April 12, 2014
Three First Time Division Winners Take the Checkered Flag on Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway's Opening NIght
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
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.
Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models
Steve Baker, John Mollick, Colton Flinner, Ben Miley, Derek Stefanick, Mike Pegher,
Jr., Tom Bateman
Jared Miley, Alex Ferree, Tony Musolino, Jim Stephans, John Flinner, Bill Yohe
Precise Racing Products Rush Late Models
Ryan Montgomery, Mike Reft, Mark Moats, Jr., Steve Beatty, Tim Shaffer, Brian Goebel,
Tony White, Jake Gunn
Josh Holtgraver, Ben Policz, Nico DaBecco, Justin Lamb, Bryant Hank, Dusty Curry,
Ron Hall, Corey McPherson
Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman
Christian Schneider, AJ Poljak, Jake Simmons, Todd Weldon, Ricky Steigerwald, Josh
Langer, Joey Koteles, Don Black
Brian Huchko, Charlie DiLoreto, Craig Koteles, Nick Kocuba, Dave Slade, Jared Westover,
Miley BP Car Wash
Steve Pyeritz, Gary Smith, Hannah Ramsey, Dylan Bolind, Bob Richmond
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
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,
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
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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