Future Hall of Famers continue to break records Lynch, Geisler, Swartzlander, Kelley all Victorious
Sarver, PA (July 6, 2009) After a two week layoff, Fab Four Racing was back in action last Friday Night July 3 on “The Hot Dog Guys” Night at Lernerville Speedway. Ed Lynch Jr., Lynn Geisler, Brian Swartzlander and Joe Kelley continued to rewrite the Lernerville Speedway record books with big feature wins. Between the four future Hall of Famers, they have a total of 298 career feature wins at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway. All four are either all time division leaders or second place in all time division feature wins. Lynch checkered his 100th career Lernerville feature; the 99th in a sprint car to lead the division. Geisler’s win was #108, trailing only the Legendary Bob Wearing Sr. (117) in the Late Models. Swartzlander’s 62nd career victory ties him for second, also with Bob Wearing Sr. (62) and is now just seven wins behind the late, great Lou Blaney (69). Finally, Joe Kelley’s win tonight was #29 and ties him with Scott Bochek (29) for the all time lead in the Sportsman Stock division.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds rumbled onto the Action Track first with Del Rougeux Jr. and Mike Turner on the front row. Rolling off fifth was Two-Time Defending Track Champion Brian Swartzlander in his first race back from a concussion during the BRP Modified Tour Race at PPMS earlier this summer. Swartzlander showed no signs of weakness as he blasted into third place by lap three trailing leader Del Rouguex and Dave Murdick. Rougeux (#20D of Frenchville) led the first 12 laps, but surprisingly rolled pitside under caution with a flat tire, leaving the pole position to Murdick (#61 of Slippery Rock) on the restart. But Rougeux’s exit also put Swartzlander (#83 of Leechburg) on the front row and he took full advantage by taking the lead when the green flag waved. Sixth row starters Jeremiah Shingledecker (#37MD of Polk) and Kevin Bolland (#777 of New Brighton) advanced to second and third on the following lap when Dave Murdick rolled pitside with a flat tire of his own. As the leaders approached the checkered flag, Shingledecker made one last late charge at Swartzlander’s lead but came up short. Swartzlander rolled his familiar #83 into Sheetz Victory Lane for the 62nd time in his Lernerville career, tying him with Bob Wearing Sr. for second all time in the division and moving him into sole possession of seventh place on the All Time Wins List ahead of Ralph Quarterson (61 career wins), with whom he was previously tied. With the feature and heat race win, Swartzlander has also retaken the Bud Points from Jeremiah Shingledecker lead in the Diehl Mods.
Shingledecker’s second place finish was his eighth straight top five finish to start the season; the only driver in any division this season with this distinction! Kevin Bolland crossed the stripe third. Tom Winkle (#28 of Mars) ran a solid race to finish fifth, while Dean Pearson (#8J of Harrisville) turned in his best finish of the season to round out the top five. Positions six through twelve were claimed by Dave Murdick, Mike Turner, Kevin Green, Brian Sadler and Jeff Miller. Heat race victors were Swartzlander and Rougeux.
The Friedman’s Freshmarket’s DIRT Late Models were up next with Two-Time Defending Track Champion Alex Ferree on the front row alongside Ray Kroll Sr. Ferree (#4 of Saxonburg) rocketed to a big early lead. By lap 17, he was half a lap ahead of second place running Lynn Geisler and had up to sixth place lapped when he rolled to a stop in turn four with an apparent suspension problem in the right rear. A pair of aces (Lynn Geisler in the #1C and Dave Murdick in the #1J) lined up on the front row of the restart. Geisler took the lead at the drop of the green flag and blazed a trail to his first feature win of the season. The win gives Geisler 108 for his storied career. Already a member of the National Dirt Late Model Hall of Fame, Geisler is a lock for the Lernerville Hall of Fame someday!
Powered by a newly freshened Edge Racing Engine, Dave Murdick turned in a solid run for car owner Jimmie Pitkavish to finish second. Gary Lyle (#10 of Hyde Park) finished fourth, John Garvin Jr. (#J4 of Sarver) finished fourth. Chuck Sarver (#88 of West Sunburry) scored his best finish in recent memory and maybe ever at Lernerville Speedway to round out the top five. Crossing the finish line in sixth through tenth were Todd Bachman, Herman Bertolini, Mark Booth, Ray Kroll Sr. and Alex Ferree. Despite the disappointing finish, Alex Ferree took the Bud Points. Heats were checkered by Gary Lyle and Dave Murdick.
Taking absolutely nothing away from the recent or historical accomplishments of the other three drivers featured in this release, it’s hard to watch Ed Lynch Jr. this year and not see something very special. He’s been one of the elite drivers in Western PA for well over a decade, but there’s something different about him this year; there is a passion and a fire that burns deeper now than ever before and it’s truly a sight to behold every week when the Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints push off onto the 4/10 speedplant.
That said, during the early stages of the race, it appeared as though a new driver would find his way to Sheetz Victory Lane. Rising Star Danny Holtgraver and the versatile Andy Priest started on the front row with Priest (#21N of New Castle) taking the early lead. Andy McKisson (#0 of Strattanville) and Mike Lutz (#8 of Mercer) quickly joined the mix for the lead. By lap five, Priest, McKisson and Lutz were dueling wheel-to-wheel in and with lapped traffic. Priest led the first 12 laps, before giving way to McKisson who led laps 13 & 14. Priest passed McKisson back on lap 15 and led until lap 20. During those six laps, both Lutz and Lynch got passed a fading McKisson setting up a dramatic finish.
During the early stages of the 25-lap feature, Lynch (#2L of Apollo) slowly and methodically made his way to the front. By lap nine he had only advanced to eighth place. But once the entire field was consumed by lapped traffic, Lynch began to make his move. There’s arguable nobody better in lapped traffic during Fab Four Racing than Ed Lynch Jr. On lap 20, Lynch passed Lutz on the back straightaway and tried to slide under Priest through turns three and four, but Priest maintained the lead down the front straight away. Lynch pulled even through turns one & two and down the back straightaway, but the Valvoline Slick Move of the Race came in turn three where Lynch drover deeper and harder into turn three, stealing the lead and eventually the win away from Andy Priest. Bob Felmlee’s Hard Luck season continued when he did a 360 on the front stretch drawing a caution with four laps to go. On the restart, Lynch checked out for his 100th career feature win at Lernerville Speedway joining legendary drivers Bob Wearing Sr., Lou Blaney and Lynn Geisler in the Lernerville Speedway Century Club.
Andy Priest held on to finish second and score his best finish in a sprint car at Lernerville Speedway. Australian visitor Steve Lines (#45AU) came from ninth to finish an impressive third. Mike Lutz ran a strong race and finished fourth, while Bud Points leader Rod George (#4 of Kittanning) finished fifth. Rounding out the CTT Top Ten were Kevin Schaeffer, Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman Jr., Todd Bauer and Australian Matthew Reed (#92V). Lynch, Felmlee and Holtgraver claimed heat races.
The Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman brought the show to a close with an exciting race which ended with “Super Joe” Kelley celebrating his record-tying 29th feature win in the Stock Car division. Kelley (#66 of Mt. Pleasant) is tied with Scott Bochek for the division lead. Between the green and checkers, the Sportsman stocks put on a show as usual. Bud Points Leader Bob Lipinski was flanked on the inside by Eric Piotrowski as the field took the green flag. During the early stages of the race, Lipinski (#55 of Pittsburgh) pulled out to a strong lead followed by Piotrowski, but as usual, the middle of the pack was where the action was! Behind Piotrowski, no less than six cars, (those driven by Terry Young, Pat Hanley, Wayne Carbo, Corey McPherson, Joe Kelley and Jim Fosnaught), battled for third. By lap 10, Pat Hanley and Joe Kelley had pulled away from the others and were reeling in Lipinski. Hanley (#380 of Monroeville) stole the lead away from Lipinski on lap 11 and then Joe Kelley made his move and took the lead at the flagstand on lap 15. Hanley battled back and drove below Kelley exiting turn two, but Kelley took the lead for good exiting turn four to close lap 16. A late restart tested the mettle of Kelley, but he finished strong and took the checkers for the 29th time in his career.
For the third time in the last four races, Pat Hanley recorded a top three finish, crossing the stripe second. Corey McPherson (#C33 of Tarentum) had the best finish of his rookie season with a strong, clean third place run. Jim Fosnaught (#20J of Bairdford) had his second straight top five finishing fourth, while Ryan Moyer (#13X of Portersville) backed up his Mid-Season Championship with a top five finish. Rounding out the Advance Sportsman Top Ten were Eric Piotrowski, Brett McDonald, Paul Schreckengost, Bob Lipinski and John Watson. Heat race winners were Kelley and McPherson.
Please join us this coming Friday July 10 for another exciting Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing during our Holiday Races with Fireworks by Premier Pyrotechnics courtesy of #1 Cochran Automotive. Friday July 10 is also Commercial Truck & Trailer Night and Nostalgia Night. Despite all the excitement, there will be no increase in admission prices. Then in just over two weeks, on Tuesday July 21, the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars will make their first visit of the season to the Action Track for the Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVIII featuring Twin 30s. Tickets are on sale now by logging on to www.Lernerville.com or calling the speedway office during normal business hours at (724) 353-1511. Come see the most exciting Sprint Car race of the 2009 season!
July 3, 2009
Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
Heat Race Winners: Danny Holtgraver, Bob Felmlee, Ed Lynch Jr.
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (21N) Andy Priest, New Castle
- (45AU) Steve Lines, Mount Gamba AUS.
- (8) Mike Lutz, Mercer
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH
- (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
- (92V) Matthew Reed, Melbourne AUS.
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Seneca
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
- (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
- (15) Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
- (6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
- (51P) Jason Pisani, Pittsburgh
- (44) Pete Landram, Export
- (01) Robbie Bartchy, Slickville
- (1R) Gale Ruth Sr., Kittanning
- (3J) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
- (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (25B) Mark Booth, Irwin
- (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Kittanning
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (4J) John Mollick, Toronto OH
Heat Race Winners: Gary Lyle, Dave Murdick
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
Heat Race Winners: Del Rougeux Jr., Brian Swartzlander
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (5) Brian Sadler, McKean
- (75) Jeff Miller, Sarver
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (72) Mike Miller, Chicora
Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (87) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt Pleasant
- (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
- (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (78) John Watson, Apollo
- (1)Randy Hanovick, Mars
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (5) Don McClure, Sarver
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (55S) Dr., Bob Lipinski, Valencia
- (12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
DNS: (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
DNS: (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift
Heat Race Winners: Corey McPherson, Joe Kelley
Car Count Total: 76
Sprints: 27, Late Models: 12, Modifieds: 16, Sportsman: 21
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director