George Rockets To Mercer Glory
MERCER, Pa. – The Kittanning Comet, Rod George, survived a last lap restart to score his first win at Mercer Raceway Park in the 410 sprint owned by Jim Chappell.
Carl Bowser came up a few car lengths short in the race sponsored by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors.
Frankie Guidace dominated the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modified program. Points leader Michael Bauer roared to his second victory in the Bonnell’s Collision Center Outlaw Sprint Warriors.
Trusty Rusty Moore captured his fourth win out of five races for the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. It was his third consecutive win. Starting twelfth was no impediment to Shane Pfeuffer, who scored his second consecutive victory in the Modified Lites, presented by Big Daddy’s Speed Center and Rock Concrete. Ed Haylett narrowly defeated his good friend,Wally Stearns, in the Mini Stock feature run under the twin twin banners of Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles.
Bowser and George paced the field for the start of the 25 lapper offered by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and New Wilmington Motors. George got the advantage over his younger foe and dropped to the inside as they entered turn one.
Bowser fought back on the outside coming off turn two, but George surged ahead traveling down the back chute. Once out front, George opened up a commanding lead. He was ale to outdistance Bowser again when racing resumed following a brief caution on lap eight.
In the middle stages of the race, Brandon Matus began to advance through the field. He took third on lap 16, bringing Eric Williams along into fourth. With George way out front, Matus started reeling in Bowser. Bowser and Matus got a scare entering turn three on lap 19 when they reacted quickly to avoid a major impact with the car of Chris Best, who was sitting sideways in the racing groove.
George held serve on the restart, while Matus continued to pressure Bowser for second. As the final laps clicked off the scoreboard, George reached the slower cars on the track. That enabled Bowser to narrow the lead. Bowser may have had a shot at the veteran in traffic, but a caution with just one lap remaining gave George a clean track and an easy victory.