Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Story From Lernerville- Williamson, Bowser and Ferree Pad Win Totals; Fosnaught Finds Victory Lane

The Fab Four returned to Lernerville Speedway Friday night underneath beautiful sunny skies and a full moon.  But despite it's presence, the action on the track went smoothly as Mat Williamson, Carl Bowser and Alex Ferree each tacked on another victory to their 2015 win totals while 2014 Sportsman Stock champion Jim Fosnaught took his first checkered flag of the campaign in dramatic fashion following a thrilling duel with points leader Corey McPherson.  

Diehl Automotive Group Modifieds

Mat Williamson had victory snatched from him last week at the Modified Mania special event by Rex King Jr who took home the win in a fantastic finish. This week, the racing gods smiled upon Williamson as lady luck went his way during his fourth victory of the season. However, Williamson put himself in position to be the benefactor. 

Rex King Sr and Garrett Krummert made up the front row of the main event and it was Krummert who took the early lead going to the outside of King Sr on lap 1. Behind him, King Jr, Steve Feder and Rodney Beltz were all set to chase Krummert down forming a pack behind the leaders. But the chase was futile as Krummert stretched out to a three plus second advantage. Krummert used the high side to set the blistering pace of the initial stages of the race which would see him also maneuver through lapped traffic with ease. 

Meanwhile, Williamson would start to close in on fourth running Kevin Bolland. The two drivers then engaged in a tight battle for the position which Bolland would yield to Williamson on lap 9.  As the race wound down, and with no caution flags in sight, it appeared that Krummert was well on his way to his second victory of the season. Williamson then managed to get around King Sr on lap 17 to take the second spot but was still a good length behind Krummert with precious few laps remaining. 

Krummert looked to be in strict command, until his drive shaft failed him on lap 20, giving the lead to Williamson who would not relinquish it the rest of the way en route to the victory. Jeremiah Shingledecker finished an amazing charge to the front for a second place finish from his 11th starting spot. But the night belonged to Williamson who worked forward from his 10th spot at the drop of the green flag, to enable him to take advantage of Krummert's disaster. 

"I've lost races like that," Williamson said referring to Krummert's misfortune. "You never want to see that happen to anybody, but when you can win them like this, they still count. We had a phenomenal race car tonight and we're on a bit of a roll here so we just want to keep it going into August."

Top 10:

1. Mat Williamson
2. Jeremiah Shingledecker
3. Rex King Jr
4. Rex King Sr
5. Steve Feder
6. Dave Murdick
7. Kevin Bolland
8. Tom Winkle
9. Mike Turner
10. Rick Regalski

Pat Miller Photo

Peoples TWP Sprint Cars

Carl Bowser had the car and the starting spot to beat Friday night in sprint action, earning his fourth victory of the season in a race that saw him lead from green to checkered flags. 

Bowser took to the early lead from the pole with AJ Flick and Jack Sodeman Jr firmly behind him in the early going.  Sodeman Jr then managed to get around Flick on lap three. Behind them, a strong running Brandon Matus, who'd looked particularly strong in his heat race effort, began making a run towards the front from his 7th starting position. But as the pack behind him began their chase, Bowser had checked out to a commanding lead as he encountered lapped traffic and dispatched it with ease, racing to clean air as quickly as possible. Sodeman Jr had begun to shave some tenth's off Bowser's lead when a spinning Eric L Williams in turn two managed to keep his car on the track, and right in the way of Jack Sodeman Jr. The caution flag stayed in the flag stand for the time being and Sodeman's charge took a backward step 

The caution flag would wave on lap 12, and on the ensuing restart, Sodeman briefly appeared to be able to engage in a battle for the lead, but Bowser was too strong and pounded the top side of the speedway with authority as he faced one final swarm of lapped traffic at the lap 18 mark. Bowser would then survive one final caution and restart when Mike Miller spun in turn four, taking away a Brandon Matus pass of Sodeman Jr for the second spot. 

On the final restart,  Sodeman Jr went directly to the bottom to find any grip he could but he came up short on his bid to snatch the win from Bowser. 

"This one's a credit to the crew, they did a phenomenal job tonight," Bowser said in victory lane. "I saw Jack a few times on the restarts and I knew he'd be tough and I knew he'd probably be on the bottom but I could roll the top pretty nicely so I just put it up there."

Top 10:

1. Carl Bowser
2. Jack Sodeman
3. Brandon Matus
4. Brent Matus
5. AJ Flick
6. Eric Williams
7. Ralph Spithaler
8. Dan Shetler
9. Scott Priester
10. Dan Kuriger

Precise Late Models

There's only one way to forget a bad week at the office, have a great one then following week. Alex Ferree did just that and a little more Friday night in taking his third victory of the season.

Chuck Sarver got out to the early lead as Kenny Schaltenbrand, Ferree and Michael Norris formed a formidable chase pack behind him. Ferree made his way around on Sarver on lap five as would Schaltenbrand, but Ferree then proceeded to stretched out a sizeable advantage in the early part of the race. Behind him, Norris and Schaltenbrand would partake in a hard fought battle for the second spot that continued for the majority of the 25 lap feature. Schaltenbrand would work the very bottom of the surface while Norris kept his office towards the cushion and both of them were within a tenth of a second of each other lap after lap. Meanwhile, Jared Miley and Matt Lux began making charges towards the top five.  

The only thing left in Ferree's way was a small amount of lapped traffic barely seemed to phase him over the closing laps as Norris would finally win the battle for second and Schaltenbrand would round out the podium. .

Ferree's third victory came with a bonus of $1,000 courtesy of ERacers Go Kart Park, and in victory lane, Ferree explained what a difference a week can make. 

"We definitely got lucky tonight, Jared's been fast all year and Kenny was really good in the beginning, but there's a lot of fast guys here and to beat those guys on a night like tonight was fun," Ferree remarked.  "The track was interesting but a lot of fun and a lot of good racing out there tonight. I was a little hot under the collar last time out, and you've got to stay cool and collected and I got a little mad and I drove like it. But when you hone down and keep your cool and drive the way you need to drive you can be fast."  

Top 10

1. Alex Feree
2. Michael Norris
3. Kenny Schaltenbrand
4. Jared Miley
5. Matt Lux
6. Gary Lyle
7. Chuck Sarver
8. Andrew Wylie
9. Tommy Beck
10. Dan Swartzlander

Pat Miller Photo

Millerstown Pic a Part Sportsman Stocks:

Jim Fosnaught had yet to taste victory lane in 2015 after several near misses and heartbreaking endings. But on this night he ran down points leader Cory McPherson like a man on a mission en route to pay dirt.

Brett McDonald and Terry Young made up the front row of the 20 lap feature event, but were passed from the outset by one Joe Kelley. Behind him, Cory McPherson began to make his move to the front. And the two engaged in a battle for the lead that would see McPherson up high and Kelley in his normal position at the bottom of the surface.   

The caution flag came out on lap six when Noah Brunell spun in turn four and on the ensuing restart,  McPherson appeared to take the lead on the high side, but Kelley drew even in turns three and four and the two drivers found themselves stalemated for the majority of the race, taking turns in the lead at the flag stand.  Fosnaught then went to the bottom and and found some bite as McPherson slowed slightly after some brushes with the cushion. McPherson appeared to be losing just enough traction and momentum off the top as the race wore on, to allow Fosnaught to creep closer lap by lap as he made his way around Joe Kelley with six laps to go. 

Fosnaught then took the lead for good on lap 17 after a door handle to door handle battle with McPherson and in an odd twist, McPherson jumped the cushion in turn four on the final lap as he spun near the pit exit causing him to come home with a 16th place finish instead of a podium spot. 

"It took us all year to figure out that we had some issues, break issues, carb issues, and we've been chasing some setup issues too," Fosnaught said. "The track was slick tonight, but every week it's been different and I thought Cory had me there for a minute when he was up top but it must have went away on him." 

Top 10:

1. Jim Fosnaught
2. Joe Kelley
3. Mark Sanders
4. Joey Zambotti
5. Wayne Carbo
6. Paul Schreckengost
7. Brett McDonald
8. Brandon Wearing
9. Terry Young
10. Jeff Miller

Thursday, July 30, 2015

On Tap; Who Wins Free Cheese In Wisconsin?; Outlaws Terrorize Canada; All-Stars Blow Up Atomic

After a few weeks off, it's time to bring back on of our favorite segments where we get to tell you about what to be on the lookout for on the track in the way of events....and what beer would best complement them from time to time as we beg for a beer sponsor that need only pay us in product to be a complete partner here at TDN!

This week we offer up a great find for the beer connoisseur. It's an incredibly drinkable product from Erie Brewing Company called Railbender Ale. It's very balanced, not too sweet, not too dry, not to hoppy, with subtle tones and a nice head, but a nice alcohol content too!  We recommend this one, it's a beer drinker's beer if there ever was one! And, it has been known to give you whiplash from your belches too which as good a reason to drink some as any!

So, if any representatives of the Erie Brewing Company would like to sponsor our on tap segments for free product, it'll be fine by us, we'll sing your praises and chug your beer for you with pride!

Now's what's On Tap this weekend!

Free Cheese Available In Wisconsin...and $50,000

Yep, it's that time of year again as the World of Outlaw Late Models take to the legendary Cedar Lake Speedway in New Richmond, Wi for the 28th running of the USA Nationals. Some lucky driver goes home with a 25 pound wheel of smoked gouda...and $50,000.  The three day event actually starts Thursday night and concludes Saturday with the 100 lap final which takes place after what is probably the best pre race driver introduction production in dirt racing today!

Who's hot coming in? We don't need to tell you it's Jonathan Davenport, but be on the lookout for the traditional favorites in Scott Bloomquist, Billy Moyer, Jimmy Mars and the like. It won't have the same feeling without Brady Smith and Brian Birkhofer now that they've retired, but be on the lookout for AJ Diemel from the local contigent and also USMTS star Rodney Sanders will be looking to make an impression!

How to follow:

Our partner, has everything you need with pay per view broadcasts all weekend long, and a great dirtwire recap page with all the results and storylines! Don't miss it! Don't have a DoD subscription...get one!!

Outlaws Terrorize Canada

The greatest show on dirt continues their assault north of the border at Brockville Speedway on Friday and Autodrome Drummond in Quebec on Saturday.  Earlier this week, big block modified star Stewart Friesen won his first WoO Sprint feature at Oshweken Speedway, making him the first Canadian since Tim Gee, to take a WoO Amain.  We're not 100% sure whether Friesen would dare skip Fonda on Saturday (most likely not) to partake in racing at Drummond, but it's fun to play "what if".  Donny Schatz will be looking to take the sweep and pad his enormous point lead, but these tracks might just lend themselves to different driving styles, it'll be an interesting weekend for sure.

Points Coming Into the Weekend:

1. Donny Schatz- 7281
2. Shane Stewart- 6915
3. Kerry Madsen- 6828
4. Brad Sweet- 6787
5. Joey Saldana- 6780

How to Follow:

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All Stars Blow Up Atomic...and PPMS

Dale Blaney leads the All Stars into Atomic Speedway (OH) this Friday and Saturday, and then on to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania's Motor Speedway on Sunday. He'll encounter some tough locals at both locations, but also from tour mates Sheldon Haudenschield and Parker Price Miller. The two young guns seemingly get better every week and have been a true pleasure to watch develop in 2015.  If your in the area, don't miss these shows!

Points Coming Into the Weekend:

1. Dale Blaney-3548
2. Cody Darrah- 3379
3. Chad Kemenah- 3305
4. Greg Wilson- 3291
5. Tim Shaffer- 3161

How to Follow:

If you're not able to be there in person, hit up @ASCoC on twitter for live time updates, they're light years better in the Tony Stewart regime, as good as any updates out there!

Also This Weekend:

  • Fab Four Racing At Lernerville Speedway (Friday)
  • 410 Sprints at Williams Grove (Friday)
  • 410 F.A.S.T Sprints at Attica Raceway Park (Friday)
  • 410 F.A.S.T Sprints at Freemont Speedway (Saturday)
  • Weekly Racing Action at PPMS (Saturday)
  • 410 Sprints/Weekly Racing at Mercer Raceway Park (Saturday)
  • Big Block Modifieds at Canandaigua Motorsports Park (Saturday)
  • 358 Modifieds at Ransomville Speedway (Friday)
  • 358 Modifieds at Merrittville Speedway (Saturday)
  • Big Block Modifieds/ Weekly Racing at Sharon Speedway (Saturday)
  • 410 Sprints at Lincoln and Port Royal Speedway (Saturday)

And that'll do it for this weekend, now pick one of these races and get there!!

TDN Western Frontier Modified Rankings Volume 2


And welcome back for the second edition of out Western frontier modified rankings. Mother nature has cooperated a little better for this review period as Mercer, Sharon, Lernerville and the BRP Mod Tour all got a fair amount of dates in, relatively speaking.

Now for those who are new to these...let's explain a few things.

We include all big block and 358 drivers in the Western, PA, Eastern OH geography, however if a driver from outside the area spends time at a weekly show in our neck of the woods, their results from their other home track will be taken into account. 

Rankings Explained: 

For the second volume, we'll use results from early June through July.

Here's a few guidelines to consider, these all factor into rankings placement. 

  • How many races did the driver partake in
  • How big are the purses
  • What is the level of competition at home tracks or in special events
  • Bad luck factor, wrecks, mechanical problems
This is for entertainment purposes only, we like to have fun, but if you object to the order of the list, feel free to make a comment. Just remember, no vulgarity is tolerated

Pat Miller Photo

Now then, let's get this thing started!

1. Rex King Jr- Last Month-1

King Jr retains the top spot in volume two based on a pair of wins with extra money on the line. Firstly, he took home $5,000 for the BRP Tour win at Tyler County, and he ended the review period with a thrilling late race victory at Lernerville as part of Modified Mania, taking another $2,000 for the effort. He's got another weekly win at Lernerville as well since early June as well, and currently sits second in BRP Tour points behind King Sr.  It would be complete domination for King Sr, but he's had some bad luck here and there, and didn't come through with a weekly Sharon victory in his last four tries. Still though he's been money in a pair of money races so far and maintains a slight advantage over our second ranked driver.

From Mod Tour Racing Facebook/A.Rapp

2. Erick Rudolph- Last Month- Unranked

Okay, so some of you are saying to yourselves, "what's he doing in the rankings". Things change folks, and now that Erick is a true outlaw more or less for the rest of 2015, he's free to pick and choose where he's driving, and lately, he's selected this area.  He's got some Lernerville and Sharon starts in the review period, so we'll throw his Ransomville season into the mix like we would for Williamson at Merrittville or Richner at Sharon. 

So now that we have that straight.  He had a damn fine time since he's been here with a $5,000 BRP Tour win at Tri City and another one at EXPO, plus a couple of strong showings at weekly shows in our area and a couple of Ransomville wins. We're not sure how long it'll last, but he's here for now, and he's one of the best running in this area

3. Mat Williamson- Last Month-3rd

Williamson moves up a spot here with a pair of Lernerville victories since early June. He currently leads the points there, and has yet to finish outside of the top five. He also scored a victory at his other home track (Merrittville) in the review period and looks to have shaken off a bit of a rugged start there.  So far, the BRP tour hasn't exactly been kind to him, but he's got two special event wins in other places. This was a really close call, and had it not been for the big Tyler Co win for King Jr, Williamson could easily have been in our top two here, and may just yet be come our next update! It'll be fun finding out.  
Pat Miller Photo

4. Rex King Sr- Last Month- 4th

The elder King faired fairly well for himself for this period with consistent top 5 finishes at Lernerville and a win at Sharon plus three podium finishes in four attempts there. Bigger than that, he finds himself atop the BRP tour standings and will be hard to displace from that perch in the second half of the season.

5. Brian Swartzlander- Last Month- 2nd

Mr. Swartzlander got himself a victory at Sharon in June and has been his consistent self at Lernerville, save for one night where he suffered some mechanical misfortune. We'd love to see him in Merrittville and Ransomville in SDS action in a few days. Here's hoping the car is sorted out, if so, look for an even better second half to 2015.

6. Dave Murdick- Last Month- 7th

Murdick took the BRP tour opener at Eriez in June and has top 10 and top 5 finishes at Lernerville. He currently sits 4th in mod tour points and is still a threat to win every night, and we're still looking for a hot streak that's probably coming soon.

7. Rick Richner- Last Month- 8th

Rick picked up a Sharon win two weeks ago and currently sits third in BRP tour points as we speak which is actually pretty remarkable for the Niagara frontier driver. His Ransomville stats have been a bit pedestrian, but the level of competition there is high, and luck needs to go the right way there. It's not like Danny Johnson pulls in and wins every Friday!

Pat Miller Photo

8. Garrett Krummert- Last Month- 5th

Don't let the slight tumble in the rakings fool you for a minute. Krummert's as good a threat to win at Lernerville as anyone else we can name, and he's getting it pointed in the right direction at Sharon as well. More than that, he's looked completely comfortable on BRP tour nights currently residing 6th in points there.

9. Jimmy Holden- Last Month- 6th

The mayor of the Mercer 358's is king of the field once again. If fields were a bit more full there, he may have had a higher ranking.

10. Jim Weller Jr- Last Month- 10th
 He took home the Lou Blaney Memorial victory with the likes of Rudolph, Swartzlander, and a pair of Kings in the house, that in an of itself merits a ranking, though a few more Lernerville appearances would help his chances of climbing this ladder.

And that's it for July. We'll be back in late August/early September for round three and have a year end review after the Steel City Stampede!

Monday, July 27, 2015

The TDN Weekly Supler Late Model Power Poll: Week 12

Hey there kids. Tis' Monday evening, so that means it's time for me to post an update to these rankings that I toil over. Okay, I really don't have to toil over them. I set up the scoring so it's pretty easy for me to keep track of in about fifteen minutes each week, so long as tracks get their results in timely fashion. Which I have to say, even Roaring Knob is meticulous about now after being a deadbeat for most of the first half of the season. I'd like to think my putting them on blast for lazy updating led to the much improved updates on their site, but I know it's probably not the case. Or maybe it is. Who knows?

That said, this week, Lernerville and Marion Center had specials, and specials don't count in these standings, so no points were scored at either track. Port Royal and Bedford took the week off, in Bedford's case to setup for the fair there this week. Port Royal had a scheduled week off. Everybody else got their regular shows in.

I was able to find full results from last week for Marion Center, and those points will be reflected in this week's rankings.

So let's get to some rankings.

1. Mike Blose**, 33 points. Mike went scoreless this week.

2. Clate Copeman****, 30 points. Clate also put up a goose egg this week.

3. Jeff Rine***, 29 points. Jeff's points came from a second at Selinsgrove Saturday night.

4. Max Blair***, 27 points. Max picked up the win at Eriez Sunday night for his points this week.

5. Scott Rhodes**, 26 points. Scott scored a big five points with a win at Dog Hollow Friday.

5. D.J. Troutman**, 26 points. DJ took an 0fer this week.

7. Dwyane Tanneyhill*, 20 points. Dwyane's points came from a third at Dog Hollow Friday.

8. Alex Ferree*, 19 points. Alex had a scoreless weekend too.

9. Steve Campbell***, 18 points. Steve won Saturday night at Selinsgrove for his points this week.

9. Greg Oakes, 18 points. Greg ran second at Eriez Sunday night for his points this week.

And that's the first ten names on the list this week. Just four more weeks to go for this poll this season. Seems like the top of the poll is getting pretty tight, should be an interesting August. Weather looks like it should be fantastic this weekend, so pretty much everybody should get their shows in. I'm thinking I might even take in the show at Lernerville this week. Until next week, be young, have fun, and drink Pepsi.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Week in DIRT

In lieu of our normal scattered, covered, and smothered updates known as the TDN Weekend Scoreboard, we bring you yet another edition of This Week in DIRT. Let's face it, there's a lot to keep up with if you follow just about everything that races on dirt, and it helps to have everything in one place since so many people are just too damned lazy to look up stuff like stories and results. But life does get in the way of dirt racing enjoyment sometimes. 

Maybe you were bitten by a shark at the beach while you were drunk, trying to surf and ignoring the life guards plea to stop harassing pelicans and to pull up your improperly fitting swim trunks.  Maybe in laws that don't like racing stopped by for a cook out that lasted 8 hours too long, ruining any chance to get to the track or follow the action accordingly on twitter, race monitor, or ppv sites. Maybe your significant other kept you tied to the bedposts, or the lawn mower all weekend.  No worries, we'll help you catch up on the week that was in DIRT!  You get that free here at TDN!

Donny Schatz Appears on Milk Carton

(News Flash) : Schatz wins a race! At Lebanon Valley with less than a full field on hand

Yes, Donny Schatz sucks! Mr. Damn You Donny has not won a race in quite some time, (Since July 11th to be exact, unless he doesn't suck tonight at Lebanon Valley). The folks in Central PA were quick to point out as much too when he failed to win either night at Williams Grove this weekend.  Oh, to win so much to be hated is a true delight for the driver, and don't think Mr. Schatz doesn't relish in it.  Let's face it, if you go 7 races out of 90 or so without winning and people proclaim you to be in a slump, you're doing something right. By the way...if he hadn't have run out of gas at Eldora, you'd be calling him King Donny.

So, enjoy it Schatz haters of the world, he's had a rough two weeks, but know that he'll be off the milk crate in no time.

In the meantime, the Posse swept the action at the Grove, and (we should have made a separate headline) The All Stars threw a PA/OH ass whipping on Mr. Schatz at Lernerville this past Tuesday night courtesy of Mr. Darrah and Blaney. 

Here's some recaps from the races:

Stevie Smith Whips Donny Schatz
Danny Dietrich Throws Donny Schatz a beating
Blaney and Darrah Point at Schatz and Laugh in a Donny Double Team

Pat Miller Photo

And be sure to check out our own Pat Miller's photo gallery of Donny Schatz not winning at Lernerville earlier this week! Seriously, there's some great pictures here:

Don Martin Silver Cup In Pictures

Davenport and Moyer Point and Laugh at Outlaws-

Jonathan Davenport has never come close to being on any kind of milk crate in 2015, in fact his level of dominance has almost matched Schatz's (before he sucked). And he hammered that point home with a victory over the Outlaws at this weekend's Prarie Dirt Classic, picking off Dennis Erb on the last lap to take home $27,000 plus other contingency prizes not limited to a lifetime membership in the jelly of the month club and a free bushel of corn!  To add insult to injury to the Outlaws, Billy Moyer took the victory on Thursday at Quincy, IL

Here's some recaps from recent WoO/LM action:

Davenport Pulls off Hail Mary- Continues Season To Remember
Moyer Scores $8,000 at Quincy, IL- Buys Everyone In Attendance an Orange Whip

Buck Monson Photo

Rodney Sanders To Host Saturday Night Live

When you're hot, your hot. And also, a good choice to host Saturday Night Live! Series Producer Lorne Michaels recently let slip that Sanders would be hosting SNL as soon as the season opens in September and was quoted as saying "He's the real deal, and he's bringing his car too and also he's bringing BBQ Beef Brisket from Texas for the whole cast, and he wins! Movie stars are overrated, whiny little (expletives) we want real people on the show and it doesn't get more real than Rodney Sanders!"

Michaels couldn't have been more spot on, if there's as dominant a driver on dirt that's ascended to Schatz (When he doesn't suck)/ Davenport levels, it's Sanders who won this weekend's World Dirt Modified Championship at Deer Creek, MN. 

Read more about Rodney's Weekend, and Find out Why He makes Sense to Host SNL

Sanders Is The Man

What Happened At Lernerville?

Why not just ask us? Our own Trever Steele was on hand to cover the action at Modified Mania this past Friday night and filed this report!

The Story from Lernerville: King Jr., Hawkins & Hilton score wins on Modified Mania Night

And that'll do it for this week in DIRT. We hope you enjoyed it, and yourselves this weekend! Take care and stay DIRTY everyone!


Saturday, July 25, 2015

The Story from Lernerville: King Jr., Hawkins & Hilton score wins on Modified Mania Night

'Modified Mania' took to the action track on a beautiful Friday night for racing.  Late race drama was the theme of the night as restarts proved to be the deciding factor in multiple events.  Rex King Jr. stole the $2000 payday in the Big Block Modifieds after a caution on the white flag lap erased a huge lead for Mat Williamson. Ryan Montgomery drove from 4th to the victory on a late race restart  in the RUSH late model makeup feature.  Jacob Hawkins went unchallenged to victory in the Renegade Modified Tour event, as did Adam Hilton in the Renegade Modified tour feature. To round out the evening, Joey Zambotti scored his first Sportsman victory of his career after late race drama occurred between Wayne Carbo and Corey McPherson going for the win. 

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds

A pair of Kings made up the front starting row of the 30 lap event, with Rex Jr. racing to the early advantage over his father.  Carl Murdick and Shawn Fleeger tangled on the backstretch on lap 1 to slow the early pace. King Jr. once again took right to the cushion and held the early lead with Rex Sr. in tow.  Steve Feder, Mat Williamson, and Kevin Bolland battled for 3rd in the early laps. Williamson got the best of the battle and took 3rd on lap 4 off the inside line.  Garrett Krummert's attempted slide job on Feder did not end well for either driver, as both went off the track in 3 and 4 to bring out the yellow on lap 6.

Yellows continued to fly, seemingly in two lap intervals on lap 8 and 10.  Williamson was able to get by King Sr. which allowed him to pull alongside King Jr. on the lap 8 restart. King Jr. chose the bottom, but it was Williamson who charged from the outside to the lead.

Williamson quickly extended his lead by utilizing both the high and low grooves on the lap 10 restart.  By lap 20, Williamson had a straightaway lead over King Jr., while Dave Murdick, King Sr. and last starting Erick Rudolph battled for 3rd.

Williamson looked destined to record his third straight victory but on the white flag lap, Jeremiah Shingledecker spun to erase his five plus second lead. Williamson again chose to start on the outside on the restart, which had worked flawlessly in the prior restarts.  However, this time it did not. King Jr. used the moisture off the bottom to pull even with Williamson down the frontstretch and then slid into the lead going into 1 and 2. Williamson crossed over to regain the lead down the backstretch coming to the white flag lap. But when Williamson's car failed to find traction on the inside of 3 and 4 coming to the white flag, King Jr. charged to the outside to the lead and stole one from the St. Catharines, Ontario driver.

King Jr. picked up $2000 for his efforts, Williamson settled for 2nd,while King Sr., Rudolph and Murdick rounded out the top five.

Top 10 :
1 Rex King Jr.
2 Mat Williamson
3 Rex King Sr.
4 Erick Rudolph
5 Dave Murdick
6 Kevin Bolland
7 Steve Feder
8 Mike Turner
9 Tom Winkle
10 Rick Regalski

Renegade E-Mods 

Jacob Hawkins charged to a commanding early lead from the outside pole in the 25 lap feature. His brother Jared quickly followed suit, taking 2nd from Derrick Ramey on a lap 1 restart.

After two early yellows, the racing went uninterrupted the rest of the way. The Hawkins brothers quickly gaped the field as both had over a straightaway lead over 3rd place. Jacob rode the cushion around the action track and went unchallenged to the victory, although lap traffic did make things interesting at times for the Fairmont, WV driver. 

Jared was able to keep Jacob in his sights but could not mount any serious challenge for the victory.
Ramey held off David Scott, the former Lernerville Sprint Champion and many time late model winner, for the third spot at the finish, while New York's Rich Michael Jr came from 12th to finish 5th.

Top 10 :
1 Jacob Hawkins
2 Jared Hawkins
3 Derrick Ramey
4 David Scott
5 Rich Michael Jr.
6 DJ Cline
7 Shon Flanary
8 Evan Taylor
9 Lance Elson
10 Jonathan Taylor

RUSH Modifieds

Pole sitter Jordan Eck took the early lead in the 20 lap feature, but by lap 2 he had his hands full with Brandon Ritchey and Adam Hilton closing. Ritchey attempted to pass to the outside of Eck, but it was Hilton who used the moisture off the bottom to take the lead on lap 3, just prior to a caution for Rocky Kugel and Kole Holden.

On the restart, Hilton jumped out to a commanding lead, as the Buffalo, NY driver had his 3A glued to the bottom.

Brandon Ritchey cleared Eck and Nick Ritchey for 2nd, but would spin in turn 2 on lap 6.
Yellows plagued the middle portion of the 20 lap event. Hilton proved strong on each restart, while Nick Ritchey rode in 2nd and Rocky/Larry Kugel battled for 3rd.

Hilton continued to ride the bottom groove following the final lap 13 restart. Nick Ritchey tried to mount a charge on the outside but was no match for Holden.

Nick Ritchey rode home 2nd followed by Larry and Rocky Kugel. Holden, who won the RUSH Sportman Modified engine giveaway prior to the feature, charged to finish 5th after the earlier caution.

Top 10 :
1 Adam Hilton
2 Nick Ritchey
3 Larry Kugel
4 Rocky Kugel
5 Kole Holden
6 Justin Shea
7 Jim Bryce
8 Brandon Ritchey
9 Jerry Schaffer
10 Josh Deems

RUSH Late Models

Twenty-Six of the region's best crate late model drivers returned to the action track for their makeup feature from July 3rd. John Waters and Daryl Charlier paced the field to green with Waters taking the early advantage on the outside. 4th starting Corey McPherson quickly moved to 2nd on the outside as well, while 6th starting Max Blair charged on the inside to take 3rd.

By lap 6, lap traffic was already a factor for the lead trio of Waters, McPherson and Blair.  Waters powered his #11L machine between two lap cars on lap 9 to extend his lead.  The next lap, McPherson slid high off the cushion in turn 1. Blair had no where to go and the two drivers made contact which allowed Blair to take 2nd from McPherson.  At the halfway point, Waters held nearly a 3/4 straight lead over Blair, Charlier and McPherson.  Meanwhile back further in the field, Ryan Montgomery, Kyle Lukon, Tommy Schrinhofer, and Alan Dellinger were under a blanket battling for 5th.

Third running Charlier suffered a flat tire on lap 21 to bring out the race's only caution.  Seemingly the theme of the night, this caution was the deciding factor and erased a sizeable lead for Waters.  Waters chose the outside on the restart, with Blair to his inside.  The two drivers battled hard for the advantage going into 1 and 2, which caused both cars to push up the track.  This allowed Montgomery, who restarted 4th to slide under both to lead lap 22.

Waters fought back the next lap with a slider off turn 2 to momentarily hold the lead. However, Montgomery would retake the lead at the white flag and then charged hard off turn 2 to score the win in dramatic fashion. Dellinger slid into 2nd at the white flag after Blair and Waters again made contact on the last lap. Waters scored a disappointing 3rd after dominating the first 21 laps, while Schrinhofer charged to take 4th on the final lap over Blair.  Montgomery came from the 11th starting spot for the victory, while Dellinger drove from 13th to 2nd.

Top 10 :

1 Ryan Montgomery
2 Alan Dellinger
3 John Waters
4 Tommy Schirnhofer
5 Max Blair
6 Corey McPherson
7 Jason Knowles
8 Matt Latta
9 Russ Byler
10 Eric Wilson

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTCar Sportsman

The 20 lap Sportsman feature saw Wayne Carbo and Joey Zambotti on the front row. Zambotti held the lead on lap 1, but it was Carbo who pulled a slider off turn 2 for the lead the following lap.  The race continued to run green through the halfway point, with Carbo maintaining the lead over Zambotti.  Jason Fosnaught and Corey McPherson, who was pulling double duty in the C33, battled side by side for third for many laps, but it was McPherson who took 3rd for good on lap 11. Zambotti's car begun to push several times in the middle stretch of the race, which allowed Carbo to extend his lead.

Carbo's three second lead was erased on lap 18 as Adam Lipinski spun to bring out the caution.  This setup a restart with Carbo on the inside and Zambotti on the outside.  Zambotti was able to get a decent restart to hold pace with Carbo, but as the battle intensified, both drivers pushed high off turn 2. This allowed McPherson to make it three wide for the lead and ultimately take it coming to the white flag. Carbo mounted a challenge on the outside and then would drive into McPherson, sending his car into the outside barrier and spinning in front of the field.

McPherson made a remarkable recovery to keep the car going in the right direction, which allowed him to keep the lead.  Carbo was sent to the rear of the field for rough driving following the incident.  McPherson's front end was badly damaged, which setup an interesting Green White Checkered restart.  On the restart, McPherson pounded the cushion and looked to have the lead on the outside coming to the white flag. However, he would push way high off turn 4, allowing Zambotti to move into the lead on the inside. Zambotti held the point from there, taking advantage of the late race drama to score his first Lernerville Sportsman victory.  McPherson managed to drive his damaged car to come home 2nd, while Fosnaught took 3rd, Brandon Wearing made a charge to 4th and Bob Lipinski came from 10th to finish 5th.

Pat Miller Photo
Top 10 :

1 Joey Zambotti
2 Corey McPherson
3 Jim Fosnaught
4 Brandon Wearing
5 Bob Lipinski
6 Bob Egley
7 Mark Sanders
8 Terry Young
9 Joe Kelley
10 Scott Byers

Next Friday, Fab Four Racing Fueled by Turners returns to the track to round out the month of July.