Abbottstown, PA (3/16/19) - Zachary Settle started on the pole of the 20-lap legend feature with Alex Robinson on the outside. Bill Diehl and Jeremy Hahn made up the second row. Settle led the first lap with Diehl and 5th place starter, Jeremy Ott close behind. Diehl and Ott went three-wide with Settle for the lead with Diehl darting out to the lead on the lap two.
With Diehl in the lead the first caution of the race came out on the second lap as Austin Bellamere came to a stop in turn 2. Diehl held onto the lead on the restart with the pole-sitter, Settle, getting shuffled back to 5th. While Diehl was leading the field sixth place starter, Harlon Leppo, was working his way to the front. Leppo nearly got around Ott for 2nd on lap 4. Harlon made the move to take 2nd on the next lap by working the bottom of the track.
Lap 6 saw two simultaneous drag races down the back stretch. One for 1st between Diehl and Leppo and the other for 3rd between Ott and Mason Chaney. The second caution flag came out on lap 7 as Travis Beck came to a stop in turn 4.
Leppo made a run for the lead on lap 10 and almost had Diehl at the flag stand. Harlon made it stick a lap later in turns 3 and 4 and took the lead from Bill. Looking at the lap leaders one might assume Leppo took the lead and never looked back, but that was not the case. Diehl stuck around and did not make it an easy victory for Leppo.
Travis Beck fell off the pace of the field with a spin out in turn 4 but was able to keep his car running. As the leaders caught Beck, Diehl took the lead back from Leppo on lap 15 as Leppo got caught behind Beck going down the front stretch. Diehl and Leppo were racing wheel to wheel on lap 16 for the lead with Leppo finally getting the advantage off turn 4.
Diehl was still sticking around. Leppo blocked Diehl’s line coming out of turn 2 with two laps to go, preventing Diehl from taking the lead back. The final caution of the race came on lap 18 for a four-car pile up in turn 4. Chuck Dell, Chandler Pagnotta, Tim O’Sheehan and Zach Smith were involved.
Diehl tried the top line on the restart but could not get around Leppo for the lead. It was a drag race to the finish with Leppo edging out Diehl by .463 seconds for the victory. Ott finished third. Chaney crossed the line fourth with Settle rounding out the top five.
Legend heats were won by Bill Diehl, Jeremy Ott, Alex Schmiedel and Mason Chaney. Josh Schrum and Austin Bellamere each earned a Legend consi win.
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Central PA Legends Feature (20 Laps) – 1. 15H-Harlon Leppo ($300); 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 10-Jeremy Ott; 4. 8CR-Mason Chaney; 5. 58Z-Zachary Settle; 6. 5-Scott Houdeshell; 7. 19-Travis Perry; 8. 18H-Jeremy Hahn; 9. 95-Alex Schmiedel; 10. 30-Alex Robinson; 11. 93-Brent Marquis; 12. 94-Greg Burd; 13. 5C-Josh Schrum; 14. 26-Shaun Abney; 15. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 16. 31-Travis Beck; 17. 75-Chandler Pagnotta (DNF); 18. 41-Chuck Dell (DNF); 19. 00-Tim O’Sheehan (DNF); 20. 78-Zac Smith (DNF); 21. 0-Blaine Leppo (DNF); 22. 30K-Seth Kerchner (DNF); 23. 51-Travis McClelland (DNF); 24. 8A-Austin Bellemare (DNF) No Time.
Lap Leaders – Bill Diehl (1-10, 15), Harlon Leppo (11-14, 16-20)
Central PA Legends Heat One Finish (8 laps) - 1. 53-Bill Diehl; 2. 58Z-Zachary Settle; 3. 19-Travis Perry; 4. 00-Tim O’Sheehan; 5. 75-Chandler Pagnotta; 6. 61-Shaun Miller; 7. UGLY-Mike McClane; 8. 43-Brandon Reiblich; 9.42-Scott Lee; 10. 14H-Mike Howard Jr.; 11. 4-Eli Dodge (DNS) Time: 2:43
Central PA Legends Heat Two Finish (8 laps) - 1. 10-Jeremy Ott; 2. 5-Scott Houdeshell; 3. 15H-Harlon Leppo; 4. 94-Greg Burd; 5. 5C-Josh Schrum; 6. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 7. 41-Chuck Dell; 8. 8-Robert Shaw; 9. 9-Justin Cunningham; 10. 85-Michael Goldsmith Time: 2:39
Central PA Legends Heat Three Finish (8 laps) - 1.95-Alex Schmiedel; 2. 93-Brent Marquis; 3. 30-Alex Robinson; 4. 30K-Seth Kerchner; 5. 31-Travis Beck; 6. 88-Don Butler; 7. 1-Eugene Drew; 8. 83J-James Snow; 9. 0-Blaine Leppo; 10. 77A-Don Butler; 11. 13-Ron Blizzard Jr.
Central PA Legends Heat Four Finish (8 laps) - 1.8CR-Mason Chaney; 2. 78-Zac Smith; 3. 18H-Jeremy Hahn; 4. 51-Travis McClelland; 5. 8A-Austin Bellemare; 6. 26-Shaun Abney; 7. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer; 8. 91-Ben Goldsmith; 9. 77-Rick Blizzard; 10. 39-Bonnie Lee
Central PA Legends Consi #1 (8 laps) - 1.5C-Josh Schrum; 2. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 3. 75-Chandler Pagnotta; 4. 41-Chuck Dell; 5. 61-Shaun Miller; 6. 8B-Robert Shaw; 7. 9-Justin Cunningham; 8. 4-Eli Dodge; 9. UGLY-Mike McClane; 10. 85-Michael Goldsmith; 11. 43-Brandon Reiblich; 12. 14H-Mike Howard Jr. (DNF); 13. 42-Scott Lee (DNF)
Central PA Legends Consi #2 (8 laps) - 1. 8-Austin Bellemare; 2. 26-Shaun Abney; 3. 0-Blaine Leppo; 4. 31-Travis Beck; 5. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer; 6. 91-Ben Goldsmith; 7. 77-Rick Blizzard; 8. 1-Eugene Drew; 9. 39-Bonnie Lee; 10. 88-Don Butler (DNF); 11. 83J-James Snow (DNF); 12. 77A-Aaron Updegraff (DNF); 13. 13-Ron Blizzard Jr. (DNF)