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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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Michael Norris wins night two of Bill Hendren Memorial at PPMS



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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.”

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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).

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Macedo Makes History at the Grove



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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.

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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.

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Kyle Hardy wins night one of the ‘Bill Hendren Memorial’ at PPMS



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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.

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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).

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