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Boom Briggs holds of Darrell Lanigan for Mid-Season Championship and Firecracker provisional Ti22’s Brian Ellenberger runs away with the Sprint feature Murdick and Miller score second checkers of 2011 6.17

Boom Briggs holds of Darrell Lanigan for Mid-Season Championship and Firecracker provisional

Ti22’s Brian Ellenberger runs away with the Sprint feature

Murdick and Miller score second checkers of 2011


June 17, 2011 (Sarver, PA) Fab Four Racing was highlighted by Mid-Season Championships Friday Night with track provisionals on the line for the biggest race of the season in each respective division!  “Double Duty” Dave Murdick started the night off with his second win of the season in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds.  Brian Ellenberger followed Murdick’s lead winning from the pole and leading all 25 laps in the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature.  Rick “Boom” Briggs bested another stellar field of Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models to secure a guaranteed starting spot in next weekend’s 5th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com.  Last, but certainly not least, Mike Miller picked up his second feature win of the season in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature.  The wins lock Murdick into the BRP Finale at the Steel City Stampede, Ellenberger into the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup and Miller into the Sportsman/Stock Spectacular portion of Autumn-Motive Fest 2011.


While it was the third feature of the night, the most anticipated race of the Mid-Season Championships was the Precise Late Model feature as several national and regional stars were on hand and the winner would be locked into next weekend’s Firecracker 100 A-Main.  10 lucky fans participated in the feature redraw and were tied to their driver for a chance to win a ticket for the Firecracker 100 weekend.  The fans randomly put Kenny Schaltenbrand and Doug Eck on the front row and Schaltenbrand led the first eight laps.  The first caution of the race waved on lap nine for a cone that got kicked into the racing groove exiting turn four.  Schaltenbrand elected to restart on the outside of the front row, putting second place runner Boom Briggs on the pole.  When the green came back out, Briggs rocketed down the front stretch and threw it hard into the bottom of turn one, taking the lead as he exited turn two. 


Caution slowed the race again on lap 11 when Doug Eck was the odd man out after a four-wide battle with Garrett Krummert, Dave Murdick and Darrell Lanigan.  Krummert also sustained heavy damage and retired to the pits.  Briggs restarted on the inside and held his lead, but World of Outlaws star Darrell Lanigan took second away from Dave Hess Jr. on the restart and began to hunt down Briggs.  By lap 18 Briggs had stretched his lead to almost a half straightaway, but Lanigan appeared to be ready to make his move as they entered turn three on lap 21.  Lanigan took a look underneath Briggs in three & four, but didn’t have enough forward bite to make the pass.  By the time they reached the back stretch, Lanigan had drawn even with Briggs, but the lapped car of Jayme Beck was in the groove Lanigan needed to make his move.  Briggs took advantage and rung the top cushion around Beck and away from Lanigan to score the $2,500 Mid-Season Championship and Firecracker 100 provisional.


For Lanigan, it was another near miss and second place finish, his sixth at the speedway in the past few seasons.  Lanigan will look to finally solve the mystery and find his way to Sheetz Victory Lane during the 5th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com.  Defending Track Champion Dave Hess Jr. is also locked into next week’s Firecracker 100 A-Main as the Budweiser Points leader by virtue of his third place finish and three point lead over fourth place finisher Gregg Satterlee.  Had their finishing positions been reversed, the four point turnaround would have put Satterlee into the A-Main!  Outlaws star Chub Frank finished fifth ahead of Kenny Schaltenbrand in sixth, Outlaw touring drivers John Lobb and Ron Davies Jr. in seventh and eight respectively, Dave Murdick in ninth and Mike Johnson in tenth.  National Guard heat races were checkered by John Garvin Jr., Gregg Satterlee and Darrell Lanigan.


Before the frenetic Firecracker preview, Dave Murdick started the night’s feature leading the Diehl Mods field to the green flag alongside Defending Track Champion Kevin Bolland.  Bolland’s new sponsor Creo by Boundary Systems was on hand, but after taking a slight lead in turns one & two, the 777 seemed to miss for just a split second.  That split second allowed Murdick to take the lead down the back straightaway and roll on to his second win of the season.  With his second wire-to-wire feature win in three weeks, Dave Murdick has joined the Budweiser Track Championship chase; just 15 points out of the lead.


Budweiser Points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker chased Murdick across the stripe to finish second and stretch his points lead to 11.  Bolland finished third ahead of Brian Swartzlander in fourth.  Rex King Jr. came from 12th on the starting grid to finish fifth.  The Diehl top ten rounded out with Dean Pearson, Brad Rapp, Carl Murdick, Phil Evans Jr. and Mike Turner.  Shingledecker and Evans were National Guard heat race victors.


For the second straight week, Ti22’s Brian Ellenberger started on the pole and ran away with the Ti22 Sprint feature.  Last week’s performance was impressive; this week’s performance was flat out dominant!  By lap nine, he had a full straightaway lead over Rod George and by the time he came to the checkered flag, he was on the tail tanks of fourth and third place finishers Kevin Schaeffer and Rod George.  Runner-up Jack Sodeman Jr. was just a few car lengths ahead of them!  Ellenberger’s Mid-Season Championship also secures him a track provisional for next month’s Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XX Twin 30s and puts him back in the lead of the Budweiser Point Standings.


As mentioned above, Jack Sodeman Jr. finished second ahead of Rod George and Kevin Schaeffer.  Scott Priester carried Carl Bowser’s #10 to a fifth place finish, albeit a lap down.  Bowser took a wild ride at Mercer Raceway Park last weekend and took the night off from driving duties.  The Ti22 top ten rounded out with Dan Kuriger, Todd Bauer, AJ Albrecht, Brian Steinman and Brandon Spithaler.  National Guard heat races went to Schaeffer and George.


The Pic-A-Part Sportsman/Stocks rolled onto the speedway for the Main Event with a track provisional for the $1,000-to-win Sportsman/Stock Spectacular portion of Autumn-Motive Fest 2011 on the line.  Terry Young and AJ Flick brought the field to the green flag with Flick taking the early lead.  Defending Track Champion Joe Kelley took the lead from Flick momentarily exiting turn two on lap three, but Flick maintained his lead at the flagstand.  Mike Miller made it a three-wide battle for the lead on lap five and took the lead on lap six.  Once out front, Miller checked out for his second win of the 2011 season.


Kelley bested Flick for second, while last week’s feature winner Chris Schneider came from 15th in Scott Bowman’s #19 to finish fourth.  Brett McDonald scored his second straight top five finish after accomplishing this feat for the first time last week.  Terry Young finished sixth ahead of former all time division wins leader Scott Bochek.  Bochek came out of semi-retirement to pilot Chris Schneider’s GM Performance 602 crate powered SS Chassis to a seventh place finish.  Rob Shook, Jim Fosnaught and Wayne Carbo rounded out the Pic-A-Part top ten.  Heat races went to Paul Schreckengost and Scott Bochek.  Incumbent Bud Points leader Corey McPherson finished last after retiring to the pits on lap two with carburetor issues.  AJ Flick’s third place finish vaults him into the lead by two points ahead of feature winner Mike Miller.


Fab Four Racing will be on hiatus next week as the best Dirt Late Model drivers in the country roll into Sarvertown for the $30,000-to-win, 5th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com featuring the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.  Tickets for the three-day mega event can be purchased 24/7 on our website www.Lernerville.com.  In fact, you still have time to by your dad tickets for Father’s Day!

 Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
  2. (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
  3. (4) Rod George, Kittanning
  4. (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
  5. (10) Scott Priester, Rimersburg
  6. (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
  7. (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
  8. (7A) Andrew Albrecht, Warren, OH
  9. (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
  10. (22B) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City
  11. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
  12. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
  13. (66) Chris Best, Butler
  14. (7W) Eric Williams, Greenville
  15. (44) Pete Landram, Jeannette
  16. (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew
  17. (6) Shelia Rankin, Renfrew
DNS: (16) Gary Rankin, Renfrew

National Guard Heat Race Winners: Kevin Schaeffer, Rod George


Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (99B) Rick “Boom” Briggs, Bear Lake
  2. (29L) Darrell Lanigan, Union, KY
  3. (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
  4. (22) Greg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
  5. (1*) Chub Frank, Bear Lake
  6. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
  7. (1) John Lobb, Freusburg, NY
  8. (71D) Ron Davies, Warren
  9. (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
  10. (2J) Mike Johnson, Imperial
  11. (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
  12. (10) Gary Lyle, Leechburg
  13. (31) Bryan Force, Indiana
  14. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville
  15. (03) Doug Eck, Corry
  16. (92) Jayme Beck, Jeannette
  17. (27J) Jeff Jones, Zelienople
  18. (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, OH
  19. (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
  20. (1JJ) Davey Johnson, Greensburg
National Guard Heat Race Winners: John Garvin Jr., Gregg Satterlee, Darrell Lanigan


Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)

  1. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
  2. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Creighton
  3. (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
  4. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
  5. (165) Rex King Jr., Bristolville, OH
  6. (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
  7. (11R) Brad Rapp, Shippenville
  8. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
  9. (38) Phil Evans Jr., Greensburg
  10. (96) Mike Turner, Butler
  11. (45) Steve Feder, Butler
  12. (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
  13. (27R) Dave Reges, Butler
  14. (71B) Don Brown ,Butler
  15. (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Phil Evans Jr.


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

  1. (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
  2. (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
  3. (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
  4. (19) Chris Schneider, Creighton
  5. (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
  6. (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
  7. (55) Scott Bocheck, Zelienople
  8. (53) Rob Shook, Creighton
  9. (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
  10. (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
  11. (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, OH
  12. (1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
  13. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
  14. (1K) Drew Koteles, Finleyville
  15. (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
  16. (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
  17. (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
  18. (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
  19. (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
NLC: (12M) John McCann, Ford City

National Guard Heat Race Winners: Paul Schreckengost, Scott Bochek


Car Count Total: 77

Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 18

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models: 25

Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 15

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman: 20



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