East Berlin's Ott takes Gunn Memorial, wins $6,000 at Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG – Aaron Ott of East Berlin won the 33rd annual Jack Gunn Memorial for 410 sprint cars at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday night, taking the $6,000 victory in an attrition filled event that saw only 10 cars finish the race.
Tyler Reeser scored his second Williams Grove win of the season in the 305 sprint main, scoring a sweep of the oval's 305 action this season.
The initial start of the 30-lap Gunn Memorial was red flagged when Stevie Smith got turned over on the frontchute after contact with a slowed Doug Esh who nearly lost control of his car on the high cushion.
Another yellow then unfurled before a lap could be completed for a turn three connection between Jordan Givler and Wayne Dadetto.
The red flag again appeared with three laps recorded as Ott held sway over Greg Hodnett and Brian Montieth, this time for a turn two flip by Brock Zearfoss after Danny Dietrich got into him while attempting to pull a slide job for position.
And then the restart went red again when Greg Hodnett nearly vaulted his car out over Montieth's in the fourth corner after Montieth blasted deep into turn three trying to steal second away from Hodnett.
Hodnett hung tough on the outside as the pair hit turn three and Montieth couldn't hold the car and went up in front of Hodnett with Hodnett hopping his right rear tire and somehow saving the car whiel Montieth went on to turn over but not before also collecting Pat Cannon and also Doug Esh.
Lance Dewease assumed second for the restart and took a look low for the lead when action resumed but Ott was fleet on the cushion and pulled away once the race finally got going under green flag conditions.
By lap 10, Ott had put 3.3 seconds between himself and Dewease.
The yellow unfurled for a stopped Danny Dietrich on the 19th tour and then the red flag again appeared with six laps to go, this time for last week's winner Austin Hogue who had flames erupt into the cockpit while running eighth in the field.
Ott then went on to win the lengthy event by 2.917 seconds ahead of Dewease, Lucas Wolfe, a bullish Esh and Brent Marks.
Sixth through 10th went to Cory Haas, Chase Dietz, Rodney Westhafer, Glenndon Forsythe and Troy Fraker.
Two rounds of heats for the 410 sprints went to Dietz, Hogue and Haas in the first round with Dewease, Dietz and Hogue taking the second.
Ott set fast time in qualifications with a lap of 16.864 seconds while he also won the dash to earn the pole for the feature event.
The 305 sprint main was also caution riddled with no less than four yellow flags slowing the action.
Darren Miller led the first two laps before Tyler Reeser took over on a restart to score the win.
After starting 14th in the 20-lap main, New York's Mike Kiser was up to second and ready to challenge for the lead when he suddenly lost power, with five laps to go, causing the final of the four caution periods.
Scott Ellerman finished second followed by Stephanie Dodson, Nate Gramley and Colby Dice.
Heats went to Miller, Alex Schanz and Cale Reigle.
September 4, 2015 Feature Finishes:
410 sprints, 30 laps: 1. Aaron Ott, 2. Lance Dewease, 3. Lucas Wolfe, 4. Doug Esh, 5. Brent Marks, 6. Cory Haas, 7. Chase Dietz, 8. Rodney Westhafer, 9. Glenndon Forsythe, 10. Troy Fraker, 11. Austin Hogue, 12. Danny Dietrich, 13. Nicole Bower, 14. Tim Glatfelter, 15. Greg Hodnett, 16. Brian Montieth, 17. Pat Cannon, 18. Brock Zearfoss, 19. Wayne Dadetto, 20. Jordan Givler, 21. Stevie Smith
DNS: Alan Krimes
305 sprints, 20 laps: 1. Tyler Reeser, 2. Scott Ellerman , 3. Stephanie Dodson, 4. Nathan Gramley, 5. Colby Dice, 6. Jason Bergstresser, 7. John Martin, 8. Drew Ritchey, 9. Steve Storrie, 10. Tyler Lebo, 11. Derrick Bowersox, 12. Randy Kaylor, 13. Erin Statler, 14. Mike Alleman, 15. Alex Schanz, 16. Darren Miller, 17. Mike Kiser, 18. Dave Grube, 19. John Bordlemay, 20. Zach Newlin, 21. Alex Potosky, 22. Cale Reigle, 23. John Fiore, 24. Donnie Hendershot