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Wolfe Wires Williams Grove

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WILLIAMS GROVE, PA (April 23, 2021): Lucas Wolfe returned to Victory Lane at Williams Grove Speedway for the first time since July 12, 2019 when he dominated the 410 Sprint Car feature event. It was the twenty-first career win for the former champion. In the companion 358 Sprint Car race, Derek Locke, the defending champion and current point leader, used two mid-race cautions to advance from third to first. Locke’s fifth career win moved him into a tie with his father, Howie, and several other pilots on the all-time list for the support division.

“It has been a long and winding road,” Wolfe noted regarding his well-documented struggles since being inured in a couple of spectacular crashes at other speedways. “We had a good starting spot and made some good laps.” He admitted that there was still some room for improvement, especially when he got into dirty air coming off some slower cars that he was about to lap. However, he felt that the win in the Allebach 5W machine, coupled with a recent strong performance with his All Stars ride, the Coldren 07 car, should help to boost his confidence in the busier weeks ahead.

Wolfe started on the pole by virtue of winning the first heat race. Next to him was another heat winner, Kyle Moody. The third heat winner, Chad trout, started in row two along with Bradley Howard. Alan Krimes and Dylan Cisney made up row. The forth was comprised of Matt Campbell and Tim Wagaman. Robbie Kendall and Brandon Rahmer came next, followed by Brett Shearer and Justin Whittal. Current points leader Freddie Rahmer and Justin Peck were in row seven. Conspicuously absent from the starting field were Danny Dietrich, whose engine woes led to him scratching from his heat and the B Main; and Lance Dewease, whose engine failed just as he was taking the win in the B Main.

Wolfe surged ahead at the drop of the green flag, with Moody, Trout, Howard, and Krimes in tow. Cautions on laps two and four kept Wolfe close to his pursuers. However, when the racers were able to string together the next five laps, Wolfe began to stretch his advantage over Moody. Trout and Krimes were dicing for third, while Cisney, Howard, Campbell, and Wagaman were in the hunt for the top five.

Wolfe enjoyed another ten-lap run out front. Moody tagged along several car lengths back. The next several spots were hotly contested, with Trout holding off Cisney and Krimes. Meanwhile, Peck was starting to move forward, as was Freddie Rahmer, Jr.

Howard forfeited his top ten position when he stopped in between turns three and four with nineteen laps completed. That brought the leaders back to Peck, who had just claimed the third spot before the caution came out.

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Soon after racing resumed, Peck moved into the second position and he began to close in on Wolfe. Freddie Rahmer made some bold moves as well following that final restart. Rahmer took third on lap 22, but he could not narrow the gap on Peck.

Wolfe saw the checkers first. Peck took second, followed by Rahmer Jr., Cisney, and Moody. Krimes turned in his best run of the season in the Smith 27S with a sixth place finish. Anthony Macri, Wagaman, Trout, and Chase Dietz completed the top ten.

Matt Findley benefited from the blown engine of the polesitter, Wyatt Hinkle, on the initial start. Findley moved to that position for the restart, and he used it to maximum advantage. He built up a substantial lead over the first half of the race. However, his luck ran out in the middle portion of the event.

When the first caution was displayed, Derek Locke was racing along in third, but he was quite some distance behind the leader. On the restart, Locke dispatched Zach Newlin. Another caution put him right behind Findley, and it did not take long for Locke to overhaul the leader.

Locke went on to victory, followed by Findley, Newlin, Steve Owings, and Zachary Cool. Scott Fisher, Chris Frank, Cody Fletcher, Chad Criswell, and Devin Adams rounded out the top ten.

“It’s pretty cool tying the old man,” Locke said. “He was pretty good in the 358s.” Locke explained that the restarts were the keys to his success. “I knew that I had to make perfect restarts. I had to be smooth to gain spots.”
Heat winners for the 358 Sprints were Fletcher, Newlin, and Owings. There was no B Main.

Next week, Williams Grove Speedway will present another double header for Sprint Cars. The 410 Sprints will headline the show, but the fans should see a bountiful group of 360 Sprint Cars as well. The ASCS and URC series will combine forces for the Battle of the Groves. After Friday’s contest at Williams Grove, those organizations will move up north to Selinsgrove Speedway, where they will take center stage. May 7 at Williams Grove will be a tune-up for the World of Outlaws. The greatest rivalry in Sprint Car racing will resume on May 14 and 15 when the Outlaws take on the Posse for the Morgan Cup.

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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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