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Max Blair (Jim DenHamer photo)

Dominant Blair Rules McKean County

EAST SMETHPORT, Pa. — Max Blair swept the Zimmer’s Service Center ULMS Super Late Model action at the Nittany Minitmart Fall Classic at McKean County Raceway by winning Saturday’s Priority Care Race Fan feature in dominant fashion. 

Blair took the lead from the pole and pulled away, leaving Wyatt Scott and Mike Lupher to battle for second in the first half of the event. 

Ryan Montgomery started to move forward in the second half of the event and started putting pressure on Scott.  Two contenders dropped out in the late stages of the race when Greg Oakes fell out on lap 26 and Scott also had misfortune, dropping out on lap 33. 

Blair held off Montgomery on the final restart to take the win, with Dutch Davies in third, followed by Deshaun Gingerich and Damian Bidwell.
Blair had misfotune strike on the opening lap of the RUSH Crate Late Model event when he got caught in a nine-car tangle that knocked he and Paul Grigsby out of the event, among others. 

John Waters took the lead on the restart, but Steve Dixon grabbed it on lap four.  Six laps later, distaster struck when Dixon tangled with a lapped car in a crash that also eliminated John Waters and Dusty Waters.  That gave the lead to Bryce Davis, who avoided the incident, and Davis brought home the win over Andy Michael, who made a last-lap pass on Steve LaBarron for second. 

The UMP Modifieds made their first appearance at McKean County Raceway and in their feature event, Mike Potosky was the early leader, only to surrender the top spot to Brian Ruhlman. 

Dave Hess diced hard with Ruhlman and was able to take the lead on lap eight and motor away for the feature win. 

The RUSH Pro Mod feature was led wire to wire by Adam Ashcroft.  Andrew Kreamer won the mini stock feature.

The finish:

Max Blair, Ryan Montgomery, Dutch Davies, Deshaun Gingerich, Damian Bidwell, Mike Lupher, Denny Fenton, Jason Knowles, Mike Smith, Wyatt Scott, Greg Oakes, Mike Wonderling, Brad Mesler, Rodney Phillips, Bob Dorman, Garrett Mott, Dave Hess, Dave Lyon, John Brady.


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