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McPherson holds off Flick to retain Sportsman Title

McPherson holds off Flick to retain Sportsman Title
All Time Wins Leader Joe Kelley ends the season in style
Fab Four Racing Season Review/Steel City Stampede Preview

Sarver, PA (October 22, 2013) If you’re Corey McPherson, how do you top a five-win Championship season?  You go out and win seven features to defend your title.  But despite winning two more races in 2013 than he did in 2012, the defense proved much tougher than winning the first.  AJ Flick led the Budweiser Point Standings for most of the summer and gave McPherson all he could handle.  But in the end, McPherson was just too strong down the stretch and scored his second straight Track Championship in the ultra-competitive Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman division.

Corey started his title defense with a runner-up finish on Opening Night to 2008 Track Champion Bob Egley and then scored back-to-back feature wins on May 3 & 17 to take the early season lead in the points.  He went on to win back-to-back races again on June 14 & 21; the 21st being the Mid-Season Championship which means that he is locked in, (if he decides to compete), to this weekend’s DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede.  Three more feature wins followed on July 12, August 2 and on Championship Night, August 30.  In addition to his seven feature wins, McPherson led all Fab Four Racing drivers with nine heat race wins and finished 13 of 15 Budweiser Points races in the top ten; all of which were top five finishes.

AJ Flick rode an impressive string of seven straight podium finishes to sit atop the Budweiser Point standings from July 5 until August 16.  A frustrating series of events on August 23 resulted in an eighth place finish after coming from the tail twice in the A-Main.  That “bad” finish was enough to see McPherson pass him in the proverbial points race.  Flick entered Championship Night trailing McPherson by just five points, and the difference remained at five points entering the A-Main after both drivers finished their heat race in second place, but a runner-up finish in the A-Main resulted in a runner-up finish in the Budweiser Point Standings as well.

The battle for the 2013 Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman Track Championship between McPherson and Flick will have been the pinnacle of their tenure in the division.  At the end of the season, both drivers announced their 2014 plans as McPherson will be doing some Asphalt Late Model racing with sponsor Bob Benz of Stan’s Transmissions and Flick will be sticking around the Action Track, but moving up to the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprint division.

While the rising stars appear to have exited the Sportsman galaxy, the “North Star” of the division, All Time Division wins leader and Seven-Time Track Champion Joe Kelley, ended the season with two feature wins in the final three races leading into the Steel City Stampede.  After a frustrating drought of over two years, Kelley made his long-awaited return to Sheetz Victory Lane on August 23 and then scored a huge $2,000 victory in the Sportsman/Stock Spectacular during Autumn-Motive Fest 2013.  Kelley’s late season surge resulted in a fourth place finish in the Budweiser Point Standings.

2010 Track Champion Mike Miller had another strong campaign with four feature wins and a third place finish in the Bud Points.  Miller’s first win of the season came on Friday, May 31, followed by back-to-back wins on July 19 & 26 and a fourth win on August 16.  Miller made an impressive mark on the 2012 Steel City Stampede by competing in three divisions; 410 Sprints, 305 Sprints and Sportsman/Stocks.

Fan favorite Jim Fosnaught overcame an oft-frustrating season to salvage a top five finish in the Budweiser Point Standings.  Coming off a career best second place finish in the 2012 Budweiser Point Standings, Fosnaught understandably had Championship aspirations for 2013, but bad luck and mechanical failures thwarted those plans and kept Fosnaught out of Sheetz Victory Lane and title contention.

The aforementioned Bob Egley was the only driver to win a Sportsman feature in 2013 and finished ninth in points.  Brett McDonald had the best season of his rising career by finishing sixth in Bud points after spending much of the season in the top five.  Mark Sanders finish seventh ahead of Rob Shook in eighth and Paul Schreckengost rounded out the top ten in Bud Points.  Rookie of the Year contender Joey Zambotti finished just outside the top ten in 11th.

The Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman drivers will defend their home turf during the 5th Annual DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede this Thursday-Friday-Saturday, October 24-25-26 along with the Peoples TWP DIRTcar Sprints, Precise/ULMS Lates Models and Diehl/BRP Modifieds.  The RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series, UEMS/UMP Modifieds, 305 Sprints, 4-Cylinders and Mod Lites will also be in action all three nights of the Stampede and Saturday Night will be capped with the third and final $1,000-to-win Enduro 100 of the 2013 season.

Contact: Lernerville Speedway                      

Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director

(724) 664-1075 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos Courtesy of John Stivason/Stivason Photos

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