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Kevin Bolland scores a heartbreaking win over Steve Feder

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The fine folks from Diehl Auto Group were on hand as the program’s weekly sponsor and they were almost treated to a career first Diehl Auto Group DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modified feature win for young gun Steve Feder. Feder took the lead from the pole at the drop of the green flag and held off future Hall of Famer Kevin Bolland for 24 laps with the best run of his career in a caution-free race. But as the leaders approached turn one on the final lap, Feder hesitated for a fraction of a second as a pair of lapped cars raced side-by-side ahead of them and Bolland pounced, taking the bottom and the lead. Feder could only chase Bolland to the checkered flag and wait to fulfill his dream of scoring that sacred career first feature win at the Action Track. For Bolland, it was his second win of the season and 55th of his Lernerville career. The win was made all the more impressive by the 200+ man hours of labor required to get the #777 ready for action after a nasty wreck with Dave Murdick at the BRP Modified Tour opener at Eriez Speedway last Sunday Night.

Feder had to settle for a career best finish of second ahead of All Time wins leader Brian Swartzlander in third, Dave Murdick in fourth and NY invader Brian Weaver in fifth. Mike Turner, Dean Pearson, Eric Gabany, Carl Murdick and Phil Evans Jr. rounded out the Diehl Top Ten. Bolland and Swartzlander claimed heat race victories.

For the second feature in a row, Defending Track Champion Jeremiah Shingledecker was claimed by the gremlins as he broke on lap 21 exiting turn four running third and rolled into the infield; officially scored with a DNF in 16th.

Bolland Takes Modified Tour Thriller

Media Contact:  Lou Long (412-760-9755)

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Victory Lane at Mercer Raceway Park (Photo: Deric Bolland)

Mercer, PA (June 25, 2011):  Kevin Bolland made a daring last lap pass of leader Brian Swartzlander and went on to win the thrilling BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour race presented by All Metals Recycling of Rochester, PA.
“The traffic is always tough at Mercer, you just have to wait your turn,” Bolland said. On several occasions, the traffic thwarted Bolland’s ability to pass race leader Brian Swartzlander. However, in the final analysis, a lapped car figured prominently into his winning pass.
When the field was circulating under the final caution, Bolland said to himself, “I have 11 more laps, let’s get this project done.” At that moment, he was sitting third behind Swartzlander and Frank Guidace. Shortly after the race resumed, Bolland regained second position and he was rapidly closing on Swartzlander.
“I had to wait for the lap traffic to play in because Brian had the bottom end tied up for several laps.” Bolland explained that he kept trying the high side in turns one and two, “but every time I got a run on him, it seemed like a lapped car fell in front of me and I couldn’t capitalize again.” He kept working at it, though, and eventually he used the traffic to his advantage.
Although Swartzlander led from the start, he could not shake loose from Bolland. Bolland kept switching lines as the duo diced for the lead. When they approached heavy lapped traffic near the midpoint of the race, Bolland made his first bid for the lead. He dropped to the inside lane coming off turn two and Swartzlander remained in the middle groove. They swept past a pair of lapped cars in an astounding four-wide formation on the backstretch. Swartzlander entered turn three with the lead, as Bolland had to burp the throttle to set the car for the corner.
Bolland continued to apply the pressure until the race was slowed for its second caution. On the restart, track favorite Frank Guidace powered into second with his potent 358 Modified, and the fans were sensing that an upset could be in the making. No Approved Toilet Rental 358 Modified had ever beaten the Big Blocks at Mercer and Guidace wanted to be the first. He closed in on Swartzlander on several occasions, but he could never pull alongside the leader.
Meanwhile, Bolland regrouped and began to work on Guidace for second. Bolland went to the outside and took the position away as they raced through turns one and two on lap 21. Bolland once again took up the chase for the lead.
With the laps winding down, the leaders again found themselves in heavy lapped traffic. That gave Bolland the opportunity to challenge for the win. As the leaders came charging off turn four to take the white flag, Bolland squeezed between Swartzlander and a lapped car. At the scoring loop, Bolland had the lead by a narrow margin. The pair cleared the lapped car and they raced hard into turn one. There was contact. Swartzlander slid high, but kept moving despite suffering some damage to his car. Bolland managed to keep his car straight and pulled away for the win.
Swartzlander took the checkers in second. Eric Gabany, driving another Mercer 358, made a strong move on the outside in the final laps and climbed up to third. Guidace held on for fourth, followed by Dave Murdick.
Jeremiah Shingledecker finished sixth. Rex King, Sr. crossed in seventh, snapping a two-year streak of top five finishes with the BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour. His son, Rex King, Jr., grabbed eighth. Brad Rapp climbed all of the way to ninth after starting in row eleven. Kevin Hoffman completed the top ten.
BRP/Hoosier Tire Modified Tour:  1. Kevin Bolland (777); 2. Brian Swartzlander (83); 3. Eric Gabany (3E); 4. Frank Guidace (1G); 5. Dave Murdick (61); 6. Jeremiah Shingledecker (37MD); 7. Rex King, Sr. (65); 8. Rex King, Jr. (165); 9. Brad Rapp (11R); 10. Kevin Hoffman (17H); 11. Jimmy Holden (28H); 12. Tommy Kristyak (26Z); 13. John Buchanan (44B); 14. Mark Frankhouser (03); 15. Mike Turner (96); 16. Tommy Mattocks (69); 17. Shannon Whaley (44W); 18. Carl Murdick (6); 19. Shawn Fleeger (88); 20. Scott Strock (15); 21. Don Brown (71B); 22. Howard Duff (812); 23. Kyle Fink (66F); 24. Skip Moore (17M); 25. Chris Haines (35H); 26. Rod Jones (820).  DNQ:  Kevin Green, Rich Whitney, Brian Weaver, Dave Reges, Donny Minor. Heat wins:  Swartzlander, Gabany, Bolland. B Main win:  Rapp.

Beaver County's Bolland opens big!

By DJ Johnson

Kevin Bolland's 52nd win in a Big-Block Modified a week ago at Lernerville might be the biggest win of his career.
The come-from-behind win on opening night at Lernerville for this Beaver County Sports Hall of Famer ranks up there with Bolland's DIRT Modified Series win at the Dirt Track at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., in 2003.
Bolland was in fourth with two laps to go and used the whole track, including the opposite slope on the back straightaway, to challenge race leaders Dave Murdick and Jeremiah Shingledecker.
On the green-white-checkered flag restart, Bolland came from the outside of the second row to rocket himself around the leaders for the win.
"We just found some bite [moisture] up around the top," Bolland said. "The guy in the second row always has a better view and we were able to capitalize on that."
You don't usually see door-to-door racing on opening night. Most openers are filled with bumping and banging, drivers knocking the rust off skills they haven't used in more than six months.
It was more than just the start of another race season for the defending Big-Block champion at Lernerville, it was a new beginning.
Like others in the field, Bolland showcased a new sponsor on his modified.
Bolland doesn't have as much equipment and money behind him as people might think, his team just makes it look that way.
Uniforms, the organized pit vehicle, all of this makes the Bolland team stand out when it comes to fans and causal observers.
"The crew just does their homework in the garage and it pays off at the track, it's a combination of everything" he said.
Boundary Systems, a distributor of PTC Pro Engineering Software from Cleveland apparently liked the combination enough to have sought out the team for sponsorship for a new product, CREO.
"[Boundary Systems] sought us out, we didn't seek them," he said.
"Your character, your look, your team building skills, your image, those are what sell. People pay attention to organizations. This isn't the first time that we've been told that we have a nice looking car, look like a team, act like a team and present a professional image."
Don't think that landing a sponsor changes everything.
"Having a sponsor helps lessen our losses," he said. "As unfortunate as it is, we have one car and we are trying to win three championships this year. We just have to finish races and have a good dependable car to get us there."
"We have to keep doing the same thing we've been doing since 1999. We just keep working within our means. I don't know if it can be done but we are going to try," he said.
If the result at Lernerville's opener is any indication, Bolland is off to a good start.
Rockets at Lernerville
Fans will be admitted free to the grandstands Tuesday and May 31 as Rocket Chassis plays host to two practice sessions at Lernerville Speedway for local and regional late model drivers.
Lernerville Speedway is in action at 7 p.m. today with four divisions in action. ... Dog Hollow Speedway in Strongstown begins its season at 7:30 p.m. today, featuring five divisions. ... Barry Awtey won the Super Late Model 50-lap event at Motordrome Speedway. The NASCAR weekly racing series is in action with all five divisions at 7:30 today at the paved oval in Smithton. ... Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway has "Cadet Frenzoid" at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Monster Half-Mile dirt oval near Imperial. Cadet division drivers will battle for 25 laps in their biggest feature of the year with the winner taking home $500. ... Roaring Knob Motorsports Complex opens for the season at 7:15 p.m. Saturday. The dirt oval near Markleysburg, Fayette County, features six divisions every Saturday. ... Mercer Raceway Park puts six divisions on the track at 7 p.m. Saturday. ... Pittsburgh Raceway Park in New Alexandria looks to open the season at 9 a.m. Saturday with a test-and-tune session along with a swap meet.
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First published on April 22, 2011 at 12:17 am

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.
Contact: Lernerville Speedway                
Eric J. Westendorf, Public Relations Director
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