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Imperial, PA 

It was a beautiful, late summer evening at Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile with the RUSH Sprint Car Series in town for an action event. PPMS would see six heat races and six feature events. Jeremy Weaver (41), from Stoneboro, would pick up his first career RUSH Sprint Car feature win. Two-time defending Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series champion Justin Lamb (93X), from Findlay Township, picked up the win in the 20-lap feature after a spirited battle with series points leader, Ben Policz (14B), from Rices Landing. In PPMS Pro Stock action, Nick Kocuba (10), from Bulger picked up his first win of the season, while Stephen Shelpman (17S), from Pleasant Hills, brought home his seventh win of the season in the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division. Philip Bubeck (2L), from Washington, picked up his second win in a row in the Four Cylinder division, while Susie Rudolph (55), from Steubenville, Ohio, grabbed her twelfth win of the season in the Young Guns division. 

In the RUSH Sprint Car Series 20-lap feature, David Hawkins (27D), from Lower Burrell, was the pole-sitter. To his outside and starting in second was Jeremy Weaver (41). The second row consisted of Brian Ruhlman (49), from Clark Lake, Michigan, starting in third, and Zach Morrow (27M), from Gibsonia, starting in fourth. When the green flag dropped, Weaver (41) would grab the early lead. With Weaver (41) still leading on lap three, Morrow (27M) would make his way up to second place behind the leader. On lap four, Weaver (41) led the field with Morrow (27M) in second, Hawkins (27D) in third, and Ruhlman (49) in fourth. That order would remain the same through lap 15 when Weaver (41) began to lead the field through lapped-traffic. Weaver (41) would lead the remaining laps of the event picking up his first career RUSH Sprint Car Series victory with the race going green to checkered in record fashion. Following Weaver (41) to the line was Morrow (27M) in second, Hawkins (27D) in third, Ruhlman (49) in fourth, Brian Hartzell (69) in fifth, Steve Pedley (21) in sixth, Greg Beach (33) in seventh, and Matt Sherlock iii (55) completed the eight-car field. Weaver (41) also won the heat race. 

In the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series 20-lap feature, fans were treated to some of the best racing of the night. Justin Lamb (93X) would start on the pole with Daryl Charlier (42S), from Midway to his outside in second place. Christian Schneider (1ST), from Warren, Ohio, started in third place, while Ron Hall (01), from Hookstown, started in fourth. When the green flag waved, the field would hardly get through turn two when a few cars would get together and bring out the yellow. The field would reassemble for a complete restart and when green replaced yellow, Lamb (93X) would keep the early lead, while Policz (14B) was on the move from his tenth place starting spot. Lap three had Lamb (93X) still leading with Schneider (1ST) in second, Charlier (42S) in third, and Policz (14B) was already up to fourth place. Then Policz (14B) would take the third spot from Charlier (42S) on lap four, knocking Charlier (42S) down to fourth. The event’s second caution would come only five laps in, slowing the pace. Lamb (93X) would choose the inside on the restart with Schneider (1ST) in second, Policz (14B) in third, Charlier (42S) in fourth, and Zach Gunn (17G) in fifth. The restart was called back when the 3J of Paul Jablonski jumped the start and was sent to the rear of the field, despite already being at the rear of the field. A complete restart would ensue and when the green flag dropped, Lamb (93X) would once again keep the lead with Policz (14B) now in second, and Tommy Schirnhofer (8S) up to third place. Lamb (93X) would lead through lap eight and on lap nine, Policz (14B) would take over the lead. The halfway point had Policz (14B) leading the field with Lamb (93X) in second, Schirnhofer (8S) in third, Charlier (42) in fourth, and Schneider (1ST) in fifth. Another caution would come on lap 14 for the 3J of Paul Jablonski, which was his third caution in the race and he was sent to the pits. Policz (14B) would choose the inside on the restart and when the green flag waved, Lamb (93X) would retake the lead with six laps to go in the event, but Policz (14B) would take the lead back on the next lap. With Policz (14B) taking the white flag and seeming like he had another PPMS win, the caution would come out on the white flag lap for oil on the race track from Schneider’s 1ST car. A two-lap shootout would ensue and when the green flag dropped for the final time in the event, Lamb (93X) would retake the lead at the line. Lamb (93X) would hold off Policz (14B) and the rest of the field for another PPMS Victory. He was followed to the by Policz (14B) in second, Schirnhofer (8S) in third, Mollick (60M) in fourth, Z. Gunn (17G) in fifth, Ryan Frazee (11F) in sixth, Charlier (42S) in seventh, Braeden Dillinger (14D) in eighth, Bill Kessler (09) in ninth, and Schneider (1ST) rounded out the top ten. The heat race winners were Policz (14B) and Scott Gunn (14G). 

In the PPMS Pro Stock 15-lap feature, Chase Lambert (22JR) would start on the pole. To his outside, and starting in second was Nick Kocuba (10). The second row consisted of Bill Slade (A22) in third and Danny Rich (67X) in fourth. When the green flag waved, Kocuba (10) would take the early lead, with Rich (67X) hot on his heels. The event’s first caution came on lap three when the 67X of Danny Rich would stop between turns three and four. Kocuba (10) would lead the field on the restart and would keep the lead when the field returned to green flag conditions. Lap seven had Kocuba (10) leading, with A.J. Poljak (36) in second, Daryl Charlier (18) in third, Dave McManus (114) in fourth, and Chase Lambert (22JR) in fifth. The field would remain the same through lap 11 and another caution would come on lap 12 for Chase Lambert (22JR). Kocuba (10) would choose the outside on the restart and would keep the lead when the field returned to green. Kocuba (10) would lead the remaining three laps of the event, en route to his first PPMS win of the season. He was followed by Charlier (18) in second, Poljak (36) in third, McManus (114) in fourth, Heath Close (77) in fifth, Bill Slade (A22) in sixth, Chase Lambert (A22) in seventh, and Rich (67X) would complete the eight-car field. The heat race winner was Poljak (36). 

The Keystone Coach Works 12-lap feature had Mike Betsch (222), from Monaca, starting on the pole, While Frank Magill (05), from Jefferson Hills, would start in second. Making up the second row was Tom Anton (13) starting in fourth, and Ed Shelpman (17P), from Pleasant Hills. When the green flag dropped, F. Magill (05) would take the early lead, but Stephen Shelpman (17S) was the man on the move. S. Shelpman (17S) would take over the lead on lap five and began to make his way through lapped traffic on lap eight. S. Shelpman (17S) would lead the remaining laps of the event, en route to his seventh PPMS win on the season. He was followed to the line by F. Magill (05) in second, E. Shelpman (17P) in third, Marcus Simmons (68X) in fourth, Adam Ferree (39) in fifth, Cody Koteles(1LK) in Sixth, Tom Anton (13) in seventh, Andrew Sutton (16A) in eighth, Karlee Kovacs (221K), in ninth, and Kayla McManus (ooK) would round out the top ten. The heat race winner was Poljak (36). 

In the Four Cylinder feature, Jason Romine (71) would start on the pole. To his outside and starting in second was Tanya Charlier (21), from Midway, while Bill Tennant (95), from Colliers, West Virginia, started in third, and last weeks’ winner Philip Bubeck (2L) started in fourth. When the green flag waved, P. Bubeck (2L) came from last place to take the lead on lap one with Tennant (95) following him into second place. P. Bubeck (2L) and Tennant (95) would remain the same for the entire race. P. Bubeck would go the distance, picking up his second win of the season ad second win in a row. He was followed by Tennant (95) in second, T. Charlier (21) in third, and Romine (71) in fourth. The Four Cylinders did not run a heat race. 

Coming into Saturday night, Susie Rudolph (55) had 11 total wins on the season and was the Young Guns division points leader. In the Young Guns eight-lap feature, Kyle Janas (88), from Coraopolis, would start on the pole. Starting to his outside and in second place was Tony Magill (05), from Jefferson Hills, while Noah Bubeck (2), from Washington, would start in third, and Rudolph (55) would complete the four-car field. When the green flag dropped, T. Magill (05) would take the early lead. Lap three had T. Magill (05) still leading with Rudolph (55) up to second place with Janas (88) in third and N. Bubeck (2) in fourth. Rudolph (55) would make her move on lap four to take over the lead. She would lead the remaining laps of the event to take home her twelfth win of the season. She was followed by N Bubeck (2) in second, T. Magill (05) in third, and Janas (88) in fourth. The Young Guns did not run a heat race. 

Racing resumes at Dirt’s Monster Half-Mile next Saturday, September 28, for the final points race of the season. PPMS will be featuring the RUSH Sprint Car Series, the RUSH Sportsman Modified Series, the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, the PPMS Pro Stocks, the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks, the Four Cylinders, and the Young Guns. Gates open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m., and the racing action will commence at 7 p.m. Visit our schedule section for pricing and tickets. 

There is only one points race left for all divisions before the 31st Annual Pittsburgher 100. The season finale, Pittsburgher 100 is on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5 with the 31st Annual Pittsburgher 100 for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series, paying $20,000 to win. Friday, October 4 will see the qualifying events for all divisions except for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Saturday, October 5 will see the qualifying events for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Plus, features for all divisions. Reserve your tickets now on the PPMS website. Let’s go racing!

RESULTS

RUSH Sprint feature (20) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 2 – Jeremy Weaver (41) – Stoneboro 

2 – 4 – Zach Morrow (27M) – Gibsonia 

3 – 1 – David Hawkins (27D) – Lower Burrell 

4 – 3 – Brian Ruhlman (49) – Clark Lake, MI

5 – 6 – Brian Hartzell (69) – Oil City 

6 – 7 – Steve Pedley (21) – Seneca 

7 – 5 – Greg Beach (33) – Chicora 

8 – 8 – Matt Sherlock iii (55) – Beaver Falls

RUSH Sprint heat 1 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. Jeremy Weaver – 41 – [6];  2. Zach Morrow – 27M – [2]; 3. David Hawkins – 27D – [7];  4. Brian Ruhlman – 49 – [8]; 5. Greg Beach – 33 – [1]; 6. Brian Hartzell – 69 – [4];  7. Steve Pedley – 21 – [3]; 8. Matt Sherlock iii – 55 – [5];   

Diehl Auto RUSH Late Model Dirt Series feature (20) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 2 – Justin Lamb (93X) – Findlay Township 

2 – 10 – Ben Policz (14B) – Rices Landing 

3 – 9 – Tommy Schirnhofer (8S) – Dormont 

4 – 12 – John Mollick (60M) – Toronto, OH 

5 – 6 – Zach Gunn (17G) – McDonald 

6 – 7 – Ryan Frazee (11F) – Addison 

7 – 2 – Daryl Charlier (42) – Midway 

8 – 8 – Braeden Dillinger (14D) – Dawson 

9 – 15 – Bill Kessler (09) – Freedom 

10 – 3 – Christian Schneider (1ST) – Warren, OH 

11 – 13 – Paul Jablonski (3J) – Carnegie 

12 – 16 – Brian Goebel (12G) – Beaver Falls 

13 – 4 – Ron Hall (01) – Hookstown 

14 – 5 – Pete Wearing (111) – Evans City 

15 – 11 – Scott Gunn (14G) – McDonald 

16 – 14 – Eric Hamilton Jr. (33X) 

RUSH LM heat 1 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. Ben Policz – 14B – [1];  2. John Mollick – 60M – [3];  3. Zach Gunn – 17G – [5]; 4. Tommy Schirnhofer – 8 – [2];  5. Justin Lamb – 93X – [4]; 6. Daryl Charlier – 42S – [8]; 7. Paul Jablonski – 3J – [7];  8. Bill Kessler – [9]; 9. Brian Goebel – 12G – [6];  

RUSH LM heat 2 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. Scott Gunn – 14G – [2];  2. Ryan Frazee – 11F – [3]; 3. Ron Hall – 01 – [4];  4. Christian Schneider – 1ST – [1]; 5. Pete Wearing – 111 – [5];  6. Braeden Dillinger – 14D – [8]; 7. Eric Hamilton Jr. – 33X – [7];  Josh Stoica – 22J – [6];  

PPMS Pro Stock feature (15) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 2 – Nick Kocuba (10) – Bulger 

2 – 5 – Dary Charlier (18) – Midway 

3 – 7 – A.J. Poljak (36) – Baldwin 

4 – 8 – Dave McManus (114) – Elizabeth 

5 – 6 – Heath Close (77) – Shaler 

6 – 3 – Bill Slade (A22) – Bethel Park 

7 – 1 – Chase Lambert (22JR) – Mars 

8 – 4 – Danny Rich (67X) – Imperial 

Pro Stock heat 1 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. A.J. Poljak – 36 – [6];  2 Nick Kocuba – 10 – [4]; 3. Mike Harris – 18 – [5];  4. Daryl Charlier – 114 – [7]; 5. Chase Lambert – 22JR [2];  6. Heath Close – 77 – [8]; 7. Bill Slade – A22 – [3]; 8. Danny Rich – 67X – [1];  

Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock feature (12) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 12 – Stephen Shelpman (17S) – Pleasant Hills 

2 – 2 – Frank Magill (05) – Jefferson Hills 

3 – 4 – Ed Shelpman (17P) – Pleasant Hills 

4 – 9 – Marcus Simmons (68X) – Beaver Falls 

5 – 11 – Adam Ferree (29) – Jefferson Hills 

6 – 5 – Cody Koteles (1K) 

7 – 3 – Tom Anton (13) – Jefferson Hills 

8 – 6 – Andrew Sutton (16A) – Monaca 

9 – 7 – Karlee Kovacs (221K) – Carnegie 

10 – 14 – Kayla McManus (00K) – Elizabeth 

11 – 8 – John Hollister (77X) – McDonald 

12 – 13 – Jason Garchak (46) – Pittsburgh  

13 – 1 – Mike Betsch (222) – Monaca 

14 – 10 – Matt Bernard (15B) – Oakdale 

DNS Kaleb Behanna (79) – Finleyville 

Hobby Stock heat 1 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. Stephen Shelpman – 17S – [7];  2. Ed Shelpman – 17P – [4]; 3. Cody Koteles – [1K];  4. Adam Ferree – 29 – [2]; 5. Marcus Simmons – 68X – [1];  6. Tom Anton – 13 – [6]; 7. Jason Garachak – 46 – [8]; 8. Kaleb Behanna – 79 – [5];  

Hobby Stock heat 2 (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, driver name, car number [starting spot];

1. Frank Magill – 05 – [6];  2. Karlee Kovacs – 221K – [3];  3. Andrew Sutton – 16A – [4]; 4. Matt Bernard – 15B – [5];  5. Mike Betsch – 222 – [2]; 6. John Hollister – 77X – [1]; 7. Kayla McManus – 00K – [7];  

Four Cylinder feature (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 4 – Phillip Bubeck (2L) – Washington 

2 – 3 – Bill Tennant (95) – Colliers, WV 

3 – 2 – Tanya Charlier (21) – Midway 

4 – 1 – Jason Romine (71)

The Four Cylinders did not run a heat race 

Young Guns feature (8) – laps 

Finishing spot, starting spot, (car number) – hometown 

1 – 4 – Susie Rudolph (55) – Steubenville, OH 

2 – 3 – Noah Bubeck (2)  – Washington 

3 – 2 – Tony Magill (05) – Jefferson Hills 

4 – 1 – Kyle Janas (88) – Coraopolis 

The Young Guns did not run a heat race 

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