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The Story From Lernerville: Gordon Tops Penn-Ohio Stocks; McPherson Turns In Classic Performance In Victory; Kenawell Seizes Opportunity; Dietz and Hartman Take Wins

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The post season parade of special events picked back up again on Saturday night with the running of the annual Autumn-Motive Fest, beneath a canopy of sunny skies and warm temperatures.  Andrew Gordon put the field behind him early and never looked back in the Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock main event, earning a win which helped him pull even closer in the standings to series points leader Chris Schneider.

Meanwhile, Corey McPherson picked up right where he left off, turning in another dominant performance in taking home the trophy in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks, and in Allegheny Sprint Tour action, Steve Kenawell Jr. picked the perfect time to make his move as he managed his first career victory at Lernerville. In other action, Tyler Dietz and John Hartman each took the wins in the two final features of the night.

Gordon Tops Penn-Ohio Stocks

In a caution marred 25-lap main event, Andrew Gordon found a way to stay out of trouble, and stay as fast as he needed to be en route to his fourth series win of the season.  Joey Zambotti jumped out to the early lead but was unable to get too comfortable with it as three early cautions halted his momentum. Meanwhile, Gordon kept moving forward with authority from his eighth starting spot on each accompanying restart. Joining them up front were Bobby Whitling, Tim Bish and  Bill Hurrelbrink.

With five laps in the books, Zambotti spun in front of the field in turn four as Hurrelbrink inherited the lead. It would be a short lived one for Hurrelbrink as just one lap later, Rusty Martz and 2017 race winner Corey McPherson made contact in turn four to bring out yet another yellow flag. When action resumed, Gordon rocketed to the lead and looked to be in firm command of the field. Meanwhile, Chris Schneider had been making progress towards the front of the field after starting 11th on the grid, passing Bish for the second spot with nine laps down.  Schneider was able to apply pressure to Gordon while working on the bottom groove of the surface.

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Gordon put his restart skills to good use on three more occasions down the stretch, including a critical restart with three laps remaining following a red flag period as Zambotti and Alan Dellinger. Gordon got a remarkable jump and was virtually uncontested the rest of the way while Ryan Moyer found some speed at the top of the speedway and made his way past Hurrelbrink for the third spot, finishing the race as the highest finishing crate motor entry.

Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series Main Event (25 Laps)

1. (25G) Andrew Gordon
2. (55) Chris Schneider
3. (16M) Rusty Martz
4. (13X) Ryan Moyer
5. (63) Chris McGuire
6. (299) Kyle Couchenour
7. (C8) Bill Hurrelbrink
8. (08) Jeff Broniszewski
9. (73) Jason Fosnaught
10. (7W) Bobby Whitling
11. (T2) Tyler Thompson
12. (64) Rob Shook
13. (2W) Terry Wheeler
14. (3C) Barry Faris
15. (31) Noah Brunell
16. (84s) Joshua Seippel
17. (30) Bob Egley
18. (1B) Alan Dellinger
19. (20) Tim Deutsch
20. (948) Joey Zambotti
21. (11B) Tim Bish
22. (C33) Corey McPherson
23. (81) Mike Miller
24. (1R) Rod Laskey
25. (28Y) Terry Young
26. (965) Andy Buckley

McPherson Turns In Classic Performance

In the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stock main event, track champion Corey McPherson got out to the early lead, passing a fast running John Hartman at the lap four mark. Meanwhile, Tyler Dietz, who had penalized earlier in the race and sent to the tail of the field, managed to make his way to third place by lap seven. However, neither Dietz nor a stout looking Noah Brunell could manage to shave McPherson’s considerable lead he had accumulated, working feverishly on the top side of the speedway.

McPherson found himself in lapped traffic with six laps to go, but never lost any portion his lead in the waning laps of the race while Dietz made a strong effort to take the second spot away from Brunell on the last set of turns which came up short. Ryan Moyer and Joe Kelley rounded out the top five.

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock Main Event (20 Laps)

1. (C33) Corey McPherson
2. (31) Noah Brunell
3. (27) Tyler Dietz
4. (13x) Ryan Moyer
5. (66) Joe Kelley
6. (30) Bob Egley
7. (25) Brett McDonald
8. (26) Mike Bordt
9. (10) John Hartman
10. (29B) Scott Byers
11. (17) Sam Eichelberger
12. (28Y) Terry Young
13. (21) Jeff Miller
14. (948) Joey Zambotti
15. (35B) Jacob Dietz- Did Not Start
16. (310) Dale Tuche- Did Not Start

Kenawell Makes Most of Opportunity

Jonathan Jones started on the pole of the 20 lap Allegheny Sprint Tour main event alongside Steve Kenawell Jr. and they stayed up front for the entire race. Behind them, Ron Aurand, Roger Irvine and Greg Doborsky looked to make their presence known as they honed in on the leaders.  Irvine slowed with four laps in the books and retired for the evening.

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When action resumed, Jones and Kenawell set themselves apart from the rest of the field with Jones pounding the topside of the speedway and Kenawell running the bottom. The two were separated by less than a second for the majority of the main event until Kenawell found the perfect opportunity to make a bid for the lead with Jones in lapped traffic on lap 16. Kenawell dipped below the leader and emerged with the lead just past the flag stand and three more circuits remaining. He would hold on for the win while Ron Aurand rounded out the podium. 

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 RaceSaver Sprint Main Event (20 Laps)

1. (17K) Steve Kenawell Jr.
2. (12J) Jonathan Jones
3. (86) Ron Aurand
4. (88) Greg Dobrosky
5. (79W) Will Fleming
6. (4J) Jacob Gomola
7. (26) Ryan Lynn
8. (27) Vinny Dougherty
9. (R6) Reed Thompson
10. (29B) Robby Bartchy
11. (x7) Andy Cavanaugh
12. (00s) Randy Sterling
13. (41) Matthew Gardina
14. (12) Roger Irvine
15. (22) George Frederick
16. (7) Richard Lawson
17. (34) Glenn Noland

Dietz and Hartman Find Victory Lane

Dietz put his car on the track for a third race and got rewarded as he passed Luke Rutsky with three laps to go tand never looked take the victory in the Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Non-Qualifier’s race while John Hartman went flag to flag to earn the win in the DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock Non-Winners Race.

Homak Penn-Ohio Pro Stock Series Non Qualifiers Race (15 Laps)

1. (27) Tyler Dietz
2. (22R) Luke Rutsky
3. (25M) Brett McDonald
4. (717) Leigh Wheeler
5. (15) Joe Wrona
6. (23H) Hunter Exley
7. (T6) Michael Miller
8. (67J) Jamie Duncan
9. (20J) Jim Fosnaught
10. (4) Jaob Billyk
11. (54) Wayne Carbo
12. (310) Dale Tuche
13. (54E) Tony Tarrapino
14. (20E) Jordan Eck
15. (12M) Trevor McCann
16. (10) Nick Kocuba

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock Non Winners Race (8 Laps)

1. (10) John Hartman
2. (29) Scott Byers
3. (27) Jacob Dietz
4. (310) Dale Tuche
5. (26) Mike Bordt



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