MERCER, PA -- Dale Blaney's misfortune was Ed Lynch, Jr.'s gain Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap Chuck Marsh Memorial feature. Blaney had a tire going down under a late race caution, forcing...
MERCER, PA -- Dale Blaney's misfortune was Ed Lynch, Jr.'s gain Saturday night at Mercer Raceway Park in the Haulmark All Star sprint car 40 lap Chuck Marsh Memorial feature. Blaney had a tire going down under a late race caution, forcing him pitside while leading with only three laps remaining, handing the lead and win to Lynch.
With his fourth place finish, Chad Kemenah clinched his second consecutive All Star points championship.
"Dale was faster, and he had a low tire when he came by me and he was going to be fine as long as the tire was low. On the last caution it was flat and I know he wanted to run. If he could have run on three wheels I think he would have tried," Lynch said in victory lane. "A little bit of luck while running second--that's when you have to take advantage of somebody else's bad luck," he added after his sixth career All Star win. He becomes the 21st different All Star winner this season in the Lynch Racing J&J with Kistler power.
Lynch and Mark Smith started the race from the front row with Smith's Zemco machine taking the initial lead with Lynch second and Blaney third. On the sixth lap Lynch dove under Smith in turn two to take the lead, and Blaney also applied heavy pressure to Smith. A lap later Blaney was in second, with Lynch in his sights. As Lynch entered lapped traffic, Blaney began moving through the lapped cars and finally was right on Lynch's back bumper. Lap 13 was unlucky for Blaney as he dove hard under the leader in turn two and hit the inside berm of the racetrack, getting sideways and losing a lot of ground to Lynch. Blaney gathered his car back in, holding off Jason Johnson for third.
Lynch was again cruising along in the lead, with Blaney slowly reeling him back in. A Smith spin on lap 22 slowed the action just as Blaney passed Lynch for the lead, with the caution flag nullifying the pass. The running order was now Lynch, Blaney, Johnson, Jeff Shepard, Kenny Jacobs and Kemenah. Lynch bobbled on the backstretch following the restart, allowing Blaney to shoot by into the lead. Blaney began motoring away from Lynch as Jacobs was on the move forward, passing Shepard for fourth on lap 27. Shepard got past Jacobs again and the pair began a torrid duel for third, which lasted for 10 circuits. On lap 37 Shepard ran into the lapped car of Gary Kreiss, who slid right in front of him, leaving Shepard no where to go. Shepard's front end was broken, forcing him pitside.
Drama began to unfold under caution as the leader Blaney knew his rear tire was low, and he began to spin his tires to try to keep the air pressure up. However, All Star officials sent Blaney to the pits for a tire change, citing safety reasons. This handed the lead back to Lynch for the restart, and Lynch motored away for an easy win over Jacobs, Johnson and Kemenah.
"I had a pretty good car in the middle of the race and I used up my tire and my motor is absolutely burnt. In the race it got so hot it would hardly run and that last yellow cooled it back down. Jason had brake trouble or I probably would not have got past him," said Jacobs, the pilot of Pete Grove's No. 70 J&J.
"We lost a right rear brake about half way through, so I was just kind of rolling around trying to stay out of trouble. We just did the best we could," Johnson, the pilot of Al Harrison's No. 22, stated after his third place run.
Kemenah was fourth and last place starter Scott Bonnell ran a steady race to come home fifth with Rod George sixth, ahead of Chad Blonde, Erin Crocker, Byron Reed and Blaney, who came from the tail after the tire change for tenth.
The Crown Battery heat fell to Rod George, the B&B Products heat went to Ralph Spithaler, the Engler Machine and Tool heat was won by Gary Kreiss Jr. and the TP Wings heat fell to Dale Blaney. Shepard won the United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main and Kenny Jacobs captured the Haulmark Dash. Erin Crocker was the Huggins Cams Fast Time qualifier with a new track record of 12.886 seconds, breaking the year old mark of Kenny Jacobs at 13.292. Crocker also holds the Mercer 360 track record. Ryan Coniam crashed hard on his second time trial lap and pulled out his backup car, forcing him to the rear of the lineup for the B Main.
Huggins Cams Time Trials: 1. Erin Crocker, Woodring 16c, 12.886 (NTR); 2. Ryan Coniam, Coniam 6c, 12.892; 3. Chad Kemenah, Harble 15k, 12.928; 4. Jason Johnson, Harrison 22, 12.941; 5. Dale Blaney, Andrews 72b, 12.986; 6. Kenny Jacobs, Grove 70, 13.058; 7. Jeff Shepard, Ashworth 92, 13.058; 8. Mark Smith, Zemco 1z, 13.162; 9. Ed Lynch, Jr., Lynch 2L, 13.309; 10. Tim Hunter, Hunter 2H, 13.352; 11. Chad Blonde, Blonde 5, 3.395; 12. Chad Hill, Shearer 44, 13.417; 13. Lee Jacobs, Burmeister 16, 13.424; 14. Rod George, George 4, 13.439; 15. Jamie Smith, Smith 5G, 13.440; 16. Byron Reed, B&S 5, 13.490; 17. Arnie Kent, Kent 18, 13.553; 18. Greg Wilson, Hampshire 63, 13.594; 19. Ralph Spithaler, Jr, Spithaler 56, 13.633; 20. Andrew Palker, Palker 57x, 13.754; 21. Bruce Robenalt, Robenalt 98, 13.782; 22. Brock Mayes, Mayes 11, 13.786; 23. Andy McKisson, McKisson 0, 13.891; 24. Gary Kreiss, Jr., Kreiss 55J, 13.931; 25. Butch Beasley, Beasley 1, 13.987; 26. Gary Edwards, Schuller 61, 14.177; 27. Barry Ruble, Ruble 63r, 14.484; 28. Scott Bonnell, Bonnell 3, 14.492; 29. Brent Covell, Covell 81, 14.676; 30. Bill Kiley, Kiley 4k, 14.768; 31. Gale Ruth Jr, Ruth 678, 14.962; 32. Gary McCollum, Rudzik 32, 15.748; 33. Rob Eyler, Eyler 5, NT; 34. Ralph Engel, Kubick 00, NT.
Crown Battery Heat (8 laps): 1. George 2. Wilson 3. K. Jacobs 4. Hunter 5. Mayes 6. Crocker 7. Kiley 8. Edwards.
B&B Products Heat (8 laps): 1. Spithaler 2. McKisson 3. J. Smith 4. Blonde 5. Kemenah 6. Shepard 7. Ruth 8. Ruble.
Engler Machine & Tool Heat (8 laps): 1. Kreiss 2. Johnson 3. Palker 4. Hill 5. M. Smith 6. Bonnell 7. Reed 8. McCollum.
TP Wings Heat (8 laps): 1. Blaney 2. Lynch 3. Robenalt 4. Kent 5. L. Jacobs 6. Beasley 7. Covell 8. Engel 9. Eyler 10. Coniam (DNS).
Haulmark Dash (4 laps): 1. K. Jacobs 2. Blaney 3. Kemenah 4. Johnson 5. Lynch 6. Wilson.
United Aluminum Window Sales & Consulting B Main (12 laps): 1. Shepard 2. Crocker 3. Reed 4. Bonnell 5. Coniam 6. Covell 7. Engel 8. Beasley 9. McCollum 10. Ruble 11. Ruth.
Haulmark A Main (40 laps): 1. Ed Lynch Jr. 2. Kenny Jacobs 3. Jason Johnson 4. Chad Kemenah 5. Scott Bonnell 6. Rod George 7. Chad Blonde 8. Erin Crocker 9. Byron Reed 10. Dale Blaney 11. Arnie Kent 12. Lee Jacobs 13. Gary Kreiss 14. Jamie Smith 15. Chad Hill 16. Greg Wilson 17. Andy McKisson 18. Brock Mayes 19. Jeff Shepard 20. Tim Hunter 21. Mark Smith 22. Bruce Robenalt 23. Andrew Palker 24. Ralph Spithaler.
Lap Leaders: Mark Smith 1-6, Ed Lynch Jr. 7-22, Dale Blaney 23-37, Lynch 38-40.
<pre> All Star Sprint Points: 1. Chad Kemenah 3900 2. Jason Johnson 3565 3. Dean Jacobs 3236 4. Ryan Coniam 3058 5. Jeff Shepard 3046 6. Greg Wilson 3043 7. Bill Rose 2847 8. Barry Ruble 2057 9. Bruce Robenalt 2009 10. Kenny Jacobs 1935