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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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Carl Bowser, Michael Norris, Rex King Jr. and Chris Schneider Friday winners at Lernerville

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Lernerville Speedway

SARVER, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Carl Bowser picked up his first win of the season by holding off a challenge by defending track Champion AJ Flick to win Friday night’s Chad McCutcheon Memorial People’s Natural Gas 410 Sprint feature at Lernerville Speedway.  Sye Lynch rounded out the podium.

Michael Norris took home the victory in the Precise Racing Products Late Model feature.  Norris took advantage of a mid-race restart to get past Mark Whitener to take the lead, which he would never relinquish.  Whitener brought it home in second place and Colton Flinner finished third.

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It was a battle of the Kings for the Diehl Automotive Big Block Modified feature with Rex King Jr. holding off Rex King Sr. to capture the checkered flag.  Jeremiah Shingledecker finished third.

Chris Schneider was hooked up in the Millerstown Pic-A-Part Pro Stocks feature.  Schneider took the lead from Nick Kocuba and cruised to an over 7-second victory.

Next weekend at Lernerville it’s the Firecracker 100 for the World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Bill Emig Memorial for the RUSH Late Model Series.  Prelim and qualifiers take place Thursday and Friday night with the feature events Saturday night.  For more information visit www.lernerville.com.

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Miley, Shingledecker, Lynch, and Clark Dominate at Lernerville

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Lernerville Speedway

(Sarver, PA June 11, 2021): Four drivers turned in dominant performances at Lernerville Speedway. Three of the winners were familiar names–Jared Miley (Late Models), Jeremiah Shingledecker (Pictured above – Big Block Modifieds), and Sye Lynch (410 Sprints). The fourth to reach victory lane was Justin Clark in the Allegheny Sprint Tour for 305 Sprint Cars.

“I found a nice lane on the restart and I thought I could get him,” Miley said of his mid-race move that relegated early leader Colton Flinner to the role of the first chaser. Once out front, Miley set sail. “When the track is wet, we’re really good. We’ve got to do some work on the slick,” he added when asked about what he needs to do to get ready for the Firecracker 100 coming soon to the Action Track.

Flinner lined up next to Tommy Beck for the first twenty-five leap feature of the night. Kelvin Kohan and Will Thomas were in the second row, with Levi Yetter and Ken Schaltenbrand in the third. Clay Ruffo and Tyler Gietz were in row four, with former champions Alex Ferree and Maily in the fifth row.

Flinner bolted out to an early lead, with Beck, Thomas, Kohan, and Schaltenbrand following. A couple of cautions slowed the pace in the early laps of the event. On the second restart, with seven laps complete, there was contact between Beck and Gary Lyle, who had worked his way to the front. Lyle got up into the fluff and lost several positions. Miley snuck past Beck during the incident, and he pursued Flinner.

Flinner continued to lead Miley through lap fifteen. Miley had several shots to overtake Flinner on restarst in this segment of the race, but he was unable to overtake the leader. The lap fifteen restart proved to be the turning point in the contest.

Miley led the rest of the way. Flinner raced along in second. Beck tussled with Schaltenbrand before losing the third position in the final laps of the race. Dietz crossed in fifth. Lyle rebounded to get the sixth spot. He was trailed by Yetter, Clayton Kennedy, Collin Burke, and Logan Zarin.

A pair of heats were held, with Flinner and Beck taking the checkers. There was no B Main.

Jeremiah Shingledecker used his second starting spot to launch into the lead at the drop of the green for the Big Block Modifieds. He had a huge advantage wiped out by a red flag on lap twenty when fourth place runner John Mollick tumbled in turn four.

That incident put Garrett Krummert on the outside for the restart, but he had nothing for Shingledecker on the restart. “It was a lot better before the caution came out,” Shingledecker noted. “Garrett’s been good all season,’ he added, “but the bite was really good in the middle and it was a little rough on the outside, so I thought that I would be OK.”

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In the final five laps, the battle was for the third position. Brain Swartzlander held it until two laps remained. Rex King, Jr. grabbed the position with a strong move off turn two. Swartzlander held off Rex King, Sr. at the finish.

Rick Regalski, Steve Feder, Dave Murdick, Chas Wolbert and Colton Walters completed the top ten. Wolbert was making his fist start in a Big Block Modified this night.

King Jr. and Mollick prevailed in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Sye Lynch had the pole position for the 410 Sprint A Main. Next to him was A.J. Flick. The two drivers from Apollo, PA ran ahead of the other drivers, with Lynch building upon his lead. Flick seemed to have second sewn up, but he spun unexpectedly in turn four with twenty-one laps in the books.

Brandon Matus fired off second on the restart, but Lynch had no difficulty holding the point. George Hobaugh was third. David Kalb turned in an impressive run to get the fourth spot. Dan Kuriger was fifth. Flick charged back through the field to claim sixth. Ralph Spithaler, Bryan Salisbury, and Matt Sherlock completed the top ten.

“The track was really tricky,” Lynch observed. “When you start on the pole, you don’t know what the other guys are doing. It was a real shame what happened to A.J., he’s really tough here,” Lynch commented.

Darin Gallagher and Brandon Matus won their respective heats. Gallagher’s win was costly, as he lost his motor after taking the checkers. Gallagher was unable to start the A Main. Also unable to start the feature were Jack Sodeman, Jr., and Michael Bauer, both of whom tangled coming off turn four in the first heat race.

In teh nightcap of the 305 Sprint Cars of the Allegheny Sprint Tour, it was Justin Clark driving past Robbie Bartchy six laps into the race. Clark led the remaining fourteen laps without incident to earn the win.

Bartchy was second. Garrett Bard came on in the second half of the race to get third. Fourth went to Derek Hauck. Jacob Gomola was fifth. Rob Felix, Andy Cavanaugh, Jarrett Rosencrance, Logan McCandless, and Jeff Bacha rounded out the top ten.

McCandless and Felix were tops in the heats. There was no B Main.

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Howard Hammers Tri-City Foes; Smith Clinches Speedweek Crown; Shingledecker, Ruth, Speer also Win

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FRANKLIN, PA (June 6, 2021): Bradley Howard completed the Central PA domination of Western PA Sprint Speedweek. He logged a top ten and a top five in the two races won by Ryan Smith and then he closed out the rain-shortened mini series with a win of his own at Tri-City Raceway Park. Howard inherited the lead when track champion and current points leader Jack Sodeman, Jr. crashed in turn three while holding a commanding lead in the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint feature.

Also taking checkered flags this night were Jeremiah Shingledecker in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, Gale Ruth, Jr. in the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprints, and Dalton Speer in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks.
“This was bad ass, I wasn’t expecting the track to get that big of a lip,” Howard said. He credited the win to recent improvements in his engine program.

Sodeman had the pole position for the thirty lap Speedweek finale presented by Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint feature. Sye Lynch was on his flank. Matt Farnham and Howard had command of the second row, with Landon Myers and Brandon Spithaler in the third row. Lee Jacobs, the lone Ohio invader, was in the fourth row, with Darin Gallagher beside him. Cody Bova and Michael Bauer were in row five, and Ryan Smith and Carl Bowser, who finished one-two the night before, were in row six.

Lynch took the lead on the initial green, but a caution for Bova on the back chute called that back. This time, Sodeman was better prepared, and he took the lead heading into turn one. Lynch was second, followed by Howard, Spithaler, Farnham and Myers.
A caution five laps into the contest brought Sodeman and Lynch back to the other drivers. They had gotten away and they were waging a private battle for the lead.

On the restart, Spithaler sailed into third and he began to reel in Lynch. Sodeman was alone out front. He was almost collected in an incident in turn four. He managed to avoid major contact, but Lynch and Spithaler were not so fortunate. They tangled and then a slower car could not avoid them. Jeremy Hill went over in the melee but he was not hurt.

Without Lynch or Spithaler to contend with, Sodeman had the car on cruise control. However, on lap eighteen, he flipped hard in turn three. Sodeman reported afterwards that something broke and he could not steer his machine. Perhaps it was damage from the earlier skirmish that eliminated Lynch and Spithaler from contention. Matt Farnham was also eliminated in that wreck. Neither driver sustained injury.

That put Howard in command for the restart. He had Darin Gallagher breathing down his neck, with Jacobs, Bowser, and Smith lurking.

Howard withstood restarts following yet another red (for separate crashes by Chase Metheny and Kyle Colwell) and a caution.

Jacobs and Smith advanced in the interlude and they had an intense battle going for the second position.

At the finish, it was Howard, over Jacobs, Smith, Gallagher, and Myers. Bowser, Brandon Matus, Bob Felmlee, Lynch, and Spithaler rounded out the top ten.

Smith’s third was more than enough to clinch the series point championship.

The Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races for the 410 Sprint Speedweek were captured by Bradley Howard, Landon Myers, and Jack Sodeman, Jr. There was no B Main for the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Cars.

The evening’s fastest qualifier was A.J. Flick. He outpaced Group 2 with a lap of 15.764 seconds. His good fortune did not carry over to his heat race, however. Flick crashed hard in turn two of the opening lap and scratched for the night. He was not hurt in the ordeal. Quickest in Group 1 was Matt Farnham, at 15.778, and in Group 3, it was Lee Jacobs, who turned in a lap of 16.069.

In the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, Lonnie Riggs moved up to the front row when Travis Shingledecker was a late scratch. Riggs was paired up with Sid Unverzagt, Jr. Behind them were Tom Holden and Kyle Fink. Jeremiah Shingledecker was matched with Eric Beggs.

Riggs bolted out to the lead, with Unverzagt, Shingledecker and Beggs in tow. Riggs held command until Shingledecker got under him entering turn one with eight complete.

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From there, it was smooth sailing for Shingledecker, who picked up his second victory of the season. Riggs and Fink waged an intense battle for second, with Fink coming out on top. After Riggs came Jimmy Holden and Kevin Hoffman. Positions six through ten went to D.J. Schrader, Unverzagt, Curt Bish, Max Smoker, and Nathan McDowell.

The Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat winners in the Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds were Kyle Fink and Jeremiah Shingledecker.

There was B Main.

In the RUSH Sprint feature, presented by Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House, it was Gale Ruth, Jr. overcoming the disappointment of dropping out from the Shawgo real Estate LLC 410 Sprint Car Main.

Ruth dominated the non-wing RUSH Sprints to become the third generation of his family to stand in victory lane at Tri-City Raceway Park. Arnie Kent and Rod George put on an entertaining race for the second position, with Kent topping the four-time 410 Track Champion for second. Fourth and fifth went to John Mollick and Nolan Groves, respectively. A.J. McQuarrie, Blaze Myers, Brian Hartzell, Chad Ruhlman, and Steve Pedley completed the top ten.

John Mollick was named the hard charger for the race. Brad Church and Brian Cressley received bonus money for being the last two cars on the lead lap. These awards were presented by Tom Willis in honor of all cancer survivors. Mr. Willis’ generosity also resulted in an enhanced pay-out for the top five finishers in the feature.

The heat winners for the Gary Glass Automotive and Washington House RUSH Sprints were Gale Ruth, Jr. and Rod George. They took the honors for the Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races and they also received bonus money for their heat wins courtesy of Mr. Willis. There was no B Main.

In the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks, Dalton Speer rallied for his third feature win of the season. Chad Greeley, a consistent runner in his own right, was second. Andy Thompson was third. Brody McClintock, D.J.Macrae, Justin Bailey, Evan Sobieski, Patrick Lane, James Tasker, and Howard Garlick completed the top ten.

D.J. Macrae was the hard charger with eight passes in the feature event. He claimed a prize presented by Fisher and Father NAPA Auto Parts.

Justin Bailey and Dalton Speer won the pair of Donovan & Bauer Auto Group heat races in the 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stock division. There was no B Main.

Next week, Tri-City Raceway Park will host a Sunday Thunder program, consisting of the Shawgo Real Estate LLC 410 Sprints, Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds, Hovis Auto & Truck Supply Pro Stocks, and 4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks. On Father’s Day, June 20, there will be another Sunday Thunder program. But there will be special gifts for all fathers in attendance.

Additional information about Tri-City Raceway Park can be obtained by calling the track office at 724-967-4601, or by e-mail to tricityracewaypark2020@gmail.com. You can also check the website at Tri-CityRacewayPark.com, or Facebook at Tri City Raceway Park. Tri-City Raceway Park is located on Oakland Township, which is just a short drive from Franklin. For the GPS, 3430 State Route 417, Franklin, PA 16323.

Western PA Speedweek (Shawgo Real Estate LLC Sprints): Bradley Howard, Lee Jacobs, Ryan Smith, Darin Gallagher, Landon Myers, Carl Bowser, Brandon Matus, Bob Felmlee, Sye Lynch, Brandon Spithaler, Michael Bauer, Logan McCandless, Leyton Wagner, Cody Bova, Brent Matus, Ken Rossey, Matt Sherlock, Steve Bright, Chase Metheny, Kyle Colwell, Jack Sodeman, Jr., Matt Farnham, Jeremy Hill, Gale Ruth, Jr., A.J. Flick (DNS), Josh Baughman (DNS).

Krill Recycling LLC 358 Modifieds: Jeremiah Shingledecker, Kyle Fink, Lonnie Riggs, Jimmy Holden, Kevin Hoffman, D.J. Schrader, Sid Unverzagt, Jr., Curt Bish, Max Smoker, Nathan McDowell, Ryan Riffe, Kevin Green, Eric Beggs, Tom Holden, Travis Shingledecker (DNS), Tyler Clark (DNS).

Gary Glass Automotive/Washington House RUSH Sprints: Gale Ruth, Jr., Arnie Kent, Rod George, John Mollick, Nolan Groves. A.J. McQuarrie, Blaze Myers, Brian Hartzell, Chad Ruhlman, Steve Pedley, Brad Church, Brian Cressley, Ricky Tucker, Jr., Tyler Newhart.

4 Your Car Connection Mini Stocks: Dalton Speer, Chad Greeley, Andy Thompson, Brody McClintock, D.J.Macrae, Justin Bailey, Evan Sobieski, Patrick Lane, James Tasker, Howard Garlick, Joanne Wilson, Kevin Wice, Brayden Seippel, Pat Hanlon, Hemi Kinneston, Jesse Armstrong, Shane Heath, Diezel Marvin, Nick Steiger, Raymond Bailey (DNS).

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