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Brian Swartzlander surpasses Hall of Famer Lou Blaney in All Time Modified Wins Pittman (Ti22 Sprints) and Hess (Precise Lates) Blaze Victory Trails Chris Schneider wins with GM Performance 602 Crate Engine 5.20

Brian Swartzlander surpasses Hall of Famer Lou Blaney in All Time Modified Wins

Pittman (Ti22 Sprints) and Hess (Precise Lates) Blaze Victory Trails

Chris Schneider wins with GM Performance 602 Crate Engine


May 20, 2011 (Sarver, PA) Without impending weather issues or chilly temperatures, Fab Four Racing lit up the Action Track tonight as Brian Swartzlander, Daryn Pittman, Dave Hess Jr. and Chris Schneider were all victorious on Bowser Pontiac Night.  With his BRP/Diehl Mods feature win, Swartzlander surpassed Hall of Famer Lou Blaney as the All Time Wins Leader in the Big Block Modifieds.  Chris Schneider also made Lernerville Speedway history Friday Night by winning the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature with a GM Performance 602 Crate Engine under the hood of his SS Chassis.


With the BRP Modifieds on hand and starting 10th on the grid, Brian Swartzlander had his work cut out for him; but a driver doesn’t reach 69 career feature wins by being timid and settling for top five finishes.  Swartzlander was on the gas hard and early, but it appeared for most of the $1,500-to-win, 30-lap BRP Tour/Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds feature that New York invader Brian Weaver would run away from the stout field.  


A late race caution served as a great equalizer by bunching up the field and Swartzlander was sitting comfortably in second place.  He tried to power through the middle of turns three & four, but bounced up the track and allowed Weaver to pull away again.  Then, on lap 25, Swartzlander drove under Weaver in turns one & two and blasted down the back straightaway to take the lead.  Once at the point, Swartzlander would not be denied his place in history as he cruised to Sheetz Victory Lane for the 70th time! 


The 70th feature win moves him past Lernerville Speedway Hall of Fame Inaugural Class Member Lou Blaney’s 69 career feature wins in the Big Block Modifieds.  Swartzlander also becomes just the seventh driver to reach the 70 win plateau, joining Hall of Famers Bob Wearing Jr., Lou Blaney, Lou Gentile and Blackie Watt, and fellow eventual first ballot Hall of Famers Lynn Geisler and Ed Lynch Jr.


After losing the lead, Weaver tried to hold off a hard charging Rex King Sr., but the two drivers made a lot of contact in the closing laps with Defending BRP Series Champion King prevailing for second while Weaver would get shuffled back to sixth after leading the first 24 circuits.  Between King and Weaver were Kevin Hoffman in third, Dave Murdick in fourth and Rex “Cooter” King Jr. in fifth.  The rest of the BRP/Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Mike Turner, Mark Frankhouser, Chad Homan and Kevin Bolland.  Budweiser Points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker dropped out of the feature on lap 10 while running second, but with the BRP Tour in action, Budweiser Points were not scored for the Diehl Mods; a small solace for a disappointing DNF!  National Guard Heat Races were checkered by Bolland, Brad Rapp and Swartzlander.


The Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints pushed off next with rising star Brandon Matus on the pole alongside World of Outlaws veteran and current PA Posse member Daryn Pittman.  Pittman, coming off a big win against the Outlaws at historic Williams Grove Speedway last weekend, jumped out to a quick lead and quickly stretched a full straightaway lead.  Coming from row four, both Ti22 Ace Brian Ellenberger and Defending Track Champion Danny Holtgraver were making their way to the front.  As the laps clicked away, Brian Ellenberger reeled in the leader, but couldn’t get enough forward bite off turn two to make a serious run at the lead.  With 22 laps down, a late race caution leveled the playing field but Pittman took off when the green flag waved and cruised to Sheetz Victory Lane.


Ellenberger and Holtgraver chased Pittman to the stripe in second and third place respectively.   Western WV/Southwestern OH young gun Andre Layfield scored a strong fourth place finish in his Action Track debut, while Brandon Matus scored his second straight top five finish!  The Ti22 Top Ten shook out with Kevin Schaeffer, Andy McKisson, Carl Bowser, Gary Rankin and Brent Matus.  Ellenberger and Rod George scored National Guard Heat Race wins.  Ellenberger’s heat race win and second place finish in the feature propelled him into the Budweiser Points lead by four points over Holtgraver.


Like Pittman before him, Dave Hess Jr. took the lead at the drop of the green flag from the front row, (albeit from the pole position), and was never serious challenged on the way to his second Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models feature of the 2011 season.  Hess’s dominant night was made all the more impressive by the fact that it was done in a brand new Rocket Chassis.  Hess has also taken over the Budweiser Points lead from Gregg Satterlee.


The real race was behind Hess as Jared Miley and Chub Frank waged a classic battle for second place from lap 11 the whole way to the checkered flag.  Miley was visibly faster along the top, while Chubzilla was better on the bottom.  Miley’s bugaboo was the exit of turn two as he kept hanging the right rear tire over the back straightaway and losing momentum.  When the checkers waved, Frank crossed the stripe second ahead of Miley in third.  Russell King joined his dad and brother with top five finishes by taking the checkers fourth.  Boom Briggs finished fifth ahead of Brian Swartzlander, John Garvin Jr., Dave Murdick, Todd Bachman and John Flinner.  Incumbent Bud Points leader Gregg Satterlee won his heat race, but rolled pitside on lap 18 shortly after spinning in turns one & two.  Bryan Force and Dave Hess Jr. also won National Guard Heat Races.


SS Chassis guru Chris Schneider proved that bigger isn’t always better by winning the ultra-competitive Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature with a GM Performance 602 crate engine.  Most of Schneider’s competition, including his own SS Chassis customers, had a marked advantage in horsepower, but Schneider needn’t lift coming into and around the turns.  That said, after taking the early lead and pacing the first 13 laps, Defending Track Champion Joe Kelley took the lead away from Schneider.  Schneider came back like a bat out of hell and passed Kelley on the outside of turn two and motored past him down the backstretch to take the lead for good on lap 18.  Schneider’s feature win is the first for the GM Performance 602 crate engine in the Sportsman division at Lernerville Speedway.  For more details about the victorious 602 crate engine, log on to www.gmperformanceparts.com!


After struggling through back-to-back DNS disappointments to start the season, All Time Sportsman/Stock Wins Leader Joe Kelley finished second.  2009 Lernerville Speedway Rookie of the Year Corey McPherson had another solid run and scored his best finish of the early season in third, while 2010 Rookie of the Year AJ Flick finished fourth.  After spending last Sunday at Kennywood Park for the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club’s Motorsports Day, Wayne Carbo finished fifth.  Last week’s feature winner and incumbent Bud Points leader Rob Shook finished sixth and maintained his points lead by four and five points ahead of McPherson and Flick respectively.  Brett McDonald, Paul Schreckengost, Randy Hanovick and Terry Young rounded out the Pic-A-Part Top Ten.  McPherson and Schreckengost were National Guard Heat Race victors.


Fab Four Racing will be back in action next Friday Night on Armed Forces Night to kickoff our Memorial Day weekend, which will then be bookended on Monday Night with the USAC Wingless Sprints and the FASTRAK Northeast Late Model Series.


Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (27) Daryn Pittman
  2. (22) Brian Ellenberger
  3. (D4) Danny Holtgraver
  4. (21) Andre Layfield
  5. (13) Brandon Matus
  6. (9) Kevin Schaeffer
  7. (O) Andy McKisson
  8. (10) Carl Bowser
  9. (16) Gary Rankin
  10. (33) Brent Matus
  11. (23) Jimmy Light
  12. (24S) Brian Steinman
  13. (97S) Aaron Shaffer
  14. (22S) Brandon Spithaler
  15. (44) Pete Landram
  16. (6) Sheila Rankin
  17. (96) Lindsay Enscoe
  18. (4K) Bill Kiley
  19. (4) Rod George
  20. (B6) Bobbi Rankin
  21. DNS – (04) Cap Henry
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Brian Ellenberger, Rod George


Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (44) Dave Hess Jr.
  2. (1*) Chub Frank
  3. (H1) Jared Miley
  4. (56K) Russell King
  5. (99B) Boom Briggs
  6. (111) Brian Swartzlander
  7. (J4) John Garvin Jr.
  8. (1J) Dave Murdick
  9. (66) Todd Bachman
  10. (4T8) John Flinner
  11. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr.
  12. (29) Kenny Schaltenbrand
  13. (29K) Garrett Krummert
  14. (88) Chuck Sarver
  15. (31) Bryan Force
  16. (10) Gary Lyle
  17. (3) Dan Swartzlander
  18. (92) Jayme Beck
  19. (22) Gregg Satterlee
  20. (03) Doug Eck
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Bryan Force, Dave Hess Jr., Gregg Satterlee


BRP Tour/Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (83) Brian Swartzlander
  2. (65) Rex King Sr.
  3. (17H) Kevin Hoffman  
  4. (61) Dave Murdick
  5. (165) Rex King Jr.
  6. (1A) Brian Weaver
  7. (96) Mike Turner
  8. (03) Mark Frankhouser
  9. (91) Chad Homan
  10. (777) Kevin Bolland
  11. (11R) Brad Rapp
  12. (44) Shannon Whaley
  13. (38) Phil Evans
  14.  (88) Shawn Fleeger
  15. (69) Tommy Mattocks
  16. (71B) Don Brown
  17. (75) Jeff Miller
  18. (3E) Eric Gabany
  19. (4) Jeffery Shaffer
  20. (6) Carl Murdick
  21. (35H) Chris Haines
  22. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker
  23. (44B) Shannon Whaley – NLC
  24. DNS – (45) Steve Feder
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Kevin Bolland, Brad Rapp, Brian Swartzlander


Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)

  1. (55) Chris Schneider
  2. (66) Joe Kelley
  3. (C33) Corey McPherson
  4. (2) AJ Flick
  5. (54) Wayne Carbo
  6. (53) Rob Shook
  7. (25) Brett McDonald
  8.  (3S) Paul Schreckengost
  9. (1R) Randy Hanovick
  10. (28Y) Terry Young
  11. (32) Mark Sanders
  12. (89L) Brian Lockhart
  13. (57) Troy Jeuther
  14. (29B) Scott Byers
  15. (20J) Jim Fosnaught
  16. (13X) Ryan Moyer
  17. (30) Bob Egley
  18. DNS – (81) Mike Miller
  19. DNS – (21) Jeff Miller
  20. DNS – (52) William Shipeck
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Corey McPherson, Paul Schreckengost  


Car Count Total: 87

Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 20

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models: 23

Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 23

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman: 21



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