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2013 Lernerville Points

Sprint Cars: 1. Eric Williams, 63; 2 Jack Sodeman Jr. & Brandon Spithaler tied, 56; 4. Dan Kuriger, 53; 5. Danny Shetler, 52; 6. Brandon Matus & Brian Ellenberger tied, 50; 8. Brent Matus, 45; 9. Scott Priester, 41; 10. Cap Henry, 40

Late Models: 1. Dave Hess Jr., 75; 2. John Garvin Jr., 69; 3. Davey Johnson, 66; 4. Michael Norris, 63; 5. Jared Miley, 62; 6. Alex Ferree, 57; 7. Dan Angelicchio, 53; 8. Chuck Sarver, 39; 9. Jason Rider, Kenny Schaltenbrand & Todd Bachman tied, 34

V-8 Modifieds: 1. Matt Williamson, 78; 2. Jim Weller, 67; 3. Jeremiah Shingledecker, 62; 4. Rex King, 60; 5, Dave Murdick, 59; 6. Brad Rapp, 57; 7. Steve Feder, 51; 8. Brian Swartzlander, 50; 9. Eric Gabany, 48; 10. Mike Turner, 47

Sportsman Stocks: 1. Corey McPherson, 77; 2. A.J. Flick, 72; 3. Brett McDonald, 61; 4. Joe Kelley, 59; 5. Bob Egley & Mark Sanders tied, 54; 7. Joe Anthony/Jake Simmons, 53; 8. Mike Miller, 50; 9. Paul Schreckengost, 45; 10. Jimmy Fosnaught, 44

Lernerville Speedway History Corner: Dodging the rain is a sport in dirt track circles and Lernerville is no different than any other track. With two rainouts in the first four weeks of the 2013 season things can go two ways. First, and hopefully the way, is like the 2010 season when three of the first four races were rained out, but just four total. Or, it could really get ugly like in 1992 when there were 14 rainouts to 13 races.

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By Thomas Zuck
Friday, May 17, 2013, 12:36 a.m.

The local schedule was robbed of what would have been two excellent shows last weekend. The rain that stormed through Friday canceled the All Star Sprint shows at Lernerville Speedway and Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park. The Mercer show was rescheduled for July 6.

No date has been set for the possible rescheduling of the Lernerville show.

The All Stars are scheduled to resume their season on Saturday at I-77 Raceway Park in Ripley, W.Va., and May 25-26 at Freemont Speedway in Ohio.

Swartzlander holds on to win at Sharon

Sharon Speedway raced Saturday, and that was a good thing for Leechburg's Brian Swartzlander, who led all 25 laps to win the Big Block Modified feature, his 12th victory at Sharon. Swartzlander, who started out front, held off a late challenge from Rex King Jr., who finished second. Dave Murdick was third, followed by Jimmy Weller III in fourth and Rex King Sr. in fifth. Weller III has been spending most of his time racing in North Carolina and this was his season debut at Sharon, where his family is among the ownership group.

“We were planning on running here tonight. I saw all of the other tracks canceling this morning and I'm glad we made the trip,” Swartzlander said. “(King Jr.) is doing a really good job and getting better and better. We were fortunate to start up front. I don't know if we could have come from the back. It was sure nice seeing open track, but lapped cars made it a little tough at the end.”

Other winners Saturday at Sharon included Josh Double in RUSH Late Models, Joel Watson in E-Mods, Paul Davis in Stocks, Ryan Fraley in Econo Mods and Scott Gilliland in Mini Stocks.

Hesston opens season

Hesston Speedway, near Raystown Lake, opened its season with a bang Saturday, and Rick Singleton was the first big winner of the season. Singleton started fourth and won the 35-lap Semi-Late Model Sportsman feature.

Singleton did not secure the lead until Lap 32, and a last-lap caution made Singleton complete one more lap to make it a 36-lap feature and victory. Andy Anderson was second and George Dixon finished third.

Hesston will host its first big race of the season May 26 with the Mega-Blitz Mach 3 with the Unified Force and 3 State Flyers Super Late Models headlining the show. The event will feature two 33-lap features with a possible total of $5,222-to-win.

Motordrome Speedway back in action

Motordrome Speedway sometimes gets overlooked with all of the emphasis on dirt tracks, but the ½-mile asphalt track in Smithton opened its season. Last week was rained out, and Friday night the racing will resume.

Neil Brown is the Super Late Model points leader with 60 points, leading Adam Kostelnik (56) and Barry Awtey (55). Matt Smith leads the Modified division by five points over Geroge Nicola. Shawn Phillips leads A.J. Poljack by two points in Street Stocks. Ron Eiford leads Jonathan Hileman by just one point in Chargers, and Kyle Komarinski leads Aaron Van Fleet by two points in the Super Compact division.

Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.

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