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Miley Wins Late Model Feature At Lernerville But Schaltenbrand Wins Championship



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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Fab4 racing took center stage Friday night as the battle for track championships continued at Lernerville Speedway.

The Precise Racing Products Late Models feature had trouble getting going as the yellow flag flew after one lap was in the books.  Tommy Beck was leading followed by points-leader Ken Schaltenbrand and Chris Schneider and Colton Flinner.  Disaster struck for Flinner two laps later when he shredded a rear tire while Jayme Beck and Brandon Wearing went off the back of track in turn three.

Schaltenbrand led Tommy Back, Schneider and Tyler Dietz when the racing resumed on lap 5.  Jared Miley, who started 13th, moved into the Top 5 on lap 7 behind Schaltenbrand and Beck.

Miley passed Beck on lap 10 to move into the second spot and set his sights on Schaltenbrand.  Miley caught Schaltenbrand on lap 17 and took the lead but Schaltenbrand took it right back when the caution flag flew for Jon Myers.

Schaltenbrand led the field back to green followed by Miley, Andrew Wiley and Clayton Kennedy.  The lead was short lived as Miley took the lead with 7-laps to go and never looked back, finishing 4.052-seconds ahead of Schaltenbrand for the victory.  Schaltenbrand’s second place finish guaranteed him the 2019 track Championship, his first career Lernerville Championship!  Wyllie came home in third place to round out the podium.

Apollo’s Sye Lynch led the Peoples Natural Gas Sprints field to the green flag and led the first four laps when the caution flag came out for Clay Riney, who slid off the track in turn two while running second.  AJ Flick was in second place followed by Brandon Spithaler in third.

Lynch led the field to the green flag again and two laps later the caution was back out for Gale Ruth, who slowed in turn two.  Flick and Spithaler continued to follow with points-leader Jack Sodeman Jr. moving into fourth from his tenth starting position.

The restart saw Lynch and Flick racing side-by-side with Flick making his way around Lynch with seven laps in the books.  Sodeman moved into third place at the midway point of the feature followed by Carl Bowser, who had worked his way up from his seventh starting spot.

Flick continued his charge through the field and lapped traffic while Bowser got around Sodeman and set his sights on Lynch.  Bowser passed Lynch with 5-laps to go and set his sights on Flick.  Flick by that point pulled out to a full straightway lead and cruised to a 6.2-second victory over Bowser.  Sodeman finished third to maintain his points lead.

The Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds feature saw Dave Murdick pick up the victory, his first visit to Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane since 2014.  Points leader Brian Swartzlander looked like he was going to take the checkered flag but contact with the front stretch wall and a shredded tire ended those hopes.  Swartzlander managed to return to the track and finished sixth, leaving him tied with Rex King Jr for the season championship.  King Jr finished third as the Modified track Championship will be decided next week.

Joey Zambotti captured the checkered flag in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock feature passing leader Tyler Dietz with three laps remaining.  Dietz finished second to take the points lead over Corey McPherson, who finished fifth.

Three of the four track championships remain up for grabs heading into next week’s Championship Night.

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