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By Eric J. Westendorf 

Sarver, PA (June 15, 2007) Jack Crowell has been a fixture at Lernerville Speedway for over 25 years.  The longtime representative of #1 Cochran Automotive recently retired, but remains on board as a "Racing Consultant" and continues to be the Master of Ceremonies on #1 Cochran Night at the speedway.  On a night devoted to honoring our fans, military, and veterans, the Lernerville Speedway also paid tribute to Jack Crowell for his years of loyal sponsorship and dedication to local racing.  Earlier in the evening Late Model driver Gary Lyle (#10) of Hyde Park honored long time concession stand employee Ruth Park with a silent parade lap with the checkered flag.  Ms. Park passed away last Wednesday June 6 of a heart attack.

Unfortunately for Jack, his longtime driver, Reigning Track Champion Lynn Geisler was not able to pilot the #1 Cochran Rocket Chassis into victory lane to cap the evening.  Geisler (#1C) of Cranberry Twp. was knocked out of competition after colliding with the #07R of Brett Rhebergen of Clymer, NY. 

With the reigning track champion out of the picture, "Slow Ride" David Scott disproved his nickname by winning his first Friedman's Supermarkets Late Model feature of the 2007 at Lernerville Speedway.  Starting the whole way back from the 15th starting position, Scott (#361) of Garland, bided his time and let the track come to him and the field shuffle out before making his charge to the front.  A handful of cautions kept the lead cars in sight, and finally on lap 18 Scott blew past early leader Mike Blose (#5) of Dayton.  Blose led laps one, and then six through 17 but wound up finishing a disappointing fifth place.  Gary Lyle, (#10) of Hyde Park raced home second the whole way from 19th.  Alex Ferree (#4) of Saxonburg finished third the whole way from 28th after having problems in his heat race.  If the feature was 30 laps instead of 25, he just may have pulled out the win.  Rhebergen, who tangled with Geisler early in the feature, persevered and finished fourth.  Heat race winners were Dutch Davies (#40) of Warren, Greg Satterlee (#22) of Rochester Mills, and John Mollick (#4J) of Toronto, OH.

After a scheduled delay for "Fireworks by Judy" and #1 Cochran parade of vehicles, the action continued as the Ferrante Motor Cars Modifieds thundered onto the track for the second night of the Mod Challenge at the Lernerville Speedway.  By virtue of three consecutive feature wins, Brian Swartzlander (#83) of Leechburg started on the tail of the 24-car field.  Early on and for the first 23 laps of the race, it appeared to be either Del Rougeux Jr. (#20D) of Frenchville or Kevin Bolland (#777) of New Brighton who was going to end Swartzlander's streak at three wins.  But a late caution tightened up the field with three to go and opened the door for Swartzlander who kicked it down.  He used the high line to motor to his fourth straight win and fifth of the 2007 season.  As impressive as the four straight wins is, it's not the first time he has won four straight races.  He actually pulled it off twice during the 2000 season.  Bolland came home second, Rougeux who led 21 of the first 23 laps finished third.  Rex King (#65) of Bristolville, OH and Dave Murdick (#61) of Slippery Rock rounded out the top five.  Rouguex, Murdick, and Russell King (#56) of Bristolville, OH won their heat races.
The third feature of the night was another sizzler settled in the closing laps.  The Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks always put on a great show, and tonight was no exception.  Pole sitter Paul Schreckengost (#3S) of Creighton and Mike Pegher Jr. (#09) of Wexford dueled each other for the lead, never once making contact.  Schreckengost used the low line to lead 11 of the first 13 laps, but Pegher used the high line to take the lead with two to go and pulled into victory lane for the second time this season.  Schreckengost settled for second.  The battle for third was every bit as heated between Bob Egley (#30) of Kittanning, Butch Lambert (#27) of Mars, and Bob Lipinski (#55) of Pittsburgh, who finished in that order to round out the top five.  Joe Kelley (#66) of Greensburg, Greg Beach (#33X) of Chicora, and Pegher took checkers in the heat races.  Wayne Carbo won the B-main and turned it into a 10th place A-main feature finish.  Chuck Sarver subbed for Don McClure in the #5 and picked up the Stover's Net Connections Hard Charger Award.


Tonight's Main Event featured the Commercial Truck & Trailer Sprints.  After a slow start, Rod George is on a roll as of late.  In his last four races at Lernerville, George has two wins, a third, and a second place finish against the O'Reilly All Stars.  On a slick track that was not very conducive to passing, George methodically made his way forward from his seventh starting position.  George caught early leader Scott Priester (#11) of Rimersburg in lapped traffic and slowly pulled away for his second win of the season.  Priester held on to finish second.  Carl Bowser (#10) of Sarver started and finished third.  Charlie Holben (#42) of Cabot started on the outside pole, and finished fourth for his first top five of the season.  Australian invader Troy Little (#20AU), who has ties to Sharon/Tri-City regular Mike Kekich, finished fifth in his Lernerville Speedway debut.  Further proof of the passing conditions on the track, reigning track champion Kevin Schaeffer (#9) of Kittanning and Budweiser Points Leader Ed Lynch Jr. (#2L) of Apollo finished eighth and ninth respectively.  Heat races were claimed by Lynch, George, and Schaeffer.


Just one week of Fab Four Racing remains before the Inaugural Firecracker 100 which is now just two weeks away!  But first, next Friday June 22, all four divisions will be in action.  With the Firecracker looming, there is a very strong likelihood of a large field of late models next week!  Also on the schedule next week is a blood drive in coordination with the Central Blood Bank "In Memory of Rosalie Bolland and Sandra Winkle".   

Lernerville Speedway
Race Results

Commercial Truck and Trailer Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
1. (4) Rod George, Kittanning
2. (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
3. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
4. ( 42G) Charlie Holben, Cabot
5. (20AU) Troy Little, Vineyard, AU
6. (98) Dan Shetler, Johnstown
7. (9)   Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
8. (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
 9. (3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
10. (49) Jody Keegan, Fremont, OH
11.(D4) Dan Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
12.(56)  Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
13. (15) Mike Lutz, Mercer
14. (08) Dan Kuriger, Freedom
15. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
16. (25) Mike Shearer, Freeport
17. (59) Terry Bowser, Sarver
18. (51) Jason Pisani, Pittsburgh
19. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
20. (3)    Joe Butera, Wampum
21. (96)  Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
22. (7)     Rich Reinhart, Freedom
23. (16)   Gary Rankin, Renfrew
24. (76)   Davey Jones, Warrendale 
Heat Race Winners: Ed Lynch Jr., Rod George, Kevin Schaeffer

Friedman's Supermarkets Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
1. (361) David Scott, Garland
2. (10) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
3. (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
4. (07R)Brett Rhebergen, Clymer, NY
5. (5) Mike Blose, Dayton
6. (21) Matt Lux, Franklin
7. (33) Chris Hackett, North East
8. (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
9. (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, OH
10. (S1) Rick Strong, Chamberville
11. (79) Dave Satterlee, Rochester Mills
12. (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
13. (17T) Tom Kitchen, Indiana
14. (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
15. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
16. (111) Jim Detman, Leechburg
17. (11J) John Garvin Sr., Sarver
18. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
19. (6A) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
20. (1J) Jimmie Pitkavish, Tarentum
21. (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
22. (64K) Craig Koteles, Canonsburg
23. (40) Dutch Davies, Warren
24. (47) Matt Gaston, Rochester Mills
25. (5M) Shane McMeans, Dayton
26. (15K) Ray Kroll, Renfrew
27. (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver 
   Heat Race Winners: Dutch Davies, Greg Satterlee, John Mollick


Ferrante Motor Cars Modified Feature (25 Laps)
1. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
2. (777) Kevin Bolland, New Bighton
3. (20D)Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
4. (65)  Rex King, Bristolville, OH
5. (61)  Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
6. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker,  Stoeboro
7. (165) Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
8. (38)   Phil Evans, Grennsburg
9. (56)  Rusell King, Bristolville, OH
10.(96) Mike Turner, Butler
11.(66) JR McGinley, Fairmount City
12.(28) Tom Winkle, Mars
13.(12T) Tim Doran, New Castle
14.(12) Jeff Steuchel, Apollo
15.(8F) Doug Fleeger, Butler
16.(27R) Dave Reges, Butler
17.(17M) Skip Moore, Jackson Center
18.(72) Mike Miller, Chicora
19.(34) John Durci, Sarver
20.(6)  Carl Murdick, Butler
21.(55Jr) Dave George, New Kensington
22.(77N) Andy Priest, New Castle
23.(45) Steve Feder, Butler
24.(31) Jim Weller, Hubbard, OH, DNS
Heat Race Winners: Del Rougeux Jr., Dave Murdick, Russell King

Advance Auto Parts Pure Stocks Feature (15 Laps)
1. (09) Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
2. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
3. (30)  Bob Egley, Kittanning
4. (27)  Butch Lambert, Mars
5. (55L)Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
6. (33X)Greg Beach, Chicora
7. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
8. (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
9. (12)  Shawn Thorn, Murrysville
10.(54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
11.(38R) Nick Reges, Butler
12.(17)  Chuck Gebauer, Cheswick
13. (4)  Jake Ayers, Elkton, MD
14. (5) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
15. (2) Dave Baker, Rural Valley
16. (29) Mike Gilliland, Portersville
17. (13X) Ryan Moyer,  Harmony
18.(20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
19. (74) Paul Petrovich, Gibsonia
20. (9R) Roger Stivenson, Freeport
21. (7)  Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
22. (35H) Chris Haines, Sandy Lake
23. (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
24. (66) Joe Kelley, Greensburg
Heat Race Winners:  Joe Kelley, Greg Beach, Mike Pegher Jr.
B-Main: Wayne Carbo
Stover's Net Connection Hard Charger: Chuck Sarver

Car Counts:
Total: 106
Sprints: 24         
Late Models: 29
Modifieds: 24   
Pure Stocks: 29


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