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.
Determined Dewease Destroys Port Royal in Night Two of Tusky 50 Weekend
PORT ROYAL, PA (September 9, 2022): Lance Dewease romped to an impressive win on night two of the Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal Speedway. The $10,000 win was number one hundred twenty-one in his career, putting him just eight wins behind Keith Kauffman on the track’s all-time list. For Dewease, it was his ninth Port Royal triumph against the All Stars in the fifty-nine races held at the Speed Palace, and his fourty-third career triumph with the touring series.
Dewease stamped himself as one of the favorites to take home the $60,000 winner’s share that will be on the line Saturday night. He has seven career wins in the classic, more than any other driver.
“It was a really good car last night, and it was good all night. We just timed sixth against a good group.” On this night, he timed second second in his group, which put him on the pole of his heat race. Although he had another tough group to race against, he had a much better starting position and easily won the preliminary to lock into the dash. While he did not get a good pill draw, he did pick up a couple of positions to move ahead in the feature line-up.
Dewease explained that his veteran crew made a motor change during the day and that they wanted to see how it would perform. The team also made a few other changes which he did not disclose. He added, “they know what they need to do to make it better.”
Dewease noted that the car does not like the dirty air. “I didn’t do a good job last night staying out of the dirty air. I did a better job with that (tonight). I was pretty good tonight keeping the wing loaded.”
Dewease mentioned that he got a break on a pair of lap eleven restarts. On the first try, Dewease entered the corner low to try to pass Giovanni Scelzi for second, and Danny Dietrich was able to sail past Dewease on the high side. But a multi-car wreck in the middle of the pack in turn one wiped that pass out and Dewease altered his strategy for the second go at it. That time, he entered the first corner in the middle and Dietrich did not have as much room to make a run on the outside. Dewease held third and then he went to work on Scelzi.
After dispatching Scelzi rather quickly, it only took Dewease three more laps to pass Brian Brown for the lead. “I didn’t want to show Brian a lane,” Dewease said. By the time Brown knew Dewease was down on the guardrail, the pass was history.
Dietrich used the high line to pass Brown about a lap later, and he was reeling in Dewease. The fans were ready for a full tilt fight for the lead in the waning laps, but Dietrich suddenly slowed coming off turn two on lap twenty-two. He stopped to bring out a caution. He went to the work area with teh assistance of a push vehicle, but the car was sitting down on teh right rear corner with apparent suspension damage that could not be repaired.
By winning the dash handily, Brown started from the pole. Scelzi was on his flank. Behind them were Cory Eliason and Kasey Kahne. Dietrich and Tyler Courtney lined up in the third row, followed by Brent Marks and Lance Dewease. Justin Peck and Rico Abreu were in row five, as the last of the dash competitors. Austin Bishop and Sye Lynch represented the millennials well in row six.
Brown, Scelzi, Courtney, Dietrich and Eliason led the way atthe start. Kahne, Marks, Dewease, Lynch, and Abreu followed. Dietrich slipped into third on lap two and he started to close on Scelzi when the first caution was displayed for Zeb Wise five laps into the contest.
Two laps after the race resumed, Dietrich was riding second, but Dewease was up to fourth and he was clearly the fastest car on the track at that time. Dewease sparred with Dietrich for a couple of laps before assuming the third position.
Another stoppage for Bill Balog set up the pair of restarts with eleven laps in the books. The first start was called off because of the chaos in turn one involving Lynch, Kahne, Bishop, and Mike Wagner. Wagner got airborne after running over the left front wheel that came off Lynch’s car. Wagner’s car was struck by two other cars while in the air and it briefly hung up on the tin that sits above the tiers of Armco barriers that ring the first and second turns. Fortunately, none of the drivers were injured in the wreck.
When the race officially resumed, Dewease was on a mission. He passed Scelzi for second on lap thirteen and Brown for the lead three laps later. Dietrich followed his advance, but he was several car lengths behind Dewease. The anticipated battle between Dewease and Dietrich never materialized, though, because of a mechanical failure.
Dewease easily outdistanced Brown over the final eight laps. Scelzi crossed in third. Marks briefly challenged for that position, but Scelzi was able to hold him off. Peck snuck by Marks for fourth in the final rounds. Positions six through ten went to Courtney, Dylan Cisney, Justin Whittal, Anthony Macri, and Eliason.
Whittal was the hard charger, coming from twenty-fourth to eighth.
“We were a third place car,” Brown said. He added that he was in the right place when Dietrich broke. Nevertheless, he was pleased with his run and he was looking forward to the fifty lapper on Saturday.
By starting the A Main with a provisional, Logan Wagner was named the 410 Sprint Car champion atthe speedway for the fifth time in his career.
The five heat winners were Eliason, Kahne, Dewease, Dietrich, and Abreu. Abreu battled Macri in the early going, but Macri made hard contact with the wall followed by a 360 between turns one and two. Somehow, he kept the car going and limped into the work area. Although the right rear tire was replaced, other damage prevented his return. Macri rebounded for the B Main victory. The C Main winner was Zach Hampton. For the second night in a row, Courtney was the fastest qualifier. His lap time was 16.225 seconds.
In the Super Late Model feature, veteran Jason Covert picked up the win. Although he started on the pole, he lost the lead at the start to his dancing partner, Mike Lupfer. Lupfer led the first ten laps before Covert took control. Once in the lead, Covert disappeared from the field.
In the second half of the race, Lupfer had an extended battle with Hayes Mattern for the second position. Lupfer held him off, though. Taking fourth at the end of the race was Colton Flinner. That assured him of his first track title. Gary Stuhler, who had a mathematical chance of taking the crown, was fifth. Last year’s titleholder, Dylan Yoder, was sixth. Gene Knaub, Trever Feathers, Dillan Stake, and Deshawn Gingerich rounded out the top ten in the non-stop affair.
Late Model preliminaries went to Lupfer, Yoder, and Flinner. There was no B Main.
Macri Masters Port Royal Tusky Opener
PORT ROYAL, PA (September 8, 2022): Anthony Macri celebrated the return to his familiar, family-owned mount by steering it into victory lane on the opening night of the Tuscarora 50 weekend at Port Royal Speedway. The $8,000 victory was his eighteenth of the season overall.
“We spent a month on the road and we got our butts kicked a little bit, but I learned a lot, different scenarios and tracks,” Macri noted. Truth be told, his experience behind the wheel of the Sam McGhee Motorsports number 11 was not all bad. He did chalk up a win with the car at the Bedford Speedway a couple of weeks ago. But, you could tell that he was more comfortable, and more aggressive, in his own car.
Macri fell back at the beginning of the race. While that may have concerned some, it was all part of his strategy to save his tires. He noted how tires worn in the heat races, and he wanted to make sure that he had enough rubber to go the distance. Conserving tires will be even more important in the big fifty lapper that will close out the fifty-fifth running of the Tuscarora 50.
“I wanted to play the beginning of the race calm and cool,” he explained. He dropped to third behind Bill Balog and Danny Dietrich. “Balog got out there and I decided , I knew, it was time to go.” And, once he got going, there was no stopping him.
Dietrich, who finished second, quipped, “I kept Anthony honest up until lap twenty-two. Then I came up on some lapped cars. They were running three abreast, a lot of dirty air.” Nonetheless, Dietrich was pleased with his performance. “That’s the best by far that this car has been up here. It really stuck in the middle.”
Perhaps the fastest car on the track in the second half of the race, though, was the Zemco number 1 driven by Logan Wagner. Wagner, who is seeking his fifth track championship this weekend, came on strong to take the third position. Wagner was disappointed with his run in the dash, which was only good enough to put him eighth on the grid. “I feel if I had capitalized a little better in the dash and put ourselves into a better position . . .” his voice trailing off.
Balog was on the pole as a result of his dash win. Macri was his wingman. Justin Peck and Dietrich occupied row two. Giovanni Scelzi and Mike Wagner were in row three. Jeff Halligan was slated to start inside row four, but when he had a fuel pump problem, he had to borrow a car to start at the rear of the field. That moved Lucas Wolfe up a row and placed him beside Logan Wagner. Justin Whittal and Cory Eliason made up row five. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. and Brian Borown were paired in row six.
The talent laden field included Brent Marks in row seven, Lance Dewease and Rico Abreu in row nine, Tyler Courtney in row ten, and Dylan Cisney in row ten.
Balog led Macri into turn one, with Dietrich fighting Peck for third. Dietrich prevailed, and he immediately pressured Macri for the second spot. Dietrich to that on lap two. Macri regained the second spot as the field completed lap five.
Meanwhile, Balog was setting a blistering pace. He was more than two seconds ahead of Macri at one point. However, Macri tracked him down and assumed command on lap eight. Soon thereafter, Dietrich took over second again and he began to reel in Macri.
By the halfway mark, Balog was fading. The top five included Macri, Dietrich, Peck, Mike Wagner, and Scelzi. Logan Wagner was sixth. After Balog came Whittal, Abreu and Marks. Dewease was up to eleventh and he was stalking Marks for a position in the top ten.
Logan Wagner picked up speed as the race went on. He was up to fourth by lap twenty and third by lap twenty-five. While he continued to close in on Dietrich, he was unable to make a move for second in the final rounds.
At the checkers, it was Macri over Dietrich, Logan Wagner, Peck, and Mike Wagner. Whittal was sixth, followed by Scelzi, Abreu, Dewease, and Marks.
Heat wins went to Balog, Eliason, Wolfe, Dietrich, and Halligan. The C Main went to Zach Hampton, with Courtney taking the B Main. The evening’s fastest qualifier was Courtney, who turned in a lap of 16.371 seconds.
In the PASS 305 Sprint undercard, it was Garrett Bard who was the third and final leader of the event. Drew Young started on the pole and led the first ten laps. However, he withdrew from the race after taking the crossed flags. That put Zach Rhodes into the lead, which he held for six rounds before giving way to Bard.
Rhodes held on for second, followed by Mike Melair, Ken Duke, and Jeff Weaver. Justin Mills, Scott Frack, Jimmy White, Tyler Snook, and Josh Spicer completed the top ten.
Bard, Rhodes, Mills, and Frack were the heat winners. The twin B Mains went to Kenny Heffner and Chad Phillips. The second B Main had a wild, three-car crash on the opening lap. Fortunately, none of the drivers were injured in the melee.
Labor Day Finale Sunday at Tri-City Raceway Park
FRANKLIN, PA (September 2, 2022): Tri-City Raceway Park will present its final race of the 2022 season on Sunday, September 4. Instead of the planned two-day special holiday event, the speedway will present a Sunday Thunder card. The standard purse structure will be used for all divisions and Sunday Thunder ticket pricing will apply. Pit gates will open at 2 p.m. and spectator admission will begin at 4 p.m. Racing will commence at 6 p.m., as usual.
The Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group 358 Modifieds, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks will not be racing for points, as track champions were named following the racing on August 28, Congratulations to A.J. Flick, Kevin Hoffman, Tyler Wyant, and Levi Maskal for their success and thanks to all sponsors, competitors, and fans for their support.
The speedway grounds will be available all weekend for free camping even though racing activity will only be held on Sunday of the holiday weekend. The bonfire will be moved to Saturday night, with the time to be determined. All attending the bonfire will be responsible for their own refreshments.
“We regret any inconvenience for our racers and fans who were anticipating a two-day program to close out the season,” said track owner Merle Black. “Everybody is welcome to come to the speedway to enjoy camping and to gather with friends before we have our last show of the season on Sunday. The racers will be able to go all-out with no fear of how the outcome will affect the season championships,” he added.
Adult admission on Sunday will be $15 for those aged 16 to 62. Seniors, aged 62 and up, will be admitted for $13, Students aged ten through 16 will be admitted for $10. The children below age of ten will be admitted for free, as usual. The Family Passes will be $45, and that will apply for two adults of any age and two students. Pit Passes will be $30.
Further information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mailing the office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can check the web at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township.