Super Joe Kelley wins #7 on Charapp Route 28 Night Red Hot Ed Lynch Jr. wins Second Straight Double Duty Daves Triple Up! Sarver, PA (July 3, 2010) The fine folks from new DIRTcar Sportsman division sponsor Charapp Route 28 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ford were the weekly sponsor Friday Night and they rolled out the red carpet for the Sportsman drivers and fans alike. The evening started with a division-wide Meet & Greet with the fans featuring over 20 cars on display and drivers signing autographs. The drivers all contributed to create the biggest door prize cache in the 40+ year history of the Lernerville Speedway. Over 60 door prizes were donated by Charapp Route 28 and Sportsman division drivers. Charapp General Sales Manager Jim Matthes also put up $500 for an 8-car dash.
When the dust settled on another stellar summer night of Fab Four Racing the names and faces in Sheetz Victory Lane were very familiar ones as Ed Lynch Jr. (Ti22 DIRTcar Sprints), Joe Kelley (Charapp 28 Sportsman), Dave Hess Jr. (DIRTcar Lates) and Dave Murdick (Diehl Mods) were all victorious. In fact, the only new name and face to Sheetz Victory Lane was Laiken Anderson, the new Lernerville Speedway Trophy Girl!
The Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints started the show with Cory Good and Australian Matthew Reed pacing the field. Good led the first lap, but veteran Scott Priester took the lead on lap two on a tricky, slick track. Priester led 18 of the next 21 laps and, after retaking the lead from Danny Holtgraver on lap 21, appeared to be on his way to Sheetz Victory Lane for the first time since July 20, 2007. And for three or four laps it appeared as if Danny Holtgraver might finally get his first career Lernerville Feature win. But as Priester and Holtgraver battle for the lead, “The Apollo Rocket” Ed Lynch Jr. was stalking his prey like a cheetah; mean and fast! He used an aggressive entry point in turn three to pass Holtgraver on lap 22 and again to take the lead from Priester on lap 23. Once out front, there was no catching the All Time division wins leader! His second straight win of the season bumped his Hall of Fame total to 104, (103 of those wins in a sprint car). Between his two Lernerville wins, Lynch has won races at Mercer Raceway Park and beat the PA Posse at Bedford Speedway.
Priester and Holtgraver held on for solid, albeit disappointing, second and third place finishes. In the process, and when combined with the early race flip of Rod George, Holtgraver has unofficially taken the lead in the Budweiser Point Standings. Dan Kuriger came from 11th to finish fourth, his first top five of the season. After struggling in his heat race and having to run the B-Main, Bob Felmlee came from 16th on the starting grid to round out the Ti22 Top Five. The top ten shook out with Jack Sodeman Jr., Carl Bowser, Brent Matus, Scott Bonnell and Brian Steinman. National Guard Heat Races went to Matthew Reed, Ed Lynch Jr. and Rod George.
As alluded to above, Defending Track Champion and incumbent Bud Points leader Rod George was making a charge to the front early in the race, but got too low in turn two trying to shoot beneath Australian invader Matthew Reed. George took a tight, quick flip onto the backstretch, while Reed took heavy damage to his top wing. George got a ride to the pits on the business end of a tow truck, while Reed rejoined the field, but the damage to the wing eventually prevented him from finishing the race. George was scored in 17th, Reed in 16th.
With Charapp Route 28 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ford on hand as the weekly sponsor and after their “Parade of Vehicles” including a three-wide salute to the fans, the DIRTcar Sportsman rumbled onto the speedway second. 16 year old, third generation driver A.J. Flick started on the pole and led the first 15 laps of a caution riddled feature, keeping both Jason and Jim Fosnaught at bay as he pursued his first Lernerville Feature win! But a lap 15 restart saw the youngster surrounded by the combined experience and power of Joe Kelley and Bob Egley. The veteran drivers split the rookie high (Kelley) and low (Egley) on the back straightaway with Joe Kelley taking the lead at the flagstand. As was the case previously with Ed Lynch Jr., once at the point there was no catching Joe Kelley who cruised to his seventh feature win of the 2010 season and 39th of his career.
With two wins under his belt, Bob Egley finished second to Joe Kelley for the third time this season. A.J. Flick scored the best finish of his promising young career in third. Mark Sanders and Ryan Moyer each had a rough go at it during heat race competition and started in the back half of the feature lineup, but advanced to finish fourth and fifth place respectively. The Charapp 28 Top Ten rounded out with Brett McDonald, Wayne Carbo, Jim Fosnaught, Jim Bills and Troy Jeuther. Jeff Walters and Fred Casagni were National Guard Heat Race victors.
Three-Time Defending Track Champion Alex Ferree started on the pole and led 11 of the first 18 caution free laps of the DIRTcar Sportsman Feature. Winless thus far in 2010, Ferree had his best run of the season going, but Budweiser Points Leader Dave Hess Jr. was too strong around the very outside perimeter of the 4/10 mile Action Track. After starting 11th, Hess powered his way around the top of the track, passing Ferree on lap 12 and cruising to his third win of the season and extending his points lead over an absent Jared Miley. Hess also scored an extra $45 from the National Guard Heat Race Challenge.
Track conditions were perfect for Sarver’s own Kenny Schaltenbrand who runs the bottom of the Action Track better than just about anybody in Fab Four Racing and it showed with his best finish of the season in second place. Doug Eck also scored his best finish of the season with a third place run, while early leader Alex Ferree finished fourth ahead of Mike Johnson. Garrett Krummert scored his best Late Model finish at Lernerville with a sixth place run. Krummert was followed by Nick Reges, Chuck Sarver, Michael Norris and Todd Bachman. National Guard Heats were won by Hess and Ferree.
After a two year winless drought in 2008 and 2009, Dave Murdick is on fire in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds in 2010, winning three of the past five features. Last night Murdick rolled out a brand new car and started in the sixth row alongside Kevin Bolland. Bolland and Murdick quickly made their way to the front, with Bolland taking the lead from Del Rougeux Jr. on lap 10. Bolland, Rougeux and Murdick were three wide in turns three & four on lap 11, but Murdick had a rocket ship along the bottom of the track! He took second from Rougeux on lap 12, swapped the lead a few times with Bolland on laps 13 and 14 before officially taking the lead at the flagstand completing lap 14. By lap 18 Murdick stretched his lead to a half a straightaway over Bolland and motored away to his third win of the season. The 18th win of his career ties him for ninth all time in the division with Jack Sodeman. Sodeman, (the father of Ti22 Sprint Ace Jack Sodeman Jr.), is scheduled to attend next Friday Night’s Nostalgia Night!
Early leaders Kevin Bolland (laps 10-13) and Del Rougeux Jr. (laps 1-9) finished the race second and third respectively. Mike Turner continues to impress, tying his career best finish of fourth, while Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker recovered from early problems to round out the Diehl Top Five. The top ten rounded out with Skip Moore, Brian Swartzlander, Dean Pearson, Steve Feder and Carl Murdick. Carl Murdick will be inducted in Tri-City Speedway’s Hall of Fame this Sunday the Fourth of July! National Guard Heat Race winners were Shingledecker and Bolland.
As mentioned above, next Friday July 9 is Nostalgia Night, as dozens of retired drivers of days gone by will be on hand to meet and greet the fans, sign autographs and reminisce with old friends! And the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XIX is just over two weeks away! The sizzling Twin 30s format will provide the best Sprint Car racing of the season, as the Silver Cup will be the only event all year to include two World of Outlaws Features in One Night! Tickets are on sale now at www.Lernerville.com by clicking the “Buy Tickets” icon or by calling the speedway office Monday-Friday 9:00AM-4:00PM.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar 410 Sprint Car Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Reed, Lynch, George
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Seneca
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH.
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (40) Cory Good, Smicksburg
- (51K) Doug Kekich, Sharon
- (92V) Matthew Reed, Victoria AUS.
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (22) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (43) Andy Priest, New Castle
DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
- (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (2J) Mike Johnson, Imperial
- (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
- (38R) Nick Reges, Butler
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
- (55S) Chris Schneider, Creighton
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Hess, Ferree
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Shingledecker, Rougeux
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (17M) Skip Moore, Jackson Center
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Walters, Casagni
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH.
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (24) Jim Bills, Portersville
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (35) Jeff Walters, Evans City
- (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (02) Joseph Heinl, Prospect
- (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
- (12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
Car Count Total: 74
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 25
DIRTcar Late Models: 14
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 14
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 21
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director