FIRST TIME WINNERS IN HOMAK PENN OHIO SERIES –
TIM BISH WINS LITTLE GUY NATIONALS &
JASON FOSNAUGHT PICKS UP PITTSBURGHER 100 WIN!
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2018 (Sandy Lake, PA) What a way to end the season for the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series! Two drivers who have never visited the Penn Ohio Victory Lane were able to do so in two thrilling events. Tim Bish, driver of the 11B, battled through lap traffic and held off the 2017 Point Champion Bobby Whitling to capture the $1,000 paycheck at Mercer’s Little Guy Nationals. New Series Member, Jason Fosnaught #73, held off the forces of outstanding three-time, now four-time Penn Ohio Point Champion Chris Schneider to bring home the Pittsburgher 100 victory worth $1,000.
Rain was certainly a factor for the weekend’s events at Mercer and Pittsburgh. Mercer experienced a two and a half hour delay before getting racing action underway on Friday; while Pittsburgh moved Saturday’s events to Sunday. Both tracks worked hard to complete the end-of-season shows and were successful in doing so. Mercer Little Guy Nationals had 37 pro stocks compete in the Homak Penn Ohio Series $1,000 to win event, while 15 pro stocks competed at PPMS for the Homak Penn Ohio Series Wee Willie White Memorial paying $1,000 to win.
Leading the 25 car field to green for Mercer’s Little Guy Nationals 25 lap feature event were Tim Bish and Paul Davis #3. Bish quickly took the top spot over Davis with teammate Alan Dellinger #1B and Bobby Whitling #7W battling in third and fourth. As Davis, Dellinger and Whitling competed for second Bish started checking out from the pack but would experience lap traffic around lap 8. Whitling and Dellinger were able to catch Bish on lap 14 but the first and only caution of the event would fly for Garrett Calvert and Bobby Heim on the front stretch, bunching the field back up. Despite pressure from Whitling, especially in the final laps, Bish maintained a smooth and consistent line leading all 25 laps and bringing home his first Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series win! Whitling finished in second over Dellinger. Davis was fourth followed by Tyler Thompson #T2. Rounding out the top 10 were Bill Hurrelbrink #c8, Leigh Wheeler #717, Mike Miller #81, Andy Thompson #5, and Gary Luzier #960.
At the Pittsburgher 100, three-time Penn Ohio Point Champion Chris Schneider #55 was scheduled to lead the field to the green but motor issues had him using a backup car and starting at the tail of the field. As a result, Jason Fosnaught #73 and Jeff Broniszewski #08 led the field to the green for the 25 lap feature. Fosnaught quickly jumped out to the lead and would lead lap 1 before a caution for current Penn Ohio point leader Andrew Gordon slowed racing action. Gordon appeared to have mechanical issues but was able to get his Ford machine powered up and restarted at the back behind Chris Schneider.
Going into the event, a three point spread separated Gordon and the former point champion Schneider. The battle was intense through the pack as Schneider and Gordon were nose to tail, side by side, lap after lap, while Fosnaught cruised to a sizeable lead. A yellow on lap 12 for a slowed Broniszewski bunched the pack back up. Again Fosnaught pulled away from the group but would experience one last caution on lap 14. Under the yellow as the cars were being lined up to restart the race, Gordon exited to the pits with mechanical issues not to return, which locked up the 2018 Penn Ohio Point Championship for Schneider. The remaining laps had Schneider reeling in Fosnaught but the #73 was on a mission to capture his first Homak Penn Ohio Series victory and did so by 1.039 second over Schneider. Rob Shook #64 finished third followed by Cam Kraisinger #47 and Corey McPherson #c33. Rounding out the top 10 were Dave McManus #114, Chris McGuire #63, Mike Harris #18H, Danny Rich #67X and Nick Kocuba #10.
Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, Mercer Raceway Park Little Guy Nationals, 25 laps, October 5, 2018 Finishing order: 1- *Tim Bish (11B); 2- *Bobby Whitling (7W); 3- Alan Dellinger (1B); 4- *Paul Davis (3); 5- *Tyler Thompson (T2); 6- *Bill Hurrelbrink (c8); 7- *Leigh Wheeler (717); 8- Mike Miller (81); 9- Andy Thompson (5); 10- Gary Luzier (960); 11- *Randy Wyant (11T); 12- *Pat Fielding (17M); 13- *Jamie Duncan (67J); 14- *Curtis Bish (29); 15- *Joe Stajnrajh Jr. (04); 16- *Hunter Exley (23HJR); 17- Garrett Calvert (77); 18- *Shaun Hooks (65); 19- *Curt Bish (00); 20- *Rusty Moore substituting for Steve Allison (1BAD); 21- *Bobby Heim (92); 22- Gary Miller (1M); 23- *Terry Wheeler Jr. substituting for Terry Wheeler Sr.; 24- Bill Applebee (9); 25- Russ Coyne (8c) DNQ- Tyler Kubic (15); Bill Phillips Jr. (23JR); Gil DeMello (22); Brian Carothers (02c); Ray Reynolds (23R); Bobby Robinson (34R); Jesse Brock (22B); Mike Bordt (26); Luke Rutsky (22R); Jacob Billyk (4); BJ Fiedler (15H); Jason Longwell (7S)
Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, PPMS Pittsburgher “Wee” Willie White Memorial, 25 laps, October 7, 2018 Finishing order: 1- *Jason Fosnaught (73); 2- *Chris Schneider; 3- *Rob Shook (64); 4- Cam Kraisinger (47); 5- Corey McPherson (c33); 6- *Dave McManus (114); 7- *Chris McGuire (63); 8- Mike Harris (18H); 9- *Danny Rich (67X); 10- *Nick Kocuba (10); 11- *Andrew Gordon (25); 12- *Jeff Broniszewski (08); 13- *Rusty Martz (16M) DNS – Bill Robertson (1B); Joey Koteles (33K)
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