Ed Lynch Jr. ($2000) and Bob Egley ($1200) cash in on big paydays! Dave Hess Jr. and Dave Murdick win fourth features of 2010 Sarver, PA (July 30, 2010) After a couple tenuous race nights of watching the radar, Mother Nature provided a beautiful evening for Fab Four Racing and the DIRTcar Challenge Sprint Series. A big crowd came out to see the 26-car Sprint Car field highlight an all around great night of racing at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway. When the dust settled and checkered flag waved, it was Ed Lynch Jr. (Ti22 Performance/DIRTcar Challenge Sprint Series), Dave Hess Jr. (DIRTcar Late Models) and Dave Murdick (Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds) in Sheetz Victory Lane for the fourth time each this season. In the process, Lynch picked up $2,000 for his dominant green-to-checker victory. But Lynch wasn’t the only driver to cash in on a bigger payday! Bob Egley was the ERacer’s Bonus Bucks driver for the week and he used a last lap, last turn pass to win the Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature.
With a full field of cars and $2,000 on the line for the 25-lap feature winner, the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints pushed off first with All Time Wins Leader Ed Lynch Jr. on the pole, flanked by Ti22 Performance’s Brian Ellenberger. Lynch jumped out to a quick lead when the green flag waved, but Ellenberger was in hot pursuit. By lap five, the leadfooted leaders were already into lapped traffic and Ellenberger was right in Lynch’s wake waiting for the slightest mistake; a mistake that never came! Despite heavy lapped traffic and several restarts, Lynch would not be denied his fourth win of the season and a $2,000 payday. The win was Lynch’s 105th career win at the Action Track and catapulted him into the Budweiser Points lead.
From Sheetz Victory Lane, Lynch admitted “It was an advantage starting up front! From the pill draw, to the cautions, all the breaks went our way tonight!” When asked about taking the points lead with the Knoxville Nationals looming, The Apollo Rocket proudly stated, “We’d love to win another championship, but I like to go out there and represent the track, the fans and the competitors. And I’m sure they’d all love to go to Knoxville too!”
After chasing Lynch for 20 laps, Ellenberger had his hands full with heavy pressure from Jack Sodeman Jr. during the closing laps. Ellenberger and Sodeman exchanged second place back and forth as Lynch cruised away to victory. Their battle for second also allowed Defending Track Champion Rod George to join the mix. When the checkers flew, Sodeman crossed the stripe second ahead of George in third and Ellenberger in fourth. Despite finishing fourth on the track, Ellenberger did not cross the scales and was disqualified to the last car on the lead lap. Andy McKisson charged from tenth on the starting grid to fifth by lap four, but could not progress past the leaders and was scored in fourth. Dan Kuriger had another strong run to finish fifth. The Ti22/DIRTcar CSS Top Ten rounded out with Danny Holtgraver, Carl Bowser (from 19th), Bob Felmlee, Kevin Schaeffer and Todd Bauer. National Guard Heat Races were claimed by Holtgraver, Sodeman and Lynch.
On July 6, Dave Hess Jr. entered Fab Four Racing with a points lead equivalent to over two full nights of racing. But after back-to-back DNF’s, he entered last night’s event with a large, but suddenly attainable 50 point lead over Jared Miley. Hess returned to form last night and won his fourth DIRTcar Late Model feature of the 2010 season as he eyes first career Lernerville Speedway/Budweiser Track Championship!
For most of the 25-lap DIRTcar Late Model Feature, it looked like Hess would have to settle for second, as Doug Eck led from laps two to 21 and looked to be on the way to his first Lernerville Feature win since 2004. Both Eck and Hess were running the same line, and despite his best efforts, Hess simply could not find his way around Eck.
As the laps clicked off, Hess started to try different lines, high and low, but each move was thwarted by Eck as he powered off turns two and four. But on lap 22, Hess got into the back of Eck on the back straightaway just enough to wiggle him loose and get by. Once out front, Hess checked out and rolled unchallenged into Sheetz Victory Lane. “The car was great tonight,” stated Hess from Sheetz Victory Lane, “I got to him, but I figured he’d get wide. We made a little contact, but I race with him a lot, so we’ll talk about it. He’s a good guy!”
After leading 20 laps, Eck would have to settle for second place. The battles behind Hess and Eck were every bit as heated as the battle for the lead! “Double Duty” Dave Murdick and Chuck Sarver battled for third most of the race, while Generation Now aces Alex Ferree, Jared Miley and Matt Lux spent most of the race swapping fifth through seventh places. The lapped car of Ray Kroll Sr. was the wild card in these battles and by the time Hess and Eck crossed under the checkered flag, it was Lux following them in third, Miley in fourth, Murdick fifth, Ferree sixth and Sarver seventh. The top ten rounded out with Michael Norris, Todd Bachman and John Garvin Jr. Matt Lux and Alex Ferree were heat race victors. Ferree picked up an extra $50 from the National Guard Heat Race Challenge.
Six Time Track Champion and Century Club member in Lernerville Speedway Feature Wins Lynn Geisler had a rare night off, though it was not planned. The Hall of Famer had mechanical difficulties while loading the famed #1 Cochran Late Model and did not make the tow from Cranberry Twp.
Fresh off his top five finish in the Pitkavish #1 Late Model, “Double Duty” Dave Murdick jumped into his own #61 Big Block Modified for another 25-lap feature in the Diehl Auto Groups DIRTcar Modifieds. Starting on the outside pole alongside Dean Pearson, Murdick jumped out to a quick lead and stretched his lead to a full straightaway by lap eight. Behind Murdick, the action was heating up as fifth and sixth row starters Brian Swartzlander, Kevin Bolland and Jeremiah Shingledecker were making their way to the front. Del Rougeux Jr. used a lap 19 restart to take second place after a big run around the top of turn one and two and began to hunt down Murdick.
For the next five laps, Rougeux gave Murdick all he could handle and the lead changed hands several times as they exchanged slide jobs at both ends of the speedway. On the final lap, Murdick retook the lead for the final time using the highline around turns one and two and shut the door on Rougeux along the bottom of turns three and four to capture his career best fourth Diehl Mods feature win of 2010. A jubilant Dave Murdick said from Sheetz Victory Lane, “That was some pretty close racing! I got into him a little bit, but didn’t mean to do that. We’re pretty good friends, it’s nice to know someone will race you clean!” When asked how it feels to win his fourth feature of the season, Dave exclaimed, “It’s a really awesome feeling!”
Rougeux would have to settle for second place, but after the downright rotten luck he’s had most of 2010, he’ll gladly take it! The three car freightrain from mid-pack of Shingledecker, Bolland and Swartzlander finished third, fourth and fifth respectively. The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Dean Pearson, Travis Shingledecker, Mike Turner, J.R. McGinley and Steve Feder. National Guard Heat Races were claimed by Shingledecker and Murdick.
The main event rolled off with Birthday Boy (30 years OLD) Jim Fosnaught and Bob Egley on the front row of the Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature. 2008 Track Champion Bob Egley was the ERacer’s Bonus Bucks driver and had an extra $900 reasons to win his third feature of 2010. He jumped out to a quick lead and led the first seven circuits. Budweiser Points leader Joe Kelley spun out exiting turn four on lap seven after his car broke loose trying to take the lead from Egley.
Jim Fosnaught seized the opportunity by taking the lead on the restart and would lead the next five laps. All the while, A.J. Flick, last week’s feature winner, was slowly but surely making his way to the front. He joined the battle for second between Egley and Jason Fosnaught, making it three wide entering turn three on lap eight. They were three wide again exiting turn two on lap 13, but Egley (sliding up the hill) and Fosnaught (making a big run around the top cushion) were racing for the same spot and made contact, resulting in the #J19 spinning off the back straightaway. Jim Fosnaught restarted on the outside of the front row, allowing Flick to take the lead coming off the bottom of turn two. Flick was smooth and fast along the bottom, but a motivated Bob Egley retook second on the lap 17 restart and ran down Flick. As they approached the checkered flag, Egley powered the “Purple People Eater” around the top cushion and blasted past Flick at the flagstand to score a $1200 win by .029 seconds according to AMB scoring!
A.J. Flick finished second, while Joe Kelley recovered to finish third. Jim Fosnaught crossed the stripe fourth, ahead of a suddenly resurgent Bob Lipinksi in fifth. The Charapp Top Ten shook out with Mike Miller in sixth, Mark Sanders in seventh, Troy Jeuther with a career best finish in eighth, Ryan Moyer in ninth and Eric Piotrowski in tenth. National Guard Heats were won by Paul Schreckengost and Bob Egley.
Lernerville Speedway will be back in action this Tuesday, August 3 with “Summer Vacation” School Bus, Kid’s Bike and Trailer Races and the first 100-lap Enduro of 2010. Adult tickets are just $11, student tickets are $6 and, as always, kids 10 & under are admitted FREE! Kid’s Bike race competitors must wear a helmet and two lucky kids will leave with brand new bikes courtesy of Sarver Landscape Supply, G&D Beverage and Garrett’s Place Restaurant. Then next Friday, August 6 is another Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing as we welcome the Auto Racing Club of Hagerstown and the fine folks from Kenny Ross!
Ti22 Performance/DIRTcar Challenge Sprint Series Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Danny Holtgraver, Jack Sodeman Jr., Ed Lynch Jr.
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
- (3) Pete Miller III, Port Vue
- (23) Jimmy Light, West Springfield
- (97S) Aaron Shaffer, Oak Park, IL
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
- (1R) Gale Ruth Sr., Pleasantville
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (44) Pete Landram, Jeannette
- (70X) Mike Bertolini, Creighton
- (7) Eric Williams, Greenville
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (51K) Doug Kekich, Sharon
DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Alex Ferree, Matt Lux
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (21) Matt Lux, Franklin
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (38R) Nick Reges, Butler
- (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
- (21M) Tony Musolino II, Pittsburgh
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (10) Jeff Schaffer, Fombell
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (35H) Travis Shingledecker, Polk
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (66) J.R. McGinley, Fairmount City
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (71) Randy Chronister, Slippery Rock
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (71B) Don Brown, Butler
- (27R) Dave Reges, Butler
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Dave Murdick
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Paul Schreckengost, Bob Egley
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH.
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranberry Twp.
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (24) Jim Bills, Portersville
- (21) Jeff Miller, Latrobe
- (55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (12) Shawn Thorn, Vandergrift
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
Car Count Total: 77
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 26
DIRTcar Late Models: 14
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 18
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 19
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director