Lernerville Locals Duel with the All Stars in the Dual in the Dirt Ed Lynch Jr. and Gregg Satterlee lead the charge
Sarver, PA (September 8, 2009) While no local driver was able to pull off a $5000 upset, the Lernerville Locals represented Fab Four Racing well with their performances in last Friday Night’s All Stars Dual in the Dirt. For the first time in the history of the All Stars, both divisions were on the same card during the same night. Both All Stars Series travel with several top guns in their respective divisions.
The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprints are led by former Lernerville Track Champions Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney, as well as drivers like multi-time All Stars Champion Greg Wilson and up-and-comers Daryn Clayton, David Gravel and Ryan Bunton. Veterans Stevie Smith, Randy Hannagan, Sam Hafertepe Jr., Chad Kemenah and Danny Smith – whom are all running a true outlaw type of schedule this season – have also competed in a handful of All Stars events this season. FAST drivers Chris Andrews, Byron Reed and Brock Mayes were joined by young guns Cole Duncan and Cale Conley in the star-studded field.
Despite the wealth of outside talent, the Commercial Truck & Trailer DIRTcar Sprint Car division was well represented by setting quick time, one top five finish, two other top tens and a total of eight drivers in the 24-car A-Main field.
It should not be a surprise to most fans of Fab Four Racing that Ed Lynch Jr. set the quick time and scored a top five finish. Lynch has set the bar for the Lernerville locals for quite some time, and he set the bar Friday Night by turning the only sub-13 second lap. With a time of 12.877 and an invert of six, Lynch started outside the third row and advanced to third, safely in the A-Main. The redraw set him fourth on the A-Main grid and he raced in the top five for the entire duration of the 30-lap feature before finishing fifth.
Newly crowned Track Champion Rod George set the 22nd quickest lap, placing him on the front row of the third heat where he finished second. After the redraw, the A-Main lineup was set by the results of time trials, placing George behind the eight ball in 21st on the starting grid. But the track was much to his liking and he raced his way to a top ten finish by crossing the stripe in ninth.
Mike Lutz continued to run strong by being the only other driver to finish in the top ten. He finished third in his heat to transfer directly into the A. Starting seventh, Mike ran in the top ten all race and finished in tenth when the checkers waved for Randy Hannagan.
Bob Felmlee is another driver who’s finishing the season much stronger than he started it. He turned the fifth quickest lap with a time of 13.113 seconds and finished third in his heat. After starting fourth in the feature, he finished the race in 15th place.
Outgoing Three-Time Track Champion Kevin Schaeffer ran a fantastic heat race to finish second after turning the 17th quickest lap during time trials. He finished the feature scored in 24th after leaving early in the race.
Rising Star Danny Holtgraver qualified for his third straight major show at Lernerville Speedway by turning the 13th quickest lap and passing Sam Hafertepe Jr. on the final lap of his heat race to make the big dance. He finished the feature in 19th.
Todd Bauer qualified through his heat, while Carl Bowser transferred through the B-Main. They finished 21st and 22nd respectively.
The All Star Late Models were led into Sarvertown by points leader and Inaugural All Star 50 winner Boom Briggs, Robbie Blair, Rod Conley, Coleby Frye, Jared Hawkins and Dave Hess Jr. The World of Outlaws were off Friday Night, but in the area for the Oil Region Labor Day Classic at Tri-City. Instead of taking the night off, Outlaws Points Leader Josh Richards, Chub Frank, Tim McCreadie, Clint Smith, Vic Coffey, Brady Smith, Jordan Bland, Austin Hubbard and Tyler Reddick. Regional stars Jeremy Miller and Jason Covert were also in the star-studded field.
The stars of the Friedman’s Freshmarkets DIRTcar Late Models had stunningly similar stats to those of their sprint car brethren on Friday Night despite an equally loaded field for the All Star Late Model Series; Quick time, one top five, two more in the top ten and a total of eight drivers in the A-Main. And just for good measure, two local drivers won their respective heat races.
“The Truth” Gregg Satterlee matched Lynch’s feat by setting the quick time for the All Star Late Model Series Time Trials with a lap of 15.446 seconds, just a tick off the Lernerville Track Record (15.453 held by Darrell Lanigan). He then bested him by winning his heat, then again in feature by crossing the stripe third behind feature winner Brady Smith and World of Outlaws Star Chub Frank. Midway through the 50-lap feature, Satterlee had what appeared to be failing suspension in the right front. The suspension damage actually helped the set up of the car late in the race and Satterlee actually challenged Smith and Frank for the lead in the closing laps before settling for another impressive finish in a big race.
The “Bruceton Mills Bandit” Doug Horton has been knocking on the door of Sheetz Victory Lane all season and ran another extremely impressive race to finish sixth. Earlier in the evening, Horton qualified a disappointing 35th quick, but flew the field after starting last in his heat race to win it and move on to the A-Main! Ho continued to impress in the 50-lap feature where he nearly scored a top five finish.
Three-Time Defending Track Champion Alex Ferree also had a roller coaster night. He started magnificently by turning the fifth quickest lap in qualifying with a circuit of 15.798 seconds. Things started to unravel in his heat race when, after running in the final transfer position all race, he made contact with another car in turns three & four and finished last. Ferree would have to use a track provisional just to make the A-Main field, but his fortunes changed greatly in the feature. After starting dead last, he meticulously picked his way through loaded field and took the checkered flag tenth.
Jared Miley is considered both an All Star touring driver and a Lernerville Local; as the schedules have had only a few conflicting dates this season. Miley timed 19th quick, but did not complete a lap in his heat race. He transferred into the A-Main feature by finishing third in the second B-Main. After starting near the tail, Miley raced his way to a respectable 15th place finish.
Rising star Denton Boyer timed 15th quick and started on the pole of the second heat. During the heat race, he battled Jeremy Miller and finished second to transfer directly into the A-Main. Boyer battled a pair of fellow Lernerville regulars throughout the feature, ultimately finishing 17th.
The pair of fellow Lernerville regulars that Boyer battled with was John Mollick and John Flinner. Mollick timed 23rd quick, and then transferred directly into the feature by finishing fourth in the fourth heat. He took the checkers directly behind Boyer in 18th.
John Flinner made his return to racing after an agonizing month of mourning the tragic loss of his daughter Tanya. In an emotional display of respect, the crowd rose to its feet as he rolled his legendary John Johnson-owned #48 Rocket onto the speedway for time trials. The car was extremely tight and he qualified just 25th quick, but the man was back! After finishing seventh in his heat, Flinner claimed the final transfer into the A-Main by finishing third in the first B-Main. As mentioned above, Flinner spent most of the feature battling fellow local drivers Denton Boyer and John Mollick before finally crossing the stripe in 19th.
Matt Lux, like Jared Miley, is considered both a semi-regular All Star touring driver and a Lernerville regular. After turning the 16th quickest lap in qualifying, Lux was well on his way to winning the third heat race, when he broke with three laps to go. He then missed the transfer into the A-Main by one spot in the second B-Main. Using an All Stars Late Model Series provisional, Lux got caught up in an opening lap crash and finished the race officially scored in 23rd.
All in all, the Lernerville Locals did an admirable job at defending their home turf, proving once again that our drivers are as equipped and as capable as any drivers in the country. This Friday Night, the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds have their chance to hold serve as the Super DIRTcar Series Modifieds roll into Sarvertown for the first time since 2006. Then Saturday Night, the Advance Auto Parts DIRTcar Sportsman will defend the Action Track against stock car drivers from around the region in the Sportsman/Stock Spectacular portion of Autumn-Motive Fest.
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director