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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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Racing Notebook – Ohio Racing Gets Red Flagged; New Series from Stewart and Evernham plus Weekend Winner Recap

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Monday’s Pittsburgh Racing Now Notebook has details on new restrictions placed on events in Ohio plus Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new series and we look back at the winners on track this past weekend.

New Restrictions On Events In Ohio:

  • The Ohio Department of Health has mandated activities to be limited in the state of Ohio due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic. These restrictions are forcing Sharon Speedway to cancel this Saturday’s events, including the RUSH Late Model Series “Bill Forney Memorial”.  Sharon Speedway plans on resuming their 2020 schedule of events when the restrictions are lifted.

Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham Starting New Series:

  • NASCAR Hall of Famers Tony Stewart and Ray Evernham are teaming up to start a new racing series.  The Sports Business Journal first reported the deal, which includes former NASCAR executive George Pyne and sports agent Sandy Montag.  The Superstar Racing Experience (SRX) will feature six races on short tracks and will include top drivers from a variety of backgrounds.  The SRX will be similar in scope the defunct IROC Series and is set to debut in 2021 and will be televised by CBS Sports.

Cole Custer Gets 1st Career Cup Win At Kentucky:

  • Stewart Haas Racing’s Cole Custer picked up his first career NASCAR Cup Series victory Sunday at Kentucky Speedway winning a thrilling battle on the last lap with saw Custer four-wide with Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr and Ryan Blaney.  Truex held on for second and Matt DiBenedetto finished third.

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Chip Ganassi Racing Sweeps Road America:

Larson and Conley Take Sharon Speedway wins:

Saturday Winners At Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway:

  • Chas Wolbert picked up his second straight win taking the RUSH Sportsman Modified 15-lap main event. Keith Barbara picked up his first win of the season in the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series 20-lap feature.  Jason Fosnaught was victorious in the PPMS Pro Stock division.  Stephen Shelpman continued to dominate the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stock division with another victory. Philip and Noah Bubeck were each victorious in the Four Cylinder and Young Guns divisions respectively.

Saturday Winners At Jennerstown Speedway:

  • Defending Track Champion, Teddy Gibala won for the first time this season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing, becoming the fourth different winner in four events. Also celebrating in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane were R.J. Dallape (Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modifieds), Aaron Van Fleet (Ron’s Collision Center Street Stocks), Dale Kimberly (Farmers Union Co-Op Chargers), and Evan Nibert (Somerset Trust Company Fast ‘n Furious 4-Cylinders).

Matt Kenseth’s New Colors For All-Star Race:

  • Wednesday’s NASCAR Cup Series All-Star race at Bristol Motor Speedway is going to feature a different style paint scheme that fans are not used to seeing on race cars.  The number and some sponsor placement is moving.  Here is a look at the McDonald’s Chip Ganassi Racing No. 42 of Matt Kenseth:

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Larson Caps Ohio Sprint Speedweek With A Win At Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson capped off Ohio Sprint Speedweek by winning the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Sharon Speedway on Sunday.

The victory was Larson’s third Ohio Speedweek victory and seventh All Star victory of 2020.

“This place is awesome,” said Larson. “Especially when it gets glass slick to the fence. I really enjoy coming to Ohio and running Ohio Speedweek. A big thanks to all of the fans for coming out and supporting your local dirt track racing.”

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Skylar Gee started on the pole and led the first nine laps before hitting the wall and ending his night, which gave Larson the lead for good.

Two time defending All Star Champion Aaron Reutzel was Larson’s biggest challenger. Reutzel chipped away at Larson’s near-two second lead as lap traffic and a tap of the wall by Larson helped Reutzel’s cause.  A last minute slider by Larson on lap 29 to put a lapped car between himself and Reutzel sealed the deal for the Paul Silva-owned No. 57.

“To watch him run that close to the wall and make contact and keep going is just crazy,” said Reutzel.  “I think I needed a caution-free run and additional traffic if I was going to get by Larson. I think I was a little better than he was in those long runs.”

Next up for the All Stars is a three race sweep through the Keystone State starting Friday night at Williams Grove.

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Cale Conley Wins Lou Blaney Memorial At Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Cale Conley led wire-to-wire to win Saturday’s Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions “Lou Blaney Memorial” at Sharon Speedway.

The victory was a family affair as Conley is married to Blaney’s granddaughter Emma.  The win was also Conley’s first All Star victory.

“It took us a while, but I’m so happy to win here during the Lou Blaney Memorial,” said Conley.  “It’s such a special night for my wife’s family. Our little boy’s name is Louie, so this is really cool. To get my first All Star win in front of such an awesome crowd is cool.”

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Cory Eliason finished second followed by Rico Abreu and Aliquippa’s Tim Shaffer.  Danny Dietrich rounded out the Top 5.

Erick Rudolph picked up third straight BRP Modified Tour win.  Rudolph started 11th and held off challenges from Garrett Krummert and Brian Swartzlander.  Rex King Jr. finished fourth and Brad Rapp completed the Top 5.

Sharon will return to action tonight with Justin Snyder’s “Salute to the Troops” paying $6,000 to-win for the All Star Sprints in the finale of Ohio Speedweek. The non-wing RUSH Sprint Cars will also be on the card racing for $600 to-win.

Gates open at 3 p.m. with warm-ups at 6 followed by qualifying and racing at 7. General admission for those 14 and over is $25, which includes the infield fan zone. All veterans of war receive $10 off general admission. Kids 13 and under are free. Pit passes are $35.

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