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posted June 30, 2001 07:06 AM UIN: 16262997
It was "splendor in the dirt" at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway for
three new 2001 victors! Lynn Geisler, Cranberry, kept David Scott at bay to
garner the Friedman's Supermarket's/Bi-Lo Food Late Model win; it was a
"sweet" career first at the track for Lonnie Riggs, Volant, in the Ferrante
Oldsmobile Modifieds; and Scott Bochek, Cheswick, was the big winner in the
Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stocks. A surprised Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex,
won his third Triangle Gasoline Sprint main event. It was Purvis
Brothers/Pennzoil Night at the track.
Lynn Geisler put the #1 Cochran Automotive/Tri-State Hose Pontiac into
victory circle for the first time this season to record win #92 at the track.
Geisler is second overall, behind Bob Wearing Sr, who has 117 wins. Tonight
Geisler was sixth on the starting grid while pole sitter Scott led the pack
for eight laps. Five caution events occurred during this time as Geisler
moved to second by lap seven. On a lap eight restart, Scott, who had been
running the high line, went low in turn two. That gave the composed Geisler,
who was dialed perfectly into the track, the necessary edge, as he went high
to pass Scott. Warding off all challenges from Scott, Chuck Kennedy, Bob
Wearing Jr and Nick Jones, Geisler went on to win by six car lengths over
runner-up Scott. Jones captured third. Point leader John Flinner came from
twelfth to place fourth. Bob Wearing Sr rounded out the top five. Six thru
ten went to Jeff Henry, Tom Kitchen, Gary Lyle, Ken Schaltenbrand and Chuck
Sarver. Flinner, Geisler and Jones scored in the prelims.
It was just what the "doctor" ordered for Jimmy Hawley, who won his third
Triangle Gasoline Sprint feature! Last week it was a "Gimme" for Jimmy in the
main event when Ed Lynch dropped out with two laps to go. This week it was a
wide track "cat and mouse attack" with Ed Lynch Jr that earned Hawley and
Doc Crawford's #3C the big prize. In victory lane, Hawley said, "I didn't
realize that I'd won until I looked up and saw the scoreboard!" He was so
focused on looking for the open slots to squeeze through, Hawley was startled
to learn that he was the "hunter and not the hunted" at the end of the race.
Hawley was in twelfth at the start of the race as pole sitter Brent Matus
paced the field for seven circuits. The only caution event occurred on lap
three and when the race resumed Rod George, Jamie Smith and Lynch were all
vying for the top spot. Using lapped traffic, and going low, Lynch passed
Matus in turn two of the eighth lap. Matus then went down the back straight
and disappeared off the track into the pit area. Hawley was now fourth. On
lap 14, passing Rod George, Hawley moved into second. Darting through lapped
traffic with four laps to go, Hawley passed Lynch, and went on to take the
checker, thus padding his point lead. In victory lane Hawley gave credit to
his crewmember Palmer, who suggested he move the wing backward on the Sprint
and that made the difference. A few lengths back runner-up Lynch kept George
in third and Smith fourth. Scott Priester's fifth was his best run of the
season. Six through ten went to Jack Sodeman, Ralph Spithaler, Roger
Bennett, Gary Kriess, and Kenny Hardy. Hawley, Roger Bennett and Lynch Jr
recorded victories in the heat races.
Lonnie Riggs collected the big prize in the 20-lap Ferrante Oldsmobile
Modified feature race! Three times last year, Lonnie Riggs was winning a race
and was relegated to second in the end, but tonight he earned a Lernerville
career first. Riggs had told announce Mike Dutko, "If I ever win a race, I
want a hot dog and a Pepsi in victory lane" and tonight Dutko delivered. Pole
sitter Gary Risch led the first round while Riggs came from third to take
charge laps two through eight. On a lap eight restart, Davey Murdick, running
second, caught the edge and forged into the lead. It looked like he would
earn another win until Bob Wearing Jr's racer slowed on the front straight
and the yellow flag was thrown on lap 17. When the race restarted, Riggs'
Merle Black/Winner's Circle Automotive #58 looked like it was shot from a
canon darting ahead to guide the field. On the white flag lap, the yellow was
thrown for Phil Evan's racer that rollled over the back straight. He was not
injured. Consequently, two more laps had to be run and Riggs was not to be
denied as he increased the distance over Murdick by four lengths at the
checkered flag. Jeff Hoffman had an excellent run, coming from 21st to place
third ahead of Kevin Bolland. Gary Risch Jr had his best finish of his career
earning fifth. Jeff Schaffer, Dave Harbaugh, Rodney Beltz, Tom Winkle, and
Carl Weatherby trailed him. Wearing Jr, Tom Marshall and Brian Swartzlander
won the prelims. Swartzlander's premature exit with a flat tire on lap
fifteen narrowed his point lead over D. Murdick to two digits. George
Hobaugh was the victor in the B-Main.
For the first time this season, Scott Bochek won the "dough" in the
15-lap Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stock main. Nick Petrishen from Nick
Chevrolet/Pontiac always buys two dozen of doughnuts for the Bochek crew when
they win a feature; he bought two dozen and gave them to the crew this past
week and Bochek delivered a victory this evening. From the outside pole
Bochek piloted the Bochek Collision Center/Pakdozi #75 to the checker.
Runner-up Joe Kelley, Paul Schreckengost, and Mike Faas respectively were in
the mix, mounting their challenges and applying pressure to Bochek, but with
nerves of steel and splendid driving skills Bochek was not to be deprived.
Coming from fifteenth, Bob Lipinski garnered fifth. Six through ten went to
Jeff Walters, Chris Schneider, Neck Reges, Rob Shook and Neil Tristani. Faas,
Kelley and Bochek claimed the heat victories and Martin Viale won the B-Main.
Kelly leads Walters in the Points race by four.

Lernerville Speedway Race Results
278 N. Pike Road Sarver, Pa 16055
Phone: 724-353-1511 Fax: 724-353-2650

Date: 6/29/01

Triangle Gasoline Sprint Feature: Feature Race Notes:
1. Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex Wins: 3 Laps: 20
2. Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
3. Rod George, Kittanning Lap Leaders: Matus 1-7, Lynch 8-16,
4. Jamie Smith, Economy Hawley 17-20
5. Scott Priester, Rimersburg Sprint Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Jack Sodeman Jr., Youngstown, OH, 1st Heat: Jimmy Hawley, West
7. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City 2nd Heat:Roger Bennett, Evans City
8. Roger Bennett, Evans City 3rd Heat:Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
9. Gary Kriess, Butler
10. Kenny Hardy, New Castle
11. Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
12. Mike Kaminski, Sarver
13. Arnie Kent, New Castle
14. Dan Shetler, Johnstown
15. Brian Woodhall, New Kensington
16. Gary Rankin, Renfrew
17. Chad Hill, Cowansville
18. Randy Cox, Industry
19. Sheila Rankin, Renfrew
20. Michael Markey, New Oxford
21. Bob Walters, Pittsburgh
22. Deana Barbara, Pittsburgh
23. Bill Kiley, Cabot
24. Paul Kapuchuck, New Castle
25 Brent Matus, Wampum

Friedman's Market/Bi-Lo Foods
Late Model Feature: Feature Race Notes: Started: 6
1. Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp. Wins: 1 Laps: 20
2. David Scott, Garland
3. Nick Jones, Pittsburgh Lap Leaders:
4. John Flinner, Zelienople Scott 1-8, Geisler 9-20
5. Bob Wearing Sr., Callery Late Model Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Jeff Henry, Butler 1st Heat: John Flinner, Zelienople
7. Tom Kitchen, Saltsburg 2nd Heat:Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp
8. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park 3rd Heat: Nick Jones, Pittsburgh
9. Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
10. Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
11. Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew
12. Bobby Bertges, Apollo
13. Tony Burke, Sarver
14. Bob Puz, Rural Ridge
15. Brandon Wearing, Callery
16. Spanky Dougherty, Freeport
17. Dave Wells Jr., Chambersville
18. Kerry Jackson, New Kensington
19. Chuck Kennedy, Mars
20. Joe Johnson, Monaca
21. Dave Norton, Shinglehouse
22. Carl Bittner, Sarver
23. Sam Duncan, Kittanning
24. Scott Jenkins, Smithton

Ferrante Oldsmobile V-8 Modified Feature: Feature Race Notes:
Started : 3
1. Lonny Riggs, Volant Wins: 1 Laps: 21
2. Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
3. Jeff Hoffman, Franklin Lap Leaders: Risch 1,
4. Kevin Bolland, New Brighton Riggs 2-8, 18-21, Murdick 9-17
5. Gary Risch, Sarver Modified Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Jeff Schaffer, Fombell 1st Heat:Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew
7. Dave Harbaugh, Ellwood City 2nd Heat:Tom Marshall III, Kennerdell
8. Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City 3rd Heat:B. Swartzlander, Allegheny

9. Tom Winkle, Mars
10. Carl Weatherby, Volant B-MainGeorge Hobaugh, Karns City
11. Del Rougeux, Frenchville
12. Mike Sutton, Evans City
13. Tom Marshall III, Kennerdell
14. Eddie Brown, Saxonburg
15. JR McGinley, Fairmont City
16. Carl Murdick, Butler
17. Phil Evans, Greensburg
18. Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew
19. Brian Swartzlander, Allegheny Twp.
20. Chetter Johnson, Penn Run
21. Scott Gurdak, Spring Creek
22. George Hobaugh, Karns City

Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stock Feature:
1. Scott Bochek, Cheswick
2. Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
3. Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
4. Mike Faas, Natrona Heights Feature Race Notes: Started : 2
5. Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh Wins: 1 Laps:
6. Jeff Walters, Evans City
7. Chris Schneider, Tarentum Lap Leaders
8. Nick Reges, Butler Bochek 1-16
9. Rob Shook, Creighton Pure Stock Qualifying Race Winners:
10. Neil Tristani, Tarentum 1st Heat:Mike Faas, Natrona Heights
11. Robert Kosecki, Leechburg 2nd Heat: Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
12. Herman Bertolini, Creighton 3rd Heat: Scott Bochek, Cheswick
13. Joe Yakich, Prospect
14. Mike Turner, Butler B-Main:Martin Viale, Gibsonia
15. Dave Spangler, Renfrew
16. Doug Graham, Butler
17. Rick Burris, Saxonburg
18. Joe Large, Sarver
19. Roland Hall, Cabot
20. Jody Schnur, Butler
21. Mike Ventura, Pittsburgh
22. Martin Viale, Gibsonia
23. Mike Miller, Chicora
24. Butch Lambert, Mars

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7/13 "Fab Four" Racing plus Ferraccio Family Supermarkets Kid's Night,
Bike Races, 12 and Under (Helmets Required), Snyders of Berlin
7/20 "Fab Four" Racing, Nostalgia Night, Cornwell Tools Night
7/24(Tues.) World of Outlaws Don Martin Memorial Sprint Show, $34,000.00
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