Tri-City Raceway Park
Scott takes Tri-City after Pegher-Blair fireworks
By Brian SpaidTri-City Speedway
FRANKLIN, Pa. (July 18) — David Scott of Garland, Pa., inherited the lead with two laps remaining Sunday at Tri-City Speedway to capture a 25-lap Fastrak Northeast touring victory. Scott took command when leaders Mike Pegher Jr. of Wexford, Pa., and Robbie Blair of Titusville, Pa., tangled in turn two in a clash that saw neither driver finish up front.
Scott’s fourth career Crate Late Model victory at Tri-City paid $1,200 and came in the Bullitt Chassis owned John and Janet Powell.
“Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good,” the outside front-row starter said. "We have struggled all year to get a hold of these new tires, and we have not run well. We've also lost a few due to technicalities. We'll take this one tonight.”
Scott led the first lap before Pegher went ahead, and Blair dropped Scott to third on the sixth lap. Blair chased Pegher and closed in when the leader battled through heavy traffic just past the race’s midpoint.
On the 23rd lap, Pegher and Blair ran three-wide with the lapped car of Joe Martin exiting turn two. Pegher stayed up front, but heading into turn two on the next lap, Blair tagged the rear quarterpanel of Pegher's car, sending him spinning.
Blair immediately slowed with the caution in the air. Officials sent Blair to the rear, but he ended up heading for the pits after Pegher drove the wrong way around the track during the caution period, sideswiping Blair's car on the frontstretch. Pegher was disqualified.
Scott emerged as the lead and led the final two laps. Dan Angelicchio took second from Jim Frank and took a shot at Scott in turn four on the last lap, but settled for second. Kyle Lukon, Butch Lambert and series points leader Max Blair rounded out the top five while Frank ended up sixth.
Notes: Max Blair of Centerville, Pa., recovered from an early accident to finish fifth and maintain his points lead. ... Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa, Pa., won the night’s O'Reilly Auto Parts All Star Circuit of Champions sprint car feature. ... Drivers failing to make the Fastrak Crate feature: Andrew Wylie, Dwayne Pond, Justin Kreider, Jamie Brown, Mike Blose and Dan Karalagas. ... Next up for Fastrak Northeast is a July 28 event at Sharon Speedway at Hartford, Ohio; it’s on the same card as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
Fastrak Northeast @ Tri-City: (1) David Scott, (2) Dan Angelicchio, (3) Kyle Lukon, (4) Butch Lambert, (5) Max Blair, (6) Jim Frank, (7) Bud Watson, (8) Steve Dixon, (9) Bobby Whitling, (10) Kyle Scott, (11) Brent Rhebergen, (12) Gary Knollinger, (13) Joe Martin, (14) Troy Shields, (15) Damion Bidwell, (16) Chris Angelicchio, (17) Jeff Broniszewski, (18) Colton Flinner, (19) Garrett Mott, (20) Chad Myers, (21) Robbie Blair, (22) Josh Holtgraver, (23) Kyle Zimmerman. Disqualified: Mike Pegher Jr. Heat race winners: Pegher, Blair, Lambert. Consolation winner: Broniszewski. Non-qualifiers’ race winner: Dan Karalagas.