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Brookville PA (September 15, 2018) Russ King has been on a tear in the second half of 2017 that has seen him at or near the top of the regional and national Late Model events he has entered. And on Friday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway, he maintained that momentum by scoring a thrilling victory in the 30-lap, $3,000 to win Eric Witherite Memorial for the ULMS Late Models. The Bristolville, Ohio native and Jared Miley of South Park Pa brought the 24 car starting line up to the green on a very fast and racy surface. After the initial start was negated, following a mid-pack eight car pile up in turn two, King jumped out front while sixth starting Alex Ferree of Saxonburg, PA moved to second with a powerful inside move. Following a lap 7 restart, Ferree made the move pay off again as he managed to find a way around and take the lead away from King.
Ferree held the lead the lead until a late race restart that saw King throw his car to the outside with precision and purpose entering turn one while emerging with the lead coming out of turn two. 15th starting Matt Lux of Franklin Pa was busy putting on his own impressive run to the front as he entered the top 5 as the laps wound down. But King would not be caught on this night despite the best attempts of Ferree who took a strong second place. Following King and Ferree across the line was Waterford Pa' s Dave Hess Jr, Miley and Lux.
" I went too hard on tire selection to run with Ferree on the bottom." King said following the victory. When asked about the late race heroics that propelled him to the lead. "We were rolling around under caution later in the race it packed the top back down and I decided to just send it." King's plans for the rest of 2017 are "a race by race deal."
Ferree was optimistic post race, and said he "hooked a rut" which allowed King to get the lead on the late race restart. "Russ was good tonight and he had the momentum on the high side " Ferree and the Joe Corrado team will also compete at annual Steel City Stampede at Lernerville Speedway in October.
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30-Lap $3,000 to win Eric Witherite Memorial ULMS Late Models
Russ King, Alex Ferree, Dave Hess Jr, Jared Miley, Matt Lux, Charles Powell Jr, Doug Eck, Greg Oakes, Dave Blazavich, Breyton Santee, Robby Marherfka, Bob Dorman, Damian Bidwell, John Weaver, Gale Huey, Paul Kot, Kenny Schaffer, George Lee, Andrew Wylie, Matt Latta, Denny Fenton, Brady Wonderling, Waylon Wagner, Andy Boozel
Heat Race Winners: Jared Miley, Alex Ferree, Russ King
BMain Winners: Andrew Wylie, Waylon Wagner
Quick Time: Russ King
Hard Charger: Matt Lux
In support division action Bruce Artsberger of Rockton Pa drive his #101 to a very convincing win in Street Stock action. Jon Lee of Mahaffery Pa collected win #11 on the year in Limited Late Model competition, and Ray Hicock Jr drove to a win in the Strictly Stock main event. Mike Kauffman was the Quad winner and Mark Weldon in the Side by Side feature.