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Track regulars dominate Elite 8 event at Lernerville

DAN SPEICHER | For Trib Total Media
John Garvin Jr. (J4) of Sarver Pa, and Brian Swartzlander (111x) of Leechburg, fight for first as they exit turn four, during the Late Models qualifier at Lernerville Speedway on Friday July 18, 2014.

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Lernerville results

Elite 8 Late Models feature (30 Laps)

1. (H1) Jared Miley, South Park

2. (1J) Davey Johnson, Greensburg

3. (10) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg

4. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr, Wexford

5. (J4) John Garvin Jr., Sarver

6. (72) Michael Norris, Sarver

7. (111x) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg

8. (10L) Gary Lyle, Hyde Park

9. (B1) Brandon Wearing, Callery

10. (20) Jordan Eck, Corry

11. (7X) Herman Bertolini, Creighton

12. (31) Gregg Saterlee, Indiana

13. (4J) John Mollick, Toronto, Ohio

14. (14) Dan Angelicchio, Greensburg

15. (111) Max Blair, Titusville

16. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand, Sarver

17. (44) Dave Hess Jr., Waterford

18. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville

19. (25) Bryan Casey, Coshocton, Ohio

20. (66C) Matt Cosner, Cumberland, Md.

Renegades Of Dirt Modified feature (25 laps)

1. (17X) Rich Michael, Jr, Ishva, N.Y.

2. (13) Jacob Hawkins, Fairmont, W.Va.

3. (71C) Chris Basich, Adena, Ohio

4. (68) Steve Dixon, Smethport

5. (7) Evan Taylor, Saltsburg

6. (8) Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.

7. (4) Shane Crotty, Corry

8. (16) Travis Dickson, Gallipolis, Ohio

9. (25) Tyler Nicely, Owensboro, Ky.

10. (5) Jonathan Taylor, Saltsburg

11. (96) Mike Smith, Arkport, N.Y.

12. (01L) Patrick Lyon, Gastonia, N.C.

13. (17) Robbie Evans, Mineral Wells, W.Va.

14. (6M) Carl McKinney, Mars

15. (0D) Mark Dickson, Gallipolis, Ohio

16. (17T) Tyler Evans, Mineral Wells, W.Va.

17. (21J) Jon Sluka , Uhrichsville, Ohio

18. (33X) Greg Beach, Chicora

19. (98) Shon Flanary, Churchville, Tenn.

20. (44H) Dave Hess Jr, Waterford

Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Sportsman feature (20 laps)

1. (20J) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford

2. (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant

3. (11) Aaron Easler, Butler

4. (28Y) Terry Young, Butler

5. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville

6. (81) Mike Miller, Chicora

7. (C33) Corey McPherson, Tarentum

8. (3S) Paul Schreckengost, Creighton

9. (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, Ohio

10. (64) Rob Shook, Creighton

11. (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg

12. (73) Neal Tristani, Tarentum

13. (7) Eric Piotrowski, Cranbery

14. (21) Jeff Miller, Natrona Heights

15. (29B) Scott Byers, Butler

16. (9S) Brian Stivenson, Freeport

17. (948) Joe Zambotti, Kittanning

18. (55S) Adam Lipinski, Valencia

19. (23) Colin Burke, Sarver

20. (17R) Stan Riggle, Ford City

Rush Sportsman Modified feature (15 laps)

1. (3A) Adam Hilton, Buffalo, N.Y.

2. (1) Rocky Kugel, E. Liverpool, Ohio

3. (X) Jeremy Paup, Polk

4. (18) Jamie Duncan, Brookfield, Ohio

5. (20) Jeremy Zufall, Greensburg

6. (4W) Will Schffer, Ellwood City

7. (4C) Chelsie Kriegisch, Ellwood City

DNS (11) Don Blaney, Harrisburg, N.C.

Renegades Of Dirt Modified B-Main

1. (8) Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.

2. (6M) Carl McKinney, Mars

3. (0D) Mark Dickson, Gallipolis, Ohio

4. (01) Vic Vena, Portville, N.Y.

5. (21J) Jon Sluka , Uhrichsville, Ohio

6. (01L) Patrick Lyon, Gastonia, N.C.

7. (14) Mike Conkle, Chester, Ohio

8. (GRS2) Deana Groves, Morgantown, W.Va.

9. (54S) Shawn Shingledecker, Franklin

10. (0K) Larry Kugel, Aliquippa

11. (63) Tony Tatgenhorst, Columbiana, Ohio

12. (4M) Kevin Miller, Toronto, Ohio

13. (71D) Dan Davies, Warren

By Thomas Zuck
Saturday, July 19, 2014, 12:03 a.m.

Lernerville Speedway regulars dominated the Elite 8 Late Model event Friday with Jared Miley taking the checkered flag and the $3,000 winner's purse.

Once he got the lead, Miley dominated the race and led second-place finisher Davey Johnson by 3.346 seconds at the finish to record the 21st Lernerville victory of his career.

Defending track champion Alex Ferree finished third, Mike Pegher Jr. was fourth and John Garvin Jr. rounded out the top five.

“This car has been good here all year,” Miley said. “This is the same car we ran here for the (World of Outlaws) Firecracker, and we wrecked it pretty good. We've finally just now gotten it figured out, and it is pretty good.”

Miley and Ferree battled for the lead for much of the first 15 laps. Miley finally got around and took command. From then on, the only question was would a couple of late cautions give anyone else a chance.

Neither restart mattered.

“Our car really wasn't very good tonight,” said Johnson, of Greensburg. “We came here tonight to do a lot of testing because we are heading out to Cedar Lake (Wis.) Speedway, and we wanted to work on some things. We did them before the heat, but none of it worked, so we can write them off and not try them again.

“That's really one of the great things about coming here on a weekly show night,” Johnson added.

“If you win a local race here, there are some very good cars so (you) will have to run really well. That makes it well worth coming here to test.”

Johnson was referencing the three-day World of Outlaws Late Model US Nationals 100 at Cedar Lake.

For Ferree, the night was good, but not as good as it could have been because of a braking issue that hit his car midway through the race.

“The brakes got really squishy by lap twelve. I really couldn't get through the turns or I would go up and over,” Ferree said. “The red flag out there actually helped us because I got some pedal back, but it really didn't matter because if you give Jared (Miley) and inch it's just as good as giving him a mile.”

For Miley, the late-race restarts did not have an impact on his approach to the race. In fact, it turned out to be a good thing.

“The cautions didn't bother me because sometimes with a treacherous cushion it's not a bad thing that you get a break at hitting it every lap, and then you come back at it,” Miley said.

“It was smaller in Turns 3 and 4 but in Turns 1 and 2 it was really high.

“Early on in the race I wasn't too worried, because I could run with Alex (Ferree), and the way the car felt I wasn't too worried about any restarts.”

The next races on the Elite 8 tour are Sept. 13 at Hilltop (Ohio) Speedway and Sept. 20 at Wayne County (Ohio) Speedway.

In other action Friday night, Rich Michael Jr. took the checkered flag in the 25-lap Renegades of Dirt Modified event.

Jacob Hawkins finished second, 1.959 seconds behind Michael.

Chris Basich was third, Steve Dixon was fourth and Evan Taylor finished fifth.

Jim Fosnaught continued his breakout season by winning his fourth Sportsman Stock feature of 2014.

Joe Kelley finished second, Aaron Easler was third, Terry Young was fourth and Pat Hanley finished fifth.

In the final event of the night, Adam Hilton took the checkered flag in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature. Rocky Kugel was second, 1.560 seconds behind, and Jeremy Paup was third.

Jamie Duncan finished fourth, and Jeremy Zufall was fifth.

Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.

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