Pete Miller Racing News
June 5, 2012
Lernerville Speedway May 25,2012 and Fremont Speedway May 26,27 2012
5-24 Results from Lernerville…
The Ti22 Performance DIRTcar Sprints pushed off next with Danny Kuriger jumping out to the early lead from the pole, but Andy McKisson brought out a caution trying to use a slidejob to take second away from Todd Bauer in turn four. McKisson collected “Cowboy” Brian Steinman and took a ride on the business end of a tow truck before being credited with a lap. Kuriger took the lead again on the restart, but heat race winner Jack Sodeman Jr. shot to the front quickly from seventh (and then sixth) on the grid. The leaders quickly entered lapped traffic, with Sodeman and May 4 feature winner Pete Miller III chasing Kuriger. A caution and ensuing restart on lap 11 for Davey Jones was the break Sodeman was looking for as he took a slight lead low in turns one & two and used a textbook slidejob in turns three & four to take the lead for good. A pair of cautions, (on unlucky lap 13 for Carl Bowser who broke entering turn one and on lap 14 for Rod George who spun in turn four and collected Brent Matus), delayed the inevitable, but once at the point, Sodeman checked out for his first feature win of the season. Read more »
Pete Miller III rides the cushion to first Ti22 Sprint win
Sarver, PA (May 4, 2012) Cinco de Mayo Eve was a fast and furious kind of evening as a hot and humid afternoon gave way to breezy conditions later in the evening as severe weather closed in from all directions; tracks to the west, north and east all canceled and/or were rained out before the completion of their program. But Fab Four Racing was pushed along at a fever pitch and the entire program was completed before the rains came shortly after 11:00. The action of the track stayed hot all night long as two All Time Division Wins leaders and future Hall of Famers took the lead in their respective features, only to uncharacteristically lose them instead of adding to their lofty win totals. So instead of Ed Lynch Jr. and Brian Swartzlander in Sheetz Victory Lane, it was Pete Miller III and Jeremiah Shingledecker.
For years the scenario seemed to repeat itself; week after week. Ed Lynch Jr. would take the lead and check out from the rest of the field, leaving everyone else to fight for second place. And for a while, it seemed like that would be the case again Friday night and “The Apollo Rocket” would roll into Sheetz Victory Lane for the 106th time. But Pete Miller III, celebrating his 21st birthday and ready to show what he learned from a year on the road with the All Star Circuit of Champions, had other ideas.
After polesitter Brandon Spithaler led the first three laps, Lynch took the lead low through turns one & two after making his way to the front from eighth on the starting grid. Conventional wisdom suggested the race was on for second place and what a race it was as Pete Miller and Rod George were trading moves back and forth, high and low as they worked through lapped traffic.
Normally when two cars race for second, they allow the leader to pull away, but that wasn’t the case tonight. Miller and George quickly reeled in Lynch and Miller started to challenge for the lead with big runs off the tops of both turns two and four. Miller tried to dive under Lynch on lap 12 low through turns one and two, but Lynch held the lead and seemed to turn it up a notch once he saw Miller. By lap 15, Lynch started to pull away again, but on lap 18 Miller and George had closed back up, only to see Lynch pull away again on lap 19 in heavy lapped traffic. On lap 20, Miller made a serious charge again through one and two and took the lead exiting turn two in heavy lapped traffic. On lap 22, Lynch fought back and drove hard through turns three & four trying to regain the lead, but physics dictates that two objects cannot occupy the same space at the same time and when Lynch came up off the bottom of turn four as Miller rocketed off the cushion they banged wheels and spun towards the infield. Amazingly, as Lynch backed into the apron, stopping just short of the jersey barriers, Miller stood on the gas and straightened the car out to retain the lead as the caution waved for Lynch.
Meanwhile, as Miller and Lynch waged a classic battle for the lead, Brian Ellenberger had challenged and taken third place from Rod George. With Lynch out, Ellenberger would restart second after starting 12th – per Lernerville procedure of the previous week’s feature winner – but Miller had a great restart and rode the cushion to his first career feature win at Lernerville Speedway on his 21st birthday.
Ellenberger ran a tremendous race, but had to settle for runner-up instead of winning for the second week in a row. George chased Ellenberger to the flagstand to finish third ahead of early leader Brandon Spithaler and Eric Williams. The Ti22 Top Ten rounded out with Kevin Schaeffer, Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, Gary Rankin and Brian Steinman. Lynch didn’t return after the contact with Miller and finished the race scored in unlucky 13th. And while it wasn’t the way he hoped to finish his evening, it was sure great to see the Apollo Rocket back on the Action Track! Ti22 heat races were claimed by Brandon Spithaler (making it a perfect three for three this season) and Brian Ellenberger.
FEBRUARY GEORGIA AND FLORIDA SPEEDWEEKS REVIEW
Pete Miller Racing started the season off by departing on February 7th from the frigid winter temps in Western Pennsylvania and heading to Screven Motor Speedway in Sylvania, Georgia for the 2nd annual Winter Freeze! The team arrived in Sylvania on Wednesday and enjoyed a nice brisk windy day at Screven to get a couple practice sessions in to shake the car down for the 2012 season.
Following an off day on Thursday, the team headed back to Screven Motor Speedway for the 1st night of the 2012 Winter Freeze and opening race for the 2012 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Season! Pete would end up qualifying 22nd out of 26 cars to line him up starting 8th in the 1st of 3 heats. After the heat was said and done, Pete would end up finishing 8th, putting him in the B-Main. Pete would start the B-Main in 4th and stay in the 4th position for the duration of the race and a transfer spot into the A- Main. For the A-Main, Pete would start in the 22nd position and slowly picked off a few cars as he got up to 17th place as the checkers flew on the first race of the 2012 season.
The 2nd night of the 2012 Winter Freeze at Screven Motor Speedway would start off a lot better than the 1st night as Pete would set 15th fastest in qualifying out of 25 cars on a very cold and chilly night in the low 30’s! With the 15th fastest time, Pete would start 2nd in the 1st of 3 heat races and as the checkers fell, would finish in the 2nd position! That would line Pete up in the 15th starting spot for the A-Main on the final night of the Winter Freeze. As the race started, everyone realized that throughout the night as the temperature dropped below freezing, the track ended up freezing! So, this feature was an interesting one as Pete would run around 15th the whole race and end up with a 16th place finish! The team loaded up and headed for sunny Florida!
After 3 days off in the much warmer weather of Daytona, Florida, Pete and crew headed to Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fl for night 1 of 2 for the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions! The first night did not go as planned as Pete qualified 30th out of 40 cars that were entered. That would put Pete starting 8th in the 2nd of 4 heats, where Pete would end up with a dismal 10th place finish and putting Pete in the B-main. For the B-Main, Pete would start 12th and end up finishing 12th, therefore, missing the A-Main for the evening.
Night 2 at Volusia Speedway Park would start of a lot better than night 1 as Pete would qualify 23rd quickest out of 40 cars and placing Pete on the pole of the 2nd heat of 4, alongside Steve Kinser. Steve would get the jump out of turn 4, with Greg Hodnett going with him, dropping Pete to the 3rd spot and that is where Pete would finish as the checkers fell. With the 23rd starting position in the A-main on the final night at Volusia Speedway Park for the UNOH All-Star Circuit of Champions, Pete would work his way up to 21st on a very slick track and finish in the 21st spot as the checkers fell! The team would enjoy a week off in Daytona to work on the car, clean the hauler, and have a little bit of fun before heading to Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, FL for 3 nights of racing! As the team headed toward Bubba Raceway Park for a Wednesday evening practice, the skies opened up and cancelled the evenings practice session.
Thursday was a much better day for weather as the team headed back to Bubba Raceway Park for Night 1 of 3 with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions! The night would start off great as Pete put down the 10th quickest lap in qualifying out of the 26 cars signed in. This would put Pete starting 3rd in the 3rd of 3 heat races for the evening. Pete would go on to finish 3rd in the heat race and line him up 10th in the A-Main for the evening. Pete would wind up finishing in the 13th spot as the checkers fell.
Friday was another great evening for the team as we headed back to Bubba Raceway Park for Night 2 of 3 with the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions! Pete would qualify 14th quickest out of the 26 cars signed in, giving him the 2nd starting position in the 2nd of 3 heats. Pete would get a good start in the heat and get by Danny Smith to take the lead going into turn 1 and lead all 8 laps of the heat race to the first heat race win of the 2012 season! This would place Pete in the 14th starting position for the night A-Main event! Pete would run around the 14th position for the entire feature before falling back to 15th place as the checkers fell on night 2 at Bubba Raceway Park.
Saturday night would be the final night at Bubba Raceway Park and the end of the 2012 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Georgia/Florida Speedweeks swing. The night would start off with Pete qualifying 18th out of the 26 cars signed in for the evening. This would place Pete in the 1st starting spot of the 1st of 3 heats on the final evening! Pete again would get a great start and lead all 8 laps on the way to his 2nd heat race win in as many nights! Pete would start the final A-Main of the 2012 Speedweeks in the 18th starting position. As the feature went on, Pete would slowly make his way up to a 14th place finish as the checkers would fall for the final time in Florida for the 2012 UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions Florida Speedweeks!
The team would load up and head back to Western Pennsylvania to regroup and get everything ready for the next race at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, Ohio on April 6th and 7th. We hope to see everyone there and stop by the hauler as the 2012 Pete Miller III T-shirts will be available for purchase for $20 each or 2 for $30! Sizes Small up to 3 Extra Large are available!
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