Jared Miley will tell you it doesn't matter where you start, only where you finish.
Miley, the winner of the Red Miley Rumble 53, couldn't believe he was able to win after restarting the race in last position because of a flat tire after hitting the wall on the first turn during the opening lap.
"After hitting the wall, I didn't think my chances were very good," Miley said about the possibility of winning the race.
"I had something break and something is still bent on the car," he said from Victory Lane at Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
"This one means more to me than other," said Miley of South Park, after winning the memorial race named for his uncle, Red Miley.
"I've been trying to win this for a long time. The Pittsburgher [in 2011] got away from me, so this win feels good."
Cranberry's Lynn Geisler led the opening 25 laps before an apparent engine problem put him in the trailer, handing the lead to Keith Barbara from South Park.
Barbara and Gregg Satterlee would exchange the lead before Satterlee spun out in turn 4 on lap 38 with Barbara in the lead, moving Miley to second.
Miley raced side-by-side with Barbara before passing the former PPMS champ on lap 46.
Miley collected $5,053 in what was his first ULMS victory, his first Miley Rumble 53 win and his 21st win at PPMS.
Barbara finished second followed by Keith Berner, Steve Baker and Mike Johnson.
Ed Lynch Jr., took the lead on lap 5 from Brandon Spithaler in the Black Jack 21 event for the sprint cars and never looked back while picking up $2,100 for the win.
The win was Lynch's first feature win in 2012 and the 16th of his career at PPMS.
The track championship for the DIRTcar Sprint and Sportsman divisions will be determined tonight at Lernerville Speedway in Sarver.
Kevin Schaeffer and Rod George, both former three-time sprint car champions, will battle for the DIRTcar title in what might be the last season of weekly competition for either driver.
Schaeffer holds a 16-point advantage over George going into tonight's action.
Corey McPherson leads Jim Fosnaught by 27 points on the final night of points in the Sportsman/Stock division.
Today, Motordrome Speedway, the NASCAR weekly racing series track in Smithton, hosts five divisions plus extended races for the Modifieds and the Super Compacts. Neal Brown picked up his eighth feature win of the season while Jason Busch picked up his first victory in the Modifieds. ... Pittsburgh Raceway Park, the IHRA drag facility in New Alexandria, will be in action with Friday Night at the Races, where the winner will take home $800. On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Pro-Mods and Outlaw Dragsters return to PRP. ... The All-Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars invade Mercer Raceway Park on Saturday for the 23rd Annual Western Pennsylvania Sprint Championship. After winning on Saturday in Butler, Mich., Tim Shaffer of Aliquippa is the new national points leader overtaking Dale Blaney. The win was Shaffer's 50th with the All-Stars, placing him seventh on the all-time victory list. ... Pittsburgh's Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near Imperial has all divisions in action at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Featured attraction on Saturday will be a 17-lap Late Model Sportsman main event to honor lifelong PPMS and area motorsports supporter Ed Laboon, who passed away Aug. 15. Children will get a chance to race on bikes, and there also will be a petting zoo. ... Flashlight Drags return to the Greene County Airport on Sunday. Gates open at Noon and attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to support the Corner Cupboard Food Bank.
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