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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.”

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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