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Matus and Morrow Grab Wins At Lernerville Speedway’s Sprint Car Spectacular

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Lernerville Speedway’s Sprint Car Spectacular saw five divisions taking to The Action Track on a gorgeous Saturday night for dirt racing.

Brandon Matus took home the checkered flag and the $2,500 pay day in the Peoples Natural Gas Sprints division.  Matus started on the pole and held off Michael Bauer and a hard-charging Carl Bowser to get the win.  Two-time track Champion Jack Sodeman Jr and Gary Kreiss rounded out the top 5.

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

  1. (13) Brandon Matus
  2. (46) Michael Bauer
  3. (11) Carl Bowser
  4. (91) Jack Sodeman Jr.
  5. (55) Gary Kriess Jr.
  6. (42) Sye Lynch
  7. (20B) Cody Bova
  8. (4N) Jimmy Morris
  9. (33) Brent Matus
  10. (21N) Frankie Nervo
  11. (27K) Jeremy Kornbau
  12. (14) Jeremy Hill
  13. (1R) Gale Ruth Sr.
  14. (23) Darren Pifer
  15. (23c) Gerald Hairhoger
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Zach Morrow was victorious in the RUSH Sprint Car feature.  Jeremy Weaver started on the pole and Morrow started on the outside of the front row.  Morrow grabbed the lead from Weaver on lap two but Weaver stayed right behind him and took the lead back just after halfway.  A caution-flag just past halfway had Weaver, Morrow and RUSH points-leader Brian Woodhall all battling for the lead.  Morrow was able to get back out front with 2-laps to go but it wasn’t over as Weaver and Woodhall took different lines through the turns on the last lap but Morrow was able to hold them off for the victory.

Zach Morrow in victory lane after winning the RUSH Sprints feature at Lernerville Speedway

RUSH Sprint Cars Feature (20 Laps)
  1. (27M) Zach Morrow
  2. (41) Jeremy Weaver
  3. (8B) Brian Woodhall
  4. (27H) Brandon Hawkins
  5. (18) Arnie Kent
  6. (87R) Chad Ruhlman
  7. (9J) Andy Feil
  8. (36) Shawn Smith
  9. (27) Dave Hawkins
  10. (19) Brad Blackshear
  11. (37) Scott Hawkins
  12. (25) Nolan Groves
  13. (23) Kevin Ruhlman
  14. (21) Steve Pedley
  15. (69) Brian Hartzell
  16. (40) Brad Church
  17. (35) Bruce Powell
  18. (33x) Greg Beach
  19. (21) Ryan Fraley
  20. (55) Matt Sherlock-Did Not Start
  21. (10) Brandon Blackshear- Did Not Start

The Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 RaceSaver feature was equally exciting as Ryan Lynn jumped out front early with Kyle Colwell right behind.  The pair made contact on lap 2 and Colwell was able make it past Lynn down the backstretch on lap three.  Will Fleming moved into third place just before halfway, right behind Colwell and Lynn.  Colwell was out front when the caution flag flew on lap 14 when Brian Wright and Chase Metheny made contact.  The restart had Colwell out front followed by Lynn and Fleming.  Jonathan Jones was able to get pas Fleming on lap 15.  Disaster stuck for Lynn on lap 16 when he crashed into the wall coming out of turn 4 and onto the front stretch.  The restart saw Jones take the lead but Colwell took it right back on lap 17.  Jones had to deal with a hard charging Garrett Bard at that point and Colwell was able to get a little distance as he drove to victory.

Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 RaceSaver Feature: (25 Laps)
  1. (80jr) Kyle Colwell
  2. (12J) Jonathan Jones
  3. (95) Garrett Bard
  4. (12) Roger Irvine
  5. (79W) Will Fleming
  6. (88) Greg Dobrosky
  7. (17K) Steve Kenawell Jr.
  8. (21) Rob Felix
  9. (29B) Robbie Bartchy
  10. (28) Brian Wright
  11. (22) George Frederick
  12. (56) Steve Cousins
  13. (31C) Chase Metheny
  14. (4W) Johnny Walker
  15. (34) Adam Noland
  16. (26) Ryan Lynn
  17. (41) Matt Gardina
  18. (347) Nevan O’Donnell- Did Not Start
  19. (154) Shamus O’Donnell- Did Not Start

Bard did taste victory in the 600cc Micro-Sprint feature and Sean McAndrew took home the checkered flag in the 270cc Micro-Sprint feature.

600cc Micro Sprint Feature (15 Laps)
  1. (95) Garrett Bard
  2. (11) Mike Thompson
  3. (22R) Ryan Fredericks
  4. (39) Jon Adams
  5. (98) Jomarie Gagne
  6. (33T) Tom Morell
  7. (45) Morgan Reusser
  8. (4) Jacob Estman
270cc Micro Sprint Feature (15 Laps
  1. (15) Sean McAndrew
  2. (12) Todd Reusser
  3. (25) Ryan McAndrew
  4. (11) Brandon Fredericks
  5. (25D) CJ Davis
  6. (15H) Luke Hails
  7. (3H) TJ Horwat
  8. (1JR) Ricky Tucker Jr.
  9. (10L) Wesley Libert
  10. (1L) Ivan Johnson
  11. (0) Mike Mecklem
  12. (22R) Ryan Fredericks
  13. (27C) Lonnie McConahy
  14. (7) Nick Wirginis- Did Not Start
  15. (33) Tanner Price- Did Not Start
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Rahmer Breaks Dietrich’s Stranglehold on Lincoln; Owings Back in Victory Lane Too

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (May 21, 2022): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. won the opener at Lincoln Speedway but then Danny Dietrich took over, reeling off four victories in the 410 Sprint Car ranks. Well, Rahmer came back in style, grabbing his second win of the season and twentieth in his career. Also gracing victory lane was Steve Owings who recovered from a vicious crash a couple of weeks ago to get the win in the 358 Sprint division.

“It’s been a little bit of a test lately,” Rahmer said. He added, “it’s been tough the last couple of weeks, this is a big relief more than anything.” Rahmer struggled after the Icebraker, not even making the race that would have allowed him to slice into Dietrich’s substantial points lead when Dietrich elected to attend a race elsewhere.

Rahmer explained that it was “tricky up on the top,” a sentiment that at least three other racers would echo. Two of them, Michael Millard and Trey Hivner, spun out while leading, and the third, Devon Borden, spun out just after surrendering the lead to Rahmer. Of the latter incident, Rahmer noted “I was lucky to get by him before he had his problem.”

Millard and Hivner had the front row based upon their points averages. Tim Wagaman and Jimmy Siegel were in the second row. Kyle Moody was inside of Borden in the third. Chase Dietz and Rahmer were in row four as the top point chaser to make the handicap. Tim Glatfelter and John Walp were next. Alan Krimes and Dylan Norris made up row six. Buried in twentieth was Danny Dietrich, who had a poor run in his heat race.

Millard took the lead at the drop of the green but his time out front was short lived. He spun in turn four with one lap complete, handing the lead over to Hivner, who did the same thing in the same place on the next circuit. That put Borden on the point for the restart and he would proceed to lead the next nineteen laps.
Borden was setting a rapid pace, but Rahmer was able to stay close. Wagaman settled into third, ahead of Dietz, Moody, and Glatfelter.

Things were unchanged up front for several laps, but Dietrich was making headway. He reached the top ten by lap ten, but further advancement was slower to come.

Rahmer slipped by Borden in traffic to take the lead on lap 22. Boren then spun in the high groove, backing his car into the turn one wall.

Rahmer held off Dietz on the ensuing restart. With the field bunched up, Dietrich was pressing to pass some more cars. An aggressive move by Dietrich in turn four caused some drivers to take evasive measures, and Norris got upside down.

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Dietz thus got another shot at the leader, but he could not capitalize upon the opportunity handed to him with five laps remaining. He chased Rahmer home but he could not challenge for teh win. Krimes charged into third, followed by Wagaman, and Dietrich. The next five finishers were Tyler Ross, Glatfelter, Moody, Billy Dietrich, and Austin Bishop.

The 29 410s competed in four heats, with the won going to Siegel, Moody, Rahmer, and Millard. The consolation race went to Matt Campbell.

Steve Owings had the pole for the 358 Sprint race, which was the first round of the Summer Series. Travis Scott was his dancing partner. Owings led into tun one, but Scott spun whil running second. Because Scott did not come to a complete stop, he was returned to the outside front row starting spot for the second attempt to get the race going.

This was a fortunate break for him, as he kept his car straight in tun one on the restart.

Owings led Scott for the entire 25 laps. Their run to the checkers was slowed for two minor incidents.

Cody Fletcher improved from sixth to third. He was followed by David Holbrook, and Chris Frank. Kody Hartlaub, Matt Findley, Nash Ely, Jeff Rohrbaugh, and Wyatt Hinkle completed the top ten.

Four heats were held for teh 34 358s on hand. Takingthe checkers were Cody Phillips, Holbrook, Hinkle, and Findley. Cameron Smith won the consolation.

Lincoln Speedway will host the Bob Leiby Memorial over the Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Central PA Legends will join the 410 and 358 Sprints. Then, on June 4, the much anticipated Steve Smith Tribute race will be held. $19,000 awaits the winner of that one. The USAC East Coast 360 Sprints and the ARDC Midgets will provide the support. June 11 will be the Fallen Firefighters Night in Memory of Brandon Little. That race will be for the 410 and 358 Sprints.

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Weather Claims Another Win at Tri-City Raceway Park; No Racing Memorial Day Weekend

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FRANKLIN, PA (May 22, 2022): Confronted with saturated grounds and a swampy race track; and facing the prospect of additional rain, high winds, and colder temperatures; Tri-City Raceway Park canceled the Sunday Thunder program scheduled for May 22. Plus, track owner Merle Black has announced that there will be no racing at the Venango County oval over the Memorial Day weekend.

“We want our racers and staff to be able to spend the holiday with their families and friends. We are concentrating our energies to be ready for a big event, the finale of the Second Annual Western PA Speedweek.”

The June 4 special will pit the stars and cars of the Shawgo Real Estate 410 Sprints against all comers. Last season, Central PA racer and All Star competitor Bobby Howard took the checkers. Other Central PA racers and some travelers were on hand for the re-launch of the popular mini-series and even more are expected this time.

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Joining the 410 Sprints will be the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 358 Modifieds, the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, and the RUSH Sprint Cars.

“This will be a great way to start our 2022 season,” Black said. “We hope that the weather will cooperate with us so that we will have a big crowd, a great field, and spectacular racing,” he added.

Watch the website and social media platforms for any changes.

Further information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mailing the office at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. Or, you can check the web at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township.

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Dewease and Locke Dominate at Williams Grove Speedway

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Williams Grove Speedway

WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (May 20, 2022): Lance Dewease scored his first feature win of the season and 104th of his career at Williams Grove Speedway. Dewease held off a number of younger challengers, each of whom had late race chances to overtake the Hall of Fame driver on restarts. Also getting into victory lane was Derek Locke in the 358 Sprint Car undercard.

Normally, the leader is not happy to see a rash of late-race cautions, but this time Dewease was relieved to get them. “I could run really hard on the bottom for about two laps before the (tire) pressures built up.” When asked if he was worried about having Anthony Macri on his tail for the last restart, with two to go, Dewease responded in the negative. “I got good runs in one and two and again in three and four, and I knew that I didn’t have to change my line.”

Dewease explained that he has been fighting a tight race car of late. “Davey (Brown) wasn’t happy with the car last week, so we came out to get some track time to get ready for next week.” Brown, his Hall of Fame chief wrench, wanted to get the car right for the invasion by the All Stars Circuit of Champions. The touring series will compete against the Possee in the Randy Wolfe Tribute race at the Grove, paying $10,000 to win, before heading north to Port Royal Speedway for the Bob Weikert Memorial weekend. Those races will pay $10,000 and $29,000 respectively.

Williams Grove Speedway experimented with a new race format for this round of the Diamond Series. Time turned in hot laps were used to set the starting lineups for the heats. A pill draw determined the number of cars to be inverted, but Dewease pulled a 0, so the heats had the fastest car on the pole. The first two finishers from each heat were handicapped to the front of the feature field, with the racers being inverted based upon their average earnings per race entered.

So, after winning the opening heat, Dewease was scheduled to start in fourth. He got moved to the inside of row two when his dancing partner, T.J. Stutts, was unable to make the call to stage for the feature event because his crew was feverishly making repairs after his heat race win. Stutts was able to make the race, but he was relegated to the tail of the field.

The pole belonged to the winner of the second heat, Robbie Kendall. On his flank was Brett Shearer. Then came Dewease and his new mate, Devon Borden. Row three had Dylan Norris matched with Chase Dietz. Behind them were Danny Dietrich and Matt Campbell. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Steve Buckwalter were in row five, and Dylan Cisney and Justin Whittal were in row six. After a poor heat race finish, Anthony Macri rolled away in position seventeen.

Kendall took the early lead with a hole shot on Shearer. Dewease followed Kendall into second. Norris, Borden, and Dietz all charged past Shearer, who became the first racer to cause the caution to be displayed. Before that happened, though, Dewease surged ahead of Kendall for the lead.

When the race resumed, Kendall was under attack from Norris and Borden. Borden rolled the cushion to take over the second spot, and Kendall got cross-wise between turns one and two, collecting Norris in the process. Rahmer and Whittal were also involved in the skirmish.

Dewease held off Borden on the restart and he was able to open a significant lead on the youngster. Dietz was on the charge after that restart, and he worked his way past Borden for second on lap twelve.

Dietz got his shot at Dewease on a restart held six laps later. With Dewease leading Dietz, Dietrich went to work on Borden, but he could not take the position from him. Meanwhile, Macri was into the top five.

Dietz got another chance to overtake Dewease on lap twenty-one, after Borden stopped his car halfway down the backstretch. Dietz could not make a move on the wily veteran, and he was struggling to keep Macri at bay.

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The night ended for Dietz on lap 23, when he checked up in turn four. Macri reacted quickly and did not run over Dietz as he slowed to a halt. While he was being removed from the speedway, the officials called for a fuel stop.

Now it was Macri’s turn to come after Dewease. But the nation’s leading race winner was no match for Dewease. Dewease got the strong run on lap 24 to give himself some breathing room for the final trip around the venerable half mile.

At the checkers, it was Dewease ahead of Macri by just over two-tenths of a second. Taking third was Dietrich. Cisney made the most out of the final restarts, picking off Lucas Wolfe on lap 21 and getting a good run on Dietrich on lap 23. Although Cisney pulled ahead slightly entering turn three, Dietrich stormed bay on the inside of turn four to hold onto the final podium spot. Wolfe trailed Cisney across teh finish line.

Rahmer Jr., came back through the field to get sixth. Campbell, Mark Smith, Norris, and Kyle Moody rounded out the top ten.

There was no B Main.

The 358 Sprint Cars provided the support this night. Getting the win was Derek Locke for the tenth time in a row! Locke’s remarkable winning streak dates back to September of 2020.

Locke started in the fifth spot and he wasted no time getting to the front. Using the middle groove, Locke passed veteran Frankie Herr for the lead just five laps into the contest.

Young Jayden Wolf charged into second, but he was no match for the speedy Locke. Tyler Brehm and Steve Owing also got by Herr in the final stage of the race.

Doug Hammaker, Zach Newlin, Nash Ely, Justin Foster, and Kody Hartlaub were the next five finishers.

The heat victories belonged to Ely, Herr, and Foster. There was no B Main.

After the Wolfe Tribute All Stars event next week, Williams Grove will open the month of June with the 410 Sprints joined by the USAC East Coast Wingless Sprints. Fan appreciation night will be held June 10, with all fans allowed to visit the pit area before the 410 and 358 Sprints fire off. The USAC National Sprint Tour will join the 410s on June 17. Then Williams Grove will host the first night of Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speed Week on June 24.

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