Saturday, June 2, 2012
Gasser Wins Career First Super Late Model Feature
by Matthew Miley
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Kari Gasser, Vienna, OH picked up her career first Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DIRTcar Super Late Model win, and made history becoming the first female driver to do so at Pittsburgh. Tommy Beck made his first start of the season and grabbed the lead at the start followed by third starting Gasser and Lynn Geisler. Meanwhile, Michael Norris, Alex Ferree and Steve Baker made moves thru the field. Beck and Gasser battled for the lead along with Geisler, with Jim Stephans and John Garvin in fourth and fifth. Norris made his way to fourth, and began to pressure Geisler. Beck and Gasser continued to battle for first, Gasser would pull even, but Beck would hold her off. The battle between Geisler and Norris got heated, with the pair bumping on the back straight, and Norris getting a flat bringing out the yellow. Norris changed the tire and returned to the action. On the restart Jim Stephans and Brandon Burgoon tangled, causing another restart. On the restart, Gasser went to the outside and got by Beck to take the lead. Alex Ferree, who started 18th, also got by Beck and set out after Gasser. On lap 21 Mike Johnson slowed to bring out the caution giving the Ferree and the field one more shot at Gasser. Gasser was up to the challenge and took off and led the remaining laps to pick up the win and make history. Ferree ended up second, with Steve Baker charging to third from 10th, with Geisler in fourth, Norris coming back thru the field from the lap 18 yellow to get fifth, followed by Beck, last week's winner Daryl Charlier, John Garvin, Ben Miley, and Tony Musolino. Ferree was the Awesome Design Hard Charger after starting last following heat problems. The K&N Persistent Performer was Daryl Charlier. Jim Stephans and John Garvin won the heats. Kari Gasser was also the first female to win any feature at PPMS winning in the E-Mods back on May 21, 2005 and won a few more since then in the class. Other females to win at PPMS include Laura Lukon in the crates, Deana Groves in the E-Mods and Sara Schrum and Hannah Ramsey in the Young Guns.
Wexford PA's Mike Pegher Jr. won his second Brougher's Machine Shop Pro Late Model Fastrak Crates feature of the season in dominating fashion. Pegher started in the 8th spot, and took the lead off defending track champ Colton Flinner on lap 5 and rolled to the win. The real battle was for second thru fifth between Flinner, last week's winner Tommy Schirnhofer Jr., Mike Reft and Josh Holtgraver, who all swapped positions lap after lap. At the checker it was Pegher, Holtgraver, Schirnhofer, Flinner, Reft, Beau Glemba, Kyle Lukon, Ron Hall, Nico Dabecco, and Paul Jablonski. Picking up the K&N Persistent Performer award was Kyle Lukon. The heats went to Tommy Schirnhofer Jr., and Josh Holtgraver.
McKees Rocks, PA's Jake Simmons hit a career milestone by winning his 50th PPMS feature, and 4th win of the season in the Sunoco Race Fuels Sportsman Late Models. Vince Laboon and Dave McManus swapped the lead the first three laps before Nick Kocuba took over on lap 4. Simmons, who started last, and took the lead on lap 7 from Kocuba, and sped to the in over Pat Weldon, Kocuba, McManus, Wayne Carbo, Laboon, Joey Koteles (who was the K&N Persistent Performer), Bill Slade, Jarrod Westover, and Jameson Westover. Jenn Barker did not start. Jake Simmons also won the heat. All of Simmons wins have been in the Sportsman Late Models.
Tyler Fox, Pittsburgh PA won his career first feature in any class in the Miley BP Car Wash Hobby Stocks after a battle with two time winner Chase Evans. Evans took the lead at the start, with 4th starting Fox right behind. Evans and Fox battled for the next 12 laps, before Fox took over. Fox led the remaining laps to win over Chase, Joe Podolinsky, Ed Wiser, Gary Smith, Hannah Ramsey, and Steve Pyeritz who picked up the K&N Persistent Performer award. Eric Goldberg did not start. Joe Podolinsky won the heat.
Christian Schneider Coraopolis, PA, won his second career Imperial Heights Garage DIRTcar Young Guns. Schneider grabbed the lead at the start and led the entire distance to beat Bernie Blair Jr., Todd Weldon, Logan Crewl and Adam Carson. Crewl was the K&N Persistent Performer.
Upcoming at PPMS, on the June 9th show, the Bad Habit Monster Truck will be there and a Wacky Wheels Figure 8 race will also be held plus a complete regular show. On June 16th, the Topless 25 for the Fastrak Pro Late Modes (where the cars will remove their roofs), and a free Petting Zoo and Pony Rides for the kids at 5:00 PM, plus a complete regular show for the other divisions. Regular shows consist of Super Late Models, Fastrak Pro Late Models, Late Model Sportsman, Hobby Stocks, and Young Guns. Effective for the remainder of the season, in the event of any Saturday rainout the management will utilize a Sunday evening raindate. Times for the Sunday evening will start 1 hour earlier, with Gates opening at 4:00PM, Hot Laps at 5:00PM, and Racing at 6:00PM. For more info on PPMS Schedule see the website http://www.ppms.com/
Hoosier Tire Mid-Atlantic DirtCar Super Late Models
Heats - 38 Jim Stephans and J4 John Garvin
Feature (25 Laps) - 1. 0K Kari Gasser, 2. 10 Alex Ferree, 3. 0 Steve Baker, 4. 1C Lynn Geisler, 5. 72 Michael Norris, 6. 91 Tommy Beck, 7. 12 Daryl Charlier, 8. J4 John Garvin, 9. 99 Ben Miley, 10. 48C Tony Musolino, 11. 69 Jon Hodgkiss, 12. 76 Jason Rider, 13. 38 Jim Stephans, 14. 14 Scott Gunn, 15. 2J Mike Johnson, 16. 17 Brandon Burgoon, 17. 1J Davey Johnson, 18. 92 Jayme Beck
Awesome Hard Charger - 10 Alex Ferree
K&N Performer - 12 Daryl Charlier
Brougher's Machine Shop ProLate Models
Heats - 8 Tommy Schirnhofer and 00 Josh Holtgraver
Feature (20 Laps) - 1. 1C Mike Pegher Jr., 2. 00 Josh Holtgraver, 3. 8 Tommy Schirnhofer, 4. 75 Colton Flinner, 5. 9R Mike Reft, 6. 99G Beau Glemba, 7. 1 Kyle Lukon, 8. 01 Ron Hall, 9. 1 Nico Dabecco, 10. 3 Paul Jablonski, 11. 28 Bryant Hank, 12. 84 Laura Lukon, 13. 75 Scott Schempp, 14. 93X Justin Lamb, 15. 15 Mark Moats, Sr., 16. 2M Chuck Medved, 17. C1 Ken Chernik, 18. 8 Dusty Curry, 19. 12 Brian Goebel, 20. 18 Chris Lander
K&N Performer - 1 Kyle Lukon
Sunoco Race Fuels DirtCar Sportsman
Heat - 68X Jake Simmons
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 68X Jake Simmons, 2. 45 Pat Weldon, 3. 10 Nick Kocuba, 4. 69X Dave McManus, 5. 54 Wayne Carbo, 6. 17L Vince Laboon, 7. 33K Joey Koteles, 8. A22 Bill Slade, 9. W1 Jarrod Westover, 10. 89 Jameson Stumper, DNS - 33 Jenn Barker
K&N Performer - 33K Joey Koteles
Miley BP Car Wash DirtCar Hobby Stocks Factory Stocks
Heat - 56 Joe Podolinsky
Feature (15 Laps) - 1. 39 Tyler Fox, 2. 7 Chase Evans, 3. 56 Joe Podolinsky, 4. OU2 Ed Wiser, 5. 1 Gary Smith, 6. 14 Hannah Ramsey, 7. 56 Steve Pyeritz
K&N Performer - 56 Steve Pyeritz
Imperial Heights Garage DirtCar Young Guns Sport Compacts
Feature (8 Laps) - 1. M5 Christian Schneider, 2. B4 Bernie Blair, Jr., 3. 45 Todd Weldon, 4. 0 Logan Crewl, 5. 50A Adam Carson
K&N Performer - 0 Logan Crewl