FINAL RACE OF THE SEASON FOR THE HOMAK PENN OHIO PRO STOCK CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GOES TO FORMER THREE-TIME POINT CHAMPION, CHRIS SCHNEIDER AT PPMS PITTSBURGHER!
For Immediate Release
October 8, 2017 (Sandy Lake, PA) The two-day show at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania’s Motor Speedway was a great way for the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series to end the season. With 24 cars in competition, the drivers did not disappoint the fans with great racing action between record breaking fast laps, to breaking those records in heat races, to a caution free 20 lap A Main. At the checkers, it was former three-time Series’ Point Champion, Chris Schneider in victory lane driving the Jack Kiehl owned #64 SS Chassis machine.
The two-day event started Friday with time trials. The “Red Hot” Andrew Gordon #25G led the way with a record breaking time of 20.158. Rusty Moore #17M, a contender for this year’s point championship, went into the event third in points and had an impressive qualifying time of 20.289 making him 2nd fastest. Schneider was 3rd with a 20.372. Point leader going into the event, Rusty Martz #16M, had a fast time of 20.474 making him 4th fastest. Rounding out the top five was Bob Schwartzmiller #28S with a 20.546.
Heat race line ups were based on qualifying. Taking the win in the first heat was fastest qualifier, Gordon over Martz and Bobby Whitling #7W, respectively. Gordon turned the same lap time in the heat as he did in the qualifying laps. Second heat went to Moore over Dave McManus #114 and Daryl Charlier #14. Third heat found Schneider in 1st place with the record breaking time of 20.072. Jeff Broniszewski #08 was 2nd and Cam Kraisinger #47K in 3rd. Heat races ended Friday night’s festivities. The top two drivers from each heat would participate in a redraw for starting position in Saturday’s six-lap dash.
Prior to the redraw, two cars scratched from Saturday’s event. Gordon and Kraisinger experienced motor issues after Friday’s event, eliminating them from the competition. The five car dash had Schneider on the pole with McManus outside pole. The six laps had Schneider winning the dash and the pole for the 20 lap A Main, followed my McManus, Moore, Martz, and Broniszewski.
Schneider led the pack of 22 cars to the green for the 20 lap CruiseAmerica PENNational for the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series. Schneider took the lead at the start with three wide racing at the flagman between McManus, Martz, and Moore. McManus would come out of turn two in 2nd while sixth-starter, Whitling would make three-wide racing on the back stretch with fellow point contenders, Moore and Martz. Whitling would perceiver and take the 3rd spot on lap 1. Moore passed Martz for 4th on lap 2, as seventh-starter Charlier took 5th on lap 3.
Charlier would drop out of the race and retire to the pits on lap 4. Todd Weldon #45 advanced to 5th at this point, after starting 12th. Schneider distanced himself from the pack and started lapping the field at halfway, as Weldon took 4th from Moore. Continuing to march forward, Weldon would pass Whitling for 3rd on lap 13 and 2nd from McManus on lap 17. With no cautions, Schneider was able to gain a 6.409 second lead over Weldon and brought home the $1,500 Homak Penn Ohio Series’ win. Whitling made a late pass to take 3rd from McManus, winning the 2017 Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series Point Championship in the process. McManus held on to 4th, with Moore in 5th. 10th starting Davy Lee #96L, 11th starting Paul Davis #3, 19th starting Danny Rich #67X, 15th starting Rod Laskey #1R, and Martz completed the top ten.
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Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, PPMS, “Pittsburgher”, October 6-7, 2017, 20 laps, $1,500 to-win: 1. 64 – *Chris Schneider ; 2. 45 - *Todd Weldon ; 3. 7W – *Bobby Whitling  ; 4. 114 - *Dave McManus ; 5. 17M - *Rusty Moore ; 6. 96L – Davey Lee ; 7. 3 – *Paul Davis ; 8. 67X – Danny Rich ; 9. 1R – *Rod Laskey ; 10. 16M – *Rusty Martz ; 11.1B – *Bill Robertson ; 12. 00 – Curt Bish ; 13. 47L – Jared Larson ; 14. 54 – *Wayne Carbo ; 15. 33 – Brad Koteles ; 16. 36K – Andrew Kostelnik ; 17. 08 – *Jeff Broniszewski ; 18. 18 – Mike Harris  19. 10 - *Nick Kocuba ; 20. 36 – *AJ Poljak ; 21. 14 – Daryl Charlier ; 22. 28S - *Bob Schwartzmiller ; DNS: 25G – Andrew Gordon; 47K – Cam Kraisinger
Contingency Prizes awarded at PPMS Pittsburgher:
Chris Schneider #64 – Hoosier Tire – by Hoosier Tire Mid Atlantic & Precise Racing Products
Todd Weldon #45- $50 Hard Charger – by Shaffer’s Auto & Exhaust
Andrew Gordon #25G- $100 Certificate – by Close Racing Supply
Rod Laskey #1R– case of oil – by Les Frickshun
Jeff Broniszewski #08 - $75 certificate – by Genesis Racing Shocks
Chris Schneider #64- $50 certificate – by Schoenfeld Headers
Dave McManus #114- $25 certificate – by ARbodies
Wayne Carbo #54 – spray cleaner – by Precis Racing Products
Bill Robertson #1B – hood scoop – by Dirt Defender LLC
Rusty Martz #16M- $25 certificate – by Wedge Motorsports
A J Poljak #36- $25 certificate – by Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Davey Lee #96L (non-series)- $25 certificate – by Big Daddy’s Speed Center
Nick Kocuba #10- $25 certificate – by Precise Racing Products