ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now – July 23, 2020): Sheldon Haudenschild inked his name in the record books of Lincoln Speedway for the very first time. The second generation driver scored the win in the Gettysburg Clash. The Thursday night special was the first round of action between the World of Outlaws and the Pennsylvania Posse.
For Haudenschild, it was the first win of a season that has been disrupted and changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And, to make matters worse on the racing scene, Haudenschild struggled to get into winning form. “I kept telling my guys ‘don’t take it personal; keep busting your ass.’ They’ve worked really hard. It’s all a team effort.” That hard work has started to pay dividends, as Haudenschild has been getting faster and more effective in the racecar. “We’re having a lot of fun and I hope we can string together some wins.” That would be perfect because the World of Outlaws tour is in the midst of what would normally be the month of money. While some of the bigger paying events were postponed due to the pandemic, there are still some hefty paydays in the weeks ahead.
Haudenschild positioned himself for the win by earning the pole in the night’s dash. Next to him was Parker Price-Miller. But in the second row was Jacob Allen who was looking to get his first career series win on the track located minutes from his home. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. lined up in fourth. Then came David Gravel and Jeff Halligan. Lucas Wolfe and Logan Schuchart, the other half of Bobby Allen’s hometown Outlaws team, were in row four.. Daryn Pittman and Donny Schatz had row five covered.
While Haudenschild did take the early lead, it was Allen riding the rim in turns one and two to take command. He went on to lead the first 15 laps of the race although Haudenschild remained within striking distance throughout. There were two minor stoppages that put Haudenschild beside Allen, but neither restart proved to be eventful.
Lapped traffic provided the opportunity that Haudenschild needed. Allen was able to handle the slower cars at first, but as the race went on, Haudenschild’s experience gave him the edge. “I got by Jacob in traffic. He was really running good,” the Mild Child noted.
While the sons played out a ritual that their fathers did so often in their storied careers, the action through the field was hot and heavy. Rahmer was holding off Gravel and Price-Miller. Schuchart and Schatz were moving up, and so was Danny Dietrich, who started fourteenth on the grid. Pittman eliminated himself from contention at the halfway mark when he got upside down in turn two. He was unhurt and repairs were made so he could rejoin the race.
With a clear track ahead of him, Haudenschild was able to build a comfortable lead. Rahmer was starting to press Allen for second, but Gravel joined the fun and, now, it was his turn to torment the younger opponent.
Another caution set up a restart that proved to be contentious. While the leaders got away cleanly, there was heavy contact a couple of rows behind. Dietrich tried to make an opening that was not there, and Rahmer was forced up the track into the path of another car. Brock Zearfoss was collected. Both Rahmer and Zearfoss were finished and Dietrich continued with wing damage.
Things evened themselves out somewhat when Dietrich rapped the turn four wall with two laps remaining. he was riding in fifth at the time. The fans were quick to react to his misfortune.
While Haudenschild led the final two laps, all eyes were on the team racers, Allen and Schuchart, as they battled for second. Schuchart got the better of it. Gravel was a distant fourth, followed by Carson Macedo. Price-Miller, Schatz, Brad Sweet, Brent Marks, and Anthony Macri completed the top ten.
Allen enjoyed the run, even though he was relegated to third at the finish. “It was a lot of fun. I feel really good, mentally and physically. It was fun racing with Sheldon and then with Logan at the end.” Schuchart was disappointed that he did not get another restart in the closing laps. “I was looking for a restart. I could get a run on the bottom. I loved racing here seven or eight years ago. It’s been a long climb, but we are gaining on it.” Schuchart currently sits third in WoO standings an a hometown win would have gotten him back into the thick of things in the season tally.
Heat wins were scored by Freddie Rahmer, Jr., Gravel, Halligan, and Price-Miller. The B Main had a pair of Wagamans out front, with Tim ahead of Troy. Adam Wilt was best in the C Main. Anthony Macri was the top qualifier overall with lap of 13.483 seconds in Group A. Halligan started his night off well with the quick time in Group B, at 13.579.
Lincoln will feature a truck and tractor pull this Saturday, as the Sprints will be in action in nearby Williams Grove. Next week, there will be another mid-week special, the Drydene 40, paying $10,000 to the winner. That event will be on Wednesday at Lincoln Speedway.
Weekend Racing Preview: Fab 4 at Lernerville; RUSH Late Models at PPMS and more
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – A full weekend of racing both locally and nationally and Pittsburgh Racing Now has a sneak peek of the action on the track.
Fab 4 Racing Friday Night At Lernerville:
- All Fab 4 Racing Divisions are racing tonight at Lernerville. Carl Bowser leads the Peoples Natural Gas DIRTcar Sprints standings with an 18-point over AJ Flick. Colton Flinner leads the Precise Racing Products DIRTcar Late Model standings by 11-points over Tyler Dietz. In the Diehl Automotive DIRTcar Big Block Modified division Garrett Krummert leads John Mollick and Brian Swartzlander by 12-points. Tyler Dietz holds a 9-point lead over Corey McPherson in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part DIRTcar/RUSH Pro Stocks division. Gates open at 5 p.m. and tonight is “Big Rig Night” sponsored by Trans Edge Trucking.
Williams Grove Postpones Billy Kimmel Memorial:
- Williams Grove Speedway has cancelled tonight’s racing program due to rain and the forecast for more rain throughout the evening. Williams Grove will be back in action next week with the Lawrence Chevrolet 410 Sprint Cars, USAC East Coast, 358 Sprints. The Billy Kimmel Memorial has been added to next week’s program.
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Jook George Steel City Classic Saturday At PPMS:
- The annual “Jook George Steel City Classic” for the RUSH Late Model Touring Division takes place on Saturday at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS). The track and sanctioning body are expecting between 40-and-50-entries for the event, which will pay a minimum of $6,010 to the winner with an additional $1,000-bonus to a driver/team who contributes to the purse. Check out our preview here.
Motor Mountain Masters Saturday at Jennerstown:
- The biggest event of the year for Jennerstown Raceway’s Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division takes place with the third annual Motor Mountain Masters Saturday. The crown jewel event will bring drivers from the New England states, the South and from the Midwest to battle the area’s regional stars in a 150-lap race. The Stoystown Auto Wreckers Modified division will also compete. “The Masters” has quickly become one of the most talked about races in the United States. Last year, Todd Stone of Middlebury, Vermont, wore the red sport coat in Stoney’s Beer Victory Lane.
Hank Gentzler Memorial Saturday At Lincoln Speedway:
- Lincoln Speedway hosts the Hank Gentzler Memorial Manufacturer’s Appreciation Night. Gentzler was a speed shop owner who started the Manufacturers’ Night and always got parts and gift certificates to pass out to the racers. Gentzler’s widow continued things until she sold the business to Pancho Lawlor, who puts the show on in Gentzler’s memory. Saturday night’s program will include the 410 and 358-Sprints and the Vintage Outlaw Series. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m.
“Tribute to Curt Hershey” Along With Salute to the Military Night At Port Royal:
- Port Royal Speedway on Saturday will host a Salute to the Military Night along with a “Tribute to Curt Hershey”. Hershey was an engine builder in Central PA that passed away in June. Saturday night’s schedule includes a Pre-race concert along with 410 Sprints, Late Models and the PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints. Admission is $20, $10 for students, pits $30 and the racing starts at 7:00 p.m.
Michaels Memorial Saturday At Mercer:
- Saturday at Mercer it’s the Michaels Memorial Show featuring the BRP Big Block Modifieds $ 5,000-to-win; 410-Sprint Cars $2,000-to-win, the 305 sprints, FASTRAK modified and the mighty Mercer mini stocks.
Grandstand Admission is $20 for adults and $17 for seniors. Pit Passes are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors.
Pit gates open at 4 p.m., Grandstands at 5 p.m. with the racing starting at 7 p.m.
Sunday Thunder At Tri-City Raceway Park:
- Sunday at Tri-City Raceway Park it’s the Shawgo Real Estate Sprint Cars, Modifieds (358 cubic inch engines), 4-Your-Car-Connection Mini Stocks, Modified Lites, and Non-Wing Crate-Engine Sprint Cars. Adult General Admission is $15. The gates open at 4pm with racing at 6pm
USAC Sprints At Selinsgrove Speedway:
- Selinsgrove Speedway on Sunday plays host to the USAC Silver Crown Champ Car Series in the Bill Holland Classic. Holland was a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania native who won the Indianapolis 500 in 1949 and finished second in 1947, 1948 and 1950. He also won the first-ever event at Selinsgrove. Racing starts at 7:00 p.m.
The “Jook George Steel City Classic” Roaring Into Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The “Jook George Steel City Classic” presented by Zarin Truck and Auto for the RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series roars into Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway this Saturday night.
The $6,010-to-win and $400-to-start event also features a $1,000-bonus to the winning driver and team who has contributed to the event. Miley Motor Sports and race coordinator Branden Lockwich came up with the idea for the bonus last year, which has helped the event continue to grow.
The “Jook George Steel City Classic” became a RUSH Tour race for the first time in 2017 and drew 43 cars with Mike Pegher Jr capturing the $4,010 win. In 2018, a record 51 cars were on hand with Jacob Hawkins scoring the $5,010 win. Last year’s event was the richest in RUSH history as Kyle Lukon (pictured above) scored the $10,010 win and the extra $1,000 contributor bonus!
“Miley Motor Sports is ecstatic about the 31st edition of the RUSH Dirt Late Model Series ‘Jook George Classic’ to honor our great friend of racing, Jook George,” expressed PPMS promoter Matt Miley. “We can’t thank Brandon, the RUSH Team, and all who have contributed enough. It’s a win, win, win, win for racers, fans, sponsors, and the Speedway.”
“It’s really amazing how this event has grown and how so many people have gotten behind it to make this all possible,” expressed RUSH Director Vicki Emig. “Branden has led the efforts of transforming this from a special weekly event to what was a record breaking major Touring Series show last year. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic that set back Branden’s efforts, it’s unbelievable how this event is still going to turn out. We can’t thank the George Family, Miley Motor Sports, Branden and so many others for their amazing contributions, while allowing us to present this as RUSH Late Model Touring Series event.”
Lockwich is still soliciting contributions from any driver that still would like to expand the purse and be eligible for the bonus as well as contributions from individuals or business. You can contact Branden at 412-639-3723 or see him at the track on Saturday.
William Thomas “Jook” George had a brief driving career himself, but as he turned to car owner he chose, and had for most of his racing career, the #10 and that was in honor of his racing hero Lou Blaney. Blaney drove his car on a couple occasions. George’s most dominant stretch as a car owner came in the late ’70s when Earl Teeters was his driver. In 1990 George captured the track championship at PPMS in with John Beatty behind the wheel. In 1993 George won the Fall Classic in with Bill Yakin. George was also nominated as the Sportsman of the Year at PPMS and nominated into the Pittsburgh Circle Track Hall of Fame.
PPMS will also be featuring the Keystone Coach Works Hobby Stocks, the PPMS Pro Stocks, the Four Cylinders, and the Young Guns. Gates Open at 5 p.m., hot laps begin at 6 p.m., immediately followed by the RUSH Late Model Dirt Series qualifying. For more information visit ppms.com.
Weekend Racing Notebook
PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The weekend winners from around the world of motorsports including Local tracks plus the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions, and IMSA.
Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All-Star Circuit of Champions Weekend:
- Cory Eliason picked up his first Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions victory Sunday night at the reopening of Huset Speedway. Dominic Scelzi finished second and Kerry Madsen rounded out the podium.
- Kyle Larson won his seventh straight Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 feature on Saturday night at Knoxville Raceway, setting a record with the series. Rico Abreu finished second and Gio Scelzi rounded out the podium.
- Larson also picked up the win in Friday night’s feature at 34 Raceway. Eliason finished second and Tucker Klaasmeyer finished third.
Acura, Corvette, Lexus Claim IMSA Wins At Road America:
- Helio Castroneves found traction with his Acura ARX-05 where others could not, as he and his Acura Team Penske co-driver Ricky Taylor prevailed in monsoon-like conditions in the final hour to win in the Daytona Prototype International Class in Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America.
- DragonSpeed USA’s Ben Hanley and Henrik Heeman took home the victory in LMP2. Hanley switched from slick tires to rain tires as the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA, which was leading went off course due to the wet conditions. They rallied to finish fourth behind the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA and the No. 18 Era Motorsports ORECA.
- Corvette Racing scored a 1-2 finish at Road America in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The No. 3 Vette with Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia finished first with the No. 4 of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner coming home in second place.
- Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell parked the AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus in victory lane in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. The victory was the third straight for the team. Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry finished second in their Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3 Evo.
Mother Nature Wins At Tri-City, PPMS, Jennerstown and Port Royal:
- Rains throughout Western Pennsylvania forced several area race tracks to cancel their programs. Tri-City cancelled their Sunday program while Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway (PPMS) and Port Royal had to throw the red flag on their programs Saturday night.
Norris, Flick, King Jr & Schneider Win At Lernerville: