AFTER A DRAMATIC WEEKEND OF EVENTS – CHRIS SCHNEIDER PICKS UP HIS FOURTH HOMAK PENN OHIO POINT CHAMPIONSHIP!
For Immediate Release
October 9, 2018 (Sandy Lake, PA) Rain was certainly a factor for the weekend’s events at Mercer and Pittsburgh, with a two and a half hour delay at Mercer on Friday and Saturday’s events at Pittsburgh being moved to Sunday. Both tracks worked hard to complete the end-of-season shows and successfully did so. As a result, the point battle came down to Sunday’s event at Pittsburgh between five-time 2018 season winner Andrew Gordon and three-time Penn Ohio Point Champion Chris Schneider.
A three point spread separated the two stock car standouts going into the weekend’s events with Gordon in the top spot. Leading up to Sunday, Schneider was fast qualifier with Gordon second and both drivers were victorious in their heats on Friday’s portion of the Pittsburgher 100 event. The six car dash redraw had the two starting side by side in the second row. A tangle on the start between Dave McManus and Gordon sent Gordon soaring into the mud on the front stretch infield resulting in a mud-packed front end with major damage. Schneider went on his way to win the dash with Jason Fosnaught in second.
Gordon’s crew worked hard to get him back in action as he was scheduled to start sixth in the 25 lap feature. In the meantime, Schneider was experiencing issues with his motor and chose to drive his backup car. Track procedure indicates when a backup car is used the driver must start at the tail of the field. A twist of events had Gordon advancing to fifth on the start with Schneider at the rear in 13th. When the green flag dropped, Gordon experienced mechanical issues and slowly crept around the track bringing out the yellow. Getting it to restart and back up to speed, Gordon would start at the tail just behind Schneider with one lap in the books.
The two would battle nose to tail, as well as side by side, lap after lap, appearing as though Gordon would hold onto the point championship. At the completion of lap 14, however, a caution would bunch the drivers up with Gordon scheduled to start beside Schneider, but more mechanical woes had Gordon exiting to the pits ending the battle for the 2018 Homak Penn Ohio Point Championship.
Schneider continued his hard fought venture for the front and reeled in Jason Fosnaught. However, Fosnaught’s determination and smooth run kept him in the top spot leading all 25 laps over Schneider. The three-time Homak Penn Ohio Point Champion regained the title for a fourth-time, ending the season with two wins, finishing in second place four times, and nine top ten’s for 906 points. Gordon finished the season with five wins securing the runner up spot with 896 points. 2017 Penn Ohio Point Champion Bobby Whitling had a solid season finishing third in points with one win, six top five’s, and nine top ten’s for 884 points. Rob Shook was fourth with 868 points and five top five finishes; while, Chris McGuire ended the season fifth with 854 points and eight top ten finishes. Sixth through tenth included Jason Fosnaught with 848 points, Jeff Broniszewski with 830 points, Leigh Wheeler with 821 points, Paul Davis with 811 points, and Tyler Thompson with 751 points.
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