Daniel Buell wins Bandoleros Special at Lake Erie Speedway, Krawczyk continues undefeated, Finley and Mook get first wins of season.
By Jay Pees
North East, PA (June 28, 2014): The Driver/Sponsor Appreciation Night at the Races presented by Highmark and Whelen featuring an 'On Track Autograph Session' plus a 20-Lap feature for the INEX Bandoleros had all the cars, drivers, and crews on the front straight for an autograph session for all fans that lasted an hour and featured a type of Scavenger Hunt and several driver interviews for the benefit of fans of all ages. Many drivers had 'hero' cards and candy for the fans as well as autographing t-shirts, hats, and other apparel.
The Presque Isle Downs and Casino Lucky Line Up Game for the Bandoleros was six with the other divisions rolling a Wild Car setting the inversion at the lowest on the lucky dice, a six. Pole sitter Chris Breads looped his mount in turn three with twelve laps in the books, slowing the race for the final time. Buell went on to his second triumph of the season by over a quarter lap over Firestone, Lombardo, and Breads. Evan Finley won the legends feature which ended with the second, third, and fourth place decided on the final straight. Carter Mook took over the lead at lap nine and led the rest of the distance, surviving a last turn challenge from Randy Culver.
All season long the Buell brothers, Daniel and Donald, have dominated the Bandoleros division. For the twenty-lap special Daniel took the win, his second, while Donald experienced mechanical problems very early in the event, winding up last in the order. In the NASCAR Compact feature first time visitors from Lake County Speedway in Ohio dominated the racing, with BJ Wollerman and Kelly Horst finishing first and second. Dave Krawczyk continued his domination of the Street Stocks, winning his fourth feature of the season.
The NASCAR Compacts were up first for feature racing with the Presque Isle Downs and Casino Lucky Line Up Game coming up with six cars putting Jeff Breads on the pole with Bob Moore on the high side. Breads took the immediate lead as the field raced as much as four-wide behind him. Three laps into the twenty-lap race BJ Wollerman, in his first ever visit to Lake Erie Speedway, took over at the front from his fourth spot on the starting grid. At halfway Wollerman led with Breads second over Jim Tobin, Kelly Horst, and Nick Tobin. Jim Tobin got by Breads for second at lap thirteen and a lap later Horst was third. Horst drew alongside Tobin on the high side with three laps remaining and took over the spot at the white flag. Wollerman won by a quarter lap over Kelly Horst with Jeff Breads getting by Jim Tobin in heavy traffic at the line for third. Nick Tobin rounded out the top five.
The INEX Bandoleros special started with Chris Breads and Dale Lombardo on the front row. On the opening lap points leader Donald Buell suddenly slowed on the back stretch and pulled to the infield as Daniel Buell took the lead from the third row. Three laps in caution flew as Chase Firestone spun off turn two. Lars McElravy was second at five laps into the event with Firestone back up to third by seven laps complete.
Russ Conti was the early leader in the Street Stock feature with Charlie Anderson second. Sixth starting Dave Krawczyk, undefeated this season was alongside the leader at lap four and in the lead a lap later. Fifth starting John Rossi came to second at lap six dropping the pole sitter to third with Jay Queen fourth and Josh Hunter fifth. At ten laps into the thirty-lapper Hunter came to fourth. At halfway Krawczyk had a six car length lead over Rossi. With six laps remaining Rossi lost power and dramatically slowed in the racing groove with no way to get to the infield. Caution was shown for the second time. Over the last six laps Krawczyk led Conti with Chris Crossman coming to third all the way from his eleventh spot on the starting grid. Krawczyk went on to his fourth win of the season with Conti second, Crossman third Hunter fourth, and Queen fifth.
The U.S. Legend Cars started 21 machines with Owen Bednasz and Evan Finley leading the way. Bednasz held the lead at the start with Finley and Matt Hutchinson right behind. Jeff Dunfee III came to third at lap ten, with Brandon DeBrakeleer following to fourth. At lap eleven Matt Hutchinson and DeBrakeleer spun with DeBrakeleer dropping oil onto the track. The red flag was shown for track clean-up. The running order for the restart was Bednasz, Finley, Dunfee III, Carl Vilardo IV, and RJ White. Finley grabbed the lead at the drop of the green with Vilardo IV and Dunfee III both challenging Bednasz for second. Vilardo IV and Dunfee III fought over third for the next twelve laps until Vilardo IV had the spot with seven to go. Meanwhile Finley was opening a slight lead of only two car lengths but lapped traffic entered the equation with only three to go allowing Bednasz to catch the leader but then he was slowed by the traffic and coming out of turn four for the checkers, both Vilardo IV and Dunfee III got by the faltering Bednasz. The order at the flag was Finley, Vilardo IV, Dunfee III, Bednasz, and White.
The finale for the night was the Plyler Overhead Door Modifieds with eighteen racers taking the green led by Luke Rutsky and Eric McCray. Rutsky took the lead at the start but McCray was at the front by three feet at the end of lap one. The first three rows stayed side by side for the first three laps with McCray finally fully in the lead at the end of four. Randy Culver came to second at the end of six laps when caution flew for Jeff Campbell with sparks flying from his machine. At green Culver came to the front but at lap nine Wesley McCray spin coming out of turn four, again bringing caution over the track. Carter Mook was now second for the restart with Eric McCray back to third. Mook powered ahead at the green but Culver stayed alongside for a lap and a half. Mook, the fifth place starter, went on to the win with Culver, the points leader, second. Eric McCray finished a distant third with Chris Briggs fourth and JP Weisser fifth.
Plyler Overhead Door Modifieds:
Heat 1: Carter Mook, JP Weisser, Randy Culver, Bob Fisher, Terry Akerly, Jim Tobin, Dennis Hagg, Wesley McCray, Ken Moore Sr, Michael Walker Heat 2: Chris Briggs, Eric McCray, Luke Rutsky, Dwayne VanTassell, Jack Hall, Dale Murdock, Mike McConnell, Jeff Campbell, Dominic DePonceau (DNS), Scott Wylie (DQ-Not listening to race control and inappropriate gestures to officials)
Feature: Carter Mook, Randy Culver, Eric McCray, Chris Briggs, JP Weisser, Bob Fisher, Dale Murdock, Terry Akerly, Luke Rutsky, Dennis Hagg, Ken Moore Sr, Frank Graham, Michael Walker, Dwayne Van Tassell, Dominic DePonceau, Wesley McCray, Jim Tobin, Jeff Campbell
NASCAR Street Stocks:
Heat 1: John Rossi, Tim Arthur, Charlie Anderson, Jay Queen, Erick Anderson, Shawn Winters, Patrick Anderson Heat 2: Dave Krawczyk, Vern Heddrick, Russ Conti, Josh Hunter, John Denny, Ed Hall, Chris Crossman
Feature: Dave Krawczyk, Russ Conti, Chris Crossman, Josh Hunter, Jay Queen, John Denny, Tim Arthur, Erick Anderson, Charlie Anderson, Ed Hall, John Rossi, Vern Heddrick
U.S. Legend Cars:
Heat 1: Brandon DeBrakeleer, Jeff Dunfee III, Evan Finley, RJ White, Jaret Stewart, Melissa Brockman, Brett Coon, Tyler McArdle, Cale Grimes, Bill Lyden, Michael Riforgiato Heat 2: Carl Vilardo IV, Matt Hutchison, Owen Bednasz, Anthony Riforgiato, Jeff Ehert, Keith Platz, Michael Anderson, Terry Lindstrom, Darrin Waldron, John Lindstrom
Feature: Evan Finley, Carl Vilardo IV, Jeff Dunfee III, Owen Bednasz, RJ White, Jeff Ehert, Matt Hutchinson, Jaret Stewart, Tyler McArdle, Melissa Brockman, Brett Coon, Anthony Riforgiato, Keith Platz, Mike Anderson, Cale Grimes, Bill Lyden, Darrin Waldron, John Lindstrom, Terry Lindstrom, Michael Riforgiato, Brandon DeBrakeleer
Heat: Daniel Buell, Donald Buell, Lars McElravy, Chase Firestone, Dale Lombardo, Chris Breads, Drake McCray, Ryan Bednasz
Feature: Daniel Buell, Chase Firestone, Lars McElravy, Dale Lombardo, Chris Breads, Drake McCray, Ryan Bednasz, Donald Buell
Heat 1: Kelly Horst, Nick Tobin, Bob Moore, Phil Jackson, TJ Colby, Bondy Stoyer, Beckie Jackson, Robert Collins Heat 2: BJ Wollerman, Jim Tobin, Jeff Breads, Jason Cromie, Mike Atwell, Brandon Huffman, Chris EckerFeature: Jeff Breads, Nick Tobin, Phil Jackson, Mike Atwell, Bob Moore, Jason Cromie, TJ Colby, Chris Ecker, Brandon Huffman, Bondy Stoyer, Beckie Jackson, Robert Collins, BJ Wollerman (DQ- to much front camber), Kelly Horst (DQ- rear camber), Jim Tobin (DQ-Aftermarket Radiator)