Lynn Geisler picked up his 75th Super Late Model feature Saturday at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway.
Geisler, 63, from Cranberry Twp., has been racing since he was 12.
But winning will never get old to him.
“It was nice to get a win,” Geisler said. “It’s a good feeling to know that you can keep up the pace. The stars have to align — when that happens, it helps your confidence.”
He has won championships at Lernerville Speedway and PPMS, and will need the same stars to align Saturday in his return to action at the Monster Half-Mile for the Red Miley Rumble, a 53-lap feature event for the Super Late Models.
The Red Miley Rumble — named after the PPMS promoter who was 53 when he died in 2007 — will pay $5,053 to the winner.
While Geisler has momentum, another former champion at PPMS, Davey Johnson, is looking to return to the track in a Super Late Model after winning last Friday at Lernerville.
Johnson decided to use Friday as somewhat of a test, bringing Mark Richards of Rocket Chassis along to prepare for some of the higher-paying races that come along at the end of the season.
“We went up there and did a little test,” Johnson said. “We definitely weren’t as good as we wanted to be, so we took Mark Richards with us and we got dialed in pretty good.”
Besides the running for $5,053, the Miley Rumble gives racers the opportunity to practice before the 26th annual Pittsburgher 100 and the Herb Scott Memorial Sept. 12-14.
Both races will pay the winner $5,000, and that will attract more than just local racers.
“I think with everyone being on the same tires [at PPMS], I think you’ll see some really good racing,” Johnson said.
Races that pay winners $5,000 are always attractive, but when they are close to home, they gain even more significance.
“Just driving to Pittsburgh on Saturday makes me happy after being in Cedar Lake, Wisc., two weeks ago,” Johnson said.
Besides Geisler and Johnson, the field at Pittsburgh will include some of the best racers in the region including Alex Ferree, Jared Miley (Red Miley’s nephew), Brandon Burgoon, Ben Miley (Red’s brother), Colton Flinner, Keith Barbara and many others.
Racing begins at 6 p.m. for all divisions at PPMS.
Go to www.ppms.com for more info.
As Lernerville winds down the 2014 season, the battle for titles gains importance. There are only two nights remaining for the challengers to capture the titles. With 40 points on the line each night of racing, Ferree, Carl Bowser, Rex King Jr. and Jim Fosnaught can clinch their respective divisions with wins tonight. The final Fab Four points race of the season is Aug. 22. … Motordrome Speedway in Smithton features Back to School Night tonight with students 18 and under admitted free to the grandstands. College students will be admitted free with valid school ID. All five divisions will be in action and there will be a presentation of the Keystone Cup to Super Late Model driver Matt Server, who won Friday at Motordrome and finished second at Jennerstown to accumulate the most points in the Super Late Model feature at both tracks last weekend. … The Laurel Highlands 305 Sprints will be at Dog Hollow Speedway in Indiana County at 7:30 p.m. tonight along with the track’s four regular divisions. … Saturday at Mercer Raceway Park, all divisions will be in action with two point races remaining. Brandon Matus won the Putsy Kekich Memorial 410 Sprint Car event, capping the weekend with two victories. Matus also won the sprint car feature last Friday at Lernerville.
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