Gregg Satterlee shines brightest in Precise Late Model feature Kevin Bolland adds to Hall of Fame resume with Diehl Mods win #52 #Ti22 Brian Ellenberger dominates Ti22 Sprint Feature Chris Schneider rides GM 602 to second Pic-A-Part Sportsman win
June 10, 2011 (Sarver, PA) Mid-afternoon rain showers created a lightning fast Action Track for Holiday Races with fireworks on #1 Cochran Fan Appreciation Night and the fans turned out in droves to watch another Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing!
With longtime #1 Cochran Late Model icon Lynn Geisler starting sixth, the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models rolled onto the Action Track first. Right from the start it was clear that the top of the track was the place to be as Defending Track Champion Dave Hess Jr. took the lead from the outside pole and “Double Duty” Dave Murdick rocketed past polesitter Jeff Jones and third place starter Jared Miley into second place. Geisler followed the same path around the top cushion to third a lap later. Jeff Jones spun exiting turn two while running fourth, but stayed on the gas, did a 360 and kept rolling down the backstretch. But a flat left rear made the car impossible to keep straight and he spun again entering turn three bringing out the first caution of the race.
On the lap five restart, Gregg Satterlee was on the hot seat in fourth place and used the top of turns one & two as a launch pad into second place. He then blasted under Dave Hess Jr. into the lead exiting turn four and to paraphrase country music superstar and avid late model fan/sponsor Jason Aldean, “The Truth is you can’t catch him from behind . . .” A handful of cautions kept Satterlee honest, but with all due respect to Dave Hess Jr. and Jared Miley, when the green flag was out, there was simply no stopping Satterlee on this night with the track as lightning fast and silky smooth as it was.
Satterlee’s second win of the 2011 season is his 11th at the Action Track since the start of the 2011 season. It also brought him within five points of Budweiser points leader Dave Hess Jr. and two ahead of Jared Miley heading into next week’s Mid-Season Championships with two track provisionals on the line for the $30,000-to-win, $1,000-to-start 5th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com. One provisional will go to the Budweiser Points leader at the end of the night, the other to the Mid-Season Championship feature winner.
Hess ran a strong second place for most of the 25-lap feature, but washed up in turn two on lap 19 allowing Miley, Russell King and John Garvin Jr. to get by. But just when it appeared that something was wrong with the 44, another caution flag waved. The lap 20 restart was just what the doctor order for Hess as he was able to take back third from King and Garvin. Jared Miley held on to finish second. King made his way through another loaded field of Precise Late Models from 12th on the starting grid to finish fifth, while Garvin chased him to the checkered flag in fifth. The Precise top ten rounded out with Bryan Force, Lynn Geisler, Gary Lyle, Kenny Schaltenbrand and Garrett Krummert. National Guard Heat Races were checkered by Hess and Doug Eck.
The Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds rumbled onto the Action Track next with veteran Dean Pearson and Mike Turner on the front row. Pearson jumped out to an early lead, but Kevin Bolland was on the move! After starting seventh, Bolland found himself on the same hot seat Satterlee did. And true to form from the outside of row two, Bolland powered to the lead down the backstretch to lead lap three. All Time Modified wins leader Brian Swartzlander came to second two laps later and while he kept Bolland in sight, he was never really able to mount a serious challenge as Kevin Bolland won his second race of the season and 53rd of his prestigious career at Lernerville Speedway.
Swartzlander chased Bolland the whole way to the checkered flag to finish second ahead of Jeremiah Shingledecker in third. This trio has pulled away from the pack in the Budweiser point standings with just five points separating the three of them. Shingledecker leads with 148, followed by Bolland with 144 and Swartzlander with 143.
Early leader Dean Pearson turned in his best finish of the season in fourth ahead of last week’s feature winner Dave Murdick in fifth. Brad Rapp, Jeff Schaffer, Carl Murdick, Steve Feder and Jim Weller Jr. rounded out the Diehl top ten. Bolland and Shingledecker checkered National Guard Heat Races.
After the Diehl Mods feature, the fine folks from Extreme Pyrotechnics lit up the sky with a brilliant and spectacular fireworks display courtesy of #1 Cochran Automotive whom followed up the fireworks with their annual parade of cars. Special thanks to Rob Cochran and Jack Crowell for their ongoing and generous support of Lernerville Speedway and Fab Four Racing!
The Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature resumed racing action with the Ti22 sprint car of Brian Ellenberger on the pole. When the green flag dropped, Ellenberger jumped out to a quick lead, but with incumbent Budweiser points leader Danny Holtgraver dueling with the All Stars and PA Posse at Williams Grove and said points lead in sight, Carl Bowser had his elbows up and heavy right foot down. A handful of cautions kept Ellenberger honest, but Bowser wasn’t able to mount a serious challenge to the former World of Outlaws regular as Ellenberger won his first Ti22 Sprint feature of the season.
Bowser ran a nearly flawless race to second and now leads the Budweiser point standings over Ellenberger by six. After having mechanical issues in his heat race, Andy McKisson raced to a strong third place finish ahead of Rod George in fourth. “Cowboy” Brian Steinman turned in his best career performance, riding home with his first career Lernerville top five finish. The Ti22 top ten shook out with Scott Priester, Brent Matus, Dan Kuriger, Pete Landram and Gary Rankin. Scott Priester and Rod George were National Guard heat race victors.
Starting on the pole in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature, Joe Kelley looked to match Brian Ellenberger’s wire-to-wire win, but SS Chassis guru Chris Schneider had other plans. Kelley took the early lead and led the first 12 laps, but by lap nine, Schneider was all over him. Schneider was especially fast in turns three & four as he pitched it into turn three like a late model and used a high speed slide job to challenge Kelley for the lead. With the GM Performance 602 crate power plant, Schneider didn’t have to lift through the turns like Kelley did and he made the move stick on lap 13 to take the lead. Kelley didn’t allow Schneider walk away, but his speed through the turns was too much for Kelley to overcome. Schneider checkered his second feature of the 2011 season and in the process, proved that the GM Performance 602 crate engine isn’t just good on a dry, slick track, but can win on a lightning fast, tacky track too!
Kelley finished second ahead of the other yellow Sportsman rocket of Mike Miller who finished third. AJ Flick ran a strong race to finish fourth, while Brett McDonald followed up his first career heat race win with his best career feature finish in fifth! Last week’s feature winner Corey McPherson maintains his Budweiser points lead after a sixth place finish. Wayne Carbo, Paul Schreckengost, Terry Young and Ryan Moyer rounded out the Pic-A-Part top ten. Mike Miller and AJ Flick joined Brett McDonald as National Guard heat race winners.
Next Friday night is another supersized Fab Four Racing program as the Mid-Season Championships return on Ron Lewis Auto Night. With track provisionals on the line for the biggest race of the season in each of the Fab Four Racing divisions, the desire to win burns extra bright during the Mid-Season Championships! And of course in just two short weeks, the best late model drivers in the country will invade the Action Track for the 5th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com on Thursday-Friday-Saturday, June 23-24-25. Tickets are available 24/7 at www.Lernerville.com by clicking the “Buy Tickets” icon.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
1. (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
2. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
3. (O) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
4. (4) Rod George, Kittanning
5. (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
6. (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
7. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
8. (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
9. (44) Pete Landram, Jeannette
10. (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew
11. (6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
12. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
13. (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
14. (17T) Jeff Taylor, Cherry Hill, NJ
15. (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew
16. (17) Ricky Holley, Moon
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Scott Priester, Rod George
Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
1. (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
2. (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
3. (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
4. (56K) Russell King, Bristolville OH.
5. (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
6. (31) Bryan Force, Indiana
7. (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
8. (10) Gary Lyle, Leechburg
9. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
10. (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
11. (03) Doug Eck, Corry
12. (92) Jayme Beck, Jeanette
13. (33) Sean Puz, Springdale
14. (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
15. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry
16. (55) Chris Schneider, Creighton
17. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville
18. (27) Jeff Jones, Zelienople
DNS: (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Dave Hess Jr., Doug Eck
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
1. (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
2. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
3. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
4. (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
5. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
6. (11R) Brad Rapp, Shippenville
7. (4) Jeff Schaffer, Fombell
8. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
9. (45) Steve Feder, Butler
10. (31) Jim Weller Jr., Hubbard OH.
11. (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
12. (38) Phil Evans Jr., Greensburg
13. (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
14. (27R) Dave Reges, Butler
15. (96) Mike Turner, Butler
16. (71B) Don Brown, Butler
17. (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
18. (51) Clyde Gumpp, Slippery Rock
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Kevin Bolland, Jeremiah Shingledecker
Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
1. (55) Chris Schneider, Creighton
2. (66) Joe Kelly, Mt. Pleasant
3. (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
4. (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
5. (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
6. (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
7. (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
8. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
9. (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
10. (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
11. (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
12. (528) Dwight Boice, Prospect
13. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
14. (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
15. (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
16. (57) Troy Jevther, Valencia
17. (55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
18. (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville OH.
19. (19) Scott Bowman, Murrysville
20. (53) Rob Shook, Creighton
21. (1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
22. (24) Mike Gilliland, Portersville
23. (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
24. (07) Jamey Hayden
DNS: (52) William Shipeck, Gibsonia
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Brent McDonald, Mike Miller, AJ Flick
Car Count Total: 77
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 16
Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models: 19
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 18
Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman: 25
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director