|Date: 5/23/2010 10:08:36 PM|
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Double Duty Dave Murdick Scores BRP Win!
SARVER, PA (May 21, 2010) The BRP Modifieds took center stage Friday Night May 21 as they lifted the lid on their 2010 Tour. “Double Duty” Dave Murdick led wire-to-wire to win his first Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified feature since August 17, 2007! With a rained out World of Outlaws Sprint Car race at Attica Raceway Park and another off weekend for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series, Dale Blaney and Chub Frank crashed the Fab Four Racing program, and showed the racing prowess that has both drivers out on the road with national touring series as both won their respective features. Then, Joe Kelley won his third straight Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman feature after green-to-white flag leader Terry Young got tangled up with a lapped car on the final lap!
Last week’s Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified feature was one for the ages, as Jim Weller Jr. and Del Rougeux Jr. waged an epic battle that thrilled the crowd. While Weller was away to watch his son race down south, Rougeux was knocking on the door again last night, but met a quick, abrupt end after being collected by a lapped car. Friday Night was all about Dave Murdick. After starting on the front row alongside Rex King Jr., Murdick jumped out to a quick lead. By lap nine, Rougeux made his way to the front and was on Murdick’s back bumper as they started to lap the tail of the field. For the next 12 laps, Rougeux chased and tested Murdick’s mettle, but his challenge came to a frustrating end on lap 21 when a lapped car made an evasive move in front of the leaders and destroyed Rougeux’s front end. Rougeux got a free ride to the pits on the business end of a tow truck, leaving Murdick to battle King Jr. and Brian Swartzlander.
With just 10 laps remaining, Murdick was relatively unchallenged as King and Swartzlander battled for second. Murdick had to face one last round of lapped traffic, but held true to score an emotional win in the 30-lap BRP Tour/Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified feature. Murdick’s 16th career Lernerville feature was also his second career BRP Tour Feature win.
Rex King Jr. held off Brian Swartzlander for second. Rex King Sr. came from 14th place on the starting grid to finish fourth. Brad Rapp rounded out the BRP/Diehl Top Five. “The Apollo Rocket” Ed Lynch Jr. filled in for a vacationing Kevin Bolland in the #777. After a slow start, Lynch came from 16th, avoided some of the carnage ahead of him, and scored a sixth place finish. Mike Turner, Jeremiah Shingledecker, Dean Pearson and Mark Frankhouser rounded out the top ten. Brad Rapp, Rex King Jr. and Ryan Hall won their respective heat races.
Due to the BRP Modified Tour, there were no Budweiser Points on the line, so Kevin Bolland carries a one point lead over Brian Swartzlander into next week’s Fab Four Racing program.
Former Five-Time Track Champion John Flinner made his 2010 Lernerville Speedway debut Friday Night and started on the pole alongside incumbent Budweiser Points leader Dave Hess Jr. Hess took the early advantage, but Flinner was all over the regional star, sliding low through the turns trying to take the lead. A bevy of cautions prevented the race from really ever hitting a stride. The multiple cautions also allowed World of Outlaws star Chub Frank to pick off his competitors on the way to the front without the leaders stretching out a big lead.
By lap eight, Frank was already in third and starting to reel in Hess and Flinner. After holding the lead using the high groove on multiple restarts, Flinner finally stole the lead away from Hess with a great holeshot followed by a big powerslide through turns one and two, but the momentum of the slide caused Flinner to check up and almost spin out. Hess and Frank checked up and shot below Flinner to blast down the back straightaway. Flinner rolled to a stop in turn four and rolled pitside for a tire change, slowing the field again. On that restart, Lynn Geisler lost a right rear wheel on the front stretch causing another caution; Geisler did not return and was scored in 20th.
On each restart, Hess would start on the outside pole and rocket to the lead exiting turn two and down the back straightaway. Frank finally made his move on lap 18 to take the lead, but the pass was voided by yet another caution. But the final yellow flag of the race only delayed the inevitable, as Frank took the lead on the lap 20 restart when Hess bounced off the cushion in turns three and four allowing both Frank and Jared Miley the get by. Hess retook second place from Miley in turn four the following lap, but could never reel in Frank who cruised to his second Lernerville win of the season. Frank also won last month’s O’Reilly All Star Late Model Showdown in Sarvertown during a World of Outlaws Late Model Series off weekend.
Dave Hess Jr. scored his division-leading fifth top five finish to stretch his points lead after a late race DNF for Jared Miley. Miley was running third and challenging Hess for second, when he abruptly slowed in turns three and four and rolled into the pits, officially scored in 10th. “Double Duty” Dave Murdick, fresh off his BRP Modified win, strapped into the Pitkavish #1 at the tail of the field after problems in his heat race. When the checkered flag finally waved, Murdick crossed the stripe third. Alex Ferree managed to avoid the attrition at the front of the field to finish fifth, while John Flinner recovered from his midrace caution to round out the top five. Last week’s winner Gregg Satterlee finished sixth, but never fully recovered from a midrace slide off the back straightaway. Mike Johnson (seventh), Chuck Sarver (eighth) and John Garvin (ninth) were the only other cars on the track when the checkers waved. Frank, Flinner and Satterlee checkered National Guard Heat Races. Satterlee won an extra $50 from a lucky fan during the National Guard Heat Race Challenge drawing on the front straightaway for the second week in a row.
Ti22 drivers Brian Ellenberger and Dale Blaney rolled into Sarvertown to represent their sponsor after the World of Outlaws rained out at Attica Raceway Park. Dale Blaney flanked Danny Holtgraver on the front row and led all 25-laps to win the Ti22 DIRTcar Performance DIRTcar Sprint feature. Blaney was never truly challenged en route to Sheetz Victory Lane.
The story of the race was a trio of cautions by two of division’s elite drivers, as Ed Lynch Jr. and Rod George uncharacteristically brought out three combined cautions. Lynch spun out in turns one & two on the opening lap and had to restart shotgun on the field. George spun in almost the exact same spot on lap two, then jumped the cushion in turns three & four to bring out a second caution on unlucky lap 13.
Lynch, still winless in 2010 at Lernerville Speedway, rocketed back through the field and split Jack Sodeman Jr. and Eric Williams on lap four to take fifth place. Carl Bowser rolled into the pits during the lap 10 caution while running third, then Felmlee jumped the cushion on the restart. Lynch then got by rising star Danny Holtgraver for second on lap 14. By that time, Blaney had stretched his lead to a full straightaway, and while lapped traffic allowed Lynch to close that lead to a half straightaway at one point, once Blaney cleared the lapped cars, he quickly stretched his lead back to a full straightaway. In the closing laps, Holtgraver reeled in and challenged Lynch for second while Blaney cruised to the win.
Lynch now has three second place finishes and has unofficially taken over the Budweiser Points lead by eight markers over Rod George. Danny Holtgraver continues to impress with the best three race stretch of his career at Lernerville Speedway. In the past three weeks, Holtgraver has finished third, fifth and third in the features and won two heat races! Jack Sodeman Jr. scored his second fourth place finish of the season, while Bob Felmlee rounded out the Ti22 Top Five. Kevin Schaeffer finished sixth, after starting 17th due to rolling over in his heat race. Charlie Holben, Scott Bonnell, Brent Matus and Rod George rounded out the top ten. Holtgraver, Blaney and Pete Miller III were victorious in National Guard Heat Race action. The heat race win was the first of Miller’s promising young career.
What can you say about Joe Kelley? For the third consecutive week, Kelley won the 20-lap feature in the ultra-competitive Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman feature. Last week he won from 13th after missing the redraw, he backed that up by winning from 12th on the starting grid this week! Next week Kelley will have to start shotgun on the field per track procedures after a third straight win.
Despite the win, Kelley only led the final lap after being in the right place at the right time. His third straight win is his fourth of the young season and his division leading 36th of his career at Lernerville Speedway.
Polesitter Terry Young took the lead when the green flag dropped and led every lap until he clipped the lapped car of Dr. Robert Lipinski on the back straightaway of the final lap. Prior to that unfortunate incident, Young had fought off the advances of Jason Fosnaught, Bob Egley and Joe Kelley and seemed to have career win #3 in the bag.
Speaking of unfortunate incidents and Jason Fosnaught, he was challenging Young for the lead during the middle stages of the 20-lap feature but got doored by the lapped car of Jim Bills in turns three and four. Bills was black flagged for rough driving and sent to the pits, while Fosnaught had to restart at the tail of the field. Fosnaught would eventually recover to finish seventh.
Bob Egley ran a strong race, chasing Young around the track for most of the second half of the feature, and finished second to Kelley. Corey McPherson came from the back row to finish in third. Jimmy Fosnaught had his best finish of the season in fourth. Wayne Carbo finally avoided the gremlins last night to score his first top five of the 2010 season! Brett McDonald had another solid run to sixth. Jason Fosnaught, Mark Sanders, Scott Byers and a very disappointed Terry Young rounded out the Charapp Top Ten. National Guard Heat Races were claimed by Kelley and Egley.
Next Friday Night May 28 is another Fab Four Race, as we’ll honor Fire, Police and EMS heroes to kick off Memorial Day Weekend! The World of Outlaws Sprints will make their first regional appearance next Sunday Night at Tri-City Speedway in Franklin, PA. Then, the following Friday June 4 is the first O’Reilly All Star Circuit of Champions race at Lernerville Speedway of 2010! DIRTcar Pro Late Models and Charapp Route 28 DIRTcar Sportsman will also be in action on Friday June 4.
Don’t forget to buy your tickets for the 4th Annual Firecracker 100 presented by GottaRace.com and the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XIX Twin 30s. Both event tickets are on sale now at www.Lernerville.com by clicking the “Buy Tickets” icon or by calling (724) 353-1511 during normal weekday business hours.
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