Watson Masters UEMS Stop At Eriez
HAMMETT, Pa. – The United E-Mod Series made a visit to Eriez Speedway with a full 24-car field on Sunday night.
Plyler Overhead Door E-Mod champion Joel Watson was on the pole with UEMS A&MP regular Dan Davies outside. Current series points leader Steve Dixon started from the third position, looking for his sixth series win of the season and his second at Eriez.
Dan Davies and Dixon ran side by side until turn three when Davies got sideways and looped his mount in front of the field. Dixon slid into him, necessitating caution and sending both top contenders to the tail of the field. After green Dave Hess blasted into the lead at the green but slid way high in turn one, losing several positions but was saved when Dixon spun, causing another caution and putting Hess back in the front row.
This time Hess led to turn one but Watson was leading out of turn two. Three laps were in the books when Steve Simon and Kyle Scott spun in turn four, collecting Mike McGee in the process.
Randy Hall was now up to third from fifth on the grid and got by Hess on the restart. Green lasted only one lap as Kirk Bradley came to a halt in turn four. For this start it was Hall now second and seventh starting Ron Davies up to third, Shane Crotty fourth and Hess back to fifth.
Yet another yellow ensued when Steve Sornberger looped his mount. With the top five now Watson, R. Davies, Hall, Hess and Rich Michael, the race once again got the green. Davies and Hall got together at the green with Davies getting airborne and then spinning in turn one.
Reigning UEMS champion Carl McKinney and John Boyd also tangled in four, becoming locked together, bringing yellow over the field before Davies spun, allowing him to restart from second. Hall suffered a flat tire in the incident. Hess came to second at the restart with track points leader Rich Michael third and Davies back to fourth.
The slick track surface claimed its seventh caution when Shane Crotty spun in turn one on lap nine. Hess and Michael ran side by side after green to the next caution, which came at lap eleven. With ten laps remaining it was Watson, Hess, Davies, Michael, and Mike Smith and 12th on the starting grid. At twenty-two laps into the grind Dixon was back up to seventh behind behind Vic Vena after restarting from the rear.
At that point Sornberger spun again, setting up the final three-lap run to the checkers. Dixon led the distance with Michael finishing second, Hess third, Ron Davies fourth, and Smith coming to the line fifth.