Jake Simmons won the Sportsman feature at
Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway on August 20, 2016.
FERREE SURVIVES TO WIN PPMS
Imperial, PA (August 20, 2016) Alex Ferree of Saxonburg
collected his third Diehl Automotive Super Late Model feature
win of the season on Saturday night at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania
Motor Speedway. Other feature winners on Colussy Chevrolet
Night were John Mollick in the Precise Racing Products RUSH
Pro Late Models, Jake Simmons in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman,
Chris Ketch in the CarSmile Wiperblades "Thunder on
the Dirt" Vintage Racing Series, Joe Podolinsky in
the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks, Michael Jackson in the
Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns, and Cody Quarrick in
the Four Cylinders.
It was a race to survive in the 25 lap feature for the Diehl
Automotive Super Late Models. Colton Flinner and John Mollick
were on the front row of the starting grid, with ten of
the 11 cars on hand taking the green. Flinner and Mollick
raced side by side for the first lap with Flinner leading,
as the two made contact at the start/finish line as lap
1 was scored. Josh Holtgraver held third before Brandon
Burgoon nosed him at the line for the spot on lap 4, by
.001 seconds. This became relevant when the first of two
caution periods in the race came out when Jon Hodgkiss lost
power on the front stretch. Back to green, Flinner regained
the top spot with Mollick looking inside to pass, as eighth
starting Alex Ferree was now third and closing on the leaders.
Ferree threaded the needle to squeeze by Mollick to take
second on lap 6, and made an inside pass on Flinner in turn
three to take the lead on lap 7. Mollick made contact with
the wall in turn one to bring out the final caution period
of the race on lap 10. Flinner retired from the race under
caution, dropping the nine cars remaining down to seven.
As attrition conquered the last 15 laps, Holtgraver left
the race on lap 14, third running Tony Musolino pitted on
lap 17 with Butch Neubert also pitting, leaving just four
cars running. It was clear sailing at the front for Ferree,
who went on to win by 5.820 seconds over point leader Brandon
Burgoon. Third place went to Christian Schneider. Tommy
Schirnhofer earned fourth place, after his crew made repairs
to his car after it suffered problems with the transmission
in the heat race. Heat winners were Ferree and Mollick.
Michael Reft and Russ Matejka led the 20 lap Precise Racing
Products RUSH Pro Late Model feature event to the green
flag with Reft taking command. The first of five caution
periods came on lap 2, and Reft continued to lead on the
restart over John Mollick and Justin Lamb. Reft also led
on a lap 5 restart, but the lap 7 restart was when things
started to get interesting. Mollick was able to nose ahead
on the restart, but Reft passed him back to regain the lead
when lap 8 was scored. Once in front he was able to pull
away from the competition. On lap 10, the red flag waved
for a frightening incident on the front stretch where Bryan
Goebel rolled his car several times. After several moments,
Goebel was thankfully able to exit his heavily damaged car
under his own power. When racing resumed, Mollick again
gained the lead with Reft able to pass Mollick back to hold
on to the race lead. Reft inched away in the top spot, as
Ben Policz moved to third and made a challenge to Mollick.
The final restart with 17 laps complete changed the outcome
of the race. This time Mollick's bid for the race lead was
successful. Once in front, he went on to collect his fourth
feature win of the season. Point leader Daryl Charlier,
fourth on the last restart, was able to advance to second,
finishing .599 seconds behind the winner. He now leads the
point race by nine points over Mollick. Race long leader
Reft settled for third, ahead of ninth starting Brandon
Burgoon and eighth starting Steve Beatty. Policz, Justin
Lamb, Colton Flinner, Matejka, and Scott Schempp completed
the top ten. With 22 entries, heat race winners were Flinner,
Mollick, and Policz.
In the 15 lap Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, it was Jake Simmons
leading all 15 laps to earn his first feature win of the
season and 57th of his career, as he is the leading active
driver in feature wins. Nick Kocuba and Simmons led the
field to green, with Kocuba nosing ahead at the start. Simmons
passed him off turn four to lead lap 1 and he held the top
spot the entire non-stop distance, earning the win by 3.322
seconds over Kocuba. Bill Robertson made a last lap pass
to steal third place from point leader Dave McManus, with
Ricky Steigerwald fifth. Heat winners were McManus and Simmons
over the 14 car field.
The 15-lap feature for the CarSmile Wiperblades "Thunder
on the Dirt" Vintage Racing Series started with David
Myers and Jim Kirkwood on the front row. On a wild first
lap where the restored racers of yesteryear went four wide
for the lead, Myers was able to hold the lead on lap 1 before
giving way to Les Myers on lap 2. Jim Kurpakus held second
on lap 3, before being passed by Kevin Mohney on lap 4.
Chris Ketch started fourth and fell back to fifth, but started
advancing to the front, passing Mohney for second on lap
7. Closing in on Myers, he would make the pass for the lead
on lap 10. A spin by Gary Beer on lap 12 brought out the
lone caution period of the event, with three laps remaining.
Les Myers would make the pass of Ketch to take the lead
on lap 13, with Ketch regaining the top spot at the white
flag. Ketch would go on to take the win, his second at the
track, making his long ride back home to Ransomville, NY
a happy one. 68 year old Les Myers would settle for second
ahead of Mohney, Kurpakus, and David Myers. Ketch and Les
Myers took heat race wins over the ten car field.
Joe Podolinsky picked up his second feature win of the season
in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stock 12 lap feature. Top
point cars Dale Tuche and Casey Grumling led the field to
green, but third starting Tyler Fox moved to the lead on
lap 1. Podolinsky started fifth in the five car field and
was up to challenge Fox for the lead by lap 4. Podolinsky
made an inside pass in turn four to take the lead on lap
7 on his way to victory in the non-stop event. His winning
margin was 3.574 seconds at the checkered flag over Fox.
Grumling was third, and now trails in the point race by
just four points. Jacob Wiser was fourth ahead of point
leader Tuche. Podolinsky also won the heat race.
Point leader Michael Jackson earned his fourth feature victory
of the season in the 6 lap feature for the Imperial Heights
Garage Young Guns. Jackson held off Kayla McManus for a
narrow victory, as she made a couple strong challenges to
pass in her second ever race. Ben Anton was third.
Cody Quarrick defeated Tom Anton in the 6 lap Four Cylinder
feature. Quickly taking the lead at the green flag, Quarrick
would win by a considerable margin in his first visit.
continues at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway on
Saturday night, August 27, with the running of the Tenth
Annual Diehl Automotive Red Miley Rumble. The Diehl Automotive
Super Late Model point championship will be decided in the
35-lap main event paying $3,053 to the winner, in the event
sanctioned by the UFo Race Championship. Also on the card
will be point racing for the Precise Racing Products RUSH
Pro Late Models, Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman, Miley BP Car
Wash Hobby Stocks, and Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns.
The open Four Cylinders will also be in competition. For
Saturday night's racing program, the gates will open at
5:00, with warm-ups at 6:00 and racing at 7:00. Keep an
eye on all developments during race nights on the track's
Twitter account at @PAMotorSpeedway including starting and
finishing race lineups. The track is located west of the
city of Pittsburgh, just south of the Noblestown exit of
U.S. Route 22, or 170 Kelso Road in Imperial, PA, for GPS
purposes. The track phone is 724-695-3363 on race days,
or call 412-279-RACE. For complete information please visit
the track website at www.ppms.com .
Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway results for Saturday,
August 20, 2016.
Diehl Super Late Models
Feature - 1, 10, Alex Ferree. 2, 02, Brandon Burgoon. 3,
M5, Christian Schneider. 4, 8S, Tommy Schirnhofer. 5, 36,
Tony Musolino. 6, 14, Butch Neubert. 7, 00, Josh Holtgraver.
8, 75, Colton Flinner. 9, 4J, John Mollick. 10, 69, Jon
Hodgkiss. DNS, 4T8, John Flinner.
Heat 1 - 1, Alex Ferree. 2, John Flinner. 3, Colton Flinner.
4, Christian Schneider. 5, Butch Neubert. 6, Tommy Schirnhofer.
Heat 2 - 1, John Mollick. 2, Brandon Burgoon. 3, Tony Musolino.
4, Josh Holtgraver. 5, Jon Hodgkiss.
Precise Racing Products RUSH Pro Late Models
Feature - 1, 60M, John Mollick. 2, 12C, Daryl Charlier.
3, 9R, Michael Reft. 4, 60B, Brandon Burgoon. 5, B4, Steve
Beatty. 6, 14B, Ben Policz. 7, 93X, Justin Lamb. 8, 60F,
Colton Flinner. 9, 17M, Russ Matejka. 10, 75, Scott Schempp.
11, 2M, Chuck Medved. 12, 12S, Brian Swank. 13, 27, Tony
White. 14, 09, Bill Kessler. 15, 7, Jared Kane. 16, 111,
Pete Wearing. 17, 18, Chris Lander. 18, 12G, Brian Goebel.
19, 11, Justin Massie. 20, 22, Toby Massie. 21, 10, Zachary
Kane. DNS, 27C, Russ Kolesar.
Heat 1 - 1, Colton Flinner. 2, Steve Beatty. 3, Brandon
Burgoon. 4, Russ Matejka. 5, Brian Goebel. 6, Justin Massie.
7, Brian Swank. 8, Pete Wearing.
Heat 2 - 1, John Mollick. 2, Russ Kolesar. 3, Jared Kane.
4, Chuck Medved. 5, Zachary Kane. 6, Toby Massie. 7, Tony
Heat 3 - 1, Ben Policz. 2, Michael Reft. 3, Daryl Charlier.
4, Justin Lamb. 5, Bill Kessler. 6, Scott Schempp. 7, Chris
Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman
Feature - 1, 68X, Jake Simmons. 2, 10, Nick Kocuba. 3, 1B,
Bill Robertson. 4, 114, Dave McManus. 5, 4S, Ricky Steigerwald.
6, 18, Vince Laboon. 7, 7, Eric Piotrowski. 8, 25, Mark
Lee. 9, 81, Robert Betz, III. 10, M5, Joel Johns. 11, 08,
Jeff Broniszewski. 12, 36, A.J. Poljak. 13, A22, Bill Slade.
14, 88, Dave Janas.
Heat 1 - 1, Dave McManus. 2, Nick Kocuba. 3, Ricky Steigerwald.
4, Eric Piotrowski. 5, A.J. Poljak. 6, Jeff Broniszewski.
7, 18, Mike Harris.
Heat 2 - 1, Jake Simmons. 2, Bill Robertson. 3, Mark Lee.
4, Robert Betz, III. 5, Bill Slade. 6, Joel Johns. 7, Dave
CarSmile Wiperblades "Thunder on the Dirt" Vintage
Feature - 1, 85, Chris Ketch. 2, X3, Les Myers. 3, 4, Kevin
Mohney. 4, 72, Jim Kurpakus. 5, X3JR, David Myers. 6, 66,
Jim Kirkwood. 7, 55, Matt Hildebrand. 8, 71, Gary Beer.
9, 33S, Paul St. John. DNS, 55JR, Dave George.
Heat 1 - 1, Chris Ketch. 2, Kevin Mohney. 3, David Myers.
4, Jim Kirkwood. 5, Dave George.
Heat 2 - 1, Les Myers. 2, Jim Kurpakus. 3, Gary Beer. 4,
Matt Hildebrand. 5, Paul St. John.
Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks
Feature - 1, 55+1, Joe Podolinsky. 2, 39, Tyler Fox. 3,
77X, Casey Grumling. 4, OU2, Jacob Wiser. 5, 310, Dale Tuche.
Heat 1 - 1, Joe Podolinsky. 2, Tyler Fox. 3, Jacob Wiser.
4, Casey Grumling. 5, Dale Tuche.
Imperial Heights Garage Young Guns
Feature - 1, 89, Michael Jackson. 2, 14, Kayla McManus.
3, 13, Ben Anton.
Feature - 1, 6, Cody Quarrick. 2, 64, Tom Anton.