Danny “The Dude” Lasoski Overall Silver Cup Champion Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Local Perspective Ed Lynch Jr. and Danny Holtgraver lead the way for the home team
Sarver, PA (July 24, 2009) - Danny “The Dude” Lasoski puts together a feature win and a seventh to become the 2009 Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVIII Champion.
Danny Lasoski picked a great time to claim his first victory at Lernerville by capturing the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup. Lasoski was nothing short of fast all night; he qualified fifth out of 44 cars with a blistering lap of 12.914, finished second in heat one and second in the Crane Cams Dash which earned him a spot next to Jason Sides on the front row of the first 30-lap feature. Sides led the first 20 laps, but Lasoski was unbelievably fast around the top and slipped past Sides coming off turn four on lap 21. Lasoski went on to checkers and collected $15,000 for his victory.
As the huge crowd caught their collective breath, the track was prepped and the second feature was pushed out for 30 more laps. Lasoski, with the inversion of all lead lap cars, started 19th and worked his way up to seventh by the end of the second feature giving him the overall championship for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVIII.
Ed Lynch Jr. has been on a tear this year at Lernerville collecting six feature wins. Lynch started the night by qualifying fourth quick out of 44 cars with a lap of 12.890 then finished second in the fourth heat behind Steve Kinser earning him a spot in the Crane Cams Dash. In the dash, Lynch ended up with a fifth place finish, earning him a spot on the inside of the third row. Cody Darrah was slated to start third, but was unable to get his motor fired, forcing him to retire before the race even began. Darrah’s misfortune moved Lynch up one spot to the fourth starting position. Lynch ran fourth for the first nine laps, but a caution brought out by Dale Blaney (blown motor) tightened up the field for a single file restart. Lynch ran sixth halfway through with Kinser and Dewease nipping at his heels. Lynch ended up finishing a very strong eighth, again another solid WoO performance.
In the second feature, Lynch started 12th, again leading the way for our five local drivers that made the field. An early caution involving Steve Kinser and Sammie Swindell resulted in Swindell flipping coming out of turn four. Swindell was okay, but finished for the night.
Lynch ran 14th for the next several laps, before battling with Danny Holtgraver for ten laps for the 15th position. Lynch ended up finishing 16th in the second feature capping off a solid night at his home track.
Danny Holtgraver began the night with a strong qualifying run of 13.035, placing him 13th overall. Holtgraver showed the way in a stacked heat race number one, which included names of Haudenschild, Lasoski, Shaffer, Hodnett, Sides, and Rahmer. Holtgraver lead lap one, but dealing with a loose race car he made the best of what he had and held on to finish fifth, earning him a spot in both features. After his heat race Holtgraver visibly jacked up stated “I’m excited as hell right now; I can’t believe what just happened this is a dream come true!” With the entire program being moved along quickly by World of Outlaws (WoO) officials due to rain closing in, Holtgraver and crew made all the final adjustments to run their first ever Silver Cup. After starting 15th, he got off to a great start gaining three spots in the first two laps. By lap ten, Holtgraver had an awesome two lap battle with current WoO point leader Donny Schatz. Schatz tried twice to pass Holtgraver through one and two but the young driver slammed the door and would have none of what Schatz was trying to do. Holtgraver put on a strong showing for the first half of the race and stayed on the lead lap, and thus eligible for the second feature inversion, until lap 27 when Lasoski and Sides zoomed past, leaving Holtgraver in 22nd place.
Holtgraver started 22nd in the second feature and again got off to a great start by gaining three spots to 19th when the caution for Swindell’s flip slowed the field. As the field took the green, Holtgraver went on a ten lap battle with his mentor Ed Lynch Jr. Holtgraver showing his grit didn’t back down from the Lernerville Legend, driving the wheels off the D4! Holtgraver gave it his best shot before the leaders caught up to them separating him from Lynch. Holtgraver went on to finish 23rd and after the race stated “I’m so happy, I’m proud of my entire crew and really appreciate everything they do for me. Let’s go run another one.”
Local Drivers Jack Sodeman Jr. and Brent Matus made the field through Lernerville Speedway/Budweiser point provisionals. Mike Lutz was a late addition to the field as the first alternate after Darrah’s car wouldn’t fire. Current Bud Points leader Rod George and third place Kevin Schaeffer opted to save their equipment for Friday nights Budweiser points race and did not participate in the nights event. Other locals on hand to pay tribute to longtime owner/promoter Don Martin included (listed in order of qualifying time); Andy Priest, Pete Miller III, Lindsay Enscoe, Dan Kuriger, Carl Bowser, Gary Rankin, Robbie Bartchy, Bill Kiley, Brandon Matus and Sheila Rankin.
The Cleveland Brothers CAT Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XVIII Twin 30s marked the return home for World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Brian Ellenberger. A Butler native, Ellenberger has been on the road for months with the Outlaws, so pulling into the Action Track was a welcomed homecoming. With his primary sponsor Ti22 Performance – based in nearby Zelienople – looking on, Ellenberger turned the 12th quickest lap in time trials (13.013). Saddled in the loaded fourth heat race, Ellenberger started on the outside pole and transferred into the Twin 30s by finishing fourth. He finished the first feature in 20th and missed the inversion and starting on the pole for the second feature by half a lap as leader Danny Lasoski passed him on the final lap of the race to put him a lap down. He started 20th and finished 25th in the second feature.
The top two in the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions points are former Track Champions Tim Shaffer (1993) and Dale Blaney (1991) were on hand as well. Shaffer drove to a 5th and 12th place finish. Blaney, fresh off his second place finish at last weekend Kings Royal, set third quick time with a lap of 12.860. He started sixth in the first feature, but as he was pressuring Ed Lynch Jr. for fourth, his car left off a huge white puff of smoke underneath the flag stand forcing him to retire to the infield with a blown motor, settling for a 23th place finish and forcing him to miss the second feature. Other notables making the tow included Terry McCarl, Chad Kemenah, and Danny Smith.
The PA Posse had a strong influence as well; Stevie Smith had a very respectable 13th place already under his belt from the first feature. He then drove the wheels off the Zemco #1 car to win the second feature by passing Danny Smith with three to go, and then holing off several valiant passing attempts from Jac Haudenschild to take the checkered flag and a $15,000 payday!
In his first trip back to Lernerville after suffering a fractured vertebra, Lance Dewease was very consistent with finishes of seventh and eighth. Fred Rahmer also stuck around for the unexpected two day show and finished a respectful 12th and 15th. Greg Hodnett finished 11th in the first feature. In the second feature, he got caught up in the beginning of the Kinser/Swindell incident and suffered front end damage forcing him to retire to the pits with a very disappointing 27th place. Mark Smith had finishes of 27th and 21st. As mentioned above, Cody Darrah set the 11th quick time of the night, scored a second in his heat, third in the dash but was not able to get his motor to fire, forcing him to retire from both feature events. Motor problems hampered Daryn Pittman all night as well, Pittman was not able to drive his way in the feature either through his heat race or B-Main. Although Pittman was able tail the second feature as an alternate as a result of Dale Blaney’s motor trouble. He gained 11 positions to finish 17th. Doug Esh was not able to transfer out of the B-main.
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Stephen J. Patterson, PR Intern