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Peck and Blair Dominate at Williams Grove

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (March 26, 2021): Justin Peck, of Monrovia, IN, and Max Blair, of Titusville, PA, scored their first career victories at the venerable William Grove Speedway. Peck’s 410 Sprint car win was his second of the season in the mid-state area, while Blair’s ULMS Late Model triumph was his 31st with the traveling band.

Peck was happy to throw a monkey off his back at Williams Grove. “It feels real good because I was here a few times last year and I really sucked.” At the time, Peck was driving for veteran car owner John Trone, and things just did not work out for the team. Now Peck is the hired gun for the Pennsylvnia-based All Star team fielded by Tom Buch, and he couldn’t be happier. “We’ve seemed to hit it pretty well, We’ve been fast every time we hit the track.” Peck’s other win came at Port Royal Speedway. He also has a second to his credit at Lincoln Speedway. His overall performances have put him atop the prestigious Central Pennsylvania overall standings, a spot that he will relinquish when the All Stars northern schedule kicks off in a few weeks time.

Peck was fortunate in drawing good starting positions this night. He started on the pole and dominated his heat race. He lined up second for the feature event. Veteran T.J. Stutts snookered him on the initial start, but Peck got a second chance when Hunter Mackison brought out the first caution of the event. Peck was better prepared on the second try and he powered off turn four with a scant lead that he stretched over the first half of the race.

Behind Stutts and Peck for the start of the race were Steve Buckwalter and Mackison. Kyle Reinhardt and Ryan Taylor were in row three. The luck of the draw assigned a pair of 39s to row four, with Tyler Dietz on the inside and Anthony Macri on the outside. Kerry Madsen and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. occupied row five, with Justin Henderson and Brandon Rahmer pulling the two worst pills available. Tim Shaffer took off from position 14, while Matt Campbell departed from position 17. In the very last starting position was Danny Dietrich, who made the race as an alternate when Brett Shearer scratched from the event.

Peck sailed into the first turn with a two car length advantage over Stutts when the race was officially underway. Buckwalter and Reinhardt led Dietz and Taylor in the early going. A bobble by Reinhardt allowed Dietz to move ahead with three laps in the books.

The top five ran in order, but the margins grew, especially for Peck and Stutts. However, racers were making moves to gain entry into the top ten. Rahmer Jr. and Shaffer were showing th emost progress, while Macri was able to crack into the top ten by the time the halfway sign was shown to the field.

Tyler Courtney was challenging Macri for the position when he looped it in turn four with fourteen laps completed. While there were no changes up front on the restart, Shaffer quickly picked off two cars in turn one to snag fifth spot. Shaffer passed Buckwalter for fourth just as the second caution flag waived on lap 15. This time, it was for Robbie Kendall stopping on the front stretch. So, Shaffer had to surrender the position for the restart.

It took Shaffer two more trips around the old half mile to regain the fourth position. While he drew close to Dietz over the remainder of the race, he could not pull off the pass. Meanwhile, Peck and Stutts were gone.

A final caution appeared on lap 24 when Macri stopped in turn four, which set up a one lap dash for the cash. Peck blasted away from Stutts and corssed under the checkers for a $5,500 pay day. Stutss was second, followed by Dietz and Shffer. Buckwalter held on for fifth. Then came Rahmer, Jr., Reinhardt, Taylor, Dietrich and Madsen.

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Heat wins were chalked up by Peck, Stutts, and Macri. The B Main went to Lucas Wolfe. Fan favorite Lance Dewease scratched from the B Main.

In the ULMS Late Models, Blair earned the pole position by setting the fast time in the pole scamble. Next to him was Andy Haus. Coleby Frye and Mike Lupfer made up the second row. The other scramble participants, Dylan Yoder and Kyle Lee had the third row. Drake Troutman and Gene Knaub were in the fourth row, with Jason Covert and Shaun Jones in row five. Ryan Scott and Gary Stuhler rolled away from the sixth row.

Blair, pictured above after his Firecraker 100 win at Lernerville last year, took command from the start and Haus raced along in second. Frye was a close third, with Lee, Yoder, Covert, and Troutman following. The field got strung out, but Troutman was able to capitalize upon an error by Covert.

As in the Sprint Car feature, the caution was displayed on lap 14 when Deshawn Gingerich spun in turn one. On the restart, Covert slipped by the teenager, Troutman, and he began to press Yoder for fifth. Covert gained the position and soon thereafter he began to work on Lee for fifth.

With 18 laps completed, that battle was getting hotter. There as slight contact between Lee and Covert in turn four, but they were able to keep moving. Troutman was not as fortunate, as he spun to avoid contact with Lee and Covert.

Blair went on to complete the remaining dozen laps without incident. Frye and Covert worked by Haus, who started to fade with just a few laps left in the race. Yoder crossed in fifth. Lee, Jones, Knaub, Justin Weaver, and Scott completed the top ten.

Heat wins went to Lupfer, Blair, and Yoder. There was no B Main. Brian Bernheisel sailed out of the park in his heat race and had to be extricated from his car. Bernheisel was taken to a local hospital complaining of back pain, but no word of his condition was released by the conclusion of the program.

Blair’s win was quite a relief. He spent most of the week with his son at Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. The youngster returned home and remained with his mother to watch the race. They had to relocate to a friend’s home though because the high winds knocked out the power to the Blair homestead. It feels really cool to win a race here,” Blair noted. “We’ve been here a few times before and now I will look forward to coming back.”

The ULMS Late Models will be back on the card in two weeks, along with the 410 Sprints. On Good Friday, Williams Grove will host a Sprint Car triple header. Joining the 410 Sprints will be the USAC East Coast traditional (non-wing) Sprints and the PASS/IMCA 305 Sprints. Coming up on April 16 will be the first visit of the All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars for the annual Tommy Classic. That race honors the late Hall of Famer, Tommy Hinnershitz.

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Sweet Scores Before Rain Hits Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Grass Valley, CA driver Brad Sweet checked one off of his bucket list. He took the crown jewel event at Lernerville Speedway, the Don Martin Memorial, for the first time in his career. It was his third triumph at the track, the other two coming in the Fall’s Commonwealth Clash.

Sye Lynch was on the pole, with David Gravel next to him for the start of the 40 lap affair. Sweet lined up next to Aaron Reutzel in the second row. Carson Macedo and Donny Schatz were in row three with Christopher Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild in row four. The fifth row belonged to Brock Zearfoss and Logan Schuchart. James McFadden and Jacob Allen were in row six.

Lynch got the jump on Gravel and reached the top of turn one first. That gave him an advantage in the opening laps. Sweet settled into third and he seemed most comfortable running the low line around the speedway. Reutzel, Macedo, Schuchart and Bell followed.

Michael Bauer flipped between turns one and two with five complete. He was unhurt, but his car was pushed back to the pit area and he was finished for the night.

Lynch took off on the restart, but this time Sweet made a bold move on the inside of turn one. Sweet nosed ahead, but Lynch turned back under him to regain the lead. The two racers ran side by side for several laps before Lynch slid out over the cushion in turn two with twelve complete. Sweet was hard on the inside and powered to the front.

Sweet continued to lead, but he moved to the top side as he approached the lapped traffic. Sweet was just as quick on the high side and he built up his advantage to more than seven and a half seconds over Reutzel, who moved ahead of Lynch on lap fourteen.

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The action was halted again on lap sixteen when Haudenschild flipped in turn three. Remarkably, his car landed on its wheels and sustained minimal damage. Haudenschild was pushed to the work area and he returned to the race. Despite his misfortune, he rallied in the last third of the race to get a top ten for his efforts.

While Sweet was completing the final rounds, the battle was for the second spot between Reutzel and Schatz. The seven-time Silver Cup winner made the pass with two to go.

Sweet was the winner, taking the checkers just moments before the rain inundated the speedway. Schatz, Reutzel, Gravel, and James McFadden were the top five. Shuchart, Macedo, Tim Shaffer, Bell, and Haudenschild rounded out the top ten.

Carl Bowser was the hard charger, passing thirteen cars on his way to an eleventh place finish.

After his Cinderella story came to an end, Lynch raced in the top ten until the stretch run. However, he faded to fifteenth at the finish. Lynch was attempting to join his father, Ed Sr., as a winner of the Don Martin Memorial.

Three of the four heat races were each won from the pole position. Victories went to Lynch, Gravel, Sweet, and Reutzel. The only pole sitter to miss grabbing the brass ring was Schatz. Lynch was the evening’s fastest qualifier, turning the track at 12.543 seconds and he also won the Dash. The B Main winner was Jason Sides.

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Don Martin Silver Cup XXX Tonight At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series invades Lernerville Speedway tonight for the $25,000-to-win Don Martin Silver Cup XXX.

Donny Schatz is the defending event winner, taking home the checkered flag and big check for a record-extending seventh time in 2021.  He will be one to watch on ‘The Action Track’ this evening.

The World of Outlaws roll into Lernerville following the richest event weekend ($175,000 up for grabs) in winged sprint car competition, the 37th and 38th Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.  Tyler Courtney and Kyle Larson took home the respective victories.

Lernerville’s local stars will be looking to accomplish what Ed Lynch Jr. did in 2002 – beat the Outlaws on their home track.  Lynch’s son, 3rd Generation Racer Sye Lynch, is guaranteed a starting spot after winning the Mid-Season Championship feature event on June 18.  Lynch sits atop the Lernerville points standings.

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Right behind Lynch in the points standings is defending and 4-time Lernerville track Champion A.J. Flick, who sits second in the points, and Brandon Matus, who is third in the points standings.

Pit gates for the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXX will open at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday with grandstand gates opening at 5:00 p.m. Hot laps are slated to begin at 6:30 while Opening Ceremonies will be at 7:20 p.m. and racing to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup XXX ticket prices are as follows:
Pit Passes: DIRTcar Member: $40, Non-Member: $45
Reserved Adult: $42
Reserved 17 & Under: $31
General Admission: $40
General Admission (ages 11-17): $24
General Admission (ages 10 & under): FREE
Camping: $25 (No hook-ups)
Paradise Parking: $45 – Car, $100 – Camping
Preferred Parking: $25

Past Winners of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup: (2009 – 2015: Twin Features)
2020 – Donny Schatz
2019 – David Gravel
2018 – Kyle Larson
2017 – Donny Schatz
2016 – David Gravel
2015 – Overall Dale Blaney (Twin Features – Dale Blaney & Cody Darrah)
2014 – Overall Donny Schatz (Twin Features – Donny Schatz & Cody Darrah)
2013 – Overall Donny Schatz (Twin Features – Donny Schatz & Daryn Pittman)
2012 – Overall Craig Dollansky (Twin Features – Craig Dollansky & Tony Stewart)
2011 – Overall Tim Shaffer (Twin Features – Dale Blaney & Tim Shaffer)
2010 – Overall- Donny Schatz (Twin Features – Lance Dewease & Joey Saldana)
2009 – Overall-Danny Lasoski (Twin Features – Danny Lasoski & Stevie Smith)
2008 – Steve Kinser
2007 – Donny Schatz
2006 – Donny Schatz
2005 – Tim Shaffer
2004 – Sammy Swindell
2003 – Did not run
2002 – Ed Lynch Jr.
2001 – Mark Kinser
2000 – Sammy Swindell
1999 – Mark Kinser
1998 – Mark Kinser
1997 – Mark Kinser
1996 – Mark Kinser
1995 – Stevie Smith
1994 – Steve Kinser
1993 – Jeff Swindell
1992 – Sammy Swindell (inaugural race)

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Flick First at Tri-City Raceway Park; Ruth Jr., Whitling, Greeley, Davenport, and Rinehart also win

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(Franklin, PA July 18, 2021): A.J. Flick scored a much-needed win in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints at Tri-City Raceway Park. With his usual haunts getting hit with rain, Flick was looking for a place to do some preparation for the big race coming up Tuesday at another area speedway. Everything worked to his liking and he left with $2,500 for his efforts.

Also scoring wins this night were Gale Ruth, Jr. (Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprints), Bobby Whitling (Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks), Chad Greeley (4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks), Garrett Davenport (Junior Sprints Open), and Grady Rinehart (Junior Sprints Stock).

In the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Car part of the program, a pair of third-generation drivers paced the field. Leyton Wagner had the pole and A.J. Flick was on his flank. Carl Bowser and Bob Felmlee were in the second row, with Matt Farnham and Clay Riney beside him. Behind them were Brandon Matus and Adam Kekich, who was subbing for Logan McCandless. Ken Rossey, Jr. and Brent Matus made up the sixth row.

Flick got the best of Wagner on the initial start, and that proved to be an advantage that would not be overcome. “It is weird becasue we’ve never been good here at Tri-City, but here in 2021, it has been our best track.” Flick now has a pair of wins despite only a part-time schedule at the speedway.

Wagner raced along in second, but surrendered the spot to Farnham as the field completed the second circuit of the big half mile.
As Flick and Farnham drew away for the field, Wagner and Felmlee were fighting for third. The veteran, Felmlee, went beneath the younger pilot and took over the third spot with ten to go.

The most hotly contested position for most of the race was sixth, as Sodeman and Brandon Matus were fighting for points. Sodeman entered the night just one point ahead of the Wheelman, but Matus passed him, and a couple of other racers, to put himself unofficially in the lead seeking his first championship at any track.

In the final laps, Farnham started to close in on Flick, who was held up a bit by lapped traffic. However, Flick had a big enough cushion that Farnham could not get close enough to make a bid for the win.

After Flick and Farnham were Felmlee, Brandon Matus, and Wagner. Sixth went to Riney. Sodeman was seventh, then came Kekich, Weaver, and Gallagher.

The pair of heat races for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints, presented by the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group, went to Wagner and Flick. There was no B Main.

In the RUSH Sprint Car division, running under the twin banners of Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House, Arnie Kent and Kevin Ruhlman were on the front row, with Gale Ruth, Jr. and Rod George right behind. Brad Church and Chad Ruhlan occupied the third row, and Balze Myers and Tyler Newhart were in the fourth. Row five belonged to Brian Hartzell and A.J. McQuarrie, and Zach Morrow was paired with Joe Lockhart in row six.

Kent dashed out to the early lead, with Kevin Ruhlman and Gale Ruth, Jr. trailing. Ruth moved into the lead on the fourth lap and was never headed.

As the race went on, there was a tremendous battle for the second spot involving Kent, Kevin and Chad Ruhlman, and George. Kevin Ruhlman slid out of the groove going down the long back chute and lost a pair of positions. However, his bigger mistake came after the checkers, when he failed to take his car across the scales. He was disqualified for the infraction.

Ruth scored the win, his second in three tries at Tri-City Raceway Park. Kent, Chad Ruhlman, George, and Blaze Myers were the top five finishers.

Sixth went to John Mollick, followed by Brad Church, Brian Hartzell, A.J. McQuarrie, and Nolan Graves.

The Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races for the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprints went to Gale Ruth, Jr. and Rod George. There was no B Main.

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The Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks ran a tune-up for the big-paying Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship battle coming up on July 15. Bobby Whitling, a two-time winner this season, started on the pole with Tim Bish as his dancing partner. Jason Johns and Darr Diegelman were in the second row, with Shane Applebee and Rod Laskey in the third. Joe Stajnrajh and Tyler Wyant were in the fourth row, with Patrick Fielding beside Andy Buckley. Row six belonged to last week’s winner, Curtis J. Bish and his brother Curt Bish, Jr.

Tim Bish took the early lead, but Whitling was racing in his shadow. After a close battle between them, Whitling took charge. Curtis J. Bish worked into third and he was challenging for second. Meanwhile, Jason Johns, Rod Laskey, Tyler Wyant, Josh Seippel and others were fifghting for spots in the top ten.

Whitling had the inside line working to perfection and he crossed the finish line first. A trio of Bishes–Tim, Curtis J., and Curt–came next. Johns was fifth. Sixth went to Seippel, followed by Laskey, Wyant, Buckley, and Doug Iorio, II.

Three Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races were contested for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks. Winners were Joe Stajnrajh, Darr Diegelman, and Patrick Fielding. There was no B Main, as all 27 racers were allowed to start the feature event.

In the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, Chad Greeley and Bodey McClintock led the field to the starting line in turn four. Tim Callahan and Patrick Lane followed, with D.J. Macrae and Evan Sobieski in row three. Point leader Dalton Speer lined up next to his rival, Justin Bailey, in the fourth row. Levi Maskal and Mike Barr were in row five and Jamie Tasker and Hemi Kineston were in row six.
It was only a matter of time before Greeley would win a feature in his highly competitive four cylinder machine. He moved into the lead at the drop of the green and withstood several restarts, including one with just a pair of laps to go.

Taking the second position was Bailey, who took over the unofficial points lead with his top finish. Bodey McClintock, who ran second a good bit of the race, took third, with D.J. Macrae and Levi Maskal in fifth.

The sixth place finisher was Evan Sobieski. Patrick Lane, Hemi Kineston, Michael Barr, and Joanne Wilson completed the top ten.
Dalton Speer, who entered the night with the point lead, suffered a flat while racing in the top five.

The pair of Donovan & Bauer heat races for the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks went to Justin Bailey and Dalton Speer. Ther was no B Main.

Garret Davenport swept the heat and feature for the Junior Sprints. Taking second, also in an Open car, was Carter Himes. The Stock division winner was Grady Rinehart, followed by Adam Presnar, Camron Miller, David Coley, Colton Gulher, Jazlyn Boyles, Deryk Jones, Maddie Rafferty, and Keaton Himes.

Next week, Tri-City Raceway Park will present the Penn Ohio Pro Stock Championship Series. All of the regional stars and cars will be on hand to challenge the stout competitors in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stock Class. This special event will pay at least $3,500 to the winner and $150 to start the feature, but there will be no increase in the general admission ticket prices. Also on the card will be the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, and the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. The following two weeks, August 1 and 8, will be Sunday Thunder events. Point racing will conclude at Tri-City Raceway Park on August 15.

Further information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mailing the office at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. Or, you can check the web at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located just a few miles north of Franklin, PA, at 3430 State Route 417 in Oakland Township.

Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars: A.J. Flick, Matt Farnham, Bob Felmlee, Brandon Matus, Leyton Wagner. Clay Riney, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Adam Kekich, Jeremy Weaver, Darin Gallagher, Ken Rossey, Jr., Brent Matus, Davey Jones, Bryan Salisbury, Bob McMillin, Gale Ruth, Sr., Jim Morris, Carl Bowser (DNS), Randy Wyant (DNS).

Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprint Cars: Gale Ruth, Jr., Arnie Kent, Chad Ruhlman, Rod George, Blaze Myers, John Mollick, Brad Church, Brian Hartzell, A.J. McQuarrie, Nolan Graves, Tyler Newhart, Zach Morrow, Brian Cressley, Joe Lockhart, Ricky Tucker, Jr., Kevin Kaserman, Gale Ruth, Sr., Kevin Ruhlman (DNS).

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks: Bobby Whitling, Tim Bish, Curtis J. Bish, Curt Bish, Jason Johns, Josh Seippel, Rod Laskey, Tyler Wyant, Andy Buckley, Doug Iorio, II, Joe Steinrajh, Matt Bernard, David Baker, Larry Kugel, Gary Fisher, Charlie McMillen, Mike Bordt, Mike Miller, Patrick Fielding, Russ Coyne, Darr Diegelman, Shane Applebee, Aaron Smith, James Barber, Josh Blum, Jason Covey (DNS), William Hurrelbrink (DNS).

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Chad Greeley, Justin Bailey, Bodey McClintock, D.J. Macrae, Levi Maskal, Evan Sobieski, Patrick Lane, Hemi Kineston, Michael Barr, Joanne Wilson, Jamie Tasker Todd Hanlon, Dalton Speer, Tim Callahan, Devin Erwin, Howard Garlick.

Junior Sprints: Garret Davenport (Open), Carter Himes (Open), Grady Rinehart (Stock), Adam Presnar (Stock), Camron Miller (Stock), David Coley (Stock), Colton Gulher (Stock), Jazlyn Boyles (Stock), Deryk Jones (Stock), Maddie Rafferty (Stock), Keaton Himes (Stock).

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