Satterlee Opens World of Outlaws Late Model Series Doubleheader At Selinsgrove Speedway With Convincing Victory

Young Pennsylvanian Scores Second Career Win On National Tour Just One Month After His First

By Kevin Kovac, WoO LMS P.R. Director

SELINSGROVE, PA – Aug. 31, 2013 – It took Gregg Satterlee 85 tries to break into Victory Lane on the World of Outlaws Late Model Series. He needed just five more starts to make his return to the national tour’s most exalted spot.

Almost exactly one month after registering his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main triumph Satterlee was back in the spotlight, rolling to a convincing win in Saturday night’s 40-lap ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ at Selinsgrove Speedway.

Satterlee, 29, of Rochester Mills, Pa., was unbeatable in the opening leg of the inaugural WoO LMS doubleheader at the historic half-mile central Pennsylvania oval. He passed defending circuit champion Darrell Lanigan of Union, Ky., for the lead on lap 17 – a moment before Lanigan slowed with an overheating engine – and dominated the remainder of the distance to cash an $8,050 first-place check.

“I would’ve never thought we would’ve got one again this year,” said Satterlee, whose milestone first WoO LMS victory came on July 30 at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway. “It always hangs in the back of your mind – that once you get (a win), you can do it again – but I never would’ve dreamed that we would do it again this soon. This is just awesome.”

Vic Coffey of Caledonia, N.Y., finished a distant second, flashing under the checkered flag 2.203 seconds behind Satterlee. The performance allowed Coffey to match his career-best WoO LMS finish as his frustrating winless streak on the circuit reached 157 A-Mains.

Jeff Rine of Danville, Pa., placed a solid third, giving the eight-time Selinsgrove Late Model champion a career-high finish on the WoO LMS. Josh Richards of Shinnston, W.Va., steadily advanced from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth – and more importantly, push his advantage in the standings to 94 points over ninth-place Shane Clanton of Zebulon, Ga. – and Rick Eckert of York, Pa., finished fifth at the track where he ran his first dirt Late Model event nearly three decades ago.

Satterlee, who started second, led the race’s first lap before being overtaken by pole-starter Lanigan. But Satterlee didn’t let the tour’s alltime winningest driver pull away and was in position to grab the lead with an inside move off turn two on lap 17.

“I knew after those first couple laps I could hang there right with (Lanigan) running the same line,” said Satterlee, who drove his father’s Roush Yates Ford-powered Rocket car. “I started running a lower line there in lapped traffic and was able to sneak by him. After that I wasn’t really sure where to go – I didn’t really know how close anyone was – but I guess what I was doing worked out.”

Indeed, there was no catching the fleet Satterlee. After Lanigan slowed on lap 17 to bring out the race’s lone caution flag, Satterlee simply drove away from his nearest challengers with every circuit around the sprawling track.

“These big tracks just seem to fit our driving style,” said Satterlee, whose three victories over the past month have come at spacious half-mile ovals. “We’ve just been clicking on the big tracks lately.”

Coffey, 42, chased Satterlee to no avail after passing Rine for second place on lap 18. The former WoO LMS Rookie of the Year fell as many as three seconds – nearly a full straightaway – behind the leader until Satterlee’s late-race dealings with lapped traffic slightly cut the final gap.

“We didn’t change much (after heat racing), but the change we did make made me too tight to run the bottom of the track,” Coffey said of his Sweeteners Plus Rocket car. “I don’t know if it was gonna be any good down there anyway because the top just carried so much speed, but I couldn’t run where I did in the heat race. I had to get to the top and just kind of run Gregg’s line, and at that point he was a little better than us. Unless he had problems, I knew we had a second place car.

“It’s frustrating to come close (to a win) again, but we had a good night. If we can keep running near the front like this that win will eventually come.”

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Rine, 36, fell short in his bid to score an emotional win in front of his loyal fans, but the best performance of his career in WoO LMS competition was enough to pump him up.

“I’m happy standing right here in third,” said Rine, who started fifth and moved up to second after Lanigan dropped from contention on lap 17. “To race with these guys and to finish third with these guys at our hometrack is just awesome.”

Tim McCreadie of Watertown, N.Y., started and finished sixth, but he spent most of the race’s second half running fifth until Eckert slipped by. Young Selinsgrove regular Matt Cochran of Williamsport, Pa., placed seventh driving a ‘Club 29’ Rocket car assembled by Lanigan. Dan Stone of Thompson, Pa., finished eighth; Clanton was a quiet ninth; and Bryan Bernheisel of Jonestown, Pa., rounded out the top 10.

Lanigan, who led laps 2-16, pitted after slowing on lap 17 so his crew could tend to his car’s steaming powerplant. He returned without losing a lap but later retired, absorbing a rare DNF.

Thirty-five cars were entered in the program, which was run under a threat of rain.

Ohlins Shocks Time Trials were split into ‘A’ and ‘B’ groups, with the first half competing for starting positions in heats 1-2 and the second half racing against the clock to align heats 3-4.

Rine turned the overall quickest lap in qualifying, clocking in at 19.226 seconds during Group ‘A’ to earn his second career WoO LMS fast-time honor.

Heat winners were Rine, Richards, Satterlee and Coffey. The B-Mains were captured by Jim Bernheisel of Lebanon, Pa., and Jim Yoder of Selinsgrove, Pa.

The holiday-weekend WoO LMS spectacular at Selinsgrove Speedway concludes on Sunday night (Sept. 1) with the running of the 50-lap Late Model National Open for a $10,000 top prize. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Results of World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ at Selinsgrove Speedway (Finishing Position/Start/Driver/Laps Completed/Money Won):

1. (2) Gregg Satterlee/40 $8,050
2. (4) Vic Coffey/40 $4,550
3. (5) Jeff Rine/40 $2,700
4. (8) Josh Richards/40 $2,450
5. (7) Rick Eckert/40 $2,150
6. (6) Tim McCreadie/40 $1,800
7. (12) Matt Cochran/40 $1,400
8. (11) Dan Stone/40 $1,350
9. (10) Shane Clanton/40 $1,250
10. (13) Bryan Bernheisel/40 $1,100
11. (22) Morgan Bagley/40 $1,300
12. (9) Dylan Yoder/40 $1,050
13. (16) Jamie Lathroum/40 $850
14. (14) Bub McCool/40 $900
15. (15) Coleby Frye/40 $750
16. (18) Jim Yoder/40 $700
17. (20) Chub Frank/40 $710
18. (3) Eric Wells/39 $690
19. (21) Dave Zona/39 $620
20. (1) Darrell Lanigan/32 $760
21. (19) Bud Phillips/21 $600
22. (23) Tim Fuller/11 $650
23. (19) Jim Bernheisel/7 $600
24. (25) Kenny Trevitz/3 $600
25. (24) Clint Smith/1 $650

* Earnings include cash contingency award bonuses

Time of Race: 16 Mins., 32.964 Secs.
Margin of Victory: 2.203 Secs.
Yellow Flags: 1 (lap 17)
Lap Leaders: Satterlee (1); Lanigan (2-16); Satterlee (17-40)
Provisional Starters: Fuller, C. Smith (WoO); Trevitz (track)
Rookie of the Race: Bagley ($250)
WoO LMS ‘Bonus Bucks’ Winner: Coffey ($500)

Ohlins Shocks Time Trial Results (Position/No./Driver/Hometown/Best Lap):

Group ‘A’

1. 2J-Jeff Rine/Danville, PA 19.226
2. 25-Shane Clanton/Zebulon, GA 19.448
3. 24Y-Dylan Yoder/Selinsgrove, PA 19.580
4. 24-Rick Eckert/York, PA 19.618
5. 29-Darrell Lanigan/Union, KY 19.621
6. 1-Josh Richards/Shinnston, WV 19.773
7. 15-Scott Flickinger/Elliottsburg, PA 19.860
8. 57J-Bub McCool/Vicksburg, MS 20.004
9. 119B-Bryan Bernheisel/Jonestown, PA 20.056
10. 99z-Dave Zona/Montrose, PA 20.060
11. 119-Jim Bernheisel/Lebanon, PA 20.076
12. 55-Chris Shuey/Macungie, PA 20.154
13. 44-Clint Smith/Senoia, GA 20.239
14. 61T-Kenny Trevitz/Winfield, PA 20.383
15. 88-Tony Adams/Sunbury, PA 20.395
16. 7-Meade Hahn/Millerstown, PA 20.518
17. 99P-Bud Phillips/Susquehanna, PA 20.622
18. 9-Hayes Mattern/Beavertown, PA N/T

Group ‘B’

1. 22-Gregg Satterlee/Rochester Mills, PA 19.626
2. 39-Tim McCreadie/Watertown, NY 19.752
3. 21d-Dan Stone/Thompson, PA 19.753
4. 16-Matt Cochran/Williamsport, PA 19.761
5. 18-Eric Wells/Hazard, KY 19.775
6. 6-Jamie Lathroum/Mechanicsville, MD 19.845
7. 32F-Coleby Frye/Dover, PA 19.919
8. 32c-Vic Coffey/Caledonia, NY 19.926
9. 27-Jim Yoder/Selinsgrove, PA 20.014
10. 6s-Donnie Schick/Middleburg, PA 20.084
11. 1*-Chub Frank/Bear Lake, PA 20.094
12. 14M-Morgan Bagley/Longview, TX 20.439
13. 26-Jerry Bard/Shippensburg, PA 20.546
14. 19-Tim Fuller/Watertown, NY 20.563
15. C33-Chris Casner/Mifflintown, PA 21.189
16. 90-Kyle Rhoads/Sunbury, PA 21.926
17. 93-Pancho Lawler/Glenville, PA N/T

Heat No. 1 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Rine, Lanigan, D. Yoder, B. Bernheisel, Flickinger, J. Bernheisel, C. Smith, Phillips, Adams

Heat No. 2 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Richards, Eckert, Clanton, McCool, Trevitz, Hahn, Zona, Shuey

Heat No. 3 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Satterlee, Wells, Stone, Frye, J. Yoder, Frank, Bard, Casner, Lawler

Heat No. 4 (10 laps – Top 4 Transfer): Coffey, McCreadie, Cochran, Lathroum, Fuller, Bagley, Schick, Rhoads

B-Main No. 1 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): J. Bernheisel, Phillips, Zona, Flickinger, Hahn, Trevitz, C. Smith (DNS) Shuey, Adams, Mattern

B-Main No. 2 (12 laps – Top 3 Transfer): J. Yoder, Frank, Bagley, Fuller, Schick, Casner, Rhoads, Bard (DNS) Lawler

World of Outlaws Late Model Series Contingency Award Winners (awards presented to noted finisher/qualifier or next highest displaying decal:

Ohlins Shocks ($50 cash to fast qualifier): Dylan Yoder
Eibach Springs (one free spring to each B-Main winner): Dave Zona/Jim Yoder
VP Race Fuels ‘Nice Jugs’ Award: (One VP 5-gallon container to fastest qualifier who misses A-Main): Scott Flickinger
Wrisco Aluminum (3 sheets of aluminum to A-Main winner only): Gregg Satterlee
Armor All (One case of product to highest-finishing non-WoO team in A-Main): Gregg Satterlee
Comp Cams ($50 certificate to A-Main winner): Gregg Satterlee
QuarterMaster ($100 certificate to A-Main winner): Vic Coffey
MSD Ignition ($50 cash to A-Main winner): Gregg Satterlee
STP ($50 cash to 2nd-place finisher in A-Main): Vic Coffey
XS Power ($50 cash to 3rd-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
Roush Yates ($50 cash to 4th-place finisher in A-Main): Josh Richards
JE Pistons ($50 cash to 5th-place finisher in A-Main): Rick Eckert
Dominator ($50 cash to 6th-place finisher in A-Main): Tim McCreadie
American Race Wheels ($50 cash to 7th-place finisher in A-Main): Dylan Yoder
VP Race Fuels ($50 cash to 8th-place finisher in A-Main): Dan Stone
Edelbrock Manifolds ($50 cash to 9th-finisher in A-Main): Shane Clanton
Comp Cams ($50 cash to 10th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
XS Power ($60 product certificate to 11th-place finisher in A-Main): Morgan Bagley
Cometic Gasket ($50 cash to 12th-place finisher in A-Main): Dylan Yoder
JRI Shocks ($50 cash to 13th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
Super Flow Dynos ($50 cash to 14th-place finisher in A-Main): Bub McCool
QuarterMaster ($25 certificate to 15th-place finisher in A-Main): Coleby Frye
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 16th-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Jim Yoder
Klotz Lubricants ($50 cash to 17th-place finisher in A-Main): Chub Frank
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 18th-place finisher in A-Main): Eric Wells
QuarterMaster ($50 certificate to 19th-place finisher in A-Main): Dave Zona
Arizona Sport Shirts ($100 certificate to 20th-place finisher in A-Main): Darrell Lanigan
JE Pistons (one complete set of JE Pro Seal rings to 21st-place finisher in A-Main, redeemable w/next purchase of set): Tim Fuller
Roush Yates ($50 gift card to 22nd-place finisher in A-Main): Gregg Satterlee
MSD Ignition ($25 cash to 24th-place finisher in A-Main): Clint Smith
XS Power ‘Power Move of the Race’ ($60 product certificate): Gregg Satterlee
Roush Yates ($25 gift card to driver who leads most laps in the A-Main): Gregg Satterlee

2013 World of Outlaws Late Model Series Point Standings as of Aug. 31 – 40 A-Mains completed (rank/driver/points/deficit to leader):

1. Josh Richards 5554
2. Shane Clanton 5460 (-94)
3. Darrell Lanigan 5432 (-122)
4. Rick Eckert 5342 (-212)
5. Tim McCreadie 5168 (-386)
6. Eric Wells 5034 (-520)
7. Tim Fuller 5028 (-526)
8. Chub Frank 4972 (-582)
9. Bub McCool 4914 (-640)
10. Morgan Bagley 4870 (-684)
11. Clint Smith 4646 (-908)
12. Dan Stone 2348 (-3206)

The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is brought to fans across the country by many important sponsors and partners, including: American Racing Custom Wheels (Official Custom Wheel), Arizona Sport Shirts (Official Apparel Company), Armor All (Official Car Care Products), Hoosier Racing Tires (Official Racing Tires), KMC (Official Custom Truck Wheel), STP (Official Fuel Treatment), Vicci (Official Uniform), VP Racing Fuel (Official Racing Fuel), DirtonDirt.com (Hard Charger Award) and McCarthy’s One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning (Raye Vest Memorial Pill Draw Award); in addition to contingency sponsors: Butlerbuilt, Cometic Gasket, Comp Cams, Dominator Race Products, Edelbrock, Eibach Springs, JE Pistons, JRI Shocks, Klotz Synthetic Lubricants, MSD Ignition, Ohlins Shocks, QuarterMaster, Roush Yates Performance Parts, Superflow Dynos, Wrisco Aluminum and XS Power Racing Batteries; along with manufacturer sponsors Capital Race Cars, Integra Shocks, GRT Chassis, Jake’s Carts, Racing Electronics, Rocket Chassis, TNT Rescue, and Warrior Chassis.

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LIVE UPDATES 8/31: World of Outlaws Late Model Series ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ At Selinsgrove Speedway

SELINSGROVE, PA – Aug. 31, 2013 – The World of Outlaws Late Model Series is set to begin a doubleheader weekend at Selinsgrove Speedway with tonight’s ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ featuring a 40-lap A-Main paying $8,000 to win.

A historic half-mile fairgrounds oval in the heart of racing-rich central Pennsylvania, Selinsgrove is hosting the WoO LMS for the first time this weekend. The track was on last year’s schedule but thunderstorms washed out the late-August event.

For live blog-style updates including news, notes and results from tonight’s action, click the ‘Full Story’ button below. Be sure to refresh your browser throughout the night to read the latest information.

Satterlee shines again

10:15 p.m. – One month after earning his first-ever WoO LMS triumph in Wisconsin, Gregg Satterlee shined again on Saturday night — this time in his home state.

Satterlee grabbed the lead from Darrell Lanigan on lap 17 — moments before Lanigan slowed with an overheating engine — and dominated the remainder of the distance to capture the 40-lap ‘Showdown On Sand Hill.’ It was his second career WoO LMS win.

In a dominant performance, Satterlee crossed the finish line 2.203 seconds ahead of Vic Coffey, who once again fell one spot short of earning his first career WoO LMS victory. Eight-time Selinsgrove champion Jeff Rine registered a career-best WoO LMS finish of third, points leader Josh Richards advanced from the eighth starting spot to finish fourth and Rick Eckert completed the top five at the track where he ran his first dirt Late Model event nearly three decades ago.

A-Main Finish: 1. Gregg Satterlee, 2. Vic Coffey, 3. Jeff Rine, 4. Josh Richards, 5. Rick Eckert, 6. Tim McCreadie, 7. Matt Cochran, 8. Dan Stone, 9. Shane Clanton, 10. Bryan Bernheisel, 11. Morgan Bagley, 12. Dylan Yoder, 13. Jamie Lathroum, 14. Bub McCool, 15. Coleby Frye, 16. Jim Yoder, 17. Chub Frank, 18. Eric Wells, 19. Dave Zona, 20. Darrell Lanigan, 21. Bud Phillips, 22. Tim Fuller, 23. Jimmy Bernheisel, 24. Kenny Trevitz, 25. Clint Smith

Showtime approaching

9:20 p.m. – The 25-car field for tonight’s 40-lap A-Main will soon be assembling in the staging area after the completion of the twin B-Mains, which had a pair of interesting winners.

Jimmy Bernheisel and Jim Yoder were the victors of the last-chance events. Ironically, both drivers have sons who qualified through tonight’s heat action: Bryan Bernheisel and Dylan Yoder.

WoO LMS points provisional starting spots have gone to Tim Fuller and Clint Smith, who broke a motor during the B-Main and will take the green flag in Bub McCool’s backup car. Kenny Trevitz will start 25th as the track provisional.

The 15-lap Pro Stock feature is currently on the racetrack, with the WoO LMS headliner to follow.

A-Main Lineup:

Row 1: Darrell Lanigan/Gregg Satterlee
Row 2: Eric Wells/Vic Coffey
Row 3: Jeff Rine/Tim McCreadie
Row 4: Rick Eckert/Josh Richards
Row 5: Dylan Yoder/Shane Clanton
Row 6: Dan Stone/Matt Cochran
Row 7: Bryan Bernheisel/Bub McCool
Row 8: Coleby Frye/Jamie Lathroum
Row 9: Jimmy Bernheisel/Jim Yoder
Row 10: Bud Phillips/Chub Frank
Row 11: Dave Zona/Morgan Bagley
Row 12: Tim Fuller/Clint Smith
Row 13: Kenny Trevitz

 

Guys to watch

8:50 p.m. – Upon completion of the four 10-lap heat races, there’s clearly two major storylines developing.

One, of course, is Jeff Rine, who is looking to score an emotional hometrack victory after capturing the first heat. The other is Vic Coffey, the former WoO LMS Rookie of the Year who passed his Sweeteners Plus teammate Tim McCreadie for the lead on lap eight of the final heat to score an impressive triumph.

Coffey would love nothing better than to make tonight’s ‘Showdown On Sand Hill’ his long-awaited first-ever WoO LMS victory. He’s winless in 156 career A-Main starts, a stretch of frustration that includes several near-misses. It should be noted that Coffey excels on big, fast tracks like Selinsgrove — just last year, he finished second in a WoO LMS event at the similarly-shaped Black Hills Speedway in Rapid City, S.D. — so perhaps this could finally be his night.

Other heat winners were Josh Richards (Heat 2) and Gregg Satterlee (Heat 3).

Darrell Lanigan finished second to Rine in the first heat, but he’ll start the A-Main from the pole position after picking the prime spot in the feature redraw. Satterlee will take off from the second spot, with Eric Wells, Coffey, Rine, McCreadie, Rick Eckert and Richards following in that order.

The first of two 12-lap B-Mains is now on the track.

For complete heat results, click here.

Defending his turf

8:10 p.m. – For Jeff Rine, this weekend couldn’t be any bigger. He is, after all, an eight-time Selinsgrove Speedway champion, so he dearly wants to turn back the Outlaw invaders.

So far, so good.

Rine registered the fastest overall lap in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, putting up a clocking of 19.226 seconds to earn his second career WoO LMS fast-time honor. He back that up by winning the first heat race, putting him in position for a top-eight starting spot in the A-Main.

“This is pretty cool,” Rine said after receiving a $600 bonus for his fast time ($500 posted by Aubrey Alexander Toyota for a local driver setting quick time and $100 from Fast T’s). “I was saying that this might be a track where the locals have an advantage because it’s a place of its own.”

Rine came into this weekend’s action one week removed from suffering an engine failure at Selinsgrove. He got his powerplant back on Wednesday and it appears to be clicking nicely tonight.

For full results from time trials, click here.

Gregg going good

7:20 p.m. – One month after winning his first-ever WoO LMS A-Main at Shawano (Wis.) Speedway, Gregg Satterlee has started his bid for a home-state victory by topping the speed chart in hot laps. His circuit of 19.485 seconds nipped Selinsgrove regular Dylan Yoder’s time of 19.498 seconds during practice.

Darrell Lanigan was third-fastest at 19.501 seconds, followed by Shane Clanton (19.510) and Coleby Frye (19.711).

Ohlins Shocks Time Trials are now underway….

Engines roaring

6:50 p.m. – A 35-car field is entered in tonight’s ‘Showdown On Sand Hill,’ which is set to begin shortly with hot laps at 7 p.m.

Skies have turned bright and sunny as teams make final preparations for the program, which will include split-group qualifying to set the fields for four 10-lap heat races. Drivers in Group ‘A’ during Ohlins Shocks Time Trials will compete for spots in Heats 1 and 2, while those in Group ‘B’ will vie for starting positions in Heats 3 and 4.

Joining the 11 WoO LMS regulars in tonight’s are such contenders as former tour winners Gregg Satterlee, Dan Stone and Jamie Lathroum; former WoO LMS Rookie of the Year Vic Coffey; eight-time Selinsgrove champion Jeff Rine; and Pennsylvanians Coleby Frye, Donnie Schick, Matt Cochran, Jim and Dylan Yoder, Chris Shuey, Tony Adams and Jimmy and Bryan Bernheisel.

Buzz in the air

5:15 p.m. – There’s a sense of anticipation running through Selinsgrove Speedway as race teams — more than 30 strong at the moment — prepare for tonight’s inaugural WoO LMS action at the sprawling track.

Following a six-hour overnight haul from West Virginia Motor Speedway, the 11 WoO LMS travelers and their regional and local challengers have been greeted by a steamy late-summer day. Temperatures are flirting with 90 and the humidity is high — and track and series officials are hoping that the scattered thunderstorms expected to dance around the state for a couple more hours stay away from Selinsgrove.