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posted May 27, 2001 06:39 PM UIN: 16262997
Satterlee takes second straight with last lap pass at Challenger

Indiana, PA (May 26) - Dave Satterlee used a last lap pass of Rodney Phillips to win the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature on Saturday night at Challenger Raceway. It was the second straight victory for the Rochester Mills, PA driver. Each driver in victory lane would earn his second feature win of the season on this night. Also winning for the second week in a row was Chad McClellan from Stoystown, PA in the Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature. Taking honors in the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks was Jeff Walters from Evans City, PA. Mark Marian from Smock, PA was the winner in the North East Locators Strictly Stocks.

The 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature started with Rob King and Rodney Phillips leading the field to the green flag. King would take the lead at the start, before Phillips took over on lap 3. King pressed Phillips for the top spot for the first half of the race, before he exited the event during a lap 14 yellow flag. Phillips would continue to keep command until a lap 19 restart. Eleventh starting Dave Satterlee used the restart to take second from Tom Decker, and quickly closed in on Phillips. Slipping by Phillips on lap 21 for the lead, Satterlee would find the move negated as the final yellow flag of the race would appear. With Phillips now aware that Satterlee was trying the inside, he continued to lead as the green dropped for the final four laps. Forced to try the outside groove, Satterlee pulled alongside of Phillips as the battle for the lead raged. Satterlee led lap 23, but Phillips regained the lead as the white flag waved. Using the high groove, point leader Satterlee would inch ahead on the last lap to score his second straight feature win. Behind Phillips in second were Decker, Dave Norton, and 14th starting Nolan Dalton. Completing the top ten were Gary Lyle, Tony Raneri, Bobby Stokes, Tony Burke, and Matt Lux. Qualifying Heat winners were Phillips and Lyle.

The 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified started with a bang, as an 11-car pileup halted action on lap 1 directly behind pole starters Kris Pisarcik and Chuck Kennedy. All but two were able to continue, as Brad Stiles and Brian Jakosh were towed off. Last week's winner Chad McClellan had slipped through the pileup, and would find himself in third by lap 2 from 12th starting spot. After a lap 3 restart, McClellan moved to second and set his sights on Kennedy. The battle for the lead was a good one, as McClellan passed Kennedy in turn two to take command on lap 8. The battle for the lead continued after the final yellow on lap 13. Kennedy would nose ahead to lead lap 17, but at that point McClellan would regain the top spot for good. Kennedy was forced to settle for a close second. Pisarcik netted his best finish of the season in third, as did Bruce Dreistadt in fourth. Jim Bertges nosed point leader Jeff Taylor for fifth place at the checkered flag, as Taylor had worked his way through the field after pitting early with a flat tire. Heat race winners were Kennedy and Rick Meglaye.

John Hartman and Chris Schneider led the 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature to the green flag with Schnieder taking command. Schneider looked strong in the lead as seventh starting Jeff Walters slowly worked his way to the front. Grabbing second on lap 8, point leader Walters quickly closed on the leader. With an outside pass, Walters garnered the top spot on lap 10. Once in front, Walters would control the remaining distance in securing the victory. Schneider settled for a strong second. Nick Reges scored a season's best finish in third place. Newcomer Bob Lipinski was fourth, with Harold Reges fifth. Heat winners were Joe Kelley and Schneider.

Rookie driver Mark Marian posted his second victory of the season in the 15-lap feature for the Strictly Stocks. Joe Starcher led the first lap, before Bill Sigafoes took over. Sigafoes built a comfortable edge that was wiped out by a lap 7 yellow. After a restart on lap 8, sixth starting Marian made the pass to assume the lead. Leading the remaining distance, Marian moved into the division point lead with his victory. The battle for second was a good one, with Heat winner Don Rodgers, earning runner-up honors over Sigafoes, Starcher, and Bill Hebenthal. Being unlucky to be unable to start the feature worked out well for Mike Starcher. Unable to start in ninth position, the number nine was drawn as he collected the $100 bonus money and car discount from division title sponsor North East Locators Auto Sales.

The Challenger Raceway is right back into action on Sunday, May 27. The monthly Sunday Night Special will find the Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models on hand for their first visit 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 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 26, 2001.

Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners, Nick Jones, Tom Decker.
Feature, 1)Dave Satterlee, 2)Rodney Phillips, 3)Tom Decker, 4)Dave Norton, 5)Nolan Dalton, 6)Gary Lyle, 7)Tony Raneri, 8)Bobby Stokes, 9)Tony Burke, 10)Matt Lux, 11)Chuck Kennedy, 12)Nick Jones, 13)Wally Fox, 14)Rob King, 15)Rick Lias, 16)David Scott, 17)Jay Watson, 18)Bobby Bertges, 19)Rob Blair.
Current Point Standings, 1) 657, 79, Dave Satterlee. 2) 652, 43, Tom Decker. 3) 638, 24X, Dave Norton. 4) 625, 1P, Rodney Phillips. 5) tie 618, 15, Nick Jones and 90, Wally Fox. 7) 617, 10, Gary Lyle. 8) 592, 21, Matt Lux. 9) 591, K1, Rob King. 10) 507, 6A, Chuck Kennedy.

Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 24.
Heat winners, Chuck Kennedy, Rick Meglaye.
Feature, 1)Chad McClellan, 2)Chuck Kennedy, 3)Kris Pisarcik, 4)Bruce Dreistadt, 5)Jim Bertges, 6)Jeff Taylor, 7)Butch Lambert, 8)Rich Logan, 9)Bob Rougeaux, 10)Denny Perigo, 11)Will Cochran, 12)Bobby Watt, 13)Joe Kelley, 14)Jim Struble, 15)Jeff Jones, 16)Carl McKinney, 17)Rick Meglaye, 18)Bob Skwara, 19)Jim Baker, 20)Russ Dunn, 21)Bob Sheesley, 22)Brian Jakosh, 23)Brad Stiles. Did not start, Ben Satterlee.
Current Point Standings, 1) 760, 3, Jeff Taylor. 2) 738, A1, Chuck Kennedy. 3) 734, 50, Jim Bertges. 4) 710, 66*, Joe Kelley. 5) 703, 35, Bob Skwara. 6) 700, 33, Rich Logan. 7) 696, 6M, Carl McKinney. 8) 681, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt. 9) 634, 15, Jeff Jones. 10) 592, 9, Jim Struble.

Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 19.
Heat winners, Joe Kelley, John Mazey.
Feature, 1)Jeff Walters, 2)Chris Schneider, 3)Nick Reges, 4)Bob Lipinski, 5)Harold Reges, 6)Jason Fosnaught, 7)Paul Schreckengost, 8)Neil Tristani, 9)Randy Caldwell, 10)Rob Kosecki, 11)Jim Swezey, 12)Butch Lambert, 13)Joe Kelley, 14)John Hartman, 15)Tommy Dembowski, 16)John Novak, 17)Jeff Enos, 18)Bill Pluta, Jr., 19)Mike Hilla, Jr.
Current Point Standings, 1) 685, 18, Jeff Walters. 2) 657, 66, Joe Kelley. 3) 656, 27, Butch Lambert. 4) 653, 36D, Rob Kosecki. 5) 645, 55, Chris Schneider. 6) 610, J19, Jason Fosnaught. 7) 607, 12, Randy Caldwell. 8) 584, 79, Tommy Dembowski. 9) 582, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr. 10) 566, 8, Jim Swezey.

North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 9.
Heat winner, Don Rodgers.
Feature, 1)Mark Marian, 2)Don Rodgers, 3)Bill Sigafoes, 4)Joe Starcher, 5)Bill Hebenthal, 6)Mike Mathews, 7)Charlie Boring, 8)John Mazey. Did not start, Mike Starcher.
Current Point Standings, 1) 666, 3M, Mark Marian. 2) 663, 55, John Mazey. 3) 659, 68, Joe Starcher. 4) 652, 19H, Bill Hebenthal. 5) 588, 91D, Don Rodgers. 6) 531, 51, Dan Mazzaferro. 7) 462, 35, Larry McBryar. 8) 459, 25, Dennis Aukerman. 9) 284, 7, Henry Wilfong. 10) 263, 77, Joe Rubcic.

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