Briggs Stars In McKean’s Fall Classic


EAST SMETHPORT, Pa. — The final day of the eighth annual Fall Classic at McKean County Raceway got underway Sunday afternoon with cold, cloudy conditions and rain threatening the area, dampening the crowd.

With the reduced crowd the management made the difficult decision to lower the advertised purse. After an explanation from Chris Zuver, MCR General Manager, racing commenced at 1 PM with heat racing followed by the B-Mains and seven feature events.

At the conclusion of the afternoon of racing Boom Briggs had become the first ULMS Super Late Model driver to have conquered the Fall Fest conclusion twice. Briggs took over from early leader Vic Coffey when Coffey got slowed by a lapped car at the white flag after leading from the drop of the green. For the second time Briggs had swept the Fall Classic.

2013 McKean County Raceway RUSH Crate Late Model champion Max Blair defeated the Sweeney Chevrolet-Buick RUSH Late Model Tour field after sweeping around the outside of archrival Mike Pegher in their action-packed finale. Young Ryan Montgomery wound up second when John Powell waved the checkers.

Joel Watson, the 2013 Raceway 7 champion, started from the pole position and led every lap of the UEMS A&MP feature race over a fast-closing Kyle Bedell.

Levi Watson charged into the lead at the start of the Close Racing Supply Street Stock night-capper from the outside front row and never looked back as Dennis Asel took over second from Jeremy Williams, who had held the spot up until the final lap. Jason Beichner made it two wins on the weekend as he grabbed the lead at the white flag from race-long leader Devin Lewis, who then spun out on the final lap, allowing Jon Lee to grab second spot.

Hometown hero Larry Mitchell sped to his fifth win of the season after taking the lead from Riley Ellison on lap nine of the Mini Stock feature then led Ellison to the checkers.