ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (March 27, 2021): Jimmy Siegel became the fifth different driver to win a 410 Sprint Car feature event in as many tries at Lincoln Speedway. The second-generation driver from nearby New Oxford, PA tallied his fifteenth career win at the track.
Joining him in celebration was Jaremi Hanson in the PASS/IMCA 305 Sprint Cars. It was his third score at the speedway.
“We really had the car put together,” Siegel said. He added that his friend, Brian Leppo, helped him recently with the car. “He said, ‘don’t touch it, it’s close.'” Leppo was right. To get the win, though, Siegel had to chase down and pass Tim Wagaman, winner or the Icebraker 30 about one month ago. “I didn’t know if I would get him. But when I got by Bradley (Howard), the top slowed down and I could make up time.” Siegel added that the competition has been tough at Lincoln so far this season. “It’s tough sledding in the heats to get yourself into position,” Siegel added. Under track rules, the first three finishers in the heat races make up the first nine spots in the feature line-up with the higher ranked drivers relegated to the back of the group.
The track handicapping system put Howard on the front row, with Jordan Givler next to him. Dylan Norris and Tim Wagaman were in the second row. Sieglel was paired with Glendon Forsythe in the third row. Kyle Moody and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. had row four. Chase Dietz and Steve Buckwalter were in row five. Aaron Bollinger and Tyler Courtney were in row six. Other top runners like Brandon Rahmer (fifteenth), Billy Dietrich (eighteenth), Chad Trout (nineteenth) and last week’s winner, Alan Krimes (twenty-first), bore witness to Siegel’s comment about the difficulty in earning a good starting spot. And, were that not proof enough, point leader Tim Shaffer did not make the field due to a heat race crash that sidelined him for the rest of the night.
Howard grabbed the lead at the start of the 30 lap feature, followed by Givler, Tim Wagaman, Norris, and Siegel. Before the racers could settle in, Courtney spun in turn four collecting Buckwalter, Dietrich, and Trout in the process.
Wagaman moved into second on the restart, but Howard was hustling along in the lead. Givler, Siegel, and Norris trailed.
Wagaman made a strong inside move entering turn three with seven laps down to take control of the race. Howard continued on in second, but Siegel was soon challenging him for that position.
Following a caution on lap eleven for debris, Siegel made his move. He took over second and set his sights on Wagaman. As he was doing so, Rahmer Jr. came to life. He began picking off cars and Chase Dietz was following in his wake. Dietz saw an opportunity to scoot ahead, and he picked up a few extra spots, but a caution on lap twelve negated several of his passes.
Under the green again, Rahmer and Dietz began to move forward. Rahmer was now the man to watch, as he took over fourth on lap 13 and third on lap 16. However, his march to the front came to a sudden end on lap 18 when he pulled into the infield.
Meanwhile, Siegel continued to track down Wagaman. Dietz was no up to third and he was closing in on the leaders, too. Siegel got a good run off turn two and swooped to the inside of turn three to take the lead from Wagaman with just few laps left in the contest.
The final caution, on lap 25 set up a five lap dash to the checkers. Siegel made a smart choice for his entry point into turn one. Starting in the middle and drifting up just a bit, he took away Wagaiman’s preferred groove. Siegel then went low in turn two to close off Wagaman’s advance. Dietz tried to follow Siegel in an attempt to overtake Wagaman, but there just wasn’t enough grip upstairs to allow him to get by and the bottom lane was not available to him.
So, Siegel completed the final five laps without an serious challenge from Wagaman or Dietz. Givler turned in a fine performance to get the fourth spot and Krimes picked up a hadful of spots in the waning laps to get the fifth largest check of the night. Tyler Ross, Howard, Moody, Matt Campbell, and Brandon Rahmer completed the top ten.
Heat winners were Howard, Dietz, and Tim Wagaman. Trout was the B Main victor.
In the PASS/IMCA undercard, Mikell McGee surged ahead at the drop of the green. Jaremi Hanson raced along in second, with Justin Clark and Dave Grube in tow. Clark flipped in turn one to bring a halt to the action just four laps into the event. On the restart, Hanson challenged McGee and he grabbed the lead coming off turn two.
Hanson maintained control but he was beginning to struggle in traffic as the race went on. “I was getting loose and I didn’t want to deal with the lapped cars,” he said. “So, I was relieved when we got that caution.”
But the yellow eliminated his advantage over Dom Melair. It also allowed Doug Dodson to close in and Dodson soon took over the second spot. Dodson had momentum on his side in the final few laps and he did take a run at Hanson on the final lap.
“It got real exciting there,” Hanson said. He explained that he changed up his line on the last lap and he was able to take the win by a narrow margin.
Dodson was a close second, followed by Dom Melair, McGee, and Daren Balak. Devin Adams, Ken Duke, Jr., John Walp, Kruz Kepner, and Marry McVey rounded out the top tem.
McGee, Jeff Weaver, Jr., Clark, and Hanson took the preliminaries. McVey captured the B Main.
Lincoln Speedway will move to a 7 p.m. start next week for its first time trial event of the season. The 410 Sprints will be matched up with the 358 Sprints for that show. Those two divisions will race again on April 10, along with the Outlaw Vintage cars. Them the Weldon Sterner Memorial will be held on April 17. That will feature the 410 and 358 Sprints only.
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).