Busy Night At Lernerville Sees Wild Wrecks

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SARVER, Pa. – It was an eventful Friday evening at Lernerville Speedway as points leaders broke or surrendered leads, cars flipped in three of four divisions and even when the cars stayed wheels down, there were some wild wrecks.

But with the bad comes the good as “Double Duty” Dave Murdick picked up the Diehl Mods feature win and a top1- finish in the Pitkavish Late Model.

Dave Hess Jr. won the Precise Late Model feature after avoiding early attrition and then running down Defending Track Champion and Budweiser Points leader Alex Ferree.

Brandon Matus inherited the lead from Budweiser Points leader Carl Bowser mid-race and held off Jack Sodeman Jr. to score his first checkered flag and fence climb of the season. Corey McPherson capped off the night with a dominant feature win in the Pic-A-Part Sportsman division to join Bowser and Ferree as three-time feature winners.

With a DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede provisional on the line, newlywed Dr. Brad Rapp brought the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modifieds field to the green flag flanked by last week’s feature winner Dave Murdick.

The Mid-Season Championship format does not penalize last week’s feature winner by starting from 10th (12th in the Sportsman) on the starting grid due to the provisional at stake. Murdick darted out to the lead from the drop of the green flag and fended off a hard-charging Budweiser Points leader Rex King Jr. for the majority of the 25-lap A-Main.

Murdick finally shed King for good as “Cooter” had to stand on the brakes and fight the steering wheel to keep from spinning in turn one on lap 22.

Defending Track Champion Mat Williamson and All Time Division Wins leader Brian Swartzlander tried to run down Murdick, but were unsuccessful in doing so. Murdick scored his second straight feature win, (the 30th of his Lernerville Career), surpassed Rex King Sr. in the points to move into second place and is locked into the $3,000-to-win DIRTcar Round Up Steel City Stampede A-Main in October.

Williamson and Swartzlander chased Murdick the whole way to the checkered flag as Swartzlander’s longtime sponsor McCutcheon Enterprises Inc. watched on the from hospitality suite in the press box.

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