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Lernerville Speedway

Sarver, PA July 30, 1999

     The “heat” was on at Don Martin’s Lernerville Speedway, Friday evening; Ben Miley of Venetia captured the “sizzling hot” Late Model Summer Classic that had a “twist” of fate. Marking a six in the Agip Motor Oil Sprint column was Jimmy Hawley of West Middlesex and Lou Blaney in the Ferrante Oldsmobile Modifieds.  Bobby Whitling of Seneca was the Dingbats Restaurant Pure stock victor and Dave Crowley of New Castle survived the 46-car field in the “smash ‘em crash ‘em Demo Derby.  It was Purvis Brothers/Turbo Blue Night.
     The “blue panther” of Ben Miley tamed the competition and claimed $3,000 top prize in the 30 lap Friedman’s Supermarkets/Bi-Lo Foods Late Model Summer Classic.  In the beginning of the race Miley’s Colussy Chevrolet/Old Allegheny Shops  #99 sat in the fifth spot as the caution flag waved for Lynn Geisler who slowed on the front straight with a flat tire, went to the pits and returned on the same lap.  Miley had dropped to seventh. Bobby Bertges guided the 24-car field for three circuits with Scott Peltz and Nick Jones trailing. There was a caution event charged to the flagman.  On the restart newcomer Scott Peltz passed Bertges for the lead on lap four and Dave Norton had passed Jones for third. Miley had dropped to eleventh. Three other caution events occurred on lap 10, 12 and 13.  But each time Peltz would pull ahead of the field. On lap 13, Nick Jones moved into second, Bertges rode in third and was hounded by Norton. Miley started his ascent claiming ninth. By lap 15 Miley was in seventh and two circuits later in sixth. Leader Peltz was looking strong as Jones was shadowing him on lap 22 and Miley now had shifted into fifth. A strange set of circumstances shocked the fans as the leaders collided on the front straight. Peltz was not able to complete the race and Jones tagged the rear of the field. The third place car of Norton found himself in the lead with Miley beating out Bertges for second on the restart. Sam Stile rolled his Late Model on the front straight bringing out the red flag. He was uninjured. With two laps to go, Miley took command, keeping it to the checker. He announced in victory lane that this was a team effort. It was also a birthday present to his sister Ty. On the last lap, Bertges passed point leader Norton for the runner-up slot. Geisler came from the rear of the field to place fourth with Davey Johnson rounding out the top five.  Six through ten went to Gary Lyle, John Britsky, Bob Wearing Sr, Jeff Henry, and Mark Whitehill.  Bill Knepper, Mike Johnson and Norton won the prelims. Bob Puz nabbed the B-Main.
     For the sixth time this season, Hawley did it “his way,” garnering the 20 lap Agip Motor Oil Sprint main. Hawley’s Doc Crawford owned #CIII came from fourth to displace leader Leonard Ripper on lap seven and “checked out!”  A half a straightaway behind, Jamie Smith was scored second with Brent Matus, third, Scott Priester fourth and Leonard Ripper fifth. Ralph Spithaler was sixth and was trailed by Ralph Engel, Robert Altmeyer, Charlie Holben, and Rich Kerstetter. Tommy Marshall and Hawley won the heat races. Hawley is 23 points in front of Spithaler.
    Lou Blaney continues his “amazing pace,” winning his sixth Ferrante Oldsmobile Modified feature event elevating his all time win record to 67. Leading the field, George Hobaugh did a super job of driving for nine laps, while Lou Blaney darted from twelfth to second by lap three. Coming up on lap ten, Hobaugh’s car slowed on the front stretch and a large pile up ensued. On the restart using the low line Blaney took control and was not to be denied. Runner-up Brian Swartzlander was using the cushion but finished several cars lengths behind him. Mike Sutton was third and was followed by Josh Skarzenzki, Jim Weller, Steve Solari, Jim Faas, Bobby Hoffman, Dave Murdick and Jeff Schaffer.  Blaney and Skarzenski scored in the heat races. Weller remains fifteen digits ahead of Blaney in the point race. The late modified driver, Russ Woolsey’s family presented a commemorative trophy to Blaney in honor of Woolsley.
     Leading coast to coast, Bobby Whitling “whittled” away the competition in the 15 lap Dingbat’s Restaurant Pure Stock top event to garner his first win of the season. With three laps to go Matt Lux passed Jeff Walters for the second spot. Dan Pfleuger was fourth and was trailed by Harold Reges, Bruce Milbert, Chris Schneider, Dave Ferringer, Scott Bochek, and Butch Lambert. Reges, Walters and Lux captured the preliminary races. Although Joe Kelly dropped out on lap seven with mechanical problems, he leads the point chase with Bochek by 39 points.

Demo Derby Winner: Dave Crowley, NS, Castle

Notes: 8/6 Fab Four Racing-Ferraccio Family Supermarkets Kids & Snyder of Berlin Night

8/13-Fab Four Racing- Syracuse DIRT Modified Qualifier-James Austin Co./A1 Bleach Night

8/20-Fab Four Racing-ARCH Fan Club & Glasmere Fuel service/Glassmart Food service Night

Lernerville Speedway Race Results
Date: July 30, 1999
Friedman's Market/Bi-Lo Foods
Late Model Feature:
1. Ben Miley, Venetia
2. Bob Bertges, Pittsburgh
3. Dave Norton, Shinglehouse
4. Lynn Geisler, Cranberry Twp.
5. Dave Johnson, Greensburg
6. Gary Lyle, Hyde Park
7. John Britsky, Indiana
8. Bob Wearing, Sr., Callery
9. Jeff Henry, Renfrew
10. Mark Whitehill, Pleasantville
11. Nick Jones, Pittsburgh
12. William Reges, Butler
13. Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury
14. Scott Jenkins, Smithton
15. Bob Puz, Rural Ridge

Feature Race Notes:       Started: 5
Wins: 2        Laps: 30
Lap Leaders:  Bertges 1-3, Peltz 4-27,
                         Norton 28, Miley 29-30
Late Model Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Bill Knepper, Clinton
2nd Heat: Mike Johnson, Imperial
3rd Heat: Dave Norton, Shinglehouse
B-Main: Bob Puz, Rural Ridge

Agip Motor Oil Sprint Feature:
1. Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex
2. Jamie Smith, Economy
3. Brent Matus, Wampum
4. Scott Priester, Rimersburg
5. Leonard Ripper, Ellwood City
6. Ralph Spithaler, Evans City
7. Ralph Engel, Sewickley
8. Robert Altmeyer, Kittanning
9. Charlie Holben, Cabot
10. Rich Kerstetter, DuBois
11. Roger Bennett, Evans City
12. Kevin Schaeffer, Kittanning
13. Jim Chappel, Fombell
14. Mike Shearer, Freeport
15. Eric Smith, Sarver

Feature Race Notes:       Started: 4
Wins: 6        Laps: 20
Lap Leaders:  Ripper 1-6, Hawley 7-20
Sprint Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Tommy Marshall, Beaver Falls
2nd Heat: Jimmy Hawley, West Middlesex

Ferrante Oldsmobile V-8 Modified Feature:
1. Lou Blaney, Hartford, OH
2. Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg
3. Mike Sutton, Evasn City
4. Josh Skarzenski, Erie
5. Jim Weller, Hubbard, OH
6. Steve Solari, Bradford Woods
7. Jim Faas, Creighton
8. Bobby Hoffman, Renfrew
9. Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock
10. Jeff Schaffer, Fombell
11. Dan Campbell, Ellwood City
12. Ron Took, Evans City
13. Jeff Miller, Butler
14. George Hobaugh, Karns City
15. Lonny Riggs, Volant

Feature Race Notes:       Started: 12
Wins: 6        Laps: 20
Lap Leaders: Riggs 1-2, Hobaugh 3-9,
                        Blaney 10-20
Modified Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Lou Blaney, Hartford, OH
2nd Heat: Josh Skarzenski, Erie

Dingbats Restaurant Pure Stock Feature:
1. Bobby Whitling, Seneca
2. Matt Lux, Franklin
3. Jeff Walters, Evans City
4. Dan Pfleuger, Cabot
5. Harold Reges, Butler
6. Bruce Milbert, Cranberry Twp.
7. Chris Schneider, Tarentum
8. Dave Ferringer, Cochranton
9. Scott Bochek, Cheswick
10. Butch Lambert, Mars
11. Bob Lipinski, Pittsburgh
12. Mike Turner, Butler
13. Terry Faas, Crighton
14. Butch Hein, New Castle
15. Tommy Dembowski, Monroeville

Feature Race Notes:       Started: 1
Wins:  1      Laps: 15
Lap Leaders:  Whitling 1-15
Pure Stock Qualifying Race Winners:
1st Heat: Harold Reges, Butler
2nd Heat: Jeff Walters, Evans City
3rd Heat: Matt Lux, Franklin

Demo Derby Winner: Dave Crowley, New Castle