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King claims Pitkavish Memorial, George and Ferree return to Victory Lane, Shawn Thorn wins first career feature! 7.27

King claims Pitkavish Memorial, George and Ferree return to Victory Lane, Shawn Thorn wins first career feature!

By Eric J. Westendorf

Sarver, PA (July 27, 2007) On an evening in which we honored the memory of longtime car owner Joe Pitkavish, Rex King, (#65) of Bristolville, OH, outdueled Budweiser Points Leader Brian Swartzlander, (#83) of Leechburg, to claim the Ferrante Motor Cars Joe Pitkavish Memorial Modified feature. The 30 lap race was action packed from start to finish. King started outside of row one, but it was pole sitter Tom Winkle, (#28) from Mars, who lead the first 11 laps of the race. King and Winkle battled door-to-door until King got around Winkle on lap 12. Winkle then lost the second spot to Swartzlander on the lap 17 restart. The battle was on for the lead with King running the cushion and Swartzlander running the bottom of the turns. On lap 22, Swartzlander used a slide job in turn four to take the lead from King. Three laps later, early leader Tom Winkle came to stop on the back straightaway to bring out the caution. As King and Swartzlander battled for the lead, Del Rougeux Jr., (#20D) of Frenchville, and Russell King, (#56) of Bristolville, OH, slugged it out for third place. The cars made heavy contact on the back straightaway and came together again entering turn three, resulting in a violent barrel roll for the 56 car of Russell King. Thankfully he was able to walk away from the nasty accident. Rougeux was sent to the tail of the field for rough driving. When racing resumed, Swartzlander and King continued to vie for the win, but Swartzlander got sideways exiting turn four on lap 28 and was never able to reel King back in. The win was King’s first Lernerville feature win of the 2007 season. King, a Sharon and Tri-City Speedway regular, only races at Lernerville during BRP Tour and Mod Challenge events. Swartzlander raced home second. Skip Moore, (#17M) of Jackson Center, crossed the line third, for his best finish of the 2007 season. “Double Duty” Dave Murdick, (#61) of Slippery Rock, and Mike Turner, (#96) of Butler, rounded out the top five of Pitkavish Memorial feature. The fifth place finish was Turner’s best of the season as well. Heat races were claimed by Tom Winkle, Skip Moore, and Russell King.

The Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprint cars pushed off next with Three-time feature winner Rod George, (#4) of Kittanning, on the pole. George was on cruise control as it appeared the feature would be wire to wire. George had extended his lead to a full straightaway as he deftly made his way through lapped traffic, until Dan Kuriger, (#08) of Freedom, came to stop between turns one and two to bring out the only caution of the race on lap 23. The caution allowed Ed Lynch Jr., (#2L) of Apollo, to pull within two car lengths of George for a three lap dash to the checkered flag. Lynch started 10th and was up to fifth on lap 16. By lap 21 he was in second and it appeared as though the lap 23 caution had set up a classic battle between the two elite veterans of the CT&T Sprint division. But Lynch’s car did not take off exiting turn two and George cruised to his fourth victory of the 2007 season, Lynch had to settle for second. Budweiser Points Leader and Reigning Track Champion Kevin Schaeffer, (#9) of Kittanning, was close behind in third place. Veteran driver Ralph Spithaler, (#56) of Evans City, had his best outing of the 2007 season by finishing fourth, while Mike Lutz, (#15) of Mercer, drove the Martha Dionise car to it’s first top five finish of the season. Rod George and Ed Lynch Jr. won their respective heat races.

Honestly, yours truly is starting to run out of adjectives to describe Alex Ferree, (#4) of Saxonburg. Every week he finds a way to get his Butler Pre-Owned/ADC Rocket Chassis to the front, and a lot more often than not, into Victory Lane. After taking an almost two month hiatus from Victory Lane, Ferree returned to Victory Lane for the seventh time last week, and needed only wait a week to win number eight. Ferree has seldom enjoyed 25 lap wire-to-wire wins like Rod George completed tonight. He has won five of the eight races from the 12th starting position, including tonight’s victory. Pole sitter Sam Stile, (#2S) of Charleroi, appeared to be on his way to Victory Lane for the second time this season, winning exactly three months ago on April 27. Stile lead the first 16 laps, surviving multiple cautions and ensuing restarts, each time he was able to hold of the hard-charging Gary Lyle, (#10) of Hyde Park. Lyle took the lead briefly from Stile on 14, and unofficially coming down the back straightaway a handful of times in the middle stages of the race. Unfortunately, Stile’s night ended the same way Tom Winkle’s did, under caution followed by an early return to the pits. Both Dave Murdick, (driving the Pitkavish #1), and Lynn Geisler, (#1C) of Cranberry, dropped out of the race while under caution. Lyle assumed the lead on the lap 17, but was right back in second place on lap 18 as Ferree blasted around the top of the track, as he has so many times this year. While Ferree was scored in the lead the next few laps, the two drivers exchanged the lead a few times, with Lyle pulling ahead on the back straightaway and Ferree regaining the lead at the flag stand and down the front straightaway. The caution flag flew for the final time on lap 23, as Freeport drivers Dan Swartzlander, (#3), and Kenny Schaltenbrand, (#29) made contact battling for the low groove entering turn one. Ferree nailed the timing of the lap 23 restart and cruised into Victory Lane for an amazing eighth time this season. Jared Miley, (#H1) of South Park, got around Lyle on the last lap for second. Lyle was scored in third position, followed by Matt Lux, (#21) of Franklin, who finished fourth. After making his 2007 debut last week in the 69 car, Bob Wearing Jr., (#11) from Renfrew, rounded out the top five in his own brand new ride. Heat race winners were Gary Lyle and Matt Lux.

Tonight’s main event featured the Advanced Auto Parts Pure Stocks where Shawn Thorn, (#12) of Murrysville, won his first career feature. Entering tonight’s competition, Thorn’s best races were a pair of ninth place finishes; proving again that any of at least a dozen drivers can win on any given night in the ultra-competitive Pure Stock division! Tradition prevailed again, as his competitors were the first to greet him in Victory Lane. Jason & Jim Fosnaught and Bob Lipinski were waiting for Thorn, who unceremoniously waited in line to cross the scales, (not knowing that the win entitled him to go to the front of the line), in Victory Lane to congratulate him on his first career win. Bob Lipinski, (#55L) of Pittsburgh, finished second, followed by Jason Fosnaught, (#J19) of Creighton. Bob Egley, (#30) of Kittanning finished fourth, and then bounced off the front straightaway wall after taking the checkered flag. Thorn, Lipinski, Fosnaught and Egley were engaged in a four car battle commonly referred to as a blanket race, with a few turns of three-wide racing. Terry Young, (#28Y) of Butler, finally escaped the black cloud that had been hanging over, creating havoc and bad luck for him in recent weeks to finish fifth. Heat races were won by Terry Young, Bob Lipinski, and Mike Pegher Jr.

Speaking of Mike Pegher Jr., he suffered the same fate as two other early race leaders Tom Winkle and Sam Stile, as the pace rabbit gremlins claimed the 09 in turn four during a caution session on lap 10.

Despite having four excellent divisions of racing, the sportsmanship and competitiveness of the Pure Stocks is unmatched, and it always seems to be the Fosnaughts at the center of the fraternizing. It’s clear for the lucky fans that stay and watch the Pure Stocks every week that these guys just love to race each other. They race hard, they race clean, and they all seem to have fun doing it. And no matter who wins, there’s always a party in Victory Lane, and it seems any and every driver is invited!

Up next at the Action Track is the long awaited, first running of of 2007 for the School Bus and Kid’s Bike races this Tuesday July 31. The “Summer Vacation” School Bus Races and Kids Night Bike Races begin at 7:00 p.m. An exhibition Quad race has also been added to Tuesday Night’s schedule. Fab Four Racing will be back in action next Friday August 3 with Bumper to Bumper Auto Parts Night, and an autograph session with the Late Model and Modified drivers.

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Race Results
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Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints Feature (25 Laps)

1. (4) Rod George, Kittanning

2. (2L)Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo

3. (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning

4. (56) Ralph Spithaler, Evans City

5. (15) Mike Lutz, Mercer

6. (20E) Brian Ellenberger, Chicora

7. (D4) Dan Holtgraver, Pittsburgh

8. (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg

9. (42) Charlie Holben, Cabot

10. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver

11. (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion

12. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum

13. (59) Terry Bowser, Sarver

14. (4C) Paul Kish, Poland, OH

15. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot

16. (3) Joe Butera, Wampum

17. (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom

18. (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia

19. (98) Dan Shetler, Johnstown

20. (25) Mike Shearer, Freeport, DNS

21. (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew, DNS

22. (6R) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew, DNS
Heat Race Winners: Rod George, Ed Lynch Jr.

Friedman’s Freshmarkets Late Models Feature (25 Laps)

1. (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg

2. (H1) Jared Miley, Pittsburgh

3. (10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park

4. (21) Matt Lux, Franklin

5. (11) Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew

6. (5) Mike Blose, Dayton

7. (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills

8. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury

9. (J4) John Garvin, Sarver

10. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver

11. (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights

12. (111) Jim Detman, Leechburg

13. (38R) John Reges, Butler

14. (15) Ray Kroll, Renfrew

15. (NO7) Jason Dupont, Cyclone

16. (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport

17. (1) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock

18. (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.

19. (2S) Sam Stile, Charleroi

20. (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton

21. (15) Nick Jones, Pittsburgh
Heat Race Winners: Gary Lyle, Matt Lux

Ferrante Motor Cars Modifieds Feature (30 Laps)

1. (65) Rex King, Bristolville, OH

2. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg

3. (17) Skip Moore, Jackson Center

4. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock

5. (96) Mike Turner, Butler

6. (165) Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH

7. (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville

8. (34K) Ken Moy, Kinsman, OH

9. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler

10. (8F) Doug Fleeger, Butler

11. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Stoneboro

12. (56) Russell King, Bristolville, OH

13. (34) John Durci, Sarver

14. (45) Steve Feder, Butler

15. (28) Tom Winkle, Mars

16. (31) Jim Weller Jr., Hubbard, OH

17. (12T) Tim Doran, New Castle

18. (66)JR McGinley, Fairmount City

19. (72) Mike Miller, Chicora

20. (38) Phil Evans, Greensburg

21. (88) Eddie Brown, Saxonburg

22. (1) Mark Williams, Mineral Ridge, OH

23. (100) Steve Toth, New Castle, DNS
Heat Race Winners: Tom Winkle, Skip Moore, Russell King

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks Feature (15 Laps)

1. (12) Shawn Thorn, Murrysville

2. (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh

3. (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton

4. (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning

5. (28Y) Terry Young, Butler

6. (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford

7. (33X) Greg Beach, Chicora

8. (27) Butch Lambert, Mars

9. (17) Chuck Gebauer, Cheswick

10. (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg

11. (2) Dave “Brew” Baker, Elderton

12. (02C) Brian Carothers, Youngstown, OH

13. (4) Jake Ayers, Elkton, MD

14. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton

15. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville

16. (99) Michael Aley, Freedonia

17. (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift

18. (38R) Nick Reges, Butler

19. (9R) Roger Stivason, Freeport

20. (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.

21. (56) Bryan Wagner, New Wilmington

22. (32) Mark Sanders, New Castle

23. (35H) Chris Haines, Sandy Lake

24. (09) Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
Heat Race Winners: Terry Young, Bob Lipinski, Mike Pegher Jr.
B-Main: Pat Hanley
Stover’s Net Connections Hard Charger Award: Brian Carothers

Car Counts:
Total: 99
Sprints: 22
Late Models: 21
Modifieds: 23
Pure Stocks: 33

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