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Sodeman Jr. Grabs Win And Points Lead Friday Night At Lernerville Speedway

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Jack Sodeman Jr. is sitting atop the Peoples Gas DIRTcar Sprints standings after grabbing the victory Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Sodeman led the 20-car field to the green flag and quickly grabbed the lead as the rest of the field battled behind him.  Sodeman was cruising and starting to lap the rear of the field when the caution flag came out on lap 4 for John Haligen, who got crossed up between turns 3 and 4.

The single-file restart found Sodeman leading Gary Kreiss Jr. and Danny Mumaw, who moved up to third after starting fifth.  Sodeman jumped back out front when the green flag waved with Kreiss diving low in turns 1 and 2.  Mumaw went to the high side and passed Kreiss down the back stretch to grab the second spot.  Carl Bowser, who started 10th, grabbed the eighth spot from Tim Wagaman when the caution flew for Mike Marano II.  Russ Sansosti also came to a stop during the caution period.

The race was barely back to green when Dan McCarron spun in turns 1 and 2, but not before Bowser moved into the sixth spot.  The ensuing restart found Dan Shetler and Dan Kuriger battling for fourth place when Bowser passed them both on them both on lap 10 to move into the fourth spot while Sodeman continued out front with Mumaw trailing him in second and Kreiss in third.

Sodeman continued to lead halfway through the 25-lap feature when Mumaw was able to close in to a couple of car lengths while Sodeman encountered lap traffic.  Sodeman took to the high side and Mumaw jumped to the bottom as both drivers were navigating around lap traffic, even splitting the traffic at one point.  Bowser passed Kreiss while the battle waged out front to move into third place when the caution flag came out for Leyton Wagner, who went off the top off the cushion in turn one with 9-laps to go.

Sodeman took off when the green flag waved ahead of Mumaw and Bowser with Shetler and Kreiss going at it for the fourth spot.  Kreiss held off Shetler for the fourth spot as Sodeman crossed the start/finish line with 5-laps to go.

Lap traffic continued to come into play as Bowser went to the bottom side of Mumaw heading into turn three on lap 23.  Bowser gave it another shot on the low side of turns 1 and 2 after taking the white flag waved but he couldn’t pull off the slide job.  While that battle continued Sodeman took advantage, taking his third win of the year at The Action Track.

“We got really tight there at the end,” said Sodeman.  “I think the air pressure went down during the yellows.  On the entry and about half-way through (the turns) we got really tight.”

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Sodeman’s victory vaulted him to the top of the points standing after AJ Flick, who was leading the points coming into the race, failed to make the feature.

“You can’t really look at the points because anything can happen before the last night of a race season,” said Sodeman.  “I feel really bad for AJ.  Even in the pits I tried to help him as much as I could, but it would have been nice to race it out.”

In the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models Feature, Tyler Dietz jumped out front and into the lead when the caution flag flew on lap 5 that ended the night for points-leader Ken Schaltenbrand, Mike Miller and Tommy Beck.

Dietz jumped back out front on the restart and was hooked-up, lapping a good portion of the field before the caution came out on lap 19.  The restart found Dietz on the high side and Colton Flinner attempting an ambitious move on the low side, but his attempt pushed Dietz over the banking, much to the chagrin of the Lernerville crowd.  The restart with two laps to go saw Flinner lose the lead due to a flat tire and Brandon Wearing took the top spot and never looked back to grab his first career Lernerville victory.

In the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature Garrett Krummert led the field to green and led the first five laps when he was passed by Dave Murdick.  Murdick held the lead for the next five laps before John Mollick, who started fourth, passed Murdick for the lead on lap 11.  Rex King Jr continued a steady charge to the front passing Murdick for second on the next lap.  King continued to chase down Mollick as the leader encountered considerable lap traffic. King caught Mollick and passed him with 2-laps to go but Mollick never gave up, giving it one final shot in the final turns with King prevailing for the victory.

The Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stock found Terry Young in Victory Lane for the first time since 2016.  Young took the lead on lap four after an early caution and never looked back as defending-champion Corey McPherson and Tyler Dietz battled for second spot with Dietz prevailing and McPherson coming home third.

Fab 4 racing continues next Friday with only two races left in the Championship.  Visit www.lernerville.comfor information and tickets.

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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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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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