SARVER, Pa. – With a press box full of Diehl Automotive employees and families, defending Diehl Mods Track champion Mat Williamson scored the first win of his title defense Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.
A fan redraw set the starting lineup for the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast big-block modifieds feature and Tom Winkle led the field to the green flanked by Mike Turner. Winkle jumped out to the early lead and endured a handful of cautions to pace the first nine circuits. But Mat Williamson rocketed off the bottom of turn two and passed Winkle for the lead down the back straightaway.
Once at the helm, Williamson powered away to his first feature win of the season and a return trip to Sheetz Victory Lane where he was met by Ms. Firecracker 2012 Makayla Guidace who was filling in for an ailing Mindy Norris who should be back next week for the Trophy Girl Reunion.
Winkle went on to wage a great battle with Jeremiah Shingledecker for second, but eventual contact between the two sent Winkle spinning into the infield jersey barrier. He would recover to finish eighth, but had a much better car than that! Shingledecker endured the contact and went on to a second place finish, while Steve Feder joined them on the podium for his best finish since a pair of second place runs in 2012. Dave Murdick had a strong run to fourth ahead of Rex King Jr. in fifth, followed by Dr. Brad Rapp, Bud Points leader Rex King Sr., Tom Winkle, Mike Turner and Rick Regalski. Rapp and Shingledecker checkered their respective heat races.
The Precise Late Models stole the show with a thrilling race that saw Mike Pegher Jr. prevail over John Garvin Jr., Alex Ferree, Russ King and Chub Frank. Danny Holtgraver took advantage of a night off from the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions tour for some home cooking at Lernerville and scored his second Peoples TWP sprint-car win of the season. Finally, Chris Schneider swept his heat and feature for the 21st Sportsman/Stock win of his career; tying him for fifth all-time with Rick Robinson.