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Cisney and Rittenhouse Win Again at Lincoln Speedway

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Dylan Cisney and Todd Rittenhouse, Jr. each picked up their second victories of the season at Lincoln Speedway, becoming the first drivers in their respective classes to score again.

Despite his uncharacteristic success at Lincoln Spedway, Cisney announced that he will be returning to his home track, Port Royal Speedway, for a doubleheader to be held June 13 and 14. Cisney lives within walking distance of that track. He plans to return to Lincoln Speedway for the pair of shows to be held during Speedweek and for other special events over the remainder of the season.

Cisney had the benefit of starting on the front row of the feature event for the 410 Sprint Cars. He was paired up with Glenndon Forsythe. Dalton Dietrich and Kyle Norris lined up behind them. Troy Wagaman, Jr. and Kyle Moody were in the thrird row, followed by Tyler Dalton and Tim Wagaman. Brandon Rahmer and Tim Glatfelter had dibs on row five.

Cisney bolted out to the lead over Forsythe, Dietrich, and Troy Wagaman, but the first lap did not count as there was a massive pile-up at the rear of the field when the leaders were crossing the line. Last week’s winner, Brian Motieth was involved, along with Scott Fisher, Jim Siegel, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Chad Trout. All but Trout were able to continue.

On the second attempt to go green, Cisney took command. Forsythe trailed him. Dalton Dietrich again rode along in third, but Norris moved ahead of Troy Wagaman. Moody, Walton, Tim Wagaman, Brandon Rahmer, and Billy Dietrich were also in the hunt.

Cisney stretched out his lead to more than two seconds before reaching the slower cars on lap nine. Forsythe continued in second, but Moody had moved into third by that time. Tim Wagaman, Troy Wagaman, and Brandon Rahmer were fighting for fourth and fifth.

Although the race stayed green until lap 18, Cisney’s forward progress was slowed. “It’s such a tough place here working traffic,” Cisney noted. “We caught lapped traffic and got by one, but then we had trouble moving forward.” Forsythe began to close in, but he could not get close enough to the leader to make a move. Fortunately for Cisney, Freddie Rahmer and Siegel tangled while racing for positions in the middle of the pack. “The yellow came out and I was able to get back down to the rubber.” Cisney continued, “I dropped down and I figured nobody was going to get around me and it worked out.”

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Forsythe would get one more shot at the leader, on a lap 20 restart, but Cisney was up to the challenge. He stayed in the low groove and was able to build a comfortable margin over the final ten laps.

After Cisney and Forsythe came Moody, Tim and Troy Wagaman, Brandon Rahmer, Lucas Wolfe, Chase Dietz, Walton, and Billy Dietrich.

Heat wins for the 34 410 Sprints went to Cisney, Dalton Dietrich, Forsythe, and Walton. The B Main belonged to Trout.

In the 358 Sprint undercard, Todd Rittenhouse worked the outside line to move from fourth to the lead over the first ten laps of the contest. Then, he too moved down to the rubber to finish things out.

Tim McClelland was fighting off Doug Hammaker for second. Hammaker made a desperation move coming through turns three and four on the last lap, but he spun, bringing out the yellow after Rittenhouse took the checkers. So, the rest of the field was scored as they were running on lap 19, with the exception of Hammaker of course.

So, that placed McClelland in second,Zachary Newlin third, Matt Findley fourth, and Cody Fletcher fifth. Positions Six through ten went to Wyatt Hinkle, Scott Fisher, Tyler Ross, Steve Owings, and Chris Frank.

Findley, Ross, Dave Brown, and Hammaker triumphed in the quartet of heats. Brett Wanner scored in the B Main, but he was eliminated early in the A when he flipped in turn one. He was unhurt.

Lincoln Speedway will be in action Saturday, June 13, with the Fallen Firefighters Night in memory of Brandon Little. Extra money will be on the line for both divisions of Sprint Cars. There will be a twist to the program as the 410 Sprints will run a double set of heat races with passing points awarded for each to determine the starting line-up for the A Main.

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Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS

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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.”

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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).

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Macedo Makes History at the Grove

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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.

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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.

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Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS

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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.

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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).

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