April 19, 2014

On a track that was fast all night long, PPMS feature winners included Josh Holtgraver in his Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model, Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model driver Alex Ferree, Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman driver Jeff Bronszewski, Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock driver Steve Pyeritz, and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns driver and last week’s winner Devin Black.  A ¾ Late Model 10 lap race was also featured this night, with Kelvin Kohan taking the checkered flag in that division.

The night started off with some great racing in the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model division.  Pittsburgh’s Josh Holtgraver and Hookstown’s Mark Moats, Jr. battled it out for the first half of the race in some great side by side racing on the straightaways, with Holtgraver holding on to the lead position coming out of the turns for all but 6 of the 20 laps in the feature.  Nico DaBecco tried to split the two and take the lead coming out of turn 4 but couldn’t complete the pass.  After a caution on lap 12, Moats lost his steam and fell back to fourth.  Last week’s feature winner started  on the tail position and make an impressive charge through the field early in the race but after a number of cautions had to retire his car to the pits.  Josh Holtgraver finished first, followed by Nico DaBecco, Justin Lamb, Moats, Corey McPherson, Chuck Medved, Brian Goebel, Tony White, Jake Gunn, Dusty Curry, Ben Policz and Ron Hall.

The fast racing conditions on the track held for the Diehl of Robinson DIRTcar Super Late Model feature.  South Park’s Keith Barbara rocketed to the lead position on the first lap after starting 5th, setting a blistering pace and looking like he was going to run away with the win until a flat tire sent him to the pits on lap 18.  Perennial favorites Steve Baker and Lynn Geisler also had strong starts and were battling it out behind Barbara until Baker cut a tire and Geisler broke; both were done for the night.  Barbara was able to return to the track but never recovered.  Starting the feature in the 8th position, Alex Ferree also ran strong and took the lead on lap 19.  Ferree held on for the win – his 13th overall which moves him into 15th for all time at PPMS - followed by John Mollick, Jared Miley, Ben Miley, Colton Flinner, Barbara, Derek Stefanick, Jim Stephens, Steve Baker, Lynn Geisler and Tony Musolino.   

Starting in the 8th position and making his first appearance this season, Jeff Bronoszewski of Coraopolis took the lead on the first lap and never looked back as he took the checkered flag in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman division.  This was his 26th feature win.  Young driver Todd Weldon couldn’t get the car into gear and retired to the pits on the first lap.  Christian Schneider in the M5 out of Robinson Township experienced car trouble in the pits as the race started and made it to the track on lap 7, 6 laps down.  Meanwhile, Brian Huchko was black flagged and sent to the pits on lap 12, after some rough driving.  AJ Poljak started off the race running strong, went to the pits and came out, recovering to finish 3rd.  Jake Simmons in the 68X started in the back of the pack but worked his way up through the field to finish second.  Jeff Bronoszewski finished first, followed by Jake Simmons, AJ Poljak, Josh Langer, Ricky Steigerwald, Brad Koteles, Jared Westover, Brian Huchko, Christian Schneider, and Todd Weldon.

Starting in the pole position, John Wiser of McKees Rocks led the first 5 laps in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock feature but last week’s winner Steve Pyeritz took the lead on lap 6 to claim his second victory of the 2014 season.  As the checkered flag waved, Pyeritz was followed by John Wiser, Dylan Bolind, Jacob Wiser, newcomer Chad Gorring and Karlee Kovacs, who filled in for vacationing Hannah Ramsey.

Oakdale’s Devin Black was a repeat winner in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns feature, followed by O.B. Huff, David Ostrander, Jarrett Sugar, Karlee Kovacs and Jonathon Miller.

Rounding out the night was a 10 lap race featuring the ¾ Late Models.  Running 104 mph, Kelvin Kohan finished first, followed by Jim Bryce, Ben Policz, Jim Thompson and Colton Flinner, who retired to the pits on lap 4 after a strong start.

HEATS:

Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models

Heat 1:

14B

Ben Policz

F1

Nico Dabecco

00h

Josh Holtgraver

15m

Mark Moats

8c

Dusty Curry

2M

Chuck Medved

Heat 2:

60c

Cody McPherson

01h

Ron Hall

93X

Justin Lamb

14G

Jake Gunn

12G

Brian Goebel

27w

Tony White

Diehl of Robinson DIRTcar Super Late Models

Heat 1:

H1

Jared Miley

17k

Keith Barbara

1C

Lynn Geisler

21m

Tony Musolino

99m

Ben Miley

44s

Derek Stefanick

Heat 2:

4J

John Mollick

10f

Alex Ferree

75f

Colton Flinner

0b

Steve Baker

38s

Jim Stephans

Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman

Heat 1:

08

Jeff Broniszewski

M5

Christian Schneider

68X

Jake Simmons

4s

Ricky Steigerwald

33k

Brad Koteles

11

Josh Langer

W1

Jarrod Westover

Heat 2:

60h

Brian Huchko

36p

A. J. Poljak

45JR

Todd Weldon

10k

Nick Kocuba

64k

Craig Koteles

21D

Daniel Black

Miley BP Hobby Stocks

3d

Joe Podolinsky

1w

John Wiser

14H

Karlee Kovacs

OU2

Jacob Wiser

07

Chad Gorring

36J

Steve Pyeritz

55r

Bob Richmond

FEATURES:

Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models

00h

Josh Holtgraver

F1

Nico Dabecco

93X

Justin Lamb

15m

Mark Moats

60c

Cody McPherson

2M

Chuck Medved

12G

Brian Goebel

27w

Tony White

14G

Jake Gunn

8c

Dusty Curry

14B

Ben Policz

01h

Ron Hall

Diehl of Robinson DIRTcar Super Late Models

10f

Alex Ferree

4J

John Mollick

H1

Jared Miley

99m

Ben Miley

75f

Colton Flinner

17k

Keith Barbara

44s

Derek Stefanick

38s

Jim Stephans

0b

Steve Baker

1C

Lynn Geisler

21m

Tony Musolino

Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman

08

Jeff Broniszewski

68X

Jake Simmons

36p

A. J. Poljak

11

Josh Langer

4s

Ricky Steigerwald

33k

Brad Koteles

W1

Jarrod Westover

60h

Brian Huchko

M5

Christian Schneider

45JR

Todd Weldon

Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks

36J

Steve Pyeritz

1w

John Wiser

3d

Dylan Bolind

OU2

Jacob Wiser

07

Chad Gorring

14H

Karlee Kovacs

Imperial Heights Young Guns

33B

Devin Black

83h

O. B. Huff

D15

David Ostrander

75s

Jarrett Sugar

221

Karlee Kovacs

21m

Jonathan Miller

¾ Late Models

15

Kelvin Kohan

30

Jim Bryce

19

Ben Policz

82

Jim Thompson

75

Colton Flinner

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April 12, 2014

Three First Time Division Winners Take the Checkered Flag on Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway's Opening NIght
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Ben Policz of Waynesburg, PA, took the checkered flag in the first feature race 
of the night.  The Precise Racing Products Rush Crate Late Models saw a field of
 16 cars when the green flag waved. Policz started on the pole, but lost the lead
to fellow driver Justin Lamb on lap 4.  Lamb and Policz battled it out, with Policz
resuming the lead on lap 12 and never looking back. A former go kart driver, this
is his first win the in Precise Racing Products Rush Crate Late Model Division. 
Rounding out the top five were Ryan Montgomery, Josh Holtgraver, Mike Reft and Tim
Shaffer.
The Diehl of Robinson Dirt Car Super Late Models first regular season feature of
 the season had Jared Miley of South Park claiming victory.  Miley passed Mike Pegher,
Jr. on lap 3 and opened up a commanding lead.  The Colussy Chevrolet/Brougher's 
Machine Shop Rocket Chassis claimed the victory, followed by Ben Miley, Mike Pegher,
Jr., Steve Baker, and John Mollick.
The Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Division featured another first time division winner
this night, when Robinson Township's Christian Schneider took the checkered flag.
Schneider was strong all night long, finishing first in his heat.  He had the number
two spot at the start of the race and took the lead from Nick Kocuba on lap 10. 
Jake Simmons finished second, followed by Craig Koteles, Dave Slade, and AJ Poljak.
The Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks feature event had a field of four cars at the
 start.  Fan favorite Hannah Ramsey took the lead on lap 2 and ended up spinning
 just prior to crossing the finish line, allowing Steve Pyeritz of Brentwood to 
claim his first ever victory at PPMS.
Young Gun driver Devin Black of Oakdale finished first in the Imperial Heights Garage
Young Guns Division feature. Devin and second place finisher Karlee Kovacs of Carnegie
had a great race and were followed in the field by O.B. Huff, Jarrett Sugar, David
Ostrander and Jonathon Miller.
Heat Finishes:
Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models
Heat 1:
Steve Baker, John Mollick, Colton Flinner,  Ben Miley, Derek Stefanick, Mike Pegher,
Jr., Tom Bateman
Heat 2:
Jared Miley, Alex Ferree, Tony Musolino, Jim Stephans, John Flinner, Bill Yohe
Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models
Heat 1:
Ryan Montgomery, Mike Reft, Mark Moats, Jr., Steve Beatty, Tim Shaffer, Brian Goebel,
Tony White, Jake Gunn
Heat 2:
Josh Holtgraver, Ben Policz, Nico DaBecco, Justin Lamb, Bryant Hank, Dusty Curry,
Ron Hall, Corey McPherson
Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman
Heat 1:
Christian Schneider, AJ Poljak, Jake Simmons, Todd Weldon, Ricky Steigerwald, Josh
Langer, Joey Koteles, Don Black
Heat 2:
Brian Huchko, Charlie DiLoreto, Craig Koteles, Nick Kocuba, Dave Slade, Jared Westover,
Bruce Pedman
Miley BP Car Wash
Steve Pyeritz, Gary Smith, Hannah Ramsey, Dylan Bolind, Bob Richmond
Feature Finishes:
Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models:
Jared Miley, Ben Miley, Mike Pegher, Jr., Steve Baker, John Mollick, Alex Ferree,
John Flinner, Tony Musolino, Colton Flinner, Derek Stefanick, Tom Bateman, Bill
Yohe
Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models:
Ben Policz, Ryan Montgomery, Josh Holtgraver, Mike Reft, Tim Shaffer, Dusty Curry,
Justin Lamb, Mark Moats, Jr., Bryant Hank, Nico DaBecco, Corey McPherson, Ron Hall,
Tony White, Brian Goebel, Steve Beatty, Jake Gunn
Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman:
Christian Schneider, Jake Simmons, Craig Koteles, Dave Slade, AJ Poljak, Ricky Steigerwald,
Todd Weldon, Josh Langer, Joey Koteles, Jared Westover, Nick Kocuba, Charlie DiLoreto,
Brian Huchko
Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks:
Steve Pyeritz, Hannah Ramsey, John Wiser, Dylan Bolind
Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns:
Devin Black, Karlee Kovacs, O.B. Huff, Jarrett Sugar, David Ostrander, Jonathon 
Miller
Be sure to join us at Dirt's Monster Half Mile for our next Action Event and "Ugly
Sweater Night" on Saturday, April 19.

Francis Bests Strong NDRL Field to win PENNational 50 at PPMS
 
Imperial, PA (April 10, 2014) The Kentucky Colonel Steve Francis made a lap 19 pass on Jonathan Davenport and held off Brian Birkhofer the rest of way to pick up the win in the NDRL PENNational 50 at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway Thursday night.
 
“It was nice to get a win here tonight,” Francis said. “This was a brand new car and the guys did a good job with it. It was good to get one for Clint Bowyer Racing and Georgia Boot.”
 
Francis and Tim Fuller paced the field of 26 cars to the green flag, but it was Davenport who got the early lead, rocketing from the outside of the second row around the front row starters.
Davenport was able to pull out ahead to a bit of a lead, but as the cars entered lapped traffic Francis reeled him in and slid by the 6 machine to take the top spot on the 19th circuit. Birkhofer quickly followed Francis around Davenport into second and they remained close together in lapped traffic until Jared Miley slowed bringing out the race’s only caution on lap 24.

Once the field went back to green the top three remained in a good battle up front, while 10th starting Brandon Sheppard made a pass around Gregg Satterlee to move into fourth.

The top two cars pulled away from Davenport and as they again got into lapped traffic. Birkhofer would get within a car length of Francis, but that was about as close as he would get.

Francis stretched his lead out to about four car lengths in the latter stages of the race and it would be the 15 Clint Bowyer Racing Georgia Boot backed late model that would cross the checkered flag first in front of a large crowd at the Dirt Monster Half Mile.
 
“The track was great,” Francis said. “It was smooth and you could run on it top to bottom.”
 
It was Francis’s first win at Pittsburgh since 1996 and his first start at the track since 2007.
 
“We haven’t had much luck with the NDRL races and with a few laps left I got into traffic that was two wide and I thought I was going to give this one away with about five to go,” Francis said. “But we were able to get by and ended up getting this one.”
Kent Robinson was able to get by both Satterlee and Sheppard to finish fourth, followed by the Rocket House Car of Sheppard, who rounded out the top five. Satterlee would wind up sixth, followed by Fuller in seventh, the NDRL point leader coming into the night Chris Madden in eighth, Kenny Pettyjohn in ninth and B Main #2 winner Billy Moyer came home tenth.

There were 41 NDRL late models that were on hand for the races.
Fuller, Francis, Birkhofer and Davenport won the heat races.

In other action Steve Dixon survived a race of attrition that saw top contenders Bart Hartman and Jacob Hawkins have mechanical issues to win the NDRL E Mod main event. Jonathan Taylor was second, followed by Mike Potosky, Mercer winner Rich Michael, Jr, and Ryan Taylor.

Ryan Montgomery won the Rush Weekly Series Crate Feature, a race that went caution free. Steve Beatty finished second and Michael Lake completed the podium.
 
 This is leg one of what is a three race weekend for the NDRL. They head to Virginia the next two nights starting with the Gunter’s Honey 50 at Winchester Speedway Friday night and then the Aaron’s King of the Commonwealth at Virginia Motor Speedway on Saturday night.
 
NDRL Penn National 50 Results
1.       (1) 15 Steve Francis, Ashland, KY
2.       (3) 15b Brian Birkhofer, Muscatine, IA
3.       (4) 6 Jonathan Davenport, Blairsville, GA
4.       (7) 7r Kent Robinson, Bloomington, IN
5.       (10) 1 Brandon Sheppard, New Berlin, IL
6.       (6) 22s Gregg Satterlee, Rochester Mills, PA
7.       (2) 19 Tim Fuller, Watertown, NY
8.       (8) 44 Chris Madden, Gray Court, SC
9.       (9) 38 Kenny Pettyjohn, Millsboro, DE
10.   (18) 21 Billy Moyer, Sr, Batesville, AR
11.   (17) 57j Bub McCool, Vicksburg, MS
12.   (14) 21jr Bill Moyer, Jr, Batesville, AR
13.   (21) 5 Don O’Neal, Martinsville, IN
14.   (5) 02 Brandon Burgoon, Pittsburgh, PA
15.   (15) 23 John Blankenship, Williamson, WV
16.   (22) 25z Mason Ziegler, Chalk Hill, PA
17.   (25) 17 Keith Barbara, South Park, PA
18.   (23) 22f Chris Ferguson, Mt. Holly, NC
19.   (24) 111 Max Blair, Titusville, PA
20.   (11) 0 Scott Bloomquist, Mooresburg, TN
21.   (19) 7m Michael Davis, Rayland, OH
22.   (12) 0x Steve Baker, Fairmont, WV
23.   (16) 21d Dan Stone, Thompson, PA
24.   (13) H1 Jared Miley, South Park, PA
25.   (26) 28 Dennis Erb, Jr, Carpentersville, IL
26.   (20) 1j Davey Johnson, Imperial, PA
Lap Leaders : Davenport (1-18), Francis (19-50)
Fast Qualifier: Chris Madden
Heat Winners: Fuller, Francis, Birkhofer, Davenport
B Main Winners: McCool, Moyer, Sr
 
by: Jerin Steele 
 
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