Team Blair Racing



Max Blair Tops Eriez Speedway 52 Car Field



August 27, 2023
Hammett, PA

The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Dirt Late Model Series presented by Born2Run Lubricants headed to Eriez Speedway on a beautiful, fall-like Sunday evening for the second and final appearance by the Flynn's Tire Touring Series in 2023.  An all-time Eriez record 52 cars turned out for the 12th annual "Manufacturers Night" presented by MSD Performance as $29,500 in valuable products were given away to competing racers!  Race #17 attracted the second highest car count of the season behind the 56 at Lernerville Speedway for the $20,000 to-win "Bill Emig Memorial".   

Taking advantage of a night off from the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, Max Blair returned to his roots on Sunday night competing not far from home in a RUSH Late Model and led all 30 laps of the feature event holding off a valiant effort by track standout Jason Genco.  Blair earned $3,000 for his third Flynn's Tire Touring Series victory of the season, and also received a $300 gift certificate from Insinger Performance, two fuel jugs from Precise Racing Products, and a sheet of aluminum of Wieland during the manufacturers drawings.  Blair is now a perfect seven-for-seven in Flynn's Tire Touring Series events held all-time at Eriez!

"I love racing here and try coming every chance I get- it's home and always will be," acknowledged the 33-year-old Centerville, Pa. winner.  "I love seeing all the Blair shirts in the stands and still even love the few boos.  That was a lot of fun.  I wasn't sure exactly where to be on the race track.  I felt better a little higher up there, but thought as long as I protected the bottom I didn't think I would be passed.  I was trying to be as cautious as I could, but with lapped traffic you just never know.  I know how good Jason (Genco) has been all year up here so when I saw he was second on that one restart I knew I had to step my game up and not make any mistakes.  I saw a glimpse of him out of turn four that one time in traffic so I knew I had to go then."

Blair took off in the lead, while fourth starting Brad Mesler passed Chad Homan and Joe Martin to quickly take over second.  Genco started sixth and was already halfway to the front after two laps moving past Martin.  Following a caution for Breyton Santee and Jim Rasey with four laps completed, Jeremy Wonderling moved up to fourth dropping Martin back another spot.

By lap six, the top four of Blair, Mesler, Genco, and Wonderling began to distance themselves from the field.  Genco applied heavy pressure to Mesler as the two raced side-by-side for second, but couldn't complete the pass until lap 10 with Wonderling following in third one lap later.  Following a caution for a spin by Mike Wonderling, Mesler slowed with a flat tire on lap 12 and several cars got stacked up on the backstretch with David Parker and Mike Wonderling sustaining the heaviest damage.  Mesler was chosen as the TBM Brakes "Tough Brake of the Night" recipient, and also received a custom Late Model wrap from 3C Graphix valued at $765!

That was the final caution of the event as the last 19 laps went green-to-checkered.  Blair and Genco pulled away from the field at the halfway point and those two would battle for the lead to the finish.  Lapped traffic came into play on lap 23, but Blair navigated it perfectly.  Genco tried everything to get by and at times appeared to have the faster car, but Blair hit his marks perfectly and didn't let traffic deter him.  Blair took the checkered flag first by 0.331 seconds for his all-time leading 32nd career Flynn's Tire Touring Series victory.  Blair has now won two of his three starts in the Centerline Motorsports-owned, Gable Inn/Lakeside Beer/Mailliard Electric Company/Krebs Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM-sponsored #00K including $20,000 at Lernerville on June 24, while he also won on April 13 at Georgetown Speedway in a Briggs Transport #1 entry.

Genco's runner-up was worth $1,500 matching his best Tour finish since May 14, 2022 at Stateline Speedway; however, Genco has finished in the top four in eight of his nine Tour starts over the past two years!  Genco also won two RUSH Hoosier Tires and a Racing Electronics Receiver Pro and case during the manufacturers drawings for an additional $566 value.

"We had a run that one time with that lapped car out there but it closed up to the wall a little too quick and I didn't want to wreck the hell of out racers so I thought better of it," revealed the 39-year-old Frewsburg, NY driver of the Jimmy Craig/Jason Badgley #29J.  "There's no shame to run second to him (Blair).  It looked like he had (RUSH Hoosier) 25s on so I was biding me time hoping he'd slow down some, but he's so smooth in lapped traffic.  I want to thank Vicki (Emig) and Mike (Leone) for the Manufacturers Night- it's pretty cool what they give back to us racers."

Eight-time 2023 winner, Jeremy Wonderling, was third for his 13th top five in 17 starts as he's closing in on his fourth Series title.  After a tough stretch, Martin recorded his fourth top four finish in the last six events, and also won one of the top prizes, which was a 4150 LTS Aluminum Ultra 650 CFM Holley Carburetor valued at $1,184!  Super Late Model standout, Dave Hess, Jr., made his first ever RUSH start and went 13th to 5th aboard John Lacki's #7.

Kyle Zimmerman made just his third Eriez start of the year and only second in Flynn's Tire Tour racing and went 10th in to 6th in Jonathan Stockdale's #31.  Homan dropped to seventh.  Tour regular Cody Dawson was eighth over Billy Henry, Jr.  Mike Knight raced from 18th to 10th in Stephen Blodgett's #23GP.  Khole Wanzer took an Eriez provisional and finished 14th after starting 26th to earn the $50 Precise Racing Products "Pedal Down"  Hard Charger gift card.  Tour regular Jim Rasey was 17th and received a spoiler kit from Ontime Body & Graphic.

Craig Graham, who won two RUSH Hoosier Tires and a Racing Electronics Receiver Pro and case valued at $566 during the manufacturers drawings in addition to a $100 Performance Bodies gift card for being the "Nosed Out" recipient, ended the night by leading all 10 laps of the D&V Jewelers Non-Qualifier.  The second year Flynn's Tire Tour regular captured his first checkered flag, which was worth $200, as he came the amazing 70th different winner in 86 "Wheelman" Bonus Event Challenge Series events run all-time! 

The 50-year-old Orono, Ontario, Canada driver of his own Full Circle Automation/Arcade Pools/Goat Transport/DTI Infrastructure/Beavis Excavating/PJ Larkin Salvage-sponsored #98 took the checkered flag first by 2.346 seconds over Jacob Peterson, who recorded his season's best Non-Qualifier finish in four starts.  Gary Young was third.  Wesley McCray made his first ever Tour start and was fourth in addition to winning a full custom drivers suit from Velocita-USA valued at $1,100!  Darrin Waldron completed the top five.

In his first ever Eriez start, Mesler earned his second $100 FK Rod Ends "Shock the Clock" honors of the season turning a lap of 16.606 over the 52-car field in qualifying.  Picking up $25 FK Rod End heat race victories were Mesler, Martin, Blair, Jeremy Wonderling, Genco, and Homan.  The three last chance B mains were won by Santee, Colby Beighey, and Ashton Briggs.  Blair received a $100 Sunoco fuel card for winning the Sunoco Dash.  The $100 Sunoco fuel card random draw winners for Tour racers went to Jeremy Wonderling and Brandt Graham, while the $50 Sunoco fuel card winners were Kurt Stebbins, Gary Youngs, Dan Lepro, and Hess.

The Flynn’s Tire Touring Series will return to action this Sunday night (September 3) for the second and final appearance of the season at Tyler County Speedway in Middlebourne, West Virginia.  Race #18 of 2023 will pay $4,000 to-win and will be part of the "Hillbilly 100" with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply RUSH Late Model Flynn’s Tire Touring Series Race #17 (30 laps, $3,000 to-win): 1. MAX BLAIR (Centerline 00K)  2. Jason Genco (Craig/Badgley 29J)  3. Jeremy Wonderling (3J)  4. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s)  5. Dave Hess, Jr. (Lacki 7)  6. Kyle Zimmerman (Stockdale 31)  7. Chad Homan (91)  8. Cody Dawson (36)  9. Billy Henry, Jr. (21*)  10. Mike Knight (Blodgett 23GP)  11. Logan Jaquay (Briggs 99*)  12. Breyton Santee (9)  13. Ashton Briggs (11A)  14. Khole Wanzer (01W)  15. Josh Ferry (33)  16. Austin Hauser (51)  17. Jim Rasey (Wrightsman 21J)  18. Colby Beighey (36)  19. Brad Mesler (Sturdevant 87S)  20. David Pangrazio (136)  21. Shane Crotty (Briggs 4)  22. Mike Wonderling (18)  23. David Parker (2)  24. Brandt Graham (14)  25. Matt Sipes (25)  26. Noah Brunell (31).  (Note: Brandt Graham took a Tour provisional & Khole Wanzer took a Track provisional.)  

D&V Jewelers Non-Qualifier (10 laps, $200 to-win): 1. Craig Graham (98)  2. Jacob Peterson (112)  3. Gary Youngs (y26)  4. Wesley McCray (3)  5. Darrin Waldron (97)  6. Konar Loney (14L)  7. Hunter Proctor (432)  8. Rickie Loucks (Krise 4R)  9. Steve Houser (15)  10. Kassandra Norman (6)  11. Rob Coffaro (24C)  12. Shawn Little (86). DNS: Bill Taylor (1), Dusty Waters (14), Scott Gurdak (Hollabaugh 5G), Randy Hall (Krug 87), Jimmy Johnson (39J), D.J. Krug (83), William Pinckney (Cole 49), Draven Kuzminski (Schell 61s), Andy Michael (17x), Ward Schell (61s), Leo Iarrapino (54), Matt Latta (21), Kurt Stebbins (26), Dan Lepro (2L).

Car Count: 52

Feature Margin of Victory: 0.331 seconds
Feature Lap Leaders: 
Max Blair (1-30)

Ontime Body & Graphic “Spoiler Alert” Spoiler Kit: Jim Rasey

Performance Bodies “Nosed Out”: Craig Graham

Precise Racing Products “Pedal Down” Hard Charger: Khole Wanzer (+12)

Sunoco Fuel Card Winners: Jeremy Wonderling ($100), Brandt Graham ($100), Kurt Stebbins ($50), Gary Youngs ($50), Dan Lepro ($50), Dave Hess, Jr. ($50)

TBM Brakes “Tough Brake of the Night”: Brad Mesler

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight A ($100 for fast time) (Track record 15.655 by Max Blair 6/10/18): 1. 87S-Brad Mesler, 00:16.606[7]; 2. 10S-Joe Martin, 00:16.639[6]; 3. 00K-Max Blair, 00:16.647[4]; 4. 7L-Dave Hess Jr, 00:16.673[3]; 5. 2-David Parker, 00:16.848[16]; 6. 21J-Jim Rasey, 00:16.856[11]; 7. 21*-Billy Henry, 00:16.908[15]; 8. 36-Cody Dawson, 00:16.928[22]; 9. 51-Austin Hauser, 00:16.989[12]; 10. 9S-Breyton Santee, 00:16.998[21]; 11. 18-Mike Wonderling, 00:17.026[1]; 12. 14W-Dusty Waters, 00:17.032[24]; 13. 1-Bill Taylor, 00:17.117[14]; 14. 61S-Ward Schell, 00:17.122[17]; 15. 25-Matt Sipes, 00:17.159[2]; 16. 39J-Jimmy Johnson, 00:17.197[20]; 17. 3M-Wesley McCray, 00:17.213[8]; 18. 26-Kurt Stebbins, 00:17.246[18]; 19. 87K-Randy Hall, 00:17.294[26]; 20. 4R-Rickie Loucks, 00:17.380[19]; 21. 14-Brandt Graham, 00:17.394[13]; 22. 01W-Khole Wanzer, 00:17.589[23]; 23. 22D-Draven Kuzminski, 00:17.812[5]; 24. 83-DJ Krug, 00:17.939[25]; 25. 86-Shawn Little, 00:18.014[10]; 26. 54-Leo Iarrapino, DSQ (did not scale).                   

FK Rod Ends “Shock the Clock” Qualifying Flight B: 1. 36B-Colby Beighey, 00:16.744[5]; 2. 29J-Jason Genco, 00:16.840[26]; 3. 91-Chad Homan, 00:16.879[16]; 4. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling, 00:16.925[8]; 5. 33-Josh Ferry, 00:16.928[21]; 6. 4C-Shane Crotty, 00:16.935[2]; 7. 136-David Pangrazio, 00:16.937[18]; 8. 31-Kyle Zimmerman, 00:17.011[11]; 9. 23GB-Mike Knight, 00:17.048[22]; 10. 99*-Logan Jaquay, 00:17.136[19]; 11. 21L-Matt Latta, 00:17.140[6]; 12. 11A-Ashton Briggs, 00:17.188[14]; 13. 17X-Andy Michael, 00:17.343[17]; 14. 2L-Dan Lepro, 00:17.349[1]; 15. 5G-Scott Gurdak, 00:17.389[12]; 16. 98-Craig Graham, 00:17.393[23]; 17. Y26-Gary Youngs, 00:17.564[7]; 18. 24C-Rob Coffaro, 00:17.767[4]; 19. 97-Darrin Waldron, 00:17.816[10]; 20. 112-Jacob Peterson, 00:17.879[24]; 21. 15C-Steve Houser, 00:17.915[20]; 22. 49C-William Pinckney, 00:17.968[15]; 23. 6N-Kassandra Norman, 00:18.014[9]; 24. 14L-Konar Loney, 00:18.060[25]; 25. 432-Hunter Proctor, 00:18.410[13]; 26. 31B-Noah Brunell, 00:18.726[3].

FK Rod Ends Heat 1 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 87S-Brad Mesler[1]; 2. 21*-Billy Henry[3]; 3. 7L-Dave Hess Jr[2]; 4. 9S-Breyton Santee[4]; 5. 1-Bill Taylor[5]; 6. 87K-Randy Hall[7]; 7. 01W-Khole Wanzer[8]; 8. 39J-Jimmy Johnson[6]; 9. 86-Shawn Little[9].

FK Rod Ends Heat 2 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 10S-Joe Martin[1]; 2. 36-Cody Dawson[3]; 3. 18-Mike Wonderling[4]; 4. 2-David Parker[2]; 5. 61S-Ward Schell[5]; 6. 22D-Draven Kuzminski[8]; 7. 4R-Rickie Loucks[7]; 8. 54-Leo Iarrapino[9]; 9. 3M-Wesley McCray[6].

FK Rod Ends Heat 3 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 00K-Max Blair[1]; 2. 21J-Jim Rasey[2]; 3. 51-Austin Hauser[3]; 4. 14W-Dusty Waters[4]; 5. 26-Kurt Stebbins[6]; 6. 25-Matt Sipes[5]; 7. 14-Brandt Graham[7]; 8. 83-DJ Krug[8].

FK Rod Ends Heat 4 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[2]; 2. 136-David Pangrazio[3]; 3. 99*-Logan Jaquay[4]; 4. 36B-Colby Beighey[1]; 5. 17X-Andy Michael[5]; 6. 98-Craig Graham[6]; 7. 97-Darrin Waldron[7]; 8. 432-Hunter Proctor[9]; 9. 49C-William Pinckney[8].

FK Rod Ends Heat 5 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 29J-Jason Genco[1]; 2. 31-Kyle Zimmerman[3]; 3. 31B-Noah Brunell[9]; 4. Y26-Gary Youngs[6]; 5. 112-Jacob Peterson[7]; 6. 2L-Dan Lepro[5]; 7. 33-Josh Ferry[2]; 8. 6N-Kassandra Norman[8]; 9. 21L-Matt Latta[4].

FK Rod Ends Heat 6 (8 laps, Top 3 transfer to A, $25 to-win): 1. 91-Chad Homan[1]; 2. 4C-Shane Crotty[2]; 3. 23GB-Mike Knight[3]; 4. 11A-Ashton Briggs[4]; 5. 5G-Scott Gurdak[5]; 6. 24C-Rob Coffaro[6]; 7. 15C-Steve Houser[7]; 8. 14L-Konar Loney[8].

Last Chance B Main 1 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 9S-Breyton Santee[1]; 2. 2-David Parker[2]; 3. 01W-Khole Wanzer[7]; 4. 1-Bill Taylor[3]; 5. 3M-Wesley McCray[12]; 6. 87K-Randy Hall[5]; 7. 39J-Jimmy Johnson[9]; 8. 4R-Rickie Loucks[8]; 9. 86-Shawn Little[11]; 10. 22D-Draven Kuzminski[6]; 11. 61S-Ward Schell[4]; 12. 54-Leo Iarrapino[10].

Last Chance B Main 2 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 36B-Colby Beighey[2]; 2. 25-Matt Sipes[5]; 3. 98-Craig Graham[6]; 4. 14W-Dusty Waters[1]; 5. 97-Darrin Waldron[8]; 6. 14-Brandt Graham[7]; 7. 83-DJ Krug[9]; 8. 432-Hunter Proctor[10]; 9. 49C-William Pinckney[11]; 10. 17X-Andy Michael[4]. DNS: 26-Kurt Stebbins.

Last Chance B Main 3 (10 laps, Top 2 transfer to A): 1. 11A-Ashton Briggs[2]; 2. 33-Josh Ferry[7]; 3. Y26-Gary Youngs[1]; 4. 112-Jacob Peterson[3]; 5. 5G-Scott Gurdak[4]; 6. 24C-Rob Coffaro[6]; 7. 15C-Steve Houser[8]; 8. 14L-Konar Loney[10]; 9. 6N-Kassandra Norman[9]. DNS: 21L-Matt Latta, 2L-Dan Lepro.

Sunoco Dash (6 laps, $100 Sunoco fuel card to-win): 1. 00K-Max Blair[2]; 2. 10S-Joe Martin[1]; 3. 91-Chad Homan[4]; 4. 87S-Brad Mesler[3]; 5. 3J-Jeremy Wonderling[5]; 6. 29J-Jason Genco[6].


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