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Shaffer, Fink, and Seippel Score in Tri-City Opener

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FRANKLIN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The Tri-City Raceway Park opened under the new ownership of Merle Black and a fabulous crowd came streaming in to watch four classes of racing. Taking the wins were Tim Shaffer in the 410 Sprints, Kyle Fink in the 358 Modifieds, and Josh Seippel in the Pro Stocks. The Mini Stocks were unable to complete their feature due to an electrical problem. They will race two next week.
Much to the delight of the fans, all 28 410 Sprints were given the green flag for the A Main on the big oval. A.J. Flick took command, and he led the way for the first segment of the race. Lee Jacobs passed Flick near the midpoint of the twenty-five lapper. Jacobs began to pull away from the pack.
Unfortunately, a number of cautions closed the ranks. Eventually,  Shaffer grabbed the lead following a restart. Shaffer drove through the middle of the track in turns one and two while Jacobs hugged the inside. Jacobs got a chance to return the favor, but his car would not stick in the middle, and Shaffer was able to resume control.
Shaffer scooped up the $2,000 purse in his first win after being reunited with a former car owner, Scott Grove. Jacobs was second, followed by Flick, Dan Shetler, and Jack Sodeman, Jr., who recovered from a spin. Gary Kreiss was sixth. Dan Kuriger was the hard charger, finishing eighth after starting 17th. He snagged an extra $200 for the effort.
In the 358 Modifieds, Kyle Fink battled with Jeff Schaffer, Jr. Schaffer had inheritted the lead when Phil Vineri, III, and Eric Beggs tangled. Vigneri and Beggs worked their way back to the top five while Fink ran out front. The empire state driver, Vigneri, came up short though, as Fink took the checkers first. Beggs, Brian Sadler and veteran Kevin Green completed the top five.
One of Franklin’s favorite sons, Josh Seippel, scored a win in the Pro Stocks. While Seipple has experience in other classes of reacers, he admitted to being a Stock Car guy at heart. His new car comes with quite a pedigree as it was purchased from Jackson Humanic over the off-season. Humanic is a former champion at the speedway. Curtis Bish and Todd Weldon placed second and third, after passing Rusty Martz, who earned the fourth spot. Wes McCray finished fifth.
Tri-City Raceway Park will race again this Sunday, June 14. The same classes will be in action, with a pair of Mini Stock features on tap.
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Gravel Seizes Opportunity to Win Commonwealth Clash at Lernerville Speedway

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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.

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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.

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Schneider Wins Wee Willie White Memorial as Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway Crowns Champions

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Ashley Moyer

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.

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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.

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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars At Lernerville Speedway Tonight For The Commonwealth Clash

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Trent Gower

SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars invade Lernerville Speedway tonight for the annual “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.

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“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.

Fans interested in going to tonight’s Clash can click here for tickets.

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.

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