In the National Open record book there is no story greater than that of Ross Perchak. As another chapter was written this weekend with the running of National Open 32, Perchak storied history grew once again. The only five time winner became a six time winner. Perchak was in a battle with Pat Bealer late in the 40 lap main event when Bealer’s engine let go. Perchak was then the race leader for good as the Hazelton native took the checkered flag.
Pat Bealer raced to the top spot quickly around pole setter Lee Reinhardt. With a dramatic temperature change from Friday and throughout the night Saturday the race quickly moved into the hands of the crews as much a driver. The start of the race saw a lot of yellow flags as some top contenders began to head pit side with engine issues. Bealer survived restart after restart as the field inched closer to the half way break.
As the field slowed to a stop at half way there were familiar foes at the front. Pat Bealer the leader and Ross Perchak second. Perchak passed Bealer to win his first National Open year ago.
Following the break, Bealer would continue to show the way until lap 32 when he car slide to a stop on the front stretch where he hoped to be parked laps later. As Bealer’s race came to a end a frantic battle at the front began.
Perchak led the final laps over a hard charging Brandon Heist and Craig Myers.
Perchak took his sixth National Open win from the third starting spot. Perchak has made the winning pass in four of his six wins after lap 30.
Brandon Heist finished second after falling as deep as 28th in the running order of the event. A late race restart allowed him to jump from fourth to second where he finished.
Craig Myers earned his first podium finish at the National Open following running in the top five for much of the event from the eighth starting spot.
Former winner Jacob Hendershot finished fourth with 2021 Linda’s Speedway champion Mike Boyer finishing in the fifth spot.
Jesse Maurer finished sixth followed by defending National Open winner Austin Pasquerella. B Main winner Noah Wirginis came home eighth followed by Richie Hartman and Dan Boyer.
Dan Boyer was the nights hard charger coming from 30th to finish 10th.
Lee Reinhardt, Pat Bealer, Ross Perchak , Todd Ruesser, Austin Pasquerella, Cory Myers, Craig Myers, and Andrew Dietrich were heat race winners.
Ryan McAndrew won the E Main. Dallas Sanders took the D Main victory. Tyler Reinhardt was the C main winner and Noah Wirginis led the tranfer cars to the A Main by winning the B Main.
Ben Stolz was the deepest driver to run the alphabet mains coming from the C Main to finish 13th in the A Main.
86 Drivers took time for the 32nd running of the National Open.