Third Generation Teenager A.J. Flick wins first career Lernerville Feature Lynch, Shingledecker and Frank are all repeat winners Sarver, PA (July 23, 2010) The Dog Days of Summer beat down on the Action Track for a hot and muggy Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing as the fine folks from Thoma Meats were on hand as the weekly sponsor. Tonight was also the Annual Joe Pitkavish Memorial for the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds in which Jeremiah Shingledecker inherited the lead in the closing laps to cash in on his second feature win of 2010. Ed Lynch Jr. recovered from a brutal Silver Cup to win his third Ti22 Sprint feature of the season and Chub Frank scored his third win of 2010 at the Action Track on an off night for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. But the star of the show was third generation teenage driver A.J. Flick who passed Joe Kelley early in the Charapp 28 Sportsman Feature and drove a flawless race to win his first career Lernerville Speedway feature.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds had top billing tonight in honor of the Joe Pitkavish Memorial 30-lap feature. For 28 laps it appeared as though Tom Winkle would make up for last Friday Night’s last lap snafu in turns three & four when he jumped the cushion while running second. Winkle had checked out and was not going to be caught until the caution flag waved on lap 29 for Rex King Jr. On the Green-White-Checker restart, Kevin Bolland slid under Winkle entering turn one and Winkle got into the left rear of the #777. Bolland’s spin collected front runners Brian Swartzlander and Rex King Sr. and resulted in Winkle being sent to the tail for rough driving. Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker inherited the lead and cruised to an unexpected victory, his second win of the season.
Brad Rapp had his best run at Lernerville Speedway with an impressive second place finish after winning his heat race earlier in the evening. He was also selected as the National Guard Heat Race Challenge winner for an extra $25. Del Rougeux Jr. avoided carnage tonight to finish third, while late race caution partners Tom Winkle and Kevin Bolland finished fourth and fifth respectively! The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Dean Pearson, Mike Turner, Carl Murdick, Shawn Fleeger and Rex King Sr. As mentioned above, Brad Rapp won his National Guard Heat Race, as did Dean Pearson.
For the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Cars, the front row of Rod George and Ed Lynch Jr. have combined for a total of 145 wins at Lernerville Speedway. George got a great jump and won the drag race to turn one, but slid up the banking in turn two opening the door for Lynch who piloted the #2L to the bottom of the back stretch and into the lead entering turn three. Once out front, “The Apollo Rocket” blasted off to his third win of the year and 104th of his legendary career. After the terrible luck that haunted him Tuesday Night, Lynch left no doubt as he lapped the whole way up to fifth place, leaving just Rod George, Danny Holtgraver and Carl Bowser on the lead lap!
Behind Lynch and George, the race for third was great; Danny Holtgraver, Carl Bowser, Dan Kuriger, and Scott Priester had a battle which lasted for 15 laps, finally resulting in Holtgraver third, Bowser fourth, Kuriger sixth and Priester seventh. Last week’s feature winner Andy McKisson crashed the four car party in the closing laps to finish fifth. The rest of the Ti22 Top Ten shook out with Bob Felmlee in eight, Jack Sodeman Jr. in ninth and Brent Matus in tenth. National Guard heat race winners were Ed Lynch Jr. and Rod George.
Chub Frank has fallen back in love with the Action Track at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway. Instead of taking the night off on a rare open date for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Frank made the tow to Sarver to compete with the DIRTcar Late Models and shake down a “new-to-him” car. And though it was Chub’s first trip to Sheetz Victory Lane in the new mount, the car itself has several feature wins as it was Gregg Satterlee’s 2009 chariot which visited Sheetz Victory Lane five times. After winning his heat race, Frank won the redraw jackpot by starting on the pole and led wire-to-wire, though Jared Miley never let him get more than a few car lengths away. His third win of 2010 was the 14th of his career at Lernerville Speedway.
Jared Miley himself held off a furious late race charge by Dave Murdick in the Jimmie Pitkavish #1 Late Model. Gregg Satterlee charged from ninth on the starting grid to finish fourth behind the trio of #1s, while Doug Eck recovered from an early race tangle with Kenny Schaltenbrand to round out the top five. Gary Lyle returned to action to finish sixth, followed by Alex Ferree in seventh, John Garvin in eighth, Josh Holtgraver in ninth and Lynn Geisler in tenth. Frank and Geisler were National Guard Heat Race victors. Incumbent Budweiser Points Leader Dave Hess Jr. suffered his second straight DNF after completing just five laps.
Third generation driver A.J. Flick certainly has the pedigree to be a feature winner; Grandpa Pee Wee Flick was a Class of 2010 Lernerville Speedway Hall of Famer and dad Mark Flick won the 1994 Modified Track Championship. But none of that guarantees success, especially for a 17 year old rookie in the super competitive Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman division. Flick started ninth but jetted to the front moving to third place on the opening lap, second place on lap two and past seven-time feature winner Joe Kelley for the lead on lap three. Even with a rearview mirror full of Joe Kelley and eventually 2008 Track Champion Bob Egley, Flick ran a flawless race to checker the first feature of his promising young career.
Bob Egley might’ve had the fastest car at the end of the race rocketing around the top of the Action Track, but simply ran out of laps to run down A.J. Flick. Despite taking the checkered flag second, Egley was penalized seven positions for rough driving after an incident earlier in the race in turn two involving Ryan Moyer. Early leaders Joe Kelley and Paul Schreckengost finished second and third respectively. The Brother Fosnaught, Jason and Jim, battled each other for most of the 20-lapper and finished fourth and sixth, with Defending Track Champion Bob Lipinski sandwiched between them for fifth; Lipinski’s best finish of a very disappointing season! The rest of the Charapp Top Ten rounded out with Mike Miller, Ryan Moyer, Bob Egley and Mark Sanders. National Guard heats were checkered by Wayne Carbo and Joe Kelley.
Next Friday, July 30 marks the return of the DIRTcar Challenger Sprint Series with a second $2,000-to-win show as an added bonus to Fab Four Racing. The night will be sponsored by Car Brite and Valvoline. The following Tuesday, August 3 is the first of a pair of Kid’s Bike and School Bus races, as well as the first 100-lap, $1,000-to-win Enduro of the 2010 season and the return of the exciting Trailer Races that debuted last season.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar 410 Sprint Car Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (70X) Mike Bertolini, Creighton
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
- (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson OH.
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (22B) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Ed Lynch Jr., Rod George
DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Lynn Geisler, Chub Frank
- (1*) Chub Frank, Bear Lake
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (00) Josh Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (10D) Tyler Dietz, Saxonburg
- (16*) Dereck Frank, Jamestown NY.
- (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
- (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
Joe Pitkavish Memorial/Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (30 Laps)
DQ: (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (11R) Brad Rapp, Shippenville
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (65) Rex King Sr., Bristolville OH.
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (165) Rex King Jr., Bristolville OH.
- (71D) Don Brown, Butler
- (75) Jeff Miller, Sarver
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (17M) Skip Moore, Jackson Center
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Brad Rapp, Dean Pearson
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Wayne Carbo, Joe Kelley
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH.
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift
- (02) Joseph Heinl, Prospect
- (24) Jim Bills, Portersville
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
Car Count Total: 69
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 16
DIRTcar Late Models: 18
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 17
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 18
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director