HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Larson capped off Ohio Sprint Speedweek by winning the Ollies Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions feature at Sharon Speedway on Sunday.
The victory was Larson’s third Ohio Speedweek victory and seventh All Star victory of 2020.
“This place is awesome,” said Larson. “Especially when it gets glass slick to the fence. I really enjoy coming to Ohio and running Ohio Speedweek. A big thanks to all of the fans for coming out and supporting your local dirt track racing.”
Skylar Gee started on the pole and led the first nine laps before hitting the wall and ending his night, which gave Larson the lead for good.
Two time defending All Star Champion Aaron Reutzel was Larson’s biggest challenger. Reutzel chipped away at Larson’s near-two second lead as lap traffic and a tap of the wall by Larson helped Reutzel’s cause. A last minute slider by Larson on lap 29 to put a lapped car between himself and Reutzel sealed the deal for the Paul Silva-owned No. 57.
“To watch him run that close to the wall and make contact and keep going is just crazy,” said Reutzel. “I think I needed a caution-free run and additional traffic if I was going to get by Larson. I think I was a little better than he was in those long runs.”
Next up for the All Stars is a three race sweep through the Keystone State starting Friday night at Williams Grove.
Dewease and Macri Win Semis at Port Royal’s Living Legends Dream Race
PORT ROYAL, PA (August 1, 2020): Port Royal Speedway paid tribute to a fallen leader Saturday night. The 14th Annual Living Legends Dream Race, one of the highest-paying events on the track schedule, recognized the visions and accomplishments of Don Clark, the former president of the Juniata County Fair Board. During his tenure, Clark fought a courageous battle against cancer, but he never allowed the dreaded disease to interfere with his work on behalf of the facility and its programs. Sadly, Don Clark died before the 2020 season commenced.
The Living Legends Dream Race presented the 410 Sprint Cars in an unusual format. All of the cars participated in time trials which were used to set up a pair of twin semi-features using an odds/evens system. Each 16 lap race paid a purse, with the winner getting $2,000. The top ten finishers transferred to the A Main, which would have paid another $10,000 to the winner. The remaining cars went into a B Main, with the top four finishers advancing to the finale. The Super Late Models ran a more traditional program of time trials, heats, B Main, and an A Main to cap off the festivities. Unfortunately, rains hit the speedway before feature time. In fact, the final Late Model heat race and the pair of B Mains were delayed briefly by a shower, but they were completed. So, the fields are set for the make-up dates.
There were 31 Sprint Cars registered for the contest. Brock Zearfoss was the fastest qualifier, at 16.110 seconds. Logan Wagner was second fastest, at 16.157 seconds.
In the first Semi, Brent Marks jumped out to the early lead, followed by Lance Dewease, Ryan Smith, Brock Zearfoss and Steve Buckwalter. Marks seemed to have things well in hand until he got into lapped traffic. Dewease ran the inside line and began chipping away at the lead. Marks’ pace was slowed on the oputside by a lapped car and that gave Dewease the opportunity to cruise past in turns one and two. Marks was second. Zearfoss ans Buckwalter go by a struggling Smith in the final laps. Ryan Taylor, defending Dream Race winner A.J. Flick, Jeff Miller, Kyle Reinhardt, and Justin Whittal were the other transfers.
The second Semi was a much more lively affair. Tyler Bear took the lead, but Anthony Macri and Logan Wagner chased him down. The three traded sliders on several laps. Macri made the winning move on Wagner with the laps counting down. then came Wagner, Bear, T.J. Stutts, and Dave Blaney in the Lou Blaney tribute car. Jared Esh made his first start for Tom and Fran Chiappelli pay off with a creditable sixth place finish. Mike Wagner charged ahead to seventh, followed by Blaine Heimbach, Jeff Halligan, and Kody Lehman.
The B Main winner was Dylan Cisney, trailed by Jason Solwold, Kyle Smith, and Paulie Colagiovanni.
Hayes Mattern was the quickest of the full-fendered set. He turned a time of 18.614 seconds. His speed did not carry over to his heat, however. That was won by Mason Zeigler. Max Blair, Michael Norris, and Gregg Satterlee also prevailed in their respective heats. Gene Knaub copped the B Main, which was the last race of the night before the heavier rains. There were 33 Super Lates on hand.
The Sprint Car portion of the Living Legends Dream Race will be made up on August 22, as part of the Open Wheel Madness IV show. That program will now have twin features for the 410 Sprints, plus complete events for the 305 Sprints and the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints (no wings). The Late Model portion will be made up during the 166th Annual Juniata County Fair. It will be paired up with the 17th Annual Butch Renninger Memorial. The 410 Sprints and Limited Late Models will also compete that night.
Next week, August 8, Port Royal Speedway will present the Tribute to Curt Hershey along with the Salute to the Military Night. Hershey was an engine builder of some renown in the area before passing recently. In addition to the racing for the 410 and 305 Sprints and the Super Late Models, there will be a pre-race concert to entertain the fans.
Norris, Flick, King Jr and Schneider Friday’s Winners At Lernerville
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A couple of familiar names returned to Victory Lane at Lernerville Speedway on Friday night.
Michael Norris took home the checkered flag in the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Models parking Todd Cerenzia’s No. 02 I Terry Bowser Excavating Victory Lane after battling with Colton Flinner over the final few laps. Norris’ slide job cleared Flinner off turn four securing “The Crusher Kid’s” first feature victory at “The Action Track” in 2020.
AJ Flick put a couple of frustrating days behind him by winning the People’s Naturals Gas DIRTcar Sprint feature. Flick started fifth and was in the lead by lap three. Flick was encountering lap traffic as Sye Lynch was marching through the field and it looked like there would be a battle for the win. Unfortunately for Lynch he caught the outside wall coming out of turn four, sending him flipping. Lynch was not injured but his night was over. Carl Bowser continued his strong season climbing from ninth to 2nd and defending track Champion Jack Sodeman Jr rounded out the podium with a run from 11th to 3rd.
Rex King Jr picked up his first Lernerville win in 2020 by taking the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified feature. King got a good jump on a late restart to beat Garrett Krummert, who was victimized by a late caution last Saturday at PPMS after dominating the early part of the feature. John Mollick raced up from his 9th starting spot to round out the podium.
Chris Schneider survived a caution-filled Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar Pro Stock feature. Chase Lambert and Jacob Billyk brought out the yellow on lap 2 after getting together in Turn 4. The race was barely back to green when the yellow flew again on lap 4 as there was a spin in four. The red flag came out on lap 11 when Bob Egley’s car began to shoot fluids and flames out of the No. 30. Once the race was restarted the yellow flew again on lap 13 when Billyk and Ryan Maglione got together between turns 3 and 4.
Amazingly there has not been a repeat winner in the Super Late Models, the 410-Sprints or Big-Block Modifieds this season.
Fab 4 Racing returns to Lernerville next Friday night.
Dietrich Does It at Williams Grove
MECHANICSBURG, PA (Williams Grove Speedway July 31, 2020): Danny Dietrich capitalized upon a late race restart to earn his fist victory of the season at Williams Grove Speedway. The win marked the tenth consecutive season that the Gettysburg driver has taken the laurels at the historic venue.
“We haven’t been very good since we got back from Texas,” Dietrich said. “We have had some speed, but there were nights that things broke or I wasn’t very good.” But, Dietrich was both lucky and good this night. He explained, “I hit the bottom very good coming off two and Anthony (Macri) rolled into three on the high side. I guess he thought that he had enough of a lead, but I hit the inside really hard and I slid him. I have a lot of respect for Anthony, and it’s mutual. I was in a situation myself where Brock (Zearfoss) could have fenced me but he showed me some respect. It’s mutual. We’re all friends.”
Tyler Ross and Macri occupied the front row by virtue of their heat race wins. Behind them were Dietrich and points leader Justin Marks. Row three had Lucas Wolfe paired with Zearfoss. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Adrian Schaffer were in row four, followed by Ryan Smith and Jason Solwold.
Ross jumped out to the early lead, but Macri was not to be denied. He blew by Ross in turns three and four to lead the field to the scoring loop for lap two. From there, Macri built up a substantial lead. Over the next 16 laps or so, the battle was for second between Ross and Dietrich, while Marks, Rahmer, and Wolfe fought for positions in the top five.
Dietrich took over second with 18 laps in the books. Soon thereafter, Ross came to a stop in turn four wiping out Macri’s huge lead.
While the field was pacing under the caution, Dietrich drove up beside Macri. We will never know if the tactic rattled the younger driver, but this much we do know. Dietrich hung tough on the restart and, as he said, he got a good run at the leader coming off turn two. Dietrich completed the maneuver by sliding by Macri entering turn three.
Macri lost another position to Marks a lap later. Things could have been worse for Macri, as he made contact with Marks’ car coming off turn four after the pass. Fortunately, both drivers were able to gather it up and keep their cars moving forward without further incidents.
At the checkers, it was Dietrich over Marks by 2.616 seconds. Macri held on for third. Zearfoss and Wolfe completed the top five. Smith passed a faltering Rahmer for sixth. After Rahmer came Solwold, Chase Dietz, and Matt Campbell.
There was no B Main due to the short field.
Derek Locke scored his first career win in the 358 Sprints, leading the entire distance. Brett Wanner had a couple of shots at him on restarts, but Wanner could not get the nose ahead of the leader on either occasion. Dylan Norris, Jordan Strickler, and Scott Fisher completed the top five. Kevin Nouse was going for his third consecutive win of the season at the Grove, but he crashed between turns three and four on the opening lap. Nouse was fighting for second at the moment of impact.
Williams Grove will have 410 Sprints and Super Late Models next Friday, August 7. August 14 will be a Sprint Car triple header as the 410s and 358s will be joined by the USAC East Coast 360 Sprints. They race sans wings, so there will be a little something for everybody that night. That show was added to the schedule after the Knoxville Nationals were postponed due to the COVID-19 limitations.