By Louis Long for Pittsburgh Racing Now
Amid speculation that the threat of caronavirus would cause a halt to dirt track racing, three Central PA speedplants completed their programs. The 410 Sprint Car division was the center of attention at all three speedways, with Super Late Models and Legends Cars in the mix as well.
Lincoln Speedway: Alan Krimes and Joe Ryan Osborne
Steady Alan Krimes was the fourth and final driver to lead the feature for the 410 Sprint Cars. He inherited the lead from Ryan Smith with five laps to go in the matinee show, when Smith tangled with a lapped car and spun to the inside of the track midway down the backstretch.
Cale Thomas led the early going and it looked as though the Indiana driver might notch his first win in Posse land. But Thomas bent his right rear wheel when he struck the wall coming through turn four with seven laps in the books. Thomas was attempting to avoid the overturned car of Dylan Norris at the time.
That handed the lead to Jimmy Siegel. Siegel led the next eleven rounds. Toward the end of his tenure as the race leader, Siegel was being chased by Smith. Siegel was using a pick maneuver to pin Smith behind a lapped car. While that strategy worked for a couple of laps, it backfired on Siegel once. The lapper came up the track a bit in turn one and that slowed his momentum in the middle groove. It also opened the inside lane for Smith, who scooted past with ease.
Smith’s misfortune came just two laps later. He was trying to put Thomas a lap down when the incident occurred.
Krimes was able to complete the rest of the race without incident. Siegel held on for second. Then came the Rahmer brothers, first Freddie and then Brandon, who sits atop the track points standings. Brian Montieth was fifth. Adam Wilt, Billy Dietrich, Scott Fisher, Chad Trout, and Tyler Walton completed the top ten.
Joe Ryan Osborne made the long tow from North Carolina pay off, as he was victorious in the Legends Car undercard. Surprisingly, it was only his fourth start on a dirt surface. Brian Racine, Bill Diehl, Zachary Settle, and Chris Transeau rounded out the top five. Chandler Pagnotta had a horrific crash on the frontstretch in his B Main, but he was unhurt.
There were 24 Sprints and 39 Legends Cars on hand.
Lincoln will return to action this Saturday with a 6 p.m. start. On the card will be 410 and 358 Sprint Cars.
Port Royal: Lance Dewease and Donnie Lingo
To the north, Port Royal dropped the green with a 4 p.m. start, making it impossible for any of the Sprint Car racers to try the double.
Lance Dewease led wire to wire in the the non-stop 25 lapper for the 410 Sprint Cars. Dewease started on the pole and had a lead of almost nine seconds late in the race. The victory was number 113 for the Hall of Fame driver. Two-time and defending track champ Logan Wagner was a distant second. Danny Dietrich, Lucas Wolfe, and Mike Wagner completed the top five. Then came Brock Zearfoss, Jeff Halligan, Brent Marks, Blane Heimbach, and Kody Lehman.
A.J. Flick was eleventh in his second start at the Port this season. George Hobaugh, Jr. retired early and was scored in twenty-second. Not making the show were Brent and Brandon Matus, and Jonathan Jones.
Donnie Lingo led his fellow first stater, Ross Robinson, to the checkers in the Late Model go. Opening day winner, Trevor Feathers, was third. Mike Lupfer and Tim Smith, Jr. were fourth and fifth. Scott Flickinger, teenager Drake Troutman, Dan Stone, Dylan Yoder, and Colton Flinner were the next five finishers.
There were 33 Sprints and 29 Late Models signed in.
Port Royal has a two-day event this coming weekend. Sprints and ULMS Late Models will be on tap Saturday at 4 p.m. The ULMS Late Models will be joined by the Short Track Super Series Modifieds Sunday, with a 2 p.m. start.
Williams Grove: Carson Macedo
For the second week in a row, a California driver reached victory lane in the midstate. This time, it was World of Outlaws driver Carson Macedo who claimed the victory, his first ever at Williams Grove Speedway. Macedo was slated to race with the WoO in Texas, but when that event was cancelled due to the caronavirus pandemic, his team headed north for some action.
Macedo took the lead away from Ryan Smith, who led from the start. Smith had some bad luck in this contest as well, getting into a slower machine and having his nose wing collapse.
Danny Dietrich chased Macedo to the finish. Lance Dewease brought his wounded car home in third. Dewease started fourteenth and had one of the fastest cars on the track in the first half of the contest. Brent Marks and Smith were the next finishers.
Freddie Rahmer, Gerard McIntyre, Jr., Brian Montieth, Anthony Macri, and Rick Lafferty held down positions six through ten.
George Hobaugh, Jr. won his heat and logged a top fifteen run in the feature. Brandon Matus held off Dewease to earn a pill draw finish for his heat, but he dropped out after going a lap down in the feature. Brent Matus was sixth in the B Main and did not make the big dance.
There were 32 cars in the pits.
Williams Grove will have its first night show this Friday, with 410 Sprints and the ULMS Late Models.
Chappel, Duritsky, Ruhlman and Wolbert winners on Friday at Lernerville
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Issac Chappel passed Carmen Perigo on Lap 6 and never looked back to take the win in the BOSS Wingless Sprint Car Series 25-lap main event. The win was the fifth in-a-row for Chappel in the BOSS Series.
Mike Duritsky picked up his first career win at ‘The Action Track’ by holding off Will Thomas and Logan Zarin to capture the RUSH Late Model Series feature. Daryl Charlier and Joe Martin rounded out the Top 5.
Chad Ruhlman fought off Blaze Myers to pick up the win in the RUSH Sprint Car Series feature. John Mollick was third followed by Gale Ruth and one of several drivers pulling double-duty, Zach Morrow.
Chas Wolbert collected his 40th career feature victory going wire-to-wire in the RUSH Sportsman Modified feature. Ben Easler was second. Justin Shea rounded out the podium.
Li’l Haud Happy at the Grove
WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (July 23, 2021): Sheldon Haudenschild took his career first checkered flag at Williams Grove Speedway on the opening night of the Summer Nationals. While the driver from Wooster, OH gladly took the $10,000 purse, current Williams Grove points leader, Lance Dewease, won the hearts of the Pennsylvania faithful with a remarkably strong run from seventeenth to second.
Haudenschild, who joined his father, Jac, as a World of Outlaws victor at the Grove, expressed relief that he was finally able to get a win at the speedway. “I feel like I have a lot of laps around this place, but I could never get that win. We’ve been close, but it feels great to finally pull one off. Makes it sweeter that the 69 (Dewease) was behind us.”
Haudenschild had the pole for the twenty-five lap preliminary feature. Anthony Macri had the local contingent stoked with his second place starting spot. James McFadden lined up third, with David Gravel in fourth. Chad Trout rolled off in fifth, with Donny Schatz next to him. Aaron Reutzel and T.J. Stutts made up row four, with Brent Marks and Kraig Kinser in row five. The sixth row belonged to Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart.
Haudenschild blasted off turn four into the lead, while Macri had some difficulty getting up to speed. Gravel and McFadden got by him by the first corner and Schatz and Stutts were hounding him. A quick caution for Jeff Halligan facing the wrong way in turn two caused a realignment, but Haudenschild again got away cleanly.
Macri lost another position in the early going, this one to Schatz, but his misfortunes continued. By lap five, he dropped to seventh. But things would get worse for the driver seeking his first 410 win at the Grove. Aaron Reutzel got sideways coming through turn four and Macri clipped him as he went by. Macri spun to the inside and his car was struck by Stutts, who did a slow roll bringing out the red. None of the drivers were injured and both Reutzel and Macri were able to return after making some hasty repairs.
That stoppage proved to be the last of the contest. But it was significant for another reason. It moved Lance Dewease into the eighth position for the restart and it brought the rest of the field back to him.
When the green light came on again, Haudenschild resumed his lead and he continued to ride the cushion. McFadden stayed within striking distance, while Gravel was keeping Schatz at bay.
But all eyes were glued on the blue machine of Dewease. Using his customary low line, Dewease was making some progress until he reached the car of Carson Macedo. Macedo was using the low line as well and it took Dewease several laps to get by him. However, once he completed the pass, there was no stopping Dewease.
Dewease reached the top five on lap 18, and the best was yet to come. He caught and passed Schatz with two to go and he did the same to McFadden on the white flag lap. While Dewease was closing in on Hadenschild, the Posse fans were hoping for a caution that would set up a dash for the cash.
Their hopes were not fulfilled and Haudenschild streaked under the checkered flag for the win. Dewease crossed in second, making the fans wonder what might have been had he started closer to the front.
“The driver put us behind in qualifying,” Dewease confessed. “We were able to pass cars; we’ve been able to pass cars all year here. But, it was twenty-five laps, that’s all that matters, and Sheldon won it.” Dewease noted that he had some difficulty getting by Macedo and Schatz, both of whom were using his preferred line, but he was pleased to make his charge from the ninth row to second. He received a $250 bonus for beingthe hard charger. Dewease was grateful, but he proclaimed that he did not want that award again on Saturday night.
McFadden claimed the other podium spot, followed by Schatz and Marks. Positions six through ten went to Gravel, Macedo, Sweet, Schuchart, and Danny Dietrich.
The four heat wins went to Schatz, Trout, Stutts, and Macri. Haudenschild won the Dash and Wayne Johnson took the B Main. Haudenschild also set the fastest time of the night, 17.104 seconds. Trout was second, followed by Stutts and Macri.
Sweet Scores Before Rain Hits Lernerville
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Grass Valley, CA driver Brad Sweet checked one off of his bucket list. He took the crown jewel event at Lernerville Speedway, the Don Martin Memorial, for the first time in his career. It was his third triumph at the track, the other two coming in the Fall’s Commonwealth Clash.
Sye Lynch was on the pole, with David Gravel next to him for the start of the 40 lap affair. Sweet lined up next to Aaron Reutzel in the second row. Carson Macedo and Donny Schatz were in row three with Christopher Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild in row four. The fifth row belonged to Brock Zearfoss and Logan Schuchart. James McFadden and Jacob Allen were in row six.
Lynch got the jump on Gravel and reached the top of turn one first. That gave him an advantage in the opening laps. Sweet settled into third and he seemed most comfortable running the low line around the speedway. Reutzel, Macedo, Schuchart and Bell followed.
Michael Bauer flipped between turns one and two with five complete. He was unhurt, but his car was pushed back to the pit area and he was finished for the night.
Lynch took off on the restart, but this time Sweet made a bold move on the inside of turn one. Sweet nosed ahead, but Lynch turned back under him to regain the lead. The two racers ran side by side for several laps before Lynch slid out over the cushion in turn two with twelve complete. Sweet was hard on the inside and powered to the front.
Sweet continued to lead, but he moved to the top side as he approached the lapped traffic. Sweet was just as quick on the high side and he built up his advantage to more than seven and a half seconds over Reutzel, who moved ahead of Lynch on lap fourteen.
The action was halted again on lap sixteen when Haudenschild flipped in turn three. Remarkably, his car landed on its wheels and sustained minimal damage. Haudenschild was pushed to the work area and he returned to the race. Despite his misfortune, he rallied in the last third of the race to get a top ten for his efforts.
While Sweet was completing the final rounds, the battle was for the second spot between Reutzel and Schatz. The seven-time Silver Cup winner made the pass with two to go.
Sweet was the winner, taking the checkers just moments before the rain inundated the speedway. Schatz, Reutzel, Gravel, and James McFadden were the top five. Shuchart, Macedo, Tim Shaffer, Bell, and Haudenschild rounded out the top ten.
Carl Bowser was the hard charger, passing thirteen cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.
After his Cinderella story came to an end, Lynch raced in the top ten until the stretch run. However, he faded to fifteenth at the finish. Lynch was attempting to join his father, Ed Sr., as a winner of the Don Martin Memorial.
Three of the four heat races were each won from the pole position. Victories went to Lynch, Gravel, Sweet, and Reutzel. The only pole sitter to miss grabbing the brass ring was Schatz. Lynch was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the track at 12.543 seconds and he also won the Dash. The B Main winner was Jason Sides.