Max Blair wins Eriez Speedway’s “September Sweep Bob Rohrer Memorial Day 2”!eriez
King, Hess Jr, Groters, and Proper also end season with wins!
Hammett, PA (September 23, 2017): The first Bob Rohrer Memorial was run with a full evening of Zimmer Service Center ULMS/Plyler Entry Systems Super Late Model racing plus features in the Bonnell Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models, the Ran-Den Excavating E-Mods, Nelson Lynwood Nursery and Elene’s Treasures & Giftshop Street Stocks, and the Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club Super Challengers.
On lap eleven, in memory of Bob Rohrer, a bonus was paid to the highest-running Eriez Speedway “regular”. The bonus was made possible by the following, who each contributed $100: Rich Gardner, Andy Kania (Steve Kania Racing), Max Blair (Team Blair Racing), Ralph Kerr (Team Blair Racing), Brandon Groters (Phantom Graphics), Toby Jordan, Troy Johnson (2J Racing), Bill Drohn, Richie Niemeyer (Niemeyer’s Garage), Tom & Laurie Woolslayer, Eriez Speedway. That $1100 bonus was collected by Max Blair, driver of the 111, making his total winnings for the night $7111.
The largest crowd of the season all stood in honor of Bob Rohrer, owner and promoter since 2006, at lap eleven. Rohrer had taken the speedway, purchased in April 2006, run down and looking at a bleak future, revitalized the grounds and building, and turned the Sunday night tradition into a first-rate speedplant. Five-time track champion Rich Gardner, running the final Eriez event of his storied 41-year career, suffered mechanical failure during his heat event and Bobby Rohrer, son of Bob Rohrer, failed to qualify for the feature. A visiting driver, in honor of Rohrer’s memory, donated $350 to the posted purse so that Gardner (one of the fans favorite drivers) and Rohrer could start the race that was very significant to both. Dutch Davies had not qualified for the feature so donated his ride to Gardner for the event. Although neither driver finished the race, the generosity of their fellow drivers will long be remembered.
At the end of the night, and the 2017 Eriez racing season, it was Max Blair standing in the Eriez Speedway Victory Lane for the fifth time this season in the Plyler Entry Systems Super Late Models. Russell King collected his first win in the Bonnell Auto GROUP RUSH Crate Late Models. Dave Hess Jr collected the Ran-Den Excavating E-Mod feature, in a substitute driving role for regular driver Gary Eicher. Brandon Groters, a former Nelson Lynwood Nursery and Elene’s Treasures and Giftshop Street Stock champion, cruised to his third win of the season. Andy Proper came from twelfth on the starting grid to capture his third Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club Feature of the season.
Ron Boardman and Gary Miller brought the final Street Stock feature of 2017 to green with one lap complete before Jamie Scharba, Victor Earle Jr, and Rod Laskey piled up on the front straight, slowing the event for the first time. Scharba was able to continue but Earle and Laskey needed towed pitside, ending their night. Miller was the leader at the end of the lap so brought the field back to green with former champion Brandon Groters second and Anthony Marotto third. At the end of two Groters was the leader as caution flew again when Scharba and Brent Crandall got together in turn two. This time finished Scharba’s night as he headed to the pits but Crandall was able to continue. Caution flew again at lap four when Mike Clark and Deven Dudenhoeffer wrecked in turn four but both were able to continue. Under the caution, third-running Gary Miller headed to the pit. At five laps Garrett Calvert was second with 2017 champion Chris McGuire up to third. At halfway Groters had a half straight lead over Calvert, McGuire, Marotto, and John Boardman. With six laps left Darr Diegelman slammed the front straight retaining wall, then with five left Marotto scraped the front straight wall as Chris McGuire suffered a flat left rear tire, heading pitside under the caution. For the last five laps it was Groters, Boardman, Calvert, Gary Fisher, and Luke Rutsky but Crandall got into the wall, again slowing the race. Over the final laps, Groters pulled away to his third win of the season with Boardman winding up second, Fisher third, Calvert fourth, and Rutsky fifth. The win was worth $1511 to Groters.
The 25-lap E-Mod feature started with Mike McGee and Dave Hess Jr on the front row. Hess grabbed the immediate lead, lengthening it to a quarter lap by the five lap mark. Brent Rhebergen was third with Jeff Johnson fourth and Troy Johnson fifth as Hess began lapping back-markers at lap nine. With ten complete Steve Rex spun, right in front of the leaders, but all avoided contact. Rex needed to be assisted from the scene. At green Rhebergen came to second but only one lap was in when Eric Reinwald and Matt Lux spun in turn four. At halfway Hess led Rhebergen, McGee, Joel Watson, and Troy Johnson. Ryan Scott and Steve Rex spun in turn three, slowing the race again at thirteen complete. At fifteen laps Watson came to fourth then was third at eighteen complete. With five to go Hess was enjoying a near half lap advantage and was coming to very heavy traffic. Watson finally got by Rhebergen for second at one to go but Hess was long gone, scoring the $2011 victory.
Erin Peters and 2016 track champion Jason Genco were the front row for the RUSH Crate Late Model finale, 25-laps. Genco let from the drop of the green with Peters, Kyle Zimmerman, 2017 Champion Mike Knight, and Russ King filling out the top five. The race was slowed at three laps when Chad Schauers hit wall in turn four. A lap after green Wyatt Scott spun in turn two, again putting the race under caution. Chad Wright pitted during this yellow with a flat left rear tire. Genco again led, this time with Kyle Zimmerman second over Peters, King, and Knight. At eight laps King and Max Blair were side by side for second but King held the spot alone a lap later. Hunter Hulley spun in turn two at nine laps. King and Blair battled for the second spot after green with King holding the spot at halfway. At fifteen laps the action was again slowed when Matthew Sipes looped his mount in turn two. At fifteen laps fourth running Mike Knight spun coming out of turn four, getting struck by several competitors, eventually with four cars sitting backward on the track. On the restart Chad Clement spun in turn one, eventually involving five cars. At green King immediately started challenging Genco, using the high line and coming by at the end of eighteen laps as Robert Mitchum spun in turn four. At the finish it was King for his first Eriez Crate win by ten lengths over Genco. Max Blair was third with Zimmerman fourth and Wyatt Scott fifth. Genco collected $3011 for his effort.
Kyle and Tom Fisher brought the Challenger feature to green with third starting John Zeleznick, the week two winner, leading lap one. At halfway point champion Andy Proper was fourth, coming from twelfth on the grid. Davey Lowe, the opening night winner was second when Dave Lowe Sr spun in the back straight. For the restart with four laps left it was Zeleznik, Lowe, J P Johnson, Proper, and Kyle Adkins filling out the top five. Lowe and Proper were side by side at twelve laps when caution flew for Josie Tolon, stopped on the back straight. With two to go Proper, Lowe, and Zeleznik were battling for the lead with Proper, the 2017 Champion claiming the lead at the white flag, going on for the $1000 win, his third of the season.
The final feature of the 2017 season was the Jay’s Auto Wrecking/ULMS Zimmer Service Center Super Late Models with an advertised winner’s purse of $6011 plus an $1100 bonus for the highest running Eriez regular at lap 11. 11 was the car number used by owner/promoter Bob Rohrer during his career as a driver. An anonymous donor contributed $350 to the purse to allow five-time Eriez Champion Rich Gardner to run the feature on the last night of his Eriez career, having announced his retirement after his 41- year career. With Gardner’s usual car suffering mechanical failure during the heat, he was offered the use of Dutch Davies’ car to make his final start at his home track. The same donor requested that Bobby Rohrer be added to the field for the memorial event for his father, Eriez Speedway owner Bob Rohrer. Bobby Rohrer and Gardner led the four-wide salute to the fans, then joined the tail of the field. Jared Miley and and Alex Feree led the race to green with Miley leading Feree and Max Blair through lap two when John Lobb spun coming out of turn four. The top five for the green were Miley, Feree, Blair, Jake Finnerty, and Russell King, the night one winner. Blair was second after three laps Wyatt Scott getting by King for fifth. Scott got to fourth at seven laps with Miley beginning to lap back markers at lap ten. Doug Eck suddenly slowed coming out of turn four bringing yellow before the leaders got to the stripe. The top five now was Miley, Blair, Feree, Scott and Finnerty. The $1100 bonus for the highest placed Eriez regular at lap eleven went to Max Blair, running second at that lap. Miley was leading the way at twelve laps when caution again showed, this time for Steve Kania, Bumpy Hedman, Rich Gardner, and John Lobb, piled up in turn four. At fourteen laps Feree was by Blair for second. At 21-laps Feree got back to second. Then Blair was second again two laps later. At halfway the order was Miley, Blair, Feree, Mike Pegher, and Scott. Blair was alongside Miley at 32 laps and leading at 33. With ten to go it was Blair, Miley, Feree, Greg Oakes, and Scott. Feree came to second at 44 laps. At five to go Blair enjoyed a quarter lap lead. Greg Oakes got by Feree with three laps remaining then caution flew a lap later when Andy Boozel spun in turn three, setting up a green-white-checkers run. For the final two laps it was Blair, Feree, Miley, Oakes, and Scott. On the final sprint to the checkers Miley got back by Feree for second.
Plyler Entry Systems & Bonnell’s Auto Group September Sweep Day 2 Results!
Zimmer Service Center/Plyler Entry Systems ULMS Super Late Models:
Time Trials top five: Matt Lux 15.4290, Jared Miley 15.554, Mike Pegher 15.580, Wyatt Scott 15.589, Max Blair 15.592
Heat 1: Jake Finnerty, Matt Lux, Andy Boozel, Chris Hackett, Steve Kania. John Lobb, John Weaver, Rich Gardner
Heat 2: Alex Feree, Wyatt Scott, Greg Oakes, Brady Wonderling, Colton Flinner, Dave DuBois, Eric Andrus
Heat 3: Max Blair, Jared Miley, Dave Hess, Doug Eck, Dutch Davies, Matt Latta, Bobby Rohrer
Heat 4: Russ King, Mike Pegher Jr, Darrell Bossard, Breyton Santee, Chad Wright, Bob Dorman, Bump Hedman
B-Main 1: Colton Flinner, Steve Kania, John Lobb, Eric Andrus, Dave DuBois, John Weaver, Rich Gardner(DNS)
B-Main 2: Matt Latta, Chad Wright, Bob Dorman, Bump Hedman, Bobby Rohrer, Dutch Davies
Feature: Max Blair, Jared Miley, Alex Feree, Greg Oakes, Wyatt Scott, Russell King, Matt Lux, Jake Finnerty, Dave Hess Jr, Darrell Bossard, Andy Boozel, Brady Wonderling. Breyton Santee, Colton Flinner, Steve Kania, Matt Latta, Rich Gardner, John Weaver, Doug Eck, Chris Hackett, Bob Dorman, John Lobb, Bobby Rohrer, Bump Hedman, Chad Wright
Bonnell Auto Group RUSH Crate Late Models:
B-Main: Joe Long, Mike Lozowski, Robert Mitchum III, Chad Clement, D J Klug, Corey Sines, Chad Sines, Kevin Hill (DNS)
Feature: Russell King, Jason Genco, Max Blair, Kyle Zimmerman, Wyatt Scott, Bruce Hordusky, Andy Boozel, Chris Withers, Matthew Sipes , David Pangrazio, Erin Peters, Kohle Wanzer, Joe Long, Mike Lozowski, Robert Mitchum III, Chad Clement, Scott Gurdak, Hunter Hulley, Nate Earle, Paul Norman, Mike Knight, Breyton Santee, Chad Schauers, Chad Wright
Ran-Den Excavating E-Mods:
B-Main 1: Dan McDonald, Ryan Scott, Jarrod Silvis, Ty Rhoades, Jason Brightman, Kyle Reinwald, Dennis Dellinger, Brian Stino, Calvin Thompson, Shawn Shingledecker
B-Main 2: Bud Watson, Steve Rex, Mark Thrasher, Dan McDonald, Matt Alexander, Gary Olson, Geoff Conn, Richard Chess Jr, Richard Chess Sr, Gary Miller
Feature: Dave Hess Jr, Joel Watson, Brent Rhebergen, Troy Johnson, Mike McGee, Josh Ferry, Jeff Johnson, Ken Zimmer, Steve Simon, Cale Crocker, John Boyd, Bud Watson, Randy Hall, Steve Rex, Ron Seeley, Josh McDonald, Mitch Wright, Dan McDonald, Kyle Reinwald, Greg Johnson, Ryan Scott, Matt Lux, Eric Reinwald, Alan Atkinson
Nelson Lynwood Nursery and Elene’s Treasures and Giftshop Street Stocks:
B-Main: Michael Reed, Kyle Couchenour, Mark Thompson, Mike Clark, Bill Best, Vic Redeye, Troy Dorman
Feature: Brandon Groters, John Boardman, Gary Fisher, Garrett Calvert, Luke Rutsky, Bill Applebee, Kyle Couchenour, Mark Thompson, Darr Diegelman, Pat Fielding, David Baker, Michael Reed, Anthony Marotto, Mike Clark, Brent Crandall, Chris McGuire, Jimmy Kennerknecht, Ron Boardman, Deven Dudenhoeffer, Gary Miller, Jason Black, Jamie Scharba, Victor Earle Jr, Rod Laskey
Kandy’s Gentlemen’s Club Super Challengers:
B-Main 1: Jessica Harvey, Dave Lowe Sr, Josie Tolon, Matt Marcy, Chris Horton, Dalton Eggleston, Spencer Marcy (DNS)
B-Main 2: Gary Troyer, Shawn McBride, Aaron Marcy, Derrick Tuttle, Ken Lamp, Jasmine Markham, Brandon Hall
Feature: Andy Proper, Davey Lowe, Casey Burch, Kyle Adkins, John Zeleznik, Gary Troyer, Jeff Nunemaker, Dylan Green, Mitchell Rex, Aaron Marcy, Jessica Harvey, 14r, Wes Stull, J P Johnson, Nick Robie, Tim Fisher, Brandon Hall, Brandon Huffman, Josie Tolon, Shawn McBride, Dave Lowe Sr, Joe Syzmanski, Skip Jackson, Aaron Cole