Brett Scherrer and Sege Fidanza were the big winners at Lancaster Speedway's final stock car program of the season Sunday.
Scherrer won the 75-lap Lancaster Late Model race while Fidanza took the New York State Modified Championship Series 40-lapper at the CarQuest U.S. Open Weekend.
On a restart, with just seven laps remaining in the Late Model contest, it appeared Ron Nurmi might be heading to victory. He had dominated the race since gaining the front from John Julicher on lap 16.
But Scherrer was in the right place at the right time. A lap after the restart, Nurmi suddenly began to fade back through the pack with car problems and Scherrer, who had been second, snatched the lead and held it to the end in front of Tom MacLeod, Mike Henley, Tim Windnagle and Julicher.
The victory proved persistence can pay off.
Scherrer, who started the race from the outside pole, was third on lap 16, following leader Julicher and Nurmi. But after Julicher slid to the infield grass with problems, Nurmi inherited the lead and Scherrer moved into second, a spot he would hold until his winning pass on lap 70.
Fidanza destroyed his competition in the Modified race as he led the fast-paced race from the drop of the green flag.
His straightaway lead was interrupted by the race's only caution flag on lap 36 but it mattered very little. On the restart, he motored on to victory several car lengths ahead of Lancaster Modified champion Bill Putney. Todd Burley was third.
Pending final official tabulations, it appears Putney has also won the NYS MCS season points crown for 1997.
Kirk Rutherford showed why he is the Lancaster season Sportsman titlist as held off a determined LaVerne Pangrazio in a 30-lapper.
Rick Wylie now has won the two biggest races of the year in this area for NASCAR-type Late Models. He won the Bud 100 at Holland Speedway Labor Day weekend and Sunday won this 35-lap segment of the U.S. Open. He had to make a miraculous save to gain Sunday's win, however.
Wylie had led since gaining the lead from Todd Weir on lap two. The persistent Weir did not give up. In turn two on lap 28, Weir attempted an inside pass of Wylie. The cars came in contact with Weir crashing. Though completely sideways, Wylie was able to somehow pull his car under control as the caution waved.
Wylie, Holland Speedway's champion for the third consecutive year, led the remaining distance ahead of Mike Stahl and Joey Brainard.
The NASCAR-type Pro-Trucks paid their first visit to Lancaster and Nick Crassi won the 20-lap affair by half a length over Paul Faleski. Sam Fullone was third.
Bill Hebing led every lap of the 25-lap Street Stock feature and appeared to score the triumph over Dick Wieland and Dave Lewczyk. A post race technical inspection found Hebing illegal, however, and the official victory was handed to Wieland.
Mark Fotia won Saturday's 25-lap Strictly Stock race at Lancaster. Andy Mackereth had a hot hand winning both 25-lap Castrol Can-Am TQ Midget races, the first on Saturday and the second on Sunday.
Lancaster's drag season continues on Oct. 3 and 10.