Eric Gabany shows the way in Small Block Showcase
Supersub Danny Holtgraver wings the #CIII to win for Rod George
Frank and Young score second wins of 2012
Sarver, PA (May 18, 2012) Lernerville Speedway paid tribute to active duty, reserve duty and veterans of the Armed Forces Friday Night with members from the U.S. Marines (coordinated by Donny Roenigk), the National Guard (coordinated by Ron Ehrman) and the Legion Riders Post 18 from Slickville all on hand to honor the brave men and women that defend our rights and freedoms both at home and abroad.
Friday Night also featured the Approved Toilet Rental Small Block Showcase featuring the 358 Modifieds that call Mercer Raceway Park home on Friday Nights. After winning his heat race, Eric Gabany drew an 11th
starting spot on the grid and had to work his way through the pack as Clyde Gump, Terry Glenn and Jeff Shaffer led the first three laps. Shaffer would lead five of the next six circuits, with Frank Guidace leading lap six. The caution waved shortly after Guidace took the lead only to see Shaffer reclaim the lead on the restart, but by that time, Gabany had made his way to third. He also passed Guidace on the restart and then took the lead from Shaffer on the following lap (nine) through turns one & two. Once at the point, Gabany checked out from the field, only to be reeled in on restarts by Shaffer and later “Tugboat” Lonnie Riggs. But when the checkered flag waved it was Gabany hitting the scales and rolling into Sheetz Victory Lane to accept a plaque from Jerry Shaffer and Approved Toilet Rental, a unique figurine trophy from the U.S. Marines and a hat from National Guard.
Lonnie Riggs finished second ahead of Jeff Shaffer in third. Two-time and Defending Best Campsite winner at the Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com
J.R. McGinley ran a solid race to finish fourth ahead of Tom Glenn in fifth. The Approved Toilet Rental Top Ten rounded out with Kyle Fink, Dustin Martin, Shawn Fleeger, Rich Whitney and Mark Flick. Along with Gabany, Jeff Shaffer also won a heat race.
Per new redraw procedures, last week’s feature winner Chub Frank started the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models feature from 10th
on the starting grid while the Brothers Johnson led a pair of laps each in the first four circuits. Mike Johnson took the early lead from the outside pole only to relinquish the lead to brother Davey (a.k.a. “The Juice”) on lap three. A handful of cautions including a three-car pile-up in turn four on a lap three restart that saw Dan Swartzlander get airborne almost perfectly perpendicular with the race track after contact with Jason Rider and Scott Gunn. All drivers were okay, but the cars weren’t as fortunate.
When the action resumed, Davey Johnson took the lead from brother Mike, while Chub Frank, (whom had restarted fourth), rocketed down across the top of turn two and into second place as the leaders entered turns three & four. He appeared ready to take the lead off the top of turn two the following lap, but slid off the top of the backstretch, but that was only a temporary setback as he blasted around the top cushion in three & four to take the lead from Davey Johnson at the flagstand. Throughout the next 20 laps, Chub took turns stretching out the lead with Davey reeling him back in. The final caution of the race waved on lap 15 when Tony Musolino sailed off the top of turn four. The restart was only a formality as Chubzilla rocketed off turn four as he took the green flag and was never again seriously challenged for his second straight feature win as he heads off to the World of Outlaws Late Model Series trail next weekend.
Davey Johnson followed Frank the whole way to the checkered flag to finish second, while Alex Ferree ran another stout race to finish third ahead of Bud Points leader Jared Miley in fourth. Chad Valone rounded out the Precise Top Five ahead of Mike Johnson, Lynn Geisler, John Garvin Jr., Chuck Sarver and Bump Hedman. Heat races were checkered by Mike Johnson and Alex Ferree. Before racing to fourth in the feature, Jared Miley finished second in the B-Main, which was won by John Mollick in his 2012 debut.
Let it not be said that drivers are selfish and unsupportive of their fellow competitors. Future Hall of Famer Rod George had a rough end to last weekend at Mercer’s All Star Sprint race and couldn’t race Friday night due to a bent chassis. So Danny Holtgraver, whom is traveling again this summer in lieu of running for points, carried the #CIII on his wing to keep George’s points up in the Budweiser Point standings of the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints. And as karma would have it, Holtgraver was rewarded for his good deed by redrawing the outside pole of the 25-lap feature.
Flanking heat race winner Jack Sodeman Jr., Holtgraver took the lead around the top of turns one & two, only to see Sodeman slide under him in three & four. But once Sodeman slid past, Holtgraver crossed back under him to lead at the flagstand. That would be as close as Sodeman would come to the lead as Holtgraver managed lapped traffic and a few restarts to score his first feature win of the season in dominant fashion.
Sodeman too was relatively unchallenged in second, while rising stars Pete Miller III and Brandon Matus waged a racelong battle for third with Miller prevailing at the checkered flag. Matus finished fourth ahead of Kevin Schaeffer in fifth. The Ti22 Top Ten rounded out with last week’s feature winner and Defending Track Champion Carl Bowser, Andy McKisson, Eric Williams, Brian Ellenberger and Brent Matus. Ti22 Sprint heats were claimed by Sodeman and Williams.
As usual, the most exciting back and forth action came in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Sportsman feature as front row starting mates Corey McPherson and Pat Hanley battled for the lead with Hanley on the highside and McPherson sliding through the bottom for the first 10 laps of the 20-lap feature; with Jim Fosnaught in tow running third. By the second lap, Terry Young was racing for third with Fosaught. After a lap 10 restart, Young entered his hat in the lead race with Hanley and McPherson by following Hanley around the highside and taken second from McPherson. On lap 14, they were three wide battling for the lead with Hanley on the top of four, Young in the middle and McPherson coming off the apron.
Behind the lead pack, Brett McDonald and Mark Sanders were also putting on a show racing for fifth, but both would soon find misfortune. Lap 16 saw a caution flag for Rob Shook in turn two and the ensuing restart saw another three-wide battle for the lead with Young taking the lead in turn two after sliding up the track and making contact with Hanley. On lap 17 all hell broke loose as Brett McDonald went over the cushion in turn one while running fifth. Then on the restart, Mark Sanders got loose going down the frontstretch and was turned into the wall as Joe Kelley had nowhere to go. Several cars outside the top five were collected in the melee.
The table was now set for a three-lap shootout for the lead, but McPherson jumped the initial restart and was moved back to row two for the second attempt. On that restart, McPherson again was penalized (though after the race) for jumping the restart by passing Hanley low before the cone/flagstand. None of this affected Terry Young who took the checkered flag for the second time in three weeks to score his second win of 2012.
While he crossed the finish line second, McPherson was docked two positions for jumping the final restart and was officially scored in fourth. Pat Hanley and Jim Fosnaught finished the race scored officially in second and third, while Chris Schneider finished fifth in the Petrovich #74. The Pic-A-Part Top Ten shook out with Wayne Carbo, Joe Kelley, AJ Flick, Scott Byers and Ryan Moyer. Heats were checkered by Carbo, McPherson, and Shook. Last week’s feature winner Mike Miller was a DNS for the feature after breaking in his heat race.
Next Friday, May 25 is Ladies Night/80s Night and the ladies get half-price ($7) admission until 7:00 and we’ll have plenty of female friendly door prizes to raffle off. The following Friday, June 1 is Nostalgia Night and there will be rides open for the kids as part of Buffalo Twp. Community Days that will continue Saturday and Sunday, June 2 and 3.
For complete results and to view the entire 2012 schedule, log on to www.Lernerville.com
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Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
Photos Courtesy of John Stivason/Stivason Photos