Satterlee Claims Renninger Memorial
PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Greg Satterlee drove to victory in Saturday’s Three State Flyers Series, No. 1 Cycle Center-Harley Davidson Butch Renninger Late Model Memorial at Port Royal Speedway to open up the 158th annual Juniata County Fair.
In the 410 sprint-car main, modified veteran Frank Cozze won his first sprint car race after embarking on the sprint car chapter of his racing life more than two years ago.
The Renninger Memorial pro stock main went to Derrick Garman while the Renninger tribute enduro dash was taken by Bill Powell.
Defending Renninger Memorial late model champion Jeff Rine earned the pole for the prestigious 33-lap event and took the lead at the start over fourth starter Jason Covert of York Haven.
Satterlee, who started seventh in the field as the current Three State Series point leader, was already up to third with four laps completed.
At $33 per lap, Rine was accumulating riches with his run out front and entered traffic with 23 laps to go in the race.
The races first caution flag unfurled with 12 away and it was at that time that Covert withdrew from the event, placing Satterlee on Rines rear bumper for the restart.
Satterlee worked the inside line to perfection over Rine but Rine was not easily denied as the pair repeatedly raced side by side for the lead until Satterlee finally pushed his No. 22G out front on the 19th tour.
Another caution with eight laps to go set the stage for a torrid battle to the finish for second between Rine, Mike Lupfer and 15th starter Jeremy Miller.
While Satterlee drove away over the final distance, the trio electrified the fans with a pleasing battle for runner up.
Rine held off Lupfer and Miller until the final mile when Lupfers bottom groove finally gave him enough of a push to allow him to take over second.
The win was the first of Satterlees career at Port Royal Speedway and together with the posted $3,333 to win and lap money, he pocketed $3,828 for the victory.