Ott Wins Five-Car Thriller to Take Central PA Opener


Abbottstown, Pa.: The Central PA Legends season started off in exciting fashion with a feature that saw four lead changes. Jeremy Ott had the lead when it counted on Saturday, starting off the season in victory lane and taking home $300 for the win.


Seth Kearchner and Jorjie Sweger shared the front row with Jeremy Ott and Bob Stough lined up in row 2.

Kearchner and Sweger raced side by side into turn 1 with Kearchner taking the lead out of turn 2. Sweger took over the top spot at the line to lead lap 1 after using the outside of turn 4 to make the pass.


Stough was in third and was all over Kearchner for second when the caution came out on lap 2. Travis McClelland, Chris Transeau and Scott Houdeshell got together in turns 1 and 2. All three drivers rejoined the field.


Kearchner got his nose under Sweger in turn 2 but Sweger held the lead. Stough took a peek to the outside of Kearchner in turn 2 but couldn’t make the pass.


The yellow flag waved again on lap 4 when Richie Dobson spun out in turn 2.


Ott used the outside of turn 4 to pass Stough for third on lap 5. Another caution came on lap 6 for Tyler Groft who spun out in turn 1. The yellow flag flew again on the restart when Dobson spun in turn 4.


While Kearchner was searching for a way around Sweger, Ott was closing in on the leaders. Ott got by Kearchner for second on lap 7. Kearchner stuck around pulled up side-by-side with Ott in turn 3 but Ott held him off.


Ott tried a higher groove and made the pass for the lead coming out of turn on lap 10.


Mike Racine brought out a caution on lap 11 when he spun out in turn 4.


Ott led Sweger, Kearchner, Stough and George Diehl on the restart.


Sweger got by Ott on the restart and held off Ott coming out of turn 4. The two raced side by side at the line with Sweger holding a .007 second advantage to hold onto the lead.


Stough got by Kearchner and moved into third.


Ott took the lead back by a nose at the line on lap 14 right before the yellow flag came out for Owen Dimm. Dimm got turned around in turn 4.


Sweger, Stough, Diehl and Kearchner lined up behind Ott for the restart. Sweger got under Ott to take the lead lap 15 and Diehl got by Kearchner for fourth.


Ott looked to the outside of Sweger to take the lead back, but the yellow came out on lap 18. Travis Perry was yet another car that got turned around in turn 4.

The field lined up behind Sweger for a green, white, checkered finish. Ott tried the outside to get by Sweger leaving the bottom open for Stough to make a move coming out of turn 2. Ott made the pass for the lead and led when the white flag flew.


Ott crossed the line .403 seconds ahead of Diehl who made a last lap pass for second. Sweger finished third and Stough followed in fourth. Blaine Leppo completed the top five after passing Kearchner on the last lap.


Legend heat races were won by Bill Diehl, Scott Houdeshell, Jeremy Ott and Travis McClelland.


Gene Latta Central PA Legends


Legends Feature Finish (20 laps) 1. 10-Jeremy Ott ($300); 2. 53- Bill Diehl; 3. 18J-Jorgie Sweger; 4. 07-Bob Stough; 5. 18B-Blaine Leppo; 6. 30K-Seth Kearchner; 7. 94-Greg Burd; 8. 24- Justin Cunningham; 9. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer; 10. 30-Alex Robinson; 11. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 12. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 13. 18-Chris Transeau; 14. 5-Scott Houdeshell; 15. 51-Travis McClelland; 16. 19J-Jonathan Robinson; 17. 2D-Owen Dimm; 18. 19-Travis Perry; 19. 2G-Tyler Groft (DNF); 20. 56-Zach Baxter (DNF); 21. 70-Mike Racine (DNF); 22. 55X-Richie Dobson (DNF); 23. 42L-Sam Lamb (DNF); 24. 61-Shaun Miller (DNF).


Legends Heat One Finish (8 laps) – 1. 53-Bill Diehl; 2. 18-Chris Transeau; 3. 94-Greg Burd; 4. 30-Alex Robinson; 5. 77A-Aaron Updegraff; 6. 19J-Jonathan Robinson; 7. 4J-Choya Young; 8. 26-Shaun Abney; 9. 25-Eric Hurst; 10. 27o-Ron Ohler (DNS)


Legends Heat Two Finish (8 laps) – 1. 5-Scott Houdeshell; 2. 30K-Seth Kearchner; 3. 55x-Richie Dobson; 4. 56-Zach Baxter; 5. 27-Logan Carbaugh; 6. 2a-Cody Altland; 7. 71-Joe Racine; 8. 2D-Owen Dimm; 9. 48-Donald Stoud; 10. 74-Joey Racine


Legends Heat Three Finish (8 laps) – 1. 10-Jeremy Ott; 2. 07-Bob Stough; 3. 24-Justin Cunningham; 4. 18B-Blaine Leppo; 5. 61-Shaun Miller; 6. 2G-Tyler Groft; 7. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 8. 9D-Brady Dillon; 9. 824-Brian Rampmeyer; 10. 1G-Shawn Groft (DNF)


Legends Heat Four Finish (4 laps: time limit enforced) – 1. 51-Travis McClelland; 2. 19-Travis Perry; 3. 18J-Jorjie Sweger; 4. 14w-Stephen Wurtzer; 5. 42L-Sam Lamb; 6. 9-Rick Hartwig; 7. 70-Mike Racine (DNF); 8. 2s-Shane Stambaugh (DNF); 9. 27x-Michael Ohler (DNF; 10. 17-Cory Phillips (DNF)


Legends Consy One Finish (8 laps) – 1. 2d-Owen Dimm; 2. 19J-Jonathan Robinson; 3. 2a-Cody Altland; 4. 26-Shaun Abney; 5. 48-Donald Stoudt; 6. 71-Joe Racine; 7. 4J-Choya Young; 8. 25-Eric Hurst; 9. 27o-Ron Ohler; 10. 74-Joey Racine (DNF)


Legends Consy Two Finish (8 laps) – 1. 70-Mike Racine; 2. 2G-Tyler Groft; 3. 1G-Shawn Groft; 4. 31-Lincoln Kearchner; 5. 9-Rick Hartwig; 6. 9d-Brady Dillon; 7. 824-Brian Rampmeyer (DNF); 8. 17-Cory Phillips (DNF0; 9. 2s-Shane Stambaugh (DNS); 10. 27x-Michael Ohler (DNS)

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