|Jared Zimbardi in action at Lernerville. (Pat Miller photo)|
On a chilly, but clear Friday night it was a new face in the sprint cars who found victory lane at Lernerville, while the King family continued their winning ways in the modifieds and late models.The racing was also capped off by an exciting sportsman feature.
The 23jr machine would pull out to a nice lead on the field, but his engine started to smoke as he entered lapped traffic around lap seven. The engine smoke would last for a few laps until it expired causing a fire under Sodeman's car, which brought out the red flag. Safety crews were able to put the fire out and Sodeman was ok.
1. (35z) Jared Zimbardi, Bradford, PA, 2. (10) Carl Bowser Sarver, PA, 3. (13) Brandon Matus, Wampum, PA, 4. (40x) Cory Good, Smicksburg, PA, 5. (5m) Mike Lutz, Wampum, PA, 6. (33) Brent Matus, Wampum, PA, 7. (11) Scott Priester, Rimersburg, PA, 8. (7k) Dan Shetler, Windber, PA, 9. (35) Wes McGlumphy, Veto, OH, 10. (2s) Francis Sesco, New Bethlehem, PA.
It was another King sweep atop the podium in the Diehl Automotive Group modifieds. Rex King Sr led the 19 car field to green with Mike Turner beside him, but it wouldn't be long before fourth starting Brian Swartzlander took the lead from him on lap 8, while Brad Rapp comfortably tucked himself in the third spot.
Behind the action up front, a battle emerged between, Tom Winkle, King Jr, Jeremiah Shingledecker, and Dave Murdick that waged on for the majority of the race. Shingledecker patiently picked his way through the quartet en route to a fourth place finish.
Swartzlander looked to be in command until he spun on lap 19 down low between turns 3 and 4. That opened the door for King Sr and on the restart he took care of business while King Jr used the opportunity to vault into the top three. Neither would look back the rest of the way for the final six circuits, sealing the second consecutive King 1-2 sweep.
In an interesting turn of events, 2013 modified champion Mat Williamson suffered mechanical issues for the second straight week in his heat and failed to answer the bell for the feature. The loss of points leaves him currently in 12 place in the point standings, badly damaging his hopes of defending his title.
1. (65) Rex King, Sr, Bristolville, OH, 2. (165) Rex King, Jr, Bristolville, OH, 3. (11r) Brad Rapp, Shippenville, PA. 4. (37md) Jeremiah Shingledecker, Polk, PA, 5. (28) Tom Winkle, Mars, PA, 6. (61) Dave Murdick, Slippery Rock, PA, 7. (83) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg, PA, 8. (13) Rick Regalski, Slippery Rock, PA, 9. (64) Rodney Beltz, Ellwood City, PA, 10. (96) Mike Turner, Herman, PA.
Alex Ferree and Garrett Krummert found their way by Schaltenbrand late in the race to take third and fourth respectively. Schaltenbrand ended up crossing the checkers in fifth.
1. (56) Russ King, Bristolville, OH, 2. (H1) Jared Miley, South Park, PA, 3. (10) Alex Ferree, Saxonburg, PA, 4. (29k) Garrett Krummert, Butler, PA, 5. (29) Kenny Schaltenbrand, Sarver, PA, 6. (111) Brian Swartzlander, Leechburg, PA, 7. (J4) John Garvin, Jr, Sarver, PA, 8. (88) Chuck Sarver, West Sunbury, PA, 9. (21m) Tony Musolino, Pittsburgh, PA, 10. (91) Tommy Beck, Murrysville, PA.
1. (20j) Jim Fosnaught, Bairdford, PA, 2. (64) Rob Shook, Creighton, PA, 3. (28y) Terry Young, Butler, PA, 4. (11) Aaron Easler, Butler, PA, 5. (66) Joe Kelley, Mt. Pleasant, PA, 6. (32) Mark Sanders, Lowellville, OH, 7. (54) Wayne Carbo, Saxonburg, PA, 8. (380) Pat Hanley, Monroeville, PA, 9. (25) Brett McDonald, Saxonburg, PA, 10. (948) Joey Zambotti, Kittanning, PA.