Holtgraver, Hess, Bolland and Kelley Crowned Champions Blaney, Miley and Bolland Repeat Winners Mike Miller claims first career Victory
Sarver, PA (August 28, 2010) While it was a perfect, mild summer night, the heat was on for Danny Holtgraver and Kevin Bolland entering last night’s Fab Four Racing Championship Night presented by Armstrong One Wire. Joe Kelley wrapped up his Budweiser Track Championship two weeks ago and Dave Hess Jr. simply had to start his National Guard Heat Race to clinch his title. But Holtgraver and Bolland had to continue to perform at the same high level they have for the duration of the 2010 season to secure their titles.
Kevin Bolland entered last night with a comfortable lead in the Budweiser Points in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified division, but had three drivers within striking distance and standing between he and his third Track Championship. He mathematically eliminated Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker and Del Rougeux Jr. after National Guard Heat Races were completed. As the Diehl Mods rolled onto the Action Track for the first feature of Championship Night, Bolland needed to finish just 17th or higher to clinch the title over longtime nemesis Brian Swartzlander. But Bolland wasn’t resting on his laurels nor simply counting down the laps. Instead, he was up on the wheel and heavy on the gas, as there are less possibilities of finding misfortune the more cars that are behind you!
Polesitter Jeremiah Shingledecker took the quick lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first 21 circuits. Bolland started seventh but quickly made his way to the front where he challenged Del Rougeux Jr. for second place on lap three. They swapped second place several times over the next 20 laps, but a late race caution set the table for Bolland to win the Track Championship in style! With four laps to go, Bolland took the lead from Shingledecker around the topside of turns one & two on the lap 22 restart. Once out front, Bolland would not be caught and he scored his 51st Lernerville Speedway Modified Victory and third Modified Track Championship.
Shingledecker held on to finish second. Brian Swartzlander saw his title hopes shredded on lap six when he rolled to a stop on the front stretch after contact with Dean Pearson shredded his left rear tire. Swartzlander charged back through the field to finish third in the race and second in the Budweiser Point Standings. Dave Murdick finished fourth, while J.R. McGinley ran a very strong race to finish fifth. Carl Murdick, Mark Frankhouser, Mike Turner, Jeff Schaffer and Steve Feder rounded out the Diehl Top Ten. Swartzlander and Murdick won National Guard Heat Races.
While entering Championship Night with a 19 point lead, 20 year old Danny Holtgraver had his work cut out for him when he drew the 49th pill and started at the tail of a loaded heat race. He missed the transfer by one spot and started the feature 13th. Standing between he and the historic list of Lernerville Speedway Track Champions in the Sprints were the collective five Track Championships and over 125 wins between Ed Lynch Jr. and Bob Felmlee. Holtgraver entered the 25-lap feature, which again was loaded with talented local and regional drivers, needing to finish 11th or better to clinch the Track Championship, but Lynch started on the front row, leaving Holtgraver little room for error.
Lynch took the early lead when the green flag flew, but fourth place starter Dale Blaney was hauling the mail down the back straightaway and threw a nasty powerslide on Lynch through turns three and four, causing Lynch to get almost completely sideways in turn four. Most drivers would have spun out or hit the wall, but Lynch squared up and got back on the gas, albeit after losing three spots to Rod George, Jimmy Seger and Brian Ellenberger. Meanwhile, Holtgraver was patiently making his way to the front. Lynch eventually battled his way back to second to challenge Blaney, but could not complete a pass for the lead. It was the third win of the season for Blaney, much to the pleasure of the fine folks from Ti22 Performance, both his primary sponsor and the division sponsor of the Sprint Car division.
Lynch chased Blaney across the stripe, while Brian Ellenberger finished third. Second-generation Ohio driver Cole Duncan finished fourth ahead of newly crowned Budweiser Track Champion Danny Holtgraver. The Ti22 Top Ten rounded out with 2009 Track Champion Rod George, Jimmy Seger, Carl Bowser, Brent Matus and Jack Sodeman Jr. Ellenberger, Felmlee and Duncan won their respective National Guard Heat Races.
Holtgraver said from Sheetz Victory Lane last week after his first career win, that he wouldn’t worry about points and just go out and race. He certainly lived up to the claim last night, as he started 13th and needed to only secure a top ten finish to win the title. Instead, he got his elbows up and raced to the front of a loaded field to finish fifth and add his name to the legendary list of Lernerville Speedway Track Champions; a list that includes Hall of Famers Lou Blaney and Ralph Quarterson, as well as Brad Doty, Johnny Beaber, Jerry Matus, Craig Rankin, Mark Cassella, Jamie Smith, Jimmy Hawley, Tim Shaffer, Dale Blaney and his current competitors Ed Lynch Jr., Rod George, Bob Felmlee and Kevin Schaeffer. Holtgraver becomes the youngest driver to join this prestigious list at just 20 years old!
Dave Hess Jr. did not have nearly as much of a challenge to clinch his first career Lernerville Track Championship. Entering the event with a 38 point lead, Hess simply had to start his heat race to capture the crown, which he did. Unfortunately for Hess, unlike Bolland and Holtgraver, he didn’t record a win or even a top five finish. Hess found the front stretch wall on lap seven and had to be towed to the pits with an unceremonious DNF. Hess joins his father as a Lernerville Speedway Late Model Track Champion; Dave Hess Sr. was the Track Champion in 1980 and 1983.
Jammin’ John Mollick started on the outside pole alongside of Chuck Sarver and took the lead from Sarver on lap two. For the next 23 laps it appeared as though Mollick would end the season in Sheetz Victory Lane after experiencing some of the worst luck of any driver throughout the season. But last week’s feature winner Jared Miley had other plans! After starting 10th, Miley steadily made his way forward, avoided a few cautions and battled Dave Murdick for second place for most of the final 15 laps of the feature. Miley finally cleared Murdick for good on lap 22 and set his sights on Mollick. It appeared as though Miley’s charge would be too little, too late, but he slid under Mollick and took the lead in turns one & two. Mollick tried to return the favor and slide under Miley in turns three & four, but Miley rocketed off the top of turn four and took his second straight DIRTcar Late Model feature to close the 2010 Fab Four Racing Season.
John Mollick had his best run and finish of the season, but it was a bittersweet second place. “Double Duty” Dave Murdick scored his second top five of the night by finishing third. Doug Eck finished fourth ahead of Lynn Geisler. The top ten shook out with Michael Norris, Chuck Sarver, Sean Puz, Dan Swartzlander and Tyler Dietz. Gregg Satterlee (11th), like Hess (12th), finished the early after losing fluids during the caution brought out by Hess. Miley and Eck were National Guard Heat Race victors.
As mentioned above, Joe Kelley locked up his seventh career Lernerville/Budweiser Track Championship two weeks ago with his eighth win, then won his ninth feature last week. He won his National Guard Heat Race to secure his second straight National Guard Heat Race Challenge Championship via tiebreaker over Danny Holtgraver and Wayne Carbo. All three drivers won seven heat races during the course of the 2010 Fab Four Racing season.
Kelley was in contention for his 10th win of the season, but it was veteran driver Mike Miller’s yellow car that would steal the show! The Brothers Fosnaught started on the front row with Jim Fosnaught taking the early lead. Miller was flying down the back straightaway on lap eight and he took the lead away from Fosnaught in three & four. Miller and Fosnaught would swap the position back and forth the next seven laps. 2008 Track Champion Bob Egley moved to second on lap 15 and challenged Miller for the lead, but got split by Wayne Carbo and Joe Kelley as they followed Miller out of turn four three-wide headed for the checkered flag. Miller’s first win was an emotional one, as his car owner is a heart transplant recipient and living proof that organ donors save lives!
Wayne Carbo beat Kelley and Egley to the stripe to finish second. Kelley crossed in third, Egley in fourth. Ryan Moyer capped off a solid season with another top five finish. The Charapp Top Ten was rounded out by Jim Fosnaught, Jason Fosnaught, A.J. Flick, Scott Bowman and Mark Sanders. Kelley and Carbo won their National Guard Heats.
The All Stars Dual in the Dirt will bring the Fast Friday portion of the 2010 schedule to a close next week on Friday, September 3. Both the Circuit of Champions Sprints and the Late Model Series will invade the Action Track for a pair of $5,000-to-win features.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Brian Ellenberger, Bob Felmlee, Cole Duncan
- (2) Dale Blaney, Fowler, OH
- (2L) Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
- (22) Brian Ellenberger, Butler
- (22C) Cole Duncan, Lockbourne, OH
- (D4) Danny Holtgraver, Pittsburgh
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (25) Jimmy Seger, Morrisdale
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (23Jr) Jack Sodeman Jr., N.Jackson, OH
- (6F) Bob Felmlee, Franklin
- (7) Eric Williams, Greenville
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (40) Cory Good, Smicksburg
- (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton
- (21) Jack Whitmore, Brookfield, OH
- (70X) Mike Bertolini, Creighton
- (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (08) Dan Kuriger, New Brighton
2010 Budweiser Track Champion: Danny Holtgraver
DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
DNS: (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, OH
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (1C) Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
- (72) Michael Norris, Sarver
- (88) Chuck Sarver, W.Sunburry
- (33) Sean Puz, Springdale
- (3) Dan Swarztlander, Freeport
- (10D) Tyler Dietz, Sarver
- (22) Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
- (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Jared Miley, Doug Eck
2010 Budweiser Track Champion: Dave Hess Jr.
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Dave Murdick, Brian Swartzlander
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (66) J.R. McGinley, Fairmount City
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (03) Mark Frankhouser, Philipsburg
- (96) Mike Turner, Butler
- (10) Jeff Schaffer, Fombell
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (B4) Ryan Hall, Stoneboro
- (74) Kevin Green, New Castle
- (71) Randy Chronister, Slippery Rock
- (11B) Brian Bailes, New Castle
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (71B) Don Brown, Butler
- (20D) Del Rougeux Jr., Frenchville
- (51) Clyde Gumpp, Slippery Rock
2010 Budweiser Track Champion: Kevin Bolland
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
DNS – (8C) Fred Casagni, Vandergrift
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (13X) Ryan Moyer, Portersville
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (19J) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (19) Scott Bowman, Murrysville
- (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, OH
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (02) Joe Heinl, Prospect
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Hts.
- (55S) Dr. Robert Lipinski, Valencia
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (528) Dwight Boice, Prospect
- (78) John Watson, Apollo
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
DNS – (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Joe Kelley, Wayne Carbo
2010 Budweiser Track Champion: Joe Kelley
Car Count Total: 77
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 24
DIRTcar Late Models: 12
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 19
Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman: 22
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director