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posted August 25, 2001 11:59 AM UIN: 16262997
Lernerville Speedway Race Results
278 N. Pike Road Sarver, Pa 16055
Phone: 724-353-1511 Fax: 724-353-2650

Date: 8/24/01

Triangle Gasoline Sprint Feature: Feature Race Notes: Started: 12
1. Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo Wins: 5 , Laps: 20
2. Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex
3. Gary Kriess Jr., Butler Lap Leaders: Spithaler 1-10,
4. Roger Bennett, Evans City Schaeffer 11-15, Lynch 16-20
5. Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning Sprint Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Kenny Hardy, New Castle 1st Heat: Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo
7. Ralph Engel Jr., Sewickley 2nd Heat: Gary Kriess, Butler
8. Chad Hill, Cowansville 3rd Heat: Mike Kaminski, Sarver
9. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City B-Main: Scott Priester, Rimersburg
10. Scott Priester, Rimersburg
11. Dan Shetler, Johnstown
12. Mike Shearer, Freeport
13. Mike Kaminski, Sarver
14. Brent Matus, Wampum
15. Gary Rankin, Renfrew
16. Bill Kiley, Cabot
17. Charlie Holben, Cabot
18. George Frederick, Sewickley
19. Ricky Ferkel, Tiffin, OH
20. Randy Cox, Industry
21. Rod George, Kittanning
22. Brian Woodhall, New Kensington
23. Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
24. Paul Kapuchuck, New Castle

Friedman's Market/Bi-Lo Foods Feature Race Notes: Started: 12
Late Model Feature: Wins: 6, Laps: 20
1. John Flinner, Zelienople
2. Nick Jones, Pittsburgh
3. Dave Norton, Shinglehouse Lap Leaders: Miley 1, Johnson 2-5,
4. David Scott, Garland Norton 6-9, Jones 10-16, Flinner 17-20
5. Ben Miley, Venetia Late Model Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park 1st Heat: Ben Miley, Venetia
7. Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp. 2nd Heat: Chuck Kennedy, Mars
8. Chuck Kennedy, Mars
9. Jeff Henry, Butler
10. Tony Burke, Sarver
11. Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
12. Russ Kolesar, West Mifflin
13. Bob Puz, Rural Ridge
14. Carl Bittner, Sarver
15. Joe Johnson, Monaca
16. Tom Kitchen, Saltsburg
17. Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
18. Kerry Jackson, New Kensington

Ferrante Oldsmobile V-8 Modified Feature: Feature Race Notes:
Started: 1
1. Lonny Riggs, Volant Wins: 2 Laps: 20
2. B. Swartzlander, Allegheny Twp.
3. Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock Lap Leaders:
4. Tom Winkle, Mars Riggs 1-20
5. Tom Marshall III, Kennerdell Modified Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Mike Sutton, Evans City 1st Heat: Carl Weatherby, Volant
7. George Hobaugh, Karns City 2nd Heat: Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
8. Carl Weatherby, Volant
9. Gary Risch Jr., Sarver
10. Phil Evans, Greensburg
11. Carl Murdick, Butler
12. Dave Harbaugh, Ellwood City
13. Eddie Brown, Saxonburg
14. Doug Fleeger, Butler
15. John Durci, Sarver
16. Ted Ryan, Karns City
17. Kevin Bolland, New Brighton

Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stock Feature: Feature Race Notes: Started: 1
1. Paul Schrekengost, Creighton Wins: 2, Laps: 15
2. Jeff Walters, Evans City
3. Mike Faas, Natrona Heights Lap Leaders:
4. Joe Yakich, Prospect Walters 1-2, 5-10, Schrekengost 3-4,11-15
5. Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant Pure Stock Qualifying Race Winners:
6. Scott Bochek, Cheswick 1st Heat: Jeff Walters, Evans City
7. Butch Lambert, Mars 2nd Heat: Mike Miller, Chicora
8. Nick Reges, Butler 3rd Heat: Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant
9. Chris Schneider, Tarentum B-Main: Herman Bertolini, Creighton
10. Rob Shook, Creighton
11. Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
12. Terry Kroner, Portersville
13. Doug Graham, Butler
14. Dave Spangler, Renfrew
15. John Radvansky Jr., Arnold
16. Rick Burris, Saxonburg
17. Joe Large, Sarver
18. Jody Schnur, Butler
19. Pat Hanley, Plum
20. Herman Bertolini, Creighton
21. Matt Rubright, Harmony
22. John Muron, Freedom
23. John Hartman, Sarver
24. Mike Miller, Chicora

8/31 Earl and David Bauman Memorial World of Outlaws Gumout Series Sprint
plus Pure Stocks, 8PM Start, MOR Jewelers Night
9/1(Sat.) "Back to School Bluebird Bus Races plus Powder Puff, PCTC
Senior Series
Championship Race and Ferraccio Family Supermarkets Kids Nite(Bike
12 and under, Helmets Required)
9/25(Tues.) World of Outlaws Sprint Show, $10,000 To Win 7PM Start,
St. Barnabas Health Systems Night, Raindate Wed. 9/26
9/29(Sat.) Autumn-Motive Fest '01 plus Bluebird School Bus Races, "The
Sequel," and
Powder Puff Races, Auto Demo and Pure Stock "Pandemonium" Special

Sarver, PA August 24, 2001

The 2001 Champions were crowned at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway,
Friday evening. John Flinner claimed a career first Friedman's
Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model Championship and also won his sixth
feature of the year! Jimmy Hawley captured his third Triangle Gasoline Sprint
Championship and Ed Lynch Jr garnered his fifth Sprint win of the season. For
the third time, Brian Swartzlander was crowned the Ferrante Oldsmobile
Modified Champ and Lonnie Riggs won his second main event. "Super" Joe Kelley
earned his fourth consecutive Dingbat's Restaurant Pure Stock Championship
and Paul Schreckengost was the night's feature winner.

Tonight John Flinner was a "man on a mission" and he ruled with
authority in John Johnson's owned/Allegheny Ford sponsored #48 in the 20-lap
Friedman's Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model main event. As a result, he
wears a career first Late Model Championship crown and also claimed the
feature event, his sixth of 2001. Starting twelfth Flinner had his work cut
out for him as David Scott, who was eighth, came into the event only 20
digits behind in the points chase. Pole sitter Ben Miley took the lead and
Joe Johnson led laps two through six. At this point Flinner passed Scott and
was running sixth. The next lap Johnson went high on the back straight and
Dave Norton took control laps seven through ten with Nick Jones, Miley, and
Flinner in hot pursuit. Scott had dropped to seventh. Jones took charge laps
11 through 17. Flinner moved into second on lap 14 and began to pressure
Jones. Using the outside line, Flinner passed Jones on lap 18 and never
looked back as Norton place third, Scott fourth and Miley fifth. A jubilant
John Flinner did a few doughnuts and took a "Polish" victory lap before going
to the champagne victory lane celebration. Flinner said, "I dedicated this
season to my idol, old man Earnhardt and my best friend who just died, Chris
Francis. "I want to thank my sponsors, D&T Auto Body, Marianos Lounge,
Hoosier Tires, Johnson Tow Boats and my wife, Dad, crew, daughters and fans."
Six through ten went to Gary Lyle, Lynn Geisler, Chuck Kennedy, Jeff Henry
and Tony Burke. Miley and Kennedy won the heat races. Flinner was the Hard
Charger, having come from 12th to first.
Ed Lynch Jr didn't need a "brake" to find his way to the Triangle
Gasoline victory circle for the fifth time this season and he has now tied
Lou Blaney for second (49 wins) in the Sprint All Time Record Book. Johnny
Beaber is "King" with 55 triumphs. Jimmy Hawley in the Doc and Debbie
Crawford #3 is the reigning 2001 Champion, also having won the '98 and '99.
All eyes were on Rod George who was thirteenth on the grid and Hawley who was
sixteenth. There were two races that were occurring simultaneously and the
fans were watching the front of the race with leader Ralph Spithaler being
pressured by Kevin Schaeffer for ten laps and the back of the field as George
entered the feature event ahead of Hawley by one digit. On lap eight,
George's luck soured as his fuel pump went bad and he stopped on the back
straight to bring out the second caution of the event. Spithaler went over
the bank, and brought out the caution on lap ten, giving Kevin Schaeffer the
front spot. On the restart, Brian Woodhall's #8 Sprint soared through the air
over lap one, hit a tree, and came down on four wheels about sixty feet from
the track. He was not injured. When the race resumed, Schaeffer paced the
field laps 11-15. At this point lapped traffic played a major role. Lynch,
who had lost his brakes, masterfully weaved his way through the field,
passing Schaeffer on lap 16, keeping the front spot to the checker. Although
Rod George returned to the race on lap 13, three laps down, Hawley remained
focused and worked his way into the second spot by lap 16 to acquire the
runner-up slot and secure the Championship. He was also the Hard Charger,
receiving a Bulova Watch. Hawley said, "Rod pushed us all year long and he is
a great driver." Three through ten went to Gary Kriess, Roger Bennett, Kevin
Schaeffer, Kenny Hardy, Ralph Engle Jr, Chad Hill, Ralph Spithaler, and Scott
Priester. Lynch Jr, Kriess, and Mike Kaminski won the prelims and Scott
Priester was the B-Main victory.

From the pole position, it was Lonnie Riggs' Merle Black owned/Winner's
Circle Automotive #58 with a superb drive to "smoke" the competition. Leading
all the way in the 20-lap Ferrante Oldsmobile Modified feature for his second
big win of the season Riggs defeated Brian Swartzlander. In the closing laps
of the race Riggs' Modified began to leave a trail of smoke in the turns but
he announced later that it was only a gasket. Dave Murdick, who started fifth
finished directly behind Swartzlander's McCutcheon Ent.#83S, applied
continuous pressure but the 2001 Champ never made a mistake and drove an
impeccable race for his third title. Having come from tenth to second,
Swartzlander was the hard charger, receiving a Bulova watch from MOR
Jewelers. Four through ten were Tom Winkle, Tom Marshall, Mike Sutton, George
Hobaugh, Carl Weatherby, Gary Risch Jr and Phil Evans. Weatherby and Murdick
were the heat victors.

The "King" of the Pure Stocks is Joe Kelley in the Rent-A-Wreck/66
Auto Supply #66, who has secured his fourth consecutive Dingbats Restaurant
title over Jeff Walters. One other driver, Lou Blaney, has four consecutive
titles! "This race made me nervous. Everyone raced us clean," said Kelley.
Paul Schreckengost won the feature event, after trading the lead with
runner-up Jeff Walters four times. Mike Faas was third and was trailed by Joe
Yakich, Kelley, Scott Bochek, Butch Lambert, Nick Reges, Chris Schneider, and
"Hard Charger" Rob Shook. Walters, Mike Miller, and Kelley checkered the heat
events and Herman Bertolini was the B-Main winner.

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