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Satterlee Cashes in at Bedford

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BEDFORD, PA (October 24, 2020): Gregg Satterlee scored his biggest win of the season when he took the Keystone Cup at the Bedford Fairgrounds Speedway. The veteran driver carried $20,000 back to his home in Indiana, PA, in what may be his last race of the season.

“It is awesome to get a win this late in the year,” he said. I don’t know how much more we will get to race. This will make us sleep a little better this winter.”

Satterlee commended the track preparation crew. “The track was really good tonight. It got a little one lane later.” By then, it did not matter to him, for he was out front and pulling away. “It cleaned up real good and I could move around. I Had to conserve my tires, not use them up trying to run (the leaders) down.”

Satterlee started the 60 lap race in the fourth spot. Ahead of him were Darrell Lanigan and Mason Zeigler, and beside him was Tim McCreadie. Michael Norris and Matt Cosner were in the row behind. Kyle Hardy and Bryan Bernheisel were in row four, with Dan Stone and Alex Ferree in row five. Row six belonged to Jason Covert and Nathan LaSalle.

Zeigler surprised all by jumping out to the lead at the drop of the green. Lanigan fell in behind, with Satterlee in his wake. McCreadie and Cosner were dicing for fourth, along with Norris. The action did not last for long, as Jason Miller’s spin in turn two caused a quick caution.

On the ensuing Delaware double file restart, Satterlee slid into second. Just a few laps later, following caution for Gene Knaub, Lanigan was able to return the favor. The yellow fever continued for a little while longer, with additional cautions on laps six, sixteen, eighteen, twenty-two, and twenty-three. There were no major changes in the running order at the front of the field, but there was good action between McCreadie and Norris for the fourth position.

The racers got down to some serious business thereafter. They ran off 24 uninterrupted laps. Zeigler continued to control the race, but Lanigan was under attack by Satterlee. On lap 32, Satterlee went low in turn one and took over second. It did not take him very long to reel in Zeigler. The excitement built as the large crowd readied themselves for a battle for the lead.

Satterlee began to work the inside line, drawing closer and closer to Zeigler coming off the corners. Once again, he dipped to the inside in turn one to make his move. He took the lead on lap 39 and he began to pull away.

“I screwed up that one restart and Darrell got by me,” Satterlee explained. “It took me a while to get back to them.” But what seemed to be a misfortune at the time was only a brief setback. Satterlee was able to ride along in third, saving his tires for when it counted most.

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Meanwhile, Zeigler held down second. But now Lanigan was showing some extra speed, closing in on the runner-up spot. McCreadie was comfortable in fourth. Norris was in a battle with Cosner for the fifth spot. Stone and Gary Stuhler were beginning to flex some muscle, too.

A caution on lap 47 closed up the ranks for the last time. Satterlee got away cleanly and he completed the last 13 laps without difficulty. Zeigler held off Lanigan and McCradie, who was closing in in the final rounds. Norris took fifth. Stone worked past Cosner in the final five laps to get sixth. After Cosner came Trevor Feathers, Stuhler, and Rick Eckert.

The remaining finishers were Matt Sponaugle, Bernheisel, Covert, Colton Flinner, and Hardy.

The B Main winner was Jon Lee. That race was red flagged for a spectacular crash by Tyler Ritchey. After getting crosswise in turn four, Ritchey was headed toward the wall and he ran over the nose of another car. That launched Ritchey high into the air and he sailed out of the park. The car landed upside down. Ritchey, who is disabled and drives with hand controls, needed assistance to be extracted from the car. Fortunately, he was unhurt.

In qualifications held on Friday night for the Super Late Models, Laningan was the fastest overall. He topped Group B with a lap of 19.032 around the big five-eighths oval. Mason Zeigler was best in Group A. Each of them won their respective semi-mains. Zeigler’s race was uneventful. He prevailed over McCreadie, Satterlee, Hardy, and Stone. Also transferring were Covert, Eckert, Knaub, and Miller. Lanigan’s race was more intense, as Norris made a daring outside move in turn one late in the race. Following Lanigan and Norris were Cosner, Bernheisel, Alex Ferree, LaSalle, Feathers, Jim Yoder, and Stuhler.

Greg Moore drove a borrowed car to the win in the Late Model Sportsman feature. Ryan Sager was second. Taking third was the early leader, Robby Black. Devin Weyandt and Brian Lowery completed the top five. Kyle Lear, Clinton Hersh, Brad Freight, Taylor Farliing, and ageless Jim McBee were the next five finishers. McBee returned to the Sportsmen Saturday after failing to make the grade in the Super Late Model field on Friday.

In the Modified feature, Jonathan Taylor over Mike Altobelli, Jr. in a close finish. Taylor’s run to the checkers was punctuated by a stop with a track official while the field was under caution. Taylor’s air cleaner was loose and he wanted it to be checked. The official was unable to accommodate him, but the part stayed in place for the duration. Troy Johnson held off Evan Taylor for third. Mitch Thomas, Donnie Farliing, Alyssa Rowe, Keith Jackson, Ray Kable, and Jerry Foster were other top ten finishers.

In Friday support action, Nick Bechtell topped Brian Weyandt, Jr. in the Semi-Late Main event. Chubby Childers, Kyle Weyant, and Daniel Corman were in the top five. Erik Weyandt, Travis Calhoun, Josh Gustaf, Mark Patterson, and John Miller were next to cross.

The Pure Stock race went to Dalton Ritchey over Charlie Clise, Cheyenne Rinker, Derek Hinish, and Keith Killander. Jeremy Fama, Larry Food, Tyke Musselman, Travis Group, and Barry Clark were also in the top ten.

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Mother Nature Wins The Weekend In Western PA

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mother Nature is putting a damper on the early portion of the Western Pennsylvania dirt track racing season as both Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway were forced to cancel their racing programs on Friday and Saturday night.

The inclement weather has forced Lernerville to postpone the Lernerville Grand, the 1,000th Sprint Car race in The Action Track’s storied history, two weeks in a row.  Lernerville will host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, May 15, 2021 where Fab4 Racing will be on track.

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PPMS was able to get in a full slate last weekend but has already made the decision to cancel Saturday night’s action. Racing will resume on Saturday, May 15, 2021, for an Action Event featuring the Rohrich Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, the Hobby Stocks, the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, the Crawford Auto Repair Four Cylinders, and the All Ways Safe Young Guns.

UPDATE: Add Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio to the cancellation list thanks to the weather. An identical “Super Series” show will be coming up next Saturday night (May 15) as the “410” Sprint Cars return for $3,000 to-win along with the Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stocks, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Whelen Econo Mods. Pits open at 4 p.m. and grandstands at 5. Sprint Car group qualifying will take place at 6:30 p.m. with heat races at 7.

 

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Hafertepe Hammers All Stars At Tri-City Raceway Park; Ruhlman Rush Sprint Star

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Photo: Rick Rarer

FRANKLIN, PA (May 2, 2021): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. scored his first win with the FloRacing All Stars Circuit of Champions in thirteen years of competition with the series. The All Stars program was presented courtesy of Krill Recycling LLC of Fennelton, PA.

Taking the Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprint Car feature was Chad Ruhlman aboard the Tim Engels machine from Franklin, PA.

“Running out front was the place to be,” Hafertepe said. He explained that track position gave him better opportunities to navigate around some difficult track conditions.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Ian Madsen led the All Star field to the green flag. Row two belonged to Tyler Courtney and Matt Farnham. Starting in the third row were Cap Henry and Bill Balog and they were followed by Hunter Schuerenberg and Justin Peck. Cale Conley and Sye Lynch started in row five with Carl Bowser and Kyle Reinhardt in row six.

Hafertepe bolted into the lead followed by Courtney, Madsen, Farnham and Peck. Before the racers could settle in, however, Reinhardt flipped his machine in between turns one and two. He was not hurt, but neither he nor track favorite Jack Sodeman, Jr. were able to continue.

Hafertepe assumed the lead again with Madsen, Farnham, and Henry in tow. Peck was applying the pressure and he began his move to the front. He reached fourth by lap four and third by lap five.

A caution for the lazy spin by Lynch in turn four bunched the field up and gave Peck an opportunity to challenge the leaders. He was hounding Courtney while Hafertepe ran out front by himself. Peck moved into second on lap seventeen before the pace was slowed due to Cory Eliason stopping in turn two.

On the ensuing restart, Peck made a bold move in turn one, but he snagged a rut and flipped his machine ending an impressive run up from the eighth starting spot.

Hafertepe completed the remaining eight laps without further ado. Courtney posted his best All Stars finish to date, second. Madsen crossed in third and gained enough points to take command of the All Stars series championship. Balog and Henry were fourth and fifth. Schuerenberg was sixth followed by Conley, Paul McMahan, Paige Polyak and Wise.

McMahan was the All Stars Hard Charger with thirteen positions advanced. Brandon Matus took the Fisher and Father NAPA Auto Parts Pro Performer Hard Charger award at plus five.

Balog, Farnham, Schuerenberg, and Henry were victorious in the heat races for the All Stars. Bob Felmlee nailed the second turn wall in his heat race, inflicting major damage on the car. Felmlee was unhurt. Lynch spun while racing second in his heat, but he was able to restart and made the transfer to the A Main.

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Hafertepe, Jr. and Madsen captured the twin Dashes for the All Stars.

The B Main winner was McMahan. Dan Shetler was unhurt in his crash in turn one during the B Main.

The evening’s fastest qualifier overall was Justin Peck, with a lap of 14.998 in Group C. It was a new track record. He was the only driver to crack the 15 second mark. Courtney was the fastest in Group A, Madsen in Group B, and Lynch in Group D.

Teenager Nolan Groves and Brian Hartzell paced the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprint Car feature. Gale Ruth, Jr. and Chad Ruhlman were in the second row with Tyler Newhart and Rod George in the third row.

Ruhlman and Hartzell battled for the early lead with Ruth and George in hot pursuit. Ruth was the man to watch, going from third to first on lap four. However, Ruth was crowded and got into the outside wall, bending two wheels. He limped off the track after leading just one lap.

Ruhlman and Hartzell resumed the battle for the lead, but soon a new challenger appeared. Rod George showed everyone that he still remembered the fastest way around the big half mile. He took second on lap nine and chased down Ruhlman.

Ruhlman and George went back and fourth for several laps before Ruhlman seized control again. Soon thereafter, George’s car began to sputter and he had to retire from the race with nineteen laps down. However, while he and Ruhlman were entertaining the fans, Brad Church, Arnie Kent, and Newhart were fighting for third.

George’s misfortune set up a green checkered finish. Ruhlman completed the final lap, with Hartzell in second. Church, Kent, and Blaze Myers completed the top five. Newhart, Ricky Tucker, A.J. MacQuarrie, George, and Steve Pedley rounded out the top ten.

In the Rush Sprint Car heat races, Nolan Groves and Rod George captured the wins. Donovan and Bauer Auto Group of Titusville presented the heat races. There was no B Main.

Remember that there will be no racing at Tri-City Raceway Park on May 9 in observance of Mother’s Day. Action will resume on May 16, with a Sunday Thunder program featuring the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. May 16 will also be Military Night with all veterans and current members of the armed forces admitted free of charge with proper identification. May 23 will be a special program for the ULMS Late Model Series and the 305 Sprint Cars. The 305 Sprints will have double features. The month of May will conclude on May 30 with another Sunday Thunder racing event.

Flo Racing All Stars (25 laps): Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Ian Madsen, Bill Balog, Cap Henry, Hunter Schuerenberg, Cale Conley, Paul McMahan, Paige Polyak, Zeb Wise, Sye Lynch, Brandon Spithaler, Carl Bowser, T.J. Michael, Brandon Matus, Frankie Nervo, Justin Peck, Matt Farnham, Lee Jacobs, Lucas Wolfe, Kyle Reinhardt, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Gary Taylor. DNQ: Skyler Gee, George Hobaugh, Greg Wilson, Brent Matus, Brett Brunkenhofer, Ken Rossey, Darin Gallagher, Dan Shetler, Michael Bauer, Bob Felmlee.

Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprints: Chad Ruhlman, Brian Hartzell, Brad Church, Arnie Kent, Blaze Myers, Tyler Newhart, Ricky Turner, A.J. MacQuarrie, Rod George, Steve Pedley, Gale Ruth, Sr., Gale Ruth, Jr., Nlan Graves, John Mollick (DNS).

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Justin Peck Wins Buckeye Cup At Sharon Speedway

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Photo: Chad Warner

HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Justin Peck led wire-to-wire to win the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions ‘Buckeye Cup’ Saturday at Sharon Speedway.

Peck withstood a challenge from second place finisher Cole Duncan before pulling away to claim the victory, his second in the ‘Buckeye State’ after winning at Attica Raceway Park in April.

“We were able to put a whole night together,” said Peck. “We qualified good enough tonight where we just had to transfer through our heat race to make the dash, and that’s the name of the game. You need to put yourself in a position early and start up front in these things. We fine tune things as the night goes on. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Peck jumped out to the early lead with Hunter Schuerenberg, Cole Duncan, Dave Blaney, and Ian Madsen giving chase before encountering lap traffic on lap 11.

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The lap traffic was just enough to impede Peck as Duncan and Blaney started closing in, eventually catching him on lap 16.

“I tried to lose that race there pretty early on by running the top and smacking the wall,” said Peck. “I actually knocked the ladder out of the car before we even got ten laps in. I just had to smarten up a little bit after that. I knew we had a fast race car. I just needed to finish the race.”

Peck started pulling away by lap 22 as Duncan, Blaney, Madsen and Zeb Wise fought it out for the remaining podium spots.  Duncan crossed the start/finish line in second place followed by Blaney in third, however Blaney was eventually disqualified for missing the scales after the race. Blaney was credited with a 25th place finish.

The All Stars continue their Pennsylvania – Ohio weekend with at stop at Merle Black’s Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, PA.

A-Main (30 Laps):
1. 13-Justin Peck [1]; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan [2]; 3. 11-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 10-Zeb Wise [7]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [10]; 8. 4-Cap Henry [14]; 9. 5-Paul McMahan [24]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [13]; 11. 97-Gary Taylor [12]; 12. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 13. 42-Sye Lynch [17]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 15. O8-Dan Kuriger [23]; 16. 11B-Carl Bowser [21]; 17. 29-Michael Bauer [16]; 18. 28-Skylar Gee [11]; 19. 6-Bob Felmlee [20]; 20. 5K-Adam Kekich [22]; 21. 8M-TJ Michael [25]; 22. 22-Brandon Spithaler [15]; 23. 12-Darin Gallagher [18]; 24. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr. [19]; 25. 10B-Dave Blaney [9] Lap Leaders: Justin Peck (1-30)

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