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E. SMETHPORT, PA…..The opening night of the Nittany Minitmart Fall Classic at McKean County Raceway unfolded under clear skies and crisp temperatures, with makeup events from the McKean County Fair race joining the Absolute Powder Coating Pure Stocks, Andrew’s Auto Salvage Mini Stocks, and Kid’s Mini Stocks.
The makeup Mini Stock event saw Andrew Kreamer take the lead over Dylan Strade, with Ridge Cobb slotting into third.  Coming from the back of the field, Andy Schumaker made his way into the top five just before the halfway point, putting pressure on Kyle Babcock.  Schumaker started picking off spots, moving past Babcock and then grabbing second from Cobb.  Kreamer was able to withstand the last lap challenges from Schumaker to take the win, with Schumaker, Cobb, Kyle Babcock, and Kurt Babcock rounding out the top five.
The makeup RUSH Pro Mod feature was dominated by Dennis Lunger, who grabbed the lead from Al Brewer on lap 2 of the 20 lap distance.  Steve Dixon was involved in an opening lap incident and while he was coming from the back of the field, CJ Irons was moving forward, having a battle with Adam Ashcroft for third.  Irons grabbed the spot on lap 8 and two laps later took second from Brewer while Dixon was working back toward the top five.  Dixon’s charge fell short when he had an issue on lap 17 which brought out the caution and set up a three lap shootout.  Lunger held off Irons in the run to the checkers for the win, with Irons second.  Ashcroft took third, with Greg Johnson slipping past Brewer in the final laps to take fourth.
The Absolute Powder Coating Pure Stocks started their feature with Larry Mitchell taking the lead and Jake Wilber moving into second spot.  Bryce Swauger came into the mix a couple of laps in, taking second from Wilber and battling Mitchell for the lead.  Swauger’s race unfortunately ended when he pulled into the pits on a lap 8 yellow.  On the restart, Josh Fields moved into second and slipped into the top spot when Mitchell bobbled on lap 11.  Mitchell tried to regain the top spot, but Fields was too strong and took the victory over Mitchell.  Wilber had to settle for third, followed by Bruno Mowery and Mike Parmenter.
The Andrew’s Auto Salvage Mini Stock feature began with Daniel Clark and Andy Schumaker battling for the lead, with Clark pulling out to a good sized margin up front while DJ Williams ran up to the fourth spot.  Williams pulled pitside on lap 6 and the third place runner, Andrew Kreamer, had issues on lap 8 and faded back through the field.  Nate Freeland moved into third as the leaders encountered heavy lapped traffic over the final seven laps.  Clark saw his margin shrink to mere car lengths, but he was able to maneuver through the traffic and claim the win.  Schumakere was second, with Freeland third, followed by Kyle Babcock and Holden Heineman.
The Kid’s Mini Stock event saw Jared Parris and Ridge Cobb fight for the lead for the first two laps until Cobb locked into the lead and drove away for the win over Parris.  They were followed by Raven Burkett, Kayley Bacon, and Kaden Micheal.
Racing continues at McKean County Raceway Friday night starting at 7:00 p.m. with the second day of the Fall Classic, headlined by the Zimmer’s Service Center United Late Model Series, plus ‘The Last Ride’ for RUSH Crate Late Models and RUSH Pro Mods, along with a Street Stock event presented by Cummings Trucking.  For more information, visit .
RUSH PRO MOD FEATURE (makeup)-DENNIS LUNGER, CJ Irons, Adam Ashcroft, Greg Johnson, AL Brewer, Richard Hemphill, Chad Ramsey Jr, Brett Ritter, Steve Dixon, Tyler Oakes, Derek Peterson, Ian Degolier, Vaught Nystrom, Dean Ingalls (DNS), Tom Root (DNS), Duane Powers (DNS).
PURE STOCK FEATURE-JOSH FIELDS, Larry Mitchell, Jake WIlber, Bruno Mowery, Mike Parmenter, Dan Calhoun, Cliff Easton, Barry Burritt, Dave Lowe, Glenn Layfield, Bill Putt, Lance Palmer, Josh Canfield, Casey Wolf, Steve Studer, Roy Gearhart, Roger Schweikart, Bryce Swauger, Jeff Witt (DNS), Devlin Dickey (DNS), Fred Ely (DNS), Glenn Vancise (DNS).
MINI STOCK FEATURE (makeup)-ANDREW KREAMER, Andy Schumaker, Ridge Cobb, Kyle Babcock, Kurt Babcock, Philip Vaughn, Travis Babcock, Jacob Tubbs, Gene Kontz, Dylan Strade, Holden Heineman, James Szymanski, Trevor Putt (DNS), Jared Parris (DNS), Steve Terwilliger (DNS), Richard Harding (DNS), Timothy Fisher (DNS).
MINI STOCK FEATURE-DANIEL CLARK, Andy Schumaker, Nate Freeland, Kyle Babcock, Holden Heineman, Kurt Babcock, Andrew Kreamer, John Michael, Dylan Strade, Matthew Haskins, Jacob Tubbs, Cole Susice, Scott Tubbs, Philip Vaughn, Chris Shelley, Tammy Watson, Brendan Glover, Lindsey Carlson Jr, Gene Kontz, Logan Ganoung, Timothy Fisher, DJ Williams, Anthony Schoonover, Trevor Putt (DNS), Jimmy Szymanski (DNS).
KIDS MINI STOCK FEATURE-RIDGE COBB, Jared Parris, Raven Burkett, Kayley Bacon, Kaden Michael.