Dale Blaney leads green to checker for All Star Win! Mike Pegher Jr. and Joe Kelley also victorious Charlie Holben recovering at UPMC Mercy
Sarver, PA (June 4, 2010) In a night marred by a horrific crash on the front straightaway including three local drivers, three Former Track Champions raced their way to Sheetz Victory Lane. Dale Blaney led all 30 laps of the O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions/Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature, while Mike Pegher Jr. (DIRTcar Pro Late Models) and Joe Kelley (Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman) were also victorious.
As mentioned above, three local drivers (Charlie Holben, Pete Miller III and Scott Bonnell) were involved in a horrific crash on the front straightaway during lap seven. Bonnell and Miller came to a rest along the inside retaining wall, while Holben’s car landed upside just beyond the flagstand and burst into flames. The indescribable scene to follow ended with Charlie Holben being airlifted to UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh where he is recovering and resting in the company of his family and friends in fair condition. Cards and well wishes can be sent to UPMC Mercy at 1400 Locust Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219 or online at ecards.upmc.com in care of Charlie Holben. Thank you for your continued thoughts and prayers!!
A special thanks to veteran driver Brent Matus whom heroically unstrapped from his own car to help try to get Charlie Holben out of his car as it was upside down and on fire and to the Lernerville Speedway Safety Crew! Bonnell and Miller walked away from the incident without major injury.
Starting alongside Friday Night’s Valley News Dispatch cover boy Danny Holtgraver on the front row, Dale Blaney jumped out to a quick lead in the Ti22 Performance #2, as Holtgraver gave chase in his family-owned #D4.
While running in third place, Bob Felmlee brushed the front wall, knocking the rearend of the car out of whack, and bringing an early end to the night for the “Franklin Flyer”; officially scored in 22nd.
As the race was just starting to take shape again, the aforementioned accident happened in front of the leaders and brought out an extended red flag period.
When the race resumed, Tim Shaffer quickly slid under Holtgraver to take second place and begin pursuit of Blaney. David Gravel also got by Holtgraver as the leaders quickly reeled in lapped traffic. The lapped traffic didn’t seem to slow Blaney down at all, but it allowed Gravel to pull up to Shaffer’s tail tank and challenge for second.
As the thrilling race progressed, Shaffer distanced himself from Gravel and started to reel Blaney back in. In the meantime, Danny Holtgraver got his elbows up and passed Gravel on the front straightaway on lap 24. Shaffer applied heavy pressure to Blaney in the final few laps as the leaders battled in heavy lapped traffic. The “Steel City Outlaw” pulled even with Blaney at the flagstand on both laps 27 and 28, but could not get enough forward bite to complete the pass for the lead.
Blaney, carrying the Ti22 colors, captured his second Lernerville Speedway feature in three weeks, this time to the tune of $5,000! Tim Shaffer finished second.
Smack dab in the middle of his breakout season, Danny Holtgraver proved once and for all that he’s not just a future star in the Western PA sprint scene but is a force to be reckoned with in the present! He had posted four straight top five finishes in Fab Four Racing entering tonight’s All Star Race, and added another top five to the streak during All Star Competition. He also turned in the third quickest lap of time trials.
David Gravel finished fourth after taking third place away from Holtgraver on a restart, only to see Holtgraver take the spot back in lapped traffic later in the race. All Star veteran Danny Smith raced to a fifth place finish. The All Star Top Ten rounded out with Cap Henry, Lee Jacobs, Greg Wilson, Cole Duncan and Jared Ridge.
David Gravel set quick time during Time Trials with a lap of 12.801seconds, followed by Cap Henry (12.982), Danny Holtgraver (13.016), Tim Shaffer (13.045) and Dale Blaney (13.055). Greg Wilson, Dave Ely and Kevin Schaeffer won National Guard Heat Races. Jared Ridge won the B-Main.
Last week’s feature winner Carl Bowser time trialed 17th quick, then finished second in his heat. He finished the thrilling 30-lap feature in 11th place.
The Local Elite, while void from the All Star feature results, had a mixed bag Friday Night. Defending Track Champion Rod George busted the rearend during hot laps, did not make times trials, started shotgun on his heat race and rolled into the pits after taking the green flag. He started shotgun again on the B-Main lineup but missed the transfer by one spot. Bob Felmlee turned in the sixth best lap in time trials and qualified through his heat race, but as mentioned above, brushed the front stretch wall during the third lap of the feature while running third. Ed Lynch Jr. was racing with the World of Outlaws at Knoxville Speedway for the Hall of Fame Classic, preparing for his annual pilgrimage to the Knoxville Nationals in August.
Former Sportsman Stock Track Champion Mike Pegher Jr. wheeled the #1 Cochran Late Model, (made famous in Super Late Models by the legendary Lynn Geisler), to another win in the DIRTcar Pro Late Model race over veteran driver David Scott. Scott took the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first eight circuits. But Pegher, also a winner in DIRTcar Pro Late Model action during the All Star Late Model Series Showdown in Sarvertown feature on Friday April 30, took the lead on lap nine and never looked back to score his second win of the season at Lernerville Speedway.
David Scott finished second ahead of Former Five-Time Sportsman Stock Track Champion Butch Lambert. Chris Schneider, another former Sportsman Stock driver and current purveyor of SS Chassis, finished fourth ahead of third generation young gun Bill Stile III in fifth. National Guard Heats were checkered by Pegher and Scott.
Joe Kelley has the rest of the Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman scratching their heads this season! For the fourth time in five weeks, Kelley came from the tail of the field to pick up the feature win. His fifth win of the 2010 season is the 37th of his career at Lernerville Speedway.
Polesitter Ryan Moyer looked like he had the feature wrapped up for the second straight week, but like he did last week, Moyer saw it slip away. And while most drivers would be thrilled to finish second in consecutive weeks, the accomplishment was bittersweet for Moyer who’s still trying to get back to Sheetz Victory Lane for his second career win.
Behind Kelley and Moyer, Paul Schreckengost scored his second straight third place finish. Jim Fosnaught raced home fourth, while Wayne Carbo finished fifth for the third straight week after a painfully unlucky streak to start the 2010 season. The Charapp 28 Top Ten shook out with last week’s feature winner Bob Egley, Brett McDonald, Mark Sanders, Scott Bowman and Scott Byers. National Guard Heat Races were claimed by Joe Kelley and Jim Fosnaught.
Fan favorite Jason Fosnaught learned just how hard the “Double Duty” deal is at Lernerville Speedway! Frequently accomplished by Dave Murdick (in his own #61 Modified and the Pitkavish #1 Late Model) and Brian Swartzlander (in his own #83 Modified and the Detman #111 Late Model), and recently by Ed Lynch Jr. (in his famed #2L sprinter and subbing for Kevin Bolland in the #777 Modified), Fosnaught, (piloting both his own #J19 Pro Late Model and the Seitz Racing #J19 Sportsman), had a rough night! He finished last in both heat races, completed just two laps in the DIRTcar Pro Late Model feature and dropped out of the Charapp 28 Sportsman feature in the closing laps!
Jason Fosnaught and the rest of the Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman will be back in action next Friday Night, June 11, along with the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models and Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds for another Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing. The Holiday Races will also feature another dazzling fireworks display by Premier Pyrotechnics on #1 Cochran Fan Appreciation Night. The following Friday June 18 is Mid-Season Championship Night.
O’Reilly All Star/Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Car Feature: (30 Laps)
Nat’l Guard Heat Winners: Greg Wilson, Dave Ely, Kevin Schaeffer
- (2) Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH
- (83) Tim Shaffer, Aliquippa
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver- Pittsburgh
- (89G) David Gravel,
- (4X) Danny Smith, Chillicothe, OH
- (04) Cap Henry, Bellevue, OH
- (24H) Lee Jacobs,
- (W20) Greg Wilson,
- (22) Cole Duncan,
- (12) Jared Ridge, Snohomish, WA
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (6R) Bill Rose,
- (43) Andy Priest, New Castle
- (75) Dave Ely,
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (66) Chris Best, Butler
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (94) Jack Sodeman Jr., N.Jackson, OH
- (15) Charlie Holben, Cabot
- (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
- (3B) Scott Bonnell, Fairview
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (O) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
DIRTcar Pro Late Models Feature: (20 Laps)
DNS (5) Mike Blose, New Bethlehem
- (1C) Mike Pegher Jr., Wexford
- (100) David Scott, Garland
- (27) Butch Lambert, Mars
- (55) Chris Schneider, Creighton
- (51) Bill Stile III, West Newton
- (OO) Josh Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (33) Sean Puz, Springdale
- (9R) Michael Reft, Whitehall
- (15C) Sprout Cossell, Connellsville
- (26) Shawn Schaltenbrand, Natrona Heights
- (5M) Ricky Meglaye, Youngwood
- (2M) Mylan Markovich, Greensburg
- (14*) Jim Frank, Jamestown, NY
- (84) Andrew Wylie, Saltsburg
- (K2) John Over, Uniontown
- (75) Colton Flinner, Allison Park
- (79) Tommy Demowski, Monroeville
- (61) Kevin Smith, New Kensington
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (2) Andrew Satterlee, Rochester Mills
Nat’l Guard Heat Winners: Mike Pegher Jr., David Scott
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature: (20 Laps)
DNS (2) AJ Flick, Apollo
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Creighton
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, OH
- (19) Scott Bowman,
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (35) Jeff Walters, Evans City
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
Nat’l Guard Heat Winners: Joe Kelley, Jim Fosnaught
O’Reilly All Star/Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Car Time Trials
- (89G) David Gravel 12.801
- (04) Cap Henry 12.982
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver 13.016
- (83) Tim Shaffer 13.045
- (2) Dale Blaney 13.055
- (6F) Bob Felmlee 13.077
- (4X) Danny Smith 13.088
- (22) Cole Duncan 13.094
- (24H) Lee Jacobs 13.171
- (W20) Greg Wilson 13.184
- (6R) Bill Rose 13.184
- (94) Jack Sodeman Jr. 13.207
- (3B) Scott Bonnell 13.232
- (75) Dave Ely 13.264
- (15) Charlie Holben 13.283
- (12) Jared Ridge 13.284
- (10) Carl Bowser 13.287
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer 13.305
- (3) Pete Miller III 13.446
- (33) Brent Matus 13.500
- (24S) Brian Steinman 13.517
- (66) Chris Best 13.591
- (43G) Andy Priest 13.620
- (O) Andy McKisson 13.874
- (13) Brandon Matus 14.246
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe 14.250
- (4) Rod George No Time
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director