Janisch Stars Inside Allentown’s PPL Center

Matt Janisch won Friday's TQ Midget feature in Allentown, Pa. (Rich Kepner Photo)

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — Matt Janisch, an accomplished multi-time outdoor three-quarter-midget champion raced to a popular victory Friday night inside PPL Center.

Janisch grabbed the lead on lap 24 with a bold inside move that carried him under Tyler Thompson, who led the first 23 circuits. Janisch drove a car owned by Roger Mahan Motorsports that was built on a Lafler chassis.

Once in front, Janisch had to weather numerous restarts and some lapped traffic issues to preserve the win. Erick Rudolph ended up second after besting Ryan Flores during the race. Justin Bonsignore, who never took a time trial lap, had to start last in his heat race and squeezed into the field with a successful B Main effort, marched from a 21st-place start to finish third.

Flores settled for fourth and Scott Kreutter battled his way through two early race pit stops to finish fifth.

Chad Jones, Kyle Lick, Joey Payne, Anthony Payne and Pat Bealer completed the top 10 in the 24-car, 40-lap feature.

In the 20-lap, 20-car Champ Kart co-feature, Brandon Rusczek led all the way in the Kart A Main. Tyler Brown raced to second with a late race charge with Ryan Kendall, J.J. Pacovich, and John Berger trailing.

Tim Buckwalter set fast time among the 48 TQ Midget entries on hand.

The finish:

Matt Janisch, Erick Rudolph, Justin Bonsignore, Ryan Flores, Scott Kreutter, Chad Jones, Kyle Lick, Joey Payne, Anthony Payne, Pat Bealer, Tim Buckwalter, Briggs Danner, Brett Conkling, Eddie Strada, Jonathan Reid, Matthew Roselli, Tyler Thompson, Earl Paules, Timmy Catalano, Andy Jankowiak, Anthony Sesely, Keith Rocco, Andrew Nye, Timmy Solomito.