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posted June 17, 2001 11:48 AM
Satterlee charges for improbable win at Challenger
Indiana, PA (June 16) - Normally when a driver is in 12th position with eight laps to go in a feature race, his chances of winning are quite slim. But that was certainly not the case for Dave Satterlee, as his late charge netted him the victory in the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature on Saturday night at Challenger Raceway. The Rochester Mills, PA driver's third season victory was by far his most impressive. The Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature also went down to the wire, with Chuck Kennedy from Mars, PA making a late move past Jeff Taylor for his third victory of the season. Also driving to victory on Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Night was Joe Kelley from Mount Pleasant, PA notching his second win of the year in the Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks. Mark Marian from Smock, PA continued his rookie season success with his third win of the season in the North East Locators Strictly Stocks.
Though the top 12 starters draw for starting positions for the 25-lap Pittsburgh Crankshaft Late Model feature, Heat winners Jason Carnahan and Wally Fox drew the top positions on the starting grid. An opening lap wreck would eliminate top runners Nick Jones and Rob Blair, before Carnahan would take the lead at the start. Third starting Dave Norton quickly moved up to challenge Carnahan for the top spot. After a lap 3 restart, Norton used the inside lane to take over the race lead. A yellow flag waved on lap 9 for 15th starting Dave Satterlee, who spun out in the infield while battling for fifth place. The restart would see an extended green period, with Norton still in command. A bobble on lap 14 allowed Carnahan to grab the lead on lap 15, but Norton would regain it on lap 17. Yellow would appear on lap 18 for fourth-running Sammy Stile, who rolled to a stop before making a quick pit stop. A four-car tangle slowed another restart, before the race restarted a final time. Norton continued to lead the pace, as the next lap scored would find Satterlee now fifth, after running 12th at lap 17. With the cars in front using the lower groove, Satterlee was packing his right rear wheel in the tacky, outside berm of the well-prepared speedway and gaining ground quickly. Satterlee would be fourth by lap 20, and second at lap 22. Quickly closing on leader Norton, they would be side-by-side as the white flag waved. During the last lap, the outside paid off for Satterlee, as he made the pass to score the win from the tail on lap 9. Norton would settle for a close second behind the three-time winner, as their finishes reflect the current point standings. Carnahan was third, with Gary Lyle fourth. Chuck Kennedy had his best finish of the season in fifth. Rob King, Dave Peterman, Stile. Rodney Phillips, and Tony Burke filled the top ten.
The 20-lap Townsend Gas & Oil Modified feature had Jim Bertges and Rich Logan to lead the field to green, with Logan relinquishing his front row spot to Carl McKinney. Bertges would take command at the drop of the green. Fifth starting Ken Herman challenged before the first yellow flag would wave on lap 5. Getting a good run on the restart, Herman would take the lead the next time by the line. As an extended period of green flag racing clicked by, Herman was increasing his lead over the field. Chuck Kennedy from 11th starting spot had passed Bertges on lap 12. Kennedy quickly started to slice into Herman's lead, as it appeared that his car might be off the pace. A lap 14 yellow flag would stack the field for a restart, as Herman's car was definitely having problems as the race resumed. Kennedy would take the lead on lap 15, and Bertges was feeling a challenge from Jeff Taylor, racing through the field from starting position 23. Taylor took second as a yellow appeared on lap 16. That would set up another classic duel between the top two as the green reappeared. With Taylor low and Kennedy high, they were inches apart at the line on lap 17, which was an issue as the final yellow flag of the race appeared. Taylor had led by inches at the line, and he would lead on the restart with a three-lap dash to the finish. Side-by-side for the remaining distance, with Taylor inside and Kennedy outside, Kennedy would score a narrow victory over Taylor at the checkered flag. Bertges was third, with Jim Baker netting his best finish of the season in fourth. Bob Skwara was fifth. Baker, Bob Rougeaux, and McKinney were Heat race victors.
Tommy Dembowski and Harold Reges led the 15-lap Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock feature to the green flag with Reges taking the early lead. Joe Kelley was on the move early, advancing from fifth starting position to challenge for the lead. With the lead battle side-by-side, Reges would lead lap 6 before Kelley would complete the pass. When a yellow flag waved during that lap, it would wipe out Kelley's pass but would line the two drivers alongside each other for the restart. Kelley would take command as the race returned to green, with this being the only caution period of the event. As the laps clicked by, Kelley pulled to a comfortable advantage in taking his second victory of the season. The battle was for second place in the late laps, as that battle would go to point leader Jeff Walters. Rob Kosecki finished third, ahead of Nick Reges and Harold Reges. Heat race winners were Walters and Nick Reges.
Mark Marian raced to his third feature victory of the year in the 15-lap feature for the Strictly Stocks. Starting from the pole, Marian led the entire distance for the win over Tom Taylor, Bill Hebenthal, Heat winner Don Rodgers, and Joe Starcher. Point leader John Mazey finished seventh, and was drawn to collect the $100 bonus money and car discount from division title sponsor North East Locators Auto Sales.
The racing program was run off very quickly on this night, after a mid-afternoon rain shower had hit the speedway. And it was fortunate that it was a quick program. During the final race of the evening, the Strictly Stock Mechanic's Race won by Crev Warr, a thick fog began to roll in off of turn one. Within minutes of the end of the program, the fog was so thick that continuing any kind of racing would have been impossible.
The coming weekend will be a busy one at the Challenger Raceway as a pair of racing programs will be presented. The Saturday, June 23 program will feature four-division racing sponsored by Marion Center Supply, and it will also be Banner Night. The track will return to action on Sunday, June 24, as the monthly Sunday Night Special will be run. The Mid-Atlantic Championship Series Late Models will make their first visit of the season. A Stewart Bus Line Pure Stock regular point race and Super Point race will join that card. The Thomas Neureiter Memorial Race for Late Models has been added to the schedule for Saturday, June 30, paying $3500 to the winner. 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 www.challengerraceway.com.
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Saturday, June 23 - Marion Center Supply Night. Four-division racing, plus Banner Night.
Sunday, June 24 - MACS Late Models, $4,000 to win, plus Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks.
Saturday, June 30 - The Thomas Neureiter Memorial Race for Late Models. Four-division racing, plus Late Model Mechanic's Race.
July 6-7-8 - No auto racing, N.T.T. A.T.V. Nationals.
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Challenger Raceway results for Saturday, June 16, 2001.
Pittsburgh Crankshaft Service Late Models - Car Count - 21.
Heat winners - Jason Carnahan, Wally Fox.
Feature - 1)Dave Satterlee. 2)Dave Norton. 3)Jason Carnahan. 4)Gary Lyle. 5)Chuck Kennedy. 6)Rob King. 7)Dave Peterman. 8)Sammy Stile. 9)Rodney Phillips. 10)Tony Burke. 11)Matt Lux. 12)Wally Fox. 13)D.J. Troutman. 14)D.J. Cline. 15)Tony Raneri. 16)Dave Day. 17)Bobby Neratka. 18)Dave Padula. 19)Bob Cessna. 20)Nick Jones. 21)Rob Blair.
Current Point Standings - 1) 840, 79, Dave Satterlee. 2) 829, 24X, Dave Norton. 3) 809, 1P, Rodney Phillips. 4) 796, 15J, Nick Jones. 5) 792, 10, Gary Lyle. 6) 782, 90, Wally Fox. 7) 761, K1, Rob King. 8) 744, 43, Tom Decker. 9) 700, 21, Matt Lux. 10) 684, 6A, Chuck Kennedy.
Townsend Gas & Oil Modifieds - Car Count - 25.
Heat winners - Jim Baker, Bob Rougeaux, Carl McKinney.
Feature - 1)Chuck Kennedy. 2)Jeff Taylor. 3)Jim Bertges. 4)Jim Baker. 5)Bob Skwara. 6)Joe Kelley. 7)Bruce Dreistadt. 8)Carl McKinney. 9)Kenny Hall. 10)Greg Hauger. 11)Jim Struble. 12)Butch Lambert. 13)Jim Fry. 14)Brian Jakosh. 15)Jeff Jones. 16)Ryan Byers. 17)Will Cochran. 18)Brad Stiles. 19)Bob Rougeaux. 20)Ken Herman. 21)Bob Sheesley. 22)Denny Perigo. 23)Kris Pisarcik. 24)Rich Logan. Did not start, Ben Satterlee.
Current Point Standings - 1) 852, 3, Jeff Taylor. 2) 837, A1, Chuck Kennedy. 3) 831, 50, Jim Bertges. 4) 801, 66*, Joe Kelley. 5) 796, 35, Bob Skwara. 6) 789, 6M, Carl McKinney. 7) 776, 33, Rich Logan. 8) 773, 47X, Bruce Dreistadt. 9) 714, 15, Jeff Jones. 10) 678, 9, Jim Struble.
Stewart Bus Line Pure Stocks - Car Count - 17.
Heat winners - Jeff Walters, Nick Reges.
Feature - 1)Joe Kelley. 2)Jeff Walters. 3)Rob Kosecki. 4)Nick Reges. 5)Harold Reges. 6)Mike Hilla, Jr. 7)Neil Tristani. 8)Tommy Dembowski. 9)Jason Fosnaught. 10)Randy Caldwell. 11)Bob Nelson. 12)Herb Loper. 13)Jim Swezey. 14)Charles Stewart. 15)John Hartman. Did not start, Fred Pfeifer, Butch Lambert.
Current Point Standings - 1) 879, 18, Jeff Walters. 2) 854, 66, Joe Kelley. 3) 848, 36D, Rob Kosecki. 4) 786, J19, Jason Fosnaught. 5) 779, 12, Randy Caldwell. 6) 777, 27, Butch Lambert. 7) 760, 00H, Mike Hilla, Jr. 8) 758, 79, Tommy Dembowski. 9) 732, 8, Jim Swezey. 10) 731, 55, Chris Schneider.
North East Locators Auto Sales Strictly Stocks - Car Count - 8.
Heat winner - Don Rodgers.
Feature - 1)Mark Marian. 2)Tom Taylor. 3)Bill Hebenthal. 4)Don Rodgers. 5)Joe Starcher. 6)Joe Rubcic. 7)John Mazey. 8)Jim Hite.
Current Point Standings - 1) 855, 55, John Mazey. 2) 853, 3M, Mark Marian. 3) 847, 68, Joe Starcher. 4) 840, 19H, Bill Hebenthal. 5) 778, 91D, Don Rodgers. 6) 531, 51, Dan Mazzaferro. 7) 462, 35, Larry McBryar. 8) 459, 25, Dennis Aukerman. 9) 440, 77, Joe Rubcic. 10) 417, 15, Tom Taylor.