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O’Neal in Winternationals Opener

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(Gibsonton, FL January 25, 2021):  The 45th running of the WInternationals started at East Bay Raceway Park with a 30 lapper for the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series. Grabbing the win was twenty-year-old Hudson O’Neal, of Martinsville, IN. His father, Don (the Real Deal), dominated the Clay by the Bay in years gone by. The New Deal’s win was his first with car owner Roger Sellers and his Double Down Motorsports racing team.
O’Neal was both lucky and good in this event. He ran with the lead pack the whole distance and once nosed ahead of local favorite Kyle Bronson to score a lap in the early going. However,
O’Neal’s big moment came in the second half of the race. Tyler Erb assumed command of the race on lap eight and seemed to have things well under control. That is, until he lost the handle of his car between turns one and two on lap 19. That put O’Neal on the point for the restart.
O’Neal led the remaining eleven laps, but he got a late-race challenge from Brandon Sheppard.  Things were getting interesting as the laps counted down. Sheppard and Brandon Overton reeled him in and it seemed as though there would be a three-car battle to the finish. However, a caution with two to go set up a dash for the cash. While Sheppard did hound O’Neal for the last rounds, he was unable to displace the leader. Overton had the best seat in the house to observe that battle.
O’Neal took the win, followed by Sheppard, Overton, Devin Moran, and Earl Pearson, Jr. Tony Jackson, Jr. was sixth. Erb rebounded for seventh. Tanner English, Mike Marlar, and Jeff Matthews completed the top ten.
O’Neal made the best tire choice of the night, as the track slowed considerably during the main event. “We went with a different tire choice than everybody else. I was hoping that the track would slow down enough that the tire would work.”
Seventy-six cars registered for the race, which made this the biggest opening night in years. Setting the fast times were Bronson (Group A, 14.479) and Overton (Group B and overall, 14.375). Heat wins went to Bronson, Sheppard, Tyler Erb, Overton, O’Neal, and English. Dennis Erb, Jr. and Jimmy Owens shared the glory in the B Mains. A Strawberry Dash win earned the final transfer spot for Frank Heckenast, Jr. Five other provisionals allowed for a thirty-car field.
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Danny Dietrich takes All Stars victory at Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Danny Dietrich led wire-to-wire to pick up his first Ohio Speedweek victory Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway after starting on the outside of the front row.

“This goes out to my buddy Derek (Snyder) of Sweeney and Pace Performance; this win is for him,” said Dietrich. “That was fun. We had one slip away from us at Fremont on Saturday, so we wanted to get this one pretty bad, especially at Derek’s home track. He does so much for this team and we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him. We still have a lot of racing left this week. We’ll try to get a few more of these and hopefully a Speedweek title.”

Dietrich got the early jump on pole-sitter George Hobaugh and used the bottom lane to perfection to grab his first win in the ‘Buckeye State’.

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“I knew I needed to get the initial jump,” explained Dietrich. “That was on my mind from the start. I didn’t want to let that one slip by.  Once we got to the front, I just needed to stay patient and focus on maintaining the line through each corner. With a single groove like that, I knew it was going to be tough for anyone to drive around me, but you didn’t want to slip up in the corner and let someone show their nose.”

Tyler Courtney finished second followed by Justin Peck in third and Kyle Larson in fourth.  Hobaugh dropped back to finish fifth.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will continue on Wednesday evening, June 16, at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [7]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [1]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 7. 22C-Cole Duncan [18]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 9. 2F-AJ Flick [11]; 10. 101-Lachlan McHugh [16]; 11. 5X-Buddy Kofoid [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 13. 5-Paul McMahan [25]; 14. 28-Tim Shaffer [19]; 15. 3C-Cale Conley [17]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch [14]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [21]; 18. 10-Zeb Wise [22]; 19. 18-Cole Macedo [9]; 20. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [13]; 21. 5K-Adam Kekich [20]; 22. 23P-Darren Pifer [15]; 23. 4-Cap Henry [10]; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs [24]; 25. W20-Greg Wilson [23] Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich (1-35)

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Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Brett Wanner Win Fallen Firefighter Memorial Races at Lincoln Speedway

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 12, 2021): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. became the first three-time winner this season at Lincoln Speedway. The third-generation driver came from eighth to the lead seventeen laps into the race and then he held off Alan Krimes in a three-lap dash for the cash. It was the third time in his career that the Salfordsville pilot won the Fallen Firefighters Memorial run in honor of Brandon Little and this marked his seventeenth career win at the track dominated by his father for so many years.

This was the tenth running of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and it was believed to be the last time for Lincoln to host the event. However, it was announced that another family of a fallen firefighter has stepped forward to carry on the tradition begun by the Little family.

Rahmer, who seemed critical of the track’s handicapping system during his post-race interview, noted “we need to keep fighting to get into position to win.” He bemoaned coming from eighth or ninth in heat races in such events, as only the top three finishers would be put to the front of the feature line-up. However, this was a time-trial show and Rahmer still had to overcome a deficit due to a poor qualification run. “We got lucky in the heat, which got us to eighth (in the feature line-up).” He was running in the fourth spot when the leaders collided while fighting for the top spot. That put him second for the restart and he held his own for the rest of the way. Without that break, Rahmer was looking at a start in about row eight. “We need to take advantage of these time trial shows,” Rahmer added.

Two of the next three contests will be run under the PA Speedweek format, which uses time trials to set the starting order in heats. The fastest car in each heat race starts fourth and the remaining cars are heads up. The heat winner and the fastest qualifier get to draw for positions in the front of the field for the feature. The rest of the starting order is based on the heat finishes.

In this redraw, Krimes and Tim Wagaman were the lucky ones to get the front row, T.J. Stutts, making the first start in the Barshinger 24 car, lined up third, with Troy Wagamanm next to him. Dylan Norris and Lucas Wolfe were in row three, followed by the Rahmer brothers, Brandon inside and Freddie outside. Cory Haas and Chad Trout rolled off from row five.

Opening day winner Tim Wagaman grabbed the early lead, with Krimes, Troy Wagaman, Stutts, Norris, Wolfe, and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. following. This grouping remained relatively intact for the first ten laps of the race. Krimes moved ahead a notch on lap eleven. Rahmer moved into second the next time around.

Rahmer chased Krimes for five laps before driving by in the high groove in turns one and two. Soon thereafter, Wolfe began picking off cars and he reached third by lap twenty-six. However, he was quite a ways behind Rahmer and Krimes.

On lap thirty, Troy Wagaman brought his car to a stop in turn two. That brought Rahmer and Krimes back to Wolfe and company for the only restart of the race.

Rahmer had the point, followed by Krimes, Wolfe, Haas, Tim Wagaman, Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, and Chase Dietz, who marched forward from twenty-second on the grid.

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Rahmer and Krimes got away cleanly on the restart. Wolfe went to the outside and began to build some momentum. He closed quickly on Krimes entering turn three, but Wolfe got above the cushion and lost valuable ground in his quest for second.

While Rahmer, Krimes, and Wolfe distanced themselves from the other racers in the final three laps, Haas and Tim Wagaman held their own. Dietz moved forward a few more positions to get sixth and claim a $200 bonus as the hard charger. Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, Billy Dietrich, and Norris completed the top ten.

Wolfe, who set fast time at 13.149 seconds, won the first heat. Other heat winners were Stutts, Troy Wagaman, and Norris. Kyle Moody won the B Main.

In the 358 Sprint feature, Riley Emig had the pole and he took the lead at the drop of the green. Brett Strickler, Mason Chaney, Brett Wanner, and Adrian Shaffer were next. Emig’s moment in the spotlight ended on lap four when he suddenly slowed and pulled off the track in turn two. That handed the lead over to Wanner.

As the race continued, Wanner got faster. He was also quite good on restarts and he had no difficulty maintaining his advantage. Wanner took the checkers for his first win of the 2021 season.

Strickler crossed in second, with Kody Hartlaub overtaking Shaffer in the waning laps. Steve Owings ran a steady race to earn the fifth spot. Cody Fletcher, Travis Scott, Tyler Esh, Chaney, and C.J. Tracy completed the top ten.

Tracy was the hard charger passing thirteen cars en route to tenth. He received $870 for his efforts.

The three heat winners were Wanner, Emig, and Shaffer. Jordan Strickler won the B Main.

Next week, Lincoln Speedway will present a triple header consisting of 410 Sprints, Super Sportsmen Tour, and Late Models. June 26 and 28 will be the second and fourth rounds of PA Speedweek. The former will have Extreme Stocks on the card, while the latter will be a Sprint Car only event. July 3 will feature Monster Trucks and the Central PA Legends.

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Miley, Shingledecker, Lynch, and Clark Dominate at Lernerville

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Lernerville Speedway

(Sarver, PA June 11, 2021): Four drivers turned in dominant performances at Lernerville Speedway. Three of the winners were familiar names–Jared Miley (Late Models), Jeremiah Shingledecker (Pictured above – Big Block Modifieds), and Sye Lynch (410 Sprints). The fourth to reach victory lane was Justin Clark in the Allegheny Sprint Tour for 305 Sprint Cars.

“I found a nice lane on the restart and I thought I could get him,” Miley said of his mid-race move that relegated early leader Colton Flinner to the role of the first chaser. Once out front, Miley set sail. “When the track is wet, we’re really good. We’ve got to do some work on the slick,” he added when asked about what he needs to do to get ready for the Firecracker 100 coming soon to the Action Track.

Flinner lined up next to Tommy Beck for the first twenty-five leap feature of the night. Kelvin Kohan and Will Thomas were in the second row, with Levi Yetter and Ken Schaltenbrand in the third. Clay Ruffo and Tyler Gietz were in row four, with former champions Alex Ferree and Maily in the fifth row.

Flinner bolted out to an early lead, with Beck, Thomas, Kohan, and Schaltenbrand following. A couple of cautions slowed the pace in the early laps of the event. On the second restart, with seven laps complete, there was contact between Beck and Gary Lyle, who had worked his way to the front. Lyle got up into the fluff and lost several positions. Miley snuck past Beck during the incident, and he pursued Flinner.

Flinner continued to lead Miley through lap fifteen. Miley had several shots to overtake Flinner on restarst in this segment of the race, but he was unable to overtake the leader. The lap fifteen restart proved to be the turning point in the contest.

Miley led the rest of the way. Flinner raced along in second. Beck tussled with Schaltenbrand before losing the third position in the final laps of the race. Dietz crossed in fifth. Lyle rebounded to get the sixth spot. He was trailed by Yetter, Clayton Kennedy, Collin Burke, and Logan Zarin.

A pair of heats were held, with Flinner and Beck taking the checkers. There was no B Main.

Jeremiah Shingledecker used his second starting spot to launch into the lead at the drop of the green for the Big Block Modifieds. He had a huge advantage wiped out by a red flag on lap twenty when fourth place runner John Mollick tumbled in turn four.

That incident put Garrett Krummert on the outside for the restart, but he had nothing for Shingledecker on the restart. “It was a lot better before the caution came out,” Shingledecker noted. “Garrett’s been good all season,’ he added, “but the bite was really good in the middle and it was a little rough on the outside, so I thought that I would be OK.”

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In the final five laps, the battle was for the third position. Brain Swartzlander held it until two laps remained. Rex King, Jr. grabbed the position with a strong move off turn two. Swartzlander held off Rex King, Sr. at the finish.

Rick Regalski, Steve Feder, Dave Murdick, Chas Wolbert and Colton Walters completed the top ten. Wolbert was making his fist start in a Big Block Modified this night.

King Jr. and Mollick prevailed in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Sye Lynch had the pole position for the 410 Sprint A Main. Next to him was A.J. Flick. The two drivers from Apollo, PA ran ahead of the other drivers, with Lynch building upon his lead. Flick seemed to have second sewn up, but he spun unexpectedly in turn four with twenty-one laps in the books.

Brandon Matus fired off second on the restart, but Lynch had no difficulty holding the point. George Hobaugh was third. David Kalb turned in an impressive run to get the fourth spot. Dan Kuriger was fifth. Flick charged back through the field to claim sixth. Ralph Spithaler, Bryan Salisbury, and Matt Sherlock completed the top ten.

“The track was really tricky,” Lynch observed. “When you start on the pole, you don’t know what the other guys are doing. It was a real shame what happened to A.J., he’s really tough here,” Lynch commented.

Darin Gallagher and Brandon Matus won their respective heats. Gallagher’s win was costly, as he lost his motor after taking the checkers. Gallagher was unable to start the A Main. Also unable to start the feature were Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Michael Bauer, both of whom tangled coming off turn four in the first heat race.

In teh nightcap of the 305 Sprint Cars of the Allegheny Sprint Tour, it was Justin Clark driving past Robbie Bartchy six laps into the race. Clark led the remaining fourteen laps without incident to earn the win.

Bartchy was second. Garrett Bard came on in the second half of the race to get third. Fourth went to Derek Hauck. Jacob Gomola was fifth. Rob Felix, Andy Cavanaugh, Jarrett Rosencrance, Logan McCandless, and Jeff Bacha rounded out the top ten.

McCandless and Felix were tops in the heats. There was no B Main.

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