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McCreadie Masters Port Royal

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Lucas Oil Dirt Late Models

PORT ROYAL, PA (August 27, 2020): Tim McCreadie dominated the opening night of the ‘Rumble by the River’ at Port Royal Speedway besting Kyle Strickler by over seven seconds. It was McCreadie’s third win in the last five races on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. In the other two races with this new car, McCreadie scored second place finishes. Despite these recent successes, McCreadie still trails points leader Jimmy Owens by more than 600 counters.

“This is as close to home as I can get,” said the driver from Watertown, NY. He explained that there were plenty of friends and family in for the race, but they were leaving Friday to race a Modified in New York. While he was disappointed that he could not travel with them, he said, “I hope they can make it back for Saturday.”

McCreadie had a perfect night, setting the fastest time in Group A and overall, and winning the first heat by a healthy margin. That put him on the pole for the main event. Next to him was his nemesis, Jimmy Owens, who topped Group B in qualifications and who prevailed in heat race number four. Kyle Strickler and Devin Moran were in row two by virtue of their heat wins, and Shane Clanton lined up next to Kyle Larson as a result of their heat victories. Then came Hudson O’Neal and Tyler Breuning. Mason Zeigler and Chris Ferguson were in row five and the sixth row was comprised of Earl Pearson, Jr. and Jonathan Davenport.

When the green flag flew, so did McCreadie. Owens fell into second, followed by Strickler, Moran, Clanton, Larson, and O’Neal. Larson picked off Clanton a couple of laps into the race. The leaders maintained their positions through the first caution, which came ten laps into the contest when Rick Eckert slowed.

On the restart, Owens took a dive into the first turn but he did not have enough momentum to slide up ahead of McCreadie. Indeed, Owens put himself into jeopardy, as Strickler rode the cushion around turns one and two and nearly took over the second spot. But, by the end of the eleventh lap, the leaders had sorted themselves back out again and it was McCreadie leading Owens, Strickler, Moran, and Larson.

Debris caused the second and final stoppage of the race with 18 laps in the books. Once again, Owens looked inside of McCreadie, to no avail. Strickler again rode the rim and this time he was able to pass Owens. Also gaining a position was Larson, who raced by Moran in turns one and two. With Owens stuck on the inside, Larson was able to take the long way around to pick up another position.

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As the laps clicked off, McCreadie set sail. Strickler raced along in second. Larson was in a dogfight with Owens for third. Ferguson was on the move and he reached the top five with ten to go.

All eyes were glued on the battle for third. Could Larson score a podium finish in his first Dirt Late Model feature? While Larson was able to hold the position, he was struggling. he was banging the walls at both ends of the track, somewhat reminiscent of his first NASCAR truck ride at Eldora Speedway. On the final lap, Larson hit the wall several times coming through turns three and four. He lost quite a bit of momentum and limped toward teh finish line.

Getting the checkers was McCreadie, followed by Strickler. Owens and Ferguson both got by Larson, who completed the top five. O’Neal came back for sixth with his new team. Ziegler, Brandon Sheppard, Clanton, and Josh Richards rounded out the top ten. Next came the hard charger for the night, Michael Norris, who advanced ten positions in the 30 lapper.

Stickler was happy with his second place finish, noting that he was on a different tire than most of his competitors. “We were struggling,” he said, “but I think we got it figured out.” Strickler explained that his team started the week with a bare chassis and put the car together for this weekend’s racing.

Owens remarked “we had a good second place car.” He tried a couple of sliders, “but I fell behind on the straight” and gave up second place.

Larson was disappointed that he gave up two spots on the last lap and that he tore up the right rear corner in the process. “The last few laps I was running as hard as I could. But I got too free into three and I clobbered the wall down there and I gave up a few spots.” Larson said that he learned quite a bit over the course of teh race. “The dirty air wasn’t as bad as people told me it would be. I had to cheat my entry to keep air on the car.” He was proud to get to drive for the Rumleys. “It was cool for me to race for those guys and to add my name to the list of guys that ran this car. They don’t get to race too often, so I hope that I can come back and pick up a few positions in the next one.”

The Limited Late Models ran a pair of 20 lap feature events. Taking the opening win was Andrew Yoder, his third of the season at Port Royal and ninth overall. Considering that he only raced eleven times up that point, his winning percentage was quite impressive. Taking second was Trent Brenneman, who led much of the affair. Dillan Stake and Matt Cochran completed the top five. In the nightcap, Stake led the entire distance. Brenneman came on for second, followed by Yoder. Shawn Shoemaker and Devin Hart were fourth and fifth.

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PPMS, Latrobe and Lervnerville Cancel Saturday Events

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 25, 2024) A forecast calling for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with gusty winds and possible hail throughout areas of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday is forcing local tracks to cancel their Saturday nights events.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway made the decision early to cancel their Choice for Change Action Event with the RUSH Sprint Cars.  All tickets purchased for the event are eligible for a full refund.  Next up at PPMS is the Western PA Speedweek event on Thursday with UEMS Racing Series.

Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series and Latrobe Speedway officials are also postponing the tour’s season-opener because of Mother Nature.  The good news is the delay is only one week.

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“Despite the unfortunate weather forecast that canceled our fourth race in a row, we have a silver lining,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “Thankfully, we were able to reschedule the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Tour for the following Saturday, June 1. Providing a new opportunity for our stakeholders to enjoy a modified six-division event. Most Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock touring teams have more than a two-hour drive to the speedway, so it made sense to postpone the race.”

The modified six-division show will also include the K2 Engineering FASTrak Pro Late Models, Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders, and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks.

The grim forecast is also causing Overdrive Monster Truck and Lernerville Speedway officials to postpone tonight’s event. The show will now take place on Sunday, May 26 with VIP gates opening at 2 p.m.  The grandstands will open at 2:30 p.m. with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Red-Hot Spithaler Continues His Winning Ways At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (May 24, 2024) There its not a hotter driver in the local 410 Sprint Car ranks than Brandon Spithaler.  One week after finishing fourth in the World of Outlaws A Main at Attica Raceway Park, Spithaler picked up the checkered flag in the People’s Natural Gas feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Spithaler started eighth in the 19-car field and held off Bradon Matus and Michael Bauer to pick up the win.  AJ Flick finished fourth and hard-charger Dan Kuriger rounded out the Top 5 after starting 18th.

Flick remains atop the Championship standing followed by Carl Bowser, who trails flick by 16-points.  Bauer and Matus each sit 19-points back of Flick with Baurer holding down third in the standings by virtue of his 2-Top 5 finished.  The victory moves Spithaler to sixth, 29-points back despite participating in only 2-events.

Tyler Dietz started on the front row and took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Colton Flinner finished second followed by Michael Norris and John Garvin Jr.

Norris remains atop the Championship standings with Flinner in second, 1-point behind.  Garvin is 7-points behind in third and Dietz’ victory leaves him sitting in fourth, 13-points behind.

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Garrett Krummert is your winner in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.  Krummert started seventh and expertly worked traffic to get past second-place starter and finisher Rex King Jr.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third followed by Will Thomas in fourth.  Ayden Cipriano rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 4 finishers are your Top 4 in the Championship standings with King Jr 5-points behind Krummert.  Shingledecker sits third, 16-points back and Thomas is only one point back of third, 17-points behind Krummert.

Pole sitter Chris Schneider held off a hard-charging Dietz to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Christian Schneider came home third after starting sixth followed by Corey McPherson in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth.

Dietz and Christian Schneider are tied atop the Championship standings with 113 points each.  Chris Schneider is third 9-points back in a battle that is bound to go down to the final weekend.

Saturday night’s Overdrive Monster Trucks event has been postponed to Sunday due to the forecast.  VIP Gates will open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  The event will start at 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Dietrich Does It At The Grove

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Williams Grove Speedway

MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24, 2024): Danny Dietrich got a break at the start of the John Trone Tribute A Main at Williams Grove Speedway, and he made the most of it. Dietrich fell in behind Lucas Wolfe on the initial green, but a multi-car crash before the entire field crossed for lap one necessitated a complete restart. Dietrich was better prepared for the second try, and he was able to keep Wolfe behind him motoring down the long straightaway. Still, Dietrich had to fend Wolfe off once or twice during the contest to ensure the $10,039 win. Wolfe slid out of the rubber once in the late going, and Spencer Bayston scooted by for second.

Also grabbing a win was Logan Spahr in the PASS IMCA 305 Sprint undercard.

“We had a good draw, but we had a bad start,” the Gettsysburg pilot observed. “I like racing with Lucas (Wolfe) because he will always race you clean. Lucas got me, but we were better the next time.” Dietrich explained that there was some moisture in the middle of the track, and that was where Wolfe launched at the drop of the green. “I didn’t push him up enough, so the second time I moved up and I got a better run,” Dietrich added.

Dietrich started on the pole carrying the traditional red, white, and blue colors and the historic number 29 that always adorned the Bob Weikert-owned machines over the years. The next generation of Weikerts sponsor Dietrich’s car, owned by Gary Kauffman of Biglerville, and the Kauffman/Dietrich team pay homage to the iconic car and the famous owner over the Memorial Day Weekend. The same livery will be used in the two-day event at the Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe was on Dietrich’s flank for the start of the twenty-five lapper. In the row behind were Devon Borden and Bayston. Row three paired up Chase Dietz and Cory Eliason. Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu made up row four. Next were T.J. Stutts and midwestern star Brian Brown. James McFadden and Kyle Reinhardt occupied row six.

The first lap melee eliminated several cars, including those of current points leader and defending champion Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Lance Dewease.

After the failed attempt to start the race, Dietrich claimed the lead that he would never relinquish. Wolfe stayed close, particularly in the early going. He was followed by Bayston, Borden, Dietz, Eliason, Macri, Abreu, Brown, and Reinhardt. Dietrich had a comfortable margin eliminated on lap eleven when Austin Bishop stopped on the track for the first official caution.

On the restart, Wolfe drove in the middle grove entering turn one. He was able to get along side of Dietrich, but the bottom was the better line due to the accumulated rubber. So Dietrich was able to drive away from his challenger in turn two. Bayston remained in third, with Dietz and Eliason next.

Two laps later, Abreu spun himself out of the top ten. He managed to keep moving, so there was no caution but, now, Abreu was at the tail of the field. Bayston got a good run on Wolfe for second a lap later, but Bayston slid up the track and handed third over to Dietz. Bayston was able to regain the position by lap fifteen, when Abreu and Aaron Bollinger tangled in turn one.

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On the restart, Dietrich continued to lead Wolfe and Bayston. Bayston was pressing Wolfe while Dietrich began to pull away. With just two laps remaining, Wolfe slid up off the rubber in turn one, losing second to Bayston in the process.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich by a wide margin over Bayston, Wolfe, Eliason, and Dietz. Macri, Borden, Reinhardt, Brown, and Stutts completed the top ten.

The four heat wins went to Abreu, Bayston, Wolfe, and Dietrich. Cameron Smith prevailed in the B Main. Eliason was the fastest qualifier this night, topping Group A with a lap of 17.898 seconds. Macri was best in Group B with a time of 18.278 seconds.

Josh Beamer had the pole for the twenty-lap nightcap for the PASS IMCA 305 Sprints. Beside him was Erin Statler. Row two consisted of Jason Roush and Spahr. The third row matched Andrew Boyer with Kenny Heffner. Drew Young shared row four with Mike Alleman. Owen Dimm and Danny Buccafusco raced from row five, and they were trailed by Landon Price and Mike Melair.

Beamer dashed out front, but Spahr was into second in no time at all. Roush, Heffner, Boyer, and Young followed closely. As the lap counter advanced, Beamer and Spahr separated themselves from Heffner, who raced alone in third. Positions four on back were hotly contested.

Spahr assumed the lead on lap eleven, just one round ahead of the lone caution of the race for Croix Beasom.

On the restart, Spahr got a tremendous jump on Beasom. Young lost several positions after the race resumed. Moving ahead of him were Christian Rumsey, Heffner, Melair, Statler, and Buccafusco.

Spahr showed no mercy to his competitors over the final eight laps. Beamer registered a second place finish, ahead of Rumsey, Melair, and Statler. Positions six through ten went to Heffner, Buccafusco, Young, Boyer, and Dimm.

Boyer and Heffner shared the heats. There was no B Main.

Next week, the 358 Sprints will return to support the 410 Sprints. The 358s will go for twenty-five laps with extra purse money on the line. The month of June will commence with the 410s and USAC East Coast Sprints in the Bill Gallagher Memorial. On June 14, the USAC National Sprints will be the added attraction, along with the 410 Sprints. June 21 will be the tune-up for Central PA Speedweek.

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