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.
Kyle Larson Wins at Williams Grove
WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (April 16, 2021): Kyle Larson made his first 410 Sprint Car race of the season a memorable one, capturing the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic at Williams Grove Speedway. Larson, who admitted to having some rustiness earlier in the night, got better as the night went on. He won his Dash, which put him on the front row beside his good friend, Lance Dewease, and then he chased down the veteran who was seeking his 100th career win at the track. Larsen went on to score a convincing win.
Also getting to victory lane was the defending 358 Sprint Car champion, Derek Locke.
“I used to hate this place,” Larson said. His early struggles at the track were well documented. “But, now that I have a fast car here, it’s really fun.” Larson went so far as to say that Williams Grove is now one of his favorite venues. And, why not? In the last twelve months, he tabbed three wins at the track. Larson clearly enjoys racing at Williams Grove and going head to head
with his pal.
“I knew that I had a really good car,” Larson noted. “I was catching (Dewease) at both ends. I showed him the nose in three and he was getting tight.” Larson sailed by Dewease on the outside of turns one and two and never looked back. Still, Larson was concerned that the wily veteran might chase him down in traffic. “He has a lot of laps here,” he explained.
Indeed, Dewease was closing in on Larson until he encountered the lapped car of T.J. Stutts. It took Dewease several laps to get past Stutts and, by then, Larson’s lead was insurmountable. Dewease noted that his car got really tight as the race went on. “We weren’t very good after that red flag with three laps in. He (Larson) got by me and he checked out.” So Dewease must wait a little while longer to claim the big win.
Dewease and Larson had the front row by virtue of their respective Dash wins. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Ian Madsen were in the second row, with Anthony Macri and Tim Shaffer right behind. Kerry Madsen rolled off from row four, along with Tony Stewart, the surprise winner the night before at Virginia Motor Speedway. Tyler Courtney and Zeb Wise were in row five and Paul McMahan and Zach Hampton started from the sixth verse.
Dewease fired first and opened a three car length advantage over the NASCAR star. Ian Madsen held down third, ahead of Rahmer, Shaffer, Macri, and Wise. Dewease maintained his advantage through the first three laps before the red was displayed for Stutts, who turned his car over midway down the backstretch. The damage was minimal, and Stutts was able to pit for some repairs to enable him to continue.
After that stoppage, Dewease resumed command. However, Larson was stalking him and he made several aggressive runs to the inside of turn three. With each successive lap, Larson drew closer. He did pull alongside Dewease in three with nine laps completed and he made the winning move at the opposite end of the track on the tenth circuit.
Soon thereafter, the only caution was displayed for Cap Henry’s spin between turns three and four. Dewease got to start on Larson’s tail, but he could not capitalize on that opportunity. Larson rolled into turn one without any threat from Dewease and he completed the remaining 20 laps without seeing any light blue flashing next to him.
After the caution, the driver making progress was Rahmer. After falling back a few spots in the first third of the race, Rahmer found some speed in the middle stage of the contest. He regained the third position on lap 12 and he began to close in on Dewease. “The middle part of the race we were really good,” Rahmer commented. “We left a little on the table though.” While Rahmer made things interesting, he could not get close enough to Dewease to challenge for second.
While Rahmer was coming forward, Shaffer started to fall back. Shafer raced in fourth in the early going but gave up several positions over the second half of the race.
At the checkers, it was Larson, Dewease, Rahmer, Ian Madsen, and Macri. Tony Steward was sixth, followed by Shaffer, Kerry Madsen, Courtney, and McMahan.
The heat winners were Ian Madsen, Stewart, Kerry Madsen, and Shaffer. Brett Shearer took the B Main over Danny Dietrich, who made his second engine change of the night in time to start the A Main. Dewease was the night’s fastest qualifier with a lap of 16.316
“It was good to get the year started right,” Derek Locke said about his victory. After starting in the eighth spot, he steadily advanced to the second spot in the early going. He chased Tyler Brehm for five or six laps. The leaders were dicing in traffic and narrowly avoided a spinning car in turn three near the halfway mark. For the restart, Locke slid the wing back a bit and he was able to drive past Brehm easily in turns one and two.
Brehm followed Locke the rest of the way. Chris Frank, Cody Fletcher, and Kyle Denmyer completed the top five. Chad Criswell, Brett Wanner, Matt Findley, Scott Fisher, and Zach Newlin were the next five across the finish line.
Wanner, Brehm, and Denmeyer won their heat races. There was no B Main.
Williams Grove will return to action next week with a Yellow Breeches 500 race night featuring the 410 and 358 Sprint cars. Then, on April 30, the ASCS National Tour will invade the speedway, along with the United Racing Club. These organizations will bring some of the best 360 Sprint racers in the country. The 410 Sprints will also be on the card.
Opening Night At Lernerville Speedway Postponed
SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Western Pennsylvania dirt track racers and fans were revving up their engines in preparation for Friday night’s opening night at Lernerville Speedway but Mother Nature had other plans.
Lernerville announced Friday morning that opening night has been postponed due to weather.
With saturated grounds from late Thursday night and early Friday morning rains, and no sunshine or warm temperatures in tonight's forecast to assist with getting a safe and racy surface prepared, we have been forced to cancel tonight's racing program.
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— Lernerville Speedway (@Lernerville) April 16, 2021
Opening night will now be Friday April 23 with Fab4 racing revved up by Marburger Farm Dairy.
For tickets and more information visit www.lernerville.com.
Shaffer Scores Again at Lincoln
ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (April 10, 2021): Tm Shaffer became the first repeat winner of the season in the 410 Sprint division at Lincoln Speedway. Shaffer caught a break with eight laps remaining in the contest when Chase Dietz failed to clear the leader, Aaron Bollinger, in a daring two for one slide job attempt in turns three and four. Shaffer was able to turn under the wreck in progress and assumed the point for the restart. He was never headed.
Also grabbing checkers this night were Hayden Miller in the 358 Sprint Cars and Scott Shaffer in the Outlaw Vintage Racing Series Modifieds.
Shaffer proclaimed that his new pairing with Heffner Motorsports has the makings of a great team. And, he should know. The Hall of Fame driver has been part of several championship caliber combinations over the years.
“The 16 (Bollinger) was putting a good pace on and I was just waiting for lapped traffic but he was getting away,” Shaffer said. Shaffer called upon his vast experience to get the victory. “Sometimes you just have to wait for it to come to you and it did.” Dietz, however, was impatient, and it cost him dearly. “I hated to see that,” Shaffer said of the accident that handed him the win. “This can be a humbling sport.”
Scott Fisher and Bolliger were paired up on the front row for the start of the 30 lap event run under the track handicapping system. Glendon Forsythe and Dylan Norris were in the second row. Tim Glatfelter and Shaffer occupied row three. Opening day victor, Tim Wagaman, lined up beside Dietz, while Austin Bishop and Tyler Ross started in row six. Poor heat race performances relegated Kyle Moody, Brandon Rahmer, Jimmy Siegel, Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Matt Campbell, and points leader Alan Krimes to the second half of the starting order. Also mired in the back of the field was Danny Dietrich who arrived late after racing at Port Royal Speedway earlier in the night. Dietrich was able to tag the tail of the third heat and wound up seventh in his qualifier.
Bollinger seized the early lead and it looked as though he was going to give himself a belated birthday present. He raced out front up until the mishap with Dietz on lap 22. Shafer bolted into second on the opening lap and he chased the younger driver throughout. Fisher, Norris, Glatfelter, and Forsythe followed.
As Fisher was falling back, Dietz was coming forward. He reached the top five with just five laps down. In five more rounds, he was fourth. At the halfway mark, he was third and gaining on the leaders.
Dietz was certainly on the charge as the race entered the stretch run. He got a tremendous run down the backstretch and swooped under Shaffer in turn three. Dietz was carrying plenty of momentum and, when Bollinger bobbled just a bit, Dietz saw an opportunity. Instead of sliding up behind the leader, Dietz continued on the low line and tried to slide him as well. He drifted up as Bollinger was regaining control coming off the cushion. There was impact. Hard impact. It carried both cars up to the wall in turn four. Shaffer was able to check up to avoid the accident.
Shaffer led Glatfelter the rest of the way to get his second victory of 2021 at Lincoln. Norris held off Freddie Rahmer, Jr., who climbed up from fifteenth on the grid. Ross turned in a creditable job to nail down fifth.
Tim Wagaman, Kyle Moody, Landon Myers, Billy Dietrich, and Bishop completed the top ten. It was Myers’ first start of the season and he came from the tail after pitting for an engine problem as the field was pushing off. Also making his first start of the season was Cory Haas in his new ride, the Buzz Wilson 38. Haas also endured a sour motor, but his problem was not corrected and he placed last in the race.
Heat wins belonged to Forsythe, Norris, and Bollinger. There was no B Main.
In the 358 Sprints, fans expected to see a repeat win by Jeff Rohrbaugh, who started on the outside of row one. But it was the youngster, Miller, who won the race into turn one.
Miller was anxious before the race began. “Before I went out there, I was shaking so bad. I was pacing in the trailer,” he explained. But the nerves never got to him once he was inside the car.
Rohrbaugh fell back to fourth on the opening lap, and would never contend for the victory.
Steve Owings slid into the second spot and he challenged Miller occasionally during the 20 lap affair. However, Zane Rudisill was the one who had the fans excited in the final laps.
Rudisill picked off two racers to get into third on a restart with just a handful of laps remaining. Then he took second and began to close in on Miller. A final caution with three to go gave him a shot at the leader, but Miller was up to the challenge.
“I raced with Zane in the 600s at Path Valley and I know how tough he could be,” Miller said. “The last three or four laps I made the car as wide as possible.”
After Miller and Rudisill came Owings, Kody Hartlaub, and Cody Fletcher, the points leader. Another Cody, Phillips, led the next group of five to the finish line. Jordan Strickler, Matt Findley, Justin Foster, and Riley Emig were next across.
The race was stopped twice for violent flips by Jon Stewart and Brett Strickler, both between turns three and four. Neither driver was hurt.
The three heat winners were Rohrbaugh, Hartlaub, and Jordan Strickler. Jacob Balliet scored in the B Main.
Scott Shaffer charged from eighth to get the Vintage Modified main win over Wes Cassel and Mark Hahn.
Next week, Lincoln Speedway will present the 18th Annual Weldon Sterner Memorial. The race will pay $6,900 to the winner. Sterner is remembered as the owner of the potent 69 cars driven by Van May. He was also a promoter of Lincoln Speedway for a number of years. Joining the 410 Sprints will be the 358 Sprints. On April 24 there will be a triple header for the 410 Sprints, Central PA Legends Cars, and Mid Atlantic Modifieds.