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BRIGGS MAKES IT TWO IN A ROW AT ERIEZ SPEEDWAY
 
  Ashley and loaded up the old Ford Ranger and headed for another trip to the sate of Pennsylvania. A hidden gem in the Northwest corner in Hammett called Eriez Speedway. It's  about 150 miles fro our hometown of Canton. If you've never been their they run on Sunday at 5:30 sharp and usually end around about 9 or 9:30
so people can get home at a decent hour so they can go to work on Monday.
 
    In late model action it was Boom Briggs and Rich Gardner pacing the feature. At the drop of the green flag Briggs jumped into the early lead while third place starter and multi-time feature winner Rob Blair Got around Gardner at the end of lap one and started pressuring Briggs. The two drivers checked out. While catching the back of the pack, Chuck Parker brought out a caution and on the restart Andy Boozel got by Gardner for third. Once again Briggs and Blair raced to a big lead young New York driver Mike Night used the high groove to get by Boozel. A last lap caution gave Blair one more shot a Briggs, but at the checkered it was the Bear Lake Pa driver picking up his second straight win and third of the season. After Blair and Night it was Andy Boozel and Chub Frank rounding out the top five.
 
    The Ontario Wingless Sprints were making their maiden voyage to Eriez with twelve 410 sprints on hand. t the start of the feature it was local Pa driver Brandon Spithaler and Oh hotshoe Tony Beaber on the front row. Beaber led the pack after the first lap while Spithaler using the high line to stay in second. But on lap five the cushion bit him when he hit it and bicycled his car to a stop in turn two. On lap six of twenty another young hot shoe Mike Fischesser pulled along Bearber for the lead. On lap thirteen teammates Dalton and Craig Daniels got together coming out of turn four with Dalton riding his sprinter down the front stretch wall. Unfortunately bot cars were to damaged to continue. Their were several more cautions, but Fischesser took the win over veterans Arnie Kent and Johnny Beaber. Spithaler rallied back to fourth and Tony Beaber was fifth.
 
    In the FASTRAK feature it looked like young Kyle Zimmerman looked like he had the feature covered while maintaining a four to five car lead over Blair. But with a couple of laps remaining the lapped care of Kevin Hill dove down in Zimmerman's line and that gave the break Blair needed to get round Zimmerman for the lead and win. Max stated in victory lane that he hated that Kyle got beat that way saying were good friends and would rather win heads up. He also said that just recently he lost the same way. After the top two Scott Gurdak, Dennis Lunger and Bobby Rohrer round out the top five.
 
   Gary Eicher too the E-mod feature over the points leader and hottest driver Rich Michaels. Eicher had a huge lead over Michaels when a caution came out with a lap to go for the spinning car of Steve Somberger.  On the restart Michaels tried the high line, but Eicher was too strong for the New York driver. It was Eicher's first win in two seasons. After Michaels it was Mike Kinney , Joel Watson and pole-sitter Bud Watson rounding out the top five.
 
   Limited late models it was  Steve Karia winning his second straight fature. He started on the pole and ran away from Chris Ottaway and Ryan Scott for the easy win. Chris McGuire and Tyler Green rounded out the limited late top five.
 
   In street stock action Don MuGuire got passed pole sitter Jimmy Kemerknecht on lap four and just like Karia made it look easy and just like Gary Eicher it was his first win in a few seasons. Kemerknecht second, Kenny Kamp third, Paul Schreckensost fourth and Mark Thompson who drives the coolest street stock in a while, a 57 chevy body car rounded out the top five.
 
    Finally it wad the challenger or compacts at many tracks it was Tim Fisher using a last lap pass over the cars of Jason Brightman and Joe Beach to win his second straight feature. Job well done by all.
 
News and Notes: First of all we would like to thank Kathy and her wonderful staff at Eriez Speedway for a  wonderful time and to Flagman Spanky Hall. Ashley and I had a blast and look forward to returning again before the end of the season. I would like to congradulate JR Gentry for winning his third straight at Hilltop Speedway and it was also their season championship with Charlie Duncan winning
Late Models, John Sluka E-Mods, Brandon Gardner Street Stocks, Brad Hensel Mini-Stocks and Tristan Brown Mini-Wedges. Great job too all.
 
Get well wishes need to be sent out to Ron Davies and Austin Hubbard. Ron took a hard flip at Lerverville Speedway on Friday Ron was shaken up but no serious injuries and Austin hit the right side on a yute tire at Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Motor Speedway during their ULMS Late Model Special. He got a bad concussion and bumps and bruises. Both were hospitalized overnight for observation and will be on the shelf for a while. We wish both a very speedy recovery.
 
Until next week God Bless.
 
Marty
 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

       

 

       

 

       
 

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