BUFFALO TWP — The Firecracker 100 was a month ago.
It’s still paying off for Wexford resident and Seneca Valley graduate Mike Pegher Jr.
Pegher started in the front row of Friday night’s Late Model feature at Lernerville Speedway and led the race from wire to wire. The win was his second Late Model triumph at the Sarver oval this season and third of his career.
“It’s tough getting into a groove when you’re only racing a car once a week,” Pegher said. “All of a sudden, the Firecracker 100 weekend arrives and we’re here three straight nights.
“The second night, we improved the car a little bit. The third night, we improved a lot. We’ve had the basic set-up down ever since.”
Pegher has been driving Cranberry Township resident Lynn Geisler’s No. 1C for the past couple of seasons at Lernerville. He owns 11 career feature wins here in the Sportsman Stocks.
Pegher was never threatened for the lead Friday. He also easily outdistanced the field in his heat race.
“We only made a couple of minor changes (after the heat race),” Pegher said. “The car was dialed in.”
John Garvin Jr. of Sarver started from the 10th spot and finished second. Russell King was running second before getting a flat tire from contact with Sam Eichelberger’s car on Lap 18.
Points leader Alex Ferree of Saxonburg finished third, but started alongside Pegher on a 19th-lap restart.
“I thought my car, Pegher’s and Alex were the three fastest out there,” Garvin said. “If I could have gotten a late caution and had the chance to start alongside (Pegher), I had an idea what I was gonna try.
“But the car with the lead ... nobody was going to pass him.”
Pegher said he waited until the last second to fire off on the 19th-lap restart.