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Saxonburg's Feree wins Late Model feature at Lernerville

| Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:18 a.m.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Late model driver Russ King (56) races Alex Ferree (10) on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lernerville Speedway.
Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch
Late model driver Russ King (56) takes the lead against Chuck Sarver (88) and Alex Ferree (10) during the feature race on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lernerville Speedway.

Fans were treated to a fireworks show as part of Lernerville Speedway's fan appreciation night Friday.

But before the sparks flew, a pair of drivers made noise.

Saxonburg's Alex Feree took the first checkered flag in the Late Model feature to claim his third win of the season.

“It's been a lot of fun so far (this season),” Feree said. “We've had a lot of fun so far. It's been good racing.”

Feree, the points leader, ran in second place, trailing Russ King of Bristol, Ohio, for most of the race.

King remains in second place behind Feree.

“(King) just let me get door-to-door with him,” Feree said. “I don't think I ever really got alongside of him. He was running the same groove I was.”

King looked to have the winning car, but a late caution combined with a flat tire ended his chances at his third victory of the season.

“In that last caution with about five (laps) to go, I was just putting around the bottom because I had a soft rear tire on,” King said. “When we took the green, I had a good start, but on the straightaway my car felt like it was wriggling around. (The tire) blew out on the last lap.”

King finished the race in 10th place.

Both found themselves near the front of the pack on a solid track despite heavy rains over the past two days.

“I was amazed at how good the track was,” Feree said. “During the Hot Laps, I thought it was going to be too slimy. After, it was slicker than I thought it was going to be.”

Sarver's Carl Bowser also picked up his third win of the season in the Sprint Feature. It is his second win in as many weeks.

Bowser outdueled Brandon Matus and polesitter Jack Sodeman.

Sodeman led from the green flag to a late caution in the 18th lap. On the restart, Sodeman and Matus, running one-two, both dipped low. Bowser saw his opening.

“I pulled the wing the whole way back. I kind of thought they'd be around the bottom,” Bowser said. “I thought I just had to go around the top and see what I could do.”

Bowser maintains his commanding lead in the points standings with Matus and Sodeman rounding out the top three.

Dave Yohe is a freelance writer.

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