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Macri and Rine Share Victory Lane at Selinsgrove Speedway

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SELINSGROVE, PA (September 6, 2020): Anthony Macri scored career win number one at Selinsgrove Speedway and locked up a starting position in the Jim Nace Memorial National Open coming up a few weeks hence. At the other end of the spectrum, Jeff Rine notched his 112th career win on the Snyder County oval. The ULMS Late Model score also sealed his championship in the North vs. South Series hosted by Williams Grove and Selinsgrove Speedways.

The top eight drivers in passing points from the Sprint Car heats redrew for starting positions for the thirty lapper. Getting the pole was A.J. Flick. Macri lined up second with Brent Marks and Brian Montieth in row two. The third row was populated by Lucas Wolfe and Brock Zearfoss. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Blaine Heimbach were in row four. The fifth row belonged to Kyle Reinhardt and Brian Brown, teh Missouri invader. Danny Dietrich, fresh off a pair of wins at Lincoln Speedway did not fare well in the passing points game and he rolled off in seventeenth position.

Macri wasted no time blasting into the lead. Marks and Rahmer slipped by Flick, but the red lights flashed on as the field was coming through turns three and four. Justin Peck and Dylan Cisney turned over entering the third corner and George Hobaugh was collected as well. None of them were injured but all were through for the night.

Although Flick was better prepared for the second attempt, he still was unable to keep pace with Macri. “We really got our big track program pretty good,” Macri said in a bit of an understatement. He has scored multiple wins at Port Royal Speedway and has been knocking on the door at Williams Grove as well.

Macri was ripping around the top of this big track, as has become his trademark. Marks fell into second and remained within striking distance through most of the contest. Brock Zearfoss cleared Flick for third six laps into the race and he gave chase to the leaders.

Behind the four lead cars, things were rather interesting. Montieth ran in fifth for the first ten laps, but Brian Brown moved ahead of him near the halfway mark. Rahmer, Wolfe, Heimbach, and Reinhardt were mixing it up, while Dietrich started his march forward.

Marks and Zearfoss started to close in on Macri and there was a spirited three car battle for the lead in the middle stage of the race. Zearfoss lost ground, but Marks kept applying the heat to Macri as the race moved into the third stage. Marks got a good run down the front stretch and slid under Macri entering turn one to take the lead with nine to go.

However, Macri came back to regain the lead entering the third turn. “I was just riding around trying to save my stuff,” Macri said. “Then I realized I had to get going. I heard him coming and after he passed me, I got down and the car stuck in three. I went to the bottom to try to regroup mentally,” he added. After getting the lead back, Macri went upstairs again, but now he was mashing the loud pedal for all that it was worth.

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In the final laps, Marks began to fade somewhat. Zearfoss came on to grab second, bringing Brown with him. Dietrich reached fifth in the final lap, taking the hard charger award for the night. He was plus 12. Heimbach and Rahmer also raced past Flick in the final laps. After Flick came Montieth and T.J. Stutts.

The heat victories were scored by Marks, Wolfe, and Heimbach. The B Main winner was Cisney.

In the ULMS Late Model feature, which was also 30 laps in distance, Hayes Matetrn and Jared Miley had the front row. Veteran Jim Bernheisel and Wyatt Scott were in row two, with Kyle Knapp and Max Blair behind them. David Scott and Brett Schadel were in the fourth row. Shaun Jones was paired up with Jeff Rine in row five.

While Miley took the early lead, Bernheisel settled into second. Blair raced along in third until the first restart took place, with seven laps completed. Positioned on the outside of row two for the Delaware double file restart, Blair was able to ride the rim into second in turn one. He set out after Miley and the two Western PA stars staged their own race within the race.

Meanwhile Rine was steadily moving forward from his tenth starting spot. He found the outside groove to his liking and he started to close in on the leaders. Like Blair before him, Rine used the outside line in turns one and two to move into second after a restart. But, unlike Blair, Rine continued to pound the cushion. Two laps after taking second, Rine blasted into the lead.

“I felt pretty good there at the beginning,” Rine said. He continued, “on that restart, Miley and Blair were on the bottom and we got something going on the top. There was a good cushion and it wasn’t up against the fence.” Rine summed things up by saying “that’s the most fun I had in a while.”

Rine led a Western PA trio to the checkers. Second was Miley, then Blair. Fourth went to Gregg Satterlee who also had an outstanding restart once when he passed four cars on a single lap. Taking fifth was Jim Bernheisel. Jim Yoder, Jones, Mike Lupfer, Schadel, and Nathan Long completed the top ten.

Blair, Knapp, and Matter scored preliminary wins. There was no B Main. Blair was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the big half mile in 18.870 seconds.

Selinsgrove Speedway will be off until September 26 when the 410 Sprint Cars return for the 38th running of the National Open. The race will honor former champion Jim Nace who lost his battle with cancer several years ago. The 305 Sprint Cars will also be on the card.

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Mother Nature Wins The Weekend In Western PA

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Mother Nature is putting a damper on the early portion of the Western Pennsylvania dirt track racing season as both Lernerville Speedway and Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway were forced to cancel their racing programs on Friday and Saturday night.

The inclement weather has forced Lernerville to postpone the Lernerville Grand, the 1,000th Sprint Car race in The Action Track’s storied history, two weeks in a row.  Lernerville will host Military Appreciation Night on Friday, May 15, 2021 where Fab4 Racing will be on track.

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PPMS was able to get in a full slate last weekend but has already made the decision to cancel Saturday night’s action. Racing will resume on Saturday, May 15, 2021, for an Action Event featuring the Rohrich Automotive RUSH Late Model Dirt Series, the Hobby Stocks, the Penn Ohio Pro Stocks, the Crawford Auto Repair Four Cylinders, and the All Ways Safe Young Guns.

UPDATE: Add Sharon Speedway in Hartford, Ohio to the cancellation list thanks to the weather. An identical “Super Series” show will be coming up next Saturday night (May 15) as the “410” Sprint Cars return for $3,000 to-win along with the Gibson Insurance Agency Pro Stocks, HTMA/Precise Racing Products RUSH Sportsman Modifieds, and the Whelen Econo Mods. Pits open at 4 p.m. and grandstands at 5. Sprint Car group qualifying will take place at 6:30 p.m. with heat races at 7.

 

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Hafertepe Hammers All Stars At Tri-City Raceway Park; Ruhlman Rush Sprint Star

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FRANKLIN, PA (May 2, 2021): Sam Hafertepe, Jr. scored his first win with the FloRacing All Stars Circuit of Champions in thirteen years of competition with the series. The All Stars program was presented courtesy of Krill Recycling LLC of Fennelton, PA.

Taking the Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprint Car feature was Chad Ruhlman aboard the Tim Engels machine from Franklin, PA.

“Running out front was the place to be,” Hafertepe said. He explained that track position gave him better opportunities to navigate around some difficult track conditions.

Sam Hafertepe, Jr. and Ian Madsen led the All Star field to the green flag. Row two belonged to Tyler Courtney and Matt Farnham. Starting in the third row were Cap Henry and Bill Balog and they were followed by Hunter Schuerenberg and Justin Peck. Cale Conley and Sye Lynch started in row five with Carl Bowser and Kyle Reinhardt in row six.

Hafertepe bolted into the lead followed by Courtney, Madsen, Farnham and Peck. Before the racers could settle in, however, Reinhardt flipped his machine in between turns one and two. He was not hurt, but neither he nor track favorite Jack Sodeman, Jr. were able to continue.

Hafertepe assumed the lead again with Madsen, Farnham, and Henry in tow. Peck was applying the pressure and he began his move to the front. He reached fourth by lap four and third by lap five.

A caution for the lazy spin by Lynch in turn four bunched the field up and gave Peck an opportunity to challenge the leaders. He was hounding Courtney while Hafertepe ran out front by himself. Peck moved into second on lap seventeen before the pace was slowed due to Cory Eliason stopping in turn two.

On the ensuing restart, Peck made a bold move in turn one, but he snagged a rut and flipped his machine ending an impressive run up from the eighth starting spot.

Hafertepe completed the remaining eight laps without further ado. Courtney posted his best All Stars finish to date, second. Madsen crossed in third and gained enough points to take command of the All Stars series championship. Balog and Henry were fourth and fifth. Schuerenberg was sixth followed by Conley, Paul McMahan, Paige Polyak and Wise.

McMahan was the All Stars Hard Charger with thirteen positions advanced. Brandon Matus took the Fisher and Father NAPA Auto Parts Pro Performer Hard Charger award at plus five.

Balog, Farnham, Schuerenberg, and Henry were victorious in the heat races for the All Stars. Bob Felmlee nailed the second turn wall in his heat race, inflicting major damage on the car. Felmlee was unhurt. Lynch spun while racing second in his heat, but he was able to restart and made the transfer to the A Main.

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Hafertepe, Jr. and Madsen captured the twin Dashes for the All Stars.

The B Main winner was McMahan. Dan Shetler was unhurt in his crash in turn one during the B Main.

The evening’s fastest qualifier overall was Justin Peck, with a lap of 14.998 in Group C. It was a new track record. He was the only driver to crack the 15 second mark. Courtney was the fastest in Group A, Madsen in Group B, and Lynch in Group D.

Teenager Nolan Groves and Brian Hartzell paced the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprint Car feature. Gale Ruth, Jr. and Chad Ruhlman were in the second row with Tyler Newhart and Rod George in the third row.

Ruhlman and Hartzell battled for the early lead with Ruth and George in hot pursuit. Ruth was the man to watch, going from third to first on lap four. However, Ruth was crowded and got into the outside wall, bending two wheels. He limped off the track after leading just one lap.

Ruhlman and Hartzell resumed the battle for the lead, but soon a new challenger appeared. Rod George showed everyone that he still remembered the fastest way around the big half mile. He took second on lap nine and chased down Ruhlman.

Ruhlman and George went back and fourth for several laps before Ruhlman seized control again. Soon thereafter, George’s car began to sputter and he had to retire from the race with nineteen laps down. However, while he and Ruhlman were entertaining the fans, Brad Church, Arnie Kent, and Newhart were fighting for third.

George’s misfortune set up a green checkered finish. Ruhlman completed the final lap, with Hartzell in second. Church, Kent, and Blaze Myers completed the top five. Newhart, Ricky Tucker, A.J. MacQuarrie, George, and Steve Pedley rounded out the top ten.

In the Rush Sprint Car heat races, Nolan Groves and Rod George captured the wins. Donovan and Bauer Auto Group of Titusville presented the heat races. There was no B Main.

Remember that there will be no racing at Tri-City Raceway Park on May 9 in observance of Mother’s Day. Action will resume on May 16, with a Sunday Thunder program featuring the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. May 16 will also be Military Night with all veterans and current members of the armed forces admitted free of charge with proper identification. May 23 will be a special program for the ULMS Late Model Series and the 305 Sprint Cars. The 305 Sprints will have double features. The month of May will conclude on May 30 with another Sunday Thunder racing event.

Flo Racing All Stars (25 laps): Sam Hafertepe, Jr., Tyler Courtney, Ian Madsen, Bill Balog, Cap Henry, Hunter Schuerenberg, Cale Conley, Paul McMahan, Paige Polyak, Zeb Wise, Sye Lynch, Brandon Spithaler, Carl Bowser, T.J. Michael, Brandon Matus, Frankie Nervo, Justin Peck, Matt Farnham, Lee Jacobs, Lucas Wolfe, Kyle Reinhardt, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Gary Taylor. DNQ: Skyler Gee, George Hobaugh, Greg Wilson, Brent Matus, Brett Brunkenhofer, Ken Rossey, Darin Gallagher, Dan Shetler, Michael Bauer, Bob Felmlee.

Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprints: Chad Ruhlman, Brian Hartzell, Brad Church, Arnie Kent, Blaze Myers, Tyler Newhart, Ricky Turner, A.J. MacQuarrie, Rod George, Steve Pedley, Gale Ruth, Sr., Gale Ruth, Jr., Nlan Graves, John Mollick (DNS).

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Justin Peck Wins Buckeye Cup At Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Justin Peck led wire-to-wire to win the FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions ‘Buckeye Cup’ Saturday at Sharon Speedway.

Peck withstood a challenge from second place finisher Cole Duncan before pulling away to claim the victory, his second in the ‘Buckeye State’ after winning at Attica Raceway Park in April.

“We were able to put a whole night together,” said Peck. “We qualified good enough tonight where we just had to transfer through our heat race to make the dash, and that’s the name of the game. You need to put yourself in a position early and start up front in these things. We fine tune things as the night goes on. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Peck jumped out to the early lead with Hunter Schuerenberg, Cole Duncan, Dave Blaney, and Ian Madsen giving chase before encountering lap traffic on lap 11.

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The lap traffic was just enough to impede Peck as Duncan and Blaney started closing in, eventually catching him on lap 16.

“I tried to lose that race there pretty early on by running the top and smacking the wall,” said Peck. “I actually knocked the ladder out of the car before we even got ten laps in. I just had to smarten up a little bit after that. I knew we had a fast race car. I just needed to finish the race.”

Peck started pulling away by lap 22 as Duncan, Blaney, Madsen and Zeb Wise fought it out for the remaining podium spots.  Duncan crossed the start/finish line in second place followed by Blaney in third, however Blaney was eventually disqualified for missing the scales after the race. Blaney was credited with a 25th place finish.

The All Stars continue their Pennsylvania – Ohio weekend with at stop at Merle Black’s Tri-City Raceway Park in Franklin, PA.

A-Main (30 Laps):
1. 13-Justin Peck [1]; 2. 22C-Cole Duncan [2]; 3. 11-Ian Madsen [4]; 4. 10-Zeb Wise [7]; 5. 17B-Bill Balog [6]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 7. 81-Lee Jacobs [10]; 8. 4-Cap Henry [14]; 9. 5-Paul McMahan [24]; 10. 26-Cory Eliason [13]; 11. 97-Gary Taylor [12]; 12. 3C-Cale Conley [8]; 13. 42-Sye Lynch [17]; 14. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 15. O8-Dan Kuriger [23]; 16. 11B-Carl Bowser [21]; 17. 29-Michael Bauer [16]; 18. 28-Skylar Gee [11]; 19. 6-Bob Felmlee [20]; 20. 5K-Adam Kekich [22]; 21. 8M-TJ Michael [25]; 22. 22-Brandon Spithaler [15]; 23. 12-Darin Gallagher [18]; 24. 23JR-Jack Sodeman Jr. [19]; 25. 10B-Dave Blaney [9] Lap Leaders: Justin Peck (1-30)

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