Kevin Bolland collects win #48, takes Bud Points lead Chub Frank enjoys some cooking, wins the battle of the #1s Bob Egley honors longtime friend/crew member with feature win
Sarver, PA (April 23, 2010) After the dust settled from an exciting DIRTcar Challenge Sprint Series feature won by Defending Track Champion Rod George, Kevin Bolland, Chub Frank and Bob Egley each visited Sheetz Victory Lane during the second Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds feature rolled off with Steve Feder and Kevin Bolland on the front row. Bolland entered the event as the co-points leader along with Opening Night feature winner Brian Swartzlander. When the green flag waved, Bolland jumped out to a quick lead, while leadfooted Del Rougeux Jr. gave chase.
Despite Rougeux’s best efforts and a few laps of three wide racing when Brian Swartzlander joined the leaders, Bolland led every lap to secure his 48th career feature win at Lernerville Speedway. In the process, Bolland took sole possession of the Budweiser Points lead.
The battles behind Bolland for positions two through five were extremely competitive. Rougeux spent most of the race in second place, save for a few laps mid-race when Brian Swartzlander challenged for the lead. However on lap 14, Swartzlander entered turn one a little too hot and jumped the cushion, allowing Bolland and Rougeux to pull away. Rougeux finished second ahead of Dave Murdick (third) and Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker (fourth). Swartzlander recovered to score another top five finish and sits second in points, trailing Bolland by nine points. The ever-improving Mike Turner had a great run and scored a solid sixth place finish ahead of veterans Dean Pearson (seventh), Jim Weller (eighth) and Carl Murdick (ninth), while Mark Frankhouser rounded out the Diehl Top Ten. Heat races were checkered Bolland and Dave Murdick.
Everybody wants to be #1. Both figuratively and literally! Everybody wants to win and when picking car numbers, the #1 is always a popular choice. This is especially true in the DIRTcar Late Models. A quick scan of the Late Model roster last night reveals six different variations of the #1. The triple threat of World of Outlaws star Chub Frank (#1*), Five-Time Track Champion Lynn Geisler (in the iconic #1Cochran mount) and rising star Jared Miley (#H1) started third, fourth and fifth respectively, then battled in the top five for the entire duration of the 25-lap DIRTcar Late Model feature. But when flagman Donnie Gallagher waved the VP Racing Fuels checkered flag, it was “Chubzilla” celebrating in Sheetz Victory Lane.
Chub Frank used the weekend off from the grueling World of Outlaws Late Model Series road trip to break in a new car and get dialed in for the $30,000-to-win 4th Annual Firecracker presented by GottaRace.com. A loaded field of Late Models forced Frank to get on the gas at the drop of the green flag, but it was Doug Eck (whom started on the outside pole) that wook the early lead. Eck led the first five laps, before giving way to Geisler on lap six.
Behind the early leaders, the top seven cars were swapping positions back and forth as dictated by cautions, lapped traffic and other factors! Early leader Eck was shuffled back to fifth, as was Geisler after losing the lead. Doug Horton started on the inside pole, faded out of the top five, then come roaring back to the front mid-race. Despite the intense competition behind him, once out front, Frank would not be caught. Doug Horton, Jared Miley, Boom Briggs and Dave Hess Jr. all let Chub know they were there and hungry for the win, but when all was said and done, Frank was the top dog and won the DIRTcar Late Model feature.
Jared Miley showed a hint of using his kamikaze powerslide through turns three & four on both the white and checkered flag laps, but could not slide under and past the cagey veteran! Opening Night feature winner Dave Hess Jr. maintained his Budweiser Points lead by finishing third. All Stars Late Model Series star Boom Briggs ran around the top of the track with a heavy right foot to finish fourth ahead of Lynn Geisler in fifth. 2009 World of Outlaws Rookie of the Year Russell King also used the off weekend with the WoO LMS to get some seat time at the Action Track, finishing sixth in the process. Unfortunately for Doug Horton, the checkered flag flew while he was in the back end of his back and forth cycle to the front and he finished in seventh. The rest of the top ten consisted of Jared Hawkins, Chad Valone and Darren Peters. Heat races were claimed by King, Hess and Swartzlander (driving the Detman #111).
The Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman feature was the final act of the Fab Four Racing program as Terry Young and Wayne Carbo brought the field to the green flag. But 2009 Rookie of the Year Corey McPherson jumped out to the early lead. But behind McPherson, 2008 Track Champion Bob Egley was shot out of cannon and quickly moved to the front. He slid under Jason Fosnaught on lap three to take second, then past McPherson (whom had slid off the top of the backstretch) to take the lead on lap five. Despite some intense three wide battles behind him, Egley was never seriously challenged on his way to Sheetz Victory Lane. Egley dedicated the win to his longtime friend and crew member Dan Corbet who passed away in the off season. Dan was certainly celebrating from above with Don Martin and the countless others who have passed on to the big dirt track in the sky!
And while he didn’t get the elusive first career feature win, Corey McPherson scored his second straight second place finish and leads the Bud Points in the Charapp 28 Sportsman division. Paul Schreckengost and Jason Fosnaught waged the Battle of Creighton for third place, passing each other multiple times before Schreck prevailed at the checkered flag. Fosnaught finished fourth ahead of Defending Track Champion Bob Lipinski in fifth. Opening Night feature winner Joe Kelley finished sixth, while Mark Sanders had a strong run to seventh. The rest of the Charapp 28 Top Ten shook out with Shawn Thorn, Jim Fosnaught and Scott Byers (whom scored his first career Top Ten during Fab Four Racing). Heat races winners were Shawn Thorn and Corey McPherson.
DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Russell King, Dave Hess Jr., Brian Swartzlander
- (1*) Chub Frank, Bear Lake
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
- (99B) Boom Briggs, Bear Lake
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (56K) Russell King, Bristolville, OH
- (46) Doug Horton, Uniontown
- (37) Jared Hawkins, Fairmont, WV
- (2V) Chad Valone, Warren
- (1P) Darren Peters, Fort Grie, Ont. CAN.
- (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
- (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (B1) Brandon Wearing, Callery
- (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (X) Tom Bateman Jr., Carnegie
- (33) Sean Puz, Springdale
- (25B) Mark Booth, Irwin
- (56) Denton Boyer, Punxsutawney
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature: (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Dave Murdick, Kevin Bolland
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (31) Jim Weller Jr., Hubbard, OH
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
- (69) Tommy Mattocks, Franklin
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (333) Ron Eperthener Jr., Grove City
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (71B) Don Brown, Butler
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature: (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Shawn Thorn, Corey McPherson
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, OH
- (12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (02) Joseph Heinl, Prospect
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (24) Jim Bills, Portersville
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
Car Count Total: 81
Ti22 Performance/DIRTcar CSS Sprint cars: 23
DIRTcar Late Models: 23
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 16
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 19
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
Co-Written by PR Assistant Steve Patterson and Interns Joel Parknavy and Melissa McDilda