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posted July 16, 2001 06:48 AM UIN: 16262997
by Brian Spaid

July 15, 2001


FRANKLIN, PA ... Tri-City Speedway continued its summer season on Sunday night as Rod George (Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprints), Dave Murdick (Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds), Brent Rhebergen (RE/MAX E Mods) and Bobby Whitling (E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars) snared feature wins on a hot and sunny Selker Bros./Pennzoil Night.
In the 20-lap Super Sprint feature, Rod George of Kittanning, Pa., raced by early leader Ricky Ferkel on the fifth lap and cruised through traffic to his second win of the season and the ninth of his career at Tri-City.
"We ran the middle groove all night, and the car worked real well," said George beside his National Rehab Equipment/Kittanning Dairy Queen Gambler No. 4. "I knew someone would try the inside groove on that last restart, but I kept it right in the middle and I knew we could hold him off. Winning like this makes the trip home a lot shorter."
Ferkel started on the pole and led the first five laps of the race before George made an inside move off turn four to grab the lead. As George continued to pace the field, Rob Eyler tried to pass Ferkel for several circuits. At the halfway mark, George still led Ferkel, Eyler, Andy Priest, Jarod Larson and Ed Lynch Jr.
Over the next three laps, Eyler and Priest moved by Ferkel and Lynch switched to the outside lane to cruise into fourth. With side-by-side battles all over the track, George led all alone out front. Two late cautions allowed Priest to move by Eyler for second, and he made one last inside move to try to pass George. It was a valiant effort, but George could not be stopped.
At the finish George was the winner over Priest, Lynch, Eyler and Central Pennsylvania invader Daryl Stimeling. Stimeling and Lynch were the Super Sprint heat race winners.
Dave Murdick of Slippery Rock, Pa., earned his first career DIRT Modified win at Tri-City, and his second of the weekend after a win Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.
"We got this car from (Mr. DIRT Modified Champion) Danny Johnson in February, and it's run well," said Murdick. "The track was perfect tonight and it feels good to get the monkey off my back and finally win at Tri-City."
Defending track champion Kevin Bolland led the first eight laps of the race. Behind him, cars raced two and three wide throughout the race, as three excellent grooves allowed the racers to pass each other multiple times. By the sixth lap, Brian Swartzlander was second over New York invader Ron Smoker, Murdick and point leader Jeff Hoffman.
Over the next three laps, Murdick found that the inside groove was the best for his unsponsored Troyer No. 61. He moved through the top three with ease and used an inside pass off turn four on the ninth lap to take command of the race. On the 12th lap, Smoker drove under Bolland for second and started to reel in Murdick. Smoker could not get close enough to make a move for the win, and settled for the runnerup slot at the line for his best career finish at Tri-City in his first-ever visit to the track.
After Murdick and Smoker, Scott Gurdak finished third after using the same inside groove as Murdick to work his way into the show position over the final six laps. Bolland and Hoffman rounded out the top five. Lou Blaney, Murdick and Bolland captured the DIRT Modified heats.
Continuing his domination of the E Mod division, Brent Rhebergen of Clymer, N.Y., raced Bruce Steadman's Sharp Tool & Die No. 69 to his seventh win in a row and eighth of the season at Tri-City in the 15-lap feature. Rhebergen took the lead four laps into the race and continued unchallenged for the win.
"I can't believe this," said Rhebergen. "It's not unusual to win two or three in a row, but this team and this car are incredible. The Steadmans have a great team. It is simply incredible what we have accomplished. I don't know what to say."
After last week's disqualification, Mike Hess, who led the first four laps, stayed within sight of Rhebergen the entire distance. Hess never had a chance to win the $100 bonus offered to any driver that beats Rhebergen while he is still running at the end of the main event. That bonus was increased to $150 for the remainder of the regular season.
After Hess, Rick Robinson finished third in the best career run for the former Stock Car ace. Bootie Petsko and Larry Kugel rounded out the top five. They passed Todd Roncaglione on the final lap when Roncaglione nearly spun in turn one. He recovered to finish sixth. Rhebergen, Petsko and Roncaglione snagged wins in the E Mod heats.
"The Seneca Slider" Bobby Whitling reached a milestone as he scored his 25th career Stock Car feature win at Tri-City in the 15-lap main event. Using a brilliant move in lapped traffic, Whitling zipped by point leader Ron Iorio to take his fifth win of the season.
"The entire crew worked all week on this car," said Whitling, who rolled his Ted Karns Specialty Construction Chevrolet No. 7W and crashed it in separate accidents last week. "Ron (Iorio) and I were both running the same line, and I knew I could make that pass work with the lapped car."
Iorio paced the event in the early stages, but Whitling charged through the pack from his sixth starting spot to move into second on the eighth lap. Waiting for the right moment, Whitling used the lapped car of Arthur Edwards to his advantage in turn three. With Edwards down low, Whitling trapped Iorio and used the outside line to ride into first place on the tenth lap. From there, Whitling held off all challengers for the milestone victory.
Iorio finished second over Danny Exley, last week's winner and defending track champion Dave Ferringer and Scotty Carbaugh. Whitling, Bob Sloss and Mike Dolecki won the Stock Cars heats.
At the end of the night, Tonya Boyer of Meadville, Pa., won the Lowry Auto Wrecking Demolition Derby for her third career win at Tri-City. Boyer topped a field of 27 cars for the win.
This coming Sunday July 22nd, there will be no racing at Tri-City Speedway as the track takes a midsummer break following the SFX Motor Madness Monster Jam Presented by Schwab Ford on Friday and Saturday July 20th and 21st. Those events will take place at 7:30 a.m. each night. Grandstand admission is $16 for those 13 and older and $8 for children ages 4 to 12.
Racing action will return to Tri-City Speedway on Sunday July 29th as the track hosts another program of the Allegheny Land & Lumber Super Sprints, Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds, RE/MAX E Mods and E.F. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Stock Cars. It will be Klasen Oil/Pennzoil and Shrine Night at the half-mile Venango County oval. In addition, the Student Appreciation Night tickets from June 3rd will be honored. Gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 6 p.m.

SUPER SPRINTS (20 Laps): 1. ROD GEORGE, 2. Andy Priest, 3. Ed Lynch Jr., 4. Rob Eyler, 5. Daryl Stimeling, 6. Ricky Ferkel, 7. Scott Bonnell, 8. Jarod Larson, 9. John Toth III, 10. Chad Hill, 11. Brian Hartzell, 12. Ed Etzel, 13. Sheila Rankin, 14. Ray Bullis, 15. Brent Covell, 16. Gregg McCandless, 17. Phil Mott, 18. Kevin Schaeffer, 19. John Laugherty, 20. Gary Rankin, 21. David Scott, 22. Jason Jacoby.
DIRT MODIFIEDS (20 Laps): 1. DAVE MURDICK, 2. Ron Smoker, 3. Scott Gurdak, 4. Kevin Bolland, 5. Jeff Hoffman, 6. John Braymer, 7. Brian Swartzlander, 8. Lou Blaney, 9. Del Rougeux Jr., 10. Kevin Hoffman, 11. Rex King, 12. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 13. Josh Skarzenski, 14. Dave Schrader, 15. Skip Moore, 16. J.R. McGinley, 17. Chanda Reitz, 18. Nick Ritchey, 19. George Hobaugh, 20. Rob Kristyak, 21. Jim Weller, 22. Chris Schiffer, 23. Joe Crawford, 24. Jim Rasey. DNS: Carl Murdick.
E MODS (15 Laps): 1. BRENT RHEBERGEN, 2. Mike Hess, 3. Rick Robinson, 4. Bootie Petsko, 5. Larry Kugel, 6. Todd Roncaglione, 7. Holly Nelson, 8. Kevin Decker, 9. Scott Stiffler, 10. Kari Petrosky, 11. Shawn Shingledecker, 12. Bob Craig, 13. Dale Fuller, 14. Chuck List Sr., 15. Ron Jaeger, 16. Bill Taylor, 17. Mike Samuelson, 18. Bob McCann, 19. John Kellogg, 20. Gene Crouch, 21. Jim Abbott. DNS: Dean Ruth, Marc Rector, Mike Potosky, Shawn Domhoff.
STOCK CARS (15 Laps): 1. BOBBY WHITLING, 2. Ron Iorio, 3. Danny Exley, 4. Dave Ferringer, 5. Scotty Carbaugh, 6. Brian Counselman, 7. Matt Cummings, 8. Doug Iorio Sr., 9. Jamie Shetler, 10. Chuck Sullivan Jr., 11. John Sutley, 12. Rod Urey, 13. **** Pascorell, 14. Jay Feely, 15. Mike Miller, 16. Lonny Blair, 17. Doug Calvert, 18. Jason Jones, 19. Terry Wheeler Jr., 20. Arthur Edwards, 21. Bud Shontz, 22. Bob Sloss, 23. Bob Garris, 24. Todd Titus, 25. John Shetler, 26. Scott Peterson, 27. Mike Dolecki. DNS: Jim Green.


July 20 & 21 - Motor Madness Monster Jam Featuring SFX USHRA Monster
Trucks and Amateur and Professional Quad Wars Presented by Schwab Ford
(Gates Open 4 p.m., Show Starts 7:30 p.m. each night)
July 22 - NO RACING (Midsummer Break)
July 29 - Sprints, DIRT Modifieds, E Mods and Stock Cars (Klasen Oil/Pennzoil Night) (Student
Appreciation Night) (Shrine Night)
Aug. 5 - Advance Auto Parts Super DIRT Modified Series A Crivelli Chevrolet/GMC 100
(Titusville Motor & Auction Co. DIRT Modifieds, $6,000-to-win) and York Triathlon
E Mods Series

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