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Hoffman, Flick, Wyant, Bailey and Speer Score at Tri-City Raceway Park



FRANKLIN, PA (April 25, 2021): Franklin’s own Kevin Hoffman took his first career Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modified victory at Tri-City Raceway Park. A.J. Flick scored in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars. Teenager Tyler Wyant took the feature in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks after getting second the week before. Justin Bailey and Dalton Speer split the top honors in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stock events.

“This is great,” said a happy Kevin Hoffman after getting the much awaited win. “I am so happy for my family,” he added. Hoffman’s late brother, Jeff, was a force to be reckoned with at the track closest to the homestead. Hoffman’s father and daughter got to see the win. “I just wish my mother and wife were here to see this. They stayed home because it was too cold.”

Nick Joy and Kevin Hoffman brought the 358 Modifieds to the green flag. Defending track champion, Kyle Fink, and
Jimmy Holden were matched up in the second row. Newcomer Kyle Inman and Max Smoker were in the third row. Eric Beggs and Jeremiah Shingledecker were in row four. Nathan McDowell and Sid Unverzagt, Jr., occupied row five.

Hoffman sailed into turn one ahead of Nick Joy and then dropped to the inside line. Holden nestled into third, followed by Fink, Inman, Smoker and Beggs. While Hoffman was pulling away from Joy, Holden stopped inside turn one with a flat left front tire arising from some contact with Joy on the opening lap.

When racing resumed, Hoffman continued his lead over Joy, Fink, Inman, and Shingledecker. Joy slid out of the groove and lost two positions. Fink then began the chase of Hoffman, with Inman into third and Shingledecker up to fourth. Beggs spun out of contention for the top five just after taking the crossed flags marking the midpoint of the race.

That put Fink on Hoffman’s bumper for the restart. Fink tried to duck under Hoffman coming off turn two, but there was not enough room. He jammed on the brakes and skid up the surface, losing several spots in the process. That gave Hoffman some extra breathing room.

Hoffman polished off the final ten laps, with Inman holding off Shingledecker to get the runner-up position. Fink recovered for fourth with Joy heading north with a fifth place paycheck. Unverzagt shook off some bad luck to get sixth, followed by seventeen-year-old Nathan McDowell. Veteran Kevin Green was seventh in his first run of the new year. Dillon Barr and Tyler Clark were ninth and tenth.

Joy and Holden were the heat winners. There was no B Main.

In the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars, A.J. Flick and George Hobaugh led the way. In the second row, it was Dan Shetler paired up with Greg Wilson, in from Ohio to tune up for the All Stars invasion next week. Carl Bowser and Bob Felmlee started in row three, with Brandon Spithaler and last week’s winner, Jack Sodeman, Jr., in the fourth row. Ninth and tenth in the starting line-up were Kyle Colwell and Ricky Peterson.

Flick blasted out to the early lead with Hobaugh, Shetler, WIlson, Felmlee, and Bowser next in line. Flick was impressive, opening up a substantial lead over Hobaugh as the race progressed. Just before the halfway mark, though, Brandon Spithaler nailed the water barrels on the outside of the second turn. He was unhurt, but the leaking water caused a red flag situation for some track maintenance.

On the restart, Flick zoomed out ahead of Hobaugh again. But Sodeman rode the rim to take the third position.
Flick continued to pull away from Hobaugh, who also began to separate himself from Sodeman. Wilson cruised along in fourth with Shetler in his wake.

Flick swept under the checkered flag to get his first win of the 2021 season. He was more that three and a half seconds ahead of Hobaugh at the finish. Sodeman, Wilson, and Shetler followed. Brandon Matus perked up after the restart, moving into sixth by the finish. Felmlee, Peterson, Colwell, and Brent Matus completed the top ten.

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Sodeman and Flick took the preliminaries. In the heat races, Leyton Wagner crashed in turn one, but he was not hurt. There was no B Main.

In the Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Pro Stocks, Sixteen-year-old Tyler Wyant scored his first career win at Tri-City Raceway Park. He held off veteran Curtis J. Bish to earn the memorable victory. Doug Iorio, II registered another top five finish, as did William Hurrelbrink. Darr Diegelman was fifth. Sixth through tenth went to Billy Myers, Josh Blum, Josh Seippel, Ron Boardman, and Matt Bernard.

The heat winners were Seippel and Wyant. There was no B Main.

The 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks started the night with the balance of their twelve lap feature event. The racers completed just two laps before the track became too wet on opening night. Justin Bailey surged into the lead at the drop of the green flag and led the remaining ten laps. However, Dalton Speer came on strong in the second half of the race to chase him home. D.J. Mcrae finished third, followed by Pat Hanlon, Jr., Evan Sobieski, James Tasker, Chad Greeley, Gregory Kiehl, Brayden Seippel, and James Buchanan.

In the regular feature for the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, Dalton Speer came off turn four with a full head of steam to pass Pat Hanlon, Jr. Officials had to check where the transponders were mounted on the first two cars, as the margin of victory was a scant .003 seconds. Both transponders were in their proper locations and Speer was declared the winner in what was most likely the closest race in the history of the speedway. Justin Bailey was third, followed by Gregory Kiehl and D.J. Mcrae. Evan Sobieski, James Tasker, Chad Greeley. Kevin Wice, and Brayden Seippel were the next five to cross.

Heat winners were Kiehl and Hanlon, Jr. There was no B Main.

Mark your racing calendars for the big show next week. The All Stars Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars roll into the Venango County oval to finish up a three-race mini series in Western Pennsylvania and Eastern Ohio. That race will be presented courtesy of Krill Recycling LLC. There will ne RUSH Sprint Cars providing support thanks to Gary Glass Automotive. Remember that there will be no racing at Tri-City Raceway Park on Mothers Day, but everybody will be back on May 16 for a Sunday Thunder program and Military Night,

Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds: Kevin Hoffman, Kyle Inman, Jermiah Shingledecker, Kyle Fink, Nick Joy, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Nathan McDowell, Kevin Green, Dillon Barr, Tyler Clark, Max Smoker, Jimmy Holden, Eric Beggs, Curt Bish, Ryan Riffe.

Shawgo Real Estate 410 Sprints: A.J. Flick, George Hobaugh, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Greg Wilson, Dan Shetler, Brandon Matus, Bob Felmlee, Ricky Peterson, Kyle Colwell, Brent Matus, Carl Bowser, Chase Matheny, Brandon Spithaler, Danial Burkhart, Jacob Gomola, Jeremy Kornbau. DNS: Logan McCandless, Leyton Wagner, Gale Ruth, Jr.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks: Tyler Wyant, Curtis J. Bish, Doug Iorio, II, William Hurrelbrink, Darr Diegelman, Billy Myers, Josh Blum, Josh Seippel, Ron Boardman, Matt Bernard. DNS: Patrick Fielding.

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stock Make-up Race: Justin Bailey, Dalton Speer, D.J. Mcrae, Pat Hanlon, Jr., Evan Sobieski, James Tasker, Chad Greeley, Gregory Kiehl, Brayden Seippel, James Buchanan, Patrick Lane, Kevin Whice, Lucjas Fair, Jimmy White, Andrew Smith. DNS: Kyle Janas, Carl White, William Haylett, II, Pat Hanlon, Sean Murphy, Brody McClintock, Matt Dougherty.

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Dalton Speer, Pat Hanlon, Jr., Justin Bailey, Gregory Kiehl, D.J. Mcrae, Evan Sobieski, James Tasker, Chad Greely, Kevin Wice, Brayden Seippel, William Haylett, Sean Murphy, Andy Thompson. DNS: James Buchanan, Matt Daugherty, Todd Hanlon.

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Mother Nature Wins The Weekend In Western PA



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



Photo: Rick Rarer

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



Photo: Chad Warner

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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