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Daily Dirt 09/24/2022 21:11:38

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July 6
Stateline Speedway,
Busti, NY
Sanction: Unsanctioned special events (Papa Don Frank Memorial) - $5,800
Information provided by: Jay Pees (last updated July 7, 11:47 pm)
Blair earns $6,300 at reopened Stateline
Papa Don Frank Memorial
  1. Rob Blair
  2. Chub Frank
  3. Mike Knight
  4. Greg Oakes
  5. Dick Barton
  6. Darrell Bossard
  7. Matt Urban
  8. Rich Gardner
  9. Dave Hess Jr.
  10. Bump Hedman
  11. Jason Dupont
  12. Brent Rhebergen
  13. Ryan Scott
  14. John Volpe
  15. Chris Hackett
  16. Randy Lobb
  17. Scott Gurdak
  18. Boom Briggs
  19. Steve Kania
  20. Chuck Parker
  21. Andy Boozel
  22. Dan Stone
  23. John Lacki
  24. David Scott
  25. Brian Fardink
  26. Michael Oakes
  27. Bob Dorman
  28. John Lobb
presented by
Bill Galford
Promoter Bill Catania and Frank family members join winner Rob Blair.
What won the race: Starting 10th, Rob Blair of Titusville, Pa., tracked down Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., on the 43rd lap and won the track's first racing under new promoters Bill and Lynne Catania. He earned $5,800 for the purse and a $500 bonus from Niemeyer's Garage.
Key notes: The race honored one of the track's original owners and builders. ... Classic race cars or replicas from Sammy LaMancuso ('72 Dodge Charger), Jim Scott ('74 Plymouth Duster) and Austin Main (sportsman coupe) were on display. ... Last year's champions were honored and the track, which now has nearly 6,000 seats, drew one of its largest crowds. ... Jerry Frank, Chub Frank's father and the only surviving original owner of the track, gave the command to fire engines for the Super Late Model feature. ... Dusty Waters won the Crate Late Model feature, his first-ever Stateline victory. ... Ryan Scott won the Limited Late Model feature.
On the move: Winner Rob Blair improved nine positions; Mike Knight came from 14th to third.
Winner's sponsors: Blair's Rocket Chassis has a Craiger Racing Engine and sponsorship from Specialty Products, Moody & Son Welding, Rohrer Racing, Wescoat Excavating and Mark's Water Conditioning.
Car count: 31
Heat race winners: Dave Hess Jr., Dan Stone, Ryan Scott, Chub Frank
Editor's note: Fixes car count to 31 sted 20.
By Jay Pees
DirtonDirt.com correspondent

BUSTI, N.Y. (July 5) — Rob Blair of Titusville, Pa., celebrated 58-year-old Stateline Speedway’s reopening in style.

Steadily heading to the front from his 10th starting spot, Blair overtook Chub Frank of Bear Lake, Pa., with eight laps remaining to capture the 50-lap Papa Don Frank Memorial. He earned $5,800 from the race purse and $500 bonus from Niemeyer’s Garage in front of a huge holiday weekend crowd.

Frank settled for second at the track co-founded by his father Jerry while Mike Knight of Ripley, N.Y., was third. Greg Oakes of Franklinville, N.Y., and Dick Barton of Ashville, N.Y., the track’s winningest active driver with 78 victories, rounded out the top five.

Barton jumped out to the early lead with Darrell Bossard and Frank giving chase. After a lap-three caution for a minor incident, Barton led the field back to green followed by Bossard, Frank and Dave Hess Jr.

Frank grabbed the second spot, but Barton built a five-length lead by the seventh lap and was into lapped traffic just a few circuits later.

After Chuck Parker spun to draw a yellow, Barton again began expanding his lead and was into lapped traffic on lap 19 when David Scott and Steve Kania tangled in turn four for another caution, a yellow followed by another when John Lacki spun in turn two.

Fifth-running Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., pulled to the pits during the caution, and Blair was up to third by lap 23 when Doug Eck slowed for a lap-23 yellow.

On the restart, Frank won a side-by-side duel with Barton to take command with Blair, Knight and Bossard holding the rest of the top five positions.

Blair took second from Barton on the 32nd lap and began tracking down Frank. He reached him by the 40th lap, then pulled alongside for the winning pass on lap 43.

Traffic in front of the leaders didn’t slow Blair, who built his margin to a half-straightaway in closing out the victory.

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