Jack Sodeman Jr. wins Career First at Lernerville Speedway Bolland & Kelley Win Features, Chip Away at Points Leaders Ferree Extends Points Lead with Feature Win
Sarver, PA (August 21, 2009) Despite an unfavorable Friday Night forecast all week by the local meteorological folk, the skies cleared early in the afternoon creating picture perfect conditions for another Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing! With the Budweiser Point Standings winding down, pressure was at a fever pitch for those still in the title hunt. Kevin Bolland won his fifth feature of 2009 but only chipped two points off Brian Swartzlander’s points lead. Alex Ferree won his third feature of the season, but only gained two points over Lynn Geisler. Jack Sodeman Jr. is not in the title hunt, but played spoiler to Rod George and Ed Lynch Jr. who battled for second throughout most of the 25-lap feature. Joe Kelley added to his all time division leading win total by claiming the Sportsman feature for his 31st
career win, but made little headway in catching Bob Lipinski.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds rumbled onto the Action Track first on Flynn’s Tire Night with Kevin Bolland and Jeremiah Shingledecker on the front row. Bolland jumped to the lead at the drop of the green and led all 25 laps on the way to his 47th
Career Lernerville Feature Win. Despite the dominant performance, Shingledecker and Bud Points Leader Brian Swartzlander did not allow him to take the checkers unchallenged. Jim Weller Jr. might have been the fastest car on the track, but his mount gave up with five laps to go and he rolled pitside while running second. Bolland survived a handful of restarts and kept Shingledecker and Swartzlander at bay to roll the 777 into Sheetz Victory Lane for a division leading fifth time this season.
Shingledecker and Swartzlander chased Bolland across the stripe to finish second and third respectively. Dave Murdick ran a strong race to finish fourth, while Tom Winkle rounded out the Diehl Top Five. The remainder of the top ten shook out with Dean Pearson, Skip Moore, Erik Martin, Carl Murdick and Jeff Miller. Del Rougeux Jr.’s nightmarish streak continued as he broke in the heat race and did not answer the bell for the feature. Heat race winners were Dave Murdick and Brian Swartzlander.
Tonight’s racing did little to shake up the Bud Points as Bolland shaved just two points off Swartzlander’s lead. Shingledecker gained one point on the leader. Going into next weekend’s final points night, Swartzlander holds an 11 point lead over Bolland and 14 points over Shingledecker.
Gary Lyle and current Bud Points Leader Alex Ferree paced the Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models to the green flag. Ferree, the Two-Time Defending Track Champion, jumped out to an early lead but Jared Miley was in hot pursuit from the fifth starting spot. By lap seven, Miley was up to third and blazing a trail to the front. On lap 10, Miley rocketed around the top of turns one & two to the lead down the back straightaway. Once out front, Miley began to pull away until lapped traffic entered the equation on lap 15. As Miley tried to navigate the slower cars, Ferree reeled him in and was all over his spoiler on lap 17. As the laps clicked off, it appeared as though Ferree did not have a groove to even try to make a pass. But when Miley went up in smoke on lap 24, Ferree was in the right place at the right time and inherited the lead for a green-white-checkered restart. Flanked by his only competitor in the Bud Points Chase Lynn Geisler, Ferree chose to restart on the outside pole to get a big run off turn four. The strategy paid off and Ferree pulled away from Geisler who had his hands full fighting off Doug Horton. The win is #17 of Ferree’s career at Lernerville Speedway and third of the 2009 campaign.
Geisler crossed the stripe second after slamming the door on a late race slide job by Doug Horton; who finished third. Dave Murdick continues his hot streak of five straight Fab Four top five finishes by taking fourth. Gary Lyle avoided his recent run of bad luck to round out the top five. Spots six through ten went to last week’s feature winner Kenny Schaltenbrand, Denton Boyer, John Garvin Jr., Chuck Sarver and Jim Detman. Heat race victors were Doug Horton and Gary Lyle. Despite Ferree’s win, he only increased his lead by two points over Geisler who is still just 16 points behind with one race to go!
Budweiser Bud Points leader Rod George sat on the pole of the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Car feature, but it was the upstart Jack Sodeman Jr. who took the lead when the hammers were dropped. His lead was short lived as George took the lead on lap two, but Sodeman would not be denied tonight and he fought back on the top cushion as George ran the bottom. Sodeman regained the lead on the fourth circuit and led the rest of the way, surviving a handful of cautions with George and Ed Lynch Jr. on his tail tank. Each time the green flew after a caution, Sodeman launched to a quick, big lead and won handily to take his first career feature win at Lernerville Speedway. Jack’s dad and local racing legend Jack Sodeman Sr. joined him in Sheetz Victory Lane for a proud father-son moment!
Three-Time Defending Track Champion Kevin Schaeffer had perhaps his best run of the season to take the checkers second after passing Ed Lynch Jr. on the final restart. Bob Felmlee ran well all night and appears to have finally shaken the gremlins that tortured him for much of the season. Behind Felmlee was Dan Kuriger in fifth; his second top five finish of 2009. Scott Bonnell, Brent Matus, Ralph Spithaler, Todd Bauer and Lindsay Enscoe rounded out the CTT Top Ten. By all accounts, the 10th
place finish is the best of Lindsay’s promising young career and a welcome return after a few weeks off following a wild flip and a blown motor! Carl Bowser and Scott Priester each left the track on the business end of a tow truck as they tried to make their way to the front. Earlier in the night, 17 year old Brandon Matus took the first flip of his career in the heat race. He walked off under his own power, but did not start the feature. Heat races were claimed by Bob Felmlee and Charlie Holben.
Rod George and Ed Lynch Jr. diced it up for second behind Sodeman for most of the race, but both had mechanical failures late in the race as George appeared to have broken a rear-end, while Lynch had top and front wing issues that resulted in an ill-handling car. George retired to the pits on lap 22, officially scored in 12th
. Lynch fought the ill-handling Apollo Rocket to a third place finish. At the end of the night, Lynch chipped 15 points off George’s points lead and trails by 23 points entering the final night of Fab Four Racing next Friday Night!
A wild start to the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman appeared to be the start of another no holds barred 20-lap feature. On the second lap, Jeff Miller’s engine broke on the back straightaway leaving a trail of fluid into turn three. The leaders got to the slick before the caution waved and several cars went sliding off the top of turn three. Being a safety issue not an accident, nobody lost their position due to the caution; much to the relief of early leader Pat Hanley! But four laps later, Joe Kelly blasted past Hanley exiting turn two to take the lead. Within two laps, Bob Egley and Bob Lipinski also got by Hanley and began their pursuit of the leader. But neither Bob was able to reel in the All Time division wins leader as he rolled to his fourth win of the season and 31st
of his storied career.
Defending Track Champion Bob Egley chased Kelley across the line second, followed by Bud Points Leader Bob Lipinski in third. Terry Young started on the outside pole and ran in the top five most of the race before settling for fourth. Paul Schreckengost came all the way from 23rd
on the starting grid to round out the Advance Top Five. Early leader Pat Hanley finished sixth, followed by Wayne Carbo, Jim Fosnaught, Ryan Moyer and Shown Thorn. Heat race winners were Lipinski, Kelley and Hanley.
Despite the feature win, Kelley shaved just four points off Lipinski’s lead. The Polish Prince carries a 23 point cushion into the final night of points next Friday Night August 28. Kelley did however clinch the National Guard Heat Race Challenge Championship by checkering his Fab Four leading 10th
heat race. Kelley will receive a $400 check and trophy next Friday Night.
As mentioned above, next Friday August 28 is the final night of Budweiser Points with 10 drivers still in the mix for the Track Championships. Those drivers are: Rod George, Ed Lynch Jr. and Kevin Schaeffer in the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints; Alex Ferree and Lynn Geisler in the Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models; Brian Swartzlander, Kevin Bolland and Jeremiah Shingledecker in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds; Bob Lipinski and Joe Kelley in the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman. Please join us for the final Fab Four Race of the 2009 season as we crown four Budweiser Track Champions!
8/21/09 Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Feature:
(23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH
(9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
(2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
(6F) Bob Felmlee, Seneca
(08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
(3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
(33) Brent Matus, Wampum
(56) Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
(45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
(96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
(44) Pete Landrum, Export
(4) Rod George, Kittanning
(15) Charlie Holben, Cabot
(11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
(10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
DNS: (3J) Brandon Matus, Wampum Heat Race Winners:
Bob Felmlee, Charlie Holben Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Model Feature:
(4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
(1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
(46) Doug Horton, Bruceton Mills WV
(1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
(10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
(29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
(56) Denton Boyer, Punxsutawney
(J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
(88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
(111) Jim Detman, Leechburg
(25B) Mark Booth, Irwin
(15B) Mike Bores, Attica OH
(H1) Jared Miley, South Park
(14) Clint Hayes, Sarver
(66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
(32) Tom Bateman, Carnegie Heat Race Winners:
Doug Horton, Gary Lyle Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature:
(777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
(37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
(83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
(61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
(28) Tom Winkle, Mars
(8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
(17M) Skip Moore, Jackson Center
(29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
(6) Carl Murdick, Butler
(75) Jeff Miller, Sarver
(29D) Dustin Martin, Evans City
(31) Jim Weller Jr., Hubbard OH
(72) Mike Miller, Chicora
(96) Mike Turner, Butler
(88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
DNS: (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
DNS: (45) Steve Feder, Butler Heat Race Winners:
Dave Murdick, Brian Swartzlander Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman Feature:
(66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
(30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
(55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
(28Y) Terry Young, Butler
(3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
(380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
(54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
(20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
(13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
(12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
(1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
(25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
(74) Paul Petrovich, Gibsonia
(35) Jeff Walters, Evans City
(24) Mike Gilliland, Portersville
(55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
(02) Joseph Heinl, Prospect
(29B) Scott Byers, Butler
(32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH
(7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
(78) John Watson, Apollo
(21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
(C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
DNS: (28S) Bob Swartzmiller, Robinson Twp. Heat Race Winners:
Bob Lipinski, Joe Kelley, Pat Hanley Car Count Total
Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprints: 16
Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models: 16
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 17
Advanced Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman: 24 Contact: Lernerville Speedway
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