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Matt Urban Picks up First Eriez Win of 1999, Takes Point Lead

with One Week Remaining in Season

Matt Urban, winless to date at Eriez Speedway in 1999, finally broke into the Winner’s Circle by leading the 35-lap Super Late Model Championship from green to checkers. At the drop of the green, Urban assumed the lead from his pole position on the grid and was never seriously challenged. John Lobb came from the second row to chase the leader for most of the race until an incident with a back-marker who had already received three black flags for blocking the leaders ended his chances. Rich Gardner, the final winner of the 1900’s at Stateline, ran a strong third until coil problems ended his night at eighteen laps. Chad Ruhlman moved to second in the final standings followed by Pat McGuire and Steve Halpainy, last week’s victor. Merle Terry completed the top five. Sixth through tenth were Merle Terry, Dan Maxim, Boyd Whitehead, Andy Kania, and Chris Brockway. Urban won the first heat to earn the pole position. The other heats were won by John Lobb and Maxim.

Jason Morrell and Kevin Decker led the twenty Limited Late Models to the green flag with Decker assuming command at the start and never challenged over the distance. Bryan Downes ran second until the final turn when both John Lacki and Chris Hackett got by for second and third, relegating Downes to fourth at the finish. Bobby Rohrer wound up fifth. Ron Olson and Hackett were victorious in the heat events.

The 4-cylinder cars made another appearance with Tom Hyde leading the ten starters to the green and leading the first three laps before making way for Dennis Lenney to lead the remainder of the ten laps to pick up his first ever-win. Last week’s winner, Darrell Mooney, was second with Jay Rigg finishing third. Lenney also won the heat event.

Defending Sportsman Champion Cris Dahlgren grabbed the lead from Matt Green at the start-finish line at the completion of lap six and went on to his fourth win of the season at Eriez. Green wound up second with 1999 point leader Don McGuire third, Randy Parmenter fourth and ‘99 Stateline Point Champion Mike Kosinski in fifth.

Although trailing heavy smoke from the beginning of the first Cadet feature, Greg Hoover ran away with his third 1999 victory in a race completed entirely under the green flag. Chasing Hoover the distance to no avail was Marty Beal and Ron Seeley. Jim Hilyer made a last-lap pass on Travis Garske to finish fourth.

The second Cadet finale was marred by five caution periods, but John Coughlin withstood all challenges to pick up his first win of the season. Ken Drake was able to pull alongside Coughlin on several occasions, but was never able to complete the pass. Gary Eicher was third with twelve-time winner Chad Carlson fourth and Steve Yokum fifth. John Pencille, Hilyer, and Bryan Emory won the qualifying heats with Carlson picking up the honors in the “Run for the Money” match race for last week’s victors.

Paul Briggs won his first feature at Eriez by besting Heather Tolan and Rod Round in the first Spectator finale. Dustin Eckman led all ten laps of the second feature to win over Spencer Carlson and Bill Dunn. Tommy Fox led all ten laps to win the third feature, chased the distance by Brad Pease and Mike Mitchell. The first two features were completed without the need for caution and feature number three only had one yellow period. The fourth feature also had only one caution, that coming on lap two when Dave Hess, Jr spun on the back straight and waited for the yellow before moving off the track. Mark Grabowski led the distance with Hess getting by point leader Chris Sutton on the last turn for second.Steve Keith, Ray Churchill, Mike Harmon and Grabowski won the heats.