WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (September 18, 2020): Aaron Reutzel returned to victory lane at Williams Grove Speedway in the Jack Gunn Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway. The two-time and defending titleholder for the All Stars Circuit of Champions solidified his position atop the standings in his quest for a third consecutive crown. Reutzel explained that this race was a key to his run for the championship in 2019 and that he believes this win could do the trick for him again.
“Our car was phenomenal tonight. I could move around, I could blast around the top and I could run around the bottom.” Reutzel was forced to move around because “(Brian) Brown was using the whole track. Then, Gio (Scelzi) went up and I went down.” Reutzel was patient in making his pass of Scelzi for the lead, however, noting that he had difficulty getting past Brown for second “and I didn’t want to try to make a move too soon.”
Brown and Scelzi started on the front row for the A Main. Paul McMahan and Reutzel were in row two, with Kyle Larson and Zeb Wise in the third row. Kerry Madsen was lined up beside Dylan Cisney, with Ian Madsen and Cory Eliason next in the starting order. Brent Marks and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. had row six covered.
Brown had the early advantage, but it did not take long for Scelzi to get by the 2020 Knoxville Raceway champion. Reutzel moved into third on the opening lap, followed by McMahan and Larson.
Things were pretty much in order until lap eight. That was when Reutzel maneuvered past Brown. Larson tried to get by Brown at that time as well, but was unable to make the pass.
Reutzel began to stalk Scelzi, who was still riding the rim of the speedway. Reutzel moved to the bottom line and suddenly began to pick up speed. With thirteen laps completed, he drove deep into turn one and the car stuck. He drove right past the youngest driver ever to win at the Grove and never looked back.
Meanwhile, Brown and Larson were putting on quite a show racing for the third position. By this time, Brown was also committed to the inside line and Larson was flogging the cushion. Back and forth they went as neither driver was able to seize the spot for good.
In the second half of the race, Wise picked up his pace and he advanced to fifth. He appeared to be gaining on Brown and Larson, who were still fighting for third. The youngster’s strong performance came to an end, however, when he suffered a flat right rear tire with 28 of the 30 laps complete.
The late caution was a concern to the leader, Reutzel. “I wanted to keep it going,” he said. He was concerned that there could be a rash of flat tires, which could send the race into overtime, as series rules call for the last two laps to run under the green. Also, Reutzel was afraid that he could be the next racer to get a flat tire due to the hard and slick track conditions.
His concerns were for naught. He was able to complete the last two rounds without incident. Three others were not as fortunate, including Brown, whose flat tire ended his battle with Larson for the third position. Also getting flats on the past lap were Brock Zearfoss, who was in the top ten, and Brian Montieth.
At the checkers, it was Reutzel over Scelzi and Larson. McMahan crossed in fourth and Marks was fifth. Anthony Macri, Danny Dietrich, Kerry Madsen, Rahmer, and Cisney completed the top ten.
Scelzi was dejected about finishing second. “This sucks. I let my guys down. When I couldn’t get those lapped cars, I should have moved down sooner.” Larson knew that the bottom was starting to take rubber, “but I wasn’t going to be content running single file. I started catching those guys (referring to Reutzel and Scelzi), but they were in the rubber.”
The four heat wins went to Brown, Wise, McMahan, and Reutzel. The B Main went to Chad Trout. Dash victories were scored by Brown and Scelzi. Scelzi was also the fastest qualifier of the evening, clocking in an early lap of 16.742 seconds.
The 305 Sprint Cars presented a 20 lap feature to end the night. Jaremi Hanson went wire to wire for the win. Ken Duke climbed to second. John Walp brought his sputtering car home in third.
Williams Grove will be back in action next Friday, with the final tune-up for the National Open, which will be sanctioned by the World of Outlaws. The September 25 program will include the 410 and 358 Sprint divisions. The National Open will close out the season at Williams Grove on October 2 and 3.
A-Main (30 Laps)
1. 87-Aaron Reutzel ; 2. 18-Gio Scelzi ; 3. 57-Kyle Larson ; 4. 13-Paul McMahan ; 5. 5-Brent Marks ; 6. 39M-Anthony Macri ; 7. 48-Danny Dietrich ; 8. 2M-Kerry Madsen ; 9. 51-Freddie Rahmer ; 10. 5C-Dylan Cisney ; 11. 17-Ian Madsen ; 12. 26-Cory Eliason ; 13. 27S-Adrian Shaffer ; 14. 91-Kyle Reinhardt ; 15. 24-Rico Abreu ; 16. 14-Tony Stewart ; 17. 1X-Chad Trout ; 18. 24w-Lucas Wolfe ; 19. 21M-Brian Montieth ; 20. 99-Skylar Gee ; 21. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss ; 22. 21-Brian Brown ; 23. 11-Zeb Wise ; 24. 1W-Matt Campbell ; 25. 11T-TJ Stutts ; 26. 55K-Robbie Kendall  Lap Leaders: Gio Scelzi (1-13), Aaron Reutzel (14-30)
Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Michael Norris doesn’t race every week at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway but ‘The Crusher Kid’ may want to add a few more visits to dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’ in 2022 after winning the feature in night 2 of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
Norris’ victory was his 2nd straight RUSH Late Model Touring Series win at PPMS and third in four events. Norris also won the ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’ in August and in 2020.
“Kyle (Lukon) got out there and was setting a pretty good pace,” said Norris. “I kind of got in line behind him and didn’t know if I had anything for him in clean air, but I figured once we got to lapped traffic we’d see what we’re both made of.”
Norris made his move on lap 11 and passed Lukon for the lead. Norris masterfully worked lap traffic over the remaining laps to capture the checkered flag and another win in a signature local event.
“It means a lot to win these memorials,” said Norris. “Any memorial means the person was pretty significant and were pioneers in the sport. I appreciate you guys putting this on, and I just love coming here any chance I get- I’ll run lawnmowers around here I don’t care.”
Kyle Hardy, Friday night’s winner, tried chasing down Norris over the final 17-laps but settled for second place and the RUSH Late Model Touring points lead.
“I didn’t have anything for Michael,” said Hardy. “We would have liked to have won tonight, but always have the big picture in the back of our minds. Not a bad weekend at all.”
Joe Martin was third for the second straight night. It was Martin’s fifth straight Tour podium finish, 10th straight top six, and 13th top six in the last 14 events as he maintains runner-up in the standings.
“Bill Hendren Memorial” Night 2 (30 laps, $3200 to-win): 1. MICHAEL NORRIS (51) 2. Kyle Hardy (99) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 5. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 6. Logan Zarin (1z) 7. Levi Crowl (5) 8. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 9. Jacob Gunn (14G) 10. Garret Paugh (03) 11. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 12. Bud Watson (225) 13. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 14. Zach Gunn (17G) 15. Tom Klein (77) 16. Tom Duratz (55D) 17. Ryan Frazee (11F) 18. Bill Kessler (09) 19. Kassidy Kamicker (72B) 20. Zach Kane (10) 21. Dan Lepro (2L) 22. Kyle Lukon (184) 23. Cole Petrelle (84) 24. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X).
Non-Qualifier (6 laps, $500 to-win): 1. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 2. Dave Goble (20G). DNS: Nick Love (38), Jeremy Wonderling (3J), Grant Garrison (1), Zach Morrow (Bentz 60), Tim Shaffer (45), Andrew Squatriglia (115).
Macedo Makes History at the Grove
WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (October 2, 2021): Carson Macedo earned his biggest career win in the 59th National Open held at Williams Grove Sppedway. He picked up $75,000, the largest payday ever doled out at the historic venue.
“This is the biggest win of my career,” Macedo said. “This is really cool. When I started coming here, I couldn’t get ahold of this place.” Well, Macedo grabbed control of the race on lap 36 and he did not let go. That was when he made the winning move in turn one, sliding past leader Logan Schuchart. “The lapped cars were holding up Logan. I just drove really hard. I slid across and the wing held me.”
Schuchart, who suffered perhaps the biggest disappointment of his budding career, was philosophical about the outcome. “All in all, two, second place finishes this weekend are pretty good for me. I’ve got a lot of years ahead of me. Carson ran a great race. I thought I could maybe rip the top on him.” But Schuchart’s attempted counter attack never materialized.
Brent Marks had the pole for the 40 lap affair. Schuchart was on his right. Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel were in row two. Anthony Macri and Carson Macedo continued the youth movement by starting in row three. Six-time Open champion, Donny Schatz and Justin Peck were in row four. Kasey Kahne and Lance Dewease started in row five, with James McFadden and Brian Brown in the sixth row.
Marks blasted into the lead, followed by Schuchart, Gravel, Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Schatz. Before Marks could build upon his early advantage, a red flag stopped the race after just two laps. Brian Brown spun and collected Daryn Pittman, who turned over from the contact. Freddy Rahmer, Jr. was also involved in the melee. No drivers were injured, but all three were eliminated from the contest.
Marks assumed control again when the race resumed. He began to pull away from Schuchart as the laps clicked off. Marks’ bid for a second win in the Open ended when he got into a lapped car and spun in turn two. He was able to restart the race, but his quest for the victory was over.
That handed the lead to Schuchart. He was able to maintain control for the next twenty-three laps despite a second red flag on lap 12. Robbie Kendall flipped after he tangled with T.J. Stutts between turns one and two. Again, neither driver was hurt, but Kendall was done for the night.
While Schuchart led Macedo, Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel, the battle was for the sixth spot. Schatz and Dewease were mixing things up until lap 27, when Schatz took the position once and for all.
Schuchart got into traffic and kept his advantage over Macedo. However, in the final ten laps, Macedo began to close on the leader. He made his winning move on lap 35, and led the final four laps. Schuchart made a desperate bid in the final corners, but came up a tad short.
Following Macedo and Schuchart were Haudenschild, Macri, and Gravel. Schatz was sixth. Then came Dewease, Kyle Larson, McFadden, and Brad Sweet.
Macri received a $1,000 bonus for the highest finishing PA Posse driver. Sweet grabbed $559 as the hard charger. He advanced nine positions during the race.
The heat wins were chalked up by Schatz, Macedo, Gravel, and Haudenschild. Dewease set the fast time again, this time topping Group B with a lap of 16.774 seconds. He failed to lock into the dash when Macri swept by him in turn one following a restart with two laps to go in the third heat. The B Main winner was Jacob Allen, and Devon Borden took the checkers in the C Main.
Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS
IMPERIAL, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Kyle Hardy picked up his first win at Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway by grabbing the feature victory in night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’.
“What a race- it was super fun out there,” said Hardy. “I can’t thank my crew to get this car so good to where I could steer across the middle of the race track. What a car we’ve had all year.”
Hardy held off PPMS track Champion Daryl Charlier in a thrilling side-by-side battle for several laps around dirt’s ‘Monster Half Mile’.
“If you had a camera or mirror on me you’d have seen how freaked out I was just trying to get where I needed to be to win this thing,” said Hardy.
The victory was not a surprise as Hardy was the runner up when the RUSH Late Model Touring Series visited PPMS twice earlier this season for the ‘Herb Scott Memorial’ and ‘Jook George Steel City Classic’.
Charlier brought it home in second place and earned $1,500 for his efforts.
“If I’m going to finish second I guess I’ll finish second to Kyle Hardy- he’s the top dog in the crates and especially the RUSH Series,” said Charlier.
RUSH Late Model Touring Series “Bill Hendren Memorial” (30 laps, $3000 to-win): 1. KYLE HARDY (99) 2. Daryl Charlier (Centerline 114) 3. Joe Martin (Snyder 10s) 4. Eddie Carrier, Jr. (Lukon 184X) 5. Jeremy Wonderling (3J) 6. Jacob Gunn (14G) 7. Bud Watson (225) 8. Garret Paugh (03) 9. Logan Zarin (1z) 10. Levi Crowl (5) 11. Ray Love, Jr. (08) 12. Zach Kane (10) 13. Michael Reft (9R) 14. Colton Flinner (Chernik 5x) 15. Michael Duritsky, Jr. (90J) 16. Tony Musolino (Dobnak 42) 17. Zach Gunn (17G) 18. Kyle Lukon (184) 19. Ryan Frazee (11F) 20. Zach Morrow (Bentz 60) 21. Bill Kessler (09) 22. Justin Kann (66) 23. Philip Bubeck (Tennant 2) 24. Tim Shaffer (45).
DNQ: Dan Lepro (2L), Tom Duratz (55D), Grant Garrison (1), Kassidy Kamicker (72B), Tom Klein (77), Rob Coffaro (24), Dave Goble (20G), Nick Love (38), Noah Brunell (31), Zach Crawford (c4), Ben Policz (14B).