Luck On Meleason’s Side At Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – Luck was shining on Super Sportsman driver Chris Meleason at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday.
With the checkered flag in sight, Meleason’s engine expired in a shower of sparks. The Carlisle driver had enough momentum to cross the finish line and win the 20-lap Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman feature.
Jay Fannasy led the opening lap with Steve Wilbur in second. Chris Meleason, the fourth-place starter, was in third. One lap later Meleason advanced to second.
By lap five Meleason was three lengths behind leader Fannasy. Chris Meleason had to fight off the challenges of Gregg Foster, allowing Jay Fannasy to open an eight-length edge. Meleason, by the midway point of the race, narrowed Fannasy’s advantage. Working the outside line, he was within two lengths of the leader when the first caution came out on lap 14.
The race went under caution in the 15th circuit. Chris Meleason used the restart to become the new leader. He drove away from the field, maintaining a 15-length lead entering the final lap.
Exiting the final turn there was blue smoke out of the headers on the Meleason No. 318. Forty-five yards from the finish, the engine expired in a shower of sparks. Meleason had enough momentum to drift the Callahan No. 318 across the finish ahead of Jay Fannasy. This is Meleason’s first Super Sportsman feature win. Chad Criswell finished in third, with Gregg Foster in fourth, and Scott Dellinger was fifth.
Bobby Hockenberry, Scott Geesey, Jay Fannasy, and Chad Criswell won the heats for the 33 competitors. Steve Fannasy was the consolation victor. Steve Fannasy won the Hard Charger award. Dave Conrad received the speedway bonus money.
Frankie Herr won the 2013 Blazer’s Body Shop Super Sportsman point title. This is his 11th championship. Todd Leonard earned the Rookie of the Year honors. The Jerry Reigle Sportsmanship award went to Eric Walker and Chris Meleason received the Most Improved Driver trophy.
The 358 Late Models competed in the $1,200 to win Topless 30. Each team removed the roof off their car.
Grant Adams led Sam Gallagher, Larry Baer, Tommy Slanker, and J.R. Rodriquez through the early laps of the championship event. Gene Knaub, the seventh-place starter, entered the top five during the fourth lap.
Adams gained a 20-car length lead over Baer and Knaub. Adams was far in front when Knaub took control of second during the ninth lap. Two laps later Knaub reduced Adams lead to ten lengths.
By lap 12 Grants Adams lead evaporated, Knaub lurking one-length behind. One lap later, the race went under caution conditions. Knaub used the restart to become the new leader.
Once in front, Gene Knaub gained a large lead winning by an eighth-mile over 2013 point champion Wes Alleman. Adams was in third, with J.R. Rodriquez in fourth, and Andy Anderson was fifth.
The qualifying event wins for the 24-car field went to Adams, Rodriquez, and Knaub. The $150 Fusion D Vinyl Graphics Hard Charger award went to Wes Alleman. Travis Mease received the speedway bonus money. Gene Knaub won the Miller’s Racing Parts Fast Time money.
Trevor Kobylarz led the first circuit of the ARDC Midget feature. Kobylarz relinquished the lead to Alex Bright in the second circuit. Bright had an over two-second lead before a lap-five caution.
Bright was in control of the race. The battle was for second between Kobylarz, Tony Dimattia, Steve Buckwalter, and Steven Drevicki. Billy Pauch Jr. entered the battle for second, giving fans a thrilling five-car fight for the runner-up spot.
Bright expertly worked his way through slower traffic. Bright’s No. 77 never faltered and he drove the Terry Lick-owned machine to an easy win. Lobylarz finished in second. Steve Buckwalter made a late charge to capture third. Dimattia was fourth and Pauch finished in fifth.
Bright, Drevicki, and Steve Buckwalter won the heats for the 28-car field.