Abbottstown, Pa.: Seth Kearchner parked his number 30 Central PA Legend machine in victory lane on Saturday night for the first time in his career. The 20-lap feature came down to the last lap as Kearchner held off veteran driver Bill Diehl for the win.
Chuck Dell started on the pole with Chris McKinney on the outside of the front row.
Diehl, who lined up third for the start led the field into turn 1 with Dell, McKinney and Jeremy Hahn battling behind him.
The first caution of the race came on lap 3 for Jeremy Ott and Travis Perry. The two got together and stopped on the back stretch.
Diehl paced the field for the restart ahead of Dell, Hahn, Kearchner and Aaron Updegraff.
Kearchner got his nose under Hahn for third in turns 1 and 2. The raced side by side for the position with Hahn holding onto his advantage.
Updegraff closed in on Kearchner and Hahn to make it a three car battle.
The yellow flag flew again on lap 4. This time it was for Chris McKinney who stopped on the back stretch.
Once again Diehl led the field to the cone for the single file restart.
Kearchner got his nose under Hahn and took the third spot and went to work on Dell for second. After a close battle Kearchner edged out Dell for second at the line right before the caution came out again on lap 6. The caution was for Alex Schmeidel.
Diehl led Kearchner, Dell, Updegraff and Hahn on the restart. Kearchner was all over Diehl on the restart. The top two were running bumper to bumper. Kearchner got his nose under Diehl as the two raced down the back stretch but Diehl beat him back to the line to hold onto the lead.
As the Diehl and Kearchner battled for the lead, Updegraff got by Dell for third. Another caution slowed the field on lap 8. Quinn Tanner spun coming out of turn 4 and Cory Phillips came to an abrupt stop to avoid him.
Kearchner drove under Diehl coming out turn 4 and took the race lead on lap 10. Diehl stayed within striking distance as Updegraff watched from third.
Diehl got his nose under Kearchner on lap 13 but Kearchner held on to the lead.
With 5 laps to go Kearchner led Diehl, Updegraff, Austin Bellemare and Alex Robinson. Bellemare got turned around in turn 2 on lap 16 bringing out the caution.
With Bellemare out of the top 5 Hahn took over the fifth spot for the restart.
Diehl did not let Kearchner out of his reach on the restart. The final caution of the race came on lap 17 as Justin Cunningham spun out in turn 1.
Diehl was able to get his nose under Kearchner in the turns but it was not enough to take the lead back.
Kearchner and Diehl battled for the lead to the very end with Kearchner edging out Diehl by half a car length at the line for the win. Updegraff held on to finish third. Robinson crossed the line fourth and Stephen Wurtzer completed the top five.
Heat winners for the Central PA Legends were Jeremy Ott, Travis Perry, Aaron Updegraff and Seth Kearchner.
Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends Presented by McSherrystown Moose:
Central PA Legends Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. 30k-Seth Kearchner; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 4. 30-Alex Robinson; 5. 18H-Jeremy Hahn; 6. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer; 7. 41-Chuck Dell; 8. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 9. 18-Chris Transeau; 10. 70-Mike Racine; 11. 19-Travis Perry; 12. 90-Scott Spidle; 13. 93-Brent Marquis; 14. 17w-Bradley Weber; 15. 8-Austin Bellemare; 16. 95-Alex Schmeidel; 17. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 18. 9-Rick Hartwig; 19. 24-Justin Cunningham; 20. 17p-Cory Phillips; 21. 77-Quinn Tanner (DNF); 22. 3m-Chris McKinney (DNF); 23. 10-Jeremey Ott (DNF); 24. 78-Zac Smith (DNF)
Lap Leaders – Bill Diehl (1-10) & Seth Kearchner (11-20)
Central PA Legends Heat 1 Finish: 1. 19-Travis Perry; 2. 78-Zac Smith; 3. 77-Quinn Trimmer; 4. 8-Austin Bellemare; 5. 24-Justin Cunningham; 6. 93-Brent Marquis; 7. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 8. 26-Shaun Abney; 9. 1G-Shawn Groft; 10. 85-Mike Goldsmith; 11. 15s-John Snavely (DNF)
Central PA Legends Heat 2 Finish: 1. 10-Jeremy Ott; 2. 18H-Jeremy Hahn; 3. 3-Chris McKinney; 4. 14w-Stephen Wurtzer; 5. 18-Chris Transeau; 6. 43-Ron Little; 7. 25-Eric Hurst; 8. 83-Jason Gastley; 9. 2-Scott Smith (DNF); 10. 51-Travis McClelland (DNF); 11. 91-Ben Goldsmith (DNF)
Central PA Legends Heat 3 Finish: 1. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 2. 17w-Bradley Weber; 3. 30-Alex Robinson; 4. 90-Scott Spidle; 5. 9-Rick Hartwig; 6. 70-Mike Racine; 7. 19-Jonathan Robinson; 8. 17p-Cory Phillips; 9. 99-Bryan Green; 10. 6-Sean Dawson; 11. 13-Ron Blizzard
Central PA Legends Heat 4 Finish: 1. 30-Seth Kearchner; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 41-Check Dell; 4. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 5. 95-Alex Schmeidel; 6. 13t-Casey Traxler; 7. 34-Dan Harrison; 8. 61-Shawn Miller; 9. 11R-Scott Musselman; 10. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 11. 56-Zach Baxter
Central PA Legends Consy 1 Finish: 1. 93-Brent Marquis; 2. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 3. 26-Shaun Abney; 4. 43-Ron Little; 5. 25-Eric Hurst; 6. 15s-John Snavely; 7. 1G-Shawn Groft; 8. 85-Mike Goldsmith; 9. 83-Jason Gastley (DNF); 10. 91-Ben Goldsmith (DNF); 11. 2-Scott Smith (DNS); 12. 51-Travis McClelland (DNS)
Central PA Legends Consy 2 Finish: 1. 70-Mike Racine; 2. 17p-Cory Phillips; 3. 99-Bryan Green; 4. 6-Sean Dawson; 5. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 6. 61-Shaun Miller; 7. 56-Zach Baxter; 8. 19L-Jonathan Robinson; 9. 11r-Scott Musselman; 10. 34-Dan Harrison (DNF); 11. 13T-Casey Traxler (DNF); 12. 13B-Ron Blizzard (DNF)