Lernerville Preview- And Then There Were Three…


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Sarver, PA (August 10, 2017) The cruelest summer in recent memory in terms of weather continued on last Friday night, washing out another Fab4 Friday Fueled by Turner’s Premium Tea.  There are but three chances to catch the weekly racing series in action left in the regular season, and starting this Friday, there are three drivers that will need to be at their best to bring home a coveted track championship.

AJ Flick, Dan Shetler and Jack Sodeman Jr. are now separated by just 13 points in a battle that should go down to the wire in the Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Cars.  And there appears to be no clear cut favorite among them heading into the final weeks.  Flick has finished off the podium just twice in seven tries in 2017 and brings the points lead into Friday night.

Meanwhile, Shetler lies just five points behind Flick thanks to a feature win on April, 28th and has remained at or near the front of the pack all season long. He’s continued his remarkable improvement that has seen him become a title contender from the mid pack over the last two seasons and could take the lead from Flick in a night’s worth of points, let alone three should the breaks go his way.

However, Sodeman currently lies 13 points back and has the hottest hand coming into the night. He’s found victory lane back to back in July and finished a strong second to Danny Holtgraver at last Saturday’s Putzy Kekich Memorial $3,000 to win Sprint Car feature at Mercer Raceway Park.

Micheal Norris and Alex Ferree have been the class of the Precise Racing DIRTcar Late Models in 2017 and between them, Norris has the upper hand with a sizable point lead. Norris is also chasing a potential seven win season, having won four to this point, while Ferree has yet to find victory lane this season.

Speaking of chasing historic win totals, Diehl Automotive Big Block DIRTcar Modified driver Mat Williamson can potentially win nine regular season feature events in 2017. The St. Catharines, Ontario driver has six regular season victories this season and seven wins overall at Lernerville.  Williamson holds a 26 point lead over Brian Swartzlander who has the only other regular season victory.

In the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks, Corey McPherson still holds a fairly commanding lead over Tyler Dietz and Aaron Easler. McPherson will look to add to his win total which has seen him deliver the car to victory lane five times this year.

Fans are reminded that ticket stubs and arm bands from 7/28 that have not been used or ticket stubs and arm bands from last Friday night may be used this Friday night.

Pits will open at 4 PM with grandstands opening at 5 PM and racing starting at 7:30 PM sharp. Adult general admission is $14 with admission for seniors priced at $11, $7 for students and children 10 and under are free.

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