Alex Ferree won the Herb Scott Memorial at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on June 17, 2017.
Alex Ferree Earns Hard Fought Herb Scott Memorial Win At PPMS
PA (June 17)...At the end of 30 hard fought laps, Alex
Ferree from Valencia earned the victory in the
Fifth Annual Herb Scott Memorial race at Pittsburgh’s
Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Ferree fought
his way to the lead after being in fourth place with ten
laps remaining, earning $3000 in Race 1 of the Diehl Automotive
Super Series, as the event was sanctioned by the Zimmer’s
Service Center United Late Model Series.
Herb Scott Memorial winners included Garrett Krummert
from Ellwood CIty in the Big Block Modifieds, Daryl
Charlier of Midway in the Precise Racing Products
RUSH Late Models, Bob Schwartzmiller of
Robinson Township in the Sunoco Sportsman, and Kole
Holden from Tiona in the RUSH Modifieds.
With 21 entries,
Mike Norris and Jared Miley were the heat race winners,
after Miley had earlier set the fastest qualifying time
with a lap of 17.494 seconds. The redraw for the top six
starting positions gave front row berths to Mike Pegher,
Jr. and Russ King, with Pegher leading from the start. Third
starting Miley moved to second early, followed by fourth
starting Alex Ferree. The battle was for second before the
first caution period came on lap 4 for a slowing Colton
Flinner. Back to green, Pegher continued to lead with Ferree
getting second, before Miley regained it on lap 6. The leaders
raced through traffic on lap 10, but the running order remained
the same as Mike Norris joined the battle for the lead.
Working lap 18, Miley made an outside pass of Pegher to
take the lead, but when the yellow flag waved for a slowing
John Wayne Weaver, the pass would be negated as the next
lap was not scored.
The Delaware restart was an interesting one. Pegher, in
the front row by himself, brought the field up to speed,
but he would be split as Miley passed to his inside and
Ferree passed to his outside. Miley emerged with the lead,
with Pegher able to regain second as Norris passed Ferree
for third. Ferree passed Norris for third on lap 23, as
the next yellow waved on lap 25 for a tangle between Tommy
Schirnhofer and Michael Davis who were battling for ninth.
A red flag slowed the pace for a four car tangle as the
race resumed, as Norris pitted with a soft tire.
The next plot twist in the event came as the race restarted
with five laps to go. As Miley led the field back to green,
Pegher made an inside pass in turn two to take the lead.
Ferree made a charge to Pegher, and as Miley tried to get
the lead back on the high side of turn three, he touched
the outside wall which resulted in his right rear tire going
flat, bringing out a lap 26 caution. Ferree was leading
when lap 26 was scored, and would be the leader when racing
Ferree would control the race back to green, as Keith Barbara
had quietly advanced from fifth to second. Third was being
hotly contested between Flinner, back from the tail on lap
4, Pegher, and King. Another spin by Weaver working the
final lap would set up a one lap dash to the finish, as
Pegher exited to the pits under caution. Ferree controlled
the one lap dash to win by .547 seconds in his Blue Mountain
Energy, Franklin Racing Supply, Butler Pre-Owned, Penn Star
Ventures, American Die Cast, Domhoff built Ford powered
Rocket Chassis. Barbara settled for a close second, as Norris
recovered from his pit stop on lap 25 to earn third place
money. King was fourth, with Flinner fifth. Miley recoved
from his pit stop to finish sixth, as Jake Gunn, Dave Hess,
Jr., Bobby Rohrer, and Jon Hodgkiss rounded out the top
A field of 13 Modifieds were on hand with Kevin Bolland
and Dale Hawkins leading the field to green for 25 laps.
Bolland took the lead at the start with Brandon Watkins
taking up the chase. Seventh starting Garrett Krummert was
the man on the move, taking third from Jeff Miller on lap
5. Passing Watkins a lap later, he quickly closed on Bolland.
With an outside pass on lap 9, Krummert completed his charge
to the front and began pulling away from the field. Yellows
on laps 15 and 17 would slow the pace, the second for J.R.
McGinley hitting the wall hard in turn one. Krummert would
have no problems the rest of the way, taking the win over
Bolland by 2.738 seconds. Miller had a good run for third,
over Rick Regalski and Mike Turner. Finishing sixth, seventh
and eighth were Brandon Watkins, Scott Van Gorder, and Hawkins,
who along with Bobby Watkins who dropped out on the lap
15 caution, were part of a group that made a nearly seven
hour trip from Delaware. Heat winners were Krummert and
The 20 lap Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Model main
had Chuck Recker and Mike Reft showing the way, with Reft
and fourth starting Justin Lamb moving away early. With
Reft high and Lamb low, their lead battle had Lamb leading
by a nose at lap 5, before the event’s lone caution
period came when Recker spun in turn four. On the restart,
Lamb resumed in the lead but Brandon Wearing moved to second,
driving the Bill Kessler 09. Eleventh starting Daryl Charlier
moved to third on lap 7, and slipped by Wearing a lap later.
Lamb had a bit of a lead built up, but Charlier quickly
sliced into it. With an inside pass off of turn four, Charlier
would take the lead with 12 laps scored. From there, Charlier
would pull away from the competition, taking a 4.479 second
win in his Bud’s, NAPA Auto Parts McDonald Auto Supply,
Tri State Motorsports, Kane’s Ideal Truck Service,
Kurt Thompson Real Estate Agent at Howard Hanna Rocket Chassis
powered by a 604 crate engine by Ingram. Lamb settled for
second over a good battle for third over the closing laps.
Ben Policz made a late charge, moving from fifth on lap
16 to get third at the finish. Wearing was fourth, with
Reft recovering to take fifth from Russ Matejka on the final
lap. Charlier and John Mollick took the heat races.
The Sunoco Sportsman feature was led by Danny Rich and Nick
Kocuba, with Rich taking the early lead over A.J. Poljak,
Wayne Carbo, Kocuba, and heat winner Bob Schwartzmiller,
who started sixth after winning last week’s feature.
Rich nosed away in the lead as the battle for second swapped
positions constantly. Schwartzmiller moved to second on
lap 5, and started to reel in Rich. After sticking a nose
inside, Rich moved down a lane and was able to hold off
the charges of Schwartzmiller. On lap 12, Schwartzmiller
wound up with a run on the top, then cut down to the inside,
giving him enough momentum to slip inside of Rich to take
the lead at lap 13. In turn one, third running Poljak slammed
the outside wall, with Kocuba making contact with Poljak’s
car with the back of his car. Despite a lot of body damage,
Kocuba continued on but Poljak was not so lucky, with his
car cradled off on two tow trucks. On the side by side restart
with two laps remaining, Schwartmiller used the outside
to clear Rich, going on to his second straight victory by
1.083 seconds in his SGM Phelps Nursery, Total Image, Fotowich
Trucking, Hoosier Tire Precise Racing, Alternative Power
Sources entry. Rich was second for consecutive weeks, returning
to weekly competition for the first time since 2009. Bill
Robertson won the battle for third over Carbo, Dave McManus,
and Kocuba’s wounded car.
After sisters Jessica Kriegisch and Chelsie Kriegisch had
won the earlier heat races, Rocky Kugel and Kole Holden
led the 15 lap RUSH Modified feature to green. With Kugel
inside and Holden outside, they raced the first three laps
side by side until Kugel finally nosed ahead. Chas Wolbert
passed Chelsie Kreigisch for third on lap 5, but up front
Kugel held the low line with Holden right behind on the
high side. At halfway, Kugel seemed to start to inch away
from the competition. A spin by A.J. Gillespie on lap 10
would force the only caution period of the event. Back to
green, the side by side battle for the lead continued. Holden
continued to attack the top side and would nose ahead down
the backstretch, but Kugel would get a better run and would
lead at the line. Finally, on lap 13, Holden made the top
work and nosed ahead at the line. Kugel made one final charge
on the last lap, but despite a little contact off the final
turn it was Holden taking a narrow .147 second win over
Kugel. Wolbert was a close third over Chelsie Kriegisch
and Kyle Martell, with 14 cars on hand.
There will be
no racing next week at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor
Speedway, with the next show scheduled for Saturday, July
1. Berks/Nickles will present Dollar Dog Night with Diehl
Automotive Driver Autograph Night, as the Rick’s Trucks
and Equipment BOSS Sprint Series for traditional non-winged
sprints will be visiting. Also in competition will be weekly
point racing for the Precise Racing Products RUSH Late Models,
Sunoco Sportsman, Super6 Late Models, Miley Truck Rental
Hobby Stocks, Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and CruiseAmerica
Open Fours. The Twin State Auto Racing Club will be guests
of the speedway.
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