SARVER, Pa. (June 23) — Live updates from Friday night’s first 25-lap semifeature during the Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel weekend at Lernerville Speedway:
Rebounding from a tangle with a lapped car in the afternoon’s postponed semifeature, Ricky Thornton Jr. of Chandler, Ariz., stormed to a stirring victory in the first of Friday night’s regularly-scheduled 25-lap Firecracker 100 presented by Big River Steel preliminary events at Lernerville Speedway. The Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series points leader lost the lead to a slider from Jonathan Davenport through turns three and four on lap 22 but returned the favor the next circuit in turn two and went on to the $5,000 triumph.
(Eight laps; all drivers transfer)
First heat finish: Ricky Thornton Jr., Brandon Overton, Darrell Bossard, Tyler Erb, Chub Frank, Trevor Collins, Nicholas Eck, Mike Smith.
Second heat finish: Jonathan Davenport, Gregg Satterlee, Hudson O’Neal, Earl Pearson Jr., Daryl Charlier, Alex Ferree, Bump Hedman, Brent Vosbergen.
Third heat finish: Spencer Hughes, Ken Schaltenbrand, Ross Robinson, Tyler Dietz, Benji Hicks, Gary Lyle, Kyle Strickler, Doug Eck.
Cars on track
With no rain falling since about 7:30 p.m., officials sent Crate Late Models onto the track at 8:45 p.m. to finish packing the surface. The green light for hot laps was turned on just after 9 p.m.
Officials announced that the schedule of events will begin with the six RUSH Crate Late Model heats, followed by the six Lucas Oil Series heats, the RUSH dash and the twin 25-lap Firecracker 100 semifeatures.
Friday night’s time trials were completed despite light rain falling during the second qualifying group, but moments later a downpour hit — beginning over the third and fourth turns — during RUSH Crate Late Model hot laps. The suddenly slick track surface caused Tony Musolino to hit the turn-four wall and all other drivers on the speedway to slide to a stop over the turn-four berm.
The burst of rain began at 7:03 p.m. and lasted less than 15 minutes, but it drenched the racetrack enough that Musolino’s disabled car was still on the track after the shower ceased because the surface was too slick for tow trucks to immediately reach him.
While spots of blue sky were visible off turns one and two at 7:20 p.m., a dark cloud hovering over the track simultaneously began to dump more rain. Officials have the program in a rain delay as they wait out the unpredictable weather.
1. Brandon Overton (76), Evans, Ga., 15.736
2. Jonathan Davenport (49), Blairsville, Ga., 15.739
3. Spencer Hughes (11H), Meridian, Miss., 15.934
4. Ricky Thornton Jr. (20RT), Chandler, Ariz., 15.959
5. Gregg Satterlee (22), Indiana, Pa., 16.239
6. Ken Schaltenbrand (29S), Sarver, Pa., 16.290
7. Daryl Charlier (3RK), Bulger, Pa., 16.351
8. Tyler Erb (1), New Waverly, Texas, 16.351
9. Ross Robinson (7R), Georgetown, Del., 16.376
10. Darrell Bossard (22B), Centerville, Pa., 16.460
11. Hudson O'Neal (1), Martinsville, Ind., 16.477
12. Kyle Strickler (8), Mooresville, N.C., 16.497
13. Trevor Collins (11T), Seaford, Del., 16.531
14. Bump Hedman (B22), Sugar Grove, Pa., 16.577
15. Gary Lyle (10L), Leechburg, Pa., 16.612
16. Chub Frank (1*), Bear Lake, Pa., 16.640
17. Earl Pearson Jr. (46), Jacksonville, Fla., 16.646
18. Tyler Dietz (77), Pittsburgh, Pa., 16.681
19. Mike Smith (96), Arkport, N.Y., 16.687
20. Alex Ferree (1c), Saxonburg, Pa., 16.697
21. Doug Eck (20D), Corry, Pa., 16.755
22. Nicholas Eck (20N), Corry, Pa., 16.920
23. Brent Vosbergen (AUS1), Perth, W. Australia, 16.991
24. Benji Hicks (55), Mount Airy, N.C., no time