As the World of Outlaws Late Model Series returns to Lernerville Speedway tonight for the Working Man 50, a former regular at the track, Gregg Satterlee, has earned the right to be called a contender when the touring teams come to town.
The 30-year-old from Indiana, Pa., has increased his travel schedule, allowing the driver and team to gain more experience from competing at different tracks.
"We started out the season in Florida," Satterlee said. "We normally run about 60-70 races a year, but this year we should finish up with about 80 races. We've traveled a good bit in June and July and didn't have as much luck as we had hoped for."
That all changed Aug. 14th, when Satterlee's team traveled to Delaware International Speedway to compete with the World of Outlaws Late Model Series.
After a rough two-week trip through the Midwest, Satterlee outdueled two-time WoO champion Darrell Lanigan for the $10,000 win, his third with the WoO touring series.
"We had kind of a rough couple of weeks, but that's part of traveling," said Satterlee, who scored just one top-10 finish in four WoO LMS appearances in late July and early August. "We're learning and getting better. I'm sure if we hadn't done all that traveling we wouldn't be standing up here [in victory lane] tonight."
Satterlee is looking to regain that touch at 7:15 tonight, when the WoO Late Model Series returns for its last visit of the season to Lernerville Speedway.
Tedesco looks to Indy
You can't blame Mia Tedesco if she is a little excited going to the 60th annual Chevrolet Performance NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis this weekend.
The 20-year-old Murrysville native won the NHRA Division 3 Lucas Oil Regional event in Bowling Green, Ky., last weekend while competing in only her sixth race in the A/Fuel Dragster.
The A/Fuel car, which competes in the Top Alcohol Dragster class, is tuned by Dave Hirata of Lowell, Ind.
Tedesco qualified second at Beech Bend Raceway Park and defeated former division champion Marty Thacker in the final with a 5.32 second pass at more than 270 mph.
Tedesco will compete in two categories this weekend at Indy: Top Gas and Top Alcohol Dragster.
Tonight, Motordrome Speedway in Smithton is back in action after several features were rained out last Friday. With only two weeks remaining before division championships are decided, points will be at a premium in all divisions. There will be racing at 7:30 p.m., and double features for the Sub-compacts are on the schedule. ... The 410 Winged Sprint Cars headline the schedule for the final time this season at Pittsburgh's PA Motor Speedway. The 20-lap, $2,000 to-win feature should attract the best local drivers, as no other track in the area will be racing 410 Sprint Cars. All divisions will be in action at 7 p.m. as the season winds down. Alex Ferree leads John Mollick by nine points in the Super Late Models, while Nico Dabecco holds an eight point advantage over Corey McPherson in the RUSH Late Models. ... Mercer Raceway Park will be dark Saturday, one weekend after the 25th Western Pennsylvania Sprint Car Championships, which featured the UNOH All Star Circuit of Champions. Dale Blaney won his first sprint car race Saturday at MRP, taking the preliminary feature. Sunday, Aliquippa native Tim Shaffer won the 30-lap, $5,000 to-win Western PA Sprint Car Championship, holding off a late charge by Danny Holtgraver of Pittsburgh. ... The final two episodes of Open Throttle 360 aired on Root Sports will be moved from the Saturday spot to 11 a.m. Sunday. This Sunday, the show will feature coverage from the IHRA Nitro Jam at Pittsburgh Raceway Park in early August along with a recap of Nostalgia Night at Lernerville Speedway.
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