MERCER, Pa. – Rod George was sighted in victory lane at Mercer Raceway Park for the first time since the opening race of the season Saturday night.
The 410 sprint car that he rode to victory in the Luxaire Heating & Cooling/McCrudden Heating & Supply sponsored event was the same machine that tumbled end over end a few weeks prior. Master craftsman Ronnie Trevis “fixed it good as new,” George said.
“We had to miss a couple of weeks,” George noted. “Last week was kinda iffy, but we had a good run, but this week topped it off for sure.”
Goerge built up such a lead that he had no idea whether anybody was racing close to him. He admitted to taking a few peeks at the scoreboard to see who was behind him.
“I just kinda rode around the bottom and I figured that if somebody was coming that they were going to have to go to the top to make a run on me,” said George.
George and Scott Priester had the front row for the start of the 410 feature, presented by Luxaire Heating & Cooling and McCrudden’s Heating & Supply. They diced for several laps before George began to open a slight advantage. He withstood a series of cautions and a red flag in his run to the checkers.
Priester held second until late in the contest. That was when Carl Bowser snuck by him while they were mixing it up with lapped traffic.
Behind the leaders, there were several drivers making big moves from the back of the field. Jack Sodeman Jr. and Adam Kekich were into the top five from positions 11 and 12, but the big mover was Brandon Matus, who advanced all the way from the 22nd spot.
Just after George took the checkers, Dennis Wagner spun his car before he got to the finish line. With the field bearing down on him, the caution was displayed. Because George had already crossed for the final time, the race was declared to be official, and the balance of the field was scored based upon their running order on lap 24.
That put Carl Bowser in the second spot, with Priester, Brandon Matus, and Sodeman next in line. Kekich was scored in sixth. Eric Williams, Brandon Spithaler, Andy McKisson, and A.J. Flick were running seventh through tenth.
Frankie Guidace won the one-lap dash for cash in the Approved Toilet Rentals 358 Modifieds. Cody Bova grabbed his first career victory in the Bonnell’s Rod Shop Outlaw Sprint Warriors after an opening lap crash in turn two decimated the field. Rusty Moore chalked up another win in the Precise Racing Products Stock Cars. Caleb Hickok earned his third triumph of the season in the Mini Stocks presented by Eperthener’s Auto Wrecking and Ray’s Racing Collectibles. The Vintage Dirt Modified go went to the Reno Rocket, Les Myers.