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Big Weekend Of Local Racing In Western PA

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – This weekend presents a couple of different options for local race fans both on dirt & asphalt.  Fans can have their pick of the action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Here’s what’s going on:

Fab 4 Friday at Lernerville Speedway:

  • It’s a Fab 4 Friday at “The Action Track” with the Peoples Natural Gas 410 Sprints, Precise Racing Products Late Models, Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds and the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks on the schedule.  Carl Bowser holds a nine-point lead over A.J. Flick in the Sprints standings.  Flick comes into the race having won three-in-a-row.  Colton Flinner holds a 14-point lead over Tyler Dietz in the Late Model standings.  Garrett Krummert holds an 11-point lead over John Mollick in the Modifieds standings with Rex King Jr. one point behind Mollick.  Tyler Dietz holds a four point lead over Corey McPherson in the Pro Stocks.  For more information visit www.lernerville.com and if you can’t go watch it on www.lernerville.tv.

7 Divisions Saturday at PPMS:

  • Seven divisions of racing will take to “Dirt’s Monster Half Mile” as the Winged 410 Sprint Cars, RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Late Models, Pro Stocks, Hobby Stocks, Young Guns and 4-Cylinders visit Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway.  This will be the first appearance of the winged sprint cars at PPMS this season.  Zach Morrow leads Jeremy Weaver by 2-points in the RUSH Sprint track standings with Andy Feil one point back in third.  Ben Policz holds a 6-point lead over John Mollick in the RUSH Late Model standings.  Dave McManus holds a three-point lead over Ryan Moyer in the Pro Stocks standings.  Stephen Shelpman holds a 19-point lead over Karlee Kovacs in the Hobby Stocks standings.  In the Young Guns division Philip Bubeck sits 54-points ahead of Eric Reynolds and Noah Bubeck is 25-points ahead of Cameron Hollister in the 4-cylinder standings.  For more information visit www.ppms.com.

Whelen Modified Tour Visits Jennerstown on Saturday:

  • The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour makes its second appearance at Jennerstown Speedway on Saturday night for the Laurel Highlands 150.  Justin Bonsginore won the Wade Cole Memorial 133 two months ago going wire-to-wire from the pole position.  Craig Lutz finished second followed by John McKennedy in third.  Matt Hirschman and Calvin Carroll rounded out the top 5.  Saturday’s race distance is longer and there will be live pit stops instead of a half-way break.  For more information visit, www.jennerstown.org.
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Mercer Raceway To Honor Hawkins On Saturday:

  • Michael’s Mercer Raceway is planning on honoring the late Brandon Hawkins on Saturday night with the $2727 to win, $227 to start “Big Mav Classic”. Hawkins tragically lost his life at age 26 on July 20 at a construction accident. Hawkins is survived by his son Maverick, his parents Dave and Chrissy and his girlfriend Ashley. Hawkins 27H car will be driven by Kyle Colwell and start 27th. Every car that finishes behind the 27H will donate and extra $50 to start the race back to Maverick Hawkins. For more information visit www.mercerracewaypark.com.

Two-Sprint Shows and Mid-Atlantic Modifieds At Lincoln:

  • Lincoln Speedway on Saturday will feature a double-dose of sprint car action with the 410-Sprints and 358-Sprints on the schedule.  In addition to the sprint cars Lincoln will feature the Mid-Atlantic Modifieds and a make up feature from August 1st.  For more information visit www.lincolnspeedway.com.

5-Features In 1-Night At Port Royal:

  • Thanks to Mother Nature Port Royal Speedway is using this weekend to make up some feature events so fans will get nights of feature action in one night.  Saturday night will feature a full program for the 410 Sprint Cars to go along with two make-up features, plus the regularly scheduled PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Car event and the USAC East Coast wingless 360 series event.  For more information visit www.portroyalspeedway.com.

Tri-City and RUSH Sprints To Honor Hawkins On Sunday:

  • Tri-City Raceway Park and the RUSH Sprint Car Series will pay tribute Hawkins, a former Micro Sprint standout, moved to the RUSH Sprint Cars when the class debuted in 2018 along with his brother Scott and father Dave. The trio also competed together in 2019 as well before Brandon made the move to the “305” Sprints where he won his first feature on July 17 at Bedford Speedway, just days before his passing. Jeremy Weaver leads the Equipment Rental Options Weekly Series points by 31 over Zach Morrow. For more information visit www.tricityracewaypark.com.
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World of Outlaws Sprint Cars At Lernerville Speedway Tonight For The Commonwealth Clash

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars invade Lernerville Speedway tonight for the annual “Commonwealth Clash”.

Brad Sweet won last year’s clash and enters tonight’s race with a 44-point lead in the Championship standings ahead of Logan Schuchart.  Sweet padded his points lead with a third place finish Friday night at Wayne County Speedway.

Sheldon Haudenschild (pictured above) took home the victory Friday night at Wayne County, the Wooster, Ohio native’s home track.  The victory was Haudenschild’s sixth of 2020 but his first Series win at home.

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“It means the world, man,” Haudenschild said. “I’m just so happy to race here, let alone win. It’s just amazing.  It’s truly a dream come true.”

Donny Schatz, the winner of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup in July, comes into the race third in points, 90-points back of the top spot.

Fans interested in going to tonight’s Clash can click here for tickets.

The Allegheny Sprint Tour 305 Sprint Cars are also on tonight’s schedule. Pits Open at 4 p.m.,  Grandstands at 5 p.m.; Hot Laps followed Immediately by Time Trials 6 p.m; Racing at 7 p.m.

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Jennerstown Crowns Champions

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JENNERSTOWN, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Jennerstown Speedway is celebrating after crowning its 2020 Champions Saturday night.

Barry Awtey started the Late Model division feature from the pole position with Albert Francis, the points leader going into the race, starting tenth and Teddy Gibala (third place in points) starting 12th.  All three Championship contenders were lined up 1-2-3 by lap 20 with Gibala and Francis chasing Awtey but they did not have enough and Awtey picked up his second win of 2020.  Despite the valiant effort of winning the race and leading the most laps, Awtey fell short in the title fight as Francis earned the title by four points.

Tom Golick picked up his second win of 2020 in the Modified division feature.  John Fama scored a career-best second place finish followed by Jason Busch in third.  Anthony Aiello finished fourth to clinch the Championship, his third consecutive Modified title.

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Casey Fleegle started on the pole position in the Street Stocks feature and never looked back, holding off Josh Coughenour and championship contender Aaron Van Fleet. Fleegle earned the title of 2020 Champion by a slim margin of ten points over Van Fleet on the strength of a division-leading six wins.

Rookie Kyle Burkholder earned his first victory on a paved track by taking the checkered flag in the Chargers 15-lap feature.  Dale Kimberly finished second followed by Steven Singo in third place.  Kimberly took home the Championship for the third year in-a-row.

Evan Nibert captured the checkered flag in the 4-Cylinders feature.  Jeff Vasos finished second with Steve Settle coming home in third place. Vasos took home the Championship, finishing 57-points ahead of his closest competition.

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Gallagher Aces Applefest Sprints, Rudolph Doubles in Mods at Tri-City Raceway Park

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FRANKLIN, PA (September 20, 2020): Darin Gallagher picked a perfect time to score his first career 410 Sprint Car victory. After sliding his mentor, Jack Sodeman, Jr., for the lead, Gallagher had to fend off a strong challenge from Dan Shetler to earn the $5,000 Applefest payday At Tri-City Raceway Park. But, Erick Rudolph had the most profitable weekend, scoring $4,000 wins in both the Big Block Modifieds and the 358 Modifieds.

Other victories were scored by Jeff Schaffer (Crate Modifieds), Zack Morrow (RUSH Sprint Cars), Chris Schneider (Pro Stocks), and Pat Hanlon (Mini Stocks).

“This feels great, I’m ecstatic,” Gallagher gushed after his impressive victory. “I had to slide Jack to get the lead, and I’ve never done that before.” Gallagher then commented, “I was running so hard. Dan (Shetler) and I have a lot of respect for each other and I knew that we could run close like that.”

Indeed, Shetler chased Gallagher down and he did take the lead away, but Gallagher rallied and ran the outside line to regain the lead after a few laps racing side by side. “That’s an old Dash 12 that I bought last year and I think that I lost a cylinder,” Gallagher said. “I dont know if it was a bad spark plug or something internal,” but on the slick surface the lack of horsepower could have been his ace in the hole. “I wasn’t spinning my wheels, I was able to use everything it had.”

Sodeman, who was gunning for a track championship, started on the pole for the 30 lapper. Next to him was A.J. Flick. Gallagher and Shetler were in row two, with Dan Kuriger and Carl Bowser in row three. Brandon Spithaler, who entered the final points race trailing Sodeman by just six markers, was in row four, along with George Hobaugh, Jr. Sye Lynch and Brandon Matus made up row five.

At the drop of the green, Sodeman took the lead, with Flick, Gallagher, Shetler, and Kuriger in tow.

While Sodeman led, Spithaler began to work his way to the front. He reached second by lap nine, when the race was slowed for debris in turn one. Spithaler was pressing Sodeman for the lead after the restart, but on lap ten, his title hopes took a major blow. Spithaler spun in turn two and had to start at the rear of the field.

The drama began to build soon thereafter. Sodeman was being challenged by his protege. Just after Gallagher slid Sodeman in turn two to grab the lead, Kuriger powered into second. Sodeman started falling back through the field, while Spithaler was marching forward.

Gallagher began to put some distance on Kuriger in the middle stage of the race. Kuriger’s run came to an end on lap 22, when he spun in turn four. By that time, Spithaler had passed Sodeman, but he needed some help. He was only two positions ahead when the race resumed.

In the final nine laps, Gallagher and Shetler battled for the lead. Shetler started cutting into
Gallagher’s advantage and the engine in Gallagher’s machine started to sputter. Shetler took the lead, but Gallagher stayed close. They ran side by side for a few laps, while Flick started to close in as well.

Gallagher would not give up, though, and he drove by Shetler in turns one and two with just a couple of laps remaining. Shetler continued to give chase, but Gallagher was flawless.

At the finish, it was the young Butler pilot raising his hand in victory. Shetler was second, followed by Flick, Bowser, and Spithaler. Brandon Matus was sixth and Sodeman seventh, good enough to clinch the championship by a slim margin of two points unofficially. Jeremy Kornbau, Hobaugh, and Brent Matus completed the top ten.

Gallagher, Flick, and Sodeman won heats held on Saturday. There was no B Main.

In the Big Block Modified feature, Empire State drivers Chad Brachmann and Erick Rudolph had the front row. Shawn Kozar and Rex King, Sr. were in row two, with Garrett Krummert and Jeremiah Shingledecker in row three. Jim Rasey and Rick Regalski were in row four. Steve Barr and J.R. McGinley were in row five.

Rudolph slid under Brachmann entering turn one on the opening lap. Brachmann skid across the slick surface and lost six positions as Rudolph pulled away. King Sr. move into second, followed by Shingledecker and Kozar.

Rudolph was cruising out front,. but there was a spirited battle for second between King Sr. and Shingledecker. They banged wheels going through turns three and four and then they got together coming down the front stretch. Shingledecker got out of shape and his car began to tumble toward the first turn. King Sr. was penalized for his role in the incident, moving Brachmann into second for the restart.

The two New Yorkers continued racing out front, while Rasey, Brad Rapp, and others fought for spots in the top five. Kozar rolled in turn two with 18 laps complete to bunch things up again. Nonetheless, Kozar was able to restart the race as his car was battered but not broken.

In the final laps of the race, Rudolph and Brachmann pulled away from the rest of the pack. Rasey and Rapp continued their struggle, but Garrett Krummert entered the picture. along with King Sr. and Rex King Jr. who pitted for two new tires while Kozar was being turned back onto his wheels.

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At the finish, it was Rudolph, Brachmann, Krummert, King Jr. and King Sr. Rapp faded to sixth.Regalski, Barr, Kyle Fink, amd Mike Turner rounded out the top ten. Rasey spun in between turns three and four on the final lap and he was scored eleventh based upon laps completed.

Regalski and Krummert won the qualifying rounds on Saturday. There was no B Main.

Rex King, Jr. had the pole for his first 358 Modified start. Two-time winner Greg Martin was on his flank. Rudolph and Tim Holden, another two-tine victor, were in row two. Brachmann and Brian Sadler were in row three, with Ryan Riffe and Shingledecker in row four. Ryan Susice and Brandon Michaud were in row five.

King Jr. led the opening lap, but Rudolph was stalking him. Martin hovered in third, with Brachmann, Holden, Riffe, and Susice following. Rudolph powered by King J. on lap two and was never headed.

King Jr. continued on in second through the halfway mark. However, Susice took the position away soon thereafter. Shingledecker and Kevin Hoffman cracked the top five as Martin began to slide back.

A pair of cautions on lap 17 set up an eight lap run to the checkers. Rudolph completed them without incident. Shingledecker came on strong to get the second spot. Suicice helpd on for third. King Jr. was fourth followed by Martin. J.R. McGinley, Jimmy Holden, Brian Sadler, Tom Holden, and Jeff Schaffer, Jr. were sixth through tenth.

Suicise, Riffe, and Rudolph scored the preliminaries on Saturday. There was no B Main.

Zack Morrow started on the pole for the RUSH non-wing Sprint Car feature and he would go wire to wire for the emotional victory. He dedicated the win to his father, who passed on about a week before the race. Shaun Smith moved from third into second early in the contest, but he was no match for the high-flying Morrow in this one. Jeremy Weaver chased him home. Steve Pedley and Gale Ruth, Jr. rounded out the top five.

Nolan Graves, Brian Hartzell, Rick Regalski, , Andy Feil, and Amelia Clay made up the second group of five finishers.

Morrow and Ruth were the heat winners in Saturday’s action. There was no B Main.

The Pro Stocks ran for 50 laps. Noah Brunell earned the pole Saturday based on his heat and dash wins. He led the first 19 laps, but he could not break free from Chris Schneider, who also was a heat winner. Schneider made the pass and went on to lead the remaining 31 laps.

Bobby Whitling gave chase for a significant portion of the second half of the race, but he surrendered the runner-up spot to Randy Wyant. Wyant closed in on Schneider, but never posed a threat for the win.

At the finish, it was Schneider, Wyant, Whitling, Jimmy Fosnaught, and Jackson Humanic who came from the last row on the starting grid. Joe Stajnrajh, Blaze Myers, Pat Fielding, Rod Laskey, and Josh Seippel completed the top ten.

Joining Brunell and Schneider in heat wins Saturday was Doug Iorio, II. There was no B Main.

Jeff Schaffer, Sr. was back behind the wheel of a Modified for the first time in a couple of years and he made the most of the opportunity leading the entire twenty laps for the Crate Modified win. His teammate, Garrett Krummert was second. Kyle Martell was third, followed by Kole Holden and D.J. Schrader. David Kalb, Jr., Todd Gabriel, Kevin Hoffman, Jessica Kriegisch, and Gage Priester completed the top ten.

Krummert won the only heat race held on Saturday. There was no B Main.

Pat Hanlon stormed from twenty-third to second in less than a handful of laps in the nightcap for the Mini Stocks. He inherited the lead when Dillon Speer could not get his mount to shift out of first gear after a critical restart. J.R. Shaner was second. Austin Fedder, Patrick Lane, and Justin Bailey were the next three finishers. Jesse Armstrong, Joseph DeWoody, Kelly Clark, Mike Barr, and Zack Swartz held down positions six through ten.

Dillon Speer and Bill Fuchs were heat winners Saturday. There was no B Main.

Based upon their performances all season long, Sodeman (410 Sprints), Fink (358 Modifieds) and Dillon Speer (Mini Stocks) were named as champions for the three core classes at Tri-City Raceway Park.

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