Mid-Season Championships highlighted by Late Model Thriller! Lynch & Satterlee continue to dominate Shingledecker wins first of 2009, Moyer wins career first Sarver, PA (June 13, 2009) The Mid-Season Championships lived up to the hype last night as the excitement on the track was only matched by the excitement under the grandstands after the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup as fans watched on surrounding the 10x14 foot big screen. With all due respect to Ed Lynch Jr., Jeremiah Shingledecker and Ryan Moyer, Gregg Satterlee’s win in the Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Model feature on Friedman’s Freshmarkets Night will go down as one of the most exciting and controversial wins in the history of Lernerville Speedway.
As a key part of the 2009 Mid-Season Championships, fans pulled the pills for the top 12 in Budweiser Points for each division. Mechanical issues almost prevented Gregg Satterlee from even pulling a pill and starting the A-Main feature event, but with a $2000-to-start guaranteed provisional on the line for the fast approaching 3rd Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com, Satterlee’s crew got the car fixed and ready to go. The fans pulled front row pills for Todd Bachman and Alex Ferree. Ferree, (#4 of Saxonburg) took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Five-Time Champion John Flinner was right in the wake of Two-Time Defending Track Champion Alex Ferree as they approached the flagstand to complete the first lap. Flinner (#48 of Zelienople) ran Ferree clean for 15 laps trying every move he had, before finally sliding under him in turns three & four to take the lead at the flagstand to complete lap 16. Jared Miley joined the leaders to make it a three-way battle for the lead as they deftly navigated through lapped traffic with 10 to go. That’s when this exciting race turned extraordinary.
By lap 19, Miley (#H1 of South Park) was challenging Flinner for the lead, while Gregg Satterlee, who started in ninth was making his way to the front. As the Flinner entered turn three on the final lap, Miley made a daring kamikaze move through the bottom of turns three & four. Contact with the inside berm of track shot Miley up the hill in turn four and into the path of Flinner. Miley’s car bicycled wildly and almost flipped over, causing a red flag to fly before the leaders got to the checkers. Miley sustained heavy damage and retired to the pits. Flinner, meanwhile, sustained moderate damage but took his spot at the front of the field for a green/white/checkered restart.
But the excitement wasn’t over yet! Flinner chose the outside of the front row for the restart, giving the pole position to Alex Ferree. As they ran through the apex of turns one & two, contact got both cars sideways, but a caution was already thrown for John Garvin Jr. and Tony Musolino at exit of turn four. The second green/white/checkered restart rolled to the green the same way, but this time Flinner took a clear lead down the back straightaway. Enter into the picture Gregg Satterlee, arguably the hottest late model driver in the area this season. Satterlee (#22 of Rochester Mills) tried a similar, but less dramatic, move that Miley tried a lap before to pull even with Flinner at the white flag. Flinner maintained the lead on the final circuit and Satterlee drove the same line through the bottom of turns three & four and, according to AMB Electronic scoring, beat Flinner across the finish line by 0.025 seconds! The race was so close at the finish line that Flinner and Satterlee made contact, sending Satterlee’s cars towards the infield and over the inside berm entering turn one. With the car being hooked up to a wrecker, Satterlee walked to Sheetz Victory Lane without his car or words to describe what had just unfolded. The thrilling victory is his fourth of the season at Lernerville Speedway and locked him into a guaranteed starting spot in the 3rd Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com, which is just two weeks away on Friday-Saturday June 26-27.
John Flinner finished second followed by Alex Ferree in third. Doug Horton (#46 of Brewster Mills, WV) ran the entire race in or near the top five and finished fourth, but managed to stay out of the dramatic turn of events that unfolded right in front of him. Davey Johnson (of Latrobe) drove his brother’s #2J machine to a fifth place finish after starting in 12th place. Finishing positions six through twelve were claimed by Lynn Geisler, Chuck Sarver, Todd Bachman, Michael Norris and Tony Musolino. Heat race winners were John Flinner and Jared Miley.
Before the Frenetic Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Model Feature, the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints took to the 4/10 mile Action Track. Once again, the fans pulled the pills and much to the dismay of his competitors, Nikki Larimore pulled the #1 pill for Ed Lynch Jr. With four wins in five attempts entering the Mid-Season championships, even the most casual, unbiased observer would agree that when Ed Lynch Jr. starts on the pole, everyone else is running for second place. However, Lynch (#2L of Apollo) was coming off what appeared to be a win at PPMS last weekend, that is until he collected a lapped car and flipped ending his bid for the win; proof positive that anything can happen! Last night’s win did not come as easy it appears for “The Apollo Rocket”. True he had almost a half-track lead over Rod George and had lapped every driver outside of the top five, but a late caution as Lynch was rocketing down the back straightaway put George (#4 of Kittanning) right on his tail tank with a green/white/checkered restart looming. But there was no derailing the All Time Wins leader in the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints last night as Lynch held true for the final two laps on the way to the 98th Sprint Car win of his storied career, and 99th overall at Lernerville Speedway. The win, number five on the season at Lernerville, also cements Lynch into a track provisional for the $30,000-to-win Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVIII on Tuesday July 21 featuring Twin 30-lap features.
Budweiser Points leader Rod George maintains the points lead with another strong second place finish, his fourth second place finish of 2009 at Lernerville. Meanwhile, Three-Time Defending Track Champion Kevin Schaeffer (#9 of Kittanning) stays in the hunt with another third place finish, his third of the season. Bob Felmlee (#6 of Seneca) backed up last weekend’s top three finish with the O’Reilly All Star Sprints, with a solid fourth place run tonight. Todd Bauer (#45 of Clarion), a serious contender thus far for the most improved driver award, finished with his second top five finish of the season to round out the CTT Top Five. Both Jack Sodeman Jr. and Danny Holtgraver watched surefire top fives slip away with mechanical failures late in the race. Sodeman rolled pitside on lap 19, while Holtgraver rolled into the pits during the caution laps preceding the green/white/checkered restart. They were officially scored 20th and 13th respectively. Rounding out the top ten, a lap down to Lynch, were Scott Priester, Charlie Holben, Dan Kuriger, Brent Matus and Gary Rankin. Heat races were claimed by Brent Matus, Ed Lynch Jr. and Kevin Schaeffer.
Immediately following the Late Model thriller, the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds rumbled onto the speedway with Tom Winkle and Carl Murdick on the front row thanks to a couple of lucky fans. Winkle (#28 of Mars) took the early lead when the green flag waved and led the first five laps of the 25 lap feature. Seeing John Flinner and Ed Lynch Jr. both lead most of the previous 52 laps using the high side of the Action Track, Jeremiah Shingledecker followed their tire tracks and blasted around the outside of turn two to into second place on the opening lap from the sixth starting spot. After an early caution slowed the field, Shingledecker (#37MD of Polk) pulled even with Winkle at the flag stand to complete lap two. They battled door-to-door in turns one & two, then drag raced down the back straightaway, with Winkle prevailing again at the flagstand; but it only delayed the inevitable. On lap six, Shingledecker took the lead exiting turn two and did not look back as he dominated the rest of the way to capture his first Lernerville Feature of 2009, and in the process take the points lead in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified.
The race behind Shingledecker for second was a heated battle between early leader Tom Winkle, Del Rouguex Jr. and Kevin Bolland. When the checkered flag waved is was Bolland (#777 of New Brighton) prevailing, with Winkle crossing the stripe third. Rougeux had to pit under caution on lap 21 and would eventually recover to finish ninth. Tri-City regular Joe Crawford (#25 of Polk) ran a solid race to finish fourth after starting 11th. Dave Murdick (#61 of Slippery Rock) finished fifth after a lengthy battle with Keith Swartzlander, subbing for brother Brian, whom was still feeling the after effects of the wreck at PPMS last month. Swartzlander was joined in the top ten by Dean Pearson, Erik Martin, Del Rougeux Jr. and Steve Feder. Heat races were checkered by Kevin Bolland and Del Rougeux Jr.
Again, thanks to two lucky fans, Pat Hanley and Ryan Moyer led the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman field to the green flag. Hanley (#380 of Monroeville) took the lead at the drop of the green, but Moyer (#13X of Portersville) had the advantage as they completed lap one and would never relinquish the front spot, leading all 20 laps to checker the first win of his blossoming career. As is customary in the division, Moyer was congratulated by not only his family and crew, but also by his fellow drivers. Despite the frequent name changes over the last few seasons, Sportsman is a fitting name for the division as, most of the time, the level of Sportsmanship in this division is unparalleled at Lernerville Speedway! Congratulations Ryan!
The real race was behind Ryan Moyer, as Pat Hanley battled Jim Fosnaught for most of the race. Fosnaught (#20J of Bairdford) got past Hanley on lap eight and held the position to the end. Hanley would follow Fosnaught home to finish third. Behind them was a three, and eventually four, car battle that shook out with last week’s feature winner Joe Kelley (#66 of Mt. Pleasant) in fourth, Wayne Carbo (#54 of Saxonburg) in fifth, Defending Track Champion Bob Egley (#30 of Kittanning) in sixth and Three-Time winner Bob Lipinski (#55 of Pittsburgh) in seventh. The rest of the top ten rounded out with Terry Young, Eric Piotrowski and Mike Miller. Heat race victors were Joe Kelley and Wayne Carbo.
The Lernerville Speedway Management team would like to express a heartfelt “Thank You!” to all of the fans who came out to the racetrack last night to support local racing and to be an active part of the Lernerville Speedway Mid-Season Championships! We understand the temptation was there to stay home and root on the Pens from the comfort of your homes or local watering holes, but we’re glad you decided to spend the evening with us and celebrate the Penguins Stanley Cup Championship under the grandstands on the big screen. Next week we will show our appreciation for the “Greatest Fans in the World” during #1 Cochran Automotive Fan Appreciation Night, complete with fireworks by Premier Pyrotechnics! The Holiday Races will feature all Fab Four divisions plus fireworks with no increase in admission price.
Finally, mark your calendars because two weeks from now is the biggest race weekend of the 2009 season at Lernerville Speedway as the World of Outlaws Late Model Series rolls into Sarver, PA for a three-day extravaganza featuring the rain-postponed Showdown in Sarvertown Feature on Thursday June 25, followed by the two-day Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com on Friday-Saturday June 26-27. If last night’s Late Model feature is any indication, it’s going to be a wild three-day weekend at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway to end the month of June!
Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
Heat Race Winners: Brent Matus, Ed Lynch Jr., Kevin Schaeffer
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Seneca
- (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
- (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
- (15) Charlie Holben, Cabot
- (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
- (21N) Andy Priest, New Castle
- (49H) Bob Howard, Enola
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
- (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
- (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
- (3J) Bud Watt, Wampum
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH
- (O1)Robbie Bartchy, Slickville
- (43) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
Heat Race Winners: John Flinner, Jared Miley
- (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
- (48) John Flinner, Zelienople
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (46) Doug Horton, Brewster Mills WV
- (2J) Dave Johnson, Imperial
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
- (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (21M) Tony Musolino II, Pittsburgh
- (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
- (25B) Mark Booth, Irwin
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
Heat Race Winners: Kevin Bolland, Del Rougeux Jr.
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
- (25) Joe Crawford, Polk
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (007) Gene Kirilla, Transfer
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
DNS: (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
- (87) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (5) Don McClure, Sarver
- (78) John Watson, Apollo
- (12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
Heat Race Winners: Joe Kelley, Wayne Carbo
Car Count Total: 69
Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints: 23
Friedman’s Freshmarkets Late Models: 15
Diehl Auto Group / BRP Modifieds: 15
Advanced Auto Parts Sportsman: 16
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director