Sarver, PA (June 3, 2022) Lernerville Speedway welcomed Hantz Locomotive Service as the night’s presenting sponsor as the Western PA Sprint Speedweek kicked off their 2022 mini-series at ‘The Action Track’. Speedweek racers joined the Peoples Natural Gas Sprints as part of another Fab4 Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy show that also included the Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds, and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks.
The first event of the night was the $3,000 to-win, 30-lap headliner for the PA Speedweek/Peoples Sprints that saw Sye Lynch and Brandon Matus lead the field to the green. Lynch got out to the early lead followed by Matus and third starting Carl Bowser. Lynch controlled the field until a lap 7 caution brought the field back together. When racing resumed it was still Lynch in front with Matus and Bowser in tow, but tenth starting, and current Lernerville point leader, A.J. Flick was on the move and had already found himself in the fourth spot. Flick, trying to make up ground on the race leaders, slipped off the backstretch on lap 12 and slid back to the fifth spot behind Ryan Timms. Flick caught a break just two laps later as the events second caution flew on lap 14 for the fifth-place car of Timms, who spun in turn four, allowing Flick to restart right behind the top three runners. Lynch again controlled the restart, but the caution flew quickly again as the second-place car of Matus spun in turn two which also collected Bob Felmlee who was scored in the fifth spot at the time. After another quick caution on lap 16, Lynch remained up front as Bowser and Flick battled for the runner-up spot. On lap 21, Flick made his way around Bowser for second but not without a little contact that flattened the left rear tire of the former Lernerville Champion Bowser which forced another caution as Bowser stopped in turn four. Lynch again made light work of the restart and looked to be well on his way to the victory until disaster struck on lap 29. As he was taking the white flag, Lynch had a monster run on a lapped car and mistimed his attempt to overtake the lapper and made contact with the slower car which sent him spinning into the front stretch wall and taking him out of contention for the win. Inheriting the lead was Flick who held off 2021 Speedweek champion Ryan Smith, who started 13th, for the remaining two laps to claim the $3,000 victory. Smith came home second with Danny Kuriger finishing third ahead of Denny Peebles in fourth and Darin Gallagher in fifth.
‘It’s special you know,’ A.J. said in Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane. ‘The heritage from this (Western PA Sprint Speedweek) is pretty crazy so, to know we were able to come out with a win after Tyler (Beichner) brought it back, huge shoutout to him for everything he and his father did to get this going again, this is special.’ Flick continued. ‘Attrition is right, I saw Brandon (Matus) break right in front of us going in (turn) one, I know Carl (Bowser) and I hit in the middle of the backstretch, I don’t know if I was going up and he was coming down, I know he’s probably not happy about it. And then Sye (Lynch), worn place, wrong time or misjudged, I don’t know, sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good any day after the bad luck we had two weeks ago. I’m proud to go from tenth to first, I’ll take it.’
The Precise Late Models were next to take to the speedway for their feature event and it was outside pole sitter Colton Flinner taking the early lead ahead of Matt Lux who started third. After a lap two caution, Lux hounded Flinner for the lead until lap eight as the two battled side-by-side for a solid three laps until Flinner pulled out to a slight advantage using the high side of the track. Flinner maintained about a second lead through lap when he caught lapped traffic and Lux started to gain some ground. Flinner lead dwindled to .653 seconds until Lux jumped the cushion in turn two allowing Flinner to pull away and let Alex Ferree pass for the second spot. Flinner would go on to lead the remaining laps to capture the win with Ferree in second, Lux hanging on for third, with Ken Schaltenbrand in fourth and Jared Miley rounding out the top-five.
After his win, Colton had an interesting interview with Lernerville Announcer Eric Westendorf after a heat race altercation between him and Michael Norris gave the fans mixed emotions as Flinner celebrated his win in victory lane. ‘I just want to thank (Michael) Norris for the giving me the inspiration to run harder in that feature. His mouth was running back there (on the backstretch after contact between the two in their heat race) saying that I can’t drive in the slick so, I just wanted to show them Norris’ that I’m the real deal.’
Rick Regalski and Jeremiah Shingledecker brought the Diehl Modifieds to the green flag for their main event with Shingledecker leading the way. Shingledecker was carrying a lead of over 2.5 seconds before a caution fell on lap 12 which negated that lead and put the second-place car of Garrett Krummert next to him on the ensuing restart. After another quick caution on lap 13, Shingledecker again led the field as Brian Swartzlander put pressure on Krummert for second. The two ran door-to-door until lap 16 when Krummert was finally able to shake Swartzlander for the spot as Shingledecker went on to claim his first Lernerville win of the 2022 season. In second was Krummert with Swartzlander third, Rex King, Jr. fourth and Brad Rapp fifth.
‘It was a good night to start up front,’ Shingledecker stated in Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane. The track was really nice, it’s consistent the whole way across it, and it’s the best I’ve been on a surface that’s completely smooth for a while’.
Fifth starting Chris Schneider took the lead from Joey Zambotti on lap four of the Millerstown Pro Stocks feature and led the rest of the way to take the win followed by point leader Tyler Dietz, Todd Weldon, Joey Zambotti, and Jacob Dietz.
‘We did a lot of work just to make the car run tonight,’ Schneider mentioned in his victory lane interview. ‘We changed fuel a pump, which wound up leaking, so we had to go back to the old one, changed the carburetor, found a problem with the distributor, so we barely made out to the lineup to get out here for the race, so this has been a real sweat-runner.’
Western PA Speedweek/Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Results:
Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Heat 1: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 11-Carl Bowser; 2. 2-AJ Flick; 3. 42-Sye Lynch; 4. 29M-Logan McCandless; 5. 20B-Cody Bova; 6. 32V-Vivian Jones; 7. 31C-Chase Metheney; 8. 5-Robert McMillin; 9. 80JR-Russell Colwell
Glassmere Fuel Service Heat 2: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 5T-Ryan Timms; 2. 32-Rod Jones; 3. 46-Michael Bauer; 4. 08-Danny Kuriger; 5. 40-George Hobaugh Jr; 6. 23S-Russ Sansosti; 7. 22R-Ryan Fredericks; 8. 4K-William Kiley
Steighner Crane Services Heat 3: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 13-Brandon Matus; 2. 6-Bob Felmlee; 3. 12-Darin Gallagher; 4. 29-Dan Shetler; 5. 38-Leyton Wagner; 6. 3-Denny Peebles; 7. 11M-Nathen McDowell; 8. 18-Arnold Kent
Mobile Bail Bonds Heat 4: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 35-Jared Zimbardi; 2. 33-Brent Matus; 3. 6R-Ryan Smith; 4. 23-Darren Pifer; 5. 35W-Jeremy Weaver; 6. 13B-Steve Bright; 7. 55*-Matt Sherlock; 8. 86-Michael Lutz Jr
Tomson Scrap Metal B-Main: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 32V-Vivian Jones; 2. 31C-Chase Metheney; 3. 3-Denny Peebles; 4. 22R-Ryan Fredericks; 5. 18-Arnold Kent; 6. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr; 7. 13B-Steve Bright; 8. 23S-Russ Sansosti; 9. 55*-Matt Sherlock; 10. 86-Michael Lutz Jr; 11. 5-Robert McMillin; 12. 11M-Nathen McDowell; 13. 4K-William Kiley; 14. (DNS) 80JR-Russell Colwell
Peoples Natural Gas Feature: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 2-AJ Flick; 2. 6R-Ryan Smith; 3. 08-Danny Kuriger; 4. 3-Denny Peebles; 5. 12-Darin Gallagher; 6. 29-Dan Shetler; 7. 46-Michael Bauer; 8. 5T-Ryan Timms; 9. 33-Brent Matus; 10. 6-Bob Felmlee; 11. 22R-Ryan Fredericks; 12. 35W-Jeremy Weaver; 13. 29M-Logan McCandless; 14. 31C-Chase Metheney; 15. 32-Rod Jones; 16. 42-Sye Lynch; 17. 32V-Vivian Jones; 18. 11-Carl Bowser; 19. 23-Darren Pifer; 20. 20B-Cody Bova; 21. 38-Leyton Wagner; 22. 40-George Hobaugh Jr; 23. 13-Brandon Matus; 24. 35-Jared Zimbardi
Precise Racing Products Late Models Results:
#1Cochran Heat 1: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 10S-Levi Spinneweber; 2. 21-Matt Lux; 3. 48-Colten Flinner; 4. 81-Mike Miller; 5. 58-Mike Norris; 6. 11-Joshua Powell; 7. 91-Tommy Beck; 8. 10-Gary Lyle
GetPhil.com Heat 2: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 10M-Jared Miley; 2. J4-John Garvin Jr; 3. 1C-Alex Ferree; 4. 3RK-Daryl Charlier; 5. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand; 6. 9-Levi Yetter; 7. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr; 8. 1Z-Logan Zarin
Precise Racing Products Feature: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 48-Colten Flinner; 2. 1C-Alex Ferree; 3. 21-Matt Lux; 4. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand; 5. 10M-Jared Miley; 6. 3RK-Daryl Charlier; 7. 58-Mike Norris; 8. J4-John Garvin Jr; 9. 11-Joshua Powell; 10. 9-Levi Yetter; 11. 1Z-Logan Zarin; 12. 8S-Tommy Schirnhofer Jr; 13. 10-Gary Lyle; 14. 10S-Levi Spinneweber; 15. 81-Mike Miller; 16. 91-Tommy Beck
Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds Results:
McCutcheon Enterprises Heat 1: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 165-Rex King Jr; 2. 29-Garrett Krummert; 3. C3-Chas Wolbert; 4. 11R-Brad Rapp; 5. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker; 6. 35-Steve Slater; 7. 88-Shawn Fleeger
Thermo Twin Windows Heat 2: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 61-Dave Murdick; 2. 83-Brian Swartzlander; 3. 18-Colton Walters; 4. 45-Steve Feder; 5. 96-Rick Regalski; 6. 64-Rodney Beltz; 7. 22-Kevin Long
Diehl Automotive Feature: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 37MD-Jeremiah Shingledecker; 2. 29-Garrett Krummert; 3. 165-Rex King Jr; 4. 83-Brian Swartzlander; 5. 11R-Brad Rapp; 6. 61-Dave Murdick; 7. C3-Chas Wolbert; 8. 96-Rick Regalski; 9. 45-Steve Feder; 10. 18-Colton Walters; 11. 35-Steve Slater; 12. 88-Shawn Fleeger; 13. 64-Rodney Beltz; 14. 22-Kevin Long
Millerstown Pic-A-Part Penn/Ohio Pro Stocks Results:
Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Heat 1: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 55S-Chris Schneider; 2. 00-Tyler Dietz; 3. 45-Todd Weldon; 4. 25-Brett McDonald; 5. 948-Joey Zambotti III; 6. 26-Mike Bordt; 7. 8C-Brandon Doland
McCann & Chester Heat 2: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 711-Todd English; 2. 27-Jacob Dietz; 3. 666-Mike T Miller; 4. 87-Jacob Weyer; 5. 71-Joey Anderson; 6. 05-Frank Magill
Millerstown Pic-A-Part Feature: (Finish-Name-[Start]) 1. 55S-Chris Schneider; 2. 00-Tyler Dietz; 3. 45-Todd Weldon; 4. 948-Joey Zambotti III; 5. 27-Jacob Dietz; 6. 711-Todd English; 7. 26-Mike Bordt; 8. 25-Brett McDonald; 9. 666-Mike T Miller; 10. 05-Frank Magill; 11. 71-Joey Anderson; 12. 87-Jacob Weyer; 13. 8C-Brandon Doland
Up next at ‘The Action Track’ will be another Fab4 Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy featuring the Peoples Sprints, Precise Late Models, Diehl Modifieds and the Millerstown Pro Stocks on Friday, June 10 which is #1 Cochran Fan Appreciation Night that includes the famous Lernerville Fireworks display.
Next Friday’s action and all Fab4 Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy shows will be livestreamed on Lernerville.TV. The Pre-Race Show will go live on LernervilleTV around 6:30 to preview the night’s racing and talk to some of the stars of the nights action! Single race passes are available for $20, but the better deal is the monthly subscription for just $10 more; $30 gets you a full month of Fab4 Racing Revved Up with the Marburger Farm Dairy.
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