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Bolland takes Opening Night Win

Sarver, PA (April 16, 2011) Lernerville Speedway finally fired up its 2011 season on Friday, April 15 on a night that quickly turned chilly and breezy after the clouds consumed the sun shortly after the gates opened.  The gusty winds wicked most of the moisture from the race track, but the end result was three and four wide racing during all four features as Cole Duncan, Dave Hess Jr., Kevin Bolland and Mike Miller all mastered the Action Track and bested the competition to score Opening Night wins.
In the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Modifieds, Defending Track Champion Kevin Bolland welcomed a new sponsor to the fold with a pulse-pounding feature win in the #777 to score his 52nd career Modified win at the Action Track! 
A future Hall of Famer never really “comes out of nowhere”, but even right up to the green-white-checker restart, Bolland wasn’t much of a threat to win the race. Dave Murdick run away with the first ten laps of the race until a caution slowed the field on lap 11.  The restart slotted Jeremiah Shingledecker right alongside Murdick and they exchanged the lead twice before that fabled green-white-checker restart. 
When the green flag waved for the final time, Kevin Bolland mashed the loud pedal and pulled alongside Murdick and Shingledecker down the backstretch sending them three-wide into turn three.  Bolland used that same high groove exiting turn two to take the lead down the backstretch on the final lap and held of Shingledecker at the flagstand to score the Opening Night win in the Diehl Mods.
Shingledecker finished second, while Murdick (whom led 19 of 25 laps) crossed the stripe third.  NY invader Brian Weaver overcame some bad luck in the heat race to finish fourth after starting the feature on the back row.  Brad Rapp scored a strong fifth place finish ahead of Brian Swartzlander, Jim Weller Jr., Mark Frankhouser, Dean Pearson and Phil Evans Jr.  Swartzlander and Shingledecker were National Guard heat race victors and Shingledecker leads the Bud Points over Bolland and Murdick.
Fab Four Racing is back next Friday, April 22 on Silver Jacket Night and Easter Egg Extravaganza!  Then in two weeks, on Friday, April 29, the All Star Late Models roll into Sarvertown for a $5,000-to-win Showdown.  The DIRTcar Pro Late Models and UMP Modifieds are also on the card that night.
The first-ever Action Track Podcast Race Recap is posted on our website, as is the entire rundown of Budweiser points.
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Kevin Bolland is the 2010 Lernerville Speedway Track Champion

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Bolland entered last night with a comfortable lead in the Budweiser Points in the Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Modified division, but had three drivers within striking distance and standing between he and his third Track Championship. He mathematically eliminated Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker and Del Rougeux Jr. after National Guard Heat Races were completed. As the Diehl Mods rolled onto the Action Track for the first feature of Championship Night, Bolland needed to finish just 17th or higher to clinch the title over longtime nemesis Brian Swartzlander. But Bolland wasn’t resting on his laurels nor simply counting down the laps. Instead, he was up on the wheel and heavy on the gas, as there are less possibilities of finding misfortune the more cars that are behind you!
Polesitter Jeremiah Shingledecker took the quick lead at the drop of the green flag and led the first 21 circuits. Bolland started seventh but quickly made his way to the front where he challenged Del Rougeux Jr. for second place on lap three. They swapped second place several times over the next 20 laps, but a late race caution set the table for Bolland to win the Track Championship in style! With four laps to go, Bolland took the lead from Shingledecker around the topside of turns one & two on the lap 22 restart. Once out front, Bolland would not be caught and he scored his 51st Lernerville Speedway Modified Victory and third Modified Track Championship.
Shingledecker held on to finish second. Brian Swartzlander saw his title hopes shredded on lap six when he rolled to a stop on the front stretch after contact with Dean Pearson shredded his left rear tire. Swartzlander charged back through the field to finish third in the race and second in the Budweiser Point Standings. Dave Murdick finished fourth, while J.R. McGinley ran a very strong race to finish fifth. Carl Murdick, Mark Frankhouser, Mike Turner, Jeff Schaffer and Steve Feder rounded out the Diehl Top Ten. Swartzlander and Murdick won National Guard Heat Races.
Final Points Results:
Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Pos # Modifieds Pts 1 777 Kevin Bolland 457 2 83 Brian Swartzlander 433 3 37 Jer. Shingledecker 426 4 20D Del Rougeux Jr. 424 5 61 Dave Murdick 408 6 96 Mike Turner 331 7 8J Dean Pearson 321 8 6 Carl Murdick 285 9 45 Steve Feder 273 10 88 Shawn Fleeger 244 11 29E Erik Martin 166 12 71D Don Brown 155 13 31 Jim Weller Jr. 149 14 28 Tom Winkle 145 15 74 Kevin Green 96 16 O3 Mark Frankhouser 84 17 27R Dave Reges 66 18 11R Brad Rapp 60 19 66 J.R. McGinley 58 20 65 Rex King Sr. 57 21 35H Haines/T.S'decker 52 22 333 Ron Eperthener Jr. 49 23 165 Rex King Jr. 48 24 17M Skip Moore 40 25 75 Jeff Miller 37 26 73 Mike Miller 35 27 11B Brian Bailes 34 28 516 Gary Smoker 29 29 10 Jeff Schaffer 22 30 66F Kyle Fink 21 31 69 Tommy Mattocks 21 32 71 Randy Chronister 16

Beaver County 'hall' comes calling for Bolland

By DJ Johnson Post
Beaver County native Kevin Bolland was preparing for the 2010 DIRTcar Modified season when the call came to join the likes of Mike Ditka, Tony Dorsett, Joe Namath and childhood friend Terry Francona in the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
"I was surprised when I got a phone call on a Sunday night about three months ago," Bolland said. "It was quite a surprise. I wasn't ready. I didn't even know that I was one of the nominees."
Bolland, 50, of New Brighton will become the first auto racing driver to be inducted Sunday into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame.
After a brief professional career racing motorcycles, Bolland turned to the dirt tracks, driving a family owned Big Block Modified in 1982 with good results. In his first year, Bolland won seven features at Lernerville and Sharon Speedways along with a track championship at Mercer Raceway Park.
Since that breakout year, Bolland has collected eight track titles, a few regional championships and 107 feature wins. His biggest win came in 2003 at the Super DIRTcar Series event at The Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.
Bolland plans to continue competing with the Modified locally and with the Super DIRTcar Series when the opportunity presents itself.
Ironically, Kevin isn't the first member of the Bolland family utilizing wheels to be inducted into the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame. Jan Bolland-Tanner, Kevin's sister, was inducted in 2003 after a long road-racing cycling career representing the United States Cycling Team, winning gold and bronze medals at the World and Pan-Am Games.