Hess & Ferree Dominate Lernerville
SARVER, Pa. – Dave Hess Jr. and Alex Ferree dominated the UEMS Modified and ULMS Late Model features at Lernerville Speedway Saturday night.
Hess pulled double duty again Friday night piloting both his UEMS Modified and ULMS Late Model. Hess won his heat race in both divisions and then led all 25-laps of the UEMS Modified feature from the outside pole. A handful of cautions prevented Hess from driving away from the field, but he led all 25 laps en route to his fifth career EMod win at the Action Track.
UEMS Points leader Steve Dixon won his heat and chased Hess to the checkers but never mounted a serious challenge to his lead. Randy Hall also won his heat race and finished on the podium with Hess and Dixon. Brothers Jonathan and Evan Taylor rounded out the UEMS top five ahead of Chris Basich, Shane Crotty, Carmen Perigo, Vic Vena and Carl McKinney.
After a quick trip to Sheetz Victory Lane, Hess hustled back to the pits to strap into his ULMS Late Model mount and was part of the early race battle for the lead along with outside polesitter Alex Ferree, (who took the lead at the drop of the green flag around the top of turns one & two), polesitter Dan Stone and a lightning fast Garrett Krummert. With $2,500 on the line, the action was fast and furious during short green flag sessions that were repeatedly marred by cautions.
While the tops of turns one and two were bad fast, the top of turn two refused to hold drivers, as contenders Garrett Krummert and Dan Stone both slid off the top and surrendered front spots. Hess, himself eventually surrendered a podium position by jumping, bicycling and almost flipping over the cushion at the apex of turns three & four. Hess (21st) and Krummert (22nd) were scored as DNFs, while Stone had to settle for a finish outside the top five.