Bill Diehl Victorious at BAPS York County Nationals

July 19, 2020

 

York Haven, Pa.: A busy weekend for the Gene Latte Ford Central PA Legends presented by Baker Door Company wrapped up Sunday night at BAPS Motor Speedway with Bill Diehl taking the coveted win.

 

Pole-sitter Rick Hartwig led the first lap, but he caught a rut in front of the field and spun in front of the field. A 10-car pile-up ensued, with none of the cars being able to continue. All drivers were OK.

 

Scott Houdeshell, who finished second to Travis McClelland in Saturday’s main event at BAPS, took over and led through the fourth circuit. Diehl made his way to the front, and an entertaining race took place.

 

Diehl took the lead on Lap 5, with Houdeshell returning the favor one lap later. But Diehl didn’t go away, and he retook the top spot on the seventh circuit, this time holding it until the finish.

 

Houdeshell finished second, .669 seconds off the pace. Seth Kearchner was running fourth in the final corner when he spun and collected fifth-place Stephen Wurtzer. They were credited with 11th and 12th.

 

Jorjie Sweger landed a third-place finish, with 16th-place starter Chris Transeau and Greg Burd completing the top five. 

 

GENE LATTA FORD CENTRAL PA LEGENDS PRESENTED BY BAKER DOOR COMPANY

 

Feature (20 Laps): 1. 53-Bill Diehl[3]; 2. 5-Scott Houdeshell[5]; 3. 18J-Jorjie Sweger[7]; 4. 18-Chris Transeau[16]; 5. 94-Greg Burd[10]; 6. 17H-Timothy Hahn[15]; 7. 17-Cory Phillips[24]; 8. 69-Cole Hahn[21]; 9. 1G-Shawn Groft[23]; 10. 25-Eric Hurst[22]; 11. 30K-Seth Kearchner[25]; 12. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer[6]; 13. (DNF) 2-Scott Smith[18]; 14. (DNF) 9-Rick Hartwig[1]; 15. (DNF) 8-Austin Bellemare[4]; 16. (DNF) 43-Ronald Little Jr[2]; 17. (DNF) 30-Alex Robinson[9]; 18. (DNF) 55X-Richie Dobson[12]; 19. (DNF) 90-Scott Spidle[14]; 20. (DNF) 19L-Jonathan Robinson[20]; 21. (DNF) 56-Zach Baxter[13]; 22. (DNF) 11R-Scott Musselman[19]; 23. (DNF) 95-Alex Schmiedel[8]; 24. (DNF) 41-Chuck Dell Jr[11]; 25. (DNF) 000-eric McClane[17].

 

Lap Leaders: Rick Hartwig (1), Scott Houdeshell (2-4), Bill Diehl (5), Houdeshell (6), Diehl (7-20)

 

Legend Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 8-Austin Bellemare[1]; 2. 9-Rick Hartwig[4]; 3. 18J-Jorjie Sweger[6]; 4. 94-Greg Burd[7]; 5. 56-Zach Baxter[2]; 6. 18-Chris Transeau[9]; 7. 11R-Scott Musselman[3]; 8. 25-Eric Hurst[8]; 9. 17-Cory Phillips[5].

 

Legend Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 53-Bill Diehl[3]; 2. 5-Scott Houdeshell[8]; 3. 95-Alex Schmiedel[7]; 4. 41-Chuck Dell Jr[2]; 5. 90-Scott Spidle[4]; 6. 000-eric McClane[1]; 7. 19L-Jonathan Robinson[5]; 8. 1G-Shawn Groft[6].

 

Legend Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 43-Ronald Little Jr[2]; 2. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer[7]; 3. 30-Alex Robinson[8]; 4. 55X-Richie Dobson[4]; 5. 17H-Timothy Hahn[5]; 6. 2-Scott Smith[1]; 7. 69-Cole Hahn[6]; 8. (DNF) 30K-Seth Kearchner[3].

 

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