Max Blair, Mikey Wonderling Score Tour Wins at McKean Country Raceway!
Rob Blair, Adam Ashcroft, Fred Ely, and Joe Boylan also visit Victory Lane.
By Jay Pees
East Smethport, PA (July 11, 2013) Two touring Series came to McKean County Raceway with Victory Lane being a Father/Son celebration in four of the six classes. Max Blair picked up his fifth feature win of the season in the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series feature on the same night his father, Rob, was victorious in the Super Late Model night-capper. It was the second time they both accomplished wins on the same night at McKean in 2013. In the BRP CanAm Series feature second generation driver Mikey Wonderling took the lead from his father, Mike, with three laps to go. The final father/son celebration took place after the final race of the evening when Joe Boylan and his father, Mitch, ran one-two in the Mini Stock feature. Adam Ashcroft scored his sixth win in the Close Racing Supply Street Stock finale while Fred Ely made it two for two in Pure Stock competition.
The RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series made their second stop at McKean County Raceway in 2013 with 32 cars pulling into the pit area. After four heats, two B-Mains, and a Dash, the feature of 25 cars was set with Brad Mesler and Max Blair sitting on the front row. Joe Martin, who suffered mechanical failure near the end of the first appearance of RUSH in June, then dropping a driveshaft while leading his qualifying heat tonight, took a provisional position to start the event. Blair led from the drop of the green flag with Mesler falling into second. Dusty Waters, running mid-pack, got together with another car at the completion of lap two, turning him sideways in front of the pack. By the time the dust settled twelve cars were involved. Justin Tatlow, Bob Kish, Waters, and Matt Lux had to be towed to the pit and several others went pitside for repairs but twenty one of the twenty-five starters were able to resume the event.
Blair continued to lead after green with Mike Pegher
quickly coming to second. By eight laps in, Ryan Montgomery was third
with Mesler back to fourth. At twelve laps in, Blair came into lapped
traffic with Pegher right behind. With the two slicing through lapped
traffic Cody Dawson spun in turn four, bringing the race back under
yellow and putting the long-time rivals, Blair and Pegher on the front
row for the restart. Blair charged to the lead when the race resumed
and Ryan Montgomery got by Pegher in turn one but Pegher was second
again by the time the field got to turn three. Yellow again flew on
lap sixteen when pole-sitter Brad Mesler spun coming off turn two. The
front five for the restart were Blair, Pegher, Montgomery, Rick
Singleton, and Joe Martin, from last on the starting grid! One lap
after green and Davis came to third but yellow flew at lap eighteen
when Jorden Peters spun in turn three, collecting Bob Kish and Rich
Hemphill. Jason Genco was sent to the rear of the field for his part
in the incident. On the restart Pegher got sideways in turn two,
stacking up cars behind him. Cody Mason spun in the melee, again
slowing the race. During the caution Pegher retired to the pit with a
flat left rear tire, leaving Martin second. Yet another yellow flew
before a lap was complete. Blair and Martin again lined up at the
front of the pack. Blair powered away to yet another win with Martin
second, Davis third, Ed Carley fourth, and Rick Singleton fifth.
Thirteen of the original twenty-five starters finished the grind.
Blair now has five wins on the season.
Bob Dixon, BRP CanAm Series champion the first two
years of the series, gave the command to start engines and the
eighteen competitors made their way to John Powell's green banner.
Mike Wonderling led the way with Mikey Wonderling second and Bruce
Miller coming to third at two lap. At the halfway point the elder
Wonderling had a five car-length lead over his son with John Waters
coming to third, Miller fourth, and John Zimmerman fifth. Miller got
back to third at sixteen complete and closed on the leaders, now only
a car-length apart. With three to go Mikey Wonderling got by Mike
Wonderling and went on to the win. Father and son celebrated in
Victory Lane. Miller was third with Waters fourth and Zimmerman fifth.
The Super Late Models had
Rob Blair and Dick Barton on the front row with "King" Richard leading
lap one. The next two laps had Blair just a nose ahead at the line but
fully in the lead after three circuits. Blair lengthened his led over
the remainder of the field to half a straight at the halfway point and
a full quarter lap at the finish. Barton was second with Jason DuPont
third, Boom Briggs fourth, and Ron Davies filling out the top five. It
was Blair's fifth win of the season. The race ran from green to
checkers with no cautions.
Jeff Hellwig, starting from the outside front row led lap one of the
Close Racing Supply Street Stock finale but at the end of two laps
Adam Ashcroft was the leader by about a foot. Joe Chamberlain was able
to get alongside Hellwig early in the event but was never able to get
completely by until lap eleven when Hellwig was tapped by Andy Michael
and spun out of contention. Yellow was shown and Chamberlain was
second for the restart, erasing Ashcroft's lead. The final four laps
were run without incident with Ashcroft taking the win over
Chamberlain, Lance Palmer, Hellwig, and Brad Ullman. It was Ashcroft's
sixth win of the season.
Layfield led the opening laps of the Pure Stock feature with Mark
Carlson second and Fred Ely third. The three leaders tussled for the
lead sometimes three abreast with Layfield and points leader Ely dead
even at the stripe on lap five. Ely was the leader a lap later and
went on to his second consecutive feature win. Layfield was second
with Carlson third, Don Williams fourth, and Roger Schweikart fifth.
After a wild ride last week,
Larry Mitchell started the Mini-Stock feature from the pole with Eric
Canfield outside. Mitch Boylan came to second by the end of the first
lap with last week's winner Joe Boylan third after two laps. At the
completion of three laps the Boylans were side by side at the flag.
Canfield hit the outside wall in turn four slowing the race under
Canfield was towed
from the track. The restart saw Mitchell up front with the Boylans
side by side right behind him, Mitch inside, and son Joe outside. At
the restart both Boylans got by Mitchell when he failed to come up to
speed with Joe now the leader, looking for his second consecutive win.
Boylan was up to the task, winning handily over his father, Mitch,
Riley Ellison third, Holden Heinemann fourth, and Denny Babcock fifth.
Heat 1: Dick Barton, Ron Davies, Doug Eck,
Bob Dorman, Michael OakesHeat 2: Rob Blair, Jason DuPont,
Boom Briggs, Greg Oakes, Brent RhebergenFeature: Rob Blair,
Dick Barton, Jason DuPont, Boom Briggs, Ron Davies, Brent Rhebergen,
Greg Oakes, Doug Eck, Michael Oakes, Bob Dorman
RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring
Heat 1: Chad Ruhlman, Rick Singleton, Rich Hemphill, Bob Kish, Butch Lambert, Scott Fitch, Ward Schell, Doug Ricotta (DNS)
Heat 2: Ed Carley, Jorden Peters, Paul Grigsby, Cody Dawson, Justin
Tatlow, Matt Glanden, Justin Smith, Joe Martin
Dusty Waters, Max Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Matt Lux, Jason Genco, Bryce
Davis, Zack Carley, Bruno Mowrey
Heat 4: Luke Carlton, Mike Pegher, Brad Mesler, Dereck Frank, Adam Sixt, Cody Mason, Craig Dean, Garrett Stephen
B-Main 1: Matt Glanden, Doug
Ricotta, Justin Smith, Joe Martin, Scott Fitch
Bryce Davis, Cody Mason, Zack Carley, Garrett Stephen, Craig Dean,
Bruno MowreyDash: Cody Dawson, Bob Kish, Matt Lux, Dereck
Non-Qualifiers Race: Zack Carley, Justin Smith,
Scott Fitch, Garrett Stephen, Craig Dean
Blair, Joe Martin, Bryce Davis, Ed Carley, Rick Singleton, Ryan
Montgomery, Butch Lambert, Matt Glanden, Cody Mason, Adam Sixt, Jason
Genco, Brad Mesler, Richard Hemphill, Mike Pegher Jr., Chad Ruhlman,
Doug Ricotta, Jorden Peters, Bob Kish, Paul Grigsby, Cody Dawson,
Dereck Frank, Dusty Waters, Luke Carlton, Matt Lux, Justin Tatlow
BRP CanAm Series:
Heat 1: Brady Wonderling, Jeremy Wonderling, Bob Close, John Zimmerman, Mick Seeley, Jared Hill
Heat 2: John Waters,
Bruce Miller, Mikey Wonderling, Ray Bliss, Dan Cobb, Brad LeBarron
Heat 3: Steve LeBarron, Brian Knowles, Jason Knowles, Mike Wonderling,
Quinn Sutherland, Brandon Smith
Feature: Mike Wonderling
Jr, Mike Wonderling Sr, Bruce Miller, John Waters, John Zimmerman, Bob
Close, Jason Knowles, Bryan Knowles, Jared Hill, Ray Bliss, Brady
Wonderling, Dan Cobb, Brandon Smith, Steve LaBarron, Quinn Sutherland,
Brad LaBarron, Jeremy Wonderling.
Close Racing Supply Street
Heat 1: Adam Sixt, Jeff Hellwig,
Jeremy Perry, Joe Chamberlain, Lance Palmer, Andy Michael, Brad Curran
Jr, Brad Ullman
Feature: Adam Ashcroft, Joe Chamberlain, Lance Palmer, Jeff Hellwig, Brad Ullman, Brad Curran Jr, Jeremy Perry, Andy Michael
Heat 1: Fred Ely, Joe Layfield, Brad Curran
Sr, Tim Burkett, Jay Deming
Heat 2: Mark Carlson, Roger
Schweikart, Don Williams, Rod Winans, Dennis Cummings, Cliff Easton
Feature: Fred Ely, Joe Layfield, Mark Carlson, Don Williams, Roger
Schweikart, Tim Burkett, Rod Winans, Dennis Cummings, Jay Deming,
Cliff Easton, Brad Curran Sr (DNS)
Heat 1: Larry Mitchell, Mitch Boylan, Joe Boylan, Riley Ellison,
Aaron Bartas, Travis Keim
Heat 2: Eric Canfield, Denny Babcock, Rick Bump, Holden Heinemann, Kurt Babcock
Feature: Joe Boylan, Mitch Boylan, Riley Ellison, Holden Heinemann, Denny Babcock, Rick Bump, Aaron Bartas, Travis Keim, Larry Mitchell, Eric Canfield, Kurt Babcock (DNS)
The NDRL’s ULMS Racing Series would also like to thank their supporters for the 2013 season: Aero Racing Wheels, American Racer Tires, Big Shot Performance, LLC, Bill’s Dirt Late Models, Close Racing Supply, Genesis Racing Shocks, Hoosier Racing Tire, Integra Racing Shocks, Jay’s Auto Wrecking, JNJ Motorsports Media, Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Lias Tire, Oyler Photos, Performance Bodies, Slavic Custom Racing Apparel and Decals, and R2C Filters.