Macedo Masters Lincoln
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (July 18, 2020 – Pittsburgh Racing Now): For the second time this season, World of Outlaws traveler Carson Macedo took advantage of an open date in the tour’s schedule to scoop up the cash in Central Pennsylvania. The first time was opening day at Williams Grove Speedway. The most recent occasion was in the Outlaw Tune-up at Lincoln Speedway. While the driver from Lemoore, CA was celebrating his $10,000 win, his car owner, Kyle Larson, was doing likewise at the Port Royal Speedway after vanquishing the All Stars Circuit of Champions in the first round of the Bob Weikert Memorial. The teammates will clash Sunday night in round two at the Port.
“Towards the end of the race, I was getting a little nervous,” said Macedo. “The lapped cars were keeping a pretty good pace, so I moved down and I was able to get by some of them.” Macedo was appreciative of the opportunity to make a substantial bank deposit for the non-sanctioned win. “A little bit of extra money is really nice,” he said with a laugh. Although Macedo was not facing his usual World of Outlaws foes, he knew that his work was cut out for him. “I have a lot of respect for the Pennsylvania Posse, they are tough.” Macedo will square off against all of those drivers plus his Outlaws opponents on Thursday when Lincoln Speedway hosts the Gettysburg Clash. That race was postponed due to the COVID-19 closure of the speedway earlier in the season.
Macedo started on the pole for the 35 lapper. He was scheduled to start on the outside of row one, after finishing second in the dash. But one of the track’s favorite sons, Brandon Rahmer, suffered an engine problem after grabbing the checkers in the placement event. Joining Macedo up front was track points leader, Freddie Rahmer, Jr. A pair of Outlaws, Daryn Pittmen and Logan Schuchart, were in row two. Then came locals Brain Montieth and Ryan Smith. Matt Campbell and Chase Dietz shared row four. Jacob Allen and Lucas Wolfe were in row five.
Macedo jumped ahead of Rahmer at the drop of the green. But Rahmer took to the outside and nosed ahead of him in turns one and two. Rahmer could not drop down to block Macedo, and he lost the lead on the exit of turn two. Other than a failed slide job after a lap 18 restart, that was the closest that Rahmer would get to Macedo.
Once he grabbed the lead from Rahmer, Macedo moved to the topside, which was clearly the faster line in the early going. Macedo, Rahmer, Schuchart, Smith, Pittman, and Montieth led the way. They ran in that prder until lap 15, when Montieth spun in turn four to end his night. Also collected was Tim Wagaman, but he was able to resume the race after pitting for some minor repairs.
Macedo got away cleanly on the restart and led the next three laps. However, Adam Wilt brought out the second, and last, caution of the race when he stopped on the back stretch.
That gave Rahmer an opportunity to take a run at Macedo. Although Rahmer pulled alongside of him, he could not slide up ahead of Macedo. Macedo deftly rode the rim in turns one and two and he began to pull away. Rahmer, meanwhile, fell back into a three-car battle for second. His rivals were Schuchart and Smith. Nonetheless, Rahmer held control, at least for the next seven laps or so.
Soon thereafter, Smith began his charge. He grabbed second and was closing in on Macedo, who was having some difficulty with the slower cars ahead of him. As noted above, Macedo switched lines, as the inside was getting faster due to the accumulation of rubber down there. After making the switch, Macedo pulled away from Smith.
Schuchart saw what Macedo was ale to do. He took the same approach and found that he could make up time on the bottom. He wrestled second away from Smith on lap 32 and he began to close rapidly on Macedo. Schuchart, who owns a 358 Sprint championship at Lincoln Speedway before turning Outlaw, ran out of time, mucg to the disappointment of the partisan crowd.
Macedo took the win, followed by Schuchart, Smith, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Pittman. Jacob Allen came on in the final laps to take sixth. Dietz, Wolfe, Alan Krimes, and Casey Kahne rouded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Montieth, Pittman, Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer. Brandon Rahmer won the dash before his misfortune. Montieth was the fastest qualifer with a quick time of 13.653 seconds.
Russell Mitten, the builder of RPM Chassis, captured the Super Sportsman Tour 20 lap feature. He started on the pole and led the entire distance. Finishing second was Kenny Edkin, who came from sixth on the grid. Kenny Edkin was undefeated in the first four tour races this year. John Edkin was third, followed by the veteran, Frankie Herr. Scott Dellinger was fifth. Dellinger and Mitten split the heat wins. There was no B Main.
Super Sportsmen resemble Sprint Cars, but there are a number of notable differences. The cars are a vestige of the early Super Modified days in Central PA. While the Super Modifieds dominated the big, fast half miles, older cars with modifications were raced on smaller ovals like Brickerville, Fredericksburg, and Silver Spring Speedways. With the passage of time, the Super Modifieds morphed into Sprint Cars and the Sportsmen followed suit. However, the Sportsmen cars are unique. First, the cars have a 2×4 main rail instead of the round tubing used for the rest of the cars’ chassis construction. Second, the cars are powered by carbureted small blocks, instead of the larger, fuel injected power plants found in the 410 Sprint Car ranks. Third, the cars have starters and transmissions. Fourth, they have 15 square foot top wins instead of the usual 25 square foot wings. Fifth, there is no nose wing. The cars race regularly at BAPS Motor Speedway and there are special touring events held at a number of other area tracks.
The final event of the night was a 20 lapper for the Midgets. Steve Drevicki was the winner. He took the lead following a lap one restart. He dominated the first half of the race. However, Eric Heydenreich came on in the second half to challenge Drevicki for the lead. Their private contest came to an end, though,when Heydenreich pulled in on lap 17. Taking second was Adam Pierson. Kerry Johnson, Zach Curtis, and Steve Craig completed the top five. Preliminaries went to Pierson and Drevicki. There was no B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will host the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series on Thursday night. There will be no racing Saturday night because the World of Outlaws will be in action at Williams Grove Speedway for the two-day Summer Nationals. Instead, Lincoln Speedway will have a truck and tractor pull featuring the Lucas Oil Pro Pulling League.
Macri Masters BAPS
NEWBERRYTOWN, PA (March 26, 2023): Anthony Macri scored his first victory of the 2023 campaign. During the second caution period on lap twenty-five, race officials decided to shorten the race due to the excessive tire wear observed on several of the few remaining participants. So the field went to a green-white-checker finish. Taking the honors in the companion 358 Sprint Car division was Derek Locke.
“I was more worried about running out of fuel than the tire,” Macri confided. He explained that his crew only added five gallons of fuel when they had the opportunity, and that the crew told him the tire was good enough to go the distance.
Her added, “I wanted to win fair and square, and when you knock laps off, it’s not fair.”
Macri made his winning move driving under Danny Dietrich in turns one and two on lap eighteen. “I knew the rubber was there, I just wanted to stay as straight as I could,” he explained. Once he was in the lead, Macri had to scale back his aggressiveness and concentrate on keeping the car straight to conserve the tires.
Danny Dietrich pulled the pole for the race that was originally set for thirty laps. Kyle Moody was on his flank. Macri and Billy Dietrich were right behind them. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Gerard McIntyre were in row three. Chad Trout and Bradley Howard were paired in row four. The fifth row consisted of Austin Bishop and Mark Smith. Tyler Ross and Lucas Wolfe were the unlucky ones in the re-draw for the first three finishers from each of the four heat races.
Double D and Moody traded sliders but their spectacular display went for naught, as Justin Peck stopped on the outside of turn four. On the second try, Danny Dietrich assumed commence and Moody was in no position to mount any counterattack. Following them were Macri, Billy Dietrich, McIntyre, Rahmer, Smith, Howard, Trout, and Bishop.
Danny Dietrich set a quick pace. Macri moved into second, but he was several car lengths in arrears. Moody held down third, with Billy Dietrich keeping Rahmer at bay. Macri moved to the outside and he began to whittle away at Dietrich’s lead as the leader had to navigate through some back markers.
Dietrich moved off the bottom to set up a lapped car for a pass to the outside. That left the inside line open for Macri who maneuvered past both cars in turns one and two.
Soon after Macri took over, a caution came out for Dylan Norris stopping outside turn two.
On the restart, Rahmer faltered and he lost several positions entering turn one. The field was thundering into the corner, and things got congested very quickly. A couple of cars went around, and Troy Wagaman, Jr. tipped over in the process. Other cars involved were Trout, Ross, and Michael Mallard.
During the red flag, Danny Dietrich headed pitside and did not return. That put Moody into second for the restart, with Billy Dietrich, Rahmer, Smith, Kyle Reinhardt, McIntyre, Howard, Bishop, and Devon Borden following.
Cautions on laps twenty-one and twenty-three, and two on lap twenty-five disrupted the flow. Officials declared a fuel stop on one of the lap twenty-five stoppages. During the second, they opted to shorten the race, as only ten cars remained on the track and several of them had visible signs of heavy tire wear.
There was one last caution on the white flag lap.
Macri completed the race, with Moody, Rahmer, Jeff Halligan, and Reinhardt making the top five. Borden, Wolfe, Norris, Tyler Esh, and Peck were scored in positions six through ten.
The four heat wins went to Bishop, Rahmer, Wolfe, and Moody. Wagaman was the B Main winner. Thirty-two 410 Sprints were registered, with ten using the new design Hoosier tires. The others remained on the older style rubber.
In the 358 Sprint nightcap, Derek Locke led wire to wire for his first tally of the season. Steve Owings made a bid for the lead with about five laps remaining, but Locke held him off. A single file restart with two to go ensured that Lock had a comfortable margin at the checkers.
Taking third was Kyle Spence, ahead of Chris Frank and Brett Strickler. Wyatt Hinkle, Kyle Keen, Cody Fletcher, and Doug Hammaker rounded out the top ten.
Heat winners were Frank, Hammaker (from tenth), and Owings. Kody Hartlaub took the B Main.
The next 410 Sprint Car show will be on April 16, with 602 Crate Sportsmen and Wingless Sportsmen providing support. Regular racing with the Winged Super Sportsmen as the headliners will be held on April 1, 8, and 15.
Dietz Does It
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 25, 2023): Chase Dietz recovered from an inauspicious start to his night at the Lincoln Speedway by leading all thirty laps of the 410 Sprint Car A Main. The $4,000 victory was the first since he returned to his own equipment for the 2023 season. Also scoring was Tanner Jones in the debut for teh Central PA Legends Cars.
“I’m still pissed that I spun in hot laps,” Dietz said. He recovered nicely in his heat race, though, winning in dominant fashion. In the feature event, he weathered six tries to get the race going. Although he was credited with leading the entire distance, Dietz benefited from a caution on lap eight, when he lost the lead briefly to Zane Rudisill in traffic. Rudisill could not get back around to the scoring loop before the caution was displayed, so Dietz was restored to the point for the restart.
Dietz was able to retain his advantage throughout the remainder of the race despite losing his brakes. “It was a long race in general,” he noted. “I lost my brakes, I was trying not to use them in traffic, I was just holding on.” He added that he tried to stay on the bottom, but he admitted to making some mistakes along the way.
Dietz was handicapped to the pole for teh start of the event, with Rudisill next to him. Cole Young and Lucas Wolfe were in row two. The third row belonged to Aaron Bollinger and Tyler Ross. Then came Tim Wagaman and Kyle Moody. The fifth row paired Dylan Norris and Justin Peck. Devon Borden and Cameron Smith were slated for row six. High point men Danny Dietrich and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. were buried deep in the pack after lackluster heat race finishes.
Four cautions, two reds, and a fuel stop delayed the start of the thirty lapper. No racers were injured in the incidents, which included solo flips by Bollinger and Young. Eight cars were eliminated from the action before a single lap was scored, though. Track officials opted for a single file start, which worked like a charm.
Dietz took the early advantage, but Rudisill remained close. Wolfe settled into third, followed by Ross, Moody, Peck, Norris, Smith, Anthony Macri, and Brandon Rahmer. Dietz and Rudisill drew away from Wolfe, who was hounded by Ross and Peck through the first segment of the race.
The caution on lap eight put Dietz back in the lead, which he resumed under green flag conditions. Surprisingly, the green remained out for the rest of the race.
At the halfway mark, Dietz and Rudisill again had a substantial lead over Wolfe. Peck was up to fourth, followed by Ross, Norris, Moody, Smith, Macri, and Brandon Rahmer.
Peck went to work on Wolfe, and he finally took over third with twenty-four laps down. Macri surrendered his top ten spot during that stint.
The final laps were uneventful for those in the top positions. Matt Campbell made some headway, though, racing into the back half of the top ten before the checkers came out.
Following Dietz and Rudisill was a fast closing Peck. Then came Wolfe and Ross to complete the top five. Norris, Moody, Smith, Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer rounded out the top ten.
Heat wins were scored by Rudisill, Dietz, and Wolfe. There was no B Main, as all twenty-five entrants started the race.
Tanner Jones came from seventh to earn the win in the nightcap for the Central PA Legends. Seth Kearchner, Stephen Wurtzer, Lincoln Kearchner, and Travis Perry completed the top five.
The next five finishers were Chris Transeau, Rick Hartwig, Colton Fries, Jeremy Ott, and Justin Wagaman. Fries was the hard charger, passing seventeen cars in the contest.
Jones, Wurtzer, Transeau, and Logan Carbaugh triumphed in the heats, The B Main went to Bill Diehl.
Next weekend, on April 1, Lincoln Speedway will present its first Sprint Car double header of the season. The 358 Sprints will make their first start of the year, while the 410 Sprints will take the sixth green flag of the season. The same program will be presented on April 8 and 15. April 22 will have the Central PA Legends Cars back on the card with the 410 Sprints. The month of April will close out with 410 and 358 Sprints joined by the Penn-Mar Vintage Modifieds.
Rico Races to Outlaws Win
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 18, 2023): Rico Abreu made his 2023 Sprint Car debut a triumphant one, scoring his second career win at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. This one was especially memorable for the diminutive California hotshoe, as it came against the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series.
“I have never been in Pennsylvania in March, he noted. He added that he was worried about the weather, as he observed snow along the side of the road coming across the Pennsylvania Turnpike. But his crew chief, Ricky Warner, cut his teeth in the midstate area before going on to great success for many years with the touring series.
Abreu was thankful for the efforts of Warner and the rest of his crew. “I’ really thankful, thankful for my guys. They worked so hard on this thing.” Abreu went on to explain that Warner was able to adapt to the new Hoosier tires which were rolled out for this event. “New tires. I didn’t know that until we rolled through the gate tonight.” Abreu added that he was patient, knowing that Warner would have his car set up for the end of the race, after the fuel load burned off.
Still, Abreu had a close call during the race. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. was challenging Brad Sweet for the lead with eight laps down. The two made contact and Rahmer spun between turns one and two. Abreu, who was running in fourth at the time, clipped Rahmer as he went by. “I thought that my tire was going down, or that I knocked the (Jacobs) ladder out of it,” he commented. But whatever damage there was to Abreu’s car was minor, for his car got better as the race went on.
By winning the dash, four time and defending Outlaws champion Brad Sweet had the pole and two-time Lincoln winner Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was beside him. Abreu and Devon Borden lined up in row two. Logan Schuchart and David Gravel lined up in the third row. Danny Dietrich and Spencer Bayston were the final dash participants, starting in row four. Then came Carson Macedo and Buddy Kofoid, followed by Matt Campbell and Justin Peck.
Sweet powered off turn four with a slight advantage over Rahmer heading to the green flag. Abreu fell into third ahead of Borden, Gravel, Bayston, Schuchart, Dietrich, Macedo, and Kofoid. Things stayed the same through the early laps, with the exception of Peck slipping ahead of Kofoid for the tenth position.
Sweet caught the rear of the field by lap seven. While he dealt with the slower cars, Rahmer closed in. Rahmer was ready to make a move to the front when misfortune struck. Not only did the spin take him out of contention, but his crew was unable to make repairs to get him back into the fray.
Rahmer’s miscue benefited Borden, who had moved ahead of Abreu just before the caution. Borden took up the chase of Sweet, but he was unable to make any headway. Gravel was now up to third, while Abreu raced along ahead of Schuchart and Dietrich.
Another brief caution, on lap twelve, for a spin by Dylan Norris gave Borden another shot at the leader. This time, he stayed closer to Sweet. Abreu moved back into third, and Macedo picked his way into the top five.
The green flag remained out for the next twenty-three laps. About halfway through that long run, Borden made his move. He did briefly nose ahead of Sweet in between turns one and two, but he could not hold the position. Sweet scooted back into the lead, and Abreu moved into second.
Sweet moved up the track, leaving the inside line open for Abreu. On lap twenty-three, Abreu went low into turn one, pulling up beside Sweet. They raced wheel to wheel through turn two. Abreu got a slight advantage coming off that corner and he pulled ahead as they raced toward turn three. Abreu pulled away coming off turn four.
Sweet held onto second the rest of the way. Borden maintained third. Macedo crossed in fourth, good enough to take the bonus money offered for a handful of early season races scheduled for Florida and Pennsylvania. Fifth went to Peck. Dietrich, Schuchart, Giovanni Scelzi, Brent Marks, and Gravel rounded out the top ten.
Heat wins went to Gravel, Dietrich, Rahmer, and Sweet. Troy Wagaman, Jr, captured the C Main, and Scelzi won the B. Provisional starting spots were granted to James McFadden, Sheldo.n Haudenschild, Kyle Moody, Donny Schatz, Casey Kahne, and Brock Zearfoss. Ryan Timms was unhurt in the only flip of the night
Lincoln Speedway will be back in action next Saturday, March with 410 Sprints and Central PA Legends, with a 6 p.m. start. Sprint Car doubleheaders, 410 and 358 style, will be held on April 1, 8, and 15, also with 6 p.m. starts.