PORT ROYAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Port Royal Speedway swung open the gates for the first time in 2020 this weekend. A banner field of 73 cars checked in, 46 in the 410 Sprint Car division, and another 27 in the Super Late Models. Among the entrants were a number of Western Pennsylvania drivers making their first appearances of the season in the sprints and two others, one in a Sprinter and one in the Late Model, making their first northern starts.
Cory Eliason, from Visalia, CA romped to the win in the Sprint Car ranks. A front row starting spot made life quite a bit easier for him. The same was true for Trevor Feathers, as the Winchester, VA driver dominated the Late Model finale.
Finishing behind Eliason were Brent Marks, Logan Wagner, Lance Dewease, and Anthony Macri. Trailing Feathers were Dan Stone, Jason Covert, Andy Haus, and Ross Robinson.
A.J. Flick, who plans to make Port Royal his Saturday home in 2020, put on an inspired drive in his heat race. Coming from ninth to fourth on a slick daytime surface was really impressive for the third-generation driver from Apollo. Mired deep in the pack for the feature, Flick kept his nose clean and logged a sixteenth place finish.
Chad Kemenah and Johnny Garvin were on hand in the team cars fielded by Liz Matus. Kemenah made the show and was right behind Flick at the finish. Garvin struggled all day, and did not finish his heat or the B Main due to mechanical woes. They will chase the All Stars in 2020.
George Hobaugh had a prime starting spot for his heat race, but he faded to eighth at the finish. He retired early from the B Main and was given credit for 17th. Hobaugh will also be making the rounds with the All Star Circuit of Champions again in 2020.
Irvona’s Jonathan Jones made his first 410 start at Port Royal. Jones, who spent the last few seasons aboard a 305 Sprint, did not finish the B Main.
The surprise of the day was the return of the 98 fielded by Tom and Fran Chiappelli of Cairnbrook. They had Kyle Reinhardt behind the wheel. Reinhardt survived an incident in his heat, spinning while running fourth, but managed to keep the car going, so he was not charged with the caution. The New Jersey transplant was fifteenth in the feature. Look for this new team to be regulars at Port Royal. Reinhardt will pilot the familiar 91 at other venues.
Colton Flinner was the lone Late Model driver to venture east this weekend. Flinner was caught up in a multi-car jingle in the feature, but kept moving and was given his position back for the restart. He charged hard on the top in the final seven laps in the feature to take sixth.
Port Royal will be back in action Saturday evening with a 4 p.m. start. Sprints and Late Models will be on tap. The following weekend will have the first two-day event at the Speed Palace. Sprints and Late Models go Saturday, along with Limited Lates. Late Models and Modifieds take to the track Sunday.
Gravel Seizes Opportunity to Win Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway
SARVER, PA (September 26, 2020): David Gravel capitalized upon the misfortune of Sheldon Haudenschild to win the Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway. It was the Connecticut driver’s fourth World of Outlaws win at the Action Track.
“Sheldon was the class of the field, until he blew the tire we were going to run second,” Gravel observed. “I didn’t know where he was racing, he must have been setting a torrid pace around the top.” Indeed, Haudenschild was doing just that. He had amassed a lead in excess of seven seconds moments before the right rear tire let go with just over a lap and a half remaining in the contest.
“Ten years ago, I would have been running around the top until I went off the track,” Gravel noted. “But, after watching Donny (Schatz) and Brad (Sweet) win races here, I learned to race this track like they do.”
Gravel also noted that the car was not very good when they unloaded this night, but the crew kept adjusting and it was very comfortable for him come feature time.
Kerry Madsen and Sheldon Haudenschild were on the front row for the 35 lap A Main. Daryn Pittman and James McFadden held the second row, with Kraig Kinser and Gravel in row three. Carson Macedo and Brad Sweet were in row four, while row five belonged to Parker Price-Miller and Logan Schuchart. Shane Stewart and Jacob Allen had row six reserved.
Haudenschild wasted no time blasting into the lead. James McFadden followed him on the rim into the second spot, but he could not maintain the rapid pace set by the leader. Madsen settled into third, with Pittman, Kinser, Macedo and Schuchart in tow.
Haudenschild was quite comfortable riding the outside groove around the track. McFadden kept him in sight, but he was no factor to challenge for the lead.
With Haudenschild and McFadden racing all alone out front, the battle was for the third position between Madsen and Pittman. Pittman, recently reunited with his former car owner, Mike Heffner, claimed the third position by lap ten and he was hustling around the inside trying to make up ground on the leaders. Gravel was following him in the march toward the front.
While they succeeded in closing in on McFadden, Haudenschild’s car was getting smaller and smaller as the laps clicked off. “I lost my rhythm in the middle part of the race,” McFadden explained. He was being pressed by Pittman and later, Gravel, for the second position.
Gravel moved into the second spot on lap 33, moments before Haudenschild’s tire exploded. He got the point for the restart, but he still had to hold off McFadden and Pittman for the remaining two laps.
“I lost some air pressure in the (right rear) tire under he caution, and the car was better after that on the restart,” McFadden commented. While he was able to maintain pace with Gravel, he could not mount a challenge for the victory.
After Gravel and McFadden came Pittman. “We’re thrilled with that,” he said. “For us, it’s like a win.
There were a couple of mistakes that I’d like to clean up,” he added. But, he did not get the opportunity to do so in the pair of laps left in the dash to the checkers.
Logan Schuchart was fourth, with Madsen crossing in fifth. Sweet was sixth, followed by Kinser, Macedo, Allen, and Schatz.
The hard charger was Cap Henry, who was plus eight on the night.
Heat winners were Daryn Pittman, Carson Macedo, David Gravel, and Kerry Madsen. Madsen was the dash winner. Carl Bowser topped the C Main. The B Main went to Cale Thomas. The evening’s fastest qualifiers were Price-Miler, who topped Group A with a lap of 12.746, and Kinser, who was best in Group B with a round of 12.961.
Justin Clark won the 20 lap A Main for the Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 feature. The midwest invader prevailed over Ryan Lynn, Dylan Shatzer, Robbie Bartchy, and Jimmy Morris. Heat wins went to Bartchy, Clark, and Shatzer. There was no B Main.
Schneider Wins Wee Willie White Memorial as Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway Crowns Champions
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chris Schneider held off Daryl Charlier to win the Wee Willie White Memorial for the ADMAR Pro Stocks Saturday night at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.
Schneider took home the checkered flag but Dave McManus and Daryl Charlier took home the Pro Stocks Championship for car owner Ben Laboon.
Chas Wolbert was victorious in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature, beating Kole Holden and Ayden Cipriano to the checkered flag. Tony Tatgenhorst and Chelsie Kriegisch rounded out the Top 5.
Mike Duritsky was victorious in the RUSH Late Model feature, holding off the hard-charging Logan Zarin, who started fifth and Tommy Schirnhofer, who started sixth. Pole-sitter Nico Dabecco finished fourth and Michigan’s Colby Beighey rounded out the Top 5.
Ben Policz took home his second straight RUSH Late Model Dirt Series Championship.
Stephen Shelpman beat Joe Anthony and Gary Koteles to win the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks feature, claiming his fourth straight track Championship in the process.
Brothers Philip Bubeck and Noah Bubeck took home feature wins in the Four Cylinders and Young Guns divisions, winning track Championships for the Washington, PA family.
World of Outlaws Sprint Cars At Lernerville Speedway Tonight For The Commonwealth Clash
Brad Sweet won last year’s clash and enters tonight’s race with a 44-point lead in the Championship standings ahead of Logan Schuchart. Sweet padded his points lead with a third place finish Friday night at Wayne County Speedway.
Sheldon Haudenschild (pictured above) took home the victory Friday night at Wayne County, the Wooster, Ohio native’s home track. The victory was Haudenschild’s sixth of 2020 but his first Series win at home.
“It means the world, man,” Haudenschild said. “I’m just so happy to race here, let alone win. It’s just amazing. It’s truly a dream come true.”
Donny Schatz, the winner of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in July, comes into the race third in points, 90-points back of the top spot.
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The Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Cars are also on tonight’s schedule. Pits Open at 4 p.m., Grandstands at 5 p.m.; Hot Laps followed Immediately by Time Trials 6 p.m; Racing at 7 p.m.