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Saxonburg's Feree wins Late Model feature at Lernerville

Erica Dietz | Valley News Dispatch - Late model driver Russ King (56) races Alex Ferree (10) on Friday, June 13, 2014, at Lernerville Speedway.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>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.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Erica Dietz |  Valley News Dispatch</em></div>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.

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Lernerville results

Sprint feature (25 laps)

1. (10) Carl Bowser, Sarver

2. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum

3. (23jr) Jack Sodeman Jr., N. Jackson, Ohio

4. (22) Brandon Spithaler, Evans City

5. (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg

6. (2) AJ Flick, Apollo

7. (7K) Dan Shetler, Johnstown

8. (40X) Cory Good, Smicksburg

9. (5M) Mike Lutz, Wampum

10. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum

11. (44) Pete Landrum, Jeanette

12. (C9) Charlie Cornelius, Ellwood City

13. (40) Geroge Hobaugh Jr. , Chicora

14. (52) Jim Shuster, Punxsutawney

15. (1R) Gale Ruth Sr., Pleasantville

16. (4K) Bill Kiley, Cabot

17. (27) Billy Dietrich, Biglerville

DQ (2s) Francis Sesco, New Bethlehem

DQ (49) Mallie Shuster, Punxsy

Late Models feature (25 laps)

1. (10) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg

2. (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver

3. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr, Wexford

4. (79) Mike Altobelli Jr, Saxton

5. (1) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock

6. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunburry

7. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver

8. (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg

9. (66) Todd Bachman, Natrona Heights

10. (56) Russell King, Bristol, Ohio

11. (03) Doug Eck, Corry

12. (3) Dan Swartzlander, Freeport

13. (10L) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park

14. (57) Bo Lockwood, Brookville

15. (B1) Brandon Wearing, Callery

16. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville

17. (H1) Jared Miley, South Park

18. (29K) Garrett Krummert, Butler

19. (72) Michael Norris, Sarver

20. (CR9) Chris Rhodes, Windber

Big Block Modified feature (25 laps)

1. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock

2. (165) Rex King Jr., Bristol, Ohio

3. (6M) Mat Williamson, St. Catharines, Ontario

4. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk

5. (65) Rex King Sr., Bristol, Ohio

6. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg

7. (28) Tom Winkle, Mars

8. (64) Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City

9. (45) Steve Feder, Butler

10. (35H) Chris Haines, Sandy Lake

11. (13) Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock

12. (6) Carl Murdick, Butler

13. (R13) Ralph McBride, Valencia

14. (3K) Shawn Kozar, Renfrew

15. (96B) Bob Warren, Slippery Rock

16. (75) Jeff Miller, Sarver

17. (96) Mike Turner, Herman

Sportsman feature (20 laps)

1. (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, Ohio

2. (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford

3. (81) Mike Miller, Chicora

4. (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant

5. (64) Rob Shook, Creighton

6. (11) Aaron Easler, Butler

7. (948) Jason Fosnaught, Tarentum

8. (9S) Brian Stivenson, Freeport

9. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville

10. (7) Eric Pitrowski, Cranberry

11. (30) Bob Egley, Kittanning

12. (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum

13. (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg

14. (29B) Scott Byers, Butler

15. (23) Colin Burke, Sarver

16. (54) Wayne Carbo Saxonburg

17. (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights

18. (73) Neal Tristani, Tarentum

19. (17R) Stan Riggle, Ford City

20. (67) David Sugar, Petersburg, Ohio

21. (75) David Betush, Tarentum

22. (55S) Adam Lipinski, Valencia

23. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton

DNS (28Y) Terry Young, Butler

Late B-Main

1. (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg

2. (03) Doug Eck, Corry

3. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville

4. (CR9) Chris Rhodes, Windber

5. (1) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock

6. (B1) Brandon Wearing, Callery

7. (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton

8. (27X) Sam Eichelberger, Level Green

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By Dave Yohe
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 12:18 a.m.
 

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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