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posted May 12, 2002 05:14 PM UIN: 16262997
L:ernerville Speedway
278 North Pike Road
Sarver, PA 16055
Sarver, PA May 10, 2002

They say "things happen in threes" and tonight, after five nights of
racing at Don Martin's Lernerville Speedway, it was the third feature win for
Apollo's Ed Lynch Jr in the St. Barnabas Health System Sprints. John Flinner
of Zelienople scored his third Friedman's Supermarket/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model
main event and in the Ferrante Oldsmobile Modifieds it was Kevin Bolland of
New Brighton. A very happy Herman Bertolini of Creighton, tasted that "sweet
smell of success" garnering a career first in the Dingbats Restaurant Pure
One man's misfortune was another's gain in the 20-lap St. Barnabas Health
System Sprint feature. After driving a tremendous race, surviving four
caution events, and leading 15 laps, Gary Kriess Jr had a right rear tire
slowly begin to lose air. Kriess gave up the lead to the aggressive Ed Lynch
Jr, who came from eighth and took the lead on the back straight of lap 16.
Kriess eventually dropped to third. Lynch, the former 1990 Track Champion,
then cruised to his third Sprint win, 52nd overall, and tops the 2002-point
list. He is closing in on All-Time Sprint Winner Johnny Beaber's record of 55
feature victories. Lynch has not finished lower than third this season. As
the point leader, Lynch, will have a guaranteed spot in the Tuesday's World
of Outlaw Sprint Show, if he doesn't qualify through the preliminary events.
He said, "This was a good tune up mentally!" Running fourth with two laps to
go, Rod George, who had started fourth, turned up the "wick" to finish
second. This also moved George from fourth to second in points, 28 digits
behind Lynch, and gives him the second provisional. Fourth through tenth
positions went to Ralph Spithaler, Kenny Hardy, Jamie Smith, Mike Kaminski,
Goob Schuller, Roger Bennett and Brian Woodhall. George and Lynch were the
heat winners. On lap three, William Kiley violently flipped his Sprint in
turn one. He was not injured, but his Sprint sustained major damage.
Like a missile, John Flinner soared to his second consecutive, third
overall "action packed" 20-lap Friedmans Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model
main. After the pill draw, the line up had Lynn Geisler and Gary Lyle in the
front row with last week's feature winner, Flinner in twelfth, and you knew
this was going to be a thrilling race. The fans were not disappointed as
Geisler, running the high line, and Lyle tucked low, immediately started to
duel with Geisler in charge the first three laps. Three yellow flag events
occurred by this point and Flinner's Allegheny Ford/Rocket Chassis #48 had
moved into third. Running side-by-side Lyle and Geisler continued their
battle and Lyle was the first to pass the flagman laps four through ten.
Geisler was back in charge on lap eleven when a strange "twist of events"
occurred. Geisler lost the handle in turn two, bringing out the caution
flag, which sent him to the back of the field. Now it was Lyle, Flinner and
Joe Johnson in order that went by the flagman on lap twelve. Flinner's John
Johnson owned Late Model took command the next lap and continued on for an
impressive win over the hard charging Lyle. In victory lane Flinner dedicated
the win to his mother for Mothers Day and said, "I'd like to thank Stan Hover
for these Hoosier Tires, Draime Racing Engines, and Rocket Chassis." Flinner
is the current point leader and this victory also ties him with Bob Wearing
Jr for sixth place over-all with 20 wins on the all-time Late Model win
chart. Flinner now ranks 20th on the all-time divisional win list, tying
Tommy Kristyak with 25. Starting tenth, Joe Johnson finished third, his best
of the season. Trailing him was Ken Schaltenbrand, Rodney Phillips, Chuck
Kennedy, Ben Miley, Rob Kosecki, Dave Hoffman and Geisler. Lyle and Hoffman
won the heat events.
Revin' Kevin Bolland claimed his second consecutive exciting 20-lap
Ferrante Oldsmobile Modified victory. In a "Modified Mayhem" Bolland's
Bicknell 2002X Chassis had a twelfth place berth, with Dave Murdick and Tommy
Marshall facing off up front. The battle immediately began between the
twosome and Marshall was in charge for two circuits. In this exceptionally
competitive race, Murdick guided the field laps three to six and the front
spot seesawed back to Marshall laps seven to 14. Meanwhile, by the eleventh
lap, the flagman had to wave the caution flag seven times to stop the race.
At this point, Bolland's Brighton Hot Dog Shop/Cintas Uniform #777 had moved
into second, but was in a three-way battle with Murdick and Josh Skarzenski
to keep it. On lap fifteen Bolland "kicked in the jets" of his Bolland
Machine "power plant" and passed Marshall surging ahead for his third
resounding win. Bolland said, "We had to work them and wait our turn
tonight. A few years ago we were struggling with motors, and I have to hand
it to my father and Bolland Machine for this wonderful power plant." Bolland
has not finished lower that second this season at the track. He ranks sixth
in the all-time Modified win record with 19 and tops the current point chart
over Jim Weller by 16. Dave Murdick placed third, and fourth place
Skarzenski, had his best run of the season. Fifth through tenth place went to
Tom Winkle, Jim Weller, Del Rougeux, Lonny Riggs, Weller and Carl Murdick.
Bolland, Shaffer and Gary Risch Jr claimed the heat races and Lonny Riggs was
victorious in the B-Main.
After 8 years, the East Deer fireman Herman Bertolini has been knocking
at victory's door and Friday he chopped through to claim that coveted career
first 15-lap Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stock feature. Bertolini, a popular
guy, had five different Pure Stock teams congratulating him in victory circle
as he shouted, "This feels so good!" The entire race was a campaign
involving Bertolini, who started third and Paul Schreckengost in first. The
lead between the pair was exchanged four times. With two laps to go,
Bertolini driving the race of his career used the low groove to gain the edge
over Schreckengost. This racing season marks the first time that Bertolini is
without the man that inspired him to most, his father, Herman Sr, who died at
the end of March. He said, "If it wasn't for him, I wouldn't be racing."
Butch Lambert's third place finish advanced him into the point lead over
Chris Schneider by three. Fourth through tenth went to Mike Faas, Robert
McCall, Dave Spangler, Chris Schneider, Harold Reges, Jason Fosnaught and
Fred Pfeifer. Although Joe Kelley dropped out of the feature on the first
lap with mechanical problems, he did win the heat race along with Reges and
Lambert. Doug Graham took a career first checker by nabbing the B-Main.
Lernerville Speedway Race Results
278 N. Pike Road Sarver, Pa 16055
Phone: 724-353-1511 Fax: 724-353-2650

Date: 5/10/02

St. Barnabas Health Systems Friedman's Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods
Sprint Feature: Late Model Feature
1. Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo 1. John Flinner, Zelienople
2. Rod George, Kittanning 2. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
3. Gary Kriess, Butler 3. Joe Johnson, Monaca
4. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City 4. Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver
5. Kenny Hardy, Wampum 5. Rodney Phillips, Punxsutawney
6. Jamie Smith, Sewickley 6. Chuck Kennedy, Mars
7. Mike Kaminski, Sarver 7. Ben Miley, Venetia
8. Goob Schuller, Mercer 8. Rob Kosecki, Leechburg
9. Roger Bennett, Evans City 9. Dave Hoffman, Renfrew
10. Brian Woodhall, New Kensington 10. Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
11. Eric Smith, Sarver 11. Rick Lias, Rural Valley
12. Chad Hill, Cowansville 12. Russ Kolesar, West Mifflin
13. Brent Matus, Wampum 13 Tony Burke, Sarver
14. Brad Ellenberger, Karns City 14. Bob Puz, Rural Ridge
15. Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning 15. Brandon Wearing, Callery
16. Dave Jones, Warrendale 16. Tom Tuite, West Sunbury
17. Gary Rankin, Renfrew 17. Nick Jones, Pittsburgh
18. Mark Imler, Chillicothe, OH 18. Spanky Dougherty, Sarver
19. Charlie Holben, Cabot 19. Kerry Jackson, New Kensington
20. Bob Walters, Pittsburgh 20. Mike Hite, Kittanning
21. Jerry Frew, Barnesville, OH 21. Tom Bateman, Carnegie
22. Sheila Rankin, Renfrew
23. Bob Clark, New Castle
24. Bill Kiley, Cabot

Feature Race Notes: Started: 8 Feature Race Notes: Started: 12
Wins: 3 Laps: 20 Wins: 3 Laps: 20
Lap Leaders: Kriess 1-15, Lynch 16-20 Lap Leaders: Geisler 1-4, 10, Lyle
5-9, 11
Flinner 12-20

Sprint Qualfying Race Winners: Late Model Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Ed Lynch Jr., Apollo 1st Heat: Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
2nd Heat: Rod George, Kittanning 2nd Heat: Dave Hoffman, Renfrew

Ferrante Oldsmobile V-8 Modified Feature Dingbats Restaurants Pure Stock
1. Kevin Bolland, New Brighton 1. Herman Bertolini, Creighton
2. Tommy Marshall, Beaver Falls 2 Paul Schreckengost, Creighton
3. Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock 3. Butch Lambert, Mars
4. Josh Skarzenski, Erie 4. Mike Faas, Natrona Heights
5. Tom Winkle, Mars 5. Robert McCall, Tarentum
6. Jim Weller, Hubbard, OH 6. Dave Spangler, Renfrew
7. Del Rougeux, Frenchville 7. Chris Schneider, Tarentum
8. Lonny Riggs, Volant 8. Harold Reges, Butler
9. Jim Weller III, Hubbard, OH 9. Jason Fosnaught, Bairdford
10. Carl Murdick, Butler 10. Fred Pfeifer, Valencia
11. JR McGinley, Fairmont City 11. Nick Reges, Butler
12. Mike Sutton, Evans City 12. Chuck Kremer, Gibsonia
13. Gary Risch Jr., Freeport 13. Mike Turner, Butler
14. Phil Evans, Greensburg 14. John Radvansky Jr., New Kensington
15. Dave Harbaugh, Ellwood City 15. Doug Graham, Butler
16. John Durci, Sarver 16. Lenny Wright, Kittanning
17. Frank Guidace, Jackson Center 17. Mike Miller, Chicora
18. Jeff Miller, Butler 18. John Muron, Freedom
19. Eddie Brown, Saxonburg 19. Joe Large, Sarver
20. George Hobaugh, Karns City 20. Ricky Lanigan, New Castle
21. Bob Wearing Jr., Renfrew 21. Roland Hall, Cabot
22. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg 22. Mike Hilla, Bairdford
23. Jeff Shaffer, Fombell 23. Jeff Walters, Evans City
24. Chetter Johnson, Penn Run 24. Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant

Feature Race Notes: Started: 12 Feature Race Notes: Started: 3
Wins: 3 Laps: 20 Wins: 1 Laps: 15
Lap Leaders: Marshall 1-2, 7-14, Lap Leaders: Schreckengost 1-5, 8-13,
Murdick 3-6, Bolland 15-20 Bertolini 6-7, 14-15

Modified Qualfying Race Winners: Pure Stock Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Kevin Bolland, New Brighton 1st Heat: Joe Kelley, Mt.
2nd Heat: Jeff Shaffer, Fombell 2nd Heat: Harold Reges, Butler
3rd Heat: Gary Risch Jr., Freeport 3rd Heat: Butch Lambert, Mars
B-Main: Lonny Riggs, Volant B-Main: Doug Graham, Butler

5/14 (Tues.) World of Outlaws "Commonwealth Clash" Sprint Show
$10,000 to Win, Time Trials 7:15, Racing 8:00
5/17 "Fab Four" Racing
5/24 "Fab Four" Racing plus Demo Derby
5/31 "Fab Four" Racing
1st Career Feature Win for Bertolini
Late Models 23
Pure Stocks-33
Car Count Total: 106

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