Chuck Sarver scores emotional, first win on career in Precise Lates
Dave Murdick and Rod George add to Hall of Fame Resumes
Rob Shook shakes off Defending Champ to win Sportsman feature
Sarver, PA (July 6, 2012) Despite a hot, miserable week of weather, the Action Track prep crew did an amazing job providing a fast, tacky race surface Friday night and the action was fast & furious all night long! The night got off to a rough start during heat races as Bob Warren rolled over his #96B Modified exiting turn four and turned downright scary as Brian Steinman took a wild ride in turn four, backing his #24S Sprinter into the wall at full speed, crushing the tail tank and igniting a fire. The Lernerville Rescue Squad responded quickly and professionally to extricate Brian from the car. He was airlifted to a regional hospital for further evaluation. Please keep Brian and his family in your thoughts and prayers!
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds got the call to the grid first and Kevin Bolland jumped out to the early lead. A caution waved on lap three and Dave Murdick, (winner of Thursday night’s BRP Modified Tour race at Expo Speedway in Ohio), used the restart to pass Bolland exiting turn two and down the back straightaway. Once in the lead, Murdick was relatively unchallenged while turning laps quicker than the track record of 16.283 seconds by Billy Decker in 2004. Murdick’s second win of the season is the 25th
in his career and inches him into the Budweiser Points lead.
Kevin Bolland, (whom entered the event in a three-way tie with Murdick and Brian Swartzlander in Bud Points), chased Murdick to the checkers, but could not catch him and had to settle for second ahead of Brian Swartzlander in third. Brad Rapp scored another top five finish, crossing the stripe fourth ahead of Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker in fifth. The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Steve Feder, Eric Gabany, Dean Pearson, Mark Frankhouser and Dave Reges. Heats were checkered by Shingledecker and Murdick.
The Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints were lightning fast as well tonight, with Jack Sodeman Jr. jumping out to a quick lead when the green flag waved. By lap three, Brandon Matus was in second trying to fend off Rod George. George blasted past the third generation wheelman on lap eight down the back straightaway and set his sights on Sodeman. The race slowed as another wild ride, this time by Bill Jones Jr. right at the flagstand, could have ended much worse as 10-12 cars were right behind him and at full speed. Amazingly, none of those cars made contact with the vulnerable Jones and he was able to climb out of the car and walk away.
When the green flag came back out, George was on a mission to break a two year drought. He used the same launching pad on the bottom of the exit of turn two that he used to pass Matus to take the lead from Sodeman on lap 15. And as fast as Sodeman was, George motored away to his first win since May of 2010 and the 42 of his storied Action Track career; a total that would be much higher if he didn’t spend most of his prime on the All Star tour and racing in Central PA.
Sodeman ran an extremely fast and solid race, but was relegated to being a bridesmaid in second. Budweiser Points leader Kevin Schaeffer turned in another solid performance with a third place finish ahead of Defending Track Champion Carl Bowser. Andy McKisson finished fifth ahead of Dan Kuriger, Brian Ellenberger, Brent Matus, Luke Bower and Brandon Spithaler. Heats were picked up by Rod George and Brent Matus.
The recap of the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models is short and sweet . . . veteran driver and arguably the nicest guy in the pits, Chuck Sarver scored his first career Super Late Model feature win at the Action Track! Rolling to the green flag on the pole and with an extra $700 in ERacers Bonu$ Buck$ on the line, Sarver led all 25 laps and had to withstand a late race restart to score the emotional win!
Mike Johnson chased Sarver for 24 laps but couldn’t find a way around and gave up second place to Lynn Geisler on the final lap. Jared Miley recovered from a rough start to the race to finish fourth. Todd Bachman ran a solid race to score an impressive top five finish. The Precise Top Ten rounded out with Brian Swartzlander, Kenny Schaltenbrand, John Garvin Jr. (whom battled for the lead midrace before spinning in turns one & two), Alex Ferree and Doug Eck. Brian Swartzlander and Mike Johnson were heat race victors.
The Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman/Stocks rolled onto the Action Track to bring the thrilling night to a close and they did not disappoint. Greg Beach took the early lead, but Rob Shook and Mike Miller came from row three to battle for the lead in just a few laps. Miller took the lead on lap six, but Shook took over the following lap hugging the bottom of turns three & four. Shook and Miller swapped the lead a few more times, with Shook taking the lead for good on the lap 18 restart. He held off Miller’s advances to score his first feature win of the season and second since taking the seat of the Bill Seitz machine.
Miller and Beach held on to ride home second and third. Pat Hanley turned in another solid run with a fourth place finish, ahead of Jim Fosnaught in fifth. Paul Schreckengost, Terry Young, AJ Flick, Ryan Moyer and Brett McDonald rounded out the top ten. Schreck, Flick and Shook scored heat race wins. “Super” Joe Kelley continues to struggle; tonight suffering mechanical failure and being scored last in 24th
. Bud points leader Corey McPherson had moved into the top five late in the race, but got sideways exiting turn four and was shuffled back to 13th
by the time the checkers waved.
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Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
Photos Courtesy of John Stivason/Stivason Photos