Blair nips Scott on last lap at Expo
CORTLAND, Ohio (June 30) — Max Blair of Centerville, Pa., made a thrilling turn-four pass on the final lap to overtake David Scott of Garland, Pa., on Wednesday at Expo Speedway. Blair earned $2,000 for his second Fastrak Northeast touring victory for Crate Late Models.
"I wasn't sure if I should turn down and settle for second, but I decided to go for it on the outside,” Blair said of his lap-30 strategy. "It was either going to work or I was going to end up in the field.”
Scott, who took the lead from polesitter Josh Holtgraver on the 12th lap, settled for second while 13th-starting Butch Lambert rallied to finish third. Bud Watson, who started 15th, and Troy Shields, who started 14th, rounded out the top five.
Bill Cunningham, who led the first three laps before Holtgraver took command, faded thereafter and ended up 19th while Holtgraver clipped an infield tire barrier and ended up eighth.
Cautions appeared for lap-11 spins by Larry Kugel and Bob Diver as well as for fourth-running Alan Dellinger’s lap-22 flat tire.
Notes: Blair’s Rocket Chassis is sponsored by Specialty Products, 4 Your Car Connection, Moody & Son Welding and Bossard's Sales & Service. ... Blair extended his series points lead over Mike Pegher Jr., who was 17th. ... Super Late Model standout Matt Lux made his first ever Fastrak start subbing for Dwayne Pond in a Scott Bidwell-owned car; Lux advanced from 12th to sixth, but mechanical problems forced him pitside. ... Fastrak Northeast competitors head to Mercer (Pa.) Raceway Park on Saturday for a $6,000-to-win event.
Fastrak Northeast @ Expo: (1) Max Blair, (2) David Scott, (3) Butch Lambert, (4) Bud Watson, (5) Troy Shields, (6) Joe Martin, (7) Bob Diver, (8) Josh Holtgraver, (9) Chris Angelicchio, (10) Tom Copeland, (11) Bryan Force, (12) Tyler Barris, (13) Alan Dellinger, (14) Dan Karalagas, (15) Charles Daugherty, (16) Gary Knollinger, (17) Mike Pegher Jr., (18) Matt Lux, (19) Bill Cunningham, (20) Colton Flinner, (21) Kyle Lukon, (22) Josh Double, (23) Larry Kugel, (24) Shane Bambarger. Heat race winners (among 27 cars): Holtgraver, Scott, Bambarger. Consolation winner: Force.