Lernerville Test and Tune is in the Books Opening Night 2011 is less than one week away!! Sarver, PA (March 19, 2011) For many people, springtime consists of putting over used snow shovels and plows away, packing ones winter coat on the heels of a 74 degree Friday. For many race teams and fans their spring officially started today with the Lernerville Test & Tune practice session.
Many of our favorite Fab Four racing teams were given the chance to turn off the shop lights and head to Lernerville for the first practice of racing action of the year. The purpose of today’s practice was different for everybody. Whether it was to shakedown a new car perhaps, or simply fine tune an existing car, over seventy race teams packed the pits and took advantage of a fabulous spring day in Western PA.
The Ti22 Performance DIRTCar 410 Sprints had six drivers on hand including Defending Track Champion Danny Holtgraver, Ed Lynch Jr., Carl Bowser, Brandon Spithaler, Cory Good, and Rick Landrum, and the 305 of Stevie Lucas.
The always popular Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models had by far the most cars in the pits with the addition of a few crate lates. Many of the local favorite such as Gregg Satterlee, Matt Lux, Jared Miley, Chuck Sarver, John Garvin Jr., Doug Eck, Michael Norris, Mike Pegher Jr., Denton Boyer, Dan Swartzlander, Mike Johnson, Tony Burke, Jim Detman, Billy Stile, Damian Bidwell, Josh Holtgraver, Ryan Montgomery, Nico DeBacco, Colton Flinner, Jayme Beck, Mike Blose, Jared Hawkins, Rick Strickler, Bobby Cossell IV and Joe Martin. There were also a few unmarked cars with unknown drivers. Pegher was behind the wheel of Lynn Geisler’s super late model for the first time!
The Millerstown Pick-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman about twenty cars in action with Defending Track Champion Joe Kelley, Bob Lipinski, Corey McPherson, Wayne Carbo, Bob Egley, Randy Hanovick, Terry Young, Paul Petrovich, Scott Byers, Brett McDonald, Troy Jeuther, Brian Lockwood, Rob Shook, Jeff Miller, and Paul Schreckengost. As was the case in the Lates, there were also a few unmarked cars with unknown drivers in the Sportsman division.
There are some interesting situations in the Sportsman Stock division heading into 2011. Paul Schreckengost FINALLY sold his #3S after having a “for sale” sign on it the past couple (maybe few) seasons. Jeff Miller bought it and slapped on his familiar #21. In turn, Schrec bought Brew Baker’s old car. Rob Shook is driving a really sharp looking #53 owned by Bill Seitz. Seitz owned the same car last year with Jason Fosnaught piloting #J19 on it. Corey McPherson bought a new engine in the offseason after having issues with his engine throughout 2010. His buddy Brian Lockwood bought Shawn Thorn’s car and will be driving it with the #89L on the doors and roof. Joe Kelley was behind the wheel of a #100 car that he will be driving elsewhere in 2011, while defending his Track Championship in his familiar #66.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds only had three cars in the pits with Brian Swartzlander, Don Brown and Phil Evans taking advantage of valuable practice time. Clayton Kennedy turned some laps with the Big Blocks in his UMP Modified.
Also to be noted was the appearance of several ¾ Mini-Lates, 4-Cylinders, Mod-Lites and Micro Sprints.
Next on tap at “The Action Track” is Opening Night 2011 next Friday, March 25. Keeping with the tradition established by former track Owner/Promoter Don Martin, Opening Night will be run as a non-points race on the final Friday of March. General Admission prices remain unchanged from 2011; Adults $14, Seniors $10, Students (ages 11-17) $7, and as always children under 10 are admitted FREE.
Pits and main gates open at 5:00. Hot laps begin at approximately 7:00, with heat race action following the National Anthem at 7:30 SHARP. Pit prices are $20 for DIRTcar members and $30 for non-members.
Fab Four Racing is scheduled for first four Friday Nights in April with All Star Late Model Series rolling into Sarvertown to close out the month on Friday, April 29. UMP Pro (crate) Late Models and UMP Modifieds will share the card that night. You can see and print the entire 2011 Lernerville schedule on our website www.Lernerville.com.
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
Written by: Steve Patterson, PR Assistant