ABBOTTSTOWN, PA – (May 1, 2021): Chad Trout declined to talk at Mike Yeaple’s memorial service held Saturday afternoon at Lincoln Speedway, but he dedicated his first 410 Sprint Car win of the season to the late track official. “If everybody were like Mike, the world would be at better place,” Trout said.
Joining Trout in victory lane were Jeff Rohrbaugh in the 358 Sprint Cars for the opening round of the Summer Series, and Jeff Paulson in the Pen-Mar Vintage Modifieds.
“This year has been horrible so far,” Trout commented. Indeed, he has destroyed one race car and had had a string of DNFs. “it’s hard getting parts due to COVID,” he explained. He added, “we were working hard, but something’s been missing. We weren’t the best but we were in the right place when Cory (Haas) broke.” Haas was leading at the time despite a sour engine throughout the race.
Trout attributed much of his success to his fourth place starting spot. Ahead of him on the grid were Scott Fisher and Haas. Next to him was Bradley Howard. Behind him were Jimmy Siegel and Aaron Bollinger. Row four had Troy Wagaman and Brandon Rahmer. Points leader Alan Krimes started ninth, with Danny Dietrich as his dancing partner. Trey Hivner and Kyle Moody were in row six. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was in row seven, Glendon Forsythe in row eight, Tim Glatfelter and last week’s winner, Tyler Ross, in row nine, Tim Wagaman and Chase Dietz in row ten, T.J. Stutts in row eleven, and Matt Cambell in the shotgun position.
Fisher jumped out to the early lead for the second week in a row. He maintained a slight advantage over Haas for the first eleven laps. Haas stayed close even though he was having problems under the hood of Buzz Wilson’s car. Somehow, he swept by Fisher to take the lead just before the fist caution was waived for a three-car tangle in between turns one and two. Involved were Ross, Dietz, and Forsythe.
On the restart, Haas maintained the lead, but Trout rolled the top of turns one and two to take second away from Fisher. Siegel held down fourth and then came Danny Dietrich, Bollinger, and the Rahmer brothers, Brandon ahead of Freddie.
Haas kept his car in the low groove and preserved his lead. Trout continued on the cushion, but he was unable to draw up next to Haas. Trout got his break on lap sixteen when Haas faltered in the second turn. The car slowed to a stop midway down the backstretch, handing the lead over to Trout.
Now Trout had Siegel on his rear nerf bar for the restart and Dietrich was up to third. Fisher and Bollinger were fighting for the fourth position. Freddie Rahmer took advantage of the restart and picked up a few positions. He took over fourth on lap 17.
Trout moved to the inside and Siegel was riding the cushion, trying to build up some momentum. Unable to make any headway, Siegel also dropped to the inside line as the laps wound down. That gave the outside line to Dietrich who surged into second with 28 laps complete.
The excitement level grew as Dietrich started to close in on Trout. The fans were poised for a possible last lap pass for the win. However, Dietrich slipped above the cushion in turns one and two on the final lap, losing two positions.
Trout grabbed the checkers, followed by Siegel and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. Dietrich was fourth, and Bollinger fifth. Brandon Rahmer, Fisher, Howard, Krimes, and T.J. Stutts completed the top ten. Stutts passed eleven cars in this rare appearance at Lincoln Speedway.
Heat winners for the 30 cars on hand went to Haas, Siegel, and Brandon Rahmer. The consolation belonged to Tim Wagaman.
In the 358 Sprints, Jeff Rohrbaugh took maximum advantage of his pole starting position, leading all 25 laps. “I was going to stop after 20 laps,” he said with a laugh. However, the special event had five more laps and extra money this night. Justin Foster started next to Rohrbaugh and remained close throughout the contest.
Kody Hartlaub came from seventh to finish third. Chris Frank held that position for the first 18 laps, but Hartlaub was able to sneak by him on the final restart of the race. Fifth went to Travis Scott. Brett Wanner, Kyle Denmyer, Steve Owings, Cody Fletcher, and Tim McClelland rounded out top ten.
Heat victories belonged to Owings, Foster, Matt Findley, and Frank. Riley Emig took the consolation race win. Zane Rudisill was involved in a spectacular crash in his heat race and was transported to a local hospital with complaints of back pain. There was no report on his condition by the end of the program.
Next week, the 410 Sprint Cars will get ready for the Gettysburg Clash with the World of Outlaws. Also on the card will be the Super Sprotsment Tour and the Extreme Stocks. The storied rivalry between the Pennsylvania Posse and the Outlaws will be held on Wednesday, May 12. A Jalopy Showdown will take the place of the normal Saturday action, as the Sprint Cars will be in action at Williams Grove Speedway instead.
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).