With just one win to his credit in 2019 coming into Friday night, Gregg Satterlee had a lightning in a bottle kind of race at Path Valley Speedway Park (PA). Taking advantage of a prerace outside-pole draw, combined with a fast and fantastic No. 22 Dirt Super Late Model, “The Truth” took a dynamite victory in the 40-lap ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model feature.
Holding off Jason Covert in the late laps, the win is Satterlee’s first Super Late Model win at Path Valley and his first in ULTIMATE Northeast. It comes following a tough two months when things just did not seem to go his way.
“Wins anywhere these days are so difficult because the competition is so stiff,” Satterlee said in Victory Lane. “I knew we were going to have a good race with Covert and I on the front row, Austin and a couple of good cars in there with us. We’re definitely happy to get a win here. Racing can be up and down. It seems like lately we’ve been on the upswing from a long summer of struggles. We’re here and we’re going to keep racing.”
The Rochester Mills, Pennsylvania driver seemed close to untouchable on each restart over the 40-lap distance, with no one proving to be a match. It was when the green flag remained out, allowing the leaders to catch lapped traffic, that Satterlee ran into some resistance.
“I was able to get a really good start and was really comfortable there for a while and I think the infield tires got moved in just a little bit, then got the track dirtied up a little bit,” he explained. “I tried to lap a few cars when I got close to giving the lead back, but I was able to get back down and just hold my line and try to finish the race off.”
Within the last 10 laps, Covert was able to shadow Satterlee at close range. Despite Satterlee getting pinned down on the inside line, he stayed committed to where his car was working best at the time, and it ultimately proved to be the winning choice.
“I had a signal guy I could see, he basically shrunk his lead from pretty good to zero,” Satterlee said. “I knew after trying to lap those cars in front of me, and not being close to doing it, I just had to hold my line. Just be patient and not slip out of the bottom. I didn’t want to press the issue too much because I though I was pretty safe with what I was doing and I thought if he got a run up there in that dust, that would’ve taken quite a move. I was going to be patient, make him go around me; that was my plan and it worked out.”
While Satterlee’s biggest obstacle was traffic, Covert’s ended up simply being dust.
“It’s just so dirty and we started getting those tires in and dragging out more dirt across,” Covert stated. “He was good, I think if it got cleaner we could’ve at least worried him a little bit. The track conditions were conducive to that kind of race blowing that dust. I got a run on him there and I was trying to clean that spot off by myself, but that lapped car was in the infield too, which is part of it. But he did a great job.”
As Satterlee and Covert settled out the lead, Austin Hubbard, Jared Miley and Colby Frye sorted out the rest of the top five. The Northeast ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series is right back at it Saturday night at Selinsgrove Speedway to finish a weekend doubleheader.
Full highlights from Friday night’s race at Path Valley can be viewed now on the Speed51 Network, the Official Video Home of the ULTIMATE Super Late Models.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Speed51.com / Daryl Canfield
ULTIMATE Northeast Unofficial Results
Path Valley Speedway (PA) – August 9, 2019