By MIKE MALLETT
The 2017 edition of the DIRTcar Roundup Steel City Stampede kicked off on Friday night at the Lernerville Speedway with a bulging pit area. With nine divisions in action, a total of 229 filled the pits plus the over flow pit area that was created in the speedway parking lot to help with the mass of cars.
18 Sprint Cars, 27 Super Late Models, 24 big-block Modifieds, 39 RUSH Late Models, 29 UMP Modifieds, 27 Open Pro Stocks, 16 RaceSaver 305 Sprints, 22 RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and 27 Enduro cars were in the pit area.
Heat Race Winners
George Hobaugh and Carl Bowser won their respective 410 Sprint Car heat races.
Russ King, Todd Bachman and Matt Lux earned Super Late Model heat wins.
Garrett Krummert, Rick Richner and Mat Williamson each took home a big-block Modified qualifying heat win.
RUSH Late Model heats were taken by Bryce Davis, Russ King, John Waters and Brian Knowles.
Carl McKinney dominated UMP Modified heat one with Russ Dunn and Jonathan Taylor winning the other two.
Michael Miller, Curtis Bish and Corey McPherson captured DIRTcar Open Pro Stocks heat wins.
305 RaceSaver Heats were won by Brad Mellott and Vinny Dougherty.
Tiffany Williams, Chas Wolbert, Brandon Ritchey were winners of RUSH Sportsman Modified qualifying events.
Eric Boozel and April Tennant wrapped up the night by winning the Four-Cylinder heats.
Russ King competed in both the RUSH Late Models as well as the Super Late Models. He captured heat race wins in both events.
Matt Lux won his Super Late Model heat race from the eighth starting position. He was dominating the UMP Modified heat race when radiator came loose and got into the fan forcing him into the pits.
Steve Feder started on the outside of the front row of his big-block Modified heat only to have problems at the start.
Brian Knowles passed Jeremy Wonderling on the final lap coming off of turn four to win his RUSH Late Model heat race. He made the move on the bottom while Wonderling tried to make it work on the outside.
Feature events take place Saturday night for all nine divisions. The 410 Sprint Cars, Super Late Models and big-block Modifieds were each run for an opportunity to win $3,000. Racing will get underway at 7pm.
For a full photo gallery CLICK HERE