Marlar Goes Back-to-Back at Lernerville

Mike Marlar

Sarver, PA (June 24, 2022) – For the second night in a row Mike Marlar won a preliminary feature at Lernerville Speedway. Marlar took the lead from Ricky Thornton Jr. on lap 14 to score the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series win on Friday night; setting himself up for a good starting spot in one of the six heat races to be contested Saturday night for the 16th Annual Firecracker 100 Presented by Big River Steel paying $50,000-to-win.

Marlar fought off Tim McCreadie, who had raced from the ninth starting spot to challenge for the lead at the end but fell a few car lengths short at the checkers. Thornton, who led the first 13 laps from the pole finished in third. Mark Whitener, who had an impressive run in his heat race climbing from seventh for the win came home fourth in the feature just ahead of fifth place Hudson O’Neal.

Thornton and O’Neal started on the front row and paced the field for the first four laps until Marlar took over second from O’Neal on the fifth circuit. The race went the first 12 laps caution free just as Thornton was about to pick up the tail end of the field. On the restart it took Marlar just two laps around the legendary racetrack to get the lead, which he held until the end to keep him a perfect two-for-two on the weekend so far.

In Lucas Oil Victory Lane for the 18th time in his career Marlar has his sights set on his third career $50,000 payday on Saturday night. “It was just so slick I was just kind of driving different most laps actually and I probably changed up what I was doing six or seven times in 30 laps. I saw him (McCreadie) flash under me in one and two, after about four or five laps my tires would get a little hotter and they’d give up some grip, so I think he preserved his tires a little better.”

Marlar started third in the race and tracked down Thornton, overhauling for the lead one lap shy of the halfway mark. “He had the bottom and he wasn’t going to move; I was just waiting on that brown ring on the bottom to wear out. It was getting thinner and thinner so then on that one restart I found some crumbs out here kind of in the middle leaving four, so I got on the outside and it worked for me, I barely got by him. It’s definitely been a good weekend so far. The trip is paid for and tomorrow will be the cherry on top. It will be tough. You know we have a good 30-40 lap car; it slides around on me once the tires get warm. So tomorrow we will get a harder tire and see if that helps the situation too.”

McCreadie, the reigning Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series National Champion took the runner-up spot as the 2019 Firecracker 100 winner charged from the inside of the fifth row. “This will give us a better shot in the heats tomorrow night which is what you are working for. The track’s been tough. It’s been way different each night and it just shows this Mega Plumbing team is doing a good job in trying to adapt. To be able to run well both nights and be competitive, it’s all you can ask for. I need some help over in one and two, I can’t get where I want the car to be activated. To come home second to Mikey, he’s really good. We need a little more we will just keep working hard it’s all we can do.”

Thornton was denied his first series win of the year as he will try to score another crown jewel victory on Saturday night to go along with his Dirt Track World Championship win last October. “I didn’t really know if I needed to move out or not. He (Marlar) was really good through the middle just like T-Mac was. I felt like we had a really good car. We’ll take a third, it should set us up in good position for tomorrow’s heat races.”

The winner’s Ronnie Delk-owned Longhorn Chassis is powered by a Cornett Racing Engine and sponsored by Delk Equipment, Tri-Rivers Enterprises, Rockets Convenient Plus, Bilstein Shocks, Mesilla Valley Transportation, Can-Am Salvage, and Capital CapSigns.com.

Completing the top ten were Garrett Alberson, Jonathan Davenport, Earl Pearson Jr., Michael Norris, and Brandon Sheppard.

Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series

Race Summary

Firecracker 100 Presented by Big River Steel

Friday, June 24th, 2022

Lernerville Speedway – Sarver, PA

Allstar Performance Time Trials

Fast Time Group A: Earl Pearson, Jr. / 15.659 seconds (overall)

Fast Time Group B: Rick Eckert / 16.026 seconds

54 entries

PRECISE LATE MODELS


A-Main Firecracker Night 2 (30 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[3]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[9]; 3. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[1]; 4. 58W-Mark Whitener[4]; 5. 71-Hudson O’Neal[2]; 6. 58-Garrett Alberson[11]; 7. 49-Jonathan Davenport[15]; 8. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[7]; 9. 72-Michael Norris[5]; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard[14]; 11. 0E-Rick Eckert[8]; 12. 22-Gregg Satterlee[16]; 13. 20-Jimmy Owens[20]; 14. 10M-Jared Miley[21]; 15. 1T-Tyler Erb[13]; 16. 89-Ashton Winger[6]; 17. 7-Ross Robinson[19]; 18. 1*-Chub Frank[22]; 19. 1C-Alex Ferree[23]; 20. 8-Kyle Strickler[24]; 21. 18D-Daulton Wilson[17]; 22. J4-John Garvin Jr[12]; 23. 11-Spencer Hughes[18]; 24. 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery[10]

B-Main 1 Fast Shafts (10 Laps): 1. 7-Ross Robinson[1]; 2. 1*-Chub Frank[2]; 3. 22B-Darrell Bossard[6]; 4. 77-Tyler Dietz[8]; 5. 22F-Chris Ferguson[7]; 6. 48-Colton Flinner[5]; 7. 14-Dan Angelicchio[9]; 8. 1Z-Logan Zarin[4]; 9. 9Z-Mason Zeigler[11]; 10. 66-Todd Bachman[10]; 11. 10-Gary Lyle[12]; 12. 3RK-Daryl Charlier[3]

B-Main 2 UNOH (10 Laps): 1. 20-Jimmy Owens[2]; 2. 1C-Alex Ferree[4]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton[6]; 4. 10G-Garrett Smith[3]; 5. 12D-Doug Drown[5]; 6. 94C-Charles Powell[8]; 7. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand[1]; 8. 9-Breyton Santee[7]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[11]; 10. 44-Joe Petyak[9]; 11. 11H-Gale Huey[12]; 12. (DNS) 25S-Cory Sines

B Feature 3 Lucas Oil (10 Laps): 1. 10M-Jared Miley[3]; 2. 8-Kyle Strickler[1]; 3. 0-Scott Bloomquist[4]; 4. 21L-Matt Lux[7]; 5. 11AC-Trevor Collins[6]; 6. 5L-Jonathan Lee[5]; 7. 7T-Drake Troutman[2]; 8. 2D-Dan Stone[8]; 9. 17T-Tim Vance[10]; 10. 9Y-Levi Yetter[9]; 11. 11J-Joshua Powell[11]; 12. 112-Brandon Little[12]

Heat 1 Penske Shocks (8 Laps): 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr[3]; 2. 46-Earl Pearson Jr[1]; 3. 1T-Tyler Erb[4]; 4. 7-Ross Robinson[5]; 5. 3RK-Daryl Charlier[7]; 6. 48-Colton Flinner[8]; 7. 22F-Chris Ferguson[2]; 8. 14-Dan Angelicchio[9]; 9. 9Z-Mason Zeigler[6]

Heat 2 Summit Racing Equipment (8 Laps): 1. 157-Mike Marlar[1]; 2. 39-Tim McCreadie[2]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport[4]; 4. 1*-Chub Frank[3]; 5. 1Z-Logan Zarin[5]; 6. 22B-Darrell Bossard[8]; 7. 77-Tyler Dietz[6]; 8. 66-Todd Bachman[7]; 9. 10-Gary Lyle[9]

Heat 3 Simpson Race Products (8 Laps): 1. 72-Michael Norris[1]; 2. 58-Garrett Alberson[2]; 3. 18D-Daulton Wilson[3]; 4. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand[5]; 5. 10G-Garrett Smith[7]; 6. 12D-Doug Drown[4]; 7. 9-Breyton Santee[8]; 8. 44-Joe Petyak[6]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith[9]

Heat 4 Ohlins Shocks (8 Laps): 1. 71-Hudson O’Neal[3]; 2. 0E-Rick Eckert[1]; 3. 1-Brandon Sheppard[4]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens[5]; 5. 1C-Alex Ferree[8]; 6. 76-Brandon Overton[6]; 7. 94C-Charles Powell[2]; 8. 25S-Cory Sines[7]; 9. 11H-Gale Huey[9]

Heat 5 Wrisco Industries (8 Laps): 1. 58W-Mark Whitener[7]; 2. 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery[1]; 3. 22-Gregg Satterlee[3]; 4. 8-Kyle Strickler[2]; 5. 10M-Jared Miley[6]; 6. 5L-Jonathan Lee[8]; 7. 21L-Matt Lux[4]; 8. 9Y-Levi Yetter[5]; 9. 11J-Joshua Powell[9]

Heat 6 Lucas Oil (8 Laps): 1. 89-Ashton Winger[2]; 2. J4-John Garvin Jr[1]; 3. 11-Spencer Hughes[4]; 4. 7T-Drake Troutman[5]; 5. 0-Scott Bloomquist[6]; 6. 11AC-Trevor Collins[7]; 7. 2D-Dan Stone[3]; 8. 17T-Tim Vance[8]; 9. 112-Brandon Little[9]

Group A Time Trials (2 Laps): 1. 46-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:15.659[5]; 2. 157-Mike Marlar, 00:15.731[19]; 3. 72-Michael Norris, 00:15.826[6]; 4. 22F-Chris Ferguson, 00:15.864[15]; 5. 39-Tim McCreadie, 00:15.879[23]; 6. 58-Garrett Alberson, 00:15.935[9]; 7. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, 00:15.945[7]; 8. 1*-Chub Frank, 00:15.995[3]; 9. 18D-Daulton Wilson, 00:16.035[20]; 10. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:16.048[16]; 11. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 00:16.094[14]; 12. 12D-Doug Drown, 00:16.145[13]; 13. 7-Ross Robinson, 00:16.158[10]; 14. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:16.310[11]; 15. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand, 00:16.384[4]; 16. 9Z-Mason Zeigler, 00:16.407[25]; 17. 77-Tyler Dietz, 00:16.432[17]; 18. 44-Joe Petyak, 00:16.436[1]; 19. 3RK-Daryl Charlier, 00:16.446[22]; 20. 66-Todd Bachman, 00:16.506[2]; 21. 10G-Garrett Smith, 00:16.606[21]; 22. 48-Colton Flinner, 00:16.640[26]; 23. 22B-Darrell Bossard, 00:16.669[18]; 24. 9-Breyton Santee, 00:16.739[8]; 25. 14-Dan Angelicchio, 00:16.879[27]; 26. 10-Gary Lyle, 00:16.928[12]; 27. 17SS-Brenden Smith, 00:16.949[24]

Group B Time Trials (2 Laps): 1. 0E-Rick Eckert, 00:16.026[12]; 2. 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery, 00:16.039[1]; 3. J4-John Garvin Jr, 00:16.092[9]; 4. 94C-Charles Powell, 00:16.171[19]; 5. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:16.227[18]; 6. 89-Ashton Winger, 00:16.227[11]; 7. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 00:16.256[5]; 8. 22-Gregg Satterlee, 00:16.268[13]; 9. 2D-Dan Stone, 00:16.307[8]; 10. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 00:16.369[20]; 11. 21L-Matt Lux, 00:16.413[14]; 12. 11-Spencer Hughes, 00:16.426[16]; 13. 20-Jimmy Owens, 00:16.528[27]; 14. 9Y-Levi Yetter, 00:16.534[2]; 15. 7T-Drake Troutman, 00:16.557[23]; 16. 76-Brandon Overton, 00:16.580[17]; 17. 10M-Jared Miley, 00:16.596[6]; 18. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 00:16.604[4]; 19. 25S-Cory Sines, 00:16.621[10]; 20. 58W-Mark Whitener, 00:16.664[25]; 21. 11AC-Trevor Collins, 00:16.690[24]; 22. 1C-Alex Ferree, 00:16.717[15]; 23. 5L-Jonathan Lee, 00:16.927[7]; 24. 17T-Tim Vance, 00:17.102[3]; 25. 11H-Gale Huey, 00:17.253[21]; 26. 11J-Joshua Powell, 00:17.461[26]; 27. 112-Brandon Little, 00:17.735[22]

Hot Laps 1: 1. 20RT-Ricky Thornton Jr, 00:17.457[7]; 2. 72-Michael Norris, 00:17.844[6]; 3. 44-Joe Petyak, 00:18.032[1]; 4. 58-Garrett Alberson, 00:18.177[9]; 5. 46-Earl Pearson Jr, 00:18.192[5]; 6. 9-Breyton Santee, 00:18.651[8]; 7. 1*-Chub Frank, 00:18.825[3]; 8. 66-Todd Bachman, 00:19.292[2]; 9. 29-Ken Schaltenbrand, 00:59.999[4]

Hot Laps 2: 1. 22F-Chris Ferguson, 00:16.580[6]; 2. 1T-Tyler Erb, 00:16.787[7]; 3. 49-Jonathan Davenport, 00:17.041[5]; 4. 77-Tyler Dietz, 00:17.198[8]; 5. 12D-Doug Drown, 00:17.355[4]; 6. 1Z-Logan Zarin, 00:17.405[2]; 7. 7-Ross Robinson, 00:17.455[1]; 8. 22B-Darrell Bossard, 00:17.684[9]; 9. 10-Gary Lyle, 00:18.384[3]

Hot Laps 3: 1. 48-Colton Flinner, 00:15.965[8]; 2. 18D-Daulton Wilson, 00:16.141[2]; 3. 9Z-Mason Zeigler, 00:16.176[7]; 4. 10G-Garrett Smith, 00:16.212[3]; 5. 157-Mike Marlar, 00:16.361[1]; 6. 39-Tim McCreadie, 00:16.454[5]; 7. 3RK-Daryl Charlier, 00:16.678[4]; 8. 14-Dan Angelicchio, 00:17.397[9]; 9. 17SS-Brenden Smith, 00:59.999[6]

Hot Laps 4: 1. J4-John Garvin Jr, 00:15.733[9]; 2. 71-Hudson O’Neal, 00:15.908[5]; 3. 9Y-Levi Yetter, 00:15.970[2]; 4. 10M-Jared Miley, 00:16.056[6]; 5. 1CJ-Ryan Montgomery, 00:16.184[1]; 6. 17T-Tim Vance, 00:16.255[3]; 7. 5L-Jonathan Lee, 00:16.291[7]; 8. 2D-Dan Stone, 00:16.348[8]; 9. 0-Scott Bloomquist, 00:59.999[4]

Hot Laps 5: 1. 89-Ashton Winger, 00:15.821[2]; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee, 00:15.825[4]; 3. 76-Brandon Overton, 00:15.931[8]; 4. 11-Spencer Hughes, 00:16.019[7]; 5. 25S-Cory Sines, 00:16.037[1]; 6. 0E-Rick Eckert, 00:16.063[3]; 7. 1C-Alex Ferree, 00:16.149[6]; 8. 21L-Matt Lux, 00:16.948[5]; 9. 8-Kyle Strickler, 00:59.999[9]

Hot Laps 6: 1. 1-Brandon Sheppard, 00:15.711[2]; 2. 58W-Mark Whitener, 00:15.725[7]; 3. 94C-Charles Powell, 00:15.852[1]; 4. 20-Jimmy Owens, 00:15.908[9]; 5. 7T-Drake Troutman, 00:16.115[5]; 6. 11AC-Trevor Collins, 00:16.134[6]; 7. 11H-Gale Huey, 00:16.414[3]; 8. 112-Brandon Little, 00:17.049[4]; 9. 11J-Joshua Powell, 00:17.075[8]