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Meleason Holds Off Herr for 2nd Super Sportsman Win of 2020


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Meleason Holds Off Herr for 2nd Super Sportsman Win of 2020

YORK HAVEN, Pa.: Chris Meleason was just trying to get as many spots as possible during the Super Sportsman main event Saturday night.

It was going to be difficult to win. Tony Jackson had the field covered, and it didn’t seem like anyone had anything for the leader over the race distance.

But, you have to finish to make it to Victory Lane. Jackson had problems in the closing stages of the event, and Meleason took over the lead and held off Frankie Herr to score the win in the 25-lap Super Sportsman feature at BAPS Motor Speedway.

“In racing, you never know what is going to happen, so you always dig as much as you can,” Meleason said after his second win of the 2020 season. “You get as many positions as you can, and like tonight, Tony ended up having problems.

“I don’t know what happened to him, but I saw him in the fence, there. It’s one of those deals, and you’ve got to be on it all the time.”

After a pair of cautions on the initial start, Jackson was on it from the drop of the green flag. He started on the pole and pulled out to a huge lead over the first 10 laps.

Jackson mowed down backmarkers and was on cruise control. He opened up a gaudy 8.813-second advantage over the field and looked like a slam-dunk winner.

Things changed on Lap 20. Jackson rolled to a stop with a part failure. Meleason, who took second from Ryan Rutz on the 15th circuit, found himself out front with a chance to win his fourth career event at the speedway.

“It was a completely different from the track we are used to,” Meleason said. “It was definitely slick out there, and there was surprisingly more grip on the top than what I was expecting. We haven’t really been up there this year, but it’s where I like to be.

“It’s definitely been fast. The past couple of weeks, these guys have it running great. We had some mechanical issues during the Dirty 30 — we broke a plug — but I felt like the car was there for that, too.”

It was there when it mattered on this night. And Meleason needed it with Frankie Herr taking second on Lap 19 and getting a clear shot on the restart.

Herr got the jump, but he couldn’t make it stick. Meleason was too much down the stretch and stayed out front to take the victory by 1.45 seconds at the stripe.

“We had that restart, and Frankie got me a little bit,” Meleason said. “The first one they called it back for a jump. I ran him a little heavy going into the next one, because he jumped the next one again, and I definitely wasn’t going to lose that race.”

Herr, who came from 14th, finished second. Kenny Edkin, Scott Dellinger, and 17th-place starter Mike Enders completed the top five.

Donnie Farlling started on the pole and ran away to the victory in the Creekside Auto Sales Late Model main event.

There were two cautions over the 20-lap distance, but that didn’t stop Farlling from pacing the field and taking the win over second-place starter Troy Miller.

Ben Whitaker, ninth-place starting Alan Sagi, and Chase Billet completed the top five. There were 25 cars competing in the main event.

In the regularly scheduled Frankie’s Used Auto Parts/Mike’s Towing Street Stock main event, Bud Witmer captured his first event at BAPS Motor Speedway since 2009.

Niklas Stoudt led the first two circuits before Jasen Geesaman took over and led through Lap 15. Witmer and Sam Rial used a restart to dispose of Geesaman, and the chase was on for the win.

Witmer proved to be too much over the final five circuits and took the win. Rial, Geesaman, Eric Tripp, and Stan Wanner completed the top five.

The Street Stock division also ran a make-up main event from September 26. Mike Walls led all 20 laps to take the win over Geesaman, Rial, Jim Palm, and Kyle Saylor.

Scott Houdeshell stormed to the front and took the victory in the 20-lap Gene Latta Ford Central Pa. Legends feature.

Houdeshell started ninth on the grid and made his way to the front in a hurry. Bill Diehl led the first three circuits, with Chris Transeau leading laps four through seven before giving way to Houdeshell.

Once out front, Houdeshell led the final 13 laps and took the win. Travis McClelland, Greg Burd, Richie Dobson, and Diehl completed the top five.

The Mid-Atlantic Modifieds were on the card for a pair of 20-lap main events. Tim Fedder captured the make-up August 1 event, with Justin Cullum wiring the field in Saturday’s feature.


Feature (25 Laps): 1. 8M-Chris Meleason[4]; 2. 70D-Frankie Herr[14]; 3. 75-Kenny Edkin[11]; 4. 30-Scott Dellinger[10]; 5. 3B-Mike Enders[17]; 6. 00-Troy Rhome[5]; 7. 35-John Edkin[8]; 8. 16R-Ryan Rutz[2]; 9. 7-Timmie Barrick[18]; 10. 1A-Chase Gutshall[12]; 11. 2M-Matt Ondek[9]; 12. 71K-Tyler Wolford[19]; 13. 360-Jay Fannasy[15]; 14. 22-Daniel John[6]; 15. 19R-Eric Rutz[13]; 16. 21R-Jamie Rickert[16]; 17. 69J-Tony Jackson[1]; 18. 0Z-Devin Beidel[22]; 19. 383-Steve Fannasy[7]; 20. 14-Nate Young[3]; 21. 77-Russ Mitten[20]; 22. 77W-Tom Wyckoff[21].

Lap Leaders: Tony Jackson (1-20), Chris Meleason (21-25)

Super Sportsman Heat 1 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 35-John Edkin[6]; 2. 8M-Chris Meleason[3]; 3. 383-Steve Fannasy[5]; 4. 22-Daniel John[4]; 5. 19R-Eric Rutz[2]; 6. 21R-Jamie Rickert[8]; 7. (DNF) 77-Russ Mitten[7]; 8. (DNF) 0Z-Devin Beidel[1].

Super Sportsman Heat 2 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 69J-Tony Jackson[1]; 2. 16R-Ryan Rutz[2]; 3. 00-Troy Rhome[3]; 4. 2M-Matt Ondek[6]; 5. 70D-Frankie Herr[7]; 6. 3B-Mike Enders[5]; 7. 71K-Tyler Wolford[4].

Super Sportsman Heat 3 Finish (10 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 30-Scott Dellinger[6]; 2. 75-Kenny Edkin[7]; 3. 14-Nate Young[2]; 4. 1A-Chase Gutshall[4]; 5. 360-Jay Fannasy[5]; 6. 7-Timmie Barrick[3]; 7. (DNF) 77W-Tom Wyckoff[1].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 48-Donnie Farlling[1]; 2. 115-Troy Miller[2]; 3. 13X-Ben Whitaker[3]; 4. NINE-Alan Sagi[9]; 5. 22-Chase Billet[5]; 6. 116-Travis Mease[4]; 7. 8-Taylor Farlling[11]; 8. 72-Wayne Pfeil[8]; 9. 24-Daulton Bigler[6]; 10. 93-Steve Todorow[7]; 11. 5-Dustin Hollinger[15]; 12. 62-Devin Frey[14]; 13. 18-Derrick Mease[17]; 14. 21-Joey Hoffer[16]; 15. 2-Andrew Yoder[13]; 16. 112-Brandon Little[18]; 17. 79-Chase Bowsman[12]; 18. 50-Jason Smith[20]; 19. NINEX-Ross Leinbach[10]; 20. 51N-Nick Palmerino[22]; 21. 14-Matt Adams[24]; 22. 20-Colin Knaub[21]; 23. 711-Jennifer Hartz[23]; 24. 99-Kyle Bachman[25]; 25. (DNF) 67-Bernie Beard[19].

Lap Leaders: Donnie Farlling (1-20)

Late Model Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 13X-Ben Whitaker[1]; 2. 116-Travis Mease[8]; 3. 93-Steve Todorow[3]; 4. NINEX-Ross Leinbach[2]; 5. 2-Andrew Yoder[7]; 6. 21-Joey Hoffer[5]; 7. 67-Bernie Beard[6]; 8. 20-Colin Knaub[9]; 9. 711-Jennifer Hartz[4].

Late Model Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 115-Troy Miller[4]; 2. 22-Chase Billet[3]; 3. 72-Wayne Pfeil[1]; 4. 8-Taylor Farlling[2]; 5. 62-Devin Frey[6]; 6. 18-Derrick Mease[7]; 7. 50-Jason Smith[5]; 8. 51N-Nick Palmerino[8].

Late Model Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 48-Donnie Farlling[4]; 2. 24-Daulton Bigler[3]; 3. NINE-Alan Sagi[7]; 4. 79-Chase Bowsman[1]; 5. 5-Dustin Hollinger[6]; 6. 112-Brandon Little[5]; 7. (DNF) 14-Matt Adams[2]; 8. (DNF) 99-Kyle Bachman[8].


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 95J-Justin Cullum[1]; 2. 95-Michael Altobelli[2]; 3. 90-Ray Kable[3]; 4. 55C-Cody Oliver[5]; 5. 6M-Carl McKinney[4]; 6. 1$-Dale Smith[6]; 7. 40-Rick Hulson[11]; 8. 55-Alyssa Rowe[8]; 9. 71D-Dan Davies[7]; 10. 98K-Keith Jack Lamphere[9]; 11. 5-Jerry Foster[10]; 12. 33-Randy Stoudt[18]; 13. 8-Tim Fedder[12]; 14. 48-Lance Grady[13]; 15. 59-Doug Stine[14]; 16. 73-Amber Mills[17]; 17. 29-Douglas Ostwald[19]; 18. 55S-Jason Sage[16]; 19. (DNF) 983-Keith Lamphere[15]; 20. (DNS) 11W-Beau Aikey.

Lap Leaders: Justin Cullum (1-20)

Modified Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 95J-Justin Cullum[3]; 2. 90-Ray Kable[4]; 3. 55C-Cody Oliver[7]; 4. 71D-Dan Davies[10]; 5. 98K-Keith Jack Lamphere[9]; 6. 40-Rick Hulson[8]; 7. 48-Lance Grady[6]; 8. 983-Keith Lamphere[5]; 9. (DNF) 33-Randy Stoudt[2]; 10. (DNS) 29-Douglas Ostwald.

Modified Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 95-Michael Altobelli[3]; 2. 6M-Carl McKinney[5]; 3. 1$-Dale Smith[4]; 4. 55-Alyssa Rowe[7]; 5. 5-Jerry Foster[6]; 6. 8-Tim Fedder[8]; 7. 59-Doug Stine[2]; 8. 55S-Jason Sage[9]; 9. 73-Amber Mills[10]; 10. (DNS) 11W-Beau Aikey.

August 1, 2020 Make Up Feature (20 Laps): 1. 8-Tim Fedder[5]; 2. 90-Ray Kable[7]; 3. 95J-Justin Cullum[10]; 4. 6M-Carl McKinney[9]; 5. 1$-Dale Smith[20]; 6. 5-Jerry Foster[15]; 7. 59-Doug Stine[13]; 8. 55-Alyssa Rowe[19]; 9. 55S-Jason Sage[25]; 10. 983-Keith Lamphere[17]; 11. (DNF) 33-Randy Stoudt[14]; 12. (DNF) 11W-Beau Aikey[1]; 13. (DNF) 55C-Cody Oliver[2]; 14. (DNF) 98K-Keith Jack Lamphere[12]; 15. (DNF) 95-Michael Altobelli[3]; 16. (DNF) 29-Douglas Ostwald[21]; 17. (DNF) 73*-Amber Mills[16]; 18. (DNS) 11-Brad Kling; 19. (DNS) 7H-Josh Hughes; 20. (DNS) 3D-Curt Dunn; 21. (DNS) 44-Nick DiBella; 22. (DNS) 1J-Gary Warehime; 23. (DNS) 07-Jimmy Jesmer; 24. (DNS) 21H-Kyle Lloyd; 25. (DNS) 13G-David Green; 26. (DNS) 17-Andy Bosley

Lap Leaders: Beau Aikey (1-18), Tim Fedder (19-20)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 5W-Bud Witmer[8]; 2. 72X-Sam Rial[3]; 3. 81-Jasen Geesaman[4]; 4. 543-Eric Tripp[6]; 5. 64W-Stan Wanner[5]; 6. 5-Niklas Stoudt[1]; 7. 14-Kyle Saylor[9]; 8. 15-Brian Boughter[2]; 9. 8-Sam Leonard Jr[14]; 10. 181-Butch Helsel[15]; 11. (DNF) 64-Brandon Wanner[18]; 12. (DNF) 99K-Kody Sites[7]; 13. (DNF) 7P-Jim Palm[10]; 14. (DNF) 72M-Russ Shoop[11]; 15. (DNF) 59-Ryan Smith[12]; 16. (DNF) 27-Doug Hoffman[13]; 17. (DNS) 52W-Mike Walls; 18. (DNS) 21H-Travis Horan.

Lap Leaders: Niklas Stoudt (1-2), Jasen Geesaman (3-15), Bud Witmer (16-20)

Street Stock Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 81-Jasen Geesaman[1]; 2. 15-Brian Boughter[4]; 3. 64W-Stan Wanner[2]; 4. 99K-Kody Sites[3]; 5. 14-Kyle Saylor[6]; 6. 72M-Russ Shoop[5]; 7. 27-Doug Hoffman[8]; 8. (DNS) 52W-Mike Walls; 9. (DNS) 64-Brandon Wanner.

Street Stock Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 72X-Sam Rial[2]; 2. 5-Niklas Stoudt[1]; 3. 543-Eric Tripp[5]; 4. 5W-Bud Witmer[6]; 5. 7P-Jim Palm[9]; 6. 59-Ryan Smith[4]; 7. 8-Sam Leonard Jr[7]; 8. 181-Butch Helsel[8]; 9. (DNS) 21H-Travis Horan.

September 26, 2020 Make Up Feature (20 Laps): 1. 52W-Mike Walls[3]; 2. 81-Jasen Geesaman[4]; 3. 72X-Sam Rial[7]; 4. 7P-Jim Palm[6]; 5. 14-Kyle Saylor[2]; 6. 99K-Kody Sites[9]; 7. 72M-Russ Shoop[1]; 8. 5-Niklas Stoudt[5]; 9. 543-Eric Tripp[10]; 10. 15-Brian Boughter[14]; 11. (DNF) 8-Sam Leonard Jr[11]; 12. (DNF) 64W-Stan Wanner[13]; 13. (DNF) 21H-Travis Horan[8]; 14. (DNF) 5W-Bud Witmer[12]; 15. (DNF) 181-Butch Helsel[15]; 16. (DNS) 64-Brandon Wanner; 17. (DNS) 333-John McGeoy; 18. (DNS) 5X-Bill Wentz

Lap Leaders: Mike Walls (1-20)


Feature (20 Laps): 1. 5-Scott Houdeshell[9]; 2. 51-Travis McClelland[11]; 3. 94-Greg Burd[7]; 4. 55X-Richie Dobson[3]; 5. 53-Bill Diehl[1]; 6. 77A-Aaron Updegraff[10]; 7. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer[13]; 8. 41-Chuck Dell Jr[4]; 9. 27-Logan Carbaugh[8]; 10. 2A-Cody Altland[17]; 11. 2-Scott Smith[12]; 12. 56-Josh Schrum[14]; 13. 19L-Jonathan Robinson[2]; 14. 71-Ron Dick[15]; 15. 0-eric McClane[19]; 16. 000-Michael McClane[16]; 17. 11R-Scott Musselman[18]; 18. 9-Rick Hartwig[22]; 19. 4J-Choya Young[20]; 20. (DNF) 25-Eric Hurst[21]; 21. (DNF) 17-Cory Phillips[23]; 22. (DQ) 18-Chris Transeau[6]; 23. (DQ) 18J-Jorjie Sweger[5].

Lap Leaders: Bill Diehl (1-3), Chris Transeau (4-7), Scott Houdeshell (8-20)

Legend Heat 1 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 94-Greg Burd[1]; 2. 27-Logan Carbaugh[6]; 3. 2-Scott Smith[2]; 4. 55X-Richie Dobson[7]; 5. 14W-Stephen Wurtzer[8]; 6. 000-Michael McClane[5]; 7. 0-eric McClane[4]; 8. 25-Eric Hurst[3].

Legend Heat 2 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 77A-Aaron Updegraff[1]; 2. 5-Scott Houdeshell[7]; 3. 53-Bill Diehl[4]; 4. 41-Chuck Dell Jr[8]; 5. 56-Josh Schrum[5]; 6. 2A-Cody Altland[3]; 7. 4J-Choya Young[2]; 8. 9-Rick Hartwig[6].

Legend Heat 3 Finish (8 Laps/All Qualify): 1. 51-Travis McClelland[2]; 2. 18-Chris Transeau[3]; 3. 19L-Jonathan Robinson[5]; 4. 18J-Jorjie Sweger[7]; 5. 71-Ron Dick[4]; 6. 11R-Scott Musselman[6]; 7. (DNF) 17-Cory Phillips[1].

Article Credit: BAPS Motor Speedway

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