Gregg Satterlee stays close to home, scores big win
Bolland outduels Murdick, Ellenberger holds off Matus
McPherson repeats in Pic-A-Part Sportsman Main Event
Sarver, PA (April 27, 2012) Another Fast Friday of Fab Four Racing is in the books and some familiar names made stops in Sheetz Victory Lane! Gregg Satterlee took the checkers in the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models as Opening Night feature winner Jared Miley battled Mercer’s Chiller Thriller winner Keith Barbara for second. Kevin Bolland wisely took away Dave Murdick’s best line in turn two and then motored away for the win in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds. Brian Ellenberger passed early leader Rod George on the highside and ran away with the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature that went green to checkered nonstop! Corey McPherson ended the night the same way he did Opening Night; in Sheetz Victory Lane celebrating his second Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman win of the season. Sometimes even the most ardent Road Warriors need some good, home cooking and that’s exactly what Gregg Satterlee got Friday Night at Lernerville Speedway. Satterlee has hit the road on an aggressive schedule so far in 2012 and plans to continue doing so. He’s already scored wins a Virginia Motor Speedway and Hagerstown, but admittedly struggled last weekend at a Lucas Oil Late Model Series race at Roaring Knob. There was no struggling last night, however, as Satterlee scored his 14th career Late Model feature at the Action Track, passing Hall of Famer Dick Swartzlander and Dick Barton and tying World of Outlaws star Chub Frank. Keith Barbara and Boom Briggs brought the field to the green with Briggs leading the first lap, but Barbara leading the next 16. Satterlee had to put in work, but eventually got past veterans Mike Johnson and Lynn Geisler (riding a brand new Rocket strapped with a brand new Roush-Yates powerplant). A lap 13 restart was the break Satterlee needed as he passed Briggs for second on the restart and then dove under Barbara exiting turn two to take the lead on lap 18. Once at the point, Satterlee checked out as Keith Barbara tried to hold off Opening Night feature winner Jared Miley who came from 12th. As Barbara and Miler waged battled for second, Satterlee cruised to Sheetz Victory Lane relatively unchallenged to win the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Model feature.
Miley bested Barbara for second, while Briggs held on to finish fourth. Sarver’s own John Garvin Jr. and Ken Schaltenbrand crossed the stripe fifth and sixth. Geisler had some obvious mechanical issues midrace, but salvaged a seventh place finish. Bump Hedman, Matt Lux and Denton Boyer rounded out the Precise Top Ten. Lynn Geisler, John Garvin Jr. and Jared Miley won heat races; Chad Valone won the B-Main. Kevin Bolland made the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modified feature into a high speed chess match Friday Night, as he pursued Dave Murdick who led the first 23 laps of the 25-lapper. Murdick launched to a quick start and took the lead just past the flagstand after completing the first lap and built a comfortable lead over Jim Weller Jr. and Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker. A myriad of cautions midrace made the Big Blocks look more like the Enduro. The final caution waved on lap 18 and by that time Bolland had made his way to second from 11th on the starting grid. He took a brief lead around the top of turns one & two, only to see Murdick thunder past him from the bottom of turn two and down the back straightaway. This scenario repeated itself repeatedly until lap 23 when Bolland dropped down off the top of turn two and took Murdick’s preferred line away to hold the lead down the back stretch and into turn three. Once at the point, Bolland’s 54th career win was academic. Shingledecker also got past Murdick in the final two laps to finish second. Behind Murdick in third, veterans Rex King Sr. and Jim Weller Jr. rounded out the Diehl Top Five. Brian Swartzlander struggled all night in both the Detman #111 Late Model and his on #83 Big Block, but salvaged a sixth place finish. Mark Frankhouser finished seventh ahead of Steve Feder, Carl Murdick and Phil Evans Jr. Kevin Bolland also took the checkers in his heat race, as did Small Block ace Frank Guidace. Like Satterlee mentioned above, Brian Ellenberger has been a road warrior during his career, (spending time on both the World of Outlaws and All Star Circuit of Champions tours), but has been racing closer to home the past few years. While some of the young guns and big stars of the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints hit the road with the All Stars last night, Ellenberger stayed home with his family and invited them all to Sheetz Victory Lane by dominating the 25-lap Ti 22 Sprint feature. Polesitter Dan Kuriger led the first lap before giving way to future Hall of Famer Rod George in the iconic #CIII on the second circuit. But while George was faster on the bottom of turns three & four, Ellenberger was even faster around the top of turns one & two. Ellenberger took the lead exiting turn two on lap five and never looked back as the race went wire-to-wire without a single caution.
Brandon Matus was closing fast as the final laps ticked away, but without a caution and restart, “The Wheelman” was unable to get close enough to Ellenberger to take a shot at the lead. George held off Brandon’s father Brent for third. Behind Brent Matus in fourth was Opening Night feature winner Kevin Schaeffer in fifth. The Ti22 Top Ten rounded out with Eric Williams, Dan Kuriger, Brandon Spithaler, Defending Track Champion Carl Bowser and “Cowboy” Brian Steinman. Brandon Matus and Brandon Spithaler were victorious in heat race competition. The Main Event was another multicar battle in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature, but when the final checkered flag of the night was shown, it was Corey McPherson headed back to Sheetz Victory Lane for a repeat performance of his Opening Night win. In fact, McPherson hasn’t lost a race yet on the Action Track in 2012, as for a second straight week, he won his heat prior to winning the feature!