Sarver, PA (September 17, 2021) There was a championship feeling in the air as the Fab4 Revved Up with Marburger Farm Dairy 2021 regular season came to a close on ‘Championship Night’ presented by Alumisource. Todd Bachman found victory lane for the very first time while John Mollick, Josh Baughman, and Chris Schneider also seized victories on the final championship points night at Lernerville Speedway!
The Precise Racing Products Late Models were the first main event to hit the speedway with Todd Bachman and Levi Yetter setting the pace on the front row. When the green flag dropped it was Bachman jumping out to the early lead as fourth place starter, Colton Flinner sliding into the second spot as the field completed lap one. The pace was slowed on lap two as the red flag was displayed for a multi-car accident on the front stretch that included Tony Burke, Logan Zarin, Matt Lux, Shawn Schaltenbrand, Mike Miller, and Clayton Kennedy. When the race resumed it was Flinner stealing the lead away from Bachman using the high side of ‘The Action Track’ and by lap five, Tommy Beck, who started 14th, had climbed into the fifth position. After a quick caution on lap six, Flinner continued to lead before his car slowed on lap seven to bring out the events third caution. Flinner, who already had the 2021 Championship wrapped up, took his car pit side. Bachman found himself back in the lead with Gary Lyle in second and pressuring Bachman hard for the top spot. As the laps wound down, Bachman would continue to lead with Tyler Dietz closing on the lead duo. On lap 17, Dietz made his way around Lyle for second and set his sights on Bachman for the lead. On lap 21, Dietz was able to work his way to the lead and quickly pulled away. However, on the white flag lap, Dietz had a left rear tire go soft which catapulted both Bachman and Lyle back into the lead positions. Bachman was able to hold off a last-ditch effort by Lyle in turns three and four to capture his first ever Lernerville Speedway victory. Finished third was behind Bachman and Lyle was Clay Ruffo followed by Dietz who held on to finish fourth while Tommy Beck completed the top-five.
‘This is absolutely fantastic,’ exclaimed Bachman in Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane. ‘It’s been a long, long time. I’m glad everybody is here tonight, it’s just, fantastic. I have to thank Matt, Rob, Levi, Austin, Kim, my whole family here tonight, Bachman Trucking, North Pike Truck & Auto, Club 29 Race Cars, Durham Racing Engines, and all of this money (winnings) is going to the Navy Seal Foundation as always.’
‘We had a couple of strong runs, and we were fast and consistent every week here,’ Colton Flinner said while being introduced as the 2021 Precise Racing Products Late Model Track Champion. ‘I’m glad Todd Bachman won here tonight, he’s been trying for a really long time, I’m really good friends with him and I’m happy he won.’
The Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds were next to hit the track as point leader Jeremiah Shingledecker led the first seven laps of the 25-lap main event. John Mollick pressured Shingledecker for the top spot during those seven laps and was able to make his move for the lead after a lap 7 restart. Shingledecker stayed close to Mollick and made a bid for the lead on lap 14 but Mollick was able to hold on and lead the rest of the way to claim the victory with Shingledecker in second, Rex King, Jr. in third followed by Brian Swartzlander in fourth and Garrett Krummert in fifth. With Shingledecker’s runner-up finish, Shingledecker secured his third track championship and first since 2011.
‘He (Shingledecker) was really good, I could hear him back there and I was just driving for everything I had left. I’m glad it wasn’t 30 laps,’ Mollick stated in Victory Lane. ‘I really didn’t expect to win this, this car is twisted up like a pretzel, we were just trying to get through the year. Just come out here, it ran good and here we are.’ Mollick continued, ‘I have to thank Pro-X, they’ve given me tips, pointers, and this and that and obviously I have to thank my wife, my buddy Scotty, and my crew chief Bob, they’re all a part of this.’
‘The team is almost all family, my dad does the engines, my wife spends a lot of time in the garage, the crew, Rick driving the truck for us,’ the now three-time Diehl Automotive Big Block Modified Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, Jeremiah Shingledecker stated. ‘Austin, Brayden and Noah all spend a lot of time in the garage throughout the week and that’s what got us a couple of fast race cars.
When the Peoples Natural Gas Sprints took to the speedway with was Dan Kuriger and A.J. Flick leading the field to the green flag with Flick, who was in search of his fifth career track championship, taking the lead from the start. By lap 10, Flick had a 1.482 second lead over Kuriger who was being hounded by Jack Sodeman, Jr who took second on lap 11. Lapped traffic started to play a heavy role on Flick’s lead as Josh Baughman joined the battle for second with Sodeman, Jr. and Kuriger while the trio started to close on Flick. By the 16th circuit, Sodeman, Jr. made his way under Flick for the lead in turns one and two, but Flick was able to repel the challenges before Baughman blasted his way around Sodeman, Jr. for second. On lap 19, Baughman was able to pull off a perfect slider coming out of turn four to take the lead from Flick and pull away to claim his second career victory at Lernerville Speedway as Sodeman, Jr. came home second followed by Flick. In fourth was Kuriger with George Hobaugh rounding out the top-five. Brandon Matus, who held an eight-point lead coming into ‘Championship Night’, finished seventh but Flick’s third place finish was enough to give him a one-point advantage and his fifth Lernerville Speedway track championship. ‘I love this place,’ Baughman said in Victory Lane. ‘It was a hell of a race, my car was really tight to start but I can’t thank these guys enough and everybody that helps on this car, we don’t get to race that much anymore but we enjoy winning!’
‘Yeah, it’s pretty cool,’ the freshly crowned five-time Peoples Natural Gas Sprint Lernerville Speedway Track Champion, A.J. Flick said. ‘Brandon (Matus) was one of the quicker cars all year and I think we did everything we could to throw it away. We weren’t winning races, I was making mistakes, we got taken out in a heat race one night that cost us a full night of points but like I said, Brandon’s been quick, any time he’s made a mistake or has been sent to the back, he’s been able to come back up through. We just didn’t have that speed this year.’ Flick continued, ‘We fought with the car all year long and it was only two or three weeks ago I said, if want any shot to make some of these points up, we have to put something else together. I want to win races, but we get the championship for the fifth time and everything that comes with it. I appreciate everything the speedway does to help get us back on track and all the support we get from all the fans. It’s pretty cool to be a part of this.’
The final feature of the night was the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Penn/Ohio Pro Stocks that had Chase Lambert and Chris Schneider on the front row. Schneider jumped out to the early lead, but the action was slowed on lap two as Lambert made contact with fourth starting Daryl Charlier coming out of turn four to bring out the caution. As the caution car, Lambert was sent to the rear as was Charlier by race control for rough driving. When the field came back to green it was Schneider pulling away from the pack as by lap five, he had close to a three second lead over second running Corey McPherson who had already had the 2021 championship in his back pocket heading into the night’s events. Unfortunately for McPherson, mechanical issues ended his night early as he pulled off the speedway during a lap eight caution for third place running Larry Kugel who stopped in turn one. As the field rolled back to green it was Joey Zambotti in second place behind race leader Chris Schneider. By lap 10, Charlier, who was sent to the tail during the events first caution, had made his way back up to the fourth position and by lap 14 got by Zambotti for second. A lap 15 caution brought the field together and put Charlier right next to race long leader Schneider with just five laps to remaining. Schneider was able to hold off Charlier’s challenges to claim third victory of the season. Zambotti finished third with Todd Weldon in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth. ‘We love coming here,’ Schneider stated in Victory Lane. ‘It’s a great oval, great surface, multiple grooves to race on, it’s great that we can come here weekly against good competition, and you never know who’s going to win.’
After claiming his seventh Millerstown Pic-A-Part Penn/Ohio Pro Stock Lernerville Speedway Track Championship, Corey McPherson made a surprise announcement, ‘I’ll still be around next year but maybe just not as much. I’m going to take a step back after tonight but like I said, I’ll still be around it will just be few and far between. We have some plans with my little girls, they want to go full time dirt bike racing next year so we’re going to make the switch.’ McPherson continued, ‘I have to thank my wife, my crew, Doing It Right Roofing, Alternative Power Sources, Ingram Engines, SS Chassis and Supply, Pure Romance, Precise Racing Products, Advance Auto Parts, and everyone along the way. It’s bee a great ride, we’ve been doing this a little over a decade and we’ve come a long way and I really enjoy it. I’m going to miss everyone, like I said, I’ll still be around, just on a limited schedule.’
Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Results:
#1Cochran Heat 1: (9) Levi Yetter, (15*) Kelvin Kohan, (10) Gary Lyle, (48) Colton Flinner, (41) Tony Burke, (9K) Clayton Kennedy, (B1) Brandon Wearing, (11) Joshua Powell, (29) Ken Schaltenbrand- DNF
GetPhil.com Heat 2: (111L) Matt Lux, (1Z) Logan Zarin, (14R) Clay Ruffo, (81) Mike Miller, (66) Todd Bachmann, (77) Tyler Dietz, (91) Tommy Beck, (10K) Zachary Kane, (26) Shawn Schaltenbrand- DNF
Precise Racing Products Feature: (66) Todd Bachman, (10) Gary Lyle, (14R) Clay Ruffo, (77) Tyler Dietz, (91) Tommy Beck, (81) Mike Miller, (B1) Brandon Wearing, (10K) Zachary Kane, (11) Joshua Powell, (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, (48) Colton Flinner, (9) Levi Yetter, (9K) Clayton Kennedy, (15*) Kelvin Kohan, (26) Shawn Schaltenbrand, (1Z) Logan Zarin, (41) Tony Burke, (111L) Matt Lux
Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modifieds Results:
McCutcheon Enterprises Heat 1: (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, (83) Brian Swartzlander, (61) Dave Murdick, (45) Steve Feder, (32R) Chris Rudolph, (35) Steve Slater, (165) Rex King Sr. (DNS)
Thermo Twin Windows Heat 2: (165) Rex King Jr., (29) Garrett Krummert, (4J) John Mollick, (22) Kevin Long, (88) Shawn Fleeger, (18) Colton Walters, (56M) Jacob McElravy
Diehl Automotive Feature: (4J) John Mollick, (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, (165) Rex King Jr.(83) Brian Swartzlander, (29) Garrett Krummert, (65) Rex King Sr., (45) Steve Feder, (61) Dave Murdick, (18) Colton Walters, (32R) Chris Rudolph, (88) Shawn Fleeger, (22) Kevin Long, (35) Steve Slater, (56M) Jacob McElravy
Peoples Natural Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint Results:
Ferguson Heating and Air Conditioning Heat 1: (2) A.J. Flick, (12) Darin Gallagher, (13) Brandon Matus, (11J) David Kalb Jr., (31C) Chase Metheney, (76) Davey Jones, (13B) Steve Bright, (42) Sye Lynch- DNS
Action Track Podcast Heat 2: (17) Josh Baughman, (21) Bryan Salisbury, (40) George Hobaugh, (C1) Clay Riney, (11) Carl Bowser, (33) Brent Matus, (14H) Jeremy Hill, (55*) Matt Sherlock
Steighner Crane Services Heat 3: (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr., (08) Dan Kuriger, (46) Micheal Bauer, (29M) Logan McCandless, (14R) Sean Rayhall, (22) Brandon Spithaler, (4K) Bill Kiley, (38) Leyton Wagner- DNF
Tomson Scrap Metal B-Main: (33) Brent Matus, (42) Sye Lynch, (22) Brandon Spithaler, (55*) Matt Sherlock, (76) Davey Jones, (14H) Jeremy Hill, (13B) Steve Bright, (4K) Bill Kiley, (38) Leyton Wagner- DNS
Peoples Natural Gas Feature: (17) Josh Baughman, (23J) Jack Sodeman Jr., (2) A.J. Flick, (08) Dan Kuriger, (40) George Hobaugh, (46) Michael Bauer, (13) Brandon Matus, (42) Sye Lynch, (21) Bryan Salisbury, (22) Brandon Spithaler, (29M) Logan McCandless, (33) Brent Matus, (11) Carl Bowser, (12) Darin Gallagher, (11J) David Kalb Jr., (C1) Clay Riney, (31C) Chase Metheney, (14R) Sean Rayhall, (55*) Matt Sherlock, (76) Davey Jones
Millerstown Pic-A-Part Penn/Ohio Pro Stocks Results:
Thoma Meat Market Heat 1: (114) Daryl Charlier, (948) Joey Zambotti, (10) Nick Kocuba, (22) Chase Lambert, (81) Mike Miller, (73) Brian Daugherty, (J19) Jason Fosnaught, (27) Tyler Dietz, (25) Brett McDonald, (88T) Theo Baumgartner
Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Heat 2: (C33) Corey McPherson, (26) Mike Bordt, (55) Chris Schneider, (0) Larry Kugel, (08) Jeff Broniszewski, (4) Brett Hutira, (45) Todd Weldon, (54E) Tony Iarrapino, (310) Dale Tuche, (22B) James Bertges
Millerstown Pic-A-Part Feature: (55) Chris Schneider, (114) Daryl Charlier, (948) Joey Zambotti, (45) Todd Weldon, (J19) Jason Fosnaught, (26) Mike Bordt, (10) Nick Kocuba, (25) Brett McDonald, (4) Brett Hutira, (81) Mike Miller, (22) Chase Lambert, (73) Brian Daugherty, (310) Dale Tuche, (54E) Tony Iarrapino, (22B) James Bertges, (27) Jake Dietz, (C33) Corey McPherson, (0) Larry Kugel, (99T) Theo Baumgartner, (08) Jeff Broniszewski
Up next at ‘The Action Track’ is the ‘Commonwealth Clash’ featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars on Saturday, September 25! Also on the card are the 305 Sprints of the Allegheny Sprint Tour.
Tickets for next week’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars ‘Commonwealth Clash’ and all upcoming events can be purchased at www.Lernerville.com, the online home of Lernerville Speedway.
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