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posted May 20, 2001 04:26 PM UIN: 16262997
Satterlee recovers to win at Challenger

Indiana, PA (May 19) - Dave Satterlee drove to victory in the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature on Saturday night at Challenger Raceway. After taking the lead at the start, the Rochester Mills, PA driver dropped back to fifth place before recovering to collect the win. Chad McClellan from Stoystown, PA picked up his first feature of the season in the Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature. Picking up his first win of the year in the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks was Joe Kelley from Mount Pleasant, PA. John Mazey from Bolivar, PA became the first repeat winner in the North East Locators Strictly Stocks. The Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Zoresco Senior Series drivers were on hand for the first of three stops in 2001, with Gene Pennington from Cheswick, PA picking up the 15-lap main event.

The entertaining 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature started with Matt Lux and Dave Satterlee leading the field to the green flag. Satterlee took command at the start as the majority of the field used the low groove. Making the outside lane work to his advantage, fifth starting Mike Blose quickly moved up to challenge. With an outside pass, Blose would gain the lead on lap 5. Lux followed on the high side to gain second, and posed a brief challenge to Blose. From starting position 15, Wally Fox was flying to the front working the middle groove, advancing to third by the time a yellow flag waved on lap 10. Blose continued to lead Lux on the restart, as Gary Lyle had taken third from Fox who was now starting to fade. Satterlee was fifth, but was rumbling as he now found the middle groove to his liking. Lyle moved to second after a lap 13 restart, with Satterlee now third. Satterlee moved to second on lap 16 and the battle for the lead would quickly be hot and heavy. Satterlee made a turn four pass to lead lap 19, but Blose returned the favor off of turn two. Satterlee again used the turn four pass to regain the lead on lap 20. Rodney Phillips was coming from back in the pack, and would grab second on lap 22. A late yellow flag set up a two lap dash to the finish, but Satterlee would leave the competition racing for second as he nabbed his first feature win of the season. The race for the runner-up spot found Blose nosing Phillips. In his first season in the division, Lux turned in a strong run for fourth, with Lyle fifth. Tom Decker was sixth, with Fox, Rob King, Tony Burke, and Shawn Malloy completing the top ten. Qualifying Heat winners were Phillips and Lyle.

The starting position redraw for the feature found Heat winners Rich Logan and Jeff Taylor leading the 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified field on the starting grid. Three-time winner and point leader Taylor raced into the lead at the drop of the green flag, and to many it looked as if his fourth win was in the offing. But after a lap 6 restart, seventh starting Chad McClellan was up to challenge. Lap 8 was a tie at the line, but Taylor nosed back ahead before a lap 9 yellow flag. The restart found McClellan using the inside groove to gain the lead at the halfway mark. Taylor stayed right there, as 12th starting Chuck Kennedy joined the race for the lead. McClellan would pull away in the closing laps, as he went on to post his first victory of the season. It was a happy victory for McClellan, as he will be leaving the area for Military Service in mid-June, spending one year in Korea. With the leader pulling away, the battle was for second with Taylor nosing Kennedy for runner-up honors. Jim Bertges was fourth, with Jim Baker making a late charge for fifth.

The 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature started with Randy Caldwell and Joe Kelley on the front row, as Kelley raced into the lead. Chris Schneider quickly moved up to challenge, as did Jeff Walters. The lead battle heated up following the final yellow flag period on lap 6, as tenth starting Butch Lambert joined the race for the lead. Schneider's effort was slowed in the closing laps with a flat tire, leaving the top three to race for the win. Defending champion Kelley held off all challenges to collect his first feature win of the year. Current point leader Walters settled for a close second, with Lambert third. Rob Kosecki came from 11th starting spot for fourth, with Harold Reges fifth. Jeff Enos and Walters were the Heat winners.

After five weeks with five different winners, John Mazey became the first to repeat in the 15-lap feature for the Strictly Stocks. While racing for the lead on lap 2, Dennis Aukerman and Henry Wilfong tangled with Aukerman rolling over. Point leader and defending champion Mazey inherited the lead on the restart that he would not relinquish in picking up his second victory. Joe Starcher made a late bid but settled for a close second ahead of Mark Marian, Don Rodgers, and Bill Hebenthal. Heat winners were Rodgers and Wilfong. Unlucky to drop out of the race in the closing laps, sixth place finisher Joe Rubcic was lucky to have the number six drawn, and collected the $100 bonus money and car discount from division title sponsor North East Locators Auto Sales.

The 15-lap feature for the Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Zoresco Senior Series started with Gene Pennington leading from the start from outside of the front row. After the only yellow flag of the event waved on lap 5, the race for the lead was intense between Pennington, Terry Wheeler, and Don Gamble. Wheeler made a strong outside bid at halfway but had to lift when he and Pennington both slipped high. With Gamble trying high and Wheeler trying low, they put heavy pressure on during the closing laps, but Pennington held off all challenges to race home as the happy winner. Gamble and Wheeler took the place and show positions. Sid Haas was fourth, with Pat Wilcox fifth. Heat wins went to Bud Holbein and Wheeler.

The coming weekend will be a busy one at the Challenger Raceway with two days of racing. The regular four-division racing program will take place on Saturday, May 26. The monthly Sunday night special, will go on May 27, as the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models will compete in their first event of the season. A Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock point race will join that card. The gates for all racing programs open at 5:30, with racing starting at 7:30. Challenger Raceway is located 6.4 miles southwest of US 422 on PA 286, then one mile north on McIntyre Road. For more information, please call 724-726-5494 for the office, or 724-726-9808 for the track. For the most complete source of Challenger Raceway information, visit the track's web site at

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Upcoming events:
May 26 - Four-division racing.
May 27 - MACS Late Models, $4,000 to win, plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.
June 2 - Four-division racing, plus Fan Appreciation and Driver Autograph Night, for all divisions.
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Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, May 19, 2001.

Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 17.
Heat winners, Rodney Phillips, Gary Lyle.
Feature, 1) Dave Satterlee, 2) Mike Blose, 3) Rodney Phillips, 4) Matt Lux, 5) Gary Lyle, 6) Tom Decker, 7) Wally Fox, 8) Rob King, 9) Tony Burke, 10) Shawn Malloy, 11) Chuck Kennedy, 12) Tony Raneri, 13) Russ Kolesar, 14) Dave Norton, 15) Paul Domenick, 16) Nick Jones. Did not start, Jeff Chronosky, Jr.
Current Point Standings, 1) 558, 79, Dave Satterlee; 2) 554, 43, Tom Decker; 3) 546, 24X, Dave Norton; 4) 533, 90, Wally Fox; 5) tie, 529, 10, Gary Lyle, 15, Nick Jones; 7) 528, 1P, Rodney Phillips; 8) 509, 21, Matt Lux; 9) 507, K1, Rob King; 10) 426, 6A, Chuck Kennedy.

Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 21.
Heat winners, Jeff Taylor, Rich Logan.
Feature, 1) Chad McClellan, 2) Jeff Taylor, 3) Chuck Kennedy, 4) Jim Bertges, 5) Jim Baker, 6) Denny Perigo, 7) Bruce Dreistadt, 8) Bob Rougeaux, 9) Jim Struble, 10) Butch Lambert, 11) Jeff Jones, 12) Carl McKinney, 13) Joe Kelley, 14) Brian Jakosh, 15) Bob Sheesley, 16) Kris Pisarcik, 17) Bob Skwara, 18) Will Cochran, 19) Brad Stiles, 20) Rich Logan. Did not start, Ken Herman.
Current Point Standings, 1) 668, 3, Jeff Taylor; 2) tie, 639, A1, Chuck Kennedy, 50, Jim Bertges; 4), 631, 66*, Joe Kelley; 5) 626, 35, Bob Skwara; 6) 617, 6M, Carl McKinney; 7) 614, 33, Rich Logan; 8) 585, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt; 9) 550, 15, Jeff Jones; 10) 514, 9, Jim Struble.

Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners, Jeff Enos, Jeff Walters.
Feature, 1) Joe Kelley, 2) Jeff Walters, 3) Butch Lambert, 4) Rob Kosecki, 5) Harold Reges, 6) Fred Pfeifer, 7) Charlie Holbein, 8) Randy Caldwell, 9) Jim Swezey, 10) Rob Shook, 11) Jason Fosnaught, 12) John Hartman, 13) John Novak, 14) Tommy Dembowski, 15) Chris Schneider, 16) Mike Hilla, Jr., 17) Terry Faas, 18) Nick Reges. Did not start, Jeff Enos.
Current Point Standings, 1) 586, 18, Jeff Walters; 2) tie, 571, 27, Butch Lambert, 36D, Rob Kosecki; 4) 569, 66, Joe Kelley; 5) 546, 55, Chris Schneider; 6) 521, 12, Randy Caldwell; 7) 516, J19, Jason Fosnaught; 8) tie, 506, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr., 79, Tommy Dembowski; 10) 484, 8, Jim Swezey.

North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 12.
Heat winners, Don Rodgers, Henry Wilfong.
Feature, 1) John Mazey, 2) Joe Starcher, 3) Mark Marian, 4) Don Rodgers, 5) Bill Hebenthal, 6) Joe Rubcic, 7) Bill Sigafoes, 8) Larry McBryar, 9) Dan Mazzaferro, 10) Henry Wilfong, 11) Dennis Aukerman. Did not start, Mike Starcher.
Current Point Standings, 1) 572, 55, John Mazey; 2) 567, 3M, Mark Marian; 3) 566, 68, Joe Starcher; 4) 561, 19H, Bill Hebenthal; 5) 531, 51, Dan Mazzaferro; 6) 489, 91D, Don Rodgers; 7) 462, 35, Larry McBryar; 8) 459, 25, Dennis Aukerman; 9) 284, 7, Henry Wilfong; 10) 263, 77, Joe Rubcic.

Pittsburgh Circle Track Club Zoresco Senior Series - Car Count - 12.
Heat winners, Bud Holbein, Terry Wheeler.
Feature, 1) Gene Pennington, 2) Don Gamble, 3) Terry Wheeler, 4) Sid Haas, 5) Pat Wilcox, 6) Jim Edwards, 7) Bob McWilliams, 8) Dave Novak, 9) Bud Holbein, 10) Bill Wheeling. Did not start, William Reges, Don Luffy.

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