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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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Borden Thrills at Port Royal; Robinson, Covert, and Hart also Score

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PORT ROYAL, PA (April 13, 2024): Defending track champion, Devon Borden, battled Danny Dietrich in the final laps of the 410 Sprint Car race at Port Royal Speedway, bringing fans to their feet. Borden’s first win of the season came by 1.219 seconds over Dietrich, who won the season opener. Borden earned $5,800 for the effort.

“I just knew that I was going to have to go where they weren’t and drive the $h!+ out of it,” Borden said as he struggled to catch his breath. Starting twelfth, Borden knew that he had to make a big push early to get to the front with several heavy hitters starting ahead of him. “I had to make the top work before it went away.” He was able to charge to third in just nine laps and it only took him three more to reach second. Getting that final position was quite a bit harder to accomplish. “The last three laps were pretty hectic, and things had to play out in our favor.”

Borden gave props to his crew chief, Chris Shuttlesworth. “We didn’t start out very good, but now we have it going.”

A modified version of the PA Speedweek format was used for this program. The only deviation was the use of group time trials to set heat race line-ups. In the Speedweek format, each driver times against the whole field; whereas, the group approach only pits the racers against the same cars that will run in the same heat race. The heat race winners and the fastest car to qualify draw for starting positions at the front of the field. The remainder are seeded by their heat race finishes. B Main transfers make up the final rows.

The luck racers were Lucas Wolfe and Steve Buckwalter. Behind them were Dietrich and Logan Wagner. Dylan Cisney, the Mayor of Port Royal was paired up with Jeff Halligan in row three. The fourth row belonged to Gerard McIntyre, Jr. and Jake Karklin. Mike Wagner and Blane Heimbach claimed row five. T.J. Stutts was inside Borden in row six.

Buckwalter sailed into turn one on the outside and began to pull away from his pursuers. Dietrich settled into second, with Logan Wagner a close third. Wolfe fell back to fourth, followed by Karklin, Halligan, Cisney, Heimbach, Borden, and McIntyre. Buckwalter held control for the first six rounds. However, Dietrich closed in on him when Buckwalter encountered lapped traffic.

Dietrich became more aggressive on lap seven, sliding ahead of Buckwalter in turn three. Buckwalter turned back under him in turn four to regain the lead as they thundered down the long front stretch. Dietrich fought back through turns one and two, coming off the bottom of turn two with the lead. This time around, it was Buckwalter’s turn to slide for the lead in turn three. Dietrich crossed over in four to assume command as they completed lap eight. Meanwhile, Borden was making steady progress to the third position, but he was a good distance behind the lead duo.

When Kassidy Kreitz slowed to a stop on the back stretch on lap later, that eliminated the deficit for Borden. He got to start right behind Dietrich and Buckwalter. Borden took advantage of the opportunity, picking up the second spot just three laps after the race resumed.

It took Borden a few more laps to close the gap on the leader. Dietrich began picking his way through the slower cars, and Borden closed in. However, he could not make a move for the lead, as he seemed to have poor timing when approaching the lapped cars.

With just a few laps remaining, though, the front two cars broke free of the slower cars. With no traffic separating himself from the leader, Borden was able to press for the lead.

Over the final three laps, Dietrich and Borden swapped the lead several times, much to the delight of the fans. Borden took the lead for good entering turn three on the final lap. Dietrich dove low while Borden kept his momentum up on the cushion. Dietrich scrubbed off some speed coming through turn four, and Borden scooted ahead for the win.

Buckwalter turned in a creditable performance for third. Chase Dietz came on in the final laps to get fourth. Logan Wagner slipped to fifth in the final tally. Wolfe, Halligan, Karklin, Cisney, and Heimbach completed the top ten.

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Dietrich, Buckwalter, Wolfe, and Cisney chalked up the heat wins. Justin Whittal prevailed in the B Main. Dietrich was fastest in Group one and overall, with a time of 17.113 seconds.

In the Super Late Models, Dillan Stake and Chad Myers brought the field to the green. Jeff Rine and Ross Robinson were right behind them. Shaun Jones and Colton Flinner were in row three, ahead of Brian Bernheisel and Dylan Yoder. Row five matched Tyler Emory and Chris Casner. Tim Wilson and Matt Cosner completed the top twelve.

Myers grabbed the early lead, with Robinson hot on his heels. Stake, Rine, Flinner, and Yoder followed in close formation. Myers rode along in the middle groove, and Robinson searched high and low for a place to try to make a pass. Robinson finally settled in on the inside, and he began to chip away at Myers’ lead.

Robinson came off the bottom of turn two and powered ahead of Myers just before the halfway point in the contest. Robinson started to draw away from Myers, but a caution on lap fourteen wiped out his advantage. Myers could not get a run on the Delaware racer when the action resumed. Instead, Myers was under attack from Flinner, Eckert, Stake, and Rine.

Flinner worked his way into second, bringing Eckert along into third. Myers continued on fourth with Stake on his tail.

At the checkers, it was Robinson ahead of Flinner by 3.806 seconds. Eckert, Myers, and Stake completed the top five. Next to cross were Rine, Yoder, Cosner, Jones, and Jason Covert.

The four heat winners were Robinson, Rine, Myers, and Stake. Gregg Satterlee won the B Main.

Robinson was relived to capture the win, his first at the Speed Palace. “We got lucky with the pill draws,” he said. Robinson said that he changed his set-up after hot laps, reverting to the combination that brought him a win recently at his hometown track, the Georgetown Speedway.

The top ten racers from the A Main were inverted for an Australian pursuit immediately following the A Main. Covert, who raced hard just to make it to the tenth spot in the A Main, earned the pole for the pursuit, which paid $1,000 to the winner. He was able to stay out front for the entire ten laps. “It just goes to show how even we all are,” he said. “We were inverted and the clean air on my nose made all the difference. I could come off the corners wherever I wanted.” Jones, Cosner, Yoder, and Rine were the balance of the top five. Eckert and Robinson were the other finishers. Flinner, Myers, and Stake were the drivers eliminated in the race.

Devin Hart went wire to wire in the twenty lap Limited Late Model nightcap. Tommy Slanker ran second in the early going before fading to fifth at the finish. Jared Fulkroad, Trent Brenneman and Shawn Shoemaker were the racers who moved ahead of him. Kenny Yoder, Ryan Zook, Casey Steinhoff, Lane Snook, and Jaxton Garman rounded out the top ten.

The pair of heats went to Brenneman and Zook. There was no B Main.

A three division program will be held next weekend, with the 305 Sprints joining the 410 Sprints and Super Late Models. The Keith Kauffman Classic for the 410 Sprints will be on April 27, with support coming from the USAC East Coast Sprints and the Wingless Sportsmen. Then, on Sunday, April 28, the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirst Series will invade the speedway. Limited Late Models will also be on the card.

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Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway Cancels Saturday Program; Pivots To Flood Relief Drive

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IMPERIAL, PA (April 13, 2024) Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is pivoting to flood relief instead of racing Saturday night after torrential rains the past few days caused flooding all over Western Pennsylvania.  PPMS is working with the UEMS Racing Series to find a suitable date for both parties to make up the event.

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The Speedway instead is holding a relief drive from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. to help those affected by the flood.

UPDATE: PPMS was able to split the total collection up between both Sturgeon Vol. Fire Dept. and Oakdale Hose Company. From there, the fire companies will administer the collected items to other organizations or directly to those in need. We were fortunate enough to collect a large volume of just about every necessity. Any items that are not claimed during this process will be stored and administered as needed in the future.

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Dietz Dominates Day Race at Lincoln

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 7, 2024): Chase Dietz returned to his roots to capture his tenth career win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. With the weather changing up the weekend’s racing plans, Dietz was able to race at Lincoln because the show was postponed a day. Dietz, who has long been a regular at the track, will now be concentrating his efforts on Saturdays at the Port Royal Speedway, where he debuted yesterday as the new driver of the famous Zemco number one. He was back in his own machine for this one, and it was like he never left.

“I plan to be back whenever I can,” Dietz said happily. “This is the track where I got my start and I really enjoy racing here.” But, the offer to drive for John and Pee Wee Zemaitis was one that he could not refuse.

Sunny skies and a slight breeze produced a tricky racing surface. “It definitely was unique,” Dietz observed. “It was kinda patchy. Fred (Putney, the masterful track preparer), sprinkled it and that pushed things up.”

Dietz, who started on the pole and went wire-to wire, noted “it was kinda tough, running out front. I was searching around looking for rubber.” He found enough to maintain his advantage over a fast-closing Matt Campbell.

Campbell, who raced his way into second while fighting through some heavy traffic, surprised all by saying that he liked racing on the daytime surface. “It gave me the chance to move around.” He added that he thought that he learned some things that he can carry over to the normal night time racing.

The race was run according to PA Speedweek procedures. So a re-draw shuffled the top eight racers. Dietz and Aaron Bollinger were the fortunate ones to pick front row starting positions. Beyond them were Tyler Ross and Campbell. Emerson Axsom and Kody Hartlaub made up row three. Cameron Smith and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were in row four. The fifth belonged to Justin Whittal and Dallas Schott. Chad Trout and Danny Dietrich completed the first half of the field.

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The original start was called back because Aussie Greg Newton took a spectacular spill between turns three and four on what would have been the opening lap. He was unhurt, but could not continue in the event.

On the second try, Dietz again blasted to the front and he planted the right rear tire in the moisture that Putney laid down on the outside line during the intermission. Bollinger did likewise, while Cambell, Ross, Hartlaub, Rahmer, Jr., and Axsom fanned out behind them.

The front three remained unchanged through the first seven laps. Campbell picked off Bollinger in traffic on lap weight, and he would hold onto that position for the remainder of the non-stop thirty lapper.

Bollinger and Ross were putting on a good show for the third spot. Ross assumed control of the position by lap ten, but a new player was in the mix. Danny Dietrich reached the top five by the halfway mark and he was looking to advance. He quickly dispatched Bollinger, but it took him several laps to catch and overtake Ross. He was able to do it with less than five laps in the contest.

Dietz completed his tour in eight minutes and nineteen and a quarter seconds. His margin of victory was 0.845 seconds over Cambell, Danny Dietrich was third. Bollinger got Ross in the waning laps. Positions six through ten went to Devon Borden, Whittal, Rahmer, Jr., Axsom, and Smith.

The four heat winners were Bollinger, Campbell, Axsom, and Ross. The B Main victory went to Reese Nowotarski. Dietz set the fastest time of the day, 13.878 seconds. He edged Rahmer, Jr. by a mere one-thousandth of a second.

Lincoln Speedway will return to its usual Saturday night slot on April 13. Joining the 410 Sprints on Golf Cart Services Night will be the USAC East Coast Sprints. April 20 will be the annual Weldon Sterner Memorial paying a whopping twenty thousand dollars to the winner. The 358 Sprints will provide the support for that one. Another 410 and 358 Sprint doubleheader will close out the month of April. Starting time will be 6 p.m. for each of those events.

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