Mike Pegher, Jr. won the 28th Jook George Memorial at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on August 12, 2017.
28th Jook George Memorial To Pegher At PPMS
PA (August 12) Mike Pegher, Jr. of Cranberry Township became
the first driver to win the Jook George Steel City Classic
four times on Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway on Saturday night. Pegher earned $4010 for
his 40 lap victory in the 28th Annual event for the Precise
Racing Products RUSH Late Models, as a part of the Sweeney
Chevrolet RUSH Dirt Late Model Series Tour.
Other winners included Todd Weldon from Monongahela, who
notched his third victory of the season in the Sunoco Sportsman.
Levi Spinneweber of Butler earned his fourth victory of
the season in the Super6 Late Models. In the Miley Truck
Rental Hobby Stocks, it was Stephen Shelpman of Pleasant
Hills in victory lane for the second time this season. Kayla
McManus of Elizabeth earned her second win of the season
in the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns. The CruiseAmerica
Open Four feature event went to division point leader Matthew
Rubright for the second time this season.
A field of 43 entries were on hand for the 28th Annual Jook
George Steel City Classic, with Mike Pegher, Jr. the fastest
qualifier with a lap of 19.797 seconds. The field was divided
into four qualifying heats, taking the top five finishers
to the main. Heat race winners were Pegher, Russ King, Jacob
Hawkins, and John Mollick. Two B-Mains rounded out the qualifying
process, which were won by Eric Wilson and Matt Latta. The
top two finishers from each heat ran the dash to determine
feature starting positions, with King winning to earn the
pole for the 40 lap main event.
With King and Pegher leading the field to green, pace setter
King took off too early, jumping the original start. He
was penalized back to the second row for the next try for
a start, moving third starting Jacob Hawkins to the pole
position. Hawkins took the lead at the start, holding off
a brief challenge from Pegher before pulling away in the
lead, with RUSH Series point leader Bryce Davis, King, and
John Waters taking up the chase. By lap 8, the leaders had
caught the tail of the field. King passed Davis for third
on lap 11, and by lap 13 was right behind Pegher in second
as green flag racing continued. On lap 16, King moved ahead
of Pegher at the line, but Pegher passed him back as lap
17 was scored.
Working lap 17, Jamie Wrightsman spun in turn two to bring
out the first caution of the event. Race leader Hawkins
was collected, as King also suffered damage in the incident.
The running order for the restart would be Pegher leading
Davis, Waters, John Mollick, and Daryl Charlier. One more
lap would be completed before the next yellow waved, for
a three car tangle in turn one.
Back to green, Pegher had his hands full with Davis, with
Waters, eleventh starting Colton Flinner, and Charlier taking
up the chase. As the green flag run continued, Pegher was
able to pull away in the lead. The next caution period came
with 26 laps in, for Eric Wilson against the wall in turn
four. The restart saw Pegher and Davis again battling for
the lead, with 13th starting Justin Lamb advancing from
sixth to third. Just one more lap was run before the final
caution waved for Flinner slowing with issues.
The final restart with 13 laps remaining saw Davis pass
Pegher for the top spot on lap 28. Just as it did on the
previous green flag run, Pegher’s car got better as
the laps went along, as he regained the lead a lap later,
and he would lead the remaining distance to earn the victory.
Davis was second, 2.379 seconds behind at the checkered
flag. Lamb was third, breaking the tie in track points between
him and Charlier. Waters was fourth, with fifth going to
Jeremy Wonderling from 17th starting spot. Ben Policz was
sixth from 14th, with Mollick, 19th starting Dan Angelicchio,
defending race champion Mike Reft, and Charlier from the
tail after pitting on the last caution period completing
the top ten. Chuck Medved won the 10 lap Non Qualifier’s
Race over Zachary Kane, Chuck Recker, Tony White, and Bob
Ryan Moyer and Davey Lee led the 15 lap Sunoco Sportsman
feature to green with Lee leading lap 1, before a multi-car
tangle in turn one slowed the pace. Before another lap could
be run, point leader Dave McManus spun in turn two, and
this would be the final restart of the race. Fifth starting
Danny Rich took the lead when racing resumed, and at lap
2 they were three wide for second behind him. Bob Schwartzmiller
won the battle for second, as eighth starting Todd Weldon
moved to third. The battle was for second as Weldon passed
Schwartzmiller on lap 6, and started closing on Rich. With
an inside pass off of turn four, Weldon would be the new
leader on lap 10. With no issues over the remaining laps,
Weldon took the win over Rich by 2.623 seconds. Schwartzmiller
was a car length behind Rich in finishing third. McManus
recovered from his spin to finish fourth, with A.J. Poljak
fifth. McManus and Schwartzmiller took heat race wins.
With Frank McFeaters and Levi Spinneweber leading the Super6
Late Model feature to green, the first lap saw Ed Dunkle
spinning in turn two. As he fought to gain control of the
spinning car, it dug in on the left rear wheel and tipped
over onto its roof. Dunkle was uninjured but the car was
done for the event. Heat winner Spinneweber went on to lead
the entire 8 lap distance over McFeaters and Justin Koebler.
The 12 lap Miley Truck Rental Hobby Stock main had Casey
Grumling and Adam Ferree leading the field to green, but
third starting Stephen Shelpman moved by both to lead lap
1. A three wide battle for third on lap 3 settled down into
Justin Shipley passing Ferree, and then sixth starting Dave
Sheriff advancing to second on lap 5. Sheriff inched in
on Shelpman in the closing laps, but it was Shelpman by
three car lengths over Sheriff at the flag, followed by
Shipley, Ferree, and Grumling. Shelpman also was the heat
Kayla McManus lost the Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns
feature to Ben Anton last week with a slip in turn four
coming to the white flag. She would not make the same mistake
this week, as she soundly defeated Anton in this week’s
6 lap event, winning by 20 car lengths. Kyle Janas was third.
It was all Matthew Rubright in the CruiseAmerica Open Fours.
Starting fourth, Rubright advanced to the lead on lap 1
and held it throughout the 8 lap event. Seventh starting
Andy Garlinger passed John Gill coming to the white flag
in getting second. Behind Gill in third was C.J. Parrill
and Tom Anton. The heat winner was Garlinger.
There will be no racing at the track on August 19, but racing
returns to Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway
on Saturday, August 26 for the running of the 11th Annual
Red Miley Rumble. Race 3 of the Diehl Automotive Super Series
for Diehl Automotive Super Late Models will be a Pittsburgher
100 Qualifier. Also on the card will be 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.
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