HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Night two of Appalachian Mountain Dirt Late Model Speedweek presented by Harbaugh Amusement Machine at Hagerstown Speedway on Saturday was Gregg Satterlee all the way.
With a group of young fans having a book with a starting number inside, the top two from the four heats chose a youngster and Satterlee, the defending 2013 Speedweek champion from Rochester Mills, Pa., luckily got the number one and then made use of it as he led all 40 laps to collect $4,000 for the triumph. It was his overall sixth victory of the season of which this was his third at the Dirt Capitol during May alone.
“This is a tough deal,” Satterlee said. “There are 40 some cars here and this is a good group of guys to race against. Anytime you come out on top it feels really good. These are some of the best guys you can race with in the entire county and they all work hard and it’s good to get a win.”
The evening began with Rick Eckert posting quick time of 19.441 seconds for the 43 entries while Mike Lupfer, Mason Zeigler, Jason Covert and Steve Axtell Jr. won the heats and Roy Deese Jr. and Keith Barbara qualified through the consolations. The top two redrew their starting positions from the eight young fans brought to the front stretch.
Satterlee and Zeigler were on the front row for the start, but Zeigler left just a little too early and was sent to the rear for the jump which slid Axtell to the outside pole.
Satterlee pulled to the lead over Tim Wilson and Covert and by the fifth lap had opened it to more than two seconds while he approached the rear of the field.
Satterlee was occupied for a few laps before charging between two rear cars on the 14th lap as Covert got past Wilson and continued to chase him until the caution came out on the 17th circuit.
With open track, Satterlee went to work again to stretch his lead on Covert while Axtell got past Wilson two laps later as he and Covert began to close on Satterlee once he got to the rear of the field again on the 29th lap.
Satterlee again got a reprieve on the 31st lap as Mike Lupfer, having a good run in fifth, rolled to a stop in turn four with fire under the hood.