2022 Season Ends for Homak POPS powered by Can-Am – Celebration 11/12/22
The Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series powered by Can-Am closed the door on its 9th season with the final race of 2022 last weekend. The finale at Lernerville Speedway’s Steel City Stampede had a whopping 44 pro stocks competing for $4,000 to win in the Dow Carnahan/Kyle Stramanski Memorial event.
The 2022 Touring Series Points Champion came down to the A Main with the top 3 in contention to take the crown. 2020 Touring Series Point Champion, Jackson Humanic, would start the main event in 20th place and held a 12-point advantage over 2017 Touring Series Point Champion, Bobby Whitling who was starting in 10th place. Going into the event, 2019 Touring Series Point Co-Champion, Hunter Exley was in 2nd place in points but due to mechanical issues he qualified through a last chance B Main to advance to the main event, putting him in 23rd to start the event with a 16-point deficit to Humanic.
The 25-lap race only produced one caution on lap 10. When the caution flag flew it appeared that Whitling, advancing to the 5th spot at that point, might be able to snag the championship away from Humanic who was being held up in the back of the pack. While the restart hindered Whitling, causing him to fall back to 7th, Humanic used the restart to his advantage powering his way to an 8th place finish, capturing his 2nd Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Touring Series powered by Can-Am Title with 736 points. Whitling secured the 2nd spot in touring points with 724. Exley raced his way to finish the night in 16th and came home in 3rd place in the touring points battle. Rounding out the top ten in touring series points are: Josh Seippel in 4th with 682; Jason Fosnaught in 5th with 667; Andrew Gordon in 6th with 633; Chris Schneider in 7th with 582; Chase Lambert in 8th with 565; Dylan Cecce in 9th with 557 and Aden Boozel in 10th with 541.
In the weekly point chase, after 31 sanctioned races and an unbelievable record of 14 wins and 28 top 5 finishes, the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Weekly Series powered by Can-Am Point Champion is Chris Schneider with 1689 points. Schneider will wear the Point Championship crown for his 6th time (2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2021, 2022) and is the most winningest driver in Penn Ohio events with 38 total wins since the Series’ inception in 2014. Here is the breakdown of his wins – Touring races: 2 in 2014, 4 in 2015, 4 in 2016, 2 in 2017, 2 in 2018, 2 in 2019, 1 in 2020, 2 in 2022, Steel Valley Pro Stock Nationals $10,000 – 1 in 2021; $1,000 to win bonus races at sanctioning tracks – 1 in 2021, 1 in 2022; regular races at sanctioning tracks – 5 in 2021, 11 in 2022.
Finding himself in the runner up spot in the touring series points, Bobby Whitling also secured 2nd in the weekly series points with 1638 after 16 races. Whitling found victory lane at Sharon Speedway for a regular sanctioning race on July 30th. He had 11 top 5 finishes and 13 top 10 finishes.
Josh Seippel is 3rd with 1604 weekly series points after 22 races. Seippel found victory lane at Hummingbird Speedway for a regular sanctioned race on July 30th. He finished the season with 9 top five finishes and 16 top 10 finishes.
Jason Fosnaught is 4th with 1560 weekly series points after 22 races with 6 top five finishes and 13 top 10s.
Brett Hutira finished the season 5th in the weekly series points with 1531 points after 22 races. Hutira had 3 regular sanctioning race wins at Latrobe Speedway on May 21st, July 9th and September 10th, 12 top five finishes and 18 top 10 finishes.
Todd Weldon raced 19 sanctioned races and finished the season 6th in weekly series points. Weldon had 11 top five finishes and 13 top 10 finishes.
Tim Bish got his 15 sanctioned races in and secured 7th in the weekly series points. Bish picked up a bonus points sanctioned race win at Marion Center on May 20th. He ended the season with 6 top five finishes and 8 top 10s.
Jim Fosnaught parked the 20J in victory lane 3 times at regular sanctioning races held at Marion Center to finish 8th in the weekly series points. His wins came on May 14, June 11 and August 6. With 18 sanctioned races in the books for 2022, Fosnaught had 10 top five finishes and 15 top 10s.
Finding himself in 9th place in weekly series points is AJ Poljak after 16 sanctioned races. Poljak raced at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and was in victory lane 4 times for regular sanctioning races (May 21st, July 9th, September 3rd, and September 17th). Poljak had 13 top five finishes and 14 top 10s.
In a tie with 1479 points, Tommy Dembowski and Brian Huchko are in 10th place in the weekly series points each getting in 18 total sanctioned races. Dembowski found victory lane in 4 regular sanctioned events at Latrobe Speedway on July 2nd, September 3rd, 17th, and 24th, while Huchko secured 2 regular sanctioned wins at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Dembowski and Huchko each ended the season with 13 top five finished. Dembowski had 15 top 10s and Huchko had 16 top 10s.
The Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series powered by Can-Am will celebrate the season with a banquet on Saturday, November 12th at Gatherings Banquet Center in Edinburg, PA and is open to the public. All tickets must be purchased by October 31st. No tickets will be sold at the door. Doors open at 5 pm.
Tickets will be available for purchase by mailing a check and the number of tickets needed to Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, 172 Tent Hill Road, Sandy Lake, PA 16145. Tickets are $35 per person. All weekly and touring series point money, driver prizes, and awards will be distributed to drivers at the banquet.
Any race teams wishing to donate items for the Chinese Auction or door prizes for the banquet can make arrangements with Shaun and Deanna to pick them up prior to the banquet.
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