District tracks coming down to the wire
With just a few more weeks remaining in the 2005 racing season, the point races at the local tracks are coming to a close. Here is a quick look at where the different tracks stand.
Lernerville Speedway will close its points racing Friday. Two divisions were decided last Friday. Dave Murdick clinched his second straight V-8 Modified championship, and Ed Lynch Jr. clinched his third straight Sprint Car title.
Murdick has been consistent this season with 11 top-four finishes, with 10 of those being top-three. Lynch has been consistent too, with 11 top-fives and 10 top-three finishes. The two divisions to be decided are the Late Models and Pure Stocks.
In the Late Model division, John Flinner, looking to become the only driver in Lernerville history to win five straight championships, retook the points lead from Lynn Geisler. Geisler has four career Late Model championships at the track, and trails Flinner by three points.
The Pure Stock race is just as close, with Greg Beach, Butch Lambert and Mike Pegher Jr. in the hunt. Beach leads Lambert, the 2002 champion, by one point, and Pegher, by seven points.
Pittsburgh washed out
The severe storms that hit downtown Saturday also swept through Pittsburgh's Pa. Motor Speedway. That took one of the few remaining points nights off the books, and now there are just three more nights of points racing before the big Pittsburgher 100 weekend Sept. 16-18.
The Late Model race is tight with three drivers, Steve Baker, the 1996 champion, Lou Bradich, 1999 champ, and John Flinner vying for the title. Baker leads Bradich and Flinner by 10 points.
The E-Mod race is almost as close as the Late Models. Dennis Niederriter holds a 17-point lead over Tom Matineck. Neidererriter is running for his first title. Wayne Tessean is just two points behind Martineck and still has a chance. Kari Gasser is 30 points behind Tessean and would need a lot of help with three nights left.
Jesse Burroughs has a big lead over James Stephans in Limited Late Models, as do Craig Kamicker in Pure Stocks and Robby Torrens in Amateur Stocks.
Jennerstown completes one feature
Jennerstown Speedway's tightest points race was spared Saturday's rain. The Super Late Model feature was completed, and Tommy Beck holds a 34-point lead over Barry Awtey. Mark Poole still has a chance, but he is 16 points behind Awtey.
Dusty Rhoads leads the Late Model race by 14 points over Andrew Wylie. Then, it gets tight because Wade Champino and Mel Wilt are just four points behind Wylie. Gregory Lohr has a strong 64-point lead over Cindy Shaulis in Hobby Stocks.
The other close race is in Legacy Cars, where PJ Ehrlich's lead over Jayme Beck is just 12 points. Beck leads Chris Brink by four points. In Street Stocks Richard Nicola leads Roger Onstead by 32 points.
Points racing at Motordrome ends Sept 16. Rick Miller looks to be in command of the Late Model championship with a 47-point lead over Bobby Henry. Adam Kostelnik is blowing away the Modified division. With three nights left, he has a 165-point lead over Beau Glemba. Frank Turek is another driver that is running away from the competition. Turek's Street Stock lead over Robin Rimel is 88 points.
Jeff Giles Jr. is leading the Charger division by 52 points over Tracy Keller. In American Flyers, Ed Dinneen leads Richie Miller by 31 points.
Tri-City ends Sunday
Tri-City Speedway will crown its champions Sunday night, and Rod George, despite a record nine wins this season has not run away with the Sprint Car championship. Heading into last night's racing George led Bob Felmlee by 48 points. Felmlee has two wins this season but has been incredibly consistent the entire season.