‘A Race for Damon,’ plus Championship Night, fireworks, Autograph Night all scheduled at Stateline this Saturday
The world lost Damon Janes on September 16, 2013, due to a helmet-to-helmet collision in a high school football game. His death hits as close to the racing community as it does Western New York high school football, as he was the great grandson of famous Stateline Speedway driver Dick Gilbert.
“A Race for Damon” is a fundraising event which will memorialize Janes while bringing awareness to the importance of head injuries in youth sports. Proceeds will benefit the Damon Janes Foundation. High School students wearing their football jersey will have half of their admission donated to the Damon Janes Foundation.
The evening of racing will be sponsored by “New Beginnings Family Restaurant” in Sugar Grove and will feature Super Late Models, Crate Late Models, Sportsmen, Street Stocks, Limited Late Models, E-Mods and Challengers is the final points night for 2014 Weekly Racing Series, as well as fireworks by Gibson. An on-track autograph session will be held at intermission and will be open to all racers, including karts.
Robbie Blair, winner of the opening night of racing currently holds a 160-point advantage over Matt Urban, the 1998 and 1999 champion. Young Max Blair, a two-time winner this season, is third, a mere seven points behind Urban.
Scott Gurdak leads the Crate Late Model drivers by 74 points headed into the final night of racing over Bob Dorman. Kyle Scott is third, another 64- markers back.
Brent Rhebergen holds a 129 point edge over Butch Southwell in the E-Mod standings with only another two markers back to third running John Woodworth.
The Limited Late Model class is the tightest points race but with an unfortunate twist.
Leader Chris Ottaway (by only four points over former champion Ryan Scott) experienced major engine problems at Eriez a week ago and may not be able to race for the championship on the final night. If he does get the engine replaced it will be a three-way fight for the honors as Kelly Frederes is only ten points to the rear of Scott. Anything can happen in their twenty-lap feature. All three of the contenders have feature wins this season.
Ted Kosinski leads his brother Michael by only four points going into the final week for the Sportsmen racers. Only 36-points back of the leading brothers is Jim Kibbe, the 2013 champion. Again, all three contenders are feature winners in 2014.
Brandon Groters, with one win in 2014, leads two-time winner Jason Covey for the honors in the Street Stock division by 28-points. Bill Reeves is third, another 64-markers back.
Roger Hall, winner early in the season, holds an 83-point lead over opening night winner Ryan White in the Challenger division. Travis Darling is another 59-points back in third heading into the final points night.
Racing gets underway promptly at 7 PM with gates opening at 5 (pits at 4).