PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A big weekend of racing in the Tri-State area saw a first-time winner and some familiar names in victory lane.
Jeremy Weaver picked up his first-career RUSH Sprint Car Series victory Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway. Weaver started second in the 20-lap feature on the outside of pole-sitter David Hawkins with Brian Ruhlman and Zach Morrow making up the second row.
Weaver grabbed the early lead with Morrow moving up to second place on lap three as Hawkins fell to third and Ruhlman back in fourth. The lead-pack cars encountered lap traffic on lap 15 but Weaver was able to work his way through the traffic to pick up his first-career victory. Morrow continued his strong season finishing second followed by Hawkins.
- Jeremy Weaver
- Zach Morrow
- David Hawkins
- Brian Ruhlman
- Brian Hartzell
- Steve Pedley
- Greg Beach
- Matt Sherlock III
Justin Lamb took home the checkered flag in the Diehl Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series feature Saturday night at PPMS. Lamb started on the pole with Daryl Charlier on the outside of the front row. Christian Schneider started third and Ron Hall qualified fourth. The caution flag flew quickly shortly after the green flag fell. On the restart Lamb led Schneider and Charlier as Ben Policz survived the early mayhem to move into the third spot. Caution came out on lap 5 and on the restart Policz moved up to second place and Tommy Schirnhofer worked his way into the top 3.
Policz took the stop spot on lap 9 and he held the lead at halfway of the 20-lap feature with Lamb in second, Schirnhofer in third, Charlier in fourth and Schneider in fifth. Caution came out on lap 14 and on the restart, Lamb got back out front with Policz in second. Policz took the lead back on the next lap and held the lead until the caution flag flew two laps from the end for oil on the track from Schneider’s car. A two-lap shootout ensued with Lamb taking the lead at the line followed by Policz with Schirnhofer in third place.
- Justin Lamb
- Ben Policz
- Tommy Schirnhofer
- John Mollick
- Zach Gunn
- Ryan Frazee
- Daryl Charlier
- Braeden Dillinger
- Bill Kessler
- Christian Schneider
- Paul Jablonski
- Brian Goebel
- Ron Hall
- Pete Wearing
- Scott Gunn
- Eric Hamilton Jr.
Nick Kocuba grabbed his first win of the season in the PPMS Pro Stocks feature. Kocuba started on the outside of the front row alongside pole-sitter Chase Lambert. Bill Slade started in third and Danny Rich started on the outside of row two. Kocuba grabbed the early lead followed by Rich in second place. Disaster struck for Rich on lap three when his car came to a stop between turns three and four. Kocuba retained the lead on the restart with A.J. Poljack moving into second place on lap 7 followed by Daryl Charlier, Dave McManus and Lambert. Lap 12 saw the caution come out for Lambert, who was able to continue. The restart found Kocuba back out front followed by Charlier, Poljak, McManus and Heath Close, who moved into the top 5. Kocuba would hold on to grab his first PPMS win of the season.
- Nick Kocuba
- Daryl Charlier
- A.J. Poljak
- Dave McManus
- Heath Close
- Bill Slade
- Chase Lambert
- Danny Rich
Sharon Speedway held two nights of racing as the “Apple Festival Nationals” took place on Friday and Saturday nights.
Trevor Baker picked up his first career Sharon Speedway victory taking the checkered flag in the “410” Sprint Car feature. Baker started on the pole position and nearly made contact with Carl Bowser trying to get to the high side going into turn one with Dan Kuriger in third followed by Jimmy Morris III and two-time Lernerville Champion Jack Sodeman Jr.
The caution flag flew with seven laps completed when Steve Haefke Jr slowed on the track. Baker jumped back out front when the green flag dropped but Bowser kept charging getting to Bakers tail by lap 14. The pair battled side-by-side, trading slide jobs on laps 16 and 17 with Baker maintaining the lead when the caution flag flew with 17-laps completed for Sodeman, who blew a right-rear tire.
Baker got back out front on the restart and held off Bowser over the final 13-laps for the 0.753-seconds victory, just Baker’s second in his young career. Kuriger rounded out the podium in third.
- Trevor Baker
- Carl Bowser
- Dan Kuriger
- Michael Bauer
- Dan McCarron
- Adam Kekich
- Jimmy Morris III
- Frankie Nervo
- Darren Pifer
- Jeremy Kornbau
- Darin Gallagher
- Russ Sansosti
- Eric L. Williams
- Gale Ruth
- Sye Lunch
- Jack Sodeman Jr.
- Dave Blaney
- Steve Haefke Jr.
- Bob Lime
Rex King Jr. made it two-for-two Friday night at Sharon holding off Garrett Krummert to take the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Big-Block Modified win. King also won the “Lou Blaney Memorial” back in July. King took the lead away from Krummert on a restart following a lap 13 caution. Krummert chose the high side for the double-file restart, leaving King the inside line. King took the lead down low in turns one and two as Krummert had to deal with Jeremiah Shingledecker who was charging hard from third. King Jr. was too strong over the final 12-laps as he picked up his 27th career win.
- Rex King Jr.
- Garrett Krummert
- Jeremiah Shingledecker
- Rex King
- Will Thomas III
- Kevin Hoffman
- Skip Moore
- John Mollick
- Brandon Michaud
- Bill Adams
- Mike Turner
- Rick Regalski Jr.
- Clude Gumpp
- Mark Frankhouser
- Jim Rasey
- Kevin Green
Chad Ruhlman grabbed the RUSH Spring Car win Friday night as Sharon, holding off his brother Brian in the 20-lap feature. Chad Ruhlman started on the pole and rookie Matt Sherlock started on the outside. Brian Ruhlman got around Sherlock on the start with Jeremy Weaver and Sherlock battling it out for third. Brian Woodhall, who started sixth, drove around Shawn Smith and Sherlock on the outside to grab the fourth spot on lap four. Zach Morrow moved into the top 5 on lap 5 after starting eighth.
The battle was on for third midway through the feature as Weaver was trying to hold off Woodhall, Morrow and a hard-charging Brad Blackshear, who had moved up from this tenth starting position. Blackshear’s charge ended when he got into the fence on lap 12, bringing out the events one and only caution flag.
Chad Ruhlman jumped back out front on the restart followed by his brother as Woodhall and Weaver traded slide jobs for third, with Woodhall getting the spot-on lap 16. Morrow got by Weaver for fourth on lap 18 as Chad Ruhlman continued to set the pace out front, beating Brian Ruhlman by 0.480-seconds to take the win.
- Chad Ruhlman
- Brian Ruhlman
- Brian Woodhall
- Zach Morrow
- Jeremy Weaver
- Brandon Blackshear
- Andy Feil
- Shawn Smith
- Steve Pedley
- Matt Sherlock III
- Ryan Fraley
- Brian Hartzell
- Greg Beach
- Dave Hawkins
- Arnie Kent
- Tyler Powell
- Brad Blackshear
Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Michael Norris doesn’t race every week at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway but ‘The Crusher Kid’ may want to add a few more visits to dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’ in 2022 after winning the feature in night 2 of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
Norris’ victory was his 2nd straight RUSH Late Model Touring Series win at PPMS and third in four events. Norris also won the ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’ in August and in 2020.
“Kyle (Lukon) got out there and was setting a pretty good pace,” said Norris. “I kind of got in line behind him and didn’t know if I had anything for him in clean air, but I figured once we got to lapped traffic we’d see what we’re both made of.”
Norris made his move on lap 11 and passed Lukon for the lead. Norris masterfully worked lap traffic over the remaining laps to capture the checkered flag and another win in a signature local event.
“It means a lot to win these memorials,” said Norris. “Any memorial means the person was pretty significant and were pioneers in the sport. I appreciate you guys putting this on, and I just love coming here any chance I get- I’ll run lawnmowers around here I don’t care.”
Kyle Hardy, Friday night’s winner, tried chasing down Norris over the final 17-laps but settled for second place and the RUSH Late Model Touring points lead.
“I didn’t have anything for Michael,” said Hardy. “We would have liked to have won tonight, but always have the big picture in the back of our minds. Not a bad weekend at all.”
Joe Martin was third for the second straight night. It was Martin’s fifth straight Tour podium finish, 10th straight top six, and 13th top six in the last 14 events as he maintains runner-up in the standings.
“Bill Hendren Memorial” Night 2 (30 laps, $3200 to-win): 1. MICHAEL NORRIS (51) 2. Kyle Hardy (99) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 5. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 6. Logan Zarin (1z) 7. Levi Crowl (5) 8. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 9. Jacob Gunn (14G) 10. Garret Paugh (03) 11. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 12. Bud Watson (225) 13. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 14. Zach Gunn (17G) 15. Tom Klein (77) 16. Tom Duratz (55D) 17. Ryan Frazee (11F) 18. Bill Kessler (09) 19. Kassidy Kamicker (72B) 20. Zach Kane (10) 21. Dan Lepro (2L) 22. Kyle Lukon (184) 23. Cole Petrelle (84) 24. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X).
Non-Qualifier (6 laps, $500 to-win): 1. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 2. Dave Goble (20G). DNS: Nick Love (38), Jeremy Wonderling (3J), Grant Garrison (1), Zach Morrow (Bentz 60), Tim Shaffer (45), Andrew Squatriglia (115).
Macedo Makes History at the Grove
WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (October 2, 2021): Carson Macedo earned his biggest career win in the 59th National Open held at Williams Grove Sppedway. He picked up $75,000, the largest payday ever doled out at the historic venue.
“This is the biggest win of my career,” Macedo said. “This is really cool. When I started coming here, I couldn’t get ahold of this place.” Well, Macedo grabbed control of the race on lap 36 and he did not let go. That was when he made the winning move in turn one, sliding past leader Logan Schuchart. “The lapped cars were holding up Logan. I just drove really hard. I slid across and the wing held me.”
Schuchart, who suffered perhaps the biggest disappointment of his budding career, was philosophical about the outcome. “All in all, two, second place finishes this weekend are pretty good for me. I’ve got a lot of years ahead of me. Carson ran a great race. I thought I could maybe rip the top on him.” But Schuchart’s attempted counter attack never materialized.
Brent Marks had the pole for the 40 lap affair. Schuchart was on his right. Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel were in row two. Anthony Macri and Carson Macedo continued the youth movement by starting in row three. Six-time Open champion, Donny Schatz and Justin Peck were in row four. Kasey Kahne and Lance Dewease started in row five, with James McFadden and Brian Brown in the sixth row.
Marks blasted into the lead, followed by Schuchart, Gravel, Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Schatz. Before Marks could build upon his early advantage, a red flag stopped the race after just two laps. Brian Brown spun and collected Daryn Pittman, who turned over from the contact. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. was also involved in the melee. No drivers were injured, but all three were eliminated from the contest.
Marks assumed control again when the race resumed. He began to pull away from Schuchart as the laps clicked off. Marks’ bid for a second win in the Open ended when he got into a lapped car and spun in turn two. He was able to restart the race, but his quest for the victory was over.
That handed the lead to Schuchart. He was able to maintain control for the next twenty-three laps despite a second red flag on lap 12. Robbie Kendall flipped after he tangled with T.J. Stutts between turns one and two. Again, neither driver was hurt, but Kendall was done for the night.
While Schuchart led Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel, the battle was for the sixth spot. Schatz and Dewease were mixing things up until lap 27, when Schatz took the position once and for all.
Schuchart got into traffic and kept his advantage over Macedo. However, in the final ten laps, Macedo began to close on the leader. He made his winning move on lap 35, and led the final four laps. Schuchart made a desperate bid in the final corners, but came up a tad short.
Following Macedo and Schuchart were Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel. Schatz was sixth. Then came Dewease, Kyle Larson, McFadden, and Brad Sweet.
Macri received a $1,000 bonus for the highest finishing PA Posse driver. Sweet grabbed $559 as the hard charger. He advanced nine positions during the race.
The heat wins were chalked up by Schatz, Macedo, Gravel, and Haudenschild. Dewease set the fast time again, this time topping Group B with a lap of 16.774 seconds. He failed to lock into the dash when Macri swept by him in turn one following a restart with two laps to go in the third heat. The B Main winner was Jacob Allen, and Devon Borden took the checkers in the C Main.
Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Hardy picked up his first win at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway by grabbing the feature victory in night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
“What a race- it was super fun out there,” said Hardy. “I can’t thank my crew to get this car so good to where I could steer across the middle of the race track. What a car we’ve had all year.”
Hardy held off PPMS track Champion Daryl Charlier in a thrilling side-by-side battle for several laps around dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’.
“If you had a camera or mirror on me you’d have seen how freaked out I was just trying to get where I needed to be to win this thing,” said Hardy.
The victory was not a surprise as Hardy was the runner up when the RUSH Late Model Touring Series visited PPMS twice earlier this season for the ‘Herb Scott Memorial’ and ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’.
Charlier brought it home in second place and earned $1,500 for his efforts.
“If I’m going to finish second I guess I’ll finish second to Kyle Hardy- he’s the top dog in the crates and especially the RUSH Series,” said Charlier.
RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Bill Hendren Memorial” (30 laps, $3000 to-win): 1. KYLE HARDY (99) 2. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X) 5. Jeremy Wonderling (3J) 6. Jacob Gunn (14G) 7. Bud Watson (225) 8. Garret Paugh (03) 9. Logan Zarin (1z) 10. Levi Crowl (5) 11. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 12. Zach Kane (10) 13. Michael Reft (9R) 14. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 15. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 16. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 17. Zach Gunn (17G) 18. Kyle Lukon (184) 19. Ryan Frazee (11F) 20. Zach Morrow (Bentz 60) 21. Bill Kessler (09) 22. Justin Kann (66) 23. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 24. Tim Shaffer (45).
DNQ: Dan Lepro (2L), Tom Duratz (55D), Grant Garrison (1), Kassidy Kamicker (72B), Tom Klein (77), Rob Coffaro (24), Dave Goble (20G), Nick Love (38), Noah Brunell (31), Zach Crawford (c4), Ben Policz (14B).