Stateline Speedway historian Randy Anderson delivered a moving eulogy in remembrance of Bobby Schnars, winner of 79 Late Model feature events and 25 Sportsmen features over a twenty year period starting in 1957. Long-time competitor John Lacki lettered a “Tribute Car” with Bobby’s signature red body with a bright white M1 number. The tribute car paced the feature with Dick Barton driving. Barton is the only drive to have won more Super Late Model races than Schnars, eighty from 1986 through 2014. When the 35-lap feature was checkered David Scott was in the Overhead Door of Jamestown Victory Lane.

Wyatt Scott got his first-ever feature win on opening night this year and backed that up with another win in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature. David Scott also won the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature, his second in a row. Jason Covey, the 2015 Street Stock champion, won his first Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature and Dave Shagla took the honors in the Fox Pizza Street Stock finale. Defending champion Andy Proper continued his domination of the Bailey’s Rowing and Recovery Super Challenger feature. The evening was punctuated with two serious “barrel-rolls”, the first by Super Late Model Chris Hackett and the second by the E-Mod driven by Greg Johnson. Although both cars appeared destroyed both drivers walked away from the wrecks un-injured.

The Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature was first on the agenda with Jeremy Williams and Jason Covey up front for the green. With only one lap complete Justin Carlson spun, slowing the race. After green again flew it was Covey leading but Dennis Asel and Brian Mohawk spun in turn three, again slowing the event at three laps. Covey, the 2015 Street Stock champion, started pulling away from the field after green with Kelly Frederes second and Williams third. With five of the fifteen laps left Covey came into lapped traffic and had half a straight lead by the two-laps left signal. Before the white flag could fly Zach Johnson looped his car in turn three. With green again on the air Frederes was challenging for the win with the leaders side by side at half a lap left into turns three and four when Covey again pulled out to the lead and the win. Jeremy Williams finished third with Dennis Asel fourth at the stripe and Scott Gurdak fifth.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models ran their parade and pace laps with John Lacki’s car re-numbered M1 and driven by Dick Barton, retired champion of Stateline Speedway honoring Busti Bobby Schnars leading the field. After a moving eulogy by track historian Randy Anderson with the cars parked on the front straight the crowd stood in honor of Bobby for a moment of silence. Robbie Blair and Rich Gardner, both former champions, brought the field to green with Ward Schell and Jason Dobson spinning in turn two before one lap was complete. The cars were restarted from the original lineup with Dobson and Schell moved to the rear. Blair led lap one with Gardner and Greg Oakes side by side for second. Heading into turn three on lap two Chris Hackett barrel rolled three times up into the wall, landing on his roof but un-injured. Bobby Rohrer and Matt Urban both managed to avoid contact of the flipping car immediately in front of them.

With only one lap completed the lineup had Blair leading with Gardner second, Oakes third, John Lobb fourth, and Jason DuPont fifth. During the pace laps Blair retired pitside with a flat left rear tire. Gardner led lap two with Oakes leading lap three and DuPont coming to third. DuPont was second at four complete when Jason Dobson spun in turn four. DuPont and Oakes were side by side at the line on laps six and seven but DuPont was in sole possession of the lead at eight. At ten laps DuPont lead Oakes, Lobb, eighth staring Max Blair, and ninth starting David Scott. At fourteen complete Oakes was just ahead at the line with DuPont going high. At nineteen laps in, Bob Dorman spun on the main straight, again slowing the event. Under caution DuPont pulled to the pit with mechanical ails. At sixteen compete it was Oakes, Lobb, Max Blair, Scott, and Dutch Davies leading the pack when Andy Boozel spun into the infield and came back on the track in the wrong direction. Caution flew at halfway when fifth running Hedman spun on turn two. At this green David Scott used the extreme high side to come to second at lap 19 then the lead at twenty but back to second a lap later. With ten to go Lobb and Scott were locked in a fierce battle for second with Lobb gaining it at lap 26 and then getting by Oakes for the lead a lap later. At 28 complete Scott got to second and the race was on for the win. With five to go Lobb was starting to pull away but Scott roared around the outside to the lead a lap later. With two to go Scott was opening up a big lead, stretching it to half a straight. Scott won over Max Blair who got by Lobb on the final turn with Oakes fourth and Chad Valone fifth.

The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods came to green with John Woodward Jr and David Scott on the front row. Scott, fresh off one of the most competitive races in track history, immediately launched into the lead with Woodward second at one lap but Butch Southwell coming by at two laps. Greg Johnson came to third at four complete with Michael McGee up to fifth. On lap seven McGee moved by Woodward but Woodward was again fourth two laps later. Johnson and Southwell got together on the main straight fighting for second at lap thirteen with Johnson flipping wildly up over the wall into the catch fencing, then erupting into flames, but uninjured. After the red flag was life’s and racing resumed Troy Carr got to second with Southwell now third, Woodward fourth and Ron Seeley fifth. On lap 18 Scott got too wide in turn one, clipping the wall and turning the lead over to Troy Carr. A lap later a lapped car made contact with Carr, spinning him and handing the lead back to Scott. At the checkers it was Scott, Southwell, Woodward, Seeley, and Rob Middleton. Only four cars were on the lead lap.

Chad Schauers and Ryan Scott brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model field to green with caution appearing at turn two when Schauers spun. Ryan Scott led his cousin Wyatt Scott after one lap with Andy Boozel third, Jamie Brown fourth, and Matt Harvey fifth. At the end of nine laps Wyatt powered into the lead over Ryan Scott. Caution appeared at halfway when Robert Meacham spun in turn three. After green he again spun in turn one. Wyatt Scott again led Ryan Scott and Boozel after the green, pulling out to a big lead. With three laps left Scott Gurdak came to second but Ryan Scott again got the spot a lap later with Boozel again coming to third. At the checkers it was Wyatt Scott, with Boozel getting by Ryan Scott for second, Scott Gurdak fourth, and Jamie Brown. It was the second win in a row for the young Scott, who had just won his first-ever feature on opening night.

The Fox Pizza Street Stocks were next on the track with Bill Applebee and Bill Reeves leading the pack to green. On the first lap Brad Church and Bill Applebee got together coming through turn two with Church ending up sitting backwards on the back straight. Reeves took the lead with week one winner Gary Fisher coming to second. At two complete Dave Shagla got to third but yellow was in the air when Jason Black spun on the back chute. Shagla was second after three laps with Chris Cochenour up to fourth, then third after four. At halfway Shagla was leading over Reeves, Cochenour, Fisher, and Brian Crandall. Shagla opened his lead with Cochenour battling for second at eleven complete but spinning off turn four, again slowing the event. For the restart it was Shagla leading Reeves, Fisher, Crandall, and Mark Ramsey. Scott Delahoy’s car erupted into flames on the back straight on lap twelve, yet again slowing the event. Shagla immediately scooted out front on the final restart, going on to his first win of the season over Reeves, Fisher, Tony Marotto, and Ramsey.

Steve Longo and Jim Kibbe brought the Himes Auction Sportsmen to the start with former champion Kibbe leading with the defending champion Dan Nocero Jr coming to second then the lead at five laps complete. Kibbe was back alongside Nocero with three laps left but Nocero lead with two to go. Nocero went on to his second win of the season with Kibbe settling for second over Ted Kosinski, Mike Kosinski, and Steve Longo.

Nine Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Challengers started their feature with Pete Volpe and Skip Jackson up front. By three laps in defending champion Andy Proper was second from fifth on the grid but Volpe had a huge lead. Mike Riche was third at lap five. At halfway Proper was closing the gap and was side by side at lap ten, leading a lap later. Proper went on to the win his second of the season over Volpe, Travis Darling, Greg Marsh, and Ben Sudul.

Full night of action this week at Stateline Bobby Schnars Tribute, veterans admitted to grandstands free!

May 27th, 2016

Busti, NY: After two weeks of rainouts Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto has juggled its schedule, re-scheduling the Sportsman Special to June 11. The Bill Law Memorial will be re-scheduled to a date later this summer. Veterans with military ID (Form DD214) will be admitted to the fan area free as part of Stateline’s Memorial Day tribute. The track and racers will remember 79-Super Late Model feature winner (plus
25-time Sportsman feature winner) Bobby Schnars, who passed from this life May 22.

All seven divisions will be in action, headed by the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models. Max Blair won on opening night, the only night races were held in this very rainy month. Dave Scott, a winner last fall,
was second with Chris Hackett third.

Wyatt Scott drove to Victory Lane for the first time in his career opening night in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature. Ryan Scott wound up second with Dave Lyon third.

David Scott dominated the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature opening night with 2015 champion Greg Johnson second and Troy Carr third. E-Mod veteran Justin Carlson led Kelly Frederes and Scott Gurdak to the checkers in the first-ever Rusted Nutz Pro-Mods feature. Ten racers were in attendance for the first run of the new class with several more expected to be ready to race this week.

Defending champion Dan Nocero Jr led brothers Ted and Michael Kosinski to the finish of the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen feature while the Fox Pizza Street Stock veteran, Gary Fisher, came to the checkers first over Bill Reeves and Dave Shagla. 2015 champion Andy Proper won the opening night Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers feature with Dana Haner second and Travis Darling third.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY and races every Saturday night with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over), college students with ID, and veterans with ID free this week only, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Stateline Speedway rained out May 21

May 24th, 2016

Busti, NY-Persistent rains soaked the grounds and racing surface at Stateline to the point management has been forced to cancel tonight’s racing activities the Bill Law Memorial for the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models and the Himes Auction Sportsmen Special will be rescheduled at a later date to be announced. Next week will be the Veteran’s Special.

Two specials set to make Saturday special at Stateline!

May 20th, 2016

Busti, NY: Two special events will take place at Stateline Speedway Presented by LiteHouse Auto this with the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models racing for $1100 in the Bill Law Memorial rained out last Saturday. Law was the man instrumental in bringing the Crate Late Models to this area. 25 laps will be the distance for the racers this weekend instead of the usual twenty. The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen will take to the track for a twenty lap finale racing for $350 to win.

Wyatt Scott, fresh off his first-ever feature win opening night will be gunning for his second but will have competition from cousin Ryan Scott, who nearly grabbed the win on a late race restart opening night. Former Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model competitors Dave Lyon, Andy Boozel, and Scott Gurdak will be attempting to prevent the youngsters from adding to their win totals.

Defending champion Dan Nocero Jr started his title defense with a win in the Himes Auction Super Sportsmen opening night so will be looking for two in a row to solidify his points lead. Brothers Ted and Mike Kosinski run second and third in the early points standings with Steve Longo fourth and last year’s Rookie of the Year Tommy Kosinski filling out the top five after one night of competition.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models will be in action wth opening night winner Max Blair in contention for the win but Dave Scott, Chris Hackett, Chad Valone, and John Lobb have all won Stateline features and won’t be easy to defeat.

Dave Scott has looked strong everywhere he has run this season with the Tim Engle entry including a win at Stateline, his home track. The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods have plenty of first rate drivers to prevent him from doubling up though, led by 2015 champion Greg Johnson. Troy Carr, Butch Southwell, and Mike McGee all are capable of stopping Scott’s tenure at the front.

Gary Fisher ruled the Fox Pizza Street Stocks feature opening night. Bill Reeves, Dave Shagla, Brad Church, and Bill Best will be in contention for the win this week as well.

The brand new Rusted Nutz Pro Mods had their debut opening night with ten cars towing in for the first race for the division anywhere. Veteran Outlaw E-Mod jockey Justin Carlson led the way with Kelley Frederes, Scott Gurdak, Jason Covey, and Dennis Asel (all veterans of Stateline) trailing. More racers are expected this week.

Defending champion Andy Proper continued his dominance of the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Super Challengers opening night, winning both his heat and feature. Dana Haner, Travis Darling, Skip Jackson, and Tim Fisher fill out the top five.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and college students with current ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716)
720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Bill Law Memorial set for Crate Late Models at Stateline Speedway!

May 14th, 2016

Busti, NY-Bill Law was a man with a vision for racing in this area. That vision was Crate Late Model Racing. Through his efforts Stateline Speedway Presented by lite House Auto began including the class in its weekly racing card. In his memory a 25-lap feature for the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models will be presented by Jack’s Tap House in Warren, PA. On opening night young Wyatt Scott fulfilled his dream of winning his first feature event, withstanding a strong challenge on a lap nineteen restart from his cousin Ryan Scott. Veterans Dave Lyon, Andy Boozel, and Scott Gurdak filled out the top five at the stripe.

The Overhead a door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature was dominated by young Max Blair, who lapped up to the fourth place machine in the twenty-five lap main event, besting runner-up Dave Scott by ten seconds at the checkers. Chris Hackett, Chad Valone, and John Lobb filled out the top five.

Twelve laps into the Sugar Grover Beverage Outlaw E-Mod finale David Scott got by both leader Troy Carr and second-place Greg Johnson, for the lead then led the remaining laps to his first home track win of the season. Johnson eventually got by Carr for second with Carr third, Butch Southwell fourth, and Michael McGee fifth.

The first-ever Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature was won by Justin Carlson over Kelly Frederes and Scott Gurdak.

Defending Himes Auction Super Sportsman champion Dan Nocero Jr took over at the front of the pack and went on to open his title defense with a win over Ted Kosinski and Mike Kosinski.

Gary Fisher led the Fox Pizza Street Stocks from green to checkers, winning over Bill Reeves and Dave Shagla.

Defending Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challenger Champion Andy Proper took over the lead at the end of six laps and went on to the win over Dana Haner, who took over second on the final lap from early leader Todd Hanlon.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over), college students with ID, and veterans with ID, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Blair, W Scott, D Scott, Carlson, Fisher, Nocero, and Proper win opening night features at Stateline Speedway

May 10th, 2016

Busti, NY-Under threatening weather Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto opened with a full card of seven classes with the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models running a thirty lap feature for $2500
to win. At the end of the night Max Blair (Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models) lapped up to fourth place in an exhibition of brute speed, Wyatt Scott collected his first-ever Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late
Model win, David Scott (Wyatt’s Father) collected the laurels at the conclusion of the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod feature, Justin Carlson reigned supreme in the first-ever (anywhere) Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature
event, Gary Fisher led flag-to-flag in the Fox’s Pizza Street Stock finale, defending Hime Auction Super Sportsmen champion Dan Nocero Jr started his title defense with a win, and defending Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Super Challengers champion Andy Proper prevailed in his feature.

The Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks were the first feature of the new season with Gary Fisher and Brad Church, both veterans of the Street Stocks, leading the 18-car field to Spanky Hall’s double green flags. Fisher led lap one
with Church second and Bill Reeves third. At two laps in Reeves was second. On lap four Kyle Wilacher spun into the infield was went a lap down to the leaders before he was able to rejoin the field. At seven laps
complete Wes Vallentine spun in traffic, bringing yellow over the field for the first time. Fisher, Reeves, Church, Dave Shagla, and Sam Courson brought the field back to green but Tony Marotto, Jason Black, and Pat
Fielding piled up in turn two, again bringing caution over the event. On the next green Brian Crandall spun in turn two, stalling on the racing surface and yet again slowing the field. With five laps remaining Shagla
was up to second and challenging for the lead. As the field took the two lap signal Courson again spun, again bringing out yellow. At the while flag Reeves came back to second. Fisher took the checkers with Reeves second,
Shagla third, Brad Church fourth, and Bill Best fifth.

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen started their fifteen lap finale with former champions Ted Kosinski and Dan Nocero Jr on the front row with Kosinski leading the way. On lap two Matt Kosinski came to a halt in turn four, slowing the event under yellow. After green again flew only one lap was scored before Shane Horner spun in turn four, again slowing the race. Kosinski again led the field to green with five laps complete when third running Steve Longo looped his mount in turn four, collecting Mike Kosinski and Matt Kosinski. Mike Genco and Tommy Kosinski both looped in turn one after green. On lap eight Nocero got next to the leader on the back stretch but fell back in turn four. Nocero kept at it and was the leader when caution few after Tom Kosinski spun with four laps to go. Nocero, the defending class champion, handily led the final laps for his first win of the season. Ted Kosinski held on for second with Mike Kosinski third, Steve Longo fourth, and Tommy Kosinski fifth.

Rich Gardner and Steve Kania brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models to green with Gardner leading lap one, Kania leading lap two then Gardner back to the lead a lap later. When the first caution fell at lap four Gardner was the leader with Max Blair second and Kania third. David Scott and Chris Hackett filled out the top five. At green Blair quickly sped to the lead but Ward Schell, Jake Finnerty, and John Volpe came together hard on the back straight, bring a red flag over the field.

All drivers were ok and the cars again took the green with Max Blair immediately assuming the lead over Gardner, Scott, Chad Valone, and Hackett. On lap nine Scott got by Gardner for second with Valone and Hackett getting by a lap later. With twelve laps in Blair had a quarter lap lead over Scott and was dicing his way through lapped traffic. With ten to go the order was Blair, Scott, Hackett, Valone, and John Lobb. At the checkers Blair had a half lap advantage over Scott with Hackett, Valone, and Lobb filling out the top five. Only four cars were on the lead lap at the end of the thirty laps. Blair collected $2500 for winning the first Super Late Model feature of the 60th Anniversary Season.

The Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods had Troy Carr and Kirk Bradley on the front row with Carr leading the way from the drop of the green. David Scott quickly came to second but then fell behind defending champion Greg Johnson. By halfway the order was Carr, Johnson, Scott, Kirk Bradley, and Butch Southwell. At lap twelve Scott got a great run off turn two and got by both Johnson and Carr. Johnson nearly got back to the lead on lap fourteen but slipped in turn two and fell back behind Carr for a lap until regaining second. At the finish Scott was the winner with Johnson second, Carr third, Butch Southwell fourth, and Michael McGee fifth.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models started their feature with Wyatt Scott and Andy Boozel on the front row. Scott led lap one with Boozel half a length back. At halfway the order was Scott, Scott Gurdak, Ryan Scott, Boozel, and David Lyon. With two laps remaining caution flew when rookie Robert Meacham III spun into the turn one wall. For the final two lap dash it was Scott, Ryan Scott, Andy Boozel, David Lyon, and Scott Gurdak. Wyatt Scott went on to his first feature win after his cousin Ryan Scott got next to him at the restart but was unable to compete the pass. Dave Lyon got by Boozel for third and Gurdak wound up fifth.

Justin Carlson led the very first Rusted Nutz Pro-Mod feature anywhere from the drop of green with Kelly Frederes second. Caution flew at four laps complete when Brian Mohawk spun in turn four. The rest of the race was all green with Carlson gaining the historic win over Kelly Frederes, Scott Gurdak. Jason Covey, and Dennis Asel.

The final event of the first event of the 60th Anniversary Season was the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challengers. Pete Volpe and Todd Hanlon brought the field to green with Hanlon leading through lap three with defending champion Andy Proper right behind. Proper, the defendingchampion, was the leader at the end of six laps. With two laps remaining Lindsey Carlson slapped the wall just out of turn four, bringing yellow over the speedway. Proper then went on to begin his title defense with his first win of the season. Dana Haner got by Hanlon with one lap remaining when he experienced a flat tire and headed pitside.

Stateline Speedway to open 60th Anniversary Season with Mother’s Day Special! Special Low Admission for Moms!

May 4th, 2016

Busti, NY: After the scheduled opening day was rained out last weekend he weather forecast is much more promising this week for Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto to inaugurate it’s 60th Anniversary this coming Saturday, May 7 with the green flag falling promptly at 7 PM.

In honor of Mother’s Day all Moms will be admitted for $5 for this special event.

Racing returns to the area’s longest continuously operating speedplant with a 30-lap Mother’s Day Special for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the staple class of racers every year since 1956. The opening event this season will carry the sponsorship of Brian Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts in Sugar Grove, PA. The featured event will run for 30 laps and will pay $2,500 to the winner.

All supporting classes will be in action including the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, the Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods, Rusted Nutz Pro-Mods, Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks, the Himes Auction Company Super Sportsmen, and Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challengers.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (62 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30 (NO CREW OR FANS UNDER AGE 14 IN PIT PER INSURANCE REGULATIONS!) Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Stateline Speedway suffers first rainout of season!

April 30th, 2016

Busti, NY: Persistent rain and the forecast for cold temperatures Saturday have forced Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto to cancel racing on April 30. Opening night will be May 7 with all seven classes in action with the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models racing for 30 laps and all mothers being admitted for only $5.

Stateline Speedway to open 60th Anniversary Season this Saturday!

April 30th, 2016

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway by LiteHouse Auto will roar to life Saturday evening when all seven classes will run a regular program of heats and features.

Headlining the weekly program of racing will be the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the class highlighting the evening throughout the track’s 60 year history. Returning to defend his championship title
will be Greg Oakes of Franklinville, NY. But it won’t be easy for Oakes to repeat with stiff competition from former champions Rob Blair of Titusville, PA, Rich Gardner of Waterford, PA, and two-time champion Dutch
Davies of Warren, PA.

Joining the Super Late Models will be the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late a models led by defending champion Jason Genco of Frewsburg, NY and two-time champion Damian Bidwell of Eldred, PA. Garland, PA’s Wyatt Scott
and Jamestown, NY’s Matt Harvey will also be contending for the opening night win.

Busti, NY’s Greg Johnson will be back to defend his 2015 Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mod championship and will be joined by Garland, PA’s David Scott and Warren, PA’s Butch Southwell, both multiple time champions.

New this year will be the Rusted Nutz Pro-Mods. 2015 Street Stock Champion Jason Covey will led the charge for the first ever Pro-Mod win. Justin Carlson, Zach Johnson, and Kelly Frederes will also be competing in the
class, which will compete as a weekly division at Stateline this summer.

The Himes Auction Super Sportsmen will return for the 2016 season with defending champion Dan Nocero Jr expected to be in contention for the win. All five racing Kosinskis will likely be there to prevent Nocero from
repeating.

The Fox’s Pizza Street Stocks Championship will be wide open with 2016 champion Covey moving up to the new Pro-Mods. Tony Marotto, Guy Adams, Jason Dobson, and Mark Ramsey will be in tight action for the opening night
win and the championship. Former class champion Mike Moore plans a comeback this season and plans to be at the front of the pack.

Tidioute, PA’s Andy Proper had a “career” year last summer, winning all but one feature in the Bailey’s Towing and Recovery Challenger division. A full field of the front-wheel drive compacts will be trying to stop his win-streak!

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Pit gates open at 4 PM with fan gates opening at 5. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com or pr@newstatelinespeedway.com

Stateline Speedway holds successful practice session, car show.

April 27th, 2016

Busti, NY-Stateline Speedway opened its 61st season for all classes with all classes having a “Best Looking” award during the car show held prior to practice. With a completely new racing surface put down last fall, teams made the best of the afternoon, which included several sessions for each division.

“Best Looking” awards went to John Lobb’s Super Late Model, Jason Genco’s, RUSH Crate Late Model, Bruce Powell’s E-Mod, Jason Covey’s Pro-Mod, Mike Genco’s Sportsman, Tony Marotto’s Street Stock, and Mike Riche’s Challenger.Kart winners were Chad Ramsey Jr and Allison Ramsey.

Another practice session will be held Wednesday April 27. Gates will open at 4 PM with practice getting underway at 5 PM.

Stateline Friday Test ‘n’ Tune cancelled

April 22nd, 2016

Busti, NY: Muddy grounds have delayed the renovations at Stateline Speedway to the point that management has been forced to cancel the scheduled practice session for Friday, April 22. The car show and practice scheduled for Sunday, April 24 will proceed as scheduled.

Sunday, April 24 the pit gates will be opened at noon for all classes to present a show for all fans to view the new cars up close and meet the drivers and teams. All Karts running the Stateline Kart Track are invited to participate in the show along with the full sized racers. Admission to the show will be free for all and will run from 1-3 PM when all people will be cleared from the pit area. Readmission to the pit area will be $20 each with grandstand admission free. A practice session will then run from 4 PM again until dusk.

Plans are being made to have a make-up practice session on Wednesday, April 27, gates opening at 3 PM and practice starting at 4. Pit admission will be $20 with grandstand entry free.

Each class, including karts, will offer a trophy and pit pass for the best appearing car in class.

Stateline Speedway sets ”Test ‘n’ Tune” dates with Race Car Show set for Sunday

April 20th, 2016

Busti, NY: The 2016 season will start at the New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto Friday, April 22, with a “Test ‘n’ Tune” session Friday afternoon and evening beginning at 4 PM and running through to dusk. Pit gate will open at 3 PM. All classes are invited for the session.

Sunday, April 24 the pit gates will be opened at noon for all classes to present a show for all fans to view the new cars up close and meet the drivers and teams. All Karts running the Stateline Kart Track are invited to participate in the show along with the full sized racers. Admission to the show will be free for all and will run from 1-3 PM when all people will be cleared from the pit area. Readmission to the pit area will be $20 each with grandstand admission free. A practice session will then run from 4 PM again until dusk.

The 2016 racing season, the 60th Anniversary Season, will commence Saturday, April 30th at 7PM with all seven classes competing.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto will be racing every Saturday night beginning April 30, weather permitting. The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models head the weekly programs along with the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Sugar Grove Beverage Outlaw E-Mods, the new Pro-Mods, the Himes Auction Company Sportsmen, Street Stocks, and the Bailey Towing and Recovery Challengers. Racing gets underway promptly at 7PM.

Stateline Speedway 2016 Season Taking Shape

February 15th, 2016

Busti, NY- Stateline Speedway presented by Lite House Auto will open its 60th anniversary season April 30 after two practice sessions April 22 and April 24. Plans are taking shape for a full season with Overhead Door of Jamestown returning as the title sponsor for the Super Late Model division, the major attraction at the speedway since its opening in 1956. Sugar Grove Beverage will again be the title sponsor for the Outlaw E-Mod class. Returning to the Stateline Family on a weekly basis this season after a one night sponsorship last year will be Bailey’s Towing & Recovery, the new title sponsor for the Challenger class of front-wheel drive race cars. The RUSH Crate Late Models, the new Pro-Mod class, and the Street Stocks and Sportsmen classes will also be on the card each week.

The weekly souvenir program book will revive the Gafner Jewelers Gold Rush Pick-A-Winner contest. The contest allows fans to guess the top four finishers in the Super Late Model race. A lucky fan could take home $100. In the event of a tie, the fan picking their 5th tiebreaker car and finishing closest to last place in the finishing order will be the winner, in the event of a total tie, money will be split equally. If no one wins, $100 will be added to the prize each week it goes without a winner. The program will also give a free ticket to any fan whose “Lucky Number” in that week’s issue matches the number of the any feature winner which must be claimed that night.

Green Star Enterprises will sponsor opening night, a regular race card for all classes to allow teams to acclimate to the new racing surface put down last fall by Turner Excavating. All classes will run opening night with the first special event being a 30-lap feature for the Super Late Models May 7th.

Specials are being planned for the season with the crowning event being a 60-lap feature for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models that will pay $10,060 to the winner on the 60th anniversary of the very first
event run at Stateline, July 21, 1956. The special evening will be a tribute to the original owners, Leonard Briggs, Don Frank, Jerry Frank, Lloyd Williams, and Marv Thorpe. The special Stateline Anniversary 60th Anniversary race will be held Thursday, July 21, 2016 with racing getting underway promptly at 7:30 PM. E-Mods and Challengers will also be on the card for the evening.

All classes from the early years, Late Models (1956-2016), Sportsmen (from 1962-84) and Hooligans and Cadets (from 1968-82), will have tribute races as well. The “Tribute Night” will be Labor Day weekend for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models. Drivers from the first ten years of Stateline’s history will be honored, including Squirt Johns, Sammy LaMancuso, Tom Dill, Bobby Schnars, and several others. The Sportsmen tribute to the pioneers is tentatively set for June 4 in conjunction with Paula Southwell Memorial for the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods. Ron Blackmer, winner of 61 Sportsmen feature races, along with Bob Schnars, Lars Huling, Skip Furlow, Jay Plyler, and others will be honored. On Saturday, July 9, in conjunction with a Street Stock Championship event, the early Hooligan and Cadet drivers will be the subject of a tribute event with honorees including Randy and Morrie Otander, Bill Catania Sr, Fred Alspaugh, all time win leader Brad Clark, Ron Stanko, and several others.

The Patriot Sprint Tour, always a fan favorite, will have a special show June 25th, sponsored by Woodburn Construction . Memorial races will be run honoring Bill Law (May 14), Paula Southwell (June 9,sponsored by Southwell & Son & Son Oil), and “Papa” Don Frank (the “Firecracker 30 on July 2 sponsored by Neil’s Propane). US Armed Forces Veterans with identification will have free admission on for the Memorial Day Special, May 28 with sponsorship by the AMVETS Post 50 of Sugar Grove, PA. The annual Autograph Night will be on Fan Appreciation Night, August 13, with all adult admission tickets being reduced in price. The Roger Hall Memorial will be held for the Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Challengers on Fan Appreciation Night, August 13 and will pay and extra purse for the 20-lap finale.

Extra-length, extra payout events will be held at various times throughout the season for all classes.

A giant two-day show will cap off the season September 9th and 10th with special events for all classes plus an appearance by the BRP Big Block Modified Series. Championship events will be held for all classes at various times throughout the season with an autograph session and special “Fan Appreciation” night on August 13 which will feature reduced pricing on adult tickets.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races every Saturday with activities getting underway promptly at 7:00 PM. Tickets for regular events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may be more with details to be announced. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com.

Stateline Honors Champions with Annual Banquet!

January 21st, 2016

Busti, NY- Stateline Speedway held its annual awards banquet at the Seneca-Allegheny Casino in Salamanca, NY Saturday night with nearly 300 fans, race teams, and staff in attendance. The top ten points drivers in each division were acknowledged with trophies, plaques, and cash awards.

The champions for each division were: Challengers Andy Proper of Tidioute, PA; Street Stocks Jason Covey of Clymer, NY; Sportsmen Dan Nocero Jr of Jamestown, NY; Limited Late Models Ryan Scott of Garland, PA; Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods Greg Johnson of Busti, NY; RUSH Crate Late Models Jason Genco of Frewsburg, NY; and Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models Greg Oakes of Franklinville, NY. Rookies of the year were Chris Horton (Challengers), Jared Beardsley (Street Stock), Tommy Kosinski (Sportsmen), John Peterson (Limited Late Models), Jimmy Diabo (Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods), and Chris Ottaway (Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models).

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models had no rookies competing. Genco was also named “Driver of the Year” for his accomplishments and Lacki Brothers Racing received the “Sportsmen of the Year Award” for their
willingness to help competing teams and their helping attitudes with all of the racing fraternity. The 2016 season at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto will commence Friday, April 22 with a practice session.

There will be a second practice session on Sunday April 24. In the event of rain on both dates a session will be held Wednesday April 27. The 60th Anniversary Season will commence April 30 with racing in all divisions
starting at 7 PM.

Stateline Speedway to Develop and Debut Sweeney Rush Pro Mods in 2016 as an Affordable E-Mod Division

December 10th, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)…As the Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Racing Series powered by Pace Performance embarks on its fourth season of operations in 2016, the Series is excited to add a fourth division under its banner. The RUSH Pro Mods, an E-Mod style car, will also feature the GM 604 & GM 602 crate engine as do RUSH sister divisions, Late Models, Sportsman Modifieds (602s only), and Pro Stocks. The Sweeney RUSH Pro Mods will begin its journey as a weekly division on Saturday nights at Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY. Stateline will also continue under the Sweeney RUSH Late Model Weekly Series banner for the second straight year in 2016. The RUSH Pro Mods will permit the Econo Mods that currently race at several tracks throughout the region to compete in the division for one year. The RUSH Pro Mods will utilize a Hoosier Tire rule along with RUSH’s $3.50 spec 91 pump gas and a spec shock package. A complete RUSH Pro Mod technical rules package will soon be released.

A $10,625 Weekly Series point fund has been posted for the inaugural season and will mirror and be formatted similar to RUSH’s other classes. The Pro Mod Weekly Championship program will award $10,025 with $3,000 to-win paying down to $250 for 15th for member drivers, and a $600 “Futures Cup” program will also be included (note: membership is only available for drivers running the GM 604 or 602 engine package). In addition, an inaugural RUSH Pro Mod “Manufacturers Night” will be held at Stateline Speedway later in the summer. As with all RUSH divisions, membership is optional; however, membership not only makes drivers eligible for the point funds, but also gives member drivers $100,000 of excess participant accident insurance.

“The Scott Family contacted us this fall about putting together a crate engine program for the E-Mods at Stateline,” explained Series Director Vicki Emig. “We think Stateline is a great place to grow this division, just as Sharon and Lernerville originally were with our Sportsman Modifieds, as there has always been a large bed of E-Mod racers throughout that immediate region. Over the years we’ve had E-Mod racers approach us about starting a series for them, and with the solid foundation under our other divisions as well as with Stateline, the timing is right.”

“The interest has been very high even before this official announcement,” continued Emig. “We’re really looking forward to bringing all of the important elements of the RUSH Racing Series to the Pro Mod division. We believe the RUSH technical program, championship programs, and promotional opportunities will also help this class prosper and grow into the future just as we have seen with our other divisions.”

Minimum RUSH Pro Mod Weekly Series Point Fund ($10,025): 1. $3,000 2. $1,500 3. $1,000 4. $750 5. $600 6. $500 7. $400 8. $350 9. $325 10. $300 11. $270 12. $265 13. $260 14. $255 15. $250.
RUSH Pro Mod “Futures Cup”: 1. $300 2. $200 3. $100.

A RUSH Pro Mod website is currently under development and will be soon online at www.rushpromods.com. Like the RUSH Pro Mods on Facebook at www.facebook.com/rushpromods and follow us on Twitter @RUSHProMods

In 2015, RUSH sanctioned events at 24 different speedways through a 600-mile radius from Brighton, Ontario, Canada to Mechanicsville, Maryland with well over 400 drivers competing with GM 604 or 602 crate engines in the RUSH Late Models, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and RUSH Pro Stocks.

Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.newstatelinespeedway.com. Follow them on Twitter @NewStatline. Their phone number is 716-720-2403.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com.

Max Blair ends Stateline season with win!

September 19th, 2015

Busti, NY–it was a night of firsts at Stateline Speedway presented by Lite House Auto under threatening skies but warm weather for the crowd of thrilled race fans as four drivers won their first-ever Stateline features, two in their first visit to the famed facility! A season-high 157 cars signed into the pits to end the first year under the ownership of Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and Brian Horner.

John Waters brought his RUSH Crate Late Model to Busti for the first-time ever, then proceeded to win both his heat and feature. Bill Holmes Jr, long a fixture in the McKean County 360 Late Model scene, was in the Ron Scharf-owned #65 in his first-ever visit to the track and staved off the track class champion, Ryan Scott in the Limited Late Model season finale. Rich ‘Critter’ Hemphill had been to Stateline before but had never put his car in the winner’s circle. Hemphill held off veteran Chris Withers for his first-ever Stateline Street Stock feature win in a race that was called short when the time limit was reached just as the year’s most spectacular wreck occurred, a violent flip by Wade Watson on the front straight at lap twelve. Hummingbird Speedway regular Matt Bryant got his first Stateline win in the final event of the season, the night-capper for the Challenger racers.

In other action, Max Blair collected his second Overhead Door of Jamestown feature win of the season. Veteran Justin Carlson also made it to Victory Lane for the second time this year in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod season finale. In the Sportsmen season-ender it was Michael Kosinski in Victory Lane for the fourth time this season.

The first feature up was the Limited Late Models Special sponsored by Northstar Unlimited with Bill Reeves and Bill Applebee’s on the front row. Reeves led for the first five laps then Bill Holmes, in his first visit to the track, took over at the point. Caution flew at lap eight when Nate Short spun in turn four. For the restart Ryan Scott, the newly crowned 2015 Champion was second, looking for his third feature win of the year. Wally Wade brought the second caution over the field when he spun in turn one at lap ten. Over the remaining laps Holmes extended his lead and collected his first Stateline win in his first visit. Scott would up second with Kelly Frederes third, Chris McGuire fourth, and Reeves fifth. The event paid $750 for the win, courtesy of Northstar Unlimited.

Max Blair and Russ King started on the front row of the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model 30-lap feature with King taking the immediate lead but four cars including Darrell Bossard, Dutch Davies, Paul Briggs, and Bobby Rohrer piled up in turn one, putting the race into a complete restart. On the restart Max Blair ‘jumped’ the restart so was penalized back a row. On the next start King was also penalized for ‘jumping’ so the front row was now Rob Blair and Mike Knight. Knight led lap one with Max Blair, King, and Rob Blair three wide for second. Rob Blair and King then got together coming out of turn four, spinning and bringing caution over the field at the end of two laps. King and Blair both retired pitside with Knight, Max Blair, Jason DuPont, John Lobb, and John Volpe bringing the field back to green. Knight and Max Blair then raced side by side with Knight holding the lead at the stripe until caution again flew at the end of five when a double spin in turn one again slowed the field. After green DuPont powered around the outside of Max Blair to take second then started challenging for the lead. DuPont slipped high in turn one on lap nine allowing Blair to get back to second. At twelve laps in Knight was feeling the heat for the lead with Blair using the high line and Lobb also getting by DuPont for third. At halfway Knight was into lapped traffic with Blair right behind, Lobb holding third with Volpe now fourth and DuPont back to fifth. At eighteen laps Blair was leading and going through lapped traffic until Ryan Scott experienced mechanical ails at lap nineteen and came to a stop in turn two. Blair led again after green until lap 21 when Doug Eck slowed coming out of turn four, putting the event under caution again. The top five were now Max Blair, Knight, Volpe, Lobb, and Rich Gardner, who had started 23rd. Only one lap more was in the books when Dutch Davies looped his mount in turn one. The field only got to turn one when Paul Briggs and Steve Kania got together. Chris Hackett headed for the pit with six laps remaining as caution flew for debris. The final laps were all Blair with Knight slipping further back but opening a lead on the fight for third, which went to Volpe over Lobb with Brent Rhegergen getting by Gardner for fifth. The $3000 to win 30-lapper was sponsored by Lite House Auto, the track title sponsor.

Justin Carlson and Mike Kinney brought the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods to green but it took three tries to get the race underway. When the race finally started Carlson took off with the lead and Dan Davies came to second. By the end of three laps Cale Crocker was up to third with Kinney back to fourth. Joel Watson got to fourth a lap later then caution flew as Jason Brightman spun in four. After another yellow a lap later that ended the race for John Woodward and John Schenker four cars piled up in turn one before a lap could be completed. After green Carlson started opening a lead over Watson but Brightman spun again at nine complete, ending his night. At halfway Crocker was back to second but Carlson was again increasing his lead. Troy Carr and Kirk Bradley filled out the top five at halfway. Mike Kinney brought the next yellow when he wound up sideways at the pit entrance with four laps left. With two to go Crocker got ‘out of shape’ in four, surrendering second to Watson. Carlson went on to his second win of the season over Watson, Crocker, Carr, and John Boyd. Carlson apparently experienced mechanical problems and had to be towed from the speedway after Victory Lane festivities.

Matt Kosinski led from outside front row of the Sportsmen feature over pole-sitter Tom Kosinski. Ted Kosinski took over at the front after a first lap caution and was still in front when caution flew at lap seven for a spin in turn four by Tom Kosinski. Mike Kosinski led after green again was shown with Ted Kosinski second and Don McGuire third. The front five at the finish were Mike Kosinski, Ted Kosinski, Don McGuire, Ron Bergen, and Matt Kosinski.

Kyle Scott and former champion Damian Bidwell brought the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model to green for the $1000 to win season finale with Scott leading lap one over John Waters. Wyatt Scott turned his car around in turn two at lap two, slowing the event. Kyle Scott led the field back to green over Waters, 2015 point champion Jason Genco, Damian Bidwell, and Mike Wonderling. One lap after green Waters was leading with Bidwell challenging Scott for second when yellow flew for a spin in turn three. A four car pile up happened on turn two at lap five. After green Waters again led with Bidwell second, Genco third, Scott back to fourth and Kyle Zimmerman fifth when caution again flew at lap eight. Zimmerman immediately came to fourth on green and Randy Hall displaced Scott for fifth at lap eleven. Waters caught lapped traffic at lap nineteen while Bidwell and Genco fought over second. Waters went on to the win, his first at Stateline, with Bidwell second, Genco third, Hall fourth, and Zimmerman fifth. The win for Waters came in his first-ever visit to Stateline.

John Cline Jr led the Street Stocks from the drop of the green until lap two when caution flew for a two car incident in turn two. Under the caution Cline had a flat rear tire, ending his run at the front. Guy Adams led after green then former champion Chris Withers got by at lap three as caution again flew for another two-car wreck on turn two. Adams went back to the lead for one more lap when calamity again struck for another two cars, again in turn two. Adams led after green with Withers again second but spun coming out of four at lap six. In the ensuing scramble Rich ‘Critter’ Hemphill came through to take the lead. Eights lap in caution again hit, this time for simultaneous spins in turns two and four. Again, only a lap got in before a spin in two slowed the race. Debris in the form of a dropped lead weight was the next caution at lap ten. Disaster struck on lap twelve when Wade Watson flipped violently after contact from Devin Dudenhoeffer. Watson was unhurt in the incident but the car was extensively damaged. With the time limit of the event reached, Hemphill was declared the winner, his first ever at Stateline, worth $500. Following Hemphill to the checkers were Withers, opening night winner Brian Crandall, Tony Marotto, and David Baker.

With Mike Provorse and Tyler Little starting at the front of the $400 to win Challenger finale twenty four cars from the green but Provorse, in his first-ever start, pulled off before one lap was complete then caution slowed the event. Jim Frank was the leader after only two laps, coming all the way from thirteenth in the line-up, with Lindsey Carlson second at the end of three. At the end of five, points champion Andy Proper was second then caution flew. Frank again led after green with Matt Bryant coming to the lead at lap seven. Bryant quickly pulled away while Frank and Proper raced for second with Proper getting the spot at lap thirteen. Pete Volpe came to third at lap fourteen with Carlson getting to fourth a lap later then relinquishing it at lap sixteen. At the finish Bryant held a quarter lap lead over second finishing Proper. Volpe spun while trying to wrest the runner-up spot from Proper. Carlson wound up third with Frank fourth, and Travis Darling fifth.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto prepares to end 2015 season with FIVE specials on Friday!

September 17th, 2015

Busti, NY –With the sale of Stateline Speedway now complete, the new ownership team of Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and Brian Horner are finalizing plans to move forward with western NY’s historic 59-year old
speedway to a bright future. The final event of the 2015 season will be a real ‘block-buster of racing with five of the seven divisions competing for extra prize money made possible by involvement of several sponsors.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models will headline a special end of season special that will pay $3000 to win and $250 to start at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto! In addition the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models will race for $1000 to win. Limited Late Models, Street Stocks and Challengers will also have high paying events to close out the year with the Limited Late Models paying $750 to win with sponsorship courtesy of Northstar Unlimited, and Street Stocks paying $500 to win in an event that will feature a twenty-five minute deadline. For the Challenger front wheel drive cars Bailey’s Towing and Recovery of Lakewood, NY is sponsoring a special that will start up to forty racers vying for $400 to win $20.00 to start from 25th – 40th sponsored by Bailey’s Towing & Recovery Lakewood, NY.

Along with 2015 points champion Greg Oakes, 2015 feature winners David Scott, Rob Blair, Dutch Davies, and John Lobb, a full field is expected for this very special night. “Hollywood” Mike Knight has confirmed he will be in attendance and interest in the event has been expressed by Jared Miley, Gregg Satterlee, Russell King, Dan Stone, and others.

Twenty-four cars will be the maximum starting field for the Super Late Models and in all other divisions, except the Challengers which will start up to forty cars. Therefore heat races and “B” Mains will be used as needed to set starting fields. The Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods and Sportsmen classes will race for their regular payouts.

With no points on the line for these events the winner’s purse will be the main incentive for all drivers, meaning they will race all-out for the win without trying to protect a points position.

Championships were decided on September 5 with Greg Oakes getting his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model Championship, Jason Genco collected his first Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model title, and Greg Johnson collected his first Sugar Grove Beverage championship. Ryan Scott (Limited Late Models) and Robert Nocero Jr (Sportsmen) each added another title to their résumés while Jason Covey (Street Stocks) and Andy Proper (Challengers) each drove to their first class titles.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races this Friday to end the season with activities getting underway promptly at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this special Friday event are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. The track is on the World Wide Web at http://newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com.

Stateline Speedway falls to rain, special planned for Friday, September 18!

September 13th, 2015

Busti, NY: Persistent rain falling from late Friday through early afternoon has soaked the racetrack at the New Stateline Speedway presented by Lite House Auto that management was forced to cancel this evening’s activities. Points have been declared final for the season but the final event has been rescheduled for next Friday, September 18 at the special starting Tim of 7:30 PM, one-half hour later than normal.

Although Little Valley Speedway originally had an event scheduled for Friday, they graciously cancelled their event so that Stateline could get in one more event. The night will be headlined by a $3000 to win Super Late Model feature with all classes running. The Challengers, Sportsmen, and Limited Late Models will contest only features but the other classes will run a regular card of events. As an act of cooperation with Little Valley Speedway, Stateline will post an extra $1000 bonus for any Super Late Model driver who can win Stateline’s Friday event and then repeat the feat at Little Valley Saturday. With each track paying $3000 plus the bonus, it is possible for a driver to win $7000 on the weekend!

The Street Stock division will be racing for a special purse of $500 to win

The points final tally showed Greg Oakes winning his first-ever Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model title by 74-points over John Lobb. Both were single winners this season.

Jason Genco, a two-time feature winner, captured his first-ever Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model championship by 71-markers over three-time winner Damian Bidwell.

Greg Johnson was the first-time Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod champion by 74-points over Ron Seeley who had not gone to Victory Lane this season.

Ryan Scott collected two wins on his way to another Limited Late Model championship, his second in a row, over winless Bill Reeves.

Three-time feature winner Dan Nocero won yet another Sportsmen championship by a comfortable 173-point margin over Matt Kosinski, not yet a feature winner.

Jason Covey squeezed out the Street Stock title by a slim thirty point edge over Tony Marotto, who had not yet visited Victory Lane.

The largest victory margin was enjoyed by Andy Proper, winning his first title by 268-point margin over Thomas Cupp, thanks to a dominating season that included five feature wins in the six contested.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races Saturday’s in the summer with activities getting underway promptly at 7 PM. Tickets for regular Saturday events are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may have increased ticket pricing. The track is on the World Wide Web at www.newstatelinespeedway.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com. Admission prices for the “Little Track” are $5 for general admission for adults, children 4 and under are free. Pit admission is $10. Driver registration is $15. Gates open at 8 AM, hot laps at 10 AM and heats start at 10:30 AM. Camping will be available (free but no hookups), however limited to the first 25 arrivals.

Jason Genco, Ryan Scott, Jason Covey, and Andy Proper resume winning ways!

September 8th, 2015

Busti, NY: After sitting dark since late June Stateline Speedway presented by Lite House Auto roared back to life with its first event under the management of Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and Brian Horner in a big way with two extra-lap events, the Lite House Auto “Get our Feet Wet 30” for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models and the Pat McGee Memorial, a 25-lap special for the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods. All other classes ran regular-length features with a total of 141 cars signing into the pits.

David Scott made a late charge on race-long leader Rob Blair, the defending track champion, pulling even at the end of the twenty-eighth laps and then pulling ahead at the white flag to score his first win of the season in the “Lite House Auto 30”. Joel Watson charged into the lead from the outside of the front row at the drop of the green flag, then held off David Scott for the win in the Pat McGee Memorial. In honor of McGee’s car number eleven the eleventh place car at lap eleven collected an extra $50 courtesy of Applebee Motorsports. That honor went to Troy Johnson, who also collected an extra $50 for finishing eleventh.

In regular features points leader Jason Genco drove to his second Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model win of the season while former champion Ryan Scott prevailed in the Limited Late Model feature. Former champion Dan Nocero Jr drove to his second Sportsman feature win and Jason Covey took over the points lead with his third Street Stock win of the season. Andy Proper clinched his first Stateline points championship with his fifth Challenger feature win.

Street Stocks were the first feature run under the new management with Ken Lamp Jr and Pat Fielding leading the pack to Spanky Hall’s green flag. After a lap one restart Lamp was the leader with Jason Covey second. Covey used the outside line to take over at the front on lap four with Critter Hemphill coming to second a lap later. Yellow flew again at the end of five when Cody Bliss swapped ends in turn two. Covey resumed the lead with Hemphill pulling alongside through turn two. A four car pileup again slowed the action in turn two on lap seven. Involved cars were Ken Drake, Wesley McCray, Mark Frontera, and Brad Church. McCray went off on a hook but the others were able to continue. After green Lamp’s nose piece went flying on the back straight, again slowing the event. Lamp had more problems and required a push off the speedway while John Cline Jr needed towed off. Covey and Hemphill continued their battle up front until lap ten when Kyle Reinwald spun in turn four with Ken Drake and David Baker also coming to a halt. At this point a single-file restart was instituted with Covey, Hemphill, Pat Fielding, Brain Crandall, and Chris Withers at the head of the field. Yet another caution at this restart shuffled the running order at eye top with Covey now leading Hemphill, Withers, Tony Marotto, and Crandall. Covey went on to his third win of the season with the first four remaining the same except Fielding coming back to fifth.

Steve Longo and Ted Kosinski started the Sportsman feature up front but at the start Michael Little exploded an engine, spreading fluid all through the front straight and turn one. Kosinski led the way after green resumed with Matt Kosinski and Dan Nocero fighting over second. Matt Kosinski won the battle and the took the lead on lap four. Nocero came back to second and was challenging for the lead when yellow appeared for the Steve Longo car, who was sent to the pit for waiting for the yellow. Nocero, a past class champion, got alongside at the flag with four laps left then went on to the win over Kosinski, who got back by Matt Kosinski for the runner-up position. Michael Kosinski and Don McGuire also got by Matt Kosinski in the final laps for third and fourth.

Joel Watson and David Scott started the 25-lap Pat McGee Memorial for the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods on the front row with Watson assuming the immediate lead and still leading when the first caution appeared at lap five when John Woodward and Darren Tarabori tangled in turn four. Watson again led after green with Greg Johnson now second but then Steve Rex and Josh John got together on turn two, again slowing the action. At green David Scott was battling for second, holding it at the end of seven when Paul Campbell got into the turn four wall. Again the field could not
complete a lap as three more cars piled up in turn two. At lap eleven a $50 bonus was offered by Applebee Motorsports for the eleventh running car in honor of McGee’s car number and was collected by Troy Johnson. Watson built up a substantial lead over Johnson and Scott, who were staging a great race for second with Rich Michael fourth and Brent Rhebergen fifth with ten to go. With six to go Scott held second then started lengthening his advantage over third-running Johnson, now trying to hold off a hard-charging Michael, who was having his hands full with Rhebergen. Watson went on to the win, his second of the season at Stateline, over Scott with Rhebergen coming to third in the waning laps with Johnson fourth and Michael fifth.

Ryan Scott and Bill Reeves brought the Limited Late Model field to green with Scott leading from the drop of the green. Kelly Frederes came to second after a restart when D J Krug spun. Then another caution at lap five again bunched the field but Scott wasn’t to be denied the win, leaving Frederes and Reeves to battle over the runner-up spot. With fourteen complete Krug and Bill Applebee got together coming out of turn four. Reeves wound up second with Frederes third, Nate Short fourth, and Mike Moon fifth.

Points leader Jason Genco and Wyatt Scott were at the front of the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models. Genco grabbed the early lead with Dennis Lunger coming to second over Wyatt Scott. Genco and Lunger sped away from the field with Genco distancing himself from second when Doug Ricotta looped his mount in turn two with six laps compete. After green Genco and Lunger again led the way, again opening a lead over third running Wyatt Scott who was holding off Kyle Zimmerman, who held a three length advantage over Chad Schauers at the halfway point. At twelve complete Darrell Bossard came to fifth. At thirteen complete Genco was in lapped traffic then yellow appeared at lap sixteen when John Waters and Kyle Scott got together in turn on with Scott winding up on Waters’ nosepiece and engine cover. At green Zimmerman got by Scott right away then a lap later Scott got high in turn one, dropping back to seventh. In the final laps Randy Hall made his presence known, coming to third in the final laps. Genco went on to his second win of the season Lunger, Hall, Zimmerman, and Bossard.

Max Blair and Chris Hackett brought the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models Lite House Auto 30 to green. At the end of lap one it was an all Blair race for the lead with the senior Blair holding a slight lead when a quick yellow was thrown when Hackett got sideways on the back straight but straightened it out causing several cars to slow on the straight. Blair, Blair, and Hackett led the way back to green with David Scott and Doug Eck filling out the top five. John Lobb moved to fifth on the first lap of green with Scott ahead of Hackett for third at the end of five. On lap eleven Scott got by Max Blair for the runner-up spot. Yellow flew at the end of ten for a single car spin in turn two. With seven to go caution flew when Paul Briggs wound up sideways at the end of the back straight. Over the final laps Scott closed on the leader, drawing alongside at two to go, and then taking over at the front on the white flag lap, then going on to his first Super Late Model win of the year over Rob Blair, then Max Blair, John Lobb, and John Volpe.

Points leader Andy Proper led the entire Challenger feature after starting outside of the front row next to former champion Casey Burch. Two cautions slowed the event, one at lap six, and one at lap seven. Following Proper to checkers was Pete Volpe, who had come to the runner-up spot at seven laps complete and was next to the winner at the end, lacking only half a length of being the winner. Burch would up third with Travis Darling fourth and Thomas Cupp fifth.

Successful Practice held Wednesday night.

September 5th, 2015

Busti, NY- Saturday, September 5th will be remembered as the night Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto once again roars back to life as the storied speedway near the New York/ Pennsylvania border in Busti, NY.

After a troubled start to the 2015 season, the 60th in the track’s history, the speedplant was shuttered at the end of June with financial problems. In mid-August Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and Brian Horner agreed to operate the track for two events in September with the ultimate aim of purchasing the track.

Starting in mid-August the Scott’s and Horner re-shaped the racing surface, essentially revitalizing the track with an all new surface and less banking. Wednesday night the track held a successful practice session on the new track for all classes with ‘hot lap’ sessions for all.

On Wednesday night an open practice was held with 46 racers signing into the pits, representing all seven Stateline divisions plus one RUSH Sportsman Modified. Among the classes that use transponders John Lacki’s Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model was quickest on the clock, laying down a lap at 16.621. Greg Johnson, current points leader for the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods set quick time for that division with a lap of 17.894 seconds. The fastest Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model was Wyatt Scott at 17.554. The above drivers will be among the favorites to win opening night.

Saturday night will see racing for all divisions resume the season with two specials, one for the Super Late Models and one for the E-Mods.

The Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models will compete in the “Lite House Auto ‘Get Our Feet Wet’ 30”. The name of the race is for the fact that the new management team will be “getting their feet wet” in the promotion of a race. $2000 will be waiting for the winner at the end of the extra five laps with the rest of the payout being the standard scale.

The Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods will also race an extra five laps in the “Pat McGee Memorial”. Pat McGee, a native of Mayville, NY, was a fixture at Stateline since first putting a #30 Sportsman coupe racer on the track as an owner and part-time driver back in 1973. He shared driving duties that first two years with Pete Serdick. In 1976 he moved into the Late Models and sported a #93 on the side, driven by Keith Clark to a number of victories through 1979. Then it was Lars Huling at the controls and the number was ‘11’. Huling proceeded to win several features including the first event of the Franny Seamens era and the 1985 points championship. After taking time off from 1987-1997 McGee again owned cars, still with the number ‘11’ gracing the sides but now an E-Mod, with Dale Applebee driving from 1998-2006. Jamie Ehrhard drove the machine until 2009 then Pat’s son, Mike, took over driving duties of the ‘11’ car, scoring one feature win at the track, that coming in 2013. With one heat win but only one feature race top ten in the early season Mike is fifteenth in current points. The fourth generation of Pat’s family, great-grandchildren Braylon Little, age 6, and Kelcie Little, age 9, currently are beginning their careers at the “Little Track”, racing Karts, thanks to Pat’s love of racing and his help in getting them started.

Pat McGee passed away on July 11 of this year, aged 74 and still having a deep love for our sport. The race will run in his memory for 25-laps with $1000 going to the winner. Each position of the twenty-four car field will get an extra $50 with eleventh place, in honor of McGee’s car number, getting a $100 bonus courtesy of Applebee Motorsports.

All other classes will run regular length features for the standard purse.

Points will be awarded according to long-established Stateline custom. Currently Greg Oakes leads the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models by 148 markers over John Lobb. Both drivers had early season wins. John Volpe is currently third.

Jason Genco, with early season win, the final event in June, leads the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models over three-time winner Damian “Half-Pint” Bidwell by 76-markers. Dave Shagla is third going into the final two events.

With two feature wins Greg Johnson leads Ron Seeley in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod championship battle. His advantage is 120 points with another 34-points back to third running Butch Southwell.

Chris Ottaway has a narrow 15 point edge over defending champion Ryan Scott in the Limited Late Model standings. Bill Reeves is third.

Single winner Dan Nocero Jr leads Matt Kosinski and Michael Kosinski in the Sportsmen standings while Tony Marotto, winless thus far this season, holds a razor thin edge on one point over double winner Jason Covey in the Street Stock standings with Guy Adams in third.

Andy Proper has been dominating the Challenger division this season, winning four features while building up a 225-point margin over second running Thomas Cupp with Chris Horton third.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY races Saturday’s in the summer with activities getting underway promptly at 7 PM. Tickets for regular Saturday events are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. Special events may have increased ticket pricing. The track is on the World Wide Web on Facebook, and Twitter @NEWstatelinespeedway. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com. Admission prices for the “Little Track” are $5 for general admission for adults, children 4 and under are free. Pit admission is $10. Driver registration is $15. Gates open at 8 AM, hot laps at 10 AM and heats start at 10:30 AM. Camping will be available (free but no hookups), however limited to the first 25 arrivals.

The New Stateline Speedway sets practice for September 2!

August 28th, 2015

Busti, NY: The New Stateline Speedway in Busti, NY, set to open Saturday, September 5, is holding a “test ‘n’ tune” practice session Wednesday, September 2. Pit and fan gates will open at 4:30 PM with cars on the track at 5:30. The session will run to dusk. In the event of rain the entire session will be moved to Thursday with the same times and pricing in effect.

Admission for this event will be $15 per person for pit entry with grandstand entry free. A limited concessions menu will be available in the pits only.

All teams are reminded that with the work done on the racing surface, the cars may react differently than teams are accustomed. All teams are urged to take advantage of this opportunity to acclimate to the new racing conditions. The entire track has been re-configured with the racing surface reformed to be more consistent.

Fans and race teams are reminded of the new RainedOut.com for the track is “The New Stateline Speedway Busti, New York”. Sign up for text and/or email alerts at https://www.rainedout.net/team_page.php?a=6dd39b60b4db10b9bffa

Check www.racestateline.com for the latest updates of sign in to Facebook at The New Stateline Speedway Busti, NY.

*Racing set to tentatively start again Saturday, September 5 at the New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto!*

August 21st, 2015

Busti, NY-Saturday’s will soon have the characteristic scent of racing fuel in the air near Busti, NY as racecars will soon be again pounding the clay at the New Stateline Speedway on September 5, 2015.

At a planning meeting August 18 at the track, new owners Jim Scott, Jean Scott, and Brian Horner outlined plans to present two events in September then present a full season of the racing excitement that has thrilled area race fans since 1956. The “Little Track” off turn four will also be in operation, expecting an opening date of August 29.

Plans at this time are to open with a full evening of all seven of Stateline’s regular classes (Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers). The main event of the evening will be a 30-lap feature for the Super Late Models known as the “The Lite House 30”. All other divisions will race regular length features. Points earned in the first part of the season will be retained and season champions will be crowned at season’s end. Current points leaders are Greg Oakes in the Super Lates, Jason Genco in Crate Lates, Greg Johnson E-Mods, Chris Ottaway Limited Late Models, Dan Nocero jr Sportsmen, Tony Marotto Street Stocks, and Andy Proper Challengers.

Plans are being formulated for the 2016 season with resurfacing the track among the top priorities. A re-structuring of the weekly program is being discussed as well with regular practices for competitors being planned.

There is a new listing for Stateline at RainedOut.com. At the site search for New Stateline Speedway Busti NY to sign-up for alerts.

The “Little Track will open for racing August 29 at 8 AM with the first race getting the green flag at 10 AM.

The New Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. Tickets for this Saturday’s event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook (The New Stateline Speedway Busti NY), and Twitter @NEWracestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 720-2403. Information can also be obtained by writing to statelinemotorsportsparkinc@gmail.com. Admission for the “Little Track” is $5 General admission for adults, children 4 and under free. Pit admission is $10. Driver registration is $15. Gates open at 8 AM, hot laps at 10 AM and heats start at 10:30 AM. Camping will be available (free but no hookups) however limited to the first 25 arrivals.

Stateline Motorsports Park tentatively to open September 5, 2015!

August 14th, 2015

Busti, NY : Jim and Jean Scott, and Brian Horner have announced that Stateline Motorsports Park will tentatively open the gates for one night of racing in 2015 on Saturday, September 5 with all seven divisions starting at 7 PM.

The Scott’s and partner Brian Horner have signed a lease agreement and are working to have at least one night of competition. As of now the date is tentative.

Pepsi Fan Appreciation Night falls to rain at Stateline

June 29th, 2015

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Busti, NY- Once again rain has halted activities at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto. Soaking rains all night with a 100% forecast for rain aSaturday into the evening hours have forced officials to cancel. A make-up of this very special event will be planned and announced as soon as details are available. Karting events at the “Little Track” also have been canceled.

Next weekend will be the much anticipated “Renegades of Dirt” event on Friday evening, the first time this traveling series based in the southeast will ever appear in this area. Joining the Sugar Grove Modifieds on Friday will be the Challengers, racing their summer special for $1000 to win. Stateline’s Sportsman class will run a regular slate of events. Car Go Auto Parts is sponsoring the first of two appearances this season for the Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds to cap off the racing action. The ATVs will run Friday night as well, sponsored by Loud Performance Products.

At the conclusion of racing Friday, attention will move to the area off turn four for a very special appearance by Nashville Recording Artist Sean Patrick McGraw. The concert entertainment will last through the rest of the evening.

Saturday morning the Independence Day celebration will turn back to racing with the “Little Track” presenting a full slate of kart racing with gates opening at 8 AM. Hot laps will start at 10 AM with racing to follow. The “Big Track” pit gates will open at 5 PM for the second visit of the Patriot Sprint Tour, Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Limited Late Models, and Street Stocks. Lastly, a huge fireworks display, traditional for Independence Day celebrations, will cap up the weekend.

Friday pit gates open at 3:00 PM, grandstand at 4:30 PM and racing at 6:30 PM. General admission tickets are $17 for Adults, $15 for Sr/Veterans and $5 for Students (6-15), while kids under 6 are free. All tickets on Friday July 3rd include admission to the Sean Patrick McGraw concert. Saturday pit gates open at 3:30, grandstand at 5PM and racing at 7PM. General admission tickets are $20 for Adults, $18 for Sr/Veterans and $8 for Students (6-15), while kids under 6 are free. Family passes can be purchased which include 2 adults and UNLIMITED kids 15 and under for $40 on Friday July 3 and $50 for Saturday July 4th.

For more information please visit www.racestateline.com, call 716-427-FAST (3278) or follow us on twitter @racestateline.

Pepsi Fan Appreciation & Kids Night this Saturday at Stateline Speedway

June 28th, 2015

Busti, NY : The Saturday will see a full schedule of events at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto. The “Little Track” will run its usual show in the morning then action will switch to the “Big Track” for the annual Pepsi Fan Appreciation and Kids Night which will feature a “Chinese Auction” with thousands of dollars worth of prizes, kids under 16 admitted free, and a huge autograph session for racers of all ages (including the “Little Track” stars). A “Bounce House” and inflatable playground will be available for all kids 15 & under (Admitted FREE!) Give-a-ways will include $1000 cash and bicycles. The Huge Chinese Auction will include $20,000 worth of items!

All regular classes will race with the evening being in honor of Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial. The Seamens operated the speedway from the 1985 season through to their deaths, Lynn in 2006, and Fritz in 2010. Each year since then a memorial night has been held in their honor.

The defending champion for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models on this special night is Max Blair, always in the hunt for the win. More favorites for the win would be points leaders Greg Oakes, with one feature win this season, John Lobb, also a winner in 2015, John Volpe, Jason DuPont, and Darrell Bossard, the top five in current points. 2011-12 Champion Dutch Davies has a win this season and defending champion Rob Blair has visited Victory Lane twice.

2012-13 Shults Auto Group RUSH Late Model champion Damian Bidwell has three feature wins this season but trails Jason Genco in the points tally. Genco pulled off a surprise win last race when he drove by Bidwell and Rob Pietz on the final turn of the event to gain his first win of the year! Consistent “up-front” finishes have rewarded Genco with a 76-point advantage. Dave Shagla, Kyle Scott, and 2014 champion Scott Gurdak fill out the top five.

Greg Johnson won the first two Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod features this spring and thus enjoys a 120-point lead over Ron Seeley, still looking for his first win. Butch Southwell is third in the standings with Justin Carlson, also a feature winner this year, fourth. Troy Carr rounds out the top five.

Chris Ottaway, opening night winner, leads the Limited Late Models over former champion Ryan Scott. Former class champion Dan Nocero leads Matt Kosinski in the Sportsman title chase. Anthony Marotto leads the way in his quest for his first championship in the Street Stock division despite not having a feature win. Marotto has a razor thin one-point lead over double winner Jason Covey. Andy Proper has dominated the Challenger drivers, racking up four feature wins in five nights of racing and amassing a huge 225-point margin over Thomas Cupp.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. Tickets for this Saturday’s special event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, FREE for kids 6-15 this week only, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @racestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 427-FAST (3278). Admission for the “Little Track” are $5 General admission for adults, children 4 and under free. Pit admission is $10. Driver registration is $15. Gates open at 8 AM, hot laps at 10 AM and heats start at 10:30 AM.

Redford Memorial Rained out at Stateline

June 23rd, 2015

Busti, NY : Weather conditions including the forecast of steady rain have caused cancellation of tonight’s scheduled Bill Rexford Memorial at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lit House Auto. At this time management has not yet decided on a ‘make up’ date.

Next week will be “Pepsi Fan Appreciation Night” and the annual Autograph Night, one of the fan favorites. Fans under age 16 will be admitted free and racecars will be brought onto the track for an autograph session before the features. All classes will run for this very special night of racing.

Full entertainment weekend planned at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto!

June 19th, 2015

Busti, NY- A full weekend of entertainment is set for Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto for this Friday and Saturday with music by “Smokin 45″ following ATV (and Side by Side) racing on Friday night at the “big” track, then first thing Saturday morning Stateline’s Karting track will present its weekly show of fifteen classes of the best go-kart racing in the area.

Bill Rexford of nearby Conewango Valley, NY began racing in the region in the 1940s and raced with NASCAR starting in 1949. In 1950, driving for local automotive legend Julian Buesink, Rexford competed in 17 of 19 events and won the “Grand National” (now Sprint Cup) championship. At 23-years old, he remains to this day the youngest ever champion of NASCAR’s top series. His only win came on May 30, 1950 at Canfield, OH in a 1950 Oldsmobile. Although Buesink owned all of Rexford’s cars that championship season, three different makes were used, Oldsmobile for fifteen events, once in a Ford, and once in a Mercury. A total of six car numbers were used, 60, 20, 8, 80, 59, and 62! Those last two stats are unheard of in today’s racing. Stateline will remember this unique racer this Saturday with the second in a series of three “Stateline Legacy Memorial Races”.

The winner of the 35-lap event will collect $3000. Greg Oakes is the most recent winner in the Overhead Door of Jamestown championship chase and leads the standings by 148 points over Lloyd Moore Memorial winner John Lobb. John Volpe runs third, another 37-points back. Jason DuPont and Darrell Bossard fill out the top five in the standings. Two-time former champion Dutch Davies also has a win this season and defending champion Rob Blair has two wins.

The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models had a wild finish in their feature last Saturday night when the leaders, Rob Pietz and three-time winner and two time former champion Damian Bidwell, got together on the final turn, allowing points leader Jason Genco to race by for the win, his first of the season. Bidwell is second to Genco in the season standings while Dave Shagla, Kyle Scott, and defending class champion Scott Gurdak fill out the top five. Max Blair also has a win, that coming on opening night of the season. Greg Johnson won the first two nights of the season in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods competition and leads the standings for the season championship over Ron Seeley, Butch Southwell, Justin Carlson (with one feature win), and Troy Carr. Rich Michael and Joel Watson also have wins.

Chris Ottaway leads Ryan Scott and Bill Reeves in the Limited Late Model standings. Ottaway, Scott, John Zimmerman, and Nathan Short all have a win.

Former champion Dan Nocero, with one win, leads Matt Kosinski, Michael Kosinski (3 wins), Jim Kibbe, and Ron Burgun in Sportsmen standings. Defending champion Ted Kosinski has the other win this season.

Anthony Marotto, although winless so far this season, leads the Street Stock standings over two-time winner Jason Covey with Guy Adams, Jason Dobson, and week two winner Mark Ramsey filling out the top five. Brian Crandall and Shaun Hooks are the other winners this season.

With four feature wins, Andy Proper is dominating the Challenger racing this season. He enjoys a huge 252-point edge at this early point of the year over Chris Horton. Thomas Cupp sits third in the standings with Travis Darling fourth and Ken Hultin fifth. Kurt Babcock is the only driver to crack Victory Lane other than Proper.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. Tickets for this Saturday’s special event are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, with 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @racestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 427-FAST (3278). Admission for the “Little Track” are $5 General admission for adults, children 4 and under free. Pit admission is $10. Driver registration is $15. Gates open at 8 AM, hot laps at 10 AM and heats start at 10:30 AM.

Tickets for Friday night’s events are only $7 for adults and $5 for students 6-15. Kids 5 and under FREE. A family pass (2adults and unlimited kids), only $20. Pit admission will be $25. Friday night pits will open at 4:30 with the grandstands opening at 5:30 and racing starting at 6:30 PM. Live music by “Smokin 45″ will follow immediately.

Oakes, Genco, Watson, Zimmerman, Kosinski, and Proper also pick up wins.

June 16th, 2015

Busti, NY: Under threatening skies Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto hosted the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, a regional series based in New Castle, PA, that is rapidly becoming the premier series for the Street Stock classes of Western PA and Eastern Ohio. This was the series first-ever visit to New York State but with a turnout of 35 racers it will likely be returning on an annual basis. At the end of the 25-lap feature event Shaun Hooks took home the $1250 first place purse.

In regular class action Greg Oakes led from the outside pole starting position and went on to his first win at Stateline in the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models since June 23, 2012. The Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature was a race-long battle between former champion and three time 2015 winner Damian Bidwell and Rob Pietz, making his first appearance at Stateline from Port Colburn, ONT, with points leader Jason Genco lurking in third. Genco made a last lap charge as the leaders battled side by side through turns three and four, then grabbed the lead coming to the checkers when Bidwell and Pietz made contact, slowing their momentum just enough for Genco to pounce for his first win of the season.

Joel Watson came from seventh on the starting grid to the lead in just three laps then went on to the win in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod finale over points leader Greg Johnson and Justin Carlson. John Zimmerman led the distance in the all-green flag Limited Late Model feature. Ted Kosinski led from the drop of the green flag through to the checkers for his first win of the season. The Challenger feature was called complete at seven laps when a track worker was injured and required transport to a local hospital. With only three laps remaining in the final event of the evening, Andy Proper was declared the winner, his fourth triumph of the season.

John Zimmerman led the Limited Late Model feature from the drop of the green with Nathan Short coming to second early in the running. The race ran green through to the checkers even though at lap eleven Chris Ottaway looped his mount coming out of turn four. Ottaway kept his car moving, not requiring a caution. Zimmerman won his first feature of the season over Short, Ryan Scott, Ottaway, and Bill Reeves.

Shaun Hooks started the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series 25-lap feature from the pole position and immediately assumed the lead with Brian Rhed falling into second. Caution slowed the field when Rusty Moore got sideways in turn two. When Rob Bates slowed to miss him but Ken Drake was unable to slow in time and collided with Moore. After green former track champion Chris Withers came to second with Rhed falling to third and current track points leader Tony Marotto fourth. At five laps in, Drake and Rob Shook came together in turn four, again slowing the event. Hooks again led with Rhed coming back to second, Withers now third and Rusty Martz, winner of the first Penn Ohio event of the season, up to fourth. Another yellow for a minor spin slowed the event again at lap nine. At halfway Hooks had a five car length lead over Rhed with another ten lengths back to Withers. With twenty laps complete Hooks was beginning to lap the back markers when an infield marking tire got bounced onto the track forcing another caution. The last five laps had Hooks leading the way to the $1250 winner’s purse with Withers settling for second and Brian Rhed third. They
took the checkers in that order with Fuzzy Fields fourth and Gary Fisher fifth.

Dan Nocero and Ted Kosinski brought the Sportsman field to green with Kosinski leading the way through lap four when Steve Longo looped his mount in turn four. Turn four got Longo again at lap six, again slowing the event. Longo left the event in a cloud of smoke at lap ten, just as Tommy Kosinski spun in turn four. At green Ted Kosinski led Matt Kosinski, Nocero, Mike Kosinski and Jeremy Williams. Williams got sideways at lap 14, falling back behind Ron Burgun. The top five at the finish was Ted Kosinski, Matt Kosinski, Nocero, Mike Kosinski, and Burgun.

Troy Johnson and Steve Rex brought the Sugar Grove E-Mod feature to the green flag but Steve Dixon came to a halt at the pit entrance, forcing caution on the event. At turn four on the restart Kyle Bedell, racing for second, spun but the Johnson got to the stripe before caution flew so the first lap was deemed complete. Johnson, Rex, and seventh starting Joel Watson brought the field back to green. Watson immediately grabbed second and then the lead at three laps complete. Jimmy Diabo, Troy Carr, and Rob Middleton all got together in turn four, again slowing the event. At this point thirteenth starting Justin Carlson was up to fourth with fifteenth starting Greg Johnson, the current points leader, up to fifth. Bedell spun into the retaining wall before a lap could be completed and Jarrod Silvis spun at the same time. Watson increased his lead after green with Troy Johnson, Carlson, Rex, and Greg Johnson filling out the top five. Greg Johnson came to fourth at eight laps complete with Carlson gaining second a lap later, the halfway point. Middleton again spun at lap eleven. Silvis and Diabo got together at the restart, negating the green. Watson again led with Carlson now second, Greg Johnson third, Rex fourth and eighteenth starting Ron Seeley up to fifth. At lap thirteen Greg Johnson got by Carlson for second but Watson was increasing his lead. Yellow again slowed the race with three laps to go when Steve Rex and Troy Carr spun in turn four. Watson went on to the win, his first of the year at Stateline. Johnson wound up second with Carlson third, Seeley fourth, and Mike McGee fifth.

Michael Oakes started the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature from the pole with his father, Greg Oakes, to his right. The senior Oakes led his son in lap one with Chad Valone in third. By four laps in, Valone was second with John Lobb third at five laps complete. Doug Eck came to fourth with Chris Hackett fifth by lap six. At halfway the top five were still in the same order. With the leaders coming into lapped traffic. Hackett got to fourth at lap sixteen but Eck was barely back in fourth a lap later. With five to go Eck was solidly back in fourth with last week’s winner Dutch Davies now challenging Hackett for fifth. At the finish with was Oakes was the winner for the first time since 2012 at Stateline with Valone second, Lobb, the winner in week two, third. Matt Urban got by both Eck and Hackett in the final laps for fourth and Eck wound up fifth.

Rob Pietz led the way from the outside front row in the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature with Damian Bodwell, looking for his fourth win in a row coming to second by the time of the first caution at lap six when Garrett Mott spun. For the restart points leader Jason Genco was third with Randy Hall fourth. At the end of eight laps Bidwell and Pietz were even at the stripe but Pietz was leading again a lap later. Hall came to third at halfway as Bidwell was still getting next to the leader in the turns but starting to fall back at twelve complete with damage to the rear spoiler. Genco was back to third at lap sixteen while Bidwell was mounting another charge. At the white flag Pietz and Bidwell were even at the flag. Genco mounted a charge heading into turn three then the leaders got together coming out of turn four allowing the points leader Genco to take advantage and sweep to his first win of the season. Pietz wound up second with Bidwell third. Hall, running near the front all race, wound up fourth with. Jamie Wrightsman fifth.

The Challenger feature started with Chris Horton and Roger Hall up front with Hall leading at the end of one lap of green. At two laps complete third starting Andy Proper was the leader. Kurt Babcock was up to third at the end of three with Pete Volpe fourth at the end of four. At halfway Proper had a huge lead and at the end of six it was Babcock coming to third and Volpe to fourth. With seven laps complete Ken Hultin pulled into the infield with a fire in the car. A track official working to extinguish the fire was hit when Hultin’s car was hit from the rear when another competitor spun into the infield under yellow. The race was red flagged while the official was attended to and the rest of the event was cancelled. Andy Proper was awarded the win with seven laps complete. Babcock was second with Lindsey Carlson third. Skip Jackaon and Brandon Troutman filled out the top five.

Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series this Saturday at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto!

June 14th, 2015

Busti, NY – The Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series will make its first-ever visit to Stateline Speedway presented by Lite House Auto this Saturday night. The Street Sock Series will compete for a $1250 first place purse for the 25 lap feature event and the top five finishers will all receive more than a normal winner’s share. Promoter Bill Catania stated “we increased the overall purse and the winner’s purse from $500 to $1250 because we anticipate over 35 racers to support this event”. Rusty Martz dominated the opening event of the Penn Ohio Pro Stock season but defending series champion Chris Schneider is always near the front of the standings and was third in the series’s only event this far in 2015 behind Jackson Humanic. Stateline points leader Anthony Marotto will be in attendance and is expected to be at the front of the pack as well as two time 2015 Stateline winner Jason Covey. Guy Adams, currently third in the standings, Mark Ramsey, week two winner, and Brian Crandall, opening night winner all are expected to give the travelers a run for the glory.

In regular racing the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models have had three different winners in the 2015 season but non-winner Greg Oakes leads the points chase on the strength of “up front” finishes. Jason DuPont and John Volpe, also looking for their first wins on the season, are second and third. Second week winner John Lobb is fourth with last week’s winner Dutch Davies, the 2011-12 champion, sixth. Double winner Rob Blair, the defending champion, is mired back in seventh place.

Jason Genco, with some impressive drives including a last to second place run, has not yet won a feature this season but leads triple winner Damian Bidwell by a 57-point margin. Bidwell has another 47-point cushion on third running Dave Shagle. Max Blair is the only other feature winner this season and is back in eleventh place among the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model drivers.

Winner of the first two weeks of Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod features Greg Johnson leads the division in their title race by a comfortable 100 points over Rob Seeley and nine more points over Butch Southwell. Justin Carlson has a feature win this season and Rich Michael won the Paula Southwell Memorial last week. All will be competing for the win this week.

Chris Ottaway leads the Limited Late Model points chase over Ryan Scott, a former class champion. Both drivers have a win this season. Bill Reeves is currently third. Nathan Short is the other winner in the division, winning last week in his first appearance of the season.

Former champion Dan Nocero Jr has one feature win and leads the Sportsman drivers in their quest for the season championship. Matt Kosinski and Jim Kibbe, another former champion, run second and third. Michael Kosinski has three feature wins this season but lies fourth in the standings. Defending champion Ted Kosinski is back in seventh without a win yet this season.

Andy Proper has dominated the Challenger features this season with three wins and leads the standings. Winless Chris Horton and Thomas Cupp are second and third. Single winner Kurt Babcock is currently thirteenth in the standings, his win coming in his only appearance at the track this season.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. Tickets for this special event are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors (65 and over) and veterans, $8 for kids 6-15, and 5 and under always free. Pit admission is $30. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @racestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 427-FAST (3278).

Rich Michael Jr wins 3rd Annual Paula Southwell Memorial at Stateline Speedway

June 10th, 2015

Busti, NY-The mood was somber as the Stateline Speedway racing family gathered for the third time to remember Paula Southwell and celebrate her life. Paula tragically passed away as the result of a motorcycle accident on May 4, 2013 and is remembered each spring with a modified race in her honor. This year’s edition of the event was contested
by twenty-five of the best Sugar Grove Beverage Modified pilots in the right-state area. The race was dominated by Rich Michael Jr, the winner of the first two memorials. Michael led all but lap thirty-four on the way to Victory Lane.

In pre-race activity long-time track scorer Jackie Vogt was remembered. Jackie passed away early Friday after losing a battle with cancer. Vogt was the widow of former top driver Bob Vogt, who passed away in 2003, also of cancer.

In other action 2011-12 track champion Dutch Davies took the lead from Chad Valone at lap ten and then went on to his first Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model win of the season. For the third week in a row Damian Bidwell won the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model feature but it was a narrow victory as points leader Jason Genco charged over the final laps, cutting Bidwell’s lead to a mere half car-length at the line. Nathan Short, in his first appearance of the season, led the Limited Late Models over the entire feature distance, Jason Covey picked up his second feature win of the year in the finale for the Street Stocks while Michael Kosinski bested the Sportsmen field. Andy Proper was leading at the white flag on the Challenger feature, was passed on the back straight by Pete Volpe, then regained the lead in the final two turns to score his third win of 2015.

With a slim field of Limited Late Models only a feature was run with Nate Short, in his first appearance of the season, leading all 20 laps from the outside front row starting spot. The only yellow of the event was on lap 17 when points leader Ryan Scott slowed to a stop in turn four. At the finish the top five were Short, Kelly Frederes, John Zimmerman, Tyler Green, Chris Ottaway.

The Street Stocks started with Eric Harvey and Jason Covey leading the field to green with Harvey leading, Covey second, and Guy Adams third. At the end of three laps Covey and Harvey were side by side at the line with Covey solidly in the lead a lap later. At four complete Brad Church spun in turn two in heavy traffic collecting Kyle Reinwald and Mark Ramsey, a feature winner earlier in the season winding up against the second turn wall. At green, when the field got to the back straight, Gary Fisher wound up in the back straight wall, again slowing the field. Again disaster struck on the back straight on he first lap of green when cars came together in heavy traffic with Jared Beardsley winding up hard into the wall, collecting Wesley McCray and Anthony Marotto. All of the involved cars headed pitside, Beardsley on the hook. Marotto, second in points, was able to return after repairs as was McCray. At green the order was Covey, Adams, Harvey, Joe Layfield, and Jason Dobson. Yellow flew again when Harvey left the racing surface but stopped close enough to the track to be a hazard. At three laps left Marotto was back up to second and a lap later was right on the leader’s tail when yellow slowed the event for a spin by McCray. Covey led the field back to green with Marotto back to second with an amazing run, Layfield third, Adams fourth and Kyle Rienwald fifth. Adams came to third with two laps remaining. At the stripe it was Covey, Marotto, Adams, Layfield, and Reinwald.

Michael Kosinski and Dan Nocero led the Sportsmen class to the green with Kosinski leading after one lap and Matt Kosinski second. Ted Kosinski slammed the outside wall coming out of turn two with three laps complete, slowing the field. Ted and Matt Kosinski led Nocero back to the green with Jim Kibbe fourth and Ron Burgun fifth. At green No euro got back to second but Matt Kosinski was alongside at the end of six laps. And solidly in second a lap later, then after another lap back to third. Ted Kosinski went on to the win over Nocero, Matt Kosinski, Kibbe, and Burgun.

The Paula Southwell Memorial started with a parade lap led by Paula’s father, Butch, to remember the young girl who tragically lost her life on opening night of 2013 at the tender age of eighteen, on the date of Butch’s most most recent feature win. Rich Michael led the field to green with Leonard Enos on the outside front row. David Scott was second at the end of two laps behind Michael and Enos back to third. Michael caught lapped traffic at lap four just as several cars got sideways in the front straight resulting in the track being blocked by seven cars, including Mike McGee, Joel Watson, Kirk Bradley, Justin Carlson, John Boyd, Ron Seeley, and Jack Young, resulting in a lengthy red flag. For the restart the top five were Michael leading Scott Enos, Greg Johnson, Troy Carr, and Steve Dixon. Michael again took off with the lead. At at seven laps complete Dixon moved into third but Michael and Scott were pulling away. At thirteen complete seventh running Steve Rex looped his car at turn two, again slowing the event, closing the gap back to Scott and Dixon. Michael, looking for a repeat win in this event, pulled away from the pack again, and again saw his lead evaporate when two cars got together in turn four. At halfway the top five were Michael, Scott, Dixon, Greg Johnson, and Leonard Enos. Race sponsor Butch Southwell and Steve Rex got together at lap twenty three for yet another yellow flag. With 33 complete Greg Johson wrestled third away from Dixon then caution again flew. David Scott powered by Michael at the restart to lead lap 34 but Michael got back by a lap later. With two laps remaining caution yet again slowed the event, setting up a two lap shoutout between Michael, the winner of the first two memorials to Paula, and David Scott driving the Butch Southwell owned #75. On the restart Dixon suddenly slowed in turn two, ending his run. Then six cars piled up in turn three, blocking the track and bringing another red flag on the event. Again with two laps remaining, Michael led the field back to green, this time single file with Scott, Johnson, Enos, and Ron Seeley filling out the top five. Michael went on to the win with Scott settling for second over points leader Johnson. Coming to the flag Ron Seeley, celebrating a birthday, nipped Enos at the line for fourth. Michael collected an extra $1000 bonus for leading 39 of the 40 laps. Scott collected an extra $25 for leading lap 34.

The winner of the last two Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model features, Damian Bidwell, started on the pole position with points leader Jason Genco alongside. Bidwell showed the way with Genco alongside for lap one. At halfway Bidwell had a substantial lead over Genco with Chad Silleman third, Ward Schell fourth, and Dave Shagla fifth. With five to go Bidwell was into lapped traffic allowing Genco to begin closing the gap and was right on the leader’s rear bumper at two to go. Bidwell was able to score the victory by only half a car length at the stripe. Schell was third with Scott Gurdak fourth and Silleman fifth.

Chad Valone and Dutch Davies led the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model field to green with Valone leading laps one and two, then caution slowed the event when Pete Alspaugh pulled to the infield. At five laps in Valone led Davies, John Volpe, Max Blair, and Greg Oakes. At nine laps compete Paul Briggs spun in turn four, slowing the event with the front five still the same. At the restart Doug Eck got into the wall on the front straight and began spewing smoke, stopping on the racing surface and slowing the race under yellow once again. At this start fifth running Greg Oakes spun in turn three, collecting six cars in the process, but all were able to return to action. For green it was Valone, Davies, Blair, Volpe, and John Lobb. At lap ten Davies edged ahead of Valone by half a car length but Valone stayed with him just as caution flew again with Bob Dorman against the wall in turn three. One lap past green Davies was leading Volpe, Blair, Lobb, and Valone. Then disaster struck on the back straight when Chris Hackett got into the wall, spun, and sitting backwards on the track. Michael Oakes then spun to avoid the wreck but landing partially on top of Hackett. At green Blair immediately came to second with Volpe now third, DuPont fourth and Lobb fifth. At the checkers the order was Davies, Blair, Volpe, DuPont, and Andy Boozel.

Ken Hultin and Steve Morse led the Challenger field to the green with Morse leading the way until Thomas Cupp took over on the back straight. At halfway Morse slid high in turn one falling back with damage to the right front. At lap six Domingo Echevarria got into the wall in turn turn two, bringing caution over the field. Points leader Andy Proper then led with Pete Volpe second and Greg Marsh now third. At the white flag Volpe got by Proper but yellow slowed the field when two cars got into the turn four wall. Volpe got by heading down the back straight but Proper regained the lead in turn three and went on to his third win of the season over Volpe, Cory Jensen, Travis Darling, and Greg Rockwell.

July 4th Weekend **“**Doubleheader**”* *Planned at Stateline Speedway featuring the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Patriot Sprints, Sean Patrick McGraw Live in Concert

June 8th, 2015

BUSTI, NY – The Renegades of Dirt Modified Tour has rescheduled the rain cancelled May 30th event for Friday, July 3rd, setting the stage for an action packed double header weekend!

Friday July 3rd begins with the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, who will invade Stateline Speedway and “New York” soil for the first time since the inception of the highly successful touring series. The Renegades will be met with stiff competition from local and regional Modified drivers who have been notorious for providing a stiff challenge for outside touring competitors. In addition to the Renegades of Dirt Modified tour, the Challengers will have their season special, the first annual “Roger Hall Memorial” which will pay $1,000 to WIN along with the Super Sportsman, an open wheel class that is unique to Stateline Speedway.

Finally the Pennsylvania Vintage Dirt Modifieds will make their first of two appearances in 2015. The PA Vintage Dirt Mods provide a real life look back to the roots of racing on the 1/3 mile oval and from around the region, featuring real Modifieds from the 60’s through the 80’s going “wheel to wheel” in a 20 lap feature event! Their appearance is made possible by Car Go Auto Parts and Fox’s Den Pizza.

Friday evening at the conclusion of racing events between 9:30 and 10:30 PM, Nashville Recording Artist and former “Nashville Star” semi-finalist Sean Patrick McGraw will take to the microphone for a live concert that will last into the evening hours. McGraw has toured with Toby Keith and Trace Adkins along with headlining his own show at the Hard Rock Café in Nashville, Tennessee.

Saturday will begin with Karts on the “Small Track” at 10AM with a full line-up of Kart racing. The “Big Track” pits will open at 3:30, grandstands at 5:00 and racing at 7PM featuring the second visit by the Patriot Sprint Tour, Super Late Models, RUSH Crate Late Models, Limited Late Models and Street Stocks, along with Fireworks!

Friday pit gates open at 3:00 PM, grandstand at 4:30 PM and racing at 6:30 PM. General admission tickets are $17 for Adults, $15 for Sr/Veterans and $5 for Students (6-15), while kids under 6 are free. All tickets on Friday July 3rd include admission to the Sean Patrick McGraw concert. Saturday pit gates open at 3:30, grandstand at 5PM and racing at 7PM. General admission tickets are $20 for Adults, $18 for Sr/Veterans and $8 for Students (6-15), while kids under 6 are free. Family passes can be purchased which include 2 adults and UNLIMITED kids 15 and under for $40 on Friday July 3 and $50 for Saturday July 4th.

Paula Southwell Memorial this Saturday at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto!

June 4th, 2015

Busti, NY – This Saturday night, June 6, the racing community will remember Paula Southwell, daughter of former Stateline Speedway champion Butch (and Cathy) Southwell. Paula’s life tragically ended May 4, 2013 as the result of a motorcycle accident in Erie County. She was only 18 years old. This year the memorial will focus on children reading. As a child Paula loved to read and would read at the racetrack during the racing. To honor her memory the first 100 children through the fan gates will be given a book from a supply purchased from the “Free Books for Kids Town” local organization. There will be a wide selection available and kids will be able to chose the book they want from the available supply. On the track the best Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod drivers in the area will compete for forty laps for a winner’s purse of $2500, the highest winner’s share in the area this summer. Door prizes will be awarded throughout the evening for fans. The 50/50 drawing this week will benefit the youth mission trips for the First Lutheran Church in Warren, PA, where Paula was a member and participated in mission trips.

Drivers expected to be at the front of the pack in the event sponsored by William Southwell Oil and Son include current points leader Greg Johnson, Butch Southwell, Paula’s father and currently second in points, and Ron Seeley, the third running competitor. David Scott, Joel Watson, and defending Stateline Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod champion Brent Rhebergen as well as the defending champion of the race, Rich Michael, are also expected to be at the front of the pack.

All regular classes will race with the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models 2015 points chase being led by Franklinville, NY’s Greg Oakes. Oakes leads Frewsburg, NY’s John Lobb, winner of this year’s Lloyd Moore Memorial, and Jason DuPont of Cyclone, PA.

Jason Genco of Frewsburg leads the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Model drivers with Sugar Grove’s Dave Shagle second and two-time winner and twice former champion Damian Bidwell of Eldred, PA third.

Ryan Scott leads Chris Ottaway and Bill Reeves in the Limited Late Modelchase.

Stanley Davis is at the front of the pack in Street Stock competition with Anthony Marotto and Jason Covey, winner on May 23.

Former champion Dan Nocero Jr, with one feature win this season, leads Matt Kosinski and defending champion Ted Kosinski.

With two win this season, Andy Proper leads the Challenger division over Thomas Cipp and Chris Horton.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @racestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 427-FAST (3278).

Stateline reschedules Renegades of Dirt to July 3rd due to rain.

May 31st, 2015

Busti, NY: Due to forecast storms and distances involved for the Renegades of Dirt to appear at Stateline May 30, the event has been rescheduled to Friday, July 3. The same schedule of events as the original program will be conducted. Details for the scheduled appearance of NASCAR legend Ken Schrader are still being worked out and will be announced as soon as they are finalized.

Renegades of Dirt to make area’s first appearance this Saturday at Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto! Ken Schrader will be racing!

May 30th, 2015

Busti, NY- The Renegades of Dirt, a national modified racing series now in its fourth year, will make its first-ever appearance at Stateline Speedway this Saturday, and in the state of New York, May 30. The series has had thirteen appearances this season with ten different winners. Ken Schrader will be in attendance to race the best local talent along with the best of the Renegades, known as the “Beasts from the East”.

Greg Johnson started the year in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod championship chase with two wins and a second last week despite mechanical gremlins so he must be considered among the favorites to tame the beasts. Justin Carlson, long a crowd favorite and front-runner, won last week and runs fourth in the standings. Butch Southwell and Ron Seeley run second and third at this time. Tanner Wilson was the most recent Renegades winner, with that win coming last Sunday at Tyler County Speedway. Wilson currently leads the points chase with Jake Hawkins second and John Burdett third. Local star Rich Michael Jr shows seventh on the points list, only 31 markers out of the lead. No Stateline Speedway points will be awarded this week.

In regular action the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models are currently being led by Greg Oakes over second week winner John Lobb and Jason DuPont. Two-time winner and defending champion Robbie Blair is currently fifth in points behind Darrell Bossard.

Jason Genco leads the Shults Auto Group RUSH Late Models by a comfortable 42-point margin over Dave Shagla and two time winner and two time champion Damian Bidwell. Neither Genco nor Shagla have a feature win yet this season but Genco made an astounding last (18th at the start) to fourth place run last Saturday.

Stanley Davis Jr leads the Street Stocks over Anthony Marotto and last week’s winner Jason Covey. Andy Proper, winner the first two weeks of racing, has a comfortable 52-point edge in the Challenger championship points race. Thomas Cupp is currently second with Chris Horton third.

The Limited Late Models and the Sportsmen classes are off for this week.

Pit gates will open at 3:30 with the fan gates opening at 5 PM. Racing will begin promptly at 7 PM. General admission for this very special event will be $20 for adults, seniors and veterans are $18 with students (6-15) $8. Kids five and under are always free. Fans that attended the May 23rd event at Stateline can save $2.00 OFF Adult, Senior or Veteran admission by presenting their May 23rd ticket stub.

Fans will be treated to an Autograph Session with Ken Schrader during the nights events. Camping is free this weekend (no hookups) from Friday at 2PM until Sunday.

Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto is located south of Jamestown, NY on Kortwright Rd in the town of Busti, NY. The track is on the World Wide Web at racestateline.com, on Facebook, and Twitter @racestateline. The all-purpose information number for the track is (716) 427-FAST (3278).

Sammy Reakes IV conquers Patriot Sprint Tour appearance at Stateline Speedway

May 27th, 2015

Busti, NY – The alcohol-burning, winged Patriot Sprint Tourinvaded Stateline Speedway Presented by Lite House Auto for the first time since 2012 with Sammy Reakes IV taking the win over the nineteen car field. Regular class winners were Rob Blair, Damian Bidwell, Justin Carlson, Ryan Scott, Jason Covey, Michael Kosinski, and Kurt Babcock.

The first feature on the racing surface was the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models led to the green by third generation driver Wyatt Scott and Dave Shagle Jr. Scott took off to the early lead over Shagla. Reigning champion Scott Gurdak was challenging for second when yellow flew with five complete when Chris Ottaway slowed at the top of turn four. At green Gurdak immediately grabbed the spot and began chasing down the 2014 Rookie of the Year Scott but no laps were in before yellow flew again, this time for Garrett Mott, spun in turn three. With seven complete Max Blair had come back to third after falling back in the opening laps. At halfway the top five were Scott, Gurdak, Blair, former champion Damian Bidwell, and Matt Harvey. Brady Raynor spun coming out of turn two with twelve complete, again slowing the race. Bidwell got by Blair at lap thirteen but caution again struck when Chad Schauers and Bob Dorman got together on the back stretch. With five to go Bidwell came to the lead but Gurdak wasn’t able to get by Scott, just alongside him. Caution fell again a lap later when Brady Raynor looped his car in turn four. At the checkers it was Bidwell, Scott, Gurdak, points leader Jason Genco from eighteenth at the start, and Kyle Scott.

The Sportsman feature had the Kosinki brothers on the front row with Ted on the pole and Michael outside. Caution was shown on lap two for the stalled car of Jake Eller. Michael led Ted in the early going with Dan Nocero running third. At halfway Michael Kosinski was still leading with Dan Nocero now second and closing. Jim Kibbe was now third with Ron Burgun fourth and smoking bad enough to draw the consultation flag at lap eleven. With two to go yellow again flew when Rick Sperry spun in turn four. At the white flag Kibbe was now second, spun out of contention in turn two. Kosinski went on to the win with Nocero second, Jeremy Williams third, Rick Sperry fourth, and Kendelle Kosinski fifth.

The Patriot Sprint Tour started with Scott Just and Joe McEwen at the front with Just leading the first lap but Steve Collins looping his mount in turn four, bringing caution over the field. At green Just again led with Scott Kreutter and Dane Lorenc fighting for second. When yellow again fell at lap seven Lorenc was second. Kreutter came back to second when green again fell. At halfway Just had a four car-length lead over Kreutter. With six laps remaining Kreutter and Lorenc, the second and third place machines, got together on the front straight with Kreutter ending up against the outside wall in turn one. For the restart it was Just leading Lorenc and Sammy Reakes. Reakes used the high line to blast by to the lead at the end of one lap under green. Caution again flew for a spin in turn one. Mitch Brown came to second at the green and Jared Zimbardi was in third after a lap. Steve Hutchinson and Dave Just tangled in turn four on the white flag lap, setting up a one lap dash for cash. The finish was Reakes, Brown, Zimbardi, Kyle Drum, and Joe Trenca.

Darrell Bossard led the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Model feature from the pole with John Lacki second. Six cars piled up in turn four on lap three, slowing the field under yellow. Dave Shagla spun in turn two on the first lap back under green then Bump Hedman spun on the next try. Bossard again led with defending track champion Rob Blair right behind, then Lacki, Greg Oakes, and Dutch Davies. At halfway Bossard was lengthening his lead over Blair, Oakes, Davies, and Lacki. A lap past halfway John Lobb, winner on week two entered the top five after passing Lacki and Blair was again closing on the leader. With seventeen compete Blair caught Bossard and went by on the outside. Blair went on to the win, his second of the year, with Oakes getting by Bossard late in the going for second. On the final lap, Davies also got by Bossard, dropping the early leader to fourth. Lobb finished the event fifth.

Rich Wojtowicz and Stan Davis were on the front row for the Street Stock feature. Wojtowicz was the leader through lap two then got sideways in turn two and fell back through the field leaving Davis up front for a lap three restart with Jason Covey second and Anthony Marotto third. Six cars stacked up at the end of the back straight after green when Wade Watson suddenly slowed in heavy traffic. Davis opened his lead after green again flew but the race was again slowed at lap five. Again Davis led with Covey second and Marotto third. At halfway the order was the same with Eric Harvey fourth and Chad Clement fifth. Davis’s night came to a halt with four laps remaining when the engine let loose on the main straight with the car coming to a halt at turn two. Covey brought the field back to green with Marotto now second, then Wesley McCray, Jason Dobson, and Clement. That was the order of finish.

Justin Carlson led from the drop of the green flag in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods. Caution slowed the event at lap three but after green again Carlson led with outside front row starter Steve Rex second and fifth starting Ron Seeley third. Several more caution periods slowed the event at lap six. At halfway two-time winner, ninth starting Greg Johnson, was second and pressuring the leader. Carlson went on to the win, over a fast closing Johnson, ending Johnson’s early-season domination of Victory Lane. Seeley wound up third with Dave Scott fourth and Butch Southwell fifth.

Kelly Frederes led the Limited Late Model feature from green with Ryan Scott, Mike Moon, John Zimmerman, and Bill Reeves following until Frederes nearly lost control at lap three, falling behind Scott. At halfway Scott led over Frederes, Zimmerman, opening night winner Chris Ottaway, and Bill Reeves. Zimmerman spun at lap nine for the race’s only caution. At the checkers it was Scott, Frederes, Ottaway, Reeves, and Zimmerman.

Kurt Babcock won the Challenger, leading the feature from green to checkers. At the checkers Holden Heineman was second with Greg Marsh third, previous winner Andy Proper fourth, and Thomas Cupp fifth.

Ramsey, Bidwell, and Nocero Jr. capture their 1st wins of 2015 as Johnson and Proper make it 2 for 2!

May 13th, 2015

Busti, NY : Thirty minutes before scheduled start time, a betting man would’ve loaded up his equipment and lost hope that Stateline Speedway would even be racing on the evening of May 9th, 2015. However, in a strange turn of events, the weather held off, and the diehard fans who braved the weather were treated to a spectacular show on a great racing surface. But the weather held off and the Lloyd Moore Memorial ULMS 35-lap feature was run as scheduled.

Chad Ramsey and Guy Adams led eleven of the area’s finest street stocks to the line for their feature race, for the first main event of the night. Ramsey quickly jumped out to an early lead with Stanley Davis Jr in hot pursuit running in the second position. At lap 4, a caution flew for the 3D machine of Tyler Dynys. At the halfway mark it was Ramsey, a new second place car of Brian Crandall, followed by Davis Jr, Jason Covey, and Anthony Marotto. At lap ten, a strong running Guy Adams retired to the pits, and at the checkers it was Ramsey capturing his first win of the season to the enjoyment of the crowd, followed by Crandall, Davis, Marotto, and Covey rounding out the top 5.

A field of fourteen Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models entered the track for their feature with Dave Lyon and Jason Genco leading the way at the drop of the initial green flag. After a bobble on the restart, Dave Shagla Jr. would lead the first lap only to have Genco jump back in front of him as the crossed the stripe for the second circuit. Hard racing would continue as Damian Bidwell would get by Genco to be the third different leader in three laps. At lap seven, the 135 machine of Jamie Brown would spin only to lead to a nasty four car pile-up on the ensuing restart which would involve Chad Schauer’s 28c car getting upside down on the back stretch with Brown, Wyatt Scott, and Luke Carleton also being involved. A short delay after the announcement that everyone was okay would lead to 10 straight green flag laps in which Bidwell would continue to lead, followed by Genco, a hard battle between Shagla Jr and Lyon, and a solid running Matt Harvey rounding out the top 5. The top 5 would remain the same as the race ended as Damian Bidwell was able to capture his first win of the young season!

As the crate late models retired to the pits, it was now time for some high powered open wheel Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod action on the track as two Youngsville drivers, Ron Seeley and Cale Crocker, led the e-mods to the green flag for their twenty lap feature event. The action quickly heated up as the outside start Crocker got the early lead and was seemingly setting sail on the field while Greg Johnson would quickly jump into second after Seeley hopped the cushion coming out of turn number two just as another Youngsville area driver, Steve Rex, looped his mount on lap two. At lap six, the 5B of Kirk Bradley would slow for the second caution of the race as Crocker continued to lead followed by Greg Johnson, Seeley, Butch Southwell, and Troy Carr who would retire to the pits on a restart relinquishing fifth place.

On lap eleven, Crocker would push too high and Johnson would sneak under him to become the new leader. On the following lap, Crocker would pull to the pits, relinquishing second place, moving everyone up in the running order one spot. A great battle for second place would ensue as Ron Seeley and Butch Southwell would put on a show for the last 7 laps while Greg Johnson continued his domination of the Sugar Grove Beverage E-mod class at Stateline Speedway. At the double checker flags, it was Johnson picking up his second win in a row, followed by Southwell, Seeley, Darren Tarabori, and Josh John picking up his first top 5 of the season.

An anxious crowd was greeted with a 4-wide salute as the Zimmer’s Service Center ULMS Super Late Models paced the track to kick off their fiftenth season, headlining the Lloyd Moore Memorial for $3,000 to win on what turned out to be a fine evening at Busti’s renowned dirt track. Andy Boozel and Jared Miley led the field to the green but no laps would be recorded after several different incidents to start the race. The most severe and notable accident being when Steve Kania, Chad Valone, Ryan Scott, Dutch Davies, John Lacki, Darrell Bossard, Mike Knight, Rich Gardner, Chris Hackett, Bob Dorman, Paul Briggs, John Volpe, and Nathan Hill would all collect each other in a thirteen car pile-up. Once the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models field finally got a lap in, the show started, and it didn’t disappoint. Jason DuPont was putting the pressure on Miley for the lead as John Lobb lurked in the third position, followed by Bump Hedman and Dutch Davies rounding out the top five at lap ten. DuPont and Miley would continue dicing through lapped cars and battling hard up until lap nineteen when Mike Knight brought out the caution in turn one. You could put the top three cars of DuPont, Miley, and Davies under a hat for the next seven laps before Davies would lose control of his machine coming out of turn two, allowing for John Lobb to jump back into the third position, now followed by John Volpe and Greg Oakes, who had made his way up through the pack. The next eight laps would be some of the best, most competitive laps that the area has seen in some time for the super late model division. It was DuPont and Miley running their own grooves and swapping the lead at the entrance and exit of every turn. They would come across the line dead even for the white flag and continue the battle until contact was made exiting turn 4 to the checkered flag as John Lobb would sneak by on the inside to steal the win, as Miley crossed the line backwards, and Volpe, Oakes, and Chad Valone rounded out the top 5 at the conclusion of a spectacular race.

Rob Blair Wins “Papa” Don Frank Memorial with Last Corner Pass!

May 7th, 2015

Busti, NY- The best weather possible greeted fans and race teams for the 2015 Stateline Speedway racing season. The “Papa” Don Frank Memorial for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models featured one of the most exciting finishes ever when Rob Blair squeezed by near-race-long leader John Volpe coming out of turn four for the final run to the checkers and the $2500 first-place check. Max Blair led the Shultz Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models to the checkers. Chris Ottaway led every lap of the caution-free Limited Late Model feature. Greg Johnson led flag to flag in the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mod finale. The Challenger finale saw a first-time winner in Andy Proper and a fiery finish when the sixth-place finisher, Holden Heinemann, erupted in flames after crossing the finish. Mike Kosinski led flag-to-flag in the Sportsmen finale.

Brandon Groters and Anthony Mariotto brought the first feature of 2015, the Street Stocks, to the green flag with Groters leading the way and Brian Crandall coming to second by halfway after Marotto pulled off with mechanical problems. The race went green until the final lap when the leader slammed into Travis Switaj, a lapped car running very slow out of turn two. Second running Brian Crandall went on to the win with Mark Ramsey second and Stan Davis third. Guy Adams and Groters filled out the top five.

The Shultz Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models came to the green with Dave Shagla and Dustin Waters leading the field to Ryan Matthews’ green flag. On the third attempt the race was on with Shagla showing the way and Mike Knight coming to second by lap two when caution flew for a spin by Bob Dorman. Two more yellow periods slowed the event before halfway. By halfway Mike Knight was leading with Max Blair second and Dave Lyon third. Blair closed the gap steadily until he was right on Knight’s tail as the yellow flew again at lap fourteen. For the restart it was Knight leading Blair, Lyon, John Waters, Shagla, and Scott Waters. Knight experienced a flat right rear and retired pit side, with Blair inheriting the lead. Yellow again flew at lap sixteen, then Blair went on to the win over Lyon, Jason Genco, Bob Dorman and Dave Shagla.

Chris Ottaway led the Limited Late Models from the pole with Ryan Scott, Bill Reeves, and Mike Moon following. Tyler Green failed to start the feature. That was the order of finish in a caution-free event.

The “Papa Don Frank Memorial” for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models started with Papa Don Frank’s Grandson, Kyle Abbott, dropping the green flag on the 35-lap feature run in memory of one of Stateline’s original builders. John Volpe led from the drop of the green but Chris Hackett took over at the front of the pack before the end of lap one. At the end of five laps Hackett led Volpe, Chad Valone, last year’s winner Rob Blair, and Doug Eck. Valone retired to the pit at the end of six laps. Volpe got back by Hackett at eight complete and Blair came by a lap later for second. At eleven complete Mike Knight lost the right rear wheel, axel and all, spinning and collecting Jason DuPont in the process. For the green it was Volpe leading Blair, Hackett, Doug Eck, and Paul Briggs. At sixteen complete Eck got by Hackett then slowed suddenly on the back straight a lap later. With no way to get off the track, caution was necessary. Volpe, Blair, Hackett, Briggs, and Jake Finnerty led the field back to green with Volpe able to begin extending his lead at twenty laps into the event. Behind the leaders Greg Oakes was on the march running side by side with Hackett for several laps before getting by at lap 24 just as caution flew for Bump Headman, who had slid into the infield just a few feet from traffic. With eleven laps left green was again in the air with Blair again chasing Volpe and Hackett back to third. Hackett spun into the outside wall in turn three. Hackett was able to continue. Top five now was Volpe, Blair, Oakes, Briggs, and Jason DuPont. In turn two after the restart Briggs spun into the infield. Again on the green Briggs spun, collecting Jake Finnerty in the process. At the competition of lap 32 Blair was leading but Volpe was ahead at the next crossing. Heading into turn three on the final lap Blair got alongside and came across the stripe as the winner. Volpe then drove into Blair’s left rear in turn one after the finish, turning him and flattening the left rear. Volpe was credited with second, then Oakes, DuPont, and Rich Gardner filling out the top five. Blair not only was a repeat winner in the race honoring a Stateline founder, but will lead the points race in his title defense.

Mike McGee and Greg Johnson brought the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods to the green flag for their twenty-lap finale. A caution with one lap complete slowed the field. After two failed restarts Greg Johnson took over at the front with 2014 champion Brent Rhebergen to second over McGee. Caution again flew at lap three when Jarrod Silvis parked his machine sideways on the backstretch. Fourth running Kyle Bedell spun in turn four for the next caution at lap seven. At halfway Johnson led Rhebergen, Vic Vena, McGee and Butch Southwell. With four to go Johnson led Rhebergen, Southwell, Vena, and Leonard Enos. The order remained the same to the checkers.

Holden Heinemann and Aaron Liberati started the Challenger feature up front with Liberati leading the way after one lap and Andy Proper second. Caution came twice at lap six for competitors stalled on the track. On the lap six restart Proper grabbed the lead and led to the checkers for his first-ever feature win. Liberati was second with Thomas Cupp third, Ken Hultin was fourth with Chris Horton fifth. Heinemann’s car erupted in flames just after crossing the finish line. He exited the car when it stopped in turn one, shaken up but ok.

Mike Kosinski led every lap of the Sportsmen feature, defeating Dan Nocero, defending champion Ted Kosinski, Ron Burgun, and Matt Kosinski.

Stateline will roar to life this week!

May 1st, 2015

Busti, NY-The historic clay-surface speedplant known as Stateline Speedway will again swing open its gates for another summer of racing excitement with two events this week.

Wednesday, April 29, weather permitting, the twice-scheduled and twice-weather-postponed “test-n-tune” session will finally occur with the pit gates opening at 6 PM and cars taking to the track at 7. Grandstand admission will be free for this event and a limited concession menu will be available. Pit admission will be $20 for this event.

Finally, after one of the most brutal winters in history, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, the second season of the “Catania Era”. Will commence with the second annual “Papa Don Frank Memorial”. Frank was one of the original owners of the track, which was built and opened in 1956. This year the event for the Overhead Door Company of Jamestown Super Late Models will run thirty five laps and pay a purse of over $16,000 and $2,500 to win. All seven of Stateline’s competing classes will compete with the green flag falling promptly at 6 PM. Gates will open at 4PM.

The 2015 season will see a variety of events including specials for all seven regular classes. Well as special appearances by the Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, Patriot Sprint Tour, the Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints, the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, United Late Model Series, United E-Mod Series, Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, and the Rush Late Model Series. The Rush Late Model Series will be the sanctioning body for the Crate Late Models for the first time in the history of the class at Stateline.

Regular classes, in addition to the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, will be the ShultsAuto Group Rush Crate Late Models, the Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers.

Another first for 2015 will be the “Party on the Hill” Concert Series, a series of four Friday Evening Concerts, including Nashville Star semi-finalist Sean Patrick McGraw. Stateline Kart Track will also kick off its season on Saturday, May 2 with Karting events running every Saturday until the end of September.

For more information, please visit www.racestateline.com or follow us on Twitter @racestateline.

Stateline opener delayed by wet grounds!

April 24th, 2015

Busti, NY-The worst winter in recent memory has soaked the track, pit, and parking area at Stateline Speedway to the extent that General Manager Bill Catania Sr has made the decision to postpone opening night until the following week, May 2. The featured event will be the Papa Don Frank Memorial, originally scheduled for April 25. All seven classes will be running with gates opening at 4 PM for a 6PM dropping of the green on the 2015 season.

Track conditions being considered, there will be an attempt to hold a practice session Wednesday April 29 starting at 5 PM with a tentative rain date for Thursday April 30.

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Details of rescheduled events will be announced as soon as possible.

Sugar Grove race car show, “test ‘n’ tune” session set for Stateline Saturday, April 18!

April 18th, 2015

Busti, NY: Stateline Speedway prepares to open the gates on the 2015 season of racing with an afternoon car show on the streets of downtown Sugar Grove, PA Saturday afternoon beginning at 1 PM and running to 5 PM. The show will include all classes, including Karts. Registration forms will be available for all classes. Cars can be put in position as early as 11:30 AM but no later than 12:30 PM. Traffic will be detoured around the show area.

At 5PM activities will move to Kortwright Road for a practice session to formally begin the 2015 season. Pit admission will be $10 with grandstand admission free.

The 2015 schedule released in March includes racing for the Overhead Door of Jamestown Super Late Models, the headline class since the track opened in 1956, the Shults Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, Sugar Grove Beverage E-Mods, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Sportsmen, and Challengers. Each class will have special events throughout the season, which will culminate in the second annual Fall Brawl in September. The green flag will drop on the season at 6 PM April 25 with the second ‘Papa Don Frank Memorial’ and switch to 7 PM May 23 and continue every Saturday night. Among the specials will be an appearance by the Patriot Sprint Tour May 23, the always popular “Autograph Night” on May 16, and the “Triple Crown”, a three-race series beginning May 9 to honor legends of Stateline’s track history. The first event will be the Lloyd Moore Memorial to remember the Frewsburg, NY native who was instrumental in early NASCAR racing and the winner of premier series in Winchester, IN in the 1950s.

Wednesday, April 22, the track will conduct open auditions for singers to perform out National Anthem. Tryouts will be held at the track in the press box starting at 7 PM.

Admission to regular events is only $12 per adult, seniors and veterans $10, children 6-15 $5, and 5 and under always free. Special events are higher. Camping is free except for special events.

Be sure to visit www.racestateline.com for up to date information. Also follow @RaceStateline on Twitter for breaking news and results.

Stateline Speedway Additions Allow Sweeney Rush Late Model Series to Solidify Northeast Contined Growth

March 6th, 2015

(Pulaski, PA)On the heels of the recent announcements of the addition of Ohio’s Wayne County Speedway and Canada’s Brighton Speedway, Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Directors are proud to announce sister speedways, Stateline and Eriez, to the growing Sweeney Weekly Series program for the upcoming 2015 season!

Last year, Promoter Bill Catania revived Stateline Speedway as he reopened the popular Busti, New York oval on July 5 with a standing-room-only crowd at the renovated facility. The 1/3-mile oval located on the PA/NY border has included Crate Late Models in their program for the past several years, but for the first-time ever will now be under a sanctioning body rather than an open rules package as in the past. Opening night for the 59th anniversary season is scheduled for Saturday, April 25 and will include the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.

Eriez Speedway meanwhile has been operated successfully the last nine years by Bobby Rohrer and his family. Crate Late Model racing has been a popular Sunday night weekly home for the past four years at the northwest Pa. Sunday night 3/8-mile oval, and now for the first time will be under the RUSH banner. Opening night for the 54th anniversary season is scheduled for Sunday, May 3 and will include the Sweeney RUSH Late Models.

“The addition of Stateline and Eriez to our program is huge,” expressed Emig. “We’ve been in talks with Bill and Bob since last summer in hopes they’d choose the RUSH program. Their decision to sanction their crate late model divisions at both facilities is a tremendous step in bringing the entire Northeast portion of the region under the banner of one sanctioning body. For years racers have hoped that we could secure these great speedways. There is no doubt that many of these speedway’s competitors will capture their own piece of our valuable championship programs, that will see over $85,000 in cash and approximately $60,000 in product contingencies awarded the RUSH competitors in 2015.

RUSH member racers will be able to participate at both speedways in 2015 and be eligible for all of the programs including the Sweeney Weekly Series Championship, the Pace Performance “Summer Chase”, along with the Bilstein Bandits and the “Futures Cup” for those eligible racers. While membership is not mandatory to compete in any RUSH-sanctioned event, membership will again include a $100,000 excess participant accident policy which is over and above drivers’ health insurance and speedways’ participant accident policy.

Also, both tracks will host a pair of Sweeney Tour events on Saturday and Sunday, June 5-6 and Saturday and Sunday, August 15-16. One of the events at Eriez will be the popular $30,000 “Manufacturers Night” that in the past has been held at Sharon Speedway, Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway, and most recently at McKean County Raceway always drawing over 40 cars. The four events will be part of the Sweeney Northern Tour schedule that will pay the champion $4,000 to-win. A sweep of both the Sweeney Northern and Southern Tour would earn the champion $10,000!

Stateline Speedway celebrated their 2014 season at the awards banquet last month crowning veteran standout Scott Gurdak as the champion. Gurdak ironically topped a fellow former Big-Block Modified racer in Bob Dorman- a second generation New York racer. Darrell Bossard, a former Stock Car standout and has years of Super Late Model experience as well was third over Dave Shagla, Jr., who competed in several RUSH events over the past two seasons.

Brothers Kyle and Wyatt Scott, sons of the great David Scott, finished fifth and sixth in points. Kyle continues to improve, while Wyatt will be starting his second season in the full-size cars. Wyatt, a go-kart graduate, will be a leading contender for the $1,000 to-win “Futures Cup” crown. Seventh through 10th in points were Jamie Brown, Max Blair, Dusty Waters, and Wendell Pinckney. All four racers competed in many RUSH events over the past two seasons. Blair in fact won $8,000 by sweeping the Sweeney Weekly & Pace Summer Chase crowns in 2013.

At Eriez, Kyle Zimmerman was the 2014 champion. The Albion, PA driver has become one of the veteran Crate Late Model drivers on the circuit and has been known for his consistent finishes to garner championships over the years. Completing the top 10 at Eriez were Blair, Matt Latta, Mike Knight, Bossard, Bobby Rohrer, Chad Wright, Gurdak, Mark Tatalovic, and Michael Mitchell.

Latta splits his time between the Scott Bidwell #B1D and his family-owned #21 and has become one of the top runners on the northern circuit. Knight, a Super Late Model favorite, made his first Sweeney RUSH Tour start on October 11 at McKean and raced from 16th to sixth to earn the Precise “Pedal Down Hard Charger”. Rohrer competed in six of the 16 Sweeney Tour events in 2014 with three top 10 finishes. Wright, a former “Futures Cup” Champion, has honed his skills to become one of the northern circuit’s top racers. Tatalovic has actually purchased Tri-City Raceway Park and looks forward to his first year as a promoter.

Stateline Speedway is located nine miles southwest of Jamestown, NY, south of Busti, NY at 4150 Kortwright Rd., Jamestown, NY 14701. For more information, check out their website at www.racestateline.com. Follow them on Twitter @RaceStateline and like their page on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com/statelinespeedway. Their phone number is 336-793-8465.

Eriez Speedway is located outside of Erie, Pa. in Hammett at 9821 Sampson Rd., Erie, PA 16509. For more information, check out www.eriez-speedway.com. Follow them on Twitter @EriezSpeedway and like their page on Facebook at
www.facebook.com/eriezspeedway.

RUSH Late Model marketing partners include Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, Pace Performance, Hoosier Tire, Bilstein Shocks, Sunoco Race Fuels, MSD Ignition, Maxima Racing Oil, Jones Racing Products, Alternative Power Sources, Precise Racing Products, ARbodies, The Brake Man, K&N Filters, Lincoln Electric, TurboStart, Beyea Headers, FK Rod Ends, Bobby Lake Motorsports, Crate Innovations Inc., Moroso Performance Products, Velocita-USA, High Gear Speed Shop, CrateInsider.com, B.R.A.K.E.S., RockAuto.com, and Valley Fashions.

E-mail can be sent to the RUSH Racing Series at info@rushracingseries.com and snail
mail to 4368 Route 422, Pulaski, PA 16143. Office phone is 724-964-9300 and fax is 724-964-0604. The RUSH Racing Series website is www.rushracingseries.com. Like our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/rushlatemodels and follow us on Twitter @RUSHLM.


Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza a Success, ROUND II Set for February 28

February 27th, 2015

BustI, NY–ROUND I of the Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza was a rousing success. With that success and input from racers and fans, it was decided to conduct ROUND 2 February 28.

The basic schedule will remain the same with classes according to engine size on both Stateline’s 1/3 mile oval and the 500′ dragstrip in the back straight pit. Pre-registrations have been received at a high rate but teams will be able to register from 9-11 AM the day of the event. The fee will be $35 for each class entered. Fan admission is $5 for an all-access pass. Concessions will be available and parking will be supervised by the Warren County Snowmobile Club with a suggested donation of $5 per car.

All rules are posted on the Stateline Speedway website at www.racestateline.com. Complete results from ROUND 1 are also posted as are photos and videos.

Presenting sponsors are Papa John’s Pizza, Jan-Cen Automotive, and Lake Shore Paving. Other sponsors and prizes courtesy of Chase Car Care, Schuylers Garage, (Sugar Grove), The Bucket, New Beginning’s Family Restaurant, CarGo Auto Parts,Amsoil, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services, Ryan Kaczar’s LineX, Reid’s powersports, Keegans Witch Kitch, and Loud Performance.

There will be other club events and raffles throughout the event.

Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza this Saturday at Stateline Speedway

February 22nd, 2015

Busti, NY -With a forecasted high of 30 degrees and an over 36” packed snow base, the stage is set for the First Annual Country Fair Snow Racing Winter Extravaganza on February 21. The historic oval will be bustling all day with activity as gates will open at 9:00 AM for registration until 10:30 with racing starting promptly at 11.

The parking lot is plowed and the track is undergoing final preparations for Saturday’s big show. A 500 foot dragstrip has been constructed behind the back straight bleachers with a 400 foot slowdown area.

Fans can warm up with Hot Chocolate, Coffee, or a hot bite from the Concession including Papa John’s Pizza, Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and French Fries. Local snowmobile clubs will also be onsite with Chili and other food items.

Admission will be only $5.00 for an “all-access” ticket with a suggested $5.00 per car donation to the Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Club for parking.

Entry fees are $25.00 per event and $20 for additional classes for early entry, which runs through Friday February 20 at Midnight, or $35 per event, $30 for additional classes at the gate. Trophies will be presented for all classes in both oval and drag events. The oval events will be on the ‘big’ track and will consist of three lap heats and six lap features for each class while the drags will be on a 500′ drag strip constructed in the pit area behind the back straight of the ‘big’ track.

Early registration and event rules are posted on the Stateline Speedway website at www.racestateline.com. You can also find event updates at www.facebook.com/sledstateline.

Presenting sponsors are Papa John’s Pizza, Jan-Cen Automotive, and Lake Shore Paving. Other sponsors and prizes courtesy of Chase Car Care, Schuylers Garage, (Sugar Grove), The Bucket, New Beginning’s Family Restaurant, CarGo Auto Parts, Amsoil, Chautauqua Lake Snowmobile Services, Ryan Kaczar’s LineX, Reid’s powersports, Keegans Witch Kitch, and Loud Performance.

There will be other club events and raffles throughout the event.

Stateline’s Bill Catania Jr qualifies for Daytona ARCA event!

February 13th, 2015

Busti, NY — For the first time since 1975 Stateline Speedway will be represented at the “World Center of Speed”, Daytona Beach, FL, when the ARCA Racing Series takes to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway on Saturday February 14. Westfield, NY native Bill Catania, currently in the process of purchasing Stateline Speedway, will be among the starting field, continuing a string of Stateline Speedway drivers who have run the most prestigious event on the ARCA schedule. Catania will start thirty-seventh in the field of forty. Catania is in the process of purchasing Stateline (Busti, NY) and Eriez (Hammett, PA) Speedways as well as leasing Ace Speedway in Elon, North Carolina. He operated Stateline in 2014 following a huge rebuilding program for the historic Western New York speedplant.

Stateline Speedway was represented admirably by Jim Scott in the 1968 ACRA 300 mile event, placing eighth in the final results driving a 1967 Ford Fairlane for noted car-owner Julian Buesink. In 1969 Scott broke a driveshaft in the Buesink Ford Talladega, and was credited with eighteenth in the final rundown. He qualified seventh in the 1970 event but didn’t complete a lap. 1971 saw a thirtieth place finish after his best qualifying run, a fifth. 1973 saw Scott change owners, running now for Jim Raynor in a Plymouth and driving to a nineteenth place finish after starting twenty-fifth. In 1975 Scott again drove to a top ten, this time ninth in a Plymouth for Raynor.

Scott, however, wasn’t the first. Johnny Ditch from Westfield, NY took a brand new Pontiac Catalina to the ARCA 250 I. 1965, qualified twenty-third, and finished fourteenth, twenty laps behind the leader. In ’66 Ditch ran twenty-second in his last appearance at Daytona.

Catania, 16th in the final 2014 ARCA driver standings, will be in a car owned by Roo Motorsports, an Australian team based in Salisbury, NC. The Ford is a Roush-Yates powered racer that was seventh fastest in January testing. Catania, now living in Winston-Salem, NC was a season champion in Late Models at Wyoming International Speedway in Perry, NY in 2005 and has extensive racing background on the Stateline/Eriez Circuit as well as asphalt experience at Late Erie Speedway, Holland Speedway, and Lancaster Speedway. In 2013 he ran three ARCA events, increasing that to twelve in 2014 including a top ten (ninth) at Salem Speedway. In the 2013 World Series of Asphalt at New Smyna Speedway Bill finished a very respectable tenth against the best Late Model drivers in the country. He also had a tenth in the Pro All Stars South Super Late Model points in 2012.

The ARCA Lucas Oil 200 Presented by Auto Zone 200 will take the green flag at 4:15 PM this Saturday, February 14 and will be televised on Fox Sports live with the pre-race show starting at 4 PM.

Stateline holds annual awards banquet.

January 29th, 2015

Erie, PA : Stateline Speedway formally concluded its 2014 season, the first under the direction of the Catania family, with a gala banquet at the Ambassador Banquet and Conference Center in Erie, PA.

The top ten competitors in each division were honored with Rob Blair picking up his first Stateline Speedway Super Late Model championship. Scott Gurdak was crowned the Crate Late Model champion with Brent Rhebergen the E-Mod champion. The Limited Late Models honors went to Ryan Scott with Ted Kosinski conquering the Sportsman division. The Street Stock champion was Brandon Groters and Roger Hall end the season at the top of the Challenger points.

Several special awards were presented to drivers who excelled during their season. The Rookies of the Year were Max Blair in Super Late Models, Wyatt Scott in Crate Late Models, Rob Middleton in E-Mods, Wes Vollentine in Street Stocks, Mike Burnham in Sportsmen, and Charles Morris in Challengers.

For overall excellence Brent Rhebergen was named “Driver of the Year”. Rhebergen won the E-Mod championship and finished sixth in the Super Late Model standings. Rhebergen always had the respect of the rest of the racing field for his sportsmanship in all areas.

The “Rising Star” award is for a young competitor who demonstrates a dedication to the sport and the ability to learn and improve. This driver shows every indication of being a force to reckon with for the future of the sport. That driver in 2014 was Crate Late Model driver Wyatt Scott, a third generation driver who showed improvement every week of the season and a maturity beyond hi fourteen years.

Brian Larson was recognized as “Founders Award” for his excellence and continuous display of service above self. The award is in honor of Stateline’s founders; Leonard Briggs, Jerry Frank, Don Frank, Marv Thorpe, and Lloyd Williams. Larson earned the award by “acting like an owner” for his diligence and dedication to the track preparation and all maintenance at the track. He was also given the title of “Dr Dirt”.

Stateline Speedway’s final event of 2014 saw history made at the historic oval when Dick Barton, racing Dirt Late Models since 1986, surpassed the record for wins set my Bobby Schnars when he made a thrilling pass on race-long leader Chris Hackett coming to the white flag after a duel that had started on lap seven of the fifty lap Julian Buesink Memorial. Blair, driving the iconic #28 retro schemed car, then went on to win #80, surpassing the 79 wins of Bobby Schnars, set in 1976. Barton announced his retirement from the sport a week later. For his lifelong achievements Barton was given recognition, being named “Top Gun” at Stateline. In an emotional address Barton thanked his long-time crew for their dedication and work ethic, giving special thanks to crew chief John Lamb, who had been with him from the beginning of his career in the 1970s in the old Sportsmen division.

Lamb, in turn, was recognized by the track for his contributions over the years, being named “Top Wrench”, the winningest crew chief in Stateline’s history.

The Keynote Speaker for the evening was Ernie Irvan, named by NASCAR as one of the sport’s 50 greatest drivers ever. Irvan, who retired in 1999, spoke about the importance of short track racing, especially dirt tracks, noting how his career started on the short tracks of California and North Carolina. Irvan’s father was a racer in California and now his son, Jared, is starting a racing career in the Carolinas. He noted the importance of families in racing and attracting younger fans so racing will still be available for the fans in the future. He also noted the importance of confidence and all sponsors, even the seemingly inconsequential sponsors.

Sunday Ernie joined his son, Jared, at Stateline’s Karting Award’s Banquet where both spoke on the importance of working hard for the goal and respecting parents and other mentors to enjoy the experience. After speaking on Sunday a question and answer period was offered to the karting competitors.

The evening progressed with an overview of the proposed 2015 racing schedule presented by owner Bill Catania. Several premier events will be conducted in Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Modifieds, and Street Stocks. Several series will be involved in the season including World of Outlaws Late Models, Renegades of Dirt Modifieds, the Penn-Ohio Street Stocks, ULMS, and both area sprint series, the Patriot Sprint Tour and the Empire Super Sprints. Several special nights with live music entertainment are also planned as well as Enduro events and other specials. The season will officially get underway with the first annual Winter Extravaganza on February 21. A mall-style car show is being planned with two practice sessions (April 11 and 18) planned prior to the season of racing action getting the green flag at 7 PM on Saturday April 25.

Stateline Speedway Opens Gates in February for Epic Winter Extravaganza, Snowmobiles to Race on 3/8 Mile Oval and Drag Race

December 29th, 2014

Busti, NY- Late February means one thing to race fans, the start of a new racing season is upon us. February 22 will mark the 57th annual Daytona 500 and the start of the 2015 racing season for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Meanwhile, one day earlier on February 21 and 1061 miles to the north of Daytona Beach, Florida, a different type of engine will ring in the 2015 racing season at Stateline Speedway. For the first time in its nearly sixty year history snowmobiles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides will take to the snow packed racing surface for a series of heats and features and will also run on a temporary drag strip that will be constructed in the back pit.

February 21 is set for this winter fun event, the day before the Daytona 500. Gates will open at 9:00 AM for registration ($25 per entrant per class if they pre-register online, $40 the day of the event). Racing will begin at 11:00 AM. Fan entrance will only be $5.00 and will be all access, meaning fans will be allowed in the pit area as well as the grandstands. The pit will also be the site of a huge bonfire for heat!

Eight classes are planned for snowmobiles, determined by engine size from under 400cc up to 801 and over with special classes for Modifieds, Open Modifieds, and Vintage Sleds. ATVs and Side-by-Sides will be classes in a similar manner.
“One of our goals with Stateline was to find ways to use the facility year-round”, stated Short Track Management CEO, Bill Catania. “With success in this event, we will plan a winter schedule for Stateline in 2016. Naturally we can’t control the weather, but we will plan between 3-5 events adding show cross as well as oval and drag racing to the mix. This won’t be the first new thing we try in 2015.”

After a series of three-lap heats on the “Big Track” action will move to the pit area behind the back straight where a 350’ drag strip will be constructed for the ‘straight-line’ competition. Then the feature races of six-laps each be staged on the “Big Track”. If time becomes an issue due to the number of entrants, drag racing and oval track racing may occur simultaneously. The top three in each class will be rewarded with trophies. Food trucks are being recruited to feed the hungry fans, carrying on the “Food Truck Village” concept that originated with STM’s running of the Lancaster US Open in 2014.

Online (early) registration will open on Friday December 26th for participants at a discounted price of $25 per sled and will close on Monday February 16th. Registration after February 16th will be $40.

Stateline Speedway is located at 4150 Kortwright Rd south of Jamestown, NY in the village of Busti. For more information, visit the track website at www.racestateline.com, follow us on Facebookwww.facebook.com/sledstateline or
www.facebook.com/statelinespeedway, or Twitter @racestateline for real-time updates or by phone at (336) 793-8465 for more information.

Epic Winter Extravaganza scheduled for Stateline!

December 29th, 2014

Busti, NY–For the first time in its nearly sixty year history snowmobiles, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides will take to the racing surface for a series of heats and features and also run on a temporary drag strip in the back pit.

February 21 is the tentative date for this winter fun event, the day before the Daytona 500. Gates will open at 9:00 AM for registration ($25 per entrant per class). Racing will begin at 11:00 AM. Fan entrance will only be $5.00 and will be all access, meaning fans will be allowed in the pit area as well as the grandstands. The pit will also be the site of a huge bonfire for heat!

Eight classes are planned for snowmobiles, determined by engine size from under 400cc up to 801 and over with special classes for Modifieds, Open Modifieds, and Vintage Sleds. ATVs and Side-by-Sides will be classes in a similar manner.

After a series of three-lap heats on the “Big Track” action will move to the pit area behind the back straight where a 350’ drag strip will be constructed for the ‘straight-line’ competition. Then the feature races of six-laps each be staged on the “Big Track”. If time becomes an issue due to the number of entrants, drag racing and oval track racing may occur simultaneously. The top three in each class will be rewarded with trophies.

Stateline Speedway is located at 4150 Kortwright Rd south of Jamestown, NY in the village of Busti. Call (336) 793-8465 for more information.

Stateline Speedway announces annual awards banquet details!

October 28th, 2014

Busti, NY– Officials at Stateline Speedway have announced that the 2014 Awards Banquet, honoring distinguished race teams from the 2014 season will be held at the Ambassador Hotel in Erie, PA Saturday, January 17, 2015. The Ambassador Hotel is located at 7792 Peach St in Erie.

All champions will be honored as well as several special awards. The doors to the banquet will be opened at 6:30 PM with a buffet-style dinner from 7-8PM. Awards and video tributes will be presented from 8-9PM with entertainment to follow at 9:30PM.

Draft beer will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Tickets for the banquet are $35 per person and will be available at https://www.ticketriver.com/event-host/240034/1/1

Tickets will also be available at the planned drivers meeting at Peek ‘n’ Peak Resort on Sunday, October 26.

Stateline-Eriez driver’s meeting set for October 26.

October 25th, 2014

Busti, NY – Stateline and Eriez Speedways will hold a combined tracks driver’s meeting at 1 PM next Sunday, October 26, in the Retreat room at the Peek ‘n’ Peak Resort in Clymer, NY.

The agenda will include discussion of possible rules changes for all classes with input sought from all teams.

Banquet information for both speedways will be available as well.

Jim Frank cashes in on a big $5,000 pay day as Craig Beddell & Wayne Clemens pick up the cash in the “Epic Demolition Derby” sponsored by Brian J. Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts and Magnum Graf-X Signs & Shirts!

October 8th, 2014

Busti, NY–The Brian J Horner Inc Epic Stateline Demolition Derby and the Magnum Graf-x Signs and shirts “Stateline 200” was run Saturday night with Jim Frank, a many-time enduro champion, leading the majority of the event and picking up the $5000 winner’s purse. The demolition winners were Craig Bedell and Wayne Clements.

As cold, brisk temperatures greeted fans as they awaited the start of the special event, entries from all over the tri-state area lined up at the pit gate. A $5,000 to win 200-lap enduro to be followed by an “epic” demolition derby to round out the night was sure to make it a great night of action. With no cautions unless the track is completely blocked, there is a fire, or a driver is injured, the enduro was sure to be exciting.

Stand out drivers from other forms of racing with the likes of Jim and Dereck Frank who are experienced crate late model drivers, Gary Fisher, a very accomplished street stock driver at several tracks in the area, David Scott who is 5th all-time on the career super late model wins list at Stateline Speedway, and is a former sprint car champion at Lernerville Speedway, Luke Rutsky a previous winner of enduros on pavement and dirt tracks who also drives a open-wheel modified racecar at Lake Erie Speedway weekly, and Andy Sweetland fresh off of a big win in an enduro last week were among notable entries slated to start the 200 lap event.

The early bird entries of Kevin Covell and Andy Melice both of Sugar Grove, PA, and Jordan Chase of Warren, PA, were scheduled to be on the front row, leading the field that was lined up 3-wide, 80 cars deep. The first turn was relatively clean as Andy Melice led the first lap. Early on in the race, the #69 car of Shawn Kemp lost power on the front stretch causing hard contact to the rear end of his car by the #66 car driven by Todd Hanlon. Kemp would continue to sit stopped on the front stretch right after the flag stand as several laps would pass before the #31 of Martin Twoguns would be the next to make hard contact with the rear end of Kemp’s disabled vehicle.

A huge pile-up in the middle of the backstretch including Robert Siegel, Josh Hebner, Roger Hall, and several others caused a massive scramble for a number of laps as a red flag would fly around lap 20 for a fire in the #20 car driven by the involved Siegel. At the time of the red flag, Jim Frank of Jamestown, NY was believed to be the leader with 180 laps remaining. Cars were scattered all throughout the racetrack as drivers would do a great job at avoiding contact at unusually high speeds. At the 50 lap mark, the #12 of Jonathan Baker was scored as the new leader over Jim Frank, Andy Proper, and Amanda Swanson, as only 32 of the original 80 cars remained.

Due to the nature of this event and chaos that ensues, all re-capped scoring was unofficial, and was not made official until all scoring sheets were reviewed at the end of the event. The #2 car of Andy Melice would impress the fans as he would complete several laps with no right rear wheel at all until he would get involved in a wreck and be stuck facing the wrong direction on the backstretch at lap 89.

With 110 laps remaining, the #18 of Jim Frank was unofficially the leader being followed by the #12 of Baker and the #72 of David Scott held the 3rd position. The 4th place running car of Andy Proper would suffer a right rear suspension breakage which would essentially eliminate his chances of victory at lap 96. The race would again be stopped for a red flag one lap short of halfway due to a fire in the #27 car of Gary Fisher entering turn 1. At halfway, there were 22 cars currently running on the raceway, as Jim Frank would continue to be the unofficial leader followed by his son Dereck Frank in 2nd, as standout enduro driver Timothy Gillette of Linesville, PA would lurk in the 3rd place position.

On lap 153, the #79 of Don Hebner would overtake 3rd position, in hot pursuit of the top 2 cars. Dereck Frank was listed in the 4th position and a new 5th place car of Paul Shanahan would round out the top 5. With 20 laps remaining in the event, the running order at the top remained un-changed, and 17 cars continued to make laps. Nothing would change in the running order during the remainder of the event as the field would drop down to only 10 cars currently running on the track as Jim Frank would go on un-challenged the rest of the way cashing in on the huge $5,000 pay day! Mike Genco was 2nd, followed by the #75, Don Hebner in 4th, and Timothy Gillette sewing up the final spot in the top 5.

The special event originally scheduled for Labor Day was ready to start as twenty front wheel drive cars lined up along the Pennsylvania side of the racetrack getting ready for the “Epic Demolition Derby” sponsored by Brian Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts. With a $250 for the hardest hit of the night, they wasted no time in going for broke as they smashed and crashed all over the front stretch. Cars would quickly retire after several hard hits and it was down to the 3 cars of the 5A Craig Beddell, the 4A of Justin Studley, and the 2C of Cory Foster. All 3 cars would come together against the wall as the 5A of Beddell would make the last hit before the 3 came to a final stop and he would be awarded the win. The 5C of John Krupa was awarded the $250 for the hardest hit in the brief, but exciting event.

Magnum Graf-X added $200 extra to the purse to make it a full $1,000 to win for the full size cars right before start time as 16 entries would make their way onto the front stretch. The excitement and action was in full force as these full size cars were reaching ridiculously scary speeds down the front stretch and making some crunching hits to the excitement and cheers of the diehard fans who stuck it out through the cold weather. After about 15 minute of hard hitting, several of the 16 original entries were no longer running, and the event had only 3 cars remaining, including Nate Smith, Cory Near, and Wayne Clemens. Nate Smith would soon lose a radiator hose as his entire car would go up in steam before it would soon expire. Wayne Clemens would make the last hit on Cory Near and go on to win the event. The award for hardest hit was awarded to the 8E car of Aaron Robinson.

Excitement builds for the Brian J Horner Inc Stateline 200 And Demo Derby This Saturday!

October 3rd, 2014

Busti, NY– The Brian J. Horner Inc Stateline 200 Enduro and Demolition Derby will run this Saturday and is drawing cars from all over the region and as far away as Brookville, West Virginia.

Entries are pouring in for the event scheduled to begin at 6 PM Saturday evening. Significant entries include past enduro winners Andy Sweetland and Jim Frank. Both are known for their expertise in setting up a car for the long races and the ability to drive them consistently at a speed to win yet not destroy the automobile. Others entries of note include Andy Proper of Tidioute, PA, David Lowe of Lewis, Pa, Matt Marcy, Erie, Greg Rockwell of Pittsfield, PA, Jamie Hebner of Fredonia, NY, Steve Morse of Spartanburg, PA, and Travis Darling of Jamestown, NY, all experienced Mini-Stock drivers.

Mini-Stock drivers will have their hands full handling the likes of Dereck Frank, an
experienced Crate Late Model driver, and Gary Fisher, a Street Stock driver with plenty of experience at winning.

Entries are still being accepted online at http://fs3.formsite.com/bcatania/form2/index.html

Pits open at 3pm, the Stateline 200 begins at 6pm and the Brian J Horner Demo Derby will begin approximately at 7:30, followed by entertainment.

Admission to the event will be $10 for adults and youths $8. Under five free. Pit admission will be $20. Beer will be sold at the track as well as concessions on the Pennsylvania side of the speedway. After the on track activities entertainment will be provided. Camping, with no hookups, will be free this weekend.

Dick Barton wins Buesink Memorial on Night 2 of LiteHouse Auto “Fall Brawl” for historic 80th Stateline Super Late Model Victory!!!

September 25th, 2014

Busti, NY: Julian Buesink was remembered Saturday night of the LiteHouse Auto “Fall Brawl”. The Memorial race, Presented by Roberts Trucking, had originally scheduled to run in August but weather delayed it so long the original format was abandoned and it was combined with the season-ending ULMS feature. History was made as Dick Barton surpasses Bobby Schnars as the winningest driver in Stateline’s history with a pass for the lead on the next to final lap on race-long leader Chris Hackett.

In other action 2014 Limited Late Model class champion Ryan Scott took the lead in the super Stock feature after a restart with seven laps remaining and then went on to his third win of the season. Mike Knight led flag to flag for his first-ever Stateline Crate Late Model feature win. Michael Kosinski took over the lead after his brother, Ted, spun at lap ten, then went on to the feature win in the season-ended for the Sportsman class. Casey Burch, winless since earning the championshIp honors in 2013 With a dominating season, led flag to flag for the Nickel Plate Depot Challenger victory.

The “Super Stocks”, open to Stateline’s Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, and the Can-Am 360 Late Models were the first feature of the evening but a multi-car pile-up coming to the green flag eliminated Kelly Frederes and Frank Paladino before the race even got underway. After two more aborted starts Paul Briggs led the field through lap one but several more caution periods slowed the event. At lap 8 Briggs and Tyler Green got together allowing Nate Short to get by both for the lead. At a lap nine caution Briggs suffered a flat right rear tire, relegating him to the pit area. At halfway Short led track champion Ryan Scott, Dan Maxim, Gary Fisher, and Dennis Asel. After a green at lap twenty-three Scott used the high side to power by Short, then go on to the win, his third of the season at Stateline. Short held on for second with Maxim third, Dustin Eckman back up to fourth after suffering problems earlier in the event, and Asel filling out the top five.

Max Blair started the 40-lap Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking on the pole with Chris Hackett on the outside. Hackett rocketed into the lead at the start of the race over Blair with Dick Barton running third. Caution flew at lap seven just as the leaders were catching the tail of the field when John Volpe looped his mount in turn four. On green two cars got together in turn four and Chub Frank, who had earlier set the track record at 14.982 seconds in qualifying, slammed an infield marker tire, destroying the front end of his car while running fourth. When the race was again green Barton immediately got by Blair and set out to get by Hackett. At lap nine Jake Finnerty spun in turn two, putting Barton and Blair back side by side behind Hackett for the restart. Finnerty spin again in turn one. Under yellow Max Blair experienced mechanical ails in the rear of his racer, and retired to the pit. At fifteen into the race Rob Blair was next to Barton for second but the ten-time champion was again ahead of the 2014 champion the next lap by the flag. At halfway the leaders had caught the rear of the field with Hackett enjoying a six car-length lead as they started through the field. At lap twenty-four Mike Knight suddenly lost power on the front straight, again slowing the event. Caution flew again only one lap later when Duane Stiner and Steve Kania got together. At ten laps to go Hackett was pulling away from Barton with Rob Blair third Matt Urban fourth (from 15th on he grid) and Boom Briggs fifth. With four laps remaining Barton had made up the distance and tried to get by on the low side but Hackett again pulled ahead, then slipped wide with two lapsremaining allowing both Barton and Blair to get alongside then Barton got by in turn three coming to the white flag for the record-setting win, bettering the record set by Busti, NY’s Bobby Schnars In 1977. Barton’s car-owner, John Lacki, had wrapped the car in the black and orange 28B livery of previous Barton car-owner Ron Nielson, the car-owner for the majority of Barton’s wins. Hackett finished the grind in second with Rob Blair third, 22nd-starting Jason DuPont fourth, and fifteenth starting Urban fifth.

Brothers Michael and Ted Kosinski brought the sixteen-car Super Sportsman field to the green flag with Ted Kosinski, the 2014 track champion taking the initial lead. Caution slowed the field at lap three and again a lap later. At ten laps the leader looped his mount in turn four leaving Michael in the lead for the restart. Michael Kosinski went on to the win over Ron Burgun, Dan Nocero Jr., Brent Crandall, and 2013 champion Jim Kibbe.

Mike Knight took the immediate Crate Late Model lead from the outside front row with pole sitter Kyle Scott second. Five laps in saw the most serious incident of the night when Dave Shagla started to spin, collecting Kevin Hill, Zack Carley, Jamie Brown, and Matt Harvey, who rolled onto his roof. All drivers were OK. Opening night winner Dustin Waters slowed at six laps complete, bringing caution over the field with Knight still leading Scott, Bob Dorman, two-time winner Max Blair, and single winner Chad Ruhlman. Blair and Ruhlman were side by side for third at thirteen laps complete but Blair retained the spot the next lap. After green Ruhlman got by Blair and Kyle Zimmerman, the winner of the most recent Crate Late Model feature came to fifth. After a caution at lap 21 Blair came back to third but Knight was motoring away to his first Crate Late Model win at Stateline. Kyle Scott wound up second with Blair third, Ruhlman fourth, and Bob Dorman fifth after getting back by Zimmerman at the lap 21 restart.

The Nickel Plate Depot Super Challenger 25-lap feature started with Jamie Hebner and defending champion Casey Burch on the front row. Yellow flew before the first lap was completed. Burch took the lead at the green with 2014 champion Roger Hall second and Thomas Cupp third. Cupp got to second at lap three. At halfway Burch and Cupp were locked in a battle for the lead with Dan Bittinger third, Justin Boardman fourth, and Skip Jackson fifth. With ten to go Burch was beginning to extend his lead with Bittinger starting to close the gap on Cupp. A yellow flag at eighteen laps compete erased Burch’s lead but he re-established it after green was again over the speedway. Burch went on to his first win of the season over Cupp, Bittinger, Jackson, and Aaron Liberati. Cupp got alongside Burch on the final turn but the winner surged ahead in the final straight.

Jason DuPont is “King of the Hill” at Stateline as Litehouse Auto Fall Brawl opens.

September 20th, 2014

Busti, NY — Stateline Speedway opened the LiteHouse Auto “Fall Brawl” with five classes of racing, a huge bonfire, and live entertainment to celebrate the conclusion of the first year of racing in the Bill Catania Era. The night started with the first-ever appearance by the PA Vintage Mods club, bringing old modified racecars for heats and a feature. Les Myers prevailed in the event over the fourteen car field. Joel Watson defeated a stellar field of 38 E-Mods ton capture the $2000 winner’s purse in their 40-lap feature. Jason Covey can from eighth place on the starting grid to earn his third feature victory of the season at Stateline while Dun Surra won the TA Auto Pire Stock Challenge, defeating the best talent of the surrounding area tracks in “Pure Stock” racing.

Les Myers started from the third spot in the PA Vintage Mods feature and led from the first lap, going on to the win over Gary Haupt and Alan Byerly. Only one caution sowed the event featuring fourteen cars. Racers from the 50s, 60s, and 70s comprised the field with coupes, coaches, and compact bodies with V-8 engines from the era.

Jason DuPont defeated Rich Gardner for “King of the Hill” after elimination rounds that saw a high level of competition and excitement.

The twenty-four E-Mods that started the feature were determined by four heats and a consolation event with Brent Rhebergen, the 2014 point champion, starting on the pole and Joel Watson, winner of the Paula Southwell Memorial earlier in the summer, on the outside front row. Watson took the immediate lead with Steve Dixon coming from the second row to second at the end of two laps then to the lead a lap later just as Dave Scott clobbered a turn two infield marker tire, getting airborne and relocating the tractor tire more than halfway down the back straight. After green Dixon again shot out to the lead with Watson and Rhebergen trailing. After a restart at lap eight Dixon “jumped the cushion” in turn one, spinning out of the lead and bringing caution over the field. At the end of nine laps fourteenth starting David Scott was up to second. Dixon charged back through the field, getting back to tenth by lap seventeen when he again spun, this time in turn three, collecting Dan Sasso in the process with both retiring to the pit for quick repairs but both returning to the action. At halfway the top five were Watson, Scott, eighth starting Leonard Enos, Rhebergen, and eighteenth starting Gary Eicher. Rhebergen and Enos had a side by side battle for several laps at halfway until Dixon again spun and was sent to pits for causing three cautions. With twenty-six complete Rhebergen pulled to the pit, allowing Eicher and Nathan Hill to move up. With five remaining Scott was challenging for the lead but Watson pulled back ahead for the win, his second of the year at Stateline. Scott was second with Eicher coming to third, Enos fourth, and Hill fifth.

Seventeen cars started the TA Auto Pure Stock Challenge featuring racers from the Pure/Street Stock class of surrounding speedways, including, McKean County Raceway, Freedom Raceway, Hummingbird Speedway, and Lake Erie Speedway. Josh Wilcox and Douglas Surra led the way from the start. Wilcox led the first ten laps with Surra getting by on lap eleven and the race’s first caution coming at lap twelve when Jay Green came to a halt in turn one. At green Wilcox again led but Surra was back by him at the halfway point. One lap past halfway fourth-running Vern Hedderick collided with Dustin Challingsworth going for third, breaking something in the rear of his car and ending his racenight. Challingsworth was able to continue after repairs. Surra, from Hummingbird Speedway, went on to the win over Rich Miller, from Lake Erie Speedway, Art Peterson, Wilcox, and Jay Green, all from McKean County Raceway.

Bobby Sutley and Chris Withers started the Street Stock feature from the front row with Withers grabbing the immediate lead. Sutley retook the lead at lap eleven when Withers suffered a flat right rear tire. By the time the second caution flew at lap thirteen Sutley was leading Rick Wojtowicz, eighth starting Jason Covey, Eric Harvey, and Mark Thompson. At green Wojtowicz got by Sutley with Harvey getting by Covey just as caution again flew. Covey immediately came by Sutley for second at this restart then to the lead a lap later but another caution negated the pass, allowing Wojtowicz to lead the field back to green. At this green Covey shot into the lead and Harvey came to third. Sutley came to second at lap 25 then Harvey, Wojtowicz, and Sutley all got together on the back straight with Wojtowicz suffering a flat left rear tire in the melee just as two cars spun in turn four, brining caution over the speedway. Covey brought the field back to green with four laps remaining with Harvey, Sutley, Withers, and Thompson now the top five. Sutley, the third place racer, had a flat left front coming back to green and was sent to the pit. At the checkers Covey was the winner for the third time this season with Withers coming back to second, Harvey third, Thompson fourth, and Guy Adams fifth.

LiteHouse Auto Fall Brawl ready for racers to race and fans to party this weekend at Stateline Speedway.

September 18th, 2014

Busti, NY: Details are set for the first annual Stateline Speedway Fall Brawl this weekend and will feature racing both Friday and Saturday nights followed by live bands entertaining fans after the on-track action in the most jam packed weekend of entertainment in the storied track’s 59-season history. With LiteHouse Auto on board as title sponsor of the weekend the track is set for the biggest weekend ever to cap the season.

Friday, September 19, the pit gates will swing open at 4PM for “Modified Madness” featuring the TA Auto Repair Pure Stocks, Street Stocks, PA Vintage Modifieds, Stateline Modifieds, and the Super Late Models. Racing will commence promptly at 6:30 PM with the TA Auto Repair Pure Stock Challenge consisting of “Pure Stocks” from the surrounding area tracks including Lake Erie Speedway, Freedom Speedway, and McKean County Raceway being invited to race for thirty laps then the Stateline Street Stocks will take to the track for a full program of heats cape off by a thirty-lap feature for the local regulars. The PA Vintage Modifieds will put in an appearance, racing older Modifieds for twenty laps. The club features racers from the 50s, 60s, and 70s with both coupe and sedan body styles. Then the current Class of modified racers known as E-Mods will take to the track for a forty lap feature that will pay $2000 to win. Stateline’s signature class, the Super Late Models, will contest a “King of the Hill” event paying $1000 to win, $500 for second, $250 for third, and $125 for fourth.

At the end of the Friday racing portion of the weekend a huge bonfire will be lit for the Driver/Fan party featuring the band “Two for Flinching” with beer being available at the track for the first time in the new era. Hot dogs will be available at $1 each during the band performance.

The Kart track will be in operation Saturday morning to get the raceday off on a fun note with racing starting at 8 AM!

Saturday night will see racing again starting at 6:30 PM and pit gates opening at 4 and fan gates at 5 with the Nickel Plate Depot Challenger division taking to the track for a twenty-five lap feature after their heats, the longest race of the season for the entry level division. The Super Sportsmen cars will take to the track for their longest race of the year as well, again a twenty-five lap finale. Thirty laps will be the length for the Limited Late Model feature. This class will be comprised of Stateline Street Stocks, the BRP 360 Late Models, as well as the Stateline Limited Late Models. Magnum Graf-X, a long-time Friend to Stateline Speedway, will sponsor the Crate Late Model Championship, a 35-lap feature. The long-awaited, twice delayed due to rain, 1st Annual Julian Buesink Memorial will then finally be run to honor the memory of the legendary pioneer of local and national stock car racing. The featured race will be carry the United Late Model Series sanction and will be known as the “Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking and will run for forty laps with $5000 waiting for the winner.

Then another Driver/Fan party will occur with the “Alex Kates Band” performing for the assembled throng.

If needed, the rain date for the weekend will be Sunday, September 21.

LiteHouse Auto is a pre-owned automobile outlet located at 120 Mall Blvd in Lakewood New York 14750. See them for cleaner cars, lower prices, and better service.

Stateline prepares for “Fall Brawl”

September 10th, 2014

Busti, NY: The First Annual Fall Brawl will be held at Stateline Speedway on Friday and Saturday nights, September 19th and 20th starting at 7 PM each night.

The extravaganza will feature E-Mods, Vintage Modifieds, Super Stocks, and Street Stocks on Friday night with ULMS Super Late Models racing in the 1st annual Julian Buesink Memorial on Saturday, joined by the Crate Late Models, Super Stocks, Super Sportsmen, and the Challenger class. Due to he lapse of time since the original heats were run for the Buesink Memorial, the entire qualifying process will start fresh under ULMS rules and a 40-lap feature will be the main event of the evening for the ULMS-sanctioned event.

More details will be announced as they become available atwww.racestateline.com.
Ticket pricing for the events are as follows:
Friday: Adults $18, Youths $8 Pit admission is $30
Saturday: Adults $20, Youths $8, Pits $35

Ages 5 and under always free

A weekend pit pass is available for $60 Free camping!

Barton ties all time win record at Stateline in the “Race for Damon” Rob Blair is the 2014 champion!

September 3rd, 2014

Busti, NY–”A Race for Damon” was held at Stateline Speedway Saturday night to raise awareness of head injuries in high school sports through the efforts of the Damon Janes Foundation. Damon’s father, Dean, drove a Challenger racer painted with Damon’s number 711 and close family friend Bill Best, re-numbered his Street Stock in honor of the young football player who lost his life in an on-field accident involving a helmet to helmet collision.

Also remembered was early Stateline legend Floyd Fanale, who passed away earlier this week. Fanale raced from the lat 1950’s through 1987, winning ten feature races in his career. Fanale was honored with a 4-wide pace lap led by a car using the roof of His last racer.

Mark Thompson and Eric Paulus started the Street stock feature from the front row with Paulus leading Thompson through lap eight when Thompson and Dennis Asel hooked together in turn one with both cars spinning, bringing out the first caution of the event. In the resulting scramble Bill Reeves pounded the turn one wall, causing enough damage to eliminate him from the event. At that time Brandon Groters, points leader, was second with his nearest challenger, Jason Covey in third. Groters held a twenty-eight point lead coming into the event and added one point to his advantage during heat race action. After green Covey took over the lead and went on to his third win of the season but Groters, with his third place finish, won the points title by nine points. The roof on Covey’s car was the roof on the final racer that Floyd Fanale drove, complete with the 97 and Floyd’s name still there. Paulus wound up second with Groters third, Gary Fisher fourth, and Ron Boardman fifth.

With the Stateline Speedway Super Late Models in a four wide formation, the recently deceased Floyd Fanale, a ten-time feature winner in a career that lasted the better part of four decades, was honored, paced by Street Stock feature winner Jason Covey, who had the roof of Fanale’s last Late Model mounted on his winning racer. The start had heat winners Jake Finnerty and Max Blair on the front row. Blair immediately rocketed into the lead with Doug Eck coming to second on lap two. Steve Kania looped his mount in turn four at the end of lap two, bringing caution to the event. On the restart Blair swing wide in turn two, slapping the wall, then turning around in traffic and getting hit hard by Rich Gardner. Ryan Scott, John Lacki, and Bump Hedman were also involved. Blair drove his car to the pit with Scott and Hedman able to drive away but Gardner required attention and was taken to the hospital for further evaluation. On the restart Eck spun sideways, stacking up the field behind him and sending Finnerty to the pit for repair. Since Eck never stopped he was not charged with the caution and, with John Volpe to his right, led the field back to green. Volpe charged into the lead with Eck falling back through the field. By the end of four laps Dick Barton was second with points leader Rob Blair third. There were nine laps in when the most recent feature winner, Randy Lobb, spun in turn four, again slowing the field. Sixth-starting Barton grabbed the lead at the drop of the restart green with fifth-starting Rob Blair right behind. At halfway the leaders were side by side with Barton maintaining a slight lead at the stripe. With ten to go Barton had extended his lead to two car-lengths. With four laps remaining Brent Rhebergen slowed suddenly in turn four, again slowing the race and completely eliminating Barton’s two car-length lead. For the final four laps Barton again showed the way, driving to his 79th feature win at Stateline, tying local legend “Busti” Bobby Schnars for the all time feature win mark. In Victory Lane Barton thanked his crew for the years of hard work to get this far, especially John Lamb, who had worked on Barton’s cars right from the start of his career. With his second place finish, Rob Blair took the 2014 track championship over third finishing Matt Urban with a 172-point advantage. Jason DuPont wound up fourth after starting sixteenth. Eighth-staring Greg Oakes was fifth at the finish.

Mike Kinney and John Boardman led the E-Mod field to the green flag with Kinney leading lap one and yellow flying when Rob Middleton spun in turn two. At the end of three laps Joel Watson was second with Justin Carlson third. Merle Delcamp was the reason for caution number two when he spun at lap eight just as Watson was getting alongside Kinney for the lead. With the two leaders side by side for the restart Watson blasted into the lead as soon as he saw green with Carlson challenging Kinney for second. After another yellow at lap twelve, Watson was again leading after green with Kinney and Carlson battling for second. After another caution Rhebergen the points leader, came to third and was alongside Kinney when caution again flew with three laps remaining. Watson went on to the win with Rhebergen taking the points title with his runner-up finish. Kinney settled for third with Steve Dixon fourth and reigning champion John Woodward fifth.

Kyle Zimmerman and Darrell Bossard started up front in the Crate Late Model feature and lead from the drop of the green with young Wyatt Scott third. Points leader Scott Gurdak ran fourth in the early going with Dave Lyon fifth. With two to go Lyon came by the points leader for fourth. The final rundown was Zimmerman, Bossard, Scott, Lyon, and Gurdak, who claimed the title of champion.

Defending champion Ryan Scott started the Limited Late Model feature from the pole but it was Tyler Green leading the way after one lap. Green led until lap five when he slid high in turn one, falling back behind both Scott and Kelly Frederes, the contenders for the points title with leader Ottaway not being able to compete due to engine issues. Coming into the feature Scott had a twelve point margin over Frederes. Scott went on to the win and the championship with Frederes second in both categories. Green wound up third on the race with Dustin Eckman fourth and John Cline Jr fifth. The race ran green to checkers with no caution periods.

Rain started and stopped during the Victory Lane celebration for the Limited Late Models and the track was quickly brought back to racing shape with points leader Ted Kosinski and defending champion Jim Kibbe leading the way. Kosinski jumped out to a big lead that disappeared when Brent Crandall came to a halt in the front straight. At five laps compete Al White looped it in turn three for caution number two. Former champion Dan Nocero came to second after the lap five restart with Mike Kosinski coming to third a lap later, then to second. At eight laps in Kibbe got back by Nocero. With five laps to go Kendall Kosinski stalled, bringing the caution again over the field. At the white flag Mike Kosinski pulled next to his brother but Ted managed to pull out the win, and the championship, by 19 points. Kibbe made a gallant effort to get by both brothers heading into the final pair of turns but spun out in turn four, leaving Dan Nocero third, Tim Nocero fourth, and Don McGuire fifth.

Dan Bittinger led the Challenger feature until the halfway mark then was supplanted for the lead by Skip Jackson who the led until the white flag when Bittinger again got to the lead, going on to the win. Jimmy Diabo, a former champion, got by Jackson to capture the runner-up spot at the flag. Amazingly, it was the first time Bittinger, the 2013 Lake Erie Speedway champion, had raced on dirt. Thomas Cupp and Justin Boardman filled out the top five.

MedLogic partners with Damon Janes Foundation for the “Race for Damon” this Saturday

August 30th, 2014

MedLogic is pleased to support a partnership with the Damon Janes Foundation and the “Race for Damon” Event at Stateline Speedway, Busti, NY, scheduled for this Saturday, August 30, 2014. The premise for this relationship is to help provide education and awareness of traumatic brain injury and the InfraScanner; a portable hand held medical device that uses Near-Infrared (NIR) light. The InfraScanner offers a solution to the two secondary impacts of a concussion: brain bleeding and excess radiation exposure from a head CT scan. MedLogic is excited to partner with the foundation to assist in placement of these devices in the region in which Damon was competitive. Funds raised from the “Race for Damon” will allow the Damon Janes Foundation and Medlogic to provide athletic trainers / medical first responders with the newest technology to reduce time to treatment for brain injury, resulting in lives saved.

Stateline Speedway has been in continuous operation every racing season since 1956. The 1/3 mile dirt track is located at 4150 Kortwright Rd, Busti, NY, under the operation of Short Track Management, LLC, of Winston Salem, NC, and founded by Bill and Lynne Catania, formerly of Westfield, NY. For more information on Stateline Speedway, please see us on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or visit www.racestateline.com

MedLogic is the exclusive distributor of the InfraScanner in the United States for sports medicine. Located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, founded in 2012, MedLogic taps innovative technology to offer quality medical advancements that help save lives and improve the quality of healthcare. For more information about MedLogic or the InfraScanner visit www.med-logic.us.

Stateline Auto Parts partners with Stateline for Epic Demo on Labor Day

August 31st, 2014

Busti, NY-Brian Horner’s Stateline Auto Parts has agreed to partner with Bill Catania’s Stateline Speedway to revive a favorite fan tradition, the annual Epic Labor Day Demolition Derby. The two businesses have often partnered over the years and this is a “natural fit” for a salvage yard, where many early race-cars were built. Speedway CEO Bill Catania stated “Stateline Speedway is thrilled to partner with Brian Horner and Stateline Auto Parts as our exclusive Auto Recycling Partner for Labor Day Demo Derby. Brian has been a friend of Stateline Speedway for a long time and we are thankful to continue that relationship for years to come”.

The annual tradition began in 1962 and was known as the ”100-Car Demo Derby” and will now be known as the “Brian J Horner Inc Epic Demo”. This year the event will begin at 1 PM with gates opening at 9 AM for the pit and fan gates opening at noon.

An over $7000 guaranteed purse will be paid to competitors in two classes, Full Size Cars and Compact Cars with the top prize being $3500 for the Full Size winner. The Compact winner will get $1000. Second will be $1000 for Full Sized and $500 for Compacts with third places getting $500 (Full Size) and $250 (Compact). There will also be a “Best of Show” award of $250. The car deemed the “Hardest Hitter” will be awarded $25 in each heat and $50 in both features.

Any stock automobile can be used including station wagons but must be a two-wheel drive, no 4x4s even if the front drive shaft is removed. Also no ambulances, hearses,trucks, checkers, or any other oversized vehicles. Absolutely not convertibles or “T-Tops”. All sunroofs must be covered with sheet metal, screwed in place.

All drivers must wear long sleeved shirts and long pants (no shorts). Coveralls are preferred. Drivers must wear a approved helmet, eye protection and a safety belt, both lap and shoulder.

Entry forms are available at the rules link above and entry fees are listed at the link for both full sized and compacts.

Gates will open for the Pits at 9AM, $20 Pit admission

Opening time for the Grandstands will be Noon, $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors, $5
for Student (6-16), under 5 is FREE

Heats start promptly at 1PM

Top 3 in the heats will receive $75 and a trophy, 4th place will receive a trophy and all (4) will advance to the Feature.

If enough cars sign in there will be a “consi” as a ‘last chance’. Join us for the revival of a Stateline tradition. “Making memories since 1956!”

“New Beginnings Family Restaurant” presents A Race for Damon” plus Championship Night, Fireworks, Autograph Night all scheduled at Stateline this Saturday

August 30th, 2014

Busti, NY-The world lost Damon Janes on September 16, 2013, due to a helmet to helmet collision during a high school football game. His death hits as close to the racing community as it does Western New York high school football as he was the great grandson of famous Stateline Speedway driver Dick Gilbert. “A Race for Damon” is a fundraising event which will memorialize Janes while bringing awareness to the importance of head injuries in youth sports. Proceeds will benefit the Damon Janes Foundation. High School students wearing their football jersey will have half of their admission donated to the Damon Janes Foundation.

The evening of racing will be sponsored by “New Beginnings Family Restaurant” in Sugar Grove, PA and will feature Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, E-Mods and Challengers is the final points night for 2014 Weekly Racing Series PLUS Fireworks by Gibson! An on-track autograph session will be held at intermission and will be open to all racers, including karts!!

New Beginnings Family Restaurant offers a full menu for the entire racing community in the Borough of Sugar Grove, PA and is the place to stop for your evening meal on the way to the track!

Robbie Blair, winner of the opening night of racing currently holds a 160-point advantage over Matt Urban, the 1998 and 1999 champion. Young Max Blair, a two-time winner this season, is third, a mere seven points behind Urban.

Scott Gurdak leads the Crate Late Model drivers by 74 points headed into the final night of racing over Bob Dorman. Kyle Scott is third, another 64- markers back.

Brent Rhebergen holds a 129 point edge over Butch Southwell in the E-Mod standings with only another two markers back to third running John Woodworth.

The Limited Late Model class is the tightest points race but with an unfortunate twist. Leader Chris Ottaway (by only four points over former champion Ryan Scott) experienced major engine problems at Eriez a week ago and may not be able to race for the championship on the final night. If he does get the engine replaced it will be a three-way fight for the honors as Kelly Frederes is only ten points to the rear of Scott. Anything can happen in their twenty-lap feature. All three of the contenders have feature wins this season.

Ted Kosinski leads his brother Michael by only four points going into the final week for the Sportsmen racers. Only 36-points back of the leading brothers is Jim Kibbe, the 2013 champion. Again, all three contenders are feature winners in 2014.

Brandon Groters, with one win in 2014, leads two-time winner Jason Covey for the honors in the Street Stock division by 28-points. Bill Reeves is third, another 64-markers back.

Roger Hall, winner early in the season, holds an 83-point lead over opening night winner Ryan White in the Challenger division. Travis Darling is another 59-points back in third heading into the final points night.

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $6 for students, and kids under 5 free! Rain checks from the Julian Buesink Memorial will be honored.

Camping (No Hookups): $40 for the entire weekend! Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration OR one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.

Epic Labor Day Demolition Derby planned for Stateline – revives tradition

August 27th, 2014

Busti, NY – Starting in 1962 Stateline Speedway presented a “100-Car Demolition Derby” every Labor Day until two years ago when weather cancelled the events. For 2014 the extremely popular event will return bigger than ever. Complete rules are posted at http://racestateline.com/ClientFiles/Images/Files/demoderby_2014_rules.pdf.

An over $7000 guaranteed purse will be paid to competitors in two classes, Full Size Cars and Compact Cars with the top prize being $3500 for the Full Size winner. The Compact winner will get $1000. Second will be $1000 for Full Sized and $500 for Compacts with third places getting $500 (Full Size) and $250 (Compact). There will also be a “Best of Show” award of $250. The car deemed the “Hardest Hitter” will be awarded $25 in each heat and $50 in both features.

Any stock automobile can be used including station wagons but must be a two-wheel drive, no 4x4s even if the front drive shaft is removed. Also no ambulances, hearses,trucks, checkers, or any other oversized vehicles. Absolutely not convertibles or “T-Tops”. All sunroofs must be covered with sheet metal, screwed in place.

All drivers must wear long sleeved shirts and long pants (no shorts). Coveralls are preferred. Drivers must wear a approved helmet, eye protection and a safety belt, both lap and shoulder.

Entry forms are available at the rules link above and entry fees are listed at the link for both full sized and compacts.

Opening time for the Pits is 9AM, $20 Pit admission

Opening time for the Grandstands will be Noon, $10 for adults, $9 for Seniors, $5 for Student (6-16), under 5 is FREE

Heats start promptly at 1PM

Top 3 in the heats will receive $75 and a trophy, 4th place will receive a trophy and all (4) will advance to the Feature.

If enough cars sign in there will be a “consi” as a ‘last chance’.

Join us for the revival of a Stateline tradition.

“Making memories since 1956!”

Julian Buesink Memorial, Autograph Session this Saturday at Stateline Speedway

August 23rd, 2014

Busti, NY – The Julian Buesink Memorial, Presented by Roberts Trucking and Pepsi will be competed this week at Stateline Speedway after getting postponed due to rain last Saturday. As the heats had all been completed and feature line-ups completed, all classes that ran last Saturday will only have their features.

The E-Mods and Crate Late Models, not in action last week, will run complete shows. Any cars pulling in this week that were not present last week will be added to the rear of the field.

An autograph session of the main straight at intermission will be presented during intermission open to all cars present, including Karts from the afternoon racing on the “little” track.

Super Late Model Heats last week were won by Max Blair, who was the fastest qualifier, Bump Hedman, Chris Hackett, and Mike Knight. The top qualifiers were M Blair, Hedman, David Scott, and Mike Knight. Blair’s time was 15.624 seconds. Rob Blair is the current points leader. Points leader Chris Ottaway and Kelly Frederes won the Limited Late Model heat races with Jim Kibbe and points leader Ted Kosinski winning the Sportsmen heats. Points leader Brandon Groters and opening night winner Jason Covey were the victors in the Street Stock heats while Roger Hall, the Challenger class points leader, won the sole heat for the front wheeled cars.

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $48 for a family of 2 adults and 2 students, $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $8 for students, and kids under 5 free! Camping (No Hookups): $25 per night. Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration or one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.

Stateline suffers third rainout, schedule changes for remainder of season announced

August 20th, 2014

Busti, NY -Heavy rains unfortunately hit after the first feature of the evening was underway, halting any action on the track. Mother Nature would not allow enough time to prepare the track in time before more rain would come down.

We will resume the Julian Buesink Race plan AND It will be autograph night at Stateline Speedway, this week! Come on out and meet our local racing heros!!

Heat races are considered complete and will not be rerun for the Super Late Models, Limited Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, and Challengers.

The features for those classes will be run as planned, featuring the twin 25 lap races for the Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking. The top 20 Super Late Models for that race are locked into their starting position. Any new cars coming out to compete in this race, will run in the Consolation Race, where the top 6 cars will make the show, increasing the starting field to 26 Super Late Models.

E-Mods and Crate Late Models, which were previously off last week, will run complete shows including their heats, B-Mains (if needed), and a feature.

Rain checks for the originally scheduled Julian Buesink Memorial Presented by Roberts Trucking on 8/16 will be honored this week 8/23 only. LOTS of racing action to go on!! The Pepsi promo team will also be there, tossing shirts in to the stands! Gate pricing will be $18 for Adults, $16 for Seniors, and $8 for Students 6-16. 5 and under are free. Pit admission will be $30.

The originally scheduled Race for Damon will be moved to August 30 and celebrated on Championship Night. Fireworks will be presented that night to cap off a great regular season. Watch for more details to come!!

Julian Buesink Memorial,presented by Roberts Trucking plus Fireworks, Fan Prizes this Saturday at Stateline Speedway

August 17th, 2014

Busti, NY –Julian Buesink was a pioneer in stock car racing both locally and on the national scene. A native of the Clymer/Findlay Lake area Julian was a very successful business man and township supervisor as well as a major figure in racing. In the late 1940s
stock car racing was a wild sport with no organization until NASCAR was formed in 1948 in Daytona Beach, FL. It quickly spread and reached this area in 1949 and piqued the interest of several racers in this area, including Mr Buesink, who proceeded to enter cars in the national circuit with drivers Lloyd Moore of. Frewsburg, NY and Bill Rexfod of Conewango Valley, NY. Buesink had considerable success winning races and scoring the 1950 driver’s and owners championships with Rexford. Buesink continued entering cars on the national scene and became known as an ‘innovator’ in the sport, always trying new ways to win races and championships. He was among the very first multi-team owners, something quite common today but very unusual then. He also recognized that different cars were suited to different track sizes so then used four different makes of cars to win the 1950 title!

Late in his career Buesink turned his sights back to local racing, utilizing several drivers to win 27 feature events on the Stateline-Eriez Circuit and entrench the Buesink name in local lore.

For his pioneering work and contributions to national and local racing Julian Buesink is remembered with a unique memorial event, the biggest race of the season at Stateline Speedway. Roberts Trucking, a long-time sponsor at local racing venues, has stepped forward to sponsor this event, a tribute to the man who put this area on the national racing map. The Buesink Memorial will have a unique format to remember this rather unique man. As racers enter the pits they will be assigned to a ‘qualifying order’ for time trials to determine starting spots in heat races. From the finishes in the heats a feature race line-up will be determined with the winners starting the first 25-lap feature in front. After the feature is run the winner will pull a pill to determine how many finishers will be inverted to start the second 25-lap feature. Either 10, 12, 14, or 16 cars will be inverted, that is the winner of the first feature will start 10th, 12th, 14th, or 16th in the second feature, insuring exciting passing opportunities for the second feature. The rest of the starting positions will be decided by a “heads or tail” flip of a coin, heads will be a ‘heads up’ from eleventh on back, tails will invert the entire remaining field from the finish of the first race. This combination should ensure a maximum amount of passing in a short 25-lap event.

All other divisions except the. Crate Late Models will compete for a regular card of racing. Pepsi will have ‘give-a-ways’ during the evening, which will be capped by a giant fireworks display

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $48 for a family of 2 adults and 2 students, $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $8 for students, and kids under 5 free!

Camping (No Hookups): $25 per night. Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration or one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.

Rich Michael wins Paula Southwell Memorial Max Blair is the Fastenal Crate Late Model champion.

August 13th, 2014

Busti, NY-Stateline Speedway memorialized Paula Southwell with a 40-lap E-Mod feature paying $2500 to win. Paula, daughter of veteran
E-Mod driver Butch Southwell. Paula was the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident May 4, 2013. In a tragic coincidence, her father was at Stateline winning the E-Mod feature. The popular eighteen year old will be sadly missed by all she knew. Rich Michael led every lap except one on the way to Victory Lane, collecting $3480 for his efforts, including $980 in ‘lap’ money. In the 20 lap event for non-qualifiers Chad Carlson led every lap enroute to a $1000 payday.

The Crate Late Models raced for the Fastenal Championship with Max Blair leading the event from the drop of the green to the four checkers finish. The Super Late Model feature was won by Randy Lobb after battling Jason DuPont early in the event before opening his lead. Rob Blair came to second before the end of the race. Mark Frontera won his first feature event since 1994 after coming to the lead in lap two of the Street Stock feature event. Josh Frantz, all the way from DuBois, PA, took the lead at the halfway point of the Challenger feature from early leader Steve Morse and went on to the win.

The Street Stock feature started with Bill Reeves and Eric Paulus on the front row but four of the seventeen starters failed to complete lap one, piling up in turn three. Paulus led lap one with fourth starting Mark Frontera coming to second. After two more restarts in lap two Frontera took the lead. At lap eleven Eric Paulus slowed but didn’t get off the track before several cars spun trying to avoid him. Frontera held the lead through to the finish for his first win of the season, and first since 1994, over two-time winner Jason Covey, then Dennis Asel, Mark Thompson, and Guy Adams.

The Paula Southwell Memorial brought thirty nine of the fastest E-Mods in the area to Stateline with six heats setting the field for the features. The “A” Main featured 25 starters with Joel Watson and Mike Kinney, both rom Ohio, on the front row. Prior to the start of the race Butch Southwell and David Scott, both in cars owned by Southwell, paced the field. Watson took the immediate lead but slid high in turn one allowing Rich Michael by coming off the turn. After only one lap Watson pulled to the pit. Kinney then ran second with Kyle Bedell third and Vic Vena fourth. Opening night winner Brent Rhebergen held fifth in the early going. Vena experienced mechanical problems at eight laps in and pulled to the infield, advancing Rhebergen to fourth and Jack Young to fifth. Young got to fourth at lap eleven. At halfway Michael had a fifteen car length lead over Kinney, Bedell, Young, and Rhebergen, opening it even more in heavy lapped traffic. Twenty Six laps were complete when caution finally slowed the event, for Greg Johnson, who slowed at the pit entrance and waited for the race to be slowed. When racing resumed Michael and Kinney again showed the way with
Kinney just edging Michael at the line by one-one thousandths of a second (!) at lap twenty eight just as caution flew for an eight car pile up in turn two, again slowing the race. At green Michael again came to the lead with Bedell coming to second with ten to go. At thirty two laps complete Dan Davies came to fifth. With five to go Kinney and Bedell were side by side for second at the stripe but Kinney again held the spot a lap later. Michael went on to the win with Kinney second, Bedell third, and Young edging out Davies at the line for fourth. The Victory was worth $2500 plus $980 in lap leader bonus for Michael.

The twenty lap non-qualifier’s feature was paced by Chad Carlson and Steve Rex and paid $1000 to the winner. Five racers failed to negotiate turn one, immediately slowing the race. Carlson took the lead at the drop of the green with Rex second and John Boardman third, all the way from tenth on the starting grid. Carlson was into lapped traffic by lap five and had a near quarter lap lead by the end of six laps. Jarrod Silvis, after running a lap on a flat right rear tire, looped his mount with eight laps compete. At halfway, coming off a restart, Rex was alongside Carlson at the line but Carlson was back ahead a lap later. Carlson pulled back to a half-straight lead by the time the checkers fell. Rex wound up second with Boardman third and Steve Samuelson fourth. Miles Stitzinger came to the flag fifth.

Max Blair and Bob Dorman were on the front row for the 35-lap Fastenal crate Late Model Championship with Blair leading the early laps through three cautions in the first six laps. Dorman ran second with Kyle Scott hounding him for the spot. At fifteen complete Blair had a quarter lap lead over Dorman, Scott, Chad Ruhlman (up from fourteenth) and Wyatt Scott. At twenty laps in Kyle Scott and Dorman were side by side with Ruhlman joining the battle for the runner-up spot. At twenty five laps complete Dorman was back solidly in second with Scott third but Scott came roaring back to grab the spot with eight laps to go. Disaster struck on lap thirty-one when Chad Schauers turned into the retaining wall on the back straight and was collected by Darrell Bossard and Wendell Pinckney. The race was red-flagged with the track nearly blocked but all drivers were ok. When the race resumed with four laps remaining Blair and Kyle Scott took off with Dorman third, Ruhlman fourth and Wyatt Scott fifth. That was the order of the finish with Blair taking home the $1250 first place money.

Randy Lobb and Jason DuPont started the Super Late Model feature from the front row with DuPont surging out to the lead at the start. Lobb was even with DuPont at the end of five with the cars remaining side by side until lap seven when Scott Gurdak looped it in turn three for caution number one. After green Lobb immediately took the lead from the high side with yellow again falling two laps later when Bob Dorman spun in three. Lobb again led after green with Dick Barton getting by Max Blair for fourth at eleven complete. Dave Scott tried getting by Blair at twelve but got sideways, spinning into the infield for caution number three. After yet another caution at lap twelve Lobb continued to lead with DuPont, Rob Blair, Barton, and now Chub Frank filling out the top five. Rob Blair came to second by five laps to go and tried to close the now-sizable gap to first but Lobb maintained his lead to the checkers with Blair second, DuPont third, Barton fourth, and Frank fifth.

Josh Frantz, all the way from DuBois, PA, took the lead at the halfway point of the Challenger feature from early leader Steve Morse and went on to the win over Morse, Aaron Liberati, Jimmy Diabo, and Travis Darling.

Next week at Stateline Speedway early national racing pioneer Julian Buesink, a Clymer, NY native, will be honored in a 50-lap Super Late Model feature paying $5000 to win.

Stateline holds successful open practice, Paula Southwell Memorial, Fastenal Crate Late Model 35 lap Championship set for Saturday!

August 9th, 2014

Busti, NY -Stateline Speedway held it’s first-ever ‘open track’ night Wednesday, inviting all local stock car racers, both paved track and dirt track cars, to try out the new Stateline Surface. Thirty cars took part, including seven paved track machines in the session that consisted of several sessions for each class of cars.

Now the track looks forward to a ‘double header’ Saturday night as the Paula Southwell Memorial for the E-Mods takes to the track with $13,000 in purse being offered to the competitors, with $2500 going to the winner! The cars that do not qualify for the 40-lap feature will run a special ‘Non-Qualifiers’ event that will pay $1000 to win. Also every lap leader will receive a bonus totaling an extra $1000! Rich Michael, John Boyd, and Brent Rhebergen all have visited Victory Lane this season and will be among the favorites to go there Saturday.

The Crate Late Models will race for $1250 to win the Fastenal Crate Late Model 35 lap Champonship. Dusty Waters, Max Blair, and Chad Ruhlman have been the winners this season. Can any of the three get a second trip to the hallowed ground known as the Winner’s Circle? Or will a new face grace the winning photo?

The Super Late Models, Street Stocks, and Challengers will have regular racing and the Limited. Late Models and Sportsmen cars will have the night off.

Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission for this special event is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, $8 for students, and kids under 5 free!

Camping (No Hookups): $25 per night. Competitors will be entitled to one (1) Karting registration or one (1) Pit Pass for the big track.

Open Track Night” Wednesday at Stateline

August 7th, 2014

Busti, NY –Stateline Speedway will hold an “Open Track Night” Wednesday night August 6 with the track open for practice for ALL racing vehicles, especially paved track cars that might wish to try out the clay at Stateline. Dirt track racers and paved track racers are different in setups but the basic idea is to complete the appointed distance in the least amount of time. The only major difference in the cars is tires. Stateline has contacted several teams to supply tires for the paved track teams at a reasonable price. With the correct tires on the cars, pave track teams will be able to experiment with setups and should be able to run competitive times.

Of course, driving styles also vary from paved tracks to dirt but the best drivers show proficiency at both disciplines. A period of adjustment is expected and things could get ‘interesting’ when drivers new to dirt start to run faster and faster.

This event is a “demonstration” event and the track will not be running any official races. If enough cars of any class participate, some heat racing may be staged.

ALL CAR CLASSES ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE!

Pit gates will open at 5PM, Grandstand at 6PM. “Hot laps” will commence at 6:30 PM.

Pit concessions and concessions on the “Pennsylvania” side of the track will be open with refreshments for teams and fans.

Pit Admission: $20

Fan Admission: $5 (5 and under FREE)

Stateline Speedway suffers second rainout!

August 4th, 2014

Busti, NY–Heavy rains moved into Stateline Speedway at 5:15 with thunder and flash flood warnings, forcing cancellation of tonight’s scheduled events. Rain checks will be honored toward next week’s admission for the rescheduled Crate Championship and the Paula Southwell Memorial race. The Limited Late Models and the Sportsmen will not compete next week. Pit passes will be honored through August 30.

Fastenal Night this week at Stateline

August 1st, 2014

Busti, NY-Fastenal has stepped forward to sponsor the Crate Late Model Championship this Saturday August 2 starting at 7 PM. As an added attraction tricycle races will be held for kids on the main straight before the features. Helmets will be available for the kids. Anyone presenting a Fastenal invoice at the ticket booth with receive $2 off their admission ticket.

Scott Gurdak is on top of the Crate Late Model points standings by a healthy 114-point margin over Dave Shagla Jr. Neither driver has a win yet but both have run bear the front in all three weeks of racing. Bob Dorman rides third another 32-markers back. Opening night winner Dustin Waters is currently fourth while last week’s winner Chad Ruhlman is fifth. Saturday night’s winner will receive $1250 with tenth worth $300 and $200 for starting the event. Competitors will qualify through heat races.

In the Super Late Model points chase it has been an all Blair show with Robbie winning opening night then son Max leading every lap of the other two features. The younger Blair had problems one pending night and failed to start the feature, resulting in a 112-point advantage for the senior member of the family. Eight points behind Max lurks the 1998-1999 champion Matt Urban. Urban has not won since 2008 so is anxious to get back to Victory Lane. Mike Knight, a four-time winner, is 31-points from Urban in fourth with 2008 track champion Rich Gardner fifth, another thirteen points back. Gardner has nineteen Super Late Model wins in a career that dates back to the seventies.

Opening night winner Brent Rhebergen leads the championship charge in the E-M ds
with a 21-point margin over 2013 champion John Woodward Jr. Woodward won the championship laurels last season without once going to the Winner’s Circle after a feature. Butch Southwell is third, 88 points behind Woodward with Leonard Enos fourth and John Boyd, winner July 12, is fifth.

The Limited. Late Model points race is tight with only three points separating leader Chris Ottaway from 2013 Champion Ryan Scott. Kelly Frederes rides third at this point, only eleven from the runner-up position. All three of the leaders have a feature win this season. Tyler. Green and John Cline round out the top five.

The Kosinski brothers, Michael and Ted, each have one feature win this season and lead the points with Ted first, a mere three markers more that Michael. Opening night winner and defending champion Jim Kibbe is third, 35 points behind Michael. Dan Nocero Jr, a former champion, is fourth with Tim Nocero fifth.

Brandon Groters leads the Street Stocks by a huge margin for this early in the season, a whopping 152 points! Groters has one feature win. Bill Reeves, winless this far, is second with opening night and last week’s winner Jason Covey third, eleven behind Reeves. Eric Paulus is fourth with Mark Thompson fifth.

Joe Beach and Roger Hall, last week’s winner, lead the Challenger points race in a tie. They lead third-running Ryan White, the opening night winner, by 58 markers. Travis Darling and Andy Proper fill out the top five.

Racing gets underway at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4). Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, students $6, and kids under 5 are free. Pit admission is $25. This week anyone presenting a Fastenal invoice at the ticket booth will receive $2 off.

Camping (No Hookups): $25 per night. Competitors will be entitled to (1) Karting registration OR (1) Pit Pass.

Max Blair wins Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial, Street Stock cash goes to Jason Covey!

July 29th, 2014

Busti, NY: Pepsi brought over $14,000 in prizes for fans and Applebee Motorsports brought sponsorship money for the Street Stocks and all had a great time at Stateline Speedway Saturday night. The Annual Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial for the Super Late Models and the Applebee Motorsports Street Stock Championship were the featured racing. Max Blair led e Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial right from the start, never slowing except for caution periods. It was Blair’s second Stateline win of the season. The lion’s share of the Street Stock feature purse went to Jason Covey, his second win of the season after an exciting battle with Brandon Groters and Chris Withers.

Rich Michael won the E-Mod feature after retaking the lead from Greg Johnson with only a lap and a half remaining after surrendering the lead to Johnson at a lap thirteen restart. Chad Ruhlman won the Crate Late Model feature after starting back in ninth place and only taking five laps to get through traffic to gain the lead. The Kosinski brothers, Mike and Ted, led the Sportsmen field at the end of their feature. Kelly Frederes took the lead at the start of the Limited Late Model feature and led every lap enroute to his first Stateline win of the season. For the night-capper Roger Hall won the Challenger feature after early leader Aaron Liberati suffered mechanical failure after leading the first four laps. Hall and Holden Heineman ran side by side most of the event.

Vaughn Nystrom and Mark Thompson led the twenty Street stocks to Spanky Hall’s green flags for the start of the $550 to win Street Stock Championship but only 14 competitors got beyond turn one as the pole-sitter spun in front of the entire field. Guy Adams wound up being towed to the pits and points leader Bill Reeves retired to the pit as well. On the green Chris Withers took over at the front but yellow again flew as Jay Greene’s mount erupted in flames with one lap completed. After a restart at lap four opening night winner Jason Covey used the outside line to get by Withers. By halfway week two winner Brandon Groters was running third and had second at fifteen complete. Groters got next to Covey several times in the next laps but could never compete the pass. At lap eighteen Wes Vollentine threw his right front wheel, again slowing the race and putting Groters next to the leader for the green. When green was again in the air Withers came back to second but Groters stayed with him until going wide in turn two then falling back. Another yellow at twenty-two complete set up a single file restart for the run to the checkers. Groters went wide again at lap 23, allowing Eric Paulus and Eric Harvey to get by him. By the checkers Groters had got back to fourth. The order at the four-checkers finish was Covey, Withers, Paulus, Groters, and Harvey.

Cale Crocker and Leonard Enos led the 27 E-Mods to the green with Crocker leading Rich Michael until lap three when Michael took over the lead. Six laps was all it took for Michael to catch the back markers then a lap later the event was slowed when Mike Smith looped his mount in turn three. Several more cautions slowed the event but Justin Carlson and Greg Johnson both got by Crocker by lap thirteen when caution again reset the field, putting Johnson next to Michael for the restart. Johnson got the lead at the drop of the green and Crocker got back by Carlson for third. Michael pulled ahead on the back straight on lap twenty-four and then saw Spanky Hall’s checkers for the first time this year at Stateline. Johnson settled for second with Crocker third, Carlson fourth, and defending champion John Woodward fifth.

The Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial started with Max Blair and Chris Hackett up front for the twenty-five lapper for twenty-five cars to memorialize the couple who owned the track from the 1985 season until Fritz passed away in 2010. At the drop of the green Blair charged to the lead with Dutch Davis getting by Hackett for second the Bob Dorman coming to third a lap later. The race went green until lap ten when Jake Finnerty looped his mount in turn two. For the green flag it was Davies to Blair’s right with Dorman and Bumpy Hedman right behind. Dorman immediately got around Davies and at halfway Mike Knight was fourth with Dave Hess coming to fifth at lap fifteen. On lap eighteen Knight came by Davies for third but Davies stayed alongside for a lap before Knight could solidify the spot. At the end of twenty-two caution flew when Jordan Eck and Brian Fardink tangled in turn three. The final three laps were all Blair with Knight coming by Dorman one lap after green. At the checkers it was Blair for his second win of the season over Knight, Dorman, Dave Hess, and Ron Davies. In Victory Lane Blair praised the track, stating he could race in every lane of the track.

Scott Gurdak led the Crate Late Model feature from the pole with Ward Schell coming all the way from sixth to second by the time the first caution fell at lap three. Outside front row starter Zack Carley was third at that point with ninth starting Chad Ruhlman up to fourth. At the end of lap four it was three wide at the stripe with Gurdak barely ahead. One lap later Ruhlman was half a length ahead. On lap seven with the field coming out of two, Garrett Stephen, Bob Dorman, Chad Schauers, Luke Carlton, Tony Mariano, Doug Ricotta, Kyle Scott, and Wyatt Scott all piled up in a hard wreck but all drivers were uninjured. At halfway Ruhlman had a near quarter-lap lead over Gurdak and Schell with Darrell Bossard fourth and Carley fifth. Ruhlman maintained his advantage to the checkers with the top five remaining the same.

Pole sitter Ted Kosinski led three laps of the Sportsmen feature then gave way to defending champion Jim Kibbe. Kibbe, the defending class champion, led until the back straight of lap nine when mechanical failure in the left rear suspension struck, causing him to spin a complete “360″. Under the ensuing caution Kibbe retired to the pit. Mike Kosinski the took the lead for the restart over his brother Ted with Dan Nocero now third. At the checkers it was Mike Kosinski, Ted Kosinski, Dan Nocero, Don McGuire, and Tim Nocero.

Kelly Frederes and Chris Ottaway started up front and led the entire way in the Limited Late Model finale with defending champion Ryan Scott third at the finish. Tyler Green wound up fourth with John Cline Jr fifth.

The final race of the night was the Challengers feature with Roger Hall and Aaron Liberati on the front row. Liberati charged into the lead at the start with Hall second. At the end of four laps Liberati lost power, coming to a halt in turn one and slowing the event. For the restart it was Hall leading the charge with Holden Heineman to his right. At halfway Hall led Heineman with Justin Boardman third. Heineman and Hall ran side by side much of the race but Hall held on for the win with Heineman second, Ken Hultin third, Travis Darling fourth, and Joe Beach fifth.

Stateline Speedway preview for July 26 Fan Appreciation

July 24th, 2014

Pepsi Fan Appreciation Night, Applebee Motorsports Street Stock Championship to highlight Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial, this Saturday at Stateline Speedway!

Busti, NY: The Fritz and Lynn Seamens Memorial will be held this Saturday night in conjunction with the Pepsi Fan Appreciation night at Stateline
Speedway to remember the Seamens and their deep contributions to area racing over the period from 1985 through 2013. Fritz purchased the track from the original
owners in the fall of 1984 with his grand opening on April 27, 1984. The Super Late Model winner that night was Lars Huling, who went on to win the ’85 points
championship.

Over $10,000 in fan prizes have been donated by the companies noted below and the list is growing everyday. The top prize (to date!) is $1000 cash!

Companies donating prizes so far include: Pepsi, Stateline Speedway, Irwin Tools, Phantom Signs and Graphics, T&E Plumbing & Electric, Catania Racing, Scott Enterprises, Car GO Auto Parts, Magnum Graf-X, New Beginnings Restaurant, Town and Country, Red Lobster, Applebee’s, Wilcox Bros. Hardware, Taco Hut, Sugar Hill Golf Course, WWCB Corry Radio- Your NASCAR Channel, Rod’s Customs. Be sure to check Stateline’s Facebook page for additional prizes which will be updated daily.

In addition Applebee Motorsports is sponsoring a championship event for the Street Stocks which will pay a total purse of $4000, including $550 to win the 25-lap event which will feature championship trophies for the top three positions. The full breakdown of the purse is:

1: $550 2: $360 3: $260 4: $200 5: $185 6: $175 7: $160 8: $155 9: $155 10: $150 11: $125 12: $125 13: $125 14: $125 15: $125 16: $125 17: $125 18: $125 19: $125 20: $125 21: $100 22: $100 23: $100 24: $100

Twenty-four cars will start the feature with cars qualifying for their starting positions through heats races determined by a ‘pill draw’ as the cars enter the pits.

Stateline is located just nine miles southwest of Jamestown on Sugar Grove Rd. to Kortwright Rd., then west (south of Busti). Find us on the web at www.racestateline.com and follow us on Twitter at @RaceStateline.

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult and senior admission for regular racing events is $10.00, students 6-16 $6.00, under 5 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher.

Parking: If on the road, park on the “Stateline Speedway” side of Kortwright Road only.

Camping (No Hookups): $75 for 3 days (Thurs – Sun), $50 for Saturday only. Competitors will be entitled to (1) Karting Registration OR (1) Pit Pass.

Pits open at 4PM, Grandstands at 5PM

Empire Super Sprints return Saturday at Stateline Speedway for Pepsi Appreciation Night!

July 16th, 2014

Busti, NY: The winged, fire-breathing open-wheeled Empire Super Sprint speedsters will be racing at Stateline for the first time since 2003! Super
Late Models, Crate Late Models, Street Stocks, E-Mods, and Challengers will run regular length races with the Sportsmen and Limited Late. Models off for the evening. Fans will be appreciated courtesy of Pepsi with drawings to win FREE Pepsi products and prizes, including 10-speed bikes, mountain bikes, cases of Pepsi, NASCAR souvenirs, dirt racing souvenirs and a $1,000 cash prize!

The Lucas Oil Empire Super Sprints were long a staple in the annual list of special “can’t miss” events at Stateline Speedway. New track owners Bill and Lynne Catania are pleased to announce the return of the popular ’360’ sprint series set for July 19. The schedule had originally included a stop at a near-by speedway that has now closed. With the closing the date opened up and Catania seized the opportunity to have the sprinters return.

The winged, fire-breathing, alcohol-guzzling open wheeled racers run a staggering 35-race schedule in 2014 traveling all the way from Quebec through Ontario, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania in their six-month tour. Their last stop at Stateline was July 12 and won by Tim Kelly. Only ten of the drivers racing in that most recent event are still with the tour 11 years later.

The current roster and points leaders include some of the top names in ’360’ sprint car racing. Quebec’s Steve Poirier currently leads the points as of July 1 having scored three wins, seven top fives, and eight top tens on the season. Poirier enjoys a substantial margin in the title chase over Antwerp, NY’s Jeff Cook with Stephentown, NY’s Matt Turner a distant third. Standout Chuck Hebing currently rides seventh in this season’s points with Jessica Zemkin eighth. According to Empire Super Sprint spokesperson Dean Reynolds a full field of sprinters is expected for this special addition to the schedule.

In regular racing the Blair’s, Robbie and Max have been first at the checkers early in the season with a son-father 1-2 finish last week. With Max not able to start due to mechanical issue opening night, he is mired back in seventh in the quest for the first title of the new era. Robbie leads by 106 points after just two weeks over Matt Urban with Brent Rhebergen another 15 points behind Urban. Opening night winner John Waters leads the Crate Late Model points with Scott Gurdak twenty points behind after leading until the final lap last week. Bob Dorman is third with last week’s winner Max Blair all the way back in eighth due to a failure to start the feature on opening night.

Brent Rhebergen opened his Stateline season with a win and followed it up with a second last week, securing an early lead for the championship title by 28-points over week two winner John Boyd. Defending champion John Woodward is currently third, another seventeen pints back.

Bill Reeves has a slim two point margin over week two winner Brandon Groters in the Street Stock standings with Stan Davis third, 81-points behind Groters. Opening night winner Jason Covey failed to appear for week two so is back in eighth Joe Beach, with good finishes each week, leads the quest for the Challenger Championship over opening night winner Ryan White with Roger Hall third.

Stateline is located just nine miles southwest of Jamestown on Sugar Grove Rd. to Kortwright Rd., then west (south of Busti). Find us on the web at www.racestateline.com and follow us on Twitter at @RaceStateline.

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult admission for regular racing events is $12.00 with seniors 62 and over $10.00, students 6-16 $6.00, under 5 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher.

Parking: If on the road, park on the “Stateline Speedway” side of Kortwright Road only.

Camping (No Hookups): $75 for 3 days (Thurs – Sun), $50 for Saturday only. Competitors will be entitled to (1) Karting Registration OR (1) Pit Pass.

Pits open at 4PM, Grandstands at 5PM

*Max Blair gets the nightly double! Wins both Super Late Models and Crate Late Models!* Boyd, Ottaway, Kosinski, Groters, and Marcy also score wins

July 14th, 2014

Busti, NY- Stateline Speedway followed up a successful opening night with a full night of regular racing that featured 29 Super Late Models with all cars starting in the 25-lap regular length feature. Heat race action was hot and heavy with Max Blair setting a lap to be beat of 15.000 seconds on lap five on his way to a preliminary win.

In feature action Blair completed the “Nightly Double”, triumphing in both the super Late Model and Crate Late Mol features. In the Super Late Model finale, the younger Blair led every lap but in the Crate Late Model feature waited until the final turn to get take over the front spot from Scott Gurdak, who had led from the drop of the green. John Boyd withstood a stout challenge from Butch Southwell in the early stages then held off opening night’s winner Brent Rhebergen for the win in the E-Mod night capper. Chris Ottaway led the opening laps of the Limited Late Model feature, fell back after a restart, then came back to the lead and the win with four laps remaining. Ted Kosinski inherited the lead in the Sportsmen feature when Dan Nocero Jr lost power then went on to his first feature win of the season. Brandon Groters led every lap of the Street Stock feature and Matt Marcy led the Challenger field to the checkers.

Brandon Groters started the Street Stock feature from the pole and was never challenged on his way to his first win of the year at Stateline. Bill Reeves, who started third, wound up second after starting sixth. Mark Thompson finished third. Eric Paulus was fourth at the checkers with Steve Keith fifth. Only three cautions slowed the event, all for spins.

The Sportsmen feature ran with no cautions. Ted Kosinski led the way in the early going, starting outside front row. On lap five, Kosinski suddenly slowed and pulled to the pit area. Pole sitter Ted Kosinski then took over at the front and cruised to the win. Opening night winner Jim Kibbe wound up second with Mike Kosinski third, Ron Bergen fourth, and Tom Kosinski fifth.

Max Blair started from the outside front row of the Super Late Model feature and flew to the win over last week’s winner Robbie Blair, his father. In the process he lapped half of the 27-car field while building a quarter lap lead at the finish. It was Blair’s first ever Super Late Model win at the venerable old speedplant, coming in only his first-ever Super Late Model start here. Although he was in the pits last week he experienced problems in his heat and did not start the feature. Brent Rhebergen wound up third with David Scott fourth and John Volpe fifth. Only two cautions slowed the event, the first coming on lap three when Dutch Davies suddenly slowed in turn four, then a major eight-car pile-up at the restart when fourth-running Bump Hedman failed to come up to speed and triggered the accordion-style melee.

Chris Ottaway led the Limited Late Model feature from the pole until a restart at lap three when Kelly Frederes got by and Ottaway fell back to third behind Nate Short. Ottaway used the inside to get back by Short at lap eight but fell back to third a lap later. Then yellow flew again at lap fourteen. On this double-file restart Frederes ‘jumped the cushion’ and fell all the way to fifth, turning the lead over to Short. It took Ottaway two laps of trying the low route around the leader before he succeeded in regaining the lead, going on to his first Stateline win of the season.

The closest race of the night was the Crate Late Model feature which also ran without a caution. Scott Gurdak took the lead at the start from the outside front row over Darrell Bossard. Fourth starting Max Blair went to third at lap two, then got by Bossard for second one lap later. At halfway Gurdak held about a three car length lead over Blair with Blair seemingly unable to close the gap until about five laps to go, then closing in and drawing even as the cars went down the back straight before falling back behind Gurdak at the end of seventeen. Coming through turn three on lap nineteen Blair again drew alongside but at the white flag Gurdak was again a length in front. On turn two of the final lap Blair yet again drew even but Gurdak held on until turn three when he went slightly wide, hung up behind a lapped car, allowing the young speedster to get under and complete the pass, then go on to the win.

Matt Marcy and Thomas Cupp started the Challenger feature on the front row with Marcy leading from the start. After a restart on lap two, Joe Beach got next to Marcy on the back straight with Marcy promptly throwing the block, moving Beach to the infield and allowing Brandon Troutman to lead the lap. Marcy was again the leader at lap six and went on to the win over Travis Darling, Beach, Troutman, and Justin Boardman.

John Boyd led lap one of the E-Mod feature from the outside front row over defending champion John Woodward. Butch Southwell came to second at lap two after a restart from a five-car pileup. Southwell was alongside Boyd at the end of four laps but Boyd was back in command a lap later. After several cautions Boyd started extending his lead over Southwell with last week’s winner Brent Rhebergen third. With two laps remaining Rob Middleton spun, setting up a two lap dash to the checkers. Boyd held on for the win with Rhebergen getting by Southwell with a lap remaining. Woodward was fourth and Leonard Enos fifth.

BRP 360 Late Models Welcome to Compete at Stateline Speedway as Limited Late Models

July 12th, 2014

Busti, NY:Beginning on July 12th, BRP 360 Late Models will be welcome to compete at Stateline Speedway in the Limited Late Model class.

All BRP 360 Late Models will be required to follow the Official BRP Can Am Series rules as they are currently posted on the Can Am website. Stateline tech officials will tech to these standards & specifications.

ONE NOTE: BRP Late Models MAY run any 4BBL Carburetor. We reserve the right to amend these rules after the July 12th event night if there is a need for any handicapping.

Payoff is “Guaranteed” regardless of car count:

NOTE: If we get at least 6 BRP 360′s the purse will increase again for the following week.

Limited Late Purse
$600
$400
$250
$175
$150
$145
$125
$120
$115
$110
$100
$100
$100
$100
$85
$85
$80
$80
$80
$80
$80
$80
$80
$80
$3,400
$50 Tow

Regular show on tap at Stateline July 12! BRP Late Models welcome to compete with Stateline Limited a Late Models.

July 12th, 2014

Busti, NY : After a wild extravaganza of racing last Saturday night Stateline Speedway will settle into a regular racing program for the second night of the new era under Bill and Lynne Catania’s stewardship of the Chautauqua County, NY Clay oval. When the dust finally settled after 163 laps of feature race action by 153 cars over 7 divisions the estimated 6500 fans filed out anxious to return to the storied 58 year old facility.

This Saturday, July 12 will see regular-length racing in all divisions. The ground-pounding Super Late Models will headline the card with a 25-lap finale. Centerville, PA’s Rob Blair took over the front position after using 43 laps to work his way forward from his tenth place starting berth. World of Outlaws Late Model standout Chub Frank, Bear Lake, PA, was second with Ripley, NY’s Mike Knight third. With $2000 on the line for the winner of a regular show, expect a full field of racers.

The Crate Late Models were paced opening night by Portville, NY’s Dusty Waters. The win was Waters’s first at Stateline. Jamestown’s Jamie Brown scored a career-best second, gaining the spot on the final lap. Bob Dorman, Stockton, NY, was third.

The Modifieds started out rough with several cautions but when racing settled down it was Clymer, NY’s Brent Rhebergen besting the field in a stellar run to the checkers. Mike Smith, all the way from Arkport, NY, led much of the event, only losing the lead in the final two laps. Warren, PA’s Ron Seeley, a former Cadet champion, was third at the checkers.

The Limited Late Models were paced by reigning champion Ryan Scott, getting by early leader Kelly Frederes, Russell, PA with five laps remaining. Sherman, NY’s Chris Ottaway was third. Beginning this week BRP Late Models are welcome to compete under their rules except that a 4-bbl carburetor will be permitted.

The Street Stocks had a difficult time in their feature with numerous cautions but at the finish it was Jason Covey of Clymer, NY at the front with Ashville, NY’s Bill Reeves second and Clymer’s Brandon Groters third.

Edinboro, PA’s Ryan White won his first-ever Challenger feature event over Erie’s Tom Cupp and North East, PA’s Joe Beach.

Stateline is located just nine miles southwest of Jamestown on Sugar Grove Rd. to Kortwright Rd., then west (south of Busti)

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult admission for regular racing events is $12.00 with seniors 62 and over $10.00, students 6-16 $6.00, under 5 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher.

Parking: If on the road, park on the “Stateline Speedway” side of Kortwright Road only.

Camping (No Hookups): $75 for 3 days (Thurs – Sun), $50 for Saturday only. Competitors will be entitled to (1) Karting Registration OR (1) Pit Pass.

Pits open at 4PM, Grandstands at 5PM

Robbie Blair wins Papa Don Frank Memorial to open new era of Stateline Speedway!

July 9th, 2014

Busti, NY- Papa Don Frank was one of the original owners and builders of Stateline Speedway, carved out of a clearing on Kortright Rd in Busti, NY, near the PA/NY State Line. Bill And Lynne Catania made the decision to honor this racing giant with naming the first race under their leadership after one of the men who made it all possible. Several of the legends of Stateline’s past were present including Sammy LaMancuso with his restored 1972 Dodge Charger racecar that he drove to victory in Stateline’s early days, Jim Scott and his 1974 Plymouth Duster replica, Austin Main with his restored 1970s era Sportsman coupe racer, Weiner Anderson with a replica of his famed ‘Double Dog’ Cadet, and the all-time win leader Bobby Schnars and his restored 1956 Oldsmobile. Past champions Skip Furlow, Ron Blackmer, and others were also in attendance.

One of the largest crowds in Stateline’s entire 58-year history filled the newly rebuilt bleachers, which can hold 5850 fans plus countless fans standing against the fencing. With construction still performed even as fans filed through the gates, the assembled throng was treated to the awards for the 2013 top ten points leaders and seven hard-fought features. At the end of the Papa Don Frank Memorial, it was Titusville, PA’s Rob Blair at the from of the pack with. Chub Frank winding up second and a Mike Knight third. Dusty Waters charged to the Crate Late Model win, his first-ever at Stateline. Brent Rhebergen was victorious in the E-Mod finale and third-generation star Ryan Scott, a former champion of the class, won the Limited Late finale. Jason Covey won the wreck strewn Street Stock feature, defending champion Jim Kibbe won the Sportsmen night capper and Ryan White collected his first-ever Challenger feature win.

After the command to start engines was given by the only surviving original owner, Jerry Frank, Dick Barton, the winningest active driver, with 78 wins, and Darrell Bossard led the thirty Super Late Models to Tom Abbott’s green flag. Abbott, step-son of Papa Don, and his brother Kevin had contributed $1000 to the $5800 dollar purse. Niemeyer’s garage in Wattsburg, PA donated an extra $500, making the first place purse $6300.

Barton led lap one with Bossard and Chub Frank right behind. With three laps complete two drivers inadvertently got sideways and recovered but not before Spanky Hall had thrown the yellow flag. Barton and Bossard led the field back to the green with Frank and Dave Hess right behind. At green Frank jumped into second. Barton had stretched his lead to five car lengths by lap seven and caught the back-markers at lap ten just as Chuck Parker looped his mount in turn two, again bringing caution over the field. Barton sped away from the field at green with Frank, Bossard, and Hess in hot pursuit. At lap nineteen, again as Barton had caught the back of the field, Dave Scott and Steve Kania got together coming out of turn four, again slowing the event. Barton again led but John Lacki turned around in turn two, giving Frank another shot at the lead from the double-file restart. Under the yellow fifth running Dan Stone retired to the pits. Tenth-starting Rob Blair was up to third at the end of twenty two circuits complete. Yellow again flew when Doug Eck suddenly slowed at lap 23. Mike Knight was fifth at this point after starting from the 14 berth in the line-up. Barton and Frank ran side by side for a lap after green with Frank taking over at lap 24. Frank proceeded to open a lead over Barton, Blair, and now Knight fourth and Bossard fifth by the halfway point. At lap 32 Blair got by Barton and began the arduous task of chasing down the leader. At 38 in Knight got by Barton as well. At forty laps Blair had caught Frank and two laps later was alongside on the outside, then taking over at the front at lap 43. The leaders caught lapped traffic at 45. The traffic did not slow Blair as he continued to add to his lead. With five to go Blair had a half straight lead over Frank, who was now under attack from Knight. Traffic worked in Frank’s favor as Knight was unable to mount a charge. Blair took the prestigious win with Frank settling for second and Knight third. Greg Oakes got by both Bossard and Barton for fourth. Barton wound up fifth.

Bill Reeves and Jason Covey started the first feature, Street Stocks, of the Bill and Lynne Catania era from the front row with Covey leading most of lap one but Reeves edged ahead at the end of the lap. After a flurry of cautions Covey took over at front at lap six and went on to the win over Reeves, twelfth starting Brandon Groters, Joe Chamberlain, and Wade Watson.

Former champion Dan Nocero and Jim Kibbe led the Super Sportsmen to the green flag with Nocero leading the first six laps until Kibbe got by for the lead. Kibbe went on to the win in the race which had two cautions. Nocero stayed with the leader the rest of the event but was unable to mount a charge for the lead. Kibbe and Nocero led a parade of three Kosinskis to the checkers, Mike, Ted, and Matt.

Kelly Frederes and Ryan Scott brought the Limited Late Model feature to the green but Jermin Strickland and Nate Short tangled on the back straight, negating the start. Frederes grabbed the lead with Scott right behind. At halfway Scott was able to draw alongside the leader but could not compete the pass. Meanwhile Chris Ottaway was closing the gap on Scott, catching him at lap 14. At lap fifteen Scott edged ahead at the line but Frederes didn’t give up, staying with Scott another lap but then falling back into the clutches of Ottaway, who was alongside with two to go but unable to complete the pass. Tyler Green wound up fourth with John Cline Jr fifth.

Mike Smith and Troy Carr started from the front of the twenty-seven car Emod field. Carr spun at turn one immediately bringing caution over the field. With Joel Watson now on the front row with Smith, the race restarted with Watson narrowly ahead at the end of one lap but caution flew just before the lap completed, causing another complete restart. Three more restarts were needed before the race could get underway. Then Smith led Ron Seeley and Joel Watson with Brent Rhebergen coming to third at lap three when caution again flew. Under caution Watson pulled to the pits with a flat left rear tire. Smith lengthened his lead while Seeley and Rhebergen fought over the runner-up spot until caution again few at lap six. Yet another yellow flew at lap twelve with Smith leading Rhebergen, Seeley, defending champion John Woodward, and John Boyd. Rhebergen got next to Smith several times in the closing laps and finally got by at lap 23, going on to the win over Smith, Seeley, Woodward, and Boyd.

Bob Dorman and Dustin Waters started the Crate Late Model feature at the front but caution slowed the event immediately. Waters led the opening laps over Dorman but caution again slowed the race when TJ Downes and Chad Schauers got into the wall on the front straight. After green finally flew for good Waters had a half straight lead when he caught lapped traffic at lap thirteen. With five to go the order at the front was Waters, Dorman, Jamie Brown, Wayne Robertson, and Scott Gurdak. Wendell Pinckney and Luke Carlton spun with one lap remaining destroying Waters’s huge lead and putting Dorman right next to him for the final one lap dash to the checkers. Waters went on to the win and Jamie Brown got to second on the final lap over Dorman. Chad Ruhlman got to fourth on the final lap with Gurdak fifth.

Brandon Troutman led the Challenger feature from the pole with Ryan White coming to second at the end of one lap. White took over at the front at the halfway point. Tom Cupp was second at the end of nine after starting twelfth but could not catch the leader. At the checkers it was White, Cupp, Joe Beach, Roger Hall, and Andy Proper.

Racing Pioneers and Champions will Celebrate Stateline Speedway’s New Era

July 5th, 2014

Busti, NY– “Papa” Don Frank was one of the five founders of Stateline Speedway back in 1956. He was a twenty-nine year old employee of Flickingiers Food Service joined his brother Jerry and other Sugar Grove residents Leonard Briggs, Lloyd Williams, and Marv Thorpe to build the 1/3 mile oval on Kortright Rd in Busti, NY. Thorpe sold his share to the others in 1957 and they then sold the track to Francis Seamens in 1984. Don passed away in September, 2013 at the age of 86.

It is with great pride that owners Bill and Lynne Catania dedicate the opening night of the new era of racing to the memory of “Papa” Don Frank. The event schedule for 58 laps to celebrate the birth of Stateline Speedway on July 21, 1956. None of the competitors from that 1956 event are still driving today but several will be at the track to remember the birthday of the track that has been making memories since 1956.

Former track champions expected to be in contention for the win when Spanky Hall’s four-checkers wave at the end of 58 laps include the above mentioned ten-time defending champion Dick Barton and David Scott as well as eight-time champion Bobby Schnars, who is also the winningest driver in track history with 79 feature wins, one more than Barton. 2011-12 champion Dutch Davies, (2010) Chris Hackett (2009) Chad Valone, (2008) Rich Gardner, (2005) John Lobb, and 1998-99 champion Matt Urban will also be on the scene. Miles Stitzinger, the title holder in 1989, is scheduled to race an E-Mod this season. Schnars will be bringing along a 1956 Oldsmobile, the
same model as he originally campaigned at the track in the early years.

Among the pioneer guests on opening night will be Jim Scott who has a replica of the car he raced in the mid 70s, a 1974 Plymouth Duster. Jim’s son David, the Super Late Model track champion in 1995 and 1997 will also be at the track competing as well as his sons, Kyle, a six-time karting champion, and Wyatt, a three-time karting champion.

Also expected to be among the fans present are Squirt Johns (“of far-a-way Brockway”), Sammy LaMancuso, a winner in a 150-lap ‘team’ race in 1956 with his restored 1974 Dodge Charger racer, and Jay Plyler, the 1971 and 1975 Late Model champion. Floyd Fanale, long-time fan favorite is currently ill and will not be able to attend but Skip Furlow, the 1979 and ’83 champion, is expected to be among the fans present.

Super Late Model racers who have confirmed attendance include the track defending and ten-time champion, Dick Barton with his 14B, 1995 and 1997 champion David Scott, 1988 champion Chub Frank (also a four-time STARS national champion).

The Super Late. Models will be racing for $5800 to win the 58-lap event, one lap and $100 for each year the track has been running to celebrate the start of the 59th year of racing. The purse includes $1000 donated by Tom and Kristen Abbott and Kevin and Amey Abott in Memory. The complete payout for the Super Late Models is as follows:

The Super Late Model payout for the “Papa” Don Frank Memorial will be $18,000 and the breakout is as follows:

1 $5,800
2 $1,500
3 $1,250
4 $1,000
5 $800
6 $750
7 $700
8 $650
9 $625
10 $600
11 $400
12 $325
13 $300
14 $300
15 $300
16 $300
17 $300
18 $300
19 $300
20 $300
21 $300
22 $300
23 $300
24 $300
TOTAL: $18,000

Stateline is located just nine miles southwest of Jamestown on Sugar Grove Rd. to Kortwright Rd., then west (south of Busti).

Get all the Stateline Speedway news at www.racestateline.com and follow the track @racestateline on Twitter!

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult admission for regular racing events is $12.00 with seniors 62 and over $10.00, students 6-16 $8.00, under 6 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher. Free camping with four adult tickets or two pit passes, (no hookups) is available.

Stateline Speedway set to re-open July 5 with “Papa” Don Frank Memorial

July 4th, 2014

Busti, NY: A new era at Stateline Speedway will begin July 5 under the ownership of Bill and Lynne Catania with the season opening
“Papa” Don Frank Memorial presented by Carter Lumber, a “58″ Lap $5,800 to WIN Super Late Model event celebrating 58 Years of Continuous racing at the Busti 1/3 Mile. In its 58 year history Stateline has played host to many top series, including NASCAR Sprint Cup, Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model, World of Outlaws Late Model, STARS, MACS, Patriot Sprints and Empire Super Sprint racing events.

The reigning Super Late Model champion is Dick Barton. Barton is no stranger to Stateline’s Victory Lane. He has 78 checkered flags in the division, second by only one win to all-time winner Bobby Schnars, with wins dating back to 1985 and through 2014 when he won three feature events. Barton also has been track champion a record ten times, the first coming in 1986. The local favorite will be again looking for his 79th feature win opening night but will have a fight from the 2013 runner-up, Darrell Bossard, 2011-12 champion Dutch Davies, ’09 champ Chad Valone, and ’08 champion Rich Gardner. Past champions Matt Urban and David Scott will also be gunning for the honor of being the first Super Late Model winner in the new era. The 1974 Dodge Charger campaigned by fan favorite Sammy LaMancuso is expected be on display at the track.

Two-time champion Damien Bidwell will be looking for a win opening night in the Crate Late Models. The popular driver, known as “Half Pint” will not find Victory Lane without a battle from several others including Chad Ruhlman, Max Blair, and Dave Lyon. Past champion Ward Schell is also expected to be looking for the win on opening night. Third-generation drivers Kyle and 14 year old Wyatt Scott will also be looking for wins. The Scott brothers are the sons of two-time former champion David Scott and the grandson of one of Stateline’s all-time fan favorites, Jim Scott, who’s 1974 Plymouth Duster Late Model replica is expected to be on display.

John Woodward drove to the 2013 E-Mod championship without setting foot in Victory Lane! The extremely popular driver was always at the front of the pack but was just shut out. He does have wins in previous years. He must be considered among the favorites for first night honors as well as Rich Michael, the winningest E-Mod driver in the area in 2013, Dave Hess Jr, and Joel Watson.

Ryan Scott, a third-generation winner, captured the Limited Late Model championship honors last season and has won at Eriez already this summer. Kelly Frederes, Nate Short, and Tyler Green will all be looking to unseat Scott at the top of the charts.

Brian Crandall won the Street Stock track championship in 2013 over Rich Wojtowicz and. Mark Thompson. All are expected to compete for the first Street Stock title of the new era in Stateline’s history.

The Sportsman class had an exciting year in 2014 with Jim Kibbe winning his first feature on opening night, then going on to three more wins and his first championship at Stateline. Former champion Dan Nocero racked up six wins on his way to the runner-up spot. Ron Bergun claimed third in the final standings without a feature win. Twenty-six drivers competed in at least one Sportsman race in 2013 with most expected to race again in ’14.

Casey Burch dominated the Challenger class in 2013, winning eight features on his way to a 390 point margin in the final standings over single winner Travis Darling. Ken Hultin wound up third in the rundown. The four and six-cylinder class is the easiest, most cost-effective class for the aspiring driver to enter and often has the most exciting racing of the night. Forty-one drivers competed last summer.

Pioneers and champions of the track are invited to the opening night ceremonies and several are expected to take part in the festivities including former Sportsman and Late Model champion Jay Plyler, Sammy LaMancuso, Floyd Fanale, Jim Scott, Bobby Schnars, and Kenny See.

This is a racing extravaganza that no race fan should miss. There will be fireworks, door prizes, balloons, plus free Stateline Speedway T-Shirts and decals for the first 200 fans in attendance to celebrate the grand re-opening. Several special events are being planned for the remainder of the season with at least one special race for each of the seven classes.

In addition to the Papa Don Frank Memorial Super Late Model event, see 6 additional divisions of racing including Crate Late Models, Modifieds, Limited Late Models, Street Stocks, Super Sportsman and Challengers.

All fans are invited to come out and see the renovations to our grandstands, concessions, expanded menu, press tower, brand new public address system and much, much more.

Stateline is located just nine miles southwest of Jamestown on Sugar Grove Rd. to Kortwright Rd., then west (south of Busti)

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult admission for regular racing events is $12.00 with seniors 62 and over $10.00, students 6-16 $8.00, under 6 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher. Free camping (no hookups) is available.

“Night of Champions” set for June 25 at Stateline Speedway “Papa Don Frank Memorial” will be run July 5!

June 27th, 2014

Busti, NY – After an exceptionally long, cold, brutal winter full of rumors and speculation regarding Stateline Speedway racing engines will again roar to life Wednesday, June 25 when the “Night of Champions”, Presented by Fastenal will take place at the historic oval near Jamestown, NY. The fan gates will swing open at 5:00PM and the cars will take to the track for practice, one class at a time, promptly at 7:00PM. After each class has had one ten minute session, the front stretch will have the awards ceremony to honor the top ten of each class for the 2013 season. At the conclusion of the awards the track will again be used for a second “test ‘n’ tune” session under the lights.

Admission to the newly refurbished grandstand will be free but there will be a nominal pit insurance fee of $15 per person. Full concessions will be available in the main seating area and in the pits. The pit gates will swing open at 3PM with track prep finalized by 6:30 for packing then “test ‘n’ tune” at 7.

Driver registration forms will be available at the track. Drivers are reminded that raceceivers are required for all classes and transponders are required for Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, and E-Mods.

Among improvements being implemented are a new public address system, renovations to bleachers on both sides of the track, refurbished concession stands, and a coat of paint for many areas of the facility. Several specialized smartphone apps are being designed as well as a new website that is now available at http://racestateline.com/. Fans can also follow Stateline Speedway on Twitter @racestateline or Facebook at www.facebook.com/statelinespeedway.

A new era at Stateline will begin on July 5 under the ownership of Bill and Lynne Catania with the season opening “Papa Don Frank Memorial”, Presented by Carter Lumber, a special event for the Super Late Models, followed by an epic display of fireworks by Gibson Fireworks. This is an event no race fan will want to miss. There will be door prizes, balloons and FREE Stateline Speedway T-Shirts and Decals for the first 200 fans in attendance to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening. Several special events are being planned for the remainder of the season with at least one special race for each of the seven classes. A tentative schedule is posted at http://racestateline.com/schedule/

Stateline Speedway races every Saturday night with gates opening at 5:00PM and the first heat getting the green flag promptly at 7:00PM. Adult admission for regular racing events is $12.00 with seniors 62 and over $10.00, students 6-16 $8.00, under 6 Free. Pit admission is $25.00. Special events are higher. Free camping (no hookups) is available. Visit Stateline Speedway online atwww.racestateline.com, or follow us on Twitter @racestateline or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/statelinespeedway.

Stateline Karts complete second week of racing with 15 winners!

June 10th, 2014

Busti NY: The Stateline Kart Track completed it’s second week ofcracing with fourteen winners taking home trophies and cash for their efforts. Thecwell-prepared track rewarded fans and competitors with close racing in all fourteencclasses. The Senior Clone Class was split into two features. 81 karts were enteredcfor the day of fun and excitement with fourteen different winners over fifteencfeatures.

The track at the western end of Stateline Speedway will run again next Saturday. Thecfan gates will open at 8:00 AM with events starting at 11:00 AM.

Feature winners were as follows:

Junior Squirts..30 Oakley Terrill, Columbus, PA
Red Rookie Clone..19 Waylon Moore, no hometown given
Purple Clone..25 Nolan Groves, Sugar Grove, PA
Junior Blue Flathead…87 Curt Darling, Sugar Grove, PA
Senior Flathead.. Jared Beardsley, Youngsville, PA
Blue Clone…7x Joe Watson, Conneaut, OH
Junior..17x Joe Watson town Conneaut, OH
Senior X Heavy….77x Brad Daughenbaugh, Bradford, PA
Women…2 Cassie Gilbert, Russell, PA
Senior Clone…2 Terry Chess, Saegertown, PA
Senior Clone..088L ,Zach Lenart, Waterford, PA
Senior Medium…48 Scott Fritz, Waterford, PA
Senior xx Heavy..2old, Tom Bernard, Seneca, PA
Open..J6 Tim Glass, Conneaut, PA
Purple Flathead… 1* Jeff Watson, Conneaut, OH

Stateline Speedway Kart Track to open this Saturday

May 31st, 2014

Busti, Ny- The Kart Track at Stateline Speedway, often called ‘The Little Track’, will open it’s gates for it’s third season of Saturday morning and afternoon racing Saturday, May 31 under the management of Mark and Debbie Matthews as part of the new Stateline Speedway Auto Racing Complex and promotor Bill Catania Jr.

The karting facility opened in 2012 under the Matthews family with seventeen classes of karts running each week with competitors starting at five years of age up to adult competition. There is no weight limit for competitors. Returning champions include Alex Bush, Denny Furlow, Tim Glass, Jeff and Joe Watson, Ison Shirley, Brian Cressley, Nick Arnold, Damen Church, Alysia Crane, and Brad Daughenbaugh. Each week the states of Ne York, Pennsylvania, and Ohio are represented in most classes.

Planned improvements to be made to the track include new buildings, including a full concession stand and new milling’s to be added in the staging area. Plans are to add bleachers during the season. Registration prices are $25 for each kart and driver with extra classes available to drivers for an extra $15 per class. Pit admission is only $10 per person with general admission being $5. Gates will open at 8AM each Saturday with hot laps at 10:30 AM and racing starting at 11AM. Heats and features will be run for each class. All rules and classes remain unchanged from 2013.

Stateline Speedway to Open in July

May 16th, 2014

BUSTI, N.Y. —Short Track Management, LLC, (STM) owned by Bill and Dr. Lynne Catania formerly of Westfield, N.Y., have come to an agreement with Seamen’s Speedway, Inc., owner and operator of Stateline Speedway in Busti, N.Y., to operate the 58-year-old one-third-mile dirt track beginning in July and continuing through the month of October. The parties have also executed a letter of intent which will allow STM to purchase the facility, which is expected to close during the third quarter of 2014.

STM has planned an 18-month-long renovation plan that will begin this week and will continue through the balance of the 2015 racing season. Renovations for the July 5th opening include:

· Complete replacement of the front straight away grandstands (Pennsylvania Side)
· Increased seat size from 10” width to 12” width
· Repair of the back straight away Grand Stands (New York Side)
· Fresh paint on Track Wall, Buildings, Press Tower, Grandstands
· Excavation and drainage improvements in the fan and pit parking lots and walkways
· Asphalt millings on heavily trafficked walkways
· Addition of a “Kid Zone” playground
· Dedicated alcohol and tobacco free Family Seating
· Application for liquor license and sale of alcohol on both sides of the facility
· Addition of Pit Grand Stands
· Expanded areas for Billboard signage and Value-Added Marketing Partnerships
· High volume Corporate Sales & Hospitality Events

Bill Catania Jr. is no stranger to the region or to racing in the tri-state area having began his racing career at Eriez Speedway in 1993 in the Street Stock division and competing from 1994-1999 at both Stateline and Eriez in the Limited Late Model class where he claimed one feature win and numerous top-10 point honors. Catania’s grandfather, Marion Catania, began fielding cars at Stateline Speedway with driver Don Strain in 1960 in the Jalopy class. Catania’s father, Bill Catania Sr., began competing at Stateline and Eriez in 1974 and is a two-time track and circuit champion. The elder Catania will serve as President and General Manager of
Stateline Speedway with a strong emphasis on operations, competition and facility management.

“Our investments will be focused first and foremost on improving the fan experience and making sure our drivers—who are also our customers—feel they have a safe, affordable and competitive environment to race,” stated Catania Jr. “When I was growing up, Stateline was the undeniable “crown jewel” track in the northeast for dirt late model racing and we will be very aggressive at restoring Stateline’s reputation as a track that hosts major national dirt late model events in which our local drivers have a great shot at winning.”

Class structure will remain the same for the duration of 2014 and will be reevaluated after a series of competitor meetings for 2015. STM officials plan to meet with competitors throughout the 2014 racing season, and no later than October, to finalize 2015 rules.

“As a racing competitor, I know how valuable the off-season preparation time can be; be it preparing for rules changes, gearing up to run a different class or securing sponsorship dollars. If we do make changes in 2015, we want to give our teams the maximum amount of time to prepare and retool,” Catania added.

While the schedule is still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks, the Julian Beusink Memorial event will highlight the 2014 schedule. The super late model event will be run in honor of local NASCAR champion team owner Julian Beusink. In 2015, Stateline will feature a “Triple Crown Legacy” series with three major super late model events, including the Julian Beusink, Lloyd Moore and Billy Rexford Memorial events. A separate “Triple Crown Legacy” championship points fund will be paid for the top-10 points scoring drivers in this mini-series.

On June 26, one week prior to opening, Stateline Speedway will host an open practice and “Night of Champions” honoring our racing champions and top-10 in points from the 2013 racing season. Competitors will be presented with cash and trophies for their accomplishments. Race fans will be admitted free in the grandstand area and can observe practice, enjoy the concessions, win door prizes and explore the new and exciting renovations.

Short Track Management has retained the services of Nitroquest Media Group to develop a new fan-interactive website, which will be launched prior to opening night. Stay tuned to Facebook for the track’s 2014 schedule and sponsorship announcements, as well as photos of renovations, fan/driver surveys and improvements.

Bill Catania Jr. Professional Biography

Bill Catania is a 1994 graduate of Westfield (N.Y.) High School. Upon graduation, Catania was elected to serve as New York State President of Future Farmers of America followed by his term as National Eastern Region FFA Vice President. He is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Economics and Business Management. While a senior at Cornell, Catania founded his first company, RaceFan, Inc., where he built a leading online motorsports network with websites WhoWon.com, RaceFan.com and HotLaps.com which produced more than 20 million unique page view each month at its peak. RaceFan also delivered syndicated motorsports news content to leading publishers such as FOX Sports and Primedia for its over 40 automotive magazine websites including Stock Car and Circle Track Magazines. In addition to its online content and promotions, RaceFan sold and executed customer acquisition programs at over 650 race tracks across North America for Valvoline, U.S. ARMY, Ford, MBNA, Lincoln Electric and many other leading brands. After selling his interest in RaceFan, Catania joined leading regional hotelier Nick Scott as Director of Marketing of Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, where he established and executed an annual marketing plan for the leading regional family fun destination. Catania led the marketing efforts of Splash Lagoon including all facets of marketing, including direct mail, digital, television, radio, print and local partnerships. Catania returned to his formal education of food and retail marketing in 2005 with his role as Account Director at leading regional strategic marketing firm BENSUR Creative Marketing Group, where he led the creation and launch of
Country Fair’s “Roaster Cup Coffee” brand and new product roll-out. While at BENSUR, Catania led projects for notable clients such as Cott Beverage, Carriage House and Dean Foods, as well as other local, regional and national product companies. In 2006, Catania, Dan Bensur and Warren, Pa., native Kevin Seeker teamed up to start a high-tech company, M-Dot Network, which was based at the Erie Technology Incubator on the campus of Gannon University. M-Dot enabled shoppers to clip coupons online or on their mobile phone and redeem them at the store by typing their phone number in on the payment terminal or by swiping their shopper card at check-out. In 2010 M-Dot won the Amazon Global Start-up Challenge, besting 1,400 companies from 23 countries. In May 2011 M-Dot was acquired by Inmar, Inc., in Winston-Salem, N.C., employing over 4,500 employees. Catania led M-Dot as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until its
sale to Inmar in 2011. After selling his company to Inmar, Catania was appointed Vice President of Digital Solutions and led the Inmar Digital Promotion Network business unit with profit-loss, operations, product and sales responsibilities. During this time, Inmar built a national retail network of 17,500 stores and millions of shoppers. Upon the acquisition of Inmar by Boston private equity firm ABRY Partners, Catania left his post at Inmar to seek new opportunities within both technology and motorsports. Catania and his wife, Dr. Lynne Catania, own a race team based in Salisbury, N.C., which competes in the Menards ARCA Racing Series and Pro
All Stars Series (PASS) for super late models. Catania will make 12 starts with ARCA during 2014, including events at Toledo, Pocono, Michigan, Chicago, Kentucky and Kansas Speedways, all of which are televised on FOX Sports 1.

Stateline Speedway to Open in July, Renovations to Hi-light 59th Season

May 15th, 2014

WINSTON-SALEM, NC – Short Track Management, LLC, (STM) owned by Bill and Dr. Lynne Catania formerly of Westfield, New York, have come to agreement with Seamen’s Speedway, Inc., owner and operator of Stateline Speedway in Busti, New York, to operate the 58 year old one-third mile dirt track beginning in July and continuing through the month of October. The parties have also executed a Letter of Intent (LOI) which will allow Short Track Management, LLC to purchase the facility, which is expected to close during the 3rd quarter of 2014.

STM has planned an 18 month-long renovation plan that will begin this week and will continue through the balance of the 2015 racing season. Renovations for the July 5th opening include:

*Complete replacement of the front straight away grandstands (Pennsylvania Side)
*Increased seat size from 10” width to 12” width
*Repair of the back straight away Grand Stands (New York Side)
*Fresh paint on Track Wall, Buildings, Press Tower, Grandstands
*Excavation and drainage improvements in the fan and pit parking lots and walkways
*Asphalt millings on heavily trafficked walkways
*Addition of a “Kid Zone” playground
*Dedicated alcohol and tobacco free Family Seating
*Application for liquor license and sale of alcohol on both sides of the facility
*Addition of Pit Grand Stands
*Expanded areas for Billboard signage and Value-Added Marketing Partnerships
*High volume Corporate Sales & Hospitality Events
Bill Catania Jr. is no stranger to the region or to racing in the tri-state area having began his racing career at Eriez Speedway in 1993 in the Street Stock division and competing from 1994-1999 at both Stateline and Eriez in the Limited Late Model class, where he claimed one feature win and numerous top-10 point honors. Catania’s grandfather, Marion Catania, began fielding cars at Stateline Speedway with driver Don Strain in 1960 in the Jalopy class. Catania’s father, Bill Catania Sr., began competing at Stateline and Eriez in 1974 and is a two-time Track and Circuit Champion. The elder Catania will serve as President and
`
Short Track Management, LLC 3805 Philpark Dr. Winston-Salem, NC 27106 – (Phone) 814-244-1539 – bcatania@gmail.com General Manager of Stateline Speedway with a strong emphasis on Operations, Competition and Facility Management.

“Our investments will be focused first and foremost on improving the fan experience and making sure our drivers – who are also our customers – feel they have a safe, affordable and competitive environment to race”, stated Catania Jr. When I was growing up Stateline was the undeniable “Crown Jewel” track in the north east for dirt late model racing and we will be very aggressive at restoring Stateline’s reputation as a track that hosts major national dirt late model events in which our local drivers have a great shot at winning!

Class structure will remain the same for the duration of 2014 and will be re-evaluated after a series of competitor meetings for 2015. STM plans to meet with competitors throughout the 2014 racing season and no later than October to finalize 2015 rules. “As a racing competitor, I know how valuable the offseason preparation time can be; be it preparing for rules changes, gearing up to run a different class or securing sponsorship dollars. If we do make changes in 2015, we want to give our teams the maximum amount of time to prepare and re-tool”, stated Catania.

While the schedule is still being finalized and will be announced in the coming weeks, the Julian Beusink Memorial event will highlight the 2014 schedule. The Julian Beusink Super Late Model Memorial, will be run in honor of local NASCAR Champion team owner Julian Beusink. In 2015, Stateline will feature a “Triple Crown Legacy” Series with a total of (3) Major Super Late Model events, including the Julian Beusink, Lloyd Moore and Billy Rexford Memorial events. A separate “Triple Crown Legacy” Championship Point fund will be paid for the top-10 point scoring drivers in this mini-series.

On June 26th, one week prior to opening, Stateline Speedway will host an open practice and “Night of Champions”, honoring our racing champions and top-10 in points from the 2013 racing season, who will be presented with Cash and Trophies for their accomplishments. Race fans will be admitted FREE in the grandstand area and can observe practice, enjoy the concessions, win door prizes and explore the new and exciting renovations. Short Track Management has retained the services of NitroQuest Media Group to develop a new and “fan interactive” website, which will be launched prior to opening night. Stay tuned to facebook for our 2014 schedule, sponsorship announcements, as well as photos of renovations, fan/driver surveys and improvements.

Bill Catania Jr. Professional Biography

Bill Catania is a 1994 graduate of Westfield High School. Upon graduation from high school, Catania was elected to serve as New York State President of Future Farmers of America followed by his term as National Eastern Region FFA Vice President. Catania is a graduate of Cornell University where he majored in Economics and Business Management. While a Senior at Cornell, Catania founded his first company, RaceFan, Inc, where he built a leading online motorsports network with websites WhoWon.com, RaceFan.com, Hotlaps.com that produced 20 Million unique page view/mo at its peak. RaceFan also delivered syndicated motorsports news content to leading publishers such as FOX Sports and Primedia for its over 40 automotive magazine websites including Stock Car and Circle Track Magazine. In addition to its online content and promotions, RaceFan sold and executed customer acquisition programs at over 650 unique race tracks across North America for Valvoline, US ARMY, Ford, MBNA, Lincoln Electric and many other leading brands. After selling his interest in RaceFan, Catania joined leading regional Hotelier Nick Scott as Director of Marketing at Splash Lagoon Indoor Water Park Resort, where he established and executed an annual marketing plan for the leading regional family fun destination.

Catania led the marketing efforts of Splash Lagoon Indoor Waterpark Resort including all facets of marketing, including Direct Mail, Digital, TV, Radio, Newspaper/Print, and local partnerships. In 2005 Catania returned to his formal education of food and retail marketing in his role as Account Director at leading regional Strategic Marketing firm BENSUR Creative Marketing Group, where he led the creation and launch of Country Fair’s “Roaster Cup Coffee” brand and new product roll-out. While at BENSUR Catania led projects for notable clients such as Cott Beverage, Carriage House, Dean Foods, as well as other local, regional and national product companies. In 2006 Catania, Dan Bensur and Warren, PA native Kevin Seeker teamed up to start a high-tech company, M-Dot Network, which was based at the Erie Technology Incubator on the campus of Gannon University. M-Dot enabled shoppers to clip coupons online or on their mobile phone and redeem them at the store by typing their phone number in on the payment terminal or by swiping their shopper card at check-out. In 2010 M-Dot won the Amazon Global Start-up Challenge, besting 1,400 companies from 23 countries. In May 2011 M-Dot was acquired by Inmar, Inc. in Winston-Salem, NC, employing over 4,500 employees. Catania led M-Dot as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) until its sale to Inmar in 2011.

After selling his company, M-Dot Network, to Inmar, Catania was appointed “Vice President of Digital Solutions” and led the Inmar Digital Promotion Network business unit with P/L, Operations, Product and Sales responsibilities. During this time Inmar built a national retail network of 17,500 stores and millions of shoppers. Upon the acquisition of Inmar by Boston private equity firm ABRY Partners, Catania left his post at Inmar to seek new opportunities both within technology and motorsports.

Catania and his wife, Dr. Lynne Catania, own a race team based in Salisbury, NC, which competes in the Menards ARCA Racing Series and Pro All Stars (PASS) Super Late Model Series. Catania will make 12 starts in the ARCA series throughout 2014, including events at Toledo, Pocono, Michigan, Chicago, Kentucky and Kansas Speedways, all of which are televised on FOX Sports 1.

Withers collects extra cash in Street Stock Special presented by the Morgan Family!

June 18th, 2013

The Street Stocks were the featured class Saturday night and the 20-lap run for extra money was a caution-filled race with Jason Covey leading the first portion of the event losing the lead to reigning champion Chris Withers one lap prior to half-way. After gaining the lead, Withers was never seriously challenged and went on to the win over Covey, Gary Fisher, Brent Crandall, and Mark Thompson.

The E-Mods were led from the start by pole-sitter John Woodward, looking for his first win of the season but at the halfway point it was Percy McDonald leading the way in his first appearance of the season. For McDonald it was his first win of 2013 over Woodward, Justin Carlson, Chad Carlson, and Cale Crocker.

Ryan Scott led the Limited Late Models from the outside front row through lap one with caution appearing on lap two for a minor spin. A lap later caution was again in the air as Dustin Eckman looped his mount in turn two and was collected by Mike Lozowski. At halfway Scott led pole-sitter Tyler Green, who had taken second from Jake Finnerty at lap nine after a restart and last week’s winner Steve Kania. Thirteen laps in and it was Finnerty back to second and challenging for the lead with four laps to go. At the white flag Finnerty was pulling alongside the leader but was unable to advance any further. The order at the finish was Scott, Finnerty, Green, Kania, and Steve Moynihan.

Darrell Bossard and Scott Gurdak brought the Super Late Models to the green with Gurdak gaining the immediate advantage over Bossard but the race falling under caution on lap two when Doug Eck spun in turn one. Former champion Chad Valone came to second at the end of laps Dick Barton, the winningest active driver, pulled into third on lap six and to second a lap later. Gurdak’s half-straight advantage disappeared on lap eight when Wally Fox spun in turn two. By the time the next yellow appeared Barton was starting to pull alongside. After green Barton began pushing up in the turns and fell to fourth by lap 11 but came roaring back a lap later and again was looking for the lead at lap fourteen then leading on fifteen. Yellow flew again at lap seventeen for debris. After green, Barton extended his lead over the rest of the race and scored his 76th feature win at Stateline Speedway, just three short of the record 79 by Bobby Schnars. Gurdak followed Barton to the line with Chris Hackett third, Chad Valone fourth, and Doug Eck fifth.

Bob Dorman and Damien Bidwell led the Crate Late Model field to the green with Dorman the leader at the end of one. Six laps in saw Dorman side by side at the line but Dorman pulled back ahead a lap later. Coming out of two Dorman, the leader, looped his mount, leaving Bidwell in the lead and fifth-starting Scott Gurdak second. Eleven laps in and the race’s biggest wreck occurred when Paul Himes, Kevin Hill, Skip Jackson, and Luke Carlton got together in turn one. Brian Haggerty spun to avoid entanglement. After green Jim Frank, a winner earlier in the season, and Gurdak ran side by side until the next caution, at lap 13. After green, Gurdak went back to second. Bidwell went on to his second win in a row at Stateline over Gurdak, Frank, Ryan Scott, and Matt Harvey.

Casey Burch started from the outside of the front row and immediately assumed the lead in the Challenger feature. After a restart at lap six Chad Bender was alongside the leader at the completion of seven and the leader after eight. The 2013 champion slipped high in turn four coming to the white flag, allowing Burch to nose ahead with one remaining but came back
by on the back stretch for the win. Following Bender to the line were Burch, Travis Darling, Aaron Liberati, and Kevin Covell.

Defending champion Dan Nocero Jr started the Sportsman feature from the pole and never looked back on his romp to the win. Mike Kosinski followed Nocero throughout the event but was unable to mount a run for the win. Jim Kibbe, Ron Bergun, and Brent Crandall followed him to the checkers in the caution-free race.