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Sodeman Scores Second Sprint Win of Season at Tri-City Raceway Park; Shingledecker, Whitling, and Thompson also Win

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FRANKLIN, PA (May 16, 2021): Jack Sodeman, Jr. scored his second feature win in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints to expand upon his point lead in his quest for a second straight championship.

Also celebrating wins were Jeremiah Shingledecker in the Krill Recycling LLC 38 Modifieds, Bobby Whitling in the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and Andy Thompson in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.

“It feels good to end up in victory lane,” said the tired but happy winner 410 Sprint winner. “We gave up a few races when we had front row starting spots. We got up really early today and replaced the rear end. It was just my dad and me,” he explained. Sodeman gave props to the track crew for getting the surface prepared. “The track was beautiful, you could run the top or you could run the bottom.”

In the Shawgo Real Estate LLC feature, Kyle Colwell and Darin Gallagher led the field to the starting line in turn four. Brandon Matus and Logan McCandless were in the second row, with Chase Matheny and Jack Sodeman, Jr. in the third. Matt Farnham graced row four along with the last Sunday Thunder victor, A.J. Flick. Jeremy Weaver and veteran Bob McMillin were in row five for the 25 lapper.

Gallagher rolled into the lead on the opening lap, followed by Sodeman, who rode the rim to advance. Colwell, Brandon Matus, McCandless, and Flick remained close.

For the first several laps, it was the teacher who was the student, as Sodeman chased his protege, Gallagher. But Sodeman pulled the trigger on the inside of turns three and four to assume command on lap seven. Meanwhile, Flick was on the charge, advancing from eighth to third in the opening ten laps.

Disaster struck the third generation driver on lap 14, when Flick flipped his car in the third corner. During the caution period, Gallagher surrendered his second place starting spot, so that opened up positions in the top five for the restart.

Sodeman powered away and completed the remaining laps without interruption. Farnham came up to second, with Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, and Colwell completing the top five. Positions six through ten went to McMillin, Matheny, Gallagher, Flick, and McCandless.

The Donovan and Bauer Auto Group heat races for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints went to Gallagher and Farnham. There was no B Main.
In the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, Kyle Inman led the opening lap from his pole position, with Ryan Riffe challenging on the outside. But

Jeremiah Shingledecker had the inside line mastered and he crossed the scoring loop ahead of Inman just as the caution flag came out for Riffe, who spun from contention.

That put Shingledecker on the front row for the restart, with Inman beside him. Jimmy Holden was up to third with Lonny Riggs, and Kevin Hoffman, and Kyle Fink next.

There were two more cautions over the remainder of the race. But Inman was no match for Shingledecker on either restart. Holden fought off Hoffman for third and then he closed in on Inman as the laps wound down.

Shingledecker had nearly a six second advantage over Inman at the checkers. Holden was a close third, with Hoffman and Riggs in tow. Fink was sixth, with D.J. Schrader, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Curt Bish, and Nathan McDowell completing the top ten.

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Fink and Shingledecker took the qualifiers presented by Donovan and Bauer Auto Group. There was no B Main for the Krill Recycling 358 Modifieds this night.

In the Hovis Auto and Truck Supply Pro Stocks, It was a sibling rivalry with Curtis J. Bish and his brother, Curt, duking it out for the lead. Lurking in their shadows was the Seneca Slider, Bobby Whitling. Whitling snuck by Curt Bish on the inside midway through the race and then he drove up beside Curtis J. Bish within a lap or two. Whitling and Curtis J. Bish raced side by side for several laps.

Whitling used the inside line to take command with just a couple of laps remaining. Curtis J. Bish stayed close, but he could not get the momentum going on the top side to chase down Whitling.

After Whitling and the Bish brothers came Hunter Exley and Randy Wyant. Josh Seippel, Leigh Wheeler, William Hurelbrink, Mike Bordt, and Darr Diegelman completed the top ten.

The Donovan and Bauer Auto Group heat races for the Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks went to Randy Wyant and Curtis J. Bish. There was no B Main.

Andy Thompson was the final leader of the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stock feature. He was chased across the line by Justin Bailey, Todd Hanlon, Dalton Speer, and Chad Greeley. Evan Sobieski, Pat Hanlon, Raymond Bailey, Michael Barr, and James Tasker completed the top ten.

Dalton Speer and Justin Bailey won the Donovan and Bauer Auto Group heat races for the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. There was no B Main.

Tri-City Raceway Park will host the ULMS Late Models on Sunday, May 23, presented courtesy of the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group. Also on the card will be the 305 Sprint Cars. In addition to the full show for the winged warriors, there will be a make-up feature carried over from the 2020 season.

The following week will be a Sunday Thunder program consisting of the speedway’s normal divisions: 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.

Tri-City Raceway Park is located on State Route 3430 in Oakland Township, which is a short ride outside the City of Franklin. Remember that you can get information regarding Tri-City Raceway Park by calling the track office, at 724-967-4601, or via e-mail at tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. You can also check out the website at www.Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or the Facebook page at Tri City Raceway Park.

Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars: Jack Sodeman, Jr., Matt Farnham, Brandon Matus, Brent Matus, Kyle Colwell, Bob McMillin, Chase Matheny, Darin Gallagher, A.J. Flick, Logan McCandless, Jacob Gomola, Davey Jones, Steve Cousins, Jeremy Weaver.

Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Kyle Inman, Jimmy Holden, Kevin Hoffman, Lonny Riggs, Kyle Fink, D.J. Schrader, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Curt Bish, Nathan McDowell, Tyler Clark, Eric Beggs, Ryan Riffe, Nick Joy.

Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks: Bobby Whitling, Curtis J, Bish, Curt Bish, Hunter Exley, Randy Wyant, Josh Seippel, Leigh Wheeler, William Hurelbrink, Mike Bordt, Darr Diegelman, Gary Miller, Jr., Billy Myers, Tyler Wyant, Doug Iorio, II, Josh Blum, Pat Fielding (DNS).

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Andy Thompson, Justin Bailey, Todd Hanlon, Dalton Speer, Chad Greeley. Evan Sobieski, Pat Hanlon, Raymond Bailey, Michael Barr, James Tasker, Matt Daugherty, Phillip Birt, Howard Garlick, Diezel Marvin, Brody McClintock, D.J. McRae, Kevin Wice, Patrick Lane (DNS).

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PPMS, Latrobe and Lervnerville Cancel Saturday Events

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PITTSBURGH, PA (May 25, 2024) A forecast calling for thunderstorms after 3 p.m. with gusty winds and possible hail throughout areas of Western Pennsylvania on Saturday is forcing local tracks to cancel their Saturday nights events.

Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway made the decision early to cancel their Choice for Change Action Event with the RUSH Sprint Cars.  All tickets purchased for the event are eligible for a full refund.  Next up at PPMS is the Western PA Speedweek event on Thursday with UEMS Racing Series.

Penn Ohio Pro Stock Touring Series and Latrobe Speedway officials are also postponing the tour’s season-opener because of Mother Nature.  The good news is the delay is only one week.

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“Despite the unfortunate weather forecast that canceled our fourth race in a row, we have a silver lining,” said SNB Promotions Dennis Bates. “Thankfully, we were able to reschedule the Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock Tour for the following Saturday, June 1. Providing a new opportunity for our stakeholders to enjoy a modified six-division event. Most Homak Penn Ohio Pro Stock touring teams have more than a two-hour drive to the speedway, so it made sense to postpone the race.”

The modified six-division show will also include the K2 Engineering FASTrak Pro Late Models, Joe’s Body Shop & Towing Pure Stocks, Special T Metals LLC Modified 4 Cylinders, the Marilungo Disposal LLC Strictly Stock 4 Cylinders, and the Dean Pollock Hobby Stocks.

The grim forecast is also causing Overdrive Monster Truck and Lernerville Speedway officials to postpone tonight’s event. The show will now take place on Sunday, May 26 with VIP gates opening at 2 p.m.  The grandstands will open at 2:30 p.m. with a scheduled start of 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Red-Hot Spithaler Continues His Winning Ways At Lernerville

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SARVER, PA (May 24, 2024) There its not a hotter driver in the local 410 Sprint Car ranks than Brandon Spithaler.  One week after finishing fourth in the World of Outlaws A Main at Attica Raceway Park, Spithaler picked up the checkered flag in the People’s Natural Gas feature Friday night at Lernerville Speedway.

Spithaler started eighth in the 19-car field and held off Bradon Matus and Michael Bauer to pick up the win.  AJ Flick finished fourth and hard-charger Dan Kuriger rounded out the Top 5 after starting 18th.

Flick remains atop the Championship standing followed by Carl Bowser, who trails flick by 16-points.  Bauer and Matus each sit 19-points back of Flick with Baurer holding down third in the standings by virtue of his 2-Top 5 finished.  The victory moves Spithaler to sixth, 29-points back despite participating in only 2-events.

Tyler Dietz started on the front row and took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Colton Flinner finished second followed by Michael Norris and John Garvin Jr.

Norris remains atop the Championship standings with Flinner in second, 1-point behind.  Garvin is 7-points behind in third and Dietz’ victory leaves him sitting in fourth, 13-points behind.

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Garrett Krummert is your winner in the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modifieds.  Krummert started seventh and expertly worked traffic to get past second-place starter and finisher Rex King Jr.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third followed by Will Thomas in fourth.  Ayden Cipriano rounded out the Top 5.

The Top 4 finishers are your Top 4 in the Championship standings with King Jr 5-points behind Krummert.  Shingledecker sits third, 16-points back and Thomas is only one point back of third, 17-points behind Krummert.

Pole sitter Chris Schneider held off a hard-charging Dietz to win the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Christian Schneider came home third after starting sixth followed by Corey McPherson in fourth and Jason Fosnaught in fifth.

Dietz and Christian Schneider are tied atop the Championship standings with 113 points each.  Chris Schneider is third 9-points back in a battle that is bound to go down to the final weekend.

Saturday night’s Overdrive Monster Trucks event has been postponed to Sunday due to the forecast.  VIP Gates will open at 2 p.m. with grandstands opening at 2:30 p.m.  The event will start at 6 p.m.  All tickets purchased in advance will be honored for May 26.

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Dietrich Does It At The Grove

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MECHANICSBURG, PA (May 24, 2024): Danny Dietrich got a break at the start of the John Trone Tribute A Main at Williams Grove Speedway, and he made the most of it. Dietrich fell in behind Lucas Wolfe on the initial green, but a multi-car crash before the entire field crossed for lap one necessitated a complete restart. Dietrich was better prepared for the second try, and he was able to keep Wolfe behind him motoring down the long straightaway. Still, Dietrich had to fend Wolfe off once or twice during the contest to ensure the $10,039 win. Wolfe slid out of the rubber once in the late going, and Spencer Bayston scooted by for second.

Also grabbing a win was Logan Spahr in the PASS IMCA 305 Sprint undercard.

“We had a good draw, but we had a bad start,” the Gettsysburg pilot observed. “I like racing with Lucas (Wolfe) because he will always race you clean. Lucas got me, but we were better the next time.” Dietrich explained that there was some moisture in the middle of the track, and that was where Wolfe launched at the drop of the green. “I didn’t push him up enough, so the second time I moved up and I got a better run,” Dietrich added.

Dietrich started on the pole carrying the traditional red, white, and blue colors and the historic number 29 that always adorned the Bob Weikert-owned machines over the years. The next generation of Weikerts sponsor Dietrich’s car, owned by Gary Kauffman of Biglerville, and the Kauffman/Dietrich team pay homage to the iconic car and the famous owner over the Memorial Day Weekend. The same livery will be used in the two-day event at the Port Royal Speedway.

Wolfe was on Dietrich’s flank for the start of the twenty-five lapper. In the row behind were Devon Borden and Bayston. Row three paired up Chase Dietz and Cory Eliason. Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu made up row four. Next were T.J. Stutts and midwestern star Brian Brown. James McFadden and Kyle Reinhardt occupied row six.

The first lap melee eliminated several cars, including those of current points leader and defending champion Freddie Rahmer, Jr., and Lance Dewease.

After the failed attempt to start the race, Dietrich claimed the lead that he would never relinquish. Wolfe stayed close, particularly in the early going. He was followed by Bayston, Borden, Dietz, Eliason, Macri, Abreu, Brown, and Reinhardt. Dietrich had a comfortable margin eliminated on lap eleven when Austin Bishop stopped on the track for the first official caution.

On the restart, Wolfe drove in the middle grove entering turn one. He was able to get along side of Dietrich, but the bottom was the better line due to the accumulated rubber. So Dietrich was able to drive away from his challenger in turn two. Bayston remained in third, with Dietz and Eliason next.

Two laps later, Abreu spun himself out of the top ten. He managed to keep moving, so there was no caution but, now, Abreu was at the tail of the field. Bayston got a good run on Wolfe for second a lap later, but Bayston slid up the track and handed third over to Dietz. Bayston was able to regain the position by lap fifteen, when Abreu and Aaron Bollinger tangled in turn one.

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On the restart, Dietrich continued to lead Wolfe and Bayston. Bayston was pressing Wolfe while Dietrich began to pull away. With just two laps remaining, Wolfe slid up off the rubber in turn one, losing second to Bayston in the process.

At the checkers, it was Dietrich by a wide margin over Bayston, Wolfe, Eliason, and Dietz. Macri, Borden, Reinhardt, Brown, and Stutts completed the top ten.

The four heat wins went to Abreu, Bayston, Wolfe, and Dietrich. Cameron Smith prevailed in the B Main. Eliason was the fastest qualifier this night, topping Group A with a lap of 17.898 seconds. Macri was best in Group B with a time of 18.278 seconds.

Josh Beamer had the pole for the twenty-lap nightcap for the PASS IMCA 305 Sprints. Beside him was Erin Statler. Row two consisted of Jason Roush and Spahr. The third row matched Andrew Boyer with Kenny Heffner. Drew Young shared row four with Mike Alleman. Owen Dimm and Danny Buccafusco raced from row five, and they were trailed by Landon Price and Mike Melair.

Beamer dashed out front, but Spahr was into second in no time at all. Roush, Heffner, Boyer, and Young followed closely. As the lap counter advanced, Beamer and Spahr separated themselves from Heffner, who raced alone in third. Positions four on back were hotly contested.

Spahr assumed the lead on lap eleven, just one round ahead of the lone caution of the race for Croix Beasom.

On the restart, Spahr got a tremendous jump on Beasom. Young lost several positions after the race resumed. Moving ahead of him were Christian Rumsey, Heffner, Melair, Statler, and Buccafusco.

Spahr showed no mercy to his competitors over the final eight laps. Beamer registered a second place finish, ahead of Rumsey, Melair, and Statler. Positions six through ten went to Heffner, Buccafusco, Young, Boyer, and Dimm.

Boyer and Heffner shared the heats. There was no B Main.

Next week, the 358 Sprints will return to support the 410 Sprints. The 358s will go for twenty-five laps with extra purse money on the line. The month of June will commence with the 410s and USAC East Coast Sprints in the Bill Gallagher Memorial. On June 14, the USAC National Sprints will be the added attraction, along with the 410 Sprints. June 21 will be the tune-up for Central PA Speedweek.

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