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ROYAL JET: Miley Scores Home State Victory at Port Royal
Miley rose from his fifth starting position under the bright lights of the “Speed Palace,” working the bottom of the racetrack. He picked off cars one by one until he climbed to second place.
He pulled alongside “Scrub” for the lead as the Feature’s only caution slowed the field. That’s when “The Jet” lived up to his nickname, thundering under Eckert in Turns 1 and 2 to take a lead he wouldn’t relinquish.
The Pittsburgh, PA, driver thought that caution may have kept him from reaching the $10,000 prize as he tried to anticipate Eckert’s next move on the restart.
“I was a little bit worried,” Miley said. “I kind of just got beside him, and I was worried he would move down on me and take my line away and get me messed up. Luckily, he couldn’t stay down there because he tried to move down, but he couldn’t.”
Miley needed 21 laps to take the lead but wasn’t sure of his car’s strength. He stated that everything came together at the right time.
“The car was good, and I didn’t really expect to be that good,” Miley said. “We’ve been gaining on some stuff, and [Saturday], everything just came together.
“Once I got [to second] and saw Rick leading, I knew I could get him, and I did and just tried to maintain a smooth line and just keep the car under me.”
Gregg Satterlee finished second, one spot short in his quest for a second National touring win this season at Port Royal.
After redrawing eighth before the Feature, the Indiana, PA driver felt luck wasn’t on his side.
“I’m not sure that more laps would’ve made a difference,” Satterlee said. “The redraw probably didn’t help us too much starting eighth, and I’m not sure if that caution helped me or hurt me. But all in all, we went forward and finally finished a race for the first time this weekend.”
Max Blair, the top Rookie of the race, rounded out the all-Pennsylvania podium. He moved up multiple positions in the final 10 laps to cross the line third. The Centerville, PA driver wished the track was slicker than at the start.
“We had a really good car once it got slippery, even in the Heat Races,” Blair said. “I wish we were starting the race right now on this racetrack, but that wasn’t the case, and we came home with a podium, so I’ll take it.”
The third is Blair’s second podium of the weekend and the fifth of the season in Series competition. He also cut the deficit in the battle for the championship to 100 points behind Dennis Erb Jr., who finished ninth.
Eckert faded to fourth at the checkered flag after leading the first 20 laps of the Feature. “Scrub” stated he knew he had an uphill climb once he caught the tail of the field.
“I knew we were in trouble once we got into traffic,” Eckert said. “I couldn’t turn down in the corner to try and pass them lap cars. So, my only option was to go around them on the outside.
“Then we had that caution, and I was like, oh, that might help us some. My crew had told me they were coming on the top, so I moved up there, and I wasn’t very good and let Miley by. Then I moved back down and thought I could hold my own, but when I got close to cars, I just couldn’t turn left off the corner.”
Colton Flinner, who has three wins at Port Royal in 2022, rounded out the top five. The Allison Park, PA driver, felt he needed a better start to the night to put him in a position to win.
“I needed to qualify better,” Flinner said. “I put myself in a hole and had to dig myself out of it. I’m happy with a solid top five with the World of Outlaws, and hopefully, we can keep this momentum up.”
Jared Miley’s win Saturday at Port Royal is a memory he’ll cherish for the rest of his career. It also fixed his heartbreak from 2020, with $10,000 in his bank account.
UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models return to the Buckeye State May 27-28 for a Memorial Day spectacular at Sharon Speedway in Hartford, OH.
If you can’t make it to the event, watch live on DIRTVision – available either online or through the DIRTVision App.CASE Construction Feature (40 Laps): 1. 10-Jared Miley; 2. 22-Gregg Satterlee; 3. 111V-Max Blair; 4. 0E-Rick Eckert; 5. 48-Colton Flinner; 6. 66C-Matt Cosner; 7. 25-Shane Clanton; 8. 81E-Tanner English; 9. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 10. 4-Gary Stuhler; 11. 45-Kyle Hammer; 12. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 13. 1-Josh Richards; 14. B1-Brent Larson; 15. 11-Gordy Gundaker; 16. 24-Dylan Yoder; 17. 2T-Kyle Lee; 18. 119-Bryan Bernheisel; 19. 76Z-Andy Haus; 20. 21-Chad Myers; 21. 99B-Boom Briggs; 22. 32-Travis Stickley; 23. 74-Tyler Hershey; 24. 06-Mike Lupfer; 25. 9Z-Mason Zeigler FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Kyle Hammer [+9]
DENNIS STRIKES BACK: Erb Wins Connor Bobik Memorial at Marion Center
Erb wasted no time grabbing the lead, powering off the cushion in Turn 2 past 2011 Series champion Rick Eckert.
He held off Shane Clanton on numerous restarts en route to the $10,000 victory—his second World of Outlaws triumph of the season and fifth win of 2022.
The veteran driver knew getting ahead of Eckert at the start was a key to victory.
“You definitely needed to get out front,” Erb said. “We had a good start. We were able to roll up through the middle and just carry speed like we needed to. After that, it was kind of just hitting our marks and keeping it upfront.”
The importance of Erb hitting his marks wasn’t only key on green flag runs but also restarts. The Illinois campaigner had to defend his lead from Clanton several times.
“Once we got rolling there, I was rolling pretty good,” Erb said. “You get in a little rhythm and stuff, and you don’t want to see any of those cautions come out. But we fired off real good, and everything went good after that.”
Erb’s win extends his points lead—112 points ahead of Max Blair, who finished ninth.
Clanton held on for second, giving him back-to-back top-fives in his return to World of Outlaws competition.
“I was trying to move around because I can’t drive through him, so I was trying to hunt,” Clanton said. “My guy was telling me after a caution after five or six laps, I’d pull away, so I’d give myself those three or four laps, and then I’d try to move around and go a different place than he was.
“It was working there in [Turns 1 and 2], but I couldn’t get [Turns 3 and 4] down, but overall, a good night. The Capital Race Car was good all night, so hopefully, we can build on that and carry it on to [Saturday] at Port Royal.”
Four-time Series champion Josh Richards finished third, his third consecutive podium. He thundered through the field on the inside lane in the first 20 laps, driving to third from his 12th starting spot.
“Kid Rocket” felt a caution after halfway halted his momentum.
“I didn’t want to see that caution,” Richards said. “I was able to get a good rhythm and sneak up on some of those guys, and once the caution came out, I think the track changed a little bit, and that advantage went away.
“I’m just thankful to get up through there and have a good enough car. I feel like we’re making some strides, and hopefully, we can put something together and keep this consistency up.”
Gordy Gundaker crossed the line fourth—a turnaround from Thursday’s race at Bloomsburg, where he finished 13th.
The St. Charles, MO driver stated he was starting to reel Richards in at the end but didn’t have enough momentum to get by.
“I was catching Josh [Richards] at the end in [Turns 1 and 2]; he was just better in [Turns 3 and 4],” Gundaker said. “Overall, a great night, especially after [Thursday] getting tore up, so a top-five is just what we needed going into Port Royal.”
From Mahaffey, PA, Jon Lee rounded out the top five in only his third race of the season. It’s his best career finish in World of Outlaws competition—a spot he never thought he’d be in.
“I never dreamt that we would’ve run as good as we did [Friday],” Lee said. “We were trying to save tires, and I definitely think we were on a softer tire than the other guys, but the car was definitely good.”
Dennis Erb Jr.’s consistency continues to shine no matter where the World of Outlaws CASE Late Models visit. While there’s a long way to go until Charlotte, if he keeps this pace up, it’ll be a long, uphill climb for his opponents the rest of the season.
UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws CASE Late Models head to Port Royal Speedway in Port Royal, PA on Saturday, May 21.
If you can’t make it to the tracks, watch all the action live on DIRTVision – either online on with the DIRTVision App.CASE Construction Equipment Feature (40 Laps): 1. 28-Dennis Erb Jr; 2. 25-Shane Clanton; 3. 1-Josh Richards; 4. 11-Gordy Gundaker; 5. 5L-Jonathan Lee; 6. B1-Brent Larson; 7. 81E-Tanner English; 8. 0E-Rick Eckert; 9. 111V-Max Blair; 10. 1*-Chub Frank; 11. 10-Jared Miley; 12. 99B-Boom Briggs; 13. W3-John Weaver; 14. X3-Wyatt Scott; 15. F1-Coleby Frye; 16. 4S-Ryan Montgomery; 17. 45-Kyle Hammer; 18. 21-Matt Lux; 19. 1C-Alex Ferree; 20. 19R-Ryan Gustin; 21. 48-Colton Flinner; 22. 44-Danny Snyder; 23. 22-Gregg Satterlee; 24. 7-Drake Troutman FOX FACTORY HARD CHARGER: Tanner English [+16].