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Port Royal Speedway

Satterlee claims fourth Flyers win at Port Royal

September 2, 2012, 6:47 am
From team reports
Gregg Satterlee captured his fourth Three State Flyers event of 2012. (pbase.com/cyberslash)
Gregg Satterlee captured his fourth Three State Flyers event of 2012. (pbase.com/cyberslash)

PORT ROYAL, Pa. (Sept. 1) — Rebounding from a disappointing result the previous night, series points leader Gregg Satterlee of Rochester Mills, Pa., scored his fourth Three State Flyers victory of the season Saturday at Port Royal Speedway earning $3,333 in the second leg of the tour’s tripleheader weekend. | Slideshow

Satterlee, who dropped out while running second in Friday’s weekend opener at Bedford (Pa.) Speedway, took the lead on lap 19 of Saturday’s race and never looked back en route to a $3,333 victory, his first at the half-mile oval.

Mike Lupfer of Shermansdale, Pa., won a late duel with Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., for the runner-up finish while Jeremy Miller of Gettysburg, Pa., and Dylan Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa., rounded out the race’s top five finishers in the #1 Cycle Center-Harley Davidson Butch Renninger Late Model Memorial.

Rine, last year’s race winner, started on the pole for the prestigious 33-lapper and took the lead at the start with fourth-starting Jason Covert of York Haven, Pa., in pursuit.

Satterlee, who started seventh in the field as the current series point leader, was already up to third with four laps complete.

Rine entered traffic after about 10 laps, and the race's first caution flag unfurled on lap 12 for Jason Covert’s faltering engine. That put Satterlee on Rine’s rear bumper for the restart.

Satterlee worked the inside line to perfection over Rine, but Rine was not easily denied as the pair repeatedly raced side-by-side for the lead until Satterlee finally pushed his No. 22 out front on the 19th circuit.

Another caution with eight laps to go set the stage for a torrid battle to the finish for second between Rine, Lupfer and the 15th-starting Miller.

While Satterlee drove away over the final distance, the trio electrified the fans with a pleasing battle for the second spot. Rine held off Lupfer and Miller until the final mile when Lupfer’s bottom groove finally gave him enough of a push to allow him to take over the runner-up spot.

Notes: Satterlee’s Rocket Chassis is powered by a Roush-Yates Engine with sponsorship from Satterlee Petroleum Distributors, East American Motorsport, Integra Shocks and JNJ Motorsports Media. … Lap money pushed Satterlee’s earnings to $3,828. ... Jeff Rine picked up nearly $600 in lap money. ... Satterlee, who has won three out of the past four Flyers events, has 11 overall victories on the season. … The race opened the 158th annual Juniata County Fair. ... The series was scheduled to wrap up its Labor Day weekend tripleheader on Sunday at Hesston (Pa.) Speedway, but that race was rained out.

#1 Cycle Center-Harley Davidson Butch Renninger Late Model Memorial: (1) Gregg Satterlee, (2) Mike Lupfer, (3) Jeff Rine, (4) Jeremy Miller, (5) Dylan Yoder, (6) Scott Haus, (7) Devin Friese, (8) Scott LeBarron, (9) Tim Wilson, (10) Donnie Schick, (11) Brett Schadel, (12) Andy Haus, (13) Dave Zona, (14) Matt Parks, (15) Scott Flickinger, (16) Kyle Rhoades, (17) Derek Bylers, (18) Chad Hollenbeck, (19) Mike Mort, (20) Tim Gray, (21) Steve Stitt, (22) Jason Covert, (23) Trent Brenneman, (24) Bob Dunn, (25) Mitch Hack. Heat race winners (among 32 cars): S. Haus, Wilson, Parks. Consolation winner: LeBarron.

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