Mike Marlar at Learnville Speedway. (Picture by Paul Arch)
SARVIER, Pennsylvania – Mike Marlar beat race chief Ashton Wenger on lap 4 and fended off a robust late-race assault by Brandon Overton to win the #1 preliminary night time of the a hundredth Annual Firecrackers at Lirnville Speedway.
Marlar earned $6000 for his 30-lap win, his first of the season with the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Filth Sequence.
Overton went residence in second adopted by four-time sequence champion Earl Pearson Jr., factors chief Brandon Shepard, and Tyler Earp, who completed within the high 5.
Winger, presently the highest driver within the O’Reilly Auto Elements Rookie-of-the-Yr chase, drove the primary three laps from his start line earlier than handing the purpose over to Marlar, who began alongside him.
Marlar Pearson and Overton had been respiratory by means of his neck within the race for the lead. A purple flag with eight laps at Chop Frank, whose automobile rolled a second flip, halted the race. Frank escaped unhurt within the accident.
When the race got here again within the inexperienced, Marlar steadily moved away from the battle for second place between Pearson and Overton. Ultimately Overton cleared Pearson for second and set his sights on Marlar, who needed to negotiate heavy visitors on the dwindling laps of the race.
With just a few laps to go, there have been no vehicles curling up between the primary drivers, however Marlar, who practically slid over the second bridge, was capable of regroup and attain the end line with a 1.063-second victory over the Firecracker 100 winner.
Marlar stated after 17The tenth LOLMDS Profession Triumph. “With such powerful competitors out right here you’ll be able to’t fiddle there. The fellows in entrance of me had been there on the finish messing with my antenna. I used to be about to get out of there just a few instances. It was undoubtedly an important racetrack that we used each a part of, backside, high, center and throughout. Offers Lernerville is at all times an important monitor.”
Overton, who completed third behind Chris Madden and Jonathan Davenport final week at $50,000 to win the Mountain Munchkin Traditional at Smoky Mountain Speedway, went from fifth to second at Lernerville.
“We undoubtedly put ourselves in a very good place on the primary night time,” Overton stated. “The monitor was superb on the backside, and you’ll toss crumbs over the monitor. You’ll be able to transfer round a bit, and the automobile felt actually good in the course of the monitor. We are going to maintain engaged on it and provides it one other likelihood tomorrow night time.”
“It has been a very good night time for us, and it may have us a very good anticipate Saturday’s warmth race if we do properly tomorrow,” stated Pearson, who completed third on the rostrum. “They guys did an important job. The monitor was energetic up there. Seems to be like Overton was good by means of the center and Marlar was good across the high there and stayed across the backside. We’ll work on it tomorrow and see if we get extra locations tomorrow night time.”
Function (30 laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar; 2. 76 Brandon Overton; 3. 46- Earl Pearson Jr.; 4. 1- Brandon Shepard; 5. 1T-Tyler Erb; 6. 49 – Jonathan Davenport; 7. 58W-Mark Whitener; 8. 39- Tim McCready; 9. 89- Ashton Wenger; 10. 58 – Garrett Alperson; 11. 20RT – Ricky Thornton Jr.; 12. 71- Hudson O’Neill; 13. 72- Michael Norris; 14. 22F – Chris Ferguson; 15. 0-Scott Blomquist; 16. 18D- Dalton Wilson; 17. 0E-Rick Eckert; 18. 20- Jimmy Owens; 19. 21L-Matt Luxe; 20. 48- Colton Fliner; 21. 3RK – Daryl Charlier; 22. 7T- Drake Trautman; 23. 1 * -Shb Franc; 24. J4- John Garvin Jr