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
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
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
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.