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