Date: 5/31/2010 4:47:36 PM



Jeremiah Shingledcker, the hottest driver in Big Block Modifieds these days, took the win in Maudisaurus X-2 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. It was his first win of the season on the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour and fifth overall. 

Shingledecker needed some good luck to overcome a tactical error. On a lap 11 restart, he chose the inside lane. That gave the high groove to Brad Rapp. Although Shingledecker fired first, Rapp’s momentum through turns one and two gave him a commanding lead as the pack thundered down the back stretch. Rapp appeared to have the win well in hand when an oil leak sent him pitside.  That gave Shingledecker the lead and the win.

“I did not realize that I had the lane choice,” Shingledecker said. He explained that he was having difficulty hearing the race director giving commands over the RaceCeiver radio system. “I had nothing for him, it is a shame that he broke like that,” he added. 

“That was the best car I’ve had in a long time,” Rapp said dejectedly. Rapp thought that he could have made it to the finish had the race stayed green, but the caution period allowed track officials to discover that the oil leak was too severe to allow him to continue. “We think the leak came from a loose seal on the oil filter,” he lamented. “We think it didn’t hurt the engine at all.”

Shingledecker drew the pole position for the feature event. Steve Feder lined up beside him. At the drop of the green, Shingledecker got the lead, with Feder close behind. However, Rapp showed his muscle early, sweeping past Feder as the pair raced through turn three. Eric Gabany followed him into third. 

On lap two, Ron Eperthener, Jr. slowed coming off turn two due to a broken oil drive belt. He limped into the pits and the race stayed green. Randy Chronister was next to fall from the event, but, again, the green prevailed.

The first caution came on lap 10, when Dean Pearson smacked the wall in turn one. Andy Priest struck the disabled racer, but was able to drive to the pits on his own to get service. Pearson was not as fortunate. He left on the business end of a tow truck. 

Shingledecker maintained the lead on the restart. Rapp, Del Rougeux, Jr., Gababny and Feder rounded out the top five. Caution slowed the action again on lap 11, setting up the restart that could have determined the outcome of the race. While the cars were circulating under the yellow, Dave Murdick surrendered his seventh place position and headed to the pits due to a wobbling left rear wheel. His father, Carl, suffered a flat and also pitted.  Both of them were able to rejoin the action. On the attempted restart, Feder tangled with Kevin Hoffman. Both would have been awarded their starting positions because the track officials declared a false start. However, they pitted and had to go to the rear after minor repairs.

As noted above, Rapp opened up a commanding lead on the restart. Shingledecker continued in second, but Kevin Bolland moved into third. That trio ran in formation through lap 17, when another caution slowed the pace. The rcaers involved in the tangle, Gabany and Priest, were unable to continue. The yellow flashed on again one lap later for Dave Murdick, who suffered from a broken rear hub. On the restart, Bolland took second and gave chase to the youthful Rapp. Shingledecker rallied and there was contact between Bolland and Shingldecker as the two fought for position on the long back chute of the Monster Half Mile. 

Rapp averted a near disaster on lap 25, when he closed too fast on the lapped car of Joe Kubiniek. Rapp swerved to avoid contact and kept the lead. Although Rapp’s car had begun to smoke due to the oil leak, he maintained his lead until the caution flew on lap 26. It was during that stoppage that track officials noticed the oil leak and ordered him to stop to get the leak checked. When Rapp did so, he left a telltale puddle of oil in turn two. Rapp retired from the race, giving the lead back to Shingledecker.

On the restart, Bolland got the jump, but his car slowed on the frontstretch. Shingledecker flew by him on the outside, regaining the lead at the flagstand. Track officials allowed the start to stand, but the caution was displayed moments later. Hard contact between Bolland and Del Rougeux damaged the oil tank of the 777. With Bolland in the pits, Rougeux took up the chase of Shingldecker, but he could not reel him in during the final four laps. 

Shingledecker claimed the win. Rougeux finished second, followed by a pair of Kings. Rex Sr. took third followed by his son, Rex Jr., from nineteenth. Jeremy Paup was scored in fifth, a career best on the Modified Tour.

Sixth went to Mike Turner, who continues to crank out top ten finishes. The remainder of the top ten were J.R. McGinley, Hoffman, Mike Miller and Feder. 

Heat wins went to Rougeux, Gary Smoker (who turned the quickest lap of the night with his Small Block), and Shingledecker.

There was no B Main.  

The next stop on the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour will be at Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday, June 19.

BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour Round Two:  May 29, 2010:  Pttsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway, Imperial, PA:  30 Laps:  1. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk ($1,500); 2. (20D) Del Rougeux, Jr, Frenchville ($1,000); 3. (65) Rex King, Sr., Bristolville, OH ($800); 4. (165) Rex King, Jr., Bristolville, OH ($600); 5. (X) Jeremy Paup, Polk ($550); 6. (96) Mike Turner, Butler ($500); 7. (66) J.R. McGinley, Fairmount City ($450); 8. (17H) Kevin Hoffman, Franklin ($400); 9. (72) Mike Miller, Chicora ($350); 10. (45) Steve Federa, Butler ($325); 11. (03) Mark Frankhouser, Phillipsburg ($300); 12. (75) Jeff Miller, Sarver ($290); 13. (516) Gary Smoker, Mercer ($280); 14. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler ($270); 15. (88) Shawn Fleeger, Butler ($260); 16. (71B) Don Brown, Butler ($250); 17. (11R) Brad Rapp, Clarion ($240); 18. (777) Kevin Bolland, New Brighton ($230); 19. (19) Joe Kubiniek, Lockport, NY ($225); 20. (77) Steve Barr, Grove City ($220); 21. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock ($210); 22. (41) Andy Preist, New Castle ($205); 23. (3E) Eric Gabany, Mercer ($200); 24. (35H) Chris Haines, Sandy Lake ($200); 25. (27R) Dave Reges, Butler ($200); 26. (8J) Dean Pearson, Harrisville ($200); 27. (71) Randy Chronister, Grove City ($200); 28. (333) Ron Eperthener, Jr., Grove City ($200).  

The Modified Tour, Inc. would like to thank the 2010 series sponsors:  Bicknell Racing Products; Hoosier Racing Tire Corp.; Sunoco Racing Fuel - Bazell Oil Co., Inc.; World Racing Group - DIRTcar; Approved Toilet Rentals, Inc.; Behrent’s Speed Center, Inc.; Bert Transmission; Big Daddy's Speed Center Inc.; Engles Trucking Services, Inc.; Bilstein Shocks – Fastline Performance; Fast Axle, LLC; Frankland Racing Supply; ISC Racers Tape; Hall's Safety Equipment Corp.; Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG); Keizer Aluminum Wheels, Inc.; King Brothers; Kirkey Racing Fabrication Inc.; Landrum Spring; McCool's Signs and Graphics; Motorsports World; Oyler Photos & More; Pennsylvania Army National Guard; Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP; Preist Enterprises, Inc.; Pro Shocks; RaceQuip; Ray's Racing Collectibles; Red Bear Hand Cleaner; Schaeffer’s Specialized Lubricants; Slippery Rock Sportswear; Smokey's; SpeedBear Fasteners; Turbo Start Batteries; Ultra-Shield Race Products; Valken Wheels; Wedge Motorsports, LLC; Winters Performance Products Inc.; and Wrisco Industries Inc.

The Modified Tour, Inc. racing series is a non-profit organization established in 1998 to give the V-8 Modifieds in the Western Pennsylvania area the opportunity to compete for higher purses and for a seasonal point fund.  It has had great success at bringing the local cars together at tracks throughout the tri-state area and in expanding the profile for this exciting brand of motorsports. 

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