ABBOTTSTOWN, Pa.: Bob Stough started on the pole for the 20-lap feature on Saturday night with young-gun, Stephen Wurtzer lined up on his outside. Despite the pole position, the win for Stough was not a walk in the park as he won a thrilling three-car battle that came down to the final turn.
When the green flag dropped on the field Wurtzer used the outside to lead the field out of turn 2. Stough was running second with Shaun Abney in third. Chris Transeau, who had won Friday night at Trail-Way Speedway to take the first race in the Wurtzer Garage Shoot Out, found himself in fourth place.
Wurtzer and Stough were pulling away from Abney and the rest of the field.
Stough had a solid run in the turns and was right on Wurtzer’s bumper.
Jeremy Ott was up to fifth from his ninth starting spot on lap 4. Stough looked to the outside of Wurtzer on the back stretch with Wurtzer holding onto the lead.
Lap 6 was an exciting one as Ott drove by Transeau for fourth and Stough looked to the outside of Wurtzer going into turn 3 to take the lead.
Wurtzer did not let Stough get far, and Ott was reeling them in as the laps ticked down.
Wurtzer was all over Stough at the halfway point trying to find a way to take back the lead. The two raced side by side at the line on lap 11 with Stough holding the advantage.
Ott caught up with Stough and Wurtzer to make it a three-car battle for the lead. Ott looked for a way under Wurtzer on lap 13 with Wurtzer holding the spot by a nose at the line. Only .163 seconds separated first and third.
Ott got by Wurtzer for second at the line with five laps to go. Wurtzer had the spot back by a nose on the following lap, now with only .149 seconds separating the top three cars.
A caution on lap 17 cooled down the action on the track momentarily. Choya Young stopped on the track coming out of turn 4.
With only three laps remaining Stough had to hold off Ott, Wurtzer, Transeau and his teammate Travis Perry on the restart.
Ott showed his nose under Stough in turns 1 and 2 with Wurtzer right behind him.
Stough had the lead when the white flag waved. Wurtzer got by Ott coming out of turn 2 and coming out of turn 4 it was a fierce battle to the checkered flag.
Stough won the race by .165 seconds over Ott. Wurtzer crossed the line third only .207 seconds behind Stough. Transeau finished fourth to claim the Wurtzer Garage Shoot Out Championship. Perry finished fifth, crossing the line under a second behind Stough.
Central PA Legends heat winners were Josh Schrum, Travis Perry, Bob Stough and Stephen Wurtzer.
Gene Latta Ford Central PA Legends
Legends Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. 07-Bob Stough; 2. 10-Jeremy Ott; 3. 14-Stephen Wurtzer; 4. 18-Chris Transeau; 5. 19-Travis Perry; 6. 53-Bill Diehl; 7. 26-Shaun Abney; 8. 41-Chuck Dell; 9. 4G-Josh Schrum; 10. 93-Brent Marquis; 11. 24-Justin Cunningham; 12. 19J-Jonathan Robinson; 13. 51-Travis McClelland; 14. 2D-Owen Dimm; 15. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 16. 2a-Cody Altland; 17. 91-Ben Goldsmith; 18. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 19. 48-Donald Stoudt; 20. 17-Cory Phillips; 21. 11R-Scott Musselman; 22. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 23. 30K-Seth Kearchner; 24. 4J-Choya Young
Lap Leaders – Stephen Wurtzer (1-6) & Bob Stough (7-20)
Legends Heat One Finish (8 laps) – 1. 4G-Josh Schrum; 2. 53-Bill Diehl; 3. 18-Chris Transeau; 4. 30K-Seth Kearchner; 5. 2d-Owen Dimm; 6. 2G-Tyler Groft; 7. 25-Eric Hurst; 8. 61-Shaun Miller; 9. 56-Zach Baxter (DNF)
Legends Heat Two Finish (8 laps) – 1. 19-Travis Perry; 2. 26-Shaun Abney; 3. 93-Brent Marquis; 4. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 5. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 6. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 7. 48-Donald Stoudt; 8. 15s-Jon Snavely; 9. 51-Travis McClelland (DNF)
Legends Heat Three Finish (8 laps) – 1. 07-Bob Stough; 2. Jeremy Ott; 3. 19J-Jonathan Robinson; 4. 91-Ben Goldsmith; 5. 2a-Cody Altland; 6. 13-Ron Blizzard; 7. K24-Ryan Voland; 8. 42L-Sam Lamb; 9. 85-Michael Goldsmith
Legends Heat Four Finish (8 laps) – 1. 14-Stephen Wurtzer; 2. 41-Chuck Dell; 3. 24-Justin Cunningham; 4. 4J-Choya Young; 5. 11R-Scott Musselman; 6. 17-Cory Phillips; 7. 55x-Robbie Dobson; 8. 824-Brian Rampmeyer; 9. 9d-Brady Dillon
Legends Consi Finish (8 laps) – 1. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 2. 17-Cory Phillips; 3. 48-Donald Stoudt; 4. 51-Travis McClelland; 5. 2G-Tyler Groft; 6. 25-Eric Hurst; 7. 13-Ron Blizzard; 8. 824-Brian Rampmeyer; 9. K24-Ryan Voland; 10. 61-Shaun Miller; 11. 9D-Brady Dillon; 12. 85-Michael Goldsmith; 13. 42L-Sam Lamb; 14. 15s-Jon Snavley (DNF); 15. 55X-Richie Dobson (DNF); 16. 56-Zach Baxter (DNS)