Danny Holtgraver Checkers First Ti22 Sprint Feature! Joe Kelley wins 9th of season, Jared Miley wins 1st Brian Swartzlander ties Lou Blaney with 69th Career Win
Sarver, PA (August 21, 2010) With just two weeks remaining in the 2010 Fab Four Racing season, the Budweiser Track Championship pictures became a little bit clearer last night in the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints, DIRTcar Late Models and Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds, while Joe Kelley, (already locked in as the 2010 Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Track Champion), won his ninth feature of the season.
The tightest race in the Budweiser Point Standings iss in the Ti22 Sprints, where Danny Holtgraver entered the evening with a narrow seven point margin. Second in points, Ed Lynch Jr. was back from Knoxville ready to stake his claim to his fifth Budweiser Track Championship, while Bob Felmlee, Rod George and Jack Sodeman Jr. all entered the evening with championship aspirations. A loaded field dotted with the likes of Ti22 Aces Brian Ellenberger and Dale Blaney, as well as second generation rising star Sheldon Haudenschild and travelers Jimmy Seger and Aaron Shaffer, created an interesting dynamic!
Holtgraver appeared to have his first career Lernerville Feature win in the bag last week, but ended up on his side after tangling with the lapped car of Dan Kuriger, thus bringing an abrupt and disappointing end to his night. He started last night with his seventh National Guard Heat Race Challenge win of the season, then coincidentally started seventh in the feature. Kevin Schaeffer and Bob Felmlee paced the field to the drop of the green flag with Schaeffer taking the early lead. Schaeffer led laps one and two until a slide job in turn four by Felmlee gave him the lead. Felmlee led the next 17 laps, but behind him, Holtgraver was on a mission! On his way to the front, Holtgraver passed Brian Ellenberger for fourth on lap two, Eric Williams for third on lap three and later Kevin Schaeffer for second on lap seven.
A handful of cautions helped Holtgraver reel in veteran hot shoe Bob Felmlee. Holtgraver briefly took the lead on lap 12 as he rocketed off the top of turn two and past Felmlee down the back straightaway, but a caution nullified the pass. Seven laps later, Holtgraver again took the lead in turns one & two, only to see Felmlee slide underneath him in turns three & four. They were side by side at the flagstand to complete lap 19 with AMB scoring showing Holtgraver in the lead by a fraction of a second. The caution waved just after the leaders completed the lap, brining about another restart.
With five laps to go, Holtgraver would not be denied and had a great restart to pull out to a quick half straightaway lead. The caution waved a final time for Todd Bauer, laying down a Green-White-Checkered restart gauntlet between Holtgraver and his first career win. But despite years of experiences and over a hundred wins behind him in Bob Felmlee and Dale Blaney, Holtgraver mashed the loud pedal and motored away to his first career Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint win at Lernerville Speedway.
Holtgraver celebrated the popular victory in Sheetz Victory Lane with a wing dance holding the VP Racing Fuels checkered flag. An exuberant Holtgraver exclaimed, “I’m glad we won this week after last week! This is awesome! I can’t believe it; we finally got our first Lernerville win!” In the process, Holtgraver stretched his Budweiser Points lead to 19 points over Lynch and 23 over Felmlee.
Dale Blaney challenged Felmlee on the final restart, but could not get by for second. Brian Ellenberger finished fourth ahead of a hard charging Andy McKisson. Kevin Schaeffer, Ed Lynch Jr., Jack Sodeman Jr., Carl Bowser and Eric Williams rounded out the Ti22 Top Ten. Jimmy Seger and Kevin Schaeffer joined Holtgraver as National Guard Heat Race winners. Recent Enduro winner Keith Sherwin pulled Danny Holtgraver as the National Guard Heat Race Challenge winner, pocketing Holtgraver an extra $45 and himself a pair of National Guard Boots!
The only thing that can rival a first career win is a historic, landmark win. Brian Swartzlander made history last night as he tied the legendary Lou Blaney for All Times Wins in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds. Swartzlander won his 69th Career Lernerville Speedway Feature after passing Dave Murdick on lap seven and cruising to his fifth win of the season and his second win in three weeks in a new car!
On tying Hall of Famer Lou Blaney for All Time Modified wins, an always classy Brian Swartzlander humbly stated, “That’s quite an honor, but Lou will always be the king!”
Early leader Dave Murdick cruised to a second place finish, while Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker, Del Rougeux Jr. and Budweiser Points leader Kevin Bolland duked it out for third place. Shingledecker got a second wind after the final restart, passing both Rougeux and Bolland in the final laps to finish third. Rougeux finished fourth ahead of Bolland in fifth. The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Mike Turner, Carl Murdick, Shawn Fleeger, Don Brown and Steve Feder. Swartzlander and Shingledecker won their respective National Guard Heat Races.
Swarztzlander’s win also makes the Budweiser Chase for the Championship even tighter than it was entering last night! Heading into Championship Night, Bolland (457) holds a 24 point lead over Swartzlander (433), while Shingledecker (426) and Rouguex (424) are still within striking distance.
As mentioned above, Joe Kelley clinched the 2010 Budweiser Track Championship in the Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman with his eighth win of the season last week. So what’s left to accomplish this year? Double digit wins! Kelley kept that goal a reality last night by winning his ninth feature of the season. A pair of multicar pileups on the first two laps, helped accelerate Kelley’s charge to the front. After starting 12th, Kelley took the lead on the lap three restart and cruised to his ninth visit to Sheetz Victory Lane.
Jimmy Fosnaught ran quite possibly the best race of his career, keeping Kelley honest during the bevy of restarts, but could not pass Kelley to bag his first career feature. 2009 Rookie of the Year Corey McPherson finally shed the gremlins that have marred his 2010 season with a strong third place run. A.J. Flick recovered from a mid-race spin to finish fourth ahead of fellow National Guard Heat Race winner Wayne Carbo. The Charapp 28 Top Ten shook out with Ryan Moyer, Matt Keith, Paul Schreckengost, Troy Jeuther and Dr. Bob Lipinski.
Budweiser Points Leader Dave Hess Jr. could have locked up the 2010 Budweiser Track Championship last night, but second place Jared Miley was not ready to concede the title just yet! John Mollick and Valley News Dispatch cover boy Chuck Sarver led the field to the green flag, but a caution on the opening lap was followed by a complete restart. Mollick took the quick lead on the restart, but was split high and low by second row starters Jared Miley and Doug Eck. Miley led the second lap and rocketed to his first feature win of the season at Lernerville Speedway, adding to his 2010 resume that also features an All Star Late Model Series win and a few wins at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway. He also keeps his Budweiser Track Championship hopes alive, though he trails Hess by 38 points. All Hess basically has to do to clinch is to start his heat race next week!
Six-Time Track Champion Lynn Geisler finished second ahead of Hess. Doug Eck finished fourth, while Dan Swartzlander had his best finish of the season in fifth. The top ten rounded out with “Double Duty” Dave Murdick, Three-Time Defending Track Champion Alex Ferree, Michael Norris, John Mollick and Sean Puz. Hess and Eck won their respective National Guard Heat Races.
Next Friday, August 27 is the final Fab Four Racing program of the 2010 season; Championship Night is sponsored by Armstrong One Wire. Danny Holtgraver (Ti22 Sprints), Dave Hess Jr. (DIRTcar Lates) and Kevin Bolland (Diehl Mods) will look to etch their names into the historic annals of Lernerville Speedway’s record books by winning Budweiser Track Championships, while Ed Lynch Jr., Bob Felmlee, Jared Miley, Brian Swartzlander, Jeremiah Shingledecker and Del Rouguex Jr. look to spring the upset and steal away their crowns! The following Friday, September 3 is the All Star Dual in the Dirt as both the Circuit of Champions Sprints and Late Model Series roll into Sarvertown to cap the Fast Friday summer action as we transition into Saturday Night fall racing.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Danny Holtgraver, Jimmy Seger, Kevin Schaeffer
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (2) Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH
- (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (23JR) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, OH
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (7) Eric Williams, Greenville
- (97S) Aaron Shaffer, Oak Park, IL
- (25) Jimmy Seger, Morrisdale
- (93) Sheldon Haudenschild, Wooster, OH
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (96) Lindsay Enscoe, Petrolia
- (45) Todd Bauer, Clarion
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (4) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, OH
- (33) Sean Puz, Springdale
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
- (23C) Jeremy Canada, Barberton, OH
- (76) Jason Rider, Imperial
- (2J) Mike Johnson, Imperial
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Doug Eck, Dave Hess Jr.
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (71B) Don Brown, Butler
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
DNS: (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Brian Swartzlander, Jeremiah Shingledecker
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Corey McPherson, Wayne Carbo
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt Pleasant
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (15K) Matt Keith, Franklin
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift
- (02) Joseph Heinl, Prospect
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (78) John Watson, Apollo
- (19) Scott bowman, Murrysville
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
Car Count Total: 76
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 28
DIRTcar Late Models: 15
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 12
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 21
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
Co-written by Steve Patterson, PR Assistant