Mid-race sparks can’t stop Mike Lutz! Swartzlander outduels Bolland, Schaltenbrand scores emotional win The Mean Green Machine wins the “Battle of the Bobs”
Sarver, PA (August 14, 2009) On a night when the heroes of Fab Four Racing paid tribute to their fellow racer John Flinner - whom tragically lost his daughter Tanya on Wednesday morning - by taking to the stands with their helmets to collect donations for the Tanya Flinner Memorial Fund, “The Finest Fans in the World” generously donated $4049 before being treated to a thrilling win by Mike Lutz in the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints.
Mike Lutz started on the pole alongside Garrett Krummert, but three attempts to start the race were thwarted by a red flag for Andy McKisson who rolled over exiting turn two and a pair of cautions. When the green flag finally unfurled, Lutz took the lead and already had a big lead over Krummert by the time he hit the back stretch. As Lutz clicked off the laps, the battle for second was heating up between Scott Bonnell and Bob Felmlee. By lap 11, they reeled in Lutz and Bonnell pulled off a mean slide job through turns three and four to take the lead. Lutz jumped the cushion to avoid contact but ended up brushing the front stretch wall and threw sparks into the air instead. Despite the contact, Lutz stayed on the gas and began to hunt down Bonnell. A late race caution slowed the field with four to go and Bonnell’s car didn’t seem to want to go on the restart, resulting in a three-car race for the lead between Bonnell, Lutz and Felmlee. Lutz took the lead at the flagstand after they slid three-wide through turn four. One last caution on the ensuing lap would test the mettle of Mike Lutz, but he was up for the challenge and checkered his first CTT Sprint feature of 2009.
Bob Felmlee chased Lutz across the stripe to finish second, tying his best Lernerville finish of the season. Mid-race leader Scott Bonnell finished third. Jack Sodeman Jr. ran a strong and steady race to finish fourth. Carl Bowser came from the tail of the field to finish fifth after being involved in one of the opening lap cautions. The CTT Top Ten rounded out with Bud Points leader Rod George, Brent Matus, Todd Bauer, Kevin Schaeffer and Pete Miller III. Heat race victors were Todd Bauer, Gary Rankin and Bob Felmlee.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds were up next with “Double Duty” Dave Murdick on the pole, flanked by Two-Time Defending Track Champion and current Budweiser Points Brian Swartzlander. Murdick took the early lead, but gave way to fourth starting Kevin Bolland in turn four on lap two. Bolland was on a rail along the bottom of the Action Track and appeared to be headed to Sheetz Victory Lane for the fifth time, but a caution on lap 20 was the break Swartzlander needed. Instead of following Bolland around the bottom, he tried the high groove and took the lead exiting turn two and down the back straightaway. Another caution on lap 21 gave Bolland a second wind, but they made contact on the front stretch on lap 22, allowing Swartzlander to pull away. Bolland made one last furious charge down the back straightaway and around the top of three & four but could not get by Swartzlander coming to the checkered flag. Swartzlander rolled into Sheetz Victory Lane for the fourth time this season and the 64th
of his storied career.
Early leader Kevin Bolland settled for second place, followed by Jeremiah Shingledecker in third. Jim Weller Jr. battled Shingledecker for third for most of the race before finishing fourth. Dave Murdick rounded out the Diehl Top Five. Tom Winkle scored an impressive sixth place finish after heavy contact with Del Rougeux Jr. Winkle pitted after the accident, but returned to tail the field and eventually race his way back to sixth. Rougeux, however, left on the business end of a tow truck. The rest of the top ten was completed by Mike Turner, Skip Moore, Dean Pearson and Steve Feder. Heat races were checkered by Rougeux and Bolland.
Last weekend, Kenny Schaltenbrand’s night ended on a controversial call per UFo rules whereby he was disqualified for an “intentional caution”. But inspired by the death of Tanya Flinner and his unabashed respect for her father John Flinner, Schaltenbrand scored an emotional win in the Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models. While the destination was sweet, the getting there was a true test of wills! Two-Time Defending Track Champion and current Bud Points Leader Alex Ferree started alongside Schaltenbrand on the front row and took the lead on the lap two restart. By lap 10, Ferree had stretched the lead to almost a full straightaway before a red flag stopped the field for a fire under the hood of Gary Lyle’s car. Schaltenbrand took the lead on the restart, but Lynn Geisler took it away exiting the top of turn two. Schaltenbrand battled back along the bottom but couldn’t seem to get past Geisler. Schaltenbrand finally got the move to stick, taking the lead for good at the flagstand to complete lap 18. A series of restarts saw Geisler temporarily take the lead on the high side of turn two, only to have Schaltenbrand rocket off the bottom of turn four to the lead down the front straightaway. Schaltenbrand pulled away after the final restart and took the checkers by almost a half straightaway ahead of Geisler.
From Sheetz Victory Lane, Schaltenbrand dedicated the win to Tanya Flinner, the same way John Flinner dedicated a win to Kenny’s father the night after he was killed in a tragic accident at Challenger Raceway. He then celebrated the win with a huge crowd of hometown fans, including his own daughter, a truly inspiring moment in the history of Lernerville Speedway!
Lynn Geisler settled for second, ahead of Doug Horton who finished third behind the wheel of the Bachman #66. Dave Murdick had another solid run in the Pitkavish #1J to finish fourth. Early leader Alex Ferree rounded out the top five. The rest of the top ten shook out with Denton Boyer, John Garvin Jr., Jared Miley, Chuck Sarver and Brian Swartzlander in the Detman #111. John Garvin Jr. and Denton Boyer won their respective heat races.
Despite the fact that All Time division wins leader Joe Kelley started on the pole and led the first nine laps, the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman feature ended up being the “Battle of the Bobs” as current Budweiser Points leader Bob Lipinski and Defending Track Champion Bob Egley battled for the lead throughout the second half of the 20-lapper. On lap nine, Lipinski and Egley tried to split Joe Kelley high and low exiting turn two and both passed the Six-Time Track Champion in turn four. Once past Kelley, they quickly pulled away and separated themselves from the rest of the field and put on a heck of a show for the lead. When the checkered flag waved, it was the Mean Green Machine of “The Polish Prince” Bob Lipinski in Sheetz Victory Lane as Egley simply could not find a faster line than the one Lipinski was running.
Behind second place Bob Egley was Joe Kelley in third. Corey McPherson and Pat Hanley turned in top five finishes. The rest of the Advance Sportsman top ten rounded out with Ryan Moyer, Wayne Carbo, Paul Schreckengost, Jim Fosnaught and Terry Young. Heat races were won by Corey McPherson and Joe Kelley.
On behalf of the Lernerville Speedway family, we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to John, Michelle and Taylor Flinner, as well as Brooke and the entire Flinner/Johnson Racing Team! Words cannot express how devastated we all are by your loss and we pray that you find peace and comfort! We would also like to thank all the drivers who took the time to walk into the grandstands and the fans who so generously opened their hearts and wallets in this extremely difficult time in the local caring community. My mentor and friend Don Gamble says all the time that racers and race fans are the greatest people in the world, and the way everyone pulled together tonight helped further prove that point! Please say a prayer for the Flinner family and hug your kids! Viewings will be held at the Glenn-Kildo Funeral Home on Saturday August 15 from 6:00-9:00PM and Sunday August 16 from 2:00-4:00PM and 7:00-9:00PM. The funeral will be Monday August 17 at Mars Alliance Church at 11:00AM. Rest in Peace Tanya!
8/14/09 Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Feature:
(8) Mike Lutz, Mercer
(6F) Bob Felmlee, Seneca
(3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
(23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH
(10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
(4) Rod George, Kittanning
(33) Brent Matus, Wampum
(45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
(9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
(3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
(7) Eric Williams, Greenville
(44) Pete Landrum, Export
(1R) Gale Ruth Sr., Pleasantville
(O1) Robbie Bartchy, Slickville
(3J) Brandon Matus, Wampum
(D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
(43) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
(08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
(11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
(6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
(15) Charlie Holben, Cabot
(16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
(O) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
(66) Chris Best, Butler
DNS: (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew Heat Race Winners:
Todd Bauer, Gary Rankin, Bob Felmlee Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Model Feature:
(29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
(1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
(66) Doug Horton, Bruceton Mills WV.
(1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
(4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
(56X) Denton Boyer, Punxsutawney
(J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
(H1) Jared Miley, South Park
(88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
(111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
(32) Tom Bateman, Carnegie
(10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park Heat Race Winners:
John Garvin Jr., Denton Boyer Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature:
(83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
(777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
(37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
(31) Jim Weller Jr., Hubbard OH
(61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
(28) Tom Winkle, Mars
(96) Mike Turner, Butler
(17M) Skip Moore, Jackson Center
(8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
(45) Steve Feder, Butler
(75) Jeff Miller, Sarver
(72) Mike Miller, Chicora
(6) Carl Murdick, Butler
(29D) Dustin Martin, Evans City
(29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
(88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
(20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville Heat Race Winners:
Del Rouguex Jr., Kevin Bolland Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Feature:
(55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
(30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
(66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
(C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
(380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
(13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
(54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
(3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
(20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
(28Y) Terry Young, Butler
(32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH
(7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
(12) Shawn Thorne, Vandergrift
(25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
(1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
(55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
(29B) Scott Byers, Butler
(36) Chip Walsh, Mars
(21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
(78) John Watson, Apollo
(19) Scott Bowman, Murrysville
(24) Mike Gilliland, Portersville Heat Race Winners:
Corey McPherson, Joe Kelley Car Count Total
Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints: 26
Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models: 12
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 17
Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman: 19
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director