MERCER, Pa. – Jordan Ryan scored the biggest win of his young career in the Summer Nationals at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday night.
The victory in the 410 sprint car feature was worth $3,500 to the driver from Castalia, Ohio, who recently took over the seat of the McClure Motorsports No. 9.
Ryan and Cody Bova had the first row for the start of the 30 lap A-Main, with Trey Jacobs and Andrew Palker in the second row, and Craig Mintz and Dennis Wagner in row three. Ryan grabbed the early lead, with Bova in second, Palker third, Jacobs in fourth, and Mintz in fifth. Ryan’s lead was erased on lap two, when Tracy Hines brought his machine to a stop in turn three.
When the green light came on again, Ryan easily pulled away from Bova. He had a lead of nearly two seconds when the caution came on for Michael Bauer’s stop in turn four. Before the field could complete another lap, Gary Kreiss Jr. flipped his mount in turn three. He was unhurt, but unable to continue in the race. When the cars were beginning to realign for the restart, Bova pulled into the pits surrendering his second position. That moved Palker up a notch.
Ryan maintained his lead on the restart. Palker began moving around on the track in search of a faster line. He was unable to find one, however, and Ryan’s lead was growing again. Palker got a break when Jeremy Kornbau and Henry Malcuit tangled in turn four with nine laps complete.
The racers finally got a long green flag run going on the ensuing restart. During the twenty lap span, Jordan caught the rear of the field and started to lap the slower machines. While doing so, he continued to lead Palker, Jacobs, Harble and Jared Zimbardi.
As the other lead cars began to pick their way through traffic, Jacobs started to apply some pressure on Palker for second, and Adam Kekich cracked the top five.
Jacobs was coming off turn four with the checkered flag in sight when the red flag was suddenly displayed. Kekich, who had reached the fourth position, flipped in turn two. His car caught fire, but he was extracted without injury.
That set up a one lap dash for the cash. Ryan got away cleanly. Palker tried to dive into turn one to make up some ground, but there was no catching Jordan on an unobstructed track. Crossing after them was Jacobs, Harble and Zimbardi.
Also taking wins were Josh Sliter in the Tribute to Mark Marcucci for the Modified Lites, Andy Buckley in the Open Stocks and Levi Spinneweber in the Super 6 Late Models.