Last year, veteran Dirt Late Model racer Gregg Satterlee enjoyed a strong weekend at two very different Pennsylvania dirt tracks with the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series. The experienced racer won at Path Valley Speedway on Friday night of the doubleheader weekend before finishing second to Jared Miley at Selinsgrove Speedway.
Satterlee will once again take part in the Keystone State doubleheader weekend this year, hoping for another pair of strong runs. He previewed the weekend on Speed51’s “The Bullring”presented by JEGS on Monday.
Satterlee noted that, while the two tracks are just an hour and a half apart on the map, they could not be more different for racers.
“They’re very different,” said Satterlee. “Path Valley, I don’t even know if it’s a quarter-mile, it’s a little bullring. Selinsgrove is about as big of a track as we run anywhere. It’s half-mile, maybe a little bigger. I’ve won at both places and run well at both. I’ve won at Path Valley two times.
“They don’t race Super Late Models often, so when you get the chance to go. Selinsgrove, I believe I have a second and a third. Hopefully, we can go back to Path Valley and win this race like we did last year. We’ve been good at Selinsgrove, we just need to be a little bit better.”
While racing at the two venues is very different, Satterlee noted that setup changes won’t be very drastic. If he is once again fast at Path Valley, he will have plenty of confidence going into Saturday’s race at Selinsgrove.
“Obviously the gear package from one to the other is substantially different, because of the size of the racetrack. As far as the suspension goes, you’ll have to set up for a slower car on Friday night. At Selinsgrove, the speeds are way higher, so you’ll compensate by stiffening your spring rates and loads and stuff to compensate for that.
“You won’t make a ton of changes,” he continued. “You’ll have a little bit different setup and race on different tires, but hopefully if you’re good Friday, you’ll be able to unload Saturday and make some tweaks. Overall, it’s a pretty easy swap over from Friday to Saturday.”
While Satterlee now competes locally throughout the state of Pennsylvania, he was once a touring competitor with five career wins between the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and World of Outlaws Late Models. He has scaled back his traveling in recent years to spend more time with family.
“It’s something that I wanted to race closer to home, be home on the weekends and not gone traveling. We’ve got a two-year-old daughter at home, so between that and a full-time job, it was a lot to juggle with that, and trying to travel and race on top of that.
Despite that, Satterlee still has plenty of opportunities, such as this weekend’s ULTIMATE Northeast doubleheader, to compete for solid purses while staying in his home state.
“We’ve been trying to hit the regional and local events. We haven’t raced more than two or three hours away from home every week, and it’s been pretty enjoyable.
“One thing I always tell people is we’ve raced for no less than $2,500 or $3,000 every night we’ve raced. We don’t have to travel that far to get to good-paying races every weekend, all summer long.”
Speed51, the Official Video Home of the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series, will have coverage from the doubleheader weekend in Pennsylvania.
On-demand video highlights will be available from Friday night’s race at Path Valley, while Saturday’s race at Selinsgrove will air live on Summer Thunder TV. All of the video content from the weekend can be viewed with a monthly or yearly Speed51 subscription.
Fans who missed Satterlee’s interview can click hereto watch an on-demand replay of Monday’s episode of “The Bullring.”
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51 Content Supervisor – Twitter: @ztevans
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