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AJ Flick Pads Points Lead and Shingledecker Makes it 2-in-a-Row at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – AJ Flick passed Russ Sansosti on lap 8 and never looked back to pick up the People’s Natural Gas 410 Sprint Car victory last night at Lernerville Speedway.

Zach Morrow led the field to the green but was passed by Sansosti, who led the first 7-laps.  Flick got by Sansosti and the battle was over for lead, but not for the podium.  Sansosti hung on for second followed by Carl Bowser, Jack Sodeman Jr. and Jimmy Morris.

In the Diehl Toyota Big Block Modified feature, Jeremiah Shingledecker picked up his second straight win at The Action Track.  Dave Murdick started on pole and looked strong throughout the race but Shingledecker got by Murdick on lap 22 en route to his third win of the season.  Murdick finished second followed by Garrett Krummert, Brian Swartzlander and John Mollick.

The Precise Racing Late Model feature saw Colton Flinner pick up his first victory of the season. Kelvin Kohan, who has shown speed all season, led the field to the green flag but Tommy Beck grabbed the early lead. Jared Miley took the lead on lap 6 but it was short lived as he spun on lap 7 to bring out the caution.  Flinner took the lead after that and put his car in Terry Bowser Victory Lane.  Miley recovered to finish second followed by points leader Ken Schaltenbrand, Mike Pegher Jr. and Tyler Dietz.

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Dietz visited lane in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks division.  Mike Bordt led the race early, but Dietz took the lead after a caution on lap 8 that involved Joey Zambotti and Ryan Moyer.  Corey McPherson made a late charge to finish second, Bordt finished third followed by Butch Lambert and Moyer.

Peoples Natural Gas DIRTcar 410 Sprint Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (2) A.J. Flick
  2. (23s) Russ Sansosti
  3. (11) Carl Bowser
  4. (23jr) Jack Sodeman, Jr
  5. (4N) Jimmy Morris
  6. (250) Jared McFarland
  7. (55) Gary Kriess Jr
  8. (76) Davey Jones
  9. (12) Darin Gallagher
  10. (14) Jeremy Hill
  11. (27) Zach Morrow
  12. (4k) Bill Kiley
  13. (6) Todd Burgard
  14. (91) Sadie Siegel

Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Northeast Big Block Modified Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (37MD) Jeremiah Shingledecker
  2. (61) Dave Murdick
  3. (29) Garrett Krummert
  4. (83) Brian Swartzlander
  5. (4J) John Mollick
  6. (18) Colton Walters
  7. (75) Jeff Miller
  8. (25) Chris Rudolph
  9. (13) Rick Regalski
  10. (71) Randy Chronister
  11. (65) Rex King
  12. (45) Steve Feder
  13. (27R) Dave Reges
  14. (165) Rex King Jr
  15. (A51) Bill Barr

Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature: (25 Laps)

  1. (48) Colton Flinner
  2. (10) Jared Miley
  3. (29) Ken Schaltenbrand
  4. (1C) Mike Pegher Jr
  5. (77) Tyler Dietz
  6. (81) Mike G. Miller
  7. (28c) Clate Copeman
  8. (B1D) Brandon Groters
  9. (B1) Brandon Wearing
  10. (41) Collin Burke
  11. (92) Jayme Beck
  12. (14r) Clay Ruffo
  13. (55) Chris Schneider
  14. (9) Clayton Kennedy
  15. (91T) Tommy Beck
  16. (15*) Kelvin Kohan

Millerstown Pic-A-Part RUSH/DIRTcar Pro Stocks Feature: (20 Laps)

  1. (27) Tyler Dietz
  2. (C33) Corey McPherson
  3. (26) Mike Bordt
  4. (10) Butch Lambert
  5. (13x) Ryan Moyer
  6. (17) Sam Eichelberger
  7. (66) Joe Kelley
  8. (28y) Terry Young
  9. (25) Brett McDonald
  10. (35b) Jake Dietz
  11. (22j) Chase Lambert
  12. (29B) Scott Byers
  13. (310) Dale Tuche
  14. (948) Joey Zambotti

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Chappel, Duritsky, Ruhlman and Wolbert winners on Friday at Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Issac Chappel passed Carmen Perigo on Lap 6 and never looked back to take the win in the BOSS Wingless Sprint Car Series 25-lap main event.  The win was the fifth in-a-row for Chappel in the BOSS Series.

Mike Duritsky picked up his first career win at ‘The Action Track’ by holding off Will Thomas and Logan Zarin to capture the RUSH Late Model Series feature.  Daryl Charlier and Joe Martin rounded out the Top 5.

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Chad Ruhlman fought off Blaze Myers to pick up the win in the RUSH Sprint Car Series feature.  John Mollick was third followed by Gale Ruth and one of several drivers pulling double-duty, Zach Morrow.

Chas Wolbert collected his 40th career feature victory going wire-to-wire in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature.  Ben Easler was second.  Justin Shea rounded out the podium.

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Li’l Haud Happy at the Grove

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Photo: Paul Arch

WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 23, 2021): Sheldon Haudenschild took his career first checkered flag at Williams Grove Speedway on the opening night of the Summer Nationals. While the driver from Wooster, OH gladly took the $10,000 purse, current Williams Grove points leader, Lance Dewease, won the hearts of the Pennsylvania faithful with a remarkably strong run from seventeenth to second.

Haudenschild, who joined his father, Jac, as a World of Outlaws victor at the Grove, expressed relief that he was finally able to get a win at the speedway. “I feel like I have a lot of laps around this place, but I could never get that win. We’ve been close, but it feels great to finally pull one off. Makes it sweeter that the 69 (Dewease) was behind us.”

Haudenschild had the pole for the twenty-five lap preliminary feature. Anthony Macri had the local contingent stoked with his second place starting spot. James McFadden lined up third, with David Gravel in fourth. Chad Trout rolled off in fifth, with Donny Schatz next to him. Aaron Reutzel and T.J. Stutts made up row four, with Brent Marks and Kraig Kinser in row five. The sixth row belonged to Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart.

Haudenschild blasted off turn four into the lead, while Macri had some difficulty getting up to speed. Gravel and McFadden got by him by the first corner and Schatz and Stutts were hounding him. A quick caution for Jeff Halligan facing the wrong way in turn two caused a realignment, but Haudenschild again got away cleanly.

Macri lost another position in the early going, this one to Schatz, but his misfortunes continued. By lap five, he dropped to seventh. But things would get worse for the driver seeking his first 410 win at the Grove. Aaron Reutzel got sideways coming through turn four and Macri clipped him as he went by. Macri spun to the inside and his car was struck by Stutts, who did a slow roll bringing out the red. None of the drivers were injured and both Reutzel and Macri were able to return after making some hasty repairs.

That stoppage proved to be the last of the contest. But it was significant for another reason. It moved Lance Dewease into the eighth position for the restart and it brought the rest of the field back to him.

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When the green light came on again, Haudenschild resumed his lead and he continued to ride the cushion. McFadden stayed within striking distance, while Gravel was keeping Schatz at bay.

But all eyes were glued on the blue machine of Dewease. Using his customary low line, Dewease was making some progress until he reached the car of Carson Macedo. Macedo was using the low line as well and it took Dewease several laps to get by him. However, once he completed the pass, there was no stopping Dewease.

Dewease reached the top five on lap 18, and the best was yet to come. He caught and passed Schatz with two to go and he did the same to McFadden on the white flag lap. While Dewease was closing in on Hadenschild, the Posse fans were hoping for a caution that would set up a dash for the cash.

Their hopes were not fulfilled and Haudenschild streaked under the checkered flag for the win. Dewease crossed in second, making the fans wonder what might have been had he started closer to the front.

“The driver put us behind in qualifying,” Dewease confessed. “We were able to pass cars; we’ve been able to pass cars all year here. But, it was twenty-five laps, that’s all that matters, and Sheldon won it.” Dewease noted that he had some difficulty getting by Macedo and Schatz, both of whom were using his preferred line, but he was pleased to make his charge from the ninth row to second. He received a $250 bonus for beingthe hard charger. Dewease was grateful, but he proclaimed that he did not want that award again on Saturday night.

McFadden claimed the other podium spot, followed by Schatz and Marks. Positions six through ten went to Gravel, Macedo, Sweet, Schuchart, and Danny Dietrich.

The four heat wins went to Schatz, Trout, Stutts, and Macri. Haudenschild won the Dash and Wayne Johnson took the B Main. Haudenschild also set the fastest time of the night, 17.104 seconds. Trout was second, followed by Stutts and Macri.

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Sweet Scores Before Rain Hits Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Grass Valley, CA driver Brad Sweet checked one off of his bucket list. He took the crown jewel event at Lernerville Speedway, the Don Martin Memorial, for the first time in his career. It was his third triumph at the track, the other two coming in the Fall’s Commonwealth Clash.

Sye Lynch was on the pole, with David Gravel next to him for the start of the 40 lap affair. Sweet lined up next to Aaron Reutzel in the second row. Carson Macedo and Donny Schatz were in row three with Christopher Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild in row four. The fifth row belonged to Brock Zearfoss and Logan Schuchart. James McFadden and Jacob Allen were in row six.

Lynch got the jump on Gravel and reached the top of turn one first. That gave him an advantage in the opening laps. Sweet settled into third and he seemed most comfortable running the low line around the speedway. Reutzel, Macedo, Schuchart and Bell followed.

Michael Bauer flipped between turns one and two with five complete. He was unhurt, but his car was pushed back to the pit area and he was finished for the night.

Lynch took off on the restart, but this time Sweet made a bold move on the inside of turn one. Sweet nosed ahead, but Lynch turned back under him to regain the lead. The two racers ran side by side for several laps before Lynch slid out over the cushion in turn two with twelve complete. Sweet was hard on the inside and powered to the front.

Sweet continued to lead, but he moved to the top side as he approached the lapped traffic. Sweet was just as quick on the high side and he built up his advantage to more than seven and a half seconds over Reutzel, who moved ahead of Lynch on lap fourteen.

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The action was halted again on lap sixteen when Haudenschild flipped in turn three. Remarkably, his car landed on its wheels and sustained minimal damage. Haudenschild was pushed to the work area and he returned to the race. Despite his misfortune, he rallied in the last third of the race to get a top ten for his efforts.

While Sweet was completing the final rounds, the battle was for the second spot between Reutzel and Schatz. The seven-time Silver Cup winner made the pass with two to go.

Sweet was the winner, taking the checkers just moments before the rain inundated the speedway. Schatz, Reutzel, Gravel, and James McFadden were the top five. Shuchart, Macedo, Tim Shaffer, Bell, and Haudenschild rounded out the top ten.

Carl Bowser was the hard charger, passing thirteen cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.

After his Cinderella story came to an end, Lynch raced in the top ten until the stretch run. However, he faded to fifteenth at the finish. Lynch was attempting to join his father, Ed Sr., as a winner of the Don Martin Memorial.

Three of the four heat races were each won from the pole position. Victories went to Lynch, Gravel, Sweet, and Reutzel. The only pole sitter to miss grabbing the brass ring was Schatz. Lynch was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the track at 12.543 seconds and he also won the Dash. The B Main winner was Jason Sides.

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