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 evening of the a centesimal Annual Firecrackers at Lirnville Speedway.
Marlar earned $6000 for his 30-lap win, his first of the season with the Lucas Oil Late Mannequin Dust Collection.
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 prime 5.
Winger, at present the highest driver within the O’Reilly Auto Components 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 respiration by means of his neck within the race for the lead. A pink flag with eight laps at Chop Frank, whose automotive 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 site visitors on the dwindling laps of the race.
With a number of laps to go, there have been no automobiles curling up between the primary drivers, however Marlar, who almost slid over the second bridge, was in a position to regroup and attain the end line with a 1.063-second victory over the Firecracker 100 winner.
Marlar mentioned after 17The tenth LOLMDS Profession Triumph. “With such powerful competitors out right here you may’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 a number of occasions. It was undoubtedly a fantastic racetrack that we used each a part of, backside, prime, center and throughout. Gives Lernerville is at all times a fantastic 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 superb place on the primary evening,” Overton mentioned. “The monitor was excellent on the backside, and you may toss crumbs over the monitor. You may transfer round a bit, and the automotive felt actually good in the midst of the monitor. We’ll preserve engaged on it and provides it one other likelihood tomorrow evening.”
“It has been a superb evening for us, and it’ll have us a superb watch for Saturday’s warmth race if we do effectively tomorrow,” mentioned Pearson, who completed third on the rostrum. “They guys did a fantastic job. The monitor was energetic up there. Appears to be like like Overton was good by means of the center and Marlar was good across the prime there and stayed across the backside. We’ll work on it tomorrow and see if we get extra locations tomorrow evening.”
Characteristic (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