Marty Reilly


Bloomquist dominates stellar field to win 4th Pittsburgher 100
October 12 2013
by Marty Reilly
  Ashley and I loaded up the old Ranger and make the 92 mile trip to "The Monster Half-Mile" that is Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Motor Speedway for the NDRL Pittsburgher 100.
  With $25,000 up for grabs and Billy Moyer holding a slim point lead over Josh Richards and Jimmy Mars the race night was going to be a real barn burner.
Also on the card was The Sweeney Chevrolet Rush Crate Late Models and the UEMS Modifides.
We were off pit side and found 49 late models, 37 Rush crate lates and 31 UEMS modifides.
They were qualifying all three divisions with Grayson KY's Jackie Boggs taking fast time after changing a engine from last night, Tommy Schirnhofer was Rush top dog and Brian Ruhlman was UEMS quick timer.
With a Hall of Fame front row of Scott Bloomquist and Billy Moyer is was set for a great 100 laps.
At the drop of the green flag Moyer jumped out to the early lead with Bloomquist and last night's  winner Jason Feger in third. On lap 12 Bloomquist used lapped traffic to over take Moyer and take the lead.
Two laps later Feger got around Moyer and set sail to catch Bloomquist. The two set a torrid pace. With the first caution coming out on lap 43 the two had a nine second lead over Moyer.
After two more cautions Moyer got by a fading Feger and tried to catch Bloomquist, but with no success as Bloomquist lead the last 88 laps to claim his fourth Pittsburgher 100 tying him with Davey Johnson.
Kent Robinson finished third after starting 16th, Eddie Carrier Jr fourth and 21st starting Rick Echart founded out the top five.
In victory lane Bloomquist said they were testing a few things and tonight everything worked as he said, the car was perfect. It would run everywhere on the track.
With his second place finish Billy Moyer took and additional $20,000 for taking the points title over Josh Richards. He also said that every NDRL race was like a World 100 caliber field and winning the points is a big honor.
In the Sweeney Chevrolet Rush Crate Late Models, it was young 16 year old Ryan Montgomery from Fairmont WV dominating the 30 lap feature, by winning by a half a track. Andrew Satterlee was second and Josh Holtgraver, Chad Ruhlman and 12 year old sensation Michael Lake rounded out the top five.
With Montgomery sweeping the weekend he took over the points lead over Mike Pegher Jr. with just a handful of races remaining.
The last race of the night was the UEMS Modifieds. It we Jonathan Taylor keeping his hot streak going after winning the UMP Mod Nationals at Eldora last week, by holding off Hall of Fame Late Model driver Rick Aukland of Zanesville and Michigan's Brian Ruhlman. Dan Davies and Anthony Kinkade round out the top five.  Have to give a shout out to Deana Groves having a solid 8th place after starting 22nd, good job Deana.
In collusion:
I would like to thank the NDRL for letting Ashley and I cover this event and hope to go to more races next season. 
This is the Pittsburgher I remember with the NDRL putting up big money brought in the field of cars this race started out to bring. The best news is the are on tap to sanction the Pittsburgher next season as well.
I also had a enjoyable time chatting with the crew of young rookie RUSH driver Cody Dawson Westover MD.  If no one knows where Westover is it's on the eastern shore of MD. They are running points for RUSH and the closest track is about 4 hours from their home. hire efforts have garnered them a 5th place in RUSH points. Good job Cody and keep your dream alive of someday being a professional Racecar driver.
It was also great seeing good friends Linda and Marcy Barlow and my former Editor of RPM Racing News Dave Kitty. Also running into the owner to Outback Raceway slot car track of Winchester Va Tim Hottle and his son Brent and Denny LeFever. It's always enjoyable to chatting with good friend and traveling announcer Dustin Jarrett.
Finally many thanks for Steve and Andrew Cristy for saving us a seat and telling great stories for years past.
Until next week.
God Bless
Marty & Ashley Reilly














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