CHRIS SCHNEIDER KICKS OFF THE HOMAK PENN OHIO SEASON WITH $2,000 WIN AT SHARON SPEEDWAY’S 2018 MAKE UP APPLE FEST RACE, PLUS AUTOMATIC QUALIFIER FOR 2019 STEEL VALLEY PRO STOCK NATS $10K!
For Immediate Release
May 13, 2019 (Sandy Lake, PA) Despite the usual threatening rain, track officials at Sharon Speedway worked diligently to get the 2019 season underway on Saturday, May 11th, featuring the Penn Ohio Series 2018 make up Apple Fest non-points race from September 7th. A total of 53 different pro stock cars competed in the event with 32 on hand at Saturday’s event to compete in last chance B Mains and the 25 lap A Main paying $2,000 to win. At the end of the night, four-time Penn Ohio Pro Stock Point Champion, Chris Schneider, out of Lower Burrell, PA, parked his SS Chassis #55 in victory lane for the $2,000 pay day and automatically qualified for the Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals event on June 14th and 15th.
Saturday’s make up event kicked off with two B Mains featuring 8 cars in each and 4 advancing to the A. Winners of the B Mains were Curtis J. Bish #29 and Jackson Humanic #17. Provisionals were granted to Steve D’Apolito #84 for Sharon Speedway and Terry Wheeler #2W for Penn Ohio.
As a result of a pill redraw for the top 10, Joey Zambotti #948 would lead the 25-car field to the green in the 25-lap A Main with Rob Shook #64 by his side. Shook took a quick lead over Zambotti with Schneider in third on the opening lap. Schneider would capture the runner up spot on lap 2 over Zambotti. Lap 3 found fifth-starter Andrew Gordon and sixth-starter Rusty Martz battling Zambotti for third with Martz securing the position, while Gordon settled into the fourth spot. Shook maintained the lead until Schneider made the winning pass on lap 10.
Lapped traffic became a factor as the 25-lap race was caution free from green to checker. Schneider was uncontested as the battle for third and fourth heated up between Martz and Gordon on laps 15-18 with Gordon taking over third on lap 18. On a mission and dealing with lapped traffic, Gordon would chase down Shook to battle for the 2nd spot and was able to secure it on lap 21. With only four laps left and a sizable distance from the leader, Gordon would settle for the runner up spot, 4.134 seconds behind Schneider. Shook finished third over Martz and Jason Fosnaught #73. Completing the top 10 were Mike Miller #T6, Chris McGuire #63, Humanic #17, Bobby Whitling #7W, and Zambotti #948.
Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series, Sharon Speedway, 2018 Make up Apple Festival Nats, 25 laps, May 11, 2019, Finishing order: 1- *Chris Schneider (55); 2- *Andrew Gordon (25); 3- *Rob Shook (64); 4- *Rusty Martz (16M); 5- *Jason Fosnaught (73); 6- *Michael Miller (T6); 7- *Chris McGuire (63); 8- *Jackson Humanic (17); 9- *Bobby Whitling (7W); 10- *Joey Zambotti (948); 11- Rod Laskey (1R); 12- *Shaun Hooks (65); 13- *Curtis J. Bish (29); 14- Jamie Duncan (67J); 15- *Tyler Thompson (T2); 16- *Leigh Wheeler (717); 17- *Tim Bish (11B); 18- *Jim Fosnaught (20J); 19- Mike Miller (81); 20- *Chris Withers (21W); 21- *Terry Wheeler (2W); 22- *Brian Carothers (02c); 23- *Steve D’Apolito (84); 24- Jason Jones (81J); 25- *Paul Davis (3); DNS- *Tim Deutsch (20); DNQ- *Jamie Scharba (11S); *Darr Diegelman (15*); *Gerry Bruce (z17); David Snyder (14); Brett McDonald (25M); *Pat Fielding (23); DNR- *Jeff Broniszewski (08); *Randy Wyant (11T); *Hunter Exley (23HJR); Noah Brunell (31); *Andy Buckley (965); Larry Kugel (00K); Jamie Maxwell (6); Steven Burns Jr (70B); Mike Clark (7); Tony Spaghetti (97); Curt Bish (00); *Bobby Heim (92); Bryan Wagner (56); *Jason Longwell (7S); Garrett Calvert (77); Alan Dellinger (1B); *Nick Kocuba (10); Rusty Wheeler (44); *Jacob Billyk (4); Bobby Robinson (34R); Gil DeMello (22)
*denotes 2019 Penn Ohio Series Member
Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series contingency prizes were awarded to the following drivers:
Chris Schneider #55
American Racer/Lias Tire
American Racer Tire
Chris McGuire #63
Mike Miller #T6
Joe Willcox Performance Automatics
Leigh Wheeler #717
Bobby Whitling #7W
Jamie Scharba #11S
Ultra Shield Race Products
Tyler Thompson #T2
Ultra Shield Race Products
Tim Bish #11B
$25 Certificate & shirt
Brian Carothers #02c
Paul Davis #3
Rod Laskey #1R
Joey Zambotti #948
Terry Wheeler #2W
Curtis Bish #29
Tim Deutsch #20
$25 Gift Card
Jackson Humanic #17
The first point race in 2019 for the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Series is at Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, June 1st for the 8th Annual Ed Laboon Memorial presented by STAAR Lubricants and STAAR Logistics. The event pays $4,017 to-win, $200 to start.
Drivers can join the Homak Penn Ohio Series any time throughout the season and still reap the benefits – a $15,000 point fund with $3,000 going to the point champion, over $13,000-$15,000 in contingency prizes given away at Penn Ohio events, and over $20,000 in driver prizes given away at the banquet. The cost to join the series is $200 and registration forms are online at http://www.pennohioprostocks.com/2019%20REGISTRATION.pdf.
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