750 Miles Later, Satterlee Is A Winner
Satterlee gladly accepted the free pass into the top spot, which he assumed for good on, ironically, lap 22 — his car number. He never faltered the rest of the way, building nearly a straightaway advantage over McCreadie, who grabbed second from Eckert on the lap-21 restart, before his margin was shrunk by the lap-45 caution flag for Dillon Wood, slowing with a flat right-rear tire.
“We got into second and I felt like we were just as good as (Clanton),” said Satterlee, who won the Allegheny Mountain Speedweek championship earlier this season. “After the (lap-15) restart I thought I (had something for Clanton), and then I saw the smoke coming out so I just was laying back because I didn’t want to get too close and get into his oil or have him stop in front of me.
“I just knew I had to be patient once I got the lead. I knew that was my opportunity and I wasn’t gonna screw it up. I tried to make smooth laps after that.”
Satterlee cruised to Victory Lane, where he was greeted by only his chief mechanic, former WoO LMS Crew Chief of the Year Robby Allen. Unable to make the trip were two people who have been very important to Satterlee’s career: his father, Gary, who had business commitments at the family’s petroleum company, and best friend Dave Cass.
“I wish my dad and good friend Dave could’ve been here for this,” said Satterlee, who noted that the sprawling Shawano half-mile reminded him of Bedford Speedway and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway near his Keystone State home. “They’ve both been with me from the start, so it would’ve been great for them to share this. I guess we’ll just try to get another win when they’re around.”
That second WoO LMS win might not take as long to come as the first. With his name now on the tour’s select list of A-Main winners, he knows he has the goods to beat the best drivers in the business.
“To get (a win) against this field of cars gives me a good confidence booster that we can do it again in the future,” said Satterlee, who has registered at least one top-five finish on the WoO LMS in four of the last five seasons. “Every time you run good or win a race like this you learn something, and I think we learned some stuff tonight. I feel like we got a little better and hopefully we’ll be to do it again real soon — before (entering) another 90 races.”
Darrell Lanigan fell 88 points behind Richards in the WoO LMS standings after suffering a rare DNF.
Eckert topped the 33-car field in Ohlins Shocks Time Trials, turning a lap of 18.883 seconds to earn his third fast-time honor of 2013.
Gregg Satterlee, Tim McCreadie, Josh Richards, Rick Eckert, A.J. Diemel, Jimmy Mars, Chub Frank, Tim Fuller, Dennis Erb Jr., Dan Stone, Jonathan Davenport, Morgan Bagley, Bub McCool, Dillon Wood, Darrell Lanigan, Eric Wells, Clint Smith, Shane Clanton, Billy Moyer, Ricky Weiss, Ron Berna, Dale McDowell, Brandon Sheppard, Brady Smith.