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Lear collects $5,000 at Western Maryland Nat'ls

October 18, 2010, 11:34 am
From track and series reports
Kyle Lear heads toward victory in Cumberland, Md. (Clifford Dove)
Kyle Lear heads toward victory in Cumberland, Md. (Clifford Dove)

CUMBERLAND, Md. (Oct. 16-17) — Kyle Lear of Severna Park, Md., picked up the lead with eight laps to go to secure the Western Maryland Nationals title in a victory with the Cline Construction Steel Block Bandits tour on Sunday night at Allegany County Speedway. Lear matched his career high with a $5,000 victory in the Kevin Lynch Memorial. | Slideshow

Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa., advanced 10 positions to finish second followed by Walker Arthur of Forest, Va., 18th-starting Kyle Merkel of Gilbertsville, Pa., and Bo Feathers of Winchester, Va., who picked up four positions in the final four laps.

In the 50-lapper, Lear worked himself into second with 12 laps to go to get behind leader D.J. Troutman. When Troutman’s engine began to sound ill, Lear closed in and grabbed the lead on lap 42. Lear beat Yoder to the finish by seven lengths at the checkers.

Lear started fourth and fell into fifth early until making up one spot after the second caution on lap nine. He was running in third headed into the mandatory fuel stop at lap 25.

Yoder was one of two drivers to move through the field throughout the race. After a multicar crash at lap three, Yoder restarted eighth and cracked the top five before lap 20. He grabbed third from Arthur with 10 to go and took second over Troutman.

Troutman had led the entire race after starting on the pole but headed to the pit area shortly after losing the lead to Lear and ended up 15th.

Notes: Lear's No. 151 1MD Race Car is sponsored by Pro Fabrications and Conlee Enterprises. ... The race was originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, but rain pushed the schedule back a day. ... Among drivers failing to make the feature: Tommy Armel, Freddie Carpenter, Sommey Lacey, Gerald Davis, Mike Altobelli Jr., Tim Smith Jr. and Allen Brannon. ... Next up for the Steel Block Bandits is the Oct. 22-23 season finale, a $3,000-to-win event at Roaring Knob Motorsports Park in Markleysburg, Pa.

Kevin Lynch Memorial: (1) Kyle Lear, (2) Dylan Yoder, (3) Walker Arthur, (4) Kyle Merkel, (5) Bo Feathers) 6) Matt Cosner, (7) Jack Pencil, (8) Matt Parks, (9) Andy Anderson, (10) Andy Fries, (11) Corey Weaver, (12) Joey Leavell, (13) Ted Gallaher, (14) Matt Sponaugle, (15) D.J. Troutman, (16) Barry Miller, (17) Bruce Kane, (18) Sean Merkel, (19) Kristian Looney, (20) David Williams, (21) J.T. Spence, (22) Grant Adams, (23) Chris Harr, (24) Bob Salathe, (25) Mike Walls. Fast qualifier (among 41 cars): Pencil, 20.713 seconds. Heat race winners: Troutman, Leavell, Arthur, Lear. Dash winner: Troutman. Consolation race winners: Sponaugle, Merkel. Provisional starters: Kane, Looney, Weaver.

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