Carl Bowser finds 2011 magic to win Ti22 Sprint feature
Chub Frank holds off Alex Ferree in Precise Late Models
Dave Murdick and Mike Miller win first features of 2012
Sarver, PA (May 11, 2012) Carl Bowser has had a rough start to the 2012 season, fighting a new Eagle Chassis that just couldn’t get along with the Action Track. So Carl went back to the drawing board this week and broke out the J&J Chassis that he piloted to the 2011 Track Championship. The end result; his first feature win of 2012! Chub Frank, Dave Murdick and Mike Miller all followed suit with their first feature wins of the season in their respective divisions on Twin State Auto Racing Club Night. Friday night was also Breast Cancer Awareness night; our annual homage to mothers and grandmothers whom have battled breast cancer. The “Finest Race Fans in the World” generously donated $800 to the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; a record amount as nearly perfect weather conditions helped us fill the stands!
As mentioned above, Carl Bowser had suffered through the first three weeks, chasing the setup on a brand new Eagle Chassis. And while the team hasn’t given up on the Eagle Chassis, they did break out the J&J Chassis that carried “The Boggsville Bullet” to a personal best three feature wins in 2011 on the way to his first career Lernerville/Budweiser Track Championship. It was clear right from hot laps and during his heat race that the J&J Chassis was hooked up.
As luck would have it, Carl hit the jackpot on the redraw and started on the pole of the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature alongside Opening Night winner Kevin Schaeffer. Bowser jumped out to a quick lead at the drop of the green flag and stretched out to a comfortable lead by the time the first caution waved on lap 17 for Adam Miller. The restart was a mere formality for Bowser as he matted the loud pedal and drove away with his first feature win of the season as those behind him battle for position.
From Sheetz Victory Lane, Bowser lamented, “I was ready to fire myself after these first three weeks, but we went back to the J&J (Chassis). That’s what we won the championship with last year and it was on a rail!” When asked about the restart on lap 17 that allowed some talented drivers to pull right up to his back bumper, Bowser stated, “I knew I had to go and I felt confident in the car, which I haven’t felt yet in the new car.”
Kevin Schaeffer ran another solid race to finish second as Danny Holtgraver, Brian Ellenberger, Brian Steinman and Cap Henry battled for position in the top five. Holtgraver, Ellenberger and Steinman finished in the third, fourth and fifth respectively, while Henry, (whom had moved up as far as third on lap 20), brought out a caution on the final lap, but after Carl Bowser and others had taken the checkered flag. Henry scored a disappointing 12th
place finish after running one of his best Action Track races. Spots six through ten went to Daryl Stimeling, Brandon Matus, Rod George, Eric Williams and Brent Matus. Ti22 Heats were checkered by George and Stimeling.
With the World of Outlaws Late Model Series off this weekend, Chub Frank rolled south down I-79 and paid a visit to one of this home tracks to score his first win of the season in the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models. But while he led all 25 laps, it was by no means an easy win for the veteran driver from Bear Lake as Alex Ferree trailed him from green to checkered. The old “A Train” that won 15 races between 2007 and 2009, including an amazing nine feature wins in his breakout 2007 campaign, was back in full effect, but Ferree couldn’t find a line that allowed him to make a pass stick for the lead. In the end, Ferree could only chase Frank across the stripe to finish second. Frank’s first win of 2012 is the 15th
of his career at Lernerville Speedway.
Behind Ferree in second was PPMS regular Jason Rider, the best finish in the early stages of his Lernerville career. Last week’s feature winner Jared Miley came from 10th
to finish fifth ahead of “Mr. Clean” Chuck Sarver. Future Lernerville Hall of Famer Lynn Geisler finished sixth ahead of Doug Eck in seventh, Garrett Krummert in eight, Mike Johnson in ninth and John Garvin Jr. in tenth. Frank and Krummert scored Precise heat race victories. Boom Briggs did not start the feature after breaking in his heat race.
After back-to-back first time feature winners came from the front row, Dave Murdick had to be licking his chops as he rolled the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modified field to the green flag. Flanked by heat race winner Mike Turner, Murdick jumped out to the early lead and despite a handful of cautions & restarts, cruised to his first win of the season, fending off some late race advances by Kevin Bolland to notch the 24th
win of his Lernerville career.
Kevin Bolland finished second ahead of rival Brian Swartzlander in third, while Mike Turner finished fourth. Mercer Small Block ace Eric Gabany scored a top five finish and looks to be a favorite to take the checkers next Friday Night, May 18 during the 358/Small Block Showcase at the Action Track! The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Mark Frankhouser, Shawn Fleeger, Dean Pearson, Bob Warren and Carl Murdick. Heat races were claimed by Dave Murdick and Mike Turner. Like Briggs, Defending Track Champion and incumbent Bud Points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker broke in the heat race and was a DNS for the feature.
Despite some great action on another racy track, there hadn’t been an official pass for the lead in 75 laps of features in the Ti22 Sprints, Precise Lates and Diehl Mods. It took the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman just two laps to change that! Outside polesitter Greg Beach led the first lap, after the initial start was called back as Beach took off exiting turn four, but polesitter Ryan Moyer did not. On the second attempt to start the race, Beach took off and led the first circuit only to see another caution flag wave. Defending Track Champion Mike Miller took the lead on the restart and led 17 of the next 19 laps on his way to Sheetz Victory Lane for the first time in 2012. Two-time 2012 feature winner Corey McPherson challenged Miller and actually led laps 12 and 13 following a lap 12 restart, but Miller reclaimed the lead in turns one & two on lap 14 and never looked back on his way to Sheetz Victory Lane for his first feature win of the season.
McPherson had to settle for second ahead of Jim Fosnaught who had another solid run to finish third. Opening lap leader Greg Beach finished fourth and All Time division wins leader Joe Keller finished fifth. Rob Shook, Ryan Moyer, Brett McDonald, Scott Byers and Wayne Carbo rounded out the Pic-A-Part Top Ten. Heats were won by Joe Kelley, Greg Beach and Mike Miller.
Next Friday, May 18 is Armed Forces Night and we have a variety of activities planned to pay tribute to the bravest men and women on the planet; those in the U.S. Military, as well as those who have previously served our country. Holders on an active military ID or discharge papers will receive a $2 discount off general admission, while those in uniform will be admitted free before 7:00.
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Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director