Blair Checks Out Trumbull County Fair
CORTLAND, Ohio – The Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series took part in day one of the two days of racing at Expo Speedway during the 166th annual Trumbull County Fair Wednesday evening.
Race seven of the 20-event slate saw scattered thunderstorms miss the fairgrounds all day, but a storm cell clipped the facility forcing a delay during the feature event. Track crews along with the help of the racers got the big five-eighths-mile oval back in racing shape for the conclusion of the program that also saw Joel Watson capture the E-Mods and Tim Callahan was victorious in the Mini Stocks.
Making just his second Sweeney Tour start of 2014, Max Blair put on a dominating effort in the 25-lap RUSH Late Model feature for his first Tour win of the season. Blair led the first seven laps then waited out a lengthy rain delay before pulling away in the second half of the event for his third career Expo win in seven years, worth $2,000.
“I have to give RUSH and the Fairboard credit for getting this race in,” said Blair. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, but we got it in and they did a heck of a job. It had to be fun to watch. My dad did a great job setting this up. I’ve said it all my life and I’ll say it the rest of my life. To me my dad is the best race car driver and setup man there has ever been in my mind. I have a really good teacher.”
Due to the approaching storm and no lights, the K&N Cold Air Induction Dash and four-wide salute was cancelled and the heads-up draw put heat winners Matt Latta and Blair on the front row of the feature. Blair powered by Latta on the start to lead the opening lap over Latta, Dennis Lunger Jr., Cody Dawson, and Alan Dellinger. Dellinger was able to reclaim the fourth position on lap two getting back by Dawson. Russell King, who started sixth, passed both Dawson and Dellinger to move into fourth after three laps.
By lap five, Blair opened up a 1.5 second lead on Latta, while King closed in on Lunger for third. Jamie Wrightsman spun to bring out the first caution with seven laps scored. Under caution, the rain picked up and the cars were sent off the speedway. After the rain quit, the track crew did a great job getting the track ready and the Late Models helped run it back in to conclude the remainder of the program.