Dave Murdick wins Pitkavish Memorial after Weaver DQ Bowser claims third win, Miley gets first win of 2011 Wayne Carbo makes long awaited return to Sheetz Victory Lane August 14, 2011 (Sarver, PA) On a Chamber of Commerce Friday Night in Sarver, PA, we welcomed back some of the heroes of Lernerville Speedway’s rich 40+ history on Nostalgia Night; coordinated and hosted by local media icon Don Gamble. Feature action kicked off with the rescheduled Joe Pitkavish Memorial 30-lap race for the Diehl Mods and it was a fantastic race between Brian Weaver and Dave Murdick. After battling side-by-side for the first 26 laps, Weaver pulled away after the final restart but was 10 pounds light at the scales giving the win to Dave Murdick. Murdick won over $3,000 in purse, lap and bonus money while securing his division leading fourth feature win of the season.
Budweiser points leader Carl Bowser won the Ti22 Sprint feature for the third time this season and pocketed an extra $1,100 from the Notary Express Quick Cash bonus. Jared Miley dominated the Precise Late Model feature after passing early leader Boom Briggs on lap three for his first feature win of 2011. And Wayne Carbo returned to Sheetz Victory Lane in the Pic-A-Part Sportsman for the first time since April 2009!
The Joe Pitkavish Memorial is already a night that is solemn for Modified drivers and fans, but with even heavier hearts due to the sudden and tragic passing of Dewayne Turner, (father of #96 Modified driver Mike Turner), the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds rolled onto the Action Track and took a lap in the “missing man” formation paced by veteran Mark Flick behind the wheel of Mike’s #96 car.
Budweiser Points leader Jeremiah Shingledecker led the field to the green flag and took the early lead, but a handful of cautions slowed the start of the race. Even during short stints of green flag racing, Brian Weaver and Dave Murdick were clearly on the move!
On lap four, the three-car battle became a two-car battle when contact between Weaver and Shingledecker resulted in a spin and caution for Shingledecker. Over the course of the next 23 laps, Weaver and Murdick waged an epic battle with literally dozens of passes for the lead. On numerous laps Weaver would take the lead by rocketing off the bottom of turn two, only to see Murdick blast around the top of turns three & four to take the lead at the flagtand.
By mid-race, Defending Track Champion Kevin Bolland and Shingledecker were back in the mix for the win, especially Bolland as he made a few dynamic slide jobs between the leaders on restarts, only to see Weaver and Murdick power down the backstretch as the 777 washed up the track.
The final caution of the race came on lap 26, but this time Weaver got a great run off the bottom of turn four and after rocketing off turn two as he did all race long, Weaver finally pulled away from Murdick to apparently win the race. However, Weaver’s car was 10 pounds light at the scales and the win was later awarded to Dave Murdick due to Brian Weaver being disqualified. Weaver also forfeited all lap money and Budweiser points.
Murdick’s victory was his fourth of the season and worth over $3,000 in combined purse, lap and bonus money. Joe Pitkavish Memorial lap and bonus money was generously donated by Arianna Elliott In Memory of Joe Pitkavish, Neupert Raceway Park, Metal Shop Design/Sean Puz, George’s Trailer Sales, Micholas Auto, the Osmer family, B&M Auto Recycling, Ferguson Heating & Cooling, Edge Racing Engines, Steve’s Auto Body, Sarah, Hannah and Hillary Pitkavish, API, Clay Meyers, Millerstown Pic-A-Part, K C&C Screen Graphics, Tomson Scrap Metal, Peiffer’s Equipment Repair In Memory of Larry Peters, D&D Auto Salvage, Clayton Kennedy In Memory of “Clutch” Kennedy, Steve’s Auto Body, Bob Peterson In Memory of Charlie Peterson, Junior’s Automotive, Danielle Meyers, Highland Tire, Micholas Auto, Chuck’s Carpet Outlet, B&M Auto Recycling, Missionary Auto Service, Bachman Trucking, Precise Racing Supply and Highland Tire.
Polesitter and early leader Jeremiah Shingledecker recovered from not one, but two, early cautions to finish second after a spirited battle with Kevin Bolland, whom finished third. Brad Rapp finished fourth, while Mark Flick recovered from a mid-race spin while running fifth to eventually finish in that same position. The Diehl Top Ten rounded out with Kevin Hoffman, Carl Murdick, Dean Pearson, Shaun Fleeger and Dave Reges. National Guard heat races were checkered by Dave Murdick and Kevin Hoffman.
All Time Modified Wins Leader Brian Swartzlander suffered DNF finishes in both his heat race and the feature, effectively (but not yet mathematically) eliminating him from championship contention. Shingledecker’s lead was chipped away by Murdick to just 10 markers with two Fast Fridays of Fab Four Racing left! Bolland is still within striking distance, but will require DNFs by Shingledecker and Murdick to defend his 2010 title.
When the green flag dropped on the Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature, Kevin Schaeffer jumped out to a quick lead from the outside pole over fellow front row starter Brent Matus. But Matus took the lead on lap two and in the early going looked like he might repeat his son’s victory march from last Friday night. But Schaeffer retook the lead on lap 11, only to give way to Budweiser Points leader Carl Bowser on lap 16. Once at the point, Bowser checked out until Jack Whitmore brought out a caution on the final lap, setting up a green-white-checkered restart. The restart was simply a formality as Bowser pulled away from Ohio driver Travis Philo and Kevin Schaeffer to win his third race of the 2011 season and cash in on a $1,100 bonus from Notary Express!
With just two weeks between he and his first career Budweiser Track Championship, Bowser (359) enjoys a lead of more than a night’s worth of points over Rod George (312) and could clinch the title next Friday Night.
Travis Philo finished second ahead of Kevin Schaeffer in third. Eric Williams had his best career finish at Lernerville in fourth, while Rod George finished fifth. Last week’s feature winner Brandon Matus came from 12th to finish sixth, ahead of Jimmy Light, Brent Matus, Andy McKisson and Pete Landram. Light and Bowser were victorious in National Guard heat race action.
Another loaded field of Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models was led to the green flag by Mike Johnson and Boom Briggs, with Briggs taking the lead through turns one & two. Looking for his first feature win of 2011, Jared Miley rocketed from fourth to second on the lap two restart and was challenging Briggs for the lead as they entered turns three & four. Budweiser points leader Dave Hess Jr. uncharacteristically spun in turns two on lap three and rolled pitside, but would return to the track to tail the field.
On the lap three restart, Briggs wisely restarted on the outside of the front row, keeping Miley on the bottom and behind him in second. However, under green flag conditions, Miley was visibly the fastest car on the track, but couldn’t find a way around the 99 car until lap eight. Miley took the lead around the topside of three & four and by the time he reached the backstretch was already pulling away. Within a few laps, Miley had a full straightaway lead and only had to navigate some late race lapped traffic to erase any doubt and roll the #H1 into Sheetz Victory Lane.
While Miley blistered the rest of the field, the racing for positions behind him was incredible with Mike Johnson all over Boom Briggs for second and Mike Pegher Jr. waging battle with Doug Eck for fourth. When the checkered flag waved it was Briggs in second, Johnson third, Eck fourth and Pegher fifth. Gregg Satterlee and John Garvin Jr. also battle for position most of the race with Satterlee prevailing for sixth. Budweiser Points leader Dave Hess Jr. recovered to finish eighth and needs just six points to secure his second consecutive Budweiser Track Championship. Ken Schaltenbrand and Dave Murdick rounded out the Precise top ten, while Eck and Murdick won National Guard heat races.
It’s been almost three full seasons since Wayne Carbo had been to Sheetz Victory Lane, having last won in April of 2009! But that all changed Friday Night as Carbo outdueled front row mate Bob Egley to become the sixth different winner in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman division. Egley took the lead at the drop of the green flag, but Carbo led the first lap before giving way to Egley until a caution on lap 11. Egley and Carbo raced side-by-side with Egley leading by .007 seconds at the flagstand to complete lap 12, then Carbo led the next lap by just .003 seconds. All the while, last week’s feature winner Corey McPherson, Mike Miller and AJ Flick were right on the back bumpers of Carbo and Egley. The five-car blanket party lasted until the final two laps when Carbo finally pulled away, (even if just by a few car lengths), to score his first feature win of the season at the Action Track. He backed up that win with another Saturday Night at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway!
Bob Egley chased Carbo across the stripe followed by McPherson, Flick and Miller. Spots sixth through ten saw Scott Byers (tying his best career finish), Budweiser Points leader Joe Kelley, Paul Schreckengost, Chris Schneider (in the #89L) and Bob Lipinski finish in the top ten. Friday Night was 2009 Track Champion Bob Lipinski’s 2011 debut! On behalf of all Sportsman fans, it was great to see the Mean Green Machine back in action! National Guard heat races were won by Terry Young, Joe Kelley and Wayne Carbo.
The Budweiser Point standings remain tight with two nights to go! Defending Track Champion Joe Kelley (313) maintains the narrowest of leads over Mike Miller (312), while Corey McPherson (304) is less than 10 points out of the lead. AJ Flick (297) and Rob Shook (294) remain viable contenders for the title!
On a somber note, our deepest thoughts and prayers go out to the Lynch family after a horrible traffic accident in which Jean Lynch and her grandson Eddie, Sye and Zane were all injured and hospitalized in Fort Wayne, IN. All four had to be extricated from the vehicle, but none have life-threatening injuries. Jean and Zane are scheduled to undergo surgery Monday morning to repair compound fractures; Jean to her leg and Zane to his leg & arm. Eddie was released from the hospital Sunday Night but is still very sore and bruised. Sye is being kept for observation overnight as a precaution, but is expected to be released Monday morning. Please keep the Lynch family in your thoughts and prayers!
While it seems almost insignificant in light of the events that transpired after the Nationals, former Track Champions Tim Shaffer and Dale Blaney scored top ten finishes in the 51st Annual Knoxville Nationals, which were won by Donny Schatz, aka Donny Knoxville! 2010 Track Champion Danny Holtgraver, Brian Ellenberger and obviously Ed Lynch Jr. were all in competition at the Super Bowl of Sprint Car racing!
The next two Fridays will mark the end of the 2011 Fab Four Racing season. Next Friday, August 19 is Scout Night and August 26 is Championship Night. The All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint cars roll into Sarvertown on Friday, September 2 and will be joined on the card by the Lernerville Speedway debut of the 305 Sprint Warriors and the Pic-A-Part Sportsman. Later that same weekend, (on Sunday, September 4), Race Won Promotions will welcome the World of Outlaws Late Model series back to Western PA at the Work Force 50 at Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex.
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprint Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Jimmy Light, Carl Bowser
- (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver
- (5T) Travis Philo, Toledo, OH
- (9) Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
- (7W) Eric Williams, Greenville
- (4) Rod George, Kittanning
- (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum
- (23) Jimmy Light, Erie
- (33) Brent Matus, Wampum
- (0) Andy McKisson, Strattanville
- (44) Pete Landram, Jeanette
- (24S) Brian Steinman, Lucinda
- (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot
- (55AU) Luke Bowey, Adelade, AUS
- (3E) Billy Eash, Johnstown
- (21) Jack Whitmore, Brookfield, OH
- (6) Sheila Rankin, Renfrew
- (B6) Bobbi Rankin, Renfrew
Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature (25 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Doug Eck, Dave Murdick
- (H1) Jared Miley, South Park
- (99B) Rick “Boom” Briggs, Bear Lake
- (2J) Mike Johnson, Imperial
- (03) Doug Eck, Corry
- (1C) Mike Pegher Jr., Cranberry Twp.
- (22) Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills
- (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver
- (44) Dave Hess, Waterford
- (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
- (1J) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (29K) Garrett Krummert, New Castle
- (27) Jeff Jones, Zelienople
- (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville
- (3A) Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew
- (J19) Jason Fosnaught, Creighton
- (15K) Ray Kroll Sr., Renfrew
- (21) Matt Lux, Franklin
- (17B) Marc Sallack, Punxsutawney
- (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
- (92) Jayme Beck, Jeannette
Diehl Modifieds Joe Pitkavish Memorial (30 Laps)
DQ (1A) Brian Weaver, Binghamton
- (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
- (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk
- (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton
- (11R) Brad Rapp, Shippenville
- (96) Mark Flick
- (17H) Kevin Hoffman, Franklin
- (6) Carl Murdick, Butler
- (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville
- (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler
- (27R) Dave Reges, Butler
- (29E) Erik Martin, Evans City
- (71B) Don Brown, Butler
- (96B) Bob Warren
- (28) Tom Winkle, Mars
- (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
- (38) Phil Evans, Greensburg
- (45) Steve Feder, Butler
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Dave Murdick, Kevin Hoffman
Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman Feature (20 Laps)
National Guard Heat Race Winners: Terry Young, Wayne Carbo, Joe Kelley
- (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg
- (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning
- (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum
- (2) A.J. Flick, Apollo
- (81) Mike Miller, Chicora
- (29B) Scott Byers, Butler
- (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
- (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
- (89L) Chris Schneider, Tarentum
- (55L) Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
- (53) Rob Shook, Creighton
- (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville
- (33X) Greg Beach
- (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg
- (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights
- (12M) John McCann, Ford City
- (57) Troy Jeuther, Valencia
- (19) Scott Bowman, Murrysville
- (28Y) Terry Young, Butler
- (1) Randy Hanovick, Mars
- (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford
- (55S) Dr. Bob Lipinski, Valencia
- (15E) Ed Emerick, Gibsonia
- (52) William Shipeck, Gibsonia
Car Count Total: 80
Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints: 16
Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models: 22
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modifieds: 18
Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman: 24
Contact: Lernerville Speedway
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