Sodeman & Hess Lead Lernerville Winners
Williams inherited the lead, but it was short-lived as he jumped the cushion on the restart in turns one & two and watched Jack Sodeman Jr. zoom into the lead down the back straightaway.
Once at the point, Sodeman would not be denied another patented tail tank climb to wave the checkered flag over the wing of his Glassmere Fuel Service No. 94; he got to keep said checkered flag courtesy of Approved Toilet Rentals. His feature win coupled with an earlier heat race win, cements Sodeman atop the Budweiser Points with a perfect 40 points for the night.
Eric Williams chased Sodeman home to finish second ahead of Brandon Spithaler in third.
Two-time track champion Dave Hess Jr. started the 2013 season the same way he did his two championship seasons; in Sheetz Victory Lane. The nature of regional Late Model racing these days doesn’t guarantee any driver to stay at any track on a weekly basis, but with a track provisional for the Firecracker 100 going to the Budweiser Points leader at the time of the event, theres a good chance Hess could rack up a few more wins in May and June.
Hess started alongside Brian Swartzlander - once again pulling frequent double duty by driving the Detman No. 111 Late Model - and took the lead early in the race, while some stout Late Models were making their way to the front behind him.
The battle behind him, however, pretty much prevented him from having any serious contention until a last lap furious charge by Defending Track Champion Jared Miley. Hesss win ties him with Gregg Satterlee for 13th on the All Time Late Model wins list with 14; two behind Miley’s 16 career feature wins.