MERCER, Pa. – Ed Lynch Jr. made a rare appearance at Mercer Raceway Park pay off Saturday night by capturing the 410 sprint car main event, worth $3,000.
“The clean air here at Mercer really helped out a lot,” Lynch said.
Every time he approached lapped traffic, it seemed as though a caution would come out, giving Lynch the open track once again. However, he had to master the numerous restarts, which posed no problems for him.
“I couldn’t believe that the inside took off that many times,” Lynch explained.
Late in the going, though, Jack Sodeman Jr. and Sheldon Haudenschild tried the outside line to no avail.
Lynch and Brandon Matus paced the field for the start of the 30-lap sprint-car feature. While Lynch did get into turn one first, it was Matus who executed a cross-over move to get to the inside guard rail, and that gave him the preferred line coming off the second corner. However, on the second lap, Lynch made a similar move to regain the lead which he would not relinquish the rest of the way.
Matus got several other shots at Lynch on double file restarts, but Lynch was able to keep the third generation driver at bay each time. One of the stoppages took place on lap nine, when Gale Ruth Sr. tipped over at the entry to turn four. He was unhurt, but the car could not continue.
Behind Matus and Lynch, Scott Priester, Sodeman, Dennis Wagner and Bill Jones Jr. were dicing for positions.
Matus’ contest came to an end soon after the restart with 14 laps completed. He got sideways in the second corner and collected fifth place runner Eric Williams. Both racers were finished for the night.