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Racing Updates for July 19

The Diehl Auto Herb Scott Memorial scheduled for July 19 at PPMS has been cancelled due to weather. The event will be rescheduled for Saturday, August 2nd.

Racing has also been cancelled at:

  • Atomic
  • Mercer
  • Portsmouth
  • Sharon
  • Stateline
  • Tyler County
  • Wayne County

Lernerville Firecracker Report

By: Linda Fennell

The 8th Firecracker 100 at the Lernerville Speedway is in the books and Mother Nature provided for the most part beautiful weather. The Firecracker is becoming a tradition for most fans from multi-states. This year's version had drivers from 15 different states. With the racing season for some drivers starting in Arizona in January and for others speedweeks in Florida the end of June and the three day Firecracker schedule gives many teams a chance for a break from traveling. With all the special activities everyone seem to enjoy themselves. Besides the partying, live entertainment, fireworks, kick ball and horseshoe tournaments, teams, drivers and fans connect during these three days. During the kick ball tournament Mason Zeigler showed his athletic skills and helped raise $1800 for the Jeff Gordan Kid's Foundation.

The racing started Thursday night with 55 cars registering at the World of Outlaw trailer.


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John Mollick won the 7th Annual Red Miley Rumble at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on August 16, 2014!

PPMS Results for July 12

Racing at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 12, showcased some of the best drivers around in the Tri State Championship Sweeney Chevrolet/Pace Performance GM 604 GM Engine Giveaway RUSH Tour Sizzler, with Fairmont, WV's Ryan Montgomery taking the win, and Robbie Marhefka walking away with the brand new engine. Keith Barbara took the checkered flag in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model feature. The night also featured the 410 Winged Sprints, with Jack Sodeman winning the race by a comfortable margin. Bill Robertson earned his second victory of the season at PPMS in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman division, and Joe Podolinsky and Karlee Kovacs repeated their winning ways in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns features.

The evening started with 37 Rush Crate Late Model drivers vying for position in 4 separate heat races; Ryan Montgomery, Justin Lamb, Ben Policz and Andrew Wylie each finished first in their race. Two BMain races followed shortly thereafter, with drivers jockeying for the final spots in the main event later in the evening. Joe Martin of Mayport, PA took the top spot in the first BMain and local driver Daryl Charlier was the winner in the second BMain. A four lap dash had drivers John Waters, Nico Dabecco, Steve Beatty and newly married Laura (Lukon) Pastorak battling it out for position in the feature. The Rush Crate Late Model feature showcased 26 drivers in the 25 lap main event. Seventeen year old Ryan Montgomery started on the pole and never looked back, earning the win - his 5th victory in his last 6 appearances at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. He was followed by Andrew Wylie, Russ Kolesar, Nico Dabecco and Chad McClelland. A non-qualifier race was also held for drivers that did not make the feature, and Eric Wilson of Cortland, OH was the winner.

Keith Barbara of South Park had a questionable start when he advanced a number of positions at the beginning of the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model feature but was able to hold on and avoid a 2 position penalty to earn his first victory of the season at PPMS. Alex Ferree, last week's feature winner, experienced car trouble and took his car to the pits early in the feature, and his dad, Ed Ferree soon followed, also plagued by car trouble. Brandon Burgoon, John Mollick, Steve Baker and Colton Flinner rounded out the top five. Barbara and Alex Ferree each won in the heats.

The winged 410 Sprint cars made a return appearance this night also, with Jack Sodeman earning the win. Brandon Matus was in pursuit the entire feature but couldn't quite catch the leader. They were followed by Carl Bowser, Mike Lutz and Adam Kekich. The heats were won by Brandon Spithaler and Brent Matus.

Bill Robertson dedicated his second victory of the season to his mom, who passed away earlier in the week. Robertson started 5th and worked his way through the pack to take the lead on lap 11. Christian Schneider, who started last, also made his way through the pack but couldn't catch the leader and ended up finishing second. Vince Laboon, Nick Kocuba and Jake Simmons followed. Schneider and Simmons won the heats.

Oakdale's Joe Podolinsky returned to victory lane again to claim another win in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock feature event. Dave Sheriff, Steve Pyeritz and Hannah Ramsey followed. Podolinsky also won the heat race.

Karlee Kovacs continues to impress each week, earning her second career victory in as many weeks in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Gun feature event. Karlee started at the back of the pack in the field of eight cars and shot to the front by lap two, passing Devin Black, who just could not catch Karlee. The rest of the cars battled for position in some great racing behind the leaders. David Ostrander, O.B. Huff and Michael Jackson followed Kovacs and Black at the end, with Marc Simmons, Jonathan Miller and Jarrett Sugar rounding out the field.

PPMS Results for June 14, 2014

Great weather gave way to some great racing Saturday night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Jared Miley took the checkers in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Model feature, while Corey McPherson held on to a commanding lead to claim his first ever victory in the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model division. Montour High School's 17 year old Christian Schneider finished first in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman feature, and making his first appearance this season, Joe Podolinsky of Oakdale won in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks division. The Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns class produced another first time winner Saturday night - Michael Jackson. Kelvin Kohan continued to dominate in the ¾ Late Model division by adding another victory to his total for the season.

The first heat in the Diehl of Robinson Super Late Models had Colton Flinner finishing first, with some hard racing for position going on behind him. Michael Norris finished second, followed by Steve Baker, Ed Ferree and Jim Stephens. John Mollick started on the pole in the second heat and dominated the entire 10 laps to finish first with an average speed of 124.73 mph, followed by Lynn Geisler, Jared Miley, Mike Johnson and Ben Miley. After the re-draw, the top two positions were held by Lynn Geisler and Jared Miley. Jared took the lead on the first lap and battled to hold onto that spot with the veteran driver, but eventually he pulled away and was able to take the checkered flag at the end. This was Jared's 26th late model victory at PPMS. Meanwhile, drivers behind the first two battled for position in some great racing, with Michael Norris, Steve Baker, and Mike Johnson changing spots throughout the 25 lap event. Alex Ferree, who had car problems and did not participate in the heats, started in the 14th spot and charged his way through the crowd to finish 5th. In the end, it was Miley, Geisler, Baker, Norris and Ferree in the top five. Brandon Burgoon competed in his heat but was not able to take part in the feature after the rear end in his car broke.

Nico DaBecco took first place in the first of two heats in the Precise Racing Products Rush Late Model division, and Corey McPherson of Tarentum passed Justin Lamb on lap five to take the checkers in the second heat of the night in the class. Starting second in the feature, McPherson charged to the front and dominated the race to claim his first victory ever in a Rush Late Model and at PPMS. While the rest of the field couldn't catch him, they jockeyed for position throughout the feature, and in the end the remainder of the top five included Steve Beatty, Mark Moats, Jr., Daryl Charlier and DaBecco.

Jake Simmons and Christian Schneider finished first in their heats in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman class, and the feature had Nick Kocuba of Imperial, starting in the pole position. However, in the end, it was Schneider who took the checkered flag after starting 8th. Kocuba finished second in his best race of the season after being plagued by car troubles earlier in the year. They were followed by Bill Robertson, Simmons and Vince Laboon.

The Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks had Joe Podolinsky claiming victory in both the heat race and in the feature event. This was Joe's first appearance this season after a devastating fire earlier in the year destroyed his race car. Podolinsky was followed by Steve Pyeritz, Dave McManus, Dylan Bolind, and Hannah Ramsey.

Michael Jackson of South Park started on the pole in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Gun 10 lap feature event, which showcased 10 Young Gun drivers, the most ever. Jackson, 16, was able to hold onto the top spot and earn his first victory ever in the division. He was closely followed by David Ostrander, Devin Black, OB Huff, and Dave Ostrander.

Karl Kohan continued his dominating driving style to take the checkers in the ¾ Late Model event, averaging 105 mph. Jim Thompson and Chris Kohan finished second and third.

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