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October 22
Bedford Speedway,
Bedford, PA
Sanction: Unsanctioned Supers (Keystone Cup Classic) - $22,000
Information provided by: Kevin Kovac and track reports (last updated October 23, 1:11 pm)
Rine dominates Keystone Cup, collects $22,000
Keystone Cup Classic
  1. Jeff Rine
  2. Matt Cosner
  3. Gregg Satterlee
  4. Garrett Smith
  5. Dylan Yoder
  6. Colton Flinner
  7. Jared Miley
  8. Mason Zeigler
  9. Ross Robinson
  10. Chris Ferguson
  11. Kyle Hardy
  12. Justin Weaver
  13. Spike Moore
  14. Travis Stickley
  15. Chuck Clise
  16. Tim Smith Jr.
  17. Shaun Jones
  18. Tyler Emory
  19. Rick Eckert
  20. Alex Ferree
  21. Matt Sponaugle
  22. Ryan Montgomery
  23. Bryan Bernheisel
  24. Keith Jackson
  25. Nick Dickson
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Shelley Rine kisses husband Jeff in Bedford’s victory lane.
What won the race: Eight-time and reigning track champion Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., led all 60 laps Saturday at Bedford Speedway for a $22,000 Super Late Model victory in the fifth annual Keystone Cup. The outside front-row starter became the race's first two-time winner by navigating traffic smoothly and keeping pole-starting Matt Cosner in check to capture the caution-free main event by a straightaway margin at the half-mile fairgrounds oval.
Key notes: Rine's victory tied him with Scott Haus as the track's winningest Super Late Model racer at 37 victories. ... Rine, who lapped all but eight competitors, also captured the inaugural Keystone Cup in 2018. ... Runner-up Matt Cosner discovered after the race his right-rear tire was nearly flat. ... Dylan Yoder was on the verge of being lapped with 20 laps remaining but raced up to grab fifth from Colton Flinner at the finish. ... The event was presented by Bolger Brothers Inc. ... Rine and Cosner earned $2,220 apiece for capturing Friday's twin 20-lap semifeatures. … Saturday’s $70,000 total purse for the Late Model feature was the richest in track history.
On the move: Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa., started 19th and finished fifth.
Winner's sponsors: Rine’s No. 92 Longhorn Chassis is sponsored by Metzler Auto Truck & Trailer, Jeff’s Auto Body, Dave’s Auto Body, Jack White Signs, Gates Logging and Penske Racing Shocks.
Current weather: Clear, 55°F
Car count: 38
Fast qualifier: Jeff Rine
Time: 19.022 seconds
Polesitter: Matt Cosner
Dash winner: Matt Cosner
Heat race winners: Jeff Rine, Matt Cosner
Consolation race winners: Dylan Yoder, Chuck Clise
Provisional starters: Matt Sponaugle
Editor's note: Corrects winning purse in headline.
From staff reports

BEDFORD, Pa. — Saturday's fifth annual Keystone Cup at Bedford Speedway went decidedly well for Jeff Rine, the Danville, Pa., driver who pocketed a track-record $22,000.

And it wasn't so bad for Shelley Rine, who upon celebrating the couple's 18th wedding anniversary with Jeff on Sunday won't "have to buy him anything" because of his richest career victory.

Bedford Speedway promoter Joe Padula? He's perhaps had better nights after watching Rine start outside the front row and dominate the caution-free 60-lap feature and take the checkers 4.618 seconds ahead of runner-up and polesitter Matt Cosner, removing any drama from the race's outcome in the late stages.

"I know old man Padula hates to to see this," Jeff Rine said in victory lane, "but we got $22,000 in our pocket."

Rine, who won the inaugural Keystone Cup in 2018 and became the race's first two-time winner, turned back a lap-12 challenge from Cosner and third-finishing Gregg Satterlee at the half-mile fairgrounds oval, then edged away from his contenders to dominate the last half of Bedford's richest-ever Super Late Model event with a $70,000 total purse.

The eight-time and reigning track champion's victory was also historic as his 37th triumph at Bedford tied him with Scott Haus of Hamburg, Pa., as the winningest Super Late Model driver in track history.

"Starting position any more in these races is key," said Rine, who beat Cosner into turn one to take command at the outset. "You know, when we had the first Keystone Cup, we started 10th and got the lead about halfway and just drove away. But that's no more. You know, starting position is so (important)."

Cosner, the Ridgely, W.Va., driver who like Rine captured a $2,200 semifeature victory in Friday's prelims, limped home second with a deflating right-rear tire with Satterlee a few seconds back in third. Garrett Smith of Eatonton, Ga., last week's Dirt Track World Championship winner at Portsmouth (Ohio) Raceway Park, was fourth in his Bedford debut and Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa., rallied from his 19th starting spot to take the fifth spot from Colton Flinner at the finish.

Rine lapped all but eight competitors in capturing a 19-minute race, but he had to keep a cool head through lapped traffic.

"Man oh man, some of them are lappers were tough to get around, but I knew we had a good car from the start," Rine said. "I was just hoping I wasn't killing my tires to get through them. I knew I was hammering my tires and I knew I had to be careful, but yeah, when Matt Cosner's behind you, he rolls that bottom awful good. I knew I could roll the bottom good, but he's been really good at rolling that bottom and I just wanted to keep a little distance between me and him."

Rine, Cosner and Satterlee were in a tight pack for a few laps in the race's early stages, but Rine pulled away and kept a winning pace the rest of the distance.

"I was getting awesome signals from my dad and (with) 10 (laps to go) I seen Ross (Robinson) and Dylan (Yoder)," Rine said. "I was keeping pace with Dylan and he was slicing through lapped traffic just as much as I was. I knew if I kept pace with them, you know, we should be pretty good, because they're really good. ... Man, that was awesome."

Cosner knew his best chance came at the drop of the green flag, but he ended up having to chase Rine throughout the race on a surface that was slicker than drivers expected. The runner-up finish was a "bummer" for Cosner.

"Me and Jeff drove it off into (turn) one extremely hard" on the opening lap, Cosner said. "I drove in there as far as I felt like I could without crashing us and he almost got up there into the wall. But he knew — just like I did — that getting the lead and setting the pace was going to be very important.

"I got right to his quarterpanel a couple of times in traffic, but it just never really played out into my favor. He would pass somebody and they would change lanes and the lapped cars would get to racing. ... When you're lapping cars like (Rick) Eckert and (Kyle) Hardy and Justin Weaver, they're not easy cars to lap for sure."

Any chance Cosner had late in the race went away when his deflating tire hampered his No. 66c.

"It was going down for a little while. I couldn't pass Hardy. And I could tell I was getting a little skatey, but I didn't realize then I was getting a flat," Cosner said. "Then finally I started picking the left-front up. So I was just hoping it would hang on and make it to the finish."

Satterlee said his car "was just a little bit off" and he struggled to get traction on the big track.

"It was just (the track surface) was not really abrasive or latched down very hard like it often does here," he said. "It was just almost slippery all the way around the racetrack; normally it doesn't seem to have that characteristic."

He said he needed "to maneuver through the corners a little bit better. It was kind of slick, so you really needed to be able to get through the corners well to maintain your speed. There wasn't a lot of traction. When the track was really dirty, whenever there was a lots of lapped cars in front of those guys, we were all three really close together."

But when the surface cleaned up, Rine and Cosner pulled back away.

"I just need to be a little bit better," Satterlee said. "But we had a solid third, anyway."

Notes: Rine notched his fourth Bedford victory of the season and 37th of his career. ... Scott Haus won his 37th on June 18, 2010, leading all 25 laps of a race where Rine finished third. ... The event was presented by Bolger Brothers Inc. ... Rine and Cosner earned $2,220 apiece for capturing Friday's twin 20-lap semifeatures. … Saturday’s $70,000 total purse for the Late Model feature was the richest in track history. ... The feature wrapped up before 8 p.m. ... Spike Moore won the Limited Late Model feature over Shawn Shoemaker.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Matt Cosner, Jeff Rine
Row 2: Rick Eckert, Gregg Satterlee
Row 3: Chris Ferguson, Garrett Smith
Row 4: Colton Flinner, Kyle Hardy
Row 5: Mason Zeigler,  Justin Weaver
Row 6: Jared Miley, Ross Robinson
Row 7: Spike Moore, Travis Stickley
Row 8: Ryan Montgomery, Tim Smith Jr.
Row 9: Bryan Bernheisel, Alex Ferree
Row 10: Dylan Yoder, Chuck Clise
Row 11: Tyler Emory, Keith Jackson
Row 12: Nick Dickson, Shaun Jones
Row 13: Matt Sponaugle

Dash results

Matt Cosner of Ridgeley, W.Va., grabbed the lead at the initial green flag and went on to capture Friday’s 6-lap dash, earning him the pole position for Saturday’s 60-lap, $22,000-to-win Keystone Cup. He will share the front row with dash runner-up Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., who joined Cosner as a $2,200 victor in Friday’s twin 20-lap semifeatures.

Dash finish: 1. Matt Cosner, 2. Jeff Rine, 3. Rick Eckert, 4. Gregg Satterlee, 5. Chris Ferguson, 6. Garrett Smith.

Semifeature results

(20 laps; top nine transfer)

First semifeature finish: 1. Jeff Rine, 2. Garrett Smith, 3. Rick Eckert, 4. Colton Flinner, 5. Mason Zeigler, 6. Jared Miley, 7. Spike Moore, 8. Ryan Montgomery, 9. Bryan Bernheisel, 10. Tyler Emory, 11. Dylan Yoder, 12. Nick Dickson, 13. Eddie Carrier Jr., 14. Jason Miller, 15. Tommy Fleegle, 16. Dave Stamm, Jim Bernheisel (DNS) Jim McBee, Jeff Miller.

Second semifeature finish: 1. Matt Cosner, 2. Gregg Satterlee, 3. Chris Ferguson, 4. Kyle Hardy, 5. Justin Weaver, 6. Ross Robinson, 7. Travis Stickley, 8. Tim Smith Jr., 9. Alex Ferree, 10. Chuck Clise, 11. Shaun Jones, 12. Matt Sponaugle, 13. Jim Yoder, 14. Chad Julius, 15. Ethan Ours, 16. Keith Jackson, 17. Gene Knaub, 18. Nathan Lasalle, 19. Khi Swanger, 20. Darris Deneen.

Feature lineup

Row 1: Cosner, Rine
Row 2: Eckert, Satterlee
Row 3: Ferguson, G. Smith
Row 4: Flinner, Hardy
Row 5: Zeigler, Weaver
Row 6: Miley, R. Robinson
Row 7: Moore, Stickley
Row 8: Montgomery, T. Smith
Row 9: B. Bernheisel, Ferree
Row 10: D. Yoder, Clise
Row 11: Emory, Jackson
Row 12: Dickson, Jones
Row 13: Spaonaugle
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