Brandon Matus doesn’t take the wings off of his sprint car very often, but when he does he always seems to run near the front.
It was the first non-wing 410 sprint car win of his career. Matus also has a midget win to his credit at Montpelier Speedway in Indiana a couple years ago.
The local knowledge helped Matus on what was a tricky race surface.
Ruth was able to move up from his fifth starting position to claim the runner-up spot. He battled Jack Sodeman, Jr for the second throughout most of the race. They even made contact once, but it was no harm, no foul. Sodeman looked as if he would make it an all-local podium, but he spun late in turn two somehow keeping the Seger Racing 25 off the wall while doing 360’s. He recovered to finish eighth.
“I seen Ruth working the bottom in the heat race and I knew he’d be fast,” Matus said. “Under the red flag they said the lineup and I was like I better look out for him.”
Ruth, Westerfield, Feil, and Spithaler were victorious in the heat races and Chad Wilson won the B Main.
In the 358 modified division JR McGinley led from wire to wire, but had to stave off a challenge from Lonny Riggs after a late race caution to score an emotional victory. McGinley’s mother passed away last week after a battle with cancer.
“I saw Lonny’s nose and was like it’s time to go,” McGinley told track announcer Mike Dutko in a post-race interview. “I really needed this one.”
McGinley took a victory lap after the race and received a standing ovation from the Mercer crowd.
Other feature winners on the night included Cody Bova in the outlaw sprint warriors, Curt Bish in the stock cars, and Tyler Fulton in the mini stocks.
Darren Pifer got his first career Mercer outlaw sprint warrior heat race win a little over a year after being severely burned in an accident at Sportsman’s Speedway. Pifer finished fourth in the feature.
B.O.S.S. Sprints: (30 Cars)
1. Brandon Matus
2. Gale Ruth Jr
3. Mike Miller
4. Cooper Clouse
5. Kent Walters
6. Arnie Kent
7. Chad Wilson
8. Jack Sodeman Jr
9. Aaron Middaugh
10. Bob McMillan
358 Modifieds: (16 Cars)
1. JR McGinley
2. Tommy Kristyak
3. Lonny Riggs
4. Kyle Fink
5. Richard Whitney
6. Jimmy Holden
7. Clyde Gumpp
8. Brian Schaffer
9. Max Smoker
10. Frank Guidace