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Bollinger bowls ‘em over at Lincoln

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Lincoln Speedway

ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 5, 2021): Aaron Bollinger earned his first career 410 Sprint Car victory at the fabulous Lincoln Speedway. The young driver from Birdsboro, PA scored a clean sweep in the family-owned mount.

Other winners this night were Alex Bright in the USAC East Coast Sprint Cars and Steve Buckwalter in the ARDC Midgets.

“I don’t know what to say,” Bollinger gushed as he tried to catch his breath. “We just won a race with the baddest cars on the planet!” Once he composed himself, Bollinger added, “we’ve been fast all year, but we’ve had a lot of mechanical problems and we’re starting to figure it out.” If they ever do get it figured out completely, watch out!

Bollinger delivered a perfect birthday present to his father. “I told him when I went out ‘I’m going to win this for you.’” The senior Bollinger almost missed the milestone win. Just as the team was getting ready to leave for the track, he had to go out on a job in the family’s septic business. But, he was able to attend to that and still make it to the track in time.

Brie Hershey and Chris Arnold had the front row for the thirty lapper. Scott Fisher and Jordan Givler were in the second row. Bollinger was in the third, along with Troy Wagaman. Matt Campbel lined up in the fourth row and Cory Haas was his dancing partner. Brandon Rahmer and Tim Wagaman had row five. Freddie Rahmer, Jr. was in row six, Danny Dietrich in row seven, Alan Krimes in row eight, and T.J. Stutts in row nine. Tyler Ross and Jimmy Siegel were in the tenth row and Kyle Moody was in row eleven.

Hershey took the early lead, with Arnold, Givler, Bollinger and Troy Wagaman falling in behind. While Hershey led the way, Givler pulled off the track, surrendering his spot in the top five. He would be the only racer to retire from the non-stop event.
Hershey continued to lead , but Bollinger was on the move. He took third on lap five, second on lap ten, and he powered past her on lap twelve.

Bollinger stretched his lead over the second half of the race.

Hershey gradually fell back as some of the more prominent racers worked their ways to the front.

Haas made his biggest moves between laps fifteen and twenty. At the halfway mark, he was racing in sixth, but by lap twenty, he was second. However, he could not close in on the fleet Bollinger, whose margin of victory was 2.814 seconds.

Matt Campbell was third. Fredie Rahmer passed his brother, Brandon, in the stretch run to get fourth. Positions six through ten went to Krimes, Danny Dietrich, Hershey, Stutts, and Ross.

The three heat winners were Hershey, Givler, and Bollinger. Ross won the B Main.

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In the USAC East Coast 360 Sprint feature, Steve Drevicki was looking to double up on the weekend. He bolted into the lead at the start of the race, followed by Alex Bright. Soon it became a two-car race, but there was plenty of action throughout the field.

Bright briefly took the lead in turn three after a restart on lap twenty-two. However, Drevicki rallied in turn four and regained the lead before reaching the scoring loop.

Bright was pressing Srevicki as the laps wound down. Coming off turn two with two to go, Bright tapped Drevicki and got him loose. Drevicki’s car wiggled, but he was able to keep the lead. Hoever, when the leaders got to turn one, Drevicki slid out of the groove. Bright was there to pounce. He powered off turn two with the lead. Drevicki tried to slide him in turn three but he did not carry enough speed into the corner and Bright had the momentum on the high side.

Bright was the winner, with Drevicki a close second. Kenny Miller, III, Christian Bruno, and Damon Paul rounded out the top five. Series points leader Briggs Danner led the next contingent to the finish. Ed Aikin, Joey Amantea, Tommy Kunsman, and Steve Wilbur were next to cross.

Chris Allen, Bruno, and Devicki prevailed in the preliminaries. There was no B Main.

Bright, who did double duty, noted that he was much more comfortable in the USAC non-winged car. “I need more laps in the winged car. I don’t know what I am doing. I have less than one hundred laps in that car.” Bright failed to transfer in the 410 Sprint.

In the nightcap for the ARDC Midgets, Steve Buckwalter too advantage of his front row starting spot to grab a lead that he would not relinquish. Over the twenty lap distance, Tommy Kunsman stayed close but he could not overtake the leader.

Jimmy Glenn was third, followed by Kevin Woody, who overcame a penalty imposed for passing below the cone on a restart. Michael Markey was fifth. Positions six through ten belonged to Zach Curtis, J.R. Booth, Randy Mausteller, Joe Thomas, and Shannon Mausteller.

Heat wins were scored by Steve Buckwalter and Kunsman. There was no B Main.

Before racing began, a memorial announcement was made for Steve Smith, who passed earlier in the day. A pictorial tribute was also displayed during a break in the action. Smith was the second leading winner in the Sprint Car ranks at the speedway.

Next week will be the tenth and final Fallen Firefighters Memorial race run in honor of Brandon Little. The 410 and 358 Sprint Cars will be on the card. Then, on June 19, the 410 Sprints will be joined by the Super Sportsmen Tour and the Super Late Models. Central PA Speedweek events will close out the month of June on the 26th and 28th, respectively.

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Danny Dietrich takes All Stars victory at Sharon Speedway

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HARTFORD, OH (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Danny Dietrich led wire-to-wire to pick up his first Ohio Speedweek victory Tuesday night at Sharon Speedway after starting on the outside of the front row.

“This goes out to my buddy Derek (Snyder) of Sweeney and Pace Performance; this win is for him,” said Dietrich. “That was fun. We had one slip away from us at Fremont on Saturday, so we wanted to get this one pretty bad, especially at Derek’s home track. He does so much for this team and we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without him. We still have a lot of racing left this week. We’ll try to get a few more of these and hopefully a Speedweek title.”

Dietrich got the early jump on pole-sitter George Hobaugh and used the bottom lane to perfection to grab his first win in the ‘Buckeye State’.

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“I knew I needed to get the initial jump,” explained Dietrich. “That was on my mind from the start. I didn’t want to let that one slip by.  Once we got to the front, I just needed to stay patient and focus on maintaining the line through each corner. With a single groove like that, I knew it was going to be tough for anyone to drive around me, but you didn’t want to slip up in the corner and let someone show their nose.”

Tyler Courtney finished second followed by Justin Peck in third and Kyle Larson in fourth.  Hobaugh dropped back to finish fifth.

Ohio Sprint Speedweek will continue on Wednesday evening, June 16, at Waynesfield Raceway Park in Waynesfield, Ohio.

A-Main (35 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich [2]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [5]; 3. 13-Justin Peck [7]; 4. 57-Kyle Larson [8]; 5. 40-George Hobaugh [1]; 6. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [6]; 7. 22C-Cole Duncan [18]; 8. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 9. 2F-AJ Flick [11]; 10. 101-Lachlan McHugh [16]; 11. 5X-Buddy Kofoid [12]; 12. 17B-Bill Balog [4]; 13. 5-Paul McMahan [25]; 14. 28-Tim Shaffer [19]; 15. 3C-Cale Conley [17]; 16. 42-Sye Lynch [14]; 17. 26-Cory Eliason [21]; 18. 10-Zeb Wise [22]; 19. 18-Cole Macedo [9]; 20. 91-Kyle Reinhardt [13]; 21. 5K-Adam Kekich [20]; 22. 23P-Darren Pifer [15]; 23. 4-Cap Henry [10]; 24. 81-Lee Jacobs [24]; 25. W20-Greg Wilson [23] Lap Leaders: Danny Dietrich (1-35)

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Freddie Rahmer, Jr. and Brett Wanner Win Fallen Firefighter Memorial Races at Lincoln Speedway

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ABBOTTSTOWN, PA (June 12, 2021): Freddie Rahmer, Jr. became the first three-time winner this season at Lincoln Speedway. The third-generation driver came from eighth to the lead seventeen laps into the race and then he held off Alan Krimes in a three-lap dash for the cash. It was the third time in his career that the Salfordsville pilot won the Fallen Firefighters Memorial run in honor of Brandon Little and this marked his seventeenth career win at the track dominated by his father for so many years.

This was the tenth running of the Fallen Firefighters Memorial and it was believed to be the last time for Lincoln to host the event. However, it was announced that another family of a fallen firefighter has stepped forward to carry on the tradition begun by the Little family.

Rahmer, who seemed critical of the track’s handicapping system during his post-race interview, noted “we need to keep fighting to get into position to win.” He bemoaned coming from eighth or ninth in heat races in such events, as only the top three finishers would be put to the front of the feature line-up. However, this was a time-trial show and Rahmer still had to overcome a deficit due to a poor qualification run. “We got lucky in the heat, which got us to eighth (in the feature line-up).” He was running in the fourth spot when the leaders collided while fighting for the top spot. That put him second for the restart and he held his own for the rest of the way. Without that break, Rahmer was looking at a start in about row eight. “We need to take advantage of these time trial shows,” Rahmer added.

Two of the next three contests will be run under the PA Speedweek format, which uses time trials to set the starting order in heats. The fastest car in each heat race starts fourth and the remaining cars are heads up. The heat winner and the fastest qualifier get to draw for positions in the front of the field for the feature. The rest of the starting order is based on the heat finishes.

In this redraw, Krimes and Tim Wagaman were the lucky ones to get the front row, T.J. Stutts, making the first start in the Barshinger 24 car, lined up third, with Troy Wagamanm next to him. Dylan Norris and Lucas Wolfe were in row three, followed by the Rahmer brothers, Brandon inside and Freddie outside. Cory Haas and Chad Trout rolled off from row five.

Opening day winner Tim Wagaman grabbed the early lead, with Krimes, Troy Wagaman, Stutts, Norris, Wolfe, and Freddie Rahmer, Jr. following. This grouping remained relatively intact for the first ten laps of the race. Krimes moved ahead a notch on lap eleven. Rahmer moved into second the next time around.

Rahmer chased Krimes for five laps before driving by in the high groove in turns one and two. Soon thereafter, Wolfe began picking off cars and he reached third by lap twenty-six. However, he was quite a ways behind Rahmer and Krimes.

On lap thirty, Troy Wagaman brought his car to a stop in turn two. That brought Rahmer and Krimes back to Wolfe and company for the only restart of the race.

Rahmer had the point, followed by Krimes, Wolfe, Haas, Tim Wagaman, Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, and Chase Dietz, who marched forward from twenty-second on the grid.

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Rahmer and Krimes got away cleanly on the restart. Wolfe went to the outside and began to build some momentum. He closed quickly on Krimes entering turn three, but Wolfe got above the cushion and lost valuable ground in his quest for second.

While Rahmer, Krimes, and Wolfe distanced themselves from the other racers in the final three laps, Haas and Tim Wagaman held their own. Dietz moved forward a few more positions to get sixth and claim a $200 bonus as the hard charger. Stutts, Brandon Rahmer, Billy Dietrich, and Norris completed the top ten.

Wolfe, who set fast time at 13.149 seconds, won the first heat. Other heat winners were Stutts, Troy Wagaman, and Norris. Kyle Moody won the B Main.

In the 358 Sprint feature, Riley Emig had the pole and he took the lead at the drop of the green. Brett Strickler, Mason Chaney, Brett Wanner, and Adrian Shaffer were next. Emig’s moment in the spotlight ended on lap four when he suddenly slowed and pulled off the track in turn two. That handed the lead over to Wanner.

As the race continued, Wanner got faster. He was also quite good on restarts and he had no difficulty maintaining his advantage. Wanner took the checkers for his first win of the 2021 season.

Strickler crossed in second, with Kody Hartlaub overtaking Shaffer in the waning laps. Steve Owings ran a steady race to earn the fifth spot. Cody Fletcher, Travis Scott, Tyler Esh, Chaney, and C.J. Tracy completed the top ten.

Tracy was the hard charger passing thirteen cars en route to tenth. He received $870 for his efforts.

The three heat winners were Wanner, Emig, and Shaffer. Jordan Strickler won the B Main.

Next week, Lincoln Speedway will present a triple header consisting of 410 Sprints, Super Sportsmen Tour, and Late Models. June 26 and 28 will be the second and fourth rounds of PA Speedweek. The former will have Extreme Stocks on the card, while the latter will be a Sprint Car only event. July 3 will feature Monster Trucks and the Central PA Legends.

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Miley, Shingledecker, Lynch, and Clark Dominate at Lernerville

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(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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