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Blair Wins Night One of Lernerville Fircracker Amid Controversy

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – June 25, 2020) – Max Blair was the winner of the opening round of the Firecracker weekend at Lernerville Speedway. His third career World of Outlaws Late Model Series victory was a controversial one. After losing the lead on the backstretch on what should have been the final lap of the race, Blair made contact with the new leader, Brandon Sheppard, in turn four with the checkered flag in sight. Sheppard was sent to the rear for the restart, and Blair inherited the lead for the green-white-checkers finish.

Blair acknowledged several mistakes in his post-race interview and he was contrite. “I definitely got into him. I feel terrible about it,” Blair confessed. “I’ll go see Mark (Richards, the owner of Sheppard’s Rocket house car) and apologize. I hope he’s ok with it.” Blair went on to explain that his mistakes began with his entry into turn one on the last lap. “It was a driver error getting pinned down there in one.” Blair was stuck behind a slower car and lost some momentum, thus enabling Sheppard to get a good run on him down the backstretch. That was where Sheppard gained the lead. Then, Blair drove hard into turn three and Sheppard appeared to slow down on the inside line leading to the contact in turn four.

Blair started the race in fifth position, but he quickly moved into third at the drop of the green. The polesitter, Cade Dillard, grabbed the lead and held control through the first 17 laps of the race. Michael Norris settled into second, but he got shuffled back a spot on a restart following a skirmish in turn one with two laps in the books. Norris’ hopes for a third WoO preliminary night victory at his home track vanished when his car drifted out over the lip of turn two with 14 laps in the books. Norris lost three positions in the process. He eventually faded to tenth in the final run-down.

Dillard and Blair were dicing for the lead as they approached lapped traffic. When Dillard gave up the high line, Blair was quick to pick it up and he used it to his advantage. Blair rode the rim in turns one and two to build momentum. He surged into the lead as the duo charged off turn two with 17 laps complete.

Blair seemed to have control of the race from that point on. Dillard continued in second but Sheppard moved into third when Norris jumped the cushion. In the final five laps of the race, Sheppard came to life and he passed Dillard with two or three laps remaining. Sheppard continued his charge and e grabbed the lead on the final lap when Blair “got pinned,” as he put it.

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Another driver making his presence known in the waning laps was Ricky Thornton. He climbed from sixth to third in the last five circuits. One must wonder what Thornton would have done had he not been disqualified from his heat race transfer due to illegal deck height. Thornton easily made the race through a B Main and he came from 23rd on the grid to get the podium finish.

At the checkers, it was Blair, Dillard, Thornton, Scott Bloomquist, and Chase Junghans. Chub Frank led Ashton Winger, Jason Covert, Mason Zeigler, and Norris to the finish line.

Heat winners were Blair, Norris, Sheppard, Bloomquist, Dillard, and Chris Madden. Zeigler, Russell King, and Thorton won their respective B Mains. Blair was the fastest qualifier on the night, topping Group A with a lap of 15.125 seconds. Bloomquist was best in Group B at 15.236.

Ricky Weiss was a late arrival due to problems with his tow rig. He arrived just as the B Mains were finishing. He used a provisional and a borrowed car to start the feature. He drove the Colton Flinner mount to a 21st place finish.

World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models Results:

  1. Max Blair
  2. Cade Dillard
  3. Ricky Thornton Jr.
  4. Scott Bloomquist
  5. Chase Junghans
  6. Chub Frank
  7. Ashton Winger
  8. Jason Covert
  9. Mason Ziegler
  10. Mike Norris
  11. Rick Eckert
  12. Chris Madden
  13. Alex Ferree
  14. Doug Drown
  15. Dan Stone
  16. Darrell Lanigan
  17. Shannon Babb
  18. Russ King
  19. Brent Larson
  20. Dennis Erb
  21. Ricky Weiss
  22. Brandon Sheppard
  23. Boom Briggs
  24. Pearson Williams
  25. Matt Cosner
  26. Colten Burdette
  27. Will Thomas

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FastTrack Pittsburgh’s 2024 Event Breaks Previous Record

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 20, 2024) FastTrack Pittsburgh is setting a new record in the fight to end Huntington’s Disease, raising $32,000 on Sunday at their 17th annual event in North Park.

“We are overwhelmed by the support we received this year,” said Morgan McLane, Founder of FastTrack Pittsburgh.  “Our community haas once again shown its incredible generosity and commitment to helping those affected by Huntington’s Disease.  We couldn’t have achieved this without our dedicated volunteers, drivers & supporters.”

The funds raised will go towards various initiatives aimed at improving the lives of individuals and families affected by Huntington’s Disease, including providing essential supplies, educational resources and youth support services.

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Huntington’s Disease (HD) is an inherited, degenerative brain disorder that leads to progressive loss of control over both mind and body.

McLane founded FastTrack Pittsburgh, known formally as ‘Barbara Lee’s Fast Track to a Cure for Huntington’s Disease’ in honor of his Aunt Barbara, who was diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease in December 1999 and lost her battle in April 2010.

“FastTrack Pittsburgh extends its heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event and looks forward to continuing its mission of raising funds and awareness for Huntington’s Disease,” added McLane, who has raised over $255,000 since its inception.

To help FastTrack Pittsburgh put Huntington’s Disease on a ‘Fast Track’ to the finish line of finding a cure, visit www.fasttrackpgh.com.

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Reitz Doubles Up in 358 Modifieds, and Felmlee Flies in 410 Sprints at Tri City Raceway Park; Tim Bish and Morrison Score in Pro Stocks and Mini Stocks

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FRANKLIN, PA (May 19, 2024): Chad Reitz, who lives just two miles from Tri City Raceway Park, became the first driver to tally two wins in the 2024 season. On lap fifteen of twenty, he swooped ahead of Rick Regalski, who led from the drop of the green in the 21st Century Energy Group 358 Modifieds. Bob Felmlee was untouchable in the Krill Recycling LLC 410 Sprint Cars. Also getting their first triumphs of the season were Tim Bish in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks and Dillon Morrison in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.

The first feature to hit the track was the twenty lapper for the 21st Century Energy Group 358 Modifieds.

Rick Regalski and Nick Joy were making their first starts of the 2024 season from the front row. Mark Sevin and Logan Lockhart were next in line. Jessica Kriegisch and Ron Cartwright were matched in row three. The fourth belonged to Jimmy Holden and Steve Slater. Last week’s winner, Chad Reitz, and Kole Holden made up row five. The sixth consisted of Don Cornelius and Hayden Holden.

Regalski opened up a modest lead over Joy, Kriegisch, Cartwright, and Lockhart on the opening lap. Regalski started to separate himself over the course of the first five or six laps. However, a caution on the sixth round of the big half mile eliminated Green and Sevin.

Regalski held control after the pair of restarts that were required to get the next round into the books. Joy continued in second, followed by Cartwright, Reitz and Kole Holden. Reitz was on the move when the race

Joy bought out cautions on laps fourteen and sixteen. Between those interludes, Reitz moved into the lead. He dipped to the inside to pass Regalski entering turn three.

Reitz complete the final four laps without incident. Regalski remained strong in second, ahead of Slater, Jimmy Holden, and Cartwright. The next five to cross the line were Kole Holden, Hayden Holden, Ryan Guthrie, Lockhart, and Jeremy Beichener.

Regalski’s car failed post-race tech, resulting in his disqualification. Brayden Beatty was moved up into the top ten.

Heat wins were scored by Slater, Kriegisch, and Reitz. There was no B Main.

In the Krill Recycling LLC 410 Sprint Cars, Logan McCandless and Bob Felmlee brought the field to the green for the start of the twenty-five lapper. Gale Ruth, Jr., and Brandon Matus were right behind. Matt Farnham and Jack Sodeman, Jr. presented in row three. The fourth consisted of last week’s winner, A.J. Flick, and Jeremy “Hollywood” Weaver. In row five, Zane DeVault and Michael “The Professor” Bauer. John Jerich and Andy Cavanaugh paired up in row six.

Felmlee won the race to turn pone and he dropped to the inside to secure the lead. McCandless settled into second, ahead of Ruth, Brandon Matus, and Flick. Felmlee set a brisk pace, and there were no significant changes in the running order through the first ten laps.

On lap eleven, Tommy Jasen brought out a caution that brought Felmlee and McCandless back to the rest of the field. Felmlee held control once again.

On lap seventeen, Farnham stopped in turn four to drop from the top ten.

Six more rounds were completed before the final stoppage, on lap twenty-three.

Felmlee kept his car straight and completed the final two laps ahead of McCandless, Brandin Matus, DeVault, and Ruth. Sodeman, Flick, Weaver, Bayer, and Brent Matus completed the top ten.

The trio of heat winners were Ruth, DeVault, and Weaver. There was no B Main.

In the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, Tommy Dembowski and Matt Bernard led the way to the green. Doug Iorio, II, and Mike Miller had row two covered, while Tim Bish and Rod Laskey made up row three. The fourth duo was Pat Fielding and Josh Seippel. Following them were Aaron Smith and Jason Kimmy.

The early portion of the Pro Stock main was a three-car breakaway consisting of Dembowski, Iorio, and Bish. With Dembowski out front, Iorio and Bish were fighting intensely for the second position. Bish eventually took control of it before a caution realigned the field.

In the second half of the contest, Bish moved to the front of the line. Iorio faded and Dembowski dropped out.

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Laskey came on for second, ahead of Fielding, last week’s winner, Chris Schneider, and Mike Miller. Seippel, Iorio, Bernard, Coyne, and Charlie McMillen rounded out the top ten.

Bish and Fielding shared the glory for the heat race wins. There was no B Main.

Dillon Morrison and Mike Kelley headed the field for the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. Justin Forsythe and Tim Callahan were in the second row, ahead of Bill Fuchs and last week’s winner, Matt Urey. Ben Aley and Dillon Thorne held the fourth row.

Morrison bolted out to the lead in the twelve lapper, just as he did on opening night. Urey worked into second once again, but, this time, he was unable to chase down Morrison.

Joe Campbell came home in third, ahead of Forsythe and Aley. Chad Greeley, Matt Daugherty, Bill McCollums, Thorne, and Callahan completed the top ten.

The pair of heats went to Urey and Callahan. There was no B Main.

The Old Skool Kool Tour brought over a dozen assorted vintage race cars to Tri City Raceway Park. A pair of twelve lap features were contested. Wally Stock scored the win for the Modifieds, and Bob Alcorn captured the Modified Sportsmen. In the Late Model division, the winner was Bill Coada. Brian Lederhouse took the Stock Car go.

Tri City Raceway Park announced the Marsh Heating and Cooling Heat Race Challenge. All racers are eligible for a special award at the end of the season based upon the number of heat races won, regardless of the class. Leading the way with two wins each are Steve Slater, Tim Bish, Tim Callahan, and Matt Urey. Winners of a single heat race so far are Matt Farnham, A.J. Flick, Logan McCandless, Gale Ruth, Jr., Zane DeVault, and Jeremy Weaver, Jessica Kriegisch, Chad Reitz, Josh Seippel, Chris Schneider, and Pat Fielding.

Next weekend, Tri City Raceway Park will host the first visit of the BRP Modified Tour. Also on the card will be the 305 Sprint Cars, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, and the Vintage Modifieds.

21st Centyry Energy Group 358 Modifieds: Chad Reitz, Steve Slater, Jimmy Holden, Ron Cartwright, Kole Holden, Hayden Holden, Ryan Guthrie, Logen Lockhart, Jeremy Beichner, Brayden Beatty, Kyle Fink, Troy McGregor, Nick Joy, Don Cornelius, Jessica Kriegisch, Brandon Ritchey, Patrick Lane, Mark Sevin, Kenin Green, Thomas Rodgers, Tom Holden, Rick Regalski (DQ). DNS: Lenny Liebold, III, Ryan Kemery.

Krill Recycling LLC 410 Sprint Cars: Bob Felmlee, Logan McCandless, Brandon Matus, Zane DeVault, Gale Ruth, Jr., Jack Sodeman, jr., A.J. Flick, Jeremy Weaver, Michael Bauer, Brent Matus, Ricky Peterson, Andy Cavanaugh, Vivian Jones, John Jerich, Cameron Nastasi, Bodey mcClintock, Chase Metheney, Matt Farnham,Jacob Gomola, Timmy Jasen, Carl Bowser. DNS: Nathen McDowell.

Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Pro Stocks: Tim Bish, Rod Laskey, Pat Fielding, Chris Schneider, Mike Miller, Josh Seippel, Doug Iorio, Matt bernard, Russ Coyne, Charlie McMillen, Aaron Smith. Jason Kimmy, Tommy Dembowski. DNS: Jake Whitling, Gary Miller. Jr.

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Dillon Morrison, Matt Urey, Joe Campbell, Justin Foirsyth, Ben Aley, Chad Greeley, Matt Daugherty, BillMcCollums, Dillon Thorne, Tim Callahan, Bill Fuchs, Mike Kelley.

Old Skool Kool Tour Vintage: Modifieds/Sportsmen: Wally Stock, Bob Alcorn (Sp.), Tom Warburton, Jim Kurpakus, Tim Beatty, Paul Bacchus, Nick Hessom (Sp.). Late Models/Stocks: Bill Coada, Larry Walters, Brian Lederhouse (St.), Gary Taylor (St.), Bill Stile.

The divisional sponsors of Tri City Raceway Park for 2024 are: Krill Recycling, LLC (410 Sprint Cars), 21st Century Energy Group (358 Modifieds), Hovis Auto and Truck Supply (Pro Stocks), and 4 Your Car Connection (Mini Stocks).

All competitors at Tri City Raceway Park will now be eligible for the Marsh Heating and Cooling Heat Race Challenge. The driver that wins the most heat races over the course of the season, regardless of the class, will receive a special award.

Other marketing partners of Tri City Raceway Park for 2024 include: Erie Beer, Wab-Tec (manufacturer of locomotive engines), Schaeffer Lubricants, Keystone Transit (school buses), Blue Ox Timbers (buyers of timber and timber land managment), Constable Refuse (residential and commercial garbage collectors), First Rate Realty (real estate sales), Landscape Connection (portable toilets and landscape supplies), KEI-Klapec Express Inc. (trucking company), BKI-Bert Klapec Inc. (excavation and demolition), Shambaugh Towing, Gibson Hill Automotive (auto repair), McCandless Ford Sales (located in Mercer and Meadville), McCandless Trailer Sales (located in Mercer and Meadville), Big Dog RC (remote controlled cars and race track), McGregor Excavating, Les Frickshun Lubricants (lubricants and undercoating), Bish Heating and Cooling, Wet Hose LLC (pressure washing), Heffern Septic Service, Tionesta Builders Supply (located in Tionesta and Shippenville), UCIP-United Community Independence Program (housing and services for the handicapped), Close Racing Supply, Billy’s Garage and Towing, Oakland-Rampart Equipment (makers of centrifugal dryers, wash systems, and separators).

Remember that you will need to check the Facebook page, Tri City Raceway Park, for current information. The former website is not updated and will soon be replaced.

Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township. Professional auto racing will be presented in a family friendly atmosphere most Sunday evenings from May through Labor Day weekend.

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Pittsburgh PA Motor Speedway and Latrobe Speedway Cancel Saturday Programs

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 18, 2024) – Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway and Latrobe Speedway are cancelling their Saturday programs because of rain.

“We can’t get a break,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “The speedway grounds are too wet after Friday’s storms. We are looking forward to the next Blue Collar Night at the Races on August 10.”

Next Saturday Latrobe Speedway plans the Memorial Day Clash as the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks Touring Series returns to Latrobe.  They will be joined by the FASTrak Pro Late Models, the Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, the Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, and the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders.

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“Heavy overnight rains and saturated grounds have forced us to cancel tonight’s Action Event + RUSH Sportsman Modifieds event,” PPMS said in a statement. “This marks our third consecutive cancelation.”

Next Saturday PPMS plans the Choice for Change Action Event + RUSH Sprint Cars.

They’re not the only ones.  Lernerville Speedway was forced to cancel Friday night, which was the third week in-a-row for ‘The Action Track’. The make up date for the BRP Modified Tour portion will be held on July, 26.

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