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