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Hess Jr. dominates World of Outlaws

Photo by Randy Anderson Dave Hess Jr. celebrates after claiming the $10,000 World of Outlaws Late Model Feature at Stateline Speedway on Thursday night for his second WoO feature win of his career. Brandon Sheppard was second, Max Blair placed third, Boom Briggs was fourth and Chris Madden was fifth.

BUSTI, N.Y. — The World of Outlaws Late Models Morton Buildings Late Model Series came to Stateline Speedway for a $10,000-to-win feature.

Over the first 21 events of the 2021 season, there have been 16 different winners. The feature lineup was set by time trials, four 10-lap heats, and two “B”-Mains. At the end of the night Dave Hess Jr., a 26-time Stateline Super Late Model feature winner, had defeated the invaders for his second career Outlaw win.

In companion events, Steve Dixon collected his second Stateline RUSH Pro-Mod win of the season and John Boardman won the Penn-Ohio ProStock feature.

Hess had an excellent evening of racing, starting out by setting the fast time of 15.484 seconds, leading every lap of his heat, then dominating the 40-lap main event to collect the $10,000 payoff at the end.

Hess and Chris Hackett, the fourth heat winner, started the event on the front row with second heat winner Brandon Sheppard and third heat winner Boom Briggs in row two. At the end of lap one, it was Hess leading Hackett, Briggs, Sheppard and Dennis Erb Jr. Briggs took over second at lap two. Sheppard and Hackett were nearly even at the line at lap three with Sheppard having it a lap later.

Yellow flew at lap eight for Cade Dillard, spun in turn two. When green came back out former Stateline champion David Scott was in the turn one wall and a five-car pileup involving Jake Finnerty, Hackett, Tyler Bruening, Dutch Davies and Dillard just beyond Scott’s wreck. At the restart it was Hess, Sheppard — the current Outlaw points leader and the 2018 winner of this event — Briggs, Max Blair — the 2019 winner — and Erb leading the way. Blair was third at 10 laps with Erb coming to fourth at 12. Yellow again flew at 16 laps for Davies and Finnerty, spun in turn one. Under the yellow Wyatt Scott, a Super Late Model winner at Stateline, headed pitside.

The order at halfway was Hess, Sheppard, Briggs, Chris Madden and Erb. With nine laps left, the leader began lapping back-markers with Sheppard starting to close the gap in traffic but Hess quickly pulled away when traffic was cleared. Hess went on to the win, dominating the evening over Sheppard, Blair, Briggs and Madden.

World of Outlaws Late Models Morton Buildings Late Model Series: 36 entries

Time Trials top five: Dave Hess Jr. 15.484, David Scott 15.809, Boom Briggs 15.914, Brandon Sheppard 16.006, Chris Hackett 16.075

Heat 1: Dave Hess Jr., Max Blair, Ryan Gustin, Chris Madden, Damian Bidwell, Bump Hedman, Bob Dorman, Deshawn Gingerich, Khole Wanzer

Heat 2: Brandon Sheppard, David Scott, Dutch Davies, Jake Finnerty, Greg Oakes, Bryce Davis, Steve Kania, Mike Wonderling, Mike Smith

Heat 3: Boom Briggs, Dennis Erb Jr, Chub Frank, Tyler Bruening, Ricky Weiss, Dan Stone, Ryan Scott, Doug Eck, Kyle Bedell

Heat 4: Chris Hackett, Cade Dillard, Wyatt Scott, Jason Genco, Darrell Bossard, Ross Robinson, Mike Knight, Andy Boozel, Brent Larson

B-Main 1: Greg Oakes, Damian Bidwell, Bump Hedman, Bob Dorman, Deshawn Gingerich, Bryce Davis, Khole Wanzer, Mike Wonderling, Steve Kania, Mike Smith (DNS)

B-Main 2: Ricky Weiss, Mike Knight, Darrell Bossard, Ross Robinson, Ryan Scott, Dan Stone, Brent Larson, Andy Boozel. Doug Eck (DNS), Kyle Bedell (DNS)

Feature: Dave Hess Jr, Brandon Sheppard, Max Blair, Boom Briggs, Chris Madden, Ryan Gustin, Dennis Erb Jr, Greg Oakes, Chub Frank, Ross Robinson, Jason Genco, Ricky Weiss, Tyler Bruening, Darrell Bossard, Brent Larson, Chris Hackett, Cade Fillard, Bump Hedman, David Scott, Wyatt Scott, Dutch Davies, Jake Finnerty, Mike Knight, Damian Bidwell

RUSH ProMods: 20 entries

Heat 1: Mike Eschrich, Al Brewer, Victor Earle Jr, Duane Powers Jr, Chad Ramsey, Wayne Mohawk, Tyler Sutton

Heat 2: Dennis Lunger, Carl Irons, Brodie Hill, Cody Stronghart, Stu Rickard, Michael Johnstone, Ryan Howard

Heat 3: Adam Ashcroft, Greg Johnson, Steve Dixon, Vaughn Nystrom, Tyler Oakes, Jarrod Silvis

Feature: Steve Dixon, Carl Irons, Mike Eschrich, Duane Powers Jr, Stu Richard, Adam Ashcroft, Michael Johnstone, Cody Stronghart, Brodie Hill, Ryan Howard, Wayne Mohawk, Tyler Sutton, Dennis Lunger, Al Brewer, Victor Earle Jr, Greg Johnson, Tyler Oakes, Vaughn Nystrom, Jarrod Davis, Chad Ramsey

Penn-Ohio ProStocks: 19 entries

Heat 1: John Boardman, Don Blood, Josh Beckstrom, Chad Ramsey, Ron Boardman, Brandon Birdsall, David Baker

Heat 2: Wesley McCray, Dave Shagla, Christian Couchenour, Bill Applebee, James Hillyer, David Tower

Heat 3: Joe Stajnrajh, Jason Covey, Chris Withers, Gary Fisher, Drake McCray, Michael Oakes

Feature: John Boardman, Gary Fisher, Wesley McCray, Ron Boardman, Tanner Ramsey, Bill Applebee, Jim Hilyer, Chris Withers, Drake McCray, David Tower, Dave Shagla, Brandon Birdsall, Jason Covey, Don Blood, David Baker, Josh Beckstrom, Joe Stajnrajh, Michael Oakes, Chris Couchenour

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