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WHITE FLAG FOR FIRECRACKER! DAVE MURDICK & MATT LUX GET FIRST WINS OF 2007, LYNCH SPRINTS TO FIFTH WIN, LAMBERT WINS SECOND 6.22


WHITE FLAG FOR FIRECRACKER! DAVE MURDICK & MATT LUX GET FIRST WINS OF 2007, LYNCH SPRINTS TO FIFTH WIN, LAMBERT WINS SECOND


By Marcie Barlow and Eric J. Westendorf

Sarver, PA (June 22, 2007) With one week remaining until the long-awaiting, 2-Day World of Outlaws Late Models Series Firecracker 100 and Uncle Sam 30, all Fab Four racing divisions took the track on Friedman’s Freshmarkets Night. Next Friday will be a much deserved week off for the Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints, Ferrante Motor Cars DIRTCar Modifieds, and Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks, as the local Late Model pilots gear up to defend their home turf against the best late drivers in the United States.

The Ferrante Motor Cars DIRTCar Modifieds were led to the green flag by Jeremiah Shingledecker and Kevin Bolland. Bolland, driving the Cintas/Northland Ford/Bolland Machine #777 took command at the start, however, his lead was nullified twice; first on lap one when the caution flew for New York driver Bob Dorman (#19) and Mike Miller (#72) and again on lap six when Steve Feder (#45) and JR McGinley (#66) tangled in turn two.

Bolland continued to pace the field when they were once again slowed on lap 10 for an Andy Priest spin. On the ensuing restart Bolland was penalized and moved to the third position for failing to start the race in the proper manner. Jeremiah Shingledecker inherited the lead in his #37MD Quaker Steak and Lube/Lou Heath and Sons/Emlenton Bottled Water sponsored Bicknell Chassis.

Shingledecker had built up a straightaway lead over Bolland and appeared headed to his third Lernerville Speedway victory of the season when the caution lag flew for the final time on lap 23 as Steve Feder spun in turn four. As racing action resumed Bolland got into the rear of Shingledecker’s car. The ensuing accident collected Andy Priest (#77N), Phil Evans Jr. (#38), Del Rougeux Jr. (#20D) and Tim Doran (#12T). Bolland was then disqualified for his “unsportsmanlike” conduct while Shingledecker, Priest, Rougeux Jr. and Evans all retired to the pit area with damaged race cars. Dave Murdick (#61) inherited the lead and piloted his Armstrong Zoom Internet/Kelly Chevrolet Troyer Chassis onto the victory. It was Murdick’s first feature win of 2007 and his first at the Lernerville Speedway since June 16, 2006. A very happy Murdick stated in victory lane that ‘Shingledecker and Bolland definitely had the faster cars, but I just played a waiting game and came out on top this evening!”

Current Budweiser points leader Brian Swartzlander (#83) from Leechburg claimed the second position as he once again started at the rear of the 20 car field. Tom Winkle (#28), JR McGinley and Skip Moore (#17M) completed the top five. It was also the best finishes of the year for both McGinley and Moore. Murdick and Priest were the heat race winners.

Ed Lynch Jr. (#2L) of Apollo captured his fifth Lernerville Speedway victory of the season as he immediately jumped into the lead from his front row starting position. In spite of three cautions that slowed the field, Lynch was never seriously challenged as he captured the Commercial Truck and Trailer Sprint Car feature win in the maiden voyage of his brand new J&J Chassis. The famed #2L sponsored by Howard Concrete Pumping and Indy Recycling as well as divisional sponsor Commercial Truck and Trailer now has 199 career feature wins, 88 of which coming at the Sarver, PA oval. Last week’s feature winner Rod George (#4) of Kittanning closed on Lynch in the final few laps but had to settle for the runner-up position this week. Dan Shetler (#98) of Johnstown, Scott Priester (#11) of Rimersburg, and Kevin Schaeffer (#9) of Kittanning rounded out the top five. Dan Kuriger captured a career first heat race victory earlier in the evening with Lynch and Priester winning the other two heat events.

The Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks were next on the card. Mars, PA driver Butch Lambert (#27) started on the pole and quickly jumped into the lead as the green flag flew. Lambert battled Paul Schreckengost (#3S) of Creighton for the entire distance of the 15 lap event. Lambert led the first seven laps but Schreckengost grabbed the lead away on lap eight. A lap 11 caution for Bob Egley (#30) of Kittanning allowed Lambert to once again close the distance and he took the lead away on lap 12. The event was slowed for one final caution on lap 13 when Paul Petrovich (#74) and Fred Casagni (#8C) tangled in turn four. Lambert held on for his second Lernerville feature win of the season. Schreckengost finished second with last week’s feature winner Mike Pegher Jr. (#09) of Wexford captured third. Wayne Carbo (#54) of Saxonburg and Joe Kelley (#66) of Greensburg rounded out the top five. Terry Young (#28), Greg Beach (#33X) of Chicora,. and Pegher Jr captured the heat race wins. Mike Gilliland (#29) of Portersville was victorious in the B-Main.

The Main Event of the evening was the final tune up for the Friedman’s Freshmarkets Late Models before the Firecracker 100 and Uncle Sam 30 next weekend. Six-time feature winner Alex Ferree started his ADC Racefest/Butler Pre-Owned #4 in the fourth spot, but took the lead on the opening lap using his soon-to-be-patented groove on the very outside of the Action Track’s 4/10-mile oval. Ferree led he first 10 laps of the caution riddled feature and appeared to be on cruise control to his seventh win of the season. But Matt Lux, (#21) of Franklin, had other plans as he and Davey Johnson slipped past Ferree on the lap 11 restart. Despite a rough start to the season, Lux has been making steady progress all spring and seems to have it pretty well figured out on the second day of summer. He held off challenges by Johnson, Ferree, then reigning Track Champion Lynn Geisler to get his first win of the 2007 season at Lernerville in his Alturnamats/Bilstein Shocks Rocket Chassis. Geisler (#1C) of Cranberry Twp. Held on for second, amazingly his best finish of the season! Ferree recovered from a bad restart on lap 22 to finish third. Kenny Schaltenbrand (#29) of Sarver came from 14th to finish fourth. Greg Satterlee (#22) of Rochester Mills ran a solid race to round out the top five. Keith Barbara won his heat race and was scheduled to start the feature from the pole position but lost oil pressure on the last lap of the heat race. The crew was not able to pinpoint the problem and decided not to risk further damage and scratched from the feature. Alex Ferree and Davey Johnson won the other two heat races.

So finally, after months of waiting and speculating about car counts and who might make Lernerville History, the Firecracker 100 is finally upon us. Next weekend, the nation’s elite Late Model drivers will fill the pits while the world’s finest race fans fill the stands of Lernerville Speedway for the long-awaited “Biggest stock car race in Western Pennsylvania History!” All eyes will be on the $30,000-to-win prize and staking their claim in the Lernerville Speedway History Books.

Start the Firecracker weekend a day early by driving to Frankland Racing Supply and American Diecast Company Thursday June 28 for Race Fest 2007. The event will start at noon and feature meet & greets with World of Outlaws Late Model drivers, door prizes, vendors, games and a free gift for all who attend. Log on to www.racefest07.com or cal (724) 898-2111 for more details.

Two-Day advanced tickets for the Firecracker 100 are still on sale for $42 for reserved seats, $39 general admission, and $50 for pit passes. Starting Monday morning June 25, one day tickets for Saturday’s Feature races will go on sale for $32 for reserved seats, $29 for general admission. Pit passes will remain at $50. One day tickets do not come with 2-day ticket perks of free pit pass upgrade Friday night and entry into the exclusive driver autograph session Saturday afternoon. Stop in or call the track office at (724) 353-1511 for more details.

Lernerville Speedway
Race Results
6/22/2007
313 N. Pike Road Sarver, PA 16055
Phone (724) 353-1511 Fax (724) 353-2650
www.lernerville.com

Commercial Truck and Trailer Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
1 Ed Lynch Jr, Apollo
2 Rod George, Kittanning
3 Dan Shetler, Johnstown
4 Scott Priester, Rimersburg
5 Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
6 Troy Little, NSW, Austrailia
7 Gary Rankin, Butler
8 Charlie Holben, Cabot
9 Todd Bauer, Clarion
10 Jody Keegan, Fremont, Oh
11 Dan Kuriger, Freedom
12 Mike Lutz, Mercer
13 Scott Bonnell, Fairview
14 Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
15 Brent Matus, Wampum
16 Carl Bowser, Sarver
17 Mike Shearer, Freeport
18 Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
19 Terry Bowser, Sarver
20 Bill Kiley, Cabot
21 David Doherty, Sydney, Australia
22 Sheila Rankin, Renfrew
23 Jason Pisani, Pittsburgh
24 Joe Butera, Wampum
25 Robbie Barchie, Saxonburg
Heat Race Winners: Dan Kuriger, Ed Lynch Jr., Scott Priester

Friedman’s Supermarkets Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
1 Matt Lutz, Franklin
2 Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp
3 Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
4 Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
5 Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
6 Davey Johnson, Greensburg
7 Tony Musolino, Scott Twp
8 Chuck Kennedy, Mars
9 Mike Blose, Dayton
10 Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
11 Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
12 Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
13 Herman Bertolini, Creighton
14 John Mollick, Fremont, Oh
15 Tom Kitchen, Indiana
16 Jim Detman,. Leechburg
17 John Garvin Sr, Sarver
18 Ray Kroll, Renfrew
19 Tom Bateman, Carnegie
20 Jared Miley, South
21 Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
22 John Garvin Jr, Sarver
23 David Scott, Garland
24 Mike Norris, Sarver
25 Dan Swartzlander, Freeport-NLC
26 Dane Laraway, Irwin-DNS
27 Keith Barbara, south Park-DNS
Heat Race Winners: Keith Barbara, Dave Murdick, Alex Ferree

Ferrante Motor Cars Modified Feature (25 Laps)
1 David Murdick, Slippery Rock
2 Brian Swartzlander, Allegheny Twp
28 Tom Winkle, Mars
29 J R McGinley, Fairmount City
30 Skip Moore, Jackson Center
31 Carl Murdick, Sarver
32 Mike Turner, Butler
33 Mike Miller, Chicora
34 Doug Fleeger, Butler
35 John Durci, Sarver
36 Steve Feder, Butler
37 Jeremiah Shingledecker, Stoneboro
38 Del Rougeux Jr, Frenchville
39 Tim Doran, New Castle
40 Andy Priest, New Castle
41 Dave Reges, Butler
42 Phil Evans Jr, Greensburg
43 Bob Dorman, Stockton, NY
44 Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
45 Jeff Stuchel, Apollo-DNS
Heat Race Winners: Dave Murdick, Andy Priest

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks Feature (15 Laps)

1. Butch Lambert, Mars

2. Paul Schreckengost, Creighton

3. Mike Pegher Jr, Wexford

4. Wayne Carbo, Mars

5. Joe Kelley, Greensburg

6. Greg Beach, Chicora

7. Pat Hanley, Monroeville

8. Chuck Gebauer, Cheswick

9. Jim Fosnaught, Bairdsford

10. Terry Young, Butler

11. Shawn Thorn, Murrysville

12. Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh

13. Bob Egley, Kittanning

14. Mike Gilliland, Portersville

15. Randy Hanovich, Mars

16. Bryan Wagner, New Wilmington

17. Fred Casagani, Vandergrift

18. Paul Petrovich, Gibsonia

19. Roger Stivenson, Freeport

20. Dave Baker, Rural Valley

21. Jason Fosnaught, Creighton

22. Stan Riggle, Ford City

23. Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp

24. Nick Reges, Butler

25. Pat Weldon, Monongahela

Heat Race Winners: Terry Young, Mike Pegher Jr., Greg Beach
B-Main: Mike Gilliland, Portersville
Stover’s Net Connection Hard Charger: Pat Hanley

Car Counts:
Total: 103
Sprints: 25
Late Models:26
Modifieds: 20
Pure Stocks : 32

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